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Ross von Metzke | May 21, 2007

Chad White in "Equus" photoshoot and much more

In case you haven�t heard, everyone�s favorite fictional wizard left certain parents scathing when he took to the stage on London�s West End in the nude. Never mind the play was Equus, one of the theatre�s most respected pieces of literature. Harry Potter is not supposed to take his clothes off – end of story.

Of course, the gays jumped right on board and lent their support to poor Daniel Radcliffe. Why else would Out Magazine pick now to stage a photo shoot with it model of the moment Chad White in a series of poses inspired by Equus.

Whatever the reason, I�m glad they did. Few men do it for me these days quite like Chad. He�s the whole package – great face, great bod, great ass. Don�t believe me? Yes, Out was smart enough to shoot that too in their series of photos ranging from stable boy Chad leading his horse out to the pasture and nude Chad caressing the horse�s mane. It�s all very homoerotic – bordering on controversial, but artistic and sexy as hell at the same time.

Oh why babble – I�ll just let you folks see for yourselves.

And scene. Take a minute – I know you need one after that!

On to the dish. You know, I thought the days of cracked out messages to fans posted on Websites in the wee hours of the morning died with Mariah Carey�s Glitter meltdown.

Guess again.

True – neither of the fun-filled fan shout outs posted this week come close to reaching the instant classic that became of Mimi�s �nobody in this business understands me, I�m over worked, and sometimes I just want to chuck it all and say goodbye forever� tirade that was followed two days later by a stint in rehab for exhaustion.

But one comes close, and the other, well – the only reason we�re mentioning it is that we all know you�re dying to know what she�s up to.

We�ll get the boring one out of the way first.

The day after she pulled over on the side of the road in Malibu to change stinky�s diaper, Britney Spears posted a new message and a new photo for fans on her still being redesigned Web site. The photo is reminiscent of something we might have seen out of mid career Britney – topless in gloves, tanned, midrift exposed� and that damn wig. The blonde bob this time, looking very Carol Channing of her.

Anyway, on to what she said� "The reason for this letter is to let everyone know that their prayers have truly helped me. I am so blessed that you care enough about me to be concerned and will continue to live in this brighter state with all of you by my side during this trying time. We are all lights of the world and we all need to continuously inspire others and look to the higher power. You are all in my prayers. Godspeed.

– Love, Britney"

Well isn�t that just precious?

On to Lily Allen – Lily who? Lily �the girl everyone in the music industry thought was going to change the sound of radio but managed to be just a blip in the first quarter of the year� Allen, that�s who. Anyway, Lily has quite a reputation for saying whatever is on her mind, and as die hard fans found out last week, she�ll type whatever�s on her mind too.

Case in point, this blog entry.

"fat, ugly and shitter than winehouse that is all i am, im on my own in america again. I used to pride myself on being strong minded and not being some stupid girl obsessed with the way I look. I felt like it didnt matter if I was a bit chubby cause, im not a model, I'm a singer. Im afraid I am not strong and have fallen victim to the evil machine. I write to you in a sea of tears from my hotel bed in Seattle, I have spent the past hour researching gastric bypass surgery, and laser lipo suction.�

Not 24 hours later, she typed again, this time to ensure fans she was doing much better, no harm done, just a momentary low point.

Brought on by prescription drugs and booze? Who can say – just a theory.

Now if they�d only let Whitney blog.

Inmates at the Century Regional Detention Facility are about to get a new visitor. Paris Hilton conceded her attempt at getting her jail sentence appealed and is getting ready to spend at least 23 days behind bars – that�s 45 days, with 22 off for good behavior.

But unlike Martha Stewart, who did her time at a women�s correctional facility that included Yoga, hiking, arts & crafts and TV time, Paris is going to a genuine lock up – albeit the high profile wing. Two inmates to a two bunk cell with a sink, a potty and a sliver of a window.

After good ole Arnie Schwarzenegger made it clear he had no time to consider Paris� plea to have her sentence overturned, the Simple Life star gave in, high tailed it to Rodeo drive to see if jumpsuits were making a comeback and phoned ahead to see if she could use her Blackberry to schedule conjugal visits.

I know, I know – this is a serious matter.

Then again, so�s drunk driving.

I�m sure you all wept puddles when you heard Jerry Falwell died. The man spewed hate from every pore on his body while he walked this Earth, and yet, speaking to Larry King from her home where she�s receiving hospice care, Tammy Faye, who Jerry screwed over royally when he was alive, managed to find forgiveness and say a kind word or two.

So instead of spending these next few paragraphs bashing Jerry for all the tears he caused, I�m going to devote them to Tammy, a woman who truly deserves out thoughts and prayers.

Tammy talked to Larry on the phone in which Entertainment Tonight said may well end up being her last televised interview – that�s because she�s down to 65 pounds after the latest round of cancer treatments failed to rid her body of the disease.

In a statement released by her people last month, Tammy has now turned it over to God� she�s not going to fight anymore. She�s just going to pray.

Tammy showed love and support for the LGBT community in a time when the Christian church was hard pressed to even speak of us. She talked with AIDS patients, she attended rallies, all in the name of love. Not an attempt to convert. Not to start a dialogue. Love, pure and simple.

Tammy may be a bit kooky – she may be a bit na�ve. But she is pure of heart, and in my book, that goes a long, long way. Our thoughts are with you, Tammy.

Alrighty folks – it just doesn�t seem right to go back into celebrity trash talking after that weeper� but something tells me this coming week is going to bring us one hell of a scandal. How do I know? Not sure, but if it doesn�t, I promise� I�ll dig up something juicy.

Until then – remember to stop and smell the gossip!

  • Ross von Metzke is the Entertainment Editor of Gay Web Monkey and GayWired.com. The former Editor in Chief of Xodus Magazine, his work has appeared in YM, Performing Arts, The San Diego Union Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, Instinct and Link. Ross lives in Los Angeles.


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