When I saw The Last King of Scotland, I was very impressed with Forrest Whitaker’s Oscar winning performance. But I also remember this movie experience as the day I fell in love with James McAvoy.
A few months later, I was working the red carpet at the Academy Awards and the stars were being rushed in as showtime drew near. I yelled out James’s name as he passed and, God bless him, he stopped, turned around and backtracked to where I was standing and gave me a little interview.
Now I wanted to marry him. Drat, he’s already married to actress Anne-Marie Duff!
The 31-year-old actor was also most excellent in Atonement and Wanted – two films I really enjoyed. and He also starred in Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, , The Last Station, Starter for 10, Inside I’m Dancing, Bright Young Things, and Penelope.
He’s already won four Emmys for Frasier and a Tony for Curtains.
But David Hyde Pierce is going to have to make some room on his trophy shelf for yet another honor: It was announced today that the stage and screen star will be the recipient of the Isabelle Stevenson Award, which recognizes an individual from the theater community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian,social service or charitable organizations.
David is being honored for his work in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
Jeff Daniels and Lea Michele will announce the nominations for the award program’s competitive categories on May 4 at the New York Public Library for Performing Arts.
I’ve become a Johnny Weir groupie.
I’m completely charmed and dazzled by this gifted Olympian who most certainly marches to his own drummer.
At the GLAAD Media Awards over the weekend, I got to gab with Johnny a bit and he could not have been nicer.
Here is our chat:
Q. You’re such a hero the way you conducted yourself at the Olympics in the face of some difficult circumstances. Where did that strength come from?
A. I find that I’m very strong and that’s something that was instilled in me by my parents. They never told me not to do something or to do it this way, they always pushed my brother and I to do everything the way we thought was right. When you don’t have the constant badgering from family and friends, then you tend to grow and be unique and strong in who you are.
I’ve fallen down more than I’d like to admit in life but I always get up, and I always dust myself off and I keep moving because my parents taught me that.
Q. Your performance in the long program at the Olympics was superb. I could not believe the judges ranked you sixth. How did you feel about your scores?
A. There’s a lot of politics in figure skating and there was already an American assured of a medal when I took the ice. So that, in a way, was already the first nail in the coffin of me not winning a medal at the Olympics. Of course I was so upset and so depressed that I didn’t win a medal. But at the same time, I did the best I could. I rocked. I did the best that I possibly could, I took that audience on a journey and that’s the best that I could have done.
A medal was something that I could not control at all but of course, as an athlete, we don’t like to lose.
Q. It was the performance of a lifetime.
A. It was. It was the performance of my lifetime, probably the best performance I’ll ever give.
Q. Are you enjoying yourself now post-Olympics?
A. I’m so enjoying my life, I’m so enjoying my ribcage (gestures as his skimpy, ribcage baring shirt).
Q. Everyone pays attention to everything you say now. You make a little remark on Chelsea Lately about [Olympic Gold Medalist] Evan Lysacek and it’s all over the place. Some thought when you winked at Chelsea you were confirming that you think Evan is gay. Anything you want to say about that?
A. Well, the Evan situation, I was kind of winking at Chelsea to stop and people misconstrued it as me implying something that I wasn’t implying. I don’t know Evan well enough to say anything about his personal life.
Andy is the top-ranked American and is number seven in the world. His 2010 match record is a tour-best 26-4 and includes two tournament victories and two other finals.
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No matter what happens in the competition, she will get a big recording contract and be a huge star.
I’d buy any record she put out right now. She sang People Get Ready by The Impressions, and she finished the song in tears, moved that her father was in the audience.
On the other end of the spectrum, it is getting painful to sit through the performances of Aaron Kelly who belted out R. Kelly’s I Believe I Can Fly and was just okay while doing it. But worse was Siobhan Magnus who sang the Whitney Houston/Mariah Carey duet When You Believe and was even less just okay.
I’d expect to find Aaron and Siobhan in the bottom two with Siobhan going home.
One of the front-runners, Casey James, kicked things off with Fleetwood Mac’s Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow and the judges really had it out for him! I thought he was solid and had changed the song up enough to make it his own. If Aaron or Tim Urban had performed as he did, they would have been floored. But the judges are expecting more of Casey it seems.
Still, he will be safe this week and deserves to be.
So will Lee Dewyze who I’m thinking is now top three quite possibly or even better. He might surpass Casey because he’s showing a lot of heart now and seems so sincere. And I love his voice! His take on Simon & Garfunkel’s anthem The Boxer was sensational.
Now for my boy Tim Urban, the little cutie with the rockin’ bod. He was coming off his best two weeks and did well with Better Days by the Goo Goo Dolls. The judges were not impressed but I thought it was just fine vocally and what I really love is how Tim has learned to basically flirt with the camera with his beautiful eyes, that gorgeous smile and the happenin’ hair. He also has great breakout potential no matter what happens on this show. I do, however, think he’ll be safe this week and could make top 5.
Michael Lynche went acoustic for Chad Kroeger’s Hero and was solid enough to stave off elimination. I think he and Tim will be fighting for the top 4 spot that already seems assured for Crystal, Casey, and Lee.
This 1954 classic earned Judy Garland an Oscar nomination for best actress. It’s such a pity she didn’t win but the performance certainly stands the test of time.
I’m looking forward to seeing A Star is Born for the first time on a big screen when it is shown Thursday at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on opening night of the inaugural TCM Classic Film Festival.
It’s going to be four days of classic movies with such stars as Tony Curtis, Jerry Lewis, Esther Williams, Mel Brooks, Jon Voight, Ernest Borgnine, Eva Marie Saint, and amazingly, 100-year-old two-time Oscar winner Luise Rainer who will introduce her classic The Good Earth.
Bebe Neuwirth talks about the diva rumors and her role as Morticia in Broadway’s “The Addams Family”
Bebe Neuwirth is back on Broadway in the original musical The Addams Family in the role of Morticia.
Reviews for the show, which also stars Nathan Lane, have been mixed but Bebe has gotten solid notices and the box office numbers are stellar.
Although best known as television’s Lilith on Cheers and Frasier, it’s on the stage that she has had the kind of roles that have allowed her to showcase her full range of talents in such shows as Chicago (in a Tony winning performance), Sweet Charity, and Damn Yankees.
As one of Broadway’s greatest stars, it’s no surprise the diva talk has emerged. But Bebe confesses in an interview with Out.com that such talk is quite hurtful.
Q. Recently some publications have written that you’ve been acting like a diva around the cast and crew. One even said tantrums can be heard emanating from your dressing room. How do you respond when negative things are written about you?
A. It hurts my feelings. I feel really bad, especially if the things they are saying are not true. I have this fantasy of getting my own blog that says, “Fuck you, here’s what really happened.” I can’t go there, and I wouldn’t go there, and I hesitate to even tell you that. But when I say something like that, it’s just because my feelings are hurt. Anytime a person lashes out it’s because their feelings are hurt. So, if I say, “Fuck you, here’s what really happened,” it’s because I’ve spent some time crying earlier and now I’m finding a way to make a joke about it.
Q. But they write what they want anyway.
A. You’re right, and I don’t understand why. I don’t understand the appetite for reading that. It’s a little depressing when you think about it because the answer is that people often write these things because that’s what people want to read. Why? Isn’t there enough really horrifying news in the world? Wouldn’t you rather read about how Nathan and I make each other laugh in rehearsal?
Q. Was there ever a moment when you thought, I have a gay following?
A. I guess it sort of crept up on me. It wasn’t anything that seemed…
Q. Were there ever Bebe Neuwirth drag queens running around?
A. No. It didn’t seem unusual in any way. It was like, “Oh, right.” I think somebody pointed it out to me. Maybe when I did Out’s fifth anniversary cover when I was in Chicago. I was like, “Oh really? Great.”
It’s hard to believe that there are those who only know Patti LuPone from her role as Libby on ABC’s Life Goes On. That’s the power of television for you!
This powerhouse performer, who turns 61 years old today, can look back on a stage career that includes Tony-winning performances as Eva Peron in the 1979 musical Evita and Mama Rose in the 2008 revival of Gypsy and in her Olivier Award-winning performance as Fantine in the original London cast of Les Miserables.
There’s nothing like seeing Miss LuPone live. I saw her at the Ahmanson last year in her show with Mandy Patinkin as well as in the mid-90s in the Broadway play Master Class and the sensational one-woman show Patti LuPone on Broadway.
I know I’m not alone in cherishing each and every memory of this great star. Here is video of her doing one of my favorite numbers: Being Alive from the musical Company:
Danny Miller gay teen Aaron Livesy on the British soap Emmerdale and his character is going through some tough times.
Unable to cope with the possibility of being outed, Aaron tries to kill himself. Fortunately, he fails.
“Aaron really wants to die – this isn’t a cry for help,” Miller told Inside Soap (via AfterElton’s Gays of Our Lives column). “He goes to the garage to end his life. Aaron just wants to stop his mental suffering – he really can’t take it anymore. Suicide might cross someone’s mind when they’re in that sort of state. It’s a very emotional story and I’m really honored they gave the plot to me.”
Despite his initial misgivings about the storyline, the 19-year-old Miller says he is relishing the meaty scenes he’s getting to play, even though it’s still sometimes difficult for him to deal with Aaron’s emotional turmoil.
“It’s hard at times because I’ve never experienced anything like what Aaron is going through. However it’s getting easier as time goes on and I’m getting to know him better,” Miller said.
The actor admits he nearly gave up acting a couple of years ago: “I was out of work for 18 months and living at home with Mum and Dad and auditioning for really small parts and then not getting them. It was a stressful time and it was knocking my confidence and I felt really down. I decided the Emmerdale audition was the last one and I was going to give up after that – I wasn’t going to do anymore. So when I found out I’d got the part I couldn’t believe it. It literally changed my life overnight. I think someone must have been looking down on me that day.”
It’s always such a pleasure to talk to Bryan Batt, who recently appeared in the final two episodes of Ugly Betty as a possible love interest for Marc (Michael Urie) and was revealed to be the long-lost father of Amanda (Becki Newton).
Bryan was a member of the cast of the Emmy winning A&E series Mad Men but his character was written out midway through last season – much to the disappointment of his many fans.
But he’s a showbiz veteran of stage and screen who will no doubt resurface in a quality project soon.
Here is my interview with Bryan conducted on the red carpet of the GLAAD Media Awards in LA:
Q. Loved you on Ugly Betty. What was that experience like for you?
A. It was so great, so lovely. They were so welcoming. In fact, one day after shooting I went to see Michael [Urie] in his play The Tempermentals that he is brilliant in.
Q. He’s out now.
A. He was always out.
Q. But he didn’t want to talk about it.
A. I understand. He’s young, very young. Everyone’s journey’s different, I don’t believe in forcing anything. It was when it felt right, when he felt good and he felt comfortable. I’m proud if him.”
Q. What did you think of the whole Justin coming out storyline of Ugly Betty? You were at the wedding where he danced with his boyfriend.
A. Wasn’t that great? I thought it was beautiful, the most beautiful way to tell that story. I love how no one [at the wedding] had a problem with it, everyone just smiled.
Q. Did you ever think you’d see something like that on network television?
A. No. Well you know what, I did. I knew that down the line it would happen, I’m glad I’m alive to see it.
Q. You’re tearing up a little bit just talking about it.
A. Yeah, I am. I just think about all these kids who can’t go to their prom just because of who they are, just because of the way God made them. You have people who are claiming to be Christian and loving and yet they are the antithesis of it by not supporting them.”
Q. So many of these kids seem so brave, certainly a lot more brave than I was.
A. Oh my God, I’m so proud of them. I’m so proud. They have balls of steel, it’s so fantastic. This younger generation, they don’t care [if someone is gay], most of them don’t care. Some of them are being taught the prejudice by their families or their parents but I believe for the most part, it’s not an issue.
Thanks to GLAAD for providing these videos from Saturday night’s big awards gala.
Glee won for outstanding comedy series and creator Ryan Murphy paid special tribute to Chris Colfer who came out publicly late last year saying he was “true to what he is instead of waiting until he was 40 and it doesn’t matter.”
Wanda Sykes, when accepting her award, reacted by remarking that even coming out after 40 is still “a big F-in deal!”
They were a memorable pair as TV’s Frasier and Lilith on TV’s Cheers and occasionally on Frasier.
Both Kelsey Grammer and Bebe Neuwirth are multiple Emmy winners who are currently the toasts of Broadway in the just-opened revival of La Cage Aux Folles and the new show The Addams Family, respectively.
That’s why they were asked to announce the nominees for the 2009-10 Drama League Awards today at Sardi’s.
The 76th Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon will take place on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 12:00pm at the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square. The event will be co-hosted by Vanessa Williams (Sondheim on Sondheim) and Michael Urie (The Temperamentals).
Several GregInHollywood faves have been nominated for the prestigious Distinguished Performance Award including: Daniel Craig, (A Steady Rain), Tyne Daly (Love, Loss and What I Wore), Carrie Fisher, (Wishful Drinking), John Gallagher Jr. (American Idiot), Victor Garber (Present Laughter), Mark-Paul Gosselaar (The Understudy), Valerie Harper (Looped), Leslie Jordan (My Trip Down The Pink Carpet), Nathan Lane (The Addams Family), Angela Lansbury (A Little Night Music), Vanessa Williams (Sondheim on Sondheim) and Rosie O’Donnell (Love, Loss and What I Wore).
Go to BroadwayWorld.com to see a full list of nominees.
It’s great to have Joy Behar on television.
She is so funny, so smart, so informed, so LIBERAL! I’m a huge fan and am thrilled that she continues to be fresh and relevant on The View after 13 years and has been a smash with her new HLN show.
Joy talked to Out.com about a variety of topics. Here are some excerpts:
Out: Ricky Martin came out. Were you surprised?
Joy Behar: Shocked! Shocked! I tell you that there is gambling on these premises!
So you’re saying you’re shocked?
I never really gave that much thought to Ricky Martin. I always thought that he was a really pretty boy and gorgeous and sweet. I’m happy for him.
In March GLAAD honored you with the Excellence in Media Award. Why do you think you’re such a celebrated figure for the LGBT community?
I don’t feel that I’m a figure for anybody. I think it’s great that anyone would recognize what I do. I mean, I say what I say. I tend to not give a lot of support to people who are homophobic or antisemitic or racist. I can’t stand any of that. It’s just my nature to detest anything like that, and it’s my personality to open my mouth. So, I really don’t feel like it’s any extra thing that I’m doing.
Why do you think “don’t ask, don’t tell” is taking so long to overturn?
I think homophobia is in the society, and it’s probably in the military to a large extent. A lot of people who are in charge are maybe afraid to make that step. Israel has no such policy. There are many countries in the world that don’t. Maybe they were more courageous in just taking that step and hoping and believing that the soldiers were going to be able to handle it.
The View has been on the air for 13 years. How has it changed since it debuted?
We’ve become more hot topic-y. We do more of the hot topics, which is what people like. I think the panel now is very cohesive. We have a good group there. We have our sparks, but we also play nicely together. It’s gone through many incarnations.
How would you describe those incarnations?
The View, to me, is like a moving cocktail party. I am a guest at the party and different people come and leave and we’re just sitting there drinking, and Barbara [Walters] and I are the two drinking the longest. That’s what it feels like. Rosie O’Donnell joined the party for a while. Star Jones was there drinking with us and now Whoopi [Goldberg] is there with Sherri [Shepherd] and Elisabeth. It just keeps moving.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the following names:
I think he is guy who is more famous because he lost and good for him.
A nice Italian girl gone berserk. Talented.
Well, he serves a purpose.
People like to hear stuff like that. I think he can be mean sometimes, but whatever. I understand it because we do a lot of gossip on my show too, but as they said in a play I recently saw, “What is gossip but just a more entertaining version of news?”
OUT Interview: Jesse Tyler Ferguson reveals crush on Evan Lysacek: “He’s a brilliant skater, and he’s also really handsome.”
Each week Ferguson feels the pressures of playing a gay character, and although he has always been out in his privates life, until recently he remained hesitant about opening up about his sexuality publicly. “I just didn’t feel like it was doing [The Class] character any service, so I lived my life the way I had been living,” Ferguson says. “I just wasn’t doing it in the pages of Out or The New York Times. But with this show, it was never a question about quote unquote staying in the closet—which I’ve never been in.”
Although he has never been “in” in his personal life, Ferguson knows the responsibility he, and the show, has in introducing a gay family to Middle America. “We’re introducing this gay couple in a very safe way, and maybe that’s why right off the bat we’re not showing full-on make-out scenes, and we’re not showing them in bed together [initially]. But a lot of the people who are a little leery of ‘that gay couple,’ especially a gay couple raising a baby, are seeing this very normal grounding, loving pair. So we’re sneaking into so many Middle American living rooms, maybe more than any gay couple ever has before.”
Off the screen Ferguson has obsessions of his own, including Ellen DeGeneres and American Idol, and the Winter Olympics catalyzed a not-so-secret crush on ice skater Evan Lysacek. Ferguson declares, “I’m not hiding it. I hear he lives in L.A. too, so it’s just a matter of time before we meet. Although I don’t know if he’s gay.… He’s a brilliant skater, and he’s also really handsome, and he seems like a really sweet guy, so I swoon when I see him.… I need to get out of the 20-year-old age bracket. Like, I have crushes on all of the Jonas Brothers. I assume that’s OK?”
Reigning Bachelor Jake Pavelka channeled Tom Cruise in Risky Business on last night’s Dancing With the Stars by stripping down to his skivvies.
And whaddaya know? He and partner Chelsie Hightower ended up in the top 3 for the first time!
The Bachelor certainly has my vote with those great legs!
“You leave it all on the dance floor, and there’s some skin out there, I think,” Jake said afterward. “Once in a lifetime opportunity! And my knees will heal.”
Compared to the lack of effort from the hapless Kate Gosselin (she MUST be voted off this week!), Jake does give 100 percent each week so good for him!
But for some reason, the performance did not go over well with competitor Maksim Chmerkovskiy: “He’s desperate…with his pants off,” he told E! “I don’t blame him. You’re in the bottom two, you wanted the numbers, there’s nothing to lose, so he just took his pants off.”
Gary and Valene Ewing were the loves of each other’s lives during the 14 seasons of Knots Landing.
But they had some major bumps along the way starting with Gary (Ted Shackleford) having an affair with Abby Cunningham (Donna Mills), the vixen who lived across the street.
Val (Joan Van Ark) divorced Gary and he married Abby but that was not the end their bond.
Here are two scenes from early in the show’s run featuring confrontations between the two Mrs. Ewings.
Already a legend for his role as Sulu on the classic Star Trek series and feature films, George Takei has been using his fame in recent years to speak out for LGBT equality.
He and husband Brad Altman were the first to get a marriage license in West Hollywood in 2008 following the California Supreme Court ruling allowing gay marriage. Then when Prop. 8 passed, they remained on the front lines speaking out.
Post-Sulu, George became a favorite of Howard Stern and is often the radio shock’s announcer on his show. He also has a recurring role on NBC’s Heroes.
He’s had an epic life and is still living it to the fullest at 73 years young.
Last year, I spoke with George’s former Star Trek co-star Nichelle Nichols who paid a wonderful tribute to him: “I can’t say enough about him. I adore them both. George is like this daring young man on the flying trapeze. There is nothing that will stop him. Once he made his decision in this society to be who he is, then he took the bull buy the horn so to speak and ran with it and twisted it around in his favor. I think he’s happier than he’s ever been and it’s wonderful to see them together.”
SHOWSTOPPER: Here is video from Adam Lambert’s performance Saturday night at the GLAAD Media Awards.
This is Adam singing Fever. I will post video of his other song as soon as it become available.