On paper, it looked like a mismatch between former No. 1s, each a two-time champion in the event.
The third-ranked Roger Federer began the night 40-2 since the U.S. Open, while Andy Roddick’s ranking had slipped to 34th, his lowest point since 2001.
But on Monday, Roddick was able to serve out their third round match at the Sony Ericsson Open to win 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-4.
It was only the third victory for Roddick in 24 meetings with Federer.
“There is no script in sports, you know. I think that’s what makes it the best entertainment in the world,” Roddick said after the match. “Nights like tonight are why you play the matches. You don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Federer, who has beaten Roddick in three Wimbledon finals and a US Open final, was gracious in defeat: “I feel like I lost against a former No. 1, not that I lost against a guy ranked 30 in the world. I’m happy to see Andy play really well. He’s a great champion, and enjoy him while you have him. It was a great night for him and America’s tennis.”
Will’s paternal grandmother Kate could not be more different from his maternal grandmother Marlena.
While Marlena has thoughtfully let Will confide in her about his sexuality at a pace in which he is comfortable, Kate essentially says to him: “I’ve always known you were gay.”
You hope she means it when she tells him she doesn’t “give a damn” about his sexuality and loves him no matter what. But Will admits nothing to her.
Later he runs into Marlena and looking very wide-eyed and vulnerable he says of his feelings: “You try and ignore them and you try pushing them away. But it’s not working for me. I think I might be gay.”
Much attention has been paid in recent weeks to Kirk Cameron’s anti-gay remarks.
So it’s nice to contrast that with the supportive comments of Tracey Gold who played Cameron’s sister on the long-running sitcom Growing Pains.
At Saturday night’s GLAAD Media Awards in New York City Gold said:
“When it comes to media, GLAAD is all over it. My former Growing Pains co-star made some comments recently. Kirk spoke his mind, but I want my voice of love and support to be louder. I say, there is nothing wrong with being gay. I was always taught that people should be loved and accepted for who they are.”
Oh brother! Could these TV siblings BE any hotter? On an upcoming episode of Glee, hunky Matt Bomer plays Cooper Anderson, the older brother of Darren Criss’ Blaine. They will be doing a mash-up of songs by ’80s supergroup Duran Duran.
I’ve written so much about Diana Ross in recent weeks, there’s not much else to say except: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Seeing her in concert just last week, it is so wonderful to know that her gifts are still very much intact and let’s hope she does some more albums and some more touring.
She is such a part of our history and how lucky we are to have this mother of five and new grandmother still going so strong.
To celebrate her birthday, here are some Diana Ross performances starting with the energetic video for I Will Survive shot in the streets of West Hollywood in the mid-90s. It’s a gem:
BONUS VIDEO: This is the first time I’ve ever come across video online of the disastrous 1983 reunion of Diana Ross and the Supremes which took place on a very memorable television special celebrating the 25th anniversary of Motown. What should have been a beautiful coming together of Diana, Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong was cut short by some onstage jostling between Diana and Mary (it was edited out of the footage, of course). They almost reunited again in 2000 for a tour but the Mary-Diana bad blood surfaced again. It will likely never, ever happen now which is a pity. So here is what is almost certainly the one and only reunion of Diana Ross and the Supremes. BONUS 2: Diama looking terrific on The View about eight years ago. The hair!
This is a segment of ABC News’ What Would You Do? that aired on Friday night.
I’m so proud of the people in this story for standing up against homophobia – especially the mother and daughter in the fourth segment. So deeply moving.
The segment was inspired by the story of Alix Genter, a graduate student at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She had found her perfect dress last summer but the task of planning her wedding became even more stressful when the owner of the shop allegedly called her and refused to sell her the dress because of her sexuality.
“What Would You Do?” traveled to a bridal shop in New Jersey to see how bystanders would react to such a scenario. Emotions ran high when our actress, Margaret, picked out a dress she liked but was told the shop would not sell her the dress because she was a lesbian.
Meant to post this a few days ago but better late than never!
The great Lily Tomlin and her lovely partner of more than four decades, Jane Wagner, received a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Fame last week.
Can’t think of two people who deserve it more!
Said Lily at the ceremony: “Jane and I are so honored that the Palm Springs Walk of Stars has chosen to bestow this terrific honor upon us. We both have a real affinity for the Palm Springs community, and this is just one more way to connect with the wonderful people who live in and visit this beautiful part of the world.”
Tomlin and Wagner co-wrote six comedy television specials in which Tomlin starred. They also co-wrote and produced the Grammy Award-winning album, Edith Ann: And That’s the Truth, and Grammy-nominated albums Modern Scream and On Stage.
Among those present at the ceremony was the legendary Carol Channing, 91, who is pictured with Miss Tomlin, below.
“I was thrilled for her,” said Ms. Channing. “Lily is such a great artist. Oh, I just love her and Jane.”
A month ago, Lily hosted the premiere of Dori Berinstein’s Carol Channing: Larger Than Life premiere at The Paley Center in Beverly Hills.
The ninth annual Fusion: The Los Angeles LGBT People of Color Film Festival took place over the weekend and I was camped out at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood for much of it.
Thanks to my pal Mark Kellam who accompanied me on Friday and my pal Justino Aguilera who went with me on Saturday. I was a little under the weather on Friday but after a good night’s sleep, was raring to go on Saturday.
Stamina was needed.
Justino – a reporter for Billboard - and I sat through two entire programs of short films, took a dinner break at Skooby’s Hot Dogs, then returned for the main attraction: the world premiere of Patrik-Ian Polk’s new film The Skinny.
The film is about a group of young, sexy friends who reunite in New York City a year after they graduate from Brown University.
They show off their new loves, but some resort to their old tricks. The three days they spend together in the city shows them what a difference a year makes. (see the trailer below).
The cast is terrific and pretty much across-the-board sexy.
It’s a very sexy, funny, touching film with a strong message about safe sex included.
There was a special presentation to Polk before the movie began from Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels (Precious).
Polk, who made his feature film directorial debut with Punks, is also the writer-director of the hugely popular Noah’s Arc televisions series and feature film. He was the recipient of the Fusion Achievement Award.
Said Daniels in presenting Polk with the award: “Being a filmmaker is hard work. Being a black filmmaker is hard, hard work. Being a gay black filmmaker is next to impossible.”
“His work is so dope,” he added.
Polk, clearly moved by Daniel’s words called the Precious director “my hero.”
“I’m very appreciative to be honored in this way,” a clearly moved Polk said. “It means a great deal to me.”
Polk told the crowd that he had just finished editing the film a few days earlier and was still a bit sleep-deprived.
But his work is just beginning since he is distributing the film himself.
This means he is renting out theaters himself for a week and getting the word out so people will buy tickets and fill the seats.
The first run begins on April 6 in Washington D.C.
After the film screened Saturday night, there was a very fun party held in the courtyard of the Egyptian. Polk and his band provided the music and I ran into Darryl Stephens, the Noah’s Arc star who has a small role in The Skinny as a nurse. (Another Noah’s Arc alum, Wilson Cruz, is also briefly in the film in the same scene as Stephens).
We spotted several other cast members from The Skinny including Jussie Smollett (in the photo, left) who is so very good as Magnus in the film, the NYC-based friend who hosts the group for a three-day weekend filled with major drama.
Jeff Metzler is currently on Broadway as part of the cast of the hit musical Priscilla: Queen of the Desert.
My pal, Jim Key, was in NYC over the weekend and took in the show. He also met Metzler after the show as well as Morning Man alum Nick Adams (Jim is the handsome guy pictured with Jeff, below).
Jeff had a role in the film The Big Gay Musical and prior to Priscilla, he had a role in the Broadway musical Mary Poppins.
He was asked in a recent interview if he could drive a bus anywhere in space and time where would he go?
I love his answer.
“New York City in the 1920s,” he said. “Everything…the fashion, architecture, vaudeville, music, and energy of the country were in a very exciting place. Times seemed simpler and more innocent yet still edgy.”
Bringing back Shawn Pyfrom for the final episodes of Desperate Housewives but that in no way makes up for his absence for big chunks of the last 3-4 seasons.
Andrew was a delicious character in the first few seasons then he was made less interesting and mostly relegated to the sidelines.
I’ll never really understand why.
Anyway, Bree Van de Kamp’s son returned with a new love in his life – a woman named Marybeth, the heiress to a frozen yogurt empire.
“I’m sorry, it’s just that you’re very different from all the other dates Andrew has brought home,” a shocked Bree says to Marybeth.
Poor Marybeth. She had recently lost $00 pounds and met Andrew on her way out of an Overeaters Anonymous as he was leaving his Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.
What a pair.
Bree demands an explanation from her son and he says: “Remember how you always said being gay was just a phase and I always just needed to meet the right girl? Well, you were right. Be happy for me.”
Bree, who when Andrew came out to her said, “I’d love you even if you were a murderer,” thankfully has evolved.
“Homosexuality is not a choice,” she tells Andrew. “You were born this way. It took me a long time to accept it. … Honey, you’re here, you’re queer and I’m used to it.”
Determined to break things up and let Marybeth know what she’s getting into, Bree invites all of Andrew’s gay friends over for a surpise engagement party. They are all a very extreme stereotype which Andrew is not.
Anyway, Marybeth knows all about it telling Bree: “I know Andrew is gay. We’ve never actually made love and he has a picture of Michael Phelps next to his bed. … He’s sweet fun and I just thought I could do a lot worse.”
So what is in it for Andrew?
Andrew took a loss on his house, he lost his job and can’t find another one and has loads of credit card debt.
“That marriage really could have helped me out,” Andrew tells Bree.
Well, hopefully we’ll see more of Andrew in the last three episodes and, hopefully, he will have a little more common sense!
Not even for sweet charity am I going to shell out $5,000 to anybody!
But, if I had that kind of money to party with, John Stamos would certainly be near the top of my list!
At last night’s GLAAD Media Awards in New York City, a man bid $5,000 to smooch sexy Stamos.
“Come to daddy over here baby, come to Uncle Jesse!” Stamos said to the man as he took the stage.
People com reports: It all started when Naya Rivera, who was co-hosting the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York along with Cory Monteith, announced she would sell her “sweet lady kisses to the highest bidder” to help raise funds.
Monteith wasn’t going to let the offer go unchallenged, offering his own smooching services – complete with freshly applied ChapStick – to interested bidders.
A sporting Monteith told the audience, which was in attendance to support gay and lesbian issues, “I have kissed Naya and it is fricken’ awesome,” but Rivera had fighting words: “It’s officially a kiss-off,” she announced, between “my juicy lips and his thin ones.”
As the auction heated up and went into the thousands of dollars, a surprise suitor popped up: Stamos, bid for Monteith’s services. As the crowd whooped and cheered, the bidding for a kiss with Monteith went higher, until Stamos had an even better idea: He decided to jump on stage and offer himself up for bidding. All three stars quickly drew a price of $5,000 each.
Damn! I would’ve loved to see a Stamos-Monteith kiss!
Glee’sNaya Rivera and Cory Monteith hosted as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) honored producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago, Hairspray, Smash) and the best in television, film and journalism last night at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York.
Bernadette Peters, Dakota Fanning, John Stamos, Harvey Weinstein, Megan Hilty, Russell Simmons, Kim Wayans, Carson Kressley, Padma Lakshmi, Vinny Guadagnino, and Tracey Gold were among the special guests.
At the ceremony, Broadway legend Bernadette Peters and actor John Stamos presented the Vito Russo Award to producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
The Vito Russo Award is presented to openly LGBT media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community.
“I want to thank GLAAD for selecting us to be honored, and for their extraordinary work every single day,” Zadan said in his acceptance speech. “When we did The Reagans, we had death threats for telling the truth about that President’s outright refusal to acknowledge the growing AIDS crisis in America. We would not have survived that ordeal, I must point out, without the help of GLAAD. They got us through the political firestorm leveled against us by the Republican National Committee. So we got to see first hand what GLAAD’s capable of accomplishing when they mobilize the troops, and thank God for them.”
Zadan finished his acceptance by thanking his late friend and GLAAD’s founder, Vito Russo, “Some people become your heroes and they don’t even know it. [Vito Russo] was mine. And the lucky thing for me was I got to tell him while he was here. I want to thank…my guru and inspirational life-force Vito Russo, who is responsible for every aspect of my social consciousness that brought me to this stage tonight to get this award that bears his glorious name. Thank you so much.”
Meron accepted the award by saying, “I just love being gay. [It's] part of who I am, so it impacts the work that we do, and I love the work that we do. So it’s great.” Pointing to the youth in the balcony, Meron continued, “It’s great for you guys to understand that it’s really great to be gay. I really thank GLAAD for this wonderful honor and it’s very, very meaningful to me.”
Also at the event, The Weinstein Company Co-Chairman and outspoken anti-bullying advocate Harvey Weinstein presented a Special Recognition award to openly gay high school student Katy Butler.
Butler launched a Change.org campaign last month to advocate that the ‘R’ rating of the upcoming documentary Bully be changed to ‘PG-13.’ Her Change.org petition has nearly 500,000 signatures.
Accepting the award from Weinstein, Butler said, “This award belongs to every student like me, who has been bullied and beaten just for being who they are. Please know that we’re working hard to make it better. And judging from what we’ve already seen tonight, I’m thankful that we have groups like GLAAD on our side. Stay strong.” She continued, “A few weeks ago, I started a petition on Change.org urging the Motion Picture Association of America to change the rating of Bully from R to PG-13 – so students across America can see this life-changing film. I want to personally thank each and every one of the nearly half a million people who have signed my petition on Change.org. Your signatures, stories, and ongoing support have inspired a national dialogue on our nation’s bullying epidemic and have given hope to struggling students everywhere.”
Zach Wahls, who appeared in a GLAAD Media Award-nominated episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show this year, received a standing ovation as he spoke to the crowd about the impact of his 2011 speech to the Iowa senate in which he spoke about his lesbian moms. The viral video has received over 18 million views on YouTube.
Pariah stars Adepero Oduye and Kim Wayans with the film’s producer Nekisa Cooper accepted the award for Outstanding Film – Limited Release.
Carson Kressley, who with Chaz Bono appeared on the GLAAD Media Award-nominated season of Dancing with the Stars, picked up the statuette on behalf of the show which receive the award for Outstanding Reality Program.
The award for Outstanding TV Journalism Segment was accepted by ABC News Correspondent Josh Elliott for his report “Battle Against Bullying,” which aired on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. In his acceptance speech, Elliott thanked his father, who came out as a gay man when Elliott was 13 years old.
Openly gay journalists Carolyn M. Brown and Chris Geidner shared the award for Outstanding Magazine Article for their stories in Black Enterprise and Metro Weekly respectively. Brown’s article “Black & Gay in Corporate America,” explored the increasing presence of openly gay African American employees in the workplace. Geidner received the award for his four-part series looking back at the passage of the Defense of Marrage Act (DOMA) during the Clinton administration.
Other guests and presenters at the event included: Dakota Fanning (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn); hip hop icon Russell Simmons; Megan Hilty (Smash); Padma Lakshmi (Top Chef); MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts; Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock); La La Anthony (La La’s Full Court Life); Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir and his husband Victor Voronov; Vinny Guadagnino (Jersey Shore); Ted Allen (Chopped); Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (Becoming Chaz, Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys); Alex Newell, Emily Vasquez, Marissa Von Bleicken (The Glee Project); Tracey Gold (Starving Secrets with Tracey Gold); Wendy Williams (The Wendy Williams Show); Laverne Cox (Musical Chairs); Jay Manuel, Isis King (America’s Next Top Model); the cast of Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys; Janet Mock (People.com); Emil Wilbekin (Essence); Jamie Clayton (Hung); Stephen Karam, Charles Socarides (Sons of the Prophet); Robin Skye (Southern Comfort); Mega TV’s Javier Ceriani (Paparazzi Magazine); and GLAAD Acting President Mike Thompson. Attendees enjoyed performances by recording artist Todd Alsup and The Rockettes.
But thanks to reruns, we get to see him all the time at the peak of his career – and his physical beauty – on Three’s Company.
What a handsome guy!
John died in September 2003 less than a week before what would have been his 55th birthday.
I had interviewed him the previous month for a cover profile for Orange Coast Magazine that was on the stands when his shocking death occurred.
John is best known, of course, for his eight seasons as Jack Tripper on Three’s Company and played the role for one season on the spinoff Three’s a Crowd.
He won an Emmy for his performance as Tripper and was nominated for one for his follow-up series Hooperman. He went on to star for three seasons of the sitcom Hearts Afire and had found success again with the ABC hit Eight Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter. The show was inn its second season when he died.
Remember the days when a star like Cher would dare to wear an outrageous outfit to the Academy Awards?
In this era of celebrity designers and stylists, this kind of individuality has all but vanished and this troubles Bob Mackie, the man who is behind most of Cher’s most memorable red carpet ensembles.
“The stylists make everybody look alike sometimes,” Bob told me when we chatted at the 10th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards.
He’s also appalled that many actresses have become walking advertisements for everything from gowns to jewelry to shoes.
“I hate it,” he said. “I think it’s very low class for an actress who makes that much money, who’s a serious actress, to come on and start giving all these people plugs. There’s something very kinda tacky about the whole thing.”
It was so much simpler back in 1988 when he designed the very risque outfit Cher wore the night she won the best actress Oscar for “Moonstruck.”
“She’s Cher!” he said. “I’ve known her over 40 years and we worked together over and over and over again so it’s kind of like family.
These days, Bob is keeping busy with his clothing line sold on QVC which offers affordable designer duds to viewers. He operates at a much less frenetic pace than he did in the 70s when he not only designed for Cher’s variety shows with and without Sonny, but also for “The Carol Burnett Show.”
“I used to run through the men’s room to get from one studio to the other,” he remembered. “It was really fun at the time. When I think about it now, I wonder how we ever did it, the amount of shows we would do in one week.”
Bob seems to have mixed feelings about the memorable gown he designed for Burnett for a classic “Gone With the Wind” spoof. Burnett, as Scarlett O’Hara, comes down the stairs in a gown made from the drapes – complete with curtain rod still in place.
“The curtain rod dress is the one everybody talks about,” he said. “Either that or a crazy get-up Cher wears. But, you know, I’ve done a lot of other things too.”
I don’t trust Will’s paternal grandmother Kate but I want to when it comes to some of the things she says to Will on Monday’s episode of Days of Our Lives.
Will clearlydoes not have the same closeness with Kate as with grandmother Marlena but she seems to mean it when she says to her grandson: “I love you no matter what and I don’t give a damn what your sexual orientation is.”
Galen Gering currently plays Raphael Hernandez on Days of Our Lives, a role he landed in 2008 after the cancellation of Passions on which her portrayed the character of Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald for nearly a decade.
The 39-year-old actor was born in Los Angeles and moved to New York at just 18 to start a modeling career which led to travel in Europe as a model before attending New York University for a year. Gering finished college at the University of Miami where he studied creative writing and film.
Not surprisingly, Gering was named one of People’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 2000. He has also appeared in over 50 national commercials.