Friday, June 22, 2018

Blind Item #8 - The Biopic - A Dancing Boy Blind Item

Here's a sneak preview of a forthcoming dancing boy story (with a CDAN bonus that wasn't on twitter)...

In case you missed it on twitter...

Coming soon: The Biopic - a Dancing Boy Blind Item. It survives today as a print in a storage locker, and a few grainy VHS transfers, memorable only to the cast and crew.

But this student flick (from 1997) - and in particular one scene - was inspired by the same story behind a shockingly similar scene in an independent movie a year later, the first produced by a certain permanent A list front man turned movie producer.

Both are musical biopics, the star of the latter one shrouded in mystery.
My prep for this one part? A kids meal at the Sizzler, and a hair cut (along with a small hoard of screaming children) at the Fantastic Sams. The director - we'll call her "mom" - took me to the mall, and bought me a school uniform. By then I wanted to go home and play Nintendo.

I'm thinking that because of the age of the latter actor no such prep was needed.

Here's something more - that wasn't on twitter. The actor, a friend of mine, who played the lead role in the short had his own special scene. In it, and according to the director, the musician he plays learned to sing in the same place where a string of boys auditioned for a certain director at basically the same time. I thought he got in on the first take, but a number of them were shot. 

67 comments:

sandybrook said...

Sizzler had a great salad bar.

Tuesdi said...

Goddamn I just CANNOT read these Dancing Boy Blinds. You need a team of scientists working 24/7 round the clock to decipher the frigging things.

totaji said...

Self serve ice cream 👍🏼

totaji said...

A team of literate writers would have been preferred.

ForeverFilthyBrain said...

Another Dancing Bore blind, yay/wn

Brayson87 said...

I heard when Sizzler closed the employees found out by showing up one day and all the doors were locked and boarded, no warning at all.

Satan 666 said...

Never been to Sizzler but when I was a kid we would go to Ponderosa a few times a year. Yum, cafeteria style steak.

Brayson87 said...

I could go for a great chef salad, they need a takeout salad chain.

Tuesdi said...

Sizzler was the fancy place to eat where I grew up.
I love how this has turned in to a Sizzler blind, and no one is even trying to guess what the hell the rest of the blind is about.

Brayson87 said...

As far as chains go, Texas Roadhouse has pretty good steaks.

MsDrtMover said...

@Brayson...We have Salad Express here and they're wonderful! For $10, you get a salad that takes up a whole take-out container.

twounstable2 said...

Same here. East coast? Ponderosa was for special occasions

Simon said...

These blinds are impossible to decipher. I guess i’m not alone since all the comments are about sizzler!

Tuesdi said...

We had Bonanza, which I think was a low rent Ponderosa.

twounstable2 said...

SaladWorks.

Jennifer said...

We had a Sizzler in Michigan briefly in the early 90's. My friend who had moved here from CA was ecstatic when it opened. It was pretty decent. Last year I went to a Ponderosa for the first time. Ewww.

Tuesdi said...

Yes @twounstable, about as East Coast as it gets.

Sara, Making It Work said...

Linking back to Michael Stipe again.

Not really sure what we're guessing here, but what I'm getting is:

The student flick with Dancing Boy had a similar scene (supposedly based on a real indecent) as a scene in VELVET GOLDMINE (1998, produced by "frontman" Stipe- Both have been called out in this blog).

I don't know which scene is being referred to or why it is significant, someone who has seen VG more recently can figure out that part.

Incidentally, DB mentioned this college short before, and it's about Morrissey. Where/ when did Morrissey learn to sing?

Also, I know I have a weird memory for these details but most readers don't, so PLEASE start posting links to relevant past blinds.

Sara, Making It Work said...

All I know about Sizzler is that scene in Slums of Beverly Hills. I grew up in Michigan and Ponderosa was the thing. My family was cheap, so we didn't go often (birthdays and special occasions), but when we did, we'd fill up on salad and soft serve and take the meat and baked potato home for another meal.


Bonanza was around too, but not in my area. They were great for playing the alphabet hand in road trips though.

Brayson87 said...

Thanks MsDrtMover & twounstable, yes sometimes a good salad hits the spot.

Thonker said...

I don't get what is real and what not anymore in these blinds...

Tuesdi said...

This is by FAR the best comment thread of all the blinds for the last several days. You guys are making my work day tolerable.

Shaddup Mimsey said...

Every Friday my mother and I would go to Sizzler. I loved it. Texas Roadhouse does have good steak and the mushrooms are to die for. Their green beans are good too.

Sd Auntie said...

No more Sizzlers in San Diego!! Now I'm hungry for cheesy bread and steak!!

FrenchGirl said...

I like Velvet Goldmine guess.i bet the sex scene with Obi Wan and Batman

Tuesdi said...

So every time from now on a Dancing Boy Blind comes out can we just talk about Sizzler?

Sara, Making It Work said...

Ah, yes, Texas Roadhouse. Took my mom there for Mother's Day. It was a hot day, and a long wait, and somebody wound up passing out in front of the bread station. An ambulance was called. It was an unfortunate incident, and the waiter apologized profusely for the delayed bread service. 😓

Brayson87 said...

@Tuesdi, Sizzler or anything else we know really happened.

Tuesdi said...

Bwahahahaha @Brayson

Farmgirl said...

Speaking of food, my work had and ice cream truck brought in for staff today! Hooray!

VDOVault said...

Where does Golden Corral figure into this all?

Muckduck said...

I loved Ponderosa as a kid. Before that it was Bonanza.

Shaddup Mimsey said...

I could go for Golden Corral right about now.

pixiegothy said...

@Sara, I guess the controversial scene is the one where Christian Bale and Ewan Mcgregor have sex. It's been years that I don't watch Velvet Goldmine. I had such a crush on Christian Bale!

Tuesdi said...

Not a fan of Golden Corral. But I am a giant fan of ice cream - I'm jealous @Farmgirl

Desi Derium said...

We always called it Pondagrossa. And I think Golden Corral is a little overrated.
Now...Pizza Ranch Buffet...that’s another story!! ��

Shaddup Mimsey said...

I loved Morrisons too. Never heard of Pizza Ranch, sounds delightful.

Teachermom said...

Sara speaks fluent Dancing boy. It is a lost language. Dancing boy guy, I am begging you- if you do make a movie, please let someone else write it. Use your ideas if you must, but you are a horrible writer.

Never been to a Sizzler- Ponderosa was our thing in Ohio. Along with White Castle. Now my kids like to go to Cicis pizza for all you can eat pizza and salads. Quantity over quality there.

aanjheni said...

"We goin' Sizzler, We goin' Sizzler!"

Unknown said...

Hey! Anyone remember Applegate's Landing? They had a tiny door for kids. It was the tops.

musesx9 said...

I miss Sizzler so much. There's one in Puerto Rico, but they don't have malibu chicken. We go to the one in Orlando when we are in town, haven't been there in a while though...
wonder if it's still there?

Unknown said...

There is an ORIGINAL Sizzler still in Ventura, CA. Went there several months ago and it was quite the blast from the past.

Sal T said...

I bet this thread is like porn to INSIDERHER!

riffer73 said...

Loved Bonanza/Ponderosa. I wish they still had them.

As for the blind, I'm with Teusdi.

Rosie riveter said...

Squirrel!

Itttt said...

The local Sizzler (the one on Wilshire in Miracle Mile), closed down many years ago and is now a hobo habitat. There were a couple that I used to go to as a kid, one in Eagle Rock on Colorado, near the Glendale border, right by the Eagle Rock Plaza (not sure if it's still there), and another one in the Verdugo Valley area of Glendale (also not sure if it's still around). I think there is/was also another one in the South Pasadena area.

Makeupbylizz said...

I remember a kid singing Tutti Frutti in Velvet Goldmine.

Kno Won said...

I don’t really care. Do you?

Kno Won said...

I wonder if there will ever be an all mac & cheese buffet.

Beyond EMF said...

Sizzler really was a special occasion back in the day, c. 1970s. Thanks @sandybrook for starting this nostalgia celebration. I always remember the steaming baked potatoes wrapped in foil that they'd bring out.

Unknown said...

Do you now suffer from PTSD?

FA said...

Fucking A man, how much feedback do you have to get telling you that the majority hates these bullshit, rambling, incoherent non-interesting tales before you stop posting them?

Amy said...

Reading the comments has been far more interesting then the blind itself. If the blind is meant to be artistic rambling that we are meant to find intriging then that objective went completely out the window! I love reading about the American way of life on here.

HeatherBee said...

Sizzler was a treat when we had to go to church or visit the grandparents. We responded to bribes!

Himmmm said...

I love the dancing boy. I bet his movie will become one of the greatest movies of all time. I look forward to his posts!

This and That said...

+1 on their soft serve

Yellow Rose of Tehaw said...

In the Midwest we had Sirloin Stockade with the big cow on wheels outside with a sign in replaceable letters for specials. Sometimes you'd see this big cow on wheels in front of someone's house announcing their 40th Over-the-Hill birthday or such. How embarrassing!

Unknown said...

@Kno Won Uno, I don't know about a buffet, but there is a tiny "chain" of all-Mac & Cheese restaurants in New Hampshire.

All the Sizzlers where I am disappeared 20+ years ago, but there is still a Bonanza if one knows where to look. But I do prefer Longhorn's steaks to Texas Roadhouse (the latter wins on the cinnamon-buttered rolls, though).

#TEAMGEELJIRE CLASSIC said...

Dancing Boy/Sizzler corporate synergy I can't wait

asstronaut said...

Salt Lake City is still riddled with Sizzlers. Also, Utah has Chuck-o-Rama (aka Upchuck o rama).

Gotta have those all you can eat buffets to feed the Mormon families with 6-8 children! Seriously, these buffets will never go out of business in that state.

I've only seen them while traveling, but I am a fan of Iron Skillet. Usually found in gas stations and truck stops.

NorCal Norm said...

There is a Sizzler near Tacoma,Wa. I haven't ate at Sizzler for 20 years as the one in town I lived in was shut down. If curious Sizzler location finder. https://www.sizzler.com/locations

just sayin' said...

There are about 5 real commenters here today, max. 90% of the names are one person, mental masturbation for a lonely guy. Today reminds me of the "Kardashian family" conversations that went on endlessly a few years ago, likely the same person.

VDOVault said...

Oh CiCis is awful. A good pizza buffet isn't impossible to do, but CiCis is definitely not a good pizza buffet.

Unknown said...

+1000😂😂😂

Unknown said...

Ahh Yes, the classics...

Gone with the Wind
On the Waterfront
Casa Blanca

...and Dancing Boy gets the Meat @ Sizzler

Unknown said...

Or is it.... "Dancing Boy gets his Salad Tossed @ Sizzler"

Nosy newbie lurker said...

I have Velvet Goldmine and watch it religiously. If someone could turn this blind (or several or all DB blinds?) into a semi coherent question, I'm pretty sure I could give a definitive answer...

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