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Monday Mixer: Eric Stonestreet, can we get a loan?

KCK’s Eric Stonestreet (left) stars alongside Jesse Tyler Ferguson in ABC’s “Modern Family.”
KCK’s Eric Stonestreet (left) stars alongside Jesse Tyler Ferguson in ABC’s “Modern Family.” ABC

ABC’s “Modern Family,” featuring KCK’s Eric Stonestreet, has been renewed for two more seasons and a total of 44 more episodes.

Deadline reports that Stonestreet and fellow cast members Ed O’Neill, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Sofia Vergara stand to make $500,000 per episode. If that figure is correct, the Piper and K-State grad is looking at $22 million over two years. That’s Alex Smith and Lorenzo Cain money right there.

On a recent interview on “Larry King Now,” Stonestreet was asked how playing a gay man has changed how he feels about the LGBT community.

“It hasn’t made me feel much different than it did before,” Stonestreet said. “I grew up in Kansas. I didn’t really know gay people. … And then when I started doing theater I got to know tons of gay people. And it’s really one of the reasons I became an actor. I was a fraternity guy, showed up to do a play and I was blown away by how much I loved all the people involved. And those people, you know, a lot of them were gay. I always wanted Cam to be (a) person first and their sexual orientation somehow shuffled down the list of what defines him.”

▪ So long, Zorn: Meanwhile, over at Fox, “Son of Zorn,” featuring KC’s Jason Sudeikis, has been canceled.

Sudeikis recently signed to star in the film “Driven,” inspired by a drug scandal involving car designer John DeLorean. Sudeikis will play the automaker’s former neighbor Jim Hoffman, a con artist-turned-informer for the FBI in the war on drugs.

▪ She’s bad: “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins, who grew up in Lawrence, tells Glamour mag that Lynda Carter’s portrayal of the iconic superhero in the ’70s was a huge influence on the character in the film, played by Gal Gadot.

“I based her on the original comics and Lynda Carter,” Jenkins said. “I followed the rules that I believe in: Wonder Woman doesn’t hurt people for fun. She doesn’t use violence unless she has to, and when she has to, she’s incredibly adept. Everybody assumes she has to be a badass. Of course, she has to be a badass. It was my duty to say being badass doesn’t mean she’s not loving, funny, warm, all those things.”

The film is tracking to have a $65 million opening, according to the Hollywood Reporter, which puts it in line with Marvel’s first Captain America and Thor movies, but well below last year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

▪ Hold it: Singer/songwriter and Leavenworth native Melissa Etheridge told Yahoo she has smoked weed with her ADULT children, and immediately the internet finger-waggers were up in arms. She later tried to clarify with People.

“I have regrets. I certainly can’t take it back, but I can do my best to explain: It’s not as reckless and casual as you think,” she said. “These are very tender moments that I have spent with my children, with my young adults — and they’re very special moments and not treated casually at all.

“I probably should have thought twice about actually mentioning my children. I understand, always, in these social norm issues, when you bring children in, that’s where people go crazy. Like gays: ‘It’s all great — but what about the children?’ And we’ve shown, I’ve shown, that I’m raising four children; I have raised two, and I’m still raising two. So it was my mistake to say, ‘Yes, I’ve smoked with my children.’ Which makes it seem like I sit down and smoke with my little 10-year-olds, which I do not. I want to be empathic in saying I do not believe in casual cannabis use in children or teenagers — I am not advocating casual cannabis use at all. I do not think it is healthy for children under 18.”

▪ Back for more: KC’s Katherine McNamara posted on Instagram the other day that she has wrapped filming on Freeform’s “Shadowhunters” for now and was headed to Vancouver to do some filming on “The Maze Runner: Death Cure.”

“A nomad’s life for me. … From hunting shadows to running mazes …,” she wrote.

 

A nomad's life for me... From hunting shadows to running mazes...

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▪ Not so far, far away: KC-based comic book writer Jason Aaron is one of the two main scribes on Marvel Comics’ new “Star Wars” comic, “Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel.” The first issue is available now and features Luke Skywalker traveling to a sinister planet. The story takes place between “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back.”

Read more about it here.

▪ Dancing around the issue: Misty Copeland, KC native and principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, told Harvard students last week about her struggles as an African-American ballet dancer.

“It took me a long time to understand and dissect the words that a lot of minority and black dancers in particular, hear … ‘You don’t belong in the classical ballet world because your feet are too flat. Your butt is too big,’ ” she said. “I see dancers who are professionals who have these bodies who are white. Why am I being told my breasts are too big? Why am I being told my body is too muscular? It’s code language for your skin is wrong.”

Copeland begins her second year as principal with ABT as Kitri in “Don Quixote,” which begins Tuesday.

▪ Getting Busy: This story has a KC connection, but you’re going to have to wait for it.

Busy Philipps of “Cougar Town” and “Freaks and Geeks” took to Comedy Central’s “Comedy Jam” last week to tell the tale of meeting her idol Courtney Love of the band Hole.

It was some years ago at the premiere of “Man in the Moon.” Philipps mustered up some liquid courage to go speak to the singer. It didn’t go well.

“Her look literally stops me talking because she’s glaring at me as if she wants to set me on (expletive) fire,” Philipps said. “And she sort of narrows her eyes at me and she looks up and is like, ‘This is my friend Paul. Do you want to (expletive) him?’ 

Philipps said she was “mortified” and scurried back to her friends from the “Freaks” cast.

 ‘Paul,’ by the way, turned out to be Paul Rudd,” she said (told you there was a KC connection). “Obviously. It was one of the most humiliating moments of my life. Not to mention, you guys, I missed my chance to (expletive) Paul Rudd.”

The uncensored vid is below.

▪ Got your nose: Rudd, meanwhile, is one of dozens of stars featured in NBC’s “Red Nose Day Special” on May 25. The show aims to raise funds to combat childhood poverty, and Rudd will be traveling to Maine to highlight an area hit hard by the recession. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced last week it will match up to $1 million in donations made to Red Nose Day in the U.S. using Facebook’s charitable giving tools.

On the way

▪ Bone Thugs-n-Harmony performs Friday at Crossroads KC. Tickets are $25-$76.50 through crossroadskc.com.

▪ Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Yonder Mountain String Band, the Infamous Stringdusters and Fruition perform Friday and Saturday as part of Knuckleheads’ Bluegrass in the Bottoms. Passes are $41-$71 through knuckleheadskc.com.

▪ Red Hot Chili Peppers perform Sunday at Sprint Center. Tickets are $51-$101 through sprintcenter.com.

Stuff to do

▪ The Heart of America Concours d’Elegance is Saturday at Crown Center Square. The event is free. More at crowncenter.com.

▪ The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum celebrates “Jazz & Jackie” on Saturday at the Gem. Admission is $25-$35 through nlbm.com.

New this week

▪ Books: Lincoln Child, “Full Wolf Moon”; Joseph Mercola, “Fat for Fuel”; Lee Child, “No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories”; Dorothea Benton Frank, “Same Beach, Next Year”; David Ortiz, “Papi”; Matt Frazier, “The No Meat Athlete Cookbook.” More here.

▪ Music: Snoop Dogg, “Neva Left”; The Mountain Goats, “Goths”; Wavves, “You’re Welcome”; Pokey LaFarge, “Manic Revelations”; Rascal Flatts, “Back to Us”; !!!, “Shake the Shudder.” More here.

▪ Movies: “Alien: Covenant”; “Everything, Everything”; “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul”; “Norman”; “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent.”

▪ Video: “XXX: Return of Xander Cage”; “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter”; “The Space Between Us.” More here.

David Frese: 816-234-4463, @DavidFrese

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