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Garbage's gay fans; film about Cher's mother
Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2013-04-02

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The band Garbage paused in the middle of its concert at Detroit's Majestic Theater to let a fan propose to his boyfriend onstage, according to Queerty.com . Lead singer Shirley Manson explained how Dominic had been supportive of a sick friend of the band, and her desire to thank him for his efforts. Manson then brought Scott out and he popped the question to Dominic, his boyfriend of four years—who quickly said "yes." As a final homage to the couple, Garbage dedicated the song "Vow" to them.

To celebrate Mother's Day, Lifetime will premiere the documentary Dear Mom, Love Cher—revealing the life story and perseverance of Cher's mother, Georgia Holt—on Monday, May 6, at 10 p.m. PT/ET, according to a press release. "Love Cher" provides a rare peek into Cher's family history, and features in-depth interviews with Holt; her daughters, Cher and Georganne LaPiere Bartylak; and grandchildren Chaz Bono and Elijah Blue Allman.

Joan Rivers has no intention of easing on up on singer Adele, whom she mocked during a Feb. 26 appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman, US Magazine reported. Rivers was asked to defend her Late Show comments during a March 29 HuffPost Live interview, but instead, she continued to criticize the "Skyfall" singer's appearance. Rivers said, "It's not mean. She's a chubby lady who's very, very rich, and she should just calm down—or lose weight!"

Two faces familiar to NBC News viewers are sharing personal and happy news, according to USA Today. "My girlfriend, [reporter] Stephanie Gosk, and I are expecting a baby girl the end of August," wrote Today Show correspondent Jenna Wolfe, 39, in a blog post. "As of this week, I am about five months pregnant." Wolfe, a personal trainer who will be blogging about the experience, added, "In December, we embarked on Operation Baby. And might I just add that despite the morning sickness, it's been the best decision we've ever made." Wolfe and Gosk are also engaged, according to the New York Daily News.

Fox announced that Demi Lovato would be returning to the X-Factor panel for season three in the fall, according to Deadline.com . Fellow judge and show creator Simon Cowell said, "I couldn't be happier that Demi wants to come back this year. She's a superstar in her own right and was a fantastic mentor last year." Lovato and Britney Spears were new judges last season; however, Spears has departed the show.

Justin Timberlake roared in at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 968,000 copies of The 20/20 Experience, according to the Hollywood Reporter. It's the singer's best sales week ever and the 19th-largest week for an album since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. In addition, the set sold 452,000 downloads in its debut frame, making it the third-largest week ever for a digital album. 20/20 instantly becomes the year's best-selling album, easily surpassing Mumford & Sons' Babel (658,000 copies).

The Talk's Aisha Tyler will host the Logo NewNowNext Awards 2013 premiering Monday, April 15, at 9 p.m. on the network, according to NewNowNext.com . Ke$ha—whose brand-new MTV docuseries, Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life, is set to premiere April 23—is slated to perform, as is the musical act Tegan and Sara. The special will be taped in front of a live audience at The Fonda Theater in Hollywood, Calif., on April 13.

The Tribeca Film Festival (which runs April 17-28 in New York City) will feature several LGBT-themed offerings, according to a press release. Among the movies are the documentary Bridegroom, the high-school-themed G.B.F. (for Gay Best Friend), Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me and the Whoopi Goldberg-directed documentary I Got Somethin' to Tell You. In addition, the 2013 Tribeca Talks panel series will discuss such movies as the classic And the Band Played On, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, I Got Somethin' to Tell You and A Special Shorts Event: The Battle of amfAR.

Rapper and American Idol judge Nicki Minaj said during a conference call with reporters that Papa Peachez was her favorite gay contestant on the show, according to the Huffington Post. She said that the Mississippi-native was a "superstar," but that he wasn't aware of it. Peachez was cut from the competition in Hollywood after his rendition of Lady Gaga's "You and I" in early February.

Sean Penn's 19-year-old son, Hopper, recently went berserk on a photographer, shouting racial and anti-gay slurs, according to Fox News. As Sean looked on, Hopper pushed an African-American photographer, calling him the N-word and the F-word. However, Hopper subsequently told TMZ, "I was accosted by paparazzi and made to feel like an animal—threatened and under attack, but that does not condone my own actions. I deeply regret my choice of words."

HBO is shooting a pilot about gay thirtysomethings in San Francisco, according to SFist.com . The script is being penned by Michael Lannan, who helped produce Remember Me, and Interior. Leather Bar., a San Francisco-based experimental gay flick by Travis Matthews. In addition, it will star Jonathan Groff, the openly gay actor famous for playing Jesse St. James on the TV show Glee.

Susan Olsen—best known for playing Cindy Brady on The Brady Bunch—posted a photo from her TV days to her Facebook page with the caption, "Please God, let the Supreme Court know that you think it's OK for gay people to marry," Advocate.com reported. Discussing Robert Reed (the gay actor who played her dad, Mike), Olsen wrote in part, "Bob was a family man. Had he been allowed to form a relationship with another man, he would have been the best husband ever and might still be alive."

Richard Griffiths, the British actor best known for playing Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter series, has died at age 65 from heart-surgery complications, according to TheWrap.com . Griffiths, whose girth made him a popular and memorable character actor in films, confessed that he had a torturous relationship with the camera. Among his many other films were The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear, Guarding Tess, Hugo and The History Boys, where he played gay teacher Douglas Hector.

During a Wednesday appearance on ESPN New York, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski repeated his position that a gay teammate would be accepted in his locker room, according to Yahoo! Sports. "You've got to accept the player," Gronkowski said. "Everyone has their own ways to live their life and as long as he's respecting me, keeping distance, respecting myself, I'll respect him back." Recently, several current NFL players filed an "Athlete's Brief" to the Supreme Court case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, which challenges California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage.

A few months after the public learned that former pro-football player Kwame Harris is gay, he spoke with CNN about his experience being closeted in the NFL, according to SFGate.com . Harris appeared in his first interview since an alleged assault of an ex-boyfriend publicly outed the former NFL offensive tackle. About keeping his sexuality a secret, Harris said, "You want to escape the despair and turmoil and your mind goes to dark places. I'm happy today, and I'm glad they were just ideas and I didn't act on any of them."

HBO has announced that the sixth season of the vampire drama True Blood will premiere Sunday, June 16, according to CBS News. This will be the first season without creator/showrunner Alan Ball, who departed the series last year. Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard will be back as Sookie Stackhouse, Bill Compton and Eric Northman, respectively; newcomers will include veteran character actor Rutger Hauer.

Angelina Jolie won a lawsuit that alleged she stole work by Croatian journalist James Braddock to create her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The actress was sued just weeks before Blood and Honey hit theaters in late 2011. Braddock claimed that the film—about a love affair during the Bosnian Civil War—violates his copyright on a book entitled The Soul Shattering.

Marilyn Monroe's depressing letter to acting teacher Lee Strasberg and John Lennon's note to another Beatle member, Paul McCartney, are up for auction online, according to AceShowbiz.com . In her letter, Monroe said she was losing the will to live: "My will is weak but I can't stand anything. I sound crazy but I think I'm going crazy." Selected items are set to be exhibited April 8-16 at Douglas Elliman's Madison Avenue art gallery before going under the hammer at the upcoming Profiles in History sale May 30.

Reality-TV stars are joining daytime soaps, according to Digital Spy. Maksim Chmerkovskiy of Dancing with the Stars made his debut on General Hospital March 28; he is playing a character named Anton Ivanov and is expected to share scenes with former "Dancing" contestant Kelly Monaco. Also, Jersey Shore's JWoww (real name: Jenni Farley) has signed on for a guest-starring role on One Life to Live. One Life to Live will begin airing as a 30-minute daily web series on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes on April 29.

Veteran ABC newswoman Barbara Walters has shot down rumors that she's retiring, according to the Huffington Post. Addressing reports that she's leaving The View next year, Walters said on the show, "There were many reports last week that I was retiring from ABC and there was an assumption that I would be making an announcement today. The paparazzi were outside my home today... However, here I am, and I have no announcement to make."

Justin Timberlake has admitted to taking drugs in the past, according to Digital Spy. The actor and singer revealed in an interview with MySpace (quotes via The Mirror) that he was on "many different... substances" when he used to attend Coachella Festival. He added, "I've been to Coachella many times but not remembered a lot of it; I'll leave it at that."

Actor/comedian Joel McHale is denying speculation that he'll host next year's Oscars, Digital Spy noted. The Community actor, who also hosts The Soup on E!, was asked on Larry King Now if he would ever consider hosting. McHale responded, "They're not gonna call me. Look, I work on E! I'm trying to host a celebrity roast of some sort. ... Look, I'm happy. I would be a seat filler. I thought [Seth MacFarlane] was amazing, so I hope he does it next year."

The homeless alcoholic brother of superstar Madonna has claimed she doesn't care if he lives or dies, according to the New York Daily News. Anthony Ciccone, 56, told the Daily Mail, "She lives in her own world. I never loved her in the first place, she never loved me. We never loved each other." However, Kathy Mateyer, who works for the Ciccone family's vineyard, said that Madonna has reached out to Ciccone and even paid for her brother's rehab stints "several times."

Legendary Motown songwriter-producer Deke Richards died from esophageal cancer at a hospice facility in Washington state at the age of 68, according to the Daily Mail. Richards was heavily involved in writing and producing many Jackson 5 hits, such as "ABC" and "I Want You Back," as well as songs for Diana Ross & the Supremes ("Love Child"), Bobby Darin, and Martha Reeves & the Vandellas.

Beyonce's father, Matthew Knowles, is claiming the British publication The Sun changed his quotes in a recent interview, according to SingersRoom.com . In the exclusive sit-down the publication released, it claimed the music mogul had problems with his son-in-law, Jay-Z, and that he wasn't able to see his granddaughter, Blue Ivy. Knowles subsequently released a statement saying the "article is a prime example of libel and slander and irresponsible journalism, filled with lies, inaccuracies and misquotes."

Out gay American Idol alum Adam Lambert will be honored at the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards at the San Francisco ceremony May 11, the Hollywood Reporter noted. The Grammy-nominated artist will receive the Davidson/Valentini Award at the Hilton San Francisco-Union Square, presented locally by Southwest Airlines. The award is named after Craig Davidson, GLAAD's first executive director, and his partner, Michael Valentini.

Top music manager Peter Mensch has revealed he would "spank" Justin Bieber to sort out the teen's discipline problems, the Daily Mail reported. The veteran New Yorker—who has served as taskmaster for acts such as Madonna, Metallica and Def Leppard—also said the sands of time have run out for the pop idol, predicting he will be a has been in three years time.

Glee star Cory Monteith (who plays Finn), 30, has checked into rehab again, according to USA Today. Monteith told Parade magazine in 2011 he was "out of control" as a teen, smoking pot at age 13; subsequently, his drug use escalated and he entered rehab at age 19. Girlfriend Lea Michele (who plays Rachel on the show) said, "I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this. I am grateful and proud he made this decision."

Grammy-winning singer Dionne Warwick has filed for bankruptcy in New Jersey, citing tax liabilities she has attributed to financial mismanagement, according to Today.com . The "Walk On By" singer listed total assets of $25,500 and total liabilities of more than $10.7 million, nearly all tax claims by the Internal Revenue Service and the state of California. A five-time Grammy winner, Warwick received her first in 1968 for "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?"

Rafe Spall is in final negotiations to star alongside Daniel Craig and Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz in a Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's three-person drama Betrayal at New York City's Ethel Barrymore Theater, Playbill.com noted. Tony- and Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols (Death of a Salesman) will helm the time-bending play that is aiming for an October opening. Real-life couple Weisz and Craig will portray on-stage married couple Emma and Robert; Spall will portray Jerry, Robert's best friend with whom Emma has an affair.

British TV entertainer Kenny Everett and co-star Cleo Rocos have claimed that Princess Diana once dressed up as a "male model" so she could enjoy an anonymous night out at a gay bar with Queen singer Freddie Mercury, according to the Daily Mail. Making the claims in her new book, The Power of Positive Drinking, Rocos describes how Mercury had come round to Everett's apartment—and all four of them (including the princess) were hanging around on Everett's sofa watching The Golden Girls. From there, they allegedly went to Vauxhall Tavern, where Di ordered a beer and a glass of white wine.

There were one too many Drakes for Rosie O'Donnell recently, according to People.com . O'Donnell tweeted her appreciation of actor Drake Bell, who is competing on the diving show, Splash. However, some fans thought she meant the rapper when she posted, "Drake is cute ... Nice muscles." O'Donnell later clarified, "DRAKE FROM JOSH N DRAKE ON NICKELODEON !!!!" but added, "but—I do think the rapper/singer drake is a QTpa2T—also with nice muscles."

For the Saint Laurent Music Project—a portrait series Hedi Slimane is spearheading—the French designer tapped Courtney Love, Kim Gordon, Ariel Pink and Marilyn Manson to model his rocker-ready clothes, according to Stylecaster.com . Slimane has previously featured musicians Beck and Sky Ferreira as campaign faces, underscoring his affinity for the rock-music world.

Rapper Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg) has expressed his thoughts on marriage equality, according to Digital Spy. The musician told the Huffington Post, "People can do what they want and as they please. Satisfy yourself accordingly. I have no issues with nobody. I live for me and I live my life doing what I do, so you should have the right to do whatever you want to do."

HBO has renewed its hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones for a fourth season, according to a press release. Based on the best-selling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones is an epic story of treachery and nobility set on the continent of Westeros. The third-season premiere, which aired March 31, topped the series' ratings highs.

Basketball legend Magic Johnson's gay son has gone public with his romance, according to the Huffington Post. Earvin Johnson III, one of Magic's three children, recently stepped out hand-in-hand with his unidentified boyfriend on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip. Earvin (nicknamed "EJ") is a 20-year-old student at New York University; Magic and his wife, Earlitha "Cookie" Kelly, couldn't be prouder of him. "Cookie and I love EJ and support him in every way," Magic told TMZ. "We're very proud of him."

Dozens of stars are slated to perform at the 29th Annual S.T.A.G.E. Gala at The Saban Theatre April 6 to benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles, according to a press release. Among the scheduled performers are Patrick Cassidy, Tyne Daly, Joely Fisher, Florence Henderson, Andrew Rannells, Bruce Vilanch and Kimberley Locke. See www.StageLA.com or www.apla.org/stage.


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