41 posts categorized "BRADLEY COOPER"

Feb 07 2013
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*widget boy cultureBoy Scouts of America still assholes.

*widget boy culture55% of America not still assholes.

*widget boy cultureMegan & Grace Phelps join Libby in leaving Westboro.

*widget boy cultureMarc Jacobs still in love with his own body.

*widget boy cultureBETTE MIDLER BROADWAY TIX ON SALE FEB 17!

*widget boy cultureTRICK OR EAT: Hustling season 2 finale is here.

*widget boy cultureGov. Pat Quinn (D-Illinois) implores passage of equality.

*widget boy cultureBradley Cooper & Leo DiCaprio kick it shirtless.

Bradley-Cooper-Leonardo-DiCaprio-shirtlessShoulder to shoulder? I prefer knee to knee.

 
Feb 02 2013
Out Soon? Comments (1)
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Globe (February 11, 2013) has a list of stars it thinks are most likely to be next to say, "I'm gay." This list includes: Charlize Theron, Joe Simpson, Jessica Lange, Bradley Cooper, Queen Latifah, Michelle Rodriguez and Ryan Seacrest. I think a couple of those people aren't gay, a couple wouldn't say they're gay under penalty of death and the others probably will do so eventually.
 
Jan 25 2013
Get Out! Comments (8)
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Five reasons for people to come out of the closet.

And after the jump, five people it would be cool to see coming out—not saying they are gay, but...

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Jan 24 2013
Silver Linings Gaybook Comments (1)

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This seems to be the week for outing in the tabloids. National Enquirer (February 4, 2013) says that Bradley Cooper can't seem to shake the gay rumors that have hounded him for years. Nikki Finke said of him and of Ryan Seacrest that they need to "redo their closets."

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Dec 31 2012
Mad About You: Reviews Of Silver Linings Playbook & Lincoln Comments (3)

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Silver Linings Playbook

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

After the early promise of Spanking the Monkey (1994) and Flirting with Disaster (1996), writer/director David O. Russell stumbled disastrously with the unwatchable I Heart Huckabees (2004). Since then, he seems to have found his groove as an innovative storyteller within a loosely mainstream framework, knocking it out of the park with the compelling The Fighter (2010) and one of this year's absolute best, Silver Linings Playbook.

Bradley Cooper is Oscar-worthy as "Pat," a wayward son recently released from an asylum after becoming obsessed and violent over his cheating wife (a scarce Brea Bee). Sprung from the loony bin, he's not a hit around his hometown, not even with his parents (equally OCD dad Robert DeNiro and daffy mom Jacki Weaver), with whom he has to live. He just can't seem to let his marriage go, nor does he seem fully cognizant of the bizarre mood swings and at inappropriate behavior he continues to exhibit, whether it be compulsive runs, blunt social interactions or worse.

When his pal "Ronnie" (a hilariously understated John Ortiz) and his handful of a wife "Veronica" (Julia Stiles, who could easily have been the female lead a few years ago) introduce Pat to Veronica's equally mentally unstable sister "Tiffany" (Jennifer Lawrence), it's a match made in dysfunctional heaven—they discuss meds from the get-go and begin a bizarre, touching, hilariously awkward courtship that culminates with Pat's blackmailed participation in a local dance competition.

As wonderfully shaded as Cooper is—this is the best he's ever been in a movie, in a role that seems perfectly crafted for him—Lawrence is at least as impressive, if only because yet again she disappears into a part. This time, she plays Tiffany as flashing between vulnerable and violently resentful, and she's hardly recognizable doing so.

It takes an auteur like Russell to go so far out on a limb that even Shirely MacLaine would urge caution, and to remind us that not every movie needs to be neat and tidy and a slight reworking of every movie we've seen before it. One of the year's best.

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Lincoln

BOY CULTURE REVIEW: ***1/2 out of ****

As much as I liked Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple (1985), it always did have that slightly Disney feel to it. I feared the same from Lincoln, not only for its casting of the very modern-looking (and too old!) Sally Field as "Mary Todd Lincoln", but for the gimmicky, Disneyland's Hall of Presidents-esque clips I'd seen of Daniel Day-Lewis as our sixteenth president.

When I first started watching the film, I thought my fears had been justified—it opens with a really ridiculously mythological-feeling scene showing "Lincoln" (Day-Lewis) sitting with some Union soldiers, two white and two black, and proceeds to hammer us over the head with the idea that Lincoln was a uniter of the races.

But aside from that misstep, the rest of the film was an impressive and engrossing piece of work. It's more of an artfully done historical document than a history-infused piece of art in that it focuses so heavily on the machinations (some unsavory) Honest Abe had to resort to in order to get slavery abolished on the federal level while simultaneously winning the Civil War, but no matter—a good movie is a good movie.

And speaking of good, Sally Field turns out to be the best thing about Lincoln, giving a starkly empathetic performance as the first lady who's lost one son and is on the verge of insanity over the thought of losing another (Joseph Gordon Leavitt). Her performance is beautifully modulated, her face expressive and her true age never visually an issue (at the time of filming, she was more than 20 years older than Mary Todd Lincoln was in the period during which the film is set; Day-Lewis is almost exactly the age Lincoln was). If she were to best Anne Hathaway for Best Supporting Actress, it couldn't be said she didn't deserve it.

The reason Field stands out is that she's one of the few actors given enough room to emote and to craft a character for more than highly dramatic (Gloria Reuben's stoic slave) or highly comical purposes. Day-Lewis is superb as Lincoln, but he's still so mired in his excellent costume and makeup and in camera trickery/lighting used to create and maintain his uncanny likeness to the man that his performance still felt more superficial than it might have been had those considerations been cast aside.

In a memorable supporting role, Tommy Lee Jones is outstanding as "Thaddeus Stevens," Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committe and a radical forced to betray the purity of his beliefs in order to receive the biggest, broadest realization of his dream of racial equality. The fireworks between him Field in one scene are a hoot, and immediately call to mind former First Lady Hillary Clinton's battles with Republicans dead set against her husband.

In fact, the film plays as the thinly veiled story of Barack Obama—a great orator and war-time president re-elected to office in spite of hyperbolic opposition by the other party, the art of political maneuvering vs. the heart of being true to one's principles. One major difference is which side is which; the modern Republican party is quick to claim Lincoln as its own, but would Lincoln return the favor were he alive today? Hardly.

There are almost too many familiar faces for Lincoln to ever feel like less than a Hollywood epic (Hal Holbrook, David Strathairn, John Hawkes, Jackie Early Haley, S. Epatha Merkerson, Lukas Haas, a magnetic Lee Pace and a grotesquely funny James Spader), but it's still an engrossing and exhaustively detailed, serious biopic of one of the United States's most important figures. Lincoln may last a hair longer than the actual Civil War did, but it's a pleasure of a history lesson.

 
Dec 19 2012
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Widget boy cultureTAKING OFF: Views explode for fake YouTube video of kid-snatching eagle. Gay-Nate-Silver

Widget boy cultureLibertarian journo: Kids should rush shooters.

Widget boy culture"None of the above" is world's third-largest religion.

Widget boy cultureTHE MAN WHO KNEW TOO LITTLE: Failed Supreme Court nominee dies.

Widget boy cultureJoe Biden heading White House gun-control push.

Widget boy culture5X THE FUN: Bradley Cooper's extra nipples.

Widget boy cultureAnti-gay HR director is also a loser in court.

Widget boy culturePresident Obama is Time's Person of the Year.

Widget boy cultureNate Silver is Out's Person of the Year.

Widget boy cultureBrazilian men in tight suits. WOW.

Widget boy cultureBest Miss Universe costumes.

Widget boy cultureMy Gay Roommate: Episode 2.

Widget boy cultureGuess the guy with these tree trunks!

Widget boy cultureFifth season of Black Gold looks very biceptual.

Widget boy cultureBroadway baby Andrew Glaszek has flex appeal:

Andrew-Glaszek"I listen to my body and what it craves." (Photo by Stephen Mosher)

 
Dec 12 2012
SAG—You're It! Comments (1)

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The SAG Award noms were announced today with very few surprises. But for me, one big surprise was the inclusion of Helen Mirren for her performance as Alfred's wife in Hitchcock, an unspectacularly reviewed film. I suppose the absence of little Quvenzhane Wallis from Beasts of the Southern Wild can be chalked up to her not having been a professional actress—and being all of five years old—at the time it was shot.

The nominees are...

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Nov 25 2012
The $15 Million-Dollar Man Comments (1)
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Bradley Cooper and his magic hair take over Esquire (December 2012). Anyone seen him in Silver Linings Playbook? Totally Oscar-worthy and his acting chemistry with equally Oscar-worthy Jennifer Lawrence is phenomenal. A truly offbeat and interesting film.

Cooper says of his $15-million-dollar payday for Hangover III:

"It's afforded me the ability to do the five movies I did between Hangover II and Hangover III. And you can solve people's problems. To be able to say to someone, 'You know what? I'm gonna buy your house for you. You don't have to worry about your mortgage anymore.'"

 
Nov 17 2011
Sexy And He Knows It Comments (10)

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People (November 28, 2011) has chosen Bradley Cooper as is sexiest man alive. See if you agree based on his prettyman portfolio after the jump...

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Nov 06 2011
Boy Culture Turns 6: My Favorite Posts Comments (13)

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As of midnight last night, it was exactly six years since my first post. It's been a tough thing to keep up with a dayjob and outside activities, and just when I think I might walk away, a valuable connection or interesting opportunity or a kind word comes my way. Thank you all for reading me.

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Here are my favorite 100+ posts out of nearly 11,000. Please take some time to read (or re-read!) a couple and tweet or Facebook any you like.

xoxo Matt

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54ff027a28833-800wiThe pocket pool championships were intense this year


BOY CULTURE


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FROM BOY TO MAN: BC B.C. (2007): The entire history of my novell and novel Boy Culture as well as the movie version; might be my ultimate post.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f5599878833-800wiJonathon Trent & Derek Magyar make an Allan Brocka sandwich

BOY ON FILM (2006): An account of the NYC launch party for Boy Culture as it played the TriBeCa Film Fest.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f7f18238834-800wiI was left "Reeling" by the experience

FRIENDS AND "FAMILY" (2006): The movie version of Boy Culture hits Chicago.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f5ebead8833-800wiNo one would've mistaken me for Taylor Lautner

RAPT PUPIL (2006): The final night of Outfest with Boy Culture; I was fat but on the other hand got to meet Bryan Singer.

 

MY ART

 

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GUYDAR (since at least January 17, 2008) & ENDS OF THE WORLD (since at least January 13, 2008): Attractive men of the world—I got your backs. Your fronts, too.

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef0120a58f680c970bUnaltered iPhone image that still blows me away

"Your pictures suck" (2008): An art critic attacks me, but not without sustaining some hits in return.

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DRAWN TOGETHER (2008): How my desire to draw related to my secret desire. One of my absolute favorite posts.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01156faa215c970cThe shirtless one

LOST ANGELES (2009): My favorite photographic travelogue of L.A.

Img_0986_1Even then, New Yorkers feared 9/11 was the beginning of the end

ART IMITATES LIFE (2006): My 9/11 and my distaste for grief tourism.


ME


6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f435c1a8834-800wiDeath of the party—Jeff in high school, already halfway through his life

BURNING MAN (2007): Tribute to my late high school friend and first romance.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef014e862b4a41970d-400wiSigned, sealed (eventually) delivered

LOST BOY FOUND (2011): There is a book in here somewhere.

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CIAO HOUNDS: OUR TRIP TO ITALY (2011): Finally got José to Europe.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f10b4de8833-800wiDeath becomes here

ILLINOIS DEATH TRIP (2007): Ruminations on death while revisiting a past home, and the past.

Zehnders Life is short...and meaningful

PASSING BY (2008): Mourning the loss of a person I only met once.

Lots more...

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