Monday, September 30, 2013
The film James Franco directed about gay actor Sal Mineo is finally coming out two years after it was completed. That sentence along with this newly released trailer don't have me expecting much. (Via Towleroad)
Oh, joy: Look what's moving in on Eighth Avenue, next door to where the now-deceased Paradise Cafe was. It's the home of the clothing store Camoflauge, which still maintains a second storefront two doors down. Never understood why they had two separate stores anyway, but with a Subway three feet south on 14th Street and three feet north up Eighth, I can tell you this is one local stop that did not need to be added. Now let's see what moves in Paradise: many are banking on fro-yo, but I smell another nail salon ...
Saw "Don Jon" with Michael over the weekend and must say I was duly impressed. Although I was a little skeptical of Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing the ultimate player-stud -- despite the 'roid-ready bod -- it's a well-written and beautifully acted story about love, relationships and sex in the Internet age where the pornographic alternative is at your fingertips 24 hours a day. That he wrote and directed it too shows he's a real force to be reckoned with. Scarlett Johansson was almost unrecognizable as a social-climbing Italiana -- not physically so much as EVERYTHING else -- and Julianne Moore delivers a wonderfully understated performance of a wonderfully overstated person that you will not forget anytime soon.
The great thing about New York City is that each neighborhood is so different, just a quick ride on the subway can make you feel you got out of town for a bit -- like this little adventure to the Upper West Side. (Photos by Michael)
California wife comes out as lesbian to husband, who in turn comes out as transgender
The Kaufmans came out of the closet together. Although the revelations ended their marriage, they remain best friends. Read HERE.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Didn't see the match, but am a little surprised to see Milos Raonic upset top-seeded Tomas Berdych 7-6 (4), 6-3 at the Thailand Open on Sunday. It's the Canadian youngster's fifth title. I wonder if this Raonic could be a contender someday, or if it's destined to be a cross between Taylor Dent and John Isner his whole life.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
A weekly look at what's making news in the free gay mags:
Get Out is sweet on Manu "The Opportunity." Online edition HERE.
Out comic John Roberts is one funny dude—and he owes it all to his mom. Online edition HERE.
Metro Weekly (DC): Marking 15 years since the murder of Matthew Shepard, Ford's Theatre builds a month of programming around "The Laramie Project" / Read HERE.
Echo (Phoenix): The Phoenix Hellraisers prepare to host Gay Bowl XIII. PLUS: Your guide to the national championship tournament for the Gay Flag Football League / Read HERE.
Delays usually aren't a good sign, but who knows ...
James Franco stars in the new movie "As I Lay Dying," which was scheduled to go out in limited release today. Plans have changed, and it will now be available via iTunes on Oct. 22 and on DVD and through Video on Demand on Nov. 5. The rather depressing story is taken from the classic 1930 William Faulkner story which details the experience of a poor Mississippi family's grief. The story focuses on their efforts to meet the burial requests of their late matriarch, Addie Bundren, who wanted to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson. Franco also directs a cast that features his recent "The Mindy Project" costar and "Sordid Lives" vet Beth Grant, his "Pineapple Express" costar Danny McBride, "Prometheus" vet Logan Marshall-Green, "True Blood"'s Jim Parrack and "The Help"'s Ahna O'Reilly.
Friday, September 27, 2013
WNBA Players Receive Double Technicals for Smooch
This is the biggest news out of professional women's basketball since ... well, ever. But I agree with this reporter who thinks the ref went a little overboard with his punishment, no?
Via USA Today:
Diana Taurasi and Seimone Augustus were defending each other during Thursday night’s WNBA conference finals game between the Minnesota Lynx and the Phoenix Mercury. As the commentators note, Taurasi and Augustus have known each other for a very long time and there is genuine affection to complement the competition. Apparently, that affection crossed the line for the referee Thursday night. Both players were called for fouls after squaring up and then pecking each other on the cheek. Can we all agree that this is excessive? The fouls, not the peck. Male and female opponents have solved their differences in a variety of innocuous ways. There are butt taps, head pats, hugs, fist bumps, and now there’s a friendly cheek peck.
Since everyone I know and their boyfriend are having babies, I thought you might want to know about this, a children's book that features a homosexual male character in a positive light :
Bestselling multimedia children’s author Daniel Errico releases his newest story, "The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived," following a strong-minded boy who grows up to be a heroic knight.Indeed. Now if only he had a fairy godmother who could get a pre-order link up on Amazon.com -- he might be able to move some books!
Cedric, the bravest knight, is one of the first children's book characters to not just be part of an LGBT family, but to be a homosexual protagonist himself. It’s after he saves the day and defeats a pumpkin-eating dragon that his love for a prince, and not a princess, is revealed.
“When it comes to young children and what we expose them to there is a clearly skewed ratio between heterosexual and homosexual relationships to a misleading degree. It's the job of any children's author to introduce the world to their young readers in a safe, fun, and nurturing way, and in this case, normalize what is an important part of many people's lives.” Daniel said. “I wanted to take a classic fairytale structure and just substitute one ending for the possibility of another. Cedric is a regular hero, who has his own idea of what his happy ending should be."
Abe Rosenthal must be turning in his grave that the New York Times now has an etiquette column for homosexuals -- Civil Behavior written by my pal Steven Petrow. We've come a long way, baby. This week's lead item -- how to introduce a married gay couple -- is HERE.
You'd think a Go-Go's jukebox musical on Broadway produced by Gwyneth Paltrow might appeal to me. But the band's Q factor is so narrow -- I work with dozens of people who have never even heard of them -- that I can't imagine this isn't going to close faster than "Teaneck Tanzi." And does anyone remember what happened when "Desperately Seeking Susan" became a Blondie jukeboxer? Read HERE.