Monday, January 23, 2017

I Would Slam My Face Into a Table...

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... for Ben Whishaw's love.
Wouldn't you?

That's probably an unfair way to frame now sending you over to The Film Experience for this week's Lobster-themed edition of "Beauty vs Beast" -- at least it's unfair to John C. Reilly, who really is terrific in the movie. But the heart wants what it wants, and the other body parts want what the other body parts want, and they all come up BEN WHISHAW.
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Just One Question, Armie...

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... just where is Timothee's other hand in that picture?


Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Jake Gyllenhaal Loves The Ladies

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God forbid I go "political" - judging by some of the comments last Friday's gay-rights post got apparently some of you tender souls just can't take it! - but I hope some of you, who have the stomach for such things, were able to make it out to the Women's Marches around the country and the world this weekend. I went and marched my feet to the bone and loved every second of it - see a picture of me here! - as did Jake Gyllenhaal, as you see here in these pictures. Him and me, just two dudes with beards loving the ladies. In all seriousness though it was an incredibly moving experience and I hope we can all channel it into a new era of political resistance. Click here to see what they have planned for the next several weeks.


Pics of the Day

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The only thing that will make me regret calling these, the first pictures from Edgar Wright's new movie Baby Driver, the "Pics of the Day" would be if they release pictures of the peach scene in Call Me By Your Name, and something tells me they'll hold off on that for the time being, so we're good to go.

Baby Driver stars Ansel Elgort as a getaway driver dragged into a heist involving Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx, all of whom you can see in these shots. Hamm's really leaning into the sleaze nicely.

The movie also co-stars Lily James and Jon Bernthal, amongst others - honestly there are several people in this cast who I straight up do not like but I have enough faith in Edgar Wright that I am willing to jump in and take the ride and see if he can change my mind.

The movie is out on August 11th.


Everybody's Calling My Name

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This morning I think I know what emotions swirl around in a parent's gut as they say goodbye to their first-born on that first day of college - this must be what that feels like, in a way, as I read the reviews from Sundance out Luca Guadagnino's film Call Me By Your Name. Part of me doesn't want to let it go - I was here first, dammit! Or amongst the very first few, anyway - I did get the news from a couple of other sources, but I kept on it and kept on it, well before any of the bigt movie trades had even announced the film - collecting all the behind-the-scenes pictures and getting everybody to go out and read Andre Acimen's wonderful book.

Anyway my point is I feel attached and protective and okay yes jealous but proud, very very proud, today, because it seems all the reviews from Sundance are raves! Or anyway all the ones I've made my way through so far. If you haven't read the book yourselves I think you might want to skip the reviews - they give away an awful lot of the plot. But on the other hand since it's just a basic coming-of-age story - but super gay! - perhaps knowing the plot going in doesn't entirely matter. Anyway here's one of the vaguer bits from Boyd van Hoeij's review in The Hollywood Reporter:

"Starring a never-more-sensual Armie Hammer as the intern, the breathtaking Timothee Chalamet (formerly of Homeland) as the son and the great Michael Stuhlbarg as the father, this tender and minutely observed queer romance, set in bucolic Lombardy (changed from the Ligurian seaside in the novel), could, with the right marketing, become a breakout title for Sony Pictures Classics."

If you read the reviews around Stuhlbarg's got a big scene towards the end of the film that is getting a lot of attention, which translates to me that Guadagnino nailed the book, because that scene in the book is what made the book for me, and if he got that right then he got it all right. All of it! Peach be damned, it is about that scene. Way back in July talking about Stuhlbarg in this role I said:

"I'm especially excited that he was cast to play the main character's father in Luca Guadangino's upcoming film Call Me By Your Name -- there's an absolutely killer scene for his character towards the end of the book that, if the movie works, will be extraordinarily moving; hell it could even be an Oscar clip."

Let's start the damn campaign now! Alright so feel free to skip around and read the reviews if you've read the book - I will of course keep up on it and share every bit of news we get until we finally get a release date and some footage and so on and so forth, obsessively, because I care.

Good Morning, World

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The actor Randolph Scott was born on this day 119 years ago (that comes out to the year 1898, in case you're math impaired) -- Mr. Scott had plenty of career on his own but he's probably most often thought of as Mr. Cary Grant these days, and for good reason.

It's a thought worth thinking. They'd have been the Brad and Angelina of their day, if they'd been able to. We've posted some of the pictures of the two of them cavorting before - click here for those. Homo History did a good job recapping their long relationship right here - the two were married several times to women (most likely entirely for publicity's sake but who knows) but they always came back to each other. Anyway this morning we're gonna focus in on the one movie they made together...

... the delightful 1940 comedy My Favorite Wife with Irene Dunne. Love this passage about the making of the movie from the just linked recap of their love affair:

"... the script supervisor Bert Granet for My Favorite Wife recalled Cary and Randolph's unusual behavior on set: “We shot the pool sequence at the Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. Cary and Randy Scott arrived as a pair and, to the total astonishment of myself, the director, and the ultra-macho crew, instead of taking separate suites moved into the same room together. Everyone looked at everyone else. It seemed hardly believable.”"

And as per usual with Grant everybody on set being in on his "little secret" led to the movie blaring his gayness in the audience's face while totally getting away with nobody in the audience getting that in the slightest.

(Well a few members of the audience would have, but a select few.) That's how the movie introduces the two - with Cary practically doing a Tex Avery wolf-whistle while watching Randolph flop around in his itty bitty shorts. And the very next scene we get a Great Moment In Movie Shelves out of it!

Cary just can't get that fella out of his head.We've all been there, dude. Anyway somebody was kind enough to cut all of their scenes together right here but you really should see My Favorite Wife if you haven't - it is very funny and Irene Dunne, as usual, is the best. Happy birthday, Randolph! I know there's not an afterlife but it's still a nice thought thinking of you and Cary forever swinging together all the same...


Friday, January 20, 2017

Band Together

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Gay Pride is going to feel especially vital this year, what with all the horses of the Apocalypse riding into DC this afternoon. The only thing all of Trump's ghoulish Cabinet nominees seem to have in common is their shared hate for queers. They've already taken down the White House website's page on LGBT rights - no doubt the new page when it goes up will just be a great big blinking light meant to hypnotize away the gay.

So the fight continues. And how do we fight? Not to be too cheesy about it but we take a deep damn breath, and we love. It's that for which we're under attack, so we just love each other, loudly, arm in arm in arm. Thankfully we've been fighting and loving for a long damn time, and if anybody's proven that you can fight while remaining joyful, good lord is it us gays.
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That history and that experience is going to be necessary to keep us moving forward. If those who came before us could do what they did, if they could fight what they fought and remain bright and vigilant and angry and proud and going, just fucking going, then so can we. It's the least we can do. We have to. We owe them, not to mention all the folks coming down the line.
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Sermon aside (sorry but I need to do some proselytizing today) there's a lot that we need to do, real practical things out in the world. Volunteer and donate to the ACLU and the NAACP and Planned Parenthood and The Trevor Project. Protest, write your Congresspeople, get your voice heard. Be goddamned loud. I will be shouting my lungs out right beside you, I promise.

But we do get to take that deep breath first to fill up our lungs - to look back upon this great big gay history of ours and to feed off of that strength. And here's one way! Photographer (and friend) Sam Shahid is Kickstarting the funds for a book of his work (some of which you see here in this post) documenting his friends and the gay community as he's seen it for the past 50 years.

The book is called And the Band Was Playing a Gay Tune, and Sam's work is fun and sexy and full of the kind of life and spirit that we're gonna need to help us keep on keeping on in the dark days ahead. We're not alone - we've never been alone. We have had each other for a long time, folks. These photographs are part of our legacy.

A portion of the proceeds will be going to ACRIA, who help to fund HIV prevention and research - also a cause you should be donating to. And hey here's a way to do just that, with some bonus sexiness for all! And the more money the campaign gets, the more money will go to that great, necessary cause.

So what I'm saying is you should head on over to Kickstarter and donate a little, or a lot - over there you can hear from Sam himself with his mission statement, and see a slew more images. And if you can't donate, help spread the word.

I personally recommend plunking down at least the 40 bucks to get your own copy of the book - it's an absolute beauty. But every dollar counts towards helping a good cause and in getting this handsomely designed rendering of our communal history out into the world - some much needed inspiration and joy right at our fingertips. And we're gonna need all the inspiration and joy we can get, you guys.

Great Moments In Movie Shelves #90

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As action tough and testosterone-riddled as Daniel Craig's proven himself to be in his James Bond movies I will always be able to think of him as more than just a well-oiled everything thanks to having fallen for him back in 2004 in the movie Enduring Love, in which he played a bookish man bedeviled by a deranged Rhys Ifans.

I mean quite literally bookish, as the movie seems to frame him amongst books and bookshelves every single chance it gets. This scene in a bookstore is pretty important - it's the first time you really get the sense that this dude ain't right.

But even in the scene before this -- which is one of Craig's many many career-long odes to "How Good Daniel Craig Looks In Tighty-Whities," the books are there!

And once you start noticing it it actually becomes...

... a little bit goofy, how often...

... the movie frames him against bookshelves. Goofy, but wonderfully so, since Daniel Craig is great but "Daniel Craig plus bookshelves" is even better. What does it all mean? Oh I suppose since his character is a college professor there's a whole, "All your book learnin' didn't see this coming" vibe - and also the Straw Dogs sensation of a learned City Boy needing to Man Up.

But really, who cares. My eyeballs are just thankful it exists. And for more of what they appreciate in this movie, hit the jump...

Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Some Good News

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John Waters has a new book! 
John Waters has a new book!

Bless him for announcing this today (if he announced this earlier and I missed it just let me believe that he announced it today) -- it's called Make Trouble and the website says:

"The People’s Pervert, the Prince of Puke, the Duke of Dirt, John Waters shares his sly wisdom in this manifesto that reminds us, no matter what field we choose, to embrace chaos, horrify with new ideas, outrage outdated critics."

It's based on his commencement speech for the Rhode Island School of Design, which you can watch here.The book is out on April 11th, and you can pre-order it right now at Amazon! Good god, a smile today - I didn't think it possible.
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:


Dawn Weiner: Dignity. 
Dignity is an important quality everyone should have.
Mrs. Grissom: Louder. 
Dawn: That way, you will never grade grub. 
Grade grubbing is bad...
Mrs. Grissom: I said louder! 
Dawn: Because it means you're asking for a grade 
you shouldn't get. Because if you got it, 
it wouldn't be fair to everyone who didn't grade grub. 
Mrs. Grissom: We can't hear you! 
Dawn: It doesn't matter whether you're a girl or a boy,
man or a child, rich or poor, fat or thin. 
You should never be a grade grubber. 
Therefore, dignity is a good quality 
everyone should have. Thank you.
"You've got no dignity, Muriel."

I Cannot Say Good Morning Today

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Today is not a good day.
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Give Me Fake News Or Give Me Death

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Sorry folks, I just can't fake it today - I have nothing to say right now. I'm just sitting here staring at the news in horror. Sick to the deepest reaches of my gut with what's happening in this country. If any of you have anything cheerful to say, or if you just wanna commiserate with me, hit up the comments. Tomorrow will probably be even worse. So stay tuned for that! And give someone you love a hug. We all need a hug.
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

The Birds (1963)

Fisherman in diner: Hell, maybe we're all getting 
a little carried away with this. Admittedly a few birds 
did act strange, but that's no reason to... 
Melanie: I keep telling you, this isn't 'a few birds'! 
These are gulls, crows, swifts...! 
Mrs. Bundy, elderly ornithologist: I have never known 
birds of different species to flock together. 
The very concept is unimaginable. 
Why, if that happened, we wouldn't stand a chance! 
How could we possibly hope to fight them? 

Even though this conversation hits just the right apocalyptic note for today - terrifying terrifying today - I am posting it because it is Tippi Hedren's 87th birthday. We love you, Tippi! Carry us to your great big car with Mitch and drive us away from this horrible place!

Pic of the Day

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EW has got our first look at Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis and Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford in Ryan Murphy's upcoming series Feud on their new cover! This comes hot on the heels of that original promotional image earlier this week. I assume there will be more shortly from the series, and if it's extremely shortly (like before the end of the day) I'll just update this post with it but for now you can click over to EW for a little bit more. (thx Mac)
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