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Snapped! Dynamic duo of Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka are on their way to the Academy Awards!

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Showtune Sunday: Performances of Academy Award winning songs from Celine, Barbra and Madonna

Barbra Streisand’s performance of Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born) was one of the highlights of the 1977 Academy Awards ceremony.

She was at the peak of her considerable powers not only singing a song from a movie she starred in and produced, but it was a song she had written (with Paul Williams). And, she won the Oscar for best original song to go along for the Oscar she won for acting in Funny Girl.

With today being Oscar Sunday, it seems appropriate that Showtune Sunday be dedicated to a quartet of Oscar-winning songs performed on the Academy Awards telecast. Included are Streisand’s performance of Evergreen, Madonna performing Sooner or Later from Dick Tracy and Celine Dion’s powerful performance of My Heart Will Go On from The Titanic. Then there is Celine again dueting with Peabo Bryson on Beauty and the Beast.




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Oscar’s Morning Men: A gallery of winners from Matt and Ben to Clooney to Dustin Lance Black!

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It’s Oscar Sunday and besides the awards themselves, the talk on the red carpet and after the show will be all about what the women wore.

Yawn!

So let’s kick off the day with a gallery of dapper Oscar-winning MEN!

All are past Oscar winners for acting, one for directing and three for screenwriting.

Here are Matt Damon and Ben Affleck with the screenwriting Oscars they won in 1998 for Good Will Hunting; Javier Bardem with his best supporting actor for No Country for Old Men; Sidney Poitier with his Oscar for Lilies of the Field; Marlon Brando (with best actress winner Grace Kelly) with his Oscar for On the Waterfront; Robert Redford in 1981 when he won for directing Ordinary People; Jamie Foxx with his best actor Oscar for Ray; Denzel Washington with one of his two Oscars; George Clooney wins supporting actor Oscar for Syriana; Sean Penn with his second best actor Oscar; Daniel-Day Lewis wins the first of his two best actor Oscars; Kevin Costner holding best director and best picture Oscars for Dances With Wolves; Dustin Lance Black accepting his Oscar for writing the screenplay for Milk.

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Christopher Plummer wins Independent Spirit Award for his performance as a gay man in “Beginners”

Christopher Plummer warmed up for what seems certain to be an Oscar win on Sunday by winning the supporting actor prize at Saturday’s Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica.

Plummer has also won the Golden Globe, SAG, Critics Choice, BAFTA and scores of other awards for his performance in Beginners in which he plays a father and widower who reveals to his surprised adult son that he is gay.

Plummer joked that it took him a long time to realize the Spirit Awards had nothing to do with booze, he gave thanks to all the spirits that have come his way in his career, “good and evil.”

Here is a complete list of winners:

Best Feature: “The Artist”
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Best Screenplay: “The Descendants,” Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
Best First Feature: “Margin Call”
Best First Screenplay: Will Reiser, “50/50″
John Cassavetes Award: “Pariah”
Best Female Lead: Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn”
Best Male Lead: Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”
Best Supporting Female: Shailene Woodley, “The Descendants”
Best Cinematography: Guillaume Schiffman, “The Artist”
Best Documentary: “The Interrupters”
Best International Film: “A Separation”

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Snapped! Darren Criss and Kermit the Frog!

This photo of Glee cutie Darren Criss was snapped earlier today for the E! Red Carpet show. He looks awfully adorable here with Kermit the Frog!

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See Matt Bomer at Independent Spirit Awards!

I do think this man is incapable of taking a bad picture!

Here is Matt Bomer attending today’s Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Pier.

See a gallery of other stars over at Socialite Life.

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Peter Mac is a must-see as Judy Garland – now appearing weekly at WeHo’s French Market

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I am tardy with this review but wanted to quickly post it now in case you don’t yet have plans for the night. When a friend had to cancel our plans last week, I grabbed another friend at the last minute and we headed over to French Quarter Market in West Hollywood to see Peter Mac perform Judy Garland LIVE! In Concert.

I didn’t know much about the show just that the publicist had invited me and I had a hole in my dance card. My friend Mark and I ended up having an absolutely smashing time.

Peter Mac is a sensation as Judy Garland who would have been 90 years old this June had she lived. He channels the great star in her great early 60s period when she had a variety series on CBS and was giving sold out concerts.

Peter has three costume changes and looks smashing in each and sings the hell out of such Garland classics as Trolley Song, The Man That Got Away, Swanee, Somewhere Over the Rainbow and I’ll Plant My Own Tree from Valley Of The Dolls which Garland recorded but never filmed since she was replaced by Susan Hayward.

Trust me, this is not some drag show. This is a tribute concert and it is first-rate. What elevates it into a very special evening is the between-the-songs patter which takes place as if Judy were still with us in 2012. Mac has all the great stories and tells them brilliantly – just like you imagine the great star would if she were holding court.

And keeping with the Judy is still with us theme, Mac also does a terrific medley of two more contemporary songs that Garland would have been perfect for: I Will Survive and I Am Changing (from Dreamgirls).

Mac opened the show at French Quarter Market on Jan. 27 and 28 and is appearing each weekend. The show is expected to change each month which makes return visits quite appealing. The March show will still include many Garland standards but it is titled Judy Garland Live In Concert: THE SONGS THAT GOT AWAY so you will hear more in the vein of I Will Survive and I Am Changing.

Brian Miller is the musical director and a nice foil for Miss Garland – I mean Peter Mac – to play off of.

Trust me, this is such a treat. The showroom is currently in the back of the popular restaurant and seating begins at 6:30 p.m. prior to the 8 p.m. show. You can order your dinner and drinks and just relax. The show will be moving to a bigger showroom towards the front of the restaurant after Gay Pride Weekend in June.

The show is attracting other talented people as audience members. Actress Mila Kunis (pictured at top with Peter Mac) showed up a few weeks ago and Geri Jewel of Facts of Life fame was there last Friday. The night I attended,  in attendance TV and Broadway actress Melissa Bailey; screenwriter Greg Glienna (Meet The Parents and Relative Strangers); recording artists Darci Monet and Michael Vaccaro; and cabaret artist Greg Stikroth.

French Market Restaurant is located at 7985 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood CA 90046. The room will open for dinner seating in the private Showroom at 6:30 PM.

Show starts promptly at 8 PM.  Tickets can be purchased for $15 at the door. For tickets and more information go to FriendofJudy.com.

I will be sitting down with Peter Mac for an interview soon so stay tuned!
Here is video from the show via BoyCulture.com:

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Morning Man Encore: Chris O’Donnell!

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Who hasn’t had a crush on Chris O’Donnell since first setting eyes on him as Jessica Lange’s son in 1990′s Men Don’t Leave?

If you weren’t instantly smitten you either don’t have a pulse or you’re lying!

Anyway, Chris was going to follow that breakthrough with the role of Barbra Streisand’s son in The Prince of Tides until he was replaced by her real-life son Jason Gould (who was actually quite good!). Chris, now 39, became a star the next year anyway starring opposite Al Pacino in 1992′s Scent of a Woman, the film that won Pacino the Oscar.

Next came a batch of high-profile films including one of my absolute faces: Circle of Friends opposite Minnie Driver. There was also The Three Musketeers, Mad Love with Drew Barrymore, the drama In Love and War opposite Sandra Bullock, The Chamber and Chris’s debut as Boy Wonder Robin in 1995′s Batman Forever. Two years later, his character made the title with Batman and Robin also starring George Clooney as the Caped Crusader. That pretty much killed the franchise for a decade or so and O’Donnell”s movie career lost some heat.

The the still boyishly handsome star began to take some television roles in 2003 with a four-episode stint on The Practice. He then starred in the short-lived series Head Cases before moving on to a well-received nine-episode stint on Grey’s Anatomy.

Chris starred in the TNT miniseries The Company last year but should be settled in for the long haul with his new series: NCIS: Los Angeles which premieres later this month.

That is definitely a face I look forward to seeing every week!

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Oscar nominees try and handle losing with grace

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Will freaks out after kissing a guy in outstanding episode of “Days of Our Lives”

Okay, the big make-out scene between Will and Neil was fun to anticipate and to watch but the real payoff are the scenes that followed on today’s episode of Days of Our Lives.

It’s the kind of performance that will win Chandler Massey an Emmy – I’m certain of it.

He takes us on quite a journey today and with him along the way are his caring friend Sonny (Freddie Smith) and his loving grandmother Marlena (Deidre Hall).

All three are just outstanding and seem so connected to the characters and each others. It is such good stuff.

I’ve watched it twice now and I’m just blown away at the excellence of the acting and of the writing. Kudos to the show for doing such a wonderful job with this part of the story.

If every gay kid out there had as understanding a grandmother as Will, it would be such a gift. So for all of those who don’t, I hope they are watching and can see that such love is possible and they will find it some day.

The episode picks up with Will still kissing Neil but he soon pushes away and leaves in anguish and tears. He talks to Sonny and blames it on the booze: “I just had too much to drink and don’t try to make this into something that it’s not.”

Says Sonny: You don’t have to hide anymore. Just talk to me. I’m the one person who does understand. I know exactly what you’re going through. I’ve been there.”

A tearful Will heads straight to his grandma’s house and it is here that Will really breaks your heart as he says helplessly to Marlena: “I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what to do and I want you to tell me what to do.”

Marlena is solid: “I’m right here. I’m right here baby. I’ve got you. I’ve got you.”

Will shares that he kissed Neil and wonders why Marlena is not shocked or disgusted.

‘I think you know how much I love you and I think you know that I would never lie to you,” she tenderly tells her grandson. ‘This is the thing that I suspected you’ve been dealing with for a long time. Please remember something: I will never, ever judge you. I just want you to be happy.’

Says Will: ‘I want to be happy too. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time that I was.’

Here are the scenes. Take them in, watch them again, and appreciate that this is being done on network television.

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Ellen’s JC Penney spots debut during Oscars!

Wow, wonder if the One Million Moms will be watching or they will let their kids watch.

Ellen DeGeneres, who the Million Moms group thought should be dumped by JC Penney because she is a lesbian, announced today that her spots for the retail chain will debut on Sunday during the Academy Awards.

Scandal!

Here is a little preview she provided on her show today:

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Happy Birthday to the Lane twins Gary and Larry – they’ve made it from ‘Hollywood to Dollywood’

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These guys, who are absolute cuties and sweeties, really have made a splash with their wonderful documentary Hollywood to Dollywood which continues to in demand on the film festival circuit and is racking up awards left and right.

It’s a special film that I really loved and they are very special guys. Find out more about it HERE. Below is the trailer.

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Preview clip of today’s “Days of Our Lives” shows Will and Neil still kissing then Will freaking out

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Still turning back time: Cher going back on tour!

As someone who attended the second-to-the-last concert of Cher’s three-year “farewell tour” back in 2005.

It was at The Hollywood Bowl and marked the third time I’d seen Cher in concert.

It was a magical night and it just didn’t seem right that Cher wouldn’t be doing in anymore since she still sounded great and looked great.

Of course, after a few years of rest, Cher returned to live performing with a multi-year gig at Caesar’s Palace.

But now, the 65-year-old legend is going back on the road!

The tour will kick off in September and Cher tweeted last night:

“OH MY GOD !!!! JUST SAW THE SETS 4 THE SHOW !!! I CANT SHOW U CAUSE YOUD NEVER 4GIVE ME ! THERES SO MUCH MAGIC I AM BREATHLESS !”

A full schedule of dates and venues have yet to be unveiled. I will keep you posted!

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Friday Morning Man: James Louis Wagner!

This handsome actor, James Louis Wagner, is currently one of the stars of the play Cost of the Erection at the Blank Theatre in Hollywood.

The play – a story of warring architects and their wives – is getting raves and also in the cast is former All My Children star Michael E. Knight.

Wagner has extensive theater credits and last year had a film role in the thriller To Dream of Falling Upwards.

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Snapped! Sheriff Paul Babeau and ex Jose Orozco!

Boy, this is one good looking couple!

And boy, how things got ugly.

Thanks to reader Bill who made me aware of this photo via Phoenix New Tmes.

The photo had Jose Orozco’s face blurred in the original piece about his allegations that Sheriff Paul Babeau - a candidate for congress – threatened to have him deported after their breakup.

Earlier posts:

See sheriff Paul Babeau’s Adam 4 Adam Profile and Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeau talks to CNN; ex-boyfriend has been identified as Jose Orozco.

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See Will kiss Neil on today’s “Days of Our Lives”

Let’s face it, we all tuned in to Days of Our Lives today to see Will make out with Neil!

But there was a whole lot that happened leading up to that lip lock.

Will and his grandmother Marlena continued to confront Sami about her cheating with Rafe then Will took off to meet Sonny. He confided in Sonny about his mom’s infidelity and, of course, did so in earshot of stepdad Rafe!

But Will is blissfully unaware Rafe has overheard and gone to confront Sami.

He goes off to the Town Square with Sonny to party with some of Sonny’s friends.

Will gets invited to play beer pong by Neil and it’s so cute when Sonny tries and stop him: “Will, you’re not even 21.”

Well, the play and Will gets sauced after six games.

He goes to the bathroom to wash his face, Neil follows him. They chat then Will grabs him and starts to make out with him very forcefully!

Neil matches him in enthusiasm and they are in full-out makeout mode! Sonny, probably checking to see what is taking Will so long, comes around the corner and sees his pal in action.

Tune in tomorrow for more!

Earlier post:
Chandler Massey talks to Greg In Hollywood about Will Horton kissing a guy on “Days of Our Lives”

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‘Eating Out 5: Open Weekend’ out on DVD March 20!

These Eating Out movies are silly and they are sexy.

The latest in the franchise is Eating Out: The Open Weekend.

The film, directed by Q. Allan Brocka and stars Chris Salvatore, Daniel Skelton, Aaron Milo, Lilach Mendelovich, Harmony Santana, Michael Vara, Alvaro Orlando, Jennifer Elise Cox, Mink Stole, and Rebekah Kochan.

Here is the plot: Sexy couple Zack and Benji decide to have an “open” weekend to partake in the smorgasbord of available men on their vacation to a gay getaway in Palm Springs. When Zack runs into his ex-boyfriend Casey at the resort, they both do their best to look like they are having a good time. How could they not, when they are surrounded by cute, frisky guys with six-packs and very little clothing? When Casey reacquaints with his old high school friend Peter, he convinces him to pretend to be his boyfriend to save face with Zack despite Peter’s reluctance. As sexual tensions start to mount between Benji and Peter, Zack becomes increasingly dissatisfied with his relationship while Casey longs for a stable relationship of his own.

I’ll have some cast interviews and trailers as we head toward the release date.

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Brandon Routh & Michael Urie play couple in pilot

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Today comes word of another gay pairing for another pilot – this one on CBS.

Deadline Hollywood reports that former Superman Brandon Routh (did he not look amazing in that suit?) will be playing Michael Urie’s partner in a CBS comedy pilot from the team that brought us Will & Grace.

The pilot, titled Partners, centers on lifelong friends and business partners —architects  Charlie, who is straight, and Louis (Urie), who is gay. Routh will play Louis’ steady partner, a former alcoholic, club-hopping model, now a sober, vegan nurse.

Routh, who had a recurring role on the NBC series Chuck, has played gay roles before – most memorably in the film Max and Miri Make a Porno. His boyfriend was played by a hilarious Justin Long who attended Routh’s character’s high school reunion with him.

Let’s hope these pilots both get greenlit as regular series!

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“Days of Our Lives” Clip: Will and his grandmother Marlena confront Sami about her infidelity

Today is the day when Will Horton has his big gay kiss on Days of Our Lives! If you miss the show, I’ll post video of Will’s scenes as soon as they become available. But first, here are scenes from Wednesday’s show where Will and his grandmother Marlena confront his mom Sami about her infidelity.

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