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READ: All Of Your Pop Culture Fixes For May



And you! And you! And you! You’re gonna love….MAYYYYYYYYY! If you don’t get that reference I don’t know how we’re even friends. We are friends right? Oh god, this is not the time to shake my fragile ego. Maybe I can convince you to be my best-friend-forever by providing you with a slew of entertainment to get you through May? I knew you’d come around…That’s right, as Spring marches on we have no time to stop and smell the roses because there is A LOT of precious, precious entertainment we need to absorb. Let’s take a look at what’s coming up this month:

Television: (Click title for more information)

Cobra Kai May 2 on YouTube Red

Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition May 11 at 8p EST on CBS

Citizen Rose May 17 at 10p EST on E!

2018 Billboard Music Awards May 20 at 8p EST on NBC

2018 Miss USA May 21 at 8p EST on FOX

***Editor’s Choice***

Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance May 13 at 8p EST on Lifetime

Some may say I am a hopeless romantic…the haters might say I have princess envy…either way I am tuning in to see this biographical love story. Lifetime’s knack for tugging heartstrings seems to supply the foundation for this film as the network promises to show viewers the courtship of the now-iconic couple. In addition to the love, viewers will also see how the Royal Family dealt with accepting a once divorced, American actress into their kingdom. This looks to be an adult’s version of a Disney tale, so be sure to cosy up with your own prince/princess charming…finally an excuse to wear my Cinderella tiara…

Movies (Click title for more information)

Overboard  May 4

Tully May 4

Life of the Party May 11

Breaking In May 11

Deadpool 2 May 18

Solo: A Star Wars Story May 25

***Editor’s Choice***

Ok, maybe it’s because I just binge-watched every episode of Grace and Frankie but this movie looks so good! I am sure lots of those basic b’s would be listing Deadpool 2 as their movie choice, but allow me…a much more complex b…to sway you. This movie is what happens when The Golden Girls meets Girls Trip. The premise is about 4 longtime gal pals who run a book club and decide to give 50 Shades Of Grey a read. The book inspires the women to spice up their own sex lives, and hijinks ensue. There is an all star cast behind this one with Jane Fonda, Candace Bergen, Diane Keaton, and Mary Steenburgen taking the lead. There is a scene about being roofied with Viagra….are you intrigued yet?!?


The Rain May 4

A Little Help With Carol Burnett May 4

The Who Was Show May 11

Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife May 13

***Editor’s Choice***

The Break With Michelle Wolf

After comedian Michelle Wolf KILLED IT at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner last weekend, how can I not choose this show?!? Wolf is the hilarious, frizzy haired, redhead that every gay man wants to be besties with…omg she’s the public’s Grace Adler! Netflix describes this show as “a weekly half-hour variety/sketch series, will have jokes, sketches, celebrities, and more.” I. Am. Sold.

Broadway/Off-Broadway (click title for more information)

Summer and Smoke Opens May 3

Long Day’s Journey Into Night Opens May 8

Twelfth Night Opens May 13

Woman and Scarecrow Opens May 20

***Editor’s Choice***

The Boys In The Band Opens on May 31

As the only Broadway show on the list, it is a bit of an obvious choice. Contrary to what the title may leave you to believe, this is not a show about N’Sync….or any other 90’s boy band for that matter. Instead, it is a gripping play about a group of friends and the harsh realities that may ultimately divide them. The original production of this show ran in the late 60’s and was one of the first public works to present a story that centered on a group of homosexuals. The cast for this revival is amazing with Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Jim Parsons and Andrew Rannells headlining. This will surely be the must-see show of the season!


Charlie Puth Voicenotes – May 7

James Bay Electric Light – May 18

Mean Girls Original Cast Recording – May 18

Hoobastank Push Pull – May 25

Snow Patrol Wilderness – May 25

***Editor’s Choice***

Frozen Original Cast Recording – May 11

So this might be a bit of a stretch for those who aren’t big Broadway fans, but I couldn’t justify crediting Hoobastank as my choice.. Frozen was actually an amazing musical, both in it’s soundtrack as well as it’s spectacle. With Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez adding new music to the film’s score, the entire show feels like a fuller, fleshed out version of the animated hit. Don’t let it go and skip this soundtrack, it is definitely worth the listen!


May’s looking pretty good right? So…we are besties again? Perfect because while you were reading I took the time to fasten up some friendship bracelets…hope you like human hair! Enjoy the list, and see you next month!



Watch Brian Balthazar and Wendy Williams Talk About What’s Trending Now



Always SO much fun going on the Wendy Williams show to talk about what’s trending! In this case, the best part (for me at least!) was wearing a creating by art director Michael Lee Scott, who recreated the iconic hat worn by Billy Porter at the Grammys! What a recreation!

Brian Balthazar Billy Porter Hat



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Wendy Stuart Kaplan Knows How To Party – Now She’s Throwing An Epic One Of Her Own!



Wendy Stuart Kaplan knows her way around a party. In her book, ‘She’s The Last Model Standing,” she wrote about her headline grabbing days at Studio 54, and now throws more than a few of her own. The latest is her “Reading For Filth” and her birthday extravaganza, where she, hosts Eileen Dover and Nick Lion and others (including yours truly!) will perform a collection of wildly entertaining essays, poems, comedic rants and more. The kind of person who is so ‘on the go’ you get exhausted just thinking about it (she, however, does not) I caught up with her as she was taking a break between a radio show, a modeling job and a party tonight. If you want to catch up with Wendy, you have to be flexible… she’s probably got a full schedule that day! Her party this Friday is one that will not only celebrate a wildly varied and entertaining life, but also celebrate the spoken word from a variety of performers.

Anyone who’s ready your book “She’s The Last Model Standing” knows you’ve been partying since studio 54 – when did you first realize you were a party girl?

I first realized when I came back to New York after college! I wasn’t until then, because there was no good place to party.

Where did you go to school?

SUNY Binghamton where I majored in anthropology – and then I went to Nigeria! I definitely enjoyed partying eventually, but back then I really, really wanted to go to Africa, which I did!  I have gone back often, most recently to work on my documentaries.

Wendy Kaplan was a bold faced name for tearing up the dance floor AND going home right after.

That’s wild! But it’s not surprising to hear of that passion since you make films about wildlife conservation there. But your festive side eventually DID come out! We all know you now as a social butterfly! Whether you’re at a party, or working a film premiere – but were you as confident and comfortable in the spotlight as a kid as you are now?

I was an oddball kid. I had two things: I had my friends in the Bronx, and the ones that I had in school and they didn’t mix all that well. I loved growing up there, that was home – but I remember as a kid I would get stomachaches before parties! How weird is that? Until you asked me I had forgotten all about that.

What were you worrying about?

Social pressures – what if nobody talks to me – oh my god, I’m not pretty. I had a short mop of brown hair because my mom thought I looked better with short hair, and I had chubby cheeks. I didn’t love that look. I used to put on wigs as a kid and imagine myself with long blonde hair!

And here we are! 

Here we are, right? Long blonde hair. I morphed into it. I’m totally self made!

Tell me more about Reading for Filth – your event this Friday at Club Bedlam.

Reading for Filth came about when Brian Butterick, also known as Hattie Hathaway, used to have these events. One had the byline, “low rent reading for a high rent city.” Reading for filth is an expression for ‘I’m going to read you to filth,’ as in, “I’m gonna tell you what I really think.” The performers would do a reading of their choice. Something personal, maybe about an old boyfriend, or something someone else wrote, and they’d get up and read it in front of a room. At the last one we had, Michael Musto read from Suzanne Somers’ poetry book. I didn’t even know she wrote poetry… here the same person who wrote about African violets is also behind the Thighmaster! Brought me to tears! I imagine her thighs going back and forth as she sits next to a table with a sole African violet in its little pot, which inspired her to write the poem.

The reason we chose to open my birthday party with it is, when Hattie passed away, my friend and partner in crime Michael Fontana (Eileen Dover) really wanted to keep it going. We say it’s such a downtown New York thing but it’s a New York thing. It’s a nationwide thing. Think about what’s hot right now: storytelling. And here we have had Reading for Filth going on long before all that other stuff. Brian Butterick had been doing it for six to ten years. He was very ahead of his time. We brought it back this past year.

You love people and being around them, entertaining them, but you also love your home life – please describe your NYC living situation. You have a beautiful place… but describe your roommates.

Well, we will have to go back about 30 years when I got my first rabbit. I haven’t lived without one for 30 years, so when one dies I always have one in the wings. Fast forward to now, we always have two rabbits. It’s nice if they have another rabbit to hangout with. Also, 33 years ago we got a baby cockatoo, named her Louise, fed her formula, and she is now hanging out with me in my living room. Did I also mention our blue merle chihuahua?

In my New York apartment everyone is loose. No one is caged.  Everybody is trained to go on those wee-wee pads you buy for dogs, and everybody goes on a wee-wee pad including the rabbits… but not the dog.

Wendy’s rabbit S’mores roams free in her apartment along side another rabbit, a cockatoo and a Chihuahua.
Wendy Kaplan’s dog Nugget does what it wants.

You know how to party – we know that – your wedding was no exception…describe your epic wedding.

So my wedding was 32 or so years ago. I should know that! Alan (a renowned photographer) and I got married in our huge loft, and you had to come dressed as members of a bridal party. It was on Halloween – you could be a bride, or a groom or a bridesmaid. The only problem was a lot of people thought it was a costume party and not an actual wedding. So we had people dressed as bridesmaids with five o’clock shadows and brides with full beards. They thought this was just going to be a big loft party – because we always gave huge parties – and not a wedding. But it was actually our wedding. I didn’t get many gifts because no one took it seriously. I won’t make that mistake again!

You’ve been modeling since you were in your twenties – what’s the best thing anyone can do to look and feel like a model whether they’re walking down the street or working it in the office?

You have to know who you are. What’s your style? What makes you feel good? What floats your boat? When you put on a certain dress how does that make you feel? Don’t go with trends, go with what you’re attached to! Listen to your inner fashionista. And you know what? We all have that.

Reading For Filth is open to the public this Friday at 8pm at Club Bedlam, 40 Avenue C, NYC. For more on Wendy visit her book’s Facebook page, her personal facebook page, or her instagram.

Visit her website, and buy her book on amazon!





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All 18 of the BAFTA Acting Nominees Are White, All Directing Nominees Are Male



“Joker” is the one to watch at the upcoming BAFTAs, but if you’re looking for diversity and female directors, sadly you’ll have to look somewhere else. All the acting nominees are white, and all the directors are male.

Led by a lead actor nomination for Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker” received 11 nominations for Britain’s equivalent to the Oscars, competing with familiar Golden Globe nominees Taron Egerton, “Rocketman,”  Leonardo DiCaprio for “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” Adam Driver for “Marriage Story,” and Jonathan Pryce for “The Two Popes.”

Renée Zellweger leads the nominations for the best actress category for her role in “Judy,” alongside Jessie Buckley,  “Wild Rose,” Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story,” Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women,” and Charlize Theron for “Bombshell.”

Here are the other notable highlights:

See the full nomination page HERE.

  • 11 nominations for Joker
  • 10 nominations for The Irishman and Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  • Nine nominations for 1917
  • Six nominations for Jojo Rabbit
  • Five nominations for Little WomenMarriage Story and The Two Popes
  • Four nominations for For SamaParasite and Rocketman
  • Three nominations for BombshellJudyLe Mans ’66 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The ceremony will be held on Feb. 2 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

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