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Mar 06 2015
Death Of A Centerfold: RIP Dirk Shafer Comments (0)

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Terrible day for documentary filmmakers: Hot on the heels of news that Albert Maysles had died comes word that Man of the Year (1995) director and subject and Circuit (2001) director Dirk Shafer has been found dead at 52. Shafer was Playgirl's Man of the Year, and a rare Playgirl model to be openly gay. He was lovely in my dealings with him many years ago. RIP.


Sep 02 2014
Mantiques: Stage-Door Sally Comments (0)


Bob Deutsch was the king of ambushing stars for photo ops at the stage door, but he really struck gold with the above Bob Goulet (November 26, 1933—October 30, 2007) shot, exhaling directly into the camera.

Below, another superhandsome actor after a night of theater...

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Nov 22 2013
"I'd Much Rather Be Considered Gay Than Ignorant And Straight!": An Interview With Straight Super-Ally Marcus Patrick Comments (0)

Marcus-Patrick-Boy-Culture-Matthew-Rettenmund-stripperThere's nothin' wrong with that!

Marcus Patrick understands what it means to be controversial: Six years ago, he was fired from the soap Days of Our Lives after a short stint, probably because he had the audacity to show his naked body in Playgirl.

Now, soap operas and print magazines are on their way out, but Marcus endures as a fixture on gossip sites, an actor (his turn in the gay rom-com Violet Tendencies was particularly winning) and, soon, as a singer again—he's finalizing a deal for a solo album, something for which fans of his work in the boy band Worlds Apart have been waiting for the past two decades.

Marcus-Patrick"I'm a person who's pretty deep when it comes to what's going on within the matrix of this world, so I like to put something in there that has some substance rather than just talking about ass and getting drunk."—Marcus Patrick on his music

Then there was that relationship with a porn actress.

But as for the most scandalous item on his résumé, it has to be his day night job; I met Marcus where many of his fans have met him in recent years—at a strip club (NYC's the Adonis Lounge) where he was performing and doing lap dances. In an unprecedented move for an actor with any kind of a public profile, Marcus has quite openly stripped at straight and gay clubs for years. Images of his flawless body and careful-you'll-poke-someone's-eye-out manhood are all over the Internet, but it's no scandal—it's just Marcus being Marcus.

Marcus-Patrick-Matthew-Rettenmund-Boy-Culture"I was from a small town, and I'd been told that gay people were the bogeyman and that they were just gonna rape you...I prefer the behavioral patterns of the gay culture because they just tend to have more fun. Not that I personally want to be engaging in gay sex, but...I wish more people, especially straight men, would wake up and realize that gay people are here on this planet to almost educate and teach and  give humanity a spice of fun and enlightenment and joy."—Marcus Patrick on gay men

I'd heard he was working on new music, and our mutual friend described him as "beatiful inside and out," so I asked Marcus if he'd grant Boy Culture an interview. Not only did he agree, he even made it happen on a Sunday after getting no sleep at all the night before. "I just had a massage and even that didn't work," he told me as he greeted me at his friend's high-rise. But at 39, he looked as young and refreshed as ever (not for nothin', he made the Top 10 of my list of hottest all-time guys on TV), and he definitely knows how to express himself.

"[They] just threw me up on the stage in a thong. And I did start making money fast. But I was crying that day. Like, I'd sold myself to be a whore."—Marcus Patrick on his early, negative feelings on stripping

Check out my video interview with Marcus after the jump. He talks extensively about his affinity for gay people and culture, how he got into getting out of his clothes for money, his upcoming music and more hot topics...

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Nov 06 2011
Boy Culture Turns 6: My Favorite Posts Comments (13)

IMG_7536Prove it!

As of midnight last night, it was exactly six years since my first post. It's been a tough thing to keep up with a dayjob and outside activities, and just when I think I might walk away, a valuable connection or interesting opportunity or a kind word comes my way. Thank you all for reading me.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef014e89143e3e970d-400wiOf whom are you more jealous?

Here are my favorite 100+ posts out of nearly 11,000. Please take some time to read (or re-read!) a couple and tweet or Facebook any you like.

xoxo Matt

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54ff027a28833-800wiThe pocket pool championships were intense this year



FROM BOY TO MAN: BC B.C. (2007): The entire history of my novell and novel Boy Culture as well as the movie version; might be my ultimate post.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f5599878833-800wiJonathon Trent & Derek Magyar make an Allan Brocka sandwich

BOY ON FILM (2006): An account of the NYC launch party for Boy Culture as it played the TriBeCa Film Fest.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f7f18238834-800wiI was left "Reeling" by the experience

FRIENDS AND "FAMILY" (2006): The movie version of Boy Culture hits Chicago.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f5ebead8833-800wiNo one would've mistaken me for Taylor Lautner

RAPT PUPIL (2006): The final night of Outfest with Boy Culture; I was fat but on the other hand got to meet Bryan Singer.




PreviewScreenSnapz001Construction worker (shot this week) vs. James Dean

GUYDAR (since at least January 17, 2008) & ENDS OF THE WORLD (since at least January 13, 2008): Attractive men of the world—I got your backs. Your fronts, too.

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Img_0330Not totally built

6a00d8341c2ca253ef0120a58f680c970bUnaltered iPhone image that still blows me away

"Your pictures suck" (2008): An art critic attacks me, but not without sustaining some hits in return.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e551ff08528834-800wiLet's call it a draw

DRAWN TOGETHER (2008): How my desire to draw related to my secret desire. One of my absolute favorite posts.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01156faa215c970cThe shirtless one

LOST ANGELES (2009): My favorite photographic travelogue of L.A.

Img_0986_1Even then, New Yorkers feared 9/11 was the beginning of the end

ART IMITATES LIFE (2006): My 9/11 and my distaste for grief tourism.


6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f435c1a8834-800wiDeath of the party—Jeff in high school, already halfway through his life

BURNING MAN (2007): Tribute to my late high school friend and first romance.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef014e862b4a41970d-400wiSigned, sealed (eventually) delivered

LOST BOY FOUND (2011): There is a book in here somewhere.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01538f1f464a970b-400wiBe Italian

CIAO HOUNDS: OUR TRIP TO ITALY (2011): Finally got José to Europe.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f10b4de8833-800wiDeath becomes here

ILLINOIS DEATH TRIP (2007): Ruminations on death while revisiting a past home, and the past.

Zehnders Life is short...and meaningful

PASSING BY (2008): Mourning the loss of a person I only met once.

Lots more...

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