If they both win their first five matches, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will square off in the semifinals of the Australian Open.
But these two all-time greats, who have always seemed to get along famously, had a rare public disagreement over the weekend.
Nadal, who has always treated Federer with deference, was frustrated that the Swiss superstar was not taking a public stance against tour organizers over prize money and an over-demanding tennis calendar.
Sniped Nadal: “For him, it’s good to say nothing. Everything positive. ‘It’s all well and good for me, I look like a gentleman,’ and the rest can burn themselves.”
A day later Nadal was not sorry for what he said but sorry he had done it so publicly.
“Probably I am wrong telling that to [the media], especially because these things can stay, must stay in the locker room,” Nadal said. ”I always had fantastic relationship with Roger; I still have fantastic relationship with Roger, it’s just I said we can have different views about how the tour needs to work. That’s all.”
For his part, Federer did not seem to be holding a grudge: “We can’t always agree on everything,” Federer told reporters after a straight-set win over Alexander Kudryavtstev. “So far it’s always been no problem really. Back in the day he [Nadal] used to say, ‘Whatever Roger decides, I’m fine with.’ Today he’s much more grown up. He has a strong opinion himself, which I think is great.”
Between them, they have won an astounding 26 grand slam singles titles (16 for Federer, 10 for Nadal) and have enjoyed such a wonderful and respectful rivalry – both such a credit to the game. But Nadal’s body has historically not held up as well as Federer’s throughout an entire season and you have to wonder if that’s why they so strongly disagree.
The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association today announced their top choices for the best in film and television of 2011.
I’m a member of this group and I’m happy that some of my choices actually won!
(GALECA), formed in 2009, is comprised of over 50 critics, entertainment journalists and pop culture critics who work for noteworthy newspapers, magazines, websites and TV and radio outlets nationwide.
AE: The movie does have dramatic element to it, right? It’s not just a fun and stripping. MB: Yeah. I mean, look. This movie is really a coming of age story. The really central relationship of it is between Channing’s character, Mike, and Alex Pettyfer’s character, The Kid. It’s about somebody who’s trying to get out of the world they’re in or definitely sees a ceiling on the world they’re living in, and another new, young soul who just is just kind of fascinated and drawn like a moth to the flame to that hedonistic lifestyle.
AE: For our gay readers, is there a gay character in the film or a gay element to the movie? MB: I don’t know how much I can say. I think there will be several scenes that will… I think the gay fans will be very, very happy with several of the scenes that occur in the film. But, yeah, there is one scene that I… well I don’t want to say anything because then it’s going to ruin it for everybody and it comes out in June and it’s going to give away a big thing, but…
AE: So there’s one scene to look forward to… MB: There is one scene in particular where definitely those boundaries are blurred. Yeah.
It’s always a fun treat to talk with Ross Mathews.
The first time we met was at MJ’s, a gay bar in Silverlake.
I was a columnist for the LA Daily News at the time so made plans to interview Ross the next week.
Since then, we’ve chatted a few more times for columns and blogs and he’s always so chipper and fun.
I saw Ross most recently at the TV Critics Winter Press Tour where E! hosted a lunch. Ross sat with out table for about 15 minutes and I peppered him with questions for a piece I’ve just posted on Gay Star News.
But here is a quote exclusively for Greg In Hollywood readers. Ross, who got his start with Jay Leno and now appears regularly on Chelsea Lately, is about to shoot a pilot for a talk show on E! and I asked him how it felt to be on the verge of such big things:
‘I travel the country and I speak at colleges all over. In my real life, it’s me and my dog and my partner and it’s a small sort of existence. With the Chelsea show blowing up the way it has, I see it when I travel now. Some of these kids don’t even know that I was ever on Leno, these kids.The number one question I get is: ‘When are you getting your own show?’ There was a time when no one ever thought I could host a show and now the question is, ‘When are you getting it?’ So I definitely feel the time is now and I’m so freaking ready I can’t even tell you. It’s going to be good, I promise you.’
When I wrote last night about Elton John’s miserable night at the Golden Globes, I honestly had no idea just how bitter he and David Furnish were feeling about Madonna even before the show.
The bitch is back!
According to Gay Star News, after Madonna (pictured with Elton in happier times) won the best original song Globe over Elton, Mary J. Blige and Glenn Close, among others, Furnish wrote on Facebook: ‘Madonna. Best song???? Fuck off!!!
And before the show, Elton said: ‘Mary J [Blige] might win it for “The Help”. Madonna doesn’t have a fucking chance.’
What are we? Kindergarteners?
After her win, Madonna was asked backstage how it felt to beat Elton.
“I hope he speaks to me for the next couple of years,” she said. “He’s been known to not speak to me. He’ll win for another award. I don’t feel bad.”
Thought we’d go with someone incredibly unattractive today – ha!
He’s Wiehahn Stiglingh and what a stunner.
But he’s not your typical model (aspiring actor etc). Stiglingh is a financial advisor from Cape Town, South Africa.
He was discovered by photographers from Men’s Health and picked for the cover of the magazine’s South Africa edition. Soon many other editions were featuring him including all the Latin American magazines, United Kingdom, Australia, Mexico, Spain, Greece and Italy.
Stiglingh was such a hit the first time around that he is now on the cover of the January 2012 issue of Men’s Health (see below).
So Jodie Foster gets nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Carnage and shows up for the ceremony at The Beverly Hilton with her two young sons.
Host Ricky Gervais, who offended just about the entire ballroom last year, takes the stage and inexplicably draws Foster into thick of it in the first 60 seconds: “I musn’t mention Mel Gibson this year. Not his private life, his politics, his recent films, and especially not Jodie Foster’s “Beaver.” I haven’t seen it myself. I’ve spoken to a lot of guys who haven’t seen it either. But doesn’t mean it’s not any good.”
I thought it was the most horrendous moment of the evening.
Foster is as out or in as she wants to be. That’s her right. But why should she, or anyone, be put in that position – camera in their face – in front of an international audience?
I hope the Hollywood Foreign Press has gotten this whole Gervais thing out of their system and gets a new host or just goes back when there was no host.
He adds absolutely nothing meaningful to the evening.
It was the eighth Golden Globe win for Meryl Streep but the first time the greatest living actress had her speech hurried along by the orchestra.
Streep managed to hold off Critics Choice Award winner Viola Davis to win the Globe for her performance as former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
Streep forgot to bring her glasses to the stage so could not go with a prepared speech. She initially struggled to remember all the her fellow nominees beyond Glenn Close and Viola Davis but eventually rallied. Then she had to hurry to thank director Phyllida Lloyd and others connected to the film when the orchestra began to try and play her off.
“I just want to thank my agent and God — Harvey Weinstein, the punisher,” she concluded to much laughter and applause.
Backstage, Streep told reporters: “It was interesting to look at the human being behind the headline and imagine to look at a life so huge and controversial and ground-breaking in the winter of a life, and to have a compassionate view with someone I disagree.”
When asked if there were any other famous women she wanted to play, Streep said: “If the story is interesting, it doesn’t matter if it’s a waitress or a queen. I’m happy to play people with challenges. I’m happy to keep working.”
Streep’s previous Globe wins were for Kramer vs. Kramer, The French Lieutenants Woman, Sophie’s Choice, Adaptation, Angels in America, The Devil Wears Prada and Julie & Julia. She has been nominated a total of 26 times.
It remains to be seen whether the Globe win will help Streep win an elusive third Academy Award. She won in 1980 for Kramer vs. Kramer and for Sophie’s Choice in 1983 and has since lost 12 consecutive times.
Christopher Plummer continued his awards season domination by winning the Golden Globe Award for best supporting actor in a motion picture for Beginners.
He plays a gay man who comes out near the end of his life in the film in which Ewan McGregor plays his son.
In his speech, Plummer said of McGregor: “I want to salute my partner, Ewan — that wily Scott . …. That scene-stealing swine.”
Backstage, Plummer told reporters: “Gay characters are human beings. we’re all exactly the same. That’s the reason I played it the way I did, not as a caricature. They’re a part of our society since the Egyptians, the Greeks – it’s part of the human condition. I know there is a lot of antigay sentiment in our society at the moment and I abhor it.”
Plummer, who also won the Critics Choice Award a few days ago, appears to be the strongest front-runner of any category the Academy Award.
I’m going on record as saying if Meryl Streep does not win the Academy Award this year for her astonishing performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, the awards themselves will lose a tremendous amount of credibility.
In so many years past, the great Streep has been passed over because it she won two Oscars early in her career, been nominated a record number of times, and it is someone else’s turn.
Well, it’s been nearly 30 years since her win for Sophie’s Choice and Iron Lady is her greatest performance since then in a career of great performances.
Streep lost the Critics Choice Award to Viola Davis (The Help) a few nights ago and the two go head-to-head again at tonight’s Golden Globe Awards.
It is my hope that Streep will prevail and that a Davis momentum will not develop the way it did the year Kate Winslet won for The Reader (over Streep for Doubt) and especially two years ago when Sandra Bullock somehow won for The Blind Side over Streep far superior performance in Julie & Julia.
The Golden Globes have been generous to Streep in the recent past with wins for Adaptation, Angels in America, The Devil Wears Prada and Julie & Julia.
Let’s hope they do so again tonight. Here are videos of Miss Streep’s most recent four Golden Globe wins. She’s won a total of seven and been nominated 26 times in all.
I’m sure they will be wearing shirts for this project but hey, why not a little beefcake to share this news: Matt Bomer and Matthew Morrison have joined George Clooney in the cast of the West Coast premier of Dustin Lance Black’s play, 8, in Los Angeles.
The second episode of season 2 of Showtime’s Shameless premieres tonight.
Fans of the show are familiar with gay teen Ian, who is tough, street smart and quite sexually active.
Well, we learned during the TV Critics Winter Press Tour a few days ago that Ian’s love life will heat up. That’s because the actor you plays him, Cameron Monaghan, is now 18.
“We were wanting to be realistic about those lifestyles choices he was making,” Executive Producer John Wells told us. ‘Literally there is a federal law which we were shown by Warner Bros. legal department.’
Wells promises ‘we see him engaged romantically with a man.’
The 1991 Disney animated classic Beauty and the Beast is back in theaters again this weekend – only this time in 3D! The great Angela Lansbury voiced the role of Mrs. Potts in the film which was a nominee for best picture. One of her best scenes is when she performs the beautiful theme song from the film. Below is video of the five-time Tony winner performing it in concert.
Robert Hays was a huge star in the 80s after the movie Airplane came out and became a huge hit. He portrayed a goofy pilot named Ted Striker.
The boyishly handsome actor also starred opposite Donna Pescow in the ABC sitcom Angie.
He went on to star in such films as Take This Job and Shove It, Scandalous and The Girl, the Gold Watchand Everything. His other TV roles include the starring roles in three more TV series: Starman, FM and Kelly Kelly opposite Shelly Long. Hays also had a recurring role in That 70s Show.
Hays (pictured with Kristy McNichol at the Oscars decades ago) is now 64 and his most recent film role was in 2008′s Superhero Movie.