Groovy Commercial: NBC's "Brotherhood of Man"

You gotta love NBC's Super Bowl commercial featuring the casts of 30 Rock, The Office, Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live and many other shows singing "Brotherhood of Man" from the 1961 Broadway musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. And it's also a fitting show tune welcome to the newest member of the NBC family, Smash, which won its time slot last night with over 11 million people tuning in to the series premiere.

Below I've also included a few other performances of the song - Barbra Streisand on The Dinah Shore Chevy Show on May 12, 1963 (with Shore, Georgia Brown, Sam Fletcher and the Chad Mitchell Trio), Robert Morse in the 1967 film version of How to Succeed, Matthew Broderick and Lillias White in the 1995 revival on the Tony Awards, and Daniel Radcliffe in the 2011 revival on the Tony Awards.

Groovy Giveaway: Eating Out: Drama Camp DVD

Courtesy of Ariztical Entertainment, this week's Groovy Giveaway is a DVD of Eating Out: Drama Camp, starring Chris Salvatore, Daniel Skelton, Aaron Milo, Ronnie Kroell, Steven Daigle, Mink Stole and Rebekah Kochan. In the fourth installment of the popular gay film series, Zack and Casey's relationship is tested when they spend the summer at Dick Dickey's Drama Camp, where they both meet hot new guys.

To enter to win this Groovy Giveaway, all you have to do is email your name and address to The winner must have a US or Canadian mailing address, and entries close at midnight on Thursday, February 9 (CST).

If you would like to give away something groovy (DVDs, CDs, book) here on Deep Dish, please email me at

Top 10 Tuesday of Groovy Tunes: Da Ya Think Madonna Is Sexy?

Each week I feature 10 groovy tunes that reached the Top 10 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart during the last 50+ years. You can vote for your three favorites, and the five with the most votes move on to the following week when five new songs will be added to the list.

After 13 weeks in the Top 10, we bid a fond farewell to Cher's "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves" and welcome a new #1 tune, Barbra Streisand's "The Way We Were", which received 33 votes out of the 170 cast. And this week Barbra will be challenged by Al Green, Rod Stewart and Madonna.

1) "The Way We Were"/Barbra Streisand (Week 2) - #2 the week of February 9, 1974

2) "Downtown"/Petula Clark (LW #1, W4) - #2 the week of February 13, 1965

3) "(They Long to Be) Close to You"/Carpenters (LW #1, W29) - 17 weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 chart in 1970

4) "The Sounds of Silence"/Simon & Garfunkel (LW #5, W7) - #25 the week of February 12, 1966

5) "You're So Vain"/Carly Simon (LW #3, W6) - #2 the week of February 10, 1973

6) "Venus"/Shocking Blue (DEBUT) - #1 the week of February 7, 1970

7) "Let's Stay Together"/Al Green (DEBUT) - #1 the week of February 12, 1972

8) "Stayin' Alive"/Bee Gees (DEBUT) - #1 the week of February 11, 1978

9) "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?"/Rod Stewart (DEBUT) - #1 the week of February 10, 1979

10) "Open Your Heart"/Madonna (DEBUT) - #1 the week of February 7, 1987

Dish of the Day #832: The Bare and the Beautiful

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Today's Dish is David Mortelecque photographed by Frank Mijares.

Matt's Bridgestone...

In the continuing saga of trying to catch up on all the small parts/restos a little at a time, this week we have Matt's Bridgestone RB-1.  Matt had sent this frame in quite a while ago with a request of a repaint.  Unfortunately, through some re locations and time, we lost touch for a bit but were able to get back on track just before Christmas.

Originally red, this frame and fork were destined for something a bit more green. We decided to do a green candy motif that had some retro splatter elements while still retaining some of the understated visual Bridgestone is famous for.

The frame was stripped down, placed on the alignment table, all threads tapped, HT and BB faced, and all brazing inspected before moving on to primer.

After three thin coats of sanded primer, we are ready to start with some color.

The base layer is a British Racing metallic green...

Then I began layering on sterling silver, shamrock green, and finally poly green metallic...each designed to give a different depth of color once the candy is sprayed over top.

After two heavily reduced layers of indy green candy...the heavy reducer is used to burn into and even out the under accents, giving a more uniform surface.  Gotta be careful though, as it makes runs that will eat through the layers a possibility, sending you all the way back to the starting gate.

A quick shot in the can start to see the sparkly potential.

Now that the base layers are done, it's time to work on some details.  I drew up the Bridgestone logos on AI and cut them out on the plotter.  I wanted to retain the original, bold look, so stayed true to form.

On the frame, fogged in with a little carrera white with a touch of bright white pearl, so that the graphics had a bit of shine just like the rest of the frame.

And finally, four hot coats of clear to really set the frame off.

The obligatory in the sun shot..

Matt, I hope the new look is pleasing.  Should be quite the looker once out on the sunny road.



Show Tune Showdown #10: 1983-86 Broadway Seasons

In the ninth Show Tune Showdown, Sunset Boulevard won the most showdowns - and the following songs will be moving on to Round 2:

Sunset Boulevard's "Sunset Boulevard", "The Perfect Year", "As If We Never Said Goodbye", "With One Look" and "New Ways to Dream"

RENT's "Another Day", "I'll Cover You", "Seasons of Love" and "What You Own"

Beauty and the Beast's "Home"

PLEASE NOTE: The next Show Tune Showdown will be on Monday, February 27.

Now on to our tenth Show Tune Showdown, which takes us back to three Broadway seasons - 1983-84, 1984-85 and 1985-86 - when the following nine musicals opened:

La Cage aux Folles
August 21, 1983 - November 15, 1987 (1,761 performances)
Revival: December 9, 2004 - June 26, 2005 (229 performances)
Revival: April 18, 2010 - May 1, 2011 (433 performances)

December 4, 1983 - July 1, 1984 (241 performances)

The Tap Dance Kid
December 21, 1983 - August 11, 1985 (669 performances)

The Rink
February 9, 1984 - August 4, 1984 (204 performances)

Sunday in the Park with George
May 2, 1984 - October 13, 1985 (604 performances)
Revival: February 21, 2008 - June 29, 2008 (149 performances)

Big River
April 25, 1985 - September 20, 1987 (1,005 performances)
Revival: July 24, 2003 - September 21, 2003 (67 performances)

Song and Dance
September 18, 1985 - November 8, 1986 (474 performances)

October 23, 1985 - January 5, 1986 (70 performances)

The Mystery of Edwin Drood
December 2, 1985 - May 16, 1987 (608 performances)

Now here are the competing show tunes - and if you're wondering how to judge each showdown, just ask yourself, "Which song do I enjoy listening to more?"

"La Cage aux Folles" (Lee Roy Reams performs at Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Hollywood Bowl on June 30, 1993)


Sunday in the Park's "Sunday" (Daniel Evans and company perform at the BBC Proms 2010)

La Cage's "We Are What We Are" (the original Les Cagelles perform at the Tony Awards on June 3, 1984 - you can also watch George Hearn perform "I Am What I Am")


Edwin Drood's "There You Are" (George Rose and the original Broadway cast perform on the 40th Annual Tony Awards on June 1, 1986)

La Cage's "I Am What I Am" (Douglas Hodge performs at the Royal Variety Performance on December 11, 2008)


Sunday in the Park's "Finishing the Hat" (Mandy Patinkin performs during the October 1985 taping for television of the original Broadway production)

Song and Dance's "Unexpected Song" (Bernadette Peters performs during her 1998 concert at London's Royal Festival Hall


Sunday in the Park's "Putting It Together" (Barbra Streisand performs on her 1985 album, The Broadway Album)

La Cage's "The Best of Times" (Douglas Hodge, Kelsey Grammer and the cast of the 2010 Broadway revival perform on the Tony Awards on June 13, 2010)


Sunday in the Park's "Move On" (Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin perform during the October 1985 taping for television of the original Broadway production)

La Cage's "With You on My Arm" (Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge perform on Good Morning America on May 14, 2010)


Baby's "Two People in Love" (Liz Callaway and Todd Graff perform on the original Broadway cast recording)

La Cage's "Song on the Sand" (Davis Gaines performs at Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Hollywood Bowl on June 30, 1993)


Big River's "River in the Rain" (Roger Miller performs the song he wrote)

La Cage's "Look Over There" (Robert Goulet performs in the Broadway revival in 2005)


Baby's "I Chose Right" (John Barrowman performs on his 2000 album, Reflections From Broadway)

La Cage's "A Little More Mascara" (female impersonator Randy Roberts performs in 2007)


Song and Dance's "Take That Look Off Your Face" (Marti Webb performs in 1980)

Baby's "What Could Be Better?" (Liz Callaway and Todd Graff perform in the original Broadway production, beginning at 5:29)


Edwin Drood's "Don't Quit While You're Ahead" (Cleo Laine, Betty Buckley and the company perform on the original Broadway cast recording)

Edwin Drood's "Perfect Strangers" (Patti Cohenour and Betty Buckley perform on the original Broadway cast recording)


The Rink's "Wallflower" (Chita Rivera and Liza Minnelli perform on the 38th Annual Tony Awards on June 3, 1984 )

Baby's "The Story Goes On" (Liz Callaway performs on the original Broadway cast recording)


The Rink's "Colored Lights" (Julia Murney performs at Birdland Jazz on Monday, August 1, 2011)

Baby's "I Want It All" (Beth Fowler, Catherine Cox and Liz Callaway perform on the 38th Annual Tony Awards on June 3, 1984)


The Rink's "The Apple Doesn’t Fall" (Chita River and Liza Minnelli perform at the Gala of Stars '84 at Radio City)

Baby's "Patterns" (Shira Averbuch performs in 2011)


The Rink's "Chief Cook and Bottle Washer" (Chita Rivera performs on the original Broadway cast recording)

Song and Dance's "Tell Me on a Sunday" (Michael Crawford performs on The Tonight Show in 1990)


The Rink's "Blue Crystal" (Nurse Jackie's Stephen Wallem performs in Off The Wallem at NYC's Don't Tell Mama on June 23, 2010)

Big River's "Muddy Water" (Ron Richardson and Daniel H. Jenkins perform on the 39th Annual Tony Awards on June 2, 1985, beginning at 4:21)


The Tap Dance Kid's "Fabulous Feet" (Hinton Battle sings on the original Broadway cast recording as Scott Hamilton skates in 1990)

Mayor's "You Can Be a New Yorker Too!" (from the original Broadway cast recording)


Song and Dance's "Capped Teeth and Caesar Salad" (Sarah Brightman performs on The Tonight Show on January 31, 1991)

Dish of the Day #831: The Bare and the Beautiful

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Web Series Worth Watching: The Season Finale of Old Dogs & New Tricks

Web Series of the Week: Old Dogs & New Tricks
In the season finale of this groovy gay series, Muscles offers a few solutions for his dilemma with Bobby (special guest star Thom Bierdz from The Young and the Restless), while Nathan's meeting with a new client (Ryland Shelton) takes a surprising twist. And I'm happy to report that Mr. Shelton will be back as a regular next season, which I look forward to.

For more Old Dogs & New Tricks, go to or subscribe to its YouTube channel. You can also become a fan on Facebook and Twitter.

Other web series worth watching this week are:

Ave 43
This twisted soap opera continues with its 35th chapter as Fran wants to kill her sister, Lyle changes his mind about killing his son, and Irene (played by the scene-stealing Melissa Denton) would kill for some pills. If you haven't watched Ave 43 before, I suggest that you start at the very beginning on its YouTube channel.

Gay's Anatomy
It's been two years since I last blogged about this hilarious queer comedy (click here to read my 2009 review), so I was pleasantly surprised to receive a press release this week from co-creator Karina Mangu-Ward announcing its second season, which begins on February 16. I can't wait - and below you can watch a sneak peek of this series whose horny young doctors put the gay in Grey's.

To catch up on Season One of Gay's Anatomy, go to or its YouTube channel. You can also become a fan of the series on Facebook and Twitter.

Very Mary-Kate
In the latest episode of this comedy series about the self-absorbed former Full House actress, Mary-Kate has a morning coffee rush. To experience Very Mary-Kate from the very beginning, go to You can also become a Facebook fan or follow the series on Twitter.

Web Therapy
In the latest episode, actress Allegra Favreau (Minnie Driver) grills Fiona about her marriage and her sister. To watch previous episodes, go to You can also become a fan on Facebook.

Behind the scenes...Chris's repair

Although I try to show a lot of what goes on in the shop, so much more takes place behind the scenes.  One of those aspects are repairs to existing customer's bikes.  Regardless of how the issue occurs, crash, fatigue, vandalism, etc... they all need fixed up to keep my customers smiling.

I feel it's important to share these failures and subsequent repairs because that's part of being a professional builder...standing behind not only your product, but your customer as well, despite the origin of the issue. It the responsibility and the cost of doing business in this field.

The last two weeks, I've had two bikes come back that needed some love.  Both were a little over 5 years old, both used the original Zona stays, both were Rohloff builds, both had a failure of the seat stay tubing about an inch up from the dropout termination brazing.  One could argue that the failure is in the HAZ zone, that the cantilever design of the Paragon sliders places coupled with the disc brake and the Rohloff torque places too much force on the frame, shoulda used a stay brace, or that when you ride hard off road for a long time stuff wears out.  Regardless, they need fixed.

Chris's bike was designed as a single speed, but had the Rohloff installed about 2 years ago to help him climb the hillier terrain of Phoenix when he relocated his family to Arizona.

He noticed a small crack forming in the finish of the left seat stay and sent the frame in for review.

When constructed, the stay is slotted for the tab, then filled with a lot of silver so that the tab and interior of the stay encapsulate each other, forming a solid bond.  What I found once the paint was stripped off was a small hairline circumferential crack beginning about 1 inch up from the end of the dropout tab. In this case, the tubing failure would be towards the cooler edge of the heat affected zone.  The accumulated force of the cantilevered dropout, constant forward torque from the Rohloff, and the pulsating forward pressure of the disc brake fatigued the stay material, exceeding it's ability to absorb the forces.

Would a stay brace have helped?  I've seen failures of this type in both configurations on diverse builders frames, so it's tough to say.  What I have concluded through the years is that while the sliding dropouts are excellent for single speed or geardd use, they are less than optimum for use with a Rohloff long term.

To fix this, the stay was cut out about 2 inches up, a solid piece of 1018 steel was turned down on the lathe to the stay OD, shouldered for 2 inches with a chamfered edge to slide up into the stay, and scalloped to match the original shape at the dropout.  The piece was then bored out to leave a .120" wall, plenty sufficient for the forces anticipated.

The piece was then brazed in place with the stay and welded to the dropout.

I then did my best to match the liquid paint to the existing powder, blended it all in, touched up the rest of the frame, then cleared the entire kit and kaboodle.

Should be ready to go a long time regardless of use now :)

Now, to hustle back to show stuff.



Remembering Ben Gazzara 1930 - 2012

Actor Ben Gazzara, who died earlier today at age 81, appeared in many films, television series and Broadway shows, including:

The original 1955 Broadway production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as Brick with Burl Ives and Barbara Bel Geddes.

The Strange One (1957) with Julie Wilson.

What's My Line? as a guest panelist on September 27, 1959.

Anatomy of a Murder (1959) with Jimmy Stewart, Lee Remick and Eve Arden.

The television drama, Arrest and Trial (1963-64).

A Rage to Live (1965) with Suzanne Pleshette.

The television drama, Run for Your Life (1965-68).

Husbands (1970) with director John Cassavetes and Peter Falk, who also appeared with Gazzara on a 1970 episode of The Dick Cavett Show.

Capone (1975) with Susan Blakely.

A 1976 Broadway revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Colleen Dewhurst (he was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as George).

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) directed by John Cassavetes.

Opening Night (1977) with Gena Rowlands and director John Cassavetes.

Bloodline (1979) and They All Laughed (1981) - two films with actress Audrey Hepburn, whom he had a brief affair with.

An Early Frost (1985) as the father of a young gay man who has AIDS.

Road House (1989) with Patrick Swayze.

Buffalo '66 (1998) with Christina Ricci and Anjelica Huston.

The Coen Brothers' The Big Lebowski (1998) with Jeff Bridges.

Happiness (1998) with Louise Lasser.

Summer of Sam (1999) with John Leguizamo and Adrien Brody.

Blue Moon (2000) with Rita Moreno.

Hysterical Blindness (2002) with Gena Rowlands (he won an Emmy Award for his performance).

Steppenwolf Theatre's Time Stands Still: A Difference of Opinion

"We could live there."

Both my partner and I thought this as we admired the detailed loft setting by Walt Spangler for Steppenwolf Theatre's current production of Donald Margulies' play, Time Stands Still. But that is the only thing we agreed upon once the lights went down and the show began. He didn't care much for the lead characters, while I found their dramatic story interesting. And I'm sharing our difference of opinion because that is the central theme of the play, in which a couple makes the difficult discovery that they no longer feel the same joy in their life together.

Directed by Austin Pendleton, Time Stands Still is about photojournalist Sarah Goodwin (Sally Murphy) who returns home to her Brooklyn loft after barely surviving a bomb blast in Iraq. She is cared for by her lover James (Randall Newsome), who yearns for a much simpler life like that of Sarah's editor Richard (Francis Guinan) and his young girlfriend Mandy (Kristina Valada-Viars). Will Sarah give up her emotionally satisfying and often dangerous career to start a family with James? That is the question to be answered as we get to know these four characters. It's an intimate drama that does seem a bit drawn out during its 2-hour plus running time, but I enjoyed the excellent performances by Murphy, Newsome and Guinan. However, the best part of the evening was being introduced to the delightful Kristina Valada-Viars, who - in her first Steppenwolf production - steals every scene she is in.

So I would recommend seeing Time Stands Still for its great acting (and nice set), but if Steppenwolf ever wants to do another play by Margulies, they should check out The Loman Family Picnic, which both my partner and I loved when we saw a 1993 Manhattan Theatre Club production starring Christine Baranski. Just a suggestion - because it is more pleasant when a couple feels the same joy during an evening of theatre.

Time Stands Still runs through May 13 in Steppenwolf's Upstairs Theatre (1650 N. Halsted). For tickets and further information, call the box office at 312-335-1650 or go to

The above photo is by Michael Brosilow, and below you can watch director Austin Pendleton talk about directing Time Stands Still.

Dish of the Day #830: Vote for your Favorite

Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured, and beginning today you can vote for your favorite Dish this week in the sidebar poll.

We had another tie last week for your favorite Dish of the Day as both #821 and #823 both received 26.9% of the 144 votes cast. #824 came in second with 21.4%, followed by #825 (13.1%) and #822 (11.7%).

Groovy Reunion: Three's Company's Suzanne Somers & Joyce DeWitt

I haven't watched an episode of the 1977-84 TV sitcom, Three's Company, in 30 years, but back when it was a Top 10 hit on ABC, I tuned in every Tuesday after Laverne & Shirley to the misadventures of Janet, Jack and Chrissy. It was silly, mindless entertainment, but after Suzanne Somers was fired in 1981 due to a bitter salary dispute, the series was never the same. So today it was so nice to see her and Joyce DeWitt - who haven't spoken to each other since Somers' departure from the show - reunite on Somers' web series, Breaking Through. And it would've been even nicer if the late John Ritter had been able to join them.

Remembering Soul Train's Don Cornelius 1936 - 2012

"You can bet your last money, it's all gonna be a stone gas, honey!"

Don Cornelius, who died Wednesday at age 75, was best known as the creator of the longest-running nationally syndicated television program, Soul Train, which he hosted from 1971 to 1993. It first premiered as a local Chicago show on WCIU-TV on August 17, 1970, before airing in syndication across the country from October 2, 1971, until March 25, 2006. Cornelius also appeared in a few films, including Alan Rudolph's Roadie (1980) with Meat Loaf and Art Carney and Tapeheads (1988) with John Cusack and Tim Robbins.

As always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul, Mr. Cornelius.

Below you can watch a tribute to Don Cornelius, featuring Stevie Wonder, Mary Wilson and the Soul Train Line, as well as his interviews with Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson.

Dish of the Day #829: The Young and the Shirtless

Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured, and beginning on Friday you can vote for your favorite Dish of the week. If you haven't voted for last week's Dish yet, choose your man in the sidebar poll.

Today's Dish is Markus Ricci photographed by Michael A. Downs.

Stand Up for Ellen DeGeneres, the Grooviest JC Penney Spokesperson!

This really pisses me off. One Million Moms - a disgusting anti-gay group and subset of the hateful American Family Association - is demanding that retail giant JC Penney fire Ellen DeGeneres, whom they just hired as their new spokesperson last week (the actress/comedian/TV host worked at a Louisiana-based JC Penney in the 1970s, which I find amusing).

To stand up for Ellen and voice your support, you can:
  • Call JC Penney's customer service at (972) 431-8200.
  • Call JC Penney's corporate headquarters at (972) 431-1000.
  • Click here to sign a GLAAD petition to thank JC Penney for making the right choice.
  • Share this action on Twitter: RT @glaad: Will you #StandUpForEllen? Support @TheEllenShow & thank @jcpenney for mking the right choice #LGBT

Show stuff begins...2012

Well, the new week has arrived for me and so too has the start of show prep.  I've got 24 days to tackle the build list, consisting of; two frames, 4 wheels, two one piece stem/bar combos, two seatposts, one ti fork, 15 steel bars, 10 ti bars, and get everything painted, coated, assembled, packed and shipped.  Gonna be a long haul.

Today I worked on masking and powdercoating a frame in jollypop metallic red over sterling silver, finishing a second frame repair, began paint on a resto, and got moving on the steel bars for the show and March orders.

With the weather being a beautiful 54 degrees and sun (whoda thunk on Feb 1????) I actually jumped on Kaltens road bike and did 10 miles before having to attend to parental chaperon duties for the evening.  Felt good to be back on a bike, as the last time I rode was back in July...ughh.

More later...


Groovy Reader of the Month: Bruce Hart

As a way to thank my readers for their support, I feature a new groovy guy or gal each month - and the winner of this prestigious title for January is Bruce Hart of Long Beach, California, who co-wrote, produced and starred in the 2009 gay film, Homewrecker. His other film credits include the 2007 award-winning short, The Reckoning, and the 2008 feature, Coupled with Love, and he has appeared in numerous stage shows in Los Angeles. Bruce's latest acting role is in the gay web series, Old Dogs & New Tricks, in which he plays a snarky talent agent named Nelson Van Eddy.

I am delighted to have the fabulous Mr. Hart here on the Dish to answer a few questions about his life and, of course, pop culture.

How did you get cast in the role of Nelson Van Eddy on Old Dogs & New Tricks?
I had read about the show in a news release and then I saw the pilot, which was wonderful. So I contacted the producers to congratulate them on such a brave concept for a show (gay men of a certain age and their challenges in youth-obsessed Hollywood). Leon Acord (the creator and star) and I ended up meeting for coffee and swapping stories about the whole business of growing older as a gay man and the entertainment biz. We immediately clicked. He and his partner, Laurence Whiting, are awesome. They later told me they wanted to create a villain role for me in the series and asked if I was interested. I was VERY interested. I never get offered nasty roles - so, of course, I replied with a resounding "Yes!" And Nelson Van Eddy was born.

Did you always want to be an actor?
I started acting in kindergarten in a musical called Cowboy on the Moon because my friend Pam Nyman was auditioning. I was originally cast as a Native American child but was later re-assigned to play a "Moonster" (a child alien) because I was so short. All I remember about the show is that the director screamed "Remember to do your funny walk, Bruce!" when I came onstage for the first performance. For the longest time I wanted to do cartoon voices - not act in person - I think I have a rather odd-sounding voice. However opportunities were limited when I came to Los Angeles and the only voice work I could get was working on a gay 1-900 number. That didn't last long - I hated it. So many sad lonely people calling those adult phone lines. Eventually I did a brief role on a 1980's sitcom and realized how much I loved performing, and then I started pursuing in-person acting work instead of voice work.

Five movies that I think everyone should be required to watch are:
Oh my god, you are going to laugh at some of my suggestions. I am a big fan of camp.

John Waters' Serial Mom: Kathleen Turner and Mike Stole are brilliant. This pre-dates cell phones and caller ID so it's really funny.

The Wizard of Oz: Margaret Hamilton as the witch stills scares the hell outta me.

Outrageous!: A brilliant early gay-themed film from Canada produced in 1977. It started the dialogue about what actually makes a real family.

The Stepford Wives: The original with Katherine Ross and Paula Prentiss. This film still gives me the creeps. When Katherine stabs Paula and finds out she is robot, it is terrifying. A dark social commentary on the women's movement in the mid-1970s.

The Help: I saw this one several times. Beautifully filmed and incredible performances. I hope this wins a ton of Academy Awards.

My five favorite TV shows of all time are:
Bewitched: At least the first four seasons. Dick York and Elizabeth Montgomery have such incredible chemistry. And the supporting actors are all brilliant - especially Marion Lorne as Aunt Clara and David White as Larry Tate.

Man Men: I am mesmerized by this show. They capture the time period and the social upheaval brilliantly. I am waiting impatiently for the fifth season.

American Dad: I love this adult cartoon. Seth McFarland does such a great job with the social satire and the voices. He does a ton of the voices himself.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show: I miss this show. Such a great ensemble cast with loveable Mary at the helm. My personal favorite was Georgette played by Georgia Engel.

The Love Boat: Campy, cheesy and with tons of famous vintage Hollywood and not-so-famous TV stars popping up. You have to love a show that casts Maureen McCormick as a concert pianist with Bobby Sherman as her husband.

If I were asked to choose the Sexiest Man Alive, it would be:
Can I have three? Not in any specific order: I think Greg Louganis, Randy Jones and Tyler Perry are all incredibly sexy men. All three of them got where they are today based on their own talent, hard work, and intelligence - and they rock! All of these men are generous about giving back to the community through public appearances and charitable donations. Truly sexy men!

If I could have anyone in the world - living or dead - be a guest at my dinner party, I would invite the following three people:
That would be tough but my three choices would be President Barack Obama, Miss Joan Crawford and Steven Spielberg. I can just imagine the conversation! I have a feeling they would all get along but have strong opinions. I would ask our president what he thinks of the governor of Arizona. I would ask Miss Crawford what it was like to work at MGM (no Christina questions), and I would ask Steven Spielberg how many hours of sleep he gets at night. I suspect he never sleeps since he keeps producing such accomplished work.

What's next for Bruce Hart?
I am very excited that the producers of Old Dogs & New Tricks want me to return next season for some more villainy. You haven't seen the last of Nelson Van Eddy! My brother and I also have a new feature film in development called Rule # 7 - written by Patrick Tobin (No Easy Way) - about a happily married gay couple who decide to explore having an open relationship. It's a comedy with some serious dramatic elements. It would reunite me with Peter Szeliga who played my husband in Homewrecker and hopefully the brilliantly funny Rebekah Kochan. And we are also working on an untitled as of yet thriller about stand-up comics. Hopefully lots of work in 2012!

Thank you, Bruce, for being one of my grooviest readers!

Scanlation #4: Terror Blu 130 - Frenesia Erotica

Akujo, here!

I've brought another translated tale, again featuring a heroine who's a real piece of work! I won't spoil the plot for this one, but I guarantee that it's a mindfuck.

Terror Blu #130: FRENESIA EROTICA was first released on Thursday, April 1st, 1982 by Ediperiodici.

The artist is Pier Carlo Macchi, with a plausible likelyhood that Carmelo Gozzo did the story.



Deep Dish Dinner Party #15: You're the top, Jake!

The rules are quite simple - each week I feature 10 past/present celebrities and you get to invite (vote for) your three favorites to the Deep Dish Dinner Party. The five folks who receive the most votes get to stay, and the following week five new people (whose birthdays are during that week) are added to the guest list. So enjoy the party - and please feel free to leave a comment and share your selections.

1) Jake Gyllenhaal
Last Week #2, Week 7, received 34 invites out of 187

2) Bette Midler
LW #5, W9, 24 invites

3) Ryan Reynolds
LW #2, W15, 23 invites

4) Betty White
LW #1, W4, 22 invites

5) Ellen DeGeneres
W2, 20 invites

6) Farrah Fawcett
The actress would have been 65 on February 2.

7) Michael C. Hall
The actor turns 41 on February 1.

8) Nathan Lane
The actor turns 56 on February 3.

9) Laura Linney
The actress turns 48 on February 5.

10) Elaine Stritch
The actress turns 86 on February 2.

Dish of the Day #828: The Young and the Shirtless

Every Monday through Friday a new Dish of the Day is featured, and beginning on Friday you can vote for your favorite Dish of the week. If you haven't voted for last week's Dish yet, choose your man in the sidebar poll.

31 Cold Days of Hot Guys #31: Made in Brazil

This month DEEP DISH has been featuring a different hot guy(s) every day to warm us all up during this cold winter season - and the final Hot Guys are models Diego Miguel, Rodrigo Calazans, Mateus Lages, Caio César and Marlon Teixeira in Born Free, a film by Stewart Shining and Vincent Gagliostroto to promote Issue #4 of Made in Brazil magazine.

Groovy Giveaway: As the World Turns and Guiding Light DVD Value Pack

Courtesy of SoapClassics, this week's Groovy Giveaway is a DVD Value Pack of 40 memorable episodes from the beloved daytime dramas, As the World Turns and Guiding Light. Each four-disc collection features 20 complete episodes that have been restored from the original broadcast library vault, and they are divided into four categories - "Great Weddings", "Secrets and Scandals", "Oakdale/Springfield Through the Years" and "Villains and Vixens" (you can read more about them in my review below).

To enter to win this Groovy Giveaway, all you have to do is email your name and address to The winner must have a US or Canadian mailing address, and entries close at midnight on Friday, February 3 (CST).

If you would like to give away something groovy (DVDs, CDs, books, theatre/concert tickets) on DEEP DISH, please email me at

So what do I think of SoapClassics' DVDs? I LOVE them! The episodes look great - and it's about time that someone had the smart idea to release classic episodes of dearly departed daytime dramas.

The As the World Turns collection features 20 episodes from 1979 to 2010 and includes:
  • Tom and Margo's 1983 wedding with the delightful Justin Deas and Margaret Colin (who were married in real life in 1988).
  • Steve and Betsy's 1984 wedding, which attracted 20 million viewers, making it the second highest-rated show in American soap opera history (after General Hospital's Luke and Laura) - and it's fun to see a young Meg Ryan again as Betsy.
  • Bob and Kim's 1985 wedding with Julianne Moore (Frannie) and Marisa Tomei (Marcy) sharing a scene.
  • The emotional 1987 episode in which Lily Walsh (Martha Byrne) learns the shattering truth that Iva (Lisa Brown) and Josh (William Fichtner) are her real parents - and actor Brian Bloom makes an appearance as the original Dusty Donovan.
Of course, no ATWT collection would be complete without such memorable characters as Carly (Maura West) and Jack (Michael Park), Holden (Jon Hensley), Luke (Van Hansis), Barbara (Colleen Zenk), Lucinda (Elizabeth Hubbard), John Dixon (Larry Bryggman), James Stenbeck (Anthony Herrera) and Lisa (played by the fabulous Eileen Fulton). Click here for a complete list of episodes.

The Guiding Light collection features 20 episodes from 1980 to 2009 and includes:
  • The 1980 "Death" of Roger Thorpe (played by Daytime Emmy winner Michael Zaslow) - and actor Kevin Bacon makes an appearance as Tim Werner.
  • The dramatic 1981 confrontation between Kelly Nelson (John Wesley Shipp) and a pregnant Nola Reardon (Lisa Brown) after he learns that he is not the father of her baby.
  • The 1981 outdoor wedding of Kelly and Morgan at Laurel Falls.
  • An emotional 1982 episode featuring actress Jane Elliot as Carrie Todd, who suffered from a multiple personality disorder.
  • The classic 1984 episode, in which Reva (Kim Zimmer) baptizes herself the "Slut of Springfield" in a public fountain.
And no Guiding Light collection would be complete without such memorable characters as Phillip (Grant Aleksander) and Beth (Judi Evans, Beth Chamberlin), Ed (Mart Hulswit, Peter Simon) and Maureen (Ellen Dolan, Ellen Parker), Josh (Robert Newman), Mindy (Krista Tesreau), Quinton (Michael Tylo), Alexandra (Beverlee McKinsey, Marj Dusay, Joan Collins), Alan (Christopher Bernau, Ron Raines) and beloved matriarch Bert Bauer (Charita Bauer). Click here for a complete list of episodes.

Below are the original, uncut versions of the As the World Turns and Guiding Light tributes that were not aired during the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2010 and 2009, respectively.