You know him as Gil Chesterton on Frasier, an Obie-winner from Jeffrey, a Broadway scene-stealer in The Drowsy Chaperone and Curtains, and from so many other credits. He's witty, wise, and a snappy dresser. And he's doing a live cabaret show which sounds like a must-see for urbane New Yorkers and ... More >>
Edward Albee loves the blisteringly good current Broadway revival of his landmark play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, but I had always heard he didn't care for the 1966 movie version starring Richard Burton and Liz Taylor as the bickering campus marrieds George and Martha. You know, the flick tha ... More >>
You don't have to be gay to enjoy the staggeringly entertaining and wildly campy clips I've compiled for you, but it helps. Simply click on the links and you'll see: Joan Crawford/Cyd Charisse, "Two Faced Woman" (narrated by Debbie Reynolds, of course). This defies description. Must be seen to be ... More >>
As everyone who's gay and/or cares about movies knows, Bette Davis vs. Joan Crawford was the real Godzilla vs. King Kong--a lifelong war between two movie icons battling it out for roles, closeups, and mutual torture opportunities. It figures that their big late-life teaming, the 1962 Granny Guigno ... More >>
Since Kathie Lee Gifford has co-written that Scandalous musical about Aimee Semple McPherson, maybe someone should tell her to add the above little tidbit. It was uttered with conviction by none other than the immortal Bette Davis. The two-time Oscar winner is quoted in Elizabeth Fuller's book Me ... More >>
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That's the bold contention of Dan Callahan's well written book Barbara Stanwyck, The Miracle Woman. Says he: "Mighty as they were, Davis and Hepburn were actors who sometimes indicated emotions, or ran roughshod over them. "Stanwyck only did that once, in Sorry, Wrong Number, her last Oscar bid. ... More >>
Susan Tyrrell, who died the other day, got recognized for her full-throttle acting when she was Oscar-nominated for John Huston's Fat City, the 1972 drama in which she played a spiteful alkie who throws herself into a fading boxer's life. But in 1983, SuSu told me her life didn't change after that ... More >>
We all know about classic stuff like Cary Grant making sure they cast Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady instead of him, and Doris Day not tarnishing her image by doing The Graduate--a part that would have resulted in her still working today. But here are some other weird cinematic decisions, courtesy of ... More >>
Rank them in order of their talent, their careers, their legend. In other words, who was/is the best? And second best? And third best? (With these three, even "third best" is pretty amazing, so don't be trepidacious about putting someone in that slot.)
Feuds have made Madonna exciting again, from Elton John snarling at her at every swivel to Lady Gaga appropriating Madonna's chord progression -- not to mention her spotlight -- in a "reductive" way. And I've figured out what this all reminds me of!
The first week I remember ever hearing American Top 40 with Casey Kasem on the radio, back in the summer of 1981, the No. 1 spot was a real cliffhanger. As Kasem explained, the week before, Kim Carnes's synth-pop smash "Bette Davis Eyes" had ceded the top spot after about a month, to a song ... More >>
Not just because I'm old-school and still actually mail things, including an occasional thank you card for anyone who hasn't pushed me into traffic lately. But because, as is commonly known, postal workers are cuckoo crazy, sore-picking, bugger-chomping, eyeball-rolling, soul-deadened nutjob ... More >>
christies.comIn 1963, the Best Actress race at the Oscars boiled down to a heated battle between Bette Davis for Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? and Anne Bancroft for The Miracle Worker (though the other nominees, Katharine Hepburn, Lee Remick, and Geraldine Page, all gave sterling performanc ... More >>
Diana Ross, 'Mahogany'Cinematic fashion shows are so much fun because they're usually only about five minutes long. Which are the most radiant? Thanks to Christian Freedom for this blog idea.
Happy Pride month! To celebrate, let's name the five gayest songs ever written--chosen because the LGBTS love 'em, not necessarily because they have specifically gay content in them: (5) "The Man That Got Away"--sung by Judy Garland When it was used by no fewer than two acts in the recent ... More >>
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CLICK HERE for my column in which I talk to the biggest star since Paris Hilton about her People cover, her taste in jewelry, and her advancing age. It's really kool! And by the way, she's not really single; she just started dating Calvin Klein model Gabriel Aubrey. Also in the column:
*Joan Crawford had a lifelong sexual crush on her arch rival Bette Davis and once tried to seduce Marilyn Monroe, which promptly ended their friendship. *Bette Davis turned down Mildred Pierce, which turned out to be Crawford's Oscar role, jumpstarting her faded career.
Brandon Flowers Highline Ballroom Thursday, August 26 But seriously, "Bette Davis Eyes"! Is that not a perfect fit for this guy? Blatantly nostalgic, a little serious, a little corny, a little, uh, smokey? You like it just a little more than you're willing to publicly admit? A perfect cover tune ... More >>
Goodbye to all that. Photo by Sam Horine.In the week one of our team successfully transitioned into the "expert" phase of her juggalo fascination, the rest of us just kind of got silly. Hence: the top ten songs named "Fuck You" or the immediate equivalent; Jay-Z's ten most shameful rock and r ... More >>
In 1973, Joan Crawford told a paying audience that Faye Dunaway was the only current movie actress who "has the talent and the class and the courage to become a real star." Poetically enough, Faye went on to play Joan in the 1981 film Mommie Dearest.
Brandon Flowers goes solo
The pint-sized sit-com star hosted my birthday party at the Times Square club kid hangout Club USA sometime in the '90s, and he was utterly delightful. Here's Catherine McGann's amazing photo capturing the sight of Gary and I, fronted by Brit wit Quentin Crisp, Oscar nominated actress Sylvi ... More >>
This is one of the wildest things ever. After telling variety show host Andy Williams that her new record sounds like Chubby Checker, legendary Bette Davis proceeds to belt out a tune inspired by her new Granny Guignol film Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? as Williams runs offstage for cover. And ... More >>
I love drag queens more than life itself, and I appreciate the timeless appeal of their Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, and Eartha Kitt impressions. It's important to keep those amazing legends alive! But if these impersonators don't mix it up and start updating their acts a little, they're goi ... More >>
My least favorite words to hear when out with friends at a restaurant are "Let's just split the check." It's not that I'm cheap--I mean it's not just that I'm cheap--it's that I don't drink and my culinary tastes are beyond humble, so chances are very high that I've charged up way less than ... More >>
No, not All About Steve, the new Sandra Bullock vehicle that's not going to nab that many Oscars. I mean All About Eve, the classic 1950 movie starring Bette Davis as a brittle, aging diva whose entire life is supplanted by a young con artist with a smile and a psychological hatchet in her purse.
Thanks to all my years spent watching hilarious works of cinema camp--some of them even intentionally funny--I've compiled my favorite lines, the kind that can only be uttered by over-the-hill divas in too much hair and makeup. My all-time faves: "So they drummed you out of Hollywood and you come ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. May 30, 1963, Vol. VIII, No. 32 The Village Voice 'Obies,' 1962-63 The Voice handed out its Eighth Annual "Obie" Awards in a somewhat chaotic but spirited ceremony on Saturday afternoon at the Village Gate. Invited theatre people and well-wi ... More >>
In 1950, two instant classics about the cruelty of show business, both starring older dames, went at it for Best Picture. Joe Mankiewicz's All About Eve--starring Bette Davis as an aging actress whose entire life is usurped by an unctuous fan--clobbered Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard, with Gloria S ... More >>
"These deeply personal, campy, and insightful essays illuminate the eternal bond between gay men and their fabulous diva icons," says the blurb on the back of a new book called My Diva. And you know it's true because that blurb was written by yours fucking truly! The book has 65 gay men beating off ... More >>
"What are YOU doing on the PATH train?" asked a bemused commuter last Saturday, his jaw dropping to the spit-out gum on the floor. Well, believe it or not, I do venture out of Manhattan every few years—especially when there's a screening of All About Eve in the glorious Loews Jersey City Theater, ... More >>
Lorca, London, and the Beatles: the doyenne playwright's new work
Festive fun that's both naughty and nice
On the Road With the Theatre Historical Society
Poor Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford, in the front row of the screening for Eyes Wide Shut, looked appalled; the film's a long, torturous meditation on adultery!
On The Ups And Downs Of Hollywood's Parting Shots