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Great news! Casey Cott has been made a series regular as Kevin Keller on The CW’s ‘Riverdale’

Fans of The CW’s Riverdale will be seeing a lot more of the show’s gay character Kevin Keller when the show returns for its second season.

Casey Cott, the actor who plays the funny and snarky Kevin, has been promoted to series regular, according to TVLine.

It became clear in the series premiere earlier this year that Kevin was a character who would speak his mind.

The first words we hear from Kevin were these: ‘Oh. My. God. Archie got hot!’

He later surmised: ‘Archie’s swell. But like most millennial straight guys, he has to be told what he wants.’

Keller is the son of Riverdale’s town sheriff and is the first openly gay character in the history of the Archie Comics franchise.

The franchise takes place in the fictional town of Riverdale and includes such characters as Reggie, Veronica, Jughead, Betty and, of course, Archie.

The TV series takes a subversive look at the familiar characters and the darker side of what is going on beneath the wholesome Riverdale image.

This season, Kevin had a romance this with Joaquin, a member of the Southside Serpents biker gang.

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Outfest 2017: ‘God’s Own Country’ is opening night film – Bryan Fuller to receive Achievement Award

Hard to believe but the start of Outfest is less than two months away – and this year the LA LGBT Film Festival turns 35.

It’s just been announced that Bryan Fuller (pictured, left) will be the 2017 Achievement Award recipient on opening night of the festival which will run July 6-16, 2017.
The Achievement Award is Outfest’s highest honor and is presented in recognition of a body of work that has made a significant contribution to LGBT film and media. Bryan Fuller is one of contemporary television’s true visionaries. With shows like Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies, Hannibal and most recently American God, Fuller’s stories are known for pushing boundaries and presenting characters that feel modern and transgressive.
‘From the unabashed queer aesthetic in Pushing Daisies to the groundbreaking sex-scene between two Muslim, gay men in American Gods, Bryan has decidedly put LGBT lives into America’s living rooms,’ says Outfest Executive Director Christopher Racster.  ‘It is through his unapologetic storytelling – its newness, its frankness, and its honesty – that audiences have not only accepted these stories but asked for more.’

The 2017 festival will open with Francis Lee’s poignant and masterful feature debut, God’s Own Country starring Josh O’Connor and Alec Secareanu. God’s Own Country will screen at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on July 6 and will be proceed by the Achievement Award Ceremony.

Additional gala screenings include: a rare spotlight on a bisexual-lead character in the West Coast premiere of the TV series Strangers, (U.S. Centerpiece) written and directed by Mia Lidofsky; the groundbreaking, trans Japanese family-drama Close Knit (International Centerpiece) from filmmaker Naoko Ogigami; the World Premiere of Logo Documentary Films and Putti Media’s KEVYN AUCION Beauty & The Beast In Me (Documentary Centerpiece), directed by Lori Kaye about makeup artist legend Kevyn Aucoin; and Awesomeness Films’ Behind The Curtain: Todrick Hall (Special Centerpiece), directed by Katherine Fairfax-Wright, following the life of multifaceted performer Todrick Hall.
The 2017 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival will close on July 16 at The Ace Theatre with Trudie Styler’s comedic Freak Show, starring Bette Midler, Alex Lawther, AnnaSophia Robb, Abigail Breslin, Ian Nelson, Larry Pine and featuring a cameo with Laverne Cox.
The complete lineup for the 2017 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival will be announced on Thursday, June 1.

‘I Love Dick’ star Kevin Bacon: ‘There are certainly a lot of queer people in my life and there have been for a long time’

Kevin Bacon has been heavily promoting his new Amazon series I Love Dick in recent weeks – a show that is a real departure from his previous series The Following about a serial killer. Bacon plays a man named Dick in the sexually-charged drama from Transparent creator Jill Soloway. Bacon, 58, talked to about what queerness means to him. He says: ‘There are certainly a lot of queer people in my life and there have been for a long time. To me queer is like to each his own. It’s not our problem. Wherever you fall, whatever you dig it’s good if nobody’s getting hurt. It’s good. Just do your own thing. What’s wrong with love? What’s wrong with love in all of its forms? I think I Love Dick definitely put that across.’

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Laverne Cox on her ‘The Trustee’ pilot not becoming a series: ‘I had such an amazing time working on it’

So the pilot I got to do back in March called "The Trustee" did NOT get picked up for series. But I had such an amazing time working on it with the awesome cast and crew, playing Amanda Jones and being a red head. These are some shots of me on the set of "The Trustee." Just getting the opportunity to be a co-lead on a network pilot is a dream come true especially for a girl like me. It's made that much more special because Amanda wasn't written as a trans character. But the writers, producers and network thought the specific qualities I have as an actress were right for the character. So they hired me. It is my hope that more writers, producers, networks and casting directors will continue to hire talent because of our talent and the very unique, special qualities we as artists can bring to the work.

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Tuesday Morning Man: Borna Coric!

At just 20, Croatian tennis pro Borna Coric is on the verge of stardom.

Earlier this year, Coric won his first ATP title at the 2017 Grand Prix Hassan II after saving five match points in the final. He reached his first two finals last season and also notched his first win over Rafael Nadal at the 2016 Cincinnati Masters.

Last week in Madrid, Coric upset top-ranked Andy Murray (his second career win over the two-time Wimbledon champ) and is currently ranked 41st in the world. He reached a career high ranking of #33 in the summer of 2015.

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

Celeb Instagram: Laura Linney & Cynthia Nixon! Andy Cohen w/Will & Grace cast! Ty Herndon & Lynda Carter!

We like to make sure our guests don't go hungry… #WWHL

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They're back!!!! #JustJack

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Who doesn't love the original #wonderwoman I love this amazing lady! #lindacarter

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Roger Federer won’t be playing 2017 French Open

As Roger Federer’s biggest fan (ha!), I have to say that I’m both disappointed and relieved that the resurgent tennis legend announced today he won’t be playing in this year’s French Open. The reigning Australian Open champ wants to focus on winning Wimbledon and the US Open. Federer won the title at Roland Garros in 2009 and has reached the final four other times but at this stage of his career he clearly has a bigger edge on faster surfaces. .

“I’ve been working really hard, both on and off the court, during the last month, but in order to try and play on the ATP World Tour for many years to come, I feel it’s best to skip the clay-court season this year,” he said in a statement. “The start to the year has been magical for me, but I need to recognize that scheduling will be the key to my longevity moving forward.”

With Federer not in the field, I’m going to be rooting for seventh-ranked Dominic Thiem to make a breakthrough and win his first major. It would also be nice to see Andy Murray win in Paris for the first time but his form has really slipped in recent months as has that of reigning French champ Novak Djokovic. The big favorite is, once again, Rafael Nadal who is on a three-tournament winning streak and has won a record nine French Opens.

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Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent talk with Harry Connick Jr. about their new design show

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent talk about married life and starring in Nate and Jeremiah By Design with Harry Connick Jr. on his daytime talk show. Living and working together can be a challenge but so far this most attractive couple seems to be weathering it just fine.

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Charlie Hunnam is open to ‘Queer As Folk’ reunion: ‘I’m very proud of being a part of that show’

Dreamy and talented Charlie Hunnam may be starring in movies like The Lost City of Z, Pacific Rim and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword but he would gladly revisit the role that launched his career.

Before his long run on TV’s Sons of Anarchy, Humman played gay teen Nathan Maloney on the original Queer as Folk series in 1999-2000.

‘I’d be game for a reunion,’ the 37-year-old actor tells The Sun. ‘It’s a long time ago, I’m an old bastard now – that was 20 years ago.’

Although nearly two decades have passed, Hunnam says he still gets recognized as Nathan – especially in the UK.

‘When I’m back in England, people still recognize me as Nathan… It was the beginning of my career, so I have very fond memories of it,’ he says.

‘I’m very proud of being a part of that show. I’m very happy when people bring it up. I’m just surprised because it was so long ago.’

During the show’s run, Hunnam’s Nathan shared several explicit sex scenes with Aiden Gillen’s Stuart Jones.

Gillen of Game of Thrones fame has a role in Hunnam’s King Arthur which opened over the weekend.

‘I always felt like I owed him a grand debt of gratitude,’ Hunnam said of Gillen.

‘I really thanked him for the impact he had on me. He thought I was mad but I felt it deeply.’

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Newlywed Dustin Lance Black on what feels different since marrying Tom Daley

Folks keep asking if things feel any different now that we're married. They do. And in the best of ways. Seems @littlemissbugg caught me checking one of those things.

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Jim Parsons shares photos from his wedding!

These are lovely – congratulations to them!

5.13.17 Rainbow Room, NYC by @ambergressphotography by @melissamcneeley by @doan_ly (more pics to come)

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Reception, first dance… (have to say thank you to #anniepsaltiras who was supposed to just be a guest but worked really hard to help us get the @tomford tuxes we loved so much AND she tied the bow ties of several guests that night. Annie is a champ and we love her photos by @ambergressphotography (why can't I figure out how to tag @melissamcneeley and @doan_ly ??? Oh yeah, cuz I'm old.

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See ‘Will & Grace’ cast in a new mini-episode complete with musical number from ‘Sunset Boulevard’

It seemed a bit over-the-top last week when NBC began previewing its upcoming preview for Will & Grace.

But it turns out the network really was previewing something very special: A mini-episode that includes a musical number.

Will & Grace cast members Megan Mullally (Karen), Eric McCormack (Will), Debra Messing (Grace), and Sean Hayes (Jack) re-inhabit their old TV alter egos in a sketch that has Messing hesitant to participate in NBC’s reboot of the classic sitcom.

It of course takes a full-scale musical number – As If We Never Said Goodbye from Sunset Boulevard - to convince her.

NBC has ordered 12 new episodes of the gay-themed comedy which originally aired on the network from 1998 through 2006.

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Monday Morning Man: Andy Murray!

Today is the world’s top-ranked tennis player’s 30th birthday. And Andy Murray could use the gift of another title soon because so far this season he has been overshadowed by a resurgent Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Gutsy Andy has had to play in their considerable shadows – along with that of Novak Djokovic – for his entire career. Despite the stellar competition, Andy has still managed to carve out a Hall of Fame career that includes two Wimbledon titles, two Olympic Gold Medals, a US Open, an ATP World Tour Finals crown and a Davis Cup title. He’s won 45 titles in all with the only gaps being the Australian Open (he’s a five-time runner-up) and the French Open (2016 runner-up). Happy birthday to Andy!

See Thomas Roberts surprise mom on Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day – raced home home after @msnbc today to surprise my Mom! My sister Patsy organized getting Mom a new grill & me at home just in time for a cookout

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Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak are married!

No one can say Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak rushed into things.

After 14 years together, the couple finally tied the knot over the weekend.The ceremony took place in the Rainbow Room in New York City, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

When the couple marked 14 years together last November Parsons took to Instagram and wrote: ‘I met this guy (the one with the mic) 14 years ago today and it was the best thing that ever happened to me, no contest.’

When stardom hit with The Big Bang Theory, Parsons didn’t hide his relationship with Spiewak but on one seemed to take notice.

‘There was no going back, luckily. I took Todd along to the first award shows, as my date, and what happened?,’ Parsons said in 2016.

‘Absolutely nothing. And afterwards, nobody ever asked me: “Are you gay?”’

But Parsons did casually confirm his sexuality publicly in a 2012 interview.

Two years later when he and Spiewak were honored by the Gay and Lesbian Student Education Network (GLSEN) with its Inspiration Award Parsons said: ‘I’m not an activist. We simply live our life.’

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Celeb Instagram: Mother’s Day Part 2!

Thinking of this beautiful Lady today. Happy Mother's Day Debbie.

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#HappyMothersDay #Mom #unconditionallove Happy Mother's Day to All!

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Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there and in honor of those who are no longer with us. Thank you for all you do and have done. And to mine, words can't express enough how much I love you and how grateful I am to and for you. As was true here on law school graduation night, I continue to be blessed to dance this dance with you over the years. Thank you for everything, my dear, sweet Mom.

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Big day for my mom today. Mother's Day and her 91st birthday!

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Mommy, The very thought of being your son makes me weep with pride. I almost feel like these words are worthless because words cannot match all that you've accomplished. All that you give. All that you are. If I could be half the parent, half the example of a human being that you are, I will leave this earth knowing that I did something right. This goes out to you, to my beautiful sisters @jazzsmollettwarwell & @jurneebell and to all the mothers out there, whether you carried, adopted, or stepped in as a mother figure… you are more important, more relevant and more honored than you will ever know. I love you Mommy. I love you Jazz and Jurnee. I love all y'all mamas of the world. #HappyMothersDay #QueenSmollett

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Celeb Instagram: Mother’s Day Edition!

Dear Mum, Happy Mother's Day! So happy we are back in touch. Love, Elton xo

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MOM! #mothersday #steelmagnolia #biggestsupporter #worldsbestmom

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I miss you every day and wish you could have met your grandson but he will know you through our memories. Love you mom.

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Happy Mother's Day to my great mom and all the moms out there! You're doing the Lord's work! (Taken last week!)

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missing this queen on mother's day – nothing but love. she's my favorite lady on earth.

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Happy Mother's Day! Love you!!!!!

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Late Night Videos: Alec Baldwin returns as Trump and Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer on ‘SNL’

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Robbie Rogers celebrates birthday with Greg Berlanti and their son Celeb: ‘I’m really the luckiest man alive’

Thank you for all of the beautiful birthday wishes. I'm really the luckiest man alive. #30sthenew20

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Snapped! Chris Landon and son Beau!

Big banana and a Beau. #palmsprings #theparkerpalmsprings #babysfirsttrip

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