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Oct 12 2014
Paying Guests: An Expensive Trip To New York Comic Con Comments (0)

Matthew-Rettenmund-William-Shatner-Gillian-Anderson-Giancarlo-EspositoPic-with payola

I hit New York Comic Con for the third year in a row, this time waiting until the day-of to snag an $80 day pass via Craigslist. The boy who sold it to me in Port Authority (the transaction had all the earmarks of a situation that should end with cops appearing and shouting “swarm! swarm! swarm!” into their walkie-talkies) was supernice, and sure enough, the thing worked fine—I tapped in with no problem.

I arrived a little before the first of four (why?) paid photo ops I'd signed up for. I'd spaced them out enough that I figured I'd have tons of time between them to shoot cute, straight/bicurious boys in revealing leotards (Comic Con being to guys as Halloween is to girl = the perfect opportunity to dress like sluts). I figured wrong! Though the lines are miraculously well managed, the photo ops kinda sucked the air out of the room. (I'll post sexy boys in leotards in another post next week!)

ShatnerDon't tell George Takei.

First up was William Shatner, 83. By all accounts a bad person, he was actually supernice. His line  as enormous (ka-ching!), and we filed through the heavily shielded pro-photo tent so quickly it was the photographic equivalent of leaping from a moving van. After placing my $$$ camera in the able hands of a lesbian or lesbian-ready attendant—NO CAMERAS ALLOWED ANYWHERE NEAR THE STARS IN THIS AREA, FOLKS!—I stepped up to Shatner and told him quickly I was there for Twilight Zone, that he'd been in one of the best episodes ever. He thanked me graciously, a photo was snapped as soon as I looked up and then they were encouraging me to go-right-now. I'd wanted to ask him about being in SNL skits with the recently departed Jan Hooks, but NO EXTENDED CONVERSATIONS IN THE PHOTO AREA, FOLKS.

Shatner got my attention as I dazedly left, making sure to thank me for coming. I will just have to take all of his co-stars at their word when they say he is an ogre.

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Oct 11 2014
Drawn To Him: Meeting Don Bachardy @ His HOLLYWOOD Book-Signing Comments (0)

Don BachardyDon at his book-signing

BOY CULTURE REVIEW OF HOLLYWOOD: **** out of ****

Last night, I was thrilled to have a chance to meet Don Bachardy, 80, who met the late, great English novelist Christopher Isherwood (August 26, 1904—January 4, 1986) as a teenager and Pagan-Love-Songsbecame his life partner. For 30 years, the men were together, and over time Bachardy established his own identity (no easy feat when you're perceived as the boy-toy of a genius) as a gifted portraitist.

I actually knew about Bachardy before delving into Isherwood; I bought Pagan Love Songs from Alyson or a similar publisher while in college, and was enchanted by the dreamy illustration of “Naked Poet” (and porn actor and writer and...) Gavin Geoffrey Dillard on the cover. I wrote him a fan note and we corresponded for a few years.

Don-Bachardy-Matthew-RettenmundMatt & Don

Don-BachardyBachardy signing for his fans

Don-Bachardy-artI would've offered to draw some of the attendees naked, myself.

Parker-Stevenson-Don-BachardyParker Stevenson (L) & Ryan O'Neal (R) by Bachardy

The illustration had been by Bachardy.

DonchrisIsherwood and Bachardy by Dillard, 1985

Hollywood-featuredNow, Bachardy's entire oeuvre of Hollywood portraits—Kate Hepburn? Of course! Parker Stevenson? Why not? David Hedison, Teri Garr, Natalie Schafer? The more the merrier!—has been collected in the posh tome Hollywood (Glitterati Incorporated, $75). It's a stunning document of his life's work.

Bachardy was deligthful in person, immediately asking me to come see him in Santa Monica. I'm there next week, maybe I should take him up on that! Years ago, an associate of him suggested he might like to draw me nude, but I never figured out if that was a come-on from a friend or a real offer. And I could also never figure out who on earth would want to see me nude.

I was also pleased to meet his associate Richard Sassin, a former actor and charming man who told me that he and Bachardy had recently watched In the Cool of the Day (1963), which is apparently a must-see, can't-believe-how-bad-it-is Jane Fonda film in which her hair was unnaturally dark. Bachardy drew her portrait (it was on display at the signing) for it. I told Sassin that as a movie, it sounds like it made a good portrait—he agreed.

Chris&doThe most famous portrait of Don (L) & Chris (R). See my take on the film Chris & Don here.

I'll keep you posted on that front, but until then, check out the lovely book here.

 
ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION Is Funded! Comments (0)

MadonnaThank you to everyone who pledged: My Kickstarter for Encyclopedia Madonnica: 20th Anniversary Edition was successfully funded today. The run-down:

$32,920 pledged of $22,500 goal = 146% funded

373 backers (304 books sold, 69 no-strings-attached donors)

Average pledge: $88.26

1st donor: Guido Alexander Sanchez

Last donor: Ruben Robles

Smallest donation: $5

Largest donation: $2,000

Pledged via Kickstarter: $3,436

Pledged via external referrers: $29,484

Pledges that didn't go through immediately due to some error: $2,235 (not bad at all!)

Radio interviews conducted: 1 (Listen to it below!)

Madonna Interview Matthew Rettenmund

Kickstarter video plays: 4,574 (32.16% plays completed)

 

 

 

Madonnica

 

If you missed the Kickstarter but would like to be kept informed when the book publishes, please write me at:

matthewrettenmund@gmail.com

I'll be keeping a list so I can send announcements. Thanks!

 
Oct 10 2014
Signs Of The Times Comments (0)

Fun-time

A reference to the next few months, during which I'll be feverishly writing two books!

 
Oct 07 2014
Just In The Nick Of Time: ATTITUDE On EM20! Comments (0)

Nick Scotti

Encyclopedia-MadonnicaAttitude has become the latest major outlet to hype my Kickstarter campaign to produce Encyclopedia Madonnica: 20th Anniversary Edition.

I've always loved Attitude, and used to write for it—I will never forget when the mag asked me to interview (Madonna associate) Nick Scotti to plug his movie Kiss Me Guido in the '90s.

I showed up to his publicist's office and chatted him up on a sofa, my heart racing (he played the movie's hot piece, and it was typecasting). He asked me if I was going to go to the photo shoot, to which I'd been invited but was too shy to attend. When I said no, he flirtatiously said, “You should go. I think you'd really like it.”

When the magazine came out, he was stark naked in the photos. So yeah, that was the last time I declined an offer to attend a photo shoot.

 
Need To Know: Delish Dish + You Get The Squat-Thrust + A PEAK Into The Future + Infectious Ignorance + MORE! Comments (0)

Duc-NguyenI can stand the heat.

*widget boy cultureABOVE: More of the delicious Chris here.

*widget boy cultureLoving his deep squats.

*widget boy cultureJust over 3 days left, Madonna fans!

*widget boy cultureBuh-byes, Teresa Giudice!

*widget boy cultureGérard Depardieu brags that he's gay catnip, turned tricks at 10.

*widget boy cultureTwin Peaks returns...did the show predict its own comeback???

*widget boy cultureMadonna's Bedtime Stories is 20 years old.

*widget boy cultureMeet the filmmaker exposing gay-shaming Russian thugs.

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*widget boy cultureThe art of Silverjow.

*widget boy cultureFor the 1st time, Ebola is contracted outside of West Africa.

*widget boy cultureElisabeth Hasselbeck is too stupid to be allowed to talk about Ebola.

*widget boy culturePBS correspondent embarrassed by FOX's Ebola ignorance.

*widget boy cultureBeyoncé's absence makes his heart grow fonder.

*widget boy cultureShe can do something you can't:

 
Oct 05 2014
L-O-V-E Madonna (Sorry, I'm a Spelling-Bee Champ) Comments (0)

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Entering the final 5 days of my successful Kickstarter campaign for Encyclopedia Madonnica: 20th Anniversary Edition. I'm so grateful for all the pledges so far!

I've met my minimum goal, but I'm pushing for a stretch goal of $30K. It sounds like a lot, but printing a book (that I hope will be full-color) is extremely expensive, then I'll have to pay for all the photo rights.

Also, the book will be more expensive after Kickstarter ends (and post-Kickstarter orders won't begin until next year).

So if you're on the fence, please pledge today. If you know ANY Madonna fans who may not have heard of this project, please share this link: 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/406738078/encyclopedia-madonnica-20th-anniversary-edition

Once I begin working on the book later this year, I will be asking fans to contribute their original photography and any other suggestions!

Thank you for putting up with a month's worth of posts like this...

 
Muscling Into MAGIC MIKE XXL Comments (0)
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So people have been asking how I ran into Billy Reilich, aka “Nick the Gardener,” this past weekend in L.A. Truth be told, he's a buddy of mine, albeit one I was meeting in person for the first time.

Billy is in a mock boy band called The Cream Pies, a group that had my attention early on because one member is Stevie Brock, who was a kiddie solo artist I used to work with at the teen mag I edited. Billy caught my eye not only for his muscle mass, but also his sincerity. He is that rare combo of serious bodybuilder and down-to-earth dude, as humble as he is massive. 

Billy-Reilich-Nick-the-Gardener-2 copyHad to go back twice to Billy's job to get the perfect shirtless pic-with! (Thanks to Todd & Tom)

After some online mentoring (he's straight, so that's about as intimate as it's gonna get!), I was finally able to meet up with Billy on my Burbank trip.

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I took him to lunch for his 24th birthday the same week his Ellen appearances had come to a head—he's on the verge of a real shot at being in Magic Mike XXL and who knows what else. Lucky him—when a famous lesbian falls for you, you konw you don't have to put out!

Stevie-BrockBilly's bandmate Stevie, as he appeared when I worked with him (L) and now (R)

In the gallery above, check out a few snaps I took of Billy at his night job and at our lunch. More (and better) coming if I get back out there in the near future. If I wait too long, I have a feeling he'll have become the next Channing Tatum and will be unavailable!