On Saturday afternoon, I was driving down Sunset Boulevard from Hollywood to Silverlake and stopped at the signal light at Fountain Avenue. I look to my left and in the next lane is a giant billboard on wheels with the face of today’s Morning Man: Josh Post.
Josh is running for a seat on the Los Angeles City Council (District 13) and seeing that billboard reminded me of the day a few months ago that he came to my door to talk about his candidacy and what he wanted to do for the city.
He was going door to door on his own and I wished him luck and began following his campaign – and yes, I probably would have done so even if he weren’t so darn handsome.
Josh just seems like good people, is a progressive Democrat and LGBT friendly.
And he is running a grassroots campaign walking the neighborhoods, meeting people face-to-face, and even giving out popsicles on warm days.
I love it!
He is currently serving as an attorney with the California Department of Justice. Here is a LINK to his campaign’s Facebook page if you want to learn more about him. If you don’t live in LA or District 13 and can’t vote for Josh in the primary on Tuesday, then just enjoy the pictures!
I had the most fun surprise yesterday while visiting my niece and nephew in Orange County yesterday.
They have become absolutely hooked on The Brady Bunch and wanted me to come upstairs with them after dinner to watch YouTube videos. My 11 year old nephew types into Youtube: “Brady Bunch Time to Change.”
It’s the episode where Peter’s voice changes just as the kids were about to record a song. Then we watched the episode when the kids went on a TV talent show as “The Silver Platters” to try and win money to pay for their parents’ anniversary present.
I really enjoyed watching these videos with them and imitating Peter’s changing voice with my nephew.
So here are all the songs they performed during the original 1969-74 series (no variety hour songs since there is a FAKE Jan in those!)
I’ve also, just for kicks, included the part of the Davy Jones episode where Marcia watches him singing in the recording studio.
Madonna must think an awful lot of Anderson Cooper.
The Material Girl has agreed to show up at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York City on March 16 to present the Silver Fox with the Vito Russo Award.
Madonna had previously appeared as a guest on Anderson Live! and the two are longtime friends.
“Madonna has been a passionate spokesperson and longtime supporter of gay rights. She has embraced LGBT people around the world on many occasions,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “From speaking out against bullying to raising support for marriage equality, Madonna has always been one of our community’s strongest allies. We are honored to have her stand with GLAAD and Anderson Cooper.”
GLAAD will honor Cooper with the Vito Russo Award at the New York event. The Vito Russo Award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality. Previous honorees include Ricky Martin, Rosie O’Donnell, and Elton John. The Award takes its name from legendary HIV/AIDS activist Vito Russo, who was also one of GLAAD’s founders.
My favorite James Bond of all, Daniel Craig, turns 45 today.
So far he’s starred in three films as Bond (Casino Royale, Skyfall and Quantum of Solace and will star in at least two more.
I’ve become such a fan that I’ve caught his other recent films as well including Flashbacks of a Fool (he’s totally nude in this one – rent it!), Defiance, Infamous, Cowboys & Aliens and best of all, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Happy birthday to a terrific actor to also happens to be a hunky, big ol’ move star!
Ellen DeGeneres posted this on her blog this week and I liked it so much I’m going to post it here in its entirety:
California’s Proposition 8 is headed to the Supreme Court. Hundreds of companies and families as well as Republicans are submitting briefs urging the 9 judges to allow gay people to marry. I thought that was ridiculous. Why would judges want all of that underwear? Then, after a quick talk with some people, I found out what a brief was.
I’ve never filed a brief to the Supreme Court, so I thought I would post mine here. I’m sure someone will tweet it to them.
Portia and I have been married for 4 years and they have been the happiest of my life. And in those 4 years, I don’t think we hurt anyone else’s marriage. I asked all of my neighbors and they say they’re fine.
But even though Portia and I got married in the short period of time when it was legal in California, there are 1,138 federal rights for married couples that we don’t have, including some that protect married people from losing their homes, or their savings or custody of their children.
The truth is, Portia and I aren’t as different from you as you might think. We’re just trying to find happiness in the bodies and minds we were given, like everyone else.
Coming out was one of the hardest things I ever did. I didn’t intend to be on the cover of Time magazine saying, “Yep, I’m gay.” The truth is, I don’t even remember saying that. I mean, I definitely said the “I’m gay” part. It’s the “yep” I don’t remember. I’m not really a “yep” person. “Yes siree Bob” maybe. But not “yep.”
In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “We’re here, we’re queer, get over it.” And there’s another famous quote that says “A society is judged by how it treats its weakest members.” I couldn’t agree with that more. No one’s really sure who said it first, so if anyone asks, tell them I said it.
I hope the Supreme Court will do the right thing, and let everyone enjoy the same rights. It’s going to help keep families together. It’s going to make kids feel better about who they are. And it is time.
*I was just told Benjamin Franklin did not say that first quote. I apologize and see that I have a lot to learn about stuff.
So sad to hear the news just now that beloved sitcom star Bonnie Franklin has died at the age of 69 from pancreatic cancer.
The actress best known for her role as Ann Romano for nine seasons on One Day at a Time had remained active in theater and had done a guest appearance on Hot in Cleveland which stars her former TV daughter Valerie Bertinelli.
I met Miss Franklin back in 2008 at a Mother’s Day event at the TV Academy where Bertinelli and her other TV daughter, MacKenzie Phillips, were both on hand to pay tribute to her.
Here is the story I wrote back then:
She’s best known for her role as Ann Romano on the long-running sitcom “One Day at a Time.”
But really Bonnie Franklin’s life before and after that classic CBS show has been about performing a wide array of roles on the stage.
She began her career on Broadway, earning a Tony Award nomination for the musical “Applause,” and in more recent years has performed in productions of plays including “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” “Grace & Glorie” and “Double Act.”
“I’ve done a lot of plays over the years,” she said recently. “I just did (Edward) Albee’s ‘A Delicate Balance.’ I did Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa” a couple of years ago.”
Franklin, married since 1980 to film producer Marvin Minoff, regularly appears on stage in the Los Angeles area with her most recent productions being Lillian Hellman’s “Toys in the Attic” and Neil Simon’s “Broadway Bound.”
She also participates in staged readings with Classic and Contemporary American Playwrights, an organization devoted to reviving works that are seldom seen.
The 1975-84 run of “One Day” remains a fond memory for the 64-year-old actress who is well aware of the impact that her portrayal of a divorced mother of two teenage daughters had at that time.
“I didn’t even realize the extent of it until I started getting the mail,” she said, “and I went: ‘Oh. We have a responsibility. Oh, my God. We better try and be truthful to what this situation is.’ We were not doing that for the first 12 shows. They dealt with hamburger joints and dates.”
Franklin put her foot down and held out for shows in which “we dealt with what we’re supposed to be dealing with, which is divorce and kids who are trying to deal with that.”
She has remained close to the the actresses who played her daughters on the show, Valerie Bertinelli and MacKenzie Phillips, and to series regular Pat Harrington.
All three showed up earlier this year at the Television Academy in North Hollywood for a tribute to classic TV moms.
Since “One Day” continues to live on through reruns and DVDs, Franklin is still regularly recognized in public as Ann Romano, and the actress doesn’t mind one bit.
“It’s been nice,” she said of that lasting recognition. “It was a really good period of time in my life and an important time in my life. It allowed me to do what I wanted to do the rest of my life. It’s been good. I continue to have a pretty good life.”
These days, people say that any idiot with a computer can start their own blog.
Well, starting one is the easy part. But maintaining it, growing it, and remaining passionate about it is only possible if you have the solid support of your readers.
I have found that in you.
Greg In Hollywood turns four years old this weekend (March 2) and this anniversary is just as much about you readers as it is about me.
I get reports each day detailing the number of visitors, where they come from, how long they stay and which articles they read the most. It’s always so encouraging to know that you’re connecting with people – especially when you write about Victor Garber!
Who knew? That, so far, has brought more traffic to the site than any other because it was picked up by so many major outlets around the world.
But what is even more gratifying than a traffic spike from a big story is meeting readers when I’m out and about. People are so kind and generous. Some of them are kind of famous too.
There was Matt Bomer who last year asked me why he wasn’t in the photo strip above the banner (They will be updated soon, Matt, and I’ve got the perfect photo of us all ready!).
And one of my favorite moments was chatting with Oscar producer Craig Zadan last fall and finding out that he reads Greg In Hollywood every day. For about a week after that, I would post things and wonder, “What will Craig think of this?”
Teddy struggled but eventually started dating Ian and came out to his classmates. Then the writers turned Ian into some kind of weirdo in like one episode and that ended clumsily and badly.
I wrote in a commentary at the time: ‘There are so few gay characters on broadcast television and I’m not saying they should all be saints but they should at least make sense. This did not make sense at all.”
But Teddy met and dated and kissed other guys including one played by Freddie Smith who went on to become Sonny on Days of Our Lives.
But the powers that be inexplicably decided that the show’s one gay character would not be returning as a regular after season 3.
That’s when they lost me.
After that, I only tuned in if Teddy was making one of his sporadic appearances including this season when he and Silver were involved in some sperm donation plotline.
This went from a show I was starting to really like and write and tweet about to something I not only lost interest in, but actually resented.
ABC has obtained the rights to the Oscar nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague with plans to turn it into a miniseries.
This is the most wonderful news.
The more people who learn about the absolutely, mind-bogglingly heroic work of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) and Treatment Action Group (TAG) during the height of the AIDS epidemic in the US, the better.
I thought I knew a lot about the history of the fight against AIDS in the 80s and 90s until I saw this film at Outfest last summer. It was just about the best history lesson I’ve ever had. The story is told with real footage, interviews with key folks involved – some no longer living – and it tells the story of these people who rose to the occasion and would not take no for an answer.
They literally saved millions of lives and I don’t think people really know that.
So the miniseries will reach so many more people than even the film.
It will be in good hands since the film’s director, David France, will be adapting it for the small screen.
‘People got a sense from the doc that many of the activists were soldiers drafted into a war that perhaps they were not ready to fight but that they had trained themselves for, and we really want to show a wide audience how that happened,’ co-producer Howard Gertler tells The Hollywood Reporter.
The film gives viewers a front-row seat to the epic day-to-day battles that ultimately resulted in AIDS no longer being a death sentence. ACT UP and TAG members elevated themselves at the height of the AIDS crisis in the US in the 1980s with their own self-education which enabled them to demand a seat at the table with scientists, researchers and regulators.
The scripted adaptation of the film would delve deeper into the personal lives of the activists.
‘We know we’d like it to be an extended story that’s not just about AIDS and what AIDS wrought but about this tremendous civil rights movement that grew from the ashes of AIDS and the dawn of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement,’ France says.
For those who think the Kardashians are “stars,” here’s the real deal.
She’s Bernadette Peters and she’s a showbiz dynamo who turns 65 today.
Miss Peters has been in plenty of feature films (The Jerk, Pennies From Heaven, It Runs in the Family), scores of TV movies (The Last Best Year, Once Upon a Mattress, Living Proof) and guested on many television shows (Smash, Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty).
But it is on the Broadway stage where she has become a showbiz legend. Nominated for seven Tony Awards and winning for Song and Dance and Annie Get Your Gun, she has starred in Sunday in the Park With George, The Goodbye Girl, Into the Woods and revivals of Gypsy, Follies and A Little Night Music.
I love her for her great talent, her love of her gay fans, and for being an inspiration to us all.
Great news for those of you who are fans of ABC’s The View, Barbara Walters is returning to the show on Monday after more than a month away.
But I must say, Brooke Shields has been one of the most impressive co-hosts the show has ever had. Smart, funny, confident and gorgeous, I think someone might nab her for a talk show of her own.
Anyway, wanted to post this clip of Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s guest spot from earlier this week. He talks about proposing to his future husband, possibly having kids, and about the success of the hit ABC show.
It’s Thursday so why not feature an impossibly handsome performer with some serious stage chops.
He’s David Burnham who has appeared on Broadway in the musicals Wicked and The Light In The Piazza and was chosen to replace Donny Osmond in the national tour of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
David also toured nationally as Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar and last year, starred in the new Off-Broadway show The Best Is Yet to Come – The Music Of Cy Coleman.
He has also recorded two solo albums, his self-titled CD and One Day.