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May 25 2016
Beth Howland, Lovable Ditz Vera on ALICE, Died In December @ 74 Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 9.32.57 AMBeth Howland: May 28, 1941-December 31, 2015 (Promotional image via CBS)

So sad to report that the delightful Beth Howland of Alice fame has died at age 74.

Just last week, I was at Joe Allen in NYC and remarked that a friend of mine, within the past couple of years, had encountered Howland and her husband, Murphy Brown's Charles Kimbrough, and been granted a picture. (Her first husband was Michael J. Pollard.)

More ironically, she was already long-dead—she died on New Year's Eve, but she didn't want her death announced.

From The New York Times:

The cause was lung cancer, her husband, the actor Charles Kimbrough, said, adding that she had not wanted a funeral or a memorial service.

“It was the Boston side of her personality coming out,” Mr. Kimbrough said. “She didn’t want to make a fuss.”

Howland played dingy chick Vera on Alice from 1976 to 1985.

Another snippet from her obit is so 1970s it has to be savored:

After being cast as the wife of a character played by Bert Convy on an episode of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” she moved to Los Angeles to work in television. She appeared on “Love, American Style,” “Cannon,” “The Rookies” and other shows before taking the role of Vera on “Alice.”

Along with her work as Vera—who had a Katharine Hepburn-esque quality spiked with inimitable dottiness—Howland was of course famed for her “Getting Married Today” from Company. Here she is reprising her performance in 1993 at an original-cast reunion:

 
6-PACK/politics — Trump Ponies Up To Vets, Under Pressure + Debbie Down? + Hillary's VP: Tony Goldwyn + Popping Trump's Populism + Zimmerman Shooting His Mouth Off + Samantha Bee Zings Bernie Bros! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureDonald Trump tried to get away with reneging on a donation to a veterans' group ... until they and the Washington Post called him on it.

*widget boy cultureReport: Debbie Wasserman Schultz may exit before the Democratic convention. Who would miss her, exactly?

*widget boy cultureHillary plays “Who'd You Rather?: VP Edition” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Sorry, Bernie, but she picked pretend-prez Tony Goldwyn over you. Airs today.

*widget boy cultureHillary goes after Trump's populism, highlighting his on-the-record bragging that he could cash in on the housing crash in 2006/2007.

*widget boy cultureZimmerman says he sold the gun he used to murder Trayvon Martin because he's “sick of Hillary Clinton's anti-gun rhetoric.” Buyer will give to son for his b'day.

*widget boy cultureSamantha Bee directs Bernie Bros to take several seats over the ugliness that emerged out of Nevada. It's just true. Video after the jump ...

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May 24 2016
Sexually Fluid, Rhythmically Gifted: Deaf Model Nyle DiMarco Wins DANCING WITH THE STARS Mirror Ball Trophy Comments (0)

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Nyle DiMarco, hot on the heels of his America's Next Top Model win, has been announced the Season 22 champ of Dancing with the Stars. Dancing without being able to hear the music, DiMarco and partner Peta Murgatroyd turned in what many consider the best dance of the entire series leading up to the big win.

 
Nyle DiMarco's DWTS Freestyle Finale Wows 'Em! Comments (0)

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Nyle DiMarco and partner Pete Murgatroyd outdid themselves on last night's Dancing with the Stars. I really wish he would win ...

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6-PACK/hot — Britain's Got Bathtub Acrobats + Simon Dunn's Sexy Selfie + Prince Harry's Shirtless Subjects + Duncan James Hits HOLLYOAKS + Hard Workout + Nick Jonas, Topman! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureCheck out the French acrobat who stripped and took a bath (and more) on TV.

*widget boy cultureSimon Dunn's supersexy, towel-clad bathroom selfie.

*widget boy cultureIn case you've ever fantasized about seeing Prince Harry surrounded by shirtless jocks

*widget boy cultureHot Duncan James, formerly of boy band Blue, is joining soaper Hollyoaks. Fabrizio Santino has flashed major bulge on that show.

*widget boy culture10% of men (and women, too, which I find easier to believe, mechanically) have had orgasms while—from—working out.

*widget boy cultureIn some ways, it would be a waste if Nick Jonas were a top man, but here he is for Topman.

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May 23 2016
Feeling The Burn: A One-Night Stand With Carol Burnett Comments (0)

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Months ago, I bought my mom and I tickets to see Carol Burnett's latest show, a traveling Q&A about her life and career aimed at plugging her upcoming book, In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox (Crown Archetype, September 2016). It was as much a gift to myself as it was to her, and the event ensured I'd visit more than just at Christmas for a change.

Having parted with my original tickets (to my good buddy Shaun and his partner and a mutual friend) in favor of reasonably priced front-row (!) seats, we sat waiting for Carol to emerge, just like we had waited for her show to begin each week over 40 years ago. This time, we were side-by-side. Back then, I was usually at the end of my parents' bed, or even hidden at the foot of it (if I wasn't supposed to be up), where I would sometimes fall asleep and trip my dad in the middle of the night.

I once wrote Carol to tell her it was her fault I didn't have more brothers and sisters, because my parents were too engrossed in her show. I also wrote her to ask her to contribute a one-word description of Madonna for my Encyclopedia Madonnica 20, a request you might think someone of her generation would ignore or even find annoying. Instead, Carol was the very first star to reply—with a handwritten note, no less. Her word? TALENTED!, with the exclamation point.

Now, waiting for Carol to come on, the man we sat next to kept asking me, “Are you excited?” I think he was using me to talk to himself. He also wanted to compare ticket prices, as older men love to do.

What I paid was more than worth it.

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May 22 2016
MISTER ED's Alan Young Dies @ 96, 60 MINUTES Staple Morley Safer Dies @ 84 Comments (0)

60mins-candidsafer-640x360_1463675286877_2385892_ver1.0Morley Safer (November 8, 1931-May 19, 2016)

I was traveling this weekend, so was not able to post a lot of breaking news, but I would be remiss if I did not mention the passing of two TV figures: Alan Young and Morley Safer.

Safer, who worked for 46 seasons on 60 Minutes, and whose reports from Vietnam helped shape the public's perception of that war, died Thursday at the age of 84.

For a man whose career was all about TV, he seemed to schedule his exit, announcing his retirement, being the center of a tribute show and dying within the same month.

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

Safer's August 1965 piece from Vietnam, in which he witnessed and reported on a U.S. Marines mission that destroyed the village of Cam Ne with flame throwers, matches and cigarette lighters, aired on the CBS Evening News With Walter Cronkite.

The segment prompted the U.S. military to issue new rules of engagement and earned the wrath of members of the Lyndon Johnson administration, who called CBS News executives “unpatriotic” and accused Safer of being a communist.

Said Safer in the 2003 book Reporting America at War: An Oral History: “Cam Ne was a shock, I think. It’s hard for me to know exactly, because I was 13,000 miles away, with really lousy communication, so I only got the reverberation of the shock. I think [viewers] saw American troops acting in a way people had never seen American troops act before, and couldn’t imagine.”

DPkabuGAlan Young: November 19, 1919-May 19, 2016 (Image via CBS)

English-Canadian Alan Young died the same day as Safer, at age 96. He starred alongside a talking horse on Mister Ed (1961-1966), one of the most popular—and goofiest—sitcoms of the '60s. Young's charm in the role sold a preposterous storyline in a way that Scott McKay (1915-1987) could not, having appeared in a pilot that failed to sell. The show has become a pop-culture touchstone, and featured memorable guest stars, like Mae West and Jack LaLanne.

Young was recognizable as Mister Ed's Wilbur Post, to put it mildly, but continued making many TV guest appearances and was doing voice roles up until this year. You may know him as the voice of the contemptible Scrooge McDuck.

The rest of the primary cast members of Mister Ed pre-deceased Young: Connie Hines (1931-2009), Allan “Rocky Lane,” the voice of Ed (1909-1973), Bamboo Harvester, the horse who played Ed (1949-1970)

Previously, along with a smattering of film roles, Young had starred in The Alan Young Show (1950-1953), for which he won the Emmy. 

 
May 17 2016
6-PACK — Bryan Hawn's End Days + MOTHER/DAUGHTER Hilarity + Rugby Studs + LOOKING? It's Coming Soon! + OUT's Hit List + Rona Barrett Tells All! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 3.25.06 PMBryan's behind's best days are ahead of him. (Video still via Bryan Hawn)

*widget boy cultureBooty-tastic Bryan Hawn writes at length about his all-natural giant ass for ... New York Magazine. He writes of his lifelong ass-obsession, which started with Batman!

*widget boy cultureYes, God: Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer will star in Mother/Daughter, with Ike Barinholz thrown in for good measure.

*widget boy cultureHow are you not following the Men of Rugby League Twitter account?

*widget boy cultureLooking: The Movie will debut on HBO on July 23. Can you wait that long, or will you hook up with other gay-themed movies in the meantime?

*widget boy cultureHuw Collins, Nyle DiMarco, Tegan & Sara, Rufus Wainwright, Imogen Poots and more made Out Magazine's annual Hit List. Anything pique your interest?

Huw-CollinsHit-worthy Huw Collins (Image via Out Magazine)

*widget boy cultureYou'll devour this lengthy Buzzfeed profile of 79-year-old Rona Barrett, who gives more than an inch but won't take one. On Cosby: “We all knew.”

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 3.55.10 PMMiss Rona back in 1978 (Video still via ABC)

 


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