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Oct 22 2018
Where's The Beef?: A Chat With Muscle Photographer, Author & Archivist Reed Massengill Comments (0)

Reed Massengill_1998 Brian Self-PortraitMassengill in a self-portrait with his subject Brian (Image by Reed Massengill; author photo by Phillip Pomeroy)

Reed Massengill is a noted photographer and an expert in the field of beefcake photography, Reed Massengill Author Photo by Phillip Pomeroyand the author or co-author of books on the work of George Quaintance (2010), Lon of New York (2004), and Roy Blakey (2002). He is also the author of the award-winning Portrait of a Racist: The Man Who Killed Medgar Evers (1994), and of acclaimed books of his own male nudes, including the stunning Brian: A Nine-Year Photographic Diary (2000).

Reed Massengill_High School ModelMassengill's first model — in high school! (Image by Reed Massengill)

As a lifelong fan of male nude photography myself, I wanted to check in with him on the field to see where it's been, where it's going, and if he believes the beefcake of the past will be fully accepted as art in the future — or whether the tastemakers in the art world will always be penis-shy ...

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The Misfit: A Review Of MAKING MONTGOMERY CLIFT Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2018-10-15 at 5.09.00 PM(Image via Making Montgomery Clift)

Playing at NewFest, Making Montgomery Clift is an utterly absorbing recasting of the image of the trailblazing actor by his nephew, one that meticulously pares away propaganda — Hollywood and otherwise — in place for decades that would have us believe Clift was a self-loathing gay man who all but killed himself.

Monty Clift was a new kind of emotional actor, one whose style was soon embraced by contemporaries James Dean and Marlon Brando. He made only 17 films, but they included such classics as The Heiress (1949), A Place in the Sun (1951) and From Here to Eternity (1953). His gayness was an open secret in Hollywood, and fairly jumps off the screen in many of his appearances; it's shocking that Red River (1948), with its gun-comparing scene between Monty and John Ireland, wasn't banned for promoting homosexuality.

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So why does everybody think Clift drank himself to death in an increasingly tiny closet of his own making?

Massive Monty Photo Gallery!

Co-directors Robert Anderson Clift and Hillary Demmon had at their disposal an unprecedented amount of material for any subject, let alone one so private. Most compelling are the hour and hours (weeks?) worth of audio tapes made clandestinely by co-director Clift's dad, Monty's brother Brooks Clift. These pristine tapes (there is a momentary Capturing the Friedmans vibe as his son ponders why the tapes were so obsessively made) hold the private thoughts of Monty and his entire family, including his mother, a direct window into what made Clift — and the Clifts — tick.

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Austin Wolf Emerges + Trump Attacks Trans People Again + RIP WILLY WONKA Actor + Ellen On Death Threats + Watch This TROPHY BOY + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: And she's got good advice, too!

BELOW: Keep reading for more on Austin Wolf, Trump trying to eradicate trans, Blanchett on straights playing gays, midterms mania and more ...

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Oct 17 2018
Down-Under Calendar Men + A Gay Love Story For The Ages + Trump Sued (Again) + Cruz vs. O'Rourke Debate + Pro-Trump Pimp Dies + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Josh-in' around. Follow here.

BELOW: Keep readng for hot Aussie firemen, a beautiful story of an interracial gay couple of the '60s and beyond, Mueller report news, Castro in 2020 and much, much more ...

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Oct 09 2018
About A Boy: Rising-Star Actor Jason Caceres's First Act Comments (0)

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I first met social-media sensation Jason Caceres when he was cast as Cuban-American hottie Chayce in the upcoming Boy Culture: The Series, and we became fast friends. That's easy to do — he's outgoing. self-aware and, in spite of being a millennial, knows a lot about what came before, and is interested in finding out about the stuff he doesn't know about.

His Instagram is growing like a weed, his career in equal measure.

He's currently appearing in the play Baby Eyes at the Atwater Village Theater in L.A., will be seen on Jim Carrey's Kidding, appears in the indie flicks Seven Boxes and Paper Tiger (both December), and just signed to appear in The Amazing Nurse George, a feature that films in November.

Catch up with this actor to watch via my nosy Q&A ...

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Oct 04 2018
QUEER EYE For Tinder + When People Hope You'll Die + Pietro Boselli's Booty + Kavanaugh's Op-Ed + Stephen Colbert Called Gay + Gay, Muslim, HIV + MORE — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: The thighs have it.

BELOW: Keep reading for Antoni Porowski's love tips, Kavanaugh's sniveling op-ed, Pietro Boselli's booty and much, much more ...

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Sep 27 2018
Spreadin' The News + Streisand Sings Against Trump + Ford's Testimony POWERFUL + Kavanaugh's College Roomie Speaks + Michael B. Jordan's Still Hot + Tovey On Acting Gay + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: He says he's The Only Steven, and I have no reason to doubt it.

BELOW: Keep reading for manspreading, Streisand's musical attack on Trump, that hot Creed II poster, Russell Tovey on playing it gay and playing it straight, and much, more ...

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Sep 26 2018
Pop Culture Mind-Blowers Comments (0)

Screen-Shot-2018-09-20-at-11.10.22-PM-768x583Been a while ... (Images via record companies)

Check out Gr8erDays for a new timing-related mind-blower about the last time the biggest divas of the '50s-'90s tasted Top 10 success (and happy 70th to '70s goddess Olivia Newton-John)!

Plus, a whole list of famous people born the year Madonna's albums came out, and factoids like this:

Friends debuted in 1994, or 24 years ago. Watching reruns today would be like watching  Tbe Brady Bunch … in 1993. In other words, we should be less than two years away from a whacky The Friends Movie a la The Brady Bunch Movie, which arrived 26 years after the original series first aired.

Sure, Jan.

 
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