Glee, my favorite show these days, keeps collecting accolades just halfway through its first season.
The series already has won the Golden Globe Award for outstanding comedy series, the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding comedy ensemble and the People’s Choice Award for favorite new TV show.
This week, the Ryan Murphy-created gem has won a prestigious Peabody Award which are annual, international awards for excellence in radio and television broadcasting.
ABC’s Modern Family, which also has strong LGBT representation, was among the other winners. Representatives of the shows will receive their awards during an event hosted by Diane Sawyer on May 17 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
Let’s celebrate the Glee win with the images from upcoming episodes. The show returns April 13 with the first of nine new episodes.
This appearance took place earlier this week but I’m just getting around to posting it! Like she did with Glee star Chris Colfer back in December, Chelsea Handler remarks several times to Johnny Weir, “You’re gay.”
He never denies it but he never confirms it. So, it’s kind of annoying because I cannot fully embrace Weir as a gay icon until he does a public acknowledgment – even a casual one. Chris Colfer’s reaction was more definitive and it was not a big deal whatsoever.
As Johnny does all of these appearances, he’s going to have a harder time dancing around it. I think he’s so smart and fun and obviously one of the very best figure skaters in the world but my respect did drop a notch after watching this interview. He winked at Chelsea when discussing Olympic champion Evan Lysacek and seemed to hint that Evan’s ex-girlfriend was his “ex-girlfriend.” Was he hinting that Evan is gay when he won’t say the words about himself?
Did you SEE the slimmed-down Ruben Studdard on American Idol last night?
The season two champion looked and sounded great and he also had some news to share with fans: he and the runner-up from his season on the show are going on tour together this summer! That would be the now openly gay Clay Aiken.
According to Clay’s web site, the tour kicks off July 23, 2010 in Asheville, North Carolina. Clay and Ruben will bring their “Timeless” tour to 17 cities including appearances at famed venues such as New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, LA Nokia Live in Los Angeles, and Pennsylvania’s American Music Theater.
This is the first time the two artists will tour together.
“I couldn’t ask for a better tour mate. To be able to share the stage with him again is so exciting,” Clay said in a statement. “He is such a talented artist. He inspires me daily and I think that respect and admiration will truly be reflected in our show.”
Added Ruben: “It is truly a blessing and an honor to be on the stage with my friend. The relationship that we have built over these past eight years will definitely translate into a great show for our fans. And I’m really looking forward to singing the timeless classics every night.”
Last week, I detailed the rules for a video contest that could win you a really fantastic weekend in Beverly Hills for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s “An Evening with Women: Celebrating Art, Music & Equality” event on May 1.
Since the deadline is on Monday, it’s time for a reminder so above is a video featuring Annie Goto, one of the event co-chairs, explaining the contest.
If you enter and win a video contest to can win two tickets to the glitzy evening that will feature Gina Gershon (pictured, who recently starred in a Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie), Heart, Oscar winner Renée Zellweger (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Chicago) and Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program).
Presented by the Center, Songwriter/ Producer Linda Perry and Impresario/Event Producer BrentBolthouse, the evening takes place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and raises money to benefit the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s women’s services.
The way to win is to be get across why you want to be at ‘An Evening with Women.’ Videos could focus, for example, on a particular star you’re dying to see or focus on why you want to be at a huge gala event for lesbians, bisexual women and their supporters.
The center is encouraging people to get creative with format (monologue, skit, etc) but there is no need to spend lots of money on it – content is what matters. You can just do simple webcam/flip camera videos.
Thank God there is a voice of reason on cable television and her name is Rachel Maddow.
The brilliant host of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show turns 37 today. It may be her birthday but she’s the one who gives us the gift of her intellect and tenaciousness each day and thank God for it.
She is the first openly gay anchor to be hired to host a prime-time news program in the United States and is such a formidable presence that Senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.) has used her to solicit funds for his 2012 re-election race.
the Senate’s newest member has claimed that the MSNBC host is planning to run for his Senate seat when his term expires in 2012. And at every turn, Maddow has adamantly denied that she was ever recruited to run, has any plans to run, or ever considered a run.
She set the record straight on her show and took Brown to task: “You’ve been in Washington seven weeks, and you’re already lying over and over and over again–insistently … You have such a lack of respect for your conservative donor base around the country that you don’t care if what you tell them is true or not. You think it doesn’t matter in politics if what you say is true or not.”
I just love when the extraordinary photographer Mike Ruiz (pictured in bottom photo) posts new pics on his Facebook page because they are always quite stunning. The latest are of openly gay actor-singer Cheyenne Jackson who he photographed for Canada’s FAB magazine.
In the article, he talks about his coming out process:
“When I was 13 and in eighth grade, I was obsessed with my best friend. I was in love with him. He had blond curly hair and he was a Mormon,” says Jackson of his first crush. “I just thought I wanted to kiss him all the time, so I thought ‘Hey, I’m totally gay.’” Jackson waited until he was 19 to come out to his religious family, including his brother, a preacher once featured on the 700 Club. He describes the process as “terrible” and notes it included a suggestion he enroll in an ex-gay program.
“The idea of the ex-gay movement as a philosophy is one thing, but the comedic side of me thinks 20 guys staying in cabins in the woods, all trying not to be gay…. That’s a Sean Cody movie,” jokes Jackson, who promptly said “No fucking way” to the idea. “I realized they were grasping. You have to let your parents mourn the idea of what they think your life is going to be. It’s them that has to deal with it. We’ve been dealing with it our whole lives.” His family eventually came around, and he gleefully mentions that he brought his parents with him when he sang on the Rosie O’Donnell Gay Family Cruise last year.
There is no doubt that Julia Sugarbaker (Dixie Carter) was the most refined of the four main characters on Designing Women.
Her sister Suzanne (Delta Burke) was always making a big fool of herself walking her pig around on a leash or toting a rifle. Then there was Charlene (Jean Smart) who could be pretty dingy and naive. Even Mary Jo (Annie Potts) would screw up from time to time.
And whenever one of the ladies would falter, Julia would be there with an “I told you so” lecture or look.
So whenever Julia humiliated herself, it was all the more hilarious. This episode was her definite low point: Julia represents the design firm at a charity fashion show and is unaware that the entire time she is strutting her stuff on the runway, the back of her dress is tucked up into her panty hose!
She is mortified and asks the girls: “What I don’t understand is WHY didn’t anybody tell me?”
Suzanne replies: “What I don’t understand is WHERE were your underwear?”
Rugby star John Williams, as you can see in these photos, is quite a beautiful man.
But he’s been somewhat overshadowed in the beefcake department by his brother, fellow rugby star David Williams.
Both brothers appeared in the 2009 “Gods of Football” calendar and DVD featuring hot Aussie jocks baring all to raise money for breast-cancer awareness.
But it was David, who graces the cover of the making-of DVD, who got most of the attention and is one of the few two-time Morning Men in Greg In Hollywood’s one-year history (May 27, 2009 and April 26, 2009).
Now we turn out attention to the sexy-in-his-own right John.
He is 25 years old and is currently playing for the North Queensland Cowboys in Australia’s National Rugby League. John was the highest point scorer for the Cowboys’ in 2008 with 96 points.
He’s grown up before our eyes during four seasons on ABC’s Ugly Betty as the wonderfully spirited – and gay – Justin Suarez.
Mark Indelicato, whose character shared a sweet kiss with a classmate a few weeks back, has shot his last episode of the wonderful series that has always been the epitome of diversity.
Here are his thoughts on the experience which he posted tonight on Twitter:
Well this is it. I have discovered not only a character in this process of Ugly Betty, but I have discovered myself. With these amazing talented people I have shared so many memories and experiences that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I don’t look at this as a sad thing, I look at this as a stepping stone. I am so proud of this show and proud to say that I was and always was a part of it. The Friends I made will last me a lifetime and so will this experience. I love my cast and crew but most of all I love the fans of Ugly Betty.
Tim Urban, who regularly gets pummeled by the judges, was once again in the bottom 2 on American Idol but the cutie with the awesome bod staved off elimination.
How does he do it?
Fortunately for Tim, there has been someone who has been clearly worse in each of the past two weeks. This week, that person was Didi Benami who has just been painful to watch.
Tim is going to have to step it up next week if he is to avoid being next. Katie Stevens is vulnerable after two bottom three finishes in a row but she is a bigger talent than Tim. In fact, everyone remaining is more talented than Tim.
In other words, he needs to wear a really tight shirt, pick a song perfectly suited to him and sing the hell out of it. It might not still be enough unless someone else really blows it.
He’s also gotta keep on smiling!
The judges rib him for smiling through the criticism but Tim explained tonight that he’s smiling so much because he is having the time of his life and he seems to be in the moment of all that is happening to him. He wasn’t even in the top 24 originally but got in when another contestant was disqualified. So he probably looks at all of this as gravy and good for him!
The contestants will be selecting from the Lennon-McCartney songbook next week. What do we think would be good for Tim? I’m thinking something like Got to Get You Into My Life, Help! or With a Little Help from My Friends.
Since it is now less than two weeks until Glee returns to the airwaves with new episodes, the Fox sensation is everywhere again – including in the cover of Rolling Stone!
I had missed about a quarter of the first 12 episodes and have just been catching up on them this week on DVD. I’m watching all of them in order – even the ones I’ve seen already – and am so in love with this show that I have declared it my favorite show of all time.
With its group dance numbers and earnest covers of songs like Journey’s buoyant “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Glee seems like the sunniest show on TV. But darkness lurks just barely below the surface — the series also seamlessly weaves in plots about teen pregnancy, scheming wives and the most hard-hearted cheerleading coach to ever grip a whistle. Rolling Stone’s Erik Hedegaard ventures into the Fox hit’s most controversial corners, uncovering the stories behind stolen car stereos, illegal substances, Facebook-revenge fantasies and more in our new issue, on sale at newsstands today.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy, who previously helmed Nip/Tuck, explains the show’s double-edged appeal: “It’s about there being great joy to being different, and great pain.” Twenty-three-year-old Lea Michele, the Broadway talent who plays Rachel, tells Hedegaard about her tattoos, and Cory Monteith, who portrays jock Finn, owns up to a few childhood arrests for offenses that “didn’t hurt people.” Dianna Argon (slippery cheerleader Quinn) describes what it was like joining the cast late and falling victim to Monteith’s fart pranks, and 19-year-old Chris Colfer, who bravely plays gay teen Kurt, opens up about his own painful youth and his never-changing voice. “You know that forget-and-forgive bullshit? No, no, no, no, not for me,” he says of channeling childhood traumas into creative energy. “You take that grudge and let that grudge fester, and then you use it.”
It’s no secret that I am absolutely mad about Meryl Streep. I feel very badly for Sandra Bullock and her marital woes but that does not change the fact that there is no way in heck she deserved to win the Oscar for The Blind Side over Meryl’s brilliant performance in Julie & Julia.
I watched both films again post-Oscars and really, there is no comparison. Much as we’d like to believe the Academy Awards are all about performance, they are even more about politics and campaigning and momentum etc.
How else can you explain Meryl’s 14 losses for her performances in such films as Out of Africa, Doubt, One True Thing, The Bridges of Madison County, Postcards From the Edge, Adaptation and so many, many more.
Well, the cast of the brilliant stage show Streep Tease certainly have the proper appreciation for Miss Streep and they show it every week at Bang Theatre in a production that you must see if you have not already.
This evening of monologues from various Streep films is performed by an all-male cast at Bang, a West Hollywood theater and improv studio. The show is a real tribute to the quality and the variety of roles the 16-time Oscar nominee has had throughout her unparalleled career. It had been selling out during its monthly performances last fall and the weekly performances seem to be just as popular but the show must close April 24 so there is no time to waste!
The heart of this show is creator-producer Roy Cruz, a stand-up comedian who in the playbill writes: “It’s fascinating to know how a line from a movie resonates with one person, especially with Meryl Streep movies. So this show is maybe finding out why we are fascinated with Streep and her movies. It’s maybe the writing, the character, the way she delivered the lines, etc. But we all agree she is a great actress.”
Here is a piece on the show by Heath Daniels:
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A few weeks ago, cast members Trent Walker and Roy Cruz popped into an event I was attending at OBar in West Hollywood to talk up the show and to hand out fliers. I love their energy and enthusiasm and it was great to meet them face-to-face after seeing them perform last month and exchanging a few emails after. I loved doing some lines from Postcards and Prada with Roy!
Roy does a mean Miranda Priestley from The Devil Wears Prada. He captures Miranda’s imperiousness perfectly (”Oh do move at a glacial pace, you know how I love that.”) and is savvy enough to hold back his next line when the audience is still laughing at the last one.
Cruz then slips into the narrator role and hilariously introduces the seven monologues that careen from heavy drama (Silkwood, Bridges of Madison County, Out of Africa and Sophie’s Choice} to unintentional comedy (A Cry in the Dark, The River Wild) to full-out comedy (Death Becomes Her and Prada). He also does a few trivia questions with the audience and for answering one correctly (The name of Streep’s character in Kramer vs. Kramer was Joanna) I got a Meryl fan – just like those in the cast photo below – as a prize the night I attended.
Glee star Jane Lynch has been chosen to receive the Outfest 14th Annual Achievement Award on opening night of its film festival in July.
The Achievement Award is Outfest’s highest honor and is presented in recognition of a body of work that has made a significant contribution to LGBT film and media.
What a great choice!
Outfest Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer said on the star: “As an actor, comedienne and longtime activist for gay rights issues, Jane has had a profound impact on both mainstream and LGBT audiences. Through her roles in both independent films and blockbuster hits, as well as television, she continually demonstrates her brilliant comedic timing. Jane is funny, fearless and we are proud to honor her this year for her incredible talent, passion and her enduring advocacy for equal rights.”
Last year’s Outfest Achievement Award went to Don Roos and previous recipients include: Jane Anderson, Gregg Araki, Bill Condon, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Todd Haynes, Sir Ian McKellen and Gus Van Sant.
Lynch most recently received a Golden Globe nomination for her brilliant portrayal of Sue Sylvester on FOX’s hit comedy Glee, and won, along with her fellow cast members, a 2009 Screen Actors Guild award for Best Ensemble in a comedy.
Her film credits include Julie & Julia, Post Grad and Paul and Brownie Masters. She is a longtime collaborator of Christopher Guest appearing in For Your Consideration, A Mighty Wind and Best in Show.
Other film credits include Role Models, The Rocker, Spring Breakdown, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Walk Hard, Talladega Nights, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Margaret Cho’s Celeste and Bam Bam, Alan Cumming’sSuffering Man’s Charity, and Outfest 2008 Closing Night Film Tru Loved.
Her recent television credits include Party Down, Lovespring International, Desperate Housewives, Weeds, as well as the last season of The L Word. She has had recurring roles on Boston Legal, Two and a Half Men, Criminal Minds and The New Adventures of Old Christine.
Lynch cut her theatrical teeth at The Second City, Steppenwolf Theatre and in many church basements all over the greater Chicago area. Her play Oh Sister, My Sister! had runs at the Tamarind Theatre and Bang Theater, garnering the LA Weekly Comedy Ensemble of the Year Award.
The complete line-up for Outfest 2010 will be announced in late May.
For more information on becoming a member of Outfest, please visit www.outfest.org.
Now out and proud superstar Ricky Martin has reached out to fans with an upbeat message via Twitter a few days after coming out publicly:
“What’s going on gang? I’m doing great! Stronger than ever! I’m here relaxing [at] home enjoying [your] messages! I feel the love! [Thanks] for all! Peace.”
It was on Monday that Ricky came out via a heartfelt essay on his website which read in part: This is just what I need especially now that I am the father of two beautiful boys that are so full of light and who with their outlook teach me new things every day. To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids where born with. Enough is enough. This has to change. This was not supposed to happen 5 or 10 years ago, it is supposed to happen now.
Don’t know how many times I’ve watched Moonstruck but it’s been at least a dozen. And I’m sure I’ll watch it plenty more times because it’s such a wonderful movie anchored by Cher in an Oscar winning performance that is the best of her career.
As Loretta Castorini, Cher is a 37-year-old widow unlucky in love. She’s very practical and agrees to marry a man (Danny Aiello) she does not love. When he leaves for Italy to care for his allegedly dying mother, Loretta meets his younger brother (Nicholas Cage) and an unlikely romance ensues.
Of course there’s the famous “Snap out of it!” slap but there is so much more and just wonderful performances from Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis as Loretta’s mother and the late Vincent Gardenia as her cheating father.
The great star of The Thorn Birds, Shogun and Dr. Kildare (What? You expected me to mention The Towering Inferno?) turns 76 years young today!
Richard Chamberlain was pretty much off my radar until I saw a scene in Thorn Birds where he was dancing (it was the same party where Barbara Stanwyck kissed hiom on the lips then died) and he was just so HOT! From then on, I watched everything he ever did and was so glad when he came out publicly several years ago.
He continues to be busy in roles both straight and gay – including playing Felicity Huffman’s gay stepfather last season on Desperate Housewives and a politician in the big screen comedy I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry.
Adam Lambert has only been famous for about a year, but he’s already tired of getting asked questions by reporters that he has answered time and time again. The American Idol sensation took to Twitter this week to point out which queries are starting to drive him a little nuts.
Here are the Tweets:
Just did my third German interview where I was told that I have said “I’m the male Lady Gaga”. Lol I would never say that. I’m Adam Lambert … Of course Im a fan and have the highest respect for her and there some theatrical sensibilities that we share- but we are different people. … The first question too many reporters ask has to do w GaGa. As much as I love her- it’s becoming tiresome. Would prefer to discuss MY art. … I’m sure she would agree. … More redundant questions that can be put to rest: yes it was amazing meeting Madonna. No I wasn’t asked to be Queen’s new frontman. … Aaaaand yes, I kissed Kesha. It was fun. I hope future interviewers review these tweets. I’d not, they’re twats. Hahah. … Don’t get me wrong- I actually really enjoy being interviewed. I’m not upset- just hoping that by tweeting, this questions will fade.
Larry King’s plummeting ratings are dragging down Silver Fox Anderson Cooper’s numbers too, according to The New York Times.
CNN had a slightly worse quarter in the fourth quarter of 2009, but the last three months have included compelling news events, like the earthquake in Haiti (where Anderson’s tight T-shirts made a big splash) and the battle over health care.
The losses at CNN continued a pattern in place for much of the last year with the network trailing its competitors in every prime-time hour.
King, the network’s longest-running host, has always been regarded at CNN as the centerpiece of prime time because he drew the biggest audiences at 9 p.m. had his worst quarter ever. His audience dropped 43 percent for the quarter and 52 percent in March.
He dropped to 771,000 viewers for the quarter from 1.34 million in 2009 and has been eclipsed by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, almost quadrupled by Sean Hannity’s show on Fox, and he was beaten by The Joy Behar Show on HLN 21 times.
Anderson has long been regarded as the strongest host at CNN, but his show has suffered badly as well. For the quarter, his show dropped 42 percent in viewers and 46 percent among the 25-to-54-year-old audience that the news channels use for their sales to advertisers. In the past, CNN relied on big audiences for King’s show to deliver viewers to Cooper.
The gorgeous Reichen Lehmkuhl posted some new pics on Facebook last week and I’ve been dying to share them with you.
Reichen, winner of The Amazing Race back in 2003 with Chip Arndt, was a regular on Dante’s Cove and has had small roles in several movies and on television shows. In May, he will headline the Off-Broadway play My Big Italian Gay Wedding at St. Luke’s Theater.
If you can’t make it to New York to see Reichen up close on stage, here are some nice close-ups.