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Jul 20 2016
Dance Fever Comments (0)

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Um, this looks like it was a whole lotta fun: The 1979 Disco Dance World Finals ...

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Jul 18 2016
6-PACK — Honoring Orlando + Kimye/Swift Feud Goes Nuclear + Trump Implies Obama's Secretly Okay With Cop-Killing + Journey Sucks + Animated Gay 'Rents + Dahmer Doll! Comments (0)

Gaykiss(Video still via Matthew Richardson)

*widget boy cultureDirector Matthew Richardson pays tribute to the Orlando victims and LGBT freedom in moving dance video.

*widget boy cultureIs Kim Kardashian Taylor Swift-boating Miss Perfect over barely-Top-40 “Famous” brouhaha? Taylor hotly denies claim she's a liar.

*widget boy cultureTrump tries to imply that President Obama's body language suggests he isn't anti-police murder. Seriously.

*widget boy cultureList of musical acts dead to me grows: Et tu, Journey?

*widget boy cultureNickelodeon will introduce a gay couple in a new animated show.

*widget boy cultureAdorable Ross Lynch will play deplorable Jeffrey Dahmer.

CreditJoeMagnaniMe with Ross (Image by Joe Magnani)

 
Jul 17 2016
Gena Rowlands On A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-07-17 at 12.28.04 AMRowlands answers my question about working with kids. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

I was privileged to attend a screening of A Woman Under the Influence (1974) at Metrograph, NYC's fantastic new Lower East Side theater that shows classics and quirky non-classics, after which star Gena Rowlands appeared to answer questions about her greatest role.

Rowlands, 86, won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for her incredible performance in the film, in which she plays a mentally unstable wife and mother whose husband (Peter Falk) is touchingly in love with her quirks and disturbingly unprepared to handle them. The cast is rounded out by non-actors (her real mom, who lived to be 95, played her character's hapless mother in the film) who somehow hold their own against Rowlands' tour-de-force portrayal.

The crowd was young, period. I felt like the missing link between Gena's generation and the one seated around me. A nearby restaurant was so hipster it was a self-parody, offering organic eats and featuring a chef in a Bernie T-shirt. When I ordered a Diet Coke, the pale young bearded fellow acting as my server informed me sweetly that he didn't have soft drinks but had a variety of homemade beverages. It was a safe space for your tummy.

Kidding aside, with all the negative impressions of millennials, it was nice to encounter a slew of them with a healthy appreciation for something that came before. The kid next to me informed me he hadn't seen the film in five years, suggesting a rich arthouse catalogue bubbling in his head, and the questions people asked were, to a one, intelligent and unembarrassing. I've never been to a Q&A like this at which at least one or two mortifyingly inappropriate, self-involved, non-question questions aren't asked.

Check out Metrograph.

I captured the Q&A, an edited version of which appears after the jump. In it, Rowlands speaks about the film—which she's only ever seen one time—as well as about her late husband John Cassavettes's artistic approach. My question involved her incredible bond with her character's kids in the film, which also led her to talk a bit about her second most famous role, in Gloria (1980) ...

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Jul 14 2016
Historians On Why Trump's Candidacy Is Abhorrent Comments (0)
 
Jul 12 2016
I'm LOVING It Comments (0)

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Check out the new poster for Loving, based on the landmark SCOTUS decision. Great imagery.

From a press release:

From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry – and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since.

Loving will open in theaters in select cities on November 4, and will expand across the country later in November.

 
Jul 06 2016
6-PACK — Kim Davis Breaks The Law ... Again + Shaming A Homophobe + Black Lives Matters + If Gay People Are So Funny ... + Levonia's Fire Island Too-Realness + Do You Want It ALL OF THE TIME? Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureKim Davis has broken the law again in her quest to save Kentucky from gay marriage.

*widget boy cultureGay man shames homophobic dude who insulted him on public bus after Pride.

*widget boy cultureBlack Lives Matter thinks it owns Pride Toronto. One gay cop begs to differ. Christians want in on the action.

*widget boy cultureGuess which second banana was first to utter the word gay on TV? Plus: Where are all the gay comedians?

*widget boy cultureLevonia Jenkins “wants to dump Trump ... if she could only figure out which bathroom to use.” Fire Island fierceness.

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*widget boy cultureGREAT SONG, TOO: Hot model Gio Tuccio joins popstar-in-the-making Megan Vice in her “All of the Time” video: 

 
Jul 03 2016
6-PACK — Hillary Off The Hook? + Elie Wiesel, Michael Cimino Die + Debbie Does 71 + Prof. Matthew McConaughey + Fergie Isn't Half-Assing This Single & Video Release! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureHillary sits for 3-hour FBI interview, considered final step in e-mail investigation. CNN reports charges are not expected. Never were, guys.

*widget boy cultureAuschwitz, Buna & Buchenwald concentration-camp survivor, Jewish activist & scholar Elie Wiesel dies at 87.

*widget boy cultureDirector Michael Cimino, whose The Deer Hunter soared and whose Heaven's Gate bankrupted United Artists, dies at 77-ish.

*widget boy cultureDebbie Harry turned 71 this week, guys.

*widget boy cultureProfessor Matthew McConaughey will put the “ass” in “class.”

Screen Shot 2016-07-02 at 11.32.30 PMYes, Jon Kortajarena is in Fergie's video, too. (Image via FergieVEVO)

*widget boy cultureFergie's insanely thirsty, instant-comeback music video for “M.I.L.F.$”—song is like another “My Humps”: 

 
Jun 25 2016
6-PACK — Stonewall Statues Come To Life + Emma Stone Hearts Billie Jean King + Biden, RuPaul & More Honor Orlando Victims + Brits Want Second Bite At Apple + J'Adore Delano + ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Pride! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureWomen who posed for iconic statue by Stonewall reflect on nearly 40 years of progress.

*widget boy cultureEmma Stone pays tribute to the incredible achievements of Billie Jean King on tonight's VH1/Logo Trailblazer Honors.

*widget boy cultureAlso on Trailblazer Honors: Biden, RuPaul, Aguilera, Etheridge and many more pay tribute to the fallen 49 from the Pulse mass shooting.

*widget boy cultureMore than a million Brits want a second referendum on leaving the EU following this week's disastrous result.

*widget boy cultureAdore Delano on working on her new tunesas a boy.

*widget boy culturePatsy & Edina don't mind queer-baiting, but they won't do anal: