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Chris Colfer of “Glee” chats with Rolling Stone!

Chris Colfer, who plays gay teenager Kurt Hummel on Glee, is featured in the special television issue of Rolling Stone in a section called “The best characters in TV.”

He recalls in an interview kids shouting “Fag!” or “Freak!” in the hallway at school.

“When you’re in that situation, you learn to think on your feet. I’d always respond, ‘Delinquent!’ or some other word they couldn’t understand.” article tells us that Chris grew up in Clovis, CA (near Fresno) which he describes as “conservative, hot and flat.” His parents were die-hard Republicans who sent him to Jesus camp and took him to the local rodeo dressed “in these horrible, horrible little cowboy outfits. I still can’t listen to country music without recalling my trauma.”

He hit the bad luck trifecta in school: fat, braces, gay: “I was the bottom of the food chain. Very, very frumpy.”

Of Kurt he said: “I would just like to see him be happy and to keep inspiring the kids that watch him. … I see these gay characters on other programs, and they’re always loud and flamboyant. In high school – especially in a conservative town – someone wouldn’t be like that. That’s why I made Kurt more internal and superior, rather than external and annoying.”, who graduated from high school himself just over two years ago, enrolled in Fresno City College and would drive down to LA for auditions. He quickly landed Glee and worried what the folks back in Clovis would think of him playing a gay teen – he was not yet publicly out himself: “I’m glad I had that fear because it made the character that much more real.”


On the road with Adam Lambert!

Adam Lambert continues his breakneck schedule of touring and dazzling his audiences all around the US and other parts of the world. Pictured above is the singing star signing autographs after his Glam Nation Tour Concert on the Walnut Street Bridge in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday night.

Pictured left  and below is Adam a few nights earlier onstage during the Glam Nation Tour Concert at Clowes Memorial Hall in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Adam really seems to give his audiences all that he has and he creates a lot of excitement wherever he goes. It’s nice to see a music star who is so focused on his career.

Photos courtesy of  Adam Lambert Fan Club on Facebook!

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Showtune Sunday: Some musical numbers from “Night of 100 Stars 1985″ so bad that they’re good!

YulBrynner.jpg image by hot_daily Where else in the world would you have the likes of Yul Bryner, Matt Dillon, Bob Fosse, Vincent Price, Billy Dee Williams, Rock Hudson (the same year he died), Jimmy Stewart, Cab Calloway, Jim Nabors, Richard Thomas, Billy Crystal, Robert Wagner, David Frost, Charles Bronson, Michael Caine, Lloyd Bridges, Richard Dreyfuss, Jim Henson and Carol Burnett in the same production number – and even doing a chorus line kick at the end?

It was the 1985 TV special Night of 100 Stars.

It’s an endless parade of famous men being escorted down the stairs by showgirls to the song One from A Chorus Line. second video is from the same special and features Hal Linden, Michelle Lee and Nancy Dussault singing some tune as various TV stars walk out and take a bow including Tony Danza, Nell Carter, Gary Coleman, Dick Clark, Charlotte Rae, Meredith Baxter, Scott Baio, Marla Gibbs, Lisa Bonet, Bob Newart,  Tyne Daly, Pierce Brosnan, David Hasselhoff, Kate Jackson, William Shatner, Perry King, Jack Palance, Lorenzo Lamas and Linda Gray. The best comes at the end when John Forsythe, Linda Gray, Joan Collins and Diahann Carroll of Dynasty all walk out together followed by, get this, Julie Harris, Lisa Hartman, Joan Van Ark and Donna Mills of Knots Landing! Last to come out was Anne Baxter who was then starring in ABC’s Hotel.

This is just a total TV time capsule! Enjoy!

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Morning Man Classic: Patrick Swayze!

PatrickSwayze6.jpg image by country_girl2469 reading a lot of celebrity autobiographies this summer (Carol Burnett’s is a fun, fast read; Bryan Batt’s is terrific but more on that later). The one that I most recently finished, just a few days ago, was The Time of My Life written by Patrick Swayze and his wife Lisa Niemi before his death last year from cancer.
I loved reading about his journey to Hollywood stardom in earlier projects like The Outsiders and the epic North and South miniseries then the highs with such megahits as Dirty Dancing and Ghost and fans faves including Point Break, Road House and To Wong Foo.
He and Lisa also worked for years to bring their dream project, One Last Dance, to the screen which they succeeded in doing while both were still able to do all the dancing!
But really what was so inspiring was how Patrick went on living and working (on the A&E drama The Beast) despite the deadly diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. He fought to extend his life and to make the most of what he had left.
He died last September at the age of 57.

I never got to meet Patrick but we did talk on the phone about five years ago when I wrote a cover piece on him for Orange Coast Magazine. He was promoting One Last Dance and King Solomon’s Mines, his first TV mini-series in nearly two decades.

I want to share some of the interview which I think gives some insight into what kind of guy he was.

On playing drag queen Vida Boheme in “To Wong Foo” : “It was an opportunity to create a character who was truly an angel. But I thought playing a drag queen was a big ol’ lark, and I’d play a big old queen. But in rehearsal when I play-acted it, it didn’t work. I realized her job was to be the heart of this movie. {Miss Vilda} stands for every drag queen on the planet or for anyone who has been misunderstood. It turned out to be the most emotional thing in my entire career and I’m pretty proud of it.”

On his fans: “Fans have been so faithful and been behind me for so long. I’d like to believe it’s because I never forget that fans are the people who put you where you are at. I really appreciate that, and I’ve been able to have a career that keeps going and going and going.”

His career philosophy: “What makes your work special is a sense of danger and unpredictability that can’t be made up. That has to come from you as a person.”

On love: “Relationships are hard, but you never give up. You go through phases. We always try and remember that you have to keep falling in love over and over again and discovering new things about each other….Don’t lose touch with who the other person is growing into, allow them to push the envelope. It makes the relationship about discovery.”

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Funny Video: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal try and talk Christmas presents without cracking up!

NEW YORK- SEPTEMBER 04: Roger FedererRoger Federer was all business at the US Open earlier today where he easily defeated his third-round opponent in straight sets.

He is going after his sixth US Open title and badly wants it to help salvage what has been, for him, a largely disappointing year since winning the Australian Open back in January.

One of Federer’s biggest challengers for the title at Flushing Meadows is world number Rafael Nadal who won both Wimbledon and the French Open this summer. Even though these two men have been battling for the number one ranking for the last six years, they are very friendly rivals with great respect and affection for each other.

You can see that in this video that my pal Henry sent to me that is just a gem because we get to see another side – a very goofy side – of two sports legends.


“True Blood” star Joe Manganiello workout secrets!

"True Blood" episode "Trouble"As Alcide on HBO’s True Blood, Joe Manganiello has quickly become a fan favorite.
Part of that has to do with the fact that the actor is built like a brick house!
How does he accomplish such a physique? He shares his secret in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly:
“Forty-five minutes of cardio in the morning., and then in the afternoon I would train with Ron Mathews. He trained Hugh Jackman for X-Men and Jennifer Garner for Alias. It’s high intensity, high impact, high heart rate. You don’t stop moving for an hour. It feels like someone is jamming a red-hot poker into my abdomen repeatedly.”
“I have no problem telling everyone what my workout “secrets” are because there really are no secrets – it’s just brutal ass kicking, repeatedly. Twice a day, six days a week. I really wanted to come correct for Alan [Ball]. The biggest thank you letter I could write was I’m going to kick some f***ing ass.”

Saturday Briefs: A new “Glee” promo; Gavin Creel ends “Hair” run; Happy Birthday to Mitzi Gaynor!

New Glee season 2 promos! Plus Jane Lynch in iCarly clip!In case you are counting the days, as I am, the season 2 premiere of Glee is on Tuesday, Sept. 21 on FOX at 8 p.m.
Can’t wait for the return of the evil Sue Sylvester, sexy Will Scheuster, adorable Kurt Hummel, the fabulous Rachel Berry, the diva Mercedes Jones, the studly Finn Hudson, the awesome Artie Adams and the lovely Quinn Fabray and all the rest!
The network is wisely building up the buzz with a series of promos giving us a little taste of what is ahead including the much-hyped Britney Spears episode on Sept. 28. (I’m pretty lukewarm on Britney as I am on Madonna. I just don’t get it).
Anyway, FOX called upon two of the stars of its series Bones to host the latest Glee promo: Emily Deschanel and Tamara Taylor.

ON BROADWAY: A lot of actors worry about whether coming out as gay will ruin their careers. Thankfully, they can look to talented folks like Neil Patrick Harris, Ricky Martin, Cheyenne Jackson, Chris Colfer, Sir Ian McKellen, Luke Macfarlane, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, TR Knight, Sean Hayes, Michael Urie and, thankfully, many, many more, to see that it can actually win you all kinds of new fans.

I had not really been familiar with Gavin Greel until he came out and now I find myself following his career and rooting for him to do well. Earlier this week, Gavin bid farewell to the West End production of Hair which opened in April at the Gielgud Theatre and closes tonight. He also played the role of Claude on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance.

After his final performance in London he tweeted: i’m amazed how a group of people could take me over, run me hard, & lift me so so high. my heart is full.i love you tribe. goodnight london.

I wish Gavin all kinds of luck with his next career move and hopes it brings him even more success! ACT: I have to wish a happy 79th birthday to one of my girl crushes: the great Mitzi Gaynor!

The legendary star of South Pacific and a dazzling series of television variety specials in the 60s and 70s is someone who has been a delight to interview and see at various events in recent years.

The last time I saw Miss Gaynor was at the LA Tony Award Party in June 2009. I was sort of staring at her after we finished talking but not in a way that I wanted her to notice! She gives me a sideways glance and says: “You’re checking me out aren’t you!”

It was so funny! And great. She is great. We had also sat together at Florence Henderson’s 75th birthday concert earlier that year.

Mitzi had been retired from showbiz but after her husband Jack Bean died in 2006 (they were married for 52 years), she has since re-emerged professionally and been touring with a one-woman show.

She’s also been working on a memoir.

But don’t expect anything scandalous.

“You know when the National Enquirer calls me up, they want to know like a recipe for Hungarian goulash, that’s how sexy and salacious I am. I was a married lady for like all of my life.”

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Who are the most popular gays on Twitter? was feeling pretty good about my just over 1,200 Twitter followers until I saw this list of the most popular gays on Twitter compiled by The Advocate!

I can understand why more than 5 million people follow Ellen DeGeneres and glad to see that 1.6 million follow Rachel Maddow. These are awesome women! And the guys in the top 15, a lot of them I follow too: Ricky Martin, Adam Lambert, Neil Patrick Harris and Chris Colfer.

But Samantha Ronson has more than 1.5 million Twitter followers? I can see how interest was way up when she and ex-girlfriend Lindsay Lohan were fighting all the time but the number really surprises me. Lindsay herself has just over 1 million.

Love that Michael Ausiello, a hard-working TV writer for Entertainment Weekly who always has great scoops about our favorite shows, made the top 10 with 1.1 million followers.

Here is the complete list in order:


2. Perez Hilton (blogger) 2,378,242

3. Stephen Fry (actor) 1,746,386

4. Rachel Maddow (tv host) 1,679,131

5. Samantha Ronson (DJ) 1,564,457


7. Michael Ausiello (Entertainment Weekly writer) 1,123,498

8. Lindsay Lohan 1,091,073

9. Suze Orman (personal finance expert) 1,0690,245

11: Adam Lambert 635,930

12. Alan Carr (comedian) 563,293

13. Michael Buckley 527,314

14. Karl Lagerfeld 308,960

15. Chris Colfer 282,970

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Saturday Morning Man: Josh Stamberg! to a lot of cool folks at last weekend’s pre-Emmy BAFTA/LA Tea Party and one of them was actor Josh Stamberg, one of the stars of the Lifetime comedy Drop Dead Diva.

Josh plays the role of J. Parker on the series about vapid aspiring model who is killed in a car crash and gets brought back to life as an intelligent, overweight lawyer, hoping to find the meaning of inner beauty.

One of his co-stars is Margaret Cho so I had to ask what he thought of one of my favorite comediennes.

“Are you kidding me? Margaret Cho is one of my favorite new friends,” he said. “She is possibly the most chill, unusually cool girl I’ve ever known. She’s such a talented lady and so smart, great sense of humor – super dark.”

The series is filmed in Atlanta which has been a bit of an adjustment for some of the actors.

“You know what? I like it, it’s easy,” Josh insists. “I have a 2 year old, it’s family-friendly, it’s green, people are friendly, there’s good food. I like being home in LA but if you have to be someplace, it’s pretty good.”

The show hasn’t officially been renewed but a third season seems a sure bet and they would resume production in February.

Josh has been a busy actor in television since 1998 doing guest spots on such shows as Sex and the City, Law & Order, CSI, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, House M.D., Brothers & Sisters and Men in Trees. He’s also had recurring roles on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Over There and was a regular on the sitcom Courting Alex.

Movies credits include Fracture, Must Love Dogs and Legion.

Josh was born in Washington D.C. where his father, Louis C. Stamberg, was a State Department employee. Fans of National Public Radio – like me – know his mother Susan Stamberg’s work as the original host of NPR’s All Things Considered.

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It’s finally official: Kara DioGuardi off “American Idol” the game of musical chairs that American Idol producers has been playing with its judges, Kara DioGuardi appears to have been treated terribly and it has only now just been made official that she will not be returning to the show next season.

That has been pretty common knowledge since shortly after Ellen DeGeneres announced her departure more than a month ago.

Still, Kara is taking the high road in her statement just released by FOX:  “I felt like I won the lottery when I joined American Idol two years ago, but I feel like now is the best time to leave Idol. I am very proud to have been associated with American Idol– it has truly been an amazing experience. I am grateful to Fox, FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment, as well as the cast, crew and contestants, for all they have given to me. I look forward to my next challenge and want to thank everyone who has supported me. All the best to everyone on Season 10!”

The statement offered no details regarding any specific reason for her departure but my guess is she’s getting a nice, hefty severance check that has something to do with the gracious tone. is a Grammy-nominated songwriter who joined the show when it expanded to four judges two years ago. Her arrival was awkward then because it appeared that she was added to eventually replace the popular but unpredictable Paula Abdul. When Abdul left after season 8, she was replaced by Ellen and the panel remained at four which seemed to be one judge too many.

Neither Fox executives nor Idol producers commented on Friday. They are getting to a point where they will have to finalize their line-up of judges. Simon Cowell won’t return as previously announced. Randy Jackson will be back along with host Ryan Seacrest. One of the judge’s spots is reportedly going to Steven Tyler and the other to Jennifer Lopez.

Earlier Post: Nigel Lythgoe on “American Idol” Emmy curse


“True Blood” star Alexander Skarsgard talks about his guy kiss in vampire sex scene with Theo Alexander’s True Blood will have its season finale on Sept. 12. I still have to watch my DVDs of season 2 before I catch up on the current season 3!

At least I know there is a lot to look forward to including Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) seducing then killing the character of Talbot (Theo Alexander).

Skarsgard tells EW that he and Alexander really wanted the scene to be powerful for viewers: “I’d never kissed a guy before on a show or in a movie, and that was Theo’s first time as well, and we talked about it. It goes from being this romantic, beautiful scene, and they’re getting rough with each other and getting it on — and [then] the turn where Eric just slaughters him. It’s such a rich scene. I basically said, ‘We’ve got to sell it in the beginning. It’s got to be passionate and beautiful because then the payoff  is going to be so much more rewarding.’”

Alexander talked about the scene in an interview with Movieline three weeks ago:

What was the energy like on set the day that you shot the sex scene?
Well, I think that whole week, Alexander [Skarsgård] and I were both a little bit anxious, but we were joking and being professional. Alexander is a great actor, though, and he helped me get beyond the physical part of the scene. I had been afraid of the scene from the very beginning — from the first moment that I held the script in my hand — but I’m glad I did it because every time you face your fears, you move forward. It was a good experience at the end of the day.

What aspect of the scene scared you?
Well, the part about kissing another man. I don’t really do that, so… I didn’t want to think of him as a woman. Many people told me, “Oh, just close your eyes and think of him as a woman.” But no, because that is a totally different energy and I had to be very present with Alex and his male energy. I had to open myself to be able to actually be attracted to him, like, really attracted to him. At the end of the day, it was fun, though.

How did you prepare for the big scene that day? Was there certain music that put you in the right frame of mind — or alcohol?
No, no, no. I remember that I went back to my trailer and I concentrated. I did some acting exercises. I was playing the archetype of a lover, so I put on a sexy, slow song and almost did like a belly dance. I tried to get into the mindset of just being sexy and not caring about your sexual preferences and just acting on that attraction.

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It’s Dr. Oliver versus a train as the Luke-Reid storyline takes tragic turn on “As The World Turns” think I’m gonna need some therapy to get through the final days of As the World Turns.

I have known for weeks what Dr. Reid Oliver’s fate was but it is only now, as I watch these scenes play out, that I realize just how attached I’ve gotten to this delicious character brought to life by future Emmy winner Eric Sheffer Stephens.

It is heartbreaking  to know that he and Luke Snyder (amazing Van Hansis), after finally finding their way to each other’s hearts, will not have a future together.

I’m just a wreck over the whole thing!

Reid tears out of Oakdale like a bat outa hell to personally retrieve a heart for Chris but before he gets into the car, he turns to Luke and says: “I love you.” It’s the first time he’s said that to Luke and the smile on Luke’s face says it all.

Then … DOOM!

Here is a preview from next week:

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Friday Briefs: Sandra Bullock update; Rachael Ray’s girl crush; Chris Colfer’s hairy situation in Rolling Stone!

EW-COVER-1119We love Sandra Bullock and are glad she has that cheating Jesse James and all his tacky tattoos out of her life.

Sandra, Oscar winner this year for The Blind Side and a new mom, graces the cover of the new Entertainment Weekly. The inside article examins how she consciously retooled her career, how she transcended the tabloid noise, and where she might go from here.

She has endless options: At age 46, a decade and a half after she jumped on the bus in Speed, the actress is being courted for virtually every female starring role Hollywood has to offer, from a Disney family fable called The Odd Life of Timothy Green to Our Wild Life, a drama about an elephant orphanage.

My favorite Bullock movies: Hope Floats, The Blind Side, While You Were Sleeping, Miss Congeniality and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. AND RAY: I love this! Rachael Ray is such a charmer. I love watching her cook because she’s so chatty and makes you actually feel like you can make what she is preparing. (Sorry Martha Stewart, but you scare me a little!).

Anyway, Rachael has yet another new show (the woman is such a brand!) called Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day. She appeared on the The Late Show With Craig Ferguson this week to promote the show said she liked the title because it rhymed.

Craig suggested another rhyme: “Rachael Ray: She’s Sometimes Gay? Cause I’d watch that show, I tell you that!”

This led Rachael to this admission about 30 Rock star Tina Fey: “I actually have a short list of women that I am a little gay for. But she knows it, I told her.”

I can understand it. If I had a short list of women I might be a little straight for, Tina Fey might just make the cut!

Rolling Stone’s TV Fall Preview might feature Mad Men cast members on the cover but it is a pic inside of Chris Colfer (as Kurt Hummel in Glee) that is getting a lot of attention. Why? Because he’s not on a high school campus in this shot, he appears to be in a leather bar surrounded by hairy men! I just don’t think Kurt is ready for this!


“I Love Lucy” Friday: A collection of funny scenes for your enjoyment this Labor Day weekend! a three-day weekend upon us, thought we all needed some extra entertainment from the great Lucy Ricardo and company.

These are some really funny scenes that I could watch over and over and over again – and have!

Among the scenes: Lucy and Ethel at the chocolate factory; Lucy and Ethel trying to get rid of all the extra beef they bought by luring customers away from the butcher shop and, of course, Lucy getting stuck in the freezer!


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Lesley Goldberg’s Girl Talk! Backstage at the Emmys with Archie Panjabi, Jim Parsons, Eric Stonestreet and George Clooney!

By Lesley Goldberg, columnist

Could there have been a show on TV this week that was as gay as the Emmys? I think not! Welcome back to Girl Talk, Greg in Hollywood’s weekly detour into Lesbian Land. This week, it’s all about the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, which I was lucky enough to get paid to attend.

So have you watched the Glee-inspired opening number a bazillion times yet?  Jimmy Fallon and Lea Michele! Jane Lynch and Tina Fey! Betty White and Jon Hamm! Chris Colfer! Nina Dobrev and Jorge Garcia!

I haven’t really been a big Bruce Springsteen fan since Born in the USA, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t rush home and download Born to Run. What a great opening, and even back in the pressroom, there wasn’t a frowning face in the lot.

Speaking of the pressroom, most of the night’s winners came back to take questions, but two big names were strangely absent: Ryan Murphy, who took home the statuette for writing the Glee pilot; and Lynch, who collected the trophy for supporting actress in a comedy. was beyond disappointing, but the mood quickly changed when Jim Parsons ventured back to meet the media and shared how he planned to celebrate: “I am the lamest old man! I’m tired, but I think this gives me enough energy to stay up to 10:30 or 11,” he joked. “I could rock out with some ice cream!” CBS’

The Big Bang Theory remains one of my favorite 30 minutes of TV on the air and I just want to hug and cuddle Parsons, especially when he channeled his character, physicist Sheldon Cooper, when he admitted his love for almanacs and his excitement over being among the list of Emmy nominees — and now winners.

“It feels like being a small part of history,” he said. “I’m a big reader of almanacs and lists — boy, do I sound OCD, but I was oddly thrilled to be part of a list and group like this. The winning is the cherry on top.”

Now let’s hope the Emmy win pushes Big Bang Theory off to a great start in its new time slot on Thursdays, beginning Sept. 23.
Eric StonestreetAnother of the night’s big winners was Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet — capturing the Emmy for supporting actor in a comedy — who said his goal for playing Cameron was to make him universal.

“I just wanted someone somewhere to say, ‘Well, I’d sit down and have a beer with that guy. I don’t care what his sexuality is.’ We just wanted to open people’s minds and hearts.”

Could he be more adorable? Yes, actually. When he confirmed that the show’s writers will deliver the upcoming kiss between Cameron and Mitchell “in a really sweet, great way that’s consistent with what our show is.”

How much longer until Season 2 starts?

In perhaps the biggest upset of the night, The Good Wife’s Archie Panjabi touched on Kalinda’s sexuality after winning for supporting actress in a drama. With the door literally left open just enough to whet viewers’ appetites on a very possible lesbian story line, Panjabi said she’s just as unclear as everyone else.

“Normally I get to know my characters extremely well,” she said. “Kalinda doesn’t seem to open up to me, either. So I’m as taken back by her mystery as the audience is and her sexuality is one thing I still haven’t figured out. When she does confess to me I will certainly reveal it.”

spite the vagueness of her remarks, one thing is certain: I’m absolutely watching The Good Wife’s second season now that I get what the fuss has been over Panjabi — her eloquent responses backstage and stunning presence were beyond captivating.

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And yes, I’m truly saving the best for last here. While listening to winners ranging from Al Pacino (You Don’t Know Jack) to Tom Hanks (The Pacific) was exciting, nothing — not even getting a high-five from Friday Night Lights’ Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler), which totally happened on Saturday night! — and I mean nothing could come close to listening to Emmy’s Bob Hope Humanitarian award recipient George Clooney speak on marriage equality. Live. In the same room. Maybe 15 feet from where I was working. In person. Live. Thisclose. And Clooney — whom I loved on The Facts of Life, Roseanne and ER — said all the right things: “These are the kinds of things that take a long, long time to change … People will look back at this time in our history and think of it as an archaic time. I feel like it’s a slow-rolling process, but it will happen eventually.” Oh, George. I’d totally add you to my hug and cuddle list now — but you’re still second on the list, behind Parsons!

That’s it for me this week! For more Girl Talk, follow me on Twitter:


Friday Morning Man: Dave Salmoni!

dave-salmoni---08.jpg dave salmoni image by spearlight Animal Planet’s Dave Salmoni may or may not still be dating E! talk show host and author Chelsea Handler but one thing is for sure: the man is a stud muffin.
Dave, who turns 35 tomorrow, is a Canadian animal handler, entertainer and television producer.   He has his own production company called Triosphere which specializes in wildlife films.
I saw him on Jay Leno’s show earlier this summer and scribbled down his name because I knew he’d have to be a future Morning Man.
Dave was host of the show Animal Face-Off and currently hosts and produces the show Rogue Nature on Discovery Channel as well as After the Attack and Into the Pride on Animal Planet. did a sexy photo shoot for Flaunt magazine recently and had this to say: “I think the sexiest think you can do is get into consevationism. I believe that the most conservation problems have become a financial discussion. Most of these problems are in poro countries where the population needs the same resources that hte animals need. That conflict always results in the animals coming off second best.”

He added: “When people start to realize that fresh water is going to be out most important asset over the next 50 years, you’re really going to see people say, ‘Why don’t we have any clean, fresh water? Oh, we didn’t conserve. Generally speaking, people would like to have animals around. But when push comes to shove, they would also like to have that really nice car.”
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In the final weeks of “As the World Turns,” Dr. Reid Oliver realizes “It’s stupid to try and avoid love because you’re scared.”

It’s all winding down folks and I am feeling so sad about it!

Got to remember: It’s just a television show!

As the World Turns has just a few weeks left to go and that means the story of Luke Snyder and Reid Oliver will also be ending.

Reid has changed a lot – for the better – because of Luke and it is wonderful to see that he is open to it. He’s always been solid in his profession and his care for patients but the Chris Hughes storyline has let us know exactly how solid and loyal Reid can be.

Eric Sheffer Stevens and Van Hansis are taking us into the final episodes at the top of their games.

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GLAAD’s Jarrett Barrios writes about his divorce president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation for the past year, Jarrett Barrios has regularly spoken out about same-sex marriage.

What the public didn’t know was that his marriage to communications consultant and Democratic political operative Doug Hattaway was ending.

He wrote about their split in a column for the Boston Globe. Here are some excerpts:

Nearly a year ago, I separated from my partner. At the time, we had been together for 16 years and married for over five. I felt I couldn’t discuss it beyond my close circle of friends. Especially if you’re gay and arguing that marriage should be open to you, divorce seems to be the ultimate failure.

Today, in five states, gay and lesbian couples can marry. That means we have the ability to grow together — and, for some of us, to grow apart.

*************** was one of the first elected officials in the country to marry his same-sex partner. In part because there were so many naysayers, we worked to be a model couple — with each of us trying be the perfect husband. Like other lesbian and gay couples, we hoped to show our relationships for what they are: loving partnerships that deserve the possibility of “happily ever after” that marriage promises.

But as our families continue the march towards equality, the gay and lesbian community often doesn’t talk about divorce, even though some of the most important protections associated with marriage are exercised at the end of a relationship — protections that help the more economically vulnerable partner, give a formula for sharing the care of the children, and establish how two people can disentangle a life’s worth of acquisitions, compromises, and dreams.

Just as gay and lesbian couples share the joys of marriage, we will share the pain of divorce, something for which we have no template.


Happy Birthday to Tuc Watkins!

Whether he’s marrying with Dorian Lord on the ABC soap One Life to Live or having fertility issues with his husband on Desperate Housewives, Tuc Watkins is always turning in a first-rate performance.

That’s why I’ve been such a fan of this actor who I just fell in love with as gay television executive Malcolm Laffley on the late, great Showtime series Beggars and Choosers.

His role as David Vickers on OLTL is so delicious that producers have kept it open for Tuc to come and go for more than decade and he and Dorian (Robin Strasser) are one of daytime’s all-time great pairings.

Tuc, who turns 44 today, has been upgraded from recurring character to series regular on Desperate Housewives on which he has played attorney Bob Hunter – one-half of the gay couple on Wisteria Lane – since 2007.

“They’re going to expand the role a little bit, they’ve made a commitment for more appearances,” Tuc told me when we chatted at the Daytime Emmys. “I think we can look forward to seeing more of Bob and Lee’s storyline hopefully.”

Here is some essential Tuc Watkins work that you can find on DVD or online: DVD: Desperate Housewives: Seasons 4,5,6; DVD: The Mummy; DVD: I Think I Do Online: Funny or Die video The Sentimentalist

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Thursday Briefs: Rob Lowe aging oh-so well; Jeff Lewis’s housekeeper wants to flip out; Andy Roddick out!

LEAN AND LOWE: Don’t hate Rob Lowe because he’s beautiful. Okay, I’ll try not to! The 46-year-old star shows us on the cover of the new Men’s Fitness that he’s as hot as he ever was – if not hotter!

When asked how he keeps in shape, he told Men’s Health that he’s “been sober for 20 years, but you gotta get your fix some way. At a certain point you realize a whole lot of espresso doesn’t do it. That’s why I like helicopter skiing and big-wave surfing. It’s a way for me to keep my edge.”

Rob has proven himself to be so much more than a pretty face in his remarkable career as he went from Brat Packer (St. Elmo’s Fire, Class, About Last Night) to hit comedies (Austin Power and Wayne’s World flicks) to television star (The West Wing, Brothers & Sisters).

Rob’s next career move seems like a smart one: He has joined the cast of the NBC comedy Parks & Recreation which is just getting started while Brothers & Sisters, which he left at the end of last season, appears to be in decline as it begins its fifth season. FLIPS OUT: Jeff Lewis, the cute but kinda crazy dude from Bravo’s Flipping Out show, has been known to drive his employees bonkers.

In an interview with US Weekly, he admits that his housekeeper, Zoila, probably wants to escape pretty much every day!

“I have to keep a close eye on her, she’s tried to escape a few times. I’ve spent a lot of money on bounty hunters, finding her and bringing her back. I’ve spent a lot of time combing bus stations, train stations, airports looking for her and I just don’t want to lose any more beauty sleep over it. She’s on a very short leash, because I can tell she’s getting kind of squirrely, I think she wants to leave. [She's been with me] for like 10 years. We have a very dysfunctional mother-son relationship. Zoila has family in the area, so she leaves Saturday afternoons, she usually goes to one of their homes and then she comes back Sunday evenings. She does have a day off, but she knows she’s got to be in by 8:30 on Sunday. The telenovelas start early, then we’ve got lights out at 9 o’clock. No bedtime story. she usually falls asleep to the television, but she’s got to get up early. She’s usually a little bit slower is she doesn’t get 9 hours of sleep, so that’s why I like her in bed by 9.”

NEW YORK- SEPTEMBER 01: Andy Roddick

ELIMINATED: Gee, part of the fun of following the US Open is posting pics of American hottie Andy Roddick’s tummy which we can see when his shirt flies up during a serve or a forehand.

Well Andy, who turned 28 year old this week, was ousted last night in the second round of the US Open, a tournament he won in 2003 and will probably not ever win again.

Andy remains America’s top-ranked player but he has failed to come through this year and is barely hanging on to a top 10 ranking (he was seeded ninth at the US Open).

Andy lost 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (4)  to 44th-ranked Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia. Roddick revealed recently that he had a mild case of mononucleosis and said he did not come to New York feeling 100 percent ready.

But he was not willing to make any excuses: “We’re not talking about it if I win a match. I’m not going to talk about it because I lost.”