“I’m gonna say one thing – ‘Fuck Trump!’ It’s no longer ‘Down with Trump,’ it’s ‘Fuck Trump!'” – Robert De Niro takes the Tonys (and CBS) by surprise and gets a standing ovation at Radio City Music Hall.
Last week, I attended the 40th anniversary screening of the restored version of “Grease” on the Paramount lot. In circumstances far too convoluted to explain, I was part of a small handful of elite VIPs – primarily cast members who were guests of director Randal Kleiser.
After the screening, scores of fans descended onto our group to get autographs and photos. Twice, people asked if I was in the film. OK, let’s do the math – the film is celebrating 40 years. Exactly how old do I look?
Eventually, I told people I was the stand-in for Cha Cha – the best dancer at Saint Bernadette’s!
Aside from that, Miss DiGregorio, how did you like the film? I loved it. The restoration work is amazing. The video has never looked so pristine or vivid, and the audio re-mastering let me hear bits of background dialogue for the first time. I wholeheartedly recommend getting the Blu-ray.
One doesn’t often get to meet a childhood crush, but while I was hangin’ with the T-Birds, pal Barry Pearl, who played Doody, introduced me to Kelly Ward, who played the blond Putzie. The fact that Kelly didn’t run for the hills when I confessed he was my secret love only endeared him to me more (truth be told, I spent much of the evening dancing with his wife than I did mooning over him). While watching “Grease,” I was struck by how much Kelly looked like Tab Hunter.
And that leads to our next story.
In the 2005 book “Tab Hunter Confidential” (and the subsequent documentary in 2015), the actor discusses his clandestine love affair with fellow queer actor, Anthony Perkins. That story will be the genesis of a film currently in development. “Tab & Tony” is being produced by Zachary Quinto and J.J. Abrams.
I am thrilled to report that Lisa Kudrow is returning to must see TV. Kudrow is poised to reprise one of her most popular roles, which originally aired on Thursday nights on NBC. Yes, obviously I am talking about Ursula on “Mad About You.” While talks of rebooting the Paul Reiser/Helen Hunt sitcom persist, we hear that both Carol Burnett and Kudrow have expressed interest in returning to the fold. Throw in the sensational Cynthia Harris as Paul’s mother and I’m in. OK, I also want Richard Kind. Thank you.
You know what Shawn Mendes wants to get his hands on? Justin Bieber’s underwear. Well, who could blame him?
It all happened during an episode of James Corden’s show. Shawn was doing “Carpool Karaoke,” and he mentioned that even though he lives on his own, his mum still does his housework and laundry.
This gave Corden the perfect opportunity to say, “You know, Justin Bieber wears a new pair of underpants every day. I think he then sells them online.” Without batting a perfectly mascaraed lash, Mendes said, “I’d buy them.” In case he didn’t hear right, Corden asked, “How much would you pay for Justin Bieber’s underpants?” “I’d probably cap it at like $500.” James then asked Mendes how much he’d pay for a pair of his (Corden’s) undies. “I would pay to not have a pair of your underpants. I would pay for them to be as far away from me as possible.” Charming.
Meanwhile, West Hollywood continues to be a beacon to the rest of the world. And I know this for a fact because that’s what they told me at the Rainbow Key Awards. At least twice during the course of the evening, people were described as shining like the Olympic torch – those are pretty big shoes to fill, especially from a buncha people most of you don’t know. The most famous honoree was our very own Kathy Griffin, who was ushered in through the back door (but not before waving and saying “Hi, Billy” to me). Griffin used the opportunity to once again reiterate her support for the gay community, her resistance to the Trump presidency and her commitment to speaking out at all costs. You can see her entire acceptance speech on BillyMasters.com.
Picture it, June 1, 2004. Way back then, I married gay porn superstar Kurt Young in a ceremony that was far from legal. In fact, most of the things we did on our honeymoon are still illegal in six states, but I digress. The point is, we’re married, and I defy anyone to question that – even Kurt’s partner, West Hollywood mayor John Duran, who actually officiated over our ceremony.
Anything goes in WeHo – the same city that gives out awards to Stormy Daniels and Kathy Griffin.
I’m looking to sell my undies to Shawn Mendes (Sometimes I wear undies). So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.