Women’s tennis finally has a bona fide superstar as its number one.
She’s Maria Sharapova who not only won the French Open singles trophy on Saturday, she also completed a rare career grand slam.
Sharapova’s 2012 French Open victory follows her wins at the 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open and 2008 Australian Open.
She joins Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Billie Jean King, Margaret Court and Serena Williams as winners of the career Slam in the Open era. She’ll return to the No. 1 ranking on Monday for the first time since 2008.
“It probably is the most special moment in my career,” Sharapova told NBC after the match. “When I looked at that trophy today, I never felt this happy. It’s really incredible.”
Being a fan of Josh Hopkins can be a little frustrating.
He consistently lands good roles on good shows like Brothers & Sisters, Private Practice, Vanished, Pepper Dennis and Swingtown but then, for one reason or another, either his character or the show are soon gone.
But I have a feeling that is about to all change for this handsome 38-year-old actor who I met and chatted up over the weekend at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour party for ABC. He is in the cast of the new series Cougar Town that stars the terrific Courtney Cox.
Josh plays her secy neighbor and from the clips I saw, he reminded me a bit of James Denton in that first season of Desperate Housewives. Like Denton was, I’d love to see Josh on all the magazine covers once the show takes off.
On the same week that his former secretary went public with allegations that he had a six-year affair with a male pilot, John Travolta made his first public appearance in months at a tribute to Shirley MacLaine in Los Angeles.
Travolta had been keeping a low profile since early May when a pair of lawsuits were filed against the actor by two male masseurs accusing him of sexual battery and harassment.
The lawsuits have since been withdrawn but the accusers have enlisted the services of famed attorney Gloria Allred. Travolta’s attorney has denied all allegations as well as a the story on the cover of the current issue of the National Enquirer that contains the former secretary’s allegations.
Travolta, looking dapper in a black tuxedo with bow tie, smiled widely as he took the stage with Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts to present film clips of MacLaine’s legendary career, according to E!Online.
The actor, whose film classics include Pulp Fiction, Grease, Saturday Night Live and Urban Cowboy, shared with the audience his thoughts on MacLaine who was also feted by Meryl Streep, Sally Field, Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.
Said Travolta: ‘Several years ago, Warren Beatty was talking about a young actress. And I said to him, ‘What was she like?’ And he said, ‘She filled the room with presence like I’ve never seen before.’ And I said, “You know your sister, Shirley? She fills the room with presence.” Travolta then added, ‘She fills the world with presence like no one I’ve ever seen before. And that’s my Shirley. And I love you.’
Alec Mapa, best known for his recurring role as fashion reporter Suzuki St. Pierre on ABC’s Ugly Betty, is performing in his first LA Pride this weekend.
It’s a bit surprising since the actor, stand-up comic and self-proclaimed ‘America’s Gaysian Sweetheart’ has long been out and proud and lives in Los Angeles.
‘For an out performer, June is like December if you’re playing Santa Claus or an elf. You get invited to all the Pride events everywhere,’ he tells Rage Monthly. ‘I’d been asked to perform at LA Pride before but this is the first time our schedules finally aligned. I’m absolutely looking forward to it.’
Mapa is reminded that his appearance comes just a few weeks after Queen Latifah appeared in her first Pride event just south of LA in Long Beach.
‘I know, what’s that about?’ he wondered.
It had been widely anticipated that the notoriously private Latifah would come out at the event but she did not.
Mapa doesn’t think she needs to bother saying: ‘Is there anyone who doesn’t think Queen Latifah is a lesbian?’
Mapa’s stand-up material is typically off-color but when he performs Sunday at the Pride festival, he promises ‘I’ll be keeping my language as clean as possible since it’s outdoors.’
‘But I’ll be taking on all the hot topics of our time, meaning gay marriage,’ he added. ‘It amazes me that my relationship and my family are the subject of such debate and division, that some people are scared of us. If those people came to my house, they would see me doing laundry and steaming broccoli and making macaroni and cheese. What’s so scary about that?’
Other stars performing over the weekend are singer Belinda Carlisle, American Idol alum Frenchie Davis, Beverly McCellen of The Voice, and comic Fortune Feimster, among others.
Actress Molly Ringwald is grand marshal of Sunday’s Pride Parade. Also riding in the parade is Chaz Bono who is being honored as person of the year and California Attorney General Kamala Harris, recipient of the George Moscone Ally Award.
LA’s Pride Weekend begins today and concludes on Sunday which is the same day gay icon Judy Garland would have turned 90.
So where else would you want to find yourself Friday, Saturday or Sunday night than in the audience of Get Happy: A Musical Play Celebrating the 90th Birthday of Judy Garland starring the incomparable Peter Mac.
Peter has been performing as Judy at Peter Mac’s Supper Club inside the the French Market in West Hollywood for much of the year but this is a new show he has put together that includes six wigs and ten costumes that replicate actual moments from Judy’s life.
Margaret O’Brien, who co-starred with Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis, is going to be attending Sunday night’s show.
Peter as Judy (and his very talented partner D.j. Schaefer as Bea Arthur) will be in the media tent at the Pride Festival on Saturday and in the parade on Sunday (riding in a sexy convertible I’m told!).
Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m. with the room opening for dinner at 7 p.m. Sunday’s show will take place at 7 p.m. and open for dinner at 6 p.m.
Those attending Saturday and Sunday will be treated to a cake reception afterward and sing “Happy Birthday” to “Judy”.
The 2700+ participants in AIDS/LifeCycle 2012, the worlds largest HIV/AIDS fundraising event, are no doubt working hard to complete theoir 545-mile cycling experience from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
But that doesn’t mean they aren’t having plenty of fun along the way!
Thursday was Dress in Red Day (aka “Red Dress Day”) and here are some images of the riders in their special attire. As the story goes, the idea originated from the notion that on Day Five’s winding hills, the riders would appear from afar as a giant red ribbon. Here is a LINK to more pics!
Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of posts this week about AIDS LifeCycle which will conclude Saturday in Westwood.
If you want to ride in next year’s event, you can save $40 on registration by using codes GayStarNews or GIH by Monday, June 11. To register, click HERE.
I’m just beginning to read Andy Cohen new book, Most Talkative.
I was just stunned by a chapter in the book that relives his experience as a closeted high school student who went to an Eddie Murphy concert in the 80s and had to suffer through anti-gay material that his straight friends found hilarious.
I ran out of the arena and into the bathroom where I spent most of the concert in a stall, rocking back and forth wishing and praying that I could somehow unzip my skin and throw it away,’ he writes. ‘I wanted to walk out of that bathroom a completely different person and yet I knew I couldn’t.’
Read more about this traumatic incident detailed in my story posted at Gay Star News.
Will Horton should be in college and planning his future instead of being involved in a murder mystery!
But that is what is playing out right now on Days of Our Lives with the murder of the loathsome Stefano DeMira.
Before the murder plot takes center stage in this episode, Will and Sonny have their first face-to-face meeting in far too long. Sonny is upset when he finds out Will used him to spill the beans about Sami sleeping with EJ.
Will promises, in kind of flirty way, to make it up to Sonny somehow. Hmmmm.
When Sami comes into the coffeehouse, Will turns into a brat and pretends he’s dating Sonny to see if Sami will freak out.
Sonny puts him in his place and you sense that if Will and Sonny do become a couple, Sami will wholeheartedly approve!
It’s been a long road back for the sport’s glamour girl who was ranked number one back in 2008 then suffered serious shoulder injuries that required surgery.
Now 25, Sharapova has been coming on strong for the past 12 months and in today’s semifinals of the French Open, she beat reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in straight sets to advance to the finals against 21st ranked Sara Errani who has been the hottest player on clay this season with three tournament victories.
If she were to win the title, she would become one of six women during the open era (post-1968) to have completed a career grand slam by winning all four major titles. The others are Serena Williams, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Billie Jean King and Margaret Court.
Sharapova was the 2004 Wimbledon champion, the 2006 US Open champion and won the Australian Open in 2008. She was runner-up at Wimbledon last year and at the Australian Open in January.
It was a family affair last night for Cher as she was accompanied by her ageless mom Georgia Holt – who turns 85 this week! – and son Chaz Bono to the gala fundraiser at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel for President Obama.
Cher shared these pics via Twitter this morning and wrote: ‘I LOVED MEETING PRES! He was Warm,Funny SO SWEET 2 MOM’
She also tweeted about the scene getting ready: ‘B4 these pics,Clothes,Makeup, Flying Everywhere!WE Laughed SO Hard were Falling down!Chaz combing beard in Middle of 5CRAZY Women’
LGBT stars and allies feted President Barack Obama in Los Angeles last night at a gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel followed by an exclusive after-party at the home of Glee creator Ryan Murphy.
Obama’s public support of gay marriage last month set the stage for the president to receive a hero’s welcome as he raises money for his election battle against presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
“I could not be prouder of the work that we’ve done on behalf of the LGBT community,” Obama told the sold out crowd of 600 at The Beverly Wilshire.
Among the Hollywood attendees were Cher and son Chaz Bono, performers Ellen DeGeneres and Darren Criss, Glee star Jane Lynch, Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin LanceBlack, singer Lance Bass, Will & Grace creator Max Mutchnick, Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Star Trek icon George Takei, Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin, director Paris Barclay, actresses Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, some of the guests donated up to $25,000 each to Obama’s reelection effort for a chance to mingle — and have their picture taken — with the president.
Black, the Milk and J. Edgar screenwriter who had been critical of Obama before he came out for gay marriage, told Variety: “It is important that we get gay and lesbian people motivated. I think he did it.”
“He stepped on stage and said, ‘Here I am,’ and we said, ‘We heard you.’”
Neil Patrick Harris returns as host of The Tony Awards on Sunday and The Hollywood Reporter has a terrific interview with him about it.
Here are a few excerpts:
The Hollywood Reporter: This being your third time hosting the Tonys, does that make it a breeze or even more of a challenge?Neil Patrick Harris: I think in many ways it’s more challenging because I don’t want to just rest on what I’ve done before. So I’m trying to come up with new ways to do things. Thankfully, the meat of the Tony telecast is the performances from the shows, so the awards show kind of creates itself around the season, and then I fill in based on the vibe of the season in general. I’m happy that there’ll be so many legitimately good performances on the show. That was my big worry.
THR: Do you have a favorite moment of the previous two Tony gigs you’ve done?
Harris: I must say I like those closing numbers where we create the song during the show. That rap that I got to do about the winners was both terrifying and kind of exhilarating. I’m still trying to wrap my head around how to do something similar this year without wanting to repeat myself.
THR: So did that taste of being on a New York stage again whet your appetite to come back and perform in another show any time soon?
Harris: I’m chomping at the bit, but I wouldn’t want to replace someone in an existing show. I’d want to do a new show, and the time involvement and commitment in that is at least half a year, if not more. Right now How I Met Your Mother runs longer than the other half of the year, so as soon as we know who the mother is, we’ll probably head East and both David (Harris’ partner David Burtka) and I can try and get back on stage.
For someone who thinks ABC’s The Bachelorette is such a silly show, I sure seem to be into it this season.
I’ve seen the last two episodes and Emily Maynard is the best bachelorette ever and she’s got some really hunky men competing for her affection – including today’s blond and buff Morning Man Sean Lowe.
Sean is 28 and has duel careers as an insurance agent and a fitness model.
He was born and raised in Irving, Texas, and attended Kansas State University on a full scholarship. He was a linebacker for the football team and graduated in 2006.
A few weeks ago, Maynard’s friends interviewed a few of the bachelors for her to give their input and they seemed to be mighty impressed with Sean (see video below). They aren’t the only ones!