37 posts categorized "LOS ANGELES"

Jul 18 2013
Hollywood & The Grapevine Comments (3)

Jane-WithersBridget, me, Jane, Leslie & Lee: We'd make a great Murder She Wrote episode.

My brief, last-second trip to L.A. was, um, memorable!

Charlie-ChaplinIt started with a dinner out with my gay buds. We invited '30s child star Jane Withers, 87; former Miss America and TV/stage actress Lee Meriwether, 78; Police Academy and Laverne & Shirley bombshell Leslie Easterbrook, 65; and Here Comes the Brides & Harper Valley P.T.A. actress Bridget Hanley, 72. Diverse group of girls, right?  The dinner was memorable not only for Leslie's hubby Dan, who'd worked on Captain Kangaroo, letting us know that Bob Keeshan was a terrible jerk, but for Jane telling us long (yet too short!) stories of being championed by W.C. Fields, discovering Rita Hayworth (when Jane was 8 and a major star and Hayworth a mere chorus girl) and spearheading the campaign to get Charlie Chaplin a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Jane's met everyone and, like Debbie Reynolds, has collected everything. Her stories are not just stories, they're oral histories of Hollywood. Hearing her mimic W.C. Fields while re-enacting their entire on-set conversation when he first noticed her was like being at a seance where Fields was summoned up. Her memory of Rita Hayworth as being shy was so touching. Jane's so kind the worst thing she could ever bring herself to say about somebody she'd met is, "It pains me that a star as big as Oliva de Havilland isn't nicer than she could be." Other than that, she never met anyone she didn't like, and I can't really imagine anyone not liking her.

I stayed with my buddy "Chexy," aka Ivan, who played zombies in '80s movies and now roams the earth in search of dazzling conversation. Ivan is one of the smartest people he knows. I mean...that I know. We need our own reality show, because I become a flake around him and he tolerates me about as well as Moe did Larry. Except the level of our discourse is several notches higher. Nyuk-nyuk-nyuk.

VenfieldThe tip of the iceberg RE what Venfield 8 has up his sleeve by way of David Laflamme shots.

Following my day at The Hollywood Show, I stayed two nights at mystery photographer Venfield 8's (Work Unfriendly) compound. I'm going to interview him and get the word out about his new work, which is like a combo of Helmut Newton's best nightmare and Bruce Weber's secret jack-off fantasy, yet is fine art and not just boycake blow-off snaps. This guy is going to explode, so art lovers should hop on the train early in order to ride the furthest with him. He's also a gracious host, though I won't reveal more since I'm sworn to secrecy. But naked hot-tubbing happened.

See my Holllywood Show write-up here.

Jun 10 2013
Need To Know: Britain's Got Eggs, Rebel & Blue Take A Soak, Taking Pride + MORE Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureSimon Cowell egged on live TV over lip-synching, cynical music-biz influence.

*widget boy cultureMORE WOMAN THAN YOU CAN HANDLE: Hyperglam Rebel Wilson. Rs_293x390-130606160719-634.rebel_.ls_.6613

*widget boy cultureBeyoncé boils Blue Ivy like a potato.

*widget boy cultureSeptuagenarian Seymour Stein's role at WMG expands.

*widget boy cultureL.A. Pride opening, and why you shouldn't sniff at Pride.

*widget boy cultureThis right cheer remains an awesome dance song.

*widget boy cultureIs there a gay serial killer on the loose in Canada?

*widget boy cultureCory Booker is in: Running for Senate this year, not next.

CORY-BOOKERCory Booker hops into the race.

Apr 30 2013
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End Game: When Will My Fascination With Autograph Shows End? Comments (10)
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Above, see all the stars as they appeared then...and as they appear now!

Dean-CainAt the most recent Hollywood Show, held at the Westin Los Angeles Airport, I was discussing with one of my A-hound (that's "autograph") buddies just how long we could continue coming to these shows, considering so many of the attendees are people we've already met, and other potential guests are dropping like flies.

HearseNot even kidding—this hearse was in front of the hotel as I first drove up!

Don told me, "Oh, I'll be here in 20 years in my Rascal, scooting around for Lindsay Lohan's autograph." He was joking, though. He couldn't care less about LiLo or most modern stars. For him it's Jane Withers through about Dallas, Don and most of the others who attend these shows can't be bothered. When does it end? I guess, as with life, it ends when it ends, so have fun while it lasts.

This was my shortest show. I only spent part of the first day and a few minutes on the second, since I had the GLAAD event and other stuff to do. But I couldn't not come, not with Angie Dickinson, Earl Holliman and Mamie Van Doren in the mix.

Here are my interactions, in order as they occurred:

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Apr 28 2013
Need To Know: Ryan Lochte Spreads & Gets Measured, Ex-Gays On The Run, Hitler's Human Shield + MORE Comments (1)

Ryan-LochteWhat Ryan Lochte will do...

*widget boy culturePreview of What Would Ryan Lochte Do? for Sunday, 10PM on E!

*widget boy cultureCREAM OF THE CROP: An LGBT series watchlist not to be missed. MARLON-TEXEIRA

*widget boy cultureMarlon Texeira continues to be sex on legs.

*widget boy cultureBradley Manning not SF Pride grand marshal after all.

*widget boy cultureWill New York ban gay-conversion therapy?

*widget boy cultureGULP!: 95-year-old woman: "I was Hitler's food-taster."

*widget boy cultureLola goes green.

*widget boy cultureMarina Diamandis on Madonna: "She's a really diverse artist."

*widget boy cultureThe final days of Bleecker Bob's.

*widget boy cultureL.A.'s Gibson Amphitheatre's a goner, too.

*widget boy cultureGay-wedding flash mob.

*widget boy cultureCeline Dion's son walks a mile an inch in her heels.

*widget boy cultureChelsea Handler as a teenager.

*widget boy cultureIt's Jerry Seinfeld's birthday on Monday.

*widget boy cultureHot One Life to Live star Tuc Watkins on being a gay dad.

Tuc_02Tuc yeah!

Apr 26 2013
Need To Know: Best Bette, Zac Makes Me Feel Funny Down There, The Beginning of ENDA + MORE Comments (1)

Daniel for west phillips (14)He shoots, he scores!

*widget boy cultureWest Phillips knows how to shoot a model. (Work Unfriendly)

*widget boy cultureTeens' sexualities relatively unaffected by porn?

*widget boy cultureDoes Zac Efron in a tight T-shirt affect adult sexuality?

*widget boy cultureBette Midler's I'll Eat You Last is a "delectable soufflé."

*widget boy cultureKey Delaware senator will be voting for marriage equality.

*widget boy cultureENDA introduced in Congress.

*widget boy cultureRyan Lochte fans turn out to support What Would Ryan Lochte Do?:

Image004 Image014 Image016I love him, jeah, jeah, jeah! What Would Ryan Lochte Do? airs Sundays @ 10PM on E!

*widget boy cultureSteven Soderbergh raised on The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.

*widget boy cultureJoin the Concrete Hero Urban Obstacle Challenge to fight AIDS.

*widget boy cultureHow marriage was won in Rhode Island.

*widget boy culture"Have Your (Cup)Cake & Read It, Too! -- The Great Gatsby edition.

*widget boy cultureChanning Tatum & Joseph Gordon-Levitt remaking Guys & Dolls?

*widget boy cultureMadonna was "impressive" recording "Like a Prayer."

*widget boy cultureMore of Madonna's so-called "secret project."

*widget boy cultureFrom here: Madonna's not-so-secret past wardrobe hits Macy's. All 8 looks.

MadonnaHaven't collected many items worn by Madonna, but I'd kill for a Keith Haring dress.

Dec 12 2012
The Artful Lodger Comments (6)

Before she found fame, Madonna found Jean-Michel Basquiat, dating the influential Downtown artist in the early '80s. I always thought they were in some ways an odd couple—I would think Madonna would tire of Basquiat's serious drugging (and maybe she did!), though I guess the enfant terrible aspect was a commonality.

Madonna-with-Jean-Michel--003I was reminded of their affair when reading this fascinating (and rare) interview with art "megadealer" Larry Gagosian, who rose from selling art posters in the street to becoming the go-to guy for some of the most important original works of the past 30 years.

Speaking of an earlier time, he remembers when Basquiat was living with him in L.A. for a year:

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Nov 23 2012
Madonna MDNA Tour Gallery, L.A.—Night 1 Comments (1)
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Here's my gallery of shots from Madonna's first MDNA gig in L.A.; there are some good ones and I think the gallery is worth a browse, but I do think my accidentally saving a number of these as very low-res is a bit of a bummer! I just noticed, while editing these, that Madonna was wearing pants until later in the tour during her "Like a Virgin" slow burn.

Nov 07 2012
Need To Know: Forward Comments (0)

Barack-Obama-hair-flag-ladyThe lady with the flag in her hair was a scene-stealer. Aretha wants one NOW.

Widget boy culturePresident Barack Obama's instant-classic 2 a.m. victory speech.

Widget boy cultureWhy his win is, in fact, a mandate.

Widget boy cultureMitt Romney's brief but conciliatory concession. Tammy-Baldwin

Widget boy cultureTammy Baldwin's powerful victory speech.

Widget boy cultureTommy Thompson's deflated concession speech.

Widget boy cultureElizabeth Warren's exhilarated victory speech.

Widget boy cultureScott Brown's defensive concession speech.

Widget boy cultureClaire McCaskill's against-all-odds victory speech.

Widget boy cultureTodd Akin's must-see revolting cunt-cession speech. Barack-Obama-Michelle

Widget boy cultureHeidi Heitkamp (D) narrowly defeats Rick Berg (R) in ND.

Widget boy cultureJon Tester (D) looks set to beat Denny Rehberg (R) in MT.

Widget boy cultureGabby Giffords' aide slightly behind in race to succeed her in AZ.

Widget boy cultureOpenly gay Richard Tisei (R) loses to John Tierney (D) in MA.

Widget boy cultureMichele Bachmann (RX100) beats Jim Graves (D) in MN...barely.

Widget boy cultureAllen West (RX1,000) probably loses to Patrick Murphy (D) in FL...barely.

Widget boy cultureJeff Flake (R) defeats Richard Carmona (D) in AZ.

Widget boy cultureSenate will have highest % of females ever...at 18%.

Widget boy cultureGA won by Romney, but by less than 8%. Swing state '16.

Widget boy cultureAll four marriage-equality votes favored the good guys.

Widget boy cultureOH newswoman has zero integrity, sick of talking about it.

Widget boy cultureGOProud not only stupid, but also bitter.

Widget boy cultureBrian Williams on Trump: "Driven well past the last exit to relevance."

Drunk-Diane-Sawyer"Hey, guysh...if you wanna hear shum shtuff, I'll tell yas shum Nixshun shtuff...whee!"

Widget boy cultureProjection: Diane Sawyer is sleeping it off right now.

Widget boy cultureCO, WA & MA chillax on the pot issue.

Widget boy cultureL.A.: Porn performers must wear condoms. MADONNA STRIPS OBAMA

Widget boy cultureMadonna thrills at news of Obama's victory. Strips.

Widget boy cultureOther stars react to President Obama's big win.

Widget boy cultureKarl Rove refuses to accept reality. Worked in '00. Not this time.

Karl-Rove-OhioThis turd has blossomed

Sep 15 2012
Dead Reckoning Comments (1)
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I snapped this without framing it—it's a "Hollywood Tours" van in L.A. Kinda eerie to look at the huge "OD" plastered on Marilyn Monroe.