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May 25 2016
6-PACK —Oscar Isaac Urged To Show Leg + The Abbey Is Aging Out Of Twinkdom + Long Actor Strips In Short + Padres DJ Wasn't Anti-Gay + P-Town Attractions + Rita Moreno Raps! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureShould the next Star Wars poster make use of Oscar Isaac's scrumptiousness?

*widget boy cultureLegendary WeHo gay bar The Abbey is 25, the perfect age to be preyed upon by the likes of me. Owner David Cooley thanks supporters.

*widget boy cultureActor Benoît Michel gets very, very nude in a short film. (Work Unfriendly)

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*widget boy cultureFired Padres DJ apparently meant no anti-gay harm toward San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, who want him re-hired. UPDATE: Re-hired.

*widget boy cultureSteve Grand, Bianca Del Rio, Kristin Chenoweth, Rita Moreno (!) and more are invading P-Town this summer.

*widget boy cultureSpeaking of Rita, I missed her highly entertaining Berklee School of Music commencement speech and rap earlier this month:

 
Beth Howland, Lovable Ditz Vera on ALICE, Died In December @ 74 Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 9.32.57 AMBeth Howland: May 28, 1941-December 31, 2015 (Promotional image via CBS)

So sad to report that the delightful Beth Howland of Alice fame has died at age 74.

Just last week, I was at Joe Allen in NYC and remarked that a friend of mine, within the past couple of years, had encountered Howland and her husband, Murphy Brown's Charles Kimbrough, and been granted a picture. (Her first husband was Michael J. Pollard.)

More ironically, she was already long-dead—she died on New Year's Eve, but she didn't want her death announced.

From The New York Times:

The cause was lung cancer, her husband, the actor Charles Kimbrough, said, adding that she had not wanted a funeral or a memorial service.

“It was the Boston side of her personality coming out,” Mr. Kimbrough said. “She didn’t want to make a fuss.”

Howland played dingy chick Vera on Alice from 1976 to 1985.

Another snippet from her obit is so 1970s it has to be savored:

After being cast as the wife of a character played by Bert Convy on an episode of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” she moved to Los Angeles to work in television. She appeared on “Love, American Style,” “Cannon,” “The Rookies” and other shows before taking the role of Vera on “Alice.”

Along with her work as Vera—who had a Katharine Hepburn-esque quality spiked with inimitable dottiness—Howland was of course famed for her “Getting Married Today” from Company. Here she is reprising her performance in 1993 at an original-cast reunion:

 
May 24 2016
Alaska's New Video Is A Hole 'Nother Level Comments (0)

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Alaska is serving “Anus,” and don't you dare send it back to the kitchen!

Keep reading for the video, and buy the book I wrote with her here ...

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Puro Instinct Covers Madonna's INSIDE OF ME Comments (0)

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Puro Instinct does something many acts have done—they've released a Madonna cover. However, how many acts would choose an obscure Bedtime Stories track? 

From the band:

“Inside of Me” is a track off of one of our fave Madonna albums Bedtime Stories, originally composed and produced by Dave Hall, Madonna and Nellee Hooper. This cover version was produced by Sam Mehran & us. 4 the love of it, 4 the fun of it. XO Puro

Check out the band's take on this underrated gem (which seems to have a Nu Shooz bassline) after the jump ...

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6-PACK — Tutu's Lesbian Daughter Expelled From Church + Pay Attention To Madonna, But Leave Her Alone + Too Late To Apologize? + Joe Jonas On Kissing A Girl + Trans Attack + Iranian Gay Activist! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureArchbishop Desmond Tutu's daughter has been kicked out of her church—for marrying a woman.

*widget boy cultureWe have entered “Leave Madonna Alone” territory with all the hysterical attacks on Madonna's Billboard Music Awards tribute to Prince. Leave Britney alone, too.

*widget boy cultureAustralian state of Victoria apologizing for recent-historical convictions of people for the crime of being gay.

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*widget boy cultureJoe Jonas gushes about his prolonged kissing scenes with Ashley Graham in DNCE's new “Toothbrush” video.

*widget boy cultureBrooklyn trans woman comes forward with details of attack at the hands of a gang of men: “I was just trying to get away ...”

*widget boy cultureIranian gay activist thriving in Canada: “When people are attacking you a lot, it shows you are on the right track. If I wanted to give in ... I would have stayed in Iran.”

 
May 23 2016
Madonna Responds To Haters Of Her Heartfelt Prince Tribute Comments (0)

Her response shouldn't even be required—isn't it obvious that the Billboard Music Awards isn't going to define Prince's legacy with one sweet, simple tribute to the man?

 
6-PACK — It's Hillary + Trump's Tax Dodge + Antonio Sabàto Jr. Is 100% For Trump + School Says It Will Expel Students Related To LGBT People + Patti LuPone B'day Gig + Biden Praises Out West Point Class Prez + San Diego Shame! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureHillary confident she will be the Dem nominee, okay with Bernie continuing his campaign, calls out pretend-successful Trump & nails why he won't release taxes.

*widget boy cultureDumb-as-a-post model/“actor” Antonio Sabàto Jr. comes out 100% for Donald Trump.

*widget boy cultureWichita's Trinity Academy asserts it can deny admission to or expel students with LGBT family members, or who live in pro-LGBT homes.

*widget boy cultureFull video of Patti LuPone crooning “I Was Here” at Ben Rimalower's 40th birthday celebration in NYC:

*widget boy cultureVP Biden remembers recent history of DADT in praising West Point's first out class prez, Eugene “E.J.” Coleman.

*widget boy cultureOUT-RAGE: San Diego Gay Men's Chorus not allowed to sing at Padres game, heckled as female vocal played over their voices. UPDATE: DJ wasn't anti-gay; re-hired.

 
Madonna & Stevie Wonder Pay Homage To Prince @ The Billboard Music Awards Comments (0)

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I didn't have high hopes for Madonna's tribute to Prince on Sunday's Billboard Music Awards, but I was pleasantly surprised—she took on the very big song “Nothing Compares 2 U,” sounded great, looked great (and appropriate, in her purple paisley suit by Gucci's Alessandro Michele, who said, “It's more than a performance, it's a real act of love.”), and overall seemed very much in awe of Prince rather than making the tribute an act of ego. Anyone who thought she didn't sound good, I guess she's never sounded good, then, and is not for them. Anyone objecting to her daring to pay tribute to her peer and ex needs to find a hobby.

The inclusion of Stevie Wonder was a surprise, but I'm glad he was with her on “Purple Rain”—their voices blended nicely and I don't think she'd have done as well solo on that one.

It seemed heartfelt and unpretentious, not at all like it was attempting to put itself forth as the be-all, end-all, definitive Prince tribute.

Grotesquely, BET immediately tweeted an ad for its own awards show, touting a Prince tribute with the phrase, “Yeah, we saw that. Don't worry. We Got You.”

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Nothing like a naked attempt to stir up racial resentment (like that puny Change.org petition had tried to do) and to commercialize Prince's death and legacy.

 


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