February 11, 2016

Tom of Finland movie in the works

Touko Laaksonen - Tom of FinlandA biopic of gay erotic artist Touko Laaksonen - better known as Tom of Finland - is currently in the works.
 
The film has been in the planning stages for three years, and will be distributed by Protagonist Pictures once completed.
 
The movie will explore Laaksonen's life, starting at the point he returned home to Helsinki after a distinguished military career and fighting in WWII. However, he quickly discovered that his sexuality was a major issue for his community, and was forced to sneak out to hook-up with men. He found some release through his art, with its celebration of overly masculine and overly hung men.
 
"This is the story of a man ahead of his time, bravely standing up against a world virulently against his right to be who he was – a homosexual man with homosexual fantasies," explained Dome Karukoski, who will be directing the biopic.
 
"The story shows how literally one person can create change in the world, even with something as simple as an artist’s tools."
 
“We would be delighted to work with Dome Karukoski on any film, but on a film portrait of the brilliant Tom Of Finland, it is especially exciting,” said Protagonist chief exec Mike Goodridge. “This is a film about an iconic and inspirational figure which will find audiences all over the world.”
 
The film started shooting recently, but the cast will not be revealed until February 14 at a news conference during the Berlin Film Festival.
 
It will be interesting to see who is cast as his muses ... and if they are as hung as the images depict!
 
Tom of Finland
 
Protagonist Pictures Boards Dome Karukoski’s ‘Tom Of Finland’ [Deadline]
 
Berlin: ‘Tom of Finland’ Movie to Shoot in Sweden [Variety]


February 9, 2016

Miss Fame and Violet Chachki "Run the Runway"

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7 winner Violet Chacki and contestant Miss Fame have come together to record “I Run the Runway.”
 
And things get a little nasty on said runway ... as the claws come out and the gals fight for the spotlight. (Happily, there's a happy ending!)
 


February 7, 2016

Jonathan Groff dishes the dirt about "Looking" finale

In this segment of Groundbreakers - A Conversation with Jonathan Groff, the stage and television star discusses the upcoming series finale of the hit HBO series Looking, including some info on his sex scenes.


January 27, 2016

Matt Smith takes on Robert Mapplethorpe

Matt SmithFormer Doctor Who lead Matt Smith has been cast to play Robert Mapplethorpe in an upcoming biopic of the controversial photographer. He will be joined by Zosia Mamet, who will play Patti Smith, Mapplethorpe's one-time lover and best friend.
 
"We'll honour Mapplethorpe on the 25th year of his death by bringing him to life on screen," director Ondi Timoner said. "After several years of developing this script and searching across the globe for the perfect talent to embody the rich and layered roles of visionary artists Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith, I am ecstatic to have found Matt Smith and Zosia Mamet.
 
"They will bring indelible passion, raw humanity, and authenticity to this timeless, inspiring story."
 
Mapplethorpe covered many topics in his photographic series, but seemed especially drawn to sexuality and the underground S&M scene.
 
In 1988 he explained that he wasn't trying to be shocking: "I don't like that particular word 'shocking.' I'm looking for the unexpected. I'm looking for things I've never seen before … I was in a position to take those pictures. I felt an obligation to do them."
 
He was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986 and died 3 years later. 
 
Done well, this could be a truly amazing film about the life of a one of the greatest photographers of the last billion years!
 
Matt Smith to play photographer Mapplethorpe [BBC News]
 
Mapplethorpe and his images


January 23, 2016

Brandon Skeie's "So Bad" is quite good

Brandon Skeie is best known for his viral covers of popular hits like Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?” and Adele’s “Hello." The young, openly gay singer is now ready to try his luck with his own music, dropping his first single "So Bad.”

And it doesn't hurt that he's so damn cute!

Brandon Skeie


January 2, 2016

Queer musicians you should be listening to

Need some amazing new music in your life for 2016? Does your MP3 player deserve a shake-up? 

Well, here are five queer artists we think you might have missed over the past few years that you really should be listening to.

5. Hi Fashion

Hi Fashion is campy and fun. Jen DM and Rick Gradone are the masterminds behind the music, which is a mix of electronic, upbeat pop songs with ironic and humorous lyrics. The two actually met at a gay bar when Rick thought Jen was a drag queen. Oops!

Sample single: "Where is the Party?" This was released as a single in mid-2015.

 

4. John Grant

John Grant is a talented American singer-songwriter. Some of you may know him better as the front man for the Denver-based alternative rock band The Czars from way back in the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2010 he decided to head out on his own, and has so far released four solo albums (the most recent being 2015's Grey Tickles, Black Pressure).

Sample single: "Ernest Borgnine." The song is from Pale Green Ghosts and features Grant opening up about being HIV+.

 

3. Pentatonix

Probably one of the better known artists on the list, Pentatonix is the acapella group that has made a mint off of reworking popular pop songs. What you may not know is that the group just released a self-titled album of original material.

Sample single: "First Things First." Amazing, considering no real instruments - aside from the human voice - were used to create these songs!

 

2. Grimes

Hailing from Canada, Grimes was born and raised in Vancouver. She started her career by exploring underground sounds and experimental music, but eventually settled on slightly alternative-pop music for her signature style. Art Angels is her fourth studio album and was released in 2015.

Sample single: "Flesh without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream," which is a nice change from the endless Taylor Swift songs being played on the radio these days.

 

1. Troye Sivan

Troye is the youngest artist on the list. Although he's only 21, the South-African born Australian has appeared in several TV shows and movies, and has developed a huge following as a YouTube personality. He came out in 2013. A year later he secured a record deal with EMI Australia.

Sample single: "Happy Little Pill." From his debut album TRXYE, this sing debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in over 55 countries.


December 30, 2015

Are "Star Wars" leads on their way to gay?

Star Wars gayRumors have started to spread across the Internet that Star Wars: The Force Awakens may be the first movie in the sci-fi franchise to include a couple of gay characters. Even better: the two men may be developing feelings for one another.
 
True, Star Wars has the endearingly queer couple of C3PO and R2D2, but robots don't really count. (Sorry to all our robot readers out there!)
 
According to some fans, lead characters Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) are well on their way to becoming lovers.
 
Now, if you have seen the movie you are probably having a "WTF" moment. In the film, Finn is very interested in female lead Rey. He even risks his life to save her. And unless we're about to find out they are actually brother and sister (like Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker), it seems that we're about to see a wonderful interracial love affair, not a gay one.
 
But some gay fans are hopeful. The arguments for a gay storyline, though weak, are:
  1. Poe chose the name Finn for his new buddy;
  2. Poe and Finn hug after they find out that they're both okay, even though they hardly know each other;
  3. They seem very, very happy when they spot one another;
  4. Poe tells Finn to keep his jacket, cause “it suits you.”

Oh, and there is that hardcore blowjob scene ... 

Alas, the rumors are obviously nothing more than grasping at straws. Still, we do agree that Finn and Poe would make an adorable couple!
 
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December 23, 2015

Steve Grand: All I want for Christmas is You

Mariah Carey's romantic Christmas ballad is given a boy-on-boy twist, thanks to Steve Grand:


December 15, 2015

Cute Oxford University boys cover of "Santa Baby"

Out of the Blue has reworked Eartha Kitt’s Christmas classic, “Santa Baby,” with a wonderful gay twist!

The Oxford University a capella group even has a video that was shot on campus, with several cute college boys thrown in for good measure.


December 4, 2015

Cazwell gets all "Spicy"

Rapper Cazwell is back with a catchy beat, a few dope rhymes (and some not-so-dope one's as well) and a bevy of hot boys. Even porn stars Tayte Hanson and Boomer Banks are on hand to help turn up the heat!


December 3, 2015

Finally, a "Drag Race" Christmas special

RuPaul Christmas special
 
RuPaul is celebrating Christmas with all her favorite queens this year, ringing in the holidays with the first ever Drag Race Christmas special.
 
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Green Screen Christmas is part of Logo TV’s holiday programming, Happy Holigays, and will include drag stars and celebrities and lots of queer cheer.
 
"This holiday TV special and new Christmas album Slay Belles are my gifts to all the truly twisted RuPaul’s Drag Race fans around the world, who continue to inspire me with their love for everything sickening and fabulous," RuPaul said.
 
Appearing on the special: Todrick Hall, Big Freedia and Ellis Miah, Michelle Visage, Siedah Garrett and Markaholic. Drag Race faves Latrice Royale, Raja, Alyssa Edwards, Laganja Estranja and Shangela will also be on hand.
 
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Green Screen Christmas premieres Sunday 13 December at 8pm on Logo. (If you have Logo, invite us to watch it with you. We'll bring the fruitcake!)
 


November 29, 2015

Two Brazilian actors kiss in support of gay rights

Bruno Gagliasso kisses João Vicente
 
Openly heterosexual actors Bruno Gagliasso and João Vicente de Castro took a stand for gay rights by sharing a passionate kiss at Brazil’s GQ Men of the Year Awards in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.
 
Both are well known in Brazil and used the smooch to protest homophobia and the machismo culture in the country.
 
Gagliasso then shared an image of the kiss to Instagram, dedicating it to all the "macho card-carriers, hypocritical and prejudiced," and explaining that there was nothing wrong with one man showing "affection and love" for another man.
 
The actor is straight and married, but has played gay on TV. He starred as Roberto Júnior in the Brazilian soap opera América.
 
The post has received over 80,000 likes. Make that 80,001!
 


November 24, 2015

"Modern Family" actor confirms he's gay

Reid EwingReid Ewing is gay.
 
The 27-year-old actor, best known for playing Sarah Hyland’s boyfriend Dylan on Modern Family, revealed the news over the weekend. 
 
On Thursday, The Huffington Post published an article by Ewing where he opened up about his struggle with body dysmorphia and addiction to plastic surgery. He started getting work done when he was only 19 years old.
 
“I genuinely believed if I had one procedure I would suddenly look like Brad Pitt," he wrote
 
While talking about his article on Twitter, he revealed that he was gay.
 
He tweeted: "Saw Eugene Bata on @GMA in the Body Dysmorphia segment connected to my article and I just want to say he is hot [as fuck]."
 
When asked if he had just outed himself, Ewing said, "I was never in."
 
Hopefully he's over his plastic surgery obsession and able to recognize what a hottie he is.


November 17, 2015

"Jesus had two dads" sign not about gays, says priest

 
A Catholic priest who put up a "Jesus had 2 dads ... and he turned out just fine" sign has quickly removed it, following a backlash from some within the Catholic community.
 
The sign went up last week. It seemed to suggest that St. Columba-Brigid Roman Catholic Church in Buffalo, NY, supported queer families. Horror! The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo ordered the sign be taken down on Monday.
 
Rev. Roy Herberger, who set up the sign, said it was all a misunderstanding. He simply wanted to express his support for children with stepparents -- not for icky same-sex parents.
 
"I only had one purpose," he said. "After 48 years in the church, I see so many kids with stepparents, or even in single-family homes or being raised by grandparents, who feel that they're not as good as other kids who have nuclear mother and father family. I wanted to provide support and understanding for kids in that situation."
 
"As soon as I learned of this sign, I took immediate action to have it removed," Bishop Richard J. Malone said in a statement. "There are several children in his parish who have both a father and stepfather ... however, given the potential for the meaning of this message to be misunderstood and even perceived in a heretical way, it was immediately removed."
 
To be fair, the priest should have known how the message would have been interpreted. (Or maybe, just maybe, he did ... )

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