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Jun 23 2017
Sick-Funny: A Review Of THE BIG SICK Comments (0)

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The Big Sick — based on comic Kumail Nanjiani's real-life romance — is a can't-miss, sweet, hilarious, heart-tuggingly emotional movie in theaters today.

The story is about a Pakistani-born stand-up comic who falls for a girl who pipes up during his act, can't assert himself with his traditional family and nearly loses her forever; they not only break up, she gets sick. Real sick.

Nanjiani is drily funny as hell, and the love affair between his character and co-creator Emily Gordon (played by Zoe Kazan) is refreshingly rough around the edges, unexpectedly sexy and painfully real.

Directed by Michael Showalter (Hello My Name Is Doris, another great little movie), The Big Sick is the cure for what ails you, if what ails you is an onslaught of formulaic romantic comedies, and not, for example, a killer infection. If you have that, you're on your own.

Great performances from Holly Hunter and Ray Romano as Emily's parents, who are having a moment of their own.

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Jun 20 2017
6-PACK — BARES With Me + Take My Husband, Please! + Boy George Covers YMCA + Saluting A Fallen Hero With A Great Sense Of Humor + Russian's Gay Laws Illegal + Inside A Chechnya Gay-Abuse Prison + The Art Of The Squeal! Comments (0)

DSC04651_newModel Juanfer De La Torre after Broadway Bares — this guy understands the camera! (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

BONUS ITEM Instagram: Posting tons of Broadway Bares: Strip U images here!

Screen Shot 2017-06-20 at 11.00.32 AMTom Hoch's husband jokes that the candidate does nothing but think about Minneapolis. (Video still via Tom Hoch for Mayor)

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: Minneapolis mayoral candidate gets a cute intro video from his husband. Seems to have been inspired by this one

WIDGETThe Guardian: Boy George partners with YMCA on remake of Village People song — first time the org has embraced the gay-skewing anthem.

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): The twerking officer who died of 9/11-related cancer will be posthumously honored by the NYPD Gay Officers Action League.

WIDGETNew York Times: Euro court rules Russia's anti-gay gay propaganda laws are illegal. That'll go over well with Putin.

Screen Shot 2017-06-20 at 10.46.26 AMAn activist in Russia thinks international outrage has had an effect on the Chechnyan crackdown. (Video still via VICE News)

WIDGETYouTube @ VICE News: The indispensable VICE News visits Chechnya for a look inside the prison where gay men say they've been tortured.

Chechnya-gayChechnya is supposed to abide by Russian law, but as long as its leader swears fealty to Putin, anything goes. (Video still via VICE News)

WIDGETArtNet: The Daily Show has produced The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library, a hilarious art exhibit of NMPOTUS's most absurd tweets.

 
Jun 18 2017
Russian Ties Are Music To Randy Rainbow's Gears Comments (0)

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Randy Rainbow Greases the wheels of impeachment with his latest and greatest ...

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Jun 16 2017
6-PACK — How To Get Away With Manslaughter + Trudeau's LGBTQ Love + Lady Barista + Confronting His Bully + Anti-Gay School Employee's Terrorist Wish + West-Starring Role! Comments (0)

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WIDGETHuff Post: Philado Castile's shooting by a police officer seemed like one case where a trigger-happy cop might go down — but nope. NOT GUILTY.

WIDGETtheOUTfront: Here's what Canada's leader is doing to celebrate LGBTQ Pride. Trump has yet to acknowledge it, too busy cutting back Cuba progress.

WIDGETTwitter @PopCrave: Lady Gaga is serving as a Starbucks barista to support her Born This Way Foundation.

WIDGETThe Randy Report: In this Q&A with Drake Jensen & Patrick Masse, check out Drake's powerful story of his high school bullying!

UnnamedListen up for a very moving story! (Image via The Randy Report)

WIDGETTowleroad: This Columbus, Ohio, school employee wished that a Pride Festival would turn out like the Boston Marathon. It wasn't charm school.

Screen Shot 2017-06-16 at 6.37.07 PMGo West! (Video still via Twitter @ DC Entertainment)

WIDGETTwitter @ DC Entertainment: Watch Adam West's final guest spot, on the canceled series Powerless, after the jump ...

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6-PACK — Stop Flag-Bashing + GOLDEN Gays? + Patti Issues + Trump Confirms He Is Under Investigation + Trump Now Loves TERRORIST Qatar + Fake Betsy DeVos Meets Fake Mike Pence! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-06-16 at 12.18.35 PM If a huge % of the community would feel symbolically more welcomed, why not? (Image via Internet)

WIDGETKenneth In the (212): This is how I feel about the Pride Flag controversy — if it bothers you more to change it than why people want to, you're why people want to.

WIDGETDListed: A gay Golden Girls is coming! (And I bet the men will not be 50-60, but 70-80.)

WIDGETOMG Blog: I was remiss in not posting this yesterday, but here's why Patti LuPone wouldn't perform for Trump:

WIDGETHuff Post: Trump is now attacking Rod Rosenstein — and in the process, confirming he is now officially under investigation.

WIDGETCBS News: After savaging Qatar as a state sponsor of terror, enflaming regional tensions, Trump now sells the country $12B of U.S. weaponry.

WIDGETVia Instagram @mch463: She's Betsy DeVos, and guess what she's gonna do? He's Mike Pence and he just lawyered upKeep reading ...

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Dragging The Cast Of ROUGH NIGHT Comments (0)

Rough-Night-Paige-Turner(Video still via Sony)

The women of Rough Night sat down with drag queen Paige Turner to talk up their movie. Ilana Glazer says the movie is gay-friendly and gay-targeted, but what about the accidentally killed hustler community? They're gonna feel betrayed.

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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.

 
Jun 12 2017
Gay Reading Shelf: 3 Books I Recommend Comments (0)

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Three books with which I've recently shared a bed:

Seriously... What Am I Doing Here?: The Adventures of a Wondering and Wandering Gay Jew by Ken Schneck (1984Publishing.com, $21.95)

This non-fiction book is like the written version of attempting a geographic cure, filled with Schneck's oddball journeys into hitherto unimaginable territories for him (most shockingly, Uganda). Written with a warm humor, the book goes down a lot easier than that crazy 400-plus-mile bike ride he takes.

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The '49 Indian by Craig Moody (VividImageryPublishing.com, $12.99/$2.99 Kindle)

A great debut novel that begins with a painfully detailed description of an assault in a bathhouse, The '49 Indian establishes a unique bond between a 20-year-old gay kid and his opaque next-door neighbor, a dude obsessed with restoring a 1949 motorcycle. The bike will eventually take them far from their homes, and other circumstances will also take them from their humdrum lives. Set in 1983, this coming-of-age story will stick with you for the long run.

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Alan Sues: A Funny Man by Michael Gregg Michaud (BearManorMedia.com, $24.95)

Michaud wrote Sal Mineo: A Biography (Crown, 2010), one of the best movie-star bios I've ever read. In Alan Sues, he adds to his painstaking researching skills a genuine friendship with Sues, a glass-closeted gay pioneer who was a regular on Laugh-In in the '60s. The bio is not only the definitive record of one man's life, it also documents the ins and outs of not being out in the entertainment business in the '60s, '70s and '80s. Fantastic!

 


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