Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Do It Clean With Jack Mackenroth

Jack Mackenroth Does It Clean
"I've got a handful of this, What do I do with it
I've got a barrel of this, What do I do with it 
I do it clean" - "Do It Clean" Echo & The Bunnymen

Project Runway star and HIV activist, Jack Mackenroth is her to help you clean up your act!

His latest campaign in the fight against HIV stigma is "The HIV Shower Selfie Challenge" with hashtag #weareALLclean and it’s going viral and has already been translated into 7 different languages and counting.

It's a sexy, selfie crusade of sorts. You contribute an image of yourself in the shower or bath—and hopefully donating to an amazing cause.

So grab your bar of soap and let's be clean and show that we are all equal regardless of our HIV status!!

MS: You've had HIV for a long time; at what age did you contract it?

JM: I was diagnosed when I was twenty-one, but my sero-conversion happened when I was nineteen or twenty. I've had it my whole adult life.

MS: Does the length of time you've had it inform the way you present yourself as an activist to people? It's not flippant in any way, but you have a sense of humor, also your videos are very friendly and accessible.

JM: Yeah, I've been through enough of shaming and discrimination, all of that BS. Negativity doesn't really work and certainly doesn’t make people feel good. Critics have gotten on my case saying: You're trying to glamorize HIV, or that I’m not taking it seriously enough. Well you know what? I know my truth and fear-based education does not work. What do you tell these kids today? I'm like, listen, you don't want it, above all protect yourself, but try not to live in shame and denial if you do become HIV positive. For EVERYONE the priority is to get educated and get tested because now we have PrEP, which is a great tool against HIV. There is also PEP (like the morning after pill for HIV if you think you have been exposed in the last 48 hours. There's tons of promising information out there, but if were not talking about HIV and the stigma, fear and discrimination are going to keep people from not doing what they need to do to keep themselves and the community healthy. 

There are a lot of HIV positive people who reach out to me that are freaking out and I always tell them "You're probably going to be fine, just go to the doctor and get on a treatment that works for you." If you catch HIV early and you take your medication like you are supposed to, statistically you prognosis is excellent. The other good news is we now know that if you do take your meds and your viral load is undetectable, or you are virally suppressed, that you are also not contagious.  

                                                           "You've Got This"

MS: Early detection and taking your medication is important. If you do both everything will be fine.

JM: Well I credit my long-term survival to luck and intuition and taking early action. I come from a medical family. My dad was a doctor and my mom was a nurse and we always had a pill for every malady. When I was first diagnosed there was only AZT, which was fairly toxic for many people, but I liked the feeling and empowerment of taking something that might work. Back then a lot of people were waiting and not taking the meds available because they thought they were poison - the doctors recommended that you wait until your T-cells fell below 250 and then you would go on the meds. They now know in retrospect that was a bad idea. When your immune system is that depleted it’s very difficult to rebound. Where as if you catch it quickly and go on effective medication you can expect to live a normal life span.

MS: What your doing is great; it really is designed to make people feel comfortable.

JM: Thanks I appreciate that. I think the HIV community gets enough negative messaging from others. We here things like "Shame on you. You should know better. How can you get HIV at your age? Use a condom!” and I think, "Fuck you!" We haven't done anything you probably haven’t done. I’d like to shake the hand of someone who has used a condom EVERY SINGLE TIME they had ANY kind of sexual contact. Keep your stones to yourself. 

MS: There seems to be less of a stigma than there used to be.

JM: I disagree. In some communities/areas I think that may be true, But HIV stigma is alive and well. Often it depends on where you live and whom you are around. It’s very easy to live with HIV in secrecy now. Only visibility changes public opinion. I could never keep it in. It felt like I was in the closet all over again. That's just not me I'm horrible at keeping a personal secret anyway. So I went big and told everyone on national TV when I did it on Project Runway. (laughs) Now I don’t ever have to have that awkward conversation ever again. 
MS: So talk about your current project The HIV Shower Selfie Challenge.

JM: I literally just launched Monday - that's why I said OMG I need a break and called you. I'm working with this gay social media app called MOOVZ and they're very big in Asia and Latin America. It's sort of like Twitter meets Facebook though I'm not very good at it yet. It’s fairly new in the US but growing quickly. Their corporate offices are six hours ahead of me, and the other promoter involved is a model actor and singer, Chris Salvatore. He lives in Los Angeles so he is three hours ahead of me, so putting this all together is challenging. A bit of a cluster fuck. Please don’t print that!  (laughs). 

MS: Yeah I know about those cluster fuck type things. (laughs)

JM: So I had this idea, I thought: why isn't there an ALS ice bucket challenge for HIV? There should be. I've worked in non-profits and HIV activism for a long time and have done different fundraisers; it's really hard to raise money for HIV/AIDS now because nobody sees the urgency anymore. People are not getting sick like they used to and unfortunately that is what really motivated people in the 80s and 90s. I decided to figure out an HIV challenge that was media savvy and celebrities would be like: Another excuse for KK to show her ass, and would possibly have the legs to catch on. I posted my photo at noon on Monday and it's blown up already, my twitter feed is exploding! Queerty, Instinct Magazine, The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, FrontiersLA, Towleroad, PinkNewsUK, have all covered it. That's in the first 48 hours so I am hoping that's a good sign. 

MS: Taking a shower selfie and using it to fund a cure for HIV is a fun idea! I saw some negative comments already on Queerty about using sex to raise money. Fuck that, there is nothing wrong with it, it sells and it works.

JM: Queerty is notorious for their negative commenters. I don't listen to the negativity unless it is really a constructive suggestion. I just keep trying to out good work. I always wonder what the haters are doing to help their community. Very little I suspect. Unless you are a sex addict and it becomes a problem in your life, having sex is healthy. We all know sex sells. Why not leverage it for a good cause?

MS: Where is the money going that you raise from the HIV Shower Selfie Challenge?

JM: Right now the beneficiary is Housing Works—a New York based agency that combats HIV/AIDS and homelessness but has global influence. I approached—and am still working on getting some larger, global organizations involved, which I think would help the campaign a lot.

So far the fundraising call to action has not really taken off. There are now over 2000 #weareALLclean  shower selfies online but less than one percent of those people have actually donated money. And I want to reiterate that 100% of the proceeds go to charity. A commenter on Queerty implied that some of the money was going to line my pockets. That’s insulting and ludicrous. The money goes directly to non-profits. I don’t see a penny. That’s not what this is about. If I wanted to get rich I wouldn’t be working in HIV activism. It’s not a lucrative field. 

Regardless if you are male or female, young or old, straight or LGBTQ—please join Jack and thousands of others from around the world and be one of the first to take the HIV Shower Selfie Challenge. And if you don't want to soap up in the shower you can always just donate to show support. I did!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Enjoy The Silence, Pentatonix

PTX: Peace Is Heavenly
With the world spinning around in all directions for better or worse,  it's always nice to take a moment for a little peace.

Pentatonix have just released the video of their version of Silent Night off of the gangs smash hit Holiday CD That's Christmas To Me.

Take a break from the chaos of the world around you and enjoy this beautiful rendition of the Christmas classic.

Have a wonderful Tuesday and remember, to quote the late great Maya Angelou

“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.”

                                                                   Silent Night

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Paging Katy Perry For Superbowl 2015

Who's That Girl? Katy Perry That's Who
While checking out E! News this morning the headline that stood out to me the most was the Katy Perry would be performing the iconic half time show for 2015's Superbowl.

Now I am not saying Katy Perry sucks, I have liked a few songs she has done, Firework for one comes to mind. But she, at least to me, does not really have the cache of a Beyonce' or a Madonna. Her career is pretty feather weight by comparison.

Oh well, not my company not my choice of who to use. While I am sure her performance will be entertaining I'm just not sure it will reach the potential high that viewers expect from this yearly extravaganza.

Tune in and find out when Superbowl 2015 airs!

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Get Sassy, With Vassy

Vassy & Crystal Waters Are Hustlin'
"I was in the high school choir and was told I couldn't sing. Then, years later, that teacher heard me singing on a national radio station and ended up writing an apology letter, which is kind of funny." - Vassy

This quote is from a full length interview I did with the sassy Vassy for Chorus and Verse about her single "Beautiful Day."

Cut to it here:

Well the Australian born Ms. Karaglorgos, her last name, recently went number #1 on the Billboard Dance Chart with Hustlin'The song pays homage to Crystal Waters’ nineties house classic, "Gypsy Woman."

Crystal Waters has come out in full support of the record, even appearing in the song’s music video. 

You've come a long way Ms. Thing! Check out the video after the jump!


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Friday, November 21, 2014

Patricia Arquette, Straight Up

So Cool: Patricia Arquette
I have always been a fan of Patricia Arquette's. Whatever she is in she adds that extra level that makes it something special. A few of my personal favorites: True Romance, Ed Wood & David Lynch's Lost Highway.

Aside from her considerable acting talent I also have a love for the fact that she is a humanitarian and stands up for what she believes in.

One of my very favorite reports about her is how the producers of her hit series Medium requested she lose weight for the role. Nobody hits the point better than Patricia when her response was a firm "No" as she countered that her role was that of a housewife and a mother who would not look like a Victoria's Secret model.

I happened upon this tidbit between her and another favorite actress Mom of mine, Amy Adams on Jezebel here is what the site printed:

Patricia Arquette:  I had a big fight with one paparazzo.
Amy Adams: I wish I had been there to have your back.
Patricia Arquette: He kept following us. And I said, "OK, leave us the fuck alone." And he goes, "Nice, mom! Good job!" I said, "I'm teaching my daughter. If a man is following you and you tell him to go away and he doesn't, you turn around and say, 'F— you!' as loud as you can." Because there's no difference. I don't care if he has a camera.

Awesome!!! The woman is teaching her children not to talk to strangers and just because you hold a camera does not make it right for you to approach a child in any way, shape or form. So yeah paparazzi Ms. Arquette put it perfectly: F#@k you!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Troops Honor Kid Rock

Rock On! Kid Rock & Mark Woods

I've always knew who Kid Rock was, a successful Rock Star who was in a relationship with one of my favorite people & interview subjects, Pamela Anderson. However I had never heard his music...

That was until my friend, publicist extraordinaire, Ken Phillips gave me one of his CD's. Listening to Kid Rock's music for the first time was a religious experience that made me a fan for life.

Well Ladies & Gentlemen it's time you know about his giving back to others who truly deserve your respect and gratitude, carry on...

Operation Troop Aid(OTA), a nonprofit organization which supports U.S. Troops, honored award-winning, multi-platinum selling humanitarian Kid Rock, last week in Nashville, Tennessee, with the 2014 Operation Troop Aid “Patriot Award.”

Presented annually by OTA to celebrities that champion the men and women serving in the American Armed Forces, the rock star was awarded the Eagle Trophy for his countless endeavors to support troops overseas and at local hospitals and for supporting numerous military charities. Well known for his role as an American Patriot, Kid Rock, has performed at various military bases and continues to meet military personnel at every concert appearance.

"Kid Rock is one of the most giving entertainers I have ever met,” says OTA founder and executive director Mark Woods.  "He really gets it…  Last year, Kid Rock challenged his fans to help raise money to send care packages to the troops.  In one short month, we were able to ship over 500 care packages just in time for the holidays. His art, legacy of family and Spirit of Patriotism is exactly why this award exists.”

Kid Rock joins past Patriot Award recipients Hank Williams Jr., Toby Keith, Darryl Worley, Aaron Tippin, Gary Sinise, Charlie Daniels, Mark Wills, and KISS.

About Operation Troop Aid:
Founded in 2004 by 21-year military veteran, Mark Woods, Operation Troop Aid provides entertainment initiatives and care packages for U.S. Service Members with revenue generated through professional concert promotions and public financial generosity. OTA is a nonprofit corporation striving to make a positive difference and inspire the Armed Forces by letting them know Americans stand with them. OTA is a certified IRS approved charity.

As an entertainment based charity, each year OTA selects and presents The OPERATION TROOP AID Patriot Award to an entertainer / artist that best exemplifies the spirit of Patriotic service to our Troops and Americanism in their art.  It does not necessarily reflect events in that year, as it may be a historical grouping of their achievements to promote our Troops and American Patriotism.  It is an award that embodies a sense of service, supporting our American Troops and an overall outlook of honoring our Constitution and promoting the Freedom that our Troops provide.

For more information on OTA, visit

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Margaret Cho "Busks A Move"

Margaret Hitting The Streets
Photo: Todd V Wolfson
Margaret Cho is walking the streets to raise awareness for one of her hometown, San Francisco's more pressing problems: homelessness.
Margaret stepped out on Monday to begin what she says will be a daily, two-month commitment to busk on the streets of San Francisco to raise money for the city's vast homeless population
Armed with her guitar case, Cho hit the road and busked a move with a handwritten sign that says, "If you have, give; if you need, take (please remember your fellow man)."
"We have a small amplification system and big hearts," Cho said on Facebook over the weekend. "We will make videos and I have some secret amazing legit superstars who will come and sit in with us. The homeless problem in SF is out of control and this is the least we can do."

What street corner will Margaret work next? Find out with her daily updates on Twitter.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tis' The Season For Pentatonix

Pentatonix: Yes, We Love Christmas!, So There!
Check out the popularity of their Holiday CD "That's Christmas To Me" it's number #1! Give a Ho, ho ho shout out while you're at it, werd!
Catch Pentatonix on TV
11/23 – American Music Awards (Presenting)
11/26 – The Today Show
11/27 – Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
11/27 – A Hollywood Christmas At The Grove
12/3 – Christmas In Rockefeller Center

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Monday, November 17, 2014

"I Like You" Debby Holiday

One of my favorite singers and people, Debby Holiday is back with a new twist on a chart topping classic "I Like You."

The song celebrates the 30-year anniversary of Phyllis Nelson’s original. It was a #1 hit on the Billboard Dance Chart in 1985. 

I checked in with Debby to get an exclusive comment for Entertain Me on her current gem:

 "What an amazing journey this has been with Tony Moran. From the first phone call when he told me about the song - to our time in the studio & filming the video! Tony works with passion & focus like I do … & I'm thrilled to hopefully honor the beautiful & talented Phyllis Nelson. Music … what a blessing!"

Yes, it was Mr. Moran's idea to cover the Phyllis Nelson original and he asked Debby to do the honor. I for one am glad he did.

This is Ms. Holiday's third collaboration with Tony - hey if it ain't broke, keep going!

Tony & Debby Like You

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It's Monday, Unleash The Monster

Everyone has a monster inside of them. Where are you hiding yours???

Attack of the Morningside Monster is a feature length horror / thriller by Blue Dusk Productions starring Nicholas Brendon (Buffy the Vampire SlayerCriminal Minds) and Tiffany Shepis (Sharknado 2Exit to Hell). The film unfolds around a brutal murder in the otherwise-peaceful town of Morningside, NJ. As more bodies are discovered, Sheriff Tom Haulk and his deputy, Klara Austin, race against time on a desperate journey to catch the killer, pitting them against friends, enemies and even each other. 

Robert Pralgo (Fast & Furious 7The Vampire Diaries), Catherine Taber (Star Wars: The Clone WarsJust Like Heaven), and Amber Chaney (The Hunger GamesThe Walking Dead) also star. Michael H. Harper produced the film along with Director Chris Ethridge and Screenwriter Jayson Palmer.

"We are taking a character-driven approach to the time-honored tradition of the masked killer, with equal parts blood and real human emotion," said Ethridge. 

Attack of the Morningside Monster is currently available on cable and digital platforms in the Unites States and Canada. A Blu-ray / DVD release from Apprehensive Films will follow on January 20th, 2015. The film is currently available for Pre-Order on iTunes:

United States -
Film Festival Accolades:

Winner, Fright Night Film Festival 2014, Best Dramatic Horror Film
Winner, Best Actor (Rob Pralgo), Crimson Screen Film Festival 2014
Official Selection, Days of the Dead LA 2014
Official Selection, Garden State Film Festival 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Miley Cyrus: I Kissed A Schwarzenegger - Kennedy & I Liked It

You Have Something Stuck In Your Teeth: Patrick & Miley
Will Miley Cyrus become the next Jackie O? Will model son Patrick Schwarzenegger go political? Oh, who cares!
But he and one of my favorite artists Miley Cyrus are so hot making out and that's what matters!
The singer and model/college student, both 21, were making out Thursday for all to see at the USC vs. Berkeley football game at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. Adorably, Miley dressed in Trojans gear, wearing a hat and letterman jacket to show her support for Patrick's school.
This past weekend Miley and Pat enjoyed a date night out with some friends at Bagatelle restaurant in West Hollywood. .
Young love is awesome! Will it last? Time will tell...
Meanwhile have fun you two!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Let's Get Naked, Celebrities Gone Wild!!!

First Kim Kardashian "broke the internet" with her Paper Magazine cover featuring her bountiful booty. Which was then followed-up immediately by a full frontal nude shot. Nothing says hamster like Kim K's vagina. 

As quickly as Kim bared all James Franco and Seth Rogen show us what their bodies look like head to toe with their frontal nudity pixelated, damn you pixelation! Promoting their appearance on what looks to be a comedic episode of Discovery Channel's Naked and Afraid airing December 7th. Which in turn is promoting their movie The Interview opening Christmas Day. 
Whose The Bigger Man? Franco or Rogen?
Say all of that three times fast, c'mon I dare you!

KK's ass I must say was eye popping to say the least, and I bet if you got too close that could be a quite literal statement. I immediately thought of the song Big Bottom from the movie This Is Spinal Tap upon seeing it in all it's photo shop glory. For the uninitiated check out these lyrics from the song below and you'll understand. 

"Big bottom, big bottom
Talk about bum cakes, my girl's got 'em
Big bottom, drive me out of my mind
How could I leave this behind?" - "Big Bottom" Spinal Tap

Upon first view of the image of James Franco and his bromance Seth Rogen I thought: Three way. Seriously they both have nice natural looking Male bodies and each have some mojo happening.

Now if only they would let us see what is behind those F#@king pixels...!!!

T.G.I.F. - have a terrific weekend!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

"They All Want To Be Me" Carol Ann Susi

Carol Ann Susi
While I never watch or have watched the Big Bang Theory, I did catch Carol Ann Susi on Seinfeld and more importantly, I was fortunate enough to have known her.

"They all want to be me" was what she said about all the gorgeous female stars she had met. As she told it they would tell her when they met her how funny she was and that they wished they were as funny as she and that they would love to get the roles she got.

Carol Ann was a laugh riot. She could make you bust up by simply saying "Hello."

I met Carol Ann when I participated in a screenplay reading that Del Shores wrote with Olivia Newton-John's sister Rona.

Carol Ann didn't drive and since we lived near each other Del asked me if I could give her a ride to his place for it.

It was one of the most memorable rides I have ever had, she was hilarious!

That was her amazing gift, laughter...

R.I.P. Dear Lady and Thanks for giving me a wonderful memory.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Pentatonix + Baz Luhrman = Wow!

Mary Did You Know?


If you are in NYC be sure hit the Holiday window unveiling at Barney's and remember PTX & Baz Luhrman will know if you've been bad or good... 

Pentatonix has teamed up with Baz Luhrmann and Barney’s New York to perform at Barney’s New York Holiday Window Unveiling, entitled, Baz Dazzled Holiday on Thursday, November 13th

The group also created custom arrangements of their holiday songs that will play throughout the windows

Lurhmann told The Cut yesterday, "It’s impossible for anyone to hear a recording and see a YouTube clip of Pentatonix and not be astounded at their vocal dexterity and creativity. Their original score and arrangements for the windows, indeed, for the whole production, embodies the essential mix of taking the traditional and turning it on its head in a contemporary way. I’m sure it’ll be a thrill for anyone who happens to be passing the Barneys windows at 7 p.m. on Thursday night to see these young stars in the making, bringing Madison Avenue to a standstill with a live performance."

Confirmed for performances on The Today ShowMacy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! & A Hollywood Christmas At The Grove

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"Evil Dead" The Mini-Series, Because They Can

Bruce Campbell Is Back To Kick Some Ash
OMG! This is very cool news indeed! I remember when I saw the first Evil Dead movie in 1981 with it's unique blend of horror, camp and over the top gore it was unlike any thing I had ever seen before, I was hooked!

Of course I saw the equally loopy and freaky Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness.

Well all of you "Dead Beats" get ready here comes Ash vs. Evil Dead. The Starz Network announced its plan to air the 10 half-hour episode miniseries, with the 1981 film's star Bruce Campbell back as Ash and director Sam Raimi executive-producing. Raimi will also direct the pilot. Raise a bloody stump and say Hallelujah!
"I'm really excited to bring this series to the Evil Dead fans worldwide," Campbell said in a statement. "it's going to be everything they have been clamoring for: serious deadite ass-kicking and plenty of outrageous humor."
Raimi added, "Evil Dead has always been a blast. Bruce, Rob Tapert, and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to tell the next chapter in Ash's lame, but heroic saga. With his chainsaw arm and his ‘boomstick,' Ash is back to kick some monster butt. And brother, this time there's a truckload of it."
Set 30 years after the first film, Ash vs. Evil Dead will follow Ash, who has spent the last three decades "avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of Evil Dead," as he is forced to finally face his demons after a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind. "Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its 'Evil' grip," states the press release.

They're going to get you on Starz in 2015, take me, I'm ready!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

So Juicy: Superfruit Does 1989 In 4, 3, 2...

It's 1989 "Shake It Off" w/Superfruit!
With Taylor Swift's album 1989 selling 1.2 million copies this past week, Superfruit the dynamic duo consisting of Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi from world wide acapella group sensation Pentatonix have decided to give their special brand of spin on her latest by covering the whole album in a mere four minutes!

That's right you can catch every song on 1989 by two amazing singers in less time than it takes Ms. Swift to smack down go guys!

Shall we kick off the week with some Taylor Swift and a side of Superfruit?

I think we shall. Hit it guys!


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