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Aug 23 2017
LAPD Will Investigate Man's Meth-O.D. Death In Wealthy Politico's Home After All Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-08-23 at 10.49.14 AMI didn't go too hard on the initial story about the death of Gemmel Moore, a homeless escort who died of a meth overdose in the home of Democratic donor and prominent L.A. figure Ed Buck, because that story was written by a former friend of Buck's who seemed to have an ax to grind. (A Google search turned up other reasons to doubt his version of events.)

However, at the urging of Moore's mom Letisha Nixon, and after more escorts have come forward to claim that Buck's fetish for getting young black hustlers high on meth to see how they'd react, the LAPD is launching a probe, lending credence to thes shocking initial allegations ...

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Aug 11 2017
6-PACK — The Worst Gay Boss Ever + Lord, He Needed To Be Fired + Justin Trudeau As Part Of Her Trousseau + Rainbow Slur + What Did Ed Buck Have To Do With Youth's Meth Death? + Chelsea'll Handle 'Im! Comments (0)

16708210_860062367467474_3232455252443295400_nGay agent Michael Einfeld was not happy when his assistant, Rosette Laursen, asked to have the day of the National Women's March off, so he responded by venting to others — many others, replying all unintentionally — that she should “sew her vagina shut,” and threatening to never hire another “girl.”

Laursen was made aware of his misogynistic comments and threatened to sue, which he ignored. So she went public, and an already ugly situation got uglier. Keep reading for that and more of the day's hot links ...

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Aug 03 2017
6-PACK —Britney Spears: She's So Lucky + Trump's Unhinged Calls With Mexican Prez + Trump Slams, Lies About New Hampshire + Was Bulleit Liquor Family Member Iced Out For Being Gay? + Kristen Stewart Would Still Date A Dude + KESHA SWEEPSTAKES! Comments (0)

Britney-SpearsIf you were worried about Britney Spears for any reason, take heart: She is probably getting all she can handle, at least in bed.

Spears's loverboy, Sam Asghari, felt the need to post a shirtless pic that oh-by-the-way flaunts his enormous package.

Keep reading to stare and drool, and for more hot links ...

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Aug 02 2017
6-PACK — Schock Report: Accused Rep Claims Sexuality Probed + Trump: White House? WHAT A DUMP! + Admin Denies Trump Knew Of Seth Rich + Booker Goes After Pot + Kentucky Dem's Flight Path + Red-Hot Matthew Daddario Scene! Comments (0)

Abs_schockIn a court memo, beleaguered former Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Illinois), claimed federal investigators “have dug into every aspect of Mr. Schock’s life by any means necessary. No topic has been off limits. The federal government has even delved, repeatedly, into the most intimate details of his life, including repeated inquiries to witnesses into who he has slept with and whether he is gay.”

Anti-marriage equality, closeted (if gay at all), and now he wants to play the gay card? Keep reading for this and other hot links of the day ...

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Jul 27 2017
Waiting For You: A Review Of THE WAITING GAME Comments (0)

IMG_6583I had the pleasure of seeing Charles Gershman's The Waiting Game, directed by Nathan Wright, at 59E59 last night, as part of the East to Edinburgh preview of plays heading to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Short — just an hour — it is the mercurial story of two men battling for the moral high ground after the lover they shared, Sam (Ibsen Santos), has long been on life support following a drug overdose. Keep reading for a full review of the sexy gay play ...

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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.