2819 posts categorized "POP CULTURE"

Oct 22 2014
Need To Know: Polymorphous Diversity + Michael Sam Isn't Uncut + The Left & Right Places To Live + Renée Zellweger Fails Facial ID + MORE! Comments (0)

Diversity-Rules
*widget boy cultureCheck out the Diversity Rules Indiegogo, unless you're anti-gay.

*widget boy cultureMichael Sam gets cut. :(

*widget boy cultureBest cities for liberals and conservatives.

*widget boy cultureS Club 7 reunion? Jon is now, of course, a sexy, tattooed, muscled clone.

*widget boy cultureRenée Zellweger went to the doctor and had her Renée Zellweger removed.

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*widget boy cultureThe gay subtext of Grant Gustin's The Flash.

*widget boy cultureWhitney's “Queen of the Night” gets a major makeover, too.

*widget boy cultureNick Youngquest is always reliably HOT.

*widget boy cultureGuillermo Diaz's Madonna tat.

*widget boy cultureChela's “Handful of Gold” compared to early Madonna.

*widget boy cultureJeremy Kost's new Polaroid book looks like a must-own.

JeremyKost_GAYLETTER-7How to beat the high Kost of giving

 
She Put A Spell On Me: Meeting Annie Lennox Comments (0)
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 Dazzling Annie at B&N in the gallery above!

I've met some of my most intensely beloved '80s idols, but Annie Lennox was a hold-out...until tonight! Appearing at a Barnes & Noble Union Square chat with Rolling Stone's Anthony DeCurtis, she was promoting her new CD Nostalgia, a covers collection.

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Full tracklisting of Nostalgia:

“Memphis in June”

“Georgia on My Mind”

“I Put a Spell on You”

“Summertime”

“I Cover the Waterfront”

“Strange Fruit”

“God Bless the Child”

“You Belong to Me”

“September in the Rain”

“I Can Dream, Can't I?

“The Nearness of You”

“Mood Indigo”

IMG_9814I was able to snap some shots of Annie when she first arrived—all smiles, dutifully holding her CD up—and then snagged a front-row seat for the talk.

Annie looks great, and more importantly, she is an almost singularly cerebral popstar, one who spoke eloquently about the AIDS pandemic, the backstories she creates when singing a song and also about her #1 favorite gig ever—which just so happens to be the David Bowie duet I posted quite recently!

IMG_9807It was such a warm gathering, one that started with her thanking us for coming:

“I just to thank everybody that came here this morning...I want to tell you that I'm so grateful to you for taking time out of your busy lives to come to hear and wait to see me. That's touched me deeply, so thank you.”

Lennox spoke of how timeless the songs on her new album really are (many written in the '30s), admitted she adores “the down-the-rabbit-hole experience” of YouTube and confessed that she in fact used the site to help her in her song selection.

Annie-Lennox-Matthew-RettenmundI need a woman!

Boy-Culture-logo1I was lucky enough to have photographer Bruce Glikas on hand to take my photo with Annie (I was one of the first to go, so she hadn't figured out to lean into the photo more just yet). When I had my moment with her, I told her that her early genderfuck presentation with Eurythmics, while not my issue, made me a better person by opening my mind to other possibilities at an early age. She listened intently and thanked me for sharing that. Probably the most substantive gush I've had toward a star I've encountered, but her intellectual conversation just prior was inspirational.

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Annie-Lennox-fan-2Greeting longtime fans Jeannie & Danny

Check out the full video after the jump and all my photos in the gallery at the top of this post...

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Oct 21 2014
What A Booty Of Work! Comments (0)

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As I work on my upcoming books Starf*cker (Lethe Press, spring 2015) and Encyclopedia Madonnica: 20th Anniversary Edition (spring 2015), please feel free to sample my 99-cent collection of gay erotica from the '90s, Young and Horny.

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And She's Looking Good: An Intimate Evening With Linda Lavin Comments (0)
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I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend a private, for-donors-only performance by Linda Lavin at Baruch College last night, celebrating the 15th anniversary of the George and Mildred Weissman School of Arts and Sciences and the 10th anniversary of the Baruch Performing Arts Center. 

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Lavin performed with accompaniment by Billy Stritch and her top-notch band (including her painter/actor/jazz drummer of a hubby, Steve Bakunas, of whom she said, “I married the drummer. Cool!”).

Lavin is leggy and lovely at a hard-t0-believe 77, and was having (1) a ball, (2) a great hair day and (3) a better leg day than most will have in a lifetime; it's incredible to think that she is actually slightly older than Elaine Stritch (February 2, 1925—July 17, 2014) was when the latter dame first performed her legendary Elaine Stritch at Liberty show in 2001. Lavin is so youthful that unless you're an IMDb addict like me, the impact of her cabaret act has little in common with Stritch's—there's no “I'm Still Here” vibe because Lavin looks like she's mid-way through a career, not defiantly placing an exclamation point at the end of it. Just absolutely ageless, in good voice and effortlessly able to engage an audience of bigshots with her girlish banter and wry, nostalgic peeks back at her career.

And yes, she fully embraces Alice (1976—1985).

Above, check out the delicious Sondheim number Lavin sang in 1966...she recreated it last night and it's still a hoot.

I won't go into great detail about the song selection (which was pleasingly heavy on the bossa nova) since this was a one-off, but if you're interested in hearing Lavin sing a loving rendition of her Alice theme song and charming versions of songs she first sang upwards of 50 years ago when she (and Joan Rivers and Rodney Dangerfield and many other greats) was playing in, as she recalls, every venue with “Downstairs” in the title, be on the look-out for a 2015 show at 54 Below. You'd be a damn fool to miss this.

Linda-Lavin-Baruch-Matthew-Rettenmund-2014-AliceGoin' through life with blinders on, it's tough to see how Lavin manages to make 77 the new 50!

Lavin made a brief appearance at a post-show champagne toast. I was able to congratulate her and to ask if she would honor my friend and I with a photo. Have you got a camera? she shot back, ready to get 'er done. Lovely, classy lady.

After the jump, listen to Lavin tackle that Alice theme in 2013...

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Need To Know: Wicked Popular + Eat, Drink & Be Married + It's Only A Play + Stinko DeMaio + Going Downey + Bader To The Bone + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureWicked Gay Blog's most commented posts EVER.

*widget boy culturePresident Obama: Gay marriage is a constitutional right.

*widget boy cultureThe Death of Klinghoffer is the new Corpus Christi.

*widget boy cultureFashion icon Oscar de la Renta dies @ 82.

*widget boy cultureGay, anti-gay, maybe grab-assy GOPer Carl DeMaio is also a misogynistic fat-shamer.

*widget boy cultureShonda Rhimes exiles anti-gay tweeter from Shondaland.

*widget boy cultureMariah proves she only looks like shit, but sounds great!

*widget boy cultureWHAT THE SHELL?: Could turtle-like Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) lose???

*widget boy cultureBuffy star Nicholas Brendon arrested in bizarre Boise incident. Is sorry.

*widget boy cultureWould you f*ck this Chili's cook?

Opsexycookofchilis1Me love you long time, short-order cook!

*widget boy cultureSeth Rogen still fighting mad over Freaks & Geeks cancelation.

*widget boy cultureRobert Downey Jr.'s dick should have a Learning Annex class.

*widget boy cultureJessica Lange & some other heifers cover Elle's Women in Hollywood ish.

*widget boy cultureRuth Bader Ginsburg vs. the GOP's voter-ID scam.

*widget boy cultureTbe rebirth of the word “Maverick” as it relates to Madonna (and more).

*widget boy cultureWyoming gay-marriage ban = unconstitutional.

*widget boy cultureDr. Nancy Snyderman's quaratine-pooh-poohing might end her NBC career.

*widget boy cultureLance Bass & Michael Turchin have set a wedding date.

*widget boy cultureThe Comeback's comeback continues, unabated.

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Oct 20 2014
Lust In Translation Comments (0)

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Jeremy Helligar's name will be familiar to pop culture junkies for his stints at Teen People and (Adult) People, but he's spent the last several years on a self-described “self-imposed exile” from NYC, travleing and living around the world—South America, Australia, Asia and Africa.

Jeremy-HelligarHelligar's journey is not without speedbumps, including racism (the title is a question he has heard way too often), mugging and some uncomfortable sex, the kind you pray won't happen to you but that you enjoy reading about. Also, there are good times, making this an interestingly varied read. It's not linear, it's introspective...and he does not forget to be funny.

I feel like the desire to take time off and discover one's self is a cliché...until one reaches one's thirties and forties and it all makes terrible sense. I'm completing my own memoir so it was illuminating to see how another writer in a similar situation to mine (I also worked at a teen mag, for one thing, but no, it's not true what they say about white men) approched the form.

It's out November 4 officially, but is available for pre-sale now. Check out Helligar's recent Neil Patrick Harris post for HuffPo here.

 
Oct 17 2014
Need To Know: Washboard Stiff + Worried Sick + Bass Ass + LOVE BOAT Sails Again + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureAb-tastic Celebrity Big Brother's Gladiator flashes almost everything.

*widget boy cultureSexxxy military men. WOOF.

*widget boy cultureAmerica panics over 3 cases of Ebola. 2nd infected nurse goes to MD.

*widget boy cultureLance Bass wants you to see his boyfriend's A+ ass.

*widget boy cultureScott Walker might lose his governship to Mary Burke.

*widget boy cultureEntire Love Boat cast is alive, is reuniting!

*widget boy cultureStraight alley Ashley Parker Angel grabs a handful vs. cancer:

Ashley-Parker-AngelThis former O-Town member is attempting to tease out your O face...

*widget boy cultureGlenn Close: Former cultist.

*widget boy cultureHillary is pro-Net neutrality.

*widget boy cultureMagic Mike XXL. Needs. Women.

*widget boy cultureFloridians are split on Crist vs. Scott, but most think Scott will prevail.

*widget boy cultureCharming PA teens chant about Ebola to West African rival.

*widget boy cultureAnti-IRS, anti-millennial & pro-fetus Ernst leads in Iowa Senate race.

*widget boy cultureMadonna goes Inside the Actors Studio with Perez Hilton.

Madonna-Perez-HiltonMadonna ain't no florist.

 
Oct 15 2014
I Am Not One Of Your Fannnns! Comments (0)

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If Rick Scott (R) is re-elected as Florida's governor after childishly refusing to debate Charlie Crist (D...lately!) because the latter had a fan and he did not, the state should be sawed off and cast into the ocean, Bugs Bunny-style.

Watch the incredible video after the jump...

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