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Big name hammam action! More Alan Cumming on the ups, downs and swish alps! / Queerty


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DEAR WINNER TONY:
Your father has been spotted doing stuff in the Equinox steam room, sometimes with other people in the industry. Where there is smoke …

ARRIVAL AT BROADWAY
I heard the Weisslers were planning to produce a Broadway version of Real women have curves. There should be a lot of action at the concession stand.

FUNNY GIRL RANDOM
The supportive mother of the comic Fanny Brice in Funny girl always seems to be played by a lesbian, for some reason. For a while Rosie O’Donnell was linked with the next revival (which now stars Beanie Feldstein), but then they got Jane Lynch – same difference, lol. And I just found out that never-married Kay Medford, who got Tony and Oscar nominations for the role in the 1960s, when Streisand played Fanny, was a lesbian as well. Hopefully Lynch’s stunt double will be Rachel Maddow.

PS: A new animated version of Harriet spies on it uses the voices of Beanie Feldstein and Jane Lynch. What, are they dating? And Lynch voices the character that was played in the original film by… Rosie O’Donnell! To help!

NEW LIFE FOR HK NIGHTLIFE
I told you Hell’s Kitchen’s closed Therapy bar will reopen as Hush. Well, I guess Hush indirectly wakes Posh too. Heard that Posh – a fun HK dance hall that has become kaput – is coming back next year with new owners. It will be called Flex, and the buzz is that it will be a kind of video bar with echoes of the Eagle, meaning they want a “macho papa” vibe, as opposed to an aesthetic one. usual asymmetrical twinks. I’ll borrow Madonna’s leather shorts for the opening.

Not a gay club, but a club of everything, the Stranger – on the totally rebuilt site of West 57th Street where Club Providence once stood – comes to you from the folks who made the naughty and bawdy taste of Weimar’s Lower East Side. called the Box, and it looks fierce. An insider reports, “It’s a total throwback to classic New York clubs… Different venues and DJs, a new madhouse with private spaces and a dance floor in the basement, as well as the main hall. You’ll feel like you’re partying in a garden filled with art and craziness. Didn’t I tell you that New York’s nightlife was going to explode again? Listen to mom! I am a lesbian !

ALAN CUMMING UNPACKS HIS LUGGAGE
At a Saks Fifth Avenue party for Alan Cumming’s new book, Luggage: Tales of a busy life, I told the award-winning actor / screenwriter that I liked what he said about the limits of “up” and “down” terminology. “It closes you to possibilities,” he replied, as I, the only true top left in New York City, desperately tried to relax my butt. As I tried, I wondered what other books might be in Alan’s future. “I want to write a novel about the people of the northern Catskills state, where I live,” he said. “A sexy book, sort of Jackie Collins, but better written.” And are there all types of sexuality up there? “Oh, yeah,” Alan replied. “They call it the Swish Alps.”

GEORGE CLOONEY RECEIVES AN OFFER ABOUT US
Let’s move on to someone with four villas at Lake Como: George Clooney had a special New York screening of his latest directorial effort, The tender bar, a coming-of-age film about an emerging writer. After the movie, Clooney reminded us of his bad sense of humor by throwing up lively witticisms. Speaking of Daniel Ranieri, who played the title character as a child, Clooney joked, “I have age spots that are older than him.” As for Ben Affleck, who plays the kid’s uncle, Clooney broke down, “Ben was the cheapest we could get. Matt was overpriced and Ben needed the work. Moving on to Christopher Lloyd, who plays the grandfather, “He’s now the age he’s been playing for 40 years.” Clooney also said he wanted to make this movie (based on memories) years ago, but abusive producer Scott Rudin grabbed the rights. “He hit us with an ashtray and took the book!” Clooney laughed. For the record, Clooney also said great things about his cast (including Affleck) and the need to make an uplifting film in an era of division, but what he said about Batman and robin? It’s between me and my George.

GAY CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST FINALLY RECEIVES HIS REASON
With the announcement that Colman Domingo has been chosen as a gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin in the film directed by George C. Wolfe Rustin for Netflix, I was elated, having privately pushed for something like this to happen for years. In 2014, I was happy that Ava DuVernay made a point of including Rustin (played by Ruben Santiago-Hudson) in the Oscar-winning civil rights drama. Selma, although no mention was made of her sexuality. When I asked DuVernay about it, she said, “We don’t touch anybody’s personal life in the movie.” (I should note that the two main characters were, of course, a married couple, namely Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, but the supporting characters were not explored sexually.) DuVernay and I agreed that Rustin deserved his own movie. So I pitched the idea to director Patrik-Ian Polk (Noah’s Arc), who seemed interested, but unfortunately it didn’t materialize. But now a lot of names are attached to this project, which I’m sure will be fascinating because I can only imagine what it was like to be a gay civil rights activist including your own. movement had concerns. Rustin should be heroic.

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