187 posts categorized "STARRY-EYED"

Dec 09 2014
Starry-Eyed: Marsha Mason Comments (0)

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Spotted at a recent performance of Side Show on Broadway.

 
Nov 13 2014
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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 10 2014
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Autograph-Brooke-Shields

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 06 2014
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Autograph Captain Tennille

I was scheduled to appear on a TV talk show to discuss my then-new Encyclopedia Madonnica. I was told the other guests would be Ned & Stacey's Debra Messing and also the Captain and Tennille. Having loved the latter in the '70s, and remember I randomly owned a 45 of theirs, I brought it.

I made sure to say hello to them in the green room. Tennille was very attentive when I told her about my Madonna book (I can only imagine her feelings about Madonna in 1995), and she signed the 45 with a note wishing me luck on it. In a completely separate marker, the Captain signed “hi also.” 

It was clear it would never last.

 
Oct 31 2014
You Have Placed A Chiller In My Heart: A Return Trip To Old Jersey Comments (0)
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Above, check out a gallery of 20+ stars, then and now!

Twice a year, I get on a train to New Jersey in the early morning hours, spend a day hustling to get autographs and pic-withs from celebrities who sell those things at an event called Chiller Theatre, then attempt to make it home in one piece. I've had two disastrous experiences—a crippling snowstorm and the time I was overwhelmed by a virus. This time, the worst thing that happened to me was spending hours waiting for a signed picture with Honeymooners star Joyce Randolph, who most people I told the story to thought was long dead. (SPOILER ALERT: She's not.)

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For the second time, I arm-twisted my friend John to be my starfucking wingman. How I got him to meet me at 7AM and carry my bag and take all my pic-withs, I'll never know. But I think he has a couple more in him before he refuses the job, which he will...eventually.

MusclesHe was assisting—and upstaging?—the Baywatch boys.

Our first roadblock was when we arrived and no shuttle from the Sheraton was there to greet us at the station. A serious-faced young nerd took it upon himself to call the place and, in an almost alarmingly professional tone, inquire as to the fucking whereabouts of our transporation, only to be told they weren't supposed to have shuttles until after 10AM (an hour after the early-bird tickets we held went into effect), but would send one ASAP. Long minutes passed until he called back, only to be told the hotel wouldn't send its first shuttle until 10:50AM! It was beyond stupid for them to leave people at the station like that, though they passively blamed Chiller.

We paid $20 for a town car (the driver was dozing near the train tracks), but the kid rode free since he'd been our mouthpiece.

Keep reading for my take on the stars I encountered...

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Oct 29 2014
Stalking In L.A.: Another Hollywood Show Starf*ck Comments (0)
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Above, check out more than 20 then-and-now split-screen images of stars!

Christopher-Riordan-1Last weekend was my third of four celeb-soaked encounters in the space of a month—first I hit up the Courts Celebrities Fan Fest, then New York Comic Con, then another edition of the Hollywood Show in L.A. (KEEP READING) and finally this past weekend's Chiller Theatre.

More on Chiller very soon.

First up, the L.A. Hollywood Show was quieter this time, leading some attendees to wonder if this type of non-genre autograph show might be dying off quicker than Old Hollywood. But it wasn't nearly as dead as the Courts version, so there was still a good flow of starfuckers to keep most of the celebs busy—at least on Saturday. (Sunday was a graveyard—never go if you can only go on a Sunday, when a chunk of the celebs will have decided to suddenly get a bad cold and not show.)

Above, in the gallery, check out juicy then-and-now photos. After the jump, my impressions of each star I met...

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Oct 22 2014
She Put A Spell On Me: Meeting Annie Lennox Comments (0)
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 Dazzling Annie at B&N in the gallery above!

I've met some of my most intensely beloved '80s idols, but Annie Lennox was a hold-out...until tonight! Appearing at a Barnes & Noble Union Square chat with Rolling Stone's Anthony DeCurtis, she was promoting her new CD Nostalgia, a covers collection.

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Full tracklisting of Nostalgia:

“Memphis in June”

“Georgia on My Mind”

“I Put a Spell on You”

“Summertime”

“I Cover the Waterfront”

“Strange Fruit”

“God Bless the Child”

“You Belong to Me”

“September in the Rain”

“I Can Dream, Can't I?

“The Nearness of You”

“Mood Indigo”

IMG_9814I was able to snap some shots of Annie when she first arrived—all smiles, dutifully holding her CD up—and then snagged a front-row seat for the talk.

Annie looks great, and more importantly, she is an almost singularly cerebral popstar, one who spoke eloquently about the AIDS pandemic, the backstories she creates when singing a song and also about her #1 favorite gig ever—which just so happens to be the David Bowie duet I posted quite recently!

IMG_9807It was such a warm gathering, one that started with her thanking us for coming:

“I just to thank everybody that came here this morning...I want to tell you that I'm so grateful to you for taking time out of your busy lives to come to hear and wait to see me. That's touched me deeply, so thank you.”

Lennox spoke of how timeless the songs on her new album really are (many written in the '30s), admitted she adores “the down-the-rabbit-hole experience” of YouTube and confessed that she in fact used the site to help her in her song selection.

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Boy-Culture-logo1I was lucky enough to have photographer Bruce Glikas on hand to take my photo with Annie (I was one of the first to go, so she hadn't figured out to lean into the photo more just yet). When I had my moment with her, I told her that her early genderfuck presentation with Eurythmics, while not my issue, made me a better person by opening my mind to other possibilities at an early age. She listened intently and thanked me for sharing that. Probably the most substantive gush I've had toward a star I've encountered, but her intellectual conversation just prior was inspirational.

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Annie-Lennox-fan-2Greeting longtime fans Jeannie & Danny

Check out the full video after the jump and all my photos in the gallery at the top of this post...

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Oct 21 2014
And She's Looking Good: An Intimate Evening With Linda Lavin Comments (0)
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I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend a private, for-donors-only performance by Linda Lavin at Baruch College last night, celebrating the 15th anniversary of the George and Mildred Weissman School of Arts and Sciences and the 10th anniversary of the Baruch Performing Arts Center. 

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Lavin performed with accompaniment by Billy Stritch and her top-notch band (including her painter/actor/jazz drummer of a hubby, Steve Bakunas, of whom she said, “I married the drummer. Cool!”).

Lavin is leggy and lovely at a hard-t0-believe 77, and was having (1) a ball, (2) a great hair day and (3) a better leg day than most will have in a lifetime; it's incredible to think that she is actually slightly older than Elaine Stritch (February 2, 1925—July 17, 2014) was when the latter dame first performed her legendary Elaine Stritch at Liberty show in 2001. Lavin is so youthful that unless you're an IMDb addict like me, the impact of her cabaret act has little in common with Stritch's—there's no “I'm Still Here” vibe because Lavin looks like she's mid-way through a career, not defiantly placing an exclamation point at the end of it. Just absolutely ageless, in good voice and effortlessly able to engage an audience of bigshots with her girlish banter and wry, nostalgic peeks back at her career.

And yes, she fully embraces Alice (1976—1985).

Above, check out the delicious Sondheim number Lavin sang in 1966...she recreated it last night and it's still a hoot.

I won't go into great detail about the song selection (which was pleasingly heavy on the bossa nova) since this was a one-off, but if you're interested in hearing Lavin sing a loving rendition of her Alice theme song and charming versions of songs she first sang upwards of 50 years ago when she (and Joan Rivers and Rodney Dangerfield and many other greats) was playing in, as she recalls, every venue with “Downstairs” in the title, be on the look-out for a 2015 show at 54 Below. You'd be a damn fool to miss this.

Linda-Lavin-Baruch-Matthew-Rettenmund-2014-AliceGoin' through life with blinders on, it's tough to see how Lavin manages to make 77 the new 50!

Lavin made a brief appearance at a post-show champagne toast. I was able to congratulate her and to ask if she would honor my friend and I with a photo. Have you got a camera? she shot back, ready to get 'er done. Lovely, classy lady.

After the jump, listen to Lavin tackle that Alice theme in 2013...

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