Well that didn’t last long. First comes love. Then comes same-sex marriage. But then no baby carriage in this case just same-sex divorce. Equal rights for all. I kid ;)
After three years of marriage, Jane Lynch (52) and Dr. Lara Embry (44) have decided to part ways. The two met at a fundraiser in 2009 where Embry was being honored. The following year the happy couple married on Memorial Day in Sunderland, Massachusetts. The wedding was attended by 19 friends and family including Embry’s daughter, Haden, with whom Lynch has gotten very close. The Glee actress gave the following statement to People magazine.
“Lara and I have decided to end our marriage. This has been a difficult decision for us as we care very deeply about one another. We ask for privacy as we deal with this family matter.” – Jane Lynch
Lynch can be currently seen on Broadway in the revival of Annie. If you missed the Tonys last night, click here to check out her performance during the telecast.
It was all razzle and dazzle last night in New York City for the Tony Awards. Neil Patrick Harris returned for a fourth time to host the annual event celebrating the best on Broadway. Leading the pack was the Cyndi Lauper-Harvey Fierstein collaboration Kinky Boots which walked away with six awards, including best musical, best original score (Lauper) and best leading man (Billy Porter).
Speaking of Porter, his win was part of a historic night for African-American actors, who took three out of the four acting awards. Patina Miller and Cicely Tyson won for Pippin and The Trip to Bountiful respectively. Tyson returned to Broadway after a 30 year absence. It was the 79-year-old’s first Tony win. Not only did she look fantastic, but she delivered an elegantly poised heartwarming speech. Love this woman.
Other big winners of the night were Matilda the Musical and Pippin which won four awards apiece. Christopher Durang’s comical Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike won the best play Tony.
As you would expect, the telecast featured some amazing musical numbers. This year’s batch included ones from Motown the Musical, Bring It On The Musical, Pippin, Matilda The Musical and of course Kinky Boots to name a few. The cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella performed “Impossible.” As good as that number was, the song (for me) will forever be associated with Brandy and Whitney Houston. Loved their duet on the Disney musical from eons ago.
The highlight for me though was one that featured actors from recently canceled NBC shows performing with Harris. Andrew Rannells (The New Normal), Laura Benanti (Go On) and Megan Hilty (Smash) hilariously sang/talked about their failed Hollywood projects. Definitely a must-see. Check out all the memorable performances from last night below.
Since a new episode of Glee airs tonight, I thought I’d share this fun clip. Jane Lynch recently stopped by Conan to share a run-in with Nicki Minaj at Elton John’s Oscar party. She informed the American Idol judge that Ryan Murphy had Sue Sylvester perform “Super Bass” on an upcoming episode.
Conan O’Brien asked if she still knew the rap. The 52-year-old actress quickly busted out a verse from the track and slayed it. Afterward, Lynch joked that her rapping skills could come in handy to intimidate people. “They don’t expect it from the six foot white lady,” she said. Check out Jane’s dope rapping skills below.
In other Glee-related news, Jessica Sanchez revealed to MTV.com, that she’s heading to film her long-reported appearance soon. The American Idol Season 11 runner-up said the following:
“As far as ‘Glee,’ I have no script yet. I’ll be taping very, very soon. I got a call from them, like, a couple days ago, very, very excited. I’ve been practicing my acting. It’s like a whole new element for me. I’ve never acted before, so I mean, it’s just like dancing; it’s unexpected. So we’ll see how I do.” – Jessica Sanchez
Admittedly, I’m a sucker for year-end lists and just can’t enough of them. So imagine my joy this morning when I learned Out magazine released their Out 100 list. I was like a gay kid in a gay candy store. Oh happy day.
The publication honors the most compelling lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from all walks of life including celebrities, writers, politicians, artists, entrepreneurs and so forth. To celebrate this annual issue, the publication bestowed the honor of gracing the cover to four individuals- Jane Lynch (The Entertainer), Boy George (The Legend), Sharon Needles (The Stylemaker) and Andrew Rannells (The Ingenue). All four covers are fantastic and I can’t decide which one is the best.
A few others that made that made the OUT 100 list include Isis King (ANTM trans model), Michael Urie (Partners), Mika (singer), Elton John & his hubby David Furnish, Patrick Abner & Thomas Roberts (HIV community liaison and MSNBC anchor, newlyweds) and Omar Sharif Jr. (advocate). I also wanted to mention (thank and blame) entrepreneurs Jason Goldberg & Bradford Shellhammer for FAB.com. You don’t even want to know how much I spend over there ;) If you have time, I definitely recommend heading over to OUT.com to check out the pics of each 100 honorees and the story behind them. It’s inspiring and educational. Check out the other covers below.
Just in case you forgot, Election Day for our American readers is just around the corner. With gay marriage on the ballot in Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington, it’s important the LGBT community head to the polls in droves to cast their vote for this issue and to choose between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney for President. Not surprisingly, a majority of ‘out’ celebrities in Hollywood are endorsing Obama. Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Billie Jean King, George Takei, Wanda Sykes, Zachary Quinto, and Chaz Bono share why they’re supporting President Obama and why Mitt Romney isn’t the choice for them in a new PSA.
Not only does each celebrity reveal why they’re voting for Barack, but they also share personal stories growing up closeted. The family photos are adorable and stories extremely touching. The five-minute clip also does an excellent job of highlighting Obama’s LGBT achievements ranging from the 2011 repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy to his recent interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, supporting gay marriage.
My only negative criticism of the video is the small part where they do a little Romney bashing. I understand that’s all part of the political game, but I just wish they focused on the positives of Obama and the personal stories of each celebrity, and not resort to that tactic. Oh well, that’s just my two cents. Check out the PSA below.
It’s election time again in the U.S. and if you haven’t registered to vote, you definitely should! The election is coming up on November 9 and your vote matters.
A bunch of celebrities got together to help encourage you to do so by sharing how they “Rock The Vote“. Essentially, with the help of Funny or Die, they bring some humor to reasons why they love voting. Jane Lynch says, “Voting is the best decision you can make. A close second is getting a One Direction tattoo on your ass – likeI did.” Kathy Griffin says, “I’m voting because everyone at the polling place is LEGAL! Seriously, I can f*ck anyone there.” LOL.
Celebrities in the video include: Miley Cyrus, Neil Patrick Harris, Jane Lynch, Josh Duhamel, Miranda Cosgrove, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Busy Phillips, Joel McHale, Tony Hawk, Kathy Griffin, Darren Criss, Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz, Chad Lowe, and Connor Paolo.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. In this case, that would be Sue Sylvester aka Jane Lynch. The actress, an outspoken supporter of Peta, recently wrote a letter to Atlanta Pride organizers, urging them to consider changing the venue for their kickoff party at the Georgia Aquarium. Lynch feels that a party of freedom should not be held in a place of captivity.
The issue stems from the fact that marine mammals are extremely sensitive to sound. I wonder why The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion a couple of seasons ago didn’t cause concern ;) Those bitches can be extremely looooooooud when they attack each other. Given the party with undoubtedly boast loud music with booming bass, this causes great concern for Peta supporters. This isn’t the first time this issue has come up. Huffington Post published an article after last year’s party criticizing the disregard for marine life.
Since this case broke last year, Tommy Lee banned Sea World from using Mötley Crüe music in its Shamu Rocks shows because of the issue of using loud music near marine mammals, and the U.S. Navy even changed routings of San Francisco-bound ships in order to stop interfering with whale migration as a result of this same sound issue. Read Jane Lynch’s letter to Atlanta Pride organizers below and comment if you agree with her sentiment.
Last year, New Kids On The Block and The Backstreet Boys teamed up for the NKOTBSB tour. Maybe someone on the Hollywood Walk of Fame committee caught the concert, because both boy bands are set to receive their own star on the famed sidewalks of Hollywood. Joining them on the 2013 list of recipients are 22 other celebrities from the world of movies, television, theater and music. Two of this year’s honorees are receiving their star posthumously.
For the first time ever, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce held a live press announcement to reveal this year’s recipients. Former “CSI” star Marg Helgenberger, who received her own star last year, announced the list of the 24 new inductees at the Roosevelt Hotel. Here’s a fact you probably didn’t know. Each celebrity has to pay $30,000 in costs and fees for the honor of having their name engraved in a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Almost sounds like sorority/fraternity fees doesn’t it?
Find out who’s getting a star in 2013 below. For me, there were a couple of people I was shocked to see on the list. Not because they didn’t deserve it, but surprised they were shunned until this point.