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Daytime Emmy nominations announced – will Freddie Smith win this year for Days of Our Lives?

The 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards announced today and Days of Our Lives star Freddie Smith was nominated for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of the gay character of Sonny Kiriakis.

It’s Freddie’s second nomination and the first time he will compete without former co-star Chandler Massey in the field. Massey won three consecutive times, including last year, for his superb portrayal of Will Horton.

I’m rooting for Freddie and think he’s done some of his best work as Sonny in the past year conveying hurt, love and controlled rage so effectively.

Smith’s co-star, Peggy McKay, earned an Outstanding Lead Actress nomination for her deeply moving speech at Will and Sonny’s wedding (see video below).

“The whole episode of Will and Sonny’s wedding was groundbreaking,” she told Soap Opera Digest. “I was pleased and thrilled to be a part of it and to receive a nomination.”

I am thrilled that Meredith Baxter was nominated as Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a drama series for her recurring role last year in The Young and the Restless.

She’s an excellent actress who was absolutely robbed of an Emmy a few decades ago for her stupendous performance as convicted murderer Betty Broderick.

Other LGBT nominees:

The Ellen DeGeneres Show, as popular as ever after more than a decade on the air, will look to continue its dominance in the category of outstanding talk show/entertainment, an award the show has already won an astounding eight times.

I predict another win because the show is as good as ever with first-rate guests and many buzz-worthy moments.

DeGeneres is nominated as executive producer of the show but not as outstanding talk show host after taking herself out of the running in that category several years ago after six wins in seven years.

Her show will compete with Live With Kelly and Michael, The Wendy Williams Show, and The Talk which earned nominations for Sara Gilbert both as an executive producer and a host.

Nominated with Gilbert are her co-hosts Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood.

Missing from the nominations as a show and for its hosts was The View which suffered this season from the departure of Rosie O’Donnell after only five months and from widespread of behind-the-scenes turmoil.

The category of Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host also has an openly gay nominee in The Chew co-host Clinton Kelly who was nominated with his co-hosts Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Daphne Oz, and Michael Symon.

Transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox earned a nomination in the category of Outstanding Special Class Special for the MTV program Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word.

The 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be presented on April 28 at a ceremony that will also include the presentation of a lifetime achievement award to Betty White.
Here is a link to the full list of nominees.

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Hunky actor Scott Eastwood does not mind attention from gay fans: “I love it”

Plenty of gay men have taken notice of actor Scott Eastwood’s good genes.

It’s hard not to notice.

So how does the hunky 29-year-old son of Clint Eastwood feel about this growing fan base?

‘I love it. I don’t discriminate against any fans. Fans are fans, and gay men are great,’ Eastwood tells PrideSource.

He adds: ‘I support gay marriage and the whole bit. I think everybody should be able to be with who they want to be with. My dad is the same way. He’s a total Libertarian – everyone leave everyone alone. Everyone live their own private life. And why does everyone gotta be all up in arms about it?’

Clint Eastwood has said of same-sex marriage: “I don’t give a fuck about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?!”

His son says: ‘I’d give the same fucking quote – that’s perfect. I’m a firm believer that everyone’s human. We’re only on this planet for a short period of time, and we should all just be as kind as we can to other people because, in life, all you really have is how you affect people, in a negative way or a positive way.’

Eastwood’s first starring role in The Longest Ride hits theaters on April 10.

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Happy 81st birthday to Richard Chamberlain!

http://www.fiftiesweb.com/tv/richard-chamberlain-2.jpgHard to believe but Richard Chamberlain, the great star of The Thorn Birds, Shogun and Dr. Kildare, turns 81 today.

He was pretty much off my radar until I saw a scene in Thorn Birds where he was dancing (it was the same party where Barbara Stanwyck kissed him on the lips then died) and he was just so HOT!

From then on, I watched everything he ever did.

He came out as a gay man in 2003 and wrote about it in his memoir Shattered Love: “When I grew up, being gay, being a sissy or anything like that was verboten. I disliked myself intensely and feared this part of myself intensely and had to hide it and became “Perfect Richard, All-American Boy” as a place to hide.”

He continues to be busy in roles both straight and gay – including in recent years playing Felicity Huffman’s gay stepfather on Desperate Housewives and Uncle Saul’s love interest on Brothers & Sisters.

His recent films include Forbidden Love, The Perfect Family and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry.

Here are some excerpts from a very candid TV Legends interview he did:


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Tuesday Morning Man: William McNamara!

Today is this handsome guy’s birthday and I had not realized he had not yet been a Morning Man!

Now he is – happy birthday to William McNamara who I’ve been smitten with ever since seeing him opposite Jodie Foster in the film Stealing Home.

Then I became a fan for life when he starred as a gay college student in the superb Doing Time on Maple Drive.

Many roles followed in such films as Copycat, Radio Inside, Chasers and Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story in which he played Montgomery Clift.

But one of my favorite things that Billy has ever done is play Hollywood agent Brad Advail in the late, great Showtime series Beggars and Choosers.

In more recent years, he has had roles in the TV series DTLA and in such films as The Grift, Ambushed, Beyond the Farthest Star and Beyond the Farthest Star, among others.

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Shirley MacLaine talks “The Children’s Hour” at TCM Fest: ‘I adored Audrey Hepburn. We had a wonderful relationship’

There was a lot more said by Shirley MacLaine yesterday at TCM Fest than her crack about my shiny bald head.

It’s been 54 years since MacLaine starred opposite Audrey Hepburn in the heart-wrenching drama The Children’s Hour about two young women running a girls school who are accused of being lovers.

Director William Wyler ‘had trepidations about the subject matter – it was 1961 and nobody had done that,’ MacLaine said Sunday at the TCM screening of the film.

MacLaine, 80, believes the film was not as powerful as it could have been because of Wyler’s trepidation.

‘Scenes of brushing each others hair or ironing clothes – he cut some of them out and in doing so I think pared the picture down a little bit.’

The women are the best of friends and their school has just made money for the first time when their dreams are dashed when a malicious child falsely claims the women are lovers.

The rumor spreads, the school is abandoned and the two women’s lives are destroyed.

The film is based on a Lillian Hellman’s play which was banned in some major cities in the 1930s because of its lesbian theme.

‘That kind of same-(sex) love was not tolerated,’ MacLaine said.

Ironically, Wyler had directed an earlier and even more sanitized version of Hellmen’s play in the 1936 film While These Three. In that version, the rumor is about one of the women having had ‘relations’ with the others fiance.

The early film has a happy ending while The Children’s Hour ending is quite dark with the last scene a funeral.

MacLaine believes Wyler took on the play again with The Children’s Hour because he felt While These Three had swung so far away from Hellman’s play.

Despite his watering down of some scenes, MacLaine enjoyed being directed by Wyler and especially enjoyed working with Hepburn.

‘I adored Audrey Hepburn,’ she said. ‘We had a wonderful relationship.’

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This year’s NBC live musical will be “The Wiz”

This a very good news.

I had not been very excited about NBC doing The Music Man as its next live musical but I am very excited that The Wiz has been chosen instead.

This December tradition began in 2013 with The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood which scored stupendous ratings. Last year’s Peter Pan starring Allison Williams which was far less successful.

I’ve never seen a live version of The Wiz, only the 1978 movie version starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Lena Horne, among others.

Sure would be great to see Miss Ross or maybe Patti Labelle in the Horne role!


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Days of Our Lives: Sonny finds out it was Paul’s blood that saved his life – Will being unprofessional

Will/Paul/Sonny is front burner right now and it’s been filled with great drama.

Today the tense confrontation between the trio resumed and it was funny to see a clueless John Black drop by and mention Sonny and Luke’s upcoming wedding anniversary.

The meeting leaves Will even more crazy and he goes home and starts angrily writing a story outing Paul as a DeMira which I’m not convinced is true. I do hope Will’s career as a ‘journalist’ is short-lived because he’s completely unprofessional.

Meanwhile, the look on Sonny’s face is priceless when he learns it was Paul’s blood that saved his life after the stabbing.

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Jamie Foxx learns the hard way that jokes about Bruce Jenner’s transition not acceptable – or funny

Glad to see that people just aren’t having it when it comes to jokes about Bruce Jenner’s transition.

The 1976 Olympic gold medalist has never publicly confirmed he is transitioning from male to female but his mother has voiced her support and stepdaughter Kim Kardashian has publicly hinted about his ‘journey.’

Anyway, at Sunday’s iHeartRadio Music Awards in LA, host Jamie said during his opening routine: “We have some groundbreaking performances here, too, tonight. We got Bruce Jenner, who will be here doing some musical performances. He’s doing a his-and-her duet all by himself.”

Then he added: “Look, I’m just busting your balls while I still can.”

The reaction from the audience, which included one of Jenner’s daughters, was flat and backlash on social media has been fierce.

Let’s hope this puts an end to these kind of jokes.

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Video: David Beckham and James Corden are a very odd couple in this underwear commercial parody

It begins much like a typical David Beckham underwear commercial with the sexy soccer legend in nothing but his skivvies giving a smoldering look into the camera.

Then James Corden shows up.

The new host of The Late Late Show on CBS is also wearing nothing but underwear when he joins Beckham for a series of matching moody poses from very different body types for their fictional line of D&J Briefs.

Corden then goes rogue as he leaps into the air and makes other wild and suggestive moves then later admits he feels ‘sexually aroused.’

When Beckham gives him a look and says, ‘Excuse me?’ Corden is quick to say without apology: ‘You heard.’

And just in case anyone takes any of the parody seriously, Corden says at the end that the underwear line is ‘available in no stores anywhere!’

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Shirley MacLaine makes fun of Greg In Hollywood’s bald head at TCM Classic Film Festival

I hope to have my recap posted by the end of the day of my four fabulous days at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood.

But I had to share with you a very random and hilarious moment that happened on Sunday afternoon before the start of a screening of The Children’s Hour starring Shirley MacLaine and Audrey Hepburn.

I was sitting in the front row, center seat, determined to get some good photos of Miss MacLaine who was on hand for a Q&A. She arrives and takes the stage to a huge standing ovation. Then she sits down and the first thing she does is point to me and says: “Look at the way his bald head shines in the light! We could go bowling after this!”

I said back: “Let’s go!”

The moderator, whose name escapes me, says to me: “Shirley MacLaine just said that about YOU!”

I laughed and hoped that was the end of it.

It was, thank God.

Anyway, it did remind me of my only other personal encounter with Miss MacLaine.

The year was 2009 at the Golden Globe Awards. She was nominated that year for Coco Chanel and after the show, she was waiting for her limo in the same area where I was waiting for the media bus.

We were both tired and started chatting and I told her that my friend Eddie and I knew every line to Postcards From the Edge. He was working in Africa at the time as a foreign correspondent so I thought it would be fun if she said a line from the movie into my tape recorder for Eddie. When she wondered which one I suggested: “Never let ‘em see you ache. That’s what Mr. Mayer used to say. Or was it “ass”? Never let ‘em see your ass.”

She looked a little confused because she couldn’t remember the line! I mean, it had only been 20 years since she made the film!

So instead she said into the recorder: ‘Good luck in Africa!’

That was it until six years later when she made fun of my bald head inside a packed Egyptian Theatre.

In my next life, I want to come back with a head full of gorgeous hair.

Monday Morning Man: Danny Roberts!

Well what gay man over the age of 30 doesn’t remember Danny Roberts from MTV’s The Real World: New Orleans in 2000?

Even Neil Patrick Harris said, in his first post coming out interview, how inspired he had been by Danny and how the then 22 year old was living his life out and proud on national television.

Danny, now 37, was also in a relationship with US Army captain Paul Dill whose face had to be obscured on the show because of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy which would not be repealed for another decade.

He and Dill broke up in 2006 and Danny lived a low-profile life in Seattle. He has since moved to Atlanta where he works in human resource recruiting for an email software company.

But he makes occasional forays back into the spotlight like last year’s reunion of some Real World cast members on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live. Two years earlier I met Danny in Hollywood for the premiere of the TV series DTLA in which his character has a steamy affair with a man played by Darryl Stephens.


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Showtune Sunday: “With One Look” from “Sunset Boulevard” by all the great Norma Desmonds

Sunset Boulevard won Glenn Close the Tony Award for her portrayal of Norma Desmond – a Broadway gig that came at the expense of Patti LuPone who was contracted to take it to New York after a year in London. Close had opened in Los Angeles while LuPone was in London and Andrew Lloyd Webber chose her instead.

Things were hurled onto the street from Patti’s London dressing room, by Patti, she sued and won and later returned to Broadway in revivals of Sweeney Todd and Gypsy, the latter earned her a Tony.

What’s interesting to know is that the great Betty Buckley replaced LuPone in the London production then later replaced Close on Broadway.

Others played the role on stage including Elaine Paige and Petula Clark and in an acclaimed Toronto production, the great Diahann Carroll.

Here are all of their versions of With One Look. Vote for your favorite in the comments section.





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Morning Man Classic: Omar Sharif!

Am heading back out for a day at the TCM Classic Film Festival – I wish it could last forever.

So far I’ve seen Lenny, The Cincinatti Kid, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Norma Rae and, for the first time ever, Doctor Zhivago. I write that despite the predictable comments it elicits: ‘You NEVER seen it?’

What a way to see it though: Big screen at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. It was about four hours with intermission and overture and I am just in love with Julie Christie and this extraordinarily handsome man, Omar Sharif.

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See Steve Grand’s new music video: “Time”


Steve Grand’s long-awaited debut album, All-American Boy, came out this week and on Friday, Steve debuted the video for his pop ballad Time.

In the video, hunky Steve meets a hunky guy (played by Daniel Williams) at the train station and we see the whole thing play out.

Enjoy!

If you’ve purchased Steve’s album, I’d love to know what you think of it.

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LA LGBT Center lauches national campaign to regulate residential programs claiming to help ‘troubled’ youth

Thousands of youth have been abused and hundreds have died while in residential programs that claim to help ‘troubled’ youth, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center announced at a news conference Friday that it has joined forces with Survivors of Institutional Abuse (SIA) to launch a national campaign to regulate these programs on a federal level.

David Garcia, the center’s director of public policy, points out that neighborhood nail salons are more regulated than the industry of residential schools, camps and wilderness programs that are entrusted with the lives of these LGBT kids and other youth.

‘We’ve heard from survivors forced to endure torture techniques that include food and water deprivation, physical abuse, and electric shocks,’ Garcia said. ‘We’ve also spoken to devastated parents whose children died in these programs.’

David Wernsman, a young gay survivor of a program for so-called ‘troubled teens,’ had his story of abuse told in the 2014 documentary Kidnapped for Christ and was present at the news conference and shared some of the harrowing details of his ordeal.

‘When I was 17, two large men woke me up before dawn, tied a belt around my waist and forced me out of my home,’ Wernsman recalled. ‘I was taken to a dumping ground – guarded by men with guns – for kids whose families didn’t know how to solve their child’s issue. In my case, it was the fact that I’m gay. The program was an endless nightmare of torture including public beatings and humiliation, hard labor, and sometimes solitary confinement  in a windowless cell where we relieved ourselves in a bucket. They blanketed their abusive practices under the guise of Christianity.’

Garcia and Wernsman were joined at the news conference by SIA Executive Director Jodi Hobbs and California State Senator Ricardo Lara (pictured, right) who announced the introduction of his Protecting Youth from Institutional Abuse Act (SB 524). The bill is co-sponsored by the Center and SIA to regulate the troubled teen industry and calls for no exemption for religious-based groups.

‘Tragically many young people have experienced horrendous abuse, neglect, and even death at some unregulated youth facilities,’ said Lara.

He explained that the bill would define private alternative youth treatment and education institutions and require them to obtain a license from the Department of Social Services and ensure youth’s rights are protected.

SIA reports the deaths of more than 300 people who are linked to these programs.

Since it is common for these programs to re-open in another state under a different name after they are forced to close, federal legislation is considered essential.

This is where US Congressman Adam Schiff, a staunch LGBT ally, comes in.

Schiff (pictured, left) is working with his colleagues to introduce legislation that will hold all residential treatment programs accountable for instances of child abuse.

‘The measure will also increase the transparency of these programs so that parents can make informed and safer choices for their children,’ he stated. ‘Families that turn to these treatment programs for help, often as a last resort, must know that their children are safe and in the care of professionals.’

‘We cannot ignore reports that far too many young people have died and suffered abuse at the hands of those who run and work at residential treatment programs under the guise of providing critical therapy and rehabilitation services,’ Schiff added.

The Center has launched the website www.PYIA.org to share information about its “Protect Youth from Institutional Abuse” campaign with an online petition to members of congress and the California legislature. The site also lists the growing number of organizations that have signed on as campaign supporters.

Days of Our Lives: Turns out the irresistable celebrity Paul really doesn’t know Sonny at all

Nice to see more of T and for him to be having a deep talk about Will’s marital problems: ‘Ari might lose one of her daddies. … broke Sonny’s heart – I hate myself for it.’

Meanwhile, Sonny and Paul are having a heart-to-heart and Paul tries to blame Will’s infidelity on his celebrity: “I’m a celebrity. I turn on the charm and I’m used to getting what I want. And this time, I used it to get Will into my bed.’

Sonny is having none of it: ‘Will had a choice and he chose to cheat on me – with you. I guess it was just impossible to resist your celebrity charm?’

Then we see Paul reveal himself to be quite clueless when it comes to Sonny. He always assumed Sonny wanted to date him then marry him because he was a famous baseball player. A shocked Sonny reveals that he did not know who Paul was when they met then later wanted to marry him because he loved Paul with all his heart.

Then Will arrives and makes a great big jackass of himself which has pretty much been par for the course.

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Friday Night Videos: Jim Parsons and Wanda Sykes pay visits to ladies of “The Talk”


TGF! I’ve been at the TCM Classic Film Festival all day and had no time to post. But did want to get a few items up. Both of these are from The Talk featuring some LGBT guests: Jim Parsons discusses how he prepared for his recent induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He says “This is like, you’re alive but it’s your memorial service at the same time.” Meanwhile, also being discussed was Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart fighting back against criticism that “Get Hard” is racist and homophobic. Guest host Wanda Sykes says, “They’re comedians. It’s a comedy. It’s not like Obama or Joe Biden made a movie. It’s Will, it’s Kevin Hart, come on! ”

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Alan Cumming tells a very amusing story about the weirdest role he’s ever had: a creepy lumberjack

This is just an utterly charming story told by an utterly charming actor.

Alan Cumming guested this week on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and in this video, tells the story of his weirdest acting job.

It was at the start of his career and he was cast in an Irish soap opera as, get this, a creepy lumberjack character.

The part about him sawing a tree onto his pregnant girlfriend is a hoot!

The creepy lumberjack ends up getting killed-off but, thankfully, Alan managed to go on to great success on stage, on TV and in movies.

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My chat with actor Christopher Sean who plays Paul Narita on NBC’s “Days of Our Lives”

Christopher Sean is a terrific actor that he has managed to come between a beloved couple on Days of Our Lives and still come off as a good guy.

His character of Paul Narita turned the lives of Sonny Kiriakis and Will Horton upside down when he slept with Will who he later finds out is married to Paul’s ex.

‘It’s been such positive feedback from the fans, I’m just surprised myself,’ Christopher told me in a recent interview.

‘I’m just trying to do the best I can in portraying a heartfelt man who wants to get back his love. The writing is just incredible what they are putting out. It’s just making my job easy and I go out and I do the best I possibly can and make sure it’s as authentic and genuine as possible.’

The Days role goes beyond the Will-Sonny-Paul triangle. With Paul being a pro baseball player and of Japanese ancestory, his character has dealt with the end of his athletic career, with the reaction of his family to his being gay and his taking the step of coming out publicly.

‘It’s an honor, it’s a privilege and it’s a dream come true,’ he says of his role. ‘I’ve always wanted to act and to have a job that allows me to be someone to help people, to give back to the community, that’s what I’m looking for – that’s what I always want to do – to make people feel better and to make them understand in life, if they are going through struggles, this is an opportunity to really help those people and I love that.’

Here are some of some big Paul Narita moments:


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Friday Morning Man: Luke Macfarlane!

It was so nice to see Luke Macfarlane on last week’s episode of NBC’s The Night Shift as Brendan Fehr’s boyfriend Rick.

He had also been on an episode last season and his loyal fans like me were hopeful he’d be recurring or a regular.

ABC’s Brothers & Sisters ended its five-year run in 2011 we just loved having Luke as the adorable Scotty on our TV screens each week.

The fans of that series still love our Scotty and the 35-year-old actor is reminded of all the time.

‘I had a really nice experience just the other day,’ he said in an interview last year. ‘I was walking out of an audition with these two other people that I had just been auditioning against, and this lady passed me on the street, and she said, ‘no disrespect to the other two of you, but I just have to say I’m such a huge fan of Luke.’ And I turned to the people beside me, and I said, ‘I swear to God, I didn’t tell her to say that.’

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