Didn’t want to let the entire blogging day pass without wishing a very happy 40th birthday to one of my favorite actors: Gerard Butler.
I’m still trying to get over that totally gratuitous nude scene he had in Law-Abiding Citizen quite frankly! He talked about getting naked with the Associated Press at the time of the film’s release.
“I love to show my rear end in roles. I fear it’s becoming a bit of a habit, a tradition that I have to show my ass in every movie that I can,” said the actor. “This was always a great scene in the movie and actually speaks volumes about this character and part of the wackiness and unexpectedness that happens… He’s completely unpredictable and so when he strips off it makes sense.”
“I mean there’s a genius behind that and if it means I have to bare my ass again than so be it. I’ve always had a skinny, tight ass but I had to bulk up for this film; I was inspired by watching (Robert) DeNiro in Taxi Driver during the scene where he’s doing the push-ups and he’s so cut. A lot more is said in that than somebody just being big and kind of a meathead…Whenever I make those decisions to be naked, I go, ‘Oh shit here’s another three months of being on a diet and getting that body back!’”
Anyway, hope the star of 300, P.S. I Love You, RocknRolla, The Phantom of the Opera and The Ugly Truth is celebrating somewhere in just his birthday suit!
TV Guide’s new “The Hot List” issue arrived in my mailbox yesterday and it includes a little chat with Adam Lambert.
The release date of Adam’s new CD For Your Entertainment is still more than a week away! Good God, release it already!
Adam addresses the controversy over the album’s cover image: “I think it’s funny! It was supposed to feel kitschy like Bowie or Boy George. I did the Details magazine cover , which was the total other end of the spectrum. The thing that bums me out is I don’t know why it’s so confusing. I just took a pretty picture and put on some makeup. How does eye-liner or slicked back hair have anything to do with who you’re sleeping with?”
But as far as the music goes, the response to what has been heard so far has been terrific: “My single just came out and I went to a club the other night and one of the people was like ‘You should get the DJ to play your song.’ It was really cool. They were dancing, so that’s a good sign.”
Whoopi Goldberg does a fine job on The View but you have to wonder if she ever thinks: “What the hell am I doing sitting across from this convervative blond robot Elisabeth Hasselbeck when I could be making movie?”
It seems like ages ago but Whoopi has made a lot of movies and some of them were quite good. There was her Oscar-nominated debut in The Color Purple and other dramatic roles in such films as Clara’s Heart (opposite Neil Patrick Harris!), The Long Walk Home, Ghosts of Mississippi, Boys on the Side and How Stella Got Her Groove Back.
But she has been the best in comedies starting with Jumping Jack Flash followed by the hugely successful Sister Act films. She also made a lot of forgettable films but one that no one will ever forget is Ghost.
Whoopi played psychic Oda Mae Brown and really stole every scene she shared with the late Patrick Swayze who was at the peak of his heartthrob days. She became the first African-American actress since Hattie McDaniel won for Gone With the Wind in 1937 to win an Academy Award when she took home the best supporting actress prize in 1991.
Today is Whoopi’s 54th birthday and I thought we’d celebrate with some of her scenes from Ghost. Enjoy!
Once I figured out that Jason Schwartzman and Justin Long were not the same person, I realized that I have a crush on both of them!
The actor best-known for his roles in such films as Rushmore, Shopgirl, Marie Antoinette, and The Darjeeling Limited, is now starring in HBO’s noirish comedy series Bored to Death and voices the role of George Clooney’s son in the animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book Fantastic Mr. Fox, which opens today in limited release.
Jason did a fun interview with Brandon Voss for Advocate.com that I highly recommend. Here is a little taste:
Then you must not mind gay rumors.
Oh, are there really rumors about me? That’s fine if there are. What can I do about it? Like I said, I enjoy confusion and fear normalcy. What are your thoughts on the Hollywood closet?
First of all, I’ve never worked with anyone I knew to be in the closet. I have a lot of gay friends, but no one’s ever hidden it from me. Listen, I don’t know the point of life, but I do know it feels best in those moments you’re really living. I’ve been the unhappiest when I feel closed off out of fear. Everyone — gay, not gay, closet, or walk-in closet — should have the life they deserve. Don’t make your life any smaller than it should be.
If nothing else, Jason, I hope our little chat has bolstered your self-esteem and made you better aware of your gay fans.
Thanks, because I’m not aware of any fans. I do nothing to live in secrecy, but I really don’t get recognized anywhere. Though I was walking my dog recently when someone yelled, “Hey, Jason!” They said it so sweetly that I turned around and said, “Hey!” Then they said, “Fuck you, you asshole!” and drove away.
Who can forget the time, early in season one of Brothers & Sisters, when Kevin Walker bit into a red velvet cupcake left by Scotty Waddell and smiled.
We pretty much knew right then that he loved Scotty. I think I loved him too!
It took them awhile to get together and stay together and now they are the most solid of any of the relationships involving the Walker children.
This season, Kevin (Matthew Rhys) and Scotty (Luke Macfarlane) are discussing becoming parents and AfterElton.com editor Michael Jensen has just posted an interview with new show-runner David Marshall Grant about it.
“Surrogacy is going to be a big factor for them this season,” Grant says. “We’re going to follow the natural progression of it, and the drama of it, and the ups and downs of surrogacy. We’re going to try to take it in a time appropriate pace in our story. I think it’ll be with us for the whole rest of the season. … They go through the process of having to pick the egg donor and then you have get them all together and harvest the egg, then you have to figure out who’s eggs are whose, which one are you going to implant, does the implantation take. It’s just so many steps in that journey. We want to really mine and honor all the steps along the way when you try for surrogacy.
Grant wouldn’t say whether there will actually be a baby on the way by the end of the season but if the couple does become parents, he insists they will in no way become neutered as gay men: “…This is a show where Kevin and Scotty nearly had a threeway on ABC, so I hardly think we’ve been desexualizing Scotty and Kevin. I think they make out more than most other characters in the show actually. I think we’ve been really conscious to maintain their sexuality, and I think we’ve done a great job of that. I think ABC deserves enormous kudos for letting us.”
I don’t believe in all that Friday the 13th bad luck stuff but just in case, I’m not leaving the house all damned day!
Someone who can’t be spending very much time at home is busy Kathy Griffin!
Between her book, her new comedy CD, her TV special, appearances at signings and on every show from Behar to Conan, our favorite redhead is everywhere.
But early next year, she’s going to be somewhere we would not expect: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit!
TVGuide.com reports that Kathy will play a lesbian activist in a rare dramatic role on the sbow’s Feb. 10 episode.
The way I see it, she’s got to be doing this to try and win a third Emmy – the first for acting. Law & Order: SVU is Emmy central for guest actresses with Ellen Burstyn winning one this year, Cynthia Nixon the year before that and Leslie Caron in 2007.
Kathy’s two Emmys are in the outstanding reality show category for her Bravo show My Life on the D-List.
AGASSI’S CO-WRITER: Andre Agassi’s new book has certainly been making all kinds of headlines with its revelations about drug use, a hairpiece and scary tennis stage parent. It’s also been getting really terrific reviews and a big part of that is due to the fact that Andre sought out JR Moehringinger to collaborate with him.
JR wrote the acclaimed memoir The Tender Bar, which Andre was a great fan of, and had won a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing while at the Los Angeles Times.
According to a piece in The New York Times, their collaboration on Agassi’s Open: An Autobiography was so intense that Mr. Moehringer wound up moving to Las Vegas, and their taping sessions together, some 250 hours in all, sometimes resembled psychoanalysis.
“Our first few interviews were just painful,” Mr. Moehringer recalled. “He was completely locked — stilted, resistant, halting. His memory was crystalline about matches but not about relationships. He hadn’t reached any conclusions about them and couldn’t make connections.”
Mr. Agassi recalled that both during the interviews and later, when the two of them pored over the transcripts together, he sometimes felt he was in an intense tennis match. “I have a lot of capacity for pain, but I didn’t understand how hard this process would be. I was being asked to talk about the subject I know least about: me.”
I knew JR back in the mid-90s when we were both working for the LA Times. I still remember his first day there because it was when Orange County filed for bankruptcy and I ended up on a story either that day or the next with JR and Eric Lichtblau, now a Pulitzer winner in the Washington bureau of the NY Times.
While we shared a byline on that story, JR refused to have his name on the cover of title page of Agassi’s book: “The midwife doesn’t go home with the baby,” he told the NY Times this week. “It’s Andre’s memoir, not our memoir, not a memoir ‘as told to.’ It’s his accomplishment, and he made the final choices.”
BEEFCAKE SPECIAL: And finally, here is Oscar-nominated actor Mark Wahlberg in the upcoming film Date Night.
Back in the day, when he was still better known as Marky Mark, these kinds of photos were his specialty – especially as a model for Calvin Klein underwear!
But Mark kept his clothes on more and more as he ascended to movie stardom in such film as Boogie Nights, A Perfect Storm, The Italian Job, Invincible and The Departed.
In Date Night, a comedy out next April starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey, Mark opens the door looking like this!
If you watch CBS’s The Mentalist on Thursday nights, then you already know that star Simon Baker is not the only hunk of man on that show.
Welsh actor Owain Yeoman has also been turning the heads of women amd gay men as Agent Wayne Rigsby.
If the 31-year-old actor looks familiar, it’s because he was also a cast member of the short-lived series Kitchen Confidential which starred Bradley Cooper, was part of the large ensemble on the ABC drama The Nine, and appeared in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill.
Owain not only has beauty and brawn, he also has brains. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and graduated from Oxford with a degree in English Literature.
Carrie Prejean has everybody talking today about her rather strange appearance on Larry King Live Wednesday night. He threatened to walk out of the interview and at one point took her microphone off when King asked her about her lawsuit settlement with the Miss California USA pageant.
She told the King, who turns 76 next week, that he was being “inappropriate” for asking why she decided to suddenly settle. It has been widely reported that Prejean quickly settled for far less than the $1 million she had been seeking because a sex tape she had made for an ex-boyfriend had surfaced.
King told Entertainment Tonight earlier today that he “didn’t understand it all” when Prejean called him “inappropriate.”
“I won’t even dignify it,” he said. “I didn’t ask anything wrong. I didn’t know what was inappropriate. I’m doing my job.”
Carrie has a new book out called Still Standing which came out just days after news of the sex tape surfaced. It’s the latest in a string of controversies that have surrounded her beginning with the night of the Miss USA pageant where she was asked by blogger Perez Hilton, a judge, about gay marriage. She stated her opposition to what she called “opposite marriage” and this later ignited a feud with Hilton that Prejean has parlayed into becoming a darling of the far right and something of a poster child against gay marriage.
She was later fired as Miss California for not doing her job, two sets of topless photos surfaced, news of her breast implants were made public, lawsuits and counter-suits were filed and on and on and has now come to a head this week with the book and a string of memorable appearances to say the least!
Donald Trump, owner of the Miss Universe Organization, reacts to the Larry King appearance: “Well, I actually was watching. I am a big fan of Larry King and I was watching this and I was very surprised to see it because she was talking about how inappropriate [Larry King] was,” he said in an interview with HLN’s Showbiz Tonight.
“‘Inappropriate’ is more of a sexual term, as far as I’m concerned,” Trump went on to say. “I mean — inappropriate? He asked a very, very easy question and I was surprised that she just didn’t say, ‘Hey, listen, I can’t answer that question.’ Instead she wants to walk off the stage? It was very surprising.”
Below is King’s fellow CNN anchor Anderson Cooper called the whole incident “bizarre” and noted that while Prejean is smiling through it all: “The smile that masks so much.”
And finally, there are the ladies of The View who had hosted Prejean on their show a day earlier.
Huffington Post provides a blow-by-blow of the ladies discussing Prejean’s behavior on King’s show:
Predictably, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepard attempted to defend Prejean, arguing that King shouldn’t have pushed her on the subject because he should have known it was off-limits. Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg, however, thought Prejean handled herself poorly.
“All I’m asking is, be fair to her,” Elisabeth said.
“You know what, she’s also got to be fair,” Whoopi responded. “We had her on the show, we asked legitimate questions. And maybe they were not the most comfortable, but she was a little bitchy, I have to say….so I’m a little cranky at her.”
“I think what she is experiencing is a little of a backlash that maybe is unwarranted in some ways, and she is fighting for her life at this point,” Elisabeth said.
“She’s the one who put herself out there, she didn’t have to write the book!” Joy shot back. “She can go into hiding, nobody would care. They’d say, ‘Oh that pretty girl, what happened to her?’”
“Why do you hate her so much?” Elisabeth asked Joy.
“I don’t hate her, I hate hypocrisy,” Joy responded. “I don’t hate her, Elisabeth. Don’t say that. It has nothing to do with hate.”
After enduring Carrie Prejean on The View,. I’m sure Joy Behar was happy to get back to the set of her nightly HLN show which has quickly turned into must-see TV.
Last night, Joy welcomed Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black to the sh0w for a discussion about the Mormon church and at the end, he shared how damaging the anti-gay rhetoric was for him when he was young: “When I was a little kid in the Mormon Church I heard the head of the Mormon Church … and he said next to the sin of murder comes the sin of homosexuality. It was so devastating because because I knew I was gay when I was 8.”
When Joy asked if he had any advice for gay kids, she made a lame joke about not “watching Project Runway in front of your parents.”
Lance didn’t just laugh and let it go. He replied: “No, keep watching it and let them know it’s okay.”
Every once in awhile, a delicious sitcom character comes along that you can’t imagine anyone else playing.
That is definitely true of Megan Mullally and her rich, selfish, drug-addled, lazy, mouthy and boozy Will & Grace alter-ego Karen Walker. The actress won two Emmys during her eight seasons on the show and was nominated every single year.
If you think about it, Karen had a special comic relationship with everyone on the show whether it was her loyal but beleaguered maid Rosario (Shelly Morrison), her nemesis Beverly Leslie (Leslie Jordan) her partner in crime Jack (Sean Hayes), or her verbal punching bags Will (Eric McCormack) and Grace (Debra Messing).
Today, the actress turns 51 years old and I thought we’d celebrate with some Karen clips and some of her best one-liners:
“If you want people to like you you have to buy them things.”
“You say potato, I say vodka.”
“Oh yeah, honey, we’re all lesbians when the right man isn’t around.”
“Oh, just climb on top of each other and get it over with already.”
“I like Will’s family. They drink.”
“It’s not something you can just run away from like a hotel bill or a crying baby.“
“Good Lord. I can’t believe I’m at a public pool. Why doesn’t somebody just pee directly on me?“
“I stared death in the face and let me tell you… it wasn’t pretty” [Looks over and sees Rosario] “Ah!! There it is again!!”
[To Jack]: “No one in the world would believe you’re straight. You’re as gay as a clutchpurse on Tony night. You fell outta the gay tree, hitting every gay branch on the way down. And ya landed on a gay guy… and ya did ‘em. No, no, honey, your gayness can be seen from space.“
“Beverly Leslie is a homosexual. I repeat, Beverly Leslie is a homosexual.”
Rosie O’Donnell is gonna have to give this a rest!
On Howard Stern’s radio show this week, AfterEllen.com reports that Rosie – now also a radio host on Sirius XM – got onto the topic of the world’s most famous BFF’s Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King.
Rosie thinks there is more to this twosome than meets the eye: “I think [Oprah’s] never been married and she’s exceptionally close to Gayle. I don’t know that [Oprah] and Gayle are necessarily doing each other, but I think they are the emotional equivalent of.. [a gay couple]. When they did that road trip, that’s as gay as it gets, and I don’t mean it to be an insult, either. I’m just saying, listen, if you ask me, that’s the couple.”
Wow. I guess I’ve been part of a couple with a number of friends – both straight and gay – who I’ve gone on road trips with and have been extremely close to emotionally.
It’s a stupid thing to keep talking about and an insult to all those wonderful friendships that are indeed just what they seem.
Gayle was asked about Rosie’s comments this week and was gracious enough to respond to the silliness: “The thing [is], if we were gay, we would tell you. We would so tell you. We wouldn’t try to keep that a secret because there’s nothing wrong with being gay. So if we were, we would tell you. The truth of the matter is we’re not. It’s hard enough for me to get a date on a Saturday night as it is. This isn’t a rumor I’m trying to continue to explore, but no there’s nothing, there’s nothing wrong with it.”
There’s a pretty nice profile on Cheyenne Jackson in today’s Los Angeles Times which suggests that the tall, dark and handsome out Broadway star would be an ideal choice to play the late closeted movie star Rock Hudson.
“I’d love to play Rock Hudson,” Jackson says in the article. “I find fascinating this idea of having to create a totally different persona than who you are. He obviously made the best choices he could at the time but I find his life heartbreaking.”
Hudson was one of Hollywood’s biggest matinee idols and also 0ne of its most famous closet cases. He starred in such films as Giant, Pillow Talk and Magnificent Obsession before segueing into television with the long-running hit McMillan and Wife.
Jackson’s film career has been fairly modest with a role in United 93 but he has soared on Broadway where he is currently starring in the musical Finian’s Rainbow. He also has a new CD out with Michael Feinstein called The Power of Two and has landed a recurring role on NBC’s 30 Rock.
I just love this quote Jackson gives about being an open book about his sexuality: “I know people like mystery and I try, I really do. At the start of rehearsals, I’ll look at someone sitting in the corner, dark, brooding and mysterious. And I’ll say to myself, ‘This time out, I’m going to be like him.’ But by lunchtime, I’m ‘La, la, la, la, la!’ ” and along with those falsetto notes, Jackson does a high kick that would do a Rockette proud.
Cherry Jones opens up a bit about her life and career in a new interview posted on Advocate.com.
A recent Emmy winner for her performance as the President of the United States in 24, Miss Jones is finally achieving a level of fame and recognition deserving for someone of her immense talent.
Even though she was a huge star on Broadway, 24 marks the first time large segments of the public have seen her work. It was that lack of fame that resulted in Meryl Streep being cast in the role of Sister Aloysiusin the film version of Doubt even though Miss Jones had been so acclaimed and won her second Tony Award for her stage performance.
“I’m a very pragmatic person, and I knew that so many more people would see the film if it was [with] Meryl,” says Jones. “I knew [it] was going to need a name and who that name might be because it’s one of the greatest roles for anybody over 50.”
When she won the Tony for Doubt in 2005, she created a bit of a buzz when she kissed her then-girlfriend, actress Sarah Paulson on national TV. But when she accepted her Emmy, there was no mention of Paulson – and people noticed.
“Sarah told me there was a hubbub online,” Jones says of the reaction.
She reveals that the couple had ended their six-year relationship in June.
“We joke that we’ve been trying to separate since the moment we met,” she said. “We’re just so different. Obviously the age difference [Paulson is 34], but if we were more alike, I think the age difference wouldn’t have mattered.”
I’m feeling so much better today! Guess my little illness yesterday was not Swine Flu! C’mon, you know you thunk you have it with every sneeze or cough. It’s got us all a but on edge!
Anyway, it’s so great that Southland, canceled inexplicably by NBC before its season premiere, will begin airing on TNT early next year. I love the show and am eager to see the development of Michael Cudlitz’s gay cop character of John Cooper.
Cudlitz was the most vocal about NBC’s treatment of the show and I’m glad that he popped off a bit because I think he was speaking for the fans and probably also for his castmates who certainly deserved better.
“I really do feel like it’s going to do fantastic, it may even be a bigger hit this time around,” he told Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello. “I’m just really happy that the show gets a chance to sink or swim based on what we’ve done creatively, and it’s not some arbitrary business decision.”
In all 13 episides were shot, seven which aired last spring. When they are re-aired on TNT, they will apparently have some additional footage that did not air on NBC.
“It’s my understanding that the actual episodes will have more airtime on TNT, so I believe they will be going back in and [adding] content,” Cudlitz said. “They’ll have the opportunity, and, in my opinion the need, to open up the [initial seven] episodes a little bit.”
If ratings are good, TNT will greenlight production of more episodes of Southland which also stars Ben McKernzie, Regina King and Tom Everett Scott.
SHE’S BACK: Remember the year Whitney Houston won something like eight American Music Awards the year of The Bodyguard soundtrack? If you were too young to remember or still in elementary school, I think I hate you.
So Miss Houston will be making a triumphant to the AMAs later this month – her first appearance in a decade – where she will perform her powerhouse ballad I Didn’t Know My Own Strengthand be presented with the American Music Awards International Artist Award.
It’s a brilliant move by the AMAs because it assures them of a real big moment and gives Whitney a chance to build onto her recent comeback which started with the August release of her seventh studio album I Look To You which debuted No. 1. After so many years away, well-chronicled personal problems and her voice not quite what it was, hopefully Whitney will settle into a nice second career where she is happy and healthy.
“We’re honored to have Whitney Houston back on the AMA stage after ten years,” American Music Awards producer Larry Klein said in a statement. “She has won the most AMA’s of any female artist in history and is without a doubt an international superstar so it’s only fitting we honor her with the “International Artist Award” this year at such an important time in her career.”
In all, Miss Houston has been nominated 37 times and won 21 AMAs in her career.
Other announced performers at the AMAs include Rihanna, Green Day, Shakira, Mary J. Blige, Keith Urban, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, The Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry and Adam Lambert.
FRANCO CHECKS IN: And finally, here is a teaser for James Franco’s upcoming storyline in General Hospital. The Milk star’s storyline kicks off on Nov. 20 and it will be interesting to see him in this format.
We’ve seen plenty of performers act in soaps before they become big movie stars but this is the first time, that I can recall, that a star at the height of their career chose to go that route. (Elizabeth Taylor’s movie career was nearly dormant when she did her guest stint on General Hospital in 1981).
Air Force Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach would have been an ideal Veterans Day Morning Man but your faithful blogger didn’t think of it until today!
But really, any day is a good day to spotlight this American hero and fighter pilot who during an 18-year career in the military, completed 88 combat missions, 2,189 total flying hours, 1,487 fighter hours and 488 combat hours. He has received eight air medals, one for Heroism, and was hand-picked to protect the Washington, D.C. airspace after 9/11. He flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, targeting the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
His reward? He was discharged earlier this year – just two years short of retirement – because he is gay.
Fehrenbach is one of the best examples of why the military’s discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy is a farce and must be repealed immediately.
We should be so grateful to this man not only for his service, but for his courage in speaking out against this shameful policy.
Love this interview with Audrey Hepburn because it’s so wide-ranging and she is so relaxed and candid.
It’s a conversation with Barbara Walters from twenty years ago that took place on a beach in Mexico. Hepburn was about to turn 60 and really seemed happy with her life as an ambassador for UNICEF which was the main passion of the final years of her life (She died of cancer in 1993).
She tells Barbara about how she achieved her signature look, about how she believes Julie Andrews should have been given the lead in My Fair Lady, and about why she gave up movies at the height of her success in order to raise her two sons.
I’ve posted the entire interview here and the first part has a nice retrospective of the Hepburn career that included such classics as Breakfast at Tiffanys, My Fair Lady, Roman Holiday, Funny Face, Two for the Road, Sabrina, The Children’s Hour, Charade A Nun’s Story and Wait Until Dark, among others.
To those sick to death of anti-gay marriage activist and former Miss California Carrie Prejean, sorry! But I can’t look away from this train wreck just yet.
She went on Larry King Live tonight to promote her book Still Standing and what transpired was a rather bizarre couple of minutes of television.
Larry King asked her about the lawsuit settlement with pageant officials that everyone in the world knows came about because of a solo sex tape Prejean made for an old boyfriend. King got the standard Prejean “I’m not discussing a confidential agreement” reply which all0ws her to duck admitting that she quickly settled the suit because of the tape.
She then dressed Larry down for being extremely inappropriate – said so at least three times even after he tried to move on and take a caller.
“I didn’t mean to be inappropriate, I was just asking a logical question,” a clearly agitated King said as Prejean took her mic off and stopped participating in the interview.
My bet is SNL writers are already busy writing a sketch of this!
Some people, including Kathy Griffin on Twitter tonight, seem to think the sex tape was leaked as a way to sell more books. Maybe but I doubt it. This hissy on Larry King Live, however, does seem a bit premediated because he had backed off rather quickly and she still was so indignant over a question that she had been asked on other shows.
Okay, in a related item, Prejean has started a feud with Donald Trump too! Like I said, train wreck. She wrote in the book that Trump Trump divided up Miss USA pageant contestants based on their looks. He denies this and he is ticked!
“Carrie should be ashamed of herself,” Trump told Extra. “t was total nonsense — it was fiction in her imagination… I don’t even know how she came up with an idea like that. She should not have written that in the book.”
Wow! He sure went easier on her than he did on Rosie O’Donnell a few years back when she made fun of him on The View and called her a fat slob etc.
Not exactly a classy guy himself.
Here’s what Trump had to say about Prejean’s sex tape: “She’s trying to act like she’s a nun… so maybe she should release the sex tape and people would see whether or not she is a nun.”
Chad Allen is a wonderful actor whose recent film credits include Hollywood, je t’aime, Save Me and the Donald Strachey series of private detective films. He’s also starred in stage productions of Looped opposite Valerie Harper and in The Little Dog Laughed.
Chad was a busy child actor on TV’s Our House, St. Elsewhere and other series then became a star when he was just a teenager on Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman.
He also came out as a gay man several years ago paving the way for such TV stars as TR Knight, Neil Patrick Harris, Luke Macfarlane and others who have come after him.
As good as an actor as Chad is, he’s also just as good at expressing himself when it comes to LGBT civil rights and has put in the time working for marriage equality and raising money for HIV-AIDS.
When I saw Chad at the GLAAD Tidings event a feew nights ago, I was eager to get his take on the recent vote in Maine in which same-sex marriage was outlawed by voters.
“I’m not going to lie to you, it hit me in the gut,” Chad admitted. “I was extremely disappointed. I really thought we had a good chance. I think the bottom line is, if we walked away with a lesson, it’s that we still have hearts and minds to change but at the same time, nobody’s interested in waiting around to let our rights rest on the laurels of people who get to vote on whether or not we get to be free.”
He believes the issue needs to be addressed federally just like other civil rights battles have been and enough with these individual state votes.
“I think we all hoped we could go the easier softer route but the fact is, nobody has the business of voting on people’s rights,” Chad said. “The constitution exists to protect minorities like us from majority votes. We need the constitution to stand up for us. We need politicians and like-minded, fair-minded people to stand up and insist that the constitution protect us the way it’s designed to do. I really am looking forward to some [federal] legal battles that are coming up. We need legal precedent. It’s time that those who claim that they’re on our side from the president on down stand up to protect us because we’re getting a little bit thrown to the wolves and I’m personally getting sick of it.”
I also asked Chad about the recent LA Times poll which showed that in California – where voters banned gay marriage by passing Prop. 8 last year – a majority of voters say they are not ready to vote on the issue again next year which is when some groups want to attempt to overturn Prop. 8.
“The fact is, I don’t know if we got to vote in 2010 that things would be any different,” Chad said. “Maybe it’s not enough time to change people’s hearts. But is that the right way for us to get there anyway? I think we all know that in the end, we have this thing won. It’s a question of how long. How long do we have to sit around and be treated unfairly until we see justice served? I’m more interested in the quickest way we get to that end.”
Chad is very direct about what he thinks is going on with some who say they support civil unions but stop short of supporting marriage: “People seem to feel like it’s time that we have equal civil rights as long as we don’t call it marriage and I think that’s a disgusting and unfair way to hide their bigotry. We need to start calling it for what it is.”
I’m telling you, I’m glad this guy is on my side because he is dynamite!
I also talked to Chad about his latest acting projects and he is very excited about a film called Spork which he produced and has a small part in. It will be hitting the festival circuit sometime next year.
“It’s one of the strangest parts I’ve ever played. I play a hillbilly, trailer trash guy [named Loogie]. Definitely an odd part for me to be playing. But primarily I produced the picture and I’m really proud of it. It’s a sweet little, funny, tender picture about a 14-year-old hermaphrodite and her journey of self-acceptance. She in many ways represents that part in all of us that feel like they’ll never fit in. I’m excited to get it out there.”
Chad is also going to New Jersey to act in the film Under the Influence but can’t reveal too much about that – yet!
I never thought I’d see this on a daytime soap: a hot guy clad in only towel kissing his hot boyfriend. That’s what happened in this episode of One Life to Live. Now that Oliver (Scott Evans) and Kyle (Brett Claywell) are finally giving their relationship a real try, Oliver reveals how nervous he is about being with a man after so long.
“I don’t want to disappoint you,” he tells Kyle who responds: “You couldn’t.”
“I haven’t been with a man since college, since you,” Oliver says.
Kyle states the obvious: “I’m sure it’ll come back to you.”
They decide to stay in rather than go out to a movie but their night of passion is interrupted by Cristian and Layla who have embarked on a passionate romance of their own. (Lemme tell ya, if Oliver and Kyle kissed the way Cristian and Layla do – very passionately, very sexy – this show would be even more sizzling hot!).
The two new couples decide to stay in, watch a movie and hang out together and it’s all so sweet. What I love about them – and this is a tribute to the actors and the writers – is that they genuinely seem to care about each other.
I LOVE this show right now!
Below are clips from Monday’s show which preceded the clip above. Sorry for the out of sequence presentation!
Without Carson Kressley’s quick wit and humor, there is no way Queer Eye for the Straight Guy would have been the hit is was for Bravo television for five years.
Carson, the show’s fashion expert, was always at his funniest when he was going through the closets of the guys pre-makeover. He was working for Ralph Lauren when he was tapped for the show and parlayed that into fashion red carpet gigs at various award shows.
Carson, who turns 40 today, has made a pilot for his own talk show and enjoyed tremendous success as host of the Lifetime television series How to Look Good Naked. He’s also done some acting, worked on some books, designed a line of clothing and is the owner of American Saddlebred horses.