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Weekend Box Office: Lesbian family drama “The Kids Are All Right” is gathering steam

http://trueslant.com/jeremyhelligar/files/2010/04/Kids_are_all_right_poster1.jpgBig-time movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Angelina Jolie ruled at the box office this weekend with Inception and Salt, respectively.
But a movie that cost a lot less to make is gathering steam and it’s a drama about a lesbian couple (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) whose lives are turned upside down when their two kids track down their sperm donor daddy (Mark Ruffalo).
The film expanded from 28 theaters to 201 on Friday and grossed an estimated $2.6 million over the three days. That may sound small compared to the $43.5 million grossed by Salt but the real success is in the per theater total. Kids grossed an average of $13,174 on each screen it played which was higher than any other movie.
This positions the movie well as it further expands and positive word of mouth buzz continues. To date. Kids has grossed $4.9 million. It had a production budget of $4 million so its a sure bet to be in the black soon!
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A Gerald McCullouch correction, with photos!

Yikes!

I just realized that I spelled the last name of last Thursday’s Morning Man, Gerald McCullouch, incorrectly!

Sorry Gerald!

It’s been fixed and just to make myself feel better about this terrible error, I have added a few new photos of the sexy star of BearCity which recently screened at Outfest.

Enjoy!

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Enrique Iglesias will fulfill his World Cup vow but wonders: “Can you really get arrested for skiing naked?”

http://cardiffblogger.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/enrique_iglesias_2.0.0.0x0.420x317.jpgI don’t know about you, but I’d like Enrigue Iglesias to stop talking and start skiing – naked!

The sexy singer promised he’d water ski naked if Spain won the World Cup. Well, they did!

Even though he has yet to fulfill his promise, Enrique tells People.com that he has every intention of doing so: “I need to get my Brazilian wax before I do it. … Actually, I’m just waiting for a day off. A bet’s a bet.”

He added: “I used to do it in high school, so what’s the big deal?”

There have been rumors that the police [along with throngs of paparazzi no doubt!] will be patrolling for a fully-exposed Iglesias. He plans avoiding them by choosing a dark night to take the plunge in the Biscayne Bay.

“I never got arrested in high school for doing it,” he said while also wondering, “Can you really get arrested for skiing naked?”

Well, I think it’s about time we find out!

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Showtune Sunday: Hugh Jackman sings “Not the Boy Next Door” from his Tony winning role in “The Boy From Oz”

http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/dynamic/imgs/080613/Broadway-Tonys/Hugh-Jackman_l.jpgIs there nothing Hugh Jackman can’t do?

He’s damn good at the superhero thing as we’ve seen in the X-Men movies, can make flawed movies like Australia actually enjoyable and when he takes off his shirt, straight women and gay men nearly faint.

But of all he’s done, Hugh’s greatest triumph has got to be his Tony-winning performance in the musical The Boy From Oz.

He channeled the late Peter Allen and was simply dazzling as you can see in the above clip of him singing Not the Boy Next Door. Then below, you can see Peter accept the Tony Award.

A true talent.

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Morning Man Classic: Burt Reynolds!

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http://images.easyart.com/i/prints/rw/lg/2/3/Celebrity-Image-Burt-Reynolds-235862.jpgBurt Reynolds, king of the box office in the 70s, did a well-reviewed guest spot on USA network’s Burn Notice this week and it’s good to see the 74-year-old actor still in the game.

During his hey-day in the 70s and early 80s when he starred in a string of popular movies including Smokey and the Bandit, Hooper, The End, The Cannonball Run, Semi-Tough, The Longest Yard and scored in acclaimed dramas like Deliverance and Starting Over, there was no bigger star in the world – and none sexier!

He was also involved in long-term relationships with Dinah Shore then Sally Field in the 70s and dated Tammy Wynette and Chris Evert for a time.

But by the time of 1982′s Stroker Ace, Burt’s box office appeal began to wane and he had a string of bombs. Married by this time to Loni Anderson, he found more success in television first as B.L. Stryker on ABC then as the star of the CBS sitcom Evening Shade for which he won an Emmy.

But when he split from Anderson, it was ugly and Burt came off very badly in the publicity war between the two.

Another comeback was needed and he found it in his Golden Globe winning performance in 1997′s Boogie Nights which also earned Burt his first Academy Award nomination.

No longer under pressure to bring big box office, Burt works a lot in projects both big and small, good and bad. Among the standouts are Mystery, Alaska and Without a Paddle. I also thought he was a hoot as Boss Hogg in the 2005 feature film version of The Dukes of Hazzard.

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Today is sweet Kristin Chenoweth’s 42nd birthday!

http://seat42f.com/images/stories/tvshows/PushingDaisies/PromoPhotos/kristin-chenoweth-pushing-daisies-photo.jpgYou know that saying ‘Good things happen to good people?’

Well, that must be why so many good things keep happening to Kristin Chenoweth who so eloquently and beautifully stood up for her Broadway co-star Sean Hayes when a bonehead Newsweek writer wrote that the openly gay actor was not believable as Kristin’s love interest in Promises, Promises.

Kristin, nominated for an Emmy this year for her guest stint on Glee, won the Emmy last year for the late, great Pushing Daisies. She also won the Tony Award for her performance in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and was nominated for her role as Glinda the good witch in the original Broadway production of Wicked.

Now, you may think I gush a lot about celebs I’ve met but the truth is, I only write of the positive experiences and not so much about the negative ones. Those will be in the book! But I can honestly tell you that one of the nicest stars I’ve ever met is Kristin Chenoweth. The first time was at an awards show I don’t recall several years back and she was happy to not only tell me her name, but to spell it twice for me. I vaguely recalled her from The West Wing, totally unaware of her Broadway stature.

The second time was a few years back at the DGA Awards and we had a nice chat and she melted when I told her how amazing she had been on the Kennedy Center Honors show a few months earlier. I was so blown away by her and even more so when she shared that she had performed sick with some kind of respiratory illness.

What a trouper!

Anyway, happy birthday to sweet and talented Kristin who proves that nice girls do not finish last.

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Annual GLAAD TV Report: MTV leads cable networks while USA, TBS and A&E all fail on LGBT visibility

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The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has released its fourth annual report charting LGBT visibility on television – both broadcast and cable and the results are, as always, both encouraging and discouraging.

Yesterday, I shared with you the broadcast network rankings and today, the focus is shifted to cable. [Here is a LINK to the full GLAAD Report.]

EXCELLENT:

MTV got the only “excellent” ranking of any cable or broadcast network. Here’s why: The reality series Making His Band featured transgender contestant Jalia Simms who became a shining example for the transgender community; The Real World: Washington D.C. featured two bisexual roommates: Mike Manning (pictured) and Emily Schromm; The Real World: Cancun featured gay roommate Derrick and bisexuals Emilee and Aiilya; On Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew, the dance crew Vogue Evolution has four gay members and Leiomy Maldonado was the first a transgender competitor; Paris Hilton’s My New BFF featured a gay male contestant who won the competition; and True Life: I’m Changing My Sex featured a transgender man and a transgender woman.

GOOD:

http://glaadblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/GregMichaelStory2.jpg***** ABC Family: The college drama Greek not only continued to feature gay fraternity brother Calvin, but he also began dating another gay fraternity brother named Grant. They don’t stay together in the end but Calvin helps Grant understand the importance of coming out of the closet.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager introduced the gay character of Griffin who comes out to best friend Ashley in the first episode in which he is introduced. Love it! Meanwhile, the now-canceled  10 Things I Hate About You featured a recurring character, lesbian student Mandela and her  girlfriend, Baby, who are voted the cutest couple in a yearbook survey. Also featured in the first season was
Cameron’s friend Michael, who comes out to Cameron. Cameron, a straight student, is often mistaken to be gay.

http://ewpopwatch.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/tara_finale.jpg***** Showtime got a ranking of “Good” despite the cancellation of The L Word which greatly reduced its lesbian programming. The United States of Tara continued to shine a spotlight on Tara’s gay teen son who begins dating his best friend. The show also features the family’s gay neighbors Ted and Hany.

The dramedy Nurse Jackie starring Edie Falco featured the title character’s best friend who is a gay nurse named Mo-Mo De La Cruz  but he was gone after season one. Gay nurse Thor is still on the show as well as the bisexual Dr. O’Hara. On Weeds, the character of Celia (the brilliant Elizabeth Perkins) experimented with a lesbian relationship but it is her daughter, Isabelle, who is a lesbian.

http://mondaymacy.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/lafayette-reynolds-sexy-ho-ho-lrg.png***** HBO received a “Good” ranking on the strength of several regular gay characters such as Lafayette Reynolds on True Blood, the relationship between Alby and Dale on Big Love, Ari’s gay assistant Lloyd was promoted to agent on Entourage and the network also aired the documentary A Family is a Family is a Family: A Rosie O’Donnell Celebration.

***** TNT’s ranking of  “Good” was no doubt boosted by the arrival of Southland from NBC. The show features gay LAPD police office John Cooper while the now-canceled legal drama Raising the Bar featured gay law clerk Charlie Sagansky. The Closer has the recurring gay character of Dr. Morales while Men of a Certain Age has the recurring lesbian character of Maria.

***** Lifetime is the network that used to be tagged “television for women” but gay men always felt right at home here. They still do thanks to the network’s acquisition of Project Runway which features gay mentor Tim Gunn, gay judge Michael Kors and several gay contestants.

ADEQUATE:

http://www.poptower.com/images/db/514/420/300/roma-maffia.jpg***** FX: Dr. Liz Cruz remained a presence in the sixth season of Nip/Tuck but GLAAD was troubled by the show’s two episodes focusing on a transgender patient who had reassignment surgery reversed then re-performed then re-reversed. It painted transgender people as indecisive. I’m also personally disappointed in the show for not having the two hot docs ride off into the sunset together (or at least down Sunset Boulevard!) since they are so clearly in love with each other.

Meanwhile, Rescue Me badly handled its episode about Franco’s girlfriend who is rumored to be lesbian. The lesbians are portrayed as aggressive and threatening toward men and there is also a thinly-veiled suggestion of violence toward women.

FAILING:

*** USA: White Collar could have had a much higher ranking had lesbian FBI agent Diana Lansing not disappeared after the pilot and did not reappear until the season finale. She will, however, be a regular this season. The series stars Matthew Bomer, of course, but his character is not gay and the actor does not discuss his personal life these days.

***** TBS: It’s only gay representation was a variety special hosted by Ellen DeGeneres!

***** A&E: Mad Men had a fascinating gay character of Sal on (played by out actor Bryan Batt) but, frustratingly, he was written off. What was left was Kirstie Alley’s reality series Big Life in which she hired a gay assistant.

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Out British actor John Partridge is 39 today!

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_eNBmUwPs7CI/S8SOTR8xDtI/AAAAAAAANuA/g3q9SHff1pc/s1600/christian2.jpgHe’s best known for his role as Christian Clarke on the long-running BBC soap Eastenders and like Christian, actor John Partridge is a proudly out gay man. He lives with his partner, actor Jon Tsouras, in London and the couple plans to marry.

His on-screen love life has also heated up with Christian finally beginning a life with Syed (Marc Elliot) after a long period of tumult.

John was born in Manchester, England, and trained at the Royal Ballet Lower School. John left college at 17 to tour the UK to tour with the original touring production of Cats. He has also appeared in productions of Grease, Tommy, Rent, Miss Saigon, Starlight Express and Taboo.

The actor was voted “sexiest male” at last year’s Inside Soap Awards. No surprise there!

I hope he’s having a very happy birthday today!!!

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Happy birthday to “True Blood” star Anna Paquin!

Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer at the 'True Blood' Panel. July  24, 2010Anna Paquin and other cast members of HBO’s True Blood drew one of the biggest crowds at the Comic.Com convention in San Diego yesterday.
Today, the Oscar-winning actress (The Piano) and Golden Globe winner for True Blood, celebrates her 28th birthday.
She’s so young and yet has accomplished so much.
Engaged to co-star Stephen Moyer, the actress has been a staunch supporter of LGBT equality and earlier this year, went public with the fact that she herself is bisexual.

Anna made the announcement in a Public Service Announcement video promoting the Give a Damn campaign, which features celebrities speaking out for equality.

“I’m Anna Paquin. I’m bisexual and I give a damn,” she says in the PSA.

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“Sex and the City” Saturday: Anthony and Charlotte have a very frank discussion about “S-E-X”

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Just love the friendship between Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Anthony (Mario Cantone).

He is so direct that it’s the perfect counter to her prissiness as we see in this scene where Charlotte tells Anthony that she has had sex with her divorce lawyer, Harry.

At this pointy, Charlotte thinks it’s just about sex but we all know it turns out to be so much more than that.

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Saturday Morning Man: Bob Woodruff!

http://www.bitterlawyer.com/images/interviews/large/interview_09.08_.11_woodruff,bob_main_.jpgI watch at least some of Good Morning America each weekday and on Friday, I was surprised to see Bob Woodruff sitting in as news anchor.

This is a man who was tapped, with Elizabeth Vargas, to replace the late Peter Jennings as anchor of ABC World News Tonight back in 2006. He was just 44 then, as handsome as could be and was not afraid to get out there in the field and report such stories as the war in Iraq.

It was just such an assignment that almost cost Woodruff his life. Just a month into his job as co-anchor, he was seriously injured in an explosion from an improvised explosive device 12 miles north of Baghdad. He underwent surgery and part of his skull was removed to reduce pressure from brain swelling and he was in a medically-induced coma for a time. He began the slow road to recovery and the man who was fluent in several languages suffered for a year from expressive aphasia.

The injury meant the loss of the anchor chair (he and Vargas were replaced by Charles Gibson) but that hardly seemed to matter as Woodruff made a documentary about his recovery and wrote the book, In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing, with his magazine editor wife Lee.

He now reports regularly for various ABC News programs like Nightline and 20-20 and every time I see him on screen, I have so much respect for how Bob Woodruff has managed to come back.

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See hilarious Alec Mapa on “The View”

Whenever I see Alec Mapa doing stand-up, I laugh until I cry.  A national audience got to see just how funny he is, as himself, when he guested on The View this morning. The man is a scream and here you can really enjoy him riffing on just how very gay Star Trek is when you really think about it.

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Annual GLAAD TV report released: CW and ABC lead broadcast networks for LGBT inclusion, CBS failing

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http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/images/2008/05/06/eric.jpgThe Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today released its fourth annual report charting LGBT visibility on television – both broadcast and cable and the results are, as always, both encouraging and discouraging.

Of the five broadcast networks, the CW has surged to the lead with a “good” ranking thanks to both scripted and reality programming. It’s America’s Next Top Model series has a gay catwalk expert, gay photo shoot editor, gay fashion editor as well as a transgender model and two lesbian models.

But scripted shows also are more inclusive starting with Gossip Girl which saw the expanded role of gay teen Eric Van der Woodson (pictured, left) and also had lead character Chuck Bass kiss a man in one episode to help his girlfriend Blair out of a jam. What was really hot was that Chuck indicated to Blair that it wasn’t the first time he had locked lips with a dude.

The now-canceled Melrose Place had a lesbian character as did 90210 where next season a major male character will come out of the closet. Also, on the now-canceled One Tree Hill, the character of Josh came out as gay.

http://www.nypost.com/rw/nypost/2010/02/21/entertainment/photos_stories/cropped/tvwb_modern_family--300x300.jpgCW was able to surpass ABC, leader in previous years, because it has less hours of programming so its percentage of LGBT inclusion was higher. But ABC retained a “good” ranking and remains strong with several continuing, rich characters.

Let’s start with gay married couple Mitchell and Cameron on the new comedy Modern Family which is a ratings hit and scored several Emmy nominations in key categories. The series kicked off with Mitchell and Cameron bringing home their newly adopted daughter and has remained an integral part of this breakout hit.

http://rodonline.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c6d4753ef0120a94fafd5970b-400wiOn Grey’s Anatomy, Calle and Arizona remain a lesbian couple and on Ugly Betty, Justin Suarez not only came out to his family, he also got his first boyfriend and had the support of older gay friend Marc.

Desperate Housewives brought back the character of Andrew Van de Kamp on a regular basis mid-season and continued to feature gay couple Bob and Lee who revealed they are trying to become parents. A lesbian relationship also began on Wisteria Lane with Dana Delaney’s character of Katherine in love with a stripper played by Julie Benz.

On Brothers & Sisters, Scotty and Kevin remained a solid couple and are trying to have a baby via surrogate while Kevin’s uncle Saul deals with not only coming out as a gay man at an older man, but with the knowledge that he is HIV positive.

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Fox received an “adequate” ranking thanks to its breakout gay character of Kurt on Glee which earned actor Chris Colfer an Emmy nomination. After that, it can only point to having openly gay people as judges on its reality shows: Ellen DeGeneres on American Idol and Adam Shankman on So You Think You Can Dance.

http://www.poptower.com/images/db/3362/450/500/law-and-order-svu.jpgNBC, the network that brought us Will & Grace but had not built on that legacy for several years, saw its LGBT inclusion improve from “poor” to “adequate” with a male gay nurse of Mercy, a gay paramedic on Trauma and the better-late-than-never revelation that Law & Order: SVU chracter Dr. Hwang (played by out actor BD Wong) is gay.

As far as CBS, which received a “failing” ranking, it is clear that LGBT visibility is simply not a priority when it comes to scripted shows. The network has more hit ensemble dramas than any other with the CSI and NCIS franchises as well as Criminal Minds and The Mentalist but not a single regular character is gay – not ONE. Ditto for its comedies which include Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory, Rules of Engagement and the now-canceled New Adventures of Old Christine.

But CBS has featured gay contestants on its hit reality shows Amazing Race, Big Brother and Survivor.

Mike O'Malley received an Emmy nomination for his role as Burt, a  dad struggling to understand his gay son, in the hit show 'Glee.'GLAAD reviewed a total of 4,787.5 hours of primetime programming for inclusion of LGBT characters or issues on the five major networks (ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox and NBC) from June 1, 2009 to May 31, 2010. GLAAD also examined 1,227.75 hours of original primetime programming on 10 highly-rated cable networks. Each hour was reviewed for on-screen LGBT representations. Based on the quantity, overall quality and diversity of these representations, a rating was assigned by GLAAD’s Entertainment Media Program to each network: Excellent, Good, Adequate, or Failing.

http://www.insidesocal.com/outinhollywood/.aaadesphouse.jpg“When television networks share real stories of our community, audiences begin to see the common ground that we all share,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “Over the last year, viewers across the country celebrated the arrival of Mitchell and Cameron’s baby on ABC’s ‘Modern Family’, while teens and parents everywhere were moved by Kurt Hummel’s relationship with his father on Fox’s ‘Glee.’ These images and stories are being noticed by viewers, critics and Awards programs and we urge other networks to open their airwaves to such powerful and inclusive messages.”

While the networks could not finish any higher than “good,” GLAAD awarded its first “excellent” ranking ever to MTV [more on cable rankings tomorrow] Of MTV’s 207.5 hours of original primetime programming, 42% included LGBT-inclusive images that reflected the ethnic and racial diversity of the LGBT community as well as a strong cross-section of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

“It is with great pride that GLAAD honors MTV with our highest mark of excellence in recognition of the network’s commitment to fair and accurate representation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community,” said Barrios. “From their inception, MTV programs like ‘The Real World’ and ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’ have offered richly diverse portrayals of gay and transgender people that help Americans better understand and accept our community.”

In addition to MTV’s groundbreaking “Excellent” rating, five networks (ABC Family, HBO, Lifetime, Showtime and TNT) received “Good” ratings, marking the first time that a majority of cable networks received higher than an “Adequate” rating.

Here is a LINK to the full GLAAD Report.

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“True Blood” hunk Joe Manganiello’s got it, flaunts it

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This guy kinda leaves me speechless (hey! It’s been known to happen once or twice!) Joe Manganiello, who is new to HBO’s True Blood as new werewolf Alcide has gotten so buff for his role (or maybe he was already that way?) that he will be featured in a photo spread in the next issue of Muscle & Body.

Am I too old to hang centerfolds on my wall?

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Happy 21st Birthday to Daniel Radcliffe!

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Our Harry Potter has grown into such a nice young lad.

Daniel Radcliffe has a thriving film career thanks to the Harry Potter franchise and has also triumphed on the Broadway stage in Equus and will next star in a revival of  the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

He’s straight but a staunch ally of the LGBT community even making a public service announcement for The Trevor Project which offers crisis services and a suicide prevention helpline for LGBT youths.

In an interview with Moviefone last year he said: I grew up around gay people my entire life, basically, that’s possibly why I’m quite camp, and some people think I’m gay when I meet them, which I think is awesome. It’s always good to keep them guessing [laughs]. I don’t go on any blogs or chats or anything, but my friends are demons for them, and apparently someone said “Daniel Radcliffe is gay. He’s got a gay face!” [Laughs] I really don’t know what a gay face is.”

I’d say he’s got handsome face!

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Friday Morning Man: Cesc Fabregas!

http://tophealthreview.info/thebeautifulgame/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/Fabregas.jpgThis Spanish soccer star is not only a World Cup champion and incredibly sexy, but Cesc Fabregas looks like a good kisser too!

He recently fulfilled reporter Raul Gomez’s dream of kissing a world champion by giving Raul a smooch on Spain’s TV show Caiga Quien Caiga.

Wow. Is that all it takes? Kissing a world champion is also MY dream so if I ever meet Cesc, I’ll be puckered up and ready!

What a sweetie this Spanish footballer seems to be. The central midfielder is just 23 and has played for the Premier League team Arsenal since he was 16 and by the 2006-07 season, had emerged as one of the key creative players for the team.

He has been club captain since November 2008.

In the World Cup final, Fàbregas set up the extra-time winner for teammate Andres Iniesta to win Spain the World Cup for the first time in their history.

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“I Love Lucy” Friday: The Ricardos sell the Mertzs their old washing machine and a big fight ensues!

http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/130/009_220-145.jpgIt’s always so funny when the Ricardos and the Mertz’s have a big fight and boy, have they had some doozies over the years.

This one erupts after Lucy and Ricky sell Fred and Ethel their old washing machine for $35. After the machine starts going beserk, the couples begin to feud over who really owns the machine and who should pay for the repairs.

The insults are hilarious and especially classic is the scene where Lucy and Ethel are on the balcony trying to push the machine over to each other’s property.

The classic line is from Mrs. Trumble who comes out and says: “Mrs. Ricardo, your temper’s as hot as your red hair.”

Lucy says: “ME? What about HER?”

Ethel: ‘Oh, mine’s as cold as your dark roots!”

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Darryl Stephens and Jensen Atwood among guests slated for this weekend’s GLAAD “Top Chef” event

http://www.insidesocal.com/outinhollywood/,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,noah.jpgAm really looking forward to attending GLAAD’s Chef Invasion event in Hancock Park on Sunday.

Chef Paul McCullough (Next Food Network Star) celebrates the 13th year of bringing supporters together for a mid-summer afternoon with fabulous fare from celebrity and Los Angeles chefs and restaurants. The 2010 event features a Chef Challenge with Elizabeth Falkner and Mark Peel from Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, celebrity judges including Gretchen Rossi, tasting stations from LA restaurants, and a food & wine-themed auction.

Chef Susan Feniger, executive chef/owner of Street in Los Angeles (and one-half of the Hot Tamales team!) will serve as host. Also participating: chef Elizabeth Falkner, owner/partner of Citizen Cake in San Francisco and chef Mark Peel, executive chef/owner of The Tar-Pit in Los Angeles and The Point in Culver City.

To make things really sexy, Darryl Stephens and Jensen Atwood (pictured) of the Noah’s Arc TV series and feature film will appear.

I went to this event last year and had a wonderful time. I’m told there are still some tickets available so it’s not too late!  Patron tickets are $150 and includes VIP admission ticket with judging entry for Chef Challenge. General Tickets are $100.

For more information: http://www.glaad.org/2010/hancock

Participating restaurants: Bastide, Cream by Crystal, Dominick’s/Little Dom’s, The Foundry on Melrose, Paul’s Kitchen, POM Wonderful, Barefoot Wine and Zico Pure Coconut Water.

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Julianne Hough: “I thought Ryan Seacrest was gay”

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http://photos.upi.com/story/t/90fdb40aab4e18f2f5e1d129b9b8c946/Julianne-Hough-to-have-appendix-out.jpgI’m not sure why this coupling reminds me of Jake and Vienna from The Bachelor but it does.

So singer-dancer Julianne Hough of Dancing With the Stars fame is dating American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.

No one is more surprised than she is it seems.

TMZ reports Julianne as admitting to friends at a dinner in North Carolina: “He was after me since I was 18 … he totally wasn’t my type … I thought he was gay. … After a few years, he was persistent … so I went out with him on a date and I realized how much I liked him.”

Well, isn’t that special?

I wish these crazy kids all kinds of luck!

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Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black goes from Harvey Milk screenplay to one about the “Barefoot Bandit”

http://wordsofweetzdom.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/dustin-lance-black_l.jpgMy pal Ted Johnson has this scoop in Daily Variety: Dustin Lance Black has been set to pen the screenplay for 20th Century Fox’s film about infamous 18-year-old outlaw Colton Harris-Moore, a.k.a. the Barefoot Bandit.

The bandit was arrested on July 11 after evading capture for years during which he committed scores of crimes, mostly in the Pacific Northwest and Canada, including allegedly stealing at least five small aircraft, a boat and two cars, as well as burglarizing at least 100 private residences.

“It’s clear that there’s a reason the country has become so enamored with this story, and that is worthy of investigation,” Black told Variety. “Like any great outlaw story, it speaks to the social and political mood of a generation.”

David Gordon Green is in final talks to direct the film based on a book proposal, “Taking Flight: The Hunt for a Young Outlaw,” by Bob Friel who profiled Harris-Moore in the January edition of adventure magazine Outside.

Since winning the original screenplay Academy Award for Milk last year, Black wrote and directed the upcoming film What’s Wrong with Virginia? and recently wrote the screenplay for 3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man.

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