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Battle of the Network Stars #54: 2014-15 TV Season

Where the Bears Are is worth watching

Check out Chicago's LGBT Film Festival Sept. 18-25

10 Groovy Things to Do in September

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Groovy Giveaway: Erasure's new album, The Violet Flame



Courtesy of The Karpel Group, this week's Groovy Giveaway is three Deluxe 2-CD copies of The Violet Flame, the brand new album from the iconic Erasure produced by Richard X and featuring the new single, "Elevation."

Available Now!

In addition to the standard CD, The Violet Flame will be available in a Deluxe 2-CD edition, with a bonus disc featuring Erasure’s legendary live performance at Mute’s Short Circuit festival in 2011. Deluxe 3-CD box sets, VIP Ticket Bundles and more are also available at pledgemusic.com/erasure.

Standard - Amazon: http://smarturl.it/TVFCD / iTunes: http://smarturl.it/TVFDigital
2-CD set - Amazon: http://smarturl.it/TVFCDdlx / iTunes: http://smarturl.it/TVFCDdlx

See Erasure on tour in North America this Fall!
Sept 26 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata - The Music Box
Sept 27 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
Sept 28 - Homestead, PA (Pittsburgh) - Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
Sept 30 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
Oct 1 - Royal Oak, MI (Detroit) - Royal Oak Music Theatre
Oct 3 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
Oct 4 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
Oct 5 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
Oct 8 - Nashville, TN - War Memorial Auditorium
Oct 10 - Houston, TX - Bayou Music Center
Oct 11 - Houston, TX - Bayou Music Center
Oct 12 - San Antonio, TX - Tobin Center for the Perf. Arts
Oct 14 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Oct 15 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
Oct 17 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
Oct 18 - Austin, TX - ACL Live
Oct 19 - Austin, TX - ACL Live
Oct 21 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
Oct 22 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey's
Oct 24 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
Oct 25 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
Oct 26 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Theatre
Oct 28 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Oct 29 - Salt Lake City - UT Capitol Theatre
Oct 31 - Las Vegas, NV - Palms Casino Resort
Nov 1 - Oakland, CA - The Fox

Visit www.erasureinfo.com for additional details.

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To enter to win this Groovy Giveaway, please email your name and address to deepdishdrama@aol.com. Winners must have a US mailing address, and entries close at midnight on Monday, September 29 (CST).

Dish of the Day #1493: Hot Man Reading


Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured. If you haven't yet voted in last week's Deep Dish Pool Party, choose your three favorite hunks in the sidebar poll.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Reeling Review #10: See Blackbird and Gerontophilia at Chicago's LGBT Film Festival



Blackbird and Gerontophilia are very different movies, but each of them introduce us to a talented young actor making his feature film debut - Julian Walker and Pier-Gabriel Lajoie, respectively - and both their performances are worth seeing.

Dish of the Day #1492: Hot Man Reading


Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured. If you haven't yet voted in last week's Deep Dish Pool Party, choose your three favorite hunks in the sidebar poll.

Today's Dish is Caio Cesar.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Web Series Worth Watching: Tuc Watkins & Adam Ridge in Where the Bears Are



Web Series of the Week: Where the Bears Are
This comedy mystery series about three gay bear roommates continues to make me laugh in its current third season as Nelson, Reggie and Wood try to solve the murders of some young models in the adult film industry. In the latest episodes, the handsome and hilarious Tuc Watkins (Desperate Housewives, One Life to Live) returns as Nelson's acting rival, Dickie Calloway, who appeared as a child in the Christina Crawford birthday party scene in Mommie Dearest. And now he has been cast as a deputy opposite Nelson's sheriff in a low-budget horror film, which does not make Nelson a happy camper. Meanwhile, Reggie confronts a hunky private investigator who arouses his sexual Tourette's (played by Australian actor Adam Ridge), and there is also a killer loose on the movie set. The perfect combination of comedy, suspense and hot guys is what makes Where the Bears Are one of the most enjoyable web series to watch - and I can't wait to see the rest of the season.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Remembering Polly Bergen 1930 - 2014



Actress Polly Bergen, who died earlier today at age 84, appeared in many films, including At War with the Army (1950), That's My Boy (1951), The Stooge (1952), Cape Fear (1962), The Caretakers (1963), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Drama, Move Over, Darling (1963), Kisses for My President (1964) as the first female President, Making Mr. Right (1987), John Waters' Cry-Baby (1990), A Very Serious Person (2006) and Struck by Lightning (2012) as Chris Colfer's grandmother.

Bergen starred in her own comedy/variety show, The Polly Bergen Show, which aired on NBC in 1957-58, and she won an Emmy Award in 1958 for her performance in the live Playhouse 90 drama, The Helen Morgan Story. She also received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries for The Winds of War (1983) and its 1988-89 sequel, War and Remembrance, as well as one for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Desperate Housewives (2007), in which she played Felicity Huffman's mother in 10 episodes. Her other television credits include an unsold 1990 sitcom pilot of Steel Magnolias (as Clairee), the 1991-92 sitcom, Baby Talk, and the 2005-06 drama, Commander in Chief (as the mother of the first female President).

The actress also enjoyed a successful recording career in the 1950s and early '60s, and her Broadway credits include the 1959 musical, First Impressions, a 1990 appearance in the play, Love Letters (with Robert Vaughn), the 2001 revival of Follies, for which she received a Tony Award nomination as Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Cabaret (2002) as Fraulein Schneider, and Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (2003) with Mark Hamill.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate the life and career of Ms. Bergen.

Reeling Review #9: See Eat With Me at Chicago's LGBT Film Festival



Writer/director David Au's first feature film, Eat With Me, made me hungry for Chinese dumplings, which the lead characters make in the movie. It also made me smile quite often with its sweet and charming story of a mother and her gay son becoming better acquainted.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Win tickets to see Paloma Faith at Chicago's Park West on October 1



Courtesy of The Karpel Group, today I'm giving away a pair of tickets to see acclaimed U.K. singer-songwriter Paloma Faith LIVE on tour at Chicago's Park West on October 1. One lucky winner will receive a pair of tickets to Paloma’s show PLUS a copy of her brand new album, A Perfect Contradiction, featuring the hit single "Only Love Can Hurt Like This."

A Perfect Contradiction will be available October 7: http://smarturl.it/PF_PC

"A funkier collection of snappy, percussion-led tracks that nod to 70s disco" - The Observer

Paloma Faith Fall 2014 U.S. Tour Dates:
September 26 at NYC's Highline Ballroom
September 27 at Washington D.C.'s U Street Music Hall
September 29 at Cambridge's Middle East Downstairs
October 1 at Chicago's Park West
October 2 at Minneapolis' Triple Rock Social Club
October 4 at San Diego's SOMA
October 5 at Los Angeles' Roxy Theatre
October 6 at San Francisco's Slim’s
October 8 at Portland's Wonder Ballroom
October 9 at Seattle's The Crocodile

Tickets available now! http://www.palomafaith.com/en-us/tour

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http://twitter.com/Palomafaith
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To enter to win this Groovy Giveaway, please email your name and address to deepdishdrama@aol.com. Winners must have a US mailing address, and entries close at midnight on Monday, September 22 (CST).

Deep Dish Pool Party #87


The rules are simple - each week I feature 10 Dishes of the Day and you get to invite your three favorites over for some wet and wild fun at the Deep Dish Pool Party. The five guys who receive the most votes get to stay, and the following week five new Dishes are added to the guest list.

1) Dish #531: Matt
Last Week #1, Week 5, 32 invites out of 205



2) Dish #1485
W2, 27 invites


Dish of the Day #1491: Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!


Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured. Click here to vote for your three favorite Dishes in this week's Deep Dish Pool Party poll.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Reeling Review #8: See Skanks and Peter de Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn at Chicago's LGBT Film Festival



Since I assume that many of my readers appreciate both musicals and gay porn, here are two documentaries worth seeing on each topic.

Director David McMahon's Skanks follows a community theatre in Birmingham, Alabama, as they put on a show called Skanks in a One Horse Town, a musical written and directed by a gay man named Billy Ray Brewton. This slice-of-life documentary introduces us to some colorful characters, including gay cast members Chuck Duck (who actually has an uncle named Donald) and Juan Carlos Batlle (whose hilarious "fisting" conversation with his father is worth the price of admission). We also get to know what it's been like for these men to grow up in conservative Birmingham where football and religion reign supreme. As for the musical, it's about three skanks (played by three guys in drag) at Studio 54 in 1978 who get sent back to the Old West of 1878 by a time-traveling disco ball. If that sounds like you're kind of show, then I think you might enjoy spending time with these Skanks.

Dish of the Day #1490: Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!


Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured. If you haven't yet voted in last week's Deep Dish Pool Party, choose your three favorite hunks in the sidebar poll.

Today's Dish is Matt York.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Battle of the Network Stars #54: 2014-15 TV Season


HBO won the 53rd Battle of the Network Stars, and the following stars will be moving on to Round 2:

Laurie Metcalf (Getting On/HBO)
Justin Theroux (The Leftovers/HBO)
Murray Bartlett (Looking/HBO)
Jonathan Groff (Looking/HBO)
Robin Williams (The Crazy Ones/CBS)
Margo Martindale (The Millers/CBS)
Allison Janney (Mom/CBS)
Angela Bassett (American Horror Story: Coven/FX)
Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Coven/FX)
Frances Conroy (American Horror Story: Coven/FX)
Justin Hartley (Revenge/ABC)
Rebel Wilson (Super Fun Night/ABC)
James Spader (The Blacklist/NBC)
Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Dracula/NBC)
Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine/Fox)
Josh Hartnett (Penny Dreadful/Showtime)

Now on to our 54th battle, which features 32 stars of the upcoming 2014-15 TV season:






Dish of the Day #1489: Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!


Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured. If you haven't yet voted in last week's Deep Dish Pool Party, choose your three favorite hunks in the sidebar poll.

Today's Dish is Landon Conrad.