Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption on DVD and VOD October 14, 2014
Terrence McNally’s ”Gay Jesus Play” Inspires Feature Documentary
What if Jesus was gay?
Breaking Glass Pictures will be releasing Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption, a feature documentary focusing on Terrence McNally’s controversial off-Broadway play “Corpus Christi,” which imagines Jesus as a gay man living in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The documentary follows the troupe, Terrence, and audience around the world on a 5-year journey, where voices of protest and support collide on one of the central issues facing the LGBT community: religion.
The play originally opened at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1998 to intense protest and bomb threats. Terrence McNally is a four-time Tony Award winning playwright, famous for Broadway hits Ragtime, Master Class, and Love! Valour! Compassion!
“Playing with Redemption and the I AM Love Campaign add a new dimension to the conversation that my play continues to provoke, and I look forward to CORPUS CHRISTI starting many more conversations around the country.” – Terrence McNally
Breaking Glass Pictures will release the documentary on DVD and VOD (iTunes, Comcast, Vubiquity) on October 14, 2014.
Fifteen years after Queer As Folk exploded on to the screen, award-winning writer Russell T Davies is back with Cucumber and Banana – two new drama series for Channel 4 and E4 exploring the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life. Tofu, a factual web series, is an anarchic online guide to sex inspired by the dramas each week. (Each could come to Showtime).
Cucumber – a series for Channel 4 – follows 46 year old Henry and his long-suffering boyfriend Lance. Life for Henry and Lance is comfortable and settled. But after the most disastrous date night in history – involving a death, a threesome, two police cars and the Glee Christmas Album – Henry’s old life shatters, and his new life begins.
On E4, Banana follows the lives of characters orbiting around Henry in Cucumber. From young lesbian Scotty’s first love, to 19 year old Dean’s mysterious family secrets, Banana covers 50 shades of gay, and beyond.
With the same ferocious wit, startling honesty and heartfelt warmth that made Queer As Folk a landmark series, Cucumber and Banana will explore the heartbreak and joy of modern sex lives – from gay to straight, and anything in between.
Tofu, meanwhile, extends the experience online with eight factual episodes navigating the landscape of 21st Century sex in its own inimitable way. Offering real people the chance to share their unique stories of sexual experiences, Tofu is an anarchic and entertaining look at sex.
Russell T Davies says; “I once read about a scientific institute which had studied the male erection. It divided the hard-on into four categories, from soft to hard. One, tofu. Two, peeled banana. Three, banana. And four, cucumber. Right there and then, I knew I had my drama. And it’s a joy to be back with Channel 4 and RED, to tell these stories.”
American Horror Story is BRILLIANT! I can not wait until the October release of FREAK SHOW!
Veteran singer Patti LaBelle will appear in four episodes of the FX anthology series from co-creators Murphy and Brad Falchuk. LaBelle will play the mother of Gabourey Sidibe’s character, a townie in 1952 Jupiter, Florida who discover the secrets of Twisty the clown killer. Sadly, the Grammy-winner’s part will only require her to act; no singing will be involved.
Creator Ryan Murphy broke the news about MATT BOMER, also joining the show, at EW’s Emmy Party saying he’s excited to reunite once again with the “amazing” actor, who is nominated this year for his performance in The Normal Heart, also directed by Murphy.
“I try to get him to do everything for me,” Murphy told EW. “I sent him a text that said, ‘First right of refusal, here’s the role.’ It’s very…warped.” Murphy said he had to work around Bomer’s schedule filming Magic Mike 2 in order to make the appearance work.
Jared was born in Louisville, KY and grew up with his mother and sister in the Indiana college town of West Lafayette. At the age of 10 his family saw a passion inside him to be a performer as he would put on concerts for the neighbors outside on the porch. Usually with some lights and a microphone that didn’t actually work he would sing songs by Aerosmith, George Michael, Queen, etc.
Jared has always had an eclectic music taste that also includes r&b, hip hop, pop, and classic rock. Growing up he excelled in music and learned various instruments including percussion, clarinet, flute, and acoustic guitar. He also studied with a vocal coach throughout college at Purdue University, where he obtained a bachelor’s of science in Hospitality & Tourism Management. Upon graduating however, there was an undeniable void – a calling. So in 2011 he made up his mind, packed his car and moved to California.
In January 2012 he was booked to perform in Orange County at an industry mixer. It was there that he met his soon-to-be manger and producer Martin Vidal. At this point in his life he knew that there was only one thing left to do in order to pursue his dream, so in April 2012 he made the move to Hollywood. From that moment he began working tirelessly on his demo EP in and out of the studio, with three original songs. Jared has performed in many clubs and mixers since the release, and as of spring 2014 has been back in the studio recording two new songs. 2014 will undoubtedly be a great year for Jared, and a great year in music.
When asked about what sets Jared apart, Martin Vidal responded,”It’s really rare to find an artist like Jared. I get approached all the time by people saying they want to do this or want to do that…everyone out here is trying to make it. But everything that Jared told me he would do he has done. Nothing or anyone can hold him back. It’s artists like him that I want to work with.”
Let me first say HOW MUCH I LOVE BARBRA STREISAND! That said, I do not LOVE this photo she chose for her new CD. Something about her hair…maybe her make-up, is just off. Or maybe it’s just age?
Either way, this is going to be FANTASTIC!
Columbia Records has announced the upcoming release of Barbra Streisand’s “Partners” album, to debut on September 16th, 2014, featuring 12 inimitable new Streisand duets with the world’s greatest male vocalists.
Ms. Streisand took to Instagram on August 11th to announce to the world the official September 16th release date for “Partners.” Fans can pre-order Partners now.
The Lionel Richie duet of the classic “The Way We Were” will be also be made available to pre ordering fans on August 26. The third Instant Grat track, the Michael Bublé duet “It Had To Be You,” - will be downloadable via pre-order on September 2.
The inspired new musical pairings on “Partners” include, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Jason Gould, Josh Groban, Billy Joel, John Legend, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Blake Shelton, Stevie Wonder and a breathtaking virtual duet with the King of rock n’ roll, Elvis Presley. The new album, which is executive produced by Ms. Streisand and Jay Landers, is produced by ‘Babyface’ and Walter Afanasieff.
“Partners” is comprised of 12 songs, many of which are regarded as Streisand classics. Among the songs included are “New York State Of Mind,” with Billy Joel, “It Had To Be You,” with Michael Bublé, “Come Rain Or Come Shine,” with John Mayer, “Love Me Tender,” with Elvis Presley, “The Way We Were,” with Lionel Richie, “What Kind Of Fool,” with John Legend, “People,” with Stevie Wonder, “I Can Still See Your Face,” with Andrea Bocelli, “Evergreen,” with Babyface, and Ms. Streisand’s first studio-recorded duet with her son Jason Gould, on “How Deep Is The Ocean.”
Watch this clip of her and Michael Buble in the studio!
Throughout her career, Barbra Streisand has generously shared microphone and spotlight to create some of the most magical duets in music history. Ms. Streisand has elevated the craft of pairing incomparable vocal styles with impeccable song choices, transforming the realm of the duet into the summit of collaborative artistry. For more than six decades she has seamlessly blended such extraordinary moments – both live and in the studio – into an acclaimed body of work that is unrivaled in popular music.
Ms. Streisand is currently the best-selling female recording artist in history and the only woman to make the All-Time Top 10 Best Selling artists list, an honor which includes “Partners” duettist Elvis Presley. Ms. Streisand has recorded 51 gold, 30 platinum and 13 multi-platinum albums in her career, including nine #1s, and is the only recording artist to have accomplished #1 album in five consecutive decades.
PARTNERS also coming to VINYL.
This is bound to become a collectable…
Coming September 23rd. 2 discs. Partners (Vinyl) PRE ORDER NOW!
Gay Marriage in Denmark celebrates
Twenty-five years ago the first same-sex couple was lawfully married under the Danish registered partnership law, the first of it kind and an inspiration for same-sex marriages, partnerships, civil unions and family laws in countries all over the world.
On the occasion of the ”Silver Anniversary”, an exhibition: ”Equal Love Silver Anniversary, Copenhagen 1989-2014” will be held September/October 2014 at the Copenhagen City Hall where the first couple said yes to each other 25 years ago.
In connection with the exhibition we want to collect wedding pictures and rainbow family photos from all over the world. To that end we hope that you will mention the Equal Love Silver Anniversary in your magazine so that your readers may send us their photos by uploading them to Twitter and hashtag them with #equallove25 or send them by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org – You can read more about the Equal Love – Silver Anniversary celebrations on www.lgbt.dk/equallove25.
We want to show everybody that it was not the end of the world when the first same-sex couple was married 25 years ago. Life goes on. For better. For worse. And for all, irrespective of sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Danish National Organisation for Gay Men, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgender Persons
Tony Bennett is no stranger to working with Pop Stars.( KD Lang, Amy Winehouse, Norah Jones, Stevie Wonder…) and now, Lady Gaga.
The long-awaited collaborative jazz album from Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Cheek To Cheek, will be released on Streamline/Columbia/Interscope Records on Tuesday, September 23. The first taste of this new music is the classic Cole Porter song, “Anything Goes”, available today on iTunes (iTunes.com/CheekToCheek) and other digital retailers. An accompanying studio video featuring “Anything Goes” and footage from the recording sessions and moments during the making of Cheek to Cheek is currently available on YouTube and VEVO. Cheek to Cheek represents a collaboration between two legendary musical artists spanning the generations to celebrate jazz music.
Cheek To Cheek features classic jazz standards sung by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett in a combination of vocal duets and solo performances. Each song was handpicked by the artists, and the album features classic selections from the Great American Songbook including “Anything Goes,” “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “Sophisticated Lady,” “Lush Life,” and the record’s title track, “Cheek To Cheek.” Recorded in New York City, the record took over a year to complete and features jazz musicians associated with both artists including members of Bennett’s quartet, Mike Renzi, Gray Sargent, Harold Jones and Marshall Wood as well pianist Tom Lanier. Jazz trumpeter Brian Newman, a long-time friend and colleague of Lady Gaga appears on the album as well with his NYC based jazz quintet. Jazz soloists on selected tracks include tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano and flutist Paul Horn, who passed away earlier this month.
Of this new project Lady Gaga commented, “Cheek To Cheek came out of a very organic friendship and relationship that Tony and I have built over the years and it truly was a collaborative effort. It was important to Tony that this was a jazz record. I’ve been singing jazz since I was a child and really wanted to show the authentic side of the genre. We made an album of jazz classics, but it has a modern twist.”
“I have been singing the Great American Songbook my entire career and all along forging a bridge between pop and jazz music. Creating this album with Lady Gaga has been a beautiful experience as she is a fantastic singer and I am hoping that all her fans will embrace this music and swing along with it.” said Tony Bennett.
Photographer Steven Klein contributed the photographs and spearheaded the artistic design for the album packaging as well as for the first official image released from Cheek To Cheek, which is featured on the “Anything Goes” cover art.
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga first met backstage in 2011 after the two performed at the Robin Hood Foundation gala in New York City and Bennett asked Lady Gaga to sing a duet with him on his DUETS II album that he was beginning to record. “The Lady is A Tramp” was the result of that endeavor and conversations began about collaborating on a jazz project. Recently, Bennett and Gaga surprised the student body at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, a NYC public arts high school founded by Tony Bennett, when they spoke and performed for the school on the last day of classes in June. Earlier this month, Gaga surprised the Montreal Jazz Festival audience by joining Bennett on stage when he was performing at the famed jazz festival. Last night, they taped a television special that will air on PBS later this fall. The two appeared this morning on the TODAY SHOW to official announce CHEEK TO CHEEK.
FINALLY! James Franco presents -
A Film by Christina Voros
MPI Pictures will release KINK theatrically on August 22, 2014
Director Christina Voros and producer James Franco pull back the curtain on the fetish empire of Kink.com, the Internet’s largest producer of BDSM content. In a particularly obscure corner of an industry that operates largely out of public view, Kink.com’s directors and models strive for authenticity. In an enterprise often known for exploitative practices, Kink.com upholds an ironclad set of values to foster an environment that is safe, sane, and consensual. They aim to demystify the BDSM lifestyle, and to serve as an example and an educational resource for the BDSM community.
In kink, we discover not only a fascinating and often misunderstood subculture, but also, in a career far from the mainstream, a group of intelligent, charismatic, and driven people who really, truly love what they do.
I am truly amazed how rapidly the transgender movement is advancing.
Being a child of the sixties, I have seen the gay movement grow baby steps over the last 40 years. But now, since the transgender movement was really brought into the public eye in the last 5-10 years, it’s really making some leaps and bounds and the public is accepting, as they should be.
Under Pentagon approval, national security WikiLeaker Chelsea Manning is set to start undergoing sex change treatments in military prison, officials said.
The transgender ex-intelligence analyst will begin receiving early-stage gender reassignment treatments at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., where she’s serving 35 years for leaking a trove of sensitive state secrets to the whistleblower site.
“I don’t believe that being gay is something you should be ashamed of,” he said. “I don’t believe it’s something you should hide. And if I wanted to date someone, I would call you and I would ask you go to dinner with me. But right now, I’m very content in my life with where I am. Today, I’m not gay.”
I have known several men, who at a young age desperately wanted a family and could have sex with men, but preferred men. Does that make them straight? bi?
I don’t care if Todd is on our team or not. (But he IS GAY!) - now that son! WOW! HOT!
GAY SOCCER player Robbie Rogers is the focus of a new gay comedy series.
The story of professional soccer player Robbie Rogers, who became the first openly gay man to compete in a top North American professional sports league, is headed to television.
Neil Meron and Craig Zadan – the openly gay producers of the last two Academy Awards telecasts and next year’s as well – will develop and produce the series based on Rogers’ experiences, according to Deadline Hollywood.
‘Very excited and fortunate to be working with so many great people on this project!’ Rogers tweeted yesterday.
Rogers, 27, came out publicly in February 2013 through a heartfelt online post published shortly after he retired from professional soccer.
Last week, the country icon spoke about an unreleased track called “Just a Wee Bit Gay,” which is reportedly part of a larger group of songs that are “very positive towards the gay community.” – could there be an LGBTQ friendly album in the works??
ROLLING STONE REPORTS:
“It’s a great little dance tune, it’s funny and it’s got a lot of comic in it,” she told reporters. “I do write a lot of songs along those lines with people that are different and are just themselves.”
Parton also hinted at the possibility of an LGBT-friendly dance record. In fact, that’s a dream she’s been talking about for several years now, reportedly prompted by a techno remix of her classic “9 to 5.”
London based Out singer/songwriter Matt Fishel’s new cover of CeCe Penniston’s “Finally” celebrates international Gay Love and Pride with photos sent in by fans from around the world!
“A HUGE heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed photos for this video and helped to make this a very special project and a celebration of international Pride! I had so much fun going through all the fabulous pics which you sent in from all over the world, representing the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Lithuania, Cuba, Thailand and China. Thank you all and I hope you enjoy the results! Mx”
Download the song on iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/pks36ea
From the EP ‘COVER BOY’ – OUT NOW!
Google Play: http://tinyurl.com/ohzql7p
Smoking increases chances of child being gay in adulthood, controversial study claims
A neuroscientist has claimed a woman’s lifestyle during pregnancy is directly linked to the development of their children, influencing whether they may be gay and having an impact on their IQ.
Women who smoke or lead a stressful life during their pregnancy can influence their child’s sexuality and IQ, a neuroscientist has claimed.
A pregnant woman’s lifestyle is believed to have an impact on the development of their babies – with drinking, taking drugs and even living in an area with a lot of pollution affecting children in later life.
Dick Swaab, professor of neurobiology at Amsterdam University, suggests drinking and taking drugs can lower a child’s IQ while taking synthetic hormones and smoking can increase the likelihood of girls being lesbians or bisexual. READ MORE from UK Telegraph
SPOT THE NAKED MAN!
Seriously? A Russian MP has demanded that a naked picture of Apollo on a banknote be removed, in case it turns children gay. – Are they kidding??
PINK NEWS sez
Liberal Democratic Party MP Roman Khudyakov has written to the country’s Central Bank, calling for changes under the country’s ‘gay propaganda’ law to the 100 rouble note – worth about £1.70 – which features a statue of Apollo.
He said: “You can see clearly that Apollo is naked, you can see his genitalia.
“I submitted a parliamentary request and forwarded it directly to the head of the central bank asking for the banknote to be brought into line with the law protecting children and to remove this Apollo.”
GET A LIFE RUSSIA
YONY LEYSER is back!
Critically acclaimed director YONY LEYSER (William S. Burroughs: A Man Within) and AMARD BIRD FILMS are pleased to announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the completion of daring debut narrative film DESIRE WILL SET YOU FREE.
DESIRE explores artistic and marginalized life in Berlin with an often critical, and sometimes humorous (but never mocking) eye. The story follows the encounter between an American writer of Israeli/Palestinian descent and a Russian aspiring artist working as a hustler.
Actively exploring gender identity, sexuality, and the differences between expatriate and refugee life, the main characters travel through Berlin’s layered history and unique subcultural landscape. On their adventures they discover influences and remnants of the Weimar Republic, WWII, the Bowie years, and punk.
The film features Berlin’s queen of punk herself Nina Hagen (pictured right), electro star Peaches, Brooklyn’s Blood Orange, German sensation Rummelsnuff, rapper Sookee, Jochen Arbeit of Einstürzende Neubauten and Wolfgang Müller, plus cast members Amber Benson (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame), German film legend Rosa Von Praunheim, artists Eva & Adele, photographer Miron Zownir, as well as newcomers Tim-Fabian Hoffman, Chloé Griffin and the director himself, Yony Leyser.
The script is based on Leyser’s real life experiences and evolved from conversations over the last few years while making the German capital his home:
“This film represents a world that I have been part of for the last 4 years in Berlin, and the characters are based on interesting people here who have been part of my life. Berlin is a city of refugees, a place for outcasts and artists to gather, and this film in a big way is the story we share together.”
With shooting for DESIRE now complete and the premiere scheduled for Spring 2015, Leyser, along with Amard Bird Films, is working with Kickstarter to help free the project from the financial constraints of post-production.
“Because of the edgy nature of the film, studio financing is not always the best approach. Kickstarter allows us to connect to the public directly and let them be a part of the process.” Leyser explains. “We have already achieved so much as a result of our talented cast and crew, now we just need to get over this one final hurdle.”
DESIRE has been a community collaboration since its genesis, and will continue to evolve as such with this campaign. To learn about the special rewards section and pledge your support, please visit DESIRE WILL SET YOU FREE’s Kickstarter HERE. The campaign ends on August 6th.
Talk about pop culture! Judge Judy hears a case involving GRINDR!
Judge Judy may not have known about Grindr until recently, but she totally gets it.
On Monday’s episode of “Judge Judy,” Judge Judith Sheindlin presided over a case involving two men who met on gay hookup app Grindr. The 47-year-old plaintiff was suing defendant Aaron Murphy, a 23-year-old student, for unpaid loans. Murphy claimed the money was a gift. WATCH NOW
At the Starbucks headquarters in Seattle this week, an enormous 800 square foot LGBT Pride flag was raised in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Seattle Pride.
Starbucks hold a ranking of 90 of 100 points with HRC. Their only short coming is
Does not offers equal health coverage for transgender individuals without exclusion for medically necessary care.
Seattle Pride Communications Director Adam McRoberts applauded the gesture in a press release:
“We are thrillled that Starbucks is showing their support for the LGBT community in this very big, very public way. The flag flying over their headquarters will welcome thousands of visitors coming to seattle to celebrate Pride this week and is a testament to the support Starbucks has shown the LGBT community over the years.”
Still just as dazzling and stunning as she always has been. The Grammy, Emmy and Oscar winner is still a diva and icon!
I read that much of the “Dressed to Kill” tour is reminiscent of/taken from Cher’s residency show at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace that ran from May 2008 to February 2011 — the fabulous costumes, “The Beat Goes On, “Half Breed” and “Believe” — while “I Got You Babe,” the “Burlesque” numbers and “Woman’s World,” “Dressed to Kill,” “Take It Like a Man” and “I Hope You Find It” from “Closer to the Truth” are new and certainly high-energy and entertaining.
The set is gorgeous, and the costumes eye popping!
More cities coming in October and November, if you have not seen her yet, GET TICKETS!!