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Ellen DeGeneres comes up with a perfectly gay ornament to get Hallmark back on track

Hallmark really blew it recently when it changed the lyrics of the song Deck the Halls on an ornament from “Don we now our gay apparel” to “Don we now our fun apparel.”

They were rightly chided for doing such a silly thing in an effort to try and be perhaps overly politically correct. First of all, nothing wrong with the word ‘gay’ and second of all, everyone knows this song well enough to know ‘gay’ means fun.

So, Ellen DeGeneres, bless her heart, decided to make some fun of them.

‘It’s ridiculous. I decided that I’ll change words too if they can do that. So I designed an ornament and people may get upset I’m not sure. I changed the words to ‘Oh how gay it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh. I flipped it. (It) of course means fun.’


Wednesday Morning Man: Magnus Carlsen!

Last night I was making the drive from Silver Lake to West Hollywood to meet a friend for dinner and had NPR on.

There was a story about Norwegian chess player Magnus Carlsen who, it was mentioned, had been named one of the sexiest men of 2013 by Cosmopolitan magazine.

Sexiest man? I better check that out. And this is what I found!

Magnus is just 22 and already the highest-rated chess player in history. He was 13 when he became a “grand master” of chess and 19 when he became the world’s youngest number one-ranked chess player.

He has won the all the major chess titles, including the London Chess Classic in 2009, 2010 and 2012 and the Bilboa Masters in 2011 and 2012.

Magnus is currently battling it out at the World Chess Championships against five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand.

His style of play is considered unusual at his level of chess because it is based on intuition rather than computer-generated analysis.

“Often I cannot explain a certain move, only know that it feels right, and it seems that my intuition is right more often than not,” he told The Guardian.

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Adam Levine named People’s “Sexiest Man Alive”

Can’t say I have any quibbles with this selection: Adam Levine is most certainly a sexy man.

The sexiest man alive?

I’ll buy it!

The handsome Maroon 5 frontman and star of NBC’s The Voice is People Magazine’s choice as 2013 Sexiest Man Alive.

He secures a title previously bestowed upon such sexy men as George Clooney and Brad Pitt (twice each) as well as Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Tom Cruise, Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughay, Mark Harmon, Denzel Washington and Richard Gere, among others.

Adam says of the honor: “As a musician, you have fantasies that you want to win Grammys, but I didn’t really think that this was on the table. I was just amazed and stunned and it almost seemed like they were kidding, but they weren’t, so that’s cool.”

Not only does Adam have an amazingly handsome face, he has a body to die for. He credits yoga and spinning for keeping his stamina up, especially as his success continues to skyrocket.

“This is just a really interesting time where everything seems to be heading in a certain direction,” he says. “And I’m not taking any of it for granted.”


Days of Our Lives: A giddy and creepy Nick thinks it’s all coming together for him and Gabi and NYC

Love the final line in these scenes uttered by Sonny Kiriakis to Gabi Hernandez: “You selfish bitch.”

Sonny is pretty much right on as Gabi badly mishandles her modeling job offer by accepting it and a move to New York City without even discussing it with Will – the father of her child.

But ex-hubby Nick is giddy with delight as he has engineered the whole thing and has also accepted a job in NYC.

He runs into Will in town square (where else?) and is as smug as can be. But, we all know Nick is in for a rude awakening because, well, Gabi just isn’t that into him.

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Video: An unforgettable song from Minnie Riperton, the late mother of Maya Rudolph

Was going to post this as a Lunch Break Video tomorrow but just could not wait.

It was not until earlier today that I became aware that the late Minnie Riperton, the unforgettable singer of the 1970s hit Lovin’ You, is the mother of Maya Rudolph of Saturday Night Live and Bridesmaids fame.

I just had no idea!

Miss Riperton had a most unique and remarkable voice which you will hear for yourself in this performance on NBC’s The Midnight Special. At the end of the song, she sings “Maya, Maya, Maya” over and over again.


One of my siblings had the Lovin’ You single – which reached #1 in 1974 – and I remember playing it over and over and would be amazed each time at the high note at the end of the chorus.

Miss Riperton was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 1976 and underwent a radical mastectomy. She was given a grim prognosis of six months to live because the cancer had metastasized.’

But she continued recording and touring and was one of the first celebrities to go public with her breast cancer diagnosis.

She far surpassed her prognosis of six months and in 1977, she became a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. The next year, she received the American Cancer Society’s Courage Award which was presented to her at the White House by President Jimmy Carter.

She died at age 31 on July 12, 1979 when her daughter Maya was just 7 years old.

Talent clearly runs in the family.


Anderson Cooper calls out Alec Baldwin: “It would be over” if he used N-word or anti-semitic slur

Anderson Cooper had a round-table discussion on his CNN show last night about Alec Baldwin’s “cocksucking fag” scandal and makes an interesting point: If he ‘had yelled the N word to that photographer or yelled an anti-Jewish slur against that photographer, it would be over.’

Paula Dean admitted to using the N-word in her past and lost her TV show, her partnerships with department stores and so much more.

Baldwin was captured, on video, calling a photographer a “cocksucking fag.” So far, the fallout has been limited to his MSNBC show being pulled for two weeks.

What do you think?

Do you see much difference between the two situations?

Add to it that Baldwin’s post-slur behavior has been ill-advised. He denies saying “fag” despite the evidence, claims to have not known calling someone a “cocksucker” was an anti-gay slur, and claims to not be homophobic.

I’d consider giving him the benefit of the doubt had he not earlier this year referred to a gay journalist as a “toxic little queen” and wrote on Twitter that he’s shove his foot up the guy’s rear-end except that the guy would probably enjoy it.

He seems to have blown it big-time and should take the time to reflect on himself and his actions.

To see the segment from Cooper’s show and to read more about what was said, go over to Gay Star News to see my story posted there.

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Lunch Break Videos: See Angelina Jolie and Steve Martin accept their honorary Oscars

Last night I posted Angela Lansbury’s presentation and acceptance speech from the Governors Awards over the weekend and now I present to you video of Steve Martin and Angelina Jolie accepting their honorary Oscars.

Martin, shockingly, has never been nominated for an Academy Award – not even for Roxanne or All of Me. It’s a reminder that Academy voters do not take comedy seriously.

His lifetime achievement award is quite deserving and his acceptance speech is both funny and moving.

Jolie does have an Academy Award for Girl, Interrupted and has been nominated for The Changeling. But this Oscar is for her work promoting humanitarian causes.

Her speech brings it all together beautifully, the transformation from self-interested actress to a dedicated humanitarian who really gets how fortunate she is.

Although her father, Jon Voight, is in the audience, he is not mentioned in a speech that pays tribute to partner Brad Pitt who she simply calls “my love” and oldest son Maddox. But the speech is built around the life lessons taught to her by her late mother, Marcheline Bertrand, and it is a most beautiful tribute from a daughter.


Don Lemon to get prime-time slot on CNN

Don Lemon has been doing solid anchoring for CNN on weekends forever so it’s great to see that he’s going to get a chance to shine weekdays in prime-time.

I’m always rooting especially hard for openly gay reporters and anchors.

FTVLive reports: CNN boss Jeff Zucker is moving Weekend Anchor Don Lemon to Monday through Friday at 11PM (8PM pacific time).

The 11PM time slot at CNN is currently running reruns of Erin Burnett’s OutFront. Word is that Lemon will also fill in for Erin Burrnett on her show when she goes on maternity leave.

Word is that Zucker has high hopes for Lemon and according to one source the show “will be given ample time to try and draw and audience”. The show is expected to hit the air in December.

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Days of Our Lives: Gabi’s modeling plans threaten to disrupt life for Will, Sonny and the baby

Oh Gabi Hernandez, what are we going to do with you?

This terrific modeling opportunity comes your way out of thin air that involves you moving to New York and you are moving forward with it without consulting the very devoted father of your child.

Tsk, tsk.

Gabi is mishandling this even if crazy ex-husband Nick were not behind all of it.

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Morning Man Encore: Sebastian Rulli! a late start today so I’m just going to post a rerun for Morning Man from October 27, 2010.

Somehow, I don’t think you’ll mind!

Mexican-Argentine actor Sebastian Rulli has got to be one of the sexiest men on television.

I hadn’t heard of him until the other day when I saw him on another site and now, just like that, I think he’s the love of my life.

Here’s what I know about him: Before becoming the successful actor that he is today, Sebastián began his career modeling in many different countries in Europe, namely Spain, Italy and France as well as in Mexico and the United States.

In Mexico, he then enrolled in Televisa’s Centro de Educacion Artistica (CEA), where he studied acting. Rulli made his first appearance on Mexican television in the soap opera Primer amor… a mil por hora in 2000.

He has appeared in many other telenovelas, including Clase 406 (2002) and Rubi (2004), where he played “Héctor Ferrer.” His most recent role was in Televisa’s Un gancho al corazon as “Mauricio Sermeño,” one of the main characters, along with La Monita. Sebastian Rulli married his longtime girlfriend Cecilia Galeano on December 31st, 2007, in a small ceremony that was attended by about thirty friends and family.

sebastian rulli

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See the great Angela Lansbury receive much-deserved honorary Oscar at Governors Awards

Did not expect to come home from a lovely dinner in Newport Beach with friends tonight and shed a few years.

But the emotion just came over me while watching these videos of Saturday night’s Governors Awards where Angela Lansbury, the legend of stage and screen, was presented with an honorary Academy Award.

How lovely that these special awards are now a separate evening where the recipients can be feted properly instead of squeezed in to the regular telecast.

Miss Lansbury, still a busy working actress at 88, was nominated for three Academy Awards including for her first film, 1944′s Gaslight, made when she was just 17. She was soon again nominated for The Picture of Dorian Gray and in 1963 for The Manchurian Candidate.

She worked with all the greats including Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Laurence Olivier, Bette Davis, Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Orsen Welles and later played the mother of Warren Beatty and Elvis Presley.

It’s a remarkable film career that has been overshadowed by 12 years of Murder, She Wrote and a sensational career on Broadway that has brought her a record-tying five Tony Awards.

Miss Lansbury is a class act and a huge talent and how wonderful to see her finally getting an Oscar.


“Sherlock” star Andrew Scott comes out as gay

Actor Andrew Scott, who stars in the British drama Sherlock, has come out officially as gay.

The BAFTA-award winning actor tells The Independent: ‘Mercifully, these people don’t see being gay as a character flaw.

‘But nor is it a virtue, like kindness. Or a talent, like playing the banjo. It’s just a fact.

‘Of course, it’s part of my make-up, but I don’t want to trade on it. I am a private person; I think that’s important if you’re an actor. But there’s a difference between privacy and secrecy, and I’m not a secretive person.

‘Really I just want to get on with my job, which is to pretend to be lots of different people. Simple as that.’

Scott will soon be starring in a one-off BBC2 drama Legacy, set in the conflict between the UK and USSR.

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LA Gay & Lesbian Center raises $625,000

It was 10 days ago that I attended the LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s Vanguard Awards.

I’m happy to report that a fair amount of money was raised during the event for this very important place that offers the nation’s most comprehensive range of services for LGBT people.

The Center raised $650,000 at its Nov. 9 gala at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

It was at the event that Center CEO Lorri L. Jean announced plans to raise $25 million for “an LGBT campus, the likes of which have never been seen before” across the street from the Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza on McCadden Place.

Honorees that night included out NBA player Jason Collins, who was awarded the National Vanguard Award; Netflix, honored with the Corporate Vanguard Award, accepted by VP of Original Programming Cindy Holland; and Xiaogang Wei, founder of China’s first AIDS Walk, recipient of the International Vanguard Award.

In celebration of emerging leaders in the LGBT community, Joe Lorenzo received the 2013 State Farm® Good Neighbor Award for his leadership as a member of the Center’s Young Professional Council and for his years of volunteerism and support for the Center.

Lance Bass presented the award to Jason Collins, Scandal’s Dan Bucatinsky presented Xiaogang Wei with his award and Cindy Holland accepted Netflix’s award with the support of the “Orange is the New Black cast, including Uzo Aduba, Lea DeLaria, Michael Harney, Taryn Manning, Dascha Polanco, Pablo Schreiberba and Samira Wiley.

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The gays discovered Melissa McCarthy first

What can I say? Gays have excellent taste.

Melissa McCarthy may be the queen of comedy these days but there was a time when the only people who appreciated her humor were gay men.

The Emmy-winning star of TV’s Mike & Molly has, of course, found major big screen success in recent years with an Oscar-nominated turn in Bridesmaids and big box office opposite Sandra Bullock in Heat.

Appearing on Conan O’Brien’s late-night talk show last week, the actress remembered a time when things weren’t so funny.

Before she found success on TV’s long-running hit Gilmore Girls, McCarthy tried her hand at stand-up comedy for a period of eight months.

‘As you were just placing your foot on the stage, somebody from the back of the room was always like, “Show us your boobs!”‘

It didn’t help that she didn’t bother to write any material.

‘I didn’t know you were supposed to write… I was just like, “I guess I’ll just have a shot and get up on stage, that’s what they do, right?”‘

But she found support among gay crowds at The Duplex in New York.

‘That place I loved, because it was all lovely gay boys,’ McCarthy said. ‘They didn’t want to see boobs.’

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See James Franco’s selfie!

James Franco has posted this selfie on Instagram with this little caption: “All the kids are doing it.”

Thanks James!

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Snapped! Tuc Watkins and twins go to Costco!

Sexy dad Tuc Watkins took his twins Catchen (Catch) and Curtis to Costco for the first time and tweeted this photo.

‘My kids are 10 months old now which means they are crawling,’ Tuc told me at an event last month. ‘Not only are they crawling – it’s like they’ve got little jet packs on their backs and of course go in opposite directions.’

He added: ‘They are animated, they are active, they’re starting to talk in words that sound like syllables.’

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Monday Morning Man: Hugo Marquez!

Judo champion Hugo Marquez is today’s very dreamy Morning Man.


I can’t find much information about Hugo except that he is French – and beautiful.

My blogger pal Kenneth in the 212 posted a bunch of photos of this stunner by photographer Fred Goudon that you must check out.


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Showtune Sunday: When a post-divorce Sonny & Cher joyfully reunited on television

I love these videos from 1976 and 1977 because they show Cher and Sonny Bono at a period in their partnership where the joy of performing together has never been more apparent.

Their original variety show went off the air in 1974 when they divorced. Sonny came back with his own show which bombed. Then Cher had a solo show that did far better.

But she was married to Gregg Allman and was pregnant and asked Sonny to team up with her again.

By this time, she is her own woman and her joy is apparent in these clips.

Love their energy and chemistry during this period. They really were magic together.

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Morning Man Classic: Randolph Scott!

Randolph Scott made more than 100 movies in a career that reached its peak in the 1950s.

His films were of various genres but he found his greatest success in westerns.

He starred in such films as Belle Starr, The Spoilers, Seven Men From Now, and Ride the High Country.

He retired from movies at the age of 64 and lived to be 89 years old.

The handsome Mr. Scott was married twice including a 40-plus year marriage to Patricia Stillman.

But it was his close relationship with Cary Grant that got the most attention during the early years of their careers.

It is widely believed that the two were lovers but neither ever acknowledged this, obviously. But what is known is that they lived together off and on for about 10 years as ‘roommates’ and the many publicity photos of them together are stunning.

While Grant is known for being dashing and handsome, you can see that Scott was also quite stunning.

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Beleagured Alec Baldwin is still talking – denies he called aggressive photographer a “fag”

Got no idea what to make of Alec Baldwin.

The TMZ video I saw seems to clearly show him calling a photographer a “cocksucking fag.”

He’s taken to Huffington Post to claim this: “I never used the word faggot in the tape recording being offered as evidence against me. What word is said right after the other choice word (cocksucking) I use is unclear. But I can assure you, with complete confidence, that a direct homophobic slur (or indirect one for that matter) is not spoken. In the wake of referring to a tabloid “journalist” as a toxic queen, I would never allow myself to make that mistake again, nor would I expose my wife and family to the attendant ridicule.”

Here is a LINK to the TMZ video. Judge for yourself.

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