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Brent Corrigan Mainstream Film Truth; Benham Bros on HGTV; North Carolina Gay Marriage Licenses

Brent Corrigan Mainstream Film Truth

The mainstream film, Truth, I posted about once before is now out on DVD. It’s being classified a psychological thriller and it stars former porn star, Brent Corrigan. He’s using the name Sean Paul Lockhart.

Truth, a psychological thriller starring former porn star Sean Paul Lockhart (a.k.a. Brent Corrigan), is now available on DVD. The plot follows Caleb (Lockhart) as he pursues a romance with Jeremy (Rob Moretti), whom he met online. As they begin to fall for each other, it soon becomes clear that there is more to Caleb than meets the eye. A troubled past and a mentally ill mother are among the dark secrets he tries to conceal from his new lover, who finds himself tangled in Caleb’s web of lies. Steamy and suspenseful, Truth is a cautionary tale of romance in the digital age that also features a stellar performance from Emmy-winner Blanche Baker, of Sixteen Candles fame. Watch the trailer for Truth below. — Daniel Reynolds

More here…

I find this interesting and I’m going to follow it just to see how…and if…he makes the full transition to mainstream films. I’m not sure it’s ever been done before, and with a gay porn star at that. Evidently, he’s landed a few other small mainstream roles, too.

Since his indie gay film debut as Sean Paul Lockhart in the Charlie David mystery-drama, Judas Kiss, adult favorite Brent Corrigan has managed to make a new name for himself as a legit actor in a mixed bag of indie features including Sister Mary, Triple Crossed and now, the new romantic chiller, Truth. From the film’s trailer it looks like Lockhart gives a pretty convincing performance. He’s the apparently sweet, yet truly Jekyll-and-Hyde kind of guy who anyone might fall for — in this case writer-director-star Rob Moretti.

There’s more here. I’ve often wondered if it’s possible for an author of over 100 gay erotic romance novels and various short stories to make the transition into mainstream fiction. I’m not sure it can be done, but I’ve been aching to try it out. And this might be the year.


Benham Bros on HGTV

I knew this was coming when I first posted about it last week. The Benham brothers who had a show canceled on HGTV for being closely associated with anti-gay organizations are now claiming that HGTV was bullied by the gay agenda. I guess they fail to realize that there are straight people with gay family members watching HGTV, or straight people with gay friends and co-workers watching, too. Or for that matter, gay people who own or are connected to HGTV. That lack of reality always surprises me even though it shouldn’t at this point. Are these guys living in such a hooded environment they don’t know any gay people themselves? It’s actually hard to imagine this anywhere in the US.

In any event, here’s what the two Christians are saying now:

“We love all people. I love homosexuals. I love Islam, Muslims, and my brother and I would never discriminate. Never have we — never would we,” David Benham said in the above clip. “Never have I ever spoken against homosexuals, as individuals, and gone against them. I speak about an agenda. And that’s really what the point of this is — is that there is an agenda that is seeking to silence the voices of men and women of faith.”

I’m not even going to comment. There are numerous articles out that show the anti-gay beliefs…among many other “anti” beliefs that surprised even me. I just wonder how these “Christians” go to sleep at night after dealing with all that hate. And I’m not joking about that.

There’s a lot out about this one. You can read more hereand hereand here… The last link will show you how David Benham is the co-founder of a hugely twisted, unhealthy coalition that causes more damage to gays than school yard bullying with their approach to being gay and Christian.

 Flip Benham’s eldest son, David Benham, is a co-founder of the Coalition and serves as its strategic coordinator.

And they are still crying bully.

North Carolina Gay Marriage Licenses

If Mark Chilton of North Carolina becomes the next Register of Deeds in Orange County, N.C, he’s promised to start issuing same sex marriage licenses even though same sex marriage is illegal in NC.

“I’m a legal scholar as well as a real-estate attorney,” said Chilton Thursday. “And after reading all of the cases that are involved with same-sex marriage that have come down from the federal courts, it seems very clear to me that North Carolina’s state constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage is definitely contrary to the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”

It should be interesting to see what happens if he does get elected and does issue the licenses. I’ve read the legal argument he mentions above before, right here in Pennsylvania. However, Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia, and the Mayor of New Hope flatly refused to perform same sex marriage because it’s illegal in Pennsylvania. Both mayors support same sex marriage publicly. I’ve also posted about the Montgomery County, PA, clerk, Bruce Hanes, who started issuing same sex marriage licenses even though it’s illegal in PA. And a judge ruled against him and ordered he stop issuing the licenses.

At least Hanes went down on the right side of history and he was willing to stand up for something he believed in.

You can read more here about Mark Chilton.

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HGTV Supports Gays; Neil Patrick Harris Naked; Michael Sam NFL Draft

HGTV Supports Gays

There was a new TV show scheduled to come out on HGTV starring twin brothers, David and Jason Benham, this fall. However, after a few questionable issues about the brothers surfaced online, HGTV decided to cancel the show before it even aired. Among other things, a right wing web site posted information about David Benham and his anti-gay opinions.

Those plans have changed after the website Right Wing Watch published a post labeling David Benham as an ‘anti-gay, anti-choice extremist.’

The site posted a recording of the twin on a talk show host speaking about ‘homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation’ and also spoke about ‘demonic ideologies’ spreading in colleges and public schools.

There is also a YouTube video of David Benham speaking at the closing of an abortion clinic last year.

This is how the out-spoken twin anti-gay brothers who had the deal of a lifetime in the palm of their hands responded:

‘With all of the grotesque things that can be seen and heard on television today you would think there would be room for two twin brothers who are faithful to our families, committed to biblical principles, and dedicated professionals. If our faith costs us a television show then so be it.’

My only comment is something I’ve said before on the blog more than once. If you are going to do anything in the public eye, and that thing you are doing isn’t political or religious, shut your big mouth on religion and politics or be prepared to suffer the consequences. This isn’t about free speech or gays bullying the poor twin brothers. This is about free trade and good business practices. HGTV is not a government owned business and many of their viewers are women and gays. I’m sure HGTV doesn’t want to alienate a large chunk of their audience. Last I heard, nothing on HGTV is political or religious. So I look at these things from a purely pragmatic POV and I really feel for people in business who don’t. I have seen the exact same thing happen to authors who speak too often and too loudly on politics and religion, and it doesn’t matter which side you’re on. You’re still going to piss a lot of people off. So unless you’re running for public office, or Pope, keep the religion and politics to yourself if you know what’s best for you. And really, don’t we already have enough politics already. When I tune in to watch House Hunters or Property Brothers I only want to hear about real estate.

You can read more here, where there’s a photo of the twin anti-gay brothers who just screwed up the best deal they ever had.

Neil Patrick Harris Naked

Neil Patrick Harris is on the cover of Rolling Stone, and he’s not wearing anything but a bow tie and a top hat over his groin. Whether or not this is actually Harris or it’s been photo shopped remains to be seen.

In an interview to be published on Friday (9 May), Harris shares how coming out publicly in 2006 has actually helped his career rather than hurt it.

‘Some actors don’t get hired because you can’t look into their soul and see what they’re like, because they’re kept guarded,’ he says. ‘Once all the cards were on the table, I got more opportunities than ever.’

I’m not certain other more serious leading-men types would agree with Harris. I think they still have to be careful about coming out if they want to get the big bucks in feature films like the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey. Just look at what happened to Matt Bomer. It’s still okay for a straight actor to play gayface. We applaud that when Matt Damon does it. But we haven’t worked out all the kinks with gay actors playing straightface. Rock Hudson doesn’t count, even though he should be considered the greatest actor in the history of film just for those scenes with Doris Day.  

You can read more here.

Michael Sam NFL Draft

This week openly gay football player, Michael Sam, will make history when they start drafting players. I think he’s a huge hero and inspiration to all gay men who have never fallen into the typical gay stereotypes. He shows us that there are many different aspects to being gay. It should be interesting to see how things turn out next week.

‘I’ve been thinking about this moment since junior year of college,’ Sam said in an interview Wednesday with Good Morning America.

‘It’s a very nervous time and a very exciting time. I’m ready for it.’ He added: ‘Where I go doesn’t matter as long as I get to play.’

While Sam is not expected to be a top pick, the league could face a major PR crisis if no teams choose him.

Sam will also receive the well-deserved Arthur Ashe Courage Award this July. He also makes a point of letting us know that he’s not the only gay guy in the NFL and that others are still in the closet.

There’s more here.  

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Brother vs Brother; Frat Pack; Scott Brothers Entertainment

There’s a new TV show coming out this July titled, Brother vs Brother, and it looks like it was inspired somewhat from two members of the infamous Frat Pack, Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller. At least that’s what Jonathan Scott, one of the stars of the TV show, tweeted today. I’m a HUGE Owen Wilson fan, but I’ve never actually seen a Ben Stiller movie, so that’s as far as I can go in that direction.

Aside from all this, I am looking forward to Brother vs Brother on HGTV. I’ve been a fan of their show, The Property Brothers since it started, and I think this new show is going to be interesting. There’s a chemistry between them that most brothers don’t share.

Are you Team Jonathan or Team Drew? Watch web-exclusive videos, read our bloggers’ competition recaps and tell us which brother you’re rooting for!

I’m usually in the corner of adorable Team Jonathan, but I digress.

If you just can’t seem to get enough of brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott, then you’ll love what’s heading your way this summer. Each week on Property Brothers you’ve witnessed their playful jabs and friendly competitiveness. Well now, you can watch them go head-to-head on HGTV’s newest show, Brother Vs. Brother. The brothers will lead two teams, Team Jonathan and Team Drew, and work to add value to two homes. The last team member standing will win a whopping $50,000 cash prize! – See more at: http://blog.hgtv.com/HGTVersus/category/brother-vs-brother/#sthash.T8BLhR7y.dpuf

For those who are not familiar with the Frat Pack, you can read more here. I find it refreshing to see that something like Brother vs Brother promo photo was inspired by Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller. It rings of the kind of parody I enjoy most, and also the kind of parody a lot of people don’t always understand. In any event, I think it’s going to be an interesting show.

Here’s a link to the their web site, where you can also read about JD Scott as well. I find their honest tweets and facebook updates refreshing, especially those regarding the recent SCOTUS rulings JD posted. It’s nice to see they aren’t afraid to speak up and talk about what they believe is right. We don’t see enough of that lately.

"Vanilla Ice Goes Amish;" Brian Stelter on Morning News; Authors Should Post with Care

When I say Vanilla Ice goes Amish, I’m speaking about his TV series with HGTV Network that deals with flipping houses, “The Vanilla Ice Project.” And this year they sent Vanilla Ice to Amish country to learn about Amish skills.

A new spin on the rapper’s three-seasons-old house flipping series The Vanilla Ice Project, the new show sends the ’90s pop culture icon to Amish Country to learn crafting from the famous woodworkers. It will premiere later in 2013.

The article also goes on to mention other famous celebs with home improvement shows, and a few spins on popular existing shows. Tony and I watch these shows all the time, especially Property Brothers. And I can’t wait to see Vanilla Ice tackle his new Amish show…or anything. I also find it interesting because I hear from Amish readers all the time and I’ve become interested in Amish culture more than ever before in the past year.

Brian Stelter Talks about Morning News

I don’t think it’s a secret that the world of TV news in general is, and always has been, highly competitive…to the point of cutthroat. We aren’t talking about simple people with simple dreams here. We’re talking about driven professionals who know what they want and will do anything to get it.

Brian Stelter, who launched TVNewser almost 10 years ago, is now a published author. “Top of the Morning,” out today, lays bare a tumultuous year for network morning news shows which saw one anchor pack her bags, another face a serious health issue, a ratings leader fall — and lose a quarter of its audience — and an entirely new show launch.

TV viewing habits in general have changed. And I think a lot of it began during the 2008 Presidential elections when all things Internet seemed to take off for President Obama. A good deal of his support, both financial and emotional, came from the Internet. The President was smart enough to realize this, and so were his campaign managers.

As someone who works on the Internet and is used to getting all my news from the Internet now, I almost find it a little silly to watch morning news shows these days. This morning I had to sit and wait in a doctor’s office and suffer the fresh hells of morning news for over an hour because I had no control over the remote. No one else was paying attention either. The way these old formatted TV news shows are done just seems so old fashioned to me. And I usually get my news faster online than I could ever get it on TV.

In other words, I know people who don’t watch TV anymore at all. They stream shows from the Internet, and that’s were they get all their news. And TV news has become such a highly subjective media outlet these days, people who don’t agree with the politics of a network like CNN will just stop watching that network’s news altogether. So I’m not certain where this will all end up for TV news, especially in the morning. But I doubt the people who have left TV for streaming Internet are ever going to go back again. I’ve heard some claim we’ll be seeing the decline of TV as we know it very soon. Whether or not this will come to pass isn’t certain yet. But if TV is anything like publishing there are many changes in store.

You can read more here about Stelter.

Authors Should Post with Care

This is just my own little comment on authors who post things on social media. Last night I read something an author posted in jest about a personal experience, and at the end of the post the author mentioned the Vietnam war in a way that was supposed to sound funny but came off sounding very insulting to anyone who served in Vietnam, to anyone injured in Vietnam, and to anyone with an ounce of sense who knows anything about the Vietnam war. It made the author look transparent, amateur, and dumb.

Seriously, the people who served in Vietnam deserve all the respect they can get. There are still veterans suffering from the effects of that war…not to mention their families. And these good, brave people don’t deserve some two bit author with a small start up e-press from nowhere making jokes about doing tours of duty in Vietnam some forty years later.

If you aren’t old enough to remember Vietnam, don’t talk about it in jest. Think before you put anything in print on social media. You’re only going to piss a lot of people off and you’ll probably never even know it.