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Monday Morning Man: Stephen Dorff!

,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,dorff2.jpgPosting will return to its regular pace tomorrow as I’m enjoying some time off with family and friends. But I did want to post a Morning Man and a few other items for you before my dad and I hit the multiplex to see Knight and Day. Tom Cruise needs the box office bucks!

Anyway, saw these new photos of Stephen Dorff at the beach and realized I had not featured this gorgeous creature as a Morning Man.

So here he is!

I still remember the first movie I ever saw Stephen in: the 1990 TV movie Always Remember I Love You. He played the biological son of Patty Duke who is kidnapped then adopted by an unsuspecting couple (Joan Van Ark played the adoptive mother). The adoptive parents find out about the kidnapping when he’s 16, tell him, and he sets out to find his real family.

By the end of the movie, I kind of did a little sob and am glad I was watching it alone. I never forgot the movie or the young actor. Next I noticed him in the terrific 1994 feature film Backbeat which cast him as John Lennon’s best friend Stuart Sutcliff who chose love and the life as an artist in Germany over what turned out to be great fame and fortune.

If Dorff had done nothing else, I would have never forgotten him based on those two movies alone and all that he brought to them.

But that was only the beginning for this gifted 36-year-old actor who has since starred in such films as S.F.W., I Shot Andy Warhol, Deuces Wild, Cold Creek Manner, Blade, World Trade Center, Felon, and last year’s Public Enemies. few years ago, I interviewed Stephen at the time Felon was released. In it, he played a good guy who gets sent to prison for killing an intruder who was robbing his house. He then has to navigate brutal inmates and deadly guards in a movie based on actual events and the atrocities that had taken place at California’s Corcoran State Prison.

Stephen told me that he feels like he is doing some of the best work of a career that dates back to 1985 when as a child actor, he appeared in various television movies and in such sitcoms as Roseanne and Different Strokes.

“In the last few years, there’s all these movies coming out and working with so many of these greart directors. In the beginning, I did all these great movies then did a few I shouldn’t have done. The ‘‘ and other genre movies that were big pay days but not at the same level of quality.”

“I don’t know how it works. There’s been times when I’ve wondered, ‘Why the (expletive) am I not getting that movie? There’s so much to this game like who’s hot and all that. If you stay true and work with great directors, that’s all I can hope for. Right now, I feel the most solid and my work is the best it’s ever been. I feel fortunate.”

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Happy Independence Day to all!!!

Okay, no more blogging for me! Am here on the Balboa Pennisula in Newport Beach and the Fragonards (think Bellini only with pureed strawberries) are being served!

I leave you with one of my favorite photos of actor Tuc Watkins who is wearing a lovely patriotic speedo!

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Sunday Showtune Special: Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion and Cher singing patriotic songs! belts out those patriotic tunes better than our favorite divas!

I’ve scoured YouTube and come up with four of my favorites! I am especially excited about posting a photo of Aretha Franklin’s crazy hat from the inauguration when she sang My Country Tis of Thee.


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Morning Man Classic: Bruce Springsteen! better to feature on July 4 than the man who was Born in the USA?

Bruce Springsteen!

He has sold more than 65 million albums in the United States and 120 million worldwide and at 60, this multiple Grammy winner is still going strong. Bruce has made about $1.6 billion, making him the 3rd highest earning musical act in the world, only behind U2 and The Rolling Stones.

The Boss won an Academy Award for his song The Streets of Philadelphia, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inn 1999 and last year was a Kennedy Center Honoree.

His most album was 2009′s Working On Dream.

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Two weeks after finishing cancer treatment, Martina Navratilova wins invitational doubles at Wimbledon!

  Martina Navratilova Of USA (R) And Jana Novotna Of Czech  Republic Celebrate Winning The Ladies Invitational DoublesWimbledon and Martina Navratilova have long had a special relationship.

It was at the All England Club in 1978 that Martina won the first grand slam singles title of her career and she would go on to win eight more times with her ninth title coming in 1990 at the age of 33.

She also won the Wimbledon women’s doubles seven times with various partners including Chris Evert, Billie Jean King and Pam Shriver and won four mixed doubles crowns with the most recent coming in 2003.

Now that she has “retired,” Martina comes to Wimbledon each year to do commentary and to play in the women’s invitational tournament. Earlier today, she teamed with Jana Novotna to win another title over former rival Tracy Austin and her partner Kathy Rinaldi.

What makes this latest victory all the more impressive is the 53-year-old Martina just finished radiation treatment for breast cancer two weeks ago and is still feeling the effects with sapped energy and pain from where a lymph node was removed.

But Martina, ever the warrior, defied doctor’s orders and competed in the tournament and, of course, emerged a winner.

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Rafael Nadal wins Wimbledon!

Spain's Rafael Nadal Celebrates

Nadal reclaims Wimbledon crown in styleThe dashing Spaniard Rafael Nadal won his second Wimbledon title earlier today with an impressive win over Tomas Berdych.

I’m staying with friends in Newport Beach this weekend and even after a late night, woke up at 6 a.m. to watch the match live on NBC. Sure, it wasn’t one of the classic five-setters that we’ve enjoyed the past three years (Nadal vs. Roger Federer in 2007 and 2008 and Federer vs. Andy Roddick in 2009) but it was a quality match and one that Nadal won because he seized the big moments like a true champion.

Nadal, who regained the number one wold ranking from Federer after winning the French Open last month, has now won eight grand slam singles titles (five French Opens, two Wimbledons, one Australian Open) tying greats Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi and Ivan Lendl on the all-time list.

Federer is the leader with 16 slam titles followed by Pete Sampras (14), Roy Emerson (12), Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver (11). Nadal, also winner of the Olympic Gold Medal at the 2008 Games, just turned 24 and has plenty of time to inch his way further up the all-time list.

Spain's Rafael Nadal Holds


Countdown to Outfest 2010: The absorbing “Out In Silence” gives us a picture of small town bigotry and bravery

When watching the documentary Out In Silence the other day, I saw teenager C.J. Springer as someone I wish I had had the courage the be when I was in high school.

C.J. is gay and was content to pretty much keep that information to himself until one day in class, another kid was being relentlessly bullied by classmates. The teacher did nothing but C.J. stood up and defended the kid. When one of the bullies asked if he was gay, CJ “couldn’t deny who I was” and confirmed that he was gay. But why should it matter he wondered?

It did matter in the small town of Oil City, PA . where C.J.’s life at school instantly became “eight hours of pure hell.”

“I was no longer somebody that anybody liked,” CJ says in this absorbing documentary Out In Silence directed by Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson.

The abuse got so bad and school and district officials so unwilling to do anything that CJ’s mother was forced to have him enroll in cyber school and he rarely left the house because he could not go out without being hassled – likely by kids he had known and been friends with his entire life.

‘All of a sudden I was a sissy because of what I think looks hot,” CJ says.
Joe Wilson

CJ’s plight might not have ever become public if his mother, a heroic woman named Cathy Springer, had not reached out to former Oil Town resident Joe Wilson who had married Dean Hamer  (pictured above) in Washington DC and had a wedding notice published in the hometown newspaper.

Diane Gramley The wedding notice caused all kinds of outrage among the “Christians” in the town and of a horrid woman named Diane Gramley (pictured, left) who is head of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania.

Wilson and Hamer decided to return to Joe’s old town and document CJ’s story and along the way, chronicle a local lesbian couple’s attempts to renovate a run-down theater downtown which for some reason has incurred the wrath of Gramley and her followers.

The filmmakers do a good job of trying to present both sides of bigotry although Gramley never consents to a sit-down interview. By the end of the film, even her most stalwart followers would have to be able to see her for who she is – a miserable human being.

Local pastor Mark Micklos, who at Gramley’s urging had written a letter of protest to the newspaper when Wilson and Hamer’s wedding announcement was published, has grown by the end of the film and does not see the world so black and white. And neither do the filmmakers who have developed a genuine friendship with Micklos and his wife even if their differences are never fully resolved. one point, the Springers and the filmmakers pay a visit to Tim Dahle and his family who had fought a similar battle with their school district. It is during this segment that we see one of the most riveting moments of the film. Tim’s father, Ronald Dahle, emotionally admits that he once bullied gay people for sport. But his son being gay changed everything for him: “He’s my kid. I’m not going to turn my back on him. I won’t.”

But the real heroes and the people who I admire the most after watching this are CJ and Kathy (pictured, left). You can see that he is the outstanding young man that he is because he has this mother. She speaks and behaves in a very common sense way and she goes to bat for her son time and time again.

“Look,” she says of gay kids, “they weren’t put on this Earth to be tortured like this.”

The Springers, with the help of filmmakers and the ACLU, do bring change to their town and Kathy vows that she will continue to fight for the rights of LGBT people.

Out In Silence will screen at Outfest on Sunday, July 11 at noon at the Sunset 5. More information HERE.


“A Single Man” director Tom Ford talks about who he wants to work with next: Brad Pitt for starters! Ford’s outstanding directorial debut A Single Man was released on DVD this week. The film earned Colin Firth an Academy Award nomination for best actor and Julianne Moore should have received an Oscar nod but was somehow overlooked.

Ford should not have any trouble attracting A-List talent for his next film, whatever that turns out to be. The designer-turned-director talked to Entertainment Weekly about five stars he hopes to work with in the future:

Brad Pitt: “I’ve always admired Brad as an actor, but I think he’s even better now. I hope people take this the right way but he’s less physically perfect. His face has so much more character. He’s growing into himself.”

Tilda Swinton: “I think she’s amazing. She’s an incredible actress; she’s absolutely fearless. I loved her in I Am Love. She’s good in comedy too. There’s a huge untapped comedic actress there.”

Paul Rudd: “Everybody loves Paul Rudd. There’s something in his face and his eyes that everyone identifies with. I’d love to see him in something quite serious. I think he has enormous depth.”

Naomi Watts: “I love her always. I know her as a person, and I think so highly of her. She has star quality when she’s on screen. I’m riveted whatever [her current movie project] is.”

Justin Timberlake:
“You can just feel he’s a great actor even from the few things we’ve seen him in. He has such presence and a kind of mystery. He has this enormous talent and it’s subtle.”


“Sex and the City” Saturday: Samantha Jones sure knows how to express herself! may as well know it: I want to be Samantha Jones.

She not only has as much sex as she wants and doesn’t have any hang-ups about it, she also has the best most clever expletive-filled remarks for just about any situation.

Here is a video with a nice sampling of Samantha-isms. I have far too many favorites to list but two of them come from the season six episode when Berger breaks up with Carrie via Post-It note. Samantha takes a loom at the note over breakfast and says: ‘Mother-fucker’s concise.”

Later, after she and Carrie have been chased out of a seedy bar because Samantha kissed somebody’s boyfriend, she says breathlessly to Carrie: “Very few woman can pull of anger in a tube top.”

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Saturday Morning Man: Mark Hapka! didn’t really plan of this week being practically all daytime soap hunks but after meeting so many of them last weekend at the Emmys, it just seems to have happened!

Today I present to you Mark Hapka, the 24-year-old actor who plays Nathan Horton on NBC’s Days of Our Lives. I had just gabbed with his pal Brandon Beemer of Bold and the Beautiful and Brandon wanted me to play a bit of a practical joke on Mark. I tried it and the joke fell totally flat upon delivery because I forgot part of it.

Mark was sweet: “I’ll tell him you pulled it off.”

Mark left college in Syracuse in 2005 to come out to Los Angeles.  He enrolled in acting classes at Playhouse West and worked in student films, before appearing in a 2006 showcase that won him representation and got a role in the 2007 James Franco film Good Times Max.

He then got a huge break when he was cast as Zach in the series Ghost Whisperer: The Other Side which lasted 16 episodes. A recurring role on Hannah Montana followed as well as guest spots on Greek and Cold Case. Mark has also had roles in the films Second Sight, Midgets vs. Mascots, and Near Fall.

Her joined Days of Our Lives last year.

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Mark Hapka by you.

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Serena Williams wins Wimbledon!

  Serena Williams Of USA Lifts

Serena Williams PosesWimbledon Champ: Saturday marked the first time Serena Williams didn’t have to break her sister Venus’s heart to win a Wimbledon singles title and that is clearly why she looked more overjoyed than ever as she lifted the winner’s plate over her head.

It is the fourth singles win at Wimbledon for Serena who in her three previous finals had defeated Venus Williams, herself a five-time champion.

A Williams sister has now won the title at Wimbledon in nine out of the last 11 years.

“I’m just glad that I was able to win, especially (after) Venus lost,” Serena said after the match. “I really wanted a Williams sister to go ahead and win it. Eleven years consistent is really cool.”

Serena easily beat Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-2 and in doing so, surpassed the great Billie Jean King on the all-time list of grand slam singles crowns. Serena now has 13 but would have to win five more to tie the 18 won by both Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. Helen Wills Moody had 19, Steffi Graf won 22 while the record holder is Margaret Court with 24.

“Hey, Billie—I got you,” Serena said to King who watched the match from the Royal Box. “This is No. 13 for me now. It’s just amazing to able to be among such great people.”

Later, King told reporters that Serena “can be the greatest ever if she keeps going.”

Martina thinks so too: “At the rate she’s going, she certainly may catch me and Chris and Helen Wills Moody and who knows, maybe even Steffi. She’s just head and shoulders above everybody else, and those are pretty broad shoulders she’s got.”

My favorite moment came after the match and the post-match interviews when Serena entered the tennis club and did a little twirl with the trophy: “I was really feeling Frank Sinatra-ish, `Come Fly With Me, Fly Me To The Moon.’ … That’s what I felt like at the moment.”

Well done Serena!

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Melissa Etheridge files legal documents to end relationship with Tammy Lynn Michaels,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,ethridge.jpgJust got an alert from TMZ which is reporting that Melissa Etheridge has just filed legal documents with the court to formally end her relationship with Tammy Lynn Michaels.

The former couple had held a wedding ceremony when became domestic partners in 2003 but did not marry during the brief time that same-sex marriage was legal in their home state of California.

In the docs, Etheridge cites “irreconcilable differences” and she is asking for joint custody of the couple’s two children born in 2006. Melissa shares custody of her two older children from her relationship with Julie Cypher.

The split took place just before the release of Etheridge’s latest album. Tammy has gone public with the information that the break-up was not the mutual parting of the ways that Melissa seemed to indicate.

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Matt Bomer is all wet!

The incredibly good looking star of USA Network’s White Collar makes Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List” as the magazine’s summer crush because of his “charm, smooth moves, and piercing blue eyes.”

Well, Matt Bomer is my crush pretty much every season but this is extra cool because he’s been photographed in a wet T-shirt and, I’m sure you will agree, looks delicious.

Matt shares with the magazine some of his summer favorites this year:

Movies: The Kids Are All Right is amazing. The performances are insanely good. Julianne Moore is going to wreck you. This is the best I’ve ever seen her, and I’ve seen everything she’s ever done. I like the story and I think it’s a great alternative to the big summer popcorn blockbusters. Inception is my big studio movie of the summer. That looks amazing. I’m a huge fan of Leonardo [DiCaprio]‘s and [director] Christopher Nolan’s. It looks amazing just from the trailers. The dream world looks unbelievable.

Books: Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man by Bill Kleg. It’s an addiction memoir about a rising literary agent whose life spirals out of control when he gets addicted to crack. I read about in The New Yorker and New York Times. It really intrigued me. Man, if they ever did a movie about this, I’d want to do it. The summertime, people get into that salacious type stuff. This one is really gripping and entertaining.


Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray hug it out after match

  Rafael Nadal Of Spain (L) Celebrates

  Rafael Nadal Of Spain Hugs

Britain's Andy Murray HoldsWimbledon has not had a men’s champion from Great Britain since 1937 and won’t have one again this year.

Andy Murray of Scotland lost his semifinal match earlier today to 2008 Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal 6-4, 7-6 (6), 6-4.

Andy had the hopes of an entire nation riding on his shoulders but he has no reason to hang his head. The 23-year-old played extremely well but at a few crucial points in the match, Nadal was simply better. They played a high-quality contest that was thoroughly enjoyable to watch.

And after it was over, it was so sweet the way Rafa gave Andy a little hug and consoled him. That sure woulda made ME feel a lot better!

Nadal, seeking his eighth career grand slam title, will play Tomas Berdych for the title on Sunday. Berdych beat third-ranked Novak Djokovic in the other semifinals after defeating my beloved Roger Federer a round earlier.

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“I Love Lucy” Friday: In Hollywood, Ricky schemes with Lucy to get mentioned in Hedda Hopper’s column Ricky Ricardo.

He’s in Hollywood trying to become a movie star and he can’t even get a mention in Hedda Hopper’s column. Hedda, or course, was the famous and powerful gossip columnist who wore very big hats.

Rather than sit idly by, Ricky agrees to pretend Lucy from drowning in the hotel swimming pool just as Hedda is walking by. Things do not go as planned.

This episode features one of the funniest performances from Kathryn Card as Lucy’s mother Mrs. McGillicuddy, Her cackle at the beginning of the first clip is a hoot. She played the role in seven episodes but what I did not realize is that her first appearance on the show was in another role: Minnie Finch.

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Meet the gay cast member on “Big Brother” and check out some of the beefcake in the house!

I’m a former Big Brother fanatic who quit watching the show the season Evil Dick Donato won. I felt CBS and show’s producers allowed Dick to get away with too much bullying and abusiveness including burning a fellow houseguest with a cigarette.

The show begins a new season on July 8 and while I’m nit sure I’ll watch (I feel a little more vulnerable to reality TV this summer with addictions to Hell’s Kitchen and The Bachelorette), I did want to post about the one gay houseguest and highlight some of the beefcake – of which there is plenty!

The gay houseguest this summer is 34-year-old Ragan Fox, a college professor from West Hollywood.

He who tells People: “I party as hard as I work, and I grew up gay in Texas. If you want to get crazy with me — and I opt to go crazy — then you’re in trouble.”

Ragan also said: “I can discern between the real world and Big Brother. I liken it to playing chess. If you checkmate me I’m not going to go, ‘This is so unfair, I thought you were my friend, how can you do that?’ You can’t be upset over stuff like that. That’s what the game is.”

The biggest hunk appears to be Brendon Villegas, a 30-year-old high school swim coach from Riverside, Calif. who plans to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical physics.

Beauty AND brains!

“My goal is to not intimidate the guys and to be flirty with the girls,” says Villegas to People.

He may be up for a showmance: “The girl that is down-to-earth and sweet is going to be the biggest challenge for me.”

I don’t care if he has a showmance or not. All I’d like from Brendon is for him to walk around with his short off – all the time! Even during eviction shows – not shirt!

Anyway, he says he enjoys running, basketball, swimming and cycling and describes himself as “fun, driven, intelligible.”

The other cutie pie is 24-year-old college Hayden Moss from Tempe, Ariz.
His favorite activities are snowboarding, weightlifting, working out, going to the beach and hanging out with friends.
He describes himself as “outgoing, athletic and charming”  and is most proud of being a part of Arizona State University Baseball, “the best program in the country.”


Newlywed Jane Lynch to film guest role next week on stepdaughter’s favorite show “iCarly” actress Jane Lynch will remind us that she is a lot more than Glee’s Sue Sylvester when she guest stars on the Nickelodeonl hit iCarly.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Jane will film an appearance next week as the much-mentioned-but-never-before-seen mom of Jennette McCurdy’s Sam.

Newlywed Jane becoming a stepmother may have something to do with her accepting this particular job. Her wife Lara Embry’s 8 year old daughter Haden is a huge iCarly fan — so huge that Mom even included a reference to it in her wedding vows!

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Friday Morning Man: Samuel Whitten! raved about how wonderful Mindy Cohn was in the movie Violet Tendencies the other day and today I shine the spotlight on a handsome actor who she shares a lot of scenes with in the movie.

He’s 27-year-old New Yorker Samuel Whitten!

Samuel might look familiar to fans of ABC’s One Life to Live (I used to be one of those) because back in 2008, he had the recurring role of Eddie Barton and appeared in 27 episodes of the soap.

The actor is as talented as he is handsome and I was very impressed with his performance in Violet Tendencies as a gay man who is dealing with his friend Violet (Cohn) changing herself for a man and his own relationship with a writer who badly wants to have children.

Samuel has been busy lately appearing in three episodes of Lifetime’s Army Wives as Pete Evans and as a dog walker in an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He also has a small role in the feature film The Whistleblower starring Oscar winners Rachel Weisz and Vanessa Redgrave, completed the film Maggie Marvel about a single mom who moonlights as a contract killer and is in the short film Comics as a bottle spinning bartender.

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Maggie Griffin talks to The Advocate about her new book, sharing wine with Betty White and LGBT equality

Actress/comedian Kathy Griffin and her mother  Maggie Griffin attend a rally following the California Supreme Court's  ruling to uphold Proposition 8, on May 26, 2009 in West Hollywood,  California. The California State Supreme Court voted 6-1 to uphold  proposition 8 which makes it illegal for same-sex couples to marry in  the state of California. More than 18,000 same-sex couples that wed  before prop 8 was voted in will still be legally married.  (Photo by  Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kathy  Griffin;Maggie GriffinOne of the best parts of Kathy Griffin’s My Life on the D-List is whenever her mom, Maggie Griffin, is on the show.
We fell in love with her from the beginning when she and her late husband would drink their wine from a box. Kathy talks about Maggie in her act and it’s always a hoot, especially Maggie’s indignation at whenever Kathy does something she finds embarrassing.
Kathy has teamed with her 90-year-old mom for her new book Tip It! The World According to Maggie. Maggie talked about that and a host of other things with The Advocate’s Jeremy Kinser.
Here are some excerpts:
If you could share a glass of boxed wine with any celebrity, who would it be?
Oh, Helen Mirren! I’ve met so many celebrities through Kathy and they’ve all been fine, but I think the only one I’ve actually shared a glass of wine with was Betty White. She was so wonderful and funny and real and adorable. I felt as if I’d known her forever. We just laughed and had the best time.
In your book, Kathy mentions that you now have as many gay fans as she does. Why do you think gay people have had such a positive response to you?
First of all, they’re wonderful to me. If I’m sitting having a cup of coffee, they’ll come up to me and ask if they can sit with me and talk. And I just love them, and I’m happy things are getting better for them. They say I’m just like their mom or their grandma. We always have a lot of laughs. I like the fact that they love Kathy so much.
You were raised Catholic and still have strong Catholic beliefs, yet you’re in favor of marriage equality and gay rights. How have you reconciled your personal feelings with the way the church feels about gay people?
I hate it and it’s depressing. It’s very embarrassing to most Catholics, and many of my friends have been driven away from the church. It’s wrong, wrong, wrong and [the church] is paying for it. I don’t want to give it up. I love my religion. They have to remember that these are human beings. You have to keep in mind the good things the church teaches and discard the other stuff.
I was at the anti-Proposition 8 rally you spoke at in 2008. The crowd was very excited that you were there. What do you remember about that night?
Oh, that was great. They were so nice to me. I had a wheelchair and two really nice guys wheeling me around. The rally was wonderful. I’m not like Kathy. I can’t just get up there and be free and easy. I’ve never done that. But I got up there especially for the parents and families of gays, to ask them to accept their kids. I want them to stick up for them and be there for them. That was my role and I was proud to do it. I think gay marriage is eventually going to happen.
To read the entire interview, go to
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Countdown to Outfest 2010: “The Four Faced Liar” explores relationships between friends in NYC

There is so much I liked about Four-Faced Liar that I was willing to sit back and let the movie take its time getting to where it’s going to go – and it does take its time.

I’m going to give away some plot because I don’t think it takes away from your enjoyment of the film but if you want to be completely surprised, then QUIT READING!

Here goes:

The lovely college student Molly (Emily Peck) welcomes her boyfriend Greg (Daniel Carlisle) to New York where they begins their tedious life together. Greg is handsome as all get-out but dull as dishwater! He only does the missionary position and wants the lights off.

Meanwhile, buddies Bridget (Marja Lewis Ryan) and Trip (Todd Kubrak) share a place and have a very funny chemistry where they call each other awful names and sleepily brush their teeth together every morning. Usually they brush as Bridget’s latest trick is leaving (she is a very busy lesbian!) while Trip is in a relationship with Chloe (Liz Osborn).

Their lives change when the they meet at a bar called The Four-Faced Liar and from that night on, the attraction between Molly and Bridget grows.

Let me just say this right now: the character of Bridget is just terrific fun and I love her.  Marja Lewis Ryan is such a perfect fit for the role that it didn’t surprise me to find out that she also wrote the movie’s screenplay based on her own play.

When Molly fights with Greg and asks Bridget if she can stay with her awhile, Bridget says: “I fart in my sleep.” But later, when she is in anguish over the relationship, she tearfully tells Trip: “My heart is on the floor right now! … I hate her!”

The pain  and frustration is palpable.

Bridget is just who she is and I love that about her. Love that about Trip too. He cheats on Chloe and is caught in the act. When Greg asks him why he did it, instead of some, drawn out introspective answer, Trip says the truth: “I didn’t know she’d be home so early. I thought I’d have another day.”

Bridget struggles with monogamy but Molly’s struggles are even bigger because even as she begins an affair with Bridget, she feels guilty and isn’t sure she wants to give up the safety of Greg even if she is bored silly by him: “I was okay with my life just being okay,” she says at one point to Emily.

But Molly (played so wonderfully by Emily Peck)  has awakened her senses and it’s a joy to see her open up and upsetting when she tries to close up again.

The Four-Faced Liar will screen at Outfest on Saturday, Jul 17th at 8:30pm at the Ford Ampitheater. Here is a LINK for tickets and more information.