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Boy George opens up about that rumored feud with George Michael

In the 1980s, Boy George and George Michael were riding high on their success — and occasionally colliding with one another. This week, speaking with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, Boy George opened up about his occasionally fraught relationship with Michael. Related: Boy George Addresses Rumor He Slept With Prince “In the early days, we were competition to each other,” he says. “We were both called George, both made soul music. So in the early days, we were really in competition.”  Then sort of later on, I started to really appreciate him as a musician — you know, right around “Faith”. I started to really appreciate his talent, you know?” Asked if they eventually put their differences behind him, Boy...

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Opera Review: “L’Amour de Loin”

Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s much-praised 2000 opera has a darkly shimmering beauty to it, and director Robert Lepage has created a gorgeous production for its Met premiere that leans powerfully into that shimmering quality. Lepage and set designer Michael Curry have draped strip after strip of LED lights across the immense Met stage. With those strips, “lightscape image designer” Lionel Arnould paints constantly shifting washes of color that vary from evocative abstractions to almost realistic representations of the Mediterranean Sea. It’s breathtakingly beautiful, and suits Saariaho’s music to a “T”. There’s precious little to the plot of L’Amour de loin. Very loosely based on the legend of French troubadour prince Jaufré Rudel (c. 1100-c. 1147), it tells of Jaufré’s idealized love...

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OMG, WATCH: The Inauguration Day BAD LIP READING

They were disappointed they didn’t find the continent of Atlantis yet! Check out a terribly BAD lip reading of the presidential Inauguration Day above! The post OMG, WATCH: The Inauguration Day BAD LIP READING appeared first on !! omg blog !! [the original, since 2003].

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This tiny bug has been named after Trump — see the resemblance?

Any minute now, reality star and President-Elect Donald Trump (The Apprentice, The White House) will be firing off a maelstrom of angry Tweets directed at moths — particularly the recently-named Neopalpa donaldtrumpi.  A teeny-tiny moth (even by moth standards), this little vermin has a wingspan of a mere 0.4 inches (sad!), and is distinguished by its yellow and white scales, which bear an uncanny resemblance to the high-treason hairstyle long enjoyed by the bungling blowhard business tycoon. Related: Donald Trump made a video begging people to attend his inaugural festivities and the comments are hilarious This is appropriate, since flies and other insects have proven to be instinctively drawn to Trump’s hair, as you can see in the photograph above. “Its...

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Cabaret Review: Marilyn Maye “By Request”

Ella Fitzgerald once called Marilyn Maye “the greatest white female singer in the world”. That’s no exaggeration; she may be the only singer alive who combines a great vocal instrument with interpretative flair and savoir faire equal to Ella’s own. There are younger singers who might posses more powerful voices but I can think of no other singer who possesses Maye’s combination of interpretive ability, rhythmic verve, and vocal range – at 88, her voice is the envy of singers 40 years her junior. She’s also a “saloon singer”, a singer who has a fantastic rapport with her audience, singing them beloved songs from a startlingly wide variety of genres. These shows at the Metropolitan Room take full advantage of this facet of her talent. Marilyn asks...

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OMG, he’s naked: ‘American Gods’, ‘The 100’ and ‘HollyOaks’ actor and model Ricky Whittle

American Gods hasn’t even started yet and we are already VERY interested in what it has to offer! Check out actor Ricky Whittle making his even smaller screen debut with something very big after the NSFW jump! There’s nothing ‘whittle’ about it! CLICK TO ENLARGE! Scroll down for video. [via celebritybusted. Thanks to Moeey for the video links!] The post OMG, he’s naked: ‘American Gods’, ‘The 100’ and ‘HollyOaks’ actor and model Ricky Whittle appeared first on !! omg blog !! [the original, since 2003].

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The Obamas will be chillaxing at their gay friend’s Palm Springs manse this weekend

Everyone copes differently, but few do it with such singular style. On Friday, as a literal shitshow streaks blackly across the Capitol, the Obamas will be kicking it poolside at a Palm Springs manse owned by one of Barack Obama‘s ambassadors. Related: In Trump we don’t trust: What it means to be trans in the era of DJT As TMZ reports, the Rancho Mirage home is owned by James Costos, outgoing US ambassador to Spain, and his husband Michael Smith, the White House decorator since 2008. It’s the Obama’s 4th visit to the palatial estate, which is spread out over eight acres and peers over the top of the development —  the perfect place to sip Mai Tais, observe the world you’ve conquered, and...

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Opera Review: “Candide”

I’m biased here: I am a complete Leonard Bernstein nut. I’ve been very excited ever since I first heard about the New York City Opera revival of Candide. It’s not the unimpeachable masterpiece that Lenny’s West Side Story is – the book is famously problematic – but it is still enough of a joy that as long as you nail that sublime Bernstein score, it’ll be a grand night out. Nail it this company does, and the results are glorious. Based on Voltaire’s 1759 novella of the same name, Candide follows the naïve titular character as he strives to maintain his optimism in the face of brutal experience. The sprightly, brilliant score is one of the best things Bernstein ever wrote, and starts with...

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OMG, WATCH: Ellen says goodbye to Obama on his last day as President

It was a tearful goodbye, but Ellen took the opportunity to laugh aswell in her segment bidding farewell to Obama today on her show. Check it out above! The post OMG, WATCH: Ellen says goodbye to Obama on his last day as President appeared first on !! omg blog !! [the original, since 2003].

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D-list designer Leah McSweeney unleashes racism, homophobia after SNL’s Michael Che rejects her

Mating habits have always been a bit of a puzzle to us, and a text exchange between a D-list designer and an SNL comedian offers even more mysteries. Related: Racist, Homophobic Crafter Lady Has Been Identified And Twitter’s Having A Field Day Leah McSweeney is the founder of the “Married to the MOB” female streetwear line. On her podcast this week, she brought up a recent text exchange she had with Saturday Night Live comedian Michael Che. “I met a comedian. I’ve dealt with a few comedians. They are the worst,” McSweeney said. “Michael Che is so arrogant and so rude and disrespectful that I cannot even believe that someone … You’re like a D-list celebrity to me! Whatever!” She continued: &#...

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Theatre Review: “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812”

This tops many outlets “Best of 2016” lists, and is often compared favorably with super-musical Hamilton in terms of innovation and sheer vivacity. What do I think of it? Well, similar to the way I feel about Hamilton, I at least really enjoyed it about as much as everyone else. As for innovation, well, this sort of thing has been done a lot before, especially in the 1970s, though I can’t deny the dexterity of execution here far exceeds anything I’m aware of in this vein. Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 is composer / writer Dave Malloy’s inspired, stylistically eclectic musical adaptation of a 70-page slice of Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel of Russia under attack from Napoleon, War and Peace (some...

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OMG, gossip: What’s Leah Remini’s end goal with her exposé of Scientology?

To get Scientology’s tax exemption as a church revoked! [celebitchy] Benham Bros: ‘Gays suffer from depraved minds and daddy issues’ – uh, yeah… AND!? Flattery will get you everywhere, guys! [instinct] Neil Patrick Harris hit the red carpet with his partner, and they weren’t dressed like circus ringmasters for ONCE [socialite life] I’m the muthafuckin’ female definition of a….SANTA?: The Anna Kendrick Edition [lainey] Yee-haw! Gay, country music personality Cody Alan comes stampeding out of that there closet [boyculture] Marie Osmond FINALLY volunteers to sing at the inauguration and help usher the end times in [queerty] Is Rooney‘s Mara rubbin’ on Joaquin‘s Pheonix? Maybe! [dlisted] HUD Nominee Ben Carson on LGBT Housing Rights ‘No one gets extra rights&#...

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PHOTOS: But what if Spiderman was feeling really, really sexy?

After a long day netting hardened criminals in snarls of spiderweb, our intrepid Spiderman comes home to his modestly-appointed loft. Feeling a headache coming on, he untethers his tights to strut around the living room in his Calvin Klein boxer-briefs, because that’s just how he decompresses, okay? Related: Meet Tom Holland, Newest Member Of Spider-Man Fraternity That’s the idea behind photographer Sarah Hester’s latest shoot, starring model Zachary Howell. (You may remember him from a similar Harry Potter-themed spread by Hester that made the rounds last year.) Related: PHOTOS: Steamy ‘Harry Potter’ Shoot Spreads Across Web Like Magic If you’ve ever wanted your superheroes to show a little more skin, the whole thing might be up your alley...

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Opera Review: “Roméo et Juliette”

Well, this is lovely! I’ve never been a big fan of these star-crossed lovers; I thought of them as “stupid damn teenagers” even when I was a stupid damn teenager myself. But add some music to the story and it instantly gains a lot of interest – all that yearning gives abundant opportunities for making beautiful music. I’ve long been a fan of Prokofiev’s ballet version for that very reason. And Charles Gounod, composer of this operatic version, misses few opportunities for making glorious musical hay out of these adolescent passions, not only in the pair’s big arias and duets (which positively glow), but also in sensuously sparkling waltzes for the party scenes. Director Bartlett Sher’s sturdy production drew inspiration from...

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OMG, he’s naked: The IT remake’s Pennywise AKA Bill Skarsgård is really hot underneath all that clown makeup

Behind Blue Skies was a 2010 film starring Alexander Skarsgård‘s younger bro Bill Skarsgård — who will be playing the terrifying Pennywise The Clown in the upcoming remake of the classic, IT. But don’t let that frighten you! Check out Bill in all his glory after the NSFW jump! He’ll make you scream in other ways! CLICK TO ENLARGE! [thanks CB!] The post OMG, he’s naked: The IT remake’s Pennywise AKA Bill Skarsgård is really hot underneath all that clown makeup appeared first on !! omg blog !! [the original, since 2003].

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Frank Ocean’s mom wants Kim Burrell cut from son’s album ‘Blonde’ after homophobic rant

Cover of Frank Ocean’s album “Blonde.” Proving yet again that bigotry is bad for business, homophobic gospel singer Kim Burrell continues to take heat after video leaked and was posted to YouTube showing her delivering a sermon at her church wherein she calls gay people “perverted.” She was dis-invited from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which was addressed on the episode on which she would have appeared. Burrell has also lost her radio and television shows as a result of her hateful views coming to light. Now Frank Ocean‘s mother, Katonya Breaux, says she would like to see Burrell also disappear from her son’s album, “Blonde.” She appears on the track “Godspeed.” Breaux sounded off ...

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Cabaret Review: Orfeh and Andy Karl

Big-piped (and married) musical theatre couple Orfeh and Andy Karl aren’t delivering any particular story or message in their current club act at Feinstein’s / 54 Below. Pleasantly enough, they simply sing songs that suit their voices – soulful and wild in her case, poppy and tuneful in his (note to Andy, though: the band When in Rome, whose hit “The Promise” you sing so beautifully and tastefully, have absolutely nothing to do with Depeche Mode, as you said they did). They also touch on songs they’ve done in the musical theatre, including the lovely ballad for Andy called “Seeing You” from the upcoming Groundhog Day. They met doing Saturday Night Fever on Broadway and married soon after, but most people associate the two of...

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OMG, gossip: Owner of Coachella, Philip Anschutz, actively supports anti-gay groups

Every dollar you spend there is a threat to gay rights and our climate when it’s in his pocket [dlisted] Can you imagine if Prince Harry acted this way?: Police hunt men who Photoshopped Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni into gay Sex photo [towleroad] Kendull Jenner is really coming into her own as an 80’s stripper who performs ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ for V Magazine with that damn snake leg tattoo [socialite life] Your anaconda don’t got none: Nicki Minaj is single [lainey] ‘The Queen of England is well and back to work’ Wait… wut? The Queen works? [celebitchy] Debra Messing is really MESSING with our Will n Grace 2017 dreams [instinct] James Corden remembers George Michael [boyculture] Urban Outfitters starts 2017 with a...

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Male stripping troupe “Rumble From Down Under” faces legal trouble in Maui

From the Department of Sex-Loathing Buzzkills: The Maui Arts and Cultural Center is finding itself under fire after a few flesh-adverse protesters took issue with the theater for hosting the all-male stripping troupe Thunder From Down Under. Related: Rob Gronkowski Had A Memorable Night As A Male Stripper The promotional video, you see, evidently shows one of the men “mooning the audience,” according to Hawaii News Now. This is potentially, idiotically in violation of the theater’s liquor license. Related: Straight Guys Are Stripping Down For Halloween Apparently, the MACC is now facing two formal complaints, one of which states: On June 8, 2016 at approximately 8:00 p.m., a restaurant general licensee, did permit entertainers to expose to view any portion of the cleft...

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Cabaret Review: Jinxk Monsoon & Major Scales

‘Tis the season – time for drag queens to work a holiday theme to buy Mama a new pair of shoes! There’s a joke in Jinkx Monsoon’s current Xmas show that makes that explicit – “Why do we put ourselves through doing holiday shows? For the paycheck!!!” This particular show also features her musical counterpart, pianist/composer/raconteur Major Scales, and is called Christmas Mourning, mostly in response to the election. Their biggest hit, The Vaudevillians, was a real stunner, a thoroughly thought-out evening of cabaret theatre, which successfully staked their claim to be regarded as major players in the worlds of both high drag and cabaret. This show is almost as structured – which is very unusual for holiday drag shows...

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