Have you seen the promos for ABC’s new series Off the Map?
At first I was intrigued because one of the cast members is Mamie Gummer, a terrific actress who has appeared as an attorney in several episodes of CBS’s The Good Wife and also happens to be Meryl Streep’s daughter.
But my attention was soon fixed on the hunky Martin Henderson, the 36-year-old New Zealand actor who had, somehow, not previously been on my radar.
Martin has been acting professionally since he was 13 when he landed a role in a local television production. Then from 1992-95, he starred in the TV drama Shortland Street then went on to star in various Australian films and television shows.
He moved to the US in 1997 to pursue acting and his first stop was a two-year training program at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City.
Once he got to Hollywood, he got his first break in a major film in 2001′s war film Windtalkers followed by the horror film The Ring starring Naomi Watts. His first major lead came in the 2004 film Torque followed by the films Bride and Prejudice, Little Fish, Flyboys, Battle in Seattle and Smokin’ Aces.
Martin then conquered the stage starring in an acclaimed production of Fool For Love on London’s West End. He was then cast in a television pilot based on the film Mr. and Mrs. Smith but it was not picked up as a series.
Thankfully, Off the Map has been picked up and premieres next month!
We all know that Channing Tatum has a new romantic drama out today called The Vow.
It’s about a couple who have to start over after the wife (Rachel McAdams) wakes up after a car accident and can’t remember being married to her husband.
Now how can you forget you are married to Channing Tatum???
Anyway, the film we really want to see starring Mr. Tatum is Magic Mike which is based on the hunky actor’s experience working as a male stripper back in the day. It also stars Alex Pettyfer (pictured with Tatum), Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello, among others.
The Hollywood Reporter chatted a bit with Tatum about Magic Mike at this week’s premiere of The Vow.
“We really want it to be good,” he said. “I know it’s getting a lot of press and a lot of hype and it’s scary when that happens because you just want people to like it, or to understand it.”
Tatum is also a producer on the film.
“It’s not all my life, but it’s definitely all my experiences,” he said. “I basically poured all my memories and stories out. We just kind of wrote something entirely unique to itself.”
I’ve written before about my big crush on Australian tennis star Lleyton Hewitt.
Well, just could not resist posting this photo of his backside as he took a tumble during a Davis Cup match against China’s Zhang Ze.
Hewitt, a former number one player who has won Wimbledon and the US Open, won the match 6-2, 6-1, 7-6.
As an added bonus, Hewitt and the rest of the Australian Davis Cup team are being coached by the very hunky Patrick Rafter, a two-time US Open champion who also reached the finals of Wimbledon twice. Rafter reached the number one ranking as well but I hesitate to mention because he only held the ranking for one or two weeks!
Until I read an interview with him on AfterElton.com yesterday, I was not familiar with Jake Nodar.
Now I can’t get his blue eyes out of my head!
Jake is a horse trainer and reality television participant whose latest series, Full Metal Jousting, premieres on Sunday night at 10 p.m. on The History Channel.
“I have never jousted prior to this experience,” he tells AfterElton. “No experience whatsoever. i think one time I got in a grocery cart and had a friend push me at someone else with a broomstick, but that was pretty much the extent of it, and that was nothing like what we were about to do.”
Jake is gay and came out to his fellow contestants during the filming of the series.
He says: “I’ve been out for a long time, and I’m very comfortable with it, but going into something like this where you’re with fifteen alpha male types who are all very competitive, and we’re all living together in the same quarters, I definitely had some reservations about it. But the bottom line is, we’re all there chasing after the title and the $100,000 prize, and that was my primary focus.”
The world’s number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic, is one of a kind.
Or is he?
The superstar now has a wax double!
Djokovic attended a ceremony revealing his wax sculpture in the Wax museum in the central Serbian town Jagodina. He returned to Serbia, where he is considered a national hero, after winning the Australian Open for the third time in the longest final in the history of the tournament.
True story: I was dating a guy quite a bit younger than me around 12 years ago or so. We were driving home from a movie and he was flipping through my CDs in the car and said: “Who’s Carole King?”
I knew right then and there that this summer fling just had to end!
There were other issues, of course, but that was a moment where it dawned on me that this would never work!
Carole King is only one of the greatest songwriters to ever sit behind a piano (Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, Locomotion, One Fine Day, You’ve Got a Friend and on and on and on), she also had one of the biggest selling albums in history: Tapestry.
I want to honor Miss King, on her 70th birthday, by sharing with you some of my favorite songs of hers. I had trouble narrowing it down but here are four of my faves: So Far Away, I Feel The Earth Move, One Fine Day and It’s Too Late.
Thank you Carole for all the great tunes that span my entire life.
Had tons of fun today during a visit to the set of NBC’s Days of Our Lives in Burbank!
I only started watching the show last year because it began to introduce some gay characters but now I am positively hooked on every storyline.
So I found myself kind of like a groupie as I walked around today and bumped into Deidre Hall, saw Patrick Muldoon coming up the stairs, was introduced to Lisa Rinna and chatted with Galen Gehring and James Scott.
I was also excited to walk around the set that is Salem’s town square.
I was there at the invitation of Chandler Massey and his publicist Jeff Ballard.
Chandler, who plays Will Horton on the show, gave me a tour of the set and I even snapped a photo of him in his dressing room for all of you.
Had lunch at the NBC commissary and did an interview with Chandler about Will’s storyline – where it’s at, what’s ahead and what he thinks about it all.
I will share that with you either tomorrow or early next week.
Until then, here are some of the photos taken today.
It took a bit of a controversy for Cynthia Nixon to acknowledge that she bisexual.
But for Snookie?
“I would consider myself bi,” Snookie said in an interview with Huffington Post. “I’ve done stuff with girls before. But I would never be with a girl because I like… penis. But I’ve experimented.”
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi was interviewed with her Jersey Shore castmate and Jennifer “JWoww” Farley.
They were asked about the sexuality of Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino.
Farley: “…His posture and the way he holds his cigarettes… everything. Listen, I know I keep talking about my best friend Joey, but his husband was closeted for 27 years of his life. And I knew him before he came out. So because of that I know… the signs. … It drove me nuts! I’m like, “Be happy with yourself!” He had a girlfriend! I was just like, “I would love you more if you could be yourself.” I can’t confirm or deny with Mike, but if he was, it would all make sense. He brings it up. He’ll say, “People think I’m gay and I don’t know what they’re talking about.”
Weighed in Snookie: “He told me one time, “[All the talk is] making me wonder.”"
The Los Angeles Times has published an absolutely outstanding piece on the legendary career of Diana Ross.
This commentary, written by Ernest Hardy, points out that 12-time Grammy nominee Ross has not only never won a Grammy, she’s also never been given proper credit for achievements and impact on the music industry and the culture.
He provides some compelling reasons why. Here are some excerpts from the piece:
The Grammys aren’t the only place where 67-year-old Ross, a primary architect of modern pop culture over her five-decade career, has been undervalued.
It’s long been fashionable to lampoon her in the media and in critical circles, to dismiss her voice and her trailblazing accomplishments — to cast her in the one-note role of incorrigible diva.
Questlove, drummer and co-founder of the Roots, suggests that the failure to recognize Ross’ achievements is also due to the way art and artists are treated in this country.
“America is such a disposable arts culture,” he says, “that it’s easy to dismiss things, to take them for granted. And I’m one of those guilty people. I have every [Ross] album. I’ve seen every special. But you take it for granted so much that you don’t even mention it.”
Visual artist Mark Bradford observes: “She was a trailblazer who wrote chapter after chapter, who put herself at the center of the conversation and demanded a seat at the table,” he observes. “She didn’t want black power. She wanted power.”
“There’s this thing with women — especially women of color — that when they have ambition, it’s [perceived as] a character flaw” Bradford added. “But Diana Ross would throw it in your face. She didn’t apologize for it. We applaud ambition but on very narrow terms — for a woman, for an African American, and especially for an African American woman — and she ignored all those limited and limiting terms in order to set her own.”
I came across this yummy man in the latest issue of Attitude Magazine.
He’s actor Gary Amers who is probably best known for his recurring role of Sacha on the 2008 British series Beautiful People. He’s also done guest roles on the series Inspector George Gently and Doctors.
Gary has kept most busy performing in the theater with leading and supporting roles in 10 West End musicals including Chicago, Wicked, Taboo, Hair and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
He writes his own comedy material and his own music and his website states that Gary is “set on becoming a household spirit.”
I’ve been a fan of Howard Stern for decades and I have had friends and family members who could never understand why. There has just always been something so honest about him and there was a time in the 90s that I listened to him every single morning without fail.
Well, after listening to this recent segment of his Sirius radio show, it just validates everything that I’ve always felt about Stern.
He defends Ellen DeGeneres against the One Million Moms, Rosie O’Donnell against David Letterman’s ill-advised jokes, and speaks eloquently (laced with profanity, of course) about gay kids being bullied and about how damaging bigots are to kids and to our society.
During this conversation with longtime sidekick Robin Quivers, Stern calls Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann “the worst two people on the planet” and says that “they should be drummed out of the country” for their anti-gay views.
After Dustin Lance Black won an Academy Award for the screenplay he wrote for Milk, he did more with his newfound fame than write and direct more movies.
His Oscar win came less than three months after California voters passed Proposition 8 and he took a leading role in the fight for marriage equality as one of the founding members of the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
It is AFER that sponsored the groundbreaking case which led to this week’s ruling by the 9th District U.S. Court of Appeals which found that California’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.
‘We were all incredibly pleased,’ Black told Gay Star News shortly after the court decision was announced. ‘We were all at our lawyer’s offices when news came in. We’ve been winning this every step of the way and it’s a lot of hugs and tears.’
But no one was popping champagne.
‘It’s a reverent response,’ he said. ‘It’s not like you just won something. You get the feeling that your country has embraced you and so it was quiet and it was reverent and grateful.’
They included: ‘Ain’t no real bruhs going to H&M to buy some damn David Beckham underwear.’
He also tweeted to his more than 95,000 followers: ‘If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!’
CNN said in a statement today: “‘Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable and offensive. Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated. We have been giving careful consideration to this matter, and Roland will not be appearing on our air for the time being.’
GLAAD applauded CNN’s action: ‘CNN today took a strong stand against anti-LGBT violence and language that demeans any community,’ spokesperson Rich Ferraro said. “We look forward to hearing from CNN and Roland Martin to discuss how we can work together as allies and achieve our common goal of reducing anti-LGBT violence as well as the language that contributes to.’
Earlier this week, Sharon Lettman-Hicks, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition, the nation’s largest black LGBT civil rights organization, also spoke out: “Even if he meant it in a jovial manner, Roland Martin’s words carry a real impact on the everyday lives of Black LGBT people, especially our youth. Given the number of rash murders, attacks and violent acts involving LGBT people of color, we cannot let statements such as this go unchecked. Silence is a form of acceptance and only perpetuates the problem.”