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Days of Our Lives: EJ lets Will have it – informs him that an ethical journalist lets subjects know they are being interviewed

Thankfully the writers are, at last, letting somebody point out to Will that secretly interviewing people for a magazine piece is not ethical.

It’s EJ who delivers this obvious little fact and he tells a suddenly ridiculous Will: “What you did was treacherous to the core and you are a disgusting little snake.”

Hard to argue with that!

Sonny goes over to confront Sami and essentially makes an ass of himself.

Sami points out, rightfully, that what Will did to Abby was much more damaging than anything Sami had done.

She also tells Sonny: “Be there for Will – this is only going to get worse.”

Marlena visits Will later and tells him: “This is just not making any sense.”

Then Will delivers this laughable, self-pitying line: about his getting the cover of a magazine “and not one person near me has had one nice thing to say to me about it.”

Poor ridiculous Will Horton.

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Why Jessica Alba is no longer a Born Again Christian

Jessica Alba had her views on faith and sexuality shaped when she was a teen and fell for someone her church had taught her would go to hell.

The actress told The Daily Beast this week that she was at the Atlantic Theater Company in Vermont when ‘I fell in love when I was 16 and had this major crush on… I guess he was a drag queen? He was bisexual and a ballerina.

‘We used to go to this gay club and I’d dance with him all night, four nights a week … I was so in love with him and thought, “There’s no way this guy’s going to hell,” because in my church, it was, “Anybody who’s gay is going to hell” and “Premarital sex is evil,” and I thought, “There’s no chance! This guy is amazing!” So that went right out the window.’

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Happy 35th Birthday to Andrew Rannells!

It’s gotta be a great birthday week for Andrew Rannells who turns 35 today, three days after taking over the lead role in Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

He has taken over for Neil Patrick Harris who won a Tony Award for playing the title role of a transgender punk rock singer.

Andrew told the AP this week: “It’s a very unique show. You see it and, I think, kind of lose the actor a little bit. You really do believe that there is this odd creature up there that you’re watching and this is all happening in front of you in a crazy way. The show itself, and Hedwig, is the star. So even if you’ve seen it six times, if there’s a new actor in it, it’s going to be a completely different show to you.”

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Late Night Videos: Chris Evans, Colin Ferguson & other hunks do ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Just catching up on a bunch of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos and am rather enjoying them and love seeing the fun and creative sides of these celebs. Chris Evans gets very dressed up for his dousing and my only regret is my big crush Colin Ferguson did not do his shirtless!

The video below is a nice compilation that includes a shirtless Chris Hemsworth, a shirtless Stephen Amell and other hot dudes and plenty of famous ladies including Oprah, JLo, Britney, Gaga, Miley and Kerry Washington, among others.

BONUS VIDEO: And yet more

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Wishing a happy 75th birthday to Valerie Harper!

Valerie Harper turns 75 today and I hope she’s got heckuva party planned.

The TV icon was given a death sentence in early 2013 after being diagnosed with brain cancer and was told she could have as little as three months to live.

And live she did reuniting with her castmates from The Mary Tyler Moore Show for an episode of Hot in Cleveland and talking bravely and openly about her fate in various interviews.

Then, a miracle.

Her cancer is not cured but it has responded to experimental therapy and has not progressed. This has allowed her to continue to take acting jobs and to even participate on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars last fall.

Watch Valerie’s inspiring fox trot below after which she says: “It’s good to be alive … and it’s even better to be dancing!”

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Days of Our Lives: Will’s article has everyone he loves furious with him – and deservedly so

Will’s article comes out and everyone is blindsided – including Will whose editor inserted Abigail’s name in the story naming her as EJ’s mistress.

This whole storyline has made Will looks so stupid and clueless – especially when he defends his editor to Sonny.

Some of the best lines today are uttered by Sami who says after reading the article: “I’d rather be Hillary than Monica.”

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“Star Trek” icon George Takei is a real card as he answers questions about being gay

George Takei recently answered some really stupid questions about gay people with some really funny answers.

And he did so without uttering a word.

The Star Trek icon answered a series of questions posted on Twitter with answers written on cards which he then shared with the readers of BuzzFeed.

A sampling:

Q. Why do gay dudes like being flight attendants so much?

A. We’re used to being yelled at by strangers, shoving things in tight places and having liquids spilled on us daily.

Q. Why do gay guys like brunch?

A. Because brunch is a late breakfast – with booze.

Q. Why are gay guys always hitting on me? Please stop.

A. They’re not hitting on you. They’re judging your outfit. Please stop.

Q. Why do gay guys always hit on me when I’m at a gay club?

A. Perhaps you should stop wearing your ‘Butt Pirate’ T-shirt in gay clubs.


Daniel Radcliffe: ‘If people are speculating about your sexuality, then you’re doing OK’

Daniel Radcliffe has played a gay man on screen in Kill Your Darlings but off screen, he dates women.

That hasn’t stopped the speculative Google searches.

The actor tells The Guardian that the last time he Googled himself, the automatic search entries were: ‘Daniel Radcliffe alcoholic. Daniel Radcliffe gay. Daniel Radcliffe girlfriend.’

‘I’m pleased my girlfriend (Erin Darke) comes up before alcoholic or gay,’ Radcliffe says.

‘When I first did that, I got really annoyed for about half a minute, until I tried a few other people’s names and I found out [gay] comes up after almost everyone if they’re a man, and even some women – Florence Welch had it, and I was like, really?’

Not that Radcliffe, a staunch and vocal supporter of LGBTI equality, is particularly uptight about such things.

‘If people are speculating about your sexuality, then you’re doing OK,’ he says with a laugh.

Besides, he’s given up the self-Google anyway.

‘It fucks you up. You shouldn’t be on there if you’re an actor.’

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Friday Morning Man: Errol Barnett!

I’m in Chicago attending the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association convention and am back in my hotel room with CNN on after a full day of activity.

On the screen is this gorgeous guy: Errol Barnett.

Just 31, Errol is an anchor and correspondent for CNN International which hired him in 2008. He has also hosted the cultural affairs program Inside Africa and traveled to various countries on the continent including Senegal, Morocco, Ethiopia and Madagascar.

He was just 18 In 2001 when he was hired as an anchor/reporter for the in-school program Channel One News where Anderson Cooper and Lisa Ling, among others, got their starts.

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Kristin Chenoweth vows to keep speaking out until marriage is an equal right nationwide

As if I didn’t love Kristin Chenoweth enough already.

This awesome woman makes no attempt to downplay her Christianity or her support of gay marriage in a video released today by the Human Rights Campaign.

The Emmy and Tony award winning actress describes herself as ‘an American and marriage equality supporter – yup, I’m also a Christian.’

She then lists other things about herself that reflect ‘how I was made’ including being ‘a shorty,’ ‘an Okie,’ a lover of gospel, and a dog lover.

‘Look, the bottom line is that regardless of how you were made or who you love, you should be able to get married,’ says the actress. ‘I truly believe it is that simple and I’ll keep speaking out until marriage is an equal right nationwide.’

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Throwback Thursday: When Elton John (then married to a woman) and Cher helped Joan Rivers launch her TV show

The late night show that Joan Rivers launched after her fiery exit from The Tonight Show didn’t last very long (about year on Fox) but it sure got off to a sensational start.

The debut show in 1986 had as its guests Cher, Elton John, PeeWee Herman and David Lee Roth. I was in college and remember watching it on my little black and white TV!

But I have not seen it in years and while the Bitch is Back sing-a-long with Elton, Cher and Joan is fun, watching the interview is fascinating because at the time Elton was married to a woman! And Cher talks a bit about her kids and the fashion choices of daughter Chastity who is now her son Chaz.


David Arquette on his transgender sister Alexis: “When she’s a girl she becomes cattier”

Caught an episode of Larry King Now this week and David Arquette was a very chatty guest to talk up his latest projects.

Then Larry asked him about his family – including transgender sister Alexis Arquette who made headlines this week when he claimed to have slept with Jared Leto.

Anyway, David was asked how his family (other sisters are Rosanna Arquette and Patricia Arquette) handled the transition of Alexis which was documented in the 2007 documentary: Alexis Arquette: She’s Our Brother.

‘We sort of knew so it was pretty easy,’ he said.

Then he added: ‘It’s pretty funny, I hate to say it but there’s like this … there’s an aspect of my sister that when she’s sort of part boy, part girl, it’s kind of what I grew up with. There’s something that’s more authentic to me than when she’s a girl. When she’s a girl she becomes cattier, it’s a little attitude. … I like her as sort of the medium girl. But I love her (so) that’s sort of silly to say. And I love her, I love her sort of diva-ness – it comes out.’

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Days of Our Lives: Will’s article posts online – and names Abigail as EJ’s mistress


Will supposedly wrote an article all about his mom and EJ’s split as a way to reign Sami in and to protect his cousin Abigail from continuing to be Sami’s target.

Just a stupid idea in the first place and it clearly means a world of trouble for Will, for Abby, for Sami, for Kate, for Sonny – for everyone!

Tsk, tsk, Will.

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Thursday Morning Man: Alvaro Negredo!

Look, I know World Cup is long over but I don’t think it’s ever too late to trot out yet another hunky footballer as Morning Man.

This is dreamy Álvaro Negredo, a Spanish pro who plays for Manchester City as a striker.

He’s 29 and he is currently sidelined with a broken metatarsal until the end of September.

Still, the Valencia team is interested in signing him but Manchester City does not appear keen to let him go.

And who can blame them!

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Late Night Video: Tennis ace Novak Djokovic does a dance then does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Yes, I know these Ice Bucket Challenge videos are popping up so much that some people are getting snarky about them. I find them fun and for a good cause.

The bet of the bunch so far, I think, is the one posted this week by Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic.

He accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from John McEnroe, Niall Horan, Sabine Lisicki and Bernard Tomic. He has nominated the unlikely trio of Conchita Wurst, Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) and Michael Jordan to participate and raise awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Djokovic is shirtless in his video which is always nice because he looks good that way. He’s also just a fun guy and does some dancing and shows a wonderful spirit.


Classic Lauren Bacall scenes from “The Sopranos,” “The Mirror Has Two Faces” & “To Have & Have Not”

Obviously I’m still processing the death of Lauren Bacall who died last week at age 89.

I just have so much admiration for her and her memoir, By Myself, was the first celebrity autobiography I ever read – bought a paperback from Alpha Beta supermarket where it was on display at the end of an aisle.

So over the years, I’d watch all her interviews and was fortunate enough to interview her twice myself – the first time telling her about the Alpha Beta purchase.

Anyway, Miss Bacall always felt she wasn’t recognized as much of an actress in films (the stage was another matter). But she clearly accomplished a lot and was never better than in two of these scenes below: the mother-daughter heart-to-heart in The Mirror Has Two Faces and the scene from her film debut in To Have and Have Not where she instructs Bogie on just how to whistle.

And just for kicks, I led off with her very memorable cameo from The Sopranos – as herself and quite fucking foul mouthed!

BONUS VIDEO: Miss Bacall talks about Confidential Agent, the early film that almost sunk her career so soon after her debut in To Have and Have Not. She starred in it opposite Charles Boyer.


TV producer Greg Berlanti on boyfriend Robbie Rogers: “I’m absolutely crazy in love with him”

TV producer Greg Berlanti already has one hit show on the air with Arrow and will now likely have another with the debut next month of The Flash.

But he’s also getting some attention for his personal life these days because he’s dating LA Galaxy star Robbie Rogers, the first openly Major League Soccer player in history.

‘We’re open about our relationship. I’m absolutely crazy in love with him so I don’t think too much about all that (attention),’ he tells The Backlot.

‘I just try to live my life and I know he does too, like two people who are really happy and healthy and a relationship that we both feel really blessed about.’

The couple has been together for a year now.

Berlanti is living in the moment but also has an eye on the future.

‘Yeah, one day I would love to have a family and that’s a big part of my own personal dreams,’ he says. ‘I’ve thought about it and spoken about it for a while. I think right now I’m focused on what’s in front of me. I imagine my life however many years from now. I don’t want it to look like it looks now. I want it to look more full in that way.’


SF Police Officer Chris Kohrs, aka Hot Cop Of Castro, gets nice and wet in Ice Bucket Challenge!

When Chris Kohrs, aka the Hot Cop of Castro, agreed to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge that is currently sweeping the US, he decided to make it an event.

His planned dousing was announced days in advance and tickets were sold.

This is what happens when you become a local celebrity.

The hunky San Francisco cop sat shirtless on a stage at The Cafe in the Castro on Monday where he was doused with ice cold water before a cheering crowd that had paid between $5 and $30 to watch.

Kohrs decided to use the event to benefit The Officer Down Memorial Fund, an organization dedicated to remembering officers who are killed in the line of duty and supporting their families.

He is among the police officers and civilians across the country who are participating in the challenge to raise money for the ODMF.

Kohrs posted video of the dousing on his Facebook page and wrote: ‘Thanks for coming out last night, everybody!’

Kohrs initially hadn’t done anything to draw attention to himself earlier this year except for being hunky and doing his job as a patrol officer in one of the gayest neighborhoods in the US – the neighborhood where Harvey Milk launched his political career.

But a few candids of the Kohrs began to show up on blogs, including one posted on social media in May taken by celebrated author Armistead Maupin of Tales of the City fame.


Wednesday Morning Man: Manish Dayal!

If you have not yet seen The Hundred-Foot Journey, I highly suggest you do.

It’s a beautiful film that is my favorite so far this year and the biggest reason why is the very soulful and utterly appealing leading man Manish Dayal.

The young actor holds his own as a brilliant young chef opposite the great Helen Mirren. This may be a surprise if you only know him from his recurring roles on TV’s 90210, Rubicon and Outsourced.

His other recent film clips include The Domino Effect, The Whirling Dervish, and White Frog.

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Alexis Arquette claims she slept with Jared Leto

Drag queen Jackie Beat asked trans actress Alexis Arquette to tell her a secret.

She shared a doozy.

‘I had sex with Jared Leto back when I was presenting as a male,’ Arquette claims in a Q&A published in Frontiers Magazine.

Then she added a comment about Leto’s manhood: ‘And, yes, it’s not only massive; it’s like a Praetorian Guard’s helmet.’

Leto, who won the Academy Award this year for playing a transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club, has not commented on Arquette’s claim.

In the same article, Arquette is asked ‘What celebrity would you like to have wild, passionate, dirty animal sex with?’

Her answer: Jon Hamm.

She then describes herself as a ‘bleached golden goddess with delusions of grandeur needs to be put in her place.’

Arquette has appeared in more than 40 films including playing a Boy George-like singer in The Wedding Singer and supporting roles in Pulp Fiction, Threesome and The Bride of Chucky.

She is the sibling of actors Rosanna Arquette, David Arquette, and Patricia Arquette.

Arquette’s transition from male to female was documented in the film Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother which debuted at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

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