Everyone is buzzing about last night’s Lost finale. Since the show makes me crazy, I skipped it and watched Law & Order SVU reruns instead.
But I can appreciate how sad some fans are that they will no longer be getting a weekly fix of super sexy Josh Holloway who played bad boy Sawyer for all six seasons.
Josh is on the cover of the latest issue of Men’s Health and I thought I’d share with you some of what he has to say about his post-Lost plans:
People have offered him TV roles, and he’s said no. And he’s not interested in playing another Sawyer type, either. He’ll always love Sawyer, he says, but he’s explored the character so thoroughly he’s damn near given him a physical. And if Holloway’s not learning, he’s stagnant. And if he’s stagnant, what good is he?
Lost left him with little time to try much else, and he was forced to turn down opportunities. So for his next act, he’s intent on playing roles he’s unpracticed in, and doing it in film, a medium he has less experience with.
“I like the growth that happens to an artist in transition,” he says. “A lot of growth takes place throughout your insecurities, through having to reevaluate something you thought was working and finding a way to make it work differently. All of that is very uncomfortable.”
So how do you know which route is right? “That’s a big question, and it’s answered only by the individual asking it,” Holloway says. You have to look around for answers: to who needs you, to what’s in your reach. And then to yourself. Holloway did that, and thought: I’m a 40-year-old man. I can stay in a comfort zone, or I can try something different. For me it’s now or never. I’m going to go for it.
BALLPARK BABE: Okay, could Matthew Morrison BE any more perfect?
This man has the charisma, face, the body and the talent and all were on display over the weekend when he sang the National Anthem at the Met-Yankees game.
The YouTube video doesn’t provide any close-ups but you can hear the Glee star’s awesome voice and you can see more close-ups of Matthew – including him holding a big bat – by going over to Socialite Life.
Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the iron-gloved principal of St. Nicholas in the Bronx, comes to believe that the parish’s charismatic priest, Father Flynn, is molesting a 12-year-old male student.
In this scene from the brilliantly acted 2008 film Doubt, the nun confront the priest and both Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman are first-rate in this dramatic confrontation scene. Both were nominated for an Academy Award as were co-stars Amy Adams and Viola Davis.
I’m late with my Morning Man due to feeling a bit under the weather.
But the handsome Coby Bell is certainly worth waiting for!
Coby is the son of Broadway actor Michel Bell and began his acting career doing guest spots on such television shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and ER before landing his first recurring role on the NBC series LA Doctors.
Oh, you don’t remember it? Well, it didn’t last past 13 episodes. But Coby has lasted and went on to play Officer Ty Davis for six seasons on NBC’s Third Watch. He is now starring in the CW series The Game.
Coby, 35, most recently appeared in a guest spot on the hit USA Network series Burn Notice.
The married father of two is also a musician and songwriter in a reggae band and serves as a mentor to underprivileged youths in the Big Brothers of America.
Sean Hayes is not only a 2010 Tony Award nominee for his role in the musical Promises, Promises, but it’s just been announced that he will follow in the footsteps of such stars as Hugh Jackman, Angela Lansbury, Neil Patrick Harris, Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg as host of the Tonys!
“I am absolutely thrilled to be hosting the Tony Awards,” Sean said in a statement. “As the new guy on Broadway, it’s an honor to be included in the established alumni.”
Executive producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss have also released a statement: “We couldn’t be more excited about Sean carrying on the tradition of excellent hosts, for the Tony Awards. Sean’s humor, charm and natural ability on the stage will make an already great show, even better.”
How cool is this that Sean, an Emmy winner for his role on Will & Grace, will make it two years in a row that an openly gay man is hosting the Tonys (Neil Patrick Harris was last year’s host).
The Tony Awards take place June 13th, live from Radio City Music Hall and be telecast by CBS.
La Cage Aux Folles was named outstanding revival of a musical Sunday at the Drama Desk Awards while one of its stars, Douglas Hodge, won the lead actor in a musical revival prize beating out actor Nathan Lane (Addams Family) and Cheyenne Jackson (Finian’s Rainbow), among others.
Catherine Zeta-Jones (A Little Night Music) tied for the outstanding lead actress in a musical revival with Montego Glover (Memphis). Sondheim on Sondheim starring Vanessa Williams and Barbara Cook was named outstanding musical review.
Other winners include: John Logan, Red (outstanding play), Memphis (outstanding musical), A View From a Bridge and Fences (outstanding play – tie), Liev Schreiber (A View From a Bridge) was named best actor in a play and Jan Maxwell (The Royal Family) won best actress in a play.
Roger Federer begins play at the French Open today where he is the defending champion and the number one seed.
Even though he is the greatest male player in the history of the game and still at the peak of his powers, most experts consider four-time champion Rafael Nadal the favorite going in.
I say it’s never a good idea to count out Federer who is also the reigning Wimbledon champion and won the Australian Open in January. In all, he has won 16 grand slam singles titles – a record.
Federer told reporters Friday at the tournament’s draw ceremony that arriving at Roland Garros this year “felt different because I have so many great memories from this court now, whereas in the past, I mean, I played good matches, but I couldn’t come back and think, ‘This is where I’ve had my most emotional wins in my career.’ I didn’t. They were all at Wimbledon or U.S. Open or other places.”
Before finally winning the men’s singles title last year over Robin Soderling, Federer had lost three consecutive finals in Paris to Nadal as well as a semifinal in 2005.
If Nadal remains in his current form, he will be tough to beat. But Federer cannot be counted out of any grand slam tournament.
He’s got to be favored in a 3-out-of-5 set match and he has not lost before the semifinals of a major since French Open 2004.
Harvey Milk’s legacy still inspires more than 30 years after his murder and that was made clear during the first official day in his honor on Saturday.
Harvey Milk Day, signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last year, was used by activists as an opportunity to demonstrate Milk’s brand of activism by targeting districts in Los Angeles County that voted heavily in favor banning same-sex marriage and made personal appeals for legalization.
“We become human when we tell our stories, that is why across the state we’re going out and talking to people who aren’t with us,” Marc Solomon, marriage director of Equality California, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization, told the Los Angeles Times. ” Harvey Milk was an activist, a fighter and believed so strongly in personal stories as a way to make progress happen,” he added. “So it’s very befitting to do that.”
Dustin Lance Black (pictured, left, in a photo by Brian Putnam), had a busy day appearing at several events including a fundraising party at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum.
Lance, who won an Academy Award last year for his screenplay of the film Milk, was among the dozens of volunteers and advocates who kicked off the day’s events by gathering at the East Los Angeles Service Center (see video at bottom of this post). Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar and state Assemblyman Hector De La Torre (D-South Gate) also spoke.
Milk, who would have been 80 on Saturday, was a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1978. He served for 11 months before he and Mayor George R. Moscone were assassinated at City Hall by former supervisor Dan White.
Journalist Karen Ocamb reports on what sounds like a remarkable event at Fairfax High School. Here is a portion of her coverage as reported at Karen’s LGBT POV site:
Among the plethora of activities marking the first-ever Harvey Milk Day in California was the Harvey Milk Schools Project Concert by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, with the story written by Alastair Gamble with Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (pictured here with “Milk” producer Bruce Cohen and Harvey Milk’s nephew, Stuart Milk).
The first part of the GMCLA concert at the Fairfax High School Auditorium in Los Angeles Saturday night featured songs from the chorus’ June 19-20 concert L’Amour: Music from the Movies of Baz Luhrmann at the Avalon Theatre in Hollywood where the stage will be transformed into the Moulin Rouge.
For the premier of the Harvey Milk Schools Project, however, the high school auditorium stage was a set of bleachers for the singers, colorful boxes and most importantly, the audience’s imagination. This is useful since, as GMCLA Executive Director Hywel Sims explained, the GMCLA’s Alive Music Project goes into local high schools as ambassadors of music education (music programs often the first cut in times of economic crisis) while carrying the message of equality and anti-bullying through their performances, story telling and post-concert conversations.
The new Harvey Milk Schools Project is scheduled to go into a magnet school on Thursday, their first performance of the work following Saturday’s premiere.
There is also an account of the evening at Metblogs.
Other high-profile events on Saturday included a celebration at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, a fundraiser at the home of Sharon and Kelly Osbourne.
Black appeared at the party at Tussand’s in Hollywood but not at the Osbourne party which was presented with Equality California. There apparently was some drama connected to Black’s absence with the site Queerty.com reporting that EQCA dis-invited Black from the party because they wanted controversial gay blogger Perez Hilton there instead.
That seems a bit hard to believe but EQCA did release a statement to Towleroad.com attempting to clarify things: We didn’t disinvite Dustin Lance Black from EQCA’s Harvey Milk Day event held at the home of Sharon and Kelly Osborne. …We did let Black know that Perez Hilton might be attending the event as a guest of the Osbornes out of courtesy, as we know that there is tension between them (of which the Osbornes were not aware). Hilton was also on the media lists for other organizations’ Harvey Milk Day events. We would never disinvite anyone from our events, and our Harvey Milk Day events were open to the press. Hilton did not attend the event. We did let Black know that Hilton wasn’t coming, and he sent me a text saying that he didn’t think he could make it to the event before it ended.
We would never disinvite someone from an event who has done as much for the LGBT community as Black has. We’re incredibly impressed with Black’s advocacy for LGBT rights and hope to continue working with him in the future. He is a great champion for our community.
Anyway, it’s a bit of a PR nightmare for EQCA.
Let’s move away from that silliness and check out the video below of Lance speaking on Saturday morning:
Not a single scene has been shot of the second season of Glee and yet FOX has already renewed its phenomenal freshman hit for a third season, according to EW.com.
It’s a vote of confidence that is well-earned for the Tuesday night show that has seen many of its episodes become instant classics.
Season-to-date, Glee is the No. 1 new scripted series among adults 18-49 and adults 18-34, and has averaged 9.4 million total viewers. During its spring telecasts, the musical dramedy averaged a 5.6/14 among 18-49 and 13.3 million viewers. It wraps its first season June 8.
“In just one year, Glee has transcended the television landscape and emerged as a global pop culture phenomenon,” said Peter Rice, the Fox Networks Group Entertainment Chairman, in a statement.
Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly added: “Everything about Glee – from the concept to the characters to the marketing – has been innovative and risky, but with [series creator] Ryan Murphy tapping into the zeitgeist, the risk has paid off with this truly remarkable series. Glee has one of the most active, devoted fan bases I’ve ever seen, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to give Gleeks a third season of their favorite show.”
Murphy also released a statement: “It’s been a whirlwind year – from shooting the pilot to performing at the White House to the concert tour that began last week – and yet we all feel like we’ve just begun this amazing musical journey. We think our Gleeks worldwide are going to love what we’ll have in store for them in seasons two and three.”
With remarkable candor, Tammy Lynn Michaels has opened up about her break-up with Melissa Etheridge.
She does so not in an interview or in a new book, the former Popular star poured her feelings out in a poem she has posted on her blog Hollywood Farm Girl that reveals far more than Etheridge did during her recent appearances promoting her latest album.
The former couple share two children and Tammy’s hurt is quite raw.
Here are some excerpts:
things can be a long time coming
and smash the hell out of
hit and run
not even staying to clean up the mess
disappearances into the
hourglass-shaped wood with strings
never to finish a fight
never interested in clarifying,
making sense, making it right
even finishing the fight
more interested in making something rhyme
time after time after time
and later angsting that you and me, WE
it didn’t work out
you needed to be happy-
but really… you withdrew your hands
from family and intimacy
to pluck those strings more
‘d rather hear 10,000 fans
screaming my name in worship
than hear my wife harp on me
about my family intimacy issues too,
which one is going to get me harder?
sideswiped and left mangled
up to my eyes in toilet training toddlers
and sounds of a guitar wailing
letting me know
you would probably leave me soon
i know those heart-ache wails by now
i even told you it was a break up album
and you laughed at me
you laughed and laughed
i heard fearless and i got sick
“that’s your break up song with me”
i said to you
you got so angry with me, remember?
and stomped off
so thank you for telling an interviewer
that you WON’T censor me on my blog
(i thought i was to say nothing, my bad)
i was so unhappy thinking people dare look at me
and think that i consider
a marriage and forever to be
nine years or six years or whatever
and i gave up on everything
and just walked off
never is that me… nope, never
cuz i did not go anywhere, honey.
and you and i both know it
please stop telling the press it was mutual-
still love that damn woman so much, i’m still trying to stop. i had a dream last where honey and i were fighting and going to get a divorce, and i woke up sobbing…. then i realized. oh. it’s true. and then what do you do? when the horrible feeling in the dream gets to stay even after you wake up?
There were no My Life on the D-List cameras, she had on no make-up and wasn’t trying to hawk any books, CDs or TV gigs. Kathy Griffin showed up at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood on Friday night just to support a fellow comic.
Kathy was among the celebs who attended opening night of Rip Taylor’s funny and surprisingly moving one-man show It Ain’t All Confetti. I snapped these shots of her as she arrived at the theater and we ended up sitting just three seats away from each other.
Kathy hung out and greeted Rip warmly at the after-party (more photos later). Playing in the El Portal’s intimate 99-seat theater (not the main stage), she joined such stars as Alex Trebek, Julie Newmar, Rich Little, Bruce Vilanch, Dick Van Patten, Dee Wallace, Margaret O’Brien, Anne Jeffries, Jane Kean, Susan Olsen, Ruta Lee, Judy Tenuta, and Kate Linder.
Love the new issue of Entertainment Weekly in which Glee star Jane Lynch is described as “the prom queen of this year’s TV season.”
She talks about how her being out and proud might be of help to some gays out there: “There are kids out in unnamed spaces where it’s not a welcoming atmosphere for their sexual orientation. And to see somebody living their life openly I think it’s a good thing. I wish I had had that when I was younger.”
Jane has been a busy working actress for decades with dozens and dozens of film and television credits. But it hasn’t been until her late 40s that she’s become a household name: “There is a particular sweetness,” she says. “People always say, ‘Oh, you deserve this. You’ve been working so hard for so long.’ You know, I never felt like that. I never felt like my ship hasn’t come in, because I love what I’ve done.”
Jane also provides readers with a list of tips on HOW TO BE SUE SYLVESTER:
1. Intensity: “You need to have constant hunger for that next fight.”
2. Swagger: “When you walk into the room, you need to be able to suck all the energy out and take it all for yourself. All heads should turn the minute you enter the room.”
3. Wardrobe: “You need tracksuits, and they need to be in a variety of colors, and in each episode you must never, ever repeat. There should be three or four episodes between tracksuits.”
4. Arrogance: “You totally need to be in your own movie where you are acting, directing and writing. If people’s responses to you aren’t what you wrote, you just ignore them.”
5. Hair fetish: “I, Jane Lynch, have a thing about hair too. I have a little head, thin hair and a fat ass. When the hair doesn’t have enough volume, the proportions just go way off.”
Jack Scalia, a former pro-baseball player turned high-profile male model, made a big splash with his two very first acting jobs in the film Star Maker and the TV series The Devlin Connection.
In both, he starred opposite Rock Hudson.
Jack turns 60 later this year and has starred or had recurring roles in thirteen television series including High Performance, Berrenger’s, Hollywood Beat, Wolf, Remington Steele, Dallas, Pointman and Tequila & Bonetti.
He earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 2002 in the lead actor category for his portrayal of Chris Stamp opposite Susan Lucci on All My Children. He also been in a slew of TV miniseries including Judith Krantz’sI’ll Take Manhattan, Jackie Collins’ Lady Boss, Barbara Taylor Bradford’sEverything to Gain, Deadly Desire, Fear City (opposite Tom Berenger and Melanie Griffith), Hollywood Wives-The New Generation (opposite Farrah Fawcett) and the role of the controversial Joey Buttafuco opposite Alyssa Milano in CBS’ Casualty of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story.
A career high was starring as the lead in a Pulitzer nominated play Red River Rats, written and directed by John Piepilow (Strangeland) which drew rave reviews. Most recently, Jack starred in Wes Craven’s Red-Eye and in End Game opposite Cuba Gooding, Jr. and James Woods.
Earlier today, I posted The Life and Times of Harvey Milk documentary in its entirety. If you don’t have time to watch it all, at least watch this amazing speech by this great man who died far too soon.
He is so worth remembering today on Harvey Milk Day and every day.
What’s really fun about another Sex and the City movie coming out is all the anticipation – the interviews, the preview pics. I love it!
The Advocate’s Brandon Voss gives us a terrific interview with writer-director-producer Michael Patrick King.
Here is a portion:
Before we talk about the film, what are your thoughts on the recent Newsweek article claiming that gays can’t convincingly play straight roles?
It’s interesting that you would ask me that question on a Sex and the City 2 junket, because Sex and the City is really about people allowing themselves to be whatever version of themselves they want to be. So I don’t like any kind of labeling unless it’s Chanel, Dior, Louboutin, or Manolo. Labeling people by their sexuality is absurd because acting is magic, and movies and the stage are about suspended belief. This might come as a shock to some people, but Hugh Jackman was not Peter Allen when he was performing that character in The Boy From Oz. Richard Burton wasn’t King Arthur when he did Camelot. It’s all an illusion anyway, so the label of actor is all anyone should be talking about.
Sean Hayes, with whom you worked as a consulting producer on Will & Grace, was one of the main actors mentioned in that Newsweek article. Should gay actors like him avoid labeling themselves in the media?
The journey out of the closet into the public is a personal journey, and it can be as rigorous for somebody who doesn’t have a spotlight shining on them as it is for somebody who does. I don’t have any rules about that. It’s amazing when someone comes out, but it’s really a personal choice.
When Cynthia Nixon came out, did you consider for even a moment that she might suddenly no longer be believable as a straight character?
She’s such a strong actress, and it’s such an amazing character. That’s a real testament to the idea of the split in a personality versus a performance because Cynthia is Miranda. So it never dawned on me for a second to suddenly include ideas that Miranda is gay.
When it comes to Sex and the City’s main gay characters, it’s worth noting that you cast an openly gay actor, Mario Cantone, as Anthony, and a straight actor, Willie Garson, as Stanford. Does sexuality ever come into play when casting?
It’s sex, not sexuality, that comes into play, and there’s a big difference. How many guys went through Samantha’s bedroom? I have no idea what their sexuality was. Literally, I blew through — and this is not a pun intended — hundreds of sexy men in the series. So many actors came in and out, took their clothes off, and I never had anyone say, “Oh, you shouldn’t cast him because … ” They were either sexy or not sexy.
It’s no secret that Stanford and Anthony get married in the new film. Did you ever envision them getting together during the series?
Absolutely not. I liked in the series that they were archenemies. I liked that Anthony was so completely cold to Stanford, because I see that a lot in dating, and just because they happen to be the two gay characters doesn’t mean the rules change. Charlotte has walked out on men on sight just because she’s like, “No, not right.” Anthony’s her best friend, so he has the same kind of dating profile. But then in the first movie I started to have the luxury of seeing Stanford and Anthony together — and Willie and Mario together. In my mind their New Year’s kiss was the fantasy doorway that could open up to something. The other chaser for that drink was the idea in my mind that they got closer because of Carrie’s tragedy. Getting through a humiliating experience like that, they had to look at each other, drop all the bullshit between them, and relate as people.
Their whole lavish gay wedding, complete with Liza Minnelli officiating, felt to me like a special nod or thanks to Sex and the City’s loyal gay fans.
To me, it’s a nod to the big Preston Sturges, black-and-white, madcap MGM musical. For me, the movie’s about tradition and each of the girls struggling with a traditional role, so what’s important to me is that even within our nontraditional — now traditional in some states — gay weddings, even a couple like Stanford and Anthony is struggling with how to be “brooms.” But it’s also important that no one character speak for all gay men just as no one girl speaks for all women.
Did you get to party with Liza?
The only party I saw was the work. She worked her ass off and shook her ass off, as you could see. We did have a couple lunches before we started filming. Just to sit down and have a conversation with her was fantastic. She was so Liza Minnelli! I said to John Melfi, my producing partner, “If this were a Liza Minnelli drinking game, where you did a shot every time she said a word that Liza Minnelli would say, we would’ve been shit-faced 10 minutes into it.”
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Harvey Milk Day into law last October. He had vetoed a simlar bill in 2008 and there was fear that he might do so again.
But since that veto, the movie Milk was released and won Academy Awards for star Sean Penn and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. Also, president Barack Obama posthumously awarded Milk with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Harvey Milk was the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He fought hard against discrimination – including Proposition 6, a ballot initiative that would have made firing gay teachers—and any public school employees who supported gay rights—mandatory. It lost by a million votes.
As a supervisor, Milk was responsible for passing a stringent gay rights ordinance for the city but just 11 months into his term, he and Mayor George Moscone were murdered at City Hall by former Supervisor Dan White.
Milk was just 48 years old and had been a gay rights activist for less than a decade. There was so much still ahead.
Here is the superb documentary The Life and Times of Harvey Milk:
On Glee, Mark Salling has won our hearts as Noah “Puck” Puckerman, a more sensitive-than-we-thought jock who is about to become a daddy.
At 27, Salling is one of several young performers to become an overnight star after being cast on the show and he has shined as an actor and a singer.
Pre-Glee, Mark sang, wrote, and played guitar in a solo project under the stage name “Jericho”, whose debut album, Smoke Signals, was released in 2008. He also appeared in the films The Graveyard and Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering.