Lounging on a sofa in a sparkly blue caftan in a picture-perfect Beverly Hills mansion while chain smoking and waiting for the phone to ring, Bette Midler plays campy 1970s producer Alan Carr in the new Broadway one-person show I'll Eat You Last. Oh, sorry, she's playing campy 1970s superagent Sue M ... More >>
I'm hearing that stars who'll be gracing Cherry Grove's Ice Palace with performances this summer will include... Chita Rivera Margaret Cho John Waters
Those World of Wonder cuties Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey have produced all sorts of colorful movies and TV shows, and now they've birthed a book chronicling their extremely vivid life in the culture. Gay.net has thoughtfully compiled 10 of the gay-gay-gay portraits included in the book--all pho ... More >>
Last night, I saw Shut Up And Play The Hits, a new doc in which we see LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy talking to a reporter about the group's dissolution in between filmed songs from their final concert. And why the breakup? Did someone cheat? Was a band member afraid that Scientology would harm t ... More >>
Tonight, we'll be covering the 84th Annual Academy Awards, live from a computer. Stay here on Runnin' Scared for exclusive insight and commentary from a Hollywood insider who has seen THREE movies this year (not including a two-part episode of The Mentalist that looked pretty big-budget). Who ... More >>
Jay-Z/Kanye West Izod Center Saturday, November 5 Better than: New Jersey's usual offerings. "I hear the show is a big fucking deal! I hear you disappearing and things, running around the fucking venue, coming in from behind the people, singing those hit tunes... Dudes is wiggling their foot from ... More >>
Jeff Stryker is one of the all-time great gay porn stars, but that doesn't always help you cross over into things like nude spreads in Playgirl. In this heartfelt letter I've somehow gotten ahold of, Jeff (aka Charles Peyton) tells Playgirl's Daniel Nardicio why he's a viable candidate despi ... More >>
If you thought the ceremonies weren't funny, don't blame him.
I mean, you know, dress like Cher. On the Oscars. But an unexpected occurrence got in the way of that, so he got dolled up as Marilyn instead. Click here for my breezy Q&A with funny man slash Oscar writer Bruce Vilanch, and that will all be gorgeously explained, with full accessories.
Part of the fun of having all those faux-friendships on Facebook is that you can constantly tell people stuff like, "My friend Rihanna said..." Naturally, you don't add that you've never actually met the woman! So here's my query: Do you have any famous FB friends, and did you go after th ... More >>
I was just on Judith Regan's show on Sirius radio when my husbear Bruce Vilanch phoned in and revealed that he'll again be writing the jokes for the Oscar telecast. Vilanch said he recently met with first-time hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway to see how to optimize their presence on the ... More >>
LCD Soundsystem, whose song "Pow Pow" features the immortal line "Eat it, Michael Musto/You're no Bruce Vilanch," has just come up with a video for the song, starring Oscar nominated actress Anna Kendrick. That's exactly who I'd pictured to play me!
Swing-dancing, Fringe-watching, Montauk-visiting—almost relaxing
Thanks for reading, James.To recap: LCD Soundsystem's "Pow Pow," from their in fact very excellent new record This Is Happening, deigns to take an explicit shot at our very own Michael Musto, i.e. "Eat it Michael Musto/You're no Bruce Vilanch." We interview Musto, who responds with "Suck it, ... More >>
James MurphyI'm still getting mileage out of that semi-pseudo yet somehow very real feud with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy. Every time he chants "Eat it, Michael Musto/You're no Bruce Vilanch" in some song or other, I get a big media ka-ching out of it. Today's "Gatecrasher" column in The ... More >>
Why won't you DIE?
When LCD Soundsystem's song "Pow Pow" was leaked and turned out to include the lyric "Eat it, Michael Musto/You're no Bruce Vilanch" I was simultaneously thrilled, appalled, and confused. Confused mainly because I couldn't for the life of me figure why singer James Murphy was pissed at me, a ... More >>
"Eat it Michael Musto: you're no Bruce Vilanch!" So goes James Murphy's pernicious insult of our dearly beloved and long-serving nightlife columnist on "Pow Pow," one of two partial tracks to leak last night from LCD Soundsystem's much anticipated, yet to be titled third record, due in May. ( ... More >>
Today, in our daily Twitter roundup, there're lots of people getting shitfaced in New York for St. Patrick's Day, and...we could care less about them, here. More important is the beef we smell cooking up between a familiar gossip columnist and a familiar New York rock act. Where is it? And wh ... More >>
Movie award fever flares up again! If you think the expanded list of Best Picture nominees (from five to 10) with which the Academy will experiment in 2010 is an embarrassment of riches (or just an embarrassment), take a look at the list of 63 eligible Best Song contenders they released last week. ... More >>
I adore Bruce Vilanch and his sparkly mouth and have to express my condolences over having lost his assistant---to jail, that is. According to the attached report, the assistant, Seth Apper--or Scott Adler, if you prefer his escort name--was busted not long ago for selling coke and sits behi ... More >>
Talking with the smart Jeff Daniels and plotting our Tonys revenge.
That's the message of this week's column, in which Jeff Daniels--currently in the rom-com The Answer Man--tells me that when he worked with Jack ages ago in Terms of Endearment, he was amazed to learn that the superstar isn't always the answer man himself. Daniels also tells me about whether he's g ... More >>
"I am Chastity Bono," said funnyman Bruce Vilanch on entering the stage at the Fire Island Dance Festival, which he MC'd. "I'm in transition." The event raised money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, presenting various dance troupes doing short pieces, interpersed with Vilanch emitting ha-has ... More >>
The Deutsche Bank fire is Mayor Bloomberg's "defining debacle," says Wayne Barrett, "a failure of leadership, accountability, and transparency, revealed in one law enforcement report or news story after another." But with the help of a complaisant press, the Mayor's getting off the hook. Asked why ... More >>
Wear a condom while reading this: My sit-down with the Russian-born gay-porn czar
Usually I scream bloody murder when a gay man marries a woman, but when Jack Wrangler hooked up with Margaret Whiting all those years ago, I thought, "Well, maybe." She was 55, he was 33. She was a classic, old-style singer, he was a once-raunchy porn star. She was a woman, he was a gay. But they bo ... More >>
Movie musical of the musical of the movie is nowhere near divine
Not only in Lady Chatterley, but also in Lake's and Polley's latest. (And even a role for tiny me.)