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Happy 27th Birthday to Scott Evans!

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_lLsdaCVk3Kk/StHn3eaRPzI/AAAAAAABPz8/rThP6HgLyGI/s400/ScottEvans14.jpgWhen One Live to Live wonders where so many of its viewers have gone, they should be able to point to when they abruptly wrote out the character of officer Oliver Fish who was not only a good cop, but was a young gay man finding himself and finding love.

So many viewers cared about Oliver because of the presence and the performance of the actor who played him: Scott Evans, who turns 27 years old today.

Happy birthday to Scott who went from being the unknown brother of actor Chris Evans to a soap sensation with a faithful fan base. He also had the guts to be an openly gay actor and to speak to eloquently about his life experience and about the storyline of Oliver and his boyfriend Kyle Lewis (Brett Claywell).

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The actors, who had already been on the show in other storylines, took the fall when ABC daytime decided their storyline had turned off too many viewers. What they didn’t cop to was the fact that the Oliver-Kyle story was just fine on its own but ended up becoming a part of this huge marriage equality plot that involved a huge gay wedding and Dorian Lord pretending to be a lesbian in order to get elected mayor.

I’ll never know why the show did not simply let the gay marriage storyline fade and let Oliver and Fish be a couple raising a baby. I would have wanted to see that and I would have tuned in and encouraged readers to do so. But not a chance now.

Anyway, I wish sexy Scott all the luck in the world in future projects.

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Golden Girls Tuesday: Betty White is a sweet old bitch in this behind-the-scenes look at HoodieBuddie.com

http://krystaldawnpeak.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/betty-white.jpgThe goodies just keep coming from our Golden Girl Betty White, the 88-year-old superstar. This is a funny behind-the-scenes look at California-based clothing company Jerry Leigh working on an upcoming line of t-shirts and hoodies that will be branded with the Emmy winner’s famous mug.  Because Betty is such an animal lover, a portion of each sale benefits the Morris Animal Foundation.

Some of the lines they have Betty saying as she visits workers at the factory are a scream: “If I ask you to sew, you say, ‘How fast?’ If I ask you you to iron, you say, ‘How hard?’

Then later, she passes a young delivery dude who she thinks is checking her out her boobs: “It better be my face you’re looking at buster, not these golden girls!”

BONUS VIDEOS: Let’s relive some more vintage Betty with the Snickers commercial from the Super Bowl and the time on Craig Ferguson’s show when she called Sarah Palin “one crazy bitch” and Barack Obama “one hot hunk of man.”



Cheyenne Jackson says he originally tried for Matthew Morrison’s role of Mr. Scheuster on “Glee”

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_tHaumj7GrMA/TE_lHlOmJXI/AAAAAAAAX-g/iuvtF3DhjeU/s400/Cheyenne_Jackson.jpgGlee, which has its second season premiere at 8 p.m. tonight on Fox, could have had an even gayer cast had producers decided to go another way with the casting of Will Schuester.

Of course Matthew Morrison got the part of Glee club advisor but in an interview with The Daily Beast, out actor Cheyenne Jackson says he was considered for the role. He would have joined Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer as openly gay members of the cast in season one.

Cheyenne has made the cut for season two, however, and can be seen in tonight’s premiere as Dustin Goolsby, the new coach of rival singing group Vocal Adrenaline. (The position became available after the old coach, played by Idina Menzel, quit her job at the end of Season 1 to become a full-time mom).

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“I’m the anti-Will Schuester and I’m causing some drama,” said Jackson, who made his name in the Broadway musical Xanadu. He has since had a recurring role on NBC’s acclaimed comedy 30 Rock.

Cheyenne may not have been cast as Will but he was cast for a guest shot in season one as a crazy choreographer. But he got sick just before filming and the role was recast. Then in April, Glee

producers called again, this time with an even sweeter offer: a recurring role that would drive much of the new season’s plot line.

“It was all I could do to stop from jumping off my chair,” Jackson said. “I wanted to give them all hugs but I didn’t know if that would be too weird. I think I may have hugged Ryan Murphy.

He has no idea exactly how many episodes he’ll be on (“more than one, less than 22″), but he’s already booked for a second episode in the beginning of October. Whether or not his character is queer, “remains to be seen.”

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Emmy nominee Mike O’Malley talks to Out about playing musical-loving gay kid Kurt’s dad on “Glee”

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To get you in the mood (as if you were not already), here is part of an interview Out.com has done with actor Mike O’Malley who plays the loving father of  musical loving gay son Kurt (Chris Colfer).

O’Malley, who was nominated for an Emmy for his performance, has been upped from recurring character to series regular so we will see even more of him in season two.

Here are some highlights from the interview:

On Kurt’s Upcoming Love Interest:
I don’t know how they’re going to write it but that’s a whole new frontier. It’ll be interesting. Sex education in this country is about prevention of STDs and prevention of pregnancy. Any parent or educator that says it’s about anything different is not telling the truth. If people really wanted kids to have sex, they’d give them a manual on how to do it well.

http://popculture4fun.com/images/chris-colfer.jpgOn Kurt’s Coming Out:

My first reaction when he came out was, “Awesome!” I didn’t think that’s where the story was going, and that’s why it surprised the audience. You think, here’s a guy who played football and he watches Deadliest Catch and he thinks, Look at my gay son who’s such a disappointment. But in fact he says, “I’ve known for a long time and I just wanted you to tell me the truth.” I think that’s really important for gay teens. You don’t want people’s parents out there saying, “You’re gay!” because then they don’t own their own identity. Let somebody tell you who they are whether or not it’s obvious. It’s a classic scene of a kid thinking he’s doing a good job at lying and a parent seeing right through it. I don’t know if it’s stated explicitly in the script but Chris’s character is just 15 years old. You’re just beginning to enter into an adolescent life where he’s going to have a sexual identity. It’s one thing if my kid wants to watch The Sound of Music over and over and over when I want to watch the football game. Now he wants to kiss boys. That’s a whole new conversation.

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Chris Colfer is just a great guy. He’s hilarious, he’s interested in people, he’s thoughtful. He’s his own guy. He doesn’t need any lessons from anybody about how to act. When you’re in scenes with him, it’s really quite remarkable because his emotional life is so available to him. You’d have to be an uncompassionate person to not respond to the behavior he’s giving to you.

On a Possible Kurt & Burt Duet:

It would be great it we found out that Burt was in a barbershop quartet. My father’s been in a barbershop quartet since the early `70s. There’s a whole underbelly of Americana that is barbershop quartet. It needs to be exposed.

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Season four of the beloved comedy series “Designing Women” is finally being released on DVD today

http://img.amazon.ca/images/I/51ntBisL8lL._SL500_AA300_.jpgI loved the CBS comedy Designing Women from the start. But I’m really excited about season four being released on DVD because it is the best year of all.

This show about four women running an interior design firm starred four of the best comedic actresses in television history: Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Jean Smart and Annie Potts.

By season four, Miss Burke has emerged as a stand-out as her character of Suzanne Sugarbaker became funnier than ever. The actress, a former beauty queen just like her character, had steadily been gaining weight since season one and this was the year that it was finally written into the script.

And boy, did it make for some classic television. The most famous episode was They Shoot Fat Women, Don’t They? which had Suzanne facing high school classmates who make fun of her for her weight. Miss Burke was nominated for an Emmy for that episode and Dixie Carter was outstanding too.

http://designingwomenonline.com/Photos/DWT192.jpgIt is also during this season that Charlene (Smart) gives birth to a little girl (the actress was pregnant in real life with a son and is VERY pregnant in some episodes. Miss Carter, who died earlier this year, has a real showcase in an episode where her son Payne gets married. She gets drunk at the reception and sings one helluva version of Sweet Georgia Brown.

Also great are: the episode where Julia gets her head stuck in a staircase banister at the governor’s mansion (they were to decorate for a party); the episode where Julia and Suzanne take a disastrous trip to Japan and their luggage is stolen; when Suzanne tries to help Mary Jo land a man with the help of a dating advice book; When Suzanne’s new friend turns out to be a lesbian; The ladies compete with a group of sexist male decorators and end up in a bowling competition with them.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_1Ssoxfl0MvQ/SdCUznwbLeI/AAAAAAAAIxk/x6q_6LNGxuk/s400/DesigningWomen_2.jpgMy favorite episode of the season, if I had to pick one, was when the four girls go to a health spa. Charlene wants to lose her baby weight, Suzanne wants to lose weight in general, and slim Mary Jo (Potts) and Julia (Carter) are there to pack on pounds.

Many things happen as bickering turns into a full-fledged mud fight! It was the season finale and the end of the finest season of the seven year run.

Miss Burke, so glorious during season four, would see her role somewhat diminished in season five – her final season – due to a battle with producers. The show never again reached these heights which is why you must own this DVD!

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Tuesday Morning Man: Carter MacIntyre!

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When I saw Carter MacIntyre sitting on a stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel during this summer’s Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, he seemed vaguely familiar.

He was there as part of the cast of NBC’s Undercovers, the spy series that debuts Wednesday night on NBC. Carter plays super spy Leo Nash on the show which stars Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a pair of married spies who used to work for the CIA.

A quick look at his bio and I realized where I had seen the handsome Carter before: It was in the play He Asked for It during its summer 2009 run at the Macha Theatre in West Hollywood. It was about looking for love in LA and Carter played a hottie guy at the gym who was a real player.

His television role could not be more different: He’s plays a CIA operative who he told me “is kind of a smart-aleck and a wise you know what. He’s the kind of guy whose like pushing people’s buttons. He’s actually the only guy who knows the real reason why they initially left the CIA. So when they all get together and start working together again it kind of creates that interesting dynamic. He also kind of has some unusual and interesting ways of solving problems so it’s a lot of fun to play. There’s definitely humor in it.”

“There’s a lot of physical stuff,” he added. “It’s great. For me it’s the kind of thing where I’m growing up watching Hans Solo on Star Wars then you get a job and you’re doing that stuff. It’s a dream role.”

We talked about how just a year ago he was starring in a play and shortly after gets cast in a network series: “It was the kind of thing where it happened so fast. I was one of the last regulars to the cast added and I think I was the last person they saw for the role. They were getting ready to shoot! They were in such a rush that four days after my second audition, I got the part.”

What was that moment like when he got the call?

“I remember exactly where I was: I was heading to the gym going to LA Fitness on Wilshire and Fairfax and I pulled over to the side of the road, I’m sweating bullets. Then [creator] JJ [Abrams] called and asked if it was Carter? ‘Carter McIntyre? You got the part.’ I tried to go to the gym and work out but I was so excited. It’s just a huge opportunity.”

His previous television work was a starring role the nighttime soap American Heiress and guest stints on Trauma, Nip/Tuck, Bones, The Mentalist and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

He hasn’t had too much time to think about what it could mean to his career or his life if Undercovers becomes a long-running hit.

“It’s the kind of thing where you just take it one day at a time and you’re so busy all you’re focusing is on the day and what you have to do.”

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Video: Lady Gaga steps up and uses her fame at Maine rally to try and get Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repealed

This time, she left the meat gown at home! Lady Gaga meant business in Portland, Maine, today at a rally for the repeal of the US Military’s discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy which does not allow gay and lesbians to serve openly.

The pop music sensation whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, make an impassioned speech to the crowd of college students, parents with small children, teenagers and service members, according to The New York Times.

“Equality is the prime rib of America. But because I am gay, I don’t get to enjoy the greatest cut of meat my country has to offer,” Lady Gaga said, referencing a dress she wore last week to the MTV Video Music Awards that was fashioned out of cuts of steak.

“Shouldn’t everyone deserve to wear the same meat dress I do?” she said.

A military authorization bill being considered by the Senate this week would repeal the 17-year-old policy. Supporters of repeal are not sure they have the 60 votes necessary to overcome a Republican filibuster. Maine has become the last-minute battleground for them because its two Republican senators, Susan Collins, and Olympia J. Snowe, are publicly undecided on the issue.

Here is video of Lady Gaga’s appearance (via Towleroad)


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Scott Caan, who debuts in his first series “Hawaii Five-O” tonight, never watches television!

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http://www.poptower.com/pic-24761/hawaii-five-o-2010.jpg?w=450&h=450Just judging from the trailers, the energy and cast chemistry, it seems fairly certain that the new version of Hawaii Five-O is going to be a big hit.

It premieres tonight in the 10 p.m. spot on CBS long-occupied by CSI: Miami which has moved to Sundays.

Scott Caan plays Det. Danny Williams opposite Alex O’Loughlin who is Set. Steve McGarrett. Lost alum Daniel Dae Kim is Det. Chin Ho Kelly and Grace Park plays Kona Kalakua.

When a group of us chatted with Scott at the TV Critics Association Summer Press Tour, I asked him if he got any tips from his father, James Caan, who had made the transition from films to television in NBC’s Las Vegas.

“I’ve never seen an episode of Las Vegas,” Scott admitted. “I just never have. I watch movies. When I was a kid I did [watch TV]. I know that there’s great television out ther., I keep myself pretty busy so I don’t have a ton of time watch TV. There’s a lot of things I want to do and accomplish. There’s not enough hours in the day to watch TV.”

Well, let’s hope viewers won’t be too busy to watch his show. I don’t think they will.

Scott, whose movies credits include Ocean’s Eleven and its two sequels as well as Into the Blue and Friends With Money, wasn’t easily convinced to do the series even though he had dabbled in television with a recurring role on Entourage.

“At first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it. Not because I don’t like television, there’s some things I want to do like make my own movies,” he explained. “When you’re on a television show you don;t have a ton of time to do other things.”

“But it’s been great so far and I feel like I’ve been able to do better work on the television show than I have in movies,” he added. “I fought to be in movies for so long, kicking and screaming to not do television. In television, you have a bigger opportunity to do what you’re good at, there’s more parts. They’re making so many less movies and so much more television. It’s opening up doors for actors who never did TV. They’re watching cable and network TV and saying, ‘What a minute, this is good!”http://blog.newsok.com/television/files/2010/05/Alex-OLoughlin-Scott-Caan-Hawaii-Five-O.jpg

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Swoosie Kurtz returns to TV tonight as the mother from hell in the new CBS sitcom “Mike and Molly”

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It wasn’t just any cemetery, it was Hollywood Forever where all kinds of famous folks are buried. That’s where ABC decided to hold the premiere screening for the late, great Pushing Daisies which Swoosie had a juicy role in.

She’s back with a regular series role in the sitcom Mike & Molly which premieres at 9:30 p.m. tonight on CBS right after Two and a Half Men.

Swoosie and I chatted in a less dramatic place this time around: the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Other reporters swarmed around the show’s main stars, Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy, but I only had eyes for this two-time Tony and Emmy award winning actress who has been delighting us for decades in movies, television shows and plays.

http://media.daemonstv.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/mike-molly-cbs-pilot-12.jpgIt was fun to hear Swoosie describe her character of Molly’s mother: “She’s a real piece of work. She is appallingly insensitive and oblivious to her daughter’s plight with her weight issues. With all the love in the world, she says and does the wrong things.”

“I think sometimes when one of our loved ones is trying to change, we’re used to having them a certain way and we kind of don’t want them to change so we do everything we can to gold them back – as I say, with all the love in the world. I think she’s a nurturing, loving, loose cannon, insensitive monster.”

Swoosie, who famously starred in the NBC series Sisters and was stunning in Huff, is having the time of her life on this sitcom in this role.

“This is great, I’ve never played a part like this,” she said. “You can picture her in the bowling alley with a bottle of beer competing with the guys on the lanes. Everything goes over her head.”

http://www.tvfanatic.com/images/gallery/swoosie-kurtz-pic.jpg“I especially love the half-hour in front of a live audience because that’s most like the theater,” the actress said. “You get rehearsal and you get to work on a piece of material for several days, you don’t have to worry about hair and make-up except for one or two days a week. You can really just do the work.”

She’s used to the ups and downs of showbiz but the end of Pushing Daisies after just two delicious seasons was tough.

“It’s hard, hard, hard when you see a piece of art like that and to not have it live on. But, I choose to look at it as a miracle that a show like that, so original, so risky, so daring, got that big of a shot on commercial network television.”

But the acclaim of Daisies reminded people of how gifted an actress Swoosie is and she has been busy working: “I have however been incredibly blessed with the guest roles that I’ve done since Pushing Daisies, they were tumbling down on me. Desperate Housewives, Heroes, Nurse Jackie, Chuck. It gets a little like a gypsy moving in and our of trailers after 2-3 days on a show here and there. But it’s great and I’m very grateful for it.”

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Her fellow Sisters alum Sela Ward is also back on series TV this fall as she has joined CSI: New York. I wondered if they and the cast of that great show ever see each other anymore.

“We kept in touch for the longest time, we were very close and used to go out to dinner all the time. Life takes over. But I always miss them, I always think of them with love.”

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Jason Ritter’s new conspiracy thriller series “The Event” premieres on NBC tonight!

Since his terrific CBS sitcom The Class was canceled a few years back (Jesse Tyler Ferguson was a castmate), Jason Ritter had been busy making a string of independent movies including Peter and Vandy, Good Dick and The Dry Land.

He wanted to return to series television but wanted it to be the right project which turned out to be the NBC conspiracy thriller The Event which premieres tonight at 9 p.m.

“This pilot season for some reason I was very careful about what I auditioned for because I’d really enjoyed doing independent film the last couple of years,” Jason told a group of us during the TV Critics Association Summer Press Tour. “If a show goes, you can be on it for quite awhile and so I wanted to make sure if I was auditioning for something, even at that first step, that if I were to be on the show for seven years that I would be excited every single day to come to work. It’s  a strange thing because obviously you’re always grateful to have a job as an actor but I’ve talked to other actors who have been grateful their success but have also felt artistically kind of stymied on certain shows.”

Jason plays Sean Walker, a man whose investigation into the sudden and mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend leads him into one of the biggest cover-ups in U.S. history. The Event also stars Blair Underwood and ER alum Laura Innes.

So what was it about his character that made him commit?

“I think people enjoy when characters are developed fully and you know their history and you know why they react to certain things the way they do,” Jason said. “It’s all completely thought out psychologically why he does the things he does.”

Related posts: Jason Ritter talks to Greg In Hollywood about his roles in “The Class” and “Happy Endings.” and Jason Ritter talks about his new movie “Peter and Vandy”

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Meryl Monday: Miss Streep is brilliant as a no-nonsense nun who has her certainty but later has “Doubt”

http://www.accesshollywood.com/content/images/81/415x0/81229_meryl-streep-in-doubt.jpgThe same year – 2008 – that she starred in the big screen version of the musical Mamma Mia, Meryl Streep had one of the best dramatic showcases of her storied career as the no-nonsense Sister Aloysius Beauvier in Doubt.

Cherry Jones had played the role to great acclaim on Broadway and won a Tony Award but, as often is the case, the stage star was replaced by a screen star for the movie adaptation. But it’s hard to quibble with the casting of Miss Streep who is absolutely superb in this film.

The film is set in a Bronx Catholic school in 1964. The sister, who is the school’s principal, begins to question a popular priest’s (played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman) ambiguous relationship with a troubled 12 year old black student.

The scenes here are the dramatic confrontation between the sister and the priest as well as the end of the film when she confesses to a fellow nun that she is not as certain about his guilt as she thought she was.

Miss Streep won the Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance (I’ve included her glorious acceptance speech below) and was nominated for an Oscar as were co-stars Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis.



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Monday Morning Man: Dylan Bruce!

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Just think, Dr. Reid Oliver’s heart could be beating inside of this heartthrob – well, the character played by this heartthrob. You see, before Daniel Cosgrove took over the role of Chris Hughes on As the World Turns, today’s Morning Man Dylan Bruce had been the most recent actor to play the role.

Since 1990, nine different actors had held down the part of Chris including Cosgrove, Bruce, Christian Siefert, and Bailey Chase.

Bruce, 30, played the role for 99 episodes in 2007 and 2008 before the character was dropped for a few years.

Earlier this year, the actor resurfaced in the star-studded web soap The Bay in the role of Brian. Also in the cast is such soap vets as Tristian Rogers, John Callahan, Charles Shaughnessy and Mary Beth Evans.

Before his soap days, Bruce played the role of Martin Kail on the 24 spinoff called 24: Conspiracy which lasted just one season in 2005. He’s also done guest spots on CSI: NY, The Sopranos, Las Vegas and Passions.

It’s no surprise that the stunning Bruce, who was raised in Seattle, Washington, launched his career as a model.

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My night at Macy’s Passport Glamorama event

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GLAMORAMA: This is the first time the annual Macy’s Passport fundraiser for AIDS charities was held downtown at the Orpheum Theatre and boy, what a perfect venue!
I’m not into fashion but I sat through the expertly choreographed fashion show, featuring designers Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Madonna’s Material Girl Collection, Tracy Reese, Just Cavali and Tracy Reese, and I was just absolutely transfixed.
It was all stunning and I was quite pleased with my seat which was just two rows behind singer Brandy! She was among the celebs who turned out to see the show which included wonderful performances by singer Chris Hutchinson who did two songs and the night’s finale, Macy Gray, who sounded superb during her three numbers.
In past year’s Elizabeth Taylor has been on hand to make some opening remarks but the 78-year-old movie legend and AIDS activist extraordinaire was not present this year. Instead, we got LaToya Jackson.
Love LaToya, she looked great, but speaking without a script is not her forte. I was able to deconstruct some of her sentences and the main thing was that her brother, the late Michael Jackson, was a staunch supporter of AIDS charities.
Prior to the show, LaToya and Brandy were among the celebs who dazzled on the red carpet. I read somewhere that Serena Williams was present but I did not see her. But I did see Will & Grace star Eric McCormack who was rushing in but did stop and smile when I asked him for a photo. Too bad I had the zoom on and no time to zoom out. So here is my very nice close-up of Eric!
In the photo above Eric is actor Joe Slaughter who was in the fashion show last year and went on to snag a role in the recent Step Up 3D flick: “It was incredible to be in that movie,” Joe told me. “It was a culmination of all the things that I wanted to be a part of.” His next movie, which he can’t yet speak about, will also be 3D: “Apparently I’m making a whole career [of 3D],” he said,laughing. “It’s on my contracts.”
I did not get a photo of the great actress Michael Learned but we did have a nice chat which I’ll post down the road. She played the mother on The Waltons but I had just seen her on a recent episode of Law & Order: SVU and she played the most monstrous, evil character. I told her how scary she was and we had a good laugh.
Other star sightings: Ross Mathews of The Tonight Show (I’ll have my interview with him later this week); the adorable and smart Hal Sparks of Queer as Folk fame; the gorgeous Sara Rue who is 50 pounds thinner; Cat Cora of Iron Chef; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Bachelor Pad runner-ups Tenley Molzahn and Kiptyn Locke stopped and posed for a photo for me but Vienna Girardi, sporting shorter hair, was rushed in as if she was some kind of VIP. Also chatted up a young actor named Robbie Arnell (pictured below Sara Rue) who could not have been nicer -or cuter! He plays Fred Jones in the new Scooby Doo TV movies and is also known for his role in the Nickelodeon series True Jackson. I’ll have an interview with him posted later in the week when he is featured as a Morning Man.
Glee star Mark Salling worked the red carpet and we were urged by his handlers to ask him about the album he’s recording. We had to do a big, group interview by the time he got to my section of the red carpet because apparently a car was waiting for him to whisk him right off to the studio. He would not even be going into the show.
Someone who worked the red carpet AND attended the show and was able to articulate nicely why we were all there was actor Wilson Cruz.
“I’ve been here for the last seven years and was actually in it one year,” Wilson said. “I’m a big fan of [AIDS charities] AmFar and APLA and I’m here to support them and to support Macy’s and all the work they do in order to bring HIV awareness.”
“As far as I’m concerned, the real issue is getting people tested. If we can get people tested and actually get to know their status then we can actually help people stay alive and stay healthy. It’s just a matter of getting people  to get that information.  I urge everyone to go out and get tested.”
“The amount of people who are becoming HIV positive, in the gay community especially, I hate to say is actually going up,” Wilson added. “We need to continue to talk about thius and we need to continue to talk about how we can prevent people from becoming positive but also how we can help people stay alive.  It’s a different disease than it was 25 years ago, it’s not a death sentence.”
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Actress Kelly McGillis and her love Melanie Leis have entered into a civil partnership in New Jersey!

Kelly McGillis, the beautiful actress who defended Jodie Foster in The Accused, won Tom Cruise’s heart in Top Gun and Harrison Ford’s in Witness, was joined in a civil union on Wednesday with sales executive Melanie Leis, the New York Times reports.

Congratulations to them both! Hopefully they, and all other same-sex couples in this country, will be able to be fully married soon.

The ladies met in 2000 when Ms. Leis was a bartender at a restaurant in Key West, Fla., that Ms. McGillis owned with her second husband, Fred Tillman, with whom she has two daughters, Kelsey Laure, 20, and Sonora Ashley, 17.

Last year, Kelly announced she was a lesbian in an interview with SheWired.com. Discussing that interview she said this week, “That was one of those moments when somebody asked me a question, my kids had gone from home, so I really didn’t have to protect anyone by skirting the question, and I just decided to be absolutely honest.”

The couple’s celebration will be featured in the New York Times Vows column on Sept. 26.

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Showtune Sunday: When Ethel Merman and Barbra Streisand paid a visit to Judy Garland’s show

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That’s because The Judy Garland Show, during its 1963-64 run on Sunday nights on CBS, brought about all kinds of once-in-a-lifetime television moments that, thank God, are preserved and now out on DVD.

Garland had starred in several highly-rated specials for CBS but her series ran for just 26 episodes. It was a hit with the critics but faced a ratings challenge from the popular western series Bonanza.

Guests during that season included: Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Count Basie, Chita Rivera and an up and coming talent named Liza Minnelli - Judy’s daughter.

The series reached a real high point on Oct. 4, 1963 when Judy welcomed two showbiz legends on the same episode: Ethel Merman and Barbra Streisand. Merman was long the queen of Broadway with such hits as Gypsy and Annie Get Your Gun while Streisand had starred in I Can Get It For Wholesale on Broadway and was about to triumph in Funny Girl. She had not yet made a movie!

Here is some of Judy and Barbra and Ethel (Merman also guested again later in the season). Enjoy!



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Morning Man Classic: John James!

http://www.virginmedia.com/images/james-then-290x400.jpgBack when I was in college, we would pile into the living room of our dorm (Zura Hall at San Diego State) on Wednesday nights to watch Dynasty.We also watched the Dynasty spinoff The Colbys.

Who cares about Krystal and Alexis? I was in love with Jeff Colby who was on both shows!

I could not believe that Fallon (originally played by Pamela Sue Martin then later by Emma Samms) did not realize she was married to the absolute most handsome most perfect guy!

Jeff was played by John James who I thought was delish.

He’s 54 now, a father of two, and his most recent acting gigs have been recurring roles on As the World Turns and All My Children.

Before Dynasty, John was a regular on the CBS soap Search for Tomorrow.

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Does Tim Gunn, on a bitching rant all week, go too far by bagging on little Suri Cruise?

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In the past few weeks he has had a lot to say about famous people. Let’s start with druggie Lindsay Lohan and her disastrous tenure as creative director of Emanuel Ungaro: “Mr. Ungaro is dead and God knows he must have been rolling over in his grave, but I thought, this is one of the last couture houses left in this entire world. Lindsay Lohan is the creative director? How absurd is that! It would be like asking, I don’t know, like, asking Suri Cruise to pilot a fighter jet.”

Okay, that’s fine. But why did he have to go on to pick on the adorable daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes by adding: “Suri is, she’s her mother and father’s dress up doll and I feel in many ways she’s a fashion victim and it’s just very inappropriate.”

I dunno, I think she’s just the cutest creature on Earth and Tim should leave her the heck alone! But others are fair game. Here’s more of Tim’s bitchfest:

On Gossip Girl actress Taylor Momsen: (He witnessed her behavior while doing a guest spot on the show): “You know young lady, there are hundreds of thousands of girls who are just as attractive and even smarter than you. Why are you acting like this show is a huge burden on you?”

On Vogue editor Anna Wintour, on whom the book The Devil Wears Prada is reportedly based. Tim writes in his book that she was escorted out of a 2006 fashion show by bodyguards and she is reportedly livid about his remarks. Tim says: “I wasn’t slinging mud or criticizing her character. More than 30 people must have seen it. I’m just the only one brave enough to tell the truth. Lord knows hell would freeze over if I came face to face with her here, but I probably wouldn’t be able to see past her handlers.”

Ouch!

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Van Hansis talks to Soap Opera Weekly about his last episodes as Luke Snyder on “As the World Turns”

I’ve made my peace with how As the World Turns wrapped up for our Luke Snyder.

Reid has died and Noah has gone off to LA and Luke remained in Oakdale where he will work on a hospital wing in Reid’s honor.

Van Hansis, the gifted actor who played Luke up until the end, shared his thoughts with Soap Opera Weekly about the final two episodes which had him saying goodbye – for now – to Noah – then flash-forwarding a month and paying a visit to Chris who has the beating heart of Reid.

“Luke is forced to choose Luke instead of choosing somebody else,” Van says. “I think it’s important for Luke to do that, for him to come into his own. And I think it’s going to be up to the audience to interpret if Luke and Noah get back together down the road or not. It’s left up in the air. And I also think that they couldn’t kill off Reid and then have Luke run to Noah because that would be very, very detrimental to the character.”

http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/hs310.ash1/23315_133235966690856_7059_n.jpgOf Luke’s final scene with Chris and Katie Van says: “It’s sad but I hope that even though it’s not a happy ending, there’s something in it that really connects.”

Later in the interview, he jokes that in soap opera land, anything is possible and that if the show were to continue, “maybe in a couple of weeks they’ll realize that Reid wasn’t actually dead and he had two hearts or something.”

Either that or Chris will suddenly develop feelings for Luke and not understand why: “Daniel Cosgrove (Chris) and I were joking about that because Luke’s last scene is actually really beautiful as he listens to Reid’s heart in Chris’s chest. And right before we were about to shoot it, Danny was like, ‘What if Chris just all of a sudden starts checking out Luke, and Katie’s sitting there [clueless]? That’s funny. That would be a good soap twist.”

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“Spartacus: Blood and Sand” star Andy Whitfield is leaving show to battle a recurrence of cancer

http://filmreviewonline.com/wp-content/gallery/spartacus-blood-and-sand/spartacus-andy-whitfield.jpgThis is upsetting news: Starz network says Spartacus: Blood and Sand star Andy Whitfield is leaving the show to battle a recurrence of cancer.

“It’s with a deep sense of disappointment that I must step aside from such an exceptional project as Spartacus and all the wonderful people involved,” the actor said in a statement. “It seems that it is time for myself and my family to embark on another extraordinary journey.”

Production of the Spartacus series’ second season was postponed this spring when Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. But after treatment, he was scheduled to resume the title role in the series.

Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht said in a statement: “Our hearts and prayers are with Andy and his family during this difficult time. Andy is not only an incredible actor whose portrayal of Spartacus made an indelible impression on Starz audiences, he is also an amazing human being whose courage, strength and grace in the face of adversity have inspired all of us.”

The network had already announced that co-stars Lucy Lawless and John Hannah would take center stage for a six-episode prequel leading up to Spartacus’ arrival. It will air beginning in January 2010.

I got to chat with Andy at the Television Critics Association press tour last January and he told me he had to get into incredible shape for the action adventure series on which he plays the title role.

“I’m tired physically, obviously,” he said then, unaware of his illness then. “You get to a certain point and you get injuries and you have to carry on around those injuries. But also emotionally it was very draining as the series progresses you’ll really what happens with these characters.”

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Saturday Morning Man: Adrian Bellani!

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http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_lLsdaCVk3Kk/RthBLag7FUI/AAAAAAAAF8k/2SF8cUkpBec/s320/AdrianBellani12.jpgIt’s so fun when I come across a Morning Man by accident.

Yesterday, I was Googling a name friend Lorna had suggested and somehow came across a photo of Adrian Bellani!

Quite a stunning man.

He’s 28 years old and best known for his role of Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald on the NBC soap Passions which has been canceled. (Sadly, there are now only six daytime soaps left now that As the World Turns has ended its run).

Adrian was born in Miami, Florida and is of Italian and Salvadoran descent. He and his family moved to El Salvador when he was a child.

There, Bellani not only competed in international horse jumping competitions, but he won and was invited to compete in the Central America Games representing his country.

Bellani also became a very accomplished volleyball player and once again he found himself invited to participate in the Central America Games. The team that he played for won the Central American tournament.

He was educated at the American School of El Salvador (Escuela Americana), and later returned to the United States to study finance at Southern Methodist University. Shortly after, Salvadoran fashion photographer Roberto Aguilar asked him to be the face of the Toni & Guy Bed Head campaign.

People en Espanol Magazine voted him to be one of the 25 hottest Latin bachelors in the world (2006).

He most recently filmed a role in the movie Moneyball due out next year.

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