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Jack White’s Bat Inducted Into Baseball Hall of Fame

Jack White’s Bat Inducted Into Baseball Hall of Fame
A bat used by Jack White at a charity baseball game outside Cooperstown, New York has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Warstic, the baseball bat company co-owned by White and current Los Angeles Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler, announced Friday that White’s game-used bat had been enshrined in the Cooperstown museum.

Prior to White’s May 27th concert in Cooperstown, his Warstic Woodmen baseball team faced off against the local Leatherstocking All Stars in a sandlot baseball game. The Boarding House Reach rocker’s bat from
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Zachary Quinto on Making Tab Hunter Film After His Death: ‘I Want to Honor His Legacy’

Zachary Quinto on Making Tab Hunter Film After His Death: ‘I Want to Honor His Legacy’
Approximately one month after news broke that a biopic about Anthony Perkins and Tab Hunter is in development at Paramount, Hunter died on July 8. The project, titled “Tab & Tony,” has now taken on new meaning for producer Zachary Quinto, who feels a responsibility to pay homage to the late actor and gay icon.

“It’s really motivating for me to feel like I want to honor his legacy,” Quinto tells Variety in an interview. “It was so meaningful that he was a part of the process up until his death and provided firsthand, unique, and otherwise irretrievable access to that time and that journey that he had. I feel like I’m just more committed now than ever to telling his story and celebrating his legacy and honoring his contribution to the industry.”

Quinto and co-producer J.J. Abrams are developing the film, which will chronicle the titular actors’ secret love
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Zachary Quinto on Making Tab Hunter Film After His Death: ‘I Want to Honor His Legacy’

  • Variety
Zachary Quinto on Making Tab Hunter Film After His Death: ‘I Want to Honor His Legacy’
Approximately one month after news broke that a biopic about Anthony Perkins and Tab Hunter is in development at Paramount, Hunter died on July 8. The project, titled “Tab & Tony,” has now taken on new meaning for producer Zachary Quinto, who feels a responsibility to pay homage to the late actor and gay icon.

“It’s really motivating for me to feel like I want to honor his legacy,” Quinto tells Variety in an interview. “It was so meaningful that he was a part of the process up until his death and provided firsthand, unique, and otherwise irretrievable access to that time and that journey that he had. I feel like I’m just more committed now than ever to telling his story and celebrating his legacy and honoring his contribution to the industry.”

Quinto and co-producer J.J. Abrams are developing the film, which will chronicle the titular actors’ secret love
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Tab Hunter (1931-2018)

by Nathaniel R

Tab at the beach in the early '50sApologies that we didn't say our goodbyes to one of Hollywood's best hunks, Tab Hunter, in a timelier fashion.

Tab's real name was Arthur Kelm but back in the studio days almost everyone got a catchier name to boost their celebrity appeal... and you can't really beat Tab Hunter for a memorable name, can you? (Sometimes we wonder why actors don't do that now. Benedict Cumberbatch as a stage name and so many actors use their real names even if their real name is  long and hyphenated and hard to imagine on a marquee!).

Though born in New York his sun-kissed blonde beauty was a perfect fit for sunny California and Hollywood and he rose through the ranks quickly in films. Despite a few well regarded performances peppered throughout his career he was never considered a particularly strong actor
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Tab Hunter: how Hollywood's boy next door became a gay icon

The actor, who died on Sunday at the age of 86, kept his sexuality a secret at a time when the industry wasn’t ready for an openly gay heartthrob

Hollywood heartthrob Tab Hunter, the beloved boy-next-door of 1950s Warner Brothers classics like Battle Cry, The Burning Hills and Damn Yankees, died on Sunday at the age of 86. A blonde, square-jawed and wholesome symbol of mid-century American masculinity, Hunter, born in 1931 as Arthur Gelien, was gay but kept his sexuality a secret for the bulk of his career, until coming out in his 2005 autobiography Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star.

Related: Tab Hunter, 1950s Hollywood heart-throb, dies aged 86
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Tab Hunter Appreciation: A Star Who Survived Both the Studio System and Hollywood Homophobia

  • The Wrap
Tab Hunter Appreciation: A Star Who Survived Both the Studio System and Hollywood Homophobia
“To ask ‘Whatever happened to Tab Hunter?'” a reporter for The New York Times once wrote, “is to ask ‘Whatever happened to America?'”

As we remember Hunter — the Hollywood heartthrob who died this week a few days shy of his 87th birthday — it’s clear that his own career and personal path follows America’s (and Hollywood’s) arc of understanding homosexuality in the post-wwii era. A performer who was once deeply closeted in the industry could, in his later years, make two outrageous comedies in which his romantic co-lead was played by legendary drag queen Divine.

Born Arthur Gelien, Tab Hunter was one of a stable of performers groomed for stardom by agent Henry Willson, who gave the neophyte performer his name and his first forays onto the big screen.

Hunter made his big-screen debut in 1950 and would become one of the decade’s biggest stars, both
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Tab Hunter, 50s Actor and Gay Icon, Dies at 86

Tab Hunter, 50s Actor and Gay Icon, Dies at 86
Tab Hunter has passed away at the age of 86. The movie star, musician, novelist and gay icon passed away just three days shy of what would have been his 87th birthday. The news of his death was confirmed by the Tab Hunter Confidential Facebook page, which has been an official source for news regarding Hunter in recent years. Here's what the page had to say about his passing.

"Sad News: Tab passed away tonight three days shy of his 87th birthday. Please honor his memory by saying a prayer on his behalf. He would have liked that."

Starting in the early 1950s and lasting through the early 1990s, Tab Hunter starred in more than 70 movies and TV shows. He rose to fame in 1955 with a starring role in Track of the Cat and would later cement himself as a true star and heartthrob in movies such as Battle Cry and The Burning Hills.
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Hollywood Remembers Tab Hunter: ‘Gay Icon and True Gentleman’

  • Variety
Hollywood Remembers Tab Hunter: ‘Gay Icon and True Gentleman’
Stars are mourning Hollywood heartthrob and gay icon Tab Hunter on social media. The “Damn Yankees” and “Battle Cry” actor died on Sunday at age 86 in Santa Barbara, Calif., after a blood clot in his leg caused cardiac arrest, Allan Glaser, Hunter’s partner for more than three decades, confirmed to Variety.

Elton John, Zachary Quinto, William Shatner, and Diane Warren are among those who have taken to Instagram and Twitter to share their memories and condolences.

“Rip to the most handsome and special man,” John wrote on Twitter. “‘Young Love’ forever.”

Rip to the most handsome and special man. “Young Love” forever. #RIPTabHunter E xx pic.twitter.com/TIrAjpbRtw

— Elton John (@eltonofficial) July 9, 2018

Quinto, who is producing a movie about Hunter’s secret love affair with Anthony Perkins, penned a lengthy tribute to the late actor on Instagram, along with a black and white photo of a young Hunter,
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Tab Hunter’s Trials and Tribulations: 7 Things We Learned From the Late Gay Heartthrob’s Netflix Documentary

Tab Hunter’s Trials and Tribulations: 7 Things We Learned From the Late Gay Heartthrob’s Netflix Documentary
With his blonde hair and all-American good looks, Tab Hunter was the picture of a 1950s heartthrob. At the height of his career, he made waves as a wholesome boy next door in films like “Battle Cry” (1955), “The Burning Hills” (1956) with Natalie Wood, and “Damn Yankees” (1958). He enjoyed a short career resurgence in the ’80s, after playing Divine’s love interest in John Waters’ “Polyester” (1981). On Monday, July 9, a Facebook post announced that Hunter had died. He was 86.

Hunter wrote candidly about his life as a closeted man in Hollywood in a 2005 memoir “Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star,” including his relationships with Olympic figure skater Ronnie Roberston and “Psycho” star Anthony Perkins. Their romance is the subject of a film from J.J. Abrams and Zachary Quinto in the early stages of development at Paramount, tentatively titled “Tab & Tony.” Hunter’s memoir was adapted into a documentary in 2015, directed by Jeffrey Schwarz.
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Tab Hunter Dead At 86

  • CinemaRetro
By Lee Pfeiffer

Actor Tab Hunter has died at age 86 after sudden complications from a blood clot lead to a fatal heart attack. Hunter's blonde hair and hunky build made him a natural for the kind of beefcake leading men that characterized 1950s Hollywood. He was put under contract at Warner Brothers and became the studio's top grossing star during the years 1955-1959. Among Hunter's biggest hits of the era was the WWII film Battle Cry and the screen adaptation of the Broadway musical Damn Yankees. Hunter's popularity briefly extended to singing and his recording of "Young Love" was a smash hit, displacing Elvis Presley at the top of the charts. However, changing attitudes among fickle movie-goers in the 1960s swerved away from the traditional studio concept of a leading man. Hunter continued to work but in less-than-stellar productions. He did, however, have memorable cameos in big studio productions such
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Tab Hunter Remembered by Elton John, Zachary Quinto and More: ‘Most Handsome and Special Man’

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Tab Hunter Remembered by Elton John, Zachary Quinto and More: ‘Most Handsome and Special Man’
Fans of Tab Hunter, who died at the age of 86 on Sunday, have taken to social media to pay tribute to the late actor.

“Rip to the most handsome and special man. ‘Young Love’ forever. #RIPTabHunter E xx,” legend Elton John posted on Twitter.

Actor Zachary Quinto, who is producing and starring in a film about Hunter, wrote, “so sad to wake up to the news of the passing of tab hunter. i was honored to get to know him in the past year and am so grateful to have experienced his sheer joy and love of life.”

Also Read: Tab Hunter, Actor and '50s Hollywood Golden Boy, Dies at 86

“Tab passed away tonight three days shy of his 87th birthday,” his Facebook page announced late Sunday night. “Please honor his memory by saying a prayer on his behalf. He would have liked that.”

Hunter, who starred in such films as 1955’s “Battle Cry,
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Tab Hunter Dies: ‘Damn Yankees’ Hollywood Heartthrob Was 86

Tab Hunter Dies: ‘Damn Yankees’ Hollywood Heartthrob Was 86
Tab Hunter, the 1950s epitome of the blond Hollywood heartthrob and teen icon pin-up, whose career included early A-list fare like Damn Yankees! and Battle Cry to later (much later) cult classics Polyester, Lust in the Dust, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and authorship of a memoir in part describing his life as a closeted gay movie star, has died. He was 86.

Hunter came out as gay with his 2005 autobiography Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star – later the basis for Jeffrey Schwarz’ 2015 Netflix documentary Tab Hunter Confidential – clearing up longstanding Hollywood rumors that. Since his ’80s resurgence in the John Waters and Paul Bartel films costarring Divine, Hunter had relaxed into a more self-amused, even self-deprecating attitude about the vast chasm between the man born Arthur Gelien in 1931 and the teen idol manufactured and rechristened Tab Hunter by Henry Willson, the agent behind such creatively named Hollywood hunks as Rock Hudson,
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Tab Hunter, ‘Damn Yankees’ Star and Gay Icon, Dies at 86

Tab Hunter, ‘Damn Yankees’ Star and Gay Icon, Dies at 86
Tab Hunter, a former on-screen heartthrob and a gay icon, has died. He was 86. The news was announced on a Facebook page associated with the actor, but a cause of death was not included.

With his blonde hair, piercing blue eyes, and toothy smile, Hunter rose to the top ranks of Hollywood leading men in the 1950’s and early ’60’s. He appeared in the likes of “Damn Yankees” and “Battle Cry,”and had chart-topping records such as “Young Love.” But at the height of his popularity he was dogged by rumors that he was gay, a potentially career-ending rumor during that culturally conservative era.

Hunter fell out of favor as the 1960’s continued and a new breed of stars such as Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino, actors who were often less corn-fed and polished, entered the mainstream. As tastes changed, Hunter did summer stock and dinner theater, as well as appeared in spaghetti westerns.
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Tab Hunter, ‘Damn Yankees’ Star and Gay Icon, Dies at 86

  • Variety
Tab Hunter, ‘Damn Yankees’ Star and Gay Icon, Dies at 86
Tab Hunter, a former on-screen heartthrob and gay icon, has died. He was 86.

Hunter died Sunday night in Santa Barbara after a blood clot in his leg caused cardiac arrest, Allan Glaser, Hunter’s partner for more than three decades, confirmed to Variety.

With his All-American good looks, wavy blonde hair, piercing blue eyes, and toothy smile, Hunter rose to the top ranks of Hollywood leading men in the 1950’s and early ’60’s. He appeared in the likes of “Damn Yankees” and “Battle Cry,” and had chart-topping records such as “Young Love.” But at the height of his popularity, he was dogged by rumors that he was gay, a potentially career-ending rumor during that culturally conservative era. At one point, he was “outed” by the gossip rag, Confidential.

Hunter fell out of favor as the 1960s continued and a new breed of stars such as Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino,
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Tab Hunter, Actor and ’50s Hollywood Golden Boy, Dies at 86

Tab Hunter, Actor and ’50s Hollywood Golden Boy, Dies at 86
Tab Hunter, who rose to fame as a movie star in 1950s Hollywood with his California surfer-boy looks, has died at age 86, according to a Facebook page closely tied to the star.

The cause of death was not disclosed. A rep for the actor did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Hunter, who starred in such films as 1955’s “Battle Cry,” 1956’s “The Burning Hills” and the 1958 musical “Damn Yankees,” also parlayed his onscreen success into music, scoring a Billboard hit with the 1956 single “Young Love.”

Also Read: Tab Hunter Remembered by Elton John, Zachary Quinto and More: 'Most Handsome and Special Man'

The star later found a younger cult audience playing opposite the drag queen Divine in John Waters’ 1981 film “Polyester” and Paul Bartel’s 1985 film “Lust in the Dust.”

In his 2005 memoir “Tab Hunter Confidential,” he disclosed that he had remained a closeted gay man
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J.J. Abrams and Zachary Quinto producing Anthony Perkins-Tab Hunter forbidden love drama

J.J. Abrams and his Star Trek star Zachary Quinto are teaming up to produce Tab & Tony, a drama which is set to explore the true story of the secret love affair between Hollywood stars Tab Hunter and Anthony Perkins.

The film is being scripted by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright and is inspired by Hunter’s bestselling 2005 memoir Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star. It tells the story of Hunter’s struggle to come to terms with his sexual orientation in the Hollywood studio system of the 1950s, where being openly gay was taboo.

Hunter, who will turn 87 next month, starred in 40 movies including Battle Cry, Sea Chase and The Burning Hills, while Perkins – who died in 1992 of AIDS-related causes – was best known for his role as Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and its three sequels, and was also Oscar-nominated for Friendly Persuasion.

Zachary Quinto
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Zachary Quinto, J.J. Abrams Team for Anthony Perkins, Tab Hunter Biopic

Zachary Quinto, J.J. Abrams Team for Anthony Perkins, Tab Hunter Biopic
J.J. Abrams is teaming up with his Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness star Zachary Quinto to develop a new biopic entitled Tab & Tony, about the secret gay love affair between actors Anthony Perkins and Tab Hunter. The project has no director or actors attached at this time, with both Abrams and Quinto only currently attached as producers, with Abrams producing through his Bad Robot company along with Zachary Quinto, Neil Koeningsberg and Hunter's long-time partner Allan Glaser. Playwright Doug Wright, who won a Pulitzer for his play "I Am My Own Wife," has been hired to write the screenplay.

The movie will be adapted from Hunter's own 2005 biography "Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star," which chronicled his struggles as a gay actor in the 1950s, while detailing his rise to stardom where he was being marketed as a Hollywood heartthrob and the ideal leading man.
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Jj Abrams, Zachary Quinto Developing Tab Hunter-Anthony Perkins Movie

  • Variety
Jj Abrams, Zachary Quinto Developing Tab Hunter-Anthony Perkins Movie
Jj Abrams and Zachary Quinto are producing a movie for Paramount about the secret love affair between Tab Hunter and Anthony Perkins.

The project, titled “Tab & Tony,” is in early development without actors or a director attached. Playwright Doug Wright, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “I am My Own Wife,” has been hired to write the screenplay.

Producers are Abrams through his Bad Robot company, his “Star Trek” collaborator Quinto, Hunter’s longtime partner Allan Glaser, and Neil Koenigsberg.

The movie is based on Hunter’s account of his struggle to come to terms with being gay in the 1950s. Hunter wrote the 2005 book “Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star,” which became a New York Times bestseller and detailed his rise to Hollywood heartthrob status in the 1950s while he was being marketed as the ideal man, as well as his issues with revealing his sexuality
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Dorothy Malone Dead at 93

Actress Dorothy Malone, who starred in the primetime soap opera Peyton Place, died Friday in her hometown of Dallas. She was age 93.

Malone died in an assisted living center from natural causes days before her 94th birthday, said her daughter, Mimi Vanderstraaten.

After 11 years of mostly roles as loving sweethearts and wives, the brunette actress decided she needed to gamble on her career instead of playing it safe. She fired her agent, hired a publicist, dyed her hair blonde and sought a new image.

"I came up with a conviction that most of the winners in this business became stars overnight by playing shady dames with sex appeal," she recalled in 1967. She welcomed the offer for Written on the Wind, in which she played an alcoholic nymphomaniac who tries to steal Rock Hudson from his wife, Lauren Bacall.

"And I've been unfaithful or drunk or oversexed almost ever since— on the screen,
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Battle Cry

Move over James JonesLeon Uris clobbers the big screen with a sprawling adaptation of his WW2 combat novel, loaded down with roles for promising young actors. This is the one where twice as much time is spent on love affairs than fighting. War may be hell, but if Mona Freeman, Nancy Olson, Dorothy Malone and Allyn McLerie are going to be there for comfort, sign me up.

Battle Cry

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1955 / Color / 2:55 widescreen / 148 min. / Street Date , 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Van Heflin, Aldo Ray, Mona Freeman, Nancy Olson, James Whitmore, Raymond Massey, Tab Hunter, Dorothy Malone, Anne Francis, William Campbell, Fess Parker, Justus E. McQueen (L.Q. Jones), Perry Lopez, Jonas Applegarth, Tommy Cook, Felix Noriego, Susan Morrow, Carleton Young, Rhys Williams, Allyn Ann McLerie, Gregory Walcott, Frank Ferguson, Sarah Selby, Willis Bouchey, Victor Milian.

Cinematography: Sidney Hickox

Film Editor: William H. Zeigler

Original Music: Max Steiner
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