While his Queer as Folk love interest Gale Harold has established a successful career on television in recent years, Randy Harrison has quietly been carving out a career on the stage.
But it’s a career so low profile that when being interviewed for Out.com about his role in SILENCE! The Musical, Harrison was asked if he was making his Off-Broadway debut.
‘No,’ the actor replied. ‘I’ve done A Letter from Ethel Kennedy (MCC), Edward the Second (Red Bull), An Oak Tree (Barrow Street), Antony and Cleopatra (TFANA) and The Singing Forest (Public Theatre). So this would be my sixth Off-Broadway show.’
Yikes! Sucks when you kick off an interview sounding kinda clueless.
SILENCE! is a bizarre parody of the film The Silence of the Lambs that had been playing Off-Off-Broadway and recently transferred to the Elektra Theatre located in Times Square.
Harrison joined the production last month following a major reunion event in Germany with the cast of Queer of Folk (all except for Harold).
Now 34, it’s been seven years since Harrison last played gay teen Justin Taylor on the US version of the series which ran on Showtime from 2000 to 2005.
‘I do get spotted as that guy fromQueer as Folk, but not too much,’ Harrison tells Out. ‘It’s usually a pretty touching experience, because now that people who were in their early teens when the show aired are grown up, I get some beautiful stories about how much the show affected them.’
This is terrible news. Rafael Nadal, the 2010 US Open champion and last year’s runner-up, has withdrawn from this year’s tournament with a knee injury.
I may root for Roger Federer whenever they play but that doesn’t mean I don’t totally appreciate Nadal’s amazing abilities, his sportsmanship and his hunkiness!
“I am very sad to announce that I am still not ready to play and have to withdraw from this year’s U.S.,” the third-ranked Nadal said in a statement. “I am sorry since I always found great crowds and great support, but I have to continue with my recuperation and preparation to be ready to play in the right conditions.”
Nadal earlier withdrew from the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati that starts this week. He also did not compete in the Olympics.
Just think, Dr. Reid Oliver’s heart could be beating inside of this heartthrob – well, the character played by this heartthrob. You see, before Daniel Cosgrove took over the role of Chris Hughes on As the World Turns, today’s Morning Man Dylan Bruce had been the most recent actor to play the role.
Since 1990, nine different actors had held down the part of Chris including Cosgrove, Bruce, Christian Siefert, and Bailey Chase.
Bruce, 30, played the role for 99 episodes in 2007 and 2008 before the character was dropped for a few years.
Earlier this year, the actor resurfaced in the star-studded web soap The Bay in the role of Brian. Also in the cast is such soap vets as Tristian Rogers, John Callahan, Charles Shaughnessy and Mary Beth Evans.
Before his soap days, Bruce played the role of Martin Kail on the 24 spinoff called 24: Conspiracy which lasted just one season in 2005. He’s also done guest spots on CSI: NY, The Sopranos, Las Vegas and Passions.
It’s no surprise that the stunning Bruce, who was raised in Seattle, Washington, launched his career as a model.
From 1975 through 1979, Ron Palillo played a high school student Arnold Horshack alongside John Travolta’s Vinnie Barbarino and others on the ABC sitcom Welcome, Back Kotter.
Palillo died this morning at the age of 63 after being found by Joseph Gramm, his partner of 41 years.
He, Travolta, Robert Hegyes and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs played the members of an unruly group of remedial wiseguys known as the Sweathogs opposite Gabe Kaplan as their teacher.
His character was known for his high-pitched squeal of a laugh, thick Brooklyn accent and child-like demeanor. Horshack’s signature lines included his famous self introduction “Hullo (pause) How-wah-ya? (pause) I’m Ahhnold Horshaaaaack!”and “Ooh-ooh-ooooh!” which he would deliver impatiently when he thought he knew the answer to a question in class.
Palillo’s agent, Jacqueline Stander, told NBC News that Palillo had a heart attack and passed away in his sleep at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. His death comes just eight months after Hegyes, who played Sweathog Juan Epstein, also died of a heart attack.
Although Palillo shared his life with a man for more than four decades – including during the run of the show – he was not widely known to be gay.
Happy 38th birthday to one of the really good guys in Hollywood: Christopher Gorham! These days, we love him as as sexy CIA tech Auggie Anderson on USA Network’s Covert Affairs but the truth is, he had me at Popular.
Ever since I saw him as Harrison John on that 1999-01 cult classic (created by Glee’s Ryan Murphy), I’ve been a fan and watched just about every show he did after that including Jake 2.0, Medical Investigation, Out of Practice, Harper’s Island and, of course, Ugly Betty.
And off screen, Chris and his lovely wife Anel Lopez Gorham, has been staunch in their support for marriage equality. Happy birthday to a great guy!
For a man who is so good looking Christian Bale has taken more than his share of character parts that require him to look far from his matinee idol best.
One of those roles, as Mark Wahlberg’s brother in The Fighter, is going to likely earn Bale his first Academy Award nomination.
It’s hard to believe the 36-year-old actor hasn’t been nominated before when you consider his body of work and performances in such films as American Psycho and The Machinist.
He’s willing to become emaciated for a role or to become a buffed-out superhero and transform into Batman in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.
Christian has been acting in major films since he was a teenager. He was just 13 when he starred in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun then went on to star as a teen in the Disney musical Newsies followed by Swing Kids.
He first got my attention in the 1994 film Little Women because by then he had grown into a very handsome young man. Before breaking through as a star, Christian played gay in the glam rock film Velvet Goldmine then two years later, in 1999, starred as a sexy and creepy serial killer in American Psycho.
Of Christian’s performance in that breakthrough film, critic Roger Ebert wrote: Of Bale’s performance, he wrote, “Christian Bale is heroic in the way he allows the character to leap joyfully into despicability; there is no instinct for self-preservation here, and that is one mark of a good actor.”
So much has followed since including Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Rescue Dawn, The Prestige, 3:10 to Yuma, Public Enemies and Terminator Salvation among others.
My heart goes out to Kyan Douglas whose mom died today.
The television personality, best known for his five-year stint on Bravo’s Queer Eye, has just posted on Facebook a beautiful tribute to his mom, Judith Elaine Douglas, who was just 68.
Mom, in the East they say your mother is your first Guru. You were certainly my first Teacher, but you were also my lullaby singer, my tooth fairy and my Mary Poppins. You were my lunch box-packer, my nurse, and a scout-mother for Troop 23. You were a PFLAG mom when I needed you to be, even though I never had to
ask. You were my best cheerleader and probably my best friend. You cleaned, you cooked and you baked cookies, cinnamon rolls and birthday cakes. God only knows how much you sacrificed. You held me when tears rolled down my face- even as recently as last week. And many times that you will never know about, you were my conscience- my True North regarding right and wrong. You are my Heart and I can’t imagine my life without you; I will miss you until I breathe my last breath. I love you endlessly and always. Kyan
Saturday night’s Liza Minnelli concert at Hollywood Bowl was quite an experience for everyone there and Los Angeles Times theater critic Charles McNulty really does a stellar job of capturing the evening in his review of the evening in today’s paper.
Here are some excerpts:
Minnelli might not have been in the best voice, but she sang incredibly movingly, laying bare the emotional ache and awe that inspired her set of songs to be written in the first place.
The best theatrical singers understand lyrics the way the best actors understand characters — as something to inhabit, live through. And Minnelli has a gift for magnifying lyrical feelings that have an obvious resonance with her life and career. When singing about setbacks, comebacks and all forms or resiliency, especially of the romantic kind, she became a Method performer, reopening old wounds and transforming the pain into poignant pizazz.
Minnelli’s belting voice doesn’t have the same snap. She sometimes reached for effects that, conspicuously in her “New York, New York” finale, eluded her by a sizable distance. So what? She gave it a second try when she felt she came up unacceptably short, and the image of a beloved diva struggling to reproduce her old magic actually added to the magic of her interpretations.
Minnelli has been allotted by the showbiz gods an endless supply of do-overs, and she acknowledged both her good fortune and hard knocks with a healthy dose of ironic wit.
You know, I try to be cool but I think that cool has just passed me by.
I’m hopelessly uncool and just don’t really like tattoos.
There, I said it.
Sorry Adam Levine! Sorry Kat Von D!
But I fully support the right for people to have them and as far as tattoos go, Adam Lambert has gotten himself a mighty interesting one.
The singing superstar, who unveiled a new platinum blond look last week, has had the the Latin phrase ‘Musica Delenit Bestiam Feram’ tattooed onto his arm. Translated into English it means: ‘Music Soothes the Savage Beast.’
It’s funny the way Sean Hayes can sometimes just be a part of your everyday conversations with friends.
My friend Justin and I were stuck in the stacked parking at Hollywood Bowl Saturday night after seeing Liza Minnelli and, getting a little goofy as we waited, I suggested he have his own nightclub act patterned after the “Just Jack!” show Sean’s Jack McFarland character did on Will & Grace. Then I really cracked myself up when I suggested it be called “Just-In!”
Not sure if that anecdote was really relevant or particularly entertaining but I’ve written it and don’t want to erase it! Hope someone enjoys it!
Anyway, I’ve buried the lede. Wanted to share with you that Sean has signed up for a guest stint on NBC’s Smash and will appear in multiple episodes of the show’s second season.
The collective heads of the anti-gay group One Million Moms are about to explode over this show so let’s make sure we all watch it, give it huge ratings, and guarantee a nice, long run.
The New Normal is about gay couple Bryan and David (played by Broadway star Andrew Rannells and movie star Justin Bartha) who decide to have a baby and a single mom named Goldie (Georgia King) who agrees to be the surrogate mother. But this will be more than a business arrangement as the men form an unconventional family with Goldie and her young daughter (Bebe Woods). There are a couple of big personalities thrown in the mix as well: Goldie’s bigoted mother (played by Ellen Barkin) and Bryan’s opinionated assistant (played by NeNe Leaks). The show premieres on Sept. 11 and will air on Tuesday nights at 9:30 p.m.
Anderson Cooper finally came out publicly this year and explained that one of the reasons why he never did before was that as a journalist, he just wants to tell stories, not be the story. So these photos in the Daily Mail of Anderson’s long-term boyfriend Ben Maisani passionately kissing another man have got to be a big of a drag. Who knows if the couple have an open relationship or not but even if they do, it’s now clear that they are now a tabloid target.
Rashida Jones, one of the stars of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, is busy promoting her new movie Jesse & Celeste Forever.
In an interview with SpinningPlatters.com the conversation veered away from the movie and over to the importance of closeted gay movie stars coming out.
Says Jones: “A movie star. Like, John Travolta? Come out! Come on. How many masseurs have to come forward? Let’s do this!”
Jones was born into showbiz with her father being Quincy Jones and her mom being actress Peggy Lipton of The Mod Squad and Twin Peaks fame.
She weighed in on other male celebrities who have come out and laments that none of them are A-list leading men:
“Let’s be honest: Anderson Cooper is a TV personality. Like Neil Patrick Harris—okay, yes, it’s great that he came out, but (A) these are both men who have lived in the gay community for a long time and I think everyone suspected, and (B) there’s something about these iconic stars, people who are almost godlike.
With someone like Frank Ocean, yes, it’s fantastic that he did what he did,and his letter was so beautiful, and he’s in such close proximity to all these rappers. So he’s battling homophobia just by being honest. But big stars need to come out. Ricky Martin was huge. That was big; I was really happy about that.”
No, this guy is not a model posing as a golfer – he’s a professional golfer with the stunning good looks of a model.
He’s Australian Adam Scott, the 32-year-old golfer who has been runner-up at The Masters and the British Open.
On Sunday morning, Adam was just one shot off the lead in the PGA Championships, one of golf’s four majors.
But eventual champion Rory McIlroy eventually left Scott and the rest of the field in the dust.
“I just never really got it going,” Scott said after the tournament. “Rory had it in his hands today, and put it out of everyone’s reach.”
Scott has finished inside the top 25 in seven of his past eight majors, the top 10 in four of them, with two runner up finishes. He has been ranked inside the top 10 for over 220 weeks in his career and won 18 tournaments around the world.
“I feel like I have played too good this year to not have a trophy somewhere so I’ll be determined in New York, Boston, Indy or Atlanta to get my name on one somewhere.”
When I was a contributing writer to The Advocate, one of the stories I wrote – way back in 2006 – was the coming out interview with Miss Cleo, the late-night infomercial psychic.
She was quite candid with me about her struggle to come out and sent me a heartfelt email after the article ran.
Today she turns 50 so I thought I’d run some excerpts from that article:
She’s known for the catchphrase “The cards never lie,” and now Miss Cleo, the controversial former infomercial psychic, is finally telling some truths—about herself.
From the late 1990s through 2002, the woman whose real name is Youree Dell Cleomili Harris was a late-night staple who, in a thick Jamaican accent, urged viewers to dial a
charge-by-the-minute 900 number to have their fortunes read.
What those viewers didn’t know, and what some members of her own family still don’t know, is that Miss Cleo is a lesbian. Four years after the infomercials were pulled from the air under a cloud of various lawsuits and federal and state investigations, Harris says she has been inspired to come out publicly by a teenage godson.
“He and I started talking when he was concerned about coming out. He was 16. When he made the decision I told him I’d be there to support him 100%, and he embraced [coming out] wholeheartedly,” Harris says. “It’s a different vibe than when I was his age, being raised Catholic in an all-girls boarding school. But he was afraid of nothing, and I thought, I can’t be a hypocrite. This boy is going to force me to put my money where my mouth
She is sure that coming out will be quite liberating, but she still has some trepidation. “The reason it’s scary is because in my personal experience, black cultures throughout the world have a more difficult time accepting homosexuality in their family. I have family members who will be shocked; they don’t know. I have some family members who are very close to me, and they do know. But I’ve been afraid of the wrath, of the exile. When I came out to a number of friends in the late ’80s I had a number of friends who turned their backs on me and walked away. That was really intense.
Had a sensational time at Hollywood Bowl last night where Liza Minnelli performed for an adoring crowd of more than 12,000 people.
I had never before seen Liza live and boy, this lady is a charmer.
The show began about 40 minutes late due to a problem with the microphones and as we waited, Liza told us over the loudspeakers that she was chomping at the bit to get out there and be with us soon.
That’s her magic, her connection to the crowd. Loved her patter between songs as much as the singing as she talked about her friend Marvin Hamlisch who died last week, about the great Kander and Ebb, about her godfather Ira Gershwin.
It’s true, her voice isn’t what it used to be. But you root for her to hit those big notes and sometimes she does. But she’s a showbiz legend for a reason – she knows how to sell a song, how to tell a story and you are with her every step of the way.
I found videos from throughout the years of some of the songs Liza performed last night including two from her album, Confessions.