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See Madonna take a hard fall at Brit Awards

Say what you will about Madonna but be sure to say that she is a showbiz trouper. A short time ago while performing at the Brit Awards, the Material Girl took a hard fall on the steps leading to the stage. It seems she was unable to unfasten her long, flowing cape and a back-up dancer pulled back on it.

I’m so impressed with how quickly Madonna got back up and continued with the performance.

She later posted on Instagram: Armani hooked me up! My beautiful cape was tied too tight! But nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up! Thanks for your good wishes! I’m fine! ❤️#livingforlove

You go girl!


Lunch Break Video: See what happens when Conan O’Brien goes on Grindr – with help from Billy Eichner

After conquering Tinder, Conan O’Brien sets his sights on becoming the king of the gay hook-up app Grinder. The results are hilarious and his partner in crime is Billy Eichner.

Explains Conan: ‘I think I’m straight but there are times like when Ryan Gosling is on the show.’

When making his profile, Conan considers using the headline ‘Rich Ginger’ but Billy suggests ‘Freckle Fucker.’

Conan also reveals that he’s also a ginger – down there.

Wednesday Morning Man: Shahid Kapoor!

Today’s gorgeous Morning Man is Indian film actor Shahid Kapoor who turns 34 today.

The son of actors Pankaj Kapur and Neelima Azeem, Kapoor began his career by working in several music videos and television commercials.

He made his film debut with a leading role in the romantic comedy Ishq Vishk.

His other film credits include Vivah (2006), Jab We Met (2007) playing twin brothers in Vishal Bhardwaj’s caper thriller Kaminey, and R… Rajkumar (2013), among others.

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Days of Our Lives: Will and Sonny point fingers at each other over Will’s fling with Paul

Sonny has it in his mind that Will somehow knew about his past with Paul and slept with his ex in some calculated act of revenge.

Meanwhile, Will is feeling betrayed because Sonny never told him about his very significant relationship Paul.

The women in their lives are trying to help them sort it out.

The expressionless Marlena listens as Will confesses his infidelity which she, of course, already knows about. And Kate goes to visit Sonny and he let’s her know that he knows that she knew about the Will-Paul tryst.

Paul’s mom also arrives in Salem and wants to whisk her son away and take him home to San Francisco.

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Celeb Tweet of the Day from NPH!

Neil Patrick Harris @ActuallyNPH My iphone shattered the morning of the Oscars. I probably should have read more into that. #harbinger

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Some highlights from the “Glee” double wedding

My apologies for being late on this – was distracted by Oscar fever.

I’m happy Fox gave Glee a final season but the Friday night death timeslot has resulted in my completely forgetting that it’s on some weeks.

And what a big episode to miss – a double wedding involving the show’s two beloved same-sex couples Brittana (Brittany Pierce and Santana Lopez) and Klaine (Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson).

Here are some highlights from the episode:


Carson Kressley on being gay: ‘The thing that I thought was my Achilles heel wound up being the thing that made me successful’

Carson Kressley has extended his television career well beyond the successful run of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy which ended its run eight years ago.

He has used his confident and outgoing personality to do such things as host his own show on OWN, compete on Dancing With the Stars and is one of the judges on the new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

But there was a time when Kressley thought being openly gay would derail his hopes of having a successful career.

;I always felt very flawed because I had this big, deep, dark, dirty secret that I was gay,’ Kressley tells the for the web series I Am.

‘I thought that it was going to hold me back and I couldn’t be who I really was. For a long time I wasn’t authentic because I was afraid to be me.’

He was not only afraid of being out professionally, he also feared when he told his family he was gay, ‘they won’t love me anymore.’

But he didn’t let fear hold him back and he remains one of the more in-demand openly gay personalities in all of television.

He says: ‘The thing that I thought was my Achilles heel wound up being the thing that made me successful.’


Michael Sam to be on “Dancing With the Stars”

Michael Sam has been chosen to appear on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.

The first openly gay player ever drafted by a National Football League team will be among the celebrities competing when the season’s roster is unveiled this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, according to TMZ.

Sam made the cover of Sports Illustrated when he came out publicly just after completing his stellar college career at the University of Missouri.

He made history last year when he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams but was dropped by the team after the pre-season. He was then signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad then cut a short time later.

Sam is still determined to compete in the NFL.

He has not yet commented publicly on DWTS with his most recent post on Twitter praising Oscar winning screenwriter Graham Moore.

Sam tweeted: ‘Loved what @MrGrahamMoore had to stay… Moving and important. #StayWeird indeed!’

The former NFL players who have won the competition in previous seasons of DWTS are Emmitt Smith, Hines Ward and Donald Driver.


Tuesday Morning Man: Nicholas A. Ferroni!

Nicholas A. Ferroni got a bit of attention last fall when he was included in People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive issue.

He describes himself this way on Twitter: For some reason I was named one of the Most Influential Educators and Fittest Men in the World, and @peoplemag named me Sexiest Teacher Alive. @rutgersu alum.

I’m impressed that Ferroni advocates for LGBT history to be taught in schools. This, plus the killer body I am sure, has led plenty of his students to ask if he is gay.

He is not.

But we won’t hold that against him!

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Furor over Joan Rivers overshadowed an even more deserving Elaine Stritch being slighted at Oscars

People were plenty pissed about Joan Rivers being left out of the Oscars In Memoriam segment but they should be even more pissed about the shocking exclusion of Elaine Stritch.

Stritch was the subject of an outstanding documentary just last year (Elaine Stritch: Just Shoot Me) and had more than 20 feature film roles in all – that’s more movies than Barbra Streisand!

They included acting opposite Rock Hudson in 1957′s A Farewell to Arms, having a lead role in Woody Allen’s September, a memorable role as Jane Fonda’s mother-in-law in Monster-In-Law as well as parts in Small Time Crooks, Romance & Cigarettes, Autumn in New York, Out to Sea, Cadillac Man , Providence, and The Spiral Staircase, among others.

Yes, she was a Broadway legend and a three-time Emmy winner. But she was also a movie actress who deserved that final recognition last night at the Oscars.


Oscar winning screenwriter Graham Moore is not gay – please adjust your gaydar and get on with your day

I know, I’m scratching my head too.

Graham Moore’s acceptance speech was one of the most buzzed-about moments of Sunday night’s Academy Awards and I was certain he was gay.

Turns out he is not.

The Imitation Game screenwriter told the rapt crowd at the Dolby Theatre that he had attempted suicide at the age of 16 because ‘I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong.’

He then encouraged others out there to ‘stay weird and stay different.’

His content of his speech and the fact that the movie he wrote is about a gay man, Alan Turing, led to an assumption that Moore cleared up after the show.

‘I’m not gay,’ he told BuzzFeed News at the Governor’s Ball.

‘But I’ve never talked publicly about depression before or any of that, and that was so much of what the movie was about, and it was one of the things that drew me to Alan Turing so much.

‘I think we all feel like weirdos for different reasons. Alan had his share of them and I had my own, and that’s what always moved me so much about his story.’

Moore said he did have his speech ‘loosely in my head’ in the event that he won.

‘It’s the kind of thing that I’ve imagined since I was a teenager,’ he said. ‘It was weird to get on the stage and say the things that I’ve been imagining in the shower and in front of mirrors.’


Neil Patrick Harris on Twitter reaction to his Oscar hosting gig and the truth about the tighty whites

Neil Patrick Harris didn’t bother to go to sleep after hosting Sunday’s Academy Awards.

He returned to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood early today to appear on pal Kelly Ripa’s morning show Live With Kelly and Michael where he was greeted with a standing ovation.

But reviews of the first-time Oscar host’s performance were mixed following a very successful opening musical number.

‘I’m glad that it’s done and I’m sorry that I read Twitter,’ said Harris.

Ripa’s co-host Michael Strahan asked Harris to compare hosting the Oscars to the Emmys which he has hosted twice and the Tonys which he has hosted four times.

‘The Oscars, it’s a juggernaut – a gigantic show,’ Harris said. ‘It’s a lot of hurdles and a lot of laps around the track.’

He said one of his goals was to make the live audience inside the theater feel welcome but to also make television viewers feel a part of things as well.

When Ripa, a close personal friend of Harris and husband David Burtka, remarked that Harris had seemed so calm in the days leading up to the big night he admitted: ‘That was more the actor in me that I seemed calmer than I actually was.’

One of the more memorable and well-received bits from the night was when Harris re-enacted a scene from Birdman and walked from his dressing room to the stage wearing nothing but a pair of tighty whites.

His bulge led some to speculate that he has somehow enhanced the area.

‘No sock!’ he said.

But Harris shared that the underwear had to be altered because during dress rehearsal they had become see-through under the bright lights.

‘We had to do something so you couldn’t tell my religion.’


Lady Gaga was glorious on Oscar show

Judging from what I’ve been reading on social media, plenty of people felt like last night’s Oscars show was flat overall.

I was so busy writing I didn’t have that feeling although I often wonder how thrilling people expect handing out make-up, editing, costumes, short films and other such categories to be.

This isn’t the Golden Globes with a zillion acting categories after all.

Anyway, no one can argue about the stupendous performance of Lady Gaga and her tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music. It earned her a standing ovation and a heartfelt hug from Julie Andrews who she introduced after the performance.

Gaga hit all the right notes in the film’s title song as well as Edelweiss, My Favorite Things and Climb Every Mountain.


Outrage over Joan Rivers not being included in “In Memorium” segment at the Academy Awards

Joan Rivers may be best known for her lengthy television resume and her live stand-up work, but the late comedy legend had also done film some film work.

So her exclusion from last night’s In Memoriam segment caused some outrage on social media.

Tweeted comic Billy Eichner of Billy in the Street fame: “No Joan Rivers in the montage??? She basically created the red carpet which makes all of these bitches millions. For shame!!!”

John Barrowman wondered: “Where was #JoanRivers in the memorial mentions. Just saying. Jb”

Rivers, who died last September at the age of 81, wrote and directed the 1978 comedy Rabbit Test starring Billy Crystal.

She made her feature film debut 10 years earlier in The Swimmer starring Burt Lancaster and also appeared in The Muppets Take Manhattan, Iron Man 3, The Smurfs, Serial Mom and had voice roles in Spaceballs, Look Who’s Talking Two and Shrek 2. Other film credits are Goosed and Intern.

Most recently, she was the subject of the 2010 documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, The Academy said in a Statement: “Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the In Memoriam segment of this year’s Oscar show. She is, however, included in our In Memoriam gallery on”


Morning Man Encore: Caine Eckstein!

Originally posted on September 20, 2012 – not updated

Wow, what a beauty today’s Morning Man is!

He’s Australian triathlete Caine Eckstein and until this week, I had not heard of him.

So glad he’s on my radar now!

His Facebook page states that at just 26 years of age Caine Eckstein is the best endurance ironman that Australia has ever seen. The Coolangatta Gold Champion took his wins to a new record this year by becoming the only person in history to win the iconic event five times.

He was a participant in the Australian version of Dancing With the Stars and had said of his chances: “I’ve got a good work ethic and I try really hard, and I like to achieve my goals, and this is the same sort of thing.”

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Graham Moore gave the best Oscar speech of the night – advises people to ‘Stay weird’

This just blew me away.

When Graham Moore’s name was announced as the winner of the best adapted screenplay category at the Academy Awards on Sunday and the Oscar was presented to Moore by Oprah Winfrey.

Moore took the stage, thanked his collaborators on The Imitation Game then got deeply personal in a speech that resulted on a standing ovation.

‘When was was 16 years old I tried to kill myself because I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong,’ said Moore who is now in his early 30s.

‘And now, I’m standing here. And so I would like this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different and she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. Stay weird and stay different.’

The film he wrote, The Imitation Game, is about based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges.

Turing was a key figure in cracking Nazi Germany’s naval Enigma code which helped the Allies win the Second World War, only to later be criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality.


Celeb Tweets: Oscar Night Edition

Sandra Bernhard ‏@SandraBernhard line of the night #julieandrews “oh dear lady gaga!” master class! singing and style torch passed and back again! 50 years on baby

Jesse Tyler Ferguson ‏@jessetyler I fully support a revival of Sound of Music with Lady Gaga.
Jane Velez-Mitchell ‏@JVM What’s happened to Lady Gaga? Has she been born again? #Oscars2015

Kathy Griffin ‏@kathygriffin Ok, Terrence Howard is fucking nuts. He’s crying about a movie I’m pretty sure he didn’t even see, (imitation game). & he’s stroking the mic

Janet Mock ‏@janetmock Cookie better get her man. Why is Terrence Howard going through it on the #Oscars stage? Even Oprah is very much confused.
Fortune Feimster ‏@fortunefunny Terrence Howard clearly thinks he’s delivering a monologue on Empire. #Oscars
Official Wanda Sykes ‏@iamwandasykes Is he always going to be Lucious? Is his ALS acting up?
John Barrowman MBE ‏@Team_Barrowman Where was #JoanRivers in the memorial mentions. Just saying. Jb
billy eichner ‏@billyeichner No Joan Rivers in the montage??? She basically created the red carpet which makes all of these bitches millions. For shame!!!
Alec Mapa ‏@AlecMapa Jennifer Aniston. The hair ain’t gonna change . That’s all there is to it. #Oscars
Jesse Tyler Ferguson ‏@jessetyler How bored do we think Laura Dern is right now? #Oscars
Michael Urie ‏@michaelurie New tux #NPH hot
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Why is Neil Patrick Harris in his underwear?

Neil Patrick Harris has clearly been hitting the gym since ending his run as a gaunt transgender punk rock singer in Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

On Sunday night’s Academy Awards, this year’s host stripped down to his underwear and displayed an impressively muscular physique.

So what was he doing in his skivvies?

Harris re-enacted one of the more memorable scenes from Best Picture nominee Birdman in which Michael Keaton’s actor character gets locked out of a theater mid-play and must walk through New York’s Times Square in his underwear to re-enter.

Harris walked from his dressing room to the stage in white briefs and before returning to the stage encounters Whiplash star Miles Teller on the drums and scowled he was playing the wrong tempo.

He then took to the stage of the Dolby Theatre and, with what dignity remained, introduced presenters Teller and Margot Robbie.

When Harris re-emerged later in a tuxedo he cracked: ‘After my last entrance, I am now a changed man.’


See Neil Patrick Harris’ opening number!

Neil Patrick Harris had hinted in interviews that he wouldn’t open the Oscars with a musical number.

He lied.

The first-time Oscar host seemed to be opening with a traditional monologue when he took a shot at the lack of diversity in this year’s nominees when he said they were here ‘to honor Hollywood’s best a whitest – I’m sorry! Best and brightest!’

He then quickly segued into a musical number filled with very current movie and pop culture references including the lyric ‘I secretly hope someone pulls a Kanye West.’

(Harris was referring to West storming the Grammy stage earlier this month as Beck was about to begin his speech for winning Best Album.)

Joined by Anna Kendrick in Into the Woods Cinderella mode and Jack Black in loudmouth mode, the number included dancing, some magic, stupendous visual effects and movie clips from films ranging from The Wizard of Oz to Star Wars to Risky Business.

It also had film clips including Sharon Stone on Basic Instinct which Harris described as ‘When Sharon went commando and unsettled us all’ and of a young Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and Harris singing about the ‘tension’ between the two.

Kendrick had one of the best lines when she sang to Harris about happy endings ‘except in Gone Girl when that lady slit your throat!’

Harris screamed: ‘Spoiler alert!’


Neil Patrick Harris shares his hopes as he prepares to host this year’s Academy Awards

Neil Patrick Harris has been a very busy man in recent weeks but he squeezed in a visit a few days ago to Jimmy Kimmel Live and talked about Oscar preparations.

As we countdown to the Oscar telecast beginning in about a half hour, watch wht NPH went through to prepare material and ‘always pondering what the right thing is to do.’

He was hoping for a scandal and Jimmy suggested ‘you get caught not being gay.’

NPH points out that he tried that in Gone Girl and that didn’t turn out for his character who ended up quite bloody. If that’s a spoiler alert for you then grow up! See the movie!