Friday, March 22, 2019

Winston Duke Five Times

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Alright as mentioned earlier I'm not seeing Jordan Peele's Us until tomorrow night so please, if you have something to say before then... uhh, don't. I was going to say "be vague" but I don't even want vague -- I literally closed my eyes and hummed a tune when the trailer for the film played before Happy Death Day 2U a few weeks back -- I don't even want vague! But after Sunday feel free, I suppose. To tide us over here's some pictures (via) of the film's star and Black Panther bust-out Winston Duke, after the jump. Have a good weekend, y'all...

Who Wore It Best?

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polls

Now that Alexander Skarsgård got spotted doing the race-car-driver thing I can finally face somebody off with Michael Fassbender, who's been doing nothing but the race-car-driver thing for the past couple of years. You're not getting away from me that easy, Fassy!
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Graphic Novel Nirvana

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September 24th of this year is looking like a red-letter day for the certain special know-somethings among us -- two new books from two of my favorite modern cartoonists are both hitting that day. First up seen above is the new thingamajig from Charles Burns, the genius behind Black Hole and so forth -- it's called Free S**t and it's actually a collection of sketches he's been doing for years for friends and acquaintances.

"Since 2000, master cartoonist Charles Burns has been self-publishing a secret, handmade sketchbook zine titled Free S**t, exclusively for friends and VIPs. For the first time, Burns has compiled all twenty-five issues into a single pocket-sized volume for all of his fans to enjoy. Featuring finished drawings, rough sketches, process pieces, and more, the book is a revealing behind-the-scenes look at how characters and motifs in acclaimed works like Black Hole and Last Look have evolved. Black & white illustrations."

You can buy that right here. Next up and probably even more exciting because it's actual new piece of fiction and not a collection of randomness (I mean nothing against Charles Burns' Randomness, which puts Everyone Else's Randomness to several leagues of shame) is Rusty Brown, from the also-genius Chris Ware. Here's how that's described:

"Rusty Brown is a fully interactive, full-color articulation of the time-space interrelationships of three complete consciousnesses in the first half of a single midwestern American day and the tiny piece of human grit about which they involuntarily orbit. A sprawling, special snowflake accumulation of the biggest themes and the smallest moments of life, Rusty Brown literately and literally aims at nothing less than the coalescence of one half of all of existence into a single museum-quality picture story, expertly arranged to present the most convincingly ineffable and empathetic illusion of experience for both life-curious readers and traditional fans of standard reality. From childhood to old age, no frozen plotline is left unthawed in the entangled stories of a child who awakens without superpowers, a teen who matures into a paternal despot, a father who stores his emotional regrets on the surface of Mars and a late-middle-aged woman who seeks the love of only one other person on planet Earth."

I still cry every time I flip through Ware's 2003 masterpiece Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth and this seems awfully similar to that one, in form anyway -- I'm sure in those compact little pages we can expect a gorgeous pile-up of squares and rectangles that please the eye and the mind whilst shattering the heart. Per usual! Click here to buy your copy of Rusty Brown! Add on Andre Aciman's Call Me By Your Name sequel coming out a month later and this Fall is looking like a prime one for book-lovers named Me.


5 Off My Head: PG-13 For Bottoms

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A bit ago I railed against the rumor that Paramount is trying to cut the butts out of the Elton John bio-pic Rocketman -- the butts themselves, while no doubt very fine (I mean look at Richard Madden's), aren't really the point; the point is the gay male intimacy they're more than willing to jettison in favor of a sexless (yet financially successful) travesty like Bohemian Rhapsody. And it didn't even occur to me in the heat of the moment -- thanks to commenter Carl for pointing it out -- that PG-13 movies are fine with butts. (Hello PG rated Leonard Whiting in Romeo & Juliet, seen above.) This is all a thin gruel excuse, because a butt doesn't get you an R rating at all. In fact it's really very easy to think up multiple examples, so here are five I grabbed off the top of my head...

Cam Gigandet in Burlesque


Lou Diamond Phillips in La Bamba
(an important one for actual 13-year-old me)

Ewan McGregor in The Ghost Writer

Daniel Craig in Casino Royale,
complete with child-friendly ball torture sequence

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What are your fave PG-13 Butts?
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:


LeLee: You were friends with Julia...
Jack: Steinberg. She's not an agent anymore - she died.
Lee: She did? So young.
Jack: Or maybe she didn't die. Maybe she just moved
to the suburbs - I always confuse those two.
No, that's right. She got married and had twins.
Lee: Better to have died.

A happy birthday to Nicole Holofcener today! I don't begrudge getting to see Spike Lee on the Oscar stage last month, especially given what a nice celebratory respite that was between all the Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody bullshit, but I sure would've voted for Nicole's script for this movie all the same.
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Butt Cuts Scuttlebutt

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Yesterday The Daily Mail reported that Paramount, the studio behind the Elton John bio-pic Rocketman, is demanding that a brief 40-second scene of Taron Egerton and Richard Madden laying naked in bed together, butts in the breeze, be cut out of the film so it gets a PG-13 rating and can ride that shit to some of them sweet sweet homophobic dollar signs just like Bohemian Rhapsody. So far, they're reporting, director Dexter Fletcher has thankfully refused. 

Similarly, for whatever it's worth, I'm saying right here right now that I'll never watch this movie or post about it again if they do go ahead and make this cut. I'm tired, you guys. I'm tired of being theoretically accepted in the abstract sense but only if I'm not, you know, gay gay. Bohemian Rhapsody turned the grand queer legacy of Freddie Mercury into a miserable masquerade. Fuck all this noise. I'm done. Do us better, Elton John.

Relax, Said the Night Man

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Before you ask no I have not seen Us yet -- when I bought my tickets weeks back I made the tremendous logistical error of buying tickets to a buzzy horror film that Twitter is just chomping at the bit to spoil for the Saturday night of the weekend it opens, which was a real sucker's choice, and now I have to sit here and swerve out of the way of the conversation for two straight days. Don't anybody say nothing! Anyway I have seen one of this weekend's new films, the terrorism attack thriller Hotel Mumbai with Dev Patel and Armie Hammer, and it's pretty terrifying! I just reviewed it over at The Film Experience -- click here to read my thoughts on that. And check back Monday when I will presumably have thoughts on Us. (Also here's the Hotel Mumbai trailer if you missed it.)


Great Moments In Movie Staches

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When I wished Watchmen a happy 10 last week I forgot to make any mention of Jeffrey Dean Morgan's superhero mustache, and that shan't stand. No CG required on that sucker -- take that, Henry Cavill. Of course calling The Comedian a hero is a real, real, reeeal reach I suppose. Mustaches aren't for heroes! (Sexy) Bad Dudes only!
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Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Good Morning, World

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Well that was easy! I sat down at my computer this morning, not sure what I'd do for this morning's "Good Morning" post, opened up Instagram, and there was Shirtless Billy Magnussen Boxing staring back at me. I'm awake! You? Anyway do you guys think he's getting in shape for the Bond movie? I know they haven't officially announced it yet, it's only been rumored, but Billy himself hinted pretty strongly at it on his Instagram Stories last week (I didn't save it so you'll just have to take my word for it) not to mention he is, you know, in London right now, so I think we can count on those Shirtless Boxing Moves making their way up against Daniel Craig's some time in the near future, swoon.
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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Watching Armie Lift Weights...

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... makes me nervous! Doesn't he remember that time
he ripped his pec wide open??? Argh! But I'll still watch.
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Great Moments In Movie Staches

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Ooh yes, Luke Evans' High-Rise stache is a good one.
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Finding Elio on October 29th

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(illustration via) Can't believe it's taken me this far into the day to post about the news that came out last night on the Call Me By Your Name sequel... specifically the book sequel, that is. Coming hot on the heels of Armie Hammer crapping on the movie sequel this is something! We've known for awhile now that André Aciman was cooking up something fresh and juicy for Elio & Co. -- I posted video of him at a Q&A here in New York admitting as much several months ago -- but now we know what's what thanks to a press release via his publisher. The book will be called Find Me, it will be released on October 29th of this very year (!!!), and here's the plot:

“In ‘Find Me,’ Aciman shows us Elio’s father Samuel, now divorced, on a trip from Florence to Rome to visit Elio, who has become a gifted classical pianist. A chance encounter on the train leads to a relationship that changes Sami’s life definitively. Elio soon moves to Paris where he too has a consequential affair, while Oliver, now a professor in northern New England with sons who are nearly grown, suddenly finds himself contemplating a return visit to Europe.”

I bet Michael Stuhlbarg was happy reading this! Amira Casar, notsomuch. Why you gotta do Annella like that, André??? Vulture also got a quote from Aciman on all this:

“The world of ‘Call Me by Your Name’ never left me. Though I created the characters and was the author of their lives, what I never expected was that they’d end up teaching me things about intimacy and about love that I didn’t quite think I knew until I’d put them down on paper. The film made me realize that I wanted to be back with them and watch them over the years — which is why I wrote ‘Find Me.’"

Every time I've heard Aciman talk about the experience watching the film he's seemed tremendously moved by what Guadagnino & Stuhlbarg did with Elio's father so I'm not surprised that he was drawn to exploring Sami's life a little more -- he's spoken eloquently about the ambiguity in some of the character's final words to Elio, about how he's never known the sort of love that Elio & Oliver knew.

But it doesn't sound like he'll be skimping on details of everybody's lives -- unlike the book of CMBYN, which was told entirely from Elio's perspective, it sounds like Find Me will be coming at us from several points of view, spanning the globe. What do we think?
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Only Half Remembering Riz

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I guess I should re-orient myself with the first season of The OA because I only have the vaguest recollection of Riz Ahmed being on it, and when I saw his name in the credits for the new season (which drops at onto Netflix at midnight tonight) I was a bit flummoxed. To be honest though all I remember about that show was its final scene... and Emory Cohen half-naked, I guess? Lesson being -- get half naked, Riz! Then I'll remember you! Anyway these photos are via, the rest are right here after the jump...
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:


Pruitt: Forgiveness doesn't have to wait. I'm free to forgive
myself and so are you. It's a beautiful thing. It really is.

If you've seen The Invitation and you can read that quote and look at that picture of John Caroll Lynch and manage to not crawl into the nearest corner shaking your teeth out then I applaud you, you're a far stronger human than I. Shudder. A happy 51 to the great Karyn Kusama today! I never got around to reviewing her last movie Destroyer because it was plunked right in the middle of that busy time of year and I wasn't nuts about it, but she's earned enough cred for a lifetime by now that we'll forever look forward to what she's up to. Let's hope she announces something soon!


Quote of the Day

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"The thing that’s been a huge influence — probably somebody has done a dissertation — is the impact photographers like Bruce Weber had on our culture and on gay culture. The Living End [is] so Bruce Weber-y, in terms of male objectification. I don’t think about it when I’m writing, but that icon of the hunky straight guy, the kind of Abercrombie guy, is just part of my consciousness. That’s one thing about the show, we can subvert it or play with that stereotype. And that’s why I love the Beau character so much — I actually wrote that part with Beau in mind — because he’s so that icon but so not that icon. He’s this rugged, corn-fed all-American guy, but inside, his character is basically a needy girl. He’s the emotional one. He cries a lot. It was so fun with that character, to be able to play around with the trope of all-American masculinity.
It was very important to me to have a lot of people of color in the show and that whole Bruce Weber-y aesthetic, which is a huge influence on me, but also to be able to react to it. And so, the objectification of that symbol. But at the same time, all of the guys of color are equally objectified. The idea of questioning the whole notion of objectification, particularly queer objectification."

-- Vulture is killing it this week with their interviews, chatting with Gregg Araki today while yesterday it was Catherine O'Hara -- I had to check and see if it was Gay Pride Month or something because I feel catered to. Anyway the above is Araki talking specifically about his wonderful new show Now Apocalypse (y'all are watching, right?) but the chat goes all over his career touching on a lot of his early stuff and its spot in the New Queer Cinema movement of the time and what it was like being a young person in the 80s and 90s opposite the AIDS crisis -- s'good, go read it. (thx Mac)
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Hero Fiennes-Tiffin One Time

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Ralph's nephew (and former Baby Voldemort) is suddenly everywhere -- this photo of him in the new issue of Interview Magazine is just one of four photo-shoots I've seen in the past few weeks. (Just yesterday I was checking out this one here in WWD.) They all say the same thing, that he's about to star in an adaptation of Anna Todd’s romance novel After -- is this book a big deal? I have never heard of it until now. (I am probably just screaming OLD OLD OLD in gigantic letters right now, aren't I?) Anyway we welcome our brand new twink overlord whatever the case.
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Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... serenaded by Alex Pettyfer.

Alex's Instagram this morning is nothing
but dude-on-dude karaoke antics...
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... and shirtless working-out...
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 and I'm one hundred percent here for it.  
Thank you for your service, Alex. 
Hit the jump a couple more gifs...

Good Morning, World

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I don't pay enough attention to what's being said on anyone's Instagram videos (I almost always watch thing during the day at my desk sans sound -- it takes something important to get me to plug my headphones in) so I don't know, is this razor thing a bit that Noah Centineo's been doing? Or did I just happen upon two razor-themed posts on his Insta on the day it's announced he's going to play He-Man in a movie?  (And really, who thinks this movie is a good idea?) I guess you could wedge a connection in there -- Prince Adam is canonically baby-smooth -- but I'm guessing it's just all a weird coincidence. In summation... Free Noah Centineo's Body Hair! Let his Inner Ruffalo roam free!!!
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