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Sep 09 2016
6-PACK — Donald Trump Goes Russian + Facebook Co-Founder Pledges $20M Against Trump + 9/11 TV Ad Outrage + Soap Stud + FINDING PRINCE CHARMING Suitor Fired + Katy Perry Meets Pulse Survivor! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureTrump gives interview on Russian state-owned network, slams dishonesty of U.S. media. Farage to be Russian reporter?

*widget boy cultureFacebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz pledges $20M to defeat Trump.

*widget boy cultureTruly, utterly unbelievable, indefensible TV ad mocks 9/11 to sell mattresses.

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*widget boy cultureMale soap star flashes his can. (Work Unfriendly)

*widget boy cultureChad Aaron claims he was fired for appearing on Finding Prince Charming.

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*widget boy cultureKaty Perry tearfully meets Pulse gay nightclub shooting survivor on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, after the jump ...

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Sep 08 2016
Daring To Be Truthful: Julie Brown On The Prostitunes, Gay Rights, Madonna (Way!), Trump & The Best/Worst Celebs EVER Comments (0)

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Mike Zara reached out to me regarding his baby—the Prostitunes. Okay, so his baby is demented ... don't judge!

Zara (with Mark Byers collaborating on the music) conceived the ladies-of-the-evening-themed, '60s-style girl group, and has casted it with Natalie Lander as Thursday, Candace Brown as Leeza, Corbin Reid as Koral, Colleen Smith as Fran and the inimitable Julie Brown—the uptown version—as “the brains of the outfit,” Satin.

The group's “Hey Psycho! (Do U Recycle)” has already surpassed 180,000 views on Facebook, hooking people with humor, trashy outfits and social responsibility. But don't stop with the video, because the behind-the-scenes interviews are even more hysterical:

In honor of the video's success, I was geeked to speak with Julie, the somehow sweetly twisted mind behind such pop-culture Jj4 classics as the singles “The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun” (1983), “I Like em Big and Stupid” (1983) and “I Want to Be Gay” (2005); the album Trapped in the Body of  White Girl (1987); the film Earth Girls Are Easy (1988); and the savagely funny Truth or Dare parody Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful (1991).

Highly watchable (coke helps!) pilot with a Drew Carey-esque opening: 

On top of all that, she's appeared on a slew of your fave childhood TV series; has popped up in an array of movies; starred on her own shows Just Say Julie (1989-1992) and The Edge (1992-1993); and was the lead writer on that Disney Channel Romeo 'n' Juliet jam Camp Rock (2008).

Brown's Valley Girls-gone-wild character, complete with the first recorded case of attention deficit disorder and a healthily unhealthy case of body dysmorphia, is like Cyndi Lauper and Pee-wee Herman adopted a full-grown woman, an obvious precursor to the stage persona of many female comics who followed her.

Keep reading to find out Julie's thoughts on turning to Prostitune-tion at this stage in her career, and to hear her candid thoughts on her so-funny-it-ain't-even-funny career ...

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Sep 06 2016
Funny Business: An Interview With Bruce Vilanch On The Occasion Of MOTOWN & MORE: On AIDS, Body-Shaming, Eartha Kitt & That Bette Midler Caitlyn Jenner Joke Comments (0)

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When you get an opportunity to interview Bruce Vilanch, one of the most celebrated comedy writers in history and a way-out gay man to boot (and boots go with anything), you do not pass it by.

Vilanch spoke with me last week about a cause close to his heart, the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation and the great work it does and will continue to do thanks to the bucks it seeks to rake in from a one-night-only Help Is on the Way cabaret benefit: the Broadway touring cast of Beautiful will perform in Motown & More on Monday, September 12, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. at the Marines' Memorial Theater in San Francisco.

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The highly anticipated show will be co-hosted by Vilanch and operatic drag diva Katya Smirnoff-Skyy. Get your tickets here.

Vilanch's career took off when a friendship with Bette Midler (before she was Bette Midler!) led to him writing for her 1974 Broadway show Clams on the Half Shell. He's collaborated with her many times, and has written for a dizzying array of TV shows and performers, from Donny Osmond to Elizabeth Taylor, and for some of the funniest people of our time: Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr (she really did used to be funny), Billy Crystal, Lily Tomlin and more.

Help Is on the Way performers speak out about the charity:

Somehow, Vilanch has been able to be a part of the best and worst of pop culture, writing for the Oscars for 27 years and counting, and also counting The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (1976-1977) and that infamous Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) among his credits. He is the nuclear cockroach of HA!, and always the best thing about whatever project he's tackling.

Vilanch survives in any milieu because everyone knows he knows from funny. He's beloved because, unlike some very funny people, he also has a sense of humor about himself, and a sense of duty toward the gay community and people in need.

Read on for my chat with the most hilarious person in the room, because the room is usually filled with people delivering lines he's given them to say ...

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Sep 05 2016
THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF WYATT EARP Star Hugh O'Brian Dies @ 91 Comments (0)

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Hugh O'Brian, an indelibly handsome good guy from TV's early western The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955-1961), has died at 91.

Along with his most famous role, O'Brian was known for his philantrophy, notably via HOBY—the Hugh O'Brian Youth leadership organization.

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He died at home of natural causes, and is survived by his wife.

I remember vying for a Hugh O'Brian Award in elementary school, but I think Alex Gildzen's memory of barging in on a nearly-nude O'Brian is a better recollection. I was lucky enough to meet Mr. O'Brian in 2014, but I didn't let him know he did pretty well on my exhaustive list of the hottest men ever to appear on TV!

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Sep 02 2016
Prolific Out Actor Jon Polito Of Coen Brothers, SEINFELD, MODERN FAMILY Dies @ 65 Comments (0)

Jon Polito, an openly gay actor whose résumé stretched back to 1981, has died at 65. His managers confirmed Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 3.10.40 PM his death from cancer.

Polito had as many credits as a silent-screen bit player—well over 200!—to show for his 35 years on screen; his legit stage debut was in 1977.

The actor was best known for a series of Coen Brothers films, including Miller's Crossing (1990), Barton Fink (1991), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), The Big Lebowski (1998) and The Man Who Wasn't There (2001).

TV fans might remember him as a super on Seinfeld, for his recurring role on Homicide: Life on the Streets or or a more recent stint on Modern Family.

He is survived by his husband, Darryl Armbruster.

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Aug 31 2016
New York: The M4M Matchmaker Comments (0)

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Tiffany New York Pollard wasn't lying when she talked about her love of her gay fans at a recent Ru event I attended—she's now hosting a reality TV series called The Ex that puts ex-boyfriends in new dating situations, and that will let the d*cks fall where they may.

The trailer is pretty funny, and this feels a lot more appropriately unserious than the dreadful-looking Finding Prince Charming.

New York is a natural—anyone who can summon legit tears over a silly scenario like this, and who can convincingly state that a bunch of randos she just met are her rocks was born to be a reality-TV persona—and she seems to be approaching this with the right mixture of humor, Mae West raunchiness and color contacts ...

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6-PACK — Pulse 911 Calls Released + Parenthood Redefined + Nutty RIVERDALE At Least Has Hot Boys + Florida Votes Correctly + Back End + Trump Stumps ... In Mexico?! Comments (0)

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*widget boy culture911 calls from the Pulse gay nightclub mass shooting are released ... and they're heartbreaking.

*widget boy cultureNY's highest court is revisiting its own definition of parenthood—and it benefits LGBT people. ABOVE: Parenting!

Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 9.54.57 AMKJ Apa looks good, but is he Archie? (Video still via The CW, of course)

*widget boy cultureVia OMG Blog: Stupid AF—why is the Archie franchise morphing into Gossip Girl?! Laughable. Nice abs, though.

*widget boy cultureFlorida's WORST prosecutor just lost her job. Finally!

*widget boy cultureI've got his back:

 

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*widget boy cultureDonald Trump going to Mexico to visit president who compared him to Hitler. Former Mexican prez warns

 
Aug 30 2016
6-PACK — Swift Justice + Britney's Fading Memory + Frank Ocean's Chic Mystique + Trump Rehires His Thug Advisor + Rick Perry To DWTS + Bob Smith's Got Real Character—1 At A Time Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureTaylor Swift gets called for jury duty, but is dismissed.

*widget boy cultureBritney has “no recollection” of her first MTV VMAs performance. Is she trapped in another era?

*widget boy cultureAs I wrote—Frank Ocean is intentionally mysterious. Hard to blog about him all the time!

*widget boy cultureCorey Lewandowski—fired by Trump, hired by CNN—is back with Trump?!

*widget boy cultureGod, the U.S. continues to be flushed down the toilet by itself: Rick Perry joining DWTS.

*widget boy cultureGay writer Bob Smith, who is battling ALS, typed his new book with one finger on his iPad.

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