2860 posts categorized "POP CULTURE"

Nov 13 2014
John Hancock-Tease Comments (0)

Autograph-Eric Hanson

When I worked in porn (don't get excited, it was for magazines and I wasn't in them), part of my job was to make up model copy so the utterly dull models would sound like they were fascinating. Or at least, so the utterly sexy models would sound sexy in a way that translated to print. So I did a lot of stories about guys who bragged that they were secretly total homos no matter what they told their girlfriends, which of course the real-life models absolutely loved reading. #deaththreats

Rarely, I would do real interviews on the phone with guys. One of them must have been with Eric Hanson, a totally famous porn star who I do not remember talking to. But I must've, because that's how I would've had his address to ask him to sign a page from the feature. He wrote me the above sticky and sweet note that looks like it was written by a girlfriend.

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I was much more attached to Rick Koch, who was superhot, superhairy and gave a me a scorching-hot interview considering he was also straight. In spite of the fact that I was so cock-blinded by him that I misspelled his name as Rich in the magazine, he generously signed a photo of his peen for me, playfully asking me to lend him a hand in the shower.

I was, after all, an editor with the power to run these guys again and again.

Whoever said porn stars are not smart probably places too much emphasis on arts and literature.

 
Nov 12 2014
Need To Know: Photoshop 'Til Kim Drops + REAL Tragedy + The Madonna Movie + Democratic Sell-Out + MORE! Comments (0)

O-KIM-BUTT-570Making an ass of ourselves

*widget boy cultureKim Kardashian and Jean-Paul Goude openly troll the Internet with her giant ass.

*widget boy cultureThe Real World's Pedro Zamora, 20 years after his death.

*widget boy cultureMariah's Singpore trip more entertaining than her voice!

*widget boy culturePhysical Attraction, a new movie with “Madonna” as muse.

*widget boy cultureHOT, hulking lumbersexuals.

*widget boy cultureWhat's attached to Nick Jonas's pelvis?

*widget boy cultureSen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is the worst Democrat ever.

*widget boy cultureSouth Carolina's same-sex marriage ban struck down. Official state anthem:

 
Barbara's Pleased: Don't Miss John Epperson As Lypsinka (And As John Epperson) In LYPSINKA: THE TRILOGY Comments (0)

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BOY CULTURE RATING: **** OUT OF **** STARS

A 28-year-old friend of mine who is the perfect man and would get a proposal of marriage from me if it weren't for the fact that I'd have to pay him to get naked for me said to me recently, when I invited him to see Lypsinka, “Am I a bad gay if I don't wanna see a drag show?”

Well, yes, yes, he is.

But not because he isn't into drag—so much of it is stale. He's a bad gay for thinking Lypsinka is a drag show. John Epperson's Lypsinka is more in the performance-art vein. And besides that, she's not a drag show...currently, she's three.

Lypsinka: The Trilogy is now playing on NYC's Lower East Side at The Connelly Theater. On alternating nights, the Queen of Drag Queens is performing Lypsinka! The Boxed Set, The Passion of the Crawford and John Epperson: Show Trash, three very different shows with very little overlap but lots of overlip.

JUST A FEW OF THE NAMES WHOSE VOICES APPEAR IN LYPSINKA! THE BOXED SET:

Judith Anderson Polly Bergen Arthur Blake Joan Crawford Bette Davis Olivia de Havilland Sandra Dee Phyllis Diller Ruth Draper Frances Faye Penny Fuller Judy Garland Dolores Gray T.C. Jones Gisele MacKenzie Fay McKay Ethel Merman Agnes Moorehead Kay Stevens Dorothy Squires Kim Stanley Gloria Swanson Natalie Wood

Lypsinka-legsThe first, and best, is Lypsinka! The Boxed Set, approximately 90 minutes' worth of Lypsinka in her robotically glamorous prime (she's even better as a man of a certain age playing a woman of a certain age than he was when he did it as a youngster), gliding across the stage and expertly mouthing a complicated soundtrack made up of obscure songs from musical theater and instantly recognizable soundbites from film, TV and the theater. His lip-synching style is so leisurely it becomes hypnotic. He never overemotes; rather, he simply parts his lips and lets the sounds seem to emerge from within. His best weapons are his eyes (the gams are still in working order, too—see inset), which light up the stage with shock, existential angst and/or malevolence, as each sonic snippet demands.

Also compelling is The Passion of the Crawford, the lioness's share of which consists of Epperson and Steve Cuiffo or Scott Wittman recreating Crawford's legendary 1973 Town Hall interview, in which she tweaks Bette Dvis, verbally spanks Marlon Brando, talks parenting and almost has a rolling orgasm while commenting on Greta Garbo. Lypsinka's visual adlibs, affecting expressions Crawford didn't but should have made, are delicious. She then segues into a somewhat dreary sequence of Crawford camp-earnestly reciting a religious text, but it comes to an end with a fantasmagoric remix of some of Crawford's famous lines as well as elements of the Town Hall Q&A that has to be seen to be believed. (If you're into latter-day Crawford, don't miss this video!)

JohnEppersonCompleting your set is John Epperon: Show Trash, in which Lypsinka fades to black so that Epperson himself can shine—and shine he does, as an outstanding pianist and inimitable singer. He offers original compositions that illustrate the trajectory of his life from Southern sissy to big-city sensation, as well as a few lip-synching interludes as a nod to his alter ego. (In an odd tribute to Katharine Hepburn, Epperson impersonats her singing Rapper's Delight—and it just so happened to be the very same day Sugarhill Gang's Big Bank Hank died.)

For Epperson to take on the responsibility of doing three shows simultaneously is some kind of cry for help. Don't ignore it—see all three so you don't have to wait another 20 years to drink in his loopy, intelligent, darkly funny, queerly nostalgic tribute to popular and unpopular culture.

And if you don't wanna see a drag show, then you are your rabbit-faced wife can go to hell.

 
Nov 10 2014
John Hancock-Tease Comments (0)

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When I first, first started getting into pursuing celebs for autographs, and before I cooled on it for decades, I heard Brooke Shields was making an appearance at Marshall Field's to promote something truly ridiculous in the women's department, and I knew I had to go. Unlike my experiences with Elizabeth Taylor and Cher—both of whom had spoken from a stage to a crowd of hundreds, both of whom I'd been able to ask questions of—I would actually get to meet Brooke.

When I thought of Brooke Shields, I thought of Pretty Baby, Blue Lagoon and Calvin Klein. I figured presenting her with a photo of her hairless gotch would result in an arrest, I had no Blue Lagoon materials on me and I was perplexed about how to work in the CK reference. Then I remembered her blunt anti-smoking commercial, and I knew I had to have her sign a book of matches. Why not? I'd mailed Sally Field a pocket Bible to sign in honor of The Flying Nun.

She was really nice and signed the matches and a poster, making me feel I was not a “real loser.”

 
Nov 08 2014
If Cooks Could Kill Comments (0)

Too-Many-Cooks

I don't know who dreams up shit like this, but if you've got 11 minutes left to live, watch Too Many Cooks...

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Nov 07 2014
BAM! The Whole, Entire BATMAN '60s TV Series Can Be Yours! POW! Comments (0)

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It's been a long time coming, but Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has finally come through with:

Batman: The Complete Television Series

The new set features all 120 episodes, remastered, and even has a Hot Wheels replica of the Batmobile inside the packaging.

If you're wondering why this belongs on a gay blog, exhibit A:

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...and Exhibit B:

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Plus, keep reading for some of the gayest guest spots...

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Nov 06 2014
Like An Innovator Comments (0)

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Happy 30th anniversary to “Like a Virgin”, the single. The song itself was recorded ages earlier and held because Madonna's eponymous first album was doing too well to put it to bed.

Not only is the song still evergreen, so is Madonna. Here she is just last night, at the WSJ Innovators bash looking like she wouldn't be caught dead in a gondola:

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Maybe it's all good diet? (Wink.)

 

 
Nothing Is Real But Who Cares??? Comments (0)

Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry looked a-MAH-zing at her U.K. photo exhibition unveiling...and yes, I'm still pissed off that Happy Endings was canceled.