303 posts categorized "TOTALLY AWESOME '80S"

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 11 2014
Do You Read The Guide? Comments (0)

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Coming soon: Your next obsession, stand-up comic Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor podcast.

KenreidheadshotThe premise is that Ken owns every TV Guide from around 1985 to 1995 (“Frank Costanza” would scoff at such a paltry collection, but it's substantial to us civilians). He has someone leaf through his collection and write down everything they would like to watch in prime time (8 to 10PM), then he does a podcast with that person discussing their choices.

Best of all, Reid has attracted TV veterans like Melanie Chartoff (Remember Fridays???) and SNL's Laraine Newman for celebrity editions.

TV GUIDEThank God it's Fridays!

Tune in ASAP.

After the jump, an obsessively compiled video version of the show...

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Jul 10 2014
Lay Your Hands On Him: Tom Bailey Returns To The Stage Comments (0)

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The Retro Futura Tour 2014 will be headlined by ex-Thompson Twin Tom Bailey, playing his first dates in 27 years! The co-headliner is Howard Jones, with appearances by Midge Ure, China Crisis The-Thompson-Twins-image-the-thompson-twins-36204288-927-683and Katrina née Katrina and the Waves.

Bailey says:

“This will be the first time I've sung the Thompson Twins' hits in decades.

“It's taken a long time, but now I'm really looking forward to playing those songs to some of the fans that were there first time around.”

Check out the dates here.

Madonna fans have a special connection to the Thompson Twins, part of which is seen after the jump...

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Jul 07 2014
Madonna: She's Fresh & She's New & She's '85! Comments (0)

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A deliciously vintage (29 years old!) report on Madonna Mania from the UK...

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Need To Know: Rugby Hunks + Dolly Parton Abandoned + Totally Tubular Vampires + Rivers Runs Her Mouth + But I'm A Cheerleader! + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureGay rugby team makes history, makes you hard.

*widget boy cultureThe story of Dolly, a dog abandoned at Dolly Parton's Glastonbury gig.

*widget boy culturePapa Joe Simpson & his young, um, client go for a dip.

*widget boy cultureKanye gets his ass BOOed.

*widget boy cultureA fab-looking gay vampire movie set in the '80s to rival 1979's Nocturna!

*widget boy cultureJoan Rivers says calling Michelle Obama a tranny was a compliment.

*widget boy cultureJason Derulo looking shirtless.

*widget boy cultureMeet Walk-In Closet author Abdi Nazemian in NYC!

*widget boy cultureThe son of right-wing Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) witnesses gay wedding.

*widget boy cultureCuomo backs Truvada.

*widget boy cultureDisgusting cheerleader who kills animals for kicks loses & wins with Facebook.

*widget boy cultureMichel Giroux is a much more attractive addition to Facebook, anyway:

Michel-GirouxGiroux and ahhhs!

 
Jul 04 2014
Need To Know: What A Dick + '80s Video Artiste + Grindr Butchr + Come To Papa + Persian Picasso + MORE! Comments (0)

Marc-BartraThis should be his team's uniform.

*widget boy cultureMeet attractive footballer Marc Bartra.

*widget boy cultureHe had 10 inches...but needed more. Plus, HOT ASS ALERT.

*widget boy cultureKinder, gentler approach to the homeless.

*widget boy cultureThe AMAZING '80s videos of Nelson Sullivan, 25 years later.

*widget boy cultureFINALLY: Ian Ziering & Olivia Newton-John together!

*widget boy cultureSeattle killer finds two men on gay pickup apps, executes them in the street.

*widget boy cultureGay widowers fighting for their due.

*widget boy cultureKind-hearted pet owner dies under garbage truck while trying to save her dog.

*widget boy cultureGay dads hold their child for the first time:

Lindsay-FosterBelongs to daddy

*widget boy cultureMeet “Persian Picasso”/gay artist Bahman Mohassess in Fifi Howls from Happiness.

*widget boy cultureDemi Lovato vs. Vladimir Putin.

*widget boy cultureBastille's “Of the Night” (a Corona/Snap!) mash-up is unexpectedly haunting.

*widget boy cultureINTERNATIONAL INCIDENT: Frankie Zulferino tours China.

*widget boy cultureInterview with gay Boystown author Marshall Thornton.

*widget boy cultureLee Daniels on being gay & black, and dishing on Mariah Carey.

*widget boy cultureDear Abby addresses gay man whose anti-gay brother loves his alive gay daughter!

*widget boy cultureAnthony Friedkin's 1970s “Gay Essay” on display, captured gay life in SF.

Friedkin-gay-hustlers-photographyHustlers in San Francisco in the '70s

 
Jun 27 2014
Need To Know: Brief Encounter + The Queen & Prince + World Cup Cojones + Holy Frustration! + Let's Get Physical + MORE! Comments (0)

UnderwearChip & Dale probably stored some nuts in the front.

*widget boy cultureFabio Fognini's is kiddin' around with these briefs.

*widget boy cultureDan Nolan remix of “Frozen.” Queen Latifah remix of “Keep It Together.” Japan-muscle-men

*widget boy cultureRemembering the heyday of Madonna & Prince.

*widget boy cultureWorld Cup peen on display.

*widget boy cultureMassively cool macho-men shirts.

*widget boy cultureMichael Stipe on his first anonymous HIV test.

*widget boy cultureNASA's flying saucers.

*widget boy cultureKid takes selfie with Queen Elizabeth.

*widget boy cultureNutty gay Christian thinks celibacy is required.

*widget boy cultureSupremes side with anti-abortion activists on invading personal space.

*widget boy cultureLaverne Cox on transphobia and Season 3 of Orange is the New Black.

*widget boy cultureOITNB's Natasha Lyonne doing audio book of Lyme disease memoir.

*widget boy cultureRichard Kline, physical instructor to the stars of yesteryear.

Richard_kline_booklet_02For your health! (Meanwhile, the poor dude died at 57.)

 
Jun 26 2014
Need To Know: Walk On Bi + Gaytime Emmys + Fehr Lady + Sam Smith Almost On Top + Birther Boone + Soccer Flashers + Coffee-Table Book, Tea Or Me? + MORE! Comments (0)

Tim-dionne-warwick-drag-queens-billboard-650He's got your number, hussy.

*widget boy cultureGreat divas with their drag mini- and maxi-mes.

 *widget boy cultureAdvocate owners blew Daytime Emmys red carpet.

*widget boy cultureAnti-Defamation League calls bullshit on Gary Oldman's apology.

*widget boy cultureThis guy's thighs could drive a man to distraction.

*widget boy cultureBrendan Fehr gives superdated interview on “playing homosexual.”

*widget boy cultureSam Smith debuts at record-smashing #2.

*widget boy cultureTom Daley & Dustin Lance Black PDA it up.

*widget boy cultureNutjob Pat Boone still pushing birther claptrap.

*widget boy cultureNew Sia: “Big Girls Cry.”

*widget boy cultureAnti-gay rant: “The gas pump does not belong in the radiator!”

*widget boy cultureBoehner to sue Obama. [Eyeroll]

*widget boy cultureLisa Whelchel & Charlotte Rae take the good, take the bad, take the selfie.

Lisa-WhelchelWhelchel says Rae had good advice for her in their recent meeting.

*widget boy cultureFairly disastrous (in a good way) soccer wardrobe malfunctions.

*widget boy cultureDiane Sawyer out, David Muir is in. But will he be out?

*widget boy cultureVeep Joe Biden = a KatyCat.

*widget boy cultureGay Survivor contestant killed in freak accident.

*widget boy cultureAppeals court decision “eviscerates states' same-sex marriage bans.”

*widget boy cultureME, ME, ME: Is there a self-promotion backlash? Follow me on Instagram!

*widget boy cultureFrequently married AG to argue against marriage equality in Florida.

*widget boy cultureSen. Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi) barely survives primary.

*widget boy cultureSome guy in Pittsburgh was attacked by a frickin' scorpion at Walmart.

*widget boy cultureMark would like $7K to do a coffee-table book of, well, this:

Mark-DouglasBest $7K ever spent?

 
Jun 25 2014
30 Years Of Slut-Shaming Madonna Comments (0)

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A stan war over whether Madonna is a slut or a great female role model—when does it end? More interesting is remembering when it began: An archived Usenet discussion that started in May of 1985 reveals how early the pro- and anti- factions entrenched themselves in the Madonna Wars. And it was all the same crap fans hear today, nearly 30 years later.

MadonnaOn May 28, 1985, Chris Koenigsberg got the ball rolling with some Madonna love:

“Well, Madonna is playing in Pittsburgh tonight and I wish I could go but  the tickets sold out for the Arena in a couple of hours. I don't want to talk about the music, I am just glad that some women are becoming mega-superstars on an equal footing with men. And I loved the movie she made too.

“The more successful role-models that young girls have while growing up, the healthier their outlook on life will be, I think. And the more informed choices they'll be able to make later on.”

That led to some prehistoric outraged WTF responses, including choice morsels such as:

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Jun 20 2014
Need To Know: Such A Mug + American Sicko + Iraq War Of Words + Wrestling Meat + Danza Fanza + Crooked Governor + INTO THE G-Rated WOODS + Grady Sizemore, More, More + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureWomen sliding off their seats over sexy mug shot.

*widget boy cultureTaylor Lautner shirtless, minus the 'roids. HOT!

*widget boy culturePerv-in-chief Dov Charney of American Apparel ousted.

*widget boy cultureR. Kelly & Lady Gaga's dumped video was “literally an ad for rape.” Madonna-Evita

*widget boy cultureObama weighs limited military intervention in Iraq.

*widget boy cultureSen. Boxer (D-Calif.) rips Sen. McCain (R-Ariz.) on Iraq.

*widget boy cultureAlan Parker refers to Madonna in Evita as “a compromise...”

*widget boy culture...but wanted her in The Blue Angel opposite De Niro.

*widget boy cultureNew face of Madonna's Material Girl is Disney's Zendaya.

*widget boy cultureObama cuts off Uganda for draconian anti-gay laws.

*widget boy cultureHot-as-hell wrestler.

*widget boy cultureWho's Afraid of Vagina Wolf? is a real movie title. Not porn.

*widget boy cultureSam Smith sings “Stay with Me” to David Letterman:

*widget boy cultureRestoration Hardware is sending around a 17-pound catalog!

*widget boy cultureColdplay's “A Sky Full of Stars” video.

*widget boy cultureSarah Jessica Parker slays on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

*widget boy cultureAll the hottest Grady Sizemore photos. Tony Danza_0

*widget boy cultureRick Perry regrets gay = alcoholic comment.

*widget boy cultureNY State Sen. Ruben Diaz (D!) thinks Satan runs schools.

*widget boy cultureDiaz is a total Tony Danza fanboy.

*widget boy cultureChurro ice cream sandwiches for all!

*widget boy culture(No) Surprise: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was accused of being a crook.

*widget boy cultureDisney's Into the Woods will be family-friendly.

*widget boy cultureMeryl Streep to be Maria Callas in the Mike Nichols HBO version of Master Class.

Maria-Callas-Meryl-StreepMaria...you oughtta see her...