Richard Gere Was in Philly Last Night to Advocate for the Homeless

Richard Gere at the Ritz East. Photo courtesy Allied Integrated Marketing.

Richard Gere at the Ritz East. Photo by Scott Weiner.

Last night it was a packed house at the Ritz East in Old City for a red-carpet premiere of Time Out of Mind, a new film about homelessness directed by Oscar-nominated Oren Moverman (The Messenger, Rampart) and starring Richard Gere, who produced it as a passion project.

Both director and star were at the theater and participated in a pre-screening panel, but on the red carpet — such as it was, an abbreviated strip taped to the Ritz lobby’s floor with electrical tape — all eyes were on Gere, including those of several female reporters who, I suspect, do not normally dress in such finery for junket interviews. (In the interest of full disclosure, given that Gere was my biggest teenage crush, I also considered dressing up to meet him, and then thought, What’s the point? It’s not like he’s going to leave his 32-year-old tall, blond, Spanish socialite girlfriend for a 5-foot middle-aged Jewish Philadelphian. I wore jeans.)

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Whitewashing History

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Recently it was revealed Boston-bred actor Ben Affleck asked the producers of the PBS genealogy show Finding Your Roots to omit the fact that his ancestors owned slaves from their broadcast about … his roots. For two seasons, the show has traced the family histories of public figures, something one might assume that Affleck knew when he signed on.

In April, when the story first came to light with the fallout of the Sony email hack, Affleck said that he was “embarrassed” and “didn’t want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves.”

The irony here, of course, is that Affleck’s white privilege allowed him to decide that because the slavery narrative was an inconvenience or an embarrassment to him, he could re-write his own history and do without it harm to his own image. I can’t figure out why anyone would care that his great-great-somebody owned a slave, or why, given his Boston affiliation, this wouldn’t already be readily assumed.

News flash, white people: Some white people owned slaves. Some of those white people may have been members of your family. This is not a reflection on you, nor is it a specific indictment against all white people. These are just facts. Read more »

Caitlyn Jenner, Formerly Bruce Jenner, Debuts on Vanity Fair

In April, Bruce Jenner told the world he was transgender in a sit-down interview with Diane Sawyer, but he said we’d have to wait a little while before he revealed “her” to the world. That day has come. Today, Caitlyn Jenner makes her world debut on the cover of Vanity Fair, looking gorgeous in a silk white bustier corset, with her iconic long locks blowing behind her, Beyoncé style. With those high cheek bones, she almost puts me in mind of a glam Jessica Lange.

In a surprise Philly angle, notorious local journalist and recovering Gucci addict Buzz Bissinger penned the profile, in which Caitlyn opens up about her female identity. “If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life,'” she told Bissinger about why she decided to go public with her transition. The Vanity Fair cover is on stands now. Congrats, Caitlyn!

Market Report: Why Elton John Is Calling for a Dolce & Gabbana Boycott

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  • The battle continues between Elton John and Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana after Dolce used the phrase “synthetic babies” to describe babies conceived via alternative methods—ya know, like Elton John’s sons. [ABC News]
  • This wand will supposedly tell you how dehydrated your skin is. [Into the Gloss]

Next: The name of this lipstick shade is angering a lot of people.

Noooo, Snooki Just Opened An Etsy Store

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Just a sampling of the shop’s offerings | Image via Etsy

Let me preface this post by stating that I *gulp* like Snooki. Sure, she wears furry animals on her feet and owns enough leopard print to clothe a small country, but really, who am I to judge? Her babies are super-cute and I think her friendship with Jwoww is a testament to sisterhood, so wear that (inexplicably high) poof proud, I say.

However, when I received word today that the Jersey Shore‘s most prominent alum launched an Etsy shop, aptly titled NicolesCraftRoom (shedding the ‘guidette’ image, I see), I cringed at the possibilities. What could Nicole’s craft room possibly house? Bedazzled baby onesies? Those can’t be safe.

But, nope, it was worse. Or better. (I’m still deciding.)

Puff paint ahead, friends.

Game of Thrones Leads 2014 Emmy Nominations With 19 Nods

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The 2014 Emmy nominations were released this morning. The list comprises a pretty solid collection of television, cable and Netflix shows and stars. Orange is the New Black gets 12 nods, including Best Comedy Series and Best Actress (Taylor Schilling); and American Horror Story: Coven racked up, too, with six nominations. That one may get a little sticky, considering three of the show’s divas, Frances Conroy, Kathy Bates, and Angela Bassett, are all up for Best Supporting Actress in a Mini Series. The No. 1 earner of the year is Game of Thrones, which gets a whopping 19 mentions, including Best Drama Series and Best Supporting Actress for Lena Headey.

Check out the complete list of nominees below.

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INTERVIEW: Michael Alig on Readjusting to Gay Life After Prison, Dealing With Murderer’s Remorse, and Crying Over Cronuts

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Philly performance artist George Alley (left) interviews original Club Kid Michael Alig (right), who recently finished a 17-year prison term for the murder of Andre “Angel” Melendez.

Original Club Kid Michael Alig made a name for himself in the ’90s for his outrageous parties at the Limelight (that era’s answer to Studio 54) and in precarious, site-specific spaces, like subway trains and Burger King. He and his friends created a rebellious and self-expressive style and attitude that informed global nightlife in the late ’80s and early ’90s. His personal story was immortalized in the book Disco Bloodbath, which was later turned into the successful 2003 movie Party Monster, written by Club Kid co-founder and Alig’s best friend James St. James. Alig was recently released from prison after serving 17 years for manslaughter for the death and dismemberment of Andre “Angel” Melendez, Alig’s friend and drug dealer.

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