What a special guy New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is.
Watching his interview with Katie Couric yesterday before the start of the Super Bowl made me realize just how much he means to his adopted city and how much it means to him. Then to have him lead the Saints to victory with such an amazing performance, it’s as if the script was written in heaven.
“We just believed in ourselves and we knew that we had an entire city and maybe an entire country behind us,” he said after being voted MVP in New Orleans’ 31-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts. “What can I say? I tried to imagine what this moment would be like for a long time, and it’s better than expected.”
“I’m just feeling like it was all meant to be. What can I say? The birth of my son, and in the first year of his life we won a Super Bowl championship.”
When Brees arrived in 2006, both he and the city were at a crossroad. A torn labrum in his throwing shoulder in the final game of the 2005 season when he was with the San Diego Chargers left him wondering whether his career was over. But Saints coach Sean Payton wanted him for the Saints. As Brees drove around the city during that wooing period, he saw residents struggling to cope with the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.
He’d found the perfect place to begin his own comeback.
“Eighty-five per cent of the city was under water, all the residents evacuated all over the country, people never knowing if they were coming back or if New Orleans would come back,” he said after Sunday’s win. “But not only the city came back, and the team came back … when the players got there, we all looked at one another and said, ‘We’re going to rebuild together.’
“We leaned on each other,” Brees said, pausing as he choked up. “This is the culmination of that.”
Congratulations to Julie Emery and the entire cast of Then We Got Help for completing their first season of this terrific show which just won an Indie Soap Award for Best Web Series (Comedy).
Here is a synopsis of the season finale: While Jenny tries to convince the group that we all dream our lives will turn out like our favorite TV shows, surprises abound. Every single couple experiences some sort of bombshell this week. Gay couple Dan and Eric are no exception.
His new movie Dear John dethroned box office behemoth Avatar! The romantic drama (also starring the lovely Amanda Seyfried) grossed an estimated $32.4 million in its opening weekend relegating Avatar to second place after a seven week reign at the top.
No need crying for Avatar though. The James Cameron-directed epic took in an additional $23.6 million for an overall domestic take of $630 million (I’m not even gonna get into the international numbers which are equally gaudy).
But the fact remains that for this weekend at least, Channing Tatum is King of the World!
BARROWMAN IS ALIVE: John Barrowman, the star of the smash hit Torchwood and upcoming guest star on several episodes of Desperate Housewives, really gets to show what he can do when he performs on stage.
On London’s West End, Barrowman has been a smash in such shows as Anything Goes, Hair, The Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, Miss Saigon, Godspell, The Fix and most recently in a revival of La Cage aux Folles. But one of his greatest triumphs was the role of Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard.
It’s Super Bowl Sunday so thought I’d pick Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning as today’s Morning Man.
(Morning Man Classic feature returns next Sunday.)
So Peyton, who turns 34 next month, already has established himself among the game’s all-time greats but his reputation will be cemented is his team can triumph over the New Orleans Saints to win their second Super Bowl in four years. What’s even more astounding his that Peyton’s younger brother, Eli Manning, won the Super Bowl last year as quarterback for the New York Giants.
It’s a family dynasty like Serena and Venus Williams!
Not only that, but Peyton and Eli’s dad is Archie Manning, the New Orleans quarterback who brought up his children in Saints country,
Peyton has a salary of more than $20 million and he sure earns it: his 33 touchdowns this season propelled Indianapolis to win their first 14 games. When he was rested for the final two regular-season games, breaking a run of 209 consecutive starts, the Colts lost both.
If you haven’t seen The Big Gay Sketch Show on Bravo, you must! It’s hilarious and also available on DVD.
One of my favorite sketches ever is the hilarious Julie Goldman playing “Super Liza,” a superhero who saves gays in trouble. The premise is that Liza Minnelli gets special powers whenever she drinks alcohol and that idea stemmed from when her fourth ex-husband, the oh-so-creepy David Gest, said our sweet Liza would beat him up after she had a few too many.
His boyfriend Noah has gone blind and the hot doctor who’s going to restore his sight doesn’t want Luke anywhere near the hospital. Then his biological dad, the creepy Damian, leaves town under mysterious circumstances and leaves Luke in charge of this huge corporation where nobody wants to do what he says.
Then on Friday’s episode, he finds out that Damian tried to kill his aunt Meg! Meg is the sister of Holden, the man who raised Luke as his own and who possibly killed Damian – or at least it seems that way. Some stranger comes to the door and hands Luke’s mom, Lily, Damian’s wallet which he found floating in the water.
The truth is, I have not watched MTV’s The Real World on a regular basis since the Las Vegas season way back when. But it’s so hard to believe that the current season in Washington DC is the show’s 23rd!
When I do watch the show, it’s always the gay cast members or the really hot guy(s) I am most interested in. This season, that package comes in the form of 22-year-old Mike Manning.
Mike has spent his time on the show not only socializing. He’s been working at jobs with the Human Rights Campaign and the Energy Action Coalition and become so rooted in the District that he wants to return for good.
Although he sometimes refers to himself as gay, Mike told Metro Weekly that he is actually bisexual and catches a lot of flack for it:
” hate America’s obsessive need to categorize everything.,” he said. “You’re either black or white. You’re either gay or straight. You’re either this or that. Even in the gay community, there’s like this biphobia. Everybody’s like, “You have to be gay or straight. You can’t be bi. You can’t like both. It’s not who you are. Blah, blah, blah.” Isn’t that committing the same crime they’re preaching against? They’re saying, “Don’t judge me, but I’m going to judge you within our own community.”
People should not give a shit. The question “What are you?” shouldn’t even exist. If you’re attracted to somebody, flirt with them. See where it goes. I like guys and girls. I’ve dated girls, had sex with girls and enjoyed it very much. I find females very attractive. I find males very attractive. If I want to date a guy, I’ll date a guy. If I want to date a girl, I’ll date a girl.”
You go Mike!
So what are his plans for the future?
“I’m doing personal training right now, getting my license. I’m trying to get a job out here so I can move back in May after I graduate. I’m also filming an indie film in Denver, The Big Red Chair. I saw an audition and I went and got the part. I didn’t tell them about [Real World] during my audition. I didn’t want them to try to ride the coattails of Real World.
No matter what I choose — personal training, nutrition, business, politics, acting — this show has given me the confidence to pursue anything I want. It’s given me the confidence to say, hey, I’m still young, I’m 22, I have a lot of life ahead of me. If I want to take off the next three years and just pursue things I wouldn’t normally have done, I’m going to do it.”
Brendan Burke had the courage to come out to his family – then to the world in an ESPN.com article – only to have his life cut short on Friday in a car crash on an Indiana road made slick my heavy snowfall. His friend, 18-year-old Mark Reedy of Bloomfield Hills, Mich. was also killed in the head-on crash.
Brendan’s dad is a well-known figure in the National Hockey League: Brian Burke, the president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs and general manager of Team USA at this month’s Olympics. The son had been was attending Miami University in Ohio and was working with the school’s hockey team.
In early December, Brendan (pictured with the Stanley Cup won my The Anaheim Ducks) came out publicly in a moving article by John Buccigross on ESPN.com.
“I think it’s important my story is told to people because there are a lot of gay athletes out there and gay people working in pro sports that deserve to know there are safe environments where people are supportive regardless of your sexual orientation,” he said to reporters after the article was published.
His father said at the time: “I had a million good reasons to love and admire Brendan. This news didn’t alter any of them.”
In the article, Brian Burke said: “I would prefer Brendan hadn’t decided to discuss this issue in this very public manner. There will be a great deal of reaction, and I fear a large portion will be negative. But this takes guts, and I admire Brendan greatly, and happily march arm in arm with him on this. … I wish this burden would fall on someone else’s shoulders, not Brendan’s. Pioneers are often misunderstood and mistrusted. But since he wishes to blaze this trail, I stand beside him with an axe! I simply could not be more proud of Brendan than I am, and I love him as much as I admire him.”
They were in a good place together, father and son, an example to a lot of families with gay children.
A file photo of Brendan Burke, who died after a car crash in Indiana on Friday. Jodi Hilton for The Globe and Mail
Also in that ESPN article, older brother Patrick Burke had said of Brendan: “He’s incredibly brave. He went back to our all-boys high school and gave a speech about the struggles gay teenagers go through and got a standing ovation from 200 kids who spend half their time insulting anyone different than them. In so many ways, I look up to him for who he is and what he does.”
“Obviously, there are gay players in hockey right now, just no openly gay ones. And there are gay people in management, whether they’re scouts or front-office people or coaches. We just don’t have any openly gay ones right now. I think it will be a challenge for the first person that comes out, because they’ll be putting themselves under a microscope.”
“The scary thing for me is that it might be Brendan, if he chooses to go into hockey. I don’t think it’s fair the face of homosexuality in hockey should be a 20-year-old college kid, but Brendan is more than willing to be the guy, which awes me. I think it’s a matter of when, not if, players and management start coming out.”
And finally, here is what Brendan himself said about the positive reaction to his coming out: “Imagine if I was in the opposite situation, with a family that wouldn’t accept me, working for a sports team where I knew I couldn’t come out because I’d be fired or ostracized. People in that situation deserve to know that they can feel safe, that sports isn’t all homophobic and that there are plenty of people in sports who accept people for who they are.”
The great divas Cher, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross and Liza Minnelli have had great success in movies but even bigger success as live performers and as recording artists.
It seems that none of them have ever made enough movies considering how very good they are on the big screen. Most of Streisand’s films are classics but she’s only been in 17 movies overall while Ross, Oscar nominated for Lady Sings the Blues and Golden Globe nominated for Out of Darkness has made just five films. Liza is an Oscar winner for Cabaret and Hollywood royalty but her total number of films is just 15.
Then we come to Cher who has been in just over a dozen films. But the Oscar winner is, at last, returning to movies in Burlesque which is scheduled to be released in November.
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.
Entertainment Tonight went to the set of Burlesque and Cher admitted that she feels “rough” because her co-stars are much younger than her. She puts a lot of effort into her appearance to keep up with her fellow cast members.
“It is a hard job,” she said. “You get up at 5am and you try to look good. All these girls are, like, a third my age. That is rough.”
Cher also praised her co-star Christina Aguilera: “I’m shocked, but she’s really good. The other day, we were hamming it up so badly, so old, like vaudevillian. She was keeping up! She was hot. Her game was good!”
Aguilera described working with Cher as a “huge blessing” and added: “I can tell you I love her. I love Cher!”
Oliver Fish finally gets his emotional life together by coming out of the closet and committing to his true love Kyle Lewis.
And now he’s gonna be a daddy.
He got Stacy pregnant during a drunken encounter pre-Kyle and now we have this big elaborate plot that include Stacy being kidnapped and about to deliver “the chosen one.” Some crazy dude wants to snatch her baby then have another kidnapped woman, Jessica, raise it. I guess the plan is to kill Stacy.
But Oliver is among those who are searching for her and that’s where this leaves off.
I dunno, I kinda miss all the Oliver and Kyle making goo-goo eyes at each other stuff!
Christopher Meloni has been so good as heroic Det. Elliot Stabler on NBC’s Law & Order SVU for so long that it’s difficult to imagine him as a murderer.
But fans of HBO’s late, great prison drama Oz know him as the bisexual killer Chris Keller who embarked on a several seasons long love affair with fellow inmate Tobias Beecher (Lee Tergeson). The relationship had its ups and down but as time went on it became clear their love was deep and real.
And the actors had the most wonderful chemistry that really elevated their scenes together. They were affectionate off-screen as well kissing passionately on-screen at the GLAAD Media Awards several years ago. It was delish!
But I digress:
Tergeson, who was in prison on Oz for killing people in a drunk driving accident, will guest on SVU on March 3 in a very different kind of role: He plays a crazed killer who attacks a hooker named Gladys who is played by Mischa Barton.
Executive producer Neal Baer tells TV Guide: “Chris and Lee have a very intense scene.”
My guess is it will not be near as intense as some of their scenes on Oz. Just to refresh your memory, I’ve posted a few videos below:
Los Angeles Times Pultizer Prize winning columnist Dan Neil may be leaving the paper for the Wall Street Journal but this week, he wrote a column about the Super Bowl ad controversies and a part of it really made me laugh.
I gotta share a few excerpts:
I realize that what I’m about to say may ruin my chances of getting into Canton. But American football strikes me as a pretty homoerotic spectacle, beginning with the hypertrophic masculinity of the male form in tight pants and huge shoulder pads and ending with the most undignified gesture in all of sports, the hands-between-the-cheeks snap of the ball. Hike, indeed.
The pats on the fanny, the showering together, the endlessly rolling around in the dirt. All things considered, I think figure skating is more butch.
The most subversive part of the Mancrunch.com ad is not its open acknowledgment of gay life, or even its portrayal of two guys kissing — and kissing for comic effect, much like the Snickers Super Bowl ad of two years ago that caused a flap. No, the ad’s real transgression is to imply that football-loving straight men, the sort who high-five after touchdowns, might under the right circumstances act out sexually with another man.
You have to wonder what sort of marvelously awkward silences on Super Sunday the ad might have provoked before the tension was broken.
“Want another beer?” “Yeah, dog . . .” (while thinking, as his friend walks to the fridge, “That Jimmy, he’s sure got a nice butt. . . .”).
These ads are definitely not brought to you by the NFL.
When you have Channing Tatum take his shirt off in a movie, you gotta figure that would add several millions to the box office gross, no?
Well, it’s enough to sell me a ticket! I’m going to see Dear John this weekend because, well, I watch all of Channing’s movies even the dreadful GI Joe. I liked Fighting a lot more and he was wonderful in Stop-Loss and very sexy and sweet in Step-Up. Okay, I even loved him in She’s the Man so objective I am not!
In Dear John, which is being compared a lot to The Notebook, Channing plays a soldier boy named John who falls in love with a student girl named Savannah (Amanda Seyfried) under a full South Carolina beach moon.
The movie opens today and we’ll see if it can knock the mighty Avatar out of its number one perch after seven weeks on top!
David Sutcliffe may be best known for his roles as the SWAT boyfriend of Kate Walsh in Private Practice and as Lauren Graham’s ex-husband on Gilmore Girls but he came to my attention for different reasons.
Well yeah, of course he’s a real dish but he’s also a wonderful actor who is not afraid to play gay roles. He came to Outfest in LA several years back as the star of Testosterone in which he played the jilted lover of Antonio Sabatos Jr. It’s one of his best performances and if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend.
Then a few years later, he played a very different kind of gay man (far less impulsive) in Happy Endings, an ensemble piece in which he and his partner were trying to have a child via surrogate.
He’s starred in several short-lived series including I’m With Her, Cold Feet and Grapevine and had roles in the films Under the Tuscan Sun, Cake and Murder in the Hamptons.
David, who is 42 and divorced, began acting while attending the University of Toronto when a lower back injury forced him to quit the basketball team.
This scene is an absolute gem and Lucille Ball is absolutely brilliant in it. It’s from season one’s “The Freezer” episode when Lucy accidentally buys two entire sides of beef after the Ricardos and the Mertz’s install a giant freezer in the basement.
The girls head to the butcher shop and try to lure customers away with lower prices. So many great lines as Lucy takes on this salesman persona: “Tell ya what I’m gonna do.” My favorite is when a customer has follow-up questions and Lucy says: “Get outa here kid, ya bother me!”
Gee, the National Enquirer get a story wrong? How could it BE?
Okay, they did get the John Edwards mess right and that was a terrific scoop.
But most of the time, it’s a whole lot of fiction or half-truths.
Their latest “scoop” involved CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, just back from Haiti after a few weeks of stellar coverage. The Enquirer reported that the Silver Fox was so devastated by the earthquake that he was set to adopt a Haitian child! Who do they think he is? Madonna? Angelina Jolie?
Anyway, Anderson said to Towleroad.com that the story – widely publicized on Gawker today – is simply not true: “While the plight of children in Haiti has touched us all, and I continue to cover the situation there closely, stories about me adopting a baby are false. I am not adopting a child, Haitian or otherwise.”
I’m just in awe of the guest list for Elaine Stritch’s 85th birthday party this week.
She was feted with a big cake after her closing night performance at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City.Miss Stritch is the hotel’s most famous resident. You know it’s been a life well lived and just a stupendous career when you see who turned out to honor this beloved theater legend.
Among the very famous guests: Stephen Sondheim, Patti LuPone, Hal Prince, Michael Feinstein, Christine Ebersole, Liz Smith, James Gandolfini, Nathan Lane (who also had a birthday this week) and 60 Minutes anchor Lesley Stahl.
BroadwayWorld.com has many more photos from what looked like a really wonderful party.
Yesterday I posted some pics from the new Calvin Klein underwear campaign. Well, Queerty has posted many of the outtakes of actors Kellan Lutz andMehcad Brooks (pictured above) as well as Spanish tennis player Fernando Verdaso, and Japanese footballer Hidetoshi Nakata.
This photo of Mehcad is just so ridiculously hot that I had to go get a drink of water just to be able to continue typing. Oh. My. Gawd!