18 posts categorized "MARLENE DIETRICH"
A hot new men's site with inventive Y-front sweats and shirts with the above logo.
Martin Tag—you're it!
Chelsea Handler vaporizes Piers Morgan.
Looking's finale is all the rage.
Use Digital Streaker to liven up your online life.
Pres. Obama falls into The Gap.
Massive explosion/building collapse in NYC:
Jason Collins signed by the Nets for remainder of season.
Love letters to Dietrich under the hammer.
Jake Gyllenhaal goes bare-assed on a movie set.
Missing Malaysian airliner's pilot's last words: "All right, good night."
At $182K+, Steve Grand's album is a Top 10 all-time Kickstarter music project.
Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell has died at 83. The actor was brilliant in Judgment at Nuremberg, was a musician and eventually became a director.
In spite of his many acting accomplishments, Schell, for me, will forever be the director of 1984's Marlene, an absolutely original and dazzlingly intimate documentary in which Dietrich speaks candidly but is never seen. It was nominated for an Oscar and won many awards. The reclusive Dietrich was, at the time, the same age as Schell at his death.
He was, of course, on my list of great stars past 80.
Snippet from Marlene after the jump...
Studly Green Bay Packers player Aaron Rodgers convincingly outed.
James Franco provides a bio for the selfie.
Phil Robertson started dating his wife when he was an adult, she was 14.
Marlene Dietrich's daughter—age 89—knows how to tell a story!
Graphic Dylan Sprouse (PhotoShopped) pixxx.
Amazing mom/son model spread.
Food Network's Robert Irvine has the body of a 20-year-old meathead.
Big-time right-wing campaign donor dies.
People tend to forget that Toby Keith is a Democrat.
Animated gif from here.
The latest #secretproject trailer announces that Madonna's Steven Klein surprise is actually a Web site called ArtforFreedom.com—it debuts September 24. This is the first trailer that was really exciting to me.
Bizarre that 30 years into her run, Madonna—who some think has lost her edge—is still cooking up unexpected stuff like this. Love the raspy "My Country 'Tis of Thee" vocal and the Partial Veronica Lake Meets Dietrich and Winds Up in Jail look...
Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Liza Minnelli, Katharine Hepburn, Barbra Streisand, Elizabeth Taylor, Olivia Newton-John & Sean Young.
Fabulously giftted Alejandro Mogollo is the guy behind the below uncanny likeness of moi-self that you might've seen on my personal Facebook page (you should also "like" Boy Culture's official Facebook page). Thing is, he isn't even a professional illustrator! He is a graphic designer, however, and his talent is pretty obvious.
Check out the above gallery for his delicious illustrations of people far better known than I.
Above, Madonna Dietrich!
Tonight was Madonna's Cinema Society-sponsored premiere for Madonna: The MDNA Tour on Epix, held at the Paris on W. 58th. Marlene Dietrich cut the ribbon on this theater in 1948...remember that, because it's on the test.
I dashed up in the rain around 7:15PM. There was a small but determined crowd of contest winners and hopefuls across the street, peopled by most of the same folks we would later see shouting at Madonna from within the Golden Triangle on the big screen. These are the people who go everywhere Madonna goes without fail. Do they have jobs? Where do they get their money? (The same questions must be asked of me.) It's always fun to see them...and it feels like home.
I bumped into Frankie Grande, a dazzling NYC talent who was one of the Born Yesterday producers, was a former Mr. Broadway and who tells me his next work will be on stage in Pageant. He was with his adorable pal Isaac, and both looked spiffy in the muggy mist. This is a hard thing to accomplish.
When I started this little project—which hoped to gather a number of juxtaposed images showing various celebrities' first and last filmed acting performances—I thought it would be easy. I was wrong. While it's easier for some of the most iconic names since so much research exists regarding their early years, I encountered time-sucking troubles, and not only when it came to old-timers (whose first films, as you might expect, were often lost silents).
Along with that challenge, I found that many stars' first appearances were as uncredited extras (therefore hard to ID) in obscure movies (therefore hard to find in any form), and that those whose early-years films I found easily might well have ended their careers in similarly obscure straight-to-video releases or in episodic TV, much of which is not floating around on the Internet.
But I pushed ahead and cooked up 25.
I wanted the group to be fairly random, and I think it is. It's less about icons and more about just seeing the changes of life and of career. It's fascinating to me how difficult it is—in all but a few cases—to guess what heights a career may have hit when only viewing its genesis and its conclusion.
Greta Garbo (1905—1990)
How Not to Dress (advertising film, 1920) & Two-Faced Woman (1941)
Garbo's first film was for a department store, made to instruct viewers on how not to dress. Ironically, she would become a style icon before her final film, a comedy, led to embarrassing reviews and a not-quite-intentional retirement.
Too Many Girls (1940) & Three Days to a Kill (1992)
From an uncredited spot in the chorus of a Lucy & Desi musical, Johnson ended his time on screen as a crusty commander in a Fred Williamson action groaner alongside Chuck Connors. That was also the final performance for Connors. Those two had more in common than just their final movie!
You Came Along (1945) & Pulp (1972)
Thanks to her close association with producer Hal Wallis, this sultry answer to Lauren Bacall was the star of the very first film she did. She sued Confidential Magazine for outing her and by 1972 was making her final appearance, opposite Michael Caine, in a film about an old-time movie star (Mickey Rooney) who hires a pulp-fiction writer to do his memoirs. In that role, Scott's character is told, "I'll bet that was a fairy tale romance," to which she says, "On the contrary, the prince was very hetero."
The Flying Scotsman (1929) & Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death (1984)
His first role was a lead in a British part-silent/part-talkie, starring as a fireman aboard a train who falls for the engineer's daughter, running afoul of the fireman he replaced. His last was as the Home Secretary in a made-for-TV Sherlock Holmes installment starring fellow old-timers Peter Cushing and Sir John Mills.
Dorothy Stratten (1960—1980)
Autumn Born (1979) & They All Laughed (1981)
One of the most infamous (for reasons beyond her control) Playboy bunnies of all time kicked things off with a seedy nudie flick and kicked off right after filming her lover Peter Bogdanovich's screwball comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and John Ritter.
Nineties relic Camille Paglia is still out there blathering away, peddling her narrow point-of-view when it comes to art and pop culture. A mega Madonna fan until after Madonna refused to see or discuss her, Paglia has for the past 15 years or more trashed her former idol's every move.
Now, she tells Joy Behar that Madonna has lost her instinct for performing (!) because she has too many social issues in her show. Even Behar, not much of a Madonna fan or even very informed on Madonna's latest show, scores points on Paglia by shooting down her flawed Dietrich comparison.
P.S. Paglia doesn't think much of Lady Gaga, in case you were wondering.
Full video after the jump...
Last week, I was lucky enough to score preview tickets to the revival of Follies, the ground-breaking musical with a book by James Goldman and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim that will open September 12. While I felt the show stumbled as a cohesive narrative, I do think it has so many outstanding elements it's still a can't-miss production.