It's not every day you get to meet a gold medal Olympian!
Australian gold medalist diver Matthew Mitcham had a signing this week for his autobiography "Twists and Turns". He admitted that at 24, he's far too young to have written an autobiography which is why "I fluffed it out with so many photos!" Not that anyone minds...
Not only rare to have met a gold medal Olympian, but an openly gay one at that... is rarely seen in elite sports. I gave Johnny Weir a big kiss for that and also got to thank Matthew Mitcham for his authenticity and openness... qualities which sadly put athletes like him at risk of losing endorsements.
I asked him how in big competitions he is able to shut out the massive media and pressure. He said it was easy to stay focused and calm nerves. "It's fun," he said. "You get to be a showpony!"
Mitcham was super articulate and held court... fielding questions like a pro. Here's wishing him well on book sales, his diving career, and a future an on-camera career where he will be allowed to make a splash!
I lived for a few months on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, working on the set of that craptastic epic Speed 2 where I met a big black woman named
Hyacinth. She was everything you might expect in a big black Caribbean woman named Hyacinth - tropical, boisterous, lovely. But one day she
saw me filling out my voucher and she noticed I was writing with my left hand. Hyacinth said to me, "You will do the work of the devil."
told her I was just born this way, but she said that didn't matter.
Hyacinth said she had a daughter who was born that way, but not anymore. Hyacinth proudly told me she beat her
daughter's left hand until she only used her right hand.
Got to hand it to Australia. For all its PC insanity, they do take interesting twists on the way they look at social issues. Take for example this short clip from BeyondBlue. Is it OK to be left-handed?
.... SHE'S COMMMMMING!! My ridiculously funny Fire Island comedy pilot Half-Share is making a splash with its *FREE* worldwide streaming event happening at a computer screen near you! Beware, be brave, and re-live the legend of your summer on Fire Island Pines.
Half-Share now available in the U.S. on Amazon Instant Video!
Through December 31st, 50% of all net profits on DVD, Ustream and Amazon sales will be donated to the Ali Forney Center in NYC which provides homeless LGBT youth with shelter, food, and counseling. Sandy left their offices underwater and they are in desperate need of donations to continue their important work (www.aliforneycenter.org).
I'm addicted to online scrabble "words with friends"and I'm not even GOOD. I'm so terrible that the only game I ever won was when my opponent surrendered. She only surrendered because she was crushing me so badly it wasn't worth continuing! I really need to get familiar with 3-letter words containing an X or a Q that would never be seen outside of a pharmacy. I also have an inkling there is some word breaker app they are using to crush me. And yes, I realize this could be self-delusion.
Friday night, friends in LA send me a photo to say HI. This is what I NORMALLY do with friends:
But when I got this photo I was busy playing "words with friends".
In fact, it's not even words with friends. My friends are not interested in playing because I've come so late to this tired trend, but I just got an iPod touch so... I'm playing strangers. I start games with random opponents from around the world. If they are too slow to take their turn, I start another game.
I woke up Saturday morning with 17 games going. It's taking over my life. I don't even know who I am anymore!
New York, NY: Sean won tickets to Madonna's golden triangle.
The sun don't shine in Madge's Vadge! He also taped Madonna's in-concert monologue where she spoke about smashing separation, and helping each other out after Hurricane Sandy. Check it out and pick up Half-Share while you're at it! 50% of profits are going to the AFC for LGBT homeless youth.
North Queensland, Australia:Bam Bam joined the geeks and freaks (astronomers and astrologists) to check out the full solar eclipse this week. I told him I would get the same effect by closing my eyes... and to take lots of photos with his thumb over the lens.
Tropical clouds threatened to ruin all the interplanetary fun, but they parted at the last minute and I must admit it does look death-star cool.
Half-Share: The Cocktail is always Half-Full. NOW IT'S FREE!
New York, NY. November 14, 2012 - For Immediate Release: Misfit Boys Entertainment, LLC is thrilled to announce the worldwide premiere of a hilarious new gay comedy series, Half-Share, with 50% of profits to benefit the Ali Forney Center affected by hurricane Sandy.
Half-Share is a 30-minute pilot shot on location in Fire Island Pines and featuring an all-star cast of fabulous gay comics including Alec Mapa, Kyle Spidle, Jesse Archer, Jack Plotnick, Kevyn Morrow and Sam Pancake!
Hot on the heels of film festival success spanning three continents, Half-Share will debut its FREE worldwide streaming premiere at 10pm EST/7pm PST (USA) on Tuesday, November 20th at: www.half-share.com&Ustream.tv/channel/half-share. Half-Share is also available immediately on Amazon Instant Video to rent ($1.99) or buy ($4.99 Instant/$14.99 DVD, www.amzn.to/HalfShare)
Through December 31st,50% of all net profits on DVD and Amazon Instant Video sales will be donated to the Ali Forney Center in NYC which provides homeless LGBT youth with shelter, food, and counseling. Sandy left their offices underwater and they are in desperate need of donations to continue their important work (www.aliforneycenter.org). See you at the worldwide premiere. Spread the word!
Sincerely, Misfit Boys Entertainment Jesse Archer & Sean Hanley
This had to be the most cultural weekend I've experienced in Sydney - and by culture I mean seeing things that you don't quite understand even though you're supposed to understand so instead you just applaud. And yes, that does include waking up this morning with grass stains and an empty pizza box. More on that later, but first - how about all these old dictators racing around in motorized wheelchairs?
no disputin' Rasputin!
Ric took me around Paddington art galleries where we caught these incredible figures at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation. These old dudes are meant to "call to mind" various dictators and make you ponder the temporary nature of both life and power.
They also called to mind CREEPY, especially when you're getting chased around the room by a laid out flat Yasser Arafat. There are sensors on the wheelchairs so they don't make actual contact. But still!
This was one of the best things I've ever seen in a gallery. The figures are from the collection of Swiss diplomat and collector, Uli Sigg. Oh look, it's the dictator Walt Whitman!
On Saturday, Richard and I attended the opening night of Pirates of Penzance from Sydney Theatre Company.
It's always very cool to see a huge cast on stage, and they did it all-male. Yes more culture that made no sense. I had no idea what was going on plot-wise... if pressed I would tell you someone fell in love with someone... but it was downright hysterical in places and let's hear it for Gilbert and Sullivan. What other creatives from 1879 are getting play in 2012? Don't you dare say Madonna!
Sunday was the big 40th bash for my dear friend Matthew Dabner. Happy Birthday, Dabner! I first met this Tasmanian angel at USC, and it's been an honor to watch him grow and succeed as a writer and film producer ever since. It was a grand time at Bondi Social Club with him and his friends and family that I somehow ended up in the ocean. Yup. As for the grass stains, I don't even know where to begin!
Obama Re-Elected! The people have spoken, the 1950s can go back to bed and my heart will go on...
What's more? Marriage equality for the very first time has succeeded at the ballot. Maryland, Maine, and Washington State where I'm proud to say my awesome parents helped make equality victorious.
One Republican had his concession speech all ready to roll on the HuffPo, in a piece about how the conservative media got it wrong with all those bloated polls showing the entire country covered in red. I particularly liked this post from the comment thread:
More people than not make me... PROUD to be from the USA!
Here we are at Melbourne Cup - the day Australia comes to a screeching halt for a horse race! It's the day you really want to be gainfully employed because nobody but nobody is doing any work today.
Meanwhile, New York braces for a Nor'easter, galloping in on the heels of Sandy. On Twitter they're competing to name the storm and last I read she was "Sandy's aggravating sister... RIZZO."
There are worse things you could do! Sandy is the real bitch. Parts of New York are still suffering post-hurricane peril and everybody's chipping in. The navy, and marines are in Staten Island. And when they canceled the NY Marathon, thousands of runners redirected their efforts, running around Staten Island on Sunday to deliver emergency supplies. And it appears the #Occupy movement is outperforming the Red Cross in this disaster. Where, you ask, is the tea party movement in all this?
There are a number of ways you can help. If you're in New York they need volunteers and supplies at Occupy Sandy, and they have been wading to the outer boroughs delivering goods and food to people in need.
I used to volunteer at the Ali Forney Center which provides food, shelter, showers, mental health and substance abuse services to homeless youth. Sandy has put their drop-in center underwater, and they need monetary donations to continue providing refuge to those most vulnerable.
Finally, you can shop! There is an online "wedding registry" at Amazon, where you can purchase much-needed and stop-gap supplies that will be delivered to the location and given out immediately.