Jay Armstrong Johnson was among the cast members in this week’s all-star perform of Dustin Lance Black’s play 8 and he certainly gave hunky co-stars Matt Bomer and Cheyenne Jackson a run for their money in the looks department!
And boy, is he talented (see videos below).
His first professional job was being cast as John Darling in Cathy Rigby’s Peter Pan in his hometown of Fort Worth, TX at the age 13. He attended NYU and got a big break when he was picked for the part of Mark in the national tour of A Chorus Line.
Jay made his Broadway debut as Gavin Creel’s understudy in Hair. With only an hour’s notice, he had to go on in only the third week of previews when Greel fell ill.
“To tell you the truth, I really cannot remember anything from that first performance,” he told Broadwayspace.com. “It all happened so quickly and it was all a blur that I was happy to just make it through the show without any terrible train wrecks.
So ABC’s updated version of Charlie’s Angels debuts tonight.
I can’t pretend to care.
Nothing in the pre-show hype seems to indicate that this will have anywhere near the impact as the original series did back when it debuted in 1976.
Of course back then, there were only three networks, it was one of the first jiggle shows, and you just could not beat the original trio of Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith then the addition of Cheryl Ladd at the start of season 2.
It was a classic. Not so well remembered were the fourth and fifth seasons when Shelly Hack came and went followed by Tanya Roberts.
But I still watched every episode throughout the five-year run.
Here are the opening sequences of the 1976 pilot followed by seasons 2, 4 and 5.
Van Hansis, who was so good as Luke Snyder on As the World Turns, hasn’t been sitting around since the CBS soap ended its run a year ago.
He has just posted this update on Facebook to his many fans of which I am certainly one: Like the Wall Street Journal, today I’m all business. Occupant is available for pre order I believe on netflix, as well as being available on October 18th on OnDemand and Hulu among other sources. My episode of Psych is airing I think the last week of October, and the next time you can catch me on TV will be the first week of November…..this is all either hearsay or my own guesses, so it can all change. Except Occupant, that is a lock.
Brothers & Sisters alum Gilles Marini will be involved in an upcoming storyline on ABC’s Modern Family which had its third season premiere last night and won its second consecutive Emmy for outstanding comedy on Sunday.
TV/Line reports that Marini will guest star as Julian, a friend of a friend of Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell’s (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) whom they both assume is gay.
That assumption, however, proves to be erroneous when the boys invite Claire (Emmy winner Julie Bowen) on a rare “fun night out” and end up leaving her with Julian –- and in short order it becomes clear that this guy is very, very straight.
Let’s hope Marini has more chemistry with Bowen than he did with his Brothers & Sisters leading lady Rachel Griffiths. I just didn’t buy their romance for a minute on that show – and I really wanted to!
In addition to his B&S run, Marini has competed on Dancing With the Stars, guested on Castle, Switched at Birth and Nip/Tuck, and appeared in the Sex and the City film as Samantha’s very naked LA neighbor.
I’m really looking forward to meeting and chatting with Carrie White when I host the West Hollywood Book Fair panel Take One: Colorful Lives of Wonderful Women On Screen and Off.
I want a full house so I’m promoting the heck out of this and want to hear from Greg In Hollywood readers who plan to attend! Read a PREVIEW I posted just yesterday.
In the days leading up to the Sunday, Sept. 2 event, I will be featuring excerpts from the four books that will be part of the panel which will also include Florence Henderson (Life is Not a Stage: From Broadway Baby to a Lovely Lady and Beyond), Dyan Cannon (Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant), and Stefanie Powers (One from the Hart).
A little about Carrie White: She was born and raised in Southern California. With a career that has spanned more than forty-five years, she’s styled everyone from Elvis Presley and Ann-Margaret to Sandra Bullock and Brad Pitt. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, In Style, Allure, Vanity Fair, Ladies Home Journal, Mademoiselle, and Glamour. The mother of five, Carrie today owns and operates Carrie White Hair in Beverly Hills.
“Michael Crichton on line one.” Michael was my favorite male client. I would take an extra long time cutting him, just to hear what he had to say about current events, science, art, or politics. He’d always duck at my doorway with his six-foot-ten, so he wouldn’t bump his head, and his opening line would be: “Got any jokes?” Besides being very tall, Michael was very handsome in that clean-cut college guy way. I had a giant crush on him, but all he called me was kid. He was too Harvard smart for me anyway, and besides…I was married. Michael had been through a few marriages, many dates and girlfriends, but I was his only hairdresser. That made me very happy.
“Michael.” I beamed. “What can I do for you?”
“Is there such a thing as cutting hair and that’s it? No setting, no drying, no fussing?”
“Sure, that’s my specialty…why?”
“I’m tired of waiting for the set hairdresser to fix the actresses’ hair. If I get you two thousand dollars and screen credits on Coma, can you do Geneviève Bujold right now?” I did.
Jon Peters, a rising Romeo hairdresser, followed the rule If you want your hair great in the morning, sleep with your hairdresser at night, and took Barbra Streisand from me, then brought her back when he became her producer-boyfriend. I traipsed behind the two of them after doing her hair for premiere night of A Star is Born. Time passed, Jon called again. “You’ll get hair credits on the Streisand Superman album if you make Barbra’s hair red and give her a perm.
Mellida Dillon said, “I told Julia Phillips I wouldn’t do Close Encounters of the Third Kind unless you did my highlights.”
Costume designer Anthea Sylbert brought Mick Nichols and Robert De Niro into my salon for a film called Bogart Slept Here. The film got canned, but I got to cut De Niro.
I reported that disgraced Colorado pastor Ted Haggard and his wife Gayle were going to appear on an episode of Divorce Court and that it was the latest in a series of public appearances that started that January when Ted began promoting an HBO documentary about his time in exile. He had also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and Larry King Live.
Then I added this snarky line: I’m sure they will be doing public access show from their basement after people stop calling.
TheWrap reports that Haggard and actor Gary Busey will trade partners on the first season of ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap.
Haggard was relieved of his position as president of the National Association of Evangelicals following a 2006 scandal involving his alleged sexual relationship with masseur Mike Jones, from whom he also purchased methamphetamine.
Despite this scandal, he has remained to Gayle, his wife of 33 years who has steadfastly stood by him.
Busey and his girlfriend, Steffanie Sampson, welcomed a son, Luke, just last February.
Rosie O’Donnell made her first public appearance with new girlfriend Michelle Rounds at Rosie’s Theater Kids Galas in NYC this week.
The couple apparently met at a Starbucks!
Rounds is a corporate head-hunter for a New York technology company. Not sure how Rosie’s professional life will impact their time together. She just bought a $2.5 million town home in Chicago and will soon begin production on her new chat show on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network which will debut on October 10.
I don’t seem to ever get tired of featuring rugby players as Morning Men.
Today, the spotlight is on Australian pro Daniel Holdsworth, a 27-year-old player for the Salford City Reds who are part of the Super League. He was previously with the Bulldogs club in the National Rugby League and he also previously played for the St. George Illawarra Dragons.
Holdsworth has made a reputation for his goalkicking abilities. In 2008, he won the goalkicking competition at the centenary of rugby league event and donated the $1000 prize for cancer research.
Of course, he is quite easy on eyes and the photo to the left was taken as part of the Gods of Football calendar. He was also finalist in the Sexiest Man in League contest for 2006, where he finished fifth with 10% of the vote.
Of course, the absence of the cute trout-mouthed blond can’t be the reason why the season three premiere episode of Glee had a whopping 32 percent fewer viewers than last season’s season premiere.
But something is up.
First, the Glee 3-D movie completely bombed at the box office this summer and now just 8.9 million viewers tuned in Tuesday night for the first new episode since last May.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that it’s a surprising dip for a series that became an overnight phenomenon two years ago and has since generated millions of iTunes downloads and spawned a concert tour, a 3D movie and a reality spinoff (Oxygen’s The Glee Project).
“A lackluster storyline last season may have played a part [in the premiere ratings],” Brad Adgate, senior vp research at Horizon Media told THR. “The summer concerts, rumors about cast changes, the downloads, the Oxygen reality series. Perhaps the franchise has spread itself too thin in an attempt to make ancillary [revenue].”
It’s clear that hardcore Gleeks like me are still devoted but the challenge for the show’s producers and the network will be to regain the interest of the casual viewer.
Back in 2009, President Barack Obama addressed the crowd at the Human Rights Campaign’s national dinner and vowed to end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
It finally happened, officially, this week.
So the timing is perfect for the president, who is facing re-election, to make a return visit and once again address the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization.
It was announced today announced that Obama will deliver the keynote address at the organization’s 15th Annual National Dinner on Saturday, October 1, 2011 in Washington, D.C.
“We are honored to share this night with President Obama who has a tremendous record of accomplishment for LGBT people,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “On the heels of the end to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ we look forward to celebrating our victories and redoubling our efforts for the fights that remain ahead.”
The event, which is expected to draw nearly 3,000 attendees, will be held at the Washington Convention Center.
When Neil Patrick Harris got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week, I thought how nice it was to have his longtime love David Burtka by his side.
Not that we’re not used to seeing this couple, parents of twins, on red carpets and out and about. Their high profile is such a boost for the LGBT community because they are showing the world, by just living their lives, how gays are really not that different from straights.
That’s why I’m so glad to learn that Neil and David will be honored at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s 40th Anniversary Gala & Auction on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles.
They are the perfect pair to join the Center in celebrating “40 Years of Family” at the gala.
Neil and David are steadfast supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations, including the Center and have given generously to help LifeWorks, the Center’s youth development and mentoring program, thrive.
“We’re honored to be a part of this important celebration for the Center, which offers so many important services to LGBT youth and LGBT-parented families like ours,” Neil said in a statement. “The gala raises thousands of dollars to support services like meals and housing for homeless youth, a charter school for young people bullied and harassed in traditional schools, mentoring services and much more.”
Center CEO Lorri L. Jean said: “As a couple, Neil and David are respected and loved by the LGBT community. They are role models to many, especially our youth, for how to live openly, with honesty and integrity. And with their support over the years for many LGBT services organizations, they exemplify the Center’s mission of empowering, healing, advocating and leading in the LGBT community.”
One of the premier events for the LGBT community of Los Angeles, the gala begins with a chic cocktail reception and large silent auction featuring travel and dining packages and much more, followed by dinner and fabulous entertainment (with details to come soon at www.anniversarygala.org).
The gala will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12. The cocktail reception is at 6 p.m. with entertainment to follow at 8 p.m. Tickets for the gala are $300 for general admission or $400 for a VIP ticket. For more information, or to purchase your tickets, go to www.anniversarygala.org.
Warner Bros. Pictures has released the trailer for Clint Eastwood’s latest biopic J. Edgar which was written by Dustin Lance Black.
The film, set for release in November, stars Leonardo DiCaprio as former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and Armie Hammer as his professional and personal partner.
Also in the cast: Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, Josh Lucas, and Jeffrey Donovan.
So, will DiCaprio finally get an Oscar? He’s been so good in so many films for so long. If the entirety of his performance is as good as it appears to be in this trailer, then I’d say he’s a shoo-in for at least another nomination.
Young & the Restless’ Thom Bierdzwill go from Genoa City to WeHo this fall, joining the cast of the web sitcom Old Dogs & New Tricks as a recurring special guest star.
Bierdz will play “Bobby Burton,” a FOX Sports anchor and potential love interest for Muscles (Jeffrey Patrick Olson).
Old Dogs & New Tricks follows four middle-aged gay best friends living in youth-obsessed West Hollywood. Acord, Olson, Curt Bonnem and David Pevsner star as the four friends; cabaret star Amanda Abel and Ryland Shelton appear in recurring roles.
Written/created by Acord, the web series is developed for the web and directed by Arvin Bautista. Matt Ladensack,Laurence Whiting and Acord serve as Co-Executive Producers. The show’s score is composed by veteran film and TV composer Nic. tenBroek.
Rafael Nadal may have finished second at both the US Open and Wimbledon this year, but the reigning French Open champion is tops when it comes these latest photos and videos from his Armani underwear campaign.
Okay, I was pretty sure no one would ever come up with a hotter Armani campaign than David Beckham but Rafa is giving the soccer stud a real run for his money. I’m not a big fan of tattoos anyway – especially when they cover most of your body!
I’m so excited to once again be a part of this great event and plan to post several reminders in the next 12 days so plenty of Greg In Hollywood readers will be attendance for my panel featuring Florence Henderson, Dyan Cannon, Stefanie Powers and hairdresser to the stars Carrie White.
We are going to DISH!
There is plenty more going on. Read below and start making your plans!
10AM to 6PM
At The New West Hollywood Library and West Hollywood Park
125 EXHIBITORS * PANELS & PERFORMANCES FOR ALL AGES
This year, many of the Book Fair panels and events will take place in the brand new West Hollywood Library, solidifying its place as a community gathering space. Libraries are centers of the community and the West Hollywood Library is the center of the Book Fair.
Check Out A Few Things That Will Be Going On!
TAKE ONE: COLORFUL LIVES OF WONDERFUL WOMEN ON & OFF SCREEN
Join Hollywood Royalty, actresses Dyan Cannon (Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant), Florence Henderson (Life is Not a Stage: From Broadway Baby to a Lovely Lady and Beyond), and Stefanie Powers (One from the Hart), and legendary hair stylist to the stars, Carrie White (Upper Cut: Highlights of my Hollywood Life) as they share stories from their fascinating and colorful memoirs with moderator Greg Hernandez.
11:45 am to 12:45 pm in the That’s Entertainment Pavilion
Signings @ 12:45 pm, Book Soup Booth
LESSONS FROM WALTON’S MOUNTAIN with Mary McDonough, Michael Learned & Earl HammerFrom the beloved “The Waltons” television series, join the creator, Earl Hammer, and cast members, Mary McDonough (Lessons from the Mountain: What I learned from Erin Walton) and Michael Learned, as they share “Lessons from the Mountain.”
CATS THROW DARK SHADOWS: FROM ACTRESS TO AUTHORActress’ Julie Newmar (The Conscious Catwoman), Lara Parker (Dark Shadows: The Salem Branch), Kathryn Leigh Scott (Dark Passages) and moderator Del Howison, discuss what it’s like to go from actress to author.
DAREDEVILS, SUPERHEROES & HOLLYWOOD HUNKS…AND THE MERE MORTALS WITHINA stuntman, a superhero and a jackass. Hal Needham (Stuntman!: My Car-Crashing, Plane-Jumping, Bone-Breaking, Death-Defying Hollywood Life), Kevin Sorbo (True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal – and How Nearly Dying Saved my Life), Steve-O (Professional Idiot: A Memoir) and moderator Rachel Resnick!
Signing @ 2:00 pm, Skylight Books Booth TATUM O’NEAL IN CONVERSATION WITH KARA LYNN HOPPE The youngest actress ever to win an Academy Award®, talented actress and writer Tatum O’Neal, will discuss her powerful and compelling memoir, Found: A Daughter’s Journey Home.
This 28-year-old French rugby player is ridiculously good looking as you can see!
Frederic Michalak currently plays in South Africa for the Sharks in Super Rugby and the Natal Sharks in the Currie Cup.
He has a lot of female fans and gay fans and has endorsements with Levis and Nike among other companies. Frederic was a member of the team that won the French championship in 2001 and the Heineken Cup in 2003 and 2005. He was also selected as a member of the squad for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia and the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France.
Today brought an official end, at last, to the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy that did not allow gay and lesbian military personnel to be open about their sexuality while serving their country.
My good friend, Jim Key, was one of those people. He’s been the Chief Public Affairs Officer for the LA Gay and Lesbian Center for several years now and earlier today, he shared his story at a news conference held in conjunction with the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.
Here’s what he said:
In the 18 years since our government told servicemembers that if they came out, they’d be kicked out, more than 13,000 people have been discharged from the military simply because they’re gay or lesbian. Think about that. While we’ve been engaged in multiple wars, the U.S. has rejected the service of thousands of specially trained and qualified people—like those you see here—who are willing to fight and die for our country.
But today, thousands of our nation’s servicemembers can finally fight for their country without also having to fight for the right to serve.
Today, thousands of U.S. Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen can bravely serve their country without fear they’ll be prosecuted like criminals if their sexual orientation is discovered.
Today, the U.S. sends a message to our servicemembers that we really are the land of the free and the brave. And that day has been a long time coming.
We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, Servicemembers United, Outserve, Lambda Legal, Log Cabin Republicans and to all the organizations and courageous current and former members of the military who worked so hard for this day.
We’re also grateful for the leadership of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, to Secretaries of Defense Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, to the members of Congress who championed the repeal and, of course, to our president.
But our work is not over. Though gay men and lesbians can now serve openly and side-by-side non-gay servicemembers, they’re still second-class citizens. Married couples in the military enjoy a large number of benefits that are denied to married couples of the same-sex. And, of course, transgender people are still prohibited form joining the military. We must continue the fight until we have full equality for all LGBT people.
While I hid my sexual orientation in the Marine Corps, many of the same people who commended me for my service were ironically the same people who publicly refused to serve with LGBT people. I listened to them complain that gay guys would be too afraid to pull a trigger because they might break a nail, or that gay guys would show up to formation in drag rather than their uniform. At worst, I feared that if I let my guard down and my secret was exposed, someone might try to hurt me physically. At best, I was convinced I’d be ostracized.
That type of fear and anguish, combined with ignorance about the truth of gay and lesbian servicemembers, is what’s dangerous to unit cohesion. That’s why allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly is good for the military and good for our country.
Once more soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines are able to be truthful and honest about their sexual orientation, many of those who were against the repeal will be surprised to realize they’ve been serving with lesbians and gay men all along. Coming out remains our number one weapon against homophobia and finally, servicemembers who do no longer have to fear they’ll lose their job.
For more extensive coverage of the end of DADT, see my friend Karen Ocamb’s report at the FrontiersInLA website.
On last night’s season premiere of Dancing With the Stars, Chaz Bono put all the pre-show controversy behind him and strutted onstage with partner Lacey Schwimmer looking confident, then performed a strong cha-cha to the tune of Dancing in the Streets.
The judges rewarded Chaz with good but not exceptional scores: a 5, a 6 and a 5.
But his mom Cher was watching at home and posted this ecstatic reaction on Twitter: , “WOW! HOW GREAT WAS MY SON! THE GREATEST THING, GREATEST THING, GREATEST THING NO MATTER WHAT! WHAT! WHAT! HES A WINNER! I Was So Nervous!”