Jennifer Lopez has a new romantic comedy, The Back-Up Plan, coming out in April 23 so she’s doing all kinds of interviews to promote it.
Fortunately, one of those interviews was with Brandon Voss for The Advocate.
Here are some excerpts:
Gay directors have helmed two of your most successful movies — Robert Luketic on Monster-in-Law and Adam Shankman on The Wedding Planner. Alan Poul, who directed The Back-Up Plan, is also gay. So that’s a good sign, right?
It’s true. I get along with the gays — what can I tell you? We click. Gay directors have a certain sensitivity when it comes to women’s issues; I don’t know if that makes any sense, but that’s what I feel. They also have a tremendous sense of humor about life, so they know romantic comedy. I love them.
Does The Back-Up Plan feature a “gay best friend” cliché — maybe the guy your character asks for sperm in the film’s trailer?
[Laughs] Everybody thinks he’s gay, but I don’t think he was intended to be. It’s not specified, but it’s funny that he’s coming off as that. No, there’s no gay best friend in this one, but out of all the romantic comedies I’ve done, I find this one to be the funniest.
Who’s your best gay friend in real life?
Oh, God, I have so many, but my closest is my manager, Benny [Medina]. He’s the godfather to my child, so he’s become a part of my family. We understand each other, we love each other, we have a certain type of chemistry, we have similar work ethics, and we can talk about everything.
More and more celebrities are supporting the gay community by vowing not to get married until all Americans can marry. I guess you didn’t get that memo, huh?
Yeah, I didn’t get that memo three times. [Laughs] When it comes to gay marriage, I just believe in love. I believe that when two people find each other and love each other, they should be able to spend their lives together. Especially being married now and having been divorced twice — being younger, more immature, and making those kinds of mistakes — I don’t think marriage is to be taken lightly for anybody. You have to work at it.
Not to invade your privacy, but I’d like to address some recent rumors. Are you bisexual?
No, I am not bisexual.
Have you ever kissed a girl and liked it?
No, I’ve never kissed a girl. Sorry.
Ryan Seacrest said at the top of the show that the results would be shocking and they were: Mike Lynche received the lowest number of votes on American Idol last night but he was saved from elimination by the judges.
Mike sang beautifully in his last-ditch performance so it felt right that he be saved. The results actually were right on with Andrew Garcia and Aaron Kelly joining Mike in the bottom three.
I was happy to see that Tim Urban and Katie Stevens were able to sing their way out of the bottom three so it shows that the audience is rewarding quality.
It was also great to see David Archuleta who performed John Lennon’s Imagine.
Next week, two finalists will go home. Everyone had better bring their A game!
Boy, Suzanne Sugarbaker sure was fortunate to have a big sister named Julia.
Julia had Suzanne’s back.
And never more so than in this classic scene from the show’s first season. Beauty queen Suzanne (Delta Burke) is helping judge a pageant and Julia (Dixie Carter) overhears a rival former queen named Marjorie making fun of her sister.
As if we didn’t love and appreciate Cyndi Lauper enough already.
The singer is planning to open a shelter in Harlem for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people. It will be called True Colors Residence and will support young people who have been kicked out of their homes by their parents and disowned.
It is much needed. According to estimates from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, anywhere from 3,000 to 8,000 LGBT youths are homeless in New York City,
Said Cyndi in a statement: “Kids are coming out in greater numbers as they see themselves accepted and represented on TV and in movies, but they’re still being kicked out of their homes or running away and living on the streets. We need to make sure we’re taking care of them. This is the next generation of the LGBT community.”
The six-story building in Harlem will have 30 studio apartments, a computer room, a library and communal space. Residents, who must be between the ages of 18 and 24, will pay rent based on income, according to Section 8 rules. Most programs for homeless youth end coverage at age 18, often leaving them back on the streets.
Organizers hope the shelter will be operational by winter 2011.
Just enjoyed the heck out of Ugly Betty last night which was highlighted by Justin (Mark Indelicato) coming out to his family by dancing with his boyfriend Austin at his mother’s wedding.
It was so, so sweet.
Justin’s family looked on lovingly and allowed the teenager to come out on his own terms. It was in contrast to an earlier scene where the family found out about Austin through Hilda’s fiance, Bobby, who had seen the two boys kissing.
Hilda calls Betty and says excitedly: “Betty! Justin’s got a boyfriend!” The family then plans a surprise coming out party: “This one of the most important things that will ever happen to Justin and he needs to know that we accept him.”
Ignacio excitedly shows Betty the “starter kit” with info on PFLAG and GSLEN.
Mark (Michael Urie) bursts in and tells them Justin might not be ready and tells them he will come out when he comes out.
The episode also featured the return of Henry (Christopher Gorham) which is such a treat.
But Henry and Betty both realize that the timing is not right for them to resume their relationship after Henry gets a job and is returning to New York. But they are going to remain friends. It is Daniel who Betty might have a future with at this point as he begins to finally realize that Betty really is his true love.
It was also fun to see Mark set up with a soap actor played by Bryan Batt who may end up being Amanda’s father!
Aaron Lazar is currently starring on Broadway in the revival of A Little Night Music with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury. His role of Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm in the musical is the latest in a series of high-profile stage roles for this talented 33-year-old star.
He starred in A Tale of Two Cities in 2008 and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for the 2006 revival of Les Misérables. He replaced Matthew Morrison as the lead in The Light in the Piazza, a role that he subsequently played in a PBS broadcast, and was also featured in the 2002 revival of Oklahoma and the long-running Phantom of the Opera.
Other credits include a non-musical role in Broadway’s Impressionism and appearing as a soloist with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, the Boston Pops, Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony Orchestra, and Peter Nero and the Philly Pops.
None of this would have been possible had Aaron, a graduate of Duke University, stuck to his original plans for medical school. He is married to Ford model LeAnn Lazar but I thought it’d be more fun to post a photo of Aaron with Tony Yazbeck from a few years back when they performed A Boy Like That / I Have a Love from West Side Story as part of the Broadway Backwards benefit.
The great singer-songwriter Janis Ian turns 59 today.
Anyone who has ever felt like an outcast can relate to her Grammy-winning classic At Seventeen. Its lyrics about teen-aged angst sure struck a cord with me when I heard them even though I wasn’t a 17 year old high school girl who never got any Valentines. I was a gay kid who didn’t get a Valentine from who I really wanted: the high school quarterback!
Anyway, Janis is getting plenty of Valentines now, I’m sure. She has been with attorney Patricia Snyder for nearly 20 years and the couple got married in Canada back in 2003.
At Seventeen is supposedly autobiographical but in the video below, we get to see the then 16-year-old Janis Ian performing on the Smothers Bros. show in the 60s and she is just glorious. She is singing Society’s Child, a song she wrote about an interracial romance. Ian released her autobiography last year and named it after he first big hit.
The Advocate has come out with its annual Forty Under 40 issue with the handsome Chad Griffin on the cover. I’ve met him a few times through my friends Ted and Michael and found him to be so impressive.
Here are some excerpts from the cover piece on him. I’ll reveal other names on the list tomorrow!
Chances are you’ve never heard of Chad Griffin, but this Arkansas native who now lives in Los Angeles has spent the past year of his life trying to make a critical change in the way you’re able to live yours. This time, it’s not an environmental cause he’s championing. It’s Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal challenge to California’s Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that repealed same-sex marriage rights. (The case had yet to be decided at the district level as of press time and is more than a year away from what is expected to be an ultimate ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.)
Griffin wants to get married someday, and he also wants to have kids. But he says both desires are beside the point; Perry is no self-serving endeavor. “When people ask me about that, I often say I don’t want to talk about it,” he says. “Because it’s wrong to say that my motivation is so that I can get married. My motivation is the young kid in Arkansas who I once was, or in Fresno or East Los Angeles—the kids who are told every day by the government that they are second-class citizens. It licenses the hate that you hear and that you see every day. So we’ll continue to see high suicide rates among gay teens and hate crimes as long as there is this institutionalized discrimination.” The talking point on America’s gay youth is a recurring theme. “Yeah,” Griffin says, “because it’s really all I think about.”
This work doesn’t mean Griffin sees himself as an activist, even if that’s the term commonly preceding his name in countless articles written about the lawsuit. In his mind an activist is someone on the front lines well before Griffin arrives, someone who fights the fight, often in obscurity, years before most others take notice. “They’re the ones I respect the most,” he says. “The true gift of Prop. 8’s passage is that it inspired thousands of activists—gay and straight, young and old—across the country.” Using that momentum wisely, however, is what Griffin sees as the real challenge for the movement as a whole. “It’s important to remember our audience and not spend too much time talking to ourselves. If we have the same strategy, it speeds up our ability to move people in support of marriage, which then quickly moves our politicians and leaders in line. Let’s win this, and then move on to other important things. At the end of the day our goal should be to all be out of business.”
TNT aired the season finale of Southland last night. It is so great that a quality show like this was able to play out after NBC canceled it before its second season even aired.
The question now is: Will Southland – which features a prominent gay character – make it to season three?
The Wrap reports: TNT executives have a tough decision ahead of them. Since original episodes began airing March 2, Southland has averaged roughly 2.1 million viewers in its 10 p.m. timeslot, with about 1 million between the ages of 18 and 49, Nielsen says. The good news: That’s more than double the slightly less than 1 million viewers TNT averaged in the same timeslot last year with its short-lived drama Trust Me.
The so-so numbers for Southland likely explain why, as a spokesman told TheWrap, TNT hasn’t yet decided on a renewal for the show.
Whatever happens, it would be a pity to bid farewell to Michael Cudlitz who plays gay cop John Cooper.
When her husband dies in the wedding night Judy Benjamin (Goldie Hawn) decides to join the army.
But she’s in for a rude awakening at boot camp and confronts Capt. Doreen Lewis (Eileen Brennan) about the accommodations: “I think they sent me to the wrong place. I did join the army but I joined a different army. I joined the one with the condos and the private rooms … To be honest with you, I can’t sleep in a room with 20 other people…The army couldn’t afford drapes? Look at this place!”
I love this scene from 1980′s Private Benjamin which earned Oscar nominations for both Hawn and Brennan.
A remake is said to be in the works but I don’t see how this can possibly be matched.
Tim Urban looked like one of the Beatles on American Idol last night and he actually impressed the judges with his solid performance of All My Loving.
He had plenty of reasons to smile after he was finished and he just might find himself in the top 8!
Simon Cowell, who had once remarked that Tim did not even deserve to be in the top 24 (he replaced someone at the last minute) said of Tim’s performance: “I thought you did really well tonight with that song. I really do. What I liked about it was is that there were no gimmicks. It was just the right thing to do, you and the guitar. You didn’t try to over sing it. It really suited your voice.”
Simon was impressed with Tim’s courage to take on the relentless criticism “like a man.”
“You have put it in the right context,” Simon also told Tim. “You’ve been given a great opportunity. And if you have to take a few barbs along the way … so what? This is a shortcut to fame, and you’ve handled yourself very, very well. And I’m very, very proud of you.”
After three weeks in a row in the bottom three, it’s clear that Tim in vulnerable and has managed to squeak through because there has always been a contestant who was clearly worse that week.
This week, that contestant would have to be Aaron Kelly who had been perfect in recent weeks but was very mediocre on The Long and Winding Road which Ellen said sounded like “The long and winding song.”
In a week that Tim stepped it up, Aaron faltered.
Katie Stevens has had two weeks in the bottom three but this week she was terrific. Crystal Bowersox was a dream come true once again – this time with Come Together – and Casey James was sensational on John Lennon’sJealous Man. Everyone else was solid so it will be sad to see anyone eliminated.
Here is Tim’s performance from last night. We find out who goes home on tonight’s results show.
One of our greatest heroes, Martina Navratilova, said Wednesday she has breast cancer.
“I cried,” Navratilova, 53, tells PEOPLE about the moment in February when a biopsy came back positive after a routine mammogram revealed a cluster in her left breast. “It knocked me on my ass, really. I feel so in control of my life and my body, and then this comes, and it’s completely out of my hands.”
The nine-time Wimbledon champion has a noninvasive form of the cancer, called ductal carcinoma in situ, that was detected during a mammogram. The cancer was surgically removed in a procedure called a lumpectomy and Martina will undergo radiation treatment.
“I’m very hopeful,” the tennis legend said in an interview to air Wednesday night on CNN’s “Larry King Live.”
DCIS, as the cancer is commonly called, has a 95 percent survival rate, Navratilova said. Some medical sources say the survival rate is even higher, approaching nearly 100 percent.
UPDATE: Here is Martina’s interview on GMA today:
Along with her record 167 singles titles during her pro career, Martina has also shown you can be forever young on the court. She was one month shy of her 5oth birthday when she won the US Open mixed doubles championship three years ago. Last summer, she teamed with former rival Helena Sukova at Wimbledon and they won the Ladies Invitational Doubles tournament.
While it is her on-court achievements that brought her fame and glory, Martina has been a real trail-blazer off the court. She came out as a lesbian in the early 80s when no one else was doing it and excelled as the number one player in the world for many years despite sometimes hostile crowds in the earlier years.
“I don’t know one person who’s come out who wants to go back in,” Martina told me in a 2007 interview. “It was rough back then. It was rough when I walked on court, people would be clapping when Chris [Evert] or Steffi [Graf] were announced. I‘d come out and some people wouldn’t clap. Imagine if they didn’t clap for Roger Federer if he was gay. He’s the best tennis player in the world. So that hurt. To me, my sexuality should be irrelevant, it’s not anything to be ashamed of. I was upset that people would think it was a negative and judge me just on that.”
But like with all the challenges in her life, Martina stayed strong.
We’ve great missed Bryan Batt on television since he was written out of Mad Men last year.
But he turns up on Ugly Betty tonight in the episode The Past Presents the Future. In the episode, Hilda’s wedding day is approaches and the gang is busy setting up their plus-ones for the big day. Amanda is set on fixing up Marc (Michael Urie) with her new client: a soap opera star named Spencer Cannon. And just in case that’s not gay enough for you, Justin (Mark Indelicato) weighs whether he should invite his new love, Austin.
If I didn’t have to meet with my accountant today, I’d be at a screening for the new movie In My Sleep which stars the blond and buff Philip Winchester.
The poster alone makes me want to see it!
Check out the trailer below, it does look good. Philip plays a guy who sleepwalks and sometimes he does it wearing very little!
In this taut psychological thriller, Philip plays a man struggling with parasomnia, a rare sleep disorder which makes him do things in his sleep which he cannot remember the next day. While sleepwalking, could he have murdered his friend to hide a dark secret between them?
The film opens on Friday, April 23 in Los Angeles and April 30 in New York, and will expand to additional markets throughout May. For more information go to: www.InMySleep.com
Here is the trailer:
The 29-year-old actor’s career is on the rise. He had the title role in the NBC action series Crusoe and starred opposite Sarah Chalke in the Lifetime miniseries Maneater and the Syfy miniseries Alice. His film credits include Flyboys, Thunderbirds, The Heart of the Earth and Shaking Dream Land.
Supermodel, reality TV star, owner of her own modeling agency, mother — Janice Dickinson has crammed a lot of living into her 50-odd years (her real age, like her claim that she coined the term “supermodel,” is hard to confirm). Her newest ventures — including a one-woman show, a new reality series, and a foray into the music industry — prove that there’s little she won’t try, regardless of how unsuited for the challenge she might seem to be. And it’s that unsinkable drive that we probably love most about her — that and her dirty, straight shooting, gossiping mouth.
Out.com caught up with Janice in New York during a day just after she had descended upon the Warren Tricomi Salon in the Plaza Hotel with her daughter, Savannah (Savvy), for a day of pampering and $10,000 worth of Great Lengths hair extensions.
Here are a few excerpts:
On Ricky Martin coming out: “We’ve always known Ricky was gay. Come on! [Sings] Living La Vida Lie! Poor thing. I want everyone out there in history to please, if you’re gay, please come out. It feels so good. So I applaud you Ricky. We applaud Ricky Martin finally. Being involved with Out magazine, being able to say, [lowers voice conspiratorially] OK, OK, you all read my book and you know I’ve had a threesome — you know I’ve had scenes with women. It’s the most freeing thing you could ever do in your life — coming out. Come out, come out wherever you are. I’m begging any male model or female model in the fashion industry or in the dental industry or any industry — come out. It feels so good. Bravo Ricky Martin!”
On Lady Gaga: “Lady Gaga has to refer to the art world as reference, because honey she ain’t no beauty to look at, but, she becomes beautiful in the eyes of the beholder — the way her performance transcends her persona. Her music to me — I mean come on — “Paparazzi” and all these kitschy little songs, they’re good, really good. To see her live in Vegas, at the Mirage — I walked out. I’m sorry. I watched her at the piano and I had to go out and have a… [once again lowers her voice] smoke. We walked out because I was thinking, Stop talking about “Your sex, I want your sex.” I don’t give a fuck about her I wanting “your sex.” But you know, I get where she’s coming from, and it’s phenomenal, along with the perception that her gays put together her performance art for her. But it’s all who you surround yourself with — the team. Example: me — Janice Dickinson — I wouldn’t be shit if it weren’t for my gays. I wouldn’t be even sitting here if it weren’t for late great Way Bandy, for the late great Ara Gallant, for the late great Richard Avedon, for the late great every single queen from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s that made me La Janice. Match that Gaga! Aight?”
The gay characters on As the World Turns will finally resurface this week and AfterElton.com’s Gays of Our Lives columnist previews what is ahead for Luke, Reid, Noah and apparently some dude named Richard:
Luke is determined to help Reid with his legal problems regarding the malpractice suit that threatens his medical career. He goes to the man who filed charges against Reid for the death of his daughter, pleads with him to drop the suit, then tries to bribe him.
The man confronts Reid and accuses him of having ‘his boyfriend’ do his dirty work. Reid goes to Luke and demands to know what he is up to. Luke insists he only acted as he did because Reid should be helping patients like Noah and not spending his time in court. Reid is touched by Luke’s gesture.
Of course Noah interrupts at this point. He’s got an eye exam scheduled and during it discovers he can see light. When Luke runs into Noah later on, he doesn’t share the news of his exam but does share that he’s dating a guy named Richard.
Noah has become an annoying and useless character and I don’t care if he can see or not or if he’s dating Richard, Tom or Harry. I’m completely intrigued by Luke and Reid growing closer and Gays of Our Lives reports that the two will share a kiss in the coming weeks.
I. Can’t. Wait. Van Hansis (Luke) and Eric Sheffer Stevens (Reid) both talked to Soap Opera Weekly about their storyline and each other.
Said Hansis of Stevens: “He’s such a fantastic character and so, so well executed by Eric. I like reading his dialogue, even the scenes I’m not in because of a lot of the stuff he says. It’s like he’s the character from a prime time show that was plopped into a soap opera. It’s a Twilight Zone type of thing.”
Said Stevens of his character’s attraction to Luke: “There’s a lot about Luke and his life that he [Reid] doesn’t like, but there’s also something appealing there that he can’t identify, so he’s up for exploring that. [They are like] young kids where the only thing they can think to say to the person they have a huge crush on is, ’You have the cooties‘ or something like that. Always fighting with someone you’re secretly into because you don’t have another way of interacting with that person.”
Kristin Chenoweth we have loved for awhile now from Wicked, Pushing Daisies and all the other wonderful things she has done. Sean Hays we’ve been a little slower to warm to.
Though he was brilliant as Jack on Will & Grace, his refusal to come out publicly created a distance from some fans. But now that he is out publicly, I think he will be embraced all the more as will other recently out stars Ricky Martin and Michael Urie.
Sean and Kristin opened last week in the new Broadway revival of Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s musical Promises, Promises playing at the Broadway Theatre. It features a score by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and a book by Neil Simon. It is based on the 1960 Academy Award-winning Billy Wilder film The Apartment.
Adam Lambert will return to his American Idol roots next week as mentor to the remaining contestants, according to Entertainment Weekly. Adam’s April 13 appearance comes the same day as Glee returns so basically I can be found glued to the television that night for two hours with diet coke and a bowl of popcorn.
Adam will perform his current single Whattaya Want From Me on the April 14 results-show telecast. There’s no official word yet on what theme the contestants will tackle during his visit.
I’m having fun just imagining Adam’s advice to, say, Tim Urban, if he’s still around. Maybe Adam will recommend Tim makeout with a male band member and lead someone around on a leash.