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Morning Man Encore: Eric MacKenzie!

How about we kick off the week with a yummy Aussie? He’s 30-year-old Eric Mackenzie, an Australian rules footballer currently listed with the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League. He also plays for the Claremont Tigers in the West Australian Football League. Eric is a defender and he is from Perth. Okay, that’s enough background. Now let’s enjoy the photos!

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WATCH: Singer Johnny Mathis talks about being gay: ‘It bothered me that it bothered people’

This CBS Sunday Morning interview is so refreshing. Legendary singer Johnny Mathis talks about his controversial 1982 magazine interview in which he stated that homosexuality was “a way of life that I’ve grown accustomed to.” He tells Nancy Giles why he wasn’t concerned about the potential impact on his career, despite receiving death threats. “It bothered me that it bothered people!” he laughed.

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‘Boys in the Band’ stars Andrew Rannells, Charlie Carver and Matt Bomer do AIDS Walk New York!

Thrilled to support and attend @aidswalkny this year. #aidswalkny #BoysintheBand

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Morning Man Classic: Gordon Scott!

This very handsome man was best known for playing Tarzan in five films between 1955-60. At 6 feet 3 inches tall and with movie matinee looks, Gordon Scott certainly fit the bill to play the jungle stud. Scott had finished serving three years in the U.S. Army and working as a lifeguard at a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip when he was discovered by a Hollywood talent agent and quickly chosen to replace Lex Barker as Tarzan. But after five years in the role, he feared me be typecast so he moved to Italy and became a popular star of what were known as Sword-and-sandal epics that featured handsome bodybuilders as various characters from Greek and Roman myth.His final role was the 1968 film The Tramplers. He died in 2007 at the age of 80. In the final decades of his life, Scott was a popular guest at film conventions and autograph shows.
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Showtune Sunday: All About Cher!

It is infuriating that Cher has not been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

But the music icon, who turns 72 today, is so appreciated by her legions of fans and can sell out stadiums all around the world.

Cher has had a total of 15 number one hits and a total of 33 top ten hits on all Billboard charts combined. Cher’s career as a recording artist spans six decades and is the only artist (counting Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe”) to have a number-one single on a Billboard chart in each of those past six decades.

I’ve selected songs from the last six decades – not necessarily the number ones – for you to enjoy today.







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Photo Gallery: Ageless Cher turns 72 today – here is the icon during over six decades of stardom

Let’s face it, there has never been anybody else like Cher. And there never will be.

At 72, thank God, she’s still going strong.

She is a forever star who has been a part of our lives since the 1960s when she reached the top of the pop charts as one-half of Sonny and Cher.

Then came television variety show stardom and a string of solo hits before splitting from Sonny.

Cher re-emerged in the early 1980s as an actress who quickly became an Oscar-winning movie star with Moonstruck and also starred in Mask, Silkwood, Suspect, Mermaids, Witches of Eastwick, and Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean.

Cher then began to disappear for stretches but she resurfaces just enough with tops hits (Believe, Women’s World), the occasional movie (Burlesque) and new album (Closer to the Truth).

Best of all, Cher continues to perform live both on tour and in Las Vegas.

She is one of the stars of the upcoming sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again and a Broadway musical based on her epic life is happening.

Long live Cher!

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Late Night Videos: Kate McKinnon shines on season finale of SNL as Rudy Guliano and Mika Brzezinski

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Colton Haynes: ‘I just pray that the LGBTQ+ community gets more chances to star in roles’

Single again Colton Haynes took to Twitter tonight to share his thoughts on the lack of opportunities for openly LGBTQ people when it comes to starring roles in films: Hollywood is a very odd place. I’ve been here for 12 yrs. I just pray that the LGBTQ+ community gets more chances to star in roles. We’ve had amazing trailblazers & ppl who’ve made it thru the criticism thk god. It doesn’t have to be me, but this town is run by our community. Lets just realize that we all have so much to give. It’s not easy being gay. Its not easy growing up being an outsider & having to watch your back. Just because you like the same sex doesn’t mean you can’t carry a film. It’s acting. Execs need to start giving more opportunity. I can’t believe that no one has figured this out yet. It’s not just the LGBT+ community but it’s also ppl of color, minorities…give us all a chance. Thk god its in the works. Every single person deserves a shot at their dreams no matter their sex, ethnicity, or background.

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Neil Patrick Harris gets a sweet welcome home surprise party planned by twins Gideon and Harper

So yesterday afternoon I went out to run some errands and when I came home my family had thrown me a surprise Welcome Home party! Gideon and Harper planned the whole thing – friends, balloons, my favorite foods (oysters, sushi, nachos, enchiladas, peanut butter cups), running charades, and lots of laughs. I’ve honestly never been so appreciative of what I have in my life. My husband is spectacular, sure, but the fact that our seven year old kids spent all day planning, decorating, lying to my face, just to make me feel special… Well, I’m a lucky man. It’s so so good to be home. Thanks, @dbelicious #grateful

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Watch highlights from Royal Wedding!

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Celeb Instagram: Royal Wedding Edition!

Perfect day for a #royalwedding! Feeling very dapper in my custom @isaia three piece suit and @louboutinhomme shoes! Tune into E! at 5 am EST for 5 hours of LIVE coverage!

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Good Morning! #RoyalWedding

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It’s Showtime. #royalwedding #brooksbrothers #cnn

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They’re ready. And they love Meghan. Told me she’s beautiful. #royalwedding

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Got up early to watch the #royalwedding @scottmale asleep I’ve got the headphones on. @cnn coverage great watching in #puertorico #uk #pride John Barrowman MBE JB

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We’re ready – right outside St George’s Chapel @abc #royalwedding special

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Happy 26th birthday to Sam Smith!

Sam Smith turns 26 today!

So young and he’s already had two smash albums – In the Lonely Hour and The Thrill of it All – and won four Grammys and an Oscar.

Below is Sam’s fun Carpool Karaoke session with James Corden on The Late Late Show.

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Jim Parsons on husband Todd Spiewak: “We just … enjoy each other’s company, and that’s never waned”

Four-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons is on Broadway in The Boys in the Band.

Here is an excerpt from his interview with The Advocate in which The Big Bang Theory star reflects on his 16-year relationship with husband Todd Spiewak:

It’s not easy maintaining a relationship in Hollywood and LGBT relationships aren’t always validated. You and your husband [art director Todd Spiewak] have been together for 16 years now. How do you make it work?
I happen to have been lucky enough to find somebody who we just get along at a certain level and enjoy each other’s company, and that’s never waned, so we tend to kind of be in tandem for a majority of our days and nights. Related to that is, obviously, the fact that while I am having this relationship in Hollywood, while having a Hollywood career, Todd does not have the same type of Hollywood career. Unlike dating another gay actor, who’s off shooting in Australia, we don’t spend longer than a couple of weeks apart if we can manage it because we don’t have to. A lot of the work that Todd does can travel, and there’s been some intentionality to that on our part because we enjoy spending time together.

I was lucky enough to meet Todd at a time in my life where no one — other than my friends and family — knew who the hell I was. I do think that having spent six years together before we came out here and thrust into some version of a limelight, it was the same way I felt very lucky that I was in my early-30s by the time that happened to me. There was so much under the belt for me life-wise. Of course certain things are going to change, they would even if this hadn’t happened. You’re going to get older, but you’re less apt to have core things change about you that give you a real identity crisis.

And you have good role models in marriage, too.
Todd and I were very lucky to both come from parents who stayed together for their whole lives. His parents are both still alive. My mother is still alive. My father’s gone. But we both came from couples who, when they joined together, they joined for life. And, I don’t know, not that you can’t have a successful marriage without seeing that in front of you, and plenty of people do, but I do think both of us have always readily acknowledged that it made a real impact having that in front of us. That’s just good fortune for us.

Ellen DeGeneres on school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas: “We must do better than this”

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Kate McKinnon pays a visit to Seth Meyers and talks about her hilarious Rudy Guliani impression

If anyone is ripe for being parodied, it is Rudy Guliani.

His latest role as Donald Trump’s lawyer has been quite something.

On last night’s episode of Late Night With Seth Meyers, Emmy winner Kate McKinnon shows why it was so easy for her to come up with her impression of the former New York City Mayor (see end of the first video).


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News Round-Up: Jennifer Aniston & Tig Notaro; Chinese Surfer Comes Out; Mary Steenburgen and more!

Jennifer Aniston, Tig Notaro First Same Sex White House Couple In Netflix Film Comedy ‘First Ladies’ Deadline Hollywood

Chinese Surfer Comes Out, Makes History as Country’s First Openly Gay Pro Athlete Towleroad

Neighbors star Matt Wilson on playing a gay ex-stripper, getting hit on by guys and dealing with homophobes Gay Star News

“Book Club” Star Mary Steenburgen On Being Queer-Minded And Why She Almost Quit “Philadelphia” NewNowNext

Adam Rippon says things with his hot Finnish boyfriend are getting “serious” Queerty

Donald Trump didn’t know difference between HIV and HPV, according to Bill Gates Pink News

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Morning Video: Catching up with the ‘F.Y.I.’ gang who are reunited for return of ‘Murphy Brown’

Moving toward the series’ 30th anniversary, the revival will offer fans a look at how Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen) tackles the current state of cable news, clickbait, and a very different political and cultural climate. Original cast members Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, and Grant Shaud will also reprise their roles as Corky Sherwood, Frank Fontana and Miles Silverberg, respectively. In addition, actor Jake McDorman will go head-to-head with star Bergen as her son, Avery, a millennial journalist who followed in his mother’s headline-making footsteps. However, the traits they have in common—like a competitive spirit and quick wit—might be the same things that cause friction between the two. Watch this Fall on CBS.

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Friday Morning Man: Petr Hollesch!

Happened to come across Petr Hollesch on Instagram yesterday and all I can say is what a damn dreamboat.

That face! Those eyes! That chest!

He’s got more than 25,000 Instagram followers who are greeted with his motto: ‘Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.’

Petr lives in the Czech Republic and that’s about all I know at this point.

Will have to just let the pictures – and his hashtags – tell the story: #me #spring #daily #instagood #me #smile #follow #cute #followme #happy #picoftheday #instadaily #swag #amazing #igers #fun #beard #instalike #smile #gay #gayfit #gayboy #gayeurope #czechgay #blueeyes

Sun is shining and so are u #instagood #me #smile #follow #cute #abs #tbt #followme #beautiful #happy #picoftheday #instadaily #swag #amazing #igers #fun #sun #instalike #bestoftheday #smile #like4like #friday #gay #gayfit #gayboy #gay4gay #gayeurope #czechgay

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My chat with Garrett Clayton about his hilarious performance in “The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Clueless”

Garrett Clayton steals the show In The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Clueless which opened last weekend at the Rockwell Table and Stage in Los Feliz.

The young actor gained fame as the star of on Disney’s Teen Beach movie and its sequel and has gone on to have a recurring role on The Fosters, was in NBC’s Hairspray Live! and portrayed gay porn star Brent Corrigan in King Cobra, an independent drama that also starred James Franco and Christian Slater.

But no matter how busy he’s gotten with screen roles, Garrett has consistently returned to the stage.

Last year at Rockwell he played a student who may or may not be gay in The Last Breakfast Club, a brilliant musical parody so successful there’s talk of it being made into a film. (See my previous interview with Garrett about that production HERE).

In the Clueless parody, Garrett has dual roles. One is as a sweet stoner high school student named Travis and the other is Christian, an increasingly openly gay student who dates the female lead before accepting his true self.

Garrett, 27, goes all out as Christian as he shakes his booty, dances with a male audience member and at one point even tosses glitter into the air.

I chatted with Garrett after his opening night performance last weekend. Here is our conversation:

Q. I know you play two roles but it’s Christian who is a real blast in this show.

A. “It’s great. They let me run wild with it. Truly.”

Q. You really had the audience in the palm of your hand when you were in full flight as Christian. How did that feel as an actor to be getting that kind of response? When you go out on a limb like that sometimes it works, sometimes it might not.

A. “In this I do the stoner stereotype and I guess I do the fictional gay stereotype. It’s kind of making light of those things because everything’s always so serious. That’s what I love about the Rockwell. They just take these things and run with it. Fuck societal norms – excuse my language – let’s just have fun, be wacky. I get to throw glitter and I get to roll a joint on stage . It’s just all really fun.

Q. Did you have so much fun with your last show at Rockwell, The Breakfast Club parody, that you felt like you just had to come back?

A. I had done another show, Cruel Intentions, years ago here, before Breakfast Club. I even try and get a lot of my actor friends to do shows here as well because it feels like a playground. There’s no wrong answer in the room. It just feels like it’s a community and everyone’s here to have fun. It’s free of judgement, no bullshit. I just love it.

Q. You were also in Hairspray on NBC. You’re obviously very good at musicals.

A. I’ve done a lot of musical theater since I was 15. I enjoy the element of being live onstage and getting that energy from an audience. I love the energy they throw back at you. Like tonight the audience was rooting for Christian and it was fun. In the movie they glazed over Christian being gay and here it was just let him be what he wants to be. To play a character who has that kind of confidence is really fun.

Q. Didn’t Jonathan Bennett play that role in the movie?

A. You’re thinking of Mean Girls. We’re going to Google it right now (gets on phone). He’s Justin Walker.

Q. In the show, you pull a guy up onto the stage to dance with you and it’s Christian coming out to everyone. He was so perfect. Was that guy a plant or really an audience member?

A. Every night it’s a different audience member and the first two people I picked said no tonight. They were too nervous to get up. That’s why I yelled at the audience: “Would somebody dance with me?” There was terror in my eyes. If I can’t get someone up on stage then I’m fucked! (laughs). Sometimes you get people who won’t move but tonight the guy was just living with me and it was so much fun.

Q. There’s so much to do in LA from the Hollywood Bowl to movies at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Why should people come to the Rockwell to see this particular show?

A. Here it is more intimate and more interactive. I’m dancing with audience members. It’s community-based theater. It’s satire and we get to make fun and make light of a lot of serious topics.

Q. You’re always busy in movies or TV or on the stage. Loved you last year in God Looked Away with Al Pacino at Pasadena Playhouse. What’s next for you?

A. I just finished a movie called Peel starring Emile Hirsch – I got a pretty great role in that. I did a Nicolas Cage movie before that’s also being sold then another movie called Reach that’s about Teen Suicide.

But I just love being on stage and I’ll always do it.

The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Clueless runs at Rockwell Table and Stage through September 1. Click HERE for more information.

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Nyle DiMarco’s day with Tim Cook!

Honestly just 3 years ago before my sudden stardom, I’d never thought I’d work with THE CEO of Apple, Tim Cook for Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Three years ago, I was just a Deaf guy “without voice.” The thought of how far I’ve come is beyond overwhelming and I’ve been extremely, extremely blessed. – Tim Cook also cancelled the rest of his afternoon schedule just to watch my speech to thousands of Apple employees about the importance of accessibility, embracing your own difference and using it as an asset, and how my Deaf life growing up was/is a utopia. Tim Cook also insisted to introduce me before my speech so that made me even more nervous to deliver my speech impeccably! (Don’t worry, I aced it!) – In the pictures, we were at a Deaf school in Fremont @csdeagles, empowering Deaf (along people with disabilities) students, to learn coding… so in the future they can be at the forefront in bridging both communities of the deaf and the hearing, making the world more accessible! The kids are OUR future. Thank you @apple!!! – I want to also thank you all for your continuing support. You are a huge part of my journey.

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