Last summer, I shared with you the devastating loss of one of the closest friends I’ll ever have: Walter Lee Carpenter III.
Today would have been Walt’s 43rd birthday and I wanted to write a little bit about him – I wanted there to be something on the Web about this special person who left us far too soon.
Walt was the youngest of four brothers and grew up in Alaska. He got straight A’s his first two years in college and was a soccer player for most of his life. He was Mr. February in the 1987 Men of San Diego calendar and did both print and runway modeling while in college.
He went on Wheel of Fortune in 1996 and was the week’s grand prize winner (wearing my old sports coat in his second appearance). Walt loved heavy metal music, loved movies and his favorite television shows and he was a major football fan – especially of the San Diego Chargers. Walt was at his absolute happiest when he was snowboarding even though he suffered a very serious head injury a decade ago that affected him in ways no one will fully understand.
Walt and I met the day we moved into Olmeca Hall at San Diego State University in August 1984. I was trying, in vain, to open the door to my room (I’d been given the wrong keys it turned out) and Walt laughed at me after he walked by a second time to see me still struggling with the lock.
We started talking and he told me he was from Alaska and when I asked him how he got to San Diego, he said sarcastically: “I swam.”
It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. God we had fun. Fortified with beer, we knocked on every single door in our dorm (three floors) that first night and introduced ourselves as the “welcoming committee.” Before long, we had a sizable posse of friends.
There were all the college things we shared like all-night study session interrupted by constant games of ping pong which turned out to be something we played each other in for years. More than a decade after college, whenever we’d spend a weekend together, we would seek out the nearest ping pong table to engage in one of our epic battles.
I was not out in college. In fact, I was very in. But once I started to come out to my friends in 1990, Walt was the very first person I told. It was such a relief and as the years went by, he grew so comfortable with it that we would go to the boardwalk in Mission Beach – when he was single and lived in San Diego – and he’d pick out potential guys for me and I’d pick out potential girls for him. These afternoons were some of the most fun we ever had.
He really showed his compassion and understanding on New Year’s Eve 1994 which we spent together in Newport Beach. I was absolutely heartbroken over a guy – one of those real epic heartbreaks – but tried to put up an upbeat front at this party we were at. But once we got back to where I was housesitting, we started talking about “the guy” and I started to ball my eyes out. For about two hours at least.
Walt stayed up with me, handing me tissues, and mostly listening. It was one of the many, many times over the years that he showed me such love and loyalty.
Walt married the lovely Kim Rubi in 2002 and their wedding in Sacramento was a great bonding weekend. I hosted a bachelor party at my hotel and we got drunk and silly and had lots of laughs. We also renewed our ping pong rivalry.
Walt had chosen me and his brother Keith as groomsmen and his high school best friend Sean as best man. It was a traditional catholic ceremony and at the reception, Kim surprised Walt by walking into the room holding a microphone and she began to sing a love song to him. He took it in for a few seconds then leaped from his seat and over to her and listened to the rest in front of her on bended knee.
It was Walt’s 40th birthday three years ago that led to the worst falling out we ever had and it was our only post-college fight. While he had flown to LA for my 40th, I was unable to do the same for him. He was hurt and angry and we had a terrible email exchange in which I said some very regrettable things. I stayed angry for some time then did not know how to broach a reconciliation.
Two years passed before I sent an email apologizing. He was glad to hear from me and shared news that he was about to become a father. Then about seven months later, I got a call from our friend Howard who said: “Walt is gone.”
I’m not going to share the circumstances of his death or the deep grief it has caused for so many. But I did want to remind everyone to not let fights with your friends go on – especially if it is a friend who you truly love and who had always wanted the best for you.
It is the biggest regret of my life. I thought we would have time to become close again – I was wrong.
Walt’s wife, Kim, has been a real saving grace in this. She knew what we had meant to each other and she asked me to speak at his services and to be a pallbearer. Then a few weeks after the service, she asked me to be godfather to their beautiful son Tyler Patrick Carpenter.
Baptism day was a bittersweet day because Walt was not there but his mom Phyllis was there and Kim’s large and loving family. I did feel his presence and wore his red tie as we baptized Tyler.
I’m excited to be a part of Tyler’s life and happy to have a continuing friendship with Kim. I’ll see them next month for Tyler’s first birthday.
Madonna, Cher and Donna Summer made the list, of course. To determine the 100 Greatest, Gayest Albums of All Time, OUT Magazine polled more than 100 actors, comedians, musicians, writers, critics, performance artists, label reps, and DJs and asked each to list the 10 most important albums of their lives.
They received responses from Boy George, Rufus Wainwright, Cyndi Lauper, the Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray, Perez Hilton,Nate Berkus, Jake Shears, John Cameron Mitchell, Wilson Cruz, Junior Vasquez, Janis Ian, and many others. They then tallied the results to determine the top-100 list.
Here are some excerpts that I found noteworthy:
Comedian Bruce Vilanch writes about album #39:
Gonna Take a Miracle
Laura Nyro and Labelle (1971)
“Nyro brought in Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash (well before ‘Lady Marmalade’), and the four voices are staggering, heartbreaking, and roof-shaking.
It’s simple music that was never written to be this complex, but these girls looked at it from another angle, which is the hallmark of the gay approach to life — and which so often results in great art.”
Diana Ross (1980)
One of America’s first real divas, Diana Ross has produced 18 number 1 singles, and although Diana’s “I’m Coming Out” isn’t one of them, it has earned its place in the hearts of every gay man who wants “The world to know / Got to let it show.”
Despite repeated arguments between Ross and the producers, who insisted the singer was singing flat, Diana was finished and became the best selling of the 61 albums she has released.
She’s So Unusual
Cyndi Lauper (1983)
Girl pop designed for early ’60s radio but updated for early ’80s MTV, Lauper’s 1983 solo debut remains a classic of New Wave feminism. Themes of social and sexual freedom animated hits like “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “She Bop” (still the best song ever about self-service) in ways more overt than even Donna Summer’s disco. Combining rock, pop, and R&B, this Queens-born Queen of Quirk embodied neon-bright ’80s nonconformity even as ballads like “Time After Time” became standards. Her ongoing LGBT/AIDS charity work proves her heart has remained as big as her voice.
Find the complete list of the “100 Greatest, Gayest Albums (of All Time)” here:
Sean Faris, the star of last year’s Never Back Down, makes a very appealing cover man for the new issue of Men’s Health.
The Boy Culture site has posted these and other photos of the 27-year old actor who told me when we chatted last year: “I’m the most fortunate person I know because I get to live my dream.”
After doing some modeling, Sean landed a small role in Pearl Harbor right out of high school. He went on to co-star in the short-lived television series Life as we Know It and Reunion before landing a parts in the Dennis Quaid-Renee Russo comedy Yours, Mine and Ours and the teen film Sleepover.
“I don’t consider myself a movie star,” he said. “I’m just an actor doing the best I can.”
David Hyde Pierce guested on The Joy Behar Show this week and he and our favorite red-headed host talked about being outed then coming on later on his own.
Before he began his 11 year run as Niles Crane on Frasier – a role that won him four Emmys – Pierce tells Joy: My partner and I were outed by the tabloids before Frasier even started but no one cared.”
He has been with partner Brian Hargrove for decades and finally publicly confirmed the relationship in 2007. Then, when he won his Tony Award for Curtains, he thanked “my partner, Brian, because it’s 24 years of listening to your damn notes — that’s why I’m up here tonight.”
Of the years in between Pierce says: “We didn’t deny anything, we just said, ‘We’re going to live our lives.’ … But what happened was the whole ‘live and let live started to feel like ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and I didn’t want that. So that’s when I started to be more public.”
Joy asked him about the case of Rupert Everett, the British actor who has several times publicly bemoaned the fact that he came out, a move he said has and continues to cost him roles.
“I think it’s individual,” Pierce said. “How you do it, why you do it, if you do it … I don’t think there are rules. Career-wise, Neil Patrick Harris has been very open and has been very successful in his career and his life.”
The 67th annual Golden Globe Award nominations were announced in Beverly Hills early this morning and all kinds of big stars like George Clooney, Sandra Bullock, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr. and Julia Roberts are up for acting awards.
If you want to see the complete list of nominees, here is a LINK. I’ve written below about nominees that are either gay-related or gay faves.
Meryl Streep will be competing against herself at the Golden Globe Awards. The six-time Globe winner was nominated twice in the best actress in a motion picture (musical/comedy) category foir her performances in Julie & Julia and It’s Complicated.
It is Julie & Julia that has gotten her the most buzz fir the Oscar where a performer cannot be nominated for more than one film in the same category.
Julie & Julia and It’s Complicated were also nominated for best picture (musical or comedy) and will compete against the musical Nine, and the comedies (500) Days of Summer, and The Hangover.
The Best Picture (drama) nominees are: Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Inglorious Basterds, Precious and Up in the Air.
Colin Firth got a best actor nod for A Single Man and appears to be on his way to an Oscar nomination. Julianne Moore was nominated for supporting actress in the same film which was directed by Tom Ford.
GLEEFUL: In the television categories, the comedy musical sensation Glee picked up four well-deserved nominations. In addition to outstanding comedy series, Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele were nominated for lead actor and actress, respectively, and the brilliant Jane Lynch will compete in the strange supporting actress category that mixes comedy and drama as well as series and miniseries. Lynch competes again a quartet of dramatic performances: Jane Adams (Hung), Rose Byrne (Damages), Janet McTeer (Into the Storm) and Chloe Sevigny (Big Love).
In the male version of the bizarre supporting category, Neil Patrick Harris received a nod for How I Met Your Mother. He will compete against John Lithgow who played a serial killer in Dexter and dramatic turns by William Hurt (Damages) and Michael Emerson (Lost). But NPH is not the only funny guy at least: Jeremy Piven was also nominated for Entourage.
The new ABC hit Modern Family, which prominently features a gay couple played by Jesse Tyler Fergeson and Eric Stonestreet, was nominated for outstanding comedy along with Glee, 30 Rock, Entourage and The Office.
And finally, I’m thrilled to see Sigourney Weaver nominated in the lead actress in a miniseries or movie category for her powerhouse performance in Prayers for Bobby. She starred in the true story of the Christian mother of a gay son who could not accept her son for who he was. After he killed himself, she became a gay rights activist.
Miss Weaver’s competition will be Joan Allen (Georgia O’Keeffe), Drew Barrymore (Grey Gardens), Jessica Lange (Grey Gardens) and Anna Paquin (The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler).
The Golden Globe Award nominations will be announced early this morning and I will post a recap of who got the nod fairly early.
The Globes are the most fun to cover of all the award shows because it is just three straight hours of handing out awards in so many categories. The movies are divided up into drama and comedy or musical so you have twice as many winners in the best picture and best actor and actress categories.
There are also television categories which makes for the most star-studded event of the year. I’ve been at maybe five or six of the ceremonies and can assure you that the fun continues backstage where the winners face the international press.
Here is a sampling of what goes on:
I was standing about a foot away from Eddie Murphy backstage and glancing over at Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson leaning against a wall. They were waiting for the cast of Grey’s Anatomy to wrap up with the press backstage at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards.
Then, it happened: Isaiah Washington took the mic and said: “I did not call T.R. a faggot.”
It was completely bizarre and everyone looked mighty uncomfortable. You felt so badly for T.R. Knight who was also up there with fellow cast members including Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey and Katherine Heigl along with the show’s creator Shondra Rhimes.
The cast had remained mum about an on-set scuffle a few months earlier between Washington and Dempsey in which Isaiah was heard referring to Knight by that gay slur. The incident resulted in Knight coming out publicly and the cast seemed intent on getting on with business.
But Washington reignited a controversy and it resulted in him being written off the show at the end of that season.
I was not at the Globes in 2003 when Meryl Streep broke a long losing streak and won the supportive actress prize for Adaptation.
She had remarked onstage that it had been since the “Pleistocene Era” since she had won anything and she truly was surprised. She seemed to still be pulling herself together when she faced the backstage press a few moments later and that’s what makes this session feel so raw and so wonderful.
We learn a lot in this clip including the fact that Meryl had just wrapped Angels in America and flown directly from Rome for the Globes. She was also asked what her toughest role ever was and she said, surprisingly, that it was the film noir In the Still of the Night in which she had to be glamorous and constantly worry about how she looked. She found all of that rather boring.
And finally, here is Kate Winslet backstage after winning her Globe last year for Revolutionary Road. She had already won earlier in the evening in the supporting actress category for The Reader. Kate had been nominated SEVEN times previously and never won and was bowled over by winning her first and second Globes on the same night. My favorite part of this is when she talks about working with her husband Sam Mendes on Road. Kate’s second appearance came toward the end of a long night and I remember my legs getting numb because I was balancing a laptop on my lap in fairly tight quarters.
Well, these are bleak times for As the World Turns fans. The show has been canceled by CBS and will end its long run in September.
If this had been two years ago, I would have been quite upset because I would have so missed Oakdale’s young gay couple Luke Snyder and Noah Mayer.
But as loyal fans are well aware, the writing has been dismal for daytime’s first gay super-couple for quite some time now and so interest has dwindled. Plus One Life to Live debuted Kyle and Fish earlier this year and ATWT’s gay storyline seemed even more hapless.
But that is not a reflection on the wonderful actors who have played these roles. Three-time Emmy nominee Van Hansis has been wonderful as Luke and tried to find truth in whatever nonsense has been thrown his way. He has had a wonderful chemistry and shared many sweet kisses with co-star Jake Silbermann who has had some nice moments – especially lately – as Noah.
Jake reached out to fans via his Facebook page after the cancellation was announced: “It’s been a wonderful ride and I am sorry that the storyline will not be around for you wonderful die hard fans. I promise to work my hardest to be a part of new, and hopefully, as emotionally rewarding stories in the future. Let’s enjoy the rest of the ride!”
I’m a few days late on watching Saturday Night Live (thank God for Hulu!) and thought New Moon hunk Taylor Lautner was adorable in his opening monologue. He’s just 17 and told the audience: “I remember when SNL started, I was negative 18 at the time.”
He also acknowledges that he does take his shirt off an awful lot in New Moon. So much sio that even shirtless king Matthew McConaughey said it was too much.
We get to see Taylor do some impressive stunts as he reinacts the VMA incident where his friend Taylor Swift had her speech interrupted by Kanye West. I did not realize Lautner was standing on the stage, off to the side, at the time. He did nothing then but shows us what he’d do if given the chance.
Below is a skit that has him playing a blond high school student performing in the high school musical and being heckled by the audience. It doesn’t work and Taylor’s character keeps saying he’s gay but he doesn’t mean it in that way. Gee, how funny. But it’s worth a look to see him as a blond and to see him dance. Nice moves!
When I first read that Beau Bridges was portraying a transgender woman on an episode of TNT’s The Closer this week, my first thought was: “I wonder what they did with his eyebrows?’
Beau doesn’t talk about eyebrows but he does talk shoes and clothes in an interview with UInterview. He also has some lovely and supportive things to say about those who go through real-life transition.
Q: You play a detective who has had a sex change. How did you prepared for the role?
A: I had a part in a play called Looking for Normal by Jane Anderson a number of years ago in which I played a man who was contemplating a sex change. In preparation for the role, I did a lot of research on the subject and meeting people who had gone down that road. I have a profound respect for people who have had the courage to take that journey. It’s not an easy one in today’s world. This Closer episode offered me a chance to step into those shoes once again and honor those folks who have taken that path.
Q: Did you have a scene that was the most challenging for you?
A: At the end of the show when I’m leaving from the train station, I have to walk away from G.W. [Bailey, who plays Det. Provenza], I had to walk on this cold tile floor in these high heels. I had chosen very modest pumps to wear through most of filming because I didn’t want to screw my back up, but in that particular scene they wanted me to wear spiked heels. I had to do the scene 10 times. It was just brutal. It was terrifying. After every time I had to do the take, I had to take my shoes off. I am never again going to complain to my wife when we are late trying to get somewhere, and she’s got those heels on.
Q: What’s the challenge of wearing woman’s clothes?
A: The clothes themselves were fine – I really love woman’s clothes. I buy all my wife’s clothes. I’m bored by men’s clothes. I hate to shop for myself. That part of it was really fun – they have a great creative team behind the scenes. I just handed myself over to them and they did me. I have pretty long hair to begin with, so I didn’t have to wear a wig. They just put extensions in my hair. To see yourself at the end of it, that was a big part of the creative process.
Oh gawd, yeah, I wrote that just now. I kinda lose my head when thinking about Matthew Goode, the terrific actor who is currently on movie screens as Colin Firth’s late lover in the acclaimed A Single Man.
The sexy Matthew has been on my mind since reading the interview he did with The Advocate (I posted highlights HERE) and I was happy to find so many nice images of him.
I had seen Matthew in the movie Chasing Liberty but it was such a forgettable film that I had forgotten all about it! But I do remember him in Match Point and especially in last year’s Brideshead Revisited. He was also one of the stars of this year’s Watchmen and will be in Leap Year in 2010.
At 31, I think we can look forward to many more films featuring this appealing star.
Patti LuPone is such a Broadway legend and beloved by her fans that it’s hard to believe that after each of her triumphs from Gypsy to Evita to Sweeney Todd to Anything Goes and the list goes on and on, she feels a little insecure.
“I’m always wondering if I’ll ever get hired again,” Patti tells Echo Magazine. “So I go out there and my training and my talent have seen me through.
“Only after I retire will I consider that I’ve arrived. It’s a constant struggle,” she added. “I’m grateful that I’m given the challenges so deep in my career. To be able to meet that and succeed is incredibly encouraging. I never turn down a challenge, and if I fail, that too is a lesson. I don’t want to fail in front of a paying audience.”
Patti, a two-time Tony winner, finds herself inspired by “anyone who’s good and committed. If I go to the theater and I see someone who reaches across the footlights because they want to tell me the story – I’m moved. That’s why we go to the theater. If I’m hooked, I’m inspired.”
She is also grateful for her fans. “I love to see fans. It’s really heartening to see how many young people are coming to the theater. When they talk about the death of Broadway, I don’t think it’s true.”
Patti talked to Echo in advance of the he Phoenix production of Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, one of her one woman shows. This one features songs from musicals in which she did not appear – but wishes she had!
Another interesting tidbit: LuPone is writing her memiors. That shoul;d be a page-turner, especially the part about being dumped as the lead in the Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard after triumphing in the part in London. Glenn Close had done a highly-successful Los Angeles production so Andrew Lloyd Webber when with her instead. (Trust me, if you can get a copy of the CD with LuPone in the role, snag it! She is superb as Norma Desmond).
“It’s an interesting process to relive my career – not always happily,” she said. “There’s a lot of trials and tribulations in my career and I don’t know if it’s going to be interesting to anyone else but me,” she said, laughing.
We are all familiar with the 3-4 photos of Matthew Shepard that have been published time and time again in the 11 years since this beautiful young man was murdered in a gay hate crime.
But I do not think we’ve ever seen video of him. That’s why the video posted on AKA William today was such a wonderful and moving surprise. Matthew and his then-boyfriend are interviewed briefly by a documentary filmmaker for a piece on Jesse Helms.
Matthew is adorable and has an adorable voice.I’m just floored by this.
Awards season is upon us with the Golden Globe Award nominations being announced early tomorrow morning. But the Broadcast Film Critics Association beat the Globes by announcing its award nominees today.
I’m excited that Tom Ford is nominated for his A Single Man screenplay and Colin Firth and Julianne Moore receiving acting nods for the film. Another out director, Lee Daniels, also got a nod for best director for the highly acclaimed Precious. Another out director, Rob Marshall, was passed over for the musical Nine but the film was nominated for best picture and earned nine other nods.
Then there is Meryl Streep, my favorite. Meryl has been nominated for her performance in Julie & Julia and won the award last year for Doubt. She will face stiff competition that includes Precious star Gabourey Sidibe.
But Miss Streep can already be assured of two victories for Julie & Julia: the Boston Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Circle have both named her best actress for her wonderful performance as the late Julia Child in the summer box office hit.
She will most certainly get a Globe nod and be positioned as one of the favorites for the Academy Awards.
We’ve been waiting since 1983 – that is 26 years – for Meryl to win that third Oscar. She did not win for Doubt or for The Devil Wears Prada or for Adaptation or for One True Thing or for The Bridges of Madison County or for Postcards from the Edge or for A Cry in the Dark or for Ironweed or for Silkwood or for Out of Africa or for Music of the Heart.
Those are the movies she’s been nominated for since she last won for Sophie’s Choice. Her first actress came three years earlier for Kramer vs. Kramer. She’s also been nominated for The Deer Hunter and The French Lieutenant’s Woman.
Could Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Cliftbeen more beautiful when they starred together in the 1951 classic A Place in the Sun?
Directed by George Stevens, the film was based on the novel An American Tragedy and starred Clift as a working class young man who is entangled with two women, one who works in his wealthy uncle’s factory (Shelly Winters) and the other a beautiful socialite (Taylor).
In this scene, Clift is torn because he has gotten the factory girl pregnant but he is besotted with the socialite who he doesn’t want to lose. This pair had some serious chemistry and it is largely due, I’m sure, to the off-screen closeness of Taylor and Clift.
Even back then, Miss Taylor was a gay man’s best friend!
What an absolute treat to read an interview with both Stephen Sondheim and Angela Lansbury in New York magazine.
They have collaborated on some of the most successful Broadway productions in history including the original production of Sweeney Todd, the first revival of Gypsy and now a revival of A Little Night Music that just opened on Broadway that also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones.
The 84-year-old Lansbury had a 12-year run on TV’s Murder She Wrote and before that, a thriving film career that earned her three Oscar nominations including best actress for The Manchurian Candidate. But her greatest creative successes have been on the Broadway stage where she has won five Tony Awards – including one for best featured actress in a play just last June.
Now she’s back in a musical, just where she belongs. Here are some excerpts from the interview with Miss Lansbury and Mr. Sondheim:
You didn’t work together again until the revival of Gypsy. By then, Miss Lansbury, you had carried major musicals—Mame and Dear World—and won two Tonys. You could say no to anything. A.L.: And I did. When they asked me, I said, “Oh, you’ve got to be kidding. No way can I dare sing that!” I’d grown up listening to Ethel Merman records. S.S.:I never thought about the possibility of your being intimidated by the memory of Merman. … Ethel had one great strength: She knew how to play low comedy because it was in her bones. She knew how to do double takes. But Angie was brought up as an actress, so she had an entirely different take on Rose. Ethel was not one for analysis of character. A.L.: I did a lot of research. But for the purposes of the show, which revealed only some aspects of Rose, I had to go with what the libretto said. Consequently, what I came up with was maybe a little bit obvious. S.S.: No, I think you came up with Arthur’s Rose, which has nothing to do with the real Rose Hovick. A.L.: Well, if you start messing it up with the real Rose, you’re in trouble.
When you next worked together, on Sweeney Todd, the character was something of both. And in a way, the tables had turned. S.S.:This time, I had to audition for her.
A.L.: I was in Ireland when a woman called to say, “There’s a telegram here from New York from a fella named Harold Prince.” Hal said he wanted me to play the role of Nellie Lovett. I put down the phone and said to my husband, “Hmmm, all right, this show is called Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Then who is Nellie Lovett?” S.S.:So I wrote half of her opening number, “The Worst Pies in London,” to show her. And because I wanted her to know that there was going to be some music-hall stuff, I wrote “By the Sea.” A.L.: I understood Nellie immediately from those songs. This total London Cockney from the streets. I knew women like that—women who worked for us. Not women who were making pies out of people, but women with that wonderful jolliness and “don’t worry, I’ll fix it” attitude. That was riveting to me. S.S.:I told her what’s fun about the characters is that the one who’s sympathetic is the morose, sullen murderer, while the one who’s good company is the real villain.
For the current revival of A Little Night Music, neither of you is creating a role in that sense. Still, the part of Madame Armfeldt, first played by Hermione Gingold, seems to have been written for someone like Angela Lansbury. A.L.: Interestingly, Hal Prince originally approached me about playing her daughter, Desirée. I couldn’t because I was doing Gypsy. But Armfeldt has always been out there in the ether; it was a natural for me. S.S.:After the run of Sweeney Todd Angie was really exhausted, what with the constant running around the stage and up the stairs. She said, “What I want now is a nice play where I sit behind a desk.” Last night, watching Night Music, in which she’s in a wheelchair behind a tray table all evening, I thought: Good for her—she finally got one.
Read more: Stephen Sondheim and Angela Lansbury on a Lifetime in Theater — New York Magazinehttp://nymag.com/arts/theater/features/62635/index2.html#ixzz0ZdivcDOB
Have not had time to completely watch these but can tell you that the first clips feature some of superhit David Fumero shirtless as Cristian and Layla are in bed the morning after.
Even though the bottom two clips do not feature any of Kyle (Brett Claywell), they do have plenty of Oliver (Scott Evans) doing his job as a police officer. I love this. Imagine, gay people as human beings just like everyone else doing their jobs and having relationships.
There has been several requests over the past week or so to feature Madison Hildebrand of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing as Morning Man.
So here he is, cute as can be!
He is the break-out star of the reality show that follows the lives of three high-end real estate agents in California. The show just wrapped its third season and during one of the shows, Madison was asked to participate in Adam Bourska’s NOH8 photo shoot. This gave him the opportunity to clarify his orientation from “polyamorous” to “gay.”
He wrote on his Bravo blog: When I was asked to participate in the NOH8 Campaign it inevitably made me reflect on myself, my sexuality, and my business. Ultimately, my business and personal life are commingled, but I am at choice to reveal certain depths of myself. This episode I decided to come all out. It is a beautiful thing. It feels good and I feel fortunate to have the television program as an opportunity to reveal natural emotions and feelings. I think it it can help others who feel stuck or afraid to be more courageous and engage their feelings.”
What a wonderful evening of reading it has been. I’ve just finished a really nicely done interview with Matthew Goode who portrays Colin Firth’s deceased lover in A Single Man.
The actor has starred in such films as Brideshead Revisited, Match Point, Imagine You and Me, Watchman, Chasing Liberty and the upcoming Leap Year opposite Amy Adams.
The actor chatted with Brandon Voss for The Advocate and he seems to me to be someone very comfortable in his own skin. Here are some excerpts:
Goode appears as Jim, the deceased lover that Colin Firth’s college professor mourns in a series of intimate flashbacks.
Tom Ford has said that A Single Man is “not a gay film.” As the actor kissing Colin Firth on-screen, how do you see it?
I kind of agree with him. He wasn’t making it as a political piece, and the theme of love and loss is fairly universal. Obviously you can’t escape the fact that these are men kissing, but what’s lovely about George’s remembrances of Jim is the fact that it’s not a sweaty clinch — which would’ve been fine, because I would’ve been very happy to snuggle up to the rug on Colin Firth’s chest. It was remembrances like sitting on the sofa reading books together, and there’s a beauty in the banality of those scenes that also speaks to their universality. You can call it a gay film, but what’s really nice it is that it shows the intimacy between two adult males as absolutely normal and exactly the same as heterosexual intimacy.
Colin told me that you were a good kisser. What did you think of his skills?
Right back at ’im. Sometimes you see straight actors trying to portray gay men as very aggressive, so the kissing is superaggressive and rough. I’m sure that does exist, but we liked that our kissing was sensitive. Compared to shooting love scenes with a woman, do you find it more challenging to get intimate with another straight man?
Well, I’ll let you know when I have to do something with full-frontal. But I don’t think you can have an erection in a scene, and I always find that funny: If you’re going to have sex, you can’t suddenly have the man springing into bed with a floppy knob. It should be a little bit saturated with semen and standing out at an odd angle with a few veins involved. [Laughs] Obviously I’m a man who likes women and has a child now, but I’m not squeamish and I love all people. If you’ve been entrusted to do the job, then you find something to love in the other character and you do your job.
Young American actors sometimes shy away from gay parts for fear of being pigeonholed or mistaken for gay in real life. As a British actor, is that something you’ve ever been concerned about?
I’ve never looked at those kinds of roles as something to be avoided. I somehow ended up doing three in a row, really, with Brideshead, Watchmen, and A Single Man, so I steadily got more gay. I was “full gay” in this one. But the parts were all so good. I wouldn’t do a bad story with a character that was just gay for gay’s sake — which sounds like a porno, which I’m not particularly into. But I know what you mean about Americans. There’s a real problem with masculinity and sensitivity in Hollywood. I don’t blame actors for not coming out because America might then have a problem with watching them kissing Cameron Diaz. And then there are certain actors who don’t want people to think, I wonder if he’s really gay, because he did terribly well in that gay part. America’s a slightly harder country, where men are constantly trying to be men. And it’s not just Hollywood; everyone goes to the gym.
Just finished reading a new People magazine interview with Chaz Bono with the headline: “I’m a Happy Guy.”
I felt so happy for Chaz and also that he is so articulate and open about his journey because I am quite sure it is helping other transgender people out there who believe they were born the wrong sex. It is also helping other people to understand just what they are going through.
Chaz is obviously the former Chastity Bono, the only child of Cher and Sonny Bono and at the age of 40, decided to honor his true identity and live his ife as a man. He had his breasts removed this fall and had already begun testosterone treatments.
Chaz had gained a shocking amount of weight in recent years and even gone on VH1′s Celebrity Fit Club program in an attempt to trim down. He is now working out with a trainer.
“Before, I was really detached from my body so it was hard to really care about it,” he said, “Because no matter what I did, it always looked in a way that was incredibly uncomfortable for me. … My body is starting to respond in the way that I always wanted it to so it’s a lot easier to put effort into it.”
Here is a quote that I just love because it explains why Chaz or any transgender person is willing to go through the difficult journey of changing their gender:
“Once I began to actually deal with [my identity issues], everything in my life got easier. I’m a better version of myself. I’m much more present now and more engaged. … It’s hard for me to articulate how this feels – when you’ve lived your whole life and have everyone relate to you as something you don’t feel. When that finally gets righted, it’s amazing. I finally get to live my life the way I’ve always wanted to.”
Judy Garland had been a superstar for nearly three decades when her daughter Liza Minnelli’s star began to rise.
Thank God they had several opportunities to perform together onstage before Judy died far too soon.
If she had lived longer, she would have no doubt been so proud of her oldest child who has successfully conquered just about every showbiz medium and, best of all, has survived and is still going strong.
Here are some joint performances of these two showbiz icons:
Actors and Others for Animals President JoAnne Worley wisely decided to bring together some of her old pals from Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In for a reunion last month to raise money for her pet cause which is dedicated to the promotion of the humane treatment of animals.
The always lively Miss Worley was joined by such cast members as Gary Owens and Artie Johnson (pictured above) who were key parts of the the landmark series that ran on NBC from January 22, 1968 to May 14, 1973. It’s trademark was a rapid-fire series of gags and sketches that sometimes included sexual innuendo and were often politically-charged.
“When we did the show, I had no idea as to what its popularity would be, I had no idea what would come of it ultimately,” Johnson told me at the event held at the Universal Hilton. “I recognized after the first 5-6 shows that it had some kind of an impact. I was doing what I enjoyed doing and it was pleasant and it was fun – great surroundings. But there was a time when it was over and it was over. And now I’ve discovered that it’s not always over.”
Laugh-In launched the career of Oscar winner Goldie Hawn who did not attend the event but was there as a cardboard cut-out!
Nancy Sinatra appeared several times as a musical guest on Laugh-In and it was on the show that she met her late husband, Hugh Lambert, who was a choreographer during the show’s first three seasons.
“I’m so glad to be here to celebrate Laugh-In. It meant a lot in my life,” she told the crowd.I was so thrilled when JoAnne (Worley) called. She didn’t use the phone, she just opened the window.”
“Oh the skimpy outfits we wore,” she recalled. “The napkins you have on your table? You put a little fringe on them and I could have made them into a skirt! And the crazy hair back then. I had more wigs than anybody.”
Of her late husband, she said: “Laugh-In was the perfect place for us to meet because it was so happy and our lives were filled with love and laughter.”
Gary Owens, pictured with Laugh-In creator George Schlatter and JoAnne Worley, remembered the show fondly: “What laughs and what a wonderful, talented cast and writers too. You couldn’t ask for a funnier show. George Schlatter hired me in a men’s room of the Smokehouse Restaurant in Burbank. Well, it’s not lime it sounds, at all.”
So what was Agent 99 from Get Smart doing at the event? Well, it turns out that Barbara Feldon helped get the show off on the right foot: “I did the first five episodes of Laugh-In when I was on hiatus from Get Smart so I’ve always sort of been contingently associated with Laugh-In. I’m a friend of JoAnne Worley’s and she called me in New York and asked if I’d consider flying out for this event. I said I’d love to.”
Still fantastic looking at 76, Miss Feldon remains busy: “I’m writing mostly now, I wrote a book called Living Alone and Loving It, a book of essays on living alone that’s in bookstores. And I’ve just done a website called Artists Share where I did an audio version of the book and I wrote a novel which I also do an audio version of. I love writing. It’s something I always wanted to do, even when I was acting.”
Bruce Vilanch was an inspired choice to host the program as he was both very funny but also able to provide nice historical perspective: “There was Laugh-In on Mondays and Smothers Brothers on Sundays. This was before Saturday Night Live and the only place on television – at the time there were only three channels and whatever Julia Child was cooking on public television – and so we all watched it. It was the only shot we had at the counter-culture on TV. … It had a profound influence on a whole generation of people like me. … It was a new way of expressing ourselves.”
The force of nature that is JoAnne Worley made the event happen and should be very proud of what was a wonderful event. For more information about Actors and Others for Animals, here is a LINK.