Of course everyone wants to know if Anderson Cooper will open up about his personal life in his new daytime show Anderson which premieres in September.
He indicated that he will be, according to this AfterElton.com account from the TV Critics Association Summer Press Tour:
“Is there any interest in that?” said Cooper, with mock naiveté. “I’m kidding. Whatever happens organically happens organically, and as long as it’s organic to what we’re doing and wherever the show’s going, then I think it’s fine. I mean, to me, it’s not a big deal, and it’s not something I think about or think out or plan out. I just… I think we’ll see how things go. Obviously, given the kind of topics we’re going to be covering, you’re going to be seeing more of my personality, more of who I am. Certainly, this is a format where you’re asking people to talk about themselves, and there’s a two-way street, and I understand that.”
The lovely Olivia Newton-John returns to the spotlight with Portraits: A Tribute to Great Women of Song, an album of covers that was recorded in 2004 but has just been released in the United States.
Olivia covers eleven classics originally sung by Karen Carpenter, Doris Day, Minnie Riperton, Dionne Warwick, and other female vocalists.
Here are some highlights from an interview Olivia has done with The Advocate:
The Advocate: On Portraits you sing songs associated with other female vocalists. How did you decide which songs to include on the album? Olivia Newton-John: They are all women whom I’ve admired and songs I’ve sung during my career and while growing up. I just wanted to honor those ladies.
The album includes a gorgeous cover of the Carpenters’ “Rainy Days and Mondays.” You and Karen were close friends, and it’s been nearly 30 years since she passed away. What’s something about her most people don’t know?
She was a very good friend. She was a lovely girl and a lot of fun. I think most people don’t know how much she loved Mickey Mouse and Disneyland. She lived [nearby] and loved to go there. She had Mickey Mouses and photos of the Disney characters in her house. She wore T-shirts with Mickey’s face on it. She loved all of that. She was a kid, a big kid. She was a lot of fun and had the most amazing voice. I was such a fan of hers. She was a great girl and I do miss her.
This year marks three decades since you released “Physical,” which was not only your biggest hit, but the longest-running number 1 song of the ’80s. I’ve read that after you recorded it you were apprehensive about releasing it as a single.
[Laughs] It’s funny. I had a delayed reaction. I recorded it and then had a panic attack. I called my manager and said, “You’ve got to stop it. It’s too naughty.” He told me it was too late. By that time it had already gone to radio and was on its way to number 1. [Laughs] So I quickly adjusted.
The video was also very progressive for the time, as it featured two gay couples holding hands at the end. Was there any controversy surrounding this decision?
Oh, I’m sure there was. Brian Grant was the director, and I think it was his idea. I’m actually seeing him soon for the first time in 30 years and I’m going to ask him, because I don’t remember how it came about and it was such a funny twist. It’s not so radical now, but it was then.
Anderson Cooper faced reporters on opening day of the Television Critics Summer Press Tour and talked about juggling his new syndicated daytime talk show with his CNN show each night.
“I manage my time very well,” he said. “It’s all very doable. It’s a lot of work, but I like to work hard…plus it’s TV, so it’s not like it’s real work.”
The daytime show debuts on Sept. 12 and it helps, he said, that “I’m taping and shooting in the same building.” He will be shooting five episodes over three days. In addition to weeknight CNN show Anderson Cooper 360, he also does six segments per year for 60 Minutes.
Cooper was at TCA in Beverly Hills Tuesday instead of doing his CNN show but pointed out that it was be just his seventh day of vacation all year.
“I get 30 days off a year…and I end the year without taking 10 days of vacation,” he said. “I’ve left just about every vacation I’ve ever hard to cover stories.”
So what can we expect from his new daytime show, simply called Anderson?
“We want the show to cover that full spectrum from important and serious to silly and fun,” he said
Darlene Love is one of the real showbiz survivors and if you only know her from playing Danny Glover’s wife in all the Lethal Weapon movies, then you really don’t know the half of it.
This great star, who is 70 years young today, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year and it was a well-deserved honor!
Darlene joined the singing group The Blossoms while still in high school and began working with producer Phil Spector in the early 60s singing back-up on such songs as Johnny Angel.
She sang lead on a string of hit singles includes He’s a Rebel, Today I Met the Boy I love, Da Doo Ron Ron, and He’s Sure the Boy I’m Going to Marry.
But the records were released under the name of The Crystals and Darlene was never given the proper credit for her work or the proper royalties. This led to hard times but she never game up on herself or her talent and by the 80s, she returned to the music scene and found that the audience had not forgotten her.
Fran Drescher, so funny for all those years on The Nanny, has another hit on her hands with the TV Land sitcom Happily Divorced which has just been renewed for a second season.
But fans of The Nanny will be happy to know that the season’s upcoming episodes of Happily will feature two of Fran’s former co-stars: Charles Shaughnessy and Renee Taylor!
Shaughnessy, who played Fran’s employer-turned-husband on The Nanny, will guest in the finale as Gregory, a guy that both Fran and her ex-husband Peter (John Michael Higgins) want to date!
Taylor, who played Fran’s nosy, overbearing and constantly snacking mother Silvia on the previous sitcom, will in an earlier episode play Marilyn, an old friend of Fran’s mother, Dori (Rita Moreno).
Additionally, Angie Everhart will guest star as the sister of Fran’s ex-boyfriend, Elliot (D.W. Moffett), Lou Diamond Phillips will appear as a man that chooses Judi (Tichina Arnold) over Fran, and Jennifer Holliday of Broadway’s Dreamgirls will guest star as herself.
To date, the series is averaging over 2.2 million viewers every week. The season finale will air on Aug. 17.
It’s clear the Neil Patrick Harris and longtime partner David Burtka would be one handsome pair of grooms.
But this bicoastal couple, parents of twins, clearly don’t want a lot of publicity and hype surrounding any wedding they may be having now that same-sex weddings are taking place in New York where they have a home.
Neil was on Bravo’s What Happens Live last night and was asked point-blank by host Andy Cohen when he and David were getting married.
One of the most down-to-earth and most gracious stars I’ve ever interviewed is the supremely gifted Audra McDonald. The fact that she is a staunch ally of the LGBT community makes me like all the more.
On Sunday, Audra was the guest singer at the same-sex wedding of a Bloomberg administration staffer at Gracie Mansion. Mayor Michael Bloomberg himself officiated the ceremony.
“It was so beautiful,” Audra told the ladies of The View this week. “I was their wedding singer.”
She added: “We’ve been fighting for marriage equality for a long time. If those who are opponents of marriage equality could have witnessed this wedding and see two people who are pledging their lives to each other. To love and protect and take care of each other and raise a family. How is that a bad thing?”
For those who are fans of seeing Audra on ABC’s Private Practice, she will not be a member of the cast in season five. The cross-country commute has gotten to be too much for the four-time Tony winner. Instead, she will be touring this fall with a concert then in late December, will return to Broadway in Porgy and Bess.
Margaret Cho talks to Broadway World about being in the cast of the Lifetime dramedy Drop Dead Diva which is currently in its third season. Here are some excerpts:
PC: What drew you to DROP DEAD DIVA in the first place? Did the recent reality show lead to this opportunity?
MC: Well, I loved doing reality – to me, it was so fun and it was such a fun show. I never thought about going back to scripted TV – I was just going to do stand-up and that was satisfying to me. But, when this show came around, I read the script and I really loved it.
PC: What struck you most about the script when you first read it? It’s quite high-concept for a dramedy series.
MC: I loved it. I just really thought it was a great script and I got along really well with Josh Berman [the creator]. We got along really well and he really wanted me to be in the show. So, it just happened. It was great. It all clicked.
PC: You’ve gone through some struggles, so it’s great to see you doing everything you want to do all at once – ALL-AMERICAN GIRL on ABC to DROP DEAD DIVA on Lifetime now.
MC: Oh, I know. (Laughs.) Believe me, I know. I really love my life right now. I am really proud of DROP DEAD DIVA and I am really proud of all the different things I’ve gotten to do in my life and career.
PC: Who have been your favorite guest stars on the show? There have been so many.
MC: (Pause.) I think my favorites are probably the comedians, like Rosie O’Donnell and Kathy Griffin and Wanda Sykes. You know, those are the women that I really love and am friends with and, also, a fan of – so, it is always great to work with them and see them do some different stuff. And, it’s really rare to see them act together, so that’s really cool.
He’s Ryan Harrison and he’s an up-and-coming American tennis star who seems to have the best shot at joining fellow Americans Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish in the top 1o.
Ryan, who’s 19, is currently ranked number 94 in the world and is coming off his best finish of the year – a semifinal at the Atlanta Tennis Championships where he lost to Fish. He became the first US teenager to reach an ATP semi-final since Sam Querrey at Indianapolis in 2007.
That success earned him a spot in the men’s tournament that began on Monday at UCLA.
“I’m excited to get into LA,” Harrison said after bowing out in the semi-finals in Atlanta. “I hope to keep up this level. Even if I lost, I’m feeling confident. I’m ready for LA.”
Had a very nice time Sunday afternoon at GLAAD Hancock Park: Top Chef Invasion, an annual event with first-rate food that I try to never miss.
Lisa Vanderpump, star of Bravo’s the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, was the event’s celebrity host which featured a cooking challenge between chefs Antonia Lofaso and Fabio Viviani.
Vanderpump was joined by fellow celebrity judges Shondra Rhimes, Jai Rodriguez and Jamie Lauren.
Prior to the cooking challenge, GLAAD’s acting president Mike Thompson addressed the crowd which had been feasting on hors d’œuvres from area restaurants. [See my interview with Thompson HERE]
Earlier I spoke with some of the celebrity attendees about the fact that same-sex marriages were taking place, for the first time, in New York on the very same day.
Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice creator Rhimes said: “I’m all for marriage equality and I think that anything the forwards that cause is a good thing.” [I'll have a extended interview with Rhimes later this week]
Star chef and restaurant owner Susan Feniger, one of the hosts of the event, is openly gay and thrilled: “I just think it’s absolutely fantastic and important and should have happened out here [in California] a long time ago. I think we [in California] should be at the forefront of everything and to be behind on this is just embarrassing. Thank God New York did it and hopefully the rest of the country will follow.”
Vanderpump said: “I am so excited about that. It’s now six states down, 44 to go. Spread the word, spread the feeling. It absolutely baffles me when I see so many problems in the world – environmentally, politically, terrorism – we have to fight and argue about people who love each other just wanting to make it legal.”
Lisa is just sensational and I will have an extended interview with her in the coming days.
And finally, my marker on the press line did not say “Greg In Hollywood” but instead read “Greg In the 212″ which I thought was hilarious.
Someone from GLAAD clearly combined the name of my blog with that of my good friend Kenneth Walsh’s Kennethinthe212 site. I thought Kenneth would get a kick out seeing our blogs combined for the first and only time!
Well, I don’t write much about it but I have been obsessed with The Real Housewives of New York this season.
Love Countess Luann, love Jill and like Cindy. Not crazy about Kelly, used to like Sonja more and go hot and cold on Alex. Can’t stand Ramona but realize the show would not be near as much fun without her craziness. She seemed to be hitting below the belt regarding Luann’s kids so it makes you realize how low she can go and you also got the feeling her pregnancy drama in the season finale was manufactured to get screen time. I mean, she’s 55!
Anyway, part one of the RHONY aired tonight on Bravo (a 90-minute part 2 airs next Monday) and it was an absolute brawl. Nobody came off well as they all tried to talk over each other – constantly.
Following the reunion broadcast, Neil Patrick Harris joined Andy Cohen as the sole guest on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live.
He watched the reunion and said “it was like a migraine headache…. It was terrible behavior.”
NPH singled out Alex referring to her as “the Frankensteiny one” adding that “all of the blonds are trouble.”
He had this advice for Cohen regarding the NY cast: “You need to eliminate all of them and start from scratch … Get people who have more to do in their life than create conflict.”
But he does not have disdain for them all admitting: “I kind of like Kelly.”
The American Bar Association announced today that the American Foundation for Equal Rights’ lead attorneys, David Boies and Theodore B. Olson, have been chosen to receive the American Bar Association Medal – one of the most prestigious awards in the American legal profession.
AFER brought these two highly-respected attorneys together in 2009 to lead the federal case against Proposition 8 (Perry v. Brown), which placed a ban on marriage for gay and lesbian Californians. AFER, Olson and Boies achieved an unprecedented victory for marriage equality on August 4, 2010, when a U.S. District Court concluded that, “Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis.”
Boies is the founder and chairman of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. One of the nation’s preeminent trial lawyers, Boies was recently named “Lawyer of the Year” by the National Law Journal and “Commercial Litigator of the Year” by Who’s Who. Olson is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s D.C. office and is one of the nation’s premier appellate and U.S. Supreme Court advocates. The National Law Journal has repeatedly listed him as one of America’s Most Influential Lawyers. Last year, TIME selected both Boies and Olson as two of the 100 most influential people in the world.
“Ted and David show that excellence in the legal profession transcends partisan and ideological boundaries,” said Chad Griffin, co-founder and Board President of the American Foundation for Equal Rights. “Thanks to these two world-class legal minds the dark walls of discrimination are beginning to crumble. Ted, David and AFER will continue to fight for full federal marriage equality for all Americans.”
Among previous recipients of the ABA Medal are legendary justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, including Oliver Wendell Holmes, Felix Frankfurter, Thurgood Marshall, William J. Brennan Jr., Sandra Day O’Connor and Anthony Kennedy.
The award will be bestowed upon Boies and Olson during the meeting of the ABA House of Delegates at the Association’s annual meeting on August 8th, 2011.
True Blood star Alexander Skarsdard is among the latest celebrities to participate in the It Gets Better video campaign aimed at LGBT youth.
I like that he places the responsibility on parents because as we all know, homophobic bullying starts in the home with kids taking their cues from their parents.
Alexander said: “I believe it gets better when parents start to lead buy example. We have to teach our children not only through our words but through our actions that every single human being has equal value.”
The actor does not yet have children but said when he does, “I’ll make sure that before they can walk, before they can crawl, that they know how important that is.”
In the blazing hot sun on Sunday afternoon, GLAAD’s acting president Mike Thompson was confident and cool as he addressed hundreds of guests at his organization’s annual Top Chef Invasion event.
“It’s really no secret about the challenges and the changes that GLAAD has been through in the last month or so,” Thompson said as attendees sipped cocktails and munched on gourmet hors d’œuvres. “At times, it felt like I was in one of the most headed ‘Quickfire’ challenges in Top Chef history. You know, the ones when [host] Padma [Lakshmi] comes in and she gives you this list of ingredients … and says, ‘Do something with these ingredients.’ It’s kind of felt like that at times over the last six weeks. But let me tell you, just like these talented top chefs would produce the most amazing dishes from the most random ingredients, that’s exactly what we’re doing at this time at GLAAD.”
The challenges he’s referring to are former GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios stepping down in June after 23 months on the job because of fallout over a statement he had released supporting the merger of telecom giants AT&T and T-Mobile. AT&T had donated $50,000 to the LGBT rights organization.
Thompson, then GLAAD’s chief operating officer, was asked to take over as acting president. A search committee and the criteria for a permanent replacement for Barrios has not yet been formed. In an interview with Greg In Hollywood before his speech, Thompson would not say whether he will be a candidate for the job.
“I love my job at GLAAD and consider it such a privilege to step into this acting president role,” he said. “It’s an honor to be sitting in this seat today.”
Whoever ends up as president, Thompson said it’s important to continue to do the work that GLAAD began doing 25 years ago when the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation was formed in response to a series of articles in the New York Post with defamatory and sensational coverage of the AIDS epidemic.
“What is really important for us to focus on, even in the midst of the conversation over the last month, is the important work of GLAAD which never really ceased,” he said. “Our challenge now is to refocus the conversation back on the important mission-related work that we’re doing.”
The Top Chef benefit was taking place the same day as same-sex couples began getting married in New York and Thompson pointed out that GLAAD has “had people on the ground since marriage equality actually passed the legislature. We’ve got great work happening in the field across the country doing similar work that happened in New York.”
“Even during times of transition like this, it’s about focusing the conversation on the mission work of GLAAD and the rest will kind of fade into the background because it’s really about advancing the work toward full equality,” he added. “… I think people are going to be impressed with what we’re doing and the conversation’s going to change to the important mission work that we do.”
After seeing trailers for months, it’s a little hard to believe that the Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis romantic comedy Friends With Benefits opened in theaters just this past weekend.
The movie had to compete with opening weekend of Captain America and the second weekend of the final Harry Potter film so it’s no surprise that it opened at number three. Still, it managed a respectable $18 million in ticket sales.
The film’s stars talked to The Advocate about all kinds of LGBT topics including Woody Harrelson’s gay character in their film.
Said Justin: “I want to say that once we came up with the idea that Woody’s character would be gay, it was really important to me that we use that as an opportunity to break anything that is a stereotype. Stereotypes are offensive to our culture. I’m a straight male who has male friends who are gay. We don’t have any problem communicating. We don’t any problem being two guy friends regardless of our differences in sexual orientation. It just so happens that Woody’s character happens to be a cock hound, like you said. When you first meet him he makes those abrasive jokes, but it’s just his specific character’s sense of humor. It was perfect to have Woody in this role, because we wanted to take some chances and break some stereotypes.”
On marriage equality in New York:
Kunis: Listen, my roommate’s gay. You’re talking to somebody who grew up in Hollywood, so I don’t know otherwise. So my stance on it is I think people are scared of what they don’t know. A lot of times people don’t understand something because they’re not around it. The second that you show them, they become a little more accepting, and they’re more open to evolving and moving forward. And I think it’s great that there are people in this world who are willing to do something that should have been done, 40, 50, 60 years ago. I also think it’s great that “don’t ask, don’t tell” is over with. I think that a lot of things are moving in the right direction. And truly believe that in my lifetime gay marriage will be legalized [everywhere in this country]. I do. Like, federally legal. I do believe in that. I don’t think it’s going to be tomorrow. It’s unfortunate that it’s not, but if things keep moving in the direction that they are now, in 10, 20 years, yeah, I do believe it will be federally legal.
Timberlake: I was stoked. I mean, I was stoked that that happened. I think it’s just…we’re people and we’re different, all of us. And we should be using our differences to bring ourselves closer together. You know? Not be afraid of something that we don’t know. Like Mila said, and you know, I have a lot of guy friends who are gay. Two of my best friends are a couple, and my conversation with them is, like, it’s unfortunate that things take a while to progress like this, but it was a great, great victory for equality.
I¹m proud that New York has balls to stand up for what’s right.
Mariah Carey had a very rough pregnancy carrying her twins which she referred to repeatedly last night while selling her collection of jewelry, fragrances, purses etc. on Home Shopping Network.
At one point she said she was “literally like 47 weeks pregnant” as she held the twins as long as she could.
Is that possible?
Anyway, she is definitely still punchy from the experience as we see her in this video bossing the camera crew around and only occasionally talking about the items at one point saying: “I don’t even know what they’re charging.”
In a new interview with TV Guide, Glee sensation Darren Criss says that while the prospect of replacing Daniel Radcliffe on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is “kind of cool,” he cautions that “it’s definitely not confirmed by any means.”
He admits to being tired after such a whirlwind several months in between seasons of the show: “I’ve just been traveling a whole lot and doing a lot of projects. I’m tired. I’ve been traveling a lot for music. I haven’t been home in awhile. … I’m weird, though. I’m kind of a glutton for punishment. I really like working and doing as much as I can… while I have the enthusiasm and wherewithal. I’m kind of abusing that to the bitter end.”
Darren has no idea what is ahead for his character of Blaine in the upcoming season of Glee which goes into production soon: “My guess is as good as anybody’s. But the thing I always say about Glee is that I’ve been invited to this party that was swinging before I got there. So to feel entitled to anything at this party is absurd. I’m just happy that they’re having me around. I’m so thrilled they promoted me to a series regular. That was very special. I don’t know what that means or entails, but I’m just happy to still be at the party. We’ll see.”