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Jan 29 2016
Enjoying The View: Stage-Dooring Russell Tovey Comments (0)

12620571_10156507261250596_352106686_o“My selfie sucked, can we take another?” Yes, I said this. And yes, it was worth it. (Photographs by Kurt Fleagle)

Was so glad I caught Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge tonight with my pals Kurt and Warren. The production was riveting from word one and has the most effective use of timing, flawless performances (Mark Strong as Eddie has to win something) and a knock-out of an ending.

Russell Tovey was adorable in his role, charming in a way one that one could understand Eddie would come to loathe. Killer body on this one, and he was a sweetheart with us afterward. The blond works for him.

12596778_10156507262450596_1822357855_oAccepting treats for Rocky

Tovey also graciously accepted a gift from a girl who was waiting for him—dog treats for his dog Rocky. We hear he is known to take Rocky (not a service animal) into Joe Allen sometimes (which if you're not a New Yorker is a famous after-theater restaurant).

Darren Criss was at the show but refused to pose for a selfie with Kurt because  he felt he would then have to do a lot of them (literally nobody else cared, booooo, but he was ultra-nice in saying it), and we also spotted Lois Smith and Fred Weller.

 
Jan 21 2016
Front Paige News Comments (0)

12549045_10153726636371001_179971948101986160_nA good sign

Janis Paige, 93, responded to my request for an autograph on this knock-out still of her from the '40s—and her signature is still a thing of beauty.

I've always loved Paige (and the late Anne Francis—I for some reason think of them in the same mind-breath), and yet became confused and for a long while had thought she'd passed away. Probably, I was thinking of Francis. Once I updated my list of stars 80+ and realized I'd left Paige off, I located this stunning pic and sent it right off to her. A couple of months or less later, and here she is.

Screen Shot 2016-01-20 at 8.29.21 PMMike Douglas (far R) interviews: Astaire, Powell, Kelly, Paige, Miller, Reynolds, Fabray: 40 years later, four out of seven of these greats are still with us!

Keep reading for a great Mike Douglas-hosted interview of Paige and many other MGM musical stars back when they were promoting the That's Entertainment II documentary. In it, 114_001Paige displays her independence of thought in giving Douglas a decidedly non-B.S. answer, one in which she asserts her desire not to be controlled.

Keep in mind the show aired February 20, 1976. That means the stars (in order of appearance/speaking) were these ages at the time: Mike Douglas (50), Debbie Reynolds (44), Nanette Fabray (56), Janis Paige (53), Ann Miller (pictured on vintage movie mag; only 52!!!), Jane Powell (46), Gene Kelly (63), Fred Astaire (75), Hermes Pan (66). They all look great, but isn't it interesting that they project a much older aura than stars of the same ages today? Betty White is now 20 years older than Astaire was, Madonna is five years older than Miller was, Melissa McCarthy is a year older than Debbie Reynolds was. 

Tumblr_mgfvfuMlKw1qjnz9go1_500Astaire & Powell

Or maybe, just maybe, they seem older to me because I'm so familiar with them, and when I was growing up, I could place them all as being many decades older than myself? Maybe a kid with zero idea of who they are would guess their ages accurately?

Anyway, watch ...

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Dec 05 2015
Queerty-Bait Comments (0)

Unnamed-1Photo by Gregory Pace

Jeremy Kinser at Queerty graciously interviewed me regarding Encyclopedia Madonnica 20 and Starf*cker, and he seems to have generously transcribed every word. It can be a pain in the ass to interview (and transcribe the ramblings of) non-famous folks who won't necessarily bring your site oodles of hits, so his contribution to my books' publicity is most appreciated.

Please check out the piece by clicking here.

 
Nov 14 2015
Angelyne Is One-Of-A-Kind ... Thankfully Comments (0)

ANGELYNE_EXPERIENCE-1Buy me this?

This guy's account of his win-a-date with Angelyne sounds 100% accurate. She's nuts in an unfun way.

I played along with her nonsense at an autograph show once for the experience, but she is probably totally delusional by now because of people playing along with her.

 
Nov 09 2015
EM20 Book-Signing Event @ Rockbar! Comments (0)
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*IMG_2910Two nights ago, I was honored to be the special guest at DJ JENE's regular Madonnathon at Rockbar (185 Christopher, though it was more like 1985!), where I was set up with a table and chair in order to hawk my Encyclopedia Madonnica 20 to the Madonna-loving masses.

Yes, an actual book-signing event!

*IMG_2768Copying Madonna for all I'm worth

I hate book-signing events. They're usually tense affairs during which 2% of the people you've invited actually show up, often spread out over a two-hour period. In my opinion, a book-signing event should only happen if the author is famous, or the subject matter is intensely headline-grabbing. I mean, I've sat through a couple o' white-knuckled moments at signings.

*IMG_2778I know, we should just get married already. But he can do better.

This was totally different! My great friends Jason and Greg helped me drag 14 copies of my $65 book (on sale for $50 at Rockbar), plus my cover blow-up, to the location, where a captive audience of Madonna fanatics steadily bought up every copy I had! I was truly impressed that people bought that many. I even sold 2 out of 3 Starf*cker books.

*IMG_2921Greg heroically took most of the photos you see on this page, with Jason doing some of the others.

It was a lot of fun meeting and greeting old pals like Frank, Angel, Michele, and more, plus meeting a few for the first time, like sexy Liam from Australia, sexy Joe from New Yawk, sexy ... oh, you know where this is going.

*IMG_2936I only sold books to attractive people.

*IMG_2943Michele snapped up my last copy!

*IMG_2949Boy Culture reader Chad came from San Francisco! (Okay, not specifically for me. But yay for coincidence!)

*IMG_2800Frankly speaking with Frank

One guy asked for a kiss with his book, which I gave—only to get tongue without warning. It's okay, though, my mono was almost gone.

*IMG_2835With my book's gifted designer, Anthony Coombs

Kidding aside, it was really fun and a real ego-boost, even when the cute drunk told me Madonna was garbage compared to Bjork. (Off to write my Bjorkopedia.) And it ended with me doing muscle poses alongside Stephen Charles Lincoln of The Protein Bakery, which provided delicious cookies, something Madonna has not eaten since 1977.

*IMG_2964His sugar was definitely raw.

Thanks to Jeannie Buxo for making it happen, and happen right!

Madonna dance*IMG_2785I dream of Jeannie!

 
Nov 06 2015
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: All My Autograph Show Posts! Comments (0)

Autograph Show Posts (2010—2014) 

A hub for all (?) of my many autograph-show posts, in honor of 10 years of Boy Culture. Enjoy!


6a00d8341c2ca253ef0191044746ed970c-800wiAll of my posts related to autograph shows—and there have been so many!—are like one, gigantic post in my mind, and so I'm grouping them all here. I first got into these things after reading an old story on the Internet about a show in the '70s at which a '30s Western star appeared, even though her face was devastated by cancer. I got the idea to do a book or a movie on these shows, so I dug into my pocket and attended one in Jersey (Chiller Theatre) and then one in Burbank (The Hollywood Show).

Dozens later, I still keep going back. I started out above it, but I'm not definitely of it, as well. They're not the posts that get the most hits, but they have more of my love than most.

What follows are all of my autograph show posts (I think!) in roughly chronological order:

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Oct 19 2015
Need To Know: Drawn Of The Dead + Trashing The De-Jennerates + Brian's Dong + Wild About Larry + Hillary's Emails ARE Important? + Bieber On His Weiner + MORE! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2015-10-18 at 11.42.21 PMBrothers should (and actually did) do it.

*widget boy cultureSuper cool history of courtroom sketches. Images

*widget boy cultureNY Post (of all places) publishes epic take-down of Kardashians. Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 12.12.39 AM

*widget boy cultureNFL Channel showed nekkid players! Images

*widget boy cultureThe making of a naked gay rugby calendar.

*widget boy cultureMy Instagram salutes these stars 'n' stripes:

12079225_10153553649851001_6868928178744651282_nI had stars in my eyes. And stripes in my nose.

*widget boy cultureLarry David SLAYS as Bernie Sanders on dreadful SNL. Screen Shot 2015-10-18 at 11.50.15 PM

*widget boy cultureCristiano Ronaldo “marries” a dude. Images

*widget boy cultureHillary's emails expose W & Blair as war criminals.

*widget boy cultureWas the Dem debate a turning point for Hillary Clinton?

*widget boy cultureAlabama tries to disenfranchise black voters, Hillary rails.

*widget boy culturePassing The Equality Act will be HRC's highest priority?

*widget boy cultureRomney bad-mouths Trump, Trump goes on Twitter-fit.

*widget boy cultureJeb Bush destroyed on Benghazi vs. 9/11 point.

*widget boy cultureGotta admit it: I'd like to win his underwear:

*widget boy cultureAll the latest on Lamar Odom.

*widget boy cultureJustin Bieber talks about his nude photos.

*widget boy cultureHow do you solve a problem like being gay in South Korea?

*widget boy cultureMichelle Duggar comes out for marital rape.

*widget boy cultureChris Salvatore is all wet. Images

12144810_10150561197184970_1950311501866114934_nMaking a splash

 
Sep 30 2015
Standing With Hillary Comments (0)

DSC06392Madame POTUS?

Tonight, three years (I can't believe it!) after my run-in with President Obama, I was able to attend a reception for future President Hillary Clinton at Jay Z's 40/40 Club on W. 25th St. here in Manhattan.

IMG_7896She went thatta way!

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 10.28.51 PMEntering, we had to pass a couple of anti-Hillary loons in Pinocchio noses murmuring about Benghazi. Oddly, they didn't really dampen anyone's enthusiasm. The woman is imperfect, but her desire to change the country for the better and her intellect are formidable.

It was an intimate gathering, no more than about 60 supporters, I would guess, a decidedly youthful and racially diverse lot. I spent most of my time chatting with a sexy guy whose company is already helping the campaign take advantage of digital outreach, and a guy who apparently invented an app that scans any object at all and provides you with info about it. He was telling me that the legendary photographer Albert Watson has promised him 7,000 outtakes of his famous shots of the late Steve Jobs.

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