Happy birthday to Belinda Carlisle! The Go-Go’s frontwoman turns 53 today. Yesterday marked the three-year wedding anniversary of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. Congratulations to the lovely power couple!
Out contestants Vicci Martinez and Beverly McClellan had me glued to my television set during the first season of NBC’s The Voice. During the run of the show, judge Adam Levine commended The Voice for featuring gay artists and not hiding their sexual orientations from the audience. Levine, who is now Out magazine’s cover boy, criticized other reality competition shows for not being open about allowing their contestants to be, well, open.
In an interview with EW, American Idol, Pop Idol and So You Think You Can Dance? producer Nigel Lythgoe responded to Levine’s accusation, saying:
To be frank, I didn’t understand why we’re talking about contestants being gay or not gay. I don’t go into my dentist and say, “Are you gay?’ I don’t say to contestants on So You Think You Can Dance, “Are you gay?” What does it got to do with me? What does it got to do with anybody? When does privacy stop in this country? If somebody wants to say they’re gay, it’s up to them. You don’t expect us to turn around and say, “Are you gay?” Why would we do that? — “By the way, he’s a Catholic and he supports Obama and here’s his sexuality’” — what does that have anything to do with singing talent? Maybe it does for Adam Levine, but not for me.
Are you on Team Levine or Team Lythgoe? I’m Team Bald Beverly!
Emma Stone is on the cover of September’s Teen Vogue. Stone, whose face appears to be everywhere these days, talks about The Amazing Spider-Man, having a panic-attack on the set of Crazy Stupid Love and being called an "old soul."
Stone said, "I mean, what is an old soul? Let’s just tell the world that this is BS, and I’m not an old soul. I am a screaming, newborn, just-slapped baby."
Emily Blunt and Rosemary DeWitt (any relation to Joyce DeWitt?) star as two sisters from Seattle in the “emotionally twisted” film Your Sister’s Sister. The plot is hush hush because apparently it will ruin the movie’s surprise. (I love surprises!) Blunt plays Iris the more successful sister while DeWitt plays Hannah, the troubled sister.
Blunt tells EW:
Basically in this little piece, everyone has got a secret. Everyone trying to keep their secret. It’s a comedy in many ways, a comedy of errors, but also very poignant. It’s an exploration of sisters bond and how complicated that is. No one can break your heart like your sibling can.
Your Sister’s Sister is bisexual director Lynn Shelton‘s follow-up to Hump Day and will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.
There’s always a chance on that show. [The showrunners] have not given me the final, like, “You’re gone,” so I don’t know. I don’t know. I had so much fun on that show. [Sophie-Anne] was hilarious to play. It’s super-fun.
I would love to do a comedy. I’m actually — well I don’t think I can talk about it yet. But, hopefully there’ll be a comedy in the future. That’s what I really want to do. I’m really kind of a silly person in real life. Everyone that knows me is shocked that I haven’t done a comedy because I’m kind of a clown.
Jodie Foster is looking for aliens. The Academy Award-winning actress has contributed to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute to keep it up and running through the end of the year. SETI was shut down in April due to lack of federal funds. The actress said of her involvement:
I’m a SETIStar because, just like Ellie Arroway, the ATA is “good to go” and we need to return it to the task of searching newly discovered planetary worlds for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence.
Dakota Fanning has teamed up with Emma Thompson to star in the title role of Effie. The biopic is about "the unfortunate marriage between Euphemia Gray and the famed critic John Ruskin in 1850s London." Thompson, who wrote the film’s screenplay, stars at Gray’s confidant, Lady Eastlake. (That would be an awesome dog name.) Effie is set to shoot in Scotland, London and Italy in October.
Photo of the Day:
Emmy host Jane Lynch tweeted a photo of herself and Glee co-star Matthew Morrison.