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Chandler Massey’s real-life little brother Christian plays a younger Will Horton on “Days of Our Lives” today

They may be pals now, but we all know that Will Horton tried to kill EJ DeMira way back when.

But Will was spared prosecution because his father, Lucas, took the blame and went to prison.

This is a sordid history that Will’s nemesis, Nick Fallon, has figured out and is now plotting to use against Will in his determination to gain full custody of Gabi’s baby.

In today’s episode of Days of Our Lives, there will be a flashback to the day of the shooting and the younger Will is portrayed by Christian Massey, the real-life younger brother of Emmy winner Chandler Massey!

Here are photos of the two brothers on the Days set!


See episode #2 of “Old Dogs & New Tricks”

Oops, forgot to post this week’s episode of the web series Old Dogs & New Tricks yesterday but better late than never!

I’m committed to posting each week’s episode because there are so many great guys in it who I know including David Pevsner, Thom Bierdz, Jeffrey Patrick Olson, Doug Spearman, Bruce L. Hart and Michael Kearns. And Greg Louganis is also going to appear in some upcoming episodes.

Anyway, here is episode #2 – and parts of it are not really safe for work.

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“X-Men” director Bryan Singer donates $5 million to his alma mater USC’s School of Cinematic Arts

You gotta respect a guy who gives back!

Bryan Singer, the openly gay director of The Usual Suspects, some of the X-Men films as well as Superman Returns and Valkyrie, has donated $5 million to his alma mater USC’s School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) and its critical studies division.

With the donation comes a name change for the division which will now be called: The Bryan Singer Division of Critical Studies. That’s the unit from which Singer graduated in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree. It examines all forms of moving image media from an analytical and historical perspective.

Singer says in a statement: “In a way, I began my career in the Division of Critical Studies at USC. Watching great films and learning how to think about film from the faculty transformed me as an artist and as a person. I am honored to give back to the division and the school, which gave me so much.”

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Ellen DeGeneres talks about Boy Scouts and gays

Ellen DeGeneres has such a deliciously effective way of making her point using humor and heart.

She weighed today in on the debate going on within the Boy Scouts of America organization regarding a proposal to lift its ban on openly gay members and leaders.

During her monologue, Ellen has this gem of a statement: ‘I realize this is a big decision for the Boy Scouts because, if the Boy Scouts start treating gays equally they’re going to become the first group to do it – after the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marines, the Coast Guard, all of the United Kingdom and Cher.’

She also had this observation: ‘They won’t let their members be gay, well, openly gay anyway, but they’re letting them wear neckerchiefs and green short shorts.’

And this one: ‘When you’re camping in the woods, do you realy need to be worried about someone’s sexual orientation? You should be worried about bears and poison ivy and poison oak and black widows and tics and Lyme Disease.’

Ellen also said it is ‘heartbreaking’ that gays are excluded.

‘Obviously I think that the Boy Scouts should allow gay members,’ she told her audience. ‘The fact that they don’t is insane. … I hope when (they) finally decide to take action, they make the right decision.’

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Days of Our Lives: Nick’s prison attack revealed

These scenes do not include Will or Sonny (or hottie Brian!) but they do begin to shed light on why Nick is such a homophobe.

He was stabbed in prison and likely raped.

Nick doesn’t want to talk about it but his Aunt Julie is just blabbing it to everyone!

Hard to keep anything secret in the town of Salem!

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Brendon Ayanbadejo wants professional sports to be ready and welcoming for openly gay teammates

Thank God for Brendon Ayanbadejo.

He’s in the position to make a difference and he is trying to!

The linebacker with the Baltimore Ravens has kept his promise to use the team’s Super Bowl championship to call for an end to homophobia in sports.

He is calling on straight athletes to show their solidarity with gays. He cites the example 66 years ago set by Pee Wee Reese who publicly put his arm around Brooklyn Dodgers teammate Jackie Robinson – the first black player in major league baseball – to show the crowd that teammates are teammates regardless of the color of their skin.

‘Reese was exactly what the codes of sportsmanship expected him to be, someone who knew what was right and did it despite the risks. Simply put, he was an ally,’ Ayanbadejo writes in a column published this week in USA Today.

This kind of support is necessary if a gay player in any of the major sports in the US – football, baseball, basketball and hockey – is ever to come out publicly during their playing career.

‘Just like Jackie, the breakthrough gay athlete will be a courageous individual going it alone in uncharted territory,’ he writes. ‘But, also like Jackie, he will have backup — and hopefully more of it.’

Ayanbadejo, who began speaking out for marriage equality four years ago, is calling on all levels of professional sports to lead the way.

‘The NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA should and can be leaders against discrimination,’ he writes. ‘Whether you’re a commissioner, an athlete, a coach or a fan, your voice will let every kid out there know that there is a place for him or her in sports. We all can be ourselves and still compete with dignity and at the highest level.’


Thursday Morning Man: Chris Parke!

Let’s just get lost in Chris Parke’s beautiful blue eyes for a bit this morning, shall we?

I had not been aware of Chris until checking out the website Square Hippies which basically features shirtless men in photos that are safe for work – I love it!

Chris is a member of the cast of an online series called DeVanity.

The show, currently in its third season, is the saga of the crumbling DeVanity family and their desire to save their dying jewelry empire in Downtown Los Angeles.

Chris has played Byron DeVanity in eight episodes of the show.

His previous screen credit is the 2009 comedy Drama Kings.

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See David Beckham’s clothes come off in sexy new short film for his Bodywear for H&M collection

I’m not crazy about David Beckham’s ever-growing number of tattoos but other than that, I think the man is utterly perfect!

Especially after watching this new short film to celebrate the launch of the updated David Beckham Bodywear for H&M collection.

Oh my.

He does a lot of running and a lot of shedding of clothes in this film directed by Guy Ritchie and at 37, Beckham remains quite the physical specimen.

Take a look, and enjoy.


Design star Nate Berkus on how he explained to his father that being gay is not a choice

I’m really looking forward to seeing the two-part interview Nate Berkus has done with his old boss, Oprah Winfrey.

Part one airs this Sunday on OWN and part two a week later.

The candid conversation includes how Nate came out to his father.

Says Berkus: ‘I asked my father: ‘Do you trust me? Do you respect me? Do you think I’m smart?’ He said, ‘Yes.”

He then went on to explain to his parent how his being gay is not a choice.

‘I said, ‘Why would I choose to make my life more difficult – why would anyone choose to make their life more difficult? Do you think I would choose to have this hair? Do you think that I would choose to be 5’9′? I would have been 6’1′. It’s the exact same thing. The truth of the matter is being gay is the way I was born. I believe this to the core of my being.”

Berkus, who had his own syndicated daytime TV show for two years, made clear to his father how important it was that they be on the same page regarding his sexuality.

“I said, ‘Dad, we are never going to have a real relationship if you don’t believe me.’ He said, ‘If you say you are born this way, and you didn’t have a choice, then we are good.’ That was really the moment. Then, I knew if I had this base level of respect that I could move forward.’

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Will is blissful about impending fatherhood as Nick continues to dig dirt on his past on “Days”

Will is just on the moon about Gabi having his baby and he’s talking about it to his grandmas, great grandma and all sorts of other folks around Salem.

But as his enthusiasm grows, the resentment and determination in Nick also grows. Nick clearly isn’t going for the co-parenting thing and wants Will completely out of the picture.

He’s not very nice.

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Video Flashback: Diana Ross talks to Oprah Winfey in 1993 about tensions with The Supremes

I’m discovering all kinds of videos this week that I did not know existed – YouTube is so fun that way.

So Diana Ross appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show back in 1993 to promote her really horrible memoir The Secrets of a Sparrow (at least the photos were great!) and in this portion of the chat, she talks about the well-publicized tensions with members of The Supremes: Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard and Ballard’s replacement Cindy Birdsong.

Miss Ross kind of plays the victim here and I just wish, for once, she would say something like, ‘Yeah, I was kind of a bitch sometimes, I kind of pushed them aside.’ From the way she waved her arms and walked three steps ahead, it is so clear!

I know this will outrage some fans but anyone who reads my site knows I love Diana Ross as a performer and think there is much to admire in terms of her work ethic and her motherhood.

But I’m don’t believe for a minute she’s blameless here.


Wednesday Morning Man: Jun Tanaka!

I’ve got a mad crush on this pony-tailed chef who is set to appear in the finals of the grand champions competition on Food Network’s Chopped, one of my absolutely favorite shows right now.

He’s Jun Tanaka and not only is he cute as can be, but he’s got the sexiest British accent and this lovely way about him.

I think I want to marry him.

Anyway, Jun is a 41-year-old British-American who was born in New York City and whose family moved to England when he was 7.

In 2004, he became the Executive Head Chef of the Renaissance London Chancery Court Hotel’s Pearl Restaurant and Bar, a fine-dining establishment that specialises in French cuisine.

He’s so charming and telegenic that it’s no surprise he has done television prior to Chopped presenting Channel 4′s Cooking It as well as appearing in Saturday Kitchen on BBC One.

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See Jodie Foster’s backstage press conference after coming out at the Golden Globe Awards

We all remember what a big splash Jodie Foster made last month at the Golden Globe Awards when she accepted the Cecil B. Demille Lifetime Achievement Award.

She talked about her former female partner and co-parent of her sons and also about coming out.

What I had not seen until today, was full backstage footage of her press conference. She looks strong and confident but at times, vague in her answers about the future direction of her career.

Still, kudos to Jodie for her kind words about my goddess, Meryl Streep!


Lunch Break Video: More Karen Carpenter love: “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft”

I’m absolutely astonished that I have never seen this video before!

It’s Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft from the 1977 Carpenters album Passage. I had the album and listened to it to death because it would be three years before the duo released another one.

Anyway, loved the song, used to just get lost in it, and thought it was so much fun. But it came at a time when the Carpenters popularity was fading and the single only managed to peak at #32 on the Billboard sales chart.

Here is the video featuring the lovely Karen Carpenter who died 30 years ago this week.

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Happy 26th Birthday to Darren Criss!

He’s just the most adorable man.

Darren Criss, who we love, love, love as Blaine Anderson on Glee, is turning 26 today.

Yes, he’s still playing a high school student but I think he pulls it off just fine.

And even though Darren is straight, he convincingly plays a gay character – especially in the break-up scenes with Kurt (Chris Colfer).

Darren has said he’s proud to be a part of this storyline: “I was a straight kid growing up in a very gay community and it’s something that I’ve had to watch so many friends have to struggle with and have no place to go to identify in kind of a grander media culture. To be a small piece of that machine is incredibly wonderful.”

Darren’s career is growing apart from Glee. He made his Broadway debut last year in the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and was an absolute smash.

He also has a role in the feature film Girl Most Likely which comes out later this year.

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A star-studded performance of “It Gets Better” musical in Los Angeles kicks off national tour

Scheduled headliner LeAnn Rimes was sidelined by the flu but Lily Tomlin, Pauley Perrette, Dot Jones, Dave Koz and Greg Louganis were among the stars on hand over the weekend for the Los Angeles kickoff  of a nationwide tour of the musical it gets better.

The show, inspired by the It Gets Better anti-bullying campaign, features an ensemble cast of six actors (Jason Currie, Tyler Houston, Tod Macofsky, Mario Mosley, Sacha Sacket, and Drew Tablak) whose real-life stories of growing up gay are woven into the production.

The cast are members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. While the chorus appeared in the finale of the Los Angeles kickoff event at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, only the six stars will be part of the tour.

It’s a wonderful show and I hope as many people as possible see it!

It was an extra nice touch to have It Gets Better founders Dan Savage and Terry Miller in the audience at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. They were introduced after the performance and got a rousing ovation.

Future stops of the tour include Lawrence, Kansas; Seattle, Washington; and Penn State in University Park, Pennsylvania.

The it gets better tour features a combination of original songs and songs by a who’s who of popular recording artists, including Rimes, Gnarls Barkley, Kelly Clarkson, and songwriter Diane Warren.

Before the performance last Friday, I chatted with several of the stars about the ongoing problem of bullying.

‘It’s so difficult because now you have cyber bullying and all that, the Facebook and the Twitter,’ said Louganis. ‘If something happens and somebody tweets something, it’s really tough.’

Louganis, winner of four gold medals, suffered through depression as a kid in high school despite his athletic prowess.

‘When they say it gets better, it really does,’ said the openly gay Louganis. ‘Where I am today and where I was then. It’s been amazing. I went to my 30 year (high school) reunion and it was an amazing experience just to go back and visit that because my memories were pretty dark. They were reminding me of some of the incredible things that happened – I was Olympic silver medalist in high school.’

Louganis, who went on to win two gold medals in both the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, was deeply disappointed by not winning gold at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.

‘I went there to win, I didn’t go to take second,’ he recalled.

Louganis recently wrote a letter to his 16 year old self stating: ‘You will hold that medal with pride. It’ll take many, many years but you will.’
Jones, who plays Coach Beastie on Glee, says she was bullied when she was younger because she stood 6 feet, 4 inches and weighed 250 pounds. But she persevered and used her size to become a champion in the shotput qualifying for the Olympic Trials and later becoming a 15-time world arm wrestling champion.

‘Fortunately there’s a lot being done but unfortunately, there’s still stuff that’s getting through the cracks and it breaks my heart,’ she said of the bullying problem. ‘Nobody deserves to be bullied.’

NCIS star Perrette (pictured with GMCLA Executive Director Chris Verdugo) is a straight ally who has raised money for gay marriage causes and AIDS Project Los Angeles and has spoken out about bullying.

‘The most important part about the It Gets Better campaign is to be able to reach out through social media,’ says Perrette, ‘These kids that don’t have a supportive community that we might have here in Hollywood that we might have in the entertainment industry.’

She adds: ‘When you’re young, it’s so hard to be sitting in your circumstances that you’re in right then and to picture a future that isn’t as painful. It’s tough being a kid anyway and if you’re being bullied and you’re being treated badly, you feel like the rest of your life is going to be like this. But my goodness, get yourself through high school.’

Photo credit: Performance photos and photo of Perrette and Verdugo by Daniel G. Lam

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Tuesday Morning Man: Chris Robshaw!

You can’t go wrong with a handsome athletic blond hunk to start your day so here he is: Chris Robshaw!

He is an English rugby union Flanker and captain of Harlequins and the current captain of the England national rugby union team.

Chris, 26, is renowned for his workrate (both offensive and defensive), ruthless and relentless tackling as well as his ground work and fetching ability.

Sounds like my kind of guy!

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Sam Champion’s husband on their meeting

Millions of television viewers may know Sam Champion as the longtime weather anchor on ABC’s Good Morning America but new husband Rubem Robierb was not among them.

‘When Sam and I began hanging out, I didn’t know anything about him – his world was not part of my universe,’ Robierb says in the ‘Love Issue’ of Out Magazine. ‘I don’t watch TV and I wake up at 9:30 every day.’

He adds: ‘The great thing about our relationship is that it developed outside the noise of our professional worlds, without last names, without labels. It was just Sam and Rubem.’

The couple married in New York City on December 21 then held a New Year’s Eve wedding reception in Miami which is Robierb’s hometown. It was at a New Year’s Eve party that the couple first met.

‘I was party-hopping, as you do in Miami, and we kept running into each other and locking eyes,’ Champion remembers. ‘Eventually he asked for my number, and a few days later we met for a date. Fast-forward a year, and we are at the same New Year’s party. The host silences the room to make a toast, and I’m thinking, Oh no, this is where everyone has to talk about what they’re grateful for, and I’m unprepared. But then Rubem stands up and I look at him and realize he is proposing.’

Robierb, a professional photographer, marvels at how times are changing gay people.

‘I grew up in a really, really small town in the center of Brazil, at a time when we had no idea that we could be ourselves,’ he says. ‘There are role models for people today, but we had no choice but to become our own role models.’


Super Bowl champ Brendon Ayanbadejo got flack being an LGBT ally: ‘The resistance made me stronger’

That was quite a Super Bowl game yesterday and I had a great time at family party where my dad’s guacamole was perhaps his best batch yet!

I didn’t have a big favorite in the game but am happy for the Ravens victory because LGBT ally Brendon Ayanbadejo is now a Super Bowl champ.

He took the time to talk to Russell Simmons for in an interview after the big game.

‘Being the first pioneer publicly accepting same-sex marriage in the three major sports was difficult at first but the more people scrutinized me and ridiculed me, the stronger I became for the issue,’ he says. ‘It was like lifting weights; the resistance made me stronger, stand taller and speak louder for LGBT rights!’

Although no member of the NFL has ever come out publicly during their playing career, Ayanbadejo is optimistic.

‘The NFL culture has come a long way from four years ago,’ he says. ‘The younger generation of players are a lot more open-minded, forward thinking and accepting of the LGBT community.

Of the Super Bowl win he says: ‘I am very happy for my team, the organization, the fans and the city of Baltimore. They have been incredible to me and my family! Now it is time to make sure all families can share in the same opportunities that we can. Our work has just begun!’


Tennis Flashback: The day I watched a shirtless Jan-Michael Gambill practice at tournament at UCLA

Okay, I don’t think this was stalking. I consider it more of a case of wandering into the right place at the right time.

About a decade ago, I had the day off from work and went over to UCLA to see the men’s tournament which, sadly, had its last year there in 2012. I got there early and wandered over to the stadium where a shirtless guy was practicing – it was Jan-Michael Gambill!

I only had one of those throw-away cameras so I made my way down to the front row – there was literally no one else in the stands – and just started taking a bunch of photos as I wiped drool off of my mouth.

I found these prints in a box the other day and it was like buried treasure! I hope you enjoy them!

Gambill was once ranked as high as 14th in the world in men’s tennis and had wins over former #1 players Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt and Carlos Moya. But his unique playing style – a two-handed forehand and backhand, only took him so far including three tournament wins and a quarterfinal finish at Wimbledon.

He, of course, is a past Morning Man – read all about that HERE!

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