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Ask the Flying Monkey! (January 25, 2010)

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Have a question about gay male entertainment? Send it to aftereltonflyingmonkey@yahoo.com! (Please include your city and state and/or country.)

Q: As much as I like seeing all the scantily-clad men in Spartacus: Sand and Blood, I can’t help but wonder: how awkward must that be for the actors? – Walter, San Diego, CA

Spartacus (Andy Whitfield) gets sand in his codpiece

A: It’s definitely a challenge, at least according to Andy Whitfield, who plays Spartacus on the show.

“They hand you a costume, and you say, ‘That’s it?’” he tells AfterElton.com. “You go, ‘Okay, I’m going to have to create the rest of the character from my own flesh and blood.’ There’s nowhere to hide. You’ve got to show yourself to everyone who’s watching.”

Still, in some ways, the costume does help him get into character. “There’s no protection in what we wear.
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"Coming Out" In Droves: Eleven Who Did in 2009

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A record number of celebrities came out in 2009, making it that much easier for the next one.

Gay celebrities used to mostly follow one of two formulas for coming out:

1. Get caught in an personal situation by a tabloid, i.e. Danny Pintauro

2. Get tired of not being out and call up favorite lifestyle magazine to break the news gently to their three fans who hadn’t already succumbed to the rumors. i.e. Ellen DeGeneres, Lance Bass

But something new happened in 2009, because the path to a celebrity's closet door became as varied as it is for those of us in the real world. We had the “I was always out” or the “casual mention” coming out. Then we added the “bring the boyfriend to an event” coming out which took the nonchalant route. And perhaps then there is most interesting: the “product tie-in” which, as far as I know,
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Ask the Flying Monkey! (September 16, 2009)

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Have a question about gay male entertainment? Send it to aftereltonflyingmonkey@yahoo.com! (Please include your city and state and/or country.)

Q: Does Lucy Lawless regret that they killed Xena? – Craig, Norfolk, Va

A: In fact, she does. In “A Friend in Need,” the two-part Xena: Warrior Princess series finale back in 2001, Xena allows herself to be killed, so she can become a ghost and fight a spiritual being. Later, after Gabrielle finds a way to bring Xena back to life, the Warrior-Princess heroically chooses to stay dead in order to make amends for past sins. The series ends with Gabrielle, a full-fledged warrior at last, carrying on Xena’s legacy.

Gabrielle bids farewell to Xena

But as I’m sure you know, Craig, fans were livid – both at the death itself and over the way she died, which included, um, decapitation.

“At the time, we thought that was a really strong choice,
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McG to helm "Spring Awakening"

McG is in currently in negotiations to direct the film adaptation of the Broadway rock musical "Spring Awakening." Apparently, he'll be developing it with original book and lyrics writer Steven Sater and serving as a producer.This has not been set up with a studio as yet, although McG's Wonderland Sound and Vision has a first-look deal with Warner Bros. The story is takes place in Germany in the 19th century. The coming-of-age story is about a group of teenagers who are discovering their sexuality and dealing with topics like, rape, masturbation, abortion and suicide. Rocker Duncan Sheik and Sater based the musical on the German play of 1891. The result was a Broadway success.  
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