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Feb 22 2017
Break It Up: FEUD Averted Comments (0)

DSC01707*Sisters... sisters... (Images by Matthew Rettenmund)

I was invited to an early screening of Ryan Murphy's highly anticipated IMG_0026 FX series Feud: Bette and Joan at Hardware in NYC last night, all about the making of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962).

Unfortunately, there was a technical snafu that delayed the showing too long for my schedule, so like Jessica Lange's Feud co-star Susan Sarandon did with logic and reason, I abandoned ship. Rigged! Rigged!

I did not, however, keep my promise to live-tweet my disappointment, which might've been appropriate considering the animosity between the film's subjects, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. I guess my passivity may have indicated it was okay to fuck with me, fellas, but I'd like to go on the record stating it is not.

DSC01684Dude: Pixie & Bootsie

Still, I had fun with my pal, and one thing that wasn't a drag was the floor show by the talented ... let's go with ladies ... Pixie Aventura and Bootsie Lefaris. Pixie scored with the audience by combining Whitney Houston with Viola Davis (using Fences in ... let's go with ... her ... act! For a bottom, she's downright topical):

Feud: Bette and Joan airs on FX beginning March 5 at 10 p.m. In spite of how you may feel about Sarandon, I'm pretty sure you're going to watch it.

IMG_0019But ya are, ya are gonna watch this series!

 
Feb 21 2017
Mamie Van Doren Is Bob Hope-less Comments (0)

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Fifties film siren Mamie Van Doren, who just turned 86 years old, blasted the late Bob Hope on FB today, calling him out for taking money in exchange for his tours of war zones, and then never really touring the hot spots like some of his invited entertainers did.

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She also entertainingly posted the pic at the top of this post, zapping him for his ... persistence.

FYI, this is what Mamie looks like TODAY, in her mid-80s:

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Feb 20 2017
ABA DABA HONEYMOON Period: Actor Carleton Carpenter On His Unfulfilled WWII Gay Love Story, Losing Debbie Reynolds & Cary Grant's Visit To His Dressing Room Comments (0)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef017c31b0e17a970bCarleton Carpenter in fall 2012 (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

“You know, you and I are gonna be singin' 'Aba Daba Honeymoon' when we're both a hundred years old!”

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So said the late, great Debbie Reynolds to her duet partner and movie co-star Carleton Carpenter over 60 years ago, and while their final performance of the tune together was in 2012 (when she was 80 and he 86), she was right in that their indelible rendition of that old chestnut in the 1950 film Two Weeks with Love was prominently mentioned in every one of Debbie's adoring obituaries. That unforgettable performance only happened thanks to the ingenuity of “Carp,” who recalls duping his boss into thinking it had been his own idea.

Last Live Perf of “Aba Daba Honeymoon” at 5:21: 

“That was a whole big ruse,” the 90-year-old actor recalls in a phone interview from his Warwick, New York, home. “I found that sheet music in a pile on top of a piano on the set of the movie, dug that out and thought it would be fun. I put that sheet of music back underneath the whole pile with a little corner hanging out and I waited about two and a half days until Jack Cummings, who was the producer, was on his way in. I got Deb over and I pulled this out and there was someone playing the piano there and I said, 'Don’t bother with any of the beginning stuff, just start here,' and we jabbered away. He came in and walked over to where we were singing and he said, 'You know —' it was hard to keep a straight face! — 'That would be a good number for the two of you…' And I said with the straightest face ever, 'Reallllly?' The rest is history.”

Screen Shot 2017-02-20 at 12.48.33 PMCarpenter & Reynolds performing “Aba Daba Honeymoon” at a Busby Berkeley Thalians tribute in 1971

Carpenter, not a household name except in the households of true cinephiles, has nonetheless Scan 5made history more than once in his 70-plus-year career, starting with the unprecedented chart success of “Aba Daba Honeymoon” and continuing with his work in early TV, spectacular runs on Broadway and Off- (he took over the lead in the original production of The Boys in the Band), his nonchalant handling of his bisexuality and, now, the publication of his detail-packed memoir, The Absolute Joy of Work: From Vermont to Broadway, Hollywood and Damn Near 'Round the World (BearManor Media, $24.95).

With typical humility, Carpenter chalks up his success to luck and pursuing an acting career with the naïveté of a kid from Vermont who showed up in Times Square 100% convinced he was right for the part — any part, some part.

He says he got his first Broadway show, Bright Boy, fresh off the bus one frigid January in 1944 at age 17. He picked up Actor's Cues for a nickel, went somewhere to grab a bite and found his calling. “They were looking for 17-to-20-year-old guys for a play and I thought, 'I’ll just go get that after lunch.' I got over there and they said it was on the top floor and when I got up there, you heard them rumble from the room and the door opened and the guy was leading somebody out the door and I was there and he said, 'You’re too old!' and took the other actor down. A guy sitting there grabbed the bottom of my heavy winter coat and said, 'They told me the same thing six months ago… and I’m still reading for the part!'”

Scan 4Carpenter & Michael Dreyfus in Bright Boy (Image via Carleton Carpenter)

That did it. “Off came the coat and I scrunched down behind several people and smoked three or four cigarettes and probably 35 or 40 minutes later the same guy with the slate board in his hand came over and said, 'Hey, you’re next.' I went in and read five different parts and they gave me the show and told me to go into the other room and read it, so I did. Then they told me they wanted me in the show, but they didn’t know what part, and could I come in the next morning? I left and was practically on top of Grand Central, so I picked up my bag and headed for my mother’s second cousin’s place. He asked me how I did and I said, 'I think I have a show.' He said, 'That’s nice.'” 

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Feb 15 2017
Let's Go To THE BED Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 4.00.09 PM(Image via James Broughton)

James Broughton's (1913-1999) most famous short film, The Bed (1968) — one of the first U.S. films to feature full-frontal male and female nudity — is available free online for a short time here.

 
A Right On SUNSET BOULEVARD Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 4.04.52 PMAnd they all staffed (All images by or via Matthew Rettenmund)

I went to L.A. this weekend to meet with my Web series partners (news on that coming in the near future) and to attend the 30th anniversary of my friends Michael & Scott. 

 

Porn star memoirs by Jack Wrangler (1984). #gay #movies #memoirs #books #firstedition #shirtless #gossip #boyculture

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On the flight out, I was reading a first edition of The Jack Wrangler Story, or What's a Nice Boy Like You Doing? (St. Martin's Press, 1984), the cheeky autobiography of gay-porn star Jack Wrangler. It turned out to be a fortuitous choice, as early in the book, there is a lengthy description of a childhood birthday party of his in Beverly Hills, a stone's throw from the home where my 2017 party was happening. (It's a great, breezy, candid time capsule of a read if you can get your hands on it. Wrangler died in 2009 at 62, while his improbable partner Margaret Whiting died at 86 in 2011.)

IMG_0766The boys included their pooch in the celebration

The party was lovely — outdoors, peopled by sunny chatterboxes and littered with their fabulous art collection. One highlight was when a couple of my autograph-hound buddies very kindly pointed out that the mysterious Oscar-nominated neighbor Michael had teased me with was standing right next to us: None other than Nancy Olson of Sunset Boulevard (1950).

What was so shocking about meeting Nancy, who was lovely and very happy to briefly discuss her claim to fame, was that I had days earlier shown the movie to a 19-year-old friend in advance of our seeing the musical. To run into her unexpectedly within the same week was uncanny.

IMG_0759Me with Nancy Olson — no vodka in her drink, BTW

Nancy is 88 and looks spectacular. She warned that she is an old lady before we took our picture (I reassured her by saying I was, too) and said she thinks movies today that play well on the small screen have a leg up at Oscar time since nobody makes the effort to see screenings in theaters. It was a thrill and a half, to be sure.

Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 4.32.56 PMI'm dying to shoot the guy in the middle!

Also thrilling were the drop-dead beautiful men serving as waiters. Turns out they came from Runway Waiters, which is why they all looked like models. 

The rest of my trip was pretty low-key, but I managed a quick bite (of food) at the Abbey, where I snapped the establishment's #RESIST sign:

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I could probably live in L.A. ...!

 
6-PACK — FEUD In A Nursery + Celebs Mess With Texas + Sessions Battles Trans Kids + Warren vs. Trump 2020? + Madonna's Not Retiring + Don't Tell Ana Navarro To Stop! Comments (0)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiZeta-Jones is so, so terrible in this trailer, but I guess I'll have to watch Feud. Full trailer ABOVE. NEW SARANDON Q&A: Let's stop blaming people for Trump?!

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiCelebs sign letter to Texas legislature decrying that state's anti-trans bathroom bill: Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper, Sia, dozens more.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiSessions has immediately stopped defending rights of trans kids. Thanks again, LGBTQ Trump voters! Heckuva job, traitors.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiDon't run the admittedly amazing Warren in 2020. Just don't. New blood, please.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiMadonna: Don't ever tell her to stop!

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiSpeaking of which, Ana Navarro doesn't like being told to stop talking:

 
Feb 14 2017
6-PACK — Givin' 'Em Hill + Hot Dudes + Katy vs. Britney + LOVE IS LOVE + Hollywood So White + Resistance Is FEUD-al + Comments (0)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiHillary burns Flynn after his unsurprising resignation, baits him with pizza taunt.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiBreathtaking guy-thighs. Naked jocks galore. Xelo Cagiao & Paul Hamy get nude in The Ornithologist. (Work Unfriendly)

Ornithologist-coverThe Hornythologist (Image via Nitrate Films)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiMost boring feud ever (Katy vs. Britney) continues, this time with a Biblical smack-down.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiSign up with hoopla digital, and all library card holders can get Love Is Love free, and hoopla will donate to Equality Florida to benefit Pulse survivors.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiDo all of Hollywood's white dudes look the same?

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiRyan Murphy's Davis vs. Crawford, Sarandon vs. Lange-fueled Feud gets a rave.

Scream-queens-bette-davis-and-joan-crawford-rawStill from 1962's What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (Image via Warner Bros.)

 
Feb 11 2017
Long-Lost Madonna & Rosie Interview On The Set Of A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN Comments (0)

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Watch a hilarious, extended interview from 1991 with Rosie O'Donnell — who becomes a conduit for relating all of Madonna's jokes, including a little prehistoric Cher shading — and a mute Madonna ...

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