Anna Paquin, Cindy Lauper, Whoopi Goldberg, are some of those featured in a new PSA for the Give a Damn campaign, started by Lauper's True Colors Fund which fights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights. [Note: the video above will pop up and start playing on its own out of the blue – or rather, out of the white space.]
Not surprisingly, the announcement that “one hate crime is committed approximately every hour of every day” in the United States or that “in the past 16 years over 13,000 men and women have been discharged from the military for being gay” didn't cause much of a commotion. (Who gives a damn?)
Instead, the Internet has been abuzz because of the earth-shattering revelation that Anna Paquin calls herself bisexual in the PSA. (Clay Aiken calls himself gay and Cindy Lauper says she's straight as well, but those announcements aren't considered “revelations.”)
Find out more about We Give a Damn at wegiveadamn.org.
Daniel Radcliffe to Sing and Dance on Broadway: 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying'
Daniel Radcliffe, the star of the Harry Potter franchise, is returning to Broadway to sing and dance in a revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The musical is scheduled to open in spring 2011.
Radcliffe will play the ambitious young man who goes from the mailroom to very corporate top. The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, a humorous critique of American corporate culture, features a score by Frank Loesser, and book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert.
Rob Ashford will direct and choreograph the new production.
Robert Morse starred in the original back in 1961, and went on to reprise the role in David Swift's 1967 film version opposite Michele Lee and Rudy Vallee.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying was revived on Broadway in 1995, with Matthew Broderick in the lead.
Radcliffe made his Broadway debut in 2008 in a revival of Equus, in which his performance as a troubled young man reaped widespread praise. He'll next be seen at the movies in David Yates' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, which opens Nov. 19.
Photo: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Jaap Buitendijk / Warner Bros.)
James Cameron & Sigourney Weaver Plant Tree in Brazil
Avatar's Sigourney Weaver and James Cameron are in Brazil promoting both the release of the sci-fi blockbuster on DVD and Blu-ray in that country, and the Earth Day Network/Fox Home Entertainment effort to have 1 million trees planted around the world.
In this photo, Weaver and Cameron can be seen planting – or at least posing as if they're planting – a pau-brasil tree in the Ibirapuera Park in the city of São Paulo on Sunday, April 11. Some say the tree gave the name to the country; others say the country gave the name to the tree. Take your pick.
Anyhow, it all matches Avatar's pro-nature stance. And it's also worth noting that the pau-brasil is nearly extinct. And that the tree in question is the first of the million trees to be planted globally.
Also in Brazil, Sigourney Weaver told local reporters that Cameron would have won the Academy Award for Best Director earlier this year if not for the fact that “Jim didn't have breasts, and I think that was the reason; he should have taken home that Oscar.”
Weaver then added, “In the past, Avatar would have won [the Best Picture Oscar] because they [the Academy] loved to hand out awards to big productions, like Ben-Hur. Today it's fashionable to give the Oscar to a small movie that nobody saw.”
(Please note that the above is an English translation from a Portuguese translation of whatever it was that Weaver said in English.)
The “small movie that nobody saw,” of course, was the Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker, directed by one of Cameron's former wives, Kathryn Bigelow. Bigelow became the first woman to ever win a Best Director Academy Award.
Photo: Avatar (Mark Fellman / 20th Century Fox)
Jake Gyllenhaal 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time' Hollywood Premiere
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, directed by Mike Newell and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, will have its Hollywood premiere on Monday, May 17, 2010, at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. The event will benefit the American Film Institute.
Also as part of the AFI benefit, Mann Chinese 6 and El Capitan Theatre will present “A Cinematic Celebration of Jerry Bruckheimer,” which will include screenings of Bruckheimer-produced fare such as Armageddon, with Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, and Ben Affleck; National Treasure, starring Nicolas Cage; Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, with Oscar nominee Johnny Depp; and Top Gun, the movie that turned Tom Cruise into an international box office superstar.
Each screening will be introduced by an actor or filmmaker from the movie.
American Film Institute website.
Oprah Winfrey 'Restrictive' + Conan O'Brien TV Drama
Kitty Kelley's Oprah: A Biography, unauthorized, of course, is due out Tuesday. USA Today reports Kelley's claims that her Oprah will show the real Oprah Winfrey in “high-definition.” However, high-definition is only worth having if you have a quality TV set.
“… [A]nd I'll tell you why. In promoting this book, we have already been told by Barbara Walters' producer, No, you cannot be on The View, I cannot disrupt my relationship with Oprah. Joy Behar, the same thing. Charlie Rose; Larry King said, I will not do it, it might upset Oprah. Even David Letterman.”
According to Kelley's USA Today interview, Oprah will not address Winfrey's friendship with Gayle King (“I know people are expecting me to 'out' her. But I think she's just asexual. And if she is (gay), she is never ever, ever going to come out. So relax, people”).
Kelley also adds that she knows the identity of Winfrey's purported “secret biological father.” Who will remain nameless in the book. Bummer.
According to Damien Bona and Mason Wiley's Inside Oscar “Oprah Winfrey said when people accused her of playing an Aunt Jemima role [in The Color Purple], 'At first I was very kind. Now I'm just ready to slap them.'”
More recently, Winfrey was credited as one of the executive producers of the Academy Award-nominated drama Precious, which won Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay (Geoffrey Fletcher) and Best Supporting Actress (Mo'Nique).
Photo: Oprah Winfrey in The Color Purple (Warner Bros.)
Late night talk show host Conan O'Brien will be finding a new home at Time Warner's TBS, not Fox (will heads gonna roll?) as most had predicted until recently.
Considering all the publicity surrounding what has gone on behind the scenes since Jay Leno usurped O'Brien's place on NBC – which led O'Brien to spend his days tweeting, etc – I just can't imagine that someone somewhere won't try to make a movie out of this soap opera. Network meets Broadcast News meets The Insider: It Happened One Late Night, or something.
O'Brien is one of those included in Time magazine's list of most influential people of 2010 – at #7 (perhaps because of all those tweets) – along with the likes of Lady Gaga, Rain, Adam Lambert, Shah Rukh Khan, Robert Pattinson, Neil Patrick Harris, Elton John, Barack Obama, Cristiano Ronaldo, the Lost creators, Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Warren Buffet, Prince, Preity Zinta, Tiger Woods, and Banksy.
Conan O'Brien's TBS show is expected to debut in November.