It’s just been announced that Sean Hayes will headline in the play An Act of God in the role originated by Jim Parsons on Broadway.
The Emmy winner for Will & Grace and Tony nominee for Promises, Promises will be performing at the Ahmanson Theatre from January 30 through March 13, 2016.
According to the Associated Press, the 90-minute play is a chance for the Almighty to set the record straight — like that he doesn’t hate gays and he can’t help anyone sing better — and update his 10 Commandments.
It was written by David Javerbaum, former head writer and executive producer of The Daily Show and a producer of The Late Late Show with James Corden. He’s also the power behind the Twitter handle @TheTweetofGod.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson thinks that as far as the Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy goes, the Modern Family winning streak is poised to come to an end.
The ABC sitcom won the prize for each of its first five seasons and is nominated for a sixth time this year.
‘I think if we win there will be a collective moan in the audience,’ Ferguson said on Access Hollywood Live on Tuesday.
Modern Family’s competition is FX Network’s Louie, the final season of NBC’s Parks And Recreation, HBO’s Silicon Valley, Amazon’s Transparent, Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and HBO’s Veep.
Ferguson seems to think the groundbreaking Transparent (‘a great show’) will prevail and also likes the chances of Veep (‘On fire’) and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Still, he says, ‘It’s great that we’re still in the running.’
Whatever happens, Ferguson will be more relaxed at the September 20 ceremony in Los Angeles since this is the first year since the show began that he was not nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
Ferguson did not win in his five previous nominations. His onscreen husband, Eric Stonestreet, was also passed over this year. Stonestreet has only been nominated three times but has won twice.
With 144 episodes in syndication, Ferguson is aware that the show ‘is on all the time. If you don’t like our show i apologize.’
Among those watching the reruns is Ferguson himself.
‘I like seeing how we’ve all changed – especially the kids,’ he says. ‘It’s like looking at an old photo album.’
Modern Family’s seventh season premiere is on September 23.
One thing you can be sure about when it comes to a production of Chico’s Angels: there will be a hot, shirtless guy in the thick of things.
This summer, that guy has been Josh Martin who may look wholesome enough but plays a high school student pimp in Chico’s Angels: Chicas in Chains which will resume its summer run this Thursday at Cavern Club Theater.
Josh is from South Carolina and studied at the New York Film Academy.
I chatted with him after a performance of Chicas In Chains last month and he could not have been nicer.
Chicas in Chains runs Aug 27-Sept 6 at Cavern Club Theater inside Casita Del Campo Restaurant, 1920 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles (Silverlake), CA. For more information and tickets, visit www.chicosangels.com
Four gay friends continue to Not Look for dreams or love in the City of Angels.
This web series is a hoot!
I saw this first episode of season 2 of Not Looking at Outfest in July and have just watched it again and am laughing even more.
What makes it even funnier, and a bit scary, is that although this is a parody, it’s not really that far off from some people I know and conversations I hear at parties.
The show stars Drew Droege, Justin Martindale, Jason Looney and Jeremy Shane, among others, and is directed by Looney.
My favorite line in this whole episode is when Drew’s boyfriend asks: “What’s wrong with acting your age?” Drew replies, with complete seriousness: “Everything.” My second favorite line also belongs to Drew whose completely self-absorbed character is celebrating his birthday: “There’s too much fire on that cake!”
I’ll be posting new episodes each week as they become available. Go to Funny or Die to see all of last season’s episodes.
I’ll follow Days for now with the hopes that Will or Paul will get a big, juicy storyline soon. Sonny left town last week and the love-triangle storyline ended with a thud – very unsatisfying. So what does Will do now? No Sonny, no Sami, no EJ. So in this episode, he’s giving cousin Abigail some advice on Chad and Ben. Because, you know, Will is so wise about these things. Episodes from a new writing regime debuted last week so maybe they are trying to bring back Will’s common sense.
After a disastrous few seasons without her, The View is bringing the great Joy Behar back this fall as a full-time co-host.
This might make the show worth watching again because Joy is a pistol and she’s smart, educated on the issues and has a point of view.
“Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in,” Joy said in a statement. “And I’m looking forward to sticking my two cents into the hot topics, especially now that Hillary and the Donald are in the spotlight.”
She joins returning moderator Whoopi Goldberg who she always meshed well with in the past.
They are only two of SIX co-hosts plus there will be a large bench of regular contributors including former co-host Sherri Shepherd who is signed on to appear at least 50 times next season. Shepherd is at least very funny so not bad to have her back at least part-time.
The other co-hosts I’m lukewarm on. Raven-Symone sticks her foot in her mouth a bit too often and is just young and not fully informed on things so you cringe sometimes. Michelle Collins is fine but doesn’t send me, Candace Cameron Bure I don’t know much about except that she was on Full House and is the conservative on the panel. Am not familiar with the sixth person, Paula Faris, but seems like a good addition since she’s Paula Faris a correspondent for ABC News like the show’s creator, Barbara Walters.
In addition to Shepherd, the other part-time panelists will be Stacey London, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, Molly Sims, GOP strategist (and CNN contributor, and frequent guest on ABC News’ Sunday Beltway Show This Week) Ana Navarro.
Am so looking forward to the return of one of my favorite show.
Eastsiders is a web series that I followed faithfully during its first season. It explored the aftermath of infidelity on a gay couple in Silverlake. When Cal (Kit Williamson) found out Thom (Van Hansis) had been cheating on him with Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon) and their relationship wss turned upside down.
Cal’s best friend Kathy (Constance Wu) is always there for him with a bottle of whiskey in her purse, but she had her own problems with her nice guy boyfriend Ian (John Halbach), even if they were all in her head.
In the first season finale, Tom and Cal went their own separate ways but it was heart-wrenching for them both. The second season trailer shows they are back in each others’ lives in a very open way that involves including others.
Season 2 is being released through Wolfe Video and Vimeo. You can pre-order the entire second season HERE.
In her acclaimed new film Grandma, Lily Tomlin’s character stands up for her granddaughter and for herself as they traipse across Los Angeles trying to get money for an abortion.
It wasn’t much of a stretch for the 75-year-old star to play someone unafraid of a confrontation – she’s been doing it all of her life.
Tomlin recalls a time when her mother felt forced to buy a vacuum cleaner for $300 from an aggressive door-to-door salesman.
The young Lily wasn’t having it. She called the salesman and demanded he return to their home and give her mother her money back.
‘I was all piss and vinegar,’ Tomlin tells Huffington Post. ‘I was just cursing him and telling him that if he didn’t come I would throw it in the street.’
The salesman returned, but with an attitude.
‘He finally came out and said, “Your mother bought that vacuum cleaner” and all this stuff. And I pitched it out off the stairs. I was forever doing stuff like that. I just railed against it,’ she recalls.
It’s just the way she was.
‘In the early years, my mother would have been more concerned about what the neighbors — or the relatives in the South — would think. I was a Detroit kid, a street kid, so I was kind of tough. I would stand up for myself.’
So there’s that ‘People You May Know’ feature on Facebook?
Well, I don’t know actor Trevor LaPaglia but I sure wanna.
His personal profile popped up on my feed and his photo was so stunning that I had to see more. And more. Then I found his Instagram. Then I thought I had to share some of them with all of you – because I’m always thinking of you!
He’s a stunning looking person who also appears to be a hard working and creative person as well.
This actor and director is known for the 2012 film Electrick Children and the 2014 TV movie School of Ballet. He’s appeared in several short films (Thylacine, Suicide Letters) and is a regular on the webseries The Ethical Slut.
Tough times for Rosie O’Donnell with her teenage daughter having been a runaway (she’s now home safe) then on Sunday he father died.
Edward Joseph O’Donnell was 81 when he died of cancer on Sunday.
Rosie has been candid about her strained relationship with her father after the death of her mother when she was just 10. But three years ago, she talked to Piers Morgan on CNN about forgiving and moving on.
“There are some unforgivable things I think that as a child, the statute of limitations has to wear off,” she told Piers. “You get to be 50 years old, and you can’t be still angry at what your father did in 1970.”
One of the people I admire most in the world is former President Jimmy Carter and I think his wise words and integrity are things that are sorely needed right now with all this Trump nonsense and all the rest of the soullessness of the presidential race at this point.
The 90-year-old Carter has been diagnosed with cancer which has been found in his brain and other areas. He gave a remarkable press conference last week (see video below) that spoke volumes about what kind of man he is.
His post-presidency has been astonishing.
Between his work through The Carter Center monitoring elections around the world and so much more, building homes through Habitat For Humanity, writing numerous books, teaching Sunday school 40 weeks a year and all the rest, he still regards as his greatest accomplishment his 67 year marriage to Rosalynn.
President Carter was also the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”
Sending out good thoughts to a man who has had such a life well lived.
Greg Rikkart’s handsome face is going to be on more than The Young and the Restless this fall.
Greg, who won an Emmy in 2005 for his portrayal of Kevin on the CBS soap, is joining the TNT drama Major Crimes for a multi-episode arc in the role of Bobby G. Monroe,TV Line’s Michael Ausiello reports.
Monroe is a confident young lawyer and anti-death penalty activist who is currently defending a young man awaiting trial for murder.
By the way, you can listen in to the show’s stars every Tuesday LIVE from Sunset Gower Studios at 7 pm and on iTunes on their new hit radio show, On The Rocks with Jill and Alexander while they talk smack with their celebrity guests.
This is one of the better web series out there and it’s back with a new batch of episodes.
In the fourth season opener of Where the Bears Are, the Bears throw a wedding shower in their backyard to celebrate Nelson and Todd’s upcoming nuptials, but things go south fast when Nelson’s mother Doris starts taking potshots at Todd, Nelson invites Todd’s estranged brother Jimmy without telling him, and a spiteful party crasher (played by Greg In Hollywood fave Tuc Watkins) makes an insulting toast that threatens to ruin the entire event.
The show follows the exploits of 3 bear roommates sharing a house in the hills of Silverlake. It is The Golden Girls meets Murder She Wrote with big, hairy, gay men. Season 4 consists of 18 episodes with new episodes every Monday and Thursday.
Nelson: Ben Zook. Todd: Ian Parks. Wood: Joe Dietl. Reggie: Rick Copp. Winters: Chad Sanders. Martinez: George Unda. Captain Coley: Tim Hooper. Honey Garrett: Brooke Dillman. Dickie Calloway: Tuc Watkins. Doris Dorkoff: Rita Taggart. Sherman Dorkoff: Frank Kopyc. Jimmy Delvecchio: Guy Nardulli. Sandy Quinn: Gabby Sanalitro. Eduardo: Josef Arellano. Theo Summerfield: Todd Masterson. Matt Ripley: Monti Washington. Coley’s Son: Matthew Moody.
Thought we’d kick off the week with Daniel Rumfelt, a fitness athlete and model based in Los Angeles.
It’s tough to find many photos of Daniel with a shirt on but I did manage to locate a few!
‘I’ve always made it a priority to look great and be in exceptional condition. I’m extremely competitive in everything,’ Daniel said in an interview when he was a teenager. ‘I always pushed myself to outdo all my friends, guys in the gym or anyone else for that matter. I strive to be bigger, faster, and stronger, have more definition, more vascularity, or just looking good, whatever it is I want to be the best at it. ‘
You can follow and like him on Facebook and Instagram, if you’re into sexy shirtless selfies.
Just found out that the father of tennis great Chris Evert died over the weekend at the age of 91.
As far as tennis parents go, Jimmy Evert and his wife, Collette, did it as well as anyone ever has.
Not only did they raise one of the greatest players of all time in 7-time French Open, 6-time US Open, 3-time Wimbledon and 2-time Australian Open champion Chris Evert, her father taught her to be gracious win or lose and to keep her emotions to herself in order to not give her opponents an advantage.
Jimmy Evert rarely watched his daughter play on her sports biggest stages because he would get too nervous. But he was in the stands for her 5th and 6th US Open wins at Flushing Meadows and for her run to the semifinals at her final Wimbledon at the age of 34.
Mr. Evert was a well-known tennis coach who taught Chrissie and his other children at the Holiday Park courts in Ft. Lauderdale, where he also served as the tennis director for 49 years. The center was renamed the Jimmy Evert Tennis Court in 1997.
Before moving to Florida, he attended Notre Dame where he was an All-American player for their squads in the 1940s. In 1947 he won the men’s singles title in the Canadian Championships.
His daughter, a TV commentator for ESPN and publisher of Tennis Magazine, tweeted a tribute to her dad: “It’s an honor and a blessing to have been your daughter. You will be in my heart forever, she wrote. “RIP Dad… XO”
On the Aug. 20 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Lily Tomlin spent most of her time dispensing medical marijuana to the show’s band members from her dressing room. It’s a cute bit but the real news is Lily’s new film Grandma which I saw this weekend. It’s a terrific 78 minute film in which Lily deliver an Oscar caliber performance. How wonderful that she’s been given such a good role, a leading role, in film after all these years. It’s right up there with her best big screen work in Nashville, Nine to Five, Short Cuts and All of Me. Highly recommend!
My all-time favorite tennis player, Roger Federer, beat the number one player in the world today to win the Western and Southern Open for a record seventh time.
The win resulted in his regaining the number two world ranking heading into next week’s US Open.
Federer is 34 and still the second best male player on the ATP tour with five tournament victories this year and a runner-up finish at Wimbledon.
To win in Cincinnati, he beat Andy Murray in straight sets in the semis then Novak Djokovic 7-6 (1), 6-3 in the final.
The men’s final was the 41st match between Djokovic and Federer, the second-highest total for a rivalry in tennis history, behind only Djokovic’s 44 meetings with Rafael Nadal. Having entered the final with their series tied at 20-20.
The US Open begins a week from tomorrow and Federer will be seeking his sixth title at Flushing Meadows and 18th major overall. Djokovic will be seeking his second US Open and 10th grand slam title.