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Showtune Sunday: Barry Gibb teams with Olivia Newton-John on his song “Islands in the Stream”

Came across this wonderful video of Barry Gibb and Olivia Newton-John performing together recently and they both still sound terrific.

I had forgotten that Barry wrote Islands in the Stream, a huge hit for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. So here he is singing it with Olivia as well as a few other special versions: his little brother Andy Gibb doing the song with frequent duet partner Marie Osmond and, of course, Dolly and Kenny.


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Snapped! Jason Collins meets Ellen Page!

One of the tallest openly gay famous people met one of the tiniest yesterday and here’s what Jason Collins had to say about it: “I finally met the amazing & inspiring @EllenPage tonight in LA. #loveher”

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Morning Man Classic: Kevin Costner!

Kevin Costner is going to turn 60 this month!

He’s the first major movie star who I ever interviewed – a few years before I began writing about entertainment exclusively.

It was in 1999 and I was covering the restaurant industry for the Business section of the Los Angeles Times. Costner, Robert Wagner and golfer Fred Couples were opening a restaurant called The Clubhouse near South Coast Plaza and I covered the press conference and chatted with Kevin after.

The first movie I ever saw of his was 1987′s No Way Out and I was quickly smitten. I soon caught up on anything he had been up to that time including Fandango, American Flyers, Silverado and The Untouchables.

From then on, I’d see any Costner film in the theaters soon after they came out including, of course, Dances With Wolves, Bull Durham and Field of Dreams. I loved him in JFK, Tin Cup and The Bodyguard and remember waiting in a long line outside a movie theater in Newport Beach on opening weekend of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

What I liked was that at the height of his fame, Costner took chances. He was terrific in a supporting role in the drama The War and played one of his few bad guys in The Perfect World which also starred Clint Eastwood.

Kevin took some real grief with the release of the expensive film Waterworld which was widely panned and grossed just under $90 million. But that was a huge box office success compared to the major flop The Postman was. After that film, Costner stopped helming big budget flicks and became more of an actor for hire in such films as Thirteen Days, For the Love of the Game and 3000 Miles to Graceland.

He decided to direct again in 2003 and did it with a budget of just $26 million. The film was the outstanding western Open Range which also starred Robert Duvall and Annette Bening. The film grossed nearly $60 million and was considered a solid success critically and commercially.

He was also terrific in the widely-overlooked gem The Upside of Anger, very funny in Swing Vote, scary good in Mr. Brooks. and won an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award for his performance in the TV miniseries Hatfields & McCoys.

Costner had supporting roles in Superman: Man of Steel and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and last year starred in Draft Day.

His latest film, Black or White, is a drama that’s out this month.

Here are my top-5 favorite Costner films: Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, Open Range, The Upside of Anger and The War.

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Roger Federer is in reach of 1,000 career match wins as he kicks off 2015 season Down Under

Tennis superstar Roger Federer is kicking off his 2015 season in Australia at the Brisbane International.

At 33, he’s ranked number 2 in the world and another strong year would only enhance his legend.

Should he be the last man standing at the event, it would be his 83rd title and make him only the third player in the Open Era (since 1968) to reach the 1,000 match wins milestone. Only Jimmy Connors (1,253) and Ivan Lendl (1,071) have done so.

“I would love to win this event,” Federer told reporters Saturday on the banks of the Brisbane River. “I was close last year, after I had had a good week. I always like lifting trophies in a place that I have never been able to. I am unbelievably pumped up for this week. It’s a really good field, with a lot of promising players.”

Federer was runner-up last year to fellow former number one Lleyton Hewitt.

“I really had a great time here as a player and also as a family here last year,’ he said. ‘I couldn’t wait to be back. It really kicked off a great season for me in 2014. It was a good one to basically to the end, with victory in the Davis Cup.”


Here are some snippets from the great Lily Tomlin’s Kennedy Center Honors weekend

Missed the telecast of the Kennedy Center Honors which aired on CBS on Dec. 30 and forgot to record it.

I’m sure segments will surface on YouTube at some point but until that happens, I’m posting what bits and pieces I could find about my favorite honoree Lily Tomlin. Love that her wife and longtime professional partner Jane Wagner was there to share it with her and especially how at one point Lily kisses her hand.


Snapped! Sam Smith and boyfriend Down Under!

This is sweet.

Six-time Grammy nominee Sam Smith went Down Under to usher the new year in with boyfriend Jonathan Zeizel.

The British singer shared some photos of their Australian holiday on social media including one in which they channel Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in 1997′s The Titanic.

Smith had this to say of the past year: ‘I started my year so lonely and still fully in love with someone who didn’t love me back. Right now I feel so unbelievably loved back. You have all changed my life & I will forever be thankful. May we have many more New Years together. Can’t wait to see you all in 2015 and sing my ass off for you.’


Days of Our Lives preview: Paul & Will lock lips!

WHAT is this? Paul has now kissed every gay guy in Salem – except Derrick that is. Okay, this is a preview for next week and I don’t know if Paul or Will dreamed this or if it really happened but how fun!

Stay tuned!

And please, let’s see more of Derrick soon!

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Days of Our Lives: Sonny & Will spend NY Eve apart

Sorry folks, am just getting around to posting yesterday’s scenes and they are pretty damned good.

It’s New Year’s Eve and Will bails on Sonny so he can go to do another interview with Paul.

Well, who’d want to be with calamity Sonny anyway as he yet faces another disaster with the second club we have yet to see and have no idea why he’s pouring every last cent into.

Looks like he’s about to head to Paul’s hotel room for comfort – the room where Will is having champagne and toasting in the new year.

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How good sport Anderson Cooper ended up with red, white and blue hair on New Year’s Eve

Anderson Cooper never knows quite what to expect when he co-hosts CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage from New York’s Times Square with Kathy Griffin.

This year – their eighth together – was no exception. Among the more memorable moments came towards the end when Griffin brought some hair dye out.

‘Just lean your head down a little bit, close your eyes, and we’re gonna have a little bit of fun, shall we?’ she said to her white=haired pal. ‘Just trust me.’

She then proceeded to rub blue hair dye on one side of Cooper’s head and some red dye on the other. The middle portion remained white for a patriotic red, white an blue look.

‘This is temporary, and it shows how fantastic you are,’ she assured Cooper.

Once he opened his eyes he said, ‘What have you done?’

What she had done was provide viewers with yet another buzz-worthy moment from her annual telecast with Cooper.

Once off the air, the anchor posted a Twitter pic of himself in front of a mirror and asked:’Anyone know how to get red dye out of hair?’

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“Days of Our Lives” alum Chandler Massey guested on NBC’s “Bad Judge” – see some highlights here

Much-missed Days of Our Lives alum Chandler Massey, winner of three consecutive Emmys for his performance as Will Horton, resurfaced on NBC this week.

Chandler had a guest spot on the comedy Bad Judge starring Kate Walsh, a series that has been canceled.

Since leaving Days, Chandler has also had a role in the film Angels in Stardust starring Alicia Silverstone and is currently making the movie Butterfly Caught.

You can see Chandler’s scenes over at The Backlot.

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Robbie Rogers reveals in book he was a twin: ‘… Before he died, he gave me his speed’

Robbie Rogers reveals many things in his new autobiography Coming Out to Play including the surprising fact that he was a twin.

It’s something he sensed from a very early age without anyone ever telling him.

‘On day when I was six or seven years old I asked my mother if I had a twin brother,’ he writes.

It’s a fascinating story he let his mother, Theresa Rarick Rogers, write about in the book.

‘I never said a word to my children about Robbie’s twin, so I was shocked when Robbie asked me about his twin brother,’ she writes.

She tells readers that early in her pregnancy, she was locked out of their San Pedro home and climbed through a window, four feet off the ground, to enter the house.

She slipped and fell and later that day, she began spotting and bleeding. She was having a miscarriage and the doctor wanted her to go to the hospital for a D&C (dilation and curettage – a procedure to remove any remaining tissue from the pregnancy).

Mrs. Rogers, an attorney in the middle of a trial, refused, and instead was given a prescription. She battled some post-partum depression but continued with the trial and caring for her two daughters.

Four months later, she still felt pregnant.

It turns out she was – with Robbie – who was a twin.

‘I had no idea I’d been pregnant with twins,’ she writes. ‘In those days they didn’t do routine sonograms which would have shown two heartbeats before the miscarriage and one after.’

By refusing the D&C, she spared Robbie’s life.

‘I would have lost the second baby without even knowing it,’ she writes.

But the peril did not end then. The doctor worried that the medication he had prescribed after the miscarriage, the remaining twin might be born with birth defects.

But the baby was born perfect and it was quickly clear that he was a sports prodigy who went on to compete in the 2008 Olympics, win the NCAA championships while in college and twice be a part of to MLS championship teams including this year with the LA Galaxy.

Rogers shares that on the day he first asked his mom about his twin he also said: ‘I know I had a brother and before he died, he gave me his speed.’


Lunch Break Video: Tom Daley’s rewind of 2014

Tom Daley had a pretty terrific 2014 and parts of it were captured on YouTube. Here is his rewind of the year.

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BFFs Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen were once set up on a date – but they never went

Imagine what a power couple Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen could have been.

The dashing, silver-haired CNN anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent and the ever-smiling host of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live (WWHL) and producer of the popular Housewives reality show franchise.

It turns out they were originally supposed to be a romantic pair and were once set up on a date by a mutual friend.

‘When we were set up … we had a phone call to talk before we actually went out on a date,’ Cooper said recently while guesting on WWHL.

A connection was made during that call, but not a romantic one.

‘I don’t know how, but both of us sort of decided, based on that one phone call, “We’re not going to go on a date,”‘Cooper said.

While Cohen has remained famously single and revealed that he often uses the Tinder app to meet guys, Cooper has been in a relationship with bar owner Benjamin Maisani since 2009.

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Friday Morning Man: Jonas Armstrong!

The first Morning Man of 2015 sure is a cutie.

He’s Irish actor Jonas Armstrong and he celebrated his 34th birthday yesterday.

Jonas is best known for his appearances on television in the United Kingdom – especially the title role in the BBC One drama series Robin Hood which had its third and final season in 2009.

Since then, Jonas appeared in the series The Body Farm, Prisoners’ Wives and Hit & Miss.

Last year, Jonas had his biggest splash yet starring in the US film Walking with the Enemy and having a supporting role in the terrific Tom Cruise-Emily Blunt action film Edge of Tomorrow.

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Another Oscars promo from Neil Patrick Harris

It’s that time of year when we start thinking of New Year’s resolutions and in his latest Oscars promotion, 2015 host Neil Patrick Harris suggests the top three resolutions should be eat less, exercise more and “watch me host the Oscars.”

He knows which resolution will be easiest to keep!


Janet Mock had a tremendous 2014 with best seller, new show, new magazine job and new fiance

It’s hard to blame trans author and activist Janet Mock for being utterly pleased with her 2014.

I think she is just tremendous and have ever since she guested on Piers Morgan’s CNN show early in the year. So much has happened for her since then and I saw what a great interviewer she is when she sat in as guest host of Larry King Now for a substantive chat with Tracee Ellis Ross.

Anyway, she took to Twitter on New Year’s Eve while drinking Prosecco wine and eating ribs with fiancee Aaron Tredwell to reflect on all that’s happened in the past 12 months.

She warned: ‘Feeling emo-reflective which is what one feels this time of year especially when Prosecco is pouring….so prepare for a flurry of tweets!’

Among the highlights:

‘In 2014, I published #RedefiningRealness, and b/c of my readers — largely on social media — it debuted on New York Times bestseller list.

‘In 2014, I became an editor at @marieclaire — the same mag where I first shared my story. We must be in these rooms!

‘In 2014, I created and launched my own show #SoPOPular with @shiftmsnbc discussing the cultural matters I love.

‘In 2014, Aaron put a ring on it & I said yes. I will end the year w/ him & @CockapooCleo in our living room eating ribs + drinking prosecco.

‘Finally in 2014, I learned we’re the heroes we’ve been waiting for & our vision is as valid as our reality.’

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Snapped! Nole and Rafa in Abu Dhabi!

I have a feeling the 2015 season is going to a doozy for men’s pro tennis. Former number one Rafael Nadal will be eager to regain momentum while current number one Novak Djokovic and 17-time grand slam champ Roger Federer remain at the top of their games. Djokovic and Nadal are competing in the Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament this week while Federer will make his 2015 debut in Brisbane next week.


Anderson Cooper survives his eighth year co-anchoring on New Year’s Eve with Kathy Griffin

Been struggling with allergies this week and toyed with just staying home last night and watching Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper on CNN.

But ended up going to a friend’s house party at the last minute so am catching some of this hilarious duo via YouTube this morning.

Entertainment Weekly live blogged it though. Among the highlights:

Anderson Cooper kicks off the show with Kathy Griffin interrupting him. And making fun of him for his L’Uomo cover shoot.

Kathy announces Taylor Swift will be a guest in 15 minutes. (She’s lying.) Anderson giggles.

Kathy quizzes Anderson about how much a stamp costs. He may know the answer, but instead of answering he giggles, hugs her, and whispers “I love you, but really I hate your guts” into her ear.

Kathy is quizzing Anderson on sports. His biggest question: When people talk about “the game,” how do people know what game it is?

Below is one of their segments. Haven’t found a ‘best of’ video yet. Will add it if I do.

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Days of Our Lives: Derrick flirts with Eric!

Derrick and Eric – what a coupla cuties. On yesterday’s episode, hottie Salem Inn employee Derrick has his gayest moment yet when he has a brief chat with handsome Eric – the former priest – in the hotel hallway.

When Eric says he’s a friend of the guest in the room, a flirty Derrick says: “Lucky her.”


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Celeb Tweets: New Year’s Day Edition

Robbie Rogers @robbierogers ·  14h 14 hours ago

Happy New Years! So grateful for everything this year, the good and the tough times. Excited for what 2015 has planned for all of us! xR

Matt Bomer @MattBomer ·  6h 6 hours ago

2015 is here! Wishing everyone happiness and love the whole year through. Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.

Martina Navratilova @Martina ·  14h 14 hours ago

Happy new year to all, wherever you may live!!!!!

Boy George @BoyGeorge ·  20h 20 hours ago

Everyone, have a great New Year and I hope 2015 is a beautiful year for you all!

Laverne Cox @Lavernecox ·  14h 14 hours ago

Happy New Year. Our dreams, our heart’s desires are not forbidden fruit. We can taste them. We can have them.

Robin Roberts @RobinRoberts ·  9h 9 hours ago

Wishing all a healthy and happy new year. Follow your dream in 2015!

Thomas Roberts @ThomasARoberts ·  9h 9 hours ago

Happy New Year! 2015 – it is a clean slate! Make it all yours #GoAndDo #HappyNewYear2015 #GoalsFor2015

Ellen DeGeneres @TheEllenShow ·  13h 13 hours ago

Happy New Year! I’m celebrating early in case I fall asleep. And by “in case,” I mean I already put on my pajamas and took an Ambien.

Raven-Symonè @MissRavenSymone ·  19h 19 hours ago

Happy new year 2 ALL I’ll be going into the studio to start my new album, multiple show appearances, and products!

Anderson Cooper @andersoncooper ·  8h 8 hours ago

Thanks to everyone who spent their night with us… I hope you all have a great 2015 full of good health and happiness!

Jason Collins @jasoncollins98 ·  14h 14 hours ago

Happy New Year!!! Live the life that you want in 2015. Let the haters hate while you live your life to the fullest. #BeastMode

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