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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 27 2016
Nate Parker, Battling News Of A Past Sexual Assault, Just Keeps Digging Himself Deeper Comments (0)

Nate Parker, whose The Birth of a Nation is one of the year's most widely anticipated and pre-acclaimed films, is doing an amazing job of promoting himself as a self-righteous, sexually stunted A-hole—but let's not leave homophobe off his résumé.

Parker was accused of sexual assault 17 years ago, along with his current collaborator Jean Celestin, while a college wrestler. Both were tried and Celestin—but not Parker—was convicted. The conviction was tossed.

The men were also accused of harassing and stalking the young woman, though their supporters denied this claim. She committed suicide in 2012—why, no one seems to know (which is not CncT1ErWgAAiUbuuncommon with suicide; there is no indication it was due to the events of 1999). 

Last week, doing damage control, Parker instead did more damage, telling Variety the rape was all about him:

Seventeen years ago, I experienced a very painful moment in my life. It resulted in it being litigated. I was cleared of it. That’s that. Seventeen years later, I’m a filmmaker. I have a family. I have five beautiful daughters. I have a lovely wife. I get it. The reality is, I can’t relive 17 years ago. All I can do is be the best man I can be now.

Variety also noted they'd heard Parker was entertaining the thought that this was part of a Hollywood conspiracy against him. Keeping a black man down? Hardly, when the core of the backlash is a true event. He was not convicted, so he deserves to live free. But being acquitted does not mean someone didn't do something heinous, and there's never been any sense that the woman lied—the prosecution simply couldn't get the jury to buy it as rape because she was inebriated when Parker and Celestin had sex with her.

Parker has never said nothing happened.

Charmingly, Parker also said he hadn't thought about the incident in the 17 years since it had occurred.

Regarding LGBTQ issues, Parker said in 2014 he would not play a gay character in order to “preserve the Black man.” In his opinion, Hollywood offers too many negative roles—he includes effeminate black men in the mix—so he would refuse to take any roles of “questionable sexuality.”

I find his sexuality questionable, though not in the way he's worried about.

Parker is a grown man making juvenile anti-gay generalizations (I was reminded of Denzel Washington coaching Will Smith—OF ALL PEOPLE—not to kiss a man onscreen in his movie debut because of the young men who looked up to him) in 2016, and he wants to drag his race in front of him to excuse it?

Meanwhile, Parker also seems incapable of connecting some pretty big dots. On the one hand, he is telling Ebony:

[The resurfacing of his assault case] is happening for a very specific reason. To be honest, my privilege as a male, I never thought about it. I’m walking around daring someone to say something or do something that I define is racist or holding us back, but never really thinking about male culture and the destructive effect it’s having on our community ... The crazy thing is a lot of people—a lot of men, if I’m just speaking for myself—don’t really start thinking about the effect of hyper-masculinity and false definitions of what it means to be a man until you get married or until you have kids. Because then all of sudden you have something to protect. In all actuality, we got to do better about preparing our men for their interactions with women.

On the other hand, he has yet to disavow his hyper-masculine reaction to the concept of playing a gay character in a movie.

All in all, he sounds like a smug and, yes, privileged man who is cloaking himself in victimhood. It will be interesting to see how Ava DuVernay (who has supported him so far) and Oprah Winfrey (also a booster, but a rape victim, too) will settle in their reaction to the highly controversial Parker and his film. Until then, I'm with Demetria Lucas D'Oyley and not with Cheryl Boone Isaacs. I think Hollywood has a long history of embracing scandal-tainted stars, though, so I would not count Parker out at Oscar time.

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Mar 16 2016
Happy 100th Birthday To The Late Mercedes McCambridge Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 3.37.51 PMMercedes McCambridge: March 16, 1916—March 2, 2004 (Images via 20th Century Fox/Screen Gems/Columbia)

The Film Experience gets it right in calling Mercedes McCambridge “one of the most singular character actresses of the 1950s.” Her work in Johnny Guitar (1954) deserves a posthumous Oscar (let's start that as a thing, Nathaniel!) and she also shone in Giant (1956), among many other films and TV gigs.

Later on, she was just a hell of a lot of fun, but she also became an inextricable part of Linda Blair's performance in The Exorcist (1973) as the voice of that pesky demon, a job that has become the stuff of legend.

Check out The Film Experience's remembrance here

Keep reading to listen to an incredible interview with McCambridge, who re-creates her demon voice using—what else?—her chronic bronchitis ...

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Mar 03 2016
6-PACK — BBC Reveals HWA + Sarah Loves Holland + Tina Fey Mehs The Oscars' Earnestness + Twinks For Trump Infects Twitter + Film Faves Pass Away + Batman v Superman ... In Bed! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureGeorge MacKay's butt. (Work Unfriendly)

*widget boy cultureSarah Paulson is “absolutely” in love with Holland Taylor.

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*widget boy cultureTina Fey thought the Oscars had a lot of “Hollywood bullshit.”

*widget boy cultureGee, I hope Twinks for Trump is bad humor:

 Meet Greg: "Sure, Trump will probably try to deport a ton of people. But more tables at brunch, right?"

*widget boy cultureGil Hill (Beverly Hills Cop franchise) dies, Tony Burton (Rocky franchise dies).

*widget boy cultureWho'd you rather: Ben Affleck or Henry Cavill?

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6-PACK — Gay-Bashing Kathryn Knott Doesn't Like Prison + Gay-Killing NYC Man Likes Transgender Women (So?) + Drag Queen Beaten + Strong Gay Support For Hillary + Asian Kid On Oscars Not Told In Advance About Joke + Gus Kenworthy's Gay Goggles! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureGay basher Kathryn Knott could be sprung???

*widget boy cultureKiller of gay man in NYC dated trans girl, so crime couldn't have been hateful???

*widget boy culturePopular San Diego drag queen beaten up.

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*widget boy cultureStrong gay support for Hillary Clinton.

*widget boy cultureChildren used as butt of Rock's Asian joke at Oscars weren't told.

*widget boy cultureGus Kenworthy's custom-made gay-gay-gay goggles

Mar 01 2016
6-PACK — Herstory Lesson: Trans Civil War Figure + Caitlyn Moving To Men, Kris Raises A Brow + Is This Boy A Bottom? + SUPERMAN's Li'l Lois Lane + Spider-Man Loses His Pants + Verse-atile! Comments (0)

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*widget boy culturePeople Exclusive: Meet the 1800s trans man who fought in the Civil War.

*widget boy cultureWhen Caitlyn Jenner dates men soon, Kris Jenner will be confused “for sure.”

*widget boy cultureTMZ: Sam Smith, Oscar hidden ... somewhere ... serenaded with “This Boy Is a Bottom.” 


When a selfie fails...but great to be back home in Jersey.

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*widget boy cultureHenry Cavill is dating a teenager. Okay. No, wait, a teenage girl.

*widget boy cultureThick, hot Spider-Man with no pants.

*widget boy cultureGuys Reading Poems will debut at the Palm Beach International Film Festival.

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Sad Song: Oscar Nominees Excluded From Performing Speak Out Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 2.48.30 PMIn a year with diversity controversy, the show shut out an Asian woman and a trans woman (Video still via Variety)

It would have served the Oscar producers right had one of the two rudely ignored nominees for Best Original Song won. Check out this video of the creatives behind one of the songs, who attended the Oscars but resented being excluded from performing.

The other excluded performer, trans nominee Anohni, had previously made her displeasure known.

6-PACK — Trump Owns Christie + Clintons Take Trump Seriously + Oscars Race To The Bottom Of The Ratings + Caitlyn Jenner's Lips Are Finally Free (Her Lipstick Will Cost Ya) + Dustin Lance Black Should Avoid Stand-Up + Hot Jock! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureHamster-hung Trump to Christie on video: “Get in the plane and go home.”

*widget boy cultureThe GOP was AWOL on Trump; the Clintons take him very seriously.

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*widget boy cultureOscars were a bomb, but Leonardo DiCaprio broke a social-media record.

*widget boy cultureFirst promo image for Caitlyn Jenner's lipstick, Finally Free

*widget boy cultureDustin Lance Black non-credibly asserts he was just joshin' with Sam Smith.

*widget boy cultureHot jock Lampis Luca.

Tumblr_nndn4uiSql1ut9o3xo1_500Lampis Luca (Image via Wicked Gay Blog)