No matter how many times I walk down Hollywood Boulvard or down Vine Street, I always look down at the Walk of Fame to see the names of people I know and love or who I have never heard of.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has made some questionable selections in the past to add to the walk (the Olsen twins?) but the 2011 group looks to be one of the more stellar.
I’m particularly thrilled to see that Neil Patrick Harris will be among the honorees.
We know he’s the hottest actor-host around these days but it’s also important to note that the man has been working hard in television, stage and films since 1988 when he debuted opposite Whoopi Goldberg in Clara’s Heart. A year later he had his own series on ABC: Doogie Howzer M.D.
Neil is not the only out-and-proud star being honored with a star: Grammy and Oscar winning singer Melissa Etheridge is also in the 2011 group.
Miss Oprah Winfrey is getting a star which may be the one thing she does not have; director-choreographer Kenny Ortega is on the list as are The Muppets. Then there are a quartet of gorgeous Oscar winners: Penelope Cruz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sissy Spacek, and Reese Witherspoon.
Oscar nominees to be honored are: Ed Harris, Ridley Scott, Donald Sutherland and an entire family of nominees: Laura Dern along with both of her parents: Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd. I think that is so cool! Love, love, love Diane Ladd in Ramblin’ Rose, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore and just about anything else she’s in!
The rest: Danny DeVito, Tina Fey, Simon Fuller, John Langley, Ed O’Neill, John Wells, Los Tigres Del Norte, Rascal Flatts, Go-Go’s, Slash, Will i. Am, Bebe & Cece Winans, and Joe Mantegna.
Congratulations to all!
A really terrific interview has just been posted on Advocate.com with True Blood’s new vampire king, Denis O’Hare.
The Tony Award winning actor makes his debut in Sunday’s episode as Russell Edgington, vampire king of Mississippi. He shows up with his handsome afterlife partner of 700 years.
Brandon Voss has a terrific chat with Denis and here are a few appetizers:
The Advocate: It’s great to see you playing a gay character in True Blood. You’ve played gay before in Take Me Out and An Englishman in New York, but you rarely take on gay roles, especially for an out actor. Has that been a conscious decision on your part?
Denis O’Hare: No. Years ago I went in for As Good as It Gets, that movie with Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, and Greg Kinnear. I auditioned for the gay part, and after I finished the audition the casting director rolled her eyes and said, “This is a gay character. I’m so tired of people playing gay people like they’re straight. This is a gay man.” I was like, “OK. Should I do it again?” She goes, “Yeah, make it gay!” So I went a little more in that direction, and it was fine, whatever. When we finished, she said, “So how’s your family? You’ve got a wife, right?” I said, “No. I have a boyfriend.” She said, “You’re gay? I thought you had a wife!” It was really revelatory to me that she had some weird assumption about how gay people were supposed to act. Somehow, because I wasn’t acting that way, I couldn’t possibly be gay. It was such a bizarre experience. So I guess to some straight casting directors, I’m not gay enough to play gay.
You’ve definitely played your share of straight jerks. So what did you think about Ramin Setoodeh’s Newsweek article?
I must admit I didn’t read it, so I shouldn’t even speak to it, but of course I have an opinion anyway. It annoyed me, but I thought it was more complicated than the ensuing discussion. I don’t think his point was that gay actors can’t convincingly be straight in roles; I think his point was that once the knowledge is out that those actors are gay, the audience is unwilling to suspend their disbelief. So I felt there was a finer point there that got lost in the stampede. His point has less to do with the ability of actors and more to do with society’s ongoing prejudices and our inability to cut a gay man the same kind of slack we’d cut Julia Roberts if she were playing a nuclear scientist. We could suspend our disbelief for that, but we can’t suspend our disbelief to accept that Sean Hayes is interested in sleeping with Kristin Chenoweth? That’s a problem.
True Blood is known for its gratuitous male nudity. Would you get naked for a scene if asked?
I was asked, and I’m in bed with somebody in episode 10. It’s just from the waist up, but I was wearing a teeny jockstrap thing. I’m 48, so I wasn’t quite hoping that’s the way my career would go, but I’m proud of how I look. I can’t compete with 25-year-old bodies, but I’m in pretty good shape. I did spend the previous two weeks doing a little extra at the gym.
Describe Russell and Talbot’s dynamic 700 years into the relationship.
What you’ll see is a marriage that’s well-traveled and a little frayed at the edges. These guys snipe and complain, but there’s always an incredible deep affection at the base of it. Theo and I worried that there were too many fighting scenes between us, but then we had this lovely scene later in the season, a lovely tender moment, where I finally get to put my hand on his cheek and basically talk about how much I care for him. It was a great relief to have that scene, because we kept talking about that every day of shooting: How do we show the love?
Go to Advocate.com to read the entire interview.
Joy Behar certainly has hit her stride as a talk show host as she showed last night when she interviewed Perez Hilton last night about the flap over a Miley Cyrus photo he linked to on Twitter.
It was a good interview and Perez got a chance to explain his side of the story which included saying he never posted the offending under-the skirt photo of Miley getting out of a car on his PerezHilton.com site but had linked to it on Twitter. The image was digitized to look like she might not be wearing underwear.
“I can’t help it Joy if America has a very dirty imagination,” he added.
Behar was not letting the controversial blogger off the hook: “This is a serious issue Perez. … You’re a little scared I think, no?”
Hilton said: “No, I’m not scared at all and I would do the same thing again. …
“It’s definitely not child pornography and it’s definitely not illegal.”"
He also seemed to pin some blame on the 17-year-old Cyrus herself saying she’s been in the business long enough to know how to get out of a car and that she might be photographed.
Behar: “It’s still wrong, she’s still 17 years old.”
The baby is due any time and Ricky is on pins and needles waiting for Lucy to go into labor.
To help calm his nerves, Lucy invites Fred and Ethel over and they decide to stage a rehearsal of leaving for the hospital in order to get the timing down.
As Lucy rests in the bedroom, the three of them calmly call the doctor, get the suitcase and hail a cab.
But a few minutes later, Lucy walks into the room and announces that indeed, the time has come.
Benny Feilhaber plays midfield for the U.S. national team and has got to be one of the cutest guys in all of pro soccer.
The 25-year-old was dreamboat born in Brazil but has lived in the U.S. since he was 8 years old when his family moved to the New York City suburb of Scarsdale.
He led his local soccer (12 and under) team to the New York State Cup.
After the family moved to the West Coast, he was a standout midfielder for Northwood High School in Irvine then, without a scholarship, made the team at UCLA as a walk on.
He turned pro in July 2005 with a team in Hamburg and in 2008 signed with AGS Aarhus.
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My cab driver smells so bad my eyes r watering, but I forgive him cuz he looks like an old crusty sea captain. (with stinky captain’s hat) 19 minutes agoActuallyNPH
Thank you all for such amazing birthday tweets. And to my fellow June 15ers, right back atcha. A nice day to be born. Xo 9:24 PM Jun 15th
Perez Hilton has been no stranger to controversy but he is currently embroiled in what might be his most serious case of backlash after posting an inappropriate photo of 17-year-old Miley Cyrus.
Hilton, 32, whose real name is Mario Lavandeira Jr., linked the offending photo (an up-the-skirt shot of Miley getting out of a car) on Monday. Along with the photo link, he wrote: “If you are easily offended, do NOT click here…Oh, Miley! Warning: truly not for the easily offended!”
“It’s not a matter of whether you like [Perez Hilton] or not, it has to do with the morality of the issue. Miley is a minor, period. There are ethics involved in running an ad on a site that potentially violated the rights of a minor, and that is what the conversation is about at the network level,” an ABC source told MSNBC.
Perez is set to discuss the controversy on The Joy Behar Show tonight. He has already posted a video comment on his site asking: “Do you think I’m stupid enough to post a photo of Miley if she’s not wearing any underwear down there? No! Sure I like to seem controversial, but I don’t want to go to jail.”
Reid, whose whole life has been about being a brilliant surgeon and a closed-off human being, is put in the unfortunate situation of being forced to choose between his job and his strong feelings for Luke.
Luke is a major donor to the hospital and apparently it is a big conflict of interest for the doc to be involved with him. So Luke finds out about the ultimatum and seems determined to make Reid’s decision for him.
I’ll be posting today’s As the World Turns scenes involving Dr. Reid Oliver and Luke Snyder shortly.
But first I wanted to share some of this Soap Opera Weekly interview with actor Eric Sheffer Stevens about the strange (and some would say unlikely, silly and wacko) twist the plot has taken.
The hospital chief of staff Bob has given his top surgeon an ultimatum: he must choose between his job and Luke Snyder.
Sheffer said with a laugh: “I don’t know. It seems like a bizarre choice. When we rehearsed it, Don [Hastings, Bob] said the line to me and Van [Hansis, Luke] was in there and he goes, “Well, take the hospital!”
“It’s a very dramatic choice to be presented with, so Reid struggles through that,” he added. “It seems to be a very irrational time for him, so there’s no point in trying to think through it. It’s more of an emotional, physical attraction-based time than a time for making rational decisions. It’s probably a time he’ll look back on and go, ‘Wow. What was going on with me then?”
“He’s just sort of [caught up] in this jumble of things happening to him right now,” Eric says. “He’s almost not himself, but I think that’s because it’s a very unfamiliar place for him: to be so consumed with somebody else. And so it’s dominating his thoughts, all his decision-making processes. … People behave like idiots when they’re in these situations.”
I personally think it’s the writers who are idiots for coming up with such a stupid plot device.
Oh that crazy Betty White.
If she hadn’t gone on The Joy Behar Show this week and mention that Cary Grant was gay, no one would have ever thought so.
Betty was having a good gab with Joy when they started discussing gay actors and Betty told a well-known story about Rock Hudson, ravaged by AIDS, shocked the world when he showed up for a television appearance with Doris Day looking near death.
“Everybody kind of knew his situation, but it didn’t seem to hold back his career. … Cary Grant, same thing.”
Betty quickly added: “No, I don`t know. I never had him — I never had it.”
Here’s the video:
It’s a good bet that actor Randolph Scott had Mr. Grant.
They shared a Malibu bachelor pad on and off for a decade and, according to multiple sources, were involved romantically. But neither man ever acknowledged anything more than friendship – publicly at least.
Author Brett L. Abrams wrote about the actors in his book Hollywood Bohemians: Transgressive Sexuality and the Selling of the Movieland Dream.
Here are some excerpts:
The first publicity images containing information about Grant and Scott began after they became friends while filming the movie Hot Saturday in mid–1932. Press reports during the first two years described the actors’ shared celebrity home and domestic life through phrases including, “Hollywood’s twosome” and “the happy couple.” The innuendos provided details about the two actors’ personal lives which thrilled fans, making the actors appear to be two men sharing more than lodgings.
The pair continued their domestic relationship even after Grant’s marriage to Virginia Cherrill in early 1934. Reporters noted, “The Grants and Randolph Scott have moved, all three, but not apart.” Indeed, this choice for living arrangements appeared preplanned. An item from two weeks prior to Grant’s marriage observed that Scott would not seek any permanent quarters until he heard from Grant. Innuendos continued later that year. Shortly after Grant’s divorce from Cherrill, an article proclaimed that Randolph Scott had moved back in with Grant. This article’s title, “A Woman Is Only a Woman,” suggested that the two men formed a home life with one another that they probably could not have with a woman. These items associated the actors’ home with a forbidden sexuality, turning the place into an exotic experience.
The Paramount publicity department shot over thirty photographs of Grant and Scott within different rooms of their Santa Monica beach house. The studio focused its interpretation of these pictures on the stars’ personalities, bachelorhood, and use of the house. The caption stamped on the back of each photograph highlighted that the actors were two of filmland’s most eligible bachelors who shared quarters but lived independent lives.
The actors’ living arrangement lasted until early 1942 when they moved apart for the remainder of their lives.
Love that Tuc Watkins who plays the handsome scheming and funny David on One Life to Live and the handsome gay lawyer Bob on Desperate Housewives.
The very-talented Tuc, currently appearing off-Broadway with Betty Buckley and others in the play White Lies, answers some random questions in the new issue of Soap Opera Weekly and thought I’d share some:
Strangest fan encounter: “Circa 1995, a large man pushed me to the ground at a flea market and said, ‘You leave Tina alone!’ I said, ‘…Okay.’”
Question I wish someone would ask me: “Any of the state capitals. I still remember them all from eighth grade.”
Something you’d be surprised to know about me: “I speak Portugese.”
Question most often asked of me: “Do you think John-Paul Lavoisier’s (Rex on OLTL) pec implants looks real?’”
Flipping through the new issue of People magazine this morning, all I could think was, “Zac Efron is a MAN now!”
A few years back, I saw him at several film festivals and thought to myself, ‘I could fit him in my pocket! Why the fuss?’
Well, the boy has grown into a sculpted 22-year-old and has graduated from High School Musical movies to sex symbol status.
This summer, he will be shirtless in a scene or two in his new movie Charlie St. Cloud.
Zac does plenty of time in the gym but earlier this year, he shared with Rolling Stone one of his favorite ways to stay fit: “There’s only a few things that can really clear your head. For me, it’s surfing and being outside.”
This trailer that he introduces provides a glimpse as to what the modern-day boys in blue will look like as computer-animated beings.
But you won’t be able to see the movie until August 3 — 2011!!!
I confess to never being interested in the whole Smurfs thing but if NPH is involved, I’ll check it out. Whether it’s How I Met Your Mother, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, The Tonys, The Emmys or an appearance on Regis & Kelly, he never really lets us down.
Julia Sugarbaker (played by the late, great Dixie Carter) is an elegant, outspoken liberal intellectual who had lived her life with refined dignity.
Until the fashion show.
Julia took to the runway of the charity event unaware that her dress was tucked up into her underwear.
What I love about this clip is how utterly humiliated Julia is. Dixie Carter just plays it brilliantly, as usual. It was not often we saw Julia in such a vulnerable position since she was the Alpha Female in this group usually pointing out how silly the others were being.
My favorite exchange is this:
Julia: What I don’t understand is why didn’t somebody tell me?”
Suzanne: “What I don’t understand is where were your underwear?”
Enjoy this hilarious scene from Designing Women!
It’s kind of tough to find photos of U.S. soccer star Oguchi Onyewu with his shirt on but I did manage to locate a few just to keep things balanced.
Oh my God, is this guy gorgeous or WHAT? The face, the body. Wow. He is often referred to by the nickname “Gucci Mane” but I’ll just call him Perfection.
The 28-year-old defender is from Washington DC and plays for Milan in addition to the United States national team currently competing in World Cup. He was voted U.S. Soccer Player of the Year in 2006.
He played soccer for Clemson University for two years before moving to Europe. He signed with Metz of Ligue 1 in France. In 2003, he was loaned out to La Louviere in Belgium, and to Standard Liege a year later. In 2009, he signed a three year contract with Milan.
It’s no secret that I think Kathy Griffin is a genius and that Elisabeth Hasselbeck is an idiot.
So guess who’s side I’m on in the little Kathy vs. Elisabeth tussle that erupted on The View yesterday?
Well, it wasn’t much of a tussle since Elisabeth pretty much fizzled out after saying to Kathy: “You’ve said things about people here that are (a) untrue and (b) not so funny, so do you ever feel weird coming here and sitting here promoting things?”
Miss Griffin just lit up and said: “Actually, this moment is what I live for. So bring it. This is how I write my act.”
Elisabeth had nothin. Nada. Zip.
Which pretty much sums up what she’s brought to the show in the last I don’t know how many years. As usual, she does not know what she’s talking about.
Here’s how Kathy described her to Windy City Times a few years ago: “Elizabeth Hasselbeck has snowed American audiences into not knowing that she is a f***ing Survivor reject. I am sorry — I am going to listen to the political beliefs of someone who wore wacky scarves on Survivor?”
Here’s the clip:
There are still plenty of us wondering why the heck Elton John would perform at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding.
His civil partner, David Furnish, shed some light on the subject to People.com at the Tony Awards over the weekend: “To put it in Elton’s exact words, when he got the invitation, he was ‘a little surprised. And then, when it turned out to be a genuinely sincere invitation … Elton said, ‘Life is about building bridges, not walls.’ ”
He said Elton also saw it as an opportunity “to go where people wouldn’t expect me to go.”
That’s for sure!
“And maybe if I can make a great impression,” Furnish quoted him as saying, “people might change their perspectives on life.”
Furnish was not at the wedding but Elton told him Limbaugh and his bride “were incredibly gracious and very welcoming and very sweet and very appreciative. … Elton, during the performance made a lot of cracks: ‘I suppose you all wonder why I’m here tonight?’ ” says Furnish. “But ultimately, it’s a bit like an olive branch, I guess. [The couple] have said they want to come and have dinner with us in England, if they pass through in their travels. We have to bring the world together, not apart.”
Tell that to Limbaugh over dinner!
Even though he is slumping so badly that he has dropped to number two in the world rankings, Roger Federer was seeded first at Wimbledon ahead of top-ranked Rafael Nadal, it was announced earlier today.
Federer, the defending champion and six-time Wimbledon winner, has only lost once at Wimbledon – to Nadal in the 2008 final – since 2003. Wimbledon uses its discretion to seed players based on their grass-court record.
Novak Djokovic is seeded No. 3 and Andy Murray No. 4 in line with their rankings Three-time Wimbledon runner-up Andy Roddick was seeded No. 5, two spots above his ranking.
Nadal moved into the top spot after winning the French Open, while Federer slipped to No. 2 after losing in the quarterfinals in Paris.
There were no surprises in the women’s seedings, with defending champion Serena Williams at number one and her sister Venus Williams at number two. Serena has won three titles overall while Venus has won FIVE.
The draw will be held Friday, with the two-week Grand Slam tournament starting Monday.