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Apr 05 2017
Bette Davis Is Seeking What? A Hump! Comments (0)

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Bette Davis may not have died in 1989 after all, a possibility raised by the emergence of a new dating profile.

She sounds frisky as hell, and all about Steve. Or José. Or Donald.

Keep reading to hear Jeff from PunchyPlayers resurrect Bette ...

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Mar 31 2017
FEUD In A Nutshell Comments (0)

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Emily Nussbaum's long look at Feud in The New Yorker is beautifully written, and she sums the whole damn thing up right here:

A woke Ryan Murphy is a tricky proposition: as anyone who watched late seasons of “Glee” knows, didactic camp can be a nightmare. “Feud” has its flaws—a jokey song cue here, blunt exposition there. But Murphy lets the contradictions sizzle: he knows that schlock can double as great art; that self-loathing can work both as a goad to ambition and as an emotional crippler. “Hollywood should be forced to look at what they’ve done to her,” Geraldine Page (Sarah Paulson) remarks of Joan Crawford late in the series, but not unkindly. Like all great horror, “Feud” loves its monsters. It’s also a lot of fun. 

Yep!

 
Mar 27 2017
This Really Happened To Baby Jane Comments (0)

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If you're watching Feud, you're probably enjoying it. It has flashes of brilliance, mostly attached to Jessica Lange.

I'm not crazy about Susan Sarandon in this project because she seems intimidated by Bette Davis, and it comes out in her timidity when speaking. It's like she's scared to be a parody, so she winds up being a weak imitation.

I did enjoy the fairly accurate recreation of Bette's undignified promo activities in singing on The Andy Williams Show.

Watch the real deal after the jump ...

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Mar 25 2017
Bette Davis's Talentless Jesus Freak Of A Daughter: MOTHER PRACTICED WITCHCRAFT Comments (0)

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Just realized that B.D. Hyman (who should be grateful she's being given a highly symp-aesthetic portrayal in Feud: Bette and Joan, in which she's played by gorgeous Kiernan Shipka), Bette Davis's daughter, has actually stated that her mother practiced witchcraft.

Literally, the born-again minister (!) has said her mom was a witch.

Check out Inside Edition's rehashing of this other feud ...

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Mar 14 2017
What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? (She Died) Comments (0)

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I'm very much enjoying Feud. I think Jessica Lange is sublime as Joan Crawford, and while Susan Sarandon is not up to the challenge of filling Bette Davis's shoes (she often sounds like she's trying to sound tough), she's not terrible and has her moments.

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Overall, it's an entertaining look at a fantastic film's fascinating journey from desperate ploy to stay relevant to greatness. Gossipiy? Sure. 

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It made me wonder a bit about the cast of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) Of course, Crawford died in 1977 and Davis in 1989, and I remembered when Victor Buono — so deliciously desperate as Edwin Flagg in the movie — died very young, at age 43, in 1982. (Impossible to fathom that he was in his early twenties in Jane!)

There were very few other memorable faces in the film, but among them, future soap diva Anna Lee made an impression as the warring sisters' neighbor (she died at 91 in 2004), and of course Maidie Norman was wonderful as the righteous housekepper Elvira (she died at 85 in 1998).

Maidie-norman-imagesMaidie as Crawford's smart-as-a-whip secretary in Torch Song. (Video still via MGM)

Norman had previously worked with Crawford on Torch Song (1953) — yes, the movie in which Crawford donned blackface:

That leaves the bit players and the kids:

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Mar 07 2017
6-PACK — Things Go Better With Pepsi + Diana's Gay Butler + Chaffetz: Pick Your iPhone Or Your Life + Cohen In The Gym + Carson: Slaves Were Immigrants, Kinda + Trump's Presidency: FAKE & FAILED! Comments (0)

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WIDGETVanity Fair: Bizarre Joan Crawford facts to enhance your Feud experience, such as: “Why is that German lady called Mamacita?!”

Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 11.28.31 AMPaul Burrell, who is now a village florist (Video still via Reelz Channel)

WIDGETTowleroad: Princess Diana's butler, Paul Burrell, divorces wife of 30+ years, comes out as gay, says Di was only woman who knew about him for years. Past interview:

WIDGETPolitico: House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz, who should be investigating Trump, says poor people must choose: Health, or a phone.

WIDGETtheOUTfront: Ben Cohen hits the gym!

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WIDGETHuffington Post: Ben Carson thinks slaves were immigrants, admires how they worked hard “for less.”

WIDGETSalon: Morning Joe has been sucking Trump's nether regions forever, but now co-host Mike Brzezinski says, “This presidency is fake and failed”:

 
Feb 24 2017
6-PACK — The Boy You Never Knew You Needed To See Naked + Gilles Marini's Chugging Caboose + Twins' Peeks At Hollywood Grandeur + Savage NEW YORKER + Trump's Russian Scandal Continues To Drip, Drip, Drip! Comments (0)

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WIDGETLloyd Daniels gets naked on Instagram. Also, there is a famous person named Lloyd Daniels.

WIDGETGilles Marini shows his butt while topping. (Work Unfriendly)

Screen Shot 2017-02-24 at 10.06.42 AM(Image via Howard & Austin Mutti-Mewse)

WIDGETThe Mutti-Mewse twins have THE best Old Hollywood autograph collection ever. Period. The end.

WIDGETThe New Yorker gets right to the point:

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WIDGETMore troubling corruption: Trump's White House tries to lean on FBI over Russia reports, suggested media manipulation:

WIDGETFormer Sec. of Education Arne Duncan on trans rights rollback: “thoughtless,” “cruel,” “sad.” Plus: Where are alleged good cops Ivanka & Jared?

 
Feb 22 2017
Break It Up: FEUD Averted Comments (0)

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I was invited to an early screening of Ryan Murphy's highly anticipated IMG_0026 FX series Feud: Bette and Joan at Hardware in NYC last night, all about the making of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962).

Unfortunately, there was a technical snafu that delayed the showing too long for my schedule, so like Jessica Lange's Feud co-star Susan Sarandon did with logic and reason, I abandoned ship. Rigged! Rigged!

I did not, however, keep my promise to live-tweet my disappointment, which might've been appropriate considering the animosity between the film's subjects, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. I guess my passivity may have indicated it was okay to fuck with me, fellas, but I'd like to go on the record stating it is not.

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Still, I had fun with my pal, and one thing that wasn't a drag was the floor show by the talented ... let's go with ladies ... Pixie Aventura and Bootsie Lefaris. Pixie scored with the audience by combining Whitney Houston with Viola Davis (using Fences in ... let's go with ... her ... act! For a bottom, she's downright topical):

Feud: Bette and Joan airs on FX beginning March 5 at 10 p.m. In spite of how you may feel about Sarandon, I'm pretty sure you're going to watch it.

IMG_0019But ya are, ya are gonna watch this series!

 


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