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Apr 26 2017
Goldie & Amy On Gay Rights & Wrongs Comments (0)

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Goldie Hawn, in a joint interview with Amy Schumer conducted for PrideSource, remembers the AIDS years in Hollywood, saying:

When we went through the AIDS period, it was a very scary time, and I would go visit guys and I'd get in bed with them just to be there with them.

She also spells out her approach to LGBT — and human — rights:

Being an ally for LGBT people and an ally for all people, transgender or whatever - to me, that's a human story. I feel there are injustices in the world that I'll stand up for, and I think that it's important to realize that the world is filled with these kinds of issues. We're dealing with intolerance and what's going on with deportation and what's happening with Mexicans and what's happening with people who are Muslim. There are so many things, and if you can't stand up for it, then you're not standing up for humankind. Because that's who we are. We all have skin and blood, and we're all made of the same things. I have a note that I will probably needlepoint one day: "Love knows no gender." And it doesn't. Love is something in the heart and in the mind, so why would you chastise anyone for that? And this is something that I feel very strongly about.

Check out the rest of Chris Azzopardi's piece, in which Schumer talks about her own gay fanbase and claims:

I'm gay for so many people that I think I may be just gay.

Goldie & Amy's Snatched is in theaters May 12. It marks Hawn's first film since 2002's The Banger Sisters.

Fun Facts: Goldie battled the late Jonathan Demme on their film Swing Shift (1984) — he wanted it edgy, she wanted laughs. Also, Goldie and Madonna were all set to star in the film adaptation of Chicago (2002), but Goldie was allegedly fired for being too old and Madonna dumped by then-director Nicholas Hytner before eventual director Rob Marshall came on board.

 
Oscar-Winning Director Jonathan Demme Dead @ 73 Comments (0)

DemmeJonathan Demme: February 22, 1944—April 26, 2017 (Image via handout)

Jonathan Demme, who won the Oscar for directing The Silence of the Lambs (1991), has died of cancer at 73, Variety reports.

After a string of edgy, critically acclaimed films like the offbeat Howard Hughes buddy movie Melvin and Howard (1980), the much-loved Talking Heads doc Stop Making Sense (1984), the Melanie Griffith road movie Something Wild (1986) and the Michelle Pfeiffer mobster comedy Married to the Mob (1988), Demme broke into A-list director territory with Lambs, which became a rare film to win all of the Top 5 awards at the Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay.

Lambs, for which then-closeted actress Jodie Foster won the Oscar (giving a speech that obliquely referenced her choice to be a private person), contains — along with fine acting and memorable suspense — an arguably exploitative representation of a serial killer who is described as someone who thinks he is, and wants to be, “transsexual.” The script includes dialogue that attempts to argue that actual trans people are not prone to murder, but scenes of Buffalo Bill with his penis tucked between his legs and mugging in female garb seem unmistakably designed to creep out the audience.

It could be argued that Demme hadn't completely shaken off his early years working on unapologetically exploitative films for Roger Corman, including his directorial debut, Caged Heat (1974).

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Nonetheless, The Silence of the Lambs has since been called one of the 100 Greatest Films Ever Made by the AFI, and was an enormous international success.

In Demme's follow-up to Lambs, he took on the topic of AIDS in Philadelphia (1993), which won Tom Hanks his first Oscar. The film grossed nearly $80 million in the U.S., thanks to Demme's efforts to get it made, and thanks to his casting of movie stars Hanks and Denzel Washington.

His career took a swift dive thereafter, with the Oprah Winfrey-starring bomb Beloved (1998) and the poorly received remakes The Truth About Charlie (2002) and The Manchurian Candidate (2004).

Rachel Getting Married (2008), starring Anne Hathaway, represented a return to Demme's roots. His final narrative films, A Master Builder (2013) and the Meryl Streep vehicle Ricki and the Flash (2015) did not make a big impact.

In 2016, Demme directed Justin Timberlake's concert feature, Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids, for Netflix.

Demme had been battling cancer at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife Joanne Howard and their three children.

 
Apr 20 2017
Strip U, Where Hazing Is Part Of The Core Curriculum Comments (0)

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Broadway Bares — coming June 18 — has a theme: Strip U.

This will allow director Nick Kenkel to explore hazing, frat boys, jocks and doing whatever it takes to erase student loans in the yearly extravaganze to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Get Your Tickets Here!

Keep reading for a brand-new video from behind the scenes of the promo shoot ...

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Apr 13 2017
TWO BOYS KISSING Hits Comments (0)

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The digital release of Two Boys Kissing, an album by Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus (TCGMC), is here!

Two Boys Kissing on Spotify

Two Boys Kissing on YouTube

Two Boys Kissing on iTunes & Apple Music

Two Boys Kissing on Amazon

The album is a new choral work based on David Levithan's novel of the same name. Joshua Shank is the composer. The album contains six different spoken-word narrators, a 150-voice choir, two soloists and a chamber orchestra.

From a press release:

Nearly two years in the making, Two Boys Kissing tells the story of a group of teenagers as they face contemporary struggles head on. Craig and Harry plan to break the world record for longest kiss as their uplifting and inspirational response to a hate crime. Ryan and Avery meet at prom and fall in love, but Avery struggles to reveal the most personal part of his story to Ryan. Cooper copes with a difficult family situation by chatting online with older men, eventually fleeing his home after a brutal attack by his father. All the while these brave boys are observed from above by their angel grandfathers, an entire generation of gay men who died of AIDS.

Check it out if you think it sounds as great as I think it sounds!

 
Apr 11 2017
6-PACK — OMG(ay)! + Cross-Dressers Crossing + Strike An Affidavit + Luckily, Elton John Can Say: I'M STILL STANDING + Mariah's Single + Speedo Stud! Comments (0)

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WIDGETYouTube @TreyPearson: Now that is the type of religious awakening I can get with:

WIDGETGayly: State staffer sends email warning of “cross-dressers” in state Capitol on the day LGBTQ students arrived for HIV Awareness Day.

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WIDGETTHR: Producer Shep Pettibone sues Warner Bros. for withholding “Vogue” royalties after prevailing in long-running copyright suit.

WIDGETOMG Blog: Holy crap! Someone hired a hit man to murder Elton John live onstage.

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WIDGETDListed: Mariah Carey dumped her sexy boyfriend, to whom she'd allegedly been giving $25K a month — so he could buy her gifts. (I'm single, Mimi!) Or not.

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Looks good in a Speedo, and he can read — get me my grandmother's wedding ring.

 
Apr 09 2017
Drawn That Way: A Review Of The Film TOM OF FINLAND Comments (0)

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I'm a fan of the art of Touko Laaksonen, so the new film Tom of Finland — Teaser-trailer-tom-of-finland-696x464his professional name as an erotic-art illustrator — was so far up my alley it was practically parked in my garage.

Laaksonen was born in Finland and served in WWII, going on to become a successful ad man thanks to his skill with the pencil. Inspired by mental images of laborers and even by the tight uniforms of the Nazis (with whom he did not sympathize politically), he drew unflinching scenes of muscular macho men engaged in sexual abandon, or merely showing off their assets, dripping with libidinous tension.

He kept his drawings under wraps, learning the hard way (having them stolen, being arrested, facing condemnation) that what he saw as natural was a cause for great alarm in his neck of the woods, and, in fact, most everywhere.

In this new biopic— which has been called Finland's first on gay male love — the story of Touko (played with superb empathy by Pekka Strang) is fleshed out in a compelling, visually stylish and achingly emotional way by acclaimed director Dome Karukoski.

Tom-of-finlandTouko & Nipa — a love story (This and all other images via Protagonist Pictures, unless noted)

Tom of Finland beautifully illustrates Touko's gay awakening, captures the excitement and danger of his sexual trysts and flawlessly conveys the non-monogamous love he finds with a stunning young partner, Nipa (Lauri Tilkanen, who looks like the Garrett Clayton of Finland). Finagling a romance with Nipa aka Veli, also the object of Tom's spinster sister's (Jessica Grabowsky) affection, is portrayed adroitly.

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Mar 30 2017
Signs Of The Times Comments (0)

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Mar 28 2017
Hornet's Summit On Raw Sex Comments (0)

Guys turned out  to Therapy in NYC to chat about the topic of what raw sex means to gay men, and how that affects STI prevention. Check out a video from the event, hosted by Hornet, above.

 


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