Bette Midler New Album

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Fall and Winter see some of the best new releases!  This year  is HUGE!

We have  Lady Gaga  and Tony Bennett Cheek to Cheek (Deluxe), Barbra Streisand Partners,   Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances (CD/ DVD)!   And now  Bette Midler It’s The Girls.

 

From the people who brought you “Beaches” and “Hairspray: The Musical” comes something gayer than you ever could’ve imagined. It’s the triumphant return of Bette Midler, of course!

“It’s The Girls!” was produced by Mark Shaiman (“Hairspray”), and it’s dropping November 4 on Warner Bros. Records. The album is sure to push the boundaries of “campy” — from the title’s exclamation point to the album’s entire premise — covers, but only of girl group hits; it’s everything from 30s trios like the Andrews Sisters to TLC.

bette  says, “I have loved the sound of females harmonizing since I was a kid; I always sang along. Didn’t we all? [...] I think the idea that you could become part of the group was the thing that endeared me to the girl groups. You weren’t just singing along, you were THERE!”
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Tony Bennett Lady Gaga Concerts

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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga celebrated the launch of their new album, CHEEK TO CHEEK, released today, with a live performance in the city of Brussels last night.  Held outdoors at the Grande Place plaza, thousands of fans had the opportunity to hear them sing selected songs from their critically-acclaimed collaborative jazz album.

 

Today’s release marks the continuance of an extensive campaign to support CHEEK TO CHEEK that began with the album’s announcement in July that has included special events, surprise concert appearances in Montreal and Tel Aviv and unique marketing tie-ins with ESPN and the US Tennis Open, the Home Shopping Network and H&M retail stores. Media coverage has kicked off with covers of Parade, Harpers Bazaar and DownBeat (marking Lady Gaga’s first appearance on the famed jazz magazine’s cover and Bennett’s sixth cover).

Photographer Steven Klein created the visual campaign for the record and studio videos of several tracks were released featuring footage from the studio recording sessions and other personal moments.  A live concert event on PBS Great Performances, sponsored by LG Electronics and filmed in 4K technology, premieres on October 24th.  Amazon Instant Video customers will be able to stream the performance in the highest resolution at no added cost when it becomes available later this year.

 

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s live Brussels performance was filmed and will be presented as a special engagement theatrical release in Barco Escape theaters in early 2015, but a sneak preview is set to air this Friday, September 26 on Good Morning America when the morning show broadcasts a song from the event. Additionally set for Friday is an announcement of plans for a US concert appearance.

 

Barco, the worldwide market share leader in digital cinema projection, will release this first theatrical live music event in Barco Escape, the company’s new multi-screen, 270-degree panoramic movie format. Corrino Media Group are the producers / partners on the project. They are multi-faceted in creative content and are global experts in cinematic quality live event production.

 

On Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek:

 

“An unlikely pairing results in beautiful music….Gaga surprises with lovely, pure, stripped down vocals.  She is a revelation.”   PEOPLE

 

“Gaga has real chemistry with Bennett…..”   ROLLING STONE

 

“An epic musical mash-up….”   USA TODAY

 

“Bennett brings out another side of Gaga’s artistry…A sassy Gaga enthusiastically belts out her lines, while Bennett is as always elegant and precise in his phrasing.” ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

“Bennett believes that most songs deserve a big finish, and still can deliver the goods.” THE DAILY BEAST

 

“’Cheek to Cheek’ serves up the real thing, start to finish….Lady Gaga and Bennett have created a jazz album that will reach far wider than most and, more important, has something valuable to say.” CHICAGO TRIBUNE

GET IT NOW! Cheek to Cheek (Deluxe)

Barbra Streisand Makes History with “Partners”

It’s official – Barbra Streisand’s “Partners” has entered the Billboard 200 chart at number one, making her the only recording artist in history to have a number one release in six consecutive decades.

Ms. Streisand is the best-selling female recording artist in history. She is the only woman to make the All-Time Top 10 Best Selling Artists list, an honor which includes fellow duet “Partners” Elvis Presley and Billy Joel. She also now has the longest span of number one albums in history; just under 50 years. (She first landed at the top of the chart in October 1964 with “People.”)

Barbra Streisand has recorded fifty-one gold, thirty platinum and thirteen multi-platinum albums in her career, including ten number ones: “People,” “The Way We Were,” “A Star is Born,” “Guilty,” “The Broadway Album,” “Greatest Hits Volume 2,” “Back to Broadway,” “Higher Ground,” “Love is the Answer” and now “Partners.” With ten, Streisand is the female artist with the most number one albums in Billboard’s history.

“Partners” is Ms. Streisand’s 33rd album to make it into the Top 10 on the US charts. She is the only female artist to have achieved this milestone, tying her with Frank Sinatra.

Earlier today, Ms. Streisand posted the following note to her Facebook account thanking her fans, her duet partners and her team:

 

Hearing the news that “Partners” entered the charts at #1 was an overwhelming feeling of joy!!

Being told that I’ve had #1 albums in six consecutive decades makes me feel truly blessed and grateful to have such loyal fans. I feel you rooting for me and I so appreciate all of your energy and support.

It’s especially sweet since I get to share this moment with my wonderfully talented partners who I had the pleasure of singing with: Michael Bublé, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Babyface, Billy Joel, Blake Shelton, Lionel Richie, Andrea Bocelli, John Legend, Josh Groban, my beloved son Jason Gould…and last but not least, Elvis Presley…forever The King!

Finally, thank you to Rob Stringer and my Columbia Records family, my manager Marty Erlichman, my creative team on this project – Kenny Edmonds, Walter Afanasieff, Dave Reitzas, Bill Ross, and Jay Landers…and Ken Sunshine for getting the word out…we did it guys!!

With lots of love, Barbra

Jeza Belle’s Pink Panty Dropper cocktail

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Internationally known New York City drag queen, actress, comedienne, columnist, and cocktail connoisseur Jeza Belle will make her publishing debut on October 7, with The Harlot’s Guide To Classy Cocktails.

Part drink recipe book, part he-larious drunken memoir, the coffee table book contains Jeza’s own classy (The Dietrich) and, uh, not-so-classy (MAI Cock is TAI-ed Back) cocktail recipes along with the favorite drinks and messy memories of some of the world’s most famous drag queens, among them, Sherry Vine, Latrice Royale, Barbie Breakout and Rupaul’s Drag Race contestant,Yara Sofia. (See the full list of twisted queens here.)

PINK PANTY DROPPER RECIPE  HERE!

Other queens featured include a #1 Billboard artist, reality show winners and contestants, social media sensations, rising pop stars, and a bevy of other bevvy lovers from over a dozen countries on six continents.

New York’s own Lady Bunny wrote the book’s hilarious introduction.

The Harlot’s Guide to Classy Cocktails will be available on October 7 in hardcover and eBook (iBook, Kindle, Nook) formats. Much more to come from Jeza Belle in anticipation of the books’ debut, including a trailer video, website, and a weekly reveal of each of the featured queens starting in August.Meanwhile, check out Jeza’s YouTube channel where you’ll find her zany comedic/sci-fi web series, “Jeza and the Belles” and clips of her live at various NYC clubs, such as Caroline’s Comedy Club and The Duplex.

You can find her celebrity interview column for Starpulse here.

 www.iamjezabelle.com     

Eternity – The Movie

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EXPERIENCE THE 80’S WITH
MUSICAL COMEDY
ETERNITY: THE MOVIE

 

“Note perfect…Strikes just the right chord.” – Fanboy Planet

“Seriously hard-core tongue in cheek love card to the 1980s.” – Frontiers LA

Get ready to laugh to the max for all of eternity.” – Content Magazine

With a cast of hot newcomers and veteran character actors, VFRPR and Sidecar Productions are bringing Eternity: The Movie to theater screens in all of its 80’s glory beginning October 17th in New York at the AMC Empire 25, October 24th in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Music Hall 3, with additional markets across North America to follow.

Regrettable fashion, synthesized riffs, and power ballads dominate the 1985 music scene. That’s when Todd Lucas, a young and talented musician, moves to Los Angeles in hopes of making it big. Searching for someone to share his passion for smooth R&B music, Todd meets up with BJ Fairchild, a cocky loner who is convinced his life is more glamorous than it is.

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The two musicians have big dreams but little future until their best friend, Gina Marie, gets them the break of a lifetime. Fate brings them together, love tears them apart, and their songs of heartbreak and loss redefine their genre. Todd and BJ epitomize the awkwardness of an era while becoming R&B’s most mediocre duo… Eternity.

The film features performances from a mix of rising stars such singer/actor Barrett Crake (Bruno and Earline Go To Vegas), Myko Olivier (TV’s “Castle”), acclaimed vocalist Nikki Leonti (Nikki & Rich, TV’s “Glee”) and cult favorites John Gries (Napoleon Dynamite, Real Genius, The Monster Squad), Martin Kove (The Karate Kid, TV’s “Cagney and Lacey”) and Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts (Runaway Train, Star 80, The Dark Knight), whose role as the duo’s fey store manager Frontiers LA called “worth the price of admission alone”.

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Del Shores – A Very Sordid Wedding

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Award-winning Writer/Director/Producer Del Shores (Southern Baptist Sissies, “Queer As Folk”, Blues For Willadean) has announced that his next feature film project will be A Very Sordid Wedding, a sequel to his 2001 gay cult classic film Sordid Lives. Bonnie Bedelia (“Parenthood”), Leslie Jordan (“Will & Grace”, “American Horror Story: Coven”) and Caroline Rhea (“Sabrina The Teenage Witch”) are attached to reprise their roles.  Shores’ Beard Collins Shores Productions has launched an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to assemble the project and secure investor financing.

The campaign is now live at:  http://igg.me/at/averysordidwedding

 

In 2000, Sordid Lives stormed the film festival circuit winning multiple Best Feature awards, Best Soundtrack, Best Actor and 13 Audience Awards.  In 2001, the film opened to mixed reviews, but word-of-mouth drove audiences to the film and it ran for over a year in theaters in Ft. Lauderdale, Provincetown and Dallas and still holds the record for the longest running film in Palm Springs with 96 weeks at the Camelot Theatres.  
 
The film was released on DVD in 2003, selling over 300,000 units worldwide and has just been re-released by Wolfe Video as a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack with new cast interviews.  The oft-quoted Sordid Lives has become a staple in gay culture at video bars and the now iconic characters are perennial favorites for Halloween costumes.

A Very Sordid Wedding will star many of the original actors from the Sordid Lives film and television series.  Returning alongside Bedelia, Jordan and Rhea are Newell Alexander (August: Osage County), David Steen (Django Unchained), Sarah Hunley, Rosemary Alexander, Ann Walker, David Cowgill and Kirk Geiger.

A Very Sordid Wedding picks up sixteen years after the events of the first film.  As the original film explored the journey of coming out in a small, conservative Texas town, the sequel dives into the impact of the advancement of same-sex marriage into that same community of now beloved characters.

Shores has said, “Through the years, I have been overwhelmed by the number of people who have shared how much they relate to my Sordid Lives family, and how many gay men and women used it to come out to their conservative families through the humor of the film.  I never felt, like much of the Sordid Lives fan base, that I was done with the denizens of Winters, Texas.  I’m excited for this next chapter exploring the advancement of equality to finish the story of these characters that so many people have grown to love.  The fans have begged and pleaded for it, and we are co-dependent people pleasers. So here we go.”

Gay Twins Come Out

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Two gay twin vloggers  to watch for!

 

We are fraternal twins who decided to start a youtube channel about our lives after we came out to each other after work one night.

Our Channel will include weekly videos about different topics that pertain to our lives and also funny challenges and games so thanks for watching and I hope you enjoy!

We love you all!

- Adam and Luke :D

 

WATCH!

Neil Patrick Harris Book and Video

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Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no further than NEIL PATRICK HARRIS: CHOOSE YOUR OWN AUTOBIOGRAPHY! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative.

 

To promote his new book, Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography, the recently married actor released a trailer to give you a taste of what his ‘choose your own adventure’ style bio will be like, as BuzzFeed points out. In the video, a host of Neil Patrick Harrises proliferate onscreen, looking like a very NPH Brady Bunch.

 

In each separate window Neil offers an entertaining alternative from hearing him talk about his new book. Our favorite definitely has to be the “romantical” moment in the upper left hand corner where Harris and husband David Burtka share a plate of spaghetti and meatballs, recreating the iconic first kiss scene from Disney’s Lady and the Tramp.

WATCH

BUY THE BOOK  Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

Nick Jonas Naked!

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Sexy Nick Jonas dropped a giant bombshell on the third day of his gay publicity tour through New York City’s gay club scene, telling Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen he will be playing a gay or bisexual character on television.

Nick Jonas dropped a giant bombshell on the third day of his gay publicity tour through New York City’s gay club scene, telling Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen he will be playing a gay or bisexual character on television.

In case you missed it - watch.

Sneak Peak  KINGDOM

Fashion Week Groupies Who Know Nothing

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Why do people lie when they know nothing about a topic of conversation?

As  Fashion Week was wrapping up in New York City  Jimmy Kimmel  sent a crew to Lincoln Center and asked people about designers, trends and events that do not exist. (Chandler Bing, Betsey Ross, Bartles & Jaymes, Teddy Ruxpin, Antonin Scalia, and Phil Robertson).

Somehow that didn’t stop them from giving their opinions in this special Fashion Week Edition of #LieWitnessNews.

Many of people were gay and made fools of themselves!

WATCH  NOW

 

Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption on DVD

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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.

Russell Davies CUCUMBER with Freddie Fox

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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.

SEXY Cucumber star  and  PRIDE  star  FREDDIE  FOX recently took the ALS  Ice Challenge in his underwear.  WATCH

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.”

Patti Labelle and Matt Bomer join Freak Show

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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.

Singer Songwriter Jared Huff

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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.

 

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Jared on Facebook

 

Barbra Streisand PARTNERS Cd and Vinyl

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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.  All those who pre-order the album will receive a new downloadable song “New York State Of Mind,” with Billy Joel.

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.

Recognized as an icon in multiple entertainment fields, Ms. Streisand has attained unprecedented achievements as a recording artist, actor of stage and screen, concert performer, movie producer, film director, author and songwriter.  In her accomplished career she has been awarded two Oscars, five Emmys, ten Golden Globes, eight Grammys, a special Tony award in 1970 as star of the decade, and two Cable Ace awards – the only artist to receive honors in all of those fields of endeavor.  Ms. Streisand is the recipient of the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Endowment for the Arts Medal, two Peabody Awards, A Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Grammy Legend Award.  Ms. Streisand is also the first film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.
Most recently, Columbia Records released Barbra Streisand’s “Back To Brooklyn” concert CD/DVD, which reached #1 on the Billboard Top DVD Music Videos chart in December of 2013.  Ms. Streisand has topped the DVD charts five times, earning nine Gold DVDs, six Platinum and three Multi-Platinum citations.
The “Back To Brooklyn” concert CD/DVD captures Streisand’s first musical performance in her native Brooklyn since she departed at age 16 to pursue her acting career and became one of the most popular and acclaimed musical performers in history.

PARTNERS  also coming to VINYL.

This is bound to become a collectable…

Coming September 23rd. 2 discs. Partners (Vinyl) PRE ORDER NOW!

 

Gay Marriage Denmark Anniversary

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Gay Marriage in Denmark celebrates

25 years!

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 equallove@lgbt.dk – 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.

Richardt Heers
International Spokesperson
LGBT Denmark
The Danish National Organisation for Gay Men, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgender Persons

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Working Together

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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.

 

James Franco Presents KINK

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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.

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Military Will Look to Lift Ban on Transgender Service Members

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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.

Manning’s request for the treatments was the first ever by a military inmate.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in May that he is open to reviewing the military’s ban on transgender service members.

What is like Growing up Transgender

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For most of you reading this – you know what is like to grow up gay.

But transgender – most of us do not understand that. What it is like. How do  they feel.

Maybe you think you are trans and reading this.  Many people felt transgender 20 years ago, but didn’t know what it really was; how to react or even who to turn to.

Now, thanks to social media and sharing,  transgender is really coming out of the closet.

In a brand new Aussie -made video, five transgender young people are asked: “What’s it like to be you?”

The results are compelling. Each speak openly about their awesome times along with their challenges, and how they’ve gotten through them.

The In My Shoes video is an initiative of the Transgender Anti-Violence Project at The Gender Centre.

“We hope that this film will serve as a resource for the wider community to better understand the issues facing young transgender and gender diverse people,” says the Gender Centre.

“We also hope that it encourages transgender and gender diverse people of all ages to come forward and access support if they need it.

“Thank you to these extraordinary young people for sharing their stories and to the incredible co-directors Monique Schafter and Mat Govoni.”

Take a look at the In My Shoes video .

Todd Chrisley says TODAY, I AM NOT GAY

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For months, reality star Todd Chrisley has insisted HE IS NOT GAY.

 

“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!

Comedy Series based on OUT GAY Soccer Player Robbie Rogers

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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.

Universal Television has optioned Rogers’ story rights for Craig Zadan and Neil Meron’s Storyline Entertainment to develop and produce a comedy series inspired by the young athlete’s experiences.

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.