197 posts categorized "STARRY-EYED"

Jul 17 2015
STARF*CKER: A MEME-OIR Is On Sale Now! Comments (0)

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I am proud, happy, nervous, scared and hopeful to announce that my humorous, pop culture-saturated memoir Starf*cker: A Meme-oir is now available for pre-order from my publisher, Lethe Press.

I could not be more excited to be published by Lethe, home of great and interesting and offbeat works in many genres, and a publisher that is not afraid to still publish gay books, and to call them gay books.

If you have ever read and enjoyed my blog, I would greatly appreciate it if you'd give my book a shot—it was a labor of (self-) love. I think even people who know me will be surprised by some of it, and it is my intention that every reader will come away having laughed a lot.

I write about my/our lifelong obsession with celebrity, whether it be growing up with Charlie's Angels, making lists of movie stars as egged on by my mom (who invariably gave me Faye Dunaway to get me going), working in porn, running a teen mag or—of course!—observing and interacting with Madonna.

Buy yours here! It's out November 1, 2015.

 
Jun 30 2015
Bursting With Pride: 150 Images From NYC Gay Pride Comments (0)
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Had an exhausting blast covering the NYC Gay Pride March. I showed up just past noon (step-off time), talked my way through the barricades (having a big-boy camera helps) and then proceeded to shoot the entire thing, from noon until seven. I ran down the route until I caught up with the very first floats, featuring grand marshals Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi, then worked my way back, eventually parking around 26th Street and shooting the parade as it unfolded around and past me.

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In the gallery above are 40 superhot guys from the parade; they represent different types. If you recognize any of them, let them know I am—as of last week—not merely single, but husband material.

Also, I'm on Grindr.

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After you get all hot and bothered by the gallery, let's starfuck, with all the stars and notable names I encountered:

IMG_6656Had no idea I was shooting Chelsea Clinton until she was on me, then a Secret Service dude was almost on me.

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Raphael Miranda IMG_5060Forecast calls for a chance of drizzly panties: Sexxxy NBC weatherman Raphael Miranda

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Now, for the day's cutest (and in some cases hottest) couples and pairs:

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What follows are my absolute favorite shots from the parade, not counting any of the hottie photos:

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A couple of bulge-and-booty parting shots:

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And the rest are on Facebook. Follow me there.

 
Jun 25 2015
Lansdowne Club Kids Comments (0)

Tom Law with his father_Lansdowne Club_June 18Actor Tom Law with his daddy (his actual father)

On June 18, LS&Co. held a reception at Lansdowne Club to kick off its Spring/Summer 2016 collection that attracted quite an array of upper crust guys 'n' girls.

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Katy Haber, producer with actresses Peggy Cummins and Susan George_Lansdowne Club_June 18_Above: Gun Crazy (1949) noir actress Peggy Cummins, plus Cummins with producer Katy Haber (L) and actress Susan George (R)

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Doug Conklyn_right_with wife Katie DiLallo Conklyn_Lansdowne Club_June 18 (At right) Dockers® COO/SVP Doug Conklyn & wife Katie DiLallo Conklyn

Lisa Collier President of the Dockers brand with Peggy Cummins and Anthony Armstrong-Barnes_Lansdowne Club_June 18(L to R) Cummins, Dockers® president Lisa Collier & Anthony Armstrong-Barnes

 
Jun 24 2015
Cox & Bottoms: Broadway Bares Turns 25 ... And The Other Cheek Comments (0)
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Dozens of photos in the gallery above!

Check out my other Broadway Bares-related posts herePlease let me know of any names I got wrong or am missing. Please feel free to pluck photos for posting on Facebook, but tag me and the people in them. One shot too naughty for this blog appear at my adult tumblr (Work Unfriendly). Enjoy, and please donate to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

A reader contacted me on Grindr on Sunday morning to say:

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10389967_10153296937226001_4660789475532557727_nI skipped Broadway Bares last year after getting reamed for taking photos at a Solo Strips, but returned Sunday for Broadway Bares 25: Top Bottoms of Burlesque, the silver-anniversary installment of Jerry Mitchell's unfortunately-still-necessary AIDS charity show that rounds up as many hot and talented chorus boys and girls from Broadway and Broadway-adjacent (and a few who just have roommates on Broadway) to put on a one-night only, two-times only, razzle-dazzle-'em-at-any-cost show.

I decided to go back because I missed the good time and knew the dancers always seem to like having photos to share, people affiliated with the show “like” them on Instagram, etc. Where we stood, everyone around us had their phones out. I think the rule about photos is a misguided fear that it will bite into the show's revenues. In reality, since it's a show that happens once a year, seeing photos from it just encourages people to come the following year, and/or to seek out the merch. I have had a lot of readers say they now travel in for the show thanks to the photos I've posted. So hopefully it helps.

You would think this year's title would mean it was going to be 100% up my alley (I am the original ASSMAN), but I found it to have no more or less tail than past editions, save for its hilariously sexy opening—the curtain lifted to just above waist-level to reveal a bevy of dimpled booties peeking out at the crowd. It was not unlike waving a turkey at a bunch of starving bums on Thanksgiving and saucily asking, “White meat or dark?”

DSC00678I swear Nick Adams's ass and this tableau could be a Mel Odom illustration.

Directed by Jerry Mitchell and Nick Kenkel, who choreographed it with Laya Barak, Jim Cooney, Armando Farfan Jr., Peter Gregus, Ryan Lyons, Brice Mousset, Rachelle Rak, Michael Lee Scott, Kellen Stancil and Sidney Erik Wright, the show loosely followed the travails of a wannabe played by Nick Adams, he of the Mario Lopez-threatening biceps.

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Adams starts out too shy to be a stripper, but luckily falls in with the wrong crowd and everything works (and comes) out in the end.

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Along the way, the show included 11 tight numbers (it felt super fast this go-round, and I hated the Hammerstein venue as compared to the more spacious and now vanished Roseland), often takes on classic show tunes, always ending with a little more nudity than you might encounter in a locker room.

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“Take It from the Top” was a sterling opener starring Harvey Fierstein and Callan Bergmann, a one-time Mr. Broadway, the latter of which as a great opener. Bergmann's were choice cheeks to inaugurate a buns-hun show, and he was one of the performers who really shone this year.

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May 26 2015
Monroe Doctrine: A Review Of IAMFAMOUS Comments (0)

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I've known Marcus Monroe, a juggler and comedian, since he was a teenager. But I only knew him remotely—he would pitch me when I ran a teen mag, and I would put him in when possible because he was charming indefatigable in getting the word out about his unique talents.

Finally, we met in person last week when he did his show IAMFAMOUS at Joe's Pub at the Public. It was the perfect venue for his act, which could be described as a mix of groaner-stoner humor, anarchic witticisms and, you know, throwing stuff and catching it.

Marcus-Monroe-heroWhen he cracked a 420 joke, Monroe followed with, “I'm a professional juggler—figure it out.”

Monroe skillfully displays a supreme unconfidence on stage, playing a dippy character so well that his occasional zingers are doubly surprising—the topics of politics, drugs,  race, gender, sexual identity and, predominantly, popular culture are touched on.

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The show ended with a fake money shot of geyser-like proportions and Marcus gussied up as “Angel” from Rent, but those moments weren't nearly as outrageous as when he aggressively juggled razor-sharp knives.

The guy is good! Glad I wrote about him back in the day; turns out he deserved it.

10659-4655The audience included actor Fred Weller and, front and center, Lucie Arnaz and Larry Luckinbill. I'd met Lucie after her amazing cabaret show, but had always wanted to meet Larry so I could gush to him about The Boys in the Band (1970), which I was finally able to do. It was very interesting stealing glances at Lucie as she took in the show (she has produced him in the past), thinking of the old-school comedy greats she had known and seen in action; she seemed as impressed as anyone else, and as surprised by the steady stream of out-of-nowhere one-liners coming from the dude tossing around bowling pins.

 
May 21 2015
Starry-Eyed: Chris Cuomo Comments (0)

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Ran into Chris Cuomo in the Park. Didn't realize it was him until I'd snapped, actually. My new job has put me in a new area (Spanish Harlem), and walking home (from 106th St. on the East Side to 42nd St. on the West!) has put me on collision courses with him, Leelee Sobieski (stunning) and others.

 
May 20 2015
Starry-Eyed: Raúl Castillo Comments (0)

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Looking good in Hell's Kitchen.

 
May 14 2015
We Had A Life Ball Comments (0)

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Had such a fun time with my anonymous buddy at the bon voyage party for this year's Life Ball, held once again in Vienna, Austria, in support of AIDS Life.

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The intimate event was hosted at BG on the 7th floor of Bergdorf Goodman, where Paula Abdul, Dionne Warwick (with her singer granddaughter Cheyenne Elliott), Mad Men's Kit Williamson + fiancé John Halbach, Carmen Electra and the incomparable Jinkx Monsoon mixed and mingled.

DSC03006We were told not to ask family questions; all I wanted to do was talk “That's What Friends Are For” and Liz Taylor trash!

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