Julianne Moore & Ellen Page are doing promotion for their new film Freeheld, which also stars Michael Shannon & Steve Carell. It looks beautiful. I’m very excited to see it. The story it tells is heartbreaking, so it’s difficult to segue from “Based on a true story of tragic events” to FUCK ME THESE PICTURES ARE SO HOT I JUST GAVE BIRTH TO A LITTER OF GAY KITTENS! Because I did. And they’re all named after Julianne Moore & Ellen Page characters. Little Maude Lebowski is a frisky tabby & Kitty Pryde is a rambunctious black beauty with little tufts of white on her paws. Aww! I love all my kitten children! What? Oh! Ok. So. Watch the trailer for the movie, weep. Then look at these pictures and weep some more for an entirely different reason.
Stage Door is a film from 1937 starring Ginger Rogers and Katharine Hepburn as aspiring actresses rooming together in a boarding house. Based on a stage play of the same title from 1936, the film also stars a 14 year old Ann Miller and Lucille Ball in one of her earliest roles. The story is about boarding house girls gathering to trade career and relationship support and quips while lounging together in a commons area dressed in either gorgeous pajamas or gorgeous gowns. One girl keeps a cat lying on her lap or across her shoulders at all times! She has my life!
Katharine Hepburn is the rich newcomer who has decided to have a real experience by sharing a room in a boarding house. Ginger Rogers is her poor, savvy, no nonsense roommate who detests Hepburn’s upper class ways. I don’t think the creator of the play or the film meant for this to happen, but what results when Rogers & Hepburn start to bicker and tease is a palpable sexual tension between the two actresses that you can CUT WITH A KNIFE! It’s just scene-after-scene of me shouting KISS HER! at the screen. Just looking at the promos sends me. Look at the eyes they’re making at each other! Oh, they are falling in love in spite of themselves! They cannot resist each other’s charm! I can’t either! KISS HER!
The amazing documentary The Celluloid Closet discusses gay subtext in film. There are so few films made with non-tragic gay lead characters, or non-stereotypical gay characters, that queer viewers must find the subtext between film characters. We find the characteristics that we relate, expand on relationships that the film only gives us a taste of, and discover through their behaviour how they’re like us. Stage Door is an easy film for us to fit ourselves inside. Rogers and Hepburn play their characters with a vague distaste in men and an intense interest in each other. They give us enough so that a gay audience is able to believe that maybe they are falling for each other, maybe their animosity will soften into something other than platonic friendship, maybe they do want to push their beds together and make each other moan. This is what we seek, and when we find it, we hold on tight!
The second season of Orange is the New Black was released yesterday and we’re already 5 episodes in and loving it. To celebrate I thought I would share these pictures of Taryn Manning who plays Tiffany ‘Pennsatucky’ Doggett from her Playboy spread. We’ve been fans of Taryn for years now and there are a bunch of ladies we love on the show – Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne and now Lori Petty (not to mention the first episode being directed by lesbian icon Jodie Foster.) The show is funny and poignant and highly addictive.
The June 13th 1991 issue of Rolling Stone is a triumph. It features Madonna on the cover, an interview inside with Madonna by Carrie Fisher, and one of the most iconic photo spreads Madonna has ever done, shot by her good friend Steven Meisel. Men in garters! Ladies in suits! Ladies in suits dancing with ladies in slips! Women kissing women! Groups of beautiful gender fucking lovers piled together in period costume! Madonna unlocked the key to my fetishy heart and slipped inside so many delightful kinks. This shoot also features Madonna’s good friend Debi Mazar, who also starred in the True Blue & Papa Don’t Preach videoes with Madonna in 1986.