Several years ago, I had a mango martini at The Abbey in West Hollywood on my birthday and have done so just about every year since. I never have one on any other day of the year.
Anyway, they are delicious – but they leave you with a hangover!
This was not any kind of milestone birthday for me but it sure was a fun one. Since I had just had the Greg In Hollywood 5th anniversary party last month and so many of my friends came out for that, I decided to be low-key this year with a boys night out with just a handful of my friends.
It was so much fun – and we even tried to do an Ellen-style Oscars selfie with my pal Jim Key acting as the Bradley Cooper of the bunch.
It took us a few tries but we finally got one that showed all of our faces. My friend Mark Kellem kept getting Liza’d out of the shot initially (Miss Minnelli tried to get in the Oscars selfie but was overtaken by Channing Tatum!)
Before going down the street for dinner, he had our drinks at The Abbey in an area under the Elizabeth Taylor portrait – Miss Taylor had been a frequent visitor to the hotspot in her later years.
Anyway, I got texts and emails and phone calls throughout the day but the thing I’m finding that really gives your birthday some extra zing is Facebook. I heard from more than 400 people and a lot of them I actually know!
It’s surreal to see your wall filled with cool messages from people ranging from high school and college friends to folks like Greg LouganisandThomas Robertsto half of the West Hollywood City Council!
Now the world knows that Matt Bomer and Simon Halls are married thanks to the new Details cover story where it is confirmed.
They have been married since 2011 and are raising three children together.
The star of TV’s White Collar and of the upcoming HBO movie The Normal Heart came out publicly in 2012 when he accepted an award from the Desert AIDS Project in Palm Springs and said: ‘I’d really especially like to thank my beautiful family: Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry. Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. You will always be my proudest accomplishment.’
Thanks to director Ron Oliver for inspiring me to select hunky actor Shawn Roberts as today’s Morning Man.
Ron is directing a movie with Shawn in it and posted the second photo you see (the shirtless one with the jeans) on Facebook this morning and I thought, ‘There’s my man!’
Shawn, who is 30, is best known for his roles in zombie films such as Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, and the Resident Evil franchise. He’s also had roles in Wyatt Earp’s Revenge, Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming and I Love You, Beth Cooper.
The Canadian actor got his first big break playing Dean Walton in the Canadian television series Degrassi: The Next Generation but I remember first noticing him in the 2006 gay-themed mystery film Shock to the System starring Chad Allen and directed by Mr. Oliver.
He was yummy then, and is yummy now!
Yeah, I used the word yummy. Sometimes it is warranted!
Nice to know the character of Sue Sylvester has not been left entirely behind now that the action on Glee has moved entirely to New York City.
Apparently Sue (Jane Lynch) and Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison) will be paying a visit to The Big Apple where former McKinley students Rachel (Lea Michele), Kurt (Chris Colfer), Blaine (Darren Criss), Santana (Naya Rivera), Sam (Chord Overtreet), Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Artie (Kevin McHale) now live.
Lynch and Morrison will duet on NYC, What is It About You? on tonight’s show. While Morrison regularly gets to display his considerable singing talents, the Emmy winning Lynch does not.
This event is always, always a classic and it looks like this year’s addition will be no exception.
The LA Gay & Lesbian Center has announced that ‘90s female rock group 4 Non Blondes will reunite for a one-time, special performance at the 2014 An Evening with Women (AEWW) event produced by Grammy Award-winner Linda Perry.
The event will take place on Saturday, May 10th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Actress and singer Evan Rachel Wood will join the stage as a special guest performer and comedian Margaret Cho will host the annual event.
Perry, who recently wed Sara Gilbert, says of the event: “An Evening with Women is all of us giving heart, passion, time and self. I want to be of service and what better way than to create an evening raising awareness by celebrating life, music and community. The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center has done so much for so many. It’s important to me that they continue helping people, and they need all the support they can get.”
So I thought it would be fun to feature one of my early crushes as the Morning Man.
I’ll never forget when my older brother and his friends came home from a rock concert at Anaheim Stadium in 1976 talking about this guy named Peter Frampton.
My brother had bought the Frampton Comes Alive album and I thought Peter had pink hair (it was the lights shining in his blond hair). The album was played so many times in our house that songs like Show Me the Way, Baby I Love Your Way and Do You Feel Like We Do? are part of the soundtrack of my childhood.
Frampton’s stardom burned bright for a few years after that as he was on the cover of every magazine and asked to star with the Bee Gees in the musical film Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. I bought his follow-up album I’m In You and loved it.
Things quickly cooled for Frampton although he continued to release albums and to tour. He released Frampton Comes Alive! II in 1995 but it didn’t sell well. But he never stopped working and in 2006 released the instrumental album Fingerprints which won him a Grammy.
Frampton turns 64 today. His long blond locks are long gone. He is still going strong and there seems to be a real appreciation for what he did in the past and what he is doing now.
Okay, time to start thinking about LA PRIDE which is only six weeks away!
The always awesome event takes place June 6-8 in West Hollywood and I’ll be covering the heck out of it since my main employer, Gay Star News, is one of the media sponsors.
Anyway, it was announced earlier today that the Saturday night entertainer is going to be Jennifer Hudson!
I sat next to her at the Oscar nominees luncheon the year she won for Dreamgirls but I’ve never seen her perform live.
So, I will be there at the main stage on Saturday with my dancing shoes on (I don’t think I have dancing shoes actually but you know what I mean!)
Jennifer will be making her LA PRIDE debut including tracks from her upcoming third album, which is scheduled for release later this summer. Her most recent single, Walk It Out featuring Timbaland, is out now.
Also on Saturday night, Hip-hop bad girl Azealia Banks takes center stage with her blend of power club beats and hard hitting rap lyrics. The New York native, with club hits likes 212 and Liquorice.
The Bangles take over Sunday night’s main stage to perform some of their hits, which include Walk Like An Egyptian, Manic Monday, and”Eternal Flame. The female-driven rock band from Los Angeles has had a career spanning over three decades and has sold millions of records worldwide.
But before any of that, there will ‘Lavender Menace,’ a free Friday Celebration Of Women. Mary Lambert & Betty Who will rock the Friday night stage.
For Tickets & LA PRIDE show schedules* visit: LAPRIDE.org
The GLAAD Media Awards in LA may have been more than a week ago but I’ve still got plenty of interviews to share with you that I did on the red carpet.
Next up is my chat with Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox who was presented with The Stephen F. Kolzak Award which is given to an LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in moving equality forward.
Laverne certainly is deserving of this award – she has done so much to educate people by not only being herself and being a success, but by seizing upon opportunities to help change hearts and minds while demanding respect.
I think she’s amazing and told her on that night that she is helping to change the world.
‘I’m amazingly grateful,’ she says of her new level of fame. ‘What’s really heartening is when I meet people. I met a student at Vanderbilt University last year who said, “Now when I talk somebody and tell them I’m trans they’re like, ‘Oh, like Sophia from Orange is the New Black?’ And then it’s not an issue and we move on.”
After the stupendous success of last month’s Academy Awards, this seems like a really smart idea: Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce the Oscars in 2015.
It will mark the third consecutive year for the prolific producing duo and they are coming off the Oscars telecast that garnered 45.4 million total viewers – the highest ratings in 14 years.
‘This year’s show reached viewers of all ages and set social media records, proving that Craig and Neil are masters at tapping into the zeitgeist and capturing the hearts of movie fans around the world,’ Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement.
Meron and Zadan, prolific producers of film (Chicago, Hairspray), television (Smash, The Sound of Music Live!) and stage (How to Succeed in Business and Promises, Promises), said in their own joint statement: ‘We’re proud of the show’s success over the last two years and we are eager to embark on another entertaining show to honor this year’s motion pictures.’
The force of nature that is Broadway legend Patti LuPone is still going strong as she reaches her 65th birthday today.
That powerful voice is still intact and thrilling audiences.
So many highs in career so far starting with originating the role of Evita on Broadway (Tony win), of Fantine in Les Miserables (Olivier Award win) and of Normal Desmond in Sunset Boulevard – the latter two on London’s West End.
Then there were the revivals she triumphed in – Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes (Tony nod), Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (Tony nod) and Mama Rose in Gypsy (Tony win).
Miss LuPone also took over for Zoe Caldwell in the original Broadway production of Master Class and also took the show to London. That happened to be the first Broadway show I’d ever seen during my first visit to NYC in 1996 and Miss LuPone was sensational.
She has an ego to match the talent which makes me love her all the more. I read her autobiography 3-4 years ago and it is a doozy – she does not pull punches.
When I chatted with George Takei and his husband Brad Altman last month I asked the Star Trek icon what keeps him so young.
Brad had the answer for that one: ‘I do!”
Love that answer!
George had been known as Sulu for decades but he is now best known for being George Takei.
He has almost eight million followers on social media, is an outspoken activist for LGBT equality and the subject of a new documentary To Be Takei.
“When director Jennifer Kroot approached us with the idea for this documentary, Brad and I thought it was a wonderful opportunity to do away with the perceptions that people have about same-sex marriages,” George told the Globe and Mail last week.
“We’ve been together for more than a quarter-century. We have a genuine partnership. This is an opportunity to show the normality of our loving marriage.”
“It was a very difficult decision for Brad. He is profoundly camera-shy. And in some scenes he might look like that proverbial deer caught in the headlights. But bless his heart, he agreed to do it, even though it was an excruciatingly uncomfortable proposition.”