The 19th season of Dancing With The Stars premieres tonight on ABC. Although the show has always been rather liberal with the term 'Star,' (Kate Gosslin anyone?) it seems with each season the word has less and less meaning. I certainly crushed over Jonathan Bennett (above) in Mean Girls and Antonio Sabato Jr still certainly has it, this years crop of faux stars doesn't seem to have anyone really that excited.
Although he may not be a star, if you want to watch a real dancer, and an incredibly interesting personality study, I might suggest checking out Egor and trying to find an airing of PBS's Dance For Me. The documentary, I caught this past summer, looks at Professional ballroom dancing in Denmark with a focus on Egor and his partner Mie.
Mie lives with her family in Denmark and has struggled in her dancing career to find a partner she can mesh with. Egor is from Russian, and Mie, her manager mother and their family in Denmark as Mie's partner for a season. Although rooted in the world of professional dancing, the films most interesting aspect to me was Egor. His dance career and future totally in the hands of Mie and her mother, the cultural, and social difference between the two created both conflict and success.
Egor was passionate, talented and often unlikable. As much of himself as he gave on the dance floor, in his relationships, he seemed to fight giving up any more of himself than he had to. Ultimately it didn't stop he and Mie from obtaining some success, but it also led brick walls. I really enjoyed wrapping myself in Egor's world for a couple of hours, yet was glad, unlike Egor, I could leave the pressure's of his life when the film was done.
Getting to know Egor and Mie makes it much more difficult to care which celebrity takes the mirror ball trophy. I know DWTS is meant to be entertainment, just a couple of hours of music, dance and fun. But the true commitment required, and the many things one has to give up to truly make it in the world of professional dancing, makes any minor weight loss from some former sit-com star, or a change of life experience from a former reality contestant, pretty inconsequential.
Although it is still officially summer, the weather is certainly in transition. Depending on where you live, you are either experiencing the hottest days in weeks or else holding Jack Frost at bay. Where I live, we are enjoying the best of both. Cool nights that are great for sleeping, chilly mornings that energize the start of your day and hot, sunny afternoons that have you wanting to take off work early and head to the beach or on a run.
While you still are wearing shorts and t-shirts, mornings and nights require dipping into that winter wardrobe. As I was digging out a sweater this week, I was also digging into my old desktop folders, going through story idea's that I either wanted to keep or ditch. I got a nice surprise in one of them with these images of the incredible Fitzgerald from JrChristiansenStudio. It was like they were waiting for me to rediscover them. Fitzgerald looks comfy and cozy in his cotton long john onesie and plaid blanket, with each both warming, and heating things up as well.
Jr Christiansen had sent along the shots of Fitzgerald last summer when I was working on another blog piece featuring his work. (Cornered) I put them aside for just the right time and I can't think of a better moment than right now. Jr's work has such richness and texture and always takes me to a familiar place. The images of Fitzgerald on the plaid blanket were like a trigger to a memory, one I am sure many of you have.
The heat and light from the sun, streaming through the window over Fitzgerald's body and the blanket took me back to when I was young. I am sure, like me, many of you had a plaid blanket, almost identical to the one Fitzgerald is resting on. Usually it sat at the end of the bed for times when it got cold at night. Our parents would cover us up as they tucked us in, or we pull it up in our sleep in reaction to the temperature. As I viewed the images, I could feel the warmth from that blanket, and the texture and coarseness as it rubbed against my skin.
There are of course many adult film stars whose professional stage names fit their career. Pipe Layer, Dick Cummings, John E. Depth, Peter Oh Tool and of course Long Dong Silver all fit the bill. I think however, the ultra hot Brandon Bangs has the best name. It is simple, classic and describes exactly what he does for a living. His name is Brandon, and he does what? Yup, he bangs.
I have not had the pleasure of having seen Bangs on film, I am sure his work is deep and his characters nuanced. I was taken however with the model and actor in this set of promotional photos, which of course, I am only showing the tamest of shots. Brandon has that boy next door gone wild look with an a killer smile which blends the good with the very very bad. BTW, did I tell you... Brandon Bangs.