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Monday Morning Man: Dylan McDermott!

Today is Dylan McDermott’s 54th birthday.

Who didn’t love him as passionate attorney Bobby Donnell on The Practice all those years?

I sure did and was already familiar with the handsome actor from his role as Julia Roberts’ husband on Steel Magnolias which, we learned in a 2011 interview with Brandon Voss for The Advocate, Dylan was not aware has a HUGE gay following.

But he is aware many gay men find him attractive and sometimes hit on him: “Oh, yeah. Honestly, I’m cool with everyone, and people pick up on that. I’d say, ‘I’m not gay, but it’s all good.’ It’s kind of like going to Paris when you don’t know the language; some Americans get into trouble over there, but I’m just like, ‘Sorry, I don’t speak French.’”

Dylan has not been able to achieve the success of The Practice again with his follow-up series Big Shots, Dark Blue, Hostages and Stalker.

But he keeps getting plenty of chances he’s so talented.

Dylan starred in the first two seasons of American Horror Story and continues to get plenty of movie roles in such films as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Olympus Has Fallen, The Campaign, Olympus Has Fallen, and Survivor, among others.

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Zachary Quinto honored at GLSEN’s Respect Awards: “This most vital and exciting time”

Here is what Zachary Quinto had to say when he accepted the Champion Award at GLSEN’s Respect Awards in Beverly Hills on Friday night: “It’s been less than five years since I made the decision to come out publicly, and in that short time, we’ve made more social and legislative progress as a community than any other time in the history of our nation. And that’s truly a humbling realization and one that should cause all of us to swell with pride and gratitude to be alive and this most vital and exciting time. We have triumphed in so many ways recently. In that triumph, we stand on the shoulders of many pioneers and fighters and younger people who never had the good fortune to witness the fruits of their labors. To them, we all owe a … debt of gratitude and in the memory of those truer champions than I will ever be, I humbly accept this honor.”

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Happy birthday to Christopher Sean!

Wishing a very happy birthday to Christopher Sean who has done such a terrific job as Paul Narita on NBC’s Days of Our Lives.

His storyline has included his character coming to terms with the end of his pro baseball career, his coming out publicly as gay and his finding his father, John Black, and establishing a bond with him.

With the character of Will Horton murdered and Sonny Kiriakis off in Paris, Paul is now the only gay character left on the show.

Let’s hope he gets a storyline and maybe a new love interest!

Christopher has also had the recurring role of Gabriel Waincroft on Hawaii Five-O. He’s completed the film Young Again and is currently filming Perceptive Matter.

Four-time French Open champ Justine Henin to be inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame

I always loved watching Justine Henin play tennis.

She had one of the most beautiful backhands in the history of the game and had so much heart.

Justine managed to carve out a Hall of Fame career during some of Serena Williams dominant years winning seven Grand Slam singles titles: four French Opens, two US Opens and an Australian Open crown. She also won the Olympic Gold Medal in singles in 2004.

Wimbledon was the only grand slam title Justine did not win. She lost three-set finals to Venus Williams in 2001 and to Amelie Mauresmo in 2006.

She topped the WTA Tour rankings for 117 weeks taking year-end top honors in 2003, 2006 and 2007, and retired in 2011 with 43 career singles titles.

Now 33 and a mother, it was announced this weekend that Justine will be inducted this summer into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

“The Hall of Famers are individuals who I have admired from the time I was a young girl, throughout my career, and to this day,” she said in a statement.


Showtune Sunday: It’s all about the great Helen Reddy who turns 74 years young today

Helen Reddy was one of the biggest recording stars in the world in the 1970s with such hits as I Am Woman, Delta Dawn, I Don’t Know How to Love Him, You and Me Against the World, Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress), Angie Baby, Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady, Somewhere in the Night and You’re My World.

She also appeared in films (Pete’s Dragon, Airport 1975), on stage (Blood Brothers) and hosted TV’s The Midnight Special.

A few years ago, after a decade of retirement from performing, Miss Reddy returned to the stage. I’ve seen her perform twice since then and was astounded that her voice was completely intact. She could hit every beautiful note she ever did.

Today, Miss Reddy turns 74.

Let’s celebrate with some of her songs:

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Morning Man Classic: Larry Wilcox!

Erik Estrada may have been the breakout star of the CHiPs but Larry Wilcox was right there alongside him for five of the show’s six seasons.

The show was about California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers and ran in the late 70s and early 80s.

Wilcox’s acting career never reached those heights again but he did reunite with Estrada in the TV movie CHiPs ’99 and in the feature film National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1.

Now 68, Wilcox pleaded guilty to criminal charges of conspiracy to commit securities fraud in a pump and dump scheme. He was sentenced to three years probation, 500 hours of community service, and a $100 fine.

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RIP Maureen O’Hara who has died at the age of 95

I know Maureen O’Hara isn’t smiling in the top photo here but I post it because it was a photo I took of the legendary star last year as she made her way down the red carpet on opening night of the TCM Classic Film Festival.

She greeted the crowd in the bleachers on the day with: “Thank you for coming.”

It was a thrill to see her in the flesh and I’m proud to have it posted on her Wikipedia page!

I’ve never missed the festival and it has turned out to be the chance for us to see our movie legends like Miss O’Hara who died earlier today at the age of 95.

Her family has issued this statement: “Maureen was our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family as they celebrated her life listening to music from her favorite movie, The Quiet Man.

She appeared in many classic Hollywood films including The Quiet Man, How Green Was My Valley, Miracle on 34th Street, Rio Grande, and The Parent Trap, among others,

I remember back in 1991 when, after more than 20 years away from acting, Miss O’Hara returned to films when she starred in Only the Lonely as the domineering mother of a Chicago cop played by John Candy. She was an absolute hoot and it was a great showcase for her.

Last November, she received an honorary Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement. The inscription read: “To Maureen O’Hara, one of Hollywood’s brightest stars, whose inspiring performances glowed with passion, warmth and strength”


Morning Man Encore: Marat Safin!

Originally posted April 15, 2009 – posting again because it was announced Friday that Marat Safin will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame this summer along with Justine Henin and Helena Sukova. Updated with additional photos

I know, I know. Went a little crazy with the photos of Russian tennis star Marat Safin. But I’m just wild about him and sad that he plans to retire from the pro tour at the end of this season. I spent many an afternoon watching him play matches at the UCLA and Indian Wells events but the most fun was watching him out on the practice courts – shirtless. He would draw such a crowd of men and women – all in love with him.

Sexy Safin has had his ups and downs as a player. The downs were many losses to players not nearly as talented as him and more than his share of injuries. Bur the highs were glorious: winning the 2000 US Open by blowing then top-ranked Pete Sampras off the court in one of the finest displays of tennis ever seen. He spent some time as the world number one asnd went on to win the Australian Open in 2005 beating Roger Federer in a heart-stopping five-set semifinal. He helped his country win two Davis Cup titles, reached the semifinals of Wimbledon last year, of the French Open in 2002, and was also the runner-up at the 2002 and 2004 Australian Opens.

Now 29, Safin is doing one last lap around the world tour. If he plays at UCLA this summer, I’ll be there – with my camera!

See Gus Kenworthy’s Halloween costume!

Never thought I’d be doing FOUR posts on Gus Kenworthy in on week. But hey, he came out as gay this week, his pal Miley Cyrus gave him a shout out then he was Morning Man. Now this brave and adorable guy is sharing with us his Halloween costume.

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Snapped! Andy Cohen and famous friends like John Mayer and Kelly Ripa celebrate Radio Andy

Andy Cohen has got to be the hardest working man in showbiz.

It seems that hosting Watch What Happens Live, producing the various Real Housewives shows and hosting their reunions and writing books isn’t enough for Anderson Cooper’s BFF.

Now Andy is also on the radio and some of his famous friends helped him kick off his new radio channel tonight.

Andy wrote on Facebook: Had a BLAST at the @radioandysxm launch party last night, all while broadcasting for three hours live with tons of surprise guests! You can hear the whole party all weekend on Channel 102 or On Demand..


When Terry Gross had an uncomfortable exchange about gay marriage with Hillary Clinton

As we all know by now, Hillary Clinton famously kept her cool this week during 11 hours of questions during a congressional hearing on the Benghazi attacks.

But the Democratic Party’s presidential front-runner was not as cool last year when she was being interviewed by Terry Gross, host of public radio’s popular Fresh Air program, and the topic of same-sex marriage came up.

In a new profile on Gross in The New York Times Magazine, the famous interviewer recalls chatting about Clinton’s book Hard Choices and noted that as a US senator from New York, Clinton did not support marriage equality.

Gross tells the magazine that she wanted to talk to Clinton about her shift because as Secretary of State, she emerged as a such staunch supporter of LGBT rights.

‘She’s on the international stage, where gay people are still being executed in some countries, or certainly imprisoned, and she’s coming out not only for lesbian and gay rights but she’s adding the T,’ Gross says. ‘‘I thought that was brave and remarkable.’

But Gross wanted Clinton the bridge the gap between her support as secretary of state and lack of support as a senator.

When Gross asked if ‘there were things Clinton believed in personally but couldn’t come out and support as a politician — like gay marriage?’ she says Clinton ‘totally misinterpreted it ‘ as her trying to say, ‘You’re such a hypocrite.’

An uncomfortable exchange followed.

‘I said I’m an American, so we all evolved,’ Clinton said.

Said Gross: ‘So, that’s one for ‘‘you changed your mind?”‘

Replied Clinton: ‘You know, I really — I have to say, I think you are very persistent, but you are playing with my words and playing with what is such an important issue.’

Gross says in the article that she and her producers decided to keep the exchange in because ‘it felt like a real moment.’

Gross adds: ‘Even if the real moment isn’t somebody being really honest and forthcoming and introspective, a real moment of friction, a real moment of tension, is still a real moment.’

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Anderson Cooper pans Jon Rudnitsky’s “snide” impersonation of him during SNL debate sketch

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is not a fan of Jon Rudnitsky’s widely-panned impersonation of him on last weekend’s episode of NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

‘I’m not easily offended, but I didn’t think it was a very good,’ Cooper said Thursday during an appearance on pal Andy Cohen’s show Watch What Happens Live.

‘Seth Meyers did a spoof of me years ago that was really funny,’ added Cooper who said he was asked to play himself in the sketch but his schedule did not permit it.

The opening sketch on SNL drew raves for surprise guest stars Larry David as Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Alec Baldwin as former candidate Jim Webb.

Kate McKinnon also revived her well-received impersonation of Hillary Clinton in the sketch which recreated last week’s debate among Democratic debates.

But the Twitterverse immediately lit up with critical pans of Rudnitsky’s effort.

‘I’m all for being spoofed,’ Cooper said. ‘I thought it was a little oddly, you know it was like the only thing he knew about me was that I’m gay, so he went with it. I got a little Truman Capote vibe. I thought it was a little snide.’

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Nick Jonas pays a visit to Ellen’s show

The talented and adorable Nick Jonas stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday and it is clear Ellen is very fond of this young singer-actor.

And proud of him too.

Nick is playing gay roles on the drama Kingdom and on the comedy Scream Queens and working on his music.

He performed a song called Levels which sounds like a winner!

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Elton John releases new single today – his 33rd studio album to follow in February 2016

It all began with 1969′s Empty Sky.

Forty-seven years later, Elton John will release his 33rd studio album which he has titled Wonderful Crazy Night.

The new album won’t come out on until February 5, 2015 but its first single, Looking Up, is out today.

Elton and T-Bone Burnett, who teamed up on 2013′s top five success The Diving Board, co-produced the album which was recorded at The Village in Los Angeles.

The album marks Elton’s return to the label Island Records which released the singer’s 1975 classic album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, among others.

The new record marks the continuation of Elton’s incredible, inexhaustible songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin. The ten outstanding and evocative new co-writes represent the latest fruits of a friendship that now dates back 48 years.

Wonderful Crazy Night track listing is as follows:

1. Wonderful Crazy Night
2. In The Name Of You
3. Claw Hammer
4. Blue Wonderful
5. I’ve Got 2 Wings
6. A Good Heart
7. Looking Up
8. Guilty Pleasure
9. Tambourine
10. The Open Chord
12. England And America *DELUXE VERSION ONLY

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Friday Morning Man: Gus Kenworthy!

Well, you had to know this was going to happen.

Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy came out publicly yesterday and now we are all in love with him.

The 24 year old has an Instagram account that if you aren’t already following, you will want to do so now!

Gus won an Olympic silver medal in Sochi, Russia, in 2014.

He is a three-time world champion and is considered the best free skier in the world. He wanted to wait until he reached the top of his sport before coming out publicly.

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Days of Our Lives: Sonny Kiriakis says goodbye to Salem – again – leaving just one gay in town

Emmy winner Freddie Smith’s brief return to Days of Our Lives for husband Will Horton’s funeral came to and today.

Explaining there are just too many memories in Salem, Sonny decides to quickly return to Paris. He has a nice but rushed scene with his parents then has a touching moment with Paul at Will’s grave.

Sonny indicated he will return to Salem someday and Paul said he will be there.

Will be monitoring the show for Paul’s storyline to see if the writers and powers that be will allow the town’s only gay character to have a romance without someone dying.

You can see today’s episode HERE.

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Greg Louganis meets President Barack Obama

Olympic legend Greg Louganis and his husband Johnny Chaillot-Louganis met President Barack Obama at The White House this week.

Johnny noted on Facebook that this is the sixth US president that Greg has met!

The others have been Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Carter was president in 1976 when then 16-year-old Greg won an Olympic Silver Medal at the Summer Games in Montreal.

Then four years later, it was Carter who decided US athletes would not compete in the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow because of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan. Louganis had been favored to win two gold medals that year.

He did so four years later in 1984 when Reagan was president (see photo below) then won his third and fourth gold (and fifth Olympic medal overall) in 1988 when the elder Bush was president.


Miley Cyrus voices support of Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy: “Never have I ever been prouder”

Miley Cyrus took to Instagram today to voice her support of Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy who came out publicly as a gay man.

Cyrus, who came out as pansexual earlier this year, writes: Never have I ever been prouder to call @guskenworthy my friend! (and he’s a bad ass fucking Olympic athlete)

‘He is showing all of us what it means to be courageous and PROUD of who we are! You have won so much more than any medal …. You have won FREEDOM!’

Kenworthy, 24, is a three-time world champion and is considered the best free skier in the world. He won the silver medal at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

‘I can’t wait to see what you and I can do with @happyhippiefdn together! ‘ Cyrus also writes. ‘You are making it possible to shine light on the LGBTQ community in front of a whole new world! So much respect for you ❤️ I looooove looooove looooove you! Ughhhhhhhhh heart is fluttering, feels like a million little cocoons just busted open and I am filled up with butterflies


After bitter fight, Rosie O’Donnell and Michelle Rounds will share custody of daughter Dakota

After a court battle, Rosie O’Donnell and ex-wife Michelle Rounds have agreed to share joint custody of their two-year-old daughter Dakota.

‘There’s peace in the Middle East,’ Rosie joked to reporters as she left a court in New York following a hearing.

‘It’s done,’ Rosie also said. ‘We’ve settled. We’re both very happy about the outcome.’

Last month, Rosie helped save the life of Michelle who had taken pills in a suicide attempt.
Michelle was said to be distraught over coming out on the losing end of the custody battle, according to TMZ.

Rosie reportedly got wind of Rounds’ plan to end her life and kept her ex on the phone long enough for paramedics to arrive. Michelle was rushed to a local hospital in Nyack, New York.

The former couple split in November 2014 after nearly three years of marriage and Rosie filed for divorce in February shortly after she abruptly quit her job as a co-host on ABC’s The View.

Earlier this year, both had issued statements drawing lines in the sand regarding custody with Rosie’s spokeswoman calling Michelle’s demand for full custody ‘an absurd and desperate attempt to use a child for her own gain.’

Michelle’s attorney had said then that his client sought sole custody ‘since it is unequivocally in their child’s best interest and general welfare.’

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Olympic US freeskier Gus Kenworthy – the very best in his sport – comes out as a gay man

Proud of this guy – gay people can be so amazing!

He’s US freeskier Gus Kenworthy who won an Olympic silver medal in Sochi, Russia, in 2014.

At the time, no one knew that he was gay. Now the whole world does.

‘I want to be the guy who comes out, wins s*** and is like, “I’m taking names,”‘ Kenworthy tells ESPN in a candid coming out interview.

Kenworthy, 24, is a three-time world champion and is considered the best free skier in the world. He wanted to wait until he reached the top of his sport before coming out publicly.

‘I never got to be proud of what I did 
in Sochi because I felt so horrible about what I didn’t do,’ Kenworthy says. ‘I didn’t want to come out as the silver medalist from Sochi. I wanted to come out as the best freeskier in the world.’

The Games in Sochi had been protested by many because in the year that they were held, Russia had enacted several anti-gay laws that led for some to call for the Olympics to be moved to another country.

Kenworthy says he knew he was gay as young as the age of five but as he grew up, he felt immense pressure to fit in.

‘In skiing, there’s such an alpha male thing about pulling the hottest chicks,’ he says. ‘I know hooking up with hot girls doesn’t sound like the worst thing in the world. But I literally would sleep with a girl and then cry about it afterward. I’m like, “What am I doing? 
I don’t know what I’m doing.”‘

After his Olympic success, Kenworthy considered quitting the sport after a poor performance at the X Games but returned to competition 10 days later.

He finished the season number one.

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