52 posts categorized "MARILYN MONROE"

Jun 13 2024
I Smell A Rat + Alan Cumming Pushes LGBTQ+ Inclusiveness For THE TRAITORS + Pulse: 8 Years On + Colman Domingo's New Gig + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: I never see posters like THIS.

BELOW: Keep reading for hot rodent men, a Traitor-ous plea, a SCOTUS abortion ruling and more ...

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May 24 2024
Cemetery Field Trips? I Dig It! Comments (0)

Marilyn monroe copyThe crypt of Marilyn Monroe, so moving to see in person (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

When I was in L.A. recently, I spent time at both Hollywood Forever and Westwood cemeteries, checking out all the famous resting places, including Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Farrah Fawcett, Natalie Wood, Burt Lancaster and many, many more.

If that sounds vaguely interesting, please have a look!

Feb 18 2023
Jonathan Majors & Ben Aldridge Spread For Coverage + Lesbian Mom Dealt Crushing Defeat In Oklahoma + RIP Donald Spoto + Black, Queer Comic + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: I'm in shock Ricky Martin's twins are old enough to grow a mustache.

BELOW: Jonathan Majors and Ben Aldridge spreading their legs, a Black queer comic, the worst possible result for a lesbian mom seeking custory and more ...

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Feb 04 2023
The Voice(s): Jimmy James Returns To NYC Comments (0)

Jimmy_James_IMG_9018_copyShe and her shadow (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

Jimmy James is a live performer who blew my young mind on January 18, 1991.

By that time, I — at 22 — had spent a good dozen years obsessing over Marilyn Monroe, who was in vogue again throughout the '80s. I read all the bios and visited those mall stores filled with airbrushed Marilyn posters that were the perfect combo of retro and of-the-moment. I rented her movies, bought an incredible vinyl album with (and memorized) all of her songs and best movie one-liners. Boomers were so powerful they made Gen X respect the favorites of their youth in a way Gen X will never, ever get Gen Z to do — numbers-wise, we simply don't have the range.

Jimmy JamesMy drawing on a folder of Jimmy circa 1991

So when I saw that a person named Jimmy James, a female impersonator, as we called them then, was coming to one of my fave clubs in Chicago, the aptly named Vortex, where innocence went to die, I made sure I was there. I watched Jimmy from the second floor, gape-jawed at the completeness of the illusion he created, looking every inch the glamour queen. To say he captured Marilyn in spirit is to mean he brought her back from the dead. He had her zaftig form, her gown (the original of which was recently defiled by Kim Kardashian), her cotton-candy hair and her speaking and singing voices. The spotlight was like a halo as we peeked into Marilyn in heaven.

Presuming I have my dates right, Jimmy was already well into what would become a 35-years-and-counting-long career, having KILLED on Donahue in 1987. I was so happy I got to see him, and I was also happy this weekend to discover the San Antonio resident was putting on a show not only in my current hometown, NYC, but three blocks from my apartment! Sub-zero temperatures? Who cares? I could have walked over there naked and avoided any Prince Harry frostbite.

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Nov 23 2022
Art Of The Naked Man + Club Q Shooter's Cynical Ploy + Walmart Mass Shooting: The Manager Did It + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Grease-y kid stuff.

BELOW: Keep reading for a natural man, Trump's tax loss, Musk's fascist takeover continues to depress and more ...

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Oct 01 2022
Naked Came The Gigolo + BROS Bombing + Ryan Gosling For Gucci + MORE! — 6-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Esai Morales turns 60. Couldn't you just eat him with a fork?

BELOW: Keep reading for a naked gigolo, another reason to avoid Blonde and more ...

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Jul 28 2022
Prince William Pegging Rumors + Q Club Lawsuit + Cruz Cool With Sodomy In An Election Year + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: How many can you name? I'm not sure who the woman is with Robert Donner.

BELOW: Keep reading for gay club lawsuit, William's pegging scandal and more ...

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Jun 14 2022
Kylie (You Know Which One) On Being A Gay Icon + RIP Philip Baker Hall + WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW Over + Kim's Assault On Marilyn's Gown + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Pretty funny, and yet still pretty hot.

BELOW: Keep reading for a chat with Kylie, Kim trashing Marilyn permanently, BTS on hold and more ...

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