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Bette Davis and a hit television series just was never meant to be it turns out.
She did the pilot of ABC’s Hotel in the mid-1980s then had a stroke and couldn’t do the series.
Turns out nearly 20 years earlier she also starred in the comedy pilot The Decorator produced by Aaron Spelling. I think it had all kinds of potential and shows a fun, wild side of Miss Davis. Pity it didn’t get picked up.
She plays Liz, an interior decorator whose career is hitting the rocks, partly because of her own careless behavior. She sleeps till noon and is terribly picky in choosing her clients, rendering her financially broke. Liz gets well-deserved knocks from her sarcastic assistant, Viola (the great Mary Wickes), who arranges a meeting for Liz with Judge Connors (Ed Begley), a wealthy man from Oklahoma. Liz accepts his offer, and she immediately moves in his house and begins to redecorate it.
The series was to have a different guest star each week to act as Davis’ client. Miss Davis was upset at the pilot not selling,
Davis biographer Ed Sikov quoting Mart Crowley about the pilot: “She was very disappointed that The Decorator didn’t go. No, not disappointed—hurt. Very hurt.”
Just love watching YouTube videos of the Normas from Broadway and London productions of Sunset Boulevard.
Patti LuPone, of course, is the original musical Norma who debuted the role on the London stage and had a contract to continue it on Broadway. Glenn Close, meanwhile, was a sensation in the Los Angeles production and Andrew Lloyd Webber chose Close for Broadway over LuPone who later sued – and won.
Betty Buckley and Elaine Page also wound up playing the role during those original runs on Broadway and on London’s West End and Petula Clark filled in for Page for several months in London. Close revived the role a few years ago to great acclaim in London and on Broadway and the late, great Diahann Carroll played Norma in the Toronto production.
Hard to believe but Richard Chamberlain, the great star of The Thorn Birds, Shogun and Dr. Kildare, will turn 86 in a few days.
He was pretty much off my radar until I saw a scene in Thorn Birds where he was dancing (it was the same party where Barbara Stanwyck kissed him on the lips then died) and he was just so HOT!
From then on, I watched everything he ever did.
He came out as a gay man in 2003 and wrote about it in his memoir Shattered Love: “When I grew up, being gay, being a sissy or anything like that was verboten. I disliked myself intensely and feared this part of myself intensely and had to hide it and became “Perfect Richard, All-American Boy” as a place to hide.”
He continued to be busy in roles both straight and gay – including in recent years playing Felicity Huffman’s gay stepfather on Desperate Housewives and Uncle Saul’s love interest on Brothers & Sisters.
Later films include Forbidden Love, The Perfect Family and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry.
Ciao is a movie that has a lot of talking, almost all between the two very attractive leads. Finally, toward the end, they kiss. And kiss. And kiss. I think this could be one of the sexiest kissing scenes between two men that I’ve ever seen! It’s a bit dark but I think you will still find it quite enjoyable!
I first raved about this superb indie flick when it was screened at Outfest way back in 2008.
I’ve never forgotten it.
The incredibly beautiful Italian Alessandro Calza is one of the film’s stars and also co-wrote the script with director Yen Tan.
It’s the story of two men who form an unlikely bond when a mutual friend named Mark dies unexpectedly. The two men are Jeff (Adam Neal Smith), the dead man’s best friend, and Andrea (Alessandro Calza), an Italian he’d been corresponding with online before his death. It is Jeff informs Andrea of the friend’s passing, They continue their correspondence and eventually meet when Andrea travels from Italy to Texas.
The scene below is from their last night together. Enjoy!
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You can call Stan Wawrinka Stan the Man or The Stanimal. Or you can even call him Stanislaus which is his official name.
But just make sure you also call him champion.
The sexy Swiss pro celebrates his 35th birthday today while the pro tennis tour is suspended due to coronavirus.
Stan is now a three-time grand slam champion who won the singles titles at the 2016 US Open champion, the 2015 French Open and the 2014 Australian Open.
It’s most remarkable that all of this began to happen after Stan turned 30 and he’s been able to accomplish this during the era of Novak Djokovic-Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal who have combined to win 54 grand slam singles titles since Wimbledon 2003.
In 2008, Stan teamed with Federer to win the gold medal in doubles at the Summer Olympics and it was clearly one of the most joyous moments in both their careers since its was so unexpected. In 2014 they teamed to win the Davis Cup for Switzerland.
Stan the Man only to win at Wimbledon to join Rod Laver, Andre Agassi, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic as the only men in the modern pro era to win all four slams during their career.
Once ranked as high as 3 in the world, Stan has suffered a series of injuries in recent years and saw his ranking drop dramatically due to absences from the tour. But last year he managed rtf claw his way back and is currently ranked 127th.
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Happy 77th (March 25) to Mantique Paul Michael Glaser, Det. Starsky ono "Starsky & Hutch" (1975-1979). He has made many episodic-TV appearances, directed, and was a part of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation after his first wife and their daughter died of AIDS in the early years of the epidemic. Great guy in person, too! The left side of the last pic is one I took of him in 2012. #paulmichaelglaser #starsky #starskyandhutch #shirtless #shirtlessguys #mantiques #hotguys #hairychest #hairymen #handsome #handsomeman #aids #hiv #hivaids #charity #movies #tv #thenandnow #celebritybirthdays #gr8erdays #mensfeet
It’s always nice to watch guys kissing each other, don’t you think? This video popped up on my YouTube feed and it’s got sexy, romantic lip locks from various TV shows and films framed by a lovely dance between Justin and Brian at Justin’s prom on Queer as Folk.
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The top photo of Jonathan Groff appears on his Wikipedia page – I like it so much because I took it! It was on opening night of Outfest in 2013 and Jonathan was staring in the opening night film C.O.G.
We celebrate this oh-so talented and oh-so cute actor this week because yesterday he turned 35!
He has accomplished so much on the Broadway and London stage, on television and in films.
Groff rose to prominence in 2006 for his performance in the lead role of Melchior Gabor in the original Broadway production of Spring Awakening, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He returned to Broadway in 2015 to play the role of King George III in Hamilton, a performance for which he earned a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. He also appeared on the cast recording, which won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
On television, he starred as Ian Todd in the Starz political drama Boss; portrayed lead-character Patrick Murray in the HBO comedy-drama series Looking, and its subsequent series finale television film, Looking: The Movie; and had the recurring role of Jesse St. James in the Fox musical-comedy series Glee. Since 2017, he has starred as FBI Special Agent Holden Ford in the Netflix period crime drama Mindhunter.
Of course he also voiced the role of Kristoff in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ films Frozen and Frozen II.
Groff publicly came out as gay during the National Equality March in 2009 and was romantically linked to actor Gavin Creel that same year. From 2010 to 2013, he was in a relationship with actor Zachary Quinto. Since early 2018, he has been dating New Zealand choreographer Corey Baker, whom he met while both were teaching at Christchurch International Musical Theatre Summer School.
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Hi Everybody…. We all hope this finds you well and hanging in there. We’re all working from on and living on laptops and cell phones. When we do take a break, we say a big thank you for the internet and everything we can watch online. Like you, when times are crazy, we turn to entertainment. This time is no different. And if you’re like us, you too are probably getting a little stir crazy. You can only build the same puzzle so many times, right? So, we want to help. In 2016, at the end of the One Last Time tour, Barry rented the theatre in Denver for a free after hours event we called Midnight With Manilow. Barry’s thoughts on his career, question and answers, guests from past tours and fan favorite performances like Who Needs To Dream, I Was A Fool To Let You Go, and I’ve Got The Best Seat In The House were all a part of the festivities. The evening was recorded and previously only available with a paid ManilowTV subscription…until now. As a thank you to all of those on the front line…those working in health care, in grocery stores, transportation, etc…and to the rest of us for sticking together to show each other the kindness, concern, and compassion that will get us all through this…we have made this show FREE for all on ManilowTV. You can watch it this week, for free…up until April 1st. Head on over to www.manilowtv.com and watch from your desktop or mobile device or search for the ManilowTV app on AppleTV, Amazon Fire, Google Play, or Roku stores to watch on your television. So, put away your puzzle. Grab some popcorn and enjoy!
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I have been refraining from talking about this for a while and it feels good to just get this off my chest. Thank you all for your unwavering support and for never doubting my heart, morals & intentions. I have made a TON of mistakes and will continue to make them, as that is the entire point of being human. If I have ever overlooked someone’s pay it was not intentional. I love my employees and I take pride in taking care of them to the best of my ability as a single unsigned artist. Don’t believe what you read, if someone tells you something consider the source. People were so willing to buy into stories about me and try to cancel me from jealousy fueled gossip spewed by untrustworthy, bitter & shady narrators. You will never be hated on by someone who knows who they are and believes in their talent. It will ALWAYS be by someone who is insecure, who feels that there’s no more room on your coattails for them to ride and who is bitter that they will never be where you are because they don’t posses the gift and talent that you do. To whom much is given, much is required. Glad I got the mud off my wings so I can fly. Periodt.
We all remember when Berger broke up with Carrie on Sex and the City via Post-it note. “I’m sorry. I can’t. Don’t hate me.”
It is such a classic that when I interviewed Ron Livingston years ago, he told me he still has people coming up to him weighing in on the actions of his character in that episode.
With Carrie dumped so brutally, she turns to her girlfriends for a night out on the town. After hitting a upscale place (I think this was the episode where then went to Bed), they hit a dive bar, almost get beat up and score some pot.
Carrie and Samantha start to get high, the cops catch Carrie but it turns out the Post-It from Berger is her Get Out of Jail Free card! I have two say, this is one of the countless scenes in this series and two feature films that are just magic between Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw and Kim Cattrall as Samantha Jones.
Who knows what really went down but Cattrall was just brutal to Parker, publicly. Too brutal it seems to me.
So we will never have a Sex and the City 3 movie to wrap it all up which iOS a major pity but we have so many memories like the one I’m sharing today.
There are stars and there are STARS.
Diana Ross has been one of the biggest for more than 50 years and is still going strong. When I last saw her in concert at Hollywood Bowl in 2013, it was as if time had stood still. She looked amazing, the voice was in fine form and she had a capacity crowd wrapped around her finger. Look forward to seeing her again soon!
Her decade as lead singer of The Supremes secured her place in music history with 12 number one singles including Where Did Out Love Go, Stop! In the Name of Love, The Happening, Come See About Me, Back in My Arms Again, You Can’t Hurry Love, I Hear a Symphony, Baby Love, Love Child, and Someday We’ll Be Together.
In 1970, Diana left the Supremes to go out on her own and scored another stunning series of number one hits including Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Touch Me in the Morning, Do You Know Where You’re Going To, Love Hangover, Upside Down, and Endless Love. Then there was the wonderful anthem adopted by so many gays: I’m Coming Out, the dance faves The Boss, Chain Reaction, Mirror, Mirror, I Will Survive and the beautiful ballads Missing You, Reach Out and Touch and It’s My Turn.
I’ve also seen the legend in concert in 1989 (Workin’ Overtime tour), 1991 (Force Behind the Power tour), 1995 (Take Me Higher tour) and in 2008 at Hollywood Bowl and have just about every solo CD including Diana’s most recent: I Love You, her biggest seller in many years. She has only released three CDs in the past 20 years as her once-famous ambition seems to have leveled off.
She’s also an Oscar nominated actress (Lady Sings the Blues) whose last full-on dramatic role was in the 1993 movie-for-television Out of Darkness. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for what was, I think, the best acting performance of her career second only to Lady Sings the Blues. She also starred in Mahogany and The Wiz but her most recent film, Double Platinum, was two decades ago!
The drop-off in professional output could be because she has had other interests like her five amazing kids and a growing brood of grandkids. Some of her kids followed her into showbiz including Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross, actor and singer Evan Ross, and jazz singer Rhonda Ross.
It’s probably easier to pick and choose when you’ve accomplished just about all there is. In 2007, Miss Ross was among the recipients of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors award, the highest tribute any artist can get from this country. In 2012 she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2016 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, and ink 2018 was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Music Awards.
So on her 76th birthday, here is Miss Ross singing some of her many hits through the years.