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road.jpg Bette Midler fined for tree slaughter on Hawaii property. Attorney: "The whole idea with cutting the trees down was with the idea of improving the lot with native species" instead of the nonnative, invasive species that had grown there. It's unfortunate that a mistake was made."

Cuadrahouseroad.jpg Virginia Beach house owned by gay pornstar killers Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes is up for sale: "The pair lived lavishly at the house. Police seized $26,000 cash as well as two large plasma TVs (one 55 inches, one 50 inches); four cars (three of which were worth about $100,000 each); five computer monitors; stereo and video equipment; and several pieces of gold and diamond jewelry."

road.jpg Iowa state senator Matt McCoy, indicted on charges of extortion, says he no longer feels he's being targeted because he's gay: "Do I think that there is an organized effort out there? I can only say that I don't believe Democrats are more likely to break the law than Republicans.''

road.jpg DIVA: Australia celebrates drag with massive awards show.

Cruisingroad.jpg Director William Friedkin to hold Q&A session at special showing of Al Pacino's Cruising at the Castro Theater this weekend: "It was the first high-profile bomb for star Al Pacino, and you have to dig deep in the bargain bin to find a 1980s William Friedkin movie that was more reviled. Worse yet, it was attacked by many in the gay community, who felt that the film's gay serial killer and over-the-top portrayal of queer culture enforced homophobic stereotypes."

road.jpg 4 oz.: Brad Pitt producing TV series about transsexual with Nip/Tuck creator Ryan Murphy.

road.jpg After moving to a shiny new $35 million mansion in Beverly Hills later this year, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes plan to keep the same sleeping arrangements — at opposite ends of the house.

Jumpsuitroad.jpg Pedro Andrade working the jumpsuit.

road.jpg Fifty in attendance for Ottawa, Canada gay rights vigil: "Some countries couldn't dream of having an event like this — the police would come down on them so fast."

road.jpg Apparently there have been rumors going around that T.R. Knight has only signed on for part of the season at Grey's Anatomy. Not true, says E's Kristin dos Santos: "While the show's official rep at ABC says she never comments on the details of actors' contracts, an inside source close to the show tells me this is most definitely not true. I'm told T.R. has signed on for all episodes of the upcoming fourth season and that he never would have been given his recent pay hike had he only signed on for half of the episodes."

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  1. Friedkin shouldn't have ever licensed Cruising for release on DVD, the money-grubbing hack. Can you believe "Boys In The Band" still isn't on DVD, while Friedkin's monstrosity gets a release?

    Posted by: Johnny | Aug 22, 2007 2:38:12 PM


  2. lance bass is a turd and everything about him conforms to bland stereotypical nonsense. he dates troglodites and his whole life seems to be a construct.

    Posted by: bigggnasty | Aug 22, 2007 2:40:34 PM


  3. Good to see that Preston in the white t-shirt has gone completely fake plastic looking. He is the ultimate wannabe and likely submitted this photo himself. barf.

    Posted by: Tranny Duke | Aug 22, 2007 2:43:50 PM


  4. It's all about money & what they think will sell. Friedkin's "Exorcist" was one of the top-grossing horror movies of all time (and the all-time scariest).

    Those porn-star killers lack of taste is truly scary (although the older one is kinda hot). That house is horrible.

    Poor Katie. Do ya think maybe now she's beginning to get the message? Or maybe she just has to sleep in the other end of the house to allow room for Tom's ego. Nah...probably just the gay think or some evil Scientology programming stuff.

    Posted by: Jordan | Aug 22, 2007 2:55:20 PM


  5. Cruisin' is a fascinating time capsule and I'd glad its being re-issued and being re-discussed. Even though its silly and offensive, its amazing to think it was ever made in the first place.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Aug 22, 2007 2:56:34 PM


  6. And Friedkin also directed Boys in the Band, right?

    His main crime seems to be being straight. Otherwise how can Hellbent advertise itself like this?

    "Taking place at the famed West Hollywood Halloween Carnival, there is a serial killer on the loose. A group of four gay friends will have to fight for their lives to make it through a night where flamboyant costumes, beautiful people, drugs, music, dancing and sex are everywhere."

    Posted by: John C | Aug 22, 2007 2:59:21 PM


  7. I actually saw "Cruising" when it came out and didn't find it very offensive at all. It just wasn't a very good film to my mind. "Boys in the Band" is one of the most self-hating gay films ever in my opinion. So I guess it's all how you come to them and what frame of mind you were in when you saw them. (and maybe what state of mind as well)

    In any case, I wouldn't reccomend either as required viewing these days. Though, "Boys in the Band" deserves a release if for nothing else other than let a new generation see what they think of it.

    In both cases, discussions of what the films represent seem better than the films themselves.

    Posted by: vincent-louis Apruzzese | Aug 22, 2007 3:11:52 PM


  8. bigggnasty, I admit that I just had to look up "troglodyte" in the dictionary. So I take it that you think Lance only dates "primitive cave-dwellers"? This is the most fascinating comment I've seen on Towleroad in a long time, please elaborate.

    Posted by: tom | Aug 22, 2007 3:14:11 PM


  9. Referring to someone as a 'troglodyte' isn't much different than the more gay-common use of the world 'troll,' which means:

    "...a grotesque humanoid creature living in caves or hills or under bridges."

    Not totally accurate, but wonderfully colorful. I say add both to your verbal armament.

    Posted by: Zlexar | Aug 22, 2007 3:31:06 PM


  10. Sorry, that's "WORD," not "WORLD." Though 'World Troll' could be a good bar name.

    Posted by: zlexar | Aug 22, 2007 3:33:11 PM


  11. One thing you can say about Peter Hartlaub, the straight author of the “San Francisco Chronicle” article, is that he’s still pulling pseudo intellectual crap out of his ass. Though his absurd comment that the film is a “detailed (albeit skewed) look at gay culture” is mostly just a recycle of Wikipedia crap pulled out of someone’s else’s ass. Brief images, however skewed, are not “details.” And, in old business, no, Peter, despite your review, “Chuck & Larry” was not a “good film” for gays either.

    I was one of the “security monitors” at the noisy protests the night “Cruising” originally opened in SF at the theatre on Market Street which agreed to show it after its original venue understandably chickened out. Police were everywhere; then-mayor Dianne Feinstein feared another “White Night” riot, and I recall bomb threats and the second theatre distributing its own flyers to people going in disclaiming any intent of the film’s makers to defame or endanger the gay community.

    Of course, not everyone agreed about the film even then, with some NY leather queens agreeing to appear in it as extras at the Ramrod. Wonder if any of them were among the two killed or the dozen wounded by the guy who open fired on the bars patrons with a submachine gun two months after “Cruising” opened? For more on the history of the film and protests, see David Ehrenstein’s excellent article at:

    http://ehrensteinland.com/htmls/library/cruising.html

    “Boys in the Band,” despite "the party line" reflected above is a brilliant, gay-friendly movie made from a brilliant, gay-friendly play written by a gay man. Now, THAT's a "time capsule" of how many gays felt about themselves at the time. But, David, can you believe that “Cruising” and Friedkin are being welcomed into our Holy of Holies, The Castro Theatre, now?

    For those still thinking of giving this lousy film [in EVERY way] a look-see in theatres or on DVD, I have only three words, which an even-then badly aging Al Pacino asked of a potential trick on screen:

    “Hips or lips?”

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Aug 22, 2007 3:41:17 PM


  12. I say he dates trogs'(as i call them), because they seem kind of unevolved. They are attractive, yes, but I can't really imagine them ever contributing much on the mental scale. Ya know, pre-man. On a personal note, Mr. Bass was once extremely nasty to me at a party (pre coming out) and really tried to throw his weight around. My friend wasn't having it; words were exchanged-and instead of Lance defending himself-his friends said something to us about the trappings of fame. barf.

    Posted by: bigggnasty | Aug 22, 2007 3:51:13 PM


  13. [This is not meant to be nasty or pedantic -- I honestly cannot parse the sentence.]

    Andy, you're an editor, so can you parse this sentence for me?

    "Virginia Beach house owned by gay pornstar killers Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes is up for sale[.]"

    Which of the following apply:
    Are they gay?
    Are they gay pornstars?
    Are they killers of gay pornstars?
    Are they gay pornstars who kill?
    Are they gay people who kill pornstars?

    Too many adjectives, not enough commas or hyphens.

    The only thing I read with certainty is they are killers. And since I don't like to make criminals into celebrities, I don't want to follow the links to satisfy my grammar-challenged curiosity.

    Posted by: tjc | Aug 22, 2007 4:38:17 PM


  14. Yes I CAN believe it.

    These kids weren't around back then and they don't know sit -- though of course they think they know everything.

    "Cruising" was a freak show then and it's a freak show now.

    And we're the freaks.

    One thing HAS changed however: the arrival of the New Queer Cinema.

    We don't need Holywood anymore.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 22, 2007 4:40:09 PM


  15. Zlexar you had me laughing out loud with that comment.

    I want to see "Cruising" just to see how Hollywood (and American culture) viewed gays at the time. I don't even think much has changed, but if this movie is as blatantly and irresponsibly harmful as you say, watching it will be a sobering reminder of how far we've come and how far we've got to go. I'm sure there are still many people on this Earth just as ignorant towards the gay community as those behind this movie.

    Posted by: Derrick | Aug 22, 2007 5:44:38 PM


  16. What do you think of Boys In The Band, Ehrenstein? I know most of the characters were struggling with internalized homophobia, but the play was written pre-Stonewall, and it's a time-capsule of that period. I see the guys as a product of their era and don't judge them by modern standards. Anyway, the old queen Harold had a lot of funny lines, many of which were cut for TV airings. The movie as a whole was chopped-up for TV airings, and that's the only way I've ever seen it. I'd just like to see it once without having to guess at what everybody (especially Harold) is saying.

    Posted by: Johnny | Aug 22, 2007 6:01:33 PM


  17. Accused killers Cuadra and Kerekes are in the opening stages of prosecution. The first day of an extensive preliminary hearing was Monday. The second day is Thursday.

    Blog following the case: http://handjtrial.blogspot.com/

    Posted by: Jim | Aug 22, 2007 6:34:45 PM


  18. "The Boys in the Band" has been given a bum rap. Mainly this is due to the fact that it premiered -- to overwhelming success -- just before Stonewall. To many it was an all-too-accurate reminder of the internalized self-loathing we were all trying to get away from. But it's a dead-acurate piece. Back in the day when you discovered the "terrible truth" you got the hell out of Dodge and headed for the Emerald City -- New York. There, if you were lucky, you teamed up with a Gay Fmily, just like the one we see in the play.

    It should not be forgotten that the character of Michael is the only truly self-loathing one. The others have little or no problem in being gay and Harold ( played on both stage and screen by the peerless Leonard Frey) revels in the fact that he's a middle-aged "pock-marked Jewish fairy."

    I once saw the film at a gay bar on the West Side of New York, and it was entirely different experience in a room full of gay men. Straights always talk about Kenneth Nelson's Michael. But for gays, Frey's Harold was the Hero.

    Though he's never had another hit, Mart Crowley is one hell of a nice guy.

    If you're reading this, Mart -- I hope you're writing your memoirs. They would be one teriffic read, and you know it.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 22, 2007 6:54:19 PM


  19. Good points, Johnny. The film's line, "If we could only learn not to hate ourselves so much," is "heard" by too many post-Stonewallians to assert that we SHOULD hate ourselves SOME, which the author never intended. Whatever drugs Friedkin was on with "Cruising" should not stain "Boys in the Band" which was produced almost line for hilarious and poignant line from the play.

    The VHS of the film is still around, and you MUST see/hear it in all its comedic and dramatic glory. Used copies at the link below. Last I heard, "Michael" and "Donald" were still alive, but AIDS took "Harold" and "Cowboy" years ago. "Emory" didn't get much work after playing Lenny Bruce, and the allegedly bisexual in real life, too, "Hank" married the daughter of icon Lucille Ball.

    I hereby dedicate Harold's most memorable moment to all gay Republicans and religionist hypocrites of the Ted Haggard variety:

    "You are a sad and pathetic man. You are a homosexual. But there's nothing you can do to change it. Not all the prayers to your god; not all the analysis you can buy in all the years you've got left to live. Oh, you many one day know a heterosexual life. If you pursue it with the fervor with which you annihilate. But you will always be homosexual as well. Always.... Until the day you die."

    Videos for sale at:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B000006GST/ref=dp_olp_0/002-1963760-8890428?ie=UTF8&qid=1187822875&sr=1-1&condition=all

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Aug 22, 2007 7:07:52 PM


  20. RE: Boys in the Band

    I'm 22 and just saw it for the first time a couple of months ago on TCM (where it was shown in it's entirety). I thought it was outstanding. Yes, many of the characters have issues with self-loathing, especially the main one, who was totally obnoxious. BUT, I think that's the point of the film: to show how ugly and destructive (to yourself, to everyone you care about) self-hate is.

    Just because the characters are not wonderful, well-adjusted pillars of the community does NOT mean that the whole film is offensive or not worth seeing. It's reflective of reality. Yes, it is terrible that situations like this exist, but they DO exist.

    If the only kind of acceptable art is the kind that tells nice stories, what are you left with?

    Posted by: SC | Aug 22, 2007 7:08:09 PM


  21. Two more things:

    I am loathe to agree with Ehrenstein, but in this case it can't be helped.

    And it is criminal that Boys in the Band isn't on DVD.

    Posted by: SC | Aug 22, 2007 7:13:29 PM


  22. I love the "Boys in the Band", I have read the play, seen it on "stage" performed by gay thespians at dinner theaters in several towns. I have the VHS, and although it's old and somewhat "jumpy" in places, I still enjoy it. I recently transferred it to DVD at home, but the quality is no better than the aged VHS tape. At the time of it's Broadway run, it was very controversial and Johnny Carson had some fun with it during a couple monologues. I find nothing really offensive about the play and also regret it hasn't been released on DVD. Maybe someday.

    "The Boys in the Band" was gay life for many of us in those days. There was a lot reality in each of the brilliantly cast characters. I knew several "Emory's" and my share of Harold's, Michael's and Donald's (my heart throb at the time). I don't know how someone can find "The Boys in the Band" insulting or offensive and have no criticism of "Will and Grace" which I have trouble accepting as a portrayal of modern gay life. But I guess it's all in the eye of the beholder.

    Posted by: Tom | Aug 22, 2007 7:44:36 PM


  23. I love the "Boys in the Band", I have read the play, seen it on "stage" performed by gay thespians at dinner theaters in several towns. I have the VHS, and although it's old and somewhat "jumpy" in places, I still enjoy it. I recently transferred it to DVD at home, but the quality is no better than the aged VHS tape. At the time of it's Broadway run, it was very controversial and Johnny Carson had some fun with it during a couple monologues. I find nothing really offensive about the play and also regret it hasn't been released on DVD. Maybe someday.

    "The Boys in the Band" was gay life for many of us in those days. There was a lot reality in each of the brilliantly cast characters. I knew several "Emory's" and my share of Harold's, Michael's and Donald's (my heart throb at the time). I don't know how someone can find "The Boys in the Band" insulting or offensive and have no criticism of "Will and Grace" which I have trouble accepting as a portrayal of modern gay life. But I guess it's all in the eye of the beholder.

    Posted by: Tom | Aug 22, 2007 7:45:03 PM


  24. Unfortunately, Michael Bedwell is wrong. 5 of the 9 cast members (the actors who played Michael, Donald, Harold, Larry, and Cowboy) all died of AIDS-related illnesses in the late 80's-early 90's. Cliff Gorman (Emory) was straight and died of leukemia a few years ago.

    IMDB has little on Reuben Greene (Bernard), but I think he might have passed on, too. "Hank" did indeed marry Lucie Arnaz eons ago and they are still together. He was previously married to Robin Strasser (Dorian on 'One Life to Live' for many years). He angered many of the cast when he wrote an article in the New York Times basically outing the entire cast by statting he was the only straight one. Oh, yeah, and he told me he'd only done it with one other guy when he sucked my cock (while still married to Strasser). Ah, the 70's.

    Peter White (the supposedly straight "Alan") continues to work. He played Linc Tyler on All My Children for hundreds of years before moving to LA and doing a lot of episodic work.

    Playwright Mart Crowley may have never had another stage hit, but he worked pretty steadily as a writer/producer in TV. He had a hit with Hart to Hart and between Boys license fees and Hart residuals probably is doing just fine.

    Hey, what can I say? The play had a big impact on me. For a long time it was to only story around.

    Posted by: PrFodorski | Aug 22, 2007 7:54:20 PM


  25. Curiosity does not always kill the cat. Sometimes it merely breaks his heart. According to imbd, Kenneth Nelson, “Michael,” Frederick Combs, “Donald,” and Keith Prentice, “Larry,” have also been taken by AIDS since Leonard Frey and Robert La Tourneaux, “Cowboy.” Widescreen friends gone like so many of my real friends with whom I sat in movie theatre seats from sea to shining sea....

    “Old friends
    Old friends
    Sat on their park bench like bookends
    A newspaper blown through the grass
    Falls on the round toes of the high shoes
    Of the old friends

    Old friends
    Winter companions
    The old men
    Lost in their overcoats
    Waiting for the sunset
    The sounds of the city
    Sifting through the trees
    Settle like dust
    On the shoulders
    Of the old friends

    Can you imagine us years from today
    Sharing a park bench quietly?
    How terribly strange to be seventy.

    Old friends
    Memory brushes the same years
    Silently sharing the same fear...

    Time it was, and what a time it was, it was
    A time of innocence, a time of confidences
    Long ago, it must be, I have a photograph
    Preserve your memories; They're all that's left you."

    - Paul Simon

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Aug 22, 2007 7:55:16 PM


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