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Will & Sonny try to get on same page on “Days”

Okay, Will and Sonny finally begin to communicate and realize they have feelings for each other.

At last!

But they vow to take things slow. Of course! They are the show’s gay couple so you can expect things to be very slow. Other couples are making out, in bed together etc. The gay couple at least touches hands at the end of this clip.

There are some nice scenes here though between Sonny and his mom (she wants him to date Brian!) and Will and that idiot Tad who seems to be getting over his homophobia a bit – at least enough to tell Will that Sonny is into him.

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Morning Man Encore: Olly Murs!

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Socialite Life, a site that I am completely addicted to, had one of its “cute boy alert” items about this boy who most certainly is cute.

His name is Olly Murs.

Olly is an English singer-songwriter who was the runner-up last year on The X Factor. He is currently signed to Syco Music and Epic Records and in August released his first single Please Don’t Let Me Go. It immediately reached number one on the UK charts.

Olly is 26 and when he auditioned for The X Factor, he performed Stevie Wonder’s Superstition. You had a feeling he’s go far in the competition when judge Simon Cowell said after his audition that it was “the easiest ‘yes’ I’ve ever given.”

He managed to made it through to the live finals where he was mentored by Cowell and frequently employed dance moves in his performance including his trademark “Olly wiggle.” He again sang Superstition in the finals and ended up coming in second to Joe McElderry.

His self-titled first album was released this month!

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See Jesse Ventura and his wife of 37 years speak eloquently in defense of same-sex marriage

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Lunch Break Video: A “Steel Magnolias” fix!

So many of us can do the entire scene in Steel Magnolias when a grieving Sally Field is at the cemetery and starts to come apart after burying her daughter.

“Shelby’s riiiiight. My hair really does look like a brown football!’” She begins to fix her hair and surrounded by Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis and Darryl Hannah, she just loses it: “I’m fiiiiiiiiiiine!”

But she isn’t.

I wanna know whhhhhhhyyyyyyy!!!”

Here is the rest of the funny/sad scene where Dukakis offers up MacLaine as a punching bag.


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The 2012 Long Beach QFilm Festival starts today!

I’m going to be spending much of the next three days inside of a movie theater in Long Beach and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The 2012 Long Beach Q Film Festival begins its three day run tonight!

Coming nearly two months after the end of L.A.’s Outfest and a week before the start of Cinema Diverse in Palm Springs, the Long Beach Festival has managed to carve out a nice place for itself on the crowded LGBT film festival calendar.

This year’s festival features a combination of 25 feature-length and short films scheduled during a 60-hour period.

“It seems to be a good time for the Long Beach community to come out and support a film festival,” planning committee member Chris Carpenter told me last month. “We try to avoid programming what has been shown at the other festivals, but we do appreciate the opportunity to get a sense of what the big movies are that people are responding to.”

Some of the features at Q Film this year were also popular at Outfest, including one of the opening night films, Cloudburst, starring Academy Award winners Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker, and closing night film I Do, written by and starring David W. Ross and directed by Glenn Gaylord.

“Outfest has been helpful to see what emerges as must-see LGBT movies of the year, and we try and program some of them along with local premieres,” Carpenter says.

Making its U.S. premiere at Q Film is the premiere of Gay Latino L.A.: Coming of Age, directed by Jonathan Menendez, which follows three gay Latino men through the process of coming out. Making its West Coast premiere at the festival will be the documentary Raid of the Rainbow Lounge, directed by Robert L. Camina, about the 2009 raid of a Fort Worth, Texas, gay bar and its aftermath.

Other films on tap: Rosser Goodman’s gay-themed comedy Love or Whatever, the Swedish romantic drama Kiss Me (Kyss Mig), Outfest Audience Award winner I Stand Corrected and Outfest favorites Mosquita y Mari, Elliot Loves and Morgan.

“People come from all over, but it really is Long Beach-based and Long Beach-focused,” Carpenter says. “Most of the attendees have not gone to the other festivals. They are local Long Beach residents who are seeing these for the first time and we are glad to provide them that opportunity.”

The Long Beach festival has been in existence, on and off, for 19 years, and last year drew a record 1,000-plus attendees. In recent years, organizers have gone from having to track down popular films they’ve heard about from other festivals to getting most of the movies sent to them by eager filmmakers.

The festival takes place at the Art Theatre located at 2025 E. 4th St. and neighboring The Center Long Beach. All net proceeds from the festival will benefit the Center. Passes and tickets are now available through the QFilm Festival page at

The Long Beach Q Film Festival is a wonderful event that I especially love because I lived in Long Beach from 1993 until 2000. It’s also much more intimate than Outfest so it’s an entirely different experience and one that I highly recommend.

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Will bonds with his mom on “Days of Our Lives”

It’s nice to see Will getting along with his mom, Sami, who he had been angry with for far too long.

Sami seeks out her son’s advice about her possibly rekindling a relationship with EJ. He knows her history and is candid with her which makes for some nice scenes.

Sami then wants to know about Will’s romantic life but he’s pretty down on the subject since things with Sonny are not jelling.

Meanwhile, Sonny and his mom are also talking about guys. She like Brian for her son but Sonny tells her he’s into Will.

She does not seem thrilled.

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Fox’s “X-Factor” edits out Britney Spears’ former duet partner, Don Philip, coming out as gay on show

When Don Philip faced Britney Spears on this week’s season premiere on Fox’s The X Factor, he was asked what had happened to him in the 12 years since he has recorded a duet with the pop star and now TV show judge.

‘At the time I didn’t think I was worthy,’ Philip said of when he last saw Spears.

That’s the part that TV viewers saw. What they didn’t see was the rest of what he said: ‘I didn’t think you thought it was okay that I am gay.’

Spears then said: ‘I think it is fine you are gay.’

That part of the exchange did not make the telecast for reasons unknown.

But what did make the show was a disastrous performance of Halo by Philip whose voice had grown quite raspy since he and Spears dueted on the song I Will Still Love You which appeared on Spears’ 1999 album Baby One More Time.

All four judges voted ‘no’ on Philip with Simon Cowell saying: good singing voice, honestly.’

Spears tried to be a bit more diplomatic: ‘I feel like through the years maybe you’ve gone through a lot of hardships and battles. But your voice really isn’t up to the bar of the standards of The X Factor and what we want.’

Philip appeared distraught by the rejection and was filmed backstage crying and saying he had somehow let Spears down.

Below is video of the uncomfortable appearance as well as audio of his duet with Spears from all those years ago:


Snapped! Neil Patrick Harris and David Butka attend LA opening of “The Book of Mormon” at Pantages

The Tony Award-winning musical The Book of Mormon opened at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood this week and there were plenty of stars on hand on opening night.

Among them were the dashing couple Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka!

Other stars who attended were Cher, Kathy Griffin, Idina Menzel, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Viola Davis, Alicia Silverstone, Busy Philipps, Dermot Mulroney, Christina Hendricks and the show’s creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.


Friday Morning Man: Hritik Roshan!

This strikingly handsome man is Indian film actor Hrithik Roshan.

He began his career as a child actor in several films throughout the 1980s then made his film debut in a leading role in Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai in 2000.

Roshan went on to star in the blockbusters Koi… Mil Gaya in 2003 and its sequel Krrish in 2006, both of which won him numerous best actor awards. Other hits include Dhoom 2, Jodhaa Akbar, Guzaarish, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Agneepath.

Some other tidbits: Besides acting, the 38 year old Roshan made his debut as a singer in Kites and has also sung in the films Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Guzaarish. Also, life-size wax figure was installed at London’s Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in January 2011, making him the fifth Indian actor to have been replicated as a wax statue in the museum.

Then earlier this year, Roshan started his TV career as a judge in a new TV series Just Dance.

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Cheyenne Jackson is a sexy gladiator!

The sexy and multi-talented Cheyenne Jackson plays a porn star named Mandrew in the upcoming Broadway comedy The Performers.

Described as “an outrageous new comedy,” Jackson stars as a guy who reunites with his high school buddy at the Adult Film Awards in Las Vegas and some wild hijinks ensue with their wives coming along for the ride!

Also in the cast are Alicia Silverstone, Henry Winkler and Ari Graynor.

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Daniel Radcliffe is hosting online chat on Google Hangout for The Trevor Project on Sunday

For more than three years, film and Broadway star Daniel Radcliffe has been a high-profile supporter of the Trevor Project which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

The young man who came to fame as boy wizard Harry Potter continues his involvement on Sunday when he participates in a live online discussion to raise awareness about preventing suicide through The Trevor Project’s Talk to Me campaign.

‘Suicide is absolutely tragic, and it’s also completely preventable, which is why it is so important to learn how to help during The Trevor Project’s National Suicide Prevention Month,’ Radcliffe says in a statement. ‘The Trevor Project is full of amazing volunteers who work every day to save lives on the phone and online, but the Talk to Me’ campaign is about how each one of us can help save a life, too. I am really proud to be a part of this extraordinary initiative with The Trevor Project.’

The live conversation will take place on Google+Hangout at 2 pm Eastern Daylight Time. It will be broadcast through and on The Trevor Project’s YouTube and Google+ pages.

Abbe Land, executive director and CEO of The Trevor Project is grateful for Radcliffe’s participation: ‘It really makes a difference to hear a straight ally and role model like Daniel empower young people to do something life-saving, like saying, ‘talk to me’ to a friend.’

Young people from around the world can submit questions for Radcliffe through all this week.

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Video: Ellen DeGeneres shares highlights from her Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony

When Ellen DeGeneres got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week, her daytime talk show was still in summer reruns.

She returned to the air this week – her 10th season – and shared some wonderful highlights from the ceremony.

I especially love her interactions with fans and the words of Jimmy Kimmel.

Ellen’s mom, Betty DeGeneres, was on hand as was Ellen’s wife, Portia de Rossi.

Ellen shared how her family once took a big vacation from New Orleans to Hollywood and went on the tour of movie star homes and explored the Walk of Fame.

Now it’s Ellen who is the tourist attraction!

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Happy Birthday to Geri Jewell!

One of my more memorable interviews in recent years was with Geri Jewell, first known for her role as Blair’s cousin on The Facts of Life then later as a regular on HBO’s Deadwood.

She had just released her autobiography in which she came out publicly as a lesbian and was preparing to make her first public appearance at a benefit for the LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s LifeWorks program.

She was a bit nervous about how she would be received and I remember telling her that, judging from other similar situations I had seen in the past, my guess was that she would be walking into a great, big hug.

Geri, who turns 56 today, was received very warmly at that event and she has since been a wonderful presence at other benefits and events. She continues to grow in confidence each time and to touch people’s hearts and also make them laugh.

Here is a LINK to my four-part interview with Geri!

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Thursday Morning Man: Julian Gabriel!

Was walking by a newsstand the other day and I spotted Julian Gabriel on the cover of DNA Magazine as the ‘Sexiest Man Alive.’

I just about passed out!

How ’bout ‘Sexiest Man Who Ever Lived’ ???

Okay, that might be a bit over the top but he sure is yummy, huh?

He’s 23 and lives in Miami, Florida.

I looked Julian up in his Model Mayhem page and found out that he is working towards a law degree as he pursues “all facets of the entertainment business.”

He also had a philosophy that isn’t too surprising given his amazing physique: “Fitness is a passion! Don’t wish for it. Work for it.”

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Snapped! “Glee” star Darren Criss mugs for camera

Glee has its fourth season premiere tomorrow night on Fox.

It will be awfully nice to once again be getting a weekly dose of adorable Darren Criss on our television screens.

Here is a photo snapped of Darren who was posing at the Guess Portrait Studio at this week’s Toronto Film Festival.


William Levy is People En Espanol’s Sexiest Man!

People en Español has just named the sexy Cuban-American actor William Levy the Sexiest Man Alive.

Seems like a no brainer don’t you think?

Initially famous for his roles on a series of Spanish-language novellas, Levy became a household name after a sizzling run on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.


Romney’s chilly encounter with group of gay constituents when he was Mass. governor

This is really something.

David Wilson and Julie Goodridge, two of the plaintiffs whose case led to the legalization of marriage equality in Massachusetts, have spoken to Boston Spirit magazine about a chilly 20 minute meeting with then-Governor Mitt Romney in 2004.

They were part of a group who were trying to get Romney to follow that state’s supreme court ruling and allow same-sex couples to get married.

Romney was unmoved and said at one point: ‘I didn’t know you had families.’

Wilson tells the magazine: ‘It was like talking to a robot. No expression, no feeling.’

Goodridge was left in tears after an exchange that left her convinced that Romney had ‘no capacity for empathy.’

She had said to him: ‘Governor Romney, tell me – what would you suggest I say to my 8 year-old daughter about why her mommy and her ma can’t get married because you, the governor of her state, are going to block our marriage?’

Replied Romney: ‘I don’t really care what you tell your adopted daughter. Why don’t you just tell her the same thing you’ve been telling her the last eight years.’

Goodridge tells Boston Spirit that she was speaking of her biological daughter.

Romney had described the meeting to the press as ‘pleasant.’

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Zachary Quinto on 20th anniversary cover of OUT

Last October, Zachary Quinto casually prefaced his response to a magazine interview question about the revival of Angels in America with the words “As a gay man…”

For Quinto, the words he used during that interview had been weighed up and considered over a restless night.

Although he was out to his family and friends, acknowledging his sexuality in the media was another step in his personal evolution.

“I thought about it as coming out from behind the wall,” he tells OUT magazine in the 2oth anniversary issue. “Walls now are only as high or as thick or as strong as we allow them to be.”

Quinto adds, “One of the most defining conversations that I had with myself was that absolutely no good can come from me staying quiet about [my sexuality]. Literally, no good can come from it. But if I take the step to make the acknowledgment and be honest, so much good could potentially come from it.”

Here is a LINK to the complete interview!


Wednesday Morning Man: Jimmie Johnson!

I never, ever watch auto racing on television but maybe I would if it means I can catch a glimpse of the oh-so-handsome Jimmie Johnson!

He’s a 36-year-old NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race car driver.

Jimmie has been Driver of the Year four times, most recently in 2010, and between 2002 and 2012 has recorded 58 wins. He also is the first race car driver to have been named Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year.

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Novak Djokovic on the “big four” of tennis

Novak Djokovic could not have been a more gracious runner-up yesterday after losing a classic five-set US Open final Andy Murray.

He’s also perceptive enough to realize that Murray’s ascension to grand slam and Olympic champion is great for a sport long dominated by the duo of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and in the past two years, Djokovic as well.

Djokovic said he savored being part of the ‘Big Four’ of men’s tennis, along with Federer, Nadal and Murray.

“Us four, we are taking this game to another level, and it’s really nice to be part of such a strong men’s tennis era,” he added.

“It’s a privilege to be part of this era. It’s obvious that the four of us, you know, we get to the later stages of every single grand slam.

“Andy winning tonight makes it even more competitive and more interesting for people to watch it.”

Here are some more excerpts from Djokovic’s post-match press conference yesterday:

“Any loss is a bad loss. There is no question about it,” the Serb told reporters after his 7-6 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2 defeat that denied him back-to-back U.S. titles. “I’m disappointed to lose the match.

“I had a great opponent today. He deserved to win this grand slam more than anybody, I’m sure, because over the years he’s been a top player. He’s been so close, lost four finals. Now he has won it, so I would like to congratulate him.

“Happy that he won it.”

“I think in my experience it was just a matter of belief, really mentally to mature and to understand what you need to do to become a grand slam champion and to become the best in the world,” said Djokovic, who won three out of the four majors last year to clinch the world number one ranking before losing it to Federer after the Swiss’s Wimbledon triumph in July.

“Andy has all the capacity he needs, all the talent on the court. He’s dedicated, he’s professional. He has proven that many years already with his results.”