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NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live!’ is tonight! Don’t miss Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth and newcomer Maddie Baillio!

The wait is over. Shimmy & shake with @nbchairspraylive TONIGHT at 8/7c on @nbctv.

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Tonight is the night for Hairspray Live! and if you aren’t invited to a viewing party, have your own!

It’s already it’s in the running for the gayest TV show of the year and you will see why by tuning into NBC tonight.

The great Harvey Fierstein reprises his Tony Award winning Broadway role of Edna Turnblad) and newcomer Maddie Baillio has the plum role of Tracy – a role that made stars of out Ricki Lake (original film) and
Marissa Jaret Winokur (Broadway) who we will be seeing in cameos tonight.

The rest of the cast includes Ariana Grande (Penny Pingleton), Jennifer Hudson (Motormouth Maybelle), Kristin Chenoweth (Velma Von Tussle), Martin Short (Wilbur Turnblad), Derek Hough (Corny Collins), Dove Cameron (Amber Von Tussle), Garrett Clayton (Link Larkin), Andrea Martin (Prudy Pingleton), Ephraim Sykes (Seaweed J. Stubbs), and Shahadi Wright Joseph (Little Inez).

Representing the gays proudly are Billy Eichner as a local TV newscaster named Rob Barker who reports on bubbly white teenager Tracy Turnblad and her escape from the law as she attempts to integrate the TV dance competition known as The Corny Collins Show.

In addition, Rosie O’Donnell plays the gym teacher) and Sean Hayes is Mr. Pinky). The executive producers of the production are the openly gay team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

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Snapped! Some hunky Zac Efron as a lifeguard!

Excited to unleash the BEACH. Here’s a sneak peek at what we’ve got in store for you. Teaser trailer tomorrow! #BeingBaywatch

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Celeb Instagram: Christmas Tree Edition!

My tribe. Beyond blessed during the most wonderful time of the year.

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Got one! Walking our very first Christmas Tree home through the streets of London. Okay. Maybe we got two. Couldn't help ourselves. More pictures to come!

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Provided the voice to a giant real Xmas tree and gave gifts to unsuspecting passersby yesterday. #itschristmaskeepitreal Actual real trees far better than fake ones. Enjoy the aroma, help farmers, save landfills. Win/win/win. @christmaskeepitreal

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New dad Cheyenne Jackson: ‘It’s the most tired we’ve ever been but it’s the most love we’ve ever felt’

American Horror Story actor Cheyenne Jackson and hubby Jason Landau aren’t getting out much these days.

But the new parents enjoyed a rare night out over the weekend when they attended the Trevor LIVE event in Beverly Hills benefiting The Trevor Project and I chatted with them for a bit.

Their fraternal twins, Ethan and Willow, were born in October and the couple has been in what Jackson describes as a ‘daddy bubble since then.

‘It’s so beautiful,’ Cheyenne told me. ‘It’s every cliche.’

And as any new parent knows, it’s not easy.

‘It all depends on the moment,’ Jason admitted. ‘Do they cry and we have zero idea what to do or why they are crying? Sure.’

Added Cheyenne: ‘It takes a village, we have family, we have friends and we’re figuring it out.’

The Broadway, film and television star has taken four months off from work to be a stay-at-home dad.

‘It’s the most tired we’ve ever been but it’s the most love we’ve ever felt.’ he said.

Just two months in, the experience has already changed Cheyenne’s philosophy on life:

‘Don’t sweat the small stuff because it’s all small stuff. Once you have babies, you can’t f*cking control anything so let it go.’

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Comeback kid Billy Gilman makes finals on ‘The Voice’ and tells fans to ‘never give up’

Billy Gilman’s knockout performance of Celine Dion’s I Surrender has landed him in the finals of NBC’s The Voice.

‘Yes!’ Billy said ecstatically in a video he posted on Twitter late last night.

‘You – all of you – are the reason!’ he told fans.

‘Thank you so much. Thank you. Top four baby. We made it and I hope I can continue this journey next week – we got one more week left. I’m going to be working my tail off this week for y’all.’

Gilman, 28, has managed to deliver standout performances week after week on the singing competition which has given him a second shot at stardom.

A child country music star who sold more than five million records, Gilman’s career was basically dead by his late teens.

But two years ago he embarked on a comeback as an openly gay man.

‘Never give up,’ he said on his latest video. ‘It leads you to amazing places like The Voice.’

The Voice finale live performances air Monday and the results will be revealed on Tuesday on NBC.

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Wednesday Morning Man: Vedran Corluka!

Today the Morning Man spotlight shines on 30-year-old Vedran Ćorluka.

He is a Bosnian-born Croatian footballer who plays for Lokomotiv Moscow and the Croatia national team.

He plays as a centre-back, though he has played in other positions across the defensive line, most notably as the right-back.

I don’t know about you but I think Vedran would make a great model!

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Late Night Video: Kate McKinnon visits Seth Meyers

Love Kate McKinnon and love Seth Meyers so to have them together is heaven. Kate paid a visit to Seth last night on NBC’s Late Night. Kate explains how Hoarders inspired her role in Office Christmas Party and her cat’s beloved Christmas box. She also explains a Christmas tradition from Catalonia she’s trying to adopt that includes beating a piñata with a stick to “poop out” presents.

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Snapped! Ricky Martin & Jwan Yosef on the beach!

Paradise much

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Tyler Oakley: What a difference 10 years makes!

#2006vs2016 – possible captions: "from serving to SERVING" or "from taking orders to giving orders" or "the only thing i supersized was my dream"

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Celeb Instagram: Ellen & Milo! Jan-Michael Gambill! Ricky Martin! Ruby Rose! Laverne Cox!

Haven’t done this in a while. (Thanks, @MiloAnthonyVentimiglia, for the ride.)

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Camping again in Joshua Tree and the weekend crowd was gone. No one as far as the eye could see. Hope my legs don't blind you. Love this place #joshuatree #camping #meundies #nature #happyplace #

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5 shows away from ending my #OneWorldTour. Next year, #LasVegas and much more. I'm ready!

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The 'Make Equality a reality' gala taught me a lot about Female genital Mutilation .. 200 million women and girls have been affected by this and it's still happening around the world today. It has to stop and I was proud to be in the company of some of the greats who have made it their life mission to accomplish this in this lifetime.

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@rockyhorrorfox is available on DVD tomorrow Dec. 6 with fun extras like my screen test audition for the role of Dr. Frank-n-furter. Here's a little bit of what i did to land the role just to wet your appetite. Get the DVD tomorrow to see the full performance and other juicy bits. I see you shiver with antici… #RockyHorror #SweetTransvestite #letsdothetimewarpagain #dontdreamitbeit #TransIsBeautiful

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Why Tom Ford thinks all men should be penetrated at least once: ”I think it would help them understand women’

Tom Ford once famously said he believes all men should be sexually penetrated at least once.

He still absolutely feels that way.

‘I think it would help them understand women,’ Ford says in a new interview with GQ.

‘It’s such a vulnerable position to be in, and it’s such a passive position to be in. And there’s such an invasion, in a way, that even if it’s consensual, it’s just very personal.’

The openly gay director of Nocturnal Animals and The Single Man had made a similar remark in a previous GQ profile during which he also propositioned the male writer.

This time around he seemed reluctant to go their again but once it is brought up, the celebrated designer stood by what he said before and goes on to explain more about why he feels that way.

‘I think there’s a psyche that happens because of (penetration) that makes you understand and appreciate what women go through their whole life, because it’s not just sexual, it’s a complete setup of the way the world works, that one sex has the ability to literally – and is expected to and is wanted to – but also there’s an invasion.

‘And I think that that’s something most men do not understand at all.’

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Russell Tovey talks about Harry Doyle, his intriguing gay character on ABC’s ‘Quantico’

Russell Tovey’s TV alter-ego on ABC’s Quantico has been an unraveling mystery.

But the out actor is clear about at least one thing: Harry Doyle is definitely into men.

‘In the beginning he was definitely very ambiguous, he would use sex to get information and you felt like, “Well, what was his orientation?”‘ Tovey says in a Facebook Live chat with TV Guide.

‘As it goes on Harry is definitely gay – his orientation is definitely more towards the men and the boys,’ Tovey says.

‘I think he will use sex with women to get information but his definite persuasion – what he goes home and thinks about – is men.’

Quantico explores the lives of young FBI recruits who have come to the Quantico base in Virginia for 21 weeks of training to become special agents.

The recruits are considered the best and the brightest but each one possesses secrets.

In a departure from how TV dramas are usually produced, the actors on Quantico do not know the trajectory of their characters and are essentially operating on a one script at a time basis.

‘I’d rather know but that’s what’s been set up,’ Tovey admits. ‘I’m playing along with the game of Quantico and that seems to be what it is.’

But the actor is intrigued by the developing relationship between Harry and fellow FBI recruit Sebastian Chen who is closeted.

Sebastian is portrayed by David Lim who Tovey calls a ‘brilliantly talented actor.’

‘I love working with him, I love his style of acting,’ he says. ‘I think he’s very instinctive and very truthful and I’m really enjoying our scenes. As actors we really are quite good together.’

The characters may both be gay but they are so far very different.

‘Sebastian has inner demons, self-hatred, not true to himself,’ Tovey explains.

The counter-side is Harry who is ‘completely confident, completely proud, completely sort of out there – almost boldly so – arrogantly so.’

Tovey came to Quantico after playing another gay character on HBO’s Looking for two seasons as well as a two-hour wrap-up finale that aired this summer.

He’s left Looking’s Kevin behind and is now completely immersed into Harry.

‘To be on network TV being gay, playing gay, feels rewarding,’ he says.

‘It’s a good thing. I’m really proud of that.’ ‘It doesn’t define him, he’s not struggling with it – there’s no pain or angst. He’s very proud and open and it’s completely normalized here. None of the other characters have any bother with his sexual orientation. It’s a huge part of his personality but it’s also completely insignificant.’

Tovey adds: ‘I think that’s a wonderful way that a gay character on TV can be written.’

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Billy Gilman killed it last night on ‘The Voice’

Comeback kid Billy Gilman gave it his considerable all in the semifinals of NBC’s The Voice on Monday.

The openly gay singer belted out the Celine Dion power ballad I Surrender and hit all the right notes on an evening when the season’s remaining eight performers vied for a spot in the finals.

Gilman received a standing ovation from all four judges after his performance.

Adam Levine, who has been Gilman’s coach, told the audience and viewers at home that the panel had ‘the look of shock and amazement’ as Gilman performed.

Gilman also joined forces with Christian Cuevas to sing Unsteady by X Ambassadors.

If Gilman were to advance to the finals and win The Voice, it will cap what has already been a stunning return for the former child country music star.

Gilman had sold more than 5 million records but then faded into obscurity 10 years ago.

Now 28, Gilman came out publicly as a gay man in 2014 and began his comeback.

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Tuesday Morning Man: Sylvain Longchambon!

Don’t think it’s good practice to, every once in awhile, feature a Morning Man whose name you have a heckuva time pronouncing!

So, I offer you Sylvain Longchambon.

He is a French ice dancer who I had never heard of until I checked out the four covers of the upcoming “Naked Issue” of the UK gay mag Attitude.

Sylvain, who is 36, certainly seems like a good choice!

Here’s what I know about him: With skating partner Caroline Truong, he won bronze medals at the 2001 Ondrej Nepela Memorial and 2002 French Championships.

In 2011, he became even more well-known by appearing in series 6 of ITV’s Dancing on Ice partnered with then-girlfriend Jennifer Metcalfe. They had as bitter split – she said he dumped her over the phone.

Anyway, he skipped the next season due to injury but returned to the show last year and was partnered with Samia Ghadie who he is now dating.

It all sounds a little complicated. I think I’ll just focus on the pretty pictures.

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Robbie Rogers and Gus Kenworthy guest star on this week’s episode of ‘The Real O’Neals’

Greg In Hollywood faves Robbie Rogers and Gus Kenworthy make cameos in this week’s episode of the ABC sitcom The Real O’Neals.

And the openly gay pro athletes get a little bitchy with each other too.

But their main focus after magically appearing in the high school locker room is to give a much-needed pep talk to gay teen Kenny (Noah Galvin) who has joined the wrestling team. He is St. Barkley’s first out gay athlete.

‘Look at me, I’m not a wrestler, I’m a gay kid,’ Kenny laments.

Kenworthy tells him: ‘Whoa, you can be both. Being gay’s never stopped me from strapping on skis and dropping into a halfpipe.’

Adds Rogers: ‘And it didn’t stop me from becoming one of the first openly gay athletes in major league sports.’

At this point, the two begin to bicker a bit as Kenworthy accuses Rogers of a ‘humble brag’ and tells him that no one knows what an MLS Cup is.

(It’s Major League Soccer’s championship and Rogers has been on two winning teams).

When Kenworthy mentions that ‘I have a silver medal – from the Olympics’ Rogers asks: ‘Oh, were they out of gold that day?’

It’s Kenny who has to step in:

‘Gay athletes, stop fighting!’

The episode of The Real O’Neals airs on Tuesday.

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WATCH: Billy Eichner and Andy Samberg hit the streets to try to bring back Tom from MySpace

Looks like Billy Eichner and Billy on the Street have recovered nicely from last week’s bit with Lupita Nyong’o which fells so flat. This week, Billy is very concerned that Hollywood is running out of superheroes and well known brands to turn into new movie franchises. So watch what happens when he hits the street with Andy Samberg (and surprise guests!) to introduce New Yorkers to some brand new action stars. It’s pretty epic – I like Starbucks lady come to life the best! You gotta love Lupita for agreeing to make a cameo in this one. It goes better than her attempts at stand-up.

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Steve Grand and Tom Goss combined for a superb show at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood over the weekend

Steve Grand and Tom Goss performing together on the same bill within driving distance of my house?

That was Saturday night and I was so there.

My pal Jim Key and I attended the show with Jim’s parents at Hotel Cafe and what an outstanding show they gave us. (Jim and are pictured below with Tom Goss after the show).

Tom has never been better as far as I’m concerned. He puts so much heart into his music and just swept us away with All My Life, Breath and Sound, Son of a Preacher Man and several more first-rate songs. Especially touching was Mama, a song Tom wrote about the time his mom asked if Tom and his husband could pretend to not be gay for some houseguests.

Steve delighted the crowd with his tight T-shirt but backed up his heartthrob looks with a wonderful concert.

He performed All-American Boy towards the end but his fans also know and love such songs as Back to California, We Are the Night and Stay. I loved his covers of Fire and Rain and Bennie and the Jets too.

It was in July 2013 when Grand’s self-financed All-American Boy hit YouTube and became a viral sensation.

He talked a bit between songs about the crazy ride he’s been on since then.

‘All the best and worst things in my life have happened in that time,’ he said. ‘Sometimes I definitely had dark moments where I wondered, “Would I have been better off if I just worked in a cubicle or something?”‘

Audience members answered the question for the 26 year old by shouting ‘No! No!’

Grand went on to say: ‘I was making such a big mess out there! Of course when you are learning stuff you make a lot of mistakes and I made a lot of mistakes – said a lot of stupid sh*t.’

Grand has an active social media presence and at times been controversial for comments in interviews and seemingly contradictory complaints about getting as much attention for his underwear as his music.

‘You learn and you grow from that and I’ve come to be grateful for everything that happened – even all the bad things because I’ve come to feel that I’m the person I am because of all those trials and tribulations.’

He also told us that it’s only in the past year that he’s learned to perform sober which he thinks makes him a better performer.

He was sure to add that being sober doesn’t mean he’s not still great in bed.

‘I’m still fun. I’m still easy – I promise.’

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Celeb Instagram: Sean Hayes & Ariana Grande! Adam Lambert! Cheyenne Jackson & family! Margaret Cho! Gio & Tommy!

Hanging out with @arianagrande on the set of @nbchairspraylive. #musicalsarefun

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Comedian @Margaret_Cho at #TrevorLive. Thank you for your support!

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Today’s Holiday Tune: Karen Carpenter sings my all-time fave “Merry Christmas Darling”

This is, hands down, my favorite Christmas song – ever. So what better way to kick off this year’s Holiday Tune series.

Merry Christmas Darling was written by Richard Carpenter and Frank Pooler was made a classic by the gorgeous delivery of the late, great Karen Carpenter who died in 1983.

The single of Merry Christmas Darling went to number one on Billboard’s Christmas singles chart in 1970, and did again in 1971 and 1973. It was then included in The Carpenters 1978 Christmas Portrait album and Karen performed it on their ABC Christmas special that year.

It just doesn’t get any better than this.

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Happy 48th birthday to the great Margaret Cho!

Margaret Cho is a national treasure – so funny, so outspoken, so smart, so real. She’s such a talented performer who has been making me laugh for decades now. I watched her on TV’s All-American Girl and liked her but it was I’m the One That I Want that really made me a Cho fanboy. Today is Margaret’s 48th birthday and to celebrate, here are three of my favorite bits plus her appearance on In Bed With Joan with the late, great Joan Rivers who Margaret adored.

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