Friday, October 9, 2009

MD News Desk: Hair Apparent

Keep up to date with all the latest from the entertainment world with the MD News Desk:

Film Art:
- David Kawena finally gets around to my favorite Disney hunk, Beauty and the Beast bad boy Gaston.

GLBT Entertainment:
- Out chats with Logo's newest reality TV star Ambrose Price about his Decorating Adventures. (Watch the complete premiere episode here.)
- That's Gay: Bryan Safi says "No" to "No Homo".
- Bollywood is bi-curious in 3 Nights 4 Days.
- ABC's gay-inclusive hit comedy Modern Family gets a full season.
- The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love on Skins and Heroes.
- Director Manan Katohora tackles his third lesbian-themed film with Come to My Window.

Awards Watch:
- Can Michael Jackson win a posthumous Academy Award with his concert film This Is It? Uh, not unless he's a credited producer ...
- The 2009 AFI Awards to be announced December 13.
- George Clooney: double Oscar nominee?
- With an abundance of toon riches this year, the Academy may go with five Best Animated Feature nominations.
- The 2009 Theater Hall of Fame inductees include Jim Dale, Lynn Redgrave, Charles Ludlam, Stephen Schwartz and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
- Are you a genre film and TV fan? Then vote now for the 2009 Spike TV Scream Awards. Nominees include Lost, Star Trek, True Blood, Up, Watchmen and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

And the List Goes On:
- From dating divorcées to lip-locking lesbians: 10 Sexual Controversies That Changed TV.
- Out Magazine outs the Gayest Monsters.
- Meanwhile, here's 15 TV Characters Who Never Came Out of the Closet (But Should Have).
- Are these the 100 Greatest Movie Posters of all time?
- "Rosebud!" 30 Killer Movie Opening Lines.

The Latest on TV:
- Sunday night hunk alert: Jesse Metcalfe on Desperate Housewives and Gilles Marini on Brothers & Sisters.
- Sunday is also the day for the National Equality March on Washington and gay cable network Logo announced that it would go dark for four hours in support of it.
- Meanwhile, Saturday sees the season premiere of The Graham Norton Show on BBC America (guests include Olivia Newton John and Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne) and the HBO debut of the new Wanda Sykes comedy special I'ma Be Me.

- Dancing with the Stars Watch: When Donny met Bruno ...
- Trailer Park: Roland Emmerich throws everything but the kitchen sink at John Cusack and Amanda Peet in 2012.
- Watch This: The first five minutes of Disney' The Princess and the Frog.

Coming Soon:
- Which will be the next Showgirls: Burlesque (now starring Kristen Bell as Christina Aguilera's dancing rival) or ... Showgirls 2???
- "By Odin's beard!" Stellan Skarsgård joins Thor.
- Sequel Watch: Spider-Man villain Venom gets his own franchise, Adrien Brody takes on Predators, National Lampoon goes on another Vacation and don't hold your breath for the next Simpsons movie.
- Director Eli Roth will turn that fake Grindhouse trailer for faux horror flick Thanksgiving into a real movie.

Out in Film:
- Congrats to Glee MVP Chris Colfer, who officially came out in an Advocate interview earlier this week.
- Rich Ross named head of Walt Disney Studios, making him Hollywood's first openly gay male studio chairman.
- Following the tragic death of his ex-husband Kevin McGee, Matt Lucas has withdrawn from the West End production of Prick Up Your Ears "until further notice".
- Lee Daniels discusses his film fest hit Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.
- Tim Gunn to play Neil Patrick Harris' tailor on How I Met Your Mother.
- Marc Cherry developing a Desperate Housewives-esque new show for ABC.
- Paul Reubens' The Pee-wee Herman Show to play LA in 2010.
- Cheyenne Jackson Update: He is named to Logo's Legacy Campaign, starts previews of the Broadway revival of Finian's Rainbow and more info on 30 Rock!

From Screen to Stage:
- John Barrowman channels Judy in the West End's La Cage aux Folles.
- Lorna Luft takes a tour with Irving Berlin's White Christmas.
- Meet the stars of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera sequel, Love Never Dies.
- Rob Marshall's movie version of Nine will now open in December.
- Avenue Q re-opens Off-Broadway tonight.
- In Disney Theatrical news, Mary Poppins gets a new song on Broadway while Aladdin gets a full-length stage version for licensing.
- UK tour of Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show seeks to set record for the largest-ever "Time Warp".
- The animated TV version of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is finally coming to DVD in January. (Click hereto pre-order from
- Daniel Radcliffe is following in the Tony winning footsteps of Robert Morse and Matthew Broderick in a possible Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Women We Love:
- Just in time: With her current hit Love is the Answer, Barbra Streisand is the only recording artist to achieve a number 1 album in five consecutive decades.
- Watch This: Jennifer Hudson sings "Over the Rainbow" for Netflix's Wizard of Oz celebration. The Dreamgirls diva is also working on a Christmas special for ABC.
- interviews Oscar winner Marlee Matlin.

Potent Quotables:
- Legally Blonde: The Musical's Kate Shindle on her motivations for running in the 2009 ING New York City Marathon to help raise money for marriage equality initiatives: "But what keeps me going is the opportunity to make the statement that fringe lunatics and uneducated so-called activists (I’m looking at you, Carrie Prejean) do not define this issue. It is an effort that all Americans have to care about, regardless of their political or sexual orientation. ‘Separate but equal’ does not work. Still.

So I will run and run and run, not just to raise badly-needed funds for the cause, but to disseminate the message that we all need to pay attention to this and demand that our legislators do the same.”

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