Of course we’re all eager to see how Britney Spears will do as one of the judges on The X Factor this fall.
Some people are predicting a train wreck but so far, Miss Spears seems to be doing just fine and was involved in a touching reunion during this week’s audition rounds in San Francisco.
One of the contestants was a guy named Don Philip, a singer who performed a duet with Britney on the ballad I Will Still Love You from her 1999 debut album, …Baby One More Time.
Britney’s eyes reportedly lit up when she saw Philip and she told fellow panelists Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and Demi Lovato: “I know him … We did a duet together 10 years ago.”
Things got emotional when Phillip revealed to the judges and audience, “I’m gay. At the time I didn’t think I was worth … I didn’t think you thought it was OK that I am gay.”
Britney was quick to voice her support for Phillip, saying: “I think it is fine you are gay.”
But the audition did not go well, according to MTVNews.com.
“Tonight i might have sealed my music career fate according to a certain music mogul. I tried to just be real and instead it totally got turned around on me,” Philip wrote in a Facebook post. “Perhaps this was not the place for me to reveal my very soul and obstacles of my past. Certainly not the place for a reunion … I promise I only had good intentions in mind.”
He said his voice “froze” when he began to sing and “when I looked into the very eyes of my old label mate and saw she too was sad. I knew the whole situation was spinning out of control.. my heart broke.”
Sorry for the late start today, was at the LA Film Festival last night for a pair of films and didn’t get home until past midnight.
Even tireless bloggers need a little sleep every now and then!
But I’m wide awake now and present to you a very sexy Broadway star by the name of Matthew Saldivar.
It’s just been announced that Matthew will take over for Tony winner Christian Borle as ‘Black Stache’ in Peter and the Starcatcher when Christian leaves the show on June 30 to begin filming season two episodes of NBC’s Smash.
Matthew is no stranger to Broadway audiences. He was most recently in A Streetcar Named Desire and previously played Sammy in The Wedding Singer and Kenickie in Grease.
‘Some of my best memories from my boyhood are of my scouting days,’ Takei said in a statement released Monday by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. ‘I played bass bugle in our troop’s drum and bugle corps. We marched in Fourth of July parades. We learned teamwork and brotherhood from camping together. The Boy Scouts built my character. As an adult, I was shocked and deeply disappointed to learn that the Scouts discriminate against LGBT people. This is contrary to the ideals of equality and fair play that I hold dear.’
What a damned shame that Gale Harold couldn’t make the Queer as Folk reunion in Germany last weekend. But as you can see in this photo, cast members of the beloved 2000-05 Showtime series all looked damned happy to be there and were looking good! From left to right: Ralph Morgenstern (german host), Sharon Gless, Thea Gill, Randy Harrison, Robert Gant, Peter Paige, Scott Lowell, Elfi Sho-Antwerpes, Michelle Clunie, Hal Sparks, Harris Allan.
Below is a pic of Randy Harrison (still so cute) and one of the great Sharon Gless!
I’m not sure I’m posting this because I think a mash-up of Michael Fassbender singing is cool or because I’ve been looking for a reason to post this photo of the sexy Shame star.
Either way, enjoy! And enjoy!
Anyone who’s ever attended a performance of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles knows what first-rate entertainment these shows always are.
This weekend, GMCLA will be performing its first-ever country show and performing with the group is Leann Rhimes!
And if that isn’t enough of a reason to get your attention, I’m sure this shirtless advertising campaign will! Featured in the ad are chorus members Sean Masse, Michael Graham, Charles Fabian Martinez and Tegr Michael Powell.
And then here’s a second picture of Michael because he’s a friend of mine and a wonderful guy!
To buy tickets to one of this weekend’s shows at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, click HERE!
Celebrated Father’s Day with my dad and siblings yesterday and after our barbeque, we all started watching the US Open and saw 26-year-old Webb Simpson take the trophy.
I hadn’t heard of him before but think he’s cute and am thrilled to see a new American champion since Tiger Woods clearly isn’t the player he used to be.
Webb is just 26 and came from behind on the final day to win one of golf’s four major championships by one stroke.
“Amazed. I’ve got no words,’’ Simpson said after his victory. “I have no experience in major championships of being in contention at all. If I was honest with you I believed in myself I could win a major, but maybe not this soon.
Thanks to his gig as a Jockey underwear spokesman, Jim Palmer isn’t just famous for his hall of fame baseball career.
He had movie star looks and a rocking body that got him that lucrative endorsement gig in the late 1970s.
He appeared in the company’s national print and television advertisements as well as on billboards at Times Square in New York City and other major cities. He donated all proceeds from the sale of his underwear poster to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,
The right-handed pitcher played his entire 19-year major league baseball career for the Baltimore Orioles and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990.
Now 66, the still handsome Palmer works as a television broadcaster and is currently a spokesman for the national “Strike Out High Cholesterol” campaign.
I’m not sure how interested in an item about manscaping but I am interested in running another pic of Matt Bomer in a G-string!
Bomer talked to People.com about the extreme manscaping of his nether regions required to play a stripper in Magic Mike.
‘We all had to go there,’ Bomer said this week. ‘I’m not going to say it was fun, and personally I will never do it again, but for that project it was necessary. We were all in the boat together.’
The White Collar star added: ‘What was important to me was to tell the story authentically, and I wanted to reflect what the dancers in real life do. And that’s part of their job.’
While some might think playing a male stripper is just a matter of taking your clothes off, Bomer says he did his research.
‘It was us against the world,’ he said of he and his famous co-stars. ‘But in a lot of ways, that was the mentality of a lot of exotic dancers I talked to. It’s a profession that’s not widely accepted by the general populace, so even though they raz each other and it is a sort of locker room environment, they help each other out and look out for each other, and I feel like that’s something we picked up on.’
What makes Eric Bana even sexier than he looks in all of these pictures is that he is hilarious. I did not know this about him until I watched a YouTube video (see below) of him as Tom Cruise and he just nailed the Top Gun star.
It was then that I learned about Eric having an entirely different kind of career in sketch comedy (Full Frontal, The Eric Bana Show) in his native Australia before becoming a big movie star in the US in such movies as Munich, Troy, Black Hawk Down, the Ang Lee-directed Hulk and, most recently, The Other Boleyn Girl.
His next film, Star Trek, opens on May 8.
(Since this is a flattering item, I just left off Lucky You, the flop he made with Drew Barrymore that was so bad the studio held it back an entire year.)
At 40, he’s got it all going for him and what assures him of many years of future success is this: talent. I’m anxious to see if Eric will let loose in a comedic way in a big screen role soon. May I suggest The Tom Cruise Story?
President Barack Obama hosted at LGBT Pride reception in the East Room of The White House on Friday. Below is the full text of Obama’s speech and video of it.
(I’ve also included a photo of MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts and his fiancee Patrick Abner in front of Jackie Kennedy’s portrait because they are such a handsome couple!)
THE PRESIDENT: Hello, hello, hello! (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you, everybody. Thank you so much. Well, thank you very much.
Well, welcome to the White House, everybody. (Applause.) We are glad all of you could join us today. I want to thank the members of Congress and the members of my administration who are here, including our friends who are doing outstanding work every day — John Berry, Nancy Sutley, Fred Hochberg. (Applause.)
Now, each June since I took office, we have gathered to pay tribute to the generations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans who devoted their lives to our most basic of ideals –- equality not just for some, but for all. Together we’ve marked major milestones like the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, when a group of brave citizens held their ground against brutal discrimination. Together, we’ve honored courageous pioneers who, decades ago, came out and spoke out; who challenged unjust laws and destructive prejudices. Together, we’ve stood resolute; unwavering in our commitment to advance this movement and to build a more perfect union.
Now, I’ve said before that I would never counsel patience; that it wasn’t right to tell you to be patient any more than it was right for others to tell women to be patient a century ago, or African Americans to be patient a half century ago. After decades of inaction and indifference, you have every reason and right to push, loudly and forcefully, for equality. (Applause.)
But three years ago, I also promised you this: I said that even if it took more time than we would like, we would see progress, we would see success, we would see real and lasting change. And together, that’s what we’re witnessing.
For every person who lost a loved one at the hand of hate, we ended a decade of delay and finally made the Matthew Shepard Act the land of the law. (Applause.) For every person with HIV who was treated like an outcast, we lifted the HIV entry ban. (Applause.) And because of that important step, next month, for the first time in more than two decades, the International AIDS conference will be held right here in the United States. (Applause.)
For every American diagnosed with HIV who couldn’t get access to treatment, we put forward a National HIV/AIDS strategy — because who you are should never affect whether you get life-extending care. Marjorie Hill, the head of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, is here. (Applause.) GMHC has saved so many lives, and this year they are celebrating their 30th anniversary. So I want to give them and all these organizations who work to prevent and treat HIV a big round of applause. Give it up for Marjorie and everybody else. (Applause.)
For every partner or spouse denied the chance to comfort a loved one in the hospital, to be by their side at their greatest hour of need, we said, enough. Hospitals that accept Medicare or Medicaid -– and that is most of them -– now have to treat LGBT patients just like any other patient. For every American denied insurance just for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, we passed health insurance reform, which will ban that kind of discrimination. (Applause.)
We’ve expanded benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees, prohibited discrimination on the basis of gender identity for workers in the federal government. (Applause.) We’ve supported efforts in Congress to end the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. (Applause.) And as we wait for that law to be cast aside, we’ve stopped defending its constitutionality in the courts. (Applause.)
We’ve put forward a strategy to promote and protect the rights of LGBT communities all over the world, because, as Secretary Clinton said back in December, gay rights are human rights. (Applause.)
And, of course, last year we finally put an end to “don’t ask, don’t tell” — (applause) — so that nobody would ever have to ever again hide who they love in order to serve the country they love. And I know we’ve got some military members who are here today. (Applause.) I’m happy to see you with your partners here. We thank you for your service. We thank your families for their service, and we share your joy at being able to come with your spouses or partners here to the White House with your Commander-in-Chief. (Applause.)
Now, we know we’ve got more to do. Americans may feel more comfortable bringing their partners to the office barbecue — (laughter) — but we’re still waiting for a fully inclusive employment non-discrimination act. (Applause.) Congress needs to pass that legislation, so that no American is ever fired simply for being gay or transgender.
Americans may be able serve openly in the military, but many are still growing up alone and afraid; picked on, pushed around for being different. And that’s why my administration has worked to raise awareness about bullying. And I know — I just had a chance to see Lee Hirsch, the director of BULLY, who is here. And we thank him for his work on this issue. (Applause.)
I want to acknowledge all the young leaders here today who are making such a big difference in their classrooms and in their communities. And Americans may be still evolving when it comes to marriage equality — (laughter and applause) — but as I’ve indicated personally, Michelle and I have made up our minds on this issue. (Applause.)
So we still have a long way to go, but we will get there. We’ll get there because of all of you. We’ll get there because of all of the ordinary Americans who every day show extraordinary courage. We’ll get there because of every man and woman and activist and ally who is moving us forward by the force of their moral arguments, but more importantly, by the force of their example.
And as long as I have the privilege of being your President, I promise you, you won’t just have a friend in the White House, you will have a fellow advocate — (applause) — for an America where no matter what you look like or where you come from or who you love, you can dream big dreams and dream as openly as you want.
Thank you. God bless you. God bless America. (Applause.)
The gay Adam easily beat out the straight Adam in Billboardcom’s poll to find Music’s Sexiest Man.
American Idol alum Adam Lambert received 26 percent of the more than 600,000 votes cast while Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine, a mentor on The Voice, finished second with 12 percent.
Trailing behind the two Adams was Justin Bieber with 10 percent, Enrique Iglesias with 9.75 percent. Rounding out the top 5 was Tokio Hotel frontman Bill Kaulitz who received 8 percent of the votes despite not having his name on the ballot. All were write-ins.
Also in the top 10: Bruno Mars, Jon Bon Jovi, Chris Brown, Usher, and Drake.
Lindsay Lohan, who seems to have plenty of stamina when it comes to staying out at clubs all night, but she may have forgotten how strenuous making movies can be!
Lindsay gave producers of the Lifetime movie about Elizabeth Taylor a scare when she didn’t wake up this morning.
Paramedics were called to her room at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey this morning when she could not be roused.
She apparently is just exhausted and a little dehydrated but otherwise fine. She did not require hospitalization, according to her spokesman Steve Honig.
Honig explains to E! News: ‘Lindsay has been working a grueling schedule for the last couple of days. Last night she worked from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. She was exhausted and went back to her room to sleep. Producers were apparently concerned and called the fire department and paramedics found her sleeping but determined that she was fine, just extremely exhausted and slightly dehydrated.’
Last week, Lindsay crashed a rented Porsche into the back of a dump truck while driving along Pacific Coast Highway. She was not injured but it seemed to be a sign that this long-troubled young woman was hitting some bumps on the road back to professional respectability.