Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger... boy culture: STARRY-EYED

97 posts categorized "STARRY-EYED"

Jun 06 2017
One Psychological Drama Desk Awards After Another ... Comments (0)

DANIEL CRAIG*Autograph hound bothering me and my date Daniel Craig (Image by Mike Summers)

I was gonna go to D.C. this weekend, or even plan a camping trip, but they seem to be falling through.

Instead, I had my getaway right in NYC: My pal Mike had an extra ticket to the Drama Desk Awards Monday evening, as well as the after-party, so I was only too happy to snap it up.

IMG_0312Christy Altomare of Anastasia (The guy with her was dreamy.)

TOMMY TUNETommy Tune, one of the few I grabbed outside (Image by Mike Stern)

We attended with our other pal, also Mike.

Did I mention that Mike #1 is 10X the starfucker I am, and that Mike #2 is 100X the starfucker I am?! Having two people seeking star pic-withs is ideal, because if you grab someone, it's easy enough to then switch positions and stars are usually happy to oblige. With three, it becomes overwhelming.

IMG_0349Christine Ebersole! This one, I didn't think was destined to happen. (Image by Mike Summers)

So, I did not go for everyone they did (Danny DeVito, Amy Ryan, many nominees), yet still had fun and wound up with some nice photos.

DSC03432ABOVE: Randy (with Mike #2) was a hilarious presenter, zinging Andrew Lloyd Webber in absentia. BELOW: Mike #2 in action with George Takei! (Images by Matthew  Rettenmund)

Giphy

We found Randy Rainbow (so nice, with Mom as his date) before the carpet, but then parked where the stars would go from carpet to theater so the guys would be able to grab as many quick pic-withs as possible.

Screen Shot 2017-06-05 at 3.28.02 PMVanessa Williams, Kevin Kline, Jane Krakowski (Images by Matthew Rettenmund)

I must say my spotting abilities were on point — I went from tiny Danny DeVito to towering Tommy Tune, and helped them spot Kate Walsh and other famous people they knew but couldn't place. (Though I was hopeless on  theater people.)

 Read More

 
Mar 08 2017
Get Out: A Season 9 RuPAUL'S DRAG RACE Fantasia In Two Acts Comments (0)

IMG_1837*_newLike all her co-stars, Aja looks to the future.

I was invited to cover the event at PlayStation Theatre in Times Square last night, celebrating the upcoming (March 24) premiere of Season 9 of RuPaul's Drag Race.

IMG_1731_new(All images by Matthew Rettenmund; images of Matthew Rettenmund by Jason Viers)

Like always, I had my trusty sidekick Jason along, and like always, I was mad-stressed out wondering how I would get all 13 queens for interviews in the time allotted — not to mention any bonus queens (Ginger Minj hosted, and queens like Jiggly Caliente, Sherry Vine, Lady Bunny, Mrs. Kasha Davis and many others were on hand/on hands and knees), the Top 4 actual women from this season's America's Next Top Model and five out of sex of the studs from the new Logo series Fire Island.

IMG_1743*_new

IMG_1496_new

IMG_1749*JPG_newMrs. Kasha Davis & Ms. Thorgy Thor

IMG_1845*_newPaige, India, Tatiana & Courtney from America's Next Top Model

IMG_1888_newI don't know her. But if I did, I'll tell you her name. How about: Mae South?

IMG_1883*_newDarienne Lake made a splash.

Speaking of which, following RDR's switch from Logo to VH1, the step-and-repeat didn't even have Logo's, er, logo, this in spite of the fact that second-run eps will air on the network, and the fact that tons of Logo staffers were on hand to help out.

IMG_1899_newThe crowd wanted in — bad.

Part of my stress was the odd decision to tell press we had to arrive at 5 p.m. to check in, would interview everyone for two hours, would have to leave at 7:30 p.m. and could not return when the party started at 8 p.m. until we had dumped all professional equipment. The strictness of this rule made for some unnecessary schlepping, and only ensured that the zillions of photos from the party would not be as high-quality as they might otherwise be.

IMG_1897_newThis one was stealing focus outside!

IMG_1894_newThe best cutlets in the place weren't cutlets.

When we returned, I avoided the red carpet and focused on the tables, where all the celebriguests were seated.

IMG_1458_newSeeking Charlie Hides

IMG_1461_newAlexis Michelle, ma belle

IMG_1772*_newShirting the issue

We did our level best, but even rushing, while I got pics of and interviews with 11 of the goils, I only got some pics of Nina Bo'nina Brown and one snap of Shea Couleé — no Q&A.

IMG_1875_new

IMG_1877*_new

IMG_1876_newNew York City Girls: Lady Bunny with Pepper Mint, including my Ron Galella-style, “NO PICTURES!” shot.

Here are my thoughts, with video coming later on:

 Read More

 
Feb 15 2017
It's The Electorate That Got Small!: Hillary Gets Standing O At SUNSET BOULEVARD Comments (0)

16807180_10154496172723282_2527724436465688964_n(Image by Jeremy Daniel)

Continuing her tour of Broadway productions, Hillary Clinton arrived at Sunset Boulevard this evening to a rapturous standing O:

I saw the show last week, sans Hillary. My impressions: It's still not a very good show, but it's solid enough, and has those three crazy-good songs (that bring the house down).

In a stripped-down, chic-looking production, Glenn Close is 70 playing 50 trying to be 20, and I think the fact that she pulls it off is a testament to how differently we view age. She definitely is a wildly different Norma Desmond than Swanson, and her age does change the vibe, but just makes the story a little more desperate.

Close is in good voice and overcomes fairly forgettable trappings, not including the eye-popping wardrobe, which I understand is original to the first production. (Which I saw!)

It's definitely a show worth seeing, if only for Close's triumph.

 
A Right On SUNSET BOULEVARD Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 4.04.52 PMAnd they all staffed (All images by or via Matthew Rettenmund)

I went to L.A. this weekend to meet with my Web series partners (news on that coming in the near future) and to attend the 30th anniversary of my friends Michael & Scott. 

 

Porn star memoirs by Jack Wrangler (1984). #gay #movies #memoirs #books #firstedition #shirtless #gossip #boyculture

A post shared by Boy Culture Blog (@boyculturedotcom) on

On the flight out, I was reading a first edition of The Jack Wrangler Story, or What's a Nice Boy Like You Doing? (St. Martin's Press, 1984), the cheeky autobiography of gay-porn star Jack Wrangler. It turned out to be a fortuitous choice, as early in the book, there is a lengthy description of a childhood birthday party of his in Beverly Hills, a stone's throw from the home where my 2017 party was happening. (It's a great, breezy, candid time capsule of a read if you can get your hands on it. Wrangler died in 2009 at 62, while his improbable partner Margaret Whiting died at 86 in 2011.)

IMG_0766The boys included their pooch in the celebration

The party was lovely — outdoors, peopled by sunny chatterboxes and littered with their fabulous art collection. One highlight was when a couple of my autograph-hound buddies very kindly pointed out that the mysterious Oscar-nominated neighbor Michael had teased me with was standing right next to us: None other than Nancy Olson of Sunset Boulevard (1950).

What was so shocking about meeting Nancy, who was lovely and very happy to briefly discuss her claim to fame, was that I had days earlier shown the movie to a 19-year-old friend in advance of our seeing the musical. To run into her unexpectedly within the same week was uncanny.

IMG_0759Me with Nancy Olson — no vodka in her drink, BTW

Nancy is 88 and looks spectacular. She warned that she is an old lady before we took our picture (I reassured her by saying I was, too) and said she thinks movies today that play well on the small screen have a leg up at Oscar time since nobody makes the effort to see screenings in theaters. It was a thrill and a half, to be sure.

Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 4.32.56 PMI'm dying to shoot the guy in the middle!

Also thrilling were the drop-dead beautiful men serving as waiters. Turns out they came from Runway Waiters, which is why they all looked like models. 

The rest of my trip was pretty low-key, but I managed a quick bite (of food) at the Abbey, where I snapped the establishment's #RESIST sign:

IMG_9542

I could probably live in L.A. ...!

 
Feb 07 2017
Richard Hatch, '70s BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Hunk, Dies @ 71 Comments (0)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01a511e89f10970c-550wiRichard Hatch: May 21, 1945—February 7, 2017 (Image by Bob Deutsch)

Richard Hatch, best-known as Captain Apollo on Battlestar Galactica (1978—1979) has died in hospice after a battle with pancreatic cancer, according to TMZ. He was 71.

Ff4bdd11da58f35ce09377cb4534a294

6862cf5f46acfe094fbc21cad01560d0Did it get any cuter? (Image via probably Tiger Beat)

Hatch also appeared on All My Children back in 1971, on one season of The Streets of San Francisco (from '76—'77), on Dynasty (1984) and on the soap Santa Barbara (1990).

6a00d8341c2ca253ef0162fd02261f970dSuch a sweet man (Image via Matthew Rettenmund)

I loved Richard Hatch. In the '70s, he was in all the teen magazines, which says a lot about how differently we look at who makes good teen idols nowadays considering the fact that he was 30 years old.

Click here for my meeting with Mr. Hatch in 2011!

A stunning man, the camera absolutely loved him. I was so happy I met him about five years ago at an autograph show, where I got to have him sign a pretty sexy magazine spread of himself. He was only too happy to oblige.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef015437809840970c

6a00d8341c2ca253ef015393acf38a970bHe knew exactly why I was so taken with these leggy shots! (Images via Bravo)

Check out my long video of Mr. Hatch after the jump ...

 Read More

 
Feb 03 2017
Signs Of The Times Comments (0)

IMG_8397(Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Gonna guess that Patrick Wilson, when he graciously posed for a pic with the staff at this 9th Ave. pizza parlor, didn't realize he was doing an advertising shoot — full-sized poster!

 
Jan 26 2017
Italian Sub: Meeting Pietro Boselli Comments (0)

IMG_0557*From my “shoot” with Pietro Boselli! (Images by Matthew Rettenmund)

Yesterday, I randomly heard that “world's sexiest maths teacher” (the Euro phrasing is so much hotter!) teacher Pietro Boselli, who's in NYC often, was doing a meet-and-greet at Bloomie's — I decided I'd go if I could swing it.

IMG_0539*

IMG_0551*Pietro with some new pals

My shift ended at 6 p.m. and his appearance was slated for 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. and with travel time, I figured I'd arrive 6:30 p.m. Well, first I had a subway snafu, running from one to another, only to find the re-routed train wasn't. So then I started walking across town, and wound up in a slow-moving cab.

I walked up to the event at 6:56 p.m. to find Pietro posing in front of a backdrop advertising the new Lab Series line Maxellence (a line of skincare he is decades away from needing and that I am decades too late in trying). His PR was pulling him, but I asserted I was there for my agency (I was) and that I needed a pic-with, too, and a very nice employee took my pic with him.

It was from kinda far away and not how I'd have done it, but he was so nice to help! Pietro* After that, I was able to grab a handful of posed shots of Pietro.

All I really did was shake his hand twice and feel his back (no groping), but he seemed nice, if dazed, I was ultra-dazed, having huffed and puffed over. Puffed is the operative word — man, standing next to a 20something vision really doesn't make one feel fresh.

Glad I made it! I'm looking into the products now. No shame there; I have a 19-year-old actor friend who is convinced he needs an eyejob and fillers.

I remember the first time I ever saw skincare products for guys — it was at Marshall Field's in Chicago and I did a double-take. There was no more than a small table of goodies, but it included makeup. I felt transgender merely glancing at it, which at the time was a nervous feeling of being caught red-handed. Now, I wouldn't flinch about indulging in vanity.

Pietro-boselli-lab-series-09062016(Image via Lab Series)

Hey, Trump's gonna get us killed anyway, so we might as well die smooth-ish.

Check out the product Pietro was plugging here.

 
Jan 14 2017
Starry-Eyed: Jack Scalia Comments (0)

Unnamed(Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

I missed the latest Hollywood Show, but my buddy Mike Stern was good enough to get me this image, signed by Jack Scalia, one of my longtime, bad-boy crushes.

He brings these to his events; man knows his audience.

 


Ads by Gay Ad Network

TWITTER FEED