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A lot of people are up in arms over the Newsweek article stating that gay actors can't convincingly play straight. I get the cruxt of the argument - that if audiences know an actor is gay they won't accept him as a romantic leading man while straight actors can and do play gay convincingly. C'mon. Robert Downey, Jr. has to be the gayest 'straight' man around, he's talked openly about having male lovers in the past and he's the hottest actor in Hollywood right now. Another problem with the argument is that we don't really know which actors are gay or not, these days who's to know? Is Justin Timberlake gay? I doubt it, but would you fall over in a dead faint if you found out he was? Almost any of the current crop of male stars could be gay for all I know - or care. People have been saying for years that Tom Cruise is gay and he... oh, never mind, he's never convincingly portrayed a romantic lead, has he?
By the way, Sherlock Holmes 2 may be in jeopardy because Downey stated that he believes his character and Watson were gay lovers. They sure look like 1980's 'gay clones' as we used to call the leather chaps and hankerchief guys back in the day.
I'm a Neilsen family starting today. Which is pretty weird considering I almost never watch broadcast or cable TV, only DVDs. While I work I might put something light on to watch but I mostly listen to college radio all day (Janis Joplin singing 'Summertime' is on now. These kids and their crazy music!). I kept up the books when we were a Neilsen family back in 1974 and they still pay the same today as they did 36 years ago - one dollar!
Today in BestofTVblog- How about your daily dose of the very latest Hollywood news? I comb through the trades so you don't have to. Another Sacha Baron Cohen lawsuit is settled - with video evidence!
Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 11:27am
BETTY, BETTY, BETTY
Marc Connery wants: the answer to something that's bothered me since I first read your ABC movie of the week article. As a child I remember watching a "Movie of the Week" in which a lead singer at a TV studio was murdered. The twist was that in his rock and roll character he was bald and wore mime makeup. The twist to the mystery was that the dead body was another character that the singer killed, shaved his head, and put the mime makeup on the body to fake his own death. It didn't help because the singer was killed by someone else later.
The reason that this has bothered me for years is that at the time the movie was on in the (I think) late 70's I was really into mysteries and I was forced to miss the ending by my parents. Can anyone in TVParty land help out with this?
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 7:24am
WORTH MENTIONING AGAIN...
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 9:20am
IS LORNE MICHAELS ASLEEP AT THE SWITCH?
That said Betty is a trouper, you have to admire the lady for getting out there and doing standup, that has to be a first and it's not as easy as it looks. This gal's been doing bad comedy sketches on variety shows since before most of were born so it was more of the same for her here, sad to say.
There were some scattered laughs but I don't think the writers understood what they had to work with. Why not a Mary Tyler Moore Show sketch with the actual original cast members? I know a Golden Girls takeoff is passe but it just needs a fresh take to make it relevant. Still, Weekend Update was funny and how great is it that the voice of Jeopardy, Don Pardo, still has a job?
Ratings were the best the show's enjoyed in two years, since Ben Affleck hosted. Ben Affleck? Considering the hype I would have expected better but then that was the problem with the show to begin with. NBC - give Betty a one-hour primetime variety special produced by Bob Einstein.
Monday, May 10, 2010 - 1:35pm
It's Heil Honey, I'm Home, the trials and domestic travails of Adolph Hitler and Eva Braun, a not-so-typical suburban couple. It was presented as if it were an unearthed sitcom from the past.
The first storyline centered around Neville Chamberlain coming for dinner and the couple's new neighbors who happen to be Jewish. A sendup of the 1950's American sitcoms, Heil Honey, I'm Home is actually pretty amusing but it has to be one of the weirdest TV programs ever conceived and holds the distinction of being the only UK show cancelled after only one episode. There were a number of other shows filmed but never shown.
Sunday, May 9, 2010 - 6:05am
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