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Nov 29 2016
Great Holiday Gift Idea! Comments (0)

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For the gay who has everything!

 
Aug 22 2016
Broadway Dancer Allegedly Kills BF, Seems To Confess On Facebook Comments (0)

Dead21n-3-webBellamy's page was filled with muscle poses and dance-related selfies. (Image via Facebook)

Onetime Broadway dancer Marcus Bellamy—who had been a part of Broadway Bares and who danced in both Tarzan and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Darkhas allegedly killed his boyfriend and seemingly confessed to the crime in a series of Facebook posts.

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 9.42.22 AMBellamy (L) and victim Almonte (Images via Facebook)

Bellamy, 32, has been charged with murder after his 27-year-old boyfriend, Bernardo Almonte—an IT freelancer—was found beaten and strangled to death in their Bronx, New York, walk-up.

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Bellamy's social-media semi-confession reads: “Forgive me. I did it because I love you. I love you all. I loved him also. He told me love and hate are the samem emotion.”

His Facebook page was filled with nutty religious ramblings, including his assertion, “I am god. I give life and can take it away. So let it be. #therapture”.

Truly disturbing.

 
Jun 21 2016
HEAT INDEX — Hiddleston Strips + Keanu Outed? + Hot Mag + Drake On Top Of Nick J + Brad Influence + BROADWAY BARES Fall-Out + Finn Cole's Best Side + Body By Quad + Zayn Relief! Comments (0)

MonaKuhn_SHOT_06_082_crop-1542x2035(Image credits: Tom Hiddleston photographed by Mona Kuhn, styled by Patrick Mackie. Grooming by Cheri Keating at The Wall Group. Digital technicians: Andrea Bartley, Paolo Alfante. Photography assistants: Chris O’Neill, Jared Burkhardt. Fashion assistants: Jay Barrett, Elyse Lightner. Special thanks to the Standard Highline and Chateau Marmont.)

TOOK IT OFF: Tom Hiddleston strips to his underpants and reclines for W Magazine.

OUTING KEANU REEVES: Pure fantasy or a very hot memory of fact?

I NEED THIS MAG: 

IF ONLY: Drake tops Nick Jonas.

PITT STOP: Brad Pitt dons Days of Thunder drag.”

BONUS BROADWAY BARES PIC BY ME:

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MALE BONDING: More Broadway Bares buddying up.

FINN COLE'S BOOTY: Actor goes back to nature in Animal Kingdom. (Work Unfriendly)

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THE QUAD SQUAD: Biggest quads ever?

DAMN, ZAYN: Malik flashes his underarms (and more) for Paper Magazine:

 

I can't even take it. @zayn by @paolakudacki for @papermagazine #InZayn #sexy

A photo posted by Mickey Boardman (@askmrmickey) on

 
Jun 20 2016
Sh*t Just Got Highlights Reel: BROADWAY BARES Recap Video Comments (0)

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Looks like Broadway Bares 26: On Demand was a resounding success.

From a press release:

Produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Bares: On Demand raised an impressive $1,482,724 in two performances on Sunday, June 19, 2016. 

Broadway Bares: On Demand featured 198 of New York’s sexiest and most talented dancers, entertaining standing-room-only audiences at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom. The evening was dedicated to the victims, families and friends of last week’s Orlando night club tragedy.  

For the first time in the event’s history, Stripathon, an online fundraiser by the show’s cast and crew, was the single largest contributor to the total, raising by showtime a record $612,212.

Also worth noting is the incredible haul made by some of the show's already hard-working dancers:

This year’s top Stripathon fundraiser was Ricky Schroeder*, who raised a remarkable $21,500. He was closely followed by Ariana DeBose, raising an impressive $16,116 – setting a record for most money raised by a woman inBroadway Bares history. Rounding out the top five were Ben Ryan with $16,000, Ed Stanley with $13,347 and Madeline Reed with $12,661.

*Not that one.

Keep reading to watch a sizzle reel of all the highlights from this year's show ...

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Switching It Up: An Illustrated Review Of BROADWAY BARES 26: ON DEMAND Comments (0)

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If you have the names of anyone I referenced but did not name in this review, please feel free to forward to me here. More pics on Facebook. Order Bares DVDs here.

It's that time of year again, when Broadway Bares hosts another pair of burlesque-themed shows to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS—which just handed $150K to the Orlando victims' families—and I worry about getting a good spot.

When I first started going, the show was loud and clear about not wanting photography. There even used DSC00001 to be printed banners asking us to respect the dancers; perversely, I own one. (A sign, not a dancer.) But in spite of the stern warnings, photography was never policed, attendees indulged in it liberally, photos and videos littered the Internet and—in spite of protestations from the powers that be concerning the dancers' feelings—the dancers loved everyone's cellular attention and tagged themselves in photos across social media.

I would guess this only broadened the show's reach and helped sell official DVDs and tickets to future performances.

Order Bares DVDs here.

This year, the show's director, the indefatigable Nick Kenkel, granted a fantastic interview to Billboard. Kenkel noted the show is loosening up on its approach to photos. Even without that official word, the photo-friendly atmosphere last night couldn't be missed—no announcement was made, no signs were spotted. Let the games begin. (Within hours of posting a video consisting of 60 seconds of snippets from the show, I received a friendly take-down notice, the first time I've ever heard of this happening after the fact. Perhaps it was because it was video, but Instagram has plenty of that up already, too. Hm.)

Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 2.37.07 PMWith stand-outs Erik Altemus (top), Mark MacKillop (L) & Ben Ryan (R)

I was front-and-center for the June 19, 2016, midnight edition of Broadway Bares 26: On Demand at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The theme was TV, which is kind of like radio doing a special about TV in the '50s considering TV is theater's biggest rival! It seems like millennial gays are increasingly addicted to their shows, like old ladies used to be to soap operas—it's a wonder they can be counted on to buy tickets to anything, even a show like Bares, which is a reliable taint buffet.

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In line waiting to get in, an adorable young guy from Utah was trying to remain spoiler-free, looking away from the phones of the guys ahead of him ... they were watching Game of Thrones. He later had to put up with a precociously smashed guy groping him and asking him such long-lost Proust Questionnaire queries as, “How are you even here?” and, “Where do you sleep?”

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DSC09372Not-so-secret stache: Erik Altemus

The show kicked off with “Bares TV,” setting up the plot: Failing TV station (fronted by Lesli Margherita and populated by Morgan Weed, Erik Altemus and Michael Longoria) decides that sex sells, so decides to sell sex from within every offering on the network: News, weather, soaps, VOD and more.

Who knew On Demand was a docuseries?

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Jun 17 2016
HEAT INDEX — Not Charlie Carver's 1st Time At The Rodeo + Hairy Chest + Diplo Half Gay + Go-Go Boy Shame + DADDY Issues + JOR Underwear Model + Mahone Bone + Haskell Rising From The Sea + Bergmann Bares! Comments (0)

COWPOKE: Charlie Carver's ten-gallon hot.

PEC-TACULAR: Huge chest, with a sprinkling of hair, please.

WHICH HALF?: Diplo confesses he's half gay.

Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 12.20.27 AMGo-Go-ing, Go-Go-ing, gone (Video still via Jimmy Fowlie)

GO-GO BOY INTERRUPTED: Their Gay pride—what a shame!

HE'S YOUR DADDY: Gerald McCullouch's Daddy is out now, including director commentary, deleted scenes & more.

Daddy8Daddy's here (Film still via Breaking Glass)

SPEAKING OF DADDIES: He'll do nicely.

MEANS BUSINESS: The new JOR Underwear ad campaign is tight.

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AUSTIN MAHONE: The hot, less douchey Bieber.

HOT JOCK: James Haskell in his swimsuit.

CALLAN BERGMANN: He wants money ... for his Broadway Bares page. Give till it hurts.

 
Nov 06 2015
A Collection Of BROADWAY BARES Posts Comments (0)

BROADWAY BARES (2008—2013, 2015)

Boy Culture turns 10, so look for a massive missive on some of my favorite-ever posts today. Until then, here's a fun-the-fun-of-it round-up of my Broadway Bares coverage.


Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 12.53.02 AMI had never so much as seen a male stripper when my friend Jason pushed me hard to come to Broadway Bares with him. Manhattan's annual burlesque charity show for HIV/AIDS was a real eye-opener (and an effective wallet-opener, too). I quickly became enamored of, well, most of the guys on the stage. I wound up becoming a fixture at the shows (is that a..."good" thing?), and my coverage has delighted and, occasionally, horrified the participants. (The kindest take-down notice I ever got was when Guto Bittencourt took me to coffee to politely ask if I might consider removing a video of him in the nude. Some others were a little more direct, but no one was ever rude or freaked out.)

Unfortunately, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS spent an inordinate amount of time fighting me—they would never credential me, and when they did finally invite LOTS of press to cover a Solo Strips event, I didn't make the cut...and their marketing manager threatened to have me kicked out while demanding I stop taking photos. I skipped a year and got over it.

Anyway, I think most of the participants are, or should be, proud of their bodies and their artistic contributions to this unique event.

Following: All of my coverage of Bares and of its related Solo Strips events, roughly in chronological order...

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Oct 25 2015
In Love With Love: An Intimate Times Square Chat with hopefulROMANTIC Matt Zarley Comments (0)

4136136_origZarley in a scene from hopefulROMANTIC, which features George Takei

Even though we'd crossed paths, I'd never officially met singer Matt Zarley until our candlelit dinner at the Red Eye Grill in NYC two weeks ago. He'd been the musical guest at a Broadway Bares Solo Strips event, but that had been the closest I'd come to his orbit.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef017d408a2855970c-550wiStrutting his stuff at Broadway Bares: Winter Burlesque in 2013

Matt was in NYC promoting his biggest project yet, the original, mostly dialogue-free mini-musical film hopefulROMANTIC, described as a story about “loving, letting go, and holding onto faith that there's somebody for everybody.”

Zarley, who had a cherished relationship end last year, seemingly poured his feelings into the film, which has been in 24 short-film fests (winning awards at the Best Shorts Awards, The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival and the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival).

Check out my romance-themed Q&A with Zarley, conducted in and around Times Square, after the jump ...

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