Categories The Boys in the Band

TimeOut: Originally staged a year before the Stonewall riots, groundbreaking play The Boys in the Band is finally Broadway bound

TimeOut: Originally staged a year before the Stonewall riots, groundbreaking play The Boys in the Band is finally Broadway bound

When The Boys in the Band opens on the Great White Way this month, it will be one hell of a celebration, marking the 50th anniversary of the Off Broadway debut with a hotly anticipated cast that comprises only openly gay actors. Roughly a month out from opening night, however, the troupe has yet to move into the Booth Theatre. They’re not even in New York. Instead, the production has temporarily relocated to Downtown Los Angeles to make life easier for lead Jim Parsons, who’s busy filming The Big Bang Theory. Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto, too, is double-booked, recording a voiceover for an upcoming series. Meanwhile, Andrew Rannells (of Girls fame) is about to drop a PBS concert special, and Matt Bomer (Magic Mike) is spending his few available hours with his three kids.

This scheduling madness is one reason why Boys promises to be a treat: There probably won’t be another chance to see together onstage this caliber of actors from Hollywood’s first out-and-proud generation—or at least not anytime soon.

The first of its kind, Mart Crowley’s 1968 drama follows a droll but tortured group of gay men during a birthday gone wrong. (Parsons plays the host and Quinto the birthday boy in an emotionally cramped Upper East Side apartment.) The original production boasted tons of buzz and a 1,000-plus-date Off Broadway run, but Boys wasn’t without its critics. LGBT groups protested the 1970 film adaptation, directed by William Friedkin (The Exorcist), citing its dour depiction of gay life. While each actor in the 2018 revival has wrestled with the play, each, too, seems to have evolved alongside his role. For Bomer, who’s making his Broadway debut, Boys has encouraged him to revisit his own coming-of-age. Parsons is forthright in admitting his initial hesitation, while Rannells, the stage veteran of the bunch, is endearingly confident. Quinto, cited by castmates as the most introspective, is just that. As one of the first productions to put queerness front and center, Boys continues to be meaningful, especially for its players. It takes no time for them to start sermonizing on why this historically polarizing story still feels necessary five decades on.

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Categories Anything

(Watch) ‘Anything’ trailer

(Watch) ‘Anything’ trailer

The trailer for Anything was released this week! Based on McNeil’s 2007 play of the same name, the film casts John Carroll Lynch as Early, a heartbroken widower who attempts to get his life back together after the sudden death of his wife. That includes a move to Hollywood, where he meets charming next door neighbor Freda (Bomer), tentatively embarking on a relationship with the trans sex worker that few other people in his life understand.

“Anything” opens in New York in May 11 and Los Angeles and other markets on May 18.

Categories 7 For All Mankind

Matt Bomer Stars in New Campaign for 7 For All Mankind

Matt Bomer Stars in New Campaign for 7 For All Mankind

Matt Bomer is one of 10 dynamic icons from all corners of the industry starring in the new spring 2018 campaign for 7 For All Mankind. His ad features his handwritten quote, “Don’t be afraid to go down the rabbit hole.” The official website has also a page dedicated to him, with some other quotes.

Watch the campaign below, and also check pictures added in our gallery.

Categories Other Projects

Matt Bomer Directorial Debut at American Crime Story – Creator/Destroyer

Matt Bomer Directorial Debut at American Crime Story – Creator/Destroyer

The American Crime Story episode Matt made his directorial debut, Creator/Destroyer, aired last March 13. FX released a video with some behind-the-scenes look of Matt on set, which you can watch below:

Matt also gave several interviews about his work behind the cameras.

TVLine – “I wanted the producers to know I was taking this seriously, that they weren’t just putting the camera in the hands of somebody who was just hoping to cruise by,” he says. “I called my representatives who were talking about acting jobs, and I told them, ‘Put everything on hold. This is what I’m doing, this is it.’”

Bomer’s episode chronicles Gianni Versace and Andrew Cunanan’s radically different upbringings, showing how “success brought out the worst in Andrew and the best in Gianni.”

“We want to see [Andrew] as a three-dimensional human being,” Bomer says, “but the real challenge of this episode is: Can we sympathize with a monster and see that he was also a victim? We’re all ultimately responsible for the decisions we make and the actions we take, but this is someone who was near to violence at a very young age, who was treated like a spouse by both his mother and his father. The central question of this episode is: What makes one person a creator and one person a killer?”

VarietyWhat was the biggest thing you learned about directing by working on “Versace”?

I think I learned my process — or at least the beginnings of my process, which is a huge thing. Now I know I can do it. The first cut was 90 minutes, which we shot in 12 days, which is a lot — a lot! We had to cut it down to 60 minutes. But I think a huge part of it is just getting it done that first time, and I’m so lucky that I was able to rely on the DGA, to rely on professionals in the industry who were generous enough to say, “Here’s how to do it.” I read all of these books, and I kind of created my own way to approach a scene. A lot of it is the script you’re given, and you have to develop a technique, and this was a safe environment in which to do [that] because I had worked with so many of these people before, and I knew the talent they had.

With a 90-minute director’s cut of the episode, was there anything you wish you could have left in?

There was a scene with older Gianni and his mother, and it was really beautiful, but it kind of came in toward the end after we hadn’t seen him for two or three acts. All of a sudden he was there, and it sort of took us out of the story we were so invested in with Andrew getting to Manila and getting to his father. And at a certain point you have to whittle down to what serves the theme the most.

He also talked about his other projects with USA Today while promoting Versace:

USA TodayQ: In April, you’ll be on Broadway for a 50th-anniversary presentation of The Boys in the Band, a 1968 play about a group of gay men produced by Murphy and also starring Zachary Quinto, Jim Parsons and Andrew Rannells.

Bomer: This is an important piece of our history. A lot of my LGBT history started with the AIDS movement, ACT UP and Torch Song Trilogy. I didn’t know about pre-Stonewall (1969) gay life because so much was in the shadows. (Boys) isn’t about all gay people in the 1960s, but a specific group on this night. You have to understand there was an incredible amount of turmoil, frustration, anger and self-loathing built up because they were told by society they were not equals. They could not even dance together in public without being arrested. … It’s important to remember how far we’ve come, the fact that it’s an entirely openly gay cast of actors telling the story now, which would have been unimaginable 50 years ago.

Q: You squeezed in two film roles in recent months, too?

Bomer: Vulture Club is about a woman (Susan Sarandon) whose (journalist) son is taken hostage by the Taliban. She discovers a group called the Vulture Club that is there to help her find different avenues to bring him home. I play a foreign correspondent who is close to her son and spearheads the campaign. … Papi Chulo is about loneliness. I play a Los Angeles weatherman who has a nervous breakdown on camera and then ends up forming an unlikely friendship with a migrant worker. It’s a dark comedy, moments of real pathos and moments of just comedy.

Some promotionals, screen captures and on set images has been added to the gallery:

Categories Gallery Television

Gallery: ‘ACS: Versace’ For Your Consideration Event

Gallery: ‘ACS: Versace’ For Your Consideration Event

Last March 19 Matt attended, alongside cast and crew of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story an event with a Q&A during the season finale episode at the Director Guild of America in Los Angeles. Our gallery was updated with several pictures of the arrivals, but it seems Matt didn’t took part of the stage Q&A as there’s no picture of him alongside the cast/executive producers. Enjoy!

Categories Gallery

Gallery: ‘Love, Simon’ Special Screening And Performance

Gallery: ‘Love, Simon’ Special Screening And Performance

Matt and Simon attended last March 13 a screening for Love, Simon in Los Angeles. A few days ago, he and his husband, Simon Halls, bought out the movie theater for locals in his hometown of Spring, Texas, to watch the coming-of-age love story between two teenage boys. Bomer offered free movie tickets to anyone who was available to see it.

Love, Simon stars Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel as parents to high school student Simon, played by Nick Robinson, who struggles to tell his loved ones he’s gay. The film is based on Becky Albertalli’s book Simon vs. the Homo sapiens Agenda.

In an interview with OUT Magazine in May 2017, Bomer said he was raised in a conservative Christian home where he wasn’t allowed to watch “secular” TV. The star, who realized he was gay while performing classics such as Romeo and Juliet and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, knew telling his parents would be a challenge.

“Telling your family is a huge, huge deal,” Bomer said. “I really view my life as divided between the time before I told my parents, and the time after. And the decisions I made, and the life I lived, before and after, are vastly different. It’s night and day.”

Check pictures added in our gallery.

Categories Gallery

Gallery: Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Gallery: Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Hello, everyone! Finally my offline life has been sorted out and I’m back updating. Matt has been busy this month, so let’s do all updates in separated posts. To start, earlier this month he attended, alongside husband Simon, the Vanity Fair party and pictures are now added in our gallery.

Categories Walking Out

‘Walking Out’ DVD Screen Captures

‘Walking Out’ DVD Screen Captures

Walking Out was released on DVD last February 6th – and its also available in digital video on demand.

Screen captures has now added in our gallery. I’ve got the domain back when was released on digital video, but decided to wait until the DVD was released so everyone could see it. It’s really beautiful. Enjoy!