201 posts categorized "STARRY-EYED"

Aug 21 2015
Presidential ... Sweet!: Hangin' At HAMILTON Comments (0)

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As you may have read, I think the much-hyped Hamilton is—if anything—underrated!

IMG_3178With the man behind the show's flamboyantly self-assured Thomas Jefferson, Daveed Diggs

I had a great time at the show, and was lucky enough to get to go backstage, where I met up with the charming Andrew Chappelle and other members of this talented cast.

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All were super nice, and I was again surprised by how tall Jonathan Groff really is. (We bumped into him on the way out, as he was graciously mingling with his stage-door sallies.)

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Aug 19 2015
CHOPPING Block Comments (0)

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My new online pal over at Nights in Weho has posted this delicious reminiscence of his experience at the long overdue reunion of the cast of Chopping Mall (1986).

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It's a horror flick that's equal parts young lust and unfortunate death.

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His fave heartthrob, John Terlesky, was the obvious highlight!

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Aug 10 2015
Starry-Eyed: Richard Kind Comments (0)

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Aug 06 2015
Now We're Cookin'! Comments (0)

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Just days after I was first with that amazing clip of Chef Ryan Durant (he of the preheated-to-375° stare) and then posted a gallery of his poses, I got a call that his manager, a fellow Madonna nut, was hanging with him in Hell's Kitchen and wanted to introduce us.

11846627_1676058805958774_8009216283476169783_nRyan is the perfect pocket straight—ridiculously adorable and polite, and graciously thanked me repeatedly for giving him the exposure. Seems my post begat other blogs' posts and BOOM! he met with some big shots today. It's amazing to me how quickly things can work when attention is focused.

I do have to let you know that while it sometimes feels like anyone that cute would have to be at least bicurious, when I told him he looked a bit like Matt Bomer and he had no idea who that was, the case was closed: Heterosexual to the hilt, in spite of his restaurant's social media hashtag:

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Which is not to say that he doesn't put up with gay-fan flirting well.

All this and the guy can cook and has natural blond highlights.

Stay tuned. Maybe he'll get his own show!

 
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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Porn IMG_4893Those shameless CockyBoys, headed up by Tayte Hansen (above) and Logan Moore (directly above)

Corey IMG_5619City Council Member Corey Johnson, always radiating positivity

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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)

Mitch Miller performs_Lansdowne Club_June 18Singer Mitch Miller

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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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