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Wednesday Morning Man: Lukas Podolski!

This is the time of year that conducts its annual King of the Hardwood contest and I went over there and checked out the 16 remaining candidates for hunkiest athlete.

You can expect to see several more of these gorgeous specimens in the coming days but today I present to you German footballer Lukas Podolski!

He’s a 27-year-old forward for Arsenal FC and the Germany national team and as you can see, is a real dreamboat.

But according to a stories I just read in the British press, he’s currently unhappy with the amount of playing time he’s been getting lately with Arsenal.

He has started in only one of Arsenal’s past 11 games (he was unavailable for two of them because of injury) and while I don’t follow the team, I’d like to register my outrage on behalf of today’s Morning Man!

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The trailer for “Man of Steel” is here! It’s good!

Wow, this looks damned good.

The first trailer for the new Superman flick, Man of Steel, has just been unveiled and you can see it below.

It’s a reboot of the Superman franchise which has been dormant since 2006′s Superman Returns. This time, it’s hunky Henry Cavill in the role of Superman/Clark Kent.

Also in the cast is Amy Adams as well as Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner.

The film, which will hit theaters on June 14, was directed by Zack Snyder and is based on a script by Christopher Nolan and David Goyer. It is Nolan and Goyer who wrote the Dark Knight trilogy and made Batman such a big critical and commercial hit all over again.


Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to produce 2014 Oscars!

This is wonderful news.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has confirmed that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have already been hired to produce next year’s Oscars.

The superstar producers were at the helm of this year’s telecast which drew more than 40 million viewers – its highest ratings in recent years.

See more story over at Gay Star News for more information!


Video: Check out “Sh*t Homophobic people say”

Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus Bachmann, Rick Perry, Ann Coulter and former SNL cast member Victoria Jackson are all seen saying some ridiculously anti-gay things on this video compiled by Lambda Legal.

I hear this stuff every day and feel like I’ve become used to it. But when it is put together like this, one after another, it is a bit scary.

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Ian Ziering to join Las Vegas Chippendales revue

Look, it’s not like I’m going to hop in a plane and fly to Las Vegas just to see this but I’m kind of stoked to hear that Ian Ziering is the latest hunky male celeb to join the Las Vegas Chippendales revue as a guest dancer.

I was an avid fan of the original 90210 and my biggest crush was not on Luke Perry or Jason Priestley – it was on the blond and buff Ian whose beach volleyball scenes I still remember well.

Met Ian about eight years ago at a 90210 DVD event and he could not have been nicer. Since playing Steve Sanders during the entire 1990-2000 run of the show, he is probably best known for his semifinal finish during season four of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.

As the Cjppendales guest dancer, he follows in the footsteps of Joey Lawrence, Jeff Timmons and Jake Pavelka.

Ian, now 49, says of the gig: “I am passionate about health and fitness so I’ve kept in shape, and dancing is something I’ve always enjoyed, so I figured why not? I am so excited to be a part of this iconic worldwide organization, it’s really a dream come true!”

He will begin the gig at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in June.


Winners of Logo NewNowNext Awards 2013 include Andrew Rannells as “Next Mega Star”

So last night was the “Logo NewNowNext Awards 2013” in Hollywood.

It wasn’t on my radar – didn’t get a media alert, a red carpet invite – nothing.

But, I’ll post the recap anyway because I’m crazy about Andrew Rannells who won the award for Next Mega Star.

He was among some of today’s hottest emerging and seasoned talent in film, television, fashion and music who came together at The Fonda Theatre for the event hosted by Aisha Tyler.

As voted on by the public, the winners of the “Logo NewNowNext Awards 2013” are the following:


See Howard Bragman’s terrific interview with EJ Johnson, the gay son of Magic Johnson

Jackie Kennedy once said: “If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much.”

By that standard, Magic and Cookie Johnson can be very proud of their efforts as parents.

They have a gay son, EJ Johnson, who at 20, possesses all kinds of self-confidence and is clearly the product of a loving home.

EJ, a student at NYU, was outed publicly last month when TMZ cameras captured him walking down Sunset Boulevard holding hands with a male friend during Easter weekend. His NBA Hall of Famer father quickly and publicly expressed his support.

He talked to Howard Bragman on GWissues about that experience, about being accepted by his family, about the public reaction, and about his future plans.

Of the TMZ episode he says: ‘I didn’t think it was going to be that big a deal since I had been out to my family and friends for at least five years now. It’s almost as if I was coming out of the closet again so reliving the experience has been both exciting and interesting.’

He adds: ‘I’m reveling in it and I’m making it work to my advantage – I’m enjoying the experience. I don’t feel violated at all. I always wanted to come into the spotlight. I always had dreams and plans of doing my own thing and creating my own image, It came a little sooner than I thought it would but this is still something that I knew I’d be going through.’

While there has been a lot of public support, the mean comments have not escaped Johnson’s notice.

‘It’s almost like they are attacking me for being me and to that I can only be myself. I really don’t know what you want me to do.’

He says that because of the staunch family support, ‘I knew I could go out and conquer the world.’

EJ is studying event management and design in NYU’s hospitality program. He says he is also interested in fashion, journalism and media and sees Ellen DeGeneres, Anderson Cooper and RuPaul as role models.

‘I really hope to get involved in the media and have my own personality,’ he says. ‘I would love to have a talk show someday for younger viewers and really just be another voice for the generation and a voice for young gay people.’

‘I definitely want to make an impact now that I’m being watched and people are looking up to me and following me. … i definitely want to set a good example.’


Ellen on Boston: “Be kind to one another”

Ellen DeGeneres was taping her daytime talk show Monday when news of the bombing at the Boston Marathon began coming in.

At the end of the show, which airs today, she takes a moment to address the tragedy.

‘I want to tell everyone in Boston that we’re thinking about you. We’re watching the news and it’s incredibly sad.’

‘As we’re taping, we’re still learning new details and please know that you’re in our hearts.’

She closes with this message: ‘Be kind to one another.’

Two bomb blasts occurred near the finish line of the famed race and left at least three people dead, including an 8-year-old boy. In all, 176 people were injured in the blasts and 17 are in critical condition.


Tuesday Morning Man: Josiah Hawley!

Sorry for the late start today – the Morning Man is actually an Afternoon Man but well worth waiting for.

I spotted this cutie on The Voice the other day and thought if he doesn’t make it as a singer, he can make it as a model.

Turns out he already is!

He’s 27-year-old Josiah Halwey and he’s a Christian music singer from Arkansas.

Even though Josiah sang Sunday Morning by judge Adam Levine’s group Maroon 5, he ended up choosing to be on Team Usher.

According to hos Facebook page, Josiah is currently living in Los Angeles. This morning, he posted a message about the Boston Marathon bombing: “Will be praying for those families affected by this.”

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Brett Shaad’s family upset with West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran for public statements

Over the weekend, I posted a few stories about Brett Shaad, the 33-year-old attorney from West Hollywood who died after being stricken with bacterial meningitis.

It’s such a sad story and it is clear from his Facebook page that Brett was someone who was beloved by his family and many friends.

There was some confusion over when Brett was taken off of life support (it turned out to be Saturday, not Saturday as originally reported) but it was not until earlier today that it became clear just how upset his family is over the widespread media coverage about Brett’s condition.

And much of their anger is directed at West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran who held a press conference Friday and gave an interview to the Los Angeles Times.

‘There has been huge amount of misinformation about the time, circumstances and details of my brother’s death driven by a politically-motivated council member and inaccurate media reporting,’ the victim’s brother, Brian Shaad, said in a statement Monday (15 April) to Instinct magazine.

‘This was started by sensationalist and erroneous public statements made by Councilman John Duran of West Hollywood … Eight days have now passed since Brett’s first symptoms, and this still remains an isolated case. My brother is not the Patient Zero to an epidemic that Councilman Duran made him out to be.’

Duran has seen the statement from Brian Shaad and I spoke to him about it earlier this evening for a story I’ve posted over at Gay Star News.

‘I wasn’t trying to make political gain,’ Duran says. ‘I was trying to get the word out as broadly as possible that was happening in New York might be getting a toehold in LA. … There are certainly parts I wish could have done better.’

Duran says he emailed the family an apology on Saturday and ‘extended my deepest condolences. I wrote that I apologize for the intrusion into your privacy.’

He adds: ‘The family is angry and upset and I think they are lashing out. They should be angry with the disease, not me.’

See FULL STORY at Gay Star News.

Celeb Tweets: Boston Marathon bombings

Suze Orman Suze Orman ‏@SuzeOrmanShow You never know what life holds.Boston is just another example of that. Take nothing for granted. My heart felt love goes out to Boston.
Neil Patrick Harris Neil Patrick Harris ‏@ActuallyNPH Sending all good thoughts to Boston, after the madness. Makes me so sad. So crazy to think that violence can happen so randomly.
Nate Berkus Nate Berkus ‏@Nate_Berkus Praying for Boston
Robert Gant Robert Gant ‏@RobertJGant Agreed, Peter. “@ThePeterPaige: Boston. No words.”
Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova ‏@Martina Hoping no one else dies in Boston, how sick are these bombers!!! Sad…
David Mixner David Mixner ‏@DavidMixner My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Boston. What a horror
Don Lemon Don Lemon ‏@DonLemonCNN Landed in Vegas to interview #FloydMayweather for #CNN. As soon as I landed got sent to #bostonmarathon explosion. Long day.
Rosie O'Donnell Rosie O’Donnell ‏@Rosie I wish CNN would stop showing the bombing over and over and over – #terrorizing
Jesse Tyler Ferguson Jesse Tyler Ferguson ‏@jessetyler All my thoughts are with #Boston.
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“Glee” and “The New Normal” creator Ryan Murphy: “All my work has a gay voice and gay characters and always will”

Ryan Murphy has created some of my favorite television shows ever starting with Popular and including Nip/Tuck, Glee and The New Normal.

He’s on the cover of the current issue of OUT magazine’s ‘The Power 50′ with the headline ‘How the Creator of Glee and American Horror Story in Changing Television.”

He certainly is.

And one of the ways he is doing so is he is making it a bit more gay – thank God.

‘I don’t go into a project thinking I’m a groundbreaker or a pioneer,’ he says in the cover story. ‘But all my work has a gay voice and gay characters and always will. I do feel with Glee, since it skews so young, the gay characters do transmit a certain message: You are not alone. You don’t have to harm or hate yourself.’

‘I wish I’d had this show growing up,’ he says of Glee. ‘I think if I had, I would be a lot less fearful and a lot braver.’

When Murphy was a kid, there was nothing like Glee. The gayest thing on television in the 70s was snarky Paul Lynde as the center square on The Hollywood Square game show.

‘I remember being very young and hearing my parents having a very derogatory conversation about Paul Lynde while they were watching him on Hollywood Squares,’ he recalls. ‘They thought every gay person was like him and I thought, “Well I do like scarves it’s true but I’m not Paul Lynde.” That memory stuck with me, so whenever I got any kind of power in television, I tried to showcase different kinds of gay people and always made sure gay people were represented in my projects.’

In the years since Popular first hit the airwaves in 1999, broadcast television has become a different world when it comes to LGBT representation.

‘When I first started working in the entertainment industry, it was out of the question to have an authentically gay character on television. Forget it! Forget it. … Now it’s like, if you don’t have a gay character, something is wrong with your show.’

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Lunch Break Video: Some “Bewitched” moments in honor of Elizabeth Montgomery’s 80th birthday

Had she lived, the beloved star Elizabeth Montgomery would have turned 80 today.

She died far too young back in 1995 at the age of 62.

But she has not been forgotten and never will be.

Her classic sitcom, Bewitched, was so much fun. She was so lovely as Samantha Stephens, the witch married to a mortal and trying to live a normal suburban life.

Good luck with that with relatives like her mother Endora (the great Agnes Moorehead) and her uncle Arthur (Paul Lynde).

Here are some parts of episodes and whole episodes of Bewitched, which ran 1964-72 on ABC, to enjoy all over again.

Jonathan Knight of New Kids on the Block says Perez Hilton “tried to out me many times and I hate that guy for doing that”

Perez Hilton has tried to change his online image from mean and nasty to kinder and gentler.

But for some, the old Perez is hard to forget – or forgive.

New Kids On The Block singer Jonathan Knight was actually outed by Tiffany in 2011 and tells Gay Times in a new interview: “I felt stupid having to make a public statement. Even when the band got back together in 2008, New Kids fans knew I was gay. Everyone did.”

But Hilton, who had outed Lance Bass in 2006, had been trying to do the same with Knight who says: “Perez tried to out me many times and I hate that guy for doing that. I was already gay and living a gay lifestyle but he wanted me to talk about it. Why? My brother and the rest of the guys don’t go on interviews saying ‘I’m straight” etc. so why do I need to just because I’m gay? People like him want me to talk about it to make themselves feel better. They think ‘I’m gay so I want to make sure everybody knows I’m not the only one out there.’ I hate that.”


Monday Morning Man: Adam Scott!

Anyone who watched The Masters golf tournament over the weekend is familiar with the new champion, handsome Aussie Adam Scott!

I featured him as a Morning Man just last summer his heartbreaking loss at the British Open but he’s so good looking that it seemed only right to shine a spotlight on him as the new champion of The Masters.

He looks mighty dapper in that green jacket that all champions get and he shows what big guns he has in the photo above right.

Scott, 32, is the first Australian to win the Masters and did so by coolly made the biggest putt of his career.

“What an incredible day,” he said after his victory. “Everything fell my way in the end. … It’s amazing that it’s my destiny to be the first Aussie to win, just incredible. Australia is a proud sporting nation and this is one notch in the belt that we had never got.”

Until Sunday!

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Snapped! Diana Ross and Mary Wilson on the same stage at opening night of “Motown” on Broadway

Tonight is opening night of Motown, the Broadway musical about the history of the legendary Detroit-based record label that launched the careers of Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Stevie Wonder and so many more.

Jane Fonda was among the stars on hand and she tweeted just tweeted this photo from the curtain call. You see Robinson at the left next to Motown founder Berry Gordy who wrote the book for the show and on his right is Miss Ross. Right next to Diana is her one-time singing partner, former Supreme Mary Wilson.

These two have quite a history – and it’s not all good. Girlhood friends from the Detroit projects, they are founding members of the Supremes. But the last time these two ladies stood on a stage together was 30 years ago for Motown’s 25th anniversary special. Their reunion, which also included fellow Supreme Cindy Birdsong (who replaced the late Florence Ballard in the group) was a disaster. Ross and Wilson clashed and there was some elbowing of Wilson out of the spotlight by Ross.

In 2000, they tried to reunite for a tour but negotiations fell apart amid hard feelings between Ross and Wilson.

It’s nice to see them on the same stage again – not sure how friendly they were but when I find out, will certainly share!


Video spoof: Jeremy Irons marries his son on “The Randy Rainbow Show”

Jeremy Irons has been ridiculed far and wide for his comments about gay marriage in which he wondered of legalization would result is fathers marrying sons.

Enjoy this latest spoof from The Randy Rainbow Show.


Showtune Sunday: Three gorgeous versions of “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Adele, George Michael and Bonnie Raitt

I Can’t Make You Love Me is one of my all-time favorite songs ever since I saw Bonnie Raitt sing it live on the Grammys in 1992.

It was written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin and recorded by Raitt on her Luck of the Draw album. The song is ranked #339 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The pensive ballad depicts a now one-sided romantic relationship about to end. It has some brutally honest lyrics that I could relate to at that time:

Turn down the lights, turn down the bed
Turn down these voices inside my head

Lay down with me, tell me no lies
Just hold me close, don’t patronize… don’t patronize me

‘Cause I can’t make you love me if you don’t
You can’t make your heart feel something it won’t.

Here are three versions of the songs: Adele, George Michael and Miss Raitt herself:

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Morning Man Classic: George Maharis!

This handsome man was a huge television star in the 1960s when he starred with Martin Milner for three seasons on the series Route 66.

He’s George Maharis and he was also a recording star during the peak of his 1960s fame.

He left Route 66 to focus on movies and appeared in Quick – Before It Melts, The Satan Bug, Sylvia, A Covenant With Death, The Happening and The Desperados.

But Maharis returned to TV in the 1970s for the short-lived The Deadly Game then Police Story. He was also one of the first male celebrities to pose for Playgirl magazine.

Now 84 but retired from showbiz, Maharis also did guest spots on various television series from the early 70s through the early 90s including The Bionic Woman, Murder She Wrote, Fantasy Island, Mission Impossible, McMillan & Wife, Kojak and Marcus Welby MD.

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West Hollywood’s Brett Shaad is removed from life support and has died – his family issues statement

There has been some confusion over the death of Brett Shaad, the West Hollywood man stricken with bacterial meningitis.

It was reported yesterday that he had died but, in fact, at that point he was still alive but brain dead.

Sadly, Brett died this evening.

Brian Shaad, the brother of Brett, issued the following statement regarding the family’s decision to remove Brett from life support tonight.

“Tonight our family made the incredibly difficult decision to remove my brother Brett from life support. He died peacefully surrounded by our family and friends,” said Shaad.

“Brett was an extraordinary person. He was a loving son, brother and grandson, an attorney with a deep passion for social justice, and a dear friend to so many people. We cannot believe that this wonderful person is gone. We love you Brett.”

Brett was being treated at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Beverly Hills, CA. He was removed from life support tonight at 6:24 pm and passed away at 6:42 pm.

A spokesperson for the family, Elizabeth Ashford, issued the following statement: “The Shaad family asks for privacy at this painful time, which has been made more devastating by irresponsible and inaccurate reports on the circumstances of Brett’s death. The family wants, and will pursue, answers for how and why this happened.”

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