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Dec 31 2019
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The Tragic End Of 25-Year-Old Kevin Bacon, As His Accused Killer's Estranged Husband Speaks Out Comments (0)

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On Christmas Eve, 25-year-old Kevin Bacon (no relation to the actor) told his friend and roommate Michelle Myers he'd met a guy on Grindr and was heading out to hang with him.

Coming from my neck of the Screen Shot 2019-12-31 at 9.45.37 PMwoods — I'm from Flushing, Michigan, he lived in neighboring Swartz Creek — he probably never dreamed his life was about to end. Things like that don't happen in smalltown Michigan. He wasn't looking to tempt fate, he was just looking for what we are all looking for — something to make life sweeter for a while.

Bacon met up with Mark Latunski, 50, of Morrice, Michigan (pictured, inset), and then disappeared. His car was found in the lot of a Family Dollar store. Inside it, the clothes he'd been wearing, his money, his cellphone and more.

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25 Best Movies Of 2019, Plus: Performances Of The Year Comments (0)

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Some of the leading contenders in all the major Oscar categories are rather traditional, but 2019 was an exciting year for challenging stories told from fresh perspectives.

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Watching as many Oscar-eligible films as I have was something I did ahead of voting in the Dorian Awards as a member of GALECA. It was a pleasure to do, and a reminder that films can evade even a film buff's radar — and that some of the best run the risk of being the ones that got away.

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My picks for the Best 25 Films of 2019:

(25) Bombshell (Lionsgate) — I did not expect to like Jay Roach's MV5BMWEyMTkyMDAtMDkwNC00Zjk3LTk5ZGQtZmY1MTIxMGUwY2I2XkEyXkFqcGdeQXRyYW5zY29kZS13b3JrZmxvdw@@._V1_take on the Roger Ailes sexual harassment scandal at Fox News as much as I did, but I think the film's use of a fictional character — nimbly played by having-a-great-year-again Margot Robbie — is a shining example of how to correctly summarize reality without wholesale creating it for the sake of a movie about a real series of events. True enough that Nicole Kidman's Gretchen Carlson fades and Charlize Theron's Megyn Kelly is as much a triumph of good prosthetics as of good acting (meaning she's got both), but the story is told in such a way that I did not feel manipulated to consider the women of Fox — who, after all, work for a misogynist cesspool — heroes for speaking out about sexual impropriety. I was continually struck by the realization that Bombshell is filled with bad people who are less bad than the film's worse people, but the storytelling mimicked the fast-paced flow of information, an appealingly gossipy pipeline, within any corporate setting, making it crackle. As in any behemoth capitalist venture, the troops fight for the brand, but also can't help turning on it, watching in bemused terror as it crumples. (Spoiler alert: Fox News survived, Ailes did not.)

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(24) Paddleton (Netflix) — Director Alex Lehmann's Paddleton, scripted by Lehmann and Mark Duplass, offers you that film you've always wanted: a buddy comedy about dying of stomach cancer. Duplass stars as a man facing his final days with the at times aggressively oblivious assistance of his neighbor and friend (Ray Romano, in a performance that should be somewhere on the Oscar spectrum). Like Burt Reynolds's The End (1978) without the belly laughs, it is an unexpectedly touching portrait of male bonding, of men who love each other and are nonromantic soulmates, and functions as a snap poll of whether the Orson Welles quote “We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone” is necessarily true.

(23) Dolemite Is My Name (Netflix) — One hell of an entertaining biopic, Dolemite-is-my-namecomplete with an over-the-top underdog more memorable than The Disaster Artist's (2017) Tommy Wiseau, Dolemite Is My Name is one of Eddie Murphy's best films, and is certainly his most nuanced comedy. The story of the late cinematic entrepreneur Rudy Ray Moore (Murphy), whose black-targeted films (starting with 1975's Dolemite) spoke to a generation of moviegoers, this movie benefits from a warm performance by its lead and by Da'Vine Joy Randolph, not to mention a hysterically flamboyant turn by Wesley Snipes as real-life actor D'urville Martin. I can take or leave Eddie Murphy, who is back to saying he doesn't regret his inexcusable AIDS jokes of the early 80s, but here, I will take him.

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(22) Brittany Runs a Marathon (Amazon) — Paul Downs Colaizzo directs Jillian Bell in this story of a self-deprecating slouch who discovers self-respect while slowly training herself to be a serious runner. Bell is utterly believable (she pulled a reverse De Niro for the project, dropping 40 lbs. across filming) filling the running shoes of the real-life Brittany O'Neill, Colaizzo's roommate; the quirky cast (including Brittany's frustratingly realistic on-again, off-again romantic entanglement with a sidekick played by Utkarsh Ambudkar) fleshes things out. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more satisfying movie about hashtag goals.

(21) The Peanut Butter Falcon (Roadside Attractions) — A perfect Falcon2 children's movie masquerading as an edgy indie, The Peanut Butter Falcon, directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, is only the year's second-best Shia LaBeouf film — but that's saying something when the #1 slot belongs to Honey Boy. In this one, a young man with Down syndrome (Zack Gottsagen) longs to meet a low-rent wrestler by the name of Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church) who he has seen on old reruns. Busting out of the home in which he is unfairly institutionalized, and hotly pursued by a well-meaning attendant (Dakota Johnson), he goes on the road with a local thief (LaBeouf) who is escaping a richly deserved ass-whoopin' at the hands of a gang of bullies. It's not an overstatement to say their journey has Mark Twain magic, and LaBeouf — who made headlines when he was arrested during filming — is at the top of his game, presenting a character who is the perfect combo of wily, none too bright, charming and reluctantly decent.

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(20) Clemency (NEON) — In Clemency, written and directed by Chinonye Chukwu, Alfre Woodard gives the performance of her stellar career as Bernadine Williams, a warden presiding over a Death Row prison. Her sense of duty threatens to drain the life from her marriage, and her sense of self. Supported by Aldis Hodge as a possibly innocent man with a date to meet his maker, Danielle Brooks as the estranged girlfriend who gave him up to the police and Wendell Pierce as the warden's suffering husband, Woodard delivers a master class on how to carry a film and present an emotionally complex character. This suspenseful work is the movie about criminal justice, the death penalty and prison reform that America needs, yet it's never preachy. Superb.

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Fleshback: Tim Matheson Comments (0)

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Keep reading to help celebrate Tim Matheson's 72nd with a gallery of his ageless cuteness, and follow here ...

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Beginner's Suck: WWE Star Who Apologized For Anti-Gay Comments Did Gay Porn Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2019-12-31 at 12.21.53 PMWWE wrestler Lars Sullivan, 31, has dealt with controversy over his past racist and anti-gay words.

Now, the brawny breadwinner is dealing with controversy over the fact that he used to have sex with men on camera for cash.

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Demaro is a new gay dancehall artist who left Jamaica for NYC, where he is hitting radio with “Mi Readi,” his debut single.

It's a great track from an emerging and breakthrough artist — give it a New Year's spin on Apple or below ...

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My Once And Future Playground Comments (0)

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Madonna should perform a stripped-down “This Used to Be My Playground” in concert on her next tour (which I am predicting will be a hits residency), and this lovely cover is proof ...

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Dec 30 2019
Herstory Made: New Old Marsha P. Johnson & Sylvia Rivera Recordings Found Comments (0)

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The first-ever recording of activists Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera has been found ...

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