Fergie, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter from the Black Eyed Peas, undertakes her most ambitious movie role to date in the big-screen version of the musical Nine directed by Rob Marshall and co-starring Oscar winners Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz, among others.
Fergie is married to heartthrob actor Josh Duhamel and in a new interview with The Advocate’s Brandon Voss, talks about his appeal to gays and other topics. Here are some excerpts:
When did you first feel love from the gay audience?
Well, come on, I toured with Cher and Cyndi Lauper in 1999 when I was in Wild Orchid. I love my gays so much, but I don’t think a lot of people know that, which bothers me sometimes. People don’t associate the Black Eyed Peas with the gay market, but our new record is a huge dance record, so people are starting to catch on. I want more gay love!
Gays don’t always know where they stand with straight guys in hip-hop. Do the other three Peas appreciate their gay fans? They’re completely gay-friendly. Are you kidding me? Look at how they dress! [Laughs] Kanye West really did a great thing for hip-hop and made it very mixed and open.
Does Josh know he has a big gay following?
Oh, he knows, and he loves it. And I encourage it. I love his gay male fans because they have the same thoughts about him that I do.
How has your wedding earlier this year influenced your perspective on marriage equality?
I’m completely, 100% for gay marriage and equal rights. It’s crazy that everyone can’t get married. It’s unfair and ridiculous.
After you discussed past sexual experiences with women in an interview with The Sun in May, headlines everywhere read, “Fergie Admits She’s Bisexual!”
The funny thing is that I was very open and honest about that from the very beginning, and everyone was acting like it was some new trend. Go back four or five years, people, and you’ll see the same answer.
How did Josh handle the hoopla?
I’ve been very honest with him from the get-go. I think women are beautiful, I’ve had a lot of fun with women, and I’m not ashamed of it. The problem is that I also love a well-endowed man. But just because I enjoy women doesn’t mean I’m allowed to have affairs in my relationship. I learned through talking with my therapist that it is still cheating even if it’s with girls, so there is a rule there.
Hey, I know there are those who don’t want me to post anything else about Carrie Prejean.
I’m trying to be selective about what I post and right now, she’s a big news story. I find the whole thing fascinating on so many levels and it’s kind of like a train wreck that is difficult to look away from.
On The View today, she got some tough questions from Whoopi, Joy and Sherri and deflected just about all of them! Personally, I think this young woman should be on a psychiatrist’s couch instead of the couch on The View!
Knock me over with a feather. I had a terrific seat at The Magic Castle last night for Florence Henderson’s sensational one-woman show All the Lives of Me and I’m still kind of floating on air.
Miss Henderson is still at the top of her game professionally and is also a very warm and gracious woiman.
It’s always so great to see her perform live and this show is something special because it takes you back to her tough childhood, early stage success with mentors Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, motherhood and marriage then that TV show that lives on and on and on.
The evening included songs and stories and I think what is most surprising are the stories about Florence’s childhood. She was the youngest of 10 children and her mother was very tough on her: “She was a real stage mother. She would have made Gypsy Rose Lee’s Mama Rose look like Little Bo Peep. She’s lucky I didn’t turn out to be a stripper. She made me sing every chance she got.”
Her father, who she adored, drank and her mother left the family when Florence was only 12.
But she continued to rely on her talent and after high school and a year at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, she started getting Broadway roles.
Her first big break came when she was given the lead in the national tour of Oklahoma! She also screen-tested for the movie role but “the little bitch Shirley Jones got it.”
Florence was a major star on Broadway in such shows as Fanny, The Girl Who Came to Supper, Oklahoma! and Wish You Were Here. She also starred in major productions of The King and I and The Sound of Music.
But Florence told the crowd “you could be a big hit in New York City and everybody knows who you are. But around the country, they don’t really know you.”
That all changed with The Brady Bunch: “I never meant for it to happen, I never thought it would happen. I never wanted it to happen. I always thought I would live in New York City and be on Broadway. Along comes this little show, it’s never been off the air in this country! You cannot kill it with a stick. Believe me, I have tried.”
She then led the audience in singing The Brady Bunch theme but screwed up the lyrics in the second verse! She said, laughing: “I’ve sung that song way too many times!”
One of the more moving moments of the evening came when Florence talked about Robert Reed who played her TV husband for all those years.
She dedicated One from A Chorus Line to the late actor.
“I always felt so sad for him because in the early 70s you couldn’t come out because you wouldn’t work,” she said. “And here he was playing the father of America and he was gay. And he loved those kids so much and they loved him. We were his family. It always made me so sad that when he died, one of our wonderful rag sheets printed his death certificate on the front page which said he died iof AIDS. That really hurt us more than anything. Bob did not deserve that.”
The Broadway star-turned TV mom is accompanied in the show by her close friend, Emmy winning composer and lyricist Glen Roven with whom she shares some very amusing (and sometimes a little naughty) banter.
“I feel so blessed not only to work with him but the fact that he is my dear friend,” she said of Roven (pictured with her above). “He’s just such a joy to work with – he has such enthusiasm. He’s so talented.”
Florence kicked off the first of two shows (she also appears tonight) as part of the Cabaret at the Castle series which has also included terrific shows by Carol Channing, Rachel York and JoAnne Worley.
You don’t have to be a member of The Magic Castle to attend! Click HERE for ticket information.
I attended the 12th Annual GLAAD Tidings event at the home of Tony & Jeanne Pritzker Sunday night and had the most terrific time.
All kinds of celebs on hand including Chad Allen, JP Calderon (Janice Dickenson Modeling Agency), Kevin Campbell (Big Brother 11), Candis Cayne (Dirty Sexy Money), Kim Coles (Pay It Off, Celebrity Fit Club), JaI Rodriguez (Oy Vey! My Son is Gay!) Doug Spearman (Noah’s Arc) Darryl Stephens (Noah’s Arc), Rib Hillis (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) and others.
For me, the real treat was seeing the powerhouse talent of Frencie Davis live for the first time. She sang a few songs including I Am Changing from Dreamgirls. Frenchie was in the top 1o during the first season of American Idol and has gone on to have a sensational career on Broadway.
Frenchie told the crowd that she appears at so many LGBT events that “I should just come out! Actually, I am a gay man trapped inside of a woman I’ve been told. What can I say? The community has such a special place in my heart and I certainly don;t believe I would be as successful as I’ve been in my Broadway career and everything else if it weren’t for the gay community.”
JP Calderon was one of the gorgeous models who participated in an eco-friendly fashion show featuring designs made from recycled Lexus car parts! Here is JP wearing some hub caps! (Just kidding!) Whatever he’s wearing, he sure looks good in it!
Chad Allen is a welcomed presence at any event. Thoughtful and articulate, he is also one of Hollywood’s busiest actors and producers. My new interview with Chad will be posted soon!
Jai Rodriguez, best known for being one of the fab five on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, is an actor too who has a role in the current release Oy Vay! My Son is Gay! He’s pictured with gorgeous and funny Candis Cayne who had the crowd in stitches with her quick wit.
I didn’t get a chance to talk to these houseguests from Big Brother 11. I haven’t watched the show since the awful season of Evil Dick which was a franchise killer for me.
GLAAD’s new executive director Jarrett Barrios gave a speech that really packed a pump. This guy has passion!
He told the crowd what we all deserve is to be “respected, accepted and valued for who we are. … Equality applies to gay and transgender people too.”
Kim Coles is always a bright light on a red carpet. Love her smile and her energy.
Darryl Stephens was one of the celebrity hosts who emceed the evening.
Enjoyed chatting up Rib Hillis of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition fame. Read more about Rib tomorrow on Greg In Hollywood when he is unveiled as the Wednesday Morning Man!
I got no idea what’s on her head, okay?
The focus is a little off but I decided to post this anyway. Just a little simple outfit to wear around the house!
Cute man wearing eye make-up. I have nothing else to say about it.
Disgraced former Miss California Carrie Prejean emerged publicly last night for the first time since the existence of a solo sex tape she made for a former boyfriend was made public last week.
In an interview on Fox News with Sean Hannity, Prejean took responsibility for what she repeatedly called “the biggest mistake of my life” but continued to paint herself as a victim of the “liberal media” and someone who has been targeted for speaking her mind against gay marriage.
Carrie, who took great pains to remind everyone that she is just 22, says that as a teenager (she does not say how old exactly) she made the tape for her then-boyfriend: “I was all by myself. I was sending my boyfriend at the time, who I loved and cared about, you know, video of me. I was a teenager at the time and never did I ever think it would come out.”
She said the boyfriend has denied selling her out.
“I’ve learned a lot about people and what they’ll do to make money,” she said.
Her advice to young women out there: “Be careful, nothing is private anymore.”
So why are people out to get her?
“I guess what they are trying to say are Christian aren’t perfect and I never said I was perfect. … It took seven months to just dig through my past, beat my parents up. All these attacks need to stop.”
Hannity suggests to Prejean that “maybe the worst is yet to come” because the tape will likely be made public.
“I think anyone would be concerned that the biggest mistake of their life aired,” said Carrie.
So how is Carrie getting through all of her trials and tribulations?
“I just have to rely ion my faith, rely on my family and millions of supporters out there who still support me. … My attackers would love nothing more than for me to be hiding in a corner right now but I’m still standing.”
There was no mention in the interview of the tape reportedly being the reason why Prejean quickly agreed to settle a lawsuit against the Miss California pageant. She had been seeking damages of $1 million claiming religious discrimination she’s been subject to public ridicule and humiliation and lost out on modeling work because she lost her crown.
It’s kind of astonishing how talented Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin are individually. To have them share the screen as sisters in A Prairie Home Companion is just mind-boggling.
Meryl has occasionally sung in movies including Postcards From the Edge, Death Becomes Her and Ironweed but Prairie was her most musical film until 2008′s Mamma Mia where she sang and danced with wonderful abandon.
Streep and Tomlin sing the gorgeous numbers My Minnesota Home and Goodbye to Mama in the videos below. If’s an unlikely pairing- and a wonderful one.
I’m so happy to see that Fox’s The Wanda Sykes Show got off to a good start in the ratings over the weekend.
Wanda is the first woman to have a late-night show on one of the broadcast networks since Joan Rivers did her late-night show on Fox way back in 1986.
According to Nielsen metered market overnight data, the weekly show’s preniere averaged a 2.2/5 from 11 p.m.- midnight. That’s up 16 percent from what Mad TV averaged last fall in the overnights ratings.
But Wanda was no match for Saturday Night Live which decided to have its highest ratings all season with Taylor Swift as host and musical guest.
PERFECT FIT: I’ll never forget being backstage at the People’s Choice Awards a few years back and Ellen DeGeneres was answering questions from the press. With Portia de Rossi watching from nearby, Ellen talked about how the two of them just seemed to fit together.
On the Oprah Winfrey show that aired Monday, Ellen and Portia were guests for their first TV interview as a married couple.
“It feels like you’re home,” Ellen said of their marriage. “There’s an anchor, there’s a safety. I’m going to be with her until the day I die and I know that.”
Portia talked about how it was basically love at first sight for her: “But it took me three years to actually tell her how I felt about her, because I was on ‘Ally McBeal’ at the time and wasn’t living as an openly gay person. I was closeted and very very afraid that if I talked about being gay it would be the end of my career. So I wasn’t about to date the most famous lesbian in the world.”
TAKEOUT MEAL: In case you missed Eating Out 3: All You Can Eat when it had its brief theaterical run last month, the gay comedy sequel is out on DVD today!
Okay, the movie isn’t going to win any Oscars but it’s fun and I really enjoyed the hilarious Rebekah Kochan in the female lead role. She is the only holdover from the first two movies and she makes the most of her increased role.
Director Glenn Gaylord was able to surround her with several newcomers all making their feature film debuts including Daniel Skelton, Chris Salvatore, Michael Walker, John C. Stallings, Maximiliano Torandell, and Rick D’Agostino. – all openly gay actors.
As I read about French men’s figure skating star Brian Joubert’s gold medal finish over the weekend at the NHK Trophy competition in Nagano, Japan, I kept wondering this: Why did I ever stop watching figure skating?
I used to be so into it, never missing the world championships on television and certainly never the Olympics. Love watching the ladies for their gracefulness and guys for their stunts.
Joubert beat out the USA’s Johnny Weir on Sunday by landing a quadruple toe loop at the start of his free skate routine.
The 25-year-old Frenchman won the world championships in 2007 – the first French champion in 42 years. He will be trying to win his first Olympic medal at the Winter Olympics early next year.
Joubert, a three-time winner of the European Championships, finished sixth in his Olympic debut at the 2006 Turin Games.
The new Advocate cover story on designer-turned-director Tom Ford starts this way: “I don’t think of myself as gay. That doesn’t mean that I’m not gay. I just don’t define myself by my sexuality.”
My eyes rolled a little at what seems, on the surface, to be a ridiculous statement coming from one of the most famous gay men on Earth.
His acclaimed directorial debut is about a man (Colin Firth) grieving over the loss of his lover and yet, Ford tells the article’s author Kevin Sessums: “The gay aspect of A Single Man certainly wasn’t what drew me to make a film of the Christopher Isherwood book. It was its human aspect, that unifying quality. … If you said name 10 things that define me, being gay wouldn’t make the list. I think Isherwood was like that too. There are many gay characters in his works because his work is so autobiographical, but their gayness isn’t the focus. The one thing I liked about Isherwood’s work—especially when I was younger and grappling with my sexuality—is that there was no issue about it in his writing.
“Quite honestly, I just don’t think about my sexuality,” he adds. “But maybe this has to do with being a part of the first generation to benefit from all the struggles of the gay men and lesbians that came before us.”
Well, clearly the struggle continues which is clear when Ford discusses whether or not he would marry his longtime partner, fashion journalist Richard Buckley.
“Yes, when it becomes a federal law. Right now it doesn’t do any good in the states. A few weeks ago Richard had to go into the hospital for something, and I had to carry around all these legal documents saying I could make medical decisions for him. It was insane. The fact that we are not married in the federal sense means that if I were to die, he’d have to pay all these taxes on my estate and receive but a fraction of it and he’d have to alter his life —whereas if we were married, he wouldn’t have to face that burden. That’s disgusting. It’s wrong. But that said, I think I am in favor of terming what I’m talking about as a civil partnership. We all get so caught up with this word marriage. For me, the word marriage is something that a religion should decide. Just give me all the same rights. A civil partnership is what I’d like for everyone—heterosexual as well as homosexual. Call it what you like—it’s the rights that are important. Getting hung up with the semantics derails the cause we’re all fighting for.”
Not even in the top 10 huh? Yeah, right.
Besides those remarks, the article is a good read and Ford is very candid about his bouts with depression, how much he loaths Yves Saint Laurent and some juicy stories like giving his first boyfriend a blow job in the back of a NYC taxi cab!
I’m still putting together the photos and interviews from last night’s superb GLAAD Tidings event.
But I wanted to go ahead and first post my interview with GLAAD’s dynamic new Executive Director Jarrett Barrios.
I grabbed him for a few minutes on his way out and started off by asking for his reaction to last week’s vote in Maine which banned gay marriage in that state.
“There were two important votes in Maine and Washington [state]. We won big in Washington and lost a nail-biter in Maine. GLAAD’s media work was with Washington but I live in Boston and I volunteered in the Maine campaign and a number of us were really heartbroken to see that loss.”
I mention to Jarrett that people seemed to be particularly devastated over the Maine vote especially since many hoped it could serve as something of a reversal of what happened in California with Prop. 8.
“It’s important to keep our perspective the progress we’ve made in a place like Maine,” he said. ” Just five years go, it would have been disbelief that we would have had marriage or that had their been a vote, that it would have come this close. Remembering that I think helps put in context the work that is before us. Rather than pointing fingers at each other and accusing of people – whether it’s the president or the governor of not doing enough, I think it just shows the progress we’ve made because of the hearts and minds work, the storytelling, the campaigning door to door. We’ve just got a little more to do and we’ll win.”
“I’m an optimist,” he added. “I was very proud of the work that we did in Maine. We didn’t win but we came damned close and we’re going to win next time.”
Jarrett acknowledged the kick in the stomach feeling people felt when yet another state voted against marriage equality with the idea itself being offensive in this day and age.
“Civil rights shouldn’t be on the ballot,” he said. “People should not be able to vote on my marriage and yet, we have a tendency – at least in some states – to try and put to the ballot really what they call the tyranny of the majority. The injustice is in having it put to the vote. That it has to come to a vote gives us what our marching orders are and we just have to work harder – we all have to work harder and pull together. Not doing these circular firing squads to kill each other.”
Larry Johnson, once one of the best running backs in the NFL, was fired from the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday.
Johnson, who turns 30 on Nov. 19, had caused a series of off-field controversies and the final straw seemed to come On Oct. 25 when he posted on his Twitter account several insults to fans, questioned coach Todd Haley’s credentials and used a gay slur. He repeated the slur the next day to reporters and was suspended for two weeks.
The quote in the Associated Press from Johnson’s agent Peter Schaffer is a pathetic attempt at spin: “A part of him is excited and a part of him is very regretful. There’s a lot of feelings going on right now. It’s analogous to breaking up with a girlfriend. Maybe you saw it coming, but it still hurts when it happens.”
Johnson was the subject of an online petition last week calling on the Chiefs not to let him break the team rushing record. He was never a fan favorite and his apology for the online comments came almost exactly one year after issuing a similar apology for alleged incidents involving women in Kansas City night clubs.
At last night’s GLAAD Tidings Event and Fashion Show, I chatted up new GLAAD Executive Director Jarrett Barrios and asked if more people are using gay slurs these days, like in the situation with Johnson, or if there is just more awareness of it.
“We’re on them more and we’re going to reach a day when it’s not okay just like it’s not okay to use racial words or masagonistic words on television or in a high school classroom,” he said. “That’s the kind of language that makes gay kids feel like they want to kill themselves and no kid should have to go througjh that.”
I guess Carrie Prejean, with her fake breasts, nude photos and now solo sex tape, no longer felt like being one of the “Defenders of the Family.”
The discgraced former Miss California – stripped of her title after failing to perform her duties -was removed from the schedule of last Friday’s event being put on the the New Jersey Family Policy Council.
TMZ.com reports that the groupwould not say if they canceled or if Carrie did and their attempts to reach Carrie’s reps were unsuccessful.
My guess is that it was a mutual decision!
The sex tape’s existence is reportedly the reason why Prejean quickly agreed to settle a lawsuit against the Miss California pageant. She had been seeking damages of $1 million claiming religious discrimination she’s been subject to public ridicule and humiliation and lost out on modeling work because she lost her crown. She claimed to have suffered anxiety, depression and loss of sleep since her firing, the lawsuit stated.
Pageant officials counter-sued Prejean seeking to be reimbursed the $5,200 they paid for her breast implants prior to the Miss USA pageant.
Last spring Carrie was the runner up at the Miss USA pageant and made headlines for her anti-gay marriage stance during the pageant’s question and answer portion. She told judge Perez Hilton that she was not in favor of “opposite marriage” in “my country.” Perez called her a “bitch” in a video shortly after and she has been riding that wave of infamy ever since, embraced by anti-gay marriage advocates and the extreme right.
This is an interesting situation for this young woman who has managed to explain away most of her past controversies – without taking personal responsibility for any of it – and remain in the limelight.
It’s not the best time for her to low since her new “book,” Still Standing: The Untold Story of My Fight Against Gossip, Hate, and Political Attacks is out TODAY.
Two of our favorite funny ladies, Kathy Griffin and Rosie O’Donnell, are hitting the talk show circuit to promote their latest ventures and I love every minute of it!
Kathy, fresh off of her best-selling memoir, has another item out there for your Christmas stocking: a comedy CD called Suckin it for the Holidays. She has got to be angling for another Grammy nomination and most likely will get one!
I love that Joy Behar has her own show and can have a great chat with the likes of Kathy whenever she wants to.
Kathy is still milking the Levi Johnston thing which I personally think is about as interesting as watching grass grow. But she does have a good line about him needed a very large fig leaf for his nude Playgirl shoot. But she also gets some good-natured digs in on the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Kirstie Alley.
Thought you’d enjoy watching the red-headed dynamo’s appearance with Joy:
Now for Rosie who is spreading the word about her new daily radio show on Sirius XM Radio. You just know Rosie is going to be in the headlines all the time because she does believe in speaking her mind!
Rosie paid a visit to Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show on Friday and while talking about the radio show, she dropped an F-Bomb!!! But first she talked about Glenn Beck who she said most certainly will not ever be one of her guests (“I don’t understand why people enjoy that carnival barker.”)
In the second video, Rosie really gets a potty mouth and it is hilarious. she casually says “f**K” once, then twice. After the second time, Fallon reminds her that she’s not on a radio but on network television and she can’t say these things. Of course this resulted in rebellious Rosie saying it at least three more times!
Tennis great Martina Navratilova appeared on CBS’ Early Show this morning to clarify her recent remarks in which she compared Andre Agassi to baseball’s Roger Clemens after Agassi admitted in his new book that he used crystal meth for the better part of 1997 then lied to tennis tour officials when he tested positive for the drug.
“I am a compassionate person,” Martina told co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez, “as I proved this morning when I rescued a tree-frog from my sink and released it into the wild.
” … I was comparing Andre to Roger Clemens only because they both lied about having taken the drugs. I was never suggesting that Andre was taking performance-enhancing drugs, and that he was trying to cheat the game that way. I was upset that he lied about the fact that he took the drugs.
“Whether he takes crystal meth or not, could I care less about that. And, again, I don’t think it should be against the rules. But it is. And when he got caught, I thought he should have owned up to it, just done his three months (suspension) and be done with it, and we would not be talking about it anymore.
“So, I was not comparing Andre to Roger in that way at all, only that they both lied about it. And that was a misunderstanding because, to me, cheaters should be banned from the game, and should never be allowed to play again and that’s why, I think, we were all so disappointed with Roger Clemens.
“With Andre, what he had done, I did not know that he was taking it for depression, that was not part of the information at the time. And I would never condemn him for doing that. It was the fact that he lied about it. He didn’t own up to it and to me, he cheated the game in that respect.”
Martina was also asked about Agassi’s revelation that he once purposely lost a match against Michael Chang.
“I never did (that — threw a match). I could never do that. There have been other greats in the game that have tanked matches. I’m not gonna name anybody, but it has happened. Obviously, he was really down, you know. And, you’re very exposed out there when you’re on the court, and when you’re going through stuff some your personal life, some shall people reacted better on the court and they sort of get away from it, and for some people, it’s even worse.
“So, he tanked a match. Who lost in that? It’s the fans who watched the match and of course, Andre Agassi. And Michael Chang probably said, ‘Hey, you know, I want your best effort out there.’ But sometimes, you just can’t help it, and you self-destruct, one way or the other. Tanking is not something new, and Andre is a great champion, and I wish him all the best, absolutely.”
Martina Navratilova on “The Early Show” Monday (CBS)
Andre Agassi’s book: Open: An Autobiography is officially out today and I predict it’s going to be a huge seller. Last night’s compelling interview with Katie Couric on 60 Minutes certainly won’t hurt sales because Agassi seemed to be so candid about his life, really an open book.
First, I gotta share the part where he talks about being more worried about his hair weave falling off during the 1990 French Open final versus Andres Gomez than winning the title: On his hair: I as praying not for the win bit for my hair would stay on. Scared the heck out of me. I kept envisioning what this would be like if my hair flew off. What would I do? Would I quickly put it back on? Would I take it home and name it? I didn’t know what I was going to do, I didn’t have a plan for what I was going to do. That’s why I was trying to move less and less. When the match was over, I had won … [laughs] just because my hair had stayed on.”
I was surprised to learn how much he hated tennis as a kid when he had to practice 5-6 hours a day even as a six-year-old! “It always came with a level of anxiety, it always came with a level of pressure. None of it really made sense to me. I don’t ever remember really not hating it.”
After he lost the 1995 US Open final to Pete Sampras, he began a two year descent both personally and professionally. He had married Brooke Shields but didn’t really want to be in the marriage and he didn’t want to be playing tennis: “My life was filled with things I didn’t want,” he told Couric.
This is when he turned to crystal meth for the better part of 1997: He said it provided “a chemically-induced reconnection to life. I was looking for anything to get off the couch, to make me re-engage in life. … I knew what I was doing but tennis wasn’t a concern to me because I didn’t care about tennis.”
He told Couric he doesn’t know how many times he did the drug: “It was way more than it should have been.”
But after his coach gave him an ultimatum following a bad loss in Germany, Andre for the first time chose to play tennis – the first time in his life that he had chosen to play the game – for himself. He was 27 years old and ranked 141 in the world.
The rest is history: a return to number one, five more grand slam titles, great respect and adoration from fans and marriage to Steffi Graf.
He’s gotta be the dreamiest police chief on television.
Michael Easton plays John McBain on ABC’s One Life to Live, a character that had stood solidly by gay police officer Oliver Fish (Scott Evans) which has been nice to see. He even told Oliver’s dad how proud he should be of his son.
Easton, 42, originated the role of McBain back in 2003 and by that time, he was already the veteran of several dual lead roles in the series primetime series Two followed bt 413 Hope St. He then had a recurring role on Ally McBeal before landing on the now-defunct daytime soap Port Charles where he played a vampire named Caleb Morley for two years.
Musta been a sexy vampire!
What’s also sexy is that Michael is also a poet whose collection of poetry was published under the title Eighteen Straight Whiskeys.
Roger Federer returned from a two-month break but his homecoming was spoiled Sunday by Novak Djokovic.
Roger, the greatest male player in the history of tennis, lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to the appealing Serbian star. But it’s tough to feel too badly for Federer who regained the number one ranking this year, won his first French Open and sixth Wimbledon AND became the father of twin daughters.
He’s got a lot of blessings.
The real question is this: Why the heck are the men STILL playing tournaments this late into the year? They still have the Paris Open which began today and the year-end championships to contest. It’s a ridiculous schedule with the Australian Open in mid-January.
Since Joy Behar is the best thing about the increasingly unwatchable The View, I prefer to catch her on her nightly show on HLN instead.
The other night, Joy hosted three funny ladies: Sandra Bernhard, Aisha Tyler and Fran Drescher for a conversation on gay marriage and other related topics.
Sandra joked about a way to achieve marriage equality: “Here’s what the gay community needs to do: we need to stop doing straight people’s hair, we need to stop decorating their homes, we need to stop designing their clothes. And then we’ll see how quickly they’ll come around and let us have gay marriage because we do everything that makes them look chic and hot and hip.”
But first they talk about the ridiculous Carrie Prejean and her little solo sex tape.
Says Joy:”What is more fun besides winning a lottery than a conservative getting caught in a sex tape?”
Fran remarks: “You have to feel sorry for someone who thinks it’s okay to be objectified but actually draws a line when it comes to two people of the same sex loving each other.”
Adds Aisha: “She’s not very bright. I think the bottom line is she’s not a smart girl.”
I know there are plenty of wonderful younger singers out there but I don’t think anybody matches the likes of the late Dusty Springfield.
I loved her style and so many of her songs – especially Son of a Preacher Man from the classic Dusty in Memphis album.
Her other best-known songs include You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me (video below), The Look of Love, I Only Want to Be With You, Wishin’ and Hopin’, I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself and her later hit with the Pet Shop Boys What Have I Done to Deserve This?.
The great singer was surprisingly candid about her sexuality even at the peak of her success. She told the Evening Standard in 1970: A lot of people say I’m bent, and I’ve heard it so many times that I’ve almost learned to accept it….I know I’m perfectly as capable of being swayed by a girl as by a boy. More and more people feel that way and I don’t see why I shouldn’t.”
Dusty died far too young (one month shy of her 60th birthday in 1999) but we are so fortunate that she left so much memorable music behind for us to continue to enjoy.
She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 10 days after her death.
What’s fun about this site having been around more than eight months now is that more and more people are coming up with suggestions for Morning Men and that is making me aware of all kinds of appealing guys that I was not familiar with before.
Last night at a little party, my friend Ken wondered if I knew who Rob McElhenney was and showed me a little bit of an episode of his series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
What a cutie and so funny too.
Rob is 32 years old and has played the role of Mac since the show’s debut in 2005 and is also a writer on the show, directed a few episodes and been an executive producer.
As an actor, he’s also appeared in episodes of Lost, ER and Law & Order and had roles in the films Latter Days, Wonder Boys, A Civil Action and Thirteen Conservations About One Thing.