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Aug 25 2016
There's Nothing To Say Off-Camera: Madonna Shocks Fans With Surprise Appearance At TRUTH OR DARE Screening Comments (0)

IMG_8942*Host with the most, Joe Berger (All images by Matthew Rettenmund except for Instagram embed)

Joe Berger has been working his heart out to get Madonna's glory years on film properly acknowledged, first with an invite-only MoMA screening of the 1991 gem Madonna: Truth or Dare (at the time the most successful documentary ever), then with a special evening devoted to choreographer-director Vincent Paterson, then with a Madonna film series at Metrograph that embraces the best (Dangerous Game) and worst (Body of Evidence) she had to offer.

IMG_8976*Madonna posed by these Warholian images in the lobby

IMG_8935*Famous, front-row fans!

IMG_8938*Jose & Slam! Forgot to dare them to kiss...

So think of it as Kabbalistic karma that tonight, at his Truth or Dare event, Madonna herself shocked the entire room by showing up totally unannounced (her publicists knew, the MoMA curator knew—that was it) to sit in the middle of the audience and watch every frame of the film.

IMG_8939*Can you spot Madonna in this pic?!

Yes, that means we sat in a room with Madonna while she watched herself being Miley Cyrus I, while she joked about being nailed by her father, while she kibitzed with Sandra Bernhard, while she cavorted with her dancers who she swore she would love forever (some of whom then sued her), while she laughed when told her hair-and-makeup girl might've been raped. The works.

DSC00282*Keshishian reminded us of how brave Madonna was to let this film be shot.

DSC00292*The panel discussed Madonna's respect for people who push back.

Madonna's like a cat, though—when she falls, she can convince you that was her intention. More often than not, she simply avoids falling, and she never, ever looks backward, so her appearance at the MoMA to take in a film that is, regardless of any personally squirmy moments for her, a brilliant piece of filmmaking and one of the best things with which she's ever been associated, represented a sea change in her behavior, if only because it is something she did, not something she's doing.

And this shift was so welcome!

IMG_8949*Great pic of Joe & Alek

IMG_8954*Joe with the great Vincent Paterson

IMG_8963*Vogueing with the best of 'em

The screening had been delayed a while when the curator urged patience, noting we'd be happy in the end. This made us jokingly guess that Madonna would surprise us, but definitely nobody thought it was a likely occurrence. When she appeared, a vision in an off-the-shoulder red dress, daughter Lola in tow (Lola spent the movie marveling at the outfits she coveted), Madonna smiled warmly but said nothing, instead content to be just another spectator as one of her greatest spectacles was unfurled on the big screen.

Actually, she first listened to Berger's heartfelt intro to the film, which must've been his dream come true. (Dreams come true, you guys!)

IMG_8965*Jose & Slam make a Vincent sandwich

IMG_8984*Slam, Joe, Jose & Vincent—works of modern art

To say the movie has aged well is to say the same for Madonna—it's so obvious it hardly needs to be said. Truth or Dare was ahead of its time in dealing with gay rights, in touching on the spectre of HIV, in presenting a star to the world in whole—no filters needed. The concert footage is arrestingly crisp, the songs timeless and the black-and-white vérité elements look like they could've been filmed yesterday. 

I'm thrilled that Madonna has at long last shown up and embraced a major moment from her past. Perhaps this is a toe in the water of legacy-enshrining without wallowing in nostalgia. Well done, Madonna. Next time, just get up on the stage and say hello before you take off!

After Madonna skedaddled (I'm told she had greeted Paterson with a kiss and a compliment—he last saw her making Evita!), Berger expertly quizzed Truth or Dare director Alek Keshishian, Blond Ambition co-director/choreographer Vincent Paterson and Blond Ambition dancers Salim (Slam to you!) Gauwloos and Jose Gutierez on a variety of topics, teasing out the fact that the legendary unused 250 hours of footage Keshishian shot is now ... gulp ... lost

It was a convivial chat and one that ended with Keshishian praising Berger for his dedication to ensuring that Truth or Dare received its due.

After, I snapped the pics you see in this post, but missed Madonna—she left and her appearance had been so top-secret, it never occurred to me that she would stop outside in the lobby for posed shots (by a pro shooter—maybe called last-sec) before vanishing.


We love you @madonna #madonna #moma #truthordare #25thanniversary

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Don't hold onto the past? She isn't even close to doing that. But she is at least acknowledging it, and along with it, the meaning her work has to her legions of fans.

After the jump, check out about 15 minutes of the Q&A ...

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Aug 24 2016
6-PACK — Bringing Democratic Back + Wikileaks Out Saudi Arabian Men + Meet Misty + Leslie Jones Humiliated By Hackers + Truman Capote: Remains Of The Gay + THE BRONX QUEEN Cheers! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureActual stars are not only not embarrassed to be seen with Hillary, they're paying $$$ for the honor.

*widget boy cultureWikileaks outs Saudi Arabian men, sex-abuse victims—does not care.

*widget boy cultureMeet Misty Snow, a trans woman who's running for the Senate in Utah.

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*widget boy cultureLeslie Jones's site hacked, stacked with stolen nude selfies, sex pics, gorilla images. Gay dick Milo gloats.

*widget boy cultureBURNT PUBLIC OFFERINGS: You can own Truman Capote's ashes.

*widget boy cultureThe Bronx Queen sounds good (rave review), but I don't wanna go to the Bro—oh, wait! It's at Joe's Pub!

UnnamedThe star, Joe Gulla, is hot, too! (Image via Joe's Pub)

CROWDed House: Gay Web Series Debuts Comments (0)

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Nigel Campbell of Instinct introduces another gay Web series (save room for mine once casting is done!), this one focused on the awkward events that occur when a guy begins to fall for someone living with his own ex-partner. Of nine years.

To continue the theme of bad '80s sitcom titles, that can be too close for comfort.

Could you do it?

Well, I did! In my situation, I was the ex; I lived with my ex of 18.5 years for three years before we sold our place, and he was seeing someone most of that time. Maybe it was harder for them than it was for me? (Blinks innocently.)

Watch the first episode of Three's a Crowd after the jump ...

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Bitch, He's Michael Musto Comments (0)

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Michael Musto recaps his love/hate/more hate/grudging respect relationship with Madonna for his old bosses at the Village Voice. He talks a lot of sense, though I must say—in spite of my dislike for Britney Spears—I do disagree that Madonna macking on the younger pop star (and Christina Aguilera was there, too, guys!!!) was unartistic and had no appeal. I fucking loved that moment. It was unreal how real it was to Justin Timberlake and to the teen-pop world, and though it was well-worn ground for Madonna, it was a point worth remaking in an iconic way.

Otherwise, enjoy.

I would say you can find more of Michael's always-entertaining (and firsthand) Madonna musings in my book, Encyclopedia Madonnica 20, but in fact you will find less. That sounds like a bad sales pitch, so instead I'll say:

You can find a different version of Michael's always-entertaining (and firsthand) Madonna musings in my book, Encyclopedia Madonnica 20!

In the end, I think his take on Madonna is that he knows she's a force, but doesn't have the affection for her that he has for Diana Ross or Lady Gaga. But they never kicked him out of his dressing room.

Teen Star Bella Thorne Comes Out As Bisexual Comments (0)

In news that relates to my lengthy obit of Lou Pearlman—viewed through a gay prism—teen star Bella Thorne has confirmed she is bisexual, responding with a simple yes in a Snapchat session when a fan asked.

I know a lot of LGBTQ adults are pretty jaded by now, but to have a big Disney Channel star come out as one of us is nothing to sneeze at. Bella was the co-lead (along with fellow breakout star Zendaya) of the series Shake It Up from 2010-2013, and as such I worked with her often, usually from afar. As the founding EIC of a major teen mag, I made her one of my picks for kids who would blow up in the future—a choice I made in 2012. I am nothing if not a good judge of star quality!

I did not, however, guess she would come out as bi four years after our big party (see video of her appearance there above), nor did I think any kid stars would be doing such a thing back then. It's not that we helped young people stay closeted or tamped down gay news, it's just that the topic really never came up. None of them were out, none of them were discussing the topic. 

Since then, Raven-Symoné has come out, and now Bella, whose coming-out is even earlier in her life.

It seems like being LGBTQ is becoming more and more mainstream, and that has to be good for children discovering themselves. So ... good for Bella. I'm proud to have covered her way back when.

Aug 22 2016
It Must Have Been The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name Comments (0)

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Polish gay couple Jakub and Daniel published their lip-synch tribute to Roxette's bouncy song Some Other Summer, and the early '90s group reacted by posting it on their official profile.

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Your teeth will fall out, but watch it after the jump ...

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HEAT INDEX — Josh Duhamel + Justin Bieber + Simon Dunn + Kevin Meyer + Undies Boys + Swimwear's The Party + The Men Of Andy Warhol + 5SOS + Rupinder Pal Singh! Comments (0)

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IGNORE THE CONTEXT: Josh Duhamel discusses his jockstrap.

MANHOOD COVERED: Did Bieber insure his peen?

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GOT THE GOODS: Simon Dunn covers Lavender.

NAKED PITCH: Olympic jock Kevin Meyer's nude 2011 ad for Athena.

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STYLE GUIDE: Matthew Yeazel models undies. Because fashion.

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PARRA NONE: More on Leonardo Parra here.

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BRIEFLY: Aronik Swimwear campaign by Edwin Lebron.

SCORCHER: Male model by Andy Warhol.



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SINGH OUT, SISTER: Rupinder Pal Singh shows off.

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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.


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