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Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway show is coming to Netflix

Bruce Springsteen is no stage actor, but he still managed to win a special Tony Award this year thanks to his Broadway show. Part autobiography, part concert, Springsteen on Broadway has seen the rock legend perform the same solo acoustic setlist (complete with anecdotal life stories) at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre since last October. Soon, you won’t need a ticket to see it for yourself. A recorded version of Springsteen on Broadway will be coming to Netflix this December, it was announced Wednesday.

“Nothing about Springsteen on Broadway feels like an easy cash-grab, or even simply a rock star looking for a kinder schedule that doesn’t involve trekking from city to city day after day,” Madison Vain wrote in EW’s A- review of the show. “Instead, with its mix of live music and stories and readings adapted from his 2016 autobiography Born to Run, Springsteen on Broadway lets one of popular music’s most beloved icons flex all kinds of creative muscle in a rare, intimate setting that showcases the true breadth of talents.”

The filmed version of Springsteen on Broadway is directed by Emmy winner Thom Zimny, and produced by the same team that produced the theater show, including Springsteen manager Jon Landau, Springsteen tour director George Travis, and Landau Management partner Barbara Carr.

Though the show was originally set for only an eight-week run, its acclaim and success got it renewed three times. It will end for good on Dec. 15, the same night that it will become available to Netflix viewers worldwide.

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“…there are no plans for Zack Snyder to direct another DC movie.” is one of the greatest sentences I’ve read all year!!

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Cut Reportedly Will Not Be Released

Ever since Justice League critically and commercially underperformed in theaters last fall, there’s been a rallying cry from many fans of the DC Extended Universe for Warner Bros to release what’s been called “The Snyder Cut,” a version of the movie that better reflects director Zack Snyder’s creative vision before he departed. It’s been said that there’s at least an assembly cut of Snyder’s Justice League out there, but Warner Bros hasn’t commented on the matter… until now. For those of you who’ve been hoping that the Snyder Cut would be made available to the public, I bring bad news, as it sounds like Warner Bros has no plans to release it.

With DC craving out its own chunk of the Warner Bros presentation at San Diego Comic-Con this Saturday, there’d been speculation online that some of that time would be dedicated to announcing the release of Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League. However, in a Wall Street Journal story about the Snyder Cut, a senior executive confirmed that there won’t be any mention such a cut or any alternative versions of Justice League. In this crazy world, there’s always the chance that the bigwigs at Warner Bros might change their minds and deliver an alternate Justice League cut at a later date. Remember, we didn’t see the Richard Donner cut of Superman II until over two decades later. But for now, those of you who want to watch a live action Justice League movie will just have to turn to the theatrical cut.

Having already helmed Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder returned to direct Justice League, and he was around for the entirety of principal photography. However, after the tragic passing of his daughter, it was announced in May 2017 that Snyder had stepped away from the movie, and Joss Whedon, who had already been brought aboard to rewrite portions of the script, was tasked with overseeing Justice League during reshoots. In recent months, Snyder has been sharing behind-the-scenes photos of his time on Justice League, but Snyder’s spokeswoman told WSJ that the director has never watched the Justice League theatrical cut. For those who’ve been following Snyder on his Vero account, this doesn’t come entirely as a shock, as he previously mentioned that he had no knowledge of the Russian family in Justice League, indicating that they were added after his departure.

So there we have it. Barring any surprise announcements in the future, it looks like we can shut the book on Justice League for good. While the DCEU is pressing onwards with movies like Aquaman, Shazam! and Wonder Woman 1984, it remains to be seen if Justice League 2 will move forward, but for right now, there are no plans for Zack Snyder to direct another DC movie. Instead, he will turn his attention to developing an adaptation of The Fountainhead.

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Woo hoo!!! I’m going to live forever!!!

Study claims that attending a concert once every two weeks can add nine years to your life

Concerts can be daunting as you get older, what with late start times, a slew of opening acts, and the prospect of standing next to tall, sweaty people for several hours. A new study, however, claims that the effort’s worth it.

Conducted by O2 and behavioral science expert Patrick Fagan and reported by NME, the study finds that regular concert attendance can increase one’s lifespan by up to nine years. The logic here is that live music increases feelings of self-worth, closeness to others, and, especially, mental stimulation, all of which contribute to one’s sense of well-being. According to the study, there’s a “positive correlation between regularity of gig attendance and well-being,” and “additional scholarly research directly links high levels of wellbeing with a lifespan increase of nine years.”

These sensations of well-being were measured using psychometric testing and heart-rate tests, and the study says experiencing a gig for just 20 minutes can result in a 21% increase in feelings of well-being. The study’s recommendation is that one concert every two weeks will score one’s “happiness, contentment, productivity and self-esteem at the highest level.”

Does that sound like a load of hooey to you? Especially once you consider that O2 is a concert venue that plugs its “Priority Tickets” program in the text of the study? Yeah, maybe, but who are we to argue? Some of the most fun we’ve ever had has been at concerts, and who’s going to disagree that happy people are likely to live longer?

Also, this isn’t the first time scientists have come to such a conclusion.

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Very sad news. May he Rest In Peace.

Military radio host Adrian Cronauer, who inspired Good Morning, Vietnam, has died

NORFOLK, VA.—Adrian Cronauer, the man whose military radio antics inspired a character played by Robin Williams in the film Good Morning, Vietnam, has died. He was 79.

Mary Muse, the wife of his stepson Michael Muse, said Thursday that Cronauer died Wednesday from an age-related illness. He had lived in Troutville, Va., and died at a local nursing home, she said.

During his service as a U.S. air force sergeant in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966, Cronauer opened his Armed Forces Radio show with the phrase, “Goooooood morning, Vietnam!”

Williams made the refrain famous in the 1987 film, loosely based on Cronauer’s time in Saigon.

The film was a departure from other Vietnam War movies that focused on bloody realism, such as the Academy Award-winning Platoon. Instead, it was about irreverent youth in the 1960s fighting the military establishment.

“We were the only game in town and you had to play by our rules,” Cronauer told The Associated Press in 1987. “But I wanted to serve the listeners.”

The military wanted conservative programming. American youths, however, were “not into drab, sterile announcements” with middle-of-the-road music, Cronauer said, and the battle over the airwaves was joined.

In the film, Williams quickly drops Perry Como and Lawrence Welk from his 6 a.m. playlist in favour of the Dave Clark Five.

Cronauer said he loved the movie, but he said much of the film was Hollywood make-believe. Robin Williams’ portrayal as a fast-talking, nonconformist, yuk-it-up disc jockey sometimes gave people the wrong impression of the man who inspired the film.

“Yes, I did try to make it sound more like a stateside station,” he told the AP in 1989. “Yes, I did have problems with news censorship. Yes, I was in a restaurant shortly before the Viet Cong hit it. And yes, I did start each program by yelling, ‘Good Morning, Vietnam!’ ”

The rest is what he delicately called “good script crafting.”

When the film was released, the presidential campaign of Democrat Jesse Jackson called asking if Cronauer would help out. The conversation died quickly after Cronauer asked the caller if she realized he was a Republican.

In 1992, George H.W. Bush’s re-election campaign taped a TV ad slamming Bill Clinton’s draft record. In the ad, Cronauer accused Clinton of lying.

“In many ways, I’m a very conservative guy,” he said. “A lifelong, card-carrying Republican can’t be that much of an anti-establishment type.”

Cronauer was from Pittsburgh, the son of a steelworker and a schoolteacher. After the military, he worked in radio, television and advertising.

In 1979, Cronauer saw the film Apocalypse Now with his friend Ben Moses, who also served in Vietnam and worked at the Saigon radio station.

“We said that’s not our story of Vietnam,” Moses recalled Thursday. “And we made a deal over a beer that we were going to have a movie called Good Morning, Vietnam.”

It wasn’t easy. Hollywood producers were incensed at the idea of a comedy about Vietnam, said Moses, who co-produced the film and wrote the original 30-page story.

“I said ‘It’s not a comedy — it’s the sugar on top of the medicine,’ ” Moses said.

Writer Mitch Markowitz made the film funny, and director Barry Levinson added the tragic-comedy aspect, Moses said. Williams’ performance was nominated for an Oscar.

Moses said the film was a pivotal moment in changing the way Americans thought about the Vietnamese and the war.

Muse, the wife of Cronauer’s stepson, said the movie “helped open dialogue and discussion that had long been avoided.”

“He loved the servicemen and servicewomen all over the world and always made time to personally engage with them,” she said.

She added that he was “a loving and devoted husband to his late wife, Jeane, (as well as a) father, grandfather and great-grandfather.”

Cronauer attended the University of Pennsylvania’s law school and went into the legal profession, working in communications law and later handling prisoner-of-war issues for the Pentagon.

“I always was a bit of an iconoclast, as Robin (Williams) was in the film,” Cronauer told the AP in 1999. “But I was not anti-military, or anti-establishment. I was anti-stupidity. And you certainly do run into a lot of stupidity in the military.”

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I haven’t watched that video for a while. Maybe I should head over to YouTube.

November Rain becomes first ’90s video to top a billion YouTube views

Guns N’ Roses’ November Rain video has become the first music promo from the 1990s to score over a billion YouTube streams, according to Forbes.

Axl Rose and his bandmates also hold the title of most-viewed 1980s hit as well, with their video for Sweet Child O’ Mine, which has almost 695 million views.

The nine minute long video for November Rain was released in 1992 and has become a steady view in recent years, following Axl’s reunion with former bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan for the Not In This Lifetime… tour, which is currently the fourth highest grossing tour of all time.

The trio and its bandmates are currently wrapping up the European leg of the tour.

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Welcome back, Buble!!!

Michael Bublé gets emotional at first concert since son’s cancer diagnosis

Michael Bublé was moved to tears when he made a spectacular return to the stage in London last night after his son beat cancer.

The “Home” singer impressed crowds with a comeback performance at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time in Hyde Park – two years after his four-year-old son Noah was diagnosed with liver cancer.

An emotional Michael, 42, opened up to the crowd as he admitted being afraid to sing again ahead of long-awaited return to the stage.

But first he joked with fans who had just suffered a torrential downpour in Hyde Park, saying: “This is exactly how it was in my mind. I s–t you not.”

Before adding: It’s been two years since I’ve been on stage, and like any human of course I worry that whatever I had at one point might have gone.

“But after two songs, I’m even better than before.”

Michael later paid tribute to his supporters for sticking by him.

He said: “There are no words for how much love, affection, gratitude, that I have in my heart on behalf of myself, my family, for your love, for your prayers, for your support.

“I want to thank you not only for tonight, but for every night, for everything you’ve done for me. Each one of you has made such a difference in my life.”

He even name-dropped British reality show “Love Island,” telling the crowd: “This isn’t a concert, this is Love Island…. and just like Love Island, incredibly sophisticated people are going to come together to connect, to meet…. and maybe do it in a swimming pool.”

Michael sang hits some of his greatest hits including “Feeling Good,” “Just Haven’t Met You Yet” and “Home” in front of his adoring fans – and even teased some music from his upcoming album.

The singer had earlier been supported by former British realty TV star Megan McKenna and the legendary Van Morrison who he said had been a huge part of his “romance with music”.

Bublé and his actress wife Luisana Lopilato have cancelled all work commitments since 2016 when their son Noah was diagnosed with liver cancer.

But last night the little boy shared a sweet moment with his dad from the crowd when Michael revealed he forces him to watch The Greatest Showman “over and over again” at home.

Teasing the audience by starting to sing “this is the greatest…”, Michael handed the mic over to his son who beamed as he ended the lyric in front of his proud dad.

Since Noah’s diagnosis, Michael has shunned the limelight and posted only two updates on Facebook about his son’s condition – said to be improving after chemotherapy in the US.

The singer, also dad to one-year-old Elias, previously spoke about the family’s turmoil as he was honoured with a performing arts award in Ottawa.

He appeared emotional as he said: “My entire life has been inspired by how my family has made me feel.

“My wife, my children, my parents my sisters, my manager Bruce Allen, who are all here tonight.

“There are no words to describe how I feel about you.”

He recently confirmed his wife is expecting their third child and she’s having a girl.

The cheeky star beamed as he told an audience: “Oops, you did it again! My wife and I are pregnant with our number three!”

The 30-year-old Argentine model Luisana, who wed 42-year-old Michael in 2011, is due to give birth next month.

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Whether it’s bad or even awful, I still want to see SKYSCRAPER as I love disaster/action films…and anything co-starring Neve Campbell!!

Hotel Transylvania 3 towers over Skyscraper at the box office

Adam Sandler’s animated Dracula has upset action hero Dwayne Johnson at the box office this weekend.

The Sony release Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is on track to debut with about $44.1 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada, topping the chart while outpacing Johnson and Universal’s disaster movie Skyscraper, which will open with an estimated $25.5 million.

For Hotel Transylvania 3, its opening is in line with industry projections, but Skyscraper is coming in well below expectations, which were in the $30 million to $40 million range heading into the weekend. The latter film, which reportedly cost about $125 million to make, will arrive in third place, behind Disney and Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, with an estimated $28.8 million.

Hotel Transylvania 3’s debut is also on par with its two predecessors, which opened to $42.5 million in 2012 and $48.5 million in 2015. Together, the first two Hotel Transylvania movies grossed more than $800 million at the worldwide box office. Hotel Transylvania 3 will also collect about $54.8 million from overseas markets this weekend.

Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and featuring the voices of Sandler, Andy Samberg, and Selena Gomez, Hotel Transylvania 3 follows a family of monsters as they embark on a luxury cruise. Critics’ reviews were mixed to positive, and moviegoers gave it an A-minus CinemaScore.

Skyscraper, meanwhile, is looking like a rare stumble for Johnson, one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood lately. The film will have to perform well overseas to be considered a hit, including in China, where it opens next week and Johnson is a big draw. Through Sunday, Skyscraper will have earned about $40.4 million in foreign ticket sales.

Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence) directed the movie, which stars Johnson as a security expert and military veteran who must rescue his family from a gleaming Hong Kong tower that’s been set on fire by terrorists. Reviews were mixed, and moviegoers gave it a B-plus CinemaScore.

Rounding out the top five this weekend are Disney and Pixar’s animated superhero sequel Incredibles 2, with about $16.2 million, and Universal’s dinosaur thriller Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, with about $15.5 million.

In specialty action, A24 and Bo Burnham’s coming-of-age dramedy Eighth Grade is arriving in four theaters with an estimated $252,284, which works out to an impressive per-theater average of $63,071. Also bowing in four theaters is Gus Van Sant and Amazon Studios’ offbeat biopic Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, with an estimated $83,120 ($20,780 per theater).

According to ComScore, overall box office is up 8.4 percent year-to-date. Check out the July 13-15 figures below.

1. Hotel Transylvania 3 — $44.1 million
2. Ant-Man and the Wasp — $28.8 million
3. Skyscraper — $25.5 million
4. Incredibles 2 — $16.2 million
5. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom — $15.5 million
6. The First Purge — $9.1 million
7. Sorry to Bother You — $4.3 million
8. Sicario: Day of the Soldado — $3.9 million
9. Uncle Drew — $3.2 million
10. Ocean’s 8 — $2.9 million

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Don’t know if Rick will do it or not, but it would be awesome, awesome, awesome!!!

Peyton Reed Wanted Rick Moranis For Ant-Man, Still Wants Him For Ant-Man 3

Ant-Man and the Wasp is off to a great start at the box office and the debut of the sequel has many people looking back at the underrated original movie. Director Peyton Reed, who helmed both installments, recently revealed that he wanted to get a very special cameo in the original Ant-Man. Since the movie was about characters who shrink to the size of insects, he thought it would be great to get Honey, I Shrunk the Kids star Rick Moranis in the film in some way. Unfortunately, since Moranis had pretty much retired from acting at the time, it ended up being impossible. According to Reed…

“We actually at one point attempted to get a Rick Moranis cameo in the first Ant-Man. Still, during the period, I think, where he wasn’t doing so much acting. I think he’s now going to be on the SCTV Scorcese directed thing which I’m super psyched about. But always still an unchecked box for me.”

The reveal of the potential Rick Moranis cameo came during a sit down with Screen Junikies where Reed reviewed the Honest Trailer of the first Ant-Man. The trailer calls the film “the best micro movie since Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” a joke which led to Reed revealing that he had seen the connection between the films as well, and it made him want to get Moranis to appear.

Rick Moranis has been basically retired for quite some time. His last physical appearance in a movie was in 1997’s direct-to-video sequel Honey We Shrunk Ourselves. After that, Moranis continued to do voice work for projects like Disney’s Brother Bear, where he voiced a moose alongside Dave Thomas that was a takeoff on their famous characters of Bob and Doug McKenzie from SCTV. However, since 2007, Moranis vanished from the screen.

Recently though, it seems that Moranis has decided to come out of retirement, at least a little. He appeared just a couple months ago in an episode of The Goldbergs as his Spaceballs character Dark Helmet. And as Peyton Reed referenced here, he will be part of an SCTV reunion special for Netflix being directed by Martin Scorcese. It makes one wonder if there might be potential for a Moranis cameo in a future Ant-Man movie. When the idea was suggested to Reed that the actor could appear in Ant-Man 3, it seemed the director already had an idea who he could play…

“There you go. Scott Lang’s Dad?”

When franchises get rebooted, we often see cameos from the actors who played key roles the first time around. While there isn’t an actual connection between Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Ant-Man, at least not from a plot standpoint, it would still be great to see the thematic connection referenced with a future cameo.

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Cool. Very cool!!

Star Wars: Episode IX Is Bringing Back Billy Dee Williams As Lando Calrissian

Lando Calrissian has been a fan favorite character ever since he was first introduced in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and that legacy has continued through the character’s many appearances over the years. Most recently we saw him portrayed by Donald Glover in Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, but now new reports say that Billy Dee Williams will be back to reprise the role in the untitled Star Wars: Episode IX.

Rumors of Billy Dee Williams’ potential return have been floating around for months now, but sources are now telling The Hollywood Reporter that Lando Calrissian will indeed be back in action for J.J. Abrams’ next Star Wars movie. The blockbuster is going to be going into production later this summer, and it seems that its getting its pieces in order. It was recently reported that Keri Russell has signed on to the film in a mysterious role (creating a Felicity/Mission: Impossible III reunion with Abrams), and now Williams appears to be the second big new addition.

When you consider how the most recently trilogy of Star Wars movies has operated to this point, the inclusion of Lando Calrissian in the third chapter is an interesting move. When you look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi side-by-side, you start to see what the filmmakers had in mind for the structure: have each movie shine a spotlight on a protagonist from the original movies and conclude their story in a meaningful way. The Force Awakens is a goodbye to Han Solo, The Last Jedi is a goodbye to Luke Skywalker… and Episode IX presumably would have been a goodbye to General nee Princess Leia. Sadly all those plans had to change with the untimely passing of Carrie Fisher, so this situation makes one wonder if Lando might be getting the same kind of legacy treatment in her place (while presumably honoring Leia in a different way).

While there are many Lando Calrissian stories that are now non-canon (a.k.a. have the designation “Star Wars Legends”), the character has been a key part of the universe for years. In addition to being an important character in both The Empire Strikes Back and The Return Of The Jedi, he has also had his own Marvel Comics miniseries, appeared on the beloved animated series Star Wars Rebels, and is considered to be the best part of the aforementioned Solo: A Star Wars Story (with plenty of due credit going to Donald Glover). Thanks to the secrecy surrounding the Star Wars franchise we have no idea what Lando will be up to when we catch up with him in Episode IX, but at the very, very least we expect a lot more space capes.

As mentioned, Star Wars: Episode IX will be going into production in a few weeks time, which means that we should be hearing more reports about the pre-production process very soon. Stay tuned for more updates, and take all the time you can to prepare for the blockbuster’s December 20, 2019 launch.

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May he Rest In Peace.

Actor Tab Hunter, star of ’Damn Yankees!’ movie, dead at 86

Tab Hunter, the blond actor and singer who was a heartthrob for millions of teenagers in the 1950s with such films as “Battle Cry” and “Damn Yankees!” and received new attention decades later when he revealed that he was gay, has died. He was 86.

Producer and spouse Allan Glaser said Hunter died Sunday of a blood clot in his leg that caused cardiac arrest. Glaser called the death “sudden and unexpected.”

Hunter was a star for several years. In addition to his hit movies, his recording of “Young Love” topped the Billboard pop chart in 1957.

But in his 2005 memoir, “Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star,” Hunter recounted the stresses of being a love object to millions of young women when he was, in reality, a gay man.

“I believed, wholeheartedly — still do — that a person’s happiness depends on being true to themselves,” he wrote. “The dilemma, of course, that was being true to myself — and I’m talking sexually now — was impossible in 1953.”
Among those stars honouring Hunter on Monday included Harvey Fierstein, who called Hunter a “gay icon” and a “true gentleman” on Twitter, adding, “We shared some good laughs back in the 80’s. I was always fond of this dear man.”

Zachary Quinto on Instagram also cheered Hunter’s “vital and generous nature” and called him a “pioneer of self-acceptance” who moved through the world “with authenticity as his guide.” GLAAD tweeted “Our hearts are with Tab’s loved ones.”

Born Arthur Andrew Kelm, his screen tab (slang for “name” at the time) was fabricated by Henry Willson, the same talent agent who came up with the names Rock Hudson and Rory Calhoun.

The legend goes that Willson said to the young man: “We’ve got to find something to tab you with. Do you have any hobbies?” His client answered, “I ride horses. Hunters.” Agent: “That’s it! We’ll call you Tab Hunter.”

With no dramatic training, Hunter was cast in a minor role in the 1950 drama, “The Lawless.” The fuss over the young actor began two years later when he appeared bare-chested opposite Linda Darnell in the British-made “Island of Desire.” Soon his handsome face and muscular build appeared on magazine covers. Warner Bros., alert to the increasingly important youth market, signed him to a contract.

Hunter made a flurry of movies in the latter half of the 1950s, aimed at capitalizing on his popularity with young girls. The films included such war dramas as “Battle Cry” (with Van Heflin) and “Lafayette Escadrille” (Clint Eastwood in a small role). He made the Westerns “The Burning Hills” (Natalie Wood) and “They Came to Cordura” (Gary Cooper, Rita Hayworth). And he made romantic comedies like “The Pleasure of His Company” (Fred Astaire, Debbie Reynolds.)

A highlight was the 1958 “Damn Yankees!,” an adaptation of the hit Broadway musical with Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston in their Tony-winning New York roles and the original director, George Abbott, sharing direction with Stanley Donen.

Besides the movies, he displayed his athletic skills — he had been a figure skater as well as horseman — in a TV special, “Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates.”

As with so many pop idols, his fans grew up and a new generation sought other favourites. His slide followed the classic pattern: to a television series (“The Tab Hunter Show,” on NBC, 1960-62); European films (“The Golden Arrow”) and cheap kid flicks (“Ride the Wild Surf.”) In his memoir, he took pains to note that “Ride the Wild Surf” was his only beach-party movie; his “Operation Bikini,” despite its title, was “yet another war movie.”

Over the years, he also played small roles in “The Loved One,” ”The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean“ and ”Grease 2.“

In the 1980s, he won new fans by appearing in cult movies with Divine, the 300-pound transvestite, notably John Waters’ 1981 “Polyester” and Paul Bartel’s 1985 “Lust in the Dust,” co-produced by Hunter himself.

Of “Polyester,” Hunter wrote: “Everybody got the joke. … For both John and me, our collaboration paid huge dividends: I’d helped ’legitimize’ his brand of movie, and he made me ’hip’ overnight.”

Hunter appeared on Broadway in 1964 in Tennessee Williams’ “The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore” opposite the formidable Tallulah Bankhead. The play closed within days, and he said it was “completely buried under Tallulah’s offhanded trademark campiness.”

Hunter was born in 1931 in New York City, the second son of a mechanic and his German immigrant wife. His father left the family two years later and the boy took his mother’s name, Gelien. Young Arthur Gelien grew up in San Francisco and Long Beach, California, and joined the Coast Guard at 15, lying about his age.

While in New York, he saw Broadway plays and became interested in acting. Back in California, Willson arranged for a two-word role in a small Western, “The Lawless.” He got $500 and a new name.

In his memoir, he said that his career flourished despite some innuendo and smear articles in the scandal sheets — “clear evidence that despite its self-righteous claims, ’Confidential’ magazine did not influence the taste and opinions of mainstream America.”

Writing the book was difficult, he told The Associated Press in 2005, “because I’m a really private person. I grew up full of denial. I just didn’t like any suggestions or questioning of my sexuality.”

In 1960, Hunter’s boy-next-door reputation did take a hit when he was charged with cruelty for allegedly beating his dog. (He was acquitted). In recent years, Hunter appeared in dinner theatres and organized film projects. After living on a ranch in New Mexico for a time, he took a home in Montecito in Santa Barbara County with Glaser.

He didn’t dwell on his Hollywood career or regret losing it. “I had my fling, and I was very fortunate,” he remarked. “But that’s all in my past.”