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Morning Man Encore: Ryan Doucette!

Originally posted Sept 17, 2012 – not updated
This uncommonly beautiful man is actor Ryan Doucette who was one of the stars of the wonderful movie, Cloudburst.

I was expecting kind of a sad drama but instead it was a touching movie with plenty of comedy. Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker play an aging lesbian couple who escape from a nursing home in Maine and take off to Nova Scotia to be legally married.

They kind of reminded me of Thelma & Louise but instead of picking up a sexy hitchhiker played by Brad Pitt, they picked up a sexy hitchhiker played by Ryan Doucette. And instead of scamming them, he ends up as kind of an adopted son who joins them for their adventure.

Since landing his first major role Cloudburst, Ryan has made three more features: Roaming, The Disappeared and Copperhead.

He describes himself on his Twitter account as an “actor, writer, clown, procrastinator.”

Ryan is from Nova Scotia and began his career performing with a theater troup and appeared in many stage productions in his hometown including a production of Cloudburst.

I have a feeling we’re going to be hearing a lot more about this talented young guy! Here is a LINK to his website.

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Gay rumors don’t bother Josh Groban

Josh Groban knows there are people out there who think he is gay.

He’s not losing sleep over it.

‘Honestly, if I were gay, I would have had no problem saying it from day one,’ Groban tells PrideSource. ‘I would have nothing to hide if that were the case.’

He added: ‘People have speculated, have wanted to speculate – whatever, fine. I’m not gay, but if I were, I don’t view it as a bad thing. If I were, I’d say, “OK, fine, speculate all you want and let’s talk about it.”‘

Groban, 34,  dated actress January Jones from 2003 to 2006 and has been dating actress Kat Dennings of Two Broke Girls fame since October 2014.

So how does he remain so non-threatened by such rumors?

‘I’ve grown up with gay friends; my parents have had great gay friends. I come from such an open-minded family background.

‘I am so lucky to have the parents that I have and to have grown up with the environment of “accept and be accepted” and “love and be loved,” so when that kind of talk comes up, I think to myself, “All right, I’m happy to say what is and isn’t true,” but at the same time, I don’t see why that’s like, ‘Ohhhh.’” Like that would be an insult. I don’t get that.’

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Nate Berkus is a daddy!

Congratulations to Nate Berkus and husband Jeremiah Brent became parents with the birth of their daughter this week via surrogate.

Berkus, who gained fame through regular appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, made the announcement in a Facebook post: ‘Jeremiah & I are thrilled to announce the arrival of our daughter, Poppy Brent-Berkus, born via surrogate on March 23, 2015. We are so excited to finally be a family of 3!

He added: ‘As anyone with a newborn knows, we have our work cut out for us but couldn’t be happier to be embarking on this life changing journey that is parenthood. Thank you all for your well wishes and support.’

The couple made a little bit of history last May when they became the first same-sex couple to be married at the New York Public Library. Among the guests was Berkus’s television mentor Winfrey.

Berkus, 43, hosted his own syndicated daytime talk show for two years. Brent, 29, appeared on the Bravo television series The Rachel Zoe Project.

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“Looking” gets cancelled by HBO – will wrap up stories in “final chapter” special

I’m gutted!

HBO confirmed today that Looking will not return for a third season.

The series starring Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett, Frankie J. Alvarez and Russell Tovey will, however, get a special to wrap up its storylines.

The network said in a statement: ‘After two years of following Patrick (Groff) and his tight-knit group of friends as they explored San Francisco in search of love and lasting relationships, HBO will present the final chapter of their journey as a special. We look forward to sharing this adventure with the shows loyal fans.’

Looking has a loyal fanbase but could not sustain the ratings of its lead in, Girls, on Sunday nights.

I had spoken with several cast members recently who were still hopeful for a third season.

‘If it were based on quality then we definitely deserve a pick up but it’s out of our control,’ Alvarez had said. ‘I’m super proud of the second season and hopefully the powers the be will give us another chance to continue developing stories and living with these beautiful characters we all adore.’

Raul Castillo, who plays Richie, had said: ‘I really hope that we get a season three. I think it would be a great gift to continue to explore these characters – I think we’ve just kind of scratched the surface.’

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Wishing a happy 68th birthday to Elton John! songs are a big part of the soundtrack of my life.

From Your Song, Crocodile Rock and Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word to The Bitch is Back, Bennie and the Jets and Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, Elton John churned out hit after hit after hit in the 70s.

Since then there have been other classics like I Guess That’s Why the Call it the Blues, Can You Feel the Love Tonight and Circle of Life from The Lion King and the updated version of Candle in the Wind that he performed at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.

In celebration of his birthday, here are some of my favorite Elton John songs led off by Philadelphia Freedom which he wrote for his great friend Billie Jean King in the mid-1970s.

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Wednesday Morning Man: Gui Inacio!

Here’s how today’s Morning Man, Gui Inacio, describes himself on Facebook: ‘Intuitive Artist and Fitness/Life Coach expressing his vision worldwide.’

I prefer to describe him as simply drop dead gorgeous.

He was born and raised in Brazil, moved to the United States when he was 13 and began to pursue modeling four years later.

He has since appeared in several TV series and movies.

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Pauley Perrette: “So I almost died today, for real”

NCIS star Pauley Perrette, one of the most popular actresses on television today, is a staunch and very active LGBT ally who is beloved by many.

She took to social media last night to share a terrifying close call she had while driving in Hollywood. Here it is in its entirety:

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Some of my favorite numbers from “Glee” finale

Been meaning to post these videos for a few days because I really enjoyed the series finale of Glee on Friday.

The second hour was just perfect – except for the part about Sue Sylvester becoming VP of the US, c’mon! – but there was much to love about it.

Yes, Glee had some uneven stretches during its six year run but few shows have made me feel more over the years.


Snapped! Channing Tatum on a stroll!

Channing Tatum was so sweet at the GLAAD Media Awards over the weekend in his tribute to openly gay director Roland Emmerich. He was dapper in a suit on that night but his nice guns were on display during daytime hours. To see more of Channing, go to Socialite Life.


Wishing a happy 42nd birthday to Jim Parsons!

It was a big day earlier this month for Jim Parsons who got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the same day that his likeness was unveiled at the nearby Madame Tussauds wax museum.

And now he’s celebrating his birthday!

The four-time Emmy winner for The Big Bang Theory has a lot going on before he returns for another season of CBS’s biggest comedy hit. He is one of the lead voices in the new Dreamworks Animation flick Home and on May 5 opens on Broadway as God in the new play An Act Of God,

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Movie Trailer: Tom Cruise is shirtless in this preview to “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation”

This is the first official trailer for Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation which hits theaters on July 31.

It features a shirtless Tom Cruise playing hero Ethan Hunt for the fifth time.

Other returning cast members include Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn and Jeremy Renner as William Brandt. They are fighting to take down an evil rogue nation known as the Syndicate. The cast also includes Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson of Starz’s The White Queen.

I’m looking forward to seeing this as I am for all of Tom Cruise’s movies which have not always gotten a fair shot in recent years because of his not-so-hot public image. The divorces and the Scientology as well as the Oprah and Matt Lauer interviews seem to have done irreparable harm to his box office clout – at least domestically. He remains a huge draw internationally.

I really thought last year’s Edge of Tomorrow was a terrific film, one of my favorites of 2014. But it was not as big a hit as it should have been with too many people comparing it to Oblivion from the year before which was not near as good.

So another Mission Impossible flick is just what a hit-starved Cruise could use right about now, 32 years after bursting onto the scene in 1983′s Risky Business.

He’s had a pretty good run!


Tuesday Morning Man: Erich Bergen!

Was watching Madam Secretary the other night and thought to myself, “Why haven’t I featured Erich Bergen as Morning Man?”

I had no good answer so here he is!

Before landing a role in the touring production of Jersey Boys nearly a decade ago, Erich was a teenager with a podcast called Green Room Radio where he interviewed Broadway. He also sold merchandise at Wicked on Broadway for a year.

After Jersey Boys (he was fired from the Las Vegas production for misbehaving), he was in the touring cast of Anything Goes, and appeared on Desperate Housewives, Franklin & Bash, Person of Interest, Gossip Girl, and other TV shows.

Then Jersey Boys came back into his life when director Clint Eastwood cast him as one of the leads in the feature film version of the musical. It was a box office bomb but a nice return to a musical he had once been fired from.

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Days of Our Lives: Will acting insane, Paul’s mom freaking out – Sony and Paul still on high road

It’s a completely insane day for Will Horton – it’s as if his body has been inhabited by Sami.

You almost want to laugh except it is so irritating and disconcerting to have Will acting like an utter and complete jackass.

But Sonny’s no dummy – he knows that Will is thinking of ways to deflect his own little infidelity.

Once Sonny has had enough of his crap, Will goes to Paul and unleashes out more paranoid insanity.

But Paul won’t be bullied by Will and finally has Will saying: “Why would Sonny want me if he could have you?”

Good question!

Meanwhile, Sonny is having some introspection of his own in a heart-to-heart with his mother.

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My chat with Jude and Connor from “The Fosters”

Tonight is the season 2 finale of The Fosters on ABC Family.

The great news is this wonderful show starts shooting season 3 early next month.

The show has gotten all kinds of attention this month over the kiss shared by best friends Jude and Connor which was handled so beautifully, so sweetly.

At the GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday night, I chatted up Hayden Byerly (Jude) and Gavin MacIntosh (Connor) along with the show’s co-creators and executive producers Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg.

To read the story, hop on over to Gay Star News.

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Lunch Break Video: Enjoy return of Bathroom Concert Series with Ellen and Madonna!

Madonna did herself a big favor by guesting on The Ellen DeGeneres Show every day last week as part of Madonna Week. I’ve never found the Material Girl more appealing than I did during these appearances. Ellen brought out a relaxed and warm side of her and they had a lot of fun together as evidenced by this duet they did which aired on Friday.

Snapped! Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black took this selfie on day they met exactly two years ago

The Oscar winner and Olympic medalist both posted this photo on social media yesterday and shared their thoughts…

Dustin Lance Black: Two years ago we took a selfie just after meeting… the very moment my life changed forever. Happy Anniversary my love.

Tom Daley: 2 years ago … my life changed forever! Thank you for making these past 2 years so special ❤️

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Anderson Cooper interviews Andy Cohen inside the “Watch What Happens Live” clubhouse

BFF’s Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen are going out on a little tour together over the next several months to make appearances in Miami, Boston, Atlanta and Chicago and warmed up a few days ago with The Silver Fox asking Andy some questions in the WWHL Clubhouse.

Things we find out: Andy finds Anderson’s giggle “charming’ and ‘adorable, Aretha Franklin asked to takes a selfie with Anderson when she bumped into him in the halls of CNN, Andy has never had sex in the WWHL Clubhouse or in his office, Andy recently went to Cher’s house in Malibu and deems it “amazing,’ and Anderson has started to get texts from Cher after Andy gave her his number.

If this pair adds an LA date, I’m there!


Monday Morning Man: Gary Beadle!

This handsome guy celebrated his 28th birthday over the weekend so it seems fitting that he would kick off our week of Morning Men.

He’s Gary Beadle and he’s an original cast member of the British reality series Geordie Shore. He is known by Gaz or Gaz Beadle on the show.

He also seems to like to pose with his shirt off and we have no complaints about that!

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“Days of Our Lives” wins GLAAD Media Award!

Days of Our Lives won the GLAAD Media Award last night for Outstanding Daily Drama.

The show’s current gay triangle was 100 percent represented by Guy Wilson (Will), Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Christopher Sean (Paul) and it was good to see them on the arrivals carpet before the show.

I had interviewed Guy and Christopher a few weeks ago and last night was able to chat up Freddie.

Will post Christopher’s interview tomorrow and Freddie’s later in the week. My interview with Guy can be see HERE.


Greg’s Gallery: 2015 GLAAD Media Awards arrivals!

Was placed pretty far down towards the end of the carpet at last night’s GLAAD Media Awards but still managed to get my share of interviews and some decent photos as the bigger names whizzed by.

When you are placed that far down you’re lucky to get a wave from the likes of Viola Davis (pictured left) or a smile from Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. But did get Andrew Rannells to stop by as well as honoree Roland Emmerich, Looking star Murray Bartlett, How to Get Away With Murder’s Jack Falahee, the guys from The Fosters, GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis, Brad Goreski of Fashion Police, Alex Newell of Glee, Guy Wilson, Freddie Smith and Christopher Sean of Days of Our Lives, and Amy Landecker of Transparent.

Will have interviews with many of them posted in the days to come.

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