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Yassss omg, clutching my pearls in anticpation of this flawfree perfection. & YB is in the iTunes top 10!
bay was so bratty tonight.
Oscar-winning beauty Halle Berry rocked a killer pair of Daisy Dukes on Sunday while walking the beaches of Maibu with friends.
The 46-year-old beauty (yes, 46) was all smiles as she strolled through the sand in short-shorts and a blue bikini top, even as cameras caught her every single move.
It was certainly a happier moment for Berry, who is still in the midst of a nasty battle with her ex-boyfriend, model Gabriel Aubry, over custody of their four-year-old daughter, Nahla.
Berry is currently trying to move Nahla to France, the native country of her fiance, Olivier Martinez, to protect her family’s safety.
The request came after Richard Franco, the man convicted of stalking Berry, was released from prison in January, and Robert Hoskins, who allegedly threatened to slit Berry’s throat, briefly escaped from a mental institution in February.
Tyra Banks treats herself to a relaxing morning jog.
As the host of America’s Next Top Model, she instructs her protégées on how to take the perfect picture.
But Tyra Banks was certainly not ready for her close-up as she went for a jog in New York this morning.
As she worked out along the Hudson River, she was clearly out of breath pounding the pavements and struggled to endure her session.
The 38-year-old, long regarded as one of the world's most beautiful women, was almost unrecognizable as she emerged without a scrap of make-up for the exercise session.
She looked a world away from the professionally coiffed version of herself as she exercised in a dressed in a zip-up top and three-quarter length trousers.
She also wrapped her hair in a patterned bandana which could be seen underneath her cap.
But Tyra, whose weight has fluctuated over the years, powered through and it was obvious she was determined to complete the run.
It was a rather different look to her recent public appearances in New York last week.
And she arrived at the Live! With Kelly and Michael studios with a big and bouncy bouffant.
She tossed her hair around as she smouldered for the camera and posed while glancing back over her shoulder.
She also sat in the front row at the Marchesa and Jeremy Scott shows at New York Fashion Week.
Tyra’s show ANTM kicked off its astonishing 19th cycle at the end of last month.
SOURCE - There are some other interviews posted so far including Johnny Knoxville, Wale, and Arian Foster.
Definitely shows a different side of Chris Evans. I appreciate how candid he, especially compared to the last interview posted
MODS: This is the full and only source. There isn't anything aside from their Youtube channel.
Donald Trump has weighed in on Kate Middleton’s topless photos – even though no one asked his opinion.
Trump tweeted, “Kate Middleton is great–but she shouldn’t be sunbathing in the nude–only herself to blame” and “Who wouldn’t take Kate’s picture and make lots of money if she does the nude sunbathing thing. Come on Kate!”
Trump is blaming the wrong person here. Sure, he’s technically right — she was outside. But The Daily Mail reports that the couple were photographed from over a half-mile away with a long-lens camera. And she was sunbathing at a private residence with her husband. As a friend remarked to me over the weekend, it is literally the least scandalous nude photo scandal possible. Not to mention, it’s kind of a gross invasion of privacy.
Trump should really be thankful that no one is that invested in naked photos of him.
Based on writer/director Richard Bates, Jr.'s short film of the same name, Excision follows a disturbed and delusional high school student, Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord). Pauline, with aspirations of a career in medicine, goes to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother (played by Traci Lords). While dealing with both being an outcast teenager and having an obsession over curing her sister's cystic fibrosis, Pauline becomes increasingly deranged as her fascination with surgery and flesh and blood grows into something compulsive and demonic, if not epic.
Starring AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, Ariel Winter, Roger Bart, with performances by Jeremy Sumpter, Matthew Gray Gubler, Ray Wise, John Waters, Golden Globe® nominated Malcolm McDowell, and Academy Award® Winner Marlee Matlin .
Comes to Blu-ray™ and DVD October 16th.
Nope, kidding... it's Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm films some scenes with Larry David for the movie 'Clear History' in Andover, MA on September 17th, 2012.
Could Ke$ha be working with Rihanna on her new album? Most of the commenters of this picture seem to think so! Revealing a collaboration at the Waffle House though? Never change, Ke$ha.
if it's what it seems to be, then the track would slay us all.
WHAT ABOUT TONIGHT Performs on X Factor Australia
X Factor Australia Group WHAT ABOUT TONIGHT sang their version of The Wanted's worldwide smash hit "Glad You Came" as they opened up the X Factor Australia's Live Shows.
these kids are so damn fug. the performance was decent negl. but no thanks the world already has its boyband quota.
DEMI LOVATO PRAISEEE JESUS
Kristen Stewart not interested in make-up ads
Kristen Stewart has no "interest" in fronting make-up campaigns because she thinks they would "suck the soul" out of her.
She told Germany's Glamour magazine: "I would never work with people who aren't really creative and aren't committed to what they do.
"Unfortunately, there are a lot of those people out there, they are fucking everywhere, and they try to suck the soul out of you.
"For example, I would never do a make-up campaign, even though the [final] photos with me would probably look good. Thank you, but it doesn't interest me."
While Kristen isn't interested in make-up campaigns, she was unveiled as the face of Balenciaga fragrances earlier this year.
She said at the time: "Balenciaga has always stood out to me. Even when I first began to consider fashion and admittedly rarely knew the brand I was wearing, I always knew and loved Balenciaga. It feels full circle to be involved with something that spoke to me then and of course continues to excite me now. The brand is just cool. That's the way it is."
Some of tonight's new routines:
Opening Group Number (Top 20)
Top 10 & All Stars Group Routine
Cyrus, Twitch, Comfort, & Chris Scott (Hip Hop)
Dragon House & Bryan Gaynor (Animation)
Last week's routines that were voted on for the finale:
Top 4 (Broadway)
Eliana & Chehon (Classical Ballet) (UNF)
Chehon & Cyrus (Jazz)
Eliana & Tiffany (Broadway)
Chehon & All-Star Allison (Contemporary)
Tiffany & Cyrus (Lyrical Hip-Hop)
Tiffany & All-Star Will (Jazz)
Eliana & Cyrus (Paso Doble)
Cyrus & All-Star Twitch (Animation)
Tiffany & Chehon (Rumba)
Eliana & All-Star Alex (Contemporary)
Source & Source & Source
Remember when Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were presumed broken up? Well…
The Twilight stars have been spending time together in secret, sources confirm exclusively to E! News. (We know Reese Witherspoon's ranch is out of the running, at least.)
No word yet on whether Stewart and Pattinson are back together less than two months after K.Stew was caught stepping out on R.Pattz with director Rupert Sanders, but two separate sources say they are definitely talking and have met up at two different locations.
On the other hand, Sanders' wife, Libert Ross, was just spotted with a mystery man
Stewart's and Pattinson's reps have not responded to a request for comment.
The couple popularly known as Robsten haven't been seen together since the Teen Choice Awards on July 22—two days before Us Weekly went to press with pictures of Stewart and Sanders canoodling.
After hunkering down for a bit at Witherspoon's aforementioned home in Ojai, Pattinson was thrust back into the spotlight Aug. 13 when he sat down for a previously scheduled appearance on The Daily Show—Jon Stewart offered up ice cream and had a one-sided yet effective conversation about what happened, remember?—to kick off a string of promotional appearances for Cosmopolis.
Pattinson passed the test with flying colors, and then it was Stewart's turn to emerge two weeks ago at the Toronto Film Festival on behalf of On the Road.
She, too, made a radiant showing on the red carpet and, at one point, she reportedly said that she and Pattinson were "going to be fine" once their Breaking Dawn Part 2 press tour got under way this fall.
We shall certainly see!
oh.....lets wait for people tbh
Courtney Stodden, the teen bride who appears to be dedicated to doing anything that will bring her fame, finally got her wish, as she and her husband—35 years her senior—are featured in the new season of VH1’s reality show “Couples Therapy.”
The network has released a promo trailer for the show, which not only features Courtney, now 18, and her husband, Doug Hutchison, now 52, but also shows some of the other couples appearing on the series: former “Real Housewives of New York” cast members, Alex McCord and husband Simon van Kempen; Shayne and Nik Lamas-Richie; “Too Short” Shaw and Monica Payne; and Joel “JoJo” and Tashaunda “Tiny” Hailey.
Dr. Jenn Berman will return with her team of counselors and therapists to help each of the couples face their issues and realize their potential, according to VH1.
The drama begins on Oct. 3 at 10 p.m. ET on VH1.
E.L. James, author of the best-selling trilogy Fifty Shades, said on Monday that she hasn’t ruled out writing a fourth book, but is focused on composing another erotic tale and also plans to write a paranormal romance.
The British author, who’s currently on a book tour in the United States, said she’s rewriting the first book she ever wrote because she just can’t seem to shake the plot line and characters from her mind.
“It’s still in my head. I want it out of my head. I want it gone,” said James, who wouldn’t reveal much about the story, other than it’s an “erotic tale” that is “more fun” than the trilogy.
“I also have another thing, which isn’t an erotic tale. It’s more of a paranormal romance, which I’d really like to do as well.”
For the uninitiated, James’ trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed follows the racy romance between Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, a handsome multi-millionaire who introduces her to the erotic pleasures of BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Domination/Submission, Sadism/Masochism).
James said that when she finished the third book, she felt she had completed the couple’s tale, saying “I left them in a really, really good place. But there seems to be lots of people clamouring for a fourth book in the trilogy,” said James, whose books have become a publishing sensation, so far selling 31 million copies worldwide.
When asked about a fourth book, she replied: “We’ll see.”
First, she said, she’d like to complete the other projects, saying, “There’s lots of voices clattering in my head.”
James made her comments at a media event in New York City where she promoted the release of Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album, a 15-track compilation featuring classical pieces that inspired her while writing the book, and are referenced in the trilogy. The CD, which includes the “Flower Duet” from Lakmé, Pachelbel’s Canon in D and the aria from Bach’s Goldberg Variations, was released on Sept. 11.
James always listens to music while writing — in part because she writes in the living room and must drown out the sound of her two teenage sons watching television. But also because “music is so expressive (and) it can help set a scene,” she said, adding she has a lengthy playlist that she turns to for inspiration. When it comes to penning steamy sex scenes, she opts for “Sexy” by the Black Eyed Peas or Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire.” The partnership between EMI Classics and Random House is believed to be the first time that a CD’s release has been inspired by a book — typically, CD compilations are released in conjunction with a film.
A movie is in the works — Universal Pictures and Focus Films have purchased the rights to all three books — but EMI Classics has jumped on the bandwagon early. After all, the book’s reference to “Spem in alium,” a 16th-century motet for 40 voices by Thomas Tallis, is credited with its surge to the top of the classical charts this summer in the UK.
VOGUE: Ryan Murphy's Hope: Is American Ready for The New Normal?
I had a feeling Ryan Murphy might be the sort of person who detests lateness. Those who are routinely described as having their “finger on the pulse” or being “one step ahead” of everyone usually do. So, one evening in July, when I arrive at the Chateau Marmont in L.A. for our dinner fifteen minutes early and can see from across the restaurant that he is already at his table, looking rather settled in—indeed, halfway through his customary vodka martini—I realize that there’s going to be no outsmarting this fox, no beating Mr. Murphy to the punch, as it were. He will always get there first. (Sure enough, a week later he calls me 20 minutes before our scheduled phone conversation, once again making me feel flustered, even though I had been ready ahead of time.)
I sit down at his table and a waitress appears instantly. “I’m starving,” says Murphy, impeccably dramatic. “Do you want to order?” Without waiting for a response, he says, “Spaghetti Bolognese. We’ll have two of those.” He looks down at the menu and then up at me. “Let’s split two appetizers. The artichoke is brilliant.” Back to the waitress. “One artichoke.” To me: “I love the charcuterie plate.” To the waitress: “Great.”
It is a breathtaking display of control and impatience, but it is also somehow disarmingly sweet—as if he wanted to dispense with banal decision-making so that I would not have to be bothered. As Lea Michele, the biggest and brightest star in the Glee firmament, tells me, “I’ve slept over at his house, and he’s made me cereal in the morning, and I’m like, ‘I can’t believe Ryan Murphy is pouring the milk on my cereal!’ ” When I tell her how he ordered for me, she says, “Yes!” and then nails his droll cadence: “ ‘I’ll order. Don’t worry. We’ll have the artichoke.’ ”
A few moments later, the food arrives, and I joke aloud that only an evil genius could intuit the tastes of a stranger so precisely. He throws his head back and lets out a “Ha!” and then smiles. “I fundamentally knew exactly what you would like.”
Fundamentally knowing exactly what I—and millions of others—will like is why Murphy is something of a pop savant, or, as 20th Century Fox Television chairman Dana Walden puts it, “as significant a television creator as there is in our business today. He’s demonstrated an extraordinary number of times the ability to create these provocative worlds that break through the clutter of our business right now.”
After working as a journalist for The Miami Herald and the Los Angeles Times for ten years, Murphy sold a script to Steven Spielberg and then broke into television in 1999 with the teen satire Popular, which aired on the WB for two seasons. But he really found his métier in 2003 with the dark/funny plastic-surgery send-up Nip/Tuck, which quickly became one of the highest-rated adult cable-television series in history. The show displayed Murphy’s uncanny timing, coupled with a knack for being at once inflammatory and wildly popular. (“I am the male Lady Gaga,” he says at one point. “Please write that.”) In May of 2009, a year before Nip/Tuck wrapped its final season, Murphy (along with Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan) gave birth to Glee and exploded so much dogma about American teenagers and pop culture that it’s hard to remember what the world looked (and sounded) like before Sue Sylvester and Journey mash-ups.
“Glee has really revolutionized the culture of our kids in this country,” says Gwyneth Paltrow, who gamely clowned around as the substitute teacher Holly Holliday for a few episodes, singing, saying shocking things, and becoming a Murphyized lovable fuck-up (while adding an Emmy to her Oscar). “He’s made music cool, he’s made singing cool, he’s made glee club cool, he’s made boys dancing cool. You know, it’s very powerful. It’s not a joke.” (Paltrow can also attest to the show’s astonishing reach: “Honestly, for a while there it was as if I had never done anything else. At cookbook signings people would say, ‘Can you sign it from Holly Holliday?’ Eleven-year-olds were screaming at me on the street. They had no idea who I was. It was just crazy.”)
The show was nominated for a record nineteen Emmys in its first season. “I pitched Glee as American Idol with a script,” says Murphy, “because it’s the same energy: You’re talented. Nobody believes in you. We are going to lift you up and show the world how amazing you are. I always think with my work, but especially with Glee, This is a great idea. Why has no one done it yet?”
Brad Falchuk, a cocreator and executive producer of Glee and also of Murphy’s modern-day gothic, American Horror Story (which was nominated for seventeen Emmys for its first season just a week before I met Murphy), has worked with him since he was hired as a writer on Nip/Tuck. The two men are “like brothers—we either hate each other or love each other,” Falchuk says. “Ryan seems to have a Spidey sense of what’s about to be important culturally. He just gets a feeling about it, and then he will keep charging forward until it’s done. You need that because if you are seeing the future in a way that other people can’t see yet, you need to be relentless because everyone around you is going to say, ‘That doesn’t make any sense.’ And he’s incredibly compelling and charismatic, so he’s very good at convincing people that the sky is purple.”
With his first half-hour sitcom, The New Normal, Murphy will have three scripted television shows on the air on three separate networks all at once (now sometimes he’s late). That is an impressive, even superhuman, feat unto itself. (“He’s the only person I know who can do it,” says Falchuk. “He’s able to keep so many characters in his head and come in every day with story ideas and fixes for each show as if it were the only show. It’s like a great parent, where each kid feels loved.”) What’s trickier, though, is that while Murphy is used to a brouhaha—he has pushed boundaries before—The New Normal, while not the first sitcom to have two gay male lead characters, is the first show centered on two gay male lead characters in a loving relationship who kiss and snuggle in bed. And who are having a baby with a surrogate. It has already inspired howls of outrage and full-on protests from certain corners of America (e.g., the One Million Moms boycott, which Murphy was forced to address during a panel two days before I met him. “Ellen Barkin [’s character] is a member of the Moms! . . . I think their points of view are delivered with sensitivity and a certain amount of veracity by Ms. Barkin. So I think . . . if they watched it . . . they would like it”).
The conservative fire-breather that is Barkin’s character is loosely based on Murphy’s grandmother Myrtle, who died in 2002, when she was 83. Murphy has described her as a woman who would have a couple of glasses of wine and then say “jaw-dropping things” at the dinner table. But he adored her anyway. He was born and raised in Indianapolis in a suburban housing development. His father was a newspaper circulation director. “My backyard was literally a cornfield and a church. I was the first child of a beauty queen who wanted to be an actress, and she had me very young. My mother went back to work very quickly, and so my grandmother raised me. And she was a horror-movie aficionado who made me watch Dark Shadows at 4:00 p.m. and would yell at me for being afraid. ‘What’s wrong with you? This is playacting!’ And at a very early age she said to me, ‘Don’t be ordinary, because that’s boring. I wish I had not made the mistake of being conventional. You’re different.’ ” When Murphy moped around, feeling dejected because he was different—watching Barbra Streisand movies while his younger brother played “army” with other boys—it was Myrtle who would say, “Oh, don’t be that person!”
Murphy admits that “all of my stuff has been autobiographical,” just not explicitly so. Like Kurt on Glee, he came out when he was fifteen while attending high school in the Midwest. In Murphy’s case, it happened after his parents found out he was “having an affair” with a 21-year-old man. “We would wash his Corvette, go fishing, and listen to Christopher Cross on eight-tracks,” he says, conjuring an entire world in fourteen words. Murphy’s parents pulled him out of summer camp, sold his car, and threatened the boyfriend with statutory rape. And then they sent their son to a therapist with the goal of deprogramming his homosexuality. “Luckily,” says Murphy, “I had a brilliant therapist who after two sessions called my parents in and said, ‘Your child is very smart and manipulative, and clearly he’s getting A-pluses in school even though this is going on, so you either deal with it honestly or he will turn eighteen and you will never see him again.’ There was a long silent car ride home, and we never spoke of it again.” Until, that is, 2006, when he directed the film Running with Scissors (based on Augusten Burroughs’s memoir about his young troubled gay life) and “they wanted to talk about how badly they felt about how they had handled it.” All of this sounds like an episode of Glee—minus the part about the resolution coming a quarter-century later. In television, the loving parents generally arrive for the Big Talk before the credits roll.
But now, with The New Normal, Murphy is mining his adult life for material. Or perhaps mirroring is the more apt word. Murphy is married to David Miller; the couple live in L.A. and are “exploring surrogacy.” In the pilot episode, the fictional David (played by Justin Bartha) and his partner, Bryan (played by Andrew Rannells of Book of Mormon fame), live in L.A. and explore surrogacy. The woman they eventually choose is a naïf from the Midwest (played by Georgia King), whose horrified grandmother is played by Barkin. “Andrew’s character is clearly me,” says Murphy at dinner. “Ali Adler, who is the cocreator, is very good at writing me, which is interesting to read. I’m like, ‘Really? I say that?’ It’s a mind trip.”
“I play an idea of him,” says Rannells. “I’m not doing an impression or anything.” But after they met last October, Rannells “realized we had very similar senses of humor and weirdly, also, a similar way of speaking. So Ali would write certain lines that flow very naturally from my mouth, and usually they are the driest, sometimes meanest things. It’s just so much fun to get to say those things, particularly to very unsuspecting people . . . like children or old people!” He laughs. “I love it!”
Because Murphy himself is not a liberal moralist, his show is more politically nuanced than one might at first imagine, especially given the personal nature of the subject material. “He’s literally color-blind, gender-blind, homosexual-blind,” says Adler, a lesbian with two children. “So The New Normal is not so much a grand gesture of ‘We’re going to teach the country a lesson’ as ‘This is something you should already know.’ It’s like the alphabet. Everyone should be able to read.”
This is why Murphy sees Barkin’s character as the Archie Bunker in the mix, the lovable curmudgeon who pushes back against all these cockamamie liberals and their newfangled lifestyle choices. “If I was really satirizing Ellen Barkin’s character or hating on her,” he says, “it would be different, but it’s very clear that I have great affection for her. Because she’s my grandmother, too. Barkin’s character is a Mitt Romney supporter, doesn’t like gays, but herself was married to a gay man. It’s like what I said about the Million Moms: Watch the show! I get that you feel marginalized and on the outside too! We have more in common than you think!” He takes a sip of his drink and, as he so often does, gets a conspiratorial glint in his eyes. “I’m obsessed with Ann Romney. Aren’t you?” And then his tone shifts. “But I oddly admire her, with her brood of children. I don’t vilify her at all.”
There is a scene in the pilot of The New Normal that Murphy is particularly proud of, one in which David and Bryan are kissing in bed. “Of course we tested it with an audience in Burbank,” he says, “and it was the lowest-testing scene in the pilot. Everybody was like, ‘You are going to have to cut that scene if you want to get picked up.’ But then NBC said, ‘Do not touch it. We love it. It’s important.’ And I thought, Wow, it’s a different world than when I was fifteen, watching Paul Lynde on Hollywood Squares.”
Oddly enough, it’s Murphy’s very successes that have inspired the networks to be more progressive. Dana Walden, who greenlighted Modern Family and Glee, says, “The New Normal speaks volumes for (a) what Ryan’s contribution has been to gay characters being portrayed on television and (b) where the state of my business is, which is that Ryan’s pitch—two gay men and their desire and struggle to have a family—creates a prime-time network-television bidding war, is given one of NBC’s best time periods, and is being supported at the highest level.”
There’s also another way to look at it. “I’m reading this book right now called Eminent Outlaws,” says Rannells, “about the history of gay writers, and I keep thinking of Ryan. A lot of gay playwrights in the fifties and sixties had to hide the homosexual story line within other stories to get their points across. It’s an exciting part of that evolution to then see that Ryan gets to now tackle these stories head-on, but in a half-hour sitcom, because he’s using the format to the fullest.”
Though Murphy clearly has a political side, and for example recently held an Obama fund-raiser at his home in Beverly Hills, he’s a showman above all. Even the way he talks about politics is through the medium of television. “I am writing an upcoming episode of The New Normal about the election,” he says, “and there’s a dinner party where Ellen Barkin and the gay guys are having a very heated discussion about Romney vs. Obama. And I remember an All in the Family episode about Nixon. So it’s my homage. But some of the things that my characters say are very inflammatory, and I think the network let me get away with it because. . . .” He stares away for a second. “You know, I don’t know why, but they did!”
Ryan Murphy has a funny reputation in Hollywood. Some of it clearly has to do with jealousy over his astonishing rise—about which he can sometimes seem smug—and some of it has to do with the fact that he has to, as he puts it, “pop a kid” every week on the reality show The Glee Project, which he does with near-Machiavellian chilliness. Even he admits he can sometimes come across as “snarky.” Although, as he points out, it has always been thus: “The truth of the matter is that even in high school, I was popular but also equally disliked for being different and having a different point of view. I feel it every day of my life.” He sighs. “Two days ago, I went to do the Television Critics Association event for The New Normal, and I was talking about my reverence for Norman Lear and, you know, the critics are in the audience—and for the most part they have been really kind to me—but there were a couple of them who were tweeting about my ankles because I was wearing a Thom Browne suit. So nothing has changed. How you are at five is how you are at 45. Whenever you do something that pushes the boundaries of anything, you get huge amounts of love and huge amounts of hate. The key is to ignore all of it.”
The folks who know Murphy best feel he gets a bad rap. “He likes to be in control,” says Paltrow. “And I can see how that would be maddening, but it’s really just a quest for quality—and to change the game a little bit.” Adler feels that he’s just one of those people who stir up feelings of inadequacy in others. “I was definitely intimidated by him upon the first and probably fortieth interaction,” she says. “But that was my own thing: He’s very successful, he’s very well dressed. Are you intimidated by the head cheerleader in high school? Well, that’s your choice, because the head cheerleader in high school is vomiting up her food and cutting herself. You just have to assume that everyone has insecurities.” For Falchuk, it’s more complex: “He has a very big, challenging personality, and that freaks people out. You’ve got to get used to him. Because he can be unforgiving and he can personalize stuff, but he’s probably the most loyal person I’ve ever met. I think a lot of people think he should be more humble. Why? That’s not who he is. Part of what makes him great is that he’s larger than life. You want to embrace characters like that. They’re wonderful. They make life interesting.”
As our dinner is winding down, Murphy, forever the reporter, turns his laser beams on me and fires away with one question after another: Who’s your favorite movie star? How long have you and your boyfriend been together? Did you hear what Elton John said about Madonna? At one point, he whips out his cell phone to show me pictures from the day two weeks ago that he and Miller, a photographer, got married in Provincetown. By all accounts, his partner of two years has grounded Murphy. “Since being with David, Ryan has just opened his heart up to love so much,” says Lea Michele. “In the past few months, I have seen such a joy and excitement in Ryan. And I just know that deep down they are going to be the most incredible parents. I am incredibly jealous that I am not their daughter. Because the Murphy household would be my dream.”
One of the things that Miller and Murphy had in common is that they both always knew they wanted children. “And we both had really difficult, tumultuous upbringings, and it’s . . . not a way to heal that . . . but definitely a way to explore it,” Murphy says. “Also, I thought if I don’t do this . . . I’m 46 . . . I will really, really regret it.” People who know Murphy point out that he is very particular about his surroundings. How will he handle the messiness of having a baby? “I worry about that! I have really bad OCD. My thing, since I was a child, is that I can have chaos within control. So if I have a desk, I art-direct the pens, and then I can be a whirling dervish.” He goes on, “I want the kid to be bold. And I have a lot of preparation, dealing with these actors. Really? Fuck you. I’m going to do the opposite of what you want. But I realize, you just have to let go or you’re screwed.”
Helping him let go is Miller. “He’s the Rock of Gibraltar,” says Murphy. “Incredibly kind and very wise and not interested in celebrity or money or fame. Just family and love. The very thing I needed at a point in my life when I was like a balloon with no tether. He was like, ‘Sit down. Shut the fuck up. You’re wrong. Be humble. Be smarter. Stop.’ That was David.” He shows me another photo from their big day, one in which David is staring straight into the camera but Ryan is in dramatic profile. “Sweet, right? And don’t think I didn’t pose like that to get that Barbra Streisand jawline. Up and over!”
Speaking of Babs, Murphy’s next big project is adapting and directing Larry Kramer’s seminal AIDS-crisis play The Normal Heart for the big screen starring Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin, Mark Ruffalo, and Jim Parsons. (Strangely enough, the 2011 Broadway revival starred Ellen Barkin.) Streisand had owned the rights to it in the mid-eighties but for whatever reason never got it off the ground—much to Kramer’s consternation. An e-mail he sent her recently made the rounds on the Internet: “Ryan has wonderful ideas that jell and enhance my work. You said you couldn’t get financing. He has his financing. He said if he couldn’t get it, he’d finance it himself. (You chose to remodel and redecorate your houses.) This is a man whose driving passion to make this movie is extraordinary.” (Streisand responded with a different version of events.)
When I suggest to Ryan that he is sort of like the new Larry Kramer—an accidental activist and firebrand, pushing the boundaries for gay rights, but through show business, not flame-throwing protest—he demurs. “I am not a saint in my work. I do stupid things and fuck up.” But you must sometimes feel like you are doing God’s work, I joke. “Never. I never think of that. All I ever think of is, What would I want to watch? I watch many shows that I am so turned on by and so appreciative of. I love Lena Dunham. I love Girls. I wish I had created that show. And then I like really crazy shit, like Bethenny Frankel. I like people who are like, You know what? I don’t care what you think. I have something to say. That’s why I like Larry Kramer. That’s why I want to do that movie. I have something to say: I’m dying. I really relate to that sweet, necessary concept of protest and anarchy.”
Falchuk wouldn’t describe Murphy as an activist either. “His chief goal is to entertain. But I think he also takes some responsibility for who he is and what he can accomplish through the medium of television: that you can sneak stuff in. You can sneak vegetables into the meat loaf.”
Claims that since the administration condemns "Innocence of Muslims" they should also investigate South Park for denigrating all religions and humiliating Christianity.
In the wake of news reports about the anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims," a Fox News host has decided that a bigger and more professionally made production, "South Park," should come under fire.
Todd Starnes, host of "FOX News & Commentary" and author of "Dispatches from Bitter America," spoke on a panel about "Religious Hostility in America" at the Values Voter Summit in Washington this past weekend, and Cartman and friends were on his mind.
"We have seen the administration come out and say, 'We condemn anyone who denigrates religious faith.' And they come out in regards to this anti-Muslim film," Starnes said. "Well, that's well and good, but my question is: When has the administration condemned the anti-Christian films that are coming out of Hollywood? Where are the federal investigations into shows like 'South Park,' which has denigrated all faiths? Where is the outrage when people of the Christian faith are subjected to this humiliation that is coming out of Hollywood?"
"South Park" has famously taken on religions of all kinds. Scientology is parodied in an episode where Stan is thought to be the reincarnation of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, and Scientologist Tom Cruise wouldn't come out of Stan's closet. Mormonism is mocked in an episode where Stan is impressed by a Mormon family's behavior, if not convinced of their beliefs. Cartman constantly makes fun of Kyle, the lone Jew among the four main characters. Catholicism, especially the child-molestation scandals involving priests, has also been targeted by the show.
"South Park" also portrayed Muhammad. In its fifth season, the show featured the "Super Best Friends," a superhero group led by Jesus and consisting of Muhammad, Buddha, Moses, Joseph Smith, Krishna, Laozi and an Aquaman parody called Sea Man. The episode first aired on July 4, 2001, before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks of that year, and there was little fuss when Muhammad was portrayed. But when the show tried to show a Muhammad character in 2010, Comedy Central altered the episode.
In June, a Muslim man pled guilty to threatening the "South Park" creators over the 2010 episode and was sentenced to 11 1/2 years in prison.
Fantastic. I'm sure Matt and Trey are already figuring out a way to work this into the new season.