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Alan Cumming tells a very amusing story about the weirdest role he’s ever had: a creepy lumberjack

This is just an utterly charming story told by an utterly charming actor.

Alan Cumming guested this week on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and in this video, tells the story of his weirdest acting job.

It was at the start of his career and he was cast in an Irish soap opera as, get this, a creepy lumberjack character.

The part about him sawing a tree onto his pregnant girlfriend is a hoot!

The creepy lumberjack ends up getting killed-off but, thankfully, Alan managed to go on to great success on stage, on TV and in movies.


My chat with actor Christopher Sean who plays Paul Narita on NBC’s “Days of Our Lives”

Christopher Sean is a terrific actor that he has managed to come between a beloved couple on Days of Our Lives and still come off as a good guy.

His character of Paul Narita turned the lives of Sonny Kiriakis and Will Horton upside down when he slept with Will who he later finds out is married to Paul’s ex.

‘It’s been such positive feedback from the fans, I’m just surprised myself,’ Christopher told me in a recent interview.

‘I’m just trying to do the best I can in portraying a heartfelt man who wants to get back his love. The writing is just incredible what they are putting out. It’s just making my job easy and I go out and I do the best I possibly can and make sure it’s as authentic and genuine as possible.’

The Days role goes beyond the Will-Sonny-Paul triangle. With Paul being a pro baseball player and of Japanese ancestory, his character has dealt with the end of his athletic career, with the reaction of his family to his being gay and his taking the step of coming out publicly.

‘It’s an honor, it’s a privilege and it’s a dream come true,’ he says of his role. ‘I’ve always wanted to act and to have a job that allows me to be someone to help people, to give back to the community, that’s what I’m looking for – that’s what I always want to do – to make people feel better and to make them understand in life, if they are going through struggles, this is an opportunity to really help those people and I love that.’

Here are some of some big Paul Narita moments:

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Friday Morning Man: Luke Macfarlane!

It was so nice to see Luke Macfarlane on last week’s episode of NBC’s The Night Shift as Brendan Fehr’s boyfriend Rick.

He had also been on an episode last season and his loyal fans like me were hopeful he’d be recurring or a regular.

ABC’s Brothers & Sisters ended its five-year run in 2011 we just loved having Luke as the adorable Scotty on our TV screens each week.

The fans of that series still love our Scotty and the 35-year-old actor is reminded of all the time.

‘I had a really nice experience just the other day,’ he said in an interview last year. ‘I was walking out of an audition with these two other people that I had just been auditioning against, and this lady passed me on the street, and she said, ‘no disrespect to the other two of you, but I just have to say I’m such a huge fan of Luke.’ And I turned to the people beside me, and I said, ‘I swear to God, I didn’t tell her to say that.’

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Greg Louganis has a message for Indiana: “Your love matters, but so does mine!”

This morning, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a controversial bill into law that allows anyone – including private businesses and organizations – to discriminate against LGBT people and others due to religious beliefs.

I wrote about it over at Gay Star News.

Many famous folks are calling Pence out for signing the bill including Olympic diving legend Greg Louganis who posted this on Facebook today:

Ok, so I am going to Indy next week! I have a plan, I will introduce myself politely, “Hi, I’m Greg Louganis, and I am Gay, in fact legally married to Johnny Chaillot-Louganis in the state of California, would you refuse me or any other of my Gay Brother’s or Sister’s in your establishment?” If they say “But you are an Olympic Champion!” I will smile and leave!

I am concerned the Olympic Diving Trials are in Indy, VERY concerned! All Athletes and Coaches should feel welcome, this law prohibits that. How is Seattle looking to host the Olympic Trials again? At least I would know I could attend.

Your love matters, but so does mine!


Days of Our Lives: Sonny is in no mood to see Will – but he agrees to a meeting with Paul

Will is desperate and wants to smooth everything over with Sonny right away. But he is further stricken when Sonny says he came back from Arizona because he was needed at his club, not to come home to Will.

Sonny tells his increasingly maddening husband that it is simply too soon to hash it all out: ‘It’s still raw Will, it still hurts too much.’

Meanwhile, Paul asks Sonny to chat with him related to Will’s visit to him. For some reason he tries to take the blame for Will’s sleeping with him.

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What happened when a Catholic group decided to form a prayer circle outside screening of “Bridegroom”

Shane Bitney Crone is a classy and lovely man who has shared on Facebook what happened this week when he took his documentary, Bridegroom, to University of Texas at Tyler for a screening.

It tells the story of Shane’s relationship with his late partner, Tom Bridegroom who was killed in an accidental fall from a rooftop. Shane’s grief was compounded when Tom’s family banned him from the funeral and tried to erase all evidence of their happy life together.

Shane tells what happened in Texas:

While the film was playing, a prayer circle formed in the lobby. I watched as the small group congregated, quietly praying for the “Heavenly Father” to “help everyone inside that theatre to see the truth.” Apparently a local Catholic group on Facebook had put out a call to action, urging “prayer warriors” to get down to the screening of the “controversial” film.

When the film finished, I invited the prayer group to join us for the Q&A. They seemed shocked by my hospitality and a few even approached me afterwards to apologize for the fact that I had been discriminated against by other Christians. I appreciated their sympathy, however their sentiments came with a caveat: “But you have a choice to act on your impulses to sin.”

I explained that while it’s important to respect other people’s views, I disagreed with the heart of their statement. “If all sins are equal, then it’s hard for me to comprehend why an entire group of you would have an emergency prayer session outside of the screening of a film that tells a love story about two men. If you are willing to go to such great lengths to stop everything you’re doing to try and ‘save’ everyone who came to the screening, shouldn’t you be having these same kind of prayer circles around divorce attorneys’ offices to ‘save’ people from acting on the sin of divorce? Shouldn’t you be standing outside of every major clothing store praying for those who purchase clothing made up of two different types of fabric, which is an ‘abomination’ in the Bible? Or stand outside Red Lobster and pray for every single person who eats shellfish because that’s also a sin and called an abomination in the Bible? And while you’re at it, you should try and track down every left-handed person because that is also a sin.”

I can’t understand why people go to such great lengths to shout from the rooftops that “Homosexuality is a sin and must be stopped!” when every single one of us is a “sinner” to some degree. I ended the conversation by saying that if or when I come face to face with God, I believe he will not send me to Hell (if that even exists). And if God does not understand that I am only guilty of loving another person, then that is not a God with whom I want to spend eternity anyway.

I am shocked by the amount of time, energy, and money people spend trying to deny LGBT people equal rights. Imagine if that same time, energy, and money were spent combatting world hunger or curing cancer; the world would be a healthier, happier place, I am sure.

Thank you to the University of Texas at Tyler and specifically Londa Jensen for welcoming me and bringing light to these issues. I am truly grateful for the opportunity and I commend you for having an event like this. I look forward to having more conversations like this with people like that. Preaching to the choir is nice and feels good, but we have to start engaging those with different opinions so that we can learn from each other and actually make progress in the places that are the most resistant.

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Craig Zadan and Neil Meron won’t be producing the Academy Awards again next year

Neil Meron and Craig Zadan are leaving the Academy Awards behind after three consecutive years as the show’s producers.

‘Frankly before the Oscars this year were even broadcast, we were questioning whether or not, if we were ever asked, whether we wanted to do it again, and we had long talked about it,’ Meron tells Deadline Hollywood.

He added: ‘The past couple of years have been incredible, but at the same time, we’ve also put a lot of projects on hold, and they haven’t been getting our full attention.’

Zadan and Meron had their most success when Ellen DeGeneres hosted last year to huge ratings and some comedy bits that went viral including an all-star selfie that crashed Twitter.

This year’s show, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, was down in the ratings and had far fewer buzz-worthy moments than the year before although a Sound of Music medley by Lady Gaga (pictured with Meron and Zadan) was widely praised.

Each year shortly after the Oscar telecast, the Academy would announce that Meron and Zadan had been signed for another year. What was not known was that the pair had been signed to a three-year contact which began with the 2013 show hosted by Seth MacFarlane.

‘They said this idea came about because of having people come on for a year, they learned how to do the show, and then they’re gone,’ said Zadan. ‘So there’s no continuity, and the ability to work with people for several years in a row seems like a really better way to go. So it was at that point we committed to three years.’

Only the late Gil Cates had produced the Oscars for three consecutive years.

‘We’ve got to go back to our day job,’ Zadan said. ‘So it just sort of worked out where we just thought we feel like we’ve accomplished what we wanted to accomplish by doing the show for three years.’

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Wishing a happy 71st birthday to Diana Ross!

The one-time lead singer of The Supremes who went on to have decades of solo hits turns 71 years young today.

She’s still touring and looking and sounding fabulous.

But it’s been five years since we’ve had a new album from Diana Ross and I do hope one is in the works.

In the past 20 years, she has only released 1995′s Take Me Higher, 1999′s Every Day is a New Day and 2010′s I Love You. I love them all and own them all.

In the meantime, we have quite a treasure trove of Diana classics to enjoy and here are some of my favorites:

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Steve Grand weighs in on the rebranding of Josey Greenwell into country singer Nate Green

I have not written much about the metamorphosis of a once out-and-proud gay country musician named Josey Greenwell who did a sexy DNA spread and appeared on the cover of the 2012 Spartacus Gay Guide.

Well, he faded from sight in 2013 then more than a year later re-emerged with a new name, Nate Green, and is being marketed for straight audiences.

Steve Grand, the openly gay singer whose debut album was released this week, weighed in on Josey Greenwell/Nate Green in an interview with The Daily Beast:

“I don’t really know much about him. I just know he did a DNA photo shoot and he seemed to be out and proud and now he seems not to be embracing that side of him in the same way. Let me think what I want to say about this… It saddens me because I feel his decision to not be out and open in what appears to be actually in some ways going back into the closet professionally, I see it as a reflection on the sad state where people feel like they can’t be out. And I feel bad for him, that he for whatever reason doesn’t feel he can’t be welcomed as an artist and he’s branding himself as a country artist but he doesn’t feel like that he can make that part of his work. I think I wanted to be out because I felt it sets a good example. We need as many people out as possible. I felt comfortable doing that and I’m all about that for myself and I encourage other people to do the same. But I don’t know his story, what his journey’s been like, so I don’t want to make any judgement other than it’s a reflection of the world that he believes in and it’s a sad reflection for me.”


Morning Man Encore: Ryan Doucette!

Originally posted Sept 17, 2012 – not updated
This uncommonly beautiful man is actor Ryan Doucette who was one of the stars of the wonderful movie, Cloudburst.

I was expecting kind of a sad drama but instead it was a touching movie with plenty of comedy. Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker play an aging lesbian couple who escape from a nursing home in Maine and take off to Nova Scotia to be legally married.

They kind of reminded me of Thelma & Louise but instead of picking up a sexy hitchhiker played by Brad Pitt, they picked up a sexy hitchhiker played by Ryan Doucette. And instead of scamming them, he ends up as kind of an adopted son who joins them for their adventure.

Since landing his first major role Cloudburst, Ryan has made three more features: Roaming, The Disappeared and Copperhead.

He describes himself on his Twitter account as an “actor, writer, clown, procrastinator.”

Ryan is from Nova Scotia and began his career performing with a theater troup and appeared in many stage productions in his hometown including a production of Cloudburst.

I have a feeling we’re going to be hearing a lot more about this talented young guy! Here is a LINK to his website.

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Gay rumors don’t bother Josh Groban

Josh Groban knows there are people out there who think he is gay.

He’s not losing sleep over it.

‘Honestly, if I were gay, I would have had no problem saying it from day one,’ Groban tells PrideSource. ‘I would have nothing to hide if that were the case.’

He added: ‘People have speculated, have wanted to speculate – whatever, fine. I’m not gay, but if I were, I don’t view it as a bad thing. If I were, I’d say, “OK, fine, speculate all you want and let’s talk about it.”‘

Groban, 34,  dated actress January Jones from 2003 to 2006 and has been dating actress Kat Dennings of Two Broke Girls fame since October 2014.

So how does he remain so non-threatened by such rumors?

‘I’ve grown up with gay friends; my parents have had great gay friends. I come from such an open-minded family background.

‘I am so lucky to have the parents that I have and to have grown up with the environment of “accept and be accepted” and “love and be loved,” so when that kind of talk comes up, I think to myself, “All right, I’m happy to say what is and isn’t true,” but at the same time, I don’t see why that’s like, ‘Ohhhh.’” Like that would be an insult. I don’t get that.’

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Nate Berkus is a daddy!

Congratulations to Nate Berkus and husband Jeremiah Brent became parents with the birth of their daughter this week via surrogate.

Berkus, who gained fame through regular appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, made the announcement in a Facebook post: ‘Jeremiah & I are thrilled to announce the arrival of our daughter, Poppy Brent-Berkus, born via surrogate on March 23, 2015. We are so excited to finally be a family of 3!

He added: ‘As anyone with a newborn knows, we have our work cut out for us but couldn’t be happier to be embarking on this life changing journey that is parenthood. Thank you all for your well wishes and support.’

The couple made a little bit of history last May when they became the first same-sex couple to be married at the New York Public Library. Among the guests was Berkus’s television mentor Winfrey.

Berkus, 43, hosted his own syndicated daytime talk show for two years. Brent, 29, appeared on the Bravo television series The Rachel Zoe Project.

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“Looking” gets cancelled by HBO – will wrap up stories in “final chapter” special

I’m gutted!

HBO confirmed today that Looking will not return for a third season.

The series starring Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett, Frankie J. Alvarez and Russell Tovey will, however, get a special to wrap up its storylines.

The network said in a statement: ‘After two years of following Patrick (Groff) and his tight-knit group of friends as they explored San Francisco in search of love and lasting relationships, HBO will present the final chapter of their journey as a special. We look forward to sharing this adventure with the shows loyal fans.’

Looking has a loyal fanbase but could not sustain the ratings of its lead in, Girls, on Sunday nights.

I had spoken with several cast members recently who were still hopeful for a third season.

‘If it were based on quality then we definitely deserve a pick up but it’s out of our control,’ Alvarez had said. ‘I’m super proud of the second season and hopefully the powers the be will give us another chance to continue developing stories and living with these beautiful characters we all adore.’

Raul Castillo, who plays Richie, had said: ‘I really hope that we get a season three. I think it would be a great gift to continue to explore these characters – I think we’ve just kind of scratched the surface.’

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Wishing a happy 68th birthday to Elton John! songs are a big part of the soundtrack of my life.

From Your Song, Crocodile Rock and Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word to The Bitch is Back, Bennie and the Jets and Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, Elton John churned out hit after hit after hit in the 70s.

Since then there have been other classics like I Guess That’s Why the Call it the Blues, Can You Feel the Love Tonight and Circle of Life from The Lion King and the updated version of Candle in the Wind that he performed at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.

In celebration of his birthday, here are some of my favorite Elton John songs led off by Philadelphia Freedom which he wrote for his great friend Billie Jean King in the mid-1970s.

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Wednesday Morning Man: Gui Inacio!

Here’s how today’s Morning Man, Gui Inacio, describes himself on Facebook: ‘Intuitive Artist and Fitness/Life Coach expressing his vision worldwide.’

I prefer to describe him as simply drop dead gorgeous.

He was born and raised in Brazil, moved to the United States when he was 13 and began to pursue modeling four years later.

He has since appeared in several TV series and movies.

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Pauley Perrette: “So I almost died today, for real”

NCIS star Pauley Perrette, one of the most popular actresses on television today, is a staunch and very active LGBT ally who is beloved by many.

She took to social media last night to share a terrifying close call she had while driving in Hollywood. Here it is in its entirety:

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Some of my favorite numbers from “Glee” finale

Been meaning to post these videos for a few days because I really enjoyed the series finale of Glee on Friday.

The second hour was just perfect – except for the part about Sue Sylvester becoming VP of the US, c’mon! – but there was much to love about it.

Yes, Glee had some uneven stretches during its six year run but few shows have made me feel more over the years.


Snapped! Channing Tatum on a stroll!

Channing Tatum was so sweet at the GLAAD Media Awards over the weekend in his tribute to openly gay director Roland Emmerich. He was dapper in a suit on that night but his nice guns were on display during daytime hours. To see more of Channing, go to Socialite Life.


Wishing a happy 42nd birthday to Jim Parsons!

It was a big day earlier this month for Jim Parsons who got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the same day that his likeness was unveiled at the nearby Madame Tussauds wax museum.

And now he’s celebrating his birthday!

The four-time Emmy winner for The Big Bang Theory has a lot going on before he returns for another season of CBS’s biggest comedy hit. He is one of the lead voices in the new Dreamworks Animation flick Home and on May 5 opens on Broadway as God in the new play An Act Of God,

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Movie Trailer: Tom Cruise is shirtless in this preview to “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation”

This is the first official trailer for Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation which hits theaters on July 31.

It features a shirtless Tom Cruise playing hero Ethan Hunt for the fifth time.

Other returning cast members include Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn and Jeremy Renner as William Brandt. They are fighting to take down an evil rogue nation known as the Syndicate. The cast also includes Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson of Starz’s The White Queen.

I’m looking forward to seeing this as I am for all of Tom Cruise’s movies which have not always gotten a fair shot in recent years because of his not-so-hot public image. The divorces and the Scientology as well as the Oprah and Matt Lauer interviews seem to have done irreparable harm to his box office clout – at least domestically. He remains a huge draw internationally.

I really thought last year’s Edge of Tomorrow was a terrific film, one of my favorites of 2014. But it was not as big a hit as it should have been with too many people comparing it to Oblivion from the year before which was not near as good.

So another Mission Impossible flick is just what a hit-starved Cruise could use right about now, 32 years after bursting onto the scene in 1983′s Risky Business.

He’s had a pretty good run!