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Los Angeles Premiere Of Focus Features' 'The Danish Girl'

Bruce Vilanch - Los Angeles premiere of Focus Features' 'The Danish Girl' - Arrivals at Westwood Village Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 21st November 2015

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Legacy Series Charity Gala - Arrivals

Bruce Vilanch - Second annual Legacy Series Charity Gala at Casa del Mar hotel in Santa Monica - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 20th November 2015

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The Premiere Of Amazon's 'Transparent' Season Two

Bruce Vilanch - The premiere of Amazon's 'Transparent' season two at SilverScreen Theater at the Pacific Design Center - Arrivals at Pacific Design Center - West Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 9th November 2015

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Los Angeles LGBT Center Hosts Annual Garden Party - An Afternoon In Tuscany

Bruce Vilanch - Los Angeles LGBT Center Hosts Annual Garden Party - An Afternoon In Tuscany at Private Residence - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 26th July 2015

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'Into The Woods' In-home Release Party - Arrivals

Bruce Vilanch - Disney celebrates Stephen Sondheim and 'Into The Woods' in-home release held at 42 West club - Arrivals at 42 West club,, Disney - New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 22nd March 2015

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James Franco Apologises For Swipe At Oscars Writer

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Actor James Franco has made peace with long-time Oscars writer Bruce Vilanch after taking offence to criticism over his stint as a co-host at the Academy Awards last month (Feb11).

The Spider-Man star joined forces with Anne Hathaway to present the biggest event in Hollywood's awards season calendar, but the young duo's attempts to entertain failed to win over critics and viewers alike.

Vilanch recently voiced his opinion about the performance, suggesting Franco had been juggling too many responsibilities to give the gig his all.

The actor took aim at Vilanch by posting a photo of the pair on his page and writing "James f**ked up the Oscars. Trust me, I know comedy. I mean, come on, I write for Bette Midler!" over the writer's face.

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Oscar Comedy Writer Vilanch Faults Franco; Franco Faults Back

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Bruce Vilanch, who has written jokes for the hosts of countless awards shows for 20 years, has criticized James Franco for not taking his role as host of this year's Oscars telecast seriously. In an interview with New York magazine's Vulture blog, Vilanch joked that he suspects Franco took a nap. "I have to call James Franco and tell him the show's over," he remarked. "He doesn't know." Vilanch said that he thought that the real problem may have been that Franco didn't realize "how big a deal it is to do it" and that he simply had "so many balls in the air" that he was unable to devote sufficient time to planning and rehearsals. But another problem may simply have been that hosting The Oscars may be "outside the comfort zones" of actors like Franco and Anne Hathaway. "The only people who know how to host those shows are people who get up onstage every night and say, 'Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. A funny thing happened ... '" A short time later, Franco posted a photo of himself and Vilanch presumably taken backstage at the Oscars. He drew a comic-book bubble coming out of Vilanch's mouth with the words, "James f****d up the Oscars. Trust me, I know comedy. I mean, come on, I write for Bette Midler." He later removed the post -- but on the Internet, nothing is ever permanently removed."

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James Franco Ridicules Bruce Vilanch After Oscars Criticism

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James Franco has hit back at Bruce Vilanch after the long-time Oscars writer criticised his Academy Awards hosting turn last month (Feb11).

The Spider-Man actor teamed up with Anne Hathaway to present the Hollywood ceremony, but the young stars' gig was poorly received by critics and audiences alike.

Vilanch recently suggested that Franco's busy schedule kept him from performing well, telling NY Magazine's Vulture Blog, "He has so many balls in the air, he didn't get to town till Thursday before the show on Sunday. And so we emailed a lot... But he didn't get there."

Now Franco has hit back at Vilanch by taking to his page and writing, "Bruce he let me down".

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Best Song Snub Kills Planned Gag At Oscars

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Producers of The Oscars show apparently felt so certain that Diane Warren's Burlesque song "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" would be nominated (it was the winner of the Golden Globe Award for best original song) that they had already planned a comedy bit about it. Oscar gag writer Bruce Vilanch told New York magazine's Vulture website. "We had a great bit where James Franco [who is cohosting the ceremony] was going to come on as Cher and be interrupted by [the real] Cher. ... But the song wasn't nominated, and so she's not coming." Last week Cher tweeted that being passed over for a nomination "sucks," adding, "It's hard to understand how u win the Golden Globe 4 BEST SONG & not even get nominated by the OSCARS? Oh well it is what it is .... the sun is still shining!"

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On-call ace comedy writer Bruce Vilanch subject of adoring documentary

Having a smoke outside San Francisco's Prescott hotel, Bruce Vilanch is getting stares from passers-by.

In most any other city, it could just be his shaggy, sheepdog blond mane and beard, and his glasses with bright red frames garnering all the amused looks. But in a berg quite accustom to the bizarre, such protracted glances don't come so easy.

It's the fact that he's wearing a T-shirt sporting a huge print of the Cowardly Lion, which looks remarkably like Vilanch himself, that seems to be garnering the man amused sideways glances -- and he's eating it up. Waving at people and flashing an effervescent, quizzical smile, he's at least as amused as they are.

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Naked Boys Singing Review

Ten naked men in a Rockettes-style high-kick line. Imagine all the flopping around. Actually, you don't need to imagine it. Check out Naked Boys Singing, and you can see exactly what it looks like. This fast-paced and intermittently witty stage revue, a crowd pleaser that has played in small theaters in liberal-minded cities for almost 10 years, has been committed to film faithfully if somewhat artlessly. Shot in an LA theater from right behind the live audience's collective head, it's as if you're sitting in row M, sort of.

The film climaxes early (so to speak) when Kevin Stea, whose dance credits go all the way back to Madonna's Truth or Dare, dips and glides with a mop and broom as he sings about his travails working as "The Naked Maid." That's quickly followed by big numbers about a bris, the danger of getting an erection in a high school locker room, lust for Robert Mitchum, and the joys of masturbation. One memorable number is a sort of choral madrigal with lyrics that consist of nothing but slang words for "penis." You can't say it's not creative.

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Vandross' Sexuality Questioned

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Late soul star LUTHER VANDROSS' sexuality has come under the microscope in a revealing new gay magazine article. Less than a year after the singer died (JUL05), Vandross' gay pals are opening up about the late star's secret homosexuality in a new Out magazine expose. Funnyman and longtime Oscars writer Bruce Vilanch tells the gay magazine that he was aware of Vandross' sexual secret when he befriended the singer at the beginning of his career. Vilanch says, "He was way 'in' (the closet). He said to me, 'No one knows I'm in the life.'" But Vilanch admits Vandross was careful not to make his private life public. He adds, "He had very few sexual contacts." The comedy writer reveals one gay romance he knew of was with a "not white" man, who was a recovering alcoholic. Meanwhile, famed gay journalist MICHAEL MUSTO - another Vandross associate - insists the singer was desperate to find a boyfriend in the years before he passed away. Musto reveals, "A famously open gay singer/songwriter (told me) Luther was dying to have a boyfriend. It was an inside showbusiness open secret." While many Vandross fans are appalled by efforts to 'out' the singer less than a year after his death, Michael Roberson, the director of gay group People of Color in Crisis, welcomes the expose. He says, "Clearly, a lot of black gay performers feel they can't come out. Yet it would be important, particularly to black gay young people, to see black gay role models."

The Ice Pirates Review

Yeah, that's Anjelica Huston in a campy sci-fi spoof, but that doesn't mean it ever takes itself seriously.

Robert Urich stars as a space pirate in the far future, when there's no more water in the galaxy, and pirates work the shipping lanes of open space to steal what ice there is left. Urich's Jason winds up in a plot involving a kidnapped princess, an evil empire, and a visit to "the seventh world," which includes time travel,

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Get Bruce Review

Bette, Billy, Lili, Whoopi -- now I know why these people aren't funny: Because Bruce Vilanch writes all their material. And now they've written a song about how great he is... ick.

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Travolta Set For Cross-Dressing Hairspray Role

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John Travolta is in negotiations to play larger-than-life EDNA TURNBLAD in the upcoming HAIRSPRAY movie remake.

Transvestite DIVINE played the part in the original John Waters movie and the role has since been played by Harvey Fierstein and funnyman Bruce Vilanch in the Broadway, New York musical version of the story.

Travolta's a favourite after befriending screenwriter Leslie Dixon on the set of LOOK WHO'S TALKING NOW. Dixon has just been appointed the screenwriter of the new Hairspray film.

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