February 24, 2015

Oscar-winning screenwriter comes out as straight

Graham Moore not gay

On Sunday night, Graham Moore took away the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. He won for penning the biopic The Imitation Game

The movie is the true life story of Alan Turing, the father of modern computer science and a necessarily closeted gay man. During World War II, Turing played a pivotal role in defeating the Nazis as the lead mathematician in the British project to decipher the highly complex Enigma codes used by the German armed forces. Following the war, however, he was prosecuted for and convicted of homosexual acts. He later committed suicide. 

Moore has stated that Turning was a kindred spirit. And when he gave his Oscar acceptance speech, it sounded like he, too, was gay.

"I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere," he said, after telling the crowd that he had contemplated suicide when he was 16. "Yes, you do. I promise you do. Stay weird, stay different."
Then backstage, he added: "“I’ve been obsessed with Alan’s story since I was a teenager. ... He was a tremendous hero of mine. Alan always seemed like the outsider’s outsider in his own time for so many reasons. Because he was the smartest man in every room that he entered. Because he was a gay man at a time when that was not simply frowned upon, but also illegal. And then, because he was keeping all these secrets for the government.
"He was a guy who was apart from society for so many different reasons, but because he was apart from society he was able to see the world in a way that no one else had, and I found that incredibly inspirational.”
But no, that doesn't mean Moore is gay.
"I'm not gay, but I've never talked publicly about depression before or any of that and that was so much of what the movie was about and it was one of the things that drew me to Alan Turing so much," he later told Buzzfeed. "I think we all feel like weirdos for different reasons. Alan had his share of them and I had my own and that's what always moved me so much about his story."
If you still haven't seen the movie, you really should. It is an important piece of queer history, and an amazing film.

February 23, 2015

The highlight of the 2015 Oscars

Well, the Oscars are now done for another year.

Reviews of Neil Patrick Harris' performance as host of the evening's festivities are mixed, at best. On the plus side: he has a nice body!

Neil Patrick Harris in his undies at the oscars

February 16, 2015

Video: "3 Eras of Gay Sex in 3 Minutes"

3 Eras of Gay Sex in 3 Minutes celebrates the history of gay sex, fetish, and cruising. The short film stars gay hip-hop artist Rikki Crowley and HIV activist Zachary Barnett. The soundtrack includes poetry by Walt Whitman, a voiceover by Truman Capote, and human pup play master, Pup Boss Jyan.
“This film is about sharing a facet of our history that is rarely represented in mainstream gay media,” said artist Leo Herrera. “While I applaud the strides we’ve made in our mainstream visibility, it sometimes comes at the expense of our sexuality. Gay fetish is treated as a punchline, or punished with disease. The drag queens and gay characters I see on television do not represent what I see at Folsom Street Fair, or at a Brooklyn gay warehouse party on a Saturday night or any of the Eagles in the country. There is an inherent romance to cruising, a jolt of electricity to our secrets and codes, that’s what this clip is about.”
The film is a follow-up to Leo’s The Fortune Teller, a 2013 Pride Month video that presented 50 years of gay history in 5 minutes, getting over 50,000 hits during its first week up.

February 11, 2015

Fame more fleeting than ever before

Hoping to one day find your fifteen minutes of fame? Well, according to a recent article in the New York Times, you might have to settle for fifteen seconds, or less! There's even a term for it: nanofame. 

Because of the Internet, it is easier than ever to get your voice out there. You can create a funny video. You can send the perfect tweet. You can pull off a celebrity selfie. And if enough people like it, you go viral.

Problem is, you and a zillion (literally a zillion, we did the math) other people are fighting for the same crowd, so getting noticed isn't easy. And once you do, someone else comes along and steals your thunder. You will likely become nothing more than an obscure footnote on the Interweb.

As writer Alex Williams points out, there are lots of examples of individuals rising from obscurity only to fade away just as quickly.

Jeremy Meeks

Jeremy Meeks is the perfect example. He's the hot felon who made hearts swoon around the world. He was super hot, and his bad boy image seemed to help rather than hurt his popularity.

Williams wrote: "... the photograph of the 30-year-old “mug shot hottie” ricocheted around the web, from the Facebook page of the police department in Stockton, Calif., to a Twitter hashtag #FelonCrushFriday to, soon after, stories on “The Colbert Report” and “Good Morning America.” Mr. Meeks signed with an agent who was quoted in The Daily News saying that he could earn up to $100,000 a month for modeling and other gigs."

And now? He's apparently in prison, so you probably won't be seeing him on any billboards or TV ads anytime soon.

Chris Crocker's "Leave Britney Alone!" video has been watched over 48 million times.

Of course, there are many other examples. Chris Crocker, made famous by his whining rant demanding people "leave Britney alone!", is now doing gay porn. And who knows what happened to the teen cutie Alex from Target? He's probably back as a cashier (if he ever was one to begin with).

It's called nanofame. It's quick. It lasts as long as a Vine video (8 seconds for those of you not in the know). And these insta-celebs are only really known by their followers; the rest of the world is basically clueless to their existence.

“When the number of competing media platforms multiply from a few big ‘networks for all,’ like Myspace and Facebook, to, say, hundreds of smaller ones geared toward niche interests, it opens up more prospects of fame for more individuals, although on a smaller scale and at a more fleeting pace than before,” Brad Kim, editor of editor of the Know Your Meme site, said. 

It's no wonder then, that true "porn stars" are becoming rarer with each passing year.  

You can read more about the nanofame phenomenon here

February 10, 2015

Reality-based musical about porn biz launches off-Broadway

Pretty Filthy

There's a new show off-Broadway that is like nothing you've ever seen before. Pretty Filthy is a reality-based show about the L.A. porn industry. Oh, and it's a musical!

The show was first created by L.A.’s Center Theater Group, which interviewed several people from within the adult industry before creating the play. Bess Wohl worked the information into a narrative, and Michael Friedman was brought in to create the music. 
The concept has been likened to A Chorus Line, with XXX performers, promoters and agents talking about their lives and insecurities in an increasingly competitive profession. 
The play even explores how stars choose their porn names. Becky, for example went with Taylor St. Ives — “like, you know, the, um, Apricot Face Scrub?”  
Talent agent Shy Love explains to a young female newbie how she can prolong her life as a porn star: “So, I said, you’re brunette / small boobs, then you’re blonde / small boobs, then we go blonde / big boobs. And then when you’re done with blonde and brunette big boobs, then you add anal.” Fun!
The show, though mostly focused on straight stars, does include a story line about Bobby, aka Dick Everhard, who is transitioning into gay porn. He thinks being gay-4-pay is an option because the pay is better and his ego gets stroked as much as his cock.
The show is playing at the Abrons Art Center until the end of February.
Pretty Filthy

February 9, 2015

New music from Madonna!

Madonna may be 56, but she's not about to give way to the imitators like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. Her new single, which she debuted at Sunday night's Grammy Awards, is the catchy "Living For Love."


And the Grammy goes to ... Sam Smith!

Sam Smith wins at the Grammys

British soul singer Sam Smith was the big winner on Sunday night's Grammys, taking home record, song, new artist and best pop vocal album awards. At one point, while accepting an award, he even thanked the guy who broke his heart (resulting in many of the songs on Smith's debut album, In the Lonely Hour).

February 6, 2015

Two singers both drop videos in support of equal marriage

Two very talented singers have released new videos this week; both Sam Smith and Kelly Clarkson have decided to use their music to showcase their support for equal marriage.

For "Lay Me Down," Smith took to Facebook to explain his new video. He posted: "This song holds a very dear place in my heart. With this video myself and Ryan Hope the director have decided to make a statement and showcase something we passionately believe in. This video shows my dreams that one day gay men and women and transgendered men and women all over the world, like all our straight families and friends, will be able to get married under any roof, in any city, in any town, in any village, in any country."

Smith is nominated for multiple awards at this year's Grammys, airing Sunday evening. 

And in her new video for "Heartbeat Song," Kelly Clarkson shows that everyone has a chance to find new love following a break-up. And the gay couple even gets married!

February 5, 2015

Magic Mike is back!

Magic Mike XXL

Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias reunite for the hotly anticipated sequel Magic Mike XXL. This time the strippers take a road trip from Tampa to Myrtle Beach for a stripping convention!

The movie premieres July 3, 2015.

February 4, 2015

The "Good Will Hunting" gay sex scene you will never see

Good Will HuntingWhen Ben Affleck and Matt Damon wrote Good Will Hunting, they included a gay sex scene between the two straight male characters.
Affleck and Damon were relative newbies to the showbiz industry, but they weren't going to let just anyone produce their movie. They eventually agreed to work with Miramax Films, which was run by Harvey Weinstein. They chose Weinstein because he actually read the whole screenplay. 
"Every studio wanted the movie, every studio wanted them to be in the movie and make this film," Weinstein said while on The Graham Norton. "They were young kids, just really starting out, but they had some good roles behind them. They came to my office, and I read the script [before] the meeting, and we walked in and everything was pleasant, and then about 10 minutes into the meeting I said, 'Guys, there's just one thing on the script ... I just have one really big note. About page 60, the two professors give each other oral sex and they're on their knees and this whole big sex scene. What the hell is that? Because the guys are straight, and there's no hint of anything like that ... I don't get that scene.'"
That clinched the deal.
"They go, 'That's the scene that we wrote to find out whether guys in your job actually read the script, because every studio executive we went to ... no one brought that scene up, or maybe people thought it was a mistake or maybe nobody read it themselves.' They said, 'You're the only guy that brought it up. You get the movie.'"
Good Will Hunting grossed over $200 million worldwide. It would have done so much better if the gay sex scene had been included!
Good Will Hunting script had spoof sex scene [New Zealand Herald]

January 28, 2015

"Sex Box" is cumming to the US

sex box tv seriesGet ready America; the show you never asked for is coming to a TV set near you.

Sex Box, which was launched in the UK last year, is about couples who meet with a panel of experts before slipping into a camera-free and soundproof box on the show’s stage. What they do inside is anyone's guess, though theoretically the couples are supposed to be having sex.
When the sexy good times are over, they return to the sexperts and discuss their time in the box and other issues they may be having as a couple. 
The panel of experts includes Dr. Fran Walfish, a Beverly Hills relationship psychotherapist, Dr. Chris Donaghue, PhD, a licensed clinical therapist, and Florida-based Pastor Dr. Yvonne Capehart, PhD.
For comic relief, the show will also include comedian and podcaster Danielle Stewart.
The show premieres on WEtv on February 27 at 10pm. 
An improvement to the show would be to have the couples think they are in a soundproof and camera-free box, and then when they come out they have to watch what they did with the audience! Now that's a show we'd tune in to.

January 27, 2015

"McTucky Fried High," where the food is literally gay

There's a strange new animated web-series that you may want to check out. McTucky Fried High explores issued of gender identity, coming out and bullying. And the characters are all food!

You can check out the first episode below and follow the rest on YouTube as they come out twice a month.

January 26, 2015

Kazaky's "What You Gonna Do"

These boys know how to move! 

January 22, 2015

First peak at Ellen DeGeneres' gay-themed sitcom

Ellen is back in the sitcom game, though this time she won't be doing any on-camera work. The comedian is producing a new show for NBC called One Big Happy.
The show will launch in March, and is about a straight man (Nick Zano) and gay woman (Elisha Cuthbert) who decide to have a baby together. But just when Cuthbert's character gets pregnant, Zano lands a serious girlfriend. Hilarity - we hope - ensues (though based on the trailer below, don't expect too much!).
"You will love it, and I'll tell you why," said Ellen. "There's a lesbian in it." Um, just the one? How do we even know she's a lesbian then?