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Aug 26 2016
Character Actor Marvin Kaplan, Sweet Henry On TV's ALICE, Dies @ 89 Comments (0)

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Marvin Kaplan, who was best known as Henry on the TV series Alice, has died at 89.

According to a statement from Theatre West:

It is with a sad and heavy heart to inform you our very own Marvin Kaplan passed away today at 5 a.m. in his sleep. We loved Marvin. He will truly be missed.

He also had to be one of the last survivors of the arguable classic It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). Carl Reiner and Barrie Chase come to mind.

I met Marvin a few years ago at an autograph show; seemed to be a sweetheart.

Aug 24 2016
Teen Star Bella Thorne Comes Out As Bisexual Comments (0)

In news that relates to my lengthy obit of Lou Pearlman—viewed through a gay prism—teen star Bella Thorne has confirmed she is bisexual, responding with a simple yes in a Snapchat session when a fan asked.

I know a lot of LGBTQ adults are pretty jaded by now, but to have a big Disney Channel star come out as one of us is nothing to sneeze at. Bella was the co-lead (along with fellow breakout star Zendaya) of the series Shake It Up from 2010-2013, and as such I worked with her often, usually from afar. As the founding EIC of a major teen mag, I made her one of my picks for kids who would blow up in the future—a choice I made in 2012. I am nothing if not a good judge of star quality!

I did not, however, guess she would come out as bi four years after our big party (see video of her appearance there above), nor did I think any kid stars would be doing such a thing back then. It's not that we helped young people stay closeted or tamped down gay news, it's just that the topic really never came up. None of them were out, none of them were discussing the topic. 

Since then, Raven-Symoné has come out, and now Bella, whose coming-out is even earlier in her life.

It seems like being LGBTQ is becoming more and more mainstream, and that has to be good for children discovering themselves. So ... good for Bella. I'm proud to have covered her way back when.

Aug 23 2016
LAW & ORDER's Steven Hill Dies @ 94 Comments (0)

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Steven Hill, famous for his performances on Law & Order from 1990 until his retirement from acting in 2000, has died at 94.

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Hill was also one of the stars of the terrific Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode “Enough Rope for Two” (1957) and many other early TV dramas, during which time he worked with the likes of Marlon Brando.

He made his film debut in 1950's A Lady without a Passport opposite Hedy Lamarr.

Aug 22 2016
MAD MEN's Unauthorized Model Gita Hall Dies @ 82 Comments (0)

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Gita Hall, a former model and actress who in 2013 successfully sued Lionsgate over its unauthorized use of her image in the title sequence of the uber popular show Mad Men, has died at age 82.

The case was reminiscent of one Hedy Lamarr once brought against Corel for its use of her image on its CorelDraw8 software in the '90s, a suit she settled for perhaps six figures.

Hall had a so-so career, but a so-so-eyebrow-raising love life, romancing a key McCarthy Hearings figure, Errol Flynn, Barry Sullivan, Gordon Scott and George Hamilton.

I actually can't believe I didn't know this, but Gita came out of retirement to mug with Terry Moore (who is currently 87) in a Web series called Old Skool. Keep reading to watch them try to learn about Muslims (!) ...

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Aug 21 2016
My Obit For Lou Pearlman, The (((Gay?))) Bernie Madoff Of Boy Bands Comments (0)

Louis J. Pearlman, the onetime dirigible magnate who went on to found two of the most successful pop acts Img823 of all time—Backstreet Boys and their biggest rival, *NSYNC, how's that for a monopoly?—died in prison on Friday of undisclosed causes. He was only 62, which is hard to believe; like Angela Lansbury, he always projected a carefully crafted image that was far older than his years.

I have conflicted memories of the man who liked people to call him “Big Poppa,” having met and worked with him often in the late '90s and early '00s. I have too many anecdotes for a blog post, but the following form the guts of my take on the man who really, really enjoyed making the bands.

In 1998, I was the young founder of the country's first all-color, all-glossy teen-entertainment magazine, Popstar!, which was published by a seedy porn outfit called Mavety Media. It was—to put it mildly—a huge challenge for me to create, with the help of a talented designer and just one assistant editor, a 100-plus-page national magazine aimed at teen and tween girls out of the offices of a company that was also producing titles like Juggs and Playguy, the latter of which looked like a teen magazine if all the boys were naked. But it was a joy, too, not only envisioning and directing the execution of something that would find its way into hundreds of thousands of young people's lives each month, but doing it without the backing of a Hearst or a Primedia or even a Sterling/Macfadden. Instead, I had to work with a Sydney Greenstreet-like former Sunday school teacher who enjoyed telling stories of trips to Asia involving girls being lowered onto his manhood, and who started the first gay-porn mag out of the trunk of his car, but who craved legitimacy and was using me, in part, to get some.

I had no idea what I was doing. Any gay man who figures he knows what little girls like because we're in touch with our own inner little girl is bound to fail. My earliest work on my teen mag is rather beefcake-heavy, but I eventually discovered my readers preferred boycake. One person who knew that secret from day one was Lou Pearlman, who was fond of saying things like, “As long as God's making little boys, He'll be making little girls, and they'll love each other.” (And he would be right there collecting a tariff on that love.)

Even if I was not a natural-born little-girl whisperer, I was nothing if not an open-minded researcher. I was soon able to figure out which acts my readers wanted and locate their handlers. Getting them to bother sending materials to a start-up was another thing entirely. Bubblegum-pop machine Jive Records couldn't be bothered with me. I tended to do much better when I went directly to the parents, or to the managers, like Lou.

I got Lou's info and sent him a letter, explaining that I had launched a magazine, showing him the coverage I'd given his acts, and asking him to help make sure we received attention from the correct publicists. He called me up, and I can still hear his friendly voice. As lethargic as he looked, a man who was arguably eating at least some of his desires, Lou was a very direct and personable speaker. He praised my magazine and pledged to help me out. In truth, he knew a good thing when he saw it—I was giving him unparalleled coverage, including lavishing attention on his as-yet-unbroken acts, so it was not too hard for him to realize he should make sure images and interviews flowed in my direction.

Like my porn boss, he was using me for legitimacy.

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Aug 20 2016
6-PACK — Face-Eater Was A GOOD KID + Olympic Sex-cathlon + Fur Real + Trump Fan Profiled + Trump's Louisiana Ploy + RIP BOB NEWHART SHOW Vet Comments (0)

*widget boy culturePolice responded to this clearly drugged murderer—calling him “a good kid”—within shooting him.

*widget boy cultureCouple boning in background disrupts Olympics coverage.

*widget boy cultureSexy, furry musclebod. I think the right word is GRRR.

Screen-Shot-2016-08-19-at-10.13.23-PM-650x432-1-300x199Jake Anantha says he's definitely not a Donald Trump supporter anymore (why was he ever?). (Image via MSNBC)

*widget boy culture18-year-old Indian Trump fan booted from rally on suspicion of being a protester. For being brown.

*widget boy cultureTrump makes shamelessly political appearance in flood-struck Louisiana, helps for 49 seconds.

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*widget boy cultureJack Riley, of The Bob Newhart Show fame, dies @ 80. Seinfeld GF Cynthia Szigeti dies @ 66.

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Aug 17 2016
6-PACK — Insta-Hunks Branded Narcissists + Hollywood Shuffle + Turncoat Lesbian Voted Off The Island + LOVE STORY Director Dies + Ellen Racist Flap + Madonna Does Cuba! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureJUST A HUNCH: Guessing Out's Chadwick Moore thinks Insta-hunks are idiotic narcissists.

*widget boy cultureLotsa prominent Hollywood Republicans are keeping mum on the election this time. Hm.

*widget boy cultureTraitor lesbian voted out of office in Hawaii by guy who wasn't even supposed to be on the ballot.

*widget boy cultureLove Story director Arthur Hiller dies @ 92.

*widget boy cultureEllen DeGeneres branded a racist for Photoshop joke.

*widget boy cultureMadonna dances her ass off on a table and outside a landmark restaurant while in Cuba:

6-PACK — With This Olympic Ring + Breitbart Merges With Trump + Hillary's Healthy Skepticism + I AM CAIT Gets Canned + Peter Staley To Harvard + Talk-Show Host Dies Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureABOVE: Gay Olympian Tom Bosworth pops the question in Rio. Cameras, so it did happen.

*widget boy cultureTrump's campaign is now literally being run by Breitbart. Cokie Roberts comes for “tainted” Trump fans.

*widget boy cultureYeah, nice try, Trump — Hillary's not sick.

*widget boy cultureI Am Cait ... and we don't care. Series gets canceled.

*widget boy cultureLEARN FROM THE BEST: AIDS activist Peter Staley teaching at Harvard.

*widget boy cultureConservative talk-show host John McLaughlin dies @ 89. Wrong!


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