Saturday, March 6, 2010

Teddy Thompson

So Teddy Thompson is not exactly what you'd call fresh on the scene (he released his first album in 2000), but sometimes I'm not exactly quick on the uptake when it comes to current music.

I'm sorry, I mostly listened to the Carpenters and musicals when I was growing up... And occasionally still do. Ahem.

Anyway, I first heard Thompson in 2005 when he recorded a track with his close friend Rufus Wainwright for the soundtrack of Brokeback Mountain ("King of the Road"). And being the least curious cat in the alley, it wasn't until today that I bothered to check him out.

Not only did I learn that this 33-year-old British musician is completely dreamy, but I also love his 2008 album A Piece of What You Need.

He is the son of British folk-rock musicians Richard and Linda Thompson and moved from England to Los Angeles at the age of 18 to pursue his music career. His first album, Teddy Thompson, was released in 2000 and achieved great critical success, but minimal commercial success. This album was followed by Separate Ways (2005) and Upfront & Down Low (2007).

A Piece of What You Need
is considered by many critics and fans to be his greatest album to date. The album ranked #10 after its first week on the UK Charts during August 2008.

I have also unwittingly been listening to him sing backup and guest vocals for years on Rufus Wainwright's Want albums. Thompson is good friends with both Rufus and Martha Wainwright. The three have toured and recorded together multiple times.

Thompson's song "Love Her for That," from his debut album, was featured in the 2002 film 40 Days and 40 Nights. He currently resides in New York City.

Thompson is a great musician and a gay-friendly British babe to boot. In an interview with he was asked who he would date if he were to be gay for one weekend. Thompson responded "Who is to say I’m not gay? It’s tempting to say something obvious like James McAvoy but everyone fancies him, so probably Johnny Depp as it seems I could have fun with him."

Thompson went on to say that his ideal woman would be Johnny Depp with tits, so who can say?

The point is he delights me and I sincerely hope that he continues to delight more people as time rolls along.

Below is the official music video for what is probably his most popular song to date, "In My Arms." The song is sweet, the video is adorable, Thompson is a cutie patootie, and the video features a cameo by Rufus Wainwright who inexplicably spazzes out on a pair of roller skates and then plays the organ. I love it.

Monday, March 1, 2010

New Header!

Kasey with a "K" has gotten a little face lift! That glorious new header was done courtesy of the very woman who squeezed me out into this horrid world to begin with. My mother, Debra Dickerson.

Everyone may now praise her.

And you may also hire her. She's a freelance graphic designer. She is also available to sing at parties and does perfect impressions of both Liberace and Shakira!*

Gracias, Mamacita!

*Preceding sentence may not actually be the truth.

Unhappy Hipsters

Unhappy Hipsters: It's Lonely in the Modern World

This site has had me legitimately LOL-ing for about the past hour and I intend to get back to it as soon as possible.

The blog author of Unhappy Hipsters has taken photos from other credited sources which show seemingly tortured and lonely individuals living in exceedingly trendy and modern homes. They have added their own supremely witty captions to accompany them and the combination is an unmatched chuckle fest.

At this time, I am not sure who the author of this blog is, but I offer him or her a tremendous number of the kudos I currently have in stock.

Suffice it to say, "The octopus was full of judgment" is only one of the many phrases which had me giggling uncontrollably. I encourage everyone to take a look! Truly priceless stuff.

The Octopus was full of judgment.

Jai Don't H8

Hey, remember li'l Jai Rodriguez from "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"?

I know I do.

He has been a longtime inclusion on my short list of honorary celebrity boyfriends. I used to think he was cute as a button, but in recent years he has segued into looking outright dreamy.

Which reminds me, I need to workout.

I stumbled across this yummy photo of SeƱor Rodriguez the other day, which is a portrait from Adam Bouska's fantastic No H8 campaign.

The No H8 Campaign is a photo project and silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8.

The campaign started with portraits of everyday Californians who support Marriage Equality and soon rose to celebrities, military personnel, brothers and sisters, law enforcement, lesbian mothers, directors, politicians, newlyweds, and more. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths symbolizing their voices not being heard and "NO H8" painted on one cheek in protest.

If you want to support or learn more about the campaign, check out the Official Website or become a fan of No H8 on Facebook.

But coming back to my dreamy Puerto Rican-Italian lov-ah for a moment... He's remained quite the busy bee since QE. He's appeared on multiple television shows, live performances, and a few films. I kinda wanna see this little gay movie he was in last year. It looks cute!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Who Is That: Christopher Plummer

Name: Christopher Plummer
Occupation: Actor
Genre: Film/Television/Theater
Birth: December 13, 1929

It's difficult to determine where to begin when discussing an actor whose career has spanned over five and a half decades. His numerous award wins and nominations date back to 1959 and still haven't stopped!

Fifty years ago Plummer was nominated for both an Emmy and a Tony in the same year. This year, at age 80, he is nominated for his first Academy Award for his supporting role as Leo Tolstoy in the Michael Hoffman film The Last Station. If he wins the Oscar, he will tie the record with George Burns for oldest male Academy Award winner!

Born in Canada, Plummer started training as a classical pianist at an early age, but developed a love for theater and began traveling with the Canadian Repertory Theater. About fifteen years later, Plummer was cast in the Broadway play J.B. for which he was nominated for his first Tony Award. Among other nominations, Plummer went on to win Tony's for the the musical Cyrano in 1974 and for the play Barrymore in 1997.

After multiple television appearances throughout the 1950s, his film career was launched by Sidney Lumet in 1958 when he cast Plummer in the film Stage Struck. From that time on, his film career spanned from one end of the spectrum to the other. He has appeared in films such as Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic The Sound of Music as Captain von Trapp as well as films like the cult classic Dragnet (starring Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd) as the villainous Reverend Jonathan Whirley.

His other outstanding film credits include The Man Who Would Be King, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Jesus of Nazareth, The Return of the Pink Panther, Battle of Britain, Waterloo, The Silent Partner, Shadow Dancing, Inside Daisy Clover, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Malcolm X, Dolores Claiborne, Wolf, Twelve Monkeys, Murder by Decree, Somewhere in Time, Syriana, The Inside Man, A Beautiful Mind, Alexander, National Treasure, and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

Plummer has also lent his distinctive voice to several animated features including Rock-a-Doodle, 9, and Up.

He was married to Tony Award winning actress Tammy Grimes for only four years. The couple's daughter, Amanda Plummer, is a multiple Emmy Award winner and has gone on to gain a great deal of fame and critical acclaim. Christopher Plummer lives with his current wife, Elaine Regina Taylor, in a 100-year-old converted farm house in Connecticut.

Plummer's memoir, In Spite of Myself, was released in 2008. He remains busy with two more films in the works. Beginners starring Ewan McGregor, and Priest starring Paul Bettany and Karl Urban.

Good luck to Christopher in the upcoming Academy Awards!

Below is the official trailer for the film in which Plummer is nominated, The Last Station.