The Basement Tapes

After serving 15 years for the somewhat sensational 1986 sex murder in Central Park of Jennifer Levin, Robert Chambers is in the news again. The so-called Preppie Killer was released from prison in 2004 and arrested two days ago with his girlfriend Shawn Kovell for selling mounds of cocaine to undercover agents. He could go back to prison for life. ... See the Rest

The Basement Tapes

Bless her, Jane Wyman had been around Hollywood winning awards and respect long enough that she didn't have to put up with mushy-mouthed producers talking under their breath as they adjusted lights and recorded room tone while she sat there with a fixed expression for what must have seemed like days, waiting to talk about costume designer Edith ... See the Rest

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It was October or maybe November of 1998. Fenton Bailey was taping an interview with the award-winning actress Jane Wyman for the WOW series Hollywood Fashion Machine on AMC. The episode was about lauded costume designer Edith Head, and Wyman didn't see why Bailey wasn't asking her about "Edie." She got a little cranky. We dug this clip out of the ... See the Rest

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Legendary talent agent Ruth Webb died last week in Los Angeles after a long pulmonary illness. She was 88. Webb, known as the "Auntie Mame of agents," began in showbiz as a summer stock and Broadway actress, appearing in the original production of On the Town. She posed on the covers of magazines and was a featured model for Chesterfield ... See the Rest

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In 1993, RuPaul hosted a wonderful Christmas special that aired in the UK. Among her guests were Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Kurt Cobain. It was the year Nirvana had performed that memorable set on MTV Unplugged, and they got even further unplugged sitting on the floor in a dressing room holding tiny cutouts of RuPaul and singing "We Wish You ... See the Rest

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There are almost three hours left to vote in Los Angeles, so if you haven't yet perhaps this stirring music video from the Fabulous Pop Tarts will encourage you to help get someone "Elected." It was back in 1980s New York that our fearless leaders, using the professional names Randy Pop and Fenton Tart, labored at toyed with becoming a musical act. ... See the Rest

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In 1999, WOW had a show on HBO called Naked Players Meet the People, in which real people encountered naked professional entertainers in certain sexually volatile situations, i.e. a mattress store, a condom giveaway at the beach, and in this clip a sperm bank. Unwitting participants answered an ad in the paper for sperm donors who would be paid ... See the Rest

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Why is this in our basement? It's not ours. We didn't make it. Or did we? It's kind of spooky. It appears to be some kind of proposal film from 1989, made by people not unlike the Dharma Initiative, that tells of a very large and grand museum "for the 21st century" that would cover everything and not be boring. And would not be Epcot Center. It ... See the Rest