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Aug 24 2016

CROWDed House: Gay Web Series Debuts

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Threes a crowd logo photo(Image via Three's a Crowd)

Nigel Campbell of Instinct introduces another gay Web series (save room for mine once casting is done!), this one focused on the awkward events that occur when a guy begins to fall for someone living with his own ex-partner. Of nine years.

To continue the theme of bad '80s sitcom titles, that can be too close for comfort.

Could you do it?

Well, I did! In my situation, I was the ex; I lived with my ex of 18.5 years for three years before we sold our place, and he was seeing someone most of that time. Maybe it was harder for them than it was for me? (Blinks innocently.)

Watch the first episode of Three's a Crowd after the jump ...

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Bitch, He's Michael Musto

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Michael Musto recaps his love/hate/more hate/grudging respect relationship with Madonna for his old bosses at the Village Voice. He talks a lot of sense, though I must say—in spite of my dislike for Britney Spears—I do disagree that Madonna macking on the younger pop star (and Christina Aguilera was there, too, guys!!!) was unartistic and had no appeal. I fucking loved that moment. It was unreal how real it was to Justin Timberlake and to the teen-pop world, and though it was well-worn ground for Madonna, it was a point worth remaking in an iconic way.

Otherwise, enjoy.

I would say you can find more of Michael's always-entertaining (and firsthand) Madonna musings in my book, Encyclopedia Madonnica 20, but in fact you will find less. That sounds like a bad sales pitch, so instead I'll say:

You can find a different version of Michael's always-entertaining (and firsthand) Madonna musings in my book, Encyclopedia Madonnica 20!

In the end, I think his take on Madonna is that he knows she's a force, but doesn't have the affection for her that he has for Diana Ross or Lady Gaga. But they never kicked him out of his dressing room.

 
 

Teen Star Bella Thorne Comes Out As Bisexual

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In news that relates to my lengthy obit of Lou Pearlman—viewed through a gay prism—teen star Bella Thorne has confirmed she is bisexual, responding with a simple yes in a Snapchat session when a fan asked.

I know a lot of LGBTQ adults are pretty jaded by now, but to have a big Disney Channel star come out as one of us is nothing to sneeze at. Bella was the co-lead (along with fellow breakout star Zendaya) of the series Shake It Up from 2010-2013, and as such I worked with her often, usually from afar. As the founding EIC of a major teen mag, I made her one of my picks for kids who would blow up in the future—a choice I made in 2012. I am nothing if not a good judge of star quality!

I did not, however, guess she would come out as bi four years after our big party (see video of her appearance there above), nor did I think any kid stars would be doing such a thing back then. It's not that we helped young people stay closeted or tamped down gay news, it's just that the topic really never came up. None of them were out, none of them were discussing the topic. 

Since then, Raven-Symoné has come out, and now Bella, whose coming-out is even earlier in her life.

It seems like being LGBTQ is becoming more and more mainstream, and that has to be good for children discovering themselves. So ... good for Bella. I'm proud to have covered her way back when.

 
 

Legacy Hires: Eight Queens & One Raven Gather On Behalf Of RuPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS, Season 2

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IMG_8872 copyLittle “women” (All images by Matthew Rettenmund, unless noted)

Took a friend to the media event for Season 2 of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars at the Crosby Street Hotel last night, and we think we already know who is going to win the whole damn thing, but I won't say so nobody thinks I'm giving a stealth spoiler.

IMG_8888*The hand on top reminds me of Hitchcock's “Man from the South” ...

Of course, we actually do know who goes home when the show's first episode airs on Thursday, August 25, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Logo ... but we're sworn to secrecy on that one.

Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 12.35.20 AMThis is what you came here for.

The girls who showed up: Alaska, Alyssa Edwards, Coco Montrese, Ginger Minj, Katya, Phi Phi O'Hara, Roxxxy Andrews and Tatianna. Only Adore Delano and Detox were not there in the flesh, and Logo persuaded Raven-Symoné to act as moderator for a Q&A sesh, part of which was seen live on Facebook and part of which was not seen live—thankfully, because the girls discussed the first to go and other top-secret secrets.

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IMG_8886*Hey, girls—does the red carpet match the drapes?

The gimmick this time around is that each week's Top 2 are the ones who lip-synch for their lives legacies, and the winner—who has already made a selection—gets to choose who goes home from the other, not-safe ladies.

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It's a twist that generated a lot of tears and a lot of fears on the episode, in which we also learn that some of the girls really wanna repair their images ... while others just really want the money.

IMG_8898*Single white “female”

I can tell you this is one of the most exciting and effortlessly funny premieres of any Ru series yet. Plus, it has the brand's characteristic lightning-fast editing and hilarious sound effects and dry spit takes. It's all dressed up with everyplace to go.

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During the Q&A period, Raven-Symoné (whose name is actually pronounced sih-mow-NYAY?!) got two of the queens' names wrong, and also asked them a question that presumed all of them had won their seasons when in reality none had. When corrected, she offered a classic That's So Raven face and covered even better than Coco's foundation. She was actually delightful in her function, and later said, “My whole childhood!” when I reminded her I was the editor of a teen mag she appeared in frequently.

IMG_8916 copyKatya said drag queens used to be streetwalkers, Ginger seems to say, “Used ta???”

Someone in the audience tried to get each queen to say which person should've been voted off the first episode, but they were too afraid to lay it on the line. I also asked them each to tell me who they'd send home at that moment for what they were wearing onstage and got very few replies.

Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 12.55.13 AMThat's so Ronnie (with Raven) (Image via Ronnie Marte)

Katya very wisely noted, in response to another question, that drag queens used to not be nice, saying they used to be thieves, drug users, drug dealers and hookers. She was spot-on, though it was ironic that she was reading the mainstreaming of drag while promoting the show that has at once elevated and somewhat sanitized the form.

IMG_8930 copyKatya also said she can't stand Katy Perry, which elicited gasps.

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IMG_8923*Tatianna was serving fish harder than Red Lobster.

IMG_8925 copyPhi Phi O'Hara said her drag's changed the most. “Yeah, you're a man now,” Ginger quipped.

IMG_8928 copyAlaska matched the theater's seats, that sign behind her and Coco's face.

Removing our thinking caps, RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars is a not-so-guilty pleasure. Just wait until you see Tatianna's talent routine ... or Coco's, for that matter.

Choices!

 
 
Aug 23 2016

Your Nightly Briefing: Nick Perillo

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Nick Perillo in Wood undies for Armando Adajar.

 
 

LAW & ORDER's Steven Hill Dies @ 94

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Steven-hill-getty-1600x500_1Steven Hill: February 24, 1922-August 23, 2016 (Image via NBC)

Steven Hill, famous for his performances on Law & Order from 1990 until his retirement from acting in 2000, has died at 94.

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Hill was also one of the stars of the terrific Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode “Enough Rope for Two” (1957) and many other early TV dramas, during which time he worked with the likes of Marlon Brando.

He made his film debut in 1950's A Lady without a Passport opposite Hedy Lamarr.

 
 

On The Beat With Dr. Madonna

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More of Dr. Madonna's antics, as he interviews crazy fans and crazy directors ...

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Beach Babes

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She re-posts a lot of nutty stuff without any indication which things she supports at times, but Mamie Van Doren, 85, has one helluva interesting Facebook page. Yesterday, she posted this manipulation that puts her (that's how she looks now) alongside her old pal and rival sex siren Marilyn Monroe (that's how she looked then) on the beach.

 
 


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