2672 posts categorized "POP CULTURE"

Jul 20 2014
James Garner, TV Icon, Dies @ 86 Comments (0)

James-GarnerApril 7, 1928—July 19, 2014

James Garner, famous for his roles on Maverick [1957—1962 + an '80s revival and an appearance in the big-screen Mel Gibson (b. January 3, 1956) version in 1994] and The Rockford Files (1974—1980 + TV movies thereafter)—not to mention as one half of the most beloved TV pitch-couple of all time, with Mariette Hartley (b. June 21, 1940), for Polaroid—has died at 86.

Garner-ShirtlessGarner was at his best playing anti-heroes and men with a sardonic view of life. He was handsome for sure, but always had an ironic smirk about it—he was no mere slab of beefcake. His terrific sense of comedy played against his good looks, making him funnily sexy and sexily funny.

Doris Day (b. April 3, 1924) has frequently cited him as her favorite leading man—they did The Thrill of It All and Move Over, Darling [the latter being the aborted last film of Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926—August 5, 1962), Something's Got to Give] together in 1963—and indeed, he was one of those actors about whom nothing bad was seemingly ever said.

Garner-DayWith Day at the premiere of The Thrill of It All

James GarnerGarner worked steadily from the '50s through the mid-'00s. Along with his indelible TV characters, he made big impressions in films, especially The Americanization of Emily (1964) with Julie Andrews (b. October 1, 1935), in the comic westerns Support Your Local Sheriff (1969) and Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971), as a man in love with a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman (Andrews again) in Victor Victoria (1982) and in his Oscar-nominated role opposite Sally Field (b. November 6, 1946) in 1985's Murphy's Romance. His last noteworthy film role was in The Notebook (2004), and his last big TV role was on 8 Simple Rules (2003—2005).

James Garner-1As the guy who would be nowhere without his answering machine.

Garner had been in failing health and never worked again after suffering a stroke in 2008.

1367943546131273_animateGood-bye to a class act!

 
Jul 19 2014
Need To Know: From Russia With Hate + Not-So-Great Scott + Congrats, Oklahomos! + Clerk-Shaming + Rugby Boner Food + MORE! Comments (0)

MH17England is pretty pissed at Russia, too...

*widget boy culturePro-Russian rebel leader Igor Girkin says MH17 had already-dead bodies on it.

*widget boy culture(When will Pro-Russian rebel leader Igor Girkin become an already-dead body? Soon?)

*widget boy cultureMH17 site handled in an animalistic, callous way.

*widget boy cultureClick here if you love eating out and are a New Yorker.

*widget boy cultureSelena Gomez ready to be a human shield for Palestinian kids.

*widget boy cultureWOW. Just WOW.

*widget boy cultureGov. Rick Scott (R-Florida) is fucking nuts, and against gay marriage.

Madonna-commercial-flightSee news item toward the bottom of this post. I think this belongs in a frame in a museum. P.S. Looks good!

*widget boy cultureOklahoma's same-sex marriage ban struck down.

*widget boy cultureBlack kid vs. non-black store clerks.

*widget boy cultureGeorge Takei still hates William Shatner.

*widget boy cultureShia's a mess...but a hot one.

*widget boy cultureVia A Cause des Garcons: Footballer lets most, if not all, of it hang out:

Naked-rugbyThis old thing?

*widget boy culture7 months in, their throuple trumps your couple.

*widget boy cultureUtah doesn't have to recognize same-sex marriages. Yet.

*widget boy cultureDirected by SSION, Perfume Genius's new “Queen” video.

*widget boy cultureShort film about bullying: It Gets Better.

*widget boy cultureMadonna flies commercial, leading to oddly cool surreptitious pix.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's manager now manages both U2 and Alicia Keys.

*widget boy cultureMadonna drag queen told he has a better nose than Madonna.

Madonna-impersonatorDoes this pass the smell test?

 
We Should Be Dancing Comments (0)

Karen-Lynn-Gorney-Matthew-RettenmundYes, I wore the shirt on purpose.

My pal Bob, who is a great photographer and a starfucker after before my own heart, casually mentioned a Karen Lynn Gorney appearance to me, probably not realizing I'd be as interested as I was—but I was. She was appearing at a small memorabilia show in NYC, and it turned out to be at the very hotel in whose basement gym I work out! (Yes, I work out.)

Madonna-Karen-Lynn-GorneyBack when Madonna was hung up, hung up on Karen Lynn Gorney.

I was happy to get a chance to meet her; I think Saturday Night Fever (1977) is an American masterpiece, one that would easily make my list of 100 best films. She could not have been nicer and was very chatty. When I asked her which photo she liked best from among the ones she was selling, she had no favorite, but agreed that the one I chose was “happy.” (Her character was not exactly fun-loving!)

Madonna-Karen-Lynn-Gorney-Saturday-Night-FeverYou gimme Saturday Night Fever: I loved the photo Ms. Gorney signed 'cuz you don't have to see Travolta!

She told me she'd finally decided to turn down a movie she was offered (“Not because of anything I had to do in it, but because of what other people were doing in it...”) and was taking the summer off. 

 If you do nothing else, watch the above video!

I would like Entertainment Weekly or Vanity Fair to assemble the entire surviving cast for a reunion shoot...wouldn't you?

One more pic of Gorney from today is after the jump...

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Jul 18 2014
Movie Man: The Art Of Richard Amsel Comments (0)
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Above, some classic examples of Amsel's work—timeless perfection.

Richard-AmselYou may not know the name Richard Amsel (December 1947—November 17, 1985) but you are almost without a doubt familiar with his  absolutely classic work in movie posters, on TV Guide and elsewhere.

Amsel painted Lily Tomlin for Time and did all those drawings of Bette Midler that come to mind whenever you hear her name.

Lily-Tomlin-Time-gayTomlin the closet...

Amsel died of AIDS in 1985. The following excerpt from Emerald City is from October 30, 1978, and represents the only known footage of the artist discussing his craft, with special attention paid to his movie poster for Death on the Nile.

ThunderdomeMel Gibson, when he was appealing

The clip also features great comments from equally legendary illustrator and artist David Edward Byrd (b. April 4, 1941).

It's a real treasure...

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Jul 17 2014
Drama King: Novelist/Director Wants To Bring New James Dean Drama To The Screen Comments (0)

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Tom Dolby, scorching-hot heir to Dolby audio fortune and a novelist-turned-director, has formed a production company and optioned multiple works.

Tom-dolbyAmong them, and perhaps of greatest interest to readers of Boy Culture (you tell me), is an original drama about film director Nicolas Ray, focusing on his relationships with rebels without causes James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo, scripted by Abdi Nazemian:

Says Dolby:

“We're attracted to original voices, stories that are edgy, stories that are about outsiders. As a novelist turned producer, I'm coming to film from a literary point of view. We're looking for narratives that are really grounded in character and real life. There are a lot of underserved demographics out there, and while I'd be thrilled to provide the next popcorn movie for 14-year-old boys, I feel there are a lot of demographics not being served by those in the mainstream.”

Sounds seriously interesting,

 
No Longer Here: Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Dies At 89 Comments (0)

Elaine-StritchFebruary 2, 1925—July 17, 2014

Elaine Stritch, the hard-drinking, wise-cracking Broadway legend who in recent years had toured the country with a one-woman show and ended her TV career with a killer recurring role on 30 Rock—and who finally won a goddamn Tony in 2002—died today at 89. She passed away in her hometown of Birmingham, Michigan, just a year after moving back there from New York City upon retiring.

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Stritch was the subject of a documentary this year, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014), which I can vouch for as a very fun and intimate peek at her most unusual world.

Stritch's career is difficult to sum up in a sentence or two, but she was probably most famous for her appearance in the 1970 Stephen Sondheim musical Company, in which she sang one of the most famous songs in musical theater, “The Ladies Who Lunch”. Stritch is also closely identified with the Sondheim song “I'm Still Here”, although the song was first performed on Broadway by Yvonne De Carlo (September 1, 1922—January 8, 2007), thanks to her adoption of it in her show.

She had previously been the toast of Broadway in 1952 in Pal Joey, in which she sang “Zip”, a hysterically funny remembrance of an interview with Gypsy Rose Lee.

Stritch gathered the many songs for which she'd become famous and performed them in her one-woman show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, for which she finally won that goddamn Tony. Her last-ever stage performance was at her beloved Café Carlyle (she lived for many years in room 309 at the hotel) on April 6, 2013.

Oh, and one of Stritch's very last TV appearances made waves:

 
Need To Know: Stan Club + Obscenely Funny + Interference On The Line + Dissed By Diaz + The Wisdom-Tooth Hots For Gosling + MORE! Comments (0)

Lady-gaga-madonna-obsessionWait, who's obsessed with whom?

*widget boy cultureLady Gaga is now openly warring with Madonna fans. Is she a Gaga stan?

*widget boy cultureCoincidentally, new cologne ad: Obscenity.

*widget boy cultureJeremy Parisi shows off his stuff.

*widget boy cultureCrazy Comcast rep will NOT disconnect: Call from hell.

*widget boy cultureEVERYONE hates gay candidate Carl DeMaio.

*widget boy cultureRepublican congressional candidate mistakes YMCA kids for immigrants.

*widget boy cultureBiden puts the beat-down on Cheney over criticisms.

*widget boy cultureTeen boy commits suicide after embarrassing video is made.

*widget boy cultureThis guy looks A+ from the front and the back:

Hot-twerkingFrontin'. (Wait until you see the back...)

*widget boy cultureHelp Golf Alpha Yankee, a movie about gay persecution in Iran.

*widget boy cultureMatt Lambert casting for series about youth sexuality in the digital age.

*widget boy cultureUh...Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz have fans?

*widget boy cultureWoman who mailed ricin to Obama gets 18 years.

*widget boy cultureTotally fake, but still funny that she wants Ryan Gosling's white dick.

*widget boy cultureJerry Seinfeld on FB chat: Napoleon Dynamite his fave comedy  of past 15 years.

JERRY SEINFELDSeinfeld does Facebook chat...not that there's anything wrong with it.

 
Jul 16 2014
Need To Know: RootPaul + Underwear'd It Go??? + Dems #Winning + Gender-Shaming Mrs. O + Selfie Control + Madonna's Cougar Ways Cheered + MORE! Comments (0)

RuPaulWhy the Shelley Long face?

*widget boy cultureJustin Root interviews RuPaul, addresses crow's feet issue.

*widget boy cultureJessica Simpson says she's now Jessica Johnson.

*widget boy cultureJOCKSTRAPPED FOR CASH: Universal Gear in Chelsea, NYC, closing.

*widget boy cultureDaniel Radcliffe's Horns gets a trailer. Have a look.

*widget boy cultureDems slightly ahead in CO & MI Senate races.

*widget boy cultureBritain's Got Talent winner Jamie Lambert comes out.

*widget boy cultureUTAH THIS COMING A MILE AWAY: 2 ex-Attorneys General arrested.

*widget boy cultureCameron Diaz pukey at the thought of tapping Drew Barrymore.

*widget boy cultureTeabaggers align with Joan Rivers in insulting Mrs. Obama.

Joan_rivers_at_mustos_25th_anniversary-680x365What's good for the goose is good for the gender.

*widget boy cultureLeAnn Rimes (of all people) wants you to Dance Like You Don't Give a...!

*widget boy cultureSoccer deep throater. (Work Unfriendly)

*widget boy cultureEx-gay Pastor Duane Youngblood (the name!) accused of molesting a boy.

*widget boy cultureThis kid's celebrity selfie destroys all of yours.

*widget boy cultureBrody Jenner in hot water over selective wedding attendance.

*widget boy cultureCRY ME A RIVER: Public hates Boehner's idea of suing President Obama.

*widget boy cultureNY Post writer defends (!) Madonna's “wild love life.”

*widget boy cultureWeird Al Yankovic transforms “Happy” into “Tacky”, enlists comic support.

Margaret-ChoCho mama!

 
Jul 15 2014
Hammer Time: Marvel's THOR Is Now Female Comments (0)

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In a pretty shocking move, Marvel has commissioned and is releasing a whole new take on its popular “Thor” character—and in this new comic, written by Jason Aaron with art by Russell Dauterman, Thor is a woman. 

Aaron clarifies:

“This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”

The first installment drops this fall.

 
Dancers From The Dance Comments (0)

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For Dancers, award-winning filmmaker Antonio Da Silva shot 35 Portuguese dancers undressing—many with erections—and moving their bodies. This is considered an actual movie. You can watch a (Work Unfriendly) snippet here.

Da Silva says:

“Thirty-five Portuguese dancers undress in front of the camera. They become the object of desire with a sensual provocative performance. Eclectic dance disciplines help this film to explore an exhibitionist view of the male nude.

“This is a statement about the current financial situation in Portugal and the lack of fundings to support artistic initiatives. All contributions from this film will be given to the participants of DANCERS film, to encourage and inspire them, for them to give you one more private dance! These artists are not afraid to challenge the general thinking about male nudity and they showcase the potential of creative Portuguese performance arts.

“After all, the penis also can dance!”

Yes, some penises can dance like Rose in that Golden Girls episode.