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Morning Round-Up: John Legend; Pete Buttigieg; Kristen Stewart; Tamar Braxton; George Michael

John Legend Is PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive 2019: ‘I’m Excited but a Little Scared at the Same Time’

On the campaign bus, Pete Buttigieg talks stress dreams, misconceptions, ‘just in case’ letter to parents USA Today

New poll shows Pete Buttigieg in the lead in Iowa. Can he win it all?

Yep, Kristen Stewart’s “Charlie’s Angels” Character Is “Definitely Gay” NewNowNext

Tamar Braxton Apologizes for Antigay Rant Over Closeted Men Advocate

George Michael’s sister slams Elton John’s claim that George was uncomfortable being gay Queerty

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Wednesday Morning Man: Diego Boneta!

Terminator: Dark Fate has been a massive bomb at the box office but I saw it on opening weekend and thought it was okay.

One of the things I liked about it was that the very handsome Diego Boneta is in the cast as the brother of the film’s heroine.

Boneta is 28-year-old a Mexican singer and actor who first gained wider recognition for starring the musical film Rock of Ages in 2012, the horror series Scream Queens in 2015, and the biographical series Luis Miguel in 2018.

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Dominic Thiem, the best booty in men’s tennis, has just accomplished something amazing

As much as I have savored the trivalry between Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer that has riveted tennis fans for more than a decade, I’m growing a bit impatient for one of the younger players to break through to the upper echelons of the game.

Could Dominic Thiem finally be that guy?

Earlier today, he edged Djokovic 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the ATP Finals just two days after beating Federer in the tournament by a score of 7-5 7-5.

“This was really one of those special matches that I practiced all my life for,” Thiem said after his win. “It was probably the best match I’ve ever played.”

At 26, it’s now or never for Thiem who is currently ranked number 5 in the world. He’s won 16 career titles and made it to the finals of the French Open the past two years. But until he starts to bag some of the grand slam titles, it’s not a Hall of Fame career.

But whatever happens, he has a Hall of Fame booty!


CNN’s Anderson Cooper puts former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley where she deserves: on “The Ridiculist

I always had the feeling that former UN Ambassador and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was somehow a voice of reason in the Trump administration. I no longer think that or have much respect for her.

The speculation is growing that Haley is angling to replace Mike Pence on the 2020 Republican ticket. If true, it would sort of explain why she’s willing to go on national television and say things no one could possibly believe.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper tonight deservedly mocked Haley over her comments about Trump being “truthful” in a painful interview this morning on The Today Show. Incredulously, she said with a straight face: “In every instance that I dealt with him, he was truthful, he listened and he was great to work with.”

Cooper on his The Ridiculist segment:“Truthful? Great to work with? A listener? Who is this man she speaks of? I’d swipe right on him.” In response to her calling Trump truthful, Cooper said “bless her heart.”

Cooper went on to say: “I’m not sure how she qualified it is actually going to win her any kudos from the president if he was actually listening. Did you notice she gave herself some wiggle room by saying ‘In every instance I dealt with him he was truthful.’ It’s like when Vice President Pence or other politicians respond to a question that they don’t want to answer or respond to be saying ‘Well, all I can tell you is what I saw.’ Actually, no. You all can speak to things you haven’t seen… For instance, I haven’t been on the moon, but I know it’s not made out of cheese. I’m sure Nikki Haley worked very hard as the U.N. Ambassador, but she has eyes and ears and a TV like the rest of us, and Trump makes stuff up all the time on TV.”

Cooper showed several examples before concluding by saying, “Ambassador Haley may have survived the administration, but it’s not clear her reputation can survive her book tour’s endless and kind of sad stops along sycophant street.”

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Celeb Instagram: Laverne Cox! Ronan Farrow! Don Lemon & Chris Cuomo! John Waters & Ricki Lake!

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Last night a photographer on the red carpet seemed shocked that I gave them an over the shoulder angle. Every look doesn't warrant an over the shoulder pose. Some do. Shout out to all the awesome #redcarlet photographers who get great images and angles of us. This image was shot by @gilbertfloresphoto. … #TransIsBeautiful #charliesangels @charliesangels opens on Friday

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Say what you want about me, but I have put in my hours learning to lean in a way that conveys interest on-air but is actually insane and doesn’t resemble how anyone sits in real life.

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#twinsies randomly at work…. again

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…like old times. #johnwaters

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WATCH: Robyn Crawford talks about Whitney Houston during live interview on “The Today Show”

On NBC’s Today Show this morning, Robyn Crawford talked to Craig Melvin about her relationship with singer Whitney Houston. While acknowledging that Whitney’s husband, Bobby Brown, “was very annoying,” she denies ever being estranged from the singer: “Whitney and I didn’t fall out.”

I find the tone of the interview a bit rushed and rude. The interviewer wants to get all the boxes checked in a limited amount of time so I don’t think Crawford benefits from the live interview format. I hope other interviews are more sensitive.

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WATCH: Kristin Davis got a call from Sarah Jessica Parker & dished on ‘Sex and the City’ on WWHL

Andy Cohen asked actress Kristin Davis to get real on some “Sex and the City” topics including her least favorite Charlotte storyline and Sarah Jessica Parker calls in to ask an insider question.

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Morning Round-Up: Jake Borelli; Amy Klobuchar; “High School Musical” gay teen; Tamar Braxton

“Grey’s Anatomy” Cutie Jake Borelli to Star in Queer Valentine’s Day Flick NewNowNext

High School Musical (Finally!) Has an Out Gay Teen Advocate

Amy Klobuchar: A Woman With Same Experience as Buttigieg Wouldn’t Make It to Presidential Debate Stage Mediaite

Tamar Braxton can kiss those Pride paychecks goodbye after homophobic meltdown Queerty

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Out ABC News correspondent James Longman tours archaeological treasures underneath Jerusalem

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Huge privilege to see the latest archaeological treasures underneath Jerusalem. This is the ancient street possibly built by Pontius Pilate 2000 years ago. We’ve seen the Western Wall underground, right next to which a Roman theatre has been found. And incredibly, a grocery shop with a hidden treasure: a 1700 year old crusader hall right underneath. It’s huge. And behind that far wall – The Holy Sepulchre itself. Super lucky – I feel like Dan Brown. Much of this not without controversy: in a city defined by claims to land, excavations below bring up all the same issues. Especially since much of the areas the Israeli archaeologists are digging go right underneath Arab areas, they say causing damage to their homes. Feature soon on @goodmorningamerica @natgeo

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Tuesday Morning Man: DeMarco Morgan!

DeMarco Morgan joined KCBS in Los Angeles last April.

He is a very impressive man – and quite fit!

Morgan has been a CBS News correspondent since fall 2015. He shifted to Los Angeles after more than three years working for the network out of New York. He joined CBS News from WXIA Atlanta, where he was a reporter and co-anchor. Prior to that, Morgan was weekend anchor at WNBC New York and was cut-in anchor for MSNBC. He’s also worked at WTVJ Miami, WISN Milwaukee and WJTV Jackson (MS).

He has been honored with several awards, including the 2009 Thurgood Marshall Prestige Award for his community service efforts while working at WNBC; the Atlanta Business League’s “Men of Influence” Award in 2012. He was named one of the nation’s Top Ten Collegiate Journalists in the country in 2001 by Scripps Howard and named one of Ebony Magazine’s Top 30 Future Young Leaders of America in 2006. Morgan was also named one of South Florida Magazine’s top 40 most influential black professionals in 2008.

Morgan graduated from Jackson State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in liberal arts. He also earned a Master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. While at Columbia University, Morgan was a Fred Friendly Scholar and interned at CBS News and 48 HOURS.

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M A L I B U – T R I A T H L O N – May this be the first of many. ???????????? @nauticamalibutri #TeamCBS @menshealthmag @nautica #Malibu

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L O S – A N G E L E S – Damn right I like the life I live… #LA photocred: @devandmarcus

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L O S – A N G E L E S – “???????? Hidden Hills where I post…” @champagnepapi — Thanks Nupes @monsieurkreme @Andre.kealii #LA ???????? #Cut #Sunday

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Late Night Video: The day in 1982 when Bette Davis was at Tower Records for album signing

The year was 1982 and the legendary Bette Davis appeared at the Tower Records in Westwood to sign an album she recorded in the 1960s called Bette Davis Sings. She was 74 then and still working regularly in both television and featured films. But the next year she would undergo a mastectomy and have a stroke. Still, the two-time Oscar winner went on to make four more movies including the acclaimed The Whales of August.

Videographers: John Franzblau & Steve Jacobs Elstein


Celeb Instagram: Veterans Day Edition

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Happy Veterans Day to all veterans-especially my favorite veteran, my dad. Thanks for your service

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Happy Veterans Day to all the brave men and women who’ve continuously sacrificed their lives to protect our country. I’m so proud of the many times I’ve had the chance to perform for you- the best audience in the world! Today, and everyday, you’re in my thoughts. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Dad. Saigon. 1968. Thank you for your service. #VeteransDay

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My father, Bill Moffitt, bravely served in the U.S. Navy in WWII. I am named after him, because he was serving his country when I was born, and my mother did not know if he would make it home alive. To all people who devote their lives in service to their country, thank you. #VeteransDay #heroes #gratitude

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Trevor Donovan: “Instagram is for narcissism”

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Instagram is for narcissism. Twitter is for kvetching. Left or Right?

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Adam Rippon’s birthday skate to “River” by Ben Platt

Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon shared this video on YouTube: Today is my 30th birthday. I couldn’t be more grateful for everything and everyone in my life. Thank you for always sending love and positive energy my way. I hope I’m always able to do the same for you.

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Morning Round-Up: Billy Porter; George Takei; Pete Buttigieg; Ryan Haddad; Miley Cyrus; Sam Smith; Madonna

Watch Billy Porter Read Your Comments About His Iconic Looks NewNowNext

George Takei Blasts Trump for His Draft Dodging, Veterans Charity Defrauding Ways NewNowNext

Pete Buttigieg Praises Obama After Reporter’s Egregious Viral Misquote Towleroad

Pete Buttigieg outlasts the pundits by emerging as the alternative to Joe Biden Los Angeles Times

Ryan Haddad on being disabled on ‘The Politician’: “It’s extraordinary when you’re not tokenized” Queerty

Miley Cyrus Underwent Vocal Cord Surgery, Will Have To Remain Silent For Weeks In Recovery DListed

Piers Morgan shows extent of his ignorance by slamming Sam Smith’s decision to dress in menswear Pink News

Madonna’s Famed “Tardiness” on Tours Now Subject of Lawsuit Instinct

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Monday Morning Man: César Vicente!

If you’ve seen Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film Pain & Glory, then you are certainly familiar with today’s Morning Man César Vicente.

He gives a memorable performance – the most memorable part being a full frontal bathing scene! – in a beautiful film I highly recommend.

Before landing the role in Pain & Glory, César had a role in the Spanish TV series A Different View and this year was in the film Hernán.

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Anthony Rapp is engaged!

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So something happened tonight. I asked @teerakeni if he would marry me and he said yes. I am so very happy and I’m so very thrilled to share this news.

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Van Hansis celebrates Tyler Hanes’ 10th Broadway show: “I am so lucky to be the guy beholding him”

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I am so proud of this one for being able to pull off that jacket. And yeah, also for his 10th (!) Broadway show. Double digits, Linda!!! @thetylerhanes is a sight to behold and I am so lucky to be the guy beholding him. #forthegirls #kristinchenoweth #ImGoingToStealYourJacketYou’reFabulousI’mLinda photo by @bruglikas

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Showtune Sunday: All about the show-stopping “The Ladies Who Lunch” from “Company”

Patti LuPone won the Olivier Award this year after returning to the London stage in a new production of Company in the character of Joanne who gets to belt out the show-stopping number The Ladies Who Lunch.

She will perform the role on Broadway beginning early next year and could win her third Tony. Here’s hoping! Patti had first played the role in 2011 in a New York Philharmonic Concert version that was filmed and released in theaters and later on DVD.

But LuPone first performed the song, oh-so memorably, at the 80th birthday celebration of Stephen Sondheim in the presence of the original Joanne — the late, great Elaine Stritch.

Below are Stritch’s version, LuPone’s version and some other interesting takes on the song by Alan Cumming, Anna Kendrick and Carol Burnett.

Enjoy – and please share your thoughts!

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Morning Man Classic: Don Murray!

Remember handsome Don Murray from the first few seasons of Knots Landing when he played Sid Fairgate?

I sure do!

Sid was married to Karen (Michelle Lee) and they lived next door to Gary and Val (Ted Shackleford and Joan Van Ark) and across the street from his sister Abby (Donna Mills).

But Sid died during surgery that was supposed to make him walk again and he became paralyzed in a car “accident” that occurred after some bad guy involved with Gary cut his brakes.

Oh the drama!

Anyway, Don was around long before Knots Landing. He made his Broadway debut in 1951 in The Rose Tattoo then got his big break in movies starring opposite Marilyn Monroe in 1956′s Bus Stop for which he was nominated for an Oscar.

He married Hope Lange, with whom he also starred with in the film, and they had two children before divorcing.

He then went on to star in such films as The Bachelor Party, A Hatful of Rain, Advise and Consent, Baby the Rain Must Fall, and Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.

Knots Landing went on to run more than a decade after Don left the show. He spent his time appearing in an assortment of TV movies, doing guest spots on various series and doing some feature roles including the 1986 film Peggy Sue Got Married.

Now 90, he was still acting until a few years ago with his most recent credits being the 2017 film The Hard Ride and the third season of Twin Peaks, also known as Twin Peaks: The Return.

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