February 27th, 2014

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Christopher B. Landon (born February 27, 1975)

Christopher Beau Landon (born February 27, 1975) is an American screenwriter and film director best known as the writer of 2007 film Disturbia, the last three Paranormal Activity films and as the son of late actor Michael Landon. Landon wrote and made his first directorial debut on the satirical thriller Burning Palms, which was released in 2010. He recently wrote and directed the found footage horror film Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.

Landon is the son of Michael Landon and Lynn Noe, the youngest of four children produced by their marriage. His parents divorced in 1980 when he was only four years old and he proceeded to live with his father, until he died of pancreatic cancer when Christopher was sixteen. One of his brothers was Michael Landon Jr., an actor, and one of his half-sisters is Jennifer Landon, an actress. He is friends with actors Sara Gilbert and Angelina Jolie, the latter having been in his grade at Beverly Hills High School.

Landon came out as gay in 1999 having only written the script of Another Day in Paradise, unafraid of his sexuality harming his career potential. He says that growing up he was labeled a faggot by peers at his high school. His mother, a Christian, initially hesitated to accept his sexuality, but he told her, "I don't even know if I believe in God, but if I do, he gave you a gay son so that you can start confronting some of these issues and get yourself out of the box you've placed yourself in for so long." His stepmother, Cindy Clerico, his father's next wife, told him that both she and his father suspected he was gay.

Landon, following his father Michael Landon's footsteps in filmmaking, studied screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University, but dropped out three years into the course to pursue a career when film director Larry Clark offered him a writing job after reading one of his scripts. He went on to co-write the script of Another Day in Paradise with Eddie Little and Stephen Chin. After writing Another Day in Paradise, he came out as gay, aware that homophobia may have harmed his potential in the industry. "I may fall off some list because of my sexuality. But if that happens, then I really don't want to be on that list anyway," he said, speaking of homophobia in Hollywood and the film industry. "I was the flavor of the month, and then I was quickly dismissed. I reached a point in my career when I couldn't get a meeting anywhere." He moved from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas, contemplating the future of his career, which he revived only a few years later.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_B._Landon

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Eric Schepard (1925 - February 27, 1991)

Eric Schepard, a theatrical agent for more than 35 years, died on February 27, 1991, at Lenox Hill Hospital. He was 66 years old and lived in Manhattan.

He died of AIDS, said his lawyer, Marc H. Glick.

After a career as a dancer and choreographer, Mr. Schepard went to work as an agent at M.C.A. in 1955. Since 1964, he had worked for the Ashley Famous Agency, which became I.C.M. In the course of his work he represented Burt Reynolds, Faye Dunaway, Jon Voight, Dyan Cannon, Chita Rivera, Constance Towers and Christopher Walken. At the time of his death his clients included Alexis Smith, Tommy Tune, Lucy Arnaz, John Cullum and the choreographers Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Thommie Walsh and Tony Stevens.

His companion was David Fausett.


AIDS Quilt

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1991/03/01/obituaries/eric-schepard-theatrical-agent-66.html

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Harold Acton (July 5, 1904 - February 27, 1994)

Sir Harold Mario Mitchell Acton CBE (5 July 1904 – 27 February 1994) was a British writer, scholar and dilettante perhaps most famous for being wrongly believed to have inspired the character of "Anthony Blanche" in Evelyn Waugh's novel Brideshead Revisited (1945).
Waugh himself wrote, "The characters in my novels often wrongly identified with Harold Acton were to a great extent drawn from Brian Howard".
Acton was born into a prominent Anglo-Italian family at Villa La Pietra, his parents' house one mile outside the walls of Florence, Italy. He claimed that his great-great-grandfather was Commodore Sir John Acton, who was prime minister of Naples under Ferdinand IV, and grandfather of the Roman Catholic historian John Acton. However, the basis of this has been disputed.

Harold was in fact the great-great grandson of Sir John's younger brother Joseph Acton (1 Oct 1737-12 Jan 1830) via his eldest son Charles.

His father was the art collector and dealer Arthur Acton (1873–1953), his mother Hortense Mitchell (1871–1962), heiress to a prominent Chicago banking family. The Mitchell fortune allowed Arthur to buy the remarkable Villa La Pietra on the hills of Florence, where Harold lived for much of his life. The only modern furniture in the villa was in the nurseries, and that was disposed of when the children got older (Harold's younger brother William was born in 1906).

His early schooling was at Miss Penrose's private school in Florence. In 1913 his parents sent him to Wixenford preparatory school near Reading in southern England, where Kenneth Clark was a fellow-pupil. By 1916 submarine attacks on shipping had made the journey to England unsafe and so Harold and his brother were sent in September to Chateau de Lancy, an international school near Geneva. In the autumn of 1917 he went to a 'crammer' at Ashlawn in Kent, in order to be prepared for Eton, which he entered on 1 May 1918. Among his contemporaries at Eton were Eric Blair (the writer George Orwell), Cyril Connolly, Robert Byron, Alec Douglas-Home, Ian Fleming, Brian Howard, Oliver Messel, Anthony Powell, Henry Yorke (the novelist Henry Green). In his final years at school Harold became a founding member of the Eton Arts Society, and eleven of his poems appeared in The Eton Candle, edited by his friend Brian Howard.


@sailko. Villa La Pietra
Villa La Pietra is a villa outside Florence, Italy in Italy. The villa is now owned by New York University, after it was bequeathed by Sir Harold Acton. It is used by the university for academic undergraduate programs as well of outside conferences and tours. The villa houses an eclectic collection of art from all around the world gathered and put together by the family who previously owned the property. A long cypress avenue connects the entrance of the estate to the house itself.

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Acton

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Thomas J. Smith & Van Cliburn

Harvey Lavan "Van" Cliburn, Jr., (July 12, 1934 – February 27, 2013) was an American pianist who achieved worldwide recognition in 1958 at the age of 23, when he won the first quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War. On August 27, 2012, Cliburn's publicist announced that the pianist had advanced bone cancer. He underwent treatment and was "resting comfortably at home" in Fort Worth, where he received around-the-clock care. Cliburn died on February 27, 2013, at the age of seventy-eight. (P: Пресс-служба Президента России. Pianist Van Cliburn, 20 September 2004, receiving the Order of Friendship)

Cliburn was a member of Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth and attended regularly when he was in town. His services were held on March 3, 2013, at the Broadway Baptist Church with entombment at Greenwood Memorial Park Mausoleum in Fort Worth. His obituary lists as his only survivor his "friend of longstanding" (of more than 20 years), Thomas J. Smith.

Cliburn's mother, an accomplished pianist who had studied under a student of Franz Liszt, discovered him playing at age three and mimicking one of her students. She began his own lessons. He developed a rich, round tone and a singing voice-like phrasing, having been taught from the start to sing each piece.

Van Cliburn toured domestically and overseas. He played for royalty, heads of state, and every U.S. president from Harry S. Truman to Barack Obama.

Cliburn was born in Shreveport in northwestern Louisiana, and at age three began taking piano lessons from his mother, the former Rildia Bee O'Bryan, who had studied under Arthur Friedheim, a pupil of Franz Liszt. When Cliburn was six, his father, who worked in the oil industry, moved the family to Kilgore near Longview in east Texas. At the age of twelve, Cliburn won a statewide piano competition, which enabled him to debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. He entered the Juilliard School in New York City at the age of seventeen and studied under Rosina Lhévinne, who trained him in the tradition of the great Russian romantics. At twenty, Cliburn won the Leventritt Award and made his Carnegie Hall debut.


Library, Fort Worth, Texas 2008© Allison V. Smith
Harvey Lavan "Van" Cliburn, Jr., (July 12, 1934 – February 27, 2013) was an American pianist who achieved worldwide recognition in 1958 at the age of 23, when he won the first quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War. Cliburn died on February 27, 2013, at the age of seventy-eight due to bone cancer. His obituary lists as his only survivor his "friend of longstanding" (of more than 20 years), Thomas J. Smith.

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Victor Leo Heineman (1954 - February 27, 1994)

Victor Leo Heineman was a dancer, appearing in television, movies, and nightclubs. Credits include the films Annie and Grease.

Actually due to the scarce info I found about Victor Leo Heineman, aside from being yet another victim of AIDS, I wasn't posting about him today, if not that I found this short, but very moving comment, on a Blog "Something we don't know about you..."
In 1994 I was married,in a traditional Hindu ceremony, to Victor Leo Heineman. Arlo Guthrie sang at our wedding. I am a widower.
It was left on February 10, 2006. by a man who used the nickname of "Bambi of Finland". 1994 is the year Victor died, this is not the first time I read about these marriages without legal validity, but with a huge love significance. My condolences go to Bambi.

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It Happened Today: February 27

Christopher B. Landon (born February 27, 1975): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4224705.html

Christopher B. Landon is an American screenwriter and film director best known as the writer of Disturbia, the last 3 Paranormal Activity films and as the son of late actor Michael Landon. Landon wrote and made his directorial debut with Burning Palms. Most of Landon's films deal with gay themes, including $30, one of five components in Boys Life 3, a collection of short films dealing with issues faced by gays, and a spec script about the relationship between a straight man and a gay man.

Eric Schepard (1925 - February 27, 1991): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3479934.html

After a career as a dancer and choreographer, Eric Schepard went to work as an agent at MCA in 1955. Since 1964, he had worked for the Ashley Famous Agency, which became I.C.M. In the course of his work he represented Burt Reynolds, Faye Dunaway, Jon Voight, Dyan Cannon, Chita Rivera, Constance Towers and Christopher Walken. At the time of his death his clients included Alexis Smith, Tommy Tune, Lucy Arnaz, John Cullum and the choreographers Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Thommie Walsh and Tony Stevens.

Harold Acton (July 5, 1904 - February 27, 1994): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/2809029.html

Sir Harold Acton was a British writer, scholar and dilettante perhaps most famous for being wrongly identified with "Anthony Blanche" in Evelyn Waugh's novel Brideshead Revisited. Waugh himself wrote, "The characters in my novels often wrongly identified with Harold Acton were to a great extent drawn from Brian Howard". In his final years at school Harold became a founding member of the Eton Arts Society, and eleven of his poems appeared in The Eton Candle, edited by his friend Brian Howard.

John Balance & Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3924228.html

John Balance founded the experimental music group Coil, in collaboration with his partner Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson. During Coil's 23 years career, they collaborated with a number of peers, including Jim Thirlwell/Clint Ruin (Foetus), Marc Almond, Thighpaulsandra, NON, Current 93, and CoH. Balance died on 13 November 2004, after falling from a two story balcony at their Weston-Super-Mare home. After moving to Bangkok, Christopherson died in his sleep on November 25, 2010.

Sonia Johnson & Jade DeForest: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4225165.html

Sonia Johnson is an American feminist activist and writer. She was an outspoken supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and in the late 1970s was publicly critical of the position of the LDS Church. Johnson currently lives in New Mexico with partner Jade DeForest, where they run Casa Feminista, a hotel catering to feminist women. Johnson explains that, beginning of the '90, she and DeForest also retreated into their private lives, surrounded by female friends, flowers and laughter.

Tracy Rowan (born February 27): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4225571.html

Tracy Rowan lives in a craftsman-style two flat on Chicago's northwest side where she and her housemate spend a lot of time planning the garden, hanging with their friends and laughing a lot. Suffer the Little Children won a 2011 Rainbow Award as Best LGBT Historical and Writing Style: When Victorian private investigator Nick Romney’s step-father, an Anglican bishop, is murdered, Nick refuses to get involved. At the urging of his family, though, Nick and his lover Davy step in to investigate.

Van Cliburn & Thomas J. Smith: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4225303.html

Harvey Lavan "Van" Cliburn, Jr., (July 12, 1934 – February 27, 2013) was an American pianist who achieved worldwide recognition in 1958 at the age of 23, when he won the first quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War. Cliburn died on February 27, 2013, at the age of seventy-eight due to bone cancer. His obituary lists as his only survivor his "friend of longstanding" (of more than 20 years), Thomas J. Smith.

Victor Leo Heineman (1954 - February 27, 1994): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3480276.html

Victor Leo Heineman was a dancer, appearing in television, movies, and nightclubs. Credits include the films Annie and Grease. "In 1994 I was married,in a traditional Hindu ceremony, to Victor Leo Heineman. Arlo Guthrie sang at our wedding. I am a widower." This comment was left on February 10, 2006, by a man who used the nickname of "Bambi of Finland". 1994 is the year Victor died, this is not the first time I read about these marriages without legal validity, but with a huge love significance.

Vincent Fourcade & Robert Denning: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4224879.html

Robert Denning in the early 1960's went on in partnership with Vincent Fourcade to form Denning & Fourcade the renowned decorating firm that has done many homes on both sides of the Atlantic. Vincent Fourcade (1934–1992) worked for 33 years with his partner, Robert Denning, and was known for his opulent style. Denning 'reinvented' himself to use his own word, after Vincent Fourcade's death from AIDS in 1992. He died in his apartment in the Lombardy Hotel in New York City in 2005.

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New Release: The Artist's Touch by Kerry Adrienne

Artist’s Touch, The Guild, book one (Sculptor’s Desire and Guitarist’s Wish coming soon!) by Kerry Adrienne
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc (February 26, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Artist's Touch

Blurb: Every starlet wants master painter Kenon Alavi to do her portrait…and more. But Kenon prefers firm to soft and sates his desires with the boyfriends of the women he paints, enjoying the diversity of many lovers but shunning any attachments.

Wallace Harte’s English degree isn’t helping him find a job and working at a bar is the closest he’s gotten to being the Second Coming of Faulkner. Something’s gotta give soon or he’ll be out on the street.

Kenon zeroes in on the bartender at an art exhibition, intending to add him to his long list of conquests, but Wally bolts, initiating a heated game of cat and mouse. Kenon delights in the game until he discovers what Wally is writing. Feeling betrayed, Kenon swears off all entanglements until he reads Wally’s story and discovers true love is sometimes between the pages and not the sheets.

Inside Scoop: This book contains hot, sexy scenes of M/M interaction of an artistic nature. Who knew having your portrait painted could be so hot?

A Romantica® gay erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Transgression

Transgender Contemporary Romance
Transgression by Theo Fenraven
Publisher: Voodoo Lily Press (November 23, 2013)
Amazon Kindle: Transgression

"Transgression is a book that defies so many stereotypes it’s impossible to list them all. The author, Theo Fenraven, does a fabulous job of crafting a tale that will keep readers enthralled, glued to the edge of their seats. I give Transgression 5 out of 5 stars. It has earned its place on my favorites shelf, as has its author." - Steamy Guys After Dark

Zachary Fox can’t sleep.

His acting career is taking off. Public recognition is picking up. Now more than ever, he understands how key reputation is to his success. But his relationship with his co-star, Kris—arranged around publicity rather than genuine feelings—is suffocating him. She once understood his needs, but her demands are beginning to grate with every shrill order she gives.

Zach has a secret. The breakout star of a new medical series, he’s been hiding his orientation from co-stars, friends and family, the studio, and his fans.

On the recommendation of a friend, Zach seeks out Sky Kelly, a well-connected herbalist whose concoctions are natural magic, as is her stunning beauty. On the surface, she has it all: her own house, a thriving business, and good friends, but the things she had to do to get there are a time bomb ticking away, and when it goes off, she'll be teetering on the edge of a chasm that can put her right back where she started.

Sky has secrets. Like, she’s got a Y chromosome and the original equipment to go with it. Like being a highly paid escort. Like, if Zach is seen with her in public, it could ruin his career. Like someone becoming so obsessed with Sky, that obsession threatens them both.

Secrets... everyone is hiding something, and instead of finding The One, it could be The End.

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
25$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
25$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
53$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
107$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
110$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
125$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
250$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
TOTAL: 880$*

* more than 150$ is a direct donation from a supporter of the Rainbow Awards who isn't submitting; while some authors were more than generous, arriving to donate 5 times the suggested amount, being the submission fee a non mandatory and voluntary direct donation, we were struggling to raise the same amount as last year and there is who decided to cover part of it. I thank you for all you are doing, and if you wish to donate to the above links, please drop me a note with your donation and I will update the total.

2014 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4162490.html

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Gay Honeymoon by Susan Reaves

Almost an utopian story, even if, both men had to go through some layers of homophobia, one more than the other. In the author’s note, she wanted to let the reader know that Honeydew is actually a real place, small and enclosed like she described it in the story. Many times I read about the difficulties of being gay in a small town, but sometime it’s the opposite, being an enclosed community, everyone knows their neighbor and so they don’t judge you for your chosen companion, but for who you have always been and your role in the community. It was like that for Butch and Jimmy, first partners and then husbands, they met in the Army in the only occasion Butch had to go out Honeydew, and they came back there to build their home. They were accepted not only by Butch’s family, but also by all the community, of which they are primary members. And now their own nephew, Toby, has come out to them, the problem is that, Toby has always lived at Honeydew, and aside from Butch and Jimmy, there aren’t any other gay people there. Not until, like sent by their prayers, Jacob, the new delivery guy, enters the scene: a former LDS missionary, he lost all his family when he decided to be true to himself and not follow his church’s rules.

As I said, this is like an utopian story, everything seems to click in a perfect way, Butch and Jimmy are perfect fairy godfathers to Toby and Jacob; Toby and Jacob like each other and basically nothing is against their love; as soon as a trouble tries to pop out, there is immediately the right stick to burst it into nothing: Toby and Jacob are destined to be together and nothing and no one will prevent them to walk hand in hand towards their happiness.

Nice, comforting and sweet comedy, if you want to wish for every young boy an happily ever after.

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