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Hollywood stuntman Shawn Balentine bravely comes out: ‘It’s time to peel back the layers’

Hollywood stuntman and stunt coordinator Shawn Balentine has come out publicly as a gay man in a deeply personal Facebook post.

‘It’s time to peel back the layers,’ he wrote. ‘I’ve been waiting until I was ready to come out as gay man on my terms. I’m ready now.’

Balentine has doubled for such actors as Patton Oswalt, Jack Black and Oliver Cooper in television, film and music videos.

‘I know I could lose friendships over this and work too,’ he admitted. ‘In the world where I work as a Stuntman/Stunt Coordinator this might be viewed as a big deal and that’s a big reason why I’ve held on to this layer for so long.

‘I’ve been to the edge and back, praying and losing days of sleep over this decision, but if this helps even one or two out there from feeling alone, being blackmailed, or told to your face that someone doesn’t approve of your spiritual practices then I’m here for ya and have one HUGE shoulder you can lean on because I’ve been in your shoes.’

He added: ‘I’m not the kind of guy who wants to talk about being gay all the time or go marching down the street. But I need to be honest with myself and with all of you. I need to get this off my chest because this is the layer I’ve never wanted to let you know existed.’

‘Finally, at my age, I’ve been able to expose this layer to all of you. I’m perfect just the way I am. And it feels damn fine to let see this layer of my life. Welcome friends, to knowing the real Shawn.’

In a follow-up post, Balentine thanked friends and colleagues for their support including Oswalt for whom he has doubled for on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Justified and Battle Creek.

Oswalt wrote a Facebook post of his own in which he described Balentine as ‘the first professional stuntman to come out of the closet.’

‘I could not be prouder of the guy,’ Oswalt wrote. ‘I’d walk through fire for him. Which is fair, considering he’s walked through explosions, walls and, on Brooklyn Nine Nine, a kiddie pool full of tomato sauce.’

Balentine wrote that ‘Patton’s post to his fans blew me away’ but he also acknowledged ‘gross rude texts’ from some people.

To them he wrote: ‘Since this decision is effecting you so much, it’s not going to change the fact that I came out. I respect your beliefs. However, you do not have the right to demonize me for what I did or who I am.’

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Happy 99th birthday to Zsa Zsa Gabor!

Yes, she’s still alive and I hope she’s comfortable.

With all the health struggles she’s had in the past decade beginning with a 2002 car accident, it really is remarkable that Zsa Zsa Gabor is still with us.

When I was a kid and I’d see her on The Merv Griffin Show or paying a visit to Dinah Shore I’d think she was the last from Green Acres. Then one day she and her younger sister, Eva Gabor, appeared together with Merv and I realized there were two of them!

I thought they were such a hoot and loved their accents. I remember Zsa Zsa once took Merv on a tour of her giant closet and this little gay boy was just transfixed.

Zsa Zsa by that time was pretty much famous for being famous but I did remember seeing her in the creepy movie Picture Mommie Dead on TV. She became a star with the 1952 movie Moulin Rouge which ended up being one of her few leading roles.

She became much more of a personality and known for being married nine times. She married current husband Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt in 1986.

In 1989, she dominated headlines for a time after being accused of slapping the face of Beverly Hills police officer Paul Kramer when he stopped her for a traffic violation.






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Late Night Video: See Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool dream about ‘aborable’ Wayne Rooney

Looks like Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool character has got it bad for Wayne Rooney.

And who can blame him, right?

A new clip from the upcoming Marvel film has the pansexual anti-hero on the field playing with Manchester United football club. At the end of the sequence, Deadpool plants a kiss on the team’s star player Rooney.

We then realize it’s all been a dream when Deadpool wakes up.

He says: ‘I had that Wayne Rooney dream again. Gotta stop eating kebabs before nap time. Oh! He’s so adorable.’

Co-creator Fabian Nicieza said on Twitter two years ago of Deadpool’s sexual orientation: ‘Deadpool is whatever sexual inclination his brain tells him he is in THAT moment. And then the moment passes … the epitome of inclusive.’

The film opens next week.

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Snapped! Henry Cavill’s first shirtless Instagram pic!

I just have nothing to say – no words.

Well, maybe two: Thank you!

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Celebrity Instagram: Elton on Graham Norton; Adam Lambert & band; Cheyenne and dog; Jackman lifts!

It was truly a WONDERFUL, CRAZY NIGHT on the Graham Norton show. Ben Stiller, Penelope Cruz, Owen Wilson and Jack Black. Tune in tonight!! @RocketEntertainment @grahnort @VirginEMI @BBCONE #WonderfulCrazyNight

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My band slays

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My girl so chill

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TGIF!

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Alan Cumming on new naked album cover

Alan Cumming just keeps surprising us and keeping things interesting. he even makes the phtoo shoot for an album cover an epic experience as he tells Seth Meyers in this clip from earlier in the week. The man is fearless!

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The unveiling of Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair is named magazine cover of the year

Remember the first time we laid eyes on Caitlyn Jenner?

It was, of course, on the June 2015 cover of Vanity Fair with that memorable image of this most gorgeous woman.

Well, the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) has decided this cover shot by Annie Leibovitz as Cover of the Year.

The group is made up of roughly 100 of the industry’s top editors, art directors and photo editors.

ASME Chief Executive Sid Holt said in a statement: “The cover contest judges had tough decisions to make this year. Any time you have to choose between an already legendary Annie Leibovitz shoot on the cover of Vanity Fair, a Mark Seliger comedy special on GQ and one of the year’s most talked-about news covers, ‘Cosby: The Women’ on New York — plus Serena Williams on both Sports Illustrated and New York — that’s a good time to be a magazine editor and an even better time to be a magazine reader.”

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“Queer As Folk” alum Randy Harrison talks about taking on role of Emcee in national tour of “Cabaret”


This is audio only but I thought there would be plenty of people who would love to hear Randy Harrison talk about his current gig playing Emcee in Roundabout Theatre Company’s new national tour of Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret.

‘it’s an incredible production I’m so honored to be apart of it,’ he says.

He auditioned for the role in the production. it had been played by Alan Cumming most recently on Broadway. About 15 years earlier, Cumming had won a Tony Award for the role in an earlier Broadway production.

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Friday Morning Man: Cam Newton!

http://www.betbigdc.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Cam-Newton-CS-Monitor.jpgWithout my crush Tom Brady, it’s not like I really care about the Super Bowl this year beyond the commercials and half-time show.

But it looks like I can have a new crush in the form of the hunky Cam Newton the quarterback for the Carolina Panthers.

Is this guy good looking or what?

He was the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft which made him just the third player to win the Heisman Trophy, a national championship, and be the first overall draft pick all in the same one-year span.

Football runs in the family. Cam’s father is Cecil Newton, Sr., who played strong safety for two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and his older brother, Cecil Newton Jr. was a center who played for Hartford Colonials, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens..

In his NFL debut, Newton became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw for 400 yards in his NFL regular-season opener, breaking Payton Manning’s rookie record.

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Late Night Video: Rosie O’Donnell pays a visit to James Corden and they rap a number from “Hamilton”


Love, love, love this visit by Rosie O’Donnell to The Late Late Show last night where she and host James Corden We find out a lot rapped a number from the Broadway musical Hamilton.

It’s a blast!

Rosie has seen the show 12 times and says, ‘It’s like church to me.’

Rosie has hosted the Tony Awards three times and now it’s Corden’s turn – it was announced yesterday. I can’t think of a better choice – he’s fun and smart and so talented and he can sing! Remember, he was one of the stars of the movie version of Into the Woods.

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Snapped! Power gays at NYC Fashion Week!

Backstage at @billy_reid . I told Billy I wanted to wear something that matched Jesse's hair

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Isaiah Washington is candid and outspoken at Outfest screening of Spike Lee’s “Get On the Bus”

Somehow, I’d never seen Spike Lee’s Get On the Bus before.

So when Outfest announced they would be hosting a 20th anniversary screening of the film in West Hollywood, I immediately put it on my calendar.

Then when I learned last week that one of the film’s stars, Isaiah Washington, was going to be the special guest for the Q&A following the screening, I thought I better take my tape recorder.

Sure enough, Washington did not disappoint and you could say was in a very chatty mood. He opened up about playing a gay character in the film, says he felt ostracized during filming, that his co-star who played his ex didn’t want to do a kissing scene with him and he slammed Hollywood as ‘racist’ and ‘homophobic.’

Oh yeah,. and he also brought up the infamous 2007 Golden Globe Awards incident that got him fired from Grey’s Anatomy.

‘You know me, I’ll make a headline like that!’ he said at one point, snapping his fingers.

I’ve recapped the Q&A in a story posted over at Gay Star News and I hope you will check it out.

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Lunch Break Videos: Enjoying the music of the lovely Karen Carpenter on the anniversary of her passing

It was 33 years ago today that we lost Karen Carpenter far too soon.

She was just 32 when she died after struggling for many years with Anorexia.

What has been so amazing – and wonderful – is that not only has Karen absolutely never been forgotten, but her legions of fans have kept her music alive.

Last weekend, I was hanging with two of my besties at their home in Newport Beach and we got on a 70s music kick and started playing Elton John, Queen, Captain and Tennille and finally, The Carpenters. Once we got onto The Carpenters we just kept playing them one after another and singing at the top of our lungs (sorry neighbors!).

We did Top of the World, Please Mr. Postman, Rainy Days and Mondays, We’ve Only Just Begun and even Calling Occupants.

It was an absolute blast.

We are thankful Karen lived long enough to leave us such a treasure trove of superb music that we can continue to enjoy.

Here is some of it:





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Throwback Thursday Video: A look back at the Lucky Vanous Diet Coke commercial

Someone actually gave me a Lucky Vanous calendar back around this time and in a still mostly pre-Internet age, I sure appreciated it.

There was a time – a brief time – that Lucky was just about the sexiest man alive thanks to this Diet Coke commercial in 1994 when an office full of women took what they called a ‘Diet Coke break.’ But they weren’t having any beverage: they gathered at a window overlooking a construction site to watch the hunky worker (Lucky) take his break.

He would peel his shirt off and enjoy a Diet Coke and we would all drool.

Good times.

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Thursday Morning Man: Brock O’Hurn!

There’s a new commercial for Icelandic Glacial Water that features today’s Morning Man: Brock O’Hurn.

The hair – in a man bun or flowing – is a hall of fame mane and that body leaves one speechless.

Brock’s handsome face completes this package and makes it easy to see why this guy has become quite the rage on Instagram and Pintrest and Facebook and Twitter and Tumblr and basically everywhere.

Brock is well aware of his good fortune and wrote to Facebook followers this week: ’2015 was good. But in 2016 I’m looking for Great! Excited to share with you all what’s next. You may have no idea how much your love and support means to me.. but I want you to know, that YOU inspire me. And to be honest.. The Best is Yet to Come!’

The Icelandic commercial (see video below) was clearly inspired by the mid-1990s Diet Coke commercial featuring a group of women in an office who take a break at work to ogle, as a group, a hot man they can see through a window.

Only this time, there’s also a gay male office worker joining in on the fun as they watch O’Hurn peel off his wetsuit and unleash his signature bun before taking a swig from a bottle of the Icelandic water.


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Chaz Bono has lost 75 pounds since his transition

Chaz Bono sure looks terrific these days.

Since transitioning male in 2009, the actor and activist has managed to lose 75 pounds. He says he could not focus on losing weight until he was no longer struggling with his gender identity.

‘I would have never been able to do it before (transitioning),’ Bono tells Oprah Winfrey in an interview to air this weekend on OWN previewed by People.com.

‘I was too disconnected from my body, and the dysphoria that I had with my body was too much to be able to have cared enough to anything like that.’

Bono, 45, is the only child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono. Photos and video of him as a female are plentiful including many appearances on his parents’ Sonny and Cher television show.

These are not necessarily happy memories for Bono who is now an actor with several stage credits.

‘For most transgender people, we don’t really like to see pictures of us before transitioning because life was really hard beforehand,’ Bono says. ‘They’re generally not happy memories.’

‘It doesn’t, you know, bring back fun nostalgia. You just are reminded of the pain.’

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Matt Dallas, Blue Hamilton docu-series being filmed

I’m just crazy about these guys and this family and I hope this works out.

Matt Dallas and music producer Blue Hamilton, who took to YouTube in December to announce to the world that they had recently become parents, are filming a reality series about their family life.

We met their precocious son in December in a YouTube video titled Welcome to Our Pride which has had more than 500,000 views since that day.

Before they could give him a proper introduction, their newly adopted son Crow, age 2, happily crashed their video by repeatedly yelling ‘Daddy! Daddy!’ from the sidelines and giggling.

The production company behind such shows as Toddlers & Tiaras and Ace Of Cakes is shopping the series around and describing as following the ‘thrills and struggles of raising their fostered and now adopted child together.’

‘Matt and Blue are the perfect combination of what always works for us — great characters with a great story, living an authentic life,’ Lauren Lexton, CEO of Now Authentic Entertainment tells Deadline Hollywood.

The couple, married last July, were supposed to take in Crow as a foster child for a six-month trial period but, Hamilton said they fell in love with him on the car ride home.

‘We decided he was going to be ours, that we weren’t going to give him up,’ he said in the December video.


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Lunch Break Video: The brilliant Drew Droege is back as Chloe Sevigny – and now she’s a model!


It’s like Christmas when Greg In Hollywood fave Drew Droege does a new Chloe Sevigny video. This time, Chloe is a model and she’s full useful tips!

Enjoy!

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Celebrity Instagram: Colton Haynes & Tyler Oakley meet; Fashionable Jack Fallahee; Elton dresses up!

Found @tyleroakley at the Tommy Hilfiger presentation & took paparazzi photos of him mtg Tommy. Hilarious #cfda #nyfwm

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So fashion. Very vogue. Much aesthetic. Ok, I'll stop.

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Thought I'd dress down for today's record signing. @hmvinstagram @RocketEntertainment @VirginEMI #WonderfulCrazyNight

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Happy 60th birthday to Nathan Lane!

Whether it’s as Pepper on Modern Family, Albert in The Birdcage, Max Bialystock in the The Producers, Ernie Smuntz in MouseHunt, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Gomez in The Addams Family or Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Nathan Lane is never anything less than brilliant.

Today, this amazingly talented star of stage and screen and television turns 60.

Let’s celebrate with some Nathan moments:





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