Bitch, Please!: Cecil Beaton Disses Liz, Andy, Garbo, Brando…

ANDY WARHOL AT THE FACTORY: Most curious and indescribable, the haunted world presided over by the zombie, more dead than alive since he was shot, of Andy Warhol. At first the mercurial groups of strange people, sitting around in silence and moving pointlessly around his huge factory, were difficult to capture. But eventually I felt I had a valuable addition to the exhibition. Warhol, looking through some art magazines says, ‘Isn’t the art scene today revolting! Oh I wish I could think of a way of making it worse!’ May 1969, New York

He photographed the pretty much creative class of the 20th century —writers, musicians, artist and actors —his photos captured his subjects’ likeness. Hugo Vickers, the executor of Beaton's estate has combined his remarks from Beaton’s journals, The Unexpurgated Beaton together with his famous portraits into a new book. He didn’t always say the ... See the Rest

Justin Vivian Bond Takes on Tennessee Williams

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Trans icon Justin Vivian Bond makes her triumphant return to Joe's Pub this week in an original performance piece based on The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone.  ... See the Rest

Flashback 1954: Tennessee Williams

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Tennessee Williams in Istanbul. (via mattadore; photo: Ara Guler) ... See the Rest

Two Things

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Elizabeth Taylor, who would be Maggie the Cat in the movie version of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Benjamin Walker as Brick in the recent Broadway revival of the play. (Photos via mattadore) ... See the Rest

Liz and Dick (and We Don’t Mean Richard)

Joseph L. Mankiewicz Tribute

A still and a gif of Elizabeth Taylor in a transparent-when-wet bathing suit from Joseph L Mankiewicz' overwrought and overacted 1959 movie of Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer, arguably the gayest of Williams' gay oeuvre, made even gayer by Gore Vidal co-writing the screenplay with Williams. In fact, James St James tells us that seeing the ... See the Rest

Logan Marshal Green Cast as Tennessee Williams in Lonely Hunter Biopic

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Um, yum. Good for Tennessee, right? I'm sure he'd be pleased that such a strapping young morsel is playing him in the upcoming Carson McCullers biopic. The movie, starring Jena Malone as the Southern Gothic novelist, is set to go before cameras this year, and casting is ongoing for McCullers’ other pals like Truman Capote and Gypsy Rose Lee. Might ... See the Rest

Meet your gentleman caller

Yes, sweet Benny McKenzie is Jim, the Gentleman Caller in the new production of The Glass Menagerie starring Judith Ivey as the incomparable Amanda Wingfield and Kiera Keeley as the fragile young Laura at the Mark Taper Forum through October 17th. The LA Times says that Ben drags the play down in the second half, but isn't that point? "Glass breaks ... See the Rest