Longtime Smoking Nun fave Joe Manganiello is finally cashing in on that hot bod. The 36-year-old actor’s new book Evolution: The Cutting Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You’ve Always Wanted (subtitle: I’m So Damn Hot!) will smack shelves December 3. Merry Christmas, indeed!
Director TJ Scott, who has worked on the likes of Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and other episodic series in New Zealand, is raising funds for breast cancer research via a coffee table book titled In The Tub. Among those featured are celebs from Starz’ Spartacus. Check out the soaking hunks below. From Homorazzi.
The 2012 print edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, published Tuesday, now includes “F-bomb,” “sexting” and “man cave” among about 100 new terms added to the reference. Kory Stamper, an associate editor for Merriam-Webster, told AP that “F-bomb” is “very visually evocative. It’s not just the F-word. It’s F-bomb. You know that it’s going to cause a lot of consternation and possible damage.”
“Brain cramp,” “bucket list,” “energy drink,” “life coach” and “aha moment,” were also added to the 114-year-old print edition of the dictionary, as well as “flexitarian,” “obesogeniccopernicium,” “systemic risk,” “craft beer,” “e-reader,” “game changer,” “gastropub,” “geocaching,” “shovel-ready” and “tipping point.” Online, hundreds of new entries are included each year.
In 2011, “tweet,” “bromance” and “cougar” were among them. No word on whether fuck is also included by Merriam-Webster. *
Read William Levy’s interview with Celebuzz on The Smoking Nun’s sub-blog William Levy Ultimate Fans, the most comprehensive English-language Will webbie on the Internet. See here.
I suppose it makes sense: The area along the now swanky raised park known as the High Line in the Meatpacking District (all too ironic, eh?) used to be the same nabe that offered New York’s most deliciously grimy gay haunts, like Spike, the original Eagle and Roxy.
Last week, its authors Joshua David and Robert Hammond, co-founders of the Friends of the High Line, offered a discussion based on the book, “Behind the Bushes: The Secret Homo History of the High Line,” which covered the historical and contemporary relationship between gay men and changing neighborhoods, preservation and design—and how the gay community has influenced and been influenced by the High Line. More about the book here. *
On Saturday, Donna Mae and I began a 10-hour New York City jaunt that took us from Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn to Central Park to the new Uniqo flagship store on Fifth Avenue, a coolio street fair, the New York Public Library’s main branch behind Bryant Park, Boxer’s bar, Beauty Bar lounge… and finally home for din din. When we got to the city from BK post-carousel, we walked from 59th Street criss-crossing down to 14th Street. We figure we covered three-plus miles on foot.
Here, NYPL, the largest public library in North America, which opened in 1911, and its beautiful, historic third-floor Main Reading Room, which extends a half-acre and has seating for 768, with 25,000 volumes along the walls. As you see in the right pic, it has hardly changed in 100 years.
Pooh brownies? Pooh cheese logs? Pooh jerky? Mmm, imagine the possibilities! The descriptor on amazon offers barely a hint of irony: “This perfect combination of a book and activity in a reusable box offers step-by-step directions for making cookies on sticks(!), pizzas and sandwiches, edible holiday ornaments and more.” I can hardly contain myself.
Smell something funny? Amber C. Jones is publishing a 40-page scratch-n-sniff book, New York, Phew York: A Scratch-N-Sniff Adventure, offering an olfactory jaunt through NYC. Written in rhyming couplets, it follows a family that comes to New York and is given a city tour by a friendly hotel concierge.
Jones, 36, came up with the idea when she caught a delectable whiff of pizza in Times Square. She then narrowly missed stepping in a pile of horse poop. Next, she was engulfed in a cloud of smoke from a kabob vendor. “We’re in such close quarters, you can’t escape the smell,” says Jones, who works as a concierge at a Times Square hotel. “Everyone talks about the smell, whether pastrami sandwiches or pizza.”
The book will feature 20+ odors. “You might step in horse manure and you might trip over a garbage patch,” says Jones, who lives in Flatbush, Brooklyn. “Let’s keep it honest.” For example, Little Italy will smell like pizza. The Upper East Side will carry whiffs of pastrami sandwiches. And Central Park will be a mix of manure and trees. Other scents will include fish, garbage, churros, pickles and bagels.
Most publishers balked at the cost of developing the custom-made smells, so Jones took her cause to Kickstarter, an online fundraising webbie. She is asking for $20,000 in donations, which will allow her to print up to 5,000 copies. So far, she has raised $3,000. She hopes to distribute the book to hotel gift shops, tourist outlets, bookstores and airports.
James Franco first made a name for himself in Hollywood in the 2001 biopic James Dean, for which he won a Golden Globe. So how fitting that the fine actor is now directing the film Sal, about the life and career of another idol of The Smoking Nun, Sal Mineo.
Dean and Mineo, of course, starred with Natalie Wood in 1955’s Rebel Without A Cause, for which Mineo was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as quietly gay character Plato.
He next appeared in Exodus, scoring another Oscar nod and winning a Golden Globe award. Mineo also had a small but meaningful role in Dean’s third and final flick Giant; and a roaring good time in the title role of The Gene Krupa Story in 1959, for which he learned to play a mad set of drums. Bizarrely, he also played Milo in Escape From the Planet of the Apes in 1971.
Sadly, Mineo—one of the first openly gay actors—was murdered at the age of 37 in 1976.
Sal is based on a new biography of Mineo by Michael Gregg Michaud, and stars relative unknown Val Lauren in the title role. Filming wrapped at the end of June, with a release in 2013. The first stills from Sal have just been released, below the Mineo collage.