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WATCH: A liberated Kathy Griffin delivers her latest ‘State of the Union’ YouTube video

She’s not going anywhere … and good for her! This is a new phase in Kathy Griffin’s career. She is clear that once she completes her world tour and returns to the US, she does not have ‘one single day of paid work in front of me.’ She is still being blacklisted by Hollywood except when it comes to fundraisers. She is determined to ‘survive with a sense of humor.’


Chandler Massey was ‘mortified’ when Will Horton was ‘killed off’ of ‘Days of Our Lives’

Chandler Massey back in the role of Will Horton on Days of Our Lives is no small thing. It makes me want to watch again and the storyline of how Will was brought back to life is preposterous but interesting to watch. And to see Massey play Will with amnesia is intriguing. And, of course, the love triangle between Will, Sonny (Freddie Smith), and Paul (Christopher Sean) is fascinating because they are both the loves of Sonny’s life and Will and Paul have slept together. At the recent Day of Days 2017 event, soap journalist Michael Fairman talked to the trio about the ramifications of Will turning up alive, but with amnesia, and how that will impact the relationships between WilSon, PaulSon, and HoRita moving forward. Massey admits he was ‘mortified’ when Will was killed off while he was being played by Guy Wilson.

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Celeb Instagram: Dreamy Guys Edition!

Happy final performance to the ultimate Dreamgirl, @msamberpriley! We couldn’t be prouder or happier for you!

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This turtleneck is the greatest purchase of my life

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A giant venue for a giant show @benchtm 30th anniversary, Manila.

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this winter zombie is so ready for weekeeennnd

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Can you believe it!? My very own Henry finally landed his debut in @people magazine’s sexiest man alive issue this year! I’ve been saying for years that he’s the sexiest dog alive! And he was so kind to include Blue and myself And does this make Blue the sexiest cat alive?? #people #sexiestdog #sexiestcat #proudparent #nohenryisnotwhisperingsweetnothingsinmyear #hestellingmenottoembarrasshimonset #wtfisbluegazingat? #doesntmatterbecausehessexy #imtoosexyformycat #toosexyformycat #sosexyitpurrrrrrrs

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Snapped! Newlywed Colton Haynes at tennis star Serena Williams’ star-studded wedding!

The only way to truly express my emotion when @serenawilliams & @alexisohanian got married. I cried so hard @beyonce , @kellyrowland , & @kimkardashian had to check on me lol. I'm so happy for you both

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Watch: Jonathan Groff shares with Seth Meyers how Streisand influenced his performance in ‘Hamilton’

Jonathan Groff was a guest on Late Night With Seth Meyers last week but I just got around to watching this clip. The new series Mindhunters is discussed as is the animated classic Frozen. But my favorite part is Groff explaining – in graphic detail – how Barbra Streisand influenced his Tony-nominated portrayal of King George in the Broadway smash Hamilton.

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See what Gio Benitez is reading!

On the way to Miami for my sister’s 15th birthday party, but I just had to tell you about my latest read. This beautiful little book packs some big messages in its 135 pages. @DeanJimRyan of @HarvardEducation points to some critical questions we should all ask (including the title’s question, “Wait, What?”). One of my favorite takeaways: “That’s the problem with not trying—you will never know what the outcome might have been.“ Thanks to my buddy @danlazaragent for the gift. #bookstagram

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Friday Morning Man: David Zaharakis!

It’s clear that rugby pro David Zaharakis is a very handsome guy but what makes him even more attractive is his sparkle.

In every photo I found of this guy, he just exudes passion and it is so sexy don’t you think?

David is 27 and is currently playing for the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League.

On his Twitter account, he describes himself this way: Full time Golf. Part time football. America sports fanatic…LeBron fan 1st, Cavs fan 2nd. Loyal fan of NY Yankees, NY Giants and Man United!

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Gus Kenworthy makes Forbes ’30 Under 30′

Very honored to be included in Forbes' 30 Under 30 list among so many talented, driven and successful young people! Let's do this 2018! #30Under30

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WATCH: Ellen Launches #BeKindToElephants Campaign after Trump lifts ban on ‘trophy elephants’

Following President Donald Trump’s decision to allow hunters to bring “trophy” elephants into the U.S., Ellen DeGeneres is standing up for the majestic creatures and called on viewers to help her raise awareness for her cause using #BeKindtoElephants on social media. For everyone who reposts or retweets her photo, she’ll make a donation to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

I’m determined to do something about this. Please repost it. Use #BeKindToElephants, and for everyone who does, we’ll make a donation to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. @DSWT **LINK IN BIO

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David Muir on being part of People’s ‘Sexiest Man” issue: “I really could have used this in high school”

If they had chosen the ABC News anchor rather than Blake Shelton, I doubt anyone would’ve quibbled with it. This man is smoking hot!

Thank you @people. I really could have used this in high school.

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See Dustin Lance Black at Cambridge

The Oscar winner writes: What an honor to speak & answer questions on #diversity #intersectionality #LGBTQequality #BridgeBuilding a little #HollywoodScandal & the transformative power of storytelling at the esteemed @cambridgeunion this weekend.

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Thursday Morning Man: Aaron Diaz!

How have I never heard of this stunner?

He’s Mexican actor, singer, and model Aaron Diaz who joined the cast of ABC’s Quantico last season. He plays the character of León Velez.

This is the 35-year-old actor’s big breakthrough on English language television but he’s logged many, many hours of screen time on Spanish-language telenovelas.

They include the lead role on Tierra de reyes, Los Miserables, Santa Diabla, El Talismán and Teresa, among several others.

Diaz is also a singer and he released his first album titled Enamórate de mí in June 2009. His second album self-titled Aaron Diaz was released in 2011.

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Morning Round-Up: Armie Hammer; Kevin Spacey; Toni Topaz; Josh Hutcherson; Gay Times editor

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME’ star Armie Hammer in December’s GQ OMG Blog

London’s Old Vic Theater Received 20 Accusations Against Kevin Spacey NewNowNext

Riverdale character Toni Topaz is officially bisexual Gay Star News

Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson goes full-frontal in Hulu’s new “Future Man” series Queerty

Gay Australian Senator Chokes Up Introducing Marriage Equality Bill into Parliament Towleroad

Gay Times Editor Booted After Racist, Sexist, Anti-Semitic Tweets Emerge Advocate

Ohio ‘Family Values’ GOP State Rep. Busted in Compromising Position with Man in His Office Towleroad

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Late Night Video: Stephen Colbert takes a stand against Blake Shelton as People mag’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’

Stephen Colbert just isn’t having Blake Shelton as the Sexiest Man Alive despite People Magazine’s insistence that he is. ‘Did Matthew McConaughey die?’ Colbert wonders. Or what about Idris Elba or Liam Neesom? Colbert thinks Shelton is more like the sexiest guy at the Home Depot – except on a crowded Saturday. Ouch!

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Celeb Instagram: Hot Men Edition!

Just a smokin hot reminder that #riverdale is on tonight 8pm on the CW! #daddy (sexiest man alive EVERY YEAR! Year after year!)

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oh the things you find lurking in your phone. that time I got to shoot some hoops w the @nba !

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Where's a good place to have #lunch in your town? I'm coming to visit. #picoftheday

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Here’s the REAL ‘Sexiest Man Alive’

Blake Shelton was named People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive and there are plenty of people who think there are far better choices.

It’s not that Shelton is not attractive because he is.

But the Sexiest Man Alive title, if it is to remain special, should go to a real stunner.

I think Chris Hemsworth would have been a far better choice.

Would love to hear from readers with their nominees! Please weigh in!

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Morning Round-Up: Blake Shelton; Terry Crews; Boy George; BJK, Martina & Chrissie; Nico Tortorella; Liz Smith; George Takei

People Magazine Names Blake Shelton “Sexiest Man Alive” For 2017 The Randy Report

Terry Crews Speaks Out About Sexual Assault by William Morris Agent Adam Venit Towleroad

Boy George on why he really hung up on interviewer who brought up ‘gender bending’ Gay Star News

Coming Out As Polyamorous Has Cost Nico Tortorella And His Partner An Invitation To Holiday Family Dinner DListed

Prince Harry attends launch of HIV pop-up shop for National Testing Week Gay Star News

Tennis Legends Billie Jean, Martina and Chrissie React to Australia’s Marriage-Equality Vote Kenneth in the 212

From Liz Smith To Kevin Spacey: How The Hollywood Closet Endured And Caused Harm HuffPost

George Takei: I was joking when I said I grabbed ‘hesitating’ men’s penises Pink News

Roy Moore Supporters Are OK With Alleged Child Molestation, But Not Gay Marriage

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See Boy George’s reaction to Australia’s vote

#australianvote #SSM @boygeorgeofficial @lgbtextposts @australia

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“Star Trek: Discovery” kiss between Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz makes franchise history

The most recent episode of Star Trek: Discovery featured the first same-sex kiss in franchise history. While many of us think it is fabulous that Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz locked lips, some people had a big problem with it.

Wilson addressed those critics in a Facebook post:

I’m going to say this once and post it here for anyone who has an issue. I won’t be spending my time arguing with the few. I’m focusing on the love.

I’m not here for your comfort. That’s not why we are here. We’re here to grow. Star Trek is and has always been here to challenge you to look outside of yourself and to see other people and other experiences in yourself. There is no division between you and me. I am just another human giving and receiving love, just like you. That is all.

You can turn your TV off, sure, but you’ll only be cheating yourself. LGBTQ people aren’t going to just disappear because you put your head in the sand. We share the planet with you. We have always been here. We will always be here. You just don’t want to see us. I’m happy to tell you we won’t be invisible anymore. Not for your comfort. We are living and loving out loud the way our creator intended us to because LOVE is nothing to hide. If my love offends you then you should take a look at that. Love is never wrong. It is the answer. We need MORE of it along with more curiosity and wonder at the diversity within our very own species. That’s no accident. We were all made differently for a reason. How much easier would it be if we were all the same? Perhaps, we aren’t exactly the same so we could do the great work of seeing, appreciating and LOVING those beautiful and quirky differences that make us human. Willful ignorance has only brought us pain and anger and death. I know that’s not what you want.

I humbly suggest you learn the lesson. Star Trek could be a great start. It’s been my experience that if you don’t learn it, the universe, in the end, will find a more personal way to teach it to you. That’s harder. So, learn it with us and open your mind and heart. It’s easier that way.

Good luck.

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WATCH: Cheyenne Jackson talks Broadway and more on ‘Show People with Paul Wontorek’

Stage and screen star Cheyenne Jackson paid a visit to the terrific Show People with Paul Wontorek last week. He discussed American Horror Story, getting hot with Audra McDonald in the new film Hello Again, his Broadway dream for Lady Gaga, his plans to return to Broadway and why being a dad is his favorite role yet.

Here are some must-read highlights:
“When you’re doing something that’s that intimate—also we’re friends, we were comfortable and there was trust—but we only had one day to shoot each of these segments. You had to really commit, make some choices and jump in hard because otherwise no one’s gonna buy it. We had to really feel comfortable. But yes, at the end the day, I am performing an act on her and she’s singing while it’s happening and it’s a whole thing. Beforehand we kind of blocked it a bit and just looked at each other and were like, ‘Are you ready?’ and boom.”

“It’s this unconditional, powerful, profound love that you never thought possible. And I had it twice. I have a son and a daughter and they just started saying Dada and it is so overwhelming that I could cry. It changes everything. It makes your life and your work in particular not as important and more important, if that makes sense. The small stuff? i do not sweat it. It doesn’t matter. What’s important to me is them and their well-being and our family unit. It’s everything I ever thought it could be.”

“I met [TV honcho Ryan Murphy] at Xanadu actually and he was so great and lovely. Then I auditioned for Glee for Mr. Schue for Matt [Morrison]’s part. Obviously didn’t get that but he wrote me onto Season Two. And then before [American Horror Story] Hotel, he called and said, ‘Let’s go to a spin class together.’ Very LA. So we’re in this spin class and he asked me, ‘You wanna do Horror Story and be married to Lady Gaga and be a designer?’ ‘What? Can you say that louder, please?!’ So that’s how it happened. It was really jumping into a whole new world for me. Not my most comfortable genre but I really tried to just learn as much as I could. I mean, i had scenes with Kathy Bates, who was one of the main reasons i wanted to be an actor. Her monologue in Primary Colors? Oh my God!”

“As the song says, word fail. i was sobbing so hard at one point that a woman tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Sir, are you OK?” When we were doing Secret Garden a couple years ago, Ben [Platt] was talking to me about it and was so excited. I’ve never seen something so open-hearted [as his performance], so present the whole time. Usually you see people kind of go in and out or kind of claw their way back in. It is insane and so committed and I’m so inspired by musical theater again.”

“I would want [to do] something new. I would want Justin [Paul] and Benj [Pasek] to write a new piece. We’re a couple. We’re a husband and wife, and we’re kind of a white trash couple. I’m just riffing here. And we had a tragedy in our family and then something happens. We come into some money and we have to… I don’t know! [Laughs.] She’d be great!”

“I just really made the decision a few months ago. My kids are 13 months and I want to do it before they get into school so it’s not too disruptive. I miss it. This place I’m at in my life now—I want to bring all that’s inside of me into a new role. And I want to sing. Honestly, this year was super-tough. My dad passed away a few months ago and I haven’t wanted to sing or get on stage. It feels wrong and weird. I had a couple concerts recently where I kind of fell back in love with singing and I was talking to my mom about it and she was like, ‘It’s just so crazy that you’re not singing and that you’re not fostering this.’ I’m very happy to be on television and to be provide to my family. But I miss it like crazy.”

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