Seth Rogen To Pen Movie About Legendary Hollywood Hustler

L-R Scotty Bowers, Seth Rogen (images via Amazon, Instagram)

Searchlight Pictures will produce a feature film based on the documentary Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood. Seth Rogen (An American Pickle) and Evan Goldberg have been tapped to pen the script and Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) will direct the film.

From Deadline:

The film focuses on Scotty Bowers, a World War II Marine combat veteran who fought at the Battle of Iwo Jima and became a legendary bisexual male hustler and date-arranger for gay Hollywood movie stars from the 1940s until the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.

The docu is based on Bowers’ book Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars, a dishy tell-all that was so titled because Bowers arranged these liaisons from a gas station he ran in the shadow of the Hollywood studios.

Despite the prurient nature of his business, Bowers was beloved because he created a safe environment for gay members of the showbiz community to hook up in secret in what otherwise would have been a much more dangerous and possibly deadly pursuit.

CGI May Replace Physical Romance As Hollywood Ramps Up Again

L-R Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer in ‘Call Me By Your Name’

As of June 12, movie production in Hollywood will be allowed to resume. But the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will still be felt as actors get back into character.

Not only will social distancing be required, but sexual distancing will also be the name of the game as well.

A leaked 22-page document authored by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, a group comprised of Hollywood studios, as well as Dr. Daniel Uslan, an infectious disease specialist at UCLA Medical Center, contains a list of guidelines that affect everyone working on a set.

According to the document, “close contact moments” like romantic interludes or sex scenes should “either be rewritten, abandoned or CGI (computer-based imagery) fixes them.”

The guidelines also advise that any fight scenes be reconsidered.

In addition to the new rules for on-screen action, crew members will have to wear protective gear onset and every set will have to have a ‘coronavirus compliance officer’ present. Minors who might be overactive are to be relocated to off-set locations, and it’s suggested that actors and crew members keep petting animal actors to a minimum.

TV shows will continue to broadcast without live audiences present. Plus, casting directors will be required to conduct auditions behind plexiglass barriers.

Production in Hollywood came to an abrupt halt in mid-March as the coronavirus health threat spread across the country. Since then, several TV talk shows have turned to CGI for more creative backgrounds as hosts broadcast from their homes during the shelter-at-home orders in California.

New Netflix Series ‘Styling Hollywood’ Premieres August 30

L-R Jason Bolden, Adair Curtis (image courtesy Netflix)

The new Netflix series Styling Hollywood follows celebrity stylist Jason Bolden and his interior designer husband Adair Curtis as they run their lifestyle company JSN STUDIO while balancing marriage and life’s ups and downs.

With their talented crew of colorful employees, watch as they curate “Black Girl Magic” for some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Eve, and Ava DuVernay (just to name a few).

Styling Hollywood premieres on Netflix August 30.

Check out the official trailer below, or click over to YouTube here.

(via press release)

Music Video “Love Or Drugs” Is A Satirical Take On Hollywood’s ‘Over The Top’ BS

Recording artist Rilanskewers Hollywood with his satirical music video take on the city of angels, “Love Or Drugs.”
Rilan takes aim at ‘over the top’ Hollywood with his music video “Love Or Drugs”

Recording artist Rilan skewers Hollywood with his satirical music video take on the city of angels, “Love Or Drugs.”

Growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana, Rilan knew he wasn’t like the other kids as he spent his time acting, singing, dancing and listening to 70s glam rock and 80s synth pop artists like David Bowie, Prince and Boy George.

When the time came to begin his journey as an adult, Rilan chose to head to Los Angeles and pursue music rather than spend years studying in college.

Rilan thought he would find in the city of angels a community of artists looking to express their authentic selves.

It turns out that wasn’t what the young artist experienced in Hollywood.

(from the music video “Love Or Drugs”)

“Everyone pretends they’re flawless, famous, and filthy rich when in reality they’re broke, broken, and bitter, constantly looking for anything that will make them feel better,” Rilan laments. “Most of the time, that’s sex or drugs.”

Not one to mince words, the 24-year-old calls it like he sees it.

“Everyone I’ve dated in LA has been a user,” says Rilan. “A user of people, money, substances or all three. They are who ‘Love Or Drugs’ is about.”

“‘Love Or Drugs’ is a satire,” he explains. “It’s everything I’ve seen while going out and trying to fit in in the Los Angeles music scene. It’s everything that people do but don’t talk about. It’s ridiculous, it’s over the top, it’s bullshit, and that’s exactly what Hollywood is.”

The former GLEE cast member (he spent 2015 as a ‘Dalton Academy Warbler’) says the only way he knows how to deal with the fakery is to make fun of it.

With an all-star team that includes manager Randy Jackson (American Idol) and Lady Gaga’s choreographer Richy Jackson, Rilan envisioned the music video for “Love Or Drugs” as “an exaggeration of parties in LA.”

Calling the new song “a big F U to pop culture,” the young artist says he rejects what popular music has come to represent nowadays, “Money, sex, drugs, and superficiality.”

Proud of having “never been normal,” Rilan dedicates the new song to “all of the weird kids who showed up to the party and left early because it really wasn’t cool after all.”

Fans think the singer/dancer is pretty cool, though. His debut music video, “Chemical,” has garnered over 2.2 million views on YouTube.

Check out “Love or Drugs” below.

You can follow Rilan on Instagram here, Twitter here, and Facebook here.

Major Movies Featured Fewer LGBTs In 2017

(still from Call Me By Your Name)

While the LGBTQ community was giddy over the success of gay-themed Call Me By Your Name at this year’s Academy Awards where James Ivory won the Oscar for “Best Screenplay,” a new study shows depictions of LGBTQ characters in movies released by major studios last year actually declined.

LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD took a look at the 109 films released by major studios in 2017. And in issuing their annual Studio Responsibility Index found that gay, lesbian, bi, trans and queer characters appeared in only 14 films (12.8%).

That marks a precipitous drop from the 18.4% of major studio films found to be inclusive in 2016. Indeed, this is the lowest percentage of films featuring LGBTQ characters since GLAAD began reporting on the issue in 2012.

Additionally, GLAAD notes that many of the gay characters in 2017 films were barely seen on screen. Looking at the 14 films that included LGBTQ characters, in half of them the LGBTQ characters had less than five minutes of screen time.

There was some good news to report: diversity increased as 16 of the 28 LGBT-identified characters were people of color. That makes for 57% of the total characters in 2017 versus only 20% in 2016.

It’s important to note that the report did not include the LGBTQ representation in the films released by the smaller, boutique labels like Sony Pictures Classics, which produced Call Me By Your Name, and Fox Searchlight, which served up the Billie Jean King/Bobby Riggs redux, Battle of the Sexes.

When you add those outlets to other similar offices – like Universal’s Focus and Lionsgate affiliate Roadside Attractions – to the mix, you do get a more diverse, inclusive result.

Of the 40 films released by those labels in 2017, 28% contained LGBTQ characters, which is almost double the 17% in 2016.

In a recent interview with Time Out London, Sir Ian McKellen spoke about the lack of LGBTQ representation in Hollywood:

“Well, nobody looks to Hollywood for social commentary, do they? They only recently discovered that there were black people in the world. Hollywood has mistreated women in every possible way throughout its history. Gay men don’t exist. Gods and Monsters [1998], I think, was the beginning of Hollywood admitting that there were gay people knocking around, even though half of Hollywood is gay.”

News Round-Up: September 1, 2017

(via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

Roberto Caccamo gets a jump start on the weekend. #ThisBeMeIn321

• Four-time Grammy Award winner/out singer-songwriter Sam Smith announces new music due out next week.

• L’Oréal fires transgender model Munroe Bergdorf for speaking out against racism.

• Hollywood is singing the blues as summer comes to an end and the LA Times reports the lowest number of movie tickets sold in the U.S. since 1992.

• Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers says society is getting better about accepting gays in the locker room, but players still have “a fear of job security” if they might come out.

• September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time to connect with those affected by suicide and to share resources to better support individuals to prevent suicide. According to a 2016 study by the Center for Disease Control, 43% of lesbian, gay and bisexual high school students seriously considered suicide in the previous 12 months, compared to 15 percent of their heterosexual peers. Find more info at the Human Rights Campaign.

• Dance into the weekend with these new remixes of “Carefully Taught” by Tony/Grammy Award winner Billy Porter and India.Arie. The first is by Quentin Harris, the second by John J-C Carr.

Hollywood Veteran Robert Loggia Passes Away At 85

Hollywood veteran and Oscar nominee Robert Loggia passed away yesterday at the age of 85.

Loggia had been battling Alzheimer’s Disease for the past five years, according to his widow. They had been married for 33 years.

He was nominated for a supporting actor Academy Award for “Jagged Edge” in 1986 for his portrayal of blunt private detective Sam Ransom.

Loggia’s most notable film credits included “An Officer and a Gentleman,” “Prizzi’s Honor,” “Independence Day,” David Lynch’s “Lost Highway” and “Big,” in which he played a toy company owner and performed a memorable duet on a giant foot-operated piano with Tom Hanks. He played Miami drug lord Frank Lopez in “Scarface.”

Loggia was nominated for an Emmy in 1989 for his portrayal of FBI agent Nick Mancuso in the series “Mancuso FBI” — which has a spin-off of the character he created in the “Favorite Son” miniseries starring Harry Hamlin — and again in 2000 for his guest star role in “Malcolm in the Middle.”

Loggia’s “tough guy” voice was unmistakeable. But what rounded out his performances was his ability to balance “tough guy” with heart.

My favorite scene ever by the unforgettable Loggia – from the movie Big with Tom Hanks.

Trailer: “Tab Hunter Confidential”

From the movie’s official website:

Throughout the 1950s, Tab Hunter reigned as Hollywood’s ultimate male heartthrob. In dozens of films – and in the pages of countless movie magazines – Tab’s astonishing looks and golden-boy sex appeal drove his fans to screaming, delirious frenzy, making him the prototype for all young matinee idols to come.

Bristling against being just another pretty face and wanting to be taken seriously, Tab was one of the few to be able to transcend pin-up boy status. He earned his stripes as an actor to become a major movie star and recording artist.

But throughout his years of stardom, Tab had a secret. Tab Hunter was gay, and spent his Hollywood years in a precarious closet that repeatedly threatened to implode and destroy him. Now, Tab’s dramatic, turbulent and ultimately inspiring life story has become an explosive documentary feature directed by Emmy award winning filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz.

In theaters mid-October 2015.

Donna Douglas Of “Beverly Hillbillies” Fame Passes At 81

Douglas in more recent years; and publicity photo from The Beverly Hillbillies

Donna Douglas, who played the sweet, simple “Elly Mae Clampett” on the 1960s hit TV comedy, has passed away at the age of 81.

From Deadline:

Douglas began her entertainment industry career as an illustration model for toothpaste ads in the late ’50s. After a few TV appearances, as the “Letters Girl” on The Perry Como Show and the “Billboard Girl” on The Steve Allen Show, she was dubbed “Miss By-line” by the New York media. That led to an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show where she was spotted by film producer Hal Wallis who cast her in her first feature, playing Marjorie Burke in Career. She went to play a series of bit parts in films including Li’l Abner (1959) and Lover Come Back in 1961. Douglas made her only starring turn in a feature film, as Frankie in Frederick de Cordova’s Frankie And Johnny (1966), opposite Elvis Presley.

She appeared on numerous TV shows in the 50s and 60s, including The Twilight Zone (“The Eye of the Beholder”), CBS detective series Checkmate, along with U.S. Marshal, The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet, Bachelor, Adam 12 and Route 65. But her career took a major turn with the role of tomboy Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-1971. She starred on the show for all nine seasons, along with Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Nancy Kulp, Raymond Bailey, and Max Baer, Jr.

In its first two years, The Beverly Hillbillies was the No. 1 show in the U.S. In 1981, she returned for a made-for-TV reunion movie, The Return Of The Beverly Hillbillies.