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Neil Patrick Harris chosen as 2015 Oscars host!

I am beyond thrilled with this little bit of news.

Neil Patrick Harris has finally landed the Holy Grail of award show hosting gigs: the Oscars.

NPH cleverly revealed the news himself in a video link on Twitter in which he can be seen on the telephone saying, ‘I’m in.’ Then he follows up by saying, ‘Nice.’

That is followed by panning down to a ‘bucket list’ that has such things as ‘write an autobiography’ and ‘get married.’ At bottom of the list is ‘host Oscars’ and he places a check before that item.

Neil will be the first openly gay man to host the movie industry’s biggest night. Ellen DeGeneres, a two-time host, was the first lesbian to host and was a big hit last year.

The Tony and Emmy winning star is an experienced host of major award shows. He has hosted the Emmys twice and the Tonys four times.

His film credits include a supporting role in Gone Girl, the current number one movie in the US.

The 2015 Oscars will take place 22 February at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.


Anderson Cooper would love to be able to talk to his father again – to see his smile and hear his voice

We know that Anderson Cooper’s famous mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, remains active at 90.

But the CNN anchor lost his father when he was only 10 years old.

Author Wyatt Cooper died of a heart attack in 1978 at the age of 50.

During a conversation on CNN this week with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. about family genealogy, Anderson was asked which of his ancestors would he want to meet with today if he could.

The Silver Fox picked his dad.

‘Just to be able to ask him about what he thinks of me and what he thinks about all the things that have gone on since he died in our family’s life,’ he said.

‘To just hear his voice, to see his smile and have him talk to me again. For me, that would be an extraordinary thing.’

Gates, of the PBS show Finding Your Roots, traced Anderson’s Southern roots and found that he had ancestors who fought on both sides of the Civil War.

He also found out that the anchor’s great-great-great-great grandfather on his father’s side owned slaves and, in fact, was killed by one of them in 1860.

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Hear Bette Midler’s version of “Be My Baby”

Be My Baby by The Ronettes is one of my all-time favorite songs.

I can’t say Bette Midler improves upon the original version on her new album called It’s the Girls! – tribute to the girl groups of days gone by.

But the divine one does a nice job and I’m excited to hear her other girl group covers when her album comes out on November 4.

Below is a sneak peak of Be My Baby.


Wednesday Morning Man: Charlie King!

US readers are probably not aware of this guy but when he came out recently on live TV, it was big news in the UK.

He’s reality show star Charlie King who appears on TOWIE.

“I just felt that I was ready to tell my story,” Charlie tells Attitude. “People have followed my story on TOWIE, and they’ve questioned me and now it felt like the right time to put it out there.”

He adds: I’m a little bit overwhelmed by the response, because suddenly you get a hell of a lot of interest. I’ve got loads of new Twitter followers and lots of Facebook friend requests. I’m going to let it die down a bit, I’m not going to go and get busy. I’m going to take my time.”

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Days of Our Lives: Will and Sonny join family in comforting a grieving Sami after EJ’s death

Sami calls Will to tell him that EJ is dead and he and Sonny rush to his mother’s side.

They put their differences aside and are there for each other in a beautiful way.

Allison Sweeney is heartbreaking real in these scenes with her brothers, mother, son and grandmother and I certainly hope she is remembered come Emmy time.

She doesn’t even seem to be acting.

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Comedy based on life of gay pro soccer player Robbie Rogers of LA Galaxy picked up by ABC

I love this news: Men in Shorts, a comedy inspired by the life of professional soccer player Robbie Rogers, has been picked up by ABC, according to Deadline.

Robbie, of course, became the first openly gay man to compete in a top North American professional sports league when he joined the LA Galaxy.

The project is from writer Claudia Lonaw who all those years ago played Diana Fairgate on Knots Landing, and the producers are the prolific pair of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

Lonow admits she wasn’t that familiar with soccer or Rogers before meeting with him this past summer.

“I was absolutely captivated by his charm and his humor, and I just thought it could make a great show,” she said.

Men In Shorts will combine elements of a family and workplace comedy.

“To me, a sports team locker room is a workplace we haven’t seen before,” she said.

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Jane Velez-Mitchell’s show canceled by HLN

I had a good gab with Jane Velez-Mitchell a few years back at an event and thought she was mighty cool.

So I’m sad to hear that her nightly show on HLN has been canceled and her entire staff let go.

HLN and CNN are having massive layoffs (about 1,500 expected) over the next few weeks.

Jane is one of the most high-profile gay persons in TV each night and I hope she will be able to land on the air somewhere else soon.

During our chat in 2012, she told me

she has not had a single regret since going public about her sexuality.

‘We are part of the culture, we are part of the fabric of America and we should celebrate that,’ she said. ‘People think your sexual orientation is about sex. Even if it is a little bit about that, it’s also about identity. I really feel proud to be comfortable in my own skin and to hopefully create and be part of chain reaction. I was inspired by other people and I might inspire someone else.’

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Benedict Cumberbatch weighs in on gay actors, fan fiction, and his latest film role

It’s been a great year for the talented actor Benedict Cumberbatch who gained fame in the US for his work on the hit series Sherlock, which won him an Emmy Award.

He has three movies scheduled for release between Thanksgiving and Christmas which ought to make his growing fan base mighty happy.

The movie expected to earn him Oscar buzz is The Imitation Game, a biopic about the gay mathematician Alan Turing and his role in breaking the Enigma code used by Germany during World War II.

Cumberbatch appears on the cover of the new issue of Out Magazine and inside is a revealing interview. Here are some excerpts:

On being openly gay in Hollywood:

“I think if you’re going to sell yourself as a leading man in Hollywood to say ‘I’m gay,’ sadly, is still a huge obstacle. We all know actors who are [gay] who don’t want to talk about it or bring it up, or who deny it. I don’t really know what they do to deal with it. Human rights movements and sexual and gay rights movements have made huge social progress in the last 40 years, without a doubt, but there’s a lot more work to be done. I think it’s extraordinary that every time we get to a point where there’s any kind of trouble in society, people are scapegoated very, very, very quickly.”

On the various slash fiction turning Sherlock and Watson gay:

“Because, you know, they either want to make John [Watson] into a sort of cute little toy, or me into a cute toy, or we’re fucking in space on a bed, chained together. It’s always , like, one of them is tired, one comes back from work, the other is horny, a lump appears in his trousers, and then they’re at it. It’s usually me getting it – I’m biting Watson’s dog tags.”

On his days at English boarding school, where sexual antics are supposedly notorious:

“While there was experimentation [at Brambletye], it had never occurred to me as Oh, this is that. It was just boys and their penises, the same way with girls and vaginas and boobs. It wasn’t out of desire.”

On the fact his latest character, Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, had to receive a posthumous royal pardon for being gay:

“It’s an insult for anybody of authority or standing to sign off on him with their approval and say, ‘Oh, he’s forgiven.’ The only person who should be [doing the] forgiving is Turing, and he can’t because we killed him. And it makes me really angry. It makes me very angry.”

On religious tolerance:

“People are being beheaded in countries right now because of their beliefs or sexual orientations. It’s terrifying. It’s medieval – a beheading! I’d take up arms against someone who was telling me I had to believe in what they believed or they would kill me. I would fight them. I would fight them to the death. And, I believe, the older you get, you have to have an idea of what’s right or wrong. You can’t have unilateral tolerance. You have to have a point where you go, ‘Well, religious fundamentalism is wrong.’”

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Lunch Break Video: Episode 2 of “Go Go Boy Interrupted” features a birthday black out surprise

This is hilarious!

Just discovered Go Go Boy Interrupted and love it.

After a night of heavy drinking, Danny struggles to remember who the man in his bed is. And then, the worst person who could drop by for a visit does.


Shia Lebouf on why he could not resist grabbing Alan Cumming’s rear-end during “Cabaret”

Shia LaBeouf had more than a few too many when he found himself attending a performance of the Broadway musical Cabaret last June.

He had been drinking whiskey all day and at one point during the performance, thought star Alan Cumming was winking at him.

The audience is seated at tables instead of traditional rows to simulate a nightclub and the cast moves among them.

So LaBeouf made his move when Cumming walked past.

‘All I’m thinking about are his leather pants and him winking at me, and he walks past me and I give him a slap on the ass cause I think he deserves it, and he’s seducing me, I mean he’s the sexiest man I’ve ever seen,’ LaBeouf told Jimmy Kimmel on Monday night.

‘And I just don’t slap and slap but I slapped and grabbed him. I grabbed the whole cheek cause I wanted the party right here in my pants. I wanted to grab the whole party.

‘He finds a way to wiggle out of my Hercules grip…we get to intermission and somebody says ‘there’s another party outside.’ And I see six cops having their own party. Anyways, they wanted to take me to the station.’

LaBeouf, who was also smoking during the show, was arrested and the incident made headlines.

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Liberace speaks out in lost interview: “I feel that I have a perfect right to spend my money the way I damn please”

Boy, that Liberace was not without opinions.

PBS Digital Studios’ Blank on Blank has released a “lost” interview with the iconic entertainer who was portrayed so well by Michael Douglas in Behind the Candelabra.

In this 1968 interview with KTRH Houston, he talks about the “peacocking” of men’s fashion, hard work, his divine calling and what he’d do if he were president.

“Anyone that dares begrudge what I have today just better get off their duff and do something about it – do something for themselves as well as their country,” he says. “I feel that I have a perfect right to spend my money the way I damn please.”

Well, okay then!

Morning Man Encore: Charlie Weber!

Finally caught the first two episodes of ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder and was pleased to see that one of the most handsome of Morning Men alums, Charlie Weber, is part of the ensemble cast.

He plays a lawyer in Viola Davis’ firm named Frank Delfino and it looks like he is some sexy trouble.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans may know Charlie best from his recurring role of Ben. He played an intern who shared his body with female god Glory but, unfortunately, his character was killed off at the end of season 5.

Charlie went on to have recurring roles on 90210 and on the series Underemployed.

The 36-year-old actor and one-time Abercrombie & Fitch model has done scores of TV guest spots over the years on such shows as Warehouse 13, Bones, Burn Notice, Dirt, CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, House, Veronica Mars and Reaper.

Charlie has also been in several feature films including The Broken Hearts Club, Cruel Intentions 3 and 2010′s Vampire’s Suck.

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SNL’s Kate McKinnon channels Jane Lynch – “America’s #2 lesbian” – in Hollywood Game Night skit

Have been so busy writing about marriage equality for Gay Star News today that I’ve barely had time for Greg In Hollywood. It’s this kind of day where you find me posting more videos than usual. But this one I would post on any day.

It’s a splendid Hollywood Game Night skit from the most recent episode of SNL and Kate Mckinnon shows that her Jane Lynch impersonation is even better than her Ellen DeGeneres.

This sketch is elevate even more by guest stars Kristin Wiig as Kathie Lee Gifford and Bill Hader as Al Pacino.

Love it – especially Kate as Jane who describes herself as “America’s #2 lesbian.”

Watch out Ellen!

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Evening Video: Channing Tatum calls Ellen’s show with big news for her hunky gardener Nick

Channing Tatum called The Ellen DeGeneres Show show with big news about the Magic Mike sequel – but he wasn’t calling for Ellen.

The actor was calling for Ellen’s hunky gardener, Nick, who just happened to be on the set picking apples while shirtless.

‘After careful inspection of your ab region, we have deducted that we need you in Magic Mike XXL,’ Channing told a disbelieving Nick whose real name is Bill Reilich.

The gardener, still shirtless, gave Ellen a hug and managed to say to Channing: ”I would love that, that would be amazing. Thank you so, so much.’

Ellen then teased the perfectly buff and camera ready Nick: ‘Listen, you are going to be a movie – go get yourself in shape! Go take care of yourelf for crying out loud.’


Snapped! NPH and David Burtka’s twins turn 4!

Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka celebrated the fourth birthday of their twins, Gideon and Harper, by sharing some pictures of them celebrating over the weekend.

Wrote NPH: “I can’t believe that you used to be tiny baby things. And now, this.”

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Happy 32nd Birthday to Ian Thorpe!

Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe turns 32 today and it is his first birthday as an openly gay man.

I hope it’s the happiest birthday ever for the man who has won five Olympic gold medals – three gold and two silver medals – and was the most successful athlete at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

When coming out Thorpe said: “I’m comfortable saying I’m a gay man. And I don’t want people to feel the same way I did. You can grow up, you can be comfortable and you can be gay.” He added “I am telling the world that I am gay … and I hope this makes it easier for others now, and even if you’ve held it in for years, it feels easier to get it out.”

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Monday Morning Man: Diego Dominguez!

Spanish singer and actor Diego Dominguez is celebrating his 23rd birthday today so he’s getting the MM treatment.

He is best known for playing Diego Hernandez in the Latin America Disney series Violetta.

Diego has appeared on such TV shows as La Pecera de Eva, El Secreto de Puente Viejo and Aida and released his first album Girando sin parar in 2004.

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Late Night Video: Joan Rivers’ 1983 appearance on BBC2 show hosted by Bob Monkhouse is a gem

Came across this over the weekend and enjoyed it so much. Had never seen it before and it is Joan Rivers at her early 1980s peak. In one of her first UK appearances, she is interviewed by the great British comedian/writer/actor Bob Monkhouse on his BBC2 show. He plays with her like Johnny Carson did – allows her to knock joke after joke out of the park as they have a “conversation.”

The 1983 show has all of Joan’s self-deprecating material about being ugly and unloved as a child, being flat-chested and a horrible sex life.


At 33, tennis legend Roger Federer climbs back to #2 in the world by winning the Shanghai Masters

People who have a favorite sports team will understand this: When Roger Federer loses a big match, it can kind of ruin my day (still recovering from this year’s Wimbledon final). But when he wins a big match, it can really make me unreasonably happy.

I write this post a happy man.

Federer – my friend Henry and I refer to him as Our Roger – beat world number one Novak Djokovic on Saturday then Frenchman Giles Simon today to win the Shanghai Masters.

The win propels Federer, at the age of 33, past Rafael Nadal into the number two ranking.

It was his fourth tournament win of the season and 81st overall – only Ivan Lendl and Jimmy Connors have won more titles and no one in the men’s game has won more majors (17) than Federer,

“Usually everything slows down at the end of the season,” Federer told reporters in China after the match. “Not for me this time. This year everything is going really well. I have so many highlights to look forward to for the end of the season, which is nice.”

There are a few more tournaments left to play in 2014 then in January, Federer should be in a solid position to try and win the Australian Open for the fifth time.


Steve Grand’s Coming Out Day thoughts: “Please be good to each other. So many are still struggling”

Singer Steve Grand of All-American Boy fame posted this nicely-written piece yesterday on Coming Out Day.

Happy Coming Out Day! I am proud to be a gay man. But it has not always been that way for me. Accepting my true self was a slow, painful process, but I am so grateful that today, I am so fortunate to have so many loving, supportive people in my life who have embraced me to be exactly who I was meant to be.

I wish that for every LGBTQ person… No matter how young or old. We are all on our own journey. And it’s a sacred journey. Just make sure you are following YOUR heart. And that is sometimes the hardest part of it all… Having the clarity of mind and soul to know where your heart is leading you.

The road to accepting myself has been among some of my greatest challenges I’ve faced in life thus far. At some points, I really felt like I just wanted to lay down and die. But I kept pushing… And did everything I could to silence all the noise and the outside voices of my world.

So to everyone of you who are still suffering or confused… My heart breaks for you… I know how incredible painful and confusing this all can be. Please give yourself GRACE and love in this process… There is no rush. And don’t let anyone make you feel like you are a fraud because you are not yet out… Come out on your OWN terms. That is the only way. No one should be forced out of the closet… It is the duty of those out of the closet to show our closeted brothers and sisters love and patience and grace. Our journeys are all very different… But almost none of us will say that they have been easy.

Please be good to each other. So many are still struggling. My thoughts are with all of you who are on that journey right now… Sending all my love and strength your way. And please remember to give yourself some grace… I wish someone would have told that to me 10 years ago.

Please know… At least for me and everyone I’ve ever talked to… Coming out has been a liberating experience. And you all deserve to be free.

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