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Cary Grant’s daughter Jennifer says in new memoir: “Dad somewhat enjoyed being called gay.”

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http://i592.photobucket.com/albums/tt8/MovieJoe/grant.jpgThe late film legend Cary Grant’s only child came from his fifth marriage to actress Dyan Cannon.

That daughter, Jennifer Grant, is now 45 years old and she has written a memoir called Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant.

The book is out May 3  and she writes about a dad who picked her up from school, who read to her, taught her life lessons and saved every photo, souvenir and scrap of paper that the two of them shared for the 20 years he was in her life.

In the book, she does not shy away from the rumors about her dad including the widespread belief that he was gay.

“Can’t blame men for wanting him, and wouldn’t be surprised if Dad even mildly flirted back,” his daughter writes. “When the question arises, it generally speaks more about the person asking.”

Then again, she adds, “Dad somewhat enjoyed being called gay. He said it made women want to prove the assertion wrong.”

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Sarah Paulson joins cast of HBO’s “Game Change”

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The movie is directed by Jay Roach and written by Danny Strong. It follows McCain’s (Ed Harris) 2008 presidential campaign, from his selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore) as his running mate, their campaign and defeat in the general election.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

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Rosie O’Donnell drops plans to stay at Trump hotel as GLAAD calls a boycott of his businesses

http://www.nypost.com/rw/nypost/2009/10/22/news/photos_stories/cropped/rosie_odonnell--300x300.jpghttp://www.page2live.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/trump.jpgRosie O’Donnell had a lot of people scratching their heads because of her plans to stay at Donald Trump’s Chicago hotel while she tapes her new talk show for the Oprah Winfrey Network.

But now Rosie, who famously feuded with Trump while she was co-host of The View, has changed her mind.

A rep for Rosie tells The Advocate that she will not be staying at the hotel while looking at real estate options in the Windy City.

GLAAD praised Rosie’s change of plans.

“Rosie O’Donnell has sent an important message to the majority of Americans — gay and straight — who don’t agree with Donald Trump’s statements against marriage equality for all loving and committed couples,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios.

Barrios added: “Fair-minded people should think twice about supporting a businessman who courts our dollars but advocates denying gay and lesbian couples protections that all families need to take care of each other.”

GLAAD is calling Trump out on his stance against same-sex marriage and has kicked off a “Tune Out Trump” campaign which calls on the LGBT community and its allies to boycott his his television shows, hotels, resorts, and golf courses.

“Trump is sending the message to the 1 million gay couples who are raising approximately 2 million kids in the United States that they shouldn’t be treated equally,”  GLAAD said. “He wants their viewership for his shows and their money at his properties — gay and lesbian travelers spend an estimated $17 billion a year for tourism — but Trump doesn’t want to allow them the same dignity and respect as all loving couples and families. This is both an unfair and unwise business practice.”

Related Post: Cyndi Lauper tells Greg In Hollywood how disappointed she is in Donald Trump’s stance on LGBT equality

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Lunch Break Video: Linda Ronstadt and Phoebe Snow team up for a classic duet on “Saturday Night Live”

http://snl.jt.org/caps/episode_sketches/1979-05-19-5.jpgPhoebe Snow died yesterday which makes her many fans very sad. Thankfully we have her music to listen to forever. When I interviewed Phoebe in 2008, I mentioned that I remember when she and her close friend Linda Ronstadt belted out It’s In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song) on Saturday Night Live in the 70s. It was something else.

“We just watched that together!” she told me. “We were intensely watching YouTube and we were just two nuts back then dancing the Cha-Cha! We wondered, ‘Is that us?’ We always talked about recording it. Maybe we still will.”

Sadly, they won’t have that chance. But here is the performance from SNL.

Trailblazer Campaign Video: Nicholas Downs shares how playing lead in “Is It Just Me?” led to his coming out publicly

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http://www.advocate.com/uploadedImages/NicholasDowns1.jpgLast week, I shared with you the first video from James Duke Mason’s new Trailblazer campaign which featured Chad Allen talking about life as a an openly gay actor.

Here is the second installment of this YouTube project that encourages actors to be out and proud. This one features actor Nicholas Downs who had the lead role in the wonderful comedy Is It Just Me? which screened at Outfest last summer.

He talks about growing up in a small town in Iowa as one of 10 kids. He said his sexuality never really came up in his career until he did Is It Just Me? when he was asked repeatedly on the festival circuit if he is gay.

When he finally said “Yes” publicly, he knew he’d made the right decision.

“I just felt this huge weight lifted from my shoulders,” he says in the video. “I felt so amazing, so free, so uninhibited.”

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Wednesday Morning Man: Kayne Lawton!

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_XTmpRKhr-hw/TTd0NP3b4AI/AAAAAAAByh8/IZLfLZ9MR78/s1600/kayne-lawton-txt.jpgIt’s a really hot day here in Los Angeles today so why not have a Morning Man who is just hot, hot, hot!

This handsome athlete is 21-year-old Kayne Lawton, an Australian Rugby League Player for the Gold Coast Titans.

He is one of the rugby stars who has posed wearing next to nothing in the annual Gods of Football calendar. To get to know this studly guy a little better, here is the Q&A from the calendar:

How would you describe yourself in a personals ad? Fun, sporty and relaxed

What three things do you look for in a partner? Good personality, a nice smile and someone who loves the outdoors

What would you do on your ideal date? A tropical island with a nice dinner on the beach

Sex or Football – what’s better? Sex

Most embarrassing thing a fan has ever asked you to do? Someone once asked me to sign their boobs

Favorite sport other than footy? Golf

What’s it like getting naked in front of a camera? (And would you do it again?) Nerve wracking but towards the end it was good fun! Yep, I would do it again

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_hE0TRpE-p8U/Spa5hp7Pl_I/AAAAAAAAcqo/7UBoBrWKvfg/s400/KayneLawton-Gods--6.jpgYour favourite part of your body is? My bum!

How do you feel about being named a ‘God of Football? Privileged and lucky

What does sexy mean to you? Being fun and confident

Do you think you’re sexy? Yeah, why not!

Clean shaven, stubble or beard? What do you prefer? Stubble

Intensive, sensitive, Fresh or Control? Which best describes you? Sensitive and fresh

If you were meal, what would you be? A supreme pizza!

What can’t you live without? My leopard skin undies!

Tell me something most people don’t know about you. Ermmm……… I’m a really good surfer!

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Katie Couric makes it official: she is stepping down from “confining” CBS Evening News anchor chair

Katie Couric told Tavis Smiley tonight that doing a daytime talk show is at the top of her list although there is no official deal yet to announce. But was she is ready to announce that she is indeed stepping down as anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News.

She told Tavis that the anchor desk a “pretty confining venue” and that she wanted to be doing something that was “a little more in my wheelhouse.”

Couric, who was host of The Today Show for 15 years, she said wants to do “what I think I do best, which is interacting with people, interviewing with people.”

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A tribute to the late, great Phoebe Snow

I cannot tell you how saddened I was earlier today to learn of the death of the great Phoebe Snow.

The legendary singer – best known for the 1975 classic Poetry Man -died at the age of 60 from complications of a brain hemorrhage.

I was thrilled to interview her back in November of 2008 when she had recorded some songs for the film Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom.

She was still dealing with immense grief following the death of her only child, Valerie, in 2007 at the age of 31. She seemed fragile when we spoke but had plans to record again and to kick off a tour. But she suffered a stroke in January of 2010 that brought an end to those plans.

In 1975, shortly after releasing one of the most acclaimed debut albums of the era, Phoebe gave birth to Valerie who was born severely brain injured. She was told her child would not live very long, be extremely disabled and should be placed in a residential facility.

“She came home with me and that’s where she lived for 31 years,” Phoebe told me when we spoke. “Back then, the music industry saw that as a liability. But my daughter was the most amazing person.”

Snow had been nominated for a Grammy, been on the cover of Rolling Stone and continued to release an average of one album a year through the 1970s. She cut back to put motherhood first and recorded only sporadically.

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During her darkest times, Snow found surprising solace in a television show she happened upon one day: “Noah’s Arc,” a drama on MTV’s Logo Channel about a group of gay African-American men navigating life and love in Los Angeles.

“It was kind of a fluke that I even found it,” she said. “About 2-3 months after my daughter’s passing, I was in a vegetative state when I happened to see some of the season two episodes. It sort of brought me out of my abyss and gave me something else to focus on. I became a little emotionally involved with the characters and found them very endearing and charming.”

But the Logo series ended after two seasons – in a cliffhanger!

“I wanted to know what happened!” Snow said.
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“It had been quite awhile since I’d been somewhere like that,” she recalled. “They put me in a little room, Patrik came in, we met, and I loved him. I said, ‘Your series has been virtually kind of saving my life here and I have to know, what happened to the characters?’”

The two kept in touch and Polk kept the singer updated on the progress of a feature film, based on the series, that was being planned and included the wedding of title character Noah (Darryl Stephens) and his longtime love Wade (Jensen Atwood).

She volunteered to do a song for the soundtrack of the feature film Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom then something else happened.

“He said, ‘Do you want to be in it?’ I said, ‘You’re kidding!’ and the world stopped rotating for a minute. I freaked! I’ve never been in a film before.”

Snow soon found herself in Nova Scotia where the movie was filmed. She played a singer who performs in the climactic wedding scene.

“It was unbelievably cold and I’m just not a cold person. But it was one of the greatest moments of my life.”

But being surrounded by members of the cast that had gotten her through some tough times suddenly made her very emotional.

“I was like a weeping bag of crap,” she said. “I was hysterical crying.”

“They put 18 pounds of eyelashes on me, I got glue in my eyes. I was trying to pull myself together and (while on the set) I had a grieving moment. I was trying to hold myself together, lost it, and the lashes were melting off. (Jensen Atwood) just came over and gave me a big hug.”

To see Phoebe performing Something Real in the film, go out and get the DVD now!

Rest in peace, Phoebe Snow.

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A preview to 90-minute “Glee” tonight! Kurt returns to McKinley High and Blaine serenades him

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Lunch Break Video: In honor of Carol Burnett’s 78th birthday, one of her greatest comedy sketches

http://images.mylot.com/userImages/images/postphotos/1977649.jpgThe great Carol Burnett turns 78 years old and she’s still going strong.

Her classic variety show which ran on CBS from 1967-78 excelled at classic movie parodies and none were better than Went With the Wind.

The dress made from curtains is the most iconic image from this Gone With the Wind takeoff but the entire thing is just brilliant and includes hilarious moments from Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway and guest star Dinah Shore.

Here is the sketch in its entirety. Enjoy!

“Real World” alum Scott Herman is training hard for the seven-day, 545 mile AIDS/LifeCycle event

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http://www.ragemonthly.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/12444-37337.jpgScott Herman first became known as a cast member of The Real World: Brooklyn.

But since his time on that MTV show, Scott has stayed in the public eye as a model and fitness guru and been a visible straight ally for LGBT causes.

On his website, he writes about his participation in the upcoming AIDS/LifeCycle event:

I’m riding in this year’s AIDS/LifeCycle and created the “Scott Herman Fitness Team” of riders because the event’s goals and my goals are very much in alignment.

My company, ScottHermanFitness.com, is dedicated to helping people reach their fitness goals and true potential.  We’ve got the most positive and supportive online community on Facebook (no Hermanite is ever left behind), and it’s continuing to grow every day.

From what I know about AIDS/LifeCycle, it’s just like my online community–an incredible group of people who support each other in achieving something very big and meaningful.  For participants in ALC, it’s to help end AIDS and to provide care and support for those who are living with the virus.  If you’re HIV-positive and don’t have access to medical care and medicine, you can never reach your full potential.  And you can’t stop HIV without effective prevention programs.  That’s why the work of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation is so important.  And that’s why I’m riding and have set an ambitious goal of raising $200,000 to support them.

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow thinks gay journalists “have a responsibility” to come out of the closet

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow is one of the most famous lesbians in the country and being out certainly has not seemed to hurt her career.

In a candid interview with the UK’s The Guardian, she is asked about her being out and others not being out including, the newspaper writes, “an equally well-known news presenter who is widely assumed to be gay but has never come out.”

Maddow paused and said: “I’m sure other people in the business have considered reasons why they’re doing what they’re doing, but I do think that if you’re gay you have a responsibility to come out.”

http://www.bestweekever.tv/bwe/images/2009/12/ANDERSON-COOPER-BW.JPGOf course it was widely assumed that Maddow was talking about CNN’s Anderson Cooper who has never discussed his sexuality publicly but has regularly been named to OUT Magazine’s Out 100 list.

But in a post on Monday, Maddow denies this: “In that interview, I wasn’t asked about Anderson Cooper, I didn’t say anything about him, he literally was never discussed during the interview at all — even implicitly,” she wrote.

“Media-about-media today notwithstanding, I did not in my interview with the Guardian say anything about or to Mr. Cooper, nor would I. Although criticism of Mr. Cooper was intimated by the Guardian and picked up everywhere — I did not make that criticism in the interview, nor did I imply it, nor is it what I believe.”

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Barbara Walters chats w/Elton John and David Furnish about the baby, the rumors (& the breast milk)

ELTON JOHN DAVID FURNISH BARBARA WALTERS ZACHARY X390 (SOURCED) | ADVOCATE.COMBarbara Walters’ chat with Elton John and David Furnish on last Friday’s edition of 20-20 was a very warm and cuddly occasion.

The tidbit that has resulted in the most headlines is what Elton revealed about their baby’s biological mother who is still in the baby’s life: : “We have the breast milk Fedexed from where she is.”

Elton also cleared up tabloid reports about multi-million-dollar nurseries in their homes multiple nannies and even special baby chefs: “We have one nanny. And we’re very hands-on. And we take him to lunch.”

Adds Furnish: ”We change him, we bathe him, we feed him and we read him a story every night.”

Elton said “the worst thing you can do” is to spoil a child.

“I’ve seen it happen so many times,” he said. “Being the child of a famous person is very difficult, and we’re very well aware of the pitfalls of that.”

David said while their life might be very luxurious, it’s all come from hard work.

“Both Elton and I have sort of earned everything we’ve done in our careers and furthered our educations through our own drive and our own ambitions,” he said. “And we want Zachary to be exactly the same sort of way.”

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Tuesday Morning Man: Rider Strong!

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But Huffington Post has an interview with the handsome 31 year old who is also a director, producer and screenwriter who with his brother Siloh, had a short film Dungeon Master debut at the Tribeca Film Festival over the weekend.
Rider said people grew so attached to his Shawn Hunter character on Boy Meets World that he has to struggle to interest people in his new projects.

“It happens all the time, but people are cool. Everyone’s really nice. It’s never been an issue; it’s always been a very positive experience,” he said of encounters with “Boy Meets World” fans. “The hardest part is getting people to follow me into a new creative project. When I do something completely different, it’s like, why aren’t you just doing a ‘Boy Meets World’ reunion? But, if you like me in that, why wouldn’t you like me in something else? But people don’t take that leap and I’m hoping that they will.”

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Anderson Cooper tribute to Tim Hetherington:”I hope he didn’t suffer. I hope he didn’t feel alone at the end.”

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http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/files/2011/04/Hetherington.jpgAnderson Cooper paid tribute to Academy Award nominated journalist Tim Hetherington (Restrepo) who was killed last week in Libya.

He has once spent a week with Hetherington in Afganistan and last spoke with him a few weeks ago.

Said Anderson: “For many who knew him, it is incredibly hard to believe that Tim is gone. … Tim Hetherington was the kind of person you felt lucky to be around. He was smart, funny, quick to laugh; even though he had seen things few people can imagine.”

Anderson concluded by saying: “Tim is dead. He shouldn’t be. I hope he didn’t suffer. I hope he didn’t feel alone at the end. He died in a far away place; I hope soon he will finally return home.”

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Kelly McGillis came out as a lesbian because “‘I was just tired of lying about who I am.’

http://geniusbeauty.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/kelly-mcgillis.jpgActress Kelly McGillis, best known for her roles in the films Top Gun, The Accused and Witness, is still making movies only now she is doing so as an out lesbian.

Her new movie is Shake Land. Here is a bit of an interview she’s just done with Entertainment Weekly:

You came out a couple of years ago. It’s a big question, but what prompted that?
That is a big question. How much time do we have? [Laughs]

Madam, I have all day.
Well, there were quite a few [reasons]. But fundamentally, I was just tired of lying about who I am. I’ve reached a point where my kids are grown, they’re out of the house, they no longer have to be concerned that their friends, their friends’ families, will put them in compromising emotional situations because of my sexual preference. That was a big concern of mine because, unfortunately, a lot of people are not very tolerant. I got to a certain age and I didn’t give a s— anymore.  Ultimately, all I have to offer anybody is my truth. I don’t have any profound wisdom, no profound insight, I only have my truth and my experience to offer others. And I was living a frigging lie.

Is it trite to suggest that your spell on the L Word influenced your decision?
I was out before that. It’s just that I talked about it publicly [later]. I mean, I was involved in a relationship during that. It wasn’t a thing that just happened. That’s who I am and what I’ve been for a long time. It’s just that I could never really talk about it.

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Glee’s Chris Colfer on Kurt returning to McKinley: “I felt like Shelley Long returning to Cheers.”

http://img.timeinc.net/time/2011/time_100_walkup/chris_colfer.jpgChris Colfer has a lot going on in his career right now and Entertainment Weekly just talked to him about all of it. But the part of the chat that I found most interesting is about his Glee character of Kurt Hummel returning to McKinley High this week after leaving for awhile to attend Dalton Academy.

So Kurt returns to McKinley next Tuesday on Glee. Is the rest of the season Kurt and Blaine trying to figure out how to be a couple?
They kind of just have to deal with more of a long-distance relationship. I mean, it’s not like they’ve got anyone else to cheat with. He’s around as much as he was before.

While Kurt was at Dalton, it was almost if you were on a separate show from your castmates. It must be so fun for you to be back with them.
It was weird coming back. It was weird. They even said, “It’s weird having you back.” I felt like Shelley Long returning to Cheers. While I was gone, they established all these personal jokes that I don’t know what they’re talking about. So I’ll be like, “Oh this one time at Dalton…” [Laughs.]

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Monday Morning Man: Lorenzo Borghese!

http://www.rxbright.com/images/testimonials/lorenzo.jpgI didn’t see his season of The Bachelor but did see Lorenzo Borghese last night on CNN talking about the upcoming Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

So why are they asking a former “Bachelor” about royal stuff? Because he is a price himself!

The 38 year old is commonly known as Prince Lorenzo Borghese and is a member of the House of Borghese. He’s also a cosmetics entrepreneur and animal advocate.

He currently resides in New York City and is the founder and president of Royal Treatment Italian Pet Spa, a high-end bath, body and skin care line for pets that is sold in hundreds of boutiques nationwide and on the Home Shopping Network.  In 2009, he started a luxury pet shopping site, Royal Pet Club which sells prestigious pet items as discount prices.

In addition, Prince Lorenzo is executive vice president of Multimedia Exposure, Inc., a family-owned business that acts as an agency for various products for television shopping channels in the U.S. and Europe.

Last December, his first novel The Princess of Nowhere was published by Harper Collins.

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Rafael Nadal wins 45th career title!

Rafael Nadal Of Spain RaisesYesterday, I posted about Rafael Nadal winning his 500th career match.

Well, the when you’ve won as much as this Spanish superstar have, the milestones begin to come in droves. Today, he beat David Ferrer in the final of the ATP tournament in Barcelona winning the tournament for the sixth time.

It was the 45th tournament victory of Nadal’s career – the 31st title to come on clay. It moves him into third place all time ahead of Bjorn Borg and Manuel Orantes.

“We will have to see when my career is over, but what Bjorn did was incredible, how players had the feeling they could not beat him. I don’t think I have that,” Nadal said.

Uh, I think he’s being humble. On clay, he has been virtually unbeatable since 2005.

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Showtune Sunday: All about the greatest star Barbara Streisand who turns 69 years old today!!!

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_kLhYIydf3VI/TFp_Tk7VfUI/AAAAAAAAAbA/I_pugZVc8Jk/s400/barbra+streisand.jpgShe’s an onion roll on a plateful of bagels, she really is the greatest star.

She’s Barbra Streisand, a national treasure who turns 69 years old today.

I’ve had so much fun watching various videos for this post because these and others or so great and it really made me excited to see Miss Streisand tackle the role of Mama Rose in a new feature film of Gypsy. I hope that does indeed happen.

Anyway, I decided to post her three signature songs today: People, The Way We Were and Evergreen along with one of my personal favorites As If We Never Said Goodbye and, of course, I’m the Greatest Star from Funny Girl.

Enjoy!!!




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