Posts Tagged ‘Star Wars Holiday Special’

Long before Ellen, Boy George, “Will & Grace,” and RuPaul, there was Bruce Vilanch

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Los Angeles Blade
Queery: Bruce Vilanch
by John Paul King
August 15, 2018

Bruce Vilanch. Mother

Long before Ellen, Boy George, “Will & Grace,” and RuPaul, there was Bruce Vilanch.  You may know him from writing the most memorable moments on the Academy Awards, or from touring as Edna in “Hairspray,” or from being front and center on “Hollywood Squares,” or from writing for Bette Midler. 

No matter how you know him, and even if you don’t know him by name, one thing is certain — Bruce Vilanch always leaves you smiling. Read More

THE TORTURED HISTORY OF THE ‘STAR WARS’ HOLIDAY SPECIAL

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Film School Rejects
THE TORTURED HISTORY OF THE ‘STAR WARS’ HOLIDAY SPECIAL
John DiLillo
APRIL 10, 2018

In the 1970s, blockbuster sequels were hard to come by. Studios used franchising to paper up holes in their release schedule, rushing follow-ups into production to cash in on valuable IP as soon as possible. Miniscule budgets and quick production turnarounds made movies like the James Bond series consistently popular, but big-budget franchises were nowhere to be found.

The release of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws in 1975 changed things, but only slightly. Universal gave its 1978 successor a relatively sizeable budget, more than four times that of the original Jaws. And it seemed to work: For a brief period, Jaws 2 was the most financially successful sequel of all time, making almost $200 million worldwide on a $30 million dollar budget. Read More

Interview: A candid conversation with Lindsay Lohan’s sobriety coach, appearing at Feinstein’s at the Nikko this week

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Modern Luxury
Bruce Vilanch Has “More Chins Than a San Francisco Phonebook”
Caleb Pershan | July 17, 2013

4-27-2013 3-58-43 AM

Bruce Vilanch would be the first to admit he’s had a strange career. With that in mind, we decided to look over his Wikipedia page with Vilanch himself to see if we could make any sense of it. “A lot of the stuff on here is wrong,” Vilanch said from his home in L.A., where he’s caring for a sick pug (“It’s a pug kind of town—there’s no air to breath anyway”). “I’m not 64, in fact I’m 65, and I’m collecting Obamacare like crazy.” The Hairspray star, Hollywood Square, and Academy Awards head writer also bills himself as Lindsay Lohan‘s sobriety coach and the latest success on Christian Mingle (“just got set up with a guy who used to be Pope!”). Vilanch regaled us with the following thoughts and anecdotes “from behind, before, and squatting over the footlights.” Read More

Michael Musto Reviews Bruce Vilanch At 54 Below

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Out.com
Musto on Bruce Vilanch‘s Cher Dish, Lady Bunny‘s Sex Life, and a Gay Club In Crisis
6.17.2013
BY MICHAEL MUSTO

4-27-2013 3-58-43 AM

“I worked with Sonny and Cher, Sonny without Cher, Cher without Sonny, Chastity with a dick, Chastity without a dick….” said funny man Bruce Vilanch at the top of his 54 Below show. “For years, Cher thought I was Chastity.

“The last time I saw Cher,” he went on, “she said, ‘Vilanch, you fat fuck. You still in the business?’ I looked at her and said, ‘I like this face. Keep this one!’” Read More

Bruce Vilanch Talks Gay Comedy And More…

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

WestWord
Comedian Bruce Vilanch on being more than a gay caricature
By Josiah M. Hesse Thu., May 16 2013 at 8:34 AM

4-27-2013 3-29-19 AM

Comedy writing pioneer Bruce Vilanch is bursting with gayness. One of the first openly gay comedians, he’s known for his continuing role on Hollywood Squares and as a head writer for the Academy Awards show, as well as writing jokes for Bette Midler, Elizabeth Taylor, The Brady Bunch, Donnie and Marie, and Lily Tomlin. (He’s also one of the criminals responsible for the atrocious Star Wars Holiday Special, but we’ll get into that later.) Read More

Bruce Vilanch: Going To “The Mansion” In The…Oh Well, Saratoga Springs July 18-19, 2012

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Bruce Vilanch will perform July 18 (Wednesday) and July 19 at 8 PM as part of the Stars Are Out Tonight series at the Mansion of Saratoga Springs (801 Route 29, Rock City Falls). For more info, call 885-1607 or visit themansionsaratoga.com.