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Jan 24 2017
MOONLIGHT Scores 8 Oscar Noms, LA LA LAND Frontlash Continues With 14 — Full List Comments (0)

GiphyMoonlight (GIF via Plan B)

The Oscar nominations are here!

I used to find this stuff wildly exciting. My friend Tim Wright would lead a cabal of Jess Cagles (without the title) who would mincingly prepare our full lists of predictions and award points to each other based on who actually got nods, later doing the same for the awards.

As of now, I barely care. But I do care enough, especially this year — I'm so happy for the wonderful film Moonlight, which is beautifully written, acted and photographed, and which is gay to the molecular level while also tackling other themes (race, drug abuse, the concept of family, peer pressure, love). The movie becomes one of a select group of indisputably gay films (strategically, it was never marketed as such) to be nominated for Best Picture.

Moonlight also nabbed recognition for Actor in a Supporting Role (Mahershala Ali), Actress in a Supporting Role (Naomie Harris), Cinematography, Directing, Film Editing, Music (Original Score) and Writing (Adapted Screenplay) — eight nominations, which makes it the most-nominated gay film of all time, three ahead of Brokeback Mountain (2005).

I liked, but did not love, La La Land, and I have found it to be the recipient of a major backlash. It feels like it's half-loved, half-hated. Hollywood loves it, giving it a record-tying 14 nominations. Therefore, it is the one to beat.

Noteworthy exclusions:

No Hugh Grant for an admittedly light performance in Florence Foster Jenkins.

No Aaron Taylor-Johnson for an admittedly heavy performance in Nocturnal Animals; he was replaced by his co-star, Michael Shannon, who was even better.

I'm shocked Amy Adams didn't get a nod for Arrival. She was great in that, and she was great in Nocturnal Animals, and she always get nominated. Plus, Arrival did very well in the nominations otherwise. Competitive category.

Also, Hollywood continues to despise Annette Bening, the Susan Lucci of the Oscars.

No Pharrell for his Hidden Figures song.

I was surprised they found nine films to honor. I'll not be seeing all nine this year because you couldn't pay me to see Hacksaw Ridge. I've seen three outta nine so far and have tepid interest in most of the others, though Manchester by the Sea is definitely going to join my seen list.

All the nominees below ...


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Jan 23 2017
Rated Gigi — New Trailer For THIS IS EVERYTHING: GIGI GORGEOUS Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-01-23 at 12.42.12 PM(Video still via YouTube @ Gigi Gorgeous)

If you had to pick any YouTube personality with enough personality for a compelling doc, looks Unnamedlike Oscar winner Barbara Kopple picked the right one: Gigi Gorgeous, the glamorous trans (M2F) lesbian.

She is the subject of a new YouTube Red doc called This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous, which opens opens in NYC at the IFC Center and in L.A. at the Laemmle Music Hall on February 3.

Check out the trailer after the jump ...

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GOOD MORNING To You! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-01-23 at 9.45.18 AM(Video still via Christopher Rice)

This is ambitious — a full-on “Good Morning” tribute that's just like the one in the 1952 classic Singin' in the Rain, if Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor were boyfriends (as Christopher Rice and Clay Thomson are)!



A photo posted by Christopher Rice (@chrisriceny) on

Eloise Kropp doubles as Debbie ...

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Jan 19 2017
Sarandon & Lange As Davis & Crawford Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-01-19 at 4.08.01 PM(Image by Roberta Trachtenberg for Entertainment Weekly)

Jan 15 2017
6-PACK — The Trump Of Hollywood + MOONLIGHT Raises Hopes + D.B. Cooper Demystified + Masseur Sobs Confession + Tiny Inauguration? + Red-Hot Tim Matheson! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 12.47.17 AMPeters (center) in an image from his real first interview in 10 years, 2015 (Image via Jon Schnepp)

WIDGETJon Peters breaks his silence to admit he voted for Trump after being a lifelong Democrat because Trump is “brilliant.”

WIDGETBlack gay artist's level of hope raised by the success of Moonlight.

WIDGETNew info may help unearth who D.B. Cooper really was.

160712-db-cooper-jsw-308p_e5d203d5796893e80e2dec38e3d65349.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000Sketches of the man who said his name was D.B. Cooper

WIDGETManhattan masseur admits he choked former Escuelita owner to death — but says it happened during consensual kinky sexplay.

WIDGETProtest of Trump shaping up to be 3X as large as celebration of Trump.

WIDGETTim Matheson's hotness through the years.

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Jan 13 2017
6-PACK — And I Am Telling You, She IS Going + Gorgeous Steve Harvey Talks About Unattractive Asian Men + Madonna Has Now Absorbed Camille Paglia, Making Her Redundant + Biopic Besties + Hooked On Drug Costs + RIP Mr. EXORCIST! Comments (0)

WIDGETJennifer Holliday (aw, man), Jon Voight, 3 Doors Down and conservative Democrat Toby Keith will play Trump's inauguration. Jennifer's rationale:

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WIDGETSteve Harvey unironically grotesquely mocks the attractiveness of all Asian men to all white and all black women. Lewis Tan's reply:

WIDGETMadonna and Marilyn Minter will discuss feminism, Trump and other controversial topics at the Brooklyn Museum January 19.

WIDGETBest biopic transformers.

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WIDGETHere are the Democratic senators who voted with Republicans to keep drug costs sky-high. Booker!!!

WIDGETLord Snowdon dies @ 86. William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist novel, screenplay dies @ 89:

They Will Survive Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-01-13 at 10.41.42 AM(Video still via W Magazine)

Watch Andrew Garfield, Chris Pine, Emma Stone, Dev Patel, Ruth Negga, Lucas Hedges, Naomie Harris, Anya Taylor-Joy, Taraji P. Henson, Natalie Portman, Matthew McConaughey, Mahershala Ali, Hailee Steinfeld, Felicity Jones, Alden Ehrenreich, Joel Edgerton, Greta Gerwig, Michael Shannon, Dakota Fanning and Amy Adams sing/speak Gloria Gaynor's “I Will Survive” for W Magazine.

The main thing I learned: I'd love to get an album of Amy Adams cover versions. She sounds good!

Keep reading for the video ...

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Jan 12 2017
Abswatch: Zac Efron Edition Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-01-12 at 4.54.45 PM(Image via DNA)

DNA gets you, it really gets you.

Check out their Zac Efron edit of the Baywatch trailer below ...

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