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Elton John announces his foundation’s launch of $1 million COVID-19 Emergency Fund

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Today, I’m proud to announce that my Foundation @EJAF is launching a $1million COVID-19 Emergency Fund to make sure that our frontline partners can respond to the effects of COVID-19 on HIV care for the most marginalised communities around the world. Now and always, I’m committed to not leave anyone affected by HIV behind. Click on the link in my bio for more info. Sending love to all of our Foundation’s partners, grantees, supporters, frontline workers and members of our community during this time. xx

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Morning Round-Up: Scott & Chris Evans; Rachel Maddow; Pink; Sean Hayes; Robert Garcia

Scott Evans Says He Has Beard Contests With His Brother Chris NewNowNext

Rachel Maddow Appeals to Trump’s Ego in Plea for a Competent Coronavirus Czar: ‘You Can Blame That Person’ for the ‘Dead Americans Piled Up’ Towleroad

Pink Reveals Positive Coronavirus Test After She and Her Son Started Showing Symptoms 2 Weeks Ago People

Sean Hayes revives oddball, indie comedy in his new movie ‘Lazy Susan’…as a woman Queerty

Drag Race Recap: Subpar Snatch Game Sets the Stage for a Fiery Showdown TV Line

The top 25 most compelling Hollywood autobiographies – ranked! The Guardian

CNN’s Erin Burnett Breaks Down in Tears While Interviewing Widow of Coronavirus Victim Towleroad

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia practices physical distancing LA Blade

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Totally Random Video: Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine are magic in “Postcards from the Edge”

http://smackamack.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/aaaaaaashirleymeryl.jpgSome people might think it’s strange but true fans of Postcards from the Edge understand completely:one of my best friends and I can do every single line uttered by Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep in this 1990 film.

The writing is so great (Carrie Fisher wrote the screenplay based on the novel loosely based on her life) that we just have a blast with the lines, inserting them into our conversations whenever it seems fitting and never failing to crack ourselves up.

This scene comes early in the film and is brilliantly executed as Streep and MacLaine talk over each other in a meeting with a business manager played by Gary Morton.

Both play actresses with Meryl’s character just out of rehab and forced to live with her self-absorbed mother in order to make a film.

Some of my favorite lines come from Shirley: “I remember when I was 15 years old, Mr. [Louis B.] Mayer called me in for a meeting and he was sitting on the toilet. He conducted the entire meeting on the toilet. You can be sure he wouldn’t have done that to John Garfield.”

Morning Man Classic: Heath Ledger!

Heath Ledger, the Oscar winning Aussie actor who died far too soon, was born 41 years ago today.

He was such a marvelous actor and even though he only lived to be 28, there are performances he gave that will stand the test of time.

There’s first and foremost the heartbreaking Oscar-nominated turn as Ennis in Brokeback Mountain. It is one of the best performances I’ve ever seen in which Ledger conveys the heartbreak and anguish of forbidden love just brilliantly. Of course he was a revelation as Joker in The Dark Knight and won the Academy Award posthumously. Some of my other favorite Heath performances were in Monster’s Ball, Lords of Dogtown and 10 Things I Hate About You.

Heath was so good that I remember going to a screening of a kind of terrible movie called The Four Feathers on the Paramount lot and not loving it but Ledger’s performance had me mesmerized.

He was so, so good and thankfully his performances will live on forever.


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WATCH: Blond hunk Trevor Donovan takes the three-minute ice bath that we all need

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The cold water is MERCILESS, but RIGHTEOUS. It resets the body. #icebath #stayhomesavelives

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Celebrating the late, great screen legend Doris Day on what would have been her 98th birthday

The top photo is Doris Day last year on her 97th birthday. She died six weeks later.

So let’s celebrate Miss Day on what would have been her 98th birthday.

It was a nice, long life for one of the biggest movie stars of the 1940s, 50s and 60s (Calamity Jane, Pillow Talk, The Pajama Game, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Lullaby of Broadway), a huge TV star in the 70s (The Doris Day Show) and a huge recording star (Secret Love, Que Sera, Sera).

She all but retired from showbiz in the mid-70s but did re-emerge in the 80s to host the show Doris Day and Friends and in 1989 was presented with the Cecil B. Demille Award at the Golden Globe Awards. Miss Day also received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement in 2006. No doubt she would have received an honorary Academy Award for her film career if she would’ve agreed to attend the ceremony.

We didnt often see Miss Day in public in her later years but she seemed got be having a happy life in Carmel where she lived for many years.

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CNN’s Don Lemon on Trump’s actions during coronavirus crisis: “Blaming is easy, leading is hard”


CNN’s Don Lemon argues that there has been a “complete lack of seriousness” from the Trump administration during the coronavirus pandemic

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Morning Round-Up: Zac Efron; Timothée Chalamet & Armie Hammer; Pedro Almodóvar; Matt Lynch


Zac Efron Reveals He Never Wants His ‘Baywatch’ Body Back Ever Again Instinct

Timothée Chalamet & Armie Hammer Signed for “Call Me By Your Name” Sequel, “Find Me” The WOW Report

Today’s Must Read: Pedro Almodóvar talks Madonna and Oscars The Film Experience

College basketball coach Matt Lynch comes out as gay, because ‘I don’t want to die with the lie’ Outsports

‘Ask Any Buddy’ Review: A Shamelessly Horny Look at Gay Sex in a Bygone Era The WOW Report

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WATCH: This video of a bored Patti LuPone dressing up as Norma Desmond is just everything!

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“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” returns with new episodes – from Ellen’s house – on Monday!

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I'm back. Monday. @sir_twitch_alot @ChrissyTeigen @JohnLegend

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Friday Morning Man: Tommy Haas!


Whenever I’m was at a tennis tournament and Tommy Haas had a match, that’s where I was at.

Sure, the German star is movie star handsome and all, but he also had one of the most exciting games to watch – so much variety and athleticism.

Today is Tommy’s 42nd birthday and he’s like fine wine – getting better with age!

Tommy, now retired from the ATP Tour, is tournament director of the wildly popular BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells which was one of the first major events to be cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. He also plays on the Champions Tour with other retired ATP stars,

Although Tommy was ranked #2 in the world in 2002, his career has often been plagued by injury.

But he never gave up and in 2015, Tommy became the oldest man to win a singles match at Wimbledon since a then-38-year-old Jimmy Connors in 1991.





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Instagram Round-Up: Seth Doane; Darryl Stephens; Billie Jean King; Jaymes Vaughan & Jonathan Bennett

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After 23 days of quarantine… today was the first day we stepped out of the apartment. It was incredible – just to be on street level… and to take out the trash! Sure, we were going for a #covid test – hoping for a negative result – but it felt like freedom (even wearing a mask). Very few people were out… (look at empty Via Veneto)… but it was a beautiful spring day. Results tomorrow. ???????? (But we’re both feeling totally fine…)

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Please stay safer at home. Love y’all.

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‪I’ve been to @wimbledon every year for 58 straight years. I will miss it terribly this year, but nothing is more important than the health and safety of the world’s global citizens. ‬ ‪#ThrowbackThursday ‬#wimbledon

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This is Armstrong Stadium in the @USTA BIllie Jean King National Tennis Center, home of the @usopen. Other parts of the center will become a 350-bed hospital to help with the crushing influx of patients from nearby Elmhurst hospital. This stadium is a food preparation and distribution center where hero staff will prepare up to 25,000 food packages daily, each with 2 days’ worth of meals for patients, workers, and kids. Sending everyone who will spend time in the center love, prayers, and strength. #coronavirus #strongertogether

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It’s not lost on me that God works everything out the way it’s supposed be. Self-Quarantined, but with my favorite person. Needing to avoid interacting with people, there’s an empty mountain in our back yard… It’s so easy to get wrapped up in what we are missing out on right now instead of looking at what we do have. We are fortunate. I know that. If you have your health, be grateful. If you have loved ones with you, appreciate how special that is. And if you’ve got toilet paper, then you better be doin the biggest damn happy dance in the entire world. Cause you the biggest winner of all.

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CNN’s Chris Cuomo updates Anderson Cooper and Sanjay Gupta about living with coronavirus

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Leslie Jordan finally reveals his big professional news: He’s been cast in comedy series “Call Me Kat”

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MY BIG NEWS FINALLY. @darlenehunt @therealjimparsons @missmayim @kylapratt @mrcheyennejackson @official_swoosie_kurtz

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Scheming Leo returns to “Days of Our Lives” – and somehow winds up in bed with Will Horton!

For those of us who have wanted Greg Rikaart to return to Days of Our Lives as comically evil and horny Leo, we got our wish on Wednesday.

He bursts back into the lives of Will and Sonny who tell him they’ve already been through enough what with a brain tumor (Will), prison sentence (Will), death of a family member (Sonny’s mom) so the last thing they need is Leo back in their lives.

But when Sonny’s n to looking, Will succumbs to Leo’s charms. And really, who could blame him?

My favorite line is Will to Sonny: “I’m sorry I couldn’t help it. First he talked me into buying a baby then he kinda talked me out of my clothes.”

Hurry up and watch these scenes before they get yanked off YouTube!


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Morning Round-Up: Pete Buttigieg; David Lat; Zachary Quinto & Jesse Tyler Ferguson; Valentina; Troye Sivan; Anthony Rapp & more!

Pete Buttigieg Shaves Head, Takes U.S. Census With Chasten Advocate

David Lat, Eyeing Hospital Discharge, Talks About His Battle and Donating Blood to COVID-19 Research Law.com

Ina Garten Shares Jumbo Cosmo Recipe: ‘During a Crisis, Cocktail Hour Can Be Almost Any Hour’ Towleroad

Broadway’s Aaron Tveit Thought He Had a Cold — It Turned Out to be Coronavirus Variety

Lady Bunny and Bianca Del Rio on Surviving Self-Isolation Like a Queen NewNowNext

Zachary Quinto, Jesse Tyler Ferguson to Star in Terrence McNally Reading Advocate

Valentina Brings Her Beauty to Season 3 of Netflix’s “La Casa De Las Flores” NewNowNext

Troye Sivan Drops Timely Lyric Video for Single “Take Yourself Home.” The WOW Report

Check out Anthony Rapp’s dramatic new haircut Gay Star News

Tiger King subject Joe Exotic’s husband Dillon Passage finally speaks out about their relationship EW.com

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Thursday Morning Man: Chris Meloni!


Let’s face it, Christopher Meloni is one of the sexiest men to ever grace a television screen.

Today is his 59th birthday which comes during the same week that news has broken that he will be reprising his role of Elliot Stabler in a new NBC procedural built around the character he played for 12 seasons on Law & Order SVU.

While he’s best known for the role of Stabler, any gay man with HBO knows him best from his years on the prison drama Oz as sexy Chris Keller.

We really got to know him through his many nude scenes and his love scenes with his male lover Tobias Beecher (see two bottom videos). Too bad Keller was a murderer!

In 2014, Chris appeared on Conan O’Brien’s (see video below) and shared that he’s still propositioned by gay  fans of Oz which ended its six-year run on HBO in 2003.

‘I like to hit the gym and that’s usually when that happens,’ the actor said.

He described to O’Brien what usually goes down: ‘It’s mostly in the showers. They lather a bit too long down in the nether-regions, never speaking… You’re doing your thing and you’re washing and you can feel the energy. Your first thought is “Really’?”‘

The attention is no doubt in part to Meloni’s celebrated derriere which he sometimes displayed on Oz. He has even shared a backside shot or two on social media.

‘There was a national vote for the best butt in prime-time,’ he explained. ‘So I just jumped in the bandwagon.’

‘It’s a little bit genetic but I’m not afraid of the dead lift or the squat,’ he added. ‘I know at some point it’s going to fall so I may as well keep Father Time at bay as long as I can.’

So far, so god.

Happy birthday to Chris!


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See Steve Grand underwear workout!


I know it’s an unbelievably stressful time and I can hope reduce your stress a bit with enjoyable blog posts.

This falls into the forget your troubles for a minute category and get a load of this hunky man!

Singer Steve Grand, who launched his own career with his All-American Boy single that went viral, has his own line of underwear for sale and he posted a workout video, wearing only a pair of the underwear, on Instagram yesterday.

Steve wearing a speedo has been quite a treat in recent years as he has often hits the beach during his annual residencies in Provincetown and Puerto Vallarta each year.

So here is the workout and a few screen grabs just for kicks.

Enjoy and stay safe!

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#quarentine #pushups in my @grandaxis white boxer briefs. Get yours at ShopGrandAxis.com ! And leave some love for my budding FUPA in the comments ???????????????????????? #workout #fitness #fitnessjourney #fitnessmotivation #guysinunderwear #workinh #underwearworkout #mensunderwear #boxerbriefs #underwearbulge #muscle #grandaxis #stevegrand

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Watch Emmy winner Leslie Jordan announce that he has reached 1 million followers on Instagram

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ONE MILLION INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS. #mrbigstuff #smartypants #knowitall #fullofshit

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WATCH: Chris Cuomo interviews the husband of an ER doctor who died after he treated coronavirus patients

This is devastating.

Tonight on CNN, Chris Cuomo – himself sick with the coronavirus and broadcasting from his basement – spoke with the husband and friend of ER doctor Frank Gabrin, a two-time cancer survivor who came out of retirement to treat patients after the coronavirus outbreak. Gabrin contracted the virus himself and died within a week of treating the patients in a New Jersey hospital. He died in the arms of his husband, Arnold Vargas, before paramedics could arrive.

Through tears, a heartbroken Vargas, who also has the virus, manages to tells Cuomo: “He was a person who loved to help people … he just wanted to help people.”

Said Cuomo: “I know you are heartbroken. People need to see what was taken from us through this virus. Your husband had already fought through the battles he was supposed to fight – he beat cancer twice and he was there trying to help everybody else. People have to know how far our heroes are willing to go. … We;’ve got to care more about the people we call out heroes.”

The most powerful things in this interview come from the doctor’s close friend, Debra Vaselech Lyons, who seems like such a remarkable woman and in such an articulate way, tells us who Gabrin was and how much he and other medical professionals are being let down in this crisis without the proper protection and the hospitals become overwhelmed overnight.

It’s harrowing stuff and it makes me sob. Please share the video with people.

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