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When Quentin Tarantino played an Elvis Impersonator on ‘The Golden Girls’


 
In 1988, before Quentin Tarantino had sold his scripts for True Romance or Natural Born Killers, leading the way to secure a deal to direct his first film Reservoir Dogs, he appeared for a few seconds as an Elvis impersonator at Sophia’s wedding in an episode of The Golden Girls.

Tarantino discussed the appearance in a 1994 Playboy interview:

“Well, it was kind of a high point because it was one of the few times that I actually got hired for a job. I was one of 12 Elvis impersonators, really just a glorified extra. For some reason they had us sing Don Ho’s ‘Hawaiian Love Chant.’ All the other Elvis impersonators wore Vegas-style jumpsuits. But I wore my own clothes, because I was, like, the Sun Records Elvis. I was the hillbilly cat Elvis. I was the real Elvis; everyone else was Elvis after he sold out.”

Indeed, Tarantino’s Elvis look doesn’t seem too far off from the look he sports in his 1987 unfinished directorial debut, My Best Friend’s Birthday, in which a character he plays in the film seems obsessed with Elvis (a theme that would carry on through other films in Tarantino’s body of work).

See QT in action as Elvis after the jump…

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Posted by Christopher Bickel
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03.24.2017
08:03 am
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Cool umbrellas with David Bowie, Prince, Dolly Parton, The Golden Girls and more!
03.21.2016
11:08 am
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Aladdin Sane umbrella
Aladdin Sane umbrella.
 
The first thing that popped into my mind when I saw these custom umbrellas made by “maker of groovy things,” Etsyer Kayci Garline Wheatley, was that I had to have them all. Which makes sense as I live in Seattle. And if you believe the legend of the rain here—and you should—then you can never have too many umbrellas on hand. Of course, the second thing that popped into my mind was how often I lose umbrellas. And losing a custom-made Aladdin Sane umbrella would hurt way more than losing the basic “plain Jane” umbrellas we all buy and replace over and over again during our wet lives.

In addition to the ones I’ve included in this post, Wheatley also does custom orders so you could theoretically have the umbrella of your dreams created, and then cry bitter tears when you lose it on the bus a week later. More information on all the umbrellas in this post can be found on Wheatley’s Etsy shop.
 
Prince in purple umbrella
Prince umbrella.
 
Aladdin Sane large face umbrella
 
Aladdin Sane multiple faces blue umbrella
 
More nifty umbrellas after the jump…

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Posted by Cherrybomb
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03.21.2016
11:08 am
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Bea Arthur screaming ‘CONDOMS’ for 5 hours: The greatest minimalist composition of the 21st Century
02.25.2016
10:55 am
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You click ‘play.’

You marvel at the nearly audible brightness of the angular high-‘80s mall fashions sported by Bea Arthur’s alpha-Golden Girl Dorothy.

You reminisce about how shoulder pads and Aqua Net were that era’s great generation- and class-spanning feminine equalizers.

The repetition begins. You mildly curse yourself for clicking ‘play.’

You become annoyed, but you let it continue.

Becoming entranced despite yourself, you dim the lights and turn the volume up to neighbor-hate levels.

It becomes part of the background of whatever else you’re doing. You ponder the works of Reich, Nyman, Branca.

You think to yourself “This is no ‘Sheets of Easter.’”

You become annoyed again.

It’s no “Come Out” either.

Still, you keep listening.

You close your eyes. Hours pass.

YOU ACHIEVE SATORI.
 

 
h/t to Terry Andrews for this find!

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
10 hours of Paul McCartney singing ‘Yesterday’
12-hour ambient music pieces from ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Alien,’ ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Star Wars’

Posted by Ron Kretsch
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02.25.2016
10:55 am
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Gals and gays rejoice (or despair): There is now a ‘Golden Girls’ parody porno
09.08.2015
09:43 am
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Golden Girls is one an unlikely show to have cross-generational appeal to both women and gays. Just as likely to be seen on Logo as Lifetime, the campy sitcom featured sassy broads of “a certain age”—all divorced or widowed—living together in perfect harmony with the aid of canned laughs. Some of the appeal may have been in the frankness of the show, with serious issues like gay rights and drug addiction discussed—and those women had sex,lots of sex. That may be why Hustler chose the show for its latest porn parody, This Ain’t The Golden Girls XXX. The film even features such grand dames of the smut genre as Nina Hartley, Luna Azul, Karen Summer, and Darla Crane!

My theory is that not a lot of straight guys are going to watch this. Don’t get me wrong, Nina Hartley looks fantastic (girl is 56!), but this smut is purely for “the fans”—a pornographic homage, really. The trailer below is so UNsexy I think you can probably get away with watching it at work—unless someone is paying very close attention, they’ll just think you’re watching Golden Girls!
 

Posted by Amber Frost
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09.08.2015
09:43 am
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