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Tuesday Morning Man: Matthew Del Negro!

Seems hard to believe that I have not been familiar with Matthew Del Negro since he has so many impressive television credits including current roles on ABC’s Mistresses and MTV’s Teen Wolf.

The very handsome 42-year-old actor has now landed a top-secret guest role on ABC’s
Scandal which begins its fourth season next month.

He previously had recurring roles on Rizzoli & Isles, United States of Tara, The West Wing, The Sopranos and Beautiful People.

Matthew has also done guest spots on what seems like every prime-time show including Law & Order, NCIS, CSI: Miami, Parenthood, The Good Wife, Happy Endings, Criminal Minds and NCIS: Los Angeles, among many others.

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Celeb Tweets: Emmys Edition

Fortune Feimster ‏@fortunefunny Seth Myers is trending which means that all of us, including myself, don’t know how to spell his last name. #Meyers
Ellen DeGeneres ‏@TheEllenShow Congratulations, “Modern Family!” They said America wasn’t ready, but you proved them wrong. Of course, I’m talking about @SofiaVergara.
Janet Mock ‏@janetmock I was bored by this category and then this Modern Family director began hitting on Matthew McConaughey. #Emmys
Janet Mock ‏@janetmock The #Emmys have officially become the Matthew McConaughey Show. Cut him a check, NBC.
Paris Barclay ‏@Harparbar Ok now I’m mad. I love me some Brits, but @MrRPMurphy slayed me w/#TheNorthHeart
Chely Wright ‏@chelywright Is the color off on the Emmys? It’s either off or Matthew McConaughey has on a pretty significant amount of bronzer.
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“The Normal Heart” wins Emmy for best TV movie – Larry Kramer joins Ryan Murphy and cast on the stage

I was so sure Matt Bomer would win the Emmy tonight for supporting actor in a TV movie or miniseries, that when he did not I quickly realized something: it was the most upset I had been about an awards outcome since Lauren Bacall lost the Oscar back in 1997.

Matt’s performance in The Normal Heart was so astonishing and so worthy of an Emmy that I can only figure he was canceled out by competing in the same category with three of his co-stars: Jim Parsons, Alfred Molina and Joe Mantello.

Julia Roberts had already lost then Ryan Murphy lost for directing, Larry Kramer lost for writing and Mark Ruffalo lost in the lead actor category for one of the best performances of his career.

Could this really be happening?

It did.

But then, at last, a win – a big one.

The AIDS drama, which took 30 years to reach the screen, won the Emmy for Best TV Movie.

Murphy slowly escorted a frail Kramer – the activist and author wrote the movie and the Tony Award winning play about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City – to the stage.

They were accompanied to the stage by Ruffalo, Bomer, Roberts, Molina,. Parsons, and Mantello.

‘We’re only here because of one person and that’s Larry Kramer,’ Murphy said. ‘We did this for him.’

Kramer wore an ACT UP cap representing the advocacy group he helped form and was successful in demanding greater access to experimental AIDS drugs and pressured the federal government for a coordinated national policy to fight the disease.

He had endured decades of frustration in getting his landmark play made into a movie and had a well-publicized feud with Barbra Streisand who held the rights for a decade.

‘After 30 years, it took the super powers of Erin Brockovich (Roberts) and The Hulk (Ruffalo) to get this thing alive.’

The director used the win as a call to action for future activists.

‘We’re gonna use the rest of our time to ask the young people watching to become Larry Kramers, to find a cause you believe in that you will fight for, that you will die for.

‘This is for all of the hundreds of thousands of artists who passed from HIV AIDS in 1981. Your memory and your passion burns on in us and this is for them.’

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Jim Parsons wins his 4th Emmy!

Hooray!

Jim Parsons has won his fourth Emmy for his performance on the smash CBS comedy series The Big Bang Theory.

‘Wow, oh my God I don’t believe this,’ a surprised Parsons said after prevailing over the field that included Louis C.K., Don Cheadle, Ricky Gervais, Matt LeBlanc, and William H. Macy.

‘To say that I watch your work and I feel inspired is a bit of an understatement,’ Parsons said to his competitors.

He said of his won: ‘There’s no accounting for taste. Through a lot of good fortune, I stand up here tonight.’

Parsons singled out his late father, Micky Parsons, at the end of his speech.

‘He encouraged me to be an actor, he never discouraged me,’ he said. ‘In a career that hinges on confidence so much of the time, that was a really great gift.’

Parsons recently received a hefty raise for the show’s eighth season – $1 million per episode.

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Snapped! Matt Bomer on Emmys red carpet!


Let’s hope we see always dapper Matt Bomer holding up an Emmy for The Normal Heart before the night is over!

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Neil Patrick Harris takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at home with David Burtka and the twins helping out

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos are coming out at such as past and furious pace that I’m having trouble keeping up with all of them. Neil Patrick Harris did one two days ago and I’m only now just discovering it and sharing it with you.

I love it because his adorable kids Harper and Gideon make cameos and fiance David Burtka does the dumping – and the ice is not all that melted. It all takes place on their front stoop.

Among those who challenged NPH was Ben Affleck. He in turn has challenged Nathan Fillion (Castle) who was his nemesis on Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog, Christina Hendricks of Mad Men, and rising star Dave Franco of the hit film Neighbors,

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Snapped! Olympic legend Greg Louganis bumps into hunky Chris Meloni at LA Dodgers game!

Two awesomely cool men bumped into each other at a recent LA Dodgers game and its clear a mutual admiration society was formed.

Greg Louganis, winner of four Olympic gold medals in diving (plus a silver medal when he was still in high school) snapped some photos with actor Chris Meloni and his daughter and both men posted them on Facebook.

Wrote Louganis: OMGosh! How cool is that? We did “My Dog; an Unconditional Love Story” and never met! We donated the proceeds to our favorite “Pet Charity” I think I did PAWSLA. His daughter is beautiful and kind, polite. What a wonderful treat, and YES I was star struck! Beautiful heart! The only thing missing was my husband, Johnny Chaillot, and would love to meet the rest of the family. Kind and gentle souls! I am still smiling! Thanks Chris Meloni I really needed that, you have no idea!

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See the final two episodes of season four of the terrific Aussie web series “The Horizons”

Okay, so this photo isn’t from either of the last two episodes of The Horizons but a similar scenes happens between these characters that I couldn’t find a still of!

These episodes wrap up season four of a show that I am late in discovery but better late than never because it features appealing characters, good actors and solid writing as it explores things like fidelity, HIV, religion, love and friendship.


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Morning Man Encore: Patrick Rafter!


The US Open tennis begins today so this is a perfect time to feature the most gorgeous men’s champion in the history of the tournament.

He’s Patrick Rafter and he electrified the tennis world when he served and volleyed his way to the title in 1997 then defended his crown with another title in 1998..

What makes this one-time GQ cover boy even more attractive is his smile, the twinkle in his eye, the feeling that he’s having a good time.

In addition to his US Opens wins, Rafter was briefly being ranked number one in the summer of 1999, twice making it to the finals of Wimbledon and winning the Australian Open doubles crown.

He managed to beat Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi several times when both were at the peak of their powers.

Injury cut his career a bit short and caused him to retire in 2002. He was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006.

Rafter is now 41 and plays events on the ATP Senior Tour. He’s not let himself go one bit and has even made some underwear commercials that I think are pretty yummy.

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Showtune Sunday: Songs from “Chicago”




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Morning Man Classic: Barry Gibb!

I loved the Bee Gees before Saturday Night Fever.

Nights on Broadway was one of my favorite songs as a kid and also loved Fanny (Be Tender With My Love).

Loved their music before I even realized the lead singer, Barry Gibb, was such a hunk!

He and his brothers Robin and Maurice were all the rage for awhile and younger brother, Andy Gibb, had a big solo career before he died far too young.

Barry, who turns 68 next week, is the last surviving Gibb brother but Robin and Maurice lived long enough to be were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

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John Barrowman does ice bucket challenge


John Barrowman’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video is so terrific! His hunky husband, Scott Gill, does the honors – wearing just a red jockstrap.

The best part is after Scott dumps some of the water, he loses his grip. This means a part two of the dump and that’s when Barrowman really gets it!

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Meeting the NBA’s Jason Collins in Chicago

I’ve been in Chicago since Wednesday attending the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association’s annual convention.

It’s been all the great things you hope these things will be: learned a lot, met amazing people, saw old friends and listened to some interesting speakers including Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the NBA.

During a lunchtime Q&A on Saturday, I asked Jason if he plans to try and play for an NBA team next year. To read what he said, check out my story over at Gay Star News.

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Days of Our Lives: EJ lets Will have it – informs him that an ethical journalist lets subjects know they are being interviewed

Thankfully the writers are, at last, letting somebody point out to Will that secretly interviewing people for a magazine piece is not ethical.

It’s EJ who delivers this obvious little fact and he tells a suddenly ridiculous Will: “What you did was treacherous to the core and you are a disgusting little snake.”

Hard to argue with that!

Sonny goes over to confront Sami and essentially makes an ass of himself.

Sami points out, rightfully, that what Will did to Abby was much more damaging than anything Sami had done.

She also tells Sonny: “Be there for Will – this is only going to get worse.”

Marlena visits Will later and tells him: “This is just not making any sense.”

Then Will delivers this laughable, self-pitying line: about his getting the cover of a magazine “and not one person near me has had one nice thing to say to me about it.”

Poor ridiculous Will Horton.

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Why Jessica Alba is no longer a Born Again Christian

Jessica Alba had her views on faith and sexuality shaped when she was a teen and fell for someone her church had taught her would go to hell.

The actress told The Daily Beast this week that she was at the Atlantic Theater Company in Vermont when ‘I fell in love when I was 16 and had this major crush on… I guess he was a drag queen? He was bisexual and a ballerina.

‘We used to go to this gay club and I’d dance with him all night, four nights a week … I was so in love with him and thought, “There’s no way this guy’s going to hell,” because in my church, it was, “Anybody who’s gay is going to hell” and “Premarital sex is evil,” and I thought, “There’s no chance! This guy is amazing!” So that went right out the window.’

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Happy 35th Birthday to Andrew Rannells!

It’s gotta be a great birthday week for Andrew Rannells who turns 35 today, three days after taking over the lead role in Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

He has taken over for Neil Patrick Harris who won a Tony Award for playing the title role of a transgender punk rock singer.

Andrew told the AP this week: “It’s a very unique show. You see it and, I think, kind of lose the actor a little bit. You really do believe that there is this odd creature up there that you’re watching and this is all happening in front of you in a crazy way. The show itself, and Hedwig, is the star. So even if you’ve seen it six times, if there’s a new actor in it, it’s going to be a completely different show to you.”

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Late Night Videos: Chris Evans, Colin Ferguson & other hunks do ALS Ice Bucket Challenge



Just catching up on a bunch of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos and am rather enjoying them and love seeing the fun and creative sides of these celebs. Chris Evans gets very dressed up for his dousing and my only regret is my big crush Colin Ferguson did not do his shirtless!

The video below is a nice compilation that includes a shirtless Chris Hemsworth, a shirtless Stephen Amell and other hot dudes and plenty of famous ladies including Oprah, JLo, Britney, Gaga, Miley and Kerry Washington, among others.

BONUS VIDEO: And yet more

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Wishing a happy 75th birthday to Valerie Harper!

Valerie Harper turns 75 today and I hope she’s got heckuva party planned.

The TV icon was given a death sentence in early 2013 after being diagnosed with brain cancer and was told she could have as little as three months to live.

And live she did reuniting with her castmates from The Mary Tyler Moore Show for an episode of Hot in Cleveland and talking bravely and openly about her fate in various interviews.

Then, a miracle.

Her cancer is not cured but it has responded to experimental therapy and has not progressed. This has allowed her to continue to take acting jobs and to even participate on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars last fall.

Watch Valerie’s inspiring fox trot below after which she says: “It’s good to be alive … and it’s even better to be dancing!”

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Days of Our Lives: Will’s article has everyone he loves furious with him – and deservedly so

Will’s article comes out and everyone is blindsided – including Will whose editor inserted Abigail’s name in the story naming her as EJ’s mistress.

This whole storyline has made Will looks so stupid and clueless – especially when he defends his editor to Sonny.

Some of the best lines today are uttered by Sami who says after reading the article: “I’d rather be Hillary than Monica.”

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“Star Trek” icon George Takei is a real card as he answers questions about being gay


George Takei recently answered some really stupid questions about gay people with some really funny answers.

And he did so without uttering a word.

The Star Trek icon answered a series of questions posted on Twitter with answers written on cards which he then shared with the readers of BuzzFeed.

A sampling:

Q. Why do gay dudes like being flight attendants so much?

A. We’re used to being yelled at by strangers, shoving things in tight places and having liquids spilled on us daily.

Q. Why do gay guys like brunch?

A. Because brunch is a late breakfast – with booze.

Q. Why are gay guys always hitting on me? Please stop.

A. They’re not hitting on you. They’re judging your outfit. Please stop.

Q. Why do gay guys always hit on me when I’m at a gay club?

A. Perhaps you should stop wearing your ‘Butt Pirate’ T-shirt in gay clubs.

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