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Nov 13 2017
Contract Playa: A Review Of SCOTTY AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD Comments (0)

T-scotty-bowers“I created the rainbow in Hollywood.” — Scotty Bowers (Image via Altimeter Films)

Five years ago, I posted a review of the book Full Service, the as-told-to story of Scotty Bowers, a 21430294_1815779352046499_9204368091529911051_nHollywood gas station owner who claims to have become a procurer for some of Hollywood's biggest names from the '40s onward, including Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, George Cukor, Rock Hudson and many more.

Along with hooking them up with sex partners, he also claims to have had sex with many of them himself, including Bette Davis, Walter Pidgeon and both Cary Grant and Randolph Scott.

Gore Vidal on Scotty Bowers

The comments on my review were largely critical, blowing him off as a liar in spite of the support of Gore Vidal and other serious people who wanted us to know Scotty was the real deal.

I prefer this take: 

Now, director Matt Tyrnauer has shot a compelling documentary on the man of 1,000 facials, and I think Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood far surpasses the book as both art and documentation that Bowers was probably every bit as busy as he boasts ...

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Sep 19 2017
SPOILER ALERT: THE HERO DIES — A Review Of Michael Ausiello's Emotionally Resonant, Darkly Witty Memoir Comments (0)

MikekitI met Michael Ausiello and Christopher “Kit” Cowan when they attended a party thrown in my building. I remembered them as the prototypical cute NYC couple — smart, good conversationalists, clearly well-matched.

Years later, I was shocked to hear that Kit had succumbed to cancer, but I am not surprised that Michael — the founder of TVLine.com — has turned his grief into a book. Writers write when life beats them up, and in this case, we're all the better for his urge to memorialize his relationship ...

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Jul 21 2016
6-PACK — Get Ready For Melania's CARPOOL KARAOKE At Tonight's RNC! + Hands Up, Shoot + Homo Rave + The Forneas Have It + Trump's Killer Sons + Montel Williams Destroys Bill O'Reilly! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureABOVE: James Corden and Missy Elliott form modern-day Supremes with 1st Lady as Diana!

*widget boy cultureGuess it's anti-cop to point out that shooting an unarmed, arms-in-the-air therapist for zero reason is insane.

*widget boy cultureDesert Boys by Chris McCormick gets a Lamba Literary rave.

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*widget boy cultureSeth Fornea perhaps can't act, but it perhaps doesn't matter.

*widget boy cultureReminder of how gross Donald Trump's sons are: 

*widget boy cultureMontel Williams bails on The O'Reilly Factor, is called a coward, gets personal with O'Reilly in steamed video. So good:

 
Apr 11 2016
You'll Read GOLDEN GIRLS FOREVER Many, Many Times! Comments (0)

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Picture it: Your living room, late at night, Grindr's buzzing but you're blissfully unaware. Why? Because you just got a book, a book so good they named it.

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If you love The Golden Girls—and let's face it, if you don't, maybe you're on the wrong site?—you will love Golden Girls Forever: An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai (Harper Design, $35) by Jim Colucci, and you will absolutely never regret devoting many quiet evenings to committing it to memory.

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Colucci authored the already indispensable The Q Guide to the Golden Girls (Alyson, 2006)—which was specifically targeted at fancy men everywhere—but has taken a more encyclopedic approach this time around, offering 368 pages filled with internal memos; stills; on-set personal candids; interviews with “the show's creators, actors, guest stars, producers, writers, and crew members”; and even a section of tributes from famous fans like Zachary Quinto and Laverne Cox. 

As the expert on the series, Colucci was able to interview Rue McClanahan and Bea Arthur in the years prior to their deaths, and also delivers a new Q&A with Betty White.

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The book's greatest use is its inclusion of exhaustive summaries of every episode, which do a lot more than regurgitate IMDb factoids. Colucci offers original comments from the creatives on the making-of that serve as incredible oral histories, the likes of which few if any other TV series have ever received.

Golden Girls Forever also faithfully documents fan art and fan-appreciation events/plays, making it not just a memento of the series, but a breathlessly faithful chronicle of its impact on the greater culture.

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On a more superficial level, the book is also beautifully designed, as pretty as Blanche's perky bosoms.

Take a lesson, Rose, Golden Girls Forever is how you tell a story.

 
Dec 27 2015
More EM20 Buzz! Comments (0)

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Another great hit for Encyclopedia Madonnica 20, this time by Gregg Shapiro and in the Bay Area Reporter.

 
Dec 16 2015
Need To Know: Gray Area + Dammit, Janet! + This Salamander Knew Noah + Raw Footage + Underwear Overkill + Debate Dunces + Christie Kissing Up To Corpse + MORE! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 3.49.39 PMHavin' a ball.

*widget boy cultureMichael Weatherly rides something that makes him cry out. Images

*widget boy cultureHung jury in Freddie Gray trial.

*widget boy culture200-year-old (!) giant salamander found; oldest living creature on Earth?

*widget boy cultureJock's hot guns.

*widget boy cultureHe made his living posting super gross shit to the Internet.

*widget boy culture(Insanely Work Unfriendly) Colon's-eye view of anal penetration to completion. Charlie-by-MZ-TREVOR-12-1450296294

*widget boy cultureGay male underwear: Everything ya need 2 know.

*widget boy cultureTrevor for Charlie by MZ: Hottest model ever? Images

*widget boy cultureInside the SAGE party. Cute guys galore.

*widget boy cultureTHEIRSTORY: History of trans characters on TV.

*widget boy cultureCop coldly shoots man escaping from wrecked car—no charges. Images

Screen-shot-2015-12-16-at-10-36-820x430It was ruled an accident, but the video tells a different story.

*widget boy cultureYELLEN & SCREAMIN': Fed raises interest rates.

*widget boy cultureGOP debate is filled with whoppers.

*widget boy cultureSexist blowhard Chris Christie thinks King Hussein of Jordan is alive.

*widget boy cultureTrump has NO IDEA what he's being asked. Still answers.

*widget boy culture“Affluenza” asshole faces hard time for violating parole.

*widget boy cultureCaitlyn Jenner re-teaming with Diane Sawyer for fresh Q&A.

*widget boy culturePrison for human trafficker who made men satisfy male johns 20 hours a day. Images

Tumblr_m32un0s72b1r7r1l7o1_5001Midler, Keaton & Hawn together again? You Bette.

*widget boy cultureAs close to a First Wives Club sequel as you are gonna get.

*widget boy culture1st official Ghostbusters image released.

*widget boy cultureTwink's teeny bikini is a smile-inducer.

*widget boy cultureBosGuy recommends my book!

*widget boy cultureStar Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens opens to raves, redeems series.

*widget boy cultureStar Wars cast sings theme.

*widget boy cultureVia The Verge: 5 hours of Darth Vader burning, after the jump ... Images

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Nov 11 2015
Need To Know: This Is Your Brain On Dr. Ben Carson + Wine-ing Critic + Sexy Guys Galore + The Other Side Of Caitlyn + Hidden JEM + MORE! Comments (0)


*widget boy culture Dr. Ben Carson is not smart, so stop saying he is. 

*widget boy cultureThis author REALLY doesn't like bad reviews.

*widget boy cultureInsanely hot selfie.

*widget boy cultureBREAKING NEWS: Jordan Westerkamp's ass. Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 3.49.04 PM

*widget boy cultureCute dude totally pantsed. Images

*widget boy cultureGlam Caitlyn is happy with life “on the other side.”

*widget boy cultureCheck out these “boyfriend twins.”

*widget boy cultureThis dude is hairy perfection.

*widget boy cultureEven Raven-Symoné thinks Raven-Symoné is nuts.

*widget boy cultureNick Jonas doesn't deny gay experimentation.

*widget boy cultureJem and the Holograms was a DI-SAS-TER.

*widget boy cultureABC is trying a reverse Will & Grace.

*widget boy cultureWhite House backs Equality Act.

*widget boy cultureHotter by half: 

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Jul 11 2015
Need To Know: Geeked For Marriage + A Spot Of Tea Room + What She Said + Atticus Finch-Mob + Final Bow + EVIL Genius + Making Beautiful Music Together + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureCute couple gets hitched on stage at San Diego Comic-Con!

*widget boy cultureRare (Work Unfriendly) footage from 1962 gay-sex sting.

*widget boy cultureWoman who accused Amy Schumer of being racist has never seen her work. Ever.

*widget boy cultureCourtney Act's Kaleidoscope is out now! Screen Shot 2015-07-11 at 2.15.41 PM

*widget boy cultureHarper Lee tampers with greatness.

*widget boy cultureOut 'Nicholas NicklebyCheers actor Roger Rees dies @ 71.

*widget boy cultureWrongfully imprisoned for 17 years ... and still able to laugh.

*widget boy cultureGOP candidates, asked to name greatest living prez, crash and burn.

*widget boy cultureHilariously right trailer for Ash vs. Evil Dead. (Bruce Campbell looks like Romney!)

*widget boy cultureOMG, this hot piece is musically talented:

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*widget boy cultureBatman: The Killing Joke will become an animated movie.

*widget boy cultureJindai's dreamy “Wait.”

*widget boy cultureTed Cruz tried to cheat his way onto the New York Times Best Sellers List!

*widget boy cultureNow that anti-gay Trump is anti-Mexican, Thomas Roberts calls it quits.

*widget boy cultureIt's Wigstock: The Cruise!

*widget boy cultureIf these two don't make you #thirsty, nothing will:

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*widget boy cultureFan-made video for Madonna's “Best Night.”

*widget boy cultureOlly from Years & Years and Neil from Clean Bandit discuss romance.

Screen Shot 2015-07-11 at 12.43.35 AM“It's important for people to see that you, you can be happy as, as a gay couple, and a young gay couple.”

 
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