September 29, 2014

George Clooney & Those Gay Rumours

Actor/activist George Clooney is back in the headlines this weekend for his Venice wedding to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin... not that he has been out of the headlines for the last decade or two.

Long one of Hollywood's "confirmed bachelors" despite a string of starlet and model girlfriends, there were gay rumours that circulated around his apparent refusal to marry.

Clooney took part in the marriage equality play 8 in 2012, and his he took on those rumours at the same time. His answer was awesome....

The gay rumor has followed you for years.
I think it’s funny, but the last thing you’ll ever see me do is jump up and down, saying, “These are lies!” That would be unfair and unkind to my good friends in the gay community. I’m not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing. My private life is private, and I’m very happy in it. Who does it hurt if someone thinks I’m gay? I’ll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don’t give a shit.

When did you decide to get involved in the fight for marriage equality?
It’s always been this albatross that stood out to me as the final leg of the civil rights movement. It really came to a head during the 2004 elections, when it was used as a wedge issue, and it was a very effective tool to keep the Republicans in office and to avoid talking about other issues. Well before Prop. 8, I’ve made the point that every time we’ve stood against equality, we’ve been on the wrong side of history. It’s the same kind of argument they made when they didn’t want blacks to serve in the military, or when they didn’t want blacks to marry whites. One day the marriage equality fight will look as archaic as George Wallace standing on the University of Alabama steps keeping James Hood from attending college because he was black. People will be embarrassed to have been on the wrong side. So it’s encouraging to know that this too will seem like such a silly argument to our next generation. There are even a lot of young conservatives today for whom marriage equality isn’t an issue. It always takes government an extra generation to catch up to the people.

What can we say? Smart, talented, started on The Facts of Life, works to make the world a better place... YAY George!

September 25, 2014

New Fall TV Season Report Card

As I write this we are watching the much-hyped series premiere of How To Get Away With Murder, the new show from Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes. So far, looks like will be addictive....

The big networks still operate on a traditional school-year type TV season, and they are now mid launch of the new season.

Gotta say with Netflix movies on my computer and NextIssue magazines on my iPad, I care less what the big networks do...

Still, with PVR and on-demand I have been able to catch a fair sampling of what has been on, so here's the best and worst of what has launched and returned so far:


Mysteries of Laura
Super talented Will & Grace star Debra Messing is a single mom and rogue police officer in a generic cop show, which will be her third series to fail since W&G ended... gone by Christmas.

Former Today show and The View host Meredith Viera launches her own daily talk show; I watched 20 minutes last week and was embarrassed for her. Will be gone faster than you can remember the last big daytime bomb Katie.

The View
Returning Rosie O'Donnell, who I usually love, dominates as though she is both moderator and last word on all subject..  it's too much pushy Rosie. Granted, it's better than last year's Jenny McCarthy train wreck but still awkward.  Whoopi looks bored, the two newbies look uncomfortable.

The Batman origin series is beautifully, expensively shot, and yet predictable and empty. Glad I saw the premiere, no need to watch it again.

New Girl
The season premiere was awkward and unfunny. These writers are out of stories. Put this one out to pasture already.


The Good Wife
While most series peter out after a few years, The Good Wife hit a creative high last year in season five, and roared back with a smart twisty suspenseful season six premiere this week... the best show on TV.

The Big Bang Theory
Brilliant nerds who are always funny. Love it.

The season premiere was less crazy than last year but still as suspenseful and surprising. Addictive.

Surprisingly funny sitcom, and less preachy than expected, about a modern black family where the father worries his kids may not be black enough.

Madame Secretary
Solid if non-explosive premiere, with Tea Loni as fake Hillary Clinton... great potential to become a political Good Wife. Or maybe the next Commander In Chief* (* a failed Geena Davis as first female president series).

The verdict is still out on Nashville and The Mindy Project who had 'meh' debuts, and I am not even gonna try the CSI or NCIS spin-off's... I have all the episodes of Outlander on my PVR and haven't watched one yet.

What are you watching?