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Bryan Singer to direct “X-Men: Apocalypse”

With a well-publicized sex lawsuit now behind him, Bryan Singer has been confirmed to direct the next X-Men film.

X-Men: Apocalypse will feature time travel with the a cast that includes James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Singer’s involvement in X-Men: Apocalypse had been thrown into question due to a lawsuit filed earlier this year in which a man claimed he was forced into various sexual acts after being forced to take drugs and alcohol by Singer and others in when he was a 17 year old aspiring actor.

The man, Michael Egan, recently withdrew the lawsuit which had claimed incidents in Los Angeles and Hawaii between 1997 to 1999. Egan claimed to have spent nearly a decade trying to repress the memory of the alleged experiences.

Singer had characterized the suit as a ‘sick twisted shake down’ and called the allegations ‘outrageous, vicious and completely false.’

The director had insisted the facts would eventually vindicate him but decided not to participate in the promoting of X-Men: Days of Future Past when it was released in May.

But the lawsuit did not hurt the film at the box office as it has grossed more than $512 million worldwide.

Singer directed the first two X-Men films, skipped the third and fourth installments then returned for the fifth film.

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Drag legend Coco Peru answers critic who says she is “a disgrace to the male race”

The great Coco Peru (aka Clinton Luepp) has penned an extraordinary Facebook post that responds to one of the many anonymous haters who decide to lash out online.

Here it is in its entirety:

Here is a note I received today from a young guy, “You’re a disgrace to the male race” I get these kind of emails from time to time. Today was one of those days I decided to respond. I really hope he reads it.

“Sorry you feel that way and that you felt the need to try to put a little dark cloud into my beautiful day, and even though I know your words are meant to hurt me, they don’t. You see, the truth is, I have a great life! Yes, I have had the pleasure of traveling and meeting interesting and inspiring people, and if I haven’t met them in person, I have received notes of love and support from them from all over the world. I have a wonderful family, and friends and a partner. These were things I never thought would be possible considering the time I grew up in, but I have worked hard for change along with others that came before me, and I count my blessings for my good fortune. I can only hope that you are as lucky as I am someday because, if you are, I know there is no way you would ever send another human being a note of hate like you sent me. Instead, you’d feel so grateful for your good fortune, you’d only want to share that love and good fortune with others. So, rather than add ugliness into your world, and into the world we both live in, I choose to send you love and light! Be well! Coco”

Just call me Saint Coco!

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Lunch Break Video: The unforgettable Mrs. Wiggins and Mr. Tudball from “The Carol Burnett Show”


Okay, so why am I posting a Carol Burnett Show clip with Tim Conway at Mr. Tudball and Carol as Mrs. Wiggins, his dopey secretary in a tight skirt?

Because while I was in Palm Springs this weekend, I lost my debit card so went to the bank to get a replacement. While there, a woman who works at the bank walked across the room with a Mrs. Wiggins walk! Same thing!

She wasn’t wearing a tight skirt (she had on a black pantsuit for the record) but she had on extremely high heels which, no doubt, contributed to the walk.

It was a great laugh!

Highlights of “Fashion Police” salute to Joan Rivers

Have not yet had a chance to watch last Friday’s special Fashion Police tribute to Joan Rivers but some clips have become available so in case you missed it to, here is a taste of it.

It’s clear to see how much Joan and Kelly Osbourne adored each other and my heart goes out to her and her colleagues on the show which E! has announced will go on.

How it will go on without Rivers is a big question but then again CBS once continued with the sitcom Valerie after firing the star of the show, Valerie Harper for daring to ask for more money (the Suzanne Somers punishment).

Anyway, here are the clips:




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Neil Patrick Harris to direct husband David Burtka’s cabaret show at 54 Below in NYC

When he won the Drama Desk Award in June for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Neil Patrick Harris hinted that it would soon be husband David Burtka’s turn to shine.

‘Thank you so much for your love and for your patience and your sacrifice in all that you do,’ Harris said that night. ‘And I can’t wait for the opportunity soon when these roles get to be reversed and I get to cheer you on up here doing what you do so well.’

That chance will come in November when Burtka stars in a solo cabaret act entitled Burtka, David at 54 Below in New York City on November 25 and 26.

The show will be directed by Harris who directed the Hollywood Bowl production of Rent a few years back.

‘We’ve been together for over ten years and when we first met I was doing a show,’ Harris said during his Drama Desk speech. ‘We were both doing shows at the same time and my path has led us mostly to Los Angeles and it has sort of uprooted him from what he had been doing.’

The couple relocated to New York City from Los Angeles earlier this year after Harris wrapped his final season of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother and began rehearsals for Hedwig.

The club’s website states that for Burtka’s show, ‘Harris has taken the conventional cabaret structure and turned it upside down, creating a show unlike anything that has been seen before.’

It promises a show that will be ‘funny yet emotional, energetic yet raw.’

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Monday Morning Man Harry Kewell!

It might seem kind of random to be featuring an Aussie football player with baseball playoffs almost upon us and the NFL underway but Harry Kewell popped up on a celebrity birthday site I check each day and was just too handsome to ignore!

The man often regarded within the media as “Australia’s finest football export” turns 36 today.

In the summer of 2012, Harry was named Australia’s greatest football player in voting by Australian fans, players and media, at a gala ceremony in Sydney. He announced his retirement from the sport in March 2014.

During his stellar career, the Aussie played for Leeds United, Liverpool, Galatasaray, Melbourne Victory, Al-Gharafa and Melbourne Heart.

Internationally he has received 58 caps and scored 17 goals, while playing for the Australian national team.


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Showtune Sunday: The softer side of the late Elaine Stritch on display as she sings “All in Fun”


It’s still technically Sunday so I’m going to go ahead and post a showtune!

This is a real gem and it’s so lovely to see a softer side of Elaine Stritch as she performs All in Fun written by Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern.

It’s easy to see why she had such a long and enduring career in the theater.

We were so lucky to have her.

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Sunday Night Video: Barbra Streisand on “GMA”


Feel like maybe I should have to turn in my gay card or something. Barbra Streisand was on Good Morning America last week and not only did I miss it, I’m just getting around to posting the video now.

Inexcusable!

Anywho, not much new ground covered in Barbra’s chat with Robin Roberts but she does seem relaxed and happy and, of course, she looks terrific.

Still, as good as Barbra looks, I’m starting to lose hope that she will ever play Mama Rose in a new feature film of Gypsy. Even at 72, Barbra can pull it off but nothing seems to be in the works and time is passing by.

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Hunky Joe Manganiello on why he’s an LGBT ally: ‘I’m a person who believes in standing up for his friends’

True Blood actor Joe Manganiello has revealed why he is such a staunch fighter for LGBTI equality.

‘I had to watch my friends endure challenges not experienced by the straight community,’ he said last weekend in Seattle while accepting the Ally for Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign.

Manganiello shared how he saw friends in school struggle with their sexuality and having their families not accept them and later he saw friends struggle in the job market or live in secret.

‘I’ve never had to suffer any of those difficulties myself but somewhere along the way I decided to open my big mouth and use my platform to fight for all of the people to feel free to be who they are no matter where they are and be able to share their life and love with whomever their heart sees fit to love.’

He added: ‘I choose to fight for a world where equality is a reality, not just a dream.’

Manganiello was named People Magazine’s ‘sexiest bachelor’ before he started dating Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara.

He is currently working on the sequel to the 2012 box office hit Magic Mike about a group of male strippers. Also in the cast is Manganiello college friend Matt Bomer.

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He may have been target of gay joke before her death, but President Obama respected Joan Rivers

Happy Sunday evening everyone.

Sorry for the lack of fresh content over he weekend – I didn’t have a chance to do any advance posts and was in Palm Springs all weekend attending films at Cinema Diverse.

Anyway, kicking back off with this item:

Joan Rivers, not long before her death, caught some static from the LGBT community for a joke she made about President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

In July, Joan was asked about being asked about likelihood of the US ever having either a female or a gay person elected.

She replied, ‘We already have that with Obama. You know Michelle is a tranny. A transgender. We all know.’

Obama is not holding a grudge.

During the TV special  Friday night entitled, Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan, Melissa Rivers read a handwritten letter she received from President Obama after her mother’s death.

‘I received a letter from the White House from President Obama, someone who was often a target of her jokes, as was Mrs. Obama,’  Melissa said on the show.

She then went on to read from the letter: ‘Not only did she make us laugh, she made us think.’

Melissa then shared her own observation: ‘I think that’s one of the things people now are realizing. It wasn’t just the funny, she made us think.’

Melissa Rivers was producer of the hugely popular weekly Fashion Police series on E! which was an integral part of the final stretch of her mother’s legendary career.

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Time to catch up with our Will Horton, Sonny Kiriakis and the rest on “Days of Our Lives”

I’m in Palm Springs and have got to get to a screening at Cinema Diverse so don’t have time to watch these all the way through.

So, you’re on your own!

The one part I have seen is that Will’s editor is now trying to assign him to do a story on Chad DiMera who has returned to Salem in the form of a different actor.

I guess Salem is such a small town and since Will know everyone, he has to write about people he knows. But Chad is Sonny’s business partner and the brother of his mother;s husband.

Hello? Ever heard of conflict of interest?

Anyway, Will and Sonny also have a semi-steamy shower scene together in the first video.

Happy Friday!

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“Fashion Police” to continue without Joan Rivers

Fashion Police on E! without Joan Rivers?

It’s going to happen.

The cable network has just released this statement: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Joan Rivers and, for the last two weeks, have turned our attention to honoring her memory on all of our platforms. We have also thought long and hard about what Joan would have wanted as it pertains to the future of Fashion Police. We decided, with Melissa Rivers’ blessing, that Joan would have wanted the franchise to continue. Fashion Police will return in 2015 commencing with Golden Globes coverage on Monday, January 12. No further details will be announced at this time.”

It’s not clear if Melissa Rivers will continue to produce the show which is co-hosted by Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic and George Kotsiopoulos.

They appear on the 90-minute special tonight with Melissa called Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan. It will air at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT after a marathon of Fashion Police episodes.

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Lunch Break Video: See why Neil Patrick Harris and Meredith Vieira are drinking so much

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Jon Stewart brilliantly points out to the NFL what a real distraction is – and Michael Sam is not one of them

Michael Sam is not the biggest story in the NFL these days – not even close.

The league’s first openly gay player is now part of the Dallas Cowboy’s practice team and it was less than a month ago that ESPN aired a story about where he took his shower when he was with the St. Louis Rams.

Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show, said on Wednesday’s (17 September) show: ‘Remember those days? How scared the NFL was back then, that a gay man would ruin their league? Oh what the NFL wouldn’t do right now for that kind of distraction.’

That is because since then, the pro football league has been rocked with scandal over Baltimore Raven Ray Rice who was initially given just a two game suspension for punching his fiance in the face.

Footage of the incident inside an elevator emerged on TMZ earlier this month which showed the woman, now his wife, knocked out and dragged out of the elevator by the player.

Rice has since been fired and banned from the league but the question now is what did the league know before the TMZ video emerged and when did they know it.

Then this week, it was learned that the NFL benching Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson for just one game due to child abuse allegations involving his 4 year old son.

He was dropped from the team’s roster only after one of the NFL’s biggest sponsors, Anheuser-Busch, protested the mild punishment.

‘How crazy is this?’ Stewart asked.

‘A company that sells alcohol is the moral touchstone of the NFL. Maybe one of the only substances that is proven scientifically to increase the likelihood of domestic abuse. That company is saying to the NFL, "You guys got a real problem here."’

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DWTS judge Julianne Hough: Celebrity contestant Jonathan Bennett ‘is gay’

Not sure if Jonathan Bennett was planning to make some big announcement about being gay but he doesn’t have to now.

Dancing With the Stars judge Julianne Hough has done it for him.

(Spare the comments like ‘I already knew’ or ;’I saw him at The Abbey’ – it’s not the point)

The point is that it’s his news to share.

Here’s how it went down:

Julianne, during an appearance on the syndicated entertainment show Extra, was chatting with host Mario Lopez, and said of Bennett: ‘He tweeted me last year and said, like, I had a nice butt, but he also tagged my trainer. And so I was like, “Oh, he’s hitting on me. I should try to go on a date with him.”‘

Lopez asked if anything came of it.

‘He’s gay,’ Hough replied. ‘So, I was like, that’s not gonna work.’

Bennett, 33, is best known for playing Aaron Samuels in the 2004 film Mean Girls and reportedly previously dated actor Matt Dallas who is now out publicly.

In addition to Mean Girls, Bennett’s other film credits include Cheaper by the Dozen 2 with Hilary Duff and Lovewrecked with Amanda Bynes.

He also starred in the direct-to-video prequel The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning, in which he played Bo Duke.

He is paired with professional dancer Allison Holker on DWTS.

Part of Bennett’s motivation for competing on the show is because it was a favorite both his parents. His father died of brain cancer in April and his mother died two years earlier.

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Neil Patrick Harris on saying his marriage vows: ‘You can’t help but get super duper choked up’

Neil Patrick Harris didn’t think he was the kind of guy who would get emotional saying his wedding vows.

So the Tony and Emmy winning star says he was surprised when it happened to him during his recent wedding to David Burtka in Italy.

‘It was so crazy,’ he told Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg during an interview this week on The View.

‘When you watch other people say their vows and they get all choked up you think, “Come on, pull it together.” Then when you’re standing there and it’s you, you can’t help but get super duper choked up.’

Harris says he and Burtka weren’t trying to make any kind of big statement by getting married and that the reason for making their union legal was more personal.

‘We really were not trying to do it to try and illicit any kind of reaction from anyone,’ he says. ‘We’d been together for over 10 years.

‘I just wanted to be able to say nice things about David to David in front of the people that matter the most to us. It was less about a proclamation than a declaration that I was able to do in front of our kids and that he could do back for me.’

O’Donnell also made this observation: ‘Who woulda thought when we were kids that we would be on a TV show as gay people talking about our children and spouses? It’s come a long way.’

O’Donnell was divorced from Kelli Carpenter in 2007 and they have four children. She married Michelle Rounds in 2012 and they have one child.

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Lunch Break Video: Comic Hari Kondabolu’s routine on why Matthew McConaughey isn’t a great gay ally


This is a really funny routine by comedian Hari Kondabolu who does a hilarious routine on why Matthew McConaughey might not be the best ally for the gay community.

What makes it all the more funny is that he uses the Oscar winner’s own words to ridicule him.

Let me know what you think.

Rosie O’Donnell admits that massive weight loss – 50-plus pounds – has led to some emotional turbulence

Anyone who has seen the revamped version of The View this week (I like the changes!) can see that Rosie O’Donnell is dramatically thinner than she was the last time she was a regular back in 2007.

She’s lost more than 50 pounds and Rosie admits to Salon.com that it is a big adjustment.

‘The fact that I look so different has been difficult and unexpected. Everyone assumes that obese people would just be jumping for joy that they were healthier and thinner and able to fit into store-bought sizes, we don’t have to go to the plus store. But it’s also filled with a lot of emotional turbulence, you wouldn’t expect.

‘There are many issues for why people gain weight. Some gain weight as a layer of protection. To keep people away from them. I never wanted someone to want to approach me in a sexual manner because of my physical body because of child abuse issues. I think they are all interwoven and they don’t exist separately, so they come up, and I’m having to put out fires and talk to my therapist and get through it and find a different way to cope with my anxiety and my feelings of PTSD rather than eating over them.’

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Marvel Entertainment and George & Brad Takei to receive Los Angeles LGBT Center Vanguard Awards

One of my favorite events on the calendar is the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Vanguard Awards which celebrate efforts to promote tolerance and understanding of LGBT people.

This year’s honorees have just been announced: Marvel Entertainment, George Takei and his husband Brad Takei and LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslovsky.

‘As we celebrate the 45th anniversary of the world’s largest provider of programs and services for LGBT people, we’re excited to honor some very deserving super heroes in our movement,’ says Center CEO Lorri L. Jean.

Jean says Marvel is being honored for its LGBT characters and story lines ‘that parallel the struggle to end discrimination against our community. (Marvel) has helped brighten the lives of LGBT kids — and adults alike — around the world.’

Of the other honorees she says: ‘George and Brad Takei are two of the nation’s most visible, dedicated and influential LGBT activists. Throughout his four decades of services to Los Angeles, County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky has been a fierce champion for LGBT people and strong ally to the Center.’

This year’s event will be held on November 8 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Click HERE for tickets and more information.

Barbra Streisand poised to become the first artist with No. 1 albums in each of the past six decades

At 72, Barbra Streisand is still at the top of her game.

Her latest album, Partners, is poised to debut in the number one spot on the Billboard 200 album chart next week.

According to Billboard, the album may sell over 150,000 copies in its first week, according to industry forecasters.

If Partners debuts at No. 1, it will make Barbra the first artist with No. 1s in each of the past six decades beginning in the 1960s.

It would extend her lead as the female artist with the most No. 1 albums.

Barbra certainly has been doing her part to drive up sales with an appearance on The Tonight Show on Monday, Good Morning America on Tuesday and is scheduled to be on The View today.

Partners is an album of duets with such stars as Stevie Wonder, Michael Buble, Blake Shelton, Billy Joel and Lionel Richie She also duets with her son, Jason Gould.


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