I’ve made myself sad all over again by doing this post – sad over the loss of such a young, talented man to AIDS 25 years ago. He’s actor David Oliver who was a huge crush of mine in the late 80s when he was one of the stars of NBC’s A Year in the Life. The 1987-88 show was terrific and started as a miniseries in 1986. And since it was so good and so grown-up, it only lasted one damned season. Playing David’s wife on the show was, get this, Sarah Jessica Parker. The two clearly remained friends as they attended events together even after the show ended. He began his acting career in 1982 and from 1983 to 1985, he played the role of Perry Hutchins on the daytime soap opera Another World. David was only 30 when he died in November 1992. He was survived by his parents, stepfather, seven siblings, and his partner, Terry Houlihan. Shortly before his death, he had a role in the play Elegies staged at the Canon Theater in Beverly Hills.
What a legend! What a career Dame Julie Andrews has had from early television (Cinderella) to Broadway (My Fair Lady, Camelot) to many classic films (Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Victor/Victoria). And now she’s got a cute new show on Netflix called Julie’s Green Room. She has a charming interview with Stephen Colbert here and I loved every minute of it. You will too.
Rosie O’Donnell as Steve Bannon on Saturday Night Live probably would have really ignited a Donald Trump tweet storm.
But the former talk show host and longtime Trump critic says it’s not going to happen.
Fresh off the heels of Melissa McCarthy’s instantly classic parody of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on last week’s show, it was suggested on Twitter that O’Donnell portray Trump’s controversial chief strategist Bannon on a future episode.
‘Available – if called I will serve’ O’Donnell tweeted back earlier this month.
A photoshop of O’Donnell as Bannon then made the rounds and created a buzz. But O’Donnell tells TMZ that’s as far as things went.
‘That was the whole impression, the photoshop. That was it from start to finish.’ She added: ‘I’m also not in the cast so there’s that.’
O’Donnell had taken to Twitter after the suggestion was first floated to make clear she has not been officially approached to play Bannon.
‘No – that’s an alternate fact – someone tweeted it as an idea – after Melissa was so brilliant … just a funny idea.’
If it had happened, it would have been another chapter in a long-running feud between Trump and O’Donnell.
It dates back more than a decade when O’Donnell made a mockery of Trump on ABC’s The View for his handling of an incident involving the Miss Universe pageant which he owns.
During the first Republican presidential debate in August 2015, moderator Megyn Kelly asked Trump about his various insults aimed at women over the years.
‘You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals,’ Kelly began before being interrupted by Trump who said: ‘Only Rosie O’Donnell.’
Laverne Cox’s character on the new CBS legal drama Doubt will not be spending all of her time in a courtroom.
Transgender attorney Cameron Wirth has a dating life and romantic scenes.
‘It felt groundbreaking … when we started shooting that part,’ Cox said this week on AOL Build.
‘I thought, “Okay, this is something I’ve never seen on TV.” I hadn’t personally seen a trans woman be pursued by a straight identified man on national television knowing that she’s transgender. That felt revolutionary, that felt groundbreaking. It was really exciting for me as an actress who’s always wanted to see that.’
Cox, who rose to stardom on the Netflix series Orange in the New Black, hopes the scenes about Cameron’s personal life will entertain but also educate.
‘There’s something universal about looking for love. I think but there’s something unique about doing it while you’re a transgender woman and I’ve just wanted to see that story being told on television and film and we tell a little bit of that story in Doubt. It feels pretty awesome.’
Cox was able to give her input into that element and other parts of her character because the writers invited all the series regulars to discuss their character arcs through the season and to give suggestions.
They asked Cox to share some of her experience dating because they wanted a love story for Cameron.
‘I relished the opportunity … it made me feel valued – deeply valued – that my voice was valued not only as an actress but as someone who had life experience to contribute. It was really moving for me to read the scripts and see how they incorporated some of my ideas.’
Ricky Martin wants you to know that accidents do happen.
And sometimes they happen onstage in front of thousands of fans.
The five-time Grammy winner was asked this week by talk show host Kelly Ripa about the craziest thing to ever happen to him onstage while in concert.
The singer said he’s forgotten his songs and once even fell off the stage. Then there was also the time he had an accident of a different kind had a little accident.
‘I did pee-pee once on the stage,’ Martin said on Live With Kelly.
‘Things happen. It’s live. The show must go on. It’s not a decision that I made, it just happened and you keep going..
Is this too much info?’ he asked the laughing audience on Ripa’s show. ‘Things happen. It’s real.’
Martin appeared on the show to promote the start next month of his first-ever Las Vegas residency at Park Theater at Monte Carlo.
‘I have my own theater in Vegas!’ he said.
‘They offered me this big opportunity and I’m not gonna say no. Now is the time – now is perfect for me to be able to do it.’
He will start April 5 and be there until September ‘and (then) hopefully more and more and more.’
Not that this is Martin’s first time performing in Vegas. That first time was in September 1984 when he was 12 years old and a member of the band Menudo.
He’s performed there every years since then but never in the type of residency situation that has proven so popular with such artists as Celine Dion, Elton John, Britney Spears, Cher, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Shania Twain, Donny and Marie Osmond, Bette Midler and Rod Stewart, among others.
I fell in love with How To Get Away With Murder during its first season and the biggest reason is Oliver Hampton who is played by the adorable Conrad Ricamora.
From the first scene he was in with Jack Falahee (Connor) on the first episode of season one, I wanted to basically date Oliver, become engaged, get married and live happily ever after.
Conrad, 38, is openly gay in real life and HTGAWM is his first TV role. He has just one film credit (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby in 2006) as he has appeared mostly on stage.
He performed the role of Ninoy Aquino in the 2013 Off-Broadway musical, Here Lies Love and for his efforts won a Theatre World Award and was nominated for Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical.
This year, he has been on Broadway as Lun Tha, one of the pair of secret lovers in Lincoln Center Theater’s 2015 revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I.
Queen Latifah has steadfastly refused to discuss persistent rumors about her sexuality.
But she has played queer characters on stage including bisexual singer Bessie Smith in the HBO movie Bessie last year.
But 21 years ago, the Oscar-nominated actress agonized when offered another queer role in the 1996 film Set It Off.
‘When I got the role of amateur bank robber Cleo Sims in Set It Off, I sat down with my younger siblings and told them, “Listen, I’m playing a gay character. Your classmates might tease you or say negative things about it,”‘ Latifah tells Huffington Post.
She also told the siblings: ‘But I’m doing it because I believe I can bring positive attention to the gay African-American community, and I believe that I can do a great job as an actor.’
Latifah now says: ‘They understood, and when those things inevitably happened in school, they were OK with it.’
Susan Sarandon famously had a sexy on-screen tryst with Catherine Deneuve in the 1983 horror flick The Hunger.
What about any same-sex attractions off-screen?
‘I’m open,’ the Oscar winner tells PrideSource in an interview published today.
‘My sexual orientation is up for grabs, I guess you could say.’
Sarandon, 70, does not say whether she’s actually had affairs with other women.
She was married to actor Chris Sarandon for 12 years and with actor-director Tim Robbins for 21 years.
Sarandon has two sons with Robbins and a daughter – actress Eva Amurri – with Italian film director Franco Amurri.
‘Well, I’m a serial monogamist, so I haven’t really had a large dating career,’ she says.
‘I married Chris Sarandon when I was 20, and that went on for quite a while – each of my relationships have. I haven’t exactly been in the midst of a lot of offers of any kind. I’m still not! I don’t know what’s going on! (Laughs) But I think back in the ’60s it just was much more open.’
She does acknowledge an affair with a gay actor in the 1980s.
‘I did at one point have a very successful and very loving and wonderful affair with a man who then wasn’t with another woman after me, and that worked out fine! I don’t think you had to declare yourself as rigidly as you do now in terms of having to declare yourself almost politically about your sexual preference.’
He was Philip Sayer who also appeared in The Hunger.
‘He was a wonderful actor,’ Sarandon says. ‘He passed away, but yes, he was gay, and we had a great relationship in every way.’
Love me some Ricky Martin but he’s not given an opportunity to say much in this interview which took place this morning on NBC’s The Today Show. Good grief Kathie Lee Gifford, let the man finish a sentence! Ricky talked to Kathy Lee and guest co-host Jennifer Nettles about his residency his residency in Las Vegas which begins in April.