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

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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?

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*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)

 
Bob The Queen Of Drag Queens: RuPAUL'S DRAG RACE Season 8 Winner Crowned Comments (0)
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(Images in the gallery above by Matthew Rettenmund)

Last night, Bob the Drag Queen was crowned the America's next drag superstar at the end of the the Season 8 finale of RuPaul's Drag Race, walking away—in heels—with the $100,000 prize.

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*IMG_6114Bob has an eye for the boys (All images in this post by Matthew Rettenmund)

At a festive press reception at Stage 48, immediately prior to a viewing party and late-night performance by several of the season's most popular queens, I was able to interview Bob, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Thorgy Thor, Derrick Barry and Chi Chi DeVayne ... not to mention special guests Dina Lohan and Tiffany “New York” Pollard.

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The girls were all perfectly polished in their replies, and unfailingly polite and funny. I'm not sure Season 8 was the most mind-blowing season, but it definitely had the most uniformly nice and diligent girls. 

I missed part of the carpet, but I didn't miss Naomi Smalls walking in nearly naked. Hey, play to your strengths, right?

It was also highly entertaining watching a relaxed Bob (he hadda know he had the win in the evening bag) flirting with Logo's cute host, who helpfully shucked his shirt at the first suggestion.

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*IMG_6174Dina was a little shy around the Logo hottie, but right at home with New York!

Before the round-robin-style interviews, I caught New York freaking out at the sight of buddy Dina. The two hugged and laughed and mugged for the cameras. It was the surreal deal.

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*IMG_6205Naomi & Chi Chi favored each other, and Naomi had a hint of Sharon Needles in her expertly beaten face.

The first person I chatted with was Ms. Smalls, looking vixenish. She asked if she could stand because she'd otherwise “come untucked.” Far be it from me to stand in the way of a boy trying to be a girl. Looked great.

Interestingly, Chi Chi DeVayne had a very Naomi Smalls look about her. She was beaming, seemingly happy to have done as well as she did on the show.

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Derrick was sandwiched by a hot boyfriend and a hot friend and gave her usual sassy answers, including saying that her amazing outfit was custom-made for her (not by her). “That's winning!”

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Kim Chi is one of the most likable in her interviews on the show, but one of the hardest to interview—she likes to turn questions around or give Warholian non-answers. It's just her sense of humor, but it makes things interesting.

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*IMG_6251Thorgy 4: Thorgy, her boobs, her pic with Chi Chi, her pic with winning pal Bob

Thorgy was hilarious! A fan jumped ahead of me “just to get a picture,” and then proceeded to do a video and chat with her as I (and other outlets) stood cooling my heels. I finally leaned over to a young publicist and said, “Get rid of this guy.” I didn't mean to be so direct! But he did as I suggested and Thorgy thanked him, and then apologized profusely, as if she'd been rude to me. I loved her look—neon, clown-tastic and yet glamorous, too. I complimented her on her tremendous weight loss—remember her fat suit from just three months ago???

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Finally, Bob asked for some gum as I fired up my video camera. “Oh, great, you're gonna chew gum throughout my interview?” I teased. “Yeah, you wanna fight about it?” she teased back. She had some spicy answers; I was ashamed that my questions didn't live up to the ones asked just before me, which, as I overheard, led to a discussion of why black Americans deserve reparations.

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May 16 2016
Cuppa Jill Comments (0)

 I've been on a Cozi kick, watching Charlie's Angels (the episodes were surprisingly good, even through the Tiffany era), and now comes this opportunity—Charlie's Angels mugs and iPhone cases!

 
May 15 2016
THE REAL O'NEALS Gets A Season 2! Comments (0)

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Deadline reports that ABC has picked up mid-season replacement The Real O'Neals for a second season.

Noah Galvin plays gay Kenny O'Neal on the sitcom, about a conservative Irish Catholic family and its reaction to the various skeletons in its closets. Among the show's producers is Dan Savage, which made the series a target for anti-gay forces.

Reviews and ratings have been tepid, but any show the New York Post claims has “sets [a] new low” due to being “anti-Catholic,” and that the virtually one-man Catholic League has branded a threat to decency is certainly worth a look-see.

CONGRATS, DAN!

 
6-PACK/hot — Jett Packed + How Nick Jonas Learned To Be Gay + Scott Eastwood, Add Water + Rugby Locker-Room Peek + Why Soccer Is So Gay + S Club 8-er All Grown Up! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureReal estate agent, fitness buff and Insta-stud Jett Hallum was ready to do some nekkid hitchhiking earlier this weekend.

*widget boy cultureNick Jonas talks about the in-depth (!) research he did before playing gay on Kingdom.

Screen Shot 2016-05-14 at 9.46.36 PMScott Eastwood, or at least I hope he would. (Video stills via Facebook Live)

*widget boy cultureHeartbreaker Scott Eastwood did a livestream for Facebook in which he paddled in his wetsuit before shucking it, going shirtless in the surf.

*widget boy cultureTake a peek inside a rugby locker room ... here.

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*widget boy cultureCould soccer be the most unintentionally gay sport of all time? A video compilation argues YASSS.

AaronrenfreeAaron Renfree as he appeared in S Club 8 15 years ago (Image via Polydor)

*widget boy cultureAaron Renfree and his body have come a long, long way (below) since he and it was in S Club 8 (above)!

1HXffi3Aaron Renfree as he appears today (Image via Instagram @aaronrenfree)

 
May 13 2016
6-PACK — Too Gay-Cool For School + Andrew Lloyd Webber Wants To Scratch Nicole Scherzinger's Eyes Out + NC Squatter + Gay Parents' Adoption Nightmare + Hairy Situation + ROCKY HORROR PICTURE No! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureNatty gay alum asked to dress down for event, does so, is still asked to leave. WTF? 

*widget boy cultureAndrew Lloyd Webber's claws come out over Nicole Scherzinger choosing The X Factor over Cats on Broadway. (Cats, the worst musical EVER.)

*widget boy cultureTrans woman swears she will “piss in all the wrong bathrooms” in North Carolina. You gotta-go, gotta-go, gotta-go, girl!

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*widget boy cultureThe trials and tribulations experienced by a Kidz Bop producer and his actor husband as they tried to adopt in the U.S.

*widget boy cultureIf you like black men and body hair and feel you rarely get to see both when cruising online, here you go.

*widget boy cultureStill more Rocky Horror Picture Show stills reveal how far off FOX & Kenny Ortega seem to be.

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Oh, My God! Kenny Killed ROCKY HORROR! (Maybe): Laverne Cox As Dr. Frank-N-Furter Comments (0)

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Entertainment Weekly has premiered the first image of Laverne Cox in character as Dr. Frank-N-Furter from its upcoming Rocky Horror Picture Show live musical.

To my eye, she looks like a gorgeous woman, not anything like I picture the not-so-good doctor. By way of explanation, Cox told EW:

I think we mix up the look more than they did in the original. It’s inspired by the original but it’s really our own take. It’s way more elaborate and couture. [Director] Kenny Ortega had this vision that Frank was at this old theater and found these old burlesque costumes and is, like, using them and wearing them now but has altered them a bit.

Yeah, I don't like that idea at all, Kenny. It just sounds like an excuse to make the character glamorous in a polished, '10s way. No like. But I'll reserve judgment on the entire thing until I see it.

 


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