This week on The Today Show, some of television’s most beloved families have been reunited. I saw Monday’s show with some of the Eight Is Enough cast and Grant Goodeve, who played David, is still rather gorgeous.
But we won’t get the chance to see how the Brady kids have aged because their hoped-for reunion did not come together. Entertainment Weekly reported that the reunion planned for this morning “has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts.”
That’s the official reason. The other explanation which is all over the media, is that Eve Plumb who played Jan and Maureen McCormack who played Marcia, are feuding and will, not appear together.
The feud seems to stem from when Maureen was writing her memoir Here’s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice released in late 2008.
When word of the book was first out, Maureen seemed to hint that she and Eve had once shared a kiss while on the set of the show. Eve then had paparazzi staking out her house and seemed none too pleased.
Here is what Maureen says about the situation at that time to People Magazine: “On a late night talk show, I said, ‘Oh yeah, we kissed.’; It was a joke – we kissed on the cheek like two friends. Eve was so upset and apparently that’s why she won’t talk to me.”
The New York Daily News writes that Plumb feels McCormick’s initial words were purposefully misleading because she wanted to sell books. McCormick said she tried to call Plumb “to tell her what happened, but unfortunately, this was one of the things that stopped our relationship. There were also other things, but this was a big factor. It’s sad, because she was my best friend. We went through a lot together.”
Susan Olsen, who played the youngest Brady sister, Cindy, appeared to support Plumb’s view of the situation when she expressed unhappiness that her former TV family is not getting along.
“I don’t like there to be a rift in the family. I love them both and this means whenever we get together for any project there will only be one or the other. But I do understand Eve’s point of view,” Olsen told Fox 411 last November. “She got tired of Maureen gaining attention for herself by regurgitating the tiresome and false insinuations that they had a lesbian affair.”
Eve is the Brady kid who seemed to have the most resentment over the shadow that role cast over her career. She was easily the best actress of the group and did some stellar TV work after the original show went off the air including Dawn: Portrait of a Teenaged Runaway and the miniseries Little Women. She also played the mom in the Saturday morning series Fudge.
But the Brady paydays kept being offered and she was lured back to reprise Jan in the early 1980s sitcom The Brady Brides (co-starring Maureen), the highly-rated 1989 reunion movie A Very Brady Christmas and the early 90s dramedy, The Bradys. She did, however, wisely skip the 1976 Brady Bunch Variety Show series.
Whatever Eve Plumb’s feelings are about McCormack, they certainly don’t extend to her TV mom Florence Henderson. The two had a fabulous reunion last week in New York for a duet as part of the Broadway Backwards benefit that Florence has hosted for the past two years.
Greg In Hollywood is adding another theme day to the Lunch Break Video feature.
Joining I Love Lucy Friday, Showtune Sunday, Sex and the City Saturday and Mary Tyler Moore Monday is Classic Movie Wednesday!
The great Bette Davis was never better than in the classic 1950 film All About Eve.
The film was nominated for 14 Academy Awards and won six including best picture and best director for Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
Miss Davis was nominated for – and should have won - an Oscar for her performance as Margo Channing, a highly regarded but aging Broadway star. Anne Baxter plays Eve Harrington, a willingly helpful young fan who insinuates herself into Channing’s life, ultimately threatening Channing’s career and her personal relationships.
Here are two of my favorite scenes:
This is a pity.
German tennis star Tommy Haas, once ranked as high as number two in the world, could be facing a long absence from the ATP Tour after undergoing surgery on his right hip.
Tommy had the surgery last Friday in Vail, Colo. and said on his Web site Tuesday that he had no other alternative because “the pain was simply too great.”
Manager Lars Schriewer said he could not specify how long the 31-year-old might be out. Germany’s Bild daily reported that Haas could be sidelined for up to six months.
Tommy, a Wimbledon semifinalist in 2009, has won 12 career singles titles and was the silver medalist at the 2000 Summer Olympics. He was the top seed last week at the Delray Beach International Championships but was upset in the first round.
I’ve watched Tommy practice (he prefers to do so without a shirt!) and play matches many times at local tournaments in LA and Indian Wells. He has a gorgeous game and looks strong as an ox but he has actually had more injuries than any other top player. Hopefully he can come back from this one strongly.
I also love that Johnny reminded folks of just what a great athlete he is – that all professional figure skaters are: “I challenge any football player, any hockey player, to do what I do for one day and not cry.”
On Regis & Kelly, Johnny addressed his scores at the Olympics where he finished sixth despite a flawless program: There are people that judge me that are several generations older than me,” he lamented on Live with Regis & Kelly. “I can’t always please those people because I am very out there for the average skating judge. What I was so happy with at the Olympics was the way I skated. All that hard work [gave me] that moment when I could feel the audience on that journey with me.”
A report from Deadline.com had the “scoop” that Neil Patrick Harris and Martin Short were going to be opening the Oscar telecast on Sunday with a musical number.
Writes the site’s Mike Fleming: Anything can change, but that unlikely duo has been rehearsing an original opening song and dance routine that is one of 2 big production numbers choreographed by executive producer Adam Shankman.
Neil, who did musical numbers while hosting of the Emmys and the Tonys last year, has quickly taken to Twitter to set the record straight:
I will not be performing a duet with Martin Short to open the Oscars. Misinformation, I’m afraid. Should I maybe pull a Kanye, mid-show?
Neil also Tweeted an answer to an 18-year-old musician from Australia who asked advice about coming out. I love his answer: Stand tall. Be proud of who you are. Don’t break promises. Want to learn. Represent well. But more than anything, be safe.
You gotta think “American Idol” contestant Tim Urban would get a lot more votes if he sang shirtless
Tim Urban looked shocked to have not been eliminated from American Idol last week. His version of Apologize was panned by judges – especially by Simon who said he didn’t deserve to be there.
The judges were just as harsh this week – except for Simon Cowell who said it was “marked improvement” from last week. “I’m really impressed with your attitude and your work ethic,” Cowell said after Ellen, Randy and Kara were not impressed.
I thought he sang Come On Get Higher just fine but what really helps Tim this week is that he wore a snug red T-shirt that showcased his nice biceps. He’s also cute as a button with a ridiculously cute smile. That will take him a long way!
Anyway, these shirtless pics of Tim have surfaced online and I was so surprised how studly this dude is and immediately thought he should showcase that bod to drive the vote with the females and the gay guys.
Brandon Routh was a perfect Clark Kent/Superman in the film Superman Returns which made more than $200 million at the domestic box office.
So I’m not sure why the franchise has been dormant since then.
But Brandon is too talented to just sit around waiting to get back into his tights.
He has been doing a guest arc on NBC’s Chuck and the writers wisely wrote in this shirtless scene so we could see that Brandon has stayed in fighting shape. To see more of them, go over to Socialite Life and enjoy!
Olympian Johnny Weir might have finished sixth in Vancouver (he was robbed!) but he is such a winner in my book.
He posed for Vanity Fair in body paint and glitter as part of the “Faces of the Games” portfolio featuring portraits of 44 Vancouver Olympians in their raw, natural states.
He also did a Q&A. Here are some excerpts:
VF Daily: You were a controversial figure coming into the Winter Games.Johnny Weir: The drama that led up to the Olympics was basically because I wore a small tuft of fur on my costume at our Olympic qualification competition. I started to hear lots of grumblings from anti-fur activists, and then the things people were saying slowly started to get more and more terrible. I started to get threatened, and ultimately a price was put on my head by an activist for anyone who wanted to hurt me. [He says this while, perhaps unbeknownst to him, gesturing at his blood-spattered body paint.]
So it was very rough leading up to the Olympic Games over this whole fur situation, which really was basically just like a tip of a tail of a fox. But it totally didn’t change my opinion about fur, and I will continue to wear fur.How do you feel you performed at this Olympics?
Everything at this Olympics went according to plan. It went well. Canadian audiences are always known to be very rowdy and loud and very supportive of every skater, and they definitely lived up to that. And I don’t get the opportunity to compete in North America very much, so to be sort of on home turf made everything more special.
What are your post-Vancouver plans?
After the Olympics I have the world championships in Italy and then I’m going to take a vacation to Mongolia because I want to ride a yak. And after that, I’ll go to Moscow and see some friends, and after that I’m going to go lay on a beach for a little while, and then maybe continue skating, but if not, I want a career in fashion.
Fashion editorial? Fashion design?
I want to be a designer, but I have to go to F.I.T. first and foremost because I have to learn every step of the process—the business side, the production, all of that kind of stuff. I can draw and sketch and design things and put my name on whatever I want, but it doesn’t mean that you know your craft and your job. I want to know everything. I want to be great.
What sort of design experience do you have?
I design all of my costumes. I like to go out there and feel like I have contributed to every part of what I do. I choose the music, the choreographer, I’ve obviously chosen my coach, my costumes—all if that falls under my realm of power, my realm of influence. That’s something that’s very important to me, that it’s very organic and clear. I’ll start with the music and create a character in my mind and then slowly start to design around that.
For some reason, I ended up watching part of the finale of The Bachelor last night. Well, I guess the reason was Jake Pavelka who rivals Andy Baldwin as my favorite bachelor ever.
Sorry, I don’t think he and Vienna Girardi are happily ever as this show has an awful track record when it comes to couples staying together. I also just fell in love with Tenley Molzahn, a dignified and very perceptive young woman, who Jake rejected in favor of Vienna.
Anyway, it’s been announced that Jake is going to be one of the 11 celebrity contestants on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars which begins its 10th season on March 22. Jake will be partnered with Chelsie Hightower and it will be awfully nice to be able to watch him each week without having to endure the silliness of The Bachelor.
But Jake is not the only hunk participating. Actor Aiden Turner, who plays Aidan Devane on All My Children, will be paired with Edyta Sliwinska. (He’s pictured in the bathtub below).
Then there is Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek who is doing this show rather than competing in the World Championships. He will be teamed with Anna Trebunskaya.
Overall, it’s a far more interesting cast of stars than in recent times. Shannen Doherty! Kate Gosselin! Pamela Anderson! I expect some trains wrecks and meltdowns out of that trio.
The other celebs are: Reno 911 star Niecy Nash; Cincinnati Bengals player Chad Ochocinco; Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger; ESPN’s Erin Andrews; and legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
You gotta figure Evan Lysacek waltzes away with the title. It’s almost unfair to allow figure skaters to compete because they have such an edge as we saw a few seasons back with Kristi Yamaguchi blew away the competition week after week.
Still, it will be so nice to be able to watch Evan again and again and again!
This gorgeous English actor turns 42 years old today and, like fine wine, he just gets better with age.
So let’s celebrate with a little photo gallery of our blue-eyed birthday boy.
It’s a bit like like being a kid in a very tasty candy store trying to decide which hot photos of Daniel Craig to post. One of him in his swimsuit emerging from the ocean – taken on the set of Casino Royale – is a no-brainer. For gay men, that’s like our version of Halle Berry in the Bond film she did with Pierce Brosnan. Or if you go back 30 years, like the iconic Farrah Fawcett poster or – going back to before I was born – like the image of Marilyn Monroe standing over that heating grate, her dress billowing up.
Sexy. Sexy. Sexy.
But besides those stunning blue eyes and killer body, this is one fine actor. He’s the best James Bond there’s ever been (sorry Sean Connery fans) and should have gotten an Oscar nomination for his performance as murderer Perry Smith – a gay role – in Infamous (the other Capote film).
A little-known film he made between Bond flicks was Flashbacks of a Fool, playing a washed-up actor. I think it went straight to DVD. So here’s a tip: in the first 10-15 minutes or so, he’s completely nude! But he’s also absent for chunks of the film because he’s played in flashbacks by a younger actor. Okay, there’s your tip. You can add it to your Netflix.
So when the pop star saw Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir being ripped on for his flamboyance by two Canadian sports broadcasters – they said he was setting a bad example for other male skaters – Adam came to his defense.
“I’m glad he’s a trailblazer,” Adam told Access Hollywood recently. “He’s comfortable in his own skin, clearly. And he’s expressing himself. I think that’s what art’s all about.”
Adam faced an onslaught of negative reaction after his controversial performance at the American Music Awards that included sexually explicit choreography and a kiss with a male band member.
“Whenever you do something that hasn’t really been done, you’re going to get love,” Adam added. “[And] you’re going to get hate.”
She died far too young – at the age of 32 in 1983 – but the gorgeous voice of Karen Carpenter lives on through the extensive body of work she and brother Richard created i over a 12-year period.
Karen would have been 60 years old today.
I love all the big hits like Yesterday Once More, Close to You, Goodbye to Love, Rainy Days and Mondays, Superstar, Won’t Last a Day Without You, We’ve Only Just Begun, Top of the World, and I Need to Be in Love.
Let’s relive some of those wonderful songs:
Last night on Larry King Live, this 35-year-old reporter from ABC’s Chicago affiliate was on. Jason Knowles had just covered the funeral of Sea World animal trainer Dawn Brancheau and while I first noticed how handsome he was, I was most impressed with how much detailed information he had and shared without prompting. His reporting was thoughtful and gave us a good picture of who this poor woman was.
Here us what I found out about him from his ABC 7 bio: Jason joined Chicago’s top-rated news station as a general assignment reporter in February, 2009 but had been a special projects producer there since 2004 and worked on many special segments focusing on consumer issues and new technology-lifestyle trends.
Jason traveled to South Africa in 2007 to cover the opening of Oprah Winfrey’s Girls’ school and also field produced for the 2008 Republican National Convention and the Inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington D.C.
Prior to joining ABC 7, Jason acquired extensive experience as an on-air reporter. He spent eight years on the air at various stations including WTVG-TV, the ABC-owned station in Toledo, Ohio, where he was their Investigative Reporter and Consumer Troubleshooter. He also worked as a reporter and anchor at WKAG-TV in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
Jason lives on the North Side of Chicago and enjoys running outdoors and traveling to warm weather when possible to escape Chicago winters. He is a big movie fan and loves keeping up with the latest technology trends. He graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and he is a native of Cleveland, Ohio.
We sure missed Bryan Batt’s character of Salvatore Romano on AMC’s Emmy winning Mad Men after he was written out midseason.
Sadly it seems that Sal won’t be back but I’m sure that the talented Bryan, who turns 47 today, will continue to thrive.
Sal might have been closeted on Mad Men but Bryan is an out and proud gay man. He’s had tremendous success on stage with major roles in such shows as Sunset Boulevard, Saturday Night Fever and La Cage aux Folles and in the films Jeffrey and Kiss Me Guido.
I’ve interviewed Bryan several times, most recently in January at the BAFTA/LA Tea Party in Beverly Hills. He told me that he had completed a memoir She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother that comes out in Msy.
“It’s about my mom, it’s about growing up in New Orleans and our wonderful relationship,” he explained. “She’s just this incredible, inspiring Steel Magnolia. It’s funny and it’s heartwarming and it’s basically true… I started this before Mad Men but I think Mad Men pushed the envelope.”
Desperate Housewives has mostly given short shrift to its gay characters but for some reason, the show had its gayest episode ever last night.
The biggest twist was Katherine (Dana Delaney) finding herself attracted to her new tenant Robin (Julie Benz) and starts having dreams about them making love. She fights it, goes to a shrink, tries to get Robin to move out. But by episode’s end, the two spend the night together.
Where things go from here, I do not know but it is an unbelievable treat to have to such intelligent, first-rate actresses in these roles.
Tuc Watkins and Kevin Rahm are also superb actors as we’ve seen in their previous series. But as Bob and Lee, the gay couple on Wisteria Lane, they have been given very little to do which is such a wasted opportunity.
Finally, they were put on the front-burner in a storyline that had next-door neighbor Gabby (Eva Longoria) moving in with them for a few days after her daughter comes down with the chicken pocks which Gabby has not yet had. She instantly goes from harried mom to party girl having pre-dinner Cosmos at home and going out with the boys and all their cute gay friends.
“I know I don’t know you guys that well, but I love you,” she says as she takes a sip of Cosmo.
Of course these scenes played up every gay stereotype possible. When Gabby gets out of a car filled with gay guys, she says: “Good night Fernando! And good luck with the pec implants!”
Gabby is loving the life so much that she’s in no rush to go home. The guys throw her a party and her daughter calls. She goes to find a quiet place to talk and happens upon a baby nursery that Bob and Lee have prepared.
Bob (Watkins) finds her and confides: “Lee and I are trying to adopt a baby. It’s something we’ve wanted for years.” He says they were set to have a baby before and spent two days bonding with it when the birth mother changed her mind.
Gabby realizes how lucky she is to have her kids and she leaves the party to head home. She tells Lee (Rahm) how much she envies their life and he says: “It’s nothing compared to how we envy yours.”
I hope this is a sign that we will see more of Bob and Lee and that the audience will get to know them better.
And finally, there is the return of Wisteria Lane’s original gay: Andrew Van de Kamp who is played by the terrific Shawn Pyfrom. Shawn left the show at the end of last season and this was his first guest appearance since then. Since his absence was never acknowledged, he just pops up again still in charge of mom Bree’s company.
Andrew had seemed so competent previously but here he is making excuses for a really cute, but really dumb employee named Tad who we later find out he is sleeping with. How do we find out? Because a smooth guy named Sam shows up, convinces Bree to hire him, and he immediately works at undermining Andrew and getting Tad fired.
When Andrew, who apparently is still in the relationship with Alex, doesn’t deny an affair (“He came on to me, it was late and I’d been drinking.”)
When Bree, who was cheating on her husband until her lover was killed, has some moral outrage over it, Andrew delivers a real zinger: “Hello pot, it’s kettle. It’s nice to meet you.”
Eric Hegedus of the New York Post has a Q&A with Michael Cudlitz of TNT’s Southland which was canceled by NBC before the start of its second season. Michael, who plays gay cop John Cooper on the show, was very vocal with his displeasure with NBC via Twitter and it made him something of a hero to the show’s loyal fans.
TNT picked up the show and NBC had egg on its face after The Jay Leno Show tanked in the ratings. Leno running five days a week at 10 p.m. was the reason why NBC needed fewer scripted shows like Southland.
Here is an excerpt fr0m the interview:
Q: Are you feeling a little smug about NBC’s decision to cancel Jay Leno’s 10 p.m. show?
A: No. That’s like poking the monkey in the cage. They’re a major network; they’ve got issues and are gonna deal with whatever they’re gonna deal with. I hope they put five more hours of scripted drama back on television. Right now it’s about our show succeeding and getting our people back to work.
Q: You play Cooper — the gay guy — and he seems to have a lot more issues than any other character.
A: Well, that’s because he’s older. (He laughs.) It helps to deflect the audience. It’s funny that people actually make that, like, “Oh, John has so many problems — and God, he’s gay!” A lot of people are, and they got their lives going on — like their mom’s dying of cancer, or they’re abused, or had a great time growing up. It’s just one more thing; he’s really sorting out more. I don’t think John has any sort of “gay agenda” — he has a lot of personal experiences that he’s working through.
Q: Where do you think you would be if TNT hadn’t nabbed “Southland”?
A: Probably looking for more work like every other actor does when their shows go down. We are, you know, migrant workers. (He laughs.) I think you do it, you finish it, and, you know, all the tomatoes are picked here. Great, where are we going next? I don’t know — orange season! You go where the work is.