There is a new interview with Rosie O’Donnell on BroadwayWorld.com that I just LOVED. It is such a fun read that I had to share it with you all. Here are just a handful of the questions so be sure to go to the site now or later if you want to read the entire thing.
Q: What are your fondest Broadway memories? You’ve spoken about PIPPIN, DREAMGIRLS and LES MIZ as being some of your favorites.
RO: LES MIZ was, I think, life-altering for me.
Q: Of course. What about as a teenager?
RO: THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG with Lucie Arnaz. I went to see that when I was like fifteen years old and I wrote her a fan letter. And she wrote me back!
Q: No way!
RO: Way! She wrote me back from the Imperial Theater on yellow stationary paper with the THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG logo. And I’ve kept every single letter, when she – or anyone – would write me back. I remember telling her, “I want to do what you do. I want to play this if there’s ever a revival when I’m old enough. I love this show!” And, you know, that show really changed me in the fact that she was so unbearably kind and reached back.
Q: Your TV show inspired an entire generation of interviewers.
RO: My TV show was created with Broadway as, definitely, one of the centerpieces. The new one on Oprah Winfrey’s Network that starts in September will be more of the same.
Q: Tell me what the theme and style of your new show on Oprah’s channel will be.
RO: It will be similar to her show, where it’s a single topic for one hour. But, some of those one-hour, single-topics will be revolving around Broadway and Broadway shows.
Q: Fantastic! For example?
RO: So, if a new show is opening, or there’s an amazing performance or if it’s “Chorus Boys You Need To Know”….(Laughs.)
Q: A little of everything!
RO: Broadway will play a featured, prominent role in the television show because it is the reason I became an entertainer. It is, to me, natural Prozac. If I could go see a Broadway show every week I would never need another anti-depressant.
Q: What a great memory! What else did you dig on Broadway as a kid?
RO: A CHORUS LINE. THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS. I was one of those kids who would take the train in and get a ten-dollar standing room ticket. Then, I’d wait by the stage door just to see the sweaty actors come out. For me, Hollywood was vague and mysterious and far away, but Broadway was a tangible place where I could go and see living, breathing people doing what I wanted to do. Q: You have done so much for the Broadway community. More than any other person on the planet, really. You are Broadway’s best patron.
RO: Thank you very much. That’s very nice of you. Broadway has done so much for me in my life. It has made me feel a part of something and not alone. The words of musicals were the moral codes that I lived by. I found meaning and messages in musicals that I didn’t find in churches or school books and it really made me come alive in a way.
Q: What’s your favorite Broadway theater to see a show in?
RO: Every time I walk into the O’Neill it’s like, “Oh my God. Remember?” That was the first Broadway stage I got to stand on to do an audition [for GREASE]. There’s something about being a part of Broadway and going backstage. You know, like when I go to see a show now and going backstage and saying “Hi” to the cast. It’s so thrilling. It’s so beyond my wildest dreams from when I was a kid.
Q: A dream come true. Made real.
RO: It’s probably my favorite part of my whole showbiz experience, is Broadway. The community of Broadway. That feeling that happens every night. Being able to give that to my children – they have become, somewhat, theater experts – and they have their real strong opinions on what shows they like and don’t and why.
With a new Cher film due out later this month (Burlesque), MGM has released a DVD set of some of the Oscar-winning actress’s films which includesMoonstruck, Mermaids and Silkwood.
The six-disc set also includes 1999′s Tea With Mussolini which Cher starred in with Lily Tomlin, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Joan Plowright. Cher’s first two films, Good Times and Chastity, are also included and are not well-regarded. They were made in the 1960s after she and then-husband Sonny Bono had a string of pop hits but before they began their classic variety show on television.
Cher fans will know that this is not a complete set and it is such a pity.
Not included are: Mask which remains one of her best films and greatest roles; Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean directed by Robert Altman; the mystery-thriller Suspect in which Cher played a public defender; the hit comedy The Witches of Eastwick with Cher, Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pheiffer; the largely unseen 1994 film Faithful with Ryan O’Neal and the 2004 comedy Stuck on You. Also not included is the HBO film If These Walls Could Talk for which Cher was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
I’m still waiting for a real Cher movie collection.
Let’s hope this guy gets some therapy and learn about why he has such a problem with gay people:
(CNN) — A school district member in Arkansas who came under fire for an anti-gay post on a social networking site formally submitted his resignation to the school board Monday, according to the Midland School District superintendent.
The board unanimously voted at a specially called meeting to accept Clint McCance’s resignation, Superintendent Dean Stanley said.
McCance, then vice president of the school district in Pleasant Plains, wrote on his personal Facebook page that he wanted gay people to commit suicide, according to The Advocate, a newspaper focusing on gay news.
McCance used the terms “queer” and “fag” repeatedly, promised to disown his own children if they are gay and stated that he enjoys “the fact that [gay people] give each other AIDS and die.”
He apologized Thursday for the comments, telling CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he planned to resign.
“I’m sorry I’ve hurt people with my comments,” McCance said. “I’m sorry I made those ignorant comments and hurt people on a broad spectrum.”
Though he disapproves of homosexuality, McCance said, “I give everyone a chance and try to love everyone.”
McCance said he has received an outpouring of criticism over his comments, including “thousands of phone calls, hate mails, people threatening to kill my family and me.”
He said that he has sent his wife and two kids out of the state because of fears for their safety and that he is installing a security system at his home.
“I’m reaping what I’ve sown,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of hate speech thrown at me and my family on every level.”
His comments had drawn criticism from education officials in his district and at the state level.
“I strongly condemn the statements that appeared on Mr. Clint McCance’s Facebook page,” Tom Kimbrell, Arkansas’ commissioner of education, said in a statement Wednesday. “The statements attributed to Mr. McCance constitute a
significant departure from statements we expect from our school leaders. The divisiveness and disruption of these comments cause me to seriously question the ability of Mr. McCance to remain as an effective member of the Midland School Board.”
McCance was re-elected for a four-year term in September. He was initially elected to the leadership of the school district in 2007 for a three-year term. The terms are now four years long.
The Midland School District had also denounced the posting.
“The district strives to foster an environment that discourages all forms of bullying,” it said in a statement this week, “and an environment that encourages a safe and productive educational climate [for] all of our students. The district is very diligent in pursuing and addressing bullying of any variety on our campuses.”
The state Department of Education had said it was “dismayed to see that a school board official would post something of this insensitive nature on a public forum like Facebook.”
Because McCance’s Facebook page is not accessible publicly, the Advocate said it learned about the posts after being provided with a screen shot. The posts were made, according to The Advocate, in response to a bullying awareness campaign sponsored by GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
I’ve been waiting and wanting to love Brothers & Sisters again. And last night, it happened! I loved the show again and didn’t want the episode to end.
Is my renewed love permanent? Time will tell.
The episode picked up from last week’s shocking revelation that Scotty (Luke Macfarlane) had cheated on Kevin (Matthew Rhys). It seemed to come out of left field and was so out of character for Scotty. I was annoyed by the whole thing.
But things were fleshed out via some flashbacks and we see that Scotty had a one-nighter with a waiter the night of his restaurant opening. Kevin, depressed over a surrogate losing their baby and his brother-in-law left in a coma after a car accident, was MIA on one of the biggest nights of his husband’s life.
The Walker family’s reactions were a key part of the drama.
Justin (Dave Annable): “I actually don’t believe it. Dude’s cheat but Scotty’s not that dude.”
Nora (Sally Field): “It’s hard to believe. This can’t happen. … Kevin and Scotty, they are the one Walker marriage that is not going down in flames.” She later tells her devastated son: “You have to work it out, you have to try. … Scotty told you the truth, he didn’t have to do that. That counts for a lot.”
The best scenes involved Kevin, Scotty and Saul.
Kevin is filled with rage and hurt and Rhys conveyed that so well: “YOU did this. You ruined our marriage. … I’m in pain and you put me here.”
He can’t believe his “perfect” husband has done this to him.
Scotty to Kevin: “I’m just as damaged and screwed-up as the rest of you. I’m not perfect Kevin, I’m not perfect.”
Saul (Ron Rifkin), Kevin’s gay uncle, was the most hostile to Scotty after learning of the infidelity. This maks things very uncomfortable since they are partners in a restaurant and hosting a charity function that night.
At the function, Kevin punches out a guy who he thinks was the one Scotty slept with then Justin punches out the actual guy.
After the fist fights etc, Saul and Scotty are cleaning up the restaurant and have a heart-to-heart. In a very moving scene, Saul tells Scotty: “You’re my family too – you two are about as close to perfect as anything I’ve ever seen. … You and Kevin were living my dream. When I found out what happened, everything seemed less possible.”
Scotty tells him not to lose hope.
Kevin is staying with Kitty (Calista Flockhart) so it wasn’t all wrapped up in one episode, thank God.
The 2010 season ended Sunday for women’s tennis with reigning US Open champion Kim Clijsters beating the top ranked Caroline Wozniacki to take the WTA Championships in Doha.
Clijsters came out of a three-year retirement last year and has done quite well for herself winning back-to-back US Opens. She won a total of five tournaments this year, more than any other player on tour except for Wozniacki who won six.
“It was a tough match,” Clijsters said after earning $1.4 million with the win. “I’m glad I won and it must be disappointing for Caroline, but I don’t know how many more years I’m going to keep doing this.”
Clijsters won her 40th career title after victories in Brisbane, Miami, Cincinnati and at the U.S. Open this year. She became the fifth player in WTA history to win the season-ending tournament three or more times, joining Martina Navratilova (8), Steffi Graf (5), Chris Evert (4) and Monica Seles (3).
I’m hoping to see either Clijsters or Wozniacki emerge as the dominant player next season in a sport that desperately needs one. Serena Williams, winner of this year’s Wlmbledon and Australian Open, has slipped to fourth in the rankings.
Serena has been out of the game since early July with a foot injury but doesn’t seem capable of a full effort at any tournament unless it is one of the sport’s four grand slams. It would be nice to see someone with commitment and guts enough to be a number one player week in and week out who every0ne fears.
Is Jon Hamm the new Alec Baldwin of Saturday Night Live?
The handsome star of Mad Men hosted for the third time last weekend and showed, once again, that he’s game for anything.
In case you missed it, here is the night’s gayest sketch. He and Jason Sudeikis play a pair of motorcycle cops who seem kind of clueless about having the hots for each other (love Hamm’s blond wig!). On each call, they get distracted and never make it to the crime scene and insist on sharing the same motorcycle.
It keeps building until finally they just start kissing and one of them says: “That felt good as hell — I can’t wait to tell my wife!”
When George Stephanopoulos was named anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America, succeeding Diane Sawyer, I thought the network had made a big mistake.
It’s not that I didn’t have a lot of respect for George, I just thought he was the perfect fit for the Sunday morning show This Week. I also thought Chris Cuomo, who had been so good as GMA’s news anchor, should have been given the reigns.
But Cuomo is doing great work on 20/20 and much to my surprise, George is a wonderful host on GMA. He mixes his hard news skills (he remains the network’s chief political correspondent) effortlessly with the lighter fare and the show has thrived.
What a life he has led for a man of 49. Before beginning his news career, he was senior political advisor to Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign and went on to become White House Communications Director. Ater two years, he was moved to the job of senior advisor on policy ad strategy.
George left the Clinton administration after the first term and went on to write the best selling political memoir All Too Human: A Political Education. He then became a political analyst for ABC and a new career was born.
When Hocus Pocus first came out in theaters in 1993, I didn’t bother to go see it even though I was and am a big Bette Midler fan and have seen most of her movies – even Jinxed!
Well, once my niece and nephew were born (they are ages 8 and 11), Hocus Pocus became one of our Halloween traditions and I’ve now seen the movie more than any other Midler flick except maybe Beaches and The First Wives Club.
The film is just a hoot and so is the Divine Miss M as Winifred “Winnie” Sanderson, the leader of the Sanderson sisters. She is the eldest and is highly sensitive to people calling her ugly and has a very short temper. The other two sisters are played by Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.
It’s the last year of her daily syndicated talk show and just last week, I watched superb hours with Jane Fonda and with the entire cast of The Sound of Music.
This week kicks off with an interview with Portia de Rossi on Monday then Tuesday, Oprah welcomes Ricky Martin!
This will be Ricky’s first big TV interview since officially coming out earlier this year and he is promoting his new book, Me, out on the same day as the Oprah interview. He invited Oprah’s cameras into his home and he will also discuss becoming a father (he has twins via surrogate mother).
Ricky’s new single The Best Thing About Me Is You will be out later this year followed by a full album early next year.
You never forget your first crushes – even if you didn’t quite realize they were crushes at the time!
All I knew was that as a kid, I couldn’t take my eyes off of some of the TV stars from the 70s like Kent McCord, Ricky Nelson, Michael Douglas and today’s Morning Man Classic: Don Grady!
He played handsome Robbie Douglas on the CBS comedy My Three Sons which starred Fred McMurray as a single dad raising three boys with the help of a male housekeeper/nanny (first played by William Frawley of I Love Lucy fame then by William Demerest). The show ran from 1960 until 1972.
Grady had already gained fame before the series as one of the original Mousketeers on The Mickey Mouse Club show which also featured Annette Funicello. In 1995, I covered a rare reunion of the group at Disneyland (all but an ailing Funicello were present) and I was thrilled to meet Grady who was just ageless looking much like he did as Robbie Douglas!
Well, he’s now 66 and still looking as handsome as ever.
Following the conclusion of My Three Sons, Don dabbled with acting for a little longer, but soon brought his career full-circle and returned to his original love: music. His resumé includes scores for film, DVDs, Universal Studios theme park attractions, and original albums. His most recent release is Disney’s Princess Christmas Album, which sees him writing and producing holiday compositions that combine classic Disney characters with Christmas celebration.
The Dilemma, a comedy starring Vince Vaughn, Kevin James and Queen Latifah, does not come out until January but it has been a hot topic for several weeks now because of a controversial gay joke.
Anderson Cooper noticed the joke in the movie’s trailer earlier this month and complained about it a few times on his CNN show and during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
In a scene in the trailer, Vaughn’s character says in a workplace scene: “Electric cars are gay.” He goes on to make clear that he doesn’t mean “homosexual, gay, but, you know, my parents are chaperoning the dance, gay.”
GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) wants the studio to remove the joke from the movie entirely.
The film’s director, Oscar winner Ron Howard, wrote to Los Angeles Times columnist Patrick Goldstein this week about the controversy and made clear that he does not intend to remove the joke from the movie. Here is an excerpt:
So why was the joke in the movie? Our lead character of Ronny Valentine has
a mouth that sometimes gets him into trouble and he definitely flirts with
the line of what’s okay to say. He tries to do what’s right but sometimes
falls short. Who can’t relate to that? I am drawn to films that have a
variety of characters with different points of view who clash, conflict and
learn to live with each other. THE DILEMMA is a story full of flawed
characters whose lives are complicated by the things they say to and hide
from each other. Ronny is far from perfect and he does and says some
outrageous things along the way.
Was it in the script or was it a Vince Vaughn ad lib? Vince is a brilliant
improvisational actor, but in this case It was always in the script. THE
DILEMMA is a comedy for grown-ups, not kids. It’s true that the moment took
on extra significance in light of some events that surrounded the release of
the trailer and the studio made the decision to remove it from advertising,
which I think was appropriate. I believe in sensitivity but not censorship.
I feel that our film is taking additional heat as an emblem for many movies
and TV shows that preceded it that have even more provocative
characterizations and language. It is a slight moment in THE DILEMMA meant
to demonstrate an aspect of our lead character’s personality, and we never
expected it to represent our intentions or the point of view of the movie or
those of us who made it.
Even though much of Anderson Cooper 360 was devoted to the foiled terrorist attack aimed at two Jewish centers in Chicago, our silver-haired host was sure to carve out some time to follow up on Thursday’s exclusive interview with Clint McCance, vice president of the Midland School District in Pleasant Plains, Arkansas.
McCance made some of the most horrific comments on Facebook that I have ever seen in responce to a request that students wear purple in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth who might be considering suicide:
Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves. The only way im wearin it for them is if they all commit suicide. I cant believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the face that they sinned and killed thereselves because of their sin. REALLY PEOPLE.
He also wrote when responding to comments: “No because being a (slur) doesn’t give you the right to ruin the rest of our lives. If you get easily offended by being called a (slur) then don’t tell anyone you are a (slur). Keep that (expletive) to yourself. I don’t care how people decide to live their lives. They don’t bother me if they keep it to thereselves. It pisses me off though that we make a special purple (gay slur) day for them. I like that (slur) cant procreate. I also enjoy the fact that they often give each other aids and die. If you aren’t against it, you might as well be for it.”
He said a lot more. He uses the words “queers” and “fags” left and right and Anderson Cooper quoted him verbatim because he wanted to remind people of the ugliness of the words and the power they have over kids.
When I watched McCance’s interview with Anderson Thursday, I thought his apology for his language was an honest one because he was honest enough to say that he didn’t know if he would ever use that kind of language again and that he didn’t know what he’d do if one of his kids turned out to be gay. He did not go back on his comment that he would run them off.
My thought was that he was ignorant and homophobic but that maybe was on the road to learning about just how twisted he is.
But Dr. Phil McGraw, who Anderson had on the show last night, watched the interview and did not feel McCance even apologized and does not seem sorry for anything except for the fact that his bigoted comments have become a national story.
Said Dr. Phil: “My concern is that, because this is getting so much attention….the downside of it is that gay, lesbian transgender and questioning youth right now can say ‘see that’s how they really feel’ and we drive them further back.”
Nothing against my choir teacher in high school, but it he looked like Matthew Morrison, I probably would joined the group well before my senior year!
Matthew is the adorable Will Schuester on Glee and he has won our hearts with his soulful acting and his top-notch singing and dancing. I love when truly talented people like Matthew, who starred in several musicals on Broadway, reach the level of stardom that they deserve.
At the start of Glee’s stupendous run last year, I talked to Matthew about the character of Will and he said: “I love it that he’s a regular guy and that he has moments where he fails and things just don’t go right. He has to kind of dig himself out of a hole but he always tries to keep a positive attitude.”
Matthew, who has recorded a solo album that will be out in February, turns 32 years old today. I hope he is having a wonderful day that includes some singing and dancing.
We don’t see Mark Consuelos every day on Live with Regis & Kelly but we feel like we know him pretty well.
That’s because the hunky actor’s wife, Kelly Ripa, talks about her life with Mark and their three kids so much. It seems like a happy family and whenever Mark subs fior Regis Philbin, the chemistry between these two former All My Children co-stars is so apparent.
Mark was paying Mateo Santos on All My Children in 1995 when he met Kelly who played Haley on the show. Their characters became involved on-screen and a real-life romance had also developed. They eloped in Las Vegas in 1996.
The couple left the show in 2002. While Kelly does her morning gig, Mark appeared in the films The Great Raid and My Super Ex-Girlfriend and did guest stints on the Lifetime series Missing and on ABC’s Ugly Betty and appeared on Third Watch, Friends, American Family and on Ripa’s sitcom Hope & Faith.
He has an eclectic group of famous friends: It was Mark who performed the wedding ceremony of Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky and it as he and Kelly who helped Neil Patrick Harris throw a surprise 35th birthday party for Neil’s partner David Burtka earlier this year.
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy was only the beginning for the dynamic Carson Kressley.
The funniest member of the memorable “fab five” from that Bravo series continues to see his star rise. Deadline Hollywood reports that Carson will headline a show on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
He is already set to co-host Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search For the Next TV Star, which will premiere on OWN at its January launch.
Now he’s signed for a second show, a makeover series called Carson-Nation. It will begin production next month for a March premiere.
Carson-Nation is from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition creator/executive producer Tom Forman and Relativity Real. It will feature Kressley traveling around the country “to makeover America one town at time and to make peoples lives better.”
He recently headlined Lifetime’s How To Look Good Nakedand co-hosted ABC’s True Beauty.
He’s a two-time Olympian and three-time world champion in skiing and played in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburg Steelers.
He also happens to be so good looking that he’s done a lot of modeling and often topped various “hottest athlete” lists.
What I did not know about this man is that at 28, he is already committed to giving back. I saw a profile Jeremy Hubbard did of Bloom for ABC News that really left me impressed. He is the founder of the Wish of a Lifetime Foundation, which grants wishes to senior citizens in need. It’s kind of like helping people with their “bucket list” and it’s a really fine idea.
Chris Evans was just warming up when he played Human Torch in a pair of Fantastic Four movies.
The actor is now headlining Captain American which we get a preview of in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly.
During a break in shooting in London, Evans explained to EW that he was reluctant to accept the call of Captain America, in part because he had already portrayed a Marvel-ous mystery man. Of course, he also worried about the potential cost of failure, but he also worried the potential cost of fame should the movie be a hit.
“At the time, I remember telling a buddy of mine, ‘If the movie bombs, I’m f—-ed. If the movie hits, I’m f—-ed!’” After declining the part three times, Evans took a meeting with Marvel execs and Johnston and was dazzled by their plans for the movie. He still felt wary about suiting up for Captain America — but then he had an epiphany. “I was just scared,” he says. “I realized my whole decision making process was fear based, and you never want to make a decision out of fear.’” Evans signed a six-picture deal with Marvel to play the character, and he has no regrets: “I can’t believe was almost too chicken to play Captain America.”
Ellen DeGeneres may be one of the funniest people on television, but she knows when to get serious.
Ellen has been a very vocal proponent of same-sex marriage and more recently, she has spoken up about a series of bullied gay teens who committed suicide. The recent hateful, anti-gay remarks filled with slurs posted on Facebook by an Arkansas school board member named Clint McCance has Ellen calling out for everyone – straight and gay – to stand up against this kind of hate.
“It would not be acceptable if someone used the n-word,” DeGeneres said in an interview that aired Thursday on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°. “When the civil rights movement happened, it took not just the community of blacks to make a change, but white people needed to step in and say this is unacceptable. We cannot tolerate this and treat any citizen with lesser value. And, I think, as a gay person, I would like to personally ask every heterosexual person out there who is appalled by this to – we need your help now. This is absurd and he should resign.”
McCance told Anderson Cooper in an interview on the same program that he did plan to resign.
In the interview, DeGeneres also tells Cooper she does not think McCance’s views are justified by his Christian faith, which he referenced in his controversial Facebook postings.
“It gives religion a bad name,” says DeGeneres. “And I think Jesus is – Jesus is the one who taught not to judge and to love everyone. So I don’t know what kind of religion he follows, but that is not [being] a good Christian.”