Glee Creator Calls For Newsweek Boycott; Lindsay Turns To Man Who Saved Britney

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  • Glee creator Ryan Murphy wants people to boycott Newsweek for publishing an article on gay actors playing straight, “until an apology is issued to… brave out actors who were singled out in this damaging, needlessly cruel, and mind-blowingly bigoted piece.”
  • The controversial article says Jonathan Groff seems like a “theater queen” on the show, and that it’s “weird” seeing Sean Hayes play straight in the Broadway show Promises, Promises. Murphy writes in an open letter: “I would like to join my good friend Kristin Chenoweth on her condemnation of a recent Newsweek article written by Mr. Ramin Setoodeh, in which Setoodeh basically says that out gay actors should go back into the closet and never attempt to play straight characters. This article is as misguided as it is shocking and hurtful. It shocks me because Mr. Setoodeh is himself gay. But what is the most shocking of all is that Newsweek went ahead and published such a blatant homophobic article in the first place…and has remained silent in the face of ongoing (and justified) criticism. Would the magazine have published an article where the author makes a thesis statement that minority actors should only be allowed and encouraged to play domestics? I think not.” [EW]
  • Lea Michele apologized to photographer Patrick McMullan for getting into a tiff with him at the Time 100 Gala because he didn’t know who she was. She wrote, “Big apology to @PatrickMcMullan. Totally didn’t expect you (or anyone) @Time 100 to know who I was w/all the amazin people there:) Made a silly joke that didn’t go over, so sorry. It was such an incredible night and I was beyond honored and thrilled to be there:)” [Perez]
  • According to sources, Lindsay Lohan approached manager Larry Rudolph a few weeks ago. Rudolph discovered Britney Spears, then rehabilitated her career after she was placed under conservatorship.Though one insider says Rudolph isn’t “fully committed” to being Lindsay’s manager, another source says, “If Rudolph feels Lindsay is ready, he’s on board.” [TMZ]
  • Lindsay Lohan went to Us, her go-to tabloid, to deny that she and Avril Lavigne got into a fight last night saying, “That is not true.” [Us]
  • A source claims Lindsay Lohan is on track to finish her alcohol education classes on time by July 2010. “This date was set by Judge Marsha Revel, and even though there were some weeks that she missed class, Lindsay made up the class the following week by going twice.” [Radar]
  • The Jersey Shore‘s casting director confirmed that the current cast won’t be back for the third season because they wanted too much money. [Us]
  • Looks like one cast member is trying to show MTV what they’ll be missing. A 24-year-old woman claims Sammi punched her in the face and gave her a black eye. “One of the male cast members approached my client and they started talking, and then Sammy “Sweetheart” Giancola came over and punched her in the face and head,” says the woman’s lawyer. [Radar]
  • Even though Charlie Sheen could make $60-$100 million if he does another two seasons of Two and a Half Men, a source says he doesn’t want to return because “Charlie is really into his sobriety now. He likes the show but it brings back bad memories.” [TMZ]
  • Oksana Grigorieva denied that she and Mel Gibson broke up because he was cheating on her saying, “I can tell you for sure all of this is not true. (The reports are) completely wrong. Sorry!” [Daily Express]
  • Ryan O’Neal formed a company called Unforgotten Love Productions and has been trying to get Farrah Fawcett‘s friends and family to film another documentary about her, though many have refused. [Radar]
  • Bret Michaels‘ sister says the family wants him to take a break, but he’s motivated to go back on tour ASAP. “It all goes down to the point that we want him to take a break but that’s not in his character, he goes and goes and goes and that’s the joy of his life,” she said. [Radar]
  • Tiger Woods had to drop out of The Players Championship on Sunday due to a neck injury, and today he said, “For me not to play all 18 holes [at TPC], that was as angry and as frustrated as I’ve been in a long time.” He added that the injury “actually was getting worse… and now I’m at a point now where I just can’t go anymore.” [People]
  • Have some morbid desire to hear the 911 call in which Catherine Bach reports her husband shot himself? You can listen here: [TMZ]
  • Playboy‘s latest marketing gimmick: The June issue comes with 3-D glasses. “What would people most like to see in 3-D?” asked Hugh Hefner. “Probably a naked lady.” [CBS News]
  • ESPN filed court documents claiming the network spent more than $300,000 on extra security for Erin Andrews and “assisting the government in its investigation,” and they want her stalker Michael David Barrett to pay up. [TMZ]
  • Evan Lysacek is still upset about Elisabeth Hasselbeck making fun of Erin Andrews on The View. “All I know is I came to the studio last Tuesday and it was my friend Erin’s birthday,” he said. “I couldn’t wait to see her, but when I showed up she was in tears.” He added, “After all she’s been through? I was disappointed that she had to deal with that. But I think Erin has put it in the past now. I think she’ll be OK. She’s a tough girl. Erin would never show it in public, but she has feelings.” [E!]
  • In January Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard will appear together in a production of Chekhov’s Three Sisters by the Classic Stage Company in New York. [NYT]
  • Inspired by the successful campaign to get Betty White to host SNL, there’s now a Carol Burnett to Host SNL Facebook groups. [NYT]
  • Deals are still being worked out to split the fourth Twilight book into two films, and the Cullen kids, including Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene, are holding out for a bigger paycheck. “We may have a situation where one of them is thrown out on the street to make a point,” says a source. [Hollywood Reporter]
  • A man was acquitted yesterday of burglarizing Amanda Peet’s New York apartment. His lawyer claims that a baby sitter misidentified him. [CBS News]
  • NeNe Leakes‘ boyfriend Charles Grant pled no contest today to an involuntary manslaughter charge. He was fined $1,000, ordered to pay $20,000 restitution and was placed on probation for one year. [Radar]
  • A court ruled today that Audrina Patridge‘s alleged stalker is mentally competent to stand trial. [Radar]
  • On tonight’s episode of The Hills, Spencer Pratt snaps that he doesn’t care that Heidi Montag‘s mom doesn’t approve of her plastic surgery because, “She’s not God. She didn’t make Heidi. She’s just a vagina!” [Us]
  • Lady Gaga said “alcohol will kill me one day,” and added, “I’d rather not die on vacation, I’d rather die on stage with my fans,” at a recent concert. [TMZ]
  • In the video at the link, Tilda Swinton discusses her new film I Am Love. [Bust]
  • Q: Do you have any regrets about using the N word in the name of your group? Ice Cube: “Nah. This is a word that is a reminder of where we come from, and how far we’ve got to go. I don’t regret it.” [Time]
  • Marissa Jaret Winokur laments, “Nobody likes my hair blonde! I’ve had the exact same brown hair all my life, and my whole life people have been telling me to change my hair… Every producer I have met has asked me to change my hair. I have always said ‘No,’ I finally change it for me…and now everyone in the business is like, ‘You have to go back to having brown hair.'” [People]
  • Victoria Beckham the producers of Glee want Victoria Beckham to guest star, according to this source (who clearly isn’t American): “The Madonna episode of Glee was such a success, executives want to feature Posh. She’s much more po-faced, but she’s a gay icon…They reckon she’ll go down a storm.” [Glamour U.K.]
  • When asked if he wants another baby, Taye Diggs said it’s up to Idina Menzel “I was in the room when my wife gave birth to Walker [Nathaniel], and after seeing that and going through the nine months of pregnancy with her, I would never ask,” he said. “I would never ask her for another child. If she wants to give me one because she wants to, I’m perfectly fine with that. I came from a large family, and I would love Walker to have some siblings… there’s also the idea of adoption. So we’ll see. It’s basically up to her. She’s the boss. It’s her body.” [People]
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