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Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Groovy List featuring Austin Stowell and Dame Judi Dench

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

1) Groovy Guy: Harry Dean Stanton
The actor, who died September 15 at age 91, played polygamist prophet Roman Grant on the 2006-11 HBO series, Big Love. He also played Molly Ringwald's father in the 1986 comedy, Pretty in Pink, and trailer park owner Carl Rodd in the 1992 film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, and in the 2017 Showtime revival of the series. Other film credits include Cool Hand Luke (1967), What's the Matter With Helen? (1971), Cisco Pike (1972), Dillinger (1973), Where the Lilies Bloom (1974), The Godfather Part II (1974), Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins (1975), Rancho Deluxe (1975), Farewell, My Lovely (1975), 92 in the Shade (1975), Straight Time (1978), Alien (1979), The Rose (1979), The Black Marble (1980), Private Benjamin (1980), Escape from New York (1981), One from the Heart (1982), Young Doctors in Love (1982), Christine (1983), Repo Man (1984), Paris, Texas (1984), Red Dawn (1984), One Magic Christmas (1985), Fool for Love (1985), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Twister (1989), Wild at Heart (1990), She's So Lovely (1997), The Straight Story (1999), The Green Mile (1999), Inland Empire (2006), Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2012) and Lucky (2017). Stanton was also the best man at actor Jack Nicholson's 1962 wedding.

Below you can watch Harry Dean Stanton in two appearance on Late Night with David Letterman in October 1984 and December 1985, in a sketch (with Robert Downey Jr. and Joan Cusack) as the host of Saturday Night Live in January 1986, in a scene from Pretty in Pink (with Jon Cryer), and on the AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Nicholson (with Art Garfunkel) in March 1994.

2) Groovy Guy: Jimmy Kimmel
The talk show host shares his thoughts on Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham’s new health “care” bill.

3) Groovy Gal: Ellen DeGeneres
The talk show host tells her guest Megyn Kelly why she will not have Donald Trump on her show.

4) Groovy Gal: Dame Judi Dench
The 82-year-old Academy Award-winning actress, whose new film, Victoria & Abdul, opened yesterday, is a guest on Ellen and The Late Late Show with James Corden (and guest Kyle MacLachlan).

5) Groovy Gal: Pamela Adlon
The Emmy-nominated actress, who is currently starring in the second season of her FX series, Better Things, is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and AOL's BUILD Series.

6) Groovy Cast: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally of Will & Grace
They appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and in the recent NBC special, The Paley Center Salutes the Best of Will & Grace. The NBC sitcom returns for a 16-episode ninth season beginning on September 28.

7) Groovy Trio: Billie Jean King, Andrea Riseborough and Austin Stowell
The former tennis star joins the two actors to promote their new film, Battle of the Sexes (which opened yesterday), on AOL's BUILD Series. Riseborough and Stowell - who play the respective roles of King's secret lover and King's husband in the movie - are also guests on TODAY (I saw the film earlier this week and enjoyed it a lot).

8) Groovy Music: Gwen Stefani's "You Make It Feel Like Christmas" featuring Blake Shelton
She has released the title track from her new Christmas album, which will be released on October 6 (click here to pre-order it).

9) Groovy Web Series: Bloomers
It's been over four years since we last saw this engaging comedy/drama about a group of L.A. friends, but now the series is finally returning for a third season in early 2018. Click here to catch up on the first two seasons. You can also follow Bloomers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

10) Groovy Web Series: Where the Bears Are
The sixth season of this award-winning gay comedy mystery web series continues as the police arrest Nelson for the murder of Toby Marsden. To catch up on the series, go to You can also follow the Bears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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