It’s been impossible to find a presidential candidate of either party to openly support gay marriage. Even President Barack Obama, who has presided over great strides in LGBT equality during his term, is still officially “evolving” on the issue.
But of those candidates, Rick Santorum is a true believer. All you have to do is watch this video taken yesterday during a campaign stop in Fulton, Missouri, to see that the former Pennsylvania senator is no friends of the LGBT community and doesn’t pretend to be.
Madonna, who is set to perform a Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday, has been a star for nearly 30 years.
And while she has undergone many incarnations since first arriving on the scene in the early 80s with hits like Borderline and Material Girl, her early connection with gay fans has endured.
‘I saw how people treated them differently,’ she tells The Advocate. ‘I saw the prejudices, and I think probably I got that confused with, intertwined with, you know, maybe things that…ways that people treated me differently.’
Her rise coincided with a harrowing time for the gay community with people dying from AIDS at a horrifying rate.
‘I was extremely affected by it,’ Madonna says. ‘I remember lying on a bed with a friend of mine who was a musician, and he had been diagnosed with this kind of cancer, but nobody knew what it was. He was this beautiful man, and I watched him kind of waste away, and then another gay friend, and then another gay friend, and then another gay friend. They were all artists and all truly special and dear to me.’
I Don’t watch much pro football anymore but I do try and watch whenever Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are playing. After missing last year with injury, he is back training with the team in preparation for the upcoming season.
Tom is one of those rare superstars who is not only the best at what he does, but has those movie star looks and the confidence to do modeling-type shots that make us drool. And now that he’s a daddy, it makes him even sexier (He has a son with the beautiful Bridget Moynahan, his former girlfriend).
In his first news conference since an injury in the 2008 opener knocked him out for the rest of the season, Tom said Thursday that the injury allowed him to spend more time with 21-month-old Jack.
Adam Lambert will reportedly be joining the legendary rock group Queen this summer as its lead singer at the Sonisphere Festival this summer.
Lambert would be stepping into the shoes of the late Freddie Mercury who died in 1991 and who last appeared with his band at Sonisphere.
‘The intention is to pay tribute to Freddie and the band by singing some f*****g great songs,’ Lambert reportedly told the UK’s Daily Star. ‘It’s to keep the music alive for the fans and give it an energy that Freddie would have been proud of.’
UPDATE: After reports of the collaboration were widely reported Friday, Lambert took to Twitter to say that his quotes were taken out of context and that ‘I haven’t confirmed any guest appearances.’
Lambert wrote that he was talking about when he joined the band at MTV’s EMAs in Belfast last November.
‘I’m truly flattered by your jump to such glorious conclusions mr journalist!!’ he tweeted Friday evening.
Read more about it over at Gay Star News. Also, below is the video for Better Than I Know Myself which he unveiled online at midnight. Check it out!
As a group called One Million Moms tries to drum up support to force JC Penney to fire Ellen DeGeneres as their new spokesperson (they want her out because Ellen is a lesbian), support for Portia de Rossi’s wife is pouring in.
Nearly 25,000 people have signed a Change.org petition in support of Ellen and an LA Times poll shows that nearly 95 percent of respondents think JC Penney should keep her on.
The company said Friday that it ‘stands behind our partnership’ with Ellen.
You can read more about this and get to the petition by going over to my story at Gay Star News.
Whenever Nathan Lane is on the screen, you know you’re in for a good time.
Whether he’s playing Cam and Mitchell’s pal Pepper on Modern Family, Robin Williams‘ husband in The Birdcage or one of the leads in The Producers, this two-time Tony winner is first-rate.
Nathan, who turns 56 today, was most recently on Broadway in The Addams Family.
For all his Broadway success in such shows as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Odd Couple and Laughter on the 23rd Floor, television success has been more elusive.
But after two failed sitcoms on the broadcast networks, Nathan is set to star in a comedy on USA Network (where they actually give their shows some time to find an audience!). He stars as an unlucky actor who puts his Broadway aspirations on hold to return to his Texas hometown and care for his sick father. Cheyenne Jackson will play a handsome doctor who befriends Lane.
Let’s enjoy some Nathan:
I have not seen War Horse yet but do hope to in the next few weeks.
The Steven Spielberg-directed film is one of the best picture Oscar nominees and stars this handsome young man named Jeremy Irvine. In his feature film debut, he plays the movie’s main character, Albert Narracott.
Just 21. Jeremy is a British stage and film actor who already has his next few films lined up: a new version of Great Expectations to be directed by Mike Newell and will play the role of Eric Lomax in The Railway Man.
The meeting did not take place at the Regal Beagal but it sure is terrific to see former Three’s Company co-stars Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt together again after three decades.
They played roommates on the ABC sitcom for five seasons with the late John Ritter before Somers was fired in 1981 a salary dispute. The series continued on for three more years with Priscilla Barnes replacing Somers.
Somers invited DeWitt to be a guest on her web series Suzanne Somers: Breaking Through and they had a nice trip down memory lane.
“I really never wanted any attention, which is why becoming famous, I just tried to hide as much as possible,” DeWitt said. “I’ve often said to friends that when the press would come into the room, John would be hysterical, you would graciously hold court and I would hide.”
“I couldn’t figure it out!” Somers replied. “Why don’t you want to be famous? It’s so incredible to be famous. Not many people get to be famous.”
DeWitt left showbiz for decades after the show ended and always seemed to hold a grudge against Somers for putting the show in peril. Somers, of course, went on to star for seven seasons on the hit sitcom Step By Step, wrote dozens of health, beauty and cookbooks and become a hugely successful entrepreneur.
“We had very different approaches to our careers, we had very different needs,” Dewitt said. “I did not have a child that I was supporting on my own. I didn’t have a business head, so I didn’t understand someone who did.”
“But I respect the training so much and I do want you to know how much I learned from watching you,” Somers told DeWitt. “You were the first one to tell me we were doing farce and I thought we were talking about farts or something.”
The great Liza Minnelli has a lot going on these days. There are live performances to do and an upcoming guest spot on Hot In Cleveland.
Liza with a Z talks about that and a host of other topics in a new interview with Huffington Post.
What caught my attention was the section of the interview where she talks about her legendary mother, Judy Garland:
“The biggest misconception people have about my mother is that she was so unhappy. I think people enjoy thinking that — some of them, anyway. They see the tragedy as opposed to the fact that she understood how to play tragedy.”
“I remember somebody at school once said something really mean about her: “Oh, Judy does too much of this or that, she drinks too much.” And I came home from school crying; my mother asked me what was wrong and I told her. And then she said, “You know what? You let everybody say what they’re gonna say, and we’ll go get a hamburger.”
A woman who is a real national treasure has a birthday today.
She’s Elaine Stritch and she turns 87!
This Tony winning showbiz legend is indeed still going strong with live performances of her one woman show and a run on Broadway in 2010 in A Little Night Music.
But she’s best known for her signature song Ladies Who Lunch from Company. The first of the three clips is from her smash show Elaine Stritch at Liberty where she tells a few anecdotes before launching into the classic number.
The second clip is a documentary about Company and a riveting episode where Miss Stritch simply could not deliver while trying to record the soundtrack for the show during a late night session. But when she finally does a few days later, it is dynamite.
And finally, the third clip is Miss Stritch performing I’m Still Here because, well, she is!
It is when a tennis player wins all four grand slam titles in a single year plus the Olympic Gold Medal.
It is only possible every four years and has only been accomplished once: Steffi Graf won the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open in 1988 then went on to take the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Souel, South Korea.
The only players who can possibly accomplish this feat this year are Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka who won Australian Open singles titles last week.
Okay, as far as Azarenka goes, not going to happen.
As far as Djokovic goes, I think he’s got as good a shot as anyone ever has. He won three of the slams last year in emphatic fashion and showed all kinds of heart in defeating Rafael Nadal in a classic five-set final on Sunday.
Next up is the French Open. This is Djokovic’s biggest hurdle. He’s never won there or even made the final. Last year, he was riding a 45-match winning streak when Roger Federer beat him in the semifinals in Paris.
Djokovoic, however, had beaten six-time French Open champ Nadal twice in the weeks leading up to Paris in clay court tournaments and has proven himself to be capable of winning in Paris.
Wimbledon would be next and Djokoic has already proven he can win there. Later in the summer, the Olympic Games in London will be held at the same location: Wimbledon. No reason for him not to be able to win there again. (At the 2008 Olympics in China, he won the bronze medal).
The last hurdle would be the US Open at the end of the summer. Djokovic came within once point of losing in the semifinals to Federer but managed to win.
He showed all kinds of confidence and heart that day in Flushing Meadows and again in Australia on Sunday. That’s why I think Djokovic has a realistic chance of completing the Golden Slam provided he stays healthy and injury free.
He makes no secret of his ambitions.
“The Grand Slam tournaments and the Olympic Games are my priority this year,” Djokovic told the Politika daily in an interview published Tuesday. “Honestly probably Roland Garros is my number one priority but my ambition is unchanged and I’d like to win all tournaments I play in.”
Yesterday’s scenes on Days of Our Lives between Will and Sonny were just exceptional.
The two have plans to go to the movies but before they go, Will wants to talk.
“Lately your friends have been thinking things about me,” he asks Sonny. “How does somebody know when they’re gay?”
Sonny shares with Will his experience coming to terms with his sexuality.
“Every birthday during high school when it came time to blow out the candles, I’d wish that gay Sonny would go away just so I could be like everyone else,” Sonny confessed. “It’s hard to believe I ever felt that way about myself.”
Will listened intently, trying to keep his emotions in check.
“I just lived with hating myself because I thought it would be easier than being myself,” Sonny said. “I was good at school, I was good at sports, why couldn’t I be good at being straight?”
While Will does not come out to Sonny, he wanted his friend to know that he understands: “It just kills me to know that thrre are people out there right now who are living the same lie I was.”
Will is clearly deeply moved and it is such a beautiful scene for these two characters.
I can’t help but think about all the young viewers watching this show, some who may be struggling with coming out to their families or themselves. This episode, I hope, provides some help.
Neil Patrick Harris was at The Grove in LA this week to unveil a new M&M character named Mrs. Brown.
Parade.com caught up with the multi-talented star and fired some questions at him. Here are some of them:
On his role as Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, for which he received the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite TV Comedy Actor.”
“He’s a rakish, drunken, hilarious crazy man. As an actor, you most often play relatively average parts, so to get to play extreme versions of anything, those are the most exciting parts. It’s been a great blessing. He is this sort of crazy alpha male version of myself. He’s a real hoot to play.”
The cast of How I Met Your Mother also won at the People’s Choice for “Favorite Network TV Comedy.”
“I like the family and the camaraderie we have. It’s a machine that’s running really well and thankfully everyone who is there has been with us a long time. The cast hasn’t changed, the crew hasn’t changed, and everyone works very hard. Everyone’s really positive and cares about each other, and that’s relatively unique in Hollywood. I appreciate that more than anything.”
After his success in hosting the Tony Awards, what does he think about the prospect of hosting the Oscars one day?
“It’s nothing you audition for. That’s a call that would randomly come some day. It would certainly be a fun thing on the bucket list if it were to happen, but there’s no real angling towards it. It either comes your way or it doesn’t.”
On reaching his fans through Twitter.
“Everyone’s been so nice, whether they know me as Dr. Horrible or Barney Stinson or Doogie Howser. People have been very kind and respectful of the fact that I have a life that’s outside of the business, but also relatively interested in what goes on in that life. I think Twitter helps. Twitter is fun because it allows a kind of intimacy with people who want to follow you. You can toss them a funny joke or picture or story that’s unique to you and doesn’t come through the publicists and the studios. It’s just straight out of my brain, into my finger, onto my phone, and off to Twitter! It’s gotten me in trouble a couple of times, but I suppose so have other things!”
Tate Taylor may not have earned an Academy Award for writing and directing The Help, but he wins the award for best looking director hands down!
He’s also up for a Writers Guild award this week, a BAFTA and two NAACP Image Awards for the film and is also its executive producer.
The Help is just Taylor’s second feature film as a director following 2008′s Pretty Ugly People which featured Melissa McCarthy in the cast as well as The Help cast members Octavia Spencer and Allison Janney. The three actresses also starred with Taylor in his 2007 award-winning short film Chicken Party.
So how did Taylor get to direct one of the most acclaimed and commercially successful films of 2011?
He insisted on it.
“The studios, other than Dreamworks, didn’t want to produce it because I insisted on directing it,” the openly gay Taylor told the UK’s Gay Times. “… I can’t say that I blame them. You know, on paper, you just don’t let someone with limited experience, such as myself, go down there with a pile of money and start making a complicated ensemble piece. In the Hollywood economics and the business model I’m not a sure-fire hit. So, I was the reason and it only took me being stubborn and Dreamworks studios, being really cool, said ‘You know what? Let’s give it a shot’.
As an actor, Taylor has had roles in the films Winter’s Bone, Wannabe, I Spy and Breakin’ All the Rules. He has also had guest spots on Queer as Folk, Sordid Lives: The Series and The Drew Carey Show.
Well, we know Rock Hudson was gay. We’ve wondered about Cary Grant. But Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn?
Ia new book called Full Service:My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars, 88-year-old Scotty Bowers alleges that the iconic movie couple were among the famous stars who turned to him to arrange their same-sex encounters.
‘I’ve kept silent all these years because I didn’t want to hurt any of these people,’ Bowers tells The New York Times. ‘And I never saw the fascination. So they liked sex how they liked it. Who cares?’