While having lunch at Umami Burger in Hollywood yesterday after seeing The Ides of March at The ArcLight, my friend Scott and I started talking about three of our favorite movies of all time.
My top three includes Postards From the Edge and Steel Magnolias – both which happen to co-star Shirley MacLaine.
So it is ironic to learn less than 24 hours after that conversation that Miss MacLaine has been chosen to receive the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film.
Her brother, Warren Beatty, got the AFI Award a few years ago. Other past winners include Elizabeth Taylor, Sean Connery, Clint Eastwood, Orson Wells, Robert Wise, Barbra Streisand, Henry Fonda, Bette Davis, Meryl Streep, Jack Lemmon, Gregory Peck, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, among others.
It’s so well-deserved for a career that includes her Oscar winning performance in Terms of Endearment and Academy Award nominated performances in The Turning Point, The Apartment, Irma La Douce and Some Came Running.
Memorable roles from early in her career also include The Trouble With Harry, The Children’s Hour, Can-Can, Around the World in 80 Days and Sweet Charity.
Film roles dried up in the 70s and MacLaine focused on writing,television and politics before coming back strong with The Turning Point in 1977 which earned Oscar nods for her and Anne Bancroft.
Since then, the roles have been non-stop: Being There, Guarding Tess, The Evening Star, Rumor Has It, Bewitched, In Her Shoes, Mrs. Winterbourne and several TV movies including an Emmy nominated performance in Coco Chanel.
“Shirley MacLaine is a powerhouse of personality that has illuminated screens large and small across six decades,” said Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the American Film Institute’s Board of Trustees. “From ingénue to screen legend, Shirley has entertained a global audience through song, dance, laughter and tears, and her career as writer, director and producer is even further evidence of her passion for the art form and her seemingly boundless talents. There is only one Shirley MacLaine, and it is AFI’s honor to present her with its 40th Life Achievement Award.”
The award will be presented to MacLaine at a gala tribute on Thursday, June 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA. TV Land will broadcast the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award tribute on TV Land later in June 2012.
Just the other day, I wrote a blog post in defense of Rafael Nadal.
I felt the former world number one was being unfairly put out to pasture by pundits.
Well, Rafa is not helping me with my argument after losing to Andy Murray in the finals of the Japan Open earlier today 3-6, 6-2, 6-0.
“Rafa is one of the greatest players ever,” Murray said. “It is always a pleasure to play against him.”
Murray, ranked number four behind Novak Djokovic, Nadal, and Roger Federer, won his fourth title of 2011 and 20th overall.
But he still lacks a grand slam title which prevents him from being a true great. Nadal has 10, Federer a record 16, and Djokovic 4. Murray has been runner-up at the Australian Open twice and once at the US Open.
At last weekend’s West Hollywood Book Fair, I bought Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter and have been unable to put it down since I started reading it last night while babysitting my niece and nephew.
The book is written by Randy Schmidt who I was unable to meet last weekend. He does a terrifically thorough job telling the story of this wonderful singer who left us far too soon. It’s a mix of the personal and of the professional and a must-read for any Carpenters fan.
It has put me in the mood for some Carpenters music and I lead off with the beautiful ballad I Need to Be In Love from the 1976 album A Kind of Hush followed by the title song from that album and a medley from a 1978 appearance on The Tonight Show.
When Michael Douglas decided to focus on making movies, he left the popular ABC crime series The Streets of San Francisco in which he had starred with Karl Malden for five seasons and was replaced by a handsome young actor named Richard Hatch.
No, not the naked dude from Survivor!
This Richard Hatch had already become familiar to television viewers through his role as Phillip Brent on the ABC soap All My Children. His character was in love with the lovely Tara who was played by future Saturday Night Fever star Karen Lynn Gorney (pictured below with Hatch).
But his most iconic role was that Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica TV series on ABC. Though it only lasted a single season, the show achieved a cult following and in 2004, Hatch, who had been heavily involved in attempts to revive the franchiwe over the years, became semi-regular in the re-imagined version of the series as Tom Zarek from 2004-2009.
After accepting the Zarek role, Hatch stated “it was a very deep and profound struggle for me to let go and realize that I was not the creator of the series and it didn’t belong to me… I’ve finally come to terms with and accepted that.”
Now 66, has written several novels based on the Battlestar series and created his own space opera entitled The Great War of Magellan. He has written a comic book series and a role-playing game in support of this, and is presently working a novel trilogy.
Most recently, Hatch has been working on a new reality TV series called Who the Frak?, which he created and appears in as himself. The series is touted as “the world’s first social network reality drama.”
ABC”s Private Practice got off to a bit of a rocky start creatively when it premiered a few years back. But one moment that I remember well – and cherish – from that first episode was when the gorgeous young actor Chris Lowell walked into the medical offices shirtless and carrying a surboard.
All you could think of was WHO is that?
He plays William “Dell” Parker, the office manager who is demanding that he be able to do more and use his medical training.
Chris, 24, was previously a regular on the cult hit series Veronica Mars and will join co-stars Kate Walsh, Amy Brenneman, Tim Daly, Taye Diggs and Audra MacDonald when Practice returns for its fourth season this fall.
I think the could have boffo ratings for the season premiere by featuring Dell and his surfboard again!
BTW, I don’t know who Chris is kissing on the cheek in that photo, I just thought it was adorable.
This sounds like an evening you don’t want to miss!
Maxwell Caulfield, Chad Allen, Josh Cox, Robert Gant, Kevin Spirtas, and special guest Juliet Mills join 108 productions for a one-night-only staged performance reading of Terrence McNally’s play Some Men, which chronicles the history of the gay movement over nearly 100 years.
Also in the cast: James Brandon, Steve Callahan, Rich Carillo, Cody Henderson, Jason Heymann, Ed Martin, David Pevsner, Scott Presley, Michael A. Sheppard, and Clay Storseth.
In honor National Coming Out Day, proceeds from the evening will benefit the “I AM Love” Campaign.
Some Men by four-time Tony Award-winner Terrence McNally (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Master Class, Ragtime) chronicles nearly 100 years of the gay experience.
Set in New York City, the play spans from the 1920 Hamptons’ shores to the suppressed 50′s, piano bars of the 60′s, bath houses of the 70′s, hospitals of the 80′s during the AIDS crisis, chat rooms of the 90′s and a legal gay wedding in the present.
With over 50 characters, McNally captures the historical significance and honors the ones who have brought us to our current fight for equal rights. Some Men goes beyond the gay experience and gives a universal look at how we find, and lose, ourselves in an ever-evolving world.
108 Productions created The I AM Love Campaign after recently completing their documentary film Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption, which is based on their 5-year journey of the play, Corpus Christi. As an extension of the play and film, the Campaign’s mission is to dis-empower religious bullying and homophobia, in all ages and walks of Life, by first learning to Love the Self.
Through screenings of the film over the next year, combined with a performance of the play in select cities, our company will also conduct educational and arts-based workshops alongside gay/religious leaders in less tolerant communities around the country.
What: Staged Performance Reading of Terrence McNally’s Some Men to benefit the “I AM Love” Campaign and honor National Coming Out Day.
When: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 8:00pm
Where: NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
In its, she sheds light in why she still considers herself to be queer even though she is in a heterosexual marriage.
Here is an excerpt:
Often people are curious about the fact that I am married to a man but call myself queer. It’s because I have had sex with more than one person, and I had unmarried sex quite a few times, and roughly half the people have been men and the other half have been women, and then there were a few people in between those genders who identified in differing ways, so it’s up to me to define myself, too, and so that would be queer. It’s the most fitting description, short and concise, and really to-the-point. I don’t know why it’s a difficult concept to understand. Most of the people I know have had sex with more than one person, and many have sex outside marriage. I just happen to have had it with people all along the gender scale.
It’s been a long time since I’ve watched MTV’s The Real World but I see no reason not to still enjoy some of the eye candy in the show!
The latest edition of the show is taking place in San Diego (La Jolla to be exact) and among those in the cast is Zach Nichols.
Here is his MTV bio: Towering at 6’3″, Zach has the build of a professional football player and that’s a good thing, seeing as he plays arena football. And yet, at 23, Zach’s dreams of reaching the NFL may have passed him by. After graduating from Northern Michigan University with a degree in sports science and exercise physiology, Zach supplements his semi-pro football gig with a job at a physical therapy clinic.
REMEMBERING: It was 13 years ago today that college student Matthew Shepard was severely beaten and left to die in a hate crime. You will read more about him and his legacy in the coming days but I wanted to mention him on this day, a day when Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson robbed, pistol-whipped and tortured this bright young man with his whole future ahead of him.
SMILING, STILL TRYING: I find it amusing and annoying that there have been all these stories lately about the decline of Rafael Nadal. Yes, he lost to Novak Djokovic in he finals of Wimbledon and the US Open and in four other title matches, but he won the French Open and has more than 60 match victories this year.
I think this great sportsman, who advanced to the quarterfinals of the Japan Open earlier today, has plenty of wins ahead of him and here’s why: He’s just 25 years old and he has so much heart, so much will to win.
He’s such an asset to his sport and I wish him all the luck in the world the rest of the season.
Chaz Bono has made it to the fourth week of Dancing With the Stars and next week, he’ll have someone very famous in the audience rooting him on: his mother Cher!
The icon has been very supportive via Twitter of Chaz’s efforts on the dance floor these past few weeks with partner Lacey Schwimmer and after her son survived elimination this week Cher tweeted: “Yeah CHAZ. Looks like I’ll b in the Audience next Week.” She also thanked her many loyal followers who she calls “lovelies.”
Cher has publicly admitted her struggles with accepting her child with the late Sonny Bono – first as a lesbian – then as a transgender male. But mother and child seem to be bonding over the DWTS experience.
Next week, with Cher in the audience, it will be quite a scene and there’s no way Chaz won’t get enough votes to make it through to week five.
Don’t know about you, but I don’t think there’s a sexier male performance this year than Ryan Gosling’s in Crazy, Stupid Love.
He was all abs and confident swagger.
This handsome star sometimes makes us forget just how good looking he is when he takes on roles in films like Half Nelson and Lars and the Real Girl. And he’s such a great actor that we don’t always focus on his attractiveness.
But you gotta figure Ryan needs to get an eye exam after he recently told the Chicago Sun-Times: “I’m not that good looking. I think I’m a pretty weird-looking guy. Every role I got up until ‘The Notebook’ [in 2004] was the weirdo, freak, psychopath, nerd, outsider character guy.”
Ryan was asked in another interview who was more handsome, him or his Ides of March co-star George Clooney.
He thinks it’s no contest.
“George Clooney’s so handsome,” Ryan said. “Come on.”
Their political thriller comes out Friday. You can decide for yourself!
GRATEFUL: This guy is such a gem. Darren Criss who plays gay high school student Blaine in Glee, talks about what drew him to performing and about the feedback he gets from people all around the world about his character.
“I achieved incredibly early something I was planning to work my whole life towards which is being a part of something that can touch people’s lives in a positive way. … There’s always that gnawing question: ‘When I die, did I make a dent?’”
“I hope that I get to continue doing this because I get scared. I feel like I’ve accomplished something really great really early on. Where do I go from here? How much greater can life get?”
Hopefully even greater for this very nice young man and talented star.
The bigger-than-ever superstar Betty White, 89, recently shared with Frontiers IN LA the reason why she thinks the LGBT community embraces and loves her so much:
“Throughout my career, I’ve always portrayed characters that were humorous, but also weren’t afraid to speak their minds, especially when it came to racy or controversial topics. I think this struck a cord with the LGBT community. We both also share a strong love of animals. When you combine the two, it’s a very strong match.”
The Apple co-founder died peacefully today surrounded by his family. He was just 56.
At a 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, Jobs shared the philosophy that drove him and one that I think we should all try and live by:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”