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Scotty Bowers Dies: Famed Hollywood Hustler Was 96

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Scotty Bowers Dies: Famed Hollywood Hustler Was 96
Scotty Bowers, whose 2012 memoir Full Service gave an insight into the secretive sex lives of high-profile movie stars during the Golden Age of Hollywood, has died at the age of 96.

Bowers, whose Twitter account confirmed his passing, died of natural causes at his home in Laurel Canyon, California, on Sunday (October 13).

Bowers’ colorful life saw him work as a marine and gas station attendant before meeting the Oscar-nominated actor Walter Pidgeon, who paved the way for the young Bowers to become a sexual companion and facilitator to many of the era’s biggest stars. In Full Service, he claimed to have had relationships with the likes of Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Spencer Tracy, Charles Laughton, Cole Porter, and Laurence Olivier.

He also claimed in the rip-roaring book to have slept with female stars including Bette Davis and Lana Turner, and arranged female companionship for Katharine Hepburn, who he said was
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Scotty Bowers, Old Hollywood’s Sexual Matchmaker, Dies at 96

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Scotty Bowers, Old Hollywood’s Sexual Matchmaker, Dies at 96
Scotty Bowers, a “sexual matchmaker” for dozens of stars during the Golden Age of Hollywood who wrote about his colorful — and sometimes unbelivable — life in his memoir “Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars,” died at his Laurel Canyon home on Sunday. He was 96.

The story of his experiences was told in the 2017 documentary “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood,” directed by Matt Trynauer, who confirmed his death.

A former U.S. Marine and gas station attendant, Bowers also worked as a bartender and as a go-fer to friend such as George Cukor. But the most notable part of his life was as a helpful procurer for everyone, he claimed, from Rock Hudson, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis and Elsa Lanchester to Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Spencer Tracy and Charles Laughton.

The actors and filmmakers, who were often bound by morality clauses in their studio contracts,
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Scotty Bowers, Sex Procurer for Gay Stars in Old Hollywood, Dies at 96

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Scotty Bowers, Sex Procurer for Gay Stars in Old Hollywood, Dies at 96
Scotty Bowers, the legendary Hollywood sex-fixer who was the subject of the 2017 documentary film “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood,” has died at the age of 96.

“Scotty Bowers July 1, 1923 – October 13, 2019,” read a tweet from Bowers’ official Twitter page posted Monday, followed by a quote from the film: “And remember… it’s as good as it gets right now, baby.”

Bowers first told his story in his 2012 memoir “Full Service,” which detailed his days running a gas station on Hollywood Boulevard in the 1940s, from whence he connected male and female sex workers to gay and bisexual Hollywood types across the industry.

Also Read: Tell-All Bares Sex Secrets of Hollywood's Golden Age

Whether his clients were hooking up in the station’s bathrooms (or in a convenient on-site trailer), or going back up to their mansions for a “dip in the pool,” Bowers claims to have personally serviced or provided companions for hundreds,
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‘Blindspotting’ Spin-Off Series in Development at Starz

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As first reported by Variety, Starz is developing a spin-off series of the critically-acclaimed feature film “Blindspotting.” The half-hour dramedy has cast Jasmine Cephas Jones, reprising her role as Ashley from the film, as its lead. This will mark the third time Cephas Jones has worked with Daveed Diggs, the first, of course, being the two actors’ roles as part of the original Broadway cast of “Hamilton.”

The Starz spin-off series will follow Ashley in the aftermath of her partner of 12 years and the father of her child, the short-tempered Miles (Rafael Casal) suddenly being incarcerated. As a result, Ashley and her son Sean are soon forced to move in with Miles’ mother and half-sister, where Ashley will have to “navigate a chaotic and humorous existential crisis.” Just like in the 2018 movie, all of this takes place along the backdrop of a quickly-changing—and perhaps not for the better—Oakland.
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A bravura moment by Anne-Katrin Titze

Matt Tyrnauer: "When you start to drill down into important moments in American history and really understand them and try to organise them in a way as this film does, where an audience can comprehend them and really connect with them, you realise how little we're taught." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In the second half of my conversation with Matt Tyrnauer (Valentino: The Last Emperor; Citizen Jane: Battle For The City; Scotty And The Secret History Of Hollywood; Studio 54 on Ian Schrager) on his latest documentary Where's My Roy Cohn? we discussed what George McGovern told him about the 'Big Lie', how Robert Taylor, Gary Cooper, Ronald Reagan and others were used during 'The Blacklist', and Joseph Welsh's historic response during the Army-McCarthy hearings and Welsh's role in Otto Preminger's Anatomy Of A Murder, starring James Stewart, Lee Remick and Ben Gazzara.

Matt Tyrnauer: "In the post-war period in this country,
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‘Where’s My Roy Cohn?’ Earns Top Average During ‘Downton Abbey’-Fueled Indie Box Office

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‘Where’s My Roy Cohn?’ Earns Top Average During ‘Downton Abbey’-Fueled Indie Box Office
It’s not often that the indie box office overlaps with the top of the overall box office, but such was the case this weekend with Focus Features/Carnival’s “Downton Abbey,” which was only outperformed by “Where’s My Roy Cohn?” for the top per screen average.

Sony Pictures Classics’ “Where’s My Roy Cohn?” earned that top spot, opening in a traditional four-screen, Los Angeles/New York indie release and grossed $42,364 for an average of $10,591.

Directed by Matt Tyrnauer (“Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood”), “Where’s My Roy Cohn?” compiles the history of one of America’s most infamous far-right political influencers and “fixers.” Cohn, who served as chief counsel for Sen. Joseph McCarthy during the Red Scare in the 1950s and later served as the mentor and lawyer for Donald Trump, was disbarred in 1986 for unethical conduct. The film has a 75% Rotten Tomatoes score.

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Matt Tyranuer Discusses Emmy-Contending Doc On Scotty Bowers, “Hollywood’s Most Notorious Gay Hustler”

Matt Tyranuer Discusses Emmy-Contending Doc On Scotty Bowers, “Hollywood’s Most Notorious Gay Hustler”
The story of Scotty Bowers’ sexual adventures in Hollywood could easily fill a 10-volume set. For the time being, people can find his exploits chronicled in a single book, his 2013 memoir Full Service, or the Starz documentary Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, which is now in the running for Emmy consideration.

Together, the memoir and film reveal a side of the movie capital long relegated to the shadows—a cloaked world where closeted stars of the 1940s, 50s and beyond, desperate for sexual release and intimacy, turned to Bowers for services.

“He’s the most notorious gay hustler in the history of Hollywood,” says director Matt Tyrnauer of Bowers, who turns 96 in a couple of months. “The experience of interviewing Scotty on and off over a two-year period was amazing, extraordinary and unique. It gave me a memory map, really, his map of a lost city.”

The key
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‘Circus of Books’ Review: A Perfect Portrait of Mom and Pop’s Gay Porn Shop

Like any good Jewish mother, Karen Mason has a lot of opinions. Specifically, opinions about why her daughter is making a movie about her. “What are you gonna do with this?” she asks skeptically, as she tosses around boxes of gay porn magazines and DVDs with the workmanlike nonchalance of any small-business owner. Later, when she drops off a donation at USC’s National Gay & Lesbian Archives, she will marvel over a zine display: “You should be doing the documentary about this.” Of course, Karen’s dogged pragmatism, and her complex relationship to the smut that provided her family’s livelihood for thirty years, is why “Circus of Books” is such a rare delight — and a nearly perfect documentary.

Documentaries in which the filmmaker plays a part pose a particular challenge; they can elevate the form, but must be undertaken carefully. “Circus of Books” doesn’t mine the meta-theatrical
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Studio 54 – The Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

For 33 months in the late 70’s New York City became the epicenter for perhaps the most famous nightclub in the world. Birthed from the dreams of a couple of twenty-somethings and miraculously constructed in mere weeks, the rise and ultimate fall of the hottest discotheque in the world—Studio 54—is the stuff of legend.

Originally constructed as an opera house in 1927, there were a succession of owners until CBS Studios purchased the property in 1943. There the studio broadcast some of its most famous game shows like What’s My Line? and The $64,000 Question, as well as The Jack Benny Show and even Captain Kangaroo until they moved to a new location and started shopping the property around.

Enter two young hotshots named Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, who purchased the property and proceeded to renovate it with the backing of Jack Dushey. Rubell was a brash entrepreneur while Schrager,
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Matt Tyrnauer pays tribute to Karl Lagerfeld by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2019-02-20 13:49:54

Matt Tyrnauer captures Karl Lagerfeld's proclamation backstage at Valentino's 45th anniversary fashion show in Rome in his Valentino: The Last Emperor

Matt Tyrnauer, the director of Where's My Roy Cohn?, Studio 54, Scotty And The Secret History Of Hollywood, Citizen Jane: Battle For The City, and Valentino: The Last Emperor, sent the following remembrance in honour of Karl Lagerfeld, who died yesterday in Paris at the age of 85.

"Karl Lagerfeld was an astonishing force of nature. One thing I noticed about fashion legends is that it usually takes two to tango: the creative force and more silent business partner. Think Valentino and Giammetti; Saint Laurent and Bergé. In the case of Karl, he was more of a lone wolf, a one-man-band who managed to keep the legend alive, the business going, and the creativity flowing for generations as a solo act. He was also one of the most witty
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Sundance Lineup Heavy on Famous Names and Subjects

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Indie producers usually don’t have the luxury, or inclination, to adapt a Disney theme park ride or Marvel comic into a film. Their closest to sure box office bets, aside from low-budget horror fare, now appear to be projects with pre-sold themes and subjects that are often based on celebrities — the indie world’s version of brands. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Sundance’s biggest 2018 doc hits and many famous names in its 2019 lineup.

On the heels of last year’s indie hits about Mr. Rogers, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Ku Klux Klan, this year’s doc slate features such well-known (and sometimes infamous) subjects as alleged sex offenders Michael Jackson and Harvey Weinstein, Trump’s infamous mentors Roy Cohn and Steve Bannon, David Crosby, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Halston, Miles Davis, Mike Wallace, Leonard Cohen, Anton Yelchin, Toni Morrison, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Apollo 11, the Satanic Temple and
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TV News Roundup: Netflix Releases Trailer for ‘The Punisher’ Season 2 (Watch)

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In today’s TV news roundup, Netflix released trailers for “”Marvel’s The Punisher” and “One Day At a Time.”

First Looks

Netflix has debuted the trailer for the second season of “Marvel’s The Punisher“ starring Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, the titular marine-turned-vigilante. In the sophomore season, Castle is drawn back to his life as The Punisher after getting caught up in the attempted murder of a young girl. The series will stream on Netflix on Jan. 18.

Netflix has dropped the first trailer for the third season of “One Day At a Time” starring Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, and Isabella Gomez. The new season will have the Cuban-American family address relationships, drugs and changing family dynamics. The comedy series will stream on Netflix on Feb. 8.

Streaming platform Sony Crackle has dropped the trailer for season two of “The Oath” from executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. The crime drama
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Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Documentary Acquired by Starz

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Starz announced on Thursday that it has acquired four new documentaries, including “Daughters of the Sexual Revolution,” about a controversy surrounding the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, and the Oscar-shortlisted documentary feature “Of Fathers and Sons.”

Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders,” is a behind-the-scenes story of how the original Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders became a controversial pop culture phenomenon at the height of the sexual revolution. The documentary originally premiered at the SXSW film festival in 2018, and it will be available for download or streaming via the Starz app on Jan. 14. at 9 p.m. Et/Pt.

Of Fathers and Sons” won the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary at Sundance in 2018, and it is now on the Oscar shortlist for Best Documentary Feature. It’s about a man who gains the trust of a radical Islamist family and follows them over the course of two years.
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‘Daughters Of The Sexual Revolution’, ‘Of Fathers And Sons’ Among Four Documentaries Acquired By Starz

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Starz has acquired four new documentaries, Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, the behind-the-scenes story of how the original Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders became a controversial pop culture phenomenon at the height of the sexual revolution, Of Fathers and Sons, currently on the Oscars short-list for 2019 Documentary Feature, along with Inside My Heart and Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco, for premiere this spring on the premium cabler. They join previously announced Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood and White Boy.

“Starz has acquired an exceptional slate of documentary films spanning a wide range of topics – from empowered feminists in the ‘70s, to life inside a jihadist military household and a groundbreaking artist who would change the future of fashion,” said C. Brett Marottoli, Head of Program Acquisitions for Starz. “These films will no doubt engage our audience as we continue our commitment
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11 Best Documentaries of 2018, From ‘Minding the Gap’ to ‘Monrovia, Indiana’ (Photos)

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Documentaries managed to find an even broader audience this year, with streaming services like Netflix and Hulu doubling down on non-fiction, both as producers and distributors of new unscripted films and TV shows. But whether they screened in theaters, at home or at film festivals, these documentaries were the best of the best:

10. “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood”: Matt Tyrnauer’s portrait of legendary Tinseltown “procurer” Scotty Bowers had plenty of vintage show-biz dish, but it also raised interesting questions about who decides when and how Lgbtq history is “appropriate” to share with the masses.

9. “Hale County This Morning, This Evening”: Equal parts visual poem and ethnographic documentary, RaMell Ross’ debut film examines a handful of residents of the titular Alabama county as his camera turns quotidian moments into something breathtaking and magical.

8. “Bathtubs Over Broadway”: Besides providing a fascinating glimpse into the industrial musical
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Of Studio 54, Michael Jackson, Cary Grant And A Hollywood “Pimp”: Director Matt Tyrnauer On His Two Awards-Contending Docs

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Of Studio 54, Michael Jackson, Cary Grant And A Hollywood “Pimp”: Director Matt Tyrnauer On His Two Awards-Contending Docs
Director Matt Tyrnauer finds himself in contention for awards this year with not one but two feature-length documentaries. Taken together, they offer a unique social and cultural history of America from the late 1940s into the 1980s.

Studio 54 centers on the latter end of that time period, when entrepreneurs Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager transformed an old theater space in Manhattan into “the greatest nightclub of all time,” as Tyrnauer and many others consider it.

“You could look at other genres of nightclub like the Stork Club and say, ‘That was great, too,’” the director notes. “But there was certainly nothing in the modern era that ever approached Studio 54, as hard as everyone tried.”

From 1977 to 1979—the height of the disco era—the club became a magnet for celebrities and the non-famous, who cavorted in a drug-fueled atmosphere of revelry and wild abandon.

“It was the perfect expression of
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Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

Matt Tynauer’s frank, unrated documentary about the wild times of gay and straight hustler-procurer Scotty Bowers is built around his 2012 tell-all book about the Hollywood sex underground of the late ’40s and ’50s. Scotty tells his own story in a way that compels belief. It’s a fine docu but not for all audiences, as some hardcore content is included.

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

DVD

Kino Lorber/Greenwich Entertainment

2017 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 97 min. / Street Date November 6, 2018 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Scotty Bowers, Peter Bart, Stephen Fry, Robert Hofler, William Mann.

Cinematography: Chris Dapkins

Film Editors: Bob Eisenhardt, Daniel Morfesis

Original Music: Jane Antonia Cornish

Produced by Josh Braun, Corey Reeser

Directed by Matt Tyrnauer

And now for something completely different. This well-produced and convincing documentary is about George ‘Scotty’ Bowers, a remarkable man who was ground zero for the Hollywood gay subculture of the post-war years.
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Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards make it a beautiful night for Morgan Neville and Mr. Rogers

Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards make it a beautiful night for Morgan Neville and Mr. Rogers
The Broadcast Film Critics and the Broadcast Television Journalists associations had a good feeling about “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” on Saturday at their third annual Critics’ Choice documentary honors event. They bestowed the evening’s top prizes, both Best Documentary and Best Director — as well as Best Editing — to Morgan Neville‘s moving portrait of beloved children’s show TV host Fred Rogers.

According to Box Office Mojo, the winner is the highest-grossing doc of the year so far, raking in $23 million.

Among the other winners at the Brooklyn-based event hosted by Bill Nye the Science Guy:

Best Sports Documentary: “Free Solo,” about the first free solo climb of El Capitan at National Yosemite Park.

Best Limited Documentary Series: “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling

Best Ongoing Documentary Series: “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”

Best Political Documentary: “Rbg,” about Supreme Court Justic Ruth Bader Ginsberg

SEECheck out the
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‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Wins Best Documentary Critics’ Choice Award

‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Wins Best Documentary Critics’ Choice Award
Ever since the Fred Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” brought audiences to tears at the Sundance Film Festival in January, it has been the frontrunner for the Best Documentary Oscar. Sure enough, the Focus Features release, the highest-grossing biodoc of all time, took home Best Documentary and Director for Morgan Neville as well as Best Editing at the Third Annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards on Saturday, November 10.

Its closest competitor, NatGeo’s vertiginous climbing movie “Free Solo,” also took home three Critics’ Choice documentary awards from the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (Btja). Directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, “Free Solo” won Best Sports Documentary, Best Innovative Documentary, and Best Cinematography.

During the awards show hosted by Bill Nye at Bric in Brooklyn, filmmaker Michael Moore gave a rousing political speech as he accepted the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award,
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‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Wins Best Documentary Critics’ Choice Award

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‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Wins Best Documentary Critics’ Choice Award
Ever since the Fred Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” brought audiences to tears at the Sundance Film Festival in January, it has been the frontrunner for the Best Documentary Oscar. Sure enough, the Focus Features release, the highest-grossing biodoc of all time, took home Best Documentary and Director for Morgan Neville as well as Best Editing at the Third Annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards on Saturday, November 10.

Its closest competitor, NatGeo’s vertiginous climbing movie “Free Solo,” also took home three Critics’ Choice documentary awards from the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (Btja). Directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, “Free Solo” won Best Sports Documentary, Best Innovative Documentary, and Best Cinematography.

During the awards show hosted by Bill Nye at Bric in Brooklyn, filmmaker Michael Moore gave a rousing political speech as he accepted the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award,
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