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What do Alan Cumming, Josh Radnor, Michael Urie, and Jim Parsons have in common besides appearing on TV? They are all returning to the stage within the next year. The Good Wife’s Cumming (who earned a Tony in 1998 for playing Cabaret’s Master of Ceremonies) announced this week that he’s bringing his one-man Macbeth to the Lincoln Center Festival in July. How I Met Your Mother’s Radnor spoke out about his voice preparations for singing in next Monday’s She Loves Me benefit at the Roundabout. Ugly Betty’s Urie revealed that he’s stepping in to »
- Aubry D'Arminio
Bridges will replace John Larroquette as J.B. Biggley. »
Michael Urie will join the cast of Broadway’s hit revival How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying for a five-month run starting at the end of January. According to the show’s producers, Urie will take over for Christopher J. Hanke as snobby scion Bud Frump, the nephew of corporate big shot J.B. Biggley and rival of lovable social climber J. Pierrepont Finch. (How to Succeed is set in a universe where everyone has an awesome name.) Urie will join the show starting Jan. 24, which will also mark Nick Jonas’ debut as Finch. They’ll be joined by Beau Bridges, »
- Darren Franich
Happy Birthday to Ryan Kwanten (above), who turns 35, Ed Harris is 61, and Jon Stewart is 49. In shocking news, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) will not seek reelection after thirty years in office, but he "plans to write and stay involved in public policy decisions." I don't remember a time without Barney. Below you can see him explain his decision.
In sad news, legendary master of glorious wretched excess Ken Russell has died at the age of 84. His films were visually spectacular if not always entirely coherent, but that was a good thing. Among his classics, he gave us the iconic nude wrestling scene in Women In Love, the trippy Altered States, that musical about the deaf, dumb, and blind kid, and the indescribable The Lair Of The White Worm, featuring Amanda Donohoe in one of my favorite performances of the 80's. Rip.
If you enjoy watching the National Geography Bee and love the 2002 film Spellbound, but wonder, "Where is the love for kids who do speech and debate?" you will likely enjoy Thank You for Judging. Texan actor Michael Urie (best known for his work on Ugly Betty), one of four credited directors on this movie, took a camera crew to spend a weekend at the Texas Forensic Association's state competition in 2008, resulting in this documentary.
Thank You for Judging follows teens from Plano Senior High School (Urie's alma mater) as well as students from Creekview High in Carrollton as they go through the stages of the tournament in Coppell, Texas. Neither ice nor sleet nor snow will keep these determined teens from competing, althoughwintry weather almost delays the competition. To give the viewer an idea of what they're in for, Plano coach Karen Wilbanks states, "All art is competitive."
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- Elizabeth Stoddard
You might first have noticed Max Greenfield back when he played the adorable Officer Leo on Veronica Mars. If you missed that, then AfterElton readers at least remember him as gay frat boy Calvin's first onscreen kiss on Greek, or more recently as Max's brief boyfriend on Happy Endings.
Greenfield can currently be seen (often shirtless!) in the Fox sitcom New Girl alongside Zooey Deschanel. We caught up with the much in demand actor at last month's TCA conference, and he was charming as he could be. Along with details on his new sitcom, he assured us his mother is a regular AfterElton reader (Hi Jo!), and he bluntly critiqued the gay kissing skills of both Happy Endings' Adam Pally and Greek's Paul James.
If you weren't a fan of Greenfield before reading this interview, you probably will be after.
Max Greenfield: I want you to know »
- Michael Jensen
For the first time, Maher opens up about his sexuality in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly. “I was nervous coming here today because I’ve just never talked about it,” Maher says, while sitting down to chat at Little Dom’s Italian bistro in Los Angeles’ trendy Los Feliz neighborhood, the area where the actor lives with Paul, his partner of nearly nine years, »
- Tanner Stransky
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A handful of stellar titles with Oscar aspirations have been programmed into this year’s Austin Film Festival schedule, which begins on Oct. 20 with an as-yet-unnamed Opening Night selection.
In between, Aff audiences will get their first looks at Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants,” Steve McQueen’s “Shame,” Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” Rodrigo Garcia’s “Albert Nobbs” and Sean Durkin’s “Martha Marcy May Marlene” – all films with awards hopes that will screen as part of the festival’s Marquee category.
“We’re proud to be taking our program in some exciting new directions while maintaining our focus on strong writing and engaging stories,” said new Film Programmers Stephen Jannise and Stephen Belyeu.
- Sean O'Connell
Michael Fassbender is on my radar today for two reasons. First up is a rumor that a sequel to X-Men: First Class (and Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is beginning planning. Based on the box office, this doesn't surprise me.
The other reason Fassbender has popped up on my radar is the premiere of Shame in Venice. He stars as a sex addict in the new film by Steve McQueen, and evidently the nudity from Fassbender and costar Carey Mulligan is so prevalent that the film is destined for an Nc-17 rating of death in the United States.
A Frenchman has been ordered to pay his ex-wife monetary damages for a lack of sex during their 21 years of marriage. In a first of its kind ruling, the »
- Ed Kennedy
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Question: Got any Grey’s Anatomy scoop? — Val
Ausiello: As a matter of fact, now that production on Season 8 is just about to get underway (on Friday, to be specific), every day seems to bring a new tidbit. Today’s: The show is casting a new intern, and not one of those know-it-all can-do types, either. The rookie — male, by the way, and presumably hot — seems right from the start to be in over his pretty head. »
- Michael Ausiello
Starz intends to host free screenings of Torchwood: Miracle Day prior to the premier next month. If you're lucky enough to live close enough to a city with a screening.
The FBI briefly invited members of the Westboro Baptist Church to train their operatives on how to remain calm around people who thoroughly enrage you. The program ended abruptly when the higher-ups caught on.
DNA Magazine interviewed The Setup Squad's Jonathan D. Lovitz about his jury duty protest, the show, and somehow got him out of his clothes for the accompanying photo. Warning: link resizes your browser.
Meanwhile, Sony has shelled out major cash for out director Roland Emmerich's new film The Singularity. »
- Ed Kennedy
As much as we dig NBC’s rom-com anthology Love Bites, it’s time to face the facts: The romance isn’t destined to last beyond summer’s end. There’s been no official announcement, of course, but ratings are anemic, and odds are slim to none that NBC will extend the show’s run past its original nine-episode order.
So what’s next on the agenda for Bites‘ charming star Becki Newton? First, she wants to get back in the game and land herself another series. And in the meantime, she has her undying devotion to former Ugly Betty »
- Megan Masters
As we ramp up for the gayest of the award shows this Sunday night (sorry NewNowNext Awards, it’s not even close), we find out that not only will Neil Patrick Harris host, and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert perform, they’ll share the stage with Martha Wash for “It’s Raining Men.” Like I said, it's not even close.
Just how much money did the Big Four networks rake in for ad sales based on their upfronts in May? $9.2 billion spent on shows you may or may not watch next fall, up from $8.8 billion.
It turns out women who have excess breast milk can market it for big bucks to women who can’t produce enough, or presumably gay men who can’t produce it at all. One woman made $20,000 selling her breast milk.
Julie Andrews and Kareem Abdul-Jabar were honored with the Lincoln Medal at Ford Theater this past Sunday, »
- Ed Kennedy
So things got a bit heated on the set of X-Men: First Class with James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. In a fab montage, the pair go on a recruiting drive, in which they perch on a strip-club bed. "That scene got exceptionally silly at one point," says McAvoy. "I don't know if I'm even allowed to tell you what originally happened. But it got pretty f---in' kinky. I'm not joking" Was the dashing duo's bromance, uh, consummated? "Unfortunately no. But there was a little bit of cross-dressing going on. That's all you need to know."
The Army has put up a site dedicated to answering questions about the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal. Maybe they’re serious about this thing after all. »
- Ed Kennedy
Eric Mabius has criticised ABC for its treatment of his show Ugly Betty. Ugly Betty was cancelled last year after four seasons. Mabius has now claimed that it was partly dropped because an executive "who was running the network at the time but is no longer at the company" was unhappy with the positive portrayal of gay people in the show. He explained that the executive was particularly unimpressed with the storyline about Justin's sexuality and the character of Marc (Michael Urie). Mabius told Zap2It: "I don't know why we were thrown on the sacrificial altar so often, with our nights getting changed and our fans getting so upset. "I think there was a little bit too much alternative-lifestyle humour for a certain executive, but despite having no support from certain people, the fans really made a difference. The universality of (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
"The end of 'Ugly Betty' was upsetting in many ways to all of us," Mabius tells Zap2it, who blames someone he'll identify only as "an executive who was running the network at the time but is no longer at the company" for jerking the Emmy-winning series from one time slot to another and failing to promote it adequately.
"I don't know why we were thrown on the sacrificial altar so often, with our nights getting changed and the fans getting so upset," he says. "I think there was a little bit too much alternative-lifestyle humor for a certain executive, but despite having no support from certain people, the fans really made a difference. The universality of »
Happy Mother’s Day everyone!
The big news seems to be that The X Factor: USA has named Nicole Scherzinger (whose breasts can compete with Cheryl Cole) and a Brit named Steve Jones as hosts of the show. With the already confirmed judges Cheryl Cole (zero name recognition in the States), and L.A. Reid (great cred, but not exactly a big name), Simon better hope that he can iron out a deal with Paula Abdul by Sunday.
Thomas Roberts sits down with Towleroad to talk about his new gig on MSNBC, being out, and just generally being a hunk.
Usoc official Peter Vidmar has resigned his position after having his anti-gay past brought up by activists and athletes alike.
- Ed Kennedy
In a study that is complex enough for me to completely screw up with a summary, new research shows that young black gay and bisexual men are up to five times more likely to contract HIV than other groups. In a sure to be controversial hypothesis, the researchers suggest that the higher rate of infection among young black gay men is due to this group strongly preferring "dominant masculine partners," while also equating masculinity with lower HIV risk.
Desperate Housewives star Ricardo Chavira (Carlos) was arrested for suspicion of DUI. Considering he’s currently involved in a storyline about Andrew accidentally killing his TV mother with a car on the show, it seems slightly ironic. »
- Ed Kennedy
First off, I’m back! I ran down to lovely Lexington, Va to talk to OUTLaw, the Glbt student organization at Washington & Lee University. They were great people, and didn’t throw rotten vegetables at me, so I think we had a really great talk about bullying, suicide, and Glee. Many thanks to Emerald, David, Chad, Anthony and everyone else for having me.
Mike O’Malley has a great interview about playing Burt Hummel and how much the show means, and how he and Chris Colfer go about all those heavy scenes. But what really got me was when he was discussing the sex education talk Burt and Kurt had, and how sex ed talks between parents and kids focus on the bad things. “And look — parents don’t want their kids having sex. If they did, they’d teach them technique! I don’t care how open-minded you are. »
- Ed Kennedy
If you want to know how influential being out can be, just read about Aussie diver Nick Pirie, who switched up from swimming to diving after being inspired by Matthew Mitcham. When he says his favorite dive is an “inward tuck” his fans shout “he’s a drag queen.”
Somewhat less inspiring is this story about how The Ali Forney Center stands to lose 19 of 57 beds for Glbt homeless youth under Gov. Cuomo’s budget cuts, while millionaires complain about having to scrape by on a mere $10 million after taxes each year.
Tom Hardy gets nekkid in his new short film. Like full-frontal nekkid. The link is no more Nsfw than our Briefs Guy, but let’s you click through to see the full goods.
- Ed Kennedy
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