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Monday Morning Man: Jessie Pavelka!

Today is this blond, buff beauty’s 34th birthday.

He’s Jessie Pavelka and he joined the 16th season of The Biggest Loser as a new trainer in the fall of 2014.

Jessie was previously a trainer on the Lifetime reality series DietTribe and has appeared on several British show including Obese: A Year to Save My Life in 2012 and Fat: The Fight of My Life in 2013.

Here’s the lowdown on his tattoos: A Japanese character on his left shoulder, a cross on his right arm, an inscription for ‘Tomb Digger’ in Chinese characters on his stomach, the words ‘For My Brother’ on his side, the Greek letters alpha and omega on his wrist, a cross ring on his left ring finger, and flame patterns on his back by his shoulders.


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Beloved TV news veteran Jane Pauley has been named the new host of ‘CBS Sunday Morning’

This is perfect.

The classy and charming Jane Pauley has been named to succeed Charles Osgood as host of CBS Sunday Morning.

She joined the show in 2014 as a correspondent and substitute host and takes over on October 9 for Osgood who has hosted the show for 22 years.

The only other host before that was the original one: Charles Kuralt.

Miss Pauley burst onto the national TV scene at the age of 25 when she was chosen to succeed Barbara Walters as co-host of NBC’s The Today Show.

She had a 13-year run alongside Tom Brokaw then Bryant Gumbel before beginning a 12-year stint as co-host of Dateline NBC. She also spent a year as host of NBC’s Real Life Wth Jane Pauley in 1990-91 and of the syndicated The Jane Pauley Show 2004-05.

‘Jane Pauley is the ideal host for the most wide-ranging news program on American culture, our beloved CBS Sunday Morning broadcast,” CBS News President David Rhodes said in a statement. “Charles Osgood is a television news legend—and so is Jane Pauley.”

Miss Pauley released a statement of her own: “Charles Osgood set the standard for CBS Sunday Morning, and it’s a great honor to be given the chance to further our show’s legacy of excellence. I look forward to bringing loyal viewers the kind of engaging, original reporting that has made the broadcast so irresistible for so long.”

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Celeb Instagram: TV cast reunions edition!

We are family…I got all my sisters with me.

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Sunday Brunch Fundraiser with @scolo222 and @michelle_clunie for the @lalgbtcenter. A great organization that does a tremendous amount of good for the community. Thank you, Peter Paige, for inviting us.

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Wishing a happy 68th birthday to Olivia Newton-John

She had me at Let Me Be There.

She’s the lovely Olivia Newton-John who is celebrating her 68th birthday today.

Olivia has been a major star for more than 40 years now and provided us with so many songs, so many memories.

Of course there’s Sandy from Grease then there was Xanadu.

And all those great songs!

I Honestly Love You, Have You Never Been Mellow, If You Love M Let Me Know, Hopelessly Devoted to You, Please Mr. Please, Physical, Magic, A Little More Love, Physical, Summer Nights, You’re the One That I Want, Magic, Heart Attack, Twist of Fate, Xanadu, Suddenly and on and on.

Here are some of her hits:

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Wishing a happy 35th birthday to Van Hansis!

Today the four-time Emmy nominated actor Van Hansis turns 35. I’m such a fan of this talented man who dazzled us for years as Luke Snyder on As the World Turns. It’s such a wonderful thing that he found another strong but very different gay role in the acclaimed series Eastsiders which became available this year on Netflix. Van is also the lead in the indie thriller Kiss Me, Kill Me which in recent weeks screened at LGBT film fests in Palm Springs and Long Beach and is producing and starring in Van is producing and starring in a new webseries called, Ms. Guidance set at a fictional, private performing arts high school.

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Morning Man Classic: Christopher Reeve!

Christopher Reeve was born 64 years ago today.

We will never forget this handsome and talented actor and big screen Superman who lived the last nine years as a quadriplegic after being thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition.

He showed such courage after his accident becoming an activist on behalf of people with spinal-cord injuries and for human embryonic stem cell research.

He also continued to work as an actor in a TV remake of Rear Window and episodes of Smallville and as a director helming the TV films In the Gloaming and The Brooke Ellison Story.

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A recap of my night at the Angel Awards benefiting the very worthy Project Angel Food

Tonight I’m attending the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Vanguard Awards and realized I had not yet posted about last weekend’s Angel Awards!

My apologies!

It really was such a wonderful night for a very worthy organization that is now run by the amazing Richard Ayoub.

The honorees were Humanitarian Award recipient Lisa Rinna, LA City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell who received the Elizabeth Taylor Leadership Award, and attorney Joseph Mannis who received the Volunteer of the Year Award.

Rinna’s husband, Harry Hamlin, not only accompanied her to the event but also presented her with the award with a very loving tribute.

Carson Kressley later took the stage and remarked that it was Hamlin’s classic film Making Love that helped him realize he’s gay.

NCIS star Pauley Perrette was on hand to present O’Farrell with his award. We learned about O’fFarrell’s long association with Project Angel Food for whom he delivered meals as a volunteer for years.

Rinna’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills co-stars Kyle Richards and Camille Grammer were there as well as Rumer Willis (Dancing with the Stars), Tim Bagley (Teachers and Grace & Frankie), Robert Palmer Watkins (General Hospital), Heroes’ James Kyson, Love Byte’s Jamie Kyson, Cupcake Wars’ Hollis Wilder, style expert Lawrence Zarian, model Gregory Zarian, stylist Marcellus Reynolds, designer Andrew Christian, Criminal Minds’ Angelica Celaya and former Miss Panama Patricia DeLeon.

Also at the event was former First Daughter Patti Davis, daughter on Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan.

At the cocktail party before dinner, I chatted with hairstylist Eric Leonardos who remains in the running after three episodes of Bravo’s Finding Prince Charming. Eric auctioned off $300 worth of haircuts at the event.

I sat across from Tim Bagley who I knew from his recurring role of Larry on Will & Grace.

He was there to introduce Ayoub who became executive director of Project Angel Food earlier this year.

Tim told the moving story of how the organization delivered meals to his late partner when he was dying from AIDS-related complications.

A little bit about this outstanding organization: Since its inception Project Angel Food has provided more than 10 million meals free of charge to men and women living with critical illness, and continues to prepare more than 10,000 meals a week, medically tailored to the needs of clients living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, kidney failure, congestive heart failure and diabetes.

Although the mission has expanded from its initial task of serving people living with HIV/AIDS to include all life-threatening illness, it remains true to the original concept — to feed and nourish the sick, by delivering healthy meals, with love throughout Los Angeles County.

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Saturday Afternoon Video: Chris Noth revisits ‘Sex And The City’ scene with Andy Cohen in WWHL

This is more than a week old but it’s a good one because of how much fun Andy Cohen is having stepping into the high heels of Carrie Bradshaw. In this clip from Watch What Happens Live, Chris Noth assumes his role of Mr. Big opposite Andy in Sarah Jessica Parker’s role of Carrie. He even wears a wig!
This is an iconic scene and Andy plays it for all it’s worth.

Among his best lines: “You do this every time! Every time! What do you have some kind of radar Carrie might be happy and it’s time to swoop in and s— all over me?”

When Big says: “No, I’m here to tell you something, I made a mistake. You and I …” Cohen as Carrie lashes out: “You and I nothing! You cannot do this to me. You cannot jerk me around.”

Noth goes off script and pulls Andy/Carrie in for a fake kiss. Andy is a bit surprised but didn’t seem to mind!

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Snapped! Greg Louganis and Tom Daley in speedos!

Warming up for today's sold out synchro dive with @tomdaley1994 in #MissionViejo today! #GregLouganis #usadiving #tomdaley #tomdaley1994 #lgbt #LGBTPride

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Snapped! Andy Mientus on Bi Visibility Day!

Keith and I wish you a happy Friday and a happy #bivisibilityday to those observing!

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Late Night Video: See Cher speak at fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in Provincetown, MA

This is from four weeks ago but I had not seen the video until earlier tonight. It’s Cher in Provincetown where she appeared in support of Hillary Clinton. She speaks of her 50-year connection with gay fans – and it’s still going strong. Love live Cher.


Neil Patrick Harris has resorted to ‘Jedi mind tricks’ when it comes to family Halloween costumes

Neil Patrick Harris is finding out that his twins Gideon and Harper have their own ideas about Halloween as they head towards their sixth birthdays.

The Emmy and Tony award winning actor and actor-chef husband David Burtka have gone all out in year’s past with themed costumes and the twins happily went along.

Last year was a Star Wars theme and past group efforts have been inspired by Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz and Batman and then there was the year they were a clan of monsters.

‘They are starting to have more of an opinion which is a little bit annoying,’ Harris admitted to Seth Myers this week on NBC’s Late Night.

‘This year we’re trying to slow play the family costume idea. … I’m trying to do Jedi mind tricks on them and not saying, “Here’s our costume this year.”‘

Instead he will say things like, ‘That’s a cool idea, we should dress up like that sometime.’

But it’s already tricky because daughter Harper is into a cartoon called Monster High which Harris describes as ‘kind of like Barbies but goth.’

His fear is this: ‘I don’t think anyone will get that it’s Monster High. They’ll just think she’s a goth prostitute.’

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Celeb Instagram: Paulson’s cover; Kyan’s red bandana; Ty Herndon’s glasses; Simon Dunn Down Under!


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The Dire Straights need a bandana and a vacuum tube receiver.

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Wish I didn't need em!! But here they are! #newglassesforty #blindasabatwithoutthem

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Farewelling this amazing city before I head back to Canada!

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Matt Dallas & Blue Hamilton answer your questions

They really are just so adorable. They even twerk a little in this week’s video. Enjoy!


Billy Gilman looking to re-invent self on ‘The Voice’

Openly gay singer Billy Gilman is hoping Adam Levine can launch him back on his way to stardom.

Gilman chose Levine to be coach on NBC’s The Voice this week after all four judges expressed interest and Levine and new judge Miley Cyrus courted him aggressively.

Gilman had been a country music star as a child and teen but faded into oblivion after a double-platinum debut and two gold albums.

‘I had to come to grips with being gay,’ the 28 year old told show host Carson Daly.

‘I took a long time to rebuild vocally, but it was coming back, and then coming to grips with who I was personally, I also came to grips with who I was as a singer.’

Gilman performed Adele’s When We Were Young for his blind audition and has made clear he wants to expand beyond country music.

‘You know, I love my country music roots, but deep down, I really always wanted to be a pop singer.’

Gilman came out publicly in 2014 and believes The Voice is his ‘one shot’ to reinvent himself.

‘Being a gay male country artist is not the best things,’ he said. ‘Within the quiet moments, I found who I was as a person,’


Murray Bartlett going from SF to ‘Nashville’

Murray Bartlett wasn’t out of work for long.

The Aussie actor, who played Dom for the two seasons on HBO’s Looking, has been cast in a recurring role on TV’s Nashville.

Bartlett will play a successful men’s fashion designer named Jakob Fine in the country music drama which has moved from ABC to CMT for its fifth season, according to Deadline Hollywood.

It’s not yet known how Fine will work into the storyline since men’s fashion has not been a plot point in previous seasons.

Bartlett recently stepped back into his Looking role for a series finale movie that premiered on HBO in July.

The 45-year-old actor has a long list of television credits including regular roles on the US daytime soaps All My Children and Guiding Light as well as the Australian prime-time soap Home and Away.

Bartlett, who is openly gay, toured with Hugh Jackman in the Australian touring company production of Jackman’s Broadway hit The Boy From Oz.

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Friday Morning Man: Manuel Garcia-Rulfo!

Saw the remake of The Magnificent Seven last night at the Cinerama Done in Hollywood and I can highly recommend it. While I was familiar with many in the cast including Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, Peter Sarsgaard and, in a small but pivotal role, Matt Bomer, I had not seen today’s very handsome Morning Man before. He’s Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and he is very good in the movie – especially in his scenes with Pratt. Manuel’s other credits include the Jennifer Aniston movie Cake and From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.

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Late Night Video: Chaz Bono is a welcome addition to the action on ‘Where the Bears Are’

Chaz Bono makes his first appearance on Where the Bears Are in this episode and what a welcome addition he is. I had not seen Chaz act before and he has the chops! In this week’s second episode, the Bears track Chase Hansen to a Downtown LA gay bar where Martinez (George Unda) is now a popular party promoter and may hold the key to where they can locate the rogue agent. Meanwhile, Todd worries his lies to Nelson may affect their marriage and Reggie accosts a mysterious man (Bono) who seems to have Todd under surveillance.


Where in the world will the wedding of Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black be taking place?

That adorable engaged couple Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black are obviously two men from two different countries.

The question is, which country will they be getting married in next year?

Same-sex marriage is legal in Olympic diver Daley’s Great Britain and in Oscar winner Black’s United States.

‘I don’t think it’s been completely decided yet,’ Daley said at the GQ Awards before joining Black in Los Angeles last week.

‘He wants it to be in the UK and I kind of like the idea of the US wedding. We’ll see.’

Daley has said the wedding might take place in the spring of 2017.

‘The wedding planning’s going good actually,’ he says.

‘I’m meeting with some people … to get things started which is very exciting. It’s all going well … it’s going to be an exciting few years ahead.’

‘It’s been an especially busy year for the high-profile couple.

Daley competed in the Rio Olympics and won a bronze medal in the 10 metre platform synchro dive while Black has been shooting and editing the ABC miniseries When We Rise.

Black won an Academy Award in 2009 fro his screenplay for the film Milk.

The couple is due to attend this weekend’s Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Vanguard Awards in West Hollywood.

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Snapped! Adam Lambert’s Queen looks!

Fringe Benefits #Queen

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