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Alan Cumming is Abuzz in 'Any Day Now,' L.A.'s Upcoming Celeb Appearances

 
By Nathaniel Grey
Film/TV Correspondent
 
   
 
While most media sources are already predicting Daniel Day Lewis being a shoe-in at the Oscars, what they should be buzzing about is Alan Cumming's role in the powerful drama Any Day Now, in theatres Dec. 14. Set in the '70s, Cumming and Raising Hope's Garrett Dillahunt play a gay couple struggling to adopt a neighbor's abused Down Syndrome son. Cumming's performance has been called a triumph and brought him the Audience Award for Best Actor at this year's Napa Valley Film Festival, where the picture won Audience Award for Best Film. But that's just the latest in a list of accolades the film has received at festivals in Tribeca, Chicago, Seattle, Provincetown and even L.A.'s Outfest. While Cumming's immense talent should be enough of a draw, Any Day Now costars Frances Fisher, L.A. Law vet Alan Rachins, Flashdance star Michael Nouri, Austin Powers' Mindy Sterling and Noah's Arc hunk Doug Spearman.

Having forgotten most of the words to "The Twelve Days of Christmas," evidence would support that Dec. 6 brings a box full of camp. On that evening, A John Waters Christmas, the actor/director's one-man adults-only holiday show comes to the Wilshire Ebell Theatre.

If you're attending an office party that night, make sure to set your DVRs for Jane Fonda's sure-to-be-hysterical appearance on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with host Andy Cohen. Over on NBC, Will & Grace vet Megan Mullally returns to the peacock network, joining Xena and Spartacus star Lucy Lawless and supermodel Christie Brinkley for guest appearances on Parks and Recreation.

The 'dozen holiday gifts' theme continues with the Dec. 8 premiere of The 12 Disasters of Christmas airing on SyFy. While the title sounds like a Honey Boo Boo TV special, it features Eureka star Ed Quinn in a small town plagued by natural disasters. Oy vey. Had it been set in Hollywood, the song would end "...and a Danny Partridge crashed into a pear tree."

Another Dec. 6 event will bring hordes of adult comic book collectors out of their parents' basement to see director Christopher Nolan. The director of The Dark Knight Rises and Inception will be interviewed following a rare screening of his 1998 directorial feature film debut, The Following, at 7:30 p.m.

This week's list of celebrity appearances include Babylon 5 actress Claudia Christian signing copies of Babylon 5 Confidential  at 2 p.m. at Dark Delicacies in Burbank on Dec. 9. Golden Girls legend and Hot in Cleveland star Betty White signs copies of Betty and Friends at Barnes & Noble at The Grove on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. On the following day, Spawn creator and action figure company impresario Todd McFarlane signs copies of The Art of Todd McFarlane at the same location.

If you missed the real event held on Thanksgiving weekend, you can catch the TV broadcast of the 81st Annual Hollywood Holiday Parade when it airs on the Hallmark Channel Dec. 10 from 3-5 p.m. Among the stars in cars at this year's celebration were Castle's Susan Sullivan, Criminal Minds' Thomas Gibson and Joe Mantegna, Glee's Lauren Potter, The Hulk's Lou Ferrigno and The Secret Circle's Natasha Henstridge.

Proof that TV holiday specials are filmed months ago, word has come down that the Dec. 10 NBC broadcast of Michael Buble: Home For the Holidays features guest star Elmo!  I guess Barry Manilow wasn't available.

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