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Thursday Briefs: Rob Lowe aging oh-so well; Jeff Lewis’s housekeeper wants to flip out; Andy Roddick out!

LEAN AND LOWE: Don’t hate Rob Lowe because he’s beautiful. Okay, I’ll try not to! The 46-year-old star shows us on the cover of the new Men’s Fitness that he’s as hot as he ever was – if not hotter!

When asked how he keeps in shape, he told Men’s Health that he’s “been sober for 20 years, but you gotta get your fix some way. At a certain point you realize a whole lot of espresso doesn’t do it. That’s why I like helicopter skiing and big-wave surfing. It’s a way for me to keep my edge.”

Rob has proven himself to be so much more than a pretty face in his remarkable career as he went from Brat Packer (St. Elmo’s Fire, Class, About Last Night) to hit comedies (Austin Power and Wayne’s World flicks) to television star (The West Wing, Brothers & Sisters).

Rob’s next career move seems like a smart one: He has joined the cast of the NBC comedy Parks & Recreation which is just getting started while Brothers & Sisters, which he left at the end of last season, appears to be in decline as it begins its fifth season.

http://www.karenbphotography.com/images/jefflewisweb91.jpgHOUSEKEEPER FLIPS OUT: Jeff Lewis, the cute but kinda crazy dude from Bravo’s Flipping Out show, has been known to drive his employees bonkers.

In an interview with US Weekly, he admits that his housekeeper, Zoila, probably wants to escape pretty much every day!

“I have to keep a close eye on her, she’s tried to escape a few times. I’ve spent a lot of money on bounty hunters, finding her and bringing her back. I’ve spent a lot of time combing bus stations, train stations, airports looking for her and I just don’t want to lose any more beauty sleep over it. She’s on a very short leash, because I can tell she’s getting kind of squirrely, I think she wants to leave. [She's been with me] for like 10 years. We have a very dysfunctional mother-son relationship. Zoila has family in the area, so she leaves Saturday afternoons, she usually goes to one of their homes and then she comes back Sunday evenings. She does have a day off, but she knows she’s got to be in by 8:30 on Sunday. The telenovelas start early, then we’ve got lights out at 9 o’clock. No bedtime story. she usually falls asleep to the television, but she’s got to get up early. She’s usually a little bit slower is she doesn’t get 9 hours of sleep, so that’s why I like her in bed by 9.”

NEW YORK- SEPTEMBER 01: Andy Roddick

ELIMINATED: Gee, part of the fun of following the US Open is posting pics of American hottie Andy Roddick’s tummy which we can see when his shirt flies up during a serve or a forehand.

Well Andy, who turned 28 year old this week, was ousted last night in the second round of the US Open, a tournament he won in 2003 and will probably not ever win again.

Andy remains America’s top-ranked player but he has failed to come through this year and is barely hanging on to a top 10 ranking (he was seeded ninth at the US Open).

Andy lost 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (4)  to 44th-ranked Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia. Roddick revealed recently that he had a mild case of mononucleosis and said he did not come to New York feeling 100 percent ready.

But he was not willing to make any excuses: “We’re not talking about it if I win a match. I’m not going to talk about it because I lost.”


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Miss Universe is for marriage equality!

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But I really like the reigning one who was crowned last weekend. She’s Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete. In a recent radio interview, she made clear her support of same-sex marriage.

“Look, I believe that every person in this world has the right to profess the beliefs they have and I am in agreement,” she began. “We have to respect what each human being decides to do with their lives, you know? Clearly, there are limitations, of course, also, as there are with heterosexual couples, right? Better said, there are limitations for any of the two – if they are heterosexual or homosexual – but I believe we have to learn to be respectful because they are people who are the same as us. There is no difference. And I don’t believe it’s just to discriminate somebody based on the gender they prefer, right? Based on the partner they choose to select, if it’s a man or a woman.”

“The truth is that I am absolutely against discrimination and, well, what can I say,” she added. “I have many friends who are homosexual and I adore them. And they are equal folk: There is no reason we should want to set them aside, there is no reason why we shouldn’t let them enjoy what they want to enjoy with their partner.”

Well said!

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Tim Gunn opens up with “Golden Rules”

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51sz-qJ0tFL.jpgI met Tim Gunn on the red carpet at the Oscars a few years ago. We were both there early setting up to do interviews and I just walked over and we started gabbing.

I knew who he was, obviously, even though I haven’t watched more than maybe half an episode of Project Runway (scandal!). Anyway, I thought he was so cute! And nice!

But let’s face it, we love when people get a little dishy and Tim certainly did that in an interview with the NY Daily News!

Of Vogue editor Anna Wintour (think real-life Meryl Streep character in The Devil Wears Prada): “It’s insane that people don’t call her out on the things she does. Is it fear? I was certainly afraid of her. When her office called me, I thought I’d have to go into the witness protection program.”

Of designer Isaac Mizrahi, Tim calls him a spoiled snob: “Oh, please, I was so kind to him. I mean, I wouldn’t have the words to describe some of the more abhorrent behavior. He really is a terrible, terrible, terrible person.”

Tim dishes about them and more in his new book Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work (Gallery Books, $23.99).

The 57-year-old Gunn says his book expanded from its initial premise as a straight etiquette guide because “I don’t like the word. It connotes fish forks and wine-glass placement. And it sounds elitist and stuffy.”

http://vitodibari.com/Blogging%20the%20Future/Tim%20Gunn.jpgThe book also serves as something of an autobiography: “One thing I hear with frequency is that people don’t know very much about me. They see me interacting with people and probing into their backgrounds because that gives me a context for who the designer is. But I haven’t opened up about myself. This book does that.”

Of his parents: He paints his mother as remote, his father as a homophobic brute. “My mother is truly, deathly ill right now,” says Gunn. “She has congestive heart failure, kidney failure. If she’s still alive on Sept. 7 [the day before the book’s publication], she won’t be on the eighth.”
Despite such statements, Gunn insists, “I love her dearly. But she’s a stone.”

On being gay: He says he didn’t come to terms with being gay until his 20s. “I knew what I wasn’t, but not what I was,” he says.

His love life: Gunn writes about a terrible relationship he had over 20 years ago, which ended with a betrayal so wounding, he has not risked a romantic involvement since. It’s been decades since he has had sex, he says, though he stresses he’s happy with the decision.

“I wanted to say that, whether you’re gay or straight, you can live a celibate life and be perfectly satisfied and happy.”

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Thore Scholermann and Jo Weil talk about Christian and Oliver’s wedding this week on German soap “Forbidden Love”

From Sept, 3 through 6, the wedding of Christian and Oliver will take place on the German soap Forbidden Love.

Actors Thore Scholermann (Christian) and Jo Weil (Oliver) talked to Soap Opera Weekly about the big event.

Their reaction to the news that their characters would be getting married:

Weil: “I was more than happy! … Christian and Olli belong together  and, with the wedding, a big wish comes true for many fans. … It’s the right decision for our characters. They had to prove their love in so many different situations and firmly stood together. We have been shooting the story for almost three years. In soap years, that’s almost an eternity. So it’s absolutely believable that they’d get married now in a great, big ceremony…. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_XSIS5zd_QGA/SK4cGMWVe-I/AAAAAAAAA9g/P64lulEyQF0/s400/joweilimg13%5B1%5D.jpgIt’s absolutely special that we shpt the first church wedding for two men on a soap opera! It’s a great sign. Maybe we can encourage people watching to think differently. If we can accomplish that, it would be great. I am definitely proud of that. Thore and I are allowed to make this historic step with our characters.”
Scholermann: “It’s the first time I won’t just be standing [at a wedding] in the background, saying nothing. It will be our day. Hooray! … Christian and Olli went through so many difficulties and fought for their love … and Jo and I did that for our characters as well. We had good times but also bad times with [our] storyline where we didn’t know what would happen. So now we’re going to show the bright side of Olli and Christian’s love! … Christian and Olli want to spend their lives together. They need no marriage to be happy. But it’s a practical thing for their everyday life so why shouldn’t they get married?”

Go to AfterElton.com to see more exclusive photos from the wedding!

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Thursday Morning Man: James Preston!

http://static.tvguide.com/MediaBin/Galleries/Shows/G_L/Ga_Gh/Gates_the/season1/the-gates-18.jpgSince this is the second day in a row that I am featuring a cast member from ABC’s The Gates, I feel like I sure as heck better catch the remaining episodes of the show while it is still on the air.

Today we have James Preston who plays Lukas Ford on the show but who is getting a lot of attention this week for a photo released this week of him as the title character in the upcoming flick Joshua Tree 1951: A Portrait of James Dean.

James was discovered by filmmaker David DeCoteau and cast in the 2009 movie The Brotherhood 6: Initiation.

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Video: Check out the new western-themed season seven trailer for ABC’s “Desperate Housewives”

Season seven of this still-delicious ABC sudser is on Sunday, Sept. 26. I. Can’t. Wait. It will be so exciting to have Vanessa Williams mixing it up with the rest of the gals on Wisteria Lane!

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All the “Glee” that’s fit to post!

glee-simpsonsGlee didn’t win the Emmy on Sunday for outstanding comedy series (losing to the excellent Modern Family) but that loss does little to slow the momentum of this show as it prepares to begin its second season in a little less than three weeks.

On Sunday, Sept. 26, five days after the premiere, three Glee characters – Rachel (Lea Michele), Finn (Cory Monteith), and Mercedes (Amber Riley) – will be featured in cartoon form on the season premiere of The Simpsons.

So what the heck are these characters doing associating with The Simpsons? Entertainment Weekly explains: Lisa Simpson heads to performing arts camp, where she runs into miniature versions of these New Directions members.

Meanwhile, some photos have surfaced on Socialite Life and other sites of Emmy nominee Chris Colfer on the Glee set wearing a cool outfit.

The adorable Colfer, who plays gay student Kurt Hummel, talked to E! Online columnist Marc Malkin about the new season and Kurt getting a boyfriend.

Although co-star Jane Lynch seems to have confirmed that the boyfriend will be played by Chord Overstreet when she said Kurt’s boyfriend “has straight blond hair and big, fat pouty lips.” Chris remained vague: “I can’t say anything without getting in trouble these days. We’re going to be the power couple of the school. We better be.”

And how would the openly gay Colfer feel about an onscreen kiss?

Whoever it is, Colfer will be happy to share an onscreen smooch.

“I’m fine with it,” he told Malkin at the Emmys. “I don’t know how middle America would feel about it, [but] if it’s done in a tasteful way…I want it to be very cute and have people go, ‘Aww!’”

http://hewholaughs.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/matthewmorrison.jpg?w=202&h=302And finally, we have been hearing for several weeks now how several of the male cast members of Glee have been dieting just in case they have to wear a “mankini” in the show’s Rocky Horror-themed Halloween episode.

I had been thinking it was going to have to be one of the students and was rooting for it to be Corey Monteith. Had not crossed my mind that it could be the hottie teacher played by Matthew Morrison!

The Daily Beast reports the actor as saying that his character may be donning a gold lamé “banana hammock” at some point next season.

Anyone who has seen photos of Matthew from the Broadway Bares benefit a few years back or his spectacular Vogue spread knows that this gifted Emmy-nominated actor is already in fine shape and can pull off a mankini anytime, anywhere.


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Heartbroken Noah expresses his regrets to Luke; Reid tries to save sick and stubborn Chris from himself


http://cache.gawker.com/assets/resources/2008/03/nuke1.jpgBravo to Jake Silbermann for his performance in today’s episode of As the World Turns. With the show just weeks away from ending and we loyal viewers preparing to say goodbye to his Noah, Van Hansis as Luke and Eric Sheffer Stephens as Reid (along with the rest of the characters in fictional Oakdale), it is nice to see Jake given a wonderful scene in which Noah expresses his love and his regret to Luke.

“I’m hurting like hell right now, and you’re not hurting at all, which makes it even worse,” says Noah who is about to leave for LA to begin his career as a filmmaker.

He tells Luke that he never would have come out, stood up to his crazy homophobe dad or pursued the film career had it not been for Luke’s support. He admits to Luke: “I’m still in love with you.”

But, it’s too late. Luke realizes that he and Noah are not right for each other and that he has found someone who is right for him: “I’m in love with Reid.”

He and Hansis brought their screen history to this scene today and it was a beautiful thing and the fact that this is all coming to an end is very sad!

Meanwhile, Chris continues to act crazy and goes golfing. Reid has brought in a doc to help save him and has to play golf with him a bit in order to do so. (See Reid playing golf below and observe a nice tush!)

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Wednesday Briefs: Estelle Getty’s Emmy sold! Andy Cohen says Bravo is Bi; Michael Douglas’s cancer

http://www.antiquetrader.com/upload/contents/290/field_1745/AT%205-20%20EstelleEmmy.JPGSOPHIA WOULD BE PISSED! This is sickening: Estelle Getty, the beloved star of The Golden Girls, won the Emmy in 1988 for her performance as Sophia. So where is that Emmy today? Who the heck knows. Her two sons, after their mom died in 2008, could not agree on how to split her estate. So the Emmy ended up on eBay!

One of the sons, Carl Gettlemen, now tells Reuters, “The Emmy had far more sentimental value than (money value) for me, but there’s no way to split an Emmy between two (people). It should have been made accessible to the public. She was so appreciative of her fans, she would have preferred it somewhere where (they) could see it.”

Ya think?

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_4KvrMbTfwmo/ShbHvUH0n9I/AAAAAAAABfU/SMhIIuHkMok/s400/andy+cohen.pngBRAVO BRAVO! Andy Cohen has got a gay man’s dream job as Bravo’s senior VP of original programming and development.

His network is home to the Real Housewives franchise, the Emmy-winning Top Chef, Flipping Out with Jeff Lewis and, of course,  Kathy Griffins My Life on The D List.

It is, quite simply, the gayest channel in the universe. But in an interview with Blackbook.com, Andy insists the network is, at the most, bi.

“I always saying we’re bi, but I think it’s kind of how I view myself being gay—it’s just one of things that I am,” he explains. “So Bravo may or may not be gay, but I think there’s a lot of other things going on. I think for the gay people on Bravo, it’s one of the things that they are—they’re not on Bravo because they’re gay. The people that are gay on Bravo, like Brad on Rachel Zoe or Jeff on Flipping Out, they’re gay but they’re also great at what they do and that’s why they’re on Bravo and that’s important.”

BATTLING: Michael Douglas’s battle against throat cancer has begun at the same time as he is doing promotion for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
I wish him all the luck in the world in this fight.
He was one of my first crush’s from his The Streets of San Francisco days and I have enjoyed so many of his movies such as Romancing the Stone, War of the Roses, Fatal Attraction, Wonder Boys, The American President, Disclosure, Running, and of course  Basic Instinct (I’ll never forget seeing the especially steamy extended version in London in the summer of 1992!).
Michael, who is 65 and married to fellow Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones told David Letterman last night that the cancer is worse than initially thought:  “It’s a stage four, which is intense, and they gotta go at it.  I am head and neck, I am above the neck, so nothing’s gone down and the expectations are good. You like to be down at stage one but the big thing you worry about is it spreading.”The son of screen legend Kirk Douglas said he had been suffering from throat problems for several months: “I went through a litany of doctors and tests and they didn’t find anything and then I had a great summer after some other personal adversities.” He said he had spent “a wonderful summer with Catherine and the kids in Spain. We went to Russia, St. Petersburg, which is fantastic.”

“I came back and a guy said ‘Let me have a look’. All happened within three weeks. They got a biopsy and analyzed it.”

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Happy Birthday to the brilliant Lily Tomlin!

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http://www.advocate.com/uploadedImages/ADVOCATE/PRINT_ISSUE/2009/1033/LILYX390.jpgDuring a week when screw-ups like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Bristol Palin are dominating the headlines for being themselves, I’d like to shine a spotlight on a brilliant talent who turns 71 years young today: Lily Tomlin!

I’d put legendary Lily, nominated for a 2010 Emmy Award for her role on Damages, on the cover of Vanity Fair instead of Lohan!

Miss Tomlin has inhabited so many memorable characters including Edith Ann and Ernestine from the Laugh-In days to so many movie roles including Oscar-nominated Nashville as well as 9 to 5, All of Me, Flirting With Disaster, Big Business, Short Cuts and A Prairie Home Companion (those are just my faves – there are so many more!).

Her television specials have won eight Emmys over the years and she was the toast of Broadway in the shows Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe and Appearing Nightly.

So much else has been accomplished in her 45 year career and she has collaborated both professionally and personally with the great love of her life, writer Jane Wagner. Check out my post from last spring when Lily shared her thoughts on her career with Coco Peru at an event benefiting the LA Gay and Lesbian Center.

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“Will & Grace” Wednesday: When Neil Patrick Harris guest-starred as an “ex-gay” guy who Jack likes

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He’s a two-time Emmy winner now and a soon-to-be daddy of two so why not have Neil Patrick Harris guest star on Will & Grace Wednesdays again?

After he was Doogie Howser MD and before he was Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, NPH did a memorable guest shot on Will & Grace.

(BTW, the year was 2000 and Neil was appearing on NBC in the sitcom Stark Raving Mad with Tony Shaloub and created by Steve Levitan who went on to create Modern Family.)

Anyway, in this hilarious Will & Grace send-up of the Focus on the Family and ex-gay movement, NHP plays an “ex-gay” guy who Jack is attracted to.

Jack pretends to be an ex-gay and goes to a meeting. Watch and see if NPH is able to resist his charms. Jack also brings along Karen who is acting very bisexual in this episode.

Funny stuff!

Hear Greg on OUTspoken Radio!

photoHad a really terrific time Monday night during my appearance on Outspoken Radio’s Donny Meacham & Friends show.
Donny and his co-host Rebekah Tripp are smart and fun. We gabbed about the Emmys then spent a lot of time on LGBT representation on the broadcast networks.
If you weren’t listening live last night, then go to latalkradio.com and give it a listen at your convenience.

Wednesday Morning Man: Colton Haynes!

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He’s Colton Haynes and he’s one of the stars of the ABC series The Gates. He plays a jock-turned-werewolf named Brett Crezski!

I met Colton and two of his co-stars over the weekend at the BAFTA/LA Tea Party and he was very engaging and told me he’s had “a blast” filming the series which will have a two-hour finale on Sept. 19.

Whether The Gates is renewed for a second season is not known (ratings have not been huge) but Colton has already booked another series: Teen Wolf on MTV. He shot the pilot for that show before The Gates.

Colton is 22 and from Witchita, Kansas. With a face like that, it’s no surprise that he began  his career as a model when he was just 15 for Abercrombie & Fitch.

He moved to LA and began landing acting roles in such shows as CSI: Miami, Privileged and Pushing Daisies and had a role in the Hallmark Channel movie Always and Forever.

It looks like the sky is the limit for this handsome young actor!

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Martina Navratilova honored at US Open ceremony honoring “those who dream, succeed and inspire.”

PhotoNice to see Martina Navratilova honored during opening ceremonies of the US Open last night.

It was so fitting to honor Martina on a night in which organizers celebrated “those who dream, succeed and inspire.”

Martina battled breast cancer this year and seems to have defeated it. She talked about her attitude through that and other tough times she called “nasty curveballs.”

“It’s the positive attitude that gets you through life and it is a choice,” she said. “I’ve always been too much of an optimist where I sort of ignore bad stuff until it sits right there in front of me. I’m saying nothing is going to go wrong and, when it does, that’s when I deal with it. That’s how I’ve gotten through life. I think it’s done me pretty well.”

Martina, a four-time US Open singles champion, received a rousing welcome inside Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens.

Martina also talked about coming out publicly the year she made it to her first US Open final just after becoming an American citizen.

“In 1981, I came out as a gay woman,” she said to strong applause. “That was not a good thing to do back then. There were a lot of doors that were shut in my face because of that, but you know what, I could still play tennis, no matter what.”

And play she did with courage and skill.

Her famous on-court rivalry with friend Chris Evert is the subject of a new ESPN documentary, Unmatched, which will premiere September 14. See yesterday’s post about this legendary pair.

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Tuesday Briefs: Bragman, Cruz & Paige are “Amazing” as is Federer’s between legs shot! Plus Cher movie poster and more!

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http://www.afterelton.com/archive/elton/people/2006/photos/wilson%20cruz/wilson2.jpgHappy Tuesday everyone!

Congratulations to the folks who have just been announced as one of the “10 Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz” and “10 Amazing Gay Men in Showbiz” by Power Up.

The award recognizes Amazing Gay Women and Men who are working, creating and changing lives as they continue their way up the ladder of success.

Publicist Howard Bragman, whose clients include Meredith Baxter and Chely Wright, is among the men chosen and said:  “I grew up fat, Jewish and gay in Flint, Michigan feeling like I had three strikes against me and then I moved to Hollywood where I realized it was three rungs on the ladder of success.  Thanks POWER UP for recognizing this.”

Thrilled to see the hard-working and talented actors Peter Paige and Wilson Cruz included among the honorees as I am big fans of both of these men who make things happen for themselves and who have been out and proud throughout.

Other men on the list are James Duff (Executive Producer of the Closer), attorney Duncan Crabtree Ireland, talent agent Keya Khayatian,  producer Mark Noble (Access Hollywood), Producer Howard Rosenman, USA Network executive Michael Sluchan, and actor Steve Tyler.

http://images.soapoperanetwork.com/actors/f/clementine_ford_02.jpgFemale honorees are writer Ali Adler (Family Guy, Chuck, No Ordinary Family), reality star Tabatha Coffey (Tabatha’s Salon Takeover), writer Savannah Dooley, actress Clementine Ford (pictured) of The Young and the Restless, writer Tracey E. Gilchrist, director Christine Moore (The Wire, Treme), manager Martha Sanchez, writer Elizabeth Sarnoff (Deadwood, Lost),  actress Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds) and Kathy Wolfe of Wolfe Video.

Past Awardees include: Lance Bass, Barbara Gaines, Gus Van Sant, Cherien Dabis, Paris Barclay, Jamie Babbit, Wendy Battles, Ilene Chaiken Jane Lynch, Cherry Jones, Rose Troche, and actress Guinevere Turner.

The recipients receive their award at the 10th Annual Power Premiere Celebrity Gala on Nov. 7 in Hollywood.

Christina Aguilera and Cher Pretty Up the 'Burlesque' PosterTURNING BACK TIME: It’s like the late 80s and Cher is making movies!

The Oscar-winning icon stars with Christina Aguilera in the musical Burlesque due out in November. Here is the movie’s poster where she and Christina look about the same age! Whaddaya know about that!

Here’s the plot: Aguilera will play an ambitious small-town Iowa girl with a big voice who comes of age in a neo-burlesque club on Sunset Boulevard that’s run by Tess (Cher), a former dancer who struggles to keep the club open and gives the young girl a chance to shine.

I’m a huge fan of Cher the actress and am so glad her final film will no longer be Stuck On You which was fun but not on the caliber of her classics Mask, Silkwood, The Witches of Eastwick and, of course, Moonstruck. I also loved her in Mermaids, Suspect and Tea With Mussolini.

The less said about Faithful the better, however.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_TIYbcMcPYOg/SK3DaZkc7GI/AAAAAAAAAAM/BBo2k4W2n1Q/S220/hand-4.jpegSPOTLIGHT: Florence Henderson is in the news today because of her participation in Dancing With the Stars. But there’s also news involving the man who helped Miss Henderson put together her dazzling one-woman show: two-time Emmy winner Glen Roven.

Glen, who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting on a few occasions, has written the music and lyrics for the new musical play Pandora’s Box which will run at Theatre St. Clements(423 West 46th) on Oct. 8, 9, 11, 13, 14 and 16.

It stars Kerry Butler, Deidre Goodwin, James Patrick Stuart and Tom McGowan with the rest of the cast being announced later this month.


BETWEEN HIS LEGS: Now get your mind out of the gutter! I’m talking about an absolutely thrilling, unique (and possibly dangerous!) shot that Roger Federer made last night during his first round match at the US Open.

Roger had his back up against the wall at the end of a long point against Brian Dabul and resorted to the same stunning shot he used against Novak Djokovic in last year’s semifinals. Both times he hit a winning shot and went on to win the match.

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A party for “Finding Mr. Wright” and AIDS Walk LA

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photoLast night at here Lounge in West Hollywood was the most wonderful pre-production party for the film Finding Mr. Wright that served as an AIDS Walk LA fundraiser for the film’s stars Matthew Montgomery (also a producer) and David Moretti best known for The Lair.
One of the special guests was Thom Bierdz! The Young and the Restless actor did some live painting at the event so people got the chance to watch this great artist and actor at work.
Actor Steve Callahan (East Side Story, Nine Lives) helped organize the event and worked the door. He is Montgomery’s boyfriend and co-star in Role/Play and Bierdz’s ex-boyfriend! Good to see everyone stay friends and remain supportive of each other.
Actor Jason Stuart (pictured, left) was an attendee and had some fun posing with the near-naked drink servers! I spent the bulk of the night chatting with film and stage actor David Pevsner who I’ve known for some time and writer-actor Greg Phelan who I met for the first time (we are pictured at the bottom of this post).
Greg and I had been chatting for quite awhile before it came up that he starred in the indie gem Green Plaid Shirt more than a decade ago. I loved that movie!
It was a fun night, wish I could have stayed longer!
Finding Mr. Wright goes into production in a few weeks!

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See Jane Lynch in photos from season 2 of “Glee” and read her thoughts on winning the Emmy!

GLEEFUL AND GRATEFUL: Fox has released some stills from the first episode of season 2 of Glee including a few of the great Sue Sylvester played by Jane Lynch.
Miss Lynch, as we know, took home a well-deserved Emmy on Sunday night for her performance on the show. I had been unable to find any backstage interviews with her when I did a recap yesterday but have since found some in USA Today.
Here is some of what Jane had to say backstage: “I hope the cheerleading coaches take some pride in this but for me I know it means I am breathing rarified air. This doesn’t happen for everybody. There are a lot of talented people out there, and I am one of the lucky ones that got to have her role and her moment.”
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“Golden Girls” Tuesday: Singing Dorothy steals spotlight from Blanche at popular watering hole

http://i.ytimg.com/vi/FV6_ewa_414/0.jpgAt a party last night, me and couple of guys were talking about theater and shows we’ve seen over the years. I mentioned seeing Bea Arthur’s one-woman show at the El Portal (I think it was in 2004?) and one of the guy’s asked: “Could she sing?”

Can she sing? Yes! She won a Tony for the musical Mame and was also in such musicals as Threepenny Opera and Fiddler on the Roof and was nominated for another Tony for her one-woman show.

It all made me think of this Golden Girls episode from season 7 when Blanche took a depressed Dorothy to her favorite little bar to cheer her roomie up. In this scene, Dorothy ends up belting out a tune. She ends up being so popular with the guys that they end up ignoring the usual center of attention Blanche!

It gave TV fans who only knew Miss Arthur’s work on The Golden Girls and Maude to see what a great talent she really was.

Ryan Reynolds and Bradley Cooper team up!

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http://www.usmagazine.com/uploads/assets/photo_galleries/regular_galleries/274-shirtless-stars/photos/1274993787_bradley-cooper-468.jpgI ask you, how much beefcake can one movie handle?

We are about to find out because two of Hollywood’s reigning hunks, Ryan Reynolds and Bradley Cooper, are teaming up!

They both have starred opposite Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock in romantic comedies so it’s high time they find themselves together on screen.

Only, darn it, it’s not a romantic c0medy this time around.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, this delicious duo are attached to star in an untitled original action-comedy from Up in the Air co-writer Sheldon Turner.

The story follows two friends, who are also San Francisco cops, whose fathers were once partners on the police force. The older generation is forced out of retirement to help their sons crack a case, with typically antagonistic results.

The film is meant to have an updated, edgy (and R-rated!) Lethal Weapon flavor.

I demand shirtless scenes, that’s all I’m sayin.

Bradley’s hit films include The Hangover, Wedding Crashers, Failure to Launch, He’s Just Not That Into You and this year’s The A-Team and Valentine’s Day.

Ryan’s impressive filmography includes Van Wilder, The Proposal, Buying the Cow, Blade: Trinity, X-Men: Orgins: Wolverine, Definitely, Maybe, Just Friends and next year’s The Green Lantern.

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“Dancing With the Stars” line-up includes lovely Florence Henderson, brilliant Margaret Cho, a studly “Situation” and Bristol Palin?

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http://www.thearchnemesis.com/images/margaret%20cho.jpgThe cast of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars is always a mixed bag with some dubious choices.

This year’s dubious choice has got to be Bristol Palin. The girl is pretty and she seems to be doing the best she can as a single mother whose mom is that wacko Sarah Palin. But what makes her a “star”?

In contrast, producers had the good sense to choose a real star in Florence Henderson. I’m a huge fan of this woman who may be best known to the world as Mrs. Brady from The Brady Bunch but who, in fact, has a showbiz career dating back to the 50s as the star of several Broadway shows.

Florence, now 76, is a total professional and has never stopped working whether hosting her own talk shows, doing TV guest spots or performing her sensational one-woman stage show (I’ve seen in twice in recent years.) She is going to show Bristol and some of these other “stars” like Audrina Patridge and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino what the hard work ethic is all about.

In addition to Miss Henderson, I’m very excited – and shocked frankly – about Margaret Cho being a part of all of this. The brilliant stand-up star last appeared on ABC more than a decade ago in her own sitcom All-American Girl and now is one of the stars of Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva. I’m not sure how her dancing skills are, but you can bet Margaret will be the coolest and funniest competitor out there.

The rest of the cast includes the increasingly desperate David Hasselhoff, crooner Michael Bolton, Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey, retired LA Lakers star Rick Fox, some dude named Kyle Massey from a Disney Channel show, retired NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, and singer Brandy.

All I have to say is this: Situation, show us your abs!!!

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