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Lunch Break Video: George Takei makes a convincing case why he should be Broadway’s next Spider-Man

You just never know what George Takei is going to do next!

The Star Trek icon and LGBT activist has made this hilarious video in which he “auditions” for the troubled Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

“Now, you’re probably thinking, isn’t George Takei a bit mature for the role?” he says in the video. “Well, as you can see, I’ve got the whole package. Watch and learn, Peter Parker.”

By the way, George will be heading to Broadway next year in Allegiance: A New Musical which tells the story of a Japanese American family forced into an internment camp during World War II. In real life, the actor’s own family spent time in an internment camp.

Anyway, check this out:

Country music singer Chely Wright is engaged!

Chely Wright (Photo: MTW65 - Wikimedia Commons)Congratulations to Chely Wright!

The country singer,whose biggest hits are Single White Female and Shut Up and Drive, came out publicly last year has announced her engagement to LGBT civil right activist Lauren Blitzer. They plan to be married in Connecticut Aug. 20.

Her rep told People: “They met through their youth advocacy work, and say that their passion for Scrabble holds them together.”

A country star had never come out before but Chely has been so articulate about her journey that you hope she has been able to change hearts and minds. She told her story so well in a new memoir Like Me: Confessions of a Country Singerand was named the winner of the 2010 Greggy for Coming Out Story of the Year.


Snapped! Ryan Gosling’s six-pack! Ricky Martin’s blond locks! Bradley Cooper and Jake Gyllenhaal in Italy!

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Happy 60th Birthday to Janis Ian!

She learned the truth At Seventeen and now the great singer-songwriter Janis Ian is 60!

Anyone who has ever felt like an outcast can relate to her Grammy-winning classic At Seventeen. Its lyrics about teen-aged angst sure struck a cord with me when I heard them even though I wasn’t a 17 year old high school girl who never got any Valentines. I was a gay kid who didn’t get a Valentine from who I really wanted: the high school quarterback!

Miss Ian, a 9-time Grammy nominee, burst onto the scene in the late 60s when she was just a teenager with Society’s Child, a song she wrote about an interracial romance. She released her autobiography in and named it after her first big hit.

She still records and came out as a lesbian in 1993.

Here is Janis performing At Seventeen in the 70s and Society’s Child as a teen in the 60s. Wow!

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Thursday Morning Man: Ryan Tedder!’s the 31-year-old lead singer for the band OneRepublic which has had such hits as Apologize.

But Ryan Tedder is also so much more.

The eight-time Grammy nominee has an independent career as songwriter and producer for various artists such as Beyonce, Adele, Far East Movement, Leona Lewis, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks, among others.

In late 2009 Tedder launched his own record company, Patriot Records. Ryan also formed his own publishing company, Patriot Games Publishing, in 2009 in alliance with Kobalt Music Publishing Worldwide.

All that talent plus he’s super cute!

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Lunch Break Video: See “Carpool,” a “Funny or Die” skit starring Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch! Glee, their characters of Sue Sylvester and Will Schuester are comically at odds.

Off-screen, Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison appear to be great pals. But not in this Funny or Die parody that has them carpooling to work.

Let’s just say that Matthew gets on Jane’s last nerve with his singing along with whatever song comes on the radio.

You gotta see it for yourself!

See Matt Bomer filming “White Collar” in NYC!

My pal Kenneth Walsh of Kennethinthe212 fame posted this and other pics of Matt Bomer filming an episode of White Collar this week downstairs from the newsroom where Kenneth works.

I wish Matt filmed in my office building but I’ll settle for bumping into Darren Criss every now and then.

Speaking of Mr. Bomer, it was reported last week that he and co-star Tim McKay both got well-deserved raises which puts them in the $80,000-$100,000 per episode range.

Matt’s pay is said to be slightly higher and all I gotta say is that he’s worth every penny!

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Wednesday Morning Man: Tyler Langdon! across some photos of this handsome young fellow and thought it would be such a shame to keep them all to myself.

His name is Tyler Langdon and last October, he won the Hollywood Discovery Award at the Hollywood Film Festival. Finalists were selected by a blue-ribbon panel of casting directors from the Casting Society of America.

His film and television resume is slim so far with a role in the short film The Last Farewell and did a guest spot on the TV series 1000 Ways to Die.

Tyler recently completed a starring role in the film Nerve playing a young man battles his anxiety issues with the help of a female psychology student and ends up with more than he bargained for.

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Lucy Liu speaks out for marriage equality in her home state: “New York has always been about diversity and acceptance.”

Lucy Liu Pulls for Gay Marriage: Joins New Yorkers for Marriage Equality: VideoNice to see Lucy Liu add her voice to the marriage equality movement in New York.
The actress we first got to know on TV’s Ally McBeal and went on to star in the Charlie’s Angels and Kill Bill movies has joined the New Yorkers for Marriage Equality video campaign.
“I was born in Jackson Heights, Queens,” the actress says in the video. “New York has always been about diversity and acceptance.”

The New York state assembly has passed the marriage equality bill three times but it has failed to pass the state senate – most recently in 2009. New York state lawmakers are expected to consider marriage equality again this spring.

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John Barrowman says shooting new episodes of “Torchwood” in the USA “has been f*cking amazing”

The British series Torchwood, which stars John Barrowman as Capt. Jack Harkness, will return for a fourth season on July 8 on the Starz channel.

It’s getting an American makeover this season (titled Miracle Day) and it is being largely shot in the US on a much bigger budget.

“There is so much more we can do with Torchwood now having made the leap to America. It’s going to be even bigger and better,” Barrowman tells Deadline Hollywood. “And,” he added with a chuckle, “for me on a personal level the move to America has been fucking amazing.”

The budgets are bigger, the stunts are more dangerous and the sexual chemistry is more explosive, he said, pointing to the opening scene in Season 4, which involves a helicopter. “If we were in Wales shooting, we might not have had that, or we would have had to re-write the sequence.” Overall, “the audience is going to need a forklift truck to pick their jaws off the ground. The stunt work is unbelievable. I used to do quite a lot of stunts except if it was jumping off of buildings but now I’m not allowed to because of the insurance policy. I’m much more valuable in America!”

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Ryan Murphy says he regrets going off on Kings of Leon for not allowing use of their songs on “Glee” The Kings of Leon declined a request that some of their songs be used in an episode of Glee, showrunner Ryan Murphy really went off on the group saying “F— you, Kings of Leon” among other things.

It ignited a very public war of words that was most unfortunate.

“I didn’t speak with as much clarity as I would have liked,” Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter on the set of Glee Friday afternoon. “Who am I to say ‘F–k you?’ That’s not what I meant. I completely understand when artists don’t want a show or another artist to interpret their songs. In fact, I respect it. It’s their personal work and I’d feel the same way. We get turned down all the time and I don’t fight it or even go back after a rejection.”

Murphy had blasted them in an earlier interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

“F— you, Kings of Leon,” Murphy had said. “They’re self-centered assholes, and they missed the big picture. They missed that a 7-year-old kid can see someone close to their age singing a Kings of Leon song, which will maybe make them want to join a glee club or pick up a musical instrument. It’s like, OK, hate on arts education. You can make fun of Glee all you want, but at its heart, what we really do is turn kids on to music.”

Drummer Nathan Followill then replied via Twitter to the openly gay Murphy’s comments, and he took a homophobic road that was just beyond the pale: “Dear Ryan Murphy, let it go. See a therapist, get a manicure, buy a new bra. Zip your lip and focus on educating 7yr olds how to say f*ck.”

Followill later tweeted: “I’m sorry 4 anyone that misconstrued my comments as homophobic or misogynistic. I’m so not that kind of person. I really do apologize.”

It seems they have buried the hatchet since then with Murphy telling The Reporter that he and Kings’ Followill brothers have ” been trading texts and emails and I support them.”


“I Love You Phillip Morris” out on DVD today! you missed the drama I Love You Phillip Morris starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor – which was easy to do since it never got past limited release – now is your chance to catch it on DVD.

The film focuses on a love affair between a con man (Carrey) and his cellmate (McGregor). Carrey’s character commits all kinds of crazy misdeeds, like breaking out of Texas prisons four times, to be with his lover.

Carrey played Steven Russell, a man who leads a seemingly average life – an organ player in the local church, happily married to Debbie (Leslie Mann), and a member of the local police force.

Steven has a severe car accident that leads him to the ultimate epiphany: he’s gay and he’s going to live life to the fullest – even if he has to break the law to do it. Taking on an extravagant lifestyle, Steven turns to cons and fraud to make ends meet and is eventually sent to the State Penitentiary where he meets the love of his life, a sensitive, soft-spoken man named Phillip Morris (McGregor). His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts him to attempt (and often succeed at) one impossible con after another.

Morris premiered to raves at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 but was stuck in a prolonged distribution nightmare. It finally hit theaters Dec. 3, never made it into wide release, and grossed just under $2 million domestically.

In an interview with  Parade magazine, it seemed clear that both actors went into the project with commitment and open minds.

Carrey said starring with McGregor was “a dream come true. I mean, look at the guy. I have to say, he is a great kisser. As Ewan said, ‘When you’re kissing another guy it can get a little prickly.’ Actually, you had to put out of your mind your own sexual preference and just try to understand that you were loving another person who just happens to be a guy. It wasn’t about male or female, love is love.”

McGregor told the Los Angeles Times that not only did he not mind kissing Carrey, he “quite liked it.”

“It’s a love story, an escape movie and a comedy, all about this man who goes to incredible lengths to be with the man he loves,” he said. “I like it because it’s a gay film, which is to say it’s a film about two men in love, and I think that’s an important element of it. But it’s not a film about them being gay. They just happen to be gay. I also got to French kiss Jim Carrey a lot, and I quite like that too.”

I saw the film at Grauman’s Chinese 6 in Hollywood in December with a friend who really hated it.

I thought it had its moments but overall, I didn’t love it. But kudos to Carrey for giving 100 percent to his performance. I just didn’t buy him and McGregor together for a single second and matters were not helped by the director’s decision to zoom out and dim the lights every time these two kissed.


Tuesday Morning Man: Adam Kaufman! Kaufman first became known to audiences through recurring roles on the popular TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dawson’s Creek then was one of the stars in the memorable miniseries Taken.

The handsome actor starred in the TV movie Loving Leah and has done scores of guest roles on such series as Mad Men, Monk, CSI: NY, Veronica Nars, Law & Order, NCIS and the updated Melrose Place.

Adam is not just some hunky guy who has coasted by on his looks. He studied drama at Lynchburg College, the Circle in the Square Theatre School and at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre’s National Theatre Institute.

He met girlfriend, actress Poppy Montgomery, on the set of the 2005 independent flick Between in 2007 and they are the parents of a 3-year-old son. He played the recurring role of Bobby Donovan on Montgomery’s hit CBS drama Without a Trace.

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Sean Hayes to play Larry in “Three Stooges” film! Hayes, who recently completed a successful Broadway revival of Promises, Promises, has been cast as Larry Fine in the upcoming remake of The Three Stooges, according to Variety.

Peter and Bobby Farrelly will direct and write the project for 20th Century Fox which is scheduled for release next year.

Sean, an Emmy winner for Will & Grace, played Jerry Lewis in the television film Martin & Lewis. His other film credits include Pieces of April, Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!, The Bucket List, The Cat in the Hat, and, of course, Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss.

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See the trailer for Neil Patrick Harris’s summer film! Patrick Harris may be best known for his television roles on How I Met Your Mother and Doogie Howser M.D. but he’s also made plenty of movies from Clara’s Heart opposite Whoopi Goldberg to his hilarious turns in the Harold and Kumar flicks. He also got terrific reviews for the otherwise panned Beastly earlier this year.

But this summer, NPH will have his biggest film role in years as a lead in the comedy The Best and the Brightest.

He plays a dad looking to get his daughter into a prestigious kindergarten in New York City. In order to impress school admissions officials, he pretends he’s a poet and ends up becoming the toast of the town.

Here is a trailer for the movie:


Barbara Eden talks about her gay “I Dream of Jeannie” co-star Hayden Rorke who played Dr. Bellows, Barbara Eden’s memoir Jeannie Out of the Bottle hits stores.

In it, the 76-year-old star of the classic sitcom I Dream of Jeannie and she dishes a lot of dirt about her co-stars who included Larry Hagman as Major Nelson, Jeannie’s master then later her husband.

But the real revelation for me is that actor Hayden Rorke, who played Major Nelson’s commander, Dr. Bellows, was gay.

“I knew but we never discussed it,” Miss Eden says in the current issue of TV Guide. “I had dinner with he and his partner in their home. He was a gentleman in every respect, and I miss him all the time.”

Rorke ‘s character was always trying to figure out why astronaut Nelson often behaved so strangely. He never did manage to figure out that it was because Nelson had a genie in his life.

He served in the army in during World War II then his film debut came in 1943′s This is the Army. That led to roles in several classic films, including An American in Paris and When Worlds Collide. Over the next decade, Rorke became a familiar face in film and TV. On the big screen, he could be seen in The Robe, The Eternal Sea and Pillow Talk. His TV credits included The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, 77 Sunset Strip, The Twilight Zone, Mr. Ed, Bonanza, Perry Mason and The Beverly Hillbillies. He also had recurring roles on No Time for Sergeants and Dr. Kildare.

After Jeannie, went off the air in 1970, Rorke returned to guest-starring roles on various ’70s hit series such as Mannix, Barnaby Jones, Wonder Woman and The Love Boat. His last role was the made-for-TV movie reunion I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later. Rorke passed away in 1987 in Toluca Lake, Calif. at the age of 76.

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MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts will guest on “30 Rock” anchor Thomas Roberts is a busy man these days.

In addition to anchoring his own show each day (8 a.m. PST, 11 a.m. EST), he filled in this weekend as news anchor on The Today Show and anchored the noon to 2 p.m. shift on MSNBC.

But the handsome Thomas is also making some time to do a guest spot on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock.

Thomas tweeted a photo of his script (see below) which reveals that he has a scene with Alec Baldwin!


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In this week’s episode of “Then We Got HELP!” Dan leads the therapy group wearing workout clothes!

I’m a few days late in posting the fourth episode of season 2 of Then We Got HELP! which is just terrific. The therapy meeting is run this week by Dan (Nicholas Rodriguez) who arrives in workout clothes and insists that people exercise whenever they get angry. His partner, Eric (Blake Hammond), is back after missing last week’s meeting and has some off the funniest lines, as usual, including this gem: “Do you think Tom Cruise was a hot ball of crazy before Top Gun or after?”

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Monday Morning Man: Todd Grinnell! last night’s episode of Desperate Housewives featured the return of Andrew Van de Kamp and briefly, his boyfriend Alex who is played by Todd Grinnell.

Sadly, the couple, who we have scarcely seen, had broken up because of Andrew’s sudden drinking problem.

Anyway, nice to see cutie pie Todd back on the show even if it was just for one scene!

The 34-year-old actor once co-starred with one of my favorites, Josh Cooke, on the short-lived NBC series Four Kings. More recently, he was a regular on the series Brainstorm. He’s also in demand for guest spots appearing on Parks & Recreation, Human Target, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Criminal Minds, among others.

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Video: See Elton John on “Saturday Night Live” John did pretty well as host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live in my opinion.

I fell asleep after the first sketch but have caught up on Hulu and the one that has him with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip is hilarious.

His monologue was a hoot!

Elton came out and told the crowd: “This is my second time here so it is perfectly appropriate for me to say: “THE BITCH IS BACK!”

He talked a lot about his baby son with partner David Furnish: “As you can see I still haven’t lost the baby weight.”

It was funny when he said the baby is a lot like him because “he screams and cries when he doesn’t get his way and he’s had his ups and downs with he bottle.” He said there have been feeding difficulties because the baby “is rejecting the breast and in that way, he takes after both of his fathers.”

Then while explaining the baby being born via surrogate Elton said: “Neither of us could become pregnant but I promise you, we tried our hardest”

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