With the spate of highly-publicized teen suicides this fall, the important work of The Trevor Project has been more front-and-center then ever before.
It also led to a stellar star-studded turnout at the organization’s annual fundraiser Trevor LIVE held at Hollywood Palladium last night including Jane Lynch, Neil Patrick Harris, Kathy Griffin, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Katy Perry, Darren Criss, Rashida Jones, David Arquette, Sarah Silverman, Taye Diggs, Idina Menzel, Kate Walsh, Queen Latifah, Wayne Brady, Justin Long, Joe Manganiello, Kristin Davis, Brittany Snow, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Josh Duhamel, Anna Kendrick, James Marsden and Jessica Alba, among others.
The highlight for most in attendance was a duet of Teenage Dream by Katy Perry and Darren Criss, the most recent addition to the cast of Glee. Here is video of that performance, not the best quality but still nice to watch:
Also dueting were husband and wife Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel on Ebony and Ivory and a song by Neil Patrick Harris and James Marsden which was sealed with a kiss!
See plenty more red carpet photos and images from the show at Socialite Life!
When actress Amber Heard was introduced by Michael Kearns Friday night at the GLAAD at 25 event as an out actress, I was sitting there in the second row of the Harmony Gold Theater applauding as loud as anyone.
I wasn’t familiar with Amber’s work so I did not immediately realize that it was at this event, right in front of my eyes, that she was coming out publicly!
“I am honored to be here,” Amber said as she took the stage to present the GLAAD Founders Award to Richard Jennings.
Amber, who got her start in the TV series Hidden Palms, has starred in such films as Zombieland, The Stepfather, The Joneses, Never Back Down and The Pineapple Express and has the upcoming releases The Rum Diary opposite Johnny Depp and Drive Angry with Nicolas Cage.
Amber was the last celebrity to arrive on the red carpet and she gave an interview to AfterEllen.com: “I think when I became aware of my role in the media, I had to ask myself an important question ‘Am I part of the problem?’ And I think that when millions and millions of hard-working, tax paying Americans are denied their rights and denied their equality you have to ask yourself what are the factors that are an epidemic problem and that’s what this is.”
“Injustice can never be stood for,” she added. “It always must be fought against and I just was sick of it being a problem. I personally think that if you deny something or if you hide something you’re inadvertently admitting it’s wrong. I don’t feel like I’m wrong.”
Amber attended the GLAAD event with with her girlfriend, photographer Tasya van Ree whom she has been dating since 2008.
You always breathe a sigh of relief when a child star is able to transition to adult actor without going off of the deep end.
Bryton James, who we got to know as curly-haired tyke Richie Crawford for seven seasons on ABC’s Family Matters, has grown up well. He has for several years played the role of Devon Hamilton on the CBS soap The Young and the Restless and won a Daytime Emmy for his performance in 2007.
Bryton, now 24, has also had a recurring role as Luka on The CW’s The Vampire Diaries with his most recent appearance coming last Friday.
He’s also had some success as a recording artist with the single Ooh, The Way I Feel About You.
Kathy Griffin, who has spoken out against the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, wowed the troops in a camouflage bikini at the VH1 Divas Salute the Troops concert Friday night.
So how does our favorite redhead stay so thin? Here’s what she said earlier this year: “It’s frustration and starvation,” she said. “I’m cranky all the time and I’m hungry all the time.”
Kathy took a jab at Bristol Palin during her opening monologue: “She’s the only contestant in the history of ["Dancing with the Stars"] to actually gain weight,” said Griffin. “She’s like the white Precious.”
Here is that part of her routine:
She’s been to the highest peaks of tennis winning Wimbledon nine times.
So who better than the great Martina Navratilova to hit tennis balls off of Africa’s highest peak?
Martina is climbing Tanzania’s 19,340 foot- (5,895-meter) mountain next week to raise money and awareness for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
“It’s just a basic hike except you get to be pretty high and there’s not much air up there, but it doesn’t require much mountain climbing experience,” Navratilova told the Associated Press. “I was hoping to do it privately, so I’m petrified of failing because then the whole world would know. I’m in decent shape. I know I’m in good enough shape to get to the top, but will the altitude get me? That’s something you can’t predict until you get there.”
Martina is 54 and was treated for breast cancer earlier this year. Just weeks after her chemotherapy treatments, she competed in the French Open senior women’s doubles competition with Jana Novotna and won!
The fund raising goal for the climb is 100,000 euros ($134,000). More than half of that already has been raised.
Navratilova, a four-time US Open champion and winner of more singles tournaments that any player – male or female – in history, said she will carry a tennis racket to the top but doesn’t know if she can find a game up there.
“I’m bringing one racket and I’ll hit a few balls from the top to see how far they can travel,” she said. “With the air being that thin they should go a long way.”
On Saturday, Martina watched Kenyan youths play soccer in Nairobi during a Laureus foundation event.
Get ready for our favorite divas and others to sing us right up until Dec. 25. Each day, I will highlight a holiday from someone I really like and think you will too. Think of folks like Barbara Streisand, The Carpenters, Eartha Kitt.
We kick things off today with a trio of truly legendary ladies: Bette Midler, Dolly Parton and Diana Ross.
It was a dream come true a few years back when on the red carpet on opening night of Outfest Margaret Cho launched into an imitation of her mother for me.
Almost dropped my recorder and lost my composure from laughing so hard.
Love, love, love Margaret Cho who turns 42 years young today.
This very funny and very talented woman tried to fit in with ABC’s All American Girl in the mid-90s but it is clear that Margaret is at her best as Margaret. Her comedy specials I’m the One That I Want, Notorious C.H.O. and Assassin are classics and all on DVD.
The bisexual Margaret has appeared in scores of roles both comic and serious including the AIDS drama It’s My Party, the hilarious episode of Sex and the City when Carrie Bradshaw becomes fashion roadkill, and her current series Drop Dead Diva.
Margaret also competed in Dancing With the Stars and the week she was eliminated, wore a dazzling rainbow dress and dedicated her performance to all the bullied gay kids out there, asking them to be strong.
As for this nonsense involving Margaret and Bristol Palin that is getting way too much attention right now, I can’t pretend to care. But Towleroad has the latest HERE.
It seems to me that we don’t make a big enough fuss over Scott Bakula who has been such a welcome presence on our television screens for nearly 25 years.
I remember him from the very first episode of Designing Women in 1986 as Mary Jo’s philandering ex-husband who was now dating her business partner Suzanne. He would recur throughout the show’s run and he also was the guy who got Murphy Brown pregnant and caused a national scandal!
Scott, who is now 56 and co-starring in the TNT series Men of a Certain Age, went on to star in two well-remembered series: Quantum Leap and Star Trek: Enterprise. He also has a recurring role on the NBC series Chuck.
But this is a man equally comfortable on stage. I saw him a few summers back in The Hollywood Bowl production of Guys and Dolls and he was first-rate. He was nominated for a Tony Award for hos role in the Broadway musical Romance/Romance.
Since Scott looks so darned good, his Men of a Certain Age co-star Ray Romano says it kind of ticks him off that Bakula can barely pull off playing a character of an unemployed actor who is just turning 50.
“I remember one day during a wardrobe fitting, they showed me photos of him shorts,” Romano says in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly. “I was ticked off at what good shape he’s in.”
For his part, Scott said in the same article that he was encouraged when he had a physical last year at the age of 55 and his doctor said to him: “Now get ready to start the second half.”
“I was like, ‘Thanks for that.’ That’s a great way of looking at it. I like that optimism.”
Chaz Bono was among the celebrities who turned up at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Hollywood last night for the GLAAD at 25 celebration.
I’ll have a full report on this event tomorrow but wanted to quickly share part of the conversation I had on the red carpet with Chaz who has very bravely transitioned from female to male.
Chaz, of course, is the only child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono and as a child often appeared on their television variety show.
Cher has been doing a great deal of press for her new movie Burlesque (Vanity Fair, Nightline, Leno, Letterman, NY Times, Parade) and has been asked some about Chaz’s change in gender. She has been supportive of her eldest child (Cher also has a son with rocker Greg Allman) but has continued to refer to Chaz as “she” instead of “he.”
I asked Chaz if this bothered him.
“You know, it doesn’t thrill me but I understand it,” he said. “I understand that she’s got 40 years of using one set of pronouns and it’s hard to get used to it. So I try to be understanding about it and as long as she tries, that’s really what’s important.”
Added Chaz: “It’ll happen over time.”
Becoming Chaz, a documentary about Bono’s transitions from female to male, will make its debut next month at the Sundance Film Festival.It is directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato.
** More from my interview with Chaz in the coming days!
VERSATILE: There’s a reason why we would have liked to have seen more of Alan Cumming in Burlesque.
He makes the most of his few scenes as a ticket taker and performer at a burlesque club owned by Cher’s character. But when you see him in stage in full make-up you realize, “This guy won a Tony for Cabaret! Let’s see what he can do!”
But it’s Cher and Christina Aguilera’s flick.
CBS’s The Good Wife is another story. It is so great to have Alan on the show each week (he was recurring last season) as the cunning campaign manager Eli.
The role is so against type for the actor that even star Julianna Margulies was surprised at his casting: “When I heard I was going to work with Alan but he was going to play a straight Jewish ballbuster, I was like, ‘Really?’ Alan Cumming? Are you sure?’” the actress tells Entertainment Weekly.
Then she adds: “And then you watch him and you can’t imagine anyone else in the role.”
The openly gay Cumming, who was nominated for a guest actor Emmy for the role, says: “I love playing Eli because he feels so different from me. I sort of feel like I’m in drag!”
If you’re a fan of CBS’s The Good Wife – and if you’re not, you should be! – then you are familiar with actor Matt Czuchry who plays attorney Cary Agos on the show.
It seemed like the character was history at the end of last season because he was competing with Alica (played by series lead Julianna Margulies) for a spot at the law firm.
But writers immediately had him be snatched up by the state’s attorney’s office in a move that has made the character a frequent adversary of his old firm – and a lot more interesting!
He has come to the aid of former colleague Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) but you do wonder why.
Matt, 33, says in the current issues of Entertainment Weekly: “It’s very unexpected what his motives are, whether they’re honest or manipulative. Walking that line has been fun.”
Prior to The Good Wife, now in its second season, Matt was best known for having portrayed Logan Huntzberger on Gilmore Girls and was part of the short-lived WB series Young Americans.
While Matt’s character on Wife is Harvard-educated, in real life the actor is a graduate of the College of Charleston where he graduated with a degree in political science and history. He was also captain of the tennis team and an NCAA ranked player in the Southern Conference.
Some I Love Lucy scenes are so classic that you just have to revisit them every now and then.
This is the case with Lucy Does a Television Commercial from season one. It’s one of the few classics that does not feature Ethel (Vivian Vance) as Lucy’s partner in crime so this is a real Lucille Ball tour-de-force.
The way she gets progressively sloshed is brilliant! She goes from saying all the lines perfectly delivering this:
“Well, I’m your Vitavigavegivat Girl. Are you tired, run down, listless? Do you pop out at parties? Are you unpoopular? [pause] Well, are you? The answer to all your problems is in this little ol’ bottle, Vitameatavegamin. [Checks the bottle label] That’s it. Vitameatavegamin contains vitamins, meat, megetables and vinerals. So why don’t you join the thousands of happy peppy people and get a great big bottle of Vitaveatyvemeanyminimoe. I’ll tell you what you have to do. You have to take a whole tablespoonful after every meal. It’s so tasty too. It’s just like candy.
[Takes a bit of time, if not too much, trying to sample the liquid. Finally... ] So everybody get a bottle of… [pointing at the bottle] this stuff.”
Nate Berkus showed us what a total pro he is this week. Ill with what was later diagnosed as appendicitis, Nate powered through a rather lengthy appearance on The Today Show Tuesday talking Christmas tree trimming with Matt Lauer.
The host of daytime’s The Nate Berkus Show had his appendix removed later that day.
He is now now resting comfortably at home after the appendectomy, the Associated Press reports.
Nate is expected to resume taping his show next week. No doubt there will be a segment on his appendectomy.
Maybe he will have fellow TV personality Dr. Oz on as a guest. Nate reportedly called Oz with his symptoms and was advised to get to the hospital pronto!
Next Tuesday, Glee’s holiday episode airs and sure to be a highlight is this wonderful duet of gay high school students Blaine (Darren Criss) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) dueting on Baby It’s Cold Outside.
It’s just one of those scenes where you are watching it and thinking, “That’s really on network television now!” It’s a number that gay kids and see and they can believe that they too can be singing a holiday duet with their crush – that it is possible.
If you haven’t heard of Garrett Hedlund yet, chance are you will since he is one of the stars of the upcoming release Tron: Legacy in which he stars opposite Jeff Bridges – and a lot of special effects!
Garrett is just 26 and he was raised on a beef cattle farm in Minnesota before he moved with his mother to Scottsdale, AZ when he was 14. Once there, he paid to attend talent convention with a scouting company and was signed by a talent agent.
He left Arizona after high school graduation to pursue acting in LA.
He made his acting debut in 2004 as Patroclus in Troy with Brad Pitt then went on to co-star with Mark Wahlberg in Four Brothers.
His other film credits include Eragon and Georgia Rule. He will also appear in the January 2011 release Country Strong with Gwyneth Paltrow.
Garrett was in the running to play the title role in the upcoming Captain America flick but the role went to Chris Evans.
I think things will turn out just fine for this emerging star anyway.
Adam Lambert’s Grammy nod is a reason to celebrate but there are also other LGBT faves that I’m happy were included in the nominations for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards..
Lady Gaga received six nominations including nods for both album of the year and best pop vocal album for The Fame Monster and best pop female vocal performance for her hit Bad Romance. I doubt the will wear a meat dress to the ceremony on February 13 but really, you never know.
The openly gay Elton John was nominated with Leon Russell in the category of best pop collaboration with vocals for the song It Wasn’t For Bad.
The cast of Glee, whose soundtrack albums are huge sellers, earned a nod for best pop vocal performance by a duo or group with vocals for their Don’t Stop Believin’ sung during the regionals competition episode. Their album Glee: The Music Vol. 1 is nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack.
Margaret Cho earned a comedy album nomination for her Cho Dependent recording and will compete against the one and only Kathy Griffin who is nominated for Kathy Griffin Does the Bible Belt.
Longtime gay icon Barbra Streisand has a shot at winning yet another Grammy. Streisand got a nod in the best traditional pop album category for the acclaimed Love is the Answer and will compete against Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow, Michael Buble and Johnny Mathis.
A big congratulations to Adam Lambert who has been nominated for a Grammy for the first time!
Adam was nominated in the best male pop vocal category for his hit single Whataya Want From Me from his debut album For Your Entertainment.
His competition Lambert is up against Michael Bublé, Bruno Mars, John Mayer, and the late Michael Jackson.
Adam is still in Europe after the conclusion of his international Glam Nation tour and found out several hours after the announcement of the nominations had been made. He immediately took to his Twitter: Woah!! Just got the news! A Grammy nomination?!?! I’m floored and honored. There are no words….
After seeing Burlesque the other night in Palm Springs, I realized that this was only the first tine I will have seen this flick starring Cher and Christina Aguilera.
It is destined to join such gay faves as Steel Magnolias, Beaches, and Cher’s Mermaids as the kind of guilty pleasure you watch over and over again. It’s not that these movies are masterpieces, but they all star icons having one helluva time on screen.
Burlesque is Cher’s first starring role in ages and she plays the owner of a club on Sunset Boulevard called the Burlesque Lounge which is on its last legs. In walks a young girl from Ohio played by Christina Aguilera who can sing and dance like nobody’s business. But we won’t know that for awhile. She’s just serving drinks and hoping for a chance to audition to be one of the dancers at the club.
This is the perfect showcase for Aguilera’s film debut. She’s got the pipes to make you believe that once she gets to perform, she’s such a sensation that attendance soars and she is the toast of the town.
She and Cher have some good scenes together with the best being when Cher teaches the younger diva how to put on make-up.
The rest of the cast is filled with talented folks led by Stanley Tucci who plays Cher’s gay best friend and right hand man. It’s a fun chemistry Cher and Tucci share and I love that we get to see his character pick up a really cute guy at a wedding and bring him home.
Alan Cumming plays an employee at the club who does some performing but this talented man, a Tony winner for Cabaret, is woefully underused in this film. Peter Gallagher plays Cher’s ex-husband and business partner and it’s always nice to see this handsome guy in anything. Speaking of handsome, Eric Dane is also in the movie looking very McSteamy as a businessman with an eye for Aguilera and on Cher’s club.
The main male character is a bartender (and songwriter) played by Cam Gigandent who becomes Aguilera’s roommate and eventually her love interest. He is very, very sexy in this film!
Also noteworthy is Kristen Bell as a boozy bad girl dancer seriously jealous of Aguiera’s sudden rise.
The highlight for me was when Cher, whose character of Tess was about to lose her club, belted out the power ballad You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me. I’m hoping the song, written by Diane Warren, gets an Oscar nod for outstanding original song written for a motion picture. That way we can see Cher perform at the Academy Awards and talk about what she wore for days afterward.
It’s interesting that during that number, I was transfixed by Cher and thought back to her days on the Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and her hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond and I thought, ‘There she still is, looking as fabulous and sounding as powerful as ever.
Well look what was in my email inbox: an announcement that the dreamy Gerald McCullouch who appears on TV’s CSI and starred in the outstanding indie flick Bear City, is doing a play in LA next month!
Gerald stars in the West Coast premiere of Daddy at the Hudson Mainstage from Jan. 8 through Feb. 13.
Gerald, one of OUT magazine’s “Out 100” this year, plays “Golden Boy” Colin who has a knack for bedding the young, bi-curious hotties in his soccer league. But when he unexpectedly falls for a man half his age, the result is a climactic confrontation with best friend Stew that will forever change their lives.
“I love that it’s a laugh-out-loud funny story that also has a very dark quality,” McCullouch says in the press materials. “The story has a driving sexuality and also an odd edginess that makes its relevance to the ongoing struggle over marriage equality uniquely disarming. It also illuminates that weird journey of navigating a male gay friendship that I’ve never seen portrayed before. And it packs such an emotional punch at the end that it breaks my heart.”
When DADDY premiered in New York last February, Show Business Weekly wrote, “Daddy’s plot is compelling, but it’s the quiet moments of character observation that really lift it to must-see status. There isn’t a false note in the central relationship between Colin and Stew, two people whose relationship has all the intimacy of a marriage but little of the baggage…
Performances of DADDY take place Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 7 pm, January 8through February 13. There are three preview performances on Wednesday, January 5; Thursday, January 6 and Friday, January 7 at 8 pm. Tickets to all performances are $30 except previews which are $15.
The Hudson Mainstage is located at 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood, CA 90038. For reservations and information, call 323-960-7738 or go to www.plays411.com/daddy.