I’ve been watching every one of them since I was a kid and was fortunate enough to have been on the red carpet and later in the press room for about a half-dozen of them.
So many memories happened right before my very eyes but most of them happened on television when I was younger like this one featuring Bette Midler at the 1982 Oscars. I remember it verbatim because I had tape recorded it in this pre-VCR era.
Miss Midler, who had been nominated two years earlier for The Rose, comes flouncing out to present the best original song Oscar and tells the crowd she’s been waiting ever since for someone to call her to tell her there had been some kind of mistake (Sally Field won that year for Norma Rae).
Bette then “rises to the occasion” and announces the nominees with commentary! An example: “Endless Love from the endless movie Endless Love.”
Sorry for the late start on the blog today but I think this guy was worth waiting for! His name is David Giuntoli and he is an actor on the rise.
It was just reported last week that David, best known for the MTV movie Turn the Beat Around, has landed the lead in NBC’s drama pilot Grimm.
It is described by Deadline Hollywood as a dark but fantastical cop drama about a world in which characters inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales exist. Grimm centers on Nick Burckhardt (Giuntoli), a good-looking detective who starts to see humans as beast/animals and discovered that he has a legacy – to protect “humans” from these beasts.
So where have you seen David before?
It could be on a number of shows but the one I remember best is an episode of Grey’s Anatomy where he played the boyfriend of a gay soldier who was about to undergo life-or-death surgery. The two share a passionate kiss as Meredith is in the room and she sweetly looks on with a smile.
David, who is now 30, graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in International Business and Finance. Three years later, he headed out to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.
He first gained attention as a participant on MTV’s Road Rules: South Pacific and later on Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet.
In addition to Grey’s Anatomy, he has done guest spots on Hot In Cleveland, Cold Case, Nip/Tuck, Veronica Mars, Without a Trace, Crash, Eli Stone, Private Practice and Ghost Whisperer, among others.
He had a recurring roles on the CW series Privileged and on the short-lived ABC legal drama The Deep End.
Relax everyone, the headline quote is in need of some context!
Our Adam Lambert is not suffering from a big head – just big hair maybe.
Actually Adam, a recent Grammy nominee, gave a very thoughtful interview to Entertainment Tonight Canada (excerpted in OnTop Magazine) that I hope lots of gay kids read.
Adam said his fame is “an amazing opportunity to help people. It is more than the music. It’s a lifestyle thing. And I think that there isn’t a ton of visibility for gays and lesbians.”
He has some wise words for those struggling to accept their sexuality: “I think at the end of the day, you really have to just close your eyes and focus on who you are and what you want. You’ve got to be in love with yourself in order to love anybody else or in order to get along with anybody else.”
Andy Roddick, the top-ranked American player for much of the last eight years, has been considered an underachiever by some because he has not won another grand slam tournament since his victory at the US Open in 2003.
A guy named Roger Federer, who has beaten Roddick in three Wimbledon finals and a US Open final since then, has pretty much everything to do with that.
But Andy is still showing up and still winning his share of matches and tournaments.
Sunday was a very special win that finished in spectacular fashion: On match point against rising Canadian star Milos Raonic, Roddick hit a diving forehand to take the closely contested battle 7-6 (7), 6-7 (11), 7-5.
“That’s the best shot I’ve ever hit in my life, considering the circumstance …,” Roddick said after the match. “I don’t really remember much else besides the fact that I went for the ball, and I hit it. I didn’t really think too much of it. I was already in my head, I was like, `There’s no way,’ and then I heard people cheering. I was like, `There’s no way that went in. I guess it did.”’
The match was Roddick’s 50th career final and the victory gave him his 30th tournament victory. He now ranks behind only Federer (67) and Rafael Nadal (43) for career wins among active players.
“I think I was very fortunate. I feel like I got outplayed, I just stuck around and kept trying,” he said. “What a memorable 30th victory for me. I couldn’t be happier to do it in Memphis. … I get a certain amount of satisfaction when I get kind of routinely buried and people trying to retire me before I’m ready.”
He becomes the eighth American with at least 30 titles. Just as impressive: Roddick now has won at least one title in 11 straight years, something only Federer has done among active players.
And just to add to his winning ways, Roddick had a cameo scene in last weekend’s number one movie Just Go With It with his wife, model/actress Brooklyn Decker who has a starring role in the flick with Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler.
Here is video of Andy’s incredible winning shot:
Every once in awhile I’ll get hypnotized by something like QVC, the Home Shopping Network or those infomercials for the “Magic Bullet.”
Last night it was QVC and part of the reason, I’ll admit, was the cute host named Jonathan Redford.
I did a little research on him and found that he joined the QVC host team in 2009 and it’s a natural fit because as a kid, he pretty much encouraged his mom to buy everything he saw on TV!
Jonathan has been the host with the most for awhile. Prior to QVC, he worked on NBC’s OpenHouse LA. and STARZ Entertainment sent him to prestigious Film Festivals around the world to interview celebrities, filmmakers and film fanatics. He was also a correspondent for EXTRA!.
He’s also an actor whose guest spots have included CSI, NCIS., Smith, Ally McBeal, Jack and Bobby and The Bold and the Beautiful. On the stage, he has appeared in the LA production of Rock of Ages and the 1960’s review, Town Without Pity: The Very Best of Gene Pitney.
And let’s not forget about Jonathan’s music. He has released an album, Color of my Dreams, and says his singer/songwriter style is influenced by The Beatles, James Taylor, Jason Mraz and Counting Crows.
Here is some video of Jonathan performing and a LINK to his website for more information.
Any movie Liam Neeson is in is usually something I want to see no matter what the critics say.
His latest thriller, Unknown, was widely panned but audiences did not stay away. The film grossed an estimated $21.8 million in its debut weekend to edge past fellow newcomer I Am Number Four which took in an impressive $19.5 million, according to studio estimates.
These two strong debuts pushed last weekend’s top films down a notch or two.
In third place was Disney’s animated Gnomeo and Juliet featuring the music of Elton John. The film held very well losing just 23 percent of its audience from last weekend with estimated ticket sales of $19.4 million and a two-week total of $50.4 million. It should add plenty more on the Presidents Day holiday with kids out of school.
The Jennifer Aniston-Adam Sandler comedy Just Go With It fell from first to fourth place but still performed strongly with a second week gross of $18.2 million and a 10-day total of $60.7 million.
Rounding out the top five was the weekend’s third new wide release: the comedy Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son. The third film in this franchise opened with an estimated gross of $17 million.
This relegated Justin Bieber’s film Never Say Never to sixth place after last weekend’s second place opening. It took in an estimated $13.6 million for a two-week total of $51.7 million.
For a full box office report and chart, I recommend you go to Hollywood.com!
Jackson Browne is nicely featured in the documentary Troubadours that will air on PBS next month. I saw it a few weeks ago and loved the interviews and footage of folks like Jackson as well as other singer-songwriters of the early 70s era.
I fondly remember attending a Jackson Browne concert in the early 80s at what was then called Irvine Meadows in Orange County. He had just had his big hit Somebody’s Baby which I loved.
He, of course, had plenty of other big hits including Running on Empty, Doctor My Eyes, These Days and The Pretender, among others.
In all, he has sold more than 17 million albums in the US along and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
He’s had his personal ups and downs but at 62, is still making music, still looking good, and still speaking out for causes he believes in.
According to Entertainment WeeklyRufus Wainwright has announced the birth of his daughter on his website. Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen was born Feb. 2 in Los Angeles “to proud parents Lorca Cohen, Rufus Wainwright and Deputy Dad Jorn Weisbrodt,” the post on the website reads. “The little angel is evidently healthy, presumably happy and certainly very very beautiful.”
Wainwright also dedicated a song lyric to his new daughter: “Daddy #1 would like to offer everyone a digital cigar and welcome the little lady in with a French phrase from his favorite folk song, ‘A La Claire Fontaine’: ‘Il y a longtemps que je t’aime, jamais je ne t’oublierai.’” The lyric’s translation: “So long I’ve been loving you, I will never forget you.”
Wainwright joins such other recent gay celebrity parents as Ricky Martin, Elton John, Neil Patrick Harris and Cynthia Nixon.
If you haven’t seen NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? series yet, tonight would be a good time to start. The show helps celebrities learn about their family history and tonight it’s Rosie O’Donnell’s turn.
“The most shocking thing I found out about my family was just the amount of suffering that endured,” Rosie told reporters during a recent press call. “You know, when I spoke to the producers before we started they said, “What would be like the most devastating thing for you? What’s something you don’t want to find out?”
I said, “I guess I don’t want to find out that they lived a life like Angela’s Ashes, the Frank McCourt book.” And they just sort of nodded and said – you know, didn’t say anything. And I came to find out it was very similar, if not even harder than the life than Frank McCourt lived, so that was really shocking to me, I think.”
“I didn’t really know very much about my family history at all. Lisa [Kudrow, the show’s producer] and I are friendly, and she asked me if I would do her show. I said, ‘As long as we do my mom’s side. I would really be curious because I knew nothing about her life.’ ”
“Nobody mentioned my mother after she died in 1973. It was like Lord Voldemort. You couldn’t say the name,” she added. “Nobody said ‘mom’ in that house or ‘mommy’ or ‘mother’ from 1973 on. I always wanted to know who she was and what she felt like, and to have her and see her through a woman’s eyes as opposed to a child looking up to their mom. … My wound is the mother-child connection. But I did find out that when you do search for your lost parent’s past that it does help heal it a little bit.”
This is such shocking and terribly sad news: Perry Moore, an author and the executive producer of The Chronicles of Narnia film franchise, has been found dead at the young age of 39.
Police discovered Moore Thursday morning in his New York City apartment after an apparent overdose, according to the New York Daily News.
Moore was found unconscious in the bathroom at about 9:30 a.m. by his partner, Hunter Hill, inside the W. Houston St. home they shared.
“We’re in shock,” said the producer’s father, Bill Moore, adding that he just spoke to his son the night before. “He was in a great, great mood. No one was expecting this. … “We’re so sad. He’s been able to reach out and touch a lot of people.”
The exact cause of death has not been determined, but sources said it appeared to be an overdose of OxyContin.
The elder Moore said his son was awaiting news on a new screenplay. “He was set to do some mighty good things,” he said. “Parents are not meant to bury their children.”
My condolences to his family on their tremendous loss.
It was back in 2007 that I first became aware of Perry Moore.
I had just taken People magazine to task for not including more gay men in its annual hottest bachelor’s issue. Not too long after, I was flipping through a subsequent issue of the magazine and saw this hot, blonde guy posing with a surfboard and assumed he was straight.
I started to read and my eyebrow went up when the piece stated that he has just written his first novel, “Hero,” about a gay teen superhero.
The first item made things clear. Perry was asked to describe his seduction secret: “Because I had such trouble coming to terms with being gay, it’s just being myself. Don’t play any games. Then you’ll meet someone who loves you for who you are, and you’ll love him for who he is.”
Perry said in the article he would “love to see two guys meet in the surfing line-up. You’re all out there where the waves are breaking, waiting to catch one. Late in the day, you’ve caught a lot of great rides, the sun is setting, and you have someone to share that with.”
The producer/author has been partnered for 13 years at that time and was also asked what the perfect recipe for romance is: “Good waves. Good wine. Great new wave music. A little bit of dancing. A little bit of dancing. Writing 10 great pages. And collapsing into the arms of the one you love.”
He was also asked how to keep love alive and said: “Laughter first. Then, knowing that no bad moments lasts forever, but love can.”
It was really great to see Christopher Sieber guest star on The Good Wife last week and to see him share scenes with Alan Cumming.
It was two openly gay actors playing roles that could be played by anyone – gay or straight.
Christopher, who turns 42 today, came out publicly as a gay man during production of the ABC sitcom It’s All Relative. It was one of my favorite shows for the short time that it aired.
I especially loved it because it had two openly gay actors playing a couple that were two of the main characters (The other was played by John Benjamin Hickey).
Christopher had previously played the father of the Olsen twins in the sitcom Two of a Kind. But his biggest success has been on the Broadway stage, most recently in a Tony nominated performance as Lord Farquaad in Shrek the Musical.
He made his Broadway debut starring opposite Betty Buckley and F. Murray Abraham in Triumph of Love and went on to star in Beauty and the Beast, Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie and a revival of Into the Woods.
Christopher has been in a long-term relationship with actor-turned French chef Kevin Burrows.
Lucy and Ethel land plum roles in a musical to raise money for their ladies club.
Ethel, quite the singer, plays the sweet Lily of the Valley in this episode titled “The Operetta.” Her solo is so fun that I’ve included it here – be sure and watch until the end when she really lets loose!
Lucy is cast as the Queen of the Gypsies and she has a few musical numbers. The problem is, Lucy can’t carry a tune and everybody knows it so they agree to jump in as a group on each of her solos. It’s fun to watch Lucy try and outwit them but our favorite redhead is just outnumbered this time.
The third clip is not of the best quality but it’s such a funny scene. Lucy has done some creative bookkeeping to pay for the sets and the company arrives – mid-production – to start dismantling things. One of the ladies breaks the news to Lucy via operatic song!
Okay, so the second Sex and the City movie wasn’t as good as the first one but it certainly did not deserve the savage reviews it got last year.
I’m just thrilled that Sarah Jessica Parker, star of the fabulous franchise, has gone on the record saying that she is game for a third film!
“I would go back,” said Parker, speaking to 24 Frames on the New York set of her new movie I Don’t Know How She Does It. “I think there’s one more story to tell. I know there is.”
But she’s in no rush.
“I’d definitely tell that [third] story, and I know Michael [Patrick King] would do it right. But maybe not now. Maybe in five years, you know?” she said. “It’s not that I want to get away from [SATC]. In a million years, who could get away from it it?” she said.
It’s just that “if I’m not scared again that’s not good for me. That’s literally no good for me. If I’m not terrified and nauseous and worried the first two weeks of production, then what’s going to happen? You could wither on the vine. It’s like if you can’t use your leg. It just atrophies.”
As far business goes, Sex and the City 2 did not make as much money as the first film but it was hardly a box office disaster. It grossed more than $95 million at the domestic box office last summer and another $193 million in foreign markets for a worldwide box office haul of more than $288 million.
I think there are at least 288 million reasons to make a third feature film!
Since Noah Wylie hasn’t aged very much since his days as a young doctor on ER, it’s tough to imagine him having a grown son screen.
But he does in the upcoming TNT series Falling Skies and the son is played by 24-year-old actor Drew Roy who already has a built-in fan base from his roles on the popular kid’s shows iCarly and Hannah Montana.
Drew was raised in Clanton, Alabama but moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. He appeared in mostly independent film projects from 2006 to 2008, although he did score an uncredited recurring role on the ABC Family series Greek. He also did some guest appearances on the series Lincoln Heights.
Then last year, Drew caught a big break when he landed his first major movie role portraying thoroughbred horse farm owner Seth Hancock in the film Secretariat.
What followed was being cast in Falling Skies as Hal Mason, the son of Wyle’s Tom Mason character who is the leader of a group of soldiers and civilians that battle against an alien force. The series debuts in June.
I had the chance to chat with Drew last month when he was promoting Falling Skies at the TV Critics Association Winter Press Tour. All of the cast members agreed that he series could be a bit of a rough shoot because of the outdoor elements.
But Drew told me he doesn’t mind because “I’m just happy to be working. Sometimes the elements are a little tough but in the grand scheme of things, I find it kind of helps. You’re dealing with the heat or the cold and that’s what’s supposed to be what’s going on in the scene.”
If you’re a fan of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing, which launched its fourth season earlier this month, then you are aware of the handsome guy at the center of things: Madison Hildibrand.
I recently had the chance to chat with the 30-year-old real estate magnate who make a fortune selling multi-million dollar properties in the most exclusive neighborhoods in LA.
With the economy still in a slump, Madison and fellow real estate agents Josh Altman and Josh Flagg must fight for their share of the market and the competition is intense.
“For sure it is the best season, there’s a lot more excitement and a lot better real estate, a lot better clients and transactions and also, I think we’re all very comfortable with who we are,” Madison said. “We tell it like it is and it’s real and it’s organic and it’s pieced together really well. I’m really happy with it.”
I wondered how much life has changed for Madison since he began on the show four years ago.
“Things have changed for me personally over the past four years absolutely,” he said. “I feel like I’ve grown not only in my career, as a person and in my profession, but also in my own body and my sexuality. I feel 30!”
He came out as a gay man early in the show’s run and says he has had no regrets.
“If I make a decision to do something because that’s what my gut asks me to do, there is no down side,” he said. “Maybe it has affected my business in a negative way, I don’t know and I don’t put a lot of energy there. I certainly have seen an increase in business so for that I’m grateful.”
He added thoughtfully: “And more than anything, I think coming out on television was a big decision for me because I know how hard it was for me to come out to my family and my friends. And I just wanted to be an example to show other people that you can be young, you can be successful and you can be gay and you don’t have to worry other judgement. That was a good thing for me.”
He has achieved a level of celebrity which he says has been mostly positive: “Some days it’s absolutely unreal and other days it is ‘oh shit.’ I wasn’t ready for this, you know? I don’t want to talk to anyone today, I’m in a bad mood. It’s just like anyone else. I don’t get the choice of changing my face when I walk out the door.. But for the most part, it’s been nothing but fun and full of surprises.”
New episodes of Million Dollar Listing air Thursday nights at 9 p.m. on Bravo.
We already know that actor John Slattery, Emmy nominated for his performance on AMC’s acclaimed Mad Men series, is a Silver Fox.
What’s really great to see is that he’s a Silver Fox who is not only in favor of same-sex marriage, he’s willing to speak up about it and has made the video below for the New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign.
In the video he says, “Unfortunately equal rights don’t happen on their own – we need to fight for them.”
Slattery joins other famous New Yorkers including Whoopi Goldberg, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, Joan Rivers, Robert Kennedy Jr., former First Daughter Barbra Bush, Fran Drescher, Julianne Moore and others.
I met ABC News correspondent Miguel Marquez back in 2007 at a National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association event in Los Angeles. I’ve been thinking about that meeting ever since news surfaced that he had been beaten while covering protests in the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain.
Anyway, when Miguel and I chatted at the East-West Lounge in West Hollywood, he told me he was about to leave for Iraq for a reporting stint and I told him about the blog I was doing at the time – Out In Hollywood . I thought it would be great if we did an interview for the blog before he left town. He quickly agreed.
Miguel called the very next day and we had a nice chat. Here are some excerpts:
“It’s very important for people to know you can be gay and do anythng you want to in the world,” he said. “We tend to discount how important it is to have role models when we live in cities where being gay is so accepted. To me, what I strive for is to be comfortable out without putting it in people’s faces. As a reporter, I’m there to be fly on the wall and kind of absorb the story.”
While he is in Bahgdad, Marquez reported for “ABC World News,” “Good Morning America,” “Nightline,” ABC.com, ABC radio and for Canada’s CBC. This was his fifth (“or maybe sixth”) trip to Iraq since joining ABC in 2005 from CNN where he was also an L.A.-based correspondent.
“ABC was willing to put me overseas,” he said. “I was there about 4-5 months when they called and I went. By the time I got there, it was already pretty much this tightrope situation that we’re in now. Now I’m one of the people who they ask to go. There’s a list of correspondents who are willing to go and I’m one of the dumb ones [laughs]. It’s my first war zone. My background is in politics.”
Marquez came out as a gay man even before he entered television news. He was working in Washingtion D.C. as a legislative assistant for Bill Richardson, then a congressman from New Mexico’s third district. (Marquez grew up in the small town of Santa Rosa, New Mexico).
“When I did it, I was only sorry I hadn’t done it earlier,” he says of coming out. “ABC has been very, very great. It’s so comfortable here and CNN was also very comfortable with the whole gay thing. Every media company that l’ve worked with has been fine.”
ABC News correspondent Miguel Marquez, one of the highest-profile openly gay journalists on broadcast television, has been attacked in the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain. The attack occurred as government security forces moved in on protesters gathered at Pearl Square in Bahrain’s capital Manama.
He had been filing a report from where thousands of pro-democracy campaigners had gathered and was surrounded by what he described as a “gang of thugs,” who attacked him with billy clubs and snatched a camera from his hands.
Marquez, who has reported extensively from both Iraq and Afghanistan in the past, can be heard describing how the square was being bombarded with canisters of tear gas. Seconds later, he comes under physical attack and shouts, “No! No! No! Hey, I’m a journalist here!”
After fleeing the square, Marquez says, “I just got beat rather badly by a gang of thugs. I’m now in a marketplace near our hotel where people are cowering in buildings. These people are not screwing around. They’re going to clear that square tonight, ahead of any protest on Friday. The government clearly does not want this to get any bigger.” At least four protesters died in the early-morning assault on the camp.”
Here is video:
Marquez sent this message out via Twitter earlier today: Dear Govt of Bahrain, I’d like my camera back, with the disc inside and please do not copy or view material from it.
He is the latest high-profile foreign journalist assaulted in recent weeks while covering the growing unrest in the Middle East and North Africa. CNN’s Anderson Cooper was punched about a dozen times in the head in Egypt and last week, CBS News correspondent Lara Logan, filing a piece in Egypt for 60 Minutes, was beaten and sexually assaulted.