3235 posts categorized "POP CULTURE"

May 27 2024
Cher, Carol Burnett, P!nk & RuPaul Celebrate Bob Mackie Comments (0)

Screenshot 2024-05-27 at 12.48.58 AM(All images & videos by Matthew Rettenmund)

Two weeks ago today, I went to L.A to attend a once-in-a-lifetime Q&A featuring Cher, Carol Burnett, RuPaul and surprise guest P!nk, along with man of the hour Bob Mackie.

Marilyn-maye-boyculture-gay-cherWith Ms. Maye, Ms. Mills & Mr. Scarpelli

The Q&A followed a screening of the new doc Bob Mackie: Naked Illusion from director Matthew Miele, held at the DGA.

All the Best Bits from the Q&A:

I got there early, and yet there were lines down the block. I spotted Bianca Del Rio in the members line, and saw so many people I know. I had paid to be guaranteed seating in the first 6 rows, and when I got in, I found it already pretty tight. An event coordinator was Cannes security guarding me into a meh seat, but my FB friend Michael Benton and his partner saved me, offering me a seat dead center 4 rows back.

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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!

Apr 29 2024
Chiller Theatre 2024: Do NOT Touch William Shatner Comments (0)

CharoCharo is full-service! (All images by or courtesy of Matthew Rettenmund, unless noted)

If you've read my site for a long while — it is officially 19 years old in November — you may recall my past penchant for attending autograph shows and dissecting all my celebrity and fan encounters.

I started these journeys 13.5 years ago, at first telling myself it was for research on a screenplay I always wanted to write (I finished it — any producers wanna read it?), but soon realizing I was of it, not above it. I made each visit a costly, no-holds-barred endeavor, during which I would meet 10-20 stars in order to take photos and document the weird, wild world for BoyCulture.com.

*chillerChiller's program; glam, men's room-adjacent signage and teeming crowds

The last time I went to one was Chiller Theatre five (!) years ago. Cheryl Ladd was the main attraction, and was one of the best celeb interactions I'd ever had at one of these things. Then COVID hit and that, coupled with fatigue at having been to at least 15 shows, led to my early retirement.

It also needs to be said that I had already met many dozens of stars, and there were few truly exciting prospect left alive who would actually do a show!

Dabney ColemanSick day (Image via Chiller Theatre)

This year, having ogled Chiller's lists every time, I immediately decided I'd go when I saw that Dabney Coleman, 92, was on the list. Dabney, 92, had apparently never done a show, and he was such a link to the past (a 60-year career) and to 9 to 5, on just about every gay man's Top 10 list of all time. I couldn't resist. I bought a lobby card and began gaming out who else I would want to see ... and how I would get there. (The train from NYC sucks.)

In the meantime, Dabney canceled on doctor's orders, which is ominous, so I mailed him the lobby card and will cross my fingers for him and for me.

Still, when a very kind Facebook friend offered to chauffeur me out to Parsippany, New Jersey, I knew I had to go, in spite of not wanting to spend the money, in spite of not loving how I look (which is a real consideration when the trip is about selfies). So, bright and early on Saturday, April 27, 2024, off we went.

Donald Fullilove IMG_2416Donald Fullilove, 65, was workin' the parking lot!

The event, held at the Hilton Parsippany, was crowded. My friends informed me it had been quieter in recent years, but 2024 seems to represent a bit of a comeback. (Well, quiet isn't really the word for a show that endured a bomb threat and a groping spree, but let's just say that COVID had kept at least some percentage of the fanboys and -girls away.)

This time, it was packed.

The stars are positioned throughout the hotel, some in the main lobby, some in rooms off the main lobby, others squirreled away in halls and in hotel rooms. I can't fathom how normie guests deal with such a thing — it must be maddening! — but the pool was undisturbed, whether by conventioneers, exhausted celebs or anyone else.

Minus Dabney, I had a list of must-gets and a longer list of people about whom I was at least somewhat curious, but at the top of the list were Cybill Shepherd (who has never done a show), Charo (a living legend I knew I had to get while she was on the East Coast), Dylan McDermott (hello, hot) and Madonna-satellite stars Rosanna Arquette and Griffin Dunne, both of whom I have met, but it never hurts to double up.

Dylan McDermottLeather jacket love American Horror Story

Dylan McDermott, 62

The first person we grabbed was Dylan, and this was because he was on our way to Rosanna and because his line was reasonable. Out of everyone at the show, he was IMO the most surprising guest, in that he is youngish and still working a lot. However, as I tell all my friends who are agog that relevant stars do shows like Chiller, it amounts to traveling to a hotel free and being told for three days that you are fucking amazing, then walking away with $10,000+.  Someone like Dylan might make a lot more; he certainly had a good turnout.

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Apr 12 2024
SEX & THE CITY Trashed By Gen Z, or Why Can't Young Adults Today Grasp The Concept Of Context? Comments (0)

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Everybody knows that the key to social media success is engagement, positive or negative, so forgive me if I'm a bit cynical about The Independent paying a 22-year-old named Brittany to savage Sex and the City (1998-2004), which is suddenly gaining wider exposure via Netflix.

The review, decorated with a painfully poorly scanned slide ('memba those?) of the cast from 25 years ago — a hint that we're about to witness digital shading analog — is both painfully aware and self-unaware, a review of something the writer finds so cringe that is itself so, so cringe.

Oh, honey — Brittany may not like this series, but she is definitely the Miranda.

First, Brittany thinks the ladies are “awful people — and awful friends.” I don't object to this opinion, in principle. In re-watching the show (2x) since 2004, I find Carrie shockingly unappealing. Her smoking, some of her elitist views, her need for drama, her relationship with big that comes off like a botfly meeting a host — I get it. The characters, like those on later shows like Girls, are not 100% lovable.

But ... why is that a requirement? Aren't shows entertaining sometimes because the characters are annoying and flawed? From Seinfeld to Veep to Gen Z catnip like South Park and Family Guy, emotionally intelligent consumers of entertainment should not expect good to equal goodness, and should not expect creators to constantly telegraph to viewers that their world views are in synch.

I think it's because Sex and the City presented itself as sort of the Joan Rivers (look her up) of the 30something dating scene, the show willing to say and explore the things every other show was unwilling to say and explore. As such, a young person watching it — especially a young female writer living in NYC, like Brittany — may tend to view it as a show attempting to speak for that entire experience. It's like how gay men sometimes knee-jerk reject gay shows for not reflecting their own unique experiences accurately.

In other parts of her review, Brittany reveals a frustrating tendency among Gen Zers, which is a complete unwillingness or inability to see art in context. Though she cites the many differences between 1998 and 2024, she then complains bitterly about how a show made in 1998 fails to live up to 2024's standards. For example, she's angered by the women's now-dated attitudes toward bisexuality, failing to realize that being gay was so toxic in 1998 still that everyone in their 30s (on up) by that time was familiar with a tendency for some gay people to say they were bisexual as a sort of buffer or stepping stone.

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Mar 25 2024
Ron Harper Of LAND OF THE LOST, PLANET OF THE APES Dies @ 91 Comments (0)

Ron HarperA detective worth investigating on 87th Precinct (Image via NBC)

Ron Harper, a dream actor who had worked on TV from at least 1960-2015, and who many of us watched on Planet of the Apes (1974) and the last season of Land of the Lost (1976), died March 21 at 91. He had been fighting Alzheimer's.

Full obit here.

Mar 24 2024
Ian Reisner Returning To The Scene Of The Crime, Relaunching Gay-Friendly Hotel + TWISTERS Star Got Naked + Bisexual Or Gay AF? + Past Entertainment Gen Z Wouldn't GET + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Tilda Swinton, on Craigslist.

BELOW: Keep reading for nudity, pop culture and bisexuality ...

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Feb 23 2024
Darryl Stephens On Being Told To Stay Closeted + Shocking Gay Double Murder + Marge Wants Women To Be Femme & Demure + FACTS OF LIFE Reunion + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Double your pleasure, double your fun. Speaking of which, this is an extra-incestuous post today because:

Lorenzo-e-leonardo-tano-brothers-boycultureMore of this HERE. (Image via Icon)

BELOW: Darryl Stephens, the state of contraception in the U.S., a shocking gay double-murder and more ...

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Feb 11 2024
Celebrated Figures We Have Lost In 2024 — So Far Comments (0)

Wednesday-addams-youre-dead (GIF via GIPHY)

Following is a comprehensive list of the celebrated figures we lost in 2024 — so far.

Each name is followed by the deceased figure's age at the time of death, birth and death dates, a description and a link to the original obit.

Video of 400+ names from 2023:

Who did I miss?

Read 'em and weep ...

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