9 posts categorized "LEE DANIELS"

Nov 16 2013
In The OUT Door: OUT Celebrates Its OUT 100 Comments (0)
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Thursday night was the Out 100 party, celebrating Out Magazine's issue in which its editors honor 100 influential out figures from all walks, the most famous of which get the cover treatment. (This year, Edie Windsor, Jim Parsons, Lee Daniels and the very recently out Wentworth Miller made the cut.)

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I'd never been invited to this party before, and kept complaining and being told, "Next year!" Finally, I got the invite, so no way would I miss what Kenneth swears is the year's most fun party.

The venue is conducive to having a fun party with live acts (Debbie Harry was headlining, with Steve Grand, The Dolls and Charli XCX of Icona Pop fame supporting), but not so great for a red carpet. Still, Out did a nice job with a second-floor carpet, my only complaint being that the DJed party music drowned out the interviews somewhat.

I was surrounded by nice people, except for an inconsequential sourpuss who looked about 12 years old who was frowning his way through the night for ET, and being near sane individuals helps loads.

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The first person down the carpet was Sharon Needles, looking more glam (and alive) than ever. My question for everyone was to describe their best and worst coming-out experiences (see video above), but she said hers had all been good because she'd been "gay as hay-ull" since age 4 and had a supportive family who knew she liked dick. The most X-rated "awww!" ever.

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Nov 15 2013
Ladies And Gentlemen, The LATE Mariah Carey! Comments (0)

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The biggest pair of surprises at last night's "OUT 100" party, honoring Out Magazine's 100 most inspirational LGBT figures, was the appearance of Mariah Carey, who came out (after about a 10-minute pause!) to accept an award on behalf of her buddy/director Lee Daniels.

Jonathan Groff and the cast of the can't-wait-to-see-it HBO series Looking announced her, then had to entertain the crowd by reading her Wikipedia page (!) for several minutes, including full birthdate and Tommy Mottola namecheck. Ouch!

Mariah has taken Madonna's cue, wearing gloves (though hers look like Rubbermaid in my screengrab, I am gonna guess they were satin). She had a great line:

"I'm a straight girl, so I don't really know why they asked me to be here...but my boobs have been out for years!"

It was a brief speech, punctuated by a nobody-listened-to-it heartfelt video speech by Daniels. After she was done, she asked for help getting off the little platform because her arm still had some damage.

The crowd at her up, and Groff referred to her as "the best-selling female artist of all time," which is of course what she demands to be called wherever she goes and which is the nugget around which every one of her press releases is built.

As much of a non-fan as I am, it was exciting to see her in person for the first time, and I give her and Out a lot of credit for such a wonderful surprise.

Full video after the jump...

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Nov 13 2013
Work It On OUT Comments (0)

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Love the Out "Out 100" covers—great photos of deserving and diverse honorees Lee Daniels, Jim Parsons, Wentworth Miller and Edie Windsor.

 
Sep 10 2013
Need To Know: Undressing On The Side, Lei Marriage, Russian Judgment + MORE Comments (0)

Anigif_original-grid-image-17163-1378754870-31The need for Speedo.

*widget boy cultureThe tragedy of Tom Daley's alleged heterosexuality.

*widget boy cultureElection Day NYC is tomorrow: Vote Corey Johnson.

*widget boy cultureSyrian solution on the horizon?

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*widget boy culture"Would You Ever...?" with shirtless Zesty Guy Anderson Davis.

*widget boy cultureHawai'i cruising to marriage equality within two months? Giovanni-Bonamy

*widget boy cultureObama's LGBT meeting in Russia a success.

*widget boy cultureThey're just being anti-Molly.

*widget boy cultureThe "New Look" seems familiar: Young, thin & hot.

*widget boy cultureGiovanni Bonamy is hotter than hell.

*widget boy cultureOuting Russia's anti-gay gay politicos.

*widget boy cultureGeorge Zimmerman threatens to shoot up family.

*widget boy cultureFOX fires (shouldn't that read "hires?") anti-gay reporter.

*widget boy cultureThe Butler is set to top Precious with $100M+ at the B.O.

*widget boy cultureAlexander Skarsgard is (not) naked.

*widget boy cultureGaga channels Judy Garland for her GMA rendition of "Applause":

 
Oct 02 2012
For Your Entertainment Comments (0)

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New arrivals: Gay film Gayby coming to DVD, gay film Judas Kiss to Blu-ray.

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Khloe Kardashian (an "It" girl or an It, girl) and Mario Lopez will be hosting X Factor.

WIDGETOut country artist Drake Jensen's new video for "Pancho and Lefty."

Boy culture WIDGETBarbra Streisand thinks it's going to rain today.

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The Paperboy gives us Zac Efron in his underpants and a sassy gay director.

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First National Judy Garland Talent Search is on, Mama. Sky-Ferreira-e1349176300203

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Are you a "MadonnaWannaBe"?

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Somehow, Socialite Life found "45 Great Songs from 2000—2005."

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To shamelessly somnambulant sexpot Sky Ferreira, "Everything Is Embarrassing".

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Thirty years on, shouldn't it be raining old men by now? (Martha Wash remains ageless.)

 
Aug 01 2012
Mad About The Paperboy Comments (4)

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I can't tell if I'll like The Paperboy by Precious director Lee Daniels (Precious was my favorite movie the year it came out, though)—it looks really pulpy and overblown. But maybe that will be its charm. I wish Nicole Kidman weren't so plastic...it throws off period pieces.

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But the story is intriguing. And if all else fails, it has Zac Efron in soaking wet tightie whities.

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Trailer here.

 
Sep 27 2011
Beyond The Beyond Comments (5)

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With thanks to Jason: Precious director Lee Daniels is bringing a new version of Valley of the Dolls to TV. I can't imagine what the TV execs are snorting to think this concept has legs, but I'm personally excited to see what he cooks up!

 
Feb 02 2010
On The List Comments (3)

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 Kathryn Bigelow & James Cameron: Oscar's War of the Lenses

The Oscar nominations are out, and while some who had a pretty good shot saw their hopes dashed (Daniel Day-Lewis in Nine for Best Actor; Emily Blunt in The Young Victoria for Best Actress; (500 Days of Summer), Where the Wild Things AreInvictus, Nine, Julie and Julia and my personal choice of A Single Man for Best Picture; Diane Kruger in Inglourious Basterds, Julianne Moore in A Single Man and Marion Cotillard in Nine for Best Supporting Actress; Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story for Best Documentary; A Single Man for Art Direction...it was criticized as too pretty, but apparently it still wasn't pretty enough!; "Cinema Italiano" from Nine and "All is Love" from Where the Wild Things Are for Best Original Song), most of the nominees were unsurprising. In fact, with one exception (Kruger losing her spot to Maggie Gyllenhaal), all of the major acting nominees matched the SAG nominees.

Loved how the collected press applauded for the crowd-pleasing Blind Side noms...it's like American Idol where the best frequently don't win, but the favorites do! (Maybe The Blind Side is this year's Ruben Studdard.) 

Lee_daniels Kathryn Bigelow becomes only the fourth woman ever nominated for a Best Director Oscar (so deserved), and has an excellent chance to become the first to win. Also, Lee Daniels is only the second black man nominated for Best Director (also so deserved; the first was not Spike Lee, but John Singleton). Also re Daniels, I don't have stats on how many out gay people have been nominated for the award, but Rob Marshall comes to mind.

Sandra-bullock-the-blind-side As for nominating 10 films instead of five, it feels like a marketing gimmick to me, especially when only five directors are nominated—it feels like the five films whose helmers were ignored are just honorary mentions with next to no chance of winning. And I didn't find the extra five to be particularly interesting choices, either—they feel like films that should have been in the running but shouldn't have been in the final cut, or, in the case of The Blind Side, they're concessions to commercial juggernauts. (I guess that is this year's Ghost, except Ghost was able to be nominated when there were only five slots, and The Blind Side probably wouldn't have had a shot.)

But the Oscars are the original marketing gimmick gone good, so more power to the movies that benefit from the looser standards.

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The full list of nominees follows (and more movie talk is available here), but my guesses right now for the top awards would be: Avatar (but Inglourious Basterds has a real shot and The Hurt Locker is not out of the question), Bigelow, Bridges, Bullock (she's had the momentum, but Streep could still pull it off in the more conservative Oscars), Mo'Nique and Waltz.

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Nov 04 2009
Precious Moments Comments (1)

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In the new issue of NEXT (November 6, 2009), Precious director Lee Daniels covers the gay angle in his highly regarded new film (which I can't wait to see) and also talks about HIV among people of color:

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"The truth will set you free. When I did research [on HIV/AIDS organizations for the film], I expected to see a lot of [gay] boys down there. It's not. It's a bunch of black women because black men are on the DL and they have their legs spread wider than Baryshnikov infecting black women. [Black men] can't come out to church [and] can't come out to work. To live in your truth is the hardest thing imaginable."

I'd love to have him reply to this outrageous reviewGranted, I have yet to see the film, but the awkwardly interjected political bent of this one is just about as gross as Mariah Carey looks (on purpose! it's a compliment!) in Precious.