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Neil Patrick Harris will return to Broadway in 2014

We know he’s one heckuva Tony Awards host but will Neil Patrick Harris become a Tony Award winner?

It could happen now that it’s just been announced that he is returning to Broadway in 2014 to star as an East German transgender singer in a revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

By that time, NPH will have completed a 10 year run as Barney Stinson on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother and be free to return to the Broadway stage where he had previously appeared in Assassins, Proof and Cabaret. He most recently tackled the leading role of Bobby in the New York Philharmonic’s concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Company.

The show will premiere in the Spring of 2014, and marks the Great White Way debut of the rock musical.

“I am simultaneously ecstatic and terrified to be stepping into Hedwig’s heels,” he said in a statement. “It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime role and I can’t wait to begin the journey.”

The show will be produced on Broadway by David Binder and Jayne Baron Sherman. 101 Productions, Ltd are the executive producers.

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Are Chandler Massey’s days on “Days of Our Lives” numbered? Actor wants to return to college

On Days of Our Lives, Chandler Massey’s character of Will Horton is a college student when he’s not getting shot by a crazed murderer and dealing with the antics of nemesis Nick Fallon.

In real life, Massey had just completed his first quarter at UCLA when he was tapped for the soap role which he began in early 2010. He’s received an Emmy nomination each year he’s been on the show winning twice including last night.

Backstage at the Emmys, Massey confirmed that his contract with Days is up in December and he might have other plans.

‘I think when this is up, I want to go back to school – I want to graduate,’ he told reporters. ‘I want to have a degree. I just want to keep looking forward.’

But, added the 22 year old: ‘I’m still not 100 percent decided.’

Massey has been taking general education courses – approximately one each quarter – through UCLA Extension. He is majoring in Mandarin Chinese but is thinking of becoming a double major by adding International Business.

Whatever he decides to do, fans would likely still have Will around through next March since the show tapes three months ahead.

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Monday Morning Man: Trey McCurley!

I met today’s Morning Man, actor Trey McCurley, last week at the Outfest launch party at the Beverly Center Bloomingdales.

He was hanging out with the cast of the movie Hot Guys With Guns which will screen at the Ford Ampitheater during Outfest. Trey plays the role of Robin in the movie written and directed by Doug Spearman.

Trey has a bit of a Heath Ledger look that I’m just a sucker for so I was happy to discover when I got home from the party that we were already friends of Facebook (I gotta pay closer attention to who my Facebook friends are – potential MM’s could abound!).

There were some cool photos of him painting and playing guitar on the beach that I discovered plus the standard headshots of the handsome young actor who next films a movie called Crazy Bitches.

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See video of Chandler Massey accepting his Emmy!


Chandler Massey is so gracious to co-star and fellow nominee Freddie Smith saying his win ‘isn’t fair because I have the best actor to work alongside of and it’s Freddie Smith. Freddie, you are phenomenal! You are absolutely incredible and it’s my privilege to work with you.’

Last year, Chandler told me he was disappointed that he didn’t thank his grandfather in his speech. He did so this time wishing him and his dad a Happy Father’s Day.

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“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” wins 7th Daytime Emmy for outstanding entertainment talk show

I didn’t attend this year’s Daytime Emmys at the Beverly Hilton because I wanted to spend Father’s Day with my dad.

But it looks like it was a great show and below is a full list of the winners.

Since all things LGBT are of particular interest to me, I want to highlight the fact that In the competitive entertainment talk show category, The Ellen DeGeneres Show won for the seventh time!

Let’s remember that when Ellen DeGeneres came out as a lesbian 16 years ago on her sitcom and in real life, ABC canceled her show at the end of the season.

Now Ellen is in the midst of one of the must successful runs on daytime television anyone has ever had.

The show’s executive producer Mary Connolly said as she accepted the award: “Ten years ago the idea of Ellen DeGeneres hosting a talk show made a lot of people nervous. We hope people realize 10 years later that there’s absolutely nothing to be nervous about.”

Well said Mary!

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Doug Davidson (Paul, Y&R) — his first ever win

GAME SHOW
The Price Is Right (CBS)

GAME SHOW HOST
Ben Bailey, Cash Cab

TALK SHOW | INFORMATIVE
The Dr. Oz Show

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA (TIE)
Scott Clifton (Liam, B&B)
Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R)

DRAMA WRITING TEAM
The Bold and the Beautiful

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Game show host Monty Hall
Producer Bob Stewart

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Julie Marie Berman (ex-Lulu, GH)

CULINARY PROGRAM (TIE)
Best Thing I Ever Made (Food Network)
Trisha’s Southern Kitchen (Food Network)

CULINARY HOST
Lidia Bastianich (Lidia’s Italy)

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Heather Tom (Katie, B&B)

DRAMA DIRECTING TEAM
The Bold and the Beautiful

SPECIAL CLASS | ANIMATED PROGRAM
Star Wars: The Clone Wars

YOUNGER ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Chandler Massey (Will, Days)

MORNING PROGRAM
CBS Sunday Morning

YOUNGER ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Kristen Alderson (as Starr, GH)

ORIGINAL SONG
“Good Afternoon,” Good Morning America

TALK SHOW HOST
Ricki Lake (The Ricki Lake Show)

OUTSTANDING DAYTIME DRAMA
Days of Our Lives

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Chandler Massey wins second consecutive Daytime Emmy for performance as Will Horton on “Days”

Chandler Massey has won his second consecutive Daytime Emmy Award for his performance as gay teen Will Horton on the NBC soap Days of Our Lives.

Among the competition in his category of outstanding performance by a younger actor was Freddie Smith who plays his boyfriend Sonny Kiriakis on the show. It was Smith’s third nomination and Massey’s third.

Backstage, he paid tribute to Smith describing him as ‘an absolutely phenomenal actor and a phenomenal person. I’m lucky to be able to work alongside of him.’

He called Will and Sonny ‘a super couple in training.’

The scenes that won for the actor are from last year’s emotional and gripping coming out story. Will kisses another guy for the first time, freaks out a little bit, then goes to his supportive grandmother Marlena (Deidre Hall) for a heart-to-heart.

Days of Our Lives also won the Daytime Emmy in the coveted category of outstanding drama.

Below is a reel of the Emmy scenes that won Chandler his second Emmy:

Roger Federer wins his first title of 2013!

Roger Federer returned to the winners circle today!

The Swiss superstar, long my favorite player, had not won a title all season but that has changed with his victory over Mikhail Youzhny on the grass at Halle, Germany.

It was Federer’s sixth Gerry Weber Open title and comes a week before he is due to begin defense of his 2012 Wimbledon title. He will be trying to win Wimbledon for a record eighth time.

“I have won a lot in my career but not recently,” said Federer whose ranking has dropped to 3. “I was satisfied with my game in the past 10 months. Maybe people thought I was playing badly but that was not the case.I was playing well but when it mattered the others were just better. Today it worked well.”

The tournament win was the the 77th of his career and put him in a tie with John McEnroe for third on the all-time list of tournament titles. Only Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl have more.

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Showtune Sunday: Swooning over Harry Connick Jr.

My dream man, Harry Connick Jr., has a new CD out called Every Man Should Know.

What every straight woman and every gay man knows is that this crooner is one of the sexiest men to have ever graced the Earth.

I’m wild about this guy who is as sexy as he is talented.

Here is Harry performing his new single as well as a pair of classics!

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Morning Man Classic: Fred MacMurray!

I had the idea to do a post this morning on hot TV dads from decades gone by but once I saw some pics of a young Fred MacMurray, I decided to look no further!

The actor, who played Steven Douglas for 12 seasons on the comedy My Three Sons, was one handsome guy and an absolute heartthrob as a young actor,

Prior to his TV success, MacMurray appeared in more than 100 movies including the 1944 film noir Double Indemnity directed by Billy Wilder in which he starred with Barbara Stanwyck.

He starred with Claudette Colbert in seven films beginning with The Gilded Lily (1935). He co-starred with Katharine Hepburn in Alice Adams (1935), with Joan Crawford in Above Suspicion (1943), and with Carole Lombard in four films, Hands Across the Table (1935), The Princess Comes Across (1936), Swing High, Swing Low (1937), and True Confession (1937).

Other films included The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, Above Suspicion, Where Do We Go from Here?, The Apartment, The Caine Mutiny and a series of hit Disney comedies including The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, and Son of Flubber.


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Celeb Tweets: Neil Patrick Harris 40th Bday Edition

So weird. I woke up this morning with infinite wisdom. Not sure why…
Neil Patrick Harris Neil Patrick Harris ‏@ActuallyNPH Oh, wait. Scratch that last tweet. I thought turning 40 would bring enlightenment. It doesn’t. I’m still pretty dim.
Neil Patrick Harris Neil Patrick Harris ‏@ActuallyNPH For my birthday, I only want one thing for the world: lots of presents for me. And good ones. Well thought out gifts. So… tick tock.
Neil Patrick Harris Neil Patrick Harris ‏@ActuallyNPH Never mind. I’ve got the two best gifts in the world sitting right in front of me.

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Lunch Break Video: Cheyenne Jackson premieres his single called, of all things, “Don’t Look at Me”

Well, it’s pretty much impossible not to look at the incredibly handsome Cheyenne Jackson!

His new single is called Don’t Look at Me but I’ll just keep looking at him, thankyouverymuch.

Such a talented guy!

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See Jason Collins give humble acceptance speech at Courage Award at GLSEN’s 2013 Respect Awards

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Morning Man Encore: Oguchi Onyewu!

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It’s kind of tough to find photos of U.S. soccer star Oguchi Onyewu with his shirt on but I did manage to locate a few just to keep things balanced.

Ha!

Oh my God, is this guy gorgeous or WHAT? The face, the body. Wow. He is often referred to by the nickname “Gucci Mane” but I’ll just call him Perfection.

The 28-year-old defender is from Washington DC and plays for Milan in addition to the United States national team currently competing in World Cup. He was voted U.S. Soccer Player of the Year in 2006.

He played soccer for Clemson University for two years before moving to Europe. He signed with Metz of Ligue 1 in France. In 2003, he was loaned out to La Louviere in Belgium, and to Standard Liege a year later. In 2009, he signed a three year contract with Milan.

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A salute to birthday girl Steffi Graf!

The talk right now is that reigning Wimbledon, US Open, French Open and Olympic champion Serena Williams is the greatest female player of all time.

I give that honor to Steffi Graf who turns 44 today.

While Serena has won 16 grand slam singles titles in her career, Steffi won 22 and in 1988 won all four slams plus the Olympic gold medal to record the only “Golden Slam” in history.

She was simply splendid to watch and one of my all-time favorite players – male or female.

She retired in 1999 shortly after winning the French Open for the sixth time and making it to the finals of Wimbledon. She was ranked third in the world at the time but had spent more weeks ranked number one than any woman or any man who has ever played.

Here are some videos that capture the essence of the spectacular Steffi.

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Days of Our Lives: As Will recovers from gunshot wound, his mom Sami shoots a dirty cop at hospital

For such a small town, there sure is a lot of shooting going on around Salem!

So Will is in the hospital room in good spirits as he survived a gunshot wound. Down the hall is Gabi and their baby and in another room, his former stepdad Rafe who is in a coma.

A dirty cop was about to cut off Rafe’s penis (it’s complicated) and Will’s mom Sami just happened to be in the room and happened to be holding a gun and well, she shot the dirty cop.

Sami is such a loose canon – and she’s a hoot!

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Video: See President Obama speak (and Biden stand next to him) at White House LGBT Pride event


President Obama did not, as some had hoped, decide to use his speech at yesterday’s White House LGBT Pride reception to announce that he was signing ENDA into law by executive order.

I write about what he did say over at Gay Star News!

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Video: “Franklin & Bash” star Mark-Paul Gosselaar: ‘Yes! Ross (Mathews) masturbates to me!’

This is a really fun segment from Chelsea Lately with guest host Ross Mathews chatting up Franklin & Bash stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar. and Breckin Meyer.

I’ve interviewed these two guys together and I can totally understand why Ross was ‘all aflutter.’

But one thing that certainly didn’t happen in my interview was Mark-Paul bringing up the fact that he knows Ross used to masturbate to him when she was a kid! How does he know? He heard Ross talking about it on The Howard Stern Show as Mark-Paul was driving his pregnant wife to a doctor’s appointment.

His reaction?

“Yes! Ross masturbates to me!”

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Hanging out with some “Hot Guys With Guns” at last night’s Outfest launch party at Bloomingdales

A party inside a department store?

I was a bit dubious.

But I made my way to Bloomingdales at the Beverly Center anyway last night because it was the launch party for Outfest 2013 inside that department store and that, I never miss.

Got a glass of merlot and looked around the store. “Oh, there’s a shirt that might flatter me!” Price tag: $248! I’m so stunned I down the rest of my wine and quickly go for another glass.

So instead of shopping, focused on chatting up several of the filmmakers in attendance including Del Shores whose long-awaited big screen version of his beloved play Southern Baptist Sissies will make its world premiere at the fest.

Also talked to Darren Stein who is thrilled to have his film G.B.F. selected to close the festival at the Ford Ampitheatre.

And speaking of the Ford, the action-comedy Hot Guys With Guns (think Lethal Weapon if Mel Gibson and Danny Glover were gay – and former lovers) will screen there on Friday, July 19 and it was great to chat with writer-director Doug Spearman and snap a photo of him and cast members John Ainsworth, Darryl Stephens, Marc Anthony Samuel and Trey McCurley.

I look super shiny in the photo I took with Darryl because I had just gotten a free facial from a woman at the skin care counter who talked me into some $49 skin cream.

Anyway, will post my interviews with everyone in the coming weeks.

It turned out to be a terrific party even if I didn’t buy any new shirts!

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Morning Man Encore: Brett Kelly!

This is 28-year-old professional rugby player Brett Kelly who plays the position of center for the Canberra Raiders for the National Rugby League.

He’s one of the players who took off his clothes for the sexy Gods of Football calendar and here is part of the Q&A that accompanied his pics:

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

What three things do you look for in a partner? Personality, attractive and a good laugh

What would you do on your ideal date? Dinner and a hot air balloon ride

Sex or Football – what’s better? Sex

Most embarrassing thing a fan has ever asked you to do? Nothing yet

Favorite sport other than footy? Surfing

What’s it like getting naked in front of a camera? (And would you do it again?) Daunting – probably not.

Your favourite part of your body is? I don’t have one

How do you feel about being named a ‘God of Football? I haven’t really thought about it

What does sexy mean to you? Being fun and confident

Do you think you’re sexy? No

Do you have a pair of lucky undies? Not a lucky pair of undies but a lucky pair of speedos

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

Do you have a favourite photo? No

If you could have your photo taken with anyone, who would it be? Kelly Slater

What’s your most action-packed moment ever? Bungy jumping or sky diving

Intensive, sensitive, Fresh or Control? Which best describes you? Fresh

If you were meal, what would you be? Steak and Oysters

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Human Rights Campaign salutes Magic Johnson, Rob Portman, NPH and others on Father’s Day

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