28 posts categorized "INTERVIEWS"

Oct 25 2015
In Love With Love: An Intimate Times Square Chat with hopefulROMANTIC Matt Zarley Comments (0)

4136136_origZarley in a scene from hopefulROMANTIC, which features George Takei

Even though we'd crossed paths, I'd never officially met singer Matt Zarley until our candlelit dinner at the Red Eye Grill in NYC two weeks ago. He'd been the musical guest at a Broadway Bares Solo Strips event, but that had been the closest I'd come to his orbit.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef017d408a2855970c-550wiStrutting his stuff at Broadway Bares: Winter Burlesque in 2013

Matt was in NYC promoting his biggest project yet, the original, mostly dialogue-free mini-musical film hopefulROMANTIC, described as a story about “loving, letting go, and holding onto faith that there's somebody for everybody.”

Zarley, who had a cherished relationship end last year, seemingly poured his feelings into the film, which has been in 24 short-film fests (winning awards at the Best Shorts Awards, The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival and the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival).

Check out my romance-themed Q&A with Zarley, conducted in and around Times Square, after the jump ...

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Oct 20 2015
The Big Deaths: Porn Bigshots Gino Colbert & David Forest Comments (0)

The world of gay porn continues to suffer losses. In the wake of Blue Blake's death at 52, it has recently been disclosed that legendary director (and former actor) Gino Colbert died of a heart attack at 58 back in August. (Why is this only coming out now?)
Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 4.16.46 PMColbert made many memorable films (including some with gay, bi and trans themes), and was well-liked in the industry.

Also I just noticed that colorful porn agent David Forest, who represented some of the biggest names in the biz in a way that alienated many and that landed him a stint in prison, died that same month. Here is his obit.

Forest's first career was in music, a field in which he worked for David Geffen and built a name handling the likes of Carole King, Aerosmith and countless other marquee artists.

Forest was just 66, and died as the result of side effects from diabetes.

Although I worked in porn for years, I never encountered Forest until this past summer, when he approached me to interview his client Mark Dalton, a controversial gay-for-pay figure in porn who, like Forest, had done prison time. I found Dalton to be very charming in person, and my interview received tens of thousands of views, which made Forest ecstatic. He raved about how successful it had been, talking a blue streak to me on the phone.

On July 26, he sent his final e-newsletter update, which read, in part:

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Jul 09 2015
The High Cost Of Loving: An Interview With BOULEVARD's Roberto Aguire Comments (0)


When Robin Williams died, some people were shocked that a man so capable of joy and mirth was secretly so tortured that he'd take his own life. The release of the final film in which he appeared provides another example of this phenomenon—a compartmentalized persona struggling to deal with reality in fits instead of accepting the totality of it. 

Without giving too much away, it ends better than Williams's story did.

Roberto & RobinBoulevard, directed by Dito Montiel, follows the late-in-life coming-out of a meek bank teller (Williams), who is attracted to and seems to do penance for what he sees as his own shortcomings by helping a street hustler (Roberto Aguire of Struck by Lightning), meeting with him furtively behind the back of his no-nonsense, film-buff wife partner (Kathy Baker).

The film probably wouldn't have Vito Russo doing cartwheels in that the Williams character, “Nolan,” is pretty miserable and the set-up is nothing new, but there is a surprising depth to the situation, and it comes not from Williams (who is good, if slightly awkwardly creepy at times) but from Aguire, whose character “Leo's” inability to cope is actually far more devastating than his john's.

Keep reading for my interview with Aguire ...

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Jan 09 2015
Not The Same Old Song: The Art Of Being Betty Buckley Comments (0)


Betty Buckley is a national treasure.

Unlike many others who have achieved that status, she isn't known for one project or even one medium—some immediately know her as “Grizabella” from the original Broadway production of Cats (for which she won her Tony), others think of her as the replacement mom on Eight is Enough in the '70s, still others go to her strong performance in the indelible film Carrie (1976).

Betty-BuckleyThe truth is, she's done even more than those already dissimilar and wonderful things. But if one gift can be singled out among the many, I would argue that it has to be her singing voice, which is a unique and mesmerizing instrument. And it only gets better.

If you need a reminder, Buckley has recently released Ghostlight, a beautifully nuanced collection of classic songs (produced by T Bone Burnett) that you feel like you're hearing for the first time thanks to her interpretive skills. She'll be performing them live in Palm Springs (January 17),  Beverly Hills (January 24), Miami (February 27 & 28), Boston (March 13 & 14) and Fort Worth (March 28), as well as teaching a Song Interpretation & Monologue Workshop in L.A. (beginning January 18).

I was honored to interview Ms. Buckley this month. Keep reading for her replies...

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Dec 01 2014
And The Beat Goes On: Jimmy Somerville On His New Disco HOMAGE Comments (0)


The history of gay pop music can’t be written without Jimmy Somerville, whose piercing falsetto gave ‘80s band Bronski Beat’s first album its visceral punch and aching vulnerability. His later project, The Communards, saw even more success with a cheeky cover of “Don’t Leave Me This Way”, continuing Jimmy’s association with disco; he has since put his stamp on a number of bona fide classics from the era.

Jimmy-SomervilleAs an out solo artist, Jimmy has released consistently life-affirming, dancefloor-ready, politically aware music. Most uniquely, his sexuality has been a part of his musical DNA for 30 years.

After a break in recording of several years, he’s back with Homage, a disco album so authentic it could be pressed on a white label and dumped in a used record store and no one would ever guess the mystery artist worked his magic in 2014 rather than 1978.

Speaking with Jimmy recently, I got him to talk about The Village People, Donna Summer, his vocal cords and more.

Check out my interview with Jimmy after the jump.

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Nov 19 2014
BLUE, Period: An Interview With Ricky Rebel Comments (0)
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Ricky Rebel is described as a sort of Adam Lambert/Lady Gaga hybrid, but in spite of his young age, he's been in the industry longer than both of them. I first encountered Ricky when he was in the boy No_authority_shirtless_group_in_underwear1band No Authority (pictured in underwear), a group signed to Madonna's Maverick (RIP!) and mentored by Michael Jackson.

I would've done anything for NA (and gave them crazy amounts of coverage) if only because their manager had once been in an episode of The Golden Girls, but I also really liked the boys themselves.

Ricky was a stand-out in the teen pop scene, a true showman, so it was not surprising to me 10 years later when he re-emerged as a solo artist with a major dance hit (“Geisha Dance”) and a thoughtfully crafted, musically sound point of view.

Now, Ricky is releasing The Blue Album, filled with adventurous dance music that isn't a guilty pleasure but an unqualified pleasure. He is a visual artist who does not overly rely on his admittedly fun razzle and on-stage dazzle, but one whose music you could enjoy with your eyes closed.

Ricky Rebel, The Blue Album, album cover, web

I was happy to chat with Ricky all these years after we crossed paths at the teen magazine I ran; I've always wanted to do follow-up interviews with the kids I worked with, so getting to debrief one who's gone on to bigger and better things was a real pleasure...

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Aug 04 2014
Strip Steak: Q&A And T&A Time With The Stars Of The Adonis Lounge Comments (0)

During my recent Vegas trip, I interviewed some of the hot go-go boys of Adonis Vegas and Adonis L.A., the biggest male-for-male strip clubs in their respective cities. I asked the guys how they got into the biz, what it was like the first time they lap-danced a dude (most of them are straight), embarrassing moments, weird requests, how their girlfriends view this job, plus some goof-off questions.

They're pretty adorable in their replies.

See Vegas above. Below, see L.A. as well as one-on-ones with sexy-as-hell managers/musclemen Xavier (aka Xavier Muscle) and Matt de Iturriaga...

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Jul 09 2014
Speaking INGLISH: An Interview With '60s Starlet & FAMOUS ENOUGH Author Diane McBain Comments (0)

Diane-McBainA look back

Surfside_6_cast_photoAlarmingly beautiful Ohioan Diane McBain (b. May 18, 1941), whose early life had been filled with financial hardship, quickly became identified as a star-in-the-making while under contract to Warner Brothers in the late '50s. Cast as a flighty heiress on the whimsical and briefly but intensely popular TV series Surfside 6 (1960—1962), she got a taste of what it might be like if all those breathless predictions swirling around her (“Another Marilyn Monroe!”) actually came true—special treatment, glamorous work with cute boys, the opportunity to launch a proper film career.

Tumblr_n13htdeRt61qb8ugro1_500Her biggest break came when she landed the title role in the steamy Claudelle Inglish (1961), in which she plays a good girl who refuses to marry a well-off man [Claude Akins (May 25, 1926—January 27, 1994)] for security because she's in love with a handsome young beau [Chad Everett (June 11, 1937—July 24, 2012)]...and who then purposefully sabotages her own future.

Michael Musto says:

“Rebelling against all sorts of societal strictures and demands, 'Claudelle' acts up and becomes the town slut, raising eyebrows with every calculated skirt lift. In the wonderfully trashy role, McBain is fiery, seething, bitter and gloriously fun—a fave of my longtime movie club.”

Chad-EverettYes, it's as good as it sounds.

But in spite of her natural effervescence on screen and a penchant for getting herself into gossip columns without even trying, McBain didn't attain lasting household-name status. Instead, hers is the story of a starry-eyed kid whose past experience with struggling to make ends meet prepared her for a long stretch as a hard-working actress with many memorable encounters but with no guarantee from where her next job might come.


Now 73 (and as lovely as ever), McBain has released Famous Enough: A Hollywood Memoir (BearManor, $29.95), a compulsively readable autobiography in which she does all the things any good memoirist should: She relies on and credits a great co-author (Michael Michaud, whose Sal Mineo: A Biography is one of the best bios I've ever read); she views everything that ever happened to her through a clear-eyed, analytical lens; she imparts wisdom where she can and doesn't pretend to where she can not; and she calls 'em like she sees 'em when it comes to describing the people who've crossed her and/or crossed her path.

I was pleased to interview this resilient, relatable woman—she's so much more than her work. (But even if she were only her work, I mean...Claudelle Inglish!)


Boy Culture: What motivated you to write a book at this point in your life?

Diane McBain: People have suggested I write my memoirs for a very long time. For years, I couldn't think of why I would write my story because my career wasn't the kind of career I wanted, and why belabor the point? Finally, I settled on the theme—actually, I was inspired by the idea—that my life had more to do with a spiritual journey than a material one, so that became my concentration. That was all I needed to get started.  

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