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Apr 10 2017
New York Seen: If You See Something, Pose For A Selfie With It Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-04-09 at 12.28.23 PM(Images by Matthew Rettenmund)

The next time you are attempting to enter the NYC mass transit system and you're stopped by cops who want to give your backpack or briefcase a quick once-over, consider this: This very nice guy, running a fun tour of NYC sites where Ghostbusters was filmed, told me he has only ever been stopped one time by police.


Because he has a friendly smile and a jumpsuit, nobody flinched at the mechanical contraption on his back. In fact, subway riders clamored for photos.

Food for thought.

On a separate note, if you're that into Ghostbusters, give this guy a shout; the Russian couple he was escorting seemed more than pleased with his services.

Apr 09 2017
Drawn That Way: A Review Of The Film TOM OF FINLAND Comments (0)

Tom of Finland Physique PictorialAn example of Tom of Finland's early work (Image via Physique Pictorial)

I'm a fan of the art of Touko Laaksonen, so the new film Tom of Finland — Teaser-trailer-tom-of-finland-696x464his professional name as an erotic-art illustrator — was so far up my alley it was practically parked in my garage.

Laaksonen was born in Finland and served in WWII, going on to become a successful ad man thanks to his skill with the pencil. Inspired by mental images of laborers and even by the tight uniforms of the Nazis (with whom he did not sympathize politically), he drew unflinching scenes of muscular macho men engaged in sexual abandon, or merely showing off their assets, dripping with libidinous tension.

He kept his drawings under wraps, learning the hard way (having them stolen, being arrested, facing condemnation) that what he saw as natural was a cause for great alarm in his neck of the woods, and, in fact, most everywhere.

In this new biopic— which has been called Finland's first on gay male love — the story of Touko (played with superb empathy by Pekka Strang) is fleshed out in a compelling, visually stylish and achingly emotional way by acclaimed director Dome Karukoski.

Tom-of-finlandTouko & Nipa — a love story (This and all other images via Protagonist Pictures, unless noted)

Tom of Finland beautifully illustrates Touko's gay awakening, captures the excitement and danger of his sexual trysts and flawlessly conveys the non-monogamous love he finds with a stunning young partner, Nipa (Lauri Tilkanen, who looks like the Garrett Clayton of Finland). Finagling a romance with Nipa aka Veli, also the object of Tom's spinster sister's (Jessica Grabowsky) affection, is portrayed adroitly.

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Apr 08 2017
Mary Pickford Turns 125 Comments (0)

234f6facb89bd0a4d8921b6f062d6bfbMary Pickford: April 8, 1892—May 29, 1979)

Mary Pickford — real name Gladys Louise Smith — was born 125 years ago today in Toronto.

She would go on to become one of the most important women, and indeed, one of the most important figures, period, in the history of film.

The first person to be dubbed “America's Sweetheart,” Pickford started her career treading the boards, including on Broadway (which wasn't such a tony gig back in 1906). After a screen test that took place 108 years ago on April 19, Pickford made her first film appearances, racking up dozens of credits in a matter of weeks.

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Apr 06 2017
Insult-Comic Legend Don Rickles, Last Of His Breed, Dies @ 90 Comments (0)

DonRickles_825x595Don Rickles: May 8, 1926—April 6, 2017 (Valley Forge Resort & Casino)

Don Rickles, a take-no-prisoners insult comic who plied his trade in Vegas at the height of the Rat Pack 0342da8f258b611e159c5fcd14b90c6b years and became an imitable part of the culture, has died of kidney failure at 90.

Rickles received national exposure on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the '60s, but would later deny it was Johnny himself who gave him his big break, instead referring to his initial appearance as an uneventful talent booking that blew up.

Prominent Stars 80+ Still Living

The Queens-born comic was a WWII vet who sought a career as a dramatic actor, but resorted to stand-up to feed himself. He had a natural gift for handling hecklers, using a smart mouth and an intimidating, New York glare that delighted audiences, some of whom he called hockey pucks.

A chance enc0unter with Frank Sinatra led to headlining gigs in Las Vegas, where Rickles fearlessly mocked superstars, who loved his goodnatured attacks.

Rickles first appeared on film in 1958's Run Silent Run Deep, but had only a sporadic film career, one that included appearances in diverse fare like beach movies (1964's Muscle Beach Party and Pajama Party, 1965's Beach Blanket Bingo); a choice bit in Casino (1995); and as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story (1995), Toy Story 2 (1999), Toy Story 3 (2010) and Toy Story 4 (completed, coming in 2019).


He was the uncredited announcer in the Jackie Susann film adaptation The Love Machine (1971), which starred fellow yuk-yuk-yukker, Shecky Greene (still alive at 90).

Watch Johnny Carson Disrupt C.P.O. Sharkey

Rickles was a  natural for the Dean Martin Celebrity Roast specials of the '70s, tearing into everyone in his path. He was the star of his own comedy series, C.P.O. Sharkey (1976-1978) and won the Emmy for his HBO special Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007). The latter was produced by his son, Larry, who died of pneumonia in 2011.

In 2007, Rickles joked that he was gay in a much-watched TMZ video.

In December 2016, Rickles was one of several performers 90 years of age and older profiled by The Hollywood Reporter, in a piece entitled, Creative Until You Die.

He sure was.

Weinstein Protesting R Rating For Trans-Themed 3 GENERATIONS Comments (0)

UnnamedElle Fanning (Image via Weinstein)

The Weinstein Company is challenging the MPAA rating of R for the new film 3 Generations, which the studio claims is being unfairly rated over its trans theme.

The film stars Elle Fanning as a trans teen, and also features producer Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon.

From a press release:

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Apr 05 2017
The Hot New MOONR8KR Film By Venfield8 Is Rated BBC Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-04-05 at 8.30.52 PM(Video still via Venfield8)

My pal Venfield8 has released another striking, (Work Unfriendly) Moonr8kr film, this one called Of the Night.

It's something!

I Am Replacing GOLDEN GIRLS On Logo! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-04-05 at 6.06.06 PMThank you to Dan Avery at NewNowNext for including me! (Video still via Logo)

Not really.

But I was flattered to be asked by Logo to participate in a short piece in which various LGBTQ people recall our reactions to seeing Truth or Dare for the first time.

My Review of Strike a Pose Here

It's all a part of Logo's promo for the April 6 airing of Strike a Pose, the brilliant documentary that could have been called What Ever Happened to Madonna's Blond Ambition World Tour Dancers? — except they've all moved on, none are confined to their rooms and they're all serving middle-aged realness, not dead rats.

Check out Logo's interstitial piece “What Truth or Dare Meant to Me” here.

Bette Davis Is Seeking What? A Hump! Comments (0)

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Bette Davis may not have died in 1989 after all, a possibility raised by the emergence of a new dating profile.

She sounds frisky as hell, and all about Steve. Or José. Or Donald.

Keep reading to hear Jeff from PunchyPlayers resurrect Bette ...

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