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Tanner White wants to take Steve Grand to US Marine Corps Ball – will All-American Boy say yes?

As we all well know, Steve Grand became a singing sensation when his song All-American Boy went viral on YouTube two years ago.

Now one of the singer’s fans has also taken to YouTube to make one of his dreams come true: he wants a date with Grand.

US Marine Tanner White says on the video: ‘Steve, you’re an amazing singer. I’ve seen some of your blog videos and they were awesome. I would like you to go with me to the 2015 Marine Corps Ball in November hosted in Wlimington, North Carolina, as my date.’

‘Hopefully you say yes. If not, it was worth a shot.’

As of late today, the video has been viewed more than 16,000 times.

But so far, no response from Steve.

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Snapped! Robert Gant and Greg Rikaart on the set of “The Young and the Restless”

Robert Gant will appear on the CBS soap The Young and the Restless once again tomorrow in his role of attorney David Sherman. He posted a photo of himself on set with cast member Greg Rikaart.

He writes: “Back on Y&R tomorrow; always a treat to run into this great guy and kind soul on set. @gregrikaart #yr — at CBS Television City.”

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What Julianne Moore learned about the pain of being closeted while making “Freeheld” with Ellen Page

Ever since Far From Heaven, I have been an enormous fan of Julianne Moore.

Not only is she a great actress who never fails to deliver, she also handles herself off screen with such grace and class.

She’s also candid.

Since she has plenty of gay friends, been directed by several gay men and even played a lesbian in the film The Kids Are All Right, it came as a surprise to Moore how much she learned about the pain of being in the closet when making Freeheld with Ellen Page.

Page had only recently come out of the closet when the two women began filming the true story of Laurel Hester (Moore), a police detective with incurable lung cancer who fought a legal battle to have her pension benefits left to her domestic partner Stacie Andree (Page).

‘ … This is going to sound silly, and hopefully not hurtful on my part, but I don’t think I was aware of how painful it is to be closeted,’ Moore tells Out Magazine in a cover story out this week.

‘I have the advantage of being a person who’s never had to hide my sexuality, so I asked (Page) a lot of questions – frank questions – about what that feels like. She said she felt discomfort simply wearing all these dresses, and it was all very eye-opening for me. She was so unprotective [of herself] — I was very touched by that. It definitely made me more sensitive to the nuances of our movie.’

Moore, who won the Oscar earlier this year for Still Alice, said her first-hand knowledge of the torment of the closet was limited because ‘everyone I knew was out – or is out.

‘The last person I was friends with who was closeted was a really close friend in high school, and she came out in college. But even then, it seemed very matter-of-fact – she was out. It was nothing like this.’

FILE UNDER: Movies, Straight Allies

Wishing a happy birthday to Tuc Watkins!

He’s left his legendary role of David Vickers on One Life to Live behind but now the talented Tuc Watkins is popping up in all kinds of interesting places.

And whatever Tuc is doing, I want to watch!

He’s currently in the popular web series Where the Boys Are playing a truly obnoxious character named Dickie Calloway who may have died in a recent episode – I’ve got to catch up!

Tuc, also best known for his role as Bob Hunter on Desperate Housewives, has recently had recurring roles on the series Awkward, Major Crimes and Parks and Recreation.

Today is Tuc’s 49th birthday and I wish for him another role as juicy as Vickers or as Malcolm Laffley who he played on the late, great Beggars and Choosers.
Here are some Tuc moments as David and Malcolm:




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Lunch Break Video: Enjoy “Being Alive” from “Company” by the late Dean Jones who has died


Actor Dean Jones died today at the age of 84. He may be best known for Disney films like The Love Bug but he also gave a brilliant performance of Being Alive in Stephen Sondheim’s 1970 original production of Company.

Enjoy!

Wednesday Morning Man: Jake Bundrick!

Today is Jake Bundrick’s 32nd birthday and so he is the Morning Man.

Let’s see if you get a better present than that Jake!

He’s the singer and drummer for the rock band Mayday Parade who have released albums titled A Lesson in Romantics, Anywhere but Here, Mayday Parade, and Monsters in the Closet.

Jake was born in Atlanta and raised in Cairo, Georgia. He is also a co-owner of the clothing company 5683 Collective.

He posted these words of wisdom on his Twitter page yesterday and I quite like them: Sometimes you have to do what you want to do. If it translates…awesome. If not, at least you’re happy and have no regrets. #BeYourself

Another reason to love Jake – besides that handsome face and those stunning eyes – is that he has been a supporter of same-sex marriage for years tweeting in 2012: Why is gay marriage still an issue!?!? Isn’t this America!? Land of the free!? I’m in full support. #YesToGayMarriage

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Lunch Break Video: Funny or Die does “Meryl: The Lifetime Biopic with Christina Applegate”


This is a scream. Funny or Die gives Christina Applegate the chance to step into several of Meryl Streep’s iconic roles in such films as The Devil Wears Prada, Julie & Julia and Kramer Vs. Kramer and put her own twist on them. Enjoy the results!

Meryl: The Lifetime Biopic with Christina Applegate from Funny Or Die

Wishing a very happy 76th birthday to “Grandma” and “Grace and Frankie” star Lily Tomlin!

The great, truly great Lily Tomlin turns 76 years young today and does so as she is having a huge year career-wise.

Since her last birthday, Lily has received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors, has launched a hit Netflix comedy series with Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) that has been renewed for a second season, and is generating Oscar buzz for her performance in the new film Grandma which is simply terrific.

She can do it all.

To celebrate her, I’ve selected some random clips including a detergent commercial parody that had me in stitches right now. There’s some Ernestine (with Cher!) as well as a clip of an interview with Rosie O’Donnell about coming out and finally, her explosion on the set of I Heart Huckabees (I hope she doesn’t mind – it’s such a great rant!).

Happy birthday to a national treasure.







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See stunning new trailer and poster for “The Danish Girl” starring Eddie Redmayne

Could Eddie Redmayne become the first man since Tom Hanks to win back-to-back Academy Awards for best actor?

It could happen based on what I see in this new trailer for The Danish Girl.

Wow!

The 33-year-old actor plays transgender pioneer Lili Elbe – one of the first known recipients of sexual reassignment surgery – in the film which will hit theaters in late November.

The film had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival and is screening this month at the Toronto International Film Festival.

It is inspired by the lives of Elbe and Gerda Wegener (portrayed by Alicia Vikander) and directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables).

The film, set in the 1920s, tells the story of a painter named Wegener, who was persuaded by her wife, also a painter, to pose in women’s clothing for her. This opened up a whole new world for Wegener, who later began her male-to-female transition and changed her name to Lili Elbe.

Elbe traveled to Germany in the 1930s to have gender reassignment surgery, which at the time was virtually untested. After a series of operations, Elbe died when her body rejected a uterus that had been transplanted with the goal of allowing her to have children.

FILE UNDER: Movies, Transgender

Tuesday Morning Man: Borna Coric!

At just 18, Croatian tennis pro Borna Coric is on the verge of stardom.

Caught some of his first-round US Open match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal last night and thought he had a real chance to pull off an upset since he had beaten Nadal earlier this year. But Rafa pulled the match out with a 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory.

It’s a pity they had to play so early in the tournament.

Coric is ranked 33rd in the world and is the youngest member of the top 50.

Before turning pro, Coric was the world’s top-ranked junior and won the US Open boys singles title in 2013.

Earlier this year, he also recorded a win over world number three Andy Murray.

FILE UNDER: Morning Men (2015)

The revamped “Fashion Police” is a winner!


Watched the return of Fashion Police earlier today and I’m really pleased and encouraged with what I saw. First of all, Melissa Rivers is an easy fit as host and a wonderful connection to her mother. Brad Goreski is the strongest member of the panel since he actually is a style expert but can also deliver the jokes. Guest panelists Margaret Cho and NeNe Leaks should be made regulars or be on as much as possible – they were hilarious and confident and opinionated. Returning panelist Guliana Rancic was fine and, I am sure, was happy to not have Kelly Osbourne around anymore. Kelly had been the show’s weak link and is not missed in my opinion.

Above is a fun moment where the panel weighs in on what they think Joan Rivers would have thought of Justin Bieber’s hair at last night’s VMAs.

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Robbie Rogers answers questions on Facebook – find out what the LA Galaxy star had to say

Major League Soccer star Robbie Rogers conducted a live Q&A on Facebook earlier today and I learned several things skimming through the answers right now. Robbie “can’t wait” to have kids someday, he has an Olympic torch tattoo on his wrist, loves the movie A Single Man,  loves the TV show Game of Thrones, doesn’t think he’ll ever be a coach, and is starting a denim jacket brand called Hampton + Baker that is launching in Spring.

Here are a sampling of Robbie’s answers:

On being an out player: I feel the pressure to represent the gay community in soccer or sports because their aren’t many of us that are out and playing. I think I will always feel that way unfortunately but I do love playing soccer.

On being a public person: “I am a very shy private person believe it or not. So being so public about my life sometimes is very difficult for me. I do it because I get to help people. Which makes me very happy.”

On why he wrote a book: “I felt like I was the only gay man in the world before I came out. It was other people stories that helped me along the way. I thought by sharing my story I could help others.”

His idea of a great weekend: “Hanging with my family and friends maybe at the beach or at a pool. having a BBQ. I love to relax!!!”

Best experience in soccer: “Winning the MLS Cup with the Galaxy”

Favorite part about playing for The Galaxy: “I love the way we play and how well the organization take cares of us. The fans are very passionate and we’ve been able to reward them with silverware.”

Relationship status: “I have been with my boyfriend for 2.5 year Greg Berlanti”

Advice to other LGBT athletes thinking of coming out: “I would tell them to find someone to speak to. Someone away from their family and friends that they can trust. Holding in all those secrets isn’t healthy.”

What didn’t make it into his book Coming Out to Play: “What it felt like to win the championship with the Galaxy after coming out and how emotional that was for me. I would have loved to share those emotions.”

On writing another book: “I am coming out with a free Ebook with letters from people who have read the book. I will also write some passages in it.”

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Candis Cayne once bailed on a “Curb Your Enthusiasm” audition – find out why

A guest spot on the comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm would have been a big career boost for transgender actress Candis Cayne.

But Cayne, who has appeared in several episodes of I Am Cait, took herself out of the running once she saw the script.

‘The part was for a trans woman who had to go to the bathroom really bad and decided she was going to go in the men’s line because it was quicker,’ Cayne recalls in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

In front of the show’s creator and star Larry David, Cayne decided to gracefully bow out.

‘I said, “Thank you for writing a trans part, but I can’t audition because a trans woman wouldn’t do this. I have to honor my community,” and I walked out of the audition, exiting with,  “But I love the show!”‘

Cayne says another trans actress, Alexander Billings, was also set to audition for the role and had the same reaction.

The scene never made it into any episode of Curb.

Roles in mainstream projects have been far and few between for Cayne since her breakthrough back in 2007 as William Baldwin’s mistress on the ABC drama Dirty Sexy Money.

So this was not an easy job possibility to walk away from.

‘You’re always fighting this because you want to work,’ she says, ‘but you also want to be honest.’

FILE UNDER: Transgender

It’s Rosie O’Donnell vs. Elisabeth Hasselbeck again – this time over #BlackLivesMatter

There was no split screen involved this time but Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck are clashing again publicly.

O’Donnell took to Twitter today to call out her former co-host on The View – and frequent political sparring partner -for a comment she made in her current job on Fox and Friends about the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

‘Why has the #BlackLivesMatter movement not been classified yet as a hate group?’ Hasselbeck asked a guest earlier in the day. ‘I mean, how much more has to go in this direction before someone actually labels it as such?’

The question came in response to the execution-style shooting death of Deputy Darren Goforth near Houston, Texas, by an African-American suspect on Friday. It’s not known if suspect Shannon J. Miles is connected to #BlackLivesMatter which campaigns against what it calls police brutality against African Americans in the US.

In response, O’Donnell tweeted Hasselbeck’s question to her more than 840,000 followers with her own observation that: ‘Some are slow to wake.’

Hasselbeck had on-air clash with O’Donnell in 2007 that was so traumatic (see video below) that O’Donnell left the show nearly a month before her one-year contract had expired.

The two women did not speak for the next seven years.

Then in the spring of 2014, they were reunited for the farewell show of The View’s creator and longtime co-host Barbara Walters. While they were friendly on the air on that day, Hasselbeck pounced when a short time later it was announced that O’Donnell would be returning to the show that fall as a regular co-host.

She said: ‘Here in comes to The View the very woman who spit in the face of our military, spit in the face of her own network, and, really, in the face of a person who stood by her and had civilized debates for the time that she was there – coming back with a bunch of control, ready to regain a seat at The View table’

At the time, O’Donnell said she wasn’t surprised by the tirade.

‘I’ve come to expect nothing from her, even though I feel I continually make the effort to break through,’ she says.

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Darryl Stephens gets candid in new book about his experience being a black and gay actor

Darryl Stephens is not only very talented, he’s also one of the more thoughtful actors around.

During the years that he starred on TV’s Noah’s Arc, Darryl  was quiet about the fact that he was also gay in real life.

It was part of an agreement with the powers that be to not discuss his sexuality with the media.

‘When we made Noah’s Arc, every interviewer was asking: “Are the actors gay or straight?” Now, with Jack Falahee on How to Get Away with Murder, we know straight and gay actors can play straight or gay characters. It’s less an issue for the press,’ Darryl tells Salon. ‘The culture is changing a lot, and you are seeing 12-13 year-olds coming out. There is no way I could have come out when I was that age.’

Darryl shares his journey as an out black actor in his new memoir Required Reading: How to Get Your Life For Good which I ordered the other day. Can’t wait to start reading it!

‘There were a lot of lessons about what people expected of us as black gay men, and I learned to have a thick skin about how black gay men are representing themselves. Everyone has an idea of what we should look like,’ he says.

His character on Noah’s Arc was somewhat effeminate but he’s also played more butch gay men in the films Boy Culture and Another Gay Movie as well as the TV series DTLA. But because Noah is his most well-known role, Stephens says: ‘I get called in more often for sassy black queen roles. It’s learning to adapt. But I’m more a character than one type.’

Stephens has the lead role in the currently filming From Zero to I Love You written and directed by his Noah’s Arc co-star Doug Spearman. In the film, he plays a gay man with a history of getting involved with married men.

‘I love seeing all of the different types, and not prioritizing one over the other. Sissies can be powerful,’ he says.

‘The term “thug” has been co-opted by conservatives as term for a black male – but there is a clear admiration for hyper-masculine depictions of black gay men. Being black and gay in America both come with heavy doses of self-loathing. I think it’s extremely important for people who are taught explicitly or implicitly to think less of themselves, to have an alternate perspective. I wanted to be the best, most realized version of myself.

‘I have had some self-loathing come up. You have to be honest in processing those moments. One of the gifts of being a gay man is to express our emotions, and that vulnerability of being raised that we are “less than,” and having to experience that, and work through that, and do it together, is important.’

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Monday Morning Man: Canaan Smith!


Is this guy a cutie pie or WHAT?

I’d never heard of country music singer Canaan Smith until I came across his photo the other day and he’s as talented as he is handsome.

And love that smile.

Canaan is 33 and until a few years ago, was probably best known for having been a contestant on CBS’ The Amazing Race.

His debut single, We Got Us, was released in January 2012 with his second single, Love You Like That, coming out in July 2014.

Canaan’s debut album, Bronco, was released in June and the single, Hole in a Bottle, came out just two weeks ago.

Hope his career continues to go up, up and up!



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Snapped! Julie Andrews visits with Betty Buckley backstage after performance of “Grey Gardens”

There’s a ridiculous amount of talent in this photo!

Dame Julie Andrews paid a visit this weekend to the great Betty Buckley after a performance of Grey Gardens: The Musical.

Miss Buckley is starring with the brilliant Rachel York in a production at Bay Street Theatre, a not-for-profit 299-seat professional regional theater situated on the Long Wharf, in Sag Harbor, NY.

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Showtune Sunday: 70s variety shows edition!

Ever wanted to see Tina Turner, Milton Berle and Mrs. Brady in a Conga line?

Now’s your chance!

Hey, how about a double duet of Sonny and Cher and Donny and Marie singing Silly Love Songs?

Then there is this terrific medley of showtunes by Carol Burnett and the late, great Eydie Gorme.

Enjoy!



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Morning Man Classic: Grant Goodeve!

Remember David Bradford, the dreamy older brother on the classic ABC series Eight Is Enough?

I sure do!

The handsome actor who played him was Grant Goodeve who also sang the theme song on the show which ran from 1977 to 1981.

Now 63, Grant is aging exceptionally well and looks as handsome as he ever did.

When the pilot for Eight is Enough was shot, the role of David was played by Mark Hamill, the actor who went on to play Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars Trilogy. Goodeve took over the role once the show was greenlit as a series.

After the show left the air, Grant appeared for a few years on ABC’s One Life to Live, appeared in several episodes of Murder, She Wrote,and had a recurring role on Norther Exposure.

He also dd guest spots on TJ Hooker, The Love Boat, Dynasty and Fantasy Island and reprised his role of David Bradford in a pair of Eight is Enough TV movies.

More recently, Grant has worked for Home & Garden Television, done voice work and video games and appeared in the films Proud American and Crimes of the Past.

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Get your tickets for this weekend’s “The MisMatch Game” hosted by Dennis Hensley!

Meant to post about this earlier but better late than never!

Highly recommend you attend The MisMatch Game this weekend! It’s always such a fun time. I’m going Sunday night and look forward to seeing Jackie Beat again as Bea Arthur after her recent run in the Golden Girlz. And I always want to see Drew Droege in anything – this time he will be Tanya Roberts, the last Angel to join Charlie’s Angels. And my friend Marc Samuel (Felix on General Hospital) is playing Prince!

And, once again, it’s all held together by the talented and charming Dennis Hensley as host.

Here’s the info:

Scheduled to appear:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29th @ 8 PM
Tom Lenk (Zooey Deschanel)
Julie Brown (TBD)
Felix Pire (Ricardo Montalban)
Rachel Butera (Rosie O’Donnell)
Patrick Bristow (Tim Gunn)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30 @ 7 PM
Marc Samuel (Prince)
Drew Droege (Tanya Roberts)
Nicol Paone (Arianna Huffington)
Amy Phillips (TBD)
Maile Flanagan (Danny Bonaduce)
Jackie Beat (Bea Arthur)

It’s all happening beginning tonight at the Renberg Theatre, 1125 North McCadden Pl., Los Angeles, CA, 90038

Tickets $15 (all proceeds go to benefit the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Homeless Youth Program)
Tickets and info at: http://www.lalgbtcenter.org/theatre

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