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Oct 12 2017
Crying To Your Soul: A Review Of BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE) Comments (0)

**IMG_1134_newI caught France's submission for this year's Best Foreign Language Oscar, BPM (Beats Per Minute), and found it to be a sneakily emotional film, one that begins as a fairly dry protest procedural but gradually becomes a deeply moving look at an all-too-short love affair ended by AIDS.

Keep reading for a full review and pics from one of the film's NYC preview screenings ...

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Apr 26 2017
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! 

Mar 02 2017
6-PACK — Kathy Griffin Crowned + Jeff Sessions RECUSED + Oscars Flub The Fault Of Totally Incompetent PwC Accountants + Dunham Does LGBTQ Detroit + Born (This) Way! Comments (0)

WIDGETSFGMC: Kathy Griffin will be honored at Crescendo, the annual San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus charity event. Also at the gala: Jinkx Monsoon, Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 3.56.34 PMChely Wright.

WIDGETAlternet: WaPo broke Sessions story, framed it to minimize political fall-out.

Update from HuffPost: Sessions recused.

WIDGETWaPo: Six times Jeff Sessions has spoken out about perjury and special prosecutors.

WIDGETThe Wrap: The Oscars' veteran stage manager juicily describes incompetence of the PwC accountants!

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Lena Dunham is matching donations to an LGBTQ center in Detroit. You go, Girls.

Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 4.33.02 PM(Video still via BBC)

WIDGETGay Times: BBC forced to explain why it de-gayed a cover of Lady Gaga's “Born This Way” on the TV show Let It Shine.

After the jump, watch the bowdlerized “BTW” ...

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Mar 01 2017
Oscars Flub For Kids Comments (0)
Feb 28 2017
6-PACK — Gary From Prison + Oscar Despoiler Was Emma Stoned + Bob Harper's Near-Death Experience + Swimmer's Mind + Mack Beggs: The Question! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 11.47.42 AMPeace out of prison three days ago! (Video still via ABC)

WIDGETTMZ: “Gary from Chicago” spent 20 years in the slammer on petty theft charges, was kissing Meryl Streep's hand at the Oscars three days later.

WIDGETNYDN: Confirmed by PwC, partner Brian Cullinan handed his dupe Best Actress envelope to Warren Beatty. He was distracted by tweeting a pic of Emma Stone.

WIDGETExtraTV: The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper had a heart attack, almost died was unconscious for two days, but says he is on the mend.

Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 11.33.28 AMBob Harper wants you to know he is okay, and still hot. (Image via Instagram)

WIDGETOutsports: Former college swimmer on being gay: “If you're really young, don't let anyone tell you that you don't understand your feelings. You do.”

WIDGETCNN: Local newscaster pipes up articulately on the unfairness in the case of Mack Beggs, trans wrestler being forced to wrestler girls (his birth gender):

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Kenneth wants answers about what the rules should be regarding trans athletes — should a trans boy be wrestling girls?

Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 11.30.32 AMMack Beggs (Images via Facebook)

Feb 27 2017
It's A Warren Piece Comments (0)

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The Revenge Of BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN: MOONLIGHT Wins Best Picture After Announcement Blunder Comments (0)

Warren-beatty-best-pictureDo NOT try to pin this on Warren Beatty & Faye Dunaway! (Video still via ABC)

At the end of this year's highly entertaining Oscars came its single, solitary surprise — and it was a two-tiered doozy.

Bonnie and Clyde (1967) stars Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway emerged to announce the winner of Best Picture, which everyone expected would be the light but charming La La Land, especially since its helmer Damien Chazelle, 32, had just become the youngest director to ever win an Oscar.

When it came time for Beatty to read the name of the winner, he appeared to be grandstanding, drawing out the moment for laughs, but in retrospect, he was genuinely befuddled. Apparently, he had been handed an envelope that read BEST ACTRESS, and the card inside read EMMA STONE, LA LA LAND; Stone had won the penultimate award.

Not knowing quite how to react, he stalled, then he showed Dunaway the card. Dunaway, who had already chided him, clearly believing he was goofing off, glanced at it and said, “La La Land.”

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Once the producers of La La Land had begun giving earnest speeches, there was confusion onstage, with a dude in a headset dashing around frantically. (I was scared there was some kind of threat going on!) Once it became clear to producer Jordan Horowitz that his film La La Land really had not won, he graciously confirmed the error and said he was proud to hand the Oscar over to his friends behind Moonlight.


It would seem that Beatty and Dunaway were unwitting victims, having been given the wrong envelope. The firm entrusted with the envelopes keeps two of each category, and Stone confirmed backstage she was in possession of the one used to announce her Oscar, so that makes it seem pretty obvious the accounting firm goofed.

Still, I'm sure a lot of people will be treating Warren and Faye like:

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And, in fact, Faye seems to be rat-a-tat-tatting Warren — she sniped to Extra, “I'm not the one to talk to. Warren is.”

With its shocking win, Moonlight becomes the first gay-themed film to win the Oscar, seemingly avenging that time Brokeback Mountain got robbed.

However, I would point out that what happened (minus the mix-up!) was actually very similar to what happened the year Brokeback lost to Crash. That year, Brokeback won EVERY major award. It was such a foregone conclusion that it would win the Oscar, there was plenty of time for the Oscar voters to resent the expected and vote for something unexpected. (Crash's win could also have been aided and abetted by homophobia, but we'll never know how much of a factor that was.)

This year, the same thing happened with La La Land, which had been enduring a fairly loud backlash for some time.

Only difference is that this year, the unexpected winner was, in fact, a far superior film. That it was gay-themed like the superior loser of 2005 was probably just a (happy) coincidence.

Congrats to everyone behind Moonlight, a great film, a gay film, the best film I saw all year.

Watch the moment unfold after the jump ...

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Feb 26 2017
Ga-Ga Land: I Love Oscars 2017 Comments (0)

I was NOT looking forward to Oscars 2017, mainly because I haven't seen many of the nominated films, and while I loved Moonlight and admired La La Land and Fences, I wasn't too invested in the slate. Also, I hadda work it for my dayjob.

However, as I'm watching, I'm finding Jimmy Kimmel to be the perfect mix of sardonic and unafraid to introduce whimsy. The bit with the tourists was genuinely charming, I laughed uproariously when Matt Damon was played off and I found the musical performances spot-on.

The In Memoriam sequence was exquisite.

I've even been liking the winners for a change.

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