Until We Meet Again…

March 11th, 2013 by Dick
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Well kids, this is going to be my last blog post.

Not forever, but maybe for a while…

After several years reporting on gay rights, gossiping about pop stars, and lusting after the likes of Kellan Lutz and Zac Efron, I am giving up the old blog and actually getting a real job. I’m going to be a go-go boy in the East Village!  Dreams do come true.

I couldn’t ask for a better audience. For those loyal readers out there (and I think there are 17 of you!), your devotion to this blog was endearing, delightful, and often sometimes more then a little bit depraved.  We had some good times didn’t we? Saw a lot of dick, too.

And my bosses – the gang here at Gay Live Network – who could ask for better people signing your paycheck. This team really let me do ANYTHING. The editorial oversight boiled down to: “Have fun and be funny.”  I did the first, I hope I did the second. I will let you all be the judge of that…

So lets NOT say goodbye…Hell, I hate goodbyes! I am a sneaky old slut and I’ve spent my years avoiding any goodbyes. Let’s keep this as a slight “see you later…”   While you might not have this blog to read everyday, you still can find plenty of gay giggles at some other blogs.  Check out Queerty and Dlisted. They will keep you in stitches.

Remember my sweets, keep being loud, proud, and keep checking in here at Gay Live Network! You never know what could happen….

 

 

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Jack The Giant Slayer: Ewan McGregor Is HOLDING It Together!

March 4th, 2013 by Dick

I saw the new movie, Jack The Giant Slayer, this past weekend.  Its really a calvacade of action scenes strung together to get you boned up for a porn movie. No lie. Based on that old fable about Jack and the Beanstalk, is a slick new flick directed by super-queer Bryan Singer and stars Nichola

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s Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy and Ewan McGregor. The film tells the story of Jack, a young farmhand wh

o must rescue a princess from a race of giants after inadvertently opening a gateway to their world. You can tell this movie was made by a gay mane – Ho

ult (who is driving all the ladies and gay boys nuts) is twinklicious, and McGregor is really holding up well. Seriously. He looks fantastic.

McGregor plays a knight who is in charge of helping rescue the princess. He gets a lot of screentime running around wearing some kind of tight black metallic number that makes him look very X-men-y (ANOTHER Singer flick). He also sports some uber-flattering facial hair and a face that isn’t as beat-up as you’d think for a 42 year-old man.  Whatever he’s doing, we should all be doing it.

Of course, its not hard to look young next to Ian McShane.  Sure, I know the guy is a much-revered actor – but he looks like someone locked him in a smokehouse for a couple hours.  Very leathery. Like an old saddlebag. I looked him up and found that he is only 28. Stop smoking Ian!

Rounding out the cast, is Stanley Tucci – who we all know and love for his breathtakingly poignant performance as Bald Gay Guy in The Devil Wears Prada. He is not quiet as gay in this flick, but he does prance around a bit.

 

 

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James Franco Is Just Fine…

February 24th, 2013 by Dick
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James Franco.

While he may not be GAY, he is sexy, handsome, intriguing, perplexing, intelligent, multi-talented, and fearless. He is an insider-outsider of Hollywood (but a native Californian of Palo Alto), and he is gracing the current cover of Details (March 2013). It’s not the first time, and, I’m guessing that it certainly won’t be the last.

You see it’s really not easy being James Franco. At 34, there’s a constant fascination with the actor. Whether he’s appearing in a film (his next project, to be released in 2013, The Wizard of Oz: Oz the Great and Powerful directed by Sam Raimi) or his own personal life (like pursuing his studies for his Ph.D. degree in English at Yale), editors of the magazine poised the question to his massive followers: “Is there any other actor who manages to be at once culturally ubiquitous and utterly elusive?”

Or, of Franco, they also ask: “Is this a serious post-Warhol actor/meta-celebrity or just another actor gaming his celebrity? And in either case, what is Franco trying to do?

Journalist Ivan Solotaroff writes: “Franco has this stoner like way of zoning out, then talking in [William] Faulkner-length paragraphs.”

Here are some more juicy details from his interview:

On homosexuality rumors: “One of my professors at Yale… had been a 19th-century- literature scholar. But as soon as he brought his queer life into that world, it gave him this energy and a realization: It wasn’t about being gay but about being different. And that gave me a feeling of enormous permission.”

On negative criticism: “All you have is what you work on and how hard you work on it. As far as the results or the reception, it’s out of your hands. That’s something I really had to come to understand.”

On his character Alien in Spring Breakers: “Alien is what happens if we get all our wishes: unrestrained consumerism, ego, id, sex…”

On taking on different careers: “…I’d become incredibly frustrated staying in the lines of my job description as an actor. I was making it hard, not only on everyone else, but on myself as well.”

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Avicii &. Nicky Romero: I Could Be The One

February 20th, 2013 by Dick

image003There’s no doubt about it. AVICII, aka Tim Bergling, is most definitely “The One.” The two-time Grammy Award-nominated A-list DJ and producer recently revealed his brand new single with Dutch house legend Nicky Romero, “I Could Be The One”.

On Christmas Eve, AVICII vs NICKY ROMERO released the official music video, and the exuberant message of personal freedom has already amassed nearly 8.5 million YouTube/VEVO views.  This alchemic collaboration between two of dance music’s finest has had fans salivating since the instrumental was first previewed  in February 2012. Pairing Avicii’s infectious melodic talents with Romero’s big, high-energy sound, the result is a bold progressive house anthem from two rising stars. ‘I Could Be The One’ looks set to be one of the dance-pop crossover phenomenon’s biggest success stories as it has already infiltrated key Top 40 stations and is #1 on Beatport home page leading up to the wide release.

Earlier this month, Avicii launched his “Avicii x You” collaborative project, encouraging fans and producers globally to craft and send beats and sounds that will comprise his next track. In just one week, he received over 5000 sound submissions, from 2600 artists from more than 100 countries around the world.  This is quickly becoming the world’s largest artist collaboration project, being featured in CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, MTV.com, and countless other sites and blogs. The artist and all other royalty participants in the final track have agreed to donate their royalties to the charity foundation, House For Hunger founded in 2011 by AVICII and Ash Pournouri to fight the constantly growing hunger problem worldwide.   Avicii’s 2011 House for Hunger Tour benefitted Feeding America to the tune of $1 million.

Last year proved to be remarkable for AVICII. He headlined Ultra Music Festival, Coachella, and Austin City Limits. He jumped to #3 on the DJ Mag Top 100 Vote, was ranked #3 DJ on Forbes DJ List, and reached #2 Musician on Forbes Most Powerful Artists Under 30. “Levels” became one of the most-played tracks in the world and netted him a second Grammy nom. His headline tour sold out in hours, and he was the first electronic artist to play Radio City.

Nicky Romero’s 2012 was a year emblematic of a world’s top-tier DJ. Aside from “Wild One Two” – the anthemic collaboration with David Guetta and Sia under the newly established record label Jack Back – Nicky has released countless other dance floor juggernauts such as “Toulouse”, “Generation 303”, “Camorra” and of course “Nicktim”. Unlike like many other producers, each of Romero’s releases reasserts the claim that he is here to stay. Having frequented the festival circuit with headline gigs at the likes of UMF Miami, Energy in Holland, Electric Zoo in New York, and Belgium’s Tomorrowland – not forgetting his residency at the Marquee club in Las Vegas – this has been one hell of a year for the now star-studded Dutch artist.

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Kenneth Cole : Designing Charity

February 18th, 2013 by Dick
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Beyond being a designer, Kenneth Cole has always been a man of causes.

Those causes have been reflected throughout his consciousness-raising, thought-provoking, and award-winning  advertising campaigns.

Last week he was officially recognized for “27 years of AIDS activism” by amfAR (where he has worked tirelessly as a board member since 1987 and became chair in 2004) during New York Fashion Week. The special award was presented to Cole by his brother-in-law, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Cole was joined by two other celebrity amfAR ambassadors: Janet Jackson and Heidi Klum.

There was also a buzz around NYFW because Cole, after a seven years absence, returned to the runway. “As I returned to fashion week, it was important for my show to be about something bigger than just fashion,” he said, “While we’ve made tremendous strides towards finding a cure for AIDS, there is still much work to be done.”

Philanthropist Cole donated $1 million smackers to amfAR. He also served as the executive producer of the HBO documentary,The Battle of amfAR,” that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2013 last month. Of his passion for activism in the fight against AIDS, Cole modestly said in Women’s Wear Daily (February 6, 2013), “I found an opportunity to play a very meaningful role in a very critical initiative.”

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Superman: Truth, Justice and Homophobia?

February 14th, 2013 by Dick
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Last week, DC  Comics announced Adventures of Superman, a new series released digitally and in print will feature a stories written by sci-fie author Orson Scott Card. Card is a staunch, vocal opponent of homosexuality and a board member of the National Organization for Marriage, a group actively working to keep same-sex marriage illegal. Gay and straight comic fans alike have become to scream protest, that an infamous bigot would be tapped to write the stories of an American icon.

This is not Card’s first foray into the world of superhero comics, and there was a backlash when Marvel gave him two “Ultimate Iron Man” miniseries.  A writer’s personal opinions shouldn’t affect his qualifications, but when those opinions are as public and enthusiastic as  Card’s, DC should think about how the decision to hire him is going to be interpreted by its readers. If someone chooses to boycott DC because of this, there are plenty of other places they can spend their money.

DC issued this official response : “As content creators we steadfastly support freedom of expression, however the personal views of individuals associated with DC Comics are just that — personal views — and not those of the company itself.”

The publisher has a history of being pro-LGBT with its series. Batwoman, featuring a strong and nuanced lesbian superheroine who shares Gotham City with Batman, has won two GLAAD Media Awards for outstanding comic book and is up for a third this year.

In a 2000 interview with Salon, Card was quoted as saying, “Gay rights is a collective delusion that’s being attempted. And the idea of ‘gay marriage’ — it’s hard to find a ridiculous enough comparison.” He’s futher espoused these beliefs in places like a 2004 essay, where he described same-sex marriage as a “Humpty-Dumpty-ish wish.”

A petition on allout.org calling for DC to “drop Orson Scott Card now”  has over 12,000 supporters, with an original goal of 10,000.

Card’s story is scheduled to debut online on April 29.

 

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Justin Timberlake & Tom Ford Double Team!

February 12th, 2013 by Dick
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One is; the other isn’t.

Gay, that is.

But queer designer Tom Ford and heterosexual uber-ally fashionista Justin Timberlake have teamed up for his first single on his latest album, appropriately named, “Suit & Tie”.  Did you see him perform on the Grammy’s? AH-MAZING!

If you did see him at the Grammy’s – then you know that “Suit & Tie” – featuring Jay-Z is one hot tune. But, back to fashion….The multi-talented Ford confessed that he “adores Justin.  He has innate style and enormous talent.”

For the album’s cover, Ford and his design team literally provided made-to-measure tailoring and accessories for Timberlake’s ensemble. The two worked very closely together with lucky Ford dressing sexy Timberlake in a satin peak-lapelled tuxedo, pique front shirt and a signature Ford oversize bow tie. Ford put Timberlake in other stylish ensembles, including a three-piece suit and a black lapel two-piece tuxedo.

Personally, I think Justin can do NO wrong…  And the style and glamour he is serving is to DIE for…. TO DIE!

 

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Hot Boy Alert: Augustus Britton

February 8th, 2013 by Dick

LA-Story_Interview-Magazine-01 22-year-old, Brooklyn-born, celebrity-bred, Augustus Britton is a transplant from the East Coast to Hollywood.

He only arrived a handful of months ago in Los Angeles, but he quickly before he himself with his first starring role in Electric Slide, directed by Tristan Patterson.  Recently profiled in Interview (February 2013), the swarthy-looking, bad boy posture of Britton will undoubtedly go a LONG way.

Unlike many other actors, Britton was born with a creative, artistic gene.  He almost had no choice but to travel to the West Coast to seek out fame, fortune and the opportunity to hone his acting skills. (His father is the last American impressionist painter, Jeff Britton.)

Does he have a role model in the field of acting? You’re damn right, and the Britton apple doesn’t fall far from the family tree. His Hollywood familial ties are with his grandmother Estelle Parsons, an Academy Award winner (for best supporting actress in the classic, Bonnie and Clyde) of whom he speaks fondly: “She’s won an Oscar and been nominated for four Tonys. She’s a no bullshit artist.”

Sounds like Britton is cut from the same cloth.

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2013 Movie Preview

February 5th, 2013 by Dick

Last night’s Super Bowl (Hooray for the Ravens!) got me thinking about all the blockbusters that 2013 has to offer. Besides Madea Gets A Job! This

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coming year has a solid slate of sci-fi, super-hero, and action-adventure movies to keep you stuffing the popcorn in your face!

IRON MAN 3 (Release date: May 3, 2013)

Following up the gigantic success of The Avengers, this movie kicks off “Phase 2″ for Marvel Studios, so how will it lead into Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Avengers 2. A new trailer debuted at the Super Bowl, and while I’m not overwhelmed with the perceived plot – I really really love this film series, for one major reason: Robert Downey, Jr.’s Tony Stark.

THE LONE RANGER (Release date: July 3, 2013)
The big screen return of the mysterious masked man has taken a DAMN LONG TIME! This iconic hero is getting a wild treatment, with the reteaming of Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp – the duo behind the mega-success of Pirates of the Caribbean. Arnie Hammer as the Ranger ain’t a bad choice either. Hammer is so easy on the eyes…
KICK-ASS 2 (Release date: June 28, 2013)
I LOVE KICK-ASS.  Ultar-violent but awfully cute, the original made me laugh and cry. The sequel bring back most of the last flick’s cast, and also features Jim Carrey and Donald Faison. Internet sp0ilers reveal that Hit-Girl has retired though… No Hit-Girl! No retire!
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS  (Release date: May 17, 2013)
J.J. Abrams turned this venerable sci-fi franchise around, taking a boring and staid property and updating it with sex, youth and relevance. The last movie made $258 million at the box office and was balls-to-the-wall amazing! This follow-up features a mystery villain that has the geek-world guessing, so expect long lines come spring!
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THOR: THE DARK WORLD (Release date: Nov. 8, 2013)

Chris Hemsworth, enough said. 
PACIFIC RIM (Release date: July 12, 2013)
A film about giant, human-piloted robots that battle equally big monsters? Hmmmmmmm….. Sounds like something out of Japan… This is superb director Guillermo del Toro’s love letter to all that is Godzilla, Shogun Warriors, Voltron, etc….

MAN OF STEEL (Release date: June 14, 2013)

C’mon! Sure, DC Comics has had a hard time of it when it comes to the big screen: Green Lantern, Jonah Hex, Watchmen or The Losers were all kind of stinkers. And Superman Returns? AWFUL.  But Man of Steel will turn out: Sure, it has Christopher Nolan (Dark Knight trilogy) as producer,  has Watchmen‘s Zack Snyder as director, and the incredibly hunky Henry Cavill as Superman. This is the movie to beat all the above, or to stumble the hardest.

So, wanna go to the movies?

 
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Warm Bodies: A Loud & Queer Review

January 30th, 2013 by Dick

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Warm Bodies is the firstthat I know of – zombie romantic comedy, or zom-rom-com in Hollywood-speak.

It’s set in a world most of us movie goers are familiar with, an Earth where some weird plague has killed almost everyone or turned them into the living dead. No need for an explanation on the science of how it happens, it just does. So, the zombies start munchie on any any humans they can, you know: “BRAINNSSSSSSSSS”…  To protect themselves from these already-dead killing machines, the remaining humans go all paramilitary and build big walls. Yup, nothing new here…

But in this George Romero world, we find “R” (played with some real acting chops by Nicholas Hoult)- a young male zombie who is tired of being a zombie. Thru his deft narration, we find out all about his very boring life. Trust me, its boring. Don’t pick zombie if you have a choice.  R and a bunch of other zombie slackers live in an airport, trudging around and occasionally heading into town to hunt.  On one hunt, they come across the super-tasty Perry (super-tasty Dave Franco) and his girlfriend Julie (Teresa Palmer ).  R immediately eats Perry’s brain, and falls in love with Julie. Love triangle neutralized!

Over the course of the next hour, we see one of the must unusual romantic metaphors I have ever seen on the big screen. Watching a walking corpse try to make whoopie with a young lady who has been trained for 8 years to kill him, is WAY more awkward then any shit YOU had to go thru…

I’ll stop there… I don’t ant to give away too much more about the movie.  It’s a cute little romp and it deserves your $. Even if you don’t like zombie movies, or horror movies, this one really isn’t that scary. I am afraid of my cat and I didn’t even jump once.  So, if your looking for horror – go see Mama!

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