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Oct 20 2016
You Can Be At HERO, Baby Comments (0)

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If you're in or near NYC, or can find a flight, check out the 3rd Annual Broadway & Ballet HERO Awards, brought to you by HERO (HIV Experience Resources Organization).

The event—held October 24 at Stage 48 (605 W. 48th St., NYC) at 8 p.m.—will honor Broadway legend Donna McKechnie and international ballet star Marcelo Gomes. Plus, Ruby Lewis, Cirque du Soleil star, will receive the John Adams HERO Award and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will get the 2016 HERO Partner Award.

Directed by the amazing Patrick Boyd, the event is not to be missed. Per a press release:

This spectacular event will feature 14 original performances and a cast of over 30 stars from the worlds of Broadway and ballet including: (honorees) Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line, Broadway HERO Awardee), Ruby Lewis (Cirque du Soleil Paramour, John Adams HERO Awardee),  Marcelo Gomez (ABT international ballet star, Ballet HERO Awardee), Michael-Leon Wooley (Little Shop of Horrors, American Buffalo, The Princess and the Frog), LaTrisa Harper (The Color Purple, The Lion King), Christopher Jackson (The Lion King, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Stephen Hanna (An American In Paris, On The Town, Billy Elliot, Principle dancer, New York City Ballet), Michael Cusumano (All Shook Up, Chicago, American in Paris), Brandon Leffler (Trip of Love, On The Town, Cinderella) Patrick Boyd (Grease, The Wizard of Oz, Gypsy, Touch: A Love Story), Daniel Lynn Evans (Trip of Love), Clifton Oliver, (Kinky Boots, Lion King) Donna Vaughn (The Lion King), LaMar Baylor (The Lion King, PHILADANCO!), Sean Stewart (American Ballet Theatre), Alina Faye (American Ballet Theatre alumni), Luis Villabon (A Chorus Line), Morgan Stinnett (soloist with Connecticut Ballet, member of Aijkun Ballet Company), Shomari Savannah (Alvin Ailey), Alexis ”Tilly” Evans-Krueger (Sonya Tayee Dance Company BODYTRAFFIC, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company), Melanie Fields (EvitaThe Visit), Javon Jones (The Julliard School, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Sean Rozanski (Dirty Dancing, Gus Giordano, Jazz Dance), a special performance by Pace University students Seeley Stephens, Nia Coleman, Shannon Weir, and Kadin Andrew Mestas, choreography of an opening number by Ray Mercer (The Lion King, Award Winning Choreographer), and more. 

Get your tickets here!

Oct 05 2016
6-PACK — Matt Lister On Homophobia In Sports + Ric's Flair For Storytelling + Donald Trump vs. The Clock + Tim Kaine GOT THE JOB DONE + Ayotte Thinks Trump Is A ROLE MODEL + Hillary Slams Trump On PTSD! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureSexy-as-hell Matt Lister on homophobia in sports.

*widget boy cultureRic Flair claims he bagged one of Hollywood's hottest actresses, who claims Ric Flair is hallucinating.

*widget boy cultureI love this header: “Donald Trump Is Running Out of Time.” Find out why.

*widget boy cultureTim Kaine was grating, but “got the job done.” Rachel Maddow thought debate missed chance on LGBT issues.

*widget boy cultureRepublican Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH) is aligning with Trump just in time to lose.

*widget boy cultureHillary on PTSD: “Donald Trump's comments are not just ignorant, they're harmful.”

Sep 25 2016
Brookner: The Movie — A Review Of UNCLE HOWARD Comments (0)

For some odd reason, the PR for the film asked for no screengrabs from the film to be used. I've never had that request in 20+ years of reviewing films, but that's why the post is no longer very illustrated. Usually, creative screengrabs and even GIFs decorate Internet reviews of films, both supplied and created. I personally don't think screengrabs make people less likely to see this film; quite the opposite. But there you have it.—Ed.

Uncle Howard, Aaron Brookner's poetic, intimate documentary about his search for his late uncle's life's work, is coming to the New York Film Festival (Sunday, October 9, 5:30 p.m., Bruno Walter Auditorium; Monday, October 10, 9 p.m., Francesca Beale Theater) ahead of a November 18 release.

The film makes poignant use of home movies, old newspaper clippings and Aaron's interviews with various artists who worked with his uncle, who died of AIDS before the release of his first major movie, the star-studded curiosity Bloodhounds of Broadway, in 1989.

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Most effectively, he repurposes pieces of his uncle's Burroughs: The Movie (1983) and its attendant outtakes as well as behind-the-scenes footage from Bloodhounds (several lovely Madonna passages) and Robert Wilson and the Civil Wars (1987) to help convey a sense of his uncle's determined brilliance and to impart that contagious feeling of excitement when things thought lost are found intact.

All the more interesting that it is found intact in Williams S. Burroughs's legendary bunker.

Howard Brookner's family is given as much screen time as his lover, the writer Brad Gooch, whose handsomeness and youth are intact decades after Brookner's was relegated to existing only on film, and this allows the film to be more personal than a simple reassessment of a budding filmmaker's prowess might have been.

Check out Brad Gooch's memoir here!

Unspecified-1Director Aaron Brookner with Brad Gooch, Howard Brookner's partner (Image via Obscured Pictures)

There is regret in Uncle Howard, but also hope, and encouragement, and love. Howard Brookner at one point mourns the loss of his elderly grandfather in a video diary, noting that the death would've been far sadder had it involved a young person. And yet when he was about to die, he had words of wisdom that inform his nephew's touching portrait: However short or long, live your life doing what you want.

Sep 19 2016
6-PACK — Gary Johnson Had No Clue NYC Bombing Hurt Anybody + Trump Says Hillary's For Abolishing Borders + Bernie: Don't Protest-Vote In 2016! + Trans Woman Murdered + AlMoMAdóvar! + That's What Friends Were For! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureGary Johnson (drunkenly?) says he's glad no one got hurt in NYC bombings. (29 people were!) Interviewer lets it slide!

*widget boy cultureTrump's latest lie about Hillary's policies is a whopper—will anyone care?! This is why diplomats are undiplomatic about him.

*widget boy cultureBernie Sanders urges not to protest-vote this year. Not. This. Year.

*widget boy cultureMurdered trans woman was stabbed ONE HUNDRED AND NINETEEN TIMES.

*widget boy cultureEvery single Pedro Almodóvar film is coming to MoMA!

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*widget boy cultureDo not miss the 1993 Bar Mitzvah video of a bunch of family members warbling “That's What Friends Are For” ...

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Sep 12 2016
6-PACK — Hillary: I THOUGHT I COULD POWER THROUGH + Hillary's Odds + Pence Won't Renounce David Frickin' Duke + Alexis Arquette Died Of AIDS + Brad Pitt vs. Mel Gibson + Sexy Football Jock! Comments (0)

Clinton: I thought I could power through illness - CNN Video

In a phone interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Hillary Clinton says she is feeling better and discusses fainting spells in the past.

*widget boy cultureHillary Clinton, in a call to Anderson Cooper, said she didn't think her pneumonia “was going to be that big a deal.”

*widget boy cultureHow to fix Hillary: Antibiotics and MORE WATER. How to fix Trump: ??? (Hillary's gonna win.)

*widget boy culturePence pretends Trump isn't still a birther, refuses to concede that David Duke is deplorable. DAVID. DUKE.

Alexis-Arquette-Wedding-SingerAlexis Arquette in 1998's The Wedding Singer (Image via New Line)

*widget boy cultureAlexis Arquette reportedly died of AIDS-related causes.

*widget boy cultureBrad Pitt compares The Passion of the Christ to Scientology. Jesus H. (for Hubbard?) Christ!

*widget boy cultureSexy mofo Jimmy Garoppolo, in various states of undress.

Sep 08 2016
6-PACK — Hillary Smiles While Burning RNC + Trump Lies, Media Cheers + Zellweger On Chesney's Sexual Orientation + Gaga Hits #1 (Somehow) + Madonna's Dancer From The Dance + Dead Or Alive Tsunami! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureHillary points out the obvious inappropriateness of Trump dishing on his classified security briefing, rejects smile advice.

*widget boy cultureTrump lies—blatantly—with impunity. The MSM unconsciously wants him to win. Obama: Stop grading him on the curve.

*widget boy cultureRenée Zellweger indirectly asserts that rumors saying her ex, Kenny Chesney, was gay were false.

*widget boy cultureLady Gaga hits #1 ... with a song that has not even been released. Seems fair.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's Salim “Slam” Gauwloos gives LONG, juicy interview on Blond Ambition, HIV, dance, his dark period.

*widget boy cultureA new Dead or Alive career-retrospective set has 19 (!) discs.

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Sep 01 2016
Man Threatens Event Worse Than Pulse — Gets Off Scot-Free Comments (0)

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Florida man Craig Jungwirth threatened to exterminate gays, threw around AIDS slurs—questioned & released!

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Jungwirth, who is said to be gay, was reportedly incensed when he bought the rights to a gay party night and received no support from the community.

Police can only say Jungwirth is not nearby, and after being questioned ... is not under arrest.

Aug 28 2016
FINDING PRINCE CHARMING Contestant Comes Out As HIV Positive Comments (0)

TMZ exclusively reveals that a cast member of Logo's Finding Prince Charming will come out as HIV positive to eligible 0826-finding-prince-charming-cast-logo-4bachelor Robert Sepulveda Jr. on an episode of the show.

I'm not thrilled with the stunt aspect. I remember thinking this of RuPaul's Drag Race and Project Runway, too, when cast members announced their status—on those shows, the announcement was not pre-hyped—but I feel like this treatment inadvertently tends to make it seem like HIV is really rare and that when someone in a group comes out about their status, that must mean everyone else is HIV negative.

On Finding Prince Charming, I would be surprised if everyone else on the show is negative; when I'm meeting guys, I assume everyone is positive and proceed as such. I have to imagine Sepulveda is not new to this concept and knows a trick or two about safer sex.

I just hope (against hope) the show will handle the issue sensitively (will PrEP come up? because the concept of being undetectable undoubtedly will) and not make it into a big sob story about how the contestant contracted HIV—I guess I am imagining some kind of dreary you didn't deserve it! speech.

But while I've clearly already decided the show isn't for me, I won't assume the worst about how they handle this topic and will instead wait and see when that episode hits.

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