Tuesday, June 14, 2011

LEIGHTON MEESTER & THE INFINITE SADNESS

Leighton Meester performed a sold out show at The Troubadour last night, but the biggest surprise wasn't her Gossip Girl family in attendance - but rather that her musical style seems to have changed more drastically than Jenny Humphrey's wardrobe. 

When I got my tickets a couple weeks ago to see Leighton Meester in concert, I was more overjoyed than perhaps any man in his late twenties should have been. Not that I cared - I was going to see Blair Waldorf LIVE! It wasn't just a blind love, either. While it's true that I've been a Gossip Girl fan since the beginning, I also love the singles she's released over the past couple years. Girl's got a voice! Dance it up!

During my walk over to the Troubadour (and all afternoon prior), my mind was swirling with possibilities. Would Blake Lively be there? What about Dorota? And for the love of all things holy, what if Garrett Hedlund showed up?! I haven't even seen Country Strong yet, but the very idea of GarrHeds up on stage dueting with The Meester was enough to give me heart palpitations.

First reactions as she took the stage? Her hair looked amazing. Loved the bangs. Her choice of wardrobe, though...let's just say that, were this the Upper East Side, Queen B would have banished her before she even had a chance to defend the hippie blouse and skirt with an elastic waistband she was wearing. But I digress! Leighton has been working on some new material - that's the good news. The not-as-good news is that it sounds nothing like "Somebody to Love" or "Your Love's a Drug". 

You see, the opening band "Check in the Dark" is also who she's been making music with lately. And the lead singer (who looked like a less-hot version of Treat Williams back in the day...good try) is clearly sexing/brainwashing her. Leighton's entire set list consisted of song after song of slow, sad, Seattle coffee house music. This isn't a critique of her vocal ability - she can definitely sing - more like frustration over feeling (slightly) baited and switched. No one said anything about an indie rock band! There wasn't a single dance beat in the house.

Probably the most exciting part of the evening concerned the "celebrity" attendees in the audience. Chilling on the second level was Georgina Sparks/Dawn Summers herself, Michelle Trachtenberg! I must say that watching her slowly drift into obvious boredom was worth the price of admission. She was with former Hellcats star/current BFF Aly Michalka. Whatevs.

Serena's grandma CeCe Rhodes (Caroline Lagerfelt) was also in the crowd on the first floor, looking about 20 years younger than she's portrayed on GG. Sadly she was not holding a teacup filled with gin. And heartbreakingly, GarrHeds did not make an appearance. My official theory is that he was busy gettin' bizzy with Armie Hammer.

While the music may not have been my taste, it definitely wasn't terrible. Leighton Meester is still my girl, and she's got my support no matter what her album ends up sounding like. It was just a very different experience than I was expecting going in. I wish she would have at least worn a headband...or played any of her hits.

Cheer up, Leighton! I should want to hug you, but not because I think you might be manic depressive.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

BRUCE OF FINLAND

Evidently being Batman isn't Bruce Wayne's only secret! A scene from the 2011 LA Pride Parade, earlier today. Wonder if it will be a part of DC's upcoming reboot?

The Tom of Finland Foundation's float may lack subtlety, but it's still better than the pickup truck The Abbey was using - with a tacky vinyl banner reminding us of their "Best Gay Bar in the World" title...not to mention their utter cheapness. We now return to our regularly scheduled mimosas!

Friday, June 10, 2011

LUCKY LEMONADE

They say that patience is a virtue, and today is living proof. The eternally handsome and comically-gifted Jason Bateman is finally giving the world what we've been wanting: He took off his clothes.

It's seemingly no big deal, but Jason Bateman (who will forever be Michael Bluth from Arrested Development, to me) is one of those celebrities that always seems to be covering up.

But in honor of Summer, my new heroes over at Entertainment Weekly got him to strip down for one of the bonus covers of their "Best of Summer" issue. The other ones are basically from the neck up, but the money shot (so to speak) features Mr. Bateman sans shirt, pouring lemonade onto his junk.

This seems like a pretty perfect way to kick off LA Pride weekend, no? Happy Friday!


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A FAREWELL TO ARMS

Trevor Donovan will not be returning to 90210 this Fall as a series regular. 'The College Years' claims its next victim, and this time it's personal.

"Well I am stunned. Just stunned. Stunned is the only way to describe just how stunned I am!" Once again, I know exactly how Blanche Devereaux feels. When I read the news from TV Line that my beloved Trevor Donovan would not be coming back to 90210 this Fall as a series regular, for a moment I felt the air leave the room as I sat staring at my monitor like it was a Magic Eye poster.

How could this have happened? Who is responsible? Was it the new showrunner? The network? So many questions. So few answers at this point. What we do know is that, thankfully, TrevDon will be returning as a guest star for a rumored five episodes in season four. But it's not enough.

If for some reason you're not familiar, this past season of BevNiner dealt with Teddy's coming out. It was a big deal, since he was previously established as a heterosexual, not just in backstory but also onscreen. It started out strong, and it got the show some attention (for once). Then after he got a boyfriend who would soon be written off, Teddy would start disappearing for entire episodes at a time. No explanation. Just not there. 

Finally towards the end of the season he made a hot-bodied resurgence, including the closest The CW has ever come to gay porn. Many thanks to the writers for giving us the legendary Spring Break episode "The Enchanted Donkey", featuring Teddy hooking up with his boarding school friend Tripp, played by effing Alan Ritchson. It will live in my heart forever:


So as you can see, it's really a twofold sadness for me. Not only are we losing one of the most perfectly sculpted gifts from the heavens on 90210, but we're also losing another gay character on television. While the TV landscape has changed for gays (for the better) in the last decade, it's disheartening to see it happen so quickly after the character had come out. 

Taking into account his absences, Teddy only appeared in 17 episodes this season. More like 13 if you think about the times he was only seen in the background or given one line. 13 out of 22 episodes. For a series regular! I'll always be appreciative to The CW for making it happen in the first place, but if you're gonna go...go big. I feel a little cheated. And I'm sure some actual high school homos would have appreciated more time with Teddy Montgomery, too. For It Gets Better reasons, or...otherwise. 

All things must end, I suppose. As I write this there does seem to be a sort of finality to it all, what with my Monday nights no longer (almost) guaranteed to include Mr. Donovan. It's hard to say goodbye to characters you love, any way you slice it. But it's been a great ride! A hot, drawn-out, sweaty, great ride. I'll be anxiously awaiting Teddy's swan-song come September.

Monday, June 6, 2011

MIX-N-MASH MONDAYS: 06.06.11

Start your week with some sake! Musically, that is. The infectious track from Jupiter gets remixed by Anoraak, and you can get it for free as this week's download.

Guess what, gang? I actually do listen to other remixes besides those from the geniuses at RAC. This week's track is "Sake" from the Parisian duo Jupiter, remixed by Anoraak. The song was already catchy, but this mix will have you singing "Drink drink some more sake" in record time:

Sake (Anoraak Remix)
Jupiter

As a reminder, this track is hosted by the good peeps at RCRD LBL. It's completely legal/free, you just need to take the minute to sign up for a free account. Happy Monday!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

GROOVY MUTATIONS

Lessons Learned:
X-Men: First Class Edition

Packed with style and dripping with sex appeal, director Matthew Vaughn goes back to the beginning, plays by the rules and still manages to make his own X-movie. Here's what I gleaned from the 1960s power fest!


1. [PROFESSOR X]
  Charles Xavier used to be such a tool! But admittedly, the kind I would totally hang out with.

2. [MAGNETO]  Michael Fassbender is the sexiest man in the goddamn universe. Clothing seemed to grip his body as if even it was aware of this fact.

3. [MYSTIQUE]  Love who you are - go naked!

4. [BANSHEE]  I'm still able to beam like a giddy child, thanks to seeing my second favorite X-Ginger in action.

5. [HAVOK]  Lucas Till as Alex Summers is the perfect candidate for a reboot of the Marvel Swimsuit Issue.

6. [BEAST]  Don't try to change your Hobbit feet. When it comes to genetic testing, things can always get worse.

7. [SEBASTIAN SHAW]  Linguistically, Kevin Bacon's Nazi German in First Class is way better than his Hairdresser Austrian in Beauty Shop.

8. [EMMA FROST]  January Jones can suck power and vitality from the even the bad-assiest of bad-ass bitches.

9. [AZAZEL]  In this interpretation, BAMF! is just Russian for PLOT DEVICE!

10. 
This is easily the hottest X-Men movie to date. Not to mention the most stylin'.


A worthy successor to Bryan Singer's X2, I'm ready to watch this gang of mutants take on a couple more films. They have to find Jean Grey eventually, right?