k.d. Lang sure knows how to sing one helluva number.
In honor of her 49th birthday, I present to you three of my favorite songs that she sings: her first and biggest hit Constant Craving, her haunting version of Leonard Cohen’sHallelujah and her gorgeous version of Roy Orbison’s Crying.
We’re all glad Clint McCance, the school district member in Arkansas who came under fire for an anti-gay post, resigned from office this week.
He’s a guy who has no business on a school board after using the terms “queer” and “fag” repeatedly, promising to disown his own children if they are gay, and stating that he enjoys “the fact that [gay people] give each other AIDS and die.”
He acknowledged that his comments were ‘ignorant” in an interview with Anderson Cooper last week but you do have to wonder why someone is so anti-gay. Are they suppressing something?
Well, actor George Takei seems to think so and in a new video he has made for The Trevor Project, he talks about the controversy predicts that McCance will resurface in the headlines again one day “This time caught with a rent boy from some South American country.”
He wants McCance to know that of that happens and he ends up being bullied, “It does get better.”
It’s great that so many famous folks – both gay and straight – are doing It Gets Better videos to encouraged bullied gay teens. But let’s face it, some of these videos pack a more powerful punch than others.
Suze Orman’s is one of the best.
Not only because of what she says, but because of who she is. Look at her, just the picture of happiness, self-confidence and success.
Whatever road it took her to get there, she did get there and tells teens: “I am proud of my accomplishments. But I am proud that I can stand in my truth and I am not afraid to tell anybody who I am.”
She knows the road it rough for some of these kids but says: “Just stick with us. People are listening to you. People are supporting you. People want you to be who you are…I am proud that I am a lesbian.”
It would be a lot easier for closet case Teddy (Trevor Donovan) to keep his mind off his classmate Ian (Kyle Riabko) if Ian were not so friggin adorable.
Ian is the emcee of the “Undie” Awards for the school’s underachievers (you get a pair of underwear instead of a trophy) and as Teddy watches the charming and confident Ian on stage, he can’t help but enjoy him. Ian catches Teddy’s eye and smiles and Teddy freaks out.
While I wish Teddy got more screen time and this story would move along just a bit faster, it is all pretty accurate as far as how it’s being played out. I was the kid who emceed things in high school too but unlike Ian, I as not out and proud. It makes me a bit sad that I felt I couldn’t be out but hey, I’m making up for it now!
Here are this week’s scenes involving Teddy and Ian:
Just got a note from GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) that MTV has issued an apology for the Jersey Shore reunion special that first aired Oct. 28 and included a highly offensive segment about a transgender woman.
In the segment, the Jersey Shore cast refers to the transgender woman as a ‘tranny’ and the word ‘it’ while the studio audience laughs.
Here is the statement from MTV: “We appreciate GLAAD voicing concern about the “Jersey Shore” reunion special. The segment in question was certainly not meant to be insensitive, but in retrospect we realize that it was offensive to some viewers. We sincerely apologize.”
The special will be edited – and the segment removed – after this current rotation cycle. Until then, the apology will be public. MTV also agreed to meet with GLAAD this month to discuss how to better portray transgender issues on the network.
Kudos to GLAAD for pointing these things out and educating people about what is offensive to the LGBT community.
More information about the incident can be found on the GLAAD blog.
I love when this icon for the ages has a new project to promote (the film Burlesque) and agrees to do a lot of press. This woman is one helluva interview and has a lot to say about her kids, her exes, her longevity and the world of politics.
The Oscar-Grammy-Emmy winner is on the December cover of Vanity Fair and here are some highlights from the story inside (The issue is on sale this Thursday in New York and LA and nationally on Nov. 9).
On supporting Chaz: “If I woke up tomorrow in a guy’s body, I would just kick and scream and cry and fucking rob a bank, because I cannot see myself as anything but who I am–a girl. I would not take it as well as Chaz has. I couldn’t imagine it.”
On getting used to the transition: “She’s a very smart girl–boy! This is where I get into trouble. My pronouns are fucked. I still don’t remember to call her ‘him.’”
On whether her children are still angry at her: “I think Chaz is pretty much finished with it, and I think Elijah has a little longer to go, but they both really love me a lot. But it’s hard… One time, when Chaz was little, we were on a field trip, and she said, ‘I’m so pissed off, Mom. You can never not be Cher–we can never just do something.’” She concludes, “So your kids pay. I did the best I could do, and yet it was definitely lacking.”
Cher on Sarah Palin and Jan Brewer: “I got so obsessed with [C-SPAN] that it was kind of interfering with my life. Sarah Palin came on, and I thought, Oh, fuck, this is the end. Because a dumb woman is a dumb woman.” On the subject of Arizona governor Jan Brewer, Cher says, “She was worse than Sarah Palin, if that is possible. This woman was like a deer in headlights. She’s got a handle on the services of the state, and I would not let her handle the remote control.”
Cher on aging: “I think Meryl [Streep] is doing it great. The stupid bitch is doing it better than all of us! But I don’t like it. It’s getting in my way. I have a job to do, and it’s making my job harder. … I’ve been screaming at the top of my lungs at my family, ‘Work out! Work out! Old age is coming!’ At some point you will need the strength. Who would have ever thought you would get this old?”
Cher on staying in the spotlight for the past five decades: “I feel like a bumper car. If I hit a wall, I’m backing up and going in another direction. And I’ve hit plenty of fucking walls in my career. But I’m not stopping. I think maybe that’s my best quality: I just don’t stop.”
Cher on her marriage to the late Sonny Bono: She shares that Sonny “told me when we were together, ‘One day you are going to leave me. You are going to go on and do great things.’ … I wouldn’t have left him if he hadn’t had such a tight grip—such a tight grip.” Cher tells Smith that Sonny treated her “more like a golden goose than like his wife…. I forgive him, I think. He hurt me in so many ways, but there was something. He was so much more than a husband—a terrible husband, but a great mentor, a great teacher…. If he had agreed to just disband Cher Enterprises and start all over again, I would have never ever left. Just split it down the middle, 50-50.”
She cannot believe she and Sonny, whose hit the top of the charts with I Got You Babe, The Beat Goes On and other hits, have not been indicted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: “It just seems kind of rude. Sonny was a good writer, and we started something that no one else was doing. We were weird hippies before there was a name for it, when the Beatles were wearing sweet little haircuts and round-collared suits…. We influenced a generation, and it’s like: What more do you want?”
David Moretti, the openly gay actor best-known for the here! network series The Lair, is heading to the stage.
On Nov. 18, he joins the cast of the hit comedy My Big Gay Italian Wedding now playing at St. Luke’s Theatre. The show is about planning wedding with two handsome grooms, one overbearing Italian mother, a jealous ex-boyfriend, the wedding planner from Hell, and an assortment of kooky family and friends all gather together for an evening with lots of laughs and lots of heart.
David steps into the role of Andrew which was previously played by David Robinson and Reichen Lehmkuhl.
David recently filmed Finding Mr. Wright opposite Matthew Montgomery and has also appeared in the films Murder Dot Com, and Playing With Fire.
“I am thrilled to join the company of My Big Gay Italian Wedding,” he tells Broadway World. “I love this show because audiences get to see how a gay man and his family can be just as loving, cantankerous and crazy as any other family out there. It’s hilarious and it has got such a positive message and with same-sex marriage, Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell and cyber bullying running throughout today’s headlines, that message could not be any more timely.”
Former Queer as Folk star Randy Harrison gained fame playing young Justin Taylor on the HBO drama but he has grown up a lot since then.
Hard to believe, but he turns 33 today!
Since the show ended its five-year run in 2005, Randy has devoted himself to acting on the stage. Most recently, he appeared in the play Endgame at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Last year, he played the role of Andy Warhol in the Yale Repertory Theatre in the upcoming production of Pop!
His other theater credits include The Glass Menagerie, Equus, Amadeus, Waiting for Godot, Antony and Cleopatra, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Wicked and A Midsummer’s Nights Dream.
Since Beverly Hills 90210: The Complete Series is out on DVD today, thought I’d choose for Morning Man one of my favorites from that 1990-2000 series: Jason Priestley!
He played Brandon Walsh for the almost the entire run of the series remaining long after his troubled twin Brenda (Shannon Doherty) was kicked off the show. The show made stars out of Jason, Luke Perry, Tori Spelling, Brian Austin Green, and Jennie Garth.
It seemed like everyone was either in love with Dylan (Perry) or Brandon. I was all about Brandon.
Jason is now 41 and he has had a very busy post-90210 career not only as an actor, but also as a director and a race car enthusiast. He had regular or recurring roles in the series Tru Calling, Love Monkey and Side Order of Life and his film credits include Made in Brooklyn, Die Mommie Die! and Love and Death on Long Island.
He has gone way against type recently during a multi-episode arc on ABC’s Scoundrels and in the new series Call Me Fritz in which he stars as a hard-drinking, embezzling, egomaniacal womanizer named Richard Fitzpatrick.
There is a new interview with Rosie O’Donnell on BroadwayWorld.com that I just LOVED. It is such a fun read that I had to share it with you all. Here are just a handful of the questions so be sure to go to the site now or later if you want to read the entire thing.
Q: What are your fondest Broadway memories? You’ve spoken about PIPPIN, DREAMGIRLS and LES MIZ as being some of your favorites.
RO: LES MIZ was, I think, life-altering for me.
Q: Of course. What about as a teenager?
RO: THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG with Lucie Arnaz. I went to see that when I was like fifteen years old and I wrote her a fan letter. And she wrote me back!
Q: No way!
RO: Way! She wrote me back from the Imperial Theater on yellow stationary paper with the THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG logo. And I’ve kept every single letter, when she – or anyone – would write me back. I remember telling her, “I want to do what you do. I want to play this if there’s ever a revival when I’m old enough. I love this show!” And, you know, that show really changed me in the fact that she was so unbearably kind and reached back.
Q: Your TV show inspired an entire generation of interviewers.
RO: My TV show was created with Broadway as, definitely, one of the centerpieces. The new one on Oprah Winfrey’s Network that starts in September will be more of the same.
Q: Tell me what the theme and style of your new show on Oprah’s channel will be.
RO: It will be similar to her show, where it’s a single topic for one hour. But, some of those one-hour, single-topics will be revolving around Broadway and Broadway shows.
Q: Fantastic! For example?
RO: So, if a new show is opening, or there’s an amazing performance or if it’s “Chorus Boys You Need To Know”….(Laughs.)
Q: A little of everything!
RO: Broadway will play a featured, prominent role in the television show because it is the reason I became an entertainer. It is, to me, natural Prozac. If I could go see a Broadway show every week I would never need another anti-depressant.
Q: What a great memory! What else did you dig on Broadway as a kid?
RO: A CHORUS LINE. THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS. I was one of those kids who would take the train in and get a ten-dollar standing room ticket. Then, I’d wait by the stage door just to see the sweaty actors come out. For me, Hollywood was vague and mysterious and far away, but Broadway was a tangible place where I could go and see living, breathing people doing what I wanted to do. Q: You have done so much for the Broadway community. More than any other person on the planet, really. You are Broadway’s best patron.
RO: Thank you very much. That’s very nice of you. Broadway has done so much for me in my life. It has made me feel a part of something and not alone. The words of musicals were the moral codes that I lived by. I found meaning and messages in musicals that I didn’t find in churches or school books and it really made me come alive in a way.
Q: What’s your favorite Broadway theater to see a show in?
RO: Every time I walk into the O’Neill it’s like, “Oh my God. Remember?” That was the first Broadway stage I got to stand on to do an audition [for GREASE]. There’s something about being a part of Broadway and going backstage. You know, like when I go to see a show now and going backstage and saying “Hi” to the cast. It’s so thrilling. It’s so beyond my wildest dreams from when I was a kid.
Q: A dream come true. Made real.
RO: It’s probably my favorite part of my whole showbiz experience, is Broadway. The community of Broadway. That feeling that happens every night. Being able to give that to my children – they have become, somewhat, theater experts – and they have their real strong opinions on what shows they like and don’t and why.
With a new Cher film due out later this month (Burlesque), MGM has released a DVD set of some of the Oscar-winning actress’s films which includesMoonstruck, Mermaids and Silkwood.
The six-disc set also includes 1999′s Tea With Mussolini which Cher starred in with Lily Tomlin, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Joan Plowright. Cher’s first two films, Good Times and Chastity, are also included and are not well-regarded. They were made in the 1960s after she and then-husband Sonny Bono had a string of pop hits but before they began their classic variety show on television.
Cher fans will know that this is not a complete set and it is such a pity.
Not included are: Mask which remains one of her best films and greatest roles; Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean directed by Robert Altman; the mystery-thriller Suspect in which Cher played a public defender; the hit comedy The Witches of Eastwick with Cher, Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pheiffer; the largely unseen 1994 film Faithful with Ryan O’Neal and the 2004 comedy Stuck on You. Also not included is the HBO film If These Walls Could Talk for which Cher was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
I’m still waiting for a real Cher movie collection.
Let’s hope this guy gets some therapy and learn about why he has such a problem with gay people:
(CNN) — A school district member in Arkansas who came under fire for an anti-gay post on a social networking site formally submitted his resignation to the school board Monday, according to the Midland School District superintendent.
The board unanimously voted at a specially called meeting to accept Clint McCance’s resignation, Superintendent Dean Stanley said.
McCance, then vice president of the school district in Pleasant Plains, wrote on his personal Facebook page that he wanted gay people to commit suicide, according to The Advocate, a newspaper focusing on gay news.
McCance used the terms “queer” and “fag” repeatedly, promised to disown his own children if they are gay and stated that he enjoys “the fact that [gay people] give each other AIDS and die.”
He apologized Thursday for the comments, telling CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he planned to resign.
“I’m sorry I’ve hurt people with my comments,” McCance said. “I’m sorry I made those ignorant comments and hurt people on a broad spectrum.”
Though he disapproves of homosexuality, McCance said, “I give everyone a chance and try to love everyone.”
McCance said he has received an outpouring of criticism over his comments, including “thousands of phone calls, hate mails, people threatening to kill my family and me.”
He said that he has sent his wife and two kids out of the state because of fears for their safety and that he is installing a security system at his home.
“I’m reaping what I’ve sown,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of hate speech thrown at me and my family on every level.”
His comments had drawn criticism from education officials in his district and at the state level.
“I strongly condemn the statements that appeared on Mr. Clint McCance’s Facebook page,” Tom Kimbrell, Arkansas’ commissioner of education, said in a statement Wednesday. “The statements attributed to Mr. McCance constitute a
significant departure from statements we expect from our school leaders. The divisiveness and disruption of these comments cause me to seriously question the ability of Mr. McCance to remain as an effective member of the Midland School Board.”
McCance was re-elected for a four-year term in September. He was initially elected to the leadership of the school district in 2007 for a three-year term. The terms are now four years long.
The Midland School District had also denounced the posting.
“The district strives to foster an environment that discourages all forms of bullying,” it said in a statement this week, “and an environment that encourages a safe and productive educational climate [for] all of our students. The district is very diligent in pursuing and addressing bullying of any variety on our campuses.”
The state Department of Education had said it was “dismayed to see that a school board official would post something of this insensitive nature on a public forum like Facebook.”
Because McCance’s Facebook page is not accessible publicly, the Advocate said it learned about the posts after being provided with a screen shot. The posts were made, according to The Advocate, in response to a bullying awareness campaign sponsored by GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
I’ve been waiting and wanting to love Brothers & Sisters again. And last night, it happened! I loved the show again and didn’t want the episode to end.
Is my renewed love permanent? Time will tell.
The episode picked up from last week’s shocking revelation that Scotty (Luke Macfarlane) had cheated on Kevin (Matthew Rhys). It seemed to come out of left field and was so out of character for Scotty. I was annoyed by the whole thing.
But things were fleshed out via some flashbacks and we see that Scotty had a one-nighter with a waiter the night of his restaurant opening. Kevin, depressed over a surrogate losing their baby and his brother-in-law left in a coma after a car accident, was MIA on one of the biggest nights of his husband’s life.
The Walker family’s reactions were a key part of the drama.
Justin (Dave Annable): “I actually don’t believe it. Dude’s cheat but Scotty’s not that dude.”
Nora (Sally Field): “It’s hard to believe. This can’t happen. … Kevin and Scotty, they are the one Walker marriage that is not going down in flames.” She later tells her devastated son: “You have to work it out, you have to try. … Scotty told you the truth, he didn’t have to do that. That counts for a lot.”
The best scenes involved Kevin, Scotty and Saul.
Kevin is filled with rage and hurt and Rhys conveyed that so well: “YOU did this. You ruined our marriage. … I’m in pain and you put me here.”
He can’t believe his “perfect” husband has done this to him.
Scotty to Kevin: “I’m just as damaged and screwed-up as the rest of you. I’m not perfect Kevin, I’m not perfect.”
Saul (Ron Rifkin), Kevin’s gay uncle, was the most hostile to Scotty after learning of the infidelity. This maks things very uncomfortable since they are partners in a restaurant and hosting a charity function that night.
At the function, Kevin punches out a guy who he thinks was the one Scotty slept with then Justin punches out the actual guy.
After the fist fights etc, Saul and Scotty are cleaning up the restaurant and have a heart-to-heart. In a very moving scene, Saul tells Scotty: “You’re my family too – you two are about as close to perfect as anything I’ve ever seen. … You and Kevin were living my dream. When I found out what happened, everything seemed less possible.”
Scotty tells him not to lose hope.
Kevin is staying with Kitty (Calista Flockhart) so it wasn’t all wrapped up in one episode, thank God.
The 2010 season ended Sunday for women’s tennis with reigning US Open champion Kim Clijsters beating the top ranked Caroline Wozniacki to take the WTA Championships in Doha.
Clijsters came out of a three-year retirement last year and has done quite well for herself winning back-to-back US Opens. She won a total of five tournaments this year, more than any other player on tour except for Wozniacki who won six.
“It was a tough match,” Clijsters said after earning $1.4 million with the win. “I’m glad I won and it must be disappointing for Caroline, but I don’t know how many more years I’m going to keep doing this.”
Clijsters won her 40th career title after victories in Brisbane, Miami, Cincinnati and at the U.S. Open this year. She became the fifth player in WTA history to win the season-ending tournament three or more times, joining Martina Navratilova (8), Steffi Graf (5), Chris Evert (4) and Monica Seles (3).
I’m hoping to see either Clijsters or Wozniacki emerge as the dominant player next season in a sport that desperately needs one. Serena Williams, winner of this year’s Wlmbledon and Australian Open, has slipped to fourth in the rankings.
Serena has been out of the game since early July with a foot injury but doesn’t seem capable of a full effort at any tournament unless it is one of the sport’s four grand slams. It would be nice to see someone with commitment and guts enough to be a number one player week in and week out who every0ne fears.
Is Jon Hamm the new Alec Baldwin of Saturday Night Live?
The handsome star of Mad Men hosted for the third time last weekend and showed, once again, that he’s game for anything.
In case you missed it, here is the night’s gayest sketch. He and Jason Sudeikis play a pair of motorcycle cops who seem kind of clueless about having the hots for each other (love Hamm’s blond wig!). On each call, they get distracted and never make it to the crime scene and insist on sharing the same motorcycle.
It keeps building until finally they just start kissing and one of them says: “That felt good as hell — I can’t wait to tell my wife!”
When George Stephanopoulos was named anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America, succeeding Diane Sawyer, I thought the network had made a big mistake.
It’s not that I didn’t have a lot of respect for George, I just thought he was the perfect fit for the Sunday morning show This Week. I also thought Chris Cuomo, who had been so good as GMA’s news anchor, should have been given the reigns.
But Cuomo is doing great work on 20/20 and much to my surprise, George is a wonderful host on GMA. He mixes his hard news skills (he remains the network’s chief political correspondent) effortlessly with the lighter fare and the show has thrived.
What a life he has led for a man of 49. Before beginning his news career, he was senior political advisor to Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign and went on to become White House Communications Director. Ater two years, he was moved to the job of senior advisor on policy ad strategy.
George left the Clinton administration after the first term and went on to write the best selling political memoir All Too Human: A Political Education. He then became a political analyst for ABC and a new career was born.
When Hocus Pocus first came out in theaters in 1993, I didn’t bother to go see it even though I was and am a big Bette Midler fan and have seen most of her movies – even Jinxed!
Well, once my niece and nephew were born (they are ages 8 and 11), Hocus Pocus became one of our Halloween traditions and I’ve now seen the movie more than any other Midler flick except maybe Beaches and The First Wives Club.
The film is just a hoot and so is the Divine Miss M as Winifred “Winnie” Sanderson, the leader of the Sanderson sisters. She is the eldest and is highly sensitive to people calling her ugly and has a very short temper. The other two sisters are played by Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.
It’s the last year of her daily syndicated talk show and just last week, I watched superb hours with Jane Fonda and with the entire cast of The Sound of Music.
This week kicks off with an interview with Portia de Rossi on Monday then Tuesday, Oprah welcomes Ricky Martin!
This will be Ricky’s first big TV interview since officially coming out earlier this year and he is promoting his new book, Me, out on the same day as the Oprah interview. He invited Oprah’s cameras into his home and he will also discuss becoming a father (he has twins via surrogate mother).
Ricky’s new single The Best Thing About Me Is You will be out later this year followed by a full album early next year.