The new Dolly Levi has made her debut on Broadway! Two-time Tony award winner Bernadette Peters has officially taken over for Bette Midler in the current Broadway production of Hello, Dolly!
The Broadway legend has been a smash in a long list of musicals including Sunday in the Park With George, Into the Woods, Song and Dance, Annie Get Your Gun, Gypsy, Follies, A Little Night Music and The Goodbye Girl.
Love how these two icons, still going strong after so many decades of fame and excellence, are just so honest and real. Jane Fonda happily admits that she goes to see her own movies in the movie theater, alone, to see how they play. So many stars say they hate seeing themselves on screen and don’t watch. I don’t always believe them.
It was 72 years ago today that Dolly Parton was born in Sevier County, Tennessee, as the fourth of 12 children.
It’s well known the family was quite poor in terms of material possessions but had strong values and a lot of love.
And out of that situation emerged a beloved star who has been making hits for nearly 50 years such as Jolene, Coat of Many Colors, I Will Always Love You, Islands in the Stream, Here You Come Again and Nine to Five, among others.
Dolly made a big splash in the movies in 1980s Nine to Five with Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda and had another big hit with 1989′s Steel Magnolias – both films are huge with us gays.
Of her longevity, Dolly says: ‘People feel like they’ve known me so long because I’ve been around a long time. I’m really like an aunt or a cousin or a person you’ve grown up with—like somebody in the family. So I think they feel comfortable with me. I really think that is Southern hospitality.”’
Today’s Morning Man has so many different looks – and they are all pretty delicious!
He’s Mexican actor, singer, and model Eugenio Siller who is best known for starring in popular novelas Rebelde, Código Postal, Al Diablo con los Guapos, Mi Pecado, Aurora, Una Maid en Manhattan and Reina de Corazones.
Eugenio, 36, played the duel roles of Pedro “Perico” Pérez / Leonardo Fuentemayor in the novela ¿Quién es quién?
Academy Award nominations will be announced next week. I’m hoping there are plenty for Call Me By Your Name. Armie Hammer guests on Popcorn With Peter Travers to talk about this superb film which made me weep!
Adam Rippon, the openly gay 2016 U.S. men’s figure skating champion, is criticizing the White House’s selection of Vice President Mike Pence to lead the 2018 U.S. Olympic delegation to South Korea.
“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?” Rippon told USA Today. “I’m not buying it.”
Rippon, 28, said that he would prefer not to meet Pence during the traditional meet-and-greet between the official delegation and U.S. athletes in the hours leading to the opening ceremony.
“If it were before my event, I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody who I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren’t a friend of a gay person but that they think that they’re sick,” he said. “I wouldn’t go out of my way to meet somebody like that. “I don’t think he has a real concept of reality,” Rippon said of Pence. “To stand by some of the things that Donald Trump has said and for Mike Pence to say he’s a devout Christian man is completely contradictory. If he’s okay with what’s being said about people and Americans and foreigners and about different countries that are being called ‘shitholes,’ I think he should really go to church.”
Nippon added: “If I had the chance to meet him afterwards, after I’m finished competing, there might be a possibility to have an open conversation. He seems more mild-mannered than Donald Trump. … But I don’t think the current administration represents the values that I was taught growing up. Mike Pence doesn’t stand for anything that I really believe in.”
Rippon came out publicly as being gay in October 2015. He said recently he will not go to the White House for a post-Olympic celebration hosted by President Trump.
“I said no,” he reiterated Tuesday. Legendary skier Lindsey Vonn has said she will not attend as well.
But Rippon also said he will not protest for gay rights or against the Trump administration in any way during the Olympics themselves.
“No, I’m a U.S. athlete representing my country. I will continue to share my story, but I will participate in no form of protest. I’m representing myself and my country on the world stage. I have a lot of respect for this opportunity. What makes America great is that we’re all so different. It’s 2018 and being an openly gay man and an athlete, that is part of the face of America now.”
Today is YouTube star Eugene Lee Yang’s 32nd birthday. He is a USC grad from Texas who is best known for his work on the BuzzFeed series The Try Guys. In the video below, learn about Eugene as he tells his life story in a terrific video and discusses the importance of inspiring fellow Asian-American artists and influencers to create content and take risks in their career paths.
What a career she’s had from Life With Elizabeth in the 1950s to The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s to The Golden Girls in the 1980s and 90s to her most recent hit series Hot in Cleveland which ended its six season run in 2015.
I had my moment with Betty back in 2004 in the lobby of the Paley Center in Beverly Hills before a Golden Girls panel with her, Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan began.
We had a really good laugh when I told Betty that my absolute favorite Rose Nyland moment was when a little girl was holding Rose’s beloved teddy bear for ransom. In a moment of expert comedy timing, Rose grabs the teddy bear out of the little girl’s clutches and pushes her out the door while saying, “Sometimes life just isn’t fair kiddo!’
The second installment of Ryan Murphy’s anthology, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, premieres tonight and focuses on the 1997 murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez) by Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss). They appeared this week on the Build Series. The miniseries also Penelope Cruz stars as Donatella Versace with Ricky Martin as Gianni’s partner, Antonio D’Amico.