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Feb 28 2017
Comfy Culture: Queerty Offers 10 Queer Movies To Get You Through The Trump Years Comments (0)

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Lovely that David Reddish, writing for Queerty, has included Boy Culture (2006) in his list of “10 comforting queer flicks to soothe the soul in a discomforting time.”

Many people don't realize I wrote a novel called Boy Culture that later became a movie, a movie I helped promote by launching this blog.

Reddish writes:

Q. Alan Brocka directed this adaptation of Matthew Rettenmund’s novel about a hooker with a heart of gold. Boy Culture doesn’t play like the gay version of Pretty Woman, however. In fact, it smashes the Cinderella nonsense of that film precisely by introducing a set of realistic characters, led by X. As played by Derek Magyar, X makes no apology for his questionable line of work. On the contrary, he seems to feel more shame for being part of a love triangle with his two hottie roommates, Andrew and Gregory. With a multi-racial cast and a melancholy backdrop of Seattle, Boy Culture unfolds less as a gay film about sex than a thoughtful drama about finding love in an oversexed world. For a queer audience, Boy Culture surpasses the fairytale silliness of most romantic comedies—gay or straight themed—with believable characters and some real introspection.

Time for a sequel.

 
 
Pietro Boselli: Boy Of Summer Comments (0)

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And The Winner For Most Actress Is: Faye Dunaway Comments (0)

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A friend reminded me of Andy Tobias's series of columns from 1997 about an unnamed aging Hollywood actress he referred to as Ms. Star.

The columns detail her demands of and reign of terror over a hotel while she was appearing in a play, and while Faye Dunaway is never named, details about wire hangers and Maria Callas (Dunaway starred in Master Class at the time) give her away.

Choice bit:

The staff has begun to refer to Ms. Star as Mommie Dearest, after Joan Crawford, who used to stay at the hotel during her heyday, behaving in a similar fashion but adding her own signature quirks (sending ahead a 10-page list of instructions, cleaning her own bathroom on arrival, ordering vast quantities of vodka, requesting mountains of towels and NO WIRE HANGERS, etc.).

Fortunately, our staff and Ms. Star have come to somewhat of an understanding. They accept her abuse cheerfully, but in pairs. No one has the courage now to enter her suite alone.

For example, this afternoon Ms. Star was having trouble with her OWN PERSONAL fax machine (she brought her own; we just installed the line for it). She told the concierge to report to her room in ’30 seconds.’ On the way to her suite, he grabbed the front desk manager — who’s known for his equanimity in the face of the most outrageous guest behavior — and persuaded him to accompany him to the lioness’s hot, humid den. They knocked on her door, trying to look composed even as their hearts were pumping wildly. She took her time answering the door, then made them stay in the hallway until she had made one last attempt to fix the fax machine herself. Frustrated, she told them to come inside and work on it.

It turned out that the fax machine was in perfect working order — it was just that she was not familiar with sending faxes long distance (something her secretary usually handles for her, I guess). After they explained the problem and showed her the procedure, she berated them for failing to post the directions on her OWN PERSONAL fax machine. As the concierge opened his mouth to protest, the front desk manager poked him in the ribs. He, then, turned to Ms. Star and said with one of his most endearing smiles, “You’re absolutely right, Miss ———–. We should have done just that.” She dismissed them, and the front desk manager told me later, “I think she might have said 'thank you,' but I wouldn’t swear to it.”

I recommend you read each installment. They're written so evenhandedly, with Tobias and his concierge friend making quite a few charitable excuses for Dunaway's dotty rudeness before finally settling on the idea that she was just a bitch:

A Star's Suite Is Born

Ms. Star Arrives

Ms. Star: The Saga Continues

To Reach the Impossible Star

The Curtain Falls

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Now, let's hear about a different version of Faye, from my pal Alan Light:

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Reading about the Holy Terror that is Miss Faye Dunaway reminds me of the time she was nice to me — although it was because she asked for a favor from me, and the story ends with a typical Faye goof-up.

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6-PACK — Gary From Prison + Oscar Despoiler Was Emma Stoned + Bob Harper's Near-Death Experience + Swimmer's Mind + Mack Beggs: The Question! Comments (0)

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WIDGETTMZ: “Gary from Chicago” spent 20 years in the slammer on petty theft charges, was kissing Meryl Streep's hand at the Oscars three days later.

WIDGETNYDN: Confirmed by PwC, partner Brian Cullinan handed his dupe Best Actress envelope to Warren Beatty. He was distracted by tweeting a pic of Emma Stone.

WIDGETExtraTV: The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper had a heart attack, almost died was unconscious for two days, but says he is on the mend.

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WIDGETOutsports: Former college swimmer on being gay: “If you're really young, don't let anyone tell you that you don't understand your feelings. You do.”

WIDGETCNN: Local newscaster pipes up articulately on the unfairness in the case of Mack Beggs, trans wrestler being forced to wrestler girls (his birth gender):

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Kenneth wants answers about what the rules should be regarding trans athletes — should a trans boy be wrestling girls?

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Punk Rock Forever! (Or At Least Until It Hits HSN) Comments (0)

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Look, Blondie is my favorite band, and I am happy if Debbie Harry is getting paid, but I'm not wild about her showing up on HSN to hawk fannish outfits that look like the fashions of the NINETEEN AY-AY-TIES.

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Meanwhile, I'm writing a bitchy post about the clothing and suddenly notice they also have a poster-sized wall calendar and I'm all, “Oh, I want that!”

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Okay, fine: More Blondie on HSN here.

I prefer this:

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... but then again, what % of the population would know the reference?

 
 
Jon Stewart To Media On Trump Breakup: TIME TO GET YOUR GROOVE BACK Comments (0)

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Jon Stewart's take on the media's abused-wife relationship with Donald Trump is a return to form.

Key quote:

...Seventy-year-old men don't get less cranky or racist as time goes by.

Watch:

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Next, We Loot The Museums! Comments (0)

Kellyanne Conway sits in a rather disrespectful way on the sofa in the Oval Office. I'm going to guess the only way they got so many black people into a meeting with Trump is something to do with religion.

If not, they need to get right with God.

UPDATE: Turns out it's leaders from historically black colleges. Uh, guys, girls, Trump would like to make your institutions history. But that explains why Kellyanne is rudely ignoring them.

 
 
Guydar Comments (0)

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Fur real!

More men here.

 
 
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