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Monday Morning Man: Novak Djokovic!

Dear 20-something at Akbar who didn’t know who Novak Djokovic is,

Today’s Morning Man is quickly moving up the ranks of all-time greatness.

On Sunday, he won his sixth Australian Open title and has now tied Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg with 11 grand slam titles overall. He’s also won Wimbledon three times and the US Open twice.

Novak is expected to edge closer to Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras (14 slams each) and eventually be in position to go after Roger Federer’s all-time record of 17. So that’s Djokovic Akbar dude – and he also looks great in his underwear!

Celebrity Instagram: Jesse Tyler & DeLaria; Laverne Cox w/ Latifah & Redmayne; Boy George; Kyan & dog; Sean Hayes

Congrats to my dear old friend @realleadelaria & the entire cast of Orange is the New Black on their SECOND @sagawards! So deserved!

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The dopeness of @queenlatifah and #EddieRedmayne. Congrats Queen on your well deserved SAG award. Great to see you again Eddie. #SAGAwards #TransIsBeautiful #Bessie #TheDanishGirl

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#celebapprentice

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Happy Barkus from #nola !!!

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Pre-show rehearsal. @actofgodbway #AhmansonLA #calmingnerves

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Showtune Sunday: All about Carol Channing, the Broadway legend who is 95 years young today!

An absolute national legend turns 95 today and we give the entire Sunday Showtune spotlight to her.

She is, of course, the great Carol Channing who is still going strong.

is a testament to remaining passionate and forever young.

She, of course, is best known for her Tony Award winning role of Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly which ran on Broadway forever then was a sensation in several later revivals.

But we also loved her in her Oscar-nominated role in Thoroughly Modern Millie and in her many hilarious talk show and sitcom guest appearances.

She is a force of nature and I hope she knows how many people appreciate her for sharing her great talent and energy with us for all these years and for all the work she and her beloved late husband, Harry Kullijian, have done to keep the arts in schools.

She has said the arts are like ‘fertilizer for the brain.’







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Morning Man Classic: Pat Cash!

When Pat Cash won the Wimbledon singles crown in 1987, he very dramatically climbed into the stands at the All England Club to hug his parents. No player had done that before but a lot have done it since.

I was watching with some college buddies and still heavily closeted so as Pat climbed into the stands, I had to keep this thought to myself: “Look at those THIGHS!”

The Aussie champion was a real heartthrob during the 80s but the Wimbledon win was his only major title although he did twice reach the finals of the Australian Open only to lose heartbreaking five-set matches to Stefan Edberg and Mats Wilander, respectively.

But Pat did lead Australia to two Davis Cup titles. He also won the junior titles at Wimbledon and the US Open.

His best chance at winning the US Open, which concludes in Flushing Meadows later today, was in 1984 when he had a match point on Ivan Lendl in the fifth set. It looked like he had won the match with a winner but Lendl flicked up a desperation lob that managed to go over Cash’s head and bounce just inside the baseline.

He got his revenge on Lendl three years later though when he beat him in the finals of Wimbledon.

Now 50, Pat keeps busy as a tennis commentator, mostly for the BBC and he’s also a grandfather!

What a sexy grandpa!




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What was LGBT about tonight’s SAG Awards

It was a good night for LGBT winners at tonight’s SAG Awards as Queen Latifah and Kevin Spacey both won … for playing bisexual characters, Jeffery Tambor won for playing transgender, Uzo Aduba won for playing a lesbian and the entire cast of Orange is the New Black won.

Tambor dedicated his victory for Transparent in the category of actor in a comedy series to real-life transgender people who who are not as privileged as his television alter-ego Maura Pfefferman.

‘She’s very entitled and has a lot of money and I’d like to dedicate this award to the non-Maura Pfeffermans who don’t have a lot of cash for their operations, their medicines, their freedoms.’

Tambor, who has previously won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for the role, thanked series creator Jill Soloway ‘for the responsibility of Maura Pfefferman’ and ‘for changing my life.’

The award was presented to Tambor by actor Jason Bateman who plays his son on Arrested Development. Bateman indicated Tambor was the winner by saying: ‘Get up here dad.’

Aduba also just keeps adding to her growing trophy collection.

She won her second consecutive SAG Award for her performance as lesbian prisoner Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren on Orange is the New Black.

The actress, who has also won two Emmys for the role, said the win is ‘really, really touching.’

She thanked the prison comedy’s ‘phenomenal cast’ and also OITNB creator Jenji Kohan for ‘creating a show like this and putting this on television, creating a show that reflects so many people.’

Aduba also paid tribute to ‘the actors who are at home, not here in this room with us but hoping one day to be in this room with us.’

She encouraged them to ‘keep trying, to keep plugging to keep working. No matter if no one tells you to get out of that line that you’re waiting in, stay in line, you have the chance, it is yours.’

Shortly after Aduba’s win, she returned to the stage with her co-stars when they won for outstanding cast in a comedy series. The cast includes transgender actress Laverne Cox and lesbian actresses Lea Delaria,

‘Look at this stage,’ cast member Laura Prepon said while accepting the award. ‘This is what we talk about when we talk about diversity. Different race, color, creed, sexual orientation.’

Latifah seemed genuinely surprised to win for playing bisexual blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO movie Bessie.

‘I’m in shock right now,’ she admitted.

Latifah won in the Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries category over Oscar winning actresses Susan Sarandon and Nicole Kidman as well Christina Ricci and Kristin Wiig.

She used the occasion to encourage her fellow actors to persevere and not let others define them and what they can achieve.

‘I hope that anyone out there who does not come in the package people say you should. Keep fighting for it. Flip those rocks over. Keep pushing, keep turning. You can do it. You build your own boxes, not people. So knock that thing away, and do you!’

And there was House of Cards star  Spacey who managed to beat Jon Hamm who was coming off wins at the Golden Globes and the Emmys for the final season of Mad Men.

The actor, who like Latifah refuses to discuss his personal life, plays the role of ruthless bisexual politician Francis Underwood on the show and won the SAG prize for the second year in a row.

Spacey finished his speech by talking about the theory of relativity: “Apparently, they say that if you’re in an elevator you don’t know whether you’re going up or going down, but right now it feels like I’m going up.”

Here’s the complete list of winners:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

SPOTLIGHT (Open Road Films)
BILLY CRUDUP / Eric MacLeish
BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES / Matty Carroll
MICHAEL KEATON / Walter “Robby” Robinson
RACHEL McADAMS / Sacha Pfeiffer
MARK RUFFALO / Michael Rezendes
LIEV SCHREIBER / Marty Baron
JOHN SLATTERY / Ben Bradlee, Jr.
STANLEY TUCCI / Mitchell Garabedian

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO / Hugh Glass – “THE REVENANT” (20th Century Fox)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

BRIE LARSON / Ma – “ROOM” (A24)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

DOWNTON ABBEY (Masterpiece/PBS)
HUGH BONNEVILLE / Robert, Earl of Grantham
LAURA CARMICHAEL / Lady Edith Crawley
JIM CARTER / Mr. Carson
RAQUEL CASSIDY / Baxter
BRENDAN COYLE / Mr. Bates
TOM CULLEN / Anthony Gillingham
MICHELLE DOCKERY / Lady Mary Crawley
KEVIN DOYLE / Mr. Molesley
JOANNE FROGGATT / Anna Bates
LILY JAMES / Lady Rose
ROBERT JAMES-COLLIER / Thomas Barrow
ALLEN LEECH / Tom Branson
PHYLLIS LOGAN / Mrs. Hughes
ELIZABETH McGOVERN / Cora, Countess of Grantham
SOPHIE McSHERA / Daisy
LESLEY NICOL / Mrs. Patmore
JULIAN OVENDEN / Charles Blake
DAVID ROBB / Dr. Clarkson
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
PENELOPE WILTON / Isobel Crawley

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

VIOLA DAVIS / Annalise Keating – “HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER” (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

IDRIS ELBA / DCI John Luther – “LUTHER” (BBC America)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

QUEEN LATIFAH / Bessie Smith – “BESSIE” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

IDRIS ELBA / Commandant – “BEASTS OF NO NATION” (Netflix)

ALICIA VIKANDER / Gerda Wegener – “THE DANISH GIRL” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren
MIKE BIRBIGLIA / Danny Pearson
MARSHA STEPHANIE BLAKE / Berdie Rogers
DANIELLE BROOKS / Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson
LAVERNE COX / Sophia Burset
JACKIE CRUZ / Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales
CATHERINE CURTIN / Wanda Bell
LEA DELARIA / Carrie “Big Boo” Black
BETH FOWLER / Sister Jane Ingalls
JOEL MARSH GARLAND / Scott O’Neill
KIMIKO GLENN / Brook Soso
ANNIE GOLDEN / Norma Romano
DIANE GUERRERO / Maritza Ramos
MICHAEL J. HARNEY / Sam Healy
VICKY JEUDY / Janae Watson
SELENIS LEYVA / Gloria Mendoza
TARYN MANNING / Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett
ADRIENNE C. MOORE / Black Cindy
KATE MULGREW / Galina “Red” Reznikov
EMMA MYLES / Leanne Taylor
MATT PETERS / Joel Luschek

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

JEFFREY TAMBOR / Maura Pfefferman – “TRANSPARENT” (Amazon)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

“MAD MAX: FURY ROAD” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

“GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)

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SAG Awards: The arrivals!


Orange is the New Black actress Laverne Cox

“American Horror Story” actress Sarah Paulson

“The Danish Girl” actor Eddie Redmayne with his wife Hannah

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Another shot of Russell Tovey and his dog …

Saturday

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Saturday Video: Davey Wavey wants younger gays to “Show Some F*cking Respect”


You go Davey Wavey!

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Happy birthday to Christian Bale!

I know he became best known as Bruce Wayne/Batman but let’s not forget something really important: the beautiful Christian Bale really looks best out of a batsuit.

The gifted actor who has been a star since childhood (Empire of the Sun, Newsies) and has wowed us in a wide range of adult roles including Velvet Goldmine, American Hustle, Metroland, 3:10 to Yuma , Rescue Dawn and especially American Psycho. He won the Oscar for The Fighter and is nominated again this year for The Big Short.

He turns 42 years old today.

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Celebrity Instagram: Ellen manages to travel back in time to crash Oprah and Gayle famous road trip

Happy birthday, @Oprah! I wanted to make your birthday as special as you made mine. I’m hiding in your hamper.

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Friday Flashback Video: On Sara Gilbert’s birthday, some Darlene Connor moments from “Roseanne”


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“Growing Pains” alum Tracey Gold is not feuding with anti-gay former TV brother Kirk Cameron

When former Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron said on television in 2012 that homosexuality is ‘detrimental,’ ‘unnatural’ and ‘ultimately destructive,’ people wanted to know how one-time TV sister Tracey Gold felt about it.

She didn’t remain silent.

Gold quickly took to Twitter to assure people that not all members of television’s fictional Seaver family felt the same way and that she is ‘a strong supporter of the LGBT community.’

‘I was asked, on Twitter. I was just bombarded with, “What do you think, what do you think, what do you think, what do you think?”‘ Gold says on this weekend’s edition of Where Are They Now? on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

‘I felt like my silence in that moment was not beneficial,’ Gold says. ‘I just wanted to … say what I felt and what my own belief was, which was love and marriage for all.’

Gold, 46, had been among the celebrities who have participated in the NOH8 photo project in support of marriage equality and the day after Cameron’s interview aired on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, she changed her Twitter profile photo to her NOH8 portrait.

But Gold says now that she was never feuding with Cameron with whom she co-starred on the ABC sitcom Growing Pains from 1985 through 1992 and in a 2004 reunion movie.

Because ‘it kind of escalated,’ gold reached out to Cameron during the controversy by calling him on the phone and letting him know that she was just voicing her opinion.

‘It doesn’t mean that I hate him or we’re in a fight or a feud,’ she says. ‘Just like family, we just disagree.’

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Happy 34th birthday to Adam Lambert – here are three musical performances to celebrate!

Whether he’s doing songs off his latest album The Original High or performing with Queen, Adam Lambert keeps it exciting and fresh.

I’ve never been to a regular Adam Lambert concert but I have seen him perform twice at benefits and was so impressed by his connection to the audience and his passion and energy.

Here are some recent performances by our birthday boy:


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Friday Morning Man: Greg Louganis!

Greg Louganis turns 56 today and all I have to say is this; ‘Is he a silver fox or what?’

This seems to be a good time for Greg who had his share of tough times in his life for sure.

Married to the handsome Johnny Chaillot, since 2013, Greg has finally been getting some overdue recognition for his staggering accomplishments as the greatest diver in US history. (He has four gold medals from the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games plus a silver medal he won at the 1976 Olympics when he was a 16-year-old high school student.)

The the HBO Sports documentary Back on Board: Greg Louganis tells Greg’s story amazingly well and, I hope, made younger people aware of this sports legend who competed while HIV-positive at those 1988 Olympics and still won even after hitting his head – and requiring stitches – on the diving board in a preliminary round.

He is one for the ages.



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Why Matthew Wilkas is proud of BF Gus Kenworthy

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Gold medalist Matthew Mitcham retires from diving

Matthew Mitcham will always be a hero to me for not only having the guts to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing as an openly gay man, but to also come away as a gold medalist.

Earlier today, Matthew announced that he is retiring from his sport.

He wrote on Facebook: It’s official: I have decided to finally retire after a looooooooong but very rewarding diving career. So much gratitude to my long suffering partner Lachlan, Chava, NSWIS, DA, family, friends and all you friends I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet! I remember the support I got when I came out before my Olympic debut in 2008 and it helped me to keep sharing my story just as candidly. So, it’s Peace Out to my diving career and a big Heeeeeeey to the rest of my media and entertainment and everything else career!

Matthew later posted this message on Facebook: Holy mackerel, what an epic day. But very rewarding, and therapeutic, and validating. Lots of people had lots of lovely things to say which was very sweet. I haven’t had time to scratch myself today but I can’t wait to read all your wonderful messages tomorrow. You guys have made me feel very special, thank you

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Tom Daley shares training and competition videos

With his fiance Dustin Lance Black in San Francisco shooting When We Rise, an eight-hour miniseries exploring the LGBT community’s civil rights movement, Tom Daley remains in the UK focused on his diving.

This video that he’s posted this weeks takes us behind the scenes of his practices and competition and gives you an appreciation for how hard he works and how gifted he is. Plus being cute and charming doesn’t hurt!

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Jussie Smollett: The OUT Interview

For its March 2016 cover story, OUT magazine sat with openly gay Empire star Jussie Smollett, who plays gay middle-child Jamal Lyon, to discuss his rise to fame.

Smollett talked to OUT about how he plans to use his new found fame to continue his longstanding work as a civil rights advocate telling the magazine, “I don’t take this career for granted, and I have been given a very special platform through Empire to speak on a weekly basis about love and truth and acceptance.”

Here are some excerpts:

On how he self-identifies:

“I am a gay man with an extremely open heart. God, I’ve never had to talk about this, so I’m trying to find the words. If I had to label myself, I would label myself as a gay man. With that said, I believe that love is the only thing that matters, and I would hope that anybody would leave themselves open – not to gender, but to love. I would hope that people would not close themselves off from what could be if, lo and behold, you meet somebody that just sweeps you off your feet, and you just can’t do anything about it. If we truly believe that we are born this way, then why do we try to stifle the way we were born? If I fall in love down the road with a woman, I’m going to love that woman.”

On his perception of sexual orientation:

“But this is a conversation that deserves to be had, because we don’t all understand each other. You’re not going to tell me that loving someone is wrong. That does not mean that heterosexuality is not a very real. It does not mean that bisexuality is not very real. It does not mean that homosexuality is not very real. They are all very real. But what I’m saying is, I am a gay man. I am a gay man. I am a gay man. I don’t know how many times I have to say that.”

On his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and coming out publicly:

“I was like two months deep into this fame thing. The second you say something, they want that to be your storyline forever. That narrative doesn’t interest me at all. I was ready to talk about it. She told me, ‘You don’t have to.’ I will be forever grateful to Ellen for the kindness she showed me. And that made me want to talk about it.”

So when the cameras were set up again in the green room, DeGeneres asked, and he answered. Sort of. “There’s never been a closet that I’ve been in. It was a much bigger deal for other people that it was for me.”

On his growing up and feeling out of place:

“I went to three different high schools in my senior year alone. I felt very, very out of place. Every day it was almost like, when you’re putting your drawers on, you’re putting on your armor. And I dreamed of this – that I would be able to do all things I wanted to do. How would I navigate a world where I was told I should probably be behind the camera because of being gay?”

On the contrast between himself and his Empire character, Jamal Lyon:

“I have not been handed a silver spoon. I have not been handed a thing in my life, except love. With that said, it’s been difficult for me for many of the same reasons as Jamal, but I have had to work really, really hard – not just for acceptance, but also for my bread and butter. And that’s why I don’t take any of it for granted.”

On his Empire costar, Taraji P. Henson’s, perspective on sexual orientation:

“She said, ‘Who gives a fuck? I don’t tell these motherfuckers that I’m straight. Why the fuck do you have to tell them that you’re gay?’ That was so O.G., and it just made me love her even more.”

On the pushback he received for his advocacy on violence against communities of color:

“I was told by two executives, ‘You know, maybe just wait. Just wait.’ My response was, ‘But they’re listening now.’ And if millions of people are listening, you should say something worth hearing.  People were telling me, ‘Don’t do it.’ But I felt like, if I lose my career based on this, then I don’t’ need that career. I know damn well that this is the career for me, but I don’t know how to turn a blind eye.”

On his advocacy efforts as it relates to his career:
“You mean to tell me just because I make movie and TV and music that I can’t talk about what’s going on in the world I live in? Really? That’s not fair. Forget that. Because I’m scared that maybe viewership is going to go down? Or my next single isn’t going to do as well? Or I don’t get a movie? At some point, I was going to say what I believe anyway.”

On his outlook on humanity:

“I absolutely, with everything in my heart, I swear to you, believe that at people’s core, they want to be good – and I will cry about it because I believe it so much. I don’t believe that we were created to hate. I believe that we were created only to love. Love is the root of the happiest of times and of wars. Love, or lack of love – but love is the root of everything.”

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Celebrity Instagram: Dustin Lance Black, Hillary Clinton, Madison Hildebrand, Scott Foley, Nate Berkus

Taking a moment at #HarveyMilk's old city supervisor's desk. #WhenWeRise #LocationScout

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No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, or who you love—you deserve a president who will fight for you.

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Happpppyyy! @gosmile_whitening is working!

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Unfortunately you can't just show up for shavasana, it doesn't work that way. #yoga

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The two most important people in my world @jeremiahbrent #poppybrentberkus

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Lunch Break Video: Ellen DeGeneres celebrates her birthday by giving her audience presents


It was a good day to be in the audience of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. To celebrate her 58th birthday – which was actually two days ago – Ellen gave her audience gifts including a five-year Netflix gift card, a $300 Lyft gift card and a three-day getaway to a resort on Scotsdale, Ariz.

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