Saturday, May 12, 2012
Now that President Obama has announced that he supports marriage equality for all Americans, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is asking American citizens to sign a petition to show their support for "Gay Marriage" in the United States.
According to Obama's handlers, the country is facing a critical moment in history.
"We must show that the American people stand behind the President and support extending the rights and responsibilities of marriage to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans," the DCCC underscored in a recent e-mail communication.
Add your name to the petition and stand with President Obama in support of marriage equality at the following link:
Don't 'ya feel better already?
Now, if only I could rustle up a potential mate to make it all worthwhile this end!
Yes, I'm a romantic at heart!
Fans of Sci-Fi action adventures are expected to dash over to the sneak peek screening of "Battleship" at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on Wednesday May 16th!
The much-anticipated flick - presented in association with Universal Studios - is bound to be a blockbuster hit when it splashes on the screen mainstream around the country in a few weeks.
The big budget feature tells the tall-tale about an alien species (known as the "Regents") who descend on planet Earth and set up a power station in the Pacific Ocean.
When a Naval Fleet stumbles across their colony, all galactic hell - understandably - breaks loose.
An all-star International cast is expected to entertain and delight (with a zillion thrills a second, just betcha).
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
(Western & Wilshire)
See 'ya there!
Friday, May 11, 2012
Los Angles Asian Pacific Film Festival..."Prescott Place","Nice Girls Crew" & "Balloons go Pop" intriguing screen picks!
Whenever a film festival rolls around movie critics are faced with a dilemma.
Although there may be dozens of projects to screen - short films, documentaries, and full-length features - the truth of the matter is that the reviewers are hard-pressed to screen more than a dozen-or-so.
For example, journalists will have approximately 160 projects to zero in on when they attend the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival underway currently at three venues locally.
Some journalists rely on industry "buzz" - or word of mouth - to narrow the selections down to a solid few.
Others may throw up their hands in frustration and simply rely on slick the press clippings for guidance, by golly!
But, a smart promotional campaign is apt to manipulate the naive - and ultimately - seduce 'em in to the the plush environs of a movie theatre.
But, the proof is in "the pudding" folks.
As far as I am concerned - a "stinker" (a film that will ultimately bomb at the box office) - is tantamount to bad sex.
For good reason, I perfected my own festival style, which works for the most part.
Once I have selected a bumper-crop of flicks I am excited about screening, I offer up a list of the hopefuls that look promising for my readers at "The Tattler " to check out.
For example, I pen a snippet on each - with the ultimate aim - of piquing the curiosity of movie buffs.
In the final analysis?
Although I may not have been able to attend a worthwhile screening, the fledgling filmmaker will not be left out-in-the-cold (SOL).
Hopefully, my plug will rustle up some much-needed publicity - and buzz - to boost ticket sales.
Just maybe a review, too!
With that in mind, here are a few projects film-goers may want to take in at the LAAPFF.
This short film was shot in black and white and is 23 minutes in duration.
And, it's not entirely a virgin on the film festival scene, either.
The producers have informed me that "Prescott Place" was pretty well-received at the CANNES FILM FESTIVAL in 2011.
One of the actresses - Alexis Iacono - has described the flick as an "homage" to Hollywood classics such as "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane", "Sunset Boulevard", and the "Twilight Zone".
According to the director, the writers have mixed the supernatural and the macabre, with intense surprising results.
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Balloons Go Pop
"Balloons Go Pop" is the intriguing tale about a man's unusual attempt to appease his desires and dark deep-rooted temptations.
According to the producers, the flick basically explores the life of a middle-aged loner with one surprise plot twist.
"Nothing is ever normal when your definitions of love, loss, and lust always blend together," warns the creative writing team who crafted this novel entry at the Festival.
Biker-Fox - who has been described by Variety as a "genuinely singular personality" (the BIKER FOX Documentary) - stars in this moody piece.
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
GIVE UP TOMORROW
"This documentary is a piercing case study of political and judicial corruption among prominent and powerful families in the Philippines," according to filmmakers Michael Collins and Marty Syjuco.
The story focuses on a kidnapping-murder case which triggered a media circus in the late 1990's.
The lone suspect who was arrested and (wrongly?) accused currently languishes in a prison in spite of an outcry from Amnesty International, the government of Spain, Fair Trials International, and the United Nations who maintain he is innocent.
In a nutshell, it's a riveting tale about a young man's struggle to attain his freedom once again.
GIVE UP TOMORROW was a winner of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival's Audience Award and Special Jury Prize Winner for Best New Director.
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
NICE GIRLS CREW
"Nice Girls Crew" is an original five-part series which has been described as a "raunchy Bridesmaids-meets-Arrested Development" no-holds-barred comedy.
Sophie (Lynn Chen) Leena (Sheetal Sheth) and Geraldine (Michelle Krusiec) play their roles to the hilt as childhood "frenemies" who have grown up to find themselves seeking refuge from their isolation in a book club where the subjects of interest are sex (natch!), cannibalism, drugs (and everything else under the sun in not-so-civilized society).
Created and written by Christine Kwon.
It should be a hoot, folks!
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
(Wilshire & Western)
Yes, We're Open
A devoted married couple meet up with a free-spirited polyamorous wild twosome who are "hell-bent" on getting the objects of their affection in-between-the-sheets.
A sex comedy that allegedly romps in the romantic City by the Bay (San Francisco).
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
And, as Bugs Bunny would say:
That's all for now, folks!
When I checked my e-mail this morning, I spied a message from President Barack Obama, in respect to his stand on "gay marriage".
I had no idea I'd ever be on a first-name basis with the Commander-in-Chief!
For those of you who have been hiding under rock - or off the planet over the past twenty-four hours (too much bud, maybe?) - I am publishing his communication verbatim.
Today, I was asked a direct question and gave a direct answer:
I believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
I hope you'll take a moment to watch the conversation, consider it, and weigh in yourself on behalf of marriage equality:
I've always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally. I was reluctant to use the term marriage because of the very powerful traditions it evokes. And I thought civil union laws that conferred legal rights upon gay and lesbian couples were a solution.
But over the course of several years I've talked to friends and family about this. I've thought about members of my staff in long-term, committed, same-sex relationships who are raising kids together. Through our efforts to end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, I've gotten to know some of the gay and lesbian troops who are serving our country with honor and distinction.
What I've come to realize is that for loving, same-sex couples, the denial of marriage equality means that, in their eyes and the eyes of their children, they are still considered less than full citizens.
Even at my own dinner table, when I look at Sasha and Malia, who have friends whose parents are same-sex couples, I know it wouldn't dawn on them that their friends' parents should be treated differently. So I decided it was time to affirm my personal belief that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
I respect the beliefs of others, and the right of religious institutions to act in accordance with their own doctrines. But I believe that in the eyes of the law, all Americans should be treated equally. And where states enact same-sex marriage, no federal act should invalidate them.
If you agree, you can stand up with me here.
The broadcast airwaves were awash all night with the sensational revelation that Mitt Romney allegedly bullied a young man when he was an eighteen-year-old senior attending an exclusive private school in Michigan.
According to the Washington Post, the Republican candidate “led a posse of students in a charge against a boy” because of the way he groomed himself.
“He can’t look like that,” Romney allegedly whispered to a friend at the time.
“That’s wrong. Just look at him!”
The post went on to accuse Romney of having “tackled the youth and pinned him to the ground" – at which point – he allegedly hacked off the lad’s “girlish” blond locks.
Because the gentleman in question succumbed to cancer a few years ago probing members of the media have been unable to verify the facts first-hand.
As handlers for the Presidential hopeful scrambled to curb damage control, Mr. Romney was inclined to tackle the accusations at first blush.
After noting that he couldn’t recall – with specific detail – the events of the “bullying” incident, he was inclined to offer up an apology.
But, on the heels of the response, he was quick to assert also that the fellow student’s sexually orientation was neither here-nor-there in any event.
“I’ll tell you,” Romney chuckled, “the thought that the fellow was homosexual was the furthest thing from our minds back in the 60’s, so that was not the case. But as to the pranks that were played back then, I don’t remember them all, but again, high school days, I did stupid things…And if anyone was hurt by that or offended, obviously I apologize for that.”
Personally, I believe Mr. Romney, though I am not an active Republican or a political supporter.
What he says is true.
In the 60’s, my generation – friends and fellow artists – experimented with bisexuality. Some turned out gay, others remained straight. No big deal!
My heart goes out to the youth of today who are bullied and beat down by their peers when they struggle to "come out" in a so-called civilized society.
Meanwhile, high-profile anti-bully supporters have jumped into the fray.
For example, Matthew Shephard’s mother (her son was murdered in 1988 because he was gay, if you recall) was quick to denounce Romney’s alleged behavior.
“While this may seem an innocent prank to some, it was an act of torment against another child for being different. We expect people we elect to leaders in the charge against bullying so that all students are afforded the right to learn and grow in an environment free of fear,” she argued vigorously.
To some, the timing on this breaking news is mighty curious.
Now that President Barack Obama has come “out” and stated his position in support of gay marriage, it appears that the issue is a political one launched by persons unknown on Washington Hill behind-the-scenes.
But, reporters are sure of one thing, it seems.
“It was not a blind item that was thrown out on the Internet. The story has been collaborated by witnesses who were there,” noted one anchor at a major news network.
Even so, some pundits are predicting that – ultimately – Mr. Romney’s bid for the Oval Office will not be affected by the scandal.
Stay posted for updates.
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival...Bill Paxton, Bai Ling & Eliza Coupe dazzle at premiere of "Shanghai Calling"!
The DGA rolled out the red carpet, and a frenzied paparazzi jockeyed for position three-deep shoulder-to-shoulder last night, as a smattering of high-profile Film & TV celebrities paraded to their seats at the tony premiere of "Shanghai Calling".
Security was tight!
Under the watchful (discreet) eye of a posse of security guards hovering on the sidelines, well-heeled guests sipped on exotic cocktails, nibbled on delectable designer sweets (by cercle sucre, Curbside Cravings, and Tasty Clouds), and chatted each other up non-stop.
There was quite a buzz in the air alright!
The other day I reported in a post that a handful of Asian American actors were landing plum roles in the mainstream, Tattler readers may recall.
Last night, that was one of the subjects on every one's mind.
"We used to be cast in stereotypical roles, but now casting is wide open," one actress noted in so many words.
"People want to see Asian faces up on the screen," piped up another.
Some, like Alan Ruck (Shanghai Calling; Ferris Beuller's Day Off), were excited about major changes in China of late, which have been transforming the film industry.
"There will be a lot more co-productions," he noted to an inquisitive press corp which hung on every word.
The director of "Shanghai Calling" - Daniel Hsia - was beaming.
"When I came to Los Angeles ten years ago, it was a struggle. To be screening my film tonight at the DGA is a dream come true. I have to thank VC Communications (who sponsor the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival each year) for their support."
Bill Paxton (Titantic) - who is starring in "Shanghai Calling" - was low-key and down-to-earth when he sauntered through the door in casual attire.
But, once he stepped onto the red carpet, he lit up and charmed everyone within shouting distance.
In fact, he literally wowed the paparazzi and guests alike, as he posed for posterity in the glare of the spotlight.
Bai Ling - who wasn't initially acknowledged as a potential show - strode in and just-about stole the glittering show.
Ravishing! Exotic! Sexy!
Tattler readers may recall that Ms. Ling has been featured on this site on many an occasion in the past.
From my perspective - the sensual beauty - is a lot more calm and serene these days, though.
Eliza Coupe was a stand-out, too, in an exquisite designer gown which flattered her striking features.
So photogenic, that gal (very pretty, too).
Sean Gallagher (Shanghai Calling), Brian Tee (Fast & Furious), Jodi Long (Law & Order), Joy Osmanski (Wedding Palace), and Lynn Chen were crowd-pleasers, too.
The festival runs May 10th - May 20th!
Check out my run-down of the upcoming events.
Stay in touch for updates!
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Martin Sheen and son – Emilio Estevez – are slated to appear at a book signing at Barnes & Noble at the Grove tomorrow evening (May 11th) at 7 p.m.
The winsome twosome will unveil their book – “Along the Way” – and chat up fans and book-lovers alike anxious to have their copies signed up-close and personally.
The organizers promise an entertaining evening – at which – Sheen & Estevez are expected to share amusing anecdotes and behind-the-scenes looks at the film industry (and the roles they play in it).
Although I have not met Emilio, I was fortunate to work with Mr. Sheen on a TV MOW for CBS which was titled “News at 11” (one of the reasons I sign off with that phrase at the Tattler, by the way).
I found Martin to be quite down-to-earth and generous with his fellow actors.
No word from their handlers if bad boy Charlie will turn up out-of-the-blue.
I worked on two projects with Charlie ("The Boys Next Door" and "The Rookie") - in a small capacity - mind you.
On those occasions, I personally observed that the former “Two And a Half Man” television star to be focused, polite, and professional in every respect.
Of course, that image was shattered last year when Charlie flipped out.
But, the “man” is slowly – and surely – making his way back.
By the way, Charlie, I have a blanket with the face of a tiger weaved on it.
You’re welcome to borrow it anytime, if ‘ya feel the need, eh?
Stay posted for updates.
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival...Bill Paxton & Daniel Henney to attend premiere of "Shanghai Calling"!
Tonight the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival kicks off with a big splash at the DGA with a dazzling red carpet premiere of “Shanghai Calling”.
At press time the organizers announced that a smattering of celebrities are slated to appear at the glitzy soiree in West Hollywood.
Bill Paxyon (who stars in Shanghai Calling) is expected run past the gauntlet of paparazzi with co-star Daniel Henney and Director Daniel Hsia for starters.
In addition, quite a few of the high-profile actors starring in a number of the projects being screened during the course of the ten-day event are also expected to turn out in full force to make for a glittering night.
I’ll have my video camera ready to capture the likes of Alan Ruck (Ferris Beuller’s Day Off), Randall Park (Supah Ninjas), Lynn Chen (Yes, We’re Open), Susan Hirasuna (KTTV Anchor), Brian Tee (Fast & Furious), Parvesh Cheena (Outsourced) as they trot into the theatre to catch “Shanghai Calling”.
Tattler readers may recall that I published a post a few weeks ago outlining the highlights of the annual film festival which has become a monster event that folks in this neck of the woods look forward to each year in May.
Of course, film buffs won't want to miss the "gala" features being screened throughout the festival which include Shanghai Calling, Sunset Stories, Valley of Saints, Yes, We're Open, and Joyful Reunion (to name a few).
See 'ya there!
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Dazzling Liza Minnelli is slated to appear at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on May 12th (2012).
The venue - formerly known as the Las Vegas Hilton - recently changed hands.
Expect to be fully entertained - and charmed - when Judy's darling little girl struts out on the stage once again!
The wide-eyed beauty first garnered attention when she appeared on stage in the hit play "Best Foot Forward" many moons ago.
A year later, Judy Garland (her celebrated mother) invited Liza to appear on stage with her for a show at the London Paladium which rocked the house!
In fact, the thrilling entertaining show sold out so quickly, that a second night was added to to the roster to meet the outcry for tickets.
Liza's performance in London ended up being a major turning point in her life, by the way, both professionally and personally.
Fans may recall that Liza nabbed a much-deserved Tony award at the tender age of 19 for a memorable role she played in "Flora the Red Menace".
Then, a scant five years later, Ms. Minnelli was honored with an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of Pookie Adams in "The Sterile Cuckoo"(1969).
But, all the accolades really came to the fore in 1972, when she won the coveted Oscar for her brilliant performance as Sally Bowles in the movie "Cabaret" (which she is probably best-known for).
Since then, Ms. Minnelli has worked steadily in film, stage and music.
And, there has not been any looking back for the immensely talented (and popular) show-biz talent.
Break a leg, Liza (with a "Z").
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With the Summer Olympics on the horizon, there is a definite buzz in the air, especially in respect to Olympic medalist Michael Phelps.
According to the athletic stud, he’s in top form and ready to "reach for the gold” once again.
“I’ve been lifting weights and bulking up,” the handsome swimmer beamed in one interview on the talk-show circuit this past week.
But, things have not always been hunkie-dorie since Phelp’s glory days in Beijing in 2008.
“For a while, I found it difficult to crawl out of bed. I stayed at home a lot”, he fessed up, when probed about those seemingly endless foggy days below the radar.
“There was a time when Michael missed six weeks of training,” his trainer recalled with disdain.
The only place where the celebrated sports figure would dip his toe in the water was poolside in glitzy Las Vegas.
And, who could forget that nasty run-in with the law, which shook up his once “squeaky-clean” image and caused an uproar in the ranks.
After a publicity still caught Michael in a stupor sucking on a “bomb”, his mother’s knee-jerk reaction was typical of most parents.
“What were you thinking, Michael?”
Then, one fine morning, he snapped out of the deep funk out-of-the-blue ready to train for the Summer Olympics slated for 2012.
At this juncture, Phelps slyly refuses to acknowlege for the record how many races he will compete in (or which ones he has his sights on winning).
He has been candid about the potential outcome, though.
It’s doubtful he will duplicate his remarkable performance in Beijing, he has conceded in so many words, to all within earshot.
Some are astounded that Phelps has bounced back.
One sports writer put it this way:
‘He’s hovering in the stratosphere right now.”
An unknown quantity?
Evem still, NBC will be there for the winning streak – if and when – it surfaces once again.
For the first time ever, the Network intends to cover every event that Phelps competes in, once the Olympics start up June 25th in London.
The sports writers – and odds-makers in Vegas – are whispering that the troubled Gold Medalist faces two potential threats at the meet.
Of course, they are referring to Ryan Lochte, and rivals on the Australian team who are fast and sure (and determined to glide to the finish line first).
Meanwhile, Phelps is grounded in reality as the big event approaches.
“I can only prepare myself,” he quietly concludes.
Avoid the “buds”, “booze”, and “broads”, too, Michael.
Betcha 10-to-1 that the kid can, folks!
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Fans of legendary crooner of yesteryear - Neil Sedaka - were treated to an intimate meet & greet at a book signing with the artist at Book Soup this afternoon in the heart of the creative city (West Hollywood).
When Mr. Sedaka strolled into the room towards the podium, I was immediately struck by the warmth of the man.
His kind face, twinkling eyes, and gentle nature spoke volumes too.
Mr. Sedaka - who was casually-attired in a simply-styled blue shell windbreaker (teamed with matching slacks and a tasteful dress-down shirt) - was on hand to chat up book-lovers about his latest writing endeavour - a children's book titled "Dinosaur Pet" - which he is mighty keen on.
The curious tale is about a young boy who stumbles on a dinosaur egg - and the hilarious scenarios that magically unfold - when it hatches and spreads untold havoc at his family home.
"Dinosaur Pet" is the pop singer's second book.
The first - "Waking up is Hard to Do" - was quite popular (and racked up sales) on Amazon.com, so I expect the one he was flogging today will fair just as well.
For avid trivia buffs, the afternoon was quite revealing, too.
Mr. Sedaka noted that "The Diary" was written for Connie Francis.
"The idea of a woman who writes in her diary and locks up her thoughts with a key intrigued me," he confided to the rapt crowd.
When asked about "Stairway to Heaven", he was quick on the uptake.
"My Stairway to Heaven was written before Led Zeppelin's," he chortled, after noting that titles for songs could not be copy written (hence the two different tunes from artists who are jarring opposites in the musical realms).
During the Q & A, I noted that because I was blessed with older sisters, I was introduced to his music when I was a mere lad.
After blurting out that "Oh, Carol" was one of my favorite songs, I proceeded to quiz Mr. Sedaka on his inspiration for the hit single.
"Was there a Carol," I probed innocently.
He paused for a moment - a bit surprised perhaps? - then fessed up.
"I was in love with a girl named Carol who I dated for over a year," he informed us matter-of-fact.
"Her name was Carol King."
The guests in the room nearly fainted dead away.
At this juncture, Sedaka reflected on one oddity in respect to his boyhood haunts.
"Carol King, Barry Manilow, Barbra Streisand and I all lived in the same neighborhood."
Was there something in the water, do you suppose, that turned out such a bumper-crop of wildly successful (distinctive) pop vocalists of the day?
At one point, Sedaka fondly recalled his career ties with Dick Clark, and the showman's generosity.
"He introduced me on American Bandstand when I was an unknown artist."
And, the down-to-earth Sedaka also noted for the record, that he appeared on Dick Clark's first New Year's Broadcast way back when.
When one rapt music-lover probed Sedaka about his composing process, he was pretty forthcoming.
Sometimes he starts with the lyric, other times the melody.
"I call the tunes sandwiches. A bit of bread here, a bit of meat in the middle, with more bread at the other end."
No wonder fans have gobbled up his music over the decades!
By the way, Sedaka's parents pushed Neil to pursue a classical music career when he was a boy.
"So, I attended Julliard," he shrugged.
Obviously, judging from his training and background, it has not been just a "God-given" talent that has propelled his career along over the years.
After graduating from Lincoln High School, Sedaka formed a band called "The Tokens".
The close-knit group soon racked up hits like "While I Dream", "I Love My Baby", "Come Back, Joe", and "Don't Go".
Then, Sedaka launched out on his own in 1957.
Early on, the outgoing performer demonstrated a unique ability as a solo singer - and as a result - he was snapped up by RCA Victor.
Sedaka started churning out top singles from 1960 to 1962 which included "Stairway to Heaven", "You Mean Everything to Me", "Calendar Girl", and "Breaking Up is Hard to Do", to name a few.
At that point, there was no looking back as Sedaka became successful in the American mainstream.
Much continued success, Neil!
Tropfest and the Cosmopolitan Hotel are collaborating to launch the short film festival in the "City of Lights" in the month of June.
The much-anticipated celluloid extravaganza will celebrate Tropfest's 20th Anniversary with special guest appearances by Delta Spirit, LP and Allen Stone.
During the week-long event, an "All Star" competition will be hosted by comedian Rob Corddry, and ultimately put the spotlight on TropFest's top films for the past twenty years.
Celebrity judges will select an overall winner from 16 finalists at a dazzling soiree to be held at The Boulevard Pool.
The fest's organizers are inviting guests (filmmakers, too) to submit their best short film (2 minutes max) for inclusion in an upbeat competition.
The entry must be based on the theme "Road to Vegas".
The winner will nab a three-night dream vacation at the Cosmopolitan Hotel during TropFest 2012.
I already put on my creative "thinking" cap, folks!
Just maybe, I'll submit a sizzling-hot entry, too.
Good luck, eh?
See 'ya there!
Randall Park, the star of Nickelodeon's "Supah Ninjas", is slated to appear at the screening of - "LOVE, NY" - an Official selection and Programmer's pick at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
The much-anticipated flick is scheduled for a May 12th premiere at 10:00 p.m at the Director's Guild of America.
The romantic comedy - also starring Jae Suh - is a tale about a lonely tourist (Suh) who meets up with a jaded New Yorker (Park) out to take her on a memorable adventure in the "Big Apple".
Critics have hailed the flick a "refreshing take" on culture clashing.
Randall Park is one of a handful of Asian American actors who have had the great good fortune to land major roles in the mainstream in recent years.
Last year, I interviewed Mr. Park on the red carpet at the DGA and found him to be outgoing and down-to-earth.
Undoubtedly, his success in front of the cameras is very much deserved.
The project was directed by award-winning Taiwanese American Filmmaker Vincent Lin for Valiant Pictures.
Valiant Pictures is an innovative company that has risen up in the ranks of late.
The company focuses on film projects that are compelling and memorable in respect to storytelling.
In addition, Valiant has fingers in media-rich areas of production such as in the lucrative field of commercials, music videos, and digital content.
Matthew D'Amato (the founder/producer) is best-known for his collaborations with award-winning directors on the high-profile commercial end for such products as Nike, Axe, Puma, Coke, AT&T, Guitar Hero, and Skittles, to name a few.
Catch the flick if you can, eh?
Overnight, the broadcast airwaves were all awash with the titillating news that John Travolta has become embroiled in a sex scandal of epic proportions.
For starters, a masseur has alleged in court documents filed this past week, that the “Saturday Night Fever” star not only exposed himself – but, also - “groped” the man (yes, it was a dude, folks) while his magic fingers were working wonders on Travolta’s unsightly overweight bod.
Of course, the rumors have circulated in Hollywood for years (and not just behind closed doors) that the handsome high-profile celebrity played both sides of the fence (if you catch my drift).
Has his marriage just been a sham to cover-up his after-hours escapades in-between-the-sheets?
Travolta's representative has declared that the litigation is total nonsense.
"This lawsuit is a complete fiction and fabrication. None of the events claimed in the suit ever occurred," a rep for Travolta told Entertainment Weekly.
The incident allegedly unfolded on Jan. 16th.
According to the "John Doe" plaintiff, Travolta asked the masseur to meet him on a street corner, where he later plucked him up off the street in a snazzy black SUV.
At an upscale Hotel nearby, Travolta allegedly stripped down and became "semi-erect" right off-the-bat (no pun intended), at which point he proceeded to suggestively remove a towel covering his ample ass, touched the masseur's private parts repeatedly, and tried to coax the startled male into going farther.
I'm get aroused already, aren't you?
Actually, Tattler readers may recall that I once reported on another seamy incident which landed Travolta on the front-page of one of the National gossip tabloids as.
A porn star swore up-and-down to probing reporters at the low-brow rag (for big bucks, no doubt!) that he had once indulged in a long-term affair with Travolta that proved to be quite profitable for the enterprising exhibitionist.
Because Travolta did not respond to the allegations – or sue for libel on that occasion – most folks assumed that the xxx-rated performer's tawdry sex tale must have been true.
A member of a gym in the Valley also alleged in recent years that John exposed himself in the club sauna.
After noting that John's manhood was quite "impressive", he underscored for the record that he did not respond to the overt sexual advances since he was straight (an avowed heterosexual).
That revelation must have been embarrassing for the talented actor when it hit the fan too.
You’d think that by now, John would have learned, that sexual indiscretions can get a dude into a lot of serious trouble, eh?
Well, you know what they say.
A stiff dick has no conscience.
By the way, at press time a morning daily reported that Travolta’s handlers have vowed that their client will file a cross-complaint to exonerate himself.
I wonder, will the plaintiff have to identify John’s cock to win the suit?
News at 11!
Monday, May 7, 2012
Occasionally, I’m in the mood for an ice-cold beer – especially on a balmy night in an exotic locale such as the desert oasis (Las Vegas) - that's for sure.
So, one evening I strolled out the door of my Hotel room, and on up the strip in search of a thirst-quenching ale.
When I caught sight of an eye-catching neon sign screaming out “Liquor” - I headed in that direction - and soon found myself perusing the coolers row-on-row.
There was quite an assortment of brewskies - in every kind of nifty container (by the bottle and can in small, medium, large, and super large sizes) – to choose from.
But, it was one in a little green bottle – with a smiling guru on its face – that nabbed my attention.
Was that actually a beer?
Or, just hopped-up ginger ale?
Somehow, it seems like "Buddha" and "Beer" are an incongruity of terms, if 'ya know what I mean.
In spite of nagging thoughts at the back of my mind ( "it's probably bitter beer, dude") I found myself reaching for the bottle, striding up the aisle, and reaching into my dog-eared billfold to pay for the curious alcoholic beverage.
A short while later in my Hotel room, I took a swig and - you know what? – I was pleasantly surprised.
Not bad, not bad at all, dudes.
Moments later - I found myself completely in the “now” – and an intriguing state of "beingness".
Was I actually contemplating my belly-button at one point?
Stay posted for updates on the magic properties of Lucky Buddha Beer!
The empty bottle makes a great candle-holder during meditation sessions!
Fans of the rough-and-tumble world of cowboys and steer-roping may be surprised to learn that "gay rodeo" has been ongoing in the desert oasis for over 35 years.
Vegas dudes were out-of-the-closet decades ago!
According to the organizers of a much-anticipated event next week - Out West @ the Library - the first celebration was actually conceived in Reno as a fundraiser for a local Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Dinner.
This year the presentation on May 19th will be highlighted by an insightful lecture, an exhibition of vintage gay rodeo photographs shot by Blake Little, original rodeo posters, historical programs from bygone eras, and rule books from the Nevada local scene.
Catch it if you can.
In the meantime, get along little doggie, eh?
Clark County Public Library
1401 East Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV
Free and open to the public
In a bid to maintain a competitive advantage in the travel industry, Greyhound has attempted to lure customers into the fold with perks like free Wi-Fi (the service is faulty and persistently malfunctions, by the way), special promotions (to destination cities few are interested in realistically pursuing), fare incentives for booking online (reduced rates which amount to a paltry few bucks), and what-have-you.
Unfortunately, Greyhound’s bold-faced efforts to nab a bigger corner on the travel market are thwarted by the rude and insulting conduct of low-life ill-mannered employees who man the company’s stations, a fleet of uncomfortable run-down buses, rip-off storage lockers, acts of racism, and an overall bad attitude (and lousy work ethic) among Managers which ultimately hurts the Greyhound image.
Their motto should be:
"We're Greyhound. We don't have to care!"
For example, whenever travelers need to store a piece of luggage for a few hours in-between travel destinations, they are forced to use “smartecarte” - a locker service that not only physically malfunctions daily (the doors often jam and deny access to the renter) – but also routinely overcharges the customer.
At this juncture, the customer is forced to approach the staff at the Greyhound station for a resolution of the problem, usually with disastrous (and insulting) never-racking results.
For example, one tourist complained that when he approached an employee about a locker which falsely alleged that a payment of $28.00 was due, he was trotted over to a snotty supervisor on duty who proceeded to belittle him for no good reason.
“Sir, you’ll have to wait over there. I’ll get to you,” she barked out in a demeaning fashion.
When the unattractive 300-pounder (with scraggly greasy hair and a ghastly makeup job) finally waddled over at her own pace, she proceeded to give the disgruntled customer a hard time (in spite of the fact he had done no wrong).
“You have to call smartcarte. We have nothing to do with their storage lockers,” she growled at the man, who was understandably taken aback by her gruff behavior.
“I’d like to talk to your superior, then,” he responded politely, once it was evident that the woman lacked any people skills, or even an ounce of the kind of intelligence required to handle the sticky complaint issue.
At first, the impolite woman alleged that she was the only one on duty with the authority to handle the problem.
You know the type!
The woman – “Christina” was her name – was trying to avoid a potential slap on the wrist from her superior in the event the Greyhound "boss" got wind of her inappropriate unprofessional conduct.
In fact, it wasn’t until the customer insisted on speaking to a manager that Christina finally acknowledged that there was a “higher-up” on duty to deal with the issues.
Instead of promptly responding to the customer’s request, though, the combative employee continued with her mean-spirited reprehensible conduct.
“Don’t expect me to jump when you tell me to jump,” she snapped back.
The customer was flabbergasted by her bad manners, but not surprised, no Sir.
After all, you only had to look at the woman to figure out what her problem was.
Fat. Lazy. Uneducated. Racist.
“Christina” was a black woman - and the man complaining about the locker glitch - was a middle-aged white male.
It's important to note that when the “manager” finally arrived on the scene, another "black" individual tried to butt in to protect Christina's fat ass.
"I was standing nearby. She wasn't rude at all," he insisted, with a smug look on his face.
Of course, his statement was a total falsehood, hatched up to discredit the "Caucasian" male's account of things.
To add insult to injury, the "manager" jumped on the band-wagon, too.
“Sir, we have nothing to do with those lockers. You have to call smartcarte to sort it out.”
Of course, you know what that meant.
The hapless individual would probably have to deal with endless tape-recorded messages that spewed out on a toll-free 800 line, be put on hold for hours on end, or find himself arguing with another loser (probably worse than “Christina”) with sh** for brains).
Personally, I think the Manager’s excuses – and her reluctance to initially resolve the problem right-off-the-bat without question – were way off-base.
If Greyhound is going to allow smartcarte on the premises to provide a locker service, they have a legal and moral obligation to their customers to help resolve any problems when they arise at a Greyhound station.
Especially when it comes to the retrieval of baggage, the resolution of payments due, etc.
After all, tourists may have connecting flights to catch!
In a worst-case scenario, a customer may have medicine in their bags to down on a schedule - or a wallet inside - which they desperately need for their travel expenses.
The folks at Greyhound are either clueless to the obvious or just don't give a damn.
I say, avoid this company like the plague, folks!
You'd have to be a masochist to travel Greyhound in the final analysis.