INTERVIEW: Melissa Etheridge On Becoming a Gay Icon, Defeating Breast Cancer, and Why You Should Bring an Extra T-Shirt to Her Concert

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“There’s an exchange of energy and spirit between the audience and myself,” says Melissa Etheridge, the iconic singer/songwriter who is bringing her “This Is M.E.” tour to Philadelphia in November. “For some people, it’s the only spiritual thing they do: go to a concert to move, to feel.” Read more »

LISTEN: Neil Patrick Harris Chats With Terry Gross About Playing Hedwig, Escaping Doogie Howser and Coming Out in Press Release in 2006

In the latest episode of Philly-produced podcast Fresh Air, host Terry Gross conducts an interview with triple-threat talent and one of today’s shiniest gay stars, Neil Patrick Harris.

Harris was there to chat about his new memoir Choose Your Own Autobiography, which is structured like one of those choose-your-own-adventure books you probably read as a kid. Throughout the course of interview he and Gross cover everything from escaping the Doogie Howser label and playing a transgender dynamo in his Tony-winning role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch to his decision to reveal he was gay via press release in 2006 when bloggers like Perez Hilton were putting pressure on him to come out.

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Cate Blanchett to Star in Tim Burton Remake of Mary Poppins?

Screen Shot 2014-10-10 at 12.12.42 PMJust a spoonful of sugar made us say “OMG” today when we heard a rumor about a Tim Burton remake of the ever popular film Mary Poppins.

We love us some Julie Andrews, but can you imagine the Blue Jasmine star donning a nanny outfit with a bag full of tricks? Add the fact that Tim Burton would be directing, and we think this might be right up there with all of the hype over Maleficent.

Reports also suggest that Sam Riley would be co-starring as chimney sweep Burt.

Take a look at what appears to be a leaked copy of the movie poster below. Can we say “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”?

10 Things You Probably Never Knew About Desperate Housewives on the Gay-Loved Show’s 10th Anniversary

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Do you know what day it is? Yes, it’s October 3rd, Lindsey, but most importantly, it’s the 10th anniversary of the night we were introduced to the white-picketed world of Wisteria Lane—and the ladies who live there—on ABC’s Desperate Housewives. From that infamous “Pilot” episode (which garnered 21.6 million viewers, the best showing for ABC in a decade at that time), all of us were instantly hooked on the bizarrely brilliant characters and drawn into their world of lies, scandal, death, desperation and, ahem, the seduction of one smokin’-hot gardener.

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Tracy Morgan May Never Perform Again, Says Attorney

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The future of 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan is still uncertain following a serious car accident in Mercer County, New Jersey, in June.

Morgan’s attorney, Benedict Morelli, tells the New York Post that the comedian suffered a “debilitating brain injury” when a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer crashed into his limo bus, and that “the jury’s still out” about whether or not he’ll ever perform again.

“The doctors don’t know the answer. I don’t know the answer,” he says.

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Kevin Hart to Be Guest Judge on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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Philly’s own Kevin Hart will fill in for Len Goodman as guest judge on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars next Monday, September 29th. Next week’s episode is “Movie Night,” and Hart will help Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli judge the final 11 celebrity contestants and their partners as they celebrate songs from the silver screen.

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Kathy Griffin to Take Over Joan Rivers’ Spot on E!’s Fashion Police

Joan Rivers and Kathy Griffin (via Shutterstock)

Joan Rivers and Kathy Griffin (via Shutterstock)

Everyone’s favorite red-headed fag hag Kathy Griffin is in talks to take over the late Joan Rivers’ spot on the popular E! show Fashion Police. According to several reports, Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, has given E! network her graces to continue the half-hour program that takes a no-holds-bar approach to critiquing Hollywood’s fashion choices (or, as Joan would have put it, the “fash-holes”).

Although the program will never be quite the same without Joan’s amazingly abrasive humor, we are quite excited about what Kathy will bring to the table.

As Joan would have said, “Can we talk?”

 

SQUEAL: Bette Midler Putting Out a New Album

Billboard has the scoop on Bette Midler’s new album—the first the diva has recorded since 2006.

bette midler its the girlsFor her first studio album in eight years, Bette Midler is revisiting some of the vocalists who shaped her the most—girl groups—on It’s The Girls, due November 4tth via Warner Bros. Records.

The album spans seven decades of famous girl groups, from ‘30s trios The Boswell Sisters and The Andrews Sisters (“Bei Mir Bist Du Schön”) to ‘90s R&B legends TLC (wait til you hear Midler’s cabaret take on “Waterfalls.”)

Evidently, the Divine Miss M is planning to take it on the road, too:

Though she’s teased retirement from the road over the years, a new tour is in the works, too, a spokeswoman for Midler teases.

Fingers crossed she comes near Philly. More from Billboard, including the full track list here.

André 3000 Wants Kevin Hart to Play Big Boi in Outkast Biopic

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In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Outkast’s André 3000 chats about playing Jimi Hendrix in the upcoming Jimi: All is By My Side. During the course of the conversation he teases an Outkast biopic, and how he’d like a certain Philly comedian to play his sidekick Big Boi.

Rapper André Benjamin worked obsessively on his startling portrayal of Jimi Hendrix in the new film Jimi: All Is By My Side, and he already has ideas about a potential biopic for his group Outkast. “It would be great to make an Outkast movie right now, but instead of really serious, make it a full comedy — like Kevin Hart would play Big Boi,” he said of his rapping partner last night. And as himself? “We should cast somebody stupid — like Leonardo [DiCaprio].”

[Rolling Stone]

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