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Jun 23 2017
Sick-Funny: A Review Of THE BIG SICK Comments (0)

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The Big Sick — based on comic Kumail Nanjiani's real-life romance — is a can't-miss, sweet, hilarious, heart-tuggingly emotional movie in theaters today.

The story is about a Pakistani-born stand-up comic who falls for a girl who pipes up during his act, can't assert himself with his traditional family and nearly loses her forever; they not only break up, she gets sick. Real sick.

Nanjiani is drily funny as hell, and the love affair between his character and co-creator Emily Gordon (played by Zoe Kazan) is refreshingly rough around the edges, unexpectedly sexy and painfully real.

Directed by Michael Showalter (Hello My Name Is Doris, another great little movie), The Big Sick is the cure for what ails you, if what ails you is an onslaught of formulaic romantic comedies, and not, for example, a killer infection. If you have that, you're on your own.

Great performances from Holly Hunter and Ray Romano as Emily's parents, who are having a moment of their own.

Watch the trailer after the jump ...

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Jun 22 2017
6-PACK — It's Mueller Time + Trumpcare SLASHES Medicaid + Trans Woman Terrorized + How Cosby Got Off + Dragging The Right + Kilting Me Softly ! Comments (0)

DC68aelUQAIlvzG.jpg-largeMueller to the rescue! (Image via Time)

WIDGETCNN: Intel chiefs tell Mueller's investigators Trump suggested they publicly deny any collusion between his campaign and Russia.

WIDGETHuff Post: Senate's Trumpcare bill slashes Medicaid by more than the House version, totally defunds Planned Parenthood.

WIDGETCrime Watch Daily: Trans woman menaced by bat-wielding man in the Bronx feared for her life.

WIDGETDListed: Two Cosby jurors were immobile when it came to considering convicting him.

WIDGETOMG Blog: Ginger, Katya and Alaska give merciless drag names to Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and more.

Screen Shot 2017-06-22 at 11.29.57 AM(Video still via YouTube)

WIDGETThe Kilted Coaches: Those adorable Kilted Coaches show more than ever for Pride. Watch, after the jump ...

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Jun 21 2017
6-PACK — Charice Is Now Known As Jake Zyrus + Lossoff :( + Long Day-Lewis Journey Into 'Night + Former NFL Player Comes Out + Madonna Dating Hot Model? + Still More BARES Babes! Comments (0)

Giphy-13Broadway Bares audience members, post-show. See below for more pics. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

WIDGETOMG Blog: Charice, the Oprah-powered singer from the Philippines who also starred on Glee, now IDs as a male: Read his first tweets as Jake Zyrus!

Tu_PDdBZ_400x400Charice is now Jake Zyrus. (Image via Twitter)

WIDGETDailyKos: In a disappointing but not shocking defeat, Democrat Jon Ossoff lost to Republican Karen Handel in Georgia's special election, 52.1-47.9.

Tumblr_mudeps1aqn1snmmclo1_500Daniel Day-Lewis tongues Gordon Warnecke in My Beautiful Lauundrette (GIF via Orion Classics)

WIDGETExtraTV: Daniel Day-Lewis — who starred in the gay classic My Beautiful Laundrette (1986) and won three Oscars — is retiring!

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Former NFL player Ryan O'Callaghan has come out as gay. His other option had been ... suicide.

WIDGETExtraTV: Madonna's rep denies she is dating her “Bitch I'm Madonna” music video co-star Kevin Sampaio.

Madonna-kevin-sampaio-825x580Madonna mackin' on Kevin Sampaio (Image via Interscope)

WIDGETFacebook: Follow me on Facebook, and check out 140+ Broadway Bares pics while you're at it!

DSC04620_newThe event raised $1.5 million for charity. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

 
Jun 20 2017
Comic Bill Dana Dies @ 92 Comments (0)

Bill Dana, a comic with roots that go back to the earliest days of Bill Danatelevision, has died at 92.

Dana made a heavily accented Bolivian character internationally famous on The Steve Allen Plymouth Show in 1959 with the catchphrase, “My name ... José Jiménez”; created the, “Would you believe ... ?” line for Don Adams (1923-2005); and wrote the classic Sammy Davis Jr. (1925-1990) episode of All in the Family, in which the bigoted Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor, 1924-2001) received a kiss on the cheek from Davis.

The Jiménez character was accepted by many Latinos, though he later abandoned it in order to be sensitive.

GiphyAs Uncle Angelo (GIF via NBC)

Later in his career, Dana owned an ad agency and was introduced to younger viewers as Uncle Angelo on The Golden Girls in six episodes that aired from 1988 to 1992. After that gig, he gave only one more performance on TV, on the Golden Girls spin-off Empty Nest in 1994.

 
6-PACK — BARES With Me + Take My Husband, Please! + Boy George Covers YMCA + Saluting A Fallen Hero With A Great Sense Of Humor + Russian's Gay Laws Illegal + Inside A Chechnya Gay-Abuse Prison + The Art Of The Squeal! Comments (0)

DSC04651_newModel Juanfer De La Torre after Broadway Bares — this guy understands the camera! (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

BONUS ITEM Instagram: Posting tons of Broadway Bares: Strip U images here!

Screen Shot 2017-06-20 at 11.00.32 AMTom Hoch's husband jokes that the candidate does nothing but think about Minneapolis. (Video still via Tom Hoch for Mayor)

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: Minneapolis mayoral candidate gets a cute intro video from his husband. Seems to have been inspired by this one

WIDGETThe Guardian: Boy George partners with YMCA on remake of Village People song — first time the org has embraced the gay-skewing anthem.

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): The twerking officer who died of 9/11-related cancer will be posthumously honored by the NYPD Gay Officers Action League.

WIDGETNew York Times: Euro court rules Russia's anti-gay gay propaganda laws are illegal. That'll go over well with Putin.

Screen Shot 2017-06-20 at 10.46.26 AMAn activist in Russia thinks international outrage has had an effect on the Chechnyan crackdown. (Video still via VICE News)

WIDGETYouTube @ VICE News: The indispensable VICE News visits Chechnya for a look inside the prison where gay men say they've been tortured.

Chechnya-gayChechnya is supposed to abide by Russian law, but as long as its leader swears fealty to Putin, anything goes. (Video still via VICE News)

WIDGETArtNet: The Daily Show has produced The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library, a hilarious art exhibit of NMPOTUS's most absurd tweets.

 
Jun 16 2017
The Top 40 Greatest Living Stars — Age 80+! Comments (0)

3ab6ea427795f6779f07536e910dc8f8The late, great Bette Davis, snickering at my list of rank amateurs!

Because I am a glutton for punishment, I recently updated my list of all the greatest stars age 80 and over. Actually, most actors I could find who are 80 and over!

GiphyJudging you!

The way I do my list, I have a general list, a large list of better-known names, and then I have my own Top 40 of stars who I think are the most important for various reasons — name recognition, length of career, proximity to the Golden Age, major awards, reinventions, the works — in order.

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It's insanity to compare Cloris Leachman to Sidney Poitier to Joan Collins to Baby Peggy, but I do it.

Please keep reading for my thoughts on a reasonable Top 40 list of the biggest living stars age 80+, and feel free to chime in (politely — this is not politics!) with your thoughts on the ranking, and on which of these should go to make room for which stars who didn't make the list.

For Reference, Here's My Massive Over-80 List!

Keep reading for my entire list ...

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6-PACK — Stop Flag-Bashing + GOLDEN Gays? + Patti Issues + Trump Confirms He Is Under Investigation + Trump Now Loves TERRORIST Qatar + Fake Betsy DeVos Meets Fake Mike Pence! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-06-16 at 12.18.35 PM If a huge % of the community would feel symbolically more welcomed, why not? (Image via Internet)

WIDGETKenneth In the (212): This is how I feel about the Pride Flag controversy — if it bothers you more to change it than why people want to, you're why people want to.

WIDGETDListed: A gay Golden Girls is coming! (And I bet the men will not be 50-60, but 70-80.)

WIDGETOMG Blog: I was remiss in not posting this yesterday, but here's why Patti LuPone wouldn't perform for Trump:

WIDGETHuff Post: Trump is now attacking Rod Rosenstein — and in the process, confirming he is now officially under investigation.

WIDGETCBS News: After savaging Qatar as a state sponsor of terror, enflaming regional tensions, Trump now sells the country $12B of U.S. weaponry.

WIDGETVia Instagram @mch463: She's Betsy DeVos, and guess what she's gonna do? He's Mike Pence and he just lawyered upKeep reading ...

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Jun 15 2017
Check Out EW's LGBTQ Issue — Starring RuPaul! Comments (0)

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RuPaul is the covergirl of Entertainment Weekly's June 23, 2017, LGBTQ Issue.

Of the dark period where Ru spent eight years out of character, he says:

I thought, “Could it be that this is not meant for me?” It was this horrible existence. One day, my friend Larry Tee called me and said, “Ru, what the f—k are you doing? You are a star. Get your ass back to New York and get your s—t together.” And I did… “I’m going to go back to New York and give those bitches exactly what they want from me.”

The issue also has a reunion of The L Word and talks with Will & Grace creator Max Mutchnick about the show's upcoming revival.

Check it out here.

 


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