A big congratulations to Meredith Baxter and Nancy Locke who were married over the weekend!
These two lovely ladies have been together for seven years.
Reports People Magazine: Close friends and family – including Baxter’s five children – looked on as the couple exchanged handwritten vows.
Music played a central theme in the celebration. A friend sang and played guitar during the ceremony and at the reception, Locke’s band took the stage. Locke and Baxter even took lessons to prepare for their first dance as a married couple.
Kudos to Australian actor Harry Cook for coming out his way.
Harry has posted a video on YouTube with this message: “This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do but I know it’s the right thing to do. I hope I can have your support. .”
On the video, he admits he’s “pretty scared about doing this’” and also that he had some fears about how it could affect his career.
‘I thought about it for a really long time and really stewed over it. I was like “Oh my God, this could ruin my career.”’
Harry acknowledges the fear that some producers and directors could now be worried that he can’t play straight convincingly.
To that he says: ‘The title of my job is “actor” … it’s fake, it’s pretend, I’m not me. I know how to play straight – I did it all through high school.’
Harry is best known for playing the son of Geena Davis in the 2010 Australian drama Accidents Happen.
He will next appear alongside Sam Neil and Bryan Brown in the TV series Old School, and in the feature film Drown about homophobic fears and unrequited love among a group of young Australian surfers going tragically wrong.
Since the video went public, Harry tweeted this thanks: “I know I’ve said it a few times but I really can’t thank you all enough for being so sweet. I’m so so grateful. It means the world to me.”
If Paul McCartney was “the cute one” of The Beatles, then Dennis Wilson certainly had that title among The Beach Boys.
He was a member of the band from its formation until his death in 1983 during which they recorded twenty-four studio albums with such hits as Surfin’ USA, Help Me Rhonda, Barbara Ann, I Get Around, Good Vibrations, California Girls, and Fun, Fun, Fun among many others.
In 1977, Dennis released a solo album, Pacific Ocean Blue, to widespread critical acclaim.
Dennis was the middle brother of fellow Beach Boys members Brian Wilson and Carl Wilson and was also the only regular surfer of the group, and his personal life exemplified the beach lifestyle that the group’s early songs often celebrated.
But he struggled with alcoholism and on December 28, 1983, shortly after his 39th birthday, he drowned at Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles, after drinking all day and diving in the afternoon to recover items he had thrown overboard at the marina from his yacht three years earlier.
The Christmas Song, commonly subtitled Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, was written in 1944 by Mel Tormé and Bob Wells. According to the late, great Tormé, the song was written during a blistering hot summer in an effort to “stay cool by thinking cool.”
I present to you three versions in duet form.
The first is Mr. Torme himself with Judy Garland followed by the hot pairing of Michael Buble and Chris Isaak and finally the lovely Natalie Cole with Andrea Bocelli.
Performing in Moscow last night – the first of two concerts in Russia – Elton John spoke out against the country’s anti-gay laws from the stage.
‘I am deeply saddened and shocked over the current legislation that is now in place against the LGBT community here in Russia. In my opinion, it is inhumane and it is isolating,’ Elton said.
He also said: ‘People have demanded that because of this legislation, I must not come here to Russia. But many, many more people asked me to come and I listened to them. I love coming here.’
‘I want to show them and the world that I care and that I don’t believe in isolating people,’ he added.
Elton went on to talk about how music brings people together ‘irrespective of their age, their race, their sexuality, or their religion.’
‘Look around you tonight. You see men, women, young and old, gay and straight. Thousands of Russian people enjoying the music,’ he said. ‘We’re all here together in harmony and harmony is what makes a happy family and a strong society.’
Elton dedicated the concert to Vladislav Tornovoi, a 23-year-old gay man murdered by his drinking companions earlier this year after he came out to them.
Loved seeing this Facebook update from Shane Bitney Crone today: REDBOX, which recently stopped renting out documentaries from its popular kiosks, has decided to make an exception and add BRIDEGROOM to its vast inventory of movies and games.
REDBOX President Anne Saunders believes that #BRIDEGROOM tells an important story and contains a powerful message that should be available to its millions of customers.
Anne has pledged to get BRIDEGROOM into all of REDBOX’s 44,000 kiosks by December 17th. She went one step further by adding that REDBOX will do something it has never done before, and contribute 5% of BRIDEGROOM’S proceeds to these wonderful human rights groups: GLAAD, GLSEN, PFLAG, and FREEDOM TO MARRY.
This generous gesture could pose a great risk to REDBOX, so I encourage all of you to join me in showing gratitude to this incredible company by visiting a kiosk near you and not only renting BRIDEGROOM, but one of the other 200 available titles. With any luck, the success of #BRIDEGROOMMOVIE will ensure that other important documentaries will be made available in their kiosks in the future.
Thank you Anne and REDBOX for supporting the LGBTQ community and for making BRIDEGROOM and its story of love, hope, and equality, more accessible to millions of Americans.
*BRIDEGROOM is currently available on iTunes and Amazon.
Just saw Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom which I am certain will earn Idris Elba an Oscar nomination for best actor. So it’s a perfect time to run an encore of his Morning Man posting from August 9, 2010
One of the TV series previewed over the weekend by BBC America at the TV Critics Assn. Summer Press Tour was Luther starring the way sexy British actor Idris Elba.
Fans of HBO’s The Wire are already familiar with the handsome 37 year old who played Russell “Stringer” Bell, the drug dealer who aspired to become a high powered businessman.
Idris has been much in demand playing playing Charles Miner in six episodes of NBC’s The Office last year and starring in the feature film thriller Takers.
His early roles were on British television but by 2000, he was in demand on both sides of the pond.
He played the role of Captain Augustin Muganza in Sometimes in April, an HBO film about the Rwandan Genocide and appeared in the role of Charlie Kgotso in the series The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency which may return as a pair of TV movies.
Recent feature film roles include Prom Night, RocknRolla, The Unborn and Obsessed.
Idris was featured as one of the “Ten Hottest Men on the Planet” in the April 2004 issue of Essencemagazine and again in the November 2005 issue and was chosen as one of People Magazine’s annual “100 Most Beautiful People in the World, in May 2007.”
Olympic bronze medalist Tom Daley and Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black have not publicly confirmed – or denied – that they are in a relationship.
But if you follow either of them on social media, the clues are there.
For example, they are probably together on Houston right now.
Lance, who did a whirlwind trip to Russia over the weekend, just posted this Facebook update from Houston: “It seems 36 hours of flying over one weekend isn’t so good for you. Laid up in bed with a cold now.”
Tom had said in his coming out YouTube video that he was leaving for Houston for training and tweeted yesterday: “Safely arrived into the states! A hard week of training ahead ”
I swear, I should just go to work for TMZ right now or maybe for a detective agency.
Nothing gets past me!
Oh, and Tom also tweeted: “Thanks for your support Still Tom. Still diving. Going for gold in 2016. What I am or who I date shouldn’t matter.”
Update: Black’s original sick with a cold update was posted as being from Houston. Then later a tweet about getting soup from Greenblatt’s in West Hollywood went up. Now the first update no longer has Houston on it.
I give up. Hope they are having fun and are healthy in Houston or in West Hollywood, together or apart.
Okay, we all know that Angela Lansbury should have starred in the 1974 movie version of the musical Mame, a show for which she won a Tony Award on Broadway.
But the role went to our beloved Lucille Ball who by then was in her early 60s and never had much of a singing voice (although it was not as bad as Lucy Ricardo’s!).
In light of last night’s much-maligned but highly-rated live presentation of The Sound of Music on NBC, I wonder if it is better to have a great actress who isn’t much of a singer headline a musical or a great singer (like Carrie Underwood) who isn’t much of an actress do so.
Well, the great pro Lucy gave it her best shot and had her moments in the film – especially in her scenes with Bea Arthur who reprised her role of Vera Charles from the Broadway show.
So here is Miss Ball singing one of the movie’s more touching musical numbers: We Need a Little Christmas.
When I did a previous post about former American Idol finalist Crystal Bowersox coming out as bisexual, I neglected to mention that she will be performing on Sunday at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s Threads of Change clothing drive party.
I’m so there!
The Dec. 8 event, now in its seventh year, will take place at Eleven Nightclub in West Hollywood from noon to 4 pm. The Center’s Young Professionals Council (YPC), will collect gently used clothes for homeless LGBT youth served by the Center.
Crystal, runner-up to Lee DeWyze during season 9 of Idol, will perform her latest single, Coming Out for Christmas.
Also expected to appear are out pro athletes Robbie Rogers of the LA Galaxy and basketball’s Jason Collins who will donate clothes from their closets.
“We just hope someone can fit into Jason’s clothes!” says YPC member and event co-chair Tommy Johnson. “And to have Crystal entertain our guests with her latest holiday hit will truly make everyone’s spirits brighter. She is our American Idol!”
Iron Fist Clothing is giving $4,000 worth of clothes and accessories, which will help stock the closet at the Center’s Youth Center on Highland where staff distribute an average of 1,200 clothing items each month.
Admission to the clothing drive party is free, and guests who donate a bag of gently used clothes will receive a complimentary mimosa.
Items of apparel for men and women in greatest demand are:
· Gently used casual clothes (of all adult sizes)
· Gently used professional attire for job interviews
· Gently used winter coats and sweaters
· Shoes in excellent condition
· New socks and underwear
Guests are encouraged to post photos of their fashionable donations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to @LAGayCenter with hashtag #YPCThreads.
Those unable to attend the clothing drive and party can drop off donations at the Youth Center on Highland, 1220 N. Highland Ave., any day between 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
When I posted the shorter version of this a few days ago, I did not realize that my favorite twins, Gary Lane and Larry Lane, not only appear in this Doritos commercial, they wrote it and produced it!
Is there nothing these boys can’t do? They starred in the documentary Hollywood to Dollywood, won ABC’s Winter Wipeout and NBC’s Fear Factor and had Greg In Hollywood at hello.
They also had Leslie Jordan at hello. The Emmy winning actor met the twins years ago at a West Hollywood restaurant and when he realized there were two of these handsome gay men he said: “God is good!”
Anyway, they’ve all been friends for years with Leslie making an enchanting appearance in their documentary.
Now this commercial which I think has a chance of airing during the Super Bowl if it gets enough online support.
Leslie sent out this email last night: ‘OK Everybody I need to go VIRAL! Help Leslie Jordan Make the Superbowl! Share! Tweet! We had so Much Fun. So many Incredible People!’
Leslie is damned funny in this and it also features Tim Pocock of NBC’s Camp and male super models Joel Rush and Nick Ayler who are so good looking they make me wish this extended version was extended even more!.
Daren Kagasoff is so far best known for his role on ABC Family’s The Secret Life of An American Teenager.
The show ended its five year run in June.
Earlier this year, Daren was cast as Alex in the FOX pilot Delirium based on the novel by Lauren Oliver. But the network decided against ordering it as a series.
Still, the 26 year old appears to be on the verge of even bigger things.
It was just announced yesterday that Daren has been cast in Ouija, a horror film inspired by the Hasbro board game. The film follows a group of teens playing with a Ouija board who make contact with an evil spirit then desperately try to close the door they’ve opened.
Calling his friend the best live TV broadcaster ever, Good Morning America news anchor Josh Elliott choked back tears on Sam Champion’s last day on the show.
Champion has left GMA to become the face of The Weather Channel and his departure brings to an end morning TV’s greatest bromance and most wonderful gay-straight alliance.
“I just want to say thank you because it’s been a gift each and every day to work with you, Sam,” Elliott said. “A lot of people talk about our bromance. For me it was just a friendship. I promise there’s happy on the inside, but the tears … aw, I’m going to miss you. I love you, Sam.”
This second video is of Sam and Josh riding X-Flight At Six Flags Great America is a hoot! It also shows how close they are.
BTW, I’m with Josh – just can’t do roller coasters anymore. In my teens and 20s, could ride them all damned day.