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Jun 02 2016
A Cheat Day For Your Eyes: Q&A With Buff Fitness Buff Dan Welden Comments (0)

Unnamed-3I think crunches are the pits, but looks like Dan finds them abs-olutely essential (Image by Stockwell Photography)

Dan Welden is an NASM certified personal trainer based in New York whose Instagram never fails to spoil its 11K+ followers with images of his, um, progress.

Keep reading for my Q&A with the fitness junkie ...

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Apr 18 2016
Blond Admissions: Madonna's BLOND AMBITION Dancers Open Up On Their Revealing New Documentary Comments (0)

IMG_6062 copyFront: Luis Camacho. Back (L-R): Ester Gould, Reijer Zwaan, Carlton Wilborn, Kevin Stea, Oliver Crumes, Slam Gauwloos. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Strike a Pose, the touching documentary that catches us up on the lives of Madonna's dancers from her Blond Ambition World Tour and the ensuing warts-and-all documentary Truth or Dare, is currently playing the Tribeca Film Festival. This limited engagement was enough to score me some face time with five of the seven original dancers: Slam Gauwloos, Carlton Wilborn, Luis Camacho, Oliver Crumes and Kevin Stea (Gabriel Trupin died of AIDS in the mid-'90s and Jose Gutierez was doing another interview).

Check out my review of Strike a Pose

First, I thought I was getting them in a crowded round table session, so I only had a couple of questions prepared. After all, I'd once been in the same situation with Madonna and it had been a battle to get a word in edgewise. As I got into a cab, I received word I'd have them to myself. Gulp. Could I handle those guys? They seemed high-maintenance in Truth or Dare, holding their own in scenes alongside the planet's biggest superstar. On that topic, Slam later noted of Madonna, “She was not that insecure, you know? I think a lot of artists don’t do that because of their insecurities. She just was perfect at picking the good talent, putting it together, and just, in the end, it made her look better, too.” Kevin chimed in, “When you’re secure with yourself as a star, you want stars around you.”

I frantically dashed off some impressionistic questions. Lucky for me, I'd seen Strike a Pose as well as Truth or Dare and do know quite a bit about the subject matter, so even though I ultimately wound up sharing them with one other journalist, I was ready for these guys and wasn't too nervous that they'd gang up on me.

Making things easier, I found the boys—now men—to be extremely articulate, witty and forthcoming, as you might expect from the cast of Truth or Dare, which has been called the “grandmother of reality TV.” (I submit that Madonna might prefer “aunt.”)

If I dominated a bit, I hope the other writer can forgive me. After all, these were the guys who showed me it was okay to be gay, and who were in the position I most coveted 25 years ago: Madonna-adjacent.

As the film shows and as my life experience had already taught me, glamour is often an illusion, and reality is better anyway. 

Keep reading for my talk with the guys, and with filmmakers Reijer Zwaan and Ester Gould ...

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Feb 29 2016
The Passion Of Joey: An Interview With Joey Suarez Comments (0)

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If Joey hasn't pinged your radar yet, it's time to recalibrate.

Joey's already big on Twitter, bigger on Facebook and huge on Instagram.

This 22-year-old is a multi-hyphenate, except along with model and singer, tax man is in the mix. Yes, he's studying tax law while pursuing the arts. It's debatable which is his backup plan.

Also of note, the artist is not only out, he came out at 14 to his 11 brothers and sisters back in San Antonio, Texas, the kind of story that wouldn't have been possible the year he was born, but that's become increasingly common—thankfully!

Keep reading for my Q&A with the young artist ...

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Feb 22 2016
The YOUNGER Games: A Q&A With The Actress Behind The Show's Pansexual Publicist Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-02-20 at 4.28.25 PMMolly Bernard (L) in a still from Younger (Ali Paige/Goldstein/TV Land)

Actress Molly Bernard is currently spicing things up on TV Land's Younger, playing the pansexual publicist having a steamy relationship with Debi Mazar's character. The star, starring Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, and Nico Tortorella, provides many a water-cooler moment ... or would, if offices still had those.

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Next up, she'll be seen in Sully, the biopic about pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) directed by Clint Eastwood.

Check out my interview with the multi-talented actress after the jump ...

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Nov 29 2015
Joe Putignano's Clothing, Half-Off; His Book, Even Cheaper! Comments (0)

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Statue-bodied Joe Putignano reminds us that his excellent Acrobaddict—I interviewed him here—is available for less than 5 bucks as part of a short-lived Black Friday-ish sale.

 
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)

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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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