Tuesday, June 18, 2019

If You Don't Know Me


Teddy Pendergrass - If You Don't Know Me 
coming to Blu-rayDVD, and VOD on August 23rd

New feature-length documentary details his extraordinary triumph over adversity
"A comprehensive and engrossing documentary that adds dimension 
to the life of the late singing star." - Philadelphia Inquirer

"Considerably superior to Bohemian Rhapsody." - Philadelphia Weekly
"Lichtenstein's terrific documentary reveals the so-incredible-it's-amazing-it's-not-a-Hollywood-movie story of 'the black Elvis'. - Metro
"Lichtenstein does a brilliant job of explaining what a vital figure Pendergrass was 
for US black culture in the 1970s...The archive footage she presents is captivating and 
beautifully emphasizes the utterly irresistible pull of the man." - Record Collector 

If You Don't Know Me is the powerful and moving story of R&B star Teddy Pendergrass (Theodore DeReese Pendergrass), who was on the brink of global super-stardom when tragedy struck. A compelling tale with surprising twists and turns, the film is an intimate portrait of one of the greatest singers of his generation. It also tells how Teddy fought for the rights of African-American artists in a 1970s music industry prejudiced against black performers and reveals how, aged just 31, Pendergrass overcame terrible tragedy to get back on stage against all the odds.
 
The film's triumphant world premiere at the Philadelphia Film Festival (Teddy's home city), resulted in an Audience Award and a nomination for the Pinkenson Award. The film also had successful screenings at DOC NYC, Minneapolis Sound Unseen Film Festival and San Francisco Black Film Festival. Earlier this year, If You Don't Know Me was shown to sold-out cinemas in the UK, on Sky Arts and also aired on Showtime in the US.
 
Director and BAFTA award-winner, Olivia Lichtenstein conceived, researched and directed the film, which reveals Teddy's meteoric rise from his tough childhood in Philadelphia to become the lead singer of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. His was the voice of worldwide hits, "Don't Leave Me This Way" and "If You Don't Know Me by Now."  

Olivia recalls: "I grew up listening to soul music and I'd just started listening to Teddy again when I saw a documentary about Shep Gordon, the legendary artist manager who worked with everyone from Blondie to Alice Cooper - and Teddy. It included a little bit about him working with Teddy Pendergrass and it made me realize that I didn't know what had happened to him. I had a really strong sense that I had to make a film to tell his story."
 
Olivia contacted Shep Gordon, who agreed to join the project as an executive producer, along with Michael and Katherina Saunders. A short trailer was enough to sell the idea to BBC Films, who stepped in to co-finance the production with Wasted Talent. The 106-minute documentary features revealing interviews with his family, including Teddy's ex-wife Karen, mother Ida - now 101-years-old, as well as friends and industry legends, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. The film also boasts rarely seen archive footage and a super soulful soundtrack. 
 
Lichtenstein added: "This is an extraordinary, human story that feels almost Shakespearian - it's much more than just a music biopic, it's an intimate portrait both of Teddy and of the extraordinary times in which he lived. We really get to know him because we hear from so many people who were close to him. It almost feels as if he comes back to life to let the world hear him sing again."
 
Producer Ian Flooks of Wasted Talent said: "We were committed to this film and extraordinary story from the start, especially given our roots and unique experience in the music industry before expanding into film, theater and digital media, so it was the perfect fit for us." Producer Piers Tempest of Tempo Productions adds: "Teddy's story is an important and ultimately inspiring one and we are delighted to help shine a light on the man and his music".

Monday, June 17, 2019

Monday Motivation

No Drama
Big Little Lies

"Monday mornin´, it was all I hoped it would be, Oh Monday mornin´, Monday mornin´ couldn´t guarantee" Monday, Monday - The Mamas and the Papas

Ahhhhhhhhhh "Yes" it's another Manic Monday but does that mean there has to be drama? Noooooooooo! Today's Monday Motivation, or MM as as we now defer to it is, just say no to drama.

Man I really don't go from one self induced crisis to another. Not my style or jam. I prefer to stay in my lane and know my role.

No drama, or minimal drama (because let's face it, life always has some static) is the way to achieve being your own personal best.

Thus I declare this Monday, and for that matter the rest of everyone's week, and for that matter again, life - a drama free zone! Honestly the only drama I want is when I watch Big Little Lies every week, mic drop? Hell "Yes!" 

Ain't nobody got time for that sh!t for reals... 

Big Little Lies on the WWW -
https://www.hbo.com/big-little-lies 

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Father's Day

Daddy???
Michael Shinafelt 
Who's Your Daddy? You'd better say me, it's Father's Day after all...

To all you actual Fathers out there have fun with your spawn. To those about to rock I salute you.

A shout out to the stepfathers and chosen fathers. The ones who have adopted and the mentors.

Special mention to LGBTQ Parents out there, you deserve the right.  

Of course let's not forget my breed, the Daddy.

Happy Father's Day Indeed!

Father's Day on Wikipedia -
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father%27s_Day  

Saturday, June 15, 2019

You Need To Calm Down

Partners In Crime
l-r
Justin Mikita, Taylor Swift & Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Whether you like her music or not, there is something about Taylor Swift the person that is compelling. I'm glad she is finally using her not surprising liberal voice to support causes like Planned Parenthood and, "Yes" the mysterious "Gay Agenda." 

In honor of Pride Month Ms. Swift gave a surprise mini concert at the Stonewall Inn honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. She was joined on stage by out actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson of Modern Family fame for her song Shake It Off

Her latest single You Need To Calm Down pledges support to the LGBTQ community with it's upbeat lyrics, thus her celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall is a no brainer.

Pride Month continues to roll till the end of June. Keep on keeping...!!!

Taylor on IG -
https://www.instagram.com/taylorswift/?hl=en  

Friday, June 14, 2019

One Night Only

Infinity Grove Entertainment and The Montalbán Present
Accidental Joy: A New Musical
A Dark Musical Comedy by Marcus Terrell Smith
And Composer Robbie McDonald
Saturday, June 29, 2019
The Montalbán is proud to partner with Infinity Grove Entertainment to present Los Angeles audiences with a special opportunity to experience an enhanced workshop production of Accidental Joy: A New Musical, coming to the theatre for one-night-only on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Book by Marcus Terrell Smith, music by Robbie McDonald, and lyrics by both, Accidental Joy is a dark comedy musical about one woman’s incredible journey to find the guru within, and the four or five hilarious murders that follow her along the way. Doors will open at 7:00pm and the performance will begin at 8:00pm on the Montalbán’s main stage (1615 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028). Tickets range from $37 to $52. For tickets and more on this production, please call the box office at 323-461-6999 or visithttps://www.themontalban.com/accidentaljoy.
Accidental Joy: A New Musical – Synopsis:
Joy Perkins, a 40-year old disgruntled underachiever, has resigned herself to a life of regret and unfulfilled potential. But when world famous guru, Niev Lapel, comes to town, Joy is determined to take one final stab at getting what she deserves and becomes a guru herself. Laden with adult language and situations, catchy original songs, and four or five murders,Accidental Joy: A New Musical, is a third-eye opening dark comedy that speaks to the central role we play in forging our own destinies.

Accidental Joy was written as a singer’s musical,” explains writer and co-lyricist Smith, “where each song, though it propels the story forward, can stand alone. We really wanted to write something a musical theatre actor could really sink their teeth into and perform. We found an awe-inspiring array of amazing teammates to realize this such as actor Tyren Perry (Bustin’ Loose, Family Matters) and orchestrator/arranger Anthony Sabatino, along with a stellar band. Come one, come all, and be enlightened!”

Accidental Joy: A New Musical bloomed out of a fateful meeting between Smith and McDonald one night outside of an empty Los Angeles bar. Producer Linda Joe joined the dynamic team right after its sold-out “first look” event in April 2018. Since then, the trio has worked tirelessly to bring Accidental Joy’s message of self-confidence and a belief in one's self to life. This new musical is coming into its own with a glowing endorsement from the prestigious La Jolla Playhouse, it was an Official Selection at the 2018 New York Musical Festival and enjoyed a sold-out staged reading event at the Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles last October.

This year, The Montalbán, a theatre building a reputation as an early champion of new productions—helping to nurture shows for eventual tours and Broadway-bound engagements—became a fan and supportive friend. Together with the show's producers, Linda Joe and Marcus Terrell Smith, they are deviating from the standard theater development process. For one thing, presentations of new shows are usually done for small focus groups but Accidental Joy is changing the trend and inviting 1,000 theater goers to have direct involvement in the development of this unique show, which will employ minimal sets and costumes for this workshop production on the 29th.

As Joy Perkins likes to say, “You can’t go half-ass on fate. She needs both cheeks to sit on.”


LINKS:
 Accidental Joy Event Info & Tickets - https://www.themontalban.com/accidentaljoy
 Accidental Joy: A New Musical - www.AccidentalJoyMusical.com
 Accidental Joy Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AccidentalJoyMusical
• Accidental Joy Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ACCIDENTALJOYMUSICAL
• The Montalbán - https://www.themontalban.com
• The Montalbán’s Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TheMontalban
• The Montalbán’s Twitter - https://twitter.com/themontalban
• The Montalbán’s Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/the_montalban

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Michael's Musings

Twins?
Michael Shinafelt
Communication is weighing heavily on my mind of late, especially in relation to Doctors. Seriously why are they so vague with me, the patient when I have not one clue as to what is going down? I ask you, oh that's correct I bet you don't have the answer either, moving on up, or down depending on your perspective...

Spied a Latin Man sweeping the sidewalk in front of a church the other day with a T-Shirt that said "Jesus" on it, wasn't sure if it was a religious reference or not

And now for some Fembot action!!!

Salsa Cleanse, discuss

One day someone will light your hair on fire over a Kit Kat bar

You flooze, you lose

Rumor has it Kathy Hilton, Kyle Richards sister may be joining the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to fill the Lisa Vanderpump void, yaaaaaaaawn!

I'm not in school anymore so stop testing me

Feel Good Headline of the Week: "House panel unanimously passes 9/11 victims fund bill after Jon Stewart shaming"

My Little Pony is introducing a Lesbian character, a horse of a different color 

Just Because this image made me smile, Mariska Hargitay & her husband Peter Hermann

There's only one dick I can't handle: Donald Trump

Wine Wankers, I'll simply leave that one here

How come you never see countries with universal health care trying to repeal it? Guess it works or something, ya think?!

Elevate the F#cking conversation

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Hump Day & Chill

One of Twelve Reasons...
Dennis Ward
On the twelfth day of June my blogger gave to me...twelve, "Yes" twelve reasons to Hump Day & Chill

One of the things I like about Tye Briggs Favorite Hunks & Other Things is his fascination with vintage male nude photos. Well let us journey back in time to 1977, 42 years ago to be exact. Not only was it a simpler time, it was a time when twelve guys got naked for the camera for posterity. 

There is no real narrative with these guys other than a byline that heralds - 1977: Twelve of the Best! That's all one needs to really know. 

I know the number twelve is two more fingers than anyone actually has. It also might be a daunting task to Hump Day & Chill twelve times, or not. 

Give it a try by clicking on the vintage link below. Like fine wine these guys got better with age.

https://favoritehunks.blogspot.com/2019/05/1977-twelve-of-best.html

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Just Because... Evil Queens

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...Bite Me!
Alec Baldwin & Olivia Wilde 
With the Pride Celebration that happened this past weekend in Los Angeles, somehow Evil Queens are on my mind..go figure. As evil as many Queens in Los Angeles can be, none will ever top (pun intended) the biggest bad ass of them all, Queen Grimhilde from Snow White

Thus I present to you Olivia Wilde as her royal evilness and Alec Baldwin as her magic mirror on the wall. As captured through famed photographer Annie Leibovitz's lens for an ad campaign for Disneyland.

That's correct boys this Evil Queen will do more than throw shade and give you two snaps. She will outright hunt your ass down and kill you. Killer Queens from Outer Space, now there's a movie I would go see!

So Just Because Queens are on my mind, it does not mean they can't be deliciously evil fun. Instead of snarky and lame.

Mic Drop!

The "Evil Queen" on Wikipedia -
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evil_Queen  

Monday, June 10, 2019

Monday Motivation

Don't Be Tardy For The Party
Alice in Wonderland
Another week, another Monday...."Yes" it's time for some Monday Motivation Minions (say THAT three times fast) 

This is one of those Mondays that I am not sure what could Motivate me. I'm kind of feeling somewhat like I fell down a rabbit hole. Thus today's MM is fantasy, we all need an escape from time to time and what better way to life our spirits and make us smile than some good old fashioned escapism of the mind.

What came to my mind today is already obvious, or it should be given the image accompanying this post. Alice in Wonderland is the rabbit hole I fell down when I woke-up this ayem feeling like Grumpy Cat, because I am in pain am having surgery for it today.

Thus while I am getting my toe broken and reset I will be hanging with Alice and the denizens of Wonderland in the corners of my mind. 

So, what tickles your fantasy fancy today? Inquiring minds want to know...

Alice on Wikipedia -
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice%27s_Adventures_in_Wonderland

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Happy Pride!

Proud
Jonathan Bennett
For those of you living over the rainbow, instead of under it, the month of June is official Pride Month. Today is the Los Angeles Pride Parade held in the city of West Hollywood. Thus I thought I would take today and do a special Pride shout out. Oh, and I will be attending the parade as well, because I love a parade...! 😄

So here is a Proud image that caught my attention in a fun way. Well I am sure most of you have seen the movie Mean Girls. They wore pink on Wednesdays for those of you out of the loop. Here we have out Mean Girls star Jonathan Bennett wearing a T-Shirt with a Pride take on the wearing pink thing.

"Yes" Wednesdays are now for wearing rainbows, you know how that connection goes. 

Anyway, Happy Pride minions, keep on keeping!

Pride on Wikipedia -

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Get, Get, Get "The Motivator!!!"

Photo:
Jon Abeyta
CHERIE CURRIE & BRIE DARLING
Reveal Official Album Cover For “The Motivator” - Out August 2



Time For Some Motivation -

Los Angeles-based, female rock icons, Cherie Currie and Brie Darling have joined together to record their debut album, The Motivator.  The album will be released August 2, 2019 on Blue Élan Records and is available for pre-order today –http://smarturl.it/CherieBriePreOrder

Cherie & Brie also revealed the official album artwork today and have released their cover of The Youngbloods’ “Get Together,” which is available on all streaming services – http://smarturl.it/CCBDGetTogether and Cherie Currie & Brie Darling - Get Together [Official Audio]

In addition, the video for lead track & single, “The Motivator” can be viewed here: Cherie Currie & Brie Darling - "The Motivator" [Official Music Video]





The Motivator was produced by the six-time Grammy nominated Dave Darling (Brian Setzer, Stray Cats, Janiva Magness, Tom Waits) and features nine classic covers by bands including T. Rex, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, and John Lennon, plus three powerful new originals, “Too Bruised,” “I’m Too Good, That’s Just Too Bad” and the topical “This Is Our Time.”

Guests on the album include a host of family and friends who came in to do backups, including Currie’s sister, actress Sondra Currie, her ex-husband, actor Robert Hays; friends, Susan Olsen of Brady Bunch fame, Leslie Koch Foumberg,  and actress/director, Allison Scagliotti. Darling’s brother, Henry Berry is on “He Ain’t Heavy”; and brother Phil Berry does a guitar solo on the Kinks tune “Do it Again” while her sister, Rory Berry Bishop plays drums on Thunderclap Newman’s “Something in the Air.” Patti Quatro—Suzi’s sister and a member of Fanny—plays guitar and sings on “For What It’s Worth.”

The Runaways front-woman and solo artist, Currie, met the Fanny drummer and singer, Darling, in 2017 and immediately connected.  Currie had come in to contribute vocals to Fanny Walked the Earth, a reunion album from the trailblazing Fanny, the first all-female band signed to a major label (Reprise) in 1969.  Though the two musicians were certainly admirers of each other, they had not yet met until that session.  Once connected, the idea to continue collaborating was hatched and soon the idea to record an album was solidified.

It was decided they would record an album of cover songs that resonated with the duo.  The covers chosen mostly share—unintentionally—a socio-political resonance that’s as relevant today as when the songs were written.  “The original album concept was that Brie was going to sing a few, I’d sing a few, and we’d back each other up,” furthers Currie. “But I knew our voices really work well together. On T. Rex’s ‘The Motivator,’ Brie did a great soulful rock scratch vocal but maybe I have more of a tough rock quality to my voice, so I think Dave decided I was going to sing it.  But in my head I heard a duet, me doing the first verse, her on the second verse….and that started the dialog of using our voices together as a concept. Our voices complement each other, so we decided we should share the majority of these songs, because it makes them better.”  Producer Dave Darling says, "It's extremely rare to have two such powerful vocalists in the same band. Cherie's a steamroller and Brie's a flame thrower. That just doesn't happen!"  

To listen or purchase “The Motivator,” visit: Cherie Currie & Brie Darling - The Motivator




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Friday, June 7, 2019

Film Buff Friday: Shortcut To Happiness


File this one under things that make you go Hmmmmm....

SHORTCUT TO HAPPINESS: After eighteen long years from production to release Shortcut to Happiness finally makes its debut on Blu-ray and DVD on July 16, 2019. Originally "The Devil and Daniel Webster" (the film's original title when it was in production in 2001) was to be the directorial debut of star Alec Baldwin. According to a 2007 Entertainment Weekly article, "production was vexed by alleged money problems and the FBI's bank-fraud investigation of a reported investor". According to a 2007 article in The Guardian, the movie grinded to a halt "during post-production when the FBI seized the investors' assets, including the film, in the course of a bank fraud investigation." Due to this and other rumored creative differences, Baldwin had his director credit removed from the film and replaced with the pseudonym "Harry Kirkpatrick". Baldwin's producing partner Jon Cornick told Entertainment Weekly in 2003, "We spent a lot of time and effort shooting the movie... It's not the movie that we intended to make." 

Producer Bob Yari rescued the film from bankruptcy court and finished the film without Baldwin's participation which received limited theatrical screenings in 2007. Years later the film aired on Showtime and Starz channels but had never received a proper release on home video. 

"I was presented with opportunity to license Shortcut To Happiness," according to MVD Entertainment Director of Acquisitions Eric D. Wilkinson. "Despite the movie's checkered past, I liked it. It reminded me of the high concept romantic comedies of the 1980's and 90's. It has a great cast and production values and I think fans of the genre will more than enjoy this film. So after eighteen years since the movie first started production, I'm excited to finally give Shortcut To Happiness a proper release on disc and digital".
 
Set in New York's literary world, Shortcut To Happiness is a contemporary re-telling of the classic short story ''The Devil and Daniel Webster'' featuring an all-star cast that includes Academy Award® Nominees Alec Baldwin (The Departed) and Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters), Academy Award® Winner Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs), Jennifer Love Hewitt (Heartbreakers), Kim Cattrall ("Sex and the City"), Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man), Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") and Darrell Hammond ("SNL").
 
Jabez Stone (Baldwin), a down on his luck writer, sells his soul to the devil (Love-Hewitt) in exchange for fame and fortune. But when things don't turn out as planned, Stone ultimately decides that he wants his old life again and enlists the help of Daniel Webster (Hopkins) in order to win his soul back from Satan, herself!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Michael's Musings

Giving Cattitude
Michael Shinafelt  
"So-so, so don't fuck with my freedom, I came back to get me some, I'm nasty, I'm evil" - Mother's Daughter, Miley Cyrus 

It's Pride Weekend in Los Angeles, CA, really not sure if I will be attending or not. But I still believe we need it more than ever. This week's edition is going to be a hybrid by Queer ally and amazing artist Miley Cyrus and Myself. I am currently obsessed with her latest EP She Is Coming, which is first and foremost pro everything I stand for. 


You are in for the most "extra" musings of your ass. "Yes" I have Pride & Cattitude...meow to the mix!!! 


This F#g is in heat, let me ride that beat! Beat it, just beat it! 


Who gives a F#ck if they call you a slut? Yeah, do you really care? Well you shouldn't


Going electric leads to way cleaner ______ fill in that Pride blank


One of my most fond Pride memories? Marching with Ken Phillips alongside Margaret Cho in the Los Angeles parade tossing off swag.


Hallelujah We're all freaks, yes! 

Lisa Vanderpump

Once I met the indomitable Lisa Vanderpump  backstage @ Gay Pride, she is as cool as they come.

Do I suck D!ck? You ain't seen sh!t


I love my pussy that means I've got Cattitude 


Why do you gotta be so MotherF#cking extra? Asking for a friend...



Miley Cyrus
Don't let anyone keep you down Miley Cyrus

Back-up, back-up, back-up boy. "Yeah" U know who you are -


I'm not obscene, your hypocrisy is 


OMG, what would happen if SHE got the power??? The world would be a better place.


You all are the moon, the stars & special 


It's time for a revolution, join me -

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