Thursday, December 31, 2009

My thoughts at the end of the decade - in musical form!

Think of this as a compilation describing my thoughts, feelings and inspirations over the course of the last decade. It starts out rather dark (much like the decade itself) but we begin to see a glimmer of hope about halfway through. Or at least, that was the intention with this project. So I say goodbye to all that 2000 - 20009 gave us, the good and the bad - from 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina to Barack Obama to Susan Boyle to Glee - it certainly will go down as one of the tumultuous decades since the 60s. I've already done one compilation entitled The Mad Blood Stirring - and the thought has crossed my mind to make this a double disc and just combining the two...but that's a project for another day....



1. The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning - The Smashing Pumpkins
2. Leaving on a Jet Plane - Peter, Paul & Mary
3. 9/11 Presidential Address to the Nation - George W. Bush
4. America - M83
5. Hunting for Witches - Bloc Party
6. Hurt - Johnny Cash
7. American Idiot - Green Day
8. Fragile - Sting
9. When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin
10. Umbrella - Rihanna feat. Jay Z.
11. Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World - Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
12. The Long Road - Eddie Vedder feat. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
13. Rehab - Amy Winehouse
14. A Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke
15. Election Night Victory Speech - Barack Obama
16. I Dreamed a Dream - Susan Boyle
17. Paparazzi - Lady Gaga
18. Leave Me Alone - Michael Jackson
19. Halo - Beyoncé
20. The Money Song - team9
21. Don't Stop Believin' - The Cast of Glee

Friday, December 25, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Merry Fucking X-Mas: Music for the Rest of Us - FanboyQ's First X-Mas Album!



1. What a Wonderful World - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (feat. Shane McGowan)
2. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue - Hole
3. Winter Like My Life Is Passing - Arthur Greenslade
4. Making Christmas - Rise Against
5. Cold - Annie Lennox
6. Lonely Siberian Winter - DJ John
7. The Rose - Bette Midler
8. Funky Christmas - Brat
9. Come Undone - Duran Duran
10. It's Cold Outside - The Choir
11. White Christmas - Corporal Blossom
12. Soon Forget - Pearl Jam
13. The Bitter End - Placebo
14. Candle: Coventry Carol - Tori Amos
15. The Lovers of December - Rod McKuen
16. In the Bleak Midwinter - Sarah McLachlan
17. Imagine Santa - DJ BC
18. New Year's Back at Sunset - Glenn Close and Christopher Hampton

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A rare find...



Art Deco Series: Can't Help Lovin' That Man

1. Can't Help Lovin' That Man - Bud Freeman & His Orchestra
2. Masculine Women, Feminine Men - Merritt Brunies & His Friars Inn Orchestra
3. Help! - Earl Gresh & His Gangplank Orchestra
4. Right Kind Of Man, The - Golden Gate Orch.
5. He's My Kind Of A Man - The Flamingo Melodians
6. He's So Unusual - Fred Rich & His Orchestra
7. Man I Love, The - Sam Lanin's Famous Players
8. I Want To Be Bad - Ray Ventura & His Collegians (previously unreleased)
9. Gay Love - Bing Crosby
10. Am I Blue? - The Travelers
11. Can't We Be Friends? - The Georgians
12. In My Little Hope Chest - The Clevelanders
13. He's A Good Man To Have Around - Dick Cherwin & His Orchestra
14. I Got Rhythm - Harold Lem & His Orchestra
15. What Wouldn't I Do For That Man? - Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra
16. But I Can't Make A Man - The Travelers
17. One That I Love Loves Me, The - Meyer Davis & His Orchestra
18. Buy, Buy For Baby - The Columbians
19. He's My Secret Passion - Danny Yates & His Orchestra
20. Love For Sale - The Hotchkiss Dance Orch.
21. Can't Do Without His Love - Joe Haymes & His Orchestra
22. Hold Your Man - Will Osborne & His Orchestra
23. Pu-Leeze! Mr. Hemmingway - Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians
24. Come Up And See Me Sometime - Cliff Edwards (previously unreleased)
25. Beach Boy - Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra

Check the comments for links.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Queer-Colored Glasses: The Queer Experience Through Cinema

OutCentral Cultural Center and The Nashville Film Festival collaborate to present

Queer Colored Glasses: The Queer Experience Through Cinema


WHO: OutCentral Cultural Center in collaboration with Nashville Film Festival (NaFF)

WHAT: Queer Colored Glasses: The Queer Experience Through Cinema

WHEN: 4th Saturday of every month at 7:00 PM

WHERE: OutCentral Cultural Center 1709 Church Street (between Revive Café and Vibe. On the same block as OutLoud! and Blue Genes) Nashville, TN 37209

COST: $5 for members $8 for non-members. No one turned away for lack of funds.


CONTACT INFORMATION:

For Queer-Colored Glasses: The Queer Experience through Cinema:
FanboyQ@gmail.com


For OutCentral:
info@outcentral.org


OutCentral Cultural Center is proud to be partnering with The Nashville Film Festival for a twelve month, twelve film series entitled Queer-Colored Glasses: The Queer Experience through Cinema that will focus on filmmakers, actors, writers, stories and plots of particular interest to the “queer” spectator.

From the first flickering images that ever lit up a screen, cinema has been a place where queer voices have called out and demanded to be heard with varying degrees of success. From films made by LGBT filmmakers and performers to the particular phenomenon that gay people often “see” a film differently than their straight counterparts.

“Images of GLBTQ people on the big screen--both positive and negative--have had such a tremendous influence on our lives,” said Jim Hawk, Executive Director of OutCentral Cultural Center.

“Most of us can remember the first time we saw "one of us" on the screen. This series takes an important look at those images and how they effected our lives--and the lives of generations of GLBTQ people.”

Historically, most LGBT filmmakers were forced to work in relative secrecy about who they were, being mostly relegated to avant-garde and independent film circles. Thus, cinema is also the forum for the queer voice of the “other” – stories and characters that – while not necessarily gay – represent the outsider whose story queer audiences identify with.

"I am extremely excited about the partnership between the Nashville Film Festival and OutCentral,” said QCG Artistic Director Joshua Thomas.

“I believe one of the most important tools we in the gay community have for examining our past is in film theory. Gay audiences have historically experienced films differently than the rest of society. In examining the past through this collection of films, we'll have the unique opportunity to watch society's views on homosexuality change throughout the years."

With the enormous cultural and historic differences between films made in the 1930’s and those made in modern times the characteristics that gay culture use to signify homosexuality have also changed dramatically over the years. While present-day films are allowed to be relatively forthright about sexuality in their presentations older films were often forced to only hint at it in varied ways. Thus, many classic Hollywood performances, directors, actors and – in some cases – entire genres must be closely examined in order to hear the queer voice within them.

“NaFF is thrilled to partner with OutCentral to present a unique collection of voices from film history,” said NaFF Artistic Director Brian Owens.

"We believe that film represents a great opportunity for those unheard or seldom heard to present their stories in ways that create dialogue, understanding, and bind us all together as a greater community. We hope people will come and enjoy and talk about these films and what they mean to the GLBT community and community at large.”

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Top 10 Songs of the Decade

It's hard to believe that in just a few short weeks the 2000s will be over. Obviously, it's been an interesting and troubling decade.

The Hubs and I were talking the other day about the way music has changed over the past 10 years. That got us talking about what we would consider our favorite song of the decade.

I can never do just one.

Here's a list of my favorite songs that were released from 2000 - 2009. I'd like to hear what your favorite song (or list of songs) from this decade is.

10. Umbrella - Rihanna

9. Hurt - Johnny Cash

8. Get Together - Madonna

7. Music - Leela James

6. Sexy Back - Justin Timberlake

5. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyonce

4. Passive Aggressive - Placebo

3. Maps - The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

2. Rehab - Amy Winehouse

1. All These Things That I Have Done - The Killers

Friday, September 11, 2009

Remember

No matter the cliche, I still remember that day like it was yesterday.

I was a department manager at Wal-Mart in Lebanon. All the department managers got to work an hour early and sat around the break room until 7:00 am. I clocked in and went about my day.

A little after 8, one of the managers called over the walkie-talkie to tell me that a plane had just hit the WTC - didn't my boyfriend work in the North Tower?

At first it almost sounded like a joke. I answered back and asked where he had heard about the plane, and he said the lady in receiving had heard it on the radio.

I tried to call my boyfriend Edward, who worked on the 78th floor of the North Tower. The cell phones were already down, and I started to get worried.

I went to the back to see if there was anymore info, and that's when the second plane hit. Now I was freaking out, desperately calling everyone I knew in NY, trying to see if anyone knew where Ed was.

We all sat in the receiving office and listened, first as the South Tower collapsed and then the North. When the North Tower fell, I crumbled. I was convinced that Edward was dead.

My friend Alicia drove me home. I just left my car at Wal-Mart. I remember looking out the car window and thinking it was such a beautiful day as well.

When I got home I stuck a tape in the VCR and just hit record. I still have that tape somewhere...no VCR anymore though.

I finally talked to Ed late that night. He had been late for work that morning, and hadn't made it into the Tower yet when the first plane hit.

Even today, I can't watch Tv or movies from pre-9/11 - it just gives me chills.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

FanboyQ #MusicMonday Mix for August 3, 2009

May You Live in Interesting Times: Music for the End of the World



Our Day Will Come - Jamie Cullum

1999 (AudioDile Goes Astray Mix) - Prince

The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning - Smashing Pumpkins

We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel

Lake of Fire - Nirvana

Black Hole Sun (Chew Fu 128 bpm refix) - Soundgarden

The End of the World - Skeeter Davis

Outbreak! - The Groovie Ghoulies

Sympathy for the Devil (Who Killed the Kennedys?) - Laibach

It's Only the End of the World - Black Box Recorder

Gimme Shelter (Streetlab Mix) - Streetlab

How It Ends - DeVotchka

Time Of The Season - The Zombies

Apocalypse Please - Muse

Armageddon Days Are Here Again - The The

Seasons in the Sun - Terry Jacks

The Last Day on Earth - Marilyn Manson

Who Wants to Live Forever - Queen

Highway to Hell - AC/DC

Justify My Love [The Beast Within Mix] - Madonna

Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire

Goodbye Cruel World - Pink Floyd

This Is The End (Dirty South Remix) - The Doors

Fade to Black - Metallica

It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - R.E.M.

What a Wonderful World - Nick Cave & Shane MacGowan

Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival

A Warm Place - Nine Inch Nails featuring Stella Soleil

End of the World - Armor for Sleep

Astro Zombies - The Misfits

The End of the World - The Cure

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Dave Stewart & His Fabulous Rock Orchestra


listen to this week's show HERE

Friday, July 10, 2009

Fanboy Q In the News

My first mention in the press!! Kind of!!



My mother would be so proud.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Cemetery workers charged after allegedly dumping corpses

Four cemetery workers have been charged with illegally dismembering human bodies after digging up more than 300 corpses and dumping them in a pit in order to resell the graves.

Illinois police discovered the decomposing bodies at the historic Burr Oak cemetery in Alsip where a number of prominent African Americans are buried, including Emmett Till, the 14 year-old boy whose lynching in 1955 for flirting with a white woman helped galvanise the civil rights movement, and blues legend Dinah Washington.

"What we found was beyond startling and revolting," the Cook county sheriff, Tom Dart, said.

The police say the bodies were dug up and dumped in an overgrown area fenced off from the rest of the cemetery, 20 miles south of Chicago. The graves were then resold with the four arrested workers believed to have made about $300,000 over several years.

Relatives of the dead descended on the cemetery to discover if their loved ones had been disinterred. They included Simeon Wright, a cousin of Till, who told the Chicago Tribune: "I've got several generations of my family buried there, and I've never had any problems. ... But this is a pretty ghoulish story."

Dart said that Till's grave appears to have been undisturbed but he was not sure about Washington's or that of the heavyweight boxing champion Ezzard Charles.

The principal target appears to have been older graves that had not been visited for many years so that the removal of the bodies would not be noticed by relatives.
Dart said the FBI has been called in and that forensic medical examiners are working to identify the remains.

"I've been in this business for 35 years, and I have never heard of employees committing these kinds of terrible acts," Vickie Hand, treasurer of the Illinois Cemetery & Funeral Home Association, told the Chicago Tribune. "There's no words that can express it; it's just absolutely unbelievable."



Read more here.

The New Twenty

The New Twenty (2009) Starring Bill Sage, Terry Serpico, Nicole Bilderback, Colin Fickes, Andrew Wei Lin, Ryan Locke, Thomas Sadoski – Directed by Chris Mason Johnson



The New Twenty tells the story of five college friends that are approaching thirty and questioning the bonds they once shared. In a post 9-11 world where ‘text is the new sex, gay is the new straight, and friends are the new family’ Chris Mason Johnson has given us the most dysfunctional ‘family’ ever. There’s Julie (Nicole Bilderback – Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bring It On, Clueless) an over-achiever, and her aggressive fiancé Andrew (model Ryan Locke from Beyonce’s If I Were a Boy video). Then there’s Julie’s gay brother Tony (Andrew Wei Lin) and his addict roommate Felix (soap star Thomas Sadoski). Tony is dating the HIV+ teacher Robert (Bill Sage – Sex & the City, Mysterious Skin, Boy Wonder). Then there’s woof-y Colin Fickes as Ben Barr, a bearish geeky guy that spends most of the movie trying unsuccessfully to hook up online. Julie is incredibly successful at her job which threatens Andrew. He becomes fixated on his own success and partners with a stereotypical money-grubbing investment banker. He also tries to bring in Tony who refuses after her overhears the banker verbally gay bash him. Tony and Robert are having problems as well – although there’s only one real scene that conveys that – and eventually they break up. All the tension (I know, *what* tension?) builds until the climactic finale at Andrew’s bachelor party. This is a movie that gets everything and nothing right. The performances are top caliber from this ensemble of back-players, but that can’t help a talk-y script that confuses, ignores, and generally falls flat. There’s so much importance plot-wise on the careers of the two leads – and yet you’re never quite sure what *anyone* in the story does for a living. For example, Andrew’s job apparently consisted of yelling obscenities and scarring his staff of two. And there was also some confusion on my part about Felix’s addict status; we see him meet up with some girl and they go back to her apartment. Next we see a baggie with something inside and a glass pipe – I’m thinking pot, right? Also, cue ‘girl-with-a-guitar’ music. But the movie treats it like he’s addicted to heroin. Now, it may have been heroin in the baggie, but there’s really nothing else in the movie that would indicate *what* the guy is addicted to. And the tacked-on fifth wheel Ben is completely pointless and spends the entire movie maybe hating his body, smoking, and being incredibly needy. At the end of the movie I felt like if thirty is the new twenty then I feel sixty. Killer soundtrack though. The New Twenty will be available on DVD on July 21st.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Michael Jackson Memorial

No one threw themselves on the coffin. Elizabeth Taylor didn't choke on her jewels (she wasn't even there). LaToya even kept all of her clothes on.

All in all, it was a fitting and tasteful tribute to the King of Pop.

Berry Gordy claimed that 'King of Pop' was no longer big enough - instead he called Jackson 'the greatest entertainer that ever lived.'

Al Sharpton told the Jackson children 'There wasn't nothing strange about your daddy, but it was strange what he had to deal with.' - a comment that has already created controversy among Jackson's detractors.

The most poignant moment came at the end when Jackson's 11 year old daughter Paris spoke: "I just wanted to say, ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just wanted to say I love him. So much."

Rest well, Michael. You will be missed.

Michael Jackson's body Arrives at Staple Center

Thursday, July 2, 2009

My Exciting News?

You're looking at one of the new staff writers for pinkkryptonite.com, the web's premier source for GLBT comic and pop culture news.

My plans for world domination are finally coming to fruition!!

ALL HAIL THE PINK!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Were The World Mine (2008)

Were the World Mine (2008) Starring Tanner Cohen, Nathaniel David Becker, Wendy Robie, Judy McLane, Zelda Williams, Jill Larson, Ricky Goldman, Christian Stolte, David Darlow – Directed by Tom Gustafson



If you have ever considered yourself a movie fan in the least, I have something very special to share with you. Actually, this isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned Were the World Mine. But now that it’s finally arrived on DVD, I wanted to take a second opportunity to implore you to see this fantastic film.

I still have trouble believing this is a feature film debut for Tom Gustafson. The film is so pitch perfect you’d believe it was the work of a seasoned Hollywood heavyweight. Were the World Mine is a re-working of Gustafson’s 2003 short film Fairies. Fairies was a major festival success and repeatedly shown on LOGO. It was this success that inspired Gustafson to try it on a larger scale.

Were the World Mine is like you threw High School Musical, Moulin Rouge, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet into a blender and still managed to achieve something wholly original and emotionally moving. While there’s nothing particularly ‘new’ about Were the World Mine (the story is a few hundred years old) it still feels fresh and groundbreaking, perhaps in its’ ability to finally combine all the queer elements of the films that preceded it then distilling it into a simple-fairy tale-esque story. In its simplicity it will become this generation’s Beautiful Thing.

In terms of plot think High School Musical Does A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Timothy (Tanner Cohen) is begrudgingly but openly gay at an all-boys school in typical small town America. He doesn’t hide who he is but he doesn’t exactly flaunt it either. Nevertheless he still gets teased by his schoolmates. And his mother (Judy McLane) is trying to be accepting but obviously still doesn’t understand. He feels completely alone except for his two best friends from a neighboring school – guitar-toting Frankie (Zelda Williams) and athletic Max (Ricky Goldman). Timothy spends most of his afternoons with Frankie and Max but most of his school hours daydreaming about the jock rugby team player Jonathan (Nathaniel David Becker) – but Timothy’s got plenty of material. Jonathan pats his butt during basketball practice, compliments his singing in a particularly dreamy/flirty scene, and always rises to his defense when the other rugby players start their bullying. So he’s completely annoyed when his kooky drama teacher interrupts his Jonathan-drooling-a-thon one day to insist he try out for the school’s upcoming musical version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Timothy gets cast as Puck, and while memorizing his lines he stumbles upon the recipe for the pansy’s love potion. For the non-Shakespearean among you – in A Midsummer Night’s Dream the impish fairy Puck creates havoc when he sprays a love potion via a pansy into several sleeping eyes one night that causes the sleeper to fall madly in love with the first person he or she sees upon opening his or her eyes. Timothy is skeptical at first, but looses all doubts when he accidentally sprays Max. The next day at school he’s ready when drama practice starts – determined once and for all to get the guy of his dreams. To his delight it works, but his moment is cut short by more homophobic taunting from the rugby team members in the cast. In a moment of anger he sprays his two worst antagonists – who start totally making out! Now anyone who tries to stand in his way will finally see what life is like in his shoes. Soon half the town has had a sudden change in orientation and gay marriages have been legalized! But soon we realize that what was at first laugh-inducing has become heart-breaking. Problems arise – as they will when love is involved.

The cast is fantastic. Relative newcomers Tanner Cohen and Nathaniel David Becker are not only heavenly on the eyes (and I do mean heavenly) but they can both act and sing. Tanner is one half of an emotronic pop (a sub-genre I had never heard of) band called The Guts. He also appeared in The Life Before Her Eyes and “As the World Turns”. As for Becker, you might remember him from a Virgin Mobile commercial (I didn’t). The most recognizable cast members are in the ranks. Wendy Robie might look more familiar to audiences with an eye-patch but her role as the as the ethereal drama teacher is the complete opposite of Nadine from ‘Twin Peaks”. She’s captivating and enchanting – so, completely believable as a captivating and enchanting drama teacher. Another television personality on-hand is Jill Larson, who has played Opal Cortlandt on “All My Children” for the past 18 years. And Zelda Williams may not be a name you know offhand but you probably know her dad, Robin.

The DVD officially hit store shelves June 9th, so if you haven’t been lucky enough to see it at a festival or you have and you have to own a copy be sure to keep your eyes peeled.

Some exciting news..

That I can't tell you yet. :P

I got an e-mail this morning with some exciting news that I had been waiting to hear about.

There will be a big announcement in the coming days - so keep your eyes peeled!!

In the meantime - let's celebrate with some dancing bears!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Some Like It Hot: 50th Anniversary Edition

Some Like It Hot: 50th Anniversary Edition (1959) Starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Pat O’Brien, Nehemiah Persoff, Joe E. Brown, Joan Shawlee – Directed by Billy Wilder



It’s been 50 years since the release of the now classic comedy and cinema fans can rejoice at the recently announced 50th Anniversary Edition 2-Disc DVD. There was a Collector’s Edition that was released in 2007 but the new release, which is scheduled to hit store shelves on September 1st, might finally contain the special features that fans have been clamoring for. It is, after all, one of the most beloved comedies of all time. If you have yet to see it there’s never been a better time to check it out and see what all the fuss is about. For starters, it will certainly go down as one of the best and most memorable performances for all three of its stars. Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon star as Joe and Jerry respectively, two out-of-work musicians in 1929 Chicago who accidentally witness a Mob hit on Valentine’s Day. In a desperate attempt to run they disguise themselves as women and join up with an all-female band headed to Florida. Once on the train they both end up falling for the lead singer and ukulele player Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe). Sugar is on the run as well, trying to escape her historically bad choices in men; apparently she has a thing for tenor sax players (like Joe) but always ends up with her heart broken and coleslaw in her face. Having had enough with the red cabbage facials she has decided to meet and marry a millionaire once she gets to the seaside. She’s disappointed however to find that the rich men that troll the beaches of Miami are decidedly older than she had hoped. But Joe has a plan. Donning a second disguise (and a Cary Grant accent) Joe introduces himself to Sugar as Junior, heir-apparent to the Shell Oil fortune. As for Jerry, he’s got admirers of his own. Is she as devastatingly breathtaking as Marilyn? Not quite. Jerry finds himself pursued by a gentlemen by the name of Osgood – a real millionaire with a real million dollars. After some pleading (and just a few threats) Joe convinces Jerry to occupy Osgood on the mainland one night while Joe (as Junior) takes Sugar onto Osgood’s yacht. There he pretends to be gay in the hopes that Sugar will view his lack of interest in women as a challenge. As the sun rises the next morning we find Joe and Sugar deeply in love, and Jerry has received a marriage proposal from Osgood. But the morning also brings trouble. The very Mafia goons that were chasing after Joe and Jerry check into the same hotel! Apparently there is a ‘Friends of the Opera’ convention going on (so it’s going to be a little weird) but that’s actually just a front for the Mob! That’s when the ‘ladies’ have to put their pumps to the pavement in one of the greatest chase scenes ever filmed. Marilyn Monroe performed three songs for the soundtrack – including one of her signature tunes “I Wanna Be Loved By You”. Despite reported problems on the set, Monroe was at her comedic best in a role that, looking back, couldn’t have been played by anyone else. And the critics agreed – she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy that year, one of the few acting awards she ever received. Special features for this new edition have yet to be announced, but hopefully it will combine features from both the Collector’s edition that was released in 2007 and the laserdisc edition that came out in the 80s. So pre-order this comedy classic now and be one of the first to get your copy on its tentative September 1st street date.

Some Like It Hot: 50th Anniversary Edition

Some Like It Hot: 50th Anniversary Edition (1959) Starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Pat O’Brien, Nehemiah Persoff, Joe E. Brown, Joan Shawlee – Directed by Billy Wilder

It’s been 50 years since the release of the now classic comedy and cinema fans can rejoice at the recently announced 50th Anniversary Edition 2-Disc DVD. There was a Collector’s Edition that was released in 2007 but the new release, which is scheduled to hit store shelves on September 1st, might finally contain the special features that fans have been clamoring for. It is, after all, one of the most beloved comedies of all time. If you have yet to see it there’s never been a better time to check it out and see what all the fuss is about. For starters, it will certainly go down as one of the best and most memorable performances for all three of its stars. Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon star as Joe and Jerry respectively, two out-of-work musicians in 1929 Chicago who accidentally witness a Mob hit on Valentine’s Day. In a desperate attempt to run they disguise themselves as women and join up with an all-female band headed to Florida. Once on the train they both end up falling for the lead singer and ukulele player Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe). Sugar is on the run as well, trying to escape her historically bad choices in men; apparently she has a thing for tenor sax players (like Joe) but always ends up with her heart broken and coleslaw in her face. Having had enough with the red cabbage facials she has decided to meet and marry a millionaire once she gets to the seaside. She’s disappointed however to find that the rich men that troll the beaches of Miami are decidedly older than she had hoped. But Joe has a plan. Donning a second disguise (and a Cary Grant accent) Joe introduces himself to Sugar as Junior, heir-apparent to the Shell Oil fortune. As for Jerry, he’s got admirers of his own. Is she as devastatingly breathtaking as Marilyn? Not quite. Jerry finds himself pursued by a gentlemen by the name of Osgood – a real millionaire with a real million dollars. After some pleading (and just a few threats) Joe convinces Jerry to occupy Osgood on the mainland one night while Joe (as Junior) takes Sugar onto Osgood’s yacht. There he pretends to be gay in the hopes that Sugar will view his lack of interest in women as a challenge. As the sun rises the next morning we find Joe and Sugar deeply in love, and Jerry has received a marriage proposal from Osgood. But the morning also brings trouble. The very Mafia goons that were chasing after Joe and Jerry check into the same hotel! Apparently there is a ‘Friends of the Opera’ convention going on (so it’s going to be a little weird) but that’s actually just a front for the Mob! That’s when the ‘ladies’ have to put their pumps to the pavement in one of the greatest chase scenes ever filmed. Marilyn Monroe performed three songs for the soundtrack – including one of her signature songs “I Wanna Be Loved By You”. Despite reported problems on the set, Monroe was at her comedic best in a role that, looking back, couldn’t have been played by anyone else. And the critics agreed – she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy that year, one of the few acting awards she ever received. Special features for this new edition have yet to be announced, but hopefully it will combine features from both the Collector’s edition that was released in 2007 and the laserdisc edition that came out in the 80s. So pre-order this comedy classic now and be one of the first to get your copy on its tentative September 1st street date.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

"King of Pop" Michael Jackson Dead at 50

(RTTNews) - Pop star Michael Jackson has died.

The Los Angeles California Coroner's Office confirmed that the well-known "King of Pop" was pronounced dead at the UCLA Medical Center.

The initial cause of death, officials said, was cardiac arrest.

Sources said the 50-year-old Jackson was transported to the hospital from his nearby rental home in Bel-Air shortly after an emergency call at 12:30 PM Pacific Time (3:30 PM Eastern).

Jackson was reported to be in a coma at the time of transport.

The L.A. Times reported that when paramedics arrived at the home, Jackson was not breathing.

Word of Jackson's death caused a crowd of hundreds of reporters and others to form at the hospital.

The Los Angeles Police Department said it has opened investigation into Jackson's death, although they said there was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

The L.A. County Coroner's Office will determine an official cause of death.

Jackson's death comes as the entertainer was preparing to kick off a comeback on July 13, including a series of 50 sold-out shows at London's O2 Arena.

Jackson was believed to be heavily in debt. He had not toured since 1997 and had not released a new album since 2001.

Jackson's professional career began at age 8 when he began performing with the family band called "The Jackson 5."

Jackson is survived by three children, sons Prince Michael 7, and Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., 12, and daughter Paris Michael Katherine, 11.

by RTT Staff Writer


Read more here.



Michael Jackson
1958 - 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

Angel star Andy Hallett dies of heart failure



By Patrick Lee
8:47 PM ON 03/30/09

Andy Hallett, who starred as Lorne ("the Host") on the TV series Angel, died of heart failure last night at age 33, his longtime agent and friend Pat Brady told E! Online.

Hallett, who was a fan favorite, died at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after a five-year battle with heart disease, with his father Dave Hallett by his side, the site reported.

A Massachusetts native, Hallett appeared in more than 70 episodes of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff series between 2000 and 2004. The accomplished actor was also a musician and sang two songs ("Lady Marmalade" and "It's Not Easy Being Green") on the Angel: Live Fast, Die Never soundtrack, released in 2005.

Hallett's green demon character assisted Angel (David Boreanaz) and his team in the investigation of underworld mysteries while serving as the host and headliner at a demon bar.

Hallett had spent his post-Angel years working on his music career, playing shows around the country. He had been admitted to the hospital three or four times in the past few years for his heart condition, according to Brady.

A private funeral service will be held for family and close friends in Cape Cod, most likely over this weekend.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Siren in the Dark (2009)

Starring Orion Cross, James Townsend, David Beutler, Todd Tetreault, Rick Bolander, Madelyn Starr, Ashley Steel, Donner Tran, Riley Sheridan, Kyle Lankins, Sarah Christine Pletcher, A.J. Domianus – Directed by Laura Reilly and Steven Vasquez



Occasionally a movie comes along that completely blows me away and reminds me to never judge a book by its cover. That happened to me twice this week, and this is one of those movies. Don’t get me wrong, this movie is definitely a diamond in the rough….really rough. The cast at best is amateurish, the editor seems to be smoking crack on several occasions, and there are plot holes so big you could drive a hummer limo through them. But take a moment to look beyond these flaws and what you are left with is a fascinating and complex story that has more unexpected twists than the court documents from David and Liza’s divorce papers. I’ve been trying all week to explain to my friends why this movie is so good and the best I’ve come up with is imagine David Lynch and Christopher Nolan decided to make a big gay murder mystery. A troubled cop gets a late call that may shed some light on a recent missing person case he’s been working on. But when the young man and woman start to talk, their story may be more than the cop can handle. Orion Cross plays the mysterious Joshua and it’s almost difficult to see his devilish turn because of his overwhelming good looks. Todd Tetreault, who plays Officer Cameron Ibanez, looks like a mix of Brad Pitt and Guy Pearce and has one of the most beautiful asses I have ever seen. And his big naked moment is tame compared to the mountains of flesh on display; cut, uncut, bears, boobs – there’s truly something for everyone. And the sex scenes are so realistic it would make Queer as Folk fans blush. If you like light erotic drama, you’ll definitely get a kick out of A Siren in the Dark.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Fritzl jailed for life in dungeon incest case

ST. POELTEN, Austria (CNN) -- A jury in Austria has found Josef Fritzl guilty of raping and imprisoning his daughter for more than two decades and sentenced him to life in prison.

It was the maximum sentence for the most serious charge Fritzl faced: one count of murder, for allowing one of the babies he fathered with his daughter to die shortly after birth.

The eight-member jury returned a unanimous verdict on all counts. Fritzl, dressed in a gray suit, blue shirt and dark tie, stared blankly ahead and showed no emotion as the jury delivered its verdict.

The 73-year-old had pleaded guilty to all charges on Wednesday, but Austrian law requires a jury to return a verdict as well.

Fritzl will soon be moved to a detention facility for mentally abnormal offenders, where psychiatrists will evaluate him and decide on therapy. Until then, he will remain in a two-person cell in St. Poelten.

The man who kept his crimes a secret for 24 years until he was exposed last year made a final, emotional apology to the court Thursday morning.

"I am deeply sorry with all my heart for what I have done, but I cannot go back and change it," Fritzl told the court at St. Poelten, about 70 kilometers (45 miles) east of Amstetten, where he and his family lived.

The jury found Fritzl guilty of incest, rape, enslavement and false imprisonment of his daughter Elisabeth. It also found him guilty of two assault charges and murder in the death of the baby, one of twins, which died 66 hours after birth.

Fritzl initially pleaded not guilty to murder, enslavement, and one of the assault charges, and partly guilty to rape. He surprised his own lawyer by changing his plea Wednesday.

Prosecutor Christiane Burkheiser urged the jury Thursday to return a murder conviction. She called Fritzl's admission of guilt a ploy.

"This was not a confession by the accused. It was a change in strategy," she told the court.

Elisabeth Fritzl also wanted her father to be convicted, said her lawyer, Eva Plaz.

Both sides accepted Thursday's verdict and Josef Fritzl refused the option to appeal, court officials said. He could be considered for parole in 15 years, when he would be 88, said court spokesman Franz Cutka, but the Ministry of Justice will decide whether to allow it.

Fritzl's lawyer revealed Thursday that Elisabeth had been in court Tuesday, the second day of the trial. Defense attorney Rudolf Mayer said the elder Fritzl noticed his daughter's presence in the final hour of viewing Elisabeth's videotaped testimony.

Mayer said he was not disappointed with the verdict because it was a "logical consequence" of his client's admission of guilt. He said life in prison is a "very just sentence."

"In my eyes, no man is a monster, regardless of what he's done," Mayer told the BBC. "He's always a human, regardless of what he's done."

A technical expert testified at the trial that the underground chamber in which Fritzl kept his daughter and their offspring had low ceilings -- about 1.7 meters (5.5 feet) high -- and, for the first couple of years, only minimal sanitation. The cellar had no daylight or fresh air.

Prosecutors said Fritzl closeted Elisabeth in the specially designed cellar in 1984, when she was 18, telling other family members that she had run away to join a cult. He kept her there for 24 years, authorities believe, repeatedly sexually assaulting her and fathering her seven children.

Fritzl took three of the children upstairs to live with him and his wife, telling the family that the missing Elisabeth had dropped them off.

Elisabeth and the remaining children never saw daylight, prosecutors said, and Fritzl went away for long periods, leaving them without food. To punish them, prosecutors said, Fritzl sometimes turned off the power in the cellar for up to 10 days.

In addition, they alleged, Elisabeth was often sexually assaulted in front of the children.

One of the babies -- a boy named Michael -- died shortly after birth. Prosecutors charged Fritzl with murder in his death because he did not receive medical care.

Fritzl admitted Wednesday that he was in the cellar when the baby was born. He noticed the child was breathing heavily, he said, but he did not think the baby would die and decided not to seek help.

Fritzl told the court he was probably responsible for the child's death and pleaded guilty to his murder. He had earlier pleaded not guilty to the charge but said he changed his mind after hearing Elisabeth's videotaped testimony.

The prosecution said Thursday that Michael struggled for 66 hours before dying of respiratory problems. They said Fritzl knew what was happening but was indifferent.

Authorities have said that Elisabeth and her children now have new identities and are in a secret location. Asked at a news conference why other family members have not testified, officials said they did not wish to.

The case came to light in April 2008, when Elisabeth's then-19-year-old daughter, Kerstin, became seriously ill and ended up in the hospital. Hospital staff became suspicious and alerted police, who then discovered the family's plight in the cellar.



Read more here.


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I'm in Love!!!

...and his name is Tyler Labine.



Apparently he's an actor, although I've never seen anything he's been in. I may have to start watching television again.

You can find his imdb site here.