Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Gettin' Leggy With Angelina Jolie

Not since Aretha Franklin's Inaugural Day hat has a pop culture moment been so ripe for abuse. Angelina Jolie's pretentious overexposed leg-bearing performance at Sunday's Oscar awards is deservedly becoming a viral webbie favorite. Let's enjoy together, shall we? *

James Franco Covers 'GQ' Germany's Summer 2012 Issue

Mariano Vivanco shot what has to be one of the shittiest images we've ever seen of darling 33-year-old James Franco for GQ Germany's Summer 2012 issue. WTF? The mag also shares the actor’s latest video for his 7 For All Mankind campaign titled “Henry.” *

Happy Leap Day 2012!

Happy combo Leap Day-Hump Day. The next time that Leap Year will fall on a Wednesday is 2040, so enjoy it now, because by then, you'll be soaking your teeth in a glass, cool cats. *

William Levy Joins Season 14's 'Dancing With The Stars'!!!!!

Hot, hot news! Perpetual Smoking Nun fave William Levy has joined the 14th season of ABC's reality series Dancing With The Stars. At last, I'll actually watch a season of the bore-fest... at least, until our Sexiest Man Alive is eliminated. The season premiere takes place in a two-hour event at 8 p.m. Monday, March 19th on ABC.

Will joins fellow competitors Gladys Knight, Maria Menounos, Jack Wagner, Donald Driver, Melissa Gilbert, Jaleel White, Sherri Shepherd, Martina Navratilova, Katherine Jenkins, Roshon Fegan and Gavin DeGraw. He is paired with two-time DWTS winner Cheryl Burke, who has appeared in 13 seasons.

Sadly, the mainstream press still seems to be figuring out who William Levy is. Aren't you glad you read The Smoking Nun, cool cats? Meanwhile, it seems the gays have certainly cast their pre-season votes, according to this poll on Homorazzi... There's simply no competition, eh?
Our sexy pal's ABC bio is below the jump... *

Photo Of The Day: Street Cleaning The Hard Way

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Washington: And That's A Wrap!

Good times, good friends. That's what life is all about. *

Washington VII: Ben's Chili Bowl

Pal Alex—whom I visited last weekend in Washington—was aghast when he discovered I had not only never been to Ben's Chili Bowl on U Street, but actually never heard of the landmark hot dog and chili tavern.

In my defense, when I lived in D.C., from 1984 to 1995, it was the heyday of Mayor Marion Barry, who was too consumed with prostitutes and toots up his nose than taking care of the city. That gang of mine in my 20s hung out in a few select safe havens, while I, as a burgeoning gay, knew Dupont Circle intimately. Despite the fact that U Street is in Northwest, back then it simply wasn't an area frequented by skinny white boys.

All the same, Ben's holds an astonishing place in Washington's historic pantheon. offers that the restaurant endured the 1968 riots, a nabe overrun with drug dealers, 3-1/2 years with no passable street, all while still being frequented by some of the world's most famous celebrities.

"Ben's Chili Bowl is one of D.C.'s most legendary establishments, revered not only for its famous half smoke but for the way it has managed to operate as a no-frills, family-run neighborhood eatery since 1958," the webbie reports. Back then, Ben Ali and his wife Virginia spent $5,000 to open the Chili Bowl at 1213 U St. NW, an area that known at the time as "Black Broadway."

Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and other musicians were regulars after playing in the neighborhood. In more modern times, Bill Cosby became a regular, visiting every time he passed through D.C., as well as Bono, Ellen Degeneres, Usher—and President Barack Obama, who, unlike his predecessor George Bush, actually spends time in Washington and soaks up local culture.

On Saturday, with 90 minutes to kill before I hopped the bus back to New York, Alex, Kristine and I soaked in the magic of Ben's. I had a loaded chili smoke, while Kristine had cheese fries. Two words: fucking amazing. The place was absolutely packed, remarkably efficient, fun, quaint and the food... enough of a reason to return to Washington, in itself. This was absolutely a highlight of my entire three days in D.C. *

Washington VI: Pure Reverence At Madame Tussaud's

Before heading back to NYC from D.C. on Saturday, Caroline and her roomie Kristine snagged Groupons for Madame Tussaud's in downtown Washington. With Alex and meese in tow, we admired our nation's history with reverence and respect. *"You were robbed at the Oscars," I assure a melancholy George Clooney, helping the healing with a gentle smoochie. Caroline swoons at Johnny Depp's perfect eyeliner, conjuring Captain Jack Sparrow; Alex with a young, rather large-headed Mickey Jackson; Justin Timberlake, George, Angelina & Brad!
"Crack is whack," Alex tells former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry; as Bill Clinton gives Caroline a little razzle with Hillary giggling along; and Alex doing same to LBJ. Tee hee.
My buddy Jackie Kennedy let me try on one of her minks as a rather stoic JFK wonders where Marilyn is.
Hall of Presidents: Zach Taylor sports some boffo hair; uh, wonder who that next one is; Woodrow Wilson looking rather dandy; Alex gets interrogated by J. Edgar Hoover; Tom Jefferson, sporting a fabulous little flip-do' and Caroline with a surprisingly demure Winston Churchill.
Scary good... Michelle and Barack Obama, with pals Kristine and Caroline. These two were so realistic it was spooky.
 Alex getting comfy in the Oval Office, as Kristine and I conduct a press conference for the Prez.
As an alumnus of James Madison University, I was stunned to see how lil' Jimmy was.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Washington V: The Icons

Granted, these are hardly art, since most were taken during drive-bys, but how could one indulge Washington, D.C., without swooning over the many monuments: the U.S. Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, Union Station and my longtime fave the Jefferson Memorial. *

Washington IV: D.C.'s Long-Lived Eastern Market

This past sunny Sunday while in Washington, Alex, Caroline and her roomie Kristine and meese went to Eastern Market, D.C.'s oldest fresh food public market in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. I used to visit this joint when I lived in Washington, and it remains as charming today as it did 20 years ago. *