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Mario Testino shoots Simon Nessman and Paolo Anchisi for Versace.
More of the campaign at YVY Mag.


Jim Carrey and Rodrigo Santoro Play Gay in I Love You Phillip Morris

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Last week I reported that Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, and Rodrigo Santoro had been spotted doing some "research" at Edison Farrow's popular gay Martini Tuesdays at Halo Lounge in Miami Beach.

Here's your first look at Carrey and Santoro flaunting their Versace in the film I Love You Phillip Morris, which just began shooting in Miami.

In the film, an adaptation of the Steve McVicker novel I Love You Philip Morris, Jim Carrey plays Steven Russell, a married father/conman who finds himself in the Texas prison system where he falls in love with his cellmate Phillip Morris. The romance prompted four escape attempts and a lifetime jail sentence for Russell. McGregor plays Morris, and I don't have the details on Santoro's role.

Those Versace fashions really up the cheese factor. Let's hope they don't Chuck & Larry it.


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road.jpg New York City department of health eyes bathhouses after new report on increase in HIV infections in men under 30.

Scott_jordanroad.jpg Scott Jordan, swimmer at conservative, religious St. Bonaventure University comes out to teammates: "'Scott, you're gonna get so much ass this year,' [one teammate] said to me. 'The girls are gonna be all over you.' I took the plunge. 'That’s not the kind of ass I’m looking for,' I replied...He didn’t believe me at first; In fact, most everyone I’ve come out to hasn’t believed I’m gay. But once he realized I wasn't joking around, I told him it wasn't a secret anymore. I told just three teammates that summer, purposely telling one teammate in particular because I knew he liked to gossip (yep, straight guys gossip too). As planned, gossip took care of the rest. When I got to school a month later it felt like the entire campus knew I was gay, and I had only told three people."

road.jpg Mariah Carey squeals about possible duet with J Lo: "I'd rather be on stage with a pig."

road.jpg Carson Kressley's How to Look Good Naked debuts higher than any other reality show in Lifetime's history.

road.jpg Patrick Dempsey just stands there for Versace.

road.jpg UK man convicted of two counts of assault for homophobic attack on straight teen in nightclub.

road.jpg California fringe group grades GOP candidates on their support for the "natural family". Huckabee and Paul rate highest, Romney scores a "0".

Dolceroad.jpg Dolce & Gabbana lines 'em up for Fall/Winter campaign.

road.jpg Swimsuit issue: Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson frolic in Hawaii.

road.jpg Gay nightclub proposed in Madison, Wisconsin would be one of city's largest.

road.jpg Philly anchorwoman Alycia Lane, suspended for calling a police officer "dyke bitch," was relieved of her duties: "'Alycia Lane "has been released from her contract effective immediately,' KYW-TV said in a statement Monday, the day she had been due back on air. Lane is accused of scuffling with a plainclothes female officer during a traffic dispute last month. A police complaint also said she used a sexual slur. Lane has denied the allegations. The 35-year-old newscaster previously found herself the target of critical news coverage, and snickers, after it was reported she had e-mailed bikini shots of herself to a married ESPN sports anchor and she tearfully discussed her divorce on the 'Dr. Phil" show.'"

road.jpg EAT ME: Woman commissions wedding cake in her own image.

Manzelladarrenroad.jpg USA Today takes a look at "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" 60 Minutes Army Sergeant Darren Manzella: "Manzella says he was invited to join more than 600 members of an invitation-only MySpace group, Guys and Gals Like Us, for gays who don't hide their orientation from their units. The members use pseudonyms because some gay servicemembers have been discharged for acknowledging their sexual orientation elsewhere online. Nearly 12,000 troops have been dismissed under the policy approved by President Clinton in 1993. Discharges peaked at 1,273 in 2001 and have fallen sharply since the war began. 'A lot of servicemembers are getting 'wink-wink' treatment from their commanders,' says Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, which studies the policy."

road.jpg Last year we winner flattered to win Queerclick's Gay Bloggies - this year, Frank at OMG Blog took the prize. Congrats.

road.jpg Gay-friendly gay bashed in Seattle.

road.jpg Vermont opponents of same-sex marriage step up their efforts: "Several prominent opponents of gay marriage will announce at a Statehouse press conference Tuesday morning the formation of the Vermont Marriage Advisory Council, a group that will hold hearings on the benefits of traditional marriage. Stephen Cable of Rutland, the founder of the conservative group Vermont Renewal, said the formation of this traditional marriage council is in response to what he says is the pro-gay marriage leanings of the Vermont Commission on Family Recognition and Protection. 'The council will be holding forums to delegate information on the social goods that come with the institution of marriage,' Cable said Monday afternoon. 'After that, the council will open up the microphone to hear from Vermonters.'"


News: Versace, Bush and PBS, Bully, Boston DJ, Hairspray

road.jpg George W. bush tries to eliminate the $420 million federal subsidy for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. House rejects his bid by a vote of 357-72.

Versaceroad.jpg The NYT' Cathy Horyn recalls the days surrounding the Versace murder: "Ten years on, I asked [publicist Ed] Filipowski what stands out in his mind from that week. He and his partner, Julie Mannion, were inside the house the whole time, and Ms. Mannion had stayed with Versace’s body in the morgue, at his sister’s request, until she and her brother Santo could arrive from Italy. Mr. Filipowski thought for a moment and said: 'How personal and private they kept everything — that’s what I remember. With everything that was going on outside. It was: 'Our brother is dead.''"

road.jpg Bonding: John Travolta's dance with 007.

road.jpg Was NYC's steam explosion caused by human error? "CBS 2 HD learned that on June 10th, Con Edison was doing work at the very corner of 41st Street and Lexington Avenue where the explosion occurred. Crews were called to replace an eight-inch section of steam pipe that had sprung a leak."

road.jpg Rockstar's Bully videogame coming to the Wii.

road.jpg Good Morning Baltimore: Hairspray hits its home town.

Scottroad.jpg Gay Boston DJ Barry Scott brutalized as police attack, claiming DJ "incited a riot" among partygoers following the officers' arrival on a noise complaint. Lawyer: "What it was motivated by was clearly rage that was out of control, and virtually every witness that I've interviewed thus far would confirm and corroborate that. This officer and his companion acted out of complete rage." More here and here.

road.jpg Is this really artist Jenny Holzer's "Twitter" account?

road.jpg Hillary Clinton cancels West Virginia campaign appearances at gay businesses, citing logistical problems.

road.jpg Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith to host "Welcome to L.A." party for the Beckhams at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art this weekend.

road.jpg Fire Island dance festival opens this weekend: "Fire Island Dance Festival 13, running this weekend, will feature six world premieries along with emcees Whoopi Goldberg, Michael McElroy and Phylicia Rashad. Battleworks Dance Company, CorbinDANCES, MOMIX, Tapaholics, Trey McIntyre Project and choreographer Darrel Grand Moultrie will each present a world premiere. Other performers include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Chase Brock Experience, Jorge Guzman & Willem De Vries, Pascal Rioult Dance Company and Travis Wall & Ivan Koumaev."

road.jpg How Michael Jackson might look today without all the plastic surgery.


In the Spirit of Capote, Plaza Hotel Gets Versace Makeover

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New York's famed Plaza Hotel has been undergoing massive renovations as much of the hotel is being converted into luxury condominiums.

Plaza_hotelIn March 2006, Christie's held a massive auction of items from the hotel including a parquet dance floor, candelabras, leather club chairs, a Steinway grand piano,and the humidor which used to house cigars in the Oak Room.

Now available for viewing at the Plaza are a set of prefab residences designed with items almost exclusively from the Versace home collection.

As NYC real estate blog Curbed notes, perhaps the black and white motif is an homage to the Plaza's most famous event — Truman Capote's 1966 Black & White Ball.

Well, at least that painting over the bed is symbolic of some sort of gay angst.

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Versace at the Plaza: Making Capote Proud [curbed]

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Donatella Versace Gets Her 'Priest Chic' Direct from the Vatican

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Donatella Versace says that Father "Gorgeous Georg" Gänswein, who serves as Pope Benedict's personal secretary, is the inspiration behind the "priest chic" look of Versace's fall collection, recently displayed on the runways in Milan. The press compares Gänswein, an amateur pilot, tennis instructor, and former ski instructor, to American movie stars because of his dashing looks, and some high-profile gay Italian TV stars claim that he is the Pope's boyfriend.

"I was certainly inspired by him. I find his austerity very elegant. It is the right moment to show an ethical and spiritual man, free from all those pointless details. I also like Gregorian garb," Versace told the Telegraph UK. She added that the "ideal man has biceps but 'looks for his inside quality and trains it up, the muscles of the soul.'"

Yes, the Pope wears Prada, but his companion is more a Versace kind of guy.

Gorgeous Georg's priestly chic inspires a new Versace show [telegraph uk]
Versace Fall 2007 Men's collection [style.com]

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