Friday, June 26, 2009

No More Tighty Whities!

One of my all-time favorite, and now officially most bizarre, underwear manufacturers has launched an all-out attack on undies of a mundane nature.

Those crazed Canadian anarchists cry out "No More Tighty Whities!"

Ginch Gonch "openly denounces any and all forms of boring tighty whities, blah-boxers, and granny panties" with their new ad campaign and melodramatic website touting the extreme measures they will go in order to end the reign of banal undergarments.

All of GG's designs have steered well clear of the average and generic since their inception in 1984, always with a wry sense of humor, a sexy fit, and holding to their slogan "Live like a kid!"

Being the proud owner of at least a dozen (probably more) pairs of the fun and funky designs by the Montreal-based company, I openly join my comrades in their mission to end the centuries-old oppression of plebeian skivvies!

Cry Ginch Gonch! And let slip the briefs of war!

Below is an original video by one of our brothers in arms who bravely shares his vision of what use, or lack thereof, tighty whities have in this ever-evolving and fashion-forward world!

R.I.P. Michael Jackson

Completely surreal is the subject. The very idea. It sounds preposterous.

Michael Jackson is dead... But it's true.

He was the source and constant companion of so much joy, growth, and learning for millions.

The King of Pop. Undisputed. The key-holder to an entire generation of people all over the world. His music, his unique and addicting vocalizations, his unsurpassed dancing style, his entire existence... It's difficult to imagine the world without it.

Yet here we are.

Yes, he was eccentric to say the least. His life was constantly the target of gossip and rumors. Unending speculation and an ocean of stories about surgical procedures and pedophilia.

But through it all, his rule over the kingdom of music held firm.

All one has to do is listen to any of the many songs that Jackson made famous by pouring his heart and soul into every note and every word. From his beginnings with The Jackson Five to his last album.

I don't have to give a rundown of his life, career, nor his death. We all know it.

All I ask at this time is that you take a moment. Ignore the crassly altered photos all over the internet, ignore the mockeries, let go of the rumors, the eccentricities, the scandalized media clips.

Listen to his song. Understand why he is immortal. Know that the world will, in fact, never be without his music. And remember why he was king.

Goodbye, Michael Jackson. How can we ever thank you?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

R.I.P. Farrah Fawcett

After a public and documented battle with cancer, the legendary angel Farrah Fawcett has passed away at the age of 62.

The Emmy, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit Award nominee started her career in the 1970s with small roles in such iconic television shows as "The Partridge Family", "The Flying Nun", and "I Dream of Jeanie", as well as in films such as Myra Breckinridge (with Mae West).

But it wasn't until she came skateboarding onto the scene in 1976 as Jill Munroe in the smash-hit TV series "Charlie's Angels" that Fawcett's career began to soar.

She quickly became an international star and sex symbol throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Her hairstyle was emulated by millions of young women and her poster sales broke records (her famous pose in a red bathing suit sold over 8,000,000 prints).

She would go on to work on films such as Logan's Run, The Cannonball Run, Dr. T and the Women (directed by Robert Altman), Extremities (Golden Globe nominated role), and The Apostle (Independent Spirit Award nomination), among many others.

In a career that would span 40 years, Fawcett appeared in more than 100 television shows and films. A feat that also earned her a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Married to Lee Majors from 1973-1982, Fawcett then entered a memorable 17-year relationship with Ryan O'Neal (with whom she remained very close up to the day she died).

Farrah Fawcett was an entertainment treasure. An always optimistic and determined individual who continued to grow and challenge herself for the entirety of her life. While I am grateful that her suffering is over, I know I speak for many when I say how much we'll miss her.

Farewell, angel.

R.I.P. Ed McMahon

Ed McMahon. He was a one-of-a-kind talent and the greatest sidekick who ever lived. This unique comedian and television superstar was loved across the U.S. for decades and was known among his peers as having one of the biggest hearts in the industry.

Born March 6, 1923, McMahon began making television appearances as early as 1952 as the announcer for "American Bandstand". Over the next 50 years, he would go on to appear in over 150 television shows and presentations, appearing with stars such as Bob Hope, Don Rickles, Jerry Lewis, Flip Wilson, Rowan & Martin, Dinah Shore, Dean Martin, and a wealth of others.

But America remembers him best as the iconic sidekick to the King of Late Night on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson". For more than 30 years, McMahon introduced the Tonight Show with a drawn-out "Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeere's Johnny!" His booming voice and constant laughter alongside Carson earned him the nicknames the "Human Laugh Track" and "Toymaker to the King".

He was also host of the successful weekly syndicated series "Star Search", which began in 1983 and helped launch the careers of numerous actors, singers, choreographers, and comedians.

I personally was tickled during the time McMahon played a character named Charlie Dickerson (my last name) on Tom Arnold's short-lived "The Tom Show".

At the age of 86, after many health problems and financial strain, McMahon passed away on June 23, 2009 in Los Angeles.

I like Joan Rivers' sentiments in regards to McMahon: "Ed McMahon always, whenever he would come in a restaurant or see me anywhere, would make it his business to come over and say hello," Rivers said. "And that was going against, quote-unquote, 'boss' orders.' He went beyond the "Tonight Show" and had his own identity and America liked him very much. When you needed him, he was a rock."

Don Rickles and Dick Clark stated similar stories.

Ed McMahon was a giant talent, a giant personality, and had a giant heart.

Rest peacefully, Ed. You did great work.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Michael Urie Should Ask Me Out: Reason Three

Reason #3: I can help him master the interwebz! Michael has confessed to not being incredibly internet proficient, a qualm evidenced in the (still adorable) video below where he refers to his vlog as a "video email". He has also made light of the fact that he had no idea what Twitter was until his friends advised him to join.

Hey, Michael! Let me help you master the interwebz and improve your site. All it'll cost you is a cocktail and a kiss. Best deal in town. *wink*

So cute...

Who Is That: Alan Rickman

Name: Alan Rickman
Occupation: Actor
Genre: Film
Born: February 21, 1946

This tremendously talented actor has not only continually won critical acclaim for decades (including BAFTA, Golden Globe, Emmy, and SAG Awards), but also continually wins over audiences the world over with his unique style and outstanding versatility in films ranging from Die Hard to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Rickman is set to star in the final Potter films as well as in Tim Burton's highly anticipated take on Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland!

With a background in Shakespeare studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, as well as a dresser for the likes of Sir Nigel Hawthorne and Sir Ralph Richardson, Rickman soon launched his own acting career with rave reviews and prizes right out of the gate. He appeared in the stage production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in London as well as in New York where he received Drama Desk and Tony Award nominations.

A few years later he was cast in his first major film role as Hans Gruber in the smash hit film Die Hard. Shortly thereafter he was cast in another box office smash as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves for which he won the BAFTA Award.

His career since has spanned the entire gambit of film genres with movies and characters all over the map! The major highlights of his career include Sense and Sensibility, Rasputin (for which he won the Emmy and Golden Globe), Dogma, Galaxy Quest, The Search for John Gissing, Love Actually, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and of course as Severus Snape in the groundbreaking success of a saga known as the Harry Potter films.

Rickman returned to the stage in 2002 in the play Private Lives for which he once again was nominated for Drama Desk and Tony Awards. He was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History" (#34) in 1995, ranked number 59 in Empire's "Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list in October 1997, and was voted number 19 in Empire's "Greatest Living Movie Stars Over the Age of 50".

He became Vice-Chairman of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 2003.

Rickman's dedication and joy toward his work are ever-present, and we the audience continue to reap the benefits with his wonderful performances.

"I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously." Please do continue to work, Mr. Rickman. Your work is our ongoing pleasure.

Below is a clip from Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd in which Rickman and Johnny Depp perform Stephen Sondheim's beautiful piece "Pretty Women".

Monday, June 22, 2009

Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland

I am and have been for ages now SO excited for this effing movie!!!

Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland has had me filled with anticipation since the rumors first started floating around years ago.

I am a major Tim Burton fan, a Disney zealot, as well as a lifelong fan of the Lewis Carroll classic and its many film incarnations. So this movie can in no way fail as far as I'm concerned.

Below are some truly jizz-worthy photos from the production (Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as The White Queen, Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen, and Matt Lucas as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum).

Be still my heart!

A Gay Moment: Vin Diesel and Paul Walker

This Gay Moment is brought to you by Fast & Furious.

Vin: Just do it, no one's around. *zip*

Paul: We're so bad.