3359 posts categorized "POP CULTURE"

Nov 21 2015
With A Bullet: EM20 Featured By BILLBOARD! Comments (0)

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Anyone who's read my blog for a long while, or who has read my humorous memoir Starf*cker, will know how special it is to me to be the subject of a Billboard feature.

Keith Caulfield—who appears in Encyclopedia Madonnica 20—graciously interviewed me on the topic of the book's release. He says, helpfully:

Stumped on what to get the Madonna fan in your life for the holidays? How about the 581-page, 4-pound Madonna bible Encyclopedia Madonnica? The massive tome was written by Madonna expert Matthew Rettenmund and covers everything in Madonna’s world from A (the first entry is Abdul, Paula) through Z (zits -- yes, really).

Get your copy today through me, at Amazon (it's not really out of stock; you can still order and it comes quickly), at BN.com, at Marc Jacobs' Bookmarc (400 Bleecker St., NYC, NY) or anywhere else you usually buy books.

Read Keith's profile of me and my book at Billboard here. I'm over the moon about this one.

Nov 20 2015
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In a new clip from The Doll Life, watch this kid talk about being in drag in front of his (proud) dad for the first time ...

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Say Cheese! Comments (0)

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See a gallery of the shots that defined Ron Galella's career, and in many ways typify the paparazzi movement in photojournalism.

Prose Before Hos: A Review Of TARTUFFE! Comments (0)


516116_e6449b002afd47b38a80e8cea1cb830eMy cousin, Dustin (pictured, left), has lived in NYC for a dozen years ... and we've seen each other approximately three times. All throughout, he's been an actor and has occasionally suggested to me (via social media) shows in which he was appearing that I could attend, but I knew something was up when he implored me to attend his latest. I knew that any smart actor would want to show off a good performance or a good project ... and I was right on both counts.

Three Day Hangover's Tartuffe!—brilliantly updated from Molière's 17-century classic by Jake Brandman and just as brilliantly directed by Beth Gardiner—is a hysterically funny take that imagines the titular fraud (smarmtastic Tom Schwans) as a right-wing politician. The modernization is distressingly topical, retooling Tartuffe as a sort of secretly gay Donald Trump, a buffoon propped up by the money of his clueless benefactress, Olga (Carol Linnea Johnson, who nails her character with a dash of Julia Duffy and a tablespoon of Ana Gasteyer).

516116_dc215bbc36874084849979da00ebe474Mr. Schwans appears in his underwear in this production, which is definitely how Olivier got started.

Olga is so taken with Tartuffe (her mother, a gasbag portrayed in drag by Dillon Heape, is even more entranced) she would do anything to feed his ambitions, including offering up the hand of her pregnant airhead of a daughter (pitch-perfect Abbey Siegworth) in order to resolve the voter-unfriendliness of his devout bachelorhood.

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Aided and abetted by Dustin Charles's subversively heroic-turned-parodic portrayal of a 420-friendly, firebrand liberal reminiscent of Rob Reiner's Meathead and an out-of-this-world turn (more like a pirouette) by Dan Morrison as a coked-up would-be assassin, the production is funny enough to enjoy without getting wasted, and yet the troupe takes no chances: Throughout, the show stops for audience-participation moments of the drinking game Never Have I Ever.

And after you've experienced this show, there won't be many things you never haven't ever seen, done or laughed at.

Catch Tartuffe! closing night, tomorrow, Saturday, November 21, at McAlpin Hall at West Park Church/86th & Amsterdam.

Need To Know: Gay Terrorists + Mali Hostage Disaster + Caitlyn Preaches: No Hate! + Crossfit-As-F*ck + Abs Fab + Where The Expensive Things Are + MORE! Comments (0)


*widget boy cultureWanted terrorism suspect Abdeslam Salah visited gay bars? Images

*widget boy cultureHostage situation, mass killings in terrorist strike in Mali.

*widget boy cultureCaitlyn Jenner's powerful anti-hate message.

*widget boy cultureCrossfit studs.

*widget boy cultureThose abs, though! Images


*widget boy cultureAmazing Maurice Sendak auction.

*widget boy cultureMiley Cyrus performs with a huge strap-on dildo.

*widget boy cultureExec: Women can't figure out how to find music online.

*widget boy cultureZac Efron clearly just wants money at this point. Images


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Gay-suicideAndres als die Andern (Germany, 1919)

While it is interesting to figure out where the stereotype of gay people committing suicide first became so entrenched in literature and film—which Stanford doctoral candidate Samuel Clowes Huneke has apparently undertaken to do—I also think part of the answer is just that it's true.

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What A Scream! Comments (0)


I have a feeling a lot of you might like Screaming Into Traffic by Johnny Lopez. He's a former TMZer (the gay one!) with a healthy appreciation for the absurd, the pop culturally offensive and the sub-sublime.

Need To Know: About Face + Sending Refugees To Their Doom? It's On The House + Heil Trump + Lovers Lane + What They Were LOOKING For + MORE! Comments (0)

Dylan-modern-family-8936836-624-351As hard as it is to believe, Ewing was beside himself over his looks by age 19.

*widget boy cultureModern Family's Reid Ewing writes movingly of his botched plastic surgery. Images

*widget boy cultureEvery House Republican & 47 dirty Dems are scared of refugees.

*widget boy culture47 dirty Dems include out Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colorado).

*widget boy cultureTHE GOOD (S)WORD: Sarah Palin misreads the Bible.

*widget boy cultureGOP group gunning for The Donald.

*widget boy cultureTrump ready to do “unthinkable” things to Muslims ... register them? Jackd

*widget boy cultureGay hookup apps as ranked by whores users. Images

*widget boy cultureNathan Lane ties the knot!

*widget boy culture10 things for which gay guys can be grateful.

*widget boy cultureCampbell's Soup DILFs.

*widget boy cultureIs THR's annual Hollywood Issue whiter than rice?

*widget boy cultureRussell Tovey almost replaced Jonathan Groff as Looking's lead.

*widget boy cultureDEEP SOUTH: Alexander Skarsgård's hottest snap ever.

*widget boy cultureTransparent Season 2 trailer is here.

*widget boy cultureZayn Malik covers The Fader. Images

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