The great Jo Anne Worley guest stars as a pet psychic on tonight’s episode of Bones.
TV Guide reports that the former Laugh In star, who was part of the LA production of Wicked at The Pantages a few years back, will appear alongside another legendary creature, the mythical Latin American goat-sucking chupacabra.
The episode finds Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) investigating the death of a mythbuster television host who is thought to have been offed by the chupacabra.
Anything Jo Anne is in, I want to see. She is such a great talent and her cabaret show is one of the best I’ve ever seen.
She’s also just a hoot. The first time I ever met her face-to-face was when I bumped into her in the lobby of the Ahmanson Theatre during intermission of the musical Minskys. I’d mentiioned her in a few columns but didn’t expect this welcome when I went up to introduce myself: “I loooooooooooooove yooooouuu!” she said in her famous operatic trill. For my pal Eddie, who was standing next to me, it was even better than the show.
I’ve been smitten with Mark Ruffalo ever since seeing him in You Can Count on Me and have loved him in so many movies since – especially We Don’t Live Here Anymore, 13 Going on 30, and last year’s The Kids Are All Right.
Mark chatted with Brandon Voss for The Advocate about a host of topics including his support of marriage equality his directorial debut, his hesitations about doing The Normal Heart, and the prospect of shaving his chest to play the Hulk in The Avengers.
Here are some excerpts:
You’ll play gay activist Ned Weeks in Ryan Murphy’s film version of The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer’s seminal 1985 play about the dawn of the AIDS crisis. Frankly, you can’t screw it up.
No, I can’t. It’s huge. It’s the same scrutiny with me as the Hulk in The Avengers but from a whole different group of people. It’s a great honor, but I was hesitant about doing Normal Heart because it probably should be a gay actor. I brought that up to Ryan, but he said that I was the actor he wanted. Why should it be a gay actor?
It just should be. It’s time. At what point did they finally let an African American play an African American? There comes a time in our culture when Marlon Brando shouldn’t be playing a Japanese guy. But the other way of thinking is that we should all be able to play whatever, and that’s sort of how Ryan approached me. More than anything, I wanted to know what Larry thought. Larry speaks his mind and doesn’t suffer fools kindly, God bless him, so I made it a point to make sure I was OKed by him. I’ve gotten to meet and talk to him, and he’s totally given me his blessing, which makes me feel better about moving forward.
Why have you taken such a personal interest in gay rights?
We have a lot of friends who are gay couples with kids. When my son would go to his friend’s house down the street, where his friend’s parents are a married gay couple, not once did he come home and say, “Why does he have two papas?” That didn’t occur to him, because their house is no different from ours…
As you prepare to play the Hulk in The Avengers, some fans have expressed concern that you may have to shave your hairy chest like Chris Evans did for Captain America.
No one’s asked me to shave my chest yet, thank God. They want this Hulk to be as close to me as possible. I’ll be playing him in motion-capture, so this Hulk will just be a bigger avatar version of me. As they’re modeling him, they’re using many of my own features, down to my scars and wrinkles. He will have body hair, but I don’t know to what extent. In a very manscaped Hollywood, your chest is famous in certain gay circles.
I was not aware. But that’s good, because young girls are probably like, “Ew, chest hair! I didn’t even know guys grew hair there.”
It sure would be great to see 27-year-old Trey Hardee won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
This tall drink of water (he’s six feet, five inches!) from Birmingham, Alabama, is the 2005 NCAA champion in the decathlon and finished fourth at the 2008 Olympics. He rebounded the next year by winning the world championships.
Trey came to my attention through Outsports.com which is currently holding its annual “King of the Hardwood” contest. Trey did not make the final four but he’s sure got my vote!
Anderson Cooperreally went off on Jersey Shore star Snooki who, along with her castmates, will be paid $100,000 per episode next season. She is also being paid $32,000 to speak at Rutgers University – more than Nobel and Pulitzer prize winning novelist was paid to give the school’s commencement address.
The Silver Fox described Snooki as “one impossibly lucky, unusually spunky, freakishly tan, beer guzzling, juicehead hugging, muscle loving, Botero body, pint-sized money-making machine.”
Of her $100,000 per episode salary he said: “If you listen closely, you can hear schoolteachers around the country weeping right now. …That’s about 2,857 tanning sessions, which is about what she probably needs per year.”
Yes, Jennifer Lopez is one the cover of People Magazine’s annual “Most Beautiful” issue and yes, she is beautiful.
But I want to write about the guys!
Of course Ryan Reynolds is included because, let’s face it, to not include that gorgeous creature would be an outrage! Ditto on Armie Hammer, now a big star thanks to his performance in The Social Network.
And how great to see Penn Badgley featured in the issue. He is pretty much the biggest dreamboat on Gossip Girl (sorry Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick!).
But most of all, it is total justice that David Burtka was included in the most beautiful “better halves” section of the issue. The partner of Neil Patrick Harris is absolutely adorable.
Lakers star Kobe Bryant says he’s sorry but he was still fined $100,000 by the NBA for using a gay slur during last night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs.
His language was captured by TNT camera and it has become the slur heard around the world. (The slur was the other F-word, I don’t want to spell it out).
“Kobe Bryant’s comment during last night’s game was offensive and inexcusable,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement. “While I’m fully aware that basketball is an emotional game, such a distasteful term should never be tolerated. … Kobe and everyone associated with the NBA know that insensitive or derogatory comments are not acceptable and have no place in our game or society.”
Kobe issued this statement through the Lakers earlier today: “What I said last night should not be taken literally. My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period. The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone.”
Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese (pictured, left) said he hopes the fine sends a strong message: “We applaud Commissioner Stern and the NBA for not only fining Bryant but for recognizing that slurs and derogatory comments have no place on the basketball court or in society at large. We hope such swift and decisive action will send a strong and universal message that this kind of hateful outburst is simply inexcusable no matter what the context.”
He also applauded Bryant for his swift apology.
“We had a very sincere conversation in which he expressed his heartfelt regret for the hurt that his words caused.” Solmonese added. “He told me that it’s never OK to degrade or tease, and that he understands how his words could unfortunately give the wrong impression that this is appropriate conduct. At the end of a difficult day, I applaud Kobe for coming forward and taking responsibility for his actions.”
The Advocate is honoring 40 entrepreneurs, activists, politicians, artists, and athletes under the age of forty. The magazine describes them as “much more than ahead of the curve, they’re out, proud, and changing the world.”
Among them is the handsome man in the photo above: Los Angeles activist Adam Umhoefer, senior project director of the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
“It’s the personal stories that motivate me,” says Umhoefer, a native of Racine, Wis. “Whether it’s the powerful testimony from our plaintiffs describing the harms they’ve suffered or the heartbreaking accounts of teen bullying and suicide, I’ve come to fully understand the consequences of state-sanctioned discrimination. I’m confident the work we’re doing will help all LGBT Americans, not just those that want to get married.”
The Advocate will reveal its complete list later today. Other names revealed on Tuesday included: Corpus Christi student activist Nikki Peet, entertainer Ryan O’Connor, journalist Jacob Bernstein, actress Amber Heard, speed skater Blake Skjellerup, and talent agent Mark Shambura.
Barbara Walters and Katie Couric are two of the most successful female television journalists in television history. Both were hosts of NBC’s The Today Show and Barbara went on to become the first woman to co-anchor an network evening newscast (on ABC with Harry Reasoner). Thirty years later, Katie became the first solo female news anchor when she took the helm of CBS Evening News.
Katie is now likely to leave the evening news after five years and is in talks for a daytime talk show, among other possibilities. It was fascinating to watch Barbara, still formidable at 81, interrogate Katie about her professional future this morning on The View.
Back in 2007, OUT magazine got a lot of attention for its annual “Power 50″ issue because it featured Anderson Cooper and Jodie Foster on its cover.
This year, both are once again among those included in the magazine’s top 50. Quite frankly, I just don’t find either one of them to be very out and that’s why I never include either of them in my annual Gallery of Out Heroes on Coming Out Day.
People like Dustin Lance Black, Neil Patrick Harris, Rachel Maddow, Ellen DeGeneres and Ryan Murphy are “out” and, thankfully, all are also on the list.
Scott Caan had a pretty good career in movies with roles in Ocean’s Eleven and its two sequels, Into the Blue and Friends With Money but it is the hit CBS crime-drama Hawaii Five-O that has made him a big star.
His performance as Danny ‘Danno’ Williams on the show is so appealing and his chemistry with co-star Alex O’Loughlin is delicious.
Not only does Scott get to be in a big hit, he also gets to live in Hawaii for big chunks of the year and engage in his passion for surfing.
The timing for a Facts of Life reunion at the TV Land Awards over the weekend could not have been better for Geri Jewell who played Blair’s cousin Geri on the show.
As regular readers of Greg In Hollywood know, Geri has a new memoir out called I’m Standing as Straight as I Can in which she write about her years on the show and later coming out as a lesbian.
She is pictured above with castmates Charlotte Rae (Mrs. Garrett), Lisa Welchel (Blair), Nancy McKeon (Jo) Mindy Cohn (Natalie) and Kim Fields (Tootie). What the heck is Cloris Leachman doing there you ask? She played Mrs. Garrett’s sister Beverly Ann for the last two seasons of the show’s nine-year run.
Charlotte said during her speech that she was pleased that all of the girls had grown up “straight.”
She meant straight like a tree, solid as a rock, etc. But the audience thought she was talking about gay and straight. Anyway, it was even funnier since Geri just came out. For the record, Charlotte and Mindy were the only Facts alums to issue statements of support for Jewell after she did so, something she told me in a recent interview meant the world to her.
Here is video of a wonderful group interview the cast did with “Good Morning America” which aired this morning:
Yeah, Tina Yothers and Justine Bateman were part of the Family Ties reunion at Sunday night’s TV Land Awards but Mallory and Jen weren’t the most memorable parts of show.
To me, it was all about conservative Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox) and his relationship with his liberal parents played by Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter.
Meredith, of course, came out publicly as a lesbian last year and has since revealed alleged emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her former husband David Birney.
If you watched Meredith on The Oprah Winfrey Show recently, then you could see how close she and Michael Gross were and remain. And Michael J. Fox (pictured next to real-life wife Tracy Pollan who played his girlfriend on the show for two seasons) made some moving and supportive remarks via satellite about Meredith whose autobiography, Untied, is now in stores.
I have not seen an episode of ABC’s One Life to Live for more than a year.
When the wonderful characters of Kyle Lewis and Oliver Fish were abruptly written out, I wrote the show off. It was heartbreaking to have to say goodbye to this couple and what made it all the more difficult was the emotional connection we had to Kish and the actors who played them.
Especially terrific was Brett Claywell as Kyle who acted with such soul and who, off-screen, became such an eloquent straight ally.
He told Fancast last year: “The fans are what made me so proud of what Scott [Evans] and I did together. Everybody used to say that I have no idea the type of impact we’re making. I never really have paid too much attention to it. I do my work and that’s what I’m putting out for the world and hopefully it’s received well but it’s not my business how it’s received. Now I kind of get an idea and it makes me very proud and appreciative of all the support we’re getting. It makes me proud of the work we’ve done because we’ve showed we made a difference in people’s lives. All the people that come up and speak to us, all the people that tell us their story or how our story related to theirs. It’s been a beautiful journey to do work that means so much to so many.”
Handsome Brett turns 33 today and tweeted to his fans and friends earlier today: Thanks for all the bday wishes!! It’s so good to feel love from so many places. Thanks for all the support!
And on Facebook, Brett wrote about branching out from acting: SO EXCITED to announce the creation of Brett Claywell Photography!!! After so much interest and demand, I have relented and finally decided to offer a series of favorite shots I captured during my time in NYC. I’m blessed to turn my passions into my career, and this is yet another way for me to share my art with the world. Thanks to all that have encouraged me to make this a reality!
Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes and his boyfriend, Freedom to Marry Political Director Sean Eldridge, are among the saluted on The Advocate’s list of forty LGBT leaders and newsmakers under the age of 40.
Says Hugh in the cover story: “When we started Facebook we were sophomores in college, so I never really went through that, ‘Oh, shit, I’m an adult, what am I going to do with my life?’ period. But I feel like I’m constantly thinking about what impact I can have on the world. I don’t think I’m that different than other people in their late 20s [who are] thinking about how to have a fulfilling life.”
Eldridge found inspiration in working on the Obama campaign: “His election wasn’t predetermined. I think, similarly, our work on marriage, in the gay rights world, on a lot of progressive issues, is not predetermined — it depends on the work, the message, the people.”
The Advocate will unveil the rest of the 40 Under 40 group Tuesday and Wednesday.
I’ll have red carpet interviews from Sunday’s GLAAD Media Awards – including my chat with Glee’sMike O’Malley in the coming days. For now, here is video of the Outstanding Comedy Series award being presented. It was a tie between Modern Family and Glee. I’d find them impossible to choose between as well!
Neil Patrick Harris just wrapped up a triumphant three-day run of Company (he’s pictured above onstage with co-star Christina Hendricks). Then he took to Twitter to shoot down a report on a gossip site that alleged his relationship with partner David Burtka was in trouble. NPH tweeted: