Wednesday, October 21, 2009

MD News Desk: One Single Sensation

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

Cinematic Crushes:
- Gaze upon the angelic beauty of A Single Man's Nicholas Hoult in this photo spread by his director Tom Ford ... and try to forget that he was the kid in About a Boy. Out Magazine chats with the Single duo in separate interviews here and here.
- James Franco talks about being a stoner icon, what he did with his fake Milk penis, and buying the film rights to the Hart Crane poem The Broken Tower.

Off the Shelf:
- Attention Vintage Beefcake Connoisseurs: David L. Chapman’s American Hunksexplores "The Muscular Male Body in Popular Culture", including such stars as Charles Atlas, Johnny Weissmuller and ... Anthony Perkins?! Check out the (slightly NSFW) slideshow at

The Latest on TV:
- "Toon" in to Cartoon Network this Friday for the special musical episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold guest-starring Neil Patrick Harris.
- Miss True Blood? Disappointed by The Vampire Diaries? Than be sure to catch all six first season episodes of Being Human this Sunday on BBC America, followed by the special Being Human Unearthed. This excellent British series stars Russell Tovey as a werewolf who shares a flat with a hunky vampire and a girl ghost.

Tune in to TCM:
- On Saturday you'll find a marathon of movies based on the works of author W. Somerset Maugham, including the Bette Davis classic The Letter.

Awards Watch:
- And the Oscars go to: Hairspray director Adam Shankman and Pandemonium Films' Bill Mechanic named the producers of the 82nd Annual Academy Awards. The Los Angeles Times chimes in on the announcement.
- Star Trek, Twilight and True Blood among the winners of Spike TV's "Scream 2009" Awards, to be broadcast October 27.

From Screen to Stage:
- In more Adam Shankman news: he'll bring the Tony Award nominated 1980s rock musical spoof Rock of Ages to the screen.
- Another out director, Lee Daniels (who's current Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire was a fest fave and is gaining strong Oscar buzz), is working on the film adaptation of the Tony winning musical Miss Saigon for producer Cameron Mackintosh.
- The Terrence McNally/Lynn Ahrens/Stephen Flaherty musical A Man of No Importance (recently named one of the top "screen to stage" shows of all time by our own Chris Carpenter) will make its London debut next month.
- Could the notorious, the infamous, the one and only Carrie: The Musical (recently named one the worst "screen to stage" shows of all time by our own Neil Cohen) actually be headed back to Broadway?
- The Off-Broadway musical hit The Toxic Avenger is now sliming Toronto.
- The Beatles film Backbeat to get a UK stage version next year.

Out in Film:
- Eating Out: All You Can Eat’s Leslie Jordan dishes out quite a mouthful about wise elders, closeted actors, his out co-stars (such as the hunkalicious Rick D'Agostino) and his prized gay-for-pay poodles.
- The Big Gay Sketch Show's Julie Goldman on her big gay romantic comedy Nicest Thing.
- Lance Bass butches it up as a beefy boxer.
- Looks like Thom Bierdz' (and Phillip Chancellor III's) return to The Young and the Restless will be short-lived after all.
- Reality TV star Ryan Brown on his Flipping Out ex Jeff Lewis.
- Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry reveals he will be killing off a character (or two ... or three ...) in the series' mid-season cliffhanger.
- Kelly Osbourne and her Dancing with the Stars partner Louis Van Amstel visited Chelsea Lately recently ... and brought his cute boyfriend along too.

- Call Wallace and Gromit! The 30 Second Bunnies do The Wolf Man.
- Gerard Butler ends DADT in Sparta.
- Homer Simpson goes gay for Halloween.
- Here it is: Adam Lambert's 2012 music video. (In related news, the glam rocker and Lady GaGa are collaborating on what will no doubt be the gayest song ever made.)

- One Life to Live’s fabulous Tika Sumpter on Layla’s men.

- Joseph Wiseman, who played the very first James Bond movie villain as the title character of Dr. No, passed away Monday at the age of 91.
- Vic Mizzy, composer of the iconic theme songs to The Addams Family and Green Acres, died Saturday at the age of 93.

GLBT Entertainment:
- Ugly Betty’s Marc, played by Michael Urie, will get a new Bahama boyfriend.
- Spoiler Alert! A certain Law & Order: Special Victims Unit character (played by a certain actor) will (finally) come out of the closet.
- 8: The Mormon Proposition is a new documentary (narrated by Dustin Lance Black) about the Mormon Church's involvement in the passage of California's Proposition 8. Watch the trailer here.

- Model Behavior: Cory Monteith (Finn) is the face of Five Four’s Fall/Winter 2009 Collection.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog creator Joss Whedon will be directing a future episode.
- Spring Awakening reunion: Jonathan Groff will join the show for a few episodes as a(nother) love interest for Lea Michele's Rachel.
- More Michele: she sings "Out Here on My Own" at the HRC National Dinner.
- Dressed for Success: an interview with Glee's costume designer Lou Eyrich, wherein you'll find out her favorite character to dress.
- And forget the Thanksgiving parade: the Glee cast will sing at the World Series!

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