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Oct 21 2016
Teen Breach Movie: A Review Of KING COBRA & Inside The NYC Premiere Comments (0)

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Last night was the NYC premiere of the skin-soaked thriller King Cobra, writer/director Justin Kelly's take on the gruesome 2007 murder of porn impresario Bryan Kocis at the hands of rivals Joe Kerekes and Harlow Cuadra, all over the right to use then-newcummer Brent Corrigan in a video.

DSC00736 editHunting Season's Jake Manabat, Marc Sinoway & Tyler French (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

DSC00734Sinoway, Misha Osherovich, yours truly & Andrew Glaszek (Image courtesy of Matthew Rettenmund)

The premiere, at IFC Center, attracted Kelly; Christian Slater (who stars as Kocis); Younger star Nico Tortorella (whose sexual orientation would make a great thriller in its own right, IMO); Hunting Season stars Marc Sinoway, Jake Manabat and Tyler French; History actor Misha Osherovich; photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders; Undetectable and Hustling actor Andrew Glaszek (who years from now will be known as the “It” ginger of NYC); and more.

Following the screening and a lively Q&A (somebody asked Slater if he would try gay porn if he could start his career over), the after-party was held at the Cock, a dive bar that even other dive bars would sneak into to avoid being seen. Which Unnamed means it's tacky, sleazy fun.

Hey, it wasn't the first time in history a star and his director left a screening and headed straight for Cock.

It was great to connect with the other attendees (no, not a euphemism), and to congratulate Slater on a fine performance. I also shook hands with Kelly after having been a disembodied voice on an intercom during a recent Q&A session with the gay media. (Coming.) I fear he hates me because I asked him why he's attracted to non-rah! rah! gay subject matter, considering the fact that King Cobra follows his debut, 2015's I Am Michael, about the XY publisher who went from gay activist to ex-gay activist. It was meant as a compliment.

I wish I could be more complimentary about his earnest King Cobra, but the film is uneven and, like Kocsis, fatally flawed. Then again, like Corrigan, it has an undeniable watchability.

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Hillary Brings The Yuks! Comments (0)

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Wow, Hillary—as the children say—slayed at the Al Smith charity dinner:

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Oct 20 2016
You Can Be At HERO, Baby Comments (0)

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If you're in or near NYC, or can find a flight, check out the 3rd Annual Broadway & Ballet HERO Awards, brought to you by HERO (HIV Experience Resources Organization).

The event—held October 24 at Stage 48 (605 W. 48th St., NYC) at 8 p.m.—will honor Broadway legend Donna McKechnie and international ballet star Marcelo Gomes. Plus, Ruby Lewis, Cirque du Soleil star, will receive the John Adams HERO Award and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will get the 2016 HERO Partner Award.

Directed by the amazing Patrick Boyd, the event is not to be missed. Per a press release:

This spectacular event will feature 14 original performances and a cast of over 30 stars from the worlds of Broadway and ballet including: (honorees) Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line, Broadway HERO Awardee), Ruby Lewis (Cirque du Soleil Paramour, John Adams HERO Awardee),  Marcelo Gomez (ABT international ballet star, Ballet HERO Awardee), Michael-Leon Wooley (Little Shop of Horrors, American Buffalo, The Princess and the Frog), LaTrisa Harper (The Color Purple, The Lion King), Christopher Jackson (The Lion King, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Stephen Hanna (An American In Paris, On The Town, Billy Elliot, Principle dancer, New York City Ballet), Michael Cusumano (All Shook Up, Chicago, American in Paris), Brandon Leffler (Trip of Love, On The Town, Cinderella) Patrick Boyd (Grease, The Wizard of Oz, Gypsy, Touch: A Love Story), Daniel Lynn Evans (Trip of Love), Clifton Oliver, (Kinky Boots, Lion King) Donna Vaughn (The Lion King), LaMar Baylor (The Lion King, PHILADANCO!), Sean Stewart (American Ballet Theatre), Alina Faye (American Ballet Theatre alumni), Luis Villabon (A Chorus Line), Morgan Stinnett (soloist with Connecticut Ballet, member of Aijkun Ballet Company), Shomari Savannah (Alvin Ailey), Alexis ”Tilly” Evans-Krueger (Sonya Tayee Dance Company BODYTRAFFIC, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company), Melanie Fields (EvitaThe Visit), Javon Jones (The Julliard School, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Sean Rozanski (Dirty Dancing, Gus Giordano, Jazz Dance), a special performance by Pace University students Seeley Stephens, Nia Coleman, Shannon Weir, and Kadin Andrew Mestas, choreography of an opening number by Ray Mercer (The Lion King, Award Winning Choreographer), and more. 

Get your tickets here!

Oct 13 2016
Here's The Party! Comments (0)

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Oct 12 2016
Enter to win a copy of The Divine Miss M: Deluxe Edition AND a pair of tix to Bette’s annual Hulaween party! Unnamed
Comment this post with the Bette Midler album cover or acting role you'd most like to dress up as for Halloween! I'll pick 1 of you to win tickets to Hulaween and her new album, and two of you to get the album! (U.S. residents only.) GOOD LUCK!
Witches in ball gowns, long forgotten spirits roaming the corridors at the Waldorf – it’s time for Hulaween! Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Bette Midler-founded New York Restoration Project on October 28, 2016 as the Waldorf Astoria’s ballroom is transformed with the hilarious Kathy Griffin hosting the evening for all to enjoy. The legendary Darlene Love will bring the house down with a special musical performance, and Marc Jacobs will bring his fashion expertise to ballroom floor as this year's Costume Contest judge! 
One lucky winner will receive a pair of tickets to the annual Hulaween party** and a copy of The Divine Miss M: Deluxe Edition - a double-CD set celebrating Bette Midler’s iconic 1972 debut album including the remastered album and a bonus disc of singles, outtakes and demos! Two runners-up will also win a copy of The Divine Miss M: Deluxe Edition. 
The Divine Miss M: Deluxe Edition Will Be Available October 21
**Travel and accommodations are the sole responsibility of the winner! 
Oct 11 2016
6-PACK — Brooklyn D.A. Dies + Trump: THIS IS MY BOARDROOM. IT'S NOT A LOCKER ROOM. + Russia Smears Hillary Directly + Zoltar Trump + Beyoncé Beat-Down + Tyler Oakley Meets Tim Kaine! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureKen Thompson, Brooklyn's first black D.A., dies of cancer at 50, days after announcing his illness. 

*widget boy cultureDonald Trump once said, “This is my boardroom. It's not a locker room ... You're fired.”: 

*widget boy cultureNewsweek: Russia deliberately misquotes Blumenthal from Wikileaks dump, trying to smear Hillary.

*widget boy cultureAmazing Trump-as-Zoltar who is running about NYC today: 

*widget boy cultureWorst-ever use of Beyoncé lyrics to try to prove a point:

*widget boy cultureTim Kaine sits down with Tyler Oakley for some hilariously cringey stepdad-schooling: 

Oct 10 2016
New York Seen Comments (0)

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Pulling POCUS: A Chat With Sexy Singer Jay Armstrong Johnson Comments (0)

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Beautiful out singer Jay Armstrong Johnson just released his latest album, Jay Armstrong Johnson—Live at Feinstein's/54 Below (Broadway Records)—and he's 51wUqJBamoL._SS500
celebrating with a bash at the titular venue in NYC on October 30. Word is it will be Halloween-themed, which is right up the Hocus Pocus fanatic's alley!

Jay's also an actor (you may recognize from Quantico) who's just been cast as the straight guy in a sitcom version of the popular Web series My Gay Roommate.

Check out my interview with the talented crooner and actor below ...

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