April 25, 2023 The ultimate stage star (Image via head shot) The loss of Harry Belafonte at 96 is truly the loss of a great figure, not only in entertainment — where his supremacy was the stuff of legend — but also in the field of social justice and civil rights. The Jamaican-American "King of…Read more
Arthur Duncan, TV Trailblazer Who Defied Censors with Betty White, Dies @ 89
Sad news that legendary tap dancer Arthur Duncan died January 3. He was 89. A dapper Duncan at the height of his dance career (Image via Wiki) Duncan was esteemed as a lifelong dancer who became TV's first Black regular on a variety show when he joined The Betty White Show in 1954. Southern censors…Read more
‘Nevermind’ Child-Porn Suit, Capone’s Family Vault Opened, Josephine Baker to Be Interred at Panthéon & More
Links to the past, with relevance today: The most cynical lawsuit ever? (Image via Reddit) VARIETY: Now you've heard everything — Spencer Elden, the man who as an infant was immortalized on the 1991 album cover for Nirvana's Nevermind — is suing the band and various others for ... child pornography. Because showing him nude and…Read more
Dolly Art on Gay Club Wall, Sophia Loren’s Plan to ‘Go on Forever’ & More!
Links to the past with relevance today: Work of (P)art!(on) (Image via video still) CBS L.A.: Strut in Los Angeles commissioned a fabulous Dolly Parton mural by David Gilmore ... and it is spectacular! https://youtu.be/Jm9lOg1vRnA Parton is really "of the moment," as the establishment's owner, Luke Nero, asserts. More life ahead (Image via Edoardo Ponti/Netflix)…Read more
Al Green: ‘Who Did This?’ Plus: Lost ‘Parting Glances’ Q&A & More!
Links to the past, with relevance today: TWITTER: The legendary Al Green, 74, lit up Twitter with this found image. https://youtu.be/VFaiShW6ki4 KENNETH IN THE (212): Director Bill Sherwood (1952-1990) of Parting Glances (1986) is interviewed at length about his groundbreaking gay film in 1986. Sadly, he would only live another several years, due to AIDS. (They reference this…Read more
Biehn Too Long, Classic Commercials & More!
Links to the past, with relevance today: Biehn was suh-mokin'! (GIF via GIPHY) THR: Don't miss this long, long Q&A with Michael Biehn, 63, who speaks about how his role in The Terminator (1984) came about, saying his first reaction to the script and to the news that an Austrian bodybuilder was attached was decidedly…Read more
Elvis Presley’s Grandson Commits Suicide, Super Mario Super Auction & More!
Links to the past, with relevance today: Lisa Marie Presley with all four of her kids, Benjamin on the right (Image via Lisa Marie Presley) EXTRATV: RIP to Benjamin Keough, Elvis Presley's grandson. Giving parts of your anatomy a death wish (Image via video still) POSEIDON'S UNDERWORLD: Our favorite retro blogger is back with a…Read more
Kristian Alfonso Quits, ‘Dukes’ React to Flag Flap & More!
James in his prime (Image via Before I Forget/BearManor) THR: Please check out my interview with the late James Sheldon, who gave dish on James Dean, Marlo Thomas, Lynda Carter, Loni Anderson and more! From blushing bride to retiree, Alfonso was one of the daytime drama's most beloved actors. (Image via NBC) EXTRATV: Kristian Alfonso…Read more
ABC Superstar Flashback, RIP Hugh Downs & More — Past & Curious
Links to the past, with relevance today: She was gonna fly then! (Image via ABC) GREG IN HOLLYWOOD: If you missed John Wayne, Lola Falana and Charo all in the same place, Greg rounds it up. https://youtu.be/Ou9ELddBHvo What was Billie Hayes doing with Chuck Connors?! P.S. Here's what purports to be the entire opening, with…Read more
Vanessa Williams Looks Back, Aunt Jemima Looks Forward & More — Past & Curious
Links to the past, with relevance today: The Post's always been misogynist. (Image via NYP) EXTRATV: Vanessa Williams reflects on her experience as the first Black Miss America ... without even acknowledging how dirty the organization did her in pushing her out the door for some nude photos. A still from Passing Strangers (Image via…Read more