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Snapped! Cher at Met Gala – then and now!

All kinds of coverage of last night’s Met Gala with the attention on the likes of JLo, Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker and Rhianna.

But to me, the queen of that red carpet – of any red carpet – is Cher.

She is with American designer Marc Jacobs and is wearing a shimmering multicolor floor-skimming dress he designed.

It was 41 years earlier that the Oscar-Grammy-Emmy winning icon made her Met Gala debut with Bob Mackie is a design so memorable it is what she wore that year o the cover of Time Magazine.

Long live Cher!


Enjoying the music of Adele on her 27th birthday

British singer and songwriter Adele turns 27 today so what better excuse than to post some of the 10-time Grammy winner’s gorgeous songs.

Here are two of her biggest hits Rolling in the Deep and Someone Like You and two covers I Can’t Make You Love Me and Make You Feel My Love which she sings as a tribute to the late Amy Winehouse.

Happy birthday to Adele!

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Tuesday Morning Man: Ben Tracy!

Ben Tracy has been a CBS News national correspondent since January 2008.

He is based in Los Angeles and covers the western United States, primarily for the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley and CBS This Morning.

That’s a great gig for a guy who’s just 38.

Before joining the network, handsome Ben enjoyed great success on the local level working for stations in Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wisconsin winning five Emmys along the way.

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Melissa Rivers believes the death of her comedy legend mom Joan was “100 percent preventable”

The only child of Joan Rivers is speaking out about her mother’s death last September which she believes was ’100% preventable.’

Melissa Rivers said on The Today Show earlier today that nothing was amiss the night before her 81-year-old mom went in for a minor throat procedure.

‘All she said was, “Ugh, I hate having to do this. Getting old sucks,”‘ the daughter recalled of their last telephone conversation.

But the comedy legend went into cardiac arrest during the procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy in Manhattan and died a week later.

‘In my opinion, it was 100 percent preventable,’ said Rivers who is suing the clinic. ‘How about paying attention to the vital signs? How about having a properly equipped crash cart?

‘The level of medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect, and outrageous behavior is shocking and frankly, almost incomprehensible.’

Rivers added: ‘Not only did my mother deserve better, every patient deserves better. It is my goal to make sure that this kind of horrific medical treatment never happens to anyone again.’

She felt she had to sue because she could not look past ‘error after error after error’ she said were committed by the clinic that day.

‘… No family should ever have to go through what my mother, [my son] Cooper and I have been through,’ she said.

The daughter is out promoting a memoir about her mom called The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation.

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Happy 36th Birthday to Lance Bass!

I’ve snapped many photos of Lance Bass on various red carpets over the years but I think this is my favorite one yet.

It was taken last night at the fourth annual Voice Awards benefiting the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles.

My goal is to post a full recap of the evening tonight but wanted to first post birthday wishes to Lance who turns 36 today.

He and new hubby Michael Turchin co-hosted last night’s event and they really are such a nice pair. Last night, I made my way to the door as Glee alum Alex Newell was belting out I Know Where I’ve Been and stood at the doorway to watch the rest of the song.

I soon realized that standing next to me, lost in the moment, were Lance and Michael and Lance was recording the performance on his phone.

They are adorable.

Lance is always keeping busy with his daily radio show on Sirius Radio and frequent TV appearances but he always finds the time to give back to the LGBT community.

Happy birthday Lance!

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Lunch Break Video: Jane Lynch and ladies of “The Talk” play “Broadway The Drawed Way”

Some of the drawings are pretty bad but Jane Lynch is pretty quick!

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Monday Morning Man: Mark Steines!

I’ve had a mad crush on Mark Steines since his early days on Entertainment Tonight in the mid-90s. He went on to become co-host from 2004 through 2012.

Mark is now co-host of Home & Family on Hallmark Channel each weekday morning which I sometimes watch. Parts of the show are taped outdoors and since there were some hot days last week, Mark was wearing a short-sleeved tight T-shirt and I was just transfixed by his biceps.

So I sent a message to a friend of mine who is a producer on the show remarking how much I liked what I saw. The friend showed it to the morning show studmuffin. At first I was mortified then I decided I was glad he knows!

Maybe he’ll wear those shirts more often for me and his many other admiring fans!

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Roger Federer wins 85th career title!

World number two Roger Federer won the Istanbul Open on Sunday to claim the 85th title of his legendary career and third tournament of 2015.

Only Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl have won more titles than Federer who seems to enjoy winning as much as, if not more, than ever.

Federer beat Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-3 7-6.

“I’m very proud to be the first champion here at the first-time tournament here in Istanbul. In Turkey, I’ve had a wonderful week,” he told the ATP official website.

“On and off the court, I was able to visit the city a little bit, meet a lot of people, enjoy the crowd support and experience Turkey.”

Federer, winner of a record 17 grand slam singles titles, has now won titles in 19 different countries.


‘Showtune Sunday: Let’s enjoy several versions of “Stand by Me” in tribute to the late Ben E. King

Singer Ben E. King died on Thursday at the age of 76 but his signature hit, Stand By Me, will live on forever.

King co-wrote the classic tune which was originally supposed to be a song for his group The Drifters. But he left the group in a management dispute and used it on his first solo album.

Good move.

The song was a US Top 10 hit both in 1961 then again in 1986 when it was used as the theme to the Rob Reiner-directed film of the same name). It was also a number one hit in the UK in 1987 and #25 on the RIAA’s list of Songs of the Century.

I’ve got two performances by King here as well as Tracy Chapman, John Lennon and Seal also doing wonderful versions of their own.


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Morning Man Classic: Michael Ontkean!

A Twin Peaks revival has been announced and I hope to God the semi-retired Michael Ontkean will be a part of it.

When we talk about my all-time crushes, he is a big part of the conversation.

Who could forget the performance of this seriously gorgeous man in the 1982 film Making Love as a man who is coming to terms with being gay after being married eight years to a woman (Kate Jackson). His brief relationship with a writer (Harry Hamlin) just opens the gay floodgates and there is no looking back for Ontkean’s character.

Although the film’s many fans cannot imagine anyone else in the role, director Arthur Hiller had reportedly previously approached Tom Berenger, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, William Hurt and Peter Strauss to play the lead before finally approaching Ontkean.

It was fate!

Ontkean, also best known for his roles on TV’s Twin Peaks and The Rookies, is now 69 and still acting some. Most recently, he had the role of cousin Milo in the George Clooney film The Descendents.

The Canadian actor was such a good hockey player growing up and at the University of Vermont that he was offered a contract to play professionally with the New York Rangers.

But the child of well-known Canadian performers Leonard and Muriel Ontkean loved acting more and headed to Hollywood in 1970. He soon landed a series of TV guest spots (including The Partridge Family!) and became a star when he was cast in The Rookies. He left the hit show after just two seasons and spent a few years writing poetry before returning to acting in 1977 with the hit Paul Newman film Slap Shot which united his two loves: acting and hockey.

He went on appearing in various films such as Voices (1979 with Amy Irving), Willie and Phil (1980) and Summer (1981 with Brooke Adams) followed by the groundbreaking Making Love in 1982.

After appearing in such films as Made to Order and The Allnighter, he landed another of his best-known roles: Sheriff Harry Truman in the 1990 TV series Twin Peaks.

Many other roles followed, my favorite of which was the 1994 miniseries Family Album opposite Jaclyn Smith. He has not had many credits since a series of guest appearances in 2004 on the Fox series North Shore but let’s hope that changes soon.

He has aged beautifully.

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The royal baby girl is born!

Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, have shared the first pictures of their baby girl.

She is fourth in line to the British throne behind Grandpa Charles, her daddy and her big brother Prince George.

The baby girl’s name has not yet been announced. I hope one of her names will be Diana because like her late maternal grandmother, she is already a stunning beauty!

The baby was born on Saturday at St Mary’s Hospital in London, and weighed 8lbs 3oz.

Tower Bridge was among several London landmarks lit up in pink in her honor while Trafalgar Square’s fountains and the London Eye were also illuminated to mark the birth.

The Cambridges will spend the next few days at Kensington Palace before they are expected to travel to their country home Anmer Hall on the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

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Days of Our Lives: Will has an emotional talk with his great-grandma Caroline

It was a year ago when Will’s great-grandma Caroline gave that amazing speech at Will and Sonny’s wedding. Well, she’s just arrived back in Salem from a trip and reads in the paper about Will’s infidelity. She wants to know ‘exactly what’s going on.’

Will: ‘I screwed up so bad. I can’t believe that I did something so stupid. I didn’t just betray Sonny, I betrayed everyone that cared about us.’

Wise Caroline has seen it all and tells her great-grandson: ‘Will darling, I know first hand that a marriage can survive if that’s what you both want.’

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Ellen shares her thoughts on Bruce Jenner interview: “I think what he did was incredibly brave”

Just saw this video of Ellen DeGeneres sharing with her daytime audience her thoughts on Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer last week.

Says Ellen: “It took a lot of courage to do that. I know it’s really hard to reveal what you’ve been hiding. I know there’s been a lot of jokes – I think when people are uncomfortable and they don’t understand, that’s how they don’t know how to handle it and they make jokes. It’s really childish and I think those people are poo poo heads.’

She adds: ‘You have to admire someone who’s willing to risk ridicule and tell the truth. It’s so much easier living your life keeping a secret because we all want to fit in. … Let’s face it, the world would be a better place if we focused on what he have in common instead of what makes you different. Because we all want the same thing: We want love, we want acceptance … I hope we can all learn to co-exist and stop judging each other.’

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Happy 40th Birthday to David Beckham!

Dreamy David Beckham turns 40 today so how ’bout a little photo/video tribute.

The retired soccer legend isn’t just a hot dude, he’s an LGBT ally, a fashion icon and seems like a great daddy.

He also generously likes to pose for the cameras in nothing but his skivvies and for that we are forever grateful.

Happy birthday to Mr. Beckham!

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Quote of the day from Cynthia Nixon

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Adam Lambert performs new single “Ghost Town”

Adam Lambert guested on The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday and performed his terrific new single Ghost Town. I like it! What do you think? Nice to see Adam out there with some new music at last!


Davey Wavey just can’t seem to keep his hands off of hunky singer Steve Grand’s buff body

Steve Grand certainly knows that he’s more than just another buff stud.

He’s a musician who became a YouTube and Kickstarter sensation and now has a new album out.

Try telling that to web celeb Wavey Davey.

Grand shows up fully dressed and ready to talk about his debut album All-American Boy. But somehow over the course of two minutes and 33 seconds, he ends up with shirtless and with oil on his chest rubbed on by Davey.

‘I’m trying to show people that I can be taken seriously as an artist,’ Grands protests – not very convincingly.

And Davey ends up shirtless too during a faux lament about how Grand is always being exploited and sexualized by the media.

Well done Davey!


Morning Man Encore: Joey Barton!

Originally posted on Nov 13, 2012, not updated

Spotted this handsome guy on my friend Kenneth in the 212′s site last night.

He’s 30-year-old English footballer Joey Barton and I think he’s pretty dreamy.

But he’s been a bad boy over the years – some serious anger management issues. His career and life have been marked by numerous controversial incidents and disciplinary problems that are pretty off-putting and even resulted in a short term in jail at one point.

Still, his pro-gay rights beliefs lead me to belief there is hope for him moving forward. He said in an interview earlier this year that the lack of any openly gay players in English professional football is “a subject that’s quite close to my heart” because his uncle is gay.

Barton said he believe there will be an openly gay player “within the next 10 years.” He wants his generation’s legacy to “help not only change the game for the better, and change the teams that they played in, but also change the culture and change the society and the football clubs that they played at.”

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Lunch Break Video: Rosie O’Donnell tells how “It Got Better” for her: “Believe in yourself”

No matter how many times she quits The View or how many times she gets divorces, Rosie O’Donnell just reels me in any time she’s on the screen telling her story.

Rosie made a video for the It Got Better series and I’m so moved by her story of being starved for love and affection after he mother died when Rosie was 10.

Most moving is the 8th grade teacher who took Rosie under her wing and made her a teacher’s aide.

‘She loved me back to life,’ she says of the teacher. ‘She nurtured me and gave me what it was I needed – to be seen, to be cared about. And she taught me that love makes a family, not blood.’

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Lily Tomlin thinks it’s “nifty” to be working with Jane Fonda again – 35 years after “9 to 5″

It’s been 35 years since Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda teamed with Dolly Parton to play secretaries getting sweet revenge on their boss in the classic comedy 9 to 5.

Now Tomlin and Fonda, who have remained thick as thieves over the years, are back together on screen again in the Netflix comedy series Grace and Frankie which premieres on May 8.

‘It’s so nifty being back together as old broads, even though it seems like only two months ago that we made 9 to 5,’ Tomlin tells TV Guide. ‘It’s so right it seems preordained.’

But neither of the ladies think it’s a show that could have been done even five years ago. They play women who do not like each other but have been forced to tolerate each other because their husbands are law partners.

Then, a bombshell: The husbands, played by Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, reveal that they are in love with each other and want to get married.

‘Now, two men can marry. But before, they might have stayed covert and wives like Grace and Frankie could have gone to their graves not terribly fulfilled,’ Tomlin says.

‘Grace and Frankie aren’t just dealing with being left behind by their men, they’re dealing with not being seen or heard in a world that’s all about youth.

‘They start out really disliking each other and end up being each others life preserver. We’re having such a grand time with these characters that I’ll have to sign on for a second season just to see what happens to them!’

Tomlin, 75, is two years younger than Fonda and says of aging: ‘I’m doing my best to skip through my golden years. Of course in your private moments, you try to come to terms with the physical stuff.’