Rosie O’Donnell talks to Andy Cohen on Radio Andy about The View book, Ladies Who Punch, saying, “I shouldn’t have done it at all, I didn’t want to do it.” Rosie said she was angry with how the author promoted the book with stories of her child abuse. Plus she opens up about her tense relationship with Whoopi Goldberg on the show.
In the video below, a caller asks Rosie if the Scientology revelations changed her opinion of Tom Cruise.
“It does make me worry about him and his life,” she says, while adding that they still keep in touch and send each other gifts. “He’s really a classy dude,” Rosie says.
Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy and his actor boyfriend Matthew Wilkas have separated, PEOPLE confirms.
A rep for the former couple exclusively tells PEOPLE that Kenworthy, 27, and Wilkas, 41, have amicably decided to take a break in their relationship after nearly four years together.
“Gus and Matt are taking time apart,” the rep says. “They love and support each other and remain close friends.”
The news comes a little over a month after Kenworthy and Wilkas were last featured on each other’s Instagrams. On June 8, the former pair embarked on the AIDS Life Cycle, a seven-day, 545-mile cycling event from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
Your faithful blogger arrived yesterday and tomorrow morning leaves for seven days in Provincetown.
So, blog posts will be a bit erratic.
Today, I offer you Jacob Elordi as Morning Man.
The 22-year-old Australian actor made a splash playing the role of Noah Flynn in The Kissing Booth and is currently filming its sequel. The film won him a feverish following that’s now swarmed to 5.8 million on Instagram.
He also began playing Nate Jacobs in the HBO television series Euphoria this year.
“I auditioned — this was at a point where the movies that I’d made hadn’t come out,” he tells Wonderland Magazine. “I had no money, I didn’t have anything, I was practically homeless in LA — and I went to the casting and I forgot my lines.” He gave up any hopes of joining the show on the spot, he tells me, but got a callback that same day. “I had no name, I had no backing, you could not find any video of me acting anywhere. I was just a child, and they cast me. I was quite lucky.”
Damien Navarro, a content development and digital media executive, has been selected as the new executive director of Outfest, Deadline Hollywood reports. The move comes after an eight-month search to replace Christopher Racster, who is exiting the role at the conclusion of the nonprofit organization’s flagship event, the Los Angeles-based Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival, which this year runs July 18-28.
Navarro, the founder of digital agency Earthbound Media Group and boutique consulting firm The Institute, most recently was president of Vimby, formerly MGM/Mark Burnett’s Content Studio, a brand content agency and entertainment studio.
He was selected by a search committee of current and former Outfest board members from more than 24 candidates, and when he takes over later this month will be tasked with overseeing the organization’s programs, staff, fundraising efforts, fiscal management and day-to-day operations.
His quarterfinal victory at Wimbledon today over Kei Nishikori added two more milestones to his resume. The 20-time major champion became the first man to reach 100 match wins at a single major and surpassed Jimmy Connors for the Open era record for most grass-court victories with 186.
“It’s not like you’re, ‘I have to get my 100th, I have to get my 100th’ every point. You’re trying to win the next point, the next game and eventually the match. You actually forget about it in the moment,” Federer said afterwards in an interview with the BBC. “But then a fan told me ‘congratulations Roger on your 100th’ and I was like, ‘that’s right, that’s my 100th.’ It’s a sweet way to do it. A great crowd again and I love playing here at Wimbledon on this court. Getting against Kei was definitely very nice.”
Federer, now 100-12 at the All England Club, is bidding to lift his ninth Wimbledon trophy. Federer, who turns 38 next month, leads the ATP tour with three titles in 2019 and is riding a 10-match win streak, having picked up his 10th Halle crown two and a half weeks ago. He is 37-4 overall this season.
In the semifinals, Federer will take on either longtime rival Rafael Nadal who he played in three straight Wimbledon finals winning in 2006 and 2007 and losing a classic five-setter in 2008.
Very happy for Juan Pablo Di Pace for coming out publicly as gay man.
Chatted with him at the GMCLA Voice Awards a few years ago where he was performing and when I asked him about all his gay fans, he seemed to be a tad uncomfortable. I didn’t know a thing about him at the time but I recognized the discomfort and filed it away. Then he posted a video on his Instagram stories during Pride a year ago that pretty much confirmed that and a few months ago he was in the audience for a Steve Grand concert in LA.
So give me the prize. I had it figured out. But as we all know, none of that matters until a person accepts themselves both privately and publicly and Juan Pablo has done that.
He’s a regular on the Fuller House sitcom, competed on Dancing With the Stars and played Jesus Christ on A.D. The Bible Continues.
This video is a talk that was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
Via Queerty, here is an excerpt: “Acceptance was my fuel, and when that is the case, like an addict, you do whatever it takes to get a fix. I figured, if I changed my f*cking self, I could be in. Many years later and still justifying my being gay with my critic, I get offered the role of a lifetime: Jesus Christ. Of all the people in the world that could play this part, they gave it to me. So there I am, hanging on the cross […] in Morocco […] and I look up at the sky, and I think, ‘You could still strike me down with lightning. Are you sure you want me to play your son?’ Instead, what I felt was an overwhelming feeling of love and acceptance and freedom that I could never even put into words. A message from God? Maybe.”
The year was 2006 and I was an entertainment reporter for the Los Angeles Daily News which was launching various blogs – mostly in sports. The guy in charge of this new initiative suggested I blog about Outfest. We quickly came up with the blog name Out in Hollywood for the time being.
The name stuck and so did the blog addiction.
In 2009, I left the Daily News (or rather, they left me!) and launched Greg In Hollywood. So really, it’s been 13 years of daily blogging which has been wonderfully life changing. I feel more connected to readers than I ever felt during my decades as a newspaper reporter.
My first Outfest was in 2001 and I have not missed a single year since. It was/is like entering an alternate universe where you are surrounded by your people in the theaters and at the parties and see your people being portrayed in the screen. While LGBTQ portrayals have become far more accessible in recent years, I still cherish the Outfest bubble that exists among attendees, staff, volunteers, filmmakers, cast members and all the rest. (I’m pictured above with actor Tuc Watkins at the 2016 festival).
Anyway, Outfest is almost upon us once again. Anyone who knows me know this is one of my favorite times of the year. I call it Christmas in July. This year’s festival begins July 18 and runs through July 28 but I will be missing the first four days because I’ll be in Provincetown.
So many movies and programs to be excited about and I will be highlighting some of those things in the days leading up to the fest. I cannot wait to see Doug Spearman’s long-awaited From Zero to I Love You starring Darryl Stephens, the Sam Harris movie HAM: A Musical Memoir, Kathy Griffin: One Helluva Story, Gay Chorus: Deep South, and This is Not Berlin (Esto No Es Berlin), among many others. There are also several must-see short film programs.
I’m very bummed that I will not be in town for the Saturday, July 20 presentation of Eastsiders: Season 4. This is the final season of Kit Williamson’s much-loved dramedy. The first two episodes will be screened.
The opening gala at Orpheum Theatre is the documentary Circus of Books and the closing night gala at The Theatre at Ace Hotel is the quirky Sundance favorite Before You Know It. These are the usual opening and closing night locations. But the big change this year is the move away from the DGA Theatre on Sunset which has been home base for Outfest for as many years as I can remember. It’s been replaced by the TCL complex at Hollywood & Highland. It’s more commonly known as Chinese 6. I’ll miss DGA but there are more dining options around the TCL including a poke bowl place in the food court!
To see the full schedule and to buy tickets, go to Outfest.org. Below is a video highlighting this year’s line-up!
Actor J.M. Longoria and director Victor M. Duenas are friends of mine and have a stunning new short film that also stars that fabulous actress Adrianna Barraza who earned an Oscar nomination a decade ago for Babel. I’m so excited for them! Below is the information for a July 20 screening at LA Shorts International Film Festival.