I’ve been a huge fan of out actor Charlie David ever since the first season of Dante’s Cove and want to wish him a very happy 31st birthday!
Charlie is a terrific talent and I’m so glad that he has a new movie, Judas Kiss, scheduled to be released on DVD in October. I’ve posted a trailer below.
While Charlie has many acting credits including the films Mulligans, A Four Letter Word and Kiss the Bride, he’s also an executive producer of various documentaries and not only hosted the travel series Bump! for several years, he was a producer of it was well.
Jane Lynch is an Emmy winner, has all kinds of television and movie credits, is happily married and even has a new autobiography coming out.
So what does she still want that she doesn’t yet have?
“To be in a Woody Allen movie… that’s all about me!” she says in the latest issue of AARP the Magazine in an interview about her new life and new memoir Happy Accidents.
“It would have to be shot someplace cool, with really good coffee – my life revolves around the stuff.”
Okay Woody, the next move is yours!
Also in the AARP interview, she talks about personal changes: “When I was getting to know my wife, Lara, we’d take walks in Runyon Canyon and I’d tell her how I’d used to go out of my way to feel alienated and avoid people. The woman Lara knows today is nothing like that – I’m now so open to connection and intimacy I surprise myself – so she said ‘Why don’t we write these [stories] down?”
Connor Paolo, who plays gay teen Eric van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl, is stepping away from the long-running drama on The CW where he was never given the prominence he deserved anyway. The character will go off to college at Sarah Lawrence.
He will be missed.
But here’s the good news for fans of Connor: He has a bigger role in the new ABC drama Revenge.
“Eric’s going to college, and he’s going to stay there,” Paolo said at the TV Critics Association Summer Press Tour this week. “As of now, my schedule is dominated by Revenge, so I don’t know that Eric’s coming back from Sarah Lawrence. We’ll see.”
He thinks his absence makes perfect sense storywise: “Eric’s been trying to get out of the household for quite some time.”
From The Hollywood Reporter: Henry Holt announced Monday it has acquired the rights to Bravo Executive Vice President and late night host Andy Cohen‘s untitled memoir.
The book will use Cohen’s life-long love of pop culture and entertainment as a focus to tell the story of his journey from a closeted gay teen growing up in 1970s suburban St. Louis to a multi-hyphenate cable television powerhouse. Publication is scheduled for summer 2012.
In a statement announcing the deal, Holt’s president and publisher Stephen Rubin said: “Anyone who sees what Andy Cohen has achieved at Bravo knows the guy is a marketing genius. What nobody knows as of yet, is that Andy is also a very seductive and compelling writer with a story to tell that will charm, shock and engage readers with its candor, honesty, and wit. Andy is as irresistible on the page as he is on screen.”
Cohen added, “I love to write and I’m thrilled that I get to share stories of my improbable intersections with pop culture that have enriched my life.
FAVORITES: Congratulations to Ellen DeGeneres for winning favorite comedian at the Teen Choice Awards. She managed to beat out Daniel Tosh, George Lopez, Andy Samberg and Jimmy Fallon.
I’m also excited about Glee winning for Comedy TV Show and stars Cory Monteith (TV comedy actor) and Darren Criss (TV Breakout Star).
There were some surprising choices too: Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie winning for The Tourist? The movie was a commercial and critical bomb!
Not surprising were multiple wins for Justin Bieber, Taylor Twift and Robert Pattinson.
Here are the rest of the winners:
Choice Movie Actor (Romantic Comedy) – Ashton Kutcher (No Strings Attached)
Choice Movie Actor (Sci-Fi/Fantasy) – Taylor Lautner (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse)
Choice TV Actress (Drama) – Blake Lively (Gossip Girl)
Choice TV Show (Drama) – Gossip Girl
Choice Movie Scene Stealer (Male): Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse)
Choice Movie Scene Stealer (Female): Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse)
Choice Female Hottie – Selena Gomez
Choice TV Actress (Comedy) Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place)
Choice Movie Hissy Fit – Ed Helms (The Hangover Part II)
Choice TV Show (Sci-Fi/Fantasy) – The Vampire Diaries
Choice TV Actor (Sci-Fi/Fantasy) – Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries)
Choice TV Actress (Sci-Fi/Fantasy) – Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries)
Choice TV Scene Stealer (Female) – Katerina Graham (The Vampire Diaries)
Choice TV Scene Stealer (Male) – Michael Trevino (The Vampire Diaries)
Choice Action Movie – Fast Five
Choice Movie Actor (Action) – Johnny Depp (The Tourist)
Choice Movie Actress (Action) – Angelina Jolie (The Tourist)
Choice Music Star of the Summer (Male) – Bruno Mars
Choice Music Star of the Summer (Female) – Katy Perry
Choice TV Reality Show – Jersey Shore
Choice TV Reality/Variety Star (Male) – Paul ‘Pauly D’ Del Vecchio (Jersey Shore)
Choice Female Artist – Taylor Swift
Choice Female Country Artist – Taylor Swift
Choice Country Single – Mean by Taylor Swift
Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon (Female) – Taylor Swift
Choice Break-Up Song – Back to December by Taylor Swift
Choice Movie Actress (Comedy) – Cameron Diaz (Bad Teacher)
Choice Summer Song – Skyscraper by Demi Lovato
Choice Male Artist – Justin Bieber
Choice Male Hottie – Justin Bieber
Choice Twit – Justin Bieber
Choice TV Villain – Justin Bieber (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
Choice Vampire – Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse)
Choice Music Group – Selena Gomez & The Scene
Choice Love Song – Love You Like a Love Song by Selena Gomez & The Scene
Choice Single – Who Says by Selena Gomez & The Scene
Choice Movie Actor (Drama) – Robert Pattinson (Water For Elephants)
Choice Summer Movie – Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2
Choice Summer Movie Star (Male) – Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2)
Choice Summer Movie Star (Female) – Emma Watson (Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2)
Choice Movie Actress (Sci-Fi/Fantasy) – Emma Watson (Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1)
Choice Movie Villain – Tom Felton (Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1)
Choice Movie Lip-Lock – Emma Watson & Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1)
Choice Movie (Sci-Fi/Fantasy) – Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1
Choice Movie Actress (Romantic Comedy) – Emma Stone (Easy A)
Ultimate Choice Award – Taylor Swift
Acuvue Inspire Award – Demi Lovato
This 23-year-old rugby star currently plays center for the London Wasps.
Dom Waldouck grew up in Shepherd’s Bush, London, and was a star in multiple sports: rugby, soccer and cricket.
Not only is Dom a terrific athlete, he seems to be a very good friend: In 2008, he stayed two nights in the Lister Hospital, Chelsea, in an effort to help his close colleague Danny Cipriani recover from surgery to his fractured dislocated right ankle.
Earlier today, the American Foundation for Equal Rights’ (AFER) lead attorneys, David Boies and Theodore B. Olson, were honored with the prestigious American Bar Association Medal.
AFER brought these two highly-respected attorneys together in 2009 for the federal case against Proposition 8 (Perry v. Schwarzenegger), which placed a ban on marriage for gay and lesbian Californians. AFER, Olson and Boies achieved an unprecedented victory for marriage equality on August 4, 2010, when a U.S. District Court concluded that, “Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis.”
In accepting the honor, Boies reflected on his role in Perry v Schwarzenegger: “What we’ve been able to accomplish is based on the contributions of so many other people who made those contributions under much more difficult circumstances” and accepted the award on behalf of them.
“This is a profession that faces many challenges,” Boies said. “The profession we inherited is not necessarily the profession we will pass on to the next generation unless we reinvigorate ourselves to try to protect the things that made our justice system great and our profession great.”
The two litigators have also opposed each other in some key cases, including Bush v. Gore after the 2000 presidential election.
“It is a lot more fun to have Olson on my side for a change,” Boies said.
Among previous recipients of the ABA Medal are legendary justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, including Oliver Wendell Holmes, Felix Frankfurter, Thurgood Marshall, William J. Brennan Jr., Sandra Day O’Connor and Anthony Kennedy.
Here is video of the presentation:
AFER, Boies and Olson will be back in court on September 6 for oral arguments in front of the California Supreme Court on the question of whether under California law official proponents of a ballot initiative have an interest in defending the initiative when it is challenged in court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit deemed the question essential to its determination as to whether the official proponents of Proposition 8 have standing to appeal Judge Vaughn R. Walker’s ruling from last summer.
In a separate hearing on August 29, AFER will go before the U.S. District Court to ask that the videotape of the District Court trial be released so that the public can see what happened at trial. Prop. 8 proponents have repeatedly tried to shield the tapes from the public.
AfterElton.com has coverage of the premiere of the concert feature film Glee: The 3D Concert Movie which hits theaters on Friday.
The site includes brief interviews with Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Heather Morris and Naya Rivera who play gay or lesbian or questioning teens. Here is an excerpt:
The film breaks up the cast’s concert footage with featurettes on three unique teenage Glee fans, including Trenton, a gay teen who came out in the eighth grade after having his journal stolen and hand-delivered to his secret crush. Trenton discusses how much of a positive influence Colfer’s character has been on his life. “It’s crazy when you represent such a select community, just the stories that you hear that are heartbreaking and inspiring, and they always thank you so much, not realizing that it’s really them who are brave and are the strong ones,” Colfer says.
Criss agrees, adding that the response from gay fans has made him take his character more seriously. “They are much greater than they think they are, because it comes right back to us, and that goes into every performance,” he says. “It’s not just a job anymore. It’s like I’ve been given this superhero’s costume and I get to play him, and it’s a privilege.”
She was a great MGM star who headlined a series of “aquamusicals” for the famed studio which featured synchronized swimming and diving.
Esther Williams hasn’t made a movie since 1963 but the star of such classics as Million Dollar Mermaid and Dangerous When Wet has remained in the public eye with lines of swimwear, occasional TV interviews and her recent autobiography.
On the occasion of her 90th birthday, here is a wonderful interview she did with Diane Sawyer in 2007.
Stylish Swiss superstar Roger Federer turns 30 today. That’s young for most people but for a tennis pro, it’s the beginning of senior citizenry!
And this season has not been his best as he’s slipped to number three in the world rankings behind Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. But he did make the 23rd career Grand Slam final of his career at Roland Garros and is the only player to defeat Djokovic this year.
He always thrives on outdoor hard courts and will be looking to jump-start his season with some tournament victories leading up to the U.S. Open which he has won five times.
Let’s hope he can win number six!
But here’s the thing about Federer: He is already the greatest player of all-time with a record 16 grand slam singles titles including the handful of U.S. Open victories, six Wimbledon crowns, four Australian Opens and the 2009 French Open title.
So he can generally play pressure free knowing he’s accomplished so much and that everything from here on end is gravy.
So it’s official: the upcoming eighth season of Desperate Housewives will be the last.
I’m always interested in what’s in store for Wisteria Lane’s main quartet of Bree, Gabby, Lynette and Susan but I’m also hoping the show’s recurring gay characters of Andrew (Shawn Pyfrom), Bob (Tuc Watkins) and Lee (Kevin Rahm) get a prominent storyline.
The truth is, show creator Marc Cherry – who is openly gay – has mostly underused his gay characters since the early stages of season three. That’s when sociopathic gay teen Andrew Van de Kamp went from being one of the most highly-visible gay characters on television to mostly glorified extra although last season he did surface for a meaty alcoholic episode. Andrew also had a boyfriend, Dr. Alex Cominis, played by Todd Grinnell but he is not the fully-realized gay character he should be and Pyfrom is always terrific in the role.
While Andrew has his own place and no longer lives on Wisteria Lane, gay couple Bob and Lee (Tuc Watkins and Kevin Rahm) do live there. But they have only been mostly a minor presence since they made their debut in October 2007.Things started off promising as next door neighbor Susan (Teri Hatcher) kept trying to endear herself to the couple after getting off on the wrong foot. Things went from bad to worse when the men had a really ugly water sculpture installed in their front yard. At the end season four, they had a commitment ceremony but we never actually saw it since Gary Cole was busy shooting Justine Bateman to death and holding Dana Delaney and Marcia Cross hostage.
Rahm was very good on the CBS drama Judging Amy but Watkins, in my opinion, is the one being criminally underused. He’s that rare actor with leading man looks and terrific comic chops which he has shown on One Life to Live and on the late, great Showtime series Beggars and Choosers.
In season six, Bob and Lee became more chummy with Gaby (Eva Longoria) which made for some fun episodes and things turned serious when we learned of their struggle to have a child which eventually threatens their relationship. When Bob and Lee split, we also got a funny episode where Bob starts to spent a lot of time with Gaby’s hubby Carlos and she begins to fear that he has designs on him after Lee tells her: “Bob has always had a major crush on Carlos … Bob’s college nickname was flipper and it’s not because of his dolphin tattoo … He takes them out drinking, gets them hammered then when they’re defenses are down, he flips them.”
Now THAT would have been a great storyline, for Carlos to maybe question his sexuality. But instead, it was all wrapped up in 60 minutes as Gaby successfully schemed to get the gay couple back together. At least they got their first make-out scene at the end of the episode.
But the same-sex action was not just reserved for the guys.
In season five, the formerly presumed-to-be straight Katherine (Dana Delaney) found herself attracted to her new tenant Robin (Julie Benz) and started having dreams about them making love.
She fought it, went to a shrink, tried to get Robin to move out. But they end up getting together and staying together.
Trouble is, their future played out off screen as both actresses left the show to do other series. Delaney is now on ABC’s Body of Proof and Benz starred last season on No Ordinary Family.
ABC’s Desperate Housewives will come to an end after its upcoming eighth season, it was announced over the weekend at the TV Critics Association Summer Press Tour.
The show’s creator, Mark Cherry, joined ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee onstage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday to officially deliver the news which had been leaked a few days earlier.
“I think the only thing harder than creating a hit show is knowing when to end it, especially when you’ve
got, I think, one of the most amazing casts in the history of television, who continue to deliver amazing performances week after week,” said Cherry who also praised the show’s writers and crew.
“You know, it’s something that’s weighed on my mind for quite awhile now, but because I have been working in television for 23 years, I’m also very aware of people overstaying their welcome, shows that kind of go on too
long and people just forget about them,” he added. “They drift away into nothing, and they’re unceremoniously booted off. And I just didn’t want that to happen to “Desperate Housewives.” I wanted to go out while the network still saw us as a viable show, while we were still doing well in the ratings, and we were still a force to be contended with. I wanted to kind of go out in the classiest way possible.”
There was some consideration about a ninth season but Cherry said, “we decided that this was the right time. … And I feel so good about it. …. I started talking to the gals yesterday and Friday you know, we can have the whole year to just reflect on how lucky we have all been, what an amazing ride it has been.”
He’s put out calls to all the cast members and as of Sunday morning, had spoken to over half of them. Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria have been the main housewives since season one while Nicolette Sheridan starred for five seasons, Dana Delaney for three seasons, Alfre Woodard for one and Vanessa Williams joined the cast last season.
The male stars on the show each and every season are Doug Savant, Ricardo Chavira and James Denton. Other cast members in regular of recurring roles have included Brenda Strong (the narrator seen in flashbacks), Kyle Maclachlan, Mark Moses, Kathryn Joosten, Shawn Pyfrom, Andrea Bowen Tuc Watkins, Kevin Rahm, Jesse Metcalfe, Harriet Sansom Harris, Gale Harold, Brian Austin Green, Neal McDonough, Dixie Carter, Mechad Brooks, John Slattery, Julie Benz, Nathan Fillion and many, many others.
Said Cherry: “People said very lovely things to me about how I changed their lives or careers, and I said it right back to them because what they have done for me as a group of people has been amazing, and I truly, truly love each and every one of the people I was talking to Friday. I mean, they’re just they’re family.”
Johnny Messner is one of those actors who may not be a household name, but he never stops working and chances are, you’ve seen more than one of his movies or television shows.
The ruggedly handsome 41 year old most famously starred in the 2005 FOX television series Killer Instinct, in the 2004 feature film Anacondas: The Hunt For The Blood Orchid. and had a role in the recent TV series GI Joe: Renegades.
He starred in the Spike TV film Ring of Death in 2009 and played the title role in the 2010 film Corrado. Other feature film credits for the actor from Syracuse, NY include: Tears of the Sun, The Sweetest Thing, Spartan, The Whole Ten Yards, Hostage and Running Scared.
He got his start in the late 90s as Rob Layne on the CBS daytime soap Guiding Light and has done television guest spots galore on such shows as Law & Order: SVU, CSI Miami, Chuck, The O.C., Friends, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and most recently, ABC’s Dark Blue.
She famously could not carry a tune on I Love Lucy and, well, she was no Ethel Merman in real life. (Heck, she wasn’t even Ethel Mertz in real life!)
But Lucille Ball was a real showbiz pro with excellent timing who was still singing and dancing on television up until the year before she died.
The first video is an elaborate song and dance number she did for Bob Hope’s 85th birthday special in 1988 – she was 76 at the time and still had great gams!
Also included are a hilarious number she did with Shirley MacLaine in the mid-70s, some numbers with daughter Lucie Arnaz from their Here’s Lucy sitcom and a wonderful trailer from the much-maligned musical Mame.
Enjoy these clips on the occasion of Miss Ball’s 100th birthday weekend!
Bonus: Here is a CLIP of Lucy performing Hey Look Me Over from her one and only Broadway musical, Wildcat, which she starred in during the year or so between the end of I Love Lucy and the start of The Lucy Show.
Can you imagine if on Barack Obama’s inauguration day, a TV star couple had a baby and that baby knocked Obama off the front pages of the newspaper or at least relegated him to second fiddle?
It actually happened to Dwight D. Eisenhower back in 1952 when Lucille Ball gave birth to a child by the name of Desi Arnaz Jr. Her TV alter-ego, Lucy Ricardo, gave birth to her TV baby on ths same day 56 years ago. Ike joked that Desi. Jr. had knocked him off the front page.
Desi Jr. co-starred with mom and sister Lucie Arnaz on the Here’s Lucy sitcom then became a huge teen idol with the group Dino, Desi and Billy (the others were Dean Paul Martin, (son of Dean Martin), and Billy Hinsche.)
The band scored two hit singles with I’m a Fool and Not The Lovin Kind. In recent years, he toured with a new configuration of Dino, Desi & Billy called Ricci, Desi & Billy. It features Arnaz, Jr. reunited with Hinsche, and joined by Ricci Martin (youngest son of Dean Martin). The group performed original material as well as the songs the original band performed.
Last year, he performed in Babalu: A Celebration of the Music of Desi Arnaz and his Orchestra with sister Lucie, Raul Esparza and Valarie Pettiford.
Desi Jr. is now 58 and keeps a lower profile than in the days when he was engaged to Liza Minnelli who he escorted to the Academy Awards the night she won for Cabaret. He was also involved with Patty Duke and married to Linda Purl.
Okay, this is my final Lucille Ball post of the day!
I vaguely remember seeing this episode of Here’s Lucy as a kid and being fascinated because the character of Lucy Carter met movie star Lucille Ball. I didn’t understand split screen and all of that so I kind of thought they were separate people!
This episode is from the 1974 season when Miss Ball’s big feature film, Mame, was hitting theaters.
The plot has Lucy Carter’s daughter Kim (played by Lucille Ball’s daughter Lucie Arnaz) entering a Lucille Ball lookalike contest. But everyone thinks Lucy looks like Lucille – except for Lucy: “I may look like Lucille Ball now but when I was young, I looked like Ingrid Bergman.”
Look for Doris Singleton (Carolyn Applebee from I Love Lucy) as Miss Ball’s secretary. I had the thrill of meeting Miss Singleton two days ago. Read all about it HERE.
Even today’s Google doodle pays tribute to Lucille Ball who would have been 100 years old today. As a longtime fan, I could just do post after post on America’s favorite redhead and am thrilled that there is so much focus on her today.
I’ve put together a round-up of some of the media coverage to make it easier for you to access. Enjoy!