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A Pimp’s Own Story

A Pimp’s Own Story

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood’ is an expansion of Scotty Bowers’ 2012 tell-all memoir, “Full Service,” about his experiences as a pimp for closeted celebrities. The film recounts Bowers’ experiences that began in the 1940s, when he worked at a Richfield gas station at 5777 […]

Orson’s Prince Hal Opens Up

Orson’s Prince Hal Opens Up

BY DAVID NOH | A beautiful new print of Orson Welles’ seldom seen “Chimes at Midnight” — his stitching together of Shakespeare’s various Henry IV plays, which just might be the greatest filmed Bard ever — in a recent revival at the essential Film Forum was an unquestioned cultural highlight of the new year. Key to […]

King Charles

King Charles

BY DAVID NOH | Charles Laughton (1899-1962) was the Meryl Streep of his day. A universally acclaimed actor — many thought him the finest of his generation — with the most varied and fulsome technique, he played seemingly everything, from kings to bums. And, like Streep, when he was good, he was very, very good, but […]

The Love and Sex Gore Vidal Dared Not Speak

The Love and Sex Gore Vidal Dared Not Speak

BY DOUG IRELAND | The difference between Italian boys and American boys,” the great Gore Vidal remarked to Sean Strub over cocktails at La Rondinaia — Vidal’s villa in Ravello on the Amalfi Coast — “is the Italian boys have dirty feet and clean assholes, while American boys have clean feet and dirty assholes.” Vidal spoke […]