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Video: Andy Cohen plays “Would You Ever?”

I never figured Bethenny Frankel as a talk show host and I have yet to check out her new daytime chatfest. But I gotta admit, her backstage Would You Ever? segment is catching on.

It has celebs picking sometimes deeply personal questions out of a bowl and answering them right on the spot.

Bravo personality Andy Cohen was in the hot seat. Watch to see if he would ever get romantically involved with a guy he was really good friends with (Anderson Cooper?) or if he would ever marry a guy half his age.

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My night at the LA premiere of “Bridegroom”

Yeah, that’s Adam Lambert in the photo to your left. It looks more like a painting! Well, I hurriedly snapped it as I was walking into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Samuel Goldwyn Theater last night for the LA premiere of Bridegroom.

It was a richly emotional evening and though I’ve seen the film before, I got even more out of this time.

I’ve written all about the premiere in a story posted over at Gay Star News so go over there to see what the film’s producer and subject Shane Bitney Crone had to say.

I’m so glad I captured the moment where he is receiving heartfelt words of support from Lily Tomlin as his proud and amazing mom, Cindy Bitney, looks on.

I invited my good friend Jim Key, who happens to be Chief Public Affairs Officer at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center, as my guest and we grabbed seats in the second row.

We bumped into so many people that one or the other or both knew including Wilson Cruz, Chad Allen, Producer Peter Marc Jacobson (The Nanny/Happily Divorced), and soap opera star journalist Michael Fairman, and Instinct Magazine Editor Jeff Katz, among others.

At the after-party downstairs, Jim and I managed to have a few seconds with Shane who literally had a crowd around him three people deep waiting to meet him. He was unfailingly polite and kind to each of them.

I’m so excited for Shane and was so touched that he personally got in touch a few weeks ago to make sure I was coming to the premiere.

He’s a very special guy.

I’ve posted the film’s trailer and Shane’s original It Could Happen to You video over at Gay Star News. But below is his It Gets Better video which I had not seen until today.

The way he has opened himself up to help others is such a beautiful thing:

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Snapped! See Mario Lopez ripped!

I know, I know. It’s a completely misleading and tabloid-like headline that is usually beneath Greg In Hollywood. Usually. But when it comes to Mario Lopez, I just get all cheap and tabloidy and want to shout: “Extra! Extra!”

Here’s what Mario had to say about his wardrobe malfunction:

Mario Lopez         @MarioLopezExtra

Uh oh… Ripped my suit getting into the car. It’s @RatedMOfficial kinda night…

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Cher Video of the Day: The legend performs new hit “I Hope You Find It” on “The X Factor UK”

Yeah, I’m a big Cher fan going in but I gotta say, am LOVING her latest single I Hope You Find It.

It’s the kind of power ballad that she does so well and it’s easier to sing along to than 2010′s You Haven’t Seen the Last Of Me.

Cher performed the song on the UK version of The X Factor and they give her a really cool introduction with some snippets from her astonishing 50 year career.

I do get annoyed though when they are listing Cher’s accolades and they have “Oscar winner, Grammy winner, Emmy winner … and Golden Globe winner.” Okay, a Globe is nice and I’d love to have one but it should be limited to the Big Three.


Wednesday Morning Man: Ignazio Abate!

Well, David Beckham has retired so we need a new hunky blond footballer to drool over.

I submit Italian hottie Ignazio Abate – and he doesn’t have any tattoos!

The 26 year old plays as a fullback for Milan in Serie A and is renowned for his quick sprints down the right wing.

Ignazio took part in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, participated in the 2009 European U-21 Championship held in Sweden, and also played for the Italian team for UEFA Euro 2012.

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Snapped! Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig!

Look at what has happened to Barney Stinson! Love it! Tickets for NPH’s next Broadway gig go on sale soon.

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Matt Bomer on his favorite guilty pleasure: “When I bite into a Cronut, I hear a Prince ballad”

Matt Bomer says he is losing a total of 32 pounds for his role in the film The Normal Heart and has already shed 10 of them.

So what was his last treat before going into severe weight loss mode?

A Cronut.

The White Collar star admitted his affection for the croissant-doughnut hybrid launched earlier this year at Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York.

‘When I bite into a Cronut, Marvin Gaye starts playing,’ the actor said this week on Live With Kelly & Michael.

But even more happens.

‘When I bite into a Cronut, D’angelo starts playing. When I bite into a Cronut, I hear a Prince ballad.’

He didn’t get what the fuss was all about at first.

‘I didn’t get it. Why are all these people standing in line at five in the morning? Then I took a bite and it was “I get it.”‘

Bomer admitted to wanting to do more than just marry a Cronut, he might actually want to make love to one.

Then he stated the obvious: he may be in need of ‘Cronut therapy.’

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My chat w/Brant Daugherty about “Dancing With The Stars” and coming between Sonny and Will on “Days”

Brant Daugherty interrupted my coffee date with a really cool guy last night.

For a few days, I had been juggling various times with his publicist that all depended on how Brant did on this week’s Dancing With the Stars.

In the late afternoon, I received word that he would be calling me for a phone interview at 8 pm. I had a coffee date in Silver Lake scheduled for 7 pm that I did not want to cancel.

Around 7:45 pm I had to come clean with my date and share that we were about to have an interruption from a very handsome TV star!

The call came right on time, we chatted for 15 minutes with my date listening for part of it. It turned out to be kind of fun.

Anyway, Brant was great and I have posted the entire interview (minus the details about the coffee date) over at Gay Star News.
Here is a little snippet about his time on Days of Our Lives earlier this year. As Brian, he briefly came between Sonny and Will.

‘I really like the way they handled the storyline and that’s why I accepted the part,’ he says. ‘I wanted to be a part of a show where the gay characters had the same depth and problems that the straight characters had. When they wanted to bring me in as part of a triangle, I jumped at it.’

Fans who would see Daugherty out and about had mixed reactions.

‘People love the characters of Sonny and Will and want them to be together so everyone gets up in arms,’ he says. ‘But there were a lot who were supportive of me too – they wanted to see things a little mixed up.’

To read the interview in its entirety, CLICK HERE.

Happy 67th Birthday to Richard Carpenter!

Richard Carpenter turns 67 today!

One half of the legendary duo The Carpenters, Richard has done a magnificent job of continuing to celebrate the amazing work he did with his late sister Karen who died more than 30 years ago of complications from Anorexia nervosa.

Richard was the mastermind behind the Carpenters sound – those gorgeous arrangements – and in picking so many hits (and writing a few too!) including Close to You, We’ve Only Just Begin, I Won’t Last a Day Without You, Top of the World, Yesterday Once More, Hurting Each Other, Superstar, Please Mr. Postman, Only Yesterday, Sing, and Goodbye to Love.

One of my favorite Carpenters songs was I Need to Be in Love from their A Kind of a Hush in 1976. Here is Richard singing it recently then video of Karen doing the same.

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Tuesday Morning Man: Jamie Dornan

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding today’s Morning Man Jamie Dornan right now.

He’s one of the names being mentioned most frequently as the possible replacement for Charlie Hunnam in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.

The 31 year old is a Northern Irish actor, model, and musician. He is best known for playing Axel von Fersen in Sofia Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette, for playing Sheriff Graham Humbert in the ABC series Once Upon a Time and as serial killer Paul Spector in the BBC Two crime drama series The Fall.

He entered showbiz as a musician as one half of the Irish folk duo Sons of Jim from 2002-08.

If he gets the role of Christian Grey (filming is scheduled to begin in November), he will have to juggle it with the second season of The Fall which is set to begin production in January 2014.

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Days of Our Lives: Chad gets shot by wacko Marge – Sonny, Will and Gabi etc wait at hospital

One of Salem’s resident hunks, the tall and dreamy Chad DiMera, got shot on today’s show and his life hangs in the balance.

He’s Sonny’s business party and Will’s close friend and Gabi was so into Chad at one point that she invented a fake stalker so he would pay attention to her.

The shooting occurred just after Chad gave a toast at Sami and EJ’s engagement party.

With actor Casey Deidrick having left the show, it is possible Chad could die.

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Jonathan Allen was rejected by his parents for being gay but embraced by America for his amazing talent

During the summer, a kid named Jonathan Allen really wowed us with his singing on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

He also broke our hearts with his personal story.

The day he turned 18, his parents kicked him out of the house because he is gay.

If they were watching TV the day their son began his run to the semifinals on the talent competition, they would have seen the enthusiastic support coming from the judges and the audience after Jonathan told his story and performed.

I got to meet this amazing singer recently at a benefit in Malibu for Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing. We had a nice chat then later we all got to see him sing a few numbers.

I’ve posted some of the performance below but to read my full interview, go over to Gay Star News.

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My chat with Tuc Watkins about fatherhood

Tuc Watkins arrived at last week’s fundraiser for the Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing looking like a million bucks.

It was a sunny Sunday in Malibu and Tuc left his twins Catchen (Catch) and Curtis at home for the afternoon to lend his star power to the event.

‘My kids are 10 months old now which means they are crawling,’ Tuc told me during our brief chat. ‘Not only are they crawling – it’s like they’ve got little jet packs on their backs and of course go in opposite directions.’

He added: ‘They are animated, they are active, they’re starting to talk in words that sound like syllables.’

Tuc is a single dad but he has help at home from his cousin who he joked he has hired as a manny for life.

The actor, so good in such shows as Desperate Housewives and Beggars & Choosers, hopes to return to his best-known role of David Vickers on One Life to Live – a role he has relished playing off and on for nearly 20 years.

Although the show was canceled by ABC in January of 2013, it returned as an online soap in April and the comically self-absorbed and totally unself-aware David was back.

But the second season has been put on hold while production company Prospect Park deals with its lawsuit against ABC over General Hospital’s treatment of One Life to Live characters.

Tuc told me he is eager to return to work when the situation is resolved. He also said he has received nothing but positive treatment from fans and those in the industry since he publicly came out as a gay man earlier this year.

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Cher talks about dating Warren Beatty at 16

Absolutely love this interview with Cher that aired three weeks ago on Channel 7′s Sunday Night.

The orange hair is a hoot and the questions from the very-informed interviewer are excellent. I knew that Cher had lost her virginity at 16 to Warren Beatty I’ve never heard about how the two future Oscar winners met: at a fender bender.

Anyway, lots more here and told in a wonderful chronological order with great clips and photos. Good stuff about Sonny Bono and I was not aware that it was Sonny’s eye for other women that really doomed the marriage in the early 70s at the height of their TV fame. He also left her with no money.

This is my favorite interview of the entire Closer to the Truth publicity blitz.


Lunch Break Video: “Asking Guys If I’m Gay”

I’ve told friends that it is getting harder and harder to tell who the heck is gay these days. All the old stereotypes are out the window. The straight guys have become more Metrosexual while a lot of the gays are more “butch.” Believe me, I don’t think being “straight acting” is some kind of accomplishment or that being a bit flamboyant is a bad thing. Just making an observation on what I have seen happening over the past 20 years ago.

And so, after that long-winded intro, here is a delightful video of a gay guy going around the campus of Ball State in Indiana asking people if they think he’s gay.

Many of the straights don’t think so because he doesn’t fit the outdated stereotypes but the gays know better – their gaydars are right on point!

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Monday Morning Man: Blake Hood!

Since I have not watched The Young and the Restless since the days when they briefly brought Phillip Chancellor III back as a gay man and had Adam Newman flirting with bisexuality, I had not been aware of today’s very handsome Morning Man Blake Hood.

He played the role of Kyle Jenkins Abbott on the CBS soap for a year then suddenly was replaced in April. Not sure why but from what I’ve read online, that left plenty of Blake’s fans disappointed.

Blake, who had a recurring role on 90210 and appeared in the film Easy A, returned to the airwaves recently in the season premiere of the NBC drama Revolution.

He appeared quite shirtless in one of his scenes with shorter hair and a bit of a beard.

Which do you prefer? The clean cut Blake or the scruffy Blake?

It’s a toss-up for me!

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Charlie Hunnam drops out of “Fifty Shades of Grey” – what does this mean for Matt Bomer fans?

Charlie Hunnam has dropped out as the male lead of the film Fifty Shades of Grey.

I have a feeling this is going to give a lot of Matt Bomer fans new hope.

There’s been a movement to get Matt cast as Christian Grey in the film adaptation of the best selling novel – even a petition of all things.

I love Mr. Bomer but a petition? C’mon!

Well, more than 87,000 people have signed it so you never know!

So when Hunnam got the role, that seemed to be that.

Only it isn’t.

It was announced this weekend that the Sons of Anarchy star has dropped out of the project which was supposed to start shooting in November.

The official line is that Hunnam’s Anarchy schedule prevented him from properly preparing for the role.

I think Hunnam is one of the sexiest actors around and have thought so since the first time I saw him on screen in the original Queer as Folk series in the UK.

As for Bomer, last month he told ETOnline: “I’m so grateful for the fans and touched. I’m looking forward to seeing the movie with Charlie and Dakota.”

Dakota is Dakota Johnson, the daughter of Melanie Griffin and Don Johnson and the granddaughter of Tippi Hedren.

It’s not known if Hunnam’s departure will impact Johnson’s casting.


Gay soccer pro Robbie Rogers is writing a book

It’s been less than a year since soccer pro Robbie Rogers came out publicly in a heartfelt letter on his website.

Since then, we’ve seen him retire then un-retire and along the way, prove himself to be an intelligent and thoughtful person.

Now, he’s going to do more writing.

Robbie announced via Facebook today that he is going to co-write a book about being the first openly gay male US soccer pro: “Soccer and writing are my two biggest passions. I am so lucky to be given the opportunity to write my memoir with Penguin Books. So many people helped me with my struggles while I was coming out, I hope this book will do the same for people who feel a bit like me.”

The memoir will be called Come Out to Play.

The Penguin Books press release states: Beyond providing compelling insights into the world of professional athletes, Come Out To Play will be the first of its kind- a deeply personal account of what it’s like to be openly gay in professional locker rooms, 60,000-seat stadiums full of raucous crowds, and a sports universe that’s only now becoming hospitable to gay people.

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Greg Louganis is married: “I am truly blessed!”

Olympic legend Greg Louganis got married over the weekend.

Here is a recap he wrote on Facebook:

Such an amazing evening! Filled with love and celebration! Highlights for me was our officiants words during the ceremony and how reflective Ted McDonald and Kyle David Pierce but they know us so well! I can go on and on but the other moment was when Patrick Alan Casey sang the song he wrote for Johnny Chaillot and myself, another moment that was so reflective of us, our first dance. Family, Olympians, Theater, Film, TV, Celebrities, Dogs, Dog Agility, Charities, Activism, Diving, Dance, and so much more! I am truly blessed! Namaste, Greg

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Days of Our Lives: Sonny and Will attend Sami and EJ’s very eventful engagement party

Nice to see Sonny and Will share cute moments together – sweet kisses, helping with a bow tie.

But it’s even nicer that in these scenes, they get to interact at a big engagement party with Sami and EJ, with Rafe and that Will finally gets to have a nice scene with his grandmother Marlena.

It’s as if the writers forgot how wonderful the chemistry is between Will and Marlena is, how it feels real and is rewarding for viewers. Just watch these scenes and see what I mean – Deidre Hall and Chandler Massey are magic together.

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