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Dec 11 2016

Hunks Get Hooked

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In the first sketch (following the cold open) on SNL tonight, Beck Bennett and Kyle Mooney — playing neglected Hook a Hunk contestants — wound up passionately making out.

Screen Shot 2016-12-11 at 12.26.26 AM(Video still via NBC)

Oddly, SNL seems to have skipped this sketch on social media.

Catch it while you can ...

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Dec 10 2016

TEEN VOGUE Comes For Donald Trump

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Lauren Duca, writing for Teen Vogue (!), lands more solid blows against allegedly President-elect Donald J. Trump than the rest of the MSM has all year. Really great take-down that includes:

To be clear, the "us" here is everyone living under Trump. It's radical progressives, hardline Republicans, and Jill Stein's weird cousin. The President of the United States cannot be lying to the American electorate with zero accountability. The threat of deception is not a partisan issue. Trump took advantage of the things that divide this country, pitting us against one another, while lying his way to the Oval Office. Yes, everything is painfully clear in hindsight, but let’s make sure Trump’s win was the Lasik eye surgery we all so desperately needed. 

The good news about this boiling frog scenario is that we’re not boiling yet. Trump is not going to stop playing with the burner until America realizes that the temperature is too high. It’s on every single one of us to stop pretending it’s always been so hot in here.

Give it a read; she calls it.

13966232Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight (GIF via MGM)

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Manspreader Of The Year: Blake Skjellerup

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 Do they accept images in lieu of obituaries? Because this picture would be my cause o' death.

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Homotrophy Husband

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Hmtp-2017-calendar-8(Image via Homotrophy)

Sexy site Homotrophy is offering an even sexier new calendar, entitled “My Alter Ego.”

In it, the model pictured above — who would have horses green with envy — poses in such a way that he's seen interacting with himself. It takes boyfriend twins to a whole 'nother level.

Click here to get the calendar, and click here to see all of the model's gifts. (Work Unfriendly)

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6-PACK — Vote Boy Culture! + U.S.(S.R.) + Social Security RIP + Democratic Turncoat + Hot 'N' Hairy!

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WOWIESVOTENOW(Image via World of Wonder)

WIDGETPlease take a moment to vote for Boy Culture for a Wowie Award!

WIDGETThe reactions make it official: The GOP is in bed with the Russians. Big change from Commie witch-hunters to this.

WIDGETMeanwhile, Trump is going to pick rando CEO Rex Tillerson as Sec. of State, screwing Romney and air-kissing Putin — again!

WIDGETRepublican unveils plan to gut Social Security.

WIDGETDemocratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp will complete her transformation into a Republican with this appointment. Disgusting.

WIDGETToo hairy, too proud — I'll never understand guys who prefer either smooth or hair to the point of being turned off by the opposite.

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You're Welcome: Vagelis Kuris For Modus Vivendi

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Modus Vivendi launches its new Meander line, using shots by Vagelis Kuris of model Christos Katsavochristos.

MODUS VIVENDI SOUNIO-000356-2(All images by Vagelis Kuris)

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Dec 09 2016

Madonna Shows Up To Collect BILLBOARD Woman Of The Year Award, Gives Amazing, Deeply Personal Speech About Feminism

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Madonna was given a Woman of the Year by Billboard Magazine, immediately following a souful rendition of “Like a Prayer” by Labrinth and a gospel choir. She liked the performance.

“I always feel better with something hard between my legs,” she Mae Wested while straddling a mic.

She went on to deliver a powerful speech that kicked off with some feminism:

I stand before you as a doormat — oh, I mean a female entertainer... Thank you for acknowledging my ability to continue my career Billboard 2016 for 34 years in the face of blatant misogyny, sexism, constant bullying and relentless abuse. When I started, there was no Internet, so people had to say it to my face.

She name-checked the LGBTQ community early on in her speech:

There were very few people I had to “clap back at” because life was simpler there. People were just dying of AIDS everywhere, Manhattan was under the siege of a plague and it wasn't safe to be gay — it wasn't cool to be associated with the gay community.

She got deep discussing her formative years in NYC, which began in 1979:

In the first year, I was robbed at gunpoint, raped on a rooftop with a knife digging into my throat and I had my apartment broken into so many times I just stopped locking the door. In the years to follow, I lost almost every friend I had, to AIDS or drugs or gunshot. As you can imagine, all these unexpected events not only helped me become the daring woman that stands before you, but it also reminded me that I am vulnerable, and in life, there is no real safety except self-belief. And an understanding that I am not the owner of my talents — I'm not the owner of anything. Everything I have is a gift from God. And even the shitty, fucked-up things that happened to me, that still happen to me, are also gifts, to teach me lessons and make me stronger no matter how much I cry about it, I'm alone, no matter how much I ranta bout the unfairness of it all, I'll take any friend that'll listen.

She went on to say that she doesn't care about awards, but still wanted to use the moment to speak about being a woman, and a woman in the recording business.

She generously listed as influences Debbie Harry, Chrissie Hynde, Aretha Franklin and especially her “muse” David Bowie, who she says made her think there were no rules.

But I was wrong. There are no rules ... if you're a boy. If you're a girl, you have to play the game . What is that game? You are allowed to be pretty and cute and sexy, but don't act too smart, don't have an opinion, don't have an opinion that is out of line with the status quo. You are allowed to be objectified by men and dress like a slut, but don't own your sluttiness and do not, I repeat, do not, share your own sexual fantasies with the world. Be what men what you to be, but more importantly, be what women feel comfortable with you being around other men. And finally, do not age, because to age is a sin. You will be criticized, you will be vilified and you will definitely not be played on the radio.

Madonna remembered posing nude for art students, saying she recalls the media expecting her to be ashamed when the pics came out in 1985, saying people probably left her alone because she was “taken off the market” by Sean Penn. She also recalled being called a whore, a witch and like Satan during her Sex era even while Prince got to run around in provocative gear. She said this was when she fully got it that women and men were not the same in our society, period.

After the Sex backlash — about which she cried today — she felt like “the most hated person in the world,” feeling paralyzed. She also settled the score with Camille Paglia for dogging her (noyce!) and declared herself a “bad feminist,” in a good way.

Her memory of that American Bandstand moment when she declared she wanted to rule the world was that she never planned to say that, but that her ego later understood:

...if you ask the universe for a lot, you're gonna get a lot — it just won't always be pleasant. So once you embrace and accept this universal law, you just might survive not only the entertainment business, not only the music business, but you must might survive this crazy thing called life ... People say that I'm so controversial, but I think the most controversial thing that I have ever done is to stick around.

She listed such famous departees as Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Prince, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse (wrong era, but okay), David Bowie in declaring herself “still standing.”

Toward the end, she seemed to reference Donald Trump by stating:

Women have been so oppressed for so long they believe what men say about them, and they believe they have to back a man to get the job done. And there are some very good men worth backing, but not because they're men, because they're worthy.

She showed up to collect her award in a custom Gucci pantsuit, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Kirk Douglas Turns 100

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567e66822f5d6__douglas-kirk-champion-01Kirk Douglas in his 1949 film Champion, for which he received an Oscar nomination (Image via United Artists)

Today, Oscar-winning actor Kirk Douglas — one of the very few A-listers left from Hollywood's Golden Age — turns 100 years old.

I believe this is the first time in history that not one but two bona fide movie stars have been centenarians at the same time, following Olivia de Havilland turning 100 earlier this year.

What's more, Zsa Zsa Gabor — a lesser figure than either Olivia or Kirk to be sure, yet very much a household name — will become a third big-name figure to hit 100 if she survives until her February birthday; she's been in ill health for years.

In the past, the only actors of their caliber I can think of who made it to 100 were George Burns (1896-1996) and Bob Hope (1903-2004), who made it to 100 (and no further) several years apart.

Luise Rainer lived to the ripe old age of 104, dying in 2014, but while she was a two-time Oscar winner, I'm not sure it could be argued she was as much of a pop cultural sensation as any of the other names listed.

Tumblr_m9woq77qpK1qedb29o1_500As Van Gogh in Lust for Life (1956), for which Douglas won the Oscar (GIF via MGM)

Here is a handy list of entertainment figures who have lived to 100 and beyond.

Here is my list of every (?) actor I could think of who is 80+.

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