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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!

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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 23 2016
1,000 Men, So Little Time: Bob Mizer Gets His Due Comments (0)

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The New Yorker has a long, gossipy profile of Bob Mizer (1922-1992), the man who created the iconic gay photo service Athletic Model Guild. Daniel Wenger beautifully summarizes Mizer's particular aesthetic and his M.O. in securing models in the 1940s and beyond:

Mizer came out to his mother in the thirties, when he was a teen-ager, refusing to ask a date to the prom and taking up nude Screen Shot 2016-09-23 at 2.36.33 PMsunbathing on the garage roof. His notion of gayness was informed by a “Code of Behavior” that he recorded in his high-school diary: “More masculine at all times.” Among his models were the gay and the straight, professional bodybuilders and professional beach bums, college students and returnees from the European front. They assembled in his studio, before backdrops of Greco-Roman splendor and the Midwestern prairie, stripping down, oiling up, and—this being long before the full-frontal seventies—putting on silken posing straps, a kind of antique G-string. (The ones Mizer used were allegedly sewn by his mom.) After playing sailors and wrestlers and cowboys, the models were rewarded with sets of free snapshots, “membership cards” for the Guild, and, maybe most valuable, memories of the photo sessions, when they gazed not at Mizer but at their own images, reflected in the large mirror mounted above him.

The piece is published on the occasion of the release of a massive two-volume set of Mizer's life's work by Taschen; he famously put out a 1,000-model directory, and in fact appears to have shot upwards of 10,000 men. I'm sure he held hands with more than a few of them, too.

Mizer should be as venerated as Mapplethorpe, but is not because his art was produced in a mainstream way (a newsstand magazine called Physique Pictorial, the first U.S. gay magazine) in spite of being considered contraband by the U.S. Postal Service at various times. Also, where Mapplethorpe was seen as capturing a sex-driven scene in a post-modern way, Mizer was seen more as a perv with a camera.

Both things can be true about about men, and about many other artists.

Buy Bob Mizer. AMG: 1,000 Model Directory here.

 
Sep 19 2016
HEAT INDEX — Gus Kenworthy + Troye Sivan + Hot Book + Bulging Speedo + BIG Brother + No-Pantsing With The Stars + Nipple Effect + Surreptitious Studs + Nikolaj Coster-Waldau! Comments (0)

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TAKING THE PLUNGE: Gus Kenworthy (ABOVE) strips, makes a splash.

GOOD BOY: Troye Sivan admits he looks good in unfortunately-leaked semi-nude.

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DIRTY BOOKS: Don't miss Geoffrey Dicker's funny, sex-drenched, fictional memoir.

FRONT-LOADED: If this guy's Speedo were a melon, it would be ripe!

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BIG, BIG BROTHER: Canadian reality star goes nude. (Work Unfriendly)

PANTSED:

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GOING DOWN: Justin Timberlake as a sexy '50s lifeguard.

CHEWABLE NIPS: His hairy hooters need tongue-bathing. 

TASTY TOVEY: ABOVE: Oh, Russell! Scorching-hot GIFs here!

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ONE BALL IN HIS HAND: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, world's sexiest goodwill ambassador.

 
Sep 18 2016
Dear MOMMIE DEAREST DIARY Comments (0)

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Rutanya Alda's Mommie Dearest Diary gets a thorough airing by Slate, which writes exhaustively of the events leading up to the filming of Mommie Dearest, a movie about a supremely talented, nutty control freak that starred a supremely talented, nutty control freak.

From Slate:

Alda’s diary of the making of Mommie Dearest is valuable as an eyewitness account of that movie, but even if you don’t care about Mommie Dearest at all, it’s worth reading as a portrait of what it was like to be in spitting distance from fame in 1981 but to not be able to quite get there and to still have to worry about credit card bills and dressing to impress casting agents. Alda was put up by the production at the Chateau Marmont, where she shared a suite with her cat and Richard Bright, her actor husband. In between call times on the movie, which were often postponed or changed at the last minute due to delays caused by Dunaway’s preparation process, Alda walked her cat around the chateau’s pool on a leash and worried about the whereabouts and well-being of her husband, who was battling an addiction to heroin and cocaine—and spending Alda’s paychecks as fast as she could bring them home.

The piece goes on to talk about the tantalizing thought that Dunaway became Crawford during the filming:

By the end of the shoot, people on set were whispering that Dunaway had lost herself in playing Joan Crawford, that she thought she was Joan Crawford. Maybe that was true—it actually aligns with Dunaway’s own version of events—but as Alda noted, the difference was that for much of her career, until vodka and bitterness overwhelmed her, Joan was savvy enough to get exactly what she wanted on a set and have the crew walk away feeling lucky to have met and worked with her. Most members of the cast and crew of Mommie Dearest walked away vowing “never again.” At least, everyone thought, the movie will have been worth it.

 
Aug 30 2016
6-PACK — Swift Justice + Britney's Fading Memory + Frank Ocean's Chic Mystique + Trump Rehires His Thug Advisor + Rick Perry To DWTS + Bob Smith's Got Real Character—1 At A Time Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureTaylor Swift gets called for jury duty, but is dismissed.

*widget boy cultureBritney has “no recollection” of her first MTV VMAs performance. Is she trapped in another era?

*widget boy cultureAs I wrote—Frank Ocean is intentionally mysterious. Hard to blog about him all the time!

*widget boy cultureCorey Lewandowski—fired by Trump, hired by CNN—is back with Trump?!

*widget boy cultureGod, the U.S. continues to be flushed down the toilet by itself: Rick Perry joining DWTS.

*widget boy cultureGay writer Bob Smith, who is battling ALS, typed his new book with one finger on his iPad.

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Aug 17 2016
6-PACK — Madonna In The '80s! + Madonna In The '90s! + Porn Icon's Memoirs + Hugh Must Be Kidding Me + Jason Dottley Leaves Music, Drops Web Series + The Bond Between Gay Men & Straight Women! Comments (0)

66-long-lost-casting-polaroids-of-madonna-show-a-mega-star-on-the-verge-body-image-1471356607Madonna in 1983 (Image by Richard Corman)

*widget boy cultureMr. Corman let a Web site publish hi-res scans of some of his 66 Madonna Polaroids.

UnnamedMadonna celebrating Vincent's b'day on May 4, 1990, in Houston (Images via Vincent Paterson)

*widget boy cultureAn Evening with Vincent Paterson should be on your to-do-list.

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 10.52.52 PMShawn Mayotte as you may remember him (Image via I.T. for Men)

*widget boy culturePorn icon Shawn Mayotte is alive and well ... and publishing his memoirs.

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*widget boy cultureJason Dottley retires from music, drops surprise Web series: Body Hair.

*widget boy cultureHugh Grant looks “like a scrotum now.”

*widget boy cultureA gay black man and a straight white woman hit it off real well in El Ganzo, opening 9/9 in L.A.:

 

 
Aug 07 2016
Sunday Book Club Comments (0)

Yes, they're real, and they're presumably spectacular. Who has time to read more than a cover anyway?

HBK7Render(The author assures me it's anti-ISIS.)

Screen Shot 2016-08-07 at 10.14.10 AM(Available on Amazon)

S-l1600(A steal of just $400 on eBay)

Book5(Well, basically, it was the '70s.)

51RX72QRQ2L(I co-wrote this with a lovely, now-deceased woman, but I ... disown it.)

Poo-date(Someone did this to me on a date. I took it as a definite, Not tonight, dear.)

 
Aug 01 2016
Sex & The LGBT YA Novelist — Guest Post Comments (0)

Guest post by young-adult novelist Brent Hartinger, whose Three Truths and a Lie comes out tomorrow!—Matt

Boy, what a difference thirteen years make.

In 2003, I published my first LGBT YA novel, Geography Club. It opens with a closeted gay boy being confronted by all the hot naked jocks in the locker room. That was considered shocking at the time.

This summer, I'm releasing a new LGBT YA novel, Three Truths and a Lie. It includes a scene of two 81drs15B6wL teenage boys having sex while listening to the straight guy have sex with his girlfriend in the room next door. That same straight guy has spent the day flirting with the gay guys.

In other words, if I ever need to remind myself how much the world has changed for LGBT folks in the last few decades, all I have to do is think about the difference between my two books.

Back in 2003, no one except my editor at HarperCollins expected Geography Club to do anything at all.

A week after publication, it had already gone into a third printing. It also eventually ended up being adapted as a feature film (co-starring Scott Bakula).

But the book was also very controversial. It was banned and challenged at libraries all across the country.

And while I tried really hard to make Geography Club fun and funny, it was still a book about the struggles of being an LGBT teenager: how it sucked to be bullied, among other things.

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