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Jun 27 2017
Young Hustlers In Love: Max Emerson Debuts HOOKED In NYC Comments (0)

IMG_8114*** copy_newMax Emerson, writer and director of Hooked (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

Max Emerson, known for his wildly popular Instagram (@maxisms), used crowdsourcing to produce his feature debut as a IMG_3316_newwriter and director, the LGBTQ-themed Hooked. Following a world premiere in Canada, the movie had its U.S. premiere in NYC Monday night at the SVA in Chelsea, where friends and fans gathered to watch the drama and participate in a Q&A after.

And, let's be honest, to get a load of Max IMG_8108*** in the flesh.

Dressed (!) conservatively, Max looks in person the same way he looks in photos, albeit with more clothes. He was in his element working the excited group of well-wishers, and happily escorted me to a private area in which he had a flattering “blogger's light” set up for pics. He didn't need it.

IMG_8125*** copy_newAndrés & Max. Turns out Andrés housed several people during the film's shoestring-budget shoot!

Also at the screening was his high-profile, military-man boyfriend Andrés Camilo (their date to West Point's Knights Out gala made waves in April), many of the cast and crew, and moderator Matteo Lane, the bootylicious, mustachioed comic who conducted a talk-back generously littered with one-liners to lighten the mood. (Unless you're Lindsay Lohan, one of Lane's obsessions, in which case you might have found the mood darkened a tad.)

IMG_8121_new***David Beagin with Camilo. David recognized me from my blog, validating me for the day.

IMG_8132*** copy_newA beaming Conor Donnally, who captured his character's offbeat optimism perfectly in the film.

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IMG_8162***_newCelebrants at the charity bash

The film stars Conor Donnally as Jack, a striking young hustler in love with a fellow homeless LGBTQ youth (played IMG_8199***_new winningly by Sean Ormond). The pair are living in a shelter (proceeds from last night's function will benefit NYC's Ali Forney Center), subsisting on Jack's earnings on the street. Jack's tricks range from violent to John Waters-ready. Things change when a closeted, married man (Terrance Murphy) takes a seemingly benevolent shine to Jack, spiriting him off for some unexpectedly coke-propelled party time in Miami. Stranger danger + cocaine + borderline personality disorder = things do not end well.

IMG_8152***_newDrawing a crowd ...

IMG_8146*** copy_newBrutally funny Matteo Lane

IMG_8143*** copy_newCelebrated gay filmmaker Casper Andreas, who plays nasty very well in one of the film's early scenes

Hooked's MVP is Donnally, who projects a Joe Dallesandro-meets-Travis-Fimmel-like, iconic hunkiness, but plays Jack as a big kid with big problems and a big sense of adventure in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.

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IMG_8185*** copy_newFacing the questions of their first U.S. audience

After the film, Max, his leads, his producer and his director of photography fielded questions, many of which turned things back to the important cause with which the film is affiliated — helping homeless LGBTQ youth get their lives together.

IMG_8189*** copy_newOrmond & Donnally make adorable lovers in Hooked

IMG_8195*** copy_newMax's leading men

IMG_8196*** copy_newMany of the cast and crew were on hand to see the final film!

One question at the Q&A was so painfully off — as happens at almost every one of these things! — I didn't have the heart to include it, but check out snippets from the talk-back after the jump if only to hear Max discuss his fake relationship with Kyle Krieger, staged in order to raise funds for the movie.

Be on the lookout for Hooked in the future ...

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Jun 14 2017
Hanging On For Dear Life: A Review Of ROUGH NIGHT Comments (0)

The new female buddy flick Rough Night — co-written Unnamed with Paul W. Downs (who also appears) and directed by Lucia Aniello — aspires to be a female The Hangover, and while it has a few, er, killer moments, it winds up being more like Weekend at Bernadette's.

Jess (a presumably well-paid Scarlett Johnansson) is getting married to the nerd of her dreams (Downs) and nearing the end of a grueling political campaign. Inexplicably, the workaholic agrees to go off on a sinful bachelorette party weekend in SoBe organized by her clingy former college roomie Alice (Jillian Bell, who feels like the poor woman's Rebel Wilson here), accompanied by her Australian (why?) pal Pippa (Kate McKinnon) and their ex-couple girlbuds Blair (Zoë Kravitz, now playing a stuck-up New York society lady) and Frankie (Ilana Glazer, playing someone who owns her own megaphone).

Note: As a companion told me, seeing all the bachelorette accoutrements can be triggering if you're a gay man sick of those gatherings invading your bars.

After snorting all the coke they can find and making fools of themselves in a club (kinda stupid if you're running for office already, but it gets worse), they retreat to Jess's only big-bucks donor's borrowed beachhouse, where they await the arrival of a male stripper. When a sexy dude with a nipple ring arrives (Ryan Cooper), he is promptly accidentally killed by Alice's big-framed horniness.

Colton-haynes-police-rough-night-trailerYes, Colton Haynes and his G-string are in the movie. (Images via Columbia Pictures)

Instead of reacting in one of several ways that should cover how anyone would react in this situation, the girls begin moving the corpse around the entirely glass house, eventually going through a couple of mind-bogglingly improbable body-dumping scenarios. Seriously, couldn't Terry Kiser at least have shown up as a passer-by?

Adding insult to injury, an awkward phone call leads Jess's fiancé, at the urging of his amusingly effete bros, to decide he has to drive overnight to get to Jess, believing she has broken off their engagement; screwball comedy used to be so much easier before having to figure out how to explain things in the age of cellphones and Facebook and security cameras.

Of course, everything is going to work out in the end, one way or another.

Until that happens, Rough Night reveals itself to be one of those movies you just have to be in the mood for and go with. Comedy-wise, it is lazily written, opting for occasionally funny, blurted-out vulgarities more often than wit, which is not completely absent; Glazer has her moments caricaturing PC earnestness and McKinnon, frustratingly not as on the mark as usual, is always good for some funny choices. Overall, the actors are likable enough to make you root for them.

You'll laugh, but the movie could've been so much funnier, as a few dorkily funny passages suggest. The problem seems to be that the script peddles shockingly weird situations, and yet the actors often come off as slightly too embarrassed or inhibited to really let go and be absurdly funny. Cases in point, a head-scratching diaper run that makes zero sense and Ty Burrell and Demi Moore as lecherous, threeway-seeking neighbors whose indecent proposal to Kravitz should be hysterically funny but comes off as labored and icky.

I enjoyed myself during the movie, and there are some gay-positive chuckles, too, but surely it's a bad sign when a dark comedy has to resort to meth humor to kick things up a notch.

Rough Night goes down easier than a stripper with a head wound, but isn't nearly as impactful; you'll forget it as soon as it's over. If you're in the mood for a dumb comedy, you could do worse. If you're in the mood for a female-centric, laugh-out-loud, Bridesmaids-type experience, just watch Bridesmaids again.

Rough Night opens June 16.

 
May 23 2017
6-PACK — Underwear The Boys Are + Pride On Parade + Morrissey Goes Full Islamophobe + Trump Hearts Murder + POTUS Possible + Rappers, Katy Perry, Drag Queens ... Oh, My! Comments (0)

Gus KenworthyGus Kenworthy in his Me Undies — me first, me first! (Image via Me Undies)

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Celebrate Yourself with Me Undies — just in time for Gay Pride.

WIDGETTime Out NY: Speaking of which, for the first time ever, NYC's Pride March will be televised live!

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: Morrissey continues to be a Brexit-loving, nationalist douche, fans flames of anti-Muslim sentiment over Manchester.

WIDGETHuff Post: Trump PRAISES Duterte for murdering thousands as part of Philippines' drug war.

WIDGETPolitico: Is this man the next President of the United States? (After Pence, I mean.)

WIDGETTowleroad: Rappers Migos reportedly didn't want to work with drag queens for Katy Perry's SNL performance, so some were fired — except Spin debunks the story.

 
May 16 2017
6-PACK — High Approval + Miss USA Will Watch You Die + Trump's Russian Mess + Gilbert Baker Memorial March + Lifetime's New Movie Is ... Touching Comments (0)

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WIDGETDListed: Pretty but stupid Antonio Sabato Jr. wants to be a Congress critter, but his estranged wife wants him to be her ex — and says he's a drug addict.

WIDGETHLN: Miss USA 2017 is a nuclear scientist and government employee, but dumb enough that in a pinch she said access to health care is a privilege, not a right:

WIDGETPolitico: Trump claims “absolute right” to leak whatever he wants with whomever he wants, including Russians ... but continues attacks on media and leakers!

WIDGETHuff Post: Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia on Trump's intel spill: “This is a complette disaster, it's an embarrassment.”

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WIDGETJoe.My.God.: Gilbert Baker Memorial rally is coming June 14 in NYC!

WIDGETOMG Blog: Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland looks like a creeptastic exploration of the King of Pop.

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May 03 2017
Spilling the T Comments (0)

ParTy boi film screening premiere

Sometimes, it feels like 1/4 of the guys who hit me up on Grindr ask about parTying. It seems more and more acceptable to openly admit to using meth, which is a great way to turn me off completely.

This weekend, New Yorkers, check out the film parTy boi: black diamonds in ice castles — info above — on the growing meth epidemic in the black and Latino queer community.

Via press release:

New documentary, parTy boi: black diamonds in ice castles, will premiere on May 7, 2017. The film project focuses on methamphetamine addiction within the LGBTQ community of color, and explores a drug epidemic that is affecting the lives of Black and Latino gay millennials at an alarming rate. Directed by Micheal Rice, parTy boi was designed to spark debate and educate LGBTQ youth around the world about crystal meth and drug addiction. The premiere screening and cocktail Q&A event takes place on May 7that 7:30pm – ImageNation Cinema, 2031 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. New York, NY 10027. Tickets will be available at the box office window prior to the viewing. Admission: $20. 

Watch the trailer below ...

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Apr 23 2017
Erin Moran, Boy-Crazy Joanie On HAPPY DAYS, Dies @ 56 Comments (0)

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Erin Moran, the youngest major cast member on Happy Days (1974-1984) and later a co-star with Scott Baio on the short-lived Joanie Loves Chachi (1982-1983), has been found dead from what is suspected to have been a heroin overdose.

She was 56.

Moran was also a regular on Daktari (1966-1969) and made six (!) voyages on The Love Boat. Her credits were sparse, however, aside from the all-time classic Happy Days, which led to many jokes.

I always loved her for being on the make on the show. Her catchphrase? “He's quite a hunk!”

RIP.

 
Mar 24 2017
Sexual Health For Guys: All About STD Testing And You Comments (0)

Guys are known to be silent and resilient. However, some topics necessitate action. Sexually transmitted diseases can lead to complications, and at worst, death. Don’t be the strong and silent type when it comes to testing for STDs. Every guy needs to be assertive in making sure they are healthy and engaging in a safe sex life.

Who’s At Risk

Don’t be naive. Every sexually active person should get tested for one or more sexually transmitted diseases. Even if you’re exclusive to one partner, it’s important to get tested due to your previous sex life as well as the entire sex life of your partner. Even though we may love our partner and we trust them, it’s important to get tested. In worst case scenarios, you may learn that your partner is sleeping with other people and has put you at risk of getting an STD.

What It’s Like

Most avoid medical procedures due to fear of the unknown. An STD screening involves a swab, blood test, or urine test. The procedure is painless, and in some cases, patients may get the results the same day. Otherwise, you may have to wait a few days for final results.

Where to Go

If you decide to go somewhere other than your physician’s office, you may use Internet tools to locate nearby STD testing. If remaining private throughout the ordeal is your wish, it’s nice to have such convenient websites. You may increase your level of knowledge about clinics by reading health forums.

Who Knows

It’s understood that some are reluctant to approach family doctors with sexual issues. Therefore, one may go to a clinic to seek help with screening and subsequent STD treatment. Conversely, some may feel more comfortable under the care of their regular physician. Other differences include the charge for services as well as the range of tests.

Who to Speak With

In some cases, the situation may not be yours alone. You may have a boyfriend or girlfriend who you must tell. It’s best to be forward, especially when another person’s health is on the line. How you may or may not have contracted an STD is a separate issue aside from the fact that a person close to you should get tested.

Why Change

You could dismiss an STD scare as bad luck. However, for some, the need for an STD screening could reflect a reckless sex life. While it’s best practice to get regular screenings if you’re sexually active and with different partners, those who repeatedly contract STDs may have deeper problems, such as a tendency to engage in reckless behaviors.

When to Go Again

Don’t make your decision to get a screening a one-time deal. Make it an ongoing part of your health. Many people spread STDs due to a lack of awareness. You can’t save others from contracting an illness if you’re unaware to start. Be responsible to yourself and to others in your life.

Who to Ask

“Males are the stronger sex.” That label has its advantages and disadvantages. For example, a strong person is fearless and does not worry themselves with trifling health matters. However, what if you’re a sexually active guy who is interested in a girl who has a reputation? Is it okay to ask her to get an STD screening? Is it unmanly to abstain from sex before you know if your partner is clean?

Who to Inspire

Maybe some pastimes are common and shared with friends, such as going to baseball games, cafes, or local bars. You may have started playing a sport or wearing a certain type of clothing because a friend turned you onto it. You could be the one to inspire your friends to get regular STD screenings.

Who’s Concerned

We’re all concerned about our health yet few know numbers related to STDs and HIV. For example, overall an American has a 1 in 99 percent chance of getting HIV in their lifetime. That chance is 1 in 20 for African-American males. And, that number is 1 in 6 for gay and bisexual males in the US. That person could be you, your best friend, or your next sexual partner.

What About Drug Use?

Lastly, you don’t need to have sex to get a number of sexually-related diseases. For example, those who share needles are at risk of getting HIV. If you are currently sharing needles or have done so in your past, it’s important to get an STD screening in the near future.

Natalie Martin is a freelance writer, and when she is not working on her next article she can usually be found in her garden. She attended the University of Cincinnati before turning to writing, and now spends much of her time drawing attention to some of the major health problems that are plaguing the country today. Natalie resides along the Gulf Coast with her 6 year old Labrador Retriever.

 
Mar 16 2017
6-PACK — Ex-Football Star Guilty Of Public Nudity + Joe Jonas Guilty Of Being Sexy + Shake Your Groove Tube + More Gay Gad For Us, Malaysia + Anti-Semitism = Major Vice + Sending Love To Kenneth Walsh Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-03-16 at 10.34.09 AMFaces of meth: Todd Marinovich, who is only 47 at right (Images via handout, screengrab, mug shot)

WIDGETCrime Watch Daily: Once-sexy football star pleads guilty to embarrassing public nudity charges. Don't start using. Get help if you get hooked.

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WIDGETOMG Blog: Joe Jonas flirts with skinhead chic for Flaunt.

WIDGETDListed: You're gonna looove this Groove Tube. (Actual sentence I've been sent on Grindr.)

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: Okay, so I'm seeing Beauty and the Beast for sure now that Disney has refused to censor its tiny “exclusively gay moment” for Malaysia.

33d6049128bfeedb_LFJosh Gad, easy Malay: No gay Disney for you, Malaysia! (Image via Disney)

WIDGETSalon: How could a co-founder of something cool like Vice now be a neo-Nazi apologist for Holocaust denialism? “I'm becoming anti-Semitic.”

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Please keep blogger Kenneth Walsh in your thoughts as he copes with the cancer death of his accomplished, witty brother at 55.

 


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