The film chronicles their RV trip from Los Angeles to Tennessee to meet their idol, Miss Parton, and hand deliver to her a script they wrote with her in mind. The meeting took place in Dollywood which recently opened for its 28th season.
On June 11, the Lane twins are heading back to Dolly’s backyard in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. They have been invited as special guests with Tennessee boy Leslie Jordan to the opening dinner of The Dollywood Foundation convention.
The foundation will screen Hollywood to Dollywood after dinner for all 200 guests. Then the twins and Jordan will present Foundation President David Dottson with a check for their first year of sales from the film.
They have a contract with Parton and Dolly Records for the 10% of every DVD sold going to Parton’s literacy program called Imagination Library.
“We are so happy to be able to give back to Dolly for all her support of us, and our film,” Larry says. “This is our full circle moment! Three years after filming!”
But there’s more!
On Saturday, June 15, the twins and their film have been invited to close the Knoxville Film and Music Festival!
Festival Director Michael Samstag will donate 20% of every ticket sold to the screening to Dolly’s foundation and library. It will screen at the 650-seat Bijou Theater 650 seats.
The birdhouse in the photo with Parton was built by Gary’s partner, Mike Bowen, who also appears in the film. Here is a LINK to his website.
Neil Patrick Harris is going to host the Tony Awards next month – his fourth time and he has yet to mess it up!
Maybe he’ll get a crack at the Oscars next? Hope so!
He said in a statement: “I’m very excited to be back hosting the Tony Awards at the legendary Radio City Music Hall. It’ll be more impressive than ever—if my math is correct, it will be 267 times bigger than last year. Oh, wait. No, that can’t… hold on… carry the one… I’m awful at math. But rest assured, the show will rock!”
Best known for his television roles on How I Met Your Mother and Doogie Howser MD, Neil is also a bonafide Broadway veteran who in the years between his hit sitcoms starred in the musicals Assassins and Cabaret and in the play Proof.
He also starred in the national touring company of Rent, appeared opposite Patti LuPone in a filmed concert version of Sweeney Todd and opposite LuPone again (as well as an all-star cast) in a 2011 filmed version of Company.
This year’s Tony Awards will be held on June 9 at Radio City Music Hall and will be broadcast live on CBS.
Chris Kluwe didn’t have his best season last year with the Minnesota Vikings.
But after eight years as the team’s punter, it didn’t seem like the kind of performance he’d lose his job over.
Kluwe, who in less than 12 months has become one of the most visible LGBT allies in the US, was let go by the Vikings this week.
Of course the team did not cite his activism as the reason nor did the Baltimore Ravens when they let go Brendon Ayanbadejo who has been similarly outspoken about gay marriage.
Is it a wonder that not a single NFL player has come out during their playing careers? Two STRAIGHT players have lost their jobs for supporting gay rights! The teams can say privately that the activism had become a “distraction” but it seems unlikely if they were advocating for a cause less controversial they would have been axed.
That’s just my guess.
Anyway, to his immense credit, Kluwe has not regrets whatever the reason.
‘To me, there are very important issues in our society that we do need to address as a society,’ he tells HuffPost Live. ‘I love football, I love playing football but at the end of the day, it is a children’s game that grown men play.’
He adds: ‘If I can speak out on something, especially something that affects millions of lives and causes young kids to kill themselves – if I can speak out on that and help one of those young kids realize that you don’t have to take that step, to me that’s worth far more than anything that I could gain from football.’
‘Do I have a chance to get as job? Does Brendan have a chance to get a job?’ Kluwe wonders. ‘I think all that we’re asking and all that any athlete is asking, straight or gay, is judge that person by what they can do on the field. Not by who they are, not by what their beliefs are or the color of their skin. Judge them by their playing abilities.’
‘All I know is I can go out and punt to the best of my ability and I just have to rely on the body of work that I’ve put together,’ he adds. ‘Hopefully I’ll get a chance to go somewhere else and prove that I can still punt on the NFL level.’
As many of you know by now, daytime soap legend Jeanne Cooper died today at the age of 84.
She was an Emmy winner and for decades played the role of Katherine Chancellor on The Young and the Restless.
Thom Bierdz played her grandson, Phillip Chancellor III for some of those years – first in the 80s then again earlier this decade.
Bierdz, who is openly gay and was most recently seen in the web series Old Dogs & News Tricks, has posted a tribute to Cooper on his Facebook page:
My friend, the great Jeanne Cooper has finished her earth existence at this time. The last time I saw her was in 2011, when this photo was taken. I told her that night how great she was so many times that her sister told me to stop kissing her ass. But I thought it may be the last time I’d see her and wanted to let Jeanne know, as an intelligent man who could see a big picture, just how much she had accomplished, and how many people thought about her in such reverence.”
“Few people accomplish what she did, and as a driven man, I respect that most about Jeanne. But I also knew her personally, and we spent so many hours in her dressing room over the decades, just the two of us, talking about very personal stuff. She loved and touched so many people across the globe. I am just one. And eternally grateful to have shared this time, space, existence, dream, with her… Jeanne, may you see how bright you are/were…
I didn’t even notice the paparazzi photos of John Barrowman and Colton Haynes holding hands.
But thanks to the terrific interview my pal Jim Halterman did with Barrowman for The Backlot, we now know all.
Says Barrowman: “Colton’s a great guy. He and I met on that first flight we had up to Vancouver…he said he was a fan and he watched Torchwood, and I thought how really sweet that this 24-year-old is a fan of mine. Like anybody in the cast, he’s not hard on the eyes.
TBL: He’s just so chiseled, it’s ridiculous.
JB: “It’s amazing, isn’t it? He’s got amazing structure. So we come off of the flight and there are paparazzi there. He looks at me and says, ‘Should we pose?’ I’m like, ‘No, just follow my lead.’ He said, ‘What are you going to do?’ That’s when I just grabbed his hand and walked. He didn’t know what to do. He said, ‘That’s f***ing hysterical.’ I’m like, ‘That’s the kind of guy I am.’ He’s a great kid and we have a great time and he’s becoming a really good friend, which I think is really nice.”
Don’t have time to set this up for you so you’re on your own! But it’s good! Sean Maher is a dreamboat – I’d love for him to be my boss and take me to a boozy lunch! He really is all that and a bag of chips!
I’m a tennis freak and I think tennis is very Hollywood so that’s why you find some tennis content, like this, here on Greg In Hollywood.
This video is a terrific feature on the four superstars of men’s tennis who are currently all in Spain competing for the Madrid Open title, one of the biggest warm-up tournaments for the French Open.
I’ve been following tennis since the early 1980s and it is clear that this is a golden age with four bonafide superstars pushing each other to further greatness. Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, winner of six grand slam titles, has been the most dominant in recent years.
But refusing to let go are second-ranked Roger Federer who is the reigning Wimbledon champion and winner of 16 grand slam titles overall and Rafael Nadal, the seven-time French Open winner and holder of 11 grand slam titles overall.
And adding to the mix is third-ranked Andy Murray, the reigning US Open and Olympic champion who is eager to add to his grand slam haul.
It’s a big week and it will be an amazing summer if all four remain healthy and eager!
The great Helen Mirren was in the first act of a performance in play The Audience over the weekend (she plays Queen Elizabeth II) when her performance began being drowned out by As One in the Park festival drummers.
So what did Mirren do?
She stormed out of the theater on London’s West End during intermission – in costume – and confronted the musicians face-to-face.
Mirren tells the UK newspaper the Telegraph: “I was so upset from struggling through the scene with (leading man Paul Ritter) that I literally walked straight off stage, straight up the stairs and straight out the stage door and banged my way through the crowd who were watching and said, ‘Stop, you’ve got to stop right now,’ only I might have used stronger language than that,” she said.
The livid Oscar winner used words like “fuck” and phrases like “fuck off” to make her point.
“I’m afraid there were a few ‘thespian’ words used. They got a very stern royal ticking off but I have to say they were very sweet and they stopped immediately,” she adds. “I felt rotten but on the other hand they were destroying our performance so something had to be done.”
The actress won the Olivier Award last week for her performance in the play.
Below is video of Dame Mirren confronting the musicians.
I don’t watch Jay Leno much these days but caught last night’s show and watched him interview retired NBA great Magic Johnson.
A couple of gay topics were discussed: Jason Collins and Magic’s son EJ.
Magic was asked for his thoughts on Collins, the first NBA player to come out during his playing career. Collins played for the Washington Wizards last season but is currently a free agent.
‘It’s great now that he’s out,’ Magic said. ‘He can be free and just be himself. We in the NBA, we all support him. I’m happy for him because he seems now happy. He will have a following. I hope that he makes a team next season, it’s not guaranteed.’
‘But all teams look for a big man (Collins is a center). He’s super smart. I think he’ll have a chance to make a team and I hope he does because that will be good for the gay community. At the end of the day, he wants to make a team based on the fact that he is good enough to be one of 12 guys. I think that is going to be what it will be based on.’
Leno also asked Magic about his son EJ, a junior at NYU, who came publicly recently.
‘We support him and are happy for him,’ said Magic who added that there has been a lot of corporate and Hollywood interest in his son.
‘We love him and he’s a great kid and a smart kid,’ Magic said.
He told his son ‘we’re going to support you no matter what you do.’
This is a 12-minute behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra that will air on HBO on May 26.
This video features plenty of stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon as well as Debbie Reynolds who plays Liberace’s mother. But there is also plenty of footage of the real-life Liberace and we get to see how his fabulous homes were recreated for the flick.
“I’ve had a Facebook account for a long time, but I’ve never had so many people want to be my friend [laughs]. It’s all been really nice. My dad has a Google alert on my name and we’ve always had this deal where, if there’s something nice, he’s allowed to send it to me. He’s my filter. So anything that might be negative gets filtered out by my dad, so I’ve gotten nothing but a wonderful response.”
ETonline: Did going public become more important once you had children?
Watkins: “Here’s the deal, some actors are genuinely private people. When straight actors are private, it’s perceived as having integrity. When gay actors are private, it’s perceived as shame. It’s a double standard, but I’m just so excited to be a dad, I really couldn’t help but want to talk about that.”
ETonline: Your kids are now four and a half months old. How has fatherhood been?
Watkins: “I found the first three months to be really difficult. I understand why sleep deprivation is considered torture, but something happened at 3 months, once they started to sleep more and giggle. The conflux of those two items made the first three months sort of forgettable. I always thought I was a tough impenetrable person, but when my daughter smiles at me, I just completely melt into the floor.”
ETonline: You’ve said you always knew you were a gay man and that you wanted to be a father. Why was now the right time to make your dreams a reality?
Watkins: “I always knew I was going to be a dad, but I didn’t know how I was going to be a dad. I didn’t know how beyond the fact it would be a non-traditional route. And as I got older, there were things I could consider — I could adopt or foster or use a surrogate. I did consider all those things, but surrogacy was really the right path for me. When my sister had a little girl 7 years ago, I thought that because I loved her so much that would “scratch the itch” and I could just be the fun uncle Tuc. But more than ever, seeing a little bit of myself in her just galvanized that I really did want to have a [biological] kid.”
Chris Kluwe had a bit of a subpar season last year as punter for the Minnesota Vikings but you gotta wonder if that is the only reason the team cut him today after eight years.
Kluwe had feared the move when the Vikings selected UCLA punter Jeff Locke as a fifth-round draft pick.
Kluwe had texted to the NBC website PFT last week: ‘It’s a shame that in a league with players given multiple second chances after arrests, including felony arrests, that speaking out on human rights has a chance of getting you cut.’
Today he said in a tweet: ‘Thank you to everyone for your support. Remember, one label does not define who you are as a person.’
Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said in a statement: Kluwe ‘contributed to many victories and we wish Chris and his family the best and thank him for his contributions to the Vikings organization. Out of respect to Chris, we decided to release him now and allow time for him to sign with another team.’
In the past 12 months, Kluwe has become one of the most high-profile players in the league appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Colbert Report as well as being an OUT magazine cover story.
Kluwe had already been working to defeat the Minnesota ballot initiative that would have banned same-sex marriage when he was propelled to greater fame when a withering profanity-lace letter he wrote to Maryland Assembly Delegate Emmett C. Burns went viral.
To Kluwe, LGBT equality is a no-brainer, simply something that’s time has come.
‘There’s a famous quote that the arc of history tends to bend towards more freedom, not less. You are really seeing that right now,’ he told me earlier this year. ‘Our generation’s civil rights struggle is for gay rights because there’s a subset of America that pays their taxes, serves in the military and is not treated the same as everyone else. That’s discrimination, that’s not what America is built on.’
What kind of a friend is Chris? What does he mean to you?
He is fiercely intelligent. He is endlessly curious about himself and the world around him. He is really compassionate. He is really reliable. Authentic. Loyal. Enormously talented. I have been very lucky to work with people by and large whom I would love to spend time with outside of work. The cast of Star Trek—and Chris in particular—really rank at the top of that list, because we all experienced something so profound and transformed as a result of that together. And to watch what Chris has done with that has really inspired me. I’m grateful to be his friend.
Do you get to spend time together outside of when you’re shooting or promoting a film?
We do. We actually have a lot of mutual friends. We have circle of friends that overlap, so we kind of knew each other before the movie a little bit. We met before we started shooting. There’s kind of six degrees of separation all around. We do run into each other. I’ll go to someone’s house for dinner and Chris will just be there, and I will have not necessarily known that I would run into him. We travel in similar circles. But then we also make plans together as friends when we’re both in L.A. But when we’re both in L.A. has kind of been a rarity lately. I look forward to the press tour and all of the activity that’s kicked up around the movie lately so we can reconnect and have another version of the experience.
What have you learned about Chris that you think would surprise people?
Umm. I would say… [Laughs] Many things. Many things that would surprise people. But ones that I would feel are appropriate to talk about… He has a really incredible eye for design. He’s been working on his house and doing this beautiful work, creating very interesting spaces with furniture configurations and pieces of art and landscaping. He’s really inspired me in terms of his relationship to creating a space in which he can find solitude.
It’s a good thing I didn’t know their chat took place at the Intelligensia coffee house in Silver Lake because it’s just a few blocks from my house and I would’ve walked by several times and gawked!
I didn’t realize a pre-stardom Chris had starred as a gay man in the TV movie Surrender Dorothy with Diane Keaton.
He says: “My first intimate scene [onscreen] was with Tom Everett Scott. He’s an incredible spooner — very warm, very sensitive.”
Here’s some excerpts from the section about Star Trek co-star Zachary Quinto.
Of Quinto being gay: “It was something that I knew about Zach from the moment I met him. It was just who Zach was and that’s that. I’m sensitive, and I don’t ever want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. Knowing that for Zach it was more about a career thing and that he was not comfortable at the time coming out — it was fine. It was something that we kind of tiptoed around and I just took it as a given, because that’s what he wanted.”
On Quinto coming out publicly in the fall of 2011: “So happy for him, oh man. I thought it was rad. It was really, really cool. He did it on his own time, on his own schedule. And Jonathan [Groff], who he’s dating, is such a lovely man. He’s a good guy and a great actor, and they make a fantastic couple. I couldn’t have been happier for Zach.”
On the Kirk and Spock bromance: “I always thought about it more like it was the dialectic of a human being. One couldn’t be more logic and reason — that’s his genetic coding. And the other is more impulsive, following his passion, his fists. That was how it was a functional relationship. You have Spock as the cold reason, you had the passion of Jim Kirk, and then you had the ironic sarcasm of McCoy, which gave the whole thing levity. That dynamic was beautiful.”
“That relationship is the core of what Kirk goes through,” Pine adds. “The arc and the trajectory of his journey is huge, almost Greek. But it’s through his relationship with Spock that he learns the greatest lessons, about loving someone to the point of being able to do away with all rules and regulations and constraints in order to save, protect, and do justice to your friend.”
Pine has not yet booked his next gig. He wanted to be in Ryan Murphy’s HBO adaptation of The Normal Heart, but the schedule didn’t work. “I would have done that in a fucking heartbeat,” he says. “Right now I just want to play good roles, and if the role happens to be a gay man, that’s not of any import other than is it a good story? Does it say something that’s interesting?”
It’s not hard for him to imagine a time — maybe soon, maybe five years from now — when a big, smart action movie also (finally) goes gay. “All it really takes is the fact that the man isn’t going home to his wife, but has a boyfriend at home,” he says. “I think it would be a wonderful thing to see.”