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Portia de Rossi is nearly unrecognizable on the cover of OUT Magazine

Portia de Rossi lands the cover of OUT Magazine’s May issue. (Ryan Murphy share’s the “dual cover” this month.) The two land the cover for bringing gay storylines to primetime TV. Portia and Ryan share their thoughts on gay-inclusive TV, the way Hollywood treats gay characters, and a peek into their private lives.

“I don’t go into a project thinking I’m a groundbreaker or a pioneer,” Murphy tells OUT contributor Natasha Vargas-Cooper. “But all my work has a gay voice and gay characters and always will. I do feel with Glee, since it skews so young, the gay characters do transmit a certain message: You are not alone. You don’t have to harm or hate yourself.” Murphy continues, “I wish I’d had this show growing up. I think if I had, I would be a lot less fearful and a lot braver.”

Murphy’s mission of being gay-inclusive in his work was not an easy one to accomplish. “When I first started working in the entertainment industry, it was out of the question to have an authentically gay character on television. Forget it! Forget it,” he recalls. “Now it’s like, if you don’t have a gay character, something is wrong with your show.”

De Rossi’s experience in trying to produce gay stories for television, however, somewhat mirrors the gap between a powerful fantasy and the sometimes more uncomfortable reality. “I had a project that I was shopping around for TV called Butch and Fay, about two gay people, very famous actors who marry each other for the sake of their career,” she tells OUT writer Shana Naomi Krochmal. “That happened a lot in the past and probably still exists today. Every single person that I brought it to was kind of titillated by the idea but ultimately shut it down, saying that being gay in the industry just wasn’t an issue anymore. I know it’s not very popular to bring this issue up, but it’s still very difficult for actors to get certain types of roles. We need to hear it some more until things change.”

The other half of the message that needs to be heard, de Rossi says, is pretty straightforward: “I really, honestly think that anybody who is openly gay and visible is powerful. It doesn’t matter what you do, you are impacting people.”

Murphy is currently working to impact his viewers emotionally, and part of that comes from raising his new son, Logan. “That’s where I think The New Normal comes from. I want to provoke people emotionally,” he says of the show loosely based on his real-life experience with spouse David Miller. “Sometimes I feel a bit prudish. With Logan in the house now, I feel like I need to cover up every Mapplethorpe print.”

De Rossi, on the other hand, is pretty certain her impact will not involve children. “There comes some pressure in your mid-30s, and you think, Am I going to have kids so I don’t miss out on something that other people really seem to love? Or is it that I really, genuinely want to do this with my whole heart?” she ponders. “I didn’t feel that my response was ‘yes’ to the latter. You have to really want to have kids, and neither of us did. So it’s just going to be me and Ellen [DeGeneres] and no babies’—but we’re the best of friends and married life is blissful, it really is. I’ve never been happier than I am right now.”

PS: Do you think Portia’s had work done on her face? Ellen Degeneres certainly has a type, doesn’t she? Portia is starting to look like Anne Heche! Just sayin.

Read OUT’s full Portia de Rossi and Ryan Murphy cover stories here.


Posted Thursday, April 11th, 2013 at 10:10am
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BREAKING: Lea Michele, Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith NOT RETURNING for ‘Glee’ season 4!

The Hollywood Reporter revealed some sad news for ‘Glee’ fans this morning. Show regulars Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Cris Colfer WILL NOT be back for the fourth season of ‘Glee’.

In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, series co-creator Ryan Murphy said that the three regulars will be among the characters who graduate at the end of the fall’s upcoming third season.

Colfer, Michele and Monteith are not going to be back at all for Season 4. Murphy tells THR: “You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticize you for not being realistic, or you can be really true to life and say when they started the show they were very clearly sophomores and they should graduate at the end of their senior year.”

Murphy added that planning for the future beyond high school will be a heavy theme during Season 3, noting that “more characters are leaving than are staying” when graduation time comes at the season’s end.

“We’ve never done anything by the book,” he said, adding that who’s graduating and who’s staying will be revealed in the Sept. 20 season premiere. “We made that decision and I involved Chris and Lea and they thought that was a good idea. They both trust the writing and trust me and felt that it would be great to have an open and closed experience for them to go out while they were on top.”

What do you think about this news? I love ‘Glee’, and I love these characters, but I don’t think I’ll be too upset when they don’t return. I kind of like the idea of bringing in new cast members!

Source, Fame

Posted Thursday, July 14th, 2011 at 8:08am
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Dave Grohl: “You shouldn’t have to do f**king Glee”

Guess Kings of Leon have found friends in the Foo Fighters!

Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl doesn’t believe bands should feel pressured to allow their music to be performed on Glee.

“It’s every band’s right, you shouldn’t have to do f**king Glee,” Grohl, 42, told The Hollywood Reporter. “Dude, maybe not everyone loves Glee. Me included. I watched ten minutes and it wasn’t my thing.”

But the former Nirvana drummer directed most of his ire at Ryan Murphy, the creator of the Fox hit, who earlier this year made disparaging remarks about the Kings of Leon and Guns & Roses legend Slash after they refused to lend their music to the program.

“The guy who created Glee is so offended that we’re not, like, begging to be on his f**ing show,” said Grohl. “F**k that guy for thinking anybody and everybody should want to do Glee.”

I’m with Dave on this one. I think during the whole Kings of Leon vs. Ryan Murphy fued – Ryan’s the one who came off like an asshole!


Posted Friday, March 18th, 2011 at 12:12pm
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Ryan Murphy vs. Kings of Leon turns homophobic?

Man, this fight went from bad to worse – pretty quickly! After KOL drummer tells Ryan Murphy to  “See a therapist, get a manicure, buy a new bra,” people are crying out that the statement is homophobic.

Nathan Followill tweeted this morning: “Dear Ryan Murphy, let it go. See a therapist, get a manicure, buy a new bra. Zip your lip and focus on educating 7yr olds how to say fuck.”

Murphy is openly gay, and the show deals with many issues faced by homosexual students in high school.

After the uproar over his comment, Nathan Tweeted: “I’m sorry 4 anyone that misconstrued my comments as homophobic or misogynistic. I’m so not that kind of person. I really do apologize.”

Still, he hasn’t taken down the original post.

Earlier I reported that Ryan Murphy still has a stick in his a** about King’s of Leon turning down his offer to glee-ify “Use Somebody”.

“F— you, Kings of Leon,” he says in The Hollywood Reporter’s cover story, out this week. “They’re self-centered assholes, and they missed the big picture. They missed that a 7-year-old kid can see someone close to their age singing a Kings of Leon song, which will maybe make them want to join a glee club or pick up a musical instrument. It’s like, OK, hate on arts education. You can make fun of Glee all you want, but at its heart, what we really do is turn kids on to music.”

In an exclusive statement, Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill tells THR: “This whole Glee thing is a shock to us. It’s gotten out of hand. At the time of the request, we hadn’t even seen the show. It came at the end of that record cycle, and we were over promoting [“Use Somebody”]. This was never meant as a slap in the face to Glee or to music education or to fans of the show. We’re not sure where the anger is coming from. We just said no to a license for a TV show, which we do a lot.”

What do you think… was Nathan’s statement homophobic?

Posted Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 at 12:12pm
Filed under Glee, Kings of Leon, Ryan Murphy | 5 Comments

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