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Celeb Tweets: Thanksgiving Day Edition

I hope all of you have a happy Thanksgiving and a safe holiday weekend. #Thanksgiving2014

I don’t think I have ever been more grateful than I am on this Thanksgiving. May God bless you and your family on this holiday.

Today and everyday I have so much for which to be thankful.Sending love to all those who are struggling & in pain this holiday. There’s hope

Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Thanks for the nice tweets today. I’m thankful for my family, health, dog, to live in the USA, and for YOU!

Happy thanksgiving everyone!! So much to be grateful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!! Done w/ training so excited to be w/ my family & friends and eat way too much food. Most grateful for love. xR

Happy Thanksgiving!!! I wish everyone out there a special day with their loved ones, family, and friends… & I hope your turkey isn’t dry.

On this #Thanksgiving I am thankful 4 all of u; 4 creating a space 4 me 2 do what I love. #grateful 4 all my #grandfam have a beautiful day!

@starshow231: @SamChampion What are u most thankful for this holiday season?” My husband @RubemRobierbArt

Grateful today for the shared journey we’re all on together. For all its twists and turns, this life is beautiful indeed. #HappyThanksgiving

Almost forgot! If you come out to your parents during Thanksgiving and it goes badly , tell them I said hi!

Single serve stuffing muffins. #Ohmyyy.

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Celebs share favorite Thanksgiving memories

George Takei will be having Thanksgiving dinner tonight with husband Brad Takei and another couple at Tavern on the Green in New York City.

The Star Trek icon was among the celebrities who spoke with me recently about their Thanksgiving plans and their favorite memories of the holiday.

For Takei, his most memorable Thanksgiving came after the end of World War II and his family was released from the internment camp they had been kept in because they were Americans of Japanese descent.

‘When I was a kid, we had a dinner with my brother, my sister, my parents and my uncle – my father’s older brother in a small apartment right behind a dry cleaner shop in East Los Angeles. This was shortly after the war and we were out from the internment camp,’ remembers Takei, now 77.

‘That was the first time we had that kind of celebratory dinner with my uncle. I remember that fondly.’

For actor and LGBTI activist Wilson Cruz, currently starring in the Fox series Red Band Society, one of his favorite Thanksgiving memories happened on the set of another TV series.

‘I was on Party of Five and was in the Thanksgiving episode of that season and they wrote a song for me that I sang as the prayer at dinner and it was really moving to me,’ Cruz said.

‘My family is like spread out so I like Thanksgivings where you take people in and you make a family – your chosen family and be grateful for that. It’s my favorite holiday – the very conscious act of being grateful I think is really important.’ writer and performer Bruce Vilanch, Thanksgiving always comes near his 23 November birthday and his favorite memories as a kid have nothing to do with turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie.

‘I grew up in New Jersey and I was such a theater queen – early – and Thanksgiving always meant going to New York to a matinee. First we’d go and watch the Macy’s Parade on TV or live if we could score seats then we would go to a matinee of a big musical and go have dinner at some steakhouse – it would usually be a steakhouse because nobody in my family liked turkey.

‘So that’s what I remember Thanksgiving being and of course I looked forward to it. It was like a triple threat: A parade! A Musical! A steak! What’s not to love?’

As a gay adult man now living in Los Angeles, new Thanksgiving traditions have emerged for Vilanch.

‘Usually I go to what’s known as the “Lost Boys Thanksgiving” which is people who can’t get to their families or in many cases for years their families didn’t want to see them.

‘Now it’s kind of different because the “Lost Boys Thanksgiving” is filled with couples who have children. It used to be kind of a stag party Thanksgiving and now it’s kind of a Modern Family Thanksgiving.’

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Thanksgiving Day Video: With deadpan enthusiasm, “Chloë Sevigny” shares her new love of cooking

Drew Droege’s pretentious“Chloë Sevigny” character is such a delicious creation. So how great that on Thanksgiving, I can share with you a new Chloë video in which she shares, in her deadpan style, her newfound enthusiasm for cooking.



Ellen DeGeneres shares what she is thankful for

Ellen DeGeneres knows she has a lot to be thankful for.

So on her daytime show yesterday, she mixed humor in with sincerity as she shared with her audience some of the things for which she gives thanks.

She started off by giving ‘thanks for elastic waistbands’ after a Thanksgiving Day pig out.

‘I am grateful for you – all of you,’ Ellen said. ‘Without you I would be up here talking to no one and that would be sad. I am thankful to have this show and this platform to reach millions of people every day – it’s not something I take for granted.’

Ellen said she ‘would never exploit (that platform) for my own benefit’ then went on to plug her new holiday album which she suggested viewers buy ‘if you want to bring joy to people this holiday.’

She is also grateful for her wife, Portia de Rossi.

‘Speaking of Portia, I’m also grateful for the magazines because without the magazines, I wouldn’t know of she was pregnant or not or if we’re getting divorced or getting remarried – I keep up with it that way.’

In a second video(below), Ellen tells her audience: ‘I have a wonderful life and I’m grateful for all of it.’


Thankful this guy had insomnia last night …

Actor/Model/Personal Trainer Pablo Hernandez had insomnia last night.

He writes: “I couldn’t sleep so decided to selfie myself to sleep. Here are some of the photos I took. This is pretty much what every selfie session of mine looks like. The many moods of me…”#pablohernandez #selfie #all_shots #night #eyes #nofilter #belfie

We’re thankful Pablo!


Flashback Video: When Brad Pitt guested in classic Thanksgiving episode of “Friends”

Brad Pitt received a well-deserved guest actor Emmy nomination for his performance in this classic episode of Friends.

He plays a high school classmate of Ross, Rachel and Monica who may look like the sexiest man alive but used to weigh 150 pounds more and still hates Rachel for being mean to him in high school.

Rachel (played by, of course, Jennifer Aniston) walks in and Pitt says: “My two biggest enemies: Rachel Green and carbohydrates.”


Days of Our Lives: Will’s lack of communication from LA has Sonny fuming – then he gets a kiss

Another day, another episode of DOOL with Will not calling Sonny. Uh, okay. Sonny is ticked and now people like Rafe and even an unseen Gabi from prison are feeling frustrated too.

Then Sonny gets kissed.

I think this is about to get good again!

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Ty Herndon feeling the love since coming out

So happy for Ty Herndon.

After years of hiding in the closet, the Country music singer is enjoying being an openly gay man.

Herndon came out publicly last week and says the support he has received since then ‘just blew my mind.’

‘My life feels open,’ he tells ‘It feels free, like the weight of the world’s been lifted off my shoulders.’

‘What a Thanksgiving it is,’ Herndon adds. ‘I’m sure there’s some challenging days to come, but today I’m just gonna sit and take this in and know that I’m a much stronger and better person because of all the support and love.’

He’s been able to immediately bask in the support of crowds since he’s touring with Jamie O’Neal and Andy Griggs.

The trio performed in Nashville this week at the Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry for a benefit concert.

‘Walking out on that stage as an open, free, happy, godly gay man is not something I thought I’d see in my lifetime … We knew that history was being made up there, and it was humbling.’

Country music has not been seen as welcoming to openly gay artists and Herndon had steadfastly kept his secret when he first hit the charts in 1995 with the single What Mattered Most.

After five years of riding high, the strain took a toll.

By 2000, Herndon was no longer being played on radio and by 2002 he had stopped touring and suffered through a prolonged professional and personal slide.

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Dave Karger interviews Benedict Cumberbatch about “The Imitation Game” for Fandango

Saw The Imitation Game at a special screening at ArcLight in Hollywood last week and it was superb – highly, highly recommend.

Benedict Cumberbatch is a shoo-in for a best actor nod come Oscar time.

He portrays about British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing who was a key figure in cracking Nazi Germany’s Enigma code that helped the Allies win World War II.

It has been estimated that Turing’s work shortened the war in Europe by as many as two to four years.

Tragically, this hero was later criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality and underwent chemical castration as an alternative to prison. Soon after, at the age of 42, he committed suicide.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an official public apology on behalf of the British government for “the appalling way he was treated.” Queen Elizabeth II granted him a posthumous pardon in 2013.

The actor is interviewed by Greg In Hollywood Morning Man alum Dave Karger for Karger’s terrific Fandango show Frontrunners.

Watch it below:


My chat with “Faking It” star Michael J. Willett

Of course it’s up to every gay person whether or not to come out publicly.

It’s a tough decision and I have a lot of empathy for the things we gay people have to consider in terms of family, career, friends and just getting over the shame so many of us have because we grew up hating that part of ourselves.

But I have to confess with getting annoyed, and a bit impatient, with gay stars who refuse to come out but still want to be part of high-profile LGBT events.

Bugs me.

This brings me to the opposite of such a person: Michael J. Willett.

The 25-year-old openly actor made such a splash in the terrific feature film GBF and is now one of the stars of the hit MTV series Faking It.

I chatted with Michael at a recent Paley Center event on the history of LGBT visibility on television and he told me he had been pressured to stay in the closet by advisers earlier in his career.

He flatly refused and his career is thriving.

Bravo to young performers like Michael and Chris Colfer who are not creating any kind of secretive or fake life at the start of their careers.

To read my interview with Michael, head on over to Gay Star News.


“Hunger Games” producer Nina Jacobson tells it like it is to “wimp” closet cases in Hollywood

When I made the switch from covering hard news at the Los Angeles Times to entertainment at The Hollywood Reporter in the summer of 2000, my first important lunch was with Nina Jacobson, producer of the Hunger Games franchise.

At the time, Nina was head of production at Disney and we met on the lot at the Rotunda, the fancy executive dining room. It as my second day on the job but it was so easy to chat with Nina who was pregnant and ordered a cheeseburger.

I had moved on to covering entertainment for the LA Daily News by the Nina was ousted from Disney after a showdown with then golden boy M. Night Shyamalan who had made The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs for the studio. She correctly sensed his Lady in the Water film was a dog and told him so.

The same straight-shooter persona comes through nicely in a new article in which this out and proud lesbian says she has little respect for those in the entertainment industry who choose to remain in the closet.

‘It’s a detriment to be closeted,’ she tells The New York Times Magazine.

‘Being closeted in Hollywood is like wearing a toupee. It suggests that you’re not proud of who you are, and that you’re afraid of people finding out who you are.

‘There are places where you can’t be out for fear of your life, for fear of your livelihood. Hollywood is not one of them. So to be closeted here is tantamount to being a wimp.’

Besides, Jacobson says those in the closet aren’t fooling anyone.

‘You can always tell! When I first was coming out to a senior colleague of mine, I said, “Do you think the boss knows?” And he said, “Nina, at this point, I think it’s safe to assume everyone knows.”‘

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Richard Chamberlain doesn’t regret choosing success in his career over being openly gay

Richard Chamberlain – one of my all-time heartthrobs – was nearly 70 when in 2003 he publicly acknowledged that he was gay.

By that time, he had been a major star for more than four decades and the leading man in the classic TV miniseries The Thorn Birds and Shogun as well as the hit 60s television series Dr. Kildare.

Now 80, Chamberlain says he has no regrets over his decision to stay in the closet.

‘Remaining in hiding was a totally valuable part of my life,’ he says in the current issue of Out Magazine. ‘I was a romantic lead in films at a tome before some of the new relaxations and new diminishment of total ignorance.’

While he has always worked steadily in television, Chamberlain’s film career peaked in the 1970s with such movies as The Three Musketeers, The Towering Inferno and The Count of Monte Cristo.

‘If I were ever outed, my career – which was my entire life, for the longest time – wouldn’t have happened. I spent a great deal of my life pretending to be someone else.’

Even though such openly gay actors as Ian McKellen, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Neil Patrick Harris are getting film roles, Hollywood has yet to embrace any of them as a romantic lead who carries a film.

Chamberlain continues to act on television and has even played gay men on Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives and Nip/Tuck.


Wednesday Morning Man: Peter Facinelli!

Today is Peter Facinelli’s 41st birthday so why not feature the Nurse Jackie and Twilight actor as MM on his big day?

Besides, I owe him.

Several years ago, I was chatting with Peter on the red carpet at the Elle Magazine Women in Film event when out of the corner of my eye I spotted honoree Nicole Kidman making her way past me. I had to talk to her and basically cut off my interview with Peter to get Nicole to come over for a chat.

I felt so badly later on that I considered calling Peter’s publicist to apologize but I didn’t and everyone got on with their lives. Some time later I saw Peter at another event and mentioned what had happened. He feigned outrage then laughed and said he too would’ve blown him off to talk to Nicole Kidman.

What a good sport!

Peter has been working steadily in movies and television for nearly two decades and starred for two seasons in the Fox series Fastlane.

He has since become best known for playing the protective father of the Cullen vampire clan in the Twilight saga and appeared in such popular movies as Hollow Man 2 and The Scorpion King.

But I have loved him best as Dr. Fitch Cooper in the TV series Nurse Jackie which has had a delicious run.

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This week’s episode of “Old Dogs & New Tricks” has the gang gathering for Thanksgiving dinner

Here is episode three of season three of Old Dogs & New Tricks perfectly timed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

In it, Nathan is haunted by his past as the gang gathers for Thanksgiving; Lydia introduces her new boyfriend, Muscles frets over a weight gain and an unwelcome guest interrupts dinner. Also, Brad attempts a new career path by placing an ad in Frontiers!


Late Night Video: See funny new Dennis Hensley & Tom Goss short: “Black Friday: A Gay Love Story”

Black Friday is the setting for high gay drama in this fun new short film by Tom Goss and Dennis Hensley.

Tom sent me this earlier tonight and tells me he and Dennis came up with the idea while chatting over coffee and pie about the ridiculousness of relationships and Black Friday consumerism.

The short tells the story of Chad (Hensley) and Claudio (Goss) who meet while waiting in line for Black Friday doorbuster deals.

Lust, love and heartbreak quickly – very quickly – ensue.


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Days of Our Lives: Sonny and Chad’s partnership and friendship is tested

Sonny Kiriakis and Chad DeMira may be best friends and business partners in a club but they are also from two of Salem’s most powerful families.

Their relationship is being tested when Chad becomes co-CEO of his dad’s big company and Sonny is irate that so many people know about it before him.

Sexy Chad and his sexy blue eyes manage to smooth things over and the two hug it out.

It would be so fun if the hug just lingered a little too long and Sonny had more to think about than an absent Will not returning his calls!

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Lunch Break Video: A recap of Zero and Jude’s romance on VH1′s “Hit the Floor”

I sure got hooked on the pro basketball drama Hit the Floor this year and am so happy VH1 has renewed it for a third season.

The best part? The show features a gay affair between the star player of the fictional Los Angeles Devils team and his adorable agent.

The star player is named Zero and is played by an often shirtless Adam Senn. The agent, Jude, is played by Brent Antonello who also looks quite nice shirtless. Jude also happens to be the son of the team’s owner.

Since Zero had been involved in an affair with a scheming cheerleader, the relationship with Jude came as a bit of a surprise.

But a flirtation began after Jude kisses Zero and is initially rebuffed. But when Jude becomes interested in a photographer’s assistant (played by openly gay actor Scott Evans, the brother of Chris Evans), the player cannot contain his jealousy.

Found this cool recap on YouTube and though it might spice up your lunch hour.

President Obama is Meryl Streep fanboy: ‘I have said publicly, I love Meryl Streep. I love her’

Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder, Tom Brokaw, Marlo Thomas and Ethel Kennedy were among the famous figures who received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday.

They were among a group of 19 artists, activists and lawmakers receiving the award – the highest possible civilian honor. Stephen Sondheim was to be the 20th honoree but he could not attend and will be honored next year.

‘This is one of my favorite events,’ Obama said from the East Room. ‘Once a year, we set aside this event to celebrate people who have made America stronger and wiser and more humane and more beautiful with our higher civilian honor.’

It turns out that Obama has very good taste in movie queens as he positively gushed over three-time Oscar winner Streep during the presentation.

Said Obama: ‘I have said publicly, I love Meryl Streep. I love her. Her husband knows I love her, Michelle knows I love her. There’s nothing nothing either of them can do about it.

‘She inhabits her characters so fully and compassionately, saying it is the greatest gift of human beings that we have this power of empathy.

‘And off the screen as an advocate for women and girls, she uses that gift to help others write the stories of their choosing and to encourage greater empathy in the rest of us.

‘She is truly one of America’s leading ladies.’


Carson Kressley on when Oprah arranged to have his first TV crush, Lee Majors, surprise him

We all have that gorgeous guy on TV who helped us realize when we were very, very young that maybe we like boys.

For me, of course, it was Adam 12 star Kent McCord. For Carson Kressley of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy fame, it was Lee Majors.

As a kid, Carson swooned whenever the star of The Six Million Dollar Man, a series about an ex-astronaut with bionic implants.

‘I remember being absolutely in love with Lee Majors when he was The Six Million Dollar Man,’ Carson told me recently at a Paley Center event. ‘He was on the cover of Dynamite Magazine which I stole from my brother.

‘I remember going to fifth grade and going, “Yeah, I really like the Six Million Dollar Man too – especially when his shirt is really open.” The other boys were like, “Uh, that’s weird.”‘

Majors’ fame in the mid-70s through early 80s was particularly intense because he was married to Farrah Fawcett when she became a phenomenon on Charlie’s Angels.

After The Six Million Dollar Man ended its five season run in 1978, the young Kressley remained smitten with the actor whose next hit series,. The Fall Guy, began in 1981.

‘When he was taking a bath in the opening credits of The  Fall Guy, I was apoplectic,’ Carson remembers.

Many years later when Carson was a TV star in his own right, he began making regular appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show doing makeover segments.

It was during one of his appearances in 2010 that he finally got to meet his first TV crush.

‘We became friends and sometimes Oprah likes to surprise her friends. Out of the blue during one of the makeover things she asked, “Who was your childhood crush?” I said, “Lee Majors.” And then she said, “You mean that Lee Majors?”

‘I looked over and she had Lee Majors sitting there and he had a single rose for me like on The Bachelor. I basically fainted. Oprah got me Lee Majors.

‘Now we’re friends and I got a Christmas card and I know his wife.’

Now 75, Majors still acts and most recently appeared in a two-part episode of TNT’s Dallas reboot.

I dug up video of his TV moment with Majors which actually also involved Alexandra Wentworth as well.

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Tuesday Morning Man: Jack O’Connell!

Saw the trailer for Unbroken recently and am really looking forward to seeing this movie about Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.

The film is directed by Angelina Jolie and stars today’s Morning Man, Jack O’Connell.

This English actor is just 24 and already has quite an impressive resume.

He is best known for playing Pukey Nicholls in This Is England, Marky in Harry Brown, as James Cook in the E4 teen drama Skins, Eric in Starred Up, and Calisto in 300: Rise of an Empire.

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