13 posts categorized "STEPHEN GUARINO"
I know you're getting sick of Web series, but this one is great—terrific acting, top talent (Van Hansis, Stephen Guarino, Constance Wu, John Halbach and more)...
Above, a gallery of the best-lookin' cast since Paper Dolls in the '80s!
I spent some time with the cast of Hustling in honor of its second season premiere last night, including a revealing Q&A with creator/director/star Sebastian La Cause:
The episodes we screened contained precious little of hysterical Stephen Guarino (as a porn agent) and Gary Cowling (as a career counselor)—these two should get their own spin-off!—but were otherwise filled with what we've come to expect from La Cause's hustling drama: solid acting, witty writing and unexpected situations. This season also benefits from much better production values, even though I though the kick-off season was already remarkably well done on a shoestring.
Daphne Rubin-Vega continues to bring real depth to a part that could easily have been a throwaway, and veteran actress Sharon Washington is on hand as the trash-talking mom who will never understand her son's direction in life.
La Cause honors Movember while celebrating his second season
A little atmosphere, including La Cause's introductory speech, can be soaked up here.While there, I ran into my buddies Andrew Glaszek, one of the main stars, and Guto Bittencourt. Both, like La Cause, are Broadway Bares alumni. Guto's got a hot song and video that's about to drop (stay tuned) and Andrew was teasing us about sexy developments involving his Hustling character. Sounds like La Cause's character has been a bad influence!
Speaking of which, this season definitely ups the ante when it comes to sexy scenes; everyone was showing ass crack, including Guarino (who I bet had that in his contract—he's proud of it!) and there were several tastefully and tastily filmed horizontal throw-downs, including an eye-opening kick-off featuring a busty Wilson Cruz.
If anything about the series feels unreal, it's how appealing the johns are. But while titillating, the hustling isn't really the core of Hustling, ironically.
Make sure to watch at www.hustling.tv or via the official YouTube channel.
After the jump, a bonus interview with new (and caliente) cast member Facundo Rodriguez...
The teaser for season two of Sebastian La Cause's excellent Web series Hustling makes it look even moodier and more alluring. It's great stuff if you've been missing it so far...
(1) I enjoyed this surprise party for Madonna in celebration of MDNA going to #1 in 22 countries (including the U.S.). Madonna is so clueless at first since they're yelling "surprise!" and "B-Day Song" is playing. She's probably thinking, "Not yet, assholes!"
(2) Also, ABC's hysterical, underrated show Happy Endings had a plot featuring its gay character's past in an all-male Madonna tribute band (these should exist!) called Mandonna. It was really sweet and funny, and my pal Stephen Guarino continues to be the Karen Walker of the show—hard to do when every single cast member has great timing and brings something to the table.
and, most importantly...
(3) I was on Larry Flick's Morning Jolt show today with fellow superfan Sergio Kletnoy. We mixed it up about MDNA and I had a (friendly) debate with sidekick Keith Price about celebrities who come out either after their greatest success OR in conjunction with something they're trying to sell. Those bears are never hibernating, honey. Here is part one, and here is part two, or listen up here:
Surprise-party and Mandonna vids after the jump...
Went to the Quad tonight for the 7:15 show of BearCity, Doug Langway's bear rom com about a group of men looking for love, self-acceptance and the occasional cheap thrill, and was surprised how much of a good time I wound up having.
BearCity—co-written by Langway with film writer Lawrence Ferber—is sort of like a hairy, white Noah's Arc with some Desperate Housewives and Sex and the City thrown in. Tyler (first-time film actor Joe Conti) is a preppy thesp who's sick of acting like he isn't wildly attracted to bears. He meets furry partners Brent (Big Gay Sketch Show's Stephen Guarino) and Fred (Brian Keane) and is taken under their paws, finding himself introduced to 400-pound Michael (Gregory Gunter) and his cubby hubby BF Carlos (James Martinez) as well as the hottest bear in town, silver-haired and silver tongued Roger (CSI's Gerald McCullouch). Instant community!
Tyler falls hard for Roger, who seems to resist returning the favor to protect his rep among the muscle bears—as much as Tyler has felt expressing his attraction to bears to be a second coming out, Roger feels the same way about expressing his attraction to a non-bear.
The cast of BearCity recreates that True Blood cover of Rolling Stone for Next. That's honey they're covered in, you pervert.