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“Survivor” alum Richard Hatch returns to reality TV in “Celebrity Apprentice.” Will he keep his clothes on?

http://cdn.sheknows.com/realitytvmagazine/2009/08/survivor-richard-hatch-in-prison.jpghttp://stupidcelebrities.net/wp-content/richardhatch-740690.jpgYou know, when think about it, one of the more inexplicable things in the history of reality television is why original Survivor champion Richard Hatch felt the need to go around naked all the time.

Sorry nudists, but it was just stupid!

Anyway, Richard has had his ups and downs since those naked days in the jungle including some time in jail for tax problems.

Now it’s time for his television comeback on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice and lemme just say right now, the man had better keep his clothes on.

It’s quite an eclectic group Donald Trump has assembled for this latest edition of a show I have never had any interest in: Gary Busey, Playboy playmate Hope Dworaczyk, Jose Canseco, La Toya Jackson, David Cassidy, Star Jones, Marlee Matlin, Meat Loaf, supermodel Niki Taylor, Mark McGrath, Dionne Warwick country music’s John Rich, Real Housewife NeNe Leakes, Lisa Rinna and rapper Lil Jon.

So La Toya has this thing sewn up don’t you think? But seriously, let’s go with Starr Jones BECAUSE SHE’S A LAWYER.

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It’s Faye Dunaway’s 70th birthday today! Let’s celebrate with some scenes from “Mommie Dearest”

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Remember, No! Wire! Hangers! Ever!

I’m quite sure that Faye Dunaway, the Oscar winning star of Network and such well-regarded films as Bonnie & Clyde, Chinatown, Hurry Sundown, The Thomas Crown Affair, Towering Inferno, Three Days of the Condor and Barfly would be unhappy with a focus on Mommie Dearest, the 1981 cult classic in which she chewed up the scenery as Joan Crawford. She never wants to talk about the film. If she’d embrace it and have some fun, she’d probably be more popular!

Miss Dunaway has never stopped working in feature films and television and even won an Emmy in the early 90s for a terrific turn in a Columbo movie and Golden Globes for the TV miniseries Gia and Ellis Island.

Here are a few classic scenes from the oldie but a goodie Mommie Dearest:


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Ron Howard visits “The View” and talks about the controversial gay joke in “The Dilemma”

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Ron Howard Sees Everyone Else Saying 'Gay,' So Why Can't Vince Vaughn?
The Ron Howard-directed comedy The Dilemma starring Vince Vaughn finally opens nationwide today.
But we’ve been hearing about the movie for months thanks to a controversy surrounding a workplace scene where Vaughn’s character says: “Electric cars are gay.” He goes on to make clear that he doesn’t mean “homosexual, gay, but, you know, my parents are chaperoning the dance, gay.”
Universal removed the scene from the trailer and GLAAD wanted the joke removed from the movie entirely. But Howard refused and was backed by the studio Sony Pictures.
The Oscar-winning director visited the ladies of The View this week and was asked about the controversy and he said that while he did not have a problem with the trailer being changed, he didn’t feel compelled to remove it from the film because it’s “the nature of that character Vince Vaughn plays” and it’s “not lost on anyone within the framework of the scene.”
Source: Towleroad.com.

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“I Love Lucy” Friday: On their way to Hollywood, the gang visits Ethel’s hometown of Albuquerque

I Love Lucy tv show photoThe Hollywood episodes of I Love Lucy are classics but so are the shows leading up to them that focus on Ricky, Lucy, Fred and Ethel’s cross-country trip from NYC to California.

One of my favorites is their stop in Ethel’s hometown of Albuquerque. Even though Ricky is the one who is going to Hollywood to make a movie, somehow Ethel has spun it to her family and friends that she is on the verge of stardom.

She is booked to sing a concert in front to the hometown crowd and Lucy, Fred and Ricky plot to make a big fool out of her by engaging in all kinds of hammy antics behind her back. My very favorite is Fred walking back and forth and each time, he is carrying a plant that just gets bigger and bigger until it is a giant tree.

It is inspired! Enjoy this classic scene:

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Friday Morning Man: Seamus Dever!

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http://tvdramawatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/SeamusDever.jpgLast Saturday night, I was standing in the lobby of the Hudson Mainstage Theatre in Hollywood waiting to see the play Daddy when I noticed someone who looked very familiar: it was Seamus Dever of ABC’s Castle.

I made a mental note: Morning Man!

He plays Kevin Ryan on the ABC hit which was just renewed this week for a third season.

The 34-year-old actor is not only really handsome, he’s also really smart! Seamus was valedictorian of his high school class then went on to attend Northern Arizona University before going on to earn Holds MFAs in Acting from The Moscow Art Theatre and Carnegie-Mellon University.

He’s a lifetime member of The Actor’s Studio and is probably best known for his role as Dr. Ian Devlin on ABC’s General Hospital. He’s also had guest roles on such shows as Drop Dead Diva, Mad Men, CSI: Miami, Close to Home, CSI: NYC, NCIS, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Charmed, JAG, Cold Case, Without a Trace and on and on and on!

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Cher back at #1 on the Billboard Dance Charts with “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from “Burlesque”

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What an amazing record of longevity! That is five different decades folks!

From I Got You Babe in the 60s to Half Breed in the 70s to If I Could Turn Back Time in the 80s to Believe in the 90s and all the rest in between.

There have been so, so many hits.

It’s interesting that You Haven’t Heard the Last of Me is from Burlesque and one of only two numbers Cher has in the film while Christina Aguilera has endless songs. But Cher’s big number is the one you remember and that’s why she’s back on top of the charts at the age of 64.

Congratulations to the great diva!

Now how about a while album???

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Darren Criss on Blaine’s future with Kurt on “Glee”

http://cdn.babble.com/famecrawler/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/glee-kurt-blaine.jpgI’m really missing Glee which will return with its first original episode in eons on Super Bowl Sunday.

When things do pick up, one of the pressing questions is this: are Kurt (Chris Colfer) and his new schoolmate Blaine (Darren Criss) ever going to get together?

We know Kurt has feelings but Blaine has been tougher to read.

E!Online talked to Criss this week and got the skinny: “There’s going to be some fun things. Every day Chris Colfer) and I are both equally curious to see what’s going to happen between the two of those guys. We’re definitely going to start seeing some layers to the two of them. The pink elephant in the room will finally be addressed, let’s put it that way.”

Hooray!

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Look who Teddy is hooking up with on “90210″

Well, well. It doesn’t look like our Teddy is going to be lonely on 90210 once Ian is out of the picture.

TVLine reports that a character played by Smallville alum Alan Ritchson (pictured below) will hook up with Teddy (Trevor Donovan) in the 18th episode of the season.

Ritchson will play Teddy’s old prep school roommate Tripp who he, of course, privately crushed on back in the day. The two run into each other during spring break.

So what is happening to Ian? It’s not clear how he is being written out but the behind-the-scenes reason for hos departure is that actor Kyle Riabko wants to move on. He is not just a young TV actor looking for a break – Riabko is the Broadway star of the musicals Spring Awakening and Hair and wants to make himself available for the looming pilot season.

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Remarkable Gabrielle Giffords intern Daniel Hernandez remains humble in the national spotlight

President Obama shakes hands with Daniel Hernandez Jr., during the memorial event, "Together We Thrive: Tucson and America," at the McKale Memorial Center in Tucson, Arizona, on Wednesday (Jan. 12, 2011).

You wonder how Daniel Hernandez manages to stay so calm and articulate through all that is going on around him in the days since his quick thinking helped to save the life of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot in the head during a public appearance in Tuscon.

I watched Daniel being interviewed on Nightline last night where he explained why he doesn’t see himself as a hero. This was after he spoke at yesterday’s memorial service in Tuscon and after President Barack Obama insisted that the 20-year-old intern is indeed a hero.

Daniel sat in the audience between First Lady Michelle Obama and former United Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and received a standing ovation.

This remarkable young gay man, a student at the University of Arizona, remains very humble about it all. Instead of basking in the glow of the hero title, Daniel paid tribute to those who spent their lives in service to the public. He said those are the heroes.

“We must reject the title of hero and reserve it for those who deserve it,”  he said.


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Happy Birthday to Jason Stuart!

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Jason Stuart the hardest working man in showbiz. And you could absolutely call today’s birthday boy the hardest working out gay man in the biz.
Whether it’s creating a television special, doing a part in a movie or TV series, performing his hilarious stand-up act, or doing his own online interview show, Jason is always looking for the next gig. He also is popular on the gay pride festival circuit, a leader in the Screen Actors Guild and never afraid to speak out on LGBT issues.
His credits include Coffee Date, 10 Attitudes, Twisted Faith, The Chronicles of Holly-Weird and The Pit and the Pendulum. He’s also made dozens of guest spots on television shows with the most recent being roles on episodes of The Closer, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Everybody Loves Chris.
To find out more about what Jason is up to, go to JasonStuart.com.
Happy Birthday Jason!!!

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Lunch Break Video: See TV icons Cher and Farrah Fawcett play a pair of department store mannequins

http://gayguidetoronto.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/gal_fawcett_01.jpgThis is fun to watch.

The year was 1976 and Farrah Fawcett had just become a big star on Charlie’s Angels.

Meanwhile, Cher had just reunited with her former hubby Sonny Bono for a second stab at a TV variety show.

Farrah would leave Angels after a year and the revived version of  The Sonny and Cher Show was canceled after just two seasons.

When you think about it, Cher and Farrah had so much in common professionally: Both were TV icons who had to work hard to be taken seriously.

Both succeeded wildly.

Farrah, who sadly died of cancer in 2009, became a three-time Emmy nominee for work in such TV movies as The Burning Bed and Small Sacrifices and won raves for her performance as Robert Duvall’s wife in The Apostle.

Cher, meanwhile, starred in Mask, Suspect and several other films then won the Academy Award for best actress for Moonstruck.

Wilson Cruz guests on tonight’s “Grey’s Anatomy”

I’m a big fan of Wilson Cruz and always want to see whatever movie, TV show or work on stage that he is doing. Tonight, he is a guest star on ABC’s  Grey’s Anatomy in an episode titled Start Me Up.

The out actor has a gay storyline in this episode (Imagine! A gay actor in a gay role!) and is about to be united with his partner in a commitment ceremony.

But something goes wrong which is why Wilson ends up at Seattle Grace.

Wilson had been living in LA for many years but last fall decided to head back to New York for awhile to pursue theater roles (he had been on Broadway in Rent).

When Wilson and I spoke last month, he mentioned that the role on Grey’s and a role in the indie flick Meth Head with Lukas Haas required him to return to LA – at least for awhile.

“Maybe I should have moved earlier,” he said, laughing. “[Grey's Anatomy creator] Shonda Rhimes wrote this amazing storyline for me and called me up and said, ‘Get your butt back to LA.’ And so I got on the plane. It’s a great cast, a great crew. It was a really enjoyable experience.”

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Thursday Morning Man: Patrick Fabian!

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http://moviemikes.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/patrick_fabian.jpgPatrick Fabian was at the TV Critics Press Tour in Pasadena last week along with the rest of the cast of the new CMT comedy Working Class.

The handsome silver-haired actor looked familiar to me but I wasn’t sure from where so I looked up his credits and realized, he’s been in everything!

It all started back in 1993 with Saved By the Bell: The College Years in which he played professor Lasky (c’mon, you know you watched it!).  He went on to do guest spots on such shows as Melrose Place, Murder She Wrote, Friends, Star Trek: Voyager, Dharma & Greg, Friends, Bones, Pushing Daisies, Las Vegas, NCIS, Boston Legal, Burn Notice, Nash Bridges and on and on and on.

But Patrick is not always a guest star. He also landed regular or recurring roles on the Jennifer Love Hewitt Party of Five spinoff Time of Your Life, as well as Providence, Joan of Arcadia, Veronica Mars, Close to Home and Big Love.

The 46-year-old Patrick grew up in Central Pennsylvania and started acting at Cedar Cliff High School. He went to Penn State University for a BFA and California State University, Long Beach for an MFA.

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Video: See Jesse Tyler Ferguson on “Lopez Tonight”

Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson is always a delight whether he is in character on the ABC comedy or appearing as himself on a talk show. Last night, he paid a visit to George Lopez’s TNT show Lopez Tonight.

Check him out!

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Kelsey Grammer’s ex-wife Camille spilling secrets

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Okay, true confessions time: over the New Year’s weekend, I was staying with friends in Sacramento and as it poured rain outside one day, we sat inside watching a marathon of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

This was my introduction to Camille Grammer and lemme say, she appeared to be quite a piece of work and someone who can’t help but create drama.

This morning, she made comments some on The Howard Stern Show that are really getting a lot of attention: Camille implied that her estranged husband, Kelsey Grammer, is a cross dresser.

Kelsey of course is currently on Broadway starring in a revival of the cross dressing musical La Cage aux Folles.

Things got interesting when Howard Stern asked her if Grammer was gay. She said: He likes being with women, but there’s something between us that didn’t click.”

Then she remarked that he is currently is in the “right play.”

Stern sidekick Robin Quivers then asked: What’s the reason, he likes to dress as a woman?’

Camille’s response was: ‘I’m not saying it… I’m not saying it.’

Stern then made a joke about Grammer trying on her underwear, and Camille said ‘He has a little waist. I don’t know what to say!’

When Stern and Quivers asked for more details about these alleged cross-dressing activities, she was vague saying: ‘That was a gift to me. That was a super, special surprise. … I’m not discussing this now…I’m gonna be smacked with a lawsuit! You’ve got to ask his new [fiancee].’

A spokesman for Kelsey Grammer said in a statement: ‘While it is not clear why Camille Grammer continues making public statements about her marriage to Kelsey, it is crystal clear that Kelsey will continue not responding, regardless of content.’

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Jane Lynch on gay actors playing straight: “I do think the straight folks will continue to play the straight roles.”

FOX TCA party red carpet All stars There’s a reason why Greg In Hollywood was not present for Fox’s day at the TV Critics Association Winter Press Tour: the network wrote me saying it was “at capacity.”

This was not the case with CBS, NBC, ABC, OWN and and every other single cable network which did have room for me to attend every panel, every meal, and every party they hosted.

I wasn’t about to be a party crasher on Fox day.

But I do feel it is important for LGBT sites like this one to be included and told Fox Publicity Manager Nicole Gonzalez this once she replied to my second email requesting credentials (the first request, a few weeks earlier, was ignored).

I know an independent site like this one isn’t going to get invited to all the big events every year – as we found out with the Emmys last fall! – but when I feel Greg In Hollywood is being treated unfairly or not being taken seriously, I will mention it to you readers and get it on the record.

So, I was not at the Fox presentation or the party they held last night but another gay reporter, AfterElton.com editor Michael Jensen, was and he talked to Glee star Jane Lynch and wanted to get this openly gay star’s thoughts on The Daily Beast ran an article talking about gay actors not getting cast in straight parts.

I don’t think Michael expected this answer:

“This is a business of projection and desiring people from afar. And watching people go through trials and tribulations, so there has got to be some truth to it, in terms of, “I could see myself with that person.” Because the leading man and lady are the person we want them to fall in love with, and most of the audience is straight. So for right now, we can only use straight actors.”

“Look, I’ve never — as far as I know, it’s been behind my back if it has — I’ve never been turned down for a role because I’m gay. I’m a character actor, and that’s probably why. I don’t find Hollywood, in my own experience, to be homophobic. Have I ever been turned down? I don’t know because you never know when you don’t get something or why you didn’t get it. But I do think the straight folks will continue to play the straight roles.

Here is a LINK to the entire interview.

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It seems like once enough really talented (and desirable I suppose) male stars come out and studios have the courage to cast them as a romantic lead despite that, we’ll really know then if the audience will buy it. Until then, we just do not really know.

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Aretha Franklin tells Wendy Williams in a telephone interview today: “My health is superb.”

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http://cdn.theurbandaily.com/files/2009/01/wendy_williams.jpgWhen reports surfaced last month that The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin had pancreatic cancer, my heart sank.

She is one of the greats, still in fine voice, and I want her to be around for a lot longer.

Aretha called into The Wendy Williams Show today to provide everyone with an update on her health and the show was nice enough to send me a transcript.

Miss Franklin says she has two more weeks of recovery time and plans to reschedule the concerts she missed in her absence. Wendy does not press her on what exactly has been ailing her so it all still is a bit mysterious.

Here is their conversation:

WW: I’ve never made it a secret that I love Aretha Franklin and recently it’s been being reported that Aretha Franklin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Well naturally we’ve all been concerned about our ‘Queen of Soul’ so we wanted to know how she is doing and she’s joining us now on the telephone from her home in Detroit [Michigan.]  Ladies and gentlemen the one and only Aretha Franklin.

WW: Hi Aretha!

AF: Hi Wendy, how you doin’?

WW: How you doin’?

AF: And how you doin’?

WW: Miss Franklin you know that you are my dream guest on the show and I’ll take you any way I can get you so here you are on the phone.  How is your health?

AF: Thank you my health is superb.  It is superb.

WW: Now Miss Franklin I want you to know in case you aren’t watching your screen right now in Detroit but the picture we are showing is the exact one that you requested that you sent to us to show.

AF: That’s my most recent PR picture.

WW: It’s beautiful in the red.  You look beautiful the red and everything.

AF: Now thank you, I love your hair.

WW: Thank  you!  You know I love my wigs Miss Franklin.

AF: Alright girl.

WW: Now because of your recent health and now your recovery- by the way Miss Franklin, where are you recovering, are you up in your bedroom right now?

AF: No I came down to the hotel for a few days because I wanted to change the scenery so I just came down to the hotel, one of the casino hotels in downtown Detroit.

WW: Luxurious.

AF: I’m looking for a fabulous beach.  I think the closest place would probably be Hilton Head.

WW: Aren’t we all but once you do that speedy recovery, that’s exactly where you will be going first…

AF: I do still have two more weeks of down time before I can get out.

WW: Oh and then when you get out-  Miss Franklin do you actually drive?  Do you get behind a wheel and drive?

AF: No I don’t drive.  I don’t drive.

WW: Now are you planning on…rescheduling your tours anytime soon?

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WW: Now that is wonderful to hear!  And your dating life- I was reading in one of the magazines that you have a little boyfriend in your life.  Are you dating, is that true?

AF: There’s no little boyfriends I have men.

WW: You have men [laughs]

AF: mmmhmmm

WW: I love it.

AF: Now tell me this.  Who are you listening to?

WW: Well I listen to you.  That’s why I’m glad you’re calling.  You know I read all the magazines cause I know you’re a fan of the show I heard it through the pipeline…you know we love hot topics.

AR: I mean musical artists

WW: Oh musical artists, oh let me see.  Gee I like a lot, everybody from Ke$ha and Lady GaGa to Rick Ross.  You know I still like my hip hop, but I love the classics- I love you [Aretha Franklin] and Sylvester…remember Sylvester?

AR: Oh absolutely. Do you love the song that R. Kelly just recorded?

WW: Yeah, you know…

AF: ‘When A Woman Loves’ [name of song]

WW: Yes.

AR: I think any woman that’s ever been in love will readily relate to that song.  He is singing that song.  I mean he is singing his heart and his soul out.    You know if he isn’t careful I might become a cougar.

WW: Listen-hey Miss Franklin, a few years ago I heard that you were really crushing on Terrence Howard…

AF: Oh no you didn’t hear that…

WW: Oh yes I did!

AR: Oh no you didn’t hear that.  I like Terrence Howard as an actor and a person, I was talking about him playing Smokey Robinson so that’s probably what you misheard.

WW: Ohhh so see, that’s why I’m glad you’re on the phone.  Hey by the way, they [production] is telling me we have to wrap up but before we do that. I heard there is a biopic in the process for your life and who’s going to be playing you.

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WW: And who’s you?

AF: Halle Berry is my pick…[inaudible]…and there’s a young Aretha that is yet to be named.

WW: Miss Franklin…Miss Franklin are you there?

AF: I’m here Miss Wendy.

WW: So miss Franklin I know when you go on tour you are going to pass through New York and I just love and respect and revere you so much.  I would like to do two things with you.

AF: Ok.

WW: And you just mull this over.  I want you to come to New York and I would like to share a meal with you at a restaurant, just us- do that girl talk.  We’ll have the cameras but not all up in our face- just discreetly in the corner.  And then I would like for us to continue our conversation here [The Wendy Williams Show] on the couch and if you’re feeling up to it you can perform but if we do nothing more than have girl talk.  I would love that.

AF: Ok.  That sounds good, I’ll put it at the top of my list.

WW: Now you don’t have to answer me now, if you don’t want to but just think about that and speedy recovery and thank you so much for calling.

AF: Thank you Wendy…I would like to thank the audience at home [slightly inaudible]

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Country singer Chely Wright on the down side of coming out: “My record sales went directly in half.”

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http://www.the9513.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/chely-wright-lifted-off-the-ground.jpgLast May, there was a lot of buzz in the days leading up to when country singer Chely Wright announced to the world that she is a lesbian.

It had been leaked that someone was going to come out but we didn’t know who. Ricky Martin? Johnny Weir?

Nope. Not yet anyway.

When I found out it was Chely, I’ll admit to you now that I had never heard of her. I’m not a big country music fan and her biggest hits Single White Female and Shut Up and Drive had come several years earlier. But I had been sent her book and I sat down and read it cover to cover and watched her be interviewed on Oprah and The Today Show and was so deeply moved.

So much so that it was Chely who was named the winner of the 2010 Greggy for Coming Out Story of the Year.

A country star had never come out before but Chely was so articulate about her journey that you did believe she would be able to change hearts and minds and hopefully emerge as a bigger star than ever before.

But apparently that is not what has happened, according to a new interview Chely with the site Autostraddle.

First of all, the only country music artist who has publicly been supportive is Mary Chapin Carpenter. Others have been so privately but apparently do not want their fans to know they are LGBT friendly.

And there’s more: “There’s the gay community that now knows my name and it’s a long leap from the new demographic of people who will come to my Facebook page and hit the “Like” button to them buying my record and coming to live shows. It’s a big stretch from those new fans to make up for the fans I lost. It didn’t help my career. My record sales went directly in half. If it appears from the outside in that it’s helped my career, it could be because I haven’t talked about the negative. You won’t hear me bitching and moaning on my Facebook about the hate mail I’ve gotten. My life has been threatened. I get nasty letters every day, “I’m through with you Chely Wright, you’re going to hell.” There’s a big difference between press and advocacy and…. sometimes people forget that people who sing or make movies, this isn’t just a hobby for us. This is how I pay my bills. In coming out I had a feeling that it would diminish my wage earning, and that feeling was correct. And, I am fine with that.”

Kristin Chenoweth Chely WrightOne gay-friendly celebrity who has become a close friend of Chely’s in the past year is Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth: “About a year and a half ago someone said to me – did you know that Kristin Chenoweth loves your “Never Love You Enough” album? I was just like, wow, that’s cool…. cause she’s a great singer who likes my record. Then, just a couple months before I came out I joined Twitter and had no idea how to use it and the person who was running my account was like, “well, you’ve got to say something to Kristin Chenoweth, she just tweeted you!” I didn’t even know how to log in. Anyway, she was tweeting that she was backstage at one of her shows and listening to my record and that was so cool!

She found out that I was living in New York and invited me to her Promises, Promises premiere. So we met and hung out and talked, and it was just a great time. And then a couple weeks later I came out. And I got the sweetest, most amazing email from her and she said “I just read your book” and was so sweet…. and I read her book as well A Little Bit Wicked, and we had so much in common. Both from the Midwest, both Christian, both worked at Opryland in our early years in Nashville…we just hit it off. She really is my friend. We’re not just Twitter buddies [laughs]. We really go eat dinner and hang out, etc.”

Here is a LINK to the rest of a terrific interview!

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Lunch Break Video: Cybill Shepherd and Christine Baranski were comedy gold on “Cybill”

http://odeondirect.co.uk/odeon/images/products/2/65112-large.jpgCybill was one of those sitcoms that you kind of forget about these days because it was never a huge hit in syndication.

But when it aired in CBS from 1995-98, it was a hoot!

It starred Cybill Shepherd as struggling actress Cybill Sheridan who was surrounded by a cast of characters that included two daughters, two ex-husbands and a best friend named Maryanne who was played by Christine Baranski.

I did a magazine profile on Miss Shepherd when she was going to star in a TV movie as Martha Stewart and to prepare, I read her autobiography Cybill Disobedience. Boy, was there bad blood between her and Miss Baranski who won an Emmy for her role after the show’s first season.

Well, however they felt about each other, they were comedy gold together on screen. In these clips from a season episode, they have fun with the new girlfriend of Cybill’s ex-hubby Ira. What makes it even better: the girlfriend is played by the sensational Wendie Malick and she turns into a crazy person everytime she’s near running water!

Enjoy!


“Off the Map” star Martin Henderson remembers his early acting days when he roomed with Heath Ledger in Australia and LA

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http://www.elsaelsa.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/heathledger.jpgMartin Henderson has starred in several films like The Ring, Bride and Prejudice and Torque and now seems poised for major television stardom if ABC’s new drama Off the Map – which premieres tonight – scores big in the ratings.

I spoke with the 36-year-old actor from New Zealand this week about his role of Dr. Ben Keeton and comparisons to Dr. McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) on Grey’s Anatomy in part one of our chat when he said he’d prefer McKiwi to McDreamy.

Today, I am sharing his memories of starting out in the acting business with his close friend, the late Oscar winning actor Heath Ledger.

Henderson moved to the US in 1997 to pursue acting and his first stop was a two-year training program at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. Once he got to Hollywood, he got his first break in a major film in 2001′s war film Windtalkers followed by the horror film The Ring starring Naomi Watts.

Through those early years of his career, he was quite close to Ledger.

“We actually became friends working on a show in Western Perth in his hometown and then we lived together in Sydney for awhile and at the same time, he came across to America, to LA.,” he recalled. “Shortly thereafter I went to New York to study so we were both in the states at the same time. I went and took a bit of time out in New York to study and then came to LA and we lived together in LA for awhile. There’s a nice rivalry between Australians and New Zealanders but most of it’s in good fun. I think we just enjoy riling each other up and giving each other a bit of stick.”

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