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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 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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Jul 15 2014
Need To Know: Bright Eyes, Dark Lies + It's The Life In Your Mermen + Native Blood Libel + Castro Cop Doffs His Top + Kenneth In The (310) + MORE! Comments (0)

Credence-sci-fi-gay-LGBTCheck out the trailer for #Credence at the end of this post.

*widget boy cultureBoy Culture name-dropped on hilariously named Face4Radio show.

*widget boy cultureBright Eyes singer's rape accuser recants, says she lied.

*widget boy cultureGerman national soccer hero sporting full wood.

*widget boy cultureSingapore's highest court hearing challenge to gay-sex ban.

*widget boy cultureMusto comes clean on addiction to prescription Golden Girls.

*widget boy culture1989 BONER: Creating one of Madonna's “Cherish” mermen.

*widget boy cultureTea Party movie argues Native Americans were never massacred.

*widget boy cultureComedy series based on Robbie Rogers coming from Craig Zadan & Neil Meron.

*widget boy cultureFirst black woman to win Olympic gold medal (in '48) dies @ 90.

*widget boy cultureShirtless shots of Hot Cop of the Castro, Chris Kohrs, appear.

Hot-Cop-of-the-CastroTopless cop of the Castro

*widget boy cultureMissouri's sane Gov. Jay Nixon (D) vetoes bill allowing teachers to pack heat.

*widget boy cultureHoller If Ya Hear Me closes on Broadway on July 20.

*widget boy cultureNever hire again any photog who lets stuff like this leak:

Tumblr_n8n6usYlYr1r90m4vo1_500Jesus, they even though the bag looked too fat.

*widget boy cultureWho would pay for a mold of Farrah Abraham's holes???

*widget boy cultureJames St. James interviews Kenneth Walsh, who is newly single but no Truvada whore.

*widget boy cultureAfter the jump, check out #Credence, a sci fi film with an LGBT core...

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Jun 28 2014
It's Raining Divas: Martha Wash, Melba Moore, Billy Porter, Kevin Aviance & The Cast Of MIGHTY REAL On Gay Music History @ Sirius XM Comments (0)

I had so much fun during my visit to Larry Flick's Sirius XM radio show today, during which he was counting down the top gay anthems ever as part of Proud & Loud:A Celebration of Gay Anthems. Spoiler alert: “I Will Survive” came out on top, and yet as we all know, those on the bottom are often just as interesting, if not more.

Martha-Wash-Melba-Moore-Billy-PorterMs. Wash, Ms. Moore and Ms. Porter—3 divas 3

Martha Wash-Melba- MooreMartha's 60, Melba's 68—don't they look good?

Anthony-Wayne

Anthony Sylvester Wayne

Anthony Wayne as Sylvester

Anthony Wayne performing

Anthony Wayne plus backups

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Anthony WayneAnthony Wayne, Anastacia McCleskey & Jacqueline B. Arnold slaying their star-studded audience.

Case in point, the countdown also featured songs by The Weather Girls and Melba Moore, and both Martha Wash and Ms. Moore were in attendance. It was especially cool that Martha was there, because Larry had invited Anthony Wayne, Jacqueline B. Arnold and Anastacia McCleskey, the cast of Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical, to sing two of the late, great disco diva's best-ever tunes. Martha being one half of the original Weather Girls meant she'd be watching people acting out a sliver of her own personal history.

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Jun 15 2014
Lights Out: Warhol Superstar Ultra Violet Dies @ 78 Comments (0)

UltraVioletDuchampMeadMarcel Duchamp, Dufresne & Taylor Mead in the '60s

Original Andy Warhol superstar and Salvador Dali protégée Isabelle Collin Dufresne, aka Ultra Violet, has lost her battle with cancer at age 78.

Dufresne appeared in a number of Warhol's films, including The Life of Juanita Castro (1965); I, a Man (1967);  and **** (1967); plus several other films teeming with Warhol's clique. She had a small part in the Oscar winner Midnight Cowboy (1969).

Ultra-Violet-Jim-HerringtonA 2009 portrait of Dufresne by Jim Herrington

Ultra Violet-flagI had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Dufresne during the book tour for her memoir Famous for 15 Minutes: My Years with Andy Warhol in Chicago in 1988. I can't be sure, but I believe she was one of the first celebrities I went to see at an appearance, in search of an autograph. I had read up on her, so I arrived with a lightbulb for her to sign (so it would be an Ultra Violet light) as well as an American flag (in homage to her famous flag bed sheets, a picture of which adorns her book's back cover). She was charming, if surprised at my interest. I will never forget her asking, Did you know Andy? I was like 19 years old.

Ultra-violetDufresne had a Hedy Lamarr-like movie-star beauty.

Not many of the major Andy Warhol superstars are left alive...Billy Name (74), Brigid Berlin (74), Gerard Malanga (71), Baby Jane Holzer (73), Jayne County (66 or so), Joe Dallesandro (65), Holly Woodlawn (67), Mary Woronov (70—just met her!) and Viva (75) come to mind, though fans could argue forever which are the most important.

 
Jun 13 2014
Timely A-Peel Comments (0)

Flint

When I was a kid, my dad was a popular and winning coach of baseball and football at Flint Southwestern, a high school at which he also taught. My fondest memories of that period include sorting the zillions of coins he'd bring home from selling doughnuts before school (would this even be allowed now?) in order to fill up our rare-coin collection, going to football camp with his players (where my cousin and I would raid their rooms while they practiced, going through their stacks of Oui and Penthouse and worse) and, of course, seeing what was painted on The Rock each time we drove by.

The RockThe Rock is a slab of concrete down the road from the school, on which anyone and everyone has, forever and ever, painted a daily decoration—“Go, Colts!,” birthday wishes, what have you. Even back in the late '70s, the paint was incredibly thick.

Just read that a huge chunk of all that old paint mysteriously peeled away this week. Surprising it didn't happen sooner. It would be cool if it could be taken and maybe carved into little rocks of paint; seems a shame to trash it. But I guess the pleasure of The Rock is temporal—live for the day.

 
Jun 11 2014
Boy Culture Original: ROOM SERVICE Comments (0)
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Short...and suite!

There is plenty of submission in a model exposing himself, but I liked that this model also exposed a very real spark of knowing sexual confidence.

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Check out the full, uncensored shoot here. My other original shoots are here, here and here.

 
Jun 07 2014
I Will Follow Him Comments (0)

Shirtless

Come follow me on Boy Culture's Facebook, my personal Facebook, on Twitter, on YouTube and of course on my sexy-dudes Instagram.

 
Jun 06 2014
Boy Culture Original: SECOND TRY Comments (0)
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Another part of my shoot with this pensive 19-year-old. I was really into how the camera was capturing the water.

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I think the model's relationship with the camera speaks for itself, but the water definitely attempts to get a word in edge-wise.

You can see the full, uncensored shoot here. My other shoots are here and here.

 
Jun 04 2014
Coming Soon-ish: STARF*CKER Comments (0)

Starfucker

So here's my big announcement: I'm publishing another book....finally! I've done novels, ghost-written celebrity fiction and non-fiction and done pop culture-related non-fic, too, but now I'm taking on a new form: The memoir.

I think it's ridiculous to think people want your life story when nobody knows who you are, so calling it a memoir feels pretentious. But what this book will be is a humorous and true collection of stories about my relationship with celebrity, from birth until now.

Starfucker-Matthew-Rettenmund

Starf*cker (note: the asterisk is a part of the title) has been bought by Lethe and should be out in a year's time.

The book was sold based on a proposal; I've got about a third of it done already.

I'll keep you updated on my progress.