Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Old Hollywood Takes a Hit: Roger Moore Is Dead at 89; Dina Merrill at 93

I don't think I've ever seen a James Bond film -- just not my kind of thing -- so I don't even have a favorite actor in the role. But another gay blogger remembers the suave Brit who played 007 in seven movies between 1973 and 1985 HERE.

Dina Merrill was once declared "Hollywood's new Grace Kelly"

More up my alley was the gorgeous little-rich-girl-turned-actress Dina Merrill, whose parents were the E.F. Hutton and cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. (Post's family was the original owner of Mar-a-Lago before it was turned into a Russian brothel.)  

Then-husband Cliff Robertson played the villainous Shame on "Batman"

Merrill lived the kind of life that people just don't seem to live anymore -- heiress to two fortunes; grew up in luxury, spending six months a year on the family yacht  where the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were sometime guests; married three bold-faced names, became a noted actress and philanthropist. But her turn as Calamity Jan on "Batman" will always be one of my favorite memories of her. Read her fascinating New York Times obituary HERE.

Me Undies Invites You to 'Celebrate Yourself'

Here's one for you, boys! MeUndies is launching its first-ever Pride campaign known as “Celebrate Yourself.” For every pair of this specially selected underwear sold, $1 will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center -- the world’s largest provider of programs and services for LGBT people -- benefiting the Center’s youth services. Meet the models and shop for a good cause now HERE.

Debbie Harry: Synthetic (Only on Request)

The Blondie bombshell covers the June/July issue of Nylon magazine, in which she confirms that this summer's double billing with Garbage will mean a lot of unhappy fans. "I'm just going to get up there at the beginning of the show and say: 'No tears. You're not going to hear 'The Tide Is High.' You're not going to hear this one one; you're not going to hear that one." Fair enough. (And she's not going to hear me in the audience!) Read HERE.

Tennis Tuesday

This Oscar-Winning Actress Once Hosted a Public-Access Talk Show

Who is Joan Fontaine? Proof HERE.

Christian Anti-Science Hall Monitor

Song of the Day: 'Shout' by Tears for Fears

Order HERE.

Thought it was fitting that "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" came on the radio -- back when songs you actually wanted to hear were played on the radio -- as my pals Yuki, Deanna and I pulled out of the parking lot at Dobson High after rehearsal for graduation in early June 1985. Now a new book explains what the band was all about:
You already know that Tears for Fears' hugely catchy, emotionally resonant hits made it one of the most interesting bands of the ‘80s and ‘90s. But you may not know that their work is based on the theories of a charismatic L.A. psychologist. In "Shout to Change," Dan Friedman explains the fascinating underpinnings of Tears for Fears songs. You'll look at Tears for Fears with new eyes — and listen with new ears.

Morning Wood

Page 1 Roundup (05/23)

The Daily News: Cops identify Ariana Grande concert bomber as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, a British-born man of Libyan origin

The New York Post: Also on Tuesday, the police arrested a 23-year-old man outside a nearby supermarket. It was not immediately clear whether or how that man was connected to the attack

 (I predict he will have had nothing to do with it -- it's always a lone nut.)

The New York Times: Former C.I.A. Chief Tells of Concern Over Possible Russia Ties to Trump Campaign

The Wall Street Journal: Amazon’s Latest Market Disruption: 1.7 Million Free Bananas 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hate and Homophobia Roundup -- UPDATE


The Guardian: Manchester police confirm 22 dead, 59 injured after explosion following Ariana Grande concert. Suicide-bomber suspected.

WGRZ: Gay Couple and Their 3 Kids Denied ‘Family Boarding’ Privileges by Southwest Airlines

This is never going to end, is it?

Towelroad: Dublin Gay Bar Hit With Homophobic, Neo-Nazi Graffiti

Boy Culture: Indonesia Police Arrest 141 Men Accused of Having Gay Sex Party

The Daily News: That sounds about right.

International Business Times: Texas Curbs Transgender Students' Right to Choose Bathrooms

NPR: Suspect in hate killing is a member of 'Alt-Reich' Facebook group, police say

DNAinfo: Catholic School Teacher Says Students Outed Him As Gay — Then He Was Fired 

The Australian: Bangladeshi police arrest 29 at LGBT meet

Salon: Mississippi Rep. Karl Oliver says those removing Confederate monuments "should be lynched" (He's "sorry" now.)

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