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23 posts from November 2013

Nov 30 2013
Not Another Gay Movie: G.B.F. Is T.D.F.! Comments (0)

GBFA boy's first abs-centric profile pic...what could possibly go wrong?

BOY CULTURE RATING: **** out of ****

I went into the new comedy G.B.F. when it was on the filmfest circuit (order it now on DIRECTV Paul-Iaconothrough December 19 in advance of a theatrical release in January) with reservations. Interestingly, this teen comedy about the status symbol of having a gay best friend was directed by Darren Stein, whose Jawbreaker (1999) I didn't love, but which seems to have turned into a cult classic when I wasn't looking. Still, G.B.F. promised to be another overly precious or accidentally obnoxious teen comedy...or another sloppy gay movie. Or the new B.A.P.s.

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Nov 27 2013
Art's In Pop Culture In Me: An Interview With Street Artist Pegasus Comments (0)

Prince-Harry-nudePrince Harry: Private servant.

I'm a fan of street art, so yes, I was pissed I didn't find any Banksys to steal (or buy for a song) during his NYC residency. But I have had a Mr. Brainwash run-in/own some of his stuff, once pried a piece of an Invader mosaic from a local bridge, and have found two stunning works by Ty Cummings on the street where they were left for—presumably—me to rescue.

So I was intrigued by the work of Pegasus, which I think merges pop culture icons in ways that are more playful and quirkier than Brainwash's cynical-feeling concoctions. If you're wondering what I mean, look no further than "Strike a Pose," his clever, sweet marriage of Cher, Madonna, Janet Jackson, David Bowie, Elvis Presley...and maybe more:

PegasusThe ultimate celebrity mixer.

Unlike all of the artists I've mentioned, Pegasus is highly reachable...and reacted favorably to my interview request. What follows is my chat with this emerging artist, whose work is destined to decorate my walls one day...

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Nov 26 2013
Scouts' Dishonor: An Interview With PEE-SHY Memoirist Dr. Frank Spinelli Comments (0)

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I'd seen Dr. Frank Spinellli around Chelsea for years when I lived there. I recognized him from ads for his practice because he's a striking-looking guy—big smile, dapper in every way, silvering hair. I remember seeing him at Mary Ann's, a Mexican restaurant, once and having the urge to say hello... but what would I say? "Hey, I've seen you around?" Just a few years later, we were Facebook friends, dishing about Madonna vs. Gaga—exactly what any intelligent gay men of a certain age should be spending their time doing.

Pee-shyWhen he told me he was coming out with a book, I had no idea it would be the unforgettable read that is Pee-Shy (Kensington, $15,  January '14), nor could I have guessed it would be about his molestation at the hands of a Scoutmaster, his subsequent confrontation of his abuser more than 30 years after the fact and his struggle with parauresis, the inability to urinate when people are, or are perceived to be, around. It was shocking to me because it's the kind of thing we all know happens, that happens to all too many of us, and yet that we don't really expect to have happened to someone we're chatting with about pop music and getting to know.

Frank graciously agreed to an interview with Boy Culture, sending me answers to my questions that I think should be required reading for anyone skeptical when children tell their stories of abuse..

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Nov 24 2013
NPC Eastern USA Championships Muscle Gallery: Part 6 Of 6 Comments (0)
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My final muscle gallery...and it's got some of the best saved for last!

Read all about my trip to this day-long competition here. Find more galleries here, here, here and here.

Nov 23 2013
NPC Eastern USA Championships Muscle Gallery: Part 5 Of 6 Comments (0)
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Here is Part 5 of 6 of my trip to the physique and bodybuilding show. More galleries are here, here and here.

Nov 22 2013
"I'd Much Rather Be Considered Gay Than Ignorant And Straight!": An Interview With Straight Super-Ally Marcus Patrick Comments (0)

Marcus-Patrick-Boy-Culture-Matthew-Rettenmund-stripperThere's nothin' wrong with that!

Marcus Patrick understands what it means to be controversial: Six years ago, he was fired from the soap Days of Our Lives after a short stint, probably because he had the audacity to show his naked body in Playgirl.

Now, soap operas and print magazines are on their way out, but Marcus endures as a fixture on gossip sites, an actor (his turn in the gay rom-com Violet Tendencies was particularly winning) and, soon, as a singer again—he's finalizing a deal for a solo album, something for which fans of his work in the boy band Worlds Apart have been waiting for the past two decades.

Marcus-Patrick"I'm a person who's pretty deep when it comes to what's going on within the matrix of this world, so I like to put something in there that has some substance rather than just talking about ass and getting drunk."—Marcus Patrick on his music

Then there was that relationship with a porn actress.

But as for the most scandalous item on his résumé, it has to be his day night job; I met Marcus where many of his fans have met him in recent years—at a strip club (NYC's the Adonis Lounge) where he was performing and doing lap dances. In an unprecedented move for an actor with any kind of a public profile, Marcus has quite openly stripped at straight and gay clubs for years. Images of his flawless body and careful-you'll-poke-someone's-eye-out manhood are all over the Internet, but it's no scandal—it's just Marcus being Marcus.

Marcus-Patrick-Matthew-Rettenmund-Boy-Culture"I was from a small town, and I'd been told that gay people were the bogeyman and that they were just gonna rape you...I prefer the behavioral patterns of the gay culture because they just tend to have more fun. Not that I personally want to be engaging in gay sex, but...I wish more people, especially straight men, would wake up and realize that gay people are here on this planet to almost educate and teach and  give humanity a spice of fun and enlightenment and joy."—Marcus Patrick on gay men

I'd heard he was working on new music, and our mutual friend described him as "beatiful inside and out," so I asked Marcus if he'd grant Boy Culture an interview. Not only did he agree, he even made it happen on a Sunday after getting no sleep at all the night before. "I just had a massage and even that didn't work," he told me as he greeted me at his friend's high-rise. But at 39, he looked as young and refreshed as ever (not for nothin', he made the Top 10 of my list of hottest all-time guys on TV), and he definitely knows how to express himself.

"[They] just threw me up on the stage in a thong. And I did start making money fast. But I was crying that day. Like, I'd sold myself to be a whore."—Marcus Patrick on his early, negative feelings on stripping

Check out my video interview with Marcus after the jump. He talks extensively about his affinity for gay people and culture, how he got into getting out of his clothes for money, his upcoming music and more hot topics...

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NPC Eastern USA Championships Muscle Gallery: Part 4 Of 6 Comments (0)
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Part 4 has some real face-men. Check out my full coverage here, and the other galleries here and here.

Nov 21 2013
NPC Eastern USA Championships Muscle Gallery: Part 3 Of 6 Comments (0)
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My third muscle gallery is devoted to the Blond Studs. You really have to check this one out.

See my write-up about the show here, and check out the other gallery here.