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Exclusive First Look: Wrestling Superstar Shad Gaspard and Producer Jordan Yale Levine team up for “Untouchable

23 December 2010 1:15 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Here's an Exclusive First Look at Untouchable producer Jordan Levine shot my way earlier. Check it out!

Wrestling Superstar Shad Gaspard and Producer Jordan Yale Levine team up for “Untouchable.”

Former WWE (World Wresting Entertainment) Superstar, Shad Gaspard, is teaming up with Film Producer, Jordan Yale Levine (Tooth and Nail, The Land of the Astronauts), to star in the Action/Thriller film, “Untouchable,” through Levine’s Yale Productions.

“Untouchable,” written by Matt Thompson, is the story of Former Delta Force soldier turned bodyguard, James Xavier (Gaspard). Xavier is the best at what he does, protecting & securing his clients, while always keeping an emotional distance.  But when Isabella Williams witnesses Crime Boss Joseph Berlusconi murder his girlfriend, Xavier is hired to protect her, from Berlusconi’s crew of assassins until she testifies against him, in this hard-hitting action thriller.

This will be the second time Gaspard and Levine are working together, »

- brians

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The beauty of Ugly Betty | Kira Cochrane

22 December 2010 3:08 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Ugly Betty has been fabulous, funny and human television – I'll be sad to see its departure from our screens

The seeds of Ugly Betty's demise were probably rooted at least partly in its premise: it was a show about an "ugly" woman, who wasn't actually ugly at all. At the very most she was "Hollywood ugly", in the sense that she had glasses, braces and a fearsomely loud poncho, but it was always obvious that as soon as these were removed it would be a case of "but Ms Suarez, you're beautiful!"

Despite being built on ground so shaky that it could only ever cave in when Betty finally took a trip to the orthodontist's office (as she did in a recent episode), it has nonetheless been fabulous, funny and human, a joy to watch with a large glass of wine or a lurid blue cocktail. It will be »

- Kira Cochrane

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2010: The Year Gay TV Grew Up

20 December 2010 4:40 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Yes, it was the year of talkative gay teens and the cat-fighting stars of The A-List: New York. It might not seem like it, but 2010 was the year gay TV grew up. Well, at least part way.

Last year, asked whether gay TV had matured, and this year that question seems to have been answered. More gay characters than ever graced our screens, and with the rising number of networks making reality shows, sitcoms, and dramas, there was something for everybody from daytime to primetime. In fact, it was so good that the gayest shows on broadcast dominated ratings, and cable series upped their game.

Sure, too many of the new shows with gay characters didn’t survive very long – Mercy, Trauma, and The Whole Truth. But most new shows don’t make it, and at least these characters were something different.

And, of course, there were scandals, »

- Aymar Jean Christian

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Morning Meme: Sir Ian McKellen Lives Out and Proud, Katee Sackhoff's New Show, and David Boies Does "The Colbert Report"

16 December 2010 5:41 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »


Sir Ian McKellen is my hero. Speaking about homophobia to school children in conjunction with Stonewall, he says he’s doing it because “By talking frankly about my own life as a gay man and listening to the concerns of staff and students, parents and governors, I hope the visits arranged by Stonewall may make a difference in the classroom and the playground.”

Ft. Worth Councilman Joel Burns is a finalist for Texan of the Year. If a gay man wins this award, you can find me skiing at my chalet in hell.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been announced, and I really don’t care. Donna Summer didn’t make it. And Neil Diamond did. Not that either of those two have anything to do with rock and roll.

Ordinarily, I wouldn’t even pick up a book titled Being Gay is Disgusting or God »

- Ed Kennedy

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Ugly Betty and Media Responsibility

7 December 2010 2:10 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Ugly Betty Actor Arrested in Sword Slaying of Mother”

This is a mock-up of the typical headline that I saw when it was revealed that Michael Brea had murdered his mother in their New York apartment. Only I didn’t know it was Michael Brea who did it. Heck, I didn’t know who Michael Brea is and still couldn’t pick him out of a line-up if he had a t-shirt on that said “hey, I’m Michael Brea”. Oh, no, because whenever something juicy breaks, there’s no need to specify who someone actually is…right?

No, you see, when I woke up the morning that the story broke, the first thing I saw was headlines. Headlines. Being a huge Ugly Betty fan, I was initially stunned by the announcement. I mean, who could it have been? Eric Mabius? Adam Rodriguez? Surely Michael Urie and Marc Indelicato didn »

- Shilo Adams

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Michael Urie picks 'Brain Trust' TBS pilot

1 December 2010 2:10 PM, PST | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

It’s a busy few days in Michael Urie news. Longtime EW fave Urie has been cast in a TBS pilot, Brain Trust, the network confirms. It’s a “comic detective series” about a disgraced cop who turns to three “hyper-smart geniuses” (none of those dumb geniuses, please!) from a think-tank to help him solve cases. Urie is one of the geniuses, and D.B. Sweeney is the detective.

Urie, who’s set to take over as Prior in the current revival of Angels in America, stood out amongst the awesome cast of Ugly Betty, and I can’t wait to »

- Margaret Lyons

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Michael Urie Geeks It Up In TBS Pilot "Brain Trust"

1 December 2010 12:52 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

We're all still mourning the demise of Ugly Betty, and as time passes and we see a dearth of shows with gay inclusiveness, it's easier to appreciate just how special that show was.

A major reason for Betty's success was the character of Marc, played by Michael Urie. Marc started out as a one-episode character, but thanks to Michael's chemistry with so-star Vanessa Williams, the role was expanded and made a regular on the series.

Through the course of the four seasons, Marc went from a one-note, shrill stereotype to a fully realized, multi-dimensional man thanks to the skills of Michael, who made us care for this flawed and funny character.

Since Ugly Betty ended Michael has returned to his theater roots, starring in The Temperamentals and soon will take-off in Angels in America, and now comes word that he may return to weekly TV.

D.B. Sweeney, Lindy Booth, Jed Rees »

- snicks

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Jeffrey Donovan directs 'Burn Notice' prequel; ABC considers food truck sitcom

1 December 2010 11:54 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

TV news in easy-to-digest bites:

Jeffrey Donovan may play a spy on "Burn Notice," but what he really wants to do is direct. Well, he gets his chance when he helms the "Burn Notice" prequel movie starring Bruce Campbell as Sam. The two-hour mission unfolds in Spring 2011. [USA Network]

ABC could be revving up for a tasty treat. Word is that Warren Littlefield and some former "King of the Hill" writers are developing a sitcom about food trucks, those mobile purveyors of sustenance. Comedian Al Madrigal would star as a man who takes over the family food truck biz. [Vulture]

More American Country Awards performers are signing up. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and The Band Perry will join the previously announced performers for the two-hour special on Dec. 4. [ACAs]

"The Walking Dead" is ambling to a close in its first season, and this may be the end of its writing staff as well. Showrunner »


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'Ugly Betty' star joins 'Brain Trust'

1 December 2010 9:20 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Michael Urie has joined the cast of forthcoming TBS drama pilot Brain Trust. It was previously announced that actor D.B. Sweeney would play the lead role of troubled police detective Billy Doyle. Deadline now reports that Urie will play Professor Franklin Gordon, one of a trio of geniuses who team up with Doyle to solve crimes. He previously played Marc St. James on Ugly Betty and will star alongside (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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This Week on Stage: Billie Joe Armstrong boosts 'American Idiot' just as other shows turn on the dark

1 December 2010 9:05 AM, PST | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Forget the fuss about Julie Taymor’s megabudget musical Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark. The other big theater news is the return of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong to Broadway’s American Idiot for 50 shows, starting Jan. 1. This is very good news for producers of the rock musical, which has struggled at the box office for much of the seven months since its opening. Last week, the show filled just over half its seats and grossed a mere $600,000. The hope is that Armstrong’s presence will spike sales to the levels Idiot reached when he leapt into the role of seductive, »

- Thom Geier

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'Ugly Betty' Alum, Others In TNT/TBS Pilots

1 December 2010 6:30 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: In his first TV gig since the end of ABC's Ugly Betty, the series' standout Michael Urie has joined another hourlong comedy, the TBS pilot Brain Trust. He is one of three actors who have landed lead roles opposite star D.B Sweeney, along with Jed Rees and Lindy Booth. Meanwhile, Wynn Everett, William Ragsdale and Suzy Nakamura have joined TNT's drama pilot Bird Dog starring Eliza Dushku in supporting roles. Brain Trust centers on disgraced police detective Billy Doyle (Sweeney) whose work is helped and hindered by a brilliant, strange and lovable trio of uber-geeks from a local think tank: Professor Nelson Kirby (Rees), Professor Franklin Gordon (Urie) and Professor Monica Ashton (Booth). Urie, who is set to star in Angels in America on Broadway for a five-week run early next year, is with Gersh and Seven Summits; Rees with Fortitude and Principal. Bird Dog centers on Gail »


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Morning Meme: Spirit Awards Nominations, Get Better Nate Berkus, and Michael Urie Joins "Angels In America"

1 December 2010 5:13 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Today is World AIDS Day. Whether it’s getting tested, donating money to your favorite celebrity’s “social media death” charity, or just getting educated, take some time to make a difference in your life or someone else’s.

Angels In America is getting another extension. The cast that includes Zachary Quinto will take their final bow on January 30th. But the new cast includes local favorite Michael Urie, who will step into the role of Prior Walter.

The Illinois House passed a civil unions bill 61-52. Meanwhile, the senate committee pass it on to the next level of consideration, and the governor has pledged to sign it, much to the consternation of Nom.

Shortly after his Today Show appearance, Nate Berkus was rushed to the hospital with appendicitis. He is, as I write this, awaiting surgery, and is expected to be fine. But we’re still sending good vibes his way. »

- Ed Kennedy

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Michael Urie joining, Zachary Quinto leaving revival of 'Angels in America'

30 November 2010 5:32 PM, PST | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Ugly Betty star Michael Urie is taking on the towering lead role of Prior Walter in the ongoing Off Broadway revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America, according to The New York Times. Urie will start Feb. 2, 2011, replacing actor Christian Borle when the production launches a new five-week extension through March 27. Also leaving the production, which opened in October: Star Trek and Heroes star Zachary Quinto, who will be replaced by theater actor Adam Driver (Mrs. Warren’s Profession) in the role of Prior’s erstwhile boyfriend Louis Ironson. Actresses Robin Bartlett (Hannah Pitt), Zoe Kazan (Harper Pitt »

- Adam B. Vary

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Morning Meme: Jesse Tyler Chats With a Lesbian, Spartacus Nears a Recast, and Is Joe Manganiello Superman?

9 November 2010 5:47 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Spartacus: Blood and Sand is reportedly close to recasting Andy Whitfield’s title role. Three actors are being flown to New Zealand to test for the part, and presumably to see how they look naked. Leading candidates are Canadian Stephen Amell, Brit Aiden Turner, and Australian Liam McIntyre. You can look over the goods and vote for your favorite here.

Jon Stryker has donated a huge amount of money to gay rights. But he’s also thrown a large amount of money toward protecting primates. And now he’s been rewarded, with a new ape being named in his honor, Rhinopithecus strykeri.

If you’ve recently (since Friday) ridden the California Screamin’ rollercoaster at Disney California Adventure, you might have heard a familiar voice. Neil Patrick Harris recorded some audio to the theme of a carnival barker to go with the ride.

Would you ever live your life built solely around The Advice of Strangers? »

- Ed Kennedy

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The weekend's TV highlights

6 November 2010 12:08 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Popatron | Wallander | A Night With Robert Plant | The Genius of British Art | Downton Abbey and more

Saturday 6 November


12.50pm, BBC2

The BBC teen strand's new sitcom continues. Channelling Larry Sanders and The Muppet Show, here a hapless team of producers, runners and presenters have to bring fictional teen music and chat show Popatron to our screens. Don't expect a show of the calibre of those two but it's an interesting meta-fictional enterprise. Playing themselves in this second episode are Ugly Betty's Michael Urie and grime-pop star Tinchy Stryder.


9pm, BBC4

In a rapeseed field, a teenager douses herself in petrol and then sparks a cigarette lighter. Witnessing the horror is a rumpled, rheumy Swedish detective, Kurt Wallander. This is the first of the BBC Henning Mankell adaptations which originally aired in 2008. The drama – starring Kenneth Branagh – refuses to offer itself as simple escapism. Rather, as Wallander investigates a series of axe murders, »

- Will Dean, Jonathan Wright, David Stubbs, Phelim O'Neill, Andrew Mueller, John Robinson, Ali Catterall

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Breaking News On The Upcoming Film 'Petunia'

4 November 2010 1:35 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Here’s some breaking news for you movie lovers!  A new film entitled ‘Petunia’ will start shooting on January 25th in New York city.

“Petunia” is the story of a family whose growth is stunted… a family that learns how to love themselves while loving each other (a little too much).

Petunia will be directed by Ash Christian and star Thora Birch (American Beauty, Ghost World), Christine Lahti (Chicago Hope, Running on Empty), and Michael Urie (Ugly Betty, Wtc View) with more names to be announced later.

This will be a Co-Production between Cranium Entertainment and Yale Productions.

Produced by: Jordan Yale Levine and Ash Christian.


Charlie Petunia is celibate. He was born into a family of shrinks on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. His brother Michael is recently married to Vivian, who is screwing his other brother Adrian, who is a sex addict. At the wedding, Charlie »

- brians

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'Ugly Betty's' Michael Urie makes video for gay youth in response to suicides

30 September 2010 8:10 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

In a response to the heartbreaking suicides of several homosexual teenagers, "Ugly Betty" star Michael Urie reminds kids that "it will get better" in a new video.

13-year-olds Asher Brown and Seth Walsh, 15-year-old Billy Lucas, and Rutgers University Student Tyler Clementi sadly all committed suicide this week. All four boys were tormented and humiliated by their peers for being gay. The tragic deaths have prompted a call to action in the Lgbtq community.

Urie, who is openly gay, created the video in response to a campaign started by equality activist Dan Savage. "Bullies aren't bullies forever," says Urie, "and these hard times will eventually go away and be replaced by great times."

The actor, who now resides in New York, even shares some of his own story. "I was very lucky. I'm from Texas. I had a lot of support growing up," he says. "I was never made to »


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Best. Gay. Week. Ever! How To Apologize Correctly For Your Homophobic Remark! Vanessa Williams is Snackable!

24 September 2010 4:06 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Allies, Apologies, And A**Holes!

Speaking of words that start with "A" this week saw a lot of angst on the site, including a couple of things I want to address. And sticking with the "A" theme, the first one is my interview with As the World Turns' co-head writer Jean Passanante. I published my interview with Passanante on Tuesday and to say the reaction was vitriolic is like saying, Shannon from Survivor: Nicaragua is a moron.

I get why people are upset over how Atwt ended and the fact that Luke Snyder was the only character left without a happy ending. And I agree that Passanante failed as a writer by not knowing about the "dead gay character cliche" that's been in existence pretty much ever since the Hollywood sign went up over L.A.

But I also think that ultimately Passanante is our ally and did a »

- Michael Jensen

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Twitterwatch: Tweets From Our Favorite Celebrities, Mutual Admiration Edition

2 September 2010 1:11 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Is that a Marc Jacobs manskirt?

Here at Twitterwatch, it's our job to admire celebrities - you didn't think we did this for free, did you? But it turns out that some of them like each other just as much as we do. So sometimes stars aren't looking at themselves in the mirror, they're looking at head shots of other actors.

One of the things that makes Chris Colfer so likable is his genuine wonder and starstruck nature. And he got to open the Emmy Awards with Jon Hamm, Betty White and Tina Fey - so he was understandably excited.

As much as he admires Betty, Tina, Jane and Ryan, he's an Emmy nominee himself, and a fellow California farm boy Christopher Gorham wants to make sure he remembers he's awesome too.

I wasn't quite sure what inspired this bicoastal admiration society, but when Scott Evans talks adorable, I think »

- lostinmiami

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Best. Gay. Week. Ever! Who Deserves the "Gay" Emmy? Plus, Am I Part of a Conspiracy?

26 August 2010 9:49 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

And According To Me, The Winner Is!

Since every media outlet in existence including American Woodworker, Embalming & Burial and Prison Guard Weekly has already weighed in with their Emmy pics for this Sunday's award show, I thought I'd do something different. Like … take the week off. But the rest of the staff objected to that for some reason.

So instead , since this column is called the Best.Gay.Week.Ever!, I thought it would be fun to look back to the dawn of time and name the gay shows, characters, actors, writers I think most deserving of, well, let's call them the Gay Emmys, or following the lead of Kathy Griffin, the Gemmys!

Here are the categories for which I'll be selecting winners as if these nominees were competing against each other for an Emmy: Best Drama Series, Best Comedy Series, Best Gay Actor Comedy, Best Gay Actor Drama, Best Writing Drama, »

- michael

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