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Gorgeous Ryan Gosling thinks he is “weird-looking” but says co-star George Clooney is “so handsome”

Crazy, Stupid, Love. | In Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) Usually the thought of a naked, buff Ryan Gosling does not inspire laughter, but couple that vision with an extremely…’t know about you, but I don’t think there’s a sexier male performance this year than Ryan Gosling’s in Crazy, Stupid Love.

He was all abs and confident swagger.

This handsome star sometimes makes us forget just how good looking he is when he takes on roles in films like Half Nelson and Lars and the Real Girl. And he’s such a great actor that we don’t always focus on his attractiveness.

But you gotta figure Ryan needs to get an eye exam after he recently told the Chicago Sun-Times: “I’m not that good looking. I think I’m a pretty weird-looking guy. Every role I got up until ‘The Notebook’ [in 2004] was the weirdo, freak, psychopath, nerd, outsider character guy.”

Ryan was asked in another interview who was more handsome, him or his Ides of March co-star George Clooney.

He thinks it’s no contest.

“George Clooney’s so handsome,” Ryan said. “Come on.”

Their political thriller comes out Friday. You can decide for yourself!


In new ad for Uniqlo, “Glee” star Darren Criss wonders “How much greater can life get?” This guy is such a gem. Darren Criss who plays gay high school student Blaine in Glee, talks about what drew him to performing and about the feedback he gets from people all around the world about his character.

“I achieved incredibly early something I was planning to work my whole life towards which is being a part of something that can touch people’s lives in a positive way. … There’s always that gnawing question: ‘When I die, did I make a dent?’”

“I hope that I get to continue doing this because I get scared. I feel like I’ve accomplished something really great really early on. Where do I go from here? How much greater can life get?”

Hopefully even greater for this very nice young man and talented star.


Thursday Morning Man: Chase Hutchinson! confession time: I have not watched a single episode of The A List. And now there’s already a spinoff ready to debut: The A List: Dallas.
I’ll try and catch at least a few episodes of this one when it premieres on Logo next Monday (Oct. 10). If anything just to check out this handsome dude: Chase Hutchinson.
He’s 27 years old and in real estate and equity investments.
Chase is described as a perfectionist who is renovating his home himself and considered to be at the top of his career.
He’s a serial dater in his quest for Mr. Right.
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Betty White on why the gays love her bigger-than-ever superstar Betty White, 89, recently shared with Frontiers IN LA the reason why she thinks the LGBT community embraces and loves her so much:

“Throughout my career, I’ve always portrayed characters that were humorous, but also weren’t afraid to speak their minds, especially when it came to racy or controversial topics. I think this struck a cord with the LGBT community. We both also share a strong love of animals. When you combine the two, it’s a very strong match.”


Some very worthwhile advice from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs who died today at the age of 56 in peace, Steve Jobs.

The Apple co-founder died peacefully today surrounded by his family. He was just 56.

At a 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, Jobs shared the philosophy that drove him and one that I think we should all try and live by:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

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Happy Birthday to newsman Thomas Roberts! is such a GREAT thing for LGBT visibility and for the news business in general to have such a terrific and openly gay anchor on MSNBC as Thomas Roberts.

I’m a big fan of his work and of the man personally and am thrilled he has landed with such a high-profile role at the network. He is never hesitant to tackle LGBT issues while hosting the dayside programs and goes about it all very professionally and thoroughly.

Thomas was made an official member of msnbc’s dayside team in December 2010, after having served as a freelance anchor for several months.

Prior to his addition to msnbcs dayside team, Roberts served as a correspondent for CBS News. He also contributed to several entertainment shows including “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Insider.” Prior to that, Roberts was a news anchor for CNN Headline News.

I hope the handsome devil is having a wonderful birthday today!

Thomas Roberts

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Low-scoring Chaz Bono grateful to fans for keeping him in contention on “Dancing With the Stars”

Chaz Bono, who landed in last place this week on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, escaped elimination Tuesday night thanks to viewer votes.

“I wish I could thank each & every one of you personally for your votes,” he wrote on Twitter. “You are the reason (professional partner) Lacey Schwimmer and I ARE DANCING AGAIN next week!!”

Dancing the rumba with pro partner Lacey Schwimmer, Chaz had dedicated his performance of the rumba as “tribute to my dad.”

He is,of course, the only child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono.

Cher said Monday she would cheer on her son from the audience should he remain on the show another week.

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NBC cancels low-rated “The Playboy Club” which featured newly out actor Sean Maher in gay role NBC drama The Playboy Club may have become the first new show of the fall season to be cancelled, but it was on long enough for one of its stars, Sean Maher, to come out publicly.

It’s been very special to watch Sean bask in a wave of support since coming out in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. He played a closeted gay man on the series who was married to a lesbian Playboy bunny.

Beginning Oct. 31, NBC will begin airing Rock Center with Brian Williams in the Monday 10 p.m. timeslot. The prime-time newsmagazine will feature Meredith Vieira, Harry Smith, Kate Snow, Ann Curry, Nancy Snydermann, Richard Engel and Matt Lauer as correspondents.

Best of luck to Sean Maher who, I hope, will find himself with more offers than ever before and will find that, like Neil Patrick Harris, John Barrowman, Chris Colfer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and others, coming out is only the beginning!

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Wednesday Morning Man: Brian Sims! Sims is a 31-year-old LGBT activist and lawyer who is running to be the first openly gay member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

I read about him yesterday in Kennethinthe212 and quickly realized he is Morning Man material!

According to his campaign website, Brian served as the Staff Counsel for Policy and Planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association and just recently stepped down as both the President of the Board of Directors of Equality Pennsylvania and as Chairman of GALLOP.

He has an interesting backstory:

In 2000, the son of two retired Army Lt. Colonels came out to his football team after helping to lead them to the Division II National Championship game as their captain. He remains the only former NCAA football captain to have ever come out, and is one of the most notable collegiate athletes to do so in any sport.

He told Outsports two years ago that he enjoyed tremendous support from his teammates: ”It became a funny source of pride for a lot of my teammates and close friends.”

He has appeared on, KYW, NPR’s “Radio Times” and World Football Daily and has been profiled at OutSports, The Washington Times, ESPN,, The Philadelphia Gay News, Compete Magazine, Philadelphia Weekly and The Daily Local News.

Brian holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor degree in International & Comparative Law from Michigan State University College of Law.

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Cher bashes Kardashians via Twitter!

I’m not sure what this is about, but I’m on Cher’s side!
She’s from the old school when people actually became famous and got their own television shows because they had talent.
Sure, like the Kardashians, Cher is also famous for being famous at times. But she also has an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a number one hit record in each of the last six decades.
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Carson Kressley tells “Dancing With the Stars” audience how “Queer Eye” changed his life Kressley and his partner Anna Trebunskay tangoed their way to a standing ovation this week on Dancing With the Stars.

But I want to focus on the remarks Carson made before the dance about how being one of the stars of Bravo’s late, great Queer Eye for the Straight Guy really changed his life back in 2003.

Carson is so funny, seems so confident, but life was not always that way. Growing up, he feld different, “like an outsider” and he feared no one would love him because he was gay. But Queer Eye “was just me being me” and it turned out everybody loved him.

“The greatest thing that happened with that show … was the blessing that allowed me ti feel comfortable with who I was and, probably for the first time in my life, be proud of who I was.”


Lunch Break Video: See Florence Henderson (and me!) sing “Brady Bunch” theme song at WeHo Book Fair!

In yesterday’s post about my day at the West Hollywood Book Fair, I wrote about how at the end of the panel I moderated with Florence Henderson, Dyan Cannon, Stefanie Powers and Carrie White, I asked Florence to sing the Brady Bunch theme song and she did it! It was a wonderful moment and one I think everyone enjoyed immensely. But I didn’t think anyone got video of it.

Well, someone did.

My everlasting thanks to Renee Sotile and Mary Jo Godges of for emailing this to me yesterday. It just makes me smile and I think you will too.


New DVD: Bette Midler’s “The Showgirl Must Go On” are few artists that I would just flat out do a free commercial for but if your first name is Bette, Cher, Barbra, Patti or Diana, you can pretty much count on it!

Today is Bette Midler’s freebie.

Image Entertainment presents the Divine Miss M’s triumphant return to Las Vegas with BETTE MIDLER: THE SHOWGIRL MUST GO ON, available on Blu-ray and DVD today.

The $10 million extravaganza played over 300 performances in a nearly three-year run at the famed Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace.  The Blu-ray is SRP at $24.98, with the DVD’s SRP at $19.98.

Taped before thousands in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the 70-minute cavalcade feaures many of Ms. Midler’s colorful and classic stage and screen characters.  Joining her on the gargantuan stage is an energetic corps of talented performers, including the staggering Harlettes, twenty dazzling dancers she calls The Caesar Salad Girls and a 13-piece band.  Ms. Midler’s superstar power shines in renditions of her immortal songs including “The Rose,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “From a Distance,” “Hello in There” and “Wind Beneath My Wings.”  The production was nominated for a 2011 Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.

The show was produced by Midler and Seanne Farmer; directed by Midler; executive produced by Midler; choreographed by Toni Basil with original stage production conceived and directed by Midler.

Here are some promotional clips:


“Hung” star Thomas Jane: “Being a young artist and broke in Los Angeles, I was exploring my sexual identity.”, remind me not to let my Sunday Los Angeles Times sit around unopened.

Was too busy to enjoy my Sunday ritual of coffee with the paper so it wasn’t until last night that I realized Hung star Thomas Jane had given this juicy interview about exploring his sexuality when he was younger.

The article covers the controversy the followed Thomas’s remarks that he would not allow his male prostitute character on the show to perform gay sex acts. Anyone who has ever seen the actor’s performance in The Velocity of Gary knows he’s not homophobic so I’m not going to rehash all that.

Here’s what I thought was most interesting – and revealing:

“Hey, you grow up as an artist in a big city, as James Dean said, you’re going to have one arm tied behind your back if you don’t accept people’s sexual flavors,” said the actor. “You know, when I was a kid out here in L.A., I was homeless, I didn’t have any money and I was living in my car. I was 18. I wasn’t averse to going down to Santa Monica Boulevard and letting a guy buy me a sandwich. Know what I mean?”

“You’re a lot more open to experimentation as a young man. And for me, being a young artist and broke in Los Angeles, I was exploring my sexual identity. And probably because of my middle-class, white blue-collar upbringing, I would have never had the opportunity to confront some of my own fears and prejudices had I not been hungry enough to be forced to challenge myself in that way.”

It blew the doors off of my conventional upbringing and thinking and opened up possibilities for me that were akin to World War III. And then you actually have a choice, and I chose to be a heterosexual guy because that’s what my DNA dictates and my nurture dictates that I am. … I think up to a point it’s a choice. But I’ll tell you what — it’s not a choice until you’re open enough to experience both male and female sexuality. Until you’ve tasted the food, you don’t know whether you’ll like it or not, as my mom always said.”

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Ellen DeGeneres’s latest book is out today! see Ellen DeGeneres on television every day and she has already written several books over the years.

So is there anything new to say?

You bet!

Her newest book, Seriously … I”m Kidding is out today.

“I’ve experienced a whole lot the last few years and I have a lot to share,” Ellen writes. “So I hope that you’ll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I’ve put together for you in this book. I think you’ll find I’ve left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I’m saying is, let us begin, shall we?”


Baseball’s other Billy Bean speaks out: “Sadly, I only know how it feels to have Brad Pitt playing someone with my name.”

As you may know, the movie Moneyball starring Brad Pitt is a solid hit at the box office with a domestic gross of $38 million in its first 10 days.

The film is about Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane who I really wasn’t very familiar with. But there was another former player with the same name who I was very familiar with because I had read his book about coming out about a decade ago and wept when I saw him being interviewed about it on television by Diane Sawyer.

His name is Billy Bean and I have been fortunate enough to meet him on several occasions and interviewed him a few times too. He recently wrote a column for about sharing the name and the confusion it has been causing in recent weeks.

Here are some excerpts:

I got this text a couple of days ago. “Hey Billy, I’m sitting here watching a movie called “Moneyball” with Brad Pitt. Is he you?” Sigh. Even my own friends are confused. No, I replied, the movie is about Billy Beane, not Billy Bean.

There’s no “e” at the end of my last name. That’s what I’ve always told them. It’s my auto response when people ask me if I’m the General Manager of the Oakland A’s baseball club. I’m not him, I’m the “other” Billy Bean, the only man alive who played Major League Baseball to acknowledge he’s gay.

The other Billy Beane just happened to be my teammate in 1988 when we both played for the Detroit Tigers Triple A team, called the Toledo Mud Hens.


My book rights were quickly purchased by the Showtime Network and news spread that a film was being made. The screenplay was written, and then the fun game of “who’s going to play Billy Bean?” began. I’ve been asked that question so many times that I’ve lost count, and truth be told, I was pretty anxious to find out as well. I have learned that patience is a virtue when waiting for a film to be made. Promises mean very little, and feelings get hurt often. I read that “Moneyball” has taken more than eight years to come to the silver screen, so I’ll keep waiting for my turn.

Last year, when news that the film “Moneyball” was finally happening and none other than Brad Pitt had agreed to play “Billy Beane,” it sent a wave of enthusiasm through  sports fans in the LGBT community. An avalanche of questions came my way via Facebook, e-mails, and texts, asking me how it felt to have Brad Pitt playing me in a movie. Was I excited? Many people were asking if I had met him, and what was he like? I mean, really, if anyone could pick one man on earth to play himself in a movie, Brad Pitt is the guy.

I truly wish I could have answered all of those questions, but I don’t know how it feels. Sadly, I only know how it feels to have Brad Pitt playing someone with my name, about baseball, but NOT me, in a wildly successful major motion picture. Is that surreal or what? Honestly, the feeling sucks. It’s like being told you’ve won the lottery, but then finding out that you really didn’t, because you only have the first four numbers right, but you need five to win it all.


Tuesday Morning Man: Brendan Hansen!, well, here’s someone worth diving into the deep end over.

Oh geez, that was a bit corny even for me!

Anyway, I present to you American swimming star Brendan Hansen, a former world record holder in both the 100 and 200-meter breastroke.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, he earned a gold medal for his part in the 4×100 medley relay. In total (with the 2004 Olympics included) he has a 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze Olympic medals.

Now 30 years old, Brendan won four NCAA titles and four NCAA All- America honors while competing for the University of Texas. He has gone on to win a total of twenty-three medals in major international competition – so far!

Here is some more information about Brendan that I got from an unofficial fan website:

Training Stats – Brendan swims about 12,000 meters/ yards per day which accounts for approximately 4 hours a day, 6 days a week.
Most Influential person – Brendan says his parents “They are the best” and they are the most influential persons in his life. He says that he tries and surrounds himself with positive role models. He further says, “Definitely my parents, but the guys I swim with at Texas and my coaches are also very supportive.”
Sponsors – Nike, Toyota, Mutual of Omaha, Pure Sport,
Charities – Brendan is the spokesperson for the Leukemia Research Foundation and indulges in collection of funds for the organization and also participates in visiting the hospitals.
Brendan has two tattoos- Olympic rings and Longhorn. This is because he considers these two as his major achievements.
First Job – Brendan was a lifeguard.

Brendan Hansen (L-R) Michael Phelps, Brendan Hansen, Jason Lezak and Aaron Piersol of the United States stand on the podium after receiving their gold medals in the Men's 4x100 Medley Relay at the National Aquatics Centre during Day 9 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 17, 2008 in Beijing, China.  The United States team set a new world record with a time of 3:29:34.

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Teddy set to get married on November episode of “90210″ then disappear for good soon after

So let me get this straight, 90210′s gay character of Teddy Montgomery (played so well by Trevor Donovan) comes out to himself and then his classmates just last season and now the show is already marrying him off?

Were there no other options for this very appealing character?

Here’s an idea: Give him some of the storylines the straight characters get like infidelity, drugs problems, struggles over life choices and on and on.

But because the dude is gay you have no imagination? This is as bad as the daytime soaps and their timidity!

Anyway, I’ll stop my rant (for now) and give you the lowdown on Teddy’s nuptials as detailed by William Keck in TV Guide:

A marriage to boyfriend Shane (Ryan Rottman) in early November is the beginning of the end for 90210′s Teddy, played by outgoing cast member Trevor Donovan. But what a way to go. I was on set for the colorful nuptials, which take place in a cheesy Vegas chapel with an Elvis impersonator officiating. Silver captures the whole affair on a video that will go viral, and Navid playfully asks the grooms, “Which one of you is pregnant?”

The occasion is bittersweet for Trevor, who appears in only two more episodes after the wedding. He says he was told that Teddy’s coming out story was handled so well that “they didn’t want to take anything away from it by just having me there in the background. I’m in the meat of every episode I’m in, and it’s good that it’s ending with a hero moment.

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“Playboy Club” star Sean Maher talks to AfterElton about life since coming out Sean Maher may have chosen to come out publicly as a gay man in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, but his chat with the gay site is even more interesting because he talks about what life has been life since.

“I’m still overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support,” he said. “I expected a positive response, but I did not expect such a large scale of positive responses, especially from the media and within the business, too.”

AE: When you saw people like Neil Patrick Harris and others coming out, was that difficult for you to see?
A little bit. I think when the T.R. Knight thing happened and when Neil Patrick Harris came out, I’m pretty sure I was not working at the time exactly but I remember those stories also inspiring me and planting the seeds that said ‘You know what, this is something that needs to be done in this business.’ This is something more people should consider doing.

Someone asked me if I think other actors should step forward, and if it’s their duty and responsibility. I don’t. I feel like if it’s something they want to do… I didn’t feel like I should do this. I feel like I wanted to do this. I’m on a very different path than a lot of people, and I came to this place after a fourteen year journey.

On playing a closeted gay man married to a closeted lesbian Playboy bunny: “I think as an actor I was drooling at the prospect of taking on this role and then, obviously, as a gay man I was drawn to it as well. I connected to it immensely.”


My day with Florence Henderson, Dyan Cannon, Stefanie Powers and Carrie White at the West Hollywood Book Fair

I arrived at the West Hollywood Book Fair Sunday morning a full hour before my panel was scheduled to begin feeling fully prepared.

Determined to ask good questions, I had read the books my panelists had written and they were doozies: Florence Henderson’s Life Is Not a Stage: From Broadway Baby to a Lovely Lady and Beyond, Dyan Cannon’s Dear Cary, Stefanie Powers’ Straight from the Hart and Carrie White’s Upper Cut: Highlights of My Hollywood Life.

Spent much of this weekend finalizing my questions for each author and written them on color-coded index cards and had taken the time to write nice introductions for each of them.

I had also charged my camera and was ready to snap all kinds of photos of the event as it unfolded.

Dyan Cannon was first to arrive into the “green room” followed by Stefanie Powers. I went over to introduce myself to both then spotted Florence Henderson, who I already knew, and gave her a kiss hello. There was time for a quick hello to Carrie White before they were assembling us for a group photo. I took my camera out of my pocket for someone to take one for me when I realized I had left the camera card at home!

Then they escorted us into the West Hollywood Library’s new 300-seat theater (filled to capacity) where the panel took place. I did not realize the entire audience would already be seated and clapping as we walked down the center aisle and to our seats.

This might have been a cool Hollywood entrance and what I thrill it should be to enter a room with these dazzling ladies. But all I could think was: “I’m not ready! My index cards! The books are tucked into my bag!”

I tried to set up quickly but one of the book fair people took over and introduced each lady as I pulled the books out of my bag and got my index cards organized. So my elaborate introductions, which I could not find anyway in all the madness, went unheard by the audience.

But got it together quickly and was able to see my friend Scott in the front row and some other familiar faces and started off chatting with Florence who was, as usual, candid and thoughtful about her life and legendary career and didn’t even mind when I asked her about the one night stand she had with former New York Mayor John Lindsay who gave her crabs! knew from seeing her live act several times that she had a funny line about not getting the movie lead in Oklahoma even though she had been a smash as the lead in the musical’s first national tour.

Who got that role?

Florence: “That bitch Shirley Jones did!”

I also asked Florence about her struggles with post-partum depression which were quite severe and her resiliency that includes surviving divorce and the death of her beloved second husband.

We also chatted about her Brady Bunch co-star Robert Reed and how his being gay made him uncomfortable with their initial love scenes. As a gay man, I was glad to have the opportunity to tell her how much her kind and supportive words about Reed since his death from AIDS have helped greatly to offset the sensational tabloid coverage and contributed to a more balanced and positive legacy.

This really is one lovely lady folks. Florence was seated to my right, Dyan Cannon was to my left. I had just finished her memoir about her life with Cary Grant the day before so I was still very raw with feelings about it.

The famous movie icon pursued the lovely long actress who initially was lukewarm but soon fell in love and they had a three-year courtship that eventually led to marriage.

We are given great insight into who Grant was, what his demons were and why he had them and mostly, we learn that even though people like he and Cannon were stars, they are real human beings with real troubles.

I ached more for her than for him and mentioned during the panel that as I got to the end stages of the book, after he had become highly critical of Dyan over everything (including her nail polish on their wedding day!) and encouraged her to do LSD to try and save their marriage, I did not like him very much.

Dyan very thoughtfully explained to the audience what was behind the LSD use and that it was not recreational, that Grant thought it would make them closer.

She held on to my hand at times when she was taking and I wasn’t sure if it was for emotional support or if it was because she didn’t want me to cut her off! Dyan Cannon has a lot to say and she says it so well that you could devote a full hour to her!

But I was determined not to spend more than maybe 12 minutes on each author and kept checking the time to stay on track. Trust me, this was no easy task! How do you cut off Florence Henderson or Dyan Cannon?, I did learn how to cut off Stefanie Powers. Not because the star of Hart to Hart and last love of William Holden’s life was not fascinating. But after we talked about her studio contract days, her walking off a movie with Cliff Robertson and the wonderful work she does in Kenya for wildlife preservation, we barely had time for Carrie White who, ironically, had been a high school friend of Stefanie’s.

Well God bless Carrie White. She seemed to sense the situation and after my opening question, she went on a rapid-fire 10 minute monologue about her life – covered all the highlights, got some great laughs and all I had to do was maybe ask 1-2 questions but still felt like we got a good sense of who she is and what she had been through.

After we did a few audience questions, I noticed that the book fair person who was supposed to give me the five-minutes left cue was doing a slashing motion across her neck. We were officially OUT OF TIME!

But my favorite moment was still to come. The final question about Brady Bunch creator Sherwood Schwartz, who died this year, led to Florence singing a line from the show’s theme song which Schwartz had written.

I asked Florence if she would lead us in the song before everyone left and she did it! Sang the whole song and the audience seemed to love it. I know I did. The ladies were swarmed after the panel as they tried to make their way to the Book Soup booth where they would be signing their books.

The line was the longest of any I’d seen all day but I cut to the front and had each of them sign my already dog-eared copies.

It was a magical day and my thanks to the organizers of the West Hollywood Book Fair for once again asking me to be a part of it.

Can’t wait until next year!

(Thanks to Lydia Marcus, Ted Johnson and Robert Graves for sending me photos of this great day!)