I know that any time I decide to post an item about Perez Hilton, I’m going to get some comments about how he’s not worth writing about because of some of his past sins.
But I certainly think it’s noteworthy that he is set to make his off-Broadway debut this month in NEWSical the Musical as himself and some other characters including VP candidate Paul Ryan.
Hilton is aware of the mixed responses to his tackling the stage and talked recently to Huffington Post about that and other topics.
“I totally understand skepticism, cynicism and snarkiness (laughs) so it doesn’t surprise me, and I think it’s deserved. I haven’t proven myself in this arena yet,” he says. “I’m just here to have fun and work hard, and I know that if I work my hardest and try my best, I’ll be happy with the outcome even if I get bad reviews. Like everyone else, I would love to get great reviews, but that’s not why I’m doing this. I’m doing this because it’s a dream come true and it’s something new. I don’t take myself very seriously. I just like having fun and doing different things. I’m a hustler!”
A lot of the criticism seems to be coming from other gay men. Hilton was asked if he feels like he has any kind of a responsibility to the LGBT community at this point in his life and career.
“I used to not think so, but now I do,” he says. “I used to say that I wasn’t trying to represent anybody, that I wasn’t a spokesperson for the gay community just like I’m not a spokesperson for the Latino community. The difference is now, I definitely am mindful of the energy that I’m putting out there and my actions, and I don’t want to be perceived as somebody that the LGBT community should be ashamed of or embarrassed by in any way.”
He adds: “The comparison that I like to make is…a lot of LGBT people don’t like Rosie O’Donnell, but I don’t think they’re ashamed of her. I don’t think that they perceive Rosie as someone who is contributing to the corruption of society. I don’t need gay people to like me; I just want them to no longer think that I’m a bad representation for gays.”
Andy Roddick told us last week that this US Open was going to be the last tournament of his career. So we wanted him to keep winning because we sure like having him around.
But he didn’t win today.
In the end, 2003 US Open champion Roddick could not get past 2009 US champion Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round in an exciting match played over two days because of rain.
Roddick quickly took a first set tie-breaker when play resumed today but after he lost a second set tie-break, del Potro pulled away and won 6-7, 7-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Del Potro was a classy winner hugging Roddick warmly at the net then quickly leaving the stadium to give the American star a chance to say goodbye to the crowd.
“Oh, wow. For the first time in my career, I’m not sure what to say,” Roddick began. “Since I was a kid, I’ve been coming to this tournament. I felt lucky just to sit where all of you are sitting today, to watch this game, to see the champions that have come and gone. I’ve loved every minute of it.”
It’s a short list of actors who have played the same character in two different TV series.
There’s Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane in Cheers and Frasier, Carroll O’Connor as Archie Bunker in All in the Family and Archie Bunker’s Place, and Ed Asner in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant and, of course, Valerie Harper as Rhoda Morgenstern in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda.
Oh! One more! Delta Burke as Suzanne Sugarbaker in Designing Women and Women of the House (nobody bring up Jonie Loves Chachi, please!).
Now we can add Phillip P. Keene as Buzz Watson to that list!
Okay, we can also add most of his castmates from TNT’s The Closer who have just begun appearing in the spinoff series Major Crimes.
But we single out because today is his birthday, because he’s super handsome and because he’s an openly gay actor who quietly goes about doing his job.
What’s really cool is that on Major Crimes, Phillip is getting more screen time as Buzz and that is something longtime fans of his have wanted to see.
If you are a fan of USA Network’s series Suits, then you are already aware of today’s Morning Man Patrick J. Adams who is best known for playing Mike Ross on the show.
Patrick is just 31 and was born and raised in Canada. He moved to Los Angeles to attend USC where he earned a theater degree.
He went on to land a series of guest spots on such TV series as Cold Case, Jack and Bobby, Lost, Friday Night Lights, Without a Trace, Commander in Chief, Heartland, Ghost Whisperer, NCIS, Cupid and Raising the Bar, among others.
Patrick has also done some films including the indie gem Weather Girl which I saw at the LA Film Festival a few years ago.
He juggled his Suits job for awhile with the recurring role of Nathan Israel on HBO’s Luck.
We know him best from the Harold & Kumar movies and from the TV series House.
But Kal Penn took some time off from his acting career to work in The White House for the Obama administration as associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.
So it was no big surprise to see him at the Democratic National Convention tonight. I loved his appearance – especially when he said “my favorite job was having a boss who gave the order to take out bin Laden, and who’s cool with all of us getting gay-married.”
He added: “So thank you, invisible man in the chair for that.”
A big congratulations to Ellen DeGeneres for receiving a much-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame earlier today.
“It is amazing. I spent my entire career trying to conduct myself in a certain way making sure no one walks all over me only to get to a point where people are going to walk all over me,” she said during the ceremony. “It means so much to me that everyone showed up.”
Ellen was joined by her wife Portia de Rossi at the ceremony as well as her mother Betty DeGeneres.
Taking part in the ceremony were fellow television personalities Jimmy Kimmel and Ryan Seacrest.
Ellen’s was the 2,477th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of television and is located in front of the W Hollywood Hotel.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, whose messy split from an ex-boyfriend ended his campaign for US Congress, has had some major good news in recent days.
Babeu last week easily fended off three challengers in the Republican primary in his bid to retain his current job.
Babeu received 61 percent of the 11,208 votes cast. He will next face Democrat Kevin Taylor of Maricopa and independent Ty Morgan of Florence in the November 6 general election.
Babeu was first elected sheriff in 2008 and was a rising Republican star on a national level and was even chairman the Mitt Romney’s presidential effort in Arizona.
Then in February, Phoenix New Times ran a story in which Babeau’s ex-boyfriend, Jose Orozco, accused the lawman of asking him to sign an agreement not to publicly discuss their relationship. When the offer was refused, he said Babeu, and his lawyer, allegedly threatened him with deportation.
He has been cleared of the allegations. Arizona Solicitor General Dave Cole states that Orozco’s allegations ‘are not supported by the facts.’
Babeu was propelled into the national spotlight after the accusations from Orozco surfaced. He said an interview with CNN in February: ‘Political consultants told me ‘Paul, this could come out.’ I said, ‘You know what? People have threatened me my whole life. I’m not motivated by negativity and threats. I’m motivated by the positive.’
In March, Orozco filed a legal claim against Babeu and the Pinal County Board of Supervisors indicating that he intends to seek $1 million in damages alleging abuse of power, malicious prosecution, conspiracy, defamation and other civil-rights violations.
Orozco has said he is in the US on a 10-year tourist visa and that Babeu never asked him his legal status despite the lawman’s strong political stance against illegal immigration.
Wilson Cruz is joining the staff of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation as its Strategic Giving Officer.
Cruz begins work today as part of GLAAD’s development team as he works to help to fund the organization’s work amplifying LGBT stories.
‘From Spanish-language media to sports, Hollywood to the newsroom, GLAAD shares the stories and sparks the discussions that make the world a better place for LGBT people everywhere,’ he said in a statement. ‘I am proud and excited to grow this culture-changing work.’
Wilson first came to fame in his teens as one of the stars of the 1994-95 ABC series My S0-Called Life. He went on to recurring roles on series Party of Five, Noah’s Arc and Raising the Bar and appeared in the films johns, All Over Me, Party Monster, Coffee Date, The Ode, Bam Bam and Celeste, He’s Just Not That Into You and new romantic comedy The People I’ve Slept With.
Wilson also is one of the lead voices in the animated series Rick and Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in the World and played Angel early in the run of the original Broadway production of Rent as well as in the Los Angeles production of that show.
GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said of Cruz: ‘Throughout his career, [he] has been a strong advocate for LGBT Americans. His work in film and television, as well as his commitment to supporting local and national LGBT organizations exemplifies GLAAD’s mission to move LGBT equality forward.’
Cruz’s involvement in GLAAD dates back 17 years. In 1995, he accepted the GLAAD Media Award on behalf of My So-Called Life. Two years later, he joined GLAAD’s Board of Directors and in 2008, GLAAD honored him with its Visibilidad Award.
If Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan can win the doubles title at this year’s US Open, it will be the 12th grand slam crown of their hall of fame careers.
These amazing twins are 34 and have already established themselves as one of the greatest doubles teams of all time – of not the best. By winning the gold medal at the 2012 London Games, they achieved the career golden slam because they had already won the French Open (2003), five Australian Opens, three US Opens and two Wimbledons.
The Bryans have been ranked number one longer than anyone else in doubles history, have won a record 78 titles, have finished as the ATP year-end number 1 doubles team a record 7 times, and have won more matches than any other team in history.