Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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Two Gratuitous Bits

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First, in case you were on those the folks who were worried that it was Finn Wittrock's butt we were seeing when we saw butt on American Horror Story those two times (time one here and time two here), Finn just told Slate in an interview about shooting the naked scenes so you can wipe the worried sweat from your brow and return to the simple lustful sweat he intended. 

Slate: I’m not even sure how you ask this. You got completely naked in that episode. Did the crew shoot around you being naked or did they just ask, “Hey is it OK if Gabourey Sidibe sees you naked?”

Finn: I had to sign a waiver! I read it in the script, so I saw it coming. They give me some frontal, uh, protection.

Slate: Like a sock?

Finn: Yes. “Cock sock” if you want the technical term.

I do want the technical term, Finn, especially
if it involves you saying the word "cock." 

And second, in an excerpt from their forthcoming interview with Jamie Dornan Elle UK got some information out of the model-turner-actor on how he prepared for Fifty Shades of Grey:

"He visits a sex-dungeon of course. "I went there, they offered me a beer, and they did…whatever they were into. I saw a dominant with one of his two submissives," he says. There was plenty of kink... and plenty laughter. "I was like: 'Come on guys I know I'm not paying for this but I am expecting a show.' It was an interesting evening. Then going back to my wife and newborn baby afterwards... I had a long shower before touching either of them.""

Obviously the way he's using "guys" he could mean it in the genderless sense, but I really prefer to imagine it's two men he's talking about here, for obvious reasons.
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:


Corky St. Clair: I'd like you to close your eyes now, 
and I'd like you to try something, all right? 
Now what are you thinkin, what are you feeling 
right now, with your eyes closed? 
Dr. Pearl: I feel a bree... a... you're blowing in my ear. 
Corky St. Clair: Okay, all right, but you see 
you jumped... to a conclusion! 
Dr. Pearl: Oh! 
Corky St. Clair: See, what I'm asking for is... 
your first feeling... was not that I was blowing on you. 
It was more like... Virgin Isles, or... Bahamanian... 
Dr. Pearl: Oh... 
Corky St. Clair: Or... Arubian... 
 Happy 68, Eugene Levy!
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Quote of the Day

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"With Jonathan, doing these sex scenes just feels so cool. We're such good mates now, and we laugh and we love doing our scenes together. You can do anything; your hands go everywhere, and it's fine. Neither of us at any point feels uncomfortable, and that's why it's so good. We just completely trust each other, and we go for it. Neither of us hold back or feel any pang of responsibility for the other one when it comes to that. We just trust each other on a completely open level. Either of us could go to the other, "Hey, you should put your dick in there.""

-- That's Russell Tovey talking about telling Jonathan Groff where he should put his dick on him in an interview with PrideSource. Good grief, we live in a privileged age. An out gay actor can just say "You know what? Getting naked with Jonathan Groff is not difficult! It's nice, actually!" I'm sure I don't have to tell them to take notes, but take notes Luke Evans, Lee Pace, etc etera, et cetera. This is the world we live in now, you bunch of fossils. Also of note in this interview: lots of Tovey butt talk, and his threesome solution. (He cribbed that one from me!) Anyway go on and read it, y'all. (pic via)
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Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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I Am Link

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--- Sniff It - Do these NYT Carpetbagger articles usually insist on self-refering as "The Bagger" so insistently? I think they wrote "The Bagger" fifty times in a few short paragraphs and it's hella annoying. Anyway here's The Bagger on meeting Jake Gyllenhaal at a recent event for Nightcrawler, and apparently he smells good. I hope not too good, I wouldn't want him perfumy, I want him manly and musky and what was I talking about again? (thanks Mac)

--- Greatest Love - We're exactly one month away from Lifetime airing Angela Bassett's Whitney Houston bio-pic (not-so-seret secret: I was and always will be a huge Whitney fan) and here's a pretty interesting interview with the actress they hired to play Whitney's long-rumored lesbian paramour. She sounds like she knows things, real things, y'all.

--- Feast For All - There are a whole lot of TV shows that I don't watch included on The Atlantic's list of the best TV episodes of the year, in fact it's a surprising majority (I thought I watched a lot of TV but there's so much here I hadn't even heard of!), but I recommend the list anyway because our pal Joe Reid wrote up a lovely little thing on the best episode of Hannibal's second season in there.

--- Tickle Me Efron - Hey look Joseph Gordon Levitt and Zac Efron (sporting a surprisingly fine mustache) were hanging out filming something for Joe's HitRecord thing. I hope it's something akin to the thing that Joe "reportedly" filmed when he was trying to be in John Cameron Mitchell's real-sex-opus Shortbus. And speaking of Joe, it sounds like he will not be playing the lead in the adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman movie, at least according to Gaiman himself? Neil says he'd like Tom Hiddleston, which sounds like prime casting to me.

--- Bond Women - I love all the press that Monica Belluci got when she was announced for Spectre about being the oldest Bond Girl ever, as if Monica Belluci is a dried up old corn husk. If she was good enough for Vincent Cassel y'all, she's good enough for me. Anyway over at The Film Experience today resident Bond expert Deborah tackles the math of the Bond Girls and their ages with respect to the Bonds they've stood alongside (or you know, laid under) and finds some surprising facts.

--- Hero Dump - Here are two Avengers-themed things that I have not yet read: here's Paul Bettany finally breaking hi silence (oh yes we have all been holding our breath on this one) on what the deal is with his role in the upcoming sequel, and here is Joss Whedon... well, presumably it seems talking about the same thing, plus other stuff. No word if Aaron Johnson's thighs come up, but I'll keep you posted.

--- How To Get Away With Suicide - The cast for the upcoming super-villain team-up flick Suicide Squad, which has been giving me a solid case of the manic-depressives, just got maybe one more check in the plus column - Viola Davis is maybe going to play the, well, the Samuel L. Jackson role, aka the government official who oversees the group. She joins Tom Hardy and Jai Courtney and then some other people ugh.
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Sorry Idris Elba

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I had the option last night of watching either Annabelle the poopy-doll movie or watching No Good Deed, aka the movie where Idris Elba positively torments somebody by making them watch him strip naked and lather his genitals with soap, and clearly I made the wrong choice. Tonight I will make it up to you, baby. (pics via)
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Lookin' For A Date, Hot Stuff?

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"I appreciate this whole seduction thing 
you've got going on here, but let me give you a tip: 
I'm a sure thing." 

(pics via)
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Which Is Hotter?

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American Horror Story: Freakshow's Dot or Bette?
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Happy 40, Sarah Paulson!
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Hold Me Closer Tiny Rogen

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So I'm sure you've all heard about how Seth Rogen and James Franco's North Korean comedy film The Interview has been, um, causing some unrest in the world... and how now the New York premiere, set to happen tomorrow at the Sunshine Cinema here in NYC, has been canceled due to the terror threats that hacking group has made. I bring this up not because I really have an argument either way - it's probably smart of them to cancel the premiere, although I think canceling the release of the film as a whole is a bit heavy-handed - but because hey remember I saw The Interview several weeks ago at the exact same theater with Seth Rogen in attendance! I almost kind of hope that the film's release gets canceled so I get to be like one of the few special people who saw that "Jerry Lewis is a holocaust clown" movie or whatever. 

But I have seen some people make jokes about haha good riddance to bad rubbish so I'll throw my hat in the ring for the movie - I thought it was very very funny, and it'll be a shame if this outside nonsense spoils its reception. Also, anybody making the argument that Rogen & Co should've known better than to make a movie about assassinating a real-world political figure needs to politely zip it and go study some history - there's a long storied past of real-world political lampooning that this movie falls under, and it's in great, charged, much-necessary company.
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I Am Doll Parts Bad Skin Doll Heart

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Although I wrote more about Sex (side-point number one: somethings never change, and side-point number two: write about what you know) more than I did Race, back when I was booming and bloviating with self-important opinions in college I would've dug a horror movie like Annabelle only because it is so clueless about what it's actually about - this is where the nation's seedy underbelly pokes its eyes out: not with a bang but a half-assed jump scare. So even though Annabelle's set in some version of 1969 America where Race doesn't seem to exist, man alive is it Saying Things About Race by the end. And horrible recidivist things at that - horrible recidivist things that it would take a sit-down by the director and a long conversation over several cups of coffee to convince me were intentional. 

And I don't see that coming - I can't actually foresee a world where the people making this inept movie had any idea what they were saying, or doing, or if they were holding the camera in the right direction. There is one good idea of a scare in here that's drawn out well for a moment (I speak of the broken elevator) which walks the fine line between being a Scooby Doo gag and actually kicking your knees out from under you, but they really go nowhere with it, and then it's back to another round of making me just feel bad for the lead actress, leaving her hung out to dry in some subpar Rosemary's basement, black things haunting other black things as her blonde hair exquisitely bounces.
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Good Morning, Gratuitous Rocky Graziano

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I seem to remember there being some talk about these pictures of the boxer Rocky Graziano taken by Stanley Kubrick, yes that Stanley Kubrick, back a couple of years ago, but I can't remember the context - I thought maybe a book had come out but I find no evidence of that. I think they were just discovered recently is all.
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"Is all" I say, as if that ain't plenty. Graziano's boxing career ended in 1952, after which he became... well I haven't seen him in anything so I hesitate to say he became an "actor" but he became a celebrity anyway, with several TV shows under his champion belt, and of course his life was turned into Somebody Up There Likes Me, Robert Wise's 1956 flick starring Paul Newman.

Graziano was apparently friends with Paul and with Marlon Brando - Brando based Stanley Kowalski on Graziano, says Wiki:

"Brando based his portrayal of Kowalski on the boxer Rocky Graziano, whom he had studied at a local gymnasium. Graziano did not know who Brando was, but attended the production with tickets provided by the young man. He said, "The curtain went up and on the stage is that son of a bitch from the gym, and he's playing me"

Anyway what a threesome these fellas make, eh? I think we should all take some time to marinate in where that thought takes us...

One and a two and a three and we're back, feeling refreshed. Alright so after the jump I gathered up a bunch of pics, some by Kubrick and some not; let's hit it like we're prizefighters y'all.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Where's The Meat

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Here's the meat! Here's the meat! (Fifty points to those of you who get that.) Well I told you I'd keep posting these - The Playlist's posted some new shots of Beefy Bradley Cooper in American Sniper, as well as a clip! Head over there for that, or hit the jump here for an abbreviated  round-up of his royal bearded beefiness.

Everybody's On Joe Dallesandro

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I was just looking around at Joe Dallesandro pictures (there's about a 50/50 chance at any given time that that's what I'm doing, by the way) and stumbled upon that shot of noted ladies-man Serge Gainsbourg directing his wife Jane Birkin on the fine art of totes macking on Joe on the set of 1976's Je t’aime moi non plus and it seemed like something I clearly needed to post.

And, uh, there's another one. Have any of you seen Je t’aime moi non plus? I watched some of it one time but the copy I had didn't have subtitles so I just fast-forwarded to the nudie parts. They were not disappointing.

But then Joe Dallesandro on that front never disappointed. Anyway thanks to the randomness of Tumblr as I looked thru Joe pictures a pair of similar ones were dropped beside each other, one of Joe in Je t’aime and one of Joe in Blood For Dracula, each fetishizing Joe in their own delightful ways (do note the way everybody's putting big sticks in or around his crotch-area) and so I figured we could ask this question...
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Pucker Up, Ryan Phillippe

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The Berlin Film Festival is apparently going to screen the long-desired director's cut of 54, that prime Ryan Phillippe beefcake experience, in February! There's not much news beyond that - the director screened a cut in LA a few years ago, and a shoddy-quality clip of an edited-out kiss between Ryan and Breckin Meyer surfaced last year (the clip seems to be taken down but I did make a gif that's at that link), but we don't know if this is the same cut or what'll be included. The film was famously butchered by its gay-panicked studio, with all of Ryan's character's bisexuality scraped off the flick with no concern for every living human being that wanted that imprinted upon their eyeballs properly; if its getting a big festival play like this maybe there really is hope for an actual release!


Quote of the Day

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"I just got an iPhone last year. I love Apple products, but I don't use the cloud. I don't trust it, so you won't find any nude photos from me personally [out there]. It's much more likely that I'd be followed somewhere and had taken off all my clothes to jump in a pool of water on a hike or something. I'm not doing any home photo shoots."

--- Apparently Charlie Hunnam really wants 
me to stalk him, like, constantly. (via)
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:


Eva: There's no dividing line, no insurmountable wall. I know it can't be described. It's a world of liberated feelings. Do you know what I mean? To me, man is a tremendous creation, an inconceivable thought. In man is everything, from the highest to lowest. Everything exists side by side. Realities, not only the reality we perceive with our dull senses, but a tumult of realities arching above each other inside and outside. It's just fear and priggishness to believe in limits. There are no limits, neither to thoughts nor feelings. It's anxiety that sets limits. 

Happy 76, Liv Ullmann!
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Get Your Moose Prepped

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E!News is reporting that David Wain's Wet Hot American Summer limited-run sequel series for Netflix, which we heard rumblings of way back in May, is actually happening and they'll start filming in January! Nobody's confirmed this - not Netflix, not Wain, not the nerdy dude who had the 20-sided die that saved Camp Firewood, not nobody. But consider that the original was made for fifteen bucks in the off-season of a campground in rural Pennsylvania and it seems possible that they could get it done if they can just get a little time from the much-more-famous-now folks in the cast.
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Russell Tovey Three Times

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(via, thanks Mac)
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I Am Link

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--- Pyle On - In case you missed it over the weekend the most important thing on the internet was Missi Pyle's series of posts for The Film Experience - she talked about her night at the Oscars with The Artist, she talked about working with Bryan Fuller on Pushing Daisies, she expressed great affection for Madeline Kahn... basically she proved herself every ounce the cool lady we knew she had to be given her endlessly entertaining career.

--- Super Gay - Our pal Glenn took a look at the year in gay movies over at Junkee, highlighting everything from the art-house likes of Xavier Dolan (always Xavier Dolan) and Bruce LaBruce (when the heck will I get to see Gerontophilia???) to the big-budget undercover queerness of 22 Jump Street and Neighbors.

--- Hit Me As Hard As You Can - In an absolutely cutting piece of journalism, US Weekly found out that while Jake Gyllenhaal was filming his boxing movie Southpaw... he got hit! Like, punched! Isn't that nuts? Who'd have thought it? Oh and here's an appealing new photograph of Jake for his upcoming play Constellations (click here for the full shot including his co-star Ruth Wilson):

--- Little Giant - I don't know who this Steven Spielberg person thinks he is, hiring a total nobody to play the little orphan girl in his adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG, but I will only accept a name in that part! And since there arern't very many names at ten years old right now, I suppose we'll have to cast slightly older. Is Nicole Kidman available?

--- Man Busted - How ridiculous would it be if they made a male-centric Ghostbusters starring Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt at the exact same time as Paul Feig makes his female-centric one? That was apparently Channing's idea, via an email exposed by the Sony leak - he and Chris are friends, I guess. And stars! Big hot slabs of man star. But seriously, just make the lady one for now, you guys. And speaking of Chris Pratt a pair of new pictures from Jurassic World dropped over the weekend, head over here to see them. (thanks Mac) 

--- Love Nigerian Style - We told you about Americaneh back when Lupita Nyong'o became attached to the project, since we're dying to see her in more things - now David Oyelowo has signed on for the male lead in the movie. There's somehow still no director or writer attached though? Who doesn't want to work with those two fabulous actors? Come on let's get this thing moving.

--- Forever Fassbender - In Fassy News today we hear that his dick-slinger Slow West has been picked up for distribution well before its bow at Sundance by A24, aka the studio that really knows its shit these days (aka Michael Fassbender's a fucking star) and isn't run by clueless out-of-touch up-their-own-ass dickheads like Aaron Sorkin. Ahem. In Second Fassy News today, director Steve McQueen says that there would totally be a role for Michael in his Paul Rosebson bio-pic if Michael wants it, because he always wants that big-piece around him at all times, and who can blame him.

--- Less Than Super - I figured that this Batman V Superman mess was going to be a bunch of fan-service, trying to right the wrongs they made with Man of Steel, and now we've got some (spoilery) confirmation of that - problem is, as I see it, they can crack their jokes about how Superman killed somebody in the first film but I have absolutely no doubts that this will remain a bloated spooge-fest, screamingly loud and turned up to ten thousand percent from the first to last frame, and that's the actual problem.
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