Posts Tagged ‘John Travolta’

Jodie Foster “Coming Out” — Why It Is and Isn’t Important

I think the most shocking part of Sunday night’s 70th Golden Globe Awards presentation on NBC was that Ben Affleck beat out Steven Spielberg and Kathryn Bigelow for Director and then “Argo” stunned “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty” for Best Movie Drama.

Jodie Foster

However, it was the speech that movie icon Jodie Foster gave as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award that has people buzzing.  Many were quick to say that she “came out” as a lesbian.  Some were just confused by her words.

So, what did she say and why does it matter?

“While I’m here being all confessional, I just have the sudden urge to say something I’ve never been able to say in public. A declaration that I’m a little nervous about. Not quite as nervous as my publicist, huh, Jennifer? But uh, you know, I’m just going to put it out there. Loud and proud. I’m going to need your support. I am — single.  Yes, I am.  I’m single!”

That was incredible.  I loved it.  Even before she said that, I said to Ray, “Wouldn’t it be something if she just shocked everyone and finally said, ‘I’m gay’, so the rumor mill would have nothing more to talk about?”

Jodie went on to say, “I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the stone age. In those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends, and family, coworkers and then gradually, proudly, to everyone who knew her. To everyone she actually met. But now, apparently I’m told, that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a prime time reality show. You guys might be surprised, but I’m not Honey Boo Boo child.

And, she was so heartfelt and honest when she added, “If you had been a public figure since the time you were a toddler, if you had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds, then maybe you too would value privacy above all else.  Privacy!”

I was touched by her speech about her private life, her mother, and Cydney Bernard, her “heroic co-parent, my ex partner in love, but righteous soul sister in life, my confessor… most beloved BFF of 20 years.”


Foster:  “Thank you, Cyd. I am so proud of our modern family, our amazing sons, Charlie and Kit who are my reason to breathe and to evolve. … Boys, in case you didn’t know it, this song, like all of this, this song is for you.”

I’ve always been a huge fan of Jodie Foster.  It wasn’t because she was sexy, a woman, a mother, straight, or lesbian.  I love her because she is a phenomenal actress.  Would it change the way I thought of her if she proclaimed, “I’m gay”?  Not one bit!  I can’t wait to see more about her next movie, “Elysium”.  It’s a science fiction film from the director of “District 9”, an Oscar nominee, and it comes out August 9, 2013, and stars Matt Damon.
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The timing for this blog about Jodie Foster is fitting.  Since my blog is now just over a year old, I’m highlighting some of my favorite blogs that I’ve written on those blog’s anniversary.  And, it was one year ago today that I debated on whether celebrities should be “outed” or live their lives privately.

As I read over that blog, I haven’t changed my opinion.  Yes, celebrities coming out would make it easier for people struggling with being LGBT to have role models.  But, they deserve a certain degree of privacy and the right to make that decision.  However, people who crusade against the LGBT community and are secretly gay should be forced out of the closet.

In last year’s article, I talked about whether pro football player Tim Tebow was gay and yes, it did mention Jodie Foster!

Here is the link and I really hope you check it out to understand more about outing celebrities.  I welcome your thoughts about Jodie Foster at this year’s Golden Globe Awards and about my article from last year.  By the way, in the past year, Anderson Cooper came out as a gay man.

Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!


And, here is the Jodie Foster Golden Globe speech.



Most Popular Blog Entries In My First Year — Part Two

How was your Saturday?  I hope it was great and that your Sunday is even better.

Tomorrow marks my blog’s one year anniversary.  I can’t believe I’ve been sharing my thoughts for a year now.  I’ve really enjoyed having the avenue to write.  Yesterday, I featured my most viewed blog entries over the past year from #20 to #11.  Today, it’s my ten most popular blogs since I started it on January 7, 2012.


Charlie Brown, We Found Your Grown-Up Christmas Tree

Posted:  November 29, 2012

Views:  1,578

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Drugs Are Bad — “Just Say No” To Molly & Tina

Posted:  March 27, 2012

Views:  1,591

#8 CD

Dreams, They Can Come True

Posted:  April 22, 2012

Views:  1,617

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Does The Erie School District (Illinois) Need A Stronger Anti-Bullying Approach?

Posted:  May 22, 2012

Views:  1,860

#6 CD

When One Door Closes, Another One Opens

Posted:  November 1, 2012

Views:  2,045

#5 CD

Hats Off To Jason Mraz’s Love of Equality

Posted:  April 9, 2012

Views:  2,232

#4 CD

“Magic Mike” — The Real Deal or A Cheap Thrill

Posted:  June 30, 2012

Views:  3,309

#3 CD

Will John Travolta Finally Be Forced Out of the Closet?

Posted:  May 9, 2012

Views:  5,221

#2 CD

Do We Really Need To Tell Adele She’s “Too Fat”?

Posted:  February 12, 2012

Views:  6,018

#1 CD

Super Bowl Bet: 50 Cent, I’ll Pay You A Dollar To Keep it To Yourself

Posted:  January 29, 2012

Views:  25,028

a few of my favorites

Those are my Top Ten viewed blogs since I started my blog January 7, 2012.

I have to admit that my favorites on this list are #2 “Do We Really Need To Tell Adele She’s “Too Fat”? about weight and my eating disorder, #6 “When One Door Closes, Another One Opens” about losing my job, and from yesterday’s countdown from #20 to #11, “ABBA:  My Best Friend” at #15, “Marriage Expert Bristol Palin Weighs In On Marriage Equality” at #16, “Marriage Equality:  Is It Simply Black & White” at #17, “Have Your Reception Here Unless You’re Gay” at #19 (which was featured on the Facebook page of “Instinct”, a leading gay magazine), and “President Reagan, I No Longer Hate You” at #20.

Here’s yesterday’s recap of #20 to #11.

Most Popular Blog Entries In My First Year — Part One

Throughout 2013, on the one year anniversary of some of my favorite 2012 blogs, I’ll highlight them again.  There are some that didn’t make the year-end recap that I’m proud of and want to share again, in case you missed them.

Have a great weekend.


Random Thoughts 2012 Recap, Part Three

Okay, new blogs start tomorrow.  This is my final installment of the recaps of my “random” blogs from 2012.  Those are the ones where I talked about multiple topics in one blog.  Basically, it was whatever was on my mind that day!  To read the individual blogs from this fall, I’ve made it easy.  Just click on the title once you’ve opened today’s blog.

September 15, 2012

In this blog, I covered Osama bin Laden, 9/11, “Zero Dark Thirty”, “Argo”, “Lincoln”, freaky fish, Asian carp, bananas, and marriage equality.

I’m Having More Random Thoughts

September 27, 2012

My random thoughts on this day included Ohio and the presidential election, heavy rain expected in Houston for my vacation, our fish pond and raccoons, “The Impossible”, Christmas, Reba and “Malibu Country”, “The New Normal”, “Elementary”, and new music from Calvin Harris.

A Buffet of Thoughts — A Little of This & That

November 10, 2012

In this blog, I put the elections into perspective and behind me and I covered the top-selling artists in English music history, how many people believe in God, Christmas cards, and featured new music from Reba McEntire.

My Early November Random Thoughts

November 15, 2012

In this blog, I talked about Channing Tatum being named the “Sexiest Man Alive”, Christmas, Christmas music from Rod Stewart and Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta.  Also, I blogged about “The Campaign” and “Arthur Christmas”, bigotry, Madonna, and PSY.

I’m Thinking About Christmas & Much More Today

December 6, 2012

Christmas was on my mind in this blog, along with human rights, Hillary Clinton, the lack of snow, my sister, Tammy, Shania Twain in Las Vegas, Britney Spears and, Christmas decorating, Ke$ha, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and “Love Actually”.

Random December Thoughts

December 15, 2012

And, finally, Christmas, “Dexter”, marriage equality, killing camels, ice, snow, winter, and the fish pond were on my mind in my last random blog of the year.

I’m Having More Random December Thoughts


They Said What??? Kelly Preston, Anderson Cooper, & Justin Bieber


(wife of actor John Travolta, talking about their son Jett, who was 16-years-old when he died in January 2009 after falling and hitting his dead in a bathroom in the Bahamas):  “[Jett] was autistic. He had seizures and when he was very young, he had Kawasaki Syndrome.  I strongly believe as a mother, as does my husband, that there are certain contributing factors that lead to autism and some of it is very much the chemicals in our environment and in our food.”


(to Kathie Lee Gifford, who was offering him breast of chicken):  “I’m more of a stuffing man.”


(talking about her holiday tradition): “I do a traditional post-Thanksgiving and post-Christmas meal, which is a very rich turkey soup with mashed potato pancakes and sweet potatoes on top of those floating in them. It’s excellent.”


(About the condition late last week of boxing champ Hector “Macho” Camacho, who was shot in the face while sitting in his car in San Juan.  He died Saturday.):  “We can’t declare him brain dead.  We’re going to ask the people of Puerto Rico to keep praying.”


(at the American Music Awards where he won all three awards he was nominated for, including Artist of the Year):  “This is for all the haters who thought maybe I was just here for one or two years.”


(losing his train of thought while accepting the “Artist of The Year” award with his mother Pattie Mallette on stage with him):  “I can’t even think. I’m just so blown away right now.  I just want to always thank you for believing in me.”


New Christmas Sounds: Two Are Great & One Is A Lump Of Coal

When it comes to Christmas music, the standards are hard to beat.  While there are newer originals that are incredible like “Secret of Giving” by Reba (1999), there are also some really bad new songs each Christmas season.  This Christmas, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Colbie Caillat, and Cee Lo Green all have new albums.

And, while I’ve already bought three new Christmas CDs this year, there are two more that I want to pick up.

Blake Shelton Christmas

Blake Shelton’s “Cheers, it’s Christmas” is one of them and to be honest, while I like his voice, I really want it because he does a duet with Reba on “Oklahoma Christmas”.

Also, I’m not an “American Idol” fan even with the amazing Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.  However, I finally broke down this past summer and bought my first “AI” alumni CD, “Trespassing” by Adam Lambert.  It was great, but it totally bombed!

With that being said, I was very apprehensive about the new holiday disc from last year’s winner Scotty McCreery.


Yes, he’s cute and he has that great, masculine Josh Turner-like voice, but did I really want to take a chance on “Christmas With Scotty McCreery”.  I finally decided yes, so I’ll going to buy it.

So, what about the three new Christmas CDs that I bought?  Two are fantastic, but one of them has a drawback.  The third is acceptable and I would only recommend it for one reason.  It would be closer to a “lump of coal”.



Rod Stewart

Ladies and gay men, you may have swooned in the 1970s when he sang “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” and “Young Turks” in the 1980s, but does that gravelly voice translate into holiday cheer?

“Merry Christmas, Baby” is Rod Stewart’s first holiday disc and I can’t believe that we made it through all of the past holidays without him.  This disc is definitely going to be a holiday classic.

Stewart excels in the classics, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”, “White Christmas”, “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” and “Blue Christmas”.

Several duets are featured and my favorite is  “Winter Wonderland” with Michael Buble.  He also has nice duets with Cee Lo Green on “Merry Christmas, Baby” and “We Three Kings” with Mary J. Blige.

Rod does a great duet with the late Ella Fitzgerald on “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”  God rest her soul, but I have to say that I’m not a fan of singers recording new songs with people who have passed on.   (If this trend continues, I hope Madonna releases a Christmas CD next year and does “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” with the late John Lennon.)

There is one original song on the disc, “Red-Suited Super Man”, and it’s a fun song.

“Merry Christmas, Baby” has been played many times since I bought it.  I love this disc.



Lady Antebellum Christmas

I absolutely love the harmonies of country music’s hottest trio, Lady Antebellum.  I saw them open for Reba a few years ago and I love their energy and their voices.

You can’t go wrong on their new Christmas album, “On This Winter’s Night”.

Every song on the disc is pure Christmas joy from the upbeat fun of Hillary Scott’s “Holly Jolly Christmas” to Charles Kelley getting down on a fun “Blue Christmas”.  Other perfect standouts are “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”, “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, “The First Noel”,  “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”, “Silent Night (Lord of My Life)”, and “Silver Bells”.

My only gripe, and this is a big one that long time fans may agree with me on, is that this disc feels like a ripoff to make some quick money on their popularity.

Of the twelve songs, six of them were released on the trio’s 201o EP, “A Merry Little Christmas”.  So, if you’re a fan and you bought that one two years ago, you’re paying for the same six songs this year with only six new songs!  (Santa may place the record company on his “naughty list” for marketing the recycled songs!)

Putting that behind me, if you made confectionery concoctions as tasty as any song on this disc, you’d definitely be in demand year around for your baking!



John Olivia Christmas

John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John set the world on fire with the 1978 blockbuster, “Grease”.  Their hit song, “You’re The One That I Want”, is one of the best-selling duets of all-time.  However, while lightning does strike twice, that doesn’t always happen in the entertainment business.  Their follow-up movie together, 1983’s “Two of A Kind”, was a box office bomb, but Olivia did score a top 5 hit, “Twist of Fate”, from the movie soundtrack.

After Travolta got a text from Olivia last year about how successful their “Grease” duet still is, they decided to do a Christmas CD together to benefit her charity, “The Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre” in Melbourne, Australia and his charity, “The Jett Travolta Foundation”, in memory of his 16-year-old autistic son, Jett, that died in early 2009 in the Bahamas after he fell and hit his head.

I’ll get the bad news out of the way first and then focus on the good.  The opening song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, is probably the worst version I’ve ever heard.  As much as I love Olivia, she couldn’t get “Physical” enough to save this disaster!  Three songs later, “This Christmas” would have been better without John’s vocals.

Enough picking on John.  I like the man and I love his acting.  He does a fine job singing solo on “This Christmas Waltz”.

He and Olivia are joined by Barbra Streisand on “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and it’s excellent.  Four songs later, Cliff Richard joins them on “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” (you may remember Cliff from Olivia’s 198o’s hit, “Suddenly” from “Xanadu”).  Tony Bennett and The Count Basie Orchestra show up on “Winter Wonderland” and James Taylor drops in on “Deck The Halls”.

Olivia’s solo, “Silent Night” is incredible and their medley “Auld Lang Syne/Christmas Time Is Here” is a great closer to an uneven album.

The most exciting song on “This Christmas” is the one that I think should have been sequenced as the first song on the album, “I Think You Might Like It”.  It’s a very fun song and if I close my eyes while listening to it, I see Danny & Sandy in “Grease” dancing to it around the Christmas tree.  Here is the new video from Olivia & John!

GRADE:  C+   (There are great songs on it and there are some not so great songs, but the album is for a good cause.  It’s Christmas and the holidays are about charity!)

And, while we’re talking about amazing Christmas albums, these three are still my favorites.

Happy listening and Merry Christmas early!


I’m Thinking About Christmas & Much More Today


If you’re single, you likely know what I’m talking about.  If you’re married, all you have to do is remember back to the time when you were “on the market” and you met that adorable person and gave them your phone number and now you’re just waiting for them to call.

Or, if you’ve applied for a job that you really want or you’re unemployed, you find yourself sitting by the phone waiting for them to call and offer you the position.  We’ve all been there.  And, while I’d welcome a call from a Quad City television station, I was waiting by the phone earlier this week for another reason.  And, sadly, the call didn’t come.  I found out the modern way of finding out things  — online!



Sadly, “People” magazine just announced that Channing Tatum is the “Sexiest Man Alive”!  It just bums me out that when they choose 50 people, I tell myself I was #51 and when there are 100, I’m always number #101.  🙂


See, I’m partly to blame for his success.  I showed up to see “Magic Mike” wearing an ABBA-tattoo-revealing shirt and all.  However, I didn’t take into consideration that they would lower the lights for the movie and the “People” people would not notice me.  And, mostly, after seeing the picture of the “Sexiest Man Alive” that I posted, I should hit the gym more and skip the large popcorn next time!


I always mail my Christmas cards out the day before Thanksgiving so that they are traveling across the country while we’re sitting down at the dinner table eating turkey, dressing, and all of the yummy side dishes and desserts.  I’ve written my Christmas letter that I’ll share with you on Christmas Day.  Now, I just need to address my cards and get them ready for the mail.  I have to do my part to save the USPS!

While this weekend is the Christmas parade in Davenport and the “Lighting on the Commons” in downtown Moline, I kicked off the Christmas holiday season last weekend as emcee for a church fundraiser in Davenport for my friend, Angie.

Anthony EmceeAngie & KenGretel

Angie Clark & Ken Lue performed “Silent Night” and “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” and Miss Gretel was one of the models in her very festive, shiny dress and curly hair.  What a cutie!  After the show, I led the group in an a cappella version of “Winter Wonderland”.  It was so much fun and I didn’t get thrown out for singing live or scaring people away!


I’ve already started listening to my Christmas CDs and I’m up to the letter “E”.  Yes, my CDs in alphabetical order and I’m going down the line.  I did purchase three new ones that I’m also listening to:  Rod Stewart “Merry Christmas, Baby”, Lady Antebellum “On This Winter’s Night”, and yesterday, John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John’s “This Christmas” arrived.

John Olivia Christmas

Olivia and John’s proceeds from the sale of the album go to her charity, “The Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre” in Melbourne, Australia and his charity, “The Jett Travolta Foundation”, in honor of John’s 16-year-old autistic son, Jett, that died almost four years ago after hitting his head during a seizure in the Bahamas.


I checked the Adult Contemporary charts this morning since Christmas songs usually appear on AC stations first and there are already eight holiday songs charting:  #28 “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Rod Stewart), #35 “Dreams of Fireflies (On A Christmas Night)” (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), #37 “Do You Hear What I Hear? (Jordin Sparks), #38 “Joy To The World” (Train), #40 “Christmas In The Sand” (Colbie Caillat), #41 “A Holly Jolly Christmas” (Lady Antebellum), #43 “The Christmas Song” (Colbie Caillat), and #45 “O Come All Ye Faithful” by Chris Mann.



And, I’ll step down from my soapbox and let Rocky (NeNe Leakes) from NBC’s “The New Normal” enlighten you since women, blacks, and gays are still in the same boat in many parts of the country.





While the country is pretty much divided on who they wanted to win the race for President, I’m sure most, if not all, of us are glad it’s over.  So, why was I looking forward to the DVD release of a comedy about politicians.  Because, it was a comedy and it skewered the whole political process.

Will Ferrell, plays Democratic Congressman Cam Brady who is running unopposed for his fifth term in North Carolina’s 14th district.  He is your typical, shallow, image-thinking politician.  A couple of shady businessmen (John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd) decide to finance someone to run against him so they can bring their Chinese sweatshops to the United States and make even more money in their illegal business operations.

They find that person in Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), a clueless small town tourist director.  He’s a very effeminate married man with two sons and two pugs.  The Motch brothers, the corrupt businessmen, quickly send in a campaign manager (Dylan McDermott) to make Huggins more likeable and more manly.

The most hilarious part of the movie is when Huggins asks his wife and two sons if they have any secrets that would come out in the campaign.  Let’s just say that was the most disturbing and most awkward dinner conversation I’ve ever witnessed and I laughed so hard.

The movie shows that a political campaign can get down and dirty and by dirty, I mean nasty and skanky.  The movie could have been a little better if it was shortened by about five to minutes.  Now, I can say that I’ve seen a Will Ferrell movie.  No, I still haven’t seen “Anchorman”.




I was ready to kick off the holiday season last Sunday when we saw our first flakes of snow.  We rented “Arthur Christmas”, a 2011 3D computer animated fantasy voiced by James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, and Jim Broadbent.

It’s basically the story of Santa getting ready to retire and turn over the reigns to his son Steve and his high tech new sleigh.  During the Christmas Eve rush, one present for a little girl named Gwen falls off the conveyer belt.  Once this is discovered by Arthur, another of Santa’s sons, it’s his mission to make sure that not one child wakes up on Christmas morning without a present.  He gets his grandfather, a very old retired Santa, to help him.

That delivery doesn’t go well and they end up stranded in Cuba.  Will Gwen get her present (it’s a bike, spoiler!) before she Christmas morning?

I wanted so much to really like this movie and add it to my favorites for the holiday season.  This isn’t it.  However, small kids will like it.  Gretel has now seen it three times.



And, today, I’ll end my blog on a hip, happening, and happy note.

Tuesday night, in the second of her two shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Madonna surprised the crowd with one of the hottest new singers out there today.  While performing her hit “Give It 2 Me” mixed with “Gangnam Style” by Korean rapper PSY, who’s had the most downloaded song in America for five weeks now, the singer appeared on stage to get down with our Material Girl.

Have a great weekend!  I know it’s only Thursday, but remember I’m not working now.