178 posts categorized "AGING"

Aug 16 2014
Need To Know: Over The Topless Reaction + Shazbottom + Half-Baked Alaskan + Beyoncé vs. Baby Mama + MO Batter Blues + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureIf you are “horrified” by the above cover, grow up.

*widget boy cultureRobin Williams + gay hustler = must-see movie.

*widget boy cultureIs Beyoncé really not Blue Ivy's mom after all?

*widget boy cultureInsane racist woman in death threat-laden viral video.

*widget boy cultureHOT guys, HARD at work.

*widget boy cultureJames Franco is playing insane ex-gay Michael Glatze, who really hates the gays.

 *widget boy culture'90s teen heartthrob Andrew Keegan invented a religion.

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*widget boy cultureLady Gaga's lesbian fan letter.

*widget boy cultureChris Martin's got a type: Annoying blondes.

*widget boy cultureChristian singer Vicky Beeching comes out swinging in 1st post-coming out interview.

*widget boy cultureFerguson cops beat a suspect, charged him for bloodying their uniforms.

*widget boy culturePapal selfies are the latest thing.

*widget boy cultureGay blogger thinks gay men need to grow up and stay out of the bars.

*widget boy culturePioneering skateboarder Jay Adams dies @ 53.

Jay-AdamsHe was a sk8er boi, see ya later, boy...

 
56 Unusual Madonna Images In Honor Of Her 56th Birthday! Comments (0)

Madonna 1991Shot by Mario Sorrenti backstage at her 1991 Rolling Stone shoot

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Madonna-Liz-RosenbergFantastic shot of Madonna with her publicist (and her wit!) Liz Rosenberg by Armando Gallo

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In honor of Madonna's 56th birthday, here are 56 not-so-common images (including lots of oddball pic-withs) of the not-so-common beauty, thinker, musician, performance artist, provocateuse and popstar...

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Aug 13 2014
Golden Age Screen Legend Lauren Bacall Dies @ 89 Comments (0)

BacallSeptember 16, 1924—August 12, 2014

Bacall-lookThe look...the voice...Lauren “Betty” Bacall, one of the last remaining bona fide stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood and one half of its most famous film team with the late Humphrey Bogart (December 25, 1899—January 14, 1957), died today of a stroke.

She was just over a month shy of her ninetieth birthday.

Bacall first became a star in 1944 with her silver-screen debut, To Have and Have Not, delivering one of the most famous lines (at 2:53) in film history to the man who was 25 years her senior but who would become the great love of her life, the father of two of her children and whom she would outlive by nearly 50 years:

Bacall-big-sleep-slinky-black-evening-gownIn a series of indelible classics—The Big Sleep (1946), Key Largo (1948), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), Written on the Wind (1956), Designing Woman (1957)—Bacall became an icon of cool sensuality and sophistication, one with a razor-sharp tongue. She worked steadily but never to excess, preferring to do films and, later, TV and theater, that drew her in. She was only nominated once and never won a competitive Oscar [and indeed was the victim of perhaps the worst-ever case of bait-and-switch when she seemed destined to finally win for The Mirror Has Two Faces in 1996, only to lose unexpectedly to The English Patient's Juliette Binoche (b. March 9, 1964)], but was awarded one for life achievement in 2009 and won two Tonys, for Applause (1970) and Woman of the Year (1981).

Birth-2004-05-gBacall's last work appears to have been a voice on The Family Guy (2014) this year. Her last on-screen appearance was the teen drama The Forger (2012), starring Josh Hutcherson (b. October 12, 1992) and Hayden Panettiere (b. August 21, 1989).

Some of her more interesting later works would include Paul Schrader's (b. July 22, 1946) The Walker (2007) with Woody Harrelson (b. July 23, 1961), and a pair of films with Nicole Kidman (b. June 20, 1967): Dogville (2003) and Birth (2004).

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For sheer fun, check out Bacall in Murder on the Orient Express (1974). For unpleasant camp, it's gotta be The Fan (1981).

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Bacall was an outspoken personality, not known for suffering fools, gladly or otherwise. She denounced the House Un-American Activities Committee during its Communist witch hunt at great personal risk to her career.

After Bogart's death, she was married to fellow actor Jason Robards (July 26, 1922—December 26, 2000) for several years in the 1960s, and had a son with him, actor Sam Robards (b. December 16, 1961).

Lauren-Bacall-Matthew-RettenmundMy shot of Bacall in 2012

I was lucky enough to have seen Gore Vidal's The Best Man (2012) the same evening as Ms. Bacall, and was ballsy enough to approach her for a photo. I did not in a zillion years expect her to acquiesce, so my interaction with her was not disappointing!

Lauren_Bacall1Still out and about, at an event in 2013

...and finally, since I have so many Madonna fans on this site, the passing of Bacall means there are now no living stars name-checked in “Vogue” (released March 20, 1990).

The 16 stars are (listed in order they were mentioned, numbered from first to last to pass away):

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Wish Upon A Star...While You Can! Comments (0)

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No less an authority on the Golden Age of Hollywood than William Mann (I'm serious—he wrote the books on the subject) noted on his Facebook page that, with the passing of Lauren Bacall at 89 yesterday, there are only four true stars of that age left alive.

By his estimation—and I think it's a very supportable position—only Olivia de Havilland (98), Kirk Douglas (97), Maureen O'Hara (93) and Doris Day (90) remain. So of course the youngest of the Top 5, Bacall, died first!

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Depending on your definition, there are a few other arguable contenders, such as Luise Rainer (104!!!), Sidney Poitier (87), Debbie Reynolds (82), Shirley MacLaine (80) and Sophia Loren (79). The last four could be said to have come in the next wave of greats, and the first could be argued to have had too short a career (and certainly was not a superstar). I'm also a booster, much to the chagrin of my pal Greg, of remembering Baby Peggy (95), who almost no one on earth remembers today, but who was a bona fide (child) superstar for a couple of years in silent films, making millions before losing it all and sinking from memory.

Don't even get me started on stars who were not nearly of the caliber we're discussing but who are nonetheless very much of that era and still alive, such as Zsa Zsa Gabor (97).

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I'll be updating my list of last remaining stars. It's unnerving how few are left and how many have died recently: Shirley Temple, Mickey Rooney and Joan Fontaine spring to mind.

 
Jul 21 2014
Need To Know: Daddy Dearest + FOX Flunks History + Supreme Corruption + Zac's Shirtless Buddy + Archie Gets Banged + MORE! Comments (0)

Anthony-Atkinson01_2980560cAtkinson with his family before coming out as gay...and that wasn't the worst of it.

*widget boy cultureLate Conservative MP David Atkinson called sexual predator...by his adult son.

*widget boy cultureFOX Newser mad Americans ignorant of history displays ignorance of history. Archie

*widget boy cultureWhy the Supreme Court is corrupt.

*widget boy cultureCongress has impeachment fever.

*widget boy cultureZac Efron gets shirtless with Bear Grylls.

*widget boy cultureIvana Trump is still alive—cheers, thanks a lot.

*widget boy cultureKluwe was right about his Vikings coach's anti-gay slurs.

*widget boy cultureMy invite to Susanne Bartsch's party? Lost.

*widget boy cultureComic icon “Archie” will die taking a bullet meant for his gay friend. 

 
Jul 18 2014
Need To Know: Getting To The Top Of Things + Kelly Ripa Bottoms For Botox + Justin Theroux Is Bulging With Talent + Photo Finish + 1 Gay NFLer To Another + MORE! Comments (0)

Anderson-Cooper-Kelly-Ripa-Andy-Cohen-gay-LGBT-topYou're the top!

*widget boy cultureAnderson Cooper, closeted 2 years ago, now comfy telling us Andy Cohen's a top.

*widget boy cultureKelly Ripa is a bottom for Botox.

*widget boy cultureWentworth Miller on being closeted: “I think audiences knew, to a certain extent.”

*widget boy cultureJustin Theroux's piece is...distracting.

*widget boy cultureTHEY'RE BREATHLESS: Crazy-funny '80s wrestling montage.

*widget boy cultureHot tennis players on hot beach vacays.

*widget boy cultureMalaysian Flight MH17 passenger tweets darkly funny photo before death.

*widget boy cultureGuy Ritchie's fiancée pops out THIRD kid in just over TWO years.

*widget boy cultureFormer child actor Drake now acting like a child, dissing Macklemore on TV.

*widget boy cultureNYC's Long Island Railroad strike averted after lots of “agita.”

*widget boy cultureAward-winning short(-ish) film Dirty Magazines.

*widget boy cultureCourtney Stodden takes blindfolded challenge.

Francesco-scavullo-with-his-photo-of-stingScavullo with his famous Sting portrait. Now, it's his lover who's been stung.

*widget boy cultureFrancesco Scavullo's longtime lover shut out in estate battle.

*widget boy cultureReporter recounts Israel's attack that killed four Palestinian children.

*widget boy cultureStockton bank robbery leads to tragic deaths of hostages.

*widget boy cultureBlues guitarist Johnny Winter dies @ 70 while on tour.

*widget boy cultureOne of Winter's final performances.

*widget boy cultureNFL's 1st out ex-player Dave Kopay was “unnerved” by Michael Sam's cake/kiss moment.

Dave-Kopay-George-DureauKopay supports Sam, but is old-school on kissing and cake-smearing. (Photo: George Dureau)

 
Jul 11 2014
Need To Know: Bi, Bi, Bi + Obama Parries With Perry + Rosie's New VIEW + Michelle O Engenders Contempt + MOCKINGBIRD Actress Dies + MORE! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureRacy new bisexual video (above) from Aris.

*widget boy cultureRuba Wilson wants to put out a visual album and needs your help.

*widget boy cultureGov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) caves, shakes hands with Obama. But that's it!

*widget boy cultureRosie O'Donnell officially returns to The View.

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*widget boy culture98-year-old San Franciscan evicted from her apartment of 50 years because $$$.

*widget boy cultureEven poor white people have it better than black people.

*widget boy cultureEmmy nominee Ferguson on hubby's cancer battle & Quinto rumors.

*widget boy cultureRadio host and nutjob Alex Jones calls Michelle Obama our “First Tranny.”

*widget boy cultureBe-Speedoed pornstar Jessie Colter called queer, kicked out of water park. Jessie-Colter

*widget boy cultureLindsay Lohan already proving to be a bad hire.

*widget boy cultureHeathers: The Musical posts closing notice.

*widget boy culturePageant: The Musical is back!

*widget boy cultureWell-off lady swiftly descends into poverty, crawls back.

*widget boy cultureOVER HALF of all statements on FOX News are false.

*widget boy cultureTo Kill a Mockingbird actress Rosemary Murphy dies @ 89.

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Jul 08 2014
Golden Oldies: 100 Most Memorable GOLDEN GIRLS Guest Spots Of All Time! Comments (0)

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Who doesn't love The Golden Girls (1985—1992)?

If you're one of those who doesn't, please skip this mega-post, in which I struggle to count down my own personal 40 favorite guest-starring appearances on the show, with another 60 honorable mentions...for a total of 100.

The Golden Girls - Rue, Bea, Estelle & BettyI am counting anyone, outside of the four main cast members, who ever appeared on the show, whether it be a brief cameo, a one-off or a lengthy, recurring role. No animals, so “Dreyfuss” the dog, the piano-playing chicken and “Baby” the 29-year-old pig are outta luck.

There are many more appearances that just didn't grab me enough to warrant making my list, but that doesn't mean they were not valuable contributions to the show.

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But the beauty of personal countdowns like these is that you can comment below with your own favorites and remind me of some I may have forgotten!

Of the 40 I picked, I provided as much info as humanly possible...and there are lots of criss-crossing connections and wonderfully HUH? factoids about what some of the lesser-known guest stars later did with their lives and careers.

Please share this if you're so inclined...and thank you for being a friend...

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