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Aug 26 2016
Character Actor Marvin Kaplan, Sweet Henry On TV's ALICE, Dies @ 89 Comments (0)

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Marvin Kaplan, who was best known as Henry on the TV series Alice, has died at 89.

According to a statement from Theatre West:

It is with a sad and heavy heart to inform you our very own Marvin Kaplan passed away today at 5 a.m. in his sleep. We loved Marvin. He will truly be missed.

He also had to be one of the last survivors of the arguable classic It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). Carl Reiner and Barrie Chase come to mind.

I met Marvin a few years ago at an autograph show; seemed to be a sweetheart.

 
Aug 24 2016
Menudo Flashbacks! Comments (0)

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The Penthouse Residences at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach and Sony Music Latin hosted a private listening party this weekend for the debut album of Univision's La Banda winners, CNCO. with Ricky Martin. Martin produced the show with Simon Cowell.

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The five young members of CNCO — Erick Brian Colón, Christopher Vélez, Joel Pimentel, Zabdiel de Jesús and Richard Camacho —were given a raucous greeting as they performed for and spoke to the crowd.

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Martin showed up later to huddle up with his discoveries.

 
Teen Star Bella Thorne Comes Out As Bisexual Comments (0)

In news that relates to my lengthy obit of Lou Pearlman—viewed through a gay prism—teen star Bella Thorne has confirmed she is bisexual, responding with a simple yes in a Snapchat session when a fan asked.

I know a lot of LGBTQ adults are pretty jaded by now, but to have a big Disney Channel star come out as one of us is nothing to sneeze at. Bella was the co-lead (along with fellow breakout star Zendaya) of the series Shake It Up from 2010-2013, and as such I worked with her often, usually from afar. As the founding EIC of a major teen mag, I made her one of my picks for kids who would blow up in the future—a choice I made in 2012. I am nothing if not a good judge of star quality!

I did not, however, guess she would come out as bi four years after our big party (see video of her appearance there above), nor did I think any kid stars would be doing such a thing back then. It's not that we helped young people stay closeted or tamped down gay news, it's just that the topic really never came up. None of them were out, none of them were discussing the topic. 

Since then, Raven-Symoné has come out, and now Bella, whose coming-out is even earlier in her life.

It seems like being LGBTQ is becoming more and more mainstream, and that has to be good for children discovering themselves. So ... good for Bella. I'm proud to have covered her way back when.

 
Legacy Hires: Eight Queens & One Raven Gather On Behalf Of RuPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS, Season 2 Comments (0)

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Took a friend to the media event for Season 2 of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars at the Crosby Street Hotel last night, and we think we already know who is going to win the whole damn thing, but I won't say so nobody thinks I'm giving a stealth spoiler.

IMG_8888*The hand on top reminds me of Hitchcock's “Man from the South” ...

Of course, we actually do know who goes home when the show's first episode airs on Thursday, August 25, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Logo ... but we're sworn to secrecy on that one.

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The girls who showed up: Alaska, Alyssa Edwards, Coco Montrese, Ginger Minj, Katya, Phi Phi O'Hara, Roxxxy Andrews and Tatianna. Only Adore Delano and Detox were not there in the flesh, and Logo persuaded Raven-Symoné to act as moderator for a Q&A sesh, part of which was seen live on Facebook and part of which was not seen live—thankfully, because the girls discussed the first to go and other top-secret secrets.

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IMG_8886*Hey, girls—does the red carpet match the drapes?

The gimmick this time around is that each week's Top 2 are the ones who lip-synch for their lives legacies, and the winner—who has already made a selection—gets to choose who goes home from the other, not-safe ladies.

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IMG_8905*Raven lunatics

It's a twist that generated a lot of tears and a lot of fears on the episode, in which we also learn that some of the girls really wanna repair their images ... while others just really want the money.

IMG_8898*Single white “female”

I can tell you this is one of the most exciting and effortlessly funny premieres of any Ru series yet. Plus, it has the brand's characteristic lightning-fast editing and hilarious sound effects and dry spit takes. It's all dressed up with everyplace to go.

IMG_8913*Pay attention, gurl!

During the Q&A period, Raven-Symoné (whose name is actually pronounced sih-mow-NYAY?!) got two of the queens' names wrong, and also asked them a question that presumed all of them had won their seasons when in reality none had. When corrected, she offered a classic That's So Raven face and covered even better than Coco's foundation. She was actually delightful in her function, and later said, “My whole childhood!” when I reminded her I was the editor of a teen mag she appeared in frequently.

IMG_8916 copyKatya said drag queens used to be streetwalkers, Ginger seems to say, “Used ta???”

Someone in the audience tried to get each queen to say which person should've been voted off the first episode, but they were too afraid to lay it on the line. I also asked them each to tell me who they'd send home at that moment for what they were wearing onstage and got very few replies.

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Katya very wisely noted, in response to another question, that drag queens used to not be nice, saying they used to be thieves, drug users, drug dealers and hookers. She was spot-on, though it was ironic that she was reading the mainstreaming of drag while promoting the show that has at once elevated and somewhat sanitized the form.

IMG_8930 copyKatya also said she can't stand Katy Perry, which elicited gasps.

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IMG_8923*Tatianna was serving fish harder than Red Lobster.

IMG_8925 copyPhi Phi O'Hara said her drag's changed the most. “Yeah, you're a man now,” Ginger quipped.

IMG_8928 copyAlaska matched the theater's seats, that sign behind her and Coco's face.

Removing our thinking caps, RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars is a not-so-guilty pleasure. Just wait until you see Tatianna's talent routine ... or Coco's, for that matter.

Choices!

 
Aug 23 2016
LAW & ORDER's Steven Hill Dies @ 94 Comments (0)

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Steven Hill, famous for his performances on Law & Order from 1990 until his retirement from acting in 2000, has died at 94.

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Hill was also one of the stars of the terrific Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode “Enough Rope for Two” (1957) and many other early TV dramas, during which time he worked with the likes of Marlon Brando.

He made his film debut in 1950's A Lady without a Passport opposite Hedy Lamarr.

 
Barbara Eden Turns 85 Comments (0)

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Everyone's favorite bottle blonde—Barbara Eden of I Dream of Jeannie fame—turns an impossible-to-comprehend 85 years old today.

 
Aug 20 2016
6-PACK — Face-Eater Was A GOOD KID + Olympic Sex-cathlon + Fur Real + Trump Fan Profiled + Trump's Louisiana Ploy + RIP BOB NEWHART SHOW Vet Comments (0)

*widget boy culturePolice responded to this clearly drugged murderer—calling him “a good kid”—within shooting him.

*widget boy cultureCouple boning in background disrupts Olympics coverage.

*widget boy cultureSexy, furry musclebod. I think the right word is GRRR.

Screen-Shot-2016-08-19-at-10.13.23-PM-650x432-1-300x199Jake Anantha says he's definitely not a Donald Trump supporter anymore (why was he ever?). (Image via MSNBC)

*widget boy culture18-year-old Indian Trump fan booted from rally on suspicion of being a protester. For being brown.

*widget boy cultureTrump makes shamelessly political appearance in flood-struck Louisiana, helps for 49 seconds.

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*widget boy cultureJack Riley, of The Bob Newhart Show fame, dies @ 80. Seinfeld GF Cynthia Szigeti dies @ 66.

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Aug 18 2016
6-PACK — A Star Is Re-Born + Barbra's PURE IMAGINATION + World Cup Hotness + The First WONDER WOMAN + Olympic Heist A Hoax? + Brazilians Boo Silver Medalist! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureWhich idea is worse: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born or a new Clue? Or love both?

*widget boy cultureA true star is re-born: Streisand invites Seth MacFarlane into her Willy Wonka duet:

*widget boy cultureWorld Cup rugby player Leandro Leivas totally starkers. (Way Work Unfriendly)

*widget boy cultureFinally, a Wonder Woman story that doesn't forget Cathy Lee Crosby's skin-phobic take.

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*widget boy cultureYikes! U.S. swimmers detained in Brazil over suspicions the Ryan Lochte robbery story was a lie.

*widget boy cultureClassless Brazilian fans boo pole vaulter to tears—and he had already lost to their guy!

 


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