Podcast: The Best Of LGBT Film, Music, TV & Pop Culture In 2017

This podcast is a big one as I celebrate the best 2017 had to offer regarding:

Best LGBT films:
Call Me By Your Name
God’s Own Country
Beach Rats
Dream Boat
Tom of Finland
In A Heartbeat
No Place Like Home

Best music from out artists:
Wrabel – “The Village”
Halsey – “Strangers”
Eli Lieb – “Next To You”
• JoLivi – “Love Who You Wanna Love”
Rayvon Owen – “Volume”
Trey Pearson – “Love Is Love”
Billy Porter – “Edelweiss”

• Best in LGBT Pop Culture – including the return of “Will & Grace,” “Star Trek’s” first same-sex kiss, the Disney Channel’s first gay storyline, RuPaul’s second Emmy win and the historic win at the Academy Awards by “Moonlight”

Plus – good news LGBT headlines in the U.S. and around the world

This is a fun show to look back and feel good about the best 2017 had to offer the LGBT community.

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The Man Who Wrote THE Book On Madonna – Matthew Rettenmund

Matthew Rettenmund, author and blogger for the popular LGBT blog Boy Culture chats with me about his two newest books – Encyclopedia Madonnica 2.0 (the ultimate book on the Queen of Pop) and Starf*cker, a memoir chronicling his life into and through the world of pop culture, founding a successful teen magazine and his obsession with celebrities.

The ultimate pop-culture enthusiast, Matthew has been obsessed with celebrities ever since he was born. Starf*cker documents Rettenmund’s affection –in the case of Madonna, it’s pure mania–for movie, television, and music personalities.

From his years as a star-obsessed gayby to his contradictory careers in porn and as a teen-mag editor (names will be named), Matthew details and deconstructs his – and our – passion for celebrity.

Matthew shares stories from behind the scenes during his years working on a teen fan magazine – dealing with teen stars like Zac Efron, Justin Bieber and many boy bands along the way.

Plus, Matthew talks about his approach to writing and editing a successful daily blog.

Really insightful interview for folks who are fans of pop culture (like me).

“Pugsley” Of The Addams Family Passes Away At 59

Ken Weatherwax, who played “Pugsley” in the 1960s TV series The Addams Family has passed away at the age of 59.

After the series ended, Weatherwax enlisted in the army at age 17. He later found steady, productive work building sets for films.

While he did not find success as an adult actor, Weatherwax would appear at autograph shows regularly, in addition to Addams Family tribute shows and reunions. He also contributed interviews to documentaries about the series, and about TV during the sixties.

Interesting fact: Weatherwax’s aunt was actress and dancer Ruby Keeler.

The only regular cast members from The Addams Family still living are John Astin, Lisa Loring, and Felix Silla.

(h/t Boy Culture)

Pop culture series on young LGBT generation – “Young Americans”

The above video is from a new pop culture series presented by Scion AV and Vice called Young Americans.

The most recent episode of the show was titled “LGBT,” and focused explicitly on sexuality.

Young Americans is directed by renowned filmmaker Lance Bangs (known for his experimental music videos for artists like: Nirvana, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sonic Youth, The Shins, The Black Keys, Odd Future, Kanye West). The eight-part documentary series captures real viewpoints and opinions directly from today’s younger generation about sensitive and taboo issues.

After tackling issues that resonated in 2012, from college debt to social networking, season two of Young Americans sees ethnicity as the overarching lens through which Lance and his team focused in on some targeted topics such as body image, socializing and media representations.

Check out the video above and find more on their YouTube channel here.

Reactions to the Game of Thrones “Red Wedding” episode

Andy Towle shared this YouTube vid of people’s reactions to the now famous “Red Wedding” on Game of Thrones this past Sunday night.

Game of Thrones aside, it is an interesting pop culture curiosity to wonder – who records their reactions to television episodes?

And who has the time to edit a compilation of said recordings?

What does it say that this YouTube video has received over 1.3 million viewings in about a day?

Things that make you go “hmm…”