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Lunch Break Video: The multi-talented Jonathan Groff sings and dances “Anything Goes”


Jonathan Groff is so talented it is ridiculous.

I’ve never seen him live on a Broadway stage but I liked him on Glee, love him in Looking and was absolutely smitten by him in C.O.G., his first lead feature film role.

Anyway, came across this video on YouTube the other day of Jonathan recreating the eight-minute title tap number from the Cole Porter musical Anything Goes at MCC Theater’s “Miscast” benefit a few years ago.

Enjoy!

A look back at the late, great Elizabeth Taylor’s powerful speech for equality at 2000 GLAAD Awards

It’s been more than three years since Elizabeth Taylor left us.

The great movie star turned passionate AIDS activist would no doubt be deeply satisfied with the progress being made on the gay marriage front.

Back in 2000, she spoke of gays deserving the right to get married and have children while accepting the GLAAD Vanguard Award.

“I did not become an activist to win awards,” she said in her speech 14 years ago. “I became an activist to try to protect people. I could not sit silently by just doing nothing. I started my activism in the 80s when a new disease emerged that was quickly and inexplicably killing people.”

“Worse than the virus there was the terrible discrimination and prejudice left in its wake. Suddenly gay people stopped being human beings and started becoming the enemy. I knew that somebody had to do something.”

“All my life I’ve spent a lot of time with gay men – Montgomery Clift, Jimmy Dean, Rock Hudson,” she added. “I never thought about who they slept with. They were just the people I loved.”

“I could never understand why they couldn’t be afforded the same rights and protections as all of the rest of us. There is no gay agenda. It’s a human agenda.”

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Breaking News: Andrea Martin will revive her Tony Award-winning role in “Pippin” at Pantages

This is fantastic news.

Producers of the 2013 Tony Award winning Best Revival of a Musical Pippin have announced that Andrea Martin, who won 2013 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for creating the role of “Berthe” in the Broadway production, will reprise the role for the L.A. Premiere at the Hollywood Pantages.

The engagement will run October 21 through November 9. Tickets are now on sale to the general public online at www.HollywoodPantages.com or www.Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-982-2787 or at the Hollywood Pantages Box Office located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard (Opens daily at 10am.)

I’ve seen the first two episodes of Miss Martin’s new NBC comedy Working the Engels.  She has some very funny moments on this show which I am not sure how long it will be around. She will next be seen on screen in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, to be released this fall. Her book of autobiographical essays Andrea Martin’s Lady Parts will be published by Harper Collins in September.

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Thursday Morning Man: Cody Calafiore!

There are those who say that Cody Calafiore is the hottest male contestant in the history of the Big Brother show on CBS.

Well, who am I to say they’re wrong?

There is certainly enough photographic evidence to make a case for Cody taking that title!

According to the show’s website, Cody works as a sales account executive but he obviously has done some modeling.

He’s 23 and from New Jersey. He was drafted to a pro soccer team in college, but was cut from the team after getting injured.

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Robbie Rogers does yoga!


LA Galaxy player Robbie Rogers posted this pic earlier today on Facebook with this caption: Thank you @hot8yoga for the @lagalaxy power fusion class! You guys are the best!

Thought I’d share!

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Snapped! “Arrow” star Colton Haynes goes on a hike with his gay brother’s family

After the madness of the Comic-Con International event in San Diego last weekend, Colton Haynes needed a calmer scene.

So the cutie pie actor, one of the stars of The CW series The Arrow, headed to the great outdoors for a hike with his gay brother, Joshua, and his family.

He posted a shot of Instagram of the group with the caption: ‘Much needed fam time with my bro @joshuahaynes, his hubby @scottculley, and my lil niece Wren who needs a nap.’

Haynes, 26, plays Roy Harper on Arrow and previously was one of the stars of the MTV hit Teen Wolf.

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Penny Dreadful’s Reeve Carney on his gay kiss: ‘You could certainly do a lot worse than Josh Hartnett’

I didn’t watch any of the new Showtime series Penny Dreadful but it seems that the most buzz-worthy moment of the first season was the make-out session between two of the lead male characters.

In episode four, Josh Hartnett’s Ethan Chandler and Reeve Carney’s Dorian Gray kissed passionately even though there had been no previous indication that either character was gay or bisexual.

‘I knew that something like that would likely happen at some point and I figure, you know, you could certainly do a lot worse than Josh Hartnett,” Carney told toofab.com at Comic-Con over the weekend.

Carney says his character will have a new love interest in the upcoming second season but he isn’t sure if it will be a man or a woman.

‘It’s probably all downhill for me in terms of any man-on-man action I might have on the show,’ he says. ‘They’ll have to keep their game high!’

The series, which draws upon many characters from 19th-century Irish and British fiction, will have a 10-episode second season to air in 2015.

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Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk speaks out for marriage equality: “We all deserve to follow our hearts”


I love this – love that Tony Hawk is speaking out publicly in favor of marriage equality. He is a hero to so many – including my 12 year old nephew and his friends – and his words carry weight.

He says in this video for the Human Rights Campaign: “We all deserve to follow out hearts and we need to continue working until every state recognizes marriage as an equal right.”

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Gay love triangle between Lucas, Felix and Brad is really heating up on ABC’s “General Hospital”

I’ve fallen way behind on keeping up with the gay storyline on General Hospital which is a pity because as you can see from the scenes posted here, it’s really getting good.

Since I last posted, Lucas got shot and has since recovered but during his hospital stay, he got very close to Felix.

This is driving Brad crazy because he wants Lucas back.

I’m going to try and start posting the GH scenes as soon as they become available because they are making Will and Sonny over at Days of Our Lives look like a real snoozefest!



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Celebrating Delta Burke’s 58th birthday with some classic Suzanne Sugarbaker moments

Delta Burke hasn’t done much acting in the past few years but I’m hoping some smart person is busy right now writing some juicy role for this brilliant comedic actress.

For five glorious seasons on Designing Women, Delta was the delicious Suzanne Sugarbaker – the former beauty queen who most certainly marched to her own drummer.

In honor of this two-time Emmy nominee’s 58th birthday today, I’ve compiled some funny Suzanne moments … Enjoy!!!






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Wednesday Morning Man: Adam Senn!

Boy, this guy will get us through hump day!

He’s Adam Senn and he’s part of the cast of the VHI drama Hit the Floor. He plays the role of Zero who just got together with his best friend in what looks like the first gay relationship for both.

Adam is 30 and has been a successful model for years. Since 2008, Dolce & Gabbana has consistently used Senn in Lookbooks, campaign ads and fashion shows.

Four years ago, Senn opened a restaurant called Il Bastardo in New York City. It has since been renamed Boca Di Bacco.

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Days of Our Lives: Sonny won’t engage a remoseful EJ, Sami plots and Will & Abby have a talk

It’s Sami’s show right now – Sami on the warpath.

Good grief, enough already.

Meanwhile, EJ tried to talk to Sonny and find some compassion but doesn’t find any.

Will tells his cousin Abigail to watch her back because Sami is out to destroy her.

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Jodie Foster will direct George Clooney in new film

Jodie Foster, up for an Emmy for directing an episode of Orange is the New Black this year, has her next directing job lined up.

The two-time Oscar-winning actress will direct the thriller Money Monster starring George Clooney.

The movie has Clooney playing a TV money guru and is held hostage – along with his studio audience – by a man who followed a bad stock tip. He threatens to kill Clooney’s character if the stock doesn’t rise before the end of day, according to Deadline Hollywood.

Money Monster will be the fourth feature film directed by Foster and the first since 2011′s The Beaver. The others were Little Man Tate in 1991 and Home for the Holidays in 1995.

She is best known for her work in front of the camera starring in such films as The Silence of the Lambs, Panic Room, Contact, The Accused, Nell and Flightplan.

The 51-year-old actress married photographer and former actress Alexandra Hedison in April. She went public about being a lesbian at the Golden Globe Awards in 2013.

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Happy 61st Birthday to Tim Gunn!

Project Runway’s Tim Gunn turns 61 today.

I’m not much into fashion (clearly!) but I really respect and appreciate how open Tim has been in recent years about his harrowing struggles as a teen with depression and being gay.

He told Terry Gross of NPR earlier this year:  “I want anyone listening and hearing the story about my troubled adolescence, I hope it was clear that I didn’t come out of this alone. I mean, life is a big collaboration, and when you’re tackling something that’s painful and troubling and is causing you such desperate grief, that you think life’s not worth living, you need to reach out. Reach out before then, actually.

“Reach out to people whom you trust, people who will reach back and offer you some solace and some guidance, because it doesn’t happen alone. And if I had been just left on my own, well, I wouldn’t be here. I simply wouldn’t be. And I’m glad I’m here, and there’s not a single day I don’t thank my lucky stars and say I’m the luckiest guy alive.

“And I will also say that I wouldn’t take back that pain and that anguish for anything, because it’s helped formed who I am and it’s helped me appreciate the joyous moments of life, of which there are many.”

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A must-see for “Beaches” fans: Micah McCain re-enacts the Bette Midler classic in under four minutes


OMG, this is a scream.

If you are like me and know every line of the 1988 Bette Midler-Barbara Hershey flick Beaches, then you will fully appreciate the brilliance of what Micah McCain has done here.

I love it!
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He writes on his YouTube page: In this day and age, who has time to sit down and watch an entire film. This is the Cliff Notes version and ALL you need to see and know about this legendary movie.

H/T: Kennethinthe212

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Tuesday Morning Man: Justin Bird!

I haven’t seen a single episode of Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker show but I’m going to take a look now that I’ve met this handsome guy who is on the show.

His name is Justin Bird and we met Sunday at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s benefit for senior housing.

I snapped a few photos of Justin on the red carpet and one inside and told him I’d be featuring him on the blog.

According to his bio on the show’s website, Justin is a native of Southern California and was an all-American baseball player in college before receiving his MBA from Chapman University. Single and dating, Justin’s lifelong habit of giving dating advice and being the go-to guy for both men and women with relationship questions led to his being asked to join the show.

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Snapped! “Arrow” star Stephen Amell shows off his impressive abs at Comic-Con!

The annual Comic-Con convention ended yesterday in San Diego but memorable images continue to make their way online – like this one.

Here is hunky Arrow star Stephen Amell displaying his impressive abs and showing that he is indeed ready to film the show’s third season.

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Video: See Jason Statham compete in diving at 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland

This is a very cool “Before They Were Stars” story involving actor Jason Statham.

Long before Statham made his film debut in 1998′s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, he was best known as a diver on the British National Diving Team.

He was good enough to finish 12th in the World Championships in 1992.

In recent days, video has surfaced of the future movie star representing England at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand.

The future Transporter star didn’t have such a good dive at that competition but at 20, he already had a killer physique and we get to see how the now-bald superstar looks with a full head of hair.

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UFC fighter weighs in with ‘legalize gay’ briefs

How cool is this?

A fighter named Kyle “Kingsbu” Kingsbury decided to make a statement about LGBT equality during the weigh-in before his retirement fight last Friday with Patrick Cummins in San Jose.

Kingsbury undressed and as he bent over to get out of his pants, he revealed a pair of “Legalize Gay” briefs.

Of his retirement, he says on Twitter: ‘In my run it felt like peaks and valleys but in the end I am completely grateful for it all- every beating I delt out & every beating I took … I’ve learned more about life in the small window I’ve fought than in any other venture. Life only continues to get better. I love you all :)

He’s made himself a lot of new fans!

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Web series “The Horizon” shows what happens when a “religious” parent rejects an LGBT child

The Horizon is the most watched online series made out of Australia and the most watched gay web series in the world.

I tend to watch the episodes in batches and always think I should start posting them on the blog – especially since Days of Our Lives is most certainly in a bit of a lull right now.

Anyway, in this episode, there is a very painful scene with Wilma Bumhurt/Dennis (Patrick James) and the mother who kicked him out of the house when he was just 17 because he is gay.

That was even before he began to dress as a woman.

The mother, all these years later, still does not believe she did anything wrong as her child reminds her of how vulnerable and scared he was at that time.

I always want to ask parents who “love” their kids so much that they throw them out into the streets where they expect the child to go?

The scene on this week’s show plays out in real life all the time. I think these parents need to be held accountable.

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