As you know, I saw Cher at Staples Center 18 days ago (but who’s counting!).
It was a fabulous experience and a wonderful show.
But for the first time at a Cher show, a lot of her hits didn’t make the set list and some of them like Heart of Stone, Take Me Home, After All, Save Up All Your Tears, Shoop Shoop Song and Song For the Lonely are among my very favorites.
A friend who saw Cher in New York says Heart of Stone and Shoop Shoop Song were performed there but apparently didn’t make their way to LA.
The other night I found myself scrolling YouTube and watching videos of those missing songs and thought I’d share some of them with you as you wind down your work week.
Don’t believe what you read – especially when the author is James Franco!
The prolific actor-writer-director posted a story written by “Dave Francock” that alleges Neighbors co-stars Zac Efron and Dave Franco are an item.
The elder Franco captioned the photo: “Effron and My brother, dating!!!!!! Congrats, boys! I’m so happy for you!!!”
Would be hot if it were true but the whole think is a prank.
I have a dear friend who is at ComicCon right now and attended a panel that included this handsome guy.
She texted me last night and demanded that I feature Travis Van Winkle as a Morning Man as soon as possible.
This soon enough for you Lorna?
Not that I needed much of a nudge. This guy is beautiful and has such a cool name!
Travis is 31 and is part of the cast of the new TNT series The Last Ship which last week got renewed for a second season.
He previously had a recurring role in The CW show Hart of Dixie and has done a slew of TV guest spots in recent years on such shows as 2 Broke Girls, Happy Endings, 90210, Raising Hope and Two and a Half Men.
Film roles include Transformers, Meet the Spartans, Friday the 13th and Accepted.
Our first glimpse of Will and Sonny in about a week.
Will confronts Sami about her vendetta against Abigail (“I have every intention of utterly destroying her life”) and tells her to back off.
Things get very heated, there’s yelling, a slap.
Just like old times.
Meanwhile, Sonny is also supportive and tells Abigail that just as Sami is going off the rails in the rage department, Abigail needs to dial back her guilt.
And then there’s this: After months and months of the dreadfully dull Jordan and Ben storyline, it turns out they are just running from their scary father? Jordan isn’t a murderer or even a jewel thief or even a shoplifter?
Love it when one celeb goes a little gaga when meeting another celeb.
It happened tonight when Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the NBA, met Oscar-nominated actress Rosie Perez.
First of all, happy 32nd birthday to Anna Paquin!
So the other night I was watching the True Blood star (and Oscar winner for The Piano) being interview by Larry King on the Emmy-nominated online series Larry King Now.
Paquin, married to co-star Stephen Moyer, was asked by the host: ‘Are you a non-practicing bisexual?’
Paquin replied: ‘Well, I am married to my husband and we are happily monogamously married.’
King: ‘So you were bisexual?’
Paquin: ‘Well, I don’t think it’s a past-tense kind of thing. It doesn’t prevent your sexuality from existing. It doesn’t really work like that.’
Paquin said she ‘just never thought it was a big deal’ to be a bisexual and she is happy to see more people being open about their sexuality these days.
‘I think it’s fantastic. … I do know the more people who are outspoken and advocate for same-sex unions and LGBT rights, I have to believe that that makes a difference and the level of ignorance and hatred becomes less acceptable.’
I’ve been to Lynda Carter’s dressing room to say hi after a few of her recent LA concerts and seen her up real close.
I can tell you she is just about the most gorgeous 63 year old on the planet.
Talk about aging gracefully!
She was beautiful then as Wonder Woman in the 70s and she is beautiful now as a singer touring the US. Music was always her first love but things like being a beauty queen and a TV star then raising kids got in the way at times.
Now it’s all music for this lovely lady who turns 63 today. Happy birthday Lynda!
Since I was forced to miss closing night of Outfest due to illness, I missed seeing Space Station 76.
This new trailer for the flick starring Patrick Wilson, Matt Bomer and Liv Tyler indicates that I missed a fun flick!
Out.com describes it as a mix between Spaceballs and Anchorman and says Wilson’s character is struggling with his bisexuality in this movie about a group of people living on a space station.
John Barrowman performed during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Wednesday and he made sure no one would forget it.
The Torchwood and Arrow star planted a big kiss on a male dancer during his performance.
This is a strong statement since 42 of the 53 countries competing in the games, the world’s third biggest multi-sports tournament, criminalize homosexuality.
You go John!
If you watch Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots on OWN, then you are already aware of this dreamy guy.
Gavin Houston portrays the gay character of Jeffery Harrington, a psychologist.
Gavin began his acting career in New York as a child appearing on The Cosby Show and in numerous commercials and print advertisements.
After graduating from the University of Florida, he landed roles off Broadway was hired on the old CBS daytime soap Guiding Light on which he appeared for three years on the soap.
Gavin then did guest spots on such shows as The Singles Table, Wizards of Waverly Place and Without a Trace and had a recurring role on General Hospital.
His film credits include Spy, Minkow and The Rum Diary opposite Johnny Depp.
This is really cool.
This past weekend, TV comedy icon, George Lopez caught a performance of Chico’s Angels in their current hit show Chico’s Angels 2: Love Boat Chicas.
The Angels are, of course, Kay Sedia (the pretty one); Chita Parol (the smart one) and Frieda Laye (the “friendly” one).
Also in attendance this past weekend was funny lady, Geri Jewell of The Facts of Life and Deadwood fame. She is pictured below with hottie cast member Duke Shoman.
In Chico’s Angels 2: Love Boat Chicas, the Angels go under cover on the high seas aboard The Love Boat to find out who is trying to kill super-star, Charo!
Chico’s Angels 2: Love Boat Chicas will run through August 17 at The Cavern Club Celebrity Theater (1920 Hyperion Ave, Silverlake, CA 90027 ). Shows are Thursday thru Sunday, plus Sunday Matinees. Tickets on sale now at www.chicosangels.com
Chico’s Angels: Love Boat Chicas was co-created and co-written by Oscar Quintero and Kurt Koehler and is directed by Koehler.
Portia de Rossi is going from Arrested Development to Scandal.
The lovely actress has landed a role on the hit ABC political drama which kicks off its fourth season this fall.
The news was broken not by ABC or by a publicist but by the Portia’s famous wife Ellen DeGeneres.
Ellen tweeted to her nearly 30 million followers: ‘So annoying when people brag on twitter & that’s why I’m not tweeting that Portia just signed on to do a top secret arc on Scandal. Oops.’
The show’s writers later confirmed the news with their own tweet: ‘We are so excited to have Portia de Rossi joining us this coming season.’
H/T: Rumor Fix
GLAAD has released its second annual Studio Responsibility Index (SRI), a report that maps the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT people in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios during the 2013 calendar year.
It isn’t pretty.
GLAAD found that of the 102 releases from the major studios in 2013, only 17 of them included characters identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. The majority of these characters were minor roles or cameos, and GLAAD found that many of these were outright defamatory representations in films such as Pain & Gain and Riddick.
Says GLAAD’s CEO and President Sarah Kate Ellis: “The lack of substantial LGBT characters in mainstream film, in addition to the outdated humor and stereotypes suggests large Hollywood studios may be doing more harm than good when it comes to worldwide understanding of the LGBT community. These studios have the eyes and ears of millions of audience members, and should reflect the true fabric of our society rather than feed into the hatred and prejudice against LGBT people too often seen around the globe.”
Both Paramount and Warner Brothers received “failing” grades for including only minor and offensive portrayals of LGBT people in their 2013 releases. 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Studios received grades of “adequate.”
“LGBT people come from all walks of life; we’re your family members, coworkers, neighbors, and peers” said Ellis. “Hollywood should strive to reflect that truth, rather than turn us into jokes or simply edit us out.”
To view the report visit www.glaad.org/sri.
When I saw Chad Allen a few weeks ago at opening night of Outfest, I didn’t realize he was in training for the 2014 Sydney Marathon.
The star of television (Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman), movies (Save Me) and stage (Looped) is running for a good cause: AIDS Project Los Angeles.
Chad, who is currently a full-time student at UCLA, wants to raise more than $10,000 for APLA.
Chad tells Huffington Post: “I have been involved with AIDS Project Los Angeles as an actor/fundraiser for over 20 years participating in countless events here in LA. But after riding in six AIDS/life-cycles (545 mile bike rides from San Fran to LA to raise money for the LA Gay and Lesbian Centers HIV/AIDS services), I was looking for a new challenge and service opportunity that wouldn’t take me away during finals.”
The race will take place this fall and will mark Chad’s first trip to Australia.
” … The course we are running is the same as the Sydney games a few years back. They say its extraordinarily beautiful!”
Last week I launched the new Model Monday Morning Man series then forgot to continue it this week.
So, hopefully for this week only, the model will be presented to you on Wednesday which I doubt you will mind much because, well, look at him!
He’s the distractingly handsome Nicolas Simones who is based in LA and works for Wilhelmina Models and Elite Paris.
You can follow him on Instagram: @nicolassimoes
Greg In Hollywood updates photo strip with Matt Bomer, NPH, a Silver Fox, Pauley Perrette & Darren Criss!
The first time I met Matt Bomer, back in 2011 I believe, he asked, “When am I going to be in one of the photos along the top of the blog?”
That day has finally arrived!
In the first update of the photo strip since Greg In Hollywood’s debut in March 2009, Matt is now featured along with: Neil Patrick Harris and Anderson Cooper (for obvious reasons); NCIS star Pauley Perrette (as a tribute to her staunch, high-profile support of LGBT equality and causes); and Glee star Darren Criss (because our ties match!).
My thanks to Florence Henderson, Javier Bardem, Dustin Lance Black, TR Knight and David Duchovny for taking up the slots the first five years.
And a big thank you to the fantastic Kate Cohen and Val Cohen for doing me the lovely favor of updating the strip.
Cynthia Nixon has won two Emmys, a Tony and a Grammy.
So what’s next for this gifted actress who is just an Oscar win away from becoming an EGOT?
She’s going to be featured on tomorrow night’s season premiere of the terrific series Who Do You Think You Are? on TLC.
In her episode, the Sex and the City alum searches for answers about her paternal ancestors, and discovers a dark secret involving deceit and murder, in relation to her 3x great- grandmother.
Click HERE to see a preview.
This show is always terrific and is produced by the red-hot team of Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky who also produce Web Therapy and The Comeback.
In addition to this season’s new premieres, TLC has also acquired episodes from previous seasons of the series, marking their first debut on cable. Alongside Cynthia Nixon’s premiere, encores of Sarah Jessica Parker’s episode airs at 8/7c and Matthew Broderick’s episode airs at 10/9c.
Future encores include Kudrow and Rob Lowe on 7/30, Gwyneth Paltrow on 8/6, Brooke Shields on 8/13, Vanessa Williams on 8/20, Rita Wilson on 8/27, and Reba McEntire and Tim McGraw on 9/3.
Susan Sarandon spent 21 years in a relationship with fellow Oscar winner Tim Robbins and they had two children.
But they never got married.
In a new video for the Human Rights Campaign, Sarandon makes clear that she thinks same-sex couples should have the same option of getting married or not as she and Robbins did.
‘While marriage might not be my thing, if it’s your thing you damned well ought to be able to have it – equally and unequivocally.
‘The America I want to live in celebrates diversity and believes in equal rights for all families no matter what they look like.’
Long after Glee is over, I am confident we will still be hearing a lot from Chris Colfer because be is one creative – and talented! – young artist.
With the success of the show, he certainly could’ve made an album and done a teeny bopper concert tour but instead, he hunkers down and does things like write his own books and his own movie.
His latest book, The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning, has made its presence known on The New York Times lists of best selling books.
Chris tweeted this week: ’The Land of Stories’ is the #4 NYT Best Selling SERIES and top middle grade series! Highest books on the list without a film franchise…yet.”
His previous book, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, debuted at the top of the NY Times list of children’s books in 2012. His second book, The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns, debuted at number 2.
Chris also wrote and starred in the film Struck by Lightning.
Keep up the good work Chris!