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Jun 02 2018

Scotty Bowers

Saw this fascinating doc based on the book a while back, and it's now set to premiere July 27.

My Review of Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood — HERE

Check out the outrageously great poster above, and the trailer below ...

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May 31 2018
BOY Crazy: Inside The Party For THE BOYS IN THE BAND Comments (0)

IMG_5201Playwright Mart Crowley appeared for the final bows
IMG_5201Take a bow — the boys of The Boys in the Band (Images from audience member in mezzanine)

It took The Boys in the Band 50 years to get to Broadway, and it took me nearly as long to get into the pre-opening after-party ... but I did.

Huge Recap of the Original The Boys in the Band — HERE!

I impulsively bought one of the last tickets for Wednesday's 7 p.m. performance (I had already seen the first preview April 30), scoring one with an empty seat on one side of me and two empty seats on the other. (There were only seven empty seats in the house; not surprising since the show's official opening night is tonight, which is probably the night fans targeted, thinking it would be the star-studded choice.)

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Insta-Boyfriends In The Raw + Trump Pardons Right-Wing Loon + Samantha Bee's C-Word + Electronic Musician Hates Gays, Cheered Pulse + Tom Arnold On Roseanne Barr + Kim K Meets Trump + Gaga In NYC + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

Above: Furry friends.

Below: Keep reading for the hottest nude Insta-boyfriends ever, Trump pardons another right-wing loon, Samantha Bee will see Ivanka next Tuesday, more Roseanne fallout, drag portraiture to die for, and more ...

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May 30 2018
Cameron Dallas Takes A Seat + Injured Gay Man Jumped From Train? + Roseanne Barr's Conflicting Tweets + Soros: Not A Nazi + MOLLY DODD Death + Where's Melania? + Puerto Rico's Real Death Toll + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2018-05-30 at 8.54.04 AM(Image via Instagram)

Above: He looks good in summer sweats.

Below: Keep reading for Cameron Dallas's intimate moment, Roseanne Barr's Ambien cop-out and Soros smears, the gay-bashing that wasn't, Gowdy turning on Trump, and more ...

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May 29 2018
X FACTOR Hotness + Couple Bashed For Handholding + Lewis Tan On Nudes: It's A No + Vintage PLAYGIRL Workout + Shawn Mendes Isn't Dating That Girl + Hold Me Closer, Tony Danza + Trump Cries Election Foul 5 Months Out + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

Above: Jonathan Bennett, the now-out gay actor from Mean Girls, shows some fashionable patriotism.

Below: Keep reading for X Factor X-pics, Denver couple gay-slashed, Lewis Tan's position on nudes, Shawn Mendes on being single, Monét X. Change's tub of fun, and more ...

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May 25 2018
Hunks In Trunks + Weinstein's Perv Walk + Kim Jong-un Continues To Play Trump + Assange On The Move? + Sedaris's Twisted Advice + Madonna-Fan Dust-Up + Britney: The Musical + MORE! — 12 -PACK Comments (0)

Above: This interesting side-by-side of Madonna then and now is the subject of a hot, fancentric debate about credit for ideas and/or for the original work in question. (Details after the jump.)

Below: Swimsuit-clad studs, Weinstein arrested, Madonna mayhem, Britney musical, and more ...

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May 24 2018
Bryce Hall's Package Deal + Sarah Paulson's Love Knows No Age + Trump Cancels His Own Nobel Peace Prize + New Gay Threads + Gay Man Won't Be Up Against Kim Davis + Shawn Mendes's Pronoun-Free Album + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

Above: Flight-suit heaven.

Below: Keep reading for Bryce Hall's package, Sarah Paulson defending her May/December love,  Trump's diplomatic blunder, new gay lines from H&M and American Apparel, gay candidate loses in Kentucky, Shawn Mendes's new album has no pronouns, and more ...

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Saved From Cancellation: Is There Any Way For Public Figures Who've Disappointed NOT To Be Exiled? Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2018-05-24 at 12.37.37 PMFreeman & Tambor (Images via Universal & Netflix)

In a widely shared New York Times interview with the cast of Arrested Devlopment that became very awkward during a discussion of Jeffrey Tambor's on-set behavior (he was in the room), Jason Bateman and other male cast members came off as minimizing what co-star Jessica Walter was saying Tambor had done to her at work — namely, verbally harassed her (not sexually) and yelled at her in a way she emphasized was not normal and not okay.

Bateman in particular was singled out for seeming to talk over Walter, and seeming to excuse Tambor's behavior as being a part of the creative process.

Giphy(GIF via ABC)

I for one felt it was fair to criticize him for how he came off in the interview, but I was also taken aback by the vitriolic response on social media, which made it seem as if Bateman and the other male cast members, in not coming to Walter's defense in a full-throated way, were as bad as Tambor, with people calling for boycotts of his future work. I felt it was more a tone-deaf response on Bateman's part; it was clear he was trying (way too hard) to smooth things over.

Is there no middle ground for public figures between flawless and canceled? Is it not possible to criticize Bateman, check his response, and go from there?

Now, Bateman has issued an apology, one that seems to reflect his understanding of what he got wrong.

If Jessica Walter can forgive Jeffrey Tambor and work with him closely again and call him her friend, I don't understand why fans of the show (full disclosure: I've never watched it) or just casual observers of the situation can't take a breath and calibrate the outrage. Bateman was wrong, he knows it; he's not Harvey Weinstein.

The same goes for the new revelations that Morgan Freeman sexually harassed women on movie sets and at work. The description of his behavior is gross — lifting a woman's skirt, telling a pregnant woman he wished he “was there” (at the time of conception, ick). The response from many has been akin to the relevations that Bill Cosby is a serial rapist. Really? What Freeman did (the stuff we know about so far) is boorish, it's wrong, it shouldn't be blown off, and that it happened at work makes it, legally, sexual harassment. But is it so beyond the pale that it cancels the 80-year-old's legacy outright?

Is there no way to acknowledge wrongdoing without completely rejecting a person's overall life and work?

I've been thinking about this a lot as a pop culture junkie. Joan Crawford abused her daughter. (And it turns my stomach when gay fans mock that daughter using words that minimize physical and mental abuse, like suggesting Christina was spoiled, ugh.). Joan Crawford was also one of the most compelling movie stars of all time. Charlie Chaplin was a genius as a filmmaker and actor. He also probably slept with underage girls. John Lennon was a brilliant poet and musician. He was probably physically abusive toward his wives.

The list goes on and on and on, and it includes household names who are/were racists, who are/were guilty of inappropriate sexual behavior, and who are/were flawed in very real ways nobody should be overlooking or underplaying.

But if Jason Bateman and Morgan Freeman and others who did wrong or who enabled wrongdoing are canceled, where do people stand on enjoying “Billie Jean?” Why are some icons spared, while others are taken to task, and taken out with the trash?

It is a difficult concept to wrap our heads around — on the one hand, if someone rubs you the wrong way (I despise Roseanne Barr), no amount of cajoling will get you to give them another look. On the other, should offenders be denied the chance to continue working? I think I take a more Sarah Silverman approach — in speaking of her great friend Louis CK, she abhorred his actions but said he should still be able to be an artist.

Keep reading for Jason Bateman's new apology for his ungallant New York Times quotes ...

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