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24 Legacy Star is Author Too…

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Dan Bucatinsky is a renaissance man. He is a husband, father, actor, producer, director, screenwriter, Emmy award winner, gay icon, and author. Just like a few actors who have finally gotten their shot, Dan has been all over movies and television for years. Dan really came into his own when he was cast as the gay husband of Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry) on “Scandal”. It was a breakout role because James and Cyrus were the first gay couple in the halls of power. Alas James was murdered , and now his widower is poised to be the new President. Dan’s performance as the naive journalist won him an Emmy Award for his role on the ABC hit. Now Dan is on television again in the new Fox series “24 Legacy.”

Along with his projects, Dan wrote a book. It doesn’t talk about what its like to be on a hit series or the joys of coming out. With his wry sense of humor , you can tell you are going to be laughing as you read it. Even the title is funny, “Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?” Dan addresses his life as a gay parent. His accounts of his romance with director, Don Roos will make you believe in love again. It also demonstrates that gay love is real and makes people feel warm and fuzzy . It also demonstrates that gay couples are just as insecure as heterosexual ones. It is ironic that Dan talks about him and Don wanting to have kids. This is just like Dan’s character on “Scandal.” James didn’t feel fulfilled without a baby and that when Cyrus wanted to get him to stop snooping , he got him what he wanted “a big , fat squishy baby.” Dan tells of the process and pre-moms that the couple went through before they got their two kids. The funniest part is when Dan describes the types of parents that they encounter when they socialize with their kids. It is a hilarious testimony to La La Land and parenting with the rich and famous.

I also love how Dan gives all the people in his life in the book credit for the parts they played in them. He talks with love about his kids, his husband, Don. He gives a new meaning to the term GBFF with the relationship he has with his gal pal, aka Lisa Kudrow. (You might remember her from a show called “Friends.”) They have worked together on projects and movies. He also gives credit to the lovely lady who gave him the best job he ever had, Linda Lowry and also her hubby Jeff Perry. Trust me, the relationship between these two actors is real and as a gladiator , we miss James and Cyrus together. Dan embraces his heritage. I can almost picture him on the balcony of the Casa Rosada , arms stretched out as he sings “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.” He is very open about his sexuality and his belief in God. There are quite a few differences between Don and Dan. There is the obvious age difference, sometimes the kids like Don more than Dan. (Dan is Daddy and Don is Poppi) , Dan is Jewish, Don is Catholic and neither of them practices their religion. Dan embraces his Judaism more than Don. Don denies his childhood religious up bringing.

If you are completely lost in the sea of gay parenthood , I totally recommend this book for you and your partner. I also recommend it if you are just plain having a bad day, it will make you laugh. I also recommend it for the many gladiators . You will get a view of one of the sweetest characters in the midst of the lying, murdering , and cheating world of the Capitol. It also might be the introduction to new fans of the wonderful actor as they watch Andy help the team on “24 legacy.”

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Here is Dan and his husband , Don Roos. The book is mostly about the adventures of being parents to Eliza and Jonah

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Here is Dan in his Emmy winning role of James Novak on “Scandal” James had it rough married to the Chief of Staff of the POTUS. Cyrus had his share of secrets and James lost his life keeping them. Cyrus is holding Ella at her christening.

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Great Gift for the Theatre Geek-The Ultimate Broadway Musical List Book

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 The big news in town is “Hamilton.”  But some people don’t exactly understand what is the big deal about a musical that is about a man who was never a President. They have friends that put show tunes on their iphone and have a library of movie musicals that were made from Broadway musicals with their dvds. They are the theatre geeks and I am proud to say I am one of them. Steven Friedman’s new book is the perfect book to give Theatre students, people that are planning to go on Jeopardy, and of course Theatre geeks.

Steve M Friedman has loved the theatre since he was exposed to it as a child.  He talks fondly of an era when the original cast recording was on vinyl. Steven would pull the record from its album sleeve and put it on the turntable. You could just imagine hearing the grand old songs from the classic Broadway musicals. Friedman takes the reader on a musical journey of decades of Broadway memories. There are also great descriptions of the plots of shows and also lists of songs . Friedman doesn’t just talk about the good shows, but the bad shows as well. I shuddered when I read his description of a revival of “Promises, Promises” as one of the worst revivals of all time. You can also relive all of the Broadway divas and their stories as well. Some women should have never walked the boards . Thrill to the story of the Queen of Comedy, Lucille Ball and her miserable Broadway failure “Wildcat.” You will curl up as you read about battling divas competing for roles and that all important Tony nom or role in the movie version. Since I am also an actress, I like Friedman’s list of songs that are perfect for women for auditions. The book is not only informative , but entertaining. Tuck it in your bag for that trip to the Big Apple or when you are on your way to the latest offering of Broadway in Chicago. If you are sending a student off to NYU or Northwestern, it is a great reference book for theatre classes. Definitely keep it in mind for holiday shopping

You can find The Ultimate Broadway Musical Theatre Book at Amazon. com

 

 

 

Say Yes to Shonda-A Book Review of “Year of Yes”

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There has been a lot of controversy about Shonda Rhimes this past year. It has been a banner year for Rhimes as her television shows have managed to become one of the most popular topics on social media. Rhimes managed to push the envelope once again. Back in November, Rhimes managed to address another social issue on one of her shows. Despite the fact that Olivia Pope was in a relationship and healthy, she underwent an abortion. During this procedure, the beloved Christmas carol “Silent Night ” played. Rhimes has cemented her place in history by being the first African American showrunner to have her shows take over an entire evening of prime time television. Thursdays belong to Shonda and TGIT! These shows include “Grey’s Anatomy” Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder.”

I was excited and skeptical to read “Year of Yes.” When I heard that Rhimes was publishing her book, I decided months ago I wanted to read it. Rhimes is definitely her own woman and a woman to remember. She is the creator of some of television’s most brilliant and prolific characters. She is also a role model for young women of all races. Americans plan their weeks around her TGIT line up and all of her shows have brought accolades to Rhimes and alll of her casts.

“Year of Yes” was the result of a challenge that was thrown down to Rhimes last Thanksgiving by her sister, Delorse. She dares her to not to say no for an entire year.She shares with readers her discoveries from the journey. Readers who follow her on screen media will enjoy excerpts from her many speeches and honors.  She gives humorous accounts of how she ended up on Jimmy Kimmel to promote her show. Shonda also encourages those who are starting on the journey of weight loss by describing her own experience of losing over a hundred pounds herself.

TGIT fans will love her references to her favorite characters she has created. She goes into detail about her love affair with “Grey’s Anatomy” character, Cristina Yang. She also says that if she was rich beyond her wildest dreams , she would be living in Vermont , making jam with Derek, Fitz, Jake or Burke.

I think every woman should read this book and use it to conquer the fear in their life. It was inspirational and the perfect book to read to start the year off. It is also a great present for that young lady for graduation. No matter your age, Shonda will inspire you to a be a better you.

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Shonda takes you on a journey which includes her love affair with Cristina Yang.(Sandra Oh) Yang reminded her a lot of herself and shares a lot of those qualities with the super surgeon.

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In her “Year of Yes” Rhimes tells of things she would never do. One of these things is allowing herself to be more visible including appearing on the front cover of “Entertainment Weekly” with her leading ladies Ellen Pompeo, Kerry Washington, and Viola Davis

The Road to Happiness is Always Under Construction – by Linda Gray

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Today on television, we are loaded with female role models. There are ex wives forced to work with their husbands, a lawyer who does her best to defend the slickest of cases, a woman saddled with three kids after her husband has tragically died, and a woman who has decided to embrace happiness risking  everything to be with the man she loves. We also have women who create such women like Tina Fey, Lena Dunham, and Shonda Rhimes. In the era of the night soaps, the shows were created by men and men were the stars behind them.

When i first picked up this book, I was so excited . Linda Gray was one of my television idols.She exemplified glamour and beauty in the era of big hair and shoulder pads. Whenever Linda took the scene as Sue Ellen, I would be mesmerized with her acting ability. She amazed me with her emotions as she played the scorned woman . Her eyes were so gorgeous and I would run to the store when I saw her on a magazine cover. One year in college, I dressed up as her for Halloween. She was my role model in the eighties as a young woman who was just entering adulthood.

At 75 years old, Linda still exudes beauty.. This book has so much more than just her life story. Linda gives her tips for living a great life. She talks candidly about the relationships that have meant the most to her. Linda was a young bride who worked as a model. She grew up in the “Mad Men” era and talks freely about how alcohol had affected the people in her life. Thankfully later, she fixed the relationship with her mother and she was richer for it. She also discusses how her and her ex husband had mended their feelings towards each other and how he eventually became her best friend.”Dallas” fans will love to hear stories from the show. You will be there in the time when “Dallas” was the show and Who Shot JR? took over pop culture. Linda takes great pleasure in talking about this special time in her life. She also speaks poignantly about her best friend and co star the late Larry Hagman.This was truly a love affair that was special, because there was no romance involved but friendship. She also talks about returning to her role as Sue Ellen for the revamped version that was on TNT two years ago. She also talks about how she never expected things to be the way they are now. Her biggest surprise was when People Magazine asked her to pose for their Most Beautiful People issue. They did a shoot involving her fantastic legs, which were actually used on the original poster for the movie The Graduate. It is obvious Linda is still a raving beauty inside and out. If you want to read a book written by a truly inspirational actress or a testament to a time  period when lavishness was the norm and bigger was better, then this book is for you.

Like “House of Cards” and “Scandal” – You’ll Love MALICE by Liz Crokin

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Here is a picture of the author at her book launch in Chicago atop of the Dana Hotel at Vertigo

 Lana has the life. She is a former political journalist who up until recently worked as a tabloid journalist for some of the biggest tabloids in the country. She is ready to embark on a story that could possibly expose the next President of the United States . She has also found the love of her life. Malden. In the midst of this budding romance there are ex wives, hookers, and a future President of the United States who has. some interesting sexual fetishes despite the fact he is happily married and a Mormon.

“Malice’ is a juicy page turner. It is also a political thriller and a sexual romp through Hollywood. It has scenes that will make you want to drink a glass of wine and then take a cold shower. The evil political games rival the Underwood White House and the sexual games rival the Grant one. If you love political dramas like “House of Cards” and “Scandal” like I do, go to Amazon . com and grab this hot read.