The star of Charles in Charge and Eight Is Enough, Willie Aames was just about as cute as a teen heartthrob comes from the late 70s through the 80s.
He also made quite a splash with his nude swimming scenes in the 1982 feature film Paradise opposite Phoebe Cates.
Even before he played Tommy Bradford on Eight is Enough, Willie was an accomplished actor as a cast member of the short-lived sitcom We’ll Get By, the drama series Swiss Family Robinson and the animated comedy Wait Till Your Father Gets Home. He also had recurring roles on The Courtship of Eddie’s Father and Family.
After six seasons on Charles in Charge as Scott Baio’s BFF Buddy, Willie starred for several years in the Christian video series Bibleman.
But things got rough for the actor after that. He had a serious drug problem and in 2008, filed for bankruptcy in 2008 and his house went into foreclosure. By 2009, he had been reduced to holding a garage sale at his Olathe, Kan., home to raise some cash.
It was reported last year that Willie was working on an Oceania cruise ship as an assistant cruise director. Good for him!
Lucie, who for decades has had a very busy career on stage (They’re Playing Our Song, The Witches of Eastwick), movies (The Jazz Singer, Billy Jack Goes to Washington) and television (The Lucie Arnaz Show, Sons and Daughters), got her start in showbiz on Here’s Lucy.
It was Lucille Ball’s third sitcom and ran on CBS from 1968-74. Lucie played her daughter for all six seasons (Desi Arnaz Jr. played her son for the first three years) and developed into a star right before our eyes.
In this episode, which also features Eve Plumb from The Brady Bunch, she duets with a 14-year-old Donny Osmond on Never Gonna Fall In Love Again. Below the video, I’ve posted a recent pic of Lucie and Desi Jr. with Donny and Marie Osmond.
Those are some awesome showbiz genes!
BONUS VIDEO: Earlier in the Here’s Lucy episode, Donny sings his hit Too Young as Eve Plumb looks on adoringly. But he only has eyes for Lucie!
Note to readers: Welcome to the debut of a new Saturday feature on the blog! With rare exception, Morning Men are featured only once on Greg In Hollywood. So I thought it would be fun to dig into the archives every Saturday and give someone an encore. Hope you enjoy!
Originally posted March 10, 2010
I’m such a fan of Dominic Monaghan for his talent as an actor and for who he is as a person.
Currently portraying Dr. Simon Campos on the ABC series FlashForward, the 33-year-old actor is, of course, best known for his roles on Lost and in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He also had a role in last year’s X-Men Orgins: Wolverine.
I did an interview with Dominic last year when he called me from Manchester, England. He rang at 7 a.m., an hour earlier than scheduled, so he actually woke me up! It was so nice to have the phone ring, to answer it sleepily and to have this cute guy with an accent say, “Good morning Greg, it’s Dominic.”
He was promoting his movie I Sell the Dead which was a hoot! He does this morning stretch that turns into a dance that I just loved and told him so when we met at the LA film Festival last summer.
Not only is he a terrific actor, Dominic is also a wonderfully engaging talk show guest who is funny, smart and best of all, authentic.
“It’s the closest thing to live theater,” he told me.
I was especially touched by an interview he did in May 2007 on The View when he talked about marching to the beat of his own drummer since he was a kid no matter what anyone thought -ever. He said he sometimes wears make-up, the occasional skirt and likes jewelry.
“No one ever told me when I was growing up that make-up and skirts were just for girls,” he explained before adding that he was always a kid with an artistic bent who also wore a Spiderman costume to school sometimes.
“If you’re confident and you own it, [the other kids] are fine with it…I’ve always supported the lifestyle that I will do what I please and deal with it.”
I told Dominic how much his words meant to little kids who may be different and certainly to gay people who may have serious struggles navigating an overwhemingly straight world.
“It’s not something i do on purpose, leading by example,” he said. “I can’t be someone else other than me. I never feel more at home than as I am. It always feels very icky to me in be something that doesn’t feel natural. I felt that I was going come from a place of truth. If you do, when you look In the mirror you will never be mad at yourself. You can sleep at night.”
“I’ve always been hugely supportive of the gay community,” he added. “In my younger days as an actor, there was talk about if I was straight or gay and I always said it is a completely irrelevant question. i think your sexuality is something that is you and you don’t have to explain. If that has been inspiring then I’m all about it. Anytime the scenario has involved gay people, I’ve been embraced.”
The Glee phenomenon just continues to grow and, I must say, I’m just as big a fan as I ever was.
Love the talent and the energy of the cast and am looking forward to seeing them on the big screen this weekend in Glee: The 3-D Concert Movie. I’m not sure why I have to see them in 3D but hey, I’ll roll with it.
But reviews have not been kind. Here’s a sampling:
Entertainment Weekly: Even Gleeks who love to watch seasoned showbiz belters pretend to be high school kids on the hit TV series Glee may wince at the cheesy marketing angle of Glee the 3D Concert Movie. And I report this as a former geeky high school alto who is, if not a Gleek, at least Glee friendly. To fluff up what is essentially a raggedy recording of the recently concluded, brand-extending North American tour known as Glee Live! In Concert!, the movie intersperses musical numbers with selected inspirational stories about fans whose lives have improved because of their devotion to the show. These happy, excited aficionados see the world differently now! They realize that there are no Losers, just all kinds of different people! And that’s cool: A peppy dwarf cheerleader identifies with the Cheerios of fictional William McKinley High School; a gay young man finds inspiration in the courage of fictional Kurt (Chris Colfer) to be himself; an outsider with Asperger’s syndrome thinks of fictional Brittany (Heather Morris) as her best friend, and in turn finds real friendship in the fellowship of other Gleeks.
The positive power of a TV show to encourage tolerance and compassion among its viewers is a wonderful thing. But these ”success stories” tilt uncomfortably toward self-congratulation on the part of the producers; certainly they register as overkill for the intended audience, who presumably already know how awesome it is that there’s a place in the high school universe where students as different as Artie (Kevin McHale) in his wheelchair, Mercedes (Amber Riley) the plus-sized diva, and Puck (Mark Salling) the bullying football player, can all find joy singing covers of Lady Gaga and Beyoncé hits.
The Hollywood Reporter: A self-congratulatory air envelopes Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, a blatant commodity designed to illustrate what a splendid influence the hit television show has been on the world at large, if the series’ creators don’t mind saying so themselves. Not a moment too short at 84 minutes, this pacy compendium interlards two dozen musical numbers with testimonials from fans and cast members about how amazing Glee is, a claim only momentarily backed up by this routinely made promo item. Whatever initial theatrical success the Fox release might enjoy will be short-lived.
The Washington Post: Filled with infectiously energetic renditions of pop tunes plucked straight from the repertoires of the show’s competitive crooning groups, the New Directions and the Warblers – from Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” to Pink’s “Raise Your Glass” – the movie is entertaining and, admittedly, completely unnecessary. Yes, it works well enough in theaters. But it also would have worked just as well as a heavily promoted special television event broadcast over Thanksgiving weekend.
On Sunday, VHI will air Behind the Music: Ricky Martin. This isn’t the first time the singer has been featured on the series but so much has changed since the last time. He’s the father of twin sons now and, of course, he’s now an out and proud fay man.
The singer behind such hits as Living La Vida Loca, She Bangs, and La Copa de la Vida speaks candidly about when he was a rising star in the 90s and struggling with his sexuality: “I was trying to believe so hard from the bottom of my heart that I was not gay because what I was presenting on stage was not that. So it was very confusing.”
Rose McGowan was raised by drag queens, has a lesbian posse, and gets twitchy in straight crowds. Is it any wonder that she’s a better marriage equality activist than her gay friends? The Advocate’s Brandon Voss spoke with the Charmed alum, who continues to cast a wicked spell on gay fans.
Here are some highlights:
On her Conan the Barbarian costar, Jason Momoa:
Jason’s ass is epic. When I saw his backside naked, I was like, Oh, my. He’s got a beautiful body, because it’s not all Mr. Steroid. He looks raw and masculine. … I like people who are fit. I figure if I work out, you can at least return the favor. Would I go out with a meathead? No.
On her support of equal marriage rights:
My sister is gay. Before I broke up with my fiancé, it seemed absurd to have my sister at a wedding that she couldn’t have if she wanted to. I would still have great hesitation about getting married. I’d feel like such a hypocrite, walking down the aisle past all of my best friends who can’t.
On not being bisexual:
I disappoint myself. I’ve never even kissed a girl. Isn’t that funny? The girls I think are cute look like guys, but then I think, But if they open their shirt, they’ll have breasts. You know that guy Brad [Goreski], who was Rachel Zoe’s assistant? I’d be attracted to a girl version of him.…I’d be stoked to do a lesbian love scene. When asked if I’ve kissed a girl, I could finally say, ‘Why, yes, I have. And I got paid.’
On her heterophobia:
It’s not that I don’t have straight friends, but en masse they make me uncomfortable — especially a bunch of straight men. I was at a party recently, and I started getting really twitchy and weird. My friend was like, ‘What is wrong with you?’ I realized that it was all the straight people. I was like, ‘These are not my people. I have to leave.’
I can highly recommend this thoughtful and well-acted film.
Here is a synopsis: After three years in prison, macho Enrique (Esai Morales) returns home to the Bronx and finds things changed. His wife, Angela (Judy Reyes), is distant, and his teenage son, Michael, has come out as Vanessa, a transgender woman. Unable to accept his child for who she is now, Enrique clings to his masculine ideals while Angela attempts to hold the family together by fiercely protecting Vanessa. Still under the watchful eye of his parole officer, Enrique must become the father he needs to be or once again risk losing his family and freedom.
The heart of GUN HILL ROAD lies in two places: the richly drawn character of Michael/Vanessa (newcomer Harmony Santana is unforgettable) and a father’s inability to escape the vicious cycle of his life. Writer/director Rashaad Ernesto Green’s first feature film is told with gentle humor, sensitivity and a deep understanding of the environment that defines its inhabitants.
Okay, so I featured one of the dudes from ABC’s Bachelor Pad just yesterday but you can’t blame me for going there again when you see Blake Julian!
He’s one of the 16 remaining contestants on the summer show which is comprised of alums from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.
The 27-year-old dentist dodged a bullet when he wasn’t selected by Ashley on the most recent season of The Bachelorette. He is originally from Steamboat Springs, Colorado and now lives in South Carolina.
Here are some fun facts about the reality show hottie:
Most outrageous thing he’s ever done: Night-diving in Hawaii with manta rays If he could be someone else for a day, he’d be… Tiger Woods. I’d like to be the best at something, and have unlimited funds for a day. Favorite childhood memory: Ski racing. I love to go fast and win competitions. The best date he’s ever been on (in his hometown of Steamboat Springs, Colorado): I took a date to the natural hot springs there. It was snowing and dark and so romantic.
The all-female rock band The Go-Go’s got a well-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today. All five members - Charlotte Caffey, Belinda Carlisle, Gina Schock, Kathy Valentine, and Jane Wiedlin – were on hand for the unveiling outside the site of The Masque, said to be where the band first performed on stage. Among those in attendance was Belinda’s impressive son, James Duke Mason, who is the founder of the new Trailblazer Campaign.
He wrote on Facebook of being “so proud” of his mom and her bandmates and that he was there “not just as the son of a GoGo, but as a fan of the amazing, groundbreaking music the band has created over the last 3 decades.”
What makes a champion? What does it take to be the best in the world at your sport?
Rafael Nadal, one of the greatest players in the history of tennis, has the answers. In his memoir, written with award-winning journalist John Carlin, he reveals the secrets of his game and shares the inspiring personal story behind his success. It begins in Mallorca, a small island on the Mediterranean Sea, where the tight-knit Nadal family has lived for generations. Coached by his uncle Toni from the age of four, taught humility and respect by his parents, cherished by his exceptionally close extended family, Nadal has managed the uncommon feat of becoming an acclaimed global celebrity while remaining an unfailingly gracious, relentlessly hardworking role model for people in all walks of life.
Since he embarked on his tennis career ten years ago, the twenty-five-year-old Nadal has had a meteoric rise, becoming the youngest professional tennis player ever to win all four Grand Slam titles. He collected his first one, the French Open, in 2005 at age nineteen, and from there went on to win Wimbledon, the Australian Open, and, most difficult of all, the U.S. Open in 2010. His memoir takes us behind the scenes, sharing the highs and lows of his career, from winning the Wimbledon 2008 final, described by John McEnroe as “the greatest game of tennis” he had ever seen, to the family problems that brought him low in 2009 and the numerous injuries that have threatened his career.
With candor, heart, and intelligence, Rafael Nadal takes readers on his life’s dramatic and triumphant journey, never losing sight along the way of the prize he values above all others: the unity and love of his family.
By playing a very crazy version of himself in the first and second Harold and Kumar movies, Neil Patrick Harris went from busy sitcom and stage star to certified superstar. So it’s no surprise that he would be on board for A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. The film’s first trailer is now out and it looks like it will not disappoint fans of the franchise – or of NPH who even has a musical number!
CBS is developing an updated version of the classic 1964-72 sitcom Bewitched which starred the beloved Elizabeth Montgomery, The show about a witch named Samantha who marries a mortal and tries to lead the life of a typical suburban housewife has been popular in reruns for decades.
It’s a tall order to try and match the old show which also featured Dick York and later Dick Sargent as Samantha’s mortal husband Darrin and the brilliant Agnes Moorehead as her headstrong mother Endora.
The feature film with Nicole Kidman wasn’t so hot but I thought Shirley MacLaine as Endora was lots of fun. So let them try and we’ll see what they can come up with!
Whatever happens, we’ll always have the original. Here are three minisodes for your enjoyment:
He’s been playing Mary-Louise Parker’s son Silas Botwin on Showtime’s Weeds for seven seasons now but Hunter Parrish is proving to be an in-demand star of major musicals as well.
The young actor, who also played the son of Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin in the romantic comedy It’s Complicated, is set to star as Jesus in the upcoming Broadway revival of the legendary rock musical Godspell.
In a statement, the actor said: “I am elated to be joining the Godspell family, and honored to be a part of bringing this thrilling classic back to Broadway. I knew after meeting with the creative team that I was going to be a part of something really exciting. I can’t wait to get started.”
He made his Broadway debut to critical acclaim two years ago as Melchior in the Tony Award-winning hit musical Spring Awakening.
The Olsen twins have got to be wondering what Uncle Jesse and dad doing in bed together!
They’re just teaching us how to cuddle.
For Full House castmates John Stamos and Bob Saget star in a new College Humor video where Stamos demonstrates some of his signature cuddling techniques including the “Stamos Soother,” “Stamos Spoonful,” “Stamos Swaddler,” “Stamos Shark Sleep” and my favorite: the “Stamos S’Touching… Her With Your Fingers.”
I especially love the first line in the video: “Hi, I’m John Stamos, one of the most handsome men you could think of off the top of your head.”
Multi-talented Johnny Diaz juggles writing terrific novels with his day job as a staff writer for The Boston Globe.
This week, he interviewed Ellen DeGeneres while the Emmy-winning talk show host was in Boston promoting her show’s move into the slot vacated by The Oprah Winfrey Show on WCVB-TV (Channel 5).
“Because it’s Oprah’s old time slot, I guess a lot of people will be watching, and then they will figure out slowly that I’m not Oprah,’’ Ellen said. “But hopefully for a little while, they will keep watching, thinking they are watching Oprah and then go, ‘Wait a minute!’ and then I will already have them.’’
NADAL’S VIDEO SHOOT: He may no longer be the number one ranked male tennis player in the world, but reigning French Open and US Open champion Rafael Nadal is still tops when it comes to modeling Armani Jeans.
Here is a video of Rafa’s latest campaign shoot which involves him being chased in a garage and stripping out of his clothes while on the run.
If you missed some of the movies at Outfest last month, you will get a second chance to see such festival faves as We Were Here, Longhorns, From Hollywood to Dollywood, Leave it on the Floor and Cho Dependent at The Long Beach QFilm Festival 2011 16th-18th.
The festival is a terrific event and is presented by The Gay and Lesbian Center of Greater Long Beach and Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride. It takes place at the historic Art Theater located at 2025 East 4th St. and the neighboring Center Long Beach.
The complete festival schedule is now posted on the new Q Film Festival website at www.qfilmslongbeach.com. Passes and tickets will be available for purchase through the website beginning August 20th.
Many filmmakers and cast members will be present for Q & A sessions with the audience after their films’ screenings. The festival will also feature nightly parties, panel discussions and opportunities for local community members to meet and mingle with filmmakers, actors and other industry professionals.
QFilm Festival 2011 will open at the Art Theatre on Friday, September 16th with the Long Beach premieres of
the award-winning feature films FIT at 5:00pm and TOMBOY at 7:15pm, and the Southern California premiere
of JUDAS KISS at 9:15pm. Filmmakers and cast members of JUDAS KISS will participate in a post-screening
Q&A. An Opening Night party will take place from 8:00pm-10:30pm at the Center.
Screenings on Saturday, September 17th will include the California premiere of INSPIRED: THE VOICES
AGAINST PROP 8 at 12:30pm at the Art and two other documentaries: I AM at 1:00pm at The Center and the
world premiere of BE A WOMAN at 3:00pm at The Center. A WOMEN IN SHORTS program of lesbian-
themed short films will be shown at 2:45pm at the Art, and will be followed by the MEN IN BRIEFS short films
program at 5:15pm. Comedian Margaret Cho’s latest film CHO DEPENDENT will make its Long Beach debut
at 7:30pm at the Art, and will be followed by the Long Beach premiere of festival favorite LEAVE IT ON THE
FLOOR at 9:15pm. A Saturday Night party will be held from 8:00-10:30pm at The Center.
On Sunday, September 18th, the acclaimed documentary PHOTOS OF ANGIE will be shown at 12:00pm at
the Art. BISEXUAL REVOLUTION will screen at The Center at 12:45pm and will be followed by a discussion.
The award-winning AIDS expose WE WERE HERE will show at the Art at 1:45pm, followed by the outrageous
comedy LONGHORNS at 4:00pm; WISH ME AWAY, about the coming out experience of country singer Chely Wright, at 6:15pm; and HOLLYWOOD TO DOLLYWOOD at 8:00pm. A Closing Night party will take place at The Center from 7:00-9:30pm.
Jury awards will be given to worthy films in several categories and will be announced during the festival All net proceeds from the festival will benefit The Center Long Beach.
2011 QFilm Festival sponsors include Wells House Hospice, Hotel Current and Dr. Carrie Rickard, M.D., as
well as Media sponsors Blade and Rage magazines. Additional sponsors and underwriters are invited to
participate. Please contact Christina D. Rios Bennett at (562) 889-2826 for information about sponsorship
He’s an Academy Award-winning screenwriter but up until now, Dustin Lance Black has resisted writing on Twitter.
That has now changed with Black, writer of Milk and the upcoming biopic J. Edgar, announcing Tuesday on his Facebook page: So I finally gave in and did it. I’m on Twitter for all of my film projects and PROP 8 updates! PLEASE follow me @DLanceBlack
Black quietly began tweeting last week sharing, among other things: “Book of Mormon” the Musical was out of this world great. Surpassed the hype. Tears, tears, tears from laughing.
He also shared that the release date for J. Edgar has been set for Nov. 9.
Will look forward to the tweets from this talented and articulate man.
RUNWAY: The line-up for Project Runway: All Stars has been set and I want to share the line-up with you: Last season’s runner-up Mondo Guerra and season one standout Austin Scarlett are among the 13 designers who will compete.
Additional All Stars are Kara Janx (season two, fourth place), Elisa Jimenez (season four, 10th place), Rami Kashou (season four, runner-up), Sweet P/Kathleen Vaughn (season four, fifth place), Jerell Scott (season five, fourth place), Kenley Collins (season five, second runner-up), Gordana Gehlhausen (season six, fourth place), Anthony Williams (season seven, fifth place), Mila Hermanovski (season seven, second runner-up), April Johnston (season eight, fifth place) and Michael Costello (season eight, fourth place).
For more about the show, here is a LINK to a story in The Hollywood Reporter.