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.

More than two dozen male models have joined forces with noted artist Shepard Fairey, signing his "Defend Equality, Love Unites" poster, which will be auctioned off to benefit the fight for marriage equality.

The men are all represented by Nous Model Management in Los Angeles. Men's Division director David Todd spearheaded the partnership with FAIR, the grassroots marriage equality group that has been overseeing the long-running poster project. The models join the more than 100 celebrities who have signed posters by Fairey in support of gay rights.

FAIR will be presenting a gallery show in early summer, the proceeds from which will be used to underwrite grants to support under-funded activists and organizations who are advancing the marriage equality movement in California and beyond.

Take a look at some of the men who've signed on to fight the antigay forces, and learn more about them on Nous Models Men's blog. 

March 18 2011 4:00 PM


10. TV: The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway
Paul Reubens revives his lovably maniacal man-child alter ego from the ’80s series Pee-wee’s Playhouse in this taped performance of his Broadway crowd-pleaser, which airs March 19 on HBO. All of the campy characters and classic catchphrases are back, but today’s Pee-wee gets postcards from flirty prison pen pals, and the quip “Why don’t you marry it?” makes Magic Screen list the states in which two women can legally marry.


9. BOOK: Porn From Andy Warhol to X-Tube
Packed with fun facts and prurient photos, Kevin Clarke’s new hardcover coffee-table book chronicles a blow-by-blow history of gay porn from Andy Warhol’s underground ’60s erotica to megastudios like Falcon to pay-per-minute video sites. This eye-opening Bruno Gmünder Verlag release includes interviews with porn-world luminaries like Chi Chi LaRue and William Higgins, plus a chapter on the importance of porn as safe sex.


8. THEATER: The Broadway Beauty Pageant
This benefit for the Ali Forney Center, New York’s emergency housing resource for homeless LGBT youth, is in its fifth year of objectifying hot chorus boys. Held March 21 at the Peter Norton Symphony Space, the event — conceived by Jeffery Self and directed by Ryan J. Davis — will be hosted by Tovah Feldshuh with celebrity judges Rachel Dratch, Carson Kressley, and Bruce Vilanch. The swimsuit portion is not to be missed.

March 18 2011 1:00 PM

Malaysian radio stations have garbled the lyrics to Lady Gaga’s hit single “Born This Way” in order to prevent listeners’ exposure to “offensive” gay content.

The Associated Press reports on the decision by broadcasters in the Muslim-majority nation, where the Pan Malaysian Islamic Party protested a concert by Adam Lambert last year.

March 17 2011 10:20 AM

Castro has been a hub in the undergound art world of Los Angeles for decades. His Antebellum Gallery brought fetish photography into the mainstream.

March 17 2011 4:00 AM

Kurt and Blaine shared a long-awaited kiss on Glee.

Sandra Gonzalez recaps the highly anticipated moment, which Blaine initiated, for Entertainment Weekly.

March 16 2011 9:25 AM

Among the certainties in this life are we’re all going to die, we have to pay taxes, and we should never write off a force of nature like Jennifer Lopez. Following her sizzling stint as a Fly Girl on the sketch-comedy show In Living Color, Lopez spent more than a decade as an in-demand star in hit films such as Selena, Out of Sight, and The Wedding Planner. She diversified her appeal with a string of albums that produced hits like “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” and “Jenny From the Block.” Yet last year  her highly anticipated romantic comedy The Back-up Plan was released to disappointing box office and Lopez's single "Louboutins" failed to garner airplay and she was reportedly dropped from her label, Epic.

But you can’t keep a good Latina down. Lopez, parent to twins with her husband, entertainer Marc Anthony, has stepped into one of the vacant judging spots on the TV juggernaut American Idol. Last week Lopez debuted the video for her latest single, “On the Floor,” on the show and saw the catchy song (just try not to hum along to Lopez’s sample of the ’80s hit “The Lambada”) catapult to the top of the iTunes charts in the U.S. and nine other countries. Her next album, Love, is due this spring. While judging the competition series, Lopez,  usually composed and unflappable, demonstrated a more emotional side than fans had previously seen when she was forced to eliminate Chris Medina, a fan favorite who was caring for a disabled wife. Lopez broke down in tears, as did many viewers.

Lopez discusses her chart-topping single “On the Floor,” the softer side she’s presented while judging on television, and whether an openly gay contestant can win American Idol.

The Advocate: Congratulations on your new single, “On the Floor,” becoming such a massive hit. But you’ll also be impressed to know that it’s currently my favorite workout song.
Jennifer Lopez: Honestly? That is so cool. We work out to the songs that we love.

Why do you think people are responding so favorably to the song?
I think “On the Floor” captures a feeling. It either hits home in your heart or it captures an energy that’s undeniable. There’re certain elements of this record that are very me — there’s an urban feel to the chorus, and the hip-hop that Pitbull brings to the verse, and there’s the melody. It takes you on a ride. Plus RedOne’s beats these days are undeniable. I’m so happy I got to work with him on this.

The singles you released last year didn’t do as well as expected, so how gratifying is it to see “On the Floor” hit the top of the charts around the world?
It’s awesome when you put out a record and people like it and you hear it on the radio for the first time. Those are the experiences that never get old.

March 15 2011 9:40 PM

If you want to see what out theater star Josh Strickland does during his day, catch Holly's World, the E! reality show he stars in with friend Holly Madison. Most nights Strickland can be found at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino as the singing and dancing emcee of Peep Show, a racy and delicious burlesque. The gay-friendly show is helping tilt the pink axis of Vegas — it's located a stone's throw from the gay superclub Krave and just across the street from the new Cosmopolitan hotel and City Center complex, with tasteful rooms and sophisticated bars and restaurants (a pre-Peep dinner at City Center's Julian Serrano restaurant and post-drinks at Cosmpolitan's Bond bar are highly recommended). Strickland, who previously starred in Broadway's Tarzan, talked to us about the second season of Holly's World and why straight audiences — men included — cheer him on in Peep Show. 

The Advocate: Hi Josh. I noticed during Peep Show that men are brought to the stage as potential paramours for Holly and matter-of-factly asked whether or not they’re gay. There are Madonna and Kylie Minogue numbers. There’s a guy who strips down almost naked. And, of course there’s you. Has the show always been so gay-inclusive?
Josh Strickland: Kind of where it all started was creator Jerry Mitchell’s vision. Back in New York, he created the [gay-inclusive] Broadway Bares fund-raiser, and that’s always been a wonderful way to raise awareness for AIDS. So that was kind of his vision for Peep Show. There’s not as many male-heavy numbers because it's Vegas; obviously he changed it a bit to feature more women. But it was always supposed to have that [gay-friendly] feel because that’s where it came from.

I often hear people mention that boos can be heard during the gay interlude in Cirque de Soleil’s Zumanity show. But the Peep Show audience didn’t seem to mind the show’s “gayness.”
For some reason in our show, the straight men kind of can’t keep their eyes off all the other guys. Peep Show is kind of a surprise because a lot of people don’t understand what they’re getting themselves into when they walk in, but then they leave with a sense of, “Wow, there’s some really great singers, some really phenomenal dancers, and an all-around great time.”

Women hoot and holler every time you appear on stage. Does it feel validating to know that you can be out and still be perceived as attractive to women?
Absolutely. Gay actors are actors — we can play other roles; we can become a different character. I know there was an argument in Newsweek that said gay actors who are out shouldn’t play straight characters. But we can. It’s fun to see the women take themselves away from the fact that I’m gay and just enjoy themselves.

How does gay life in Vegas compare to New York?
It's quite different. In New York gay life is more accepted; it’s more open and out there. Las Vegas has a great scene; there are several clubs and a lot of good community events. But because it’s so tourist-heavy, it’s more catered to the straight clubs. A lot of people that do visit here are from middle America and they may not understand about gay people. Maybe one or two times, people have said something [negative to him]. But people are in Vegas to let loose and have a good time, and I do feel comfortable here. But nothing really beats New York.

It’s probably easier to date in New York.
Well, I don’t have to worry about that.

March 14 2011 2:30 PM

Meril Radoi, a Romanian footballer who plays for the Saudi Alhilal Club, has been fined the equivalent of $5,500 and suspended for two matches after describing a Saudi Arabian player as gay.

According to Emirates 24/7, last week Radoi prompted outrage when he made the remarks about Hussein Abdul Ghani, who plays for Nasr Club.

March 14 2011 9:05 AM

Richard Hatch, the winner of the first season of CBS’s Survivor, has been ordered back to prison for nine months for failing to pay the taxes on his $1 million prize from that show, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

March 13 2011 3:40 PM

John Fallon is an editorial fashion, fine art, landscape, and documentary photographer currently residing in Los Angeles. Having lived and spent time in over 30 countries as a photographer, Fallon presents unique perspectives combining reality and surrealism in his diverse portfolio. His work integrates fashion, nature, travel documentary, celebrity portraiture, and video. His ability to marry thought-provoking imagery with sometimes unusual situations asks viewers to reexamine their boundaries and take a step into the unknown. Fallon's work has been featured in numerous magazines, including Elle, Angeleno, DNA, Frontiers, and BPM.

Fallon is also the founder of Love Bully, a nonprofit organization involved in antibullying efforts and suicide prevention, and the cocreator and designer of the eco-friendly organic apparel line Fuze Organics.

Fallon is currently working on a photo book project showcasing a collection of series from his archive and will be showing his work at international art exhibitions this year.  For more information go to his website:

The Advocate: Why are you a photographer?
John Fallon: Being a photographer was obvious for me at a young age. It was not willed or determined, it just was. Photography inspires me every second of the day. I love to capture moments in time that can never be repeated. I love to tell stories. I feel that photography is a portal for humankind to share thoughts and experiences without imposing them. An image can mean many things and can not tell a lie. My photography is about conveying the things that I see and feel and translating the unspoken emotions to share with others. Sometimes it is about pushing the limits of the boundaries set up by society of what is accepted and beautiful in the mainstream and what is considered not to be. It is sometimes about simplicity and nothing more.

What catches your eye? 

It depends on the day. Anything and everything around me catches my eye — you give me more and I will find more, you give me less and I will still find something.

How do you choose your subjects?
It is a combination of choosing my subjects and my subjects choosing me, usually the latter. A thousand differing circumstances contribute to each of them. I prefer to shoot the odd and the ordinary along with what in popular culture is considered beautiful or ugly. I feel that beauty can be summoned from anything if given the chance. I find it is not about the things you see, but about how you see them.

How do you describe your work?

It is a work in progress, inspired by a combination of environment, emotions, and circumstance induced by what I see and feel in everyday life. Experiences I have that need to be transcribed from a feeling or a vision into the reality of a single picture frame. I find that beauty is not just one thing, but it is everything. I like to cross barriers and explore filth, purity, and vulnerability all at once. I also love the imperfections and perfections of each individual person or object I shoot. My work is constantly changing and shifting and always open to possibility.

Tell us about your process or techniques.

I love colorful imagery and the starkness of the polar opposite. I enjoy making the most out of what I have around me, what tools I have to use, what light there is, or what light I can create to illuminate a subject. I love to mix expired film, self-retrofitted cameras, using both digital and film, with the best of the best and whatever other equipment I have. I love grit and filth mixed with colors and sophistication. I enjoy taking several paths to reach any one destination.

What makes a good photograph to you?
 Subjectively a good photograph has the ability to tell a complete story from start to finish or sometimes leaving the viewer with even more questions and answers. An image that invokes a flood of specific emotions and feelings in the blink of an eye, that long after the mind has forgotten can be awakened and relived with one simple frame. It is about capturing a moment in time that can never be repeated again.

What artists do you take inspiration from and why?
My mother and father have been a huge inspiration to me, as well as my siblings, friends, and love. I am also very inspired by years of travel and diverse cultures I have been fortunate enough to see. I really enjoy what Romania's Carioca Studio is putting out as well. As for specific artists, the list is far too numerous, but a few of my inspirations would have to include the following:  Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, Salvador Dalí, Sebastião Salgado, Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Herb Ritts, Eugenio Recuenco, Nick Knight, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gustav Klimt, Robert Frank, Annie Leibovitz, and Caravaggio. All of these people inspire me in different ways, making me want to push harder each day to create a visual tapestry of life. Each one of them expanding frontiers of their time and creating beautiful, heartbreaking, and sometimes provocative imagery that leaves me to wonder if there is anything that is not possible.

March 12 2011 4:00 AM