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Neil Patrick Harris shoots down National Enquirer story: “I couldn’t be more in love with my family”

There’s a good reason why Neil Patrick Harris posted this tweet over the weekend: “I couldn’t be more in love with my family. Any reports to the contrary are woefully mistaken.”

The Tony winner, who ended his triumphant run last night on Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, was reacting to a National Enquirer story claiming that Harris and his ‘gay lover’ David Burtka had split.

Gay lover?

This is a couple who have been together for many years and are the parents of twins.

Okay, so they aren’t married but they are engaged so how about fiance or at least partner?

The proof for this alleged split?

Neil was spotted leaving the couple’s New York City brownstone at least four times since June all by himself.

There are also unnamed sources claiming they both look at other men.

Scandal!

Very silly.

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“Mommie Dearest” will be the summer’s ultimate scary movie night at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

I ask you, what could be scarier than scary Faye Dunaway playing scary Joan Crawford in a movie being sceened at a cemetery at night?

All I can say is: “Bring. It. On!”

To kick off Labor Day weekend on Friday, August 29, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Young Professionals Council presents Mommie Dearest at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

The evening will not only feature an outdoor screening of the film, but also a pre-showing reception, live music, food and more, with proceeds benefiting the services provided by the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

VIP ticket holders will receive 6 p.m. and general admission doors open at 7 p.m., when guests will enjoy a hosted bar.

The movie screening begins at 8:30 pm and remember, “No wire hangers!”

Hollywood Forever Cemetery is located at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90038

Prices:

$250 VIP includes: a blanket for four guests, early entry to the event at 6 p.m., complimentary drive-on parking, private pre-show cocktail reception, complimentary bottle of bubbly and specially-marked seating area.

$20 General Admission includes: entry to the event at 7 p.m. and hosted bar.

$15 General Admission for current YPC and LAWN (Los Angeles Women’s Network) members.

Tickets can be purchased online at tinyurl.com/ypcpresents.

Uzo Aduba wins Emmy for her performance as ‘Crazy Eyes’ on “Orange Is the New Black”

Uzo Aduba’s portrayal of lesbian prisoner Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren on Orange is the New Black not only made an impression with viewers, it also vowed Emmy voters.

On Saturday night, Aduza was announced as the winner of Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series Emmy.

Among her competitors were OITNB co-stars Natasha Lyonne and Laverne Cox. Other nominees in the category were Tina Fey and Melissa McCarthy for their work hosting Saturday Night Live and Joan Cusack for her work on Shameless.

Aduza was presented her award by Morgan Freeman during the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

‘I don’t know how to say how incredibly impressed I am to be a part of this show day in, day out,’ Aduba said from the podium.

Backstage, she tearfully told reporters: ‘I feel so full, that’s why the tears come out. I’m stuffed. My cup runneth over right now. Mission accomplished, thank you.’

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Wilson Cruz chats about his role on new series “Red Band Society” with Octavia Spencer

Wilson Cruz may have been most visible in recent years as the charismatic and articulate national spokesman for GLAAD but the My So-Called Life, Party of Five and Noah’s Arc alum is still a working actor and has a role on the new Fox drama Red Band Society.

The Fox series was created by Margaret Nagle and is set in the pediatric ward of a hospital.

The cast is led by Oscar- winner Octavia Spencer and Wilson plays Nurse Kenji Gomez-Rejon.

Of his character’s relationship with Octavia Spencer’s character Wilson tells XFinity TV: “I think there’s a loyalty to Nurse Jackson, absolutely. There’s a shorthand between them. I am the person who is the least scared of the scary bitch that she pretends to be. She’s a scary bitch with a heart of gold but I know that more than anybody. I get to give it right back to her. Their relationship I think is going to end up being almost mother/son, brother/sister, mentor/mentee.”

So is his character gay?

“Yes, at my insistence,” Wilson says. “This is GLAAD at work. We need more gay characters on TV. We need more LGBT characters of color on TV. I won’t spoil the other thing that we need more on TV of because that’s coming later, but there were certain things that I thought that we had a real opportunity.”

What will landing a series role mean for his work at GLAAD?

Says Wilson: “My concern is this, I don’t want to be mediocre at either job. I’m committed to being the best at everything that I do. The minute I feel like I’m not able to give 100 percent, then something’s going to have to give. (GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis) said if that means that I have to go back onto the board of GLAAD and do my work from there that’ll make it easier that’s a possibility. But I think we’re going to try and make this work as long as we possibly can. I just took on a new role at GLAAD recently. I’m the director of entertainment industry partnership so it’s a little easier. It’s more focused. I get to work directly with the studios and the networks and the agencies on how GLAAD partners with them in order to do our work better and help them to do their work better. I’m committed to doing that work and I’m committed to still being an artist. I’m so, so privileged and lucky that I get to do both. I don’t know how that happened but it did.”

Read the full interview here:
http://xfin.tv/1lYK3TE

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Monday Morning Man Model: Ryan Greasley!

It wasn’t that difficult!

Finally, after two weeks of getting the day wrong, I present to you a Monday Morning Man Model actually on a Monday!

And what a model!

He’s Ryan Greasley who is from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Ryan was featured on the cover of DNA magazine in June.

This gorgeous guy says he wasn’t popular in school:

“Not at all. For a lot of the time I sat in the library by myself, reading or doing homework because I didn’t have that many friends, if any, especially from year eight and nine.  I found myself a very little group of friends at the end of year nine that I stuck with and to this day we all remain to be such great mates. We have a lot of fun when we’re together and we are just a bunch of knuckleheads.

“I am definitely one of the underdogs and uncool kids that didn’t fit in with the “cool groups” but dared to follow my dreams.”

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Roger Federer wins 80th career title!

My all-time favorite tennis player, Roger Federer, made his legions of fans very happy today when he won the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

It was his third tournament victory of the season and his 80th title overall. Only Jimmy Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94) have more crowns on their resume but Federer has won more grand slam singles titles (17) than both of those great players combined (17 for Federer, 8 each for Connors and Lendl).

Fed’s 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 win over David Ferrer gives the great star a terrific boost as he prepares for the US Open in a week, a tournament he has won five times but not since 2008. He was runner-up last week in Toronto and last month at Wimbledon.

“I come in with great confidence,” he said of the US Open. “I can really rest now, rather than having to work on stuff, so it’s just about maintaining. That’s also really good for the mind… I know my game is where I want it to be. It’s about just keeping that level up right now.”

Later, Roger tweeted out the photo below along with this message for fans: Yeeeaaaahhhhh, so happy about this win here in #cincinnati thanks to all the amazing fans here for a great week!

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Showtune Sunday: Lauren Bacall performs number from “Woman of the Year” at 1981 Tonys

While Applause was clearly the highlight of Lauren Bacall’s stellar Broadway career, the 1981 musical Woman of the Year was also a major critical triumph and smash hit for the great star who died on Wednesday.

The show was based on the 1942 Katharine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy film of the same name with the musical changing the newspaper reporters of the original to television personality Tess Harding and cartoonist Sam Craig, who experience difficulty merging their careers with their marriage.

The musical ran for 770 performances and eleven previews with Bacall being replaced by Raquel Welch after the first year. Welch was followed by Debbie Reynolds.

Bacall won her second Tony for lead actress in a musical, the same number won by such Broadway musical powerhouses as Patti LuPone, Chita Rivera and Bernadette Peters.

On Friday evening, Broadway dimmed its lights for one full minute in honor of one of its dazzling legends who had also starred in the Broadway comedies Goodbye Charlie (1959), Cactus Flower (1965-66), and Waiting In The Wings (1999) which had a six-month run and was Miss Bacall’s final Broadway show.

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Morning Men Classics: Lauren Bacall’s leading men from Gregory Peck and Kirk Douglas to Jeff Bridges

We know that Bogie and Bacall had it all in To Have and Have Not, Key Largo, The Big Sleep, Dark Passage and, of course, in life.

But Lauren Bacall also starred opposite many of Hollywood’s most famous and attractive leading men during her nearly 70-year film career.

They included: 1. Gregory Peck in Designing Woman (and later The Portrait) 2. Kirk Douglas in Young Man With a Horn (and later Diamonds), 3. Jeff Bridges in The Mirror Has Two Faces 4.Gary Cooper in Bright Leaf 5. Rock Hudson in Written On The Wind 6. Richard Widmark in The Cobweb 7. Woody Harrelson in The Walker 8. Paul Newman in Harper 9. John Wayne in Blood Alley (and later in The Shootist) 10. Richard Chamberlain in Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke 11. Robert Stack in The Gift of Love 12. James Garner in The Fan (and later My Fellow Americans) 13: Rupert Everett and Lyle Lovett in Pret-a-Porter (Ready to Wear) 14. Bogart and Henry Fonda in TV production of The Petrified Forest (Bacall and Fonda would later co-star in Sex and the Single Girl).


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“Glee” star Jane Lynch wins her second Emmy – this time for hosting “Hollywood Game Night”

A big congrats to Jane Lynch who is now a two-time Emmy winner.

The actress, who won her first Emmy for her portrayal of Sue Sylvester on Glee, picked up the second trophy tonight for hosting NBC’s Hollywood Game Night.

And she beat out that bitch Betty White too!

(Kidding, of course – love Betty but she’s got at least 6 or 7 of these!)

While the Primetime Emmys will be handed out next Sunday many categories were presented at tonight’s Creative Arts Emmys at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Jane won in the category of Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program.

Her competition was the bitch who hosts Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, Tom Bergeron of Dancing With The Stars, Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn of Project Runway, Cat Deeley of So You Think You Can Dance and Anthony Bourdain of The Taste.

Jane was also nominated in the category of Outstanding Narrator for Penguins: Waddle All The Way but lost that Emmy to Jeremy Irons who narrated Game Of Lions. Jane was in terrific loser company. Among the other nominees were James Bond himself Daniel Craig and EGOT winner Whoopi Goldberg.

Ironically, Lynch is not a nominee for Glee this year. The show’s upcoming sixth season will be its last.

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Matt Bomer accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – gets doused on the beach by three sons

Last weekend, I wrote about MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts taking The Ice Bucket Challenge which got started on social media as a way to raise awareness and money for ALS, a neurodegenerative condition also referred to as Lou Gherig’s disease.

After getting doused, participants challenge three others.

I haven’t been able to keep up with all the people who have accepted but one of them was Matt Bomer who, in this adorable video, gets doused on the beach by his three sons.

Love it! Well done boys!

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“Hit the Floor” finale: After championship, Jude ready to walk out on Zero unless he starts getting real

Some terrific scenes in the season finale between Jude and Zero including a very funny moment at a wedding when Jude tells a woman flirting with Zero: “He has crabs.”

After the championship game, Jude is ready to either begin a real relationship with Zero that’s not on the down low and prepares to walk out of his life both as his agent and his secret lover.

See what happens:

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Days of Our Lives: Sami reads magazine piece Will wrote: “Lizzie Borden would have come off better!”

Sami reads the article Will has written about her and, predictably, she goes ballistic.

“Lizzie Borden would have come off better!” she tells Sonny.

To Will she says: ‘”You made me sound like a narcissistic, vengeful bitch… I guess I just didn’t realize that you hate me that much.”

Meanwhile, Adrienne figures out that Sonny got Will the magazine job in the first place.

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Tom Brady sure is a hands on quarterback

Tom Brady has all the luck.

The New England Patriots quarterback gets to have his hands all over some of the other guys on the team.

Well, at least the guys who play the position of center and provide him with a snap.

‘I’ve got my hands on their butts probably more than their wives, so you know, it’s a pretty unique trust and relationship you have,’ Brady said earlier this week in a post-practice interview.

When a reporter asked if that comment was off the record Brady smiled and replied: ‘It’s the truth.’

The two players vying for the privilege of having Brady’s hands on their butts this season are Dan Connolly and Ryan Wendell who both want to be the Patriots’ starting center.

The three-time Super Bowl champion has had his hands in a lot of butts over the years but the one he came into the most contact with was that of Dan Koppen who was his center from 2003-11.

Now 37, Brady is about to begin his 14th season as starting quarterback for the Patriots.

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Friday Afternoon Video: The night when Lauren Bacall received an honorary Academy Award

In 2009, 12 years after she shockingly lost the supporting actress Oscar to Juliet Binoche, screen legend Lauren Bacall was at last presented with an Academy Award.

Bacall had received her only one Oscar nod in her nearly 70 years of making movies, for The Mirror Has Two Faces, but she had a stellar movie career that began working for Howard Hawks in 1944′s To Have and Have Not and in later years included working for Lars Van Trier in the films Dogville and Manderlay.

Angelica Huston presented the Oscar which was fitting since Bacall was on location in Africa for the filming of The African Queen when her father, John Huston , received word of Angelica’s birth.

Bacall’s speech here seems off the cuff and for that reason, she forgot to mention her son Sam Robards whose father was the great actor Jason Robards. She later said in an interview that it pained her to even look at the award after that because she had not mentioned her younger son (she had a son and daughter with Humphrey Bogart).

Hopefully she eventually forgave herself and was able to enjoy the prize.

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How “Brady Bunch” TV dad Robert Reed shaped the views of Christopher Knight about gays

Robert Reed, of course, is one of the most popular TV dads of all time.

But it was not known to most viewers of The Brady Bunch that the handsome actor  was gay.

But the young actors who played his and Florence Henderson’s six children on the show did eventually know.

One of them, Christopher Knight, said this week that he could not have asked for a better role model.

Reed died in 1992 at the age of 59 and Knight told HuffPost Live this week that he ‘was as good or better a father figure than my own dad.’

He also called the late actor his ‘personal hero.’

‘I learned very early that if that was what gay was, it has no measure in the ability of somebody to be a fine representation of a good human being,’ Knight said.

‘It made me more willing to be accepting and less willing to hear other voices.’

Knight, now 56, played middle son Peter Brady on the show which ran as a sitcom from 1969-74, was a Saturday morning cartoon series for awhile and returned as a short-lived variety series, two TV movies and finally as a short-lived one-hour dramedy.

Reed never came out publicly. His sexuality became known after his death from colon cancer when it was revealed that he was HIV-positive.

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“Teen Wolf” gay werewolf Charlie Carver to also play gay in new James Franco film “Michael”

Hunky Charlie Carver is taking on another gay role only this time he doesn’t turn into a werewolf.

The actor has been cast in the film Michael which stars James Franco as a man who went from being a gay activist and founder of a gay magazine to becoming a Christian pastor and an ‘ex-gay.’

‘Couldn’t be more thrilled,’ Carver tweeted on Thursday.

Carver will play a man named Tyler who gets involved with Franco’s and Zachary Quinto’s characters who are a couple, according to Deadline.

Tyler is heartbroken when the title character rejects his homosexuality.

The film marks a rare solo project for Carver that does not include his twin brother, Max Carver.

Both were in Teen Wolf, are currently on the HBO series The Leftovers and got their start playing the twin sons of Felicity Huffman on Desperate Housewives.

While on Teen Wolf, Carver had a memorable love scene with co-star Keahu Kahuanui in a motel room on a bed.

‘I think what I really loved getting to shoot the sex scene was going from being in a really intimate moment with someone and then hallucinating that a werewolf is popping out of my stomach,’ he told The Backlot earlier this year.

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George Takei on the variations of “Oh, Myyyy”

Was flipping through the new issue of Entertainment Weekly after dinner last night and came across a charming Q&A with George Takei.

At 77, George is still saying ‘Oh my!’ whenever his signature phrase fits the situation.

He talks about why he so often uses those two words together as he goes through life.’Oh my! I’ve been saying “Oh my!” my entire life,’ he said.

He then offered some examples of when and how he says it.

‘When my nephew’s kid spills milk on my expensive Persian rug, I say “Oh my!” When I see a beautiful sunrise, I say ‘Ohhhhh, my.” When I see a shuttle take off, I’m awestruck: “Oh my.”‘

And then there are his frequent appearances on radio’s The Howard Stern Show.

‘There are many causes for “Oh, my!” There’s a voluptuous young lady with a flimsy blouse onb, and Howard will ask, “Will you take your blouse off?” And I say, “Ohhhhhhh, myyyyy! What a question to ask a lady!”‘

And if the young lady does take her top off, Takei said this is his reaction: ‘OH, MY, OH, MY.

‘Two Oh, mys! Howard’s the one – the rascal! – who made it my signature.’

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Friday Morning Man: Paterson Joseph!

Had not heard of Paterson Joseph until a British friend of mine suggested him for Morning Man.

After doing some research, it seems that if you are British, it would be hard to not know who Joseph is.

On television, the handsome 50-year-old actor has been working non-stop for many years.

He is best known for his roles in Casualty (1997-1998), as Alan Johnson in the sitcom Peep Show (2003-2012), Green Wing (2004-2006), Survivors (2008-2010), Boy Meets Girl (2009) and as DI Wes Layton in Law & Order: UK (2013-2014).

His film roles include The Beach (2000), Æon Flux (2005) and The Other Man (2008).

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Days of Our Lives: Sami gets shown her son’s article for “fact checking” by Will’s editor – she won’t be happy

Okay, I’m going to point out a few good things about today’s episode of Days of Our Lives in terms of LGBT visibility.

Sonny refers to Will as ‘my husband’ more than once and this attractive married couple are shown in bed together – without shirts!

My praise stops there because I am so annoyed by how they are handling this magazine article storyline. That Will can write about his family after doing secret interviews is a total violation of journalistic ethics then to have his editor sit down with Sammy to let her read it for comment is ludicrous.

Will should have simply sat down with his mother himself and if he couldn’t do it because he was too emotionally involved or chicken then he should not be writing any articles at all.

It’s all so sloppy and annoying.

Losing patience, losing interest.

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How will Andrew Rannells differ from Neil Patrick Harris on Broadway in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”?

Neil Patrick Harris will complete his Tony Award winning run as a transgender rocker in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Sunday with Andrew Rannells stepping into the role three days later.

Will there be a big difference?

The author of the show’s book, John Cameron Mitchell, thinks there might be.

Mitchell, who played the title role in the film version that he also wrote and directed, describes Rannells as ‘so ebullient and he’s so sweet, everyone loves working with him.

‘I just think there’s going to be maybe a warmer and fuzzier Hedwig which is an interesting juxtaposition because she’s a mean bitch,’ he tells TheatreMania. ‘Perhaps that tone of happy while destroying someone.’

‘There’s something about his youthful ebullience that’s going to be different from Neil who’s almost kind of like a mean goth girl,’ he adds.

Tony winner Lena Hall is staying with the show and also wonders how different things will be.

‘It’s going to be really hard to say goodbye to Neil,’ she says. ‘We’re really crass with each other. I hope that Andrew is open to that kind of not caring, that kind of crassness.’

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