8 posts categorized "JOHN BARROWMAN"

Apr 16 2014
I'm Good At This: A Last-Minute Trip To The Hollywood Show Comments (0)
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My "then and now" gallery is above...

I wasn't going to attend the latest Hollywood Show in L.A. at the Westin LAX this past Saturday. I'd made up my mind that while dropping in would make all the sense in the world if I were an Angeleno, dropping in from across the frickin' country made about as much sense as the fact that Joan Collins does these things out of an actual need for cash. (See my other trips to autograph shows at #5 on this list.)

“Even my worst orgasm was right on the money.”—Woody Allen

But then I figured out a bunch of other stuff to do in L.A. and splurged, booking Monday and arriving with some goodies for a variety of the over 100 (!) scheduled stars to sign. Unfortunately, it was one of my least exciting shows, but I was still reminded of that Woody Allen quote. You know the one.

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The show was meh because, for one thing, quite a few stars canceled, including some whose advertised presence had helped me decide to go in the first place. For example, I'd spent part of one day sourcing a fabulous Rene Auberjonois portrait from The Eyes of Laura Mars on eBay, then tracking it down in person here in NYC, only to discover that he'd canceled the night before. Apparently, Rene told a fellow celebrity guest, “I don't have any pictures to bring so I'm not going.”

Rene-AuberjonoisI will get this signed by you, Rene!

I also missed seeing Dale Bozzio, the original Lady Gaga, whose lead vocals on the Missing Persons record Spring Session M are the perfect combo of pleasing and unnerving. No matter that she's since become a crazy cat lady—I love huh!

Elliott-GouldElliott Gould was a no-show...how would he have reacted if asked to sign this?

But it's a thin line between love and hate when it comes to fandom. I overheard one attendee fuming that the gossip columnist Rona Barrett had canceled (another one I'd been so curious to meet), saying, “She canceled? What a fucking bitch! I'm dying to meet her!”

Kelli-MaroneyKelli told me my friend, a former co-star of hers, would "clean up" if they did the show in tandem.

Not having as many stars to “get” made for a leisurely show. Unfortunately, it did not make for one of my favorite shows; kudos to the organizers for rounding up so many diverse celebs, but it just so happened that the ones I was most excited to meet didn't wow me. I had precious few fun encounters...well, if we're talking about the ones with celebrities.

Here they are. I calls 'em likes I sees 'em...

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Nov 05 2013
Fantasy Figure: An Interview With Artist Aedan Roberts Comments (0)
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I saw Aedan Roberts long before I met him—he was one of the many dudes (it's not just for chicks anymore!) done up in sexy fantasy gear at last year's New York Comic Con, although he did do it better than just about anyone else. I didn't expect I'd lay eyes on him again this year, but I recognized him working a booth in his skimpy Mario Bros. outfit and got a second picture for my crazy-extensive guy galleries. (Galleries from both years are listed at the end of this post.)

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After the show, I started seeing images from Comic Con of Aedan being groped from behind by Torchwood star (and out celeb) John Barrowman popping up all over Instagram. It wasn't long before friends were forwarding me his name and urging me to talk to him. Turned out he was more than just sci fi candy—Aedan is actually an accomplished fine artist and illustrator with a growing following.

Aedan-Roberts-at-home-Matthew-RettenmundHe lives in a well-equipped artists' enclave in Brooklyn that, if I hadn't seen it myself, I'd think was a product of his imagination.

I contacted Aedan and secured an invite to his Brooklyn home studio, where I was able to view his coolly sensual, wildly imaginative "Inner Demons" series as well as his iconoclastic "Nüdtendo" series (naked Nintendo characters). His work is crisp, intense and rapidly disappearing—while some of it is priced to not sell, the trick isn't working very well. Though he sells high-quality prints, the demand for originals is catching up to his inventory...which is a good problem to have.

Aedan-RobertsAedan's fine-art work transcends fantasy illustration.

I spent the afternoon chatting with Aedan about what led him to become a professional artist, his roots in the fantasy world, his thoughts on just how gay that world is these days and his impressions of Comic Con.

And yes, when it comes to that scandalous John Barrowman snap, I definitely got to the bottom of things...

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Oct 13 2013
The Hottest, Cutest Boys & Men Of New York Comic Con: Part 1 Comments (0)
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Above, Part 1 of the Hottest, Cutest Boys & Men of New York Comic Con...Part 2 is here. The third part is here. The fourth part is here. The fifth part is here.

My trip to New York Comic Con this year was as fun as last year: I attended the Teen Wolf panel (Dylan O'Brien is adorkable, creator Jeff Davis is sexy even if he spoke so much that one audience member specified that she wanted to hear from the actors "before Jeff answers"), but the rest of the time I just wandered around photographing people in costumes.

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Seeing all these cute boys and hot men in bizarre outfits had the same effect on me this year as last...schwing! I don't get why the whole "let's dress as superheroes and fuck our brains out" thing never appealed to me until now, but I get it, even if I know so little about sci fi and/or horror that if I were to dress up it would probably be as Underdog.

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William-ShatnerJohn Barrowman & William Shatner signing, Norman Reedus mingling.

Amazing what access you get from having a big camera. None of the guys thrilled to pose for me asked what the photos were for, but if any had, I'd planned to say, "Future masturbatory reference."

One guy in a skintight Superman tee posed, then his buddy, joking about my intentions, murmured, "And now, remove your pants..." So at least one person there understood me.

John-Barrowman-gay-gropeBarrowman nearly shoots on the tasty Comic Con cutie who I shot in the gallery above.

Along with being wowed by the nerdy beauty, I was also blown away by the ingenuity. Also, the people attracted to Comic Con seem to be so nice. Nobody is in a bad mood, freaking out, shoving, or overreacting to being nudge in the packed Javits. There is a sunny, communal feeling of, "We're indulging in our favorite thing int he world!" and the feeling is infectious.

I'll definitely be back.

Check out Part 2 of my gallery here. And don't miss Part 3 here, Part 4 here and Part 5 here.

 
Jul 02 2013
Barrowman & Wife Comments (3)
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John Barrowman has wed his partner Scott Gill in California. One can hope it's an open marriage.
 
Oct 22 2012
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Jul 15 2010
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Broadway Bares is such a great idea that London is co-opting it—West End Bares: Strip Britannia is happening Sunday, September 5. Best of all, it's hosted by John Barrowman, who can probably be counted on to show everything he's got.

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May 17 2010
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John Barrowman makes the cut, as do the gay power couple below

NPH-David-Burtka-neil-patrick-harris-936657_361_500AfterElton has published its Hot 100 (lawyers for Billboard, are you listening?) and—surprisingly!—the top seven are all out. Also surprisingly, there are only six men of color on the entire list. Yes, this counts Hispanics! This blows my mind. The site charitably decides it's probably due to a lack of diversity in the entertainment world (really?). Maybe the list needs to be vetted closely to be sure some of the guys aren't secretly men of color—you know, like how Mark-Paul Gosselaar—who didn't make the list—is Asian. Yup, he's an American dewd with a Dutch dad and an Indonesian mom.

P.S. Can anyone please prove to me that the picture used to illustrate #47 (really??? that low???) Bradley Cooper is him? I've challenged this shot before. I don't think it's him:

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Aug 29 2008
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John Barrowman talks with Attitude (August 2008) about The Truth About You, a show that looks into scientific reasons for why we are the way we are. In his interview, he describes talking with an ex-gay and telling him, while looking at al old picture of the guy, "You were totally hot." This "unnerved" the man, who told Barrowman he is "wrong" to be gay. 

"As I told him: 'I respect you but I don't agree with you and I don't understand you.'"

I think he understands the ex-gay exactly!