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This Week’s American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace Had Speedos and Skin Galore

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I can’t quite figure out how I feel about this season of American Crime Story. Between the constant time-hopping and the glaring difference between Édgar Ramírez and Penélope Cruz’s Italian accents, there’s just something I can’t quite put my finger on which just doesn’t make me completely enamored by the show.

It isn’t that I’m not enjoying it, though – far from it, in fact. The actors are great and the storyline thus far has been pretty compelling; I find myself wanting to punch Darren Criss’s pathologically lying face every time it pops up on my screen (which is a far cry from me swooning every time Blaine appeared in Glee). Gianni Versace’s character, on the other hand, is remarkably endearing, if perhaps a tad saccharine with his constant extolling of the love of family.

Undoubtedly, though, Penélope Cruz’s portrayal of Donatella Versace is (at least so far) the most enjoyable part of the show, both in her snark and grief.

Also, considering this hasn’t actually been much substantiated, it’s quite an interesting move to portray Gianni Versace as having been HIV positive.

Ryan Murphy, who has cracked the code on male celebrity objectification, should be commended yet again for giving us, the viewers, what we really want. Darren Criss walking on the beach in his cut-off jean shorts or dancing around in his pink undies, and Ricky Martin blurrily getting it on with some rando while in his speedo were some of the highlights of this week’s episode.

Although arguably less titillating than last week’s episode, this week’s episode is a great indication that this season of the show promises constant male skin.

 

I’m Baaaaaaaack… Again… Again

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God, it feels like CPS should be knocking on my door right now, because I know it pretty much looks like I’ve abandoned my baby. Elitosphere is, I know, something of a love child of myself and the insanity I call my mind but I swear it wasn’t laziness which kept me away (not entirely, anyway), nor was it disinterest.

I’m pretty sure I mentioned in one of my last posts that I was preparing to move to another country. Well, it happened. I moved to the UK about six months ago and, since then, classes have pretty much taken over my life. I keep forgetting how nauseating higher education is… and I demand a refund on this thing called adulthood, because it’s not what I was promised it would be. Either way, settling in to a new country and keeping up with classes most substantially explains my absence. Another – lesser but incredibly significant – reason is the neurotic, unnecessary pressure and insecurities that I was forcing on myself with the posts that I was publishing on the blog. That one, I’ll probably tackle in its own subsequent blog.

That said, I am back (for the time being) and I’m gonna try to be a little less of a neglectful asshole.

ps, I won’t even go into how different the WordPress layout now is after all these months.

Holy. Hell.

I’m Baaaack… Again!

Holy hell! I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve last been here. I assure you all, it hasn’t been because of disinterest, or abject laziness. This has just been one of those instances of life throwing us unexpected curve balls, and my schedule has left little room for much leisure time with its new chaotic chaos! There’s a very strong likelihood that I may be moving to a new country very soon, and all the preparation has prevented me from tending to the blog – an unfortunate and heartbreaking side effect (at least for me). While the preparations are far from complete, things have settled down somewhat, and that means that I’m able to spread my seldom profound, often perverse, always unsolicited thoughts to all of you once again. By the way, let me just take a moment to point out that in all my preparations, I have come to understand beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is not an ounce of logic at all in our society’s bureaucratic systems… oh, and banks are totally evil!

All of this came at the worst possible time in terms of the blogosphere, because I missed out on posting about several fascinating and important issues that occurred. For example, Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer was monumental, and there was so much that could have been said – and was said, really – about it! Also, we’re about halfway through Game of Thrones, and I’ve not been able to recap it! Some psycho Nebraska lady up and decided that it made total ethical and judicial sense to sue all gay people in the world. Joey Graceffa came out!! I was so super happy for and proud of him, but talk about Hell freezing over! There’s a rebooted Vacation movie coming out, which features the always delicious Chris Hemsworth sporting a hilarious but totally sexy fake bulge. I also really wanted to touch on this amazing moment during a baseball game when the Kiss Cam – likely jokingly – panned over to two men, who happened to actually be partners. The two shared a quick and really sweet kiss right there and, amazingly, the stadium erupted in cheers. It was such a great moment, and a thumbs up for progress.

Sadly, I missed all those events (and many more) but I’m back now, and more than looking forward to picking up right where I left off, and turning your brains to mush! Hurray!

Love While You Live

Yesterday, Taylor Swift revealed that her mother had recently been diagnosed with cancer. I can’t even imagine what that must be like, and it isn’t something that I’d wish on anyone at all. Like the rest of the world, of course I wish their family, and every other who is dealing with similar circumstances, the very best. Since hearing this, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking… perhaps more than I should.

If any blessing were to come out of a diagnosis like that – if you could call any result of this a blessing – it would be that, whether or not the cancer is malignant, whether or not it’s caught early, whether or not it is beaten, everyone involved usually has a greater appreciation for life, family and love. You tend to find those in situations such as this more aggressively showing love to each other.

But what about the rest of us? What about those of us who don’t have the imminent threat of our own mortality constantly hanging over our heads? Do we take love – and show love – as much as we should? I think it’s easy to take life for granted, almost always assuming that there will be time later to confess an act of love… even if “later” is thought to be only a few hours. A lot can happen in a few hours, though.

So, why wait? Why wait until an hour “later” to let a loved one know that you care? Why wait a week “later” to calm down enough to call up that friend and tell them that you forgive them? Why wait until your kids grow a little older “later on” to do all the amazing things with them that you’d want them to remember all their lives? Why wait? We aren’t ever guaranteed “later”. All we ever know for sure is that we have here and now… so don’t waste it. Let’s not wait for tragedy to awaken the realization that we need to show more caring. Let’s love while we live.

Da Man Features Aaron Taylor-Johnson

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First off… Aaron Taylor-Johnson is British?!?! When in the hell did that happen? Is it sad that that makes me even more furiously attracted to him than ever?

Aaron, who has quickly shot to superstardom thanks to films like Kick-Ass and Godzilla, will soon be adding another blockbuster to his name when Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out in less than a month! Da Man Magazine sat down with Aaron to discuss the movie and his rise to fame.

What is it like playing a superhero in such a huge blockbuster franchise?

My character is super-powered, and he runs at half the speed of sound. So, my character is pretty much a blur throughout the whole movie [laughs], and my entry and exit out of a scene is pretty much skidding in or flying out. Most of my stunts and whatever I do involves actually a lot running, which is kind of ironic because I don’t actually really like running at all. In a lot of the fight sequences , you’re always surrounded by your stunt crew and team. It’s quite surreal and kind of fun.

In an interview you did in the past, you mentioned how acting is your life and passion. If you weren’t acting, what would you be doing?

Well, there’s nothing else I really now. I was really lucky and fortunate that I was able to become successful in this world. It is just something that I enjoy, something I’m passionate about and it just so happens to I can make a living out of it. Although I usually do just one thing a year, because I’m a dad. So, I’m often at home with my kids, and I do all sorts of activities with them, sometimes I take them out and I also cook at home. I have a little garden as well—a little vegetable garden—where I grow organic vegetables. I simply like cooking and being outdoors.

This guy is hotter than a raging inferno – ugh, thanks for keeping him so heavily clothed, Da Man – but it’s always so great when celebrities that you like appear as intelligent and down-to-earth as possible. I am actually quite interested to see what Aaron’s going to be like in Age of Ultron. After all, Evan Peters instantly became a crowd favorite when he knocked his portrayal of Pietro (Quicksilver) clean out of the park. I’m not comparing and contrasting performances just yet, but it will be interesting to see Aaron’s depiction, especially since Evan Peters has already raised the bar so high.

You can check out the rest of the interview and photos at Da Man’s official website.

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A Shred of Decency

Remember Honey Maid’s amazing response to the homophobes last year? Well, Irish company, Daintree Paper, is at a very close second with their awesome idea to turn all anti-gay literature that they can get their hands on into confetti to raise funds for same-sex marriages! The idea is that even out of something ugly, beauty can be made.

“Made from 100% recycled lies” just about killed me! I love everything about this commercial, and it’s a practice that we should all put into play in our own lives. I don’t mean that we should go around making confetti – although, I will admit that there’s something to the idea of doing that and then hurling it at homophobes! What I mean is that, there will always be ugliness, lies and hatred directed at us. Instead of responding in kind, the best thing that we can do is remain positive – even more positive, if possible – and produce goodness where there doesn’t seem to be any.

This is a lovely idea by Daintree Paper, and I sincerely hope that their plan is a successful one.

Elitosphere Turns 1!

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So, WordPress was awesome enough to notify me that today is actually the one-year anniversary of the registration of the blog! I could hardly believe it! It seemed like only yesterday I was musing on Tom Daley coming out, never in a million years thinking that I’d have even a handful of people reading my insane ramblings! A year later, and my posts have clearly matured into ogling Hot Model Calendars, while my viewership has increased by leagues!

So, to all of you who who visit Elitosphere, whether just once or one my regular readers, thank you so very very much for taking the time to make this site a part of your day! Thank you for allowing me an audience who puts up with the landfill inside my head (no offense to actual landfills). Thank you for giving me a reason and an opportunity to share my thoughts and interests, knowing that it is being received. Sincerely, I love all of you more than a final contestant on The Bachelor(ette) loves the douchebag who is inevitably going to screw them over once that ABC check clears!

Here’s to another year of love, laughs and lustful images – yeah, I know what you like! Happy reading!