Have not followed major league baseball very closely for a long time but it goes without saying that I find a lot of the players to be extremely easy on the eyes.
One of those players is Cliff Lee who was in the headlines this week for re-signing with the Philadelphia Phillies.
The prized free- agent pitcher spurned more lucrative offers from the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers and signed with the Phillies to form the most dynamic pitching rotation in recent memory.
He’s rather have a World Series ring than more money!
The handsome Cliff is 32 and has previously played for the Rangers, the Cleveland Indians and the Seattle Mariners. He won the 2008 Cy Young Award.
He has always followed his heart when it comes to his career choices. In 1997, he was drafted right out of high school by the Florida Marlins but instead chose to attend Meridian Community College in Mississippi.
The next year, he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles but dd not sign and instead attended the University of Arkansas. Finally in 2000, he signed with the Montreal Expos.
Lee won at least 14 games in each of his first 3 full seasons! In 2008, Lee had a career year. Lee was one of only eight pitchers since 1920 to win 19 or more of his first 21 decisions.
I say Neil Patrick Harris and Eric Braeden duke it out on the Carrington estate and end up in the lily pond!
Here’s what happened to cause bad blood between the stars of How I Met Your Mother and The Young and the Restless: Eric, known for his long run as Victor Newman on the CBS soap was to guest star on an episode of HIMYM.
Then he backed out.
This led to NPH to Tweet: Eric Braeden is a D-Bag. the actor, (Robin’s dad) agreed to a cameo, then last night bailed, saying the part wasn’t ‘substantial’ enough. … We’ve recast with Ray Wise, a fantastic actor who makes any part ‘substantial’. Super excited to welcome him to the family!
Braeden was not amused issuing this loooooooong statement to Entertainment Weekly:
“I really don’t know who that fellow is. He’s a guy who stars in that series. It’s very unfortunate. First of all, I came back from hip surgery. I was off for three weeks. I’ve doubled my work, 30 to 50 pages a day for me, alone. Everyone knows that I’m exhausted. I was not about appear on a show for two lines, because that’s what it amounted to.
His choice of words bothered me. He seems to me like a young whippersnapper who’s received a few awards and is now suffering from the first sign of hubris. I’ve been in the business for 50 years. I’ve seen people come and go and I’m still here. If he is a worthy adversary, he’d better not cross my path. I will let bygones be bygones.”
NHP has since posted another Tweet hoping to diffuse the situation:
Now I feel bad for the D-bag comment. Don’t know the guy personally. I’m just fiercely protective of our show.
Okay kids, time to take sides. Who do you think is wrong: the “whippersnapper” or the “D-bag”?
We here at Greg In Hollywood like to make a point of marking the birthdays of out and proud artists as well as our favorite gay icons and straight allies.
Today, two major talents have birthdays: Sarah Paulson and Gregg Araki.
I may be gay, but I am in love with Sarah Paulson and that love began when I saw her all but steal Down With Love from Renee Zellweger. I remember thinking: “I don’t know who she is, but I want to see a lot more of her!”
Sarah, who has had a widely-publicized on-again, off-again relationship with acclaimed actress Cherry Jones, was one of the stars of the NBC series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
Sarah turns 36 today!
Gregg turns 51 today and bio, we should all look that good when we reach that age. I could not keep my eyes off of him at an Outfest panel a few years back!
Gregg, of course, is the writer-director of such memorable films as The Living End, Totally Fucked Up, The Doom Generation, Splendor, Nowhere. Mysterious Skin, Smiley Face, and Kaboom.
The lovely Julianne Moore, who I especially loved in Far From Heaven, The Hours and last year’s A Single Man, received a Golden Globe Award nomination this week for her performance in The Kids Are All Right.
In an interview with The LA Times’ The Envelope, she discussed how it is so matter-of-facrt that the parents in this movie (played by Moore and Annette Bening) are lesbians.
“Isn’t that a wonderful thing?” Moore said. “[Director] Lisa Cholodenko] wasn’t setting out to make a political film at all, but she set out to make an absolutely personal film. And that’s what this is. They always say the personal is political, that’s how it ends up … I always say film does not influence popular culture as much as it reflects popular culture. You can’t make a movie and have it be seen if it’s not something that’s happening in our culture at large. And it is. Twenty years ago, we couldn’t have made this movie.”
Carrie Fisher, whose HBO special Wishful Drinking debuted last Sunday, talked to the Los Angeles Times about a variety of topics recently, including her dedicating the show to her late father, singer Eddie Fisher.
He had been a huge star in the 50s when he was married to Carrie’s mom, Debbie Reynolds of Singin’ in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown fame.
But his popularity took a huge hit after he left Reynolds for the recently widowed Elizabeth Taylor back in 1958. He was also an absentee father to his children with Reynolds, Carrie and Todd.
Carrie was asked in the Times interview how her mom and Miss Taylor reacted to Eddie Fisher’s recent death.
“People would come up to my mom and go, ‘I’m so sorry for your loss.’ She’d say, ‘What do you mean, the one 50 years ago?’For my mother, my father who as not a good parent and certainly not a co-parent. And she had some compassion for him, because he was not that well before his death.”
“When I told Elizabeth, she cried. … I said to her ‘Well, you know he loved you.’ She said, ‘He did?’ It was darling.”
Taylor married Fisher but left him after she fell in love with her Cleopatra co-star Richard Burton.
As for Debbie Reynolds, her daughter says: “Really, it’s been so many years later now. Some of those memories from my mom have to be positive, but he did a very rough thing to her; to recover from that kind of public humiliation is really not something that happened.”
That’s something that Jennifer Aniston, famously dumped by Brad Pitt for Angelina Jolie, seems to be finding out.
It seems like yesterday when The Carpenters were doing TV specials on ABC.
But it really was more than 30 years ago and I’m just so grateful for YouTube because we get to relive some of those magic moments – especially from their Christmas show.
Karen sang Christmas song as beautifully as anyone ever has and that’s why I’ll be featuring a few more before we get to Dec. 25. A few weeks back I presented the very best one, Merry Christmas Darling, and today is a medley of Winter Wonderland, Silver Bells and White Christmas.
Prayers for Bobby is one of those movies that I hope every parent of a gay child will see.
Especially parents who say their faith prevents them from, if not completely rejecting, not fully embracing their child.
It’s a movie that touched me deeply and it is now out on DVD.
Actress Sigourney Weaver, nominated for an Emmy and a host of other awards for her role as the religious mother of a gay son, has promoted the heck out of this movie as only someone who truly believes in ts message can.
In Prayers for Bobby, we watch as the loving relationship of a mother and son deteriorate because Bobby’s mother Mary thought she could change him through her prayers and chastisement.
In the end, Bobby jumps off of a freeway overpass and leaves the viewer heartbroken that he wasn’t able to make it through. At this point, his mother starts to question her faith and ends up becoming a gay rights crusader. It’s a true story, a very sad one, but one a lot of people can hopefully learn from.
Miss Weaver spoke with the Sugar In the Raw site about the lessons learned from the film and the real-life story of Mary Griffith.
“You can’t say ‘I don’t like the life choices.’ It’s not really up to the parent to accept. As a parent, if we insist on our own point of view, without listening, without hearing, and we think our judgment is more important than our love, things can happen that we really don’t want to have happen.”
“Mary loved Bobby. But she was so frightened by how different their life was going to be. We as parents have to have the courage to send our children off into this world and to trust them and to respect them and their life decisions.”
I’m heading to Palm Springs for the weekend with one of my BFFs who also happens to be one of the biggest I Love Lucy fans to ever walk the Earth.
We always manage to have fun during our jaunts to the desert no matter what kind of weather is forecast and I’m afraid this weekend there may be rain.
So this, of course, makes me think of the episode of I Love Lucy when the couples are getting on each other’s nerves during their months in Hollywood.
It’s decided that Lucy and Ethel will head done to Palm Springs for the weekend but they get really depressed when they are stuck inside their bungalow because of the rain.
Finally, there is some sun and they head to the pool. Lucy is so covered up that Ethel wonders why she was so adamant about wanting the sun to come out. Lucy delivers a classic reply: “Well, it’s the principle of the thing! I pay for the sun, it’s my business whether I use it or not.”
Love that line!
This, of course, is the episode that features guest star Rock Hudson, the hunky closeted matinee idol who had just appeared in the classic Giant.
When your mother is a world famous author like Anne Rice, it might be daunting to go into the same line of work.
But Christopher Rice has and done quite well for himself.
The 32 year old has written five best-selling novels: A Density of Souls, The Snow Garden, Light Before Day, Blind Fall, and his latest book, The Moonlit Earth, which was published in April 2010.
Rice is openly gay but his books have too diverse a cast of characters for him to be considered an author of exclusively or even primarily gay content. But his first book A Density of Souls did revolve around a character’s homosexuality and other characters were described in terms of their reaction to the one character’s sexuality.
The book gave him a huge gay following and he has said of that: “It was incredibly rewarding when I got a huge positive response from the character Stephen in The Density of Souls. More than a thousand young gay men contacted me and said that I captured what it was like for them going through those years. That means everything to me.”
At 32, Rice is just getting started and we look forward to more books and whatever else he has in the works!
It’s the last week for Larry King Live after 25 years on the air and it is Barbra Streisand who gets an infomercial for her new book My Passion for Design.
But other topics were covered, of course, including politics. Streisand has been a lightening rod because she is a high-profile woman who speaks out, who speaks her mind. She defends her right to do so:
“First and foremost, I am an American citizen and- you know, was it Teddy Roosevelt who talked about the- what makes America great is the fact that we have an obligation to speak out about what we feel about our government, as citizens.”
She described President Barack Obama “cool, and he’s very smart” and said of the recent elections that saw the Republicans take back the House: “There was no reason for the Republicans to win that many seats in the House, I didn’t think, and that was a- you know, a mistake on the Democrats’ part for not getting their message across- not communicating all that they’ve done that’s good.”
Streisand is not so sure Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will be abolished in the near future but she thinks it should be: “Can you imagine? You have citizens who want to die for their country. They want to fight for freedom. They want to fight for their country, and are willing to die for their country, and they’re not allowed to?”
Really enjoyed seeing out musician Dave Koz at the LA Gay and Lesbian Center’s annual gala last month.
I waited to post our interview until it got closer to the date of his 13th annual Dave Koz and Friends Christmas tour coming to LA’s Nokia Theater on Sunday Night (Dec. 19). Ticket info HERE.
David has been playing the holiday show in other venues and also promoting his first album on the Concord label called Hello Tomorrow which came out in October.
“It’s a very positive reflection on the future during these crazy unfamiliar times,” Dave says of the disc. “I’m proud to say it camew out as number one on the Billboard contemporary jazz chart and the single is number one.”
Dave had long been one of America’s best-known saxophonist for years when he decided to come out publicly as a gay man in 2005.
He told me he has had absolutely no regrets.
“I’m a musician, it took me forever to come out. I never planned on doing it,” he admits. “It wasn’t until I was 40 that I did it. And when I finally did it, it was the right time. It was a blip on the screen, it made no impact on my career at all.”
So professionally it did not matter one iota. But personally, it was very profound.
“I just became a whole person for the first time,” he says. “So if some [gay] kid is growing up in some city or some rural place in the US, if they want to me a jazz musician, they can Google me and they’ll see that guy came out and it’s fine, nothing happened. If my life helps just one kid deal with this in their life, it will be worth it.”
“In 2010 there are so many positive role models for kids nowadays on television, in the music world and films,” he added. “But there’s still so much misunderstanding and intolerance.”
Funny, I’m just so not tired of writing about The Kids Are All Right getting award nominations!
We just don’t have many films about same-sex parents and their children – especially any that reach a mainstream audience, make some decent money at the box office and get all kinds of awards attention.
Kids stars Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as a longtime couple raising two children whose lives are turned upside down when their daughter, about to leave for college, tracks down her sperm donor father (Mark Ruffalo).
The cast was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award earlier today for best ensemble, the SAG Awards equivalent of a best picture nod. They compete against the casts of Black Swan, The Fighter, The King’s Speech and The Social Network.
Prediction: The Social Network unless The Fighter comes on strong.
Miss Bening, who won the SAG Award for American Beauty, is nominated for best lead actress. In what must be a recurring nightmare for her, the competition includes Hilary Swank for Conviction. Swank beat Bening both years where she was considered a front-runner for the Oscar when she was up for Beauty and Being Julia.
But this time around, it is Bening who has more momentum as Swank was a surprise nominee. The rest of the field was expected, however: Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole, Natalie Portman for Black Swan, and Jennifer Lawrence for Winter’s Bone.
Prediction: It will come down to Bening and Portman. Bening is deserving and due but Portman is in the role of a lifetime. Still, my pick to win is Bening.
Ruffalo’s nomination in the supporting actor category has got to boost his Oscar chances. His competition is Christian Bale (The Fighter), John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone), Jeremy Renner (The Town) and Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech).
Prediction: I still have to see The Fighter and Winter’s Bone so tough to make a call. But my hunch is that it’ll be Geoffrey Rush.
In the race for best supporting actress, it’s filled with critically-acclaimed performances: Amy Adams (The Fighter), Helena Bonham-Carter (The King’s Speech), Mila Kunis (Black Swan), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit).
Prediction: Melissa Leo!
And finally, the best lead actor category. Here are the nominees: Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Robert Duvall (Get Low), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and James Franco (127 Hours).
The Screen Actors Guild Award nominations came out this morning.
I’ll write about the film nominees in the next post but let’s do TV first – especially since so many of my faves are among those nominated!
The SAG Awards do not have “best series” categories but the equivalent would be “best ensemble.” So in the comedy category, two of the best ensembles on TV today (and possibly ever!) lead the nominations: Modern Family and Glee.
I think in terms of pure brilliant ensemble acting, you have to give this award to Modern Family. I think they are right up there with the likes of The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show in terms of peerless ensemble acting.
Rounding out the category are the casts of 30 Rock, The Office and (big surprise!) Hot in Cleveland!
I gotta say, I love Hot in Cleveland because it not only reminds me of the great sitcoms like The Golden Girls and Designing Women, but it gives four really terrific bonafide TV stars a chance to shine: Valerie Bertinelli, Wendi Malick, Jane Leeves and, of course, the phenomenal Betty White.
Miss White received the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award last year but at 88, she’s is showing on Hot in Cleveland, Saturday Night Live (and everywhere else it seems!) that she is not through yet. She also earned a SAG nomination for best female actress in a comedy series!
The seven-time Emmy winner will face off against the sensational Jane Lynch for Glee, Tina Fey for 30 Rock, Edie Falco for Nurse Jackie and Sofia Vergara for Modern Family.
Hard to call a winner in this one but I’d have to go with Edie Falco who took home the Emmy in September. Her show is not a pure comedy but what she does each week is some of the best acting on television in any genre.
In the best male actor in a comedy series, I’m thrilled to see that Chris Colfer of Glee is among the five nominees. He is such a breakout young star and what he does as gay high school student Kurt each week is so funny at times, so tender at other times. There is no one else on TV like this character or this actor.
Chris has some tough competition including two of the stars of Modern Family: Ty Burrell and Ed O’Neill who was the only adult cast member passed over for an Emmy nod. Also nominated are Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock and Steve Carell for The Office.
Tough to predict a winner here but I think Chris Colfer might be able to pull this one off! If he doesn’t win, it will go to one of the Modern Family guys.
Other TV nominations:
Best Ensemble (Drama): Boardwalk Empire, The Closer, Dexter, The Good Wifeand Mad Men.
Prediction: The Good Wife has become the best ensemble on television.
Best Male Actor (Drama Series): Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Michael C Hall (Dexter) , Jon Hamm (Mad Men)and Hugh Laurie (House).
Prediction: Hamm is way overdue. This should be his year but Buscemi has been a revelation and everyone loves a comeback. I’m going with Buscemi.
Best Female Actor (Drama Series): Glenn Close (Damages), Mariska Hargitay (L&O: SVU) , Julianna Marguiles (The Good Wife), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer).
Prediction: Such a tough call. Moss is due but Sedgwick and Marguiles are so deserving. I’m going with Julianna Marguiles.
Best Male Actor (Miniseries/Movie): John Goodman (You Don’t Know Jack), Al Pacino (You Don’t Know Jack), Dennis Quaid (That Special Relationship), Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) and Patrick Stewart (Macbeth).
Prediction: No contest: Emmy winner Pacino will prevail.
Best Female Actor (Miniseries/Movie): Claire Danes (Temple Grandin), Catherine O’Hara (Temple Grandin), Julia Ormond (Temple Grandin), Winona Ryder (When Love is Not Enough), and Susan Sarandon (You Don’t Know Jack).
Prediction: No contest: Emmy winner Danes will win.
Nice to see Sir Ian McKellen continuing to work to educate people about homophobic bullying in schools.
The Lord of the Rings, X-Men and Gods and Monsters star visited a Harrogate’s Rossett School in the UK in an event organized by Stonewall’s Education Champions Program which helps schools prevent and tackle homophobic bullying.
The actor co-founded Stonewall in response to Section 28 of the Local Government Act that legislated against what it considered the promotion of homosexuality within the education system.
Recent YouGov research for Stonewall found that nine in 10 teachers said their pupils currently experienced homophobic bullying, but nine in 10 had never received any training on how to tackle and prevent it.
Sir Ian said to the BBC: “Until I visited secondary schools recently, I hadn’t realized how much anti-gay bullying goes on, throughout the education system.”
So what does he hope to offer to students?
“By talking frankly about my own life as a gay man and listening to the concerns of staff and students, parents and governors, I hope the visits arranged by Stonewall may make a difference in the classroom and the playground,” he said. “I also hope it will give confidence to gay students about their lives in the future.”
I found this 2006 article from the Washington Post about when Bing Crosby and David Bowie did this duet for Bing’s 1977 holiday special.
Here is an excerpt explaining how it all came about:
One of the most successful duets in Christmas music history — and surely the weirdest — might never have happened if it weren’t for some last-minute musical surgery. David Bowie thought “The Little Drummer Boy” was all wrong for him. So when the producers of Bing Crosby’s Christmas TV special asked Bowie to sing it in 1977, he refused.
Just hours before he was supposed to go before the cameras, though, a team of composers and writers frantically retooled the song. They added another melody and new lyrics as a counterpoint to all those pah-rumpa-pum-pums and called it “Peace on Earth.” Bowie liked it. More important, Bowie sang it.
The result was an epic, and epically bizarre, recording in which David Bowie, the androgynous Ziggy Stardust, joined in song with none other than Mr. “White Christmas” himself, Bing Crosby.
In the intervening years, the Bowie-Crosby, “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy,” has been transformed from an oddity into a holiday chestnut. You can hear it in heavy rotation on Christmas-music radio stations or see the performance on Internet video sites. First released as a single in 1982, it still sells today — to add to its quirky afterlife, it’s part of an album that’s ranked as high as No. 3 on the Canadian charts this month. How did this almost surreal mash-up of the mainstream and the avant-garde, of cardigan-clad ’40s-era crooner and glam rocker, happen?
It almost didn’t. Bowie, who was 30 at the time, and Crosby, then 73, recorded the duet Sept. 11, 1977, for Crosby’s “Merrie Olde Christmas” TV special. A month later, Crosby was dead of a heart attack. The special was broadcast on CBS about a month after his death.
Stuart Townsend is on his own these days after splitting from longtime partner Charlize Theron earlier this year.
I doubt this handsome 38 year old is having any trouble getting dates!
While he is best known for his roles in the films Queen of the Damned, League of Extraordinary Gentleman, The Best Man, Head in the Clouds and Trapped, I grew smitten with the 38-year-old Irish actor when he guest starred on Will & Grace as a pansexual pastry chef pastry chef of Karen Walker who seduces her, Will, and later Karen’s maid Rosario.
He is also very sexy as a seducer in the entertaining film About Adam which I highly recommend.
Stuart made his directorial debut with the 2007 film Battle in Seattle which was well-received by critics but did not get wide enough of a release to do much business at the box office.
Although his relationship with Theron did not go the distance, the two had previously publicly stated that they would not get married until marriage was legal for same-sex couples as well.
That’s right, it’s Ryan Reynolds himself – the fantasy of gay men and straight women everywhere.
Ryan and actress Scarlett Johansson have confirmed that they are ending their two-year marriage.
Considering what a high-profile match they were, this pair was surprisingly low-key during their marriage. Ryan had said in the October issue of GQ: “Things change when you get married in general. But in terms of being a couple that’s in a public situation and speculated about and all that nonsense, it’s changed a little bit. I’m a little more guarded, I think. I’m a little bit more wary of having my relationship turning into a soap opera. I’ve just unilaterally not addressed it. That’s kind of been the fail-safe for me.”
It’s been a busy season for celeb divorces. This week alone: Dexter stars Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter are divorcing after less than two years, Nip/Tuck star Dylan Walsh has filed for divorce from his wife of six years and actress-model Elizabeth Hurley is divorcing her husband.
I just have to bring this up: So it is gay people who are threatening the institution of marriage?