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Feb 05 2017
Melissa McCarthy Drags Sean Spicer on SNL Comments (0)

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You hadda laff at Melissa McCarthy's balls-to-the-wall nailing of super-flustered White House press secretary Sean Spicer on SNL last night.

Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 3.28.31 PM“Sit down, Glenn!” (Video still via NBC)

The idea that McCarthy, of all people, would take him on, was inspired, but her actual performance was up there with Bridesmaids among the ultimate best thing she's ever done.

Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 3.29.14 PMLiterally, a crappy impersonation (Video still via NBC)

I only hope people will stay angry along with laughing at this tool.

Do not miss it ...

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Feb 03 2017
Dustin Lance Black On Trans Actors In WHEN WE RISE Comments (0)

Via PrideSource: Dustin Lance Black (pictured; image via ABC) wants trans people in trans roles:

First and foremost, when I'm casting any role, I'm gonna look for somebody who can DLBmain bring a part of their experience to the role. They still have to be a great actor, so if I can't find anyone in the world who shares some experience that they're about to portray in this character, who's also a good actor, then I'll happily go for someone else. And the big surprise is, it was not hard to find amazing trans actors and actresses to play these parts. What was difficult was deciding who to cast because so many great tapes came in. So, I call bullshit on Hollywood if they say it's difficult. And if they think it's difficult, then they should call our casting directors because they found unbelievable trans actors and actresses, and it was actually tough to decide who to cast.

Regarding why an out gay actor didn't play Harvey Milk in Milk in 2008, he said:

Years ago, it was difficult to find openly gay actors to play openly gay roles — that was difficult. When we were doing Milk, that's what we said we wanted to do, and the studio gave us full permission to do that. So, we called agents and manager friends and they all said they didn't have any gay actors or actresses, which is funny since I knew some of their clients were gay!

 
The New RuPAUL'S DRAG RACE Queens: I Hope Alexis Michelle Works It On Out! Comments (0)

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I was intrigued to see the list of new girls for RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9, mainly because I realized I work out three times a week with one of them — Miss Alexis Michelle!

All I can report is she seems really nice and is not the most flamboyant member of my class. You had to be there.

Here are all my thoughts on the new girls:

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How Not To Be Not Gay Comments (0)

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A charming montage of gay kisses from the Norwegian TV series Skam ...

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Jan 30 2017
This Is Who Trump Blames For His Muslim Ban's Chaos Comments (0)

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Stephen Guarino is always hilarious, and when I read that Trump was blaming chaos caused by his Muslim ban on Delta's system, all I could think of was this sketch.

For fun, check out a Q&A I did with sexy Stephen six (!) years ago ... on Cam4 ...

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Jan 29 2017
The SAG Awards: 100% Against Trump & His Muslim Ban Comments (0)

Check out all the fiery speeches from the SAG Awards, in which almost none of the winners avoided taking a pointed jab at Trump's outrageous Muslim ban here.

One speech that blended the personal with the political was that by Mahershala Ali, who won for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his mesmerizing turn in the gay-themed Moonlight.

Listen to his beautiful words on converting to Islam many years ago, and still having the respect of his Baptist mother: 

Genius and LGBTQ icon/activist Lily Tomlin —presented her Life Achievement award by Dolly Parton solo after Jane Fonda called in sick — was funny/mean toward Trump, but was also just plain charming, referencing Ruth Gordon's legendary Oscar-acceptance speech, in which she joked that it was “encouragain'” — a hoot coming from a woman past 70: 

Here's Ruth:

Here's the full list of SAG nominees and winners.

 
Jan 27 2017
Barbara Hale, PERRY MASON's Della Street, Dies @ 94 Comments (0)

9689446_1Barbara Hale: April 18, 1922—January 26, 2017  (Image via Columbia)

William Katt, the onetime star of The Greatest American Hero (1981-1983), announced on Facebook today that his actress mom Barbara Hale died yesterday at 94.

Acknowledging the longevity of his mom — and, later, his co-star — Katt wrote:

We’ve all been so lucky to have her for so long. She was gracious and kind and silly and always fun to be with. A wonderful actress and smart business woman she was most of all a treasure as a friend and mother!

Hale is best-known for playing no-nonsense girl Friday Della Street more than 300 times, first in the original run of the classic TV series Perry Mason (1957—1966) and later in dozens TV movies that Barbara_hale-christmasrevived the intensely popular story.

Hale's career began in the '40s, when she was a contract player in B and eventually A movies, often westerns, including starring roles in Lorna Doone (1951) and The Jackpot (1951). A later film appearance that made an impression was a featured part in Airport (1970), one of the biggest (and most parodied) hits of the '70s.

Hale was hearty into her nineties, making spirited appearances at autograph shows.

She is survied by three children, including Katt. Her husband of 46 years, Bill Williams, died in 1992.

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I was pleased to meet Hale twice, first at the Hollywood Show, and then at the Cinecon awards ceremony. She was vivacious and kind, eating up the attention from fans and doling it right back out.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01676942f495970bHale signs four and a half years ago. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef016769459cf4970bLooking amazing at 90 (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Funnily enough, when she canceled an appearance at one show, I mailed her an original movie still to sign. I never got it back. When I met her at the next show, she was sitting there with copies of it for sale! I forgave her immediately.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef017c31b844af970bShe was dazzling in person! (Image via Matthew Rettenmund)

My video of Hale has become one of my most popular celebrity videos on YouTube, with well over 120,000 views: 

 
TV's MANNIX, Mike Connors, Dies @ 91 Comments (0)

Mike-Connors-on-Mannix-season-twoMike Connors: August 15, 1925—January 26, 2017 (Image via Desilu)

The year was looking slow on big names passing away, but 2017 looks to be playing catch-up — hot on the heels of the death of Mary Tyler Moore, long-lived TV star Mike Connors has died of leukemia at age 91.

Connors was best known for his star turn on the long-running drama Mannix (1967—1975), on which he played the tough-guy title character and for which he won a Golden Globe. Mannix was the last Desilu TV series, and as such Lucille Ball was an early champion of Connors', singlehandedly ensuring the low-rated show was given a shot at finding an audience — which it certainly did. 

Connors posing with a fan, my buddy Mike Stern, within the past couple of years.

Connors started in the movies, and appeared in guest spots on numerous early TV shows.

The actor was fairly off the radar since the late '90s, but came out of retirement for a surprise appearance on Two and a Half Men in 2007.

 


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