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Morning Round-Up: Ellen DeGeneres; Kevin Hart; Katy Perry; Eric Andre; Michelle Rodriguez; Kevin McHale; Broadway Bares

Kevin Hart blasts Ellen DeGeneres critics: ‘This hate s— has got to stop’ EW.com

Katy Perry rushed to defend Ellen DeGeneres. It did not go well. Queerty

Eric Andre Supports Fan Petition Calling for Him to Be New Host of ‘The Ellen Show’ IndieWire

‘Stuntwomen’ Trailer: Michelle Rodriguez Narrates Fiery Doc About On- and Offscreen Fights The Hollywood Reporter

Kevin McHale Accidentally Gave His Boyfriend Salmonella NewNowNext

Lifetime beats Hallmark in race to make a gay holiday romance movie LGBTQ Nation

Lance Bass’ Ex Drops Major Claims About His Feelings Towards Justin Timberlake Instinct

Sexy Fundraiser ‘Broadway Bares: Zoom In’ Raises Nearly $600K The Randy Report

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Wednesday Morning Man: Darin Zanyar!

Darin Zanyar is a Swedish pop star who I had not heard of until he came out publicly as a gay man the week.

He wrote on an Instagram post that “everyone in the world should be able to be proud and accepted for who they are.”

Darin also wrote that he knows “how difficult it can be” to hide your authentic self and added: “Took me a while, but I am proud to be gay.”

He rose to fame as a contestant on the first ever season of Swedish’s edition of Idol, where he placed runner-up behind Daniel Lindström. His debut album, The Anthem, was released in 2005.

Overall, he has achieved four chart-topping singles in Sweden and seven number one albums, making him one of the country’s best selling artists.




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WATCH: Sean Hayes has a question for Madonna: “Do You Have Seasons on Your Planet?”


On tonight’s Watch What Happens Live, Sean Hayes gives Andy Cohen and Alanis Morissette his questions for various celebrities, including Betsy DeVos, Anthony Fauci, Hillary Clinton, Queen Elizabeth, Kevin Bacon and Madonna.

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Hunky Trevor Donovan posts more thirst trap pics on Instagram – and we really don’t mind one bit!

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There is a certain level of IDGAF that will set you free ✌

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Humans prefer not to be wet or to be fully wet. It’s the intermediate levels of wet that gives us trouble.

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Leslie Jordan: So much to do, so little time …

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So much to do but so little time — I need to get crackin’. #norestforthewicked

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Defending champ Rafael Nadal won’t play US Open

Defending champion Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the US Open citing concerns over coronavirus. The four-time winner at Flushing Meadows does not want to travel to the United States while Covid-19 cases are on the rise.

“After many thoughts I have decided not to play this year’s US Open. The situation is very complicated worldwide, the COVID-19 cases are increasing, it looks like we still don’t have control of it,” Nadal wrote on Instagram. “This is a decision I never wanted to take but I have decided to follow my heart this time and for the time being I rather not travel.”

Nadal, ranked second in the world, is only one major title away from tying Roger Federer’s record 20 grand slam singles titles. Federer had previously announced he would not be playing for the remainder of the season. Nadal could tie the record next month at the French Open where he is the defending champion and has won 12 titles overall.

The United States Tennis Association confirmed last week that the US Open would go ahead on August 31.

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Ryan Jamaal Swain remembers his late sister Raven’s reaction at the premiere screening of “Pose”

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was able to invite my sister to my Season 1 Premiere of @poseonfx with my other day ones. I will never forget after we saw the Season premiere – we both locked eyes, the way only we knew how to look at each other you nodded and smiled – giving me your seal of approval. Like “wow that’s my big brother” I could see that all in your eyes your heart and then I saw you get misty eyed & I was satisfied. I hope you are too.

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Morning Round-Up: Portia De Rossi; Angelica Ross; Martina Navratilova; Guillermo Diaz; Caitlyn Jenner

Ellen DeGeneres’ Wife Portia De Rossi Speaks Out amid Show Scandal: ‘Thank You for Your Support’ People

‘Pose’ Star Angelica Ross Inks Overall Development Deal With Pigeon Production Company Deadline

Scandal’s Guillermo Diaz explains why he left drama behind for ABC comedy United We Fall EW.com

Martina Navratilova Supports Idaho’s Ban on Trans Female Athletes Advocate

Caitlyn Jenner Speaks Out About Kanye West’s Struggles and Presidential Bid: ‘He’s a Good Person’ People

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Tuesday Morning Man: Barack Obama!

Today is former US President Barack Obama’s 59th birthday so as a present, he’s been made Morning Man.

Like any president, Obama had his detractors. I’m not one of them.

I am confident history will judge this man as one of the greatest presidents in history and I am personally eternally grateful that during his time in office, he eventually become such a staunch supporter of LGBT equality. His speech in the Rose Garden on the morning the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in every state made me weep.

I’ll never, ever forget it or all he has done for people like me.



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Swedish singer Darin Zanyar comes out: “Everyone in the world should be able to be proud and accepted for who they are”

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Everyone in the world should be able to be proud and accepted for who they are. I know how difficult it can be. Took me a while, but I am proud to be gay. Happy pride!

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Fortune Fiemster: “I now spend my days making videos like this. I clearly miss performing”

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I now spend my days making videos like this. I clearly miss performing.

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Celeb Instagram: Newsmen Edition!

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All dressed up with nowhere to go. I’ll be on the tv if you need me.

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Even after being quarantined together over the last few months in a NYC apartment, all while juggling each other’s shooting schedules in our living room/kitchen/terrace/hallway (or what I like to call, the Benitez-DiDario Studio ), I’m still happiest by your side. #TeamTG

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Happy place

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Hey @NASA, I’m ready for my parking spot! So excited to be covering the first splashdown for U.S. astronauts in 45 years. @astro.doug and #BobBehnken will be returning to Earth aboard the @SpaceX Dragon Endeavour, which made history two months ago as the first commercial spaceship to carry astronauts into space.

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Person, beach, moon, camera, dinner. . . #summer #summertime #summervibes

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Linda Lavin wants world to know “I’m still here!’

Actress and singer Linda Lavin says that, since the pandemic began, she has been busier than ever – from releasing a new album to performing weekly online concerts.

The star of the classic sitcom Alice tells CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Mo Rocca that much of her success derives from the fact that she has always advocated for herself.

At 82, the Tony winner (Broadway Bound) still looks great and sounds great – and we find out which ending to the Alice theme song she loves the most. There was a slightly different version in each of the show’s nine seasons.

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Morning Round-Up: Naya Rivera; Taylor Swift; Andrew Lloyd Webber; Charlize Theron; Stephen Sondheim; Ellen DeGeneres

Naya Rivera’s Fans Hold Emotional Vigil at California Lake Where Actress Drowned People

Taylor Swift Achieves Seventh No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart The Hollywood Reporter

Andrew Lloyd Webber slams Cats movie: ‘The whole thing was ridiculous’ EW.com

Inside Charlize Theron’s Mad Max: Fury Road Drive-In Screening Variety

10 Things You Might Not Know About… Stephen Sondheim Broadway World

Ellen DeGeneres Is Probably Not Quitting Her Talk Show DListed

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Sister of “Pose” star Ryan Jamaal Swain shot to death: “This is not done. We will have swift justice”

So tragic.

The younger sister of Pose actor Ryan Jamaal Swain has been shot to death and the actor took to social media to pay tribute and to promise justice.

Raven Lynette Swain, 24, was found seated in the driver’s seat of a parked car in Birmingham, Alabama, last week suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her brother wrote: “Know that your big brother and family will always honor you,” Swain wrote. “We will honor you by how we love. We will honor you by how we live. We will honor you with justice. We will forever say your name. Raven Lynette Swain.”

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The unimaginable happened last night, my heart, little sister, my ride or die, my partner in life took her last breath. Raven Lynette Swain, my heart is broken. I cannot even imagine life without you and I won’t. At the moment, we are hurting, gathering information, planning next steps, and lifting you up. This is not done. We will have swift justice.

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Monday Morning Man: Michael Ealy!

Here is a man is so sexy that a straight male friend of mine suggested him as a Morning Man!

He’s actor Michael Ealy and today is his 47th birthday.

Last year the busy actor appeared in the films Jacob’s Ladder and The Intruder and has a role in the upcoming release Fatale. Other film roles include Barbershop and Barbershop 2, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Seven Pounds, For Colored Girls and Underworld: Awakening.

He’s even busier with television work including a regular role on the series Stumptown and the role of Jake in season three of Westworld.

In 2015, he played serial killer “Theo” in season 3 of the Fox television series The Following. He starred as Eric Warner in the second season of the ABC mystery crime series Secrets and Lies, and starred in the fourth season of Being Mary Jane opposite Gabrielle Union

In 2013-14, he was one of the stars of the Fox sci-fi series Almost Human playing a human-like android named Dorian, had a recurring role during season 2 of The Good Wife and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his performance in the Showtime series Sleeper Cell.

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WATCH: World class diver Tom Daley tries has hand at golf – turns out he’s not so good at it


Writes Tom: “The first time I have done something outside of the house since March! We went to the driving range to hit some balls and it is safe to say I am terrible at golf!”

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Retired soccer pro Thomas Beattie: “True happiness lies in knowing exactly who we are”

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True happiness lies in knowing exactly who we are. It’s a process, identity is a combination of everyone we’ve ever come in contact with. For everyone who has been a part of that process, good and bad, I thank you #identity

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Sunday Round-Up: Joan Rivers; Ellen DeGeneres; Julianne Moore; MacKenzie Scott; Martha McCabe

Brace For The (Much Needed) Political Incorrectness-Joan Rivers Comedy Albums To Be Released In 2021 Instinct

Ellen DeGeneres Show EP Says ‘Nobody Is Going Off the Air’ as Workplace Investigation Continues People

Scooter Braun defends Ellen DeGeneres amid allegations of ‘toxic’ culture at her talk show EW.com

Julianne Moore ‘deeply hurt’ by ‘clickbait headlines’ claiming she regrets playing lesbian in queer classic The Kids Are All Right Pink News

MacKenzie Scott Donates $1.7 Billion to LGBTQ+, Gender, Racial Equity Advocate

Out Olympian Martha McCabe working with other Olympic athletes to mentor youth Outsports

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Sam Pancake steps back into shoes of Meryl & MacLaine for another delicious “Postcards From the Edge” lip sync

Sam Pancake is using his immense talent to help get us through the pandemic and I am forever grateful.

The top video is Sam’s latest scene from Postcards From the Edge in which he once again inhabits both the characters of Doris Mann (Shirley MacLaine) and Suzanne Vale (Meryl Streep).

In the scene, a wine drinking Doris confronts Suzanne who comes home very late from a date and all kinds of things come out. My favorite line comes from Suzanne who after her mother claims she only drinks socially replies: “I take acid socially.”

Enjoy!

I’ve included two of Sam’s earlier scenes from Postcards which are just as good.



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