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Inside Tom Daley’s 2015 calendar shoot!

He’s just such a cutie patootie that Tom Daley is.

The 2012 and 2016 Olympic diver and boyfriend of Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black was sweet enough to share a behind-the-scenes video of his recent photo shoot for his 2016 calendar.



Miley Cyrus: “I’m pansexual”

I love this girl’s openness!

Miley Cyrus had made clear this year that she’s not straight but she didn’t want to be labeled as bisexual.

Now she’s come up with a label she is comfortable with.

‘I’m very open about it – I’m pansexual,’ she says in an interview with Elle UK.

‘But I’m not in a relationship. I’m 22, I’m going on dates, but I change my style every two weeks, let alone who I’m with.’

Pansexual differs from bisexual in that bisexuality suggests there is just the male and female genders. Pansexuality means someone is also drawn to people who are gender-queer or transgender as well as male and female, according to Yahoo Health.

Last month in Paper magazine Cyrus said: ‘I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age. Everything that’s legal, I’m down with. Yo, I’m down with any adult — anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love me. I don’t relate to being boy or girl, and I don’t have to have my partner relate to boy or girl.’

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Caitlyn Jenner wants to date a man: “It would be very attractive to me, to have a guy treat me like a woman”

In this Sunday’s episode of I Am Cait, Caitlyn Jenner confides in her friend Jenny Boylan about the idea of dating a man.

“It would be very attractive to me, to have a guy treat me like a woman,” the 65-year-old former Olympian says. “That you would be treated like a normal woman…like any other woman on the street. Not make it this big trans thing or this or that. Just a normal relationship.’

It’s a good thing she has friends like Boylan who isn’t afraid to be honest in her reaction: “It’s a thing that women do. We look to men to give us self-worth. I think now that you’re in the sisterhood, you have gone through such trouble to become a woman. Don’t be a stupid one. Be a smart one.”

Jenner told Diane Sawyer earlier this year that she had not been attracted to men as Bruce Jenner. But she did not rule out that that might change in the future now that she has transitioned.

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See scantily clad fitness model Bryan Hawn in his latest video parody “Locked Away”

You gotta admit, not only does he have mad lip sync skills, he also looks pretty damned great in a bikini!


Brad Goreski, set for the return of “Fashion Police,” won’t take sides in the Osbourne-Rancic feud

Caught Brad Goreski on Access Hollywood Live this afternoon and was quite impressed with how he deftly stayed out the fray when it came to questions about the feuding Kelly Osbourne and Guliana Rancic.

A revamped Fashion Police returns to the air on Monday Brad a returning co-host along with Rancic and new addition Melissa Rivers plus a series of guest co-hosts. NeNe Leakes and Margaret Cho are the first up so this could be epic!

They will chat up the fashions at the weekend’s Video Music Awards and Brad predicts that there will be ‘a lot of good and a lot of bad.’

It will be the first episode of Fashion Police since a post-Oscars show back in February that resulted in both Kathy Griffin and Osbourne quitting as co-hosts. It all seemed to stem from Rancic being involved in a controversy over a joke written for her about actress Zendaya’s dreadlocks.

The fashion snarkfest imploded in the months after the death of the great Joan Rivers. Her daughter remains the show’s executive producer.

Osbourne and Rancic, who continue to feud publicly, are both friends of Goreski and he has refused to take sides.

‘In the seven episodes we filmed, we all had such a good time together and I’m really proud of what we put together,’ Goreski said. ‘What’s going on right now, I’m not really sure who did what.’

He also claimed to be clueless about Griffin’s abrupt exit after the Oscars show.

‘I actually think Kathy did a really good job,’ he said. ‘Whatever transpired between everybody, I’m not really a part of that.’


Flashback Friday: Relive Lauren Bacall’s memorable 1980s commercials for High Point Coffee

I attended the live stage version of Golden Girlz over the weekend at The Cavern Theatre in Silver Lake and it was brilliant. It was two live episodes of The Golden Girls – original scripts – performed by men in drag. Between scenes, they play TV commercials from the 1980s that actually would have aired and one of them was this gem for High Point Coffee featuring Lauren Bacall who is seen backstage of a Broadway theater saying in her signature voice: ‘Around here we don’t like coffee, we LOVE it!’ But what made it all the more fun was the two guys sitting next to me knew all of these commercials by heart. What a hoot. Anyway, here are two High Point spots:

BONUS VIDEO: Below is a 1960s era television commercial for Maxwell House Instant coffee featuring Miss Bacall and her then-husband Jason Robards Jr. He calls her ‘Lauren’ in the commercial but anyone who knew her called her ‘Betty’ which was her real name.

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Friday Morning Man: Cesar Azpilicueta!

Okay, so I’ve been looking at all kinds of photos of Spanish soccer star Cesar Azpilicueta and have a few observations.

He has a dazzling Tom Cruise like smile which is very appealing. But that toothy smile obscures a pair of very sexy, pillow-like lips.

Wait, did I just say all that out loud? Oh well, I’ll just leave it.

Anyway, am featuring Cesar today not just because he’s a cutie pie but it’s also his 26th birthday!

He plays as a full back for Premier League club Chelsea and on the Spain national team. He played for Spain in last year’s World Cup.

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Serena Williams on the cover of Sports Illustrated!

When Serena Williams first graced the cover of Sport Illustrated, Bill Clinton was still president.

The year was 1999 and Williams had won her first US Open.

There would be several other SI covers to come including the latest issue out this week.  There would also be 20 more grand slam titles – and counting.

At 34, Williams is as good if not better than she ever was. At the US Open which kicks off Monday, she has the chance to be the first woman since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win all four of her sport’s grand slam titles in a single year. She could also tie Graf’s modern era record of 22 grand slam titles and break a tie with Chris Evert for most US Opens if she is able to win the tournament for the seventh time.

“It does feel like everything is lining up perfectly,” says Lindsay Davenport, the ’98 U.S. Open champ, now a commentator for the Tennis Channel and part-time coach of rising U.S. star Madison Keys. “But what’s really lining up is that Serena has been playing at another level this year.”

The SI piece points out that Williams, 34, is so dominant that the points gap separating her from No. 2 Simona Halep is greater than the points gap between Halep and the lowest-ranked player on the tour.


Late Night Video: Emmy nominee Jeffrey Tambor pays a visit to Conan and talks “Transparent”

Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor, who I am quite certain will walk away with the best actor in a comedy series at the Emmys next month, stopped by Conan O’Brien’s show last night.

He talked about the kind of reaction he gets when out in public since he began playing a transgender woman on the hit show which has been renewed for a second season.

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Caitlyn Jenner ready to display gold medal again

Caitlyn Jenner is ready to dust off the gold medal she won as Bruce in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.

The victory led to Jenner being declared ‘The World’s Greatest Athlete,’ scores of endorsement deals and being featured on a box of Wheaties breakfast cereal.

But the parent of six and stepparent of four reveals in a new video that she put away her gold medal long ago and currently keeps it in the bottom drawer of a vanity where she keeps her make-up.

Why has Jenner, 65, been hiding it what she calls ‘my most-prized possession’ for so long?

‘I’m so proud of it,’ she says in a new WhoSay video. ‘However, I never wanted my kids to feel like they had to have a gold medal in order to be considered a success. I didn’t want them to constantly compare their own achievements to my time in the Olympics, so I haven’t displayed my medal.’

But that is about to change.

‘Now that all of my kids are adults and out of the house, I think it might be time to put this baby up,’ Jenner says.


Debbie Reynolds, Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands to receive honorary Academy Awards this fall

Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds?

What a trio!

Love that they will be receiving honorary Oscars and love that they are now presented at the separate Governors Awards in the fall where the honorees get all the attention they deserve and are not rushed by television.

(The YouTube videos released after the event are always wonderful to watch.)

Here is the full release from The Academy:

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 25) to present Honorary Awards to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Debbie Reynolds. All three awards will be presented at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 14, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

“The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contributions at this year’s Governors Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’ll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge that the work they have accomplished – with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference – will also enrich future generations.”

Lee, a champion of independent film and an inspiration to young filmmakers, made an auspicious debut with his NYU thesis film, “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads,” which won a Student Academy Award in 1983. He proceeded to blaze a distinctive trail with such features as “She’s Gotta Have It,” “School Daze” and “Do the Right Thing,” which earned him a 1989 Oscar nomination for Original Screenplay. His work as a director ranges from the Oscar-nominated documentary feature “4 Little Girls” to such mainstream successes as “Malcolm X” and “Inside Man.” Lee’s other feature credits include “Mo’ Better Blues,” “Jungle Fever,” “Crooklyn,” “He Got Game,” “25th Hour,” “Miracle at St. Anna” and “Red Hook Summer.” He currently serves as the artistic director of the graduate film program at NYU.

Rowlands, an original talent whose devotion to her craft has earned her worldwide recognition as an independent film icon, received Academy Award nominations for her lead performances in “A Woman under the Influence” (1974) and “Gloria” (1980), both directed by her husband and frequent collaborator, John Cassavetes. She got her start on the New York stage and in live television in the 1950s and has appeared in 40 feature films to date, from “The High Cost of Loving” in 1958 to “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks,” which she starred in earlier this year. Her other notable films include “Lonely Are the Brave,” “Faces,” “Minnie and Moskowitz,” “Opening Night,” “Another Woman,” “Unhook the Stars,” “Hope Floats,” “Playing by Heart,” “The Notebook” and “Broken English.”

Reynolds, a Hollywood icon since she won hearts with her buoyant performance in “Singin’ in the Rain,” embarked on the role of a lifetime as a founding member of the Thalians, a charitable organization conceived and sustained by entertainers to promote awareness and treatment of mental health issues. She served as the group’s president almost continuously from 1957 to 2011, adding numerous terms as board chair and frequently presiding over its annual fundraising gala. Her tireless efforts have enabled the Thalians to contribute millions to the Mental Health Center at Cedars-Sinai and to UCLA’s Operation Mend, which helps military veterans recover from the physical and psychological wounds of war. Reynolds has appeared in more than 40 feature films, including “The Tender Trap,” “A Catered Affair” and “Mother,” and received a 1964 Oscar nomination for her lead performance in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, also an Oscar statuette, is given “to an individual in the motion picture arts and sciences whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”


Ricky Martin blasts GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump as ‘xenophobic liar’

Don’t know how long this Donald Trump presidential reality show will last but latest polls show him well ahead of all his rivals right now.

Singer Ricky Martin has had enough of The Donald and penned an opinion piece of Trump and the Livin La Dolce Vita singer does not hold back:

The fact that an individual like Donald Trump, a candidate for the presidency of the United States for the Republican party, has the audacity to continue to gratuitously harass the Latin community makes my blood boil.

From the beginning his intention was transparent: basically tell barbarities and lies to remain relevant in the public opinion, for votes or simply to stay on the media’s radar.

This action from Trump doesn’t surprise me, what does surprise me is that as Hispanics we continue to accept the aggressions and accusations of people like him who attack our dignity. Enough is enough! If we are united for some things we should be united for others. We have already shown the United States who we are and we cannot allow this behavior.

We have to defeat the power that Trump pretends to have over Latinos, anchored in low rhetoric and xenophobic speech, which his campaign team is convinced works for him. Xenophobia as a political strategy is the lowest you can go in search of political power.

This is an issue that unites us and we need to battle it together, not just for us but for the evolution of humanity and those to come.

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Don’t miss screening of “Clueless” Friday at Hollywood Forever Cemetery – a benefit for LA LGBT Center

Have not watched Clueless in I don’t know how long.

The movie made Alicia Silverstone a star 20 years ago but I will always remember it best as when I fell in love with Paul Rudd.

I will be seeing it again on Friday – and in a cemetery of all places.

Clueless is the centerpiece of the Out Under the Stars event presented by Los Angeles Women’s Network and Young Professionals Council. All proceeds benefit the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Guests can relax on cemetery’s Fairbanks Lawn (bring blankets, pillows & low chairs) and pack a picnic (wine & beer are okay but no distilled spirits). Music by DJ Casey Alva will be played as we wait for the sun to set.

VIP packages include:

To order your tickets or for more information, go to The Center’s website.

Thursday Morning Man: Rafael Nadal!

Let’s face it, Rafael Nadal’s tennis has seen better days.

His body though? Well, that’s looking as good as it ever has.

Heading into next week’s US Open, the Spanish stud is getting a lot more attention for being named the new face – and body – of Tommy Hilfiger’s underwear collection.

‘You’re welcome!’ Tommy Hilfiger wrote as the company shared a sexy new video of Nadal in and out of his skivvies from its official Twitter account.

The US Open is the slumping Nadal’s last chance to continue his run of winning at least one grand slam title in 10 straight years. The 29-year-old former number one (he’s now ranked 8th) has won 9 French Opens as well as twice being the champion at Wimbledon and the US Open. He won his lone Australian Open title in 2009.

Nadal missed huge chunks of last season battling injury and illness and has not been the same player since winning the French Open in 2014 managing to win just three smaller tournaments since then.

But he’s not giving up.

“I am happy with the way I am practicing and I’m feeling well I can say,” he told reporters this week. “Now I need to win. And I need to be impassioned. I need to keep working with the same intensity and passion and I believe the results will come back.”

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Days of Our Lives: With Sonny gone, Will and Paul playing the blame game – on each other

Some good scenes today.

Will has a chat with grandma Marlena and laments Sonny being gone – and says it’s all Paul’s fault. Marlena advises him to be patient and give Sonny time.

Meanwhile, Paul and John have some quality father-son time together and I must say, I really do enjoy their scenes together. The actors have a nice chemistry and make it believable as they get to know each other after a lifetime apart.

Later, Will and Paul cross paths and it’s a brief but bitter encounter with Will claiming he and Sonny would still be happily married if Paul had never come to town.

Somehow, I doubt that – especially since writers had Will inhabited with the spirit of his mother Sami.

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Snapped! Justin Timberlake joins Taylor Swift onstage during her concert at LA’s Staples Center!

I’d rather stick needles in my eyeballs than go to a Taylor Swift concert but I know there are a gazillion people who feel otherwise.

They include my pal Michael Ferrera who just moments ago posted this photo from Staples Center of Miss Swift with a surprise guest star: Justin Timberlake!

Just had to share!

She’s brought all kinds of stars up onto the stage during her current tour with my favorite combo being Julia Roberts and the great Joan Baez.


Campaign for Greg Louganis to finally get a Wheaties box gaining momentum – nearly 25,000 signatures so far

At one point during a recent HBO documentary about his life, Olympic diving legend Greg Louganis says with a shrug: ‘Never got a Wheaties box.’

While it may be 27 years since he last competed in an Olympics, there are plenty of people who don’t think it’s too late for General Mills, which produces the breakfast cereal, to honor Louganis.

As of Wednesday, more than 23,000 people had signed a petition launched by Julie Sondgerath of Chicago.

‘After watching HBO’s documentary Back on Board: Greg Louganis, I felt inspired to ask General Mills to right a wrong and put him on the Wheaties box,’ Sondgerath writes.

She adds: ‘Greg Louganis deserves (still) to be on the cover of the Wheaties box. And with marriage equality passing in June of 2015, what a great way to pay it forward to Greg and all of his accomplishments.’

Louganis, now 55, had watched while fellow gold medalists from the 1984 and 1988 games were immortalized on boxes of the breakfast cereal that had also famously featured Bruce Jenner after the 1976 Olympics where a 16-year-old Louganis had won silver.

Louganis went on to win four gold medals in future Olympics and is still considered to be the best in the history of his sport.

While he was not out publicly as a gay man during his competitive career, there was enough speculation about his sexuality that he was never offered the endorsement opportunities that Jenner, Mary Lou Retton and other American champions were flooded with.

Back on Board producer Will Sweeney tells The New York Times that Louganis’ sexuality can be the only possible reason for the snub.

‘Greg is always very careful and willing to consider alternate explanations,’ Sweeney says. ‘But rationally, I can’t come up with any other one. Here was a guy who by any metric or evaluation was the dominant figure in his sport. And here he was standing against a wall of Wheaties boxes of people who people don’t know. How was it possible he never had a Wheaties box?”

Wheaties is aware of the petition and says in a statement: ‘Greg Louganis was certainly a world-class diver and truly embodied the championship mentality of a Wheaties athlete. While we do not discuss future marketing decisions, we will look into how we celebrate his accomplishments.’


Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel to be presented with GLSEN Inspiration Award in October

Justin Timberlake and his wife Jessica Biel will be getting lots of gay and straight love in October.

The former N Sync member and 7th Heaven actress will be presented with the Inspiration Award by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network at the GLSEN Respect Awards.

They awards showcase the work of students, educators, individuals and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.

‘Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake have consistently been visible and committed allies,’ said GLSEN Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard.

The awards were introduced in 2004 and are held each year in Los Angeles and New York. The LA awards take place on October 23 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Previous GLSEN Respect Awards honorees have included Julia Roberts and Danny Moder; Derek Hough; Matthew Morrison; NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt; Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg; Bob and Harvey Weinstein; former NBA player Jason Collins; Darren Star; Shonda Rhimes; Michele and Rob Reiner; Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak and Simon Halls and Matt Bomer.


Good news! Sean Hayes will star in “An Act of God” at Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles!

It’s just been announced that Sean Hayes will headline in the play An Act of God in the role originated by Jim Parsons on Broadway.

The Emmy winner for Will & Grace and Tony nominee for Promises, Promises will be performing at the Ahmanson Theatre from January 30 through March 13, 2016.

According to the Associated Press, the 90-minute play is a chance for the Almighty to set the record straight — like that he doesn’t hate gays and he can’t help anyone sing better — and update his 10 Commandments.

It was written by David Javerbaum, former head writer and executive producer of The Daily Show and a producer of The Late Late Show with James Corden. He’s also the power behind the Twitter handle @TheTweetofGod.


Jesse Tyler Ferguson predicts the “Modern Family” Emmy streak will finally come to an end

Jesse Tyler Ferguson thinks that as far as the Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy goes, the Modern Family winning streak is poised to come to an end.

The ABC sitcom won the prize for each of its first five seasons and is nominated for a sixth time this year.

‘I think if we win there will be a collective moan in the audience,’ Ferguson said on Access Hollywood Live on Tuesday.

Modern Family’s competition is FX Network’s Louie, the final season of NBC’s Parks And Recreation, HBO’s Silicon Valley, Amazon’s Transparent, Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and HBO’s Veep.

Ferguson seems to think the groundbreaking Transparent (‘a great show’) will prevail and also likes the chances of Veep (‘On fire’) and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Still, he says, ‘It’s great that we’re still in the running.’

Whatever happens, Ferguson will be more relaxed at the September 20 ceremony in Los Angeles since this is the first year since the show began that he was not nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Ferguson did not win in his five previous nominations. His onscreen husband, Eric Stonestreet, was also passed over this year. Stonestreet has only been nominated three times but has won twice.

With 144 episodes in syndication, Ferguson is aware that the show ‘is on all the time. If you don’t like our show i apologize.’

Among those watching the reruns is Ferguson himself.

‘I like seeing how we’ve all changed – especially the kids,’ he says. ‘It’s like looking at an old photo album.’

Modern Family’s seventh season premiere is on September 23.