14 posts categorized "FANDOM"

Jul 23 2014
Buona Sera, Ms. Grant: Attending Lee Grant's I SAID YES TO EVERYTHING Book Signing Comments (0)

Lee-GrantGrant's story of freezing on a Broadway stage in 1972 was gut-wrenching!

Lee-Grant-bookI spent a nice evening at the 82nd Street Barnes & Noble, attending the booksigning for the memoir I Said Yes to Everything (Blue Rider, $28.95) by Lee Grant (b. October 31, 1925)...though it did have some ups and downs.

First, getting there 20 minutes before the start time, I was nonplused to find the entire seating area filled. The crowd was older, and the event free, which made for an interesting time when it came to the things one overheard:

“Who exactly is this person?”

“She was in everything in the '60s and '70s.”

“How old is she? Eighty-eight? That's a very flattering photo on the cover.”

“What's she going to talk about? A book? What book?”

Joy Behar (b. October 7, 1942) had a ringside seat [later asking a loaded question about Grant's Broadway co-star Peter Falk (September 16, 1927—June 23, 2011)], while the rest of us just stood around like groupies. Grant was there early, off to the side, eyeballing the attendees and excusing herself silently to find a bathroom. It was cute that she looked so pleased by the big crowd.

Lee-Grant-audienceThey said yes to Lee Grant.

Grant was engaged in a conversation by well-known biographer Tom Santopietro, who repeatedly joked about Grant being the star. Grant was very comfortable doing the same, cracking jokes, cursing and openly reflecting about her early career, her experience being blacklisted for a dozen years and her transition to directing mostly documentaries.

Of her experience on the blacklist, she recalled stumbling into it after doing a Broadway play with J. Edward Bromberg (December 25, 1903—December 6, 1951) and many others who'd fled the House Un-American Activities. She was asked how she felt about his death of a heart attack and said she felt he'd been hounded to his death...and that quote wound up in Red Channels.

One highlight was when she reminisced about walking down the aisle to receive her Oscar and thinking it was a big fuck you to the McCarthyites who'd tried to keep her down.

For an 88-year-old woman, she looks and acts far younger, and has not only her wits but also her wit about her.

The questions were—shocker!—really great. These things usually have at least one or two embarrassing queries, but this time, Grant fielded thoughtful questions about stage fright, making diverse projects like her Columbo episode (March 1, 1971) and the '90s gay-themed movie It's My Party (1996) and how she felt when her sitcom Fay (1975) was axed after eight episodes.

Barbara-Cook-Barbara-BarrieCook (L) and Barrie (R) catch up. Barrie was going into The Prisoner of Second Avenue in 1972 when Grant was leaving.

After, we lined up. I spotted the fabulous actress Barbara Barrie (b. May 23, 1931) off to the side, chatting, but she gave off a vibe of, “Don't.” So I hesitated. After I saw her sign an autograph and then receive an intro by Grant, who'd begun signing in earnest, I knew I would go for a photo. By pure luck, Barrie was with the legendary singer Barbara Cook (b. October 25, 1927) when I got over to them. I asked politely for a photo with them both. “With? Yes,” Barrie said, implicitly saying no to a posed shot of just the two of them.

Barbara-Cook-Barbara-Barrie-2The room was filled with talented ladies.

“Oh, is it your birthday?” Cook asked, why I had no idea. Turns out she'd misheard something I said, but I didn't want to correct her. Barrie was amazed that Cook had guessed that just from seeing me. I felt guilty taking advantage of birthday positivity, but it was just an oops. The pic is cute.

Barbara-Cook-Barbara-Barrie-Matthew-Rettenmund-starsWith a great singer and a great actress. Hopefully, I'm a...great writer?

When I got up to Grant, I told her it was nice to be able to admire her both as an actress and as a person, because so many major stars are—and then the guy behind me was snapping our photo, so I smiled. “What? So many are what?” Grant wanted to know, ignoring the camera. Click. So that's why the photo is less than ideal. But oh, well, we look engaged in conversation.

Lee-Grant-Matthew-RettenmundAre we deep in conversation about Warren Beatty's sexual prowess?

“Sorry, so many are right-wingers,” I finished. She pooh-poohed that until I clarified, delicately, that I meant so many who were making movies in the '40s and, like she was, the '50s. With that proviso, she agreed.

I was able to get her people/the store's rep to approve my getting a posed shot of Ms. Grant—and I do mean one—posed shot in-between the umpteen fans who were queued up to buy her book.

Lee-Grant-2Ms. Grannnnnt!

It wasn't ideal, photo-wise (though my shots of Grant and of the Barbaras turned out great!), but it was still a thrill to be able to meet an Oscar-winning, one-of-a-kind actress and director whom I truly thought I'd never get to see.

I can't wait to read her book. If you've never seen The Landlord (1970), recommended to me by my pal Gordon not so very long ago, seek it out.

 
Jul 22 2014
Mantiques: Parker Stevenson Comments (0)

Parker-Stevenson-2Young Blue Eyes

My pal Bob Deutsch has unparalleled stories of star-chasing back in the day, having asked Marilyn Monroe for her autograph as she entered MSG to sing “Happy Birthday” to Kennedy and having spent quality time with a pregnant Carol Burnett in her NYC apartment.

He went from shooting stars as a fan to shooting them professionally, and he's graciously sharing some of his hottest boys from the '60s—'80s in a series of posts starting now. Here are some pictures from his casual shoot with Parker Stevenson, of whom he says:

“He came to my apartment in the '70s—I really can't remember how I got him to do this, but he was really sweet and he did a photo shoot. A few weeks after this, I was in Hollywood and got on the set of The Hardy Boys and he introduced me to Shaun Cassidy...the rest is history!”

One more shot of the man whom Kirstie Alley claims is in possesion of a big one after the jump...

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Jul 19 2014
We Should Be Dancing Comments (0)

Karen-Lynn-Gorney-Matthew-RettenmundYes, I wore the shirt on purpose.

My pal Bob, who is a great photographer and a starfucker after before my own heart, casually mentioned a Karen Lynn Gorney appearance to me, probably not realizing I'd be as interested as I was—but I was. She was appearing at a small memorabilia show in NYC, and it turned out to be at the very hotel in whose basement gym I work out! (Yes, I work out.)

Madonna-Karen-Lynn-GorneyBack when Madonna was hung up, hung up on Karen Lynn Gorney.

I was happy to get a chance to meet her; I think Saturday Night Fever (1977) is an American masterpiece, one that would easily make my list of 100 best films. She could not have been nicer and was very chatty. When I asked her which photo she liked best from among the ones she was selling, she had no favorite, but agreed that the one I chose was “happy.” (Her character was not exactly fun-loving!)

Madonna-Karen-Lynn-Gorney-Saturday-Night-FeverYou gimme Saturday Night Fever: I loved the photo Ms. Gorney signed 'cuz you don't have to see Travolta!

She told me she'd finally decided to turn down a movie she was offered (“Not because of anything I had to do in it, but because of what other people were doing in it...”) and was taking the summer off. 

 If you do nothing else, watch the above video!

I would like Entertainment Weekly or Vanity Fair to assemble the entire surviving cast for a reunion shoot...wouldn't you?

One more pic of Gorney from today is after the jump...

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Jun 23 2014
Madonna Would Be Proud Comments (0)

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The owner of Divina Madonna—a fan site celebrating 14 years of divatasticness—knows how to get Boy Culture's attention. I like this portrait of Chris very much.

 
May 27 2014
And Monsters Say Madonna's Fans Are Old! Comments (0)

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Inez Whitfield may be pushing 90, but that didn't stop her from getting a special pass from her care facility to see her idol—Lady Gaga! Very cute story.

 
Jan 19 2014
Need To Know: Brutal Gay Murder, Ms. Parker Wants To Marry, Kylie's Blue Material, SAGgers, LOOKING Good + MORE! Comments (0)

Caique_santos_gay_teen_brazilWhat monster could kick this sweet face to death?

*widget boy culture16-year-old gay boy tortured, murdered in Brazil—they extracted his teeth.

*widget boy cultureHouston's Mayor Annise Parker gets married, pisses off the right.

*widget boy cultureHe wanted to marry his mister, so killed his missus.

*widget boy cultureRUFF STUFF: Adorable Pekingese puppy gifs.

*widget boy cultureSean Cody barebacker "Noel" not allowed to graduate...high school...for doing porn.

*widget boy cultureLISTEN: Kylie Minogue's bubbly "Into the Blue."

*widget boy cultureGOP officially loathes gays, but gay Republicans keep trying.

*widget boy cultureMcConaughey & Leto win @ SAG + full list of winners here.

UnnamedA little too blue, Jasmine

*widget boy cultureIn advance of a Grammys perf, Madonna's Instagram Hall of Fame.

*widget boy cultureSundance celebrates gay couples married in Utah.

*widget boy cultureGay protester in Russia wrestled down by Olympics security, detained.

*widget boy cultureTonight's Looking on HBO gets a rave.

*widget boy cultureYou must see The #RichKids of Beverly Hills on bethenny.

*widget boy cultureGary Lee Boas on the horny Mayor of the Munchkins.

*widget boy cultureJuan Pablo Galavis is sorry, sinceremente.

*widget boy cultureNotorious Russian kidnapper/torturer of gays arrested in Cuba.

Maxim-MartsinkevichRussian psycho

 
Jan 04 2014
Just Give Me A Fan!: 50 Crazy (In The Good Way) Madonna Fans Of The '90s! Comments (0)
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All of the ones above are unidentified...post title inspired by this.

I was always trying to position myself at the center of the Madonna fanverse. Was that a good and productive thing to do? Is it a proud achievement? Maybe! But it was definitely my goal 20 years ago.

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Back then, I was selling Madonna magazines (I would buy foreign mags with M on the cover for $5 or $10 and re-sell them to hicks in the sticks—remember, I was a hick recently from the sticks—for $20 or $30). This helped me afford more Madonna goodies, and allowed me to pay rent. I certainly didn't spend it on haute couture.

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Here are two pictures of me during this era: here 'n' here.

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Oct 29 2013
When Something Is EVERYTHING...Except More Comments (0)
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These fans (including Chris Crocker) like Lady Gaga. A lot. No...more than that. Like, a lot...

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Dec 04 2012
Need To Know Comments (3)

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Widget boy cultureCheyenne Jackson's "Don't Wanna Know" is a 2000s "I'm Still Standing".

Widget boy culture"Don't Wanna Know" features Broadway Bares beefcake.

Widget boy cultureAndrew Corvin is as hot as it gets.

Widget boy cultureMadonna's original "Vogue" boy is visually remixed.

Widget boy cultureMadonna releases "Superstar" with fan-art cover in Brazil.

Widget boy culturePRIVATE DANCER: Mesmerizing movie trailer. Gay-Jan-Brewer-shritless-underarms-model-Barbra-Streisand-France-guys

Widget boy cultureHow the gay press bred gay power.

Widget boy cultureFrench 1st Lady can't wait for marriage equality.

Widget boy cultureEasy—not cheap—way to meet Barbra Streisand.

Widget boy cultureLunatic #1 shoves NYC man under train. Lunatic #2 photographs it.

Widget boy cultureBoy Culture's new Facebook page.

Widget boy culturePapa John's loses favorability over Obamacare.

Widget boy cultureJan Brewer M.I.A.: Surgery? Affair? Back to Mars?

Widget boy cultureThe 8th Annual Out Music Awards hit Vegas.

Widget boy cultureThe Baby Wait at full term tonight.

Widget boy cultureLittle House child actress abused/disowned by mom.

Widget boy cultureSEND YOUR LINK SUGGESTIONS HERE.

Widget boy cultureTix to Kinky Boots—by Cyndi Lauper/Harvey Fierstein—on sale.

Widget boy cultureOfficial Pet Shop Boys "Memory of the Future" lyrics video:

 
Nov 25 2012
Need To Know Comments (1)

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Widget boy cultureMatthias Schoenaerts heads up a spread for Vogue.

Widget boy cultureYasser Arafat to be exhumed, tested for poison. Yasser-Arafat

Widget boy cultureAl Jazeera: Radioactive polonium detected on Arafat's belongings.

Widget boy cultureMuslim radio station fined for pushing "torture" for gays.

Widget boy cultureTRAITORS: Texans flirt with secession.

Widget boy cultureTRAITOR: Gay Tory sez LGBT people don't want marriage equality.

Widget boy cultureAmnesty International against "Kill the Gays" bill, says being gay a "choice."

Widget boy cultureParenting and being gay no longer mutually exclusive.

Widget boy culturePrison-sex crackdown.

Widget boy cultureWhat if names were farts?

Widget boy cultureFinally, a time-traveling cops Web series.

Widget boy cultureScratch That: Meet two men who own 50 tons of 78 records.

Sistine-chapel-records_optMust be some kinda record!