July 21, 2012 |
Mel Brooks brimmed with brio recently, chatting up next weekend's three-day mounting of "The Producers" at the Hollywood Bowl. Firing quips and shtick in lethal arcs at most questions, Brooks pivoted to incisiveness when talking about casting Jesse Tyler Ferguson in the musical's co-lead role of nervous/nerdy accountant Leo Bloom. "Now Jesse, he has a lot of Leo in him, I think," said Brooks. "Jesse is fragile. He is a good trembler. You get from him that life is a big struggle. " Ferguson is an established TV presence, a comic mainstay and two-time Emmy nominee playing a gay parent on"Modern Family.
June 8, 2012 |
When you gather five comedic actors to discuss their work, the conversation naturally turns to, well, pain. And anguish. And desperation. But thankfully, when the performers are as thoughtful as Laura Dern (who plays Amy, an aggressively well-meaning woman on HBO's "Enlightened"), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (who as Mitchell is raising a daughter with his partner on ABC's "Modern Family"), Ed Helms (the under-appreciated Andy on NBC's "The Office"), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who as Vice President Selina Meyer finds her ambitions thwarted on HBO's "Veep")
May 29, 2012 |
When the Mel Brooks movie-turned-blockbuster-musical "The Producers" takes the Hollywood Bowl stage this summer, "Modern Family's" Jesse Tyler Ferguson will play Leo Bloom and Richard Kind will be Max Bialystock, the schemers memorably played by Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane on Broadway. Scheduled for a weekend run of performances on July 27-29, "The Producers" will feature two actors from the original Broadway company: Tony Award-winner Gary Beach will reprise his role as director Roger De Bris and Roger Bart will return as his assistant Carmen Ghia.
March 23, 2012 |
Admit it, at 45 years old, the Advocate looks good. Over those years, the LGBT magazine has seen the same challenges as any other print publication but has forged ahead with its watchdog duties in human rights as well as being a pop culture compass. The glossy will celebrate the big 4-5 at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, welcoming a host of celebs and activists, as well as fashion and social types. Not to mention inductees to the Heroes Hall of Fame, a list of notables that includes Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O'Donnell, Cynthia Nixon and Jake Gyllenhaal.
March 7, 2012 |
For a recent episode of the TV series "Modern Family," Raul Ojeda crafted a pair of shoes covered in red sequins for actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson. His character, Mitchell, shows off the shoes for a "Wizard of Oz"-themed birthday party he throws for his partner, Cam. A decade ago, Raul Ojeda was working as a shoe shiner. Now the 29-year-old is leaving his own footprint in Hollywood, supplying custom-made shoes to stars such as Steve Carell and Sally Field. Ojeda is the owner of Los Angeles-based Willie's Shoe Service, a shoe repair shop that has been providing footwear to the entertainment industry since 1956, when Willebaldo "Willie" Rivera opened a small business across from Paramount Pictures on Melrose Avenue.
July 13, 2011
TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS SERIES So You Think You Can Dance: "Modern Family's" Jesse Tyler Ferguson sits in at the judges' table (8 p.m. Fox). Sons of Guns: The reality series about a family of firearms fabricators returns with new episodes (9 p.m. Discovery). Ghost Hunters International: The spook-seeking series is back for another season (9 p.m. Syfy), followed by the premiere of the reality series "Legend Quest" (10 p.m. Syfy). One Man Army: Military members and others compete for the title in this new reality competition (10 p.m. Discovery)