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Showtune Sunday: “As If We Never Said Goodbye” from Streisand, LuPone, Buckley and … Colfer!

I haven’t done this in a couple of years and I’ve certainly never included Chris Colfer in the mix!

It’s time to compare various versions of As If We Never Said Goodbye from Sunset Boulevard.

I’ve included Colfer with divas Barbra Streisand, Patti LuPone, Betty Buckley, Glenn Close and Elaine Paige.

Whose version do you think is the best?

My two cents: Buckley is a stunner! I don’t think I’d watched her perform this song before and, as usual, she knocks it out of the park! LuPone is my second choice while Close is surprisingly subpar. I saw her in the Los Angeles production and remember it being better than she sounds here at the Tony Awards.

Would love your thoughts!

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Morning Man Classic: Mark Spitz!

Before there was Ryan Lochte and before there was Michael Phelps, there was a guy named Mark Spitz.

It was 40 years ago that the Indiana University graduate went to the 1972 Munich Olympics and won not only seven golds, but set seven world records in the process.

“Sometimes it feels like it was 40 years, sometimes it feels like it was yesterday and sometimes it feels like somewhere in between,” Spitz recently told USA Today. “I’m asked about it every four years, and now I’m asked a little more often because it’s been 40 years. It’s not like, if they don’t ask me, I’m disappointed, and if they do, I’m irritated. It’s a part of my life I’m proud of.”

By the time he got to Munich, Spitz had already won two golds, a silver and a bronze at the Mexico City Olympics. He retired from competition after the 1972 Olympics and became something of an endorsement king with commercials and magazine covers, dabbled in acting and worked as a sports broadcaster for several years.

He then went into real estate.

Spitz, now 62, is one of only five Olympians to have won nine or more gold medals in his career. Phelps holds the record with 14.

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London Olympics: Roger Federer survives a scare, Ryan Lochte wins first gold medal for USA!

So I settle in this morning to watch a nice little tennis match and end up a nervous wreck!

Roger Federer, the top seed and my favorite male player of all time, is on his way to a routine first round victory against Colombia’s Alejandro Falla when suddenly he had a bad stretch after having three match points at 6-3, 5-3. My friend, Henry, was at the match (he took this pic of our Roger) and I began texting him with my distress.

I had to leave the house to make a breakfast appointment and was so glad that a short time later, Henry texted me to let me know that Federer had gotten back on track and won 6-3 5-7 6-3.


Yes, Federer has won everything there is to win in tennis but he’s never won the gold medal in singles at the Olympics.

“I’ve struggled against him in the past at times,” Federer told reporters after the match.

“All of a sudden I missed the match points, things got difficult and he played a great match to come back, so I’m relieved of course. Falla is a great player, counter-punches well, plays really well and made things really difficult for me.”

It’s not going to get any easier for Federer in the next round. In the next round, he will meet Julien Benneteau who he narrowly beat in the third round of Wimbledon this year after losing the first two sets.
I’m also happy to see that American swimmer Ryan Lochte, the real heartthtrob of these Olympics, has emerged from the considerable shadow of Michael Phelps.

Lochte won the gold medal in the 400 meter individual medley earlier today while Phelps, the defending gold medalist, finished fourth. This is the first gold medal for the United States.

“I think I’m kind of in shock right now,” Lochte said.


Palins so proud to be against gay marriage

The Palin family, who are becoming more and more like the Kardashians with all of their various reality show ventures, made a few statements about ‘traditional marriage’ on Friday.

Sarah and Todd Palin couldn’t resist wading into the Chick-fil-A controversy by posting a photo of Facebook with this message: “Stopped by Chick-fil-A in The Woodlands to support a great business.”

I saw the Palins earlier this week at the TV Critics Association summer press tour where Sarah accompanied Todd at a poolside cocktail party at the Beverly Hilton and didn’t seem to mind being surrounded by what she has often referred to as the “lamestream media.”

Earlier in the day, their daughter Bristol was on stage at TCA as one of the ‘all stars” for the new season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.

Bristol was asked about her feelings about gay people and what she would do if she were paired with a gay male dancer.

Here’s what she said: “I like gays. I’m not a homophobic, and I’m so sick of people saying that. Just because I’m for traditional marriage, doesn’t really mean I’m scared or anything of anyone else, and I don’t hate anybody. People are going to make up stuff about me no matter what, and whatever. I’m going to go dance, and I’m gonna have fun. And I’m just going to go have fun on the show. It’s not about politics. It’s not about traditional marriage
or anything like that. It’s just about dancing, and it’s gonna be fun, and that’s all I have to say about it.”

This from a girl who has never been in a “traditional marriage.”

Oh well, it’s at least nice to know that she’s not “a homophobic.”

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Saturday Morning Man: Horia Tecău!

Believe it or not, there is a very gorgeous male tennis player who I had not been aware of.

He’s Horia Tecau and I watched him carry the flag for Romania during last night’s Olympic Games opening ceremonies in London. I didn’t even know he was a tennis player when I googled his name!

Horia is 27 and is a doubles specialist who with his partner, Robert Lindstedt, has reached the finals of the men’s doubles at Wimbledon for the past three years but lost each time. But he did manage to win the mixed doubles crown at this year’s Australian Open with Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

He is currently ranked a career-high 8th in the world in doubles but ranks far higher in the looks department!

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Will Horton and murder suspect EJ DiMera bond at police headquarters on “Days of Our Lives”

Okay, okay, this photo is totally misleading. It’s not from any Days of Our Lives episode but from the photo shoot Chandler Massey did for his cover story for the current issue of Frontiers Magazine.

Here’s another confession: I have not had time to watch Days in recent days so I’m posting these blind. I did see the scene where Will and EJ bond in the police station and was disappointed that they just didn’t start getting busy with each other right there and then! Love the chemistry.

Sami is also into EJ (who can blame her?) and poor Lucas seems to be fighting a losing battles. The writers are making the poor guy seem kind of pathetic and misguided after he had been so wonderful during Will’s coming out. Let’s hope his course is corrected soon.

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Kirk Cameron too busy to meet w/bullied teens

Kirk Cameron has declined to meet with a group of LGBT youth in New Jersey this weekend.

As you may recall, Cameron said on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight in March that he believes homosexuality is ‘unnatural, ‘detrimental,’ and ‘ultimately destructive.’

When Garden State Equality’s Youth Caucus member Corey Bernstein learned that Cameron would be attending the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association in the area, he issued the invite.

‘In a kind, respectful and constructive way, we’d like to talk to you about the pain your words about being LGBT have personally caused me and other LGBT youth,’ Bernstein wrote to Cameron.

‘Some of your public comments about being LGBT have devastated us LGBT youth,’ Bernstein added. ‘We yearn to grow up in a world that provides us dignity and safety. That is our simple, most heartfelt dream.’

Cameron’s manager, Mark Craig, explained in a letter to Bernstein that the one-time Growing Pain star’s schedule is ‘quite hectic’ as he promotes his film, Monumental, and works on a new movie.

‘He usually flies in the day of the event and after the event is actually traveling to the next one,’ Craig wrote. ‘Because of this intense schedule, there is not time to set up extra meetings like you are suggesting.’

Craig said Cameron asked him to personally reply to the invite with a personal message because Bernstein took the time to share his personal feelings.

‘I want to share this thought with you, from someone who sees and works with Kirk almost everyday of the year – I promise you his goal is not one of trying to hurt people in any way, in fact it is just the opposite,’ Craig wrote. ‘He has a concern for their well being – not only now, but eternally.’

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Matt Bomer in all his shirtless glory

I don’t know about you, but I never get tired of seeing – or posting – shirtless photos of beautiful Matt Bomer.

These are from this week’s episode of White Collar. The show is now three episodes into its fourth season. To see more, go over to Socialite Life.


Martina Navratilova: ‘I think the athletes are just too paranoid about coming out and I think if they did they would realize it was okay’

My editor at Gay Star News, Tris Reid-Smith, had a nice, in-depth conversation with Martina Navratilova recently that has just been posted on the site.

I think the world of Martina while I didn’t love all those times she beat Chrissie Evert at Wimbledon, I have always appreciated her candor and her intelligence on whatever topic she is asked about.

Why can’t more public figures be as courageous as Martina?

Anyway, here is some of what she had to say about athletes coming out of the closet, something Martina did more than 30 years ago.

“The sports world is very archaic, and particularly the team sports but I think the athletes are just too paranoid about coming out and I think if they did they would realize it was ok.

You know homophobia is easy to do when it’s generic but it’s very difficult when it’s specific. It is easy for a player to make jokes about fags or whatever but if one of the team is an out gay player, they are not going to be making those jokes. And so I think if the athletes came out it would all change.”

‘I have always said the biggest thing we can do to advance the cause is to come out. If just a few would come out while they are still players, the floodgates would open.’

Here is a LINK to the entire interview.


Greg Louganis documentary in the works

This is one movie I would love to see.

Back on Board is a feature-length independent documentary in progress about Greg Louganis.

As a high school student, Greg won a silver medal in diving at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Then eight years later in Los Angeles, he won two gold medals.

But it is his performance in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul that made him an Olympic diving legend. He hit his head on the diving board during the springboard preliminaries, required stitches, but still managed to come back and win gold medals in that event and in the platform diving.

It was six years later that Louganis came out publicly as a gay man and acknowledged that he had found out he was HIV positive shortly before competing in Seoul.

‘We will be shooting with Greg in London in August during the Olympic Games and for a few more months this fall,’ producers state on a Kickstarter page they have launched to raise funds to complete the film.

‘This is a film with a message of hope and against-the-odds courage,’ they state. ‘It is a story that will inspire all those who see it.’

They are looking to get the support of Louganis fans, documentary film aficionados, divers, athletes, and members of the LGBT community.

‘We are confident that Louganis’ legacy will become even more powerful as this film travels throughout the world affecting the lives of the next generation,’ they state. ‘Louganis’ life has touched, and been touched, by so many of today’s important social issues; LGBT issues; HIV/AIDS; bullying; the housing crisis; dyslexia; adoption; depression; and domestic violence, to name a few.’

Filmmakers need to raise $50,000 to finish shooting and ultimately need to raise over $300,000 to complete the film.

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Bristol Palin: “I’m not homophobic”

Are the Palins turning into the Kardashians?

Kind of seems that way.

For the second time in three days, a Palin has appeared here at the TV Critics Association Summer Press Tour.

The other day, Todd Palin was here with the NBC show Stars Earn Stripes (Sarah Palin showed up at the evening’s cocktail reception) and this morning, it was Bristol Palin center stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel as part of the session for Dancing With the Stars: All Stars.

She was asked about her feelings about gay people.

‘I like gays,’ Palin insisted. ‘I’m not a homophobic. Just because I’m for traditional marriage.’

To read more about her remarks, see my story over at Gay Star News.

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Friday Morning Man: Tony Azevedo!

Happy Olympic Opening Ceremonies everyone!

Let’s mark the occasion by shining a spotlight on US water polo star Tony Azevedo who will be looking to improve upon the silver medal the American team won in 2008.

Tony, a graduate of Stanford University, is 30 years old and is considered to be one of the best American water polo players in recent memory. He is the current captain of the US National Men’s Water Polo Team.

He was born is Rio de Janeiro but his family moved to the US just a month later. He grew up in Long Beach, CA where his father was coach of the Long Beach State University water polo team. Tony, however, attended Stanford University where he led the school to two NCAA championships. This will be his fourth Olympics after competing in Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

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Kathy Griffin’s talk show renewed by Bravo

Kathy Griffin’s weekly talk show was deemed by guest Jane Fonda as ‘the weirdest show I’ve ever done in my life’ and had another guest, Anderson Cooper, saying on the air: ‘Bitch, what the f– are you doing?’

Bravo announced on Thursday (26 July) that the fun on Kathy will continue for a second season.

‘Look, I don’t know what the hell’s gonna happen in season two of Kathy. I’m still sore from season one,’ Griffin said in a statement. ‘It’s kind of like ‘not Martha Stewart‘ meets ‘not at all Ellen’ meets a lot of negative energy.’

‘Last season I had every one on my couch from Jane Fonda to Chelsea Handler to Anderson Cooper to my dog walker,’ she added. ‘Just sit back and laugh. I’ll do all the embarrassing stuff.’

The renewal is the latest chapter in Griffin’s long-running relationship with Bravo where her reality series, My Life on the D-List, ran for six seasons and won two Emmys. She has since starred in a series of one-hour comedy specials for the network including Kathy Griffin: Seaman 1st Class which premiered Thursday. She was recently nominated for another Emmy for her special Kathy Griffin: Tired Hooker.

Bravo Media President Frances Berwick says ‘Bravo’s relationship with Kathy Griffin has outlasted Katie and Tom’s, Ashton and Demi’s. While we won’t be couch jumping, we continue to be in awe of her quick wit, rude humor and spot-on analysis of pop culture and celebrity happenings.

The show’s first season was heavy on gay topics and gay guests including Cooper and Lance Bass.

‘Honey, you are my demographic,’ Griffin told Gay Star News during a conference call back in April. ‘The struggle on this show is to get one f***ing heterosexual [viewer]. This show is basically straight bashing at this point. We are very, very LGBTQI-friendly. We talk about those issues. … My tentacles have been reaching into the community for a long time.’

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Chris Colfer’s book debuts in #1 spot

It’s safe to say that Chris Colfer is making a practice of getting things right the first time.

The openly gay star, set to begin filming his fourth season on Glee soon, landed the role of Kurt Hummel on the FOX hit less than two years out of high school and earned an Emmy nomination in the first season.

Then the first screenplay he ever wrote, Struck by Lightning, was made into an independent film in which he also stars. It played to a sold out crowd as it closed LA’s Outfest Film Festival last Sunday.

And finally, there is his first book, a children’s title called The Land of Stories which will make its debut on the New York Times best seller list in the number one spot.

The author tweeted the news himself on Thursday: ‘#TheLandOfStories is debuting at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller’s list!!! Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this. Thank you!!!’

The book tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

A New York Times book critic predicted that the book ‘will hit big with its combination of earnestness and playful poise.’


Why Roger Federer won’t be carrying the Swiss flag during tomorrow’s Olympic opening ceremonies

As the top seed in the men’s Olympic tennis tournament and the defending gold medalist in doubles, Roger Federer would seem to be a logical choice to carry the flag for Switzerland during tomorrow’s opening ceremonies at the Olympic Games.

But Federer, who had carried the flag during opening ceremonies in 2004 and 2008, thought it was somebody else’s turn.

I never expected it, in the first place, when I started playing tennis that I would ever carry the flag into the Olympic Stadium for an Olympic Games,” Federer said at a packed news conference in London on Thursday. “So for me that was a surprise and a huge honor in my life to be able to represent Switzerland…. I felt like maybe I could enter the history books by doing it a third time.

“It would have been amazing. And there’s no denying that I would have loved to do it. I just felt it was important to give someone else a chance, particularly in Switzerland. We do believe other people should also have chances. That’s why I told Swiss Olympic [officials] I think they should choose someone else.

“They then chose my [doubles] partner Stan Wawrinka, and I think it’s a great, great honor for him. Because I could not have won Olympic gold without him.”


Lunch Break Video: Check out “CinderFella,” Todrick Hall ‘s Cinderella with a gay twist

Todrick Hall was a semifinalist on season nine of American Idol and since then, he has been creative in getting himself out there on his own terms with his own videos that have been going viral.

In the latest, he takes on the classic Cinderella story and rewrites it as a pro-gay marriage morality tale.

Appearing with him are Lance Bass who is cast as “The Artist Formerly Known As Prince Charming.” Janice Dickinson plays Todrick’s evil stepmother, RuPaul’s Drag Race alums Willam and Shangela portray his mean-girl stepsisters, and pop stars Kimberly Cole and Aubrey O’Day perform at the midnight ball as “Aladdin’s” Jasmine and Alice In Wonderland.

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“Chico’s Angels” are back on stage in LA!

In a last-minute decision, I attended opening night of Chico’s Angels 3: Chicas in Chains, the latest chapter in the popular drag parody of Charlie’s Angels.

It was a hoot!

What a treat to be seated with the lovely Thea Gill of Queer as Folk and Dante’s Cove fame and next to her was the brilliant Leslie Jordan who we all know and love from Will & Grace, Sordid Lives and the recent feature film The Help. Then in the row in front of us was Jai Rodriguez, the former Queer Eye cast member who is a cast member on the new sitcom Malibu Country.

But let’s face it, the real stars in this situation are Kay Sedia, Chita Parol and Frieda Laye who are celebrating their 9th year together on the Los Angeles stage.

Their latest two hour musical-comedy play is as good or better than previous ones.

In their latest caper, a high school streetwalker is killed in a string of murders. Chico’s Angels are hired to go undercover to find a witness at a local prep school.  But the Angels don’t realize they’ve gotten so deep in the case that they end up in jail.

There are elements of the famous “Angels in Chains” episode from season one of Charlie’s Angels and the comic timing of this trio has been perfected over the years. They know what they are doing, know how to get a laugh, and know when to reign themselves back in.

They are simply sensational, each in their own way.

In addition to being so funny, they can also sing and dance and we get to see some of that in this show.

Kay Sedia’s rendition of Hopelessly Deported for You (a parody of Hopelessly Devoted to You from Grease) is sheer brilliance.

The supporting cast is also top-notch and includes today’s wholesome looking Morning Man: Ross Willett as a high school pimp!

The show runs through Aug. 12 at the Cavern Club Theater and there are still some tickets available for Thursday and Sunday shows. But act fast because they do sell out. Here is a LINK for tickets and more information.


Onstage this week in West Hollywood: The brilliant Peter Mac as Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland

I’ve already seen (and loved) Peter Mac as Judy Garland twice in his French Market Showroom in West Hollywood.

But tonight will be the first time I will have experienced this brilliant performer channeling Liza Minnelli for an entire show.

I. Can’t. Wait.

Peter has become such a sensation at the French Market that he is now performing four times a week. The current line-up is Peter Mac in Liza Minnelli LIVE in Concert at 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays then Get Happy! – A 90th Birthday Celebration
starring Peter Mac as Judy Garland Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m.

I love the intimate showroom and the fact that you can have a nice dinner before/during the show and have a glass of wine or two with an audience that appreciates these two legends as much as you do.

Peter is such a pro and I really appreciated the fact that at my invitation, he showed up as Judy at the monthly mixer of the LA chapter of the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association. He charmed us, told stories, and even sang a little bit of Over the Rainbow.

And Peter has continued to perform as his partner, D.j. Schaefer, has had some serious health problems that he is now recovering from. D.j. sometimes appears at French Market as Bea Arthur and is fabulous.

Here is a LINK to the website for tickets and more information.

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Snapped! Chandler Massey on location!

Chandler Massey is stepping out of the world of Salem on NBC’s Days of Our Lives to do a small role in a new film Jesus In Cowboy Boots.

Nope, Chandler does not play Jesus.

The Emmy winner plays Angelo who is described as “an athletic golden-haired boy of about 16.”

The film, written and being directed by William Carey, is a coming-of-age dramedy about a young woman (Amanda Michalka) who can’t get attention from her mother (Alicia Silverstone) and turns to an imaginary friend called The Cowboy (Billy Burke).

Angelo is a cute local boy who has attracted Vallie Sue’s rapt attention, and when she badly needs a lift to Oklahoma City, he shows up to give her a lift on his motorcycle.

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Kellan Lutz to play straight in a gay world

This sounds mighty interesting!

Kellan Lutz, best known for playing Emmett Cullen in the Twilight Saga film series, is next set to play a secretly straight man living in a world where homosexuality is the norm.

In Love is All You Need?, Lutz will play is an aspiring journalist who falls in love with a female star quarterback. Their relationship is initially kept secret but they are eventually outed and become the targets of bullies.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, actress Camilla Belle is in final negotiations to play the female lead.

The feature is to be an expanded version of a short film by Kim Rocco Shields who co-wrote the screenplay for the film with David Tillman.

Lutz has long been known to embrace his many gay fans.

‘I’m proud to have those fans, and their support means a lot to me,’ he told The Advocate last year. ‘I don’t want just girls coming to my movies; I want guys to come too.’

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