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Morning Round-Up: Colton Haynes; John Barrowman; Ellen DeGeneres; Adam Rippon; Elton John

Colton Haynes and Jeff Leatham Waive Rights to Spousal Support as They Reach Divorce Settlement People

John Barrowman: Doctor Who creator Russell T Davies gave ’emotional depth’ to LGBT characters Pink News

Ellen DeGeneres once gave Donald and Melania Trump a golden stroller Queerty

Adam Rippon Chats On His New Memoir ‘Beautiful On The Outside’ The Randy Report

Elton John Says “The Lion King” Remake “Messed Up the Music” NewNowNext

HBO Max Picks Up LGBTQ+ Docuseries ‘Equal’ From Greg Berlanti, Jim Parsons & New Warner HorizonDeadline

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Thursday Morning Man: Max Irons!

British actor Max Irons celebrates his 34th birthday today.

The the son of Jeremy Irons has brooding good looks and is also known for his roles in The Riot Club, Tutankhamun, Red Riding Hood, The White Queen and The Host.

While first starting off in acting, Irons worked as a bartender and had a modeling contract.

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Dame Julie Andrews talks about her start in movies with ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘Sound of Music’

In her new book Home Work, Dame Julie Andrews discusses with ABC’s Nightline growing up in a turbulent household, honing her iconic voice and working on her most famous films.

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Ronan Farrow is engaged to Jon Lovett!

Ronan Farrow is all over the news in recent weeks with the publication of his book Catch & Kill which is filled with revelations.

I’m planning to buy the book this week and bury my nose in it emerging only to eat — and blog!

Anyway, there’s more news concerning the Pulitzer Prize-winning Farrow.

In the book, he writes about proposing to Pod Save America host Jon Lovett and explained he thought up of a creative way to pop the question.

“Later, when I decided some of that reporting would make its way into a book, I’d send him a draft, and put in a question, right on this page: ‘Marriage?’” Farrow wrote. “On the moon or even here on Earth. He read the draft, found the proposal here, and said, ‘Sure.’”

Lovett and Farrow met shortly after Lovett left his job as a presidential speechwriter for Barack Obama in 2011.


Celeb Instagram: Will & Grace returns! Elton John’s kids! Christian Hogue’s “Men’s Health” cover!

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*** BREAKING NEWS *** Christmas comes early for our “W&G” fans. NBC will begin airing the final season of the reboot starting next Thursday, October 24th at 9:30pm. ????????‍♂️ #WillandGrace

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The boys were feeling left out being too young to read Daddy’s new memoir #ME. So we decided to celebrate book release day by checking out his star instead. @eltonjohn

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I’m still amazed ????‍♂️ This has always been a dream of mine to be on the cover men’s health, honestly never thought I would ever even have the opportunity! So you can guess how excited I was when I was told I got the cover of Men’s Health Germany. (Jumping ecstatically) can’t thank you all enough for this life goal finally solidified in history????

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WATCH: Elton John stops by “Jimmy Kimmel Live”

Elton John stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to talk about writing his great new memoir “Me,” touring since he was 17, wanting to be home with his kids, letting Stevie Wonder drive his snowmobile, playing charades at Neil Diamond’s house with Bob Dylan, being a technophobe, not owning a cell phone, his love of paper shredding, and he weighs in on the shoe color debate.

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Happy 94th birthday to Dame Angela Lansbury!

We are so amazed at the longevity at Cher, 73 and Barbra Streisand, 77 who both are still recording and performing live around the world to sell-out crowds.

Well, they are just kids compared to amazing Angela Lansbury.

Miss Lansbury, the winner of a five Tony Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, an Olivier Award and an honorary Oscar, has had an A-list career that has spanned seven decades. She turns 94 today and is still going strong.

She was signed on at MGM way back in 1942 and soon after earned Oscar nominations for Gaslight (1944) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945). Her third Oscar nod came for 1962′s The Manchurian Candidate. She finally received an Honorary Oscar for her career in films which also includes National Velvet, The Harvey Girls, State of the Union, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Death on the Nile and The Mirror Crack’d.

She would later go on to star for 12 seasons as Jessica Fletcher on CBS’s Murder She Wrote and be nominated for a total of 18 Emmy Awards for that and other television work. Where is her Lifetime Achievement Emmy television academy? It’s certainly deserved.

While Lansbury never won a competitive Oscar or the Emmy, she was showered with Tonys winning for her Broadway roles in Gypsy, Mame, Dear World, Sweeney Todd and Blythe Spirit. She was also nominated in recent years for the play Deuce and the musical A Little Night Music.

In 2012, Miss Lansbury starred in the Broadway revival of the Gore Vidal play The Best Man and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. In 2014, she starred with James Earl Jones in an Australian tour of Driving Miss Daisy and more recently appeared in a national tour of Blithe Spirit.

She is one for the ages.

Below is a wonderful interview she did a few years ago with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, four of her five Tony wins, the American Theatre Wing Gala honoring Lansbury, and her 2015 Olivier Award win for Blithe Spirit.


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Morning Round-Up: Chris Colfer; Neil Patrick Harris; Ryan Murphy; Julie Andrews; Elton John

Chris Colfer’s Kids’ Book A Tale of Magic Is Fighting Ex-Gay Therapy Advocate

Matrix 4: Neil Patrick Harris Lands Role in Latest Installment Variety

Neil Patrick Harris Recovering from Surgery After Sea Urchin Accident Towleroad

Ryan Murphy announces that his five-year-old son is cancer-free Celebitchy

Julie Andrews relives her glorious, complicated, very real Hollywood life in her new memoir Los Angeles Times

18 amazing, random and salacious details from Elton John’s new memoir Queerty

Did the Enquirer Solicit Nude Pics From Ronan Farrow? Advocate

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Wednesday Morning Man: Mate Pavic!

Mate Pavic may not be a household name but his pro tennis career is going great.

Last year he reached the top ranking in men’s tennis which he held for two months. At 25, he was the youngest No. 1 doubles player in the world since Todd Woodbridge in 1996.

He’s won 15 doubles titles with various partners last Shanghai Masters with Bruno Soares. He won the Australian Open last year with Oliver Marach with whom he also reached the French Open and Wimbledon finals.

Pavic has also won the US Open mixed doubles title with Laura Siegemund and the Australian Open with Gabriela Dabrowski with whom he has reached the finals of the French Open the past two years.

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Celeb Instagram: Sterling K. Brown! Dan Amboyer! Grey’s Anatomy! Erich Bergen! Gio Benitez & Adam Rippon!

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Honored to be on the cover of @menshealthmag. Like I told Andrew, when it comes to acting, I want to inspire, make the world a better place and help people better themselves…and hopefully I can do that all the way to 100! Full story in bio…now back to my pull-ups . ⁣ ⁣ #ThisIsUs ⁣ #Waves ⁣ #Frozen2

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So #comingoutday. I totally missed it. I was trying to keep my phone away and just be present exploring Europe last week. But, I did want to add.. … I first came out to friends at just 11. I then came out to my family at 13 (pictured). I needed help. Life or death. I came out again “publicly” 2 years ago, to honor my partner and live more openly, despite whatever it would do to my career. That’s 3 major (and fucking scary) coming outs. In truth, we all #comeout many many times. Every day even. And the more you do it, the easier it gets. And it’s through that coming into the light that we find our dignity and demand equality. I’m now a tiger for our rights, especially in this horrendous political climate, when before—maybe I was just content if my existence didn’t “bother” someone. This shit is in the Supreme Court again?? The more we come out and own our space and power—to our families, friends, the waiter who mistakes your husband for your bro—the more we let people see us and connect to us. So, I just wanted to say: Happy [late] #NationalComingOutDay! Please do it. When you’re ready. Maybe you’ll be ready sooner than you think. And thank you to those who’ve walked before who made it possible for me, and hopefully it’s better for the next gen. I think I can see that it is, already, in many places. And if this isn’t your journey, be that person that someone would come out to. Be open, be kind. In general! You never know who may be listening. It could just be life or death.

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So freaking proud to be a part of this cast. Cheers to 350 episodes of #GreysAnatomy! #PinchMe

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With less than a month till we finish filming #MadamSecretary, the feels are starting. I’m gonna miss these people a whole bunch.

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@adaripp’s new memoir (out today) is hysterical, revealing, and important. So tonight on @Nightline, he joins us on the ice to talk about it all (and teach this Miami boy how to ice skate). Join us or DVR us tonight at 12:35am ET, 11:35pm CT on ABC.

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“I Love Lucy” premiered 68 years ago today! Love Lucy, one of my favorite things in life, made its debut 68 years ago today.

A total of 179 half-hour episodes and 13 hour-long specials were made and ran over nine seasons.

I have seen every one of them countless times.

It was on Oct. 15, 1951 that I Love Lucy premiered on CBS with the episode “The Girls Want to Go to the Nightclub” and that was followed by all kinds of antics and adventures that included stealing John Wayne’s footprints from Grauman’s Chinese Theater, impersonating martians on the roof of the Empire State Building, Lucy lighting her putty nose on fire in front of William Holden, Lucy and Ethel trying to eat 25 pounds of cheese on an airplane, Ricky and Lucy celebrating their anniversary in the living room closet, and the show’s gayest moment: Designer Don Loper playing himself during a fashion show in which Lucy has to fight a painful sunburn to appear.

Love, love, love them all. God bless the late Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley and their great company of guest stars.

Here are some I Love Lucy facts:

** “I Love Lucy” was one of the first TV shows shot on 35mm film. The film–unlike kinescope, which deteriorates very quickly–endured, making “I Love Lucy” reruns possible right up to the present.

**  “I Love Lucy” was filmed on a converted movie sound stage. A live audience of 300 attended each taping. The audience sat on grandstand bleachers erected by a scaffolding company.

**  When Lucille Ball became pregnant in 1952, the unprecedented decision was made to write the pregnancy into the show. It was decided that, no matter what the actual sex of the Arnaz baby, the Ricardo baby would be a boy. When the Ricardo’s TV son Ricky was born, more people watched that episode than watched the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. During Lucy’s TV pregnancy, the word “pregnancy” was never used. Instead, she was “expecting” (or as Ricky said, “specting”).

** Ethel actually had three middle names during the history of the show (Louise, Mae, and Roberta).

** The “I Love Lucy” theme song lyrics were sung only once–by Ricky, in the “Lucy’s Last Birthday” episode.

** Although “I Love Lucy” opened to generally favorable reviews, not everyone was impressed. Less than a day after the first show aired, the sponsor tried to find a way to get out of the contract, but reconsidered.

** Keith Thibodeaux joined the cast of “I Love Lucy” during its final season as Little Ricky. Keith was the only Little Ricky who had speaking lines.**  For the episode “Pioneer Women,” a metal shop custom-built a pan for the eight-foot long loaf of bread that shot out of Lucy’s oven.After filming “Pioneer Women,” the crew cut up the eight foot loaf of rye and divided it among themselves.

** On March 1, 1953, Jack Gould of the New York Times commented that “I Love Lucy” was so successful because “It’s very human–and so are we.”

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Greg in Hollywood with actor Michael Nardelli!

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Great to see actor and filmmaker Michael Nardelli who paid a visit to the @lalgbtcenter this afternoon! @thenardelli @darkwebshow

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Ronan Farrow: The “Nightline” Interview

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Elton John on his memoir out today

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At long last, my first and only official autobiography is out today!! This is the real story of my life, told by ME, and I hope you all enjoy reading it. You can pick up the book from the bio link. #EltonJohnBook

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Morning Round-Up: Megan Mullally; Dave Chappelle; Freddie Mercury & Elton John; Jake Gyllenhaal & Tom Holland

Megan Mullally Opens Up About Those Debra Messing Feud Rumors Instinct

Dave Chappelle said he ‘tested’ his jokes with trans comedian Daphne Dorman. She committed suicide LGBTQ Nation

The hilarious way Freddie Mercury teased Elton John backstage at Live Aid Pink News

Elton John Writes In His Memoir That Michael Jackson Seemed “Genuinely Mentally Ill” DListed

Jake Gyllenhaal tells fans he’s marrying Tom Holland Queerty

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Tuesday Morning Man: Andrew Neighbors!

I know I’m late to the game but I just discovered today’s Morning Man over the weekend while down a YouTube wormhole.

Yes, he’s mighty cute. But Andrew Neighbors also just has this way about him that led to me watching about 10 episodes of his YouTube channel.

Here’s a twist: his day job is being an optometrist!

Andrew, 29, was born in Arkansas and later moved to Colorado then last year moved to Los Angeles. Also known as Andrew Goes Places, he began his YouTube channel on August 9, 2015. He has gained popularity there for his gay lifestyle vlog entries, including dating stories, personal updates, as well as challenge completions.

He’s also worth following on Instagram!

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Ronan Farrow says some NBC journalists “anguished” by “lies” put out by network leadership

In his explosive new book, Catch and Kill, Ronan Farrow details allegations of sexual assault in the media industry, and his former bosses’ alleged attempts to stifle his reporting. The book describes sexual assault allegations against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and former NBC News anchor Matt Lauer. Farrow joined CBS This Morning today to discuss the allegations and his new book. In a letter to colleagues, NBC News president Noah Oppenheim said: “We have no secrets and nothing to hide,” adding, “Farrow’s effort to defame NBC News is clearly motivated not by a pursuit of truth, but an axe to grind.”

Also today, Farrow was a guest on ABC’s The View. That appearance is posted in the videos below.

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Howard Stern Gives Ellen an Unforgettable Kiss!

Howard Stern visited Ellen DeGeneres for the very first time, and made the interview one she’d never forget… with a memorable kiss. He said that doing so would cause such a fuss that people would forget about the blowback Ellen suffered for sitting with former President George W. Bush at an NFL game a few weeks ago. I know Stern isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but I’ve long been a fan. Really enjoyed this visit before the two.


Kickstarter campaign for “Still Working 9 to 5″ – doc explores what hasn’t changed for women in workplace in past 40 years

I’m very excited for the latest film project being tackled by Gary Lane and Larry Lane who co-produced and appeared in 2012′s Hollywood to Dollywood, a feature-length documentary that played at 60 film festivals and won 24 festival awards.

There is another Dolly Parton connection in Still Working 9 to 5, a documentary that examines the 40 year evolution of gender inequality and discrimination in the workplace since the 1980 release of the classic seminal comedy, 9 to 5 which starred Parton, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dabney Coleman.

A Kickstarter campaign was launched today for the project with a goal of raising $165,000 with some custom-made merchandise such as mugs, magnets, blankets, posters and more available as rewards. The art was created by Travis Falligant at IBTrav Artworks.

Gary Lane and Camille Hardman are producers/directors of the film and Larry Lane is executive producer. Shane McAnally, a three-time Grammy winner, is composing music for the film which is being edited by Elisa Bonora who edited the Sundance Grand Jury nominated film David Crosby: Remember My Name.

Parton and Tomlin have already been interviewed for the film and Fonda is expected to be. Oscar winner Allison Janney, who starred in the musical version of the movie on Broadway has also been interviewed and EGOT winner Rita Moreno is being interviewed this week. Moreno starred in the 9 to 5 television series along with Parton’s sister Rachel Dennison who is also in the documentary.

The Kickstarter page states: The documentary explores of how the success of the original film spawned several 9 to 5 incarnations over the decades. The TV version of the 1980’s lasted 85 episodes and starred the Emmy-nominated Rita Moreno, Rachel Dennison (Dolly’s sister), Valerie Curtin, and Sally Struthers. In 2009, 9 to 5, The Musical opened on Broadway with an all-star cast including Allison Janney, closing after only five months. We follow these ups and downs of the 9 to 5 franchise, mirroring in many ways the ups and downs of women’s fight for equal rights. We interview many of the cast and crew, as they use their sense of humor to tell of their behind-the-scenes observations and experiences.

Still Working 9 to 5 examines the correlation between what the original film began as – a cultural inflection point, and the subsequent evolution of the women’s movement up until today including the MeToo movement and Times Up and what . We explore the history of the Equal Rights Amendment, harassment in the workplace, pay gap, sexism, and discrimination, and interweave 9 to 5 and it’s various incarnations to debate if things have really changed in the work place over the last 40 years or whether in some cases they have gotten worse.

Wishing the best of luck to all involved!

Below is a sizzle reel of some of what has been shot so far!

Instagram – @stillworking9to5 / Facebook @stillworking9to5 / Twitter – @9to5documentary

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Celeb Instagram: Colton Haynes! Marc Anthony Samuel! Brian Sims! Lena Waithe!

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#Arrow Season 8 starts TOMORROW. Still can’t believe it will be our last

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The Category Is: Canadian Tuxedo Realness

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Can I Venmo you the vibe? @Adweek got me feeling extra special. Full story check link in bio. Wearing @richfresh Fade @barberdolltheslayer Face @rebekahaladdin Photos @lelanief

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