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Apr 26 2017
Don't Miss Ross! — A Review Of Diana Ross @ NY City Center Comments (0)

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My friend Jason suggested we catch Diana Ross at New York City Center last night, and I'm glad we took the plunge. Having never seen her, she was on my bucket list, and didn't disappoint.

The space was crazy-small, so even from second-to-last row, I got good shots and videos of the diva, who has not only not changed, but seems to have become even more Diana Ross as the years have gone by.

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DSC02603_newThe first look — we didn't want her to Stop!

She wafted out like a vision, with her signature big hair and glitzy, sequined gown, welcoming herself with her Top 5 smash from 1980 “I'm Coming Out.” Like her presentation, it was an unapologetically literal choice, and had the crowd stomping.

She effortlessly cooed her way through a Motown segment featuring “More Today Than Yesterday” and “My World Is Empty Without You” (many of her song choices and stage gestures seemed tailor-made to communicate with fans), “Baby Love,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “Come See About Me,” “You Can't Hurry Love” and “Love Child.”

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After the first gown swap (she favored us with five looks in all), she moved into the '70s with “The Boss” DSC03009_new and “Touch Me in the Morning,” taking a Red Hot Rhythm & Blues detour with “It's Hard for Me to Say,” her only shaky performance all evening (she seemed a little lost, then joked that she would just read the words, presumably from a prompter). 

She then brought down the house with an ecstatic “Upside Down,” for which she welcomed two of her grandkids, one daughter and a step-daughter onstage.

The '70s were back with “It's My House” and an ultra-slinky “Love Hangover,” which segued into her '90s hit “Take Me Higher,” itself a '70s throwback. Ross would occasionally give us a little vamping while singing, always with a mega-watt smile that made fun of herself, as if to discount her sexiness at 73, but she can definitely still pull it off.

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Oscar-Winning Director Jonathan Demme Dead @ 73 Comments (0)

DemmeJonathan Demme: February 22, 1944—April 26, 2017 (Image via handout)

Jonathan Demme, who won the Oscar for directing The Silence of the Lambs (1991), has died of cancer at 73, Variety reports.

After a string of edgy, critically acclaimed films like the offbeat Howard Hughes buddy movie Melvin and Howard (1980), the much-loved Talking Heads doc Stop Making Sense (1984), the Melanie Griffith road movie Something Wild (1986) and the Michelle Pfeiffer mobster comedy Married to the Mob (1988), Demme broke into A-list director territory with Lambs, which became a rare film to win all of the Top 5 awards at the Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay.

Lambs, for which then-closeted actress Jodie Foster won the Oscar (giving a speech that obliquely referenced her choice to be a private person), contains — along with fine acting and memorable suspense — an arguably exploitative representation of a serial killer who is described as someone who thinks he is, and wants to be, “transsexual.” The script includes dialogue that attempts to argue that actual trans people are not prone to murder, but scenes of Buffalo Bill with his penis tucked between his legs and mugging in female garb seem unmistakably designed to creep out the audience.

It could be argued that Demme hadn't completely shaken off his early years working on unapologetically exploitative films for Roger Corman, including his directorial debut, Caged Heat (1974).

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Nonetheless, The Silence of the Lambs has since been called one of the 100 Greatest Films Ever Made by the AFI, and was an enormous international success.

In Demme's follow-up to Lambs, he took on the topic of AIDS in Philadelphia (1993), which won Tom Hanks his first Oscar. The film grossed nearly $80 million in the U.S., thanks to Demme's efforts to get it made, and thanks to his casting of movie stars Hanks and Denzel Washington.

His career took a swift dive thereafter, with the Oprah Winfrey-starring bomb Beloved (1998) and the poorly received remakes The Truth About Charlie (2002) and The Manchurian Candidate (2004).

Rachel Getting Married (2008), starring Anne Hathaway, represented a return to Demme's roots. His final narrative films, A Master Builder (2013) and the Meryl Streep vehicle Ricki and the Flash (2015) did not make a big impact.

In 2016, Demme directed Justin Timberlake's concert feature, Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids, for Netflix.

Demme had been battling cancer at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife Joanne Howard and their three children.

 
6-PACK — It's The Oscars, Jake + Gimme Shred + Take Me Out Of The Closet + Trump's First 100 Daze + A Singlet Man + Somebody Thinks Ivanka Trump Is A Sex Symbol Comments (0)

FAYE-DUNAWAYSomething Wicked this way came. (Movie still via Cannon)

WIDGETDListed: Faye Dunaway says she's very guilty over the Oscars snafu, but doesn't mention any apologies for The Wicked Lady (1983).

WIDGETFacebook @ Jon Calvin: This guy has a Summer Shred Program that I'm guessing is worth looking into!

WIDGETDodgers: It's the 5th Annual LGBT Night at Dodgers Stadium, with Matt Bomer, Billy Bean, Noah Galvin, Guillermo Diaz, Dot Marie Jones and more!

WIDGETThe New York Times: Trump's first 100 days are the worst since people started counting to 100.

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): His singlet runneth over.

WIDGETFox News Channel: Jesse Watters drools over how baby-voiced Ivanka Trump is holding her mic. Post-sexual harassment tsunami! 

 
Apr 25 2017
Greg Scarnici Is STAYING IN TONIGHT Comments (0)

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Shot by Greg Endries, the new music video for Greg Scarnici's I'm Staying in Tonight is like “Bitch I'm Not Madonna” by Gay Al Yankovic ...

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Batman With His Fists: Bryan Hawn & Reese Rideout Duet! Comments (0)

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Kind of a coup for Bryan Hawn to land a duet with gay-for-pay porn star Reese Rideout.

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Interestingly, Bryan definitely comes out on top in this one.

Keep reading to watch and listen to the boys team up on the Chainsmokers' “Something Just Like This” ...

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Apr 23 2017
Bananarama: I WANT YOU BACK! Comments (0)

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Via Facebook: One of the most successful girl groups of all time, Bananarama, is reuniting for a UK tour. 

What makes the tour so special is that it features the group's original lineup, including Siobhán Fahey, who left in 1988 to form Shakespears Sister!

In a simple message posted to Facebook, the trio wrote:

Miss Fahey is BACK!! & We're so excited to be going on a UK Tour this November/ December 🇬🇧 Be sure to sign up & check out our new website www.bananarama.co.uk #Bananarama2017

To refresh your memory, some of the great tunes from the group in its Fahey era:

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Apr 21 2017
6-PACK — Getting To The Bottom Of Who Joey Stefano Was + French Terror Victim Was Cop, Gay-Rights Champ + Ellen Chats With Makeup Maven Reuben de Maid + Caitlyn Hits Trump Where He Lives + Richard Simmons Spotted + Gilbert Baker's New Font! Comments (0)

Joey-StefanoA new biopic will attempt to bring gay-porn legend Joey Stefano's life into focus.

WIDGETUnicorn Booty: There's a Joey Stefano biopic coming, and both Michelle Visage and Alaska will be in it! 

Rare Videos of Joey Stefano & Downtown A-Listers Speaking Candidly

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: The French cop killed in last night's terror attack was a member of a pro-LGBT police organization. Insanity, and right before the election.

WIDGETEllenTV: Little Big Shots star Reuben de Maid chats with Ellen about being bullied for wearing makeup, performs:

WIDGETABC News: Caitlyn Jenner won't play golf with Trump over his anti-trans ways. What a powerful statement. (Eye roll.) Also, she's 100% for marriage equality:

WIDGETExtraTV: Proof of life — Richard Simmons is pictured (kinda) for the first time in three long years.

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): How cool! There's a new font that honors the contribution of LGBTQ-rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker, who recently died:

 
Apr 20 2017
6-PACK — Gay Influencers + Savage Charity + Memphis Zoo Is A Real Zoo + Hedy Days + Boxer-Briefs RIP + Ty One On! Comments (0)

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WIDGETTime: Time's list of the 100 Most Influential People includes LGBTQs Gavin Grimm, Sarah Paulson, RuPaul.

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: Dan Savage donates $100K to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood & the Refugee Assistant Project from selling “Impeach the Mother F*cker Already” merch.

WIDGETNewNowNext: Alleged gay bashing at the Memphis Zoo. Can I use your phone? No? You're going to hell, fag.

WIDGETInstagram @hindash: Watch Hedy Lamarr come back to life:

 

Vintage Vibes 👀 Hedy Lamarr Ink and white paint on paper @sigmabeauty brushes

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WIDGETBosGuy: This guy's pink boxer-briefs are losing the battle of containment.

WIDGETTy Herndon: Country stars are not what they used to be! Ty Herndon's hosting a Concert for Love & Acceptance in Nashville this June.

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