Paul Ohan

In THUMBSUCKER, Keanu Reeves is (finally) in on the joke

In THUMBSUCKER, Keanu Reeves is (finally) in on the joke

Piecing apart the broader coming-of-age themes in Mike Mills’ THUMBSUCKER may not be a fruitful exercise. I’m not saying the film isn’t worth discussion or parsing; not at all. There’s just a more diplomatic (read: cute) way of celebrating the director’s feature-length debut. Like this: Keanu Reeves plays a New Age orthodontist who, for a change, is in on the joke. Doesn’t that already sound more intriguing?

In THUMBSUCKER, Keanu Reeves is (finally) in on the joke

In THUMBSUCKER, Keanu Reeves is (finally) in on the joke

Piecing apart the broader coming-of-age themes in Mike Mills’ THUMBSUCKER may not be a fruitful exercise. I’m not saying the film isn’t worth discussion or parsing; not at all. There’s just a more diplomatic (read: cute) way of celebrating the director’s feature-length debut. Like this: Keanu Reeves plays a New Age orthodontist who, for a change, is in on the joke. Doesn’t that already sound more intriguing?

PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE: Rock schlock that's a brilliant hot mess

PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE: Rock schlock that's a brilliant hot mess

Anyone can make a bad film, but it takes considerable craft, talent and personality to make something intentionally B-grade that’s really, really good. So what Brian De Palma does in the 1970s bouillabaisse of American culture PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (playing tonight at 12:20A) is nothing short of a brilliant hot mess, if not the template for great schlock.

The larger implications of punishing Pussy Riot

The larger implications of punishing Pussy Riot

What started as a youthful expression in the quasi-democratic republic of Russia has turned into an international pop scandal. On February 21, a punk band consisting of three women did what — in my opinion — only oppressed citizens feeling they have nothing to lose and everything to gain would dare do. The young women, dressed in vibrant colored outfits, donning balaclavas, stormed the altar at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow to perform their song/prayer “Mother of God, Drive Putin Out.” They were arrested and have been imprisoned for the past five months. Sentencing for their act is scheduled for August 17, but it’s looking like more like it’s Putin’s regime that’s up for scrutiny among his own people and the global community.

Blake Lively brings old-Hollywood glamour to life for Gucci Premiere

Blake Lively brings old-Hollywood glamour to life for Gucci Premiere

Gucci has chosen Blake Lively to be the new face of the company’s couture line, Gucci Premiere. And in an attempt to establish our current times as just as chic as any before, creative director Frida Giannini called upon the talents of Danish director — and Ryan Gosling’s go-to in Hollywood — Nicolas Winding Refn to direct a short film accompanying the launch of the campaign with the SAVAGES star in the lead.

Keeping up with KimKierkegaardashian

Keeping up with KimKierkegaardashian

What do you get when you cross one of the greatest philosophers of the nineteenth century, the father of existentialism, with one of the greatest reality television stars, who has dated anyone-who-is-anyone in hip-hop, R&B and professional sports and who occasionally makes a sex tape or totally dumped Paris Hilton? You get a Twitter account, naturally. We’d like to introduce you to KimKierkegaardashian, the lovechild of Soren Kierkegaard and Kim K. And, to put it mildly, she is dropping knowledge.

Hedi Slimane renames — and remakes — YSL into SLP

Hedi Slimane renames — and remakes — YSL into SLP

To say that Hedi Slimane has been in love with Paris—rather, his idea of Paris and all it represents—is somewhat elementary. Some of us remember Visionaire 34. To say that Hedi is a control freak is… rhetorical. So when word got around that the new creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, which turned 50 this year, would officially change the name of the famed house to SLP, or Saint Laurent Paris, gossip and controversy ensued. For Slimane, this too is nothing new.

For more than a decade now he has been fashion’s rogue waif, championing androgyny, tobacco and a black-and-white palette to the applause and adoration of editors and the international set. He has a specific idea of how he would like to see Saint Laurent Paris shaped but has so far not shared this with the public. The press is not invited to his debut resort or menswear collections. They’re to be shown to buyers only.

Top five places to maybe/maybe not catch Gay Pride

Top five places to maybe/maybe not catch Gay Pride

One of the biggest drags (pun intended) a Gay American experiences at their local pride parade is location. Where can one best experience the event? The sidewalks of New York City, San Francisco, and Miami are jam-packed with funky queers in heels, and biker babes in their best Springsteen t-shirts. Trying to find a choice spot to celebrate what civil liberties you’ve fought for is a real “First World problem.” But, as daunting as it is in some of the bigger cities in the country, it’s a far cry from some of the smaller communities here and around the planet. Still if you’re feeling all sorts of radical and into reviving the Gay Liberation Front, consider some of these locations to fight for your pride, or to just avoid till other brave souls have pioneered a safe path for you.

Plaid's leading role in YOUR SISTER'S SISTER

Plaid's leading role in YOUR SISTER'S SISTER

In case you were wondering what one wears (let alone what three people wear) in the midst of a bizarre love triangle, the answer is plaid. At least that’s what self-taught director Lynn Shelton has in mind for her latest film offering, YOUR SISTER’S SITER, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival, and opens today.

Gay rights pioneers you should just know

Gay rights pioneers you should just know

After WWII, America was a hot pot of artistic activity that drew a lot of attention because of its homosexual influences. From Samuel Barber at the Met, to Gore Vidal’s The Best Man on Broadway, homosexuals were everywhere. We’re not even going to touch Hollywood back then. But without the political organizing of average citizens, social progression wouldn’t have been as successful. By now we’re all pretty familiar with the wild styles and radical politics of Harry Hay and his seminal group, the Mattachine Society. But check out a few other great and eccentric personalities that advanced civil rights for LGBTQ people in this country. Life wasn’t always one big happy musical.

Emile Hirsch, Gary Oldman & Jamie Bell: The gentlemen wear Prada

Emile Hirsch, Gary Oldman & Jamie Bell: The gentlemen wear Prada

Miuccia Prada can be as self-effacing as she’d like, eschewing the title of artist in the debate as to whether or not fashion designers should be consider as such, but she cannot deny her natural instinct for drawing attention. She was a mime in her youth. Her runway shows have always been blockbusters with plenty of star power in the front row, but it seems La Signora Prada is blurring the lines between art and fashion once again in her latest Men’s campaign for her Fall line, enlisting Gary Oldman, Garrett Hedlund, Jamie Bell and Willem Dafoe as mannequins for her designs. Like everything else she does, we can’t help but chat about it.

Same-sex couples selling things to America: From Ikea to JCPenney

Same-sex couples selling things to America: From Ikea to JCPenney

The real problem with One Million Moms is not that there are one million of them. There aren’t. It’s that they make passing the thirty-year threshold in life look like the end of… life. Their latest hate boycott is against JCPenney, first for picking up Ellen Degeneres (hi Ellen, who hates you?) and now for their decision to cater to America’s most notorious disposable income bracket this Father’s Day, gay men—or rather, gay fathers. Penney’s ad depicting two nerdish men raising children is so sweet you’d have to be smoking bath salts to find a problem with it. We’re not here to draw conjecture (save that for OMM), though we do love when marketers get hip to contemporary life. So here are some other notable campaigns that cater to gay consumers, the children that love them, and the granny panties that inadvertently get bunched. We assume One Million Moms wear granny panties. And that’s an OK statement ’cause it’s more empirical than conjecture.

Karl Lagerfeld's next gig: Taking on Queen Elizabeth

Karl Lagerfeld's next gig: Taking on Queen Elizabeth

Karl Lagerfeld has decided that he is done entertaining the masses with his brand of elitism and Teutonic quips in printed news. It’s time he go for the jugular. And why not, what other lines are left for him to cross? So when France’s state channel asked him to return as a guest commentator covering Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee (celebrating sixty years on the throne) he gladly accepted. Please keep Sunday, June 3 open. You wont want to miss this.

Doctor apologizes for saying you can get over your gayness. Thanks.

Doctor apologizes for saying you can get over your gayness. Thanks.

You simply can’t “turn” a gay person straight or “pray away the gay,” no matter what Michele Bachmann’s husband thinks. Now that we’ve established that as a fact, let’s talk about how The New York Times reported that Dr. Robert Spitzer essentially wrote an open letter to the gay community, published in a psychology journal this week, saying—of all things—my bad. Spitzer never became a household name, but he was responsible for removing homosexuality from the canon of mental illness, right next to alcoholism and catatonia, which was a huge step forward for gay rights in 1973. But, he also argued that therapy could cure unwanted gayness…which was a huge step off a short pier.

Breaking down bisexual celebs: From Anna Paquin to Amber Rose

Breaking down bisexual celebs: From Anna Paquin to Amber Rose

Everywhere you go it seems there’s another beautiful young celebrity declaring her (yes, it is almost always her) sexual orientation as something other than straight, which is fine. If you attended college you’re probably familiar with attractive people announcing their equal opportunity status. Though sometimes you can’t help but feel like it’s just a great sound bite celebrities offer right around the release date of an impending project. However, if more bisexuals were as vocal as Anna Paquin there’d be less doubt on the matter. Which, to be honest, is only news because they volunteer this information. Anna says she’s bi, is only seen dating men, is now having a child, but is not straight. I believe her, but let’s do a quick roundup of our sexually fluid stars and see which of them practice what they preach.

Can you hang, with Alexander Wang?

Can you hang, with Alexander Wang?

Usually it’s a designer that seeks a muse to embody their aesthetic and vision for life. The pairings are famous. Most recently we had Tom Ford with muse, Carine Roitfield, as they shaped the house of Gucci in the late 90’s and into the beginning of the new millennium. But in our current age of mashed up visions, cross referenced time periods and styles, and nostalgia for an imagined innocence, the role of designer reaching out to muse is changing. And there is no better example of this than Alexander Wang.

Study about the fact you're gay freaks out folks who can't believe they're gay

Study about the fact you're gay freaks out folks who can't believe they're gay

The New York Times’ Sunday Review section decided to ratchet things up a bit in its Opposite the Editorials section with a pretty saucy op-ed written by two unassuming researchers. Their study of college student’s implicit sexual orientation made waves online as they shared some empirical evidence. Part of the study observed a person’s comfort level with homosexuality, and it seems that one-fifth of those self-identified as very heterosexual—and homophobic—also identified with homosexuals on a subconscious level. Or to paraphrase, a percentage of homophobes in the study are totes closet cases.

Friday fashion: Generation X Factor in the big houses

Friday fashion: Generation X Factor in the big houses

Call it a domino affect, but last year’s abrupt exit of John Galliano from the house of Dior sparked a round of musical chairs that may actually be the advent of a new guard in high fashion. With the appointment of Raf Simmons as creative director of Christian Dior, and Hedi Slimane taking charge of Yves Saint Laurent, it appears that Generation X, with their alternative musings, and counter-cultural leanings, are about to become the establishment.

Madonna: Dita reloads and amplifies the Gays

Madonna: Dita reloads and amplifies the Gays

By now you’ve probably had the pleasure of seeing Madonna’s video for her latest single “Girl Gone Wild,” and have read that it harkens back to her Erotica and SEX days. She is blonde and chic, channeling Hollywood bombshell glamor, flanked by a cadre of male dancers. And as calculating as Madonna is, all that’s probably intentional. But with the help of visionary dynamic duo Mert and Marcus, the return of Dita is not a sleepy, lazy, recycling of old ideas. Girl Gone Wild is a political punch to mainstream pop that frees gay males from the saccharine castration we’ve been forced to endure in order to be accepted by the mainstream.

Jennifer Lawrence: Fashion player beyond HUNGER GAMES

Jennifer Lawrence: Fashion player beyond HUNGER GAMES

(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

It’s always exciting, and sexy, to watch a star break away from the pack. This generation’s budding bombshell is Jennifer Lawrence, who is poised to capture hearts everywhere with the release of THE HUNGER GAMES on March 23rd. If there are people still unfamiliar with her, that’s soon to change. At 21, she already graced the cover of Vanity Fair’s 2012 Hollywood issue, has an Oscar nomination under her belt for WINTER’S BONE, and engaged in a fictitious rivalry with the reigning queen of young romance, Kristin Stewart. It takes a rare combination of talent, beauty, and style to accomplish all that. But the natural blonde-turned-brunette can make a side ponytail look effortlessly attractive, or an up-do irresistible. Jennifer’s sophisticated fashion choices makes heads turn, blogs tumble, and tweets… re-tweet. Check out how her style has evolved below and in our Career Evolution: Jennifer Lawrence.

Get Shorty

Get Shorty

It’s that time of the year again, when we break out our formal attire and reach out to jewelry companies to borrow extravagant designs as we grace the red carpet for…The Shorty Awards. OK none of that will happen within this decade, but a tweeter can dream. And rather than jut let this moment go by in annals of Tumblr, let’s take the opportunity to peep what’s really generating a buzz on the web as it pertains to the fashion art and design. Brace yourselves.

Keep Newt in the pink!

Keep Newt in the pink!

Now before someone hunts me down and strips me of my Gay credentials, hear me out. Up until recently, like this past Tuesday, the republican primary run-off had been non-stop entertainment for liberals, lefties, pinkos and communists about town. We’ve gorged ourselves on the results as the polls closed, because they were so baffling and telling at the same. It’s the stuff elite cocktail parties are made of. So in an attempt to keep this game going for as long as possible, I have a suggestion. Support Newt Gingrich’s campaign, financially.

The Fall '12 fashion report: Taxidermy and cardigan edition

The Fall '12 fashion report: Taxidermy and cardigan edition

It’s really hard not to think of February and early March as two four-letter words in the Northern Hemisphere with cold, damp, and dark atmosphere (well, usually). Luckily this is also when the fashion world engages in its semi annual, month long parade of what’s in, what works, what has been cast to the wayside. Fortunately ready-to-wear, mixed with a healthy dash of alternative modes of expression, is a total cure-all to S.A.D. Let’s forgo the conventional here and get to the good stuff. Following are some of the wittier call outs from the runways. Catch up.

Dude it's cool, he's ethnic

Dude it's cool, he's ethnic

You know what, stereotypes are damn funny, and so is making fun of celebrities. The difference here is that one type of humor jabs at an individual, while the other just panders to the most basic, simplest choices of social signifiers, like skin color or eyelids for a quick laugh. Never mind diet.

Then there’s the issue of authority and license, and proprietary humor, and all that jazz. We still play up stereotypes. They’re just delivered by people deemed acceptable to kid around with the material, those we’ve entrusted to re-appropriate the humor, striping much of the tension away so everyone can laugh. Thank god one of them is Fred Armisen, the Portlandia guy who does a wicked Obama impression on SNL.

Let's just Parade, babe…

Let's just Parade, babe…

When I think of Eastern Europe I think of painfully beautiful lithe young men with carefree attitudes about the adult film industry, engaging in gloriously erotic scenarios that have turned them into gay celebrities across the globe. The Bel Ami boys, for example. You can pop into a café from Chelsea to Castro and engage in a discussion with a complete stranger on the subject. Conversely, I’ve come to think of aggressive homophobia and street beatings tacitly condoned by the Serbian Orthodox Church. I’m guessing their dogma leads its followers in prayer, something to the key of, “Dear Jesus, beat them. Amen.”