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Barbra Streisand issues a ‘truth alert’ on her website regarding ‘Funny Girl’ and ‘awards room’

Barbra Streisand has taken to her personal website to issue what she calls a ‘truth alert’ to clear up a few things in last week’s Variety article on her. The multiple Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe award winner and AFI Life Achievement, Kennedy Center Honoree, and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient seems a bit over-sensitive over her den being described as an ‘awards room.’ NO ONE has more awards than Barbra Streisand – she could/should open a museum to house them! Anyway. here is her post: When I do an interview, I like to be quoted accurately. I also expect the truth to be told, with facts checked.

This is why I’m reluctant to give interviews without having quote approval. In last week’s Variety article, they mistakenly made it sound like I didn’t want to be in Funny Girl! What??? I fought hard for that part! How could they make that mistake? I loved the character of Fanny Brice (they even misspelled her name Franny).

The film Funny Girl is near and dear to my heart! Not only am I proud of the finished product, it was the best experience I ever had making a film! It was a brilliant musical, combining a dramatic story with music. That’s why I wanted a serious director, not a musical director. Working with two great men, director William Wyler and cameraman Harry Stradling, was such a gift to me. They always encouraged my ideas and told me I should be directing. They were never threatened. Willy was intrigued by the scenes I brought him every day from the tryouts in Boston and Philadelphia. Harry wanted me to direct a small independent movie as my next film because he respected my ideas. By the way, at the end of shooting, Willy gave me an engraved copy of a director’s megaphone with DGA on it!

I do want to thank Variety for the wonderful cover story with great pictures by my friend Russell James, and for quickly changing these mistakes online. Also, they originally said I had an awards room. I have a den where if you look in the doorway, you don’t see any awards! They’re hidden in the corners.


‘Watch What Happens Live’ After Show: Adam Rippon addresses Johnny Weir’s rumored jealousy

Tonight on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, Adam Rippon responds to a Page Six article about Johnny Weir’s rumored jealousy. He also gives an update about whether he’s been contacted by Vice President Mike Pence.

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Snapped! A very dapper Darrin Criss on ‘one of the coolest nights of my life’

This was taken on one of the coolest nights of my life. Thank you @markseliger for the photo and @vanityfair for the good times. #vfoscarparty

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Proceeds from new Shoshana Bean single “This is Me” benefits the Los Angeles LGBT Center

The performance of This Is Me was one of the highlights of Sunday’s Oscars telecast.

Shoshana Bean has recorded her own powerful version of the song from The Greatest Showman and proceeds from her new single benefit the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Check out my story about her generosity on the Center’s Vanguard blog.

Cheyenne Jackson to guest on ‘Will & Grace’

Cheyenne Jackson makes a guest appearance on an upcoming episode of Will & Grace, airing March 15. Jackson plays Michael, first love of Will (Eric McCormack), with whom he tries to rekindle his relationship in the episode titled “The Beefcake and the Cake Beef.”

This, I can’t wait to see!

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Morning Round-Up: Alan Cumming; RuPaul; Gus Kenworthy & Ricky Martin; Armie Hammer; Kevin Spacey

Alan Cumming: From Cabaret to a Queer Murder, She Wrote Advocate

RuPaul Tweets ‘Regret’ for ‘Hurt I Have Caused’ to Trans Community for ‘Drag Race’ Eligibility Remarks Towleroad

Gus Kenworthy and Matthew Wilkas post cheeky ‘lost connections’ ad to Ricky Martin and hubby is a must-read Gay Star News

Watch Armie Hammer Get His Chest Waxed As Part Of His Oscars Prep NewNowNext

The Razzie Awards Honored Kevin Spacey & Other #TimesUp Villains With An “In Memoriam” Instinct

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Adam Rippon meets crush Shawn Mendes!

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Tuesday Morning Man: Matthew Worth!

Opera has a Matt Bomer lookalike?

Who knew?

Not me because if I had, I certainly would have featured this handsome baritone a lot sooner.

He’s Matthew Worth and his many credits include a run as Father Flynn in the world premiere of the operatic adaptation of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt (see video below).

Matthew’s career highlights include originating roles in two different world premieres: the lead role of William Shrike in Lowell Liebermann’s Miss Lonelyhearts with the Juilliard Opera Center and the role of the Coachman in Stephen Hartke’s The Greater Good at Glimmerglass Opera.

(To see more credits – and there are many – see his bio HERE)

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Tom Daley & Dustin Lance Black reveal it’s a boy

Olympic diver Tom Daley and Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black have revealed they are expecting a baby boy.

The couple made the revelation on Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place podcast.

Tom told the host they are ‘gonna have a little boy.’

Asked by Fearne if they will ever reveal who biologically fathered the child, Tom said: ‘That’s something we’re adamant about no one knowing, ever. Because they are our children.’   Read more over at Gay Star News

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Late Night Videos: Moments from the Oscars!


Shane Bitney Crone grateful for support for engagement: ‘You have made this moment even more special’

Thank you all so much for the love and support you've shown us since we announced our engagement! I can’t express my gratitude enough because you have made this moment even more special. We are looking forward to the next chapter but for now we are going to enjoy and celebrate this time!

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Lee Pace: “I understand the importance of living openly, being counted and happily owning who I am”

Actor Lee Pace had an awkward interview published last week that left the impression that he was coming out publicly begrudgingly.

In a series of tweets posted earlier today, he wants to make clear that is not the case:

In a recent phone interview, I was asked questions that I wasn’t expecting and found myself momentarily at a loss for the right words. My privacy is important to me, so I protect it. When interviewed by the media, I keep the focus on my work. As a member of the queer community, I understand the importance of living openly, being counted, and happily owning who I am. That’s how I’ve always lived my life……just as it’s been important to me to portray queer characters with dignity for my entire career: A Soldier’s Girl (Showtime. 2003). The Normal Heart (Broadway. 2011). Halt and Catch Fire (AMC. 2014-2017). Angels in America. (Broadway. NOW. Onward, with Pride.

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Out and proud U.S. Olympians Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy go to the Academy Awards!

I don’t know about you but I can’t enough of these guys.
Openly gay Olympic athletes Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon are still basking in a post-Olympic glow and attended the Oscars on Sunday.

Gus was with his handsome and talented actor boyfriend Matthew Wilkas and both looked smashing.

Adam’s tuxedo featured a harness and leather straps, giving the entire red carpet ensemble a sexy and edgy look. Twitter went wild over the tuxedo — with some hailing ‘King Adam’ as a fashion scene-stealer and calling him “Best Dressed” of the Oscars, while some Twitter haters bashed the look and called it “too sexual.”

In response to the haters, Adam told Access Hollywood: “They’re probably boring.”

He loved his outfit and was proud to be a representative of the LGBT community: “It feels awesome. I think the whole point of the Oscars and of fashion in general is that you can go out there and express yourself. You can do something that’s a little bit different. I know that I wanted to put a little twist on something you see at the Oscars. I think that’s what fashion is all about.”


See out “Call me By Your Name” screenplay winner James Ivory accept his Oscar and backstage remarks

In my brief Academy awards recap last night, I did not make note of Oscar winning screenwriter James Ivory being an openly gay man. He talked about that an about winning his first Academy Award at the age of 89. He, of course, is one half of Merchant-Ivory which gave us such memorable movies as The Remains of the Day, Howards End, and Maurice, among many others.

Via Towleroad:
When asked how it feels to be the oldest winner ever, Ivory replied:

“Imagine how it would feel. 90 years for anything that you would do is extraordinary, but to be here having won the Oscar at that age just seems like a hiccup in nature, possibly, something like that, but it feels great.”

Of why he took interest in the film, Ivory added, “The story had a good amount of personal relevance for me.”

Ivory was asked why he thought the film connected universally with people: “The whole idea of first love, one’s first strong love. Which may have gone badly, like it has for many people, but you survive…”

And he was also asked what it was like writing through the eyes of a young gay teen: “I think it was a rejuvenating experience somehow. It wouldn’t be like – there are other kinds of books you might adapt – it wouldn’t be like that. In the sense – emotionally – memories you do relive your own life at that time. Late teenage. I still think about it all the time. I don’t need to be writing a script.”


Cher makes surprise appearance in Sydney Mardi Gras parade before headlining after-party

During Oscar weekend in Los Angeles, 1988 best actress winner Cher was on the other side of the world. Wearing bright orange hair, the pop icon surprised crowds by appearing in the Sydney Mardi Gras parade.

She told reporters: “I love that everybody is having such a good time and there’s no feeling of any kind of anger, there’s no negativity and that’s what I like most.”

Cher then headlined the after-party and did a medley of her hits including All or Nothing, Strong Enough, Believe and If I Could Turn Back Time.

Cher is 71 and still going strong. Long live Cher!


WATCH: ‘Call Me By Your Name’ star Timothee Chalamet on the Oscars 2018 red carpet

Timothee Chalamet was in for a big surprise from his old school while chatting with ABC on the red carpet at the Academy Awards yesterday. I love his reaction and his tribute to one of his mentors.


Monday Morning Man: Paul Blackthorne!

Today is this handsome guy’s 49th birthday. He’s British actor Paul Blackthorne who played Detective Quentin Lance in the CW series Arrow. He has also had recurring roles on Lipstick Jungle, The River and The Gates. He made his acting debut in the 1998 short film, Romeo Thinks Again and in 2007, he was cast as a regular on The Dresden Files. He also did voice acting with Jim Carrey in the 2009 animated film, A Christmas Carol.

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Snapped! Don Lemon & Ricky Martin at Oscar party!

Do I really have to sit next to @ricky_martin?

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What Frances McDormand meant by saying ‘Inclusion Rider’ at the end of her Oscars speech

Best Actress winner Frances McDormand ended her Oscars speech tonight by saying two words: ‘Inclusion Rider.’ An explanation via NY Times: It’s the idea that A-list actors have the ability to stipulate in their contracts that diversity be reflected both onscreen and in “below the line” positions, where women, people of color, and members of LGBT communities are traditionally underrepresented. A typical inclusion rider would set benchmarks for diversity in staffing. It could require the cast be 50% female, 40% underrepresented ethnic groups, 20% people with disabilities, and 5% LGBT people. The idea would be to ensure the world onscreen looks like the world in which we live.


Oscars 2018: ‘Call Me By Your Name’ wins for screenplay; ‘A Fantastic Woman’ takes Foreign Language Film

Oscars night is a wrap. For me, this year marked the first time not doing coverage from the ceremony, a newsroom or from home since 2000. It was nice to watch as a civilian again! Was sad Timothée Chalamet did not win best actor since I saw Call Me By Your Name again yesterday and was even more smitten and moved by his performance. But the gay-themed romantic drama did win in the adapted screenplay for James Ivory. Also, A Fantastic Woman, a stirring story of love and loss that centers on a transgender woman, won the Oscar for best foreign language film. The favorites all won in the acting categories: Frances McDormand (actress); Gary Oldman (actor); Allison Janney (supporting actress); Sam Rockwell (supporting actor). The Shape of Water won Best Picture and best director for Guillermo del Toro. Here is a LINK to the official Oscars website for a full list of winners and videos of the acceptance speeches.