Today is Jason Priestley’s 47th birthday and he’s certainly still a very handsome man.
But it is his younger self from the Beverly Hills 90210 era who is the focus of today’s Morning Man Classic post.
I had the biggest crush on Jason during his long run as Brandon Walsh and am happy to see that he’s been working so steadily since the end of the show – most notably starring as Richard “Fitz” Fitzpatrick on the show Call Me Fitz.
In tonight’s Summer of Dreams, Debbie Gibson plays fading pop star Debbie Taylor who is on the verge of losing everything – including her freedom – when she runs away to suburban Ohio where she finds her way into teaching music to a talented group of misfit kids. As she lays low and taps into the kids’ talents in an attempt to become relevant again, she begins to realize that fame isn’t everything.
Robert Gant plays a down-to-earth guidance counselor who helps her find new perspective. Their characters meet cute in a grocery store.
This is the first time Gant and Gibson have worked together although they first came face to face at a charity event 10 years ago.
“We had kind of this moment — all of a sudden I walked in and there she was at the little step-and-repeat,” he tells EW. That’s when Gibson, who studied with the same acting coach but didn’t know Gant, “just threw herself into my arms and went into this dip, and I grabbed her and dipped her, and that was how we really officially met.”
A decade later, when Gant got the opportunity to work Gibson on Summer of Dreams, he thought, “This is so perfect.”
Working with Gibson was part of the draw (he’s a longtime fan of her music), and so was impressing his folks. “My parents are absolute, utter fans of Hallmark,” he said, “and for years my mom has been saying to me, ‘Is there some way you can get on one of those movies?’”
It was just a few weeks ago that Conversations With Coco and now it is the great star’s birthday! To mark the occasion, I found this video of Coco Peru’s visit to LA’s Farmer’s Market. I had not seen it before and it’s a hoot – especially the anecdote about when Coco accidentally put hot sauce on her hot dog. Enjoy!
Fashion icon and movie director Tom Ford turns 55 today!
We already knew what a great designer he was but boy, his 2010 directorial debut, A Single Man, was well beyond anyone’s expectations.
Okay, I’m going to share once again my anecdote about when I made a great big fool of myself when I met Tom on the red carpet of the 2008 GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.
I just lost my head when he was suddenly standing in front of me and said: “Here’s Tom Ford, THE Tom Ford. Oh, you really are this handsome.”
Thankfully, he played along: “Awe…you’re a FLIRT! Good! Go ahead! Flirt away!”
But I quickly regained my professional composure and managed to conduct an interview about his being at the awards to present an award to the late photographer Herb Ritts which was accepted by his friend, Cindy Crawford. Tom himself had been honored by GLAAD in 2007.
Gay – and very hunky – Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims has revealed a hidden talent in a Facebook video that has quickly gone viral.
I absolutely love it!
Sims, 37, decided to make a video of himself lip syncing to the song Part of Your World from Disney’s classic animated film The Little Mermaid.
‘I hope you’re having as fun of an afternoon as I am! #GoinCampin…with Ariel!, Sims wrote.
The former college football player and attorney who has become a well-known LGBTI activist during his three years in office. Earlier this year, he ended his bid for a seat in the US Congress and instead chose to run for another term in the Pennsylvania legislature.
His fun video has been viewed more than 400,000 times since Thursday.
Most of the feedback has been positive but a few people didn’t think it was behavior becoming of a state legislator including one man who wrote: ‘Cute but not sure our leaders need to be lip syncing children’s songs on social media. Do we want to see Obama singing “matchmaker”? Or have the world see Hillary singing a Rihanna song?’
To that Sims replied: ‘It’s a song. I was 11 when it came out. I like it even more at 37. Really, I appreciate the kind words and anyone who’d struggle to “respect” me because of this would have ample other reasons not to respect that are a lot more important to me.’
My pal Jim Key happens to be Chief Marketing Officer at the Los Angeles LGBT Center and today he wrote something that I want to share with you.
It’s about The Center’s efforts to spread the word about four outbreaks of invasive meningococcal disease among gay/bisexual men. Los Angeles is now in the midst of its second outbreak. During the first one two years ago, at least 3 gay men in their 20s died.
Hornet, Scruff and Grindr, they all quickly agreed to alert their Los Angeles-area users. Each sent a dedicated message that was impossible to miss after opening the app. But Online-Buddies, the parent company of Manhunt and Jack’d, steadfastly refused.
The Center was told: ‘We require full prepayment before launching any campaigns.’
Jim then reached out to the CEO who instructed him to “deal with” the company’s health strategist/advertising director “if and when you receive funding for your campaign.”
Colton Haynes will be honored by the Human Rights Campaign this weekend for being who he is.
I think that’s pretty cool.
The former Arrow star has been chosen for HRC’s Visibility Award to be on Saturday at the group’s gala in Seattle.
HRC President Chad Griffin credits the actor with inspiring ‘countless LGBTQ young people across the country and around the world to live their lives as their authentic selves.
‘By simply being open about who he is, Haynes is helping to break down barriers and tear down closet doors,’ Griffin added.
Haynes, 28, came out publicly earlier this year and has been candid about his difficult journey to self-acceptance. He has been dealing with anxiety issues since the fifth grade and his condition was exacerbated by feeling he had to stay closeted to have a successful career as an actor.
Earlier this month, he revealed that his father killed himself when Haynes was a teenager and ‘I was told that my dad killed himself because he found out I was gay.’
He told Out Magazine: ‘So, of course, I lost it and was like, “How could you say something like that?” And no one will ever really know the truth. But my brother and my mom went to pick up my dad’s stuff, and the only picture on his fridge was my eighth-grade graduation picture. So I was just like, Fuck.’
His battle with anxiety had led the actor to leave regular roles on both Arrow and Teen Wolf. But he returns to television this fall with a role in Scream Queens.
Earlier this summer, Haynes participated in a video released by HRC paying tribute to the 49 victims of the Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub.
Barbra Streisand’s new album Encores is out today and as she promotes it, I don’t think I’ve ever seen her more relaxed and fun in her interviews. Last night on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, she was joined by Alec Baldwin who is one of her duet partners on the new album.
James Corden and Britney Spears carpooled through Los Angeles singing her biggest hits and chatting about her life on tonight’s The Late Late Show.
She follows such famous ride sharers as Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Adele, George Clooney and Julia Roberts.
Corden asked Spears what “Oops!… I Did It Again” really is about.
“I don’t know. I really don’t know,” Britney confessed. “I think it’s just a song.”
Later the mother of two revealed that she wants THREE mores kids but ‘I have to find the right guy first.’
But then there’s this: “I think I might not ever go to men again, ever do the whole men thing again, ever get married. I mean, I may French kiss someone, but I’m not going to marry anyone, I don’t believe in marriage any more.”
Barbra Streisand joined Donald Trump – well, Jimmy Fallon as Trump – to sing a duet of Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better on The Tonight Show today. It’s funny stuff as Fallon goes all out in his mocking of Trump. It would be even funnier if Trump were not the actual presidential nominee of a major political party!
Ellen Page’s Vice series Gaycation has its most moving episode to date this week and I highly recommend you watch it now.
The Oscar nominated actress and best friend Ian Daniel visit Orlando in the days after the attack on Pulse nightclub.
The episode can be seen in its entirety below.
In it, the pair talk to one of the 53 survivors of the mass shooting that left 49 people dead. They go one of the funerals, a rally, a church service, and to the site of the shooting. They also talk to friends and partners of those injured or dead as well as community leaders.
Page notes how in one dark night, the Pulse shooter brought to light some of America’s most divisive issues: intolerance for the LGBTI community, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and gun violence.
Among those interviewed is a man named Mario whose partner was shot four times that night and survived. Their relationship was in its very early stages but getting deeper at the time of the attack.
‘All of this put a stop to all of that. Unless something like this touches you directly, you will never feel how deep it hurts and how difficult it is to go through it,’ Merio says. ‘There’s a lot of mixed feelings. It’s a lot of anger, and I think for the first time in my life, I felt hate, which is horrendous.’
I love how in this clip Barbra Streisand describes her duet partner Chris Pine as ‘one of the hotties today.’ True that! She teams up with the Star Trek actor on I’ll Be Seeing You / I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face and the results are lovely. BTW, if you were not satisfied with the latest Star Trek flick, Pine gets a much better chance to shine in the new drama Hell or High Water. I saw it this week and it is eccellent.
It turns out Anderson Cooper has something in common with Stephen Colbert: an obsession with D&D that’s lasted well into adulthood. The two talked about this and other things when The Silver Fox paid a visit to The Late Show. Love when Anderson is a talk show guest.He’s able to be so much more fun and engaging than he typically gets to be on CNN each night. Enjoy!
Robert Sepulveda Jr. is the hunky man at the center of TV’s new Finding Prince Charming and the 13 men who will be trying to win his heart have also been unveiled.
Sepulveda is the Atlanta-based interior designer at the center of the new Logo TV series obviously modeled after ABC’s The Bachelor which has never featured a same-sex romance in all its years on the air.
The 33-year-old Sepulveda says in a new video that he travels he owns his own non-profit and is starting a new home collection line so he travels a lot for work. He is looking for someone with a similar busy schedule.
He says in a new video he is also looking for someone who is ‘sincere, honest, humble [and] loyal’ and, of course, ‘good-looking is always great.’ But he’s also looking for someone ‘sweet and loving’ with ‘great family values.’
‘I know coming on a show is not the most conventional way of finding love but I’m ready to try something different,’ says Sepulveda who doesn’t go to bars or do dating apps.
The men trying to snag Sepulveda are Jasen (make-up artist), Robby (beauty expert), Brodney (personal trainer), Danique (business analyst), Paul (businessman), Nick (event planner), Brandon (spiritual practitioner), Charlie (Manny), Sam (fitness owner), Chad (real estate), Dillon (fashion publicist), Justin (model), and Eric (hair stylist).
On the show, to be hosted by Lance Bass, Sepulveda will have to eliminate one suitor each week.
‘I’m nervous about eliminating the guys because I know that everyone is trying to find love as well,’ he says. ‘And I’m very empathetic.’
Cher isn’t buying Donald Trump’s statement that he ‘will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of the hateful foreign ideology.’
The entertainment icon spent last weekend holding high-priced LGBT fundraisers for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Miami, Provincetown and Fire Island.
She laughed when she was asked about what Trump said at the Republican National Convention.
‘Oh come on,’ Cher said Tuesday on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.
‘He has says those letters (LGBTQ) like a child that is just learning the alphabet. And then pokes his finger in the air for “Q.” He is the most disingenuous man I’ve ever seen. And I want to tell you: my people will not believe him for a minute.’
Her ‘people’ would be the gay men who have boosted the Oscar winner’s career with its various ups and downs for more than 50 years. Cher is also, of course, the mother of transgender actor and activist Chaz Bono.
‘I care for all people … America has been so great for me. I was a poor, poor child, I had dyslexia. Nothing would say that I would succeed in this country – and I did. And I fear for those (LGBT) people and not just because of my son. I fear what they will do to those people – to my people.’
Cher also mentioned Trump’s participation in the recent Pastors and Pews event in Orlando sponsored by the anti-LGBTI American Renewal Project. The event took place only seven miles from Pulse Nightclub and on the two-month anniversary of 49 people being shot to death there.
‘How does he go from that meeting to telling my people that he will protect them?’
She added, “I fear for what they will do to those people–to my people.”