Scissor Sisters, Oh My Scissor Sisters!

Welcome back old friends!…I don’t usually buy cds anymore, thanks to iTunes and emusic (by the way, you can download Night Work on emusic, I didn’t realize it until last night) however, sometimes, and only for my true music likes, I’ll buy the cd…I’m sorry, but that Robert Mapplethorpe photo of ballet dancer Peter Reed’s ass is very enticing, how could you not buy that?…and believe me, it’s a sign of the type of scandalous, dirty songs you’ll find on the Scissor Sisters’ third album…I wore out their debut album, but Ta-Dah!, not so much…not that it was a terrible effort, it just lacked a lot of true pop goodness…Night Work doesn’t have one ballad on it, it’s nothing but sweaty beats and dirty thoughts…it’s how a Scissor Sisters’ journey should play out…this time out, the band pays homage to the Studio 54 lifestyle, Kraftwerk, Pink Floyd, etc….I’m not sure if the Sisters will ever reach American mainstream success in their home country of America–they are HUGE in the U.K–but true fans, like myself, don’t care…if it’s good and it makes me feel good, that’s the key…and they are the one band I would die to see live…Go get Night Work now!

The Real L Word: I Don’t Know What To Say…

Honestly, I don’t know what to say…no, I wasn’t expecting a real-life L Word, but I think the producers, one of which is L Word co-creator Ilene Chaiken, is trying to make the ladies like the characters we all once loved, then hated…and I’m not happy with the concept…well, your obvious “Shane” is Whitney…someone who can’t settle down, yet she flirts and she eventually has sex with Sara pronounced Sada, a friend visiting from San Francisco…we see her run into a recent hook-up at a bar while she’s trying to focus on Sara or whomever she fancies…she also introduces the lay viewers to the term “Pumps or Pants”…Pumps=Femme, Pants=Butch…I don’t think I needed that explained…and Whitney also said LA lesbians are “more polished”…WTF???…yeah, so I basically suck!…is that what she/they’re trying to tell me…we see Whitney interact with another cast member, Tracy, the film executive..sound familiar Tina fans???…at a bar…now, we are led to believe these 6 cast members don’t know each other at all…I’m not buying it…Tracy, to me so far, is the most likeable…she’s sort of a newbie, came out at 26, which is the same age I did…she’s in a new relationship with a woman who has 3 little kids…WHOA!…twins, who are biologically the girlfriend’s and one, who is biologically the ex’s…so LA…
If you are looking for a Bette and Tina, you’ll find it Nikki and Jill, who are planning to get married after a year together…you’ll recognize Nikki from one of Oprah’s “Lesbians Later in Life” episodes…she obviously broke up with the poor girl she shared the stage with on the talk show…and she’s moved on to Jill, who she went to summer camp with 20 years ago…it kind of makes your head hurt after a while, and so does seeing the ladies dressing alike and giving each other pedicures…they have matching Mac laptops they stare at for wedding attire ideas…Nikki wants a suit, Jill wants a dres…Pumps and Pants, remember???…although I don’t see Nikki as butch at all…we see them meet with a wedding planner who quotes them a rather costly price for her services…again, it’s LA…they are the most annoying…
We meet LA Fashion Week guru-wannabe and definitely Pants girl Mikey early on…she’s not a Shane, in fact, she’s in a committed relationship with make-up artist Raquel, who is femme…Mikey is very butch, but she has a soft side…awwwwwwwww…but when it comes to casting models, don’t mess with her!…and all that strap-on talk in the press for the show, not Mikey ladies!…
Rounding out this lesbian circus is Rose, who Papi on The L Word was loosely based on, yeah right…she used to be a Shane, but now she has a live-in girlfriend, Natalie who she seems to treat not very well…well, they get along and Natalie knows how Rose is, but she doesn’t think Rose will cheat…I don’t buy that either…there’s even a scene where the couple is hanging out with Rose’s family and Natalie brings up the issue of having kids…if she wants to play that card, play away…I don’t think it’s going to work…you see a lot of upcoming footage of Natalie crying in the couple’s bed at home…yes, the upcoming footage, well if you did see the end of last night’s premiere, you saw Whitney drop off Sara at the airport, roll back around to pick up lane and pick up another girl…shocker!…we’re shown Whitney is balancing at least 3 girlfriends, if not more this season…AND we see Whitney break out the strap-on and she uses it!…and yes!, they show it…I guess you can analyze for yourself what your personal limits are on seeing real sex on reality shows, but since this is on Showtime, I guess they can sort of get away with it…I am torn on the issue, no pun intended…I think it breaks new boundaries, but at the same time, it demoralizes the women/cast involved…
I hate to say, but I think I’m going to continue to watch The Real L Word…if not for guilty pleasure purposes only…yeah, we all know this show will never relfect the various communities and big cities we call home, but maybe we can relate to the scenarios, the substance over style…

Pleasantly Surprised by Get Him to the Greek….

I’ll be honest, I didn’t have the highest of expectations going into Get Him to the Greek mostly because I was sick of seeing Russell Brand…oddly enough, his real life is not that different from his womanizing, drug-addled rock star Aldous Snow…you know by now, this is the second film for Brand’s Snow, the first, Forgetting Sarah Marshall was a huge hit…I had already heard mixed reviews of the film, some said funny, some said not so funny…however, I indulged two of my best friends and I agreed to see it…I’m glad I saw it!…It’s funny, raunchy, irreverent…my kind of comedy…and a great deal of the funny doesn’t come from the stars, Brand and Jonah Hill…it comes from Sean “Diddy” Combs, who plays the overzealous record label president, Sergio Roma…normally, I’m not a fan of Diddy’s…but he nearly steals Get Him to the Greek…I’m sure he drew from his real-life experiences in the music business, but he was wise to overact in those similar scenarios…I guess his only short fall is that he doesn’t look that threatening…Sergio is a master of mindgames and wit…and to shift gears, the music of Snow’s fictional band, Infant Sorrow, is really good!…and Brand sings!….in other words, I recommend Get Him to the Greek, especially if Toy Story 3 is sold out…
**NOTE: I’m thinking about recapping The Real L Word on the blog, I’m going to watch the first episode tonight and see if it’s worth it.**

If I Had…Tickets!!!!

I’m not sure my quest to see Glambert in concert will pan out…yes, he’s coming to Evansville, IN too–September 1st….much, much closer to me than Nashville (SOLD OUT) and Louisville (SOLD OUT)…I spoke with someone the other night on whether he liked Adam Lambert or not…he said NO!…I was a little miffed, but he then explained that Lambert is not making the best choices, thus far, with his career…I think Adam being out is wonderful, but is it hurting his possible pop domination????…that seemed to be my new friend’s opinion…no hating of course…I mean if he can sell out two cities, which yes, are gay-friendly in the bible belt, why can’t he get bigger?…it’s a comfort to know “Whataya Want From Me” at least cracked the top 10, but it’s beginning to sink on the Billboard Top 100…upon further investigation, all of new American Idol Lee DeWyze’s charting efforts are dropping even faster!…well, duh!…it all comes from the curse of this terrible season…I’m still not sure where Crystal Bowersox will end up in all of this…I fear she will sink like a rock as well..hopefully, she can work with some good writers and producers…but then again, she’s not a traditional pop star…we’ll just have to see…and if anyone can hook me up with tickets to any of those Glambert’s shows…let me know!
Oh and here’s Adam’s new video for “If I Had You”….girl, lose the mullet!…LMAO!

Madonna Better Watch Out For Alejandro!

I’m serious about this!…With Lady GaGa’s new 8min and 43sec epic video for her current single “Alejandro”…she ups the ante like never before…we all know Xtina can’t even touch GaGa, much less, imitate her…I pray she doesn’t try to rip off this one…it’s in a class by itself…somehow, GaGa manages to roll Madonna’s videos “Express Yourself”, “Vogue”, “Justify My Love” and a dash of “Like a Prayer” into one truly imaginative mini-movie…it’s as if GaGa re-invents the whole game…which naturally, is what she does best…this is my favorite so far…take some time and awe in GaGa!

A Lady Knows When To Leave…

I don’t know how much more I can take…we’ve lost many actors in the past few days, including Gary Coleman and Dennis Hopper…however, getting word of Rue McClanahan’s passing is devastating…McClanahan had survived breast cancer and she most recently was recovering from triple bypass surgery and a mini-stroke she suffered in January…this morning, she suffered a massive stroke and passed on…
Well all know her well as Blanche Devereaux, the man-crazy Golden Girl, but McClanahan had a very versatile acting resume…hailing from Oklahoma, Rue began acting Off-Broadway in 1957, she made to Broadway in 1969, starring alongside Dustin Hoffman in the musical Jimmy Shine…she then transitioned to soaps, as many starting out actors do, with a short stint on Another World…primetime audiences got their first taste of McClanahan in the hit 70s sitcom Maude co-starring with her future Golden Girls’ co-star, Bea Arthur…I remember Rue on Mama’s Family as Aunt Fran…and of course…The Golden Girls for which she won an Emmy in 1987…most recently, Rue co-starred in the feature film, The Fighting Temptations…all my gays will remember her final role as Peggy Ingram, in TV series version of Del Shores’ play and film, Sordid Lives
So farewell and rest in peace you sassy thing!

My Summer TV Watchin’ List…

Ah yes, it’s that time of the year when we (and our DVRs) can take it easy…okay, we’ll probably still record some stuff since we all presumably will have a unlimted amount of summer activities and vacations to tend to…here’s a list of what I will be watching this summer…not sure if a vacation will be in there or not…

True Blood: Mark your calendars for June 13th Truebies!…season 3 looks to be very exciting, but I’m afraid a little too busy…at least that’s the sense I get from all the previews…I have enjoyed the mini-sodes…it looks like werewolves are entering the mix a la Twilight…I trust the books involve werewolves…I think I may read something this summer…(HBO)

Top Chef D.C.: June 16th… What’s a summer without a little Tom and Padma?…it’s nothing I tell you…the new season will commence after the second season finale of Top Chef Masters, which I also enjoy…(Bravo)

Obsessed: June 28th… More OCD than you can handle in season 2…I love this show!…it makes me feel a little more comfortable about myself…NO, I’m don’t have OCD so serious, I need therapy and a camera crew, but it’s so fascinating…(A&E)

Kathy Griffin-My Life on the D-List: June 15th…I can’t believe it’s season 6 already!…expect appearances from Maggie Griffin, Team Griffin, Liza, Kristin Chenoweth, Lauren Conrad, and many more…oh yeah, Levi Johnston…love it! (Bravo)

Work of Art: June 9th…I thought I would throw Bravo one more bone…you’ve seen interior designers, chefs, and amateur designers battle it out, why not artists????…yes, it’s a competition to find the “next great artist”…Sarah Jessica Parker is one of the executive producers, sounds safe…it is scheduled to follow Top Chef Wednesday nights…(Bravo)

The Green Room with Paul Provenza: June 10th… From the comedian/filmmaker who brought you The Aristocrats comes a new comedians’ round table to see who can top one another, totally uncensored…its run will only be 6 half-hour episodes, but I think it will be worth it…(Showtime)

Hot in Cleveland: June 16th… Well, it looks like I’ll have my first scheduling conflict on Wednesday nights…Betty White returns to her familiar roots in a sitcom co-starring, Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, and Jane Leeves…the concept is a little silly…3 best friends, the ladies I just mentioned, are headed for Paris, but then their plane unexpectedly lands in Cleveland…and they discover themselves, blah-blah-blah..and White plays their sassy property caretaker…I’ll give it a shot…(TV Land)

And last but not least…

The Real L Word: June 20th…Thank God this comes on after True Blood…my Sunday nights could get interesting again…L Word creator/exec producer Ilene Chaiken tries to extend the life of her groundbreaking fictional series…by introducing us to real life LA lesbians!!!…well golly!…I admit, and to no surprise, I’m a little ambivolent…this show could be really sort of good, or really really bad…I’ll let fate decide…(Showtime)

Happy Watching!