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Greg In Hollywood updates photo strip with Matt Bomer, NPH, a Silver Fox, Pauley Perrette & Darren Criss!

The first time I met Matt Bomer, back in 2011 I believe, he asked, “When am I going to be in one of the photos along the top of the blog?”

That day has finally arrived!

In the first update of the photo strip since Greg In Hollywood’s debut in March 2009, Matt is now featured along with: Neil Patrick Harris and Anderson Cooper (for obvious reasons); NCIS star Pauley Perrette (as a tribute to her staunch, high-profile support of LGBT equality and causes); and Glee star Darren Criss (because our ties match!).

My thanks to Florence Henderson, Javier Bardem, Dustin Lance Black, TR Knight and David Duchovny for taking up the slots the first five years.

And a big thank you to the fantastic Kate Cohen and Val Cohen for doing me the lovely favor of updating the strip.

Cynthia Nixon’s story featured on season premiere of TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Cynthia Nixon has won two Emmys, a Tony and a Grammy.

So what’s next for this gifted actress who is just an Oscar win away from becoming an EGOT?

She’s going to be featured on tomorrow night’s season premiere of the terrific series Who Do You Think You Are? on TLC.

In her episode, the Sex and the City alum searches for answers about her paternal ancestors, and discovers a dark secret involving deceit and murder, in relation to her 3x great- grandmother.

Click HERE to see a preview.

This show is always terrific and is produced by the red-hot team of Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky who also produce Web Therapy and The Comeback.

In addition to this season’s new premieres, TLC has also acquired episodes from previous seasons of the series, marking their first debut on cable. Alongside Cynthia Nixon’s premiere, encores of Sarah Jessica Parker’s episode airs at 8/7c and Matthew Broderick’s episode airs at 10/9c.

Future encores include Kudrow and Rob Lowe on 7/30, Gwyneth Paltrow on 8/6, Brooke Shields on 8/13, Vanessa Williams on 8/20, Rita Wilson on 8/27, and Reba McEntire and Tim McGraw on 9/3.

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Susan Sarandon speaks out in support of marriage equality even if marriage is “not my thing”


Susan Sarandon spent 21 years in a relationship with fellow Oscar winner Tim Robbins and they had two children.

But they never got married.

In a new video for the Human Rights Campaign, Sarandon makes clear that she thinks same-sex couples should have the same option of getting married or not as she and Robbins did.

‘While marriage might not be my thing, if it’s your thing you damned well ought to be able to have it – equally and unequivocally.

‘The America I want to live in celebrates diversity and believes in equal rights for all families no matter what they look like.’

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Chris Colfer back on NY Times best seller list

Long after Glee is over, I am confident we will still be hearing a lot from Chris Colfer because be is one creative – and talented! – young artist.

With the success of the show, he certainly could’ve made an album and done a teeny bopper concert tour but instead, he hunkers down and does things like write his own books and his own movie.

His latest book, The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning, has made its presence known on The New York Times lists of best selling books.

Chris tweeted this week: ’The Land of Stories’ is the #4 NYT Best Selling SERIES and top middle grade series! Highest books on the list without a film franchise…yet.”

His previous book, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, debuted at the top of the NY Times list of children’s books in 2012. His second book, The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns, debuted at number 2.

Chris also wrote and starred in the film Struck by Lightning.

Keep up the good work Chris!

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Jenny McCarthy suggests Hillary Clinton is a lesbian: “Maybe … she has her girlfriends”


Sorry for the lack of fresh posts so far today. I’ve got plenty more coming!

Am still not operating at 100% heath-wise then had a wifi issue and then my dog ate my computer (okay, only the first two things are true!).

So, there’s this tidbit from my friends at RumorFix.com: Jenny McCarthy suggested on today’s episode of ABC’s The View that Hillary Clinton is a lesbian!

Jenny is leaving the show soon so maybe she figures she’ll go out in a blaze of glory.

She was part of a panel discussion about a new book about the ‘hidden lives of presidents’ which includes an allegation that former President Bill Clinton currently has a mistress.

Said McCarthy: ‘Well, maybe he has his girlfriends and she has her girlfriends. You never know. Maybe they have an arrangement.’

Clinton, the former First Lady, US Senator and Secretary of State, appeared on The View in May as a guest during the final program of the show’s creator, Barbara Walters.

The book the panel was discussing is called The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents by Ron Kessler.

Tuesday Morning Man: Tom Hopper!

Tom Hopper is a 29-year-old English actor who has appeared in several television programs and films including Merlin, Doctor Who, Casualty and Tormented.

His current screen role is in the Neil Marshall drama series Black Sails.

I was not previously aware of Tom but from what I read, the handsome and very well-built actor is well-aware of his big gay fan base and welcomes it.

He is best known for playing Sir Percival in the BBC series Merlin in which he co-starred with yesterday’s Morning Man Eoin Macken.

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LA City Councilman Mike Bonin is married man!

These two really are the picture of happiness.

They are Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin and his new husband, Sean Arian, who got married over the weekend.

The ceremony took place on Saturday in San Pedro and was officiated by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Mike is a Greg In Hollywood Morning Man alum and one of three LGBT elected officials in Los Angeles City government.

Mike and Sean met at City Hall in 2009, when Sean was Director of Economic Development for then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

At the time, Mike was chief of staff to Councilmember Bill Rosendahl and a same sex marriage activist with the Courage Campaign.

Sean is now founder and president of Eos Consulting and Vice President for Innovation and Emerging Technologies at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley on flight that makes emergency landing in Russia

Supercouple Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black were among the 286 passengers on a Virgin Atlantic that made an emergency landing in Russia on earlier today.

The couple were flying to London from Shanghai and updated their followers on social media as the plane began dumping fuel then landed at Irkutsk Airport in Russia.

After the landing, Black tweeted that fire engines abounded and that passengers were ‘locked in the broken plane. No word on what’s happening.’

His most recent tweet, sent more than six hours later stated: ‘Happy to be alive. @VirginAtlantic have been very helpful. Now we just need to get out of Siberia. Bit scary.’

Virgin Atlantic has released a statement explaining that the plane (VS251) was diverted as a precautionary measure due to a technical issue detected inflight.

‘As standard procedure the aircraft disposed of excess fuel ahead of landing and the flight was met at the airport by the local emergency services,’ they stated.

The airline apologized for any inconvenience and said its priority was to make sure that passengers could resume their journey as soon as possible.

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Wentworth Miller will guest on “The Flash”

Since his series Prison Break went off the air in 2009, Wentworth Miller has rarely been seen on television screens except for in reruns.

The now openly gay actor is returning to the TV spotlight with a guest role on The CW’s newest superhero series The Flash.

Wentworth will first appear in the fourth episode of the show which premieres this fall.

His role is that of Leonard Snart (aka Captain Cold). The freeze-gun-touting villain is one of Barry Allen/The Flash’s biggest adversaries in the DC Comics, and is the leader of the Rogues – a group of his enemies.

It’s not clear how many subsequent episodes Miller will appear in during the season.

The series stars Glee alum Grant Gustin (he played the gay Warbler who wanted to break up Kurt and Blaine). He is an assistant police forensic investigator who through a freak accident is transformed into the fastest man alive.

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Long Beach Qfilm Festival unveils 2014 line-up – kicks off with “Appropriate Behavior” & “My Straight Son”

Outfest wrapped up its 11-day run last night and now the next SoCal-area film festival has just released its schedule.

It is the 2014 Long Beach Qfilm Festival which will take place September 12th-14th at the
historic Art Theatre (located at 2025 East 4th St.) and the neighboring LGBTQ Center of Long Beach.

I usually attend this every year and last year conducted one of the post-movie Q&As so this event most definitely has the Greg In Hollywood seal of approval.

The festival will open at the Art Theatre with Appropriate Behavior, an NYC-based comedy about the romantic misadventures of a bisexual Iranian-American woman, and the Los Angeles area premiere of My Straight Son (Azul y No Tan Rosa), an award-winning Venezuelan drama in which a gay man struggles to connect with his teenage son from a previous relationship.

An Opening Night party will take place between screenings at the LGBTQ Center of Greater Long Beach, located directly next door to the Art Theatre.

The only movies that I’ve already seen are the wonderful comedy-musical Cupcakes by gay Israeli filmmaker Eytan Fox (Yossi & Jagger) and the powerful drama Blackbird, starring Academy Award winner Mo’Nique and Isaiah Washington in a poignant look at a young gay man’s coming of age in the deep South.

Other narrative and documentary features are: the U.S. premiere of Happy End?!, a German drama-comedy about two women who connect while one is sentenced to community service; Letter to Anita, Andrea Meyerson’s eye-opening documentary about prominent lesbian educator and activist Dr. Ronni Sanlo; Out in the Night, which explores the harrowing true story of seven African-American lesbian women confronting racial and sexual injustice; Boy Meets Girl, the charming tale of a love triangle with a trans woman at its heart; Transvisible: The Bamby Salcedo Story, an examination of the unique experiences of trans immigrant women; and Tru Love, a sweet May-December romance between two women fighting their families and the odds to be together.

Additional features as well as a variety of men’s, women’s and queer short films will be announced in early August.

Last year’s event was the most successful yet with over 1,500 attendees and featured several
West Coast, Southern California and area premieres as well some of the most acclaimed features on the 2013 film festival circuit.

Passes and tickets will be available for purchase beginning in August through the Qfilm Festival page at www.qfilmslongbeach.com.

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Monday Morning Man: Eoin Macken!


Spent the weekend recovering from an illness and had some time to finally catch some episodes of NBC’s The Night Shift.

I was initially interested in the gay character played by Brendan Fehr but my attention quickly shifted to – and stayed focused on – the charismatic and very handsome Eoin Macken who plays a surgeon named TC Callahan.

He’s just 31 and is Irish although you can’t tell on the show.

Eoin, whose named is pronounced Owen, got his first widespread exposure when he was selected as the face of the Abercrombie and Fitch 2003 campaign.

He also modeled for Ralph Lauren, and GQ, and has appeared in films such The Callback Queen, Studs, 3Crosses and Centurion. He has also appeared on television in series RTE’s Fair City as Gavin Cluxton and in BBC series Merlin as Sir Gwaine.

In addition, Macken has directed several feature films: Christian Blake, Dreaming For You, The Inside and Cold as well as the documentary The Fashion of Modelling.

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Outfest 2014: Full list of Award Winners!

AUDIENCE AWARDS

Documentary Short
Families Are Forever, Directed by Vivian Kleiman

Dramatic Short
Alone With People, Directed by Drew Van Steenbergen

Documentary Feature
Back on Board: Greg Louganis, Directed by Cheryl Furjanic

Dramatic Feature
The Way He Looks, Directed by Daniel Ribeiro

First US Dramatic Feature
Drunktown’s Finest, Directed by Sydney Freeland

GRAND JURY AWARDS

Documentary Feature Special Recognition
Dior and I, Directed by Frédéric Tcheng

Documentary Feature Winner
The Circle, Directed by Stefan Haupt

Actor in a U.S. Dramatic Feature
Mark Strano in Tiger Orange (pictured)

Actress in a U.S. Dramatic Feature
Gaby Hoffmann in Lyle

Screenwriting in a U.S. Dramatic Feature
Desiree Akhavan for Appropriate Behavior

U.S. Dramatic Feature Film
Drunktown’s Finest, Directed by Sydney Freeland

International Dramatic Feature Special Recognition
Lilting, Directed by Hong Khaou

International Dramatic Feature
Something Must Break, Directed by Ester Martin Bergsmark

Documentary Short Film
Flying Solo: A Transgender Widow Fights Discrimination, Directed by Leslie Von Pless

Experimental Short Film
Get Ripped, Directed by Leonardo Van Dijl

Dramatic Short Film
Jellyfish, Directed by Rosie Haber

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Showtime Sunday: Those who dared duet with Ethel Merman: Judy Garland, Fred Astaire and Mary Martin

It takes a lot of guts to share a stage with the legendary Broadway star Ethel Merman who had as powerful a set of pipes as anyone who has ever graced the stage.

But Judy Garland dared to do so and Merman describes them in the first clip as “the last of the big belters.”

She also did a medley with her pal Mary Martin in a 1950s television special then a really fun number with Fred Astaire on Hollywood Palace in the 60s.

I think you’ll enjoy all three,


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Morning Man Classic: James Garner!

James Garner died last night at the age of 86.

I cannot tell you how many episodes of The Rockford Files I’ve watched with my dad since it is one of his all-time favorite shows along with Matlock and NCIS.

My dad just thought Garner was terrific as private investigator Jim Rockford from 1974-80 and in six TV movies in the mid-90s. He had been a fan since he played the gun-slinging Bret Maverick on TV’s Maverick from 1957-1960 and again in 1981-82.

My favorite Garner performances, however, came in the movies.

Who can forget him opposite Steve McQueen in The Great Escape and I loved him with Doris Day in Move Over Darling. An then there was the only movie performance he ever earned an Oscar nomination for: the 1985′s Murphy’s Romance opposite Sally Field – I think it’s my most favorite of all.

While he didn’t win the Oscar, he did win a pair of Emmys, three Golden Globes, two Peoples Choice Awards and the 2005 SAG Lifetime Achievement Award.

The handsome Garner easily segued between movies and TV, comedy and drama and leading and supporting roles throughout his career. It’s no wonder he had nearly 100 credits.

Other feature films included The Children’s Hour, The Americanization of Emily, Support Your Local Gunfighter, The Fan, My Fellow Americans, Space Cowboys and The Notebook.

Notables TV films were Emmy nominated performances in Barbarians at the Gate, My Name is Bill W, The Promise, Decoration Day and my favorite, Heartsounds with Mary Tyler Moore.

Garner stepped in as the family patriarch on the ABC comedy 8 Simple Rules after John Ritter’s death and appeared in two-and-a-half seasons and also starred in the following short-lived series that lasted a season or less: First Monday, Man of the People and Nichols.

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Snapped! Shirtless Zac Efron and Bear Grylls!

Suddenly, I’m very interested in checking out the new NBC series Running Wild with Bear Grylls.

The first guest is that hunky guy named Zac Efron who, naturally, takes his shirt off.

The show with Efron airs on NBC on July 28.

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Saturday Video: A wonderful conversation with the late, great Elaine Stritch on Broadway’s “Theater Talk”


The lights on Broadway were dimmed last night in honor of the legendary Elaine Stritch who died on Thursday.

While there may be some people who know her best from playing Alec Baldwin’s mom on 30 Rock, she is one of the greatest stage stars of all time and was still going strong at 85 in a revival of the musical A Little Night Music.

In this episode of Theater Talk in 2011, she has a relaxed, interesting and fun conversation about the theater with the hosts.

I love this!

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See a preview of “The McCarthys,” the new CBS sitcom about close-knit family with gay son

Glad to see a new sitcom with a lead character who is gay/

It’s called The McCarthys and it premieres on CBS this fall.

Here’s the premise and cast: When the gay son of a sports-crazed Boston clan decides to fly the coop, his loving family has other plans.

Tyler Ritter, Laurie Metcalf, Jack McGee and Joey McIntyre star.

The show was created by a real Bostonian, Brian Gallivan (Happy Endings), and is loosely based on his life.

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George Takei still cannot stand fellow “Star Trek” alum William Shatner: “He is very self-centered”

It’s no secret that Star Trek alums George Takei (Hikaru Sulu) and William Shatner (Cpt. James T. Kirk) can’t stand each other in real life.

When Takei this week was asked about it during an appearance on Real Time With Bill Maher, he didn’t mince words.

“Canadians have a certain image of being even-tempered and friendly and all that,” Takei said. “Well, he is a person who is that way with himself. He is very self-centered.”

He added: “We work together. We’re professionals. We get the work done, but, it’s with a lot of difficulty.”

Takei also joked with Maher that the temptation is sometimes there to just “drive the starship into a death star” just to spite Shatner.

The feud came up again when Takei talked about how his cast-mates all knew was gay except for one. “It went right over his head.” The obvious answer: William Shatner.

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Days of Our Lives: Will pays a visit to EJ in jail and tells his stepdad: “I’m sorry I ever trusted you”

I dunno, once you’ve shot someone in the head, it’s kinda hard to take the moral high ground on something.

And yet, here is our Will Horton doing just that as he pays a visit to his stepdad EJ in jail.

Sami has gone so over-the-top with her revenge that she’s a cartoon now. I love that Kate has moved in to the mansion to rain a bit on her revenge parade.

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See Andrew Rannells poster for “Hedwig”

Andrew Rannells has just posted this on Facebook and says: I am beyond thrilled to be joining HEDWIG on Broadway

He takes over for Tony Award winning Neil Patrick Harris next month!

Look forward to the reviews to see how this talented gay man who follow in the footsteps of another talented gay man.

It will be mighty interesting – and, I’m sure, mighty entertaining!

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