Saw the remake of The Magnificent Seven last night at the Cinerama Done in Hollywood and I can highly recommend it. While I was familiar with many in the cast including Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, Peter Sarsgaard and, in a small but pivotal role, Matt Bomer, I had not seen today’s very handsome Morning Man before. He’s Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and he is very good in the movie – especially in his scenes with Pratt. Manuel’s other credits include the Jennifer Aniston movie Cake and From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.
Chaz Bono makes his first appearance on Where the Bears Are in this episode and what a welcome addition he is. I had not seen Chaz act before and he has the chops! In this week’s second episode, the Bears track Chase Hansen to a Downtown LA gay bar where Martinez (George Unda) is now a popular party promoter and may hold the key to where they can locate the rogue agent. Meanwhile, Todd worries his lies to Nelson may affect their marriage and Reggie accosts a mysterious man (Bono) who seems to have Todd under surveillance.
Billy on the Street and Difficult People star Billy Eichner has joined the all-star cast of NBC’s Hairspray Live! which airs Dec. 7.
Billy will show up in the musical’s second act as a local TV newscaster named Rob Barker who reports on Tracy Turnblad’s escape from the law and her attempt to integrate The Corny Collins Show.
The rest of the cast includes Harvey Fierstein (as Edna Turnblad), Maddie Baillio (Tracy Turnblad), Ariana Grande (Penny Pingleton), Jennifer Hudson (Motormouth Maybelle), Kristin Chenoweth (Velma Von Tussle), Martin Short (Wilbur Turnblad), Derek Hough (Corny Collins), Dove Cameron (Amber Von Tussle), Garrett Clayton (Link Larkin), Andrea Martin (Prudy Pingleton), Ephraim Sykes (Seaweed J. Stubbs), Shahadi Wright Joseph (Little Inez), Rosie O’Donnell (the gym teacher), and Sean Hayes (Mr. Pinky).
This was posted last week but I just came across it. Sheryl Sandberg interviews The Divine Miss M and my favorite parts are when she talks about her favorite girl singers and about her return to Broadway next year in Hello, Dolly! She also talks about the two biggest keys to the success of her 50 year career: Perseverance and ‘I also had a lot of talent.’ True that!
A huge congratulations to MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts who won an Emmy earlier tonight. The award was for NBC/MSNBC’s breaking news coverage of the US Supreme Court’s historic ruling on same-sex marriage which brought marriage equality to all 50 states. ‘What a great honor tonight for our team,’ Thomas wrote on Facebook. The award was among those presented at the 37th News & Documentary Emmy Awards.
You gotta to figure that when theater veterans James Corden, Alan Cumming and Jesse Tyler Ferguson are in the same room together, there’s bound to be some singing.
It happened last night when Cumming and Ferguson were guests on Corden’s The Late Late Show.
The trio launched into a sketch titled Inappropriate Musicals.
And were they ever.
They performed musicals numbers based off of very unlikely sources: Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, and Breaking Bad.
Modern Family star Ferguson, stepped into the role of Throne’s Ned Stark as he was about to get beheaded.
‘Birth and death, red and purple weddings, dire wolves and dragons have to grow,’ he sang. ‘So many white walkers, so many beheading. You can’t hold the door on tomorrow. Winter is coming, winter is coming, winter is coming all over you!’
Ferguson’s Broadway credits include a 1999 revival of On the Town and this year’s solo play Fully Committed.
Cumming won the Tony Award for Cabaret in 1998 and starred in last year’s revival of the show.
Corden appeared on Broadway in the play The History Boys and co-starred in the feature film version of the musical Into the Woods.
Magic Johnson and his wife Cookie are opening up about their reaction to their son, EJ Johnson, being gay.
Magic, whose NBA career was cut short after he tested positive for the HIV virus, admits he ‘didn’t want’ his son to be gay.
EJ came out publicly in 2013 and has since gone on to become a reality TV star on Rich Kids of Beverly Hills and a gender-bending fashionista.
‘I had to come to realize that this is who he is, and he’s going to be happy,’ says his father. ‘And so why am I judging him? I’m his father, so I got to be the first one to say, ”It’s OK and I love you. Now, how can I help you?’”
The retired NBA legend discussed his son on ABC’s Good Morning America today to promote Cookie’s new memoir, Believing in Magic: My Story of Love, Overcoming Adversity, and Keeping the Faith.
Cookie says of EJ: ‘Ultimately you want your child to be happy. But I also knew that [Magic] didn’t understand. And I was still trying to figure it out. I’m not going to sit here and say that I understood that he was gay at that time, because I didn’t. I just knew that this is what made him happy. And as time went on, it never changed.’
I happened across a TV show called Lucky Dog in which this very handsome dog trainer, Brandon McMillan, takes dogs that are about to be euthanized and matches them with a new owner.
Brandon grew up in the circus because his family is animal trainers. He jokes that he’s been “picking up tiger poop” as far back as he can remember.
Since becoming an animal trainer, Brandon has trained lions, bears, tigers, reptiles and even insects for such films as The Hangover, We Bought a Zoo, The Jungle Book II, I Am Sam, Buddy, Soul Plane, Red Dragon and television’s 24, Dharma and Greg, Jackass, Wildboyz and Carnivale, plus hundreds of commercials and ads.
Brandon is well known in Los Angeles for rescuing dogs out of the pound that are just days away from being put to sleep and turn them into movie stars. Many of Hollywood’s A-list celebrities call upon Brandon to help with their out of control pets at home including Ellen and Portia (see video below).
During Andy Cohen’s favorite new Clubhouse game “Truth or Tweet?” on Watch What Happens Live last night, Empire stars Jussie Smollett and Gabourey Sidibe are given the option of either answering tough questions or tweeting embarrassing things. Find out what happened!
Billy Gilman is hoping for a second shot at stardom – this time as an openly gay performer.
He looks to have given himself a solid shot with a hugely successful audition on NBC’s The Voice that left all four judges vying to be his mentor.
Gilman performs a powerful rendition of the Adele song When We Were Young that airs tonight.
‘I started out as a young country artist and had great success … to finally be here in a moment where I can finally sing the way I so badly wanted to even then, and to finally stand here and be amongst you, it truthfully is such an honor,’ he tells judges after his performance.
Adam Levine was first to turn his chair around for Gilman early in the performance and remained on his feet even after the song was over.
‘It’s so rare that I hear everything happen on the stage – that intangible quality that you posses is exactly what embodies the person that wins this show. You really could be the guy. I’m blown away and I’m not sitting down until you join my team.’
Levine added: ‘This is going to be an uphill battle for you because you are a very, very incredibly talented person that’s had some success. You’ve got to get people rooting for the new you.’
New judge Miley Cyrus found out that Gilman had once opened for her father, Billy Ray Cyrus.
‘I know who the hell you are! Let me take care of you!’ she said. ‘I’d love to help you now become the new Billy … I’d love to help you be clear to people about who you are.’
Blake Shelton was also familiar with Gilman and had wondered what happened to him.
‘Now you found your sound and where you belong musically. I’m happy for you – I really am.’ Who Gilman chooses as a mentor will be revealed tonight.
Gilman came out publicly in November 2014. just 11 years old when he debuted with the single One Voice in the year 2000. It was a Top 20 hit on the Billboard country music charts and he became the youngest singer with a Top 40 hit.
His album of the same name went double platinum the following year and two subsequent releases were certified gold. He sold more than 5 million records and seemed to be settling in for a nice, long run.
But his record sales began to slip and as he approached his 20s, music labels wouldn’t even take meetings with him.
There were whispers about his sexuality and for a time, he faded from public view.
‘The purpose of (coming out) was to explain to my fans who I really am and that I have finally found pure happiness and hopefully you’re along with me for the ride,’ he told Gay Star News last year..