Everything I loved about Ricki Lake in the ’80s and ’90s is still present and accounted for in the updated version of her talk show. Drag queens, eye rolling audience members and her uncanny ability to ask uncomfortable questions. Like, for instance, if you’re an openly gay man married to a woman, are the two of you having sex? And is it good?
According to Josh and Lolly Weed, the mormon couple who appeared on the recent “When Gay People Lead Straight Lives” episode, their sex life is active and fulfilling. You might have read Josh’s fascinating blog post “In which I come out of the closet on our ten year anniversary,” which was making the rounds on the internet this summer. It’s certainly worth a read. He goes into much more detail about his marriage. Keep reading »
And now for the best news I’ve heard all day! Ricki Lake has announced that after a nine year absence from the boob tube — during which she birthed some babies at home without drugs, got divorced, and appeared on “Dancing With the Stars” — her talk show will be returning to television next fall. Go, Ricki! Go, Ricki! Find out what she has planned for her return to TV after the jump… Keep reading »
Last night during “Bachelor Pad,” ABC unveiled the lineup for the new season of “Dancing with the Stars.” While I am shocked and dismayed that Queen Latifah is not among the ranks, I am totally thrilled by who they selected. Here are the women: Kristin Cavallari (of “The Hills’), Ricki Lake (of hello, do I need to explain?), Chynna Phillips (of Wilson Phillips), Nancy Grace (the newscaster), and Elisabetta Canalis (the Italian television star and recent ex of George Clooney). And the men: Ron Artest (the Los Angeles Laker), Carson Kressley (of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”), Robert Kardashian (the younger brother of Kim), and Chaz Bono (the son of Cher and Sonny Bono who used to be a she.) And the two people who it’s a stretch to call stars: JR Martinez (the “All My Children” actor who was burned while serving in Iraq) and Hope Solo (the goalie of the US women’s soccer team. No relation to Han.)
After the jump, 14 predictions on what we think will happen this season. Keep reading »
TV shows or movies about baby-birthing are a bit like a car wreck to us — watching them makes us ache in all sorts of places we didn’t know existed, yet we still cannot turn away out of a morbid fascination. Add Ricki Lake to a movie about baby-birthing and you’ve got what amounts to a 10-car pile-up in the middle of a busy Los Angeles freeway. Lake, who famously starred as fat and awesome Tracy Turnblad in John Waters’ Hairspray and as the host of her eponymous talk show in the ’90s, has two kids and both of the births were done at home. She filmed the birth of her second son Owen and then decided to turn portions of the material into the new documentary “The Business of Being Born” which she executive produced. The documentary tackles the way in which hospitals typically handle the birth ritual (read: as a traumatic emergency situation), offering midwife-assisted home births as a positive and completely safe alternative. More juicy details, after the jump. Keep reading »