Saturday, August 30, 2014
The right has done a brilliant job of demonizing unions, so much so that even a large percentage of middle and left-leaning types have begun to question their usefulness and relevance today. But as a proud member of the CWA, I encourage you to dig a little deeper before you write them off. Monday's holiday is just the tip of the iceberg.
Friday, August 29, 2014
A weekly look at what's making news in the free gay mags:
Grab (Chicago) says summer's not over yet / Online edition HERE.
Next: Meet six "icons" of New York's gay scene / Read HERE.
Get Out! magazine: Taylor Dayne is back, but is she any fun without Tig Notaro? Read HERE.
Metro Weekly (DC): An interview with "Love Is Strange" director Ira Sachs / Read HERE.
Echo: Phoeinx artist Brandon McGill finds his niche in body painting / Read HERE.
Grigor Dimitrov is looking like a champion, defeating Dudi Sela 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 for a spot in the third round. With Rafael Nadal injured, plus Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray not quite in top form, many people think Roger Federer is the favorite to win this year. I certainly wouldn't mind that, but I'd really love to see a new face come out on top. What do you think?
I remember when I started blogging one of the first people I met through it was Tom Dolby. At the time, he was a very young man who had recently released his first novel, "The Trouble Boy," and we were exchanging ideas on "making it" in the big city. Cut to nearly a decade later and Tom has written/edited a half-dozen books -- including a successful YA series -- and has recently added screenwriter and director to his impressive resume. His first film, "Last Weekend," opens in New York City today at IFC and sounds right up my alley:
When an affluent matriarch (Patricia Clarkson) gathers her dysfunctional family for a holiday at their Northern California lake house, her carefully constructed weekend begins to come apart at the seams, leading her to question her own role in the family.Various Q&A sessions with the principals are lined up. To purchase tickets, click HERE. To watch the film on demand at home, click HERE.
I'm not going anywhere this holiday weekend -- the MRI revealed the source of my excruciating pain: a herniated disk -- but I hope you have a swimming time wherever you are.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Yesterday I was lamenting the possibility of trying to figure out how to watch Amazon shows on my television. Today I learned I must figure it out.
From executive producer Steven Soderbergh, this coming-of-age comedy follows a young assistant tennis pro at Red Oaks Country Club in suburban New Jersey in 1985 and the misfit co-workers and wealthy club members he meets — including an alluring art student and her corporate-raider father (Paul Reiser).Apparently Amazon will air five pilots over the Labor Day weekend -- including "Red Oaks" -- and then wait for feedback from viewers before deciding which ones to order full seasons of. This one is a no-brainer for me, but I wonder what the general public will say. "Phenom"(!) wasn't exactly a smash, you may recall, and tennis movies tend to be the worst!