Monday, August 29, 2016

Gene Wilder, Juan Gabriel pass away (video)

Seth Auberon, Ashley Wells, Pfc. Sandoval, Wisdom Quarterly; HitFix; Kryz; The Firewall
In honor of the legendary actor, here are some favorite moments from his best films.
(Gene Wilder in Mel Brooks' "The Producers") "Springtime for Hitler and Germany/Deutschland is happy and gay/We're marching to a faster pace/Look out, here comes the Master Race/Springtime for Hitler and Germany/Winter for Poland and France/Springtime for Hitler and Germany/Come on Germans, go into your dance."

Jerome Silberman (June 11, 1933-August 29, 2016), known professionally as Gene Wilder, was an American stage and screen comic actor, screenwriter, film director, and author. Wilder began his career on stage, and made his screen debut in the TV-series Armstrong Circle Theatre in 1962. More

Best of Wilder

June 11, 2016 was the 83rd birthday of actor, writer, director Gene Wilder (RIP), one of the best-loved actors of his generation. While it has been almost 15 years since the world last saw Wilder on the screen, his talent is remembered fondly by fans. Here are The Firewall's Top 10 Gene Wilder Movies.

Mexican Elvis passes away: Juan Gabriel

Well, he was more of a flamboyant gay icon* ala Liberace, Michael Jackson, or honorary-Mexican Morrissey, who lived in L.A. (Santa Monica), recorded here, while selling more than 100 million albums around the world, mostly of the sentimental sort. He was so L.A. that he just wrapped up two sold out nights at the L.A. Forum 48 hours beforehand, playing a 3 hour final show that may have done him in, along with the weight and long-simmering heartbreak.

*Juan Gabriel was Mexico's gay icon — but he never spoke of his sexuality
(Los Angeles Times, Aug. 29, 2016) reporting from Mexico City
"Don't ask what you already know." (HC)
With his glittery capes, slinky dance moves and ultra-romantic lyrics, Mexican superstar Juan Gabriel was an unlikely king in a country known for its machismo. He never spoke about his sexuality, yet was widely assumed to be gay. It’s no surprise that the singer was an icon in Mexico’s gay subculture. But how was it that he came to be celebrated by the country’s Catholic, conservative and often homophobic mainstream? More

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