Friday Briefs: Mary Louise Parker never smoked pot! Roger Ebert on marriage equality; Happy birthday to Tom Ford!
Happy Friday all!
Well this revelation alone should result in Mary Louise Parker finally winning an Emmy for Weeds.
Too bad she’s not even nominated this year!
The actress plays Nancy Botwin, a woman who sells marijuana to support her family and is involved in a messy relationship with a Mexican drug lord, on the Showtime series.
She revealed to Vanity Fair that her character may sell the stuff and sometimes smoke it, but the closest the actress has gotten is licking a pot lollipop!
“I’ve never smoked it,” she said. “I guess if it was going to happen, it would’ve happened when I was younger. But that was never an effective or interesting form of rebellion for me. Because everybody did it. Marijuana was just a social thing. It wasn’t dangerous or frowned upon. If I’d been popular in high school, I’m sure I would have wanted to do it. But I wasn’t.”
“But I’m not saying pot is a bad thing,” she added. “I know plenty of people who should be smoking pot. I’m just not one of those people. I don’t think it would be the best drug for me. What am I going to do, start doing drugs at my age? It’s a little late. I’m a mother of two. It’s probably not the best idea for me to start getting into it now.”
Parker won the Emmy in 2004 for her performance in Angels in America but has never won for her role in Weeds despite multiple nominations.
THUMBS UP: It has been such an inspiration to see film critic Roger Ebert continue with his career as a film critic and writer after a battle with cancer robbed him of the ability to speak.
He is a prolific blogger and today, took on same-sex marriage. He writes about how in the early 70s, his mother agreed to be in the wedding of two lesbian friends and was just as casual as could be about it all.
He writes of 40 years later: Now the idea of gay marriage is much before us. They’ve been made legal in some states. They are fiercely opposed, most often on religious grounds. Politicians find it prudent to play to both sides of the street by saying they “have no opposition to civil ceremonies.” I’m disappointed in [President Barack] Obama for taking that approach. He supports the civil rights but opposes gay marriage while citing his church’s teachings. At least you can’t accuse him of catering to his base. I would have preferred that he’d added that a religious marriage is a matter for each church, but that the state should make no distinction in the matter of a civil ceremony.
FINE WINE: Tom Ford seems to be getting better as he gets older.
The superstar designer-turned-director turns 49 today and has never been sexier or more at the peak of his creative powers.
His outstanding directorial debut A Single Man was released on DVD earlier this summer and earned Colin Firth an Academy Award nomination for best actor. Julianne Moore should have received an Oscar nod but was somehow overlooked.
Tom recently shared Entertainment Weekly his wish list of people he’d like to work with in the future: Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, Paul Rudd, Naomi Watts and Justin Timberlake.
After seeing what he did with A Single Man, he probably won’t have to do much convincing!