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May 12 2017
To Be Reel: NYC's Landmark Quad Cinema Gets A Facelift Comments (0)

Quad CinemaNew Quad above (image by Kenneth Walsh), old Quad below right (image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Charles S. Cohen, a film distributor, real estate developer and patron of the arts well-known in NYC, Quad Cinema Image 2007 by Matthew Rettenmundbought the storied Quad Cinema (built in 1972) in 2014 and poured millions into refurbishing it so it could compete in 2017.

Kenneth in the (212)'s Quad Review!

With a design courtesy of Paula Scher of Pentagram, the new, old theater looks as fabulous as the rest of us New Yorkers do when we don't scrimp on maintenance — and even better, it's received technical enhancements (it can now screen 35mm, 16mm, 4K digital and 3-D films) that will allow it to show a broader variety of films.

The new Quad Cinema's Director of Repertory Programming, Christopher Wells, says:

Not only was the Quad New York's first multi-screen cinema, it was also a true neighborhood theater, drawing Village audiences with its sophisticated art-house fare. The new Quad will preserve both the welcoming, communal atmosphere and the cultural cachet of the original theater while updating—and upgrading—the moviegoing experience for contemporary cinephiles. The new design is  intimate and luxurious, but most importantly, it’s the range and quality of our programming that will distinguish our identity, bringing people together sharing a love for the movies. It’s an exciting time for filmgoing in New York City and I can’t think of two people with more knowledge and more passion than Chris and Gavin to better curate the repertory experience at the new Quad.

Already the theater has shown a flair for diversity, hosting a Lina Wertmüller retrospective followed by Golden Goldies — yes, a slate of films featuring Ms. Hawn. (God, if only one had been the almost-happened screen version of Chicago starring Goldie & Madonna!)

Check out what's next here.

I can't wait to sample the place. Over 10 years ago, when the movie version of my novel Boy Culture was released, Quad Cinema ran it for weeks and weeks.

Boy Culture's Creation Story — One of My Favorite Posts Here!

I attended one odd screening at the invitation of a group of gay film fans. One anti-social creature in the group demanded to know why my story wasn't just more gay fluff. Welcoming! I told him, and he grumpily sat down to watch. He left almost immediately.

Boy Culture movieThe Boy Culture movie poster hanging in the Quad's lobby in 2007 (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

The others stayed and seemed to enjoy it, and now, more than a decade later, the movie — which is the sole reason I started blogging, by the way — looks like it is about to get a sequel.

Details coming!

 
Apr 08 2017
I'm Going Back To Porn Comments (0)

Some of you may know that I have a history in porn — I was an editor at Mavety Media Group (Torso, Honcho, Inches, Playguy, Mandate were the company's gay staples) in the '90s and also published quite a few erotic short stories, which I collected in my book Young and Horny.

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Now, I've been lured back — the guys who say they're retiring from porn are always lying! — to be one of the judges of the inaugural edition of the Str8UpGayPorn Awards. (Work Unfriendly? The shit is Work Hostile)

Editor Zach Sire chose the judges so that we would have no vested interest in who wins, making the winners more legit.

Allz I know is I get to attend the ceremony on June 22 in NYC free-for-nothin', and it's hosted by Sandra Bernhard.

For that, I will gladly watch some guys with a lot of roommates get fisted and give you my honest opinion as to how deeply they touched me with their performances.

May the best whores win!

 
Apr 05 2017
DNA #207: My Shots In The Sports Issue Comments (0)

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I had some of my work published over at Summer Diary Project (featuring stunner Devyn Lee), but my first printed work appears in DNA's Sports Issue (#207), available now!

My feature is apparently an eight-pager (!) starring a model I've shot for years, the flawless Screen Shot 2017-04-05 at 10.44.05 AM_newNick Dawson. Nick is a Bruce Weber wet dream in person, so I did my best not to screw it up. I don't think I did — he is this issue's pinup!

So as not to step on their feature, here is a shot of Nick not included in DNA., at right.

I've always admired DNA, so to be published in the mag is a great honor.

Please give it a look-see and let me know what you think once you get your hands on a copy!

 
Mar 14 2017
Matchless Peers Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 9.20.04 AMHallelujah.

The above alert I received from Match.com sums up why I finally canceled my passive participation in the crappy matchmaking site — it's not that I wouldn't dream of dating a 57-year-old — far from it! — but they're not exactly selling him to me.

The site is also fond of writing me notes like, “You both went to college and work out occasionally!”

Gee, we sound like a match made in heaven.

Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 9.28.16 AMI, uh, live in NYC.

 
Mar 08 2017
Get Out: A Season 9 RuPAUL'S DRAG RACE Fantasia In Two Acts Comments (0)

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I was invited to cover the event at PlayStation Theatre in Times Square last night, celebrating the upcoming (March 24) premiere of Season 9 of RuPaul's Drag Race.

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Like always, I had my trusty sidekick Jason along, and like always, I was mad-stressed out wondering how I would get all 13 queens for interviews in the time allotted — not to mention any bonus queens (Ginger Minj hosted, and queens like Jiggly Caliente, Sherry Vine, Lady Bunny, Mrs. Kasha Davis and many others were on hand/on hands and knees), the Top 4 actual women from this season's America's Next Top Model and five out of sex of the studs from the new Logo series Fire Island.

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IMG_1749*JPG_newMrs. Kasha Davis & Ms. Thorgy Thor

IMG_1845*_newPaige, India, Tatiana & Courtney from America's Next Top Model

IMG_1888_newI don't know her. But if I did, I'll tell you her name. How about: Mae South?

IMG_1883*_newDarienne Lake made a splash.

Speaking of which, following RDR's switch from Logo to VH1, the step-and-repeat didn't even have Logo's, er, logo, this in spite of the fact that second-run eps will air on the network, and the fact that tons of Logo staffers were on hand to help out.

IMG_1899_newThe crowd wanted in — bad.

Part of my stress was the odd decision to tell press we had to arrive at 5 p.m. to check in, would interview everyone for two hours, would have to leave at 7:30 p.m. and could not return when the party started at 8 p.m. until we had dumped all professional equipment. The strictness of this rule made for some unnecessary schlepping, and only ensured that the zillions of photos from the party would not be as high-quality as they might otherwise be.

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IMG_1894_newThe best cutlets in the place weren't cutlets.

When we returned, I avoided the red carpet and focused on the tables, where all the celebriguests were seated.

IMG_1458_newSeeking Charlie Hides

IMG_1461_newAlexis Michelle, ma belle

IMG_1772*_newShirting the issue

We did our level best, but even rushing, while I got pics of and interviews with 11 of the goils, I only got some pics of Nina Bo'nina Brown and one snap of Shea Couleé — no Q&A.

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IMG_1876_newNew York City Girls: Lady Bunny with Pepper Mint, including my Ron Galella-style, “NO PICTURES!” shot.

Here are my thoughts, with video coming later on:

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Mar 02 2017
Oh, Randy — You Came & You Gave Good Talk Without Takin' Comments (0)

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If you enjoy podcasts, Randy Slovacek gives very good talk — check his out here, and don't miss the one I did. It was great chatting with him about a slew of topics.

 
Feb 28 2017
Comfy Culture: Queerty Offers 10 Queer Movies To Get You Through The Trump Years Comments (0)

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Lovely that David Reddish, writing for Queerty, has included Boy Culture (2006) in his list of “10 comforting queer flicks to soothe the soul in a discomforting time.”

Many people don't realize I wrote a novel called Boy Culture that later became a movie, a movie I helped promote by launching this blog.

Reddish writes:

Q. Alan Brocka directed this adaptation of Matthew Rettenmund’s novel about a hooker with a heart of gold. Boy Culture doesn’t play like the gay version of Pretty Woman, however. In fact, it smashes the Cinderella nonsense of that film precisely by introducing a set of realistic characters, led by X. As played by Derek Magyar, X makes no apology for his questionable line of work. On the contrary, he seems to feel more shame for being part of a love triangle with his two hottie roommates, Andrew and Gregory. With a multi-racial cast and a melancholy backdrop of Seattle, Boy Culture unfolds less as a gay film about sex than a thoughtful drama about finding love in an oversexed world. For a queer audience, Boy Culture surpasses the fairytale silliness of most romantic comedies—gay or straight themed—with believable characters and some real introspection.

Time for a sequel.

 
Feb 15 2017
A Right On SUNSET BOULEVARD Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 4.04.52 PMAnd they all staffed (All images by or via Matthew Rettenmund)

I went to L.A. this weekend to meet with my Web series partners (news on that coming in the near future) and to attend the 30th anniversary of my friends Michael & Scott. 

 

Porn star memoirs by Jack Wrangler (1984). #gay #movies #memoirs #books #firstedition #shirtless #gossip #boyculture

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On the flight out, I was reading a first edition of The Jack Wrangler Story, or What's a Nice Boy Like You Doing? (St. Martin's Press, 1984), the cheeky autobiography of gay-porn star Jack Wrangler. It turned out to be a fortuitous choice, as early in the book, there is a lengthy description of a childhood birthday party of his in Beverly Hills, a stone's throw from the home where my 2017 party was happening. (It's a great, breezy, candid time capsule of a read if you can get your hands on it. Wrangler died in 2009 at 62, while his improbable partner Margaret Whiting died at 86 in 2011.)

IMG_0766The boys included their pooch in the celebration

The party was lovely — outdoors, peopled by sunny chatterboxes and littered with their fabulous art collection. One highlight was when a couple of my autograph-hound buddies very kindly pointed out that the mysterious Oscar-nominated neighbor Michael had teased me with was standing right next to us: None other than Nancy Olson of Sunset Boulevard (1950).

What was so shocking about meeting Nancy, who was lovely and very happy to briefly discuss her claim to fame, was that I had days earlier shown the movie to a 19-year-old friend in advance of our seeing the musical. To run into her unexpectedly within the same week was uncanny.

IMG_0759Me with Nancy Olson — no vodka in her drink, BTW

Nancy is 88 and looks spectacular. She warned that she is an old lady before we took our picture (I reassured her by saying I was, too) and said she thinks movies today that play well on the small screen have a leg up at Oscar time since nobody makes the effort to see screenings in theaters. It was a thrill and a half, to be sure.

Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 4.32.56 PMI'm dying to shoot the guy in the middle!

Also thrilling were the drop-dead beautiful men serving as waiters. Turns out they came from Runway Waiters, which is why they all looked like models. 

The rest of my trip was pretty low-key, but I managed a quick bite (of food) at the Abbey, where I snapped the establishment's #RESIST sign:

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I could probably live in L.A. ...!

 


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