GLAAD names annual top media picks

first_imgHOLLYWOOD – If anyone wanted more proof that the days of closeted stars are beginning to fade, they needed only look to Saturday night’s 18th annual GLAAD Media Awards. Among the presenters were actors Neil Patrick Harris, T.R. Knight and singer Lance Bass – all of whom publicly acknowledged last year that they are gay and received rousing ovations Saturday night from a supportive crowd at the Kodak Theatre. “For gosh sakes,” an emotional Knight said after receiving a prolonged standing ovation. “I’m very honored to be here. … I’m angry at the inequality we face every day. I hope I can turn that anger toward our fight to be respected as equals.” Knight was followed on stage shortly afterward by Harris, who jokingly goaded the audience, “Oh sure, you stand for T.R.” Aniston, who recently portrayed a lesbian on an episode of the FX series “Dirt,” received GLAAD’s Vanguard Award for increasing the visibility and understanding of LGBT people. Aniston was clearly moved to be joining such past Vanguard Award recipients as Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Whoopi Goldberg, Vanessa Redgrave, Shirley MacLaine and Charlize Theron. Tennis legend Navratilova, who won the U.S. Open mixed doubles title last September, one month shy of her 50th birthday, received the Stephen F. Kolzak Award presented to her by Bass. Recently retired from tennis, Navratilova told the crowd, “Being a champion for gay and lesbian rights is something I will never retire from until we do have full equality – and that day will come.” The awards will be broadcast April 21 on Logo, MTV Network’s cable channel for LGBT viewers and others. For more coverage of the L.A. GLAAD Awards, check out the Out In Hollywood blog at (818) 713-3758 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The three out performers joined a star-studded roster of presenters and honorees that included Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Martina Navratilova, America Ferrera, Matthew Rhys, Katherine Heigl and Kate Walsh. In the competitive categories, “Little Miss Sunshine” may have lost out on an Academy Award, but the comedy took the outstanding (wide release) film prize. Among the film’s major characters is a depressed man (played by Steve Carell) who joins his dysfunctional family on a road trip. ABC shows “Brothers & Sisters” (Outstanding Drama Series), “Ugly Betty” (Outstanding Comedy), and an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” were among mainstream media projects and individuals honored by GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. All displayed what the organization called fair, accurate and inclusive representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their issues. “What an honor,” said “Brothers & Sisters” creator Jon Robin Baitz. “I don’t know how you do a show about five children and not have one of them be gay.” last_img read more

Bruins back in recovery mode

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre UCLA responded with a 44-31 defeat of Washington. The 14-point Notre Dame debacle? The Bruins upset then-No. 10 California, 30-21, in their next game. So, on the heels of the 20-point Palouse fiasco last week? UCLA, the country’s most famous roller coaster this side of Coney Island’s Cyclone, gives its answer today when it visits Arizona. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA has responded well after defeats in 2007. By Brian Dohn Staff Writer TUCSON, Ariz. – The 38-point Utah embarrassment? “I told some of the guys, let’s be real with each other. We are an inconsistent football team,” UCLA senior middle linebacker Christian Taylor said. “If somebody calls us that, I’m not going to cuss them out. There’s truth in that. The first step to healing is admittance, so I’m admitting it. We’re inconsistent.” It’s the second step that can be a doozy for UCLA. UCLA’s problem isn’t admittance, it’s adhering to its much-chirped-about “1-0 every week” mantra, which is why Athletic Director Dan Guerrero turned up the heat on fifth-year coach Karl Dorrell early in the week by saying, “I will be very interested to see how we finish the season this year.” The Bruins are 5-3 overall, with losses to a couple of the not-so-good teams in the nation. Utah, Notre Dame and Washington State are a combined 7-15 against schools not located in Westwood. But the Bruins also are 4-1 and in second place in the Pacific-10 Conference. Games with No. 6 Arizona State, No. 4 Oregon and USC follow this foray in the desert, where the Bruins were beaten by 38 points two years ago. Taylor, as well as many of his teammates, say they have no idea why the inconsistency that has been a part of the last few seasons has turned into a full-blown epidemic, especially since it is a veteran team. “I’m going to try and figure out a solution, and the only thing I know we can do is what I’ve been taught, and what I’ve learned,” Taylor said. “You just got to work, and if it’s not working, you work harder. You put your head down and keeping working.” Much of UCLA’s problems are traced to an ineffective offense, which has been hit hard by injuries and victimized by erratic play, including dropped passes, missed blocks, poor passes, poor quarterback play and turnovers. UCLA’s turnover margin (minus-4) is tied for second-worst in the Pac-10. Quarterback Ben Olson, tailback Kahlil Bell, fullback Michael Pitre and receiver Marcus Everett (all starters) will not play today because of injury. Continuity on the offensive line is another issue. With Aleksey Lanis scheduled to start at left tackle, UCLA will have its sixth combination of starters on the offensive line in nine games, despite having only left guard Shannon Tevaga miss a start because of injury. “As an offense, we’ve just been looking at the film and watching all the missed opportunities we have had,” UCLA receiver Terrence Austin said. “You don’t really see all the missed opportunities we had when the game is played, but when you come back and watch (the film), it definitely is something you see.” Were the mistakes different in any of the losses? “No,” Austin said. “Same exact stuff.” UCLA right tackle Brian Abraham said he believes the solution to playing better is to execute better in practice. “You do it bad in practice, over and over again without fixing it, it’s going to be bad in the game,” Abraham said. “We have to come out (in practice) and if something’s wrong, we have to fix it (in practice) and get it done before the game.” Prior to the losses to Utah and Washington State, effort and/or focus in practice were issues. While players said the intensity of practice was high this week, Dorrell held back on what that would mean. “We’ll see Saturday,” Dorrell said. brian.dohn@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgWEDNESDAY: The dance troupe The Top Hats will perform at The Grove, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 189 The Grove Drive-Town Square, Fairfax District in Los Angeles. Winter Solstice celebration, 6:30-9 p.m., The Country Inn, 23627 Calabasas Road, Calabasas. Call (818) 486-6720. THURSDAY: The Valley Ice Center will premier “Winter Wonderland,” an ice skating charity event, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-5 p.m. and 6-10 p.m., 8750 Van Nuys Blvd., Panorama City. Admission: $10 with $1 donated to charity. The San Fernando Valley Audubon Society will host a guest speaker, 7:30 p.m., Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Blvd. Encino. Free admission. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more