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Singer Clay Aiken talks about his sexuality: “There was this misconception that I was not out.”

American Idol finalist Clay Aiken returns to Atlanta Feb. 16

http://capitalistbanter.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/clay_aiken.jpgThere are many reasons why I respect Ricky Martin and one of the biggest is that he came out publicly last year very much an evolved man who was well aware of the big step he was taking.

Yes, everyone pretty much assumed Ricky was gay but he never said so publicly and he certainly was not out.

And neither was Jonathan Knight of New Kids on the Block, skater Johnny Weir and singer Clay Aiken. But that has not stopped the latter three from making the incredulous statements  recently that they were never in.

Puleeze.

If you are famous and you are gay and you are not out publicly, then you are not out. You don’t have to be out, it’s your right to be in. But once you take that step and do an interview and state publicly for the first time that you are gay, why on Earth claim you were never in?

It’s silly.

Here’s what Clay had to say in an interview with GAVoice: “There was this misconception that I was not out. I was in ‘Spamalot’ and everyone knew, but I don’t necessarily want to sit at a table with strangers and tell them. When you come out, you do it with people you are comfortable with. … “I definitely do see the liberation and understand the rationalization of people wanting me to be out. On the other hand, I wouldn’t say that coming out has made me happier because that implies I was not happy before and I was.”

Well, I’m glad Clay was happy then and is happy now. He’s a talented guy and deserves to be happy.

For those interested in reading more about this “I was never in” nonsense, there’s a terrific article over at AfterElton.com that I recommend. I love this line from the article: “… Internet speculation is not the same thing as being “out.” At all.

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Grammys will not feature much of Adam Lambert

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_LfJMpB86MtE/Su6jitcQsFI/AAAAAAAAAbk/dADKv76JGr8/s320/Adam_Lambert_For_Your_Entertainment_Lyrics_Ringtone.jpgAdam Lambert was THE talk of the 2009 American Music Awards with a provocative performance that led to ABC banning him for awhile from its shows.

Since then, Adam has proven himself to be a very hard-working professional and he has been nominated for a Grammy Award for best male pop vocal performance.

But don’t expect to see much of Adam on the Feb. 13 Grammy telecast which will feature performances by Mick Jagger, Rihanna, Eminem, Katy Perry, Arcade Fire, Gwyneth Paltrow, Usher, Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum, Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber.

Not only has Adam not been asked to perform, but his category is not among those being televised! (There are more than 100 categories and only about a dozen are presented on the air).

But Adam wants his fans to know that he still plans to have a good time saying via Twitter: “For all those who are asking, no, unfortunately I’m not performing at the Grammys. Also, I don’t think my category is televised. I AM, however, going to have a great time! :)

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Darren Criss’s spread in Daman Magazine!

Darren_criss_daman_07Yes, I realize this makes three days in a row that Greg In Hollywood has featured an item on Glee’s Darren Criss.

I don’t hear anyone complaining!

Oh La La Mag has posted a series of photos from a spread for Daman Magazine. I felt it was my duty to share some of them with all of you!

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“I Love Lucy” Friday: William Holden encounters a starstruck Lucy Ricardo at the Brown Derby

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_XRrU8-3NmiY/Sd_Ffy69qGI/AAAAAAAAAek/T9_82rxyqS0/s400/Brown+Derby+Hollywood+Lucy.jpgLast month, I went to the ArcLight in Hollywood to see The King’s Speech with one of my BFFs and because we arrived very early, we decided to have some wine in the restaurant/bar area of the theater.

For some reason, the booths reminded us of the I Love Lucy episode where Lucy encounters William Holden at the Brown Derby. This led to me repeatedly doing the line: “William Holden behind ME?” to my pal then we’d break into laughter no matter how many times I did it.

The truth is, this is one of the all-time great episodes of the show and certainly the best of the Hollywood episodes. Lucy just becoming starstruck at the sight of the handsome star and the way he turns the tables on her as she tries to eat her spaghetti and meatballs.

http://www.destinationhollywood.com/celebrities/williamholden/images/williamholden_ilovelucy_01.jpgAs an added bonus, I’ve included the scene later in the episode when Ricky brings Holden home and Lucy, mortified over their encounters earlier in the day at the restaurant, tries to disguise herself with a ridiculous putty nose.

This is when the nose catches on fire and Lucy douses it by dipping into a cup of coffee.

Enjoy the memories.


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Friday Morning Man: Anthony Brown!

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It was great to read that Maryland’s Lt. Governor Anthony Brown is a supporter of same-sex marriage.

When I read his interview with Washington Blade, it was impossible not to notice that this guy is also incredibly hot!

Brown is considered a potential candidate for governor in 2014 and could play a key role in defending the marriage bill against a voter referendum in 2012 if the legislature passes it this year.

He tells The Blade: “I have always believed that all Marylanders should have an equality of rights and responsibilities and that includes marriage equality. So regardless of gender, we should be able to choose who it is that we are going to marry and hopefully spend the rest of our lives with. And so I’m supportive of that.”

Brown was twice elected to represent residents of Prince George’s County in the Maryland House of Delegates.  In his second term, House Speaker Michael Busch selected him to be Majority Whip where he took an active leadership role on such issues as veterans affairs, health care and adoption services.

2011_02_03_Anthony_Brownhttp://assets.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/anthony_brown*280.jpg?v=1Brown is a Harvard College and Harvard Law School-educated attorney and has been a member of the Active and Reserve Components of the United States Army since 1984.  In 2004, he was deployed to Iraq to serve a 10-month tour with the Multi-National Force-Iraq, where he worked with military and civilian officials to deliver humanitarian assistance to the people of the war-torn country.

In 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Colonel and currently commands the 153rd Legal Support Organization located in Pennsylvania.  Brown is currently the highest-ranking elected official in the nation who has served a tour of duty in Iraq.

Brown was asked what he thought of the successful effort to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the law that barred gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

“Well, first I’ll say I couldn’t be more proud of our president for moving forward on the elimination of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and recognizing full membership, if you will, in uniform services of men and women regardless of who they choose to be in a relationship with,” he said. “So I’m proud of that and I think it’s a big step forward for the armed forces and it’s a big step forward for our country.”

Added Brown, “And I will also say that after 26 years of active and reserve duty, I’d be kidding people if I told them that I never encountered a soldier who didn’t tell me that they were gay. And yet I have observed these soldiers performing their duty patriotically with the same level of diligence and commitment and that their preference had no relevance to their performance of their military duties.”

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Channing Tatum recalls his painful crotch burning injury while making his new film “The Eagle”

http://trueslant.com/jeremyhelligar/files/2010/05/Channing-Tatum.jpgChanning Tatum appeared on Access Hollywood Live earlier today and relived a wetsuit mishap on the set of The Eagle that left his private parts in serious need of some medical attention.

“It’s kind of a painful story,” Channing told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Thursday of a wetsuit mishap that sent him to the hospital. “We were [filming] in a hypothermic river all day, for 13 hours. This poor guy had to run about 15 minutes up the hill to get this water that they’re boiling up by the trucks and run it down and then pour it down our wetsuits to keep our core warm so we can stay in the water all day. We wrapped the scene, start walking up and here he comes with the bottle. Normally, he just poured it down — and it was boiling water — what happened was he didn’t get all the way down to the river to dilute it with river water.”

The boiling water “just kept going down” Channing’s body, leaving him with a burns down there. “[I went] straight to the hospital,” Channing said. “Which is very, very humiliating holding your little burnt man!”

Billy Bush didn’t miss a beat: “Little?”

“Oh, he was little at that point, I promise you,” Channing said, laughing. “And you have two male nurses like, ‘Wow, man, that’s really bad,’ and you’re like, ‘Thanks. Can you get me something for this?’”

Billy also asked the studly star about his past as an exotic dancer and Channing said his signature songs were either by Usher or Ride It by Pony.

“I just heard [about the job] on the radio and just went in, that was it,” Channing said. “You know, 18-years-old in Tampa and you’re broke, you’re pretty much willing to do anything at that time.”

The Eagle opens in theaters on Feb. 11.

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Elton John has tough words for Billy Joel: “We’ve had so many cancelled tours because of illnesses and various other things, alcoholism.”

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Elton John and Billy Joel have had wildly successful tours together over the years and I can tell you that they are one heckuva duo! I saw them together in San Diego in the mid-90s and it remains one of my favorite concerts ever.

But I have a feeling we won’t be seeing these two touring any time soon after Elton’s remarks this week saying Billy is an alcoholic in need of some tough rehab.

At the end of the day, he’s coasting,” Elton tells Rolling Stone. “I always say, ‘Billy, can’t you write another song?’ It’s either fear or laziness. It upsets me. … Billy’s a conundrum. We’ve had so many cancelled tours because of illnesses and various other things, alcoholism.”

Added Elton: “He’s going to hate me for this, but every time he goes to rehab they’ve been light,” the singer told the mag. “When I went to rehab, I had to clean the floors. He goes to rehab where they have TVs. I love you, Billy, and this is tough love.”

Joel responded earlier today: “I’ve worked with Elton for such a long time and I’ve enjoyed our relationship too much to let something as random as these comments change my affection for him,” Joel told Gossip Cop. “Elton is just being Elton.”

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Darren Criss (and the Dalton Warblers) perform a Destiny’s Child number on Super Bowl episode of “Glee”

http://meshedup.net/wp-content/plugins/wp-o-matic/cache/f542e_darren-criss-glee.jpgCan’t wait until Super Bowl Sunday!

No, not because of the game (Who’s playing?) but the episode of Glee that will follow the telecast on Fox.

It’s been far too lunch since we’ve had some fresh Glee so that adds to the build up.

Here is one of the numbers from the episode: The Dalton Warblers (featuring Darren Criss as Blaine!) perform the Destiny’s Child hit Bills Bills Bills.

BONUS VIDEO: Here is another scene that has the Warblers shopping and it appears that Blaine has his eye on a dude in the store who is not Kurt! Darn.

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper and crew twice attacked by crowds while covering situation in Egypt

Journalists covering the protests against President Hosni Mubarak are having a hard time covering an already difficult story with some being detained by the military police and others, including CNN’s Anderson Cooper, being attacked.

Anderson and his crew were attacked on Wednesday by pro-Mubarak mobs (see video below) and he said he was “hit like 10 times. The Egyptian soldiers are doing nothing.” He said he was punched in the head and some were trying to break a camera. He said the crew (a cameraman and a producer) tried to turn around and walk away calmly.

“Thanks for tweets of concern,” he said later via Twitter. “I’m sore and head hurts but fine. Neil and mary anne are bruised but ok too. Thanks”

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Then earlier today, Anderson sent out this tweet: “Situation on ground in #egypt very tense. Vehicle I was in attacked. My window smashed. All ok.”

The Committee to Protect Journalists said the attacks on foreign and Egyptian journalists were a government attempt at “blanket censorship” and intimidation by resorting to mobs, according to Reuters.

“The Egyptian government is employing a strategy of eliminating witnesses to their actions,” Mohamed Abdel Dayem, Middle East and North Africa coordinator of the New York-based press watchdog, said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The government has resorted to blanket censorship, intimidation, and today a series of deliberate attacks on journalists carried out by pro-government mobs,” it said.


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Thursday Morning Man: David Lyons!

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Well, his NBC series The Cape has not been a ratings hit but leading man David Lyons certainly has been appealing.

The 34-year-old Australian actor first became known to American audiences as Dr. Simon Brenner, a role he played for the last two seasons of NBC’s ER.

Prior to that, he was a regular on the TV series Sea Patrol. David has also had roles in the films Cactus, Day One, Swerve, A Model Daughter: The Killing if Caroline Byrne and last summer’s Eat, Pray, Love.

He’s worked steadily since graduating in 2004 from Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art with a degree in performing arts.

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Ricky Martin visits the ladies of “The View”

http://easygaylife.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/ricky-martin0501.jpgThe sexy and talented Ricky Martin appeared on ABC’s The View yesterday. I’m a day late in posting this but better late than never!

Ricky, whose twin sons are now 2 years old, talked about taking more than four years off away from fame and showbiz which had everything to do with becoming a father. He also came out publicly as a gay man last year.

“I’m there 100 percent,” he said of parenthood. “I made the decision to bring them into this world and I’d feel incredibly guilty if I’m not there. … Every decision I make in my life is pretty much because of them.”
After chatting with the ladies, Ricky performed his new single The Best Thing About Me is You. Enjoy!

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Happy 55th Birthday to Nathan Lane!

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Wasn’t Nathan Lane a riot guesting on Modern Family a few months back? He’ll be returning to the show this spring for another appearance as Cam and Mitchell’s high-maintenance friend.

Nathan, a Tony winner for The Producers and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, turns 55 today!

Mr. Lane is currently on Broadway in The Addams Family which is the latest in a long list of stage hits which have also included The Odd Couple, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Guys and Dolls, Waiting for Godot, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, and the great play Love! Valour! Compassion!

His attempts at television have not been as successful with his two sitcoms Encore! Encore! and Charlie Lawrence both short-lived but he had a major hit on the big screen opposite Robin Williams in The Birdcage.

Whether it’s on the stage, television or at the movies, whatever Nathan Lane is in, I want to watch!

Happy birthday to this great talent!

Here is Nathan and Matthew Broderick performing a number from The Producers on The Today Show a decade ago:

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Happy 86th birthday to the great Elaine Stritch!

Elaine Stritch returned to Broadway to star opposite Bernadette Peters in the revival of A Little Night Music.

It’s the continuation of a legendary career on the stage for this showbiz dynamo with the brassy rough voice who turned 86 today!

She has been a big stage star for many decades with her Ladies Who Lunch number from the 1970 Stephen Sondheim musical Company being her signature song. She made her Broadway debut in the 40s and her shows over the years included Pal Joey, Sail Away, Bus Stop, Angels in the Wings, Showboat and A Delicate Balance.

She did a lot of television over the years but is probably best known for her recent Emmy-winning role as Alec Baldwin’s mother in 30 rock. Her dazzling 2001 one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty was a triumph on Broadway, London and nationally and won the Tony Award. The show was also filmed as an HBO documentary that won an Emmy.

We chatted back in 2009 about her reputation as a woman who always tells it like it is.

“I am authentic,” she said. “That”s why I feel authentic, that’s why I look authentic. I’m not foolin’ anybody. I try. But it seems to be an impossible feat of me.”

To mark her birthday, here is Miss Stritch performing her signature song: Ladies Who Lunch.

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Adam Lambert has a new boyfriend!

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The American Idol runner-up who is more famous than most of the show’s winners celebrated his 29th birthday over the weekend and, according to OMG Blog, he was joined at that party by the new man in his life.

That man is Finnish Big Brother contestant Sauli Koskinen who was pictured with Adam on Saturday.

Pretty cute!

What do you guys think?

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Video: See Darren Criss of “Glee” on Ellen’s show!

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Jennifer Aniston talks to Ellen DeGeneres about her face-to-face meeting with blogger Perez Hilton

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Jennifer Aniston, promoting her new Just Go With It comedy with Adam Sandler, guested on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week (her appearance airs on Thursday) and shared with Ellen a chance meeting she had with blogger Perez Hilton.

He had written unkind things about the actress over the years and when she spotted him in a Los Angeles parking garage, she decided to they should have a little chat.

“One of those moments you just never expect to happen,” she told Ellen. “I had finished dinner with a girlfriend and we were driving out and I saw this tall, long, lean person and I say, “Who is that?” And she says, “I think that’s Perez Hilton.” I said, “No. I have to say something to him. I have to.” So I pulled up and we were sort of scoping each other out as I was pulling the car up. I just rolled down the window and I was like, “Hi.” And he went, “Hi.” We stood there like two deer in headlights. And I just said, “Come here. Just talk to me for a second.” It was one of those great moments. It was a lovely meeting and I was just like, “Why are you so mean?”

It was a few months later that Perez announced, on Ellen’s show, his intention to change the mean-spirited tone of his site and so far he has stuck to it. [Here is a LINK to his Greg In Hollywood interview about the change]

Perez has now confirmed the sequence of events involving Aniston saying: “I had not talked about meeting Jennifer Aniston out of respect for her and respect for the situation. It was actually a very powerful moment, I think for both of us. I told her the answer I would always tell myself — at the time, I viewed her as a character. I think it was very cathartic for her and for me.”

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Lunch Break Video: Some scenes from Farrah Fawcett’s career on what would have been her 64th birthday

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http://topnews.in/files/farrah-fawcett.jpgFarrah Fawcett was one of those stars whose beauty, talent and fighting spirit left an indelible mark.

She will never be forgotten.

Farrah, who died in 2009 after more than a two-year battle against cancer, would have turned 64-year-old today.

It seemed like a good time to remember her movie and television roles and two of  her reunions with her Charlie’s Angels co-stars Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith which took place in 1998 and 2006 – both as part of tributes to Aaron Spelling.

Farrah may have left Charlie’s Angels after just one season (she returned for a series of guest appearances in seasons 3 and 4) but it was a season that had quite an impact on television and on the culture.

She wanted to be taken seriously as an actress and while her first post-Angels films Somebody Killed Her Husband, Sunburn and Saturn 3 did little to help her, she eventually found meaty roles in television and film – most memorably The Burning Bed, Small Sacrifices, Extremities, The Apostle, Murder in Texas and Between Two Women.

Let’s appreciate some of Farrah:




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Joan Rivers talks to The Advocate about Charlie Sheen, Sarah Palin and her girl’s night with Cher and Kathy Griffin

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As a longtime fan of Joan Rivers, I checked out the first two episodes of her new reality series Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best. It had some laughs because Joan is a very funny woman but the situations created in the show are so contrived that it was a turnoff.

But I wish her the best with it and all that she does and am happy to share with you some excerpts of a new Advocate interview with the mother of reinvention:

On Charlie Sheen:

I think he’s an ass. When you have a child, darling, you’d better start setting an example. Childhood for you is over when you have a child. I find it outrageous to be carrying on like that. I also think that when you get the gold ring you have an obligation. The old studio system made you have an obligation to live a clean life and be the example. What am I going to tell my grandson who watches Two and Half Men? I just think he’s awful.

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Yes. Thank you, thank you, God, for her sending that daughter who can’t dance to Dancing With the Stars. You wait for the Kate Gosselins of the world who don’t know the names of all their children. As a comedian you pray for things like this. Oh, yes! The only thing we’re being careful of is poor Zsa Zsa Gabor and her one leg. I have a great joke, but I just can’t do it yet. [Laughs] But, yes, you pray for things like that.

On Sticking By Her Statement That Gay Celebrities Stay Closted:

Yes. You are supposed to be a heartthrob, and you want the little teenage girls’ hearts to go pitter-patter. That’s what brings in the money. You know what? Let them stay in the closet and send a big check to AIDS research. Let them come out like Ricky Martin did, when you want to come out. However, if it isn’t going to affect your career and if you’re not the heartthrob, then shame on you for not coming out.

On the Rumored Girls Night She Had With Cher and Kathy Griffin:

It’s true and it was great. The rule was no makeup and no hair. We sat there and had wine and sushi and just talked and talked. It was a great, great night. We talked about who’s done what, who’s screwing whom, who’s a liar, just everything. We all had a wonderful time.

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Wednesday Morning Man: Josh Henderson!

Josh Henderson Actor Josh Henderson arrives to Hollywood Life Magazine's 9th annual Young Hollywood Awards at the Music Box at the Fonda April 22, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.Josh Henderson, previously best known for his role as Edie Britt’s nephew on ABC’s Desperate Housewives, is about to become a lot more famous.
The 29-year-old actor has just been cast as the son of J.R. Ewing on TNT’s updated Dallas series. The new show will center on the bitter rivalry between John Ross Ewing (Henderson) and Christopher Ewing, the son of J.R.’s brother Bobby.
While the younger Ewings will be front-and-center, some old hands from the original series will be on hand including J.R. himself, Larry Hagman, Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing and Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing.
It’s a great break for Henderson who first gained fame as a member of the band Scene 23 which won The WB’s Popstarz 2 singing competition. More recently he did a three-episode arc in 90210.
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Jesse Tyler Ferguson shares 5 facts about himself including his crush on Darren Criss of “Glee”

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What he can’t get enough of: “Coffee. I could have seven or eight cups in a day.”

What he’s addicted to: “[The iPhone app] Angry Birds. There was a point when I was playing it at red lights. Oprah said not to text and drive, but she didn’t say not to do that!”

Who he would love to be: Michelle Obama for a day. I don’t want the pressure of being the president, but I want to see inside The White House and put the girls to sleep.”

His bad habit: “I bite my nails. It’s boredom, it’s nerves, it’s when I’m happy, when I’m hungry. I work through the bitter nail polish. It’s really bad.”

His celebrity crush:Glee’s Darren Criss [pictured below with Jesse and Neil Patrick Harris]. I got to meet him the other day. He’s the nicest guy, so sweet, so talented. It was wonderful.”

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