35 posts categorized "DUSTIN LANCE BLACK"

Aug 03 2013
Need To Know: Wise Kid, Coming Out As Anonymously Gay, Grandma Sucks, Clay Makes His Own Kinda Music + MORE Comments (2)

*widget boy cultureABOVE: Meet "the real-life Doogie Howser," 16-year-old gay genius Jake Andraka.

*widget boy cultureDid a famous male movie star anonymously come out (stay in?) on Reddit?

*widget boy cultureWords of wisdom from a grandmother sodomite. Cher-650-430_0

*widget boy cultureCher loves Chad Michaels and Jake Shears.

*widget boy cultureIncredibly beautiful and hot 90-minute gay kiss.

*widget boy cultureA 2-year-old boy is assaulted for being a "faggot.

*widget boy cultureWhite people, please start policing your thugs!

*widget boy cultureWill Dustin Lance Black's miniseries be our Roots?

*widget boy cultureClay Aiken channels Mama Cass.

*widget boy cultureRich Juzwiak has all the answers on the Stoli boycott.

*widget boy cultureI HEAR DEAD PEOPLE: Vinyl records made of remains.

*widget boy cultureLovely "Always" by R00K.

*widget boy cultureThe audio cassette turns 50.

*widget boy cultureDiahann Carroll back to Broadway after 30 years.

*widget boy cultureHere's 30 minutes with Ethel Merman 30 years ago, newly uploaded.

*widget boy cultureChristian children's entertainer wanted to EAT kids. Gets 20 years.

Ronald-William-Brown-pornography-puppetA remake of the movie Magic is in order.

 
Jun 27 2013
On The Outs: A Review Of Timothy Greenfield-Sanders's THE OUT LIST Comments (1)

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Timothy Greenfield-Sanders's The Out List follows his The Black List and The Latin List as an HBO documentary that serves as sort of a moving portraits of a number of LGBT luminaries, and by its diversity of subject, of the LGBT community at large.

WANDAAiring June 27 on HBO, The Out List is in some respects a simple, to-camera Q&A with famous LGBTs. Stylistically, nothing new. But the sum is greater than its parts. Greenfield-Sanders engenders (in some cases, the editing is a bit too aggressive) plain-spoken, highly personal responses from the people in front of his lens. In the same way that he showed a new side of porn stars via photography, many of these familiar faces are presented in slightly different ways in this film.

Most interestingly, the edge behind Lady Bunny's humor is revealed, not purposely, to be her anger over being marginalized by not only the world at large but by her own community, especially the young'uns.

What follows are memorable quotes from each of the film's subjects. Check them out, and don't miss this queer filmic time capsule when it airs later this month on the 44th anniversary of Stonewall...

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Apr 05 2013
Need To Know: Forget What You Know About Reagan, Cindy McCain Plays Gay, Bad Dad + MORE Comments (0)

Timothee+Chalamet+19th+Annual+Screen+Actors+3YUGJC5eK_8xImagine having Madonna as a potential mother-in-law?

*widget boy cultureMadonna's buena daughter Lola is dating adorable Timothee Chalamet.

*widget boy cultureCindy McCain playing gay Prop 8 plaintiff in AZ production of 8. Ronald-Reagan-gay-My-Best-Gay-Friends-Vietnam-EJ-Johnson

*widget boy cultureBIG IN 'NAM: My Best Gay Friends charms the Hanoi hoi-polloi.

*widget boy cultureThe Knife are back, as sharp as ever.

*widget boy cultureThe accidental gay first date.

*widget boy cultureRoger Ebert's greatest accomplishment?

*widget boy cultureMagic Johnson supports gay son in interview.

*widget boy culturePatti Davis claims her scummy dad would be pro-equality.

*widget boy cultureCan bad movie sequels diminish the originals?

*widget boy cultureMajor lava flow = mass extinction.

*widget boy cultureSen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida) comes out for marriage equality.

*widget boy cultureMadonna tours Malawi hospital.

*widget boy cultureRep. Matt Salmon (R-Arizona) is anti-equality. His gay son: "Okay!"

*widget boy culture91% of America supports background checks for guns.

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Mar 04 2012
The Monster That 8 California Comments (3)

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To see the full reading of Dustin Lance Black's 8 as staged in L.A. this weekend, keep reading...

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Nov 11 2011
The Way They Were?: Reviews Of J. Edgar & My Week With Marilyn Comments (6)

I have yet to write about Madonna's W.E. because I've only seen it via test screenings, nothing official. But it's not the only biopic coming at year's end. In fact, there are so many similar pictures that W.E. is getting an awards-consideration release December 9 then not reappearing until February 3 so as to dodge the glut.

I had wildly different reactions to two of the other biographical films out there.

Leonardo-dicaprio-armie-hammer-j-edgarMy buddy, my buddy...

J. Edgar, directed by Clint Eastwood, written by Dustin Lance Black and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts and Dame Judi Dench, is a film I was curious about in spite of its odious subject, longtime, iron-fisted FBI god-king J. Edgar Hoover (DiCaprio). The film covers Hoover's era-spanning career as the country's loved/hated A-list G-man, from the birth of the FBI through Hoover's death during the Nixon presidency. For a film attempting to cover so much, it winds up with surprisingly little to offer by way of honest insight.

DiCaprio's old-age makeup was quite distracting at first but was overall passable, particularly when compared to that used on Armie Hammer as Hoover's longtime companion Clyde Tolson. Somehow, Tolson starts out younger and cuter than Hoover and winds up looking like something out of a Saturday Night Live sketch; just unbearably bad work on the makeup. Watts looks too old to be a young secretary in the beginning of the movie, but way too young to be a senior citizen by film's end.

Superficialities aside, DiCaprio is admirably committed as Hoover, but I found him very actorly and at times hammy. He comes off, more often than not, as a boy pushing hard to seem like a man. Gorgeous Hammer exudes a knowing quality that Eastwood unfortunately D74ryb8itr95rt5bdoes not reign in properly, leading to laugh-out-loud lines that shouldn't be. For example, it's pretty humorous when Hammer's Tolson fusses about the sartorial blunders of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and a side-splitter when he sniffs that Dorothy Lamour (pictured with Hoover in the '40s) is a bit "camp" for him. If he gets an Oscar nomination for this after not 1getting one for The Social Network, that would be a travesty.

Watts has nothing to do and does nothing for the film—she's sleepwalking.

In stark contrast, the usually flawless Dench is way over the top as Mama Hoover, a cardboard cut-out of a taciturn mother who's so pushy even Norman Bates wouldn't have traded for her.

I think the biggest problem with this film is the script. After deservedly winning an Oscar for Milk, Dustin Lance Black turns in a Razzie-worthy blueprint this time, structured around Hoover dictating his self-aggrandizing memoirs to a series of young secretaries (all dudes, nudge-nudge). This set-up allows for too much telling and not enough showing, and makes the film's focus drift disagreeably between Hoover's most famous case (the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby), his weirdly asexual yet romantic relationship with Tolson (there is an aborted kiss, but otherwise we're supposed to believe they were inseparable but never fucked) and the origins of his rabid anti-Communism.

I'm as liberal as it gets, and I like that there is goss out there that Hoover was gay and/or cross-dressed, but I strongly felt like the gay stuff in the film (a convenient story about a childhood acquaintance of Hoover's nicknamed "Daffy" for "daffodil" who was bullied and committed suicide feels very It Gets Better) was questionable, and the cross-dressing was one of the most embarrassing things I've seen in a high-profile drama in years.

I wish I liked this movie, but then again, screenplay be damned, maybe it would've helped if the main character were not so thoroughly contemptible from start to finish.

J. Edgar (Warner Bros.) is out now.

*****

PreviewScreenSnapz001Misty Rowe will be eating her heart out!

A far more likable VIP gets the biopic treatment in My Week With Marilyn, directed by Simon Curtis and written by Adrian Hodges from the famous memoir by Colin Clark, who had the good fortune to be third director on The Prince and the Showgirl in the late '50s.

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Nov 10 2011
Brothers Should Go To It Comments (2)

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I've always loved the Lane Twins—Gary and Larry—and now they have a Dolly Parton-themed documentary coming out called Hollywood to Dollywood that I'll be seeing on the 17th in NYC. As part of their promotions, they landed a spot of The Rosie Show on OWN. Non-Dolly clip of them 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.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef014e89143e3e970d-400wiOf whom are you more jealous?

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.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e551ff08528834-800wiLet's call it a draw

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.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01538f1f464a970b-400wiBe Italian

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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Oct 28 2011
Bestills My Beating Heart Comments (2)

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A slew of new J. Edgar stills came to light today, chiefly of interest to me thanks to the presence of serial enflamer of gay hearts Armie Hammer. (But they also show director Clint Eastwood, writer Dustin Lance Black and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts and Dame Judi Dench.) Tons more after the jump...

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Sep 21 2011
G(ay)-Men Comments (5)

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The official trailer for Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Hoover biopic J. Edgar—written by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black—is out, unlike its subject...

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Sep 15 2011
Once I Had A Top-Secret Love Comments (2)

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J. Edgar Hoover would be busting a nut in his grave if he knew luscious Armie Hammer was playing his real-life lover (let's face it) Clyde Tolson in J. Edgar. In Details (October 2011), Hammer says of the Clint Eastwood-directed/Dustin Lance Black-penned flick:

"It wasnt the gay aspect I had a hard time with. When I first read the script, it didn't make sense why Clyde would stay around—because 99 percent of the time he's just taking abuse. But then it was explained to me. When you get that little glimmer of hope—like Tolson did—that simple kiss on the forehead, it all seems worth it and you stay."

Kind of like how I'll continue holding out hope Hammer is gay and loves men twice his age even though he's married to a woman and waxes nostalgic in the magazine about his 10-day-long bachelor party.

Great, hi-res pix to follow...

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