Category Archives: Celebrity

Ellen Page is Out!

Credit: Facebook.com/EllenPage

Credit: Facebook.com/EllenPage

Congrats to actress Ellen Page who came out this weekend in an empowering speech.  Ellen was in Las Vegas speaking at Time to THRIVE, a conference promoting LGBT youth when she made the announcement.  She said, , “I am here today because I am gay. And because maybe I can make a difference. To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.”

Page also added, “I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission.”  She added,  “I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered and my relationships suffered. And I’m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain.”

While I applaud Ellen Page (and anyone for that matter) for coming out, I look forward to the day when this really isn’t news at all.  No one announces they are straight!  It’s 2014 and this really should be a non-issue!!!

Did Oprah Get Lance Armstrong to Confess???

oprahs-next-chapter-3The former Queen of Daytime Talk, one Miz Oprah Winfrey, proves she can still pull in the big names.  Today, Oprah announced her worldwide exclusive interview with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.  Is Lance going to confess?  There had been rumors all week that he might come clean, no pun intended.

Oprah’s press release says, “In the interview, Winfrey speaks with Armstrong at his home in Austin, Texas in the only interview since the seven-time Tour de France winner was stripped of his titles and dropped from millions of dollars in endorsement deals after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released an extensive report accusing the renown cyclist of doping throughout his career.  Armstrong was given a lifetime ban on competing professionally. Late last year, Armstrong resigned as chairman of the foundation he created, Livestrong, which has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in the fight against cancer.”

I smell confession, folks!!!  The 90-minute Thursday night episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” will air January 17 (9:00 – 10:30 p.m. ET/PT) on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Now THAT is must-see TV!

franklyHANK IS Lady Gaga…ok, just for Halloween

This is yours truly on Chicago’s Windy City LIVE today for our special Halloween broadcast.  It took 1 1/2 hours in hair and make-up to pull off this look.  Whew!  Special thanks to make-up artist Keith Ward who made it all happen!

franklyHANK’s EXCLUSIVE: Toldja Anne Hathaway Was Gettin’ Hitched!

On Friday, I revealed on Windy City LIVE, EXCLUSIVELY mind you, that Anne Hathaway was getting hitched in Cali on Saturday in a super secret wedding to fiance’ Adam Shulman.  And I was right!  Whew!  My source did not let me down and he (or she) is not dead to me as promised.   You can get all the details on Huffington Post, but it was quite a small affair in Big Sur and the bride was wearing Valentino.  Congrats!  Now to find my next scoop.  This celebrity stuff never ends.

Royal News: Is Kate Pregnant?

So the world press is abuzz that the Duchess of Cambridge, a/k/a Kate Middleton Windsor, could be with child.  It’s mere speculation, but its a hoot and a half.  Take a look at the evidence.  Okay, it’s not evidence, more speculation, but it’s an important sign.  While in Singapore this week at a royal dinner to commemorate the Queen’s anniversary on the thrown, Kate took part in several toasts sipping only water!!!  According to superstition, toasting with water is bad luck, but etiquette specialists will say that’s it’s totally fine.  But if Kate is preggers there is no way she will be caught drinking.  Hmmmm?

That coupled with the fact that Prince William told the press on the same trip that he was thinking about having two kids.  Along with the constant rumors since their marriage that they would have kids almost immediately.

So clearly, we know nothing, but guessing is fun.   So is Kate pregnant?  What say you?

RIP MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN

How absolutely sad I was to hear of the sudden death of actor Michael Clarke Duncan.  I still watch his performance in “The Green Mile” and think what a fantastic actor.  Duncan died today in a LA hospital.  He had a massive heart attack July 13 and had been recovering.  He was 54.

The 6’5″ Chicago native grew up wanting to play football, according to his IMDB profile, but his mother would not let him.  So he pursued acting and dreamed of being famous one day. He had a small role in the film “Armageddon” in 1998, but his 1999 role in “The Green Mile” was when everyone took note, thanks to Bruce Willis who recommended him.  Duncan will next be seen in “The Challenger,” due for release in December 2012.

Rest In Peace, Michael Clarke Duncan.

Lindsay Ain’t Paying Her Bills

Will there ever be a day when I do a Lindsay Lohan story and it’s good news?  It seems Lindsay has gotten into some financial trouble with the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood.  According to TMZ, Lindsay claims the producers of her Lifetime movie, “Liz & Dick”, are responsible for her $46,000 hotel bill.  That’s not a typo folks!  TMZ says Lindsay was blowing through the mini-bar like crazy including $3100 in charges and nearly $700 in cigarettes.  The hotel has even banned her until the bill is paid.   Lindsay may believe that the producers should be paying, but that doesn’t explain why she hasn’t responded to the hotel’s requests since July or had someone look into it. 

Lindsay, time to grow up little girl!  Liz would definitely not approve.  By the way, you can see Lindsay’s GIANT hotel bill here.  It’s a whopper!!!

Prince Harry Naked on VIDEO???

Oh! God Save the Queen!  Surely she will have a heart attack if this is true!  Radar Online is reporting exclusively that there is video of Prince Harry’s Las Vegas romp and it is quietly being shopped around.  Oh Harry! 

If you thought the photo scandal was huge, this will be “bloody nightmare” for the Royals.  I’m sure by now his entire security team has been replaced.  Now, I don’t blame Harry for being a wild child.  He’s an adult and he can do what he wants, but I do blame him for not taking responsibility and his security team for being stupid enough to let people with cell phone cameras into the room.  Heck, I have been to movie screenings where they have taken my cell phone and no body was gettin’ nekkid in there.   Surely, there is more to come.  Stay tuned…

“Steel Magnolias” Remake Gets Air Date

I do declare!  All eyes will be on Lifetime come Sunday, October 7, 2012 (9pmET/8pmCT).  That’s when the network will air it’s all African-American cast remake of “Steel Magnolias” starring Queen Latifah as ‘M’Lynn’ along with Phylicia Rashad as ‘Clairee,’ Adepero Oduye as ‘Annelle,’ Condola Rashad as ‘Shelby,’ Jill Scott as ‘Truvy’ and Alfre Woodard as ‘Ouiser.’ 

While I can’t believe anyone would try to remake such an original movie with such a stellar cast, I have to admit that I really do want to see the Lifetime version.  Some very talented actresses will be filling some very big shoes.  Bring it, ladies!  Who are you most excited to see?

Weekly Wrap up for June 17, 2012

LINDSAY’S LAUGHING

At least Lindsay Lohan can find some humor in her “dramatic” incident on Friday.  To catch you up, when producers of her Liz Taylor movie for Lifetime tried to reach Linday at her hotel, she would not answer her phone.  Lohan was said to be “unconscious” and paramedics were called.  Yes, she was unconscious.  It’s called sleep.  Turns out Lilo was sleeping very hard after several long days of work and didn’t hear the phone ring.  Oops.  So Lindsay sent this Tweet out this weekend:

“Note to self.. After working 85hours in 4days, and being up all night shooting, be very aware that you might pass out from exhaustion &7 paramedics MIGHT show up @ your door…. Hopefully theyre cute. Otherwise it would be a real let down.”

NAUGHTY TRAILER FOR “MAGIC MIKE”

Channing Tatum’s stripper movie, “Magic Mike” has a naughty European trailer that is red hot!  Ohhhh, baby!  Check it out below…but be WARNED.  THERE IS NUDITY in the clip.  I know, makes you want to watch it even more.  God bless, Matt Bomer.  🙂   FYI.. Channing Tatum will be live on Windy City LIVE on Monday, June 18.  Tune in to watch me salivate.

WHITNEY HOUSTON, DEATH & THE GRAMMYS

The Grammys have unveiled a fascinating new documentary on how they handled the news of Whitney Houston’s death and how they worked to create a tribute to her.  It’s called:  A Death In The Family: The Show Must Go One.  You can watch it here on the Grammy Web site.  The documentary not only features behind-the-scenes types talking about the tragedy, it also includes interviews with first time host LL Cool J who was battling the flu and singer Jennifer Hudson who would perform a touching tribute.  It’s 28 minutes long, but worth a watch.

HEY A&F – CALL ME, MAYBE!

The latest “Call May Maybe” viral video features the hunky, sexy and oh so adorable men of Abercrombie & Fitch singing the Carly Rae Jepsen hit of the summer.  Studs from A&F stores in London, Paris, and New York, among others are featured dancing shirtless.  So all I got to say is, give me them digits.  The phone is in my hand!