The gritty boxing drama Lights Out premiered earlier this month on FX and I’ve been meaning to do an encore post of an interview I did in the summer with one of the show’s stars, Pablo Schreiber, who has been getting excellent reviews for his performance on the Tuesday night show.
He is a Tony Award nominated actor (Awake and Sing!) who is also known for his role as Nick Sobotka on HBO’s drama The Wire. His father Tell Schreiber was also an actor and his brother is actor Liev Schreiber.
In Lights Out, he plays Johnny Leary, the younger brother of former heavyweight boxing champion Patrick Leary (Holt McCallany) who is struggling to find his identity after retiring from the ring. The series also stars Stacy Keach as the family patriarch.
“I think [Johnny] probably peaked in life a little bit early and at a particularly hard time in his life,” Pablo explained. “His older brother picked him up off his butt and paid for him to go to business school and then hired him to be his manager. At one point he was kind of the hope of the family for being the future champion and now I think he’s relegated to a back seat role where he’s in support of this guy who he hugely admires for his talent and owes him basically his whole life but at the same time I think he has a little bit of regret about not following through with his promise as a boxer.”
On committing to another series: “To get into doing a series regular gig after The Wire, I can’t say that I was particularly looking for it. If it’s going to be a guest spot I’ll just do for money but if it’s going to be a long-term commitment, it’s all about material and I feel so lucky that I’ve gotten to first do The Wire – one of the best shows ever made on TV, it’s just so smart and huge and the canvass that they’re painting is so broad. And for this to be my second show, I just feel really lucky. It has so much inherent drama in it. The relationship between Patrick and his brother is I think so deep and rich. Like most things on my career, when they come I reads them and I have to do them, there’s no turning back.”
On working with Stacy Keach: “He’s a treasure. I worked shortly before this on a project with a friend of his, Brian Dennehy. They are equally amazing talented and generous actors and when people get to that point in their career they don’t have to be and a lot of them aren’t. Stacy is an amazing actor and getting to work with him is a real pleasure. When he gets to work, he’s just happy to be there. So many people in his position and at his age, they could kind of be grumpy and not really into what they’re doing but he loves this project and he loves all of us and he just comes to work filled with joy. That’s a real pleasure to be around.”
On doing five different episodes of the Law & Order franchise: “A lot of Law & Orders. That’s the life blood of the New York actor. I do a lot of theater and so in order to pay for that bad habit I like to call it, you have to support that somehow and Law & Order is kind of one of the only gigs on town. The people there are nice enough to use theater actors for guest spots and that’s the way you support yourself and make money.
Since daytime soaps have been so less gay since the cancellation of As the World Turns (Luke, Noah and Reid) and the purging of gay characters on One Life to Live (Fish, Kyle and Nick), it’s nice to hear that one of the few remaining gay characters – Phillip Chancellor III on The Young and the Restless - returns to the show in February.
Phillip is played by out actor Thom Bierdz who has made no secret of his desire for Phillip to have some romance. Thom dropped me a note yesterday which read: “I’ll be on TV in a couple of weeks. My character Phillip Chancellor III returns …. Some good storylines reach a climax then.”
Thom was a closeted actor when he first played Phillip on the soap from 1986 to 1989. His mother was murdered by his mentally ill brother soon after that and Thom left acting for many years. He re-emerged in the public eye as an acclaimed artist and author and in 2009 returned to Y&R only this time, as an openly gay actor. Phillip was also written to be gay and hiding his sexuality was explained as the reason why he faked his own death and fled Genoa City.
But on opening night, I also chatted with another actor in the play (there are five cast members) and his name is Jeffrey Patrick Olson. We see him in the play’s bar scenes and McCullouch’s character is very attracted to him and it’s easy to see why!
Jeffrey moved to LA from Chicago just 18 months ago and last year was in the cast of the successful stage production of F*ckling Men at the Celebration Theater and he also performed in I Love Lucy Live at Bally’s Las Vegas.
While in Chicago, Jeffrey appeared in productions of The Ritz, Die! Mommie Die!, Market Down Woman and Psycho Beach Party.
On film, he had the title role in the short film Christopher, was in the film Detention, and had the lead in the gay romantic comedy Pooltime.
He is also an ensemble member of the online sketch group SomeComedyThing.com. He has the lead role of Muscles, an uncomplicated by driven personal trainer in the web series Old Dogs & New Tricks.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti- defamation organization, announced today the nominees for its 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards.
GLAAD announced 114 nominees in 23 English-language categories, and 33 Spanish-language
nominees in 9 categories. In the English-language categories, cable networks earned 22
nominations, while broadcast networks garnered 11 nominations. The awards recognize and honor media for outstanding images of the LGBT community.
Among the nominees: Lisa Cholodenko’s Golden Globe-winning film The Kids Are All
Right, I Love You Phillip Morris starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, Howl, starring James
Franco, the summer hit film Easy A, HBO’s acclaimed drama True Blood, Fox’s hit show Glee,
ABC’s hit comedy Modern Family, NBC’s hit sitcom 30 Rock, Prodigal Sons, a documentary
about a transgender woman and her family, season eight of Project Runway, The Oprah Winfrey
Show for Ricky Martin’s first televised interview, MSNBC’s interview with Fort Worth City
Council member Joel Burns, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Essence.com’s “Bridal Bliss: Aisha
and Danielle,” and Spanish-language nominees Levántate, Aquí y Ahora, Caso Cerrado, Casos de Familia, and openly gay music artists Christian Chavez and Fedro.
In 2011, the GLAAD Media Awards will also celebrate GLAAD’s twenty-fifth anniversary year,
looking back at a quarter-century of work to build acceptance and advance equality through
LGBT images in the media.
“This year’s nominees represent some of the images and stories at the root of the growing
acceptance of our community and support for our equality,” said GLAAD President Jarrett
Barrios. “They also have created a benchmark for inclusion of our community that other media
outlets should look to. As GLAAD celebrates twenty-five years of working with the media, we
are proud to recognize this year’s nominees and we challenge the industry to share more stories
that reflect the diversity of our community and the challenges that gay and transgender people
The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in New York on March 19, 2011 at the
Marriott Marquis in Times Square; in Los Angeles on April 16 at the Westin Bonaventure; and in
San Francisco on May 14 at San Francisco Marriott Marquis.
Here is the list of nominees:
OUTSTANDING FILM – WIDE RELEASE
Burlesque (Screen Gems), Easy A (Screen Gems), The Girl Who Played with Fire (Music Box Films),
The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Universal Pictures)
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Brothers & Sisters (ABC), Degrassi (TeenNick), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family)
True Blood (HBO)
OUTSTANDING FILM – LIMITED RELEASE
Howl (Oscilloscope Pictures), I Love You Phillip Morris (Roadside Attractions), La Mission (Screen Media Ventures), Patrik, Age 1.5 (Regent Releasing), Undertow (Wolfe Releasing)
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Glee (Fox), GREEK (ABC Family), Modern Family (ABC), Nurse Jackie (Showtime), United States of Tara (Showtime)
OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE (in a series without a regular LGBT character)
“Escape the Castle” Bored to Death (HBO), “Innocence” Law & Order (NBC), “Klaus & Greta” 30 Rock (NBC), “Queen of Mean” Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime), “Samaritan” Law & Order: UK (BBC America)
OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM
The Fabulous Beekman Boys (Planet Green), Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys (Sundance Channel), Project Runway (Lifetime), Top Chef: Just Desserts (Bravo), TRANSform Me (VH1)
8: The Mormon Proposition (Red Flag Releasing), Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement (Sundance Channel), Prodigal Sons (First Run Features), “Sylvester” UnSung (TV One), Out. The Glenn Burke Story (Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)
OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE
“”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (series) The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC), “Gay Teen Suicides” (series) Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN), “Katie Miller: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Outside the Lines (ESPN), “Olson and Boies on Same-Sex Marriage” Bill Moyers Journal (PBS), “Transitions” Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO)
OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE
“Constance McMillen” The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated), “Neil Patrick Harris” The Talk (CBS),
“Rebuilding Home After Tragedy: The Seth Walsh Story “The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated), “Ricky Martin Coming Out as a Gay Man and a New Dad” The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated), “Transgender Kids: Too Young to Decide?” The Dr. Oz Show (syndicated)
OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM SEGMENT
“Don’t Ask…” CBS Sunday Morning (CBS), “Fort Worth Speech” The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (MSNBC), “Gay Teens Talk Their Truth” CNN Newsroom (CNN), “Images of Protest” ABC World News with Diane Sawyer (ABC), “Mom, Dad… I’m Coming Out” Today (NBC)
OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE
“Coming Out, Fitting In” by Rosemary Winters (The Salt Lake Tribune), “D.C. Gay Couple Caps a Momentous First by Tying the Knot” by Monica Hesse (The Washington Post), “Rutgers Student Tyler Clementi’s Suicide Spurs Action Across U.S.” by Judy Peet (The Star-Ledger [Newark, N.J.), “A Tragic Love Story” by Steve Friess (LA Weekly), “Worlds Apart” by Lauren Smiley (SF Weekly)
OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER OVERALL COVERAGE
Atlanta Journal Constitution, Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Salt Lake Tribune
OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST
Peg Mcentee (The Salt Lake Tribune), Leonard Pitts, Jr. (The Miami Herald), Frank Rich (The New York Times), Eugene Robinson (The Washington Post), Rev. Byron Williams (The Oakland Tribune)
OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE OVERALL COVERAGE
The Advocate/Out, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Entertainment Weekly, People, US Weekly
OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM – MULTIMEDIA
“Bridal Bliss: Aisha and Danielle” by Bobbi Misick (Essence.com), “Censoring Wojnarowicz” (IntheLifetv.org), “A Gay Family Album” (Newsweek.com), “Kicked Out But Ready to Go Back” by Jon Groat
OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE ARTICLE
“All That’s Left is God” by Michelle Theall (5280 Magazine), “‘I Was Scared to Sleep’: LGBT Youth Face Violence Behind Bars” by Daniel Redman (The Nation), “It’s a Shocking Trend: Gay Teens Being Bullied to the Point of Suicide” by Kenneth Miller (Ladies’ Home Journal), “Just Another Girl (Who Used to be a Boy)” by Genevieve Field (Glamour), “What Happens When You Find the One…And He’s Nothing – Nothing – Like You Expected?” by Allison Cooper (O, The Oprah Magazine)
OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM ARTICLE
“The Camera in the Closet: Gay Service Members Speak Out to ABC News About Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” by Mary Kathryn Burke (ABCNews.com), “‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Hurts African-American Women the Most” by Lynette Holloway (TheRoot.com) “Ice Cracks Beneath Weir’s Critics” by LZ Granderson (ESPN.com) “View From Washington” (series) by Kerry Eleveld (Advocate.com) “Wrestler Hudson Taylor a Champion for Gay Rights” by Jim Buzinski (Outsports.com)
The Bilerico Project (http://www.bilerico.com/), Blabbeando (http://blabbeando.blogspot.com/), Joe. My. God. (http://joemygod.blogspot.com/), Pam’s House Blend (http://www.pamshouseblend.com), Rod 2.0 (http://rodonline.typepad.com/)
OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST
Antony and the Johnsons, Swanlights (Secretly Canadian), Big Freedia, Big Freedia Hitz Vol. 1 (Big Freedia Records) Chely Wright, Lifted Off the Ground (Vanguard Records) Kele Okereke, The Boxer (Glassnote Records) Scissor Sisters, Night Work (Downtown Records)
OUTSTANDING LOS ANGELES THEATER
Dr. Cerberus by Robert Aguirre-Sacasa, Haram Iran by Jay Paul Deratany, Revolver by Chris Phillips, Something Happened by L. Trey Wilson, The Twentieth-Century Way by Tom Jacobson
OUTSTANDING COMIC BOOK
Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Scott Allie, Brad Meltzer, Joss Whedon (Dark Horse Comics), Fogtown by Andersen Gabrych (Vertigo/DC Comics), Veronica by Dan Parent (Archie Comics) X-Factor by Peter David (Marvel Comics) Young Avengers: Children’s Crusade by Allan Heinberg (Marvel)
OUTSTANDING NEW YORK THEATER: BROADWAY & OFF-BROADWAY
In the Wake by Lisa Kron, The Kid, book by Michael Zam, lyrics by Jack Lechner, music by Andy Monroe,
Passion Play by Sarah Ruhl, The Pride by Alexi Kaye Campbell, Secrets of the Trade by Jonathan Tolins
OUTSTANDING NEW YORK THEATER: OFF-OFF BROADWAY
Lay of the Land by Tim Miller, Let Them Eat Cake by Holly Hughes, Megan Carney and Moe Angelos, This One Girl’s Story, book by Bil Wright, music and lyrics by Dionne McClain-Freeney, Vaginal Davis Is Speaking from the Diaphragm by Vaginal Davis, When Last We Flew by Harrison David Rivers
Superstar Adam Lambert has been able to make the scene more in LA now that he is no longer on a world tour. The singing sensation created quite a stir last night when he attended the premiere party for RuPaul’s Drag Race at Rage in West Hollywood.
I’m sure all the Adam fans know this already but for the rest of you: Adam celebrates his 29th birthday on Jan. 29!
The ever-youthful Dolly Parton turns 65 years young today and it’s nice to see that this multi-Grammy winning superstar, theme park owner and occasional actress is still going strong.
Dolly will be among the select group honored at the 2011 Grammy Awards on Feb. 13 as Lifetime Achievement Award honorees.
Her most recent album was 2008′s Backwards Barbie and her classic hits include Jolene, Coat of Many Colors, I Will Always Love You, Here You Come Again, Islands of the Stream and, of course, 9 to 5.
In a November interview on Larry King Live, Dolly was asked about her tremendous gay fan base and Larry wondered why we are so loyal to her: “I have a lot of gay fans, female and male. A lot of people feel like they’ve grown up with me. As you know I’ve always been outspoken, I’ve always been pretty outrageous. I’ve always believed that a person should be who they are and you should be comfortable being who you are and people should leave you alone to be who you are and how you are. So I think I’ve always been accepted in the gay community because I accept them. I have so many fans who’ve always loved to come to the shows and they know that I’m not judging them. I think people are who they are. … We’re supposed to love each other for what and who we are.”
It’s quite rare that a character who was only supposed to be in a show for a handful of episodes proves to be so popular with fans that he is brought back and made a full-fledged regular.
That is exactly what happened with the character of Scotty on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters and it had everything to do with the performance and the presence of the actor who plays him, Luke Macfarlane, and his lovely chemistry with Matthew Rhys who plays his on-screen husband Kevin.
Kevin and Scotty have been trying to become adoptive parents this season and have weathered the most severe test to their marriage: Scotty cheating on Kevin with a bartender at his restaurant.
Fans of the show were kind of horrified because it seemed so not like Scotty! But in the follow-up episodes as the two found their way back to each other, we understood what happened more and it just made Scotty more human, less of a saint!
While Matthew Rhys is a straight man playing a gay man on television, Luke took the bold step and came out publicly as a gay man in 2008. He could have been like so many other gay actors on TV shows and just remained private or vague about their sexuality but Luke chose to be out and I have so much respect for him because of that.
Luke, who studied drama at Julliard, was previously best-known for his role as Pvt. Frank “Dim” Dumphy in the series Over There. The Canadian actor had never given any interviews about his personal life until discussing his sexuality for the first time in an interview with the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail in 2008.
I spoke with him a few weeks after that at an event and he said: “I decided to do that interview, I decided to answer those questions in an effort to make my life simpler and that’s going to contunue to be my motto. So, I’ll have to say, it hasn’t been that hot a light on me at all.”
I’m just so glad that young and talented actors like Luke, Neil Patrick Harris, TR Knight, Chris Colfer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, John Barrowman, Jonathon Groff, Sean Hayes and several others are not following the example of Richard Chamberlain and staying closeted until their late 60s and have a book to sell!
Anyway, Luke turns 31 years old today and I thank him for his performances on screen and on stage and for stepping up and being an openly gay man. He’s helping to change the world!
American Idol opens its 10th season tonight on a new night for performances (Thursday nights will be the results shows) and with two new judges: Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.
As we all know by now, Simon Cowell had a big sendoff at the end of last season, Ellen DeGeneres quit during the summer and Kara DioGuardi was given the boot.
So there’s all sorts of reasons to tune in tonight: How will the sole returning judge Randy Jackson fare as the one with the final word? Will Jennifer and Steven be a good fit for the show? How long will host Ryan Seacrest pause between the words “This …. …. …. is American Idol” ?
So much to look forward to! Oh yeah, and a whole new crop of contestants! Will we find another Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry or Adam Lambert? Or will this be a lackluster Lee DeWyze, Taylor Hicks, Kris Allen season?
I had a chance to chat with Idol’s executive producer Nigel Lythgoe over the weekend about this fresh start for the show. He was the original showrunner but left in 2008 to focus on So You Think You Can Dance? He was lured back last spring and is excited for the revamped show to finally air.
“I just want to get it on the air now!” he told me.
So, is the show going to be better than ever?
“What are we going to say? ‘No it’s terrible, you shouldn’t watch it?’” he said. “We’re always going to say, ‘This is the best season ever, the talent’s the best.’ Ironically I do believe the talent is the best we’ve had in many, many years. I think Steven and Jennifer brought a new excitement to it. Forget the speculation now, just see it and judge for yourselves. I think everyone’s going to be very happy. I know I am.”
Idol remained the top-rated show on television last season but it did suffer a significant drop in viewers. Does he feel extra pressure because of that?
“I don’t worry about ratings,” he insisted. “I’m not paid to worry about ratings. I’m paid to make the best show I can and I believe that that’s what we’re doing. After that, it’s up to the public. Ratings-wise, I’ll let somebody else worry about that.”
How has it been for him to be back in the Idol fold after two seasons away?
“It’s been great,” he said. “I’ve come back because it’s at a very creative time. Once you get into that vibe of ‘Don’t touch anything! Don’t touch anything!’ there’s no need for an executive producer. I think over the last two years mistakes have been made and now we’re back to being on the right road and being creative so it’s delightful for me. I’m back with my Idol family and it’s a good time to be there.”
American Idol’s two-hour season premiere airs tonight on Fox at 8 p.m.
The Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association has announced winners for the group’s second annual Dorian Awards, which honor their picks for the best in film and television of all kinds.
I’m a member of this group and took part in the voting. So between these and the first annual Greggys, I expect to be a member of the Academy soon!
Notable wins include I Am Love (Magnolia Pictures) for Film of the Year, Annette Bening for Film Performance of the Year (for The Kids Are All Right), I Love You Phillip Morris for LGBT-Themed Film of the Year and Easy A for Unsung Film of the Year. The CBS drama The Good Wife, Fox’s Glee and HBO’s Hung took top TV categories, while Michael C. Hall of Dexter and Glee‘s Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer earned wins in TV performance categories.
GALECA’s Dorian Award winners and nominees across 17 categories are noted below:
FILM OF THE YEAR
I Am Love (WINNER)
The Kids Are All Right
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
FILM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Christian Bale — The Fighter
Annette Bening — The Kids Are All Right (WINNER)
Colin Firth — The King’s Speech
James Franco — 127 Hours and Howl
Lesley Manville — Another Year
Natalie Portman — Black Swan
DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR (Film, DVD or TV)
Client 9: the Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (WINNER)
Waking Sleeping Beauty
Waiting for Superman
LGBT-THEMED FILM OF THE YEAR
A Marine Story
I Love You Phillip Morris (WINNER)
The Kids Are All Right
LGBT-THEMED DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
8: The Mormon Proposition (WINNER)
Strange Powers: Stephen Merritt and the Magnetic Fields
Leslie Jordan: My Trip Down the Pink Carpet
CAMPY — INTENTIONAL OR NOT — FILM OF THE YEAR
Burlesque (UM, WINNER)
Charlie St. Cloud
I’m Still Here
Sex and the City 2
TV DRAMA OF THE YEAR
The Good Wife (WINNER)
The Walking Dead
TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY OF THE YEAR
The Big Bang Theory
TV DRAMA PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Claire Danes — Temple Grandin
Michael C. Hall — Dexter (WINNER)
Juliana Margulies — The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss — Mad Men
Edgar Ramirez — Carlos
TV COMEDY PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Louis C.K. — Louis
Chris Colfer — Glee (WINNER)
Laura Linney — The Big C
Jane Lynch — Glee (WINNER)
Jim Parsons — The Big Bang Theory
LGBT-THEMED TV SHOW OF THE YEAR7
RuPaul’s Drag Race
CAMPY — INTENTIONAL OR NOT — TV SHOW OF THE YEAR
Hot in Cleveland (WINNER)
Sarah Palin’s Alaska
The A List
The Colbert Report
The Real Housewives franchise
THE WE’RE WILDE ABOUT YOU RISING STAR AWARD
Darren Criss — Glee (WINNER)
Andrew Garfield — The Social Network and Never Let Me Go
Mila Kunis — Black Swan
Chloe Grace Moretz — Kick Ass, etc.
Sarah Steele — Please Give
UNSUNG FILM OF THE YEAR
Easy A (WINNER)
Mother and Child
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World
The Dissappearance of Alice Creed
UNSUNG TV SHOW OF THE YEAR
Bored to Death
WILDE WIT OF THE YEAR
Stephen Colbert and the writers of The Colbert Report
Tina Fey and the writers of 30 Rock
Rachel Maddow (WINNER)
Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show
Given to a living actor or performer with an exemplary career of marked by smarts, character and wit. This year’s recipient is: Angela Lansbury!
ABOUT GALECA and the DORIAN AWARDS The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) is comprised of esteemed critics, entertainment journalists and pop culture critics who work for noteworthy newspapers, magazines, websites and TV and radio outlets nationwide. The group’s collective experience continues to offer society a unique and cherished perspective on popular culture. GALECA members nominate movies, TV programs and performances from a variety of categories, not just LGBT-centric.
Among the many Dorian Award winners in its inaugural year: Colin Firth for Film Performance of the Year, Drew Barrymore for TV Drama Performance of the Year, Jane Lynch for TV Musical or Comedy Performance of the Year, Gabourey Sidibe for Rising Star and Glee for Musical or Comedy of the Year.
As GALECA and the Dorian Awards grow, its unified members hope to help advance a stronger and healthy gay community by supporting programs for at-risk youth, HIV prevention, recovery and equal rights. For more information, see our Facebook page under Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association or go to http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=193495674011&v=info
Until Sunday Night’s Golden Globe Award telecast, I had not been aware of actor Edgar Ramirez who starred in Carlos, winner of the best TV miniseries prize.
Ramirez, who was also individually nominated for his performance, got his first big break starring in 270 episodes of the Spanish-language soap Casita Rica in 2003-04. He then made his feature film debut in the 2005 film Domino.
Since then, the 33-year-old Venezuelan heartthrob has had roles in the films Vantage Point, The Bourne Ultimatum, Che and Cyrano Fernandez.
Ramirez may have lost out on the Golden Globe for best actor Steve Buscemi for Boardwalk Empire, he’s got another chance at the Screen Actors Guild Awards where he is also nominated.
Not bad for a guy for whom acting was not his original plan.
He attended Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Venezuela and graduated in 1999,with a degree in mass communication, minoring in political communications. He intended to become a diplomat in international relations.
While in college he worked as a journalist, reporting on politics. Later, he became executive director of “Ngo Dale al Voto,” a Venezuelan organization similar to Rock the Vote. He and his team created campaigns for radio, television and movie theaters.
The character of Mildred Fierce was created by Carol Burnett as a parody of Joan Crawford’s famed role in Mildred Pierce.
Since Kate Winslet has taken on the role in an upcoming HBO miniseries, I thought it would be fun to revisit Miss Burnett’s parody of the story of tale of a long-suffering mother and her ungrateful daughter.
Logo’s reality series The A-List: New York will be back with second seasons episodes this fall, the cable channel announced today.
Production is slated to begin shortly on 11 new, 1-hour episodes of the series which currently ranks as the second most-watched series in Logo’s history.
The second season welcomes the return of the original cast of The A-List: New York: The Amazing Race winner actor/model Reichen Lehmkuhl, his Brazilian model boyfriend Rodniney Santiago, renowned celebrity photographer and RuPaul’s Drag Race and America’s Next Top Model staple Mike Ruiz, international model Austin Armacost, modeling agent Derek Lloyd Saathoff, and ultra-high-end salon owner Ryan Nickulas and his always quotable sidekick, TJ Kelly.
Additionally, there will be some fresh faces in the crowd as new storylines and cast members are introduced throughout the season which will pick up where the volatile first season left off, following provocative storylines like Reichen and Rodiney’s relationship, Austin’s attempts to stir the pot and Ryan and his partner’s struggle to adopt a child.
“The cast of ‘The A-List: New York’ burst onto the reality scene and grabbed everyone’s attention,” said Dave Mace, Senior Vice-President of Original Programming, Logo. ”The series topped many ‘guilty pleasure’ lists and we’re glad to bring the boys back for their fans.”
If you are a fan of the USA network series White Collar then I have some great news for you.
The show, which focuses on the unlikely partnership of con artist Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) and FBI Agent Peter Burke (Tim DeKay), returns to the air with new episodes tonight!
Bomer chatted with a small group of us over breakfast last week at the TV Critics Association Winter Press Tour and shared that the upcoming episodes will have some flashbacks that show the genesis of the relationship between Neal and Agent Burke.
“The fun aspect is we get to go into the past to sort of fill in the blanks and how our relationship came to be,” he said.
And here’s a scoop: Matt as Neal will sing a duet with the character’s landlady who is played by the legendary TV, film and stage star Diahann Carroll.
“It was a pretty surreal experience,” Matt told me. “It was one of those things that the writers were able to work in organically and it as really fun.”
He mentioned the singing after I told him how impressive his singing was on the Kennedy Center Honors program which aired on CBS last month. He was among a group of performers (the others included Angela Lansbury, Carol Channing, Chita Rivera, Matthew Morrison and many others) who paid tribute to honoree Jerry Herman.
“That as an amazing experience to get to be a part of,” he said. “To get to honor Jerry Herman was really amazing. I had worked with the director 10 years ago which was probably the last time I had sung on a stage and he remembered me and asked me to be a part of it. I thought it would be unpatriotic to say no.”
Now we all know that not only is Matt terrific in the role of Neal, he’s also a very handsome man with a rockin’ body.
But he doesn’t see himself as a sex symbol and isn’t eager to tear his shirt off for just any old reason.
“We’ve fought really hard to sort of postpone that as much as possible or keep at bay as much as possible,” he said of beefcake scenes. “I don’t think anyone on our show thinks of themselves that way. My question is always, ‘Well, if it’s organic to the scene and the moment then that’s great.’ If it’s milked or excessive that’s kind of odd. If it informs a relationship that’s great but I don’t think any of us think of ourselves that way. I think we tried to keep clothed as much as possible.”
It was great to meet Matt in person for the first time and to learn that he’s very familiar with Greg In Hollywood and its masthead which features me pictured with different celebrities.
“When are you going to take your picture with me?” Matt asked before I asked a single question.
We snapped one together and I’ll be updating the masthead soon!
On Jan. 28, Colin O’Donoghue hits movie theaters opposite Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins in the thriller The Rite.
Hopkins plays as an unorthodox priest who teaches a young student played by O’Donaghue about exorcisms.
The handsome young actor (he turns 30 on Jan. 26!) is best known for his role as Duke Philip of Bavaria on Showtime’s The Tudors.
The Irish-born actor has few other movie credits but has had roles in several television series in his homeland including The Clinic, Fair City, Proof, and Love is the Drug.
He won an Irish Film and Television Award in 2003 for Best New Talent for his performance in the TV film Home for Christmas.
He would seem to have a bright future especially since he can do as many accents as Meryl Streep! In addition to Irish he can do Southern, Scottish, British, German, Midwest, Spanish, French, Italian, Australian, and Russian!
Everyone focuses on what the women are wearing at awards shows like last night’s Golden Globes and the guys just get overlooked because basically all they have to do is take a shower and put on a tuxedo!
But some looked especially nice last night so I picked out my top 10. They are: Ryan Kwanten, Matt Bomer, Chris Colfer, Ryan Gosling, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Matthew Morrison, Harry Shum Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Cory Monteith and James Franco.
What can I say? Love the Glee guys!
You can make up your own mind by going over to Socialite Life and checking out their extensive gallery of all the dudes.
To have openly gay performers Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch as well as their LGBT inclusive show Glee win Golden Globes last night was very satisfying as was the best picture (musical or comedy) win for The Kids Are All Right and Annette Bening’s win for her portrayal as one-half of a lesbian couple raising two kids.
After Natalie Portman won for Black Swan which has lesbian content and openly gay producer Scott Rudin accepted the best picture (drama) prize for The Social Network, I felt like I had just seen the gayest Golden Globes ever.
That part of the evening was wonderful.
Not so wonderful, in many people’s opinion, was host Ricky Gervais’s mean-spirited opening dialogue and jokes while introducing such presenters as Bruce Willis (He listed every one of Willis’s flops and called him “Ashton Kutcher’s father”) and Robert Downey Jr. (he brought up past drug problems and jail time).
He made fun of the HFPA for nominating The Tourist and its stars Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp and said: “I’d like to quash this ridiculous rumor going around that the only reason The Tourist was nominated was so the HFPA could hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. That is rubbish. That is not the only reason. They also accepted bribes.”
Then he talked about the gay love story I Love You Phillip Morris saying: “Also not nominated, I Love You Phillip Morris, with Ewan McGregor and Jim Carrey, two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay — the complete opposite of some famous Scientologists then.” He was quick to add, “My lawyers helped me with the wording of that joke.”
The HFPA issued this statement today regarding Gervais: “We loved the show. It was a lot of fun and obviously has a lot of people talking. When you hire a comedian like Ricky Gervais, one expects in your face, sometimes outrageous material. Certainly, in this case, he pushed the envelope and occasionally went too far. The HFPA would never condone some of his personal remarks. Overall, however, the show was among the best we’ve ever had and we were pleased.”
Gervais was missing from the stage during the middle hour of the three-hour show leading to speculation on the web that he had been reprimanded. When he returned, he seemed somewhat less insulting.
Gervais issued this statement today to quell the speculation: “I did every single introduction I was meant to. There just happened to be a long gap. This is because I was allowed to choose who I would introduce in advance. I obviously chose presenters who I had the best jokes for. (And who I knew had a good sense of humour). Everyone took it well and the atmosphere backstage and at the after show was great.”
Here is his opening monologue. You can judge for yourself whether you think Gervais went too far:
I was so thrilled to see songwriter Diane Warren win the Golden Globe Award last night for best original song You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me which she wrote for Cher to sing in Burlesque.
Just 24 hours earlier, I had a chance to chat with Diane when I saw her at the BAFTA/LA Awards Season Tea.
She is such a delight and filled with excitement that the song just hit number one on the Billboard Dance Chart.
“Cher is number one of the dance chart and she’s the first artist ever to have a number one record in six decades,” Diane said. “I was responsible for another number one with If I Could Turn Back Time.”
I mentioned how much the gays love those two power ballads and joked that Diane must me a gay man.
“It’s so funny that you say that because I’m a gay man in a woman’s body,” she joked. “I’m honored that gay guys like my music so much. I want [You Haven't Seen the Last of Me] to be a gay anthem.”
Cher’s character of Tess sings it at a time in the film where it looks like her burlesque club is going to have to shut down and she is defiant.
“It was for that movie, for that character and for her,” Diane said. “I wanted the song to not only be for what the character was going through and they are trying to take away her club but I wanted to write her defining song. I wanted to write the song that she comes out at the end of her concert, her encore, and everyone gets on their feet – the You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me Tour! I think this is the best thing she’s ever done, the best vocal.”
Diane already been nominated for an Academy Award six different times for songs she’s written for films and she said “I would love it” if she were to be nominated for this one.
It was almost a year ago that sassy Betty White’s legendary career launched into yet another gear with a hilarious Snickers commercial that aired during the Super Bowl.
Since that time, the superstar has guest hosted Saturday Night Live and won an Emmy (her seventh) for it, memorably guest-starred on the sitcoms The Middle and Community, released an updated memoir, had a role in the big screen comedy You Again, and filmed the TV movie The Lost Valentine.
Oh yeah, she also managed to be one of the stars of the new sitcom Hot In Cleveland which has had stellar ratings since its debut and will have its second season premiere on Jan. 19.
In the show, which airs on TV Land, Miss White plays feisty landlady lka Ostrovsky whose trio of female tenants are played by Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick.
Of that talented group, it was Betty who was singled out with a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award for best actress in a comedy series.
Who could have imagined that the woman who starred in the comedy series Life With Elizabeth back in the early 50s and would go on to play the iconic characters of Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rose Nyland on The Golden Girls, had yet another hit series in her?
She’s a person who clearly loves life and has great passion for her work.
“It’s hard for me to say no to a job,” she told us two weeks ago at the TV Critics Association Winter Press Tour. “You spend your career thinking if you say no, they’ll never ask you again. … I don’t think of it as work.”
At the age of 89, it seems like the kid is just getting started!