271 posts categorized "HISTORY"

Jul 10 2014
Judy, Judy, Judy: Joey Luft Remembers Mama Comments (0)

Joey-Luft

From July 11 through July 13, Joey Luft (b. March 29, 1955) is appearing at an evening of songs and stories dedicated to and all about his late mom, Judy Garland (June 10, 1922—June 22, 1969).

If you didn't know he could sing, he can't—the show will include re-mastered Judy performances and a Q&A from Luft.

Judy-Joey-LornaOne story he previewed for the L.A. Times involves watching, of all things, a hockey game with his mom and his sister Lorna Luft (b. November 21, 1952) in bed one day:

“My mom was kind of tired and she looked kind of frustrated.' I said, 'How do you feel?' She looks at us, walks over to the TV and she goes, 'How do I feel? See that hockey game? You know the puck? That's how I feel.' And she walks off. Then we started laughing.”

Um, it's not that funny!

Sounds like a can't-miss presentation, whether it turns out to be touching, fun, moving or just plain odd.

 
Need To Know: A Madonna Disaster + Not That There's Anything Wrong With It + Right-Wing Dimwits + He's Here, He's Grier + MORE! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureEx-Menudo member/current musclequeen Angelo Garcia vs. Madonna's “Live to Tell.”

*widget boy culture100 best Seinfeld characters...and “Jerry Seinfeld” isn't #1!

*widget boy cultureStacey Dash is actually more clueless than she looks.

*widget boy cultureElisabeth Hasselbeck LIVID that Rosie O'Donnell is returning to The View.

*widget boy cultureFrank Robinson, a Harvey Milk speechwriter, dies @ 87.

*widget boy cultureI missed this: Director/writer/actor Paul Mazursky dies @ 84.

*widget boy cultureJulian Castro—my prediction as Hillary's running mate—is Housing Secretary. Rugby ice bath

*widget boy cultureRugby stud Josh Mansour is hot smooth or not-so.

*widget boy cultureChris Zylka is attractive.

*widget boy cultureShould Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg resign?

*widget boy cultureNow they have child-porn sniffing dogs.

*widget boy cultureKenneth's L.A. book event went well.

*widget boy cultureDuke Mason running for WeHo City Council.

*widget boy cultureVine homophobe Grier is sorry, young, in a bad place.

Nash-GrierHe said AIDS is for fags.

 
Jul 09 2014
Speaking INGLISH: An Interview With '60s Starlet & FAMOUS ENOUGH Author Diane McBain Comments (0)

Diane-McBainA look back

Surfside_6_cast_photoAlarmingly beautiful Ohioan Diane McBain (b. May 18, 1941), whose early life had been filled with financial hardship, quickly became identified as a star-in-the-making while under contract to Warner Brothers in the late '50s. Cast as a flighty heiress on the whimsical and briefly but intensely popular TV series Surfside 6 (1960—1962), she got a taste of what it might be like if all those breathless predictions swirling around her (“Another Marilyn Monroe!”) actually came true—special treatment, glamorous work with cute boys, the opportunity to launch a proper film career.

Tumblr_n13htdeRt61qb8ugro1_500Her biggest break came when she landed the title role in the steamy Claudelle Inglish (1961), in which she plays a good girl who refuses to marry a well-off man [Claude Akins (May 25, 1926—January 27, 1994)] for security because she's in love with a handsome young beau [Chad Everett (June 11, 1937—July 24, 2012)]...and who then purposefully sabotages her own future.

Michael Musto says:

“Rebelling against all sorts of societal strictures and demands, 'Claudelle' acts up and becomes the town slut, raising eyebrows with every calculated skirt lift. In the wonderfully trashy role, McBain is fiery, seething, bitter and gloriously fun—a fave of my longtime movie club.”

Chad-EverettYes, it's as good as it sounds.

But in spite of her natural effervescence on screen and a penchant for getting herself into gossip columns without even trying, McBain didn't attain lasting household-name status. Instead, hers is the story of a starry-eyed kid whose past experience with struggling to make ends meet prepared her for a long stretch as a hard-working actress with many memorable encounters but with no guarantee from where her next job might come.

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Now 73 (and as lovely as ever), McBain has released Famous Enough: A Hollywood Memoir (BearManor, $29.95), a compulsively readable autobiography in which she does all the things any good memoirist should: She relies on and credits a great co-author (Michael Michaud, whose Sal Mineo: A Biography is one of the best bios I've ever read); she views everything that ever happened to her through a clear-eyed, analytical lens; she imparts wisdom where she can and doesn't pretend to where she can not; and she calls 'em like she sees 'em when it comes to describing the people who've crossed her and/or crossed her path.

I was pleased to interview this resilient, relatable woman—she's so much more than her work. (But even if she were only her work, I mean...Claudelle Inglish!)

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Boy Culture: What motivated you to write a book at this point in your life?

Diane McBain: People have suggested I write my memoirs for a very long time. For years, I couldn't think of why I would write my story because my career wasn't the kind of career I wanted, and why belabor the point? Finally, I settled on the theme—actually, I was inspired by the idea—that my life had more to do with a spiritual journey than a material one, so that became my concentration. That was all I needed to get started.  

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Need To Know: Liar In Hot Water + AIDS-Baiting Vine Troll + Mel-Odrama + Team Zrankie + Dim VIEW + MORE! Comments (0)

Maureen-TaylorShe has no time for lying-ass apologists for the well-off.

*widget boy cultureTHIS is how you shut down a damned liar: Maureen Taylor does it Detroit-style.

*widget boy culture16yo homophobe Nash Grief is #1 on Vine, says AIDS = FAGS.

*widget boy culture(BTW, Grier also uses the word “nigga”—that got Madonna in trouble—& no one cares.)

*widget boy cultureMel Gibson and Gary Oldman are fuckin' in love.

*widget boy culture60+ arrested during Nairobi gay-bar raid.

*widget boy cultureZach and Frankie are Big Brother's first showmance: Zrankie.

Zach-Frankie-gay-Big-Brother-showmance-ZrankieI always say, where there is an unemployed straight guy, there is the opportunity to build a gay bridge.

*widget boy cultureGuy falls asleep, gets ridiculed, sues for $10 million.

*widget boy cultureNow THESE are some power-thighs.

*widget boy cultureIf The View hires Sarah Palin, I'll never watch again. Rosie be damned.

*widget boy culturePalin thinks Obama should be impeached. Eyeroll.

*widget boy cultureThe name “Redskins” is indefensible, hence, defending it is a thankless job.

*widget boy cultureAlexander Skarsgard can't keep his clothes on. (Work Unfriendly)

*widget boy cultureKids react to a vintage Game Boy:

 
Jul 08 2014
Many Happy Returns Comments (0)

Nicholas-WintonSir Nicholas Winton with some of the over 600 children he saved during WWII.

This has been around for years, though it's being re-popularized by Lifebuzz. Also, it's so heartwarming it warrants a re-airing. The footage, from 1988, shows British Schindler Sir Nicholas Winton being surprised by a roomful of adults whose lives he saved from the Nazi when they were children.

This video is short, and sweet. Sir Nicholas's life, while sweet, has not been short—he is still alive at age 105...

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Need To Know: Madonna's Guilty By Association + Astro-Illogical + Grin & Bear Week It + Sherri's Not Kidding Around + MORE! Comments (0)

Madonna-at-jury-dutyThey told her the jury was hung.

*widget boy cultureMadonna serves jury duty in NYC, jury out on accusations of special treatment.

*widget boy cultureWTF does Zac Efron see in Michelle Rodriguez? A hot top?

*widget boy cultureWatch this and get way into—or forever renounce—astrology.

*widget boy cultureTHIS IS PERFECT. THIS IS PERFECT. THIS IS PERFECT.

*widget boy cultureSupport Fringe Festival's Vestments of the Gods.

*widget boy cultureHere is a (Work Unfriendly) promo for P-Town's Bear Week.

*widget boy cultureIn a galaxy far, far Ariana Grande.

*widget boy cultureSherri Shepherd is SOOOO very Christian.

*widget boy cultureBrandon Routh to play another superhero, this time on TV?

*widget boy cultureRight-wing reporter says Scott Pelley killed her anti-Obama stories at CBS. Banksy-2-e1402655468860

*widget boy cultureSpent $60 on 2 Banksys, sold them for $214,000.

*widget boy cultureFootball player comes out on the 4th of July.

*widget boy cultureJust a li'l peen-grab between buddies.

*widget boy cultureSen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) promises Hobby Lobby reaction.

*widget boy cultureRepublican judge vs. Supreme Court: STFU!

*widget boy cultureWhat it's like to be Kidnapped for Christ.

*widget boy cultureLevonia Jenkins serving leopard-palozza Hobby Lobby realness:

*widget boy culturePope begs forgiveness of abuse victims.

*widget boy cultureHop into the Vaginamobile.

*widget boy cultureSome Nebraskans think Obama Presidential Library will be an outhouse.

*widget boy cultureRidiculous scandal blames Hillary Clinton for doing her job.

*widget boy cultureChris Christie not interested in Sandy Hook parents.

*widget boy cultureThe quirkiest homes of San Francisco.

Norma-Talmadge-houseGRECIAN FORMULA: Silent star Norma Talmadge's (May 26, 1894—December 24, 1957) home was her temple.

 
Jul 07 2014
Monday Mentionables: Mae West Comments (0)

MAE WEST

 
Jul 05 2014
Need To Know: Young Glory + Rivers vs. First Couple + Policing Brutality + Founding Fathers Needed A Copyeditor + MORE! Comments (0)

Zac-Efron2-gun salute

*widget boy cultureAt this point, Zac Efron seems to be acknowledging he's hot.

*widget boy cultureRepublican Joan Rivers: “Obama is gay, Michelle is a tranny.” What's the joke?

*widget boy cultureCop beats the hell out of a woman, gets caught on camera.

*widget boy cultureOpie & Anthony co-host punched by black woman, spews racism, gets fired.

*widget boy cultureHeathers: The Musical declared so fun. I agree!

*widget boy culturePeople react to the gay Whopper.

*widget boy cultureWould you pull Bradley Cooper's finger?

*widget boy cultureUgandan president says foreign aid is a sin.

*widget boy cultureError found in Declaration of Independence.

*widget boy cultureElizabeth Warren/Alison Grimes rally a smash hit.

*widget boy cultureKaty Perry thinks costume debris is a message from the angels.

*widget boy cultureGuys in (and out of) jeans. (Work Unfriendly)

JockstrapStrapping young man

 
Jul 04 2014
Need To Know: What A Dick + '80s Video Artiste + Grindr Butchr + Come To Papa + Persian Picasso + MORE! Comments (0)

Marc-BartraThis should be his team's uniform.

*widget boy cultureMeet attractive footballer Marc Bartra.

*widget boy cultureHe had 10 inches...but needed more. Plus, HOT ASS ALERT.

*widget boy cultureKinder, gentler approach to the homeless.

*widget boy cultureThe AMAZING '80s videos of Nelson Sullivan, 25 years later.

*widget boy cultureFINALLY: Ian Ziering & Olivia Newton-John together!

*widget boy cultureSeattle killer finds two men on gay pickup apps, executes them in the street.

*widget boy cultureGay widowers fighting for their due.

*widget boy cultureKind-hearted pet owner dies under garbage truck while trying to save her dog.

*widget boy cultureGay dads hold their child for the first time:

Lindsay-FosterBelongs to daddy

*widget boy cultureMeet “Persian Picasso”/gay artist Bahman Mohassess in Fifi Howls from Happiness.

*widget boy cultureDemi Lovato vs. Vladimir Putin.

*widget boy cultureBastille's “Of the Night” (a Corona/Snap!) mash-up is unexpectedly haunting.

*widget boy cultureINTERNATIONAL INCIDENT: Frankie Zulferino tours China.

*widget boy cultureInterview with gay Boystown author Marshall Thornton.

*widget boy cultureLee Daniels on being gay & black, and dishing on Mariah Carey.

*widget boy cultureDear Abby addresses gay man whose anti-gay brother loves his alive gay daughter!

*widget boy cultureAnthony Friedkin's 1970s “Gay Essay” on display, captured gay life in SF.

Friedkin-gay-hustlers-photographyHustlers in San Francisco in the '70s

 
Jul 03 2014
TO BE TAKEI Out: DIRECTV Debuts George Takei Doc Comments (0)
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TakeiI had a great time at an intimate cocktail party last night in honor of the new documentary To Be Takeiavailable now through August 6 on DIRECTV—which follows the daily life of Star Trek icon and out LGBT advocate George Takei and his husband, Brad Takei (né Altman).

Brad told me he hopes the film shows people that while, yes, they are a gay couple, they are also simply a couple, with all the same ups and downs of any other couple. He also marveled of George's late-in-life career resurgence, saying:

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