1994 posts categorized "MOVIES"

Nov 01 2014
Curse Of The Spider Women: Horror Stories Comments (0)

Curse-of-the-Black-WidowSurfing the web

Burnt-offerings-19I spent Halloween with my buddies Jason and Max, watching Space Station 76 (I totally did not get this movie, not even with three of the hottest men in the world—Matt Bomer, 37; Patrick Wilson, 41; and Matthew Morrison, 36, doing a “Princess Leia” hologram thang—in it) and then Burnt Offerings, the 1976 genre film about a house that rejuvenates itself by feasting on the families that stay within its walls. The latter did not have three of the hottest men in the world in it, but did have a crazy-good cast: Karen Black (1939—2013), Oliver Reed (1938—1999), Eileen Heckart (1919—2001), Burgess Meredith (1907—1997), '70s child star Lee Montgomery, 52, and...oh, yeah...Bette Fucking Davis (1908—1989).

Karen-BlackBlack in Trilogy of Terror, deliciously evil Anthony James, 72, in Burnt Offerings

Burnt Offerings is pretty bad, with Black seemingly having been told to act as if in a silent film, and many over-the-top instances that would have had black theater-goers shouting, “Get! Out! Of! The! June allysonHouse!” but we had fun with it. Watching it reminded me that I'd love to re-watch Curse of the Black Widow, a long-forgotten 1977 TV movie about sisters (Donna Mills, 73, and Patty Duke, 67), one of whom was bitten by spiders as a kid and now transforms herself into a giant spider to drain the blood of her victims.

I looked it up and wouldn't ya know it? Curse of the Black Widow and Burnt Offerings share a producer/director, the late Dan Curtis (1927—2006), who was also responsible for the terribly good Trilogy of Terror (1975). Karen Black deserved an Emmy for the latter, as well as an exorcism.

Watch the entire Curse of the Black Widow [also featuring Tony Franciosa (1928—2006), June Allyson (1917—2006) and Sid Caesar (1922—2014)] after the jump...

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Oct 31 2014
You Have Placed A Chiller In My Heart: A Return Trip To Old Jersey Comments (0)
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Above, check out a gallery of 20+ stars, then and now!

Twice a year, I get on a train to New Jersey in the early morning hours, spend a day hustling to get autographs and pic-withs from celebrities who sell those things at an event called Chiller Theatre, then attempt to make it home in one piece. I've had two disastrous experiences—a crippling snowstorm and the time I was overwhelmed by a virus. This time, the worst thing that happened to me was spending hours waiting for a signed picture with Honeymooners star Joyce Randolph, who most people I told the story to thought was long dead. (SPOILER ALERT: She's not.)

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For the second time, I arm-twisted my friend John to be my starfucking wingman. How I got him to meet me at 7AM and carry my bag and take all my pic-withs, I'll never know. But I think he has a couple more in him before he refuses the job, which he will...eventually.

MusclesHe was assisting—and upstaging?—the Baywatch boys.

Our first roadblock was when we arrived and no shuttle from the Sheraton was there to greet us at the station. A serious-faced young nerd took it upon himself to call the place and, in an almost alarmingly professional tone, inquire as to the fucking whereabouts of our transporation, only to be told they weren't supposed to have shuttles until after 10AM (an hour after the early-bird tickets we held went into effect), but would send one ASAP. Long minutes passed until he called back, only to be told the hotel wouldn't send its first shuttle until 10:50AM! It was beyond stupid for them to leave people at the station like that, though they passively blamed Chiller.

We paid $20 for a town car (the driver was dozing near the train tracks), but the kid rode free since he'd been our mouthpiece.

Keep reading for my take on the stars I encountered...

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Oct 30 2014
Pee-wee's Big Adventures Comments (0)

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Paul Reubens reminisces about playing Pee-Wee Herman on The Dating Game, and announces a new film based on his famous creation...

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Oct 29 2014
Stalking In L.A.: Another Hollywood Show Starf*ck Comments (0)
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Above, check out more than 20 then-and-now split-screen images of stars!

Christopher-Riordan-1Last weekend was my third of four celeb-soaked encounters in the space of a month—first I hit up the Courts Celebrities Fan Fest, then New York Comic Con, then another edition of the Hollywood Show in L.A. (KEEP READING) and finally this past weekend's Chiller Theatre.

More on Chiller very soon.

First up, the L.A. Hollywood Show was quieter this time, leading some attendees to wonder if this type of non-genre autograph show might be dying off quicker than Old Hollywood. But it wasn't nearly as dead as the Courts version, so there was still a good flow of starfuckers to keep most of the celebs busy—at least on Saturday. (Sunday was a graveyard—never go if you can only go on a Sunday, when a chunk of the celebs will have decided to suddenly get a bad cold and not show.)

Above, in the gallery, check out juicy then-and-now photos. After the jump, my impressions of each star I met...

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Need To Know: Draggin' His Heart Around + Rich CEO + Jolie's Tea Party + Gaga Preggers + Hook-Up Hell + MORE! Comments (0)

SummerlinSuffer.

*widget boy cultureSummerlin gay boy teams up with RuPaul drag vet.

*widget boy cultureGay man named head of Discovery Network.

*widget boy cultureLaraine Newman remembers Marcia Strassman.

*widget boy cultureImagine Angelina Jolie playing Michele Bachmann???

*widget boy cultureThe boy looks good naked:

HOT-GUYSo much more to see...

*widget boy cultureWHEN HE'S RIGHT...: Elton John thinks young gays don't care about AIDS.

*widget boy cultureWTF?: Anti-gay airport attacker only eligible for slap on the wrist.

*widget boy cultureHoney Boo Boo's family isn't funny-stupid, they're stupid-stupid. Artbirth300x175

*widget boy culture“Lady Gaga” is “pregnant.”

*widget boy cultureMatt Crane is proud of his “large, defined” legs.

*widget boy cultureAaron Taylor-Johnson's ass habits.

*widget boy cultureThe most jaded gays ever finally have an outlet.

*widget boy cultureRight-wing nuts faking pro-choice outlook until post-election.

*widget boy cultureAnother gay hook-up goes very wrong.

*widget boy cultureGov. Scott Walker (R-WI) has a Palin-style word-stroke.

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Oct 28 2014
Hiya, Sailor! Comments (0)

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Nathaniel Grant, a Navy recruiter, recites text regarding one of the biggest gay scandals in political history, the Newport scandal involving FDR, which was ignored by the recent Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelts.

It's amazing how forgotten this is...

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Oct 27 2014
Need To Know: Desperately Seeking Hoodies + Jennifer, Justin Time + Rumor Control + Psychic Friends + MORE! Comments (0)

Madonna-hoodieGet into the hood...

*widget boy cultureCheap way to rock the Madonna Desperately Seeking Susan look.

*widget boy cultureJennifer Aniston got married/broke up.

*widget boy cultureRumer Willis doesn't want to be retouched.

*widget boy cultureNurse held for hours due to Cuomo/Christie Ebola measures hires lawyer.

*widget boy cultureKris Jenner has no shame.

*widget boy cultureNancy Reagan was fucking nuts. Proof? She spent $3K a month on an astrologer.

*widget boy cultureMama June is a terrible person: The sequel.

*widget boy cultureRobin Williams's gay-themed film may not be released.

*widget boy cultureSee how he looks in his undies:

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Oct 26 2014
Marcia Strassman, Mrs. Kotter Of The '70s, Dies @ 66 Comments (0)

Marcia_Strassman_1975April 28, 1948—October 26, 2014

Marcia-Strassman-KotterSad to report that Marcia Strassman of Welcome Back, Kotter (1975—1979) fame has died of cancer at 66. That TV show has had more than its fair share of early deaths—Ron Palillo and Robert Hegyes preceded her in death, both only in their sixties as well.

Strassman had been a regular on a number of shows aside from Kotter, including M*A*S*H (1972—1973), Booker (1989—1990), Nickelodeon's Noah Knows Best (2000), Providence (2001—2002), Tremors (2003) and Third Watch (2004).

She was at least as well known as the mom from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) as she was as Gabe Kaplan's dry-witted wife on Kotter, a show she hated doing in spite of the attention and success it brought her.

She was a SAG official and politically active, including being on the right side of the argument regarding health care:

P.S. Cher tweeted about Strassman's death, misspelling her name. I'm all for letting Cher be Cher, but I think getting a friend's name right when they die should be worth the extra 10 seconds to confirm with an assistant before posting.