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Matthew Mitcham: “There are far worse things to be seen as than gay. In fact, I can’t think of many better!”

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Olympic Gold Medialist Matthew Mitcham received perfect 10s across the board to win the 10-meter platform at the 2010 FINA Diving World Cup last weekend in Changzhou, China.

He has done a new interview with The Advocate’s Brandon Voss that I really like because it allows a lighter side of Matthew to shine. Here are some excerpts:

Q. There was a lot of talk about how NBC’s coverage didn’t highlight your sexuality in Bejing — a controversy that you told The Advocate didn’t faze you a bit. You also said, “I just want to be known as the Australian diver who did really well at the Olympics. It’s everybody else who thinks it’s special when homosexuality and elite sport go together.” So now that the media is focusing more and more on your sexuality, do you ever feel like your personal life threatens to overshadow your diving talent and the sport at hand?
A. The media has to report on whatever is new and interesting — it’s its raison d’être. I’m lucky that whenever I’m not out there winning everything possible, the media still finds me interesting enough to write about me. Besides, there are far worse things to be seen as than gay. In fact, I can’t think of many better!

http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2008/11/26/matthew_narrowweb__300x543,0.jpgQ. There’s been a lot of debate and discussion about whether or not your sexuality has cost you sponsorships and endorsement deals. Is this something that worries you as much as it seems to concern the gay media?
There were moments when I wondered if I had made a poor choice or jeopardized opportunities, but when A. I read messages from lovely men and women from all over, I feel ridiculous for ever doubting myself. And as long as I have enough money to pay my bills and focus on my diving job, I’m happy. I never expected to make money from the sport anyway, and that’s why I’m chipping away at a degree while I’m training. Then when I graduate, I can get a good job, work really hard for 10 years, and live the rest of my life as a man of leisure! Diving is not a high-profile sport, so hopefully the better I do, the more interest the general public will have, and the more sponsorship dollars it will attract.

Q. Hot photo shoots like the ones you’ve done for Funky Trunks and for The Advocate last year have helped make you an international sex symbol in addition to a star athlete. Are you secure with your sex symbol status?
A. Sometimes I feel as unsexy as the guy who does yoga on his balcony across the road, but I admire his self-esteem. Work with what you’ve got and flaunt, flaunt, flaunt it.

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“Will & Grace” Wednesday: When Grace moved out on her own … all the way across the hall!

http://blog.ctnews.com/evans/files/2009/12/will_and_grace_cast.jpgI love this first episode of season 2 because it shows just how co-dependent Will and Grace are and how they are so comically ignorant about it.

Grace moves out so they can be more independent of each other – but she has just moved across the hall and really nothing changes. Jack and Karen, pretty dysfunctional themselves, come over and start making fun of them.

Says Karen of the pair: “They’re like Saimese twins joined at their boring personalities.”

I love this group! This episode is also when Jack makes a move of his own: into Karen’s house in order to throw the IRS off the scent that this flamboyantly gay man has married a middle-aged Salvadorian maid for a reason other than love.

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Outfest 2010: Get your first taste of the movies from this year’s festival which kicks off on July 8!

Outfest 2010, the 28th annual Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, does not begin until July 8 but I’m starting the onslaught of pre-festival publicity because it is very necessary to make your choices and plan your schedule for 11 days of movies, parties and events.

Click HERE for more information.

I’m so proud to be a media sponsor this year – for the first time – because this is an event that has given me so many rich memories as a film lover and as a gay man.

Last week’s kickoff party was a real blast and I was so happy to see friends like Steve Callahan and Matthew Montgomery (pictured with me) who co-star in the Outfest entry Role/Play.

Also at the party was the one and only JD Disalvatore (pictured, left) who produced two of this year’s films: A Marine Story and Elena Undone (photo at the top of this post is from the set of Elena Undone).

I’ll be writing about all of these three movies and a heck of a lot more in the coming weeks and have already conducted an interview with Matthew and Steve about their movie.

JD also put together a clip reel of some of this year’s movies for last week’s party where the schedule was unveiled.

Check it out!

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Wednesday Morning Man: Derek Hanson!

If you read my review last week of the production of A Chorus Line at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, then you already know that Derek Hanson, the actor who plays no-nonsense director Zach in the show, makes me swoon.

But I waited a week to make him the Morning Man because one does not want to appear too eager does one?

Here’s what I have found out about the dazzling Derek: He’s Missoula, Montana and has appeared in A Chorus Line before as well as productions like Cats, Fiddler on the Roof and The Man of La Mancha.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Northern Colorado.

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All this girl kissing is “Hot Topic” on The View and why Miley Cyrus is, once again, on my last good nerve

Miley CyrusI had avoided all of the girl kissing involving Miley, Sandra, Scarlett etc. because it’s all just silly publicity stuff.
But the ladies of The View shared their thoughts on it so I wanted to share that video. But before I do, I gotta go off a little bit. Sandra Bullock kissing Scarlett Johansson at the MTV Movie Awards was so brief it’s hardly worth mentioning. It wasn’t near as fun as Sandy’s lip-lock with Meryl Streep back in January.
Sandra clearly was just having fun and doesn’t need the publicity – she gets plenty of that!
But as far as the Miley Cyrus “kiss,” it’s clearly a publicity stunt that would be fine except that little Miss Hannah Montana decided to explain herself on her website and ends up showing more shame than a closeted lesbian which I assume she is not:
“I promise you I did not kiss her and it is ridiculous that two entertainers cant even rock out with each other without the media making it some type of story. I really hope my fans are not disappointed in me because the truth is I did nothing wrong. I got up there and did my job which is to perform to the best of my ability.”
I know Miley’s huge fan base (including my pre-teen niece) will be furious but this girl has been on my last good nerve for some time now and this just gives me more reason to be annoyed with her.
Anyway, here is the clip from The View during which Joy Behar says: “Can I just say that all this so-called lesbian kiss is getting tired?”

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Gay.com talks with 2010 LA Pride Grand Marshal Kelly Osbourne who will ride parade with mom Sharon

As grand marshals of this year’s LA Pride Parade, Sharon Osbourne and Kelly Osbourne have already done a lot more than hop onto the back of a car and wave to their adoring fans which we look forward to them doing at Sunday’s parade.

They have been full participants including attending a garden party thrown by LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa last weekend (photo by Brian Putnam) and will appear at other events this week.

Kelly spoke with Gay.com spoke with Kelly about Pride and here are some highlights:

Q. Have your own struggles lead to an identification with gay people?

A. It’s not about identifying, it’s about what’s right and what’s wrong. And it’s wrong to look down upon somebody or not let somebody marry the person they want to marry because of their sexual orientation. It doesn’t make sense to me.

Q. You were born in England, which allows civil unions and gays in the military. What are your observations about the cultural differences between the U.K. and the U.S.?

A. No matter where you go, you’re always going to have ignorant people. But it’s the way in which it’s handled in England that I think is a lot more respectful. They’re like, “If you don’t like it, fine, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be married.” Here it’s like, “It’s an abomination! We’re all going to die and go to hell because you want to kiss a man!” It’s ridiculous.

Q. You prefer people who walk the walk.

A. Exactly. There are women, like Lady Gaga, who fully embrace it and who stand up. They go to the rallies, they protest. But then there are women who—I’m not going to name names—that use the gay community to sell albums, but then they don’t back it up. And I don’t like that.

Q. If there were one thing that could change in the entire world by the end of this year, in any realm, what would you like to see happen?

A. That the government can no longer tell people who they can and cannot be with. For me, that’s the most pressing thing. Once that falls into place and people start to realize that there really is no difference, then everything else will also fall into place.

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See Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro” video dedicated to the gay community who has been the most enormous blessing of my life”

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.aolradioblog.com/media/2010/03/lady-gaga-alejandro300.jpgLady GaGa’s music video for her record-breaking single Alejandro has finally premiered and here it is!

What makes it all the more special is this dedication from GaGa: “The gay community, who has been the most enormous blessing of my life that I have them and their support and the way that they truly understand me and support me. And, in fact the ‘Alejandro’ video… is a celebration of my love and appreciation for the gay community, my admiration of their bravery and their love for one another and their courage and their relationships.”

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Kathy Griffin, whose latest stand-up special debuts tonight, talks to USA Today about her career

D-list no more: Kathy Griffin's Labradors, Larry, left, and Pom  Pom, enjoy Runyan Canyon Park in Los Angeles. Griffin's Bravo special,  Kathy Griffin Does the Bible Belt, premieres tonight at 10 ET/PT. I love when Kathy Griffin has something to promote because this girl knows how to flog the heck out of her projects!

Whether it’s a Grammy-nominated album (For Your Consideration and Suckin’ It For the Holidays) best selling book (Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin), or one of her many TV appearances, Kathy will chat up every major talk show host who will book her and do lots of interviews.

She may be a major star, but she still works as if she’s forever on the D-List.

Tonight, the stand-up special Kathy Griffin Does the Bible Belt premieres on Bravo (as part of a night-long block of Kathy’s previous specials). The red-headed dynamo – a two-time Emmy winner for Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List – is the subject of today’s cover story of the USA Today Life section.

Here are some excerpts:

On the tough times: “I thought I had made it, but I went from Suddenly Susan to suddenly cold” when the series folded in 2000. … “I was back in career limbo, too well known for auditioning with total unknowns, not famous or successful enough to be part of a series.”

The breakthrough: By 2004, Griffin had earned a certain notoriety, but not enough to warrant VIP treatment or return calls from talent agents. “It dawned on me that that’s the TV show. I’m so D-list I couldn’t even get my agents to the pitch meetings to sell a show about how I was on the D-list.” TBS and VH1 passed on her pitch. Bravo greenlighted six episodes. “Bidding war? No one else wanted it,” Griffin says.

On playing huge venues:D-List really changed everything. For me, it was always a big deal performing in front of 500 people. Now it’s up to 5,000 four nights at Madison Square Garden’s theater. And you really get the best audiences. They’re not coming to heckle you. They’re coming to see the thing they see on Bravo.”

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Knots Landing Tuesday: A chat with Charlene Tilton about being Valene and Gary’s daughter Lucy Ewing

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reunion.jpgKnots Landing last a long time – 14 seasons to be exact.

And in the end, the show’s original super couple, Gary and Valene Ewing, ended up together and were raising their twins Betsy and Bobby.

Viewers who weren’t following the show in the beginning might not have known that the couple had a third child: Lucy Ewing (Charlene Tilton).

As explained on Dallas, from which Knots Landing spun off from in 1979, Val had become pregnant when they were teens and the pair got married and began raising Lucy. But Gary became a blackout drunk and Val left him.

Gary’s older brother J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) tracked down mother and child, threatened Val, and took Lucy back to South Fork where she was raised by her grandparents and uncles.

Gary stayed away from the family in Dallas because they drove him to drink. But when Gary came for a visit, Lucy set up a meeting between her parents and they ended up getting back together and moving to California (the setting for Knots Landing).

Gary was originally played by David Akroyd but commitment to another series prevented him from continuing on Knots so he was replaced by Ted Shackleford. He and Joan Van Ark (the one and only Valene) guested on Dallas in 1981 when Lucy got married.

Lucy only paid one visit to her parents in California and that was early on on the series.

“I would have loved to do more,” Charlene told me when I saw her at a theater opening last week. “The fans would ask me all the time. Of course I was very busy on Dallas but absolutely I should have been on Knots Landing visiting.”

There was ample opportunity though when the character of Lucy was written out of Dallas in 1985 after seven seasons.

Tilton returned to the show in 1988 and appeared until 1990. It left the air a year later.

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Kristin Chenoweth on the social impact of “Glee”

http://thetvaddict.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/glee_april_rhodes9.jpgThere have been plenty of guest stars on Glee – which ends its spectacularly successful first season tonight – and one of the most popular has been Kristin Chenoweth.

The Emmy-winning actress (Pushing Daisies) is currently on Broadway in Promises, Promises but made time to appear in two episodes of the show as April Rhodes, an alcoholic who returns to high school to save the Glee club.

During a recent appearance on The View, the Tony Award winning dynamo talked about the impact the show is having in schools: “I grew up in Oklahoma and Friday night lights was what the deal was – being a cheerleader and doing that whole thing. Being in Glee club certainly wasn’t the cool thing to do which I was in, of course. I think was Glee has done is made it cool to be in choir. I went to this ….festival back home in Oklahoma this summer and I’m walking down the hall in rehearsal at the school and I saw all the Glee club honors. And I thought, ‘THAT’s why I love Glee. Because they’re making it cool to be in the arts again. … It’s also making it okay to be a little bit of a geek.”


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Tonight is the season finale of “Glee” and Olivia Newton-John and Josh Groban are the guest stars

http://www.shockya.com/news/wp-content/uploads/fox_glee.jpgNot that this show needs any guest stars to make it special, but tonight’s season one finale on FOX will feature Olivia Newton-John (her second appearance this season) and Josh Groban.

The finale has some high stakes drama with the gang competing in Regionals and pregnant cheerleader, Quinn (Dianna Agron) will have her baby. But there will be plenty of laughs, Jane Lynch tells E!

“It’s our kids, New Directions, or as we like to call them, nude erections,” she says with a laugh. “Don’t think we didn’t have fun with that name immediately. Then there’s Vocal Adrenaline, which is Jesse St. James’ group. And then the third group is called Aural Intensity, which I think is the best ever. It all sounds like something else. But it’s “aural” with an “A.” You gotta love our writers. They keep you thinking.”

Here’s a preview of one of tonight’s big songs:

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Happy Birthday to Joan Rivers!

http://img.metro.co.uk/i/pix/2008/08/JoanRivers070808_450x418.jpgYou would look this good too at 77 is you had been lifted and ticked within an inch of your life!

But one of the things I love about Joan Rivers is that she jokes about her various plastic surgeries as much as anyone and we gay love her because she’s one of the great showbiz survivors.

On Friday, a new documentary on Joan called Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work opens in theaters. Directed by Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg, the film closed the San Francisco International Film Festival last month.

Joan says in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle:

http://i.indiewire.com/images/uploads/i/100204_JoanMain.jpg“The reviews have been great. “That’s a four-star movie!” I’m so negative, I say, “Out of what? A hundred?” Shut up, Joan.

I don’t trust anything. … It’s a wonderful moment. And I know it’s a wonderful moment. But I also know the moment. Won’t. Last. Because in this business, you’re up and down, up and down and up and down. … After I was fired from Carson and Edgar killed himself, I was handing my Vegas contracts back. I had no work for a year. I know the downs. I know this business can dump you in a moment. … I’ve been taken in Spago (the Beverly Hills restaurant) to the right for nine years, which was the good way to go, and two minutes after I was fired from Fox, we went to dinner that night and we were taken to the left. So appreciate it when they move you to the right.”

Here is a clip from the movie which follows Joan around during her 75th year:

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Tuesday Morning Man: Joe Manganiello!

http://blog.screenweek.it/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/jm01.pngAs if there weren’t enough gorgeous guys on HBO’s True Blood already!

Get ready for Joe Manganiello, the 33-year-old actor who has joined the cast as werewolf Alcide Herveaux. Looking the part required that the hunky actor become even more buff.

“Vampires can get away with having very slight builds and the audience will still believe that they’re super powerful,” he tells PopWrap. “Werewolves are animals and in my mind they should be very muscular. Not an extra ounce of fat on them. Really ripped. I wanted people to look at Alcide and think, ‘wow, he’s a super strong animal.’”

Joe most recently had a recurring role on One Tree Hill, has appeared in give episodes of How I Met Your Mother and was one of the cast members of the 2007 nighttime soap American Heiress. He also had a role in Spider-man 3 and has done scores of guest spots on such shows as ER, CSI: NY, Medium, and Scrubs.

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Alcide

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Neil Patrick Harris and Kelly Ripa talk about how they pulled off David Burtka’s surprise birthday party


Neil Patrick Harris guest hosted on Regis & Kelly this morning and, as always, he and Kelly Ripa were just a delight together.

It’s clear that by this time, they have become great friends with Kelly and her husband, actor Mark Consuelos, helping Neil pull off last month’s surprise party for his better half, David Burtka.

Neil and David went to dinner with Kelly and Mark before the party with David completely unaware that there was carefully planned party waiting for him at a nearby Manhattan restaurant (the original location was to be the rooftop terrace of Mark and Kelly’s apartment but rain was forecast).

Kelly was a nervous wreck that she would blow the surprise: “I lost three pounds of sweat during the dinner,” she said.

I’m unable to embed the video at this point but here is a LINK.

Earlier posts: Niel Patrick Harris throws a surprise 35th birthday party in NYC for David Burtka and Kelly Ripa is amomg the guests *** So many Greg In Hollywood readers are inspired by the love between Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka

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“Glee” star Matthew Morrison describes first album as cross between Michael Buble and Justin Timberlake

http://images2.fanpop.com/image/photos/9000000/Matt-Morrison-matthew-morrison-9090284-300-400.jpgMatthew Morrison’s debut solo album is going to feature a style that he describes as a “dance heavy” cross between Michael Buble and Justin Timberlake.

In an interview with the Associated Press, the Glee star says he will be spending part of the month in London working on songs for the disc: “I’m writing all the music for it. It’s me and a big orchestra behind me.”

Of course, Matthew is used to topping the charts already with the Glee soundtracks all huge sellers.

Speaking of Glee, tomorrow night’s episode is the season finale.

“The last episode is so touching and so emotional,” said Matthew who notes that his character has changed over the course of the first season. “What I love about him now is he’s not perfect anymore. Now we’re seeing his faults, and he’s making some bad choices here and there.”

See also: My chat w/Glee leading man Matthew Morrison ** Glee star Matthew Morrison: “I’m Not Gay” ** What do you think of Matthew Morrison’s stubble?

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Andy Roddick gets ready for grass season!

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GRASS GREENER? My big tennis crush Andy Roddick is surely happy to have left the clay courts at the French Open behind for the grass courts in England.

The number one ranked American is seen here practicing at the Queens Club tournament which he has won four times. It’s a major warm-up for Wimbledon where Andy will try to break his Roger Federer curse and finally win the title. He lost to Federer is five classic sets in last year’s years championship match – the third time he’d lost to the Swiss superstar in the Wimbledon final.

Go Andy!

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Video: Kathy Griffin visits Jimmy Kimmel and, of course, starts making fun of Oprah, Gayle and poor Stedman

http://s3.amazonaws.com/bzzagent-bzzscapes-prod/kathy-griffin-s-thoughts-on-angelina-jolie-beating-lrg.pngKathy Griffin must thank God every day for the existence of Oprah Winfrey.

The D-Lister just loves to make fun of Oprah, her BFF Gayle King and Oprah’s boyfriend Stedman Graham who has been so low-profile in recent years that Kathy tells Jimmy Kimmel that Stedman does not exist and is, in fact, a hologram.

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Nick Adams insists Mario Lopez – a gushing fan of anti-gay Mike Hukabee – is gay friendly

http://media.canada.com/8c8b3290-2b08-4dc6-8e3e-2cc645fdfe05/mariolopez_june13.jpgIt’s clear that Mario Lopez, host of Extra and Saved By the Bell alum, wants to sell lots of copies of his latest book.

To do so, he’s appearing on all kinds of shows including Mike Huckabee’s talk show on Fox.

Huckabee has said some of the most vile things about gay people that any politician ever has said so it gives one pause when Mario gushed that he is a big fan of the guy and also labeled himself as a conservative.

AfterElton.com’s Ask the Flying Monkey columnist Brett Hartinger asked Lopez’s former A Chorus Line co-star Nick Adams (pictured with Lopez during their Broadway run) for his thoughts on the matter and the classy and openly gay Adams said:

“I can tell you from first-hand experience that Mario, aside from his political beliefs, he has shown me nothing but friendship and support in regards to my personal life,” Nick says. “I am incredibly close with his girlfriend and the soon-to-be-mother of his child, Courtney Mazza. Both of them have repeatedly extended an open welcome to their home in .LA. Mario and I discussed my love life on several occasions and he regarded it like any other relationship. He really appreciates his gay following and treats everyone with the same respect.”

I dunno. Still kinda makes me want to watch Entertainment Tonight from now on.

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Meryl Monday: From Aussie to Irish to Italian and more, a tribute of the many accents of Miss Streep

It seems ridiculous, but there was a time when Meryl Streep was kind of dismissed as that actress who does all the accents.

Never mind that in addition to doing perfect accents in such films as A Cry in the Dark (Australian), Danish (Out of Africa), Italian (Bridges of Madison County) and Polish (Sophie’s Choice), she also fully inhabited these characters with her unprecedented range.

Now that Meryl has had plenty of big hits with no accents (The Devil Wears Prada, It’s Complicated, Mamma Mia), I think it’s safe to celebrate the accents again and the voices. She outdid herself with the impersonation of Julia Child in Julie & Julia and this video round-up features that and many others including the Irish accent in the little-seen Dancing at Lugnasa.

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Has Elton John lost his mind? AIDS activist performs at the fourth wedding of Rush Limbaugh!

Elton John rocks the house in Reading, Pennsylvania as he  performed all of his classic hits on stage to a sold out crowd that was  loving the Rocket Man himself. Elton wraps up his US tour and will head  next to Mexico and Europe. Elton did his famous hand stand on the piano  that he has done every show for years, but this time he seemed a bit  winded as he came back down to the floor and looked to be taking a bit  of a breather and then continued to wow the people of Reading,PA. -  Prahl/Winslow Splash News

This seems so wrong on so many levels: Rush Limbaugh got married for the fourth time over the weekend and guess who performed at his wedding?

Elton John!

Elton, who is in a civil partnership with David Furnish, was reportedly paid $1 million for the gig with the earnings going to the Elton John AIDS Foundation as all money from his private concerts go.

According to a News Corporation (which owns Fox News) wire report, Elton serenaded the 400 guests into the wee hours Saturday night to celebrate the marriage of Limbaugh, 59, to Kathryn Rogers, 33, in the Ponce de Leon ballroom of Florida’s fabled Breakers hotel in Palm Beach.

Limbaugh is famously against gay marriage and has made several offensive homophobic remarks over the years.

I doubt there were many gay marriage supporter among these guests: former Bush adviser Karl Rove; actor-politician Fred Thompson; Fox News commentator Sean Hannity; former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani; GOP analyst Mary Matalin. A wedding guest also tells PEOPLE that among the others was Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

I hope Elton makes some kind of statement today explaining why he would take such a gig. Surely there are other ways for him to raise $1 million for AIDS causes.

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