I have periods when I post a lot about Rosie O’Donnell but I just realized I had not checked her blog in several weeks. I had seen reports that there was trouble in paradise between Rosie and wife Kelli Carpenter but dismissed it as tabloid fodder.
But in a blog entry a few days ago, Rosie admits at least to some turbulence as she describes an encounter she had with a young cameraman for TMZ who, camera rolling, asks her “and u and ur wife… he said …whats up with that.”
Rosie’s reply in her poetry-style prose:
marriage is hard i told him
when u r married 12 years
lemme know how it goes
it aint easy
and thats my comment
thats all i got for u
its not a movie
or a sound bite for tv
its real life
just like urs
a family figuring it out
and on we go
ZAC ON THE SET: I’m getting a little long in the tooth to be drooling over someone as young as Zac Efron.
But I know that you all would want to see these new photos of shirtless Zac on the set of The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud.
In the movie, due out next year, Zac plays a guy haracter who mourns the death of his brother by working at the cemetery where his body is buried.
Sounds like a real change of pace from 17 Again, Hairspray and the High School Musical flicks!
BIRTHDAY BOY: There are few actors around who are as gracious – and gorgeous – as Jensen Atwood, the hunky star of the Noah’s Arc TV series and feature film as well as the here!TV gothic series Dante’s Cove.
Jensen turns 33 years old today.
I’ll never forget our first meeting about 5-6 years ago. I was at an after-party during Outfest and a handsome guy working the valet approached me to take my ticket. I said: “You look just like that guy from ‘Noah’s Arc.” He laughed and said, “That IS me!”
He is a straight actor who has embraced gay roles and has spoken out against homophobia within the African-American community.
“It’s definitely jump-started my career,” he said of Noah’s Arc when we spoke last fall. “These are unexpected choices that have fallen into my lap but I take them wholeheartedly and I’m thankful to have the fanbase that I have from Noah’s Arc, and from Dante’s Cove.”
Happy birthday Jensen!!!
GOOD CAUSE: This photo is from Saturday night’s Simply DiVine event in Beverly Hills benefitting the LA Gay & Lesbian Center. I chatted some wth Stevie St. John and Thomas Soule, two members of the center’s communcations staff.
Stevie has informed me that, in all, the event drew about 500 people and raised $160,000 for the center.
I saw the Katherine Heigl-Gerard Butler romantic comedy The Ugly Truth last night and the best thing I can really say about it is that Eric Winter is completely naked in it for a second, wrapped only in a towel for slightly longer and shirtless in a scene toward the end.
Although he had spent several years on the daytime soap Days of Our Lives, Eric first showed up on my radar a few seasons back on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters as Jason McAllister, the gay brother of Rob Lowe’s character who ends up in a relationship with Matthew Rhys‘ Kevin Walker.
I met Eric last year when he was at an event supporting his beautiful wofe, actress Roselyn Sanchez and asked him about his first big kiss with Matthew Rhys in a pantry and it is so forceful that they practically knock each other over.
“It was my first time because it was my first time playing a gay role,” Eric explained. “They make you feel right at home like they would any other acting piece. As actors, you welcome anything you’re gonna do no matter what and you just enjoy doing it in the sense of putting on a good performance with whatever character you’re playing. You want people to support it and be all about it.
Winter left the show (before returning for a few episodes a bit later) because he was one of the stars of CBS’ ambitious but quickly canceled musical drama Viva Laughlin.
“I loved Viva Laughlin,” he told me then. “I loved my experience with CBS and my cast on Viva so I was very heartbroken. We put a lot of effort into singing and the acting on the show so it was hard. But you know, all you can do is move on and be thankful that there’s other opportunities.”
Those opportunities have included the role as Heigl’s perfect man on paper in The Ugly Truth, a recurring role in the FOX series Moonlight and a part in the big-screen comedy Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantamano Bay.
This very fun event was held at the gorgeous Hancock Park home of Tim Corrigan. It was a very fun afternoon filled with food, laughs, music, and well, a few cocktails. The highlight was a Top Chef challenge between openly gay chefs Jamie Lauren and Richard Sweeney.
The compeition was hosted by openly gay celebrity Chef Paul McCullough, a former contestant of the Food Network’s The Next Food Network Star. Special guest judges included Robert Gant, Elizabeth Keener (The L Word) and Wilson Cruz.
“GLAAD Hancock Park – Top Chef Invasion” was presented by American Airlines, Barefoot Wines, Bravo Television, and SKYY. (I don’t usually give all those plugs for free but what the hell!).All proceeds benefit GLAAD’s work to ensure fair, accurate and inclusive representation of LGBT people in the media and fight anti-LGBT defamation.
Everyone wanted to know who these two hotties were the moment they arrived. Well, I found out: they are Mike Furey and Tom Napack of the band Dangerous Muse and they performed a special set during the event.
Actor Robert Gant was one of the celebrity judges and certainly seemed to be having a good time. Robert, best known for his roles in the TV series Queer as Folk, Popular and Caroline in the City, has continued to thrive appearing in the British series Personal Affairs and such films as Save Me and Kiss Me Deadly.
The lovely Thea Gill of Queer as Folk and Dante’s Cove fame looked fresh as a daisy despite the summer heat. Thea, so good in the movie Mulligans recently, will have a guest spot on CBS’s Ghost Whisperer this fall among other projects. Whatever she’s in, I wanna watch!
The studly and talented Doug Spearman also led some star power to the event. He reprised his role of Chance in last year’s Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom movie which was so enjoyable that I am still left to wonder this: WHY was that show even taken off the air?
Okay, who’s hotter? Wilson Cruz or his boyfriend? What a silly question! It’s a toss-up, of course.
L-R: Paul McCullough (BTW, thanks for those tomatoes Paul!), Robert Gant, Wilson Cruz and Jamie Lauren.
I very much enjoyed chatting with Jai Rodriguez, the singer-actor who is best known for his years as one of the Fab Five on Bravo’s late great Queer Eye for the Straight Guy series. I will have an interview with Jai in the coming days about his upcoming movie Oy Vey! My Son is Gay! (Don’t ya just love that title?) It co-stars the fabulous Lainie Kazan.
I do believe this was the most popular man at the party. Yes, he’s very attractive but his real allure on this day was the wonderful beef tartare he was scooping into little cones. They. Were. Delish.
Who is this you ask? Well, he’s an aspiring actor who was bartending the event and was so good looking (my photo does not do him justice!) that I just had to snap a photo of him for the blog.
I’m not on the Michael Jackson bandwagon covering each and every little thing about his death.
God knows we’ve got thousands of other people with far more resources to do that. But this breaking news item on the LATimes website just jumped out at me and I am just astounded my the amount of drugs this “doctor” administered to Jackson on the day of his death – all so he could fall asleep!
It is sickening.
Here are some of the details:
According to the search warrant, Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, told LAPD detectives that he had been treating Jackson for insomnia for about six weeks. He had been giving Jackson 50 milligrams of propofol every night using an intravenous line, according to the court records.
But Murray told detectives that he feared Jackson was forming an addiction and began trying to wean the pop star off the drugs. He lowered the dosage to 25 milligrams and mixed it with two other sedatives, lorazepam and midazolam. On June 23, two days before Jackson’s death, he administered two medications and withheld the propofol.
On the morning Jackson died, Murray tried to induce sleep without using propofol, according to the affidavit. He said he gave Jackson valium at 1:30 a.m. When that didn’t work, he said he injected lorazepam intravenously at 2 a.m. At 3 a.m., when Jackson was still awake, Murray administered midazolam.
Over the next few hours, Murray said he gave Jackson various drugs. Then at 10:40 a.m., Murray administered 25 milligrams of propofol after Jackson repeatedly demanded the drug, according to the court record.
Murray has already acknowledged obtaining and administering the powerful anesthetic propofol to Jackson the morning that he died. In an interview with police, Murray told them that he left Jackson alone under the influence of the medication to make telephone calls to his Houston office and family members.
When he returned, he discovered Jackson not breathing. He performed CPR, and one of Jackson’s staff members called 911.
There are reports out today that Janet Jackson is planning to write a “tell-all” book about her family. She may be writing a book but my guess is it will be tasteful and classy like her. She’s been the one Jackson it seems who has conducted herself with dignity and obviously has achieved major success as an artist.
Will update with any more details that come up about this reported book.
What I’m really excited about is that Janet is teaming up with amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) for an inaugural benefit held in conjunction with Milan Fashion Week, according to Entertainment Tonight.
Janet, Grammy award winner and an activist in the fight against HIV/AIDS, will chair an event for the foundation that will feature dancing, cocktails, dinner, a live auction and a burlesque performance by Dita Von Teese. AmfaR’s inaugural benefit for AIDS research will take place on September 28 during Milan Fashion Week.
I got to meet Jent last year at the GLAAD Media Awards and I asked her about her work for HIV-AIDS and her relationship with her gay fans. Here is part of what she said: “Even when I was younger, when I was growing up, my mother was very religious but there were a lot of kids who were dancers that she brought into the home and now that I think about it, think back, they were gay. They all called her mother and she treated every one of them like they were her children. And that’s where it kind of started I suppose and I’ve been around the community all my life.”
I was quite amused by my pal, city boy Kenneth Walsh of Kennethinthe212 fame, and his funny Twitter and Facebook updates from his weekend in the country.
At one point, people started putting the lyrics to the theme song of Green Acres in his comments section then, of course, I could not get it out of my head for the rest of the day.
What a great theme song and what an inspired pairing of Eva Gabor and Eddie Albert. Here is the theme song plus a mini episode from the show. After the clip, I have provided the lyrics to the theme song so you can sing it all day too!
Green acres is the place for me.
Farm livin’ is the life for me.
Land spreadin’ out so far and wide
Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside.
New York is where I’d rather stay.
I get allergic smelling hay.
I just adore a penthouse view.
Dah-ling I love you but give me Park Avenue.
You are my wife.
Good bye, city life.
Green Acres we are there.
Since I was out and about quite a bit over the weekend, I had the chance to meet several Greg In Hoilywood readers at various events and just want to say thank you to everyone who approached me and had kind words about the blog.
It means the world to me.
WAITING FOR WEHO: This looks like a hoot! It’s a preview of the upcoming online series WeHo. With its over-the-top writing and acting, it looks like a really fun spoof. I’ll be writing more about it soon but recognize two of the actors in it: Steve Callahan and Matthew Montgomery.
Also in the cast: James Brandon, Elizabeth Cava, Mark Colbert, Joshua Wolf Coleman, Paul Denniston, Steve Hasley, Molly O’Leary, Scott Presley, Adrian Quinonez, Devin Sidell, and Selina Smith.
Here’s the plot: From the viewers of Dynasty, 90210, Melrose Place and Gossip Girl comes a REAL drama. WeHo is filled with shirtless gym trainers, same-s*x power couples, battling twins, murder and, of course, a bitch diva to end all bitch divas! All of the action is set against the backdrop of the most dramatic city never to hit prime time: West Hollywood.
The series is written and directed by Nick Arnzen and here is a LINK to the show’s Facebook page.
I know that WeHo co-star Steve Callahan has been in the cast of stage versions of WeHo. He’s also one of the stars of tonight’s benefit performance of Corpus Christi. Click HERE for tickets and more information.
REBA LOVE: There’s a reason why Reba McEntire has remained a believed star for so long now besides her immense talent: she has a big heart.
The country music and sitcom star told Out.com that her new album Keep On Loving You is for all her fans -gay or straight.
“I just try not to judge,” Reba said. “Don’t judge me, and I won’t judge you. And that’s what it says in the Bible — ‘Don’t judge.’”
For those who might find her consenting to do an interview with a gay publication, Reba said: “Keep an open mind. That would be my voice. I have gay friends. I have a lot of straight friends. I don’t judge them. I take them for what they are. They’re my friends, and I can’t defend my feelings for them, other than I like ‘em.”
That would be a terrific slogan for a T-shirt for straight allies to wear” “I like ‘em!”
Kyle and Nick go out for their first date to a place called Rodi’s which for some reason I want to call the Regal Beagle. Kyle is nervous because he hasn’t been on a date in a very long time and Nick brings up Fish when he tells him about how Oliver tried to warn him off of Kyle.
Meanwhile, in a really silly development that threatens to undermine an otherwise well-done story so far. Some tart named Stacy who Fish used dated earlier puts the moves in Fish because she wants him to get her pregnant. Huh? And, of course, Layla bursts in just as things look the most misleading. At least have the compromising scene be with Kyle. Sheesh!
VIDEO BONUS: The terrific Tuc Watkins also appears in this episode as David Vickers and even though he’s not a part of the Kish storyline (Now that would be fun!)
I wanted to also post his scenes which involve him filming a reality show at the Buchanan mansion. Tuc is HILARIOUS in these scenes and they show what a gifted comic actor he is.
My busy weekend attending various events was brightened by the fact that I ran into the talented and sexy Wilson Cruz both Saturday and Sunday!
Whether he’s on TV, stage or the big screen, Wilson is a real showbiz trouper who has always done things on his terms – including coming out publicly back in 1994 as one of the stars of ABC’s cult classic My So-Called Life.
He went on have regular roles in such series as Party of Five and Noah’s Arc and most recently in Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in the World and Raising the Bar. He’s also had a busy stage career including a run on Broadway in Rent and is a veteran of such indie films as Coffee Date and Party Monster, as well as this year’s studio hit He’s Just Not That Into You.
If the people in these photos look a little, well, shiny, blame the damned humidity!
But nothing could dampen the spirits of the crowd at Saturday night’s Simply DiVine event in Beverly Hills, a summer soiree for the senses!
More than $50,o0o was raised at the live auction alone for the LA Gay and Lesbian Center to put into programs and shelter for homeless LGBT youth.
Celebrity chef Susan Feniger was co-chair of the event which drew 20 popular vintners and such restaurants as 8. Oz., AOC, Beechwood, Beso, Border Grill, Bowery, Cuidad, Street, Craft, Delancey, District, Jar, Josie, RH, Mission Cantina, Melrose Bar & Grill, Tavern, The Mission Cantina, Rivera, Mercentile, Lucques, McCormick and Schmick’s and Cakes Suzette.
The CEO Lorri Jean talks about the center’s mission.
With my pal Jim Key, the center’s director of communications.
J.D Salvatore got extra wine because I was snapping a photo.
World number one Roger Federer won his fourth tournament since May with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Novak Djokovic in the finals of the men’s tournament in Cincinatti.
The elegant Swiss star avenged two losses to Novak earlier this season and also halted a five-match losing streak against second-ranked Andy Murray in the semifinals.
Just three months ago, there was talk that Federer’s days of dominating tennis were over. He’d suffered multiple losses to Rafael Nadal, Murray and Djokovic and dropped some matches to players who had no business being on the same court with King Roger.
His subpar year began to turn around at the Madrid Open in mid-May when he defeated arch-rival Nadal in the final. Next, he won the French Open for the first time in his illustrious career and a month later, won his Wimbledon for the sixth time, surpassing Pete Sampras as the male player with the most grand slam titles in history (15).
Roger took a month off to become the father of twins then returned to the tour last week where he suffered his only loss during this recent stretch in Montreal.
“I think that’s the special part, winning for the first time as a dad,” Federer said. “It’s a great thing. Gets me going emotionally a little bit, because I know it’s been a wonderful summer. Going through all of what I’ve been through and then now right away having success again, it’s a great moment in my career again.”
He heads into the US Open having won 26 of his last 27 matches and a favorite to win what would be a record-tying sixth US title.
It used to be that we loved Brad Pitt because he was so damned gorgeous. Well, he’s still gorgeous but we love him even more now because he has spoken out – repeatedly – for marriage equality.
So I raise my cup of iced coffee to Mr. Pitt this morning for coming in first in the weekend box office derby with his new movie Inglourious Basterds which took in an estimated $37.6 million in domestic ticket sales (that’s US and Canada).
Brad’s box office record includes some big hits like Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Oceans Eleven and its two sequels, Troy, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Seven and Interview With a Vampire but many of his most-acclaimed films failed to reach even the $60 million mark domestically including Babel, Fight Club, The Assassination of Jesse James, 12 Monkeys, Sleepers, Meet Joe Black,. Seven Years in Tibet and Snatch.
He seems to have most often been driven by the material rather than just commercial appeal which is why his star continues to burn brighter than his contemporary Tom Cruise who needs more Magnolia and Jerry Maguire and less of Mission Impossible.
The great Barbra Streisand loves her privacy – except when it’s time to support a political candidate or to promote a new album. Well, she sang to raise money for Barack Obama last year and now – after a four year wait – comes her first studio album in four years!
I can tell you now, I have every Streisand album dating back to the soundtrack to A Star is Born and have every intention of adding Love is the Answer to my collection. The two-time Oscar, five-time Emmy and 11-time Grammy winner talks to Parade about life in the current issue.
Here are some bits and pieces.
On her acclaim: “I never hear the good things about me. My friend Quincy Jones says we won our first Grammys together in 1963. I have no recollection. I don’t even remember the room. When he showed me the picture, I remembered what I wore. But it’s like awards don’t mean anything.”
Work she’s most proud of: “My early television specials were really good. I’m proud of the movies I’ve directed. I like those. And I like this house. But for all the public life—I get kind of embarrassed by it.”
On breaking barriers: “I always had this vision of things. I don’t know if it’s in the DNA or what. I got good grades in school but a D in conduct. I would question everything, very much like Yentl … Being a woman in music was fine, but when I wanted to direct, I was poking my head into a man’s world,” she says. “‘What do you mean you’re going to direct? Women are the actresses, they’re frivolous, not the ones responsible for finances.’ That really got me.”
On her political activism: “I was always political. You’re always a citizen first, an artist second. It’s interesting that a Paul Newman or Robert Redford wouldn’t get attacked for being interested in politics, the environment. It’s a double standard, but women are changing. There are nine women presidents in the world, and Hillary Clinton is Secretary of State. ”
On husband James Brolin: “He has the most beautiful bone structure, jaw, teeth, nose, eyes, forehead. We meet people, and they always say, ‘Jim, you look so great.’ He looks like that sleeping, too. It’s really true. … In a relationship, you have to think what’s great about it, what works, the good qualities. And you try to overlook the things that bug you. He must do that with me all the time. It’s reciprocal. Even though I made Yentl, I see that men are different. The ego is different. You have to understand and appreciate the differences. And they’re kind of fun.”
On aging: “You get older, and it’s a bit of a shock. I still feel so young inside. And that’s me in the mirror? … “It must be harder to age if you were known as a beauty queen. So I’m kind of fortunate. But, in truth, I’m happier than I ever was in my life.”
In the days after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, ABC News’Barbara Walters stopped in Paris after her funeral to interview Michael Jackson. This is the most emotional and candid that I’d ever seen him.
There are some things that seem a bit more eerie now. He says he found out about her death when he woke up – his doctor told him the news. What was his doctor doing there when he woke up?
I’ve been a HUGE fan of Thomas Jane’s ever since *61 and The Velocity of Gary. So I’m very happy to see that he has a new hit show: HBO’s Hung about a high school coach who moonlights as a male prostitute.
He – the character anyway – has a very large penis. Thomas, who is married to the beautiful Patricia Arquette, has done a fun Q&A with UInterview and I wanted to share a bit of it:
Q: Why do think the show has resonated with people so much?
A: Yeah, they are a little insecure about their penises. We are born to be insecure about [our] penises. I was actually quite happy with mine until I did Hung. Now I don’t know what to think of it, maybe I’m not big enough. I was basically really happy with mine, now I’ve got all these issues and I have to go see a shrink. [laughs] It’s a unique scenario playing a man with a large penis. I didn’t know my penis was going to be famous along with me! If I had known he was going to be famous, I would have treated him better in my younger years – I wouldn’t have rubbed him on the carpet so much and gotten that horrible rug burn. I would have treated him a lot better.
Q: What are some of the challenges working on set with all of the sex scenes?
A: I feel very comfortable naked. I just feel comfortable when I’m nude. So I shoot in the nude, which becomes a problem during the teaching scenes – you have to add in the clothes digitally later. Those computer guys like a challenge.
Q: Do you get lots strange reactions from your fans?
A: I know now what it’s like to be a woman because I now have to say during a conversation, ‘Hey my eyes are up here!’ They don’t even know that they are doing this. They look at me like they would someone on TV – ‘No actually I can see you too, this reality thing goes both ways.’
There was a time when Katie Couric was the cute one.
But that was way back in the beginning of her Today Show years. Now Katie is the distinguished anchor of the CBS Evening News and has passed the cute title to Jeff Glor – according to me anyway!
Jeff, a national correspondent for CBS News, is often Couric’s substitute on the weekday broadcast and is also anchor of the Saturday night news on CBS.
Just won’t you won’t think I’m totally shallow (too late?), I’ve also looked up some of Jeff’s journalistic accomplishments since he’s about far more than being cute! In his two-plus years with the network, he’s covered the Summer Olympics in Beijing, the Republican National Convention, and was embedded with US soldiers in Baghdad.
Jeff told the Buffalo News earlier this year that doesn’t know if there is any significance to his getting the anchoring opportunities.
“I try not to think about that,” he said. “It is a fantastic opportunity. But honestly, my focus now is on the reporting. I’d like to focus my career on getting as many places as I can be at and do as many big stories as I can do.”
He was previously an anchor and reporter for stations in Boston and Syracuse. He graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University in 1997 with dual degrees in journalism, from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and in economics from the College of Arts and Sciences.
As interior decorator Mary Joe, Annie Potts was a smart and sassy part of the classic Designing Women quartet that also included Delta Burke, Jean Smart and Dixie Carter.
The four women were so different and yet meshed together beautifully to make for one of the best ensembles in the history of television comedy.
Mary Jo is a devoted mother, a meticulous worker, and a loyal friend — and probably the character whose personality changes the most during the course of the series.
During the first season, the newly divorced Mary Jo is extremely shy and easily intimidated. However, as her dealings with her children, men and the business world start to bring her out of her shell by Season Seven, she has studied under “The Terminator” Julia Sugarbaker (Dixie Carter) and can easily give Julia a run for her money.
Here are some of my favorite scenes involving this very talented actress who I miss seeing on TV each week. The first two are from an episode where Mary Jo seriously considers getting breast implants. It is a classic!
Mary Jo and Charlene at the salad bar looking for a string of pearls they think fell into the food. Great physical comedy from Annie!
Former Supreme Mary Wilson is performing tonight at the Sunset Junction Street Fair in Silverlake at 9 p.m. Unfortunately, I’m going to be in Beverly Hills sipping wine at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s annual Simply DiVine event which is can’t-miss.
I’m a huge fan of The Supremes, have seen Miss Ross in concert many times but never Miss Wilson. I got to chat with Mary earlier this year been helping promote a year-long celebration marking the 50th anniversary of Motown Records, the Detroit label founded by Berry Gordy that spawned not only The Supremes, but such acts as The Temptations, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, Mary Wells and The Jackson Five.
“It’s also the 50th anniversary of The Supremes – or the Primettes as we were originally called,” Mary pointed out. “Who knew it would last so long? That’s what’s so phenomenal about the Motown sound – it was the sound of young America, the sound of the time.”
“Holland-Dozier-Holland did such a good job of producing us and picking the right songs. I still sing them every night (in concert). Songs like Reflections and Love Child, they are all wonderful lyrics that are lasting and still have special meaning.”
Mary, as you know, was one of the original Supremes along with Ross and Florence Ballard. The legendary singing group was formed while the girls were in junior high school (called the Primettes) and continued even after Florence left (she was successfully replaced by Cindy Birdsong) and Diana left. Before breaking up in 1977, Mary had been a member of the gorup for nearly 20 years.
“I didn’t want it to end,” she said. “My dreams were still coming true but it was just one of those things. After awhile, I realized what was the magic of the Supremes and what was the magic of Motown wasn’t there anymore.”
Nine years after the group split up for good, Mary published the best-selling memoir Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme which was very revealing about Motown and the 60s – warts and all. Diana Ross and others did not come off so good in the book at times.
“I think a lot of people were (upset),” she said of reaction to the book. “They felt I was betraying them and telling things I shouldn’t be telling. I said, ‘Wait a minite. It’s better I write the truth and write it with love. We were all veyr young and people make mistakes. I kept diaries and wanted to say what happened but say it with love.”
The hit movie musical Dreamgirls, loosely based on the story of The Supremes, resulted in continued heightened interest in The Supremes and fans are desperate for a reunion of Ross, Wilson and Birdsong who have not been onstage together in 25 years. There were plans for a reunion tour called Return to Love in the summer of 2000 but negotiations famously fell apart over money.
Mary told me she is still open to a reunion: “I’ve always been open to it – it just has to be negotiated again. It’s if Diane is open to it, if she’s ready. I sincereley hope she is.”
Mary and Diane (as she still calls Ross), famously fell out after the publication of Wilson’s 1986 book which led off with an incident at the 25th Motown Anniversary show and, according to Wilson and witnesses, Ross pushed her former singing partner on stage.
But relations seemed to have thawed a bit and Wilson says: “There’s a card here and there and she gave me a shout-out at the BET (Awards). Even if there’s never a (reunion) tour, I still believe we are friends and sisters and will one day sit down and have Starbucks.”
Below is a rare video of Mary singing the lead during a perfomance with Diana Ross nd Cindy Birdsong:
The FX firehouse drama Rescue Me finally returned to the airwaves with new episodes in June much to the delight of stalwart fans of the show and of hunky Michael Lombardi.
The 32-year-old actor plays Mike Silitti who a few seasons back was receiving oral sex from his male roommate but didn’t think he was gay. I was disappointed that the show did not take the opportunity to explore the character’s sexuality and have him come out as a gay man navigating life as a NYC firefighter.
Regardless, the actor who plays him has been very appealing in the role – not to mention very easy on the eyes!
Lombardi actually comes from a musical background and was studying at The Drummers Collective in NYC when he was first introduced to acting. His career path lead him to The William Esper Studio where he studied the Sanford Meisner technique of acting.
In addition to Rescue Me, his credits include ABC’s Six Degrees and The Job, NBC’s Saturday Night Live and the lead in the critically acclaimed, half-hour, behind the scenes, improv documentary series Contest Searchlight on Comedy Central. Lombardi has also appeared in both independent films and NYC Theatre.
This is a preview of Monday’s episode and only makes the gay storyline on As the World Turns look all the more silly when you compare compare it to what is going on with One Life to Live.
First of all, Luke’s dad Holden is apparently dead (no way is he really) and Luke (Van Hansis) does not seem at all distraught. Meanwhile, Noah (Jake Silbermann) has somehow written a movie script that has drawn the interest of Jude Law! Pu-leeze! I feel like I’m watching a silly cartoon sometimes.
This puts Noah in the position of probably having to choose between the funeral of Luke’s dad and meeting with St. Jude.
Meanwhile, we need to really get to the point where Noah and his hottie professor start to at least display some chemisty.