Arts & Entertainment

In the Arts & Entertainment section, The Advocate brings readers all the latest news on Hollywood, Broadway, and beyond. From New York to Los Angeles, The Advocate shines a spotlight on the stars of the screen who are lending their voices to support the LGBT community, as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals who are moving the cultural needle. Discover A-list interviews, the best gay movies and reviews of theater, music, books and television. Learn how Arts & Entertainment can shape national dialogue and can work to advance equality.


After a slew of brilliant TV— Dexter, Homeland,
Californication, Weeds
— Showtime knows a
good formula for a sexy, messy, must-see series, and this week’s newest, House
of Lies,
is no different. Premiering
Sunday, sandwiched between season openers of Shameless and Californication, House of Lies offers a subversive and scathing look at Don Cheadle’s Marty Kahn, a management
consultant from a top-tier firm who manages to be both narcissistic and
self-loathing at the same time but always cutthroat, willing to do anything to
get his clients what they want. Here’s why LGBT viewers should tune in:

1. Don Cheadle has never been hotter. Yes, there’s lies,
greed, a lot of talk about grabbing life by the balls, and a stark reminder of
why Occupy Wall Street is so damn successful, and Cheadle’s main bang is his
pill-popping competition (who used to be his ex-wife). But Cheadle as Marty
Kahn is sexy and naked in nearly the very first scene, which means gay viewers
will have something to think about every time Marty talks about the shaft and
the balls to a roomful of stodgy old white guys.

2. Kristen Bell is finally legal. After starring as a super
hot teen in Veronica Mars and Heroes, it’s nice to see Bell playing an adult and thus
eligible for all our lesbian ogling. As Cheadle’s lovely colleague Jeannie,
Bell is smart, acerbic, and holding her own in the boys club. She remains a
sort of moral barometer at times when the show is best, when it’s focusing
squarely on the intense greed and amorality of the 1%. In one scene, Marty asks
why the corporate moguls shouldn’t justify their bonuses, Jeannie shoots back,
“Because they robbed the American public of billions of dollars by selling them
bad mortgages.” So true, so hot. Oh, and she doesn’t sleep with a guy in
episode one but she does get lap dances from lady strippers. That’s enough to
sustain lesbians for an episode, but it doesn’t have to. Because…

3. There’s unadulterated lesbian sex. Two hot chicks (one of
them a conservative mogul’s wife), bathroom nooky, and a coming out. Worth
every second of your TiVo’s space.


January 07 2012 12:54 PM

This London photographer's work makes everyone want to be a male physique photographer. But it's harder than it looks.

January 07 2012 4:00 AM


 10. DVD: Shameless
Based on a popular British series of the same name, this show stars William H. Macy as the alcoholic patriarch of a poor Chicago clan that includes 17-year-old actor Cameron Monaghan as Ian, a gay, pot-smoking high school sophomore having secret affairs with a former bully and with his 35-year-old boss, a closeted Muslim shopkeeper. Season 1 of this raunchy dysfunctional family dramedy is now on DVD, while season 2 premieres on Showtime January 8.

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 9. TV: It’s A Brad Brad World
Brad Goreski, the Clark Kent–ish former assistant to fashionista Rachel Zoe, has escaped her Gollum-like clutches to become a boy wonder super-stylist in his own right. The bespectacled Bravolebrity will put his personal life on display, including his boyfriend, Gary Janetti, and their families. The series airs Monday nights on Bravo.


 8. MUSIC: We Bought A Zoo soundtrack
Jon Thor Birgisson, better known as Icelandic alternative quartet Sigur Rós’s out front man Jónsi, delivers the expected otherworldly score for the Cameron Crowe–directed family film starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. The music here is grandiose, hypnotic, and plaintive, and it manages to be simultaneously remote and accessible. This is an ideal introduction for newcomers to the beloved band.

January 06 2012 1:00 AM

A much-anticipated event in the comics world is upon us — the wedding of Kevin Keller, gay pal of Archie Andrews.

It was announced a few months ago that Kevin’s wedding would be featured in Life With Archie, a title that projects the future of Archie and his high school friends. The issue with Kevin’s nuptials was released Wednesday.

January 05 2012 6:40 PM

Her late-night post on Facebook said it
all. “So history has been made,” Jenelle Hutcherson wrote after becoming
the first openly lesbian contestant in the Miss Long Beach (California)
Pageant. “No crown and sash tonight, but doors opened that will never be shut
again, many new friends and a whole new respect for the pageant world and what
guts it takes to get up on that stage. On to Miss California USA!”

Hutcherson, a 26-year-old master hairstylist who works at Den Salon in
the California coastal town of Long Beach, was the center of a media whirlwind
surrounding the pageant, and unlike previous pageant attention when it comes to
LGBT issues, this wasn’t because of a gaffe. Everyone embraced the woman who
sports a Mohawk, five tattoos, and piercings. Her press photos feature her
with a No H8 motto and duct tape, and true to butch form, she made history by
doing something else: wearing a tuxedo instead of a gown in the formal part of
the pageant.

The attention and hard work wasn’t for naught. Even before
the pageant began, Donald Trump, who runs the Miss California USA Pageant, had his
office phone Hutcherson and invite her to compete on the statewide level. She
didn’t even pause before accepting the challenge. The Bakersfield native, who
is also a mentor at the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, will carry her message of
love, tolerance, and ending bullying to the Miss California Pageant, to be held this
weekend at Palm Desert’s McCallum Theater. And whether she wins or not, she’ll
make history. Even better? Besides those hundreds of new LGBT fans, her mother
and stepfather (her dad died of AIDS when she was in grade school) are among
her biggest supporters.

 The Advocate: So many queer folks were excited to hear about your
run for Long Beach. What was that like?
Jenelle Hutcherson: So many, I couldn’t believe it! It has been a humbling
experience; I did this because Justin Rudd left me no reason to not participate
but also because I could be myself. I, of course, have naysayers on both sides,
though. You cannot make everyone happy. If anything, I did this for me, to make
me happy. Turns out a whole bunch
of other people thought it was a great idea too.

 Did you wear a pantsuit instead of a
gown? What was the reaction?

I wore a tuxedo. I bought a basic suit and tailored and added the tuxedo
embellishments and my own style to it. The crowd went wild — absolutely

 What got you into pageantry to begin

It was decided over a random conversation with pageant director Justin Rudd. I
asked how I could get involved after he told me about last year’s event, which
was coming up at the time. And I was thinking hair, did he want a salon
sponsor?  To my surprise he ... said
if I wanted to join I could. My wild hair and tattoos would be just fine. The
only question for me at that point was that I’m not wearing a dress — it's not
happening. Justin asked what I felt comfortable in and I said a tux. Justin’s
reply was a shocker, one I will never forget. He said, “OK.” Justin believes
his pageant to be fashion forward and accepting of all.

January 05 2012 3:34 PM

According to Mario Lopez, the “M” in Rated M, the actor’s new underwear line, “stands for masculine, modern, Mario ... make it whatever you want it to be.” And while some may see putting your initial on a sexy line of briefs, trunks, long johns, and cycle shorts (and then donning them in an ad campaign) as little more than a vanity move (or an excuse to strip down and show off your famous abs), the unstoppable Lopez — who has already made his mark on TV, movies, Broadway, and publishing — has his sights set on something bigger than mere Marky Markdom.

The Advocate: Congrats on the underwear line.
Mario Lopez: Thank you! Have you had a chance to see it?

I’m actually wearing the gloxinia-colored trunk as we speak —

And even though it doesn’t look as good on me as it does on you, I’m a fan.
Thank you very much. It’s comfortable, right?

Yeah, definitely. But who came up with “gloxinia?”
It was a collaborative effort. We just wanted to have fun and be a little cheeky, but at the same time give it a sexy undertone. But mostly we wanted it to be a premium quality and really comfortable.

You’ve done so many things in your career — acting, hosting, dancing, you’ve written two books — why underwear?
I wanted to get into apparel, specifically fitness apparel. I’ve always liked the sort of fitness clothes that don’t look like fitness clothes. The kind you can rock with jeans and be casual. I wanted to get into that realm, and we just decided to start with underwear. I get teased because I’m always walking around in my underwear. I’m like Nature Boy — just very comfortable, I guess. There are also undershirts and T-shirts and little cool headbands that I work out in.

Sounds like you have your sights set on a whole wardrobe line.
Ideally, yeah. That’s the dream. But I wanted to start off with this and see how it goes. We’re starting from the bare necessities and working our way out.

You do realize that an underwear line by Mario Lopez featuring Mario Lopez is the perfect gift from you to the gay community —

Was that your intention? Be honest.
It wasn’t my intention but I’m flattered that you say that. I'm honored.

Where did the tagline “For manful men and their very special guests” come from? And does it refer to what I think it refers to?
I think so! [Laughs] We wanted to let the mind wander there. And like I said, we just wanted to have fun with it. Because that’s my personality. I work hard, but I like to have fun while doing it.

January 05 2012 12:05 AM

A lot has changed for Peter Depp. Once a married father of
three children living in Tennessee, Depp has transitioned to life as an
aggressively open stand-up comedian and reality show star. Depp is featured in Girls
Who Like Boys Who Like Boys
on Fridays on
the Sundance Channel. And he appears this week at Homo Comicus, an all-gay comedy show at Gotham Comedy Club in New
York City.

January 03 2012 6:00 AM

January 02 2012 3:45 PM

The Advocate's man on the New York theater scene counts down the top 10 LGBT-inclusive productions of the past year.

January 02 2012 12:39 PM