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Sep 06 2016
Funny Business: An Interview With Bruce Vilanch On The Occasion Of MOTOWN & MORE: On AIDS, Body-Shaming, Eartha Kitt & That Bette Midler Caitlyn Jenner Joke Comments (0)

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When you get an opportunity to interview Bruce Vilanch, one of the most celebrated comedy writers in history and a way-out gay man to boot (and boots go with anything), you do not pass it by.

Vilanch spoke with me last week about a cause close to his heart, the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation and the great work it does and will continue to do thanks to the bucks it seeks to rake in from a one-night-only Help Is on the Way cabaret benefit: the Broadway touring cast of Beautiful will perform in Motown & More on Monday, September 12, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. at the Marines' Memorial Theater in San Francisco.

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The highly anticipated show will be co-hosted by Vilanch and operatic drag diva Katya Smirnoff-Skyy. Get your tickets here.

Vilanch's career took off when a friendship with Bette Midler (before she was Bette Midler!) led to him writing for her 1974 Broadway show Clams on the Half Shell. He's collaborated with her many times, and has written for a dizzying array of TV shows and performers, from Donny Osmond to Elizabeth Taylor, and for some of the funniest people of our time: Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr (she really did used to be funny), Billy Crystal, Lily Tomlin and more.

Help Is on the Way performers speak out about the charity:

Somehow, Vilanch has been able to be a part of the best and worst of pop culture, writing for the Oscars for 27 years and counting, and also counting The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (1976-1977) and that infamous Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) among his credits. He is the nuclear cockroach of HA!, and always the best thing about whatever project he's tackling.

Vilanch survives in any milieu because everyone knows he knows from funny. He's beloved because, unlike some very funny people, he also has a sense of humor about himself, and a sense of duty toward the gay community and people in need.

Read on for my chat with the most hilarious person in the room, because the room is usually filled with people delivering lines he's given them to say ...

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Aug 30 2016
6-PACK — Swift Justice + Britney's Fading Memory + Frank Ocean's Chic Mystique + Trump Rehires His Thug Advisor + Rick Perry To DWTS + Bob Smith's Got Real Character—1 At A Time Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureTaylor Swift gets called for jury duty, but is dismissed.

*widget boy cultureBritney has “no recollection” of her first MTV VMAs performance. Is she trapped in another era?

*widget boy cultureAs I wrote—Frank Ocean is intentionally mysterious. Hard to blog about him all the time!

*widget boy cultureCorey Lewandowski—fired by Trump, hired by CNN—is back with Trump?!

*widget boy cultureGod, the U.S. continues to be flushed down the toilet by itself: Rick Perry joining DWTS.

*widget boy cultureGay writer Bob Smith, who is battling ALS, typed his new book with one finger on his iPad.

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Aug 29 2016
6-PACK/vmas — Beyoncé Wins The VMAs, Underscores Issues Of Race & Gun Control + RiRi: Video Vanguard + Fallon Tweaks Lochte + Britney Pulls A Britney + Nick Jonas's Slab Of BACON! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureABOVE: Beyoncé wins MTV VMAs Video of the Year for “Formation,” dedicates award to New Orleans.

*widget boy cultureBeyoncé brought the Mothers of the Movement to the show.

Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 12.52.37 AMRihanna said her success is shared by just about everyone. (Video still via MTV)

*widget boy cultureRihanna's performances knock 'em dead at VMAs; 28-year-old takes home Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Speech.

*widget boy cultureJimmy Fallon roasted Ryan Lochte for his lying scandal. ABOVE: Michael Phelps was shocked.

Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 12.57.16 AMI don't get the appeal of this song. Anyone? (Video still via MTV)

*widget boy cultureABOVE: Britney decides to go sexy for a change with “Make Me ... ” performance at MTV VMAs with G- Eazy. 

*widget boy cultureABOVE: Not-gay Nick Jonas performed “Bacon” on the VMAs, and Joanne Prada scammed her way into it.

Jul 26 2016
Orlando Survivors Participate In Reality Series; ATTITUDE Covers Pulse Victims Comments (0)

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Attitude Magazine offers this stirring cover in honor of the 49 people killed in Orlando, using each and every one of their faces as a backdrop for a never-going-away rainbow.

With its release comes word that four survivors of the Pulse shooting, all gay, are taking part in MTV's True Life: We Are Orlando, a reality series documenting their painful road to recovery:

One of the survivors, Tony, opens up on the episode about the difficulties he’s faced both physically and mentally since the attack, during which he was shot in the back and arm, before losing consciousness on the floor of Pulse and waking up in hospital.

“People think that because I got released from the hospital, and I’m in rehab right now, that I’m OK,” he says. “I’m not OK. I’m still connected to a machine because of my back. I have a hole in my back. My arm is still shattered. It’s healing, but I don’t have movement in my two fingers.”

True Life: We Are Orlando, premiering on Monday, August 15 in America.

The LGBT community has to thank Attitude for its years of popular-yet-incisive coverage of all things relevant to the gay perspective.

Jun 10 2016
UNDRESSED Flashback Comments (0)

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Remember MTV's cheesetastic Undressed? Here's a particularly gay flashback ...

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Jun 08 2016
Has It Really Been 10 Years Since NEXT!? Comments (0)

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I remember watching the cringe-inducing Next!, but didn't think it had been 10 years already. Watch why this was the kind of show that wasn't exactly the greatest for gay visibility ...

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May 29 2016
Signs Of The Times Comments (0)

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This is a random bit of graffiti, but it reminded me of Madonna's current battle with BET, MTV and self-styled (“one of very few black Millennial public thinkers”) millennial voice Donovan X. Ramsey.

Apr 10 2016
Zac Efron Humbles Himself Before Seth Rogen's Stones, Says The Rock Rocks On MTV Movie Awards Comments (0)

Via The MTV Movie Awards are always good for something that you just know would make Old Hollywood turn over in its mass-media grave, and Sunday's installment was no exception.

Buffed-out Zac Efron (is there anything left on his body that isn't muscle? maybe eyelashes?) did a bit with co-star Seth Rogen in which Rogen, in costume as a juicehead, claimed he had been forced to do steroids in order to compete with the likes of Zac, Ryan Reynolds and others. When Zac apologized, Seth demanded he do it to his shrunken testicles ... which Zac promptly did.

Too bad Seth didn't ask Zac to kiss the owie. 


Enjoy this exclusive #MovieAwards pre show clip of Baywatch with @therock and @zacefron 💪🏼

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On the same show, we got more behind-the-scenes glimpses of Zac's big-screen version of Baywatch, even though the film is literally a year away from release.