118 posts categorized "CHICAGO"

Sep 29 2021
Luke Evans As Bond? + RIP Gay Actor Tommy Kirk + Lewandowski Accused Of Groping A Trump Donor + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Frame this!

BELOW: Luke Evans as Bond? and more ...

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Sep 27 2021
BOY CULTURE: THE SERIES X Reeling Film Festival Comments (0)

Steve-Grand-Boy-Culture-the-Series-gay-boycultureWith Steve Grand & Reeling's Jackie Robbins (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

I was off for a few days in Chicago to visit family and to attend the Reeling Film Festival screening of Boy Culture: The Series.

The screening was a special one, in that Reeling — which premiered Boy Culture: The Movie 15 years ago — chose to show all six of our episodes, which not every fest is doing.

Spoiler Alert: You Can Still Stream Boy Culture: The Series @ Reeling!

The screening was personally special for me because I was meeting up with one of my college roommates and a great friend from my University of Chicago days, Zafar. Zafar not only jumped at the chance of coming out to support my series, he brought four others, all decked out and red-carpet ready. It was so nice to have a built-in cheering section, which also included my sister ... who liked the series so much she cried at one point!

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Sep 14 2021
Nicki Minaj Peddles Vaccine B.S., Refuses Responsibility + Parkland Shooting Survivor Comes Out + Nassib Makes History + (Another) COVID Denialist Dies Of Covid (Again) + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: And it's for a good cause.

BELOW: Keep reading for Nicki Minaj's testicular concerns, a Parkland Shooting survivor comes out, Dan Levy's queer statement at the Met Gala and more ...

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Aug 23 2021
BOY CULTURE: THE SERIES Comes To Chicago, Plus: A Red-Carpet Interview Comments (0)

Derek-magyar-boyculture-gay-boy-culture-x-IMG_2565Derek Magyar is back as X in Boy Culture: The Series, a labor of lust for me. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Full-circle time. I feel my blog is winding down, and as we get toward the eventual end, I am reverting to the beginning — I started this joint in 2005 explicitly to help promote Boy Culture, the movie adaptation of my novel. Over 15 years later, it's time to promote a series sequel, Boy Culture: The Series.

If You Never Knew — The Origin Story of Boy Culture HERE

I'll try to keep these posts separate from newsy posts so you can skip over them if you like. But, yeah, there is news:


REELING FILM FESTIVAL: Are you in Chicago?! Boy Culture: The Series is a part of the Reeling Film Festival, as was the original movie 15 years ago. I am planning to be in attendance, so come say hello. Get your tickets now for the September 24 7:15 p.m. screening at the Landmark Theater, or get tickets to stream all six episodes.


PRIDE.COM: Stacey Yvonne turns in a Q&A with the boys of Boy Culture: The Series that was conducted on the red carpet at Outfest. Cast member Jason Caceres, who plays demon twink Chayce, sez:

Chayce is the new, young hustler and he takes X under his wing to show him how sex work happens in the new generation, with Instagram and new marketing media. It’s a fun character to play and it’s so surreal still that I’m standing so close to all of these people. I saw the original Boy Culture in high school under the covers in my bedroom because God forbid my parents walked in and saw me watching something LGBTQ-related and I wasn’t even out of the closet. I mean, Allan Brocka is such a huge part of my sexual awakening [Allan gasps] and I’m just still so surprised I’m here. 

DIGITAL L.A.: A little wrap-up of Outfest this year, complete with a snippet about Jason (again).

Apr 19 2021
Lori Lightfoot Denies Resignation Rumors + Police Shootings Mount + NASA's Mission To Mars + Demi Lovato Is Permanently Triggered + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Russell Tovey is getting his whirling dervish on, now that pubs are again open in the U.K. Also, you may purchase a signed copy of his Talk Art book here.

BELOW: Keep reading for a model with tanlines, Lori Lightfoot deflecting those rumors, police shootings galore, a mission to Mars and more ...

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Apr 16 2021
The Sexy Gay Alts Of Twitter + Yang Surging In NYC + Anti-Gay Judith Reisman Dies + Tucker Carlson, Anti-Vaxxer + Heartbreaking Adam Toledo Video + MORE — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: It just goes on and on.

BELOW: Gay alts on Twitter, Yang ganging up on NYC, anti-gay activist dies, Tucker Carlson wants people dead and more ...

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Mar 16 2021
Biden's Gay Kiss + RIP Yaphet Kotto + (Literally) Inside Tom Holland + Kavanaugh's FBI Vetting Scrutinized + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Re-breaking the Internet.

BELOW: Keep reading for Biden's gay kiss, Yaphet Kotto's death, Kavanaugh in deep shit and more ...

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Feb 15 2021
Brian Sims For PA Lt. Gov. + Chicago Gym Bro Arrested After Anti-Mask Rant + Lindsey Graham Queens Out Over Lara Trump + San Francisco Man Vanishes + MORE — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: He said it!

BELOW: Brian Sims for lieutenant governor, a mysterious San Francisco disappearance, Lindsey Graham's prediction about Lara Trump and more ...

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