I seem to get into a lot of discussions at cocktail parties with people – gay and straight – about whether famous actors can come out of the closet and still have a successful career.
Here’s what I’ve found myself saying lately: “They can if they have the talent.”
That’s what we’ve seen with Neil Patrick Harris, with Matt Bomer, with Zachary Quinto and a growing list of others.
Then there’s Andrew Rannells who’s been out since the start of his career.
It’s working out pretty damned well so far: A Tony Award nomination for lead actor in a musical for The Book of Mormon, a role in the hit HBO series Girls, and one of the stars of the upcoming NBC sitcom The New Normal.
He plays a gay man in all of these shows.
‘I came to New York and had a fresh start with college. I was gay and that’s what I presented to a new group of people as I moved here,’ Rannells tells The Advocate in an interview posted Tuesday (10 July). ‘I continue to be so fortunate, particularly in the past year. It could have been an issue in The Book of Mormon,but it was never brought up. No one cared that I’m gay.’
To read more about this and to see a scene from Normal, go to Gay Star News.
Gale Harold has way too many loyal fans for me to ever forget his birthday!
I’ve been hearing from them since the start of the day in Europe!
I think it is wonderfully sweet.
A super fan from Spain who asked me not to use her name writes: “Gale has people following him from many parts of the world: Russia, Italy, Korea, China, Philippines, Australia, France, Spain, United States, Canada, Brasil, Mexico, Argentina Dubai, and many more… He stole our hearts giving life to Brian Kinney and he continues make us happy when we seen him acting in Television, theater or movies.”
Gale, who turns 43 today, missed out on the Queer as Folk reunion in Germany last month. Instead, he was attending the Sundance’s Director´s Lab at The Sundance Institute. (He’s pictured below with Sundance´s Artistic Director Gyula Gazdagz)
I had some dental work done on Friday so was not in the mood to do much else than settle in and see what all the fuss about Downton Abbey was all about.
I totally get it now.
By Saturday afternoon, I had watched the entire first season and was just beginning the third episode of season 2 when I had to leave for a friend’s party.
Anyway, that’s probably a bit of oversharing since this post is about the gorgeous actor who appears in one very memorable episode of the series. His name is Theo James and the character he plays is Turkish diplomat Kemal Pamuk.
If you’ve seen the show, then you know why he is so memorable. If you haven’t, you’ll just have to check it out for yourself!
Theo is a 27-year-old English actor who also starred with Kate Beckinsale in Underworld: Awakening.
But his biggest break is landing the lead in the CBS drama Golden Boy set to debut this fall. The show was originally set to star Ryan Phillippe. He will star as Clark, a man who goes from being a cop to working as a detective and ultimately a police commissioner.
Okay folks, if you live in the Los Angeles area then you are no doubt counting the days until the start of Outfest 2012.
That day is Thursday and I. Can’t. Wait.
This is Christmas in July as far as I’m concerned, 12 days of a series of interesting and wonderful experiencing watching films, seeing old friends, meeting new people, going to parties.
I’ve been watching some of the screeners and so far, I can highly recommend Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean, Gayby, Sassy Pants, White Frog, and the documentary Mississippi: I Am as well as the brilliant musical short Something Real.
I’ll be writing more about each of these before they screen and plan to see a handful more movies over the next few days. Just wanted to kick things off today with this trailer that gives you an excellent taste of what is ahead!
You get invited to a lot of places and events then you go home and write about it.
But what if a good friend of yours invites you to see his one man show? What if it’s not any good? What if you are caught taking a nap in the theater during the show (this happened to a critic I worked at a newspaper with – no names!).
Well, I took a chance and went to see my friend, David Trudell’s show at Skylight Theater/Skylab in Los Feliz on Sunday afternoon.
It’s called In Heat In Hollywood and is described as “a sexy, hip, irreverent and delirious thrill ride through mid-life.”
I was operating on about three hours sleep after waking up at 5 a.m. to watch Wimbledon and didn’t have time for a nap before the 2:30 p.m. show.
I did not yawn once!
Sure, I knew David could tell a terrific anecdote but I honestly did not know what to expect on stage because I had not seen him perform before.
Well, that charming and effervescent man I know from our happy hours together is the man we see on stage for over an hour regaling us with funny, touching, raw and scary stories about his life as a gay man – first in New York then in Los Angeles.
I’ll be honest with you – I did not expect the show to be this good!
David uses minimal props and yet he fills the stage with his personality and has a wonderful connection with the audience. As with many of us gay men, our mothers provide us with great material. Whether it’s his mom barging into his room as he’s performing Donna Summer’sMacArthur Park or her first visit to see him in West Hollywood where he lived with his boyfriend, there’s very good stuff here.
There is also very moving material about a life-threatening illness David battled and the perspective that has brought to his life.
And I’ll just tell you now – SPOILER ALERT – at one point David is completely naked! Let’s just say he had a one-night stand that went VERY wrong and this is the funniest part of the show (not his being naked, but his brilliant recounting of this very memorable evening).
I loved the show and am so proud of my friend!
The show grew from David’s participation in Michael Kearns’ acting workshop.
It began its run on June 17 (It has been extended for three more weekends so there’s still time to see it).
Kudos to David and to director Michael Kearns (Michael’s memoirThe Truth is Bad Enough: What Became of The Happy Hustler) has just been released) for a wonderful collaboration.
I highly recommend you try and catch this show over the next three weeks. It is performed on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and the theater is right on the main drag in Los Feliz.
Ernest Borgnine, the Oscar winning actor (Marty) who is probably best known for his starring role on television’s McHale’s Navy, died on Sunday at the age of 95.
I snapped this photo of him three years ago at the Creative Arts Emmys where he was a nominee for a television movie he had done.
I asked Mr. Borgnine how a man of his age (he was a mere 92 then) continued to work in such high-caliber projects. He said: “Listen, why not?” I’m still young (laughs). What the heck. Age is just a number, it’s what you do with it that counts. I’m just not bent over and reaching for an old chair. I’m still going!”
What a great attitude! No wonder he lived to be 95!
Roger Federer, wearing a three-piece tuxedo with his All England Club membership badge pinned to a lapel, was dapper as ever at Sunday night’s Wimbledon Champions Ball.
It’s the seventh time he’s attended as champion and the first time since 2009.
”It does feel familiar, but you don’t take it for granted,” said 17-time major champion Federer. ”I also had to wait a few years, and I had a couple of tough losses along the way, so I do enjoy it, I guess, so much more. It was very emotional out there. Andy [Murray] playing his part, me playing my part. So it was a very special occasion today for men’s tennis, I thought.”
Federer said it was particularly moving for him to have his twin daughters, who turn 3 this month, at Centre Court to see him accept his trophy.
”Three years, when I was (at the dinner) last time, and I played against Andy Roddick, my wife was heavy pregnant then. And now here the girls are, out and watching me lift the Wimbledon trophy. It’s very, very special for me. I don’t think they’ll remember one day, but at least they have the pictures to go with it,” he said. ”And for us, the memories are amazing. And for me, today, on court, it was one of the most incredible experiences – as a player, and as a dad, at the same time.”
While Federer has a handsome men’s champion, Serena Williams wowed in a gold gown to match the gold plate that she lifted over her head for the fifth time over the weekend. This is the third time Federer and Williams won Wimbledon singles titles in the same year.
When their playing days are over, Venus Williams and Serena Williams are going to be able to know that when it came to Wimbledon, they really did it all.
The sisters won the women’s doubles title on Saturday for the fifth time to go along with the fifth singles crown Serena had won earlier in the day. Venus, who lost in the first round this year, already has five singles trophies.
That’s 10 titles each in singles and doubles and 16 overall as a family (Serena also won the mixed doubles in 1998).
It is just an astonishing record.
The sisters return to Wimbledon in three weeks to compete as a doubles team at the London Olympics where they are the two-time defending gold medalists. Venus also won the gold medal in singles at the 2000 Games.
It’s days like this that the depth of my tennis fandom emerges.
I was so excited about today’s Wimbledon men’s final that I didn’t fall asleep until past 2 a.m. then awoke at 5 a.m. to watch the pre-match coverage on ESPN.
So, I’m kind of a sleepy wreck as I write this!
But it was all worth it to see such a high-quality match between Roger Federer and Andy Murray. I would have been happy for Murray and for all of Britain if he had become the first British man in more than 70 years to take the title but it was not to be.
Federer was simply too good in the end and beat Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to win a record-tying seventh Wimbledon title. (Pete Sampras also has seven). It was a HUGE win for Federer because with it, he reclaims the number one ranking in men’s tennis for the first time in two years and on Monday, will tie Sampras’s record for the most weeks ranked number one.
Overall, it is Federer’s 17th grand slam title – more than any other male player in history. Sampras is second with 14. His current archrivals, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, have 11 and 5 slams, respectively.
Which brings us to Murray who has won none. Today’s lost was his fourth in a slam final bit it was his best performance in a title round. He was simply beaten, he did not beat himself.
“I’m getting closer!” an emotional Murray told the Centre Court crowd which had unabashedly been in his corner.
Murray unsuccessfully held back tears but finally managed to say more: “I’d like to congratulate Roger. … He’s not bad for a 3o year old.He showed what fight he still has left in him.”
He then got tearful again as be thanked the crowd: “Everyone always talks about the pressure of playing at Wimbledon. It’s not [because of] the people watching. They make it so much easier to play.”
Here is video of Murray’s very emotional post-match moments:
Federer, who gave Murray a hug, had kind words for his opponent who he has also beaten in US Open and Australian Open finals.
“He’s done so well over the years, been so consistent. It shows he cares so dearly about tennis. He will win at least one grand slam title. That’s what I hope for Andy.”
Of being back in the grand slam winners circle for the first time since the 2010 Australian Open Federer said: “Obviously I couldn’t be more happy. It feels great to be back here as the winner. It’s a great moment. It’s amazing. … I never stopped believing.”
Either Roger Federer will become a seven-time champion or Andy Murray will become the first British man to win the title in more than 70 years.
Today’s Morning Men Classics are five of the most attractive Wimbledon champions of the past three decades or so: American Andre Agassi (1992), Sweden’s Stefan Edberg (1988 and 1990), Sweden’s Bjorn Borg (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1980), Germany’s Boris Becker (1985, 1986 and 1989) and Australia’s Pat Cash (1987).
Boy, looking at Edberg’s muscular legs in those short shorts sure makes you miss 70s and 80s tennis fashion!
According to Deadline Hollywood, Jennifer Lopez is developing an hour-long drama ABC Family about a lesbian couple who suddenly have their already child heavy household turned upside down when a wayward teenage girl moves in.
Queer as Folk alum Peter Paige, an accomplished writer, director and producer, created the still-untitled series with Brad Bredeweg. They will write and executive produce.
More on the characters: One of the mothers is a cop, the other is a private school teacher. They have one biological son and adopted teen twins, one a boy, the other a girl. The American idol judge is said to be planning to guest star in the show. Lopez will executive produce the series, which the network is fast tracking.