There have been plenty of guest stars on Glee – which ends its spectacularly successful first season tonight – and one of the most popular has been Kristin Chenoweth.
The Emmy-winning actress (Pushing Daisies) is currently on Broadway in Promises, Promises but made time to appear in two episodes of the show as April Rhodes, an alcoholic who returns to high school to save the Glee club.
During a recent appearance on The View, the Tony Award winning dynamo talked about the impact the show is having in schools: “I grew up in Oklahoma and Friday night lights was what the deal was – being a cheerleader and doing that whole thing. Being in Glee club certainly wasn’t the cool thing to do which I was in, of course. I think was Glee has done is made it cool to be in choir. I went to this ….festival back home in Oklahoma this summer and I’m walking down the hall in rehearsal at the school and I saw all the Glee club honors. And I thought, ‘THAT’s why I love Glee. Because they’re making it cool to be in the arts again. … It’s also making it okay to be a little bit of a geek.”
Not that this show needs any guest stars to make it special, but tonight’s season one finale on FOX will feature Olivia Newton-John (her second appearance this season) and Josh Groban.
The finale has some high stakes drama with the gang competing in Regionals and pregnant cheerleader, Quinn (Dianna Agron) will have her baby. But there will be plenty of laughs, Jane Lynch tells E!
“It’s our kids, New Directions, or as we like to call them, nude erections,” she says with a laugh. “Don’t think we didn’t have fun with that name immediately. Then there’s Vocal Adrenaline, which is Jesse St. James’ group. And then the third group is called Aural Intensity, which I think is the best ever. It all sounds like something else. But it’s “aural” with an “A.” You gotta love our writers. They keep you thinking.”
You would look this good too at 77 is you had been lifted and ticked within an inch of your life!
But one of the things I love about Joan Rivers is that she jokes about her various plastic surgeries as much as anyone and we gay love her because she’s one of the great showbiz survivors.
On Friday, a new documentary on Joan called Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work opens in theaters. Directed by Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg, the film closed the San Francisco International Film Festival last month.
“The reviews have been great. “That’s a four-star movie!” I’m so negative, I say, “Out of what? A hundred?” Shut up, Joan.
I don’t trust anything. … It’s a wonderful moment. And I know it’s a wonderful moment. But I also know the moment. Won’t. Last. Because in this business, you’re up and down, up and down and up and down. … After I was fired from Carson and Edgar killed himself, I was handing my Vegas contracts back. I had no work for a year. I know the downs. I know this business can dump you in a moment. … I’ve been taken in Spago (the Beverly Hills restaurant) to the right for nine years, which was the good way to go, and two minutes after I was fired from Fox, we went to dinner that night and we were taken to the left. So appreciate it when they move you to the right.”
Here is a clip from the movie which follows Joan around during her 75th year:
As if there weren’t enough gorgeous guys on HBO’s True Blood already!
Get ready for Joe Manganiello, the 33-year-old actor who has joined the cast as werewolf Alcide Herveaux. Looking the part required that the hunky actor become even more buff.
“Vampires can get away with having very slight builds and the audience will still believe that they’re super powerful,” he tells PopWrap. “Werewolves are animals and in my mind they should be very muscular. Not an extra ounce of fat on them. Really ripped. I wanted people to look at Alcide and think, ‘wow, he’s a super strong animal.’”
Joe most recently had a recurring role on One Tree Hill, has appeared in give episodes of How I Met Your Mother and was one of the cast members of the 2007 nighttime soap American Heiress. He also had a role in Spider-man 3 and has done scores of guest spots on such shows as ER, CSI: NY, Medium, and Scrubs.
Neil Patrick Harris guest hosted on Regis & Kelly this morning and, as always, he and Kelly Ripa were just a delight together.
It’s clear that by this time, they have become great friends with Kelly and her husband, actor Mark Consuelos, helping Neil pull off last month’s surprise party for his better half, David Burtka.
Neil and David went to dinner with Kelly and Mark before the party with David completely unaware that there was carefully planned party waiting for him at a nearby Manhattan restaurant (the original location was to be the rooftop terrace of Mark and Kelly’s apartment but rain was forecast).
Kelly was a nervous wreck that she would blow the surprise: “I lost three pounds of sweat during the dinner,” she said.
I’m unable to embed the video at this point but here is a LINK.
Matthew Morrison’s debut solo album is going to feature a style that he describes as a “dance heavy” cross between Michael Buble and Justin Timberlake.
In an interview with the Associated Press, the Glee star says he will be spending part of the month in London working on songs for the disc: “I’m writing all the music for it. It’s me and a big orchestra behind me.”
Of course, Matthew is used to topping the charts already with the Glee soundtracks all huge sellers.
Speaking of Glee, tomorrow night’s episode is the season finale.
“The last episode is so touching and so emotional,” said Matthew who notes that his character has changed over the course of the first season. “What I love about him now is he’s not perfect anymore. Now we’re seeing his faults, and he’s making some bad choices here and there.”
GRASS GREENER? My big tennis crush Andy Roddick is surely happy to have left the clay courts at the French Open behind for the grass courts in England.
The number one ranked American is seen here practicing at the Queens Club tournament which he has won four times. It’s a major warm-up for Wimbledon where Andy will try to break his Roger Federer curse and finally win the title. He lost to Federer is five classic sets in last year’s years championship match – the third time he’d lost to the Swiss superstar in the Wimbledon final.
Kathy Griffin must thank God every day for the existence of Oprah Winfrey.
The D-Lister just loves to make fun of Oprah, her BFF Gayle King and Oprah’s boyfriend Stedman Graham who has been so low-profile in recent years that Kathy tells Jimmy Kimmel that Stedman does not exist and is, in fact, a hologram.
It’s clear that Mario Lopez, host of Extra and Saved By the Bell alum, wants to sell lots of copies of his latest book.
To do so, he’s appearing on all kinds of shows including Mike Huckabee’s talk show on Fox.
Huckabee has said some of the most vile things about gay people that any politician ever has said so it gives one pause when Mario gushed that he is a big fan of the guy and also labeled himself as a conservative.
AfterElton.com’s Ask the Flying Monkey columnist Brett Hartinger asked Lopez’s former A Chorus Line co-star Nick Adams (pictured with Lopez during their Broadway run) for his thoughts on the matter and the classy and openly gay Adams said:
“I can tell you from first-hand experience that Mario, aside from his political beliefs, he has shown me nothing but friendship and support in regards to my personal life,” Nick says. “I am incredibly close with his girlfriend and the soon-to-be-mother of his child, Courtney Mazza. Both of them have repeatedly extended an open welcome to their home in .LA. Mario and I discussed my love life on several occasions and he regarded it like any other relationship. He really appreciates his gay following and treats everyone with the same respect.”
I dunno. Still kinda makes me want to watch Entertainment Tonight from now on.
It seems ridiculous, but there was a time when Meryl Streep was kind of dismissed as that actress who does all the accents.
Never mind that in addition to doing perfect accents in such films as A Cry in the Dark (Australian), Danish (Out of Africa), Italian (Bridges of Madison County) and Polish (Sophie’s Choice), she also fully inhabited these characters with her unprecedented range.
Now that Meryl has had plenty of big hits with no accents (The Devil Wears Prada, It’s Complicated, Mamma Mia), I think it’s safe to celebrate the accents again and the voices. She outdid herself with the impersonation of Julia Child in Julie & Julia and this video round-up features that and many others including the Irish accent in the little-seen Dancing at Lugnasa.
This seems so wrong on so many levels: Rush Limbaugh got married for the fourth time over the weekend and guess who performed at his wedding?
Elton, who is in a civil partnership with David Furnish, was reportedly paid $1 million for the gig with the earnings going to the Elton John AIDS Foundation as all money from his private concerts go.
According to a News Corporation (which owns Fox News) wire report, Elton serenaded the 400 guests into the wee hours Saturday night to celebrate the marriage of Limbaugh, 59, to Kathryn Rogers, 33, in the Ponce de Leon ballroom of Florida’s fabled Breakers hotel in Palm Beach.
Limbaugh is famously against gay marriage and has made several offensive homophobic remarks over the years.
I doubt there were many gay marriage supporter among these guests: former Bush adviser Karl Rove; actor-politician Fred Thompson; Fox News commentator Sean Hannity; former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani; GOP analyst Mary Matalin. A wedding guest also tells PEOPLE that among the others was Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
I hope Elton makes some kind of statement today explaining why he would take such a gig. Surely there are other ways for him to raise $1 million for AIDS causes.
If only more people were as self-aware about and comfortable with their sexuality as Anna Paquin, the 27-year-old Academy Award winning actress who currently stars on HBO’s True Blood.
A few months ago, Anna did a PSA for a gay advocacy group True Colors First in support of equality and in it she disclosed that she is bisexual.
She recently told Zap2It: “I’m not someone who endlessly talks about her personal life for no reason, but obviously, as someone who identifies as bisexual, those are issues I really care about — and frankly, I don’t see why everybody doesn’t care about them. So when I was asked to participate … it was just an obvious, ‘Well, of course I will.”
Anna, who is engaged to True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer, said her sexuality has been no secret to those who know her: “It was just a cause I cared about and privately supported, but not one that I had ever had an opportunity to speak out about in a way that would be useful. Obviously I know that one person’s voice doesn’t necessarily do that much, but I just wanted to do my bit.”
When I met Days of Our Lives star Eric Martsolf a few weeks ago, I didn’t realize that he had been one of Greg In Hollywood’s Morning Men already (July 21, 2009). But he’s so beautiful, he gets a second go-round and I get to share with you our little chat.
Eric has played the role of Brady Black on Days for the past two years, a role he landed after an six year stint as Ethan Winthrop on the now-canceled Passions.
But before making it big in the daytime world, Eric paid his dues in a series of jobs: he sang on a Hawaiian cruise ship for a year and has modeled for over 50 designers, companies, and businesses.
He was also a radio broadcaster for WDCV 88.3FM and was a singer/dancer at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania and performed at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
He not only has beauty and talent, he also has brains: Eric has a degree in Political Science from Dickinson College.
Eric tells me his is excited about the direction his Days character is going into: “Brady Black for most of his life has been kind of a Dudley Do Right, trying to do the right thing all the time. Well, he’s has a little drug history apparently and he’s getting ready to take a downward spiral. He has two women in his life who he cares for and it just so happens that they’ve been holding some secrets from him that he’s not too happy to have unfolding. And he turns to the dark side.”
Will this be a gradual transition? Apparently not!
“He goes from Luke Skywalker to Darth Vader like in an episode so it’s great,” Eric says. “As an actor you live for those moments to just go to that awful place and portray that because that’s so much more fun. I’m very excited. There’s some twists and turns that this character is going through and I’m looking forward to that roller coaster.”
Eric, like a lot of soap stars, savors his connection to fans of his and of the show: “My TV life has been primarily soaps so these fans are the only ones I’ve ever known. Soap fans are kind of like country music fans, they just stay with you through thick and thin. Sometimes the writing is great and sometimes the writing is not so great but they don’t jump ship, they don’t let you go. We’re in their living room every single day.”
And sometimes, Eric doesn’t have his shirt on like in this little strip poker scene! Enjoy…
So great to see that the newly out and proud Chely Wright was among the performers at last night’s GLAAD Media Awards at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis..
According to a release from GLAAD, Rodney Crowell, and Sam Sparro also performed while special honors were given to The L Word star Cybill Shepherd and Precious director Lee Daniels.
GLAAD also announced that Lady Gaga received the award for Outstanding Music Artist for her album, The Fame Monster (Interscope). The GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Artist is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) music artist who has increased visibility of the LGBT community and spoken out for equality via their music or media appearances. Lady Gaga has identified as bisexual in a number of interviews, spoke at last year’s National Equality March in Washington, D.C. and included LGBT images in her music videos.
Bruce Vilanch hosted the evening and celebrity presenters included Jensen Atwood, Thea Gill, Michelle Clunie, Wilson Cruz, Nikki Blonsky, Clementine Ford, Linda Perry and Derrick Martin who was famously thrown out of his home by his parents after taking his boyfriend to prom.
Here is a recap of the evening provided by GLAAD:
Out actress Clementine Ford and her sister, Ariel Shepherd-Oppenheim, presented the Golden Gate Award to their mother, actress Cybill Shepherd, in recognition of her work in advancing LGBT equality. Later in the evening, actor Jensen Atwood presented the Davidson/Valentini Award to Lee Daniels, the openly gay Academy Award-nominated director of Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.
In her first performance at an LGBT event since coming out last month, country singer Chely Wright performed “Heavenly Days” from her latest album, Lifted Off the Ground, with acclaimed musicians Rodney Crowell and Jeremy Lister. Derrick Martin, a Georgia teenager who was kicked out of his home by his parents, and his boyfriend, Richard Goodman participated in a prom-inspired flash mob dance that also included Wilson Cruz, Nikki Blonsky, Thea Gill and Michelle Clunie. Previous GLAAD Media Award nominated singer Sam Sparro closed the show with two songs, including his Grammy-nominated single “Black and Gold.”
Previous awards were presented in New York on March 13 and in Los Angeles on April 17. For a complete list of nominees and award recipients, please visit www.glaad.org/mediaawards
The gravel-voiced star turns 58 years old today and Harvey Fierstein’s star is shining as bright as ever.
Hard to believe that it’s been almost 30 years since Harvey’s Torch Song Trilogy – a show about a gay drag performer and his quest for true love and family - won him Tony Awards for both writing and for outstanding lead actor in a musical.
He also starred in the feature film version of the show with Anne Bancroft and Matthew Broderick, among others.
Harvey also won Tonys for writing the book for La Cage aux Folles and for his performance in 2003′s Hairspray. Other Broadway credits include writing and starring in A Catered Affair and Legs Diamond and starring in the 2004 revival of Fiddler on the Roof.
While his biggest triumphs have been on stage, who can forget Harvey’s hilarious performance as Robin Williams’ brother in Mrs. Doubtfire. He also shared an Emmy Award for his work on the documentary The Times of Harvey Milk.
Harvey’s m0st recent credit is a guest spot on the Showtime comedy Nurse Jackie.
COMEBACK! It had to have been one of the sweetest wins of Rafael Nadal’s career.
A year after being knocked out of the 2009 French Open by Sweden’s Robin Soderling, the sexy Spaniard powered through Soderling Sunday to win the title for the fifth time in the last six years.
The 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 victory also means he is, once again, the number one player in the world over arch-rival Roger Federer who lost to Soderling in the quarterfinals. Nadal lost the top ranking last July when he was suffering from injuries.
It’s been a long, hard climb back for the 24-year-old star who went nearly a year without winning a tournament. But since returning to the European clay in April, he has won four straight tournaments and done so convincingly.
“Last year was a difficult year, and I worked a lot to be here,” the 24-year-old Spaniard said afterward, according to the Los Angeles Times. “This is very important for me. It was a personal goal to be back at my best.”
But Nadal’s muscular athleticism, superior shot-making and an uncanny internal GPS that lets him know exactly where he is on court at every moment, from every angle, proved impossible to overcome, rescuing him whenever he was in danger.
He chased down every ball, sliding on Roland Garros’ distinctive terre battue, and often recovered from awkward positions to win a point through tenacity and willpower. The Spaniard never lost either his nerve or his serve despite facing eight break points, and exploited his opportunities when they arose.
“It was very difficult to play against Robin. . . . It’s almost impossible to have the control of the points against him,” Nadal said. “I played with very good tactic, I think, and the movement was at my best level today.”
Nadal’s win gives him seven grand slam titles overall, a total that matches the seven won by John McEnroe and Mats Wilander and is one shy of the eight won by Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl.
The men’s record is held by Federer who has 16 slams including this year’s Australian Open.
What makes Nadal’s success all the more impressive is that this French Open marked the first time he did not have to go through Federer to win a major title. He had beaten the Swiss champion four times in Paris and one time each at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
There are plenty of fans of ABC’s Modern Family who want to see the show’s gay couple, Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) show some affection – including a lip-lock!
Their reticence was a bit glaring in the Hawaii episode when Claire (Julie Bowen), and her husband, Phil (Ty Burrell) kissed goodbye while the gay couple merely hugged.
ABC has said the reticence is Mitchell’s, not the network’s, and that his squeamishness over PDA will be addressed in a future episode.
Popeater has asked Ed O’Neill, who play’s Mitchell’s father on the show, for his thoughts on the subject which has resulted in a Facebook page calling for some smooching!
Says Ed: “Oh, that’s so stupid. Who cares? When I hear that, it’s half amusing, half annoying. First of all, they’re the most conservative family of the three. Mitchell is a lawyer, and Cameron is a stay-at-home mom with a baby.”
“It’s much, much better to allow people to use their imaginations when they want to, in that regard,” he added. “Otherwise, it turns into a sort of pornography. If people want to be titillated or shocked or, “Oh, wow, they’re actually kissing,” I mean, who cares? The format is, they live together. We assume they have sex. I don’t think we need to see it beginning or ending. Who cares? To me, it’s boring. Gloria and I haven’t done any making out in the first 24 shows.”
The Tony Awards next week will feature performances by some of the biggest stars on Broadway.
That’s why it is must-see TV for anyone who loves the theater.
This medley from the 1981 show features three Tony winners: the late Nell Carter who for Ain’t Misbehavin well before her days on Gimme a Break; Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Lovett in the original production of Sweeney Todd, and the dazzling Patti LuPone belting out a number from Evita.
The season one finale of Glee is on Tuesday and Jonathan Groff gives a little preview to Details and shares some snapshots from the set too including these with co-stars Jane Lynch, Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison!
“By the finale, I’ve gone back to Vocal Adrenaline, totally pissed Rachel off, and severed all ties with her,” he says. “I’ve been really mean to her. Lea was there, all dressed up in her costume, because there’s a close-up shot of her watching our number. Then she just hung around and watched us do the number all day. I think we were taking a 10-minute break here or something, and she just hopped up onstage to chat.
He is quite fond of his other co-stars too.
Of co-star Jane Lynch, Jonathan says: She is—and I’m not the only person that feels this way—one of my favorite people on the planet. When she wasn’t shooting, she was sitting fifth row center watching us perform Bohemian Rhapsody. She was obsessed with that number. She could not stop watching it. And she would applaud when it was over. She literally watched it all day long. I think we had one scene together the entire season, and we never have onscreen interaction. Right before we took this picture, I said, “Jane Lynch, how did we make it through this whole season without having a scene together?” She was like, “I know!” She’s so ridiculously nice off-camera that it makes you uncomfortable.”
He adds that he and Matthew Morrison “were doing theater at the same time in New York, so I knew him from the theater community before I met him on Glee. He’s awesome. Such a good leader of the company, because he really takes care of everyone and is so supportive. I really really dig him.”