Jim Nabors has married his longtime partner. There's a story about it here, including an interview with Nabors, where he talks about being openly gay to co-workers and friends, but considering it a "personal thing" that he didn't discuss more widely. From the article:
"I haven't ever made a public spectacle of it. Well, I've known since I was a child, so, come on. It's not that kind of a thing. I've never made a huge secret of it at all," Nabors said.
"This is really no big deal. My friend and I, my partner, we went through all of this 38 years ago," Nabors added. "So I mean, we made our vows and that was it. It was to each other, but nevertheless, we were a couple."
Asked if he had any advice to young gays and lesbians just beginning to deal with their sexual orientation, he said: "I really don't have any advice. I don't think I'm qualified because I just could handle it my own way. And you don't ever understand what people look down on you, or say cruel things to you about that sort of thing, but nevertheless, that's just life, and you just have to get above it."
Barbra Streisand will sing at the Oscars for the first time in decades. The official word:
Two-time Academy Award® winner Barbra Streisand, who has sung on the Oscars® only once before, will perform on ABC’s upcoming Oscar telecast on February 24. Streisand last sang the love theme from “A Star Is Born” on the March 28, 1977 show, winning the Best Original Song Oscar for “Evergreen” that same night.
“In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music,” said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, “how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand? We are honored that she has agreed to do a very special performance on this year’s Oscars, her first time singing on the show in 36 years.”
Streisand won her first Oscar for Best Actress in “Funny Girl” (1968), and was nominated again in 1973 for her lead performance in “The Way We Were.” She was also nominated for producing the Best Picture nominee, “The Prince of Tides” (1991), which she also directed, and for co-writing the original song, “I Finally Found Someone,” from “The Mirror Has Two Faces” (1996).
"American Idol" has a new app. The word on that:
AMERICAN IDOL launched an all-new app today with special features to be released over the season, providing IDOL fans access to show content and deep interactive and social experiences, as well as enhanced voting capabilities on their iOS and Android devices. The app, which is currently featured by Apple as “New and Noteworthy,” gives fans the ultimate AMERICAN IDOL experience by allowing them to join real-time conversations on Facebook and Twitter with AT&T IDOL Nation, keep up with their favorite judges and contestants, watch interviews and, once the live shows begin on Tuesday, March 5, cast all of their votes in a unique new voting experience using the AT&T AMERICAN IDOL voting platform.
IDOL fans can download* the app from the App Store and Google Play** and enjoy a variety of features including:
· Unique access to favorite IDOL moments and exclusive content
· Judge, host and contestant profiles and interviews
· Fast and easy content sharing to social media
· Contestant performances and behind-the-scenes footage
· Live broadcast sync experience during IDOL live shows
· Voting made easier by casting votes for one or more favorite contestants with just a couple of taps