906 posts categorized "NEW YORK"

Aug 15 2014
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Retro

If you like retro signage and cool photos as much as I do, check out Retrologist, and start with this interesting entry on a strange survivor of the 9/11 WTC collapse: An intact newspaper from 1969 announcing the death of Judy Garland.

 
Aug 13 2014
Golden Age Screen Legend Lauren Bacall Dies @ 89 Comments (0)

BacallSeptember 16, 1924—August 12, 2014

Bacall-lookThe look...the voice...Lauren “Betty” Bacall, one of the last remaining bona fide stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood and one half of its most famous film team with the late Humphrey Bogart (December 25, 1899—January 14, 1957), died today of a stroke.

She was just over a month shy of her ninetieth birthday.

Bacall first became a star in 1944 with her silver-screen debut, To Have and Have Not, delivering one of the most famous lines (at 2:53) in film history to the man who was 25 years her senior but who would become the great love of her life, the father of two of her children and whom she would outlive by nearly 50 years:

Bacall-big-sleep-slinky-black-evening-gownIn a series of indelible classics—The Big Sleep (1946), Key Largo (1948), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), Written on the Wind (1956), Designing Woman (1957)—Bacall became an icon of cool sensuality and sophistication, one with a razor-sharp tongue. She worked steadily but never to excess, preferring to do films and, later, TV and theater, that drew her in. She was only nominated once and never won a competitive Oscar [and indeed was the victim of perhaps the worst-ever case of bait-and-switch when she seemed destined to finally win for The Mirror Has Two Faces in 1996, only to lose unexpectedly to The English Patient's Juliette Binoche (b. March 9, 1964)], but was awarded one for life achievement in 2009 and won two Tonys, for Applause (1970) and Woman of the Year (1981).

Birth-2004-05-gBacall's last work appears to have been a voice on The Family Guy (2014) this year. Her last on-screen appearance was the teen drama The Forger (2012), starring Josh Hutcherson (b. October 12, 1992) and Hayden Panettiere (b. August 21, 1989).

Some of her more interesting later works would include Paul Schrader's (b. July 22, 1946) The Walker (2007) with Woody Harrelson (b. July 23, 1961), and a pair of films with Nicole Kidman (b. June 20, 1967): Dogville (2003) and Birth (2004).

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For sheer fun, check out Bacall in Murder on the Orient Express (1974). For unpleasant camp, it's gotta be The Fan (1981).

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Bacall was an outspoken personality, not known for suffering fools, gladly or otherwise. She denounced the House Un-American Activities Committee during its Communist witch hunt at great personal risk to her career.

After Bogart's death, she was married to fellow actor Jason Robards (July 26, 1922—December 26, 2000) for several years in the 1960s, and had a son with him, actor Sam Robards (b. December 16, 1961).

Lauren-Bacall-Matthew-RettenmundMy shot of Bacall in 2012

I was lucky enough to have seen Gore Vidal's The Best Man (2012) the same evening as Ms. Bacall, and was ballsy enough to approach her for a photo. I did not in a zillion years expect her to acquiesce, so my interaction with her was not disappointing!

Lauren_Bacall1Still out and about, at an event in 2013

...and finally, since I have so many Madonna fans on this site, the passing of Bacall means there are now no living stars name-checked in “Vogue” (released March 20, 1990).

The 16 stars are (listed in order they were mentioned, numbered from first to last to pass away):

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Aug 11 2014
Need To Know: Prey Of Light + Open Season On Black Teens + Not-So-Mighty ISIS? + The McCain Mutiny + Super Duper Cooper + Crashing Boor + MORE! Comments (0)

Madonna-Show-Lineup-WebsiteAnd not one of them could be bothered to mimic a brunette period?

*widget boy cultureMOTHERS OF RE-INVENTION: 6 Madonna impersonators take on all her hits. Hawk

*widget boy cultureMO cop shoots, kills unarmed black teen.

*widget boy cultureKurds battling back vs. ISIS.

*widget boy cultureMcCain thinks the Iraq War wasn't long enough.

*widget boy cultureSen. Graham (R-SC): “American city in flames!!!” if no war.

*widget boy cultureHillary distinguishes herself from Obama, pans his foreign policy.

*widget boy cultureSoap actor Charles Keating dies @ 72.

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*widget boy cultureCooper Helfet (pictured) is hella hot!

*widget boy cultureBeyoncé is not the queen of subtlety.

*widget boy cultureA collection of thousands of instant boners.

*widget boy cultureAmanda Bynes sneaks back onto Instagram.

*widget boy cultureLive Lion King show on the NYC subway.

*widget boy cultureRon Paul is an MH17 truther. Of course.

*widget boy cultureJosh Hutcherson launches LGBTQ project.

*widget boy cultureThe real Aunt Jemima's grandson sues for $2 billion. Lawdy!

Jemima-660I sho'nuff hopes he gits some da money...because that Aunt Jemima bullshit was damn embarrassing and profitable.

 
Aug 10 2014
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Above is just one of the [said like “Blanche Devereaux”] many, many hot dudes who work at Adonis Lounge. Tonight (and every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday), the action is at Evolve (221 E. 58th St. between 2nd & 3rd Ave.). Check it out from 9:00PM to 2AM, and make sure you sign up for the hilarious and hot illustrated newsletter here.

 
UNDERGROUND Filmmaker Comments (0)

Peter-de-Rome
Check out this engrossing scene from the new documentary Peter de Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn, in which the late filmmaker (he just died at 89) discusses at length his famous 12-minute film Underground (1972), featuring two guys screwing on the NYC subway.

 
Aug 07 2014
Need To Know: Gran Gesture + Spreading News + Even Worse Porn Acting + Honestly Racist Abe + Russ Meyer, Ferrell Cat + Side-Piece Speaks + Ruff Stuff + MORE! Comments (0)

Metrosource NY Cheyenne JacksonJackson: “I was wrong. I was bad. I was dirty.”

*widget boy cultureCheyenne Jackson on Love is Strange and calling his friends by their grannies' names.

*widget boy cultureEbola is hard to get. MERS and SARS are not. Will one be the next big pandemic?

*widget boy cultureTyra Banks impersonating Lindsay Lohan is the Bravo version of a pandemic. Marilyn-Burns-Texas-Chainsaw-Massacre

*widget boy cultureIf you like gay porn, you'll like this.

*widget boy cultureBedbugs hit NYC subways.

*widget boy cultureFirst Ladies team up on educating girls in Africa.

*widget boy cultureTexas Chain Saw Massacre star Marilyn Burns dies @ 65.

*widget boy cultureWas Abe Lincoln a racist?

*widget boy cultureWill Ferrell really does need to play Russ Meyer!

Giphy RussMeyer Tumblr_mjgkbis8Vv1qfoopyo2_400My exploitation director has a last name; it's M-E-Y-E-R!

*widget boy cultureNYC's Boots & Saddle to close.

*widget boy cultureStar Wars theme park is not far, far away. Beyonce3

*widget boy cultureJay-Z's side piece raps about Beyoncé.

*widget boy cultureHillary out-namedrops Colbert.

*widget boy cultureAnti-gay activists sue Houston for not being anti-gay.

*widget boy culturePost piece on black men and HIV was full of lies.

*widget boy cultureSen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) flees DREAMers, lies about why.

*widget boy cultureLORD, SHEPHERD SHALL NOT WANT: Surrogate's baby pops.

*widget boy cultureNYC face-slasher charged with hate crime.

*widget boy cultureSweet, though I wouldn't have a former dog-fighting dog near my baby.

*widget boy cultureRyan Kwanten in his swimsuit is heaven.

RYAN-KWANTENWatery rave

 
Aug 06 2014
Greasy Kid Stuff Comments (0)

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Perez Hilton fulfills his dream of appearing (in his underwear) on near Broadway in a musical (with The Skivvies), sings selections from Grease and Chicago...

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Need To Know: Hepburn Notice + Filth & Wisdom + Madge's Vadge + Target Hits Bull's-Eye With Marriage Stance + Give Her Tonight + MORE! Comments (0)

HipnBThe film will focus on early-years androgynous and late-years cranky Kate.

*widget boy cultureIndie Katharine Hepburn biopic is being readied.

*widget boy cultureCity Councilwoman heckled as “filth” because she's a lesbian.

*widget boy cultureAmerican general shot to death in Afghanistan.

*widget boy cultureHappy early Madonna's birthday: A hint of P!

*widget boy cultureIs there a Dr. Madonna in the house?

*widget boy cultureON TARGET: Target is now pro-marriage equality.

*widget boy culture“New Snowden” leaks U.S. spying secrets.

*widget boy cultureHe did not have sex with that woman.

*widget boy cultureAll '70s kids should be dead by now.

*widget boy cultureAYER's “Fight Your Fire” is new and free.

*widget boy cultureLaverne Cox applauds 1st trans talk-show host...Conan O'Brien.

*widget boy cultureAlmost nekkid in the locker room.

*widget boy cultureTour busses collide in Times Square.

*widget boy cultureAdore Delano bloopers. Plus, she covers one of my fave songs ever: