Another Actor Out of the Closet

Plus, two celeb weddings, and J. Lo and Bradley Cooper heating up! It’s the Schmig for Monday, October 17th, 2011!

Zachary Quinto, Spock in the new “Star Trek” & one of the stars of “Heroes”, has revealed that he’s gay. He made the comments in “New York” magazine. When talking about playing a gay man in the Broadway version of “Angels in America”, he said:

[It was] the most challenging thing I’ve ever done as an actor, and the most rewarding.

At the same time, as a gay man, it made me feel like there’s still so much work to be done, and there’s still so many thing that need to be looked at and addressed.

What motivated Zachary to discuss his sexuality now? Gay marriage becoming legal in New York, followed by the suicide of a gay teen in the state, named Jamey Rodemeyer. He said:

In light of Jamey’s death it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality….I am eternally grateful to him for being the catalyst for change within me. Now I can only hope to serve as the same catalyst for even one other person in this world.

NEXT in the Schmig: J. Lo and Bradley Cooper heating up!

When Jennifer Lopez and Bradley Cooper dined together last month, there were rumors that the two were an item. They swore that it was just a business meeting, but a source says they’re “casually dating”, with another adding, “After their date in New York, Bradley and Jennifer stayed in touch. She does like his attention, and it makes her feel good that he seems so into her….She has a fun time with Bradley and he makes her laugh. She likes him.”

Jennifer better watch out – some people claim that Kirstie Alley is trying to get friends to set her up with Bradley!

NEXT in the Schmig: Celeb wedding bells this past weekend!

A pair of celebrity wedding this weekend…”90210″ star Shannen Doherty got married Saturday. She wed photographer Kurt Iswarienko, and the wedding will be shown on her new reality show, “Shannen Says”. It will premiere on WEtv sometime next year. The wedding is Shannen’s third.

Another wedding yesterday – between “Twilight” star Nikki Reed and “American Idol” contestant Paul McDonald. They married in Malibu. They met this year on the red carpet of her film “Little Red Riding Hood”, got engaged in June, and now are man and wife.

NEXT in the Schmig: Two stars battling cancer

“Dallas” star Larry Hagman battled cancer back in the ’90s, and is fighting it once again. TNT’s new version of “Dallas” begins production Monday, with Larry reprising his role as J.R. Ewing. Larry issued a statement Friday saying:

As J.R. I could get away with anything…bribery, blackmail and adultery. But I got caught by cancer. I do want everyone to know that it is a very common and treatable form of cancer.

I will be receiving treatment while working on the new ‘Dallas’ series. i could not think of a better place to be than working on a show I love, with people I love. Besides, as we all know, you can’t keep J.R. down!

E! reporter Giuliana Rancic has been public in her failed attempts to have a baby. She had one round of in-vitro fertilization where she became pregnant, but later had a miscarriage. A second attempt didn’t work, and then before her latest attempt her doctor suggested that she have a mammogram. They discovered a tumor, and she is now undergoing surgery and radiation.

Giuliana said that she plans to try IVF once she’s done with her treatment, adding, “I still want this baby…because this baby has saved my life….I truly feel God was looking out after me….If I had gotten pregnant later down the line, I could have been a lot sicker.”

NEXT in the Schmig: Did “Footloose” trip up Hugh Jackman?

The remake of “Footloose” not only didn’t top the box office, but it didn’t beat the original. When adjusted for inflation, the original “Footloose” with Kevin Bacon made $4 million more than the remake. Here’s the top ten:

  1. Real Steel – $16.3 million
  2. *NEW* Footloose – $16.1 million
  3. *NEW* The Thing – $8.7 million
  4. The Ides of March – $7.5 million
  5. Dolphin Tale – $6.3 million
  6. Moneyball – $5.5 million
  7. 50/50 – $4.3 million
  8. Courageous – $3.4 million
  9. *NEW* The Big Year – $3.3 million
  10. The Lion King (in 3D) $2.7 million

NEXT in the Schmig: Lady Gaga, Bill Clinton, Robert Downey Jr., and Mel Gibson….

Lady Gaga and Usher performed for Bill Clinton’s “The William J. Clinton Decade of Difference Concert”. Bill, Hillary and Chelsea were all there, and in honor of the Clintons, Gaga changed some of her songs. “Bad Romance” became “Bill Romance”, and “You and I” turned into “The Clintons, You and I”.

Lady Gaga also dropped an F-bomb during her performance…she said, “If someone had told me so many years ago that I’d be doing that right in front of you I just wouldn’t have believed them. I would have given them a good American f*** you.”

Another celeb dropping F-bomb this weekend – Robert Downey Jr.. He accepted the American Cinematheque Award this weekend, and used the opportunity to ask people to forgive Mel Gibson. He chose Mel to present the award to him, and then explained how Mel helped him after his troubles. Robert said, “Unless you are without sin…and if you are, you are in the wrong f****** industry…you should forgive him and let him work.”

He continued:

[Mel] taught me many things, and I will use the ‘C’ word…courage. There’s nothing so much wrong with him. Of course you have to worry about the guy making the judgment here. He’s a good dude with a good heart….I couldn’t get hired and he cast me.

He said if I accepted responsibility…he called it hugging the cactus…long enough, my life would take meaning. And if he helped me, I would help the next guy. But it was not reasonable to expect the next guy would be him.

Mel and Robert worked together on the movie “Air America” in 1990, and when Robert couldn’t get work because of all his drug troubles, Mel gave him a job in the 2003 film “The Singing Detective”.

NEXT in the Schmig: Another TV cancellation, & celebrity birthdays

ABC gave “Charlie’s Angels” the ax after just four episodes. It sounds like ABC will air the remaining four episodes in the regular timeslot.

Celebrity Birthdays

  • Eminem – 39
  • Wyclef Jean – 42
  • Mike Judge – 49
  • Norm MacDonald – 48
  • Alan Jackson – 53
  • Margot Kidder – 63
  • George Wendt – 63
  • Michael McKean – 64

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