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On this blog you I am going to share my world with you. What can you expect to find here -- First of all lots of sexy men, off all shapes and types, something for everyone, as I can find beauty in most men. You are going to find that I have a special fondness for Vintage Beefcake and Porn of the 60's, 70's, and 80's. Also, I love the average guy, and if you want to see yourself on here, just let me know. Be as daring as you like, as long as you are of age, let me help you share it with the world! Also, you are going to find many of my points of views, on pop culture, politics and our changing world. Look to see posts about pop culture, politics, entertainment, sex, etc. There is not any subject that I find as something I won't discuss or offer my point of view. Most of all, I hope you are going to enjoy what I post. ENJOY!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

14 Young Artists Who Are Changing The Way We Think Of Gender

From: Queerty
Tom Phelan

While actor Tom Phelan plays Cole, a transgender male character on Freeform’s The Fosters, the actor prefers using “they/them” pronouns and is non-binary.

“I still deal with misgendering and violent language and people being jerks in general,” they told Hollywood Reporter

“But I’ve been much more lucky than Cole in that I have a very supportive family and most of the people I’ve come out to have generally been very accepting and kind. I definitely still deal with struggling with access to medical transition and self-image issues. It’s been much easier than the way Cole has had it just because my family has been so amazing.”

Comey Memo Suggests Obstruction of Justice: Trump Asked Me to End Investigation into Michael Flynn

From: Towleroad
 Memos written by former FBI Director James Comey that were “part of a paper trail Mr. Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation” reveal that Donald Trump asked Comey to end an FBI investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s links to Russia.

The NYT reports:

Mr. Comey shared the existence of the memo with senior F.B.I. officials and close associates. The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of the memo to a Times reporter.
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey that Mr. Flynn had done nothing wrong, according to the memo.
Mr. Comey did not say anything to Mr. Trump about curtailing the investigation, only replying: “I agree he is a good guy.”

The White House denied that Trump asked Comey to end any investigation and said that the report was “not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.”


CNN adds:

The memo is the clearest sign yet of potential interference by Trump with the investigation into whether members of his campaign team colluded with Russian officials.
“Three words: obstruction of justice,” said CNN’s senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on Tuesday. “Telling the FBI director to close down an investigation of your senior campaign adviser for his activities during your campaign for president, if that’s true, that is obstruction of justice.”
” ‘Close it down’ is an instruction to stop investigating President Trump’s campaign. Richard Nixon was impeached in 1974 for telling the FBI to stop an investigation of his campaign. That’s what Watergate was,” Toobin added. “If (Comey’s) telling the truth, I don’t know how anyone can see this comment as anything but obstruction of justice.”

Watch:



Rep. Adam Schiff called the developments “disturbing” and said Comey should testify:



Senator Angus King called the allegations impeachable:

365 Groovy Books Worth Reading

From: Deep Dish
61
Someone's in the Kitchen with Dinah: Dinah Shore's Personal Cookbook 
by 
Dinah Shore
1971

My aunt picked this book up at a garage sale a few years ago and correctly thought I might like it (I've been a fan of Dinah's since her talk shows in the 1970s). Dinah tells us exactly how she prepares over 200 of her favorite recipes, including Bill Holden's Marinated Hawaiian Steak and Rice Pudding from the Riviera Hotel (in Las Vegas).

History's 125 Hottest Gay-Porn Stars

From:  Boy Culture

 Does anyone get to enter the Dragon?
 67 
Justin Dragon 
1976—









"Dang" seems to what one should say when one spies a guy who looks like Dragon. Beginning with The Violation (2000), this frequent Falcon exclusive bored a hole into the...let's go with hearts of his many fans courtesy of his sensual performances. Dashing, and in possession of one of porn's best backsides, one that until his recent comeback in a scene with Dylan Reece was not being put to good use.

13 Times Katharine Hepburn Was Queer Perfection

From: NewNowNext
5
“Little Women”

Jo March is one of American literature’s earliest tomboys, so when Hepburn played the role in 1933, it was inevitable she’d help make the character a lesbian icon. Who else could so convincingly deliver these lines about a short haircut: “Well it’s boyish, becoming and easy to maintain… If wearing hair up means becoming a lady, I’ll wear it down until I’m 100 years old.”

24 Obscure Kinks and Fetishes of Gay Men

From: The Advocate
 4
The Vomit Fetish

You know we fetishize everything that comes out of the human body, from semen to piss to tears, so you knew it was coming: the vomit fetish. Emetphilia is arousal from watching people lose their lunch.

Americans Support Impeaching Donald Trump

From: Towleroad
Despite a near constant drumbeat of controversy out of the White House, it still seems unlikely President Donald Trump is anywhere near being impeached by a Congress controlled by his party, the Republicans. But more Americans now support doing so than oppose the idea, according to a new poll released Tuesday. 

The survey from Public Policy Polling (PPP)—a firm that does public polls as well as polling for Democratic candidates—found 48 percent of voters support impeaching Trump while 41 percent do not. It is the first time the firm found more voters supported such a move than opposed. 

Just 43 percent of voters thought Trump would finish out the four-year term as president, while 45 percent thought he wouldn't. That seems to be in alignment with Las Vegas oddsmakers, as Bovada.lv gives betters a 2/1 chance on 2017 being Trump's exit year as president. 

The PPP survey even seemed to illustrate a bit of regret among Trump voters. By a margin of 49 percent to 41 percent, voters said they wished Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton—who won the popular vote by some 3 million votes—was president. Ten percent of Trump voters said they wished the former of secretary of state was president, according to the survey.

The impeachment process would be a long one even if it was triggered by Congress, and it would not necessarily guarantee Trump was removed from office. But numerous experts and scholars have said the president has already done enough to get that process under way, including by seemingly suggesting the FBI's investigation into allegations of his campaign's collusion with Russia played a part in his firing of Director James Comey.

"He arguably could be impeached now," Allan Lichtman, a history professor at American University who is a renowned election predictor, told Newsweek last week. "Arguably he's already obstructed justice and already violated the emoluments clause [regarding receiving gifts from foreign governments]. I'm not saying we should impeach him now, I'm calling for an impeachment investigation."

The PPP survey polled 692 registered voters from May 12 through May 14 both over the phone and online. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.7 percentage points. 

A “Golden Girls” Edition Of Clue Is On The Way

It was Sophia on the lanai with the cheesecake knife!
From: NewNowNext
Move over Professor Plum, Blanche Devereaux is on the case.

Hasbro has announced that Clue: The Golden Girls will soon be hitting store shelves, but don’t worry, your favorite ladies don’t have blood on their hands—more like cheesecake.
 The goal of this version of Clue is not to solve a murder like in the classic game, but as it says on the game’s box: “attempt to solve the crime of WHO ate the last piece cheesecake, WHAT they left at the scene of the crime, and WHICH room they did it in.”


 But to be fair, on The Golden Girls murder might be more forgivable than eating the last slice of cheesecake.

This version of Clue trades tokens like a candlestick or a knife in the original for ones more suitable for sexagenarians including a bathrobe, a purse and lipstick. It also includes six “suspect personality cards” where you can play as one of the women, or a mystery suitor.


 If you’ve always dreamed of roaming around The Golden Girls house then you’re in luck because no location is off-limits in the game. All of their bedrooms, the kitchen and of course, the lanai are cheesecake crime scenes.


 This isn’t the first time that Dorothy and the gang have been found in the toys & games aisle. Last year a collector’s set of action figures were released at New York Comic Con and two years ago a Lego set based on the sitcom’s set was a finalist in the Lego Ideas project competition—though sadly it was not green-lighted.


 A release date has not been announced for Clue: The Golden Girls, but you should start brushing up on your detective skills now so you can help the ladies solve this unspeakable crime.



NY TIMES: Trump Aggressively Attempted To Get Comey To End Flynn Investigation

From: Boy Culture
The New York Times reports that Trump explicitly asked Comey to let go of the investigation into good guy Flynn.

Comey demurred.

Paper trail.

Obstruction.

How much will it take?

Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) has called for Trump's immediate impeachment. Yes, he is a Democrat, but as he points out, this is “not personal, this is constitutional.”

Margaret Cho’s Comedic Drama ‘Highland’ Gets Pilot Order At TNT

From: Deadline
TNT has given a pilot order to Highland, a scripted drama written and executive produced by Liz Sarnoff (Lost, Barry) and Margaret Cho (Margaret Cho: PsyCHO, Drop Dead Diva), who also will star.

Inspired by Cho’s personal history with substance abuse, Highland will chronicle what happens when two extended, dysfunctional Korean-American families who share the same patriarch must come together after tragedy strikes. As it turns out, the most reliable person in both families is the one who just got out of rehab. The pilot is a co-production of Marty Adelstein’s Tomorrow Studios and Turner’s Studio T, with Cho serving as executive producer



“Liz Sarnoff and Margaret Cho’s brilliant script exposes Margaret’s warm heart and bracing humor, balancing powerful emotional truths with laugh-out-loud scenes and characters,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. “Highland continues TNT’s commitment to bringing diverse voices and worlds to television. We look forward to making a pilot with such a singular talent as Margaret Cho.”

Highland marks TNT’s third project with Tomorrow Studios, which also produces the network’s praised new drama Good Behavior, starring Michelle Dockery, and is currently in production on a pilot for Snowpiercer, based on the award-winning film by Bong Joon Ho. TNT’s development slate also includes pilots for thrillers The Deep Mad Dark and Deadlier Than the Male (working title).

PROWLER PORN AWARD WINNERS 2017

The Prowler Porn Awards, which celebrate the best of British porn, took place this past Saturday evening in London.
Take a look at some of the night’s big winners!
From: Daily Squirt
Best British Cam Performer
Paddy Pass

13 Years Ago Marriage Equality Came To Massachusetts

From: BosGuy
13 years ago this week, Massachusetts became the first state in the United States to perform and recognize same-sex marriage. Today, marriage equality is a reality throughout America from the most liberal to the most conservative of states. Think that a small liberal state in New England can’t still change the world for the better – think again.

Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family…. The decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition.”
– Massachusetts Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, Excerpt from the Goodridge vs. Dept. of Public Health majority opinion mandating the state of Massachusetts legalize same sex marriage

2EROS : Bondi Shorts

From: Homotrohy









 “The S60 Bondi short is tailored to the Bondi lifestyle. Cool off and take a dip in the crystal blue waters of Bondi and sun bake on the fine white sands. Afterwards put on a buttoned shirt and stroll over to one of the many bars surrounding. Bondi shorts are also great for the gym, be the coolest kid doing your squats. Don’t worry about tearing it, it is designed to stretch.” Here are sample images we’ve gotta show you.






“King Cobra” Star Garrett Clayton Helps Take It “Back To The ’90s” In Boy Band Video

"Your entire childhood in under five minutes."
From: NewNowNext
Nostalgia for the ’90s has been all the rage for awhile now, but actors Ben Giroux and Jensen Reed recently packed everything we loved about the decade into one viral five-minute music video that will instantly transport you back to a simpler time.

After an opening scene at a garage sale, the duo breaks out into a rap that name-checks everything from Chumbawamba to Lorena Bobbitt. Several other types of ’90s music are parodied in the video, but it’s the boy band scene that really takes us back.

King Cobra star Garrett Clayton joins the guys in a giant airplane hangar to re imagine the Backstreet Boys video for “I Want It That Way,” which eventually includes appearances by Britney Spears and the Spice Girls as well.

The video already has over 37 million views on Facebook and the song even landed on the Billboard Charts two weeks in a row, proving there’s no end to our ’90s obsession.

“Trading Spaces” is coming back to TV. Here’s why we can’t wait.

From: Queerty
 TLC announced Trading Spaces is coming back to the network, although there are apparently no specific plans of how the show will play out quite yet. More than just a design show, it impacted American culture–particularly that of Middle America, TLC’s target audience.

The very low-budget production hit American TVs in the year 2000 as a fun idea: more than just a home remodeling show, friends moved into each other’s houses for a couple of days and, with the guidance of professional designers and a budget of a meager $1,000, remodel a room for each other, with no knowledge of what was going on in their own places. They tore out cabinets, knocked down walls, and recreated the room. Then each went home to see what their friends had done, and that “reveal,” specifically their reactions when seeing the new rooms in their homes, was TV magic. Sometimes, when the homeowners hated their redesigned rooms, it was very dark magic. And the camera crews just moved on.

This wasn’t just a gore fest of horrifying ruining people’s homes and, perhaps, their personal lives. Trading Spaces introduced American viewers–particularly Middle America viewers, the target audience of the TLC network–to a whole new world, not only of design ideas, but of life. A gay man working as an interior designer was not a groundbreaking idea, but Trading Spaces included biracial couples, it showed same-sex couples–it showed how we live together in the suburbs and have straight friends. It even showed how gay couples sometimes live in ordinary homes just like anybody else. Back then, this was a big deal.

Trading Spaces was based on the British program Changing Rooms, which soared in popularity in The U.K. thanks to the rotating cast of polite, typically British designers and the occasional home remodels that reduced the homeowners to tears. Because Americans are always ready to revel in watching people suffer over trivial concerns, the show was brought to the U.S. with just a few changes to fit audiences across the Atlantic. For example, the American version was led by a couple of different people, most notably an aggressively perky musical theater actress names Paige Davis. The role of pleasant and patient Handy Andy was cast with a very Americanized carpenter, Ty Pennington, who seemed to live on caffeine and sunless tanner.


 Ty was also rather sexy, which made him great for TV, and honestly he was a legitimately good carpenter, which gave him credibility. He became so popular that Extreme Makeover: Home Edition tapped him to host their prime time show, so he left Trading Spaces and was replaced by Carter Oosterhouse, who never stopped smiling and had bigger muscles and his hair seemed to magically repel sawdust. Even in home design, sex sells.

The rotating cast of American designers were a mixed bag of personalities and design aesthetics. The audience consensus was that everyone loved Vern Yip, a delightful (and openly gay) gentleman with impeccable taste. He delivered gorgeous contemporary aesthetic, perhaps with a vintage chandelier he got from some guy he hooked up with years ago and was calling in a personal favor “on sale” at a local antiques store, even though that chandelier was obviously worth more than the $1,000 budget he was supposed to use for the entire room.

Frank Bielec, a jovial, pudgy older gentleman, was almost guaranteed to turn your kitchen into a French country cafΓ© replete with roosters on every wall, which housewives in Middle America simply adored. Genevieve Gorder was a bit of a wild card, as she usually delivered designs that were modern and comfortable, but sometimes she would decide to build you an indoor oasis with clumps of moss stapled to your wall, and, yes, you had to spray that moss every day with a water bottle if you didn’t want it to die. Remember, this was not in a garden; it was inside the house.

Then there was Hildi.



No interior designer in the history of America has stricken fear into the hearts of homeowners like Hildi Santo Tomas. She was the polar opposite of Vern: where Vern seemed prophetic in his ability to give the homeowners what they would love, Hildi seemed to design only what she would love. That includes the mural she painted in a kitchen, which depicted her own face.
Good morning. Hildi is watching you.


Hildi did not just ruin a room. Anyone can walk into a room and just trash the place. No, with Hildi, her remodeling misfortunes had a theatricality to them, as she carefully calculated exactly how to deliver the most gut-wrenching punch of diabolically bad design. Hildi turned a room into a beach theme and covered the floor with sand. Hildi turned another room into a vertigo-inducing circular circus tent, complete with swags of fabric connected in a central point in the ceiling, and used that fabric to hide the room’s trivial features such as the television.

Granted, some of her rooms did end up looking good, but the list of Hildi’s shockers goes on and on and on. Not only did she deliver those designs, but she coerced the homeowners’ friends into doing the dirty work, getting them to complete those tasks like dumping that sand all over their friends’ floor. And Hildi cheered them on and smiled, blood dripping from her fangs, seemingly unconcerned with the idea that somehow those people were all supposed to be friends again after the production finished. There was a unique type of anxiety to be felt during “the reveal” of one of Hildi’s rooms. And it was delicious.

Rounding up the original cast of designers would be futile, especially since most of them don’t even work as interior designers anymore. Frank lives in Texas, where he reportedly teaches cooking classes at an H.E.B. grocery store. Hildi lives in Paris where she’s rumored to be a flower designer, but really she is just married to a French guy, and good for her. Vern and Genevieve are both still on TV working as designers, but on HGTV network shows, not TLC. It is not always in a network’s best interests to use talent from another network.

Dreams of seeing the old gang back together may never come true. The show could be just as fun in a new incarnation; perhaps Instagram could be convinced to become a sponsor, and at the end of the first day of construction, Instagram can publish a single design element to show the homeowners what is going on in their own homes, as a little hint of what’s to come: It would be just enough to send their minds reeling with hope or fear.

“Italian Barbie” goes on homophobic rant after being kicked off Southwest flight

From: Queerty
She’s known as “Italian Barbie” online, but we’re not sure by whom.

Nevertheless, the fledgling, unbelievably obnoxious 25-year old “Internet star” is apparently working overtime to ruin her reputation before anyone even knows who she is.

After being kicked off a Southwest flight, Vanessa Grancagnolo decided to post a homophobic tirade to her Twitter and Periscope accounts.

“Because he’s gay and he’s all sassy,” she shouts. “I am sorry my energy way better, greater than yours. Sassy fag. Sassy fag. Story of my life. 60,000 people are watching you. Where is my mom?”

The hubbub went down last month, after Grancagnolo was asked not to use dirty words after she called her stepdad a dick on the phone.

Displeased with being asked to put a cork in all that cussin’, she decided to get into a fight with the flight attendant — who kicked her off the plane.

Unfortunately for society at large, the plane was still on the ground.

“Gay guy,” she crows. “He can’t deal with a girly girl. Greg emotionally and vocally assaulted me. And physically assaulted me!”

That’s so Italian Barbie.

Check her out below. She’s the most annoying thing to happen to your day:


‘Flash’ Actor Keiynan Lonsdale Comes Out as Bisexual

From: Towleroad
  • keiynanlonsdale
  • I like to change my hair, I like to take risks with how I dress, 
  • I like girls, & I like guys (yes), I like growing, I like learning,
  •  I like who I am and I really like who I'm becoming. 
  • Spent way too many years hating myself, thinking I was 
  • less valuable because I was different.. which is just untrue. 
  • A couple years ago I was able to accept myself, 
  • & it saved my life, but now I've gotten to a new road block 
  • & I feel kind of lost. I gotta take the next step & actually 
  • embrace who I am, which is pretty exciting. 
  • Not faking shit anymore, not apologising for falling in love 
  • with people no matter their gender. I've become bored of
  •  being insecure, ashamed, scared... no one should feel like that 
  • about themselves, especially when there is so much good life to live. 
  • Ya know more & more I see so many young people being their
  •  best / truest selves, it's fucking inspiring... so what have I been waiting for!? 
  • Who knows. Everyone in their own time. I hope we can all learn
  •  to embrace who we are & not judge people who aren't exactly the same as us. 
  • The truth is we are all family, we're all one. Just love. Keiy. ❤
Keiynan Lonsdale, who plays Kid Flash/Wally West on the CW series The Flash, came out as bisexual over the weekend in an Instagram post.

Said Lonsdale:

I like to change my hair, I like to take risks with how I dress, I like girls, & I like guys (yes), I like growing, I like learning, I like who I am and I really like who I’m becoming. Spent way too many years hating myself, thinking I was less valuable because I was different.. which is just untrue. A couple years ago I was able to accept myself, & it saved my life, but now I’ve gotten to a new road block & I feel kind of lost. I gotta take the next step & actually embrace who I am, which is pretty exciting.
Not faking shit anymore, not apologising for falling in love with people no matter their gender. I’ve become bored of being insecure, ashamed, scared… no one should feel like that about themselves, especially when there is so much good life to live. Ya know more & more I see so many young people being their best / truest selves, it’s fucking inspiring… so what have I been waiting for!? Who knows. Everyone in their own time. I hope we can all learn to embrace who we are & not judge people who aren’t exactly the same as us. The truth is we are all family, we’re all one. Just love. Keiy. ❤

Lonsdale is also a talented singer. Here’s a cover of Rihanna’s “Work”.



‘EastSiders’ Season 3 Needs Your Help Getting On the Road

From: Towleroad
The beloved web series EastSiders is coming back for a third season.

After two wildly compelling seasons chronicling the fraught relationship between Cal (creator Kit Williamson) and Thom (Van Hansis), this season of the Emmy-nominated series sends the pair on a road trip from New York to California.

In addition to writer-director Williamson (Mad Men) and Hansis (As the World Turns), season three also features the return of cast members Constance Wu (Fresh Off the Boat), Stephen Guarino (Happy Endings), Willam Belli (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Traci Lords (Crybaby), Jonathan Lisecki (Gayby), Brianna Brown (Devious Maids), Matthew McKelligon (You’re Killing Me) and John Halbach. More exciting cast announcements are expected in the coming weeks.

The new season was filmed on-location in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and California, but producers are seeking an additional $60,000 in crowdfunding for additional shoot dates and post-production. The series’ first two heart-breaking (and darkly hilarious) seasons successfully raised $178,000 previously.

To support the new season, visit EastSiders: Season 3. You can stream seasons 1 and 2 of EastSiders now on Netflix.


‘CBS This Morning’: 20 GOP Lawmakers Declined Our Request to Appear and React to Trump News

From: Towleroad
CBS This Morning asked 20 Republican lawmakers to appear on its broadcast to discuss the latest news about the memo from former FBI Director James Comey that suggests Trump obstructed justice.

None of the GOP lawmakers would appear on the show, and neither would anyone from the White House.

Watch:

#WYSIWYG

From: kenneth in the (212)

#IDAHO: Never Forget Sean Kennedy

From: Boy Culture
Sean Kennedy, shortly before his death
Image via Elle Kennedy
Yesterday was #IDAHO — International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia — and it was also the tenth anniversary of the senseless killing of Sean Kennedy, a 20-year-old gay man.

Sean was leaving a straight bar when he was asked for a cigarette by a guy in a parked car. He generously complied, then was gay-bashed by a guy in the backseat of the car, Stephen Andrew Moller. Moller struck Kennedy so hard it separated Kennedy's brain from the brain stem. Kennedy went down, hitting his head and sustaining further injuries, of which he would die 17 hours later — brain dead for no reason at all.

Moller called a mutual friend of theirs after he attack. His voicemail message is that of a sociopath:

Hey, I was just wondering how your boyfriend’s feeling right about now [laughter]. The fucking faggot … Yeah boy, your boy is knocked out, man. The motherfucker. Tell him he owes me $500 for breaking my goddamn hand on his teeth, that fucking bitch.

Moller later claimed he had no idea Kennedy was gay.

Moller would serve less than one year for taking Kennedy's life, but the murder helped push hate-crimes legislation, a cause Kennedy's mom advocated for until her own health curtailed some of her activities.

This was 10 years ago — what has changed?

Ex-FBI Chief Robert Mueller Named Special Prosecutor for Russiagate

From: kenneth in the (212)
 It's a start. I don't know about you, but I want to know if our so-called president is on Putin's "payroll." House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy can say he was "joking" when he said he thought Trump was all he wants. (No one thinks he meant what he said literally.) But the conversation was before the conventions -- and came just as we learned about the DNC hacking. Paul Ryan totally freaked out and shut the conversation down and tried to exact oaths of silence -- would anyone do that over a "bad joke"?


 The New York Times reports:
The Justice Department has appointed Robert S. Mueller III, the former F.B.I. director, to serve as a special counsel to oversee its investigation into Russian meddling in the election, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein announced on Wednesday.  
The appointment of Mr. Mueller dramatically raises the stakes for Donald Trump in the multiple investigations into his campaign’s ties to the Russians. It follows a swiftly moving series of developments that have roiled Washington, including Mr. Trump’s abrupt dismissal of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, and the disclosure that the president urged Mr. Comey to drop the bureau’s investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn.
“I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authorities and appoint a special counsel to assume responsibility for this matter,” Mr. Rosenstein said in a statement. “My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted. I have made no such determination.”
While a special counsel would remain ultimately answerable to Mr. Rosenstein — and by extension, the president — he would have greater autonomy to run an investigation than a United States attorney.



'Roseanne' to Return This Fall on ABC

From: kenneth in the (212)
 If you never got into "Roseanne" then you really missed out. (That's Roseanne the series, not the person!) Season One, before Roseanne Barr got control of the show, is adorable if slightly formulaic. And Seasons 6, 7, 8 are noticeably inferior. (And everyone knows about "The Lottery" year.) But that period of Seasons 2 through 5 -- when (real) Becky was becoming a rebellious teenager in love (with Mark), Dan lost the bike shop and Darlene was the Queen of Ennui -- was probably the most realistic (and frequently heartrending) depiction of an American family in the history of television. Here's hoping the revamped version does the show justice.


RIP, Glenn Quinn (1970-2002)

California Bungalow, 2017 V E N F I E L D 8


‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Set as NBC’s Next Live Musical

From: Variety
NBC has selected “Jesus Christ Superstar” as the next live musical to head to the network, Variety has learned.

The show follows in the footsteps of NBC’s successful run of live musical events, including “Sound of Music Live,” “Peter Pan Live,” “The Wiz Live,” and most recently, “Hairspray Live.”

All of NBC’s former live musicals have aired during December as a holiday special. In contract, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!” will air on Easter Sunday next year, April 1, 2018.

Based on the 1971 Broadway rock opera, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!” will be executive produced by original creators Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who will also provide music and lyrics for NBC’s show. In addition to the duo, musical vets Marc Platt of “La La Land,” plus Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have both worked with the network on past musicals, are also on board as executive producers.

No stars have been announced, but casting is underway and NBC is looking to cast authentic recording artists.

“As we continue to expand the profile of our live musicals, we are thrilled to be partnering with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to bring a new live staging of the iconic ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ to NBC,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment. “Casting has just begun, but we want to fill out this classic show with as many recording artists as possible to give proper voice to what is the original rock opera score.”

“Jesus Christ Superstar” is based on the final week of Jesus’ life, and features other historical figures including Judas Iscariot, Mary Magdalene, Pontius Pilate, Caiaphas, Annas, Peter, Simon Zealotes, and King Herod.

The musical first opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on Broadway in 1971 and starred Jeff Fenholt as Jesus and Ben Vereen as Judas, and was nominated for five Tony Awards that year. Prior to making its way to the stage, the musical was originally conceived as a concept album that hit no. 1 on the Billboard charts. Since then, the show has been performed in nearly 20 countries and translated into 18 different languages. In the 46 years since its debut, “Jesus Christ Superstar” has been revived many times, including Tony-nominated runs in 2000 and 2012.

“Jesus Christ Superstar” is not the first religious-themed musical to head to the broadcast networks on Easter weekend. Last year, Tyler Perry brought “The Passion” to Fox, which was a partially live modern spin on the story of Jesus Christ’s last hours, though the one-night event garnered mixed reviews and did not bring in a large audience.

For NBC, the network now has a few live shows in deck in addition to “Jesus Christ Superstar” — a live adaptation of Aaron Sorkin’s “A Few Good Men” is expected to debut later this year, along with a live musical version of “Bye Bye Birdie,” starring Jennifer Lopez.

“Jesus Christ Superstar Live!” hails from Universal Television, the Really Useful Group, Marc Platt Productions, and Storyline Entertainment.

‘A Christmas Story’ Live Musical Set at Fox

From: Variety
“A Christmas Story” will be the subject of a live musical at Fox, Variety has learned.

The production, which will air this December, will be based on the Broadway musical version of the beloved film of the same name, about a Midwestern boy named Ralphie who wants nothing more than a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. The film has achieved cult status since its release in 1983, with TBS annually airing a 24-hour marathon of the film during the holiday season.

Marc Platt, who previously collaborated with Fox on “Grease: Live,” will executive produce along with Adam Siegel, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary co-executive producing and writing. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, recent Tony Award nominees for the musical “Dear Evan Hansen,” and lyricists of “La La Land’s” Academy Award-winning song, “City of Stars,” also scored “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” and will compose several new songs for the live television event. It will be produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted Television.

“‘A Christmas Story’ is one of the most beloved holiday films of all time – audiences have made a yearly ritual of re-watching it – and we are so thrilled to have Marc leading the charge in bringing the musical version of that film to television,” said David Madden, president of entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company. “The extraordinarily gifted Pasek and Paul were instrumental in transposing the movie to the stage, and we believe the transition to live television event will be just as entertaining for viewers.”

“A Christmas Story: The Musical” was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Original Score (Pasek and Paul) and Best Book of a Musical. The original Broadway production of “A Christmas Story: The Musical” opened Nov. 19, 2012. The film “A Christmas Story” was written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, based on the novel “In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash” by Shepherd.

Live musicals have proven incredibly popular on broadcast over the past few years. Fox’s production of “Grease: Live” in February 2016 received widespread acclaim in addition to excellent ratings.  NBC also recently announced that they will produce a live version of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” which comes on the heels of successes like “The Sound of Music” and “The Wiz.”

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