Sir Paul McCartney helped a fan propose to his longtime girlfriend as he returned to the stage in New York over the weekend (05-06Jul14).
The Beatles legend, who took two months out from his world tour to recuperate from a viral infection in May (14), had double the reason to smile as he resumed his trek in Albany on Saturday (05Jul14), after spotting a pair of fans holding up signs which read, "He won't marry me 'til he meets you" and "I've got the ring and I'm 64."
McCartney invited the devotees, identified as John Dann and Claudia Rogers, up on stage and serenaded them, while Dann proposed to his partner.
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To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar was ahead of its time. Audiences can easily take for granted the immense importance of this film. It’s a high profile film in the 1990s that features three high profile actors, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, and Wesley Snipes playing gay men. Granted, they spend 99 percent of the movie in drag, but the film is monumental for the community. There’s wider acceptance of the gay community, appreciation for the art form of drag due to RuPaul’s Drag Race, and education about the clear distinctions between drag performers and trans women. But in 1995 this wasn’t the case. Sadly, this film is considered more of a cult classic than a major motion picture. All the same, the film is hilarious, quotable, and politically responsible. Here are some fun facts about the film:
Wesley Snipes and Jennifer Garner got to second base with the same man.Before he found success on Alias, Garner’s ex Michael Vartan had a major role in this film. In one scene, he antagonizes the ladies and Snipes grabs his privates and drags him by his member for an extended period of time.
Queen of 30 Rock You might think that Tracy Morgan and Snipes look equally bad in drag, but the real connection is Kathy Geiss. The nonverbal, unicorn loving CEO of GE was played by Marceline Hugot. She plays Katina one of the town’s residents in the film.
One Degree from Mindy Kaling As great as it would be to imagine Kaling playing a character named Noxema Jackson, the real connection is Beth Grant who plays The Mindy Project’s irate nurse Beverly also played irate townsperson Loretta.
Catwoman Connection Not only did the three leads all star with notable Catwoman Newmar in this film, all three have also starred with the most infamous Catwoman Halle Berry. Leguizamo in Executive Decision, Swayze in Father Hood, and Snipes in Jungle Fever. Snipes even dated Berry.
Start Your Engines, May the Best Woman Live Leguizamo has not been shy about his major friction with the late Swayze on set. Swayze was method and Leguizamo was improvising and making jokes to get more screen time. He says the two physically got into a fight until it was broken up by production. ChiChi, you in danger, girl!
A Cavalcade of Drag Stars This film was one of the first major motion pictures about drag. It gave early acting credits to RuPaul, Lady Bunny, Coco Peru, Laritza Dumount, and Flotilla DeBarge. It also was a major credit for the first transwoman on television Candis Cayne. Talk about helping to define the stars of tomorrow.
Work it Out! David Barton the founder of the popular New York City gym franchise has an early role as a muscle boy.
Drag is Leguizamo’s Bread and Butta’ By the time he did To Wong Foo, Leguizamo had already becoming accustomed to acting in drag. He played female roles in his one-man shows Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama, and on his Fox series House of Buggin’.
Robin Williams: The Drag Years Although uncredited with his hilarious cameo, this film is sandwiched between Williams other two drag movies. In 1993, he gave old lady realness in Mrs. Doubtfire. In 1996, he played husband to a drag performer in The Birdcage.
Thanks for Everything, Carol Lynley! Before the producers secured the rights to Newmar’s name their alternate actress for the iconic photo that inspired the queens was Fantasy Island star Lynley. It doesn’t have the same ring to it, and she isn’t quite as statuesque.
It all goes back to Chinese Food. The name of the film was taken from a photo at a Times Square Chinese Restaurant that was later seen in the film where the ladies find the photo.
Curse of Wong Foo? Both Mel Gibson and Gary Oldman were in talks to potentially play drag queens in the film.
Is that a corn cob in your pocket, ma’am? Swayze surprised Chris Penn during the scene where he discovers Vida Boheme is a man. He hid a corn cob in his dress. Way to commit.
Everyone knows Ryan Murphy from the wildly popular supernatural thriller American Horror Story and the musical teen comedy Glee. Five people know him from the failed sitcom The New Normal. However, Murphy’s first critically acclaimed series was the sexy, no holds barred series Nip/Tuck. This surgery-focused soap helped define the FX network. It capitalized on the channel’s ability to use suggestive language, strong sexual dialogue, and nudity. Not to mention it really explored society’s obsession with perfection and touched on issues ranging from female circumcision to sex addiction.
William McNamara (Dylan Walsh) is a plastic surgeon and depressive family man struggling with a disenchanted wife Julia (Joely Richardson) and a really angry son Matt (John Hensley). His partner at the medical practice is Christian Troy (Julian McMahon), a hardcore ladies man obsessed with his looks, youth, and freewheeling lifestyle. They help their patients fix whatever they don’t like about their bodies but the surgery of the week often has to do with a major issue affecting the cast. The show blends family drama with major dramatic conventions like a serial rapist, gang connection, and an organ-harvesting ring.
The guest stars on the show include a significant portion of IMDb. Not only does the series feature American Horror Story cast members Kate Mara, Sarah Paulson, and Christine Eastabrook, it also features Lily Rabe’s mother Jill Clayburgh who was nominated for an Emmy for her appearance on the show. Glee cast members Jesalyn Gilsig and Iqbal Theba. Not to mention appearances by huge A-list actors like Bradley Cooper, MoNique, and Alec Baldwin. Extra host Mario Lopez reveals his assets as a rival doctor. Famke Janssen and Vanessa Redgrave have major recurring roles on the show. There is even an appearance by French film icon Catherine Deneuve andRuPaul's Drag Race stars Willam Belli and Kelly Mantle.
Besides stunt casting and shock value the series has a major core of really solid storytelling. The dark and twisted lives of the people responsible for creating beauty is sometimes too much to handle. The series is not only unafraid to explore sexual taboos, controversial politics, and downright trashy soap opera conventions, but is deliciously addctive and includes quite a few twists, misdirects, and WTF moments (much like Murphy’s other series). Fans of the outlandish plots of American Horror Story or the offbeat comedy of Glee will love this show. The series offers great binge-watching potential and is great to feed your Netflix addiction. The entire series is available and you can pop a bottle of champagne, circle your problem areas, and enjoy every jaw-dropping minute.
Sir Elton John is set to ring in 2015 onstage after booking a New Year's Eve gig (31Dec14) in New York City. The Rocket Man legend is currently in the midst of his Las Vegas residency show, The Million Dollar Piano, which will keep him in Sin City for the majority of the year, but he is already looking ahead to 2015 and has decided to spend the first hour of the new year with fans at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The gig will mark Elton's first ever New Year's Eve concert in the Big Apple.
He follows in the footsteps of his old pal Billy Joel, who rang in 2014 at the same venue.
Hollywood producer Brian Grazer is planning to wed again after proposing to his businesswoman girlfriend Veronica Smiley over the weekend (26-27Apr14). The movie mogul popped the question on Saturday (26Apr14) in Santa Monica, California, but the proposal hit a small snag when Grazer misplaced the ring he had hoped to present to his bride-to-be.
A source tells the New York Post, "Somehow, the ring fell out of Brian's pocket. After a frantic search he found it, but only because it was such a big diamond, it didn't fall through the slats on the wooden floor."
This will be the producer's fourth marriage - he divorced his third wife Gigi Levangie in 2009.
Grazer was also engaged to Vietnamese concert pianist Nguyen Thi Chau Giang in 2011.
Smiley was previously linked to British funnyman John Cleese.
U.S. sports broadcaster John T. Ramsay has died at the age of 89. The ESPN analyst passed away in Florida on Monday (28Apr14) following a long battle with cancer.
In a message on Twitter.com, ESPN spokesman Chris LaPlaca writes, "Dr. Jack Ramsay has passed. A rare man. Loved and respected by all. Fascinating life well lived. An inspiration to so many."
Ramsay began his career as a National Basketball Association coach and won the NBA Championship in 1977 with the Portland Trailblazers.
He also took home a ring in 1967 as general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.
Following his 20-year coaching stint, Ramsay became a sports broadcaster.
A statement from ESPN president John Skipper reads: "It was our great pleasure to work with Dr. Jack and his energy and zest for life resonated in all that he did. He leaves an amazing legacy of helping fans understand and appreciate the game he loved."
Newly-engaged couple Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny Mccarthy have been given the blessing of their children and former spouses to wed after holding a family meeting with their exes prior to announcing the happy news. The actress and TV personality revealed on Wednesday (16Apr14) that Wahlberg had proposed to her last weekend (12-13Apr14), and she showed off her huge yellow sapphire ring and gushed about the surprise on her U.S. daytime show The View.
Now she reveals that she and her new fiance chose to keep the news to themselves for a few days to ensure the New Kids on the Block star's ex-wife and mother of his two sons, Kim Fey, and McCarthy's former husband John Asher, dad to her boy Evan, were comfortable with their plans to wed.
She says, "The thing about getting married at this age is that... it's a package deal so not only do you have to find somebody you love so much and (is) the greatest guy in the world, but he has to accept your child, just as much as he loves you...
"But the other way around is he has two children and I sat down with his ex (to get her approval), (and) John Asher, my ex, loves Donnie, so it's really a blessed union and I'm really very grateful."
And McCarthy is considering asking fellow U.S. TV personality Andy Cohen to officiate their nuptials after first meeting her husband-to-be on his show Watch What Happens Live early last year (13).
She adds, "We were actually considering asking him to marry us, so we'll see."
The couple only started dating after Wahlberg featured as a guest on her short-lived late night programme, The Jenny McCarthy Show.
New Kids On The Block star Donnie Wahlberg has convinced his girlfriend, Jenny Mccarthy, to relax her rules on marriage after asking her to be his wife. The actress and TV personality announced the happy news on her U.S. daytime talk show The View on Wednesday (16Apr14), revealing that the pop star had proposed with a yellow sapphire.
Showing off her new ring, the former model told her guest hosts, "I just got engaged!" and then burst into tears as Wahlberg joined her on the set.
The couple started dating last year (13) after falling in love when he appeared as a guest on her short-lived late-night TV show.
Both stars have been married once before and McCarthy, 41, insisted she would never wed again after breaking up with boyfriend Jim Carrey in 2010, but she admitted she was warming to the idea of life with Wahlberg, 44, in a TV interview at the end of 2013, stating, "I've said on every interview that I was like, 'Never get married again, ever', and, of course, you never say never. I think he would be an amazing husband, so if he does (propose), I would for sure say yes."
Cooing about her new fiance on The View on Wednesday, McCarthy added, "He understands my work schedule and he has his and I get it. And we're both single parents and he's trying to juggle all of that while I am too."
Wahlberg has two sons from his nine-year marriage to Kim Fey, which ended in divorce in 2008, and McCarthy shares a son, Evan, with her ex John Asher. They divorced in 2005.
Wrestling star Daniel Bryan has wed U.S. reality TV regular Brie Bella in Arizona. The WWE heavyweight, real name Bryan Danielson, tied the knot with the Total Divas star at the L'Auberge Resort and Spa in Sedona on Friday (11Apr14), in front of guests including fellow ring stars John Cena, Tyson Kidd, Cesaro and Jimmy Uso.
The couple's nuptials were filmed for an upcoming episode of the E! network programme.
Fashion designer Tom Ford has married his partner Richard Buckley. Ford, who has been in a relationship with the journalist since 1986, showed off his wedding ring while at a question and answer event at the Apple store in London on Monday (07Apr14).
He said, "We are now married, which is nice. I know that was just made legal in the U.K., which is great, but we were married in the States."
The pair welcomed a son, Alexander John Buckley Ford, in September, 2012.