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Thursday Morning Men: People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive – the rest of the top 10 after Beckham

As you know, David Beckham is People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2015.

He’s a sexy man to be sure but I would have picked Charlie Hunnam or Idris Elba over Beckham at this stage of the game. These guys are not only drop-dead gorgeous, they are also red-hot professionally right now and it would have been awfully nice – and sexy – to have them get that title.

People has revealed the rest of its top 10 and I am happy to see an openly gay man – Empire star Jussie Smollett included in the group.

Pictured: 1. Charlie Hunnam 2. Justin Theroux 3. Idris Elba 4. Jussie Smollett 5. Jake Gyllenhaal 6. Nick Jonas 7. Reid Scott 8. Sam Heughan 9. Justin Timberlake

Late Night Video: Jesse Tyler Ferguson pays a visit to Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show”

Jesse Tyler Ferguson is always an engaging talk show guest and I enjoy his stories of trying to play soccer as a kid during a guest appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Kimmel..

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Check out the first trailer for Dolly Parton’s new movie “Coat Of Many Colors” based on her classic song

Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors will air on December 10 on NBC and it looks like a real heartwarmer..

In introducing the first trailer out today, Dolly says: “My favorite song that I’ve ever written tells a true story from my childhood about a little coat that my mama made for me.’

Parton’s mother initially sewed the the jacket as a blanket for her unborn baby but she reworked the piece for her youngest daughter after losing the baby. The song and the movie are inspired by a series of events Parton endured when she was 9 years old growing up in East Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains.

Jennifer Nettles plays Parton’s mom, Avie Lee Parton, and Ricky Schroder plays her dad, Robert Lee Parton.

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HIV positive Olympic legend Greg Louganis to Charlie Sheen: You ‘can be here for a long time’

As we all know by now, Charlie Sheen this week became one of the most famous persons in America living with HIV.

Olympic diving legend Greg Louganis has been doing it for 27 years.

The winner of four Olympic gold medals in diving went public with his HIV status in 1995 upon the release of his autobiography Breaking the Surface.

He watched this week as Sheen went public with his status during an interview on The Today Show on Tuesday.

‘This is such a wonderful, teachable moment because we have gotten complacent about HIV-AIDS,’ the 55-year-old Louganis tells Entertainment Tonight.

The HIV-AIDS activist and actor is still involved in US diving as a mentor and says he would love to sit down with Sheen soon.

‘I’m most concerned for him because I suffered from depression and was treated for it,’ he says. ‘Those are issues that can really inhibit your health and well-being. You realize, “Ypu know what? This is just a part of my life and as long as I take care of myself then I can be here for a long time.’

At the time Louganis was diagnosed in 1988, the disease was an almost certain death sentence and it would be eight more years before life-saving drugs became available to the public. Louganis kept his diagnosis secret and went on to compete in his third Olympics coming away with his third and fourth gold medals.

Louganis, who had suffered from depression even before his diagnosis, now uses yoga and meditation to stave off the darkness and has been off of psychiatric medications for 15 years now.

If he does meet with Sheen, Louganis says the first thing he would do is give him a hug and say that ‘I’m here.’


Bette Midler says she would never be in a sequel to her Halloween classic “Hocus Pocus”

The Divine Miss M was doing a Q&A on Facebook and someone asked if there would ever be a Hocus Pocus 2.

Miss Midler’s answer left no room for interpretation: “After all these years and all the fan demand, I do believe I can stand and firmly say an unequivocal no.”

The 1993 Disney comedy about three sister witches who are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween night has become a Halloween classic that a lot of families watch every year.

It’s delicious fun with Bette in hideous make-up and chewing up the scenery with her co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.

Here are some scenes:


David Beckham named People’s “Sexiest Man Alive”

Well, what do you think?

Here’s what People Magazine’s 2015 Sexiest Man Alive David Beckham thinks: “I never feel that I’m an attractive, sexy person. I mean I like to wear nice clothes and nice suits and look and feel good, but I don’t ever think of myself that way.”

That’s okay Beckham, WE think of you that way!


Wednesday Morning Man: Nick Youngquest!

It’s been more than six years since I first featured now-retired Aussie rugby stud Nick Youngquest as a Morning Man so he’s well overdue for an update.

Nick, 32, has a big gay following for a couple of reasons: he looks great naked as we’ve seen in photo spreads he’s done for gay publications; and he has been an outspoken straight ally to the LGBT community.

He won even more gay fans when he was asked which man he would turn gay for. His answer: “I’d have to say David Beckham, surely. But whether he’s willing to turn gay for me, I don’t know!”

Of the attention he gets from gay men Nick says: “I have no problem with it at all, if they want to look at me that way that’s all good … The first time I realized it was after doing a calendar in Australia in ‘06 for breast cancer. It was a naked calendar and I think gay guys took a liking to it then. Flattering, but you can hardly put me in the same category as [Ben] Cohen and Beckham though!”

It was in 2012 that Nick decided to step away from rugby to pursue opportunities in modeling. He appeared in a campaign for Abercrombie & Fitch shot by Bruce Weber and in 2013, he became the face of the new masculine fragrance INVICTUS by Paco Rabanne.

Last year, Nick Youngquest became the head coach for semi-professional rugby league club, the Brooklyn Kings.

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See Adele perform her gorgeous new song “When We Were Young” (Live at The Church Studios)

This is only the prettiest song I’ve heard all year.

It’s instantly my favorite song.

Oh my God Adele, could you be any more delicious?

Thank you for being born!


Cate Blanchett on her ‘erotic, tender and beautiful’ love scenes with Rooney Mara in “Carol”

In her latest film Carol, two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett plays a wealthy 1950s housewife who enters into a secret romance with a young store clerk who is played by Rooney Mara.

The romance is a passionate one – something the film does not shy away from.

‘The consummation of their relationship was very important and it was done in a way that was not gratuitous,’ Blanchett said at the film’s New York premiere on Monday (16 November).

‘It was very erotic, tender and beautiful. That is very true to the relationship the two women had. It’s very easy to forget that the love that these two women are experiencing was considered to be criminal and they risked everything to be with each other.’

Fueling the physical passion between the two women is deep emotion.

‘To me, the film is about the power of falling in love,’ says Blanchett. ‘Whether it’s a woman falling for another women or a heterosexual couple falling in love, any great love story has roadblocks and impediments, but our film shows that it’s about the dangerous, volcanic feelings that you experience when you fall in love.

‘When you fall in love, you’re out of control and there’s some fear and panic and your heart beats faster. That doesn’t change if you are gay or heterosexual. There’s universality to that. It happens to all of us. It happened to me when I met my husband.’


Charlie Sheen: “I’m here to admit that I’m in fact HIV positive … It’s a hard three letters to absorb”

Charlie Sheen confirmed reports that he is HIV positive during an appearance on The Today Show.

“I’m here to admit that I am in fact HIV positive,’ he told Matt Lauer. ‘And I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that are threatening the health of so many others that couldn’t be farther from the truth.”

The actor was being blackmailed by people who knew of his status and were threatening to go public. He has paid millions in hush money, “shakedowns” he says now stop with his going public.

“I trusted them and they were deep in my inner circle, and I thought they could be helpful,” he said. Instead, “my trust turned to their treason. … I think I release myself from this prison today.”

Sheen was first diagnosed four years ago but cannot say how he became infected: “It started with what I thought was a series of crushing headaches. I thought I had a brain tumor. I thought it was over.”

“I was doing a lot of drugs. I was drinking too much. I was making really bad decisions.”

He said he hopes by going public with the diagnosis, it will help dispel the stigma of HIV.

“I have a responsibility now to better myself and to help a lot of other people and hopefully with what we’re doing today others will come forward and say, thanks Charlie,” he said.


Tina Fey talks about gay men quoting “Mean Girls” at brunch and why high school was a “four-year-long pride parade”

Tina Fey has a movie with Amy Poehler called Sisters coming out next month. Will it be as funny as when these two host the Golden Globe Awards?

Anyway, Tina has been interviewed by The Advocate about all kinds of things gay.

Here are some excerpts:

The Advocate: What did gay men quote at brunch before Mean Girls?
Tina Fey: I don’t know, but I hope that’s still going on. I have a really weird marketing point in my deal that I don’t get any money when it shows on TBS, but I do get money when it’s quoted at brunch.

Did you anticipate that it would become such a gay classic?
I didn’t, but Damian, the gay character, was in every draft. Someone once asked me, “How come everyone’s sort of paired off at the end but we don’t see what happens to Damian?” I said, “Because it’s a movie about girls.” We should’ve made another movie about Damian.

Your book, Bossypants, details the “four-year-long pride parade” that marched through your house during high school. How did having so many gay and lesbian friends during your formative years make you who you are today?
I’m certainly more open-minded to people’s differences, and it definitely gave me a wider swath of humor styles. I grew up so much in theater, so the gay community has always been a natural part of who I feel like I’m playing to. When you’re writing jokes, you’re always thinking of your friends.

Charlene Kaye has a song called “I’d Go Gay for Tina Fey,” a sentiment shared by many ladies on social media. Why do you have the power to sexually confuse straight women?
I think I might’ve lost it. Maybe because it looks like I’m halfway there? I’ve also been a stepping-stone to help a lot of men realize that they’re gay, so I may just be a transitional person. I’m like human transition lenses

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Tuesday Morning Man: Harry Lloyd!

Today is this handsome guy’s 32nd birthday and as a present he is being made today’s Morning Man!

He’s British actor Harry Lloyd and he is probably best known for his roles of Viserys Targaryen in the HBO series Game of Thrones and Will Scarlet in the 2006 BBC drama Robin Hood.

The actor has been working steadily on television, films and on stage for the past 16 years.

He made his television debut at the age of 16 as James Steerforth in the BBC’s 1999 adaptation of David Copperfield opposite Daniel Radcliffe. His film roles include The Iron Lady, Jane Eyre and The Theory of Everything.

Harry is also the great-great-great-grandson of author Charles Dickens.

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Late Night Video: Here are a ton of Ellen’s favorite moments from her first 2,000 shows

The Ellen DeGeneres Show marked its 2,000th episode last week and as part of the celebration, Ellen shared many of her favorite moments from all those shows.



Recap of the Governors Awards honoring Debbie Reynolds, Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands

The Governors Awards are now in their seventh year and no matter how big they become – and they have become quite big – there will be those who gripe that these honorary Academy Awards are no longer presented during the regular Oscar telecast.

Well, get over it.

Rather than being a blip during an already long evening, the recipients get the entire evening to themselves and are paid proper tribute and are wonderfully fussed over.

This is also a special night in the fall that kicks off the awards season and most people who hope to be nominated for an Oscar show up making this one of THE most star-studded evenings of the year. Among those in attendance on Saturday night were Denzel Washington, Daniel Craig, Meryl Streep, Samuel L. Jackson, Helen Mirren, Will Smith, Jane Fonda, Cate Blanchett, Michael Caine, Rooney Mara, Peter Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Ian McKellen, Idris Elba, Brian Cranston, Laura Linney, Mark Rufallo and Amy Schumer, among others.

It was such a pity that one of those stars was not Debbie Reynolds who was being honored this year along with Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands. But she was represented so nicely by her actress granddaughter Billie Lourd who accepted the award for the ailing Debbie who is recovering from a recent surgery. Reynolds’ children Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher were also in attendance.

Fonda told the audience that the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award was being presented to Reynolds “for the outstanding work she has done outside her day job to improve our city, our country and the world.”

Streep then presented the award to Lourd who said: “It seems super weird to be up here without her, because she’s always been the leader of our family at awards shows like this or back home. I truly have never seen her miss a show in her life. Unfortunately our leader needed a little backup tonight. I will be taking it home to her right now so we can cuddle with it and she can put it in a place she has always secretly saved for it – right next to the ruby red slippers.”

Blanchett took part in the presentation to Rowlands and praised the “intense authenticity” and immediacy of her performances which she called “as close as anyone has ever come to capturing on film that special quality, that presence of live stage performance. There is, quite simply, no membrane between Gena and her audience.”

It was then filmmakerNick Cassavetes who presented his mother Gena Rowlands with her Oscar.

“There’s a lot of great actresses in the room but she’s the best one on the planet,” he said of this truly great actress.

In her acceptance speech Rowlands said: “You know what’s wonderful about being an actress? You don’t live just one life – yours – you live many lives.”

Lee’s Oscar was presented by the trio of Washington, Smith, Jackson and Wesley Snipes. During his acceptance speech he called for more diversity in the film industry and pointed out that it has become easier for a black person to become President of the United States than to become head of a Hollywood film studio or TV network.

“We need to have some serious discussions about diversity and get some flavor up in this. [The] industry is so behind sports, it’s ridiculous,” he said.


Jonathan Groff won’t say with who, but he has his ‘most intense sex scene’ ever in finale of “Looking”

The multi-talented and gorgeous Jonathan Groff has been taking a break from his role in the smash Broadway musical Hamilton to film the finale to the HBO series Looking.

The show about a group of gay men living in San Francisco was canceled earlier this after two seasons but the cable channel has kept its word and will be airing a series finale early next year.

Fans who have come to expect Looking to have plenty of explicit sex will not be disappointed.

There’s a lot of sex,’ Jonathan recently told Kevin Sessums during a live on-stage interview in San Francisco where Looking is being shot.

But will Jonathan’s video game designer character Patrick be having sex with his hot boss Kevin (Russell Tovey) or with his other love hot interest Richie (Raúl Castillo) or maybe someone else?

‘I don’t want to say who it was with, but I just shot the most intense sex scene I’ve ever done,’ Jonathan teases.

Good grief. I can’t breathe.

Anyway, Jonathan has been surprised at how much the show has taught straight people about gay sex.

‘One of the cool things about ‘Looking’ is that after the first season, a lot of people – shockingly, liberal, open artists in New York and L.A. – said they didn’t know that gay people could have sex while facing each other,’ the actor says.

‘The show illuminated intimacy in sex [between men] without being porny or salacious. Those scenes felt very real and true to life. I was excited to do them.’

He adds: ‘There’s something special about Looking. Not a day has gone by that I haven’t wept. It’s been very emotional [but] great that we get to say goodbye to San Francisco and our characters.’


Charlie Sheen to announce he is HIV positive

Charlie Sheen is scheduled to go public with news that he is HIV positive, according to several news reports.

Want to wish Charlie well as he goes on this journey and hope his being open will be of help to others who are living with HIV.

When I learned of this, I thought back to 1991 when Magic Johnson announced he was HIV positive. I was working out of a small LA Times bureau in Orange County and my colleagues and I were just stunned into silence.

I thought it was just a matter of time before Magic would be gone.

But nearly 25 years later, he’s not gone. He’s still here, productive and healthy.

It does not have to mean the end for those who become aware of their status and get treatment.

Charlie can get inspiration from the many living with HIV and fellow celebrities including Olympic diving legend Greg Louganis, playwright and author Larry Kramer, retired figure skater Rudy Galindo and Who’s the Boss star Danny Pintauro.

The actor, best known for the sitcom Two and a Half Men and the films Wall Street and Platoon, is expected to discuss his status on NBC’s The Today Show on Tuesday.

The Today Show is teasing the interview on Twitter as a ‘revealing live’ chat but does not confirm the HIV diagnosis.

Sheen, 50, was reportedly threatened with lawsuits by some former sexual partners which has led to his going public, according to TMZ.

Well-known publicist and crisis manager Howard Bragman tells he was approached by Sheen’s people six months ago to deal with the crisis but he did not end up working with the actor.

‘The interview could open up a lot of sympathy for him, but he has to be concerned about a fear of litigation from former sexual partners. You don’t take that lightly,’ Bragman said.

Bragman has been told that Sheen is getting treatment and that people in his life are aware of his status.

‘It’s been going on for quite awhile,’ Bragman said. ‘He’s not necessarily comfortable talking about it. It was very hard to get up the courage for him to talk about it.’


Lunch Break Video: Cast of “The Wiz Live” rehearses “Ease on Down the Road”

Oh man, I’m getting really excited for this live TV version of The Wiz that will air on December 3 on NBC. This video shows cast members Shanice Williams, David Alan Grier, Elijah Kelley, Ne-Yo, Amber Riley and Stephanie Mills performing Ease on Down the Road.


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Barbra Streisand, Stephen Sondheim among 17 to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom next week

Barbra Streisand’s stupendous collection of awards is already among the most extensive in all of show business.

But next week, the entertainment legend with legions of gay fans (like me!) will be presented with yet another honor and this one is the highest that can be given to a civilian by the United States government: the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

President Barack Obama announced today that Barbra is among the 17 Americans who will be honored on 24 November at The White House.

The award is presented to individuals ‘who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.’

Barbra is so like buttah that she is one of the few performers to have won the Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony and three of them she has won more than once. She has also won four Peabody Awards and been presented with the National Medal of Arts, Kennedy Center Honors and American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award.

Another honoree will be openly gay Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim who has helped define American theater with shows such as Company, West Side Story, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, and Into the Woods.

Sondheim has received eight Grammy Awards, eight Tony Awards, an Academy Award, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Others being honored with the medal are Yogi Berra (posthumous), Bonnie Carroll, Shirley Chisholm (posthumous), Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Billy Frank, Jr. (posthumous), Lee Hamilton, Katherine G. Johnson, Willie Mays, Barbara Mikulski, Itzhak Perlman, William Ruckelshaus, Steven Spielberg, James Taylor and Minoru Yasui (posthumous).

Said Obama of the honorees: ‘These men and women have enriched our lives and helped define our shared experience as Americans.’


Monday Morning Man: Kyle Schmid!

Sorry for the late start today!

Even though it’s still barely morning here in LA, I present to you a sexy guy who is sure to wake you up.

He is Kyle Schmid, a Canadian-born actor who recently starred as Robert Morehouse on the BBC America drama series Copper.

Kyle, 31, is also known for his starring role as 470-year-old vampire Henry Fitzroy on Lifetime’s supernatural drama series Blood Ties and for his recurring role as Aidan Waite’s vampire progeny Henry on the Syfy series Being Human.

His film credits include The Covenant, A History of Violence, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Pacifier, and Zerophilia.

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Morning Man Classic Encore: Dean Paul Martin!!Bl53OgwBmk~$(KGrHqMH-CMEtq8kfGJ6BLdk0oLVbw~~_35.JPG
Originally posted on October 30, 2011

Somebody who lived a very full life was the late Dean Paul Martin.

The son of legendary entertainer Dean Martin was a golden boy who emerged from his father’s shadow as a pop star (Dino, Desi and Billy) and an actor (Players, Misfits of Science). He married and divorced actress Olivia Hussey then Olympic Gold Medalist Dorothy Hamill and sadly died at the age of 35 while piloting an F-4C Phantom jet on a routine exercise for the California Air National Guard.

Known as Dino, Martin was described this way by friend Morgan Mason in a People Magazine article at the time of his death in 1987.

“His life was fuller than most people 100 years old,” Mason said. “The problem with Dean is that he was too good at too many things. He had a lot of money and he’d spend it freely. He went through Ferraris when he was a kid. He was terrific looking, from a famous family, and he had talent. When you have all those things on your plate—well, it’s hard to resist someone like that.”

At 11, coached by tennis ace Pancho Segura, Dean began playing junior tournaments. At 13, he abandoned tennis and formed a rock band with his friend Desi Arnaz Jr. and a neighbor, Billy Hinsche. The group was called Dino, Desi and Billy and produced several teenybopper hits (remember I’m a Fool?).

Eventually Dean returned to tennis at UCLA, where he joined the NCAA championship squad, which included Jimmy Connors. At 19, after two semesters, he dropped out of college to marry 19-year-old actress Olivia Hussey (Romeo and Juliet), who would become the mother of Dean’s only son, Alex. Within four years they were divorced.

Then in the mid-’70s, the 6′,175-lb. Martin played briefly as wide receiver for a semipro football team, the Las Vegas Casinos before trying a stint as a race car driver and seriously trying the pro tennis circuit.

After another brief try at college (this time premed studies at USC), Dean continued pro tennis, and although he never rose above 496 in world ranking, he recalled his seven years on the circuit as “the happiest time of my life.”

His athletic flair served him well in his lead in a tennis picture, Players, with Ali MacGraw.

Meanwhile he returned to flying, a thrill since getting his license at age 16. Encouraged by his mother, who noted that he was the only one among his six brothers and sisters to share her love of flying, he joined the Air National Guard, earning his wings and commission in 1981.

The next year, in a star-filled, Beverly Hills ceremony, he proudly donned his dress uniform to marry Olympic gold medalist Dorothy Hamill. Friends for the previous five years, the storybook lovers overcame the strain of constant separation—she was skating and he was on the tennis tour. They were divorced in 1984.

Tina Sinatra, daughter of Frank and a friend of Dean’s since childhood, recalled his supreme confidence: “There was nothing he felt he couldn’t get. We were once in a movie theater watching Romeo and Juliet, and Dean pointed to Olivia Hussey on the screen. He said, ‘I’m going to meet her one day and marry her,’ which of course he did.”

For all his bold career forays, Dean remains a promise unfulfilled even in the eyes of many who loved him. At his engagement party to Hamill, his father remarked, “I’m proud of him. I’d be proud even if he didn’t become a jet pilot, because he’s a good boy. He just doesn’t know what he wants to be.”

Martin began acting in earnest in the years before his death landing a lead, for instance, as a science whiz in the 1985 TV series Misfits of Science and as a divorced man in the comedy pilot A Single Man.

But flying remained a great joy. He eagerly met his Guard requirement, flying about 125 days a year. While aloft, he once said, “The high I get seeing the sun come up is so great that if I die, it would have been worth it.”