Last night I was invited to an early screening of the much-anticipated sequel film Magic Mike XXL so I rounded my my all-too eager friend Eileen and away we went. I remember how much fun Ollie and I had seeing the first Magic Mike movie so I was hoping that this second go-round would be just fun. I am very pleased to share the Magic Mike XXL is a LOT more fun then the first movie was. You should know right off the bat that the central “story” is a very simple one. The development of that plot is … well … nonexistent. But MMXXL isn’t a movie you see for plot, it’s a movie you see to have fun with. There are more dance sequences and lots of skin … and Joe Manganiello‘s full bare ass in the first 5 minutes, so, yes … it deff gets two enthusiastic thumbs up from me. More »
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After far too many weeks away, I finally made my way back down to Anaheim, CA to spend the day with my friends at Disneyland. My social club Sons of Anakin held our monthly meeting so it was the perfect chance to meet up with the friends I hadn’t been able to see for a while. Altho it was insanely hot, I really had the best day hanging out with my friends. But, as the afternoon turned to evening, I had to jet back home to LA to meet up with Eileen at the Hollywood Bowl to see Basement Jaxx in concert. We only learned about the Basement Jaxx concert last weekend when we went to the Hollywood Bowl to see Underworld> live in concert. If last week was the perfect chill techno experience, then last night was the perfect dance party rave experience — under the shining stars of Hollywood. More »
The past few days have been a whirlwind of emotions for me, so much so that I’ve had a bit of a hard time catching my breath. As you are well aware, so many things — both big and small — have turned our culture and our country upside down. From the tragedy that came out of South Carolina with that racist terrorist attack to the stunning revolutionary civil rights decision that came out of Washington DC and everything in between … we’ve all been through the ringer for better or worse. I, personally, have been going through some stuff lately and well … it’s been a lot. Thankfully, I’ve been able to find support and love from my friends who, themselves, are dealing with their own issues. Needless to say, change is in the air. But, above it all, is my intense sense of happy pride. This weekend has been full of rainbows and love and positivity for me … and I am just trying to revel in it all for as long as I can. More »
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Yesterday, in the wake of the momentous Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in the entirety of the United States of America, I made my way to the heart of West Hollywood, CA so that I could revel in the jubilant celebration that erupted there. People from all over the Los Angeles area flocked to WeHo to be part of the electric excitement that exploded. Media outlets from all over the area sent reporters to West Hollywood to document it all. It was a really spectacular sight to see. Many of my friends convened in the West Hollywood park to participate in the celebratory rally that took place there, in much the same way we gathered in the very same spot 2 years ago when the Supreme Court invalidated and abolished the Defense of Marriage Act. While there were numerous celebrations big and small all around the country, it was really a wonderful thing to be part of the celebration in West Hollywood. More »
Altho the Supreme Court of the United States stole Shannon’s thunder a little bit by legalizing same-sex marriage here in the US, I’d like to take the time NOW to ask you to join me in celebrating her special day today. Our dear Shannon is on holiday this weekend for her Dirty 30 Birthday so, I’m hoping, she won’t be anywhere near a computer for a while to be distracted by the blog. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t send her all of the Birthday Lurve we can muster today. Shannon’s Facebook profile is a treasure trove of amazing photos of our Shannon, some of which I have collected in this gallery. I know you guys love her as much as I do so let’s wish her the Happiest Birthday ever with the hope of many, many more to come. I am also hoping our girl stays out of trouble while she’s on holiday this weekend … well, maybe she can get into a little trouble ;)
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Yesterday I teased that I was about to do something really cool and today I am happy to share all the deets with all of you. As you may have noticed, I have fallen desperately in love with seeing movies in 4DX where the theatrical experience of seeing a movie is heightened by wind, water, motion, light and other effects choreographed with the film so that the viewer feels like they are in the movie. In all of my raving on the blog and in social media, the folks at 4DX caught wind of my fandom and reached out to me. It turns out that longtime PITNB reader Catherine is one of the 4DX editors responsible for adding the 4DX effects to the movies that get released and she reached out to me with an invitation to visit the 4DX studios in Hollywood to learn a bit more about what they do. As you can imagine, I jumped at the chance to do so. Yesterday was my day to visit and I had the best time ever. More »
So … I have an appointment this afternoon in Hollywood that I’m very anxious to tell you about but … I don’t really want to reveal until it happens. In the many years that I’ve been writing Pink is the new Blog, I’ve been afforded many special experiences and it is my hope that my meeting this afternoon will be among them. As y’all know, I’m a big fan of many things and when I love something, I really love it … and I really love blogging about it. As a result, I am often reached out to by people to experience things like set visits, movie screenings, celebrity interviews, etc. Today, I’ll venture into Hollywood for a similar experience and I’ve literally been counting down the days. I can’t wait! More »
Altho the new Disney/Pixar film Inside Out opened in theaters last Friday, I didn’t find the time to see the movie until last night … almost a week after its release. To be honest, and I’m really ashamed to admit it, I can’t say that I was at all excited to see this movie … from the first trailer I saw last year, right up to release week I was very blasé about the whole thing. After the movie came out and my friend started sharing their thoughts on social media, I started to think I had made a terrible misjudgment. Every single personal review I heard was about how great the movie is. I decided I couldn’t let the week pass by without seeing it so I made plans with my friend Elena to see Inside Out at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood. Having seen the movie I, too, can add my endorsement to growing mountain of praise that continues to pile up as more and more people see this movie. More »
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My good friend Annie Motel will debuting a short film she wrote, directed and stars in at Ham & Eggs Tavern in DTLA tonight and if you’re free, she’d love for you to attend. I have been a fan of Annie‘s work for much longer than I’ve known her personally. She is very skilled illustrator, tattoo artist and, now, filmmaker. For the past few months, Annie has worked on her film, Tabloid BLVD., as a labor of love and tonight she will finally be able to share the project with the public. Click below to see the flyer art for tonight’s event and learn more about Tabloid BLVD. More »
Last night, my friend Eileen invited me to attend a concert at the Hollywood Bowl with a group of her friends and because I always have a great time with Eileen, I was happy to attend. The techno act Underworld were headlining with Jungle as the opening act. Now, I used to be pretty into techno music back in the day (after all, Detroit is the birthplace of techno music) and I am an Underworld fan but, honestly, if it weren’t for Eileen’s invitation, I probably wouldn’t have attended this show. Thankfully, she did invite me because I had a really fun time under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl listening to a live soundtrack provided by Underworld. More »
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