That Show with Michael Rakosi


Similar to the take that Chelsea Handler’s Girl’s Behaving Badly had on women’s roles and reputations, New York real estate agent/comedian Michael Rakosi’s all-men webisode series, “That Show with Michael Rakosi” is an all guy ‘shoot the shit in a bar’ format featuring No Sports or Politics – masculinity instead of machismo!

“As celebrities dominate every form of media available to us, the quality of content of many shows is steadily diminishing. A decent talk show without celebrities and their lives being show cased is not to be seen much. Men’s issues are rarely touched on TV or web shows. Hosted by Michael Rakosi, this show is akin to men talking at a bar or a table. An online talk show that does not feature any celebrities but deals with important issues men face. Though none of the conversation includes sports or politics, a wide range of topics are covered by this show. It includes verbal jabs, taunts, witticisms, insults and punching which is characteristic of men’s behavior with other men.”

Eight episodes cover Men’s Sexuality (see the Two Spirit People episode), Life Defining Experiences, The Love of Money and that meaning of life question – What is Manhood?

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JT LeRoy vs Laura Albert vs The Truth vs You

My dear friend and fearless storyteller, Laura Albert (JT Leroy) passed along this recent appearance at The Moth here in New York City. The case itself might be old news to you, here’s a recap-

“in 2007 Antidote International Films Inc sued Laura Albert
[ordered to pay $116,500], claiming she had committed fraud when she signed a contract to turn Sarah [her novel, picked up first with adaptation interest by Gus Van Sant] into a feature film as JT Leroy. She was found guilty. Her fans are not the only ones who find this absurd. The Authors Guild wrote an amicus brief in response to the verdict, supporting Laura for the obvious reason that no fraud was committed. What is important to understand is that this verdict is a threat to all artists. It infringes upon free speech” – has most recently declared her a “fake memoirist”

New York Times has accused her of “Faux Fiction”…ridiculous.

Your thoughts are encouraged, as is the time you take to educate yourself on this case.

Stage name, pseudonym, alias, George Eliot?… Does Bowie sign his contracts as David Robert Jones? Maybe Ziggy Stardust.

In the future, everyone will be anonymous for 15 minutes- Banksy

Performance is tucked under the seat.

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MTV steals Jackson’s Final Curtain Call

I was wondering how many years would have to pass before MTV would eventually buy the King of Pop’s fairwell footage, This Is It, and pimp it out on their network? This week the Sony-owned film was bought by the music-television empire and will now be available to the following channels; VH1, VH1 Classic, Palladia, as well as Viacom’s BET and Centric for a six year window

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my many years of devouring music television from each and all of the channels listed above, the rotation of new material is so terribly assembled I’ll be sure to avoid the channel after the debut airing of Jackson’s concert. The twice-a-day screening of Madonna’s recent Confessions tour on VH1 was a numbing couple of weeks… let’s not even start with the terror of re-runs when their awards season comes around!

MTV nabs TV Rights

Oscar AniMANIA!


From the look of most headlines and top stories on our fellow industry websites- the big talk of today was certainly the announcement of this year’s Oscar nominations for Best Animated Feature. A whopping 20 titles make the list:

(Incase you missed the List!)

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks (The Squeakquel)
  • Astro Boy
  • Battle For Terra
  • Cloudy With a Chance Of Meatballs
  • Coraline
  • Disney’s A Christmas Carol
  • The Dolphin: Story of a Dreamer
  • The Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dianosaurs
  • Mary and Max
  • The Missing Lynx
  • Monsters vs Aliens
  • 9
  • Planet 51
  • Ponyo
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • The Seceret of Kells
  • Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
  • A Town Called Panic
  • Up

Including a few of these titles on the list for possible nominations seems a little desperate. I could do without The Chipmunks, Meatballs, Monsters and Aliens myself, but as stated on the Variety article- “Under the rules of the Academy of Motion Pictures & Sciences, there must be at least 16 eligible films in a year to expand to five noms

I happened to enjoy a number of those on the list, and have been looking forward to catching a few more awaiting release.

With most predictions on Up stealing the prize (an outcome I’d be more than pleased with), I won’t be surpirsed to see Mr. Fox, Ponyo or Disney’s return to hand-drawn animation, The Princess and the Frog snuggle close as threatening contenders.


Variety-Oscar Nominees
IndieWire Oscar Nominees

Alfredson’s Next Romance


If a child-vampire love story wasn’t enough for your particluar romance requirements perhaps The Danish Girl, Tomas Alfredson’s next venture will quench your thirst.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicole Kidman play a 1920’s married couple, Kidman in drag (I’d assume), as Einar Wegener husband to artist, Greta. Standing in place of Greta’s model one afternoon, Einar dresses to duplicate the absent female. Gown, dress and shoes to match, thus births Lili, his female alter ego and the lifestyle he eventually decides to make permanent!
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Review: This is It

Scaffolding in silhouette against the backdrop of a towering metropolis, a 3-D graveyard inhabited by lurking ghouls slinging dirt and dust into the blackness of the audience, a lush garden of butterflies and exotic wildlife- destroyed by today’s industrial monsters and forest-munching tractors, an army of futuristic soldiers marching in cadence to the rapid drum pattern leading us into another Jackson classic. These are examples of the vibrant worlds Michael Jackson and choreographer/director Kenny Ortega had created with the intent to take fans through an ultramodern concert experience. Would you like to know more…?

Von Trier’s Box Office Buzz


Chaos Reigns! I caught Antichrist [Kurt’s Review] at the only screen it is publicly playing in New York, The IFC Center on 6th ave. The midnight screening that had shown the night before was a complete sell out and the matinee films for the following day were quickly filling up. Notices were posted up around the box office, on the theater’s exterior as well as inside our waiting room for warning of the extreme gore and violence, alongside it was a “wimp’s guide to surviving Von Trier’s ‘Antichrist.'” The steps were simple, the 63 minute mark and the 85 minute mark are your cues to leave- included were film stills and lines of dialog for scenes that you should watch for to begin packing your bags in order to make it to the exit in time.

Did they post this at everyone’s theater?

As we filed into the 50-something-seat theater, and the rustling of bags and umbrellas let up, I caught a number of wrist watch alarms and cell phone alarms being set- people selecting their ring tone and vibrating patterns for their big escape. Sure enough, on my return from the bathroom at the 55-minute mark, it was only a scene or two before the high-pitched beeping and hum of pocket-alarms broke everyone’s focus. We lost three older ladies and a young guy, not to mention the woman who left immediately after the death of the child.

To say the least, I was dazzled by the film. The movie expresses the basic fears of all women: loss of child, difficulty to deal with pleasure, loss or abandonment from partner, inhibition/exhibition and overall a stunning study of this woman (Gainsbourg)’s decent into Hysteria. However…Horror flick? I don’t think so.

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