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Morning Man Classic: Cary Grant!

Cary Grant was born 111 years ago today so it seems as good a time as any to once again shine a light on that handsome face.

The man born Archibald Alexander Leach in 1904 was named the second Greatest Male Star of All Time (after Humphrey Bogart) by the American Film Institute.

He was known for comedic and dramatic roles; his best-known films include Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, His Girl Friday, Arsenic and Old Lace, Notorious, An Affair to Remember, North by Northwest and Charade.

A two-time Academy Award nominee, Grant was presented with an honorary Oscar in 1970.

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Andrew Rannells talks handjobs and Golden Globes

Andrew Rannells’ character on HBO’s Girls is absolutely delicious – and hilarious.

He also gets to do all kinds of naughty things – ilike giving someone a handjob.

The actor appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers this week and talks about the awkwardness of filming such a scene.

He was not pleased with the results – find out why.

BONUS VIDEO: Andrew talks about how he went to the Golden Globes with Lena Dunham but there was no room for him at the Girls table so he had to sit with the Foxcatcher group. Funny Golden Globes stuff!

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Max Adler on the return of Dave Karofsky to “Glee” as Blaine Anderson’s live-in boyfriend

If you’ve been watching the new season of Glee then you know Kurt and Blaine have broken up.

I guess that’s not a total surprise but what is a surprise is that Blaine is now dating Dave Karofsky who has gone from closeted bully in season one to out and proud gay man.

Max Adler, the actor who plays Dave, chatted with about the surprising storyline and how he reacted when he found out about it.

The first thing was a big smile, because I was excited to get to work with Darren [Criss] and Chris [Colfer] again. Six years later, we have such history both on and off set, and there’s such a rapport. It’s a cooler experience to not come on the set as this fresh face, wide eyed, innocent kid anymore. It’s like you’re working with your friends.

Everything shocks me with Glee, but at a certain point, you forfeit and surrender to the powers that be. They know what they’re doing. So far, they’ve created some of the best television shows that are going to live in history forever. Whatever they decide to do, I’m on board. Who am I to creatively challenge any of them? I’m just excited to have the opportunity to be back on set. It wasn’t about who I’m romantically linked to, it was more the fact that they chose to show that Karofsky has gone from this homophobic bully to now have accepted being homosexual  and being out and comfortable enough to be seen with a man in public, at a bar and a football game. I just thought that was a really nice, complete arc. To watch Season 1 and then to see this, it’s a full circle that’s a nice ending for all the fans of Karofsky to see him happy and see that he’s OK post-suicide attempt. He’s smiling and happy and content and not a care in the world. What a big shift for him personally. As the actor, I’m aware that the Klaine fans are understandably in an uproar, and nobody wants to see Kurt crying and upset. As the character, I’m glad that [Dave is] happy with himself and he’s not suicidal anymore.


Martina Navratilova loves being married: “It changes your life … You just feel much stronger”

Marriage is agreeing with newlywed Martina Navratilova.

Martina and Julia Lemigova had already been together for more than six years by the time they got married last month.

It has already made all the difference.

‘I want to write an article about it, how much it changes your life,’ the tennis legend tells The New York Times.

‘You just feel much stronger. For me, it’s: Don’t mess with my relationship. Don’t mess with my family. It really gives you validation and gives you kind of a wall that you can lean on if something happens.’

Navratilova, 58, proposed to Lemigova, 42, at the US Open last fall – a moment captured on live television.

The winner of a record nine Wimbledon singles titles is noticing changes large and small as a married woman.

‘Just the other day I was at a doctor’s office filling out a form, and for the first time I wrote married instead of single, and then I wrote Julia’s name in case of an emergency contact, and then where it asked for relationship, I wrote wife, and it was like wow, O.K., this is cool. Nobody can mess with that.

‘You don’t have to explain. There it is, and the legal protections you get from being married are astronomical.’

Lemigova, a Russian businesswoman and former model, was Miss USSR in 1990 and was second runner-up in the Miss Universe pageant.

‘Julia and I are not any more committed to each other than we were before our marriage,’ Martina says. ‘But in the eyes of the law we are, and that’s great. And the kids feel a lot better about it, most of all.’

Lemigova is the mother of two daughters so the marriage officially made Navratilova a step-parent.

‘I just got a text sending love from “your daughters,” so yes they are my daughters, and it’s pretty cool,’ she says. ‘I’ve been in their lives the majority of their lives. They’ve thought about me as a parent for a long time, but now, again, it’s validated.

‘They just feel safer, feel much more secure. It’s funny seeing that. I see a real difference, and it also gives me a little more confidence to be the parent.’


Happy 93rd Birthday to Betty White – let’s take a 60 year trip down television memory lane White has just had the most remarkable television career starting in the early 1950s.

On the occasion of her 93rd birthday today, I dug into the YouTube archives and selected some random videos from every decade of her TV stardom which began with the sitcom Life With Elizabeth and went on to include The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and her current hit Hot in Cleveland which is in its sixth and final season.

Enjoy – some of these I had never seen before including an episode of the ABC sitcom she did in the mid-90s with Marie Osmond, Craig Ferguson and Dane Cook!

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Robbie Rogers does interview with ITV’s “This Morning” live from Los Angeles – at 3 am!

I’m always so impressed with the way Robbie Rogers conducts himself – even at 3 am.

The LA Galaxy star did an interview this week with the British program ITV’s This Morning live from LA to talk about his outstanding book Coming Out to Play.

The Galaxy won the MLS title in December and are currently in the off season so Robbie can do things like interviews at 3 am.

Even at that hour, Robbie is thoughtful and articulate and looks amazing – he’s got such a great head of hair.

Bonus Video: This feature on Robbie’s book release party captures what a wonderful evening it was. I was so glad to be there and only regret that I didn’t know who the other Galaxy players were.


Days of Our Lives: Paul jeopardizes Will’s big scoop when he gets cold feet about coming out

Maybe one day soon Paul and Will are going to realize the love of their lives is the same man.

We know Sonny will put it together once Will’s article comes out but even that is in jeopardy right now as Paul is getting cold feet about coming out.

That would make the article a lot less compelling even though Will would still have a decent scoop with all the career ending stuff.

Anyway, we are getting a glimpse of the family issues Paul has which has resulted in some serious internalized homophobia.

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Coach Beiste to transition to male on “Glee”

Glee has been relegated to Friday nights for its final season and, naturally, its ratings have absolutely tanked.

That’s a pity because there’s some very interesting storylines that are playing out in the show’s final 13 episodes.

In tonight’s episode, we learned that William McKinley High School’s football coach Shannon Beiste is transitioning from female to male.

Beiste, portrayed by Emmy nominee Dot Marie Jones, shared with school principal Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) and assistant football coach Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet) that she has gender dysphoria – the formal diagnosis used by psychologists and physicians to describe people who identify as transgender.

‘I’ve felt like this my whole life. Growing up I was really confused – I thought I was just a tomboy,’ Beiste says. ‘No matter what I did, I never felt at home in my own skin. I never felt like my body matched who I was in the inside.’

The coach adds: ‘I’ve got to do this for my own peace of mind, I’ve got to get my body in alignment with how I see myself.’

Sylvester, naturally, gets a few zingers in: ‘When you think about it, it’s not that big of a stretch.’

But even the normally heartless Sylvester shows she has a heart when she tells Beiste that her job will be waiting for her.

‘We’ve got your back.’


Ellen DeGeneres happy Supreme Court will decide gay marriage issue: “It’s about time’

Ellen DeGeneres was appearing before TV critics in Pasadena earlier today when news broke that that US Supreme Court was taking on four gay marriage cases this term.

‘It’s about time,’ DeGeneres said from a stage in Pasadena where she was talking up the NBC sitcom One Big Happy during the TV Critics Association Winter Press Tour.

Ellen, married to Portia de Rossi since 2008 added: ‘The thing that changed the civil rights movement was when white people got involved and started marching. We need everyone on our side.

‘We’re kind of trying to do this march and we need people that believe in equality and believe in fairness and love. If we have people that will join us and give us that, which is only fair to have the same rights as everybody else, then it’s a wonderful world.’

Ellen is producing One Big Happy about a lesbian woman and her straight best friend who decide to have a baby together. Things get complicated when the man meets the love of his life.

H/T: Deadline Hollywood

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Cheyenne Jackson: ‘I definitely want to be a be a dad … but I don’t know when”

Cheyenne Jackson, who most recently starred with Gena Rowlands in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, says he wants children someday.

“I definitely want to be a be a dad,’ he tells HuffPost Live. ‘For sure. My whole life I’ve seen that happen for me, but I don’t know when. Jason (Landau), my husband, is also of like mind, in that we definitely want to see that to happen, but we’re newlyweds so we want to definitely spend some time together before we embark.”

Jackson was divorced and engaged in the same year but insists it was not a case of leaving one marriage for another.

“We met two years ago. It was just one of those things. I was not looking… I didn’t think I’d find love again. I didn’t think I’d find love so soon, but you know, I just decided to be open to it and it’s been great. And we just had our 4-month wedding anniversary. My parents walked me down the aisle. It was really really beautiful.”


Greg in Hollywood is an extra in “Kiss Me, Kill Me” starring Van Hansis and Gale Harold

I am so ready for my close up.

Okay, I’ll settle for maybe a second or two in the background – as part of the crowd – in a nightclub scene in a movie.

So it happened!

Director Casper Andreas invited me to be an extra for the night for some scenes in Kiss Me, Kill Me which stars, among others, Van Hansis, Gale Harold, Kit Williamson, Jai Rodriguez, Jonathan Lisecki, Matthew Ludwinski, Allison Lane, and Yolanda Ross.

The film is described as an Alfred Hitchcock/Agatha Christie-style whodunit set in West Hollywood.

I arrived at Here Lounge in West Hollywood as a scene was being shot so signed my permission form and chatted with Van, Kit and Jai as they were waiting for their call. Van and Kit star together in the terrific Eastsiders series.

I was not aware that Gale Harold was even there until we were called to stand around as club-goers for a scene and he had to make his way through the crowd. He walked by me repeatedly in this scene and I had to act like he was just any other person in the crowd.

But it was Brian Kinney!

During a break chatted with screenwriter-producer David Michael Barrett who told me how the movie came together.

I ended up being on the set for four hours as part of three different scenes. In one of them, I held a martini which was really colored water. Drat.

I have to compliment Casper and his entire crew for what is a very organized and well-run set. They know what they are doing and they get it done but there’s also a sense of fun through it all.

My pal Andrea Krauss and I had some big laughs as we made up fake conversations and drama during the background filming. We mimed words, bounced our heads to music that was not there but tried not to ham it up too much.

My favorite part was hanging out with Kit and Van for a few minutes after filming. They are both such great guys. We hugged goodnight and I went back to my car and felt like a movie star for about five more minutes.

They were on day seven of an 18 day shoot.

I’ll be writing more about the movie as they near a release date.

Video: Rosie O’Donnell insists that her co-host Rosie Perez is returning to “The View”

Forgot to post this yesterday but thought I’d still do so since there are so many reports out there that Rosie Perez is being axed from The View.

Major entertainment industry news organizations are reporting that Perez’s break from the show to do a Broadway show with Larry David is going to be permanent.

If so, they haven’t told Rosie O’Donnell.

Rosie said yesterday on the show that the other Rosie isn’t going anywhere.

Stay tuned!

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Michael Sam proposed at The Vatican

We know that Michael Sam proposed to college boyfriend Vito Cammisano while on vacation in Rome but what we did not know was that he did so inside St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City!

The first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team got down on one knee and popped the question.

Whether it is meant to be or not, the location Sam chose would seem to be a statement to the Catholic Church which is still officially against same-sex marriage.

During his visit to the Philippines, Pope Francis claimed the family is being threatened by gay marriage.

Sam, 25, was drafted by the St. Louis Rams but let go before the start of the regular season. He was then signed by the Dallas Cowboys for its practice team then later let go.

He hopes to play in the NFL next season.

Congratulations to him and Vito!


Friday Morning Man: Siddharth Malhotra!

Gorgeous Siddharth Malhotra turns 30 today and as his present, he gets to be our Morning Man!

He’s a Bollywood actor who starred in the Indian romance film, Happy New Year. His role in Student of the Year earned him a 2013 Stardust Award for Male Breakthrough Performance.

Siddharth has also worked as a model for designers such as Roberto Cavalli.

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“Into the Woods” nominee Meryl Steep extends her own Oscar record with her 19th nod

Meryl Streep probably isn’t going to win her fourth Oscar this year (Patricia Arquette seems destined to take the supporting prize) but her nod for Into the Woods is already historic.

Meryl picked up her 19th acting nomination this morning – the fourth time in the supporting category to go along with 15 nods for lead actress. She extends her own record over Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson with 12 nods each.

Miss Hepburn is the only person to ever win four Oscars for acting. Meryl could share that record if she wins this year or in a future year. Streep and Hepburn are two of the six people to win at least three Oscars for acting. The others are Ingrid Bergman, Walter Brennan, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Nicholson.


2015 Oscar nominees contain some surprising snubs – including Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal

So last night I met a friend at the ArcLight in Hollywood for a screening of The Godfather II which I had never seen on the big screen. It was an absolutely terrific movie-going experience that I highly recommend.

As I arrived, there was some craziness going on outside and I soon realize it was the premiere for Cake and there was Jennifer Aniston and a zillion cameras and reporters. I snapped a quick photo with my phone then we ran into the theater because we were late.

Anyway, it was a terrific night for Aniston I am sure but not such a terrific morning as she was snubbed by the Academy and did not receive an expected Oscar nomination for her performance. Past winner Marion Cotillard, however, did make the cut for Two Days, One Night which might have been a surprise. I haven’t seen Cake but I did see Cotillard’s movie at AFI Fest and I can tell you it is a well-deserved nomination.

Anyway, the nominations were announced early this morning and the one snub that I am most upset about is Jake Gyllenhaal not getting a best actor nod for Nightcrawler. It was a riveting performance on so many levels and it seems ridiculous that he was not on the list. I have no quibbles with Eddie Redmayne or Benedict Cumberbatch or Michael Keaton and I expected those outstanding performances to make the cut. Have not seen American Sniper so have no opinion of Bradley Cooper but I have seen Foxcatcher and do not feel Steve Carrell’s performance was as deserving as Gyllenhaal’s.

Maybe Jake needed a big fake nose?

Here is the full list of nominees:

Best Picture
American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Best Director
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Actor
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Adapted Screenplay
Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Jason Hall, American Sniper
Anthony McCarten, The Theory of Everything
Graham Moore, The Imitation Game

Best Original Screenplay
Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye, Foxcatcher
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Foreign Language Film
Wild Tales

Best Documentary Feature
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt in the Earth

Best Animated Feature
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

Film Editing
American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game

Best Song
Everything is Awesome from The LEGO Movie (written by Shawn Patterson)
Glory from Selma (written by Common and John Legend)
Grateful from Beyond the Lights (written by Diane Warren)
I’m Not Gonna Miss You from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me (written by Glen Campbell)
Lost Stars from Begin Again (written by Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois, Nick Lashley and Nick Southwood)

Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything
Gary Yershon, Mr. Turner
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar

Best Cinematography
Roger Deakins, Unbroken
Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Dick Pope, Mr. Turner
Robert Yeoman, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski, Ida

Best Costume Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

Best Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner

Best Sound Editing
American Sniper
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Best Sound Mixing
American Sniper

Best Visual Effects
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Short Film, Live Action
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp
The Phone Call

Best Short Film, Animated
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

Best Documentary, Short Subject
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Our Curse
The Reaper
White Earth


Snapped! Rafael Nadal is pretty in pink!

Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal took part in a benefit tennis match at Melbourne Park this week which is where the Australian Open begins on Monday.

I’ll be rooting for Roger Federer, of course, but nice to see Rafa back on court and looking healthy after suffering through injury and illness during the second half of last season.

He has won 14 grand slam titles in his career – tied with Pete Sampras on the all-time list for men. Federer is the all-time leader with 17.


See Neil Patrick Harris’ latest Oscars promo!

On the day Academy Award nominations were announced, 2015 host Neil Patrick Harris has released his latest promo spot. Keep ‘em coming NPH! Can’t wait until Oscar day!


Morning Man Encore: Eddie Cahill!

Originally posted May 30, 2012 – repeated for his 37th birthday today – not updated.

Spent some time over the Memorial Day weekend at my mom’s house in Orange County and she’s got about 12 channels on her very basic cable package.

So on Friday night, we ended up catching an episode of CSI: New York which I had never seen before. That’s why I was not familiar with today’s very tasty Morning Man: Eddie Cahill!

He plays Detective Don Flack on the long-running show.

The 34-year-old actor studied acting for a year and a half at New York University with the Atlantic Theater Co. Acting School.

By 2000, he had landed a recurring role as Rachel’s assistant on Friends and had a memorable guest spot on Sex and the City as a bisexual dating Carrie Bradshaw.

Eddie was the lead in a short-lived 2002 TV series Glory Days then had roles in the films Miracle and Lords of Dogtown.

He has been with CSI: NY since 2004.

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Twins Aaron and Austin Rhodes come out to their dad and post it on YouTube – see moving video

Oh, I just love this. God bless these guys.

Aaron and Austin Rhodes came out to their dad at the same time and have shared their emotional on YouTube where they are already a popular presence.

The twins live in a different state from their dad so they called him in the phone to break the news.

It was not easy.

They had already told the rest of their family and had plans to go public on their The Rhodes Bros YouTube channel.

They had taken a break from posting videos and Aaron says in the video that ‘we want to come back as authentic as possible.’

They nervously call their dad and Aaron nervously begins to tell him about a video that’s coming out.

He starts to cry and Austin takes the phone briefly before Aaron gets back and is able to say: ‘Well, I don’t really know how to say how else to put it but I’m gay and Austin is too. We just wanted to tell you.’

Austin said to hos dad: ‘I want to be able to have you behind us 100 percent and I just don’t want you to, like, not love us anymore.’

Not chance of that.

Their dad seemed surprised but remained calm, thoughtful and reassuring.

‘You know I love you both – that will never change. You gotta live your lives. You gotta do what you gotta do.’

When Austin says he wants things to be normal between them the dad interjects with: ‘You ARE normal.’

After hanging up and taking a 10 minute break to collect themselves, the Rhodes twins look relieved and say they hope sharing their story will inspire others to live authentic lives.

Said Aaron: ‘I literally feel like 10 million pounds have been lifted from my shoulders.’

H/T: Towleroad

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