Most often it is those on stage who fear the written word, but this time the barrels of ink and reams of paper have gotten Ben Brantley in trouble. Noted New York Times theater critic was busy lauding praise upon Hugh Jackman and used a term that sent the collective Internet into a tizzy. He referred to the actor as bisexual.
Now, Brantley puts the word in context, making it clear he does not intend to insinuate that the popular actor and heartthrob is gay. Brantley is saying that Jackman is unapologetic about his love of musicals while loving playing Wolverine, a character who would rather regrow an arm than sit through The Boy from Oz. Brantley is not the first to discuss sexuality with regards to the actor. Hugh Jackman’s wife has repeatedly shot down rumors that he is indeed homosexual.
Brantley’s assertion is not meant to challenge this. However, one look down the comment board and hateful comments spew forth, from multiple sides. One lady accused Brantley of being unable to accept that he has no chance with her. Another person, whose name was simply displayed as J, “can’t think of anything more insidiously terrible than Hugh Jackman, or any red meat eating male for that matter, prancing about shirtless in a silly musical”.
Really, the most intriguing aspect of the article is not the use of any language or loaded terms, but that Jackman is unable to carry himself on stage with the same intrigue as Judy Garland. I never witnessed this spectacle on stage, but his description definitely piques my interest. Garland allegedly adored and resented her audience. Jackman, unequivocally, loves his legions of fans however they come – male, female, gay, or straight. He is the LBGT’s choice for a superhero, a performer comfortable in his own skill and able to play roles ranging from a Broadway legend to a man teeming with testosterone.
If only the Internet could focus on Jackman’s range as an actor and let the messenger live. Currently Hugh Jackman tickets are on sale to see this limited engagement at the Broadhurst Theater, one of the few Broadway venues to embrace the American “er” instead of the British “re”.
Wedding bells were ringing again for 2 couples this weekend. Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag from “The Hills” said their” I do’s” this weekend in front of 200 family and friends in California on Saturday afternoon. That is quite a change from the private ceremony they had together when they eloped to Mexico 5 months ago. In attendance were Lauren Conrad, Brody Jenner, Audrina Partridge and Kristin Cavallari to name a few. Now you might be thinking that Lauren Conrad said she would never be at their wedding and here she was. IT seems that everyone was a bit shocked. And then there was Brody Jenner and his ex Kristin Cavallari while Brody was there with his new girlfriend.awkward! The wedding was filmed so you will be able to see it for yourself on MTV sometime in the future. Should be interesting to see it all unfold. The other couple to celebrate with family and friends this weekend was Salma Hayek and her hubby Francois – Henri Pinault. The two got married Valentine’s Day at city hall but this time did it Hollywood style. They were married at the famous Venice Teatro La Fenice Opera and were joined by many of their famous friends including, Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ed Norton and Ashley Judd. Bono from U2 was there and even did a little singing for the bride and groom. They had 150 guests join them for the event and the party lasted until after 3:00 a.m.
Can Beyonce get any hotter these days? IN addition to touring, her new movie “Obsessed” came out this weekend and topped the charts as the #1 movie pushing aside Zac Efrons movie, “17 Again”. The movie is great and also stars Idris Elba and Ali Larter. It is all about a successful corporate man with the beautiful wife and who meets the beautiful temp who turns into crazy stalker girl. Sounds familiar but the 3 of them are great and Beyonce shines as always. John Mayer and his love life are in the news again. This time he is setting the record straight and telling the paparazzi that he is not with anyone right now. Well good to know John thanks for sharing. In other news a Golden Girl passed away this weekend at the age of 86. Bea Arthur, known for her hit roles in sitcoms like “The Golden Girls” and “Maude” died in her home this weekend. She had been battling cancer. Her two co stars from “The Golden Girls” and the only 2 left, Betty White, who is 87 and Rue McClanahan who is 75, appeared on “The Today Show” to remember their dear friend.
The premiere of the new movie “X – Men Origins: Wolverine”, staring Hugh Jackman, was due to premiere in Mexico City this Wednesday. However it has been cancelled due to the swine flu outbreak there. Currently over 100 people have died and the government has asked its residents to stay home and they have shut down schools. Many movie theatres have also been shut down so of course canceling the premiere was the only option. Pretty scary.
Ending with a little love news…how cute is this? The two lovebirds from the movie “Slumdog Millionaire” are a real couple. Dev Patel is 19 and Freida Pinto is 24, and Patel’s mom says the couple is happy as can be.
Well by now you have probably heard about all the big winners from last night. “Slumdog Millionaire” swept the evening with 8 wins, including Best Picture and Best Director. Then there was Penelope Cruz who won Best Actress and Sean Penn won best actor. One of the most touching moments of the night was when Heath Ledger won for Best Supporting Actor and his award was accepted by his family on behalf of his daughter, Matilda. Oh did the speech and watching the family up there, not just make you want to bawl your eyes out? Best Supporting Actress went to the very lovely, Kate Winslet. Now with that all being said and done let’s talk about the fun stuff at the very stuffy and oh so long event that took place at the Kodak theatre in Los Angeles.
First off, it is no wonder that Hugh Jackman was voted sexiest man alive by People Magazine! I thought he did a great job, but honestly he could have stood there for 4 hours and not said anything and I would feel the same way. His opening number, which was his version of a downsized number due to cut backs and the economy, was hysterical. I must say I never knew what a great singer Hugh was and that Anne Hathaway could belt it like she did?
Beyonce stole the show with her number with Hugh Jackman. The woman is an amazing performer and the musical performance they did together was great. Beyonce is just captivating and when you watch her you just can’t take your eyes off her. I have to say though, that the funniest part of the evening, was the spoof of the Joaquin Phoenix debacle on David Letterman that Ben Stiller and Natalie Portman portrayed as they presented the nominees for cinematography. What is it about Joaquin Phoenix that I just can’t get enough of? And for all those waiting to see what happened when Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston crossed paths for the first time, you will be happy to know the world did not come to an end. Jennifer Aniston presented Best Animated Film with funny man Jack Black, right in front of Brad and Angelina. IT’s seems that everyone was all smiles throughout the evening. Angie and Brad smiled while Jen was onstage and in turn Jennifer clapped when Angelina was introduced for Best Actress and Brad for Best actor. The two couples were also seated just 12 seats away from each other during the show. IT was nice to have a drama free event. All in all, although a bit on the LONG side the show was a success.