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Siobhan Magnus voted off “American Idol”

_American Idol_ contestant Siobhan MagnusIt’s reached a point on American Idol where everyone’s a winner.

On tonight’s show, 20-year-old Siobhan Magnus was voted off the show leaving Michael Lynche, Aaron Kelly, Casey James, Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze as the top 5.

Siobhan, a free spirit who the judges ran hot and cold on, could not hide her disappointment with the vote but she still smiled and belted out Aretha Franklin’s Think and did so beautifully.

I’m calling it right now: the final two will be Bowersox and DeWyze. Crystal may be hurt by her season-long front-runner status just enough to propel Lee to the crown.

With a pair of appearances in the bottom two in the last two weeks, Casey has become suddenly vulnerable and not the shoo-in for top three that he had seemed destined for.

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Johnny Weir labels Evan Lysacek a “Slore”

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On The Wendy Williams Show earlier today, Johnny Weir responded to Evan Lysacek labeling him a “whiner” for not being invited to be a part of the “Stars on Ice” tour.

Johnny called his Olympic teammate a “Slore” which is a combination of the words “slut” and “whore.”

He also told Wendy that “even if they asked me today, I wouldn’t do it.”

“And Evan,” he added, “he’s a slore.”

Here’s what Evan had said: “Stars on Ice” is really selective of who they hire and they only hire the best of the best to skate. It would’ve been hard of them to justify hiring him, and I think he was really upset because he wanted the financial benefit of the tour. A lot of us in the skating world were really disappointed in the way he reacted, basically whining that he wasn’t chosen.

Here is video of Johnny and Wendy:

Earlier post: Evan Lysacek calls Johnny Weir “a whiner”

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Video: See Adam Lambert perform an acoustic “Music Again” on television in Amsterdam!

http://www.blippitt.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/adam-lambert-april-28.jpgAdam Lambert is taking Europe by storm and I’m just loving his various television appearances. Here he his performing Music Again in an acoustic setting for Amsterdam television viewers.

In other Adam news, his single, Whataya Want From Me, has now sold 1 million copies making it platinum. Adam said via Twitter: Thank you so much for supporting me! I feel so fuckin lucky!

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Luke Snyder and Dr. Reid Oliver try to share another kiss on a frustrating episode of “As the World Turns”

Interesting that when straight couples begin a romance on As the World Turns, they usually have to have their lips pried apart.

But when the couple is two gay men, the pizza man rings the doorbell just as they are moving in on each other. Then, the hospital calls just as they are about to resume. And for good measure, one of the guy’s ex-boyfriend calls in between just to quash any romantic mood developing.

That’s what happened with Luke Snyder (Van Hansis) and Dr. Reid Oliver (Eric Sheffer Stevens) on today’s episode of As the World Turns.

While I’m happy and just so damned GRATEFUL that ATWT has not tossed out their gays the way One Life to Live just did, this reminds me of the old days when they went over a year between Luke and Noah kisses.

It’s a frustrating double standard.

The show is going off the air soon. If you’re going to do a gay story, then DO a gay story. Quit being coy and please give us more than ONCE a week episodes with the gay characters.

That’s off my chest so here’s a recap of Luke and Reid (and Noah) who have red-hot chemistry that keeps being doused.

They return from Texas and Luke is all jumpy and weird since their kiss last week. He wonders why Reid hasn’t said anything insulting to him for at least 48 hours.

“Why is that?” Luke wonders.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7LQ3dU6L59c/RsiJ_7CiPyI/AAAAAAAAADU/WsN2_bDVU4U/s400/jakesilbermann4.jpgAt this point, Reid says to Luke what someone has needed to say to him for a very long time: “I figure you get enough of that [insulting behavior] from Noah (Jake Silbermann). No point in piling on. … What he needs is to learn some gratitude. He’s still punishing you for his accident. … For him to keep dumping on you after everything you’ve done for him? Frankly, it’s rude.”

Spot on doc!

Reid continues: “Noah’s blaming you, you’re letting him. You guys are both idiots. … Accidents happen, they’re not always someone’s fault. It’s not okay for Noah to keep beating up on you, calling the shots while you put your life on hold waiting for him to come around. Aren’t you sick of that yet? You sure as hell should be.”

Luke is upset that Reid is speaking such truth but he soon simmers down when Reid mentions their kiss and Luke admits that “being wanted by someone like you, it’s a compliment.”

Reid: “Yes, it is.”

They are about to kiss again when the damned pizza delivery dude rings the doorbell. Reid answers and says to pizza guy: “Did anyone ever tell you you have lousy timing?”

Then clueless Noah calls Reid’s phone, Luke answers. Luke finds out Noah’s surgery is scheduled for the next day – something Dr. Oliver had not shared with Luke.  This causes some discord but again Luke and Reid are about to kiss when the doctor’s phone goes off.

It’s the hospital – emergency!

Reid dashes off, Luke goes home and there is Noah waiting for him. After acknowledging that he’s been pushing Luke away, Noah needs him now and asks him to see him through the surgery.

Luke agrees and hugs Noah but I’d like to think he is thinking of Reid!

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Evan Lysacek calls Johnny Weir a “whiner”

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Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek had managed to take the high road during the Olympic Games when silver medalist Evgeni Plushenko said he didn’t deserve first place.

But when it comes to Johnny Weir, Evan takes the gloves off in a Q&A with Mextromix:

Q. Fellow American Olympic skater Johnny Weir has said he feels snubbed by “Stars on Ice” because his sexual orientation wasn’t “family-friendly enough.” Thoughts?
A. “Stars on Ice” is really selective of who they hire and they only hire the best of the best to skate. It would’ve been hard of them to justify hiring him, and I think he was really upset because he wanted the financial benefit of the tour. A lot of us in the skating world were really disappointed in the way he reacted, basically whining that he wasn’t chosen.

After reading this, I no longer respect Evan and think he shows his true colors here.

Johnny being passed over by the tour clearly seemed to be homophobic and it was a good thing for Weir to be vocal about it so that those of us who are upset by such things don’t buy tickets to this kind of event.

Earlier posts: Johnny Weir chats with Greg In Hollywood about inner-strength, the Olympics and Evan Lysacek and Johnny Weir banned from Stars On Ice for not being “family friendly” enough for tour

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Richard Chamberlain on his busy life at 76: “All of a sudden, I am getting all of these phone calls”

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It was so nice to open my copy of the LA Times this morning and to see a story on Richard Chamberlain, the TV and film star who came out seven years ago.

Although best known for his television work on the series Dr. Kildare and the miniseries Shogan and The Thorn Birds, it is Mr. Chamberlain’s film career that is the focus of a two-day tribute this weekend at the Aero Theater.

I love this anecdote he shares about working with Katharine Hepburn in the 1969 film The Madwoman of Chaillot:

“I had to fly to France for her to OK me for the part,” says Chamberlain, still “Shogun” handsome at 76. “She loved to fool around. We did a scene in this park where I had just tried to drown myself. I was lying with my head in her lap on this park bench. They were lighting the scene and she started fooling around with my hair.”

And his ears. Conjuring up the spirit of the late, great Kate, Chamberlain mimics her, saying in her distinctive patrician style, “Oh, little pig ears. Close to your head. Just like mine. It means you are very selfish.’ ”

The actor is reportedly newly single but the article does not mention that. It does mention, however, that he recently moved to West Hollywood after 25 years of calling Hawaii home.

He reflects on coming out in his book Shattered Love: A Memoir and why it took him so long: “When you grew up gay in the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, it was a terrible thing,” he says. “You absorb all of this negative stuff and it becomes a part of you. It wasn’t until I was writing my book …. I remember the moment, actually. It was almost like an angel came into the room and put her hand on my head and said, ‘Enough of this nonsense.’ It’s the most benign, meaningless fact being gay. What does that tell you about a person?”

Though he feared what everyone would think, says Chamberlain, “Everybody was so wonderful. It didn’t change a thing.” In fact, it’s given him a “great freedom. It’s really wonderful.”

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“Glee” star Chris Colfer talks to NY Post about Kurt’s boyfriend, the GaGa episode and more!

This is a terrific interview with the always entertaining Chris Colfer who plays gay high school student Kurt on Glee.

In last night’s episode, Kurt was front and center with a big solo number and a plotline that had his dad and Finn’s mom starting to date. It’s Kurt’s way of getting closer to Finn but backfires when he feels like the object of his affection is the son his dad always wanted.

The actor has talked at length to the NY Post’s PopWatch column and here are some excerpts:

PW: In addition to the costumes, I hear there is some really intense stuff for Kurt in the GaGa episode, true?
Chris: We’ve definitely got some of our best stuff coming up. I definitely think there’s more of an emotional roller coaster that the club goes in, and Kurt specifically. We shot the most emotional scene that I’ve ever done – myself and Mike O’Malley as Burt and Kurt – a week ago for the Lady GaGa episode. I think the response to that is going to be great. I think it’s going to be more of a reaction than we got from “Preggers” or “Wheels.” It’s pretty intense.

http://www.lgbtqnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Chris-Colfer.gifPW: Is the finale also going to leave us in tears?
Chris: Yea. Oh I’m getting chills just thinking about it. You take us – the actors – and then us – the characters – and rewind a year ago to when we did the pilot. You really see how much we’ve all grown as individuals and how much our characters have grown in the show. Take all that and add the music they chose for Regionals and it’s very emotional. It’s so special to us and I hope fans are just as emotional towards it as we are.

PW: One of the big plans for season two is introducing a boyfriend for Kurt, any idea if you’ll have a say in casting?
Chris: I have no idea how it’s going to work out. I’ll play it by ear, I’m sure we’ll be reading with the new characters and since we’ll be a couple, I’m guessing I’ll be there to make sure there’s no awkwardness. But hopefully I have no input, because I’m very vain and the only input I really want to give is that I need to be the better looking half of the couple. I don’t want to be the weak link or have people think, “What’s he doing with Kurt?”

PW: Are you excited to portray the next step in an emerging gay’s journey?
Chris: I really am and I get more and more excited every day. I know it’s going to bring up so much more great stuff with Kurt & Burt – I live for the father/son scenes. It’s so special. And I think there’s going to be a lot of good comedy stuff that’s going to come out of it as well, which is good because I feel like so much of what I’ve done has been dramatic. I want to stretch my comedy legs as well.

Here is a LINK to the complete interview.

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Classic Movie Wednesday: See a young John Travolta dazzle on the dance floor in “Saturday Night Fever”

http://cafehabanablog.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/saturday_night_fever_xl_05-film-b.jpgOne of the highlights of the TCM Classic Film Festival for me was the screening of Saturday Night Fever at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on, of course, Saturday night.

I saw it in the theaters way back in 1977 but was so young that most of it went over my head. But I was old enough to know that I had a crush on leading man John Travolta who earned an Oscar nomination for his performance.

It really is the greatest role of his career and he was never sexier or more appealing. The dancing is first-rate as is the acting. Here is Travolta’s big solo dance number as well as the last five minutes or so of the film when Travolta’s Tony Manero realizes he wants more out of his life than ruling the disco on Saturday night.

Enjoy!

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Video: Preview of today’s “As the World Turns” episode: Noah asks Luke for help as surgery nears

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/00/Luke_and_Noah-Main.png/300px-Luke_and_Noah-Main.pngI’ve been very anti-Luke and Noah lately but today’s episode of As the World Turns reminds us of their bond.

Noah, who has been pushing Luke away (and into the arms of Reid!), is due to have surgery and asks Luke to be there for him. This is a realistic feeling which is nice to see because there has been nothing realistic about the way Noah has been behaving in regards to Luke.

Here is a preview of today’s episode:

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Wednesday Morning Man: Lee DeWyze!

http://seat42f.com/images/stories/tvshows/AmericanIdol/Lee-DeWyze-American-Idol.jpgMy heart still belongs to my Timmy (Urban) but now that he’s been voted off of American Idol, I have a new favorite man on the show: Lee DeWyze.

He’s just grown on me and it seems like each week he grows more comfortable and confident. Then last night, he sang Shiana Twain’s You’re Still the One and it hit me like a ton of bricks: this dude is SEXY!

Lee just turned 24 a few weeks ago and his future looks very bright.

Prior to Idol, DeWyze released two independent albums called So I’m Told in 2007 and Slumberland in 2010. No matter what place he finishes on Idol (I think he can win the whole thing!), he will land a recording contract with a major label because that voice must be heard!

Before Idol, DeWyze worked as a paint salesclerk. I’m quite certain those days are over for good.

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Adam Lambert’s “The Glam Nation Tour” will kick off on June 4; See tour dates here!

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It is really excited to be following the career of Adam Lambert right now.

This dynamic talent has announced that he will kick off his first solo tour on June 4. The Glam Nation Tour kicks off in Wilks Barre, PA and is being described as an audio and visual spectacular.

“I hope the audience will be able to escape for a few hours and fall into a world full of glam, drama and excitement,” Adam said in a statement. “And I would love everyone to come away with a new appreciation for the music on my album.”

Added Adam’s manager and American Idol creator Simon Fuller: “Adam is one of the most exciting artists I have ever seen live on stage. As great as he was been on the ‘American Idols Live’ summer shows, this tour is going to surpass anything he’s done before. I think his millions of fans will remember this tour for the rest of their lives.”

Opening for Adam on “The Glam Nation Tour” will be 25-year-old Orianthi and, on select shows, fellow Season 8 American Idol finalist Allison Iraheta.

After the kickoff in Wilkes Barre, PA, the tour will work its way to eight more cities in June, with more summer dates to be announced. Tickets for the first date go on sale soon.

Here is a list of all of the June dates for “The Glam Nation Tour” more dates to come, and for tour updates go to AdamOfficial.com.

6/4 – WILKES-BARRE, PA  – THE FM KIRBY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
6/5 – SAYREVILLE, NJ  -  STARLAND BALLROOM
6/8 – TOLEDO, OH – OMNI
6/10 – COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA  – HARRAH’S BALLROOM
6/11 – MAHNOMEN, MN – SHOOTING STAR CASINO
6/12 – PRIOR LAKE, MN – MYSTIC LAKE CASINO HOTEL
6/14 – COLUMBUS, OH- LC PAVILLION
6/15 – MILWAUKEE, WI – RIVERSIDE THEATER
6/17 – HAMMOND, IN- THE VENUE AT HORSESHOE CASINO
6/18 – ROYAL OAK, MI- ROYAL OAK THEATER
6/19 – WEST TORONTO, ON/CANADA – MOLSON AMPHITHEATRE
6/22 – NEW YORK, NY- NOKIA THEATRE
6/24 – MASHANTUCKET, CT- MGM GRAND THEATER AT FOXWOODS
6/26 – ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – BORGATA SPA & RESORT – EVENT CENTER
7/15 – KANSAS CITY, MO – MIDLAND THEATRE
7/27 – COSTA MESA, CA – OC FAIR – PACIFIC AMPHITHEATRE
7/28 – COSTA MESA, CA – OC FAIR – PACIFIC AMPHITHEATRE
8/13 – BETHLEHEM, PA – ARTSQUEST
9/18 – ST. PETERSBURG, FL – TROPICANA FIELD

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“American Idol” recap: Casey James and Lee DeWyze lead a strong week of Shania Twain tunes

'American Idol''s Top Six Sing Songs from the Shania Twain  SongbookCasey James must’ve been shocked to end up in the bottom two last week since he has been one of the front-runners on American Idol all season long.
I don’t think Casey will suffer a repeat of that after delivering his finest performance yet with the Shania Twain song Don’t.
But the best performance of the night, in my opinion, came from Lee DeWyze who it seems to me now shares front-runner status with Casey and Crystal Bowersox. Lee sang’s Twain’s You’re Still the One and really made it his own.
Just fantastic.
Crystal was good, as always, but the judges agreed that her performance of No One Needs to Know was not as superb as some of her other efforts. It just wasn’t a “big” song and Crystal said more than once that “big doesn’t mean better.”
Still, she better go “big” if she wants to win.
As for the rest of the field: Michael Lynch, Aaron Kelly and Siobhan Magnus were all solid -especially Michael – but it seems like a forgone conclusion that they will be – and should be – eliminated in the coming weeks.
Shania Twain was everything and more that a mentor should be. She gave helpful advice and the contestants respected her enough to listen to her. Shania made the show look silly for having Miley Cyrus as a mentor last month.


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It’s bye-bye to tearful bachelor babe Jake Pavelka on “Dancing With The Stars”

http://www.tvgrapevine.com/pics2/dwts_partners/jake2.jpgHe wasn’t the best dancer, but Jake Pavelka sure worked hard and really upped the hunk quotient on Dancing With the Stars.

But the man who danced in his underwear a la Tom Cruise in Risky Business was voted off the show tonight with pro partner Chelsie Hightower. Now we must get by without our weekly fix of Jake for the first time all year since he went directly from The Bachelor to DWTS.

The two received a standing ovation when their fate was revealed. Jake’s fiancé Vienna Girardi looked on somberly as Jake tearfully addressed the crowd. (As he talked, more and more of his chest could be seen which was kinda hot).

“I can’t even put into words how much I enjoyed this,” an emotional Jake said, adding, “I consider the judges, the cast, the crew [and] all of the viewers [to be] family.”

He had special words for Chelsie, telling his dance coach and partner, “Thank you so much Chelsie, you’re one of my best friends. … I have loved every second of this. I love you. Thank you for being so great to my beautiful fiancee Vienna.”

I’m not sure what’s up next for Jake but I wouldn’t bet the house on he and Vienna ever getting married. The Bachelor’s track record of happily ever after is abysmal!
Here is Jake’s elimination tonight:

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Video: See Tim Urban perform on Letterman!

Tim Urban is all charm, smiles and in good voice as he makes the post-Idol talk show rounds.

I’m telling you, this kid is going to stick around and have a successful career in showbiz. He’s got the talent and even more than that, tons of charisma.

He tells Dave he didn’t start playing the guitar until he was 13 and didn’t start singing until he was 16 – just four years ago!

I love when Dave asks Tim: “What are Ryan Seacrest’s credentials? Why is he on the show?

Tim replies: “He’s got really good hair.”

That may be but Ryan’s mane does not compare to my Timmy’s!

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Greg In Hollywood catches up with Oscar winner and LGBT activist Dustin Lance Black

P1020724 by you.It was great to see Dustin Lance Black recently at the GLAAD Media Awards. He is a true talent and such an articulate voice in the fight for LGBT equality.

Lance is in the process of completing the film What’s Wrong With Virginia which he wrote and directed. It’s about a sheriff (Ed Harris) sees his state senate bid slide out onto the ice when his daughter (Emma Roberts) begins to date the son of a charming but psychologically disturbed woman (Jennifer Connelly) with whom the sheriff has engaged in a two-decades-long affair.

It’s the most ambitious directorial project yet for the Oscar winning screenwriter (Milk) who several years ago directed the documentary On the Bus and the indie film The Journey of Jared Price as well as some episodic television and a short film.

Here is our recent conversation:

Q. You moved to New York! How is that going?

Lance: New York is good, I survived the winter. It was freezing, freezing cold.

Q. Why did you leave LA?

Lance: I was here for 17 years and I thought I might take a little change. But I’m [in LA] often because my work is still here.

Q. You’ve directed your first major film. How did it go?

Lance: We should be finished with it [in May], that’s why I’m here now doing final mixing. I’m hoping for a Venice or Toronto [film festivals] premiere.

Q. I know you directed a few smaller films earlier on. How was it this time around now that you’re an Oscar winner and all that? I imagine there were more expectations and bigger stars and stuff.

Lance: Yeah, way bigger stars than the earlier stuff: Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris and Amy Madigan. They are fantastic in the film. I can’t wait for people to see Jennifer Connelly in this. I think no one has ever seen her like this.

Q. Maybe another Oscar for her?

Lance: I can’t say that! (laughs) But I think she should be and will be recognized for her work on this.

Q. It’s been a year since you won your Oscar for Milk. What kind of year has it been for you? Obama’s in office, you participated in the March on Washington. Do you feel there’s been some progress or that there is still so much work still to do?

Lance: I feel like there has been some progress but I feel like it’s small steps. I feel like we need to start doing things like demanding full action from the federal government. I think it’s time for us to demand our full equality. Although we appreciate small steps toward partial equality, that’s not really the end goal.

It’s been an exciting year because I think a lot of young activists have stood up and said that it’s time for full federal equality. I really hope that continues. Until it’s full equality in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states I won’t be happy.

Earlier post: Dustin Lance Black at LifeWorks event: “It took a turn of luck to discover that I had someone I could look up to, and a turn of luck to save my life.”

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Van Hansis talks to AfterElton.com about Dr. Oliver: “There are definite feelings for Reid on [Luke's] part”

http://cm1.theinsider.com/media/0/81/46/91984526.0.0.0x0.607x912.jpegThree-time Emmy nominee Van Hansis has been outstanding as gay teen and now gay man Luke Snyder on As the World Turns which will end its long run in September.

Van tells AfterElton.com that in the end, he’d like to see Luke end up with the love of his life, Noah Meyer (Jake Silbermann). But fans (including me!) are quite excited about his budding romance with sexy Dr. Reid Oliver (Eric Sheffer Stevens).

Here is a portion of what he has to say about Reid:

AE: What is it about Reid that appeals to Luke? Is it more about that he’s not with Noah or is it just about him?
VH:
No, I think what appeals to Luke is that Reid is a challenge. I also think he really actually enjoys Reid’s snarkiness, you know, Reid’s nastiness. I think he has a little bit of that himself and it’s fun. They have a good verbal banter and I also I think he is kind of on the rebound right now and Reid’s there, but I do think there are definite feelings for Reid on his part.

AE: Are you enjoying working with Eric?
VH:
Oh, yeah – he’s fantastic. He’s a great actor, really fun guy.

AE: Because his character came on and people just really liked him.
VH:
I know, this usually doesn’t happen, but I think that’s a testament to Eric and also I think he’s a very unique character. There aren’t [many] soap characters who can come on and basically insult everybody in town and still have a lot of the audience on their side. It’s very rare. But the character is a lot of fun. I think lots of people, even if they hate him, it’s like a love-to-hate kind of thing.

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Knots Landing Tuesday: When Karen survived a gunshot wound then was told she would still die

http://www.yuddy.com/articleimages/michele_lee%20bigMjc0NQ==.jpgI knew Knots Landing heroine Karen McKenzie (Michelle Lee) had been shot at one point but had completely forgotten about the aftermath.

A doctor tells her that a bullet fragment remained inside of her after surgery and that it would eventually lead to paralysis then death!

I guess Karen got a second opinion because she went on to be in all 14 of the show’s seasons.

These scenes show how critical Miss Lee was to this show as she shows Karen’s strength and fear. And what a great love story Karen and Mack (Kevin Dobson) shared – through thick and through thin.



“I Love Lucy: The Movie” out on DVD today!

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When Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were riding high in 1953 as the stars of I Love Lucy, they decided to capitalize on their show’s popularity by signing to do the movie The Long, Long Trailer.

What is not widely known is that the release of the movie in 1954 about a couple on a rocky honeymoon meant pulling the plug on I Love Lucy: The Movie, a feature film version of their sitcom that had already been completed.

MGM, the studio releasing Trailer, balked because they felt that having the “Lucy” movie in theaters would interfere with the film’s marketing.

“We had heard about how three episodes were adapted into a movie, and it was something we were always curious about and had been looking for,” said Ron Simon, curator of the Museum of Television and Radio in Beverly Hills told me in 2006 when the film was screened there. “We’re really fortunate that it was located. It’s really one of the missing pieces of Lucy’s career, and we’re awfully glad to have it.”

http://www.drwill.com/wp-content/uploads/ILoveLucy.jpgI Love Lucy: The Movie had a successful test screening in Bakersfield before it was shelved, then lost for many years, before being located in a CBS vault by Dann Cahn, one of the handful of people who had been looking for it.

The movie was actually three episodes of the sitcom, The Ballet, The Benefit and Breaking the Lease, which were linked together with 12 minutes of specially shot footage featuring Ball, Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley — who made up the classic quartet of Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel.

The movie was a behind-the-scenes look at I Love Lucy, which began with two audience members waiting in line for the show and then shows Arnaz warming up the studio audience and introducing the cast.

“Lucille Ball was so close to the museum and did quite a few seminars for us before she died,” Simon said in our interview. “We always wanted to have as complete a “Lucy” collection as possible.”

The movie had previously only been available as part of the complete DVD set of the series. It is now available individually for the first time.

It’s available via Amazon.com.

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TNT renews “Southland”

http://www.tvguidemagazine.com/images/uploads/2009/04/2491.feature_lg_southland.jpgTNT has ordered a third season of the gritty cop drama Southland, which features a gay cop played by Michael Cudlitz.

As you probably know, the show was saved by TNT after NBC canceled it just weeks before its second season premiere. It’s just been announced that the cable network will produced 10 new episodes for season three which will begin airing next January.

Southland is a challenging, visceral show that engages viewers with its immersive style, provocative storylines and complex characters,” said TNT exec Michael Wright said in a statement. “These qualities have made Southland a favorite among critics and appointment viewing for an extremely loyal audience.”

The show focuses on a rookie patrol cop, played by Ben McKenzie, who is paired with the street-wise cop played by Cudlitz. The cast also includes Regina King, Kevin Alejandro, Arija Bareikis, Shawn Hatosy, Michael McGrady and Tom Everett Scott.

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Tuesday Morning Man: Ryan Owens!

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It was a several weeks-long bout with insomnia a few years back that first made me aware of Ryan Owens.

I’d lie in bed or on the sofa wondering if sleep would ever again come and would end up watching ABC News Now which was co-anchored by Ryan.

I liked the show because you got to see a bit of the anchor’s personalities and, well, I also thought Ryan was really cute.

His career has risen swiftly at ABC since he started on that middle-of-the-night newscast. He can now be seen covering  major stories for World News with Diane Sawyer. He has also reported from Iraq, where he covered the American and Iraqi crackdown in Sadr City.

Prior to joining ABC, Ryan was a reporter for the NBC affiliates in Boston and Cincinatti. Before that the 1995 graduate of Northwestern University reported in the Chattanooga, TN and Evansville, IN markets.

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