Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wrestle Wednesday

I totally played the wrong sport.

Orlando Bloom Apologizes to Waitress Who Got Fired After Spending Night With Him

The Sun reports that Orlando Bloom reached out to apologize to a waitress who spent the night with him (having "incredible sex") after serving him drinks at the swanky Chiltern Firehouse hotel in London. But something tells me she thought it was a small price to pay for some celebrity dong.

Song of the Day: 'Feel About You' by Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie

Order HERE.

As expected, the first Christine McVie single off the duo's eponymous debut is noticeably better than Lindsey's opener. If "In My World" reminded me a bit reminiscent of "Tango in the Night" ("Bigger Love") then this one has a "Mirage" sensibility ("More Love in Store"), which is to say it's low-key but stays with you. Would be fun if they toured smaller venues together.

Morning Wood

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Old Hollywood Takes a Hit: Roger Moore Is Dead at 89; Dina Merrill at 93

I don't think I've ever seen a James Bond film -- just not my kind of thing -- so I don't even have a favorite actor in the role. But another gay blogger remembers the suave Brit who played 007 in seven movies between 1973 and 1985 HERE.

Dina Merrill was once declared "Hollywood's new Grace Kelly"

More up my alley was the gorgeous little-rich-girl-turned-actress Dina Merrill, whose parents were the E.F. Hutton and cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. (Post's family was the original owner of Mar-a-Lago before it was turned into a Russian brothel.)  

Then-husband Cliff Robertson played the villainous Shame on "Batman"

Merrill lived the kind of life that people just don't seem to live anymore -- heiress to two fortunes; grew up in luxury, spending six months a year on the family yacht  where the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were sometime guests; married three bold-faced names, became a noted actress and philanthropist. But her turn as Calamity Jan on "Batman" will always be one of my favorite memories of her. Read her fascinating New York Times obituary HERE.

Me Undies Invites You to 'Celebrate Yourself'

Here's one for you, boys! MeUndies is launching its first-ever Pride campaign known as “Celebrate Yourself.” For every pair of this specially selected underwear sold, $1 will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center -- the world’s largest provider of programs and services for LGBT people -- benefiting the Center’s youth services. Meet the models and shop for a good cause now HERE.



Debbie Harry: Synthetic (Only on Request)

The Blondie bombshell covers the June/July issue of Nylon magazine, in which she confirms that this summer's double billing with Garbage will mean a lot of unhappy fans. "I'm just going to get up there at the beginning of the show and say: 'No tears. You're not going to hear 'The Tide Is High.' You're not going to hear this one one; you're not going to hear that one." Fair enough. (And she's not going to hear me in the audience!) Read HERE.

Tennis Tuesday

This Oscar-Winning Actress Once Hosted a Public-Access Talk Show

Who is Joan Fontaine? Proof HERE.

Christian Anti-Science Hall Monitor

Song of the Day: 'Shout' by Tears for Fears

Order HERE.

Thought it was fitting that "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" came on the radio -- back when songs you actually wanted to hear were played on the radio -- as my pals Yuki, Deanna and I pulled out of the parking lot at Dobson High after rehearsal for graduation in early June 1985. Now a new book explains what the band was all about:
You already know that Tears for Fears' hugely catchy, emotionally resonant hits made it one of the most interesting bands of the ‘80s and ‘90s. But you may not know that their work is based on the theories of a charismatic L.A. psychologist. In "Shout to Change," Dan Friedman explains the fascinating underpinnings of Tears for Fears songs. You'll look at Tears for Fears with new eyes — and listen with new ears.

Morning Wood

Page 1 Roundup (05/23)

The Daily News: Cops identify Ariana Grande concert bomber as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, a British-born man of Libyan origin

The New York Post: Also on Tuesday, the police arrested a 23-year-old man outside a nearby supermarket. It was not immediately clear whether or how that man was connected to the attack

 (I predict he will have had nothing to do with it -- it's always a lone nut.)

The New York Times: Former C.I.A. Chief Tells of Concern Over Possible Russia Ties to Trump Campaign

The Wall Street Journal: Amazon’s Latest Market Disruption: 1.7 Million Free Bananas 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hate and Homophobia Roundup -- UPDATE


The Guardian: Manchester police confirm 22 dead, 59 injured after explosion following Ariana Grande concert. Suicide-bomber suspected.

WGRZ: Gay Couple and Their 3 Kids Denied ‘Family Boarding’ Privileges by Southwest Airlines

This is never going to end, is it?

Towelroad: Dublin Gay Bar Hit With Homophobic, Neo-Nazi Graffiti

Boy Culture: Indonesia Police Arrest 141 Men Accused of Having Gay Sex Party

The Daily News: That sounds about right.

International Business Times: Texas Curbs Transgender Students' Right to Choose Bathrooms

NPR: Suspect in hate killing is a member of 'Alt-Reich' Facebook group, police say

DNAinfo: Catholic School Teacher Says Students Outed Him As Gay — Then He Was Fired 

The Australian: Bangladeshi police arrest 29 at LGBT meet

Salon: Mississippi Rep. Karl Oliver says those removing Confederate monuments "should be lynched" (He's "sorry" now.)

Birthday Boy Novak Djokovic Signs With Lacoste


Let's hope Nole's shaman won't be coaching him on blowing out the 30 candles.

Novak Djokovic has signed with Lacoste, his fourth apparel manufacturer that I can remember off the top of my head. (Remember when he bailed on Sergio Tacchini because he was so good they couldn't fulfill their contract obligations that included winning bonuses they never thought he'd be able to attain?!) Not sure what blows my mind more -- that it's been five years since he signed with Uniqlo (wasn't that yesterday?), or that he was being born in 1987 when I attended my first Grand Slam title, at Roland Garros!

Andy Roddick made a sexy spokesman back in the day.

Something tells me this contract is going to be like when Janet Jackson or R.E.M. signed huge deals with labels after their heyday and never delivered much.

Bill Walsh Memorialized in (Grammar,) Style (and Punctuation)

We celebrated my brother Bill's life on Friday at the Washington Post, where he worked for the past 20 years. We laughed and we cried. And we shared stories about what made him such a singular human being. But most of all we reiterated why we're going to miss him so much, a wound from which I know I will never recover.

There's no question Bill was taken from us way too soon. But as my sister-in-law explains, it couldn't have been a more fitting tribute to a man of incredible intelligence, grace and strength.

Jacqueline writes:
I want to sum up by saying that it was a gathering that just could not have gone any better, and the "love in the room." as they say, meant and means so much to me. The speakers were all fabulous--Kenneth M. Walsh, Vince Rinehart, Merrill Perlman, and Louis Bayard each knocked it out of the park. We also had a number of people read short excerpts from Bill's books, including Jesse Lewis, Brian Cleveland, Doug Norwood, Kathy Wenner, Carrie Camillo, and Terence Walsh, who each brought Bill's voice and spirit right onto the stage. And a number of Post staffers also participated in a video presentation of their favorite memories of Bill, including Jeff Leen, Patricia E. Weems Gaston, Shibani Shah, Doris Truong, and others I am regrettably not conjuring up right now (but I haven't had a chance to see it more than that one time yet!). And then there were the people who worked behind the scenes to pull off this extravaganza, including Liz Whyte and Anne Ferguson-Rohrer. But then there was Courtney Rukan, who was the real driver for pulling the event together, and who dealt with the Freaked Out Widow Walsh for weeks of planning. The program (with Michael Cavna's lovely illustration) labeled the event a celebration, and it most definitely was that. I just can't thank everyone enough. 
Hear! Hear!

You can see more photos and read my opening speech HERE.

Photo montage by my mother

Reception table, with a few of Bill's favorite things

 My stepfather (Gary), mother (Molly), me and brother Terence.

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Alexander Zverev -- aka the second coming of the Swiss Miss -- signaled his arrival among the tennis elite by beating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 Sunday to win the Italian Open. The 20-year-old Zverev became the youngest player to win a Masters 1000 event since Djokovic won in Miami a decade ago at 19. 

"It's nice to know that I can compete and play and win the biggest tournaments on tour against the biggest players on tour," Zverev said. Djokovic destroyed Dominic Thiem -- fresh off snapping a European losing streak to Rafael Nadal -- losing just one game and beat Juan Martin del Potro in convincing fashion.. But in the final, all of his weaknesses and lack of weapons seemed to be on full display -- which hearkened back to how Venus Williams's game seemed invincible in 2000 and 2001, then looked like it had more holes in it than a pack of Kraft Swiss Singles. All of this is to say the game is 90 percent mental, and his belief is gone. We found out the rumored intervention of Andre Agassi was a-go for Roland Garros, for whatever good that might do.

On the women's side, Simona Halep didn't lose in the first round after winning the previous week's title. But it sure would have been nice if she'd been able to look like a legitimate front runner in Paris, instead  of losing 6-1 in the third to Elina Svitolina, who surged to No. 1 in the season-long rankings race by taking home the crown. It was a tour-best fourth title this year for Svitolina and the most prestigious trophy of her young career. The 22-year-old Ukrainian also leads the tour with 31 match wins this season. "Every day I'm just trying to work on my mental part, my physical, my tennis," Svitolina said. "Everything just came together and I'm very happy that it's happened in such a big tournament."

Meanwhile, you undoubtedly heard that Maria Sharapova was denied a wild card into the main draw and qualifying for the French Open, which was a bit shocking considering she's a two-time champion. She was granted a spot in Birmingham and says she will attempt to qualify for Wimbledon (she's ranked high enough to get into its qualifying automatically now), where she's also a former champion.

Mug Shot Monday

So the guy really likes Slim Jims, so what? 

Milk It

How many of you are going to the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington next month? I know Harvey would want us to make our voices heard! Latest info HERE.

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