11 posts categorized "LEE DANIELS"
Kinder, gentler approach to the homeless.
The AMAZING '80s videos of Nelson Sullivan, 25 years later.
FINALLY: Ian Ziering & Olivia Newton-John together!
Seattle killer finds two men on gay pickup apps, executes them in the street.
Gay widowers fighting for their due.
Kind-hearted pet owner dies under garbage truck while trying to save her dog.
Gay dads hold their child for the first time:
Meet “Persian Picasso”/gay artist Bahman Mohassess in Fifi Howls from Happiness.
Demi Lovato vs. Vladimir Putin.
Bastille's “Of the Night” (a Corona/Snap!) mash-up is unexpectedly haunting.
INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT: Frankie Zulferino tours China.
Interview with gay Boystown author Marshall Thornton.
Lee Daniels on being gay & black, and dishing on Mariah Carey.
Dear Abby addresses gay man whose anti-gay brother loves his alive gay daughter!
Anthony Friedkin's 1970s “Gay Essay” on display, captured gay life in SF.
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.)
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.
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.
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...
Love the Out "Out 100" covers—great photos of deserving and diverse honorees Lee Daniels, Jim Parsons, Wentworth Miller and Edie Windsor.
The tragedy of Tom Daley's alleged heterosexuality.
Election Day NYC is tomorrow: Vote Corey Johnson.
Syrian solution on the horizon?
"Would You Ever...?" with shirtless Zesty Guy Anderson Davis.
Hawai'i cruising to marriage equality within two months?
Obama's LGBT meeting in Russia a success.
They're just being anti-Molly.
The "New Look" seems familiar: Young, thin & hot.
Giovanni Bonamy is hotter than hell.
Outing Russia's anti-gay gay politicos.
George Zimmerman threatens to shoot up family.
FOX fires (shouldn't that read "hires?") anti-gay reporter.
The Butler is set to top Precious with $100M+ at the B.O.
Alexander Skarsgard is (not) naked.
Khloe Kardashian (an "It" girl or an It, girl) and Mario Lopez will be hosting X Factor.
Out country artist Drake Jensen's new video for "Pancho and Lefty."
Barbra Streisand thinks it's going to rain today.
The Paperboy gives us Zac Efron in his underpants and a sassy gay director.
First National Judy Garland Talent Search is on, Mama.
Are you a "MadonnaWannaBe"?
Somehow, Socialite Life found "45 Great Songs from 2000—2005."
To shamelessly somnambulant sexpot Sky Ferreira, "Everything Is Embarrassing".
Thirty years on, shouldn't it be raining old men by now? (Martha Wash remains ageless.)
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.
But the story is intriguing. And if all else fails, it has Zac Efron in soaking wet tightie whities.