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Jul 21 2014
Mantiques: Michael Blodgett Comments (0)

ShirtlessFit/to be tied

I wasn't familiar with the late actor/novelist/screenwriter Michael Blodgett (September 26, 1939—November 14, 2007) until some Facebook postings by my buddy Michael Michaud. Blodgett was the gigolo in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) and, as if that didn't earn him his camp card, he was the screenwriter behind Rent-a-Cop (1987) with Liza Minnelli and Burt Reynolds.

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Also of note, Blodgett's last marriage was to Meredith Baxter (b. June 21, 1947), who is now openly gay.

 
Jul 20 2014
James Garner, TV Icon, Dies @ 86 Comments (0)

James-GarnerApril 7, 1928—July 19, 2014

James Garner, famous for his roles on Maverick [1957—1962 + an '80s revival and an appearance in the big-screen Mel Gibson (b. January 3, 1956) version in 1994] and The Rockford Files (1974—1980 + TV movies thereafter)—not to mention as one half of the most beloved TV pitch-couple of all time, with Mariette Hartley (b. June 21, 1940), for Polaroid—has died at 86.

Garner-ShirtlessGarner was at his best playing anti-heroes and men with a sardonic view of life. He was handsome for sure, but always had an ironic smirk about it—he was no mere slab of beefcake. His terrific sense of comedy played against his good looks, making him funnily sexy and sexily funny.

Doris Day (b. April 3, 1924) has frequently cited him as her favorite leading man—they did The Thrill of It All and Move Over, Darling [the latter being the aborted last film of Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926—August 5, 1962), Something's Got to Give] together in 1963—and indeed, he was one of those actors about whom nothing bad was seemingly ever said.

Garner-DayWith Day at the premiere of The Thrill of It All

James GarnerGarner worked steadily from the '50s through the mid-'00s. Along with his indelible TV characters, he made big impressions in films, especially The Americanization of Emily (1964) with Julie Andrews (b. October 1, 1935), in the comic westerns Support Your Local Sheriff (1969) and Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971), as a man in love with a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman (Andrews again) in Victor Victoria (1982) and in his Oscar-nominated role opposite Sally Field (b. November 6, 1946) in 1985's Murphy's Romance. His last noteworthy film role was in The Notebook (2004), and his last big TV role was on 8 Simple Rules (2003—2005).

James Garner-1As the guy who would be nowhere without his answering machine.

Garner had been in failing health and never worked again after suffering a stroke in 2008.

1367943546131273_animateGood-bye to a class act!

 
Jul 19 2014
Need To Know: From Russia With Hate + Not-So-Great Scott + Congrats, Oklahomos! + Clerk-Shaming + Rugby Boner Food + MORE! Comments (0)

MH17England is pretty pissed at Russia, too...

*widget boy culturePro-Russian rebel leader Igor Girkin says MH17 had already-dead bodies on it.

*widget boy culture(When will Pro-Russian rebel leader Igor Girkin become an already-dead body? Soon?)

*widget boy cultureMH17 site handled in an animalistic, callous way.

*widget boy cultureClick here if you love eating out and are a New Yorker.

*widget boy cultureSelena Gomez ready to be a human shield for Palestinian kids.

*widget boy cultureWOW. Just WOW.

*widget boy cultureGov. Rick Scott (R-Florida) is fucking nuts, and against gay marriage.

Madonna-commercial-flightSee news item toward the bottom of this post. I think this belongs in a frame in a museum. P.S. Looks good!

*widget boy cultureOklahoma's same-sex marriage ban struck down.

*widget boy cultureBlack kid vs. non-black store clerks.

*widget boy cultureGeorge Takei still hates William Shatner.

*widget boy cultureShia's a mess...but a hot one.

*widget boy cultureVia A Cause des Garcons: Footballer lets most, if not all, of it hang out:

Naked-rugbyThis old thing?

*widget boy culture7 months in, their throuple trumps your couple.

*widget boy cultureUtah doesn't have to recognize same-sex marriages. Yet.

*widget boy cultureDirected by SSION, Perfume Genius's new “Queen” video.

*widget boy cultureShort film about bullying: It Gets Better.

*widget boy cultureMadonna flies commercial, leading to oddly cool surreptitious pix.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's manager now manages both U2 and Alicia Keys.

*widget boy cultureMadonna drag queen told he has a better nose than Madonna.

Madonna-impersonatorDoes this pass the smell test?

 
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 18 2014
Movie Man: The Art Of Richard Amsel Comments (0)
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Above, some classic examples of Amsel's work—timeless perfection.

Richard-AmselYou may not know the name Richard Amsel (December 1947—November 17, 1985) but you are almost without a doubt familiar with his  absolutely classic work in movie posters, on TV Guide and elsewhere.

Amsel painted Lily Tomlin for Time and did all those drawings of Bette Midler that come to mind whenever you hear her name.

Lily-Tomlin-Time-gayTomlin the closet...

Amsel died of AIDS in 1985. The following excerpt from Emerald City is from October 30, 1978, and represents the only known footage of the artist discussing his craft, with special attention paid to his movie poster for Death on the Nile.

ThunderdomeMel Gibson, when he was appealing

The clip also features great comments from equally legendary illustrator and artist David Edward Byrd (b. April 4, 1941).

It's a real treasure...

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Chexytoons: Passing Franklin Pangborn's Smell Test Comments (0)

Poppers

Via Chexy Decimal.

 
Signs Of The Times Comments (0)

Signs

Can anyone guess the source?

 
Need To Know: Getting To The Top Of Things + Kelly Ripa Bottoms For Botox + Justin Theroux Is Bulging With Talent + Photo Finish + 1 Gay NFLer To Another + MORE! Comments (0)

Anderson-Cooper-Kelly-Ripa-Andy-Cohen-gay-LGBT-topYou're the top!

*widget boy cultureAnderson Cooper, closeted 2 years ago, now comfy telling us Andy Cohen's a top.

*widget boy cultureKelly Ripa is a bottom for Botox.

*widget boy cultureWentworth Miller on being closeted: “I think audiences knew, to a certain extent.”

*widget boy cultureJustin Theroux's piece is...distracting.

*widget boy cultureTHEY'RE BREATHLESS: Crazy-funny '80s wrestling montage.

*widget boy cultureHot tennis players on hot beach vacays.

*widget boy cultureMalaysian Flight MH17 passenger tweets darkly funny photo before death.

*widget boy cultureGuy Ritchie's fiancée pops out THIRD kid in just over TWO years.

*widget boy cultureFormer child actor Drake now acting like a child, dissing Macklemore on TV.

*widget boy cultureNYC's Long Island Railroad strike averted after lots of “agita.”

*widget boy cultureAward-winning short(-ish) film Dirty Magazines.

*widget boy cultureCourtney Stodden takes blindfolded challenge.

Francesco-scavullo-with-his-photo-of-stingScavullo with his famous Sting portrait. Now, it's his lover who's been stung.

*widget boy cultureFrancesco Scavullo's longtime lover shut out in estate battle.

*widget boy cultureReporter recounts Israel's attack that killed four Palestinian children.

*widget boy cultureStockton bank robbery leads to tragic deaths of hostages.

*widget boy cultureBlues guitarist Johnny Winter dies @ 70 while on tour.

*widget boy cultureOne of Winter's final performances.

*widget boy cultureNFL's 1st out ex-player Dave Kopay was “unnerved” by Michael Sam's cake/kiss moment.

Dave-Kopay-George-DureauKopay supports Sam, but is old-school on kissing and cake-smearing. (Photo: George Dureau)

 
Jul 17 2014
Drama King: Novelist/Director Wants To Bring New James Dean Drama To The Screen Comments (0)

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Tom Dolby, scorching-hot heir to Dolby audio fortune and a novelist-turned-director, has formed a production company and optioned multiple works.

Tom-dolbyAmong them, and perhaps of greatest interest to readers of Boy Culture (you tell me), is an original drama about film director Nicolas Ray, focusing on his relationships with rebels without causes James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo, scripted by Abdi Nazemian:

Says Dolby:

“We're attracted to original voices, stories that are edgy, stories that are about outsiders. As a novelist turned producer, I'm coming to film from a literary point of view. We're looking for narratives that are really grounded in character and real life. There are a lot of underserved demographics out there, and while I'd be thrilled to provide the next popcorn movie for 14-year-old boys, I feel there are a lot of demographics not being served by those in the mainstream.”

Sounds seriously interesting,

 
In Honor Of Elaine Stritch... Comments (0)