Hollywood may as well close and move to Bollywood…or after Lego 12 comes out. Hollywood has officially run out of original ideas….
Today marks 15 years since the brutal torture and murder of Matthew Shepard. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long: he would have been 37 in December. While some are writing (rehashing) conspiratorial fiction to debunk what happened that night, the fact remains: they lured him by portraying themselves as gay, tortured and bludgened him, and left him to die on a fence. Don’t waste our time with your right wing silliness.
On the internets this week: A new trailer for the James Franco produced movie about Sal Minero. Also: After seeing the trailer for the Paws Project, I cannot look my cat in the eye. Finally, I defriend people who hold and voice extreme views that I do not agree with, but always quietly without comment. To attack someone who proudly participates in his gay brothers wedding is pretty hateful. This heartful defense would make anyone want him as your own brother.
They call it the Obama Derangement Syndrome. You know, kinda like when the Heritage Foundation/GOP inspiration (individual mandate and all) now known as the Affordable Care Act is opposed by the very people who hatched it and decide to call it “Obamacare”. They then decide to completely throw out all decorum and rules of legislating through blackmail and shutting down the government. Those Bannana Republicans are a hoot! But I think it’s more of a “fatal attraction”.
Kicking off the Halloween season with this funny trailer depicting Joan Crawford as the star of a horror movie.
Movie trailers for fall movies of interest. First up: an adaption of the David Sedaris short story “C.O.G.” starring the adorable Jonathan Groff. Next up: A 1944 murder brings together beat generation poets Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs in “Kill Your Darlings”. Ginsberg is played by Daniel Radcliff). Finally, a trailer for the documentary, The Rugby Player chronicles the life of the hero of Flight 93: Mark Bingham.
If you don’t know the Sex Pistols, you don’t know Punk… Sid Vicious played Bass Guitar (sorta). 15% of Iowans were depressed the day he overdosed. My understanding of Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen is from Gary Oldman portraying him in the iconic movie “Sid and Nancy:Love Kills”. Oddly, one of my favorite movies. Here’s a conspiracy theory: Nancy gets Sid hooked on drugs. Courtney Love plays Nancy’s friend in the movie. Courtney got Kurt hooked on heroine-told him it would help his stomach pains. You know the rest of the story: Love Kills. After the fold, Sex Pistols “Pretty Vacant”, and from the movie Sid and Nancy: Sid performs “My Way” and one of my favorite scenes: “I Want A Pizza!”
Seen on the Internets this week: From Comic Con, a preview of the 9th and final season of How I Met Your Mother. Then: a video preview for a new web series and their Kickstarter campaign. Finally, a mesmorizing timelapsed video short featuring the cities of Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
Sharknado mania has taken hold of America. Could it be because of the brilliant casting of 90210′s Ian Ziering and American Pie’s Tara Reid? Nah! Regardless, the Taiwanese animators from Next Media Animation has posted it’s own parody trailer of this summer’s instant classic (and guilty pleasure).
Some interesting LGBT related videos that you may have missed this week. Overnight sensation Steve Grand (using the name Steve Starchild) did some great covers before going “All-American”, including these covers of Lady Gaga and Lil’ Wayne. By the way, why is he being called a country artist? The song has a country feel, but it’s pop and it probably will be the kind of music he will be recording as he continues his career.
Compilation video of pop culture moments of 1999. There were many. Movies: The Sixth Sense, American Pie, Fight Club, The Matrix, American Beauty, October Sky, Election, 10 Things I Hate About You, Office Space. Music: Korn, Ricky Martin, Santana, Limp Bisquit, Blink 182, The Offspring, Eninem and Kid Rock (when Kid Rock was cool). Television: Family Guy, Futurama, That 70′s Show, Freaks and Geeks and Pokemon. Top it off with the launch of Napster, the Columbine massacre, Slick Willy’s impeachment acquital and the computer glitch doomsday fears.
Along with Bridegroom, I’m anxious to see Greetings from Tim Buckley. While it’s based on one true event, the rest is fiction. ”Greetings from Tim Buckley” explores Jeff Buckley coming to terms of being abandoned by his legendary father. Cast as Buckley is Gossip Girls Penn Badgley. I imagine that it would be difficult for anyone to portray someone who, because of his untimely and tragic drowning at age 30, has become a mythical hero.
I’m not a fan of NBC’s “Smash”. So much whining! I must give major props to Andy Mientus who blew me away with his cover of Buckley’s “The Last Goodbye”. It was the emotional closing song of Saturday’s episode. I was starting to change my mind about this show…until the last second. Why do they always kill the (cute) gay character?!