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Thursday Morning Man: Joe Mauer!
Click to view full size imageBaseball season doesn’t begin for awhile yet but I’m just a sucker for a guy in a baseball uniform – guys like Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer!
The handsome 27 year old is regarded as one of the best defensive and offensive catchers in baseball.
He is the only catcher in Major League history to win three batting titles. He has also won three Golden Glove Awards and was the recipient of the 2009 American League MVP award.
His abilities were apparent in high school in Saint Paul when he became the only student to ever be chosen as USA Today’s High School Player of the Year in TWO different sports. Baseball, of course, and in football. He was the high school quarterback.
Basketball was apparently his “weak” link at Cretin-Derham. He was a point guard and merely named to the All-State team during his final two years.
Out of high school, he was the first pick in the 2001 amateur draft selected by the Twins. They have more than gotten their money’s worth as Mauer became the first catcher to ever win the American League batting title, was the starting catcher in the 2008 All Star Game.
Last March, Mauer agreed to an eight-year contract extension with the Twins worth $184 million and in September, he hit his 1,000th career Major League hit against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
It’s no surprise that Mauer has done some modeling (for Perry Ellis) and been in demand for endorsements and TV commercials for such companies as Pepsi, ESPN, and PlayStation3, among others.

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Big day for LGBT equality: Obama wants government to stop defending DOMA; Prop. 8 opponents ask court to lift marriage stay in CA Barack Obama today instructed the Department of Justice to end its defense of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which recognizes only opposite sex marriages for the purposes of federal law.

For over a decade, DOMA has denied same-sex couples over 1,000 rights, benefits and responsibilities they would normally be entitled to under federal law, including Social Security survivors’ benefits, family and medical leave, and many others.

Here is a key part of a statement released by Attorney General Eric Holder: “After careful consideration, including a review of my recommendation, the President has concluded that given a number of factors, including a documented history of discrimination, classifications based on sexual orientation should be subject to a more heightened standard of scrutiny.  The President has also concluded that Section 3 of DOMA, as applied to legally married same-sex couples, fails to meet that standard and is therefore unconstitutional.  Given that conclusion, the President has instructed the Department not to defend the statute in such cases.  I fully concur with the President’s determination.”

The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) praised today’s decision saying it underscores the unconstitutionality of gay marriage bans in states across the country, and further supports the August 2010 ruling by the US District Court in Perry v. Schwarzenegger that California’s ban on marriages for gay and lesbian couples is unconstitutional.“This is a huge victory for gay and lesbian couples and removes any doubt that the freedom to marry is a constitutional right for all Americans,” said Chad Griffin, AFER Board President. “The U.S. District Court has already ruled marriage to be a right for all Californians, and now the federal government has sent a clear message that it too sees the freedom to marry as a fundamental constitutional right.”

AFER says the decision by the Justice Department echoes the decision made by fmr. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and fmr. Attorney General Jerry Brown when they too refused to defend California’s Proposition 8 banning gay marriage. Just as the federal government is now acknowledging that DOMA is unconstitutional, Schwarzenegger and Brown recognized that California’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional and violated the rights of gay and lesbian couples wishing to marry. related news, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has announced her plans to introduce legislation that would repeal DOMA.

She said in a statement:  “As a Member of the Judiciary Committee, it is my intention to introduce legislation that will once and for all repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. My own belief is that when two people love each other and enter the contract of marriage, the Federal government should honor that. I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996.  It was the wrong law then; it is the wrong law now; and it should be repealed.” today, AFER and its legal team — led by Theodore B. Olson and David Boies — filed a motion with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit asking that the Court immediately lift an order preventing gay and lesbian couples from marrying in California.  That order, issued in August 2010, stayed the injunction issued by the U.S. District Court that barred further enforcement of Proposition 8.

This comes on the heels of a request last Thursday by AFER to the California Supreme Court to expedite the hearing of questions relating to the standing of Proponents to maintain an appeal in federal court.  AFER’s attorneys urged the California Supreme Court to hear arguments in May, rather than September.

“While the courts determine procedural questions, gay and lesbian families will continue to suffer,” said Griffin. “Life is not eternal—sometimes it is tragically short—and courts should not act as if it were otherwise.  Today we are requesting the California Supreme Court to quickly resolve the issue of standing, and the Ninth Circuit to allow marriages to resume.”

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Tom Cruise to star in a big screen musical? He appears set to star as Stacee Jaxx in “Rock of Ages”

Tom Cruise dropped by the Pantages Theater in Hollywood over the weekend to catch a performance of the musical Rock of Ages and meet the cast after the show.

The star of such films as Risky Business, Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire, A Few Good Men and the Mission Impossible franchise wasn’t there for a casual theatrical experience: He reportedly will play the role of Stacee Jaxx, an aging musician whose glory days are long past, in the feature film adaptation of the show. Tom sing?

I remember him doing a little singing in Top Gun and it wasn’t all that impressive – or serious!

Adam Shankman, who will direct Ages, tells the Toronto Sun: “I think we’re going to see [Cruise] every drop the rock ‘n’roll god. He’s pouring himself in this part in a way I’ve never had an actor do. It’s pretty intense. Between the voice lessons, the incredible study … researching the period.”

Tom would perform Styx’s Renegade and Bon Jovi’s Wanted Dead or Alive as well as duet with the female lead (possibly Anne Hathaway) on Foreigner’s I Want to Know What Love Is.

Filming is scheduled to begin in May.

I’m so glad to see Cruise tackling something adventurous like this. He has shown in such films as Magnolia, Interview With a Vampire, Collateral, Eyes Wide Shut, and Tropic Thunder that he can really excel doing something unexpected. He’s a good actor and can do far more than the action flicks he seems to prefer.

His most recent film, Knight and Day, was not a success and it is not a certainty that his next Mission Impossible film will draw crowds since the last one badly underperformed.


“Glee” Recap: Blaine’s drunken kiss with Rachel at party confuses him and devastates Kurt

GLEECAP: On last night’s episode of Glee, Blaine (Darren Criss) wondered if he was possibly bisexual after he kissed Rachel (Lea Michele) while playing a drunken game of spin the bottle at a party.

Prior to the airing, there had been some dismay at the possibility that Blaine might be going the bisexual route but it ended up being handled well and, thankfully, wrapped up in a single episode!

When Kurt (Kurt Colfer) brought Blaine along to Rachel’s party where the booze flowed and all kinds of different drunks emerged (the angry drunk, the fun drunk, the needy drunk, the stripper drunk etc).

Apparently Blaine turned into a bisexual drunk when his kiss with Rachel during a game of spin the bottle turned unexpectedly pleasurable. Then the two perform a duet and appear, much to Kurt’s horror, to have some real chemistry. The next day Rachel called Blaine and asks him out on a date and he accepts.

He tells a disapproving Kurt: “When we kissed, it felt good. What’s the harm in going out on one crummy little date? … I’m searching. I’m honestly trying to figure out who I am.”

Kurt’s anger is perfectly understandable. He has romantic feelings for Blaine and what’s more, Blaine has been something of a gay role model for him.

My favorite scene was when Kurt dropped in on Rachel to help her clean up after the party but really, he’s come over to find out how the date went with Blaine and he gets in some really bitchy zingers.

Rachel bubbles with the news that they went to see Love Story and that they have so much in common. Retorts Kurt: “A sentiment expressed by many a hag about many a gay. … There’s something you and Blaine will never have and that’s chemistry.”


But Rachel is undaunted and the next day at the coffee house, she plants a kiss on Blaine’s mouth. It’s a epiphany for him: “Yup, I’m gay. 100 percent gay. Thank you so much for clearing that up for me Rachel.”

Okay, that was the sweet part of the story. The rest of the episode had a message about teen drinking which was fine but Sue Sylvester playing a drunken message Will leaves on her phone by mistake over the pubic address system at school was so over-the-top. She is also seen shoving a rival glee club teacher down some stairs so she can get his job. He has a brain injury as a result. First the cannon, now this? Sue is turning into a bad cartoon and it is not funny.


Wednesday Briefs: Liza meets Gaga; See Elton John and the baby; Scotty and Kevin to get big story

One diva meets another! The great Liza Minnelli attended Lady Gaga’s concert last night at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Gaga’s performance was being taped for an HBO special that will air on May 7. Gaga asked the audience to give Liza a standing ovation during the concert and the two later met backstage. [More photos as]

Speaking of Liza, she will guest on Jimmy Fallon’s late night show on NBC tonight! STORY: It was been so great to see how Brothers & Sisters, which I had lost interest in last season, has been so revitalized. Great to be rid of Holly and Rebecca and that whole gang and Ojai Foods too.

The storylines have focused on the core family and the series seems in good shape to return for a sixth season next year. Here’s hoping!

Anyway, TV Guide reports that this season’s final four episodes will prominently feature Scotty [Luke Macfarlane] and Kevin [Matthew Rhys].

“No course ever runs smoothly, so unfortunately we have an enormous story line about to break,” Rhys says of an upcoming twist in Kevin and Scotty’s adoption saga. Rhys, who also directs the revelatory episode, says the bombshell was crafted after ABC ordered four additional episodes for the end of the season.

And finally, here is a shot of Elton John and his son Zachary on vacation. Here is a LINK to more adorable shots.


Lane twins on “Winter Wipeout” this week! Their new documentary will feature 10 Dolly Parton songs gay identical twins named Larry Lane and Gary Lane, who I wrote about last year, are contestants on ABC’s Winter Wipeout this Thursday!

It’s a twin/family themed episode and it is airing on their birthday!

The twins, who previously won $50,ooo on Fear Factor, are hoping for similar success on Wipeout.

But the real passion for this handsome pair has been their documentary Hollywood to Dollywood shot last year. They hope to book it in upcoming film festivals.

Explains Larry: “We traveled from Hollywood to Dollywood for the 25th anniversary in the hopes of handing it to her! in our RV named Jolene. We have fun cameos from Leslie Jordan, [Dustin] Lance Black, Beth Grant, and Chad Allen, and DOLLY [Parton] herself.”

Larry and Gary got an early birthday present this week when they got word from Dolly’s reps that Miss Parton has seen the film and given the greenlight to use 10 of her songs they had hand selected for the film.

“Her publishing means the world to us!” says Larry. “Our movie is about tolerance, acceptance, chasing a dream, and of course DOLLY!

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Lunch Break Video: Countdown to Oscars with Bette Davis getting sidetracked while presenting in 1987 1987 Academy Award ceremony was not a good memory for presenter Bette Davis who was there to present the best actor Oscar.

A two-time winner and 10-time nominee, Miss Davis was nearing 80 and had in recent years recovered from a mastectomy and a stroke and had also endured the betrayal of her daughter writing a vicious tell-all book.

But she was still acting (The Whales of August had come out that year) and was still game. But things went awry after she announced that an absent Paul Newman was the winner for The Color of Money. She took so long in introducing director Robert Wise, who was to accept, that her microphone got cut off.

A furious Miss Davis later went on The Tonight Show to tell her side of the story.

“Glee” star Chris Colfer talks about winning the Golden Globe and romance: ‘I’d love to meet a guy.”

Chris Colfer and Dianna Argon are two of the hit show's breakout starts.The interview with Chris Colfer in USA Weekend is nice but the first sentence of the story is ridiculous: It has been almost 20 years since we’ve seen a gay teenage character on TV.

Okay, Wilson Cruz’s Ricky on My So-Called Life was nearly two decades ago but Wilson would be the first to point out that since then, there has been all kinds of gay teens portrayed on television including Jack on Dawson’s Creek, Justin on Ugly Betty, Andrew Van de Kamp on Desperate Housewives and on and on. That’s just a trio of network characters. There’s been gay teens on cable’s Queer as Folk, Greek, The Secret Life of the American Teenager and more.

That said, Colfer’s Kurt Hummel is exquisite as is the actor who plays him.

Here are some excerpts from Colfer’s chat with USA Weekend:

Winning the Golden Globe: “I was so shocked. I’ve had that dream so many times. I haven’t missed watching [the Golden Globes] since I was 8. I don’t even remember hearing my name or giving the acceptance speech.”

A role model. “One of the nicest things I’ve heard so far is how powerful it is to see a positive portrayal of a gay teenager on television. I get so many fan letters from people telling me their own coming-out stories. It’s so funny: You always hear that as an actor you’re not supposed to be open about your homosexuality. And now here I am, and I’m 20 years old and I’m myself and I’ve [won] a Golden Globe!

Time for love. “I have no problem talking about my dating life because it is a short, short conversation [laughs]. I would love to be in a relationship, but I don’t have any offers! Truly! Fans, yes. Dates, no. Fingers crossed. I’d love to meet a guy.”

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Wednesday Morning Man: Eric Fisher!

Even if the weather is terrible in your area on a certain day, wouldn’t that bad news go down easier if delivered to you on television by a handsome guy like Eric Fisher?

Eric is an on-camera meteorologist for The Weather Channel hosting First Outlook and Weekend View. I don’t really watch the channel much since I live in Southern California but Eric appeared on The Today Show a few days ago and I made a note to self: Morning Man!

To learn more about Eric, I visited his web page and here is what he had to say about his line of work:

“I’ve been fascinated by the weather here for as long as I can remember. I distinctly recall Memorial Day of 1995, when an infamous tornado ripped through Great Barrington, MA. Watching The Weather Channel, warnings scrolling and meteorologists showing active radar screens, I knew this was the job for me. Luckily, it worked out! Now I spend my days trying to offer the same accurate forecasts and information to my viewers.”

And his Weather Channel bio tells us a little about Eric when he’s not onscreen: “I’m a ‘foodie’, and am all about cooking at home, as well as heading out to new restaurants. Being from New England where CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) farms are huge, locally grown produce is definitely high on my shopping list. Most weekends you’ll find me out at the nearest farmer’s market! I also love to travel (have backpacked Europe and rode across the U.S. to name a couple fun trips) and hope to do more of it in the future. I’m an outdoors kind of guy, and enjoy climbing a good mountain or playing a round of golf. Also a big sports fan, and being from Massachusetts you will find me rooting for the Sox, C’s, B’s, and Patriots!

So why did he choose Meteorology?

“I was born a weather geek and have had an interest in it since I was very young. I was in the area for the Great Barrington,MA F4 tornado in 1995, and the Blizzard of ’96. Events like these helped spark my interest, which has always stayed with me!”

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Greg In Hollywood catches up w/Billy Campbell! Campbell will always have a special place in the hearts of gay fans because of two roles: Luke Fuller on Dynasty and Dr. Jon Philip Fielding on the original Tales of the City miniseries and its two sequels.

On Dynasty, he was Steven Carrington’s boyfriend and the two had just arrived at a solid place in their relationship when they had to go to Moldavia for the wedding of Steven’s sister Amanda. Well, there was a massacre during the wedding (Amanda was marrying a prince) and one of the victims was Luke!

Poor Steven was never going to find happiness on that show!

But his 1984-85 run on Dynasty jump-started Billy’s career in television and film and he went on to star in NBC’s Crime Story series then the feature film Rocketeer.

But it was in 1993 that another iconic gay role came his way in Tales of the City. His romance – and that kiss in the convertible! -  with Michael “Mouse” Tolliver were a highlight of the miniseries. He reprised the role in the less-magical sequels More Tales of the City and Further Tales of the City.

My favorite role of all though was Billy as divorced dad Rick Sammler who melds his family with Sela Ward’s on ABC’s late, great Once and Again. It was a series that was so well-done, so special. Of course it only lasted three seasons!

He had another hit with the series The 4400 and is returning to television on April 3 on A&E’s The Killing as a clean-cut politician who may or may not have something to hide.

When we spoke last month at the TV Critics Association gathering, I wondered if Billy, now 51, was happy with his overall body of work.

“I don’t even think of a body of work to tell you the truth,” he said. “I have as many bad things in my past as I do good. When I think about them, I think about them in terms of the people I met, the friends I have from many of those things which were good or bad. Most of why I like [acting] anyway is just having a job and going to work with people.”

There was a specific reason for my question. Billy had recently spent a year at sea and would have remained had the offer for The Killing come through.

“It literally felt like a dream,” he said of his first day at work. “I stepped onto shore and the day after I got off the ship, I was in front of a camera in Vancouver and I felt like I was having an out of body experience. I was just floating. That was very, very strange and it lasted for a good, long while.”

In The Killing, it’s hard to tell whether Billy’s character is a bad guy or a good guy. I wondered which type of guy he’s prefers since he’s played plenty of both including playing a college professor rapist on an episode of Law & Order: SVU last season.

“If I had to choose I’d say I prefer bad guys,” he said. “When you think about it, a bad guy can behave any way but a good guy really only behave like a good guy. I’m really kind of excited by the notion of not knowing. I think it keeps it really interesting for all of us.”

He admits to not being as ambitious as he once was: “I’m just changing as a person. For me it’s definitely more about the journey and definitely less about the destination. I’m very much more zen about everything I think, genuinely so.”

“In the last few years, I’ve begun to be able to just kind of let things go – the disappointments – just kind of let them go and accept the things that happen with a certain amount of serenity. It just all seems to work out that much better. A lot of that has to do with having gone to sea I think.”

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90210 recap: Teddy’s straight high school buddies decide to take him to a gay bar! cannot imagine what it would have been like to come out when I was in high school. Heck, I couldn’t even do it in college!

But that was the eighties.

On 90210, Teddy (Trevor Donovan) has come out and now he is adjusting to his new life which is not instantly happy. His best buds at school, Dixon, Navid, and Liam, are acting a little different which hurts Teddy and ticks off his ex-girlfriend Silver.

She confronts the guys at lunch:

Silver: “Why are you guys being weird to Teddy? He’s just came out of the closet. It’s a big deal. And now you’re blowing him off? … The new Teddy just like the old Teddy just wants to hang out with his friends.”

Well, they quickly make amends by taking Teddy out – to a gay bar. The name of the bar is a bit over-the-top: Mandate. That’s the name of a porn magazine in real-life so it’s no stretch to figure out where the writers came up with that one!

Two of the guys are having a great time dancing and soaking it in. Teddy is a bit ill-at-ease but nothing compared to Liam who bolts when a cute guy offers to buy him a drink.

[Do all these high school dudes have fake IDs? They couldn't go hang out at a gay coffee house and keep it real?]

Teddy catches up to Liam outside and the straight friend admits: “I guess I’m not comfortable with the whole gay thing yet.”

Teddy remarks: “Well, neither am I.”

Here are last night’s Teddy-related scenes in their entirety:

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“Glee” star Ashley Fink talks to The Advocate about her connection to gays and Rosie’s harsh comments

ASHLEY FINK LEAD X390 (KATE ROMERO) | ADVOCATE.COMHas it not been terrific to see the character of Lauren (played so wonderfully by Ashley Fink) be so aggressively pursued by the studly Puck (Mark Salling) on recent episodes of Glee?

To have an overweight high school student be so full of confidence is a great message to send and, I’m sure, a great help to those young viewers struggling with their weight.

Brandon Voss has chatted with Ashley for The Advocate and as I read it, I realized that I had met Ashley and chatted with her a bit at the Outfest screening of Ash Christian’s movie Fat Girls.

It’s nice to see that she has gotten this breakthrough role on one of the hottest television shows ever.

She tells Brandon about her connections to gays: “Growing up “other” in any way, whether it be gay, chubby, or whatever, you have to fight. Kurt’s bullying storyline on Glee has really resonated with me because middle school was terrible for me. I had curly blonde hair, I was chubby, I went to school with all these rich kids, and I was just miserable. I’d leave in tears every day. I remember thinking, This is not going to be my life. I had to find my power, so I developed a quick wit. After a while, I didn’t take anybody’s shit. I was like, You’ve pushed me around, and I’m bored with you. Luckily, I got a scholarship to a performing arts high school, and I ended up having a great high school experience. I overcame.”

But what has really made news in recent days is Rosie O’Donnell’s unflattering comments about the Lauren-Puck storyline.

Here is the part of the interview in which Ashley addresses it:


The Lauren and Puck romance on Glee has been causing quite a stir in the blogosphere, but the controversy seems to have come to a head after last week’s episode with Rosie O’Donnell’s statements to Access Hollywood about the onscreen pairing. “Every woman I know who’s heavy has very strong feelings about that storyline,” she said. “They’re like, ‘Can you believe that? I think it’s horrible. That never happens in school. That character is so unlikable. Why didn’t they get a pretty heavy girl?’” She went on to say that “every story deserves to be told,” but what’s your take on her more unflattering observations?
It’s so crazy. Rosie’s been talking about me for a bit now, and it was very positive. Then she was on Access Hollywood, promoting a new hairstyle or something, and for some reason she decided to talk about me again. I’ve been a fan of Rosie’s for a long time — for Christmas one year I asked for a Koosh ball like she threw at people because I thought she was the coolest lady ever — so I am surprised at the comments she made. I’ve got swagger too, so I don’t find my storyline unrealistic. When I went to performing arts high school, I did date the cutest boy in school, and I sang whatever song I wanted. My storyline has resonated with a lot of people, plus-sized and not, who don’t feel “other,” so I’m honored to portray Lauren. particularly expressed her problems with Lauren’s solo, “I Know What Boys Like,” because she expected more of a “Susan Boyle moment.”
Lauren was nervous. Everyone has a weak spot, and Lauren had stage fright. Glee club is opening up her heart, so I hope that the next time she sings she gets to shake the rafters.

You’re active on Twitter. What’s the fan response been since Rosie’s statements?
What a way to wake up on a Friday, right? My followers were like, “What?! Ashley’s beautiful!” I was like, OK, something must’ve happened while I was asleep.

Does it hurt to hear someone you so admire say unsupportive things about you and your character?
Not really, but I’ll possibly address it with her in the future. If I see her, I might be like, “Woman, let’s talk about this. Don’t be jealous ’cause a big girl’s doing her thing on Glee.” [Laughs] I love Rosie and I respect her opinion, so all I can say is that some of her comments were strange to me. But she was supportive originally, and I think she’s still supportive: She did say that she knows Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy are good navigators of this ship, and I agree. Besides, I don’t write the show, so I don’t have control over her complaints. But I’m really happy with my character, I’m proud to play her, and I’m having a blast. The whole plus-sized thing is so relevant in the media, but it’s so much less of a big deal in real life.


Nick Adams and his “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” castmates want you to know that “It Gets Better”

DESCRIPTIONLast week I posted some photos of Broadway baby Nick Adams in rehearsals for his upcoming show Priscilla, Queen of the Desert which begins previews Feb. 28 and opens March 20.

Here is something even more cool: Nick and his fellow stars Will Swenson and Tony Sheldon have made a terrific It Gets Better video that is especially noteworthy because it is going beyond online: the spot began airing today on the CBS affiliate in the New York region.

According to The New York Times, the marketing team for “Priscilla” proposed the idea of the public service announcement to CBS and the It Gets Better Project, which the writer Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller began last year amid a spate of suicides by gay students who had faced bullying or harassment at school.

The Times writes that while actors and crew members in many Broadway shows have appeared in videos for the project, the “Priscilla” segment is the first public service announcement for It Gets Better.

Said Savage in a statement: “We’ve been honored and humbled by the theater community’s commitment to standing up for tolerance and lending their voices to this vital cause. The show ‘Priscilla’ could not be a better fit, thematically, with the message of the It Gets Better Project.”


Is Rosie O’Donnell single again? New York Post’s PAGE SIX is reporting that Rosie O’Donnell has split with her girlfriend of over a year, Tracy Kachtick- Anders.

Tracy is a mother of six and an artist who lives in Texas. She and Rosie had been a couple since last January getting together after Rosie’s split with longtime partner Kelli Carpenter with whom she shares four kids.

Sources tell The Post they recently parted ways, with Tracy living at a separate house with her children, while she and Rosie, who lives in Nyack and on Miami’s Star Island, remain on good terms.

“They have definitely split up, but it is very complicated because their kids are very close,” a source told the paper. “They still spend a lot of time together.”

This is a busy time in Rosie’s life professionally. She was the focus of last week’s episode of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?, does a daily show on Sirius Radio and will launch a daily talk show this fall on The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).


Lunch Break Video: Countdown to Oscars begins with a memorable flashback featuring Bette Midler days until the Academy Awards!

I’ve been watching every one of them since I was a kid and was fortunate enough to have been on the red carpet and later in the press room for about a half-dozen of them.

So many memories happened right before my very eyes but most of them happened on television when I was younger like this one featuring Bette Midler at the 1982 Oscars. I remember it verbatim because I had tape recorded it in this pre-VCR era.

Miss Midler, who had been nominated two years earlier for The Rose, comes flouncing out to present the best original song Oscar and tells the crowd she’s been waiting ever since for someone to call her to tell her there had been some kind of mistake (Sally Field won that year for Norma Rae).

Bette then “rises to the occasion” and announces the nominees with commentary! An example: “Endless Love from the endless movie Endless Love.”


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Tuesday Afternoon Man: David Giuntoli! Tuesday everyone!

Sorry for the late start on the blog today but I think this guy was worth waiting for! His name is David Giuntoli and he is an actor on the rise.

It was just reported last week that David, best known for the MTV movie Turn the Beat Around, has landed the lead in NBC’s drama pilot Grimm.

It is described by Deadline Hollywood as a dark but fantastical cop drama about a world in which characters inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales exist. Grimm centers on Nick Burckhardt (Giuntoli), a good-looking detective who starts to see humans as  beast/animals and discovered that he has a legacy – to protect “humans” from these beasts.

So where have you seen David before?

It could be on a number of shows but the one I remember best is an episode of Grey’s Anatomy where he played the boyfriend of a gay soldier who was about to undergo life-or-death surgery. The two share a passionate kiss as Meredith is in the room and she sweetly looks on with a smile.

David, who is now 30, graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in International Business and Finance. Three years later, he headed out to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.

He first gained attention as a participant on MTV’s Road Rules: South Pacific and later on Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet.

In addition to Grey’s Anatomy, he has done guest spots on Hot In Cleveland, Cold Case, Nip/Tuck, Veronica Mars, Without a Trace, Crash, Eli Stone, Private Practice and Ghost Whisperer, among others.

He had a recurring roles on the CW series Privileged and on the short-lived ABC legal drama The Deep End.

Here is the Grey’s Anatomy kiss:


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Adam Lambert: “I’m so in love with myself!” everyone, the headline quote is in need of some context!

Our Adam Lambert is not suffering from a big head – just big hair maybe.

Actually Adam, a recent Grammy nominee, gave a very thoughtful interview to Entertainment Tonight Canada (excerpted in OnTop Magazine) that I hope lots of gay kids read.

Adam said his fame is “an amazing opportunity to help people. It is more than the music. It’s a lifestyle thing. And I think that there isn’t a ton of visibility for gays and lesbians.”

He has some wise words for those struggling to accept their sexuality: “I think at the end of the day, you really have to just close your eyes and focus on who you are and what you want. You’ve got to be in love with yourself in order to love anybody else or in order to get along with anybody else.”

“Are you there?” the interviewer asked.

“I’m so in love with myself!” Adam answered.


Kathy Griffin to guest star on “Glee” Griffin and Sue Sylvester on the same show?

That’s the scoop from TV/Line which reports that the D-Lister is going to be one of the judges for the upcoming “Regionals” episode. She will be playing a character named Tammy Jean.

One of the other judges will be played by the great Loretta Devine, one of Broadway’s original Dreamgirls who has also been a standout on such shows as Eli Stone and Boston Public.

Can’t wait to see how all this turns out!


Andy Roddick dives to 30th career title!

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Andy Roddick's Scraped Elbow IsAndy Roddick, the top-ranked American player for much of the last eight years, has been considered an underachiever by some because he has not won another grand slam tournament since his victory at the US Open in 2003.

A guy named Roger Federer, who has beaten Roddick in three Wimbledon finals and a US Open final since then, has pretty much everything to do with that.

But Andy is still showing up and still winning his share of matches and tournaments.

Sunday was a very special win that finished in spectacular fashion: On match point against rising Canadian star Milos Raonic,  Roddick hit a diving forehand to take the closely contested battle 7-6 (7), 6-7 (11), 7-5.

“That’s the best shot I’ve ever hit in my life, considering the circumstance …,” Roddick said after the match. “I don’t really remember much else besides the fact that I went for the ball, and I hit it. I didn’t really think too much of it. I was already in my head, I was like, `There’s no way,’ and then I heard people cheering. I was like, `There’s no way that went in. I guess it did.”’

The match was Roddick’s 50th career final and the victory gave him his 30th tournament victory. He now ranks behind only Federer (67) and Rafael Nadal (43) for career wins among active players.

“I think I was very fortunate. I feel like I got outplayed, I just stuck around and kept trying,” he said. “What a memorable 30th victory for me. I couldn’t be happier to do it in Memphis. … I get a certain amount of satisfaction when I get kind of routinely buried and people trying to retire me before I’m ready.”

He becomes the eighth American with at least 30 titles. Just as impressive: Roddick now has won at least one title in 11 straight years, something only Federer has done among active players.

And just to add to his winning ways, Roddick had a cameo scene in last weekend’s number one movie Just Go With It with his wife, model/actress Brooklyn Decker who has a starring role in the flick with Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler.
Here is video of Andy’s incredible winning shot:


Monday Morning Man: Jonathan Redford!, I’ll admit it.

Every once in awhile I’ll get hypnotized by something like QVC, the Home Shopping Network or those infomercials for the “Magic Bullet.”

Last night it was QVC and part of the reason, I’ll admit, was the cute host named Jonathan Redford.

I did a little research on him and found that he joined the QVC host team in 2009 and it’s a natural fit because as a kid, he pretty much encouraged his mom to buy everything he saw on TV!

Jonathan has been the host with the most for awhile. Prior to QVC, he worked on NBC’s OpenHouse LA. and STARZ Entertainment sent him to prestigious Film Festivals around the world to interview celebrities, filmmakers and film fanatics. He was also a correspondent for EXTRA!.

He’s also an actor whose guest spots have included CSI, NCIS., Smith, Ally McBeal, Jack and Bobby and The Bold and the Beautiful. On the stage, he has appeared in the LA production of Rock of Ages and the 1960’s review, Town Without Pity: The Very Best of Gene Pitney.

And let’s not forget about Jonathan’s music. He has released an album, Color of my Dreams, and says his singer/songwriter style is influenced by The Beatles, James Taylor, Jason Mraz and Counting Crows.
Here is some video of Jonathan performing and a LINK to his website for more information.

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