The look changes but the voice remains the same as Darlene Love sings Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) on The Late Show David Letterman in 2009, 2005, 2000, and 1995.
I’m not sure of Miss Love, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, appeared on the show this year but her annual holiday appearance is always so well-received.
She performs with such energy and joy. Had to believe that she turned 70 in July.
What better way to get us into the Christmas spirit than with a sexy and shirtless Jake Gyllenhaal wearing a Santa hat?
In case you don’t recognize them, these photos are stills from Jake’s terrific 2005 film Jarhead.
The movie, directed by Sam Mendes, was based on former Marine Anthony Swofford’s best-selling 2003 book about his pre-Desert Storm experiences in Saudi Arabia and about his experiences fighting in Kuwait.
Jarhead was released during a banner year for Gyllenhaal who also starred with Heath Ledger in the classic love story Brokeback Mountain earning his first Academy Award nomination. His other film that year was Proof opposite Gwyneth Paltrow.
The actor turned 32 this week and continues to choose his roles carefully starring in a strong of quality films in recent years including Zodiac, Rendition, Love and Other Drugs and Brothers.
Meant to post this earlier in the week but better late than never!
Spartacus: Vengeance doesn’t premiere on STARZ until Friday, Jan. 27 but the network has just released this exciting new trailer with Liam McIntyre in the title role. He replaces the last Andy Whitfield who died earlier this year.
On the heels of the bloody escape from the House of Batiatus that concluded Spartacus: Blood and Sand, the gladiator rebellion continues and begins to strike fear into the heart of the Roman Republic in Spartacus: Vengeance.
Gaius Claudius Glaber and his Roman troops are sent to Capua to crush the growing band of freed slaves that Spartacus leads before it can inflict further damage.
Spartacus is presented the choice of satisfying his personal need for vengeance against the man that condemned his wife to slavery and eventual death, or making the larger sacrifices necessary to keep his budding army from breaking apart.
Here’s a preview:
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A newly-single Chaz Bono tweeted this photo of himself on the ski slopes in Colorado.
The Dancing With the Stars alum writes: Skiing for the first time in 20 years. Man am I going to be sore tomorrow.
Chaz had tweeted earlier in the week that he was heading to Colorado with stepmom Mary Bono, her husband and Chaz’s brother Chesare.
In January, it will be 14 years that Chaz’s dad, Sonny Bono, was killed in a tragic skiing accident near Lake Tahoe.
Nice to see Chaz back out there enjoying an activity that his father really loved.
So glad to hear that George Michael was able to be released from the hospital in time to celebrate Christmas at home.
The singer talked to reporters this morning outside of his home in London:
“It was basically by far the worst month of my life, but I’m incredibly, incredibly, fortunate to be here and fortunate to have picked up this bug where I did, because apparently the hospital in Austria where they rushed me to was absolutely the best place in the world I could have been. So I have to believe that somebody still thinks I’ve got some work to do here.”
To read more, go to Gay Star News.
UPDATE: George just sent out this tweet:
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Christmas songs seem to sound even more beautiful when they are sung by the legendary Joan Baez. I’m a huge fan of this great singer and, as usual, she is in fine form as she performs the gem Please Come Home For Christmas.
This is the one and only Christmas episode from the series and it was not aired in syndication. But several years ago, it emerged on video and parts of it are colorized.
The I Love Lucy Christmas Show, originally aired on Christmas Eve in 1956, and it’s actually a themed clip show.
As Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethyl get things ready for Little Ricky’s Christmas, they share memories (and clips) about the events that led up to his birth, from the classic episode where Lucy told Ricky she was pregnant (not that they could use the word “pregnant” on TV in 1956) to the episode where he’s born.
The framing sequence is where all the Christmas content is, and it’s really good, with Fred struggling with the Christmas tree and Lucy struggling to defend her singing ability… then we get a surprise guest-star at the end.
Here is the episode – colorized – in its entirety:
Today’s Morning Man is an English professional soccer player who plays the position of striker for the Manchester United team.
He’s 32-year-old Michael Owen who burst onto the international soccer scene in 1998 playing in World Cup. He is England’s seventh most-capped player and has scored a national record of 26 competitive goals, with 40 in total from 89 appearances, most recently in 2008.
Before joining Manchester United in 2009, Owen played for Newcastle United, Real Madrid and Liverpool.
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Lance Bass uses the word ‘trannies’ on television
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I can’t imagine why this gorgeous number was cut from last week’s holiday episode of Glee but, thankfully, it has been made available for us to enjoy online.
Here is Naya Rivera, so, so good as lesbian cheerleader Santana, performing Santa Baby in a department store during a shopping trip with Finn (Cory Monteith).
All the guys in the store are transfixed by the sexy Santana but her heart belongs to Brittany.
I’m so glad more people will get to see one of my favorite documentaries from this year: Carol Channing: Larger Than Life which is opening theatrically is Los Angeles and New York on Jan. 20 with wider release to follow.
In addition to Channing and her husband, the film includes interviews with Jerry Herman, Lily Tomlin, Chita Rivera, Barbara Walters, Tommy Tune, Tyne Daly, Debbie Reynolds, Phyllis Diller, Loni Anderson, JoAnne Worley and Bruce Vilanch.
Says Tomlin in the film: “When someone is so alive and in the moment, it takes your breath away.”
The film is written and edited by Adam Zucker. Director of Photography is Rob Vanalkemade and music is by Craig Sharmat. The film was co-produced by B. Harlan Boll.
Celeb Tweets: Neil Patrick Harris feeling magical; Gerald McCullouch shops! Bette has song stuck in head!
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Just as he’s releasing a new single, Adam Lambert has gotten himself into some trouble in, of all place, Finland!
The singing superstar a fight with his boyfriend outside of a gay bar in Helsinki.
You can read all about it over at Gay Star News.
Blogger Perez Hilton broke the news and has just added this Tweet:
I don’t know about you, but this guy is so beautiful that he takes my breath away.
He’s Carlos Ferro and up until the other day, I had never heard of him, never seen him. But boy, he is most certainly on my radar now!
He is a 27-year-old television actor from Mexico entered the world of acting when he appeared in a minor part in the TV series Aventuras en el Tiempo. In the following years, he starred in several minor roles in TV series such as Dame chocolate, Encadenados, and Rebelde.
Ferro’s acting career started to gain notice in his native Mexico by 2009 when he played the character of Gregorio in Telemundo’s top-rated soap opera, Mas Sabe el Diablo.
Greg’s Gay Star News: Pat Robertson says you can “un-acquire” gayness while Rick Santorum insists he has ‘nothing against gays’
Happy hump day everyone!
It’s been a very busy week posting stories for Gay Star News and I wanted to provide you with links to some of today’s items. I hope you will check them all out starting with a doozy involving Pat Robertson!
Pat Robertson says it is possible to ‘un-acquire’ gayness
Rick Santorum says he has ‘nothing against gays’
Two female cadets share historic kiss at Navy homecoming
Doctors ‘optimistic’ about George Michael’s health
Lloyd didn’t have to work hard to get Streep to portray Thatcher
It’s GLAAD and HRC versus ABC over ‘Work It’
It is criminal that in her long and hugely successful recording career, Diana Ross has never won a Grammy.
I mean, even Hillary Rodham Clinton has a Grammy!
This huge oversight will finally be rectified this year when the great star receives the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy. She will be presented with the honor an invitation-only ceremony to be held on Feb. 11 and will be acknowledged during the Grammy Awards telecast the next night.
I certainly hope they allow Miss Ross to take the stage and make a speech and show clips or better yet, ask her to perform. Too often, musical legends are just asked to stand as the audience applauds.
We want more!
Miss Ross has won eight American Music Awards but never the Grammy despite 12 nominations. Her recording career has spanned nearly 50 years. She enjoyed 12 number one hits as lead singer of The Supremes including Baby Love, Reflections, Stop! In the Name of Love and You Can’t Hurry Love then went on to have six number one singles as a solo artist including Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Love Hangover, Do You Know Where You’re Going To and Endless Love.
In addition to Miss Ross, other Lifetime Achievement honorees will include the Allman Brothers Band, Glen Campbell, Antonio Carlos Jobim, George Jones, the Memphis Horns, and Gil Scott-Heron.
Let’s enjoy some of my favorite Diana Ross performances to celebrate her Grammy:
Calling it ‘harmful’ to transgender people, GLAAD and HRC ratchet up pressure on ABC not to air “Work It”
It’s been said that any publicity is good publicity but I’m not so sure that’s the case with the growing controversy over the ABC sitcom Work It.
GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign have stepped-up pressure on the network to yank the sitcom about two men who decide to impersonate women to land jobs in pharmaceutical sales.
It is scheduled to premiere on Jan. 3. I’ve just posted a story on Gay Star News about the controversy and an ad the groups have placed in today’s Daily Variety.
Check it out!