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Morning Man Encore: Rib Hillis!

Originally posted Nov. 11, 2009 and is not updated – Rib has since starred in the film Birthday Cake.

It was so nice to meet Rib Hillis a few nights ago at the GLAAD Tidings event.

He’s an actor and a model who had parlayed his handyman skills into some choice television gigs and he’s also a straight ally who was appalled by the recent anti-gay marriage vote in Maine.

“I’m sickened by it, I think it’s obscene – the last form of discrimination,” he said. “I think it comes out of people’s own fears and insecurities. I have amazing, beautiful friends who have been together forever.”

After college, Rib modeled full-time and worked in Milan, Paris, Barcelona, London, Sydney, New York, Miami and Los Angeles for such publications as Uomo Vogue, GQ, Esquire and Men’s Health. He also appeared in many commercials and print campaigns for Versace, Armani and Catalyst Cologne.

He arrived in Hollywood in 1996 to look for acting roles and landed one on the now-defunct soap Port Charles. He’s has also guested on Ugly Betty, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami.

Rib also used his looks and carpentry skills to to become a regular on seasons five and six of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. He will next appear on a new show set to debut on A&E next year called $100 Makeover. Each room redone will have to be redone with just $100 worth of materials.

“I put any hat on that I need to wear,” he said, laughing.

Oh yeah, how did he get the name Rib? He picked up in the third grade playing with frogs and enjoying the sounds that they make.

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Federer! In full flight!

Most years – for the past 20 in fact – I make it out for at least a few days to the big pro tennis tournament in Indian Wells to watch the likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal practice and play their matches real up close. I have so many lovely memories of this.

But this year, the schedule just is not cooperating and there has been too much else to do!

But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been following the results of a resurgent Roger Federer who, after a disastrous 2013 season, is healthy again and back in form.

The Swiss superstar, who climbs back into the top 5 next week after dropping down to 8th, tweeted this pic from his quarterfinal match from earlier tonight (he won).

He wrote: ‘In full flight, hope I can keep it up, anyone coming to my doubles tomorrow with @stanwawrinka ?’

I can predict with full confidence a full stadium. Federer is popular everywhere but at Indian Wells, there’s no bigger star. His practice sessions draw more than many actual matches and fans will be there to see him in any singles or doubles match.

He’s not only the greatest male player there ever was, he’s the greatest male star of all time.

Go Roger!

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Late Night Video: Check out the smooth and sexy Robbie Rogers “Flaunt” photo session

CARLOS SERRAO // Robbie Rogers for Flaunt from Terrie Tanaka Management on Vimeo.

Robbie Rogers has kindly posted this video on Facebook for us to drool over. The man has the most perfect hair. I do not hate him because he’s beautiful.

He writes: Off-season kicking soccer balls behind the scenes w/ @flauntmagazine

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Jim Parsons, openly gay Emmy winner, is star of sitcom that just got renewed for THREE more seasons

True confession: When people ask me things like: “WHY do you have to say he’s gay?” I usually delete their comment and might even de-friend them on Facebook.

I just can’t take it, you know? Makes my head want to explode.

It matters even if some people want to believe that it doesn’t.

Last night at the Greg In Hollywood 5th anniversary party, a group of us were talking at dinner about Paul Lynde, the late closeted actor of Hollywood Squares, Bewitched and The Paul Lynde Halloween Special fame.

Back in the 70s, when he was at the height of his fame, it would have been unimaginable that he could have been openly gay and still been the star of a network series – would not have happened.

So the fact that we have openly gay Jim Parsons as star of the smash CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory – just renewed for THREE more seasons, I think it’s worth celebrating the significance of that.

The lengthy renewal assures the show of being on the air through the 2016-17 season. The show premiered in 2007.

Parsons casually came out as gay in a line that was part of a larger profile on him in The New York Times in May 2012.

The show not only remained as popular as ever but is also a smash in syndication.

‘Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and The Big Bang Theory is the biggest comedy force on television,’ CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler said in a statement. ‘This multi-year deal further strengthens our network’s position for future seasons.’

In addition to Parsons, the show also stars Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, and Kaley Cuoco.

Parsons also has a role in the upcoming AIDS drama The Normal Heart to air on HBO in May.

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Steve Grand’s Kickstarter campaign for debut album going gangbusters – surpasses $200,000 mark

I’ve been so discombobulated today that I didn’t even do a Morning Man. So to make it up to you, I’m throwing a little beefcake your way via our All-American Boy Steve Grand.

Some amazing news regarding Steve who had hoped to raise $81,000 on Kickstarter in order to complete his debut album.

Instead, the YouTube sensation ended up making history.

Grand announced to his fans this week that their outpouring of financial support has resulted in his upcoming album becoming one of the top 10 most funded projects in Kickstarter history.

As of today, $211,500 has been raised with 16 days of the campaign remaining.

‘Blown away,’ Grand wrote to fans on a Facebook post. ‘This is no longer just an album. YOU have made it a movement.’

He added: ‘YOU weren’t satisfied with giving just enough to get this record produced. YOU seem determined to put this album on the same playing field as artists backed by major labels who usually dominate the airwaves. Every dollar now means we can market and promote this album to an even wider audience.’

Grand points out that the six figures and counting that have been pledged so far will go beyond completion and marketing of the album. It will allow him to go on tour to promote it.

And all on his own terms without a major record label calling the shots or trying to influence his LGBTI-inclusive songs like All-American Boy and Stay..

‘Big labels spend millions to make hit records,’ he wrote. ‘But together, we’re doing this $10, $15 and $25 at a time.’


Days of Our Lives: Sonny and Will decide to include their moms in the planning of wedding

Really, what is Adrienne’s fricken problem?

Her son is awesome and in love with a great guy. And yet, she is dead set against it. Very irritating. When she gives her blessing, is she sincere?

I don’t know anymore – she’s written so wacky that I have no idea what makes her tick.

I love Will’s line to Sonny before they meet their moms at the club to chat about wedding plans: “Can’t we just get a license and go to City Hall?”

Anyway, the gem of these scenes is when Sami and Adrienne debate the pros and cons of the Kiriakis mansion versus the DiMera mansion which can both be houses of horror!

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Video: See Neil Patrick Harris transform for OUT

Photographer Michael Muller shot Neil Patrick Harris for Out magazine’s April 2014 issue and produced this behind the scenes look at the transformation of the actor.

Lots of NPH shirtless if you like that kind of thing – which I do!

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Lance Bass and fiance Michael Turchin talk about their love and wanting the freedom to marry in Mississippi

In this video, Mississippi residents Lance Bass and his fiancé Michael Turchin share why they are Southerners for the Freedom to Marry.

They paint a South that is far different from the bigoted stereotypes.

Lance says in the video: “We’re here; our feet are planted here in Mississippi, and we can tell you by experience that there’s tons of support down here. Growing up in the South and seeing how change is definitely happening down here way faster than I ever thought it would happen here, I think we have grown leaps and bounds … This is where we need to start taking it to the next level. We need to open the dialogue about this.”

The video is part of a new campaign called Southerners for the Freedom to Marry, a partnership of Freedom to Marry and statewide/regional equality organizations.

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Snapped! Greg In Hollywood 5th Anniversary Party!

Sorry for the lack of posts today, I’m still recovering a bit from last night’s Greg In Hollywood 5th Anniversary Party at Al Bacio Restorante in West Hollywood.

No, I’m not hungover – from alcohol at least.

I’m hungover from all the love and support from friends who showed up to celebrate this milestone and to raise some money for the Los Angeles chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

I’m finishing my third – and final! – year as president at the end of July and wanted to mix the celebration with a good cause which is raising scholarship money for NLGJA-LA!

No, I did not arrive in a limo – my friend Frank Groff did with a group of eight awesome people and they insisted I re-enact my arrival for the cameras. In truth, I was in the paid lot across from the old Tower Records!

Frank was instrumental in setting up the event at Al Bacio which generously provided us with free appetizers and wine and champagne then donated $10 from every dinner to NLGJA-LA.


My compliments to the awesome chef Christian Simoniato and to manager Kevin Lepisto and the rest of the staff for being first-rate.

My great friend Jim Key, yesterday’s Morning Man, arrived in time to give a magnificent toast – a tribute I will never forget and for which I will be forever grateful.

Jim said a lot of great things about the site and my LGBT coverage and even managed to work Days of Our Lives in there!

Jim was not the only Morning Man present. Darryl Stephens, most recently featured last March, showed up and really lent some star power and Hollywood glamor to the occasion. He’s as nice as he is handsome and I appreciate his support so much.

Most of all, it was just really great to share this occasion with really good friends who all seemed to have a great time and made the occasion a night to remember.

** Photos by Jon Viscott

Catching up with the gays of “General Hospital”

Hi everyone! I’m completely swamped today and don’t have a chance to watch these General Hospital scenes – yet. But wanted to post them right away and let you enjoy them. The first minute or two has Ryan Carnes talking about a diner in Seattle and it’s just so sexy the way he does that.

Can’t wait to see the rest!

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Happy 68th Birthday to Liza … with a Z!

In my opinion, the Oscar night all-star selfie would have been even better had it included today’s birthday girl Liza Minnelli.

But no, big strapping Channing Tatum barreled over there and our little Liza and her blue hair streak did not have a chance.

Still, Liza can console herself with her Tonys, her Oscar, her Emmys and her special Grammy and with the knowledge that she is still beloved by legions of fans like me who wish her a very happy 68th birthday today.

Here are some Liza memories including a recent visit to The Queen Latifah Show:

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Ellen looks at some of the Oscar selfie re-enactors

Ellen is still talking about the Oscar night selfie – and who can blame her?

And she’s got fresh material thanks to some unique re-enactments of the now iconic pic whose participants have 12 Oscars between them: Meryl Streep (3), Kevin Spacey (2), Angelina Jolie (2 including Jean Hersholt), Julia Roberts (1), Brad Pitt (1), Jennifer Lawrence (1), Jared Leto (1), and Lupita Nyong’o (1).

Anyway, as for the re-enactments, I knew about the Simpsons one (Ellen complains that she looks like Anderson Cooper) but not about the LEGO one! Or the one where EVERYONE has Kevin Spacey’s face!

Funny stuff!


Sci-fi comedy “Space Station 76″ starring hotties Matt Bomer and Patrick Wilson gets distribution

I’m convinced Matt Bomer should be a huge movie star and will be.

Currently starring in TV’s White Collar and in HBO’s upcoming film The Normal Heart, Matt has the looks and the talent for the big screen. (There was not enough of him in Magic Mike!)

Anyway, good news out of South by Southwest (SXSW) when it was announced that Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired all international rights to Jack Plotnick’s Space Station 76.

Matt is one of the main stars of the flick which will premiere at SXSW on March 8.

Patrick Wilson and Liv Tyler also star along with Marisa Coughlan, Kylie Rogers, Kali Rocha, Jerry O’Connell and Keir Dullea.

The comedy-drama was written by Plotnick, Jennifer Cox, Sam Pancake, Rocha and Michael Stoyanov.


Wednesday Morning Man: Jim Key!

This is fun for me.

I’m featuring a really good friend of mine as Morning Man today but he doesn’t know about it – yet.

Don’t know if he’ll be happy or mortified but when you’re pals with Greg In Hollywood, you better watch out!

This handsome dude is Jim Key and he’s been the Chief Public Affairs Officer for the LA Gay and Lesbian Center for several years now.

Since we both live in LA and mix in LGBT media circles, who would’ve thought the place where Jim and I would meet would be on a rainy night in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival in 2005?

We’ve been great friends ever since and have had lots of fun at parties, conventions, awards shows, musicals, movies, dinners and a happy hour or two.

Jim served in the Marine Corps and when Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell officially came to an end in September 2011, he shared his story at a news conference held in conjunction with the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.

‘While  I hid my sexual orientation in the Marine Corps, many of the same  people who commended me for my service were ironically the same people  who publicly refused to serve with LGBT people,’ he said on that day.

‘Once more  soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines are able to be truthful and honest about their sexual orientation, many of those who were against the  repeal will be surprised to realize they’ve been serving with lesbians  and gay men all along,’ he added. ‘ Coming out remains our number one weapon against homophobia.’

Jim is also pedaling more than 500 miles – from San Francisco to Los Angeles – beginning June 1 in what will be his third AIDS/LifeCycle to help raise money for the HIV/AIDS-related services of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.

I’m going to throw the LINK in here in case any of you want to help him reach his $10,000 goal!

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LA Fashion Week: Pics of Vanwolff runway show!

Had hoped to make it out to LA Live tonight for the Vanwolff Runway Fashion Show for LA Fashion Week.

But I’ve been too busy preparing for the Greg In Hollywood 5th Anniversary Party which is tomorrow night and in the end, had to miss this feast for the eyes.

But I wanted to post a few pics from Facebook and send out a mighty big congratulations to Andrew Maxin and Mark Waier for what looks like a fabulous show.

Launched in 2012, Vanwolff is a Los Angeles-based swim and underwear company for men founded by Andrew.

Check out the company website!

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Days of Our Lives: Sonny gives Nick a piece of his mind and later pays visit to Uncle Victor

Nick Fallon actually says to Sonny Kiriakis in this episode: “You’re a smug sonofabitch.”

This coming from the most smug man in all of Salem.

As Sonny, Freddie Smith really shines in these scenes – especially when he reminds Nick of all his past dastardly deeds which “blew up in your face.”

Later Sonny goes to visit his uncle Victor who is one of my favorite characters. He describes Nick as “all sprawling and fawning” and also compares him to a cockroach.

There are Will scenes today too but the lovebirds do not share the screen. Will has visits with Abigail then later Sami.

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Frank Ocean pays back Chipotle to end legal dispute – leaves f-bomb on cashier’s check

Frank Ocean paid up in the end – but he wasn’t happy about it.

The Grammy-winning singer had been sued by Mexican food chain Chipotle for $212,500 after it had paid him that much as an advance for singing a song for an ad.

Ocean was to perform a remake of Pure Imagination for an animated ad titled The Scarecrow which is the companion film for Chipotle’s new app-based game (see video below).

Ocean never sang the song citing creative differences and Chipotle sued to get its advance money back. He reportedly objected to the chain’s logo being a part of the ad.

Fiona Apple performed on the ad instead.

He posted the photo of his cashier’s check to Chipotle on his Tumblr account and wrote in the memo line in all caps: FUCK OFF.

Chipotle has issued this response: ‘Thanks, Frank.’

Not sure why Ocean wouldn’t have returned the money anyway – without having to be sued. Not sure he comes off very well here. How did Chipotle exactly wrong him and why the heck would they not put their logo on the thing?

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Happy 47th Birthday to John Barrowman – let’s celebrate with some fun videos

He had me at Central Park West.

Long before Torchwood and Dr. Who and Arrow, I carried a torch for dreamy John Barrowman who I first saw as Peter Fairchild in the 1995-96 CBS nighttime soap Central Park West – also known as C.P.W.

Lauren Hutton played his mother and Melissa Errico played this awful tabloid reporter who I think Peter married – then killed?

Does anyone remember? (I’ve found some clips on YouTube - can’t embed so here’s LINK)

Anyway, as we know John – true talent of stage and screen – has become the star he has always deserved to be and what makes it even better is that he’s out and proud.

Happy birthday to him! Below are some assorted Barrowman bits:

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“Game of Thrones” star Kristian Nairn says all we had to do was ask: Yep, he’s gay!

Games of Thrones star Kristian Nairn really wanted to come out publicly as a gay man.

The trouble was, no one would ask him.

‘I’ve been waiting for someone to ask about it in an interview, because it’s not something you just blurt out. I’ve tried to lead the questions a few times, to no avail!’ the actor tells

The subject was broached in the interview when he was asked about his popularity with the ‘bear’ segment of the LGBTI community.

‘Well, in all honesty, when you talk about “the gay community,” you are talking about MY community,’ Nairn said. ‘I am aware of it, yeah, and I think it’s really lovely. There’s not a day that I don’t get a few messages, but 99 percent or more are super sweet and nothing smutty at all!’

‘Again, it’s a privilege, and I really mean that,’ the Irish actor added. ‘I’ve never hidden my sexuality from anyone my whole life.’

Nairn plays Hodor on the HBO series which is based on George R.R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels.

Of his sexuality, the 38 year old said: ‘It’s a very small part of who I am on the whole, but nonetheless, in this day and age, it’s important to stand up and be counted.’

‘I have and always will stand my ground. So, yeah, people have been great, on the show, but I don’t see why it would be an issue.’

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Sam Harris: “You make your own place to fit in”

Just a terrific interview on the Fox morning show in LA today with the great Sam Harris.

You can see in the video below that Sam is in terrific form and has lots of funny and touching stories to tell in his new book Ham: Slices of Life which is the basis for his one-man show later this month at the Renberg Theatre.

The Tony-nominated Broadway star and first winner of TV’s Star Search will be doing a reading tomorrow night at West Hollywood Library – I’d go but I’m hosting a party for the 5th anniversary of Greg In Hollywood!
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