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Jul 25 2017
6-PACK — OUR FRIEND DAHMER + Trump's Latest Delusions + Kushner's Sleazy Connections + Boy Scout Of His Mind! + Bieber Outta There + Elton Talks Diana With Harry! Comments (0)

FilmRise Releasing Dahmer-gay-Ross LynchRoss Lynch in My Friend Dahmer (Video still via FilmRise Releasing)

WIDGETYouTube: Earlier this year, I reviewed the brave, bold My Friend Dahmer starring my friend Ross Lynch. Now, the trailer is here:

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: Trump thinks Obamacare has been laying waste to the U.S for 17 years. Lady behind him has eyebrows that qualify as pre-existing condition:

Trumpcare-eyebrowsI know someone in her family is sick, but still. Still. (Video still)

WIDGETThe Guardian: Jared Kushner closed a real estate deal with the firm of a Russian oligarch that's cited in a money-laundering case. Curiouser, curiouser.

WIDGETHuff Post: Trump shamelessly uses Boy Scout jamboree to humiliate Price, demand Obamacare repeal votes, ask boys to cheer him/boo Obama.

WIDGETDListed: Justin Bieber just did to his fans what China recently did to him.

WIDGETTowleroad: Elton John tells Prince Harry about how great an AIDS advocate his late mom Diana was.

Prince-HarryAll smiles hearing about his mother's gift for putting people at ease (Video still via ITV/HBO)

 
Jul 19 2017
6-PACK — And The Award Goes To ... Grindr! + Anti-Trump Slump + Hillary, Hillary, Hillary! + Soccer Show-Off + Chechnyan Monstrosity + Young Mariah: The Series! Comments (0)

Jours-de-france-h_2017Jérôme Reybaud wrote and directed Four Days in France. (Image via M-Appeal/Unifrance)

WIDGETCLICK: Los Angeles Blade: Will Grindr get a Best Supporting Actor nod for its turn in Four Days in France? Review.

WIDGETCLICK: Joe.My.God.: New poll suggests there is not going to be an anti-Trump wave in 2018. Presuming he's still in office.

WIDGETCLICK: Kenneth in the (212): Some on the left still hate Hillary, still think everything's her fault — just like Trump. Bernie 2020?

Landon-donovanLandon Donovan and his penis are webcam-official.

WIDGETCLICK: OMG Blog: Soccer stud Landon Donovan gets naked, scores some goals on himself. (Work Unfriendly)

WIDGETCLICK Independent: Chechnyan leader Ramzan Kadyrov denies gays exist in Chechnya, condones honor killings if they do. White House feigns concern.

WIDGETCLICK: DListed: A TV series based on the life of a young Mariah Carey? Starz is making that sweet, sweet fantasy come true. 

 
Jun 23 2017
Sick-Funny: A Review Of THE BIG SICK Comments (0)

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The Big Sick — based on comic Kumail Nanjiani's real-life romance — is a can't-miss, sweet, hilarious, heart-tuggingly emotional movie in theaters today.

The story is about a Pakistani-born stand-up comic who falls for a girl who pipes up during his act, can't assert himself with his traditional family and nearly loses her forever; they not only break up, she gets sick. Real sick.

Nanjiani is drily funny as hell, and the love affair between his character and co-creator Emily Gordon (played by Zoe Kazan) is refreshingly rough around the edges, unexpectedly sexy and painfully real.

Directed by Michael Showalter (Hello My Name Is Doris, another great little movie), The Big Sick is the cure for what ails you, if what ails you is an onslaught of formulaic romantic comedies, and not, for example, a killer infection. If you have that, you're on your own.

Great performances from Holly Hunter and Ray Romano as Emily's parents, who are having a moment of their own.

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Jun 14 2017
Hanging On For Dear Life: A Review Of ROUGH NIGHT Comments (0)

The new female buddy flick Rough Night — co-written Unnamed with Paul W. Downs (who also appears) and directed by Lucia Aniello — aspires to be a female The Hangover, and while it has a few, er, killer moments, it winds up being more like Weekend at Bernadette's.

Jess (a presumably well-paid Scarlett Johnansson) is getting married to the nerd of her dreams (Downs) and nearing the end of a grueling political campaign. Inexplicably, the workaholic agrees to go off on a sinful bachelorette party weekend in SoBe organized by her clingy former college roomie Alice (Jillian Bell, who feels like the poor woman's Rebel Wilson here), accompanied by her Australian (why?) pal Pippa (Kate McKinnon) and their ex-couple girlbuds Blair (Zoë Kravitz, now playing a stuck-up New York society lady) and Frankie (Ilana Glazer, playing someone who owns her own megaphone).

Note: As a companion told me, seeing all the bachelorette accoutrements can be triggering if you're a gay man sick of those gatherings invading your bars.

After snorting all the coke they can find and making fools of themselves in a club (kinda stupid if you're running for office already, but it gets worse), they retreat to Jess's only big-bucks donor's borrowed beachhouse, where they await the arrival of a male stripper. When a sexy dude with a nipple ring arrives (Ryan Cooper), he is promptly accidentally killed by Alice's big-framed horniness.

Colton-haynes-police-rough-night-trailerYes, Colton Haynes and his G-string are in the movie. (Images via Columbia Pictures)

Instead of reacting in one of several ways that should cover how anyone would react in this situation, the girls begin moving the corpse around the entirely glass house, eventually going through a couple of mind-bogglingly improbable body-dumping scenarios. Seriously, couldn't Terry Kiser at least have shown up as a passer-by?

Adding insult to injury, an awkward phone call leads Jess's fiancé, at the urging of his amusingly effete bros, to decide he has to drive overnight to get to Jess, believing she has broken off their engagement; screwball comedy used to be so much easier before having to figure out how to explain things in the age of cellphones and Facebook and security cameras.

Of course, everything is going to work out in the end, one way or another.

Until that happens, Rough Night reveals itself to be one of those movies you just have to be in the mood for and go with. Comedy-wise, it is lazily written, opting for occasionally funny, blurted-out vulgarities more often than wit, which is not completely absent; Glazer has her moments caricaturing PC earnestness and McKinnon, frustratingly not as on the mark as usual, is always good for some funny choices. Overall, the actors are likable enough to make you root for them.

You'll laugh, but the movie could've been so much funnier, as a few dorkily funny passages suggest. The problem seems to be that the script peddles shockingly weird situations, and yet the actors often come off as slightly too embarrassed or inhibited to really let go and be absurdly funny. Cases in point, a head-scratching diaper run that makes zero sense and Ty Burrell and Demi Moore as lecherous, threeway-seeking neighbors whose indecent proposal to Kravitz should be hysterically funny but comes off as labored and icky.

I enjoyed myself during the movie, and there are some gay-positive chuckles, too, but surely it's a bad sign when a dark comedy has to resort to meth humor to kick things up a notch.

Rough Night goes down easier than a stripper with a head wound, but isn't nearly as impactful; you'll forget it as soon as it's over. If you're in the mood for a dumb comedy, you could do worse. If you're in the mood for a female-centric, laugh-out-loud, Bridesmaids-type experience, just watch Bridesmaids again.

Rough Night opens June 16.

 
Jun 08 2017
The Family That Slays Together: A Review of MENENDEZ: BLOOD BROTHERS & A Discussion With Directors Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 6.39.42 PMMyko Olivier (L) & Nico Tortorella (R) as Erik & Lyle Menendez (All images via Lifetime)

“This is a case Randy and I were gripped by when it happened,” acclaimed filmmaker Fenton Bailey told me of his work with Randy Barbato co-directing a new scripted film about the Menendez Brothers' murders. “Now, 25 years later, it felt like, 'You can take a new look at the story.' We're always drawn to stories where people are overexposed but, we feel, underrevealed.”

Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 6.41.55 PMThe Menendezes as envisioned by Bailey & Barbato

From its creepy opening, showing idyllic images of Beverly Hills while the late Kitty Menendez (Courtney Love) types up her son Erik's (Myko Olivier) gory manuscript — ahead of a nightmarish sequence depicting the shotgun killings of Kitty and her husband Jose (Benito Martinez) by their sons — Menendez: Blood Brothers (Lifetime, June 11) is a gripping, suspenseful, stylish take on one of the most shocking crimes of the late 20th Century.

It is also, as promised, revelatory.

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May 14 2017
6-PACK — Pit-ifully Hot + Eurovision Flasher + Cyndi Lauper's House Sale + Justice For Joseph Comunale? + Anti-Gay COC Wench + SNATCHED Getting Snatched By Reviewers! Comments (0)

Jared-North-NudeCrew pit (Cropped image via Wagner L.A.)

WIDGETOMG Blog: Season 9 RuPaul's Drag Race pit crew member Jared North bares all.

WIDGETDListed: A young guy bared his buns during a Eurovision Song Contest performance before being dragged from the stage. The performer's voice never cracked.

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Cyndi Lauper's selling a pricy home while living for peanuts in NYC, plus: Will fans buy her son's rapper persona?

JOseph-ComunaleThe late Joseph Comunale was murdered, possibly over a drink. (Image via CrimeWatchDaily.com)

WIDGETCrime Watch Daily: Two men charged with murder in bizarre killing of Joseph Comunale. One is a famous male jeweler's “surrogate son.” Mm-hm.

WIDGETO&AN: A Nashville-area Chamber of Commerce member posted an anti-“LGBT blah blah blah..,WHATEVER!” Facebook rant when her fave show was cancelled.

WIDGETTowleroad: Gay review of Snatched reveals this comedy is no laughing matter. Still, the movie fared better than Guy Ritchie's King Arthur ... yikes.

Snatched(Image via 20th Century Fox)

 
May 06 2017
BOMBSHELL Revelations: Q&A @ Tribeca Comments (0)

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Check out most of the Q&A following the screening of Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story at Tribeca on April 27, 2017.

My Review of Bombshell Here!

I was far away, but it's audible if you turn it up.

The people are Anthony Loder (Lamarr's son) and Alexandra Dean (the film's tireless director).

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May 01 2017
Blowing Up Her Image — A Review Of BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY Comments (0)
 

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If you're old enough to know who Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000) was, her name probably conjures a handful of things: Great beauty, skinny-dipping, many husbands, Harvey Korman's Hedley Lamarr character in Blazing Saddles (1974), a shoplifting scandal.

Hedy-LamarrLiterally, more than a pretty face

After viewing director Alexandra Dean's Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, you'll never think of this woman the same way again, and anyone being introduced to Lamarr via this film will have the advantage of knowing a much truer picture of Lamarr than the Hollywood image she herself despised.

There is a reason the production company for this effort — which boasts Susan Sarandon as a producer — is entitled Reframed Pictures.

“Here is the role model everyone thinks doesn't exist. And she's a movie star! I knew it had to be my next project.” — Director Alexandra Dean on Hedy Lamarr

The film, beautifully shot and edited with great care to form a compelling narrative, covers the 2fd0ecba53b72827bd3573bd2f3624cc most important aspects of the Austrian actress's career, including her infamous nude swimming scene in 1933's Ecstasy, triumphs in films like Ziegfeld Girl (1941) and Samson and Delilah (1949), the self-parodying of popular pap like White Cargo (1942), and her pioneering efforts as a producer of her own work with Loves of Three Queens (1954).

However, the doc's main focus is not to ooh and ahh over her remarkable beauty as a movie queen, but to show how her good looks held Lamarr back from the field in which she probably belonged — science.

Dismissed as a hot piece willing to disrobe on camera, Lamarr was in fact a cerebral woman whose mind worked like that of a trained scientist. Thanks to newly rediscovered audio tapes of a Forbes interview the by-then reclusive Lamarr gave Fleming Meeks, we are treated to hearing how she analyzed even simple subjects (you'll never forget her shading water wings), and we are also IMG_7253given ample reason to believe that Lamarr was not only a beauty with a brain, but was responsible for one of the last century's most important inventions — frequency hopping.

During World War II, Lamarr was troubled by how indestructible German ships seemed to be, and decided to devise a way for the Allies to create torpedoes that couldn't be stopped or tracked. Realizing the Germans would jam all frequencies to make torpedoes less accurate, she invented the idea of frequency hopping — sending torpedoes using an indecipherable series of codes on different frequencies — with the help of her musican friend George Antheil (1900-1959), who came up with the idea of adding player-piano tech to the concept. They were granted a patent in 1942, but the idea was snatched by the military and the inventors were never kept apprised of its application, which began within 20 years, and which is now recognized as the foundation of such indispensable innovations as Bluetooth, CDMA and Wi-Fi.

They were never paid a dime.

In the film, we hear Lamarr circa 1990 casually say inventing things came easy to her, but it is apparent nothing else did. Pigeon-holed as a shallow beauty, she was pushed to sell war bonds via kissing soldiers and showing leg, even though she'd invented something that might have ended the war had it been taken more seriously sooner. 

“I want to be a ... very simple, complicated person!” — Actress/Inventor Hedy Lamarr (1969)

Her film career languished, her beauty faded (and became garish thanks to multiple excursions into plastic surgery — which she also pioneered, by coaxing doctors to try new techniques on her famous face and body) and her love relationships with men were nothing short of disastrous. She rarely saw her children for the last 20 years of her life, including her son, Anthony Loder, but Loder became an archivist of his mother's life and work, and a champion for a reassessment of her contributions to science.

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