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Luke and Noah have a heart-to-heart and Reid repeatedly looks like he going to explode!

Okay, the Luke and Reid thing is starting to slow to a glacial pace and I’m getting bored.

Today, Luke took Noah out for a little outing by the lake and they had a talk. Said Luke: “I never thought I was ever going to fall in love ever until I met you … I couldn’t imagine you not in my life and I couldn’t see myself with anyone but you.”

“Then the accident happened and you started pushing me away …It hurt me and it changed me more than I think you know. … When you decided that you couldn’t be all in with me, I forced myself to let you go. But the thing is, I couldn’t totally let you go and I always thought that we’d find a way back to each other. … But … you can’t hold on to an idea forever.”

Meanwhile, Reid is agonizing over Luke, even talking to himself: “What was I thinking? As if dinners for two and walks in the park are my thing.”

Back to Luke and Noah’s heart-to-heart. It’s interrupted when Noah suddenly gets a splitting headache – such a soap thing to do.

Back at the hospital, Lily decides to butt in and give Reid a fair warning to be careful with Luke then Noah tells Reid the one thing he knows for sure is he loves Luke as much as he ever did.

Reid looks like he is about to explode about 10 times in this episode!

Then we get Noah pushing Luke away again and MY head is about to explode.

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Chely Wright’s appearance on Oprah this week serves as a powerful life lesson for all – gay and straight

Chely WrightI’ve watched Chely Wright’s appearance on The Oprah Show several times because it is so rich and so powerful.

With her honesty and hard-earned strong sense of self, Chely could end up becoming one of the most effective activists in the LGBT movement. She’s articulate, emotionally intelligent, and might be able to reach a lot of people out there who are not being reached.

I think she is most magnificent and a gift to us all.

She talked to Oprah about growing up and realizing she was a lesbian: “I was told in church that there were building blocks of sin and evildoing, and these words were strung together to scare me—drunkard, thief, adulterer, homosexual. I thought, ‘That’s what I am,’” she says. “I prayed every day for God to change me. And it was: ‘Dear God, please don’t let me be gay. I promise to be a good person.’ I said that prayer every day, multiple times a day.”

Chely WrightDespite her professional success, Chely was haunted by her closely guarded secret. “I was never able to fully absorb the joy of my accomplishment. With each rung of the ladder I climbed, people wanted to know more,” she says. “Had you told me in 2000, had you said, ‘You’re going to be the first chart-topping country music singer to step forward and acknowledge her homosexuality,’ I would have laughed in your face. I knew it would ruin my career.”

Chely WrightAt one point, she began dating fellow country singer Brad Paisley even though she knew she could never be satisfied: “Doing anything with someone you shouldn’t be doing something with—having sex with him, kissing on him, going into a movie and holding hands with a man when you’re a lesbian—feels wrong,” she said. “When you want to be with someone else, it’s wrong. I wronged him.”

When people hide from their truth, Chely points out that they wreak havoc on themselves and everyone around them. “I damaged [Brad], and I hope he forgives me,” she says. “I hope this fills in some emotional gaps for him. I don’t assume he’s pining over how Chely Wright hurt his feelings a few years ago. I’m assuming he’s happy and moved on, but I would welcome any chance [to talk to him].”

Chely WrightWhen a decade-plus relationship with a woman ended in 2006, a heartbroken Chely began to have a breakdown and ended up putting a gun to her mouth: “I couldn’t find a way to get the pieces of my life to fit, and [I thought]: ‘I’m trapped. I can’t come out because there’s never been an openly gay country music singer,”’ she says. “I decided on that night I was done. I was tired. I couldn’t do it anymore. I said a prayer to God to forgive me for what I was about to do, and I began to cry.”

“There was not a cataclysmic event that had led me to that night,” she added. “It was layers of a lifetime of hiding and lying. … [I thought], ‘I’m a successful country music singer, and I’m a lesbian.’ Those two things had historically never co-existed, and I had painted myself into this corner.”

Chely Wright's father, StanOnce she decided to live, Chely knew she had to come out to her family. She recalled calling her father, Stan, who had said “Chel, what have I done? Are you mad at me? Is there something wrong? Why aren’t we close?’”

She told him her truth: “[I said]: ‘I have to tell you something I’ve needed to tell you my whole life. I’ve been afraid, though, to tell you because I’m afraid you won’t love me, and I’m afraid you’ll be ashamed of me. … I’m gay.’”

Stan was in the Oprah audience and shared his reaction and feelings now: “I grabbed her, and I put my arms around her. I told her it was all right. It would be fine. … I knew her heart. I knew her mind. I knew her soul. You hear a lot of times unconditional love. Well, in this old man’s world, it’s true.”

“The simplest thing I can tell anyone is, do not close the door,” Stan says. “Open the heart.”

Chely WrightIn addition to her father’s comments, this quote is my favorite from the interview from Chely on taking her power back by coming out: “I’ve been whispered about in country music for a long time. … The word ‘lesbian’ has been used as an insult,” she says. “[Now], you can say I’m ugly. You can say my songs are stupid, but I won’t allow the word ‘lesbian’ to be used as an insult toward me anymore.”

She indeed wants to make a difference in the lives of other people and God bless her for it: “Young people in every corner of America are being told by their churches, and their parents are echoing what the churches are telling them, that they are damaged goods. And they are not,” she says. “I have to stand up. I’m uniquely positioned in my culture of country music. … Country fans know me. They already think I’m a heck of a gal, a patriot, a good girl, and I am a lesbian. I have been the whole time.”

Love you Chely!!!

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Daytime Soap Clip: Noah asks Luke to stay away of Dr. Oliver who asks Luke to lie on “As the World Turns” Noah. We had already written him off as hopelessly not worthy of Luke as we root for Luke and Reid to begin a torrid affair.

Well, in the latest installment of As the World Turns which aired on Wednesday, Noah (Jake Silbermann) is as sweet as he’s ever been and tells Luke he loves him. He had been so awful to Luke since losing his sight bit I’m almost ready to forgive him!

Noah says he thinks he loves Luke as much as he ever did, if not more.

“I really hurt him when I pushed him away before,” Noah tells a friend.

Anyway, Noah is still clueless about the attraction between Luke and Reid and thinks they are still at odds. He asks Luke to keep his distance from Reid so nothing interferes with the care he gets from his doctor.

Meanwhile, Luke hates keeping things from Noah but Reid advises he do so because knowing about Luke and Reid  could prevent Noah from recovering: “Don’t try and turn him into your father confessor. He doesn’t need that right now. … What he needs is for you to be there and help him heal. And if that means lying your butt off, you damned well better.”

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“Designing Women” Thursday: Mary Jo comes into an expected windfall and considers getting a boob job

Annie Potts was perfection for all seven seasons of Designing Women as Mary Jo Shively, a divorced woman who is the creative brains behind the design business that the show revolves around.

This is one of her most memorable scenes in which she utters the line: “These things are POWER!”

Mary Jo is a beautiful gal, but she is not near as blessed in the boob department as Suzanne or Charlene.

So when a relative dies and leaves her some money, she considers breast enlargement surgery. She’s not sure how big she wants to go so tries out a few different sizes and goes out on the town with Julia (Dixie Carter) to gauge the reaction.

This scene in the bar is an absolute hoot!

Here is a LINK to an earlier scene in the episode that sets this up. I am unable to embad it. Enjoy!

Video: See Adam Lambert’s performance of “If I Had You” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Yesterday, I posted the interview portion of Adam Lambert’s appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show but held back the performance portion so we could have some Adam for today too!



Thursday Morning Man: Ted Allen! doesn’t want a man who can cook?

That makes Ted Allen our dream man!

Ted, who turns 45 years old today, the man we first got to know as the food and wine connoisseur on Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

These days, Ted is busy as the host of two Food Networks shows: Chopped, a culinary competition in which four chefs per episode attempt to cook their way through three courses to win a $10,000 prize and Food Detectives which uses scientific experiments to test myths about food. He is also a frequent guest judge on Iron Chef America.

Ted started out as a reporter in Chicago working for a chain of community weekly newspapers. This led to his connection to food in the form of restaurant criticism – he was one quarter of a bi-weekly group-review team called “The Famished Four.”

Ted then became a freelancer for Chicago magazine, eventually becoming a senior editor, and often writing about food, wine and luminaries of the culinary world.

This man is cookin!

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Happy Birthday to Cher!!! ageless star of stage and screen turns 64 years old today.

Cher – the 60s pop star, 70s television variety show star, 80s movie star and now a Vegas staple – isn’t slowing down as her first movie in way too many years is set for release later this year.

I. Can’t. Wait.

Some of my Cher favorites:

Song: Believe

Runner-up Song: Just Like Jesse James

B-Side Song: Too Far Gone

Sonny and Cher Song: All I Ever Need is You

Concert: Farewell Tour at Hollywood Bowl, April 2005

Movie: Mermaids

Movie Role: Loretta in Moonstruck

TV Character: LaVern on Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and on The Cher Show

Cher boyfriend: Val Kilmer

Cher husband: Sonny Bono

Cher child: Chaz Bono

What a career! What a life!

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The “American Idol” finalists are set!

'American Idol''s Top Two Finalists Revealed, Third Singer Axed
Once Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze and Casey James made the top three on American Idol, you knew next week’s final would be good because this is one talented trio!

But only two could advance to the final which meant the end of the road for one of them. That person was blond bombshell Casey who was voted off the show after a lackluster semifinal performance.
“I’m so thankful for the opportunity. It’s been such an amazing, amazing journey,” the 27-year-old Texan said.
Despite a pair of strong performances this week, Bowersox still seemed surprised to have made it through: “I’m safe?” she asked in disbelief.
A front-runner from the beginning of the season, Crystal is the first female Idol finalist since Jordin Sparks in 2007. But she will have to have the night of her life next week to beat the surging Lee DeWyze who seems poised to win.
Judge Randy Jackson said on Wednesday that DeWyze had “blossomed beyond belief” during the five month-long season.
Lee himself admitted: “I’ve never wanted to win more than I do right now.”

The 2010 “American Idol” will be crowned live on Fox television on May 26 after a two-part finale, and will win a recording contract. Among the stars who have emerged from the show are Grammy winners Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson (also an Oscar winner), as well as that of best-selling band headed by Chris Daughtry, Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert.

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Preview of Matthew Morrison’s Vogue spread!

01vBoy Culture is usually right on top of the latest hot photos of our favorite male stars but this one just tops them all.

It’s Glee star Matthew Morrison in a photo spread that appears in Vogue magazine.

TV’s Will Schuester is an absolute hunk!


Video: Neil Patrick Harris and Matthew Morrison duet on “Dream On” in scene from “Glee”’t that a blast last night?

Neil Patrick Harris came on and showed everyone why he is such a big star. Such talent. If he had not been such a hit with How I Met Your Mother, Neil would never have lacked for work on Broadway where he did star in Assassins and Cabaret.

But TV rediscovered him and it’s been glorious with hosting the Emmys, the Tonys, and now a guest spot on Glee. He and Matthew Morrison were perfection as former high school rivals who must put their past behind them for the good of the glee club.

Check out one of their duets from last night:

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Video: See Katie Couric’s terrific, in-depth interview with “Glee” star Jane Lynch


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CBS Evening News Anchor Katie Couric and Glee star Jane Lynch have the most terrific interview that I think you will really enjoy. It’s a real treat to see two intelligent and dynamic sitting down together and having a conversation. I love Katie’s preparation for this interview. She’s clearly watched Glee, describing Sue Sylvester as “a beeyotch on wheels.”

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American Idol Recap: Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox soar in semis while Casey James faces elimination

idol-top-3Might as well say this up front: When Lee DeWyze was performing Hallelujah on last night’s American Idol, I got choked up. It’s such a beautiful song and he just sang it so wonderfully.

He not only assured himself a place in next week’s finals, I think he is now heavily favored to win.

Lee needed to be that good because Crystal Bowersox had just finished a sensational performance of Paul McCartney’s Maybe I’m Amazed that really was one of her best yet and she looked so great in black boots and a sexy outfit.

It will be a joy to watch these two fine singers and future recording stars face-off next week.  The audience will be the winners no matter who wins.

Both of those numbers were their second of the night and their first efforts were also outstanding with Lee opening with Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s Simple Man and Crystal singing the Melissa Etheridge hit Come to My Window.

No, I have not forgotten that Casey James also performed. He’s a terrific singer and he’s damned sexy but good God, his song choices have been so bad in the later rounds that he is fortunate to have even made it to the top three and will most certainly be voted off tonight.

Casey opened the show and had the opportunity to wow us. He chose Eric Hutchinson‘s Ok, It’s Alright with Me and was solid, as he always is, but it was not memorable. The judges rightfully criticized him for not picking a tune that would have allowed him to seize the moment.

His second song was better as it was chosen by judges Randy and Kara: John Mayer‘s Daughters. Casey excels at this kind of ballad but the song, by nature, is not a bring-the-house-down kind of tune. So Simon and Ellen served their contestants better by choosing Hallelujah and Maybe I’m Amazed, respectively.

Here are some of the performances from last night:


Video: See Adam Lambert visit Ellen! Lambert is everywhere these days and I love it!

He tells Ellen DeGeneres in an interview airing today that he is “having a blast” with his post-Idol career.

Ellen is mighty impressed with the lad: “You’re in a league of your own. You have such great talent and charisma on stage.”

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“Will & Grace” Wednesday: Jack meets Cher! (Sean Hayes) does a better Cher than Cher as you can see in this classic scene.

This showdown is just hilarious. Jack thinks Cher is a drag queen trying to impersonate the superstar and they go back and forth until a frustrated Cher finally just slaps Jack and says: “Snap out of it!”


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“Promises, Promises” producers blast Newsweek writer for article on out actors playing straight

More reaction to Ramin Setoodeh’s controversial Newsweek article in which he implies it’s impossible for openly gay actors to be believable as straight characters – including Tony nominee Sean Hayes in his current role opposite Kristen Chenoweth in Promises, Promises.

Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, producers of the hit musical and such films as Hairspray and Chicago, have spoken out to The Advocate about the article.

“Ramin Setoodeh’s Newsweek article is so obviously self loathing that one can only pity the myopic world he lives in,” said Meron. “We share our friend Kristin Chenoweth’s outrage and can only marvel at the wonderful, true and yes, sexy relationship that she and Sean Hayes have on stage every night in Promises, Promises on Broadway.”

Added Zadan: “I think what’s most frightening is the continuing disappearance of the already thin line between pedestrian blogging and authentic journalism. In this instance, Newsweek has published (and inadequately defended) a blog by a self-loathing gay man who is not only wildly off-base, but who has simultaneously done his best to help slam the closet door permanently for the many actors who were contemplating coming out. I am proud of both Sean Hayes, who is a superb actor who can play any number of roles — straight or gay — and of his co-star Kristin Chenoweth, an equally gifted actor, who, without hesitation, had the mettle to rebut the author’s specious assertions.”

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Christina Aguilera is the new OUT cover girl!

On her upcoming album Bionic, Christina Aguilera’s single Not Myself Tonight which includes the line “I’m kissing all the boys and all the girls.”

Aguilera explains in the new Out Magazine cover story: “I don’t get to kiss all the girls and the boys, but my husband knows that I get into girls. I think it’s fun to be open and play.”

Nevertheless, Aguilera knows what this girl wants. “I don’t think I could ever really be with a woman because that’s a lot of…” Aguilera pauses. “Yeah, there’s a lot of estrogen and I’m a lot to deal with when it’s that time of the month, so I can’t imagine it times two.” She then shakes her head and adds, “And you know, I love dick. To be honest, that I cannot live without.”

Well, the girl knows what she likes!


Wednesday Morning Man: Justin Hartley! Hartley arrived on my radar screen just this week after making the AfterElton Hot 100.

Readers have excellent taste!

Justin, 33, was best known for his role of Fox Crane on the NBC soap Passions until he landed on the CW’s Smallville as Oliver Queen and his alter-ego Green Arrow. That role came along for Justin after the network ended up passing on a pilot that had him playing Aquaman.

He’s also had roles in various films including the indie flick Race You to the Bottom and the very funny comedy Spring Breakdown which inexplicably was never released in theaters but is on DVD.

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Not a good few days for Wanda Sykes: Her talk show already axed, CBS cancels “Old Christine”,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,wanda.jpgThis is really a shock: CBS has canceled the brilliant comedy New Adventures of Old Christine, a show with plenty of life left in it after five seasons.

It’s one of the best comedies on television and features a female friendships that ranks right up there with Lucy and Ethel or Mary and Rhoda.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Wanda Sykes play Christine and Barb and even got married so Barb wouldn’t be deported! Now that’s friendship! reports that there is a realistic chance that ABC might pick up the show and I sincerely hope it does because this just feels completely wrong.

Poor Wanda. It was just last week that she learned Fox was not renewing her weekly late-night show.

Whatever happens, Wanda will have more offers than she knows what to do with an can do TV, movies or perform live. But as a new mom of twins, the TV schedule seems to be what works best for her at this time in her life.

What do you think of Matthew Morrison’s stubble?

I know this is a really silly post but could not resist.

Glee star Matthew Morrison showed up at yesterday’s Fox event where the fall line-up was unveiled for advertisers with a few day’s growth on his gorgeous face.

TV’s Will Schuester is usually quite clean-shaven.

What’s the verdict?

I like it!


Queen Elizabeth will finally return to Wimbledon Majesty Queen Elizabeth, who has not attended Wimbledon since 1977, will at last return to the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament which takes place at The All England Club.

The queen has been a no-show since the year she presented British player Virginia Wade with the women’s trophy 33 years ago. It was the last time one of her subjects – male or female – took the title. No British man has won the tournament since Fred Perry back in 1936! United Kingdom actually has a realistic chance of crowning a men’s champion if fourth-ranked Andy Murray finally lives up to expectations. He made the semifinals last year and was runner-up to Roger Federer at this year’s Australian Open and at the 2008 US Open.

I think it’s got the makings of a fairy tale script and I’m going to predict right now that Murray will win the title. He’ll probably have to get by six-time champion Roger Federer and possibly 2008 winner Rafael Nadal but I just have a feeling about this.

It’s not easy for British stars at Wimbledon because in addition to having to deal with the competition, they are also carrying the hopes of an entire nation on their shoulders. Murray has wilted to this pressure in the past but last year he was simply outplayed by Andy Roddick in the semifinals.

Retired star Tim Henman made the semis four times between 1998 and 2002 and each time he won or lost, it was front page news.