614 posts categorized "ME"

Oct 10 2014
Signs Of The Times Comments (0)

Fun-time

A reference to the next few months, during which I'll be feverishly writing two books!

 
Oct 07 2014
Just In The Nick Of Time: ATTITUDE On EM20! Comments (0)

Nick Scotti

Encyclopedia-MadonnicaAttitude has become the latest major outlet to hype my Kickstarter campaign to produce Encyclopedia Madonnica: 20th Anniversary Edition.

I've always loved Attitude, and used to write for it—I will never forget when the mag asked me to interview (Madonna associate) Nick Scotti to plug his movie Kiss Me Guido in the '90s.

I showed up to his publicist's office and chatted him up on a sofa, my heart racing (he played the movie's hot piece, and it was typecasting). He asked me if I was going to go to the photo shoot, to which I'd been invited but was too shy to attend. When I said no, he flirtatiously said, “You should go. I think you'd really like it.”

When the magazine came out, he was stark naked in the photos. So yeah, that was the last time I declined an offer to attend a photo shoot.

 
Need To Know: Delish Dish + You Get The Squat-Thrust + A PEAK Into The Future + Infectious Ignorance + MORE! Comments (0)

Duc-NguyenI can stand the heat.

*widget boy cultureABOVE: More of the delicious Chris here.

*widget boy cultureLoving his deep squats.

*widget boy cultureJust over 3 days left, Madonna fans!

*widget boy cultureBuh-byes, Teresa Giudice!

*widget boy cultureGérard Depardieu brags that he's gay catnip, turned tricks at 10.

*widget boy cultureTwin Peaks returns...did the show predict its own comeback???

*widget boy cultureMadonna's Bedtime Stories is 20 years old.

*widget boy cultureMeet the filmmaker exposing gay-shaming Russian thugs.

Silverjow

*widget boy cultureThe art of Silverjow.

*widget boy cultureFor the 1st time, Ebola is contracted outside of West Africa.

*widget boy cultureElisabeth Hasselbeck is too stupid to be allowed to talk about Ebola.

*widget boy culturePBS correspondent embarrassed by FOX's Ebola ignorance.

*widget boy cultureBeyoncé's absence makes his heart grow fonder.

*widget boy cultureShe can do something you can't:

 
Oct 05 2014
L-O-V-E Madonna (Sorry, I'm a Spelling-Bee Champ) Comments (0)

Madonna-rare

Entering the final 5 days of my successful Kickstarter campaign for Encyclopedia Madonnica: 20th Anniversary Edition. I'm so grateful for all the pledges so far!

I've met my minimum goal, but I'm pushing for a stretch goal of $30K. It sounds like a lot, but printing a book (that I hope will be full-color) is extremely expensive, then I'll have to pay for all the photo rights.

Also, the book will be more expensive after Kickstarter ends (and post-Kickstarter orders won't begin until next year).

So if you're on the fence, please pledge today. If you know ANY Madonna fans who may not have heard of this project, please share this link: 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/406738078/encyclopedia-madonnica-20th-anniversary-edition

Once I begin working on the book later this year, I will be asking fans to contribute their original photography and any other suggestions!

Thank you for putting up with a month's worth of posts like this...

 
Muscling Into MAGIC MIKE XXL Comments (0)
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So people have been asking how I ran into Billy Reilich, aka “Nick the Gardener,” this past weekend in L.A. Truth be told, he's a buddy of mine, albeit one I was meeting in person for the first time.

Billy is in a mock boy band called The Cream Pies, a group that had my attention early on because one member is Stevie Brock, who was a kiddie solo artist I used to work with at the teen mag I edited. Billy caught my eye not only for his muscle mass, but also his sincerity. He is that rare combo of serious bodybuilder and down-to-earth dude, as humble as he is massive. 

Billy-Reilich-Nick-the-Gardener-2 copyHad to go back twice to Billy's job to get the perfect shirtless pic-with! (Thanks to Todd & Tom)

After some online mentoring (he's straight, so that's about as intimate as it's gonna get!), I was finally able to meet up with Billy on my Burbank trip.

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I took him to lunch for his 24th birthday the same week his Ellen appearances had come to a head—he's on the verge of a real shot at being in Magic Mike XXL and who knows what else. Lucky him—when a famous lesbian falls for you, you konw you don't have to put out!

Stevie-BrockBilly's bandmate Stevie, as he appeared when I worked with him (L) and now (R)

In the gallery above, check out a few snaps I took of Billy at his night job and at our lunch. More (and better) coming if I get back out there in the near future. If I wait too long, I have a feeling he'll have become the next Channing Tatum and will be unavailable!

 
Oct 04 2014
I Yam Because We Are—A Review Of KAREN FINLEY: WRITTEN IN SAND Comments (0)

Karen-FinleyFinley is a dazzling stage presence who's still got a lot to say—and that voice with which to say it.

BOY CULTURE REVIEW: ***1/2 out of ****

The last time I saw Karen Finley on stage was around 1990 in Chicago, at the height of her notoriety as one of the NEA Four—artists whose grants were voided when right-wingers decided to make an issue of their work's sexual and political content. I recall her being smeared in chocolate pudding, among other things. It was a heady time for edgy performers—I saw Finley, Annie Sprinkle (my first cervix sighting!) and Lypsinka the same year—but there must be something in the air, because I just saw two of those three again in 2014.

KarenFinley-sand-300x175Finley is performing Karen Finley: Written in Sand at Baruch Performing Arts Center every Thursday through October 23. The show is a 90-minute, stripped down collection of her AIDS-related work, consisting of Finley and a musical accompanist. I have to say that while it begins with a characteristically out-there series of vignettes (and ends with an amazing tribute to the black sheep of the world), the show quickly becomes irresistibly, uncomfortably, movingly intimate; she's able to summon up vivid visions of the many friends she's lost to AIDS with sometimes sad, sometimes sly in-jokes and the verbal shorthand that exists between all friends.

Just hearing her unique speech in person was exciting to me—this is, after all, the woman who commanded us all to drop our ghetto blasters:

Karen at 1:39, 2:27, etc.

I found her works challenging and raw, even as Finley herself—she would emerge from in character every so often to wink at us and reassure us, or to charmingly play off any rough transitions—came across as endearingly open and flat-out funny.

Bonus of seeing Karen Finley in 2014 instead of 1990? Jesse Helms is dead.

Keep reading for some classic Finley works...

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Call Me Adam Comments (0)

Matthew-Rettenmund

I am the lucky recipient of a major piece on Adam Male Blog, a Boy Culture-recommended site. They did a great interview with me and are going all out to plug my Kickstarter, which has 7—count 'em—7 more days until it's done. Please visit Adam Male Blog, and pledge to my Kickstarter if you haven't already. Thanks!

 
Oct 02 2014
ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO* Comments (0)

In case you haven't ventured over to my Encyclopedia Madonnica: 20th Anniversary Edition Kickstarter (it ends in 8 days, so I'll stop pestering you then!) yet, you may have never seen the above video, in which case you may never have seen/heard me talking. Have at it! I hope this won't destroy my mystique. (Oh, wait...I have none.)

The Kickstarter is going great! I'm funded with an extra $3,000 so far. I am hopeful I can hit my stretch goal of $30,000. You should still consider pledging for a few reasons:

(1) More money = more pages, more printed,  more photos and color pages!

(2) This is still the only place to get the book (plus some extras) for $45; the final book is likely to be pricier. Printing is expensive. The first one was black-and-white with a few color pages, but I want the sequel to be lavishly illustrated.

(3) It's tremendously helpful to my writing career to not only have a successful Kickstarter (check!) but one that overshoots its goal by as much $ as possible.

(4) I'm between jobs, so the extra money will give me a little buffer so I can spend quality time creating the book.

and

(5) If you care about such things, the more money raised = the better a showing for the public's interest in Madonna. As fans, we tend to love that sort of thing. I'm closing in on 300 individual backers, which is incredible for a book that isn't even written yet!

To all who have pledged: THANK YOU. Sincerely. No pressure to increase your pledges.

To all who are on the fence: It would be MOST APPRECIATED if you wind up giving.

To all: Please share the Kickstarter link and/or this post. The sharing on social media has really been wonderful.

THANK YOU!

*not the actual subtitle