William Powell and Myrna Loy create marital bliss and movie history in their first two teamings as Nick and Nora Charles in W.S. Van Dyke’s The Thin Man (1934) and After The Thin Man (1936).
Taken from a novel by Dashiell Hammett and based on his relationship with playwright Lillian Hellman, this off beat husband and wife detective team round up a bunch of fabulous suspects played by top notch character actors and proceed to solve multiple murders. The results are a perfect combination of suspense, hilarity mixed with a touch of sophistication that simply can’t be beat. Happy Thanksgiving!
Halloween brings thrills and suspense as debonair Michael Rennie arrives from another planet to warn the Earth of impending doom in Robert Wise’s sci-fi classic, The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951).
With a brilliant supporting cast including Patricia Neal, Billy Grey and Hugh Beaumont and a spine tingling score by legendary composer Bernard Herrmann. It’s just the thing to set the hair on the back of your neck on end. Happy Halloween from Tired Old Queen at the Movies!
Life, offline. "I went offline for three weeks. This is not meant to romanticize a complex situation in which Cubans have been systematically kept offline by an authoritarian dictator. Instead, I had the unique opportunity — without chucking my phone in the river and becoming a wood-dwelling hermit — to more or less travel back in time to an era where the internet wasn’t a constant in our lives."
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Gay scientist Tuck C. Ngun quits University College Los Angeles’ Center for Gender-Based Biology's research project after finding saliva test that predicts sexuality. "Study claims genetic test is 67% accurate when tested on male twins; lead researcher expresses concerns over the ramifications of his findings."
Coroner rules out full UK inquest into Anni Dewani murder. She was killed on honeymoon in South Africa in 2010, and Shrien Dewani stood trial for arranging her murder, during which time he was exposed as a bisexual who slept with male prostitutes.
Why Londoners love London. "London doesn't have the best of reputations. That might be because it's full of toxic smog; statistically one of the most dangerous places in the UK; and, as you may have read about literally anywhere at any point in the past decade, a ludicrously expensive place to live... However, for all its council-mandated social cleansing, novelty cafes and Keep Calm souvenirs, London is still an incredible place. For Londoners, their city is unique, incredibly diverse and defined not just by landmarks or statistics, but people. Although it's not perfect, to them it's the best city in the world." Above, Muslim drag queen Asifa Lahore.
Scotland | Owner of LGBT Awards rebuked for calling gay employee a "wee poof" and a "cream puff".
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France | President François Hollande has backed down over plans to appoint a gay ambassador to the Vatican.
Yahya's story. "In early 2013 the Italian coastguard rescued 113 Africans from a boat in the Mediterranean. Among them was an illiterate 16-year-old boy from rural Gambia. Yahya had no family, no money, no European language. But when he got to Sicily, writes Daniel Silas Adamson, his luck turned."
Ukraine | On Chernobyl. An oral history of the disaster. "Someone said to me, or maybe I read it, that the problem of Chernobyl presents itself first of all as a problem of self understanding. That seemed right. I keep waiting for someone intelligent to explain it to me."
Review | Worlds Apart, by David Plante. "However much Plante may want to inspire us to contemplate what he calls 'the undivided spirit,' that ultimate state of wholeness to which all our lonely souls aspire, Worlds Apartmay actually do the opposite."
Are gay newspapers necessary when gay news is everywhere?
Rock Hudson: The shot heard 'round the world. "At a press conference on July 25, 1985, Hudson announced that he had AIDS. His film co-star, Doris Day, was by his side. This was the "shot heard 'round the world." It was the absolute moment that changed public awareness of the epidemic."
Review | Drown. "Drownis challenging and surprisingly effecting, taking a harsh look at the potential brutality of homophobia and quite how dangerous it can be if a life is built on denial and a house of cards about what masculinity is."
Review | Wasp. "While you can appreciate the ideas, ambition and intrigue of Wasp, the characters don’t really pull you in (indeed for much of the running time they’re pretty obnoxious), leaving something that feels a little too affected and cold."
Review | Jess & James. "A very sexy movie that’s intriguing to watch, even if it is a little confusing as times. However, Jess & James is worth sticking with as once it begins to open up it shows that it does have more to offer."
Review | That's Not Us. "The premise may seem artificial but the movie itself is far more human, going beyond sexuality to explore the difficulty of communication in relationships and the ways you can keep love alive."
Review | 52 Tuesdays. "Perhaps my real issue is that 52 Tuesdaysis almost brilliant and I therefore couldn’t help but be frustrated that it only fulfils 90% of its potential. That still means it’s far better than most movies featuring transsexual characters – it’s just that with a tiny bit more strength and direction it could have been transcendent."
Review | Fulboy. "Most documentaries are as much about how they’re filmed and what they decide to show you as they are about its subject, but they try to hide that. Fulboyfaces it head on, taking a look at the lives of a football team, while questioning how we’re seeing it due to its voyeuristic edge."
Coming soon | Scream, Queen!, a new documentary on Nightmare on Elm Street 2's homoeroticism. "Mark Patton, the star of Nightmare on Elm Street 2, will be the primary subject of the documentary. Intimate accounts will show how the backlash against the original film has permanently affected his life and career. It’s been 30 years since [it] stormed theaters, and Scream, Queen! promises to hold up a mirror to Hollywood to see how far treatment of the LGBT community in film has come."
Watch | Chasing Pavement (trailer); Soft Lad (trailer); Like You Mean It (trailer); Water Boys (trailer); Drown (trailer); Tattoo (trailer); Black (trailer); and Dressed As A Girl (trailer)...
On Trevor Noah's first week helming The Daily Show.
How Trevor Noah’s Daily Show changed over its first week, in five clips.
Watch | I Hate New York, episode 4 - A New York Love; #NoHomo, episode 4: The Ghost of Liberace; Coffee House Chronicles, episode 4: Perfect Present; Where The Bears Are, season 4, episode 4 - Bears In The Kitchen...
Watch | Adam Lambert - Another Lonely Night; Tyga - $timulated (which samples Robert Miles’ 90s classic Children); Daye Jack - Save My Soul; Bluey Robinson & Raheem Bakare - Open Road; Troye Sivan - Fools; and the EXP boys sing Love Me Harder by Ariana Grande, and Thinkin Bout You by Frank Ocean...
One of the guys. "Mason Darrow has been embraced by the Princeton football team since he told them he’s gay. now he comes out publicly days before kickoff."
Fighting Olympic eviction in Vila Autodromo, a favela bordering the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro. In pictures.
The storm inside Reggie Jackson, Esquire, July 1977. "He pauses and glances around him. Just about everyone in the place is aware of him now. When he continues, the voice is still under control, but the eyes have become lasers. 'I know that some of the press is out to get me. It’s ’cause I’m more intelligent than they are, I handle myself well, I’m wealthy and I’m black—and there ain’t nothin’ they can do about it.' He flashes his joyless smile."
Watch | Armando De Armas and two bottoms in Toronto: A sex tape.
Watch | Topher DiMaggio and Pablo Hernandez take The DICK-tionary Challenge; Mickey Taylor on loving who you are; Sean Zevran on sexual fetish, objectification, and racism; Armond Rizzo and Kayden Winters chat size; Drae Axtell does yoga; and San Francisco go-go boy and noted ass model Bryan Hawn shows us what he's working with.
David Forest, the infamous "male madam" of gay porn star, is dead. He was 66.
Sneaker wars: Inside the battle between Nike and Adidas. "For decades it’s looked like no company could ever topple Nike, the $86 billion global sneaker juggernaut. But just across town from ultra-secretive Nike HQ in Oregon, Adidas has suddenly mounted a full-scale arms race, poaching designers, signing superstar endorsements, and unveiling space-age technology in an attempt to dethrone the king."
And finally, Walter addresses the popular myth that being molested as a child makes you gay; Jack's sexy Halloween; coming out advice with the Rhodes twins; and Davey Wavey busts some gay sex myths with porn star Mickey Taylor...
See you kids next week - it's been emotional! Zee Jai
"I would also like to take this opportunity to squash the persistent rumours about mysterious 'disappearances' and emphasize that rural and urban areas are now enjoying a life of harmony and peace. I'm sure you're glad to hear this. And I'm happy you're glad."