I don’t think I’ve ever seen Sean Hayes look happier.
It could be because he just opened on Broadway opposite Kristen Chenoweth in Promises, Promises which has gotten raves and drawing huge crowds.
Or maybe Sean is glowing even more these days because after so many years of not discussing his sexuality, Sean recently gave an interview with The Advocate and made clear that he is a gay man. It made me feel better about Sean who we first arrived on our radar in Billy’s Hollywood Screen Test.
During his eight-season run on Will & Grace, Sean played the flamboyantly gay Jack and won an Emmy in 2000 for his hilarious work as well as three Screen Actors Guild Awards for best actor in a comedy.
He turns 40 next month and, I’m sure, the best is yet to come.
We are now so used to seeing Meryl Streep do just about anything on screen, it’s hard to believe there was a time when we thought she was could only do heavy drama or roles with some kind of foreign accent.
That’s why 1991′s Defending Your Life was such a wonderful treat because it was Meryl, looking as lovely as she ever did, playing such an upbeat character so enthusiastic about food and about life (even in death!).
She starred opposite Albert Brooks in this film which takes place in the afterlife.
The two are in Judgement City having their lives reviewed and awaiting their fates.
Meryl’s character of Julia pretty much eats non-stop in the movie because in Judgement City, you can order anything you want – it’s all delicious – and you don’t gain any weight!
Sounds like heaven to me!
Meryl eats with gusto throughout the film and in this clip, I love watching her eating what has got to be the longest pasta noodle since the one Lucy Ricardo ate at the Brown Derby.
Bonus Video: Meryl did a fun unbilled cameo in the 2004 comedy Stuck On You starring Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear as conjoined twins. Meryl plays herself in a movie that also featured her Silkwood co-star Cher who also played a fictionalized version of herself:
Instead of waiting for a record company to unveil images, we can see them from the artist themselves.
Earlier today, Adam Lambert sent out a TwitPic of the cover art of his new single If I Had You from his album For Your Entertainment. Adam says the photo was taken by Lee Cherry and has this request from fans: Request IF I HAD YOU w your fav radio station but remember: once a day! Don’t abuse the privledge! I love you all so much!
Adam also said:Shooting the video in the next couple of weeks- s’gonna be EPIC!
EVENING OUT: Anyone who was at last night’s An Evening With Women: Celebrating Art, Music and Equality event at the Beverly Hilton will not soon forget it.
The crowd at the star-studded evening benefiting the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center was treated to a surprise appearance by Pink who joined mentor (and event chairwoman) Linda Perry onstage for a rousing version of What’s Up which left the crowd on its feet.
The singer had earlier appeared onstage during the live auction sitting atop a Vespa that sold for $12,000. Pink (at the event with husband Cary Hart) did not come with the Vespa but the winning bidder did get to sit on the bike and be photographed with the singer who had a lit cigarette in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.
Pink was good-naturedly foul mouthed telling the crowd “Yes, I got a new fucking haircut!” before adding: “This is an incredible evening. I’m just honored to have made it this far west to know you all.”
HEARTFELT PERFORMANCE: It was absolute heaven to be treated to a four-song set from Heart. Ann and Nancy Wilson were in great form treating the crowd to their classic hit Barracuda and a few songs from their new album Red Velvet Car.
Among the new material was a moving song called Sand about a friend of the Wilson sisters who lost a long battle with AIDS.
Linda Perry said that when she asked Heart to perform, the answer “yes” came within a day: “I’m just so honored that they’re here.”
Ann Wilson told me before the show how impressed she is with the LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s work and that she wished there was a similar depth of services in Seattle where she lives.
Sarah Silvermann brought the house down with her hilarious routine. Love this girl and her potty mouth. She was introduced by Gina Gershon and told the crowd that Gershon’s full name is “Va-Gina.”
No topics were taboo for the Emmy-nominated star including hungry kids in Africa: “When someone’s in need, I’m a very sensitive person. When I see those care commercials with big bellies and flies – these are babies, nine months pregnant. It breaks my heart. I don’t give money because I don’t want them to spend it on drugs.”
She also tackled the possibility of becoming a parent: “I always thought I’d have a surrogate have my baby and take it one step further and have a surrogate raise my baby.” Or she’ll adopt: “I always thought I’d adopt someone brown because otherwise you don’t get credit.”
Sarah even poked fun at charities like Make A Wish Foundation which grants wishes for terminally ill children saying they grant any wish except: “not dying. Maybe they should call it ‘do you have a second wish?’ or ‘make it another wish.’”
Then there is what Silvermann had to say about the word “diva” which she does not think is a compliment if people call themselves that for hopeless behavior: “I’m not so sure you’re a diva – I’m pretty sure you’re a cunt.”
Gina Gershon was the evening’s host and set a fun tone with a performance of Tom Jones’What’s New Pussycat? She also sang a sultry version of Is That All There Is?
Gina, who recently appeared on Broadway in the first-ever revival of Bye Bye Birdie opposite John Stamos, teamed with Linda Perry for a live auction that had for the previous two years been conducted by Sharon Stone.
They did just as well, if not better, than the Basic Instinct star by raising big bucks auctioning off the Vespa, a tatto by Kat Von D, a dinner for six prepared by chef Jamie Lauren, and a daylong recording session with Linda Perry.
Gina also introduced Sarah Silverman and told the crowd that the comic is not as straight as they might think: “When she’s singing the song I’m Fucking Matt Damon – she’s really talking about me.”
Renee Zellweger was described by Linda Perry as “so fucking cool … I can’t even believe she’s an Oscar winner.”
Renee, who won the Oscar for Cold Mountain and was nominated for Chicago and Bridget Jones’ Diary, took the stage after an ill-advised short break in the proceedings so guests could get another drink from the bar or check the status of their silent auction items.
As a result, there was still a din in the room as Zellweger spoke.
She gamely went on with her remarks saying the event was about trying to make a difference in the lives of young people.
“I want to do everything I can to help the center,” Renee said. “It’s been a very inspiring evening.
I asked Renee on the red carpet if she was planning to do another Bridget Jones movie (she’s done two so far). She acted coy and asked: “I don’t know! Have you heard anything?”
Well, that doesn’t sound like a no.
Would be great to see her in that role again.
FRIENDSHIP: Jim Key is not only the director of communications of at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center, he’s also a very good friend of mine.
I’m so glad we got to enjoy the dinner together, catch up, and enjoy the incredible performances of Pink, Linda Perry and Heart.
Olympian Johnny Weir marches to his own drummer and that is why we love him so.
Here is Johnny yesterday at the Kentucky Derby where big hats are a tradition.
Other stars spotted at the event were Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson, Mario Lopez, Joey Fatone, Rebecca Romijn with Jerry O’Connell, Tom Brady, Diane Lane, Jamie Pressley, Kevin Conolly, and Jeff Lewis.
I’ve just had the most terrific time watching these performances by five-time Tony winner Angela Lansbury.
This film, television and Broadway legend has had the most extraordinary career from classic movies (Gaslight, National Velvet, The Manchurian Candidate) to 12 seasons on CBS’s Murder She Wrote.
But it’s the stage where she has been the most glorious and where she is currently back on Broadway in A Little Night Music. She’s been Mame, she’s been Mama Rose in Gypsy and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd and won Tonys for each of them.
Here are a handful of performances from the great Miss Lansbury. Enjoy!
Sorry Shaun Cassidy. Move over Rick Springfield. You too Donny Osmond.
The absolute cutest teen idol from the 70s and early 80s was Robby Benson!
You remember Robby, right? Ice Castles, Ode to Billy Joe, One on One, The Death of Richie and Harry and Son are the movies I remember most and they left quite an impression.
Robby was not only adorable with blue eyes to die for, but he was such a fine actor with a lot of heart and soul.
It’s not like Robby, now 54, has ever stopped working since the peak of his popularity as an actor. He’s a versatile talent who writes songs, does voice acting (he was the Beast in Beauty and the Beast and in several sequels) and directs movies (Billy: The Early Years, Modern Love) and television (Ellen, Friends, 8 Simple Rules). And he’s still acting including a recurring role in the NBC series American Dreams.
Robby also wrote We Are Not Alone, the song that plays during the key dancing-in-the-library scene in The Breakfast Club. The woman who sang that track, Karla DeVito, happens to be Benson’s wife. They have two children. He has also taught film and theater at several universities including NYU.
Robby was born with a heart defect, necessitating open heart surgery when he was 28, and again when he was 42. He is an activist and fundraiser for heart research, and wrote the book, lyrics, and music for a play called Open Heart, starring Benson, which opened and closed off-Broadway in 2004.
We know that Vanessa Hudgens will play the role of Mimi in the concert production of Rent at Hollywood Bowl in August but now several more cast members have been announced who make me want to see the show all the more.
Among those added to the cast are Emmy winner Wayne Brady who will play the role of Tom Collins in the show. Brady, currently hosting Let’s Make a Deal, has twice worked with director Neil Patrick Harris on the How I Met Your Mother sitcom as Barney’s gay brother.
Also in the cast: Aaron Tveit, from Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize winning Next to Normal and the upcoming feature film Howl playsRoger,andSkylar Astin, who played Georg in Spring Awakening on Broadway, plays Mark.
Collins Pennie who appeared in the films Fame and the upcoming Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming, plays Benjamin (“Benny”) Coffin III.
Tracie Thoms, a regular on CBS’ Cold Case, will be Joanne, a role she played in the film and the final cast of RENT on Broadway.
Telly Leung, member of the final cast of RENT on Broadway, will play the role of Angel. Gwen Stewart, the original Broadway vocalist of “Seasons of Love,” will join the production as well.
Neil Patrick Harris said in a statement: “So far, I’m thrilled with the cast. With this gang, I’m hoping to provide an eclectic mix of experienced RENT performers, amazing new talent, and recognizable faces in unexpected roles. Of paramount importance to me, though, is honoring the piece as a whole – the music, the vibe, the creator – so that those who have never experienced RENT will be able to appreciate it alongside die hard fans. We’ll only have one week of rehearsal, which I like to call ‘madness’, but as of now my hopes are very high.”
There will be three performances only, Friday and Saturday August 6 and 7 at 8:30pm, and Sunday August 2 at 7:30pm.
Jamal Sims, who was an associate choreographer of the film Hairspray, co-choreographed the 82nd Academy Awards, and was assistant choreographer of the Madonna: Sticky and Sweet Tour, has been announced to choreograph.
Tim Weil, the original Musical Supervisor and Conductor for RENT on Broadway, and Musical Supervisor for the 2009 US Tour of RENT will serve as Musical Director of the Hollywood Bowl’s fully staged production.
The Hollywood Bowl previously announced Vannesa Hudgens for the role of Mimi in its production of RENT, which will have three performances August 6, 7, and 8. Today the Bowl is announcing additional casting, led by Emmy winner and Grammy nominee Wayne Brady in the role of Tom Collins.
Olympic Gold Medalist Evan Lysacek is clarifying comments he made about fellow pro figure skater Johnny Weir.
Evan, currently competing in Dancing with the Stars, tells ET.com: “Johnny Weir is an accomplished and talented skater, and I’ve skated alongside him as part of Team USA for many years. Since the Olympics, I’ve dealt with Johnny’s questioning my integrity and sexuality, and I’ve never spoken out on my own behalf no matter how hurtful those things may have been.”
Evan has been juggling his DWTS gig with performances on the Smucker’s Stars on Ice tour which the flamboyant Weir had been excluded from because he was not “family friendly” enough.
Earlier this week, Evan addressed the snub telling the Indianapolis Star earlier this week: “Stars on Ice is really selective of who they hire and they only hire the best of the best to skate. … A lot of us in the skating world were really disappointed in the way he reacted, basically whining that he wasn’t chosen.”
In a candid interview with ET, Evan explained his controversial comments: “I let my personal feelings cloud my judgment in how I answered a journalist’s question about Stars on Ice and Johnny that I should never have answered. I should have known better. Best wishes and congratulations to Johnny as he opens the new season of Ice Theatre of NY and I wish him well in all of his future endeavors.”
This is my favorite episode from season six of Sex and the City, maybe even my favorite ever.
Depressed author Jack Berger (Ron Livingston) dumps Carrie via Post-It Note, a humiliation Carrie shares during breakfast with the girls. The other news at that meal was that Charlotte got engaged to Harry.
The girls decide to hit the town that night. Miranda wears her skinny jeans which she had not fit into since high school when she had mono! There are so many funny things that happen after the girls try and score some pot and end up in a dive bar where Samantha incurs the wrath of the rough-looking girlfriend (in a tube top) of the guy she just kissed.
I love the moment when the always-tough Samantha realizes she’s about to get her ass kicked. What does she do? She screams and runs out of the bar with Carrie.
When your older brother is a major star and Oscar winner, it’s got to be tough to carve out your own identity in Hollywood.
But Casey Affleck, younger brother of Ben, has managed to do that.
He earned raves for his sensational performance in Gone Baby Gone (directed by Ben) which followed his starring opposite Brad Pitt in The Assassination of Jessie James by the Coward Robert Ford..
Casey’s latest film, The Killer Inside of Me, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this week. His other film credits include Ocean’s 11 and its two sequels, Gerry opposite Matt Damon, The Last Kiss, Soul Survivors and Committed.
At 34, Casey should have a lot of great work ahead of him.
Dame Elizabeth Taylor had an emotional evening at Buckingham Palace Thursday at a gala to mark the 60th anniversary of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
It was announced at the gala that a bronze bust of her great love, Richard Burton, will be donated to the college in Cardiff, while its new theatre will be named after him.
Dame Elizabeth, 78, presented the bust to the Prince of Wales and said: “Richard would have been so deeply touched by this great honor, as am I. It’s wonderful to be here and join in this celebration, along with many others who remember and respect Richard with so much love in their hearts.”
When the Prince asked her whether she thought it was a good likeness of Burton, she burst into tears and finally replied: “Marvellous.”
Burton, who died in 1984, was Miss Taylor’s fifth and sixth husband. They met on the set of Cleopatra in the early 60s and began a scandalous affair. They married in 1964 and went on to star in a series of movies including Taming of the Shrew, The Sandpiper, The VIPs, Boom! and most famously, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
They divorced in 1974, remarried in 1975 then split up again for good. But they remained close and reunited professionally on Broadway, London’s West End and a national tour of the play Private Lives in 1983.
Dame Elizabeth is in London working on her new fragrance, Violet Eyes, which is out on Mother’s Day, May 9.
Good to see Ricky Martin speaking out against Arizona’s new immigration law.
At the Billboard Latin Music Awards this week, the now openly gay singer took the stage and said: I want to send a warm greeting to all our Latin America friends who live in the state of Arizona. The SB 1070 is a law that doesn’t make sense. You are not alone. We are with you. Stop discrimination. Stop hate. Stop racism. Enough already. Long live love. Long live peace. And now let the music continue.”
You go boy! This was Ricky’s first public appearance since coming out and he received a standing ovation from the crowd.
It’s wonderful when someone high-profile comes out and a dream come true when the person is as articulate as Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas who talks about his three-year coming out process in a profile just published in Sports Illustrated.
Here’s the part that I found to be the most moving because it’s about what happened to his life after he chose honesty:
“It’s like waking up on Christmas Day, walking down the stairs and seeing Father Christmas,” he says. “The horizons are wide open. I’m like a teenager again. People keep asking, ‘What’s the negative of coming out?’ But there’s none so far. …”
I would love to help kids who are going through this, because we’re all kids. I want to be the gay role model I never had. The note I got from a guy who gave up rugby years ago because he was gay and has returned to playing it since I came out—that outweighs lifting the biggest trophy as captain of Wales.
“The e-mails and letters and Twitters I get tell me there is so much confusion, so many gay kids who love sports but get pushed away. A lot of the notes are from America. I love the United States, … but why wouldn’t the people who run your sports and who sponsor them make a public announcement that they welcome gay people and will support them? Because even if they feel that’s bringing too much attention to something that should be a private matter, at this point that’s what’s needed.”
This is it! David Dean Bottrell tells us that Streep Tease MUST close May 22nd! He writes: “Thanks L.A. for 12 weeks of SOLD OUT SHOWS. Our last 4 dates just went up on the website. Act fast if you’d like to see it! It’s pretty damn funny.”
Streep Tease is an evening of Meryl Streep monologues performed by an oh-so-talented all-male company that includes Bottrell, creator Roy Cruz, Drew Droege, Steve Hasley, Ron Morehouse, Taylor Negron, Mike Rose, and Trent Walker. It is directed by Ezra Weisz.
In this episode from I Love Lucy’s first season, Ricky thinks he’s losing his hair and panics.
Lucy thinks he’s overreacting and concocts a nightly regiment so unpleasant that she hopes he’ll find so distasteful he’ll give up looking for a miracle cure.
This scene in the kitchen has Lucy using the gamut of gadgets on Ricky’s scalp (including a plunger to stimulate his scalp!) and pours oil (“to lubricate your scalp”), vinegar (“to marinate your scalp”) on his head. Then she starts cracking eggs on his head causing Ricky to remark: “Oil? Vinegar? Eggs? Why don’t you add some anchovies and make a Caesar salad!”
The great Roger Federer heads into the summer as the reigning French Open, Wimbledon and Australian Open champion. He’s number one in the world, winner of 16 grand slam singles titles and, according to this ESPN cover story, is the greatest athlete in the world.
Roger, now 28, says he wants to play on the tour at least until he’s 35 in part because he’s like his baby twin daughters to get the chance to see him play.
Since winning the Australian Open in January, Roger has suffered early exits from three consecutive tournaments. He seems to be lacking motivation except when it comes to the four majors which is a pity because fans want to see him play!