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Sunday Showtunes: All about Kristin Chenoweth! Chenoweth is the real deal.

She is such a gifted performer and has the Tony Award (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown) and Emmy Award (Pushing Daisies) to prove it.

She made her Broadway debut in 1997′s Steel Pier and went on to star in the original Broadway production of Wicked, the revival of The Apple Tree and is currently starring opposite Sean Hayes in the revival of Promises, Promises.

Kristin recently came very forcefully – and eloquently – to the defense of Hayes after a Newsweek writer wrote a controversial article claiming Hayes and other openly gay actors cannot convincingly play straight characters.

She is a gem of a person who, whenever I’ve encountered her on a red carpet, is truly a warm and down-to-Earth woman. She even spelled her name for me the first time we chatted and she already had a Tony.

Let’s celebrate the fabulous Kristen with three of her performances. Enjoy!

Julie Andrews seemed delighted with Kristin’s performance of Spoonful of Sugar during the 2001 Kennedy Centers Honors.

This clip is from when Nathan Lane hosted the Late Show with David Letterman. The song You’re Just In Love is from a musical — Call Me Madame.

And finally, here are Kristen and her Wicked co-star Idina Menzel performing Popular.

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Roger Federer says he misses Rafael Nadal’s “pirate pants and the sleeveless” shirts today, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will play against each other for the Madrid Masters crown.

It’s a big deal because it is their first showdown in 12 months!

It’s nice to see tennis’s greatest rivalry renewed now that Nadal has come back from injury and is playing well again winning titles in Monte Carlo and Rome in recent weeks.

Anyway, Madrid is an important warm-up for the French Open which begins next Sunday. Federer is the defending champion both in Madrid and at the French where Nadal has won three times.

Both men are not only warriors on the court, but they are also very stylish players who care about their tennis attire. I just read an ESPN cover story on Roger where he actually remarked on Rafael’s ever-changing look: “I think it’s a pity he gave up his pirate pants and the sleeveless [shirts]. I thought our styles were colliding even more then. I kind of miss it.”

Me too, but I’m sure not for the same reasons: I miss seeing Nadal’s bulging biceps fully exposed!


Morning Men Classics: Starsky & Hutch! was not, in my opinion, a more dreamy cop team in the 70s than Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul – aka Starsky and Hutch.

I had a bigger crush on Paul with that curly black hair, beautiful blue eyes and tight jeans! But then David was the one with the number one hit record Don’t Give Up On Us Baby which was a huge smash.

From 1975-79, they played Det. Dave Starsky and Det. Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson, two streetwise cops who busted criminals in their red-and-white Ford Torino with the help of police snitch called Huggy Bear.

Paul once said in an interview: “I think between David’s and my chemistry and the notion of a buddy show, which I think, if I’m not mistaken, was the first of its kind on television…we had “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” as a feature, but we hadn’t seen that kind of pairing,… male bonding,.. whatever you want to call it in television. So this was kind of a first.”

These days, Paul mostly writes and directs and continues his activism in the fight against Pediatric AIDS after losing his wife Elizabeth and their daughter to the disease. David still acts, mostly doing theater and shows for BBC television.

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“Sex and the City” Saturday: Carrie and Aidan move in together and the battle of what to get rid of begins! cool that Aidan (John Corbett) is in the upcoming Sex and the City movie. I thought he was the perfect man for Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) but when it came time for that final commitment, Carrie just wasn’t ready.

In this scene from season four, Aidan moves in with Carrie and they are going to buy the apartment next door to make it big enough for both of them. Until then, it’s a tight squeeze! I just love this fight about Carrie’s reluctance to rid herself of any of her favorite outfits.


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“All My Children” recasts its lesbian character of Bianca Montgomery with actress Christina Bennett Lind

<i>All My Children</i>  Finds Its New BiancaIt was just last year that Erica Cane’s daughter took part in daytime’s first lesbian wedding. But shortly after the nuptials, actress Eden Riegel, who won an Emmy in the role of Bianca Montgomery, left the show.

Eden recently began a new role on The Young and the Restless but Bianca will return to Pine Valley on June 14 and be played by Christina Bennett Lind, according to TVGuideMagazine.

“Christina oozes goodness and we really needed that for Bianca,” says exec producer Julie Hanan Carruthers. “Eden brought an integrity and honest innocence to the role that was very tough to match. We turned the earth upside going through the candidates. When Christina came in to read for the part she was Bianca. I think it’ll be a very easy transition for the audience.”

Says Lind of her new gig: “I can only hope I do half of what Eden did with the part. She played it with amazing grace and dignity. Now I need to breathe my own life into it.”


Saturday Morning Man: Ashton Kutcher! have been more than 400 Morning Men featured on Greg In Hollywood and surprisingly one of them has not been Ashton Kutcher.

So here he is!

Ashton, 32, was featured on Nightline this week and I liked how down-to-Earth he seemed and I like his passion for Twitter and enjoyment at interacting with fans. He just seems like a good guy.

He came to fame as one of the stars of That 70s Show and has gone on to star in such hit films as What Happens in Vegas, Just Married, The Butterfly Effect, Guess Who, Dude Where’s My Car? and the recent ensemble romantic comedy Valentine’s Day. His latest film is Killers opposite Katherine Heigl out June 4.

But Ashton is far from just a movie star. He was named one of Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People. He created The Demi and Ashton Foundation with wife Demi Moore to eliminate child sex slavery worldwide. He is also co-founder of Katalyst, a studio for social media.

I’ve long been a fan of Ashton but last year my esteem for him was solidified when he publicly scolded one of his Twitter followers for using the word “gay” in a derogatory way and pointed out that its use is similar to using the N-word. He wrote: “Can we just get clear, calling some one ‘gay’ or ‘fag’ is as derogatory as calling someone a ‘nigger’. U look like an idiot when you do it.”

He’s got nearly 5 million followers on Twitter.


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I’m officially sick of Ramin Setoodeh but here is one more item about him agreeing to visit set of “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed that Newsweek writer Ramin Setoodeh will pay a visit to the set of Glee and sit down with the show’s writers. is clearly trying to educate the man who recently wrote an incredibly annoying and immature article about openly gay actors not being able to convincingly play straight characters. Among those he cited was Glee cast member Jonathan Groff (pictured, left, with co-star Lea Michele).

Here is part of an open letter Murphy published in Entertainment Weekly:

Ramin Setoodeh, the author of the article, reached out to me today and accepted my offer to sit with myself and the writers of Glee — Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan — to discuss not only why we found the piece so offensive, but also to observe our creative process and see how we construct a TV show dedicated exclusively to the idea of inclusiveness and acceptance for all — ideas solely absent in his ‘Straight Jacket’ article.

Along with inviting him into our Glee writers room, I will also let him observe our casting process…so he can witness first hand — and speak to — actors who audition for our show and who are already series regulars — actors who are encouraged to read for ALL roles, no matter what their sexual orientation, color or gender. Who cares who you are or who you sleep with — men, women, sheep — frankly, it’s none of our business or concern. The actor with the best audition should get the part. On Glee, straight actors play gay roles, gay actors play straight roles and no one is discriminated against. I hope observing this process firsthand — and talking with our cast — will be illuminating to Mr. Setoodeh, and inform his future journalistic endeavors.

In my telephone conversation with him, Mr. Setoodeh mentioned how he feels cornered, misunderstood and unfairly attacked. I look forward to hearing his reasons for writing the article, and will of course listen with an open heart and mind. Vicious anonymous attacks — which Mr. Setoodeh feels he has been subjected to over the past two days — aren’t cool or acceptable, and get us no where.

I applaud Murphy for being willing to make this effort. Personally, I would feel better about giving a lot of attention to this guy if he ends up evolving into a more emotionally intelligent gay man who works out his issues before he spills them onto the pages of a major publication like Newsweek.

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“The Wanda Sykes Show” axed? Hollywood’s Nellie Andreeva is reporting that The Wanda Sykes Show is being canceled by Fox after just one season!

Writes Nellie: The late-night talk show started off strong but tumbled in the ratings as the season went on and fell below the performance of predecessor MadTV in the Saturday 11 PM hour. Fox has options for the late-night Saturday slot. It has been actively developing sketch comedies this pilot season and ordered two pilots, one written by and starring Dana Carvey and Spike Feresten, with another, from Jamie Foxx and MadTV creators Fax Bahr and Adam Small.

I’d be more outraged if I’d watched it more than just a few times. It’s hard to change your Saturday night viewing habits and if I’ve been out and about, I like to come home and watch SNL. I just don’t think Wanda’s show created enough buzz-worthy moments.

Still, it’s too bad for the wonderfully talented Wanda. Let’s hope CBS has the good sense to renew The New Adventures of Old Christine for a sixth season. On this still very funny sitcom, Wanda plays Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s BFF and business partner Barb.

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TV host Jane Velez-Mitchell named person of the year for 40th LA PRIDE celebration

Don’t know about you, but LA Pride is one of my favorite weekend’s all year and we are just a month away from thus year’s festivities which take place June 11-13.

Christopher Street West, which presents LA Pride, announced today that Jane Velez-Mitchell is the 2010 Person of the Year. She was chosen for her activism, her honesty in sharing her journey overcoming addiction, and for being an out lesbian working in national media.
Jane currently hosts HLN’s Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell. She is a veteran television news journalist and Emmy Award winner who spent more than a decade anchoring and reporting for KCAL-TV in Los Angeles. Her autobiography, I Want: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life, became a New York Times bestseller.
To find out about other honorees and about the festival, go to
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Brett Claywell shares some “Details”

It’s such a pity that Brett Claywell did not get a well-deserved Emmy nomination for his work as Kyle Lewis on One Life to Live. I hope he knows that his performance in the groundbreaking gay storyline will probably be remembered long after any of the other nominees.
He and co-star Scott Evans (and co-star Nicholas Rodriguez for awhile) have become part of TV history and LGBT history. Not just because they played roles of gay men, but because they played the roles with such conviction and such truth.
The abrupt end to their storyline and perhaps the Emmy snub shows just how uncomfortable some people, some powers-that-be, some advertisers and some viewers are with same-sex stories.
Brett, who I look forward to seeing in anything else he does in the future, spoke with about the Emmys and his time playing Kyle. Here are some excerpts:
Details: And when you found out you were going to be playing the gay character, were you like, “Daytime Emmy, here I come!”?Brett Claywell: Not really. You can only do as well as the stories written for you. So I didn’t really know what to expect. I was apprehensive for sure. I didn’t know if it was the right role to play. I didn’t know if it was the right decision to make. I took about a week with it. After thinking about everything, I realized it’s my job to play characters and tell true stories, whether or not the character’s straight or gay. And this story was a love story. So it just felt like it was the right time and the right moment and the right story. There’s been an enormous amount of fan support for Kish. Did you get any negative responses?

Brett Claywell: Evidently there were people who responded negatively, I guess, because the story line was canceled. But I never heard anything but the positive. We had people come up to us at the glaad Media Awards who said that they’d been in a relationship for 12 years, and because of our show they’d decided to finally get married. I had a fan who said that his parents have watched the show since he was a kid, and he finally came out to them because of this story line.

Details: Did you have to explain to a girlfriend that you were kissing a guy for work?

Brett Claywell: Well, I had to explain what I was doing to a lot of people. But there was no specific one single female in my life, no. I’m enjoying being single.

Details: Have more guys been hitting on you since you’ve played a gay character?

Brett Claywell: [Laughs] I think that for anyone that’s ever known me it’s pretty evident that I’m a straight man. So I haven’t gotten hit on more, I’ve just had so many thank-yous and so much support from the gay community—I couldn’t be more appreciative of the love I’ve gotten.


Elizabeth Taylor blasts Michael Jackson’s doctor: ” I thought doctors, like priests took an oath of confidentiality” Taylor and Michael Jackson were friends until the end. The Dame of the British Empire and three-time Oscar recipient was, like Jackson, a child star who lived through the strangeness of early fame and living virtually your entire life in the spotlight.

Since Jackson’s death last year, Miss Taylor has been protective of his memory just as she was a staunch supporter while he was alive – no matter what controversy engulfed him.

The Dame took to her Twitter account this week blasting Dr. Arnold Klein’s support of Jason Pfeiffer, a man who is claiming he had a gay love affair with pop star. Pfeiffer once worked in Klein’s office.

Here is Miss Taylor’s four-paert Tweet:

Dr. Arnie Klein declared on May 2 that he did not betray Michael Jackson by saying publicly that he had a homosexual relationship with someone in “Arnie’s” office. It seems he supplies not only women (Debbie Rowe), but men too…how convenient. Just what we want in our doctors. And then to say he did not betray Michael’s confidence. No wonder he has death threats. I thought doctors, like priests took an oath of confidentiality. May God have mercy on his soul.

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I Love Lucy Friday: All guest star Fernando Lamas wants to do is take a shower

In general, the Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour don’t have the same place in our hearts as the I Love Lucy half-hour episodes. But there were some good moments in these 13 one-hour shows that made up seasons 7,8 and 9 of I Love Lucy.
Among them is this sequence with guest star Fernando Lamas. The Latin heartthrob is enlisted by Ricky (and later Ethel, Fred and Lucy) to take part in a little scheme to help the Ricardos get over a fight.
Boy, Fernando was one sexy man! He is trying to take a shower and keeps getting interrupted so has to dry himself off each time to answer the door. It’s a pity we only see him from the shoulders up as he does this! It’s easy to see where his son, Lorenzo Lamas, gets his good looks.
Anyway, here one of the funniest exchanges in this scene:
Ricky Ricardo: Lucy had someone telling me that you two were seeing a lot of each other, so I would come up here beacause I was YEALOUS.
Fernando Lamas: Uhhh YEALOUS?
Ricky Ricardo: si, celoso
Fernando Lamas: OH! YEALOUS!

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Friday Morning Man: Ryan Scott Greene! I’m late with the Morning Man today!

I was paying a visit to my mom the other day and she had, as usual, the Lifetime Movie Network on the television. I didn’t think there would be so many different ways these flicks can put a woman in peril but these flicks run 24/7.

What stops me from rolling my eyes too much is there is always some nice guy candy in these movies. The other day it was Ryan Scott Greene who was co-starring in Second Chances. Now, he wasn’t the best detective in my opinion but he is damned easy on the eyes.

Here’s what I found out about Mr. Greene: He’s 36-year-old a Canadian actor who made quite a splash in the final season of Queer as Folk as Brandon, a guy whose sexual prowess threatens the Pittsburgh primacy of Brian (Gale Harold).

He then went on to star as Marcus in the 2007 MyNetworkTV telenovela Saints & Sinners.  He also co-starred in the Lifetime miniseries Beach Girls,  in the film Bottom Feeders and completed a role in the upcoming film Hit List.

A former model, Ryan made his film debut in 1999′s Witchhouse and like many hot young actors, appeared in the MTV series Undressed.

Ryan ran in the 2004 Honolulu Marathon to help raise money for AIDS Project Los Angeles. On his Twitter page, Ryan writes that he has decided to kick it off his birthday month with a 31+ Mile run thru the Yosemite National Park.

Good luck Ryan!

Ryan Scott Greene

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Alan Cumming on Newsweek writer: “He is a self-hating gay, and he is a danger to us all” winner Alan Cumming took to his own website to slam Newsweek writer Ramin Seetodeh fir his recent article that took to task openly gay actors in straight roles.

Seetodeh singled out recent work by Sean Hayes and Jonathan Groff specifically and has been slammed for his comments by Kristen Chenoweth, Ryan Murphy, Dustin Lance Black, Michael Urie and Cheyenne Jackson, among others.

Here’s some of what the openly gay Cumming, who has played many straight roles in his career on stage, film and television, had to say:

Ramin Seetodeh is gay.  He is a self-hating gay, and he is a danger to us all … But sadly he is not alone.  His article has ignited a conversation that I think highlights the fact that self-hating gays operate at the highest level of the entertainment industry: casting directors, producers, directors, agents, managers, publicists, who are themselves gay willingly engage in the oppression of their fellow gay actors.  An actor who is publicly out is not heralded as a role model or celebrated amongst this dark little band of unhappy people but derided and mocked, and their exclusion from projects in which they might play straight is borne, often, by this band of their self-hating brothers and sisters.

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Dell dies on “Private Practice”

PRIVATE PRACTICE - "The End of a Beautiful Friendship" -   Maya and her unborn baby are fighting for their lives on the operating   table, and Addison, Amelia and Fife try everything humanly possible to   save them. Meanwhile, Sam operates on an incoming crash victim and  later  makes a grim discovery; Cooper makes an ill-timed but valiant  effort  with Charlotte, and the staff's world gets rocked by an  unexpected  death, on the Season Finale of "Private Practice,"  THURSDAY,  MAY 13 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.  (ABC/ERIC  MCCANDLESS) CHRIS LOWELL first scene on Private Practice back in 2007 had him walking into the Oceanside Wellness Clinic shirtless and carrying a surfboard.

William “Dell” Parker was that surfer and also the receptionist at the facility as well as a qualified nurse and midwife-in-training. Played by actor Chris Lowell, he was also cute as could be!

But in last night’s season finale, Dell died of a brain hemorrhage after being involved in a car accident. He had just gotten into medical school and was a single father to six-year-old daughter Betsy.

The injury was caused during a car accident while he was taking pregnant friend Maya to the hospital. His bleed was overlooked causing the damage to spread before being detected.

I’m not a regular viewer of Private Practice but have watched it the last three weeks and found it to be far better than it was in its early years. But it’s so sad that Dell died!

The 25-year-old Chris will no doubt land another role soon – especially after his poignant final scene in the hospital with his daughter.

The actor was discovered playing beach volleyball while attending USC. He booked his first audition, a role in the ABC series Life as We Know It. He then joined the cast of Veronica Mars before the role in Private Practice.

Last year, Chris had a role in Up In the Air starring George Clooney.

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“American Idol” down to top 3! Can Casey or Lee stop Crystal Bowersox’s march to the 2010 title?

Just two more weeks to go before Crystal Bowersox is crowned American Idol champion. Oh, did I jump the gun? She’s just so much better than everyone else – and has been from the very beginning – that it’s just got to go her way.
But, if Adam Lambert could come in second last year (still a head-scratcher) than anything can happen.
American Idol Top 3Last night, Michael Lynche was sent packing. He had a most excellent run and was saved by judges last month after being voted off. He made the most of his stay of execution and it really seemed that either he or Casey James could have gone home last night.
That’s why Casey looked more relieved than anyone!
I was feeling like Lee DeWyze was surpassing Crystal as the probable winner but I’ve changed my mind. He’s got super talent and good looks but does not articulate himself well in the interviews.
Not that host Ryan Seacrest makes things any easier for anyone. He’s an awkward interviewer on  the show (he’s much better on radio) and last night’s elimination was handled poorly with Michael left standing there with Crystal in the end. He told Casey he was safe after saying: “Michael … keep standing there.”
Not cool.
Next week will be less humdrum because the three finalists will have visited their hometowns so we can see that excitement.
Good luck Michael with your career as well as to Casey, Lee and Crystal for the rest of the competition.

Lance Bass has a message for Newsweek

LanceBass Thank you @Newsweek for pushing LGBT actors deeper in the closet! Subscription cancelled.

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ATWT clip: With Noah back in the picture, Dr. Reid Oliver’s jealousy rears its ugly head

I’m just exhausted after watching this episode. The chemistry between Luke and Reid is just so delicious and it is clear now that Luke wants to pursue things with the sexy doc.

But Noah loves Luke again and wants to start anew.

Even though Luke’s heart seems to be with Reid now, the doc is seething with jealousy just seeing Luke and Noah together but channels it by lashing out at Luke for taking Noah outside to get fresh air.

“You’re playing the devoted boyfriend to the hilt and it’s sickening,” he says to Luke at one point.

Luke stresses to Reid that Noah “is not my boyfriend …You can’t stand seeing Noah and I together and you don’t want to admit it.”

Reid tries to defensively break things off: “I think it would be better for everyone involved if you and I went back to the way things were before Texas. … Leave me and my patient alone.”

But Luke isn’t having it. He challenges Reid on it and the doc ends up lovingly stroking Luke’s neck – just in time for Noah to get out of his bed and go looking for Luke. Even though his vision is blurry, he can still see what is going on.

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Video: Betty White fever continues! See her appearance on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno last night

Betty White usually memorizes her lines but on Saturday Night Live, she had to rely on cue cards because she was in virtually every sketch and there were so many last-minute changes.

She was terrific, of course, and as energetic as ever and will be taping an episode of new series Hot in Cleveland tomorrow and I’ll be in the audience!

Here is part of last night’s appearance on The Tonight Show (a portion of Ross Mathews‘ appearance is also included) which was kicked off by a very nice video montage to Betty’s veeeeeeeery long career. It’s such amazing longevity and this new-found rock star status must have been gratifying.

But she remains humble. When she walked out to a standing ovation, Betty cracked: “You should be throwing rocks at me, you’ve had such an overdose.”

The NY Times has a nice piece on Betty’s post-SNL victory lap and USA Today writes about what’s next for the 88-year-old wonder woman.


Designing Women Thursday: When Julia’s head got stuck and Suzanne told off a high-strung “usherette” scene from season four is a hoot because it’s got Suzanne Sugarbaker (Delta Burke) at her best.

Usually it’s her sister Julia (Dixie Carter) who is telling people off but this time, Julia’s head is stuck in the banister at the Governor’s Mansion (she was clowning around before a reception) and the governor’s aide is having a hissy fit over it.

It’s just too much for Suzanne who says to the frantic woman: “Who do you think you’re talking to? For your information, we are the Sugarbaker sisters of Atlanta. We had people living here long before it burned. Our great-great grandfather was Robert E. Lee’s roommate in college. Our other great grandfather helped write the Georgia constitution. I myself have stood in the Rose Garden with Jimmy Carter! So even if we do, on this particular day, happen to have our head temporarily stuck in a fence, we are not going to take any CRAP from some two-bit, low-level bureaucratic usherette!”