Monday, February 8, 2016

Don't Ask Matt Damon or Tom Hardy About Their Sexuality

Openly straight Matt Damon doesn't think actors should about their sexuality. Meanwhile, Tom Hardy feels similarily, especially when the questions apply to him. 
During a round of press promoting Legend, Hardy's new film in which he plays real-life gangster twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray, a reporter from an LGBT publication did the unthinkable — he asked Hardy if he found it difficult for celebrities to discuss their sexuality, obliquely referencing a 2008 interview in which Hardy said he had been intimate with men.
"What on earth are you on about?" Hardy snapped. "I don't find it difficult for celebrities to talk about their sexuality. Are you asking about my sexuality? ... Why?"
Hardy shut down the reporter and swiftly moved on to other questions. The exchange was uncomfortable and left many questions. So Hardy later explained why the question was off-putting.
“I’m under no obligation to share anything to do with my family, my children, my sexuality — that’s nobody’s business but my own,” Hardy told The Daily Beast. “…It’s important destigmatizing sexuality and gender inequality in the workplace, but to put a man on the spot in a room full of people designed purely for a salacious reaction? To be quite frank, it’s rude. If he’d have said that to me in the street, I’d have said the same thing back: ‘I’m sorry, who the fuck are you?’”
It’s not incomprehensible that the reporter would ask about Hardy’s sexuality. After all, Hardy had said he had been intimate with people of the same gender (although he kind of took it back). Additionally, since one of the twins he plays in his latest film is portrayed as gay (some historians say both twins were in fact bisexual), it makes perfect sense that Hardy would be asked about his sexuality by someone writing from an LGBT publication. However, Hardy was having none of it. And that’s what’s truly off-putting.
Hardy responded as if he was asked a dark secret and the Internet wrongfully praised his response. There is nothing shameful about being LGBT, and by stating that the question is “rude,” Hardy is implying that sexual orientation, at least a nonheterosexual orientation, is something that should not be discussed. He’s implying that sexual orientation should remain hidden. Our sexual orientation is an integral part of who we are. Why is Hardy trying to hide it?
Few male celebs have opened up about being attracted to more than one gender. A few — like Alan Cumming — have proudly used the word "bisexual." However, most of Hollywood’s leading men are, at least publicly, gay or straight. Few men are openly in between. Where are all the sexually fluid men in Hollywood?
Hardy never said he was heterosexual. He didn’t say it in the initial interview or in any of his follow-up comments He never fully took back his 2008 comments either. He just said that his past experiences as a young adult with people of the same gender shouldn’t be reflected over his current life choices.
Hardy may have experimented as a young adult and found that it wasn’t his thing. Or he could be bisexual and uncomfortable discussing his sexuality (especially since he’s currently married to a woman). Whatever the case may be — so what? Why can’t he discuss it openly? Is he uncomfortable discussing it? If so, why?
Sexuality is far from a private matter, even for ostensibly private people like Matt Damon, who often poses with his wife on red carpets. Heterosexuals are given spaces to publicly express their sexuality every day, from the rings on their fingers to holding hands in the street. Heterosexuality is prominently and fearlessly displayed, and queer sexualities should receive the same treatment. Straight men and women shouldn’t be the only ones allowed to have their sexuality be public.  
Asking Hardy a question on his sexuality — as opposed to his sex life — should not be offensive. But we seem to have a problem when things aren’t entirely gay or straight — or, in Damon's case, not straight. When someone’s sexuality lands on the bisexual spectrum, almost all individuals fear saying too much.
It’s 2015, and men who have been with other men as well as women still have a nearly impossible time discussing it. There is an idea with heterosexual men that once you are intimate with a man, your attraction to women is no longer valid. Obviously, this idea is false and deeply rooted in biphobia. Men who have experimented with men should be able to talk about their sexuality as well as men who realize they're attracted to both men and women.
Hardy admits he could have handled the situation better, by addressing the question head on. He could have answered that he’s straight, that he’ bi, or that his experimentation with men was just that — experimentation. Sexuality should never be subject that is avoided out of privacy, or worse, shame. Society will only accept sexually queer folk once celebrities like Hardy are forthcoming when asked questions about their orientation or people like Damon truly understand their privilege. But when people like Hardy deflect, it perpetuates the idea that being anything other than straight is in some way private and shameful.
Hardy messed up because there is only one wrong answer when asked about your sexual orientation: silence.

Does Justin Bieber Die In 'Zoolander 2'?

Justin Bieber's dangerously good looks land him in mortal danger in Zoolander 2. The pop star turned underwear model makes a cameo in the movie — a collaboration that was revealed in the first full-length trailer for the movie. 
In the trailer, Bieber is shown performing some impressive parkour while running away from a mysterious killer on a motorcycle. Unfortunately, the singer doesn't get away, and the killer shoots him and leaves Bieber bleeding in the street. In his last moments,  Bieber takes a selfie  and posts it on "Peace out world," he says before making Zoolander's iconic Blue Steel. But, before you Beliebers start mourning his fictional loss, know that Justin Bieber dies in Zoolander 2! and helps kick off the entire film. Even in death, Bieber remains somewhat relevant, at least.
In Zoolander 2, Derek Zoolander, the onetime top male model, is recruited by Valentina, a law enforcement agent, to help track down a killer whose victims, all beautiful people, die after sending out a selfie of them doing Blue Steel. Or, as Valentina puts it in the trailer, "Someone's trying to kill the world's most beautiful people. All of them died with your signature look." Valentina also shows Zoolander a handful of the dying photos of these so-called "most beautiful people," including Lenny Kravitz, Demi Lovato, Usher and Miley Cyrus.Another trailer features a different version of the assassinated "world's most beautiful people," which replaces Miley Cyrus with Madonna.

Interview with Y&R’s Joshua Morrow

As amazing as it has been to watch Joshua Morrow portray Nicholas Newman on “The Young and the Restless” for the past 20 years, it’s always fun to see him tackle a new role too. Warning: contains spoilers. His latest is in "Golden Shoes" as George Larou, a family man who goes missing in action while deployed in Afghanistan. His wife (Dina Meyer) is in a serious accident and hospitalized, so their 8-year-old son Christian (Christian Koza) is left to pick up the spirits of his family - and the entire country - through soccer.
"It is a great family movie," Morrow told "Get your kids, some popcorn and sit down and watch it. Show them that anything is possible. All it takes is a dream and an opportunity and you never know what can happen. I loved shooting it, it has a great cast, I love the message and I hope people dig it as much as I did."
Morrow spoke with us about how he was able to draw from his own relationships with his children for the role, and also dished plenty about Nick’s current storylines on “Y&R."
 How did you come to be involved in "Golden Shoes?" What about the script appealed to you?
Morrow: First and foremost I am a sports fanatic. It runs my life, it’s all I think about. And I love children. My own children are the coolest things on the planet, I love getting a chance to work with children on my show. So this project came up and it is about soccer, which is my absolute favorite sport and a chance to shoot a movie. It was kind of a no-brainer and when they asked if I was interested I said yeah, let’s do it. It worked out really well with my schedule on the show and everything, and it was really cool to be a part of.
  We have seen you on Twitter posting pics of coaching your own children in little league.
Morrow: That is my true job. Being on a soap opera is a side gig.

 What is it about sports that can be so vital to a father and son’s relationship?
Morrow: I think my relationship with my own dad was amazingly special growing up, and he coached me in everything I played in and I really wanted that opportunity to do that myself. I knew eventually I would have kids of my own and I take the father role very seriously. I love being a part of life, I love seeing my kids compete and work hard and try to get better and figure out what they need to do to win. All those elements really feed into my love and desire to coach.
  Your character George is on screen very briefly but has such a powerful presence in the film. His relationship with his son Christian is one of the main drivers of the film. Was your closeness difficult to convey even though you were not together until the end?
Morrow: It was not because I always have the easy thing I can think about when trying to get into this feeling of playing that character which is my own children. I love my own sons and daughter so much that is all I need to think about to accurately try and convey love for a child, whether it’s the show or that movie. It was easy for me because I love my boys so much, all I had to think about was my boys playing soccer.
 The idea of lifting a nation’s spirits is very timely, and everyone loves an underdog. Why do you think the film’s message of hope is so important right now?
Morrow: Kids can and should dream big. Their goals are attainable and there are always things or people or circumstances that can go against you. But preserve and keep dreaming and amazing things can happen. I really liked that message that the movie conveyed. Any family, especially a family with boys or young children who love sports will dig this movie. America could use something to cheer and root for today, and the movie does a good job of doing that.
 What would you do to someone if they treated your kids like Frank (Eric Roberts) treated Christian? That guy was horrible!
Morrow: I’d be in jail. That is a no-go. But Eric Roberts couldn’t have been a nicer guy. He knew this role that he was taking on and I remember talking with him about it and he knew he was going to get barbecued for this. He did a great job and it wasn’t so over-the-top – it could have been really creepy but he did a great job. I got to work with him on my own show for a while [Roberts portrayed Vance Abrams in 2010]. What a great dude, really professional and it has been an honor to work with him for a few times.
   You’ve been playing Nick Newman for nearly 22 years on Y&R so it must be fun to branch out and embrace a new character like George.
Morrow: It was amazing. People join the entertainment business or become an actor because they like doing lots of different things and playing different roles, being different people. I have been the same character for 21 years, so any chance I get to go off and shoot a movie, I really relish the opportunity. The last few years I have been able to go off and shoot about one movie a year, and it keeps things fresh and keeps me on my toes.
I really liked the character of George when the director (Lance K.R. Kawas) called me about it I said let’s do it. I love it and I’ll be able to do it no problem.
  Moving on to your role on "Y&R," Nick’s got a lot going on right now. One element of that is trying to put out fires at Newman Enterprises with his father. Why has Nick changed his mind about wanting to be involved with Victor and the company, and do you think it will last this time?
Morrow: I think Nick has always had a desire to help his family’s company succeed and thwart off outside attacks. What he doesn’t like is when his dad tries to dictate how he needs to perform or how much time he has to put in at the office. Nick is not Victor. His job doesn’t consume him, the company is not the overriding drive in his life. He wants the company to succeed but he is not willing to pay the price that Victor has in order to achieve success. So when he sees the company is in some trouble Nick is obviously going to jump in and do everything he can to help out. But it has got to be on his own terms. He will never be what Victor wants him to be and as long as Victor can accept that I think they will be fine going forward.
  Nick is also dealing with Sage having gone into labor after they argued. She’s just had surgery and the baby is in the NICU. Will Nick soften toward Sage again or was her keeping Adam’s secret the straw that broke the camel’s back?
Morrow: Well, that’s pretty tough. There have been a few instances where Sage has not been completely honest with Nick and the Adam issue is very difficult for him to get past. He truly hates this person, he has been a ridiculous thorn in his side. That she would lie to him about something that he has clearly conveyed has meant so much to him, it really hurts him. Time will tell. He loves this woman. He’s had a child with her – maybe. The paternity is still a slight question. But Nick is going to have to decide if her keeping this secret about pretty much his mortal enemy is worth blowing up this relationship that they have spent a great deal of time trying to nurture and turn into something bigger. They are married and he wants to make it work. But he is going to have to get over this Adam thing. Hopefully he will but you never know. Nick can be unpredictable at times.
 Nick’s half-brother Adam is alive. He’s clearly the enemy, and yet he delivered Nick’s newborn son and saved his life. That seems to always be the way with Adam. Do you foresee Nick having more tolerance for Adam because of his good deed?
Morrow: In his heart he will, but I don’t think it will be so much on the surface. Family means very much to Nick as it does to all the Newmans. They might be a pretty ridiculous bunch at times, but when things go sour or things get rough, they tend to band together. Nick is not going to jump to his defense but I think in his heart he knows he owes a great deal to Adam, but his pride and his ego might be too much for him to willingly accept it. You have to understand that Nick still believes Adam killed Delia and all that stuff hasn’t come out yet for him. So it is a pretty raw situation and will be pretty tough for him to get over, and you are just going to have to wait and see. We are about a month ahead of what is viewing right now. Some of the performances I have seen in the last month have been awesome. The show has done a great job of leading up to this story. It has been a real ace up their sleeve, and now we are dealing with the fallout and it has just been awesome. It is must-watch television.
  Sharon went to Fairview on Nick’s advice. She may or may not be pregnant, and some weird stuff is starting to go on with Sharon’s doctor and Patty Williams. Will Nick get involved with Sharon’s drama again anytime soon?
Morrow: Probably. Nick and Sharon can never completely shake the other one out of their system. Nick cares deeply for this woman and really does not like to see her mess up in any way. To the extent he gets completely drawn into it - I don’t know, because now it is different. In the past Nick has felt the need to go in and save and rescue Sharon whenever she gets in trouble, but now she is with Dylan and Nick trusts Dylan implicitly to take care of her and get her out of any rough spot she may be in. The situation is a little different now – Dylan is in her life and is such a strong, good person. I think he trusts that Dylan will be able to do the role Nick used to.
  One question for the Phick fans out there. Since Phyllis (Gina Tognoni) returned from her coma, there has been very little interaction between her and Nick, who were once such a huge part of each other’s lives. Do you know of any plan for them to share a storyline again in any capacity, and would you like to see it happen?
Morrow: I sure hope so. Michelle Stafford is one of my very best friends and they hit an absolute home run when they kind of out of nowhere paired Nick and Phyllis together. And then Michelle went off and did some other stuff which I fully supported, and then they brought Gina on who has been absolutely amazing. I really look forward to getting a chance to work with her in the future. I think for the time being there is definitely not going to be any plans for that. Phyllis is trying to work and repair her relationship with Jack and Nick has something going on with Sage and there are only so many stories you can tell at one time. For now there is probably not going to be too much going on.

Y&R's Scott Elrod: “Joe Clark was never given a chance”

The Young and the Restless alum Scott Elrod (ex-Joe Clark) opens up about his not-so-surprising exit from Genoa City and his extended Grey's Anatomy role.
Weeks after Scott Elrod last appeared as The Young and the Restless' devious Joe Clark , the actor has opened up about his final days in Genoa City and admits he wasn't exactly surprised to hear his unpopular alter ego was on his way off the canvas. 

 In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest, the actor reveals that Joe's unlikeable actions had him questioning his future with the show.
"My character was doing stuff that I didn't like. I mean, my God, that guy was an asshole!" he exclaims. 

"I felt there was something going on, but you never know. They can always turn those things around. They spin stuff in different directions all the time with these characters. Joe Clark was never given a chance."
That doesn't mean, however, that he and the powers that be parted ways on bad terms. Quite the opposite, in fact. 

"I met some great people, and it was an enjoyable experience," he shares. "Every job is a stepping stone to the next big job, and what Y&R did for me was give me a level of confidence I didn't have before taking the role."
As fans may recall, Elrod landed a role on Grey's Anatomy just before departing Y&R. And what he thought would be just one episode has since turned into four episodes as Dr. Will Thorpe -- with the possibility of more episodes to come.

"The role of Joe Clark helped me prepare for my role on Grey's Anatomy," he humbly admits. "In the end, Joe being written off the show was a business decision, and there are no hard feelings."

Dawn Wells guest stars on B&B!

The Bold and the Beautiful will have a guest star appear on its cast in February. If you’re a fan of Gilligan’s Island, then you’ll be thrilled to hear that a familiar face will grace the screen on B&B.
Michael Fairman On-Air/On Soaps reports that Gilligan Island’s Dawn Wells will join the show next month. The actress played the beloved Mary Ann on the long-running comedy series and is slated to play Alice, a friend of the Forrester family on The Bold and the Beautiful.
 Photo published for Gilligan's Island Vet Dawn Wells Guest Stars on The Bold and the Beautiful
TV Line further reveals that a rep from B&B released this tidbit about Wells’ character on the soap. “Ridge holds a cocktail party at the house and invites Alice and the company’s other long-time vendors. But first, he takes down the portrait of Maya that’s been hanging on the wall and replaces it with the portrait of Stephanie.”
Wells will play an old friend of Eric and Stephanie’s, who is also a Forrester Creations buyer. The character of Alice is introduced when Ridge Forrester decides to reclaim his place at the Forrester mansion.
Dawn’s air date on the show is Friday, February 19. Fans of Gilligan’s Island will enjoy watching Wells on the show. It’s unclear how long her character will stick around.
 If she’s a friend of Eric and Stephanie’s, chances are she’ll be around for at least a few episodes. If she’s not on for too long, hopefully viewers can learn a bit of a back story on how she came to know the Forresters.
There’s the possibility that if Wells is on The Bold and the Beautiful for an extended length of time, she might be a new love interest for Eric. After all, he’s been without a woman for quite some time now.
B&B recently cast Alley Mills’ (who plays Pam) real-life husband, Orson Bean, on the hit CBS soap. Bean played Howard for two episodes in January and was an airplane passenger sitting next to Liam. He was forced to listen to Liam carry on about how badly he wanted to get back to Steffy after accidentally taking a plane from L.A. to Australia with Ivy. Prior to his air date, it was speculated that maybe his character would have been linked to Pam.
With the casting of classic Hollywood actors coming to the canvas on The Bold and the Beautiful, it adds more intrigue to the show. Stephanie Forrester’s mother was played by Betty White, which was a major addition to the show.
 A few spoilers were released as to what’s about to happen with Ridge’s decision to reclaim his place at the Forrester mansion. It sounds like another war is about to begin between Ridge and his former stepson, Rick. Ridge never liked the painting of Maya hanging up above the fireplace at the Forrester mansion and he’s about to do something about it. He wants to see his mother’s painting back where it belongs. Rick had it put in storage when he decided to exchange it for Maya’s portrait.
Ridge hasn’t been on the show in recent weeks, but when he comes back to get 2016 underway, he’s set on making some changes. With Caroline expecting Thomas’ baby, he’s anxious to reset a few things around him.
The Bold and the Beautiful airs weekdays on CBS.

Y&R's Justin Hartley: Hottest Leading man on Daytime

 American actor Justin Scott Hartley was born on January 29, 1977 in Knoxville, Illinois. He is a product of Southern Illinois University Carbondale as well as of the University of Illinois at Chicago. During his college days, he majored both history and theater. His career in acting started in the year 2002 when he played the role Nicholas Foxworth “Fox” Crane on the TV series Passions until 2006.
 After his successful performance with the said TV series, he was able to land another role which was on Smallville by which he acted as Green Arrow and Oliver Queen until 2011. He also had appearances on films including Race You to the Bottom, Red Canyon, Spring Breakdown, and several others. Presently, he appearred as Scott Thompson on the TV series Mistresses. Now he is playing the role of a lifetime as the devious badboy "Adam Newman", on America's #1 Daytime drama, The Young and the Restless since 2014.
Justin is apparently one of the Hollywood guys who possess such incredibly ripped physique. His secrets? Of  course, regularly hitting the gym and doing grueling workout. He is known to be performing various exercises such as working out by using machines, cables, and free weights. And whenever he’s spent out at the gym, he usually shifts to cardio exercises.
 And to come up with well-developed muscles, he opts for foods that are loaded with protein and carbs as well as foods with omega fats.

Body Measurement (2014 – Age 37)
Height: 191 cm | 6 feet, 3 Inches
Weight: 76 kg | 167 lbs
Chest: 107 cm | 42  in
Bicep: 41 cm | 16 in
Hip Size: 81 cm | 32 in

Susan Lucci opens up about her Grandson

Susan Lucci (Erica Kane, “ All My Children;”  Sheila Foley, "Dallas", Genevieve Delatour, "Devious Maids" ) opened up about her grandson’s battle with cerebral palsy on a recent episode of “The Dr. Oz Show.” Together, Lucci and her daughter, Liza Huber (ex-Gwen Winthrop, “Passions”), shared the emotions they went through upon learning Liza’s son Brendan, now 7, had the non-progressive neurological disorder.

“He was just about two years old,” recounted Huber, noting that she went through “a flood of emotions. It was every emotion you could think of. It was sadness, because I knew he would have to be dealing with cerebral palsy for the rest of his life, but also tremendous gratitude, because I knew he would be able to walk and many others could not.”
Lucci’s first thought was how she could support her daughter during the trying time. “I wanted to be there in whatever way I could, if my presence, in any way, could comfort Liza,” she confided.
However, during the first three weeks that Brendan was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Lucci was starring on “All My Children” and appearing on “Dancing With the Stars.”
“I was working on both coasts at the same time,” explained Lucci, noting that she and her dancing partner Tony Dovolani would take the red eye from Los Angeles across the country on Tuesday nights after the show. “We would get to New York and take a little nap. 
 Then, I would take a shower, go to the hospital, go dance with Tony, do ‘All My Children’ on Thursday and Friday, and when we would finish shooting, I would go to the late visit with Liza [at] the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.”
From the moment they got Brendan’s diagnosis, Lucci, Huber and the whole family worked together to help the boy live a full life. And it has paid off. Today, he is an active child, who likes to play with his friends and siblings and is also a cub scout.
“He’s just a wonderful boy,” boasted Lucci. “He’s so creative and imaginative… with a great  sense of humor. I always say about Brendan that he’s got velvet eyes, because when he knows you, he’s very responsive… very warm. So his eyes are very velvety.”
“He also has such an empathy about him, because he had such a hard start to life,” added Huber.
“If somebody trips on the playground, he’s the first one to go over and genuinely ask, ‘are you okay?’ and tries to help them up. He’s such a special boy with a really kind soul.”
Huber explained that her son has cerebral palsy spastic diplegia, which is in his legs. Yet, he is able to walk independently, “which I feel very, very grateful for, of course,” she said. “He’s got challenges. He has difficulty getting himself dressed. We’re having difficulty, of course, learning how to swim [and] kicking the legs… But we’re going to get there.”
As for taking their personal story public, Lucci and Huber agreed that since they have “this wonderful platform,” they wanted to “shine the light” on the disorder and it’s many different faces.
“Also, if i’m trying to hide it, what does that say to him?” asked Huber. “I want him to be proud of himself.I don’t want him to ever feel bad at all. I want him to just shout his accomplishments from the rooftop.”
“Liza has a wonderful industrial size trampoline in her backyard with a large fence around, so nobody can come flying out,” shared Lucci. “Brendan has an older brother, a younger sister and another brother, and they all run to the trampoline. He may not be the first one to get there, but he gets there. He rips those braces off, and he’s up there.
“I always tell him, ‘It may not be pretty, but get it done. Do it. Do it however you can do it, but push yourself and do it, because you can,'” added Huber.
Currently, Brendan gets physical therapy five days a week and on occasion he gets Botox treatments. “It releases the muscles in people with cerebral palsy,” noted Huber. There’s also a surgery that we are investigating. So that’s going to be a journey that we’re going to be on.”
“I knew nothing about cerebral palsy and working with UCP of New York City, I started to learn that it’s a large umbrella with many different stages,” added Lucci. “And you can live this fantastic life,     because these are modern times and they’re making strides all the time. I love Liza’s attitude, how she is with Brendan. I think this kind of upbringing encourages Brendan to be the best Brendan he can be, and he’s fantastic. He’s a great boy.”