This kind of a quote coming from the man who is going to produce this year’s Academy Awards?
Time to grow up Brett Ratner.
After a screening of his film Tower Heist at L.A.’s Arclight Cinemas, the director came out for a Q&A, and when asked by the moderator whether he prepares and rehearses with his actors before shooting a scene, Ratner waved his hand dismissively and said, “Rehearsing is for fags.”
I’m sure glad I didn’t buy a ticket to Tower Heist this weekend.
UPDATE:TheWrap.com is reporting Ratner’s apology: “I apologize for any offense my remarks caused. It was a dumb way of expressing myself. Everyone who knows me knows that I don’t have a prejudiced bone in my body. But as a storyteller I should have been much more thoughtful about the power of language and my choice of words.”
OUT continues to unveil its OUT 100 and superstar Adam Lambert again makes the list.
He is interviewed by editor Aaron Hickland who two years ago publicly disagreed about the way Adam was being “handled” and being positioned in the LGBT community. They have both sat down and discussed the issues at hand and now have nothing but respect for each other. Here are some outtakes from their interview, which will launch today onwww.OUT.com/OUT100:
Adam Lambert: I will say that on the flip side timing is everything. That’s one thing that I’ve learned a lot about this year. I was still just then introducing myself to the masses, and to me, on my own personal journey, it seemed like an interesting thing to do. Sometimes I’m not as objective as I could be, and I don’t look at things from the perspective of a first time audience. That definitely was somewhat the case with the American Music Awards performance [when Adam simulated oral sex and kissed his keyboard player], I didn’t quite put myself in the position of the viewer at home that had watched me on American Idol and the next time they see me on TV, it’s that performance. The AMA thing was maybe a little too much, too soon, and the photoshoot for Details, although very beautiful, maybe it wasn’t the right timing.
Aaron: But two years on, I’m curious about what you’ve learned about yourself in this process because you’ve very transparently gone from a contestant on a show whose success represented a radical breakthrough to a superstar. It must have been pretty exhausting and demanding and emotionally draining in many ways.
Adam: Yeah, it was definitely a lot to take on. But whenever I would feel overwhelmed or stressed out, the thing that kept me balanced is that I really do appreciate the opportunity I have. If I was a little younger, I wouldn’t have dealt with it so well. I’m 29, and having been in the entertainment industry throughout my entire twenties in Los Angeles, I grew almost, like, a Teflon coating, rather than being a kid from Ohio just jumping into it.
Aaron: And you probably weren’t prepared to have me pouncing on you…
Adam: No, but all’s fair in that game. I think it’s been character building, which is great, and it’s definitely put me where I’m at now. I think the hardest thing about being a gay celebrity is that we’re in the middle of a social rights movement and it’s a very hot topic, so we’re at a very pivotal time. Coming out was great, but there are certain issues that always surprise me and I think, Why is this an issue? I live and I’ve grown up in a space that is very accepting and open-minded; I surround myself socially with people that are artists and very bohemian and I forget sometimes that, OK, we’re dealing with mainstream culture now, which does not have the same mentality as I do. I think too that by nature I’m very contrary. If you tell me I can’t do something then I’m gonna push back harder and do it. I’m kind of rebellious, but I try to do it with a smile. I’m not a jerk about it. So a lot of what I did at the beginning of my career started to become reactionary. And also, I don’t know if I had the best guidance at the time. I was kind of flying solo in many respects, doing what I wanted to do. The people I was working with before are great people and I maintain friendships with them, they have amazing hearts. But I don’t know if it was quite the right fit on this journey, because it hadn’t really been done on a mainstream level in America, so it was new to everybody. We were all guessing.
We know there are more interesting developments to come involving Will Horton (Chandler Massey) on Days of Our Lives in the weeks and months to come.
Massey discussed the storyline in an interview with Greg In Hollywood last week and we know his character will be coming out. But for now, he and the show’s already out character Sonny (Freddie Smith) are stuck in a storyline about their website which …. is ….. being ….. zzzzz zzzzzz.
Oh, sorry, I fell asleep.
Someone is hacking into their website and running a gambling site. Sonny says: “We can be arrested!” Sonny, Will and the hunky Chad (played by hunky Casey Deidrick) track a really cute college kid who is somehow involved (I’m trying to find out that actor’s name!).
Anyway, it’s silly but I watched the dorm room scene and thought, “Gee, they sure are all so PRETTY!”
A few night’s before Halloween, I chatted with actor David Moretti at a cemetery, at night.
While it may sound like a scene out of his Here TV series The Lair, it was really outside a party benefiting the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
David, whose current film is Finding Mr. Wright opposite Matthew Montgomery, has been out publicly since the beginning of his film and television career. So I was eager to get his thoughts on the coming outs in recent weeks of actors Zachary Quinto and Sean Maher and newscaster Dan Kloeffler who came out on-air while reporting about Quinto.
“It’s awesome, we need it,” David said. “That’s exactly what we need, to have more people come out – especially people who are larger in the public eye than myself. [Quinto, pictured left as Spock in Star Trek] is one the people who are in the big blockbuster movies, they have the main stage. These are the exact people we need coming out right now to help everyone else – especially the kids. It shows them an example that it’s okay, you’re normal, it’s no big deal in the end. You’re just who you are.”
“It will be very interesting to see what his next role is. I’m very interested to see how Hollywood will respond. I pray for him that it will be a positive response. But you never know, we still live in a day where we are in flux. Some people are making positive changes but the industry is still a little bit slow to respond to a lot of it. Hopefully, with someone as major as Zachary out, he’ll get a great response and that will just pave the way for the rest of us.”
Quinto’s current film, Margin Call, is now in limited release. He is currently appearing in the TV series American Horror Story and is set to reprise his role of Spock in a Star Trek sequel.
Came across this video the other day – footage of the late Elizabeth Taylor that I had never seen before.
My guess is it was shot around 2006 and Miss Taylor was still in fine form despite being confined to a wheelchair.
She was participating in an AIDS event that also included fellow activists Elton John and Sharon Stone and sat down for an interview.
The legend had been housebound for much of the previous year due to several compression fractures in her back. But she continued to work on the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and giving money all over the world. She was always very proud that her foundation had no overhead with the money raised going directly to hospices, patient care, needle exchange and condoms as well as education.
What she said then is still, sadly, very true today: “People need to listen, people need to be aware that the disease has not evaporate,d it hasn’t gone away. the medicine we have now improve the life of people, wit aids, but it doesn’t eradicate it, there is no cure.”
Miss Taylor also talks about the early days of her activism – in the mid-80s – and how it was then she decided to stop resenting her fame and to instead use it to the AIDS epidemic.
“I was sitting back and becoming outraged that no one was doing anything about this oncoming epidemic. I went to Congress, went on The Hill, knocked on senator’s doors and none of them wanted to know. But I was a pest. It was the first time I’d been an activist but I was a raucous one, I still am.”
J. Edgar will hit theaters this week and I am eager to see this biopic written by Dustin Lance Black, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the longtime head of the FBI.
It seems clear the Hoover was gay so it will be interesting to see how that is handled in the film. Neither Eastwood nor DiCaprio has drawn any conclusions about Hoover sexuality, according to an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. But we do know the film depicts Clyde Tolson [portrayed by Armie Hammer) aggressively kissing Hoover on the mouth at the end of a fistfight.
"Whether he was gay remains to be seen," Eastwood says. "But [he and Clyde Tolson] were inseperable buddies. Was that becase he didn’t trust anybody else or was it a love story? I think they had a great affection; whether it was gay or not, I don’t know.” DiCaprio elaborates, “What you cannot doubt is that Clyde Tolson and he had a relationship that spanned most of their life; they lived with each other, had lunch and dinner, and [Hoover] left everything to Clyde. Unarguably, they were partners in some sense.”
Will Nathan Lane finally find success on television?
The two-time Tony winner has starred in a few network sitcoms that came and went after less than a season. His recent guest stints on Modern Family have given him yet another shot at it – this time on cable.
The network announced Friday that Lane will star with Cheyenne Jackson and Ken Jenkins in a new half-hour, single-camera comedy from producer Douglas McGrath, according toThe Wrap.
The comedy represents a big move for the top-rated cable network, best known for breezy dramas. It does not yet have a name and features Lane as an unlucky actor who puts his Broadway aspirations on hold to return to his Texas hometown and care for his sick father. Jackson will play a handsome doctor who befriends Lane.
First Lady Michelle Obama will appear on The Nate Berkus Show today for a chat with the host about healthy eating. The interview takes place on the South Lawn of The White House and was taped on Oct. 5.
Also appearing on the episode is Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass, and Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford will all be featured on.
Nate tours the White House Kitchen Garden with Kass, and then visits the kitchen for a lesson in healthy cooking from Comerford. It’s part of the pre-launch for Mrs. Obama’s forthcoming book American Grown.
Strikingly handsome 28-year-old actor Miles Fisher has a role in J. Edgar which opens on Friday.
He attended Harvard University before landing a series of film and television roles.
Miles was one of the two students chosen to deliver a Harvard Oration at the 2006 Harvard graduation ceremony.His undergraduate thesis won the LeBaron Russell Briggs prize at Harvard. It was a screenplay about a Harvard graduate who avoided the Vietnam draft by teaching in a military prep school.
Since his college days, Fisher has appeared in the films Gods and Generals, Lone Star Struck, Superhero Movie, and Final Destination 5. His television roles include Mad Men, Gossip Girl, and The Cleaner.
CHAMPION: When Roger Federer kicked off the 2011 season with a win at the tournament in Qatar, his rabid fans – like me – were confident that he had regained the kind of form that won him a record 16 grand slam singles titles.
But it has been nine long months since then and we have watched our Roger drop down to number four in the world as Novak Djokovic has ascended to world domination.
So it is so sweet to see that Federer has won the Swiss Indoors title in Basel for the fifth time in six years. He beat Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-3 – the day after the Japanese player upset Djokovic in the semifinals.
Federer was playing his first event as a player ranked outside the top three since he won his first Wimbledon title in 2003.
The win was the 68th title of the Swiss superstar’s illustrious career. He now heads to the Paris Masters which starts Monday without second-ranked Rafael Nadal, and doubts over Djokovic’s fitness.
“I have never been able to win there,” Federer said. “I am hungry and fired up and that is how you want to be at this stage of the season.”
She really doesn’t look much different than she did in the mid-60s when she starred as TV’s Gidget. Since then, she has enjoyed an enduring career in films and on television winning two Oscars and three Emmys along the way.
Here is a random collection of Sally moments from Steel Magnolias, Norma Rae, Brothers & Sisters and, of course, one of her Boniva commercials.
From 1950 through 1974, George Nader appeared in a series of films including the 3-D sci-fi rom Robert Monster, Phone Call from a Stranger, All Away Boats, The Unguarded Moment, Congo Crossing and The Female Animal.
His television credits included a starring roles in several series including The Man and the Challenge, The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen and Shannon. He was also a frequent guest on The Loretta Young Show.
But the career of the man who won the 1955 Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer suffered when rumors about his sexuality began to surface. He and his partner moved to Europe (His partner was Mark Miller who worked for years as Rock Hudson’s secretary).
He and Miller later returned to the US and settled in Palm Springs. Nader began a career as a science fiction writer. His groundbreaking 1978 novel Chrome is probably the first science fiction novel to center on a homosexual love affair, and the first to have substantial homosexual erotic scenes.
Nader died in 2001 at the age of 80. He was survived by Miller and by his nephew, actor Michael Nader who played Dex Dexter on Dynasty and Dimitri Marick on All My Children.
It’s safe to say that NO ONE saw this coming: Kei Nishikori of Japan, ranked number 32 in the world of professional men’s tennis, defeated top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the Swiss Indoors earlier today.
Nishikori handed Djokovic, the reigning Wimbledon, Australian Open and US Open champion just his fourth defeat of 2011 by beating him 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-0.
Djokovic was hampered by a shoulder injury but was just two points from victory at 5-4 in the second set. But Nishikori turned the match around by winning a thrilling rally.
“He was getting impossible balls back and really making me play every shot,” Djokovic said. “He was better and I didn’t use the opportunities I had. I don’t think I should speak about that third set.”
Djokovic dropped to 68-4 this year, with two of his losses the result of injury retirements.
AWARDS: He’s hosted the Emmys and the Tonys but apparently Neil Patrick Harris will not be campaigning to host the Oscars in future years.
That’s a pity because he, no doubt, would be sensational. (Eddie Murphy has been selected to host the 2012 Oscars).
The multi-talented star, whose film A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas opened this weekend, said in an interview with HitFix.com that he is “actively anti-campaigning.”
I don’t think it’s the big job everyone thinks it is,” Harris says. “It’s one night when people win awards. It’s a years worth of people over thinking that night. Whether it’s Oscar campaigns or specific campaigns for and then you have publicist and studios and everyone has such a vested interest in that one night that it’s a pressure cooker. It’s a big deal, but to come out as the host? Unless you are doing Billy Crystal it’s really difficult. And I think if you are doing Billy Crystal I think you get hit for being Billy Crystal, so I think you’re a big target regardless what you do. I mean, look at what happened with Anne [Hathaway] and James [Franco]. They just got slammed for it. Both of them.”
Harris added that the crowd at the Tonys are much more friendly as compared to the Oscars, and to some extent the Emmys, where there is a lot more pressure to win. But then again, while he’s not campaigning, but he certainly wouldn’t turn down the gig down if offered.
“Not at all campaigning,” Harris says. “I’d love to do it, but not at all campaigning.”
When you’ve been in the public life as long as Chaz Bono – which has basically been his entire life – then you would probably develop a pretty thick skin about whatever a tabloid might write.
But even Chaz has his limits and the current issue of the National Enquirer has pushed him to it.
The tabloid has a cover story with the headline: “Chaz Bono — ONLY 4 YEARS TO LIVE.”
Inside, it quotes someone named Dr. Patrick Wanis who claims Chaz’s weight combined with the stress and various medications associated with his gender reassignment “increase Chaz’s risk of an early death.” Wanis predicts Chaz will likely die by 2015.
That is pretty horrible.
The only child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono, who recently competed on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, is letting his lawyers do the talking on this one.
TMZ has obtained their letter demanding a retraction. They call the story “blatantly false and defamatory” and add that “The salacious and inflammatory headline and article were crafted for the malicious purpose of discriminating against our client’s gender and sexual orientation.”
“Further, the statements you attribute to Dr. Patrick Wanis and your depiction of him as a medical doctor specializing in transgender health issues are highly misleading and blatantly false.”
But by the time that 1997 blockbuster came around, its handsome leading man, Leonardo DiCaprio, had already built up an impressive acting resume.
He had already earned an Oscar nomination as Johnny Depp’s younger mentally handicapped brother in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and starred in The Boys Life, Marvin’s Room, Total Eclipse, The Quick and the Dead, Romeo + Juliet and The Basketball Diaries.
Then came Titanic and superstardom along with all kinds of lucrative offers.
But DiCaprio has been quite choosy with his roles post-Titanic and has been most fortunate to have teamed with the great director Martin Scorsese on Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed and now Shutter Island which opens Feb, 19.
His work without Scorsese has been equally impressive with an Oscar-nominated turn in Blood Diamond as well as stellar performances in Revolutionary Road and Catch Me if You Can.
For all of those Conan O’Brien fans who thought he got a raw deal last year with The Tonight Show, it’s been nice to see the red-headed funnyman flourish on his TBS show which recently turned one year old.
Conan has always been gay-friendly but it was extraordinarily cool to see him celebrate the anniversary by officiating over the on-air wedding his long-time costume designer Scott Cronick and partner David Gorshein.
“This is for real,” O’Brien said during the ceremony at The Beacon Theatre in NYC. “We are gathered here today in this beautiful place to witness the joining of two lives.”
Kathy Griffin, the D-Lister who’s really an A-Lister by now turns 51 today.
I hope this very funny two-time Emmy winner, Grammy nominee, best-selling author and staunch LGBT ally is having a very good day.
There’s a good reason why Kathy won the 2010 Greggy for Straight Ally of the Year: When it has been time to step up and speak out in favor of same-sex marriage, against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and about the bullying that has led to too many gay teens to kill themselves, she has been there with clarity, conviction, and with the facts.
She said in a video last year: “LGBT folks, I’ve met you, I’ve seen you at my shows. I know you’re there. Even in the Bible belt where you think you’re alone, you’re not alone. I see you and there’s help. … Even if you’re in a very Republican area or a conservative town, you’re not alone. Newsflash: if 10 to 12% of the entire country is gay, so are the people in your neighborhood. And there’s nothing wrong with them, and there’s nothing wrong with you.”