If you’ve never seen Psycho Beach Party then you are missing out on a very fun treat.
I love this movie and want to share some clips with you – including a coupla real gay ones!
Directed by Robert Lee King, the 2000 movie is a parody of the beach movies of the 60s and based on an off-Broadway play written by Charles Busch who also wrote the screenplay and has a starring role. The rest of the cast is pretty stellar – especially Lauren Ambrose who plays a Gidget-like character who really is more of a Sybil (Sally Field fans know what I mean by that!)
Also in the cast are Thomas Gibson, Nicholas Brendon, a pre-stardom Amy Adams, Kathleen Robertson, and Matthew Keesler. Then there are two minor characters who are my faves because they are gay but don’t seem to know it. All they know is they adore each other. They are named Yo-Yo (Nick Cornish) and Provoloney (Andrew Levitas).
Here is the movie’s trailer which kinda tells you all you need to know!
Above is the classic scene between Yo-yo (blond) and Provoloney (brunette) who finally seem to realize they love each other. What I love is that they are not at all freaked out about it! Below is their beach wrestling scene which unexpectedly gets kinda hot. I can’t find a clip without the music but there wasn’t too much dialogue anyway.
Got an invite to check out the new Madame Tussauds Hollywood so I invited my pal Rachel Uranga to come along. We hadn’t seen each other in awhile and had lots to catch up on so we figure we’d breeze through the museum quickly then find someplace to have a nice, long brunch with plenty of Mimosas.
Little did we know we’d end up spending well over two hours there just completely getting into the spirit of the thing – costumes and all. We were positively giddy and had the most fabulous time rubbing elbows with the stars of yesteryear to those of the present day.
This was the $55 million attraction’s first official day and boy, what an ideal addition to Hollywood Blvd. right near Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. It’s perfect for tourists but also fun a locals – as you can see!
Uh oh, when Margo Channing looks at me that way, you know it’s gonna be a bumpy night! So fasten your seatbelts!
Yikes! Rachel knows she’s done for – she’s seen Alfred Hitchcock’sPsycho enough times.
Peter O’Toole may be used to this head garb, but I’m afraid white just isn’t my color.
Rachel just loves attending red carpet events with her boyfriend Pierce Brosnan.
George Burns and Bob Hope crack me up every time.
Rachel only wears her blond wig for really special movie stars – like George Clooney.
Mr. DeMille, we are ready for our close-up!
Rachel and Johnny Depp are a sriking pair!
Oh Jim Carrey, you’re so crazy. I love hangin out with this dude!
In my opinion, the Jamie Foxx and Jim Carrey figures seemed the most lifelike. I’m told these figures cost an average of $300,000 each! Other famous figures inside include Oscar winners Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Angelina Jolie (with Brad Pitt), Elizabeth Taylor, Katherine Hepburn, Meryl Streep, Vivien Leigh, Audrey Hepburn, Jack Nicholson, Whoopi Goldberg, John Wayne, and Morgan Freeman.
Younger stars like Zac Efron, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, action heroes Bruce Willis, Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman, and pro athletes including David Beckham, Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong.
I watched a little Baywatch here and there and from what I can remember, the hottest lifeguards were Michael Bergen and David Chokachi. Well you certainly didn’t expect me to say Pamela Anderson did you?
At 41, David is still looking pretty darn hot as we could see when he took place in the recent VHI’s Confessions of a Teen Idol reality series. Although his role on Baywatch as Cody Madison was one of his first big acting jobs, it has not been his last. He left the show after four seasons and spent a few seasons as Det. Jake McCartey on the series Witchblade. His mist recent series role as Justin Healey in Beyond the Break.
When I was a kid, there was no bigger Helen Reddy fan than me. I’d go around the housing singing “Aaaaaaangie baby, she’s a special lady, living in a world oif make belieeeeeeeeeeeve!” Gee, and no one knew I was gay. Ha!
Anyway, I was in London in 1997 and got to see her performing in Blood Brothers and she was absolutely glorious. Later that year,. she joined the Broadway production and paid a visit to Regis and Kathie Lee to promote it. Is it me or does Miss Reddy look like she’d rather be standing on hot coals than be hanging out with those two?
It Was so great to see Tuc Watkins earler this week at the Rachel York’s Cabaret show at The Magic Castle in Hollywood (That’s Tuc, pictured with Rachel and his Desperate Housewives boss Marc Cherry). He’s one of my favorite actors since his days as gay television executive Malcolm on Showtime’s late, great series Beggars and Choosers and now can be seen as Bob Hunter on Housewives and as the wickedly funny David Vickers on One Life to Live.
He has played the role of David for more than a decade and is so good and so popular with fans, that he’s been able to come and go between projects. He gets to show what terrific comic timing he has and, just as nice, he gets to show viewers what a great body he has! David just always seems to be shirtless!
I wondered when he would next appear on the soap.
“I think there will be shows that will air over a couple of months that start airing August 1o but we’re wrapping those up now because Desperate Housewives is starting back up,” he said. “I’m back on Wisteria Lane but I don’t know what our storyline is going to be. It’ll be fun.”
Tuc and Kevin Rahm play Lee and Bob, the only gay couple on Wisteria Lane. They are very funny together and I hope we’ll see a lot of them this season!
I also was happy to have the chance to tell Tuc how much I enjoyed his recent online spoof called The Sentimentalist. this brilliant spoof of CBS’ The Mentalist for the terrific Funny or Die site. In these three minutes or so, we see what Tuc can do, something we don’t get to see enough on Desperate Housewives. A hot dude who is also so deadpan funny is a real rarity!
Tuc said he and a friend wrote it in about a day and a half and it was shot in about a day. I love to see how artists can be so creative on the Internet and let us see things that the networks or movie studios don’t think to let them do.
Here is the video. I personally think Tuc should have the lead in his own series.
If you have just started watching The Young and the Restless, as I have, because of the gay storylines – especially the one involving Thom Bierdz’s return as Phillip Chancellor III, then this clip from the mid-80s is really helpful. It gives you a primer on the history of Phillip and his mother, Jill Abbott. It’s also interesting to watch knowing that a few decades later, Phillip would return to Genoa City as an openly gay man.
Okay, I don’t really know what’s going on with football these days, but I do know a hot guy when I see one.
And Colt Brennan is hot!
He’s a fellow OC native and currently a quarterback with the Washington Redskins where he is in the second year of a four-year contract
I’ve done some research and even though I have just discovered him, he has had a gay following since he played college football in Hawaii where he set the NCAA record for the most touchdowns thrown in a single season.
My day was made yesterday when I got a tweet from Jaclyn Smith thanking me for sharing my memory of meeting her in the debut of this blog’s new Greg’s Celebrity Encounters feature.
I just love Twitter! I’ve had an account for ages and mainly used it to post blog items but lately I have become absolutely obsessed. It is such a treasure trove of information about friends and the famous.
For example, I was scrolling through my list of people I follow – I have more than 700 followers and follow more than 600 people – and noticed that Lauren Bacall had tweeted about her late friend, the great Vivien Leigh with whom she had been very close. And she included this glorious photo which I don’t think has not been widely seen before. It certainly has not been in any of Miss Bacall’s books. My guess is it was taken in the early 60s.
Anyway, Bacall also tweets that she is considering doing a film to be directed by Quentin Tarantino and also starring Christina Ricci. Nearly 85, she is still very much in demand!
Miss Bacall has just started to tweet some and it seems to be at the insistence of her granddaughter who has designed her Twitter page with many photos of her from her early Hollywood career and she Tweets:
Why does Brooke (my granddaughter) insist I use this thing?
…and why does she insist on decorating my Twitter with images of my youth? Sometimes I do not care to remember what I use to look like lol
This Tweet from Jane Fonda caught my eye because I didn’t know she and Barbra Streisand were such pals! I love it! I also love that Jane uses her old mugshot for her Twitter pic!
Sat on floor of Barbara Streisand’s bathrm last nt listening to albums she’d done with Richard that even her hubby hadn’t heard. Stunning! 11:29 AM Jul 29th
GOOD NEWS: And speaking of Twitter, this is the first photo I posted using the Tweetie application which my pal Lorna showed me yesterday while we were at the Huey Lewis and the News concert at the Pacific Ampitheatre. I’m not a big beer drinker anymore but at a concert, it seems like ya gotta have a beer.
Huey did not disappoint and neither did our seat, about 10-15 feet from the stage. The dude is 59 and moves around the stage like he did the last time I saw him 20 years ago. He did all those big hits like The Power of Love, If This is It, Hip to Be Square, I Need a New Drug. Some people did not not need a new drug: the smell of marijuana was wafting through the air. I don’t smoke it but sure love the smell of it!
Poor adorable Luke Snyder. He’s finally living with his true love, Noah, and they don’t have any time to see each other! Noah is working on his movie and Luke is grappling with his future. Luke has decided to go to work for his creepy biological father Damien and his parents, Lily and Holden, want him to work for his grandmother’s company.
If I were Luke, I’d tell them both to stuff it and do something else! But, I’m not a writer on As the World Turns obviously!
On a superficial note, Luke’s hair – which looks different on each episode – looks really cute today!
There’s nothing like a series of hot pictures of J.P. Calderon to send us into the weekend.
We were introduced to J.P as a contestant on Survivor: Cook Islands then really got to know him on three seasons of the Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency He was handpicked by Dickinson herself at an open call and went on to become one of the agency’s most successful models.
His decision to come out publicly as a gay man became a major storyline during the show’s second season. He was the first person to ever appear twice on the cover of Instinct, and his coming out episode is one of the highest-rated JDMA episodes ever.
On aug. 15, JP is participating in a beach volleyball tournament to benefit the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center serving as co-host and coach. He talks to Frontiers IN LA about that and more.
Huey Lewis seemed an unlikely choice to play Gwyneth Paltrow’s dad in the movie Duets. I mean, who even knew he could act! But he acted just fine and, of course, he sang even better. But the real revelation was Gwyneth’s lovely voice and how well it blended with Huey’s on the song Cruisin’.
This movie was directed by Bruce Paltrow, Gwyneth’s late dad, and was to have co-starred Brad Pitt, her then-fiancee. They broke up before filming and things got delayed a few years. Pitt’s role was eventually played bt Scott Speedman.
When writing yesterday about the Presidential Medal of Freedom being awarded to Harvey Milk and Billie Jean King at The White House in a few weeks, I did not mean to give short shrift to Chita Rivera who is also among the 16 individulals who will receive the nation’s highest honor for a civilian.
She’s a showbiz icon whose career in theater has been legendary. She was the original Anita in West Side Story, the original Velma in Chicago and also starred in Bajour, Nine, Mr. Wonderful, Merlin and Bring Back Birdie on Broadway. She won Tonys for The Rink and Kiss of the Spider Woman and her most recent Tony nomination came three years ago for Chita Rivera: A Dancer’s Life.
And yet, it seems she wasn’t always given the recognition she so deserved and was more than once passed over when show with roles she created onstage were made into feature films.
I chatted with Chita last month at the 13th Annual Los Angeles Tony Awards Party at Skirball Center where she was being honored with the life achievement award. She had also gotten one of the ultimate showbiz awards five years ago when she was a Kennedy Center Honoree and I wondered how she felt about being feted this way.
“It’s weird,” she said of the tributes. “It’s really very nice but when you’re a workhorse, the honor really is being able to do it every night in front of people and if they’re satisfied. Sometimes, you get a little shy when you hear people say really nice things about you, you know?”
“It’s really nice,” she added. “It kind of makes you want to get out there and continue to do it that’s all. It makes you want to not get sick, be in good health and just get up and do it.”
Advocate.com’s Soapside column includes a really good interview with actor John Driscoll who recently joined the cast of The Young and the Restless in the role of Phillip Chancellor IV.
Since very little is known about the character who calls himself “Chance,” there has been all kinds of speculation – including some that he may be gay. To that Driscoll said: Is he gay, straight, what’s the deal? I thought, You know what? If it’s going to play that’s way, that’s OK. As an actor you are always looking for the next challenge, and I don’t find anything taboo behind it. I played a gay character before on a short-lived series called The Book of Daniel … I actually worked opposite Christian Campbell, formerly of All My Children, where he played Bobby Warner. We had this romance on the show, and if the series had not been canceled, you would have seen the budding relationship between our two characters. It was really funny doing double duty while I was doing Guiding Light. During the day I was having bedroom sexual scenes with a female, and then at night on set in bed with a man. It was crazy. I needed a couple of drinks!”
His biological father Phillip Chancellor III (Thom Bierdz) came out to the son he abandoned on Thursday’s episode of the soap: “First off, it’s a great story. I think it would be a lot more emotional between the two characters if they had more history and something to pull from like, ‘How can you lie to me?’ But there hasn’t. So you can’t play the betrayal just yet. So he is gay, OK. But if he hurt Nina, Chance’s mom, that is when he would get upset.”
It’s hard to believe that Richard Gere has been a movie star for more than 30 years now and remains one of the sexiest men on screen. When I watched him opposite Diane Lane in last year’s Nights in Rodanthe, I could not keep my eyes off of him.
What makes this all the more amazing is that on Aug. 31, he will turn 60 years old. Quite the silver fox!
His film resume spans the 70s (Days of Heaven, Looking for Mr. Goodbar) the 80s (American Gigolo, An Officer and a Gentlemen) the 90s (Pretty Woman, Internal Affairs, Somersby, Runaway Bride) to the current decade (Chicago, Shall We Dance, Unfaithful).
Through it all, my pal Lorna Harris has adored him! We went to the Huey Lewis and the News concert last night and on the way home, she suggested Gere for today’s Morning Man. If you have any suggestions for future Morning Men, put their name in a comment on this post. If you tell me why they appeal to you, I’ll give you credit in the blog!
It’s been quite a day including my annual physical at the Pacific Oaks Medical Center in Beverly Hills. They make what could be a stressful experience quite efficient. Got through that but then had a really stressful experience: LA traffic!
Had to drive to Newport Beach because I am joining my friends Danny Sullivan and Lorna Harris for tonight’s Huey Lewis and the News concert at the Pacific Ampitheatre. I haven’t seen them perform live since 1988 when my college pal Mike and I decided at the last minute to drive to the San Diego Sports Arena to see if we could get tickets. We got nosebleeds but it was such a wonderful show – Huey just get played and played and seemed to not want to leave the stage.
So tonight will take me back to my 20s – wonderful time in my life even if I was mostly in the closet!
I Used to wonder if Billie Jean King really knew how much her life and work had meant to so many people.
I’m not just talking about the tennis titles although she is one of the greatest players in history. I’m talking about her incredible spirit and energy and determination to make the world not just a better place, but a fairer place.
Well, I think if she didn’t know before how appreciated she is, Billie Jean is getting a pretty good idea now. It was announced earlier today that she will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Aug. 12 from President Barack Obama along with Sen. Ted Kennedy, the late Harvey Milk, actor Sidney Poitier, Broadway legend Chita Rivera and 11 others being honored for being “agents of change.”
The 16 individuals that will be given America’s highest civilian honor were chosen because they have “changed the world for the better” and set “a standard to which we all should strive,” the president said in a statement. “These outstanding men and women represent an incredible diversity of backgrounds. Each saw an imperfect world and set about improving it, often overcoming great obstacles along the way.”
It’s so well-deserved for Billie Jean and, I think, ranks right up there with when the United States Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows was named after her.
If you know her mainly from her famous battle of the sexes match with Bobby Riggs, then you don’t know enough!
While she was the number one player in the world, she led the battle for equal prize money and for Title IX which required parity for girls sports in school. She also formed the women’s tennis tour that still exists today as well as the Women’s Tennis Association, the Women’s Sports Foundation and World Team Tennis.
Billie Jean did all this while winning a record 20 Wimbledon titles (six in singles). She also won four US Opens, a French Open and an Australian Open making her one of just a handful of female players to have won the sports four grand slam titles in their career.
These are lasting legacies and since coming out as a lesbian a few decades ago, Billie Jean has been vocal on the LGBT front as well and helped raise millions of dollars for AIDS charities.
Billie Jean inspired me so much when I was growing up and it was a real highlight of my life to be able to meet her a few times and talk to her about her life and career.
She is so modest and more interested in other people than talking about herself. But she will hopefully take a moment to stop and reflect on this great honor and her place in history.
You so wish he were alive to experience this tremendous thing but it is wonderful to see that Harvey Milk will be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor any civilian can receive from this country.
Milk was one of the country’s first openly gay elected officials and the movie about his life won star Sean Penn and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black Academy Awards.
The award will be accepted at a White House ceremony August 12 by Stuart Milk, the nephew of the late San Francisco Supervisor and civil rights activist, according to Victory Fund.
“The President’s action today touches the core of our very human hearts and my uncle would be so proud of this high honor,” Stuart Milk said in a statement. “His election was, for him, a beginning–a chance to make real change.That change is happening, but we still have so far to go. I hope this recognition inspires LGBT Americans everywhere to heed Harvey’s call to run for office, to serve openly, to live proudly with authenticity and to demand the equality that we all deserve.”
Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund said: “We are thrilled President Obama is honoring Harvey Milk with the Medal of Freedom.He’s an American hero and trailblazer whose election more than 30 years ago triggered a political awakening that inspires us still today.This recognition sends an important message about how critical political leadership will be in making all Americans equal in the eyes of the law.”
If reports about Shawn Pyfrom leaving Desperate Housewives are true, you really can’t blame the kid – he probably wants to act!
As sociopathic gay teen Andrew Van de Kamp, Shawn had one of the best roles in television during the first two seasons of the show. Then Andrew went from being one of the most highly-visible gay characters on television to glorified extra for much of seasons three and four. He was seen a bit more again last season when action on Wisteria Lane leaped forward five years and Andrew got a boyfriend and helped his mother, Bree (Marcia Cross) manage her Martha Stewart-like empire.
But Desperate Housewives has a huge ensemble cast with the first priority going to the show’s five main women: Cross, Teri Hatcher, Evas Longoria, Felicity Huffman and Dana Delaney. Even original star Nicolette Sheridan found her role reduced and her character finally killed off last season.
“Shawn’s not returning for a full season next fall,” a source tells PEOPLE. “But he’ll come back and make a few guest star appearances. His decision didn’t come easy, but he wants to pursue new television and film opportunities.”
Just 22, Shawn has a great future ahead of him because he is a really terrific actor.
This deliciously talented actress, best known for her classic portrayal of Suzanne Sugarbaker during the first five seasons on Designing Women, has been an inspiration to many for speaking candidly about her battles with depression and weight.
It was her behind-the-scenes struggles that influenced the metamorphosis of Suzanne on-screen and helped to mold what I think is one of the most brilliant comic creations in the history of television. It is one of those rare times when it was the perfect meeting of actress and character and as Delta changed, so did Suzanne.
I’ve remained a fan of Delta’s since the show and she has done some great stuff. Among my faves was her portrayal of Cherry Cherry during the second season of Popular. She had a recurring role on Boston Legal and one-season runs of the sitcoms on three different networks: Delta on ABC, DAG on NBC and Women of the House on CBS, the latter a spinoff that had her once again playing Suzanne.
Delta has also triumphed on Broadway in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Steel Magnolias and was a smash in the touring production of Southern Baptist Sissies and in the indie movie fave Sordid Lives. She was to be a part of Sordid Lives: The Series but had to pull out to get treatment for her depression because her medications stopped working.
Hope she is feeling better now and that we will see her back on stage or screen very soon!
Meanwhile, here are some Suzanne Sugarbaker clips for you to enjoy: