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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Battle of the Broadway Stars #9: 1987-88 Season


The following stars of the 1974-75 Broadway season (from the eighth Battle) will be moving on to Round 2:

Elizabeth Ashley (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof)
Ellen Burstyn (Same Time, Next Year)
John Cullum (Shenandoah)
Calvin Culver (Tubstrip)
Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Show)
Lola Falana (Doctor Jazz)
Peter Firth (Equus)
Joel Grey (Goodtime Charley)
Anthony Hopkins (Equus)
Angela Lansbury (Gypsy)
Stephanie Mills (The Wiz)
Rita Moreno (The Ritz)
Bernadette Peters (Mack & Mabel)
Robert Preston (Mack & Mabel)
Lynn Redgrave (My Fat Friend)
Maggie Smith (Private Lives)

PLEASE NOTE: The next Battle of the Broadway Stars will be on Tuesday, October 3.

Now on to our ninth battle, which takes us back to the 1987-88 Broadway season when the following 32 stars appeared on stage:
















Dish of the Day #2233: Does anyone still wear a hat?


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Today's Dish is Chris Champion.

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Emmys were workin' 9 to 5 last night



Lily, Dolly and Jane were the highlights of last night's 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. I adore all three of them, and it was so great to see them reunited as presenters (but it is hard to believe that it's been 37 years since 9 to 5). I was disappointed that neither Lily nor Jane won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Grace and Frankie - but I guess Julia Louis-Dreyfus needed a sixth consecutive Emmy for her performance on Veep (she is, of course, fabulous and deserving, but I think six awards for the same role is a bit much).


The other highlight of the evening was a standing ovation for Carol Burnett and Norman Lear, who were the presenters for Outstanding Comedy Series (which went to Veep for the third consecutive year).


The lowlight of the night was the surprise cameo appearance by Trump's former Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, who needs to go away and leave us alone. And the runner-up was Jermaine Fowler (from CBS's Superior Donuts) whose frequent screaming as the Emmys' announcer was neither hip nor entertaining - it was just downright irritating.

As for host Stephen Colbert, he was okay. His opening musical number of "Everything Is Better on TV" was fun, but his comedy bits with RuPaul (as "Emmy") and Jeffrey Wright (in a Westworld spoof) were not that funny. I give him and the telecast a grade of B- (but without the 9 to 5 reunion, it would have been a C).


Now here are all the winners (including some from last weekend's Creative Arts Emmy Awards). And my 12 correct predictions are the ones in pink:

Battle of the Movie Stars #118: 1997-2000, Round 3


The following stars of 1973-76 (from the 117th Battle) will be moving on to Round 4:

Ellen Burstyn (The Exorcist)
Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
Robert De Niro (Taxi Driver)
Faye Dunaway (Network)
Sam Elliott (Lifeguard)
Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
Jodie Foster (Taxi Driver)
Teri Garr (Young Frankenstein)
Madeline Kahn (Blazing Saddles)
Paul Newman (The Sting)
Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
Robert Redford (The Way We Were)
Maggie Smith (Murder by Death)
Sissy Spacek (Carrie)
Barbra Streisand (The Way We Were)
Gene Wilder (Young Frankenstein)

Now on to our 118th battle, which takes us back to 1997-2000 when the following 32 stars graced the silver screen:









Dish of the Day #2332: Does anyone still wear a hat?


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Friday, September 15, 2017

The Groovy List featuring Matthew Wilkas and other Successful People



The Groovy List is a weekly roundup of groovy gay pop culture:

Groovy Giveaway: Battle of the Sexes Prize Pack



Enter to win a Battle of the Sexes Prize Pack!

Fox Searchlight Pictures presents

Battle of the Sexes

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.

Directed by: Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton

Produced by: Christian Colson, Danny Boyle, Robert Graf

Starring: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Austin Stowell, Jessica Mcnamee, Natalie Morales, Fred Armisen, Martha MacIsaac, Mickey Sumner, Bridey Elliott, Eric Christian Olsen, Wallace Langham, Matt Malloy

Battle of the Sexes opens in select theaters September 22, everywhere September 29.

Five lucky winners will receive a prize pack that includes a retro-style T-shirt and a mini-poster. To enter to win this Groovy Giveaway, email your name, address AND shirt size to deepdish73@gmail.com. Winners must have a US mailing address, and entries close at midnight on Thursday, September 21 (CST).

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Dish of the Day #2231: Coffee, Tea or Me?


Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured. Vote for your favorite Dish of the Week in the poll below (the winner will compete for the title of Mr. September). And if you haven't yet voted for the Dish of the Month: Mr. August, choose your favorite hunk in the sidebar poll.

Today's Dishes are Josh Bailey and Justin Maccaro.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

365 Groovy Books Worth Reading #200 - 210


In honor of the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards this Sunday on CBS, today I continue my list of 365 Groovy Books Worth Reading featuring 11 TV-related books (in random order). Click here for the previous 199 books - and click on a title for more information or to purchase a copy:

200) Love Is All Around: The Making of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1989) by Robert S. Alley & Irby B. Brown
This is the first book to pay tribute to the 1970-77 CBS sitcom, and it includes a handy guide to all 168 episodes.


201) Shirley Jones: A Memoir (2013) by Shirley Jones (with Wendy Leigh)
“In this memoir you are going to meet the real, flesh-and-blood Shirley Jones, not just the movie star or Mrs. Partridge,” says the actress and singer who discusses her career (Oklahoma!, Carousel, The Music Man and, of course, The Partridge Family) as well as her marriages to Tony Award-winning actor Jack Cassidy and comedian Marty Ingels.

Dish of the Day #2230: Coffee, Tea or Me?


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