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Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Bruce Vilanch’s New Musical, A Sign Of The Times, To Have Industry Reading In New York

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Playbill
Bruce Vilanch’s New Musical, A Sign Of The Times, To Have Industry Reading In New York
BY ANDREW GANS
NOV 28, 2017

Industry presentations of the new musical A Sign of the Times, featuring songs made famous by Petula Clark and other 1960s hit-makers, will be presented December 14–15 in Manhattan.

The cast will feature Chilina Kennedy (currently starring as Carole King in Broadway’s Beautiful) as Cindy, Ryan Silverman (Side Show) as Brian, Van Hughes (Spring Awakening) as Dennis, Drew Seeley (Jersey Boys) as Matt, and Crystal Lucas-Perry (Bull in a China Shop) as Tanya. Read More

‘Kings & Queens in Their Castles’ is an intimate look at LGBT lives

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

The Washington Post
‘Kings & Queens in Their Castles’ is an intimate look at LGBT lives
By Michele Langevine Leiby April
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For over 15 years, Tom Atwood crossed the country photographing more than 350 LGBT subjects. The result is a book titled “Kings & Queens in Their Castles,” which offers a window into their lives (and homes).

When Tom Atwood decided to launch himself into fine art photography, it was mostly because he wanted to see a different image of gay men. Until not long ago, most photographic images of gay men fell into one of two categories: a display of the ravages of AIDS or a paean to the idealized, sexualized beauty of the masculine form (usually nude or in advanced stages of undress). Read More

How to Write Jokes for the Academy Awards

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Vulture
6/23/2014 at 10:30 AM 3 Comments
How to Write Jokes for the Academy Awards
By Mike Sacks

4-27-2013 3-51-51 AM

Have you ever wondered how the Academy Awards gets written every year? Bruce Vilanch is the man to ask. Starting as a writer on the broadcast 25 years ago, Vilanch has been the annual show’s head writer since 2000. What he specifically writes varies from host to host, but ultimately, everything you see on the telecast goes through him. Below, in an interview with Vanity Fair writer Mike Sacks, Vilanch dishes on trying to make celebrities seem funny, the “cock joke” that Steve Martin refused to tell, and why exactly James Franco, Ellen DeGeneres, and David Letterman each bombed as hosts of the Oscars. The conversation is an excerpt from Poking a Dead Frog, Sacks’s new book of interviews with notable comedy writers such as Amy Poehler, Mel Brooks, and Adam McKay,which he put together as a follow-up to his similar 2009 collection, And Here’s the Kicker. You can buy the book in bookstores starting June 24, or preorder it here. Read More

Bruce Vilanch: How To Write For The Oscars

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Vulture
How to Write Jokes for the Academy Awards
By Mike Sacks

4-27-2013 3-50-43 AM

Have you ever wondered how the Academy Awards gets written every year? Bruce Vilanch is the man to ask. Starting as a writer on the broadcast 25 years ago, Vilanch has been the annual show’s head writer since 2000. What he specifically writes varies from host to host, but ultimately, everything you see on the telecast goes through him. Below, in an interview withVanity Fair writer Mike Sacks, Vilanch dishes on trying to make celebrities seem funny, the “cock joke” that Steve Martin refused to tell, and why exactly James Franco, Ellen DeGeneres, and David Letterman each bombed as hosts of the Oscars. The conversation is an excerpt from Poking a Dead Frog, Sacks’s new book of interviews with notable comedy writers such as Amy Poehler, Mel Brooks, and Adam McKay,which he put together as a follow-up to his similar 2009 collection, And Here’s the Kicker. You can buy the book in bookstores starting June 24, or preorder it here. Read More

Bruce Vilanch Interviews The Purrrfect Ms. Julie Newmar

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

canyon-news
ON THE INDUSTRY
Bruce Vilanch And Julie Newmar Rock!
By Tommy Garrett
Oct 23, 2011 – 8:27:30 PM

HOLLYWOOD—Bruce Vilanch interviewed Tony and Golden Globe winning actress, Julie Newmar, about her purrrrrrfect little “how to” book to place on the bedside table entitled “The Conscious Catwoman Explains Life on Earth.”

Bruce Vilanch, Interviewer?
Clearly, the don’t miss opportunity was the rage in Hollywood! The hysterically brilliant, Bruce Vilanch conducted a Q&A with the ever statuesque Julie Newmar on Saturday, Oct 15, at Santa Monica Library (601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica CA) as part of their “Meet the Author” program. Julie signed countless copies of her new book, “The Conscious Catwoman Explains Life on Earth” after what was, without a doubt be a great Q&A. Read More

Bruce Vilanch To Participate In “Fathers and Sons”

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Bruce Vilanch, Gary Dourdan, Ian Hart and Samantha Mathis in WordTheatre’s Fathers and Sons
M Bar & Restaurant (Hollywood, CA)

FULL PRICE:
$15.00

OUR PRICE:
$7.50*

Hollywood’s M Bar hosts WordTheatre Lit by Lulu’s Fathers and Sons, a night of short story readings by prominent actors. Bruce Vilanch (Hollywood Squares, Broadway’s Hairspray), Gary Dourdan (CSI), Ian Hart (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) and Samantha Mathis (American Psycho) will read works by well-known authors Hanif Kureishi, Christine Lincoln, Simon Van Booy and Amy Bloom. WordTheatre celebrates the oral storytelling tradition with world-class authors and actors at literary salons in L.A., London and N.Y. Read More