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Olivia de Havilland Sues FX Over Unauthorized Use of Her Identity in ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’

 

Yesterday legendary Hollywood star and  two-time Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland  announced she is suing FX and producer Ryan Murphy over the unauthorized use of her identity in “Feud: Bette and Joan,” 

De Havilland, who resides in France filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against FX Networks, LLC and Ryan Murphy Productions “based on the unauthorized commercial use of Dame Olivia’s name and identity in the FX hit series,” according to her attorneys, Suzelle M. Smith and Don Howarth of Howarth & Smith, noting that all the other real-life major players who are featured in the series are dead.

“Miss de Havilland was not asked by FX for permission to use her name and identity and was not compensated for such use,” her attorneys said in a statement to The Times. “Further, the FX series puts words in the mouth of Miss de Havilland which are inaccurate and contrary to the reputation she has built over an 80-year professional life, specifically refusing to engage in gossip mongering about other actors in order to generate media attention for herself.”

The suit accuses FX and its partners of appropriating de Havilland’s name and identity and placing her in “a false light to sensationalize the series and to promote their own businesses” while ignoring her interests entirely.

“A living celebrity has the right to protect her name and identity from unauthorized, false, commercial exploitation under both common law and the specific ‘right to publicity’ statute in California,” Smith said, asserting that, “FX was wrong to ignore Miss de Havilland and proceed without her permission for its own profit.”

Her legal team plans to file a motion seeking an expedited trial date because of Ms. de Havilland’s age.

Olivia de Havilland turns 101 years old today. 

 

American Horror Story: Freakshow Cast and Basic Storyline Revealed!

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The cast and creators of FX channels American Horror Story appeared PaleyFest on Friday and talked about Season 4’s entry AHS: Freakshow, its casting, and its basic storyline.

Via The Hollywood Reporter:

Season four of the FX anthology will be set in Jupiter, Fla., in 1950 and will again star Jessica Lange. This time, the Emmy winner will portray a German ex-Pat managing one of the last remaining freak shows in the country.

Returning cast members include Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy and Kathy Bates — who also made a surprise appearance on Friday’s panel. They’ll play performers that Lange’s character has rescued. Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts are also in talks to return for season four of the series, which reboots itself every season with a completely new story and often features largely the same cast of repertory players. Michael Chiklis (The Shield, Fantastic Four) will be making his AHS debut

Chiklis will be playing the father to Peters’ character and ex-husband to Bates’ character. Showrunner Ryan Murphy also revealed that everyone on the PaleyFest stage would be returning in season four in “some capacity” including Gabourey Sidibe and Jamie Brewer. Other panelists Friday included Paulson, Roberts, Peters, Bassett, Conroy, O’Hare and Bates as well as producers Murphy,Brad Falchuk, Tim Minear and Dante DiLoreto. Star Lange — and fan favorite Lily Rabe

Matt Bomer Talks Role On The New Normal; Still Incredibly Hot

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You know by now that I will try to find a way to talk about Matt Bomer as often as possible and it you’ve been missing seeing this immaculate human on your tv screen then we’re all in luck. Bomer will be introduced into tonight’s newest episode of NBC’s The New Normal. You can also tell creator Ryan Murphy wanted to have Bomer sh0w as much skin as possible and who can blame him.

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I can stare at this picture all day. But he’s probably going to be doing more than this during the episode right? Who cares, I’m still watching. Here’s more about Bomer’s new role from HuffPost:

In “The Goldie Rush,” Bomer plays Monty, one of Bryan’s (Andrew Rannells’) former exes. “He used to be a party guy, very much didn’t want to settle down, didn’t want to have kids, and now he’s starting a new chapter in his life where he does want to settle down,” Bomer previewed. “He runs back into Bryan and David [Justin Bartha] and they have the life that he wants, so he sort of latches on to them and tries to enlist their help to try and find someone to be with and investigate the whole surrogacy process. Then he meets Goldie (Georgia King) and is really besotted with her and tries to infiltrate that ground and tries to enlist her to be his surrogate, and the guys aren’t really having that.”

I mean what else do you need to know? Tune in tonight at 9:30/8:30 central. Also, look at how damn smooth he looks in this pic..tumblr_mgbw3eKF9v1rzzl3ao1_500

Delicious.

More From The New Normal Star Andrew Rannells On Gay Characters

The witty new comedy, The New Normal, has been the center of attention lately, determined to tell an authentic story of two men who love each other on their often comedic journey to start a family. The NBC sitcom is such a hit, as of today a full season has been ordered for the series. One of the show’s stars, Andrew Rannells, in a recent interview discusses gay stereotypes, the comparisons to Modern Family, and how/if sexuality is involved in acting roles.

When asked about if he felt is character, Bryan, was a well developed character that defies gay stereotypes in comparison to past gay characters, Rannells feels that there’s more to a gay person than being “fabulous”:

America is warming up to the idea of gay characters — and not just as a sassy gay person, but being a person. A real character. And that’s just what’s so fun about this show. Certainly we are a gay couple, but we get to do a lot more than just that.

 I obviously get to be quote-unquote “fabulous” in terms of my outfits, but Bryan has a lot of heart and a lot of strength. It’s nice to get to play that; it’s nice to get to play someone with sass but also a lot of smarts and sincerity. To have the opportunity to show all of that is really fantastic. To completely strip all the sass away would be equally untrue; there’s a certain amount of sass and glamour that goes along with being gay. There’s a certain amount of fabulousness that is needed or wanted. But running around being fabulous day-to-day isn’t every moment of your life.

Rannells also observes that they are telling a different than the multifaceted ABC hit sitcom Modern Family:

We’re telling a different story. This show has a different tone, and I’m happy to say that we’re showing a very romantic side to this couple, which is great. It’s really thrilling to get to do. Justin and I have filmed some really great scenes together that are real, honest, flirtatious and sexy — Yes, we’re going to be more affectionate, but it takes nothing away from what they’re doing.

As the subject about a gay actor in a straight role vs a straight actor in a gay role, Rannells feels that it’s about doing the job, not so much sexuality:

Which is very strange to me. I mean, it’s like any acting job. I’ve played a lot of straight characters, too, and if I had been denied those because I was gay, I would’ve been pissed. It comes down to who’s best for the part, so I get that. But it is refreshing for me, as a homosexual, to play these gay characters. It’s nice to get to play somebody who’s a little bit closer to who you are.

Check out the full insightful interview here. And don’t forget to check out The New Normal tonight at 9:30/8:30 central.

One Million Moms Boycott Miscarries – NBC’s The New Normal Debuts To Over 7 Million Viewers

The anti-gay conservative group One Million Moms which who in reality is nothing more than umbrella group of the Southern Law Poverty Center sanctioned hate group the American Family Association, latest boycotts has gone down in flames.

The New Normal, the NBC sitcom about a gay couple Bryan Collins & David Murray (Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha) and single mother Goldie (Georgia King) who dreams of being a lawyer and who after running away to L.A with her daughter and followed by her uber-conservative “Nana” (played  by the marvelous Ellen Barkin) agrees to become Bryan and David’s baby surrogate has been lambasted by the One Million Moms and other conservative and anti-gay hate groups who very vocally called for nationwide boycott against the show.

But I’m glad to say that despite all their bitching, moaning, and gnashing of teeth The New Normal debuted with a very solid 2.5 share which equals over 7 million viewers, beating its competition on ABC by almost a full share point despite the fact that the pilot was already shown once during the Olympics and has been available to view online for several weeks.

Congratulations NBC and The New Normal looks like you might have delivered a hit!

As for the One Million Moms.  “EAT THE COOKIE MOTHERS!” –  (10 Gay Points if you name the Book or Movie that line is from)

Mormon Owned NBC Affiliate Station Refuses To Air TV Show About Gay Couple

A Mormon owned television station, KSL, Utah Affiliate of NBC has announced they refuse to air the show ‘The New Normal.’ The show due next month, centers around a gay couple and their surrgate’s journey to have a child and expand their family. Jeff Simpson, CEO of ,Bonneville, parent company to the KSL station, felt the show would be too much for the audience to handle.

“The dialogue might be excessively rude and crude. The scenes may be too explicit or the characterizations might seem offensive. After viewing the pilot episode of The New Normal, we have made the decision to keep it off our fall schedule. For our brand, this program simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time…. NBC is a valued partner — and as the Summer Olympic Games prove, they are committed to great news, sports and entertainment programming. KSL is confident that with the proliferation of digital media, those who wish to view the program can easily do so.”

Last month of course the  12 angry hateful bitter women  One Million Moms called for the boycott of the show shortly after the premise of the show was announced saying the show is “not normal’ :

“NBC is using public airwaves to continue to subject families to the decay of morals and values, and the sanctity of marriage in attempting to redefine marriage. These things are harmful to our society, and this program is damaging to our culture.”

Creator of the show, Ryan Murphy commented about the boycott saying, “It’s 2012. I don’t think this [show] is anything so outrageous,”

Co-star of the show Ellen Barkin took to twitter to express her frustration with the tv station’s position of not airing the show:

“Shame on u @kslcom not airing@NBCTheNewNormal So L&O SVU (rape & child murder) is ok? But loving gay couple having a baby is inappropriate?”

This isn’t the first time the tv station has refused to air a show because they thought it was too controversial. Last year they refused to air The Playboy Club because they felt the plot was inconsistent.

GLAAD president Herndon Graddick released a statement reaching out to KSL so that an understanding could be met about the premise of the show and LGBT families:

 “We invite Jeff Simpson to sit down with GLAAD and local LGBT families. We know that if he would, he would see that not only are our families normal, but by citing ‘crude and rude’ content and refusing to affirm LGBT families, KSL and Mr. Simpson are sending a dangerous message to Utah. They should make that right.”

I hope the show does well despite the station’s close-minded thinking.

 

New Sitcom ‘The New Normal’ Is Not Only About Gay A Couple Says Frontrunner

For your possible tv viewing pleasure this fall NBC is offering up a much needed diverse mix in comedy that showcase LGBT characters. This Fall NBC is debuting freshman comedy The New Normal featuring a gay couple looking to expand their family. The show’s frontrunner, Ali Alder, wants to inform viewers this show isn’t just about a gay couple.

“We’re not intending to be political –We intend to be an emotional and character-driven show, and these are very personal stories that are very relatable regardless of gender or sexual orientation. It’s about your humor, I think, and your ability to be self-aware.”

When discussing the reaction the show has been getting from angry mother groups and the religious right, Adler feels a central character played by the incomparable Ellen Barkin, who’s the mother of the gay couple’s surrogate, will reflect America’s more conservative views:

“What’s exciting about this — and there are a lot of polarized viewpoints in this show — is that we hope to present a very inclusive platform. To me, we do a lot of point-counterpoint, and Ellen’s character in particular represents a lot of people’s, in many ways, valid opinions, aside from the racism. Her conservative beliefs are something that a lot of people feel, so we feel proud to be able to represent that. Forget about the racism — that’s just her own character quirk. But we do like to be able to show everyone’s opinion. This is not a show about gay people. It’s just a show about people, and hopefully everyone can look in and admire something or see something familiar to them. Regardless of what their own experience is, it’s familiar because it’s really just a family that cares about each other.

I personally don’t see how racism is a quirk or how someone’s hateful views on same sex couples are seen as valid but it may be a poor choice of words. MAY BE. It is possible that is the point since Ellen’s character has a weekly verbal sparring with Real Housewives of Atlanta NeNe Leakes to showcase that.

Co-Creator Ryan Murphy, who’s also the frontrunner for Fox musical comedy/drama Glee and FX American History Story, echoed Adler’s sentiments that this show is more than about a gay couple when he was questioned about the reaction the new show got from 12 angry bitter uptight hateful mothers One Million Moms;

“We certainly pitched the gay couple,” Murphy said. “But we also talked about what’s it like to be a single mother. What’s it like to be a single woman in your ’50s dating again. We fell in love with the characters … Everybody has people in their family who are represented in all of these characters.”

Overall. the reviews are mixed with some calling the new comedy try-hard to others professing the new show as must see TV. Judge for yourself this Fall starting September 11 at 9:30 EST.

Jessica Lange and Zachary Quinto Set To Star In American Horror Story: Season 2

Casting for Season 2 of FX’s “American Horror Story” has begun with Deadline.com is reporting that BOTH Jessica Lange and Zachary Quinto are signed and set to return in different roles.

Like Lange, [Quinto] will play a brand new character next season, which is set at an East Coast institution. What’s more, I have learned that Quinto will play one of two male leads and the nemesis to Lange’s character, which will be at the center of the Season 2 storyline. The part is sure to draw parallels to Quinto’s breakout role as uber-villain Syler on Heroes.

Aslo returning for Season 2 as different characters will be Evan Peters (Tate) , Sarah Paulson (Billie Dean Howard) and Lily Rabe (Nora Montgomery)

I LOVE the idea of a Seasonal Anthology with recurring ensemble players doing different roles each season.  But AHS did use about every horror cliche during its first season and relied on its Hollywood location to set the tome.  Can creator Ryan Murphy  think outside the box enough and come up with an itriguing original story to keep viewers satisfied for Season 2?

We’ll see.  But the real queation is will Zachie Quinto be playing gay AGAIN this season? (Or at least be naked.)