55 posts categorized "BARBRA STREISAND"

Apr 06 2013
Best Bette: Midler Channels Mengers In I'LL EAT YOU LAST Comments (4)

Bette-MidlerLiza Minnelli & another fan get first dibs on I'll Eat You Last

BOY CULTURE RATING: **** out of ****

The first thing I ever blogged was a take-down of Bette Midler.

It's not that I totally detest Bette Midler; the elusive gay gene disallows that. But she was not the fierce (snap!) advocate I felt she should be back then. Then there is the little matter of her frequent, often well-placed (the worst kind!) barbs about that other Divine Miss M, the one who is currently fulfilling her destiny as the wind beneath Malawi's wings.

BETTE-MIDLERBut when I heard Bette Midler was going to play the very-recently-late Hollywood superagent Sue Mengers in I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, a one-woman show on Broadway directed by Joe Mantello, I was on board. What a perfect marriage of personalities, made all the more perfect artistically because the two women, while outspoken and lewd, are not clones so much as each possesses a "je ne sais fuck you" vibe that makes the casting so fun you don't even have to see the play to get your first delighted chuckle.

But now that I've seen the very first preview, I can say: You do have to see this play, because this is not just a great idea, it's also a great execution.

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Apr 04 2013
Last Heard: How Long It's Been Since These Icons Went Top 40 Comments (9)


What follows is a list of 125 household-name artists grouped by the last years in which they appeeared on a single that hit the Top 40 of Billboard's "Hot 100" chart in America. As a recovering teen chart nut, I find this stuff fascinating. It speaks to their relevance as artists in some cases, but speaks to the relevance of having a "hit single" in cases where the artists are clearly still quite successful by other measures.

Most of all, it's just wow-inducing to see how long it's been for some of these artists, who have sold millions and millions of records in their storied careers. It's also interesting seeing the groups of artists who enjoyed their last Top 40 success together...Gloria Gaynor and Patti Smith, for example.

(Please feel free to correct me if I am wrong on any; it's hard juggling artists' singles, featured appearances, etc.)


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Mar 10 2013
Need To Know: Quinn's Out & In, Here Come The Judd, Gays Against Marriage Equality, Homosuperior Leather Bar Interior + MORE Comments (1)

Christine-QuinnCity Council Speaker announces bid for NYC mayor; would be first woman, first LGBT mayor

*widget boy cultureSHE LAUGHED, SHE CRIED: Christine Quinn is in. (But no mention of her wife???)

*widget boy cultureOh, and by the way...so is Ashley Judd. (Probably.) Vince-Sant-4

*widget boy cultureI don't know if he's blank-loathing, but I sure hate his guts.

*widget boy cultureVince Sant's washboard abs.

*widget boy cultureTMZ to January Jones: "People think you're a homewrecker."

*widget boy cultureSNL hosts/alums welcome Timberlake to "Five-Timer's Club."

*widget boy cultureRivers on lesbian kiss: "I'll do just about anything for ratings."

*widget boy cultureThe contrived nature of the "selfie."

*widget boy cultureHomophobic "Harlem Shake" video from Jamaica.

*widget boy cultureDANCING IN THE SHEETS: In bed with Bowie & Jaggie.

*widget boy cultureInterview with I Want Your Love and Interior: Leather Bar director Travis Mathews.

Interiorsmall2An actor appears to contemplate documenting Val Lauren's Interior.

Feb 25 2013
Seth MacFarLAME: But Even So, The Oscars Can't Stop The Music Comments (26)

Michelle-Obama-OscarsThe winner of the week? FLOTUS!

Aside from Michelle Obama making a genuinely shocking and winning appearance—and even presenting the Best Picture award!—and spectacular performances by the Les Miz cast (fuck the haters) Jennifer Hudson, Adele (okay, she was slightly muted) and a gorgeous, adamantly "I'm-still-here" Streisand, The Oscars were, IMHO, pretty terrible.

Barbra-StreisandIf she had the chance, Barbra Streisand would do it all again

Seth-MacfarlaneI don't think Seth MacFarlane is at all suited for this kind of gig. He is not a stand-up performer. His jokes mostly landed with thuds or were delivered with uncertainty or with those cringe-making asides like, "That's why it's live, folks!" etc.

I hated the fact that William Shatner, not known for being a movie actor, was so much a part of the opening. I thought the taped bits were funny and MacFarlane and the others sang and danced well, but it went nowhere fast...

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Feb 23 2013
Need To Know Comments (1)

Perry-EllisI very much approve

*widget boy cultureMeet the Perry Ellis Very Perry campaign.

*widget boy culture"Fierce advocate" Pres. Obama fiercely advocates against DOMA.

*widget boy cultureAnti-gay nut: Obama dating Reggie Love.

*widget boy cultureCan NJ legislature override Christie's anti-equality veto? Gay-press-gay-power

*widget boy cultureOscar-ish: Anderson Cooper's Top 10 favorite films.

*widget boy cultureEven for $25K, I wouldn't tongue-kiss Maloof.

*widget boy cultureGay Press, Gay Power = amazing LGBT non-fic book.

*widget boy cultureBTS of Purple Crush's "Little Bitch."

*widget boy cultureA guilt-free Barbra Streisand trip.

*widget boy cultureAmazing Madonna mash-up.

*widget boy cultureMadonna is music's #1 earner of 2012.

*widget boy cultureGaga isn't in the Top 40! (But it didn't count merch, etc.; she's #4 there.)

Madonna DSC0079 Mo money

Dec 21 2012
All The Road Rage: Reviews Of The Guilt Trip & On The Road Comments (1)

Kristen-Dunst-On-the-Road"Fasten your seatbelts!"

The Guilt Trip

BOY CULTURE REVIEW: *** out of ****

I went into this Barbra Streisand/Seth Rogen mom/son buddy movie expecting it to be as Barbra-Streisand-The-Guilt-Tripmeandering and pointless as its unfunny trailer, but I was pleasantly surprised. Eventually. In the beginning, it was hard to take the unlikable characters—Streisand's Jewish mother a smothering nag, Rogen's inventor son cold and seemingly filled to the brim with resentment. It could've been Psycho: The Prequel. Then, once a huge fight cleared the air, watching the characters embark on a long road trip as the son attempts to sell an all-natural cleaner he's invented became a pleasure. In particular, it was fun watching Streisand let her hair down, avoid vanity shots (except toward the end, where her hair suddenly looks like buttah) and crack wise, not to mention scarf down a steak that would have choked a prize fighter. The film holds a couple of bittersweet surprises, but the biggest shocker is that it's not a broad, Fockers-like comedy, but something if not deep then certainly more to be felt than simply enjoyed.

On the Road

BOY CULTURE REVIEW: ** out of ****

Less fun was sitting through Walter Salles's take on Jack Kerouac's classic On the Road. A thinly disguised memoir chronicling Kerouac's (Sam Riley as "Sal Paradise") relationships with Neal On-The-Road_02Cassady (Garrett Hedlund as "Dean Moriarty"), Allen Ginsberg (Tom Sturridge as "Carlo Marx"), the book does not fare well on the big screen, with most of the characters coming off as ridiculously pretentious, selfish and vapid. Or maybe that's how I'd react to reading the book at age 44. One thing's for sure—Riley does not conjure up whatever it is people find appealing about Kerouac, and that is a fatal flaw. The story still stings, even in a not-great adaptation, because it's about the devastation that charm can visit upon the romantic. I was also enamored of Garrett Hedlund's I-shouldn't-love-him intensity as well as his oft-glimpsed power-fucking. I never though I'd say this, either, but Kristen Stewart (as a not-that-innocent child bride) and Kirsten Dunst (as a woman who thinks she's tamed "Dean" but soon finds out she was sorely mistaken) are the absolute highlights, managing to fill their characters with more emotion and complexity with less camera time than all of the guys combined. Overall, it had me murmuring, "Are we there yet?"

Dec 07 2012
WIN IT: The Guilt Trip Prize Pack! Comments (38)


Enter to win a The Guilt Trip prize pack: 1 USB car charger, 1 car air freshener, 1 bumper sticker!

To enter, simply comment this post with your favorite Barbra Streisand movie EVER. I'll pick 3 of you at random to win 1 week from today at 5PM EST.

Paramount Pictures presents


Starring Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen, Kathy Najimy, Colin Hanks and Adam Scott

Get ready for one mother of a trip

Andy Brewster is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, and who better to accompany him than his overbearing mother Joyce? After deciding to start his adventure with a quick visit at Mom's, Andy is guilted into bringing her along for the ride. Across the 3,000 miles of ever-changing landscape, he is constantly aggravated by her antics, but over time he comes to realize that their lives have more in common that he originally thought. His mother's advice might end up being exactly what he needs.

The Guilt Trip is in theaters December 19

Dec 06 2012
Need To Know Comments (1)

O-JOSH-PACHECO-SUICIDE-570So sweet he even apologized in his suicide note for not being strong

Widget boy cultureBullying pushes Josh Pacheco a Fenton, MI, teenager, to suicide.

Widget boy cultureSupreme Court strikes down Mexico's anti-equality law. Barbra-Streisand-Jan-Brewer-Lady-Gaga-Dave-Brubeck-Dita-Von-Teese-Madonna

Widget boy cultureGov. Jan Brewer "slugged" the climate-curious reporter.

Widget boy cultureCurtains: Maestro Dave Brubeck, Music Man's Susan Luckey.

Widget boy cultureDita Von Teese's ultimate style icon: Madonna.

Widget boy cultureOpinions on gay rights are rapidly changing.

Widget boy culture"You can't say, 'Gay once, gay always.'"—various quacks

Widget boy cultureGay-bashing Miami cop gets job back.

Widget boy cultureFrench sperm quality totally sucks.

Widget boy cultureJulie Andrews can sing "Old Man River"—not much else.

Widget boy cultureWorkers in Belarus banned from quitting.

Widget boy cultureBarbra Streisand might cast Lady Gaga in Gypsy.

Widget boy cultureGay Secretary of Commerce for Obama?

Widget boy cultureWorld's oldest woman dies at 116.

Widget boy cultureRyan & Rubio distance themselves from Romney.

Widget boy cultureChanning Tatum taking a breather.

Channing-tatum-shared-picture-2002445262I thought we were on a break!

Dec 04 2012
Need To Know Comments (3)

Cheyenne-main"Know" one hotter than Cheyenne

Widget boy cultureCheyenne Jackson's "Don't Wanna Know" is a 2000s "I'm Still Standing".

Widget boy culture"Don't Wanna Know" features Broadway Bares beefcake.

Widget boy cultureAndrew Corvin is as hot as it gets.

Widget boy cultureMadonna's original "Vogue" boy is visually remixed.

Widget boy cultureMadonna releases "Superstar" with fan-art cover in Brazil.

Widget boy culturePRIVATE DANCER: Mesmerizing movie trailer. Gay-Jan-Brewer-shritless-underarms-model-Barbra-Streisand-France-guys

Widget boy cultureHow the gay press bred gay power.

Widget boy cultureFrench 1st Lady can't wait for marriage equality.

Widget boy cultureEasy—not cheap—way to meet Barbra Streisand.

Widget boy cultureLunatic #1 shoves NYC man under train. Lunatic #2 photographs it.

Widget boy cultureBoy Culture's new Facebook page.

Widget boy culturePapa John's loses favorability over Obamacare.

Widget boy cultureJan Brewer M.I.A.: Surgery? Affair? Back to Mars?

Widget boy cultureThe 8th Annual Out Music Awards hit Vegas.

Widget boy cultureThe Baby Wait at full term tonight.

Widget boy cultureLittle House child actress abused/disowned by mom.


Widget boy cultureTix to Kinky Boots—by Cyndi Lauper/Harvey Fierstein—on sale.

Widget boy cultureOfficial Pet Shop Boys "Memory of the Future" lyrics video:

Nov 28 2012
Beating Off Together: 150 Gayest Songs EVER (The List) Comments (19)

CazwellWhat makes a song "gay?"

Is it the singer's real-life sexual persuasion, the explicit or implicit (and positive or negative) lyrical content, how it has been embraced by the gay community, being inextricably linked with its homo-erotic video...or something else?

Or all of the above?

Judy-Garland"Wait...'YMCA' is about more than just hittin' the gym?"

My picks for the gayest songs of all time follow below in alphabetical order by artist. There is also a separate post (with a crazy load time) with the songs arranged somewhat creatively for your listening/viewing enjoyment.

Feel free to tell me what am I missing, in both senses of the question...

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