See red carpet interviews before Elton John’s concert to benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights
Glee’s Chris Colfer has quickly gone from unknown high school student to TV star.
Next up for the Emmy nominated and Golden Globe Award winning actor?
A big screen role in the high school comedy Struck By Lightening.
Variety reports that Brian Dannelly is onboard to direct Chris in the film to be shot during the Glee summer hiatus.
Details are being kept under wraps, but the film will be in the spirit of the movies penned by the late John Hughes of The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles fame.
Catwoman is slated to surface in Christopher Nolan’s next Batman movie and she will be played by the “it girl” of the moment Anne Hathaway!
How big a star is Anne right now? HUGE! Not only is she co-hosting the Oscars next month with James Franco, but she also let it be known to Glee creator Ryan Murphy that she’d like to play Kurt Hummel’s gay aunt on the show and it looks that that will happen.
Anne, who was terrific in last year’s Love and Other Drugs opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, became a star nearly a decade ago in the Princess Diaries movies and has since built an impressive body of work that includes an Oscar-nominated performance in Rachel Getting Married as well as such classics as Brokeback Mountain and The Devil Wears Prada.
Now she will add the role of Selena Kyle (aka Catwoman) in The Dark Knight Rises.
She has many acts to follow (it seems Catwomen really do have nine lives!) beginning with Julie Newmar’s performance as Catwoman in the original Batman TV series. She left the series and was replaced by a more sexualized and subversive Catwoman played by the one and only Eartha Kitt who could purr in the role like no one else. (Eartha is my personal fave).
Former Miss America Lee Meriwether played the part in the first Batman film in 1966 with the character pretending to be a Soviet journalist to entrap Bruce Wayne.
The next time we saw Catwoman was in the feature film Batman Returns with Michelle Pfeiffer, armed with a whip, playing opposite Michael Keaton. She got raves for her portrayal of Catwoman as a secretary who assumes a new identity after a group of cats saves her life.
Then it was Halle Berry’s turn in the 2004 film Catwoman. Since Halle had won an Oscar just a few years earlier and Sharon Stone was in the cast as a villain, expectations were high. But the film was critically drubbed and a box office bomb.
No doubt Anne will fare better with Christopher Nolan at the helm and Christian Bale back as Batman. some are saying she is too sweet for the role. Don’t bet on it!
Out director Bryan Singer to direct HBO film about the life of late choreographer-director Bob Fosse
Fosse created his own, immediately recognized jazz dance style, full of bowler hats, jazz hands, angular hip thrusts and shrugging shoulders. On Broadway, he went on to direct and choreograph such shows as Redhead, Sweet Charity, Pippin and Chicago.
He made his film debut as a director with the 1969 movie version of Sweet Charity, starring Shirley MacLaine. His second feature, Cabaret, starred Liza Minnelli and won eight Oscars. In addition to All That Jazz, his other feature credits include Lenny, which starred Dustin Hoffman as comedian Lenny Bruce, and Star 80, in which Mariel Hemingway played murdered Playboy centerfold Dorothy Stratten.
I love this 1956 episode that is part of the European arc of the show.
Our fabulous foursome is in Switzerland and decides to kill some time before Ricky’s show that night by climbing a mountain. It starts to snow – real badly – and they end up taking refuge in a cabin which is then covered with snow from an avalanche.
Of course they start to fight amongst themselves as they wait to be rescued.
Ethel to Fred: ‘I’m sorry I called you a dumb bunny.
Fred to Ethel: “And I’m sorry you’re so fat you broke my glasses.”
But my favorite line comes from Ethel a little later on. Everyone is hungry but only Lucy has saved half of her sandwich from their picnic lunch. As the foursome sits and stews, Lucy gingerly attempts to unwrap her sandwich without anyone noticing.
It’s tough to get anything past Ethel who blurts out: ‘I smell cheese!”
I’m having trouble embedding the clip so here is a LINK to it. It’s terrific. Enjoy!
When I saw Justin Chatwin sitting on the panel for Showtime’s new series Shameless at the TV Critics Association Press Tour last week I had to immediate thoughts:1) That dude has great hair! 2) I’ve got to make him a Morning Man!
The 28-year-old Justin is a Canadian actor who was probably best known for his role as Tom Cruise’s son in War of the Worlds. He also starred in the 2007 thriller The Invisible and played Goku in Dragonball Evolution. Other film roles include The Chumscrubber (I’ve seen that film and still don’t understand the title!), Baby Geniuses 2 and Taking Lives.
Justin has also appeared in television projects including the miniseries Taken, Glory Days, Lost, and he played Kevin Nealon’s son in the pilot for Weeds.
We looks forward to seeing Justin – and his terrific hair – each week on Shameless!
Elton John’s concert at a private estate in Beverly Hills last night raised $3 million to help overturn Prop. 8
The music icon and new dad performed a 16-song concert at Ron Burkle’s estate which included Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Rocket Man, Bennie and the Jets and Levon and raised $3 million for the American Foundation for Equal Rights which is challenging Proposition 8 in federal court.
Among the celebrity guests were Adam Lambert, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Marisa Tomei, Rob Reiner, Jason Mraz, J.J. Abrams, David Geffen and Dustin Lance Black. David Boies and Theodore B. Olson, the famous lawyers who took on Proposition 8 in federal court, were also in attendance.”
The New York Times reports: The makeshift concert hall for Sir John was an elaborate tent, lined with curtains and backlit with soft lighting. There were about 500 assigned chairs, two video screens and a mini-camera perched on the right side of the keyboard, offering viewers high-definition proof that even at age 63, this is one versatile pianist. The screens were almost not necessary; there was no bad seats in this house.
“As a gay man, I think I have it all: I have a wonderful career, I have my health, I have a partner of 17 years, and I have a son,” he said. “But I don’t have the respect of the church or politicians who say I’m less worthy because I’m gay.”
Sir Elton was also remorseful in describing how he responded, as a younger gay man before he had gone public, to the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic, mixing criticism with the American government with personal remorse. “The American government was AWOL,” he said. “And I was AWOL.” He said the government’s response had been a disgrace. “And I was a disgrace as well.”
Had to post this photo of a smokin’ hot Rafael Nadal taken earlier today at the Australian Open in Melbourne. The world’s number one player actually barely worked up a sweat in his second round match beating Ryan Sweeting 6-2, 6-1, 6-1.
Nadal has extended his winning streak at Grand Slam tournaments to 23 matches is within five wins of his Rafa Slam, aiming to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four major titles at once.
Charismatic champion Andre Agassi to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame this summer
Andre Agassi is one of the few tennis players – male or female – who can say they literally won it all during their careers.
That’s why it was announced today that he will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame this summer joining his wife Steffi Graf who was a 2004 inductee.
“Tennis has given me everything in my life,” Agassi told hundreds of students today at a prep school he runs in Las Vegas. “It’s given me my wife—it’s given me my life’s work by allowing me the resources to build this school for you.”
Before Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal joined the club in the last two years, Agassi had been one of a handful of male players – the others being Don Budge, Roy Emerson, Fred Perry and Rod Laver - to have won all four of the sports grand slam singles titles during their career.
Agassi won Wimbledon in 1992, the US Open in 1994 and 1999, the Australian Open in 1995, 2000, 2001 and 2003, and the French Open in 1999. He also won the Olympic Gold Medal in singles at the 1996 Olympics. Only he and Nadal have captured the career “golden slam.” Agassi was also on several winning US Davis Cup teams.
Agassi told The Associated Press on Thursday that he hoped his personal struggles and style showed people that tennis can be more than just a country club sport.
“I think a lot of us are searching for our identity and a lot of us are searching for ownership of our life,” he said. “I think there was a connection that hopefully left people better off.”
Agassi had a career record of 870-274 after turning professional in 1986, with 60 total titles and $31.2 million earned in singles and doubles.
Chris Colfer and Darren Criss land on cover of EW for “Gay Teens on TV” story … plus “Glee” spoilers!
The new issue of Entertainment Weekly features Chris Colfer and Darren Criss of Glee on the cover and investigates the history of gay teens on TV — from the angsty Rickie on My So-Called Life to sensitive-soul Jack on Dawson’s Creek to the slew of ground breaking characters on Degrassi.
The magazine talks to the producers who fought for such progress, the actors who held the career-defining roles, and the activists who cheer recent advances — but are still pushing for more.
* Colfer, on his wildly flirtatious version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with Criss, which became the most downloaded track off the Glee Christmas album: “That was by far the gayest thing that has ever been on TV, period,” Colfer says. “Forget AbFab, forget Beautiful People and Will & Grace.” Adds creator/exec producer Ryan Murphy: “I was proud of that. I think it pushed the envelope a bit.”
* My So-Called Life creator Winnie Holzman, on ABC’s reaction to Rickie as a character when the show premiered in 1994: “The thing I got the most pushback about was in the pilot, when he puts eyeliner on in the girls’ bathroom. I remember I mentioned The Crying Game, which had just come out, and Michael Jackson wearing eyeliner [to convince the network]. So they went with it.”
* The O.C. (and Gossip Girl) exec producer Stephanie Savage on the short-lived romance between Marissa (Mischa Barton) and girlfriend Alex (Olivia Wilde) in 2005, during the height of network censorship fears (after the Janet Jackson Super Bowl incident): “We could’ve had more support in terms of making that a long-term story line. There were definitely some questions about how long we were doing
this story. And we did have to do some editing to make kisses shorter and pull back on some physicality of the characters.”
Also, I have some Glee spoilers for you courtesy of former Entertainment Weekly columnist Michael Ausiello who now has founded his own site: TV/Line.
If you don’t want to know, then this is your official SPOILER ALERT!
Question: Got any Glee spoilers — specifically Kurt/Blaine-related? —Ami
Ausiello: It’s time for Blaine to meet the parent! Mike O’Malley told me at the Golden Globes that there’s a big episode coming up where Burt is introduced to Blaine for the first time. “It’s a great story,” he said. “I just got the script.”
Question: When, when, when will Glee‘s Kurt return to McKinley High?! I love Blaine, but need Kurt back with New Directions! —Diane
Ausiello: Chris Colfer’s on and off-screen BFF Amber Riley (Mercedes) feels your pain. “I want him to come back so bad,” she tells me. “I miss him.” Although she’s sad for herself, Riley admits the “storyline Chris is having at the other school is amazing. And I love the Warblers. I’m a big fan of their music. Maybe I should transfer over there? Mercedes could shave her head and pretend to be a boy.” Maybe save that for Season 7.
Question: Any exciting news about my favorite Glee character, Sue? —Richard
Ausiello: Her upcoming stint as a member of New Directions will be a brief one — and it sounds like that’s good news for Jane Lynch. “[Jane]‘s a little bored because the choir room scenes are always the hardest and require the longest hours,” her onscreen archenemy, Matthew Morrison, says with a chuckle. “So she’s getting a taste of what it’s like to be in the glee club and have the long hours.” Amber Riley says it’s been a rare treat working opposite her idol. “I never get to do a lot of scenes with Jane so it’s been amazing,” she gushes. “I’m still a big fan of hers. I still get nervous around her and I’ve been working with her for almost two years. To be able to have her in the choir room has been great.”
The gritty boxing drama Lights Out premiered earlier this month on FX and I’ve been meaning to do an encore post of an interview I did in the summer with one of the show’s stars, Pablo Schreiber, who has been getting excellent reviews for his performance on the Tuesday night show.
He is a Tony Award nominated actor (Awake and Sing!) who is also known for his role as Nick Sobotka on HBO’s drama The Wire. His father Tell Schreiber was also an actor and his brother is actor Liev Schreiber.
In Lights Out, he plays Johnny Leary, the younger brother of former heavyweight boxing champion Patrick Leary (Holt McCallany) who is struggling to find his identity after retiring from the ring. The series also stars Stacy Keach as the family patriarch.
“I think [Johnny] probably peaked in life a little bit early and at a particularly hard time in his life,” Pablo explained. “His older brother picked him up off his butt and paid for him to go to business school and then hired him to be his manager. At one point he was kind of the hope of the family for being the future champion and now I think he’s relegated to a back seat role where he’s in support of this guy who he hugely admires for his talent and owes him basically his whole life but at the same time I think he has a little bit of regret about not following through with his promise as a boxer.”
On committing to another series: “To get into doing a series regular gig after The Wire, I can’t say that I was particularly looking for it. If it’s going to be a guest spot I’ll just do for money but if it’s going to be a long-term commitment, it’s all about material and I feel so lucky that I’ve gotten to first do The Wire – one of the best shows ever made on TV, it’s just so smart and huge and the canvass that they’re painting is so broad. And for this to be my second show, I just feel really lucky. It has so much inherent drama in it. The relationship between Patrick and his brother is I think so deep and rich. Like most things on my career, when they come I reads them and I have to do them, there’s no turning back.”
On working with Stacy Keach: “He’s a treasure. I worked shortly before this on a project with a friend of his, Brian Dennehy. They are equally amazing talented and generous actors and when people get to that point in their career they don’t have to be and a lot of them aren’t. Stacy is an amazing actor and getting to work with him is a real pleasure. When he gets to work, he’s just happy to be there. So many people in his position and at his age, they could kind of be grumpy and not really into what they’re doing but he loves this project and he loves all of us and he just comes to work filled with joy. That’s a real pleasure to be around.”
On doing five different episodes of the Law & Order franchise: “A lot of Law & Orders. That’s the life blood of the New York actor. I do a lot of theater and so in order to pay for that bad habit I like to call it, you have to support that somehow and Law & Order is kind of one of the only gigs on town. The people there are nice enough to use theater actors for guest spots and that’s the way you support yourself and make money.
Since daytime soaps have been so less gay since the cancellation of As the World Turns (Luke, Noah and Reid) and the purging of gay characters on One Life to Live (Fish, Kyle and Nick), it’s nice to hear that one of the few remaining gay characters – Phillip Chancellor III on The Young and the Restless - returns to the show in February.
Phillip is played by out actor Thom Bierdz who has made no secret of his desire for Phillip to have some romance. Thom dropped me a note yesterday which read: “I’ll be on TV in a couple of weeks. My character Phillip Chancellor III returns …. Some good storylines reach a climax then.”
Thom was a closeted actor when he first played Phillip on the soap from 1986 to 1989. His mother was murdered by his mentally ill brother soon after that and Thom left acting for many years. He re-emerged in the public eye as an acclaimed artist and author and in 2009 returned to Y&R only this time, as an openly gay actor. Phillip was also written to be gay and hiding his sexuality was explained as the reason why he faked his own death and fled Genoa City.
If you haven’t seen the terrific play Daddy at the Hudson Mainstage in Hollywood, what the heck are you waiting for?
I’ve already written a rave review about the play which runs through Feb. 13 and sung the praises of the charismatic and oh-so attractive leading man Gerald McCullouch as one of the sexiest men alive.
But on opening night, I also chatted with another actor in the play (there are five cast members) and his name is Jeffrey Patrick Olson. We see him in the play’s bar scenes and McCullouch’s character is very attracted to him and it’s easy to see why!
Jeffrey moved to LA from Chicago just 18 months ago and last year was in the cast of the successful stage production of F*ckling Men at the Celebration Theater and he also performed in I Love Lucy Live at Bally’s Las Vegas.
While in Chicago, Jeffrey appeared in productions of The Ritz, Die! Mommie Die!, Market Down Woman and Psycho Beach Party.
On film, he had the title role in the short film Christopher, was in the film Detention, and had the lead in the gay romantic comedy Pooltime.
He is also an ensemble member of the online sketch group SomeComedyThing.com. He has the lead role of Muscles, an uncomplicated by driven personal trainer in the web series Old Dogs & New Tricks.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti- defamation organization, announced today the nominees for its 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards.
GLAAD announced 114 nominees in 23 English-language categories, and 33 Spanish-language
nominees in 9 categories. In the English-language categories, cable networks earned 22
nominations, while broadcast networks garnered 11 nominations. The awards recognize and honor media for outstanding images of the LGBT community.
Among the nominees: Lisa Cholodenko’s Golden Globe-winning film The Kids Are All
Right, I Love You Phillip Morris starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, Howl, starring James
Franco, the summer hit film Easy A, HBO’s acclaimed drama True Blood, Fox’s hit show Glee,
ABC’s hit comedy Modern Family, NBC’s hit sitcom 30 Rock, Prodigal Sons, a documentary
about a transgender woman and her family, season eight of Project Runway, The Oprah Winfrey
Show for Ricky Martin’s first televised interview, MSNBC’s interview with Fort Worth City
Council member Joel Burns, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Essence.com’s “Bridal Bliss: Aisha
and Danielle,” and Spanish-language nominees Levántate, Aquí y Ahora, Caso Cerrado, Casos de Familia, and openly gay music artists Christian Chavez and Fedro.
In 2011, the GLAAD Media Awards will also celebrate GLAAD’s twenty-fifth anniversary year,
looking back at a quarter-century of work to build acceptance and advance equality through
LGBT images in the media.
“This year’s nominees represent some of the images and stories at the root of the growing
acceptance of our community and support for our equality,” said GLAAD President Jarrett
Barrios. “They also have created a benchmark for inclusion of our community that other media
outlets should look to. As GLAAD celebrates twenty-five years of working with the media, we
are proud to recognize this year’s nominees and we challenge the industry to share more stories
that reflect the diversity of our community and the challenges that gay and transgender people
The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in New York on March 19, 2011 at the
Marriott Marquis in Times Square; in Los Angeles on April 16 at the Westin Bonaventure; and in
San Francisco on May 14 at San Francisco Marriott Marquis.
Here is the list of nominees:
OUTSTANDING FILM – WIDE RELEASE
Burlesque (Screen Gems), Easy A (Screen Gems), The Girl Who Played with Fire (Music Box Films),
The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Universal Pictures)
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Brothers & Sisters (ABC), Degrassi (TeenNick), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family)
True Blood (HBO)
OUTSTANDING FILM – LIMITED RELEASE
Howl (Oscilloscope Pictures), I Love You Phillip Morris (Roadside Attractions), La Mission (Screen Media Ventures), Patrik, Age 1.5 (Regent Releasing), Undertow (Wolfe Releasing)
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Glee (Fox), GREEK (ABC Family), Modern Family (ABC), Nurse Jackie (Showtime), United States of Tara (Showtime)
OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE (in a series without a regular LGBT character)
“Escape the Castle” Bored to Death (HBO), “Innocence” Law & Order (NBC), “Klaus & Greta” 30 Rock (NBC), “Queen of Mean” Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime), “Samaritan” Law & Order: UK (BBC America)
OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM
The Fabulous Beekman Boys (Planet Green), Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys (Sundance Channel), Project Runway (Lifetime), Top Chef: Just Desserts (Bravo), TRANSform Me (VH1)
8: The Mormon Proposition (Red Flag Releasing), Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement (Sundance Channel), Prodigal Sons (First Run Features), “Sylvester” UnSung (TV One), Out. The Glenn Burke Story (Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)
OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE
“”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (series) The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC), “Gay Teen Suicides” (series) Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN), “Katie Miller: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Outside the Lines (ESPN), “Olson and Boies on Same-Sex Marriage” Bill Moyers Journal (PBS), “Transitions” Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO)
OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE
“Constance McMillen” The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated), “Neil Patrick Harris” The Talk (CBS),
“Rebuilding Home After Tragedy: The Seth Walsh Story “The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated), “Ricky Martin Coming Out as a Gay Man and a New Dad” The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated), “Transgender Kids: Too Young to Decide?” The Dr. Oz Show (syndicated)
OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM SEGMENT
“Don’t Ask…” CBS Sunday Morning (CBS), “Fort Worth Speech” The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (MSNBC), “Gay Teens Talk Their Truth” CNN Newsroom (CNN), “Images of Protest” ABC World News with Diane Sawyer (ABC), “Mom, Dad… I’m Coming Out” Today (NBC)
OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE
“Coming Out, Fitting In” by Rosemary Winters (The Salt Lake Tribune), “D.C. Gay Couple Caps a Momentous First by Tying the Knot” by Monica Hesse (The Washington Post), “Rutgers Student Tyler Clementi’s Suicide Spurs Action Across U.S.” by Judy Peet (The Star-Ledger [Newark, N.J.), “A Tragic Love Story” by Steve Friess (LA Weekly), “Worlds Apart” by Lauren Smiley (SF Weekly)
OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER OVERALL COVERAGE
Atlanta Journal Constitution, Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Salt Lake Tribune
OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST
Peg Mcentee (The Salt Lake Tribune), Leonard Pitts, Jr. (The Miami Herald), Frank Rich (The New York Times), Eugene Robinson (The Washington Post), Rev. Byron Williams (The Oakland Tribune)
OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE OVERALL COVERAGE
The Advocate/Out, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Entertainment Weekly, People, US Weekly
OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM – MULTIMEDIA
“Bridal Bliss: Aisha and Danielle” by Bobbi Misick (Essence.com), “Censoring Wojnarowicz” (IntheLifetv.org), “A Gay Family Album” (Newsweek.com), “Kicked Out But Ready to Go Back” by Jon Groat
OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE ARTICLE
“All That’s Left is God” by Michelle Theall (5280 Magazine), “‘I Was Scared to Sleep’: LGBT Youth Face Violence Behind Bars” by Daniel Redman (The Nation), “It’s a Shocking Trend: Gay Teens Being Bullied to the Point of Suicide” by Kenneth Miller (Ladies’ Home Journal), “Just Another Girl (Who Used to be a Boy)” by Genevieve Field (Glamour), “What Happens When You Find the One…And He’s Nothing – Nothing – Like You Expected?” by Allison Cooper (O, The Oprah Magazine)
OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM ARTICLE
“The Camera in the Closet: Gay Service Members Speak Out to ABC News About Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” by Mary Kathryn Burke (ABCNews.com), “‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Hurts African-American Women the Most” by Lynette Holloway (TheRoot.com) “Ice Cracks Beneath Weir’s Critics” by LZ Granderson (ESPN.com) “View From Washington” (series) by Kerry Eleveld (Advocate.com) “Wrestler Hudson Taylor a Champion for Gay Rights” by Jim Buzinski (Outsports.com)
The Bilerico Project (http://www.bilerico.com/), Blabbeando (http://blabbeando.blogspot.com/), Joe. My. God. (http://joemygod.blogspot.com/), Pam’s House Blend (http://www.pamshouseblend.com), Rod 2.0 (http://rodonline.typepad.com/)
OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST
Antony and the Johnsons, Swanlights (Secretly Canadian), Big Freedia, Big Freedia Hitz Vol. 1 (Big Freedia Records) Chely Wright, Lifted Off the Ground (Vanguard Records) Kele Okereke, The Boxer (Glassnote Records) Scissor Sisters, Night Work (Downtown Records)
OUTSTANDING LOS ANGELES THEATER
Dr. Cerberus by Robert Aguirre-Sacasa, Haram Iran by Jay Paul Deratany, Revolver by Chris Phillips, Something Happened by L. Trey Wilson, The Twentieth-Century Way by Tom Jacobson
OUTSTANDING COMIC BOOK
Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Scott Allie, Brad Meltzer, Joss Whedon (Dark Horse Comics), Fogtown by Andersen Gabrych (Vertigo/DC Comics), Veronica by Dan Parent (Archie Comics) X-Factor by Peter David (Marvel Comics) Young Avengers: Children’s Crusade by Allan Heinberg (Marvel)
OUTSTANDING NEW YORK THEATER: BROADWAY & OFF-BROADWAY
In the Wake by Lisa Kron, The Kid, book by Michael Zam, lyrics by Jack Lechner, music by Andy Monroe,
Passion Play by Sarah Ruhl, The Pride by Alexi Kaye Campbell, Secrets of the Trade by Jonathan Tolins
OUTSTANDING NEW YORK THEATER: OFF-OFF BROADWAY
Lay of the Land by Tim Miller, Let Them Eat Cake by Holly Hughes, Megan Carney and Moe Angelos, This One Girl’s Story, book by Bil Wright, music and lyrics by Dionne McClain-Freeney, Vaginal Davis Is Speaking from the Diaphragm by Vaginal Davis, When Last We Flew by Harrison David Rivers
Superstar Adam Lambert has been able to make the scene more in LA now that he is no longer on a world tour. The singing sensation created quite a stir last night when he attended the premiere party for RuPaul’s Drag Race at Rage in West Hollywood.
I’m sure all the Adam fans know this already but for the rest of you: Adam celebrates his 29th birthday on Jan. 29!
The ever-youthful Dolly Parton turns 65 years young today and it’s nice to see that this multi-Grammy winning superstar, theme park owner and occasional actress is still going strong.
Dolly will be among the select group honored at the 2011 Grammy Awards on Feb. 13 as Lifetime Achievement Award honorees.
Her most recent album was 2008′s Backwards Barbie and her classic hits include Jolene, Coat of Many Colors, I Will Always Love You, Here You Come Again, Islands of the Stream and, of course, 9 to 5.
In a November interview on Larry King Live, Dolly was asked about her tremendous gay fan base and Larry wondered why we are so loyal to her: “I have a lot of gay fans, female and male. A lot of people feel like they’ve grown up with me. As you know I’ve always been outspoken, I’ve always been pretty outrageous. I’ve always believed that a person should be who they are and you should be comfortable being who you are and people should leave you alone to be who you are and how you are. So I think I’ve always been accepted in the gay community because I accept them. I have so many fans who’ve always loved to come to the shows and they know that I’m not judging them. I think people are who they are. … We’re supposed to love each other for what and who we are.”
Well said Birthday girl!
It’s quite rare that a character who was only supposed to be in a show for a handful of episodes proves to be so popular with fans that he is brought back and made a full-fledged regular.
That is exactly what happened with the character of Scotty on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters and it had everything to do with the performance and the presence of the actor who plays him, Luke Macfarlane, and his lovely chemistry with Matthew Rhys who plays his on-screen husband Kevin.
Kevin and Scotty have been trying to become adoptive parents this season and have weathered the most severe test to their marriage: Scotty cheating on Kevin with a bartender at his restaurant.
Fans of the show were kind of horrified because it seemed so not like Scotty! But in the follow-up episodes as the two found their way back to each other, we understood what happened more and it just made Scotty more human, less of a saint!
While Matthew Rhys is a straight man playing a gay man on television, Luke took the bold step and came out publicly as a gay man in 2008. He could have been like so many other gay actors on TV shows and just remained private or vague about their sexuality but Luke chose to be out and I have so much respect for him because of that.
Luke, who studied drama at Julliard, was previously best-known for his role as Pvt. Frank “Dim” Dumphy in the series Over There. The Canadian actor had never given any interviews about his personal life until discussing his sexuality for the first time in an interview with the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail in 2008.
I spoke with him a few weeks after that at an event and he said: “I decided to do that interview, I decided to answer those questions in an effort to make my life simpler and that’s going to contunue to be my motto. So, I’ll have to say, it hasn’t been that hot a light on me at all.”
I’m just so glad that young and talented actors like Luke, Neil Patrick Harris, TR Knight, Chris Colfer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, John Barrowman, Jonathon Groff, Sean Hayes and several others are not following the example of Richard Chamberlain and staying closeted until their late 60s and have a book to sell!
Anyway, Luke turns 31 years old today and I thank him for his performances on screen and on stage and for stepping up and being an openly gay man. He’s helping to change the world!
American Idol opens its 10th season tonight on a new night for performances (Thursday nights will be the results shows) and with two new judges: Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.
As we all know by now, Simon Cowell had a big sendoff at the end of last season, Ellen DeGeneres quit during the summer and Kara DioGuardi was given the boot.
So there’s all sorts of reasons to tune in tonight: How will the sole returning judge Randy Jackson fare as the one with the final word? Will Jennifer and Steven be a good fit for the show? How long will host Ryan Seacrest pause between the words “This …. …. …. is American Idol” ?
So much to look forward to! Oh yeah, and a whole new crop of contestants! Will we find another Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry or Adam Lambert? Or will this be a lackluster Lee DeWyze, Taylor Hicks, Kris Allen season?
I had a chance to chat with Idol’s executive producer Nigel Lythgoe over the weekend about this fresh start for the show. He was the original showrunner but left in 2008 to focus on So You Think You Can Dance? He was lured back last spring and is excited for the revamped show to finally air.
“I just want to get it on the air now!” he told me.
So, is the show going to be better than ever?
“What are we going to say? ‘No it’s terrible, you shouldn’t watch it?’” he said. “We’re always going to say, ‘This is the best season ever, the talent’s the best.’ Ironically I do believe the talent is the best we’ve had in many, many years. I think Steven and Jennifer brought a new excitement to it. Forget the speculation now, just see it and judge for yourselves. I think everyone’s going to be very happy. I know I am.”
Idol remained the top-rated show on television last season but it did suffer a significant drop in viewers. Does he feel extra pressure because of that?
“I don’t worry about ratings,” he insisted. “I’m not paid to worry about ratings. I’m paid to make the best show I can and I believe that that’s what we’re doing. After that, it’s up to the public. Ratings-wise, I’ll let somebody else worry about that.”
How has it been for him to be back in the Idol fold after two seasons away?
“It’s been great,” he said. “I’ve come back because it’s at a very creative time. Once you get into that vibe of ‘Don’t touch anything! Don’t touch anything!’ there’s no need for an executive producer. I think over the last two years mistakes have been made and now we’re back to being on the right road and being creative so it’s delightful for me. I’m back with my Idol family and it’s a good time to be there.”
American Idol’s two-hour season premiere airs tonight on Fox at 8 p.m.
Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics announce Dorian Award winners for favorites in film & television
The Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association has announced winners for the group’s second annual Dorian Awards, which honor their picks for the best in film and television of all kinds.
I’m a member of this group and took part in the voting. So between these and the first annual Greggys, I expect to be a member of the Academy soon!
Notable wins include I Am Love (Magnolia Pictures) for Film of the Year, Annette Bening for Film Performance of the Year (for The Kids Are All Right), I Love You Phillip Morris for LGBT-Themed Film of the Year and Easy A for Unsung Film of the Year. The CBS drama The Good Wife, Fox’s Glee and HBO’s Hung took top TV categories, while Michael C. Hall of Dexter and Glee‘s Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer earned wins in TV performance categories.
GALECA’s Dorian Award winners and nominees across 17 categories are noted below:
FILM OF THE YEAR
I Am Love (WINNER)
The Kids Are All Right
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
FILM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Christian Bale — The Fighter
Annette Bening — The Kids Are All Right (WINNER)
Colin Firth — The King’s Speech
James Franco — 127 Hours and Howl
Lesley Manville — Another Year
Natalie Portman — Black Swan
DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR (Film, DVD or TV)
Client 9: the Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (WINNER)
Waking Sleeping Beauty
Waiting for Superman
LGBT-THEMED FILM OF THE YEAR
A Marine Story
I Love You Phillip Morris (WINNER)
The Kids Are All Right
LGBT-THEMED DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
8: The Mormon Proposition (WINNER)
Strange Powers: Stephen Merritt and the Magnetic Fields
Leslie Jordan: My Trip Down the Pink Carpet
CAMPY — INTENTIONAL OR NOT — FILM OF THE YEAR
Burlesque (UM, WINNER)
Charlie St. Cloud
I’m Still Here
Sex and the City 2
TV DRAMA OF THE YEAR
The Good Wife (WINNER)
The Walking Dead
TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY OF THE YEAR
The Big Bang Theory
TV DRAMA PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Claire Danes — Temple Grandin
Michael C. Hall — Dexter (WINNER)
Juliana Margulies — The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss — Mad Men
Edgar Ramirez — Carlos
TV COMEDY PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Louis C.K. — Louis
Chris Colfer — Glee (WINNER)
Laura Linney — The Big C
Jane Lynch — Glee (WINNER)
Jim Parsons — The Big Bang Theory
LGBT-THEMED TV SHOW OF THE YEAR7
RuPaul’s Drag Race
CAMPY — INTENTIONAL OR NOT — TV SHOW OF THE YEAR
Hot in Cleveland (WINNER)
Sarah Palin’s Alaska
The A List
The Colbert Report
The Real Housewives franchise
THE WE’RE WILDE ABOUT YOU RISING STAR AWARD
Darren Criss — Glee (WINNER)
Andrew Garfield — The Social Network and Never Let Me Go
Mila Kunis — Black Swan
Chloe Grace Moretz — Kick Ass, etc.
Sarah Steele — Please Give
UNSUNG FILM OF THE YEAR
Easy A (WINNER)
Mother and Child
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World
The Dissappearance of Alice Creed
UNSUNG TV SHOW OF THE YEAR
Bored to Death
WILDE WIT OF THE YEAR
Stephen Colbert and the writers of The Colbert Report
Tina Fey and the writers of 30 Rock
Rachel Maddow (WINNER)
Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show
Given to a living actor or performer with an exemplary career of marked by smarts, character and wit. This year’s recipient is: Angela Lansbury!
ABOUT GALECA and the DORIAN AWARDS The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) is comprised of esteemed critics, entertainment journalists and pop culture critics who work for noteworthy newspapers, magazines, websites and TV and radio outlets nationwide. The group’s collective experience continues to offer society a unique and cherished perspective on popular culture. GALECA members nominate movies, TV programs and performances from a variety of categories, not just LGBT-centric.
Among the many Dorian Award winners in its inaugural year: Colin Firth for Film Performance of the Year, Drew Barrymore for TV Drama Performance of the Year, Jane Lynch for TV Musical or Comedy Performance of the Year, Gabourey Sidibe for Rising Star and Glee for Musical or Comedy of the Year.
As GALECA and the Dorian Awards grow, its unified members hope to help advance a stronger and healthy gay community by supporting programs for at-risk youth, HIV prevention, recovery and equal rights. For more information, see our Facebook page under Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association or go to http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=193495674011&v=info