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Dolly Parton on her gay following: “I think everybody should be allowed to be who they are, and to love who they love”

Dolly Parton has done an interview with Billboard and touched on a few LGBT things. We all know by now that Dolly loves the gays and they love her but it’s always nice when she reiterates that.

Here is an excerpt:
Q. Dollywood attracts lots of church groups, but it has also become a draw for the LGBT community. What does that say about you?

A. It’s a place for entertainment, a place for all families, period. It’s for all that. But as far as the Christians, if people want to pass judgment, they’re already sinning. The sin of judging is just as bad as any other sin they might say somebody else is committing. I try to love everybody.

Q. You have a large gay following. To what do you attribute that?

A. They know that I completely love and accept them, as I do all people. I’ve struggled enough in my life to be appreciated and understood. I’ve had to go against all kinds of people through the years just to be myself. I think everybody should be allowed to be who they are, and to love who they love. I don’t think we should be judgmental. Lord, I’ve got enough problems of my own to pass judgment on somebody else.


Lunchtime Videos: Enjoying the music of the great Helen Reddy on her 73rd birthday

Helen Reddy fans – and there are more of us than you think! – are thrilled to have this 70s pop icon out of retirement and performing again.

The remarkable thing is that after a decade away from performing, the lovely voice behind such hits as I Am Woman, Angie Baby, Delta Dawn and You and Me Against the World is not the least bit diminished.

In other words, she’s still got it. Found that out for myself last year when I caught her performance at Catalina Jazz Club.

Today is Miss Reddy’s 73rd birthday and it is so wonderful that she’s back out there, front and center, where she belongs.

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Days of Our Lives: Ambitious Will Horton suddenly doesn’t want to have a boring life – poor Sonny

Okay Will and Sonny fans, brace yourself for our Will Horton with a sudden personality transplant.

Will is an ambitious reporter who is now bored with his life with Sonny and his daughter and frankly, right now he deserves neither of them.

It’s come out that Guy Wilson, who has played Will since late January, has taken some time off so he will be off the show for at least a month.

His absence will be explained by him going to LA with mom Sami who is supposed to become a reality star which is how Allison Sweeney is being written off the show.

I don’t know what to think about any of this but none of it feels true. But then again, this is a daytime soap.

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Happy 43rd Birthday to Chely Wright!

Lovely Chely Wright turns 43 today and Greg In Hollywood sends her the warmest of birthday wishes.

I’ve been so impressed and deeply moved by Chely since she came out publicly in 2010 with an outstanding autobiography.

A lot has happened since then including a documentary about Chely and her marriage in 2011 to Lauren Blitzer-Wright.

They became the parents of identical twin boys born in May 2013. They are named George Samuel and Everett Joseph after their great-grandfathers.

Chely is currently working on a new album that she managed to get funded through Kickstarter raising just over $247,000 to get the project done.

Looking forward to the new music from Chely!

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Nick Jonas takes it off for “Details”

Thought you’d all enjoy seeing these.

The more Nick Jonas takes his clothes off, the more popular he seems to get.

So here are some shots from his new photo shoot for Details.

Also, Nick further pleased his gay fans by taking part in a silly Guess the Bulge game where he is shown the crotches of famous male celebs and asked to identify them.

To see how he fared, check out my post over at Gay Star News.


Flashback Friday: Lauren Bacall’s flirty 1980 visit with Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show”

Another wonderful video of the late, great Lauren Bacall has surfaced. The year is 1980 and her acclaimed autobiography, By Myself, has been released in paperback. She won the National Book Award for one of the best celebrity memoirs ever written.

Anyway, Bacall is charming and flirty with Johnny Carson in this Tonight Show interview and they have terrific chemistry. She talks about ex-husband Jason Robards a bit more than usual and also about ex-fiance Frank Sinatra. And, of course, she is asked about Bogie.

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Why MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts has seen the Neil Diamond flick “The Jazz Singer” 100 times

MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts posted this pic of him and Neil Diamond on the set of Morning Joe yesterday: The one & only Neil Diamond – telling him when we got cable & HBO for free (or by lucky accident) I watched “The Jazz Singer” about 100 times in 1981. #morningjoe

Just in case Thomas wants to see a few more scenes just for old times sake, here are some:

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Lisa Kudrow thinks gay men are ‘superior beings’

Lisa Kudrow has all kinds of gay men quite excited about the return of her superb comedy series The Comeback next month.

It seems Lisa has some complimentary things to say about the gays in an interview she gave to Pride Source magazine.

‘I need to say that I think gay men are superior beings in my mind. I do believe that.

‘I studied biology and the brains are anatomically different. They just are. There’s a stronger connection with the corpus callosum (in gay men). The two sides of the brain communicate better than a straight man’s, and I think that has to be really important.

‘They’re not women – they’re still men – and women also have thicker corpus callosums, so I think it’s the combination of those qualities that makes them like a superhuman to me.’

Well, it sounds like Lisa knows what she’s talking about!

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Morning Man Encore: Scott McGillvray!

Originally posted on May 23, 2012

Scott McGillivray has a smile that rivals that of Tom Cruise.

What. A. Cutie.

Regular viewers of HGTV are already familiar with this handsome man who is currently the Host and executive producer of HGTV’s hit series Income Property.

The 34 year old is from Ontario, Canada. He has also appeared on the HGTV shows All American Handyman and was a judge on Canada’s Handyman Challenge.

He became a father for the first time in January. He and wife, Sabrina, have a baby daughter named Myah.

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Video: Neil Patrick Harris talks to Conan O’Brien about his nude sex scenes in “Gone Girl”

If you’ve seen Gone Girl then you know that in it, Neil Patrick Harris has a scene where he is really naked. He told Conan O’Brien tonight: “You don’t mind a hint of the wang but you don’t want just a long moment of the wang. You’re conscious of that.”


Greg In Hollywood meets Frankie Grande!

All that energy he had on Big Brother all summer, not an act.

I met Frankie Grande last night at the LA opening of Pippin and he was a hoot.

We did an interview and you can read it over at Gay Star News.

He also took several selfies of us and while I look the same in my usual set pose in each, Frankie’s face is different in each one. He is a superstar selfie taker.

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“X-Men” director Bryan Singer and “Queer as Folk” alum Michelle Clunie are having a baby together

MODERN FAMILY: Saw this on my Facebook feed when I got home from Pippin last night: The lovely actress Michelle Clunie is having a child with X-Men director Bryan Singer who is her ex-boyfriend.

Michelle, who played Melanie for five seasons on Showtime’s Queer as Folk is 7.5 months pregnant and wrote on Facebook last night: “We dated. We broke up. He came out to me. We still loved each other and so made a pact we would start a family together some day. We are now 7 1/2 months pregnant and very excited about co-parenting and starting our little 21st century, progressive, American family. I have never been happier. All your warm wishes, support and congrats really carried me through this day of almost every article getting it wrong. Hey, as long as the story is the only thing that breaks today, I’m fine Thank you my sweet, gorgeous friends.You are all so beautiful. I love you xoMichelle”

Singer had a rough time earlier this year when a lawsuit, later dropped, was filed against him by a man alleging sexual abuse by singer. One of Singer’s staunchest defenders throughout the ordeal was Clunie.

Singer’s rep Simon Halls tells E! Online: “I can confirm that Michelle Clunie and Bryan Singer are happily expecting a baby together in early 2015. Best friends for 25 years, mother and father are both very excited about the upcoming birth and look forward to co-parenting the child together. The pair have been planning this baby for years and have been trying for the last two.”

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Thursday Morning Man: Matthew James Thomas!

Had the enormous thrill of seeing Matthew James Thomas perform in the title role of Pippin at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood last night and know now why he is one of the biggest stars in musical theater today.

He is stupendously good, enormously talented and not only has an amazing singing voice but is able to perform some very demanding physical stunts in this very physical of shows.

Matthew is currently part of the national tour after playing the role in the current Broadway revival.

Although he has a perfect American accent in the show, the 26 year old Matthew is, in fact, British.

He came to the US in 2010 to be part of the original Broadway cast of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. He was the alternate for the lead role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, performing in place of Reeve Carney twice a week and additionally in Carney’s absence.

Before his two most recent Broadway musicals, Matthew was best known for his role in the UK drama/musical show Britannia High.

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While talking about Renee Zellweger’s new face, Rosie O’Donnell acknowledges some plastic surgery

Rosie O’Donnell told the audience of ABC’s The View of earlier today that she had plastic surgery to take care of a droopy eyelid.

She made the disclosure during a discussion about Oscar winning actress Renee Zellweger who appeared at a red carpet event this week looking very different than she has in the past.

The has led to widespread speculation about what Zellweger may or may not have had done to her face.

‘I think Renee Zellweger is a very talented actress and I think anyone can do anything they want to their body or their face and you shouldn’t be surprised if people notice in the same way people notice I lost 50 pounds and had gastric surgery to do it,’ O’Donnell said during the show’s Hot Topics segment.

‘People notice my eye looks different, I had my eyelid done because it was drooping,’ she explained.

O’Donnell doesn’t think someone like Zellweger can be too upset over all the attention about her appearance.

‘If somebody who is a public figure drastically changes their appearance so that they’re unrecognizable, are we as a society supposed to pretend we don’t see it?’ she asked.

‘I agree we shouldn’t be mean about it but to actually observe the fact that she looks drastically different than she used to, if it’s not done in a mean, judgmental tone, I think it’s OK. Otherwise it’s the elephant in the room.’

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Video: Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles featured in Rob Canter’s new video “Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf”

Here’s a music video by Rob Cantor called Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf and it is really something. It features members of Gay Men’s Chorus of LA, The West LA Children’s Choir and The Argus String Quartet.



Days of Our Lives: Will’s “journalism” career is causing a rift in his marriage to Sonny

Is the honeymoon over for Will and Sonny?

I sense they are in for some really rough waters because, quite frankly, Will does not seem like the same guy Sonny married.

This Will is a magazine writer who specializes in writing about his own family, gets railroaded by his editor and seems to be getting increasingly addicted to the thrill of a byline.

I’d love to see these guys have a big split up and start dating others then maybe find their ways back to each other later.

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Happy 39th Birthday to Jesse Tyler Ferguson!

He’s one of the funniest guys on television and today is his birthday.

He is, of course, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the Emmy-nominated actor who plays Mitchell on ABC’s Modern Family.

I’ve been a big fan of his ever since he was on the late, great CBS comedy The Class.

I chatted with Jesse earlier this year and asked him if he thought the enormously popular Modern Family helping to change hearts and minds about gay marriage.

‘I think there are a lot of people who are fans of Modern Family and maybe that’s their safe way in to accepting a gay couple,’ Ferguson said. ‘It’s so much humor and it’s so much heart and it’s in their living room every day.’

‘I think there are minds that are being changed,’ he added. ‘I’m really hard on Middle America sometimes having grown up there (in Michigan) and I have to remind myself that I do live in the bubble of New York and Los Angeles right now. But there are progressive people in all 50 of our states and we have to really acknowledge that.’

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Dustin Lance Black completes 21-day speaking tour

Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning screenwriter and LGBT activist, has just completed a busy three weeks during which he spoke around the US.

He summed it all up this way on Facebook: DAY 21: 17 cities, 25 flights, 21 days and my Fall’14 tour has come to a close.

@UMKansasCity Thanks to all of the students, administrators and community members for sharing your stories and making this my favorite tour yet. You’ve all changed me for the better. #talkwithamerica

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Barbara Walters finds Neil Patrick Harris “fascinating” – Scarlett Johansson, Oprah & Chelsea Handler too

October is not yet over with but the ever-eager Barbara Walters is already leaking out some of the names to be featured on her annual 10 Most Fascinating People to air in December.

So four names have so far been revealed. The first is Scarlett Johansson which I find cool because we don’t see tons of interviews of this sort with her. There’s also Chelsea Handler and that should be fun for sure and it’s a good choice.

Then, for some reason, there’s Oprah Winfrey who is always fascinating but I’m not sure why more this year than other years.
Then there’s a terrific choice: Neil Patrick Harris.

He began the year with the last season of How I Met Your Mother then went straight into Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway. He won his first Tony Award, co-starred in the movies Gone Girl and A Million Ways to Die in the West, released his autobiography and was chosen as host of the 2015 Academy Awards.

Oh yeah, he also got married to David Burtka.

Said Walters in a statement: “I was absolutely delighted when ABC approached me to do another year of ’10 Most Fascinating People.’ I know we said last year was our last, but there are just too many fascinating people out there…and you never pass up the opportunity to interview Oprah, Neil, Chelsea or Scarlett.”


Wednesday Morning Man: Jake McDorman!

Caught an episode of the new ABC romantic comedy Manhattan Love Story and was charmed, once again, by leading man Jake McDorman.

He first caught my attention a few years ago in the short-lived sitcom Are You There, Chelsea? that was created by Chelsea Handler.

Since then, the handsome 28 year old played the role of Mike Pratt in the Showtime series Shameless.

Previously, Jake starred as Evan Chambers on the hit ABC Family series Greek.

He has amassed numerous other television and film credits, including the role of convicted “Craigslist Killer” Philip Markoff in the Lifetime original film of the same name.

Other credits include a starring role on the Fox comedy Quintuplets, a recurring character on Run of the House and guest-starring roles on Cold Case, CSI: Miami and House.

Jake also has appeared in several feature films including Live Free or Die Hard, Bring It On: All or Nothing, Aquamarine, Echoes of Innocence, My Father; Going to Parties and All in a Day.

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