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Oct 27 2016
Love For Sale! Comments (0)

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Man, this latest Heritage Auctions event has Marilyn Monroe's wig from her final completed film The Misfits, lots more on her and other stars, plus one of Wayland Flowers's original Madame dolls:

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Check it out here.

Oct 26 2016
Avenue LGBTQ: It's About TIME Comments (0)

GLAAD is advocating that we use LGBTQ instead of LGBT, which replaced the far too limiting gay.

I know a lot of people—especially gay white dudes, surprise!—get all up in arms over nomenclature. I do not. 6a00d8341c2ca253ef01b7c86dd028970b-550wiI think LGBTQ is perfectly easy to say, is totally inclusive and that the word “queer” is very descriptive and prideful for many people. So if you can't help recoiling at the Q-word because of how it's been used against you in the past, I totally get that and you never have to ID as queer; but by the same token, you should realize that for a lot of people, queer sums up who they are and how they feel, and it is clearly not a pejorative in context.

GLAAD's Sarah Kate Ellis notes, “On one level, it is just adding another letter. But really it is bringing a whole new definition to the way we describe ourselves. It’s the start of a bigger shift.”

In my opinion, the emphasis in that statement is on we.

Check out Time's piece on the subject, which was initiated by GLAAD's tenth media style guide. (It ain't word policing, it's asserting how we want to be seen and addressed in the media—and that is important work, as is GLAAD's expert coaching of newly minted LGBTQ celebrities and newsmakers, who often need help in how to deal with and effectively leverage the attention they're receiving.)

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Oct 25 2016
What Ever Happened To Madonna's PAPA DON'T PREACH Boat? Comments (0)

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Madonna's “Papa Don't Preach” is in the news a lot lately, with critics noting Gaga's “Perfect Illusion” echoes it in the chorus and an interviewer's mention of the song to Gaga sending her into a tizz.

Bonus Jam: I Love This! 

Now, find out what happened to the boat you see in the iconic 1986 video. Clue: It has NOT aged as well as Madonna has.

Oct 24 2016
Dead Or Alive's Pete Burns Dies @ 57 Comments (0)

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I'm so sad to report that Pete Burns, the trans-vibing lead singer of '80s pop outfit Dead or Alive, died yesterday following what's being called a massive heart attack. He was just 57.

Burns's family released the following statement on social media:

As a founding member and the lead singer of the British New Wave pop/dance group Dead or Alive, formed in 1980, Burns was surely one of the most uniquely recognizable figures on the scene, rocking a long, wild mane and Elizabeth Taylor makeup, bellowing in baritone and flaunting fluidly feminine dance moves that made him even more of a gender-bender than the more iconic Boy George.

With the group's debut album, Sophisticated Boom Boom (1984), they made their mark with the staccato “I'd Do Anything” and the minor hit “Misty Circles,” which featured Burns's trademark operatic-leaning Goth vocals. Showing they were unafraid of the disco backlash, the group also covered the 1975 hit “That's the Way (I Like It),” the KC and the Sunshine Band. Revved up by an added refrain of, “Keep that, keep that body strong,” the song's video echoed Olivia Newton-John's 1981 video for “Physical,” presenting Burns as a slinky taskmistress surrounded by rock-hard female bodybuilders.

It was a twist on ideas of gender that would come to define the act.

With 1985's Youthquake, the band tasted true success—it would be their highest-ranking Billboard 200 album in the U.S., and also its biggest seller in the U.K. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” from that album hit #1 all over the globe (a career-best #11 in the U.S.) and is one of the top hits of the '80s.

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It was followed by Top 40 Euro hits “Lover Come Back to Me,” “In Too Deep” and “My Heart Goes Bang (Get Me to the Doctor).”

Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know (1987) represented a streamlining and mainstreaming of the band's sound, resulting in I'll Save You All My Kissesthe pop hits “Brand New Lover” (#15 U.S.), ”Something in My House,” “Hooked on Love” and “I'll Save You All My Kisses.”

With 1989's Nude, featuring a beautiful, painting-like nude profile of Burns, Dead or Alive had become a full-on Hi-NRG dance act—in this fan's opinion, the entire record is one long, irresistible thrash in a gay club, with stand-out tracks like “Turn Around and Count 2 Ten” (by the way, poppers help, too), “I Cannot Carry On” and the unapologetically horny “Come Home with Me Baby” (quite a statement during the AIDS era), the final DOA single to touch the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.—and of course it landed on #69.

Fan the Flame (Part 1) (1990), Nukleopatra (1995) and Fragile (2000) were released only in Japan (until many years later), the last place where DOA was still big. All have a same-sounding appeal to the group's biggest hits, following the same it-ain't-broke-and-we-ain't-fixing-it approach as groups like Erasure, New Order and Pet Shop Boys.

Along with the studio albums, there have been many hits and other packages. An utterly massive Dead or Alive compilation A1bPv7LrqnL._SL1500_called Sophisticated Boom Box is set for release for around $150 on November 4. It contains a mere 17 CDs worth of material.

In spite of his flamboyant demeanor that made many assume he was gay, Burns was married to Lynne Corlett from 1978 until 2006. He did engage in a civil partnership with Michael Simpson in 2006, but they broke up and Burns disparaged gay marriage, saying he preferred marriage to a woman. He and Simpson did reconcile.

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Burns was perhaps as well known (fueled by a stint on Celebrity Big Brother in the U.K. in 2006) for his ever-changing visage as for his musicality and showmanship, claiming to have had hundreds of plastic surgeries. 

One, on his lips, went so horrifically wrong he required a year and a half of reconstructive procedures. He was barely recognizable in his fifties, a state he said was his goal:

“The number of surgeries that I’ve had'll probably be 300. I hope when I’m 80 that I get to heaven and God doesn’t recognize me.”

Sadly, he was off by over 20 years.

One of Pete's stage final performances of his signature hit, from earlier this year:

Oct 14 2016
Madonna Is BILLBOARD's Woman Of The Year Comments (0)

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Billboard has announced that Madonna is its Woman of the Year, and she'll collect her prize in NYC in December!

The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group President & Chief Creative Officer Janice Min said of the Queen of Pop:

Madonna is one of a miniscule number of super-artists whose influence and career transcend music. With her creative vision, relentless innovation, and dedication to philanthropic causes, she is an inspiration to hundreds of millions of people around the world, all while shattering every career record out there. She is an important feminist on top of that, a one-of-a-kind artist who’s used her influence to change the conversation around women, sexuality and equal rights.

Perhaps charitably, Billboard lists Madonna's widely—and, I would argue, unfairly—derided Prince tribute as one example of how she has remained a part of the “cultural conversation” in the past year. That, she has! In a myriad of ways.

A number of other assertions in the Billboard piece announcing the honor should be especially gratifying for her fans, since some have been contested:

Her Rebel Heart Tour, which wrapped in March, solidified her status as one of the biggest touring acts of all time. Madonna sold more than 1 million tickets and walked away with $170 million. That makes her the highest grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history (the archives go back to 1990) with a staggering $1.31 billion in total concert grosses.

In addition to being the first female pop star with true control of her career and image, Madonna is the best-selling female recording artist of all time. She's earned 8 No. 1 albums (and 21 top 10 albums) on the Billboard 200 and 12 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. With her 46th No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart in 2015, she extended her own record for the most No. 1s on a single Billboard chart. She also holds the record for the most top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with 38.

Madonna is slated to receive her award at the 11th Annual Women in Music Event, held December 9 in NYC. It will be filmed for Lifetime, airing December 12.

It will be interesting to see who hands her the award, who shows up, if tribute performances are tied to this appearance and how quickly people being snarking that this award was bought and paid for.

Oct 13 2016
6-PACK — Brother Love + Joe Jonas: Big Star + Queens vs. Trump + SPY Like Us + Miss Jackson, Is You're Pregnant + Power Ranger Tail! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureMeet the Pauls, brothers who lost their shirts and made their names on the Internet.

*widget boy cultureJoe Jonas lost his virginity at 20 to a famous girl, claims he has the biggest Jonas bone-as.

*widget boy cultureBeauty queens vent about mistreatment at the hands of Trump.

*widget boy cultureThe rebirth of Spy Magazine ... if only for a little while.

*widget boy cultureJanet Jackson is officially pregnant.

*widget boy culturePower Ranger Davi Santos shows you his booty. (Work Unfriendly)

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Oct 12 2016
6-PACK —50 Shades Of Crazy + Trumpette Wants Armed Revolution + Women Sometimes Suck, Too + Trump Wants You To Vote 20 Days Late + GOLDEN GIRLS Get Some Action (Figures) + Milo Ventimiglia's Stache! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureON A ROLL MODEL: Ana Navarro calls Scottie Nell Hughes “50 shades of crazy.”

*widget boy cultureSupporter says she's like Trump, wants insurrection if Hillary wins:

*widget boy cultureLet's stop pretending that women automatically get it. They don't: 

*widget boy cultureTrump (who can't say “asterisk”) wants his supporters in Florida to get out and vote on November 28:

*widget boy cultureGolden Girls action figures are the latest rage. Kids today!

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*widget boy cultureIn praise of Milo Ventimiglia's mustache.

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Oct 11 2016
Sexy Garrett Clayton: OUT/In Comments (0)

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Disney Channel star Garrett Clayton is doing what most kid stars do ASAP—he's ditching that label by embracing the total opposite, playing gay-porn star Brent Corrigan in King Cobra.

He's also politely dodging questions about his sexual orientation, which is fairly ironic considering it's National Coming Out Day and the piece in question is a new Q&A with Out. The magazine's very name takes for granted the importance of being publicly honest about one's orientation

Clayton says:

I don’t really like talking about my personal life. I like a certain amount of veil. I’ve been very lucky this year. I haven’t been brought down because people are focused on who I’m dating, what I’m eating, or what handbag is the best handbag — that’s so cheap to me. But if others want to open up about their personal lives, that is their choice. It’s not for me to judge.

Not wild about this kind of evasion when directly asked.