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04/19/2007


What To Watch This Week on TV: 'Real Housewives' Returns To NY - VIDEO

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Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— Hold on to your lace-fronts, because tonight's RuPaul's Drag Race promises to be hair-raising. Guest judges Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) and Linda Blair (The Exorcist, duh) are guest judges on the third episode of season six, titled "Scream Queens," tonight at 9 p.m. on Logo.

More picks and clips, including TV's funniest family and some young love on Modern Family, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Five Outlandish Moments From 'Princesses: Long Island'

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There’s a very specific type of non-competition Bravo reality show that chronicles the truly insufferable. Among the usual stories of excess and big personalities are unique studies of characters that are so widely unappealing, it’s a wonder they ever make it to air.  

Don’t get us wrong, many (some might say most) Bravo reality shows feature characters who are some combination of out of touch, overindulgent or obnoxious (or, in the case of The Real Housewives of Miami’s Lea Black, all three). However, most series redeem themselves with even-tempered charmers (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Lisa Vanderpump), self-aware quipsters (Flipping Out’s Jeff Lewis) or deliciously compelling drama (season one of The Real Housewives of New Jersey).

Then there are shows like NYC Prep and Gallery Girls, which appear to exist solely to showcase the utterly detestable. 

I’ll let you guess how to best categorize Princesses: Long Island, which wraps its first (and, please, let it be only) season Sunday on Bravo. 

Although the ladies of Long Island aren’t the most likable, their adventures have been compulsively watchable. After having spent the last several weeks following Amanda, Casey, Chanel, Erica, Joey and (especially) Ashlee as they exist in a world largely devoid of any real consequence or personal responsibility, the epic meltdown that appeared in last Sunday’s penultimate episode was immensely gratifying. It may go down in history as one of television’s most satisfying sources of schadenfreude ever (trailing just behind Alexis Neiers’ sobbing voicemail fiasco on E!‘s Pretty Wild). 

Get acquainted with this summer’s best show to hate-watch below. We’ve collected some of this season’s most outlandish moments before Sunday’s finale, so you’ll know what everyone is kvetching about come Monday morning.

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Cory Monteith Died of Overdose of Heroin and Alcohol: Coroner

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Actor Cory Monteith died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol, according to the British Columbia coroner's office, the AP reports:

The British Columbia coroner's office says in a statement Tuesday that "there is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith's death was anything other than a most tragic accident."

Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room over the weekend.

Since his death, details have emerged about his last film role playing a street hustler addicted to drugs in the yet-to-be-released, McKanick.  The film's director, Josh C. Waller, spoke to The LA Times about Monteith's desire to delve into his troubled past for the role:

“In my mind, I was envisioning a teeny little drug guy [for the role], but Cory Monteith is this tall, strapping man,” Waller said in an interview on Sunday, hours after the actor was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room. “But when I met with him, he wanted to do it so badly. He was very vocal about his past, and said he wanted to tap into things from his youth that he hadn’t been able to use as an actor yet.”

Though the film has yet to find distribution, Waller hopes that people will get to see Monteith in a role that he took pride in:

"It's tricky, because you know there's a group of people that want to see the movie because it’s his last film — but by no means does anybody want to exploit the tragedy...I want people to see the movie, because Cory deserves that. People would ultimately see that he had a lot more to offer artistically, and it's a shame that this happened because now he can't explore that."

Watch a clip, courtesy of Yahoo Movies, of Monteith in his last role in McKanick AFTER THE JUMP...

Monteith2Bravo has announced it will re-air the episode of Inside The Actors Studio that features Monteith among the other cast members of Glee, The Huffington Post reports. Host James Lipton recalled his memories of co-starring on Glee and interviewing Monteth:

"Lipton also shared Monteith's surprisingly thoughtful response to his question, 'If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?' According to Lipton, 'Cory’s God said, ‘Uh, sorry I haven’t been around. There’s a good explanation.’ Lipton added, 'I certainly hope there is. We needed Cory’s gifts.'”

Never known to miss an opportunity for hate-mongering, Westboro Baptist Church has announced that it will picket Monteith's funeral because Glee features gay characters.

According to GossipCop, upon hearing of Monteith's death, the group declared, “PRAISE GOD for killing Cory Monteith — a wicked fag-enabler before the LORD!" They later tweeted, “Westboro Baptist Church is GLEE-ful over God’s righteous judgment to end @CoryMonteith’s life! Funeral picket soon!” Perhaps most appalling was Westboro's tweet to Monteith's girlfriend and co-star, Lea Michele: “Will @msleamichele kill herself as well? Then the wedding can go on as planned IN HELL! — invites for all their fans!” Westboro also posted a "eulogy" to Monteith (pictured at right).

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Watch: 'Bullied' Beverly Hills Housewives Reunion Preview

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The latest Housewives reunion special does not break with the series' catty tradition.

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Bravo: We're Not Developing Any Type of Gay 'A-List' Show

Despite reports last month that the show had already been cast, Bravo insists that it isn't developing their own version of Logo's 'A-List' that would be something like 'The Real Gay Housewives' (or the title that was rumored, From the Bottom to the Top).

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Says Bravo Media president Frances Berwick, "No, we’re not doing a version of that [a gayHousewives]. It would not be wildly outside of our milieu to do something that focused specifically on gay characters. But as to doing Real Gay Housewives, we’re not going there. Or something like The A-list, although I never saw a full episode, we wouldn’t do that."

AfterElton also spoke with Lauren Zalanick, President NBC Universal Women and Lifestyle Entertainment Networks, who echoed Berwick's comments. Asked about reports Cohen had a "gay"Housewives show in the works, Zalanick says, "He has never talked about a gay male version of theHousewives. I’ve never heard him say that, and I don’t know why he would....[The online report is] made up, I’m telling you. There’s absolutely nothing in development and never has been. I will say we do have casting out there around a group of gay guys. In terms of Andy casting it, we have a team. We have a couple [of different shows]. I would say, really early days, we’re in development, but we’re also developing a ton of other things."


News: Invisibility, Isaac Hayes, Georgia, Bill Maher, Chelsea

road.jpg Seattle filmmaker and former city council candidate injured in anti-gay assault: "Cogswell and his friend were taken to the hospital, where Cogswell received five stitches in his cheek, and doctors found that his right orbital bone—one of the bones around the eye socket—had been fractured and his front teeth badly chipped. Cogswell says there’s a possibility that his fractured orbital bone could pinch a nerve or a muscle and require surgery. Cogswell’s friend had with scrapes and bruises."

Hayesroad.jpg RIP: Isaac Hayes dies at 65, Bernie Mac dies at 50.

road.jpg Both Obama and McCain are reportedly heavily courting the vote of one particular celebrity who has so far held out from making an endorsement - guess WHO it is.

road.jpg Gay Mormons reach out to LDS leaders: "They want the church to teach Mormon families to love and respect their gay sons and daughters, help gays and lesbians feel safe at church and to reconcile their sexual orientation and their spirituality. Affirmation had planned to make these points Monday when they were scheduled to meet with two LDS officials from the church's social services, but last month the church postponed the meeting indefinitely, said Dave Melson, Affirmation's assistant executive director, on Saturday. Instead, the LDS gay support group will present its proposals to the public at a Monday press conference."

road.jpg Why is ABC so fixated on Edwards' affair and not on McCain's adultery?

road.jpg Athletic supporter: George W. Bush displays class at the Olympics.

Invisibleroad.jpg Scientists in process of rendering invisibility: "Scientists have taken another step toward the goal of rendering objects invisible using high-tech cloaks that redirect light..."

road.jpg Some aren't happy about a new bike lane being proposed in NYC's Chelsea district, down 8th avenue.

road.jpg UK Sussex police force tells citizens to get on the beat, but sends them to a far different instructive website than they were expecting: "Designers at Sussex Police encouraged locals to get involved with Operation Beat Sweep, but directed them to a website advertising hardcore porn, policemen strippers, explicit gay movies, brothels and 'sexy adult costumes'. Instead of www.sussex.police.uk, the flyers carried the address www.sussexpolice.co.uk - a rogue site not linked in any way to the force."

road.jpg Michael Petrelis checks in on gays in Georgia following the Russian invasion.

road.jpg Big Brother 10's Ollie uses "faggot" slur.

Cookroad.jpg American Idol David Cook suits up for the Mets.

road.jpg Costa Rican gay inmates denied conjugal visits: "The Constitutional Tribunal rejected a former inmate's appeal in a lawsuit against prison authorities who suddenly stopped his weekly conjugal visits to his partner, a current inmate he met when both served time in the same jail. The high court's brief ruling said the prison authorities' decision 'falls within the scope of their rights, duties and powers'."

road.jpg Bravo plans for life post-Project Runway: "Another ingredient in Bravo's success is that 'we're a very gay-friendly network,' Berwick says. Back during the late '90s, she continues, 'we saw the impact in the ratings of gay-themed movies and a series we ran called 'My Fire Island,' ' an acquisition from England's Channel 4 about a gay couple and a lesbian couple and their summer-house time-share. So when the idea for 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' came across Berwick's desk in 2003, she didn't have to agonize before flashing the green light. Within a year, 'Queer Eye' had taken off like a comet, becoming the biggest hit in Bravo's history and bringing lots of viewers to the channel for the first time."

road.jpg Bill Maher on the Olympics: "The Olympics are pretty gay. Have you seen the opening ceremonies? Makes Cirque de Soleil look like a John Wayne movie. It's become so feminized. We have to find out that the javelin thrower is fighting diabetes and he was brought up in an orphanage."

road.jpg Pilot lands plane using text messages.


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