November 28, 2013
November 27, 2013
Perhaps if you didn't believe using anti-Gay demagoguery as the ultimate insult to those you hate might have something to do with it. You said you are willing to take 'some responsibility' for your behavior but you blamed strident gays for being responsible for your plight.
Here is a unique concept Alec.
Maybe if you have never repeatedly over the years used anti-LGBT language, took anger management classes and stopped your public outbursts against people you might still be on the air. The fact of the matter is that calling a photographer a 'cocksucking faggot' might be a good reason for the loss of the job.
Maybe if this was just the first time you have blown up in public the world would be more forgiving but your anger is ugly, violent and derogatory to many Americans.
Here is some unsolicited advice.
Stop blaming others and find ways to get help to contain your anger and unbelievably ugly episodes of public behavior. LGBT Americans who were offended and insulted by your outbursts didn't cause you your job. Believe it or not, you did it all by yourself!
Well known television star and trainer Bob Harper came out on the hit NBC series 'The Biggest Loser'. In a loving way, he came out on the air to a gay contestant, Bobby Saleem, who had not come out to his family yet. Harper shared his coming out experience with Saleem and encouraged Saleem to find the same joy.
According to GregInHollywood.com, Harper tweeted:
THANK YOU to everyone that supported my decision to talk about being gay w/ Bobby. I felt like it was appropriate & necessary. LOVE Y’ALL!!
What a changed world we live in when a star can casually come out on television and it isn't the cover of 'People Magazine'. Another indication of how far the LGBT community has come over the last decade.
Prince William increases his 'coolness factor' by ten last night as he took the stage to sing with Bon Jovi and Prince William! Guess what? He wasn't too bad! They sang 'Livin' On A Pray!'
The Guardian reports:
He had Ellie Goulding perform at his wedding and booked Pharrell and Kanye for the Concert For Diana, and now Prince William continues to hover his finger at least vaguely near the pulse, singing with pop-country star Taylor Swift and rock veteran Jon Bon Jovi on a cover of the latter's Livin' On A Prayer.
The ad hoc performance took place at the Winter Whites charity gala, hosted by the Duke of Cambridge at Kensington Palace to raise money for homeless charity Centrepoint. Leading Swift up to join Bon Jovi, William adjusted his cuffs in the manner of a cologne advert model, did some low-key 'soulful' fingerclicks, and then gathered around the mic for the classic chorus. With Bon Jovi taking the low notes and playing acoustic guitar, and Swift going for the big karaoke top line, William went for a well-executed mid-range harmony.
November 26, 2013
AskMen.com picked ten films where the casting of an actor absolutely made the film unbearable to watch. Do you have a movie where you felt the same way? For me, it was casting of William Shatner in "White Comanche" (above) released in 1968.
Here are five of them and you can click here to see the rest.
1. Alexander The Great (Colin Farrell)
We don't remember much of what we learned in our high school history classes, but we're reasonably certain that Alexander the Great was Greek. So, you can imagine our surprise when Oliver Stone cast Colin Farrell in the central role of his 2004 biopic. The Dublin native did nothing to disguise his Irish brogue and played Alexander as if he were a lifelong Liffeysiders fan who feasted on shamrocks and gargled with Guinness. To make matters worse, Farrell's refusal to dump his accent forced supporting actors Val Kilmer and Jared Leto to adopt Irish accents of their own to cover any anomaly. The result was a sonic mess that made the film feel far more like fantasy than the glorious history it promised to convey
2. Che! (Jack Palance)
When you think of Jack Palance (if you think of Jack Palance), you tend to think of his roles in City Slickers and Sudden Fear, and that's a good thing, because the last thing in the world this Oscar-winner would want to be remembered for is his performance as Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro in Che! The only thing remotely Cuban about Palance's portrayal were the cigars he smoked on screen, and even those tended to evoke memories of Groucho Marx rather than of history's most charismatic Marxist. Yes, Castro may have struggled against his country's corrupt Batista regime, but it's nothing compared to how audiences struggled to stay awake during this colossal waste of celluloid.
3. Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves (Kevin Costner)
Hollywood has yet to open a Horrible Accent Hall of Fame, but if it does, Kevin Costner will most certainly be in its inaugural class. This Oscar-winning actor has numerous strikes against him when it comes to trying to trying to adopt new dialects, but none are as blatant as his laughable attempt at an English “accent” in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Costner's lilt was so unconvincing that Empire magazine called his performance "just giving up."
4. Genghis Khan (John Wayne)
Hollywood producer Howard Hughes did some amazing things during his lifetime, but casting John Wayne as Genghis Khan wasn't among them. The boozy Iowa native was ill-equipped to play history's lustiest and most blood-thirsty Mongol and the film was universally panned by critics and moviegoers alike. Hughes was so embarrassed by the final product that he purchased every print of the movie for $12 million and kept it locked away in his personal vault for the next 18 years
5. Ghost Rider (Nicholas Cage)
You'd be hard pressed to find a bigger comic book nerd than Nicolas Cage. After all, the Oscar-winning actor named his son Kal-El and changed his own last name from Coppola to Cage to honour his boyhood hero, Luke Cage. However, just because he reveres superheroes doesn't mean he should play one the big screen. That was first apparent in 2007 in Ghost Rider and again in 2011 in its totally uncalled-for sequel, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. The movies may have been a dream come true for Cage, but they were a nightmare for anyone who had to sit through them.
November 19, 2013
Producer Bruce Cohen announced at the sold out Tyler Clementi Foundation event that the multi-Oscar nominated 'Milk' will be screened at the St. Petersburg LGBT Film Fest in Russia!. Cohen, who produced the movie, will travel will screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and director Gus Van Sant to be at the screening.
The screening of 'Milk' and it attendance by the activist trio will be a remarkable statement in the face of Russian oppression. The story of the life of the assassinated San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk has inspired activists around the globe.
The sixth edition of the Russian LGBT film festival Bok o Bok (Side by Side), which came under the authorities’ attack earlier this year, is to be held in St Petersburg on Nov. 21-30.
Among the highlights of the festival's lineup are Matterhorn by Dutch director Diederik Ebbinge, Xavier Dolan’s Tom a la Ferme (Tom at the Farm), W imie... (In the Name Of) by Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska and the documentary Lesbiana, by Canadian filmmaker Myriam Fougère.
The list of confirmed guests includes Ebbinge and cinematographer Dennis Wielaert, American filmmaker Marta Cunningham, whose film Valentine Road is to be screened in the documentary section, and Germany's Andreas Strohfeldt, co-director of Out in East Berlin.
The festival is also going to feature talks and discussions on LGBT issues.
Entrance to all the festival events are strictly to people over 18 years old to comply with the recently enacted controversial law "against propagation of homosexuality among minors."
Earlier this year, the festival came under attack from the authorities as it was branded a "foreign agent" and fined $15,500 (500,000 rubles,) in a move that many believe was a crackdown on non-governmental organizations. However, the festival appealed the verdict, and a higher court later
November 03, 2013
Photographer David Leventi has traveled the world to photograph the most stunning and beautiful Opera Houses in the world. Leventi is so talented and captures not only the beauty but the subtle differences in each one.
See all of them by clicking here.
Margravial Opera House (Bayreuth, Germany)
Palau de Musica Catalana (Barcelona, Spain)
November 01, 2013
She is only nine years old but little Amira Willghagen wowed the world with her rendition of 'O Mio Babbino Caro' from Puccini's opera 'Gianni Schicchi'. You have to love these talent shows because so many people get a chance of a life time. Otherwise so many would be singing at local senior citizen homes and none of us would have the joy of hearing or witnessing their incredible talents.
October 30, 2013
See 'Bruce' sing a stripped down version of one of his classics at a benefit for Bridge School in 1987. Rolling Stone Magazine reports on the event:
After playing stadiums all over the globe in 1985, Springsteen's live appearances in 1986 were mainly surprise appearances at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park to benefit the workers at a local factory that was on verge of closing. "The marriage between a community and a company is a special thing," he said during one of the shows. "What happens when the jobs go away and the people remain?"
Springsteen's only major appearance that year was at Neil Young's inaugural Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, California. He shared a bill with Don Henley, Tom Petty, Robin Williams and a reunited Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Accompanied only by keyboardist Danny Federici and guitarist Nils Lofgren, Springsteen played an entirely acoustic set that mixed in hits like "Glory Days" and "Born in the U.S.A." with deep cuts like "Mansion on the Hill" and "Seeds." Here's video of "Dancing in the Dark."
The Backlot on AfterElton.com has created an impressive list of the forty most influential gay men in television An enormous amount of work has gone into the creation of this list including interviews with many of the powerful players. The list is in alphabetical order and not by order of importance.
Brian Juergens wrote:
Here at TheBacklot.com we spend a lot of time celebrating gay and bi men in the spotlight: actors, singers, dancers, sportsmen, and personalities are splashed across our pages like so much red paint at an all-fur fashion show. While we will never tire of the Neil Patrick Harrises and Chris Colfers of the world, we thought it was high time we paid due credit to some of the more unsung gay heroes: the guys behind the cameras of some of television’s best shows. In that light, we are proud to unveil TheBacklot 40, our celebration of 40 of the hardest-working and most influential out men working behind the scenes in TV.
These are the men who create and run some of our favorite shows, have written some of our most beloved gay characters, and have shepherded gay-inclusive stories to screen long before it was fashionable. Some will be familiar, but chances are there are a few surprises in the bunch for just about anyone. Some may not tell explicitly gay stories, but they have long been openly, proudly gay in a straight male-dominated industry where any difference can be used against you. Some are newcomers to the game, while others have been telling stories and developing great shows for decades. And while the group does lack some much-needed diversity, we hope that the upcoming generation of storytellers and deal-makers will change that.
The list is roughly alphabetical, with brief resume highlights and a quick bio of every entry. And we even tracked down a dozen or so of the men to get their thoughts on being gay in Hollywood, what makes them love their job, and how it is working with folks still not ready to come out on the set. We think the fellas’ insights are illuminating and, as most of these guys are writers, very entertaining.
I want to give my huge thanks to my colleagues Jim Halterman and Ed Kennedy for their invaluable contributions to this feature.
Here are some of the powerful men from the list and you must go to the site to see the remainder of the list and also more details on the gay men that I am featuring here.
What He Does: Executive Producer/Director How You Know Him: Sons of Anarchy, Glee, In Treatment, Cold Case, NYPD Blue, ER
I bet many viewers would be shocked to learn that one of the primary creative forces behind the violent, hypermasculine, and pretty darned Caucasian Sons of Anarchy is a gay man of color. But Hollywood vet Paris Barclay has never played by any rules other than his own, as is reflected in his impressively diverse resume. In addition to his many directing credits, as of June of this year he became the President of the Directors Guild of America, both the first African American and first openly gay man to ever hold the post. We had a chance to speak with the recent Emmy nominee to get this thoughts on being an out and proud man in the industry.
What He Does: Showrunner/Executive Producer/Writer/Director How You Know Him: Arrow, The Tomorrow People, Brothers & Sisters, Golden Boy, Political Animals, Dirty Sexy Money, Eli Stone, Everwood
When you sit down to draw up a list of exciting players in the television industry – gay or straight – Greg Berlanti is one of the first names to come to mind. He’s worked in an array of genres and has been keeping himself busy for decades with projects ranging from the touching family drama Everwood to the action-packed beefcake bonanza Arrow. We were lucky enough to get a few minutes with the multitalented and very busy showrunner to talk about his career.
David Marshall Grant
What He Does: Producer/Writer/Actor How You Know Him: Smash, Looking, Brothers & Sisters, thirtysomething, And the Band Played On
David Marshall Grant began his career as an actor, both on stage (notably playing Richard Gere’s lover in Bent and the original Joe in Angels in America on Broadway) and in films and television. It was his role as a gay man on thirtysomething – which broke down barriers by actually showing two men in bed together – that led to Grant’s moving behind the scenes as a writer and eventually a showrunner on Brothers & Sisters alongside former thirtysomething colleague Ken Olin. His latest project (as a producer) is the much-anticipated HBO gay ensemble drama Looking
What He Does: Producer/Writer/Actor How You Know Him: Modern Family, Arrested Development
Aside from having one of the greatest names in television history, Abraham Higginbotham also might be the funniest guy on this list. Fans of Arrested Development (where he served as both a writer and executive story editor) might recognize Higginbotham as Gary the gay intern. Higginbotham has also been a producer for Will & Grace, Back to You and Do Not Disturb, and is currently charting new ground in terms of visibility on television as a co-executive producer and writer for Modern Family.
Michael Patrick King
What He Does: Showrunner/Producer/Writer/Director How You Know Him: 2 Broke Girls, The Comeback, Sex and the City, Will & Grace
Multihyphenate Michael Patrick King has been behind some of the gayest shows out there (Sex and the City, Will & Grace, The Comeback), and now he lends his sensibilities to the hit sitcom 2 Broke Girls. He recently told The Hollywood Reporter that while his big break was working on Murphy Brown, it was The Mary Tyler Moore Show that inspired him to be a TV writer.
What He Does: Producer/Director How You Know Him: The Newsroom, Swingtown, Six Feet Under, Tales of the City, My So-Called Life
Hollywood veteran Alan Poul has been telling gay stories since the very beginning, when he served as a producer of the groundbreaking miniseries Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. He continued to break down walls as a producer for My So-Called Life and as an executive producer and director for Six Feet Under. He has worked on Swingtown, GCB, and Big Love, and currently works as executive producer and occasionally as director for HBO’s The Newsroom. He also notably served as producer for the Playboy Channel’s bizarre softcore genre anthology series Inside Out.
What He Does: Producer/Director How You Know Him: The Black Box, House M.D., Dirty Sexy Money
We all know Bryan Singer for his film work (The Usual Suspects, X-Men, Apt Pupil), but he’s been steadily working behind-the-scenes on the small screen as well as producer for hits like House M.D. and Dirty Sexy Money. His next TV project, The Black Box, looks to tackle messy topics like neuroscience and mental illness. Paging Dr. House!