Ron Livingston, best known as the star of Office Space and as the guy who broke up with Carrie Bradshaw via Post-In note on Sex and the City, has filed a lawsuit to stop some internet bandit from repeatedly changing his Wikipedia page to say he’s in a gay relationship.
Ron is married to actress Rosemarie Dewitt and most recently starred in the TV series Defying Gravity.
the bandit keeps changing his page to read that he’s in a relationship with a man named Lee Dennison … a claim Livingston says is completely false and “malicious.” He claims that phony Facebook profiles were also created under each of these names that list the two men as “in a relationship” with one another.
According to TMZ.com, the actor filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday suing for libel, invasion of privacy and for using his name and likeness without permission.
This seems to be one determined internet bandit too: every time Ron’s reps remove the false info from his Wiki page … the bandit “changes them back almost immediately.”
Kathy Griffin penned a funny column for Entertainment Weekly called “Celebrity Train Wrecks and Me” mentioning the likes of Paris Hilton, Sarah Palin, Jon Gosselin and Levi Johnston.
Here are some highlights:
Being a celebrity train wreck became a true cottage industry over the last 10 years. It feels like a new flock of “celebrities” just stood in front of their camera phones and told us they were famous until we believed them. I find it hard to believe that is was an accident that Paris [Hilton], Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears just happened to be flashing their crotches in 2006.
Clearly someone said, ‘Okay, you’re going to walk out of this club, holding hands like the most f—-ed up buddy system ever, and you’re going to climb up into an Escalade wearing short skirts and you’re going to get your ass on the cover of Newsweek.” And it worked! So now Jon Gosselin is standing on his front lawn calling to the paparazzi, ‘Please come here,” and Kate looks like the normal one.
… I don’t think I’m going to run out of material anytime soon. This might be a little premature but I just saw a picture of 3-year-old Suri Cruise in heels. I’m not saying that’s a celebrity train wreck yet. I’m just saying the train is in the station.
So last night was the big plane crash on Wisteria Lane. We know some people died on Desperate Housewives but we’ll have to wait to find out who!
I’m just hoping the victims do not include Bob, one-half of the gay couple on the street. He’s played by Tuc Watkins and it would be such a pity to kill off exactly one-half of the street’s gay population. After the plane came to a halt, we saw Bob’s partner Lee (Kevin Rahm) looking around for him which was either done to throw us totally off or to telegraph that his hunky hubby is dead.
I’ve never thought the series has used the talents of Tuc as much as they should. But some of his deadpan comedy skills that we see when he appears as David Vickers on One Life to Live were briefly on display during Sunday’s episode in a scenbe in the hospital with Susan (Teri Hatcher).
But it is Rahm who gets most of the funny lines. He got in a little catfight with Mrs. McKlusky early in the episode because he wants to joins the street’s Christmas Carol group The Jingle Bells.
McClusky: “We’re the Jngle Bells, not the Jingle Balls.”
Later, Lee tells Bob as they watch the group perform: “It’s their group, they can do what they want – whores!”
Then, the plane crashes. I gotta figure either Bree’s husband Orson and/or lover Karl are among the casualties and we know the woman blackmailing theDrea De Matteo family bit the dust.
We don’t know when an Arrested Development movie will come together but no doubt Jason Bateman will make room in his busy schedule to reprise his role of Michael Bluth for the big screen.
It was that Fox series, which won the Emmy for outstanding comedy, that positioned Jason for movie stardom.
Since the show left the air in 2006, Jason has appeared in a lengthy list of movies including the recent hit comedy Couples Retreat, the gem Extract which I loved, and the new release Up In the Air.
He also had roles in Hancock, The Breakup, Juno, The Kingdom, State of Play, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium and The Ex.
An Arrested Development movie would bring everything full circle.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that it will be every bit as good as the show and probably a whole lot better simply because of the running time,” Jason told me last year. “You as an audience are trapped inside a movie theater and you can appreciate the density of the writing and the minutiae of the comedy. There’s no distractions, there’s no phone, there’s no fridge, there’s no doorbell. You’re in there, completely inside our world.”
I’m still a wreck after watching the season finale of The Amazing Race!
It turns out that Meghan and Cheyne are the champions after a very close race to the finish in Las Vegas. If Sam and Dan McMillen had been a little more careful counting out $1 million in poker chips, they would have won. It was a pity because they got to the casino where the the chips were far ahead of the other teams.
Once the teams correctly counted out the chips, they had to get the location of the finish line from Wayne Newton! Sam and Dan could not remember his name! Perhaps it was because Wayne has had so much plastic surgery he looks not so much like Wayne Newton anymore!
Sam and Dan said after that the competition made them closer than ever. They had only come out to each other a short time before the show.
“We’re completely happy to be here, we wanted to tell out story,” one of the brothers said (Sorry! Not sure if it was Dan or Sam speaking!).
Congrats to the brothers for their strong finish and for staying competitive until the end!
CHAMPIONS: For much of his tennis career, Stefan Edberg was my favorite player. When he retired in 1996, that was right around the time Patrick Rafter was rising through the ranks and took over for Stefan as my fave.
Though Edberg is Swedish and Rafter Australian, they had many similarities: Both had aggressive serve and volley games that helped them each win two US Open titles, both were known for their impeccable sportsmanship, both were once ranked number one and have been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
And, let’s face it, both are absolutely gorgeous men!
Both retired from the tennis tour years ago but how nice to see Patrick and Stefan back competing in some seniors events. One Sunday, they squared off in the final of the AEGON Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall in London with Rafter taking the title.
I have not seen Planes, Trains and Automobiles in ages.
But the next time I watch this 1987 comedy starring Steve Martin and the late John Candy, I’ll think of it in a whole new way after watching this “re-imagined” version of the film that some clever person put together.
I always suspected there was more going on between these two weary travelers who just couldn’t seem to quit each other!
The 46-year-old singer talked to The Guardian newspaper about his drug use (he smokes about seven marijuana joints a day!) and practice of cruising for sex in public toilets on Hampstead Heath, a gay cruising area close to his home in north London.
Says Michael: “It’s a much nicer place to get some quick and honest sex than standing in a bar, E’d off your tits (high on ecstasy) shouting at somebody and hoping they want the same thing as you do in bed.’
Elton John has expressed concern for his well-being which Michael does not seem to appreciate.
‘Elton lives on that,” he told the newspaper. “He will not be happy until I bang on his door in the middle of the night saying, ‘Please, please, help me, Elton. Take me to rehab.’ It’s not going to happen.
‘Elton just needs to shut his mouth and get on with his own life. Look, if people choose to believe that I’m sitting here in my ivory tower, Howard Hughesing myself with long fingernails and loads of drugs, then I can’t do anything about that, can I?’
He added: ‘People want to see me as tragic with all the cottaging and drug-taking… those things are not what most people aspire to, and I think it removes people’s envy to see your weaknesses.
‘I don’t even see them as weaknesses any more. It’s just who I am.’
We knew that Marc Christian had died but his death was not confirmed until Friday by his sister who said he died back in early June, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Christian, who was 56, won a multimillion-dollar settlement in 1991 from Rock Hudson’s estate after convincing a jury that the actor had knowingly exposed him to AIDS. That was back in 1985, the same year Hudson died from the disease, a condition Christian said he learned Hudson had when he heard about it on television.
“I thought I was a dead man,” Christian recalled thinking at the time.
Christian tested negative for AIDS several times after learning of Hudson’s diagnosis but contended in court that the star put him at risk of contracting the disease by concealing his illness and continuing to have sexual relations with him.
Christian late told People magazine that his purpose was “not to sleaze Rock. It was to say that if you have AIDS, you ought to tell your partner, whether you’re a movie star or a postman.”
But he also said of Hudson: “You can’t dismiss a man’s whole life with a single act. This thing about AIDS was totally out of character for him.”
Tammy Bruce, a former president of the National Organization for Women’s Los Angeles chapter and an openly gay conservative talk-show host told The Times of the case: “It was obviously a groundbreaking case… It was the first public acknowledgment that gay relationships are complicated, important, and that responsibility is attached to them. . . . A lot of people owe a great deal to that man and the way he handled it with particular grace, not only at the trial but in the years afterward.”
So yesterday morning, I was staying in friends in Newport Beach and we were sitting around the breakfast table and we were tossing around ideas for possible Morning Men. I was looking up another name when Lee Byrne’s photo flashed on the screen.
He was not who we were looking for but I was instantly smitten by this Welsh rugby star and he moved to the front of the Morning Man heap. Byrne is 29 years old and currently playing for the Ospreys in the Magners League and Heineken Cup and has played for the Welsh national team.
CHAMPIONSHIP – There’s nothing like a buncha cute Spanish athletes hugging and hanging all over each other.
These guys have a heckuva good reason to celebrate: they are the Spanish Davis Cup team and on Saturday they won the prestigious international title for the second year in a row by defeating the Czech Republic. The title was clinched when the doubles team of Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco won their match.
The team was led by Rafael Nadal, the world’s second-ranked player whose season has been marred with injuries and a loss of confidence. He won the Australian Open in January when he was ranked first in the world but has not won a tournament since May and was unable to defend his Wimbledon title.
It was the fourth team title for Spain since 2000 and the country is the sixth most successful team in the competition’s 108-year history after the United States (32 titles), Australia (28), France and Britain (9) and Sweden (7).
Grant Bowler was yesterday’s Greg In Hollywood Morning Man but your faithful blogger has just come across some sizzling hot photos of the Ugly Betty (and now True Blood) star that I wanted to share immediately!
The Adam Lambert news continues! Have no fear, there will come a time again when I no longer have so many posts about Adam but not yet!
So, ABC may have canceled Adam’s scheduled appearances on Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve after his controversial performance on the American Music Awards but it seems that an olive branch has been extended.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Adam himself broke the news to fans on Twitter. He will appear on Thursday’s show and be interviewed by the hosts and will perform. But there will be no chance of any live shenanagins because both will be pre-taped because Adam has a scheduling conflict and cannot be in New York on Thursday, sources said.
That night, he will appear on View executive producer Barbara Walters’ annual Ten Most Fascinating People special on ABC. Sounds like a win-win for ABC. They can appear to be no longer discriminating against Lambert get publicity for Barbara’s special. and not have to worry about the live element.
Meanwhile, I’ve just spotted this new statement from GLAAD on Towleroad and, obviously, the organization should have gone with something this clear and strong in the first place:
GLAAD President Jarrett Barriost: “We appreciate ABC’s commitment to gay and transgender inclusion in other programming. However, let us be clear that GLAAD remains steadfast in our assertion that Adam Lambert is being subjected to a double standard by ABC as an openly gay performer. We do not support ABC cancelling Adam Lambert’s past and future performances. We urge the community to reach out to ABC and express their concerns that Adam Lambert is being subjected to a double standard.”
Margaret Cho turns 41 years old today and I want to wish one of the funniest women on the planet a very happy birthday!
She is just a gift to the planet with her intelligence, observations and brilliant storytelling abilities. One of my favorite red carpet memories of all time was chatting her up at Outfest a few summers ago and her doing a quick impersonation of her mother which never fails to be pee-your-pants funny.
Here is a very funny (and a bit grainy) clip of Margaret talking about her mother:
I’d never before seen Adam Lambert’s American Idol audition so this is a treat.
I love his self-confidence and you can just see how very talented he is. While Paula Abdul clearly saw his potential, sour Simon Cowell labeled him as “theatrical” like that’s a bad thing. Simon also was not impressed with the season’s winner, Kris Allen, while Paula was also high on him.
I’m looking forward to having Ellen on the show but there is no doubt that Paula will be missed!
If I were a Democratic state senator who voted against allowing same-sex marriage in New York, I would not be looking forward to the next election.
In a commentary in the Huffington Post, two-time Emmy winning actress Cynthia Nixon of Sex and the City Fame writes why:
Wednesday’s No vote on same sex marriage was supremely disappointing on a personal as well as a political level. Guess Christine and I can kiss that Waldorf Astoria wedding… Brooklyn Botanical Gardens wedding… Montauk Beach wedding — you fill in the blank — goodbye. But we have two things today we didn’t have yesterday.
The first thing we have is clarity about who’s with us and who’s against us. And we’ll remember those yays and nays for next November and for Novembers to come. And there will be consequences.
But Miss Nixon was also encouraged by the “yes” vote of Ruth Hassell-Thompson, a senator from the Bronx and Mt Vernon. She was set to vote no but eventually came around.
She voted yes because gay people and straight people walked through her door in droves and wrote her letters and called her on the phone. And because she is a person of conscience. And because of one more thing that she didn’t tell us in her office that day: because she has a brother who is gay.
I think of Ruth Hassell-Thompson and understand that citizen lobbying is important. So is getting involved with campaigns. So is contributing money. So is talking to your neighbors, and co-workers and family. More important than ever.
Because you never know when a simple conversation can help change someone’s heart and mind. Because if we keep at it “they” will finally realize that we’re just people like them. Because time is on our side.
When I saw this photo of a shirtless Joel Edgerton starring opposite Cate Blanchett in the new production of A Streetcar Named Desire in New York, I just had to find out more about the man playing playing Stanley Kowalski.
The 35-year-old actor is best-known for his role as Owen Lars – step-brother of Anikan Skywalker and uncle to Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Episode II and III. But he has a big background on the stage and starred in several productions at Sydney Theatre Company – Blackrock. Joel became well-known to TV audiences when he played the role of Will on the series The Secret Life of Us and also had major roles in the films Kinky Boots, Smokin’ Aces, Whisper, The Square.
I have not had time to do my One Life to Live viewing this week which is such a pity since the gay storyline is really dramatic right now. I’ve only been able to watch some of Wednesday’s show and it is filled with some wonderful scenes.
Nick (Nicolas Rodriguez) and Kyle (Brett Claywell) bump into each other and have a good talk. Nick is still a bit angry at being dumped but they have a nice conversation about their near-marriage and about Kyle dating Oliver. Nick cannot believe the pair have not yet slept together (at least post-college). Then he realizes that Kyle is taking his time because he is in love with Oliver.
Nick tells Kyle that despite it all, he wants to still be friends.
Meanwhile, Oliver (Scott Evans) is having a heart-to-heart with Layla and he is so nervous about dating Kyle, afraid of disappointing him. These scenes are just so wonderful and I’m so damned grateful for this show and to these top-notch actors.
We know actor Randy Harrison best from the five seasons he spent playing Justin Taylor on the late great Showtime series Queer as Folk. He was one of the youngest actors on the show and along with castmates Peter Paige and Robert Gant, was openly gay.
But unlike those and other co-stars like his onscreen love interest Gale Harold (Brian Kinney), Randy has not popped up in any television roles since the series ended. It’s by design. He has spent the last four years on the stage
Randy, now 32, is currently starring as Andy Warhol in POP! a Factory-set musical which runs through December 19 at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Conn.
He talked to Brandon Voss of The Advocate about what he’s been up to:
Advocate.com: How familiar were you with Warhol and the Factory before you started working on POP! at Yale Rep? Randy Harrison: More than most. Near the end of college I was really into the Velvet Underground, which sort of brought me to Warhol. This was back when Kim’s video store was still open in the East Village, so I rented a lot of Warhol’s movies from there, like Lonesome Cowboys. I’m fascinated with him. I admire the fact that he just turned out art and created such challenging work, specifically his movies. I also think he’s funny as hell.
Do you wish you could’ve achieved your current marketability in the theater world without actually having to do Queer as Folk?
Not really, because the only reason I’m financially stable is from having worked in television. I’m sure Queer as Folk opened up a lot of doors for me, even if it closed some too, so I’m grateful for it. Echoing the controversial statements gay directors Todd Holland and Don Roos made earlier this year, Rupert Everett recently advised gay actors to stay in the closet, saying, “The fact is that you could not be, and still cannot be, a 25-year-old homosexual trying to make it in the … film business.” As a former 25-year-old homosexual who hasn’t done much film work since Queer as Folk, do you think he’s right?
I’ve never really tried very hard to be a part of the film industry, so I don’t know if he’s right or not. Queer as Folk was a fluke, and then I just went back to theater. I’ve been significantly more satisfied with the work I’ve been doing since Queer as Folk ended. It’s been almost all theater, but that was my mostly my intention, so I’m doing what I always wanted to do.
But do you feel like your coming-out has hindered your career in any way?
I don’t know what decisions are being made behind closed doors in casting sessions or what people think of me, so I don’t know what kind of difference it would’ve made or what kind of career I would have now if I hadn’t come out. I just know that not coming out was something I wasn’t capable of doing. I don’t regret it. The one thing that’s been frustrating for me is that coming out has forced me to have to talk about my private life, which is something that I have no interest talking about in general. I don’t feel like actors should ever be obligated to open up about that. I want to be out because it’s important to me socially and politically, but at the same time I don’t think it’s anybody’s business who I sleep with.
Anytime I write about Elisabeth Hasselbeck of The View and refrain from calling her an idiot, it’s a total victory in terms of self control.
Well, thank God she decided to spew her idiotic view of things to a guest who was able to gracefully poke holes in her “logic” about gay marriage.
According to Huffington Post, Elisabeth on Friday’s show wondered to Portia de Rossi if all this gay marriage stuff is just a matter of semantics: “Take men and women. Women want all the rights of men, but they’re not asking to be called men. Do you think…is the word [marriage] more important than the rights?”
Replied Ellen DeGeneres‘ very smart wife: “No, of course the word isn’t more important than the rights. Without the word, we don’t have equal rights. … Every citizen of this country should have that legal right to be married. “Marriage the word actually does mean something because people who see a gay coupling as a lesser thing in society can continue to [think] it’s lesser than marriage when really it’s the exact same thing. The exact same love, the exact same commitment, love of family.”
I ask you, has Elisabeth – who seems to get her views from talking points from FOX News – ever uttered anything this intelligent in all of her years on this show?