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Mar 19 2017
Some Viewers May Be TICKLED To Know David D'Amato Has Died @ 55 Comments (0)

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David D'Amato aka Terri Tickle, the subject of the controversial film Tickled, has died at 55.

A statement on his death from the filmmakers appeared on Facebook Saturday: 

The film covers the subject of endurance tickling, a pastime that alleges to be resolutely straight even though it involves men tickling each other in a way that can only be described as sexually dominant.

The makers of the films that are the subject of the doc are portrayed as bullies who manipulate the participants in deplorable and at times jaw-droppingly, creatively brutal ways, especially when they show disloyalty and/or want to get out of the field.

In the film, D'Amato is not portrayed as someone you'd be sad to hear has died, so make of this information what you will.

 
Feb 26 2017
WHEN WE RISE: A Valiant Effort Comments (0)

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When We Rise, ABC's miniseries event written by Dustin Lance Black to capture the long arc of the gay-rights movement, debuts February 27 on ABC at 9 p.m. Positioned as a gay Roots, it isn't, at least judging from the opening installment.

Screen Shot 2017-02-25 at 11.56.14 AMCharlie Carver & Jonathan Majors seek a reprieve from the horrors of Vietnam. (Video still via ABC)

A terrific idea bogged down by too broad a scope — the creatives seemingly try to jam in every aspect of the LGBTQ movement from the early '70s on  — When We Rise is further done in by a canned, stagey quality with dialogue that's forced to cue viewers about significant milestones rather than allowed to serve the characters. That makes it more docu than drama, and leads to a preachy tone.

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Among the performances, Jonathan Majors & Charlie Carver are briefly sweet together in a Vietnam War romance, Austin P. McKenzie has an ethereal idealism as young activist Cleve Jones and Emily Skeggs, whose character finds herself caught in the crossfire between the feminist and lesbian movements, nails the mix between personal coming-of-age and finding one's greater purpose.

Guy Pearce doesn't come off nearly as well.

Famous faces like him— Rosie O'Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, Rachel Griffiths — tend to feel like stars whose presence helped get this made; friendly faces, but distracting more than acting.

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Though When We Rise is by no means great drama, let's hope it will draw in some non-gay viewers desperately in need of some enlightenment, and some LGBTQ viewers desperately in need of reminding that people fought and died for their rights — and that those rights could be in the process of going up in smoke.

Bottom line: Commendable endeavor, informative, occasionally quite watchable, but not great art. If you can live with that, you might find yourself hooked for the run.

 
Feb 23 2017
Give 'Em The Old Razzie Dazzle: Randy Jones On CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-02-22 at 11.28.51 PMBruce was so F'in hot then! (Video still via EMI)

Randy Jones aka the Cowboy from the Village People gives a charming interview to Yahoo! Music on the occasion of the 37th Golden Raspberry Awards.

Can't Stop the Music, which featured the Village People (plus Steve Guttenberg, E2b346c885e0f23097e8c59a36a7e6b5Valerie Perrine and many moore), won the first-ever honor at the now-infamous ceremony, and he's opening up about working with c0-star Bruce Jenner back in the day:

Bruce Jenner was just a great guy. He was nothing but the best. He was the nicest, the most American, the purest-acting human being. He was polite, he helped me rehearse my lines, he was sexy, he was handsome, he was married, he was young, he was enthusiastic, he was cooperative. I never saw him get angry with people, I never saw him get frustrated. He just appeared to be the absolute perfect person to be on the front of a Wheaties box. And he was very kind to me, very generous. When we were shooting the year of ’79, one of my great remembrances is I celebrated my birthday on Sept. 13 in West Hollywood in the nightclub scene, at a place called Studio One. I still to this day have a birthday gift from him, which was a fabulous pair of aviator sunglasses. Porsche Carrera used to do a sunglasses line, which was incredible, where you could change out the lenses. They were wonderful sunglasses, and I still have those as a gift from him. Bruce had a beautiful Porsche that he drove too.

More here.

The Razzies are announced February 25, with Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party the most nominated documentary ever.

 
Feb 09 2017
6-PACK — Gay History Lesson + Thighs For Miles + Ru Spin-Off Queens + Gayest States Ever! + Clubkid Killer Arrest + And Everything IN-BETWEEN! Comments (0)

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WIDGETKeep reading for the Paris Is Burning-esque Kings, Queens & In-Betweens trailer — it's at NewFest February 15, on VOD March 7, in theaters March 3 ...

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Jan 23 2017
Rated Gigi — New Trailer For THIS IS EVERYTHING: GIGI GORGEOUS Comments (0)

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If you had to pick any YouTube personality with enough personality for a compelling doc, looks Unnamedlike Oscar winner Barbara Kopple picked the right one: Gigi Gorgeous, the glamorous trans (M2F) lesbian.

She is the subject of a new YouTube Red doc called This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous, which opens opens in NYC at the IFC Center and in L.A. at the Laemmle Music Hall on February 3.

Check out the trailer after the jump ...

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Jan 15 2017
6-PACK — The Trump Of Hollywood + MOONLIGHT Raises Hopes + D.B. Cooper Demystified + Masseur Sobs Confession + Tiny Inauguration? + Red-Hot Tim Matheson! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 12.47.17 AMPeters (center) in an image from his real first interview in 10 years, 2015 (Image via Jon Schnepp)

WIDGETJon Peters breaks his silence to admit he voted for Trump after being a lifelong Democrat because Trump is “brilliant.”

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WIDGETNew info may help unearth who D.B. Cooper really was.

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WIDGETTim Matheson's hotness through the years.

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Dec 30 2016
BRIGHT LIGHTS Shining On Carrie & Debbie: Doc Debuts January 7 On HBO Comments (0)

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Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds — a documentary I saw in Carrie's presence with Debbie on the phone and reviewed here — will air on HBO January 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, according to a press release.

Via press release:

In light of the recent and unexpected deaths of both Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, the documentary BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS will debut SATURDAY, JAN. 7 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. The story of a family’s complicated love, this documentary is an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity. Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, live in the same Beverly Hills compound. The 83-year-old grand dame still has a Las Vegas act, but performing is taking its toll. Carrie’s response is both hilarious and heart-rending. Featuring vintage family films that bring iconic old-world Hollywood to life, as well as extensive vérité footage, the film is directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens.

BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS has already received audience and critical acclaim at many prestigious film festivals, including the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival and the New York Film Festival.

 In addition, as previously announced, the 2010 special WISHFUL DRINKING will receive an encore presentation this Sunday, Jan. 1 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO. This feature-length adaptation of Carrie Fisher’s hit autobiographical stage production tells the intoxicating tale of her life, combining her raucous one-woman stage performance, interviews with family and friends, and archival footage.

Do not miss this.

 
Dec 19 2016
6-PACK — Doritos Meets 84-Year-Old Walter Mercado + Mariah Carey Knows Very Few People + RIP China Machado + Madonna Movies + Seasonal Beats! Comments (0)

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WIDGETBest. Doritos. Ad. Ever! Starring Walter Mercado: 

WIDGETMariah Carey does not know Demi Lovato either: 

WIDGETChina Machado, first non-white cover of Harper's Bazaar (1959), dies @ 87: 

WIDGET5 details of that unproduced Madonna script. Plus, another Madonna documentary may be in the works. Follow here.

WIDGETTrump-loving Susan Olsen is sorry she hurt “the real” gay community with her words, but finds it hilarious people call her anti-LGBTQ.

WIDGETSome seasonal beats:

 


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