Jan 7, 2017

Davis Cleveland Hangs Out with the Big Boys

If you watch the Disney Channel, you've probably seen the 14-year old child star Davis Cleveland around.

The Houston native started out modeling and doing television commercials, then moved to Los Angeles at age 6.  He guest starred on several Disney Channel teencoms, including Hannah Montana and Zeke and Luther, before being cast as Flynn Jones, crazy little brother of the teenage dancer CeCe on Shake It Up (2010-2013).

More recently Davis has starred in Rufus (2016), about a boy whose pet dog turns into a boy played by the immeasurably feminine Jace Norman of Henry Danger.  The sequel, Rufus 2, will appear in 2017.

Also in 2017, presumably around Halloween, we'll see him (or hear him anyway) in the animated comedy BOO (Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, as a child version of Seth Rogan's character.

In his free time, Davis enjoys rollerblading, martial arts, video games, charity work, and social media.

Kids today figure "it" out at an early age, so you're probably wondering, has Davis said anything one way or another?

Not that I can find online, but I love the fact that he likes hanging out with the the big boys.

Like Kenton Duty (Gunther on Shake It Up).

And Adam Irigoyan, Deuce Martinez on Shake It Up.

The caption to this instagram photo reads "Hold me closer, young Tony Danza."

I find it remarkable that a 14-year old would be familiar with the Elton John song, and the way the line "Hold me closer, tiny dancer" was misheard as "Tony Danza."

And that he would know who Tony Danza is...

Ok, who cares?  They're hugging.

This is probably Dylan Sprouse from The Suite Life and those nude selfies.  It might be Cole.

I don't know who this is, but I'd like to.  Davis seems impressed.

Maybe he walked up to a random guy at the gym and asked, "Can I take a selfie with your bicep?"

Jan 5, 2017

Tim Matheson

During the 1960s, Tim Matheson voiced some of my favorite cartoon adventurers -- Jonny Quest, Sinbad Jr., Jace on Space Ghost, Young Samson -- all with strong homoerotic friendships.

I didn't actually see him on screen until Yours, Mine, and Ours (1968), about a blended family with 18 kids.   He plays 18-year old Mike, a clean-cut footballer who expresses no interest in girls -- but takes his shirt off, revealing a magnificent physique.

You didn't see shirtless teenagers much in the 1960s.  I was stunned.  And hooked.

I saw him on tv a lot during the 1970s: not a lot of shirtless shots, but lots of intense, passionate same-sex relationships.  For instance, in The Quest, which lasted for only 15 episodes in the fall of 1976, Tim and Kurt Russell play brothers who didn't grow up together, and therefore treat each other more like lovers as they travel the Old West in search of their kidnapped sister.

In The Runaway Barge (1976), Tim and Bo Hopkins, workers on a barge on the Mississippi, struggle to keep it from crashing with a load of chlorine, and end up walking into the sunset together.

 Then something changed.  In Animal House  (1978), Otter (Tim) displayed a beautifully tanned chest in a toga.

Unfortunately, he formed no strong bonds with any of the other boys of Delta House.  Instead, he spent the movie sleeping with every woman in sight, including the Dean's wife.

I continued to go to Tim's movies for a few years.  He was displayed in his underwear or nude a lot, but sometimes beefcake is not enough.

He often played horny teen slackers with little time for same-sex romance.  In Up the Creek (1984), about an intercollegiate rafting race, his Bob has three buddies (Stephen Furst, Dan Monahan, Sandy Helberg), but doesn't buddy-bond with any of them.

Or else New Sensitive Men (like Ryan O'Neal), slim and handsome, but so busy bedding women that they didn't have a lot of time for same-sex romance.

 In A Little Sex (1982), for instance, Michael (Tim Matheson) has a long-term girlfriend plus the dreamy-eyed glances of every woman in town -- but his only male friend is his brother (Edward Herrman).

Or else Ordinary Guys and their wives and kids caught up in paranormal horror.  In Impulse (1984), an earthquake in a small town gives everyone poor impulse control.  Before long, they're fighting, stealing, and having indiscriminate heterosexual sex.

What changed?  The shift from television to movies?  From teen to adult? Or did the culture change, 1980s conservativism, mechanical bulls, "Real Men Don't Eat Quiche," making close same-sex friendships suspect?

I gave up in the mid-1980s.  Since then, Tim has been in over 60 movies  I've seen three.

Jan 4, 2017

The Gay Couple of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015-) takes the standard sitcom premise -- innocent in the big city, surrounded by crazies. -- and turns it upside down.  Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) is a scatterbrained yet high-powered corporate attorney who realizes that the only time she was really happy in her life was at summer camp ten years ago, when she had a brief romance with Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III).

So she moves to West Covina, California to stalk him.

She gets a job at the law firm of the quirky, boundary-less Darryl Whitefeather (Pete Gardner), finds a best friend/co-conspirator (Donna Lynne Champlin), and embarks upon crazy schemes.

First up: she dates Josh's friend Greg (Santino Fontana, right) in an attempt to get closer to Josh.

Next: she signs up for yoga classes taught by Josh's girlfriend Valencia (Gabrielle Ruiz), in an attempt to find a "hook" to break them up.

She wrangles an invitation to Thanksgiving dinner.

She pushes herself into a beach date with Josh's posse: Greg, Valencia, the gay gym rat White Josh (David Hull, left), and Hector (Erick Lopez, below).

The plot summaries make it sound like Rebecca is a villain, but she's such a wide-eyed innocent that we sympathize with her.

Besides, Josh isn't much of a prize himself: he's controlling, manipulative, narcissistic, and sort of dumb.  Even his friends don't really like him.

Meanwhile, Darryl, Rebecca's boss, comes out as "both-sexual."

It's nice to see a bisexual character on tv who's not being portrayed as confused or a threat, but when he starts dating White Josh, my suspension of disbelief is strained.

I'm all for older-younger relationships -- I've been in several -- but what on Earth does the super-muscular gym rat see in the bumbling porn stache?

The second season isn't up on Netflix yet, but according to the fan wiki, they're still dating, with rather a stable relationship amid the constantly-shifting heterosexual machinations of Rebecca-Josh-Greg-Valencia-Heather.

Jan 3, 2017

Jerry O'Connell's Secret Identity

During the late 1980s, the conservative political atmosphere resurrected the old "I've Got a Secret" sitcom genre of the 1960s (Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Mr. Ed, My Favorite Martian).  Nuclear families were harboring a child-robot (Small Wonder, 1985-1989), wisecracking aliens (Alf, 1986-1990), and a Bigfoot (Harry and the Hendersons, 1991-1993).  Kids were aliens (Out of this World, 1987-1991), superheroes (My Secret Identity, 1988-91), and spies (The New Adventures of Beans Baxter, 1987-88).  Not surprisingly, many of them featured gay subtexts.

My Secret Identity starred Jerry O'Connell, aged 14 to 16, no longer the chubby, buzzcut kid of Stand by Me (1986), but getting noticeably taller and more muscular before our eyes.

Until by the final season, he had become a teen hunk,  ready for shirtless roles in Calendar Girl (1993) and Sliders (1995-2000).

One episode even involves him becoming a media sensation after he is photographed in his underwear.

His character, Andrew Clement, was accidentally zapped with a photon beam in the lab of his scientist friend, Dr. Benjamin Jeffcoate (Derek McGrath), giving him an unknown number of unpredictable superpowers.  Plots involved learning to use and misuse his powers, plus the standard evil teachers, bratty little sister, bullies, sports teams, and dating -- but not a lot of dating.  Only 7 episodes out of 72 involve Andrew being in love with some girl.

Instead, in the second season, Kirk (Christopher Bolton) comes to town, and the two display an instant, stammering, tongue-lolling attraction (so as to not make it obvious that they have fallen in love at first sight, the script makes them old friends who are reuniting).

They are inseparable for the remainder of the series, taking jobs together, working on sports and hobbies, breaking up and reconciling.  And more than once, Kirk requires rescue, leading to a "my hero" moment.

Jan 1, 2017

Top 10 Hunks of "Supergirl"

Supergirl (2015-) is a tv series on Netflix based on the DC comics character: Kara Zor-El, the cousin of Kal-El (Superman), arrives on Earth somewhat later and goes into the superhero business for herself in National City (Los Angeles).

Cousin Kal-El is rarely mentioned by name. Kara (Melissa Benoist) fights villains on her own, notably her Aunt Astra from Krypton, who wants to take over the world.

Meanwhile she butt heads with her two bosses, the media mogul Cat Grant (Calista Flockheart) and Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), head of the alien-hunting DEO.

And negotiates a relationship with her older, non-superpowered sister (Chyler Leigh), who also works for the DEO.

And ruminates endlessly over romantic relationships.

It's very complicated, deliberately silly, and entirely gay-free.  Fortunately, the beefcake is endless.  Here are the top 10 hunks of the first season.

1. Jeremy Jordan as Winn Schott, Kara's quirky bff and computer-hacking Scooby.  Jordan wanted his character to be gay, but the producers nixed that idea, instead giving him an unrequited crush on Kara.

2. Mehcad Brooks as a beefed-up Jimmy Olson, here "James," a Pulitzer-prize winning photographer who has on-off relationships with both Kara and Lucy Lane (Lois's younger sister).

3. Peter Facinelli as Maxwell Lord, a hunky, fast-talking super-scientist who heads a multi-billion dollar tech firm, has an on-off relationship with Kara's sister, and alternates between villain and ally.

4. Robert Gant as Zor-El, Kara's father back on Krypton, in flashbacks and holo-scenes.  He hasn't taken off his shirt yet, but one can home.

5. Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, aka the Flash, guest-starring from his own series.  His bulge enters a room three seconds before the rest of him.

More after the break.


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