Gorgeous gay identical twins named Larry Lane and Gary Lane, who I wrote about last year, are contestants on ABC’s Winter Wipeout this Thursday!
It’s a twin/family themed episode and it is airing on their birthday!
The twins, who previously won $50,ooo on Fear Factor, are hoping for similar success on Wipeout.
But the real passion for this handsome pair has been their documentary Hollywood to Dollywood shot last year. They hope to book it in upcoming film festivals.
Explains Larry: “We traveled from Hollywood to Dollywood for the 25th anniversary in the hopes of handing it to her! in our RV named Jolene. We have fun cameos from Leslie Jordan, [Dustin] Lance Black, Beth Grant, and Chad Allen, and DOLLY [Parton] herself.”
Larry and Gary got an early birthday present this week when they got word from Dolly’s reps that Miss Parton has seen the film and given the greenlight to use 10 of her songs they had hand selected for the film.
“Her publishing means the world to us!” says Larry. “Our movie is about tolerance, acceptance, chasing a dream, and of course DOLLY!
The 1987 Academy Award ceremony was not a good memory for presenter Bette Davis who was there to present the best actor Oscar.
A two-time winner and 10-time nominee, Miss Davis was nearing 80 and had in recent years recovered from a mastectomy and a stroke and had also endured the betrayal of her daughter writing a vicious tell-all book.
But she was still acting (The Whales of August had come out that year) and was still game. But things went awry after she announced that an absent Paul Newman was the winner for The Color of Money. She took so long in introducing director Robert Wise, who was to accept, that her microphone got cut off.
A furious Miss Davis later went on The Tonight Show to tell her side of the story.
The interview with Chris Colfer inUSA Weekend is nice but the first sentence of the story is ridiculous: It has been almost 20 years since we’ve seen a gay teenage character on TV.
Okay, Wilson Cruz’s Ricky on My So-Called Life was nearly two decades ago but Wilson would be the first to point out that since then, there has been all kinds of gay teens portrayed on television including Jack on Dawson’s Creek, Justin on Ugly Betty, Andrew Van de Kamp on Desperate Housewives and on and on. That’s just a trio of network characters. There’s been gay teens on cable’s Queer as Folk, Greek, The Secret Life of the American Teenager and more.
That said, Colfer’s Kurt Hummel is exquisite as is the actor who plays him.
Here are some excerpts from Colfer’s chat with USA Weekend:
Winning the Golden Globe: “I was so shocked. I’ve had that dream so many times. I haven’t missed watching [the Golden Globes] since I was 8. I don’t even remember hearing my name or giving the acceptance speech.”
A role model. “One of the nicest things I’ve heard so far is how powerful it is to see a positive portrayal of a gay teenager on television. I get so many fan letters from people telling me their own coming-out stories. It’s so funny: You always hear that as an actor you’re not supposed to be open about your homosexuality. And now here I am, and I’m 20 years old and I’m myself and I’ve [won] a Golden Globe!
“Time for love. “I have no problem talking about my dating life because it is a short, short conversation [laughs]. I would love to be in a relationship, but I don’t have any offers! Truly! Fans, yes. Dates, no. Fingers crossed. I’d love to meet a guy.”
Even if the weather is terrible in your area on a certain day, wouldn’t that bad news go down easier if delivered to you on television by a handsome guy like Eric Fisher?
Eric is an on-camera meteorologist for The Weather Channel hosting First Outlook and Weekend View. I don’t really watch the channel much since I live in Southern California but Eric appeared on The Today Show a few days ago and I made a note to self: Morning Man!
“I’ve been fascinated by the weather here for as long as I can remember. I distinctly recall Memorial Day of 1995, when an infamous tornado ripped through Great Barrington, MA. Watching The Weather Channel, warnings scrolling and meteorologists showing active radar screens, I knew this was the job for me. Luckily, it worked out! Now I spend my days trying to offer the same accurate forecasts and information to my viewers.”
And his Weather Channel bio tells us a little about Eric when he’s not onscreen: “I’m a ‘foodie’, and am all about cooking at home, as well as heading out to new restaurants. Being from New England where CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) farms are huge, locally grown produce is definitely high on my shopping list. Most weekends you’ll find me out at the nearest farmer’s market! I also love to travel (have backpacked Europe and rode across the U.S. to name a couple fun trips) and hope to do more of it in the future. I’m an outdoors kind of guy, and enjoy climbing a good mountain or playing a round of golf. Also a big sports fan, and being from Massachusetts you will find me rooting for the Sox, C’s, B’s, and Patriots!
So why did he choose Meteorology?
“I was born a weather geek and have had an interest in it since I was very young. I was in the area for the Great Barrington,MA F4 tornado in 1995, and the Blizzard of ’96. Events like these helped spark my interest, which has always stayed with me!”
Billy Campbell will always have a special place in the hearts of gay fans because of two roles: Luke Fuller on Dynasty and Dr. Jon Philip Fielding on the original Tales of the City miniseries and its two sequels.
On Dynasty, he was Steven Carrington’s boyfriend and the two had just arrived at a solid place in their relationship when they had to go to Moldavia for the wedding of Steven’s sister Amanda. Well, there was a massacre during the wedding (Amanda was marrying a prince) and one of the victims was Luke!
Poor Steven was never going to find happiness on that show!
But his 1984-85 run on Dynasty jump-started Billy’s career in television and film and he went on to star in NBC’s Crime Story series then the feature film Rocketeer.
But it was in 1993 that another iconic gay role came his way in Tales of the City. His romance – and that kiss in the convertible! - with Michael “Mouse” Tolliver were a highlight of the miniseries. He reprised the role in the less-magical sequels More Tales of the City and Further Tales of the City.
My favorite role of all though was Billy as divorced dad Rick Sammler who melds his family with Sela Ward’s on ABC’s late, great Once and Again. It was a series that was so well-done, so special. Of course it only lasted three seasons!
He had another hit with the series The 4400 and is returning to television on April 3 on A&E’s The Killing as a clean-cut politician who may or may not have something to hide.
When we spoke last month at the TV Critics Association gathering, I wondered if Billy, now 51, was happy with his overall body of work.
“I don’t even think of a body of work to tell you the truth,” he said. “I have as many bad things in my past as I do good. When I think about them, I think about them in terms of the people I met, the friends I have from many of those things which were good or bad. Most of why I like [acting] anyway is just having a job and going to work with people.”
There was a specific reason for my question. Billy had recently spent a year at sea and would have remained had the offer for The Killing come through.
“It literally felt like a dream,” he said of his first day at work. “I stepped onto shore and the day after I got off the ship, I was in front of a camera in Vancouver and I felt like I was having an out of body experience. I was just floating. That was very, very strange and it lasted for a good, long while.”
In The Killing, it’s hard to tell whether Billy’s character is a bad guy or a good guy. I wondered which type of guy he’s prefers since he’s played plenty of both including playing a college professor rapist on an episode of Law & Order: SVU last season.
“If I had to choose I’d say I prefer bad guys,” he said. “When you think about it, a bad guy can behave any way but a good guy really only behave like a good guy. I’m really kind of excited by the notion of not knowing. I think it keeps it really interesting for all of us.”
He admits to not being as ambitious as he once was: “I’m just changing as a person. For me it’s definitely more about the journey and definitely less about the destination. I’m very much more zen about everything I think, genuinely so.”
“In the last few years, I’ve begun to be able to just kind of let things go – the disappointments – just kind of let them go and accept the things that happen with a certain amount of serenity. It just all seems to work out that much better. A lot of that has to do with having gone to sea I think.”
I cannot imagine what it would have been like to come out when I was in high school. Heck, I couldn’t even do it in college!
But that was the eighties.
On 90210, Teddy (Trevor Donovan) has come out and now he is adjusting to his new life which is not instantly happy. His best buds at school, Dixon, Navid, and Liam, are acting a little different which hurts Teddy and ticks off his ex-girlfriend Silver.
She confronts the guys at lunch:
Silver: “Why are you guys being weird to Teddy? He’s just came out of the closet. It’s a big deal. And now you’re blowing him off? … The new Teddy just like the old Teddy just wants to hang out with his friends.”
Well, they quickly make amends by taking Teddy out – to a gay bar. The name of the bar is a bit over-the-top: Mandate. That’s the name of a porn magazine in real-life so it’s no stretch to figure out where the writers came up with that one!
Two of the guys are having a great time dancing and soaking it in. Teddy is a bit ill-at-ease but nothing compared to Liam who bolts when a cute guy offers to buy him a drink.
[Do all these high school dudes have fake IDs? They couldn't go hang out at a gay coffee house and keep it real?]
Teddy catches up to Liam outside and the straight friend admits: “I guess I’m not comfortable with the whole gay thing yet.”
Teddy remarks: “Well, neither am I.”
Here are last night’s Teddy-related scenes in their entirety:
Has it not been terrific to see the character of Lauren (played so wonderfully by Ashley Fink) be so aggressively pursued by the studly Puck (Mark Salling) on recent episodes of Glee?
To have an overweight high school student be so full of confidence is a great message to send and, I’m sure, a great help to those young viewers struggling with their weight.
Brandon Voss has chatted with Ashley for The Advocate and as I read it, I realized that I had met Ashley and chatted with her a bit at the Outfest screening of Ash Christian’s movie Fat Girls.
It’s nice to see that she has gotten this breakthrough role on one of the hottest television shows ever.
She tells Brandon about her connections to gays: “Growing up “other” in any way, whether it be gay, chubby, or whatever, you have to fight. Kurt’s bullying storyline on Glee has really resonated with me because middle school was terrible for me. I had curly blonde hair, I was chubby, I went to school with all these rich kids, and I was just miserable. I’d leave in tears every day. I remember thinking, This is not going to be my life. I had to find my power, so I developed a quick wit. After a while, I didn’t take anybody’s shit. I was like, You’ve pushed me around, and I’m bored with you. Luckily, I got a scholarship to a performing arts high school, and I ended up having a great high school experience. I overcame.”
But what has really made news in recent days is Rosie O’Donnell’s unflattering comments about the Lauren-Puck storyline.
Here is the part of the interview in which Ashley addresses it:
The Lauren and Puck romance on Glee has been causing quite a stir in the blogosphere, but the controversy seems to have come to a head after last week’s episode with Rosie O’Donnell’s statements to Access Hollywood about the onscreen pairing. “Every woman I know who’s heavy has very strong feelings about that storyline,” she said. “They’re like, ‘Can you believe that? I think it’s horrible. That never happens in school. That character is so unlikable. Why didn’t they get a pretty heavy girl?’” She went on to say that “every story deserves to be told,” but what’s your take on her more unflattering observations?
It’s so crazy. Rosie’s been talking about me for a bit now, and it was very positive. Then she was on Access Hollywood, promoting a new hairstyle or something, and for some reason she decided to talk about me again. I’ve been a fan of Rosie’s for a long time — for Christmas one year I asked for a Koosh ball like she threw at people because I thought she was the coolest lady ever — so I am surprised at the comments she made. I’ve got swagger too, so I don’t find my storyline unrealistic. When I went to performing arts high school, I did date the cutest boy in school, and I sang whatever song I wanted. My storyline has resonated with a lot of people, plus-sized and not, who don’t feel “other,” so I’m honored to portray Lauren.
Rosie particularly expressed her problems with Lauren’s solo, “I Know What Boys Like,” because she expected more of a “Susan Boyle moment.”
Lauren was nervous. Everyone has a weak spot, and Lauren had stage fright. Glee club is opening up her heart, so I hope that the next time she sings she gets to shake the rafters.
You’re active on Twitter. What’s the fan response been since Rosie’s statements?
What a way to wake up on a Friday, right? My followers were like, “What?! Ashley’s beautiful!” I was like, OK, something must’ve happened while I was asleep.
Does it hurt to hear someone you so admire say unsupportive things about you and your character?
Not really, but I’ll possibly address it with her in the future. If I see her, I might be like, “Woman, let’s talk about this. Don’t be jealous ’cause a big girl’s doing her thing on Glee.” [Laughs] I love Rosie and I respect her opinion, so all I can say is that some of her comments were strange to me. But she was supportive originally, and I think she’s still supportive: She did say that she knows Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy are good navigators of this ship, and I agree. Besides, I don’t write the show, so I don’t have control over her complaints. But I’m really happy with my character, I’m proud to play her, and I’m having a blast. The whole plus-sized thing is so relevant in the media, but it’s so much less of a big deal in real life.
Last week I posted some photos of Broadway baby Nick Adams in rehearsals for his upcoming show Priscilla, Queen of the Desert which begins previews Feb. 28 and opens March 20.
Here is something even more cool: Nick and his fellow stars Will Swenson and Tony Sheldon have made a terrific It Gets Better video that is especially noteworthy because it is going beyond online: the spot began airing today on the CBS affiliate in the New York region.
According to The New York Times, the marketing team for “Priscilla” proposed the idea of the public service announcement to CBS and the It Gets Better Project, which the writer Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller began last year amid a spate of suicides by gay students who had faced bullying or harassment at school.
The Times writes that while actors and crew members in many Broadway shows have appeared in videos for the project, the “Priscilla” segment is the first public service announcement for It Gets Better.
Said Savage in a statement: “We’ve been honored and humbled by the theater community’s commitment to standing up for tolerance and lending their voices to this vital cause. The show ‘Priscilla’ could not be a better fit, thematically, with the message of the It Gets Better Project.”
The New York Post’s PAGE SIX is reporting that Rosie O’Donnell has split with her girlfriend of over a year, Tracy Kachtick-Anders.
Tracy is a mother of six and an artist who lives in Texas. She and Rosie had been a couple since last January getting together after Rosie’s split with longtime partner Kelli Carpenter with whom she shares four kids.
Sources tell The Post they recently parted ways, with Tracy living at a separate house with her children, while she and Rosie, who lives in Nyack and on Miami’s Star Island, remain on good terms.
“They have definitely split up, but it is very complicated because their kids are very close,” a source told the paper. “They still spend a lot of time together.”
This is a busy time in Rosie’s life professionally. She was the focus of last week’s episode of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?, does a daily show on Sirius Radio and will launch a daily talk show this fall on The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
I’ve been watching every one of them since I was a kid and was fortunate enough to have been on the red carpet and later in the press room for about a half-dozen of them.
So many memories happened right before my very eyes but most of them happened on television when I was younger like this one featuring Bette Midler at the 1982 Oscars. I remember it verbatim because I had tape recorded it in this pre-VCR era.
Miss Midler, who had been nominated two years earlier for The Rose, comes flouncing out to present the best original song Oscar and tells the crowd she’s been waiting ever since for someone to call her to tell her there had been some kind of mistake (Sally Field won that year for Norma Rae).
Bette then “rises to the occasion” and announces the nominees with commentary! An example: “Endless Love from the endless movie Endless Love.”
Sorry for the late start on the blog today but I think this guy was worth waiting for! His name is David Giuntoli and he is an actor on the rise.
It was just reported last week that David, best known for the MTV movie Turn the Beat Around, has landed the lead in NBC’s drama pilot Grimm.
It is described by Deadline Hollywood as a dark but fantastical cop drama about a world in which characters inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales exist. Grimm centers on Nick Burckhardt (Giuntoli), a good-looking detective who starts to see humans as beast/animals and discovered that he has a legacy – to protect “humans” from these beasts.
So where have you seen David before?
It could be on a number of shows but the one I remember best is an episode of Grey’s Anatomy where he played the boyfriend of a gay soldier who was about to undergo life-or-death surgery. The two share a passionate kiss as Meredith is in the room and she sweetly looks on with a smile.
David, who is now 30, graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in International Business and Finance. Three years later, he headed out to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.
He first gained attention as a participant on MTV’s Road Rules: South Pacific and later on Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet.
In addition to Grey’s Anatomy, he has done guest spots on Hot In Cleveland, Cold Case, Nip/Tuck, Veronica Mars, Without a Trace, Crash, Eli Stone, Private Practice and Ghost Whisperer, among others.
He had a recurring roles on the CW series Privileged and on the short-lived ABC legal drama The Deep End.
Relax everyone, the headline quote is in need of some context!
Our Adam Lambert is not suffering from a big head – just big hair maybe.
Actually Adam, a recent Grammy nominee, gave a very thoughtful interview to Entertainment Tonight Canada (excerpted in OnTop Magazine) that I hope lots of gay kids read.
Adam said his fame is “an amazing opportunity to help people. It is more than the music. It’s a lifestyle thing. And I think that there isn’t a ton of visibility for gays and lesbians.”
He has some wise words for those struggling to accept their sexuality: “I think at the end of the day, you really have to just close your eyes and focus on who you are and what you want. You’ve got to be in love with yourself in order to love anybody else or in order to get along with anybody else.”
Andy Roddick, the top-ranked American player for much of the last eight years, has been considered an underachiever by some because he has not won another grand slam tournament since his victory at the US Open in 2003.
A guy named Roger Federer, who has beaten Roddick in three Wimbledon finals and a US Open final since then, has pretty much everything to do with that.
But Andy is still showing up and still winning his share of matches and tournaments.
Sunday was a very special win that finished in spectacular fashion: On match point against rising Canadian star Milos Raonic, Roddick hit a diving forehand to take the closely contested battle 7-6 (7), 6-7 (11), 7-5.
“That’s the best shot I’ve ever hit in my life, considering the circumstance …,” Roddick said after the match. “I don’t really remember much else besides the fact that I went for the ball, and I hit it. I didn’t really think too much of it. I was already in my head, I was like, `There’s no way,’ and then I heard people cheering. I was like, `There’s no way that went in. I guess it did.”’
The match was Roddick’s 50th career final and the victory gave him his 30th tournament victory. He now ranks behind only Federer (67) and Rafael Nadal (43) for career wins among active players.
“I think I was very fortunate. I feel like I got outplayed, I just stuck around and kept trying,” he said. “What a memorable 30th victory for me. I couldn’t be happier to do it in Memphis. … I get a certain amount of satisfaction when I get kind of routinely buried and people trying to retire me before I’m ready.”
He becomes the eighth American with at least 30 titles. Just as impressive: Roddick now has won at least one title in 11 straight years, something only Federer has done among active players.
And just to add to his winning ways, Roddick had a cameo scene in last weekend’s number one movie Just Go With It with his wife, model/actress Brooklyn Decker who has a starring role in the flick with Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler.
Here is video of Andy’s incredible winning shot:
Every once in awhile I’ll get hypnotized by something like QVC, the Home Shopping Network or those infomercials for the “Magic Bullet.”
Last night it was QVC and part of the reason, I’ll admit, was the cute host named Jonathan Redford.
I did a little research on him and found that he joined the QVC host team in 2009 and it’s a natural fit because as a kid, he pretty much encouraged his mom to buy everything he saw on TV!
Jonathan has been the host with the most for awhile. Prior to QVC, he worked on NBC’s OpenHouse LA. and STARZ Entertainment sent him to prestigious Film Festivals around the world to interview celebrities, filmmakers and film fanatics. He was also a correspondent for EXTRA!.
He’s also an actor whose guest spots have included CSI, NCIS., Smith, Ally McBeal, Jack and Bobby and The Bold and the Beautiful. On the stage, he has appeared in the LA production of Rock of Ages and the 1960’s review, Town Without Pity: The Very Best of Gene Pitney.
And let’s not forget about Jonathan’s music. He has released an album, Color of my Dreams, and says his singer/songwriter style is influenced by The Beatles, James Taylor, Jason Mraz and Counting Crows.
Here is some video of Jonathan performing and a LINK to his website for more information.
Any movie Liam Neeson is in is usually something I want to see no matter what the critics say.
His latest thriller, Unknown, was widely panned but audiences did not stay away. The film grossed an estimated $21.8 million in its debut weekend to edge past fellow newcomer I Am Number Four which took in an impressive $19.5 million, according to studio estimates.
These two strong debuts pushed last weekend’s top films down a notch or two.
In third place was Disney’s animated Gnomeo and Juliet featuring the music of Elton John. The film held very well losing just 23 percent of its audience from last weekend with estimated ticket sales of $19.4 million and a two-week total of $50.4 million. It should add plenty more on the Presidents Day holiday with kids out of school.
The Jennifer Aniston-Adam Sandler comedy Just Go With It fell from first to fourth place but still performed strongly with a second week gross of $18.2 million and a 10-day total of $60.7 million.
Rounding out the top five was the weekend’s third new wide release: the comedy Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son. The third film in this franchise opened with an estimated gross of $17 million.
This relegated Justin Bieber’s film Never Say Never to sixth place after last weekend’s second place opening. It took in an estimated $13.6 million for a two-week total of $51.7 million.
For a full box office report and chart, I recommend you go to Hollywood.com!
Jackson Browne is nicely featured in the documentary Troubadours that will air on PBS next month. I saw it a few weeks ago and loved the interviews and footage of folks like Jackson as well as other singer-songwriters of the early 70s era.
I fondly remember attending a Jackson Browne concert in the early 80s at what was then called Irvine Meadows in Orange County. He had just had his big hit Somebody’s Baby which I loved.
He, of course, had plenty of other big hits including Running on Empty, Doctor My Eyes, These Days and The Pretender, among others.
In all, he has sold more than 17 million albums in the US along and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
He’s had his personal ups and downs but at 62, is still making music, still looking good, and still speaking out for causes he believes in.
According to Entertainment WeeklyRufus Wainwright has announced the birth of his daughter on his website. Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen was born Feb. 2 in Los Angeles “to proud parents Lorca Cohen, Rufus Wainwright and Deputy Dad Jorn Weisbrodt,” the post on the website reads. “The little angel is evidently healthy, presumably happy and certainly very very beautiful.”
Wainwright also dedicated a song lyric to his new daughter: “Daddy #1 would like to offer everyone a digital cigar and welcome the little lady in with a French phrase from his favorite folk song, ‘A La Claire Fontaine’: ‘Il y a longtemps que je t’aime, jamais je ne t’oublierai.’” The lyric’s translation: “So long I’ve been loving you, I will never forget you.”
Wainwright joins such other recent gay celebrity parents as Ricky Martin, Elton John, Neil Patrick Harris and Cynthia Nixon.
If you haven’t seen NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? series yet, tonight would be a good time to start. The show helps celebrities learn about their family history and tonight it’s Rosie O’Donnell’s turn.
“The most shocking thing I found out about my family was just the amount of suffering that endured,” Rosie told reporters during a recent press call. “You know, when I spoke to the producers before we started they said, “What would be like the most devastating thing for you? What’s something you don’t want to find out?”
I said, “I guess I don’t want to find out that they lived a life like Angela’s Ashes, the Frank McCourt book.” And they just sort of nodded and said – you know, didn’t say anything. And I came to find out it was very similar, if not even harder than the life than Frank McCourt lived, so that was really shocking to me, I think.”
“I didn’t really know very much about my family history at all. Lisa [Kudrow, the show’s producer] and I are friendly, and she asked me if I would do her show. I said, ‘As long as we do my mom’s side. I would really be curious because I knew nothing about her life.’ ”
“Nobody mentioned my mother after she died in 1973. It was like Lord Voldemort. You couldn’t say the name,” she added. “Nobody said ‘mom’ in that house or ‘mommy’ or ‘mother’ from 1973 on. I always wanted to know who she was and what she felt like, and to have her and see her through a woman’s eyes as opposed to a child looking up to their mom. … My wound is the mother-child connection. But I did find out that when you do search for your lost parent’s past that it does help heal it a little bit.”