7 items from 2013
On this day, July 25, 1985, HIV/AIDS was given a global spotlight when it was announced that screen icon Rock Hudson was suffering from the disease.
Looking gaunt and almost unrecognizable, rumors began to circulate about his health earlier in the summer when the actor had made a public appearance to promote a new cable series of his friend and former co-star Doris Day.
After collapsing in Paris in July 1985, he was diagnosed with AIDS and given treatment with the drug Hpa-23, which at the time was unavailable in the United States. It was while he was in the hospital that it was announced to the public that Hudson had AIDS:
"According to publicist Yanou Collart, who acted as his spokeswoman in Paris, the decision was Hudson's. 'The hardest thing I ever had to do in my life was to walk into his room and read him the press release,' says Collart. »
- The Huffington Post
Birthday shoutouts go to Esara Tuaolo (above), who is 45, Li’l Kim is 38, and Sela Ward is 57.
NBC dumps Betty White.
Darren Star will return to TV, helming the pilot for the Lifetime series Hr, which stars Alicia Silverstone, and “focuses on the professional and personal changes Silverstone’s Ellen Bell, the uptight Director of Human Resources for a multinational corporation, goes through after suffering a head injury.”
Bleeding Cool has announced that Astonishing X-Men, which features the gay superhero Northstar, has been canceled, effective in October.
Google to host fundraiser for gay-hating, climate-denying Gop Sen. Inhofe.
Rick Perry and Gop Gay-Bashing in 2016 .
Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Won’t Fight Gay Marriage Lawsuit. And Brian Sims tweeted his support. Hey, Rep. Sims, I won’t fight it, either. »
Blame it on the moon; after Olympia Dukakis won the Oscar as Cher’s tough, sardonic mother in the 1987 romantic comedy “Moonstruck,” she became both a household name and Hollywood’s go-to actress for similar maternal roles — at an age (56) when many of her peers were contemplating forced retirement.
“I got offered all these parts playing mothers because of ‘Moonstruck,’” notes Dukakis, who gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 24. “In fact, (director) Norman Jewison cast me after seeing me in the Mike Nichols production of Social Security, where I played Marlo Thomas’ mother, even though we were very close in age. But I guess I was able to pull it off.”
- Iain Blair
Only 29 people knew the Broadchurch killer's identity before the finale was broadcast. So what happened when I told 29 people a deep, dark secret about myself?
How easy is it for 29 people to keep a secret? I have one. I don't find it embarrassing, although it's not something I tell everybody. You won't see the word on my driving licence or on my tax returns, which seemed to call for something more straight-faced. But thinking of how the makers of Broadchurch must have suffered, I wrote the following message, to be shared with 29 people.
"Dear friend, I have to tell you a secret. The secret is that my middle name is 'Mouse'. It's not a family tradition or anything. My slightly hippy parents gave it to me in a moment of high excitement. What do you think? Please tell nobody until I give the all clear. All the best, Leo. Ps »
- Leo Benedictus
Pitch Perfect helmer Jason Moore will direct ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Pulling, based on the praised 2006 British series. Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky wrote the adaptation, produced by ABC Studios and Kapital Entertainment. Sharon Horgan and Dennis Kelly, creators of the original series, executive produce with Eisenberg, Stupnitsky and Kaplan. Pulling revolves around three dysfunctional women in their 30s living their lives the way they want, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out by this point. This is Moore’s second ABC/ABC Studios comedy pilot this season — he also directed Trophy Wife starring Malin Akerman. On the feature side, Moore is next set to direct the new Tina Fey comedy The Nest for Universal, following the success of his feature directorial debut with Pitch Perfect, which cost $17 million and went on to gross more than $108 million worldwide. Wme-repped Moore is best known for his extensive Broadway work, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Will the changes to it more or less watchable?
NBC has found a star for its Ironside remake, adding Blair Underwood to the cast. I have to admit that makes me a lot more interested in Ironside.
MTV has ordered a semi-scripted comedy pilot about a Kardashian-style family, according to Deadline. I have a feeling this purchase was heavily influenced by the success of another partially-improvised reality TV parody, The Real Husbands of Hollywood.
In what sounds like a nightmarish combination, CBS has ordered a pilot starring Robin Williams created by David E. Kelley. Crazy Ones would follow a father/daughter advertising team. It's got crazy in the title, so you know this will feature Williams and Kelley at their least restrained.
Unsurprisingly, Thailand's culture minister is upset with Saturday Night Live for a fake ad making fun of the country's sex tourism.
Buzzfeed's list of why you should »
Laura Linney isn't important. "Meh," she shrugs happily. "I'm no one. I'm not Bill [Murray, taking tea in the next room]. I'm not a tentpole of culture." A cheery pause. "People can get nervous around me but that's just a weird sense of celebrity."
Silence descends, broken only by the clacking of her bangles. "The one thing I do get is that people are surprised I'm better-looking than they think I'm going to be. There's that. And that throws me sometimes."
Is that a nice thing to be told? "It's double-edged. Every once in a while I'm like: Oh, Ok ... good. And then I'm like, well ..." People are so surprised! "Oh! You're good-looking!" Well, thanks ..."
In the flesh, Linney is formidable: very sharp, very pretty, maybe a little more blingy than you'd expect. »
- Catherine Shoard
7 items from 2013
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