I’m damned jealous that my pal Kenneth Walsh, who does the fabulous Kennethinthe212 blog, has not only already seen Sex and the City 2, but also attended an intimate press event over the weekend for the film.
He can’t yet post a review of the film but he can tell us how each of the fab four looked up close and personal in his post Kenneth in the City: Everyone was delightful — Cynthia Nixon is poised and thoughtful, and looks the freshest in person, Kim Cattrall is funny and smart and looks better in person, Kristin Davis is exactly how you’d expect her to be (REALLY sweet and really pretty) and Sarah Jessica Parker lays the style — and the makeup — on thick, but even that can’t conceal her genuineness.
The newly single Melissa Etheridge is out promoting her new album, Fearless Love, and chatted with PopEater about a host of topics.
I’ve pulled out a few that I found of particular interest:
Did you separate from Tammy [Lynn Michaels] before writing this album?
It was written before we actually physically separated, but you know, breakups just don’t happen overnight.
It must suck having the album and the separation emerge at the same time. Do you wish the timing was different?
[Laughs] Absolutely! When I saw these things were about to collide for a while there I thought, I don’t want this to come up on top of the album, and then I started doing interviews and they’re like, “You’re such a family girl, your marriage is great, what’s the key to a great marriage?” and I was like, “Oh, I can’t sit here and lie.” But I would have definitely made the timing different.
Have you been accused of not being gay enough?
Oh sure. I’ve had the gay community say, “Why don’t you write a song saying ‘her’? Your lyrics are non-gender.” They’re never happy. And the straight folks, they just assume the lyrics are about a woman, and they assume that if they go to a concert it’s going to be all gay people. There are stereotypes we all have. But there’s no us and them. Good God, we’re all the same.
Have you ever been approached to have your songs on ‘Glee?’
No, I don’t think they’re gay enough. [Laughs]
A lot of us have been watching Barbara Walters on television all of our lives and I know I’d like to watch her for awhile longer.
So it’s nice to hear that the 80-year-old legendary newswoman is recovering nicely from heart surgery that took place last week – a few days after she announced on the air that she would be undergoing a procedure to have a heart valve replaced.
Whoopi Goldberg (pictured with Barbara and singer Justin Bieber) told viewers this morning that Barbara wanted to thank everyone for their good wishes: “She’s very touched and appreciative. The surgery went well and her doctors are very pleased with the outcome. She’s recovering as expected.”
Barbara has not only received tons of cards, emails, presents etc from family, friends and fans, she’s also heard from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, among others.
Let’s just be clear here: I’m all for same-sex kissing, especially when I’m one of the participants.
But I’ve not written anything about the Facebook campaign to have Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) lock lips on ABC’s Modern Family. They are so funny and cute and the writing so good that I had not even thought about it plus sitcoms aren’t really known for their kissing.
Did George and Weezie Jefferson smooch much? Ralph and Alice Kramden?
Anyway, Crushable has remarks made by Modern Family creator Steve Levitan at Monday’s Peabody Awards for excellence in television at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
“We don’t quite get that controversy,” he said. “We think the vast majority of the gay community finds the Cameron and Mitchell depiction to be very positive. Here we are the first show on television to show a committed gay couple adopting a baby, raising a baby. It seems to me that there are better targets out there than us. That said, everything we’re doing is based on character and that very issue will be addressed next season. But it was our plan all along to do so.”
I profiled Perez 3-4 years ago for The Advocate for a story on gay bloggers. We were sitting at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in West Hollywood and he shared with me an anecdote about when he ticked off a bunch of Clay Aiken fans and, if I remember correctly, some even came looking for him at his HOUSE.
I’m probably about to tick off some fans right now.
Keep in mind that I don’t want to put a broad brush over anyone because it is clear Clay has many fans who really appreciate his music, his talent, and his journey from unknown to American Idol to big-selling artist to openly gay man on the cover of People magazine with his son. I’ve become a much bigger fan of Clay since he came out because it was uncomfortable to watch him get defensive or angry with interviewers who brought up his sexuality. Now he’s out publicly and no one can try and hurt him with these questions.
But the reaction to a recent item I posted on Clay’s new album indicates that there is at least part of his audience who do not want to be reminded – even in the most minor way – that the man is now one of the most famous gay men in America. It was so disappointing to read comments from so many people who were upset that I felt it necessary to write “the now openly gay Clay.”
Here is a sample of the remarks:
Susie: I’m a little annoyed that every entertainment site press announcement regarding Clay mentions his sexuality – that has nothing to do with his music! Why bring it up an article on his forthcoming album? … Nice article otherwise.
Sue: agree with Susie. What difference does it make if the man is gay. It’s his voice and talent you should be commenting on.
Judy: Totally agree with Susie~ Mentioning Clay’s sexuality is not necessary. It is ‘old’ news and has absolutely nothing to do with Clay’s voice..the awesome entertainer…the man that is he is!!!
Cara: I have to agree,,, what in the world does Clay’s sexuality have to do with this article whatsoever. Until that stops, nothing changes.
Ann: I agree Susie. Would this author say “And here’s a new upcoming CD by heterosexual singer, Justin Timberlake, etc.” It just doesn’t make sense to me.
Corrine: Susie said it better than I ever could — time to leave sexuality where it belongs — in a person’s private life.
JoJo: I agree with Susie’s comment above, why is it necessary to mention Clay’s sexuality when the article is about his music? Give it a rest people we all KNOW he is gay! Now lets put it to rest!
Molly: I was just about to echo what Susie, above, said about the gay issue. Just drop it and concentrate on the singing!
Val: Thanks for the article, and, I agree, there was no need to mention his sexuality. It’s all about his heavenly voice and the caring person he has shown himself to be.
Carolyn: Susie, ya beat me to it . I am actually pretty ticked off at yet another totally irrelevant gay reference. It’s old news, Greg. The man’s voice and charisma are what count.
Stargazer: The openly gay star thing has lost it’s ability to shock and awe. We all know it and we don’t care. We do, however, care about Clay’s fabulous voice and we care that we’re about to be blown away by some new music that is beautiful. Clay’s voice on these recordings is shock and awe and would be much better descriptor of the man and his music.
Cruz: First of all, “Claymate” is so 2003, and I’m not nor have I ever been a Claymate. I’m a loyal fan, no label necessary. Second, “openly gay” is important why? Because you say so? I don’t think so. Get over it already.
Donna: I agree with Susie about why Clay’s sexuality has to be mentioned all the time. Elton John is gay but you never hear his sexuality mentioned.Why can’t they just say Clay Aiken is covering the classics on his upcoming CD. I’m getting upset by the media always mentioning his sexuality. His sexuality has nothing to do with his music.
Cookie: Why does anyone care about anyone else’s life in their bedroom for crying out loud.,. Clay Aiken has the best voice out there.
Greg’s closing thoughts: Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I just want to say that when someone has the courage to come out – especially someone in the spotlight – it is not helpful to them to pretend it never happened. Don’t make us compartmentalize, try and grow with us and get over your own issues about it. We would prefer that you love us for who we are – not for a part of who we are.
HELPING HAND: Could we love Daniel Radcliffe more than we already do?
He’s just heaven.
The Harry Potter star may not be gay but he has had enough gay people in his life to know that people – even families – can make your life so much more difficult with their lack of understanding or acceptance. That’s why it is so damned important to have the Trevor Project which offers crisis services and a suicide prevention helpline for LGBT youths.
Daniel’s new Public Service Announcement made for the Trevor Project had made its online debut and in it the actor urges youths to “be proud of who you are.”
The free (and confidential) helpline operates 24 hours per day and can reached by calling (866) 4-U-TREVOR.
SPOILER ALERT: I’m sure there are plenty of people who have not yet watched Brothers & Sisters so here is some fair warning about last night’s finale. I got into some trouble for trumpeting that a character died on Private Practice so I’m trying to be more careful!
Okay, if you don’t want to know what happened to Rob Lowe’s character of Robert McAllister then I hope you stopped reading already because I’m going to start talking about the fact that he DIED!
Lowe’s exit was expected since it was widely-publicized that he wanted off the show after four seasons and had already begun a new role on the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation which will return to the air in mid-season, it was announced today.
The big mystery on B&S was how Rob would exit. Would he be murdered? Would he have another heart attack? Nope and nope. He gets in a car crash. We don’t see it happen but we do see the aftermath and some of the worst acting by his TV wife Callista Flockhart that I’ve ever seen.
Kitty says in nearly a whisper: “Oh god, somebody… somebody… somebody help me. Help me. Robert, Robert, it’s gonna be okay. It’s gonna be okay. Stay with me, Robert.”
She’s a limited actress anyway but can most times be very appealing. But last night, her hubby is dying right before her eyes and she failed to convey any emotion. Good god, didn’t she see the Pamela Ewing scene on Dallas when Bobby died? THAT’S how you do grief. Even if you don’t want to go over-the-top with the screaming, at least make us believe that you are watching the love of your life slip away before your very eyes.
As for Rob, he had the easy part. He was crushed and had the blood coming out of his head so he just had to open those pretty blue eyes nice and wide and whisper a few poignant parting words … then die.
The episode also revealed that Uncle Saul (Ron Rifkin), who had never been tested for HIV, gets a test after he discovers that a long-ago sexual partner has AIDS. He tells the family the results came in and that he was negative. But after the crash (every car in the family caravan was apparently involved except for Justin and Rebecca who had a car crash earlier this season), he tells Kevin (Matthew Rhys) to stay away from his bleeding head. Saul is HIV-positive.
I love posting about Adam Lambert and I’ll tell you why: he’s not only an exciting performer and fascinating personality, but he’s a hard-working professional who gives the audiences all he’s got.
It’s so impressive what Adam has accomplished in just over a year and what is most refreshing is that he seems to be enjoying every minute of it.
He performed Saturday night at Staples Center, where L.A.’s pop-radio powerhouse KIIS-FM (102.7) presented its annual Wango Tango concert (see video below). People not only buzzed about his singing, they were also intrigued by the harem pants he was wearing. Adam always keeps it interesting!
We recently posted a list of all the movie musicals we think you should star in, like a remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show or the American Idiot movie currently in development. Are you on the lookout for a film role? I think right now I’m just focusing on my music and making videos and touring. I start the Glam Nation tour in June. It’s gonna be all over North America for the next three months, then I think I have some dates in Europe.
You’ve been touring the world to promote For Your Entertainment—Japan, Australia, England, just to name a few. Have other countries you’ve visited been accepting of your sexuality?
Yeah, one of the things that I’ve found that has been really refreshing abroad, is that for the most part, there’s not as many taboos and hang-ups on sexuality [as there are in the U.S.]. So, it’s actually been really great, because the focus has been on the music, as it should be.
What do you think has been the problem in America?
I think there are just some more conservative people here. But I have a lot of warm, beautiful, very accepting fans here and I’m lucky for it.
Since Angela Lansbury gave her greatest screen performance as Laurence Harvey’s ruthless mother in 1962′s The Manchurian Candidate, it would take one heck of an actress to follow in her footsteps in the 2004 remake.
Enter Meryl Streep.
The update of this political thriller, which also starred Denzel Washington and Liev Schreiber, took in $60 million at the domestic box office. It didn’t make anyone forget the original but it was mighty fun to see Meryl chew up the scenery as a US Senator and mother of a congressman being manipulated into becoming a vice presidential candidate.
Meryl was ignored by the Academy (for once!) but was nominated for both the Golden Globe Award and the BAFTA in the supporting actress category.
At the ShoWest Convention that year, Meryl, Denzel and Liev were in Las Vegas promoting the film. I was at the press conference, front row, and determined to ask Miss Streep a question. Someone asked the question I had in mind right before me so had to scramble to think of another and ended up asking if she was influenced by Miss Lansbury’s version of the role.
Meryl laughed and said she didn’t watch the original movie again in preparation because she was certain she would have ended up copying everything Lansbury did.
Anyway, here are a few scenes from 2004′s The Manchurian Candidate. Enjoy!
Later today, the Los Angeles Lakers begin the Western Conference finals against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center. They are just four wins away from yet another appearance in the NBA finals.
Among those leading the way will be point guard Derek Fisher who is one of only four players in the league to already have four NBA titles.
Derek, now 36, was a late first-round pick in 1996 who won titles with the Lakers in 2000, 2001 and 2002 and returned to the team for the 2007-08 season after a three-year absence. He is making $5.05 million in the final year of a three-year deal and is earning every penny by scoring more than he has during any playoffs since 2003-04.
He will be a free agent this summer but has said he would like to remain with LA.
A leader off the court too, Derek is president of the National Basketball Players Association and last fall, released the book Character Driven: Life, Lessons, and Basketball.
She is such a gifted performer and has the Tony Award (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown) and Emmy Award (Pushing Daisies) to prove it.
She made her Broadway debut in 1997′s Steel Pier and went on to star in the original Broadway production of Wicked, the revival of The Apple Tree and is currently starring opposite Sean Hayes in the revival of Promises, Promises.
Kristin recently came very forcefully – and eloquently – to the defense of Hayes after a Newsweek writer wrote a controversial article claiming Hayes and other openly gay actors cannot convincingly play straight characters.
She is a gem of a person who, whenever I’ve encountered her on a red carpet, is truly a warm and down-to-Earth woman. She even spelled her name for me the first time we chatted and she already had a Tony.
Let’s celebrate the fabulous Kristen with three of her performances. Enjoy!
Julie Andrews seemed delighted with Kristin’s performance of Spoonful of Sugar during the 2001 Kennedy Centers Honors.
This clip is from when Nathan Lane hosted the Late Show with David Letterman. The song You’re Just In Love is from a musical — Call Me Madame.
And finally, here are Kristen and her Wicked co-star Idina Menzel performing Popular.
Later today, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will play against each other for the Madrid Masters crown.
It’s a big deal because it is their first showdown in 12 months!
It’s nice to see tennis’s greatest rivalry renewed now that Nadal has come back from injury and is playing well again winning titles in Monte Carlo and Rome in recent weeks.
Anyway, Madrid is an important warm-up for the French Open which begins next Sunday. Federer is the defending champion both in Madrid and at the French where Nadal has won three times.
Both men are not only warriors on the court, but they are also very stylish players who care about their tennis attire. I just read an ESPN cover story on Roger where he actually remarked on Rafael’s ever-changing look: “I think it’s a pity he gave up his pirate pants and the sleeveless [shirts]. I thought our styles were colliding even more then. I kind of miss it.”
Me too, but I’m sure not for the same reasons: I miss seeing Nadal’s bulging biceps fully exposed!
There was not, in my opinion, a more dreamy cop team in the 70s than Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul – aka Starsky and Hutch.
I had a bigger crush on Paul with that curly black hair, beautiful blue eyes and tight jeans! But then David was the one with the number one hit record Don’t Give Up On Us Baby which was a huge smash.
From 1975-79, they played Det. Dave Starsky and Det. Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson, two streetwise cops who busted criminals in their red-and-white Ford Torino with the help of police snitch called Huggy Bear.
Paul once said in an interview: “I think between David’s and my chemistry and the notion of a buddy show, which I think, if I’m not mistaken, was the first of its kind on television…we had “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” as a feature, but we hadn’t seen that kind of pairing,… male bonding,.. whatever you want to call it in television. So this was kind of a first.”
These days, Paul mostly writes and directs and continues his activism in the fight against Pediatric AIDS after losing his wife Elizabeth and their daughter to the disease. David still acts, mostly doing theater and shows for BBC television.
How cool that Aidan (John Corbett) is in the upcoming Sex and the City movie. I thought he was the perfect man for Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) but when it came time for that final commitment, Carrie just wasn’t ready.
In this scene from season four, Aidan moves in with Carrie and they are going to buy the apartment next door to make it big enough for both of them. Until then, it’s a tight squeeze! I just love this fight about Carrie’s reluctance to rid herself of any of her favorite outfits.
It was just last year that Erica Cane’s daughter took part in daytime’s first lesbian wedding. But shortly after the nuptials, actress Eden Riegel, who won an Emmy in the role of Bianca Montgomery, left the show.
Eden recently began a new role on The Young and the Restless but Bianca will return to Pine Valley on June 14 and be played by Christina Bennett Lind, according to TVGuideMagazine.
“Christina oozes goodness and we really needed that for Bianca,” says exec producer Julie Hanan Carruthers. “Eden brought an integrity and honest innocence to the role that was very tough to match. We turned the earth upside going through the candidates. When Christina came in to read for the part she was Bianca. I think it’ll be a very easy transition for the audience.”
Says Lind of her new gig: “I can only hope I do half of what Eden did with the part. She played it with amazing grace and dignity. Now I need to breathe my own life into it.”
There have been more than 400 Morning Men featured on Greg In Hollywood and surprisingly one of them has not been Ashton Kutcher.
So here he is!
Ashton, 32, was featured on Nightline this week and I liked how down-to-Earth he seemed and I like his passion for Twitter and enjoyment at interacting with fans. He just seems like a good guy.
He came to fame as one of the stars of That 70s Show and has gone on to star in such hit films as What Happens in Vegas, Just Married, The Butterfly Effect, Guess Who, Dude Where’s My Car? and the recent ensemble romantic comedy Valentine’s Day. His latest film is Killers opposite Katherine Heigl out June 4.
But Ashton is far from just a movie star. He was named one of Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People. He created The Demi and Ashton Foundation with wife Demi Moore to eliminate child sex slavery worldwide. He is also co-founder of Katalyst, a studio for social media.
I’ve long been a fan of Ashton but last year my esteem for him was solidified when he publicly scolded one of his Twitter followers for using the word “gay” in a derogatory way and pointed out that its use is similar to using the N-word. He wrote: “Can we just get clear, calling some one ‘gay’ or ‘fag’ is as derogatory as calling someone a ‘nigger’. U look like an idiot when you do it.”
Glee creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed that Newsweek writer Ramin Setoodeh will pay a visit to the set of Glee and sit down with the show’s writers.
Murphy is clearly trying to educate the man who recently wrote an incredibly annoying and immature article about openly gay actors not being able to convincingly play straight characters. Among those he cited was Glee cast member Jonathan Groff (pictured, left, with co-star Lea Michele).
Ramin Setoodeh, the author of the article, reached out to me today and accepted my offer to sit with myself and the writers of Glee — Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan — to discuss not only why we found the piece so offensive, but also to observe our creative process and see how we construct a TV show dedicated exclusively to the idea of inclusiveness and acceptance for all — ideas solely absent in his ‘Straight Jacket’ article.
Along with inviting him into our Glee writers room, I will also let him observe our casting process…so he can witness first hand — and speak to — actors who audition for our show and who are already series regulars — actors who are encouraged to read for ALL roles, no matter what their sexual orientation, color or gender. Who cares who you are or who you sleep with — men, women, sheep — frankly, it’s none of our business or concern. The actor with the best audition should get the part. On Glee, straight actors play gay roles, gay actors play straight roles and no one is discriminated against. I hope observing this process firsthand — and talking with our cast — will be illuminating to Mr. Setoodeh, and inform his future journalistic endeavors.
In my telephone conversation with him, Mr. Setoodeh mentioned how he feels cornered, misunderstood and unfairly attacked. I look forward to hearing his reasons for writing the article, and will of course listen with an open heart and mind. Vicious anonymous attacks — which Mr. Setoodeh feels he has been subjected to over the past two days — aren’t cool or acceptable, and get us no where.
I applaud Murphy for being willing to make this effort. Personally, I would feel better about giving a lot of attention to this guy if he ends up evolving into a more emotionally intelligent gay man who works out his issues before he spills them onto the pages of a major publication like Newsweek.
Deadline Hollywood’sNellie Andreeva is reporting that The Wanda Sykes Show is being canceled by Fox after just one season!
Writes Nellie: The late-night talk show started off strong but tumbled in the ratings as the season went on and fell below the performance of predecessor MadTV in the Saturday 11 PM hour. Fox has options for the late-night Saturday slot. It has been actively developing sketch comedies this pilot season and ordered two pilots, one written by and starring Dana Carvey and Spike Feresten, with another, from Jamie Foxx and MadTV creators Fax Bahr and Adam Small.
I’d be more outraged if I’d watched it more than just a few times. It’s hard to change your Saturday night viewing habits and if I’ve been out and about, I like to come home and watch SNL. I just don’t think Wanda’s show created enough buzz-worthy moments.
Still, it’s too bad for the wonderfully talented Wanda. Let’s hope CBS has the good sense to renew The New Adventures of Old Christine for a sixth season. On this still very funny sitcom, Wanda plays Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s BFF and business partner Barb.
Don’t know about you, but LA Pride is one of my favorite weekend’s all year and we are just a month away from thus year’s festivities which take place June 11-13.
Christopher Street West, which presents LA Pride, announced today that Jane Velez-Mitchell is the 2010 Person of the Year. She was chosen for her activism, her honesty in sharing her journey overcoming addiction, and for being an out lesbian working in national media.
Jane currently hosts HLN’s Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell. She is a veteran television news journalist and Emmy Award winner who spent more than a decade anchoring and reporting for KCAL-TV in Los Angeles. Her autobiography, I Want: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life, became a New York Times bestseller.
To find out about other honorees and about the festival, go to LAPride.org.
It’s such a pity that Brett Claywell did not get a well-deserved Emmy nomination for his work as Kyle Lewis on One Life to Live. I hope he knows that his performance in the groundbreaking gay storyline will probably be remembered long after any of the other nominees.
He and co-star Scott Evans (and co-star Nicholas Rodriguez for awhile) have become part of TV history and LGBT history. Not just because they played roles of gay men, but because they played the roles with such conviction and such truth.
The abrupt end to their storyline and perhaps the Emmy snub shows just how uncomfortable some people, some powers-that-be, some advertisers and some viewers are with same-sex stories.
Brett, who I look forward to seeing in anything else he does in the future, spoke with Details.com about the Emmys and his time playing Kyle. Here are some excerpts:
Details: And when you found out you were going to be playing the gay character, were you like, “Daytime Emmy, here I come!”?Brett Claywell: Not really. You can only do as well as the stories written for you. So I didn’t really know what to expect. I was apprehensive for sure. I didn’t know if it was the right role to play. I didn’t know if it was the right decision to make. I took about a week with it. After thinking about everything, I realized it’s my job to play characters and tell true stories, whether or not the character’s straight or gay. And this story was a love story. So it just felt like it was the right time and the right moment and the right story.
Details: There’s been an enormous amount of fan support for Kish. Did you get any negative responses?
Brett Claywell: Evidently there were people who responded negatively, I guess, because the story line was canceled. But I never heard anything but the positive. We had people come up to us at the glaad Media Awards who said that they’d been in a relationship for 12 years, and because of our show they’d decided to finally get married. I had a fan who said that his parents have watched the show since he was a kid, and he finally came out to them because of this story line.
Details: Did you have to explain to a girlfriend that you were kissing a guy for work?
Brett Claywell: Well, I had to explain what I was doing to a lot of people. But there was no specific one single female in my life, no. I’m enjoying being single.
Details: Have more guys been hitting on you since you’ve played a gay character?
Brett Claywell: [Laughs] I think that for anyone that’s ever known me it’s pretty evident that I’m a straight man. So I haven’t gotten hit on more, I’ve just had so many thank-yous and so much support from the gay community—I couldn’t be more appreciative of the love I’ve gotten.