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Mar 27 2017
Don't Tuck It Up!: RDR's Casting Season 10 Comments (0)

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Screen Shot 2017-03-27 at 1.25.36 AM(Image via The Andy Williams Show)

If you're watching Feud, you're probably enjoying it. It has flashes of brilliance, mostly attached to Jessica Lange.

I'm not crazy about Susan Sarandon in this project because she seems intimidated by Bette Davis, and it comes out in her timidity when speaking. It's like she's scared to be a parody, so she winds up being a weak imitation.

I did enjoy the fairly accurate recreation of Bette's undignified promo activities in singing on The Andy Williams Show.

Watch the real deal after the jump ...

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Mar 26 2017
You May Kiss, Brides: ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK Couple Weds Comments (0)

Samira-wiley-instagramWiley & Morelli (Image via Instagram @whododatlikedat)

Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli got married in Palm Springs, ExtraTV reports.

Wiley, who plays Poussey Washington on Orange Is the New Black, and Morelli, who is one of the Netflix show's writers, met on set... when Morelli thought she was straight, and was definitely married to a man.

In an Identities.Mic essay, Morelli wrote of her discovery that she is a lesbian:

... while it certainly would have been disorienting to begin to question my sexuality after three decades of knowing myself, it was particularly blinding because I'd gotten married only a few months before. It was the sort of wedding that makes you believe in absolute partnership and the strength that can come from facing obstacles, like the life-threatening illness that my new husband had battled for the majority of our relationship. But he was healthy again, so we danced under strings of Christmas lights and drank fancy cocktails that were served in mason jars, all while being surrounded by the friends and family who had held us up over the previous six years.

Which is why it's now a punch in the gut every time I have to say, “I'm getting divorced because I'm gay.” It's a sentence I've said approximately 5,223 times in the last six months. For those of you keeping track, I'm definitely not exaggerating and I'm not prone to hyperbole, ever.

Often, after I make the declaration in as casual a voice as I can manage, the next question is, “Did you know?” It's a question that I dread because I always hear the implied “How could you not know?”

 
Mar 24 2017
Lola Albright, Glamorous Actress & PETER GUNN Chanteuse, Dies @ 92 Comments (0)

3d2a89462b8feb1be3053c95ad3cbe1eLola Albright: July 20, 1924—March 23, 2017 (Image via publicity still)

I have a thing for Lola Albright, a sultry blonde actress who brought an appealingly opaque quality to the sirens she played. She just had a surprising beauty that felt grounded in her surroundings rather than piled on by Hollywood, and she starred in one of my favorite episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, “The Woman Who Wanted to Live” (1962).

Sadly, Albright died Thursday at 92. Happily, she led a long life (a year longer than previously thought) and died, per her friend's statement, peacefully.

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After several uncredited bit parts — including as a showgirl in the 1948 classic Easter Parade starring Judy Garland (1922-1969) and  Fred Astaire (1899-1987) — Albright made her credited film debut in Champion (1949), the hit boxing movie with Kirk Douglas (b. 1917) and Marilyn Maxwell (1920-1972).

Elvis-presley-lola-albright-and-gig-young-in-kid-galahad-1962-large-pictureIn the thick of things with Elvis in Kid Galahad (Image via UA)

Albright was a favorite in B westerns, but rose above B status in hits like Kid Galahad (1962) with Elvis Presley (1935-1977) and in the award-winning parody Lord Love a Duck (1966), a black comedy that earned her an acting prize at the Berlinale.

Lord-love3I need to see Lord Love a Duck right now! (Image via UA)

Though she appeared in numerous features, Albright was busier on early TV, where she was Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 10.01.21 PMwell-suited to the serious roles on early, theater-based productions.

She enjoyed recurring roles on The Bob Cummings Show (1955-1957), Peyton Place (1965-1966; replacing an ailing Dorothy Malone (b. 1925) — who is also now in her nineties) and Branded (1965-1966), but was probably best-remembered as the bombshell of Peter Gunn (1958-1961) opposite Craig Stevens (1918-2000), a role for which she received an Emmy nomination.

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Albright was also renowned for her luscious singing on Peter Gunn, a series dripping with style to this day. Along with her televised warbling, Albright released torch-style albums.

She would continue making enigmatic episodic TV appearances sporadically, including a delicious turn on Columbo in 1976 sparring with William Shatner (b. 1931) — Albright: “Silver certificates... I'd paper my bedroom with them if I could.” Shatner: “I wouldn't put it past you.” Albright: “Where would you put it?”) — until her final on-screen gig, on a 1984 episode of Airwolf.

A phantom IMDb post about Albright going before the camera for a Web series recently seems to have vanished.

Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 9.53.07 PMStill a babe — and a cougar — on Columbo, and in disbelief over who's about to kill her (Video still via NBC)

She is survived by a step-daughter from one of her three marriages.

Albright's gorgeous performance of “It's Always You” after the jump ...

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6-PACK — Trump Grants Anti-LGBTQ Doofus On Major Civil Rights Position + Trump Jr. Gets VIEWed + Shawn ... Shawn + Coach-Off + Taraji vs. Nia + The Time Trump Hit On Emma Thompson! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 11.54.59 AMRoger Severino — listen to her talk!!! (Video still via YouTube @TheDailyLedger)

WIDGETWashington Blade: Trump taps rabidly anti-trans Heritage Foundation ideologue Roger Severino to run the civil rights division of the Dept. of Health & Human Services.

WIDGETThe View: Donald Trump Jr.'s asinine tweet gets attacked by the women. London's mayor doesn't like it  much, either.

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WIDGETGay Fleshbot: A good, old-fashioned Shawn Mendes thirst trap. (Work Unfriendly)

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Ah, but which coach is hotter?

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WIDGETDlisted: Nia Long & Taraji P. Henson “got along about as well as Terrence Howard gets along with an asshole that hasn’t been freshly touched by a baby wipe.”

WIDGETYouTube @Skavlan: Emma Thompson volunteers the story of the time Donald Trump cold-called her for a date. Keep reading for the video ...

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Mar 22 2017
6-PACK — Dominic Thiem's Undies + Olympic Outing + Trump's Constitutional Blunder + Gay Jesus + Malaysia Caves + Bieber's Ink! Comments (0)

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WIDGETKenneth in the (212): You can see Dominic Thiem's blue undies right through his white shorts.

WIDGETNewNowNext: Nico Hines outed Olympic athletes in a piece for The Daily Beast, now apologizes: “I didn’t appreciate what 'check your privilege' truly meant.”

WIDGETSalon: Making the case that Trump — who wanted tanks at his inauguration — violated the Constitution by misclassifying Steve Bannon's role.

WIDGETTMZ: Thomas Payne says his The Walking Dead character was always gay, and his sexuality should not be a big deal:

WIDGETThe New York Times: Malaysia caves, will show Beauty and the Beast with gay scene intact.

WIDGETDlisted: Justin Bieber is now more tattoo than non-tattoo.

 

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Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 10.08.37 AM(Video still via Dekkoo)

You'll probably laugh, as I did, at the charmingly awkward trailer for Dekkoo's upcoming original series I'm Fine.

This dude is fine. Totally. But so not ...

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This Is Him Saying Bye: Chuck Barris, THE GONG SHOW's Zany Ringmaster, Dies @ 87 Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 8.58.19 AMChuck Barris: June 3, 1929—March 22, 2017 (Video still vis CBS)

Oddly, I always used to confuse the names Chuck Berry and Chuck Barris, and now they've died in the same week. Barris, most famous as the host of The Gong Show (1976-1980), has died of natural causes at 87.

Barris also created the unbelievably, intentionally trashy game show, which featured Z-list celebs attempting to sit through the marginal talents of a host of never-gonna-bes, always having the option of banging a gong to stop them dead in their tracks. Those who won took home $516.32 (or $712.05, $716.32 or $996.83 in syndication).

The judges were a hoot, often pushing the boundaries of good taste. Among them, Jaye P. Morgan (b. 1931) was the show's Brett Somers (1924-2007), and Rip Taylor (b. 1935) was more than game. I remember Phyllis Diller (1971-2012) almost looking like she was considering refusing her paycheck so she could split.

Though most of the contestants were average people with below-average gifts, there were notable exceptions: Boxcar Willie (1931-1999), Pee-wee Herman (b. 1952), Andrea McArdle (b. 1963), Cheryl Lynn (b. 1957), Oingo Boingo and Mare Winningham (b. 1959) all gave the show a shot.

Danny Lockin (1943-1977), who was seen in the movie version of Hello, Dolly!, won the show in 1977, only to be brutally murdered in the hours after, probably after a gay one-night stand gone wrong; his killer, who kept a torture diary, stabbed him more than 100 times, but was sentenced to just four years for manslaughter.

But it was the crappiness of the acts that made the show absurdly pomo fun, along with staples like the painfully unfunny Unknown Comic aka Murray Langston (b. 1945); big, bopping black dude in a tracksuit Gene Gene the Dancing Machine aka Gene Patton (1932-2015); and The Wizard of Oz (1939) star Jerry Maren (b. 1920), who would emerge as the winner was announced.

Once, when Gene was doing his dance, Morgan did a stripteease and briefly flashed her boobs. On TV.

The most infamous act — by several inches — was the sister act who came out, sat on the stage and started earnestly licking phallic popsicles. Impossibly, they were not gonged, and Morgan announced, Do you know that that's the way I started? It was pulled from airing elsewhere after censors on the East Coast realized they'd goofed.

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