59 posts categorized "AUTOGRAPHS"

Apr 16 2014
I'm Good At This: A Last-Minute Trip To The Hollywood Show Comments (0)
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My "then and now" gallery is above...

I wasn't going to attend the latest Hollywood Show in L.A. at the Westin LAX this past Saturday. I'd made up my mind that while dropping in would make all the sense in the world if I were an Angeleno, dropping in from across the frickin' country made about as much sense as the fact that Joan Collins does these things out of an actual need for cash. (See my other trips to autograph shows at #5 on this list.)

“Even my worst orgasm was right on the money.”—Woody Allen

But then I figured out a bunch of other stuff to do in L.A. and splurged, booking Monday and arriving with some goodies for a variety of the over 100 (!) scheduled stars to sign. Unfortunately, it was one of my least exciting shows, but I was still reminded of that Woody Allen quote. You know the one.

BabyJaneHaunting detail from a covered table

The show was meh because, for one thing, quite a few stars canceled, including some whose advertised presence had helped me decide to go in the first place. For example, I'd spent part of one day sourcing a fabulous Rene Auberjonois portrait from The Eyes of Laura Mars on eBay, then tracking it down in person here in NYC, only to discover that he'd canceled the night before. Apparently, Rene told a fellow celebrity guest, “I don't have any pictures to bring so I'm not going.”

Rene-AuberjonoisI will get this signed by you, Rene!

I also missed seeing Dale Bozzio, the original Lady Gaga, whose lead vocals on the Missing Persons record Spring Session M are the perfect combo of pleasing and unnerving. No matter that she's since become a crazy cat lady—I love huh!

Elliott-GouldElliott Gould was a no-show...how would he have reacted if asked to sign this?

But it's a thin line between love and hate when it comes to fandom. I overheard one attendee fuming that the gossip columnist Rona Barrett had canceled (another one I'd been so curious to meet), saying, “She canceled? What a fucking bitch! I'm dying to meet her!”

Kelli-MaroneyKelli told me my friend, a former co-star of hers, would "clean up" if they did the show in tandem.

Not having as many stars to “get” made for a leisurely show. Unfortunately, it did not make for one of my favorite shows; kudos to the organizers for rounding up so many diverse celebs, but it just so happened that the ones I was most excited to meet didn't wow me. I had precious few fun encounters...well, if we're talking about the ones with celebrities.

Here they are. I calls 'em likes I sees 'em...

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Mar 25 2014
The Real Desperate Housewife Of New Jersey Comments (0)

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Teresa Giudice is gonna go to the big house for a long spell, so forgive her if she wants you to pay her in cash only and real quick for her autograph and a pic-with. Forgive her, but what about the morons paying her? She's a crook—she doesn't merely play one on TV.

 
Mar 20 2014
She's Not Me, I'm Not She Comments (0)

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Luckily, this "Madonna" autograph comes with a certificate of authenticity. This case of mistaken identity reminds me of the time when a (famous) picture of Madonna from her 1992 Sex book was thought to be a long-lost Marilyn Monroe nude...and was authenticated by a Marilyn Monroe expert!

 
Feb 10 2014
Laurel & Hardy Boy Comments (0)

Della-LindSon & daughter of the desert

I stumbled across the blog of this guy who has been starfucking for over 30 years while Googling around for Della Lind info. Lind, aka Grete Natzler (1906—1999), was a leading lady in the Laurel & Hardy films, and was referenced in a massive post I'm about to drop on all you Golden Age of Hollywood freaks. Reading about this guy's exploits as a kid at an autograph show 34 years ago called Hollywood '80 really blew my mind and sucked up a lot of my time today—in a good way.

 
Feb 09 2014
Madonna Auction Makes A Mint Comments (0)

Madonna-Martin-Burgoyne-MaripolAn amazing Burgoyne/Ciccone Polaroid by Maripol that went for well over $5000!

Now is not the time for Matthew to be haunting Madonna auctions, but I did my darnedest anyway at the Myers Fine Art auction of Martin Burgoyne's personal effects. Burgoyne, you will recall, was Madonna's gay BFF and one-time roommate who designed her early record sleeves, designed her first album cover (which was not used) using Edo Bertoglio photographs and who died in his twenties of AIDS. Madonna was generous with Martin, helping him out personally and financially. I've always been fascinated by him and would have loved to have owned something from what was repeatedly called a "treasure trove" in all the media surrounding this auction by his elderly parents.

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Dec 21 2013
WIN IT: Kellan Lutz Signed THE LEGEND OF HERCULES Movie Poster! Comments (0)

Enter to win a movie poster for The Legend of Hercules (Lionsgate, in theaters & 3D nationwide on January 10, 2014) signed by "Hercules" himself, Kellan Lutz!

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To enter, comment this post with your favorite gif or image from the movie, found here.

Tumblr_my4jzlHqo01t2bq1xo2_400Mine is this one.

I'll pick 1 of you to win at random on January 10, the day the movie opens.

Good luck!

Check out the trailer after the jump...

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Dec 19 2013
Guardian Of Edie Comments (0)

Little_edieNewkirk has so many amazing letters from the cinema's highly imitable doyenne of delusion.

Walter Newkirk, who corresponded with Little Edie Bouvier for decades, is ready to part with his archive. Check out this lengthy piece on his friendship with the staunchest woman no longer alive, and feel free to contact him at the email address contained therein.

 
Dec 02 2013
Boy Culture Turns 8: My 100 Favorite Posts! Comments (0)

BoyCultureBlogYou need a little (Boy) Culture!

StripperIt blows my mind to realize that Boy Culture is now eight years old. I can still remember the joy I felt when I figured out how to post, how to upload an image and how to embed a video. I remember every time a post blew up, bringing in hits and new viewers. I remember the longtime commenters, the trolls, the spam and the never-ending (and validating!) pitches and free tickets and photographers' snaps of half- or all-naked male models. 

RuPaul-Drag-RaceShooting for my blog has never been a drag.

Cone-boyI've used Boy Culture to express myself, to help express others and to connect to people internationally.

I've also used it to show off my humor (both high and low), to flaunt my obsessions, to reality-test my sexual diversions and perversions, to laud the art I love, to lash out against the enemies of gay people and to broadcast my admiration for Madonna.

I want to thank you all for having read this blog over the years. It's a very hard thing to maintain, and it will not be maintained forever. But each time I get some positive (or even just meaningful) feedback, each time my posts are shared on social media, each time something I've written elicits a response, it keeps me going that much longer.

Madonna-stepmother-Joan-MDNAMadonna's stepmother was not impressed.

Thank you. Please enjoy my 100 favorite posts, please let me know if you're reading any old ones for the first time and are liking them and, most of all, please share this entire post far and wide to help get my work out there.

**2008 first one 6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54fdddbfd8833-800wiMy first "Guydar" post from 2008.

As always, you can find me on Facebook (personal and blog), Twitter, Instagram and YouTube (plus, here are my YouTube greatest hits). 

ALL ORANGE TITLES ARE HOTLINKS.

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TOTALLY RANDOM LISTS (2011—2013)

I've gotten way into lists. Way. You'll find more of my lists higher up on, uh, this particular list. But the ones that are just completely random go here because I worked my ass off on them, because I love them and because—judging from Quantcast data—you like 'em, too.

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DuranMy favorite Duran Duran member.

POP QUIZ: VIDEOS THAT KILLED (2011)

Totally awesome '80s! Take this visual quiz to see how many classic music videos you can ID.

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Brando-DeanI wish sex tapes had existed in the '50s.

UNDER THE GAYDAR: 10 PEOPLE YOU MAY OR MAY NOT REALIZE WERE OR ARE QUEER (2012)

I got lots of feedback on this, mainly because nobody realized Nell Carter was with a woman at the time of her death.

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DazzlerI would've chipped in to get this one made.

WOULDA COULDA SHOULDA: 5 INCREDIBLE MOVIES THAT NEVER HAPPENED (2013)

I'm shamless for including Leda & Swan, a movie that was a bomb without ever even being made.

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Lizabeth-ScottGreat Scott!

IN & OUT: 25 STARS' FIRST & LAST PERFORMANCES IN FILM & ON TV (2013)

Being obsessed with nostalgia and with movies, this was fun—but so very taxing—to compile. I loved the randomness of it.

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PSBI hate that music has been sleeveless for 20 years.

20 7" SINGLE SLEEVES FROM THE '80S THAT BELONG IN A GALLERY (2013)

Just 20 from my massive collection of 45s. I got rid of my 12" records, but I've kept these guys because they're just too much a part of my childhood.

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Amanda-BlakeAmanda Blake's marriage was a mystery, with both spouses dying of AIDS.

GAY MARRIAGE: CELEBRITIES WHO MARRIED LGBT SPOUSES (2013)

It might've been more efficient to make a list of famous straight people who managed to marry other full-on heteros.

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Mark-MessierThe infamous Gary Coleman/Mark Messier two-shot seen 'round the world.

ODD COUPLES: 19 UNUSUAL CELEBRITY PAIRS (2013)

This post encapsulates my outlook on pop culture and my desire to twist it and play with it...except in this case, its participants are already doing the dirty work.

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Lake-GenevaHaunted House: The family home that haunted Jane and Bill's final years.

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A FIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (2007)

My late mentor's husband struggles to give away his family home.

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#98

POLITICS (2005—2013)

I'm a political person and I blog about it a lot. Some of the entries stand up over time, but many are so of the moment it was hard to pull the ones I like best.

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Kevin-James-Adam-SandlerWhere Kevin James goes, (unintentional!!!) homophobia follows.

TRUNZO IS DUNZO (2007)

Star Magazine implying gay people aren't quite right? Not normal! This took off on several blogs and GLAAD got an apology from Trunzo over it. Some people think it's being "oversensitive," but Jesus...how much clearer is "Man to man" with a huge "NOT" (NORMAL) stamped over it?

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John-McCainIf McCain calls, I'm not here. 

NEW YORK TO McCAIN: DROP DEAD! (2008)

The time I saw John McCain and showed him exactly how I felt. 

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54fdcda278833-800wiThe Clintons practice some black magic 

WHITE MISCHIEF (2008)

When Bill and Hillary decided to use race in the race for the White House.

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Jason-WetheringtonCrist for the mill 

FLORIDA'S GOVERNOR ENGAYGED: DOES THIS COUNT AS "GAY MARRIAGE?" (2008)

Charlie Crist is gay. Really, really gay.

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Hillary-Clinton-guysThere's always 2016... 

HOW DO I LOVE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE GAYS... (2008)

The gay affair with Hillary Clinton.

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e554e2e7d28834Hail, Mary, full of disgrace

 SARAH PALIN = SPIRO AGNEW + HARRIET MIERS (2008)

Aw, she'll never last...

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Whoopi-Goldberg-Prop-8Whoopi-tee-doo & Kate, too! 

THE MARRYING KIND (2008)

That fabulously spontaneous anti-Prop 8 march in NYC.

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Barack-Obama"Fierce advocate" was once a taunt, and is now just true.

WITH US OR AGAINST US (2009)

A post from when the Obama Administration was considered almost openly hostile toward gay-rights advocates. I believe he's turned that impression around.

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OBAMA-DADTA good sign

IT GOT BETTER (2010)

The one where President Obama happily signed DADT out of existence.

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Sophie-B-HawkinsAs she lays her career down to sleep...

DAMN, I WISH SHE WOULDN'T DO THISI (2011)

Sopie B. Hawkins GOesProud. I wish she'd GOHome.

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Merv-Griffin-Tombstone_6I live for death!

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OBITUARIES (2009—2012)

I tend to write about almost every celebrity death I hear about, specializing in anyone from the Golden Era. These are two that really blew me away. You, too?

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Farrah-FawcettVery hazardous duties

AND JILL CAME TUMBLING AFTER (2009)

The death of Farrah Fawcett, a woman whose nips decorated my walls before I realized I had no use for them.

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Elizabeth-taylor-bathing-suitEnd credits

REFLECTIONS IN A VIOLET EYE: ELIZABETH TAYLOR DIES AT 79 (2011)

The biggest living star fades out. It's still hard to believe she isn't around anymore.

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Donna-SummerShe worked hard for the money.

LAST DANCE: DONNA SUMMER DIES AT 63 (2012)

I'd spent a long time hating Donna over her alleged anti-gay comments, but that rumor isn't the whole story on her life.

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Barbara-KentGood egg

MAKES SAD FACE, MOVES LIPS, TYPE APPEARS ON PANEL: "THE END" (2012)

I was surprised when no major news services noted the death of the last person to have starred in a silent film as an adult, Barbara Kent.

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Nov 04 2013
Lucky 13: A Frighteningly Thorough Chiller Theatre Roundup Comments (0)
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Above, in order: Peter Barton, Robert Hays, Zach Galligan, Weird Al  Yankovic, Catherine Bach, C. Thomas Howell, Corey Feldman, Peter Bogdanovich, Peter Fonda, Steve Guttenberg, William Ragsdale, Joe Zaso & Duncan Regehr.

This year, I almost forgot Chiller Theatre, even though I've been to all of them for three years running. I can't explain why, but I think I'm beginning to lose my passion for autograph shows. They're still fun, but I don't have the same drive, because that drive came from a desire to thrust myself into the experience of going to them...and I've been to plenty by now! (Here, here, here, here, here.)

But nonetheless, my fascination is not totally gone yet, because the night before the last day of Chiller, when I suddenly remembered it was happening, I decided I would wake up the next day, hop on a train to Parsippany and fork over hundreds of dollars to another random collection of celebrities (celebrated collection of randos?)—which is exactly what I did.

Unlike my many other trips to these things, I didn't board the train with a passel of perfectly chosen old teen-magazine pinups, original stills and board games for the attendees to sign. I actually hadn't even thoroughly studied the list of stars; I just knew teen heartthrobs Peter Barton and Zach Galligan were going, and that was enough to lure me across state lines.

Shirtless-duncan-regehrGuest Duncan Regehr in the best costume he ever sported on camera.

Waiting for the shuttle to pick us up at the station and take us to the hotel, I met a fun couple of guys from London who were visiting the U.S. for Chiller and other things. Big horror fans, they were also garden-variety starfuckers like me, the kinds of guys who enjoy showing up at stage doors and other places where you might find a bold-face name. I got to hear of their encounter with John Barrowman (within minutes of meeting, he asked one of them to show his cock!) and of various solo encounters with stars over the years, from Ginger Rogers (her handler was not nice) to Madonna (she was not nice).

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Aug 25 2013
Need To Know: RIP Julie Harris, Donatella Her About It, Divas On Parade + MORE Comments (0)

Julie_Harris-2Harris in East of Eden (1955) with James Dean.

*widget boy cultureActress Julie Harris dies at 87.

*widget boy cultureMadonna is possessed by the demon of adultery.

*widget boy cultureSigned Madonna print raises $7,700 for Raising Malawi. Upsize Small

*widget boy cultureIt might be Time to Upsize.

*widget boy cultureLady Gaga's ARTPOP has a song about Donatella Versace.

*widget boy cultureAlison Moyet on her new music & the state of music today.

*widget boy cultureAll the best MTV Video Music Awards performances.

*widget boy cultureRep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) vs. the Supreme Court.

*widget boy cultureSizzling undies calendar vs. Russia's anti-gay laws.

*widget boy cultureTransgender New Yorker Islan Nettles beaten to death.

Islan-NettlesMurdered for being different.