Sunday, May 19, 2019

InstaHunk Round-Up: Weekend Edition

Checking in with our favorite InstaHunks this Sunday.

Checking in with our favorite InstaHunks this Sunday.

Rick and the Griffopotamus are living for Sunday sunshine in Atlanta.

Steve Raider went all 'Lara Croft - Tomb Raider' for a photo shoot.



My longtime buddy, Brandon Pereyda, who over the past ten years went from an aerialist at Chippendales to becoming the face of Cirque du Soliel's fabulous Zumanity here in Las Vegas got all chained and vulnerable.



Amazing Race alum Seth Tyler is giving you fabulous 40!



Dan Tai is talking about "wild beauty," and I know exactly what he means (I think).



Big props for a big guy - Calum Von Moger gets into the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) spirit here in Las Vegas in grand style.



Jim Newman went all #menwithtools getting on his knees for some power drilling.




Mayor Pete Buttigieg Has The Perfect Answer To A Young Girl's Question About Bullying

Mayor Pete Buttigieg addresses how to handle a bully
Mayor Pete Buttigieg addresses how to handle a bully

Mayor Pete Buttigieg drew questions from a fishbowl at a town hall appearance in Iowa City last night, and ended up offering advice to young person who had been bullied.

Eleven-year-old Rebecca Johann told ABC News that she has experienced bullying and wanted the mayor’s advice on how to handle it.

Addressing Rebecca and the other 600 attendees at the Wildwood Smokehouse & Saloon, Buttigieg admitted he had faced bullying himself.

He began his answer by giving props to the girl for being willing to discuss about the subject. “Part of the advice I’d give would is to be willing to talk about it, so I think you’re leading the way on that - thank you for raising the question,” he said.

“I had experiences with bullying when I was growing up,” Buttigieg told the young girl. “Everybody who’s different can be bullied. And the secret is - everybody’s different in some way.“

“It’s tough, it can make you feel angry, it can make you feel worse, and it can bring out the worst in you, too,” he added.

“The first thing you’ve got to know is you have nothing to be ashamed of,” drawing applause from the crowd. “And the second part, this is a much harder part to remember is that the person who is bullying you probably has something a little broken in them, and it’s part of why they’re trying to get your attention.”

Referencing the current occupant of the Oval Office who’s made a career out of trying to bully folks, the 37-year-old candidate added, “I think it really matter that we have a president that doesn’t show that type of behavior - it’s one of the reasons I’m running for president.”

And the crowd goes wild!!!

“So, the hard part, if you really want to pop that balloon and take the air out of that bully, is to turn to a bully and ask if they are ok.,” continued Buttigieg. “And they won’t know what to do with it.

Watch the clip below for the rest of Mayor Pete’s answer.

It’s worth noting that the mayor directly addressed young Rebecca for the entirety of his response. He didn’t ‘play to the audience’ or make the moment about himself.

#Leadership




'Mayor Pete' Makes His First Appearance On SNL

Kate McKinnon, Paul Rudd and Beck Bennett on SNL

"I’m just a Harvard-educated, multilingual, war veteran, Rhodes scholar. I’m just like you.”

In what is demonstrably a show of his impact so far on the presidential race, Democratic hopeful Mayor Pete Buttigieg, played by Saturday Night Live host Paul Rudd, made his first SNL appearance on last night’s season finale, as a guest on The View.

Leslie Jones's Whoopi Goldberg welcomes Mayor Pete saying, “I heard when you grow up, you want to be president."

“Well, I am grown up,” Mayor Pete tells the gaggle of daily talkers. “I may only be 37 years old, but I do feel like I represent everyday Americans. I’m just a Harvard-educated, multilingual, war veteran, Rhodes scholar. I’m just like you.”

Asked about being the first openly gay man who's a serious contender for the White House, Pete responds, “I do want to say that I wouldn’t be running for president if I didn’t believe America was ready to accept not only a gay man but a boring gay man in the public eye.”

Before the sketch draws to a close, Beck Bennett offers his take as Chasten Buttigieg, our first possible First Gentleman: “Wow, this is all so new to me,” he says. “Usually I’m just home with the dogs.”

But in the end, the ladies all seem to have eyes for only one presidential candidate, leaving the Buttigieg men a little confounded.

Watch below.



Saturday, May 18, 2019

Elton John Musical Fantasy Biopic 'Rocketman' Premieres At Cannes Film Fest


The upcoming 'musical fantasy biopic,' Rocketman, based on the life and career of pop music superstar Elton John, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews this past Thursday.

At the end of the screening, the audience - with John, star Taron Egerton and director Dexter Fletcher — reportedly burst into applause.

Egerton was seen tearing up at the response:



The reviews so far have been strong, especially for Egerton:

"He (Egerton) doesn’t disappear into the role, exactly, but he accomplishes something nearly as remarkable, which is to locate subtle depths of feeling in a character we first see wearing a devil-horned chicken costume." - Los Angeles Times

"It’s a biopic and a jukebox musical and a romance, and also a movie about addiction, all crammed into a frenetic, jewel-studded ecstasy of a movie." - Vox

"All white men fortunate enough to commission big-screen versions of their own life stories should be so lucky as to have someone as casually adorable as Egerton play them on screen — not because he’s an especially strong actor but because even with various unflattering wigs and a gap-toothed bridge ... Egerton has a hard time looking dumpy." - Variety

And, of course, there are the inevitable comparisons to last year's box office smash Bohemian Rhapsody, which focused on the life of Queen frontman Freddy Mercury, which many felt was straight-washed in terms of Mercury's homosexuality.

"If Bohemian Rhapsody were the cheeseburger of music icon biopics, then Rocketman is the sirloin steak – with lobster on the side." - The Sun

For those who can't wait until May 31, there are special, limited Early Access screenings beginning today via Fandango.

The producers have also released a new song penned by Elton and partner Bernie Taupin for the end credits titled, "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," performed as a duet between John and Egerton.

In addition to creative expression, I'm sure it's also Elton's bid for another Oscar for "Best Original Song," as catalog tunes don't make the cut at the Academy Awards.

Check it out below.




Gus Kenworthy "Breaks The Ice" With Adam Rippon

Gus Kenworthy (L) and Adam Rippon (R)
Out Olympian Gus Kenworthy guests on out Olympian Adam Rippon's new YouTube chat series, Break The Ice.

While trying to teach Gus some figure skating basics, Rippon chats with the Kenster as to whether he's going back to another Games, why he's biking 500 miles this year, and if American Horror Story is a biopic of his life.

These two have great chemistry. I love the mutual giggle at the :53 mark :)

Watch below.



Politician Runs Campaign Ads On Pornhub "You Have To Be Where The Voters Are"

Joachim B. Olsen of Denmark (images via Facebook)

I think American politics could use a little bit of this politician's lighthearted sense of humor.

A former Olympic shot-putter-turned-politician in Denmark has placed campaign ads on porn website PornHub in advance of the general election.

Joachim B Olsen, who scored a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, was elected to the Danish parliament at the 2011 election, representing the Liberal Alliance in the Greater Copenhagen constituency.

By the way, did I mention he's hot???

Olsen in 2012 shortly after being elected to Parliament

With this year's general elections looming on the horizon (June 5), Olsen made the unusual move of buying campaign ads on Pornhub which read, "When you're done wanking, vote for Jokke."

Jokke is the 41-year-old's nickname.

When a Twitter user argued Olsen was receiving more attention than his opponent, Rasmus Paludan, the founder and leader of the anti-immigrant party Hard Line, Olsen tweeted: "There is no limit to how far I will go for the nation. If it takes an ad on pornhub to keep Rasmus Paludan out of the foreign media, I'll take one for the team."

In an interview, Olsen told the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, "You have to be where the voters are."

He also admitted his campaign is 95% serious, but makes a point to leave room for a little "fun."

"I hope people get a good laugh," he said. "I have received a very positive response to it. I don't know if there are votes in it."

And yes, he knows the unconventional campaign ad buy might upset some conservative folks.

"I am well aware that some people are outraged," he offered. "One cannot say anything today without people being outraged. Those who know me as a politician, they know I'm a serious politician. But I also have humour, and I think this is fun."

Olsen in 2015 during a radio interview

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FX's POSE Preps For Season 2: "Joy Is A Choice"

The acclaimed FX series Pose preps for its return on 6/11.  Season 2 of Pose flashes forward in time to 1990. On the heels of the ballroom community establishing itself in pop culture and going mainstream, the House of Evangelista is forced to reevaluate their goals.   Meanwhile, the AIDS crisis worsens and the reaction from a group of activists reaches a fever pitch. Pose features the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles.  In this new promo, Billy Porter as 'Pray Tell' extolls the virtues and need for the ballroom scene in 1990:  "Joy is a choice. Choosing life in the darkest of times is a choice. That's what the ballroom scene is about."
Billy Porter as 'Pray Tell'
The acclaimed FX series Pose preps for its return on 6/11.

Season 2 of Pose flashes forward in time to 1990. On the heels of the ballroom community establishing itself in pop culture and going mainstream, the House of Evangelista is forced to reevaluate their goals.

Meanwhile, the AIDS crisis worsens and the reaction from a group of activists reaches a fever pitch. Pose features the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles.

In this new promo, Billy Porter as 'Pray Tell' extolls the virtues and need for the ballroom scene in 1990:

"Joy is a choice. Choosing life in the darkest of times is a choice. That's what the ballroom scene is about."

Watch below.



Friday, May 17, 2019

Out Music: Heather Strange "Ruthless"

Chris Kittrell as 'Heather Strange' (photo: Adrian Stucker)

Chris Kittrell's new solo project Heather Strange debuts with this first track, "Ruthless."

Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter & artist Chris Kittrell drops the lead music video for his latest project, Heather Strange.

The track, titled "Ruthless," is produced by Chris Hines and Dave Sitek (who’s previously worked with Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Yeah Yeah Yeahs).

Part EDM with hints of classic Human League, if you're a fan of The Smiths/Morrissey this will be right up your alley. And let's face it - who doesn't like some shiny, pretty things to look at?

Kittrell says the inspiration for the song came to him "at a low point in my life."

"I had insecurities and doubts about where I was going, and the world around me," he shares. "It was rough, but I kept holding on and pushing myself forward, creating music and art. Perseverance is so important. If you hold on and put energy into the things you love, life will balance out."



After years as the frontman for Baby Alpaca, Kittrell is looking forward to the new solo project.

"Heather Strange is my stage name, inspired by the street where I first started writing the music in Cold Water Canyon, Los Angeles," says the six-foot-five artist. "I like the name because it’s something bigger than me, something I can create and become a character in front of my audience."

Music critics have gushed about Kittrell's fearless alt-pop aesthetic for years.

Reviewing his 2016 track "Teenage Wasteland," Vice's Kim Taylor Bennett described Kittrell's sound as "slinky, soulful crooner pop," and the track "sparklingly beautiful."

Vogue's Jacob Brown fell in love with Kittrell's "hypnotic" voice which "somehow made time itself seem to slow down."

Check out "Ruthless" and let me know what you think in the comment section.