Christopher Plummer: Theatre Tickets Cost Too Much

Christopher Plummer, dismayed at theater tickets’ steep cost –

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“The young would be coming if the price was right,” actor Christopher Plummer says, arguing that the stiff price of theater tickets is a barrier. (Photo by Chad Batka for The New York Times)

Let’s put it this way: there are a lot of mitigating factors at play, but I spent a huge chunk of my career figuring out why people buy theatre tickets and I can tell you this: he’s not wrong.

Soderbergh’s Liberace Movie “Too Gay,” Say Studios

Behind The Candelabra, Liberace Movie With Michael Douglas And Matt Damon, Deemed Too Gay By Studios: Director.

“Nobody would make it,” Soderbergh told The New York Post of his new movie, which stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. “We went to everybody in town. They all said it was too gay.”

Soderbergh, whose credits include “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Traffic,” as well as last summer’s smash “Magic Mike,” said he was “stunned” by the response.

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Michael Douglas plays Liberace and Matt Damon is his lover in Steven Soderbergh’s new movie, “Beyond the Candelabra,” which airs on HBO.


I love Steven Soderbergh — all the way back to Sex, Lies and Videotape days — but I’m shocked that he hasn’t realized that the most homophobic place in America is Hollywood.

This is why, shamefully, so many actors are afraid to come out: they fear they’ll never work again. Crazy frustrating.

I just watched an interview with Cheyenne Jackson — amazing talent and gorgeous to boot — who said that he’s sure he’s lost parts because he’s very open about who he is. That’s just sad. And wrong.

And one last thing before I head off to punch a wall: It’s a movie about Liberace. What did you expect? We were going to butch it up?

Shorpy – “Always Something Interesting”

Shorpy Historical Photo Archive | Vintage Fine Art Prints.

This is a guilty pleasure/time suck. It’s an archive of hi-q photos from the 1850s through the 1950s (more or less). Great fun to see these slices of life that don’t exist at all anymore.

Plus, you can buy loads of crap suitable for framing!

30 Rock 1933 - Image: Shorpy

30 Rock 1933 – Image: Shorpy

Wally Cleaver: Sculptor. Who Knew?

Tony Dow, forever known as Wally Cleaver, is now an abstract artist | Arts | Detroit Free Press |

Recently I ran across an episode of a soap opera called “Never Too Young” on YouTube that starred Tony Dow. It was, I believe, his first regular cast role after “Leave It To Beaver.” It was about a bunch of surfers who hung out at a surf shop or some such. Pretty terrible, but the soundtrack was kinda zippy!