Tag Archives: Pop Culture

Sesame Street: How they became Bert & Ernie

America’s most famous gay couple share a rap about how they met and became “roommates” to the melody of Will Smith’s theme song The Prince of Bel Air. It was too cute not to share for all of you fans of  Sesame Street.

Boston rocker: Juliana Hatfield sings Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton John, A little more loveA little known fact about your’s truly is that I spent most of my 20s seeing local bands play rather than dancing at clubs. One of those local musicians who I really loved was / is Juliana Hatfield. She had brief brush with mainstream success with songs like Universal Heartbeat and Spin the Bottlebut the quirky rocker from Boston was always more at home under the radar.

Last year I saw her for the first time in years and she still sounds great. At the ACLU benefit here in Boston Juliana performed her song Short Fingered Man, a song about a certain someone living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue these days.

So when I heard a track from her forthcoming Olivia Newton-John tribute album on Kenneth in the (212), I instantly started playing her cover A Little More Love The CD won’t be available until April 13th but you can pre-order it on Amazon, here: Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John.

Netflix brings back Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

What is old is new again; first it was announced that Will & Grace would return to NBC then ABC said it was bringing back its popular show Roseanne. Now Netflix has revived the Bravo TV series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, but this time with a new cast and in a new city.

Moving from the more politically progressive northeast this new cast will be based in Atlanta and roam Dixie. The new Fab Five includes Bobby Berk as the show’s design expert; Karamo Brown will be the cast’s cultural attache (so to speak); Antoni Porowski will manage all things related to food and wine; Jonathan Van Ness is responsible for personal grooming; and Tan France will lead the charge in the fashion department.

The Netflix teaser that dropped earlier this week opens with the lines, “The original show was fighting for tolerance. Our fight is for acceptance.” I’m not sure I really agree with that but you get the gist of this light-hearted formulaic series that will try to make America a little more accepting (and hopefully more polite) – one makeover at a time.

Check’em out on Netflix here: Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

Best of 2K17 Rewind Megamashup DJs from Mars

Djs From Mars

Much thanks to Matt over at boyculture blog for sharing this in a post last week. I thought it was a fitting final post for 2017. I love the mashup of music shared  by DJs From Mars in this great video.

Take a listen and enjoy.

Words to live by in 2018 from Alexander Woollcott

famous quote, funny, funny quoteAll the Things I Really Like to Do Are Either Illegal, Immoral, or Fattening.

Alexander Humphreys Woollcott was an American critic and commentator for The New Yorker magazine and a member of the Algonquin Round Table. I had never heard of him until I stumbled upon a brief post with the quote above on The Wow Report.

I am dying to use this at a cocktail party so please don’t steal my thunder if you see me out. That goes doubly to my friend Robert who is better known as Etiquetteer, who I have no doubt knows all about Mr. Woollcott.

TIME Person of the Year: The Silence Breakers

Against the backdrop of allegations from women ranging from Hollywood to the US Congress and virtually everywhere in between, sexual harassment and misconduct in the workplace in particular has galvanized women (and men) to speak up this year in a way I’ve not seen since the Clarence Thomas hearings in the early 1990s.

Harvey Weinstein, US Rep John Conyers, US Sen Al Franken, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Roy Moore, President Trump and more have all been accused of sexual misconduct and harassment as have many others, and TIME’s decision to talk about this is genius. By shining the spotlight on a topic that is more often whispered about, I hope this encourages more people to step forward, and share their story.

Let me put this year’s TIME Person of the Year cover in perspective….

I moved on her like a bitch… I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything… Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.” — Donald J. Trump

Who knows. Perhaps TIME Magazine really did reach out (as Donald Trump claimed last week) about an interview for this year’s Person of the Year cover. He’s an excellent example of why / how sexual harassment exists and is excused.

You can read the full article on TIME at The Silence Breakers.

Will & Grace

Must See TV, megan mullally, gays rule, will and grace, will & grace, karen walkerGuess what I’ll be watching tonight at 9PM ET on NBC?

Michelle Obama to appear on Will & Grace

pinkInTouch Weekly is reporting that former First Lady Michelle Obama will guest star in the reboot of NBC’s Will & Grace, set to premiere this fall. They write:

“Former first lady Michelle Obama will appear on the show,” the insider reveals. “The details are still being worked out, but supposedly Michelle is up for anything, as long as it doesn’t cross the line too much.”

To that I have to say, cross the line Michelle, cross the line. You will certainly be a welcome site for me. If you want to learn more you can read the original report on InTouch Weekly’s website here.

SLEAZE: Immaculate Edition Saturday night

gay boston, the alley, Immaculate EditionSLEAZE is hosting a Madonna tribute party on Saturday starting at 10PM at the Alley Bar in Downtown Crossing. For more information visit the FB event page.

To get you in the mood, I’ve included the first release from her Immaculate Collection album which came out in the fall of <gulp> 1990, Justify My Love.

Will Silver Foxes be the new Golden Girls

Silver FoxesRumors continue to swirl about updating the popular 1980s television sitcom, The Golden Girls, making it about four gay men living together in Palm Springs, CA. The concept even has a name, Silver Foxes, and according to news reports recently had a table reading at Stan Zimmerman’s house (who was one of the show’s writers back in 1985-1986), which was photographed and posted on Instagram earlier this summer (see below).

As much as I love the idea  there remain a lot of barriers to this becoming a reality, but I do love thinking about this. Who would you cast in these new roles? Here’s my thoughts:

Dorothy  —–> Ian McKellan
Blanche —–> George Takei
Rose —–> Nathan Lane
Sophia —–> David Hyde Pierce

 You can read more about this here.

New trailer for Call Me By Your Name

gay literatureEarlier this spring I shared a video for a forthcoming  movie based on a popular gay novel Call Me By Your Name .

The new trailer which was released last week gives a glimpse to the film that is scheduled to open in theaters in November 2017. If you are unfamiliar with the book, go out and buy a copy. The story centers around Elio played by Timothée Chalamet and the American graduate student, Oliver, who moves in with Elio’s family in Italy for the summer, played by Armie Hammer.

Amy Schumer filming in South End on Monday

filming in the south endThose movie tax credits continue to pay dividends locally. Starting Monday, August 7th, Amy Schumer is set to start filming in the South End for her upcoming comedy, “I Feel Pretty”.  Residents have already received notices that the movie shoot will take over Tremont Street between Union Park and West Brookline Street (so if you’re driving avoid that section of Tremont). The production will also return to Boston on August 18th to film additional scenes at a store located on Union Park Street. My guess would be the new Walden Local Butcher shop that is yet to open and currently an empty space – ideal for a shoot (but that is only a guess).

“I Feel Pretty” is about a woman who starts acting extremely confident after suffering a head injury. Model Emily Ratajkowski and actress Michelle Williams, join Schumer in the movie that is expected to be released next summer.

Gollum reads Donald Trump tweets

Andy Serkis, Trump Tweets

Andy Serkis is an English actor and director probably best known as the voice of Gollum, a fictional character from The Lord of the Rings movies. Last week he happened to be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert when the host, Stephen Colbert, asked if he would read one of Donald Trump’s recent tweets.

This could make for a great political commercial next fall. It is both hilarious and frightening. If you missed it, check out this 90-second clip.

The Princess Bride

Rob ReinerAre you bummed that tomorrow is Monday and you’ll have to go back to work? Tomorrow The Coolidge Theater will be showing one of the best spoofs ever made (IMHO), The Princess Bride.

The Princess Bride
The Coolidge Corner Theater
Monday, July 10th at 7PM
More Info Here

“My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!”

For those who may not be familiar with this 1980s Rob Reiner film, check out this ‘Honest Trailer’ of The Princess Bride.

25th anniversary of The Crying Game

The current issue of OUT Magazine has a great article “Pride on the Screen” which looks back at queer cinema. One of the movies featured – a movie that was definitely ahead of its time – is the Oscar winning, The Crying Game.

For many Millennials this may not be a movie they are familiar with since it was released 25 years ago in 1992. It may seem somewhat dated now, after all the idea of terrorism rarely brings to mind Ireland and England, Catholic and Protestant, but 25 years ago the conflict was still very much a reality and more often than not what came to mind when one talked of bombings and terrorism.