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TR Knight is returning to TV!

http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/wysiwyg/image/tr-knight-blonde.jpgABC’s Grey’s Anatomy goes on and on (and on!) but TR Knight left the medical series after the fifth season in 2009.

Since then, the Emmy-nominated actor has spent his time on stage (A Life in the Theater, It’s Only a Play), appeared in some movies (42, A Year and Change) and done some TV guest spots (Law & Order SVU, The Good Wife).

Now Knight is returning to TV is the high-profile 11/22/63, a Hulu Original series that will star James Franco and is from from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and author Stephen King.

The nine-episode limited series centers on Franco as an unassuming divorced English teacher who stumbles upon a time portal that leads to September 9, 1958. This leads to his going on a quest to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Knight’s role is that of a charismatic and controlling Texas salesman who can’t quite split up with his estranged wife who falls in love with Franco’s character.

This development and Lee Harvey Oswald are among the things that threaten the teacher’s mission to alter the past and save Kennedy who was murdered by Oswald on November 22, 1963.

It was early in his run on Grey’s Anatomy in 2006 that Knight came out publicly as gay. He did so to quell the speculation that arose after then co-star Isiah Washington referred to him during an on-set argument with Patrick Dempsey. The widely-publicized incident resulted in Washington being dropped from the show.

In October 2013, Knight married his boyfriend of three years, Patrick Leahy.

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Snapped! Matt Bomer on beach in Hawaii!

It’s nice to see that Matt Bomer is enjoying some time off on Maui with his family.

He’s about to enter a very busy time between promotional duties for Magic Mike XXL and the filming of American Horror Story: Hotel with Lady Gaga.

Then there’s the Montgomery Clift biopic for HBO after that.

Enjoy your vacation Matt!

See more photos over at Lainey Gossip

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David Letterman goofs on Jeb Bush to task for his opposition to same-sex marriage

David Letterman is certainly not shying away from political hot topics during his final days as host of CBS’s The Late Show.

During his monologue on Tuesday, Letterman took presumed contender for the Republican nomination for president Jeb Bush to task for his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Said Letterman: ‘Well, like it or not, the presidential campaign has already begun. Jeb Bush. Jeb Bush came out against same-sex marriage. Jeb Bush. Brother of the former president, son of the former, former president came out against same sex marriage. Also came out in favor of the Iraq War. He certainly is a different kind of Republican, isn’t he?

‘Jeb says, Jeb says that if you let gay people get married –this is Jeb Bush now talking –he says if you let gay people get married, next thing you know, women are going to want to vote.’

Bush, a former governor of Florida, has not officially declared his candidacy but his viewed as a potential front-runner unless a series of recent gaffes dooms his chances.

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Adam Lambert talks music and men during appearance this week on “Watch What Happens Live”


The American Idol alum guested on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live on Monday night but I just watched it this morning. Since I missed it, thought some of you might have too and might want to watch. So here it is!

Among the topics are what kind of guys Adam is attracted to.

Andy Cohen asked him if he liked twinks.

‘Sometimes,’ Adam replied. ‘Not so much bear, more younger.’

Smooth or hairer?

‘Somewhere in the middle,’ he said. ‘Which is an otter, right?’

So there you have it. Adam likes otters!

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On her birthday, 69 things I love about Cher!

Glorious, stupendous, ageless Cher turns 69 today and is as fabulous as ever.

The Oscar, Emmy and Grammy award-winning legend who has had at least one number one single in each of the last six decades dazzled with her Dressed to Kill Tour last year and we are waiting to see what she will do next.

A few weeks ago, Cher paid her final visit to The Late Show With David Letterman wearing the same outfit as when she made her memorable appearance in 1987 with ex-husband and former singing partner Sonny Bono.

As a tribute to this icon, I’ve come come up with 69 reasons why I love Cher.

Feel free to add your own in the comments section!

1. "Snap out of it!" (classic line from Moonstruck)

2. The distinctive and immediately recognizable contralto singing voice

3. She’s the mother of trans activist and actor Chaz Bono

4. The emotional eulogy she gave at ex-husband Sonny Bono’s 1998 funeral

5. When she wore a huge feather headdress and a midriff baring outfit to the 1986 Academy Awards – the year she was snubbed for Mask.

6. Her cameos, as herself, on Will & Grace

7. 2. I Got You Babe (1965 #1 hit with then-husband Sonny Bono)

8. Half Breed (1973 single, the biggest hit of her career)

9. Believe (1999 single, the second biggest hit of her career)

10. Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves (1971 single, the third biggest hit of her career)

11. Dark Lady (1974 single, the fifth biggest hit of her career)

12. The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour – CBS, 1971-74

13. The Cher Show – CBS, 1975-76

14. In 1987, she teamed up with Sonny to sing I Got You Babe for the first time in ten years on Late Night With David Letterman. It turned out to be the last time they performed together.

15. The wigs!

16. The clothes!

17. Her candor in interviews

18. The If I Could Turn Back Time video with hundreds of sailors and an outfit as skimpy as a bikini

19. Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) – 1966 single, peaked at No. 2

20. The Disco-era hit single Take Me Home in 1979. The album cover memorably featured Cher in a scantily clad Viking outfit on its cover

21: After All, 1989 duet with Peter Cetera, is Cher’s best duet with anyone other than Sonny Bono

22. She loves to tweet!

23. Underrated straight dramatic performance as a public defender in the 1987 film Suspect

24. Cher’s sublime version of the Marc Cohn hit Walking in Memphis

25. The Bob Mackie-designed black-sequined gown she wore the night she won the Academy Award for best actress for Moonstruck.

26. The generous shout-out she gave to Silkwood co-star Meryl Streep during her Oscar speech

27. She has sold more than 100 million solo albums and over 40 million records as Sonny & Cher worldwide

28. She said no to performing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi because she didn’t want to upset her gay fans

29. The stupendous performance of The Star Spangled Banner at the 1999 Super Bowl

30. The 1988 hit single I Found Someone which marked a return to the charts after a recording slump

31. The anthem Song for the Lonely

32. Cher has dated (or married) men as diverse as Sonny Bono, David Geffen, Gregg Allman, Gene Simmons and Rob Camilletti

33. She also dated both Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer who shared homoerotic tension in 1986 film Top Gun

34. Her over-the-top, glitzy Vegas shows

35. Cher’s comedy alter-ego – the brash housewife Laverne – from the 1970s variety shows

36. She slept with Warren Beatty when she was 16. They met when they had a fender bender in LA

37. As an unknown teen, Cher worked for Phil Spector and sang background on such classic hits as The Ronettes’ Be My Baby and The Righteous Brothers’ You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’

38. Cher’s gutsy move in the early 1980s to give up lucrative Vegas gigs to move to New York and appear in the play Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean

39. She was honest enough to admit that not being nominated for an Oscar for her acclaimed performance in 1985′s Mask ‘pretty much killed me’

40. Her wonderful mid-70s guest turn on The Carol Burnett Show

41. Cher’s gorgeous rendition of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes in the 1999 film Tea With Mussolini

42. She rides a motorcycle

43. She’s BFF’s with Kathy Griffin

44. Her first big solo hit was a cover version of Bob Dylan’s All I Really Want to Do which peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1965.

45. The glorious 1972 hit ballad The Way Of Love which Cher still performs in concert with her three other early 70s solo hits.

46. In 1978, she saved us all a lot of trouble and legally changed her name from Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere Bono Allman to Cher.

47. Her eccentric character with the fabulous 1960s wardrobe and hair in the 1990 film Mermaids.

48. Cher continues to sing her 1989 hit Just Like Jesse James in concert even though she hates singing a song with so many words – but the fans love it.

49. Her ‘Follow this bitches’ routine from the first Farewell Tour

50. The teasing banter between her and then-husband (then ex-husband) Sonny Bono at the start of their TV variety show.

51. Cher’s #1 hit in the UK: The Shoop Shoop Song from the film Mermaids

52. The time she called David Letterman an ‘asshole’ on his NBC show

53. Her directorial debut in the 1996 film If These Walls Could Talk in which she gave a Golden Globe Award-nominated performance

54. The fact that after making records for more than 50 years, her 2013 release Closer to the Truth became her highest-charting solo album in the US to date

55. Cher’s first solo single, Ringo, I Love You was released under the name Bonnie Jo Mason. We love Cher for going back to her real name after that – a shortened version of Cherilyn

56. This classy line from her Oscar acceptance speech: ‘I don’t think that this award means that I’m somebody, but maybe I’m on my way’

57. She started her own mail-order business, Sanctuary, selling Gothic-themed products

58. Her tremendously readable 1998 book The First Time, a collection of autobiographical essays of ‘first-time’ events in her life

59. The childhood nickname she and sister Georgianne LaPierre still call each other by: ‘Stupid’

60. A year after the release of Believe, Cher released Not.com.mercial on her website after her record label rejected it for being uncommercial. She wrote the songs after attending a songwriters’ conference in 1994

61. Her hilarious performance as a fictionalized version of herself in the 2003 comedy Stuck on You starring Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear

62. When she was thinking of leaving Sonny and fearful of public backlash, she called Lucille Ball for advice since she too had left a husband who was her TV partner

63. The glorious Golden Globe Award winning ballad You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me from the film Burlesque

64. The 1998 CBS special Sonny & Me: Cher Remembers in which she paid affectionate tribute to Sonny Bono who had died that year

65. Her glorious version of U2′s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For which she used to open her Believe and her farewell tours.

66. Passionately political, Cher has been known to call into TV shows on CNN and CSPAN.

67. She had the guts to say she is not a fan of Miley Cyrus’ new look.

68. The B side of Take Me Home, a song she wrote about ex-husband Gregg Allman called Too Far Gone.

69. Because she is simply, Cher!

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Wednesday Morning Man: Andy Grammer!

Somehow I had not heard of Andy Grammer but after catching a glimpse of him on last night’s Dancing With the Stars finale, I knew I had today’s Morning Man.

What a cutie pie.

This 31-year-old singer, songwriter and record producer has released two albums since 2011 and had such hit songs as Keep Your Head Up, Fine By Me, Back Home and Honey I’m Good.

Of his approach to his music he once said: “My ultimate goal is to try to be real. It just so happens that I’m usually more happy than sad when I’m writing. And in general I think that life is pretty great, and it’s cool to be here, so that comes through in my music. I don’t have a dismal outlook, but I don’t aim to make positive music. It’s just what I am.”

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Days of Our Lives: Paul decks Will during an argument just as Sonny walks in the door


Paul slugs Will in the face after Will basically called his parents a homewrecker and a whore. Sonny walks in just as Paul throws the punch and has no context. Sonny kicks Paul out and when Will comes to, he spins the whole thing to make Paul into a big villain. It works as he and Sonny are on their way to being intimate for the first time since before Sonny was stabbed and found out Will had cheated on him with Paul.

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Maya tells boyfriend Rick that she is transgender after he proposes on “The Bold and the Beautiful”

The character of Maya on the CBS soap The Bold and the Beautiful was recently revealed to viewers to be a transgender woman.

On Monday’s episode of the show, her boyfriend found out too.

The setting was a mountain cabin where Rick Forrester (Jacob Young) had taken Maya (Karla Mosley) to propose marriage.

Although Rick had been in the dark, several people had already found out about Maya after her sister confided the news to the wrong person.

Maya had decided that she wouldn’t disclose the news to Rick until she was sure he was serious about having a future with her.

She found out he was when Rick proposed marriage.

Rick was hurt that Maya had not confided in him sooner but in the end reassures her that he loves her.

‘I’m glad you told me,’ he says. ‘That’s what the woman I know would do. So what does it change? […] I just know that I love you and I want to spend my life with you. So please don’t walk away from me.’

While the couple are finding their way, there’s a more sinister part of the storyline going on as a media tycoon and tabloid publisher named Bill Spencer is preparing to out Maya to the rest of the world.

Spencer wants to create a scandal by creating sensationalistic headlines about Maya and Rick’s relationship with the hopes of damaging Rick professionally.

This leads to one of Spencer’s staff members saying: ‘What am I missing? Transgender people exist. This is not news.’

The staffer ends of quitting and says: ‘Maybe I’d like to work for an actual human being.’

The episode provided a teachable moment when the male transgender character of Nick (played by trans actor Scott Turner Schofield) explains to Rick’s brother Ridge that Maya has never lied about who she is.

‘Coming out is for when you’re hiding something,’ Nick says. ‘Politicians, people leading double lives, they tell the truth about themselves and come out from behind the mask. Maya shows her true face every day. She’s not in any closet.

‘This one fact of her medical history, in the wrong hands, distorts everything about her, just like it did when she was a kid. Coming out can help gay people feel whole, but disclosure can make [people like] us feel broken.’

GLAAD points out that outing someone as transgender against their will is inappropriate, unethical and dangerous.

‘Transgender people live in a world that is very intolerant of gender difference,’ they write. ‘Trans people can lose jobs, housing, friends, or even their lives upon revelation of their trans status.’

The episode is available for viewing HERE.

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Wishing Sam Smith a 23rd birthday!

This young man turns just 23 today but already he has won more awards than most artists can hope to win in a lifetime.

He’s Sam Smith who just won three Billboard Music Awards on Sunday and who won four Grammys earlier this year.

Sam is taking some time off to rest his voice after being forced to cancel his Australian tour.

He has posted what he calls a ‘dramatic speech’ on Instagram:
I’ve only lived on this earth for 23 years and I have so much more to learn and so many more mistakes to make but there is one thing I’ve learnt in my not so many years. And that is love is the most important thing in life. Surround yourself with family and friends and people who genuinely love you. I am so lucky and these past few years have been so amazing but also so challenging and I would definitely be in a world full of troubles right now if it wasn’t for the people in this picture and my family and friends who can’t be with me today. Dramatic as fuck I know, but I thought I’d share my emotional but I hope wise words with y’all xx


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Tuesday Morning Man: Shawn Booth!

I long ago proclaimed The Bachelor franchise ridiculous.

But I tuned in for last night’s season premiere to check out the parade of attractive men.

In the Bachelorette edition, there are 24 men remaining (the 25th was sent packing after he got drunk) and tomorrow we find out which of two women will be voted as the new bachelorette (new twist).

Both of the women swooned over Shawn Booth and I was swooning right along with them.

He is one of the best looking men I have ever seen and I can’t imagine him not getting to the final days of the show no matter who the bachelorette is.

Shawn is a 28-year-old personal trainer who owns a 1888 farm house and that he is completely fixing and rehabbing with his father.

Here are a few answers from his Q&A:

If you could be any superhero, which one would you be?
The Hulk. My two-year-old nephew is obsessed with the Hulk. I would love to surprise visit him and yell “HULK, SMASH!”

If you could be someone else for just one day, who would it be?
My dog. I would love to know what goes on in his head and how crazy he thinks I am. Not to mention, he is also the most spoiled dog I know.


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Days of Our Lives: Paul is unexpectedly babysitting baby Ari when Will comes home

I think tomorrow’s episode is going to be absolute dynamite aftr Will comes home from Poplar Bluff to find his nemesis Paul holding his baby.

He’ll go ballistic!

The set up in today’s scenes is silly s Paul insists on returning Sonny’s T-shirt and the frantic sitter has to leave because her sister broke her arm.

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Kris and Bruce Jenner cry it out in part two of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” special

In the second part of a Keeping Up With the Kardashians special, a tearful Bruce Jenner mourned the loss of her husband of 23 years.

‘I just miss Bruce,’ she said as she sat at the kitchen table with the 1976 Olympic gold medalist. ‘I’m trying so hard to process my pain and get through my days.’

Bruce Jenner confirmed publicly last month that he identifies as female and is in the process of transitioning. His story is the focal point of a two-part Keeping Up With the Kardashian’s special that concluded Monday.

‘I’m confused what happens to Bruce because I miss Bruce. All I have really are my memories … I feel like Bruce died.’

Tears streaking down her face, Kris rehashed the last painful years of their marriage: ‘I think you shut me out a long time ago… Now it makes sense to me. I think being honest is something I would have appreciated. … You never explained why you were so angry.

‘I turned into the Wicked Witch of the West because of the way you were behaving. … You were so far gone at that point that you had to go and do your own thing.’

Bruce apologized for his secrecy and for hurting her and assured his ex that he did not begin taking hormones until after they split and he moved to his own home in Malibu.

‘Hopefully I’ll be a better person – happier,’ he said.

In the end, Kris wished Bruce the best.

‘I just want you to know you were a great dad and a great friend and a great partner.’

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Bruce Jenner reveals more in emotional “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” special

This week’s episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians got very real as Bruce Jenner’s decision to go public about his female gender identity took center stage.

Daughters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, stepdaughters Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian and ex-wife Kris Jenner expressed support for Jenner’s transition but called him out for his secrecy.

The family was stunned to learn about cosmetic procedures he had done and discovered Jenner was further along in his transition to female than any of them knew.

‘I’ve had secrets my whole life,’ Jenner said in the two-part episode titled About Bruce.

‘It’s tough not to have secrets. … I’ve pushed the her side off all my life. I can’t die and not experience her.’

Khloe Kardashian, who became Jenner’s stepdaughter when she was four years old, was the most vocal and visibly upset over Jenner’s lack of communication.

‘You don’t need our permission but you do need to tell us,’ she said. ‘I don’t think that it’s fair that you don’t tell us how close this is in the near future. We’re still your kids. I don’t care how old I am. Don’t you think we’re scared?’

There were many tears shed during the show by all involved.

Kris Jenner weighed in on the impact on the family: ‘I imagine Bruce is so relieved to have told us this that he might not understand the full effect.’

The family was unaware of Jenner’s plans to be interviewed by Diane Sawyer for ABC News until he casually mentioned it two weeks before it was to take place.

Kris Jenner ‘cries all the time’ according to daughter Kim.

‘You think you’re going to grow old with somebody – it’s like I have to mourn Bruce Jenner,’ the ex-wife said.

‘I want him to be happy (but) I’m not okay. I don’t know how to handle this … this is my life. I committed to this life and I feel like he just checked out.

She added: ‘He’d said he had tendencies but it was not even a discussion that he’d end his life like this.’

Jenner acknowledged his missteps as far as still withholding information at this point in his transition.

‘You can never do this right,’ he said. ‘There’s no right way to do this.’

Jenner shared things in this special that he did not in the Sawyer interview such as why it’s been so important for him to grow his hair long.

‘The hair cuts have been the most traumatic things in life,’ he said. ‘Society says I’ve got to cut my hair because I’m a guy. Does it look better on Bruce? Yes. But it doesn’t look better on my soul.’

Jenner says he’s ‘very certain’ about his transition but added that ‘doing it publicly is extraordinarily difficult.’

The 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist in the decathlon and father of 10 years now believes that going public with his story is ‘my greatest calling in life.’

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Taye Diggs will be Broadway’s next Hedwig!

Darren Criss has just settled into the title role of Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch and already his successor has been found.

Producers announced Monday that Taye Diggs will takeover as the transgender punk rocker on July 22, three days after Criss’ final performance.

In addition to Criss, others to play the role during the current Broadway run in the past year have been Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall and John Cameron Mitchell who originated the role Off-Broadway and played it on film.

Diggs, divorced from Idina Menzel, will play Hedwig for a 12 week run at the Belasco Theatre in New York City.

It will mark Diggs’ first New York stage role since the 2005 revival of A Soldier’s Play. He made his Broadway debut in 1994 in the Tony Award-winning revival of Carousel.

His best-known Broadway role is that of Benny in the musical Rent, a role he recreated in the 2005 film version.

Diggs starred for six seasons on ABC’s drama Private Practice. and now stars in the TNT drama Murder in the First.

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The notoriously private Queen Latifah says: ‘I don’t find being gay or lesbian to be a character flaw’

Queen Latifah still won’t discuss her sexuality publicly.

But her role as 1920’s bisexual blues legend Bessie Smith in an HBO movie that premiered over the weekend has her talking publicly about sexuality, acceptance and equality.

‘People’s ideas in general are antiquated when it comes to who you love,’ Latifah tells Uptown magazine.

‘We haven’t moved as quickly as we probably should. And the reality is that there’s always been gay people in the black community, so it’s not foreign to us. And not just as a black community but just a society as a whole.’

‘Who you choose to marry is really up to you and it’s not something you should be judged on,’ she adds. ‘I don’t find being gay or lesbian to be a character flaw. Couples should be protected under the laws of this country period. It actually angers me. It’s not unusual so let’s be adults and let’s move forward.’

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Portia de Rossi has been promoted to series regular for the fifth season of ABC’s “Scandal”

Great news for Portia de Rossi fans.

Not only will the gorgeous actress be returning to ABC’s Scandal next season, but she has been promoted to series regular.

Her character, Elizabeth “Lizzie Bear” North had been recurring although de Rossi says she has already felt like a regular.

‘I’ve been here for the entire season, so, honestly, I already feel like I’m part of the family,’ she tells TV Line. ‘It would’ve been very sad for me not to come back. And to come back with a guarantee of a few more episodes than [I was in this season] is really fantastic. It’s just a great ensemble cast. And we’re all really excited about the show — still. I came on as a fan, but all the actors are just as excited as when they first started the show.’

De Rossi, married to Ellen DeGeneres since 2008, had previously been a regular on Ally McBeal, Arrested Decelopment and Better Off Ted.

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Monday Morning Man: Noah Huntley!

I’ve got a love-hate relationship with the E! series The Royals which can be bloody awful and yet I find myself watching anyway because the people in it are so pretty.

Among the prettiest is Noah Huntley whose character of Alistair Lacey may or may not have been murdered last night.

Huntley, 40, is an English actor who has been working non-stop in television and movies since 1987. His film credits include Snow White and the Huntsman, 28 Days Later and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

His early TV roles include being a regular on Emmerdale, Ruth Rendell Mysteries and Holby City.

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An unforgettable night with No Doubt, Sia and Sarah Silverman at An Evening With Women benefit



Had just a splendid time at last night’s An Evening With Women event at The Hollywood Palladium where more than $700,000 was raised for the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

I’ll never forget dancing about 20 feet from the stage during the acoustic set by No Doubt which closed out the night. While the crowd kept to their seats during Sia’s set and a comedy routine by Sarah Silverman, everyone  quickly left their seats to get closer to the stage to watch No Doubt perform Underneath It All, Simple Kind of Love, Magic’s In the Makeup, Don’t Speak and finally I’m just a Girl.

It was absolute magic and Gwen Stefani could not have been more engaging, more lovely. I think I love her.

Sia is such a wonderful performer even with the Cousin It wig covering her pretty face. She did take it off as she took her bow after she sang Elastic Heart and Chandelier during which she was joined onstage by dancer Denna Thomsen.

Sarah Silverman performed a standup comedy routine that was so edgy, so tasteless that I cannot share many of the jokes here. Okay, i’ll share her abortion joke and that’s it: ‘Abortion does literally kill your whole day … it literally sucks the life out of you.’

That was a milder one!

Silverman was fearless in her routine in front of an audience that included her boyfriend, actor Michael Sheen. She also participated in auctioning off a double date with comic Fortune Feimster and Glee star Chris Colfer and even shared a kiss with Feimster to help drive up the price.

The evening was hosted by NCIS star Pauley Perrette who was charming, as usual, and passionate in her support of the Los Angeles LGBT Center which she first visited nine years ago when she went there to pick up her friend’s HIV meds.

‘I’m so proud of our LGBT Center in Hollywood,’ she said. ‘I’m so proud to be a part of it.’

I’ve been attending the An Evening With Women event for nearly a decade and seen it grow into this stupendous can’t miss evening with superstar names. In past years I’ve seen Cyndi Lauper, Christina Aguilera, Wanda Sykes, Kathy Griffin, Margaret Cho, Courtney Love, Ozzy Osbourne, Aimee Mann, Courtney Love, Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Gershon and Milla Jovovich among others.

The event really ratcheted up several levels once rock producer Linda Perry and event producer Brent Bolthouse got involved in 2009. Perry made a surprise appearance at the event after taking a lower profile this year due to the recent birth of her first child with wife Sara Gilbert.

‘We’re grateful that we’ve moved into a national spotlight with this event this year,’ Bolthouse (pictured with co-chairs Annie Goto and Kelly Lynch) told the crowd. ‘I think we’ve taken it to a new level. We’ve moved from the back of the bus to the front of the bus.’

Among the other celebrities in attendance included Brandon Boyd, Peter Paige, Susan Feniger, Daniel Franzese, Kat Graham, Alex Newell, Omarosa Manigault, Jeff Probst, Jai Rodriquez, Ruby Rose and Constance Zimmer.

I was on the red carpet and chatted up some of the celebs in attendance including Looking star Daniel Franzese and the fabulous Fortune Feimster of Chelsea Lately fame.

‘You’re raising money for an amazing thing but you also get this incredible entertainment tonight,’ Feimster told me. ‘I love that it’s for the LGBT Center.  They took me on a tour of their homeless youth center and I was blown away. There were classrooms for getting their GED, clothes for job interviews. I had no clue it was that extensive. I totally want to support them as much as I can.’

Then the very funny Feimster started making me laugh as she always does.

‘It’s a pretty awesome evening because it’s hard to get lesbians to leave their house - that’s why every lesbian bar in West Hollywood closes because everybody’s home with their cat. It’s a miracle if anyone can do it and if anyone can  do it, it’s Linda Perry.’

Franzese, disappointed about the cancellation  of Looking, told me he has become regular on the upcoming ABC Family series Recovery Road.

Of being at An Evening With Women he said: ‘I just wanted to show support for women and for the LGBT Center. They are always out there supporting all of our male events and I think this is and I think this is an amazing idea to get together and raise a bunch of money for such an amazing cause.’

I didn’t meet actress Kiersey Clemons (Transparent, Eye Candy) on the red carpet but did at the dinner inside. She and her friend did not have a seat initially and were put at the media table (our group is pictured below). We were chatting about Transparent over our salads and she was telling me about her role when the woman doing the seating came up and told the actress there was a now better table for her.

She stopped talking and literally flew out of her seat mid-sentence. No “nice meeting you” or “goodbye” or even a glance back.  This isn’t about PR training or behaving like that at a table filled with media, it’s about old-fashioned manners. Good grief.

But that was just a blip during such a wonderful evening raising all kinds of money for underserved seniors, women and girls including the more than 2,000 homeless LGBT youth in Los Angeles.

PHOTOS (Credit: Getty Images for the Los Angeles LGBT Center – John Shearer / Jonathan Leibson)

Showtune Sunday: “Maybe This Time” by Liza, Audra, Bassey, Chenoweth and even Emma Stone!

In Cabaret, Sally Bowles sings of her hope that, against all odds, this time her love affair is going to last.

Though originally written in 1964 for a different purpose, the song was put into the 1972 version of the 1966 Cabaret musical. This is one of two numbers added and has been included in subsequent revivals.

Of course Liza Minnelli’s is the definitive version but it’s fun to see some of our other divas take their turn and to see Emma Stone and Michelle Williams who most recently played Sally on Broadway.





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Morning Man Classic: Rock Hudson!

Came across these photos of a young Rock Hudson the other day and don’t think I’ve posted any of them before.

God he was a good looking man.

We all know that when he was one of the biggest male movie stars in the world he was a closeted gay man with a very active social life.

We are still waiting for a big screen leading man of similar stature who is secretly gay to go public and show that it can be done.

Let’s hope it happens soon.

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