16 posts categorized "MARK RUFFALO"

May 26 2014
The Party's Over: A Review Of Ryan Murphy's THE NORMAL HEART Comments (0)

Normal_HeartRuffalo and Bomer's chemistry was authentic.

BOY CULTURE REVIEW: **1/2 out of ****

I feel bad admitting this, but I didn't love Ryan Murphy's The Normal Heart. I think having seen the recent Broadway revival—which along with August: Osage County, is the best straight play I've ever seen—set the bar too high for the HBO version.

But while I was underwhelmed, there was much to admire. Let's get the negatives out of the way first:

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May 14 2014
Need To Know: It Was A Dead Heat + NORMAL HEART Attack + Rosemary's Gayby + Herein Lies + MORE! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureClay Aiken officially wins his Democratic primary race in NC.

*widget boy cultureAll the pretty people hit The Normal Heart's premiere.

*widget boy cultureSearching for Sugarman director Malik Bendjelloul dies @ 36.

*widget boy cultureBenham Brothers equate gays with Satan. But aren't anti-gay!!!

*widget boy cultureNatalia Kills is engaged!

*widget boy cultureGIMME A BEAT!: Diplo & Azealia Banks sued for 2012 song.

*widget boy culturePurple Crush's No More Lies video: 

*widget boy cultureeBay to launch auction-house-friendly platform.

*widget boy cultureAlec Baldwin arrested in NYC.

*widget boy culture100s die in coal mine explosion in Turkey.

*widget boy cultureEXTREMELY endowed go-go boy. (Work Unfriendly)

*widget boy cultureMadonna swings!

*widget boy cultureNoosa's “Begin Again,” a hot new song.

*widget boy cultureRemembering legendary NYC velvet-rope kingpin Derek Neen.

 
May 08 2014
Need To Know: NORMAL People, Go Westboro Young Man, Crazy For Madonna, Impurity Balls + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureThe Normal Heart's 30-year journey to the screen.  Madonna

*widget boy cultureNYC pays big-time for false arrest over...porn.

*widget boy cultureGrandson is latest family member to leave Westboro.

*widget boy cultureComing soon, The Andy Cohen Diaries.

*widget boy cultureMatthew Modine still crazy for Madonna.

*widget boy cultureAmazing '84 Madonna pic surfaces.

*widget boy cultureKaty Perry samples Madonna on tour:

 

*widget boy cultureHot jocks in loooove.

*widget boy cultureFamily Feud fail.

*widget boy cultureVoice of “Tony the Tiger” dies at 64.

*widget boy cultureSia's “Chandelier” video.

*widget boy cultureGOPer calls Melissa Harris-Perry a “damned dirty ape.”

*widget boy cultureRight-wing CNN host S.E. Cupp says scientists are bullies.

*widget boy cultureFather/daugher purity balls are incest-y.

*widget boy cultureBig Freedia: Queen of Bounce returns for a second season.

Big-FreediaBig news!

 
May 05 2014
Need To Know: Vice Squad, What A Waist, Orange You Glad You're Not Boehner?, DESPERATELY SEEKING Locations + MORE! Comments (0)

JULIA-LOUIS-DREYFUS-MICHELLE-OBAMA-JOE-BIDENThey all scream for it.

*widget boy cultureJulia Louis-Dreyfus & Joe Biden take a veep joyride.

*widget boy cultureWAIST OF SPACE: Khloe Kardashian loves cinchers.

*widget boy cultureSexy Federico Diaz, a Ricky Martin ex, comes out.

*widget boy cultureObama zings Boehner with Orange is the New Black jibe.

*widget boy cultureAnother Bryan Singer/Gary Goddard sex suit.

*widget boy cultureNate Berkus got hitched.

*widget boy cultureBryce Johnson looks great naked. (Work Unfriendly)

*widget boy cultureFeel sore, or feel sorry, tomorrow. Like him.

*widget boy cultureDesperately Seeking Susan's NYC locations laid bare.

*widget boy cultureRicardo Baldin looking good in his JAMs.

*widget boy cultureOops! Britney Spears is about to get sued again.

*widget boy cultureLevi Michaels of Cocky Boys launches YouTube channel with “lighting” round.

 
Apr 10 2014
Next: NORMAL Comments (0)

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The Hollywood Reporter's story on the it-took-forever-to-make making of HBO's The Normal Heart is fascinating and complete, filled with Streisand and Kramer dish.

Now, can someone please make a movie out of Faggots?

 
Dec 24 2012
History's Hottest Movie Actors: My List (#100—#51) Comments (16)
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Above, a bonus gallery of some of these 50 guys—shirtless!

My list of History's Hottest TV Actors went over really well...and also provoked some heated debates whose opening salvos invariably began with, "Where's ...?"

Now, I'm happy (and exhausted) to present the first of three posts detailing my personal selects for History's Hottest Movie Actors. This first post will cover #100—#51 in ascending order, the second will cover #50—#26 and the final post will be my Top 25.

I look forward to your comments, whether they are to lump praise or heap scorn, though I hope you will take all of this in the spirit it's intended—as my own choices and nothing more...

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Pits-tom-cruise-2Back when he still had some of the right moves

Tom-Cruise#100 Tom Cruise (1962—) It's something of a statement to put one of the biggest movie stars of all time, and a good-looking one at that, way down at #100. While I haven't found him remotely appealing in years, there's no way I could overlook how scorching-hot he was in his early years on the screen, when he seemed far more connected and natural. With Risky Business, he did for briefs what Clark Gable had done for undershirts—except in reverse.

Sexy Sampler: Endless Love (1981), Taps (1981), The Outsiders (1983), Losin' It (1983), Risky Business (1983), All the Right Moves (1983), Legend (1985), Top Gun (1986), Cocktail (1988)

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Michael-Biehn-shirtless-guysArnold who?

Shirtless-Michael-Biehn-the-fan#99 Michael Biehn (1956—) Cute when he was chicken—even when playing an obsessed fan of Lauren Bacall's—Biehn's doe-eyed looks quickly hardened, making him equally handsome as the more world-weary authoritarian or bad-guy types with which he'd become more identified. Could even rock a mustache without losing pretty points, as in Tombstone.

Sexy Sampler: Coach (1978), Hog Wild (1980), The Fan (1981), The Lords of Discipline (1983), The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), Rampage (1987), The Seventh Sign (1988), The Abyss (1989), Navy Seals (1990) Timebomb (1991), K2 (1991), Deadfall (1993), Tombstone (1993), Jade (1995)

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Joel-McCreaWell, howdy, pardner!

Joelmccrea12#98 Joel McCrea (1905—1990) This iconic western actor got craggy later on, but was a beautiful piece of work early in his career, before the ten-gallon hat got stapled to his wavy blond hair.

Sexy Sampler: Dynamite (1929), The Silver Horde (1930), Lightnin' (1930), Once a Sinner (1931), Kept Husbands (1931), Born to Love (1931), The Common Law (1931), Girls About Town (1931), Business and Pleasure (1932), The Lost Squadron (1932), Bird of Paradise (1932), The Most Dangerous Game (1932), The Sport Parade (1932), Rockabye (1932), The Silver Cord (1933), Chance at Heaven (1933), Gambling Lady (1934), Barbary Coast (1935), Splendor (1935), Adventure in Manhattan (1936), Woman Chases Man (1937), Wells Fargo (1937), Union Pacific (1939), Sullivan's Travels (1941)

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Cornelwilde1#97 Cornel Wilde (1912—1989) A Hungarian fencer who abandoned a shot at the Olympics in order to act, this Wilde man was more than just a cut-rate Errol Flynn—after early acclaim followed by a long run in B-movies, he reinvented himself as a director and had some success in that area. Virile and handsome, he had a build like a fitness buff you'd find bumming around Venice Beach, which might explain why he was in so many mainstream movies that feel like semi-legit upgrades of things that came out of Athletic Model Guild.

Sexy Sampler: High Sierra (1941), Knockout (1941), A Song to Remember (1945), A Thousand and One Nights (1945), Leave Her to Heaven (1945), The Bandit of Sherwood Forest (1946), The Homestretch (1947), The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), At Sword's Point (1952), California Conquest (1952), Treasure of the Golden Condor (1953), The Naked Prey (1966)

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Mike-HenryOh, Henry!

Mike-Henry-shirtless-Tarzan#96 Mike Henry (1936—) Every big-screen "Tarzan" was hot, but how many were hairy? Just Mike Henry, who only played the role in three movies. His other film work was pretty unspectacular, but considering he'd begun his career as a pro football player, it's not like he had pretensions to win an Oscar. Square-jawed? Squared.

Sexy Sampler: "Tarzan" movies (1966—1968), The Green Berets (1968), More Dead Than Alive (1969), Number One (1969), Rio Lobo (1970)

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Hot-Christopher-Atkins-shirtless-sexy#95 Christopher Atkins (1961—) With the ultimate innocent look, this boyish blond became an international sex symbol with his naked role in the softcore classic The Blue Lagoon. He only had a few memorable screen appearances, but conquered the teen-mag world handily.

Sexy Sampler: The Blue Lagoon (1980), The Pirate Movie (1982), A Night in Heaven (1983)

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Shirtless-Helmut-Berger#94 Helmut Berger (1944—) Forever memorable from his work in his partner Luchino Visconti's '60s and '70s films, in which he appeared as an impossibly beautiful and impossibly European object of desire. Don't Google him to see how he looks now.

Sexy Sampler: The Damned (1969), Dorian Gray (1970), The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970), Love Me Strangely (1971), The Bloodstained Butterly (1971), Ludwig (1972), Conversation Piece (1974), Salon Kitty (1976)

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#93 Antonio Banderas (1960—) Who can forget discovering this mouth-watering screen presence via Almodovar's films, in which he looked like a Spanish David while committing crimes against AntonioBanderas1-DUNSTEELnature? Then he popped up in Madonna's Truth or Dare, where the icon threw herself at him in vain. A man who could resist 1990-era Madonna? Once he was brought to the U.S. for films, Banderas's sexiness felt a little more canned, a little more stereotypically that of the "Latin lover." But he's certainly had his moments.

Sexy Sampler: Labyrinth of Passion (1982), Matador (1986), Law of Desire (1987), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), Tie Me Up! Time Me Down! (1990), Truth or Dare (1990), The Mambo Kings (1992), Philadelphia (1993), Interview with the Vampire (1994), Miami Rhapsody (1995), Evita (1996), The Mask of Zorro (1998), Original Sin (2001), Take the Lead (2006)

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Sal-MineoAll work and no Plato makes Jack a dull boy

Sm2#92 Sal Mineo (1939—1976) Not high on many other "hottest movie guy" lists you'll find, Sal ranks on mine for his interesting mixture of innocence (especially early in his career) and edge (especially off screen). Who would've guessed that the lonely kid from Rebel Without a Cause would be a late-blooming gay man with a strong fetish for defiling all-American boys (Bobby Sherman and Don Johnson, reportedly) and for tightie whities? Read my pal's bio to get the full scoop on Mineo, who was a complex and driven artist and man. Or just watch him on the big screen in the admittedly laughable Who Killed Teddy Bear? and then challenge me for including him here.

Who-Killed-Teddy-Bear-sal-mineo-30557053-450-250A cuddly teddy bear that would look great on your bed

Sexy Sampler: Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Crime in the Streets (1956), Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), Giant (1956), Rock, Pretty Baby (1956), Dino (1957), The Young Don't Cry (1957), A Private's Affair (1959), The Gene Krupa Story (1959), Exodus (1960), The Longest Day (1962), Cheyenne Autumn (1964), Who Killed Teddy Bear? (1965)

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Colin-farrell#91 Colin Farrell (1976—) This bad news bear cub has been setting hearts aflutter (against brains' better judgments) ever since appearing in Joel Schumacher's beef-fest Tigerland. He reeks mischief both on and off the screen, lost his looks for a bit when the partying got out of hand, but has bounced back admirably to continue as a reliably good-looking lead.

Sexy Sampler: Tigerland (2000), American Outlaws (2001), Hart's War (2002), Minority Report (2002), Phone Booth (2002), The Recruit (2003), Daredevil (2003), Veronica Guerin (2003), S.W.A.T. (2003), Intermission (2003), A Home at the End of the World (2004), Alexander 92004), Miami Vice (2006), In Bruges (2008), Fright Night (2011)

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Ns2d#90 Nick Scotti (1966—) This tragically underused multi-hyphenate was sweetly funny in Kiss Me, Guido, a gay comedy that received a major release at a time when LGBT movies were making in the millions instead of the tens of thousands at the box office. As appealing as he was, he barely got a chance to make another impact in the movies, instead falling back on his modeling, his Madonna-approved singing career and a short-lived reality series that capitalized on his New Yawk roots. Movie experience aside, we're talkin' about hotness here, and he's always had that to burn.

Sexy Sampler: Kiss Me, Guido (1997); Detroit Rock City (1999)

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Nov 06 2011
Boy Culture Turns 6: My Favorite Posts Comments (13)

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As of midnight last night, it was exactly six years since my first post. It's been a tough thing to keep up with a dayjob and outside activities, and just when I think I might walk away, a valuable connection or interesting opportunity or a kind word comes my way. Thank you all for reading me.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef014e89143e3e970d-400wiOf whom are you more jealous?

Here are my favorite 100+ posts out of nearly 11,000. Please take some time to read (or re-read!) a couple and tweet or Facebook any you like.

xoxo Matt

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54ff027a28833-800wiThe pocket pool championships were intense this year


BOY CULTURE


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FROM BOY TO MAN: BC B.C. (2007): The entire history of my novell and novel Boy Culture as well as the movie version; might be my ultimate post.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f5599878833-800wiJonathon Trent & Derek Magyar make an Allan Brocka sandwich

BOY ON FILM (2006): An account of the NYC launch party for Boy Culture as it played the TriBeCa Film Fest.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f7f18238834-800wiI was left "Reeling" by the experience

FRIENDS AND "FAMILY" (2006): The movie version of Boy Culture hits Chicago.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f5ebead8833-800wiNo one would've mistaken me for Taylor Lautner

RAPT PUPIL (2006): The final night of Outfest with Boy Culture; I was fat but on the other hand got to meet Bryan Singer.

 

MY ART

 

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GUYDAR (since at least January 17, 2008) & ENDS OF THE WORLD (since at least January 13, 2008): Attractive men of the world—I got your backs. Your fronts, too.

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef0120a58f680c970bUnaltered iPhone image that still blows me away

"Your pictures suck" (2008): An art critic attacks me, but not without sustaining some hits in return.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e551ff08528834-800wiLet's call it a draw

DRAWN TOGETHER (2008): How my desire to draw related to my secret desire. One of my absolute favorite posts.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01156faa215c970cThe shirtless one

LOST ANGELES (2009): My favorite photographic travelogue of L.A.

Img_0986_1Even then, New Yorkers feared 9/11 was the beginning of the end

ART IMITATES LIFE (2006): My 9/11 and my distaste for grief tourism.


ME


6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f435c1a8834-800wiDeath of the party—Jeff in high school, already halfway through his life

BURNING MAN (2007): Tribute to my late high school friend and first romance.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef014e862b4a41970d-400wiSigned, sealed (eventually) delivered

LOST BOY FOUND (2011): There is a book in here somewhere.

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CIAO HOUNDS: OUR TRIP TO ITALY (2011): Finally got José to Europe.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f10b4de8833-800wiDeath becomes here

ILLINOIS DEATH TRIP (2007): Ruminations on death while revisiting a past home, and the past.

Zehnders Life is short...and meaningful

PASSING BY (2008): Mourning the loss of a person I only met once.

Lots more...

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Jun 25 2010
Come Into My Life: A Review Of The Kids Are All Right Comments (4)

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I got to see a screening of Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right (opening July 9 in select cities) and am happy to report that the kids are more than just all right—they're pretty terrific.

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Ruffalo & Moore at the premiere; Bening skipped for personal reasons 

Kidsareallright_movie03-550x448 I was somewhat reluctant about a movie whose premise revolves around a lesbian longtime couple Nic and Jules (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) whose family unit is compromised when their sperm donor Paul (Mark Ruffalo) from over 15 years earlier comes back into their lives via their curious kids Laser and Joni (Josh Hutcherson and Mia Wasikowska) and begins an affair with one of them. If that example of "lesbians just need a man" isn't enough to turn you off, how about the odd fact that the women's stale sex life is spiced up by watching vintage gay male porn? (I'm aware some women are into this, but how many lesbians are?)

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Coming together over dinner 

Still, Cholodenko's character-driven script (she co-wrote with Stuart Blumberg) is so filled with insights into the emotions and quirks of the family and of its potential interloper that these potentially annoying aspects feel authentic.

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