osalind Russell, Natalie Wood and Karl Malden combine their considerable talents for the 1962 screen adaptation of Jules Stein's and Stephen Sondheim's smash musical Gypsy.
Based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, with a book by Arthur Laurents and directed by veteran Mervyn Leroy, GYPSY is a musical standout where every song is a bonifide hit. Roz brings all her brilliant comic technique to the role of Rose, the overbearing show biz mother of all time and is matched by Natalie Wood at her most beautiful and beguiling as Gypsy. It's a loving tribute to vaudeville, burlesque and mother love that will leave you laughing, humming and wanting more.
There's a lot to like about Finding Me: Truth, although this sequel to 2009's Finding Me isn't without its problems.
We rejoin Jersey City friends Faybien (RayMartell Moore), Greg (Eugene E. Turner), and Amera (J'Nara Corbin), all of whom are struggling with romantic issues of one kind or another. Added into the mix is toxic Jay, Greg's unwelcome roommate, played by Maurice Murrell.
Murrell, of course, died suddenly earlier this year, aged just 32, so it's nice to be able to report he's one of the best things in this film - shamelessly stealing every scene, as a poisonous bad boy bent on taking everyone in his path down with him.
Moore is cute as pretty boy toy Faybien, and, when he's given enough to do (blowing his top with Jay comes to mind) proves he can act. Eugene E. Turner is fine as Greg, but Corbin's Amera grates: she caterwauls her way through the movie with a voice like fingernails on a blackboard, bulldozing her way through every scene like a drunk drag queen in a funeral parlour. Turn it down a bit next time love - sometimes, less is more.
Similarly, it's a shame that the two white characters who appear are so deliberately distasteful, particularly Jay's friend Neal. Intriguing that each and every one of the black actors are more or less dazzlingly attractive, whilst Neal looks like an anemic weasel. God bless America!
Still, it falls to Neal to deliver one of the movie's most apt lines. "I feel like I'm watching three different TV shows," he remarks during a disastrous dinner party. You are, Neal, and they all air in the daytime.
Look, this isn't cutting edge, arthouse cinema, it's soap, of the E. Lynn Harris variety. If endless deliberations about feelings and relationships are your bag, this is for you. Just don't take it too seriously: enjoy the cute boys, and enjoy an easy ride.
*The DVD is available in the UK now. US audiences have to wait until 20th September.
<<< Meet Teagen - and friend - looking dangerously like an interracial couple. Jesus H. Christ, somebody do something! Teagan gets top marks from me, just for having no tattoos. More mannequins later...
...But first, the past month's good, bad and indifferent bits - after a little announcement...
||| Welcome to the very last edition of the ka-os|theory news compendium.
For the past two and a half years, I've been "curating" the best - and worst - of global GBLT and pop culture news. I'm a news junkie, and it seemed like a good way to keep up with what's going on. My friend Trev was working for BBC News at the time, and described working on a "news playlist" TV news picked from. Ah ha, I thought! But it's incredibly time consuming - increasingly so - and sadly I also have a day job to clock in with. So I've decided to do other things (like catch up with those friends who haven't been driven off by a cry of "No, I've got to finish the blog!") and stop the news round-ups for now.
Thanks go to everyone who's spent a minute on these pages, and extra thanks to those who took the time to comment - it means a lot.
I couldn't have done it without the daily, hourly work of sites like Towleroad - and particularly UK Gay News - to name a few, who everyday tirelessly bring us the GBLT news that mainstream outlets ignore. ka-os|theory was never intended to replicate what those sites do; rather, to bring together a balanced, informative, fun, weekly review of stories that reflects the global GBLT experience, regardless of who or where you are.
And then there's Taylor Siluwé. It would be disingenuous to claim I was stopping because Taylor is gone - in fact, I'd planned on wrapping things up with issue 100 some months back - but the fact is his absence has left a huge hole. Taylor was hugely supportive of ka-os|theory from early on; his encouragement, and his approval, was crucial to me. Role model, peer... Call it what you will: what he thought mattered. I have lost a friend, and ka-os|theory has lost a great ally. It just doesn't really feel the same anymore.
It is to him that this 101st - and final - edition is dedicated.
||| New York victory: Couple can finally marry after 60 years. (The Independent)
>>> New York victory: Not everyone is celebrating, however. Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, fears the law will "lead to polygamy, infidelity, and 'the churches, and believers' being 'hauled into court for their conviction that marriage is between one man, one woman, forever, bringing children into the world.'" (The New Civil Rights Movement)
<<< New York victory: Bronx GBLT community celebrates big F**K YOU to Sen. Ruben Diaz.
||| New York victory: Victor Hoff at MOC Blog has a different take on things - and a stark warning.
<<< The separation of church and hate, by Rev. Dr. Cindi Love. "For those who insist that we are and must be a Christian Nation, may I suggest that the current 'Kill the Gays' strategy of Engle and his cohorts (sadly, even the Governor of the Great State of Texas) is not only flawed, it is anything but Christ-like." (The Huffington Post)
||| The intensity of whatever opposition remains to marriage equality is rapidly dissipating. (The Washington Post)
>>> Meet Michele Bachmann, "fundamentalist Christian zealot, paranoid isolationist, lowbrow conspiracy theorist, heavily shellacked automaton, anti-choice anti-gay anti-everything neo-Stepford throwback and easily the flat-out nuttiest female ever to raise a hugely depressing $13 million for her clumsy campaign launch, Michele wants to lead us all to salvation". (SFGate)
||| Bachmann: Homophobe-in-chief? "As she moves from Tea Party fringe to Republican presidential contender, her horrible anti-gay record deserves exposure." (The Guardian)
<<< LZ Granderson: Michele Bachmann? I just don't get it. "We now know that Bachmann's not interested in cleaning up Washington. She wants to baptize it with her theology and half-truths. She wants to get rid of the Environmental Protection Agency [and] rid the country of porn." (CNN)
||| Hidden camera finds "reparative therapy" at Bachmann's clinics...
||| Don't Ask, Don't Tell: 3 gay Air Force members request discharges months before the ban's repeal.
||| But the Pentagon has now instructed the military "to stop removing personnel who are gay from service and to begin accepting applications from homosexual recruits who are otherwise qualified to serve". (New York Times)
||| Anti-gay black conservative Herman Cain says President Obama is not a "real black man". Most telling is the following statement: "It is documented that his mother was white and his father was from Africa. If he wants to call himself black, fine."
||| Seattle Pride 2011: Anarchists riot over "assimilation of gay pride into the commercial mainstream":
||| An Arkansas newspaper that omitted the name of a gay man's surviving partner from his obituary has apparently gone back on its promise to reprint the obit with the partner's name included. (The Advocate)
<<< Larry King murder trial: Brandon McInerney, who was 14-years-old when he shot King in a classroom, "faces 1st degree murder and hate-crime charges. The defense will argue for voluntary manslaughter, saying he was young, immature and provoked". (Los Angeles Times)
||| Larry King murder trial: Former classmates of the 15-year-old recount details of the morning he was killed and the months leading up to it. (Los Angeles Times)
<<< The Pride Power List 2011: The 100 most influential LGBT people in the UK. ka-os|theory favourite Kele Okereke, but the list is mostly notable for who isn't on it.
||| Former Doctor Who, Queer As Folk writer Russell T Davies has "launched an outspoken attack on [Prime Minister] David Cameron and Nick Clegg", branding the leaders "savage and evil people" and claiming the Conservative Party was "buffoonish" but "lethal as a laser".
||| David Cameron's rhetoric on GBLT equality in Africa could backfire.
>>> And it is just rhetoric. Case in point: Deportation of gay Ugandan - and torture victim - Robert Segwanyi stopped at last moment.
||| Hideously diverse Britain: when liberalism needs to be more muscular. "A man in east London was fined just £100 for putting up stickers proclaiming the area to be a 'gay-free' zone. That doesn't reflect well on anybody involved." (The Guardian)
||| Who's who in the News International scandal. (Telegraph)
>>> News of the World: Murdoch's malign influence must die with the News of the World. "The scandal over phone hacking has exposed a rotten empire and the urgent need for stronger press regulation." (The Observer)
<<< Charlie Brooker on the last edition. "Today I bought the News of the World. Having fashioned a disguise from dirt and wool, I cycled to the newsagents at 7.30am. Having secured a copy, I made my excuses and left – after hiding it inside a necro-zoophiliac porn mag, so any passers-by outside wouldn't judge me too harshly."
>>> Iconic homeware chain Habitat collapses into administration; all but three of its London stores are closed. Video. More at The Guardian.
||| The collapse of Habitat: Rise and fall of the empire that shaped Britain's habitat. (The Independent)
||| The collapse of Habitat: "The stores appeared to have been on a life support machine for a number of years, flattened by IKEA and myriad imitators. Habitat... somehow became caught in its own time warp." (The Observer)
||| But the country's gay rights progress also highlights deep division; there were 260 murders of gays, lesbians or transvestites in Brazil last year, and around 65 killings so far this year. This is 14-year-old Alexandre Ivo, who was beaten and strangled to death by skinheads - who suspected him of being gay - in Rio de Janeiro. (BBC News)
||| And the Christian right want a "Heterosexual Pride" day, or "Orgulho Hetero" in Portuguese.
||| BRAZIL: Watch out Sao Paulo - Rio de Janeiro aims to become world capital of gay tourism. "Diversity week follows series of gay-friendly government schemes to capitalise on growing market." (The Guardian)
||| CUBA: Is this Cuba's Stonewall moment? "Last week the streets of Havana witnessed their first ever gay pride march. Gianluca Mezzofiore talks to those on the front line of the island's equality movement." (The Independent)
<<< NICARAGUA: A tranvestite poses during a gay pride parade in Managua on June 28. (PhotoBlog)
||| JAMAICA: Homeless street youth more tolerant of homosexuality than their counterparts living at home.
||| JAMAICA: Discrimination against gays: A great folly. Editorial.
||| UGANDA: Beyond the anti-gay bill: The difficult truth about Museveni's government.
>>> UGANDA: "Kill The Gays" bill author David Bahati's star rises in Uganda's ruling party, and is "named chairman of the Ugandan Fellowship, a branch of the US-based secretive group known as the C Street Fellowship or The Family". (Box Turtle Bulletin)
||| ZIMBABWE: A backlog of prisoners is building up on Zimbabwe's death row because the authorities are struggling to recruit a new hangman. (Telegraph)
||| SOUTH AFRICA: Gay refugee programme launched in Cape Town. "The programme will advocate for the rights of LGBT asylum-seekers and refugees, assist with paralegal advice and aims to empower this group by building a support network." (MambaOnline)
<<< BURMA: "Lustful gay" at fault for his own murder, police say of 32-year-old man stabbed 72 times.
||| JAPAN: Fukushima much worse than you think. "Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind."
||| CHINA: Beijing's gay community fights censorship; Douban, "ostensibly one of China's most liberal social-networking websites", has been cracking down on the GBLT community.
<<< Our sexual desires exposed by neuroscientists' porn study. "Straight men are as aroused by penises as homosexuals and have fantasies of their wives sleeping with other men, but any fears about the negative or corrupting influence of pornography are misguided." (Sydney Morning Herald)
<<< But the Family Research Council wants the public to believe children are traumatised by images of loving gay couples, and have issued a DVD to spread the lie.
||| Pleasure Rush, a new project sponsored by Philadelphia's The Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative (GALAEI), "[seeks to] capture the attention of individuals who are desensitized to current HIV prevention messages that focus solely on getting tested or knowing your status."
THE NATURAL WORLD
<<< Animal pictures of the week (33 pictures). Left, a Geoffroy's spider monkey in China.
<<< Another sad day: Sony announces the end of the MiniDisc walkman.
||| This is cool. Change trains - whilst they're still in motion. File under: "It's Never Happen." Still, there's a video of the idea here.
PRINT & VISUAL
||| Remembering Taylor Siluwé. Friend and fellow writer Nathan James: "[He] was one of the most beautiful human beings I've ever known. He was one of my best friends, and a gifted writer, as well." (Lambda Literary)
||| Gay activist and author Rev. Kevin E. Taylor says, "Taylor was a gifted, searingly honest, sincere writer who wasn't afraid of his own voice."
||| ka-os|theory: "To those of you who didn't know him, or hadn't read his blog or his books, or heard his dreams or ambitions, it's hard to desribe him. Razor sharp and one of the smartest people I've been lucky enough to meet, he was sexy (hell, have you seen those lips? They're a work of art!), and ambitious, a dreamer, and brilliant. He had a heart of gold. He was one of us. He was my friend."
||| MOC Blog: "Taylor was one of those people for whom the expression, 'He can disagree with you without being disagreeable' was meant. He will be deeply, deeply missed."
||| Taylor Siluwé: The Food and Drug Administration releases graphic new warnings for cigarette packages. When he announced his illness, Taylor wrote this: "I discovered smoking at the age of 19 because I was on a boring job and wanted to be rebellious. Twenty-four years later, after quitting off and on repeatedly I'd finally managed to do it for good. I was quite proud of myself. Then came the swollen limp glands, the back pain, and the irony."
<<< Review: The Last Deployment: How a Gay, Hammer-Swinging Twentysomething Survived a Year in Iraq, by Bronson Lemer. "Regardless of how you feel about the war, this memoir is well worth reading."
||| Review: A Queer History of the United States, by Michael Bronski. "Bronski appears to assign a 'role' to LGBT people as subversives throughout American history, simply by their existence."
>>> Review: Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing, edited by Lázaro Lima and Felice Picano. "The stories presented in Ambientesare as varied as their authors, but the over-arching theme is one of otherness within our own communities."
||| Review: The VIPs, by Scott Poulson-Bryant. "Is the novel high-art? No. But it stands on its own well-constructed melodramatic merits."
||| Review: Remembrance of Things I Forgot, by Bob Smith. "A delightful, moving portrait of a man who is given the rare opportunity to literally revisit his past, and the novel will likely be considered one of this year's best."
||| Review: A Twist of Grimm: Erotic Fairy Tales for Gay Men. "William Holden has brought the Brothers Grimm's fairy tales forward several generations and tweaked them for our erotic pleasure."
<<< Review: Black Fire: Gay African-American Erotica, edited by Shane Allison. "I dare you to find a more nuanced, or a sexier, exhibition of black male bodies, desiring one another."
>>> Review: Leche, by R. Zamora Linmark. "Leche educates and entertains in equal measure."
||| Review: The Empty Family, by Colm Tóibín. "A careful, almost classical style that eschews linguistic pyrotechnics in favor of a moment-by-moment accounting of detail and emotion."
||| Review: The Stranger's Child, by Alan Hollinghurst. "He transcends what might have been a purely backward-looking project, a filling in of the gay blanks..." (The Guardian)
||| Alan Hollinghurst: Sex on the brain. "He had trouble publishing his explicit first book, but by 2004 he'd won the Booker prize. Alan Hollinghurst talks about living alone, the allure of the upper classes and why he's not just a gay writer any more." (The Guardian)
||| Lambda Literary rounds up July's new GBLT book releases.
<<< This is the nearly complete New York by Frank Gehry, the eighth tallest building in NYC, and the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere. Stunning.
>>> And here's the Tour Végétale de Nantes, by Edouard François, in France. Its facade will be covered by plants adapted to thrive in rocky crevices.
<<< Oh, this is beautiful. The Kanazawa Umimirai Library, by Kazumi Kudo and Hiroshi Horiba/Coelacanth K&H Architects, in Kanazawa, Japan. It's exactly like the interior Doctor Who's TARDIS circa 1981 - and how the ship should have looked in the 21st century. British fail, Japanese triumph.
>>> A younger generation reacts to the fear and terror in The Normal Heart.
||| Review: The Temperamentals. "The play, whose three-theatre run finished in Greenwich last week, tells the little-known story of the formation and ultimate decline of the world's first gay rights organisation... Two decades before the 1969 Stonewall riots."
||| True Blood's creator Alan Ball says Season 4 was "really tough"; negotiates for Season 5 - which could be the last.
>>> Joe Manganiello. Joe Manganiello. Joe Manganiello. Joe Manganiello. Joe Manganiello... (Sigh)
||| Tudors star Jonathan Rhys Meyers hospitalised after apparent suicide attempt.
<<< Here's something to have certain separatist bloggers who hate interracial couples foaming at the mouth. It's from new Channel 4 comedy/drama Sirens.
<<< Coronation Street's "gay agenda": Art critic Brian Sewell asks, "What HAVE they done to Corrie? Is it true that the lives of heterosexual Mancunians are haplessly intertwined with transvestites, transsexuals, teenage lesbians and a horde of homosexuals across the age range." (Mail Online)
>>> Coronation Street's "gay agenda": Coronation Street actor Charlie Condou hits back: "Brian Sewell's criticism of Coronation Street threatens to take us back to the bad old days."
||| Coronation Street's "gay agenda": Is Manchester the Sodom of the north? "Brian Sewell's anti-gay diatribe shows how little he knows about Coronation Street – or Canal Street, for that matter." (The Guardian)
||| Coronation Street's "gay agenda": Could straights be the real problem? "If there’s one thing I’ve noticed on't cobbles at the moment, it’s the disproportionate amount of heterosexuals there are. We’re overrun with ‘em! They hang around in gangs – sometimes in public places like the Red Rec, The Rovers or on the bench outside Audrey’s Salon, drinking, smoking and fighting!"
<<< Actress Pam St Clement, who has played Pat Evans for more than 25 years, is to leaveEastEnders. (BBC News)
>>> New EastEnders boy Tony Discipline strips off in the Vic.
<<< A new series of EastEnders spinoff E20 will go ahead. One of the new actors is Samuell Benta, who readers may remember homophobic rapper with a secret past Switchblade in Hotel Babylon. More E20 pics here.
<<< Hollyoaks' Keiron Richardson covers the latest issue of GT.
>>> Meet the new - gay! - Days of Our Lives character.
>>> The battle for Ewing Oil and Southfork is back on! TNT orders full season of Dallas - and it looks fantastic! Official site here.
<<< Openly gay singer Ari Gold told to get to the back of the bus for holding hands with boyfriend.
||| Lady Gaga denies using the GBLT community to sell records. "[It's] one of the most ridiculous statements anyone can make about me as a person," she tells The Advocate. Well gee, I'm convinced.
||| Buju Banton is jailed for 10 years. Banton's "1988 hit Boom Bye Bye appears to incite the burning, shooting in the head and pouring acid over the faces of gay people".
||| Anti-gay hate peddler Capleton - the Jamaican dancehall artist - has had a concert moved out of Toronto following protests from gay equality groups.
>>> Ricky Martin: I hated it when people tried to force me to come out. "The Puerto Rican singer talks about his struggle with his sexuality, his happiness at having finally come out and the 'very erotic' show he is bringing to London." Martin promises "an onstage orgy involving him and his eight dancers". (The Guardian)
||| "They will cry soon because you're dead." Ricky Martin calls in police over sinister Tweet.
||| Cher destroys Marcus Bachmann on Twitter. "He has a Christian clinic where he de-programs gay Boys & Girls! I'm gonna strangle him with my Boa!"
||| Meanwhile, the "The Ghost of Justin Bieber's future", Aaron Carter, has "opened his mouth on the face that meth built about his time with Michael Jackson, and what he said made the glass on Detective La Toya's monocle fog up and crack. Daphne Barak from OK! Magazine Australia alleged that Aaron told her the late Michael Jackson fed him wine and cocaine when he was 15. But wait, Aaron tells TMZ that he never claimed that MJ sedated his 15-year-old body with the bad shit and dropped a red wine waterfall down his froat." (Dlisted)
<<< "VADGE is stiiiiiiiiiiilllllllll sucking on the pacifier known as Baby Brahim despite prior reports of her dropping him off at the orphanage," Dlisted reports. And who can blame her?
>>> Aston Merrygold strips off in new JLS video. The video's here!
<<< Rugby star Ugo Monye accuses London police of racial profiling. In fact, what this story is actually about is a rich jerk-off bitching about having to do something he doesn't want/like. As he says, "I'm furious. Wasting my time." Anyway, happy endings for him - the spoiled crybaby had his PR people call the police PR people, who realised what an important celebrity is. Great Britain: It's who you are and how much you've got that counts!
>>> James Ihedigbo strips for Essence.
||| David Oliver takes third 110-metre hurdles title at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
||| Gay is the new straight. "Straight men are bending the rules of traditional masculinity and metrosexualizing themselves beyond recognition, while the last thing the modern gay man wants is for people to think he looks gay. What is going on here?" (Xtra!)
<<< Global view: A gallery looking at GBLT equality in 42 nations, based on data from the International lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex association. Left, men pose with a gay pride flag during the opening of the gay and lesbian community's summer at a beach on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on 14th June 2008.
||| The Rainbow flag: Artist Gilbert Baker of San Francisco was the first to appropriate the rainbow for this purpose in 1978. (New York Times)
||| Get your gay card! (Your correspondent scored a low 20. Guess I'm just too damn butch, bitches!)
||| Words gay boys need to stop using immediately. Just sayin'!
||| Chris "LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!" Crocker and his (cute) boyfriend talk PDA. As my friend Oura says, "WTF - they both have the same voice!!!"
||| Ah, what could have been: "I want to start a chain of restaurants for other people like me called Andy-Mats. The restaurant for the lonely person. You get your food and then take your tray into a booth and watch television." Andy Warhol's never-was international chain of fast-food restaurants.
"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."