Today, April 1, marks the 90th anniversary of the birth of Debbie Reynolds. Debbie at Cinecon in '12 (Image by Matthew Rettenmund) I first encountered her at her Cafe Carlyle show in NYC in 2009. She was just great! And she guess my partner and I were gay, inviting me to "touch my one good…Read more
Carleton Carpenter, Who ‘Aba Daba Honeymoon’-ed with Debbie Reynolds, Dies @ 95
Carleton Carpenter, who had been a living link Broadway's distant past — as well as to the Golden Age of Hollywood — died Monday at his home in New York state. He was 95. Carpenter in 2012 and in Sky Full of Moon (Images by Matthew Rettenmund & via MGM) Carpenter was born July 10,…Read more
Debbie’s Last Wish …
Links to the past, with relevance today: Debbie at one of the very first AIDS benefits in 1983 (Image via After Dark) PEOPLE: Four years after the great Debbie Reynolds died at 84, the day after her equally great daughter Carrie Fisher had succumbed at 60, Debbie's pal Sue Cameron — author of Hollywood Secrets and…Read more
John Tesh the Twitter Expat, ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Say You, Say Me’ Memories & More!
Links to the past, with relevance today: Wait, so right-wingers aren't vicious? (Image via Twitter) TWITTER: Is there something inherently conservative about reporting entertainment news? Do many of the reporters have a contempt for celebrity that goes hand-in-glove with tear-down gossip? Just wondering, because not only is former Entertainment Tonight host Mary Hart, 70, full…Read more
Past & Curious: ‘Grease,’ Too?, Debbie Does Aerobics & More!
Links to the past with relevance today: In the prequel, will Sandy be in her 20s? (GIF via Paramount) BOING BOING: The movie version of Grease (1978) may be getting a prequel. Are you excited for it, or are you too hopelessly devoted to the original? This is me. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund) TWITTER: A…Read more
Stanley Donen, Last of the Golden Age Directors, Dies @ 94
Stanley Donen, the final surviving director from the Golden Age of Hollywood — and one of its most acclaimed — died of heart failure February 21 at home in Manhattan, his sons confirmed. (See ExtraTV.com for a version of his obit.) He was 94. Donen was born April 13, 1924, in South Carolina. To deal…Read more
Dead Reckoning: Which Year Was the Worst for Celeb Deaths?
By the end of 2016, it felt as if everyone famous had died. We lost an incredible number of A-listers, including, but not limited to, Carrie Fisher and her mom Debbie Reynolds, Muhammad Ali, Gene Wilder, David Bowie, Prince and George Michael. (more…)Read more
First Ladies: Opening Lines from 50+ Memoirs by Actresses
One of my favorite-ever posts at my LGBTQ blog Boy Culture was an exhaustive list of first and last lines from queer novels and novellas, here. (more…)Read more
Choreographer Patricia Birch Remembers the Creation of ‘Grease’
I'm a fan of Grease (1978), of course, but hadn't sat down and watched it all the way through in forever. That was one reason I high-tailed it over to Metrograph here in NYC. The other? Its legendary choreographer (and the director of its much-maligned sequel) Patricia Birch was appearing for a Q&A. (more…)Read more
GR8ERDAYS Millennial Challenge II: Marlon Who?
Herewith, the second part of my Millennial Challenge, in which you will find a video of millennials telling us what they know about Hollywood greats and a video of them remembering (or misremembering!) TV classics. (more…)Read more