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Saturday, April 14, 2018

The Groovy List looks forward to visiting Grey Gardens again

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

1) Groovy Gal: Susan Anspach
The actress, who died April 2 at age 75, was best known for her roles in such films as The Landlord (1970), Five Easy Pieces (1970), Play It Again, Sam (1972), Blume in Love (1973), The Big Fix (1978), Running (1979), The Devil and Max Devlin (1981), Gas (1981) and Montenegro (1981). She also starred in two television series - the NBC prime time soap opera, The Yellow Rose (1983), and the ABC sitcom, The Slap Maxwell Story (1987-88). And she appeared on Broadway in the 1965 Terrence McNally play, And Things That Go Bump in the Night. Below you can watch her in Five Easy Pieces (with Jack Nicholson) and Montenegro.

2) Groovy Director: Miloš Forman
The director, who died Friday at age 86, won two Academy Awards for Best Director for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and Amadeus (1984) and three Golden Globes for Best Director for Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus and The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996). His other films include Loves of a Blonde (1965), The Firemen's Ball (1967), Taking Off (1971), Hair (1979), Ragtime (1981), Valmont (1989), Man on the Moon (1999) and Goya's Ghosts (2006). Below you can watch Forman accept his Oscars for Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus as well as the trailer for Hair (my favorite film of his).

3) Groovy Guy: Chuck McCann
The comedian and actor, who died April 8 at age 83, was the host of many children's TV shows in New York City during the 1960s and early '70s. His television and film credits include The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968), Turn-On (1969 ABC sketch comedy that only aired one episode), The Projectionist (1971), Jennifer on My Mind (1971), The Girl Most Likely to... (1973), Herbie Rides Again (1974), Linda Lovelace for President (1975), Far Out Space Nuts (1975 CBS Saturday morning children's show), All That Glitters (Norman Lear's 1977 syndicated soap opera spoof), Foul Play (1978), They Went That-A-Way & That-A-Way (1978), C.H.O.M.P.S. (1979), Lunch Wagon (1981), Mae West (a 1982 ABC movie as W.C. Fields), The Rosebud Beach Hotel (1984), Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1986), Santa Barbara (1987-88), Cameron's Closet (1988), Storyville (1992) and Boston Legal (2007-08). He also did voice work for many animated series, including Drak Pack (1980), Pac-Man (1982-83), DuckTales (1987-90), The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988-1990) and Fantastic Four (1994-95).

McCann appeared on the best-selling 1962 comedy album, The First Family, which lampooned President John F. Kennedy and his family. He also provided the voice of Sonny the Cuckoo Bird for Cocoa Puffs cereal from 1962 to 1978, and he appeared in a long-running series of commercials for Right Guard antiperspirant during the 1970s and '80s. Below you can watch McCann in The Projectionist (with Rodney Dangerfield), a 1972 Right Guard commercial, and a May 1977 interview with WPIX film critic Jeffrey Lyons.

4) Groovy Gal: Grace Jones
The singer discusses the documentary about her life, Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

5) Groovy Guy: Joshua Jackson
The actor, who is currently appearing in the Broadway revival of Children of a Lesser God, is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and's Show People with Paul Wontorek.

6) Groovy Guy: Ari Melber
The host of MSNBC's The Beat with Ari Melber is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

7) Groovy Guy: Randy Rainbow
He performs "You Can't Stop His Tweets!", his new song parody of Hairspray's "You Can't Stop the Beat".

8) Groovy Movie Trailer: That Summer
The documentary, which opens on May 18, chronicles life at Edith and Edie Beale's crumbling estate of Grey Gardens during the summer of 1972.

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