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Nov 14 2014
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Robbie-Rogers

Inside the Robbie Rogers book-launch party. I'm sure my own book-launch bash in the spring will also attract various Amells.

 
Nov 06 2014
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Autograph Captain Tennille

I was scheduled to appear on a TV talk show to discuss my then-new Encyclopedia Madonnica. I was told the other guests would be Ned & Stacey's Debra Messing and also the Captain and Tennille. Having loved the latter in the '70s, and remember I randomly owned a 45 of theirs, I brought it.

I made sure to say hello to them in the green room. Tennille was very attentive when I told her about my Madonna book (I can only imagine her feelings about Madonna in 1995), and she signed the 45 with a note wishing me luck on it. In a completely separate marker, the Captain signed “hi also.” 

It was clear it would never last.

 
Nov 05 2014
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Tomorrow is my 9-year blogiversary, but other than that and I'm sure some posts here and there, I have to focus on a book project in the near future. Posting may be light. As always, I very much appreciate links on social media.

Thanks! Keep coming back; I will, too, just not as obsessively for a stretch.

 
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The new Michael Stokes take on the male form is out—but it's only available in one place for now. Preview here.

 
Nov 02 2014
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Autograph-Roddy-McDowall

In truth, I thought Roddy McDowall's photographs of Elizabeth Taylor were pedestrian, but I told him I thought he'd taken some of the best shots ever of his good friend because I knew he would love to hear that. He looked up from signing my book—his book—to thank me, and seemed pleased that I was a cute college kid. 

I'd come to see him in Chicago because I knew, had heard, he was gay. That was the attraction, not his movies, his sexual orientation. He was someone I knew to be secretly gay. I was also secretly gay, at least, I was secretly gay in Chicago. A bunch of my Michigan friends knew, but my Chicago friends hadn't gotten an official press release just yet.

Well, I got him to sign that book and he signed a postcard of one of his Elizabeth Taylor portraits (to my mom because I'd mentioned we used to say she looked like La Liz), but I didn't have the courage to engage him further. Wish I had. He died less than 10 years later.

 
Nov 01 2014
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Bewitched

I finally got to meet Adam-Michael James, a longtime reader and now the author of The Bewitched Continuum, a must-have for fans of the '60s series.

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Follow it here and buy it here!

 
Oct 30 2014
Need To Know: Basket Case + One Gay Apple + Quarantine-Age Dream + Ted Talks + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureABOVE: Aaron Tveit, because...why not?

*widget boy cultureApple's CEO Tim Cook is proud to be gay, references benefiting from activists.

*widget boy cultureMortal Kombat meets Michael Sam.

*widget boy cultureNurse Kaci Hickox defies her Ebola quarantine on bike ride.

*widget boy cultureAbdi Nazemian talks gay parenting on...FOX News???

*widget boy cultureEllen needs a new gardener.

*widget boy cultureTed Cruz had decided Jeb Bush is too liberal.

*widget boy cultureAlan Cumming dishes on his memoir to Larry King.

Alan-CummingKing & queen

 
Oct 29 2014
Stalking In L.A.: Another Hollywood Show Starf*ck Comments (0)
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Above, check out more than 20 then-and-now split-screen images of stars!

Christopher-Riordan-1Last weekend was my third of four celeb-soaked encounters in the space of a month—first I hit up the Courts Celebrities Fan Fest, then New York Comic Con, then another edition of the Hollywood Show in L.A. (KEEP READING) and finally this past weekend's Chiller Theatre.

More on Chiller very soon.

First up, the L.A. Hollywood Show was quieter this time, leading some attendees to wonder if this type of non-genre autograph show might be dying off quicker than Old Hollywood. But it wasn't nearly as dead as the Courts version, so there was still a good flow of starfuckers to keep most of the celebs busy—at least on Saturday. (Sunday was a graveyard—never go if you can only go on a Sunday, when a chunk of the celebs will have decided to suddenly get a bad cold and not show.)

Above, in the gallery, check out juicy then-and-now photos. After the jump, my impressions of each star I met...

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