Of Hollywood and Divine Madness: As our GuySpy Cinema and TV Guyd, Andrew Tibbetts, pointed out, if you haven’t seen the previous seasons of Breaking Bad, sit down now and binge! The final episodes air, starting tonight, and it’s the end of one of the most spellbinding TV shows ever. Like the saying goes, “when I’m bad, I’m better.” Read his recap review here.
If you noticed I mentioned TV before the Big Screen it’s because those cable shows are taking over films in the quality department. (My god, if things get much worse we’ll be forced to watch that English thing, Dr. Who, whatever that is.) Did you see We’re The Millers? Jennifer, you need better Hollywood friends.
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams: All is not lost at the cinema, however, and Woody Allen‘s Blue Jasmine is a must-see… for three reasons: Allen still knows how to make a good movie with no special effects and no toilet humor, he’s updated Tennessee Williams’ classic play A Streetcar Named Desire, and Cate Blanchett.
Blanchett is stellar as the title character, a former New York socialite reduced to poverty and the kindness of her stranger sister (and if you didn’t get that reference, stop reading this and pick up the play or watch the movie with Marlon Brando and Vivian Leigh!) It’s a performance that is, at once funny and tragic, unlikeable and sympathetic, and frighteningly familiar. And she doesn’t have to strip to keep your attention.
Tres Buns: Speaking of Hollywood babes we’d like to watch do a poll dance, I managed to snag an interview with the wonderfully gorgeous and wonderfully French Gilles Marini. (His lips alone need an N-C 17 rating!) Check him out here. And then read the article.
Beauty and the Beat: What Hollywood edition would be complete without a profile on an upcoming starlet? In this instance, the starlet, Chris Munro (not to be confused with Cheryl Ladd’s Charlie’s Angels character) is a musician, a man, and damn sexy! The openly gay singer/songwriter just debuted the video for his new single, “Go,” and, yes, we plan to. Stud Geek (and owner of no T-Shirts) Josh Levy directed the clip, and manages to get his chiseled torso in the shoot — and yes, we did.
For an encore, here’s the video!
Speaking of men we’d like to get trapped under a dome with, network TV’s newest hit (yes, you read that correctly, network TV has a hit!) has two hot reasons to watch. The first is Mike Vogel, a bad-ass with a hot ass who’s named after a Barbie Doll — do we really care?
The second is Junior, played by Alexander Koch, who’s getting a bad rap for having sex with people, then kidnapping them and tying them up and demanding they become his love slave. I’m still trying to figure out why that’s a bad thing…
Oh, third reason: It’s actually pretty good. Under the Dome is on CBS Monday nights at 10 p.m.
When Hollywood Was Divine: Finally, we say goodbye to a Hollywood legend. Actress Karen Black died of cancer this week, but her legacy will last forever. Black starred in such films as Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, Nashville, Family Plot (Alfred Hitchcock’s last film), The Day of the Locust, Airport 1975, and, on TV, the classic Trilogy of Terror.
Last year I had the privilege to interview Black for GuySpy, and it was an experience I will never forget. Wonderfully sweet, charming, smart, and extremely supportive of the LGBT community and the arts, I wish her a fond goodbye. Thank you, Ms. Black, and show ’em how it’s done in heaven! Here’s the interview.
Karen Black, 1939 to 2013