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.

It’s easy to see why Garrett Hedlund was cast in the coveted role of Dean Moriarty, the slightly fictitious alter ego of legendary Beat icon Neal Cassady in director Walter Salles’s highly anticipated film version of Jack Kerouac’s classic novel On the Road — they’re both magnetic blond bundles of energy. The photogenic 26-year-old actor just completed filming Road the afternoon before our interview and immediately caught a flight to Los Angeles to attend the premiere of Tron: Legacy, yet is surprisingly effusive after waking up early the next morning to begin publicity duties for Country Strong (now in theaters nationwide).

It’s been a quick rise to fame for Hedlund, who first made waves crossing swords with Brad Pitt in the 2004 epic Troy, a job he landed just weeks after graduating from high school and moving to Los Angeles. Following his attention-grabbing turns in the football drama Friday Night Lights and the Lindsay Lohan comedy Georgia Rule, Hedlund now reveals solid musical chops in Strong. He stars as Beau, a rising Nashville performer torn between Gwyneth Paltrow's alcoholic, down-on-her-luck singer, and Leighton Meester's winsome newcomer. Hedlund speaks with The Advocate about honing his musical skills for Country Strong, the downward spiral of former costar Lohan, and bringing the homoerotic Kerouac classic to the screen.

The Advocate: Your performance in Country Strong is so accomplished that it’s surprising to learn you had no experience as a musician before making the film. Was it this challenge that attracted you to the project?
Garrett Hedlund: Well, Shana [Feste, the film’s writer-director] had written this wonderful script, and when I finished reading it I had tears in my eyes. I thought that a script that moving had potential to be even more so on screen. Shana and I met and she asked if I was willing to put the necessary work into doing the part, and I told her 100% completely and undeniably yes. It required six months of guitar training four days a week, plus just living and breathing country music. There was a lot of hard work put into it, and I’m really proud of the film.

The hard work certainly paid off, as your musical performances in the film have authenticity. Do you think you might pursue a musical career in addition to acting?
No, not as a career, but of course just getting the taste of being in Nashville and getting up and doing it was so much fun. What I’d pursue is playing guitar in my spare time and writing. Maybe if one of my pals performs onstage somewhere, I’d get up and play with him, but it would be very casual.

January 08 2011 2:30 AM

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10. THEATER: Ken Roht's Same-O, A 99¢ Only Electric Ballad
An annual cult-favorite that runs through January 30 at the progressive Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, this year's 99-cent production — all the crazy costumes are made out of 99¢ Only merchandise and recycled paper products by Ann Closs-Farley, costume designer for Broadway’s The Pee-wee Herman Show — is a sexy, stunning, surreal musical extravaganza about Eddie and Fred, two wildly different young men who wind up getting married.


9. DVD: The Social Network and Piranha
They might just be the best and the worst movie of the year, and they’re both out on DVD January 11. Blink and you’ll miss Patrick Mapel as gay Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes, one of Mark Zuckerberg’s roommates, in The Social Network. But you can’t miss the hot underwater lesbian action between Piranha’s Kelly Brook and Riley Steele wearing nothing but flippers — which just topped Mr. Skin’s annual list of cinematic nude scenes.


8. BOOK: The Boys & the Beach, Max-Arthur Mantle
Available exclusively at, this impressive first photo book by Miami-based photographer Max-Arthur Mantle — whose work has appeared in and on the covers of magazines like Blue, DNA, and Instinct — celebrates the sun-kissed flesh of more than 50 diverse male models shot on location in Miami Beach between 2005 and 2010. The boys, including cover model Paul Hanschke, exude radiant personalities to match their muscles.

January 07 2011 2:00 PM

Producers of the popular TV series are planning the first “gay dad” story line for a British soap.

According to the Daily Mirror, characters Christian Clarke and Syed Masood will ask Glenda Mitchell, a mother of three, to carry their baby.

January 03 2011 8:50 AM

Comedian Kathy Griffin managed to avoid swearing on the New Year’s Eve broadcast on CNN, but she did promise to take down Willow Palin for her use of homophobic slurs on Facebook.

January 03 2011 8:35 AM

Famed for his appearance in Madonna's "Express Yourself" video and dubbed the "first male supermodel" following popular fashion campaigns with Gautier, Valentino, and Versace, Yogi Cameron is now one of the world’s preeminent yoga and ayurvedic practitioners. In the following excerpt from his book The Guru In You, Cameron shares advice on ayurveda/yoga tools necessary for a complete mind, body, and spirit makeover.

Chapter 8

Living the Ayurveda Way
If you were to consult with an Ayurvedic therapist, you would likely receive a diagnosis of your doshic imbalances based on the tools described above. The practitioner would then provide you with a list of food types that you should and shouldn’t eat, possibly prescribe medicinal herbs for you to take, prescribe treatments, and provide a series of other lifestyle modifications and routines such as yoga postures for you to practice.

Ayurvedic science calls upon us to live our lives in a particular way with the intention of bringing as much balance to our doshas as possible. Much of this lifestyle centers on how and what we eat and drink, as one of the most fundamental components of Ayurvedic science states that a strong digestion leads to a healthy body. While we can make sophisticated modifications of diet and lifestyle to resolve imbalances of our doshas, it is more important to understand the attributes of food (hot-cold, dry-oily, heavy-light, and so forth) and what effect they will have on our systems in the moment. In this section I will share with you general measures we can all take that can be practiced regardless of how our doshas are imbalanced, and the following section will provide very basic and simple ways to resolve issues specific to each dosha.

Regulate Your Time and Frequency of Eating
In the Western culture, eating has become a way not just to sustain life and metabolize energy, but also to build social contacts and dampen or heighten our more difficult emotions. We may spend hours having dinner with friends, and because the event lasts for hours our food intake lasts for hours. When we’re home alone, we may not feel particularly hungry on any given evening, but because we’re bored while we’re zoning out in front of the TV, we just feed ourselves to keep our mouths busy.

Keeping ourselves in balance, according to Ayurveda, centers on how and what we eat. This is because the food we eat becomes us, and balancing our doshas can begin with eating food for the sake of living rather than for the sake of our emotions or our social calendars. An Ayurvedic eating schedule is determined by what time it is best to digest food and what dosha we need to balance or avoid aggravating.

This schedule begins with not eating anything when we first wake up but instead waiting several hours for the digestive fire to build itself up, although people with a lot of Vata energy can tolerate a little food at that time. Rather than eating small amounts frequently, eat no more than two or three times during the day, with the final meal in the late afternoon or early evening. As Ayurvedic medicine believes that good health is based on strong digestion, it sees constantly eating as the root of most modern diseases. This habit makes the system work overtime and therefore creates an excess of toxic waste. In turn, cleaning out this waste requires more energy and at the same time creates an imbalance in the blood and all other organs. As it can take as much as ten hours to completely digest some foods, eating later than 5 or 6 p.m. means that the food will sit in the stomach while you sleep and will go to waste or turn to fat. Foods with little water content, like meat, will take even longer to digest and are best avoided in the latter half of the day. When you follow this routine, you will wake up less stiff in the morning, have more energy throughout the day, and crave more satisfying natural experiences in each and every moment with people who enhance your life.

December 31 2010 2:00 PM


10. CABARET: All I Know
After the sold-out success of his Carnegie Hall concert with Michael Feinstein, Cheyenne Jackson premieres his new solo show December 31 and January 1 at Prelude by Barton G — located within Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts — a swanky new venue that will also feature solo concerts by out performers Gavin Creel and Bryan Batt in coming weeks. All we know is that we wouldn’t miss it if we were in Miami.


9. TV: My Fair Wedding With David Tutera
Celebrity event and wedding planner David Tutera — who has, in fact, worked with The Wedding Planner’s Jennifer Lopez — returns January 2 for the fourth season of WE TV’s hit wedding transformation series. No same-sex ceremonies this season, but the out host’s trashy-to-classy Los Angeles overhauls will include a Phantom of the Opera wedding, an Alice in Wonderland wedding, and a Wizard of Oz wedding with glittery ruby slippers.


8. DVD: Howl
Recent Advocate cover boy James Franco plays gay again as beat poet Allen Ginsberg in this acclaimed film by Celluloid Closet duo Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. It interweaves the landmark 1957 obscenity trial over Ginsberg’s Howl, an imaginative animated journey through the epic poem, and a portrait of a gay man who galvanized a generation through self-expression. Aaron Tveit also stars as Ginsberg’s lover, Peter Orlovsky.

December 31 2010 10:40 AM

December 25 2010 3:00 AM

A person’s “Googlablity” is a modern day popularity contest. Last
year, we began compiling the most Googled gays and lesbians in the U.S.
This year, heightened visibility in the media invited unique results.
This time around, with stricter guidelines, we kept our list limited to
only out people (Sorry Mr. Cooper, maybe next year?). Thanks to hit
television series’ (Three of our top 20 are of Glee fame), world tours,
and self-branded blogs, the list took a turn from last year, and some of
the results even surprised us. Check out who made the list in 2010’s
most Googled gays and lesbians.


20. Steven Slater (pictured)

19. Wanda Sykes

18. Jonathan Groff
December 24 2010 1:00 AM

Now starring on Brothers & Sisters, the Dr. Kildare heartthrob explains why other gay leading men would be unwise to follow in his footsteps.

December 21 2010 7:10 PM

The Cougar Town star opens up about playing a bullied gay high school student in the hit teen comedy Easy A.

December 21 2010 11:55 AM