May 9, 2023
Links to the past, with relevance today:
THE GUARDIAN: Frankie Goes to Hollywood reunites for first performance in 36 years! They only performed "Welcome to the Pleasuredome" (that song went over the heads of U.S. listeners) for Eurovision, just one track, but it was tantalizing.
THR: An oral history of MTV News!
EXTRATV: Robert De Niro's waiting — but not to have kids. That, he has now done seven times.
HUFF POST: I stick to '80s and earlier with Gr8erDays, but people are sometimes surprised to remember that — oh, yeah! — Donald Trump was a national figure in the '80s. To that end, he has been found liable for sexual assault and defamation in a case brought in New York state by writer E. Jean Carroll. The jury declined to find that he "raped" her, possibly because she said, under oath, she wasn't sure if it were his finger or penis that penetrated her. (Um, both count, but I'll take it.)
BOY CULTURE: A fascinating I-was-there story about the making of Too Outrageous! (1987), a cult comedy featuring drag queen Craig Russell.
NYT: Pitcher Vida Blue has died at 73.
THR: MTV News is gone for good. The MTV segment, first launched in 1987, will no longer appear on the venerable, formerly all-music channel, another change that puts MTV further from its roots. (P.S. I'm so sorry, Paula Abdul!)