July 22, 2014

First trailer for ‘The Imitation Game’ Alan Turing biopic

The first trailer for a biopic about the life of gay codebreaker and computer genius Alan Turing has been released.
The US film, titled The Imitation Game, was written by Andrew Hodges, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing. Turing is considered to be the father of modern computing, and played a key role in deciphering German codes in World War II. His achievements, however, were overshadowed when he was prosecuted for "gross indecency" in 1952, because of his relations with other men.

Jay Brannan is back with "Always, Then, & Now"

Jay Brannan's new album Always, Then, & Now has already spawned two amazing singles ...

July 8, 2014

Doc about gay athletes secretly filmed in Russia

Johnny WeirVladimir Putin won't be too happy about this: a secret documentary about the lives of gay athletes was filmed under his nose during the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.
The documentary, To Russia With Love, will premiere on US cable channel EPIX in October. It promises to examine "human rights through the lens of LGBT athletes," following several in the run-up to and during the Sochi Olympics. Parts of the film were also shot in New York, Toronto, Calgary and St. Petersburg.
“As gay athletes fight for equality continues to gain momentum, EPIX is proud to provide a platform for this important global conversation," explained EPIX CEO Mark Greenberg. 
Oddly, the documentary will be hosted by Johnny Weir. The openly gay figure skater said he would not speak out against Russia's anti-gay laws while visiting the country during the Winter Games, opting instead to show "respect [for] the culture."
Jason Collins, snowboarders Belle Brockhoff and Simona Meiler, and ice hockey player Charline Labonté are some of the people profiled in the film. To Russia With Love also features interviews and commentary from David Remnick, editor-in-chief of The New Yorker, and actor Stephen Fry.
Russian portions of the film were shot with neither permits nor consent of the country's authorities. It seems Putin is not all-seeing and all-knowing after all!

July 6, 2014

These gays are totally animated

Nate Clark and Allen Loeb have created a new animated web series called Somewhere In Palm Springs, about three gay buddies and their gal pal fruit fly. The first episode aired June 24.
"Life is hard when you're young, dumb and hungry...poolside in Palm Springs, California," the creators wrote. "Somewhere In Palm Springs is the harrowing tale of 4 friends forced to wait a normal amount of time for their lunch to arrive to their lounge chairs — they share hopes, dreams, neuroses, and the sordid details of their various one night stands. They may be vapid, but, hey, at least they're vapid."

July 3, 2014

Drag queen Adore Delano just wants to "Party"

Adore Delano is probably best known for appearing on the seventh season of American Idol (as her non-drag self, Danny Noriega) and the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Her first studio album released as Adore, Till Death Do Us Party, was released last month.

June 30, 2014

Demi Lovato shows some pride in “Really Don’t Care” video

Earlier this month, Demi Lovato filmed the video for her single “Really Don’t Care” at L.A. Pride.
“I realized the song kind of had this negative energy to it that’s really not me,” Demi told NewNowNext. “When it came time to record the music video, I thought, ‘what’s a way we can turn this into an empowering message?’ It just so happened to fall on the timeline of [L.A.] Pride, and I was grand marshal… so I said why don’t we just shoot it at Pride? It was one of the best days of my life.”

June 29, 2014

Ian McKellan's gay sitcom coming to the United States

Cast from britcom ViciousTonight, PBS will debut Vicious, the British comedy about two gay lovers who have been together for 50 years. It stars openly gay actors Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi.
The show aired on ITV in the United Kingdom in 2013. It has been picked up for a second season. However, it was heavily criticized for relying on camp stereotypes, with The Guardian complaining that the series “cheerfully trades in clichés of homosexuality.”
“The fact that it was about two old queens — that it was an out, fun, in-your-face, gay plot — added to the spice and the fun,” countered Jacobi. However, he admitted the show was easy to love or hate. “Marmite is a spread in England that you either love or loathe,” he said, “and Vicious brought with it a touch of the Marmite.”
Here's a taste of what you can expect ...
Check your local listings for times.

June 28, 2014

Oh my, George Takei gets a documentary

Legendary actor, activist and pop culture icon George Takei is being profiled in a new documentary. To be Takei hits theaters August 22.

June 25, 2014

Artist recreates fairy tale fun for adults

Zolushka with Colby Keller
If Disney's Cinderella is a little too tame for your liking, then Wes Hurley might have what you need. The filmmaker has decided to rework some classic fairy tales with a gay twist and a few extra dicks.
His short film, Zolushka, is an X-rated retelling of the Russian version of Cinderella. And he's tossed in some porn star hotness in the form of Colby Keller as Prince Charming. What would Putin think? 
"I really love Tom of Finland," he told BananaGuide. "His imagination is much hotter to me than anything real porn can come up with. I also love reinterpreting iconic stories with gay characters. My friends approached me with the idea for the Peter and the Wolf short about gay werewolves.  When we finished the short I was so happy with it, it inspired me to do a whole anthology in that style."  
And how did he end up casting Colby?
"I met Colby through a friend and he stayed with me when he visited Seattle a year ago," he explained. "He's not only the hottest adult star around; he's also incredibly sweet, intelligent and down to Earth. I knew I wanted to work with him and when this project came up, I thought he was perfect for the role of Prince Charming.  It's not a stretch to imagine an army of gay guys lined up to have their chance with him.  
"Professionally, Colby is a delight to work with. He has a very gentle and calm energy about him and the camera LOVES him, as we all know."
Before Zolushka, Wes released the wonderfully naughty Peter and the Wolf, in which Peter runs into a very hot werewolf while cruising in the park. We won't give anything away, but we did learn one very important thing: werewolves are hung!
Wes hopes to rework more fairy tales, eventually releasing them as a set.
"When all of the shorts are complete I will release them as an anthology on DVD. My dream is to have Elvira present them!" 
Zolushka is now making the rounds on the gay film festival circuit, including at Outfest in LA this July.
While the fairy tales aren't available online, you can check out Wes's webseries "Capitol Hill," about an innocent young girl named Roses Smell, who leaves behind a troubled life in Portland, and moves to beautiful Seattle hoping to find something better. The series is presented by BenDeLaCreme and the full first season can be watched here
Peter and the Wolf

June 17, 2014

Jimmy Somerville re-records "Smalltown Boy"

Thirty years ago, "Smalltown Boy" by the British group Bronski Beat was released on the band's debut album The Age of Consent.
The song quickly became a popular gay anthem and was even a commercial success, cracking the top 10 in the UK, Australia, Canada and France. It hit number 1 in the US dance charts, but only reached number 48 in the US pop chart. 
The official video for the song didn't shy away from the gay theme, following Jimmy Somerville as the boy who is forced to leave his parents' home to hide his sexuality. He is later attacked by a homophobic gang in an alley, taken home by police and finds some support from his mother but not his father.
Not bad in a time when there were very few out performers (even George Michael was still in the closet).
Somerville recently reprised the single in a new recording. This guy has a voice that just won't quit!

June 15, 2014

Miss Coco Peru wants you to "Show Me Your Pride"

It's Pride month! Celebrate being you!

June 6, 2014

Adore Delano releases “I Adore U” music video

Former Drag Race contestant Adore Delano has released a second single from her upcoming album. The video for the song, "I Adore You," follows a romantic relationship in reverse — beginning with tragedy and ending with a sense of hope. 
Delano explained that this single was the most personal on her album. She said she cried when she first watched the completed video, saying that it was based on a relationship in which she hurt a truly “awesome guy."

June 4, 2014

The best in LGBT books

The winners of the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards - also known as the “Lammys” - were announced on Sunday night.

The Lambda ceremony included over 500 attendees, sponsors, and celebrities who gathered to celebrate excellence in LGBT literature and 26 years of the groundbreaking literary awards.

And the winners?

Gay books

GAY EROTICA: The Padisah’s Son and the Fox: an erotic novella, Alex Jeffers, Lethe Press.
GAY ROMANCE: Into This River I Drown, TJ Klune, Dreamspinner Press.
GAY GENERAL FICTIONMundo Cruel: Stories, Luis Negron [translated by Suzanne Jill Levine, Seven Stories Press]
Gay books
LGBT SF/F/HORRORDeath by Silver, Melissa Scott & Amy Griswold, Lethe Press
LGBT GRAPHIC NOVELCalling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir, Nicole J. Georges, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
GAY MYSTERYThe Prisoner of the Riviera: A Francis Bacon Mystery, Janice Law, MysteriousPress.com/Open Road Media.
Who else won?

> CONTINUE READING The best in LGBT books

June 3, 2014

Online reality show offering $1 million for new porn star

Amanda Knox, the Sex factorMove over America's Got Talent and The Voice, there's a new reality show competition in the works: The Sex Factor
The show will feature eight men and eight women, all vying for the grand prize of $1 million dollars and the chance to appear in a scene with porn star Belle Knox. (We'd just take the money!)
Knox, who will host the competition, is best known as the freshman at Duke University who made headlines when it was revealed that she turned to the porn industry in order to pay for college.
The 16 contestants are total amateurs, and will get special coaching from porn professionals like Tori Black, Remy LaCroix, and Keiran Lee.
“Think of American Idol,” the program’s creator told the New York Daily News. “It’ll be just like that.”
The final winner will be selected by American fans.