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Thursday Morning Man: Wade Briggs!

I posted a few days ago how wild I am about the sweet Australian comedy series Please Like Me which premieres this week.

I’ve just watched the second episode and am even more enamored with one of the stars: Wade Briggs.

He is just lovely.

On his Twitter page, he describes himself as “the littlest man in the whole world.” He should also have added “cutest.”

On Please Like Me, he plays Geoffrey, the boyfriend of the show’s central character of the just-realized-he’s-gay Josh played by Josh Thomas who also created and writes the show.

From his very first scenes, Briggs makes Geoffrey so interesting. You don’t quite know what to make of him yet but you want to get to know him and you sense he’s a good person even if he might be a bit damaged.

But aren’t we all?


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My Gallery of the Men of The CW!


Yesterday was The CW’s day to highlight its new programs at the TV Critics Association’s Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills.

The night before, some of the hot young stars of the shows showed up at a splashy party where they mingled with journalists and the stars of CBS and Showtime shows. I shared a gallery of non-CW people yesterday and saved these kids for today!

Up top is the hot Aussie star Luke Mitchell who is one of the stars of the new show The Tomorrow People which actually looks really good! I chatted a bit with Luke yesterday and will share it this week when I feature him as a Morning Man.

Then we have Robbie Amell, the lead of The Tomorrow People. He happens to be the cousin of Arrow star Stephen Amell and it is clear good looks run in that family.

I met Robbie at an event back in 2010 and I’ll never forget how sweet he was and how he did not seem to mind one bit that I did not know who the heck he was. At that time, he was best known for the Nickelodeon series True Jackson VP and as Fred Jackson in the new series of Scooby Doo! movies.

Then there is Colton Haynes who was on Teen Wolf but is now on Arrow. I also met him in 2010 at didn’t know who the heck he was. At that time, he was one of the stars of ABC’s The Gates.

For your added pleasure, there is a second photo of Luke Mitchell because you can never have too many of those and a photo of yesterday’s Morning Man Torrance Coombs who is one of the stars of the new period drama Reign.

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Joining the Jonas bandwagon!


I’d rather be a leader than a follower. But in this case, I gladly follow the lead of a zillion other blogs and post for you this selfie posted on Instagram by singer Nick Jonas.

He writes: “I never do this but… Healthy living and fitness update. Post workout picture. #diabeticinshape #2.0″

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Neil Patrick Harris talks “Hedwig and Angry Inch” with Conan: “I’m going to have to be all dragged out”


When Neil Patrick Harris finishes his ninth and final season of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, he will head back to Broadway to star in the musical Hedwig and Angry Inch.

He guested on Conan and the two talked about NPH taking on the role of Hedwig, an East German transgender singer and leader of a rock-and-roll band.

“I’m more worried about the eyebrows than having to tape my wiener down with duct tape!” he tells Conan in the clip above.

In the next two clips, he talks about having his butt “honked” by Elton John’s partner David Furnish which was captured in a photo. He says gays get a pass on things like that.

“I liked it, everyone likes a goosin!’

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Cher talks about age, dating, Tom Cruise and Chaz

Cher’s new single Woman’s World has reached number one on the Billboard Dance Chart – not bad for a performer who had her first number one song 49 years ago!

Extra’s Jerry Penacoli sat down with the superstar before the performance of her new single at Rasputin Nightclub in West Hollywood last Saturday.

Here is some of what she said:

On Her Age:
Cher partied with her fans until 2:00 AM, proving that even at 67, she can keep up. She told Penacoli she forgets how old she is. “I forget and then I’ll remember and I’ll go, ‘Oh my god!’… What was I doing all this time?”

On Dating:

Cher admits she isn’t dating anyone right now, “It comes and goes.  It takes a very strange man to come and approach me. Michele Pfeiffer and I once wanted to go dancing, we went to this club and we sat at this table for 15 minutes and no one came up.”

Cher did date Tom Cruise in 1985, recently revealing to Andy Cohen he was one of her all-time favorite lovers. Cher has not heard from Cruise since making the comments, but says, “I know him from a different time. The sweetest, most fun boy. Adorable. I don’t know him now, but every time I’ve seen him, it’s been like, you know, adorable… that was a wonderful memory.”


On Son Chaz Bono:

Cher says she is proud of her  son, Chaz, though it is not always easy, “It’s easier and easier when Chaz and I are together, it’s a no brainer, but sometimes you’re just not prepared or someone talks about the old days and then you just wonder how to process that.”


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Wednesday Morning Man: Teddy Sears!


It was fun listening to Teddy Sears yesterday talking about being naked and having sex.

Just another day at the office!

Okay, a little context: Teddy was appearing with the cast of Showtime’s Masters of Sex at the TV Critics Association’s Summer Press Tour. In the series, he is naked and he has sex.

All in the name of research (the show is about sex researchers Masters and Johnson).

Teddy pointed out that he’s already been nude onscreen when he played Zachary Quinto’s boyfriend on American Horror Story.

The 36-year-old blond bombshell has been employed steadily on television since his two seasons as an attorney on TNT’s Raising the Bar. He went on to play an assistant district attorney on The Defenders then had recurring roles on Torchwood and American Horror Story before landing as a regular on ABC’s short-lived 666 Park Avenue.

Between series gigs there have guest spots on Blue Bloods, Law & Order: SVU, Necessary Roughness, In Plain Sight, Rizzoli & Isles and The Client List.

He’s one busy guy!

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A tribute to the late, great Eileen Brennan whose career included “Private Benjamin” and “Will & Grace”

I posted a photo of Eileen Brennan on my Facebook page earlier today when I found out that she had died at the age of 80.

I was pleasantly surprised at the number of people who commented at the passing of this terrific actress who, at the peak of her career, was critically injured after being struck by a car . It took her three years to recover.

Best known for her Oscar-nominated role as Capt. Doreen Lewis in Private Benjamin opposite Goldie Hawn, Brennan reprised the role in the TV series version and won herself an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award.

Before Private Benjamin, she had roles in such classic films as The Last Picture Show and The Sting and was a semi-regular on the TV series Laugh-In. She also was in the films Clue, Daisy Miller and The Cheap Detective.

After recovering from her accident, Miss Brennan went on to earn Emmy nominations for guest spots on Will & Grace, Thirtysomething and Newhart.

I loved her appearances as Jack McFarland’s acting teacher on Will & Grace – she did seven episodes in all.

Below is her memorable scene from The Cheap Detective:

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Charlie Hides lands Kylie Minogue to play off of his version of Cher in hilarious new video


Charlie Hides is even more of a diva version of Cher than Cher herself was when she played an exaggerated version of herself in the 1994 film Stuck on You.

In this latest video, Charlie’s Cher pulls her imperious diva act with Kylie Minogue who is played by … Kylie Minogue!

To read about how he landed the singer/actress for the appearance, check out my story over at Gay Star News.

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My gallery of CBS and Showtime stars!

So many stars, so little time.

Last night, the rooftop of a parking structure outside the Beverly Hilton Hotel was transformed into a venue for an all-star party. Performers from CBS, Showtime and The CW shows walked the arrivals line then mingled with we press people inside.

Before I went in, I lingered outside and took photos of the stars arriving. (I’ll do the CW stars in a separate post).

David Duchovny is so handsome that I had to feature him first. Next is a photo I snapped of Sarah Michelle Gellar and Robin Williams as they arrived and tried distract their The Crazy Ones co-star James Wolk who was already on the carpet posing for photos.

Others pictured are: 4. The ladies of The Talk 5. The always stunning Josh Holloway 6. Arsenio Hall returning with a new talk show after nearly 20 years away 7. CSI’s leading man Ted Danson 8. Web Therapy star Lisa Kudrow 9. David Arquette was at the party but I think as a guest of someone on one of the shows 10. The gifted Allison Janney 11. The cast of the sitcom We Are Men 12. Jason Segel of How I Met Your Mother 13. It’s Tyra Banks! 14. Cast members of NCIS Los Angeles 15. House of Lies star Don Cheadle 16: Jon Voight and Joe Montegna 17. Entertainment Tonight host Rob Marciano.





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Excellent “Cloudburst” starring Oscar winners Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker now out on DVD

I’m going to recommend a wonderful movie to you that I saw last fall at the Long Beach Q Film Festival.

It’s called Cloudburst which stars Oscar winners Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker. They portray an aging couple who are forced apart when the granddaughter of Fricker’s character puts her in a nursing home despite the objections of her partner of 31 years.

In a last-ditch effort to stay together, they break her out of a nursing home in Maine and head to Nova Scotia to get married in Canada. Along the way, they pick up a cute hitchhiker played by Ryan Doucette.

Dukakis, whose character describes herself as an 80-year-old dyke, is a revelation from the very first frame when we see her driving her red truck. It is a performance that was sadly overlooked come awards time but you can enjoy it for all its worth now.

I loved the movie and was pleasantly surprised that it was filled with humor and light moments and had kind of a Thelma & Louise feel to it at times.

Don’t miss it!

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Tuesday Morning Man: Torrance Coombs!

I was at a really cool party last night where a lot of the stars of shows on CBS, Showtime and The CW gathered to mingle with journalists.

I snapped a photo of this cute young actor not knowing who the heck he was. Now I’m back at the Beverly Hilton for another day of the TV Critics Association Press Tour and he’s sitting on stage with the cast of the new CW drama Reign.

He’s Torrance Coombs, a 30-year-old Canadian actor who plays the role of Sebastian on the show.

His first recurring television role was as John Doe in jPod, a CBC television series based on the book of the same name by Douglas Coupland. He also appeared as Lance Corporal C. Sellers in a 2008 episode of the television series Battlestar Galactica.

In 2010, he appeared in a recurring role as Thomas Culpepper in the television series The Tudors, and CBC’s Heartland as Chase Powers.



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Days of Our Lives: Sonny lets Adrienne have it for selling Sami out and Will visits his mother in jail

Adrienne pays a visit to Will and Sonny and they let her know exactly how they feel about her turning in evidence to police that resulted in Sami being arrested for murder.

Sonny meanwhile, begs his father not to drop Sami as a client telling his dad how much he loves Will and what this ordeal is doing to him.

Freddie Smith really shines in today’s scenes – we absolutely believe he loves Will with all his heart.

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Happy 60th Birthday to Tim Gunn!

It seems like only yesterday that I attended a really fun premiere party for Project Runway in West Hollywood in 2004.

That was the first time and last time I ever watched the show except for a clip here or there for research.

But I’m glad it has worked out for Tim Gunn who I met at the Oscars five years ago and he was so lovely to me.

Tim also scored major points with me and a lot of others when he bravely opened up about his suicide attempt as a teenager in a video for Dan Savage’s It Gets Better Project.

He said in the video aimed at LGBT teens:

“As a 17-year-old youth who was in quite a bit of despair, I attempted to kill myself and I’m very happy today that that attempt was unsuccessful but at the time it’s all that I could contemplate. … I woke up the morning after taking over a hundred pills and I was in a whole other level of despair. I thought, ‘I shouldn’t be here. This isn’t what was meant to be.’ I frankly just wanted to start life all over again.”

“I understand the desperation, I understand the despair, and I understand how isolated you feel.”

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Robbie Rogers to be honored by Equality California

Equality California announced today that it will honor Robbie Rogers with the Courage in Leadership Award at the 2013 Los Angeles Equality Awards on  Oct. 5 at LA Live.

Equality California’s executive director John O’Connor said of the selection: “By living an authentic life as a proud openly gay athlete, Robbie Rogers is leading the path for others to follow. Rogers is a perfect example of why we sponsored the FAIR Education Act, which enables students to learn about the extraordinary courage and public service of successful lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.”

Robbie made history in May by returning to play major league soccer for the LA Galaxy, making him the only active openly gay male athlete on a major league U.S. sports team.

He said in a statement: “There are a lot of leaders before me who have been an inspiration and given me courage to be an advocate in my own way. It is with great honor that I accept this award and hopefully inspire someone else to do something great.”

Equality California’s Courage in Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary contributions to improving the lives of the LGBT community through acts of courage and leadership.

For more information, visit eqcaawards.org/los-angeles.

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My interview with newlyweds Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami about life after the Supreme Court ruling

Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami aren’t just any newlyweds – they are newlyweds who helped make history.

The Burbank couple, of course, were one of the two lead plaintiffs in the federal court case challenging California’s Proposition 8 and got married as soon as it was legally possible.

I followed their every move online for weeks leading up to the SCOTUS ruling to such a degree that I almost forgot that I had never actually met them.

But we did meet, face-to-face, at Outfest recently and I did an interview with them.

I wondered if they feel different now that they are married (today is their one-month anniversary!)

“I can say that after we were pronounced married, that I felt a difference – you feel that freedom and that dignity,’ Paul said. ‘You feel that liberty and that justice come over you and it’s something that you can’t explain unless you have felt the opposite of what it is and we did for so many years.”

Please go to Gay Star News to see the full interview.

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Snapped! NPH, David and the twins at premiere!

It’s so wonderful to have the gay male star of a major studio movie – a family film even! – posing at a premiere with his fiance and their adorable twins.

And guess what – the earth continued to turn on its axis.

Kudos to Neil Patrick Harris for leading the way. He is seen here on Sunday in Westwood at the premiere of Smurfs 2 with partner David Burtka and their twins in Westwood.

The flick opens on Wednesday and is a sequel to 2011′s The Smurfs which also starred NPH and grossed $142.6 million domestically.

Gee, looks like coming out isn’t such a career killer after all when it comes to box office.

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Monday Morning Man: Diego Klattenhoff!

I took notice of today’s Morning Man on Friday when he was at NBC day at the TV Critics Association’s summer press tour promoting the new drama The Blacklist.

He’s Diego Klattenhoff, a Canadian actor best known for playing Mike Faber in the Showtime series Homeland and who has a role in the current box office hit Pacific Rim.

It’s a return to NBC for the 34-year-old actor who starred in the hospital drama Mercy for a season. He also had a recurring role in the ABC series Men in Trees.



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See the first episode of the charming new comedy “Please Like Me” to premiere this week on Pivot TV

Oh, I love this.

This is the first episode of Please Like Me, an Aussie show premiering in the US on August 1.

It’s such a charming show about an awkward gay 20-something trying to make his way in the world.

It was created by, written by and stars Josh Thomas who has got to be some kind of mad genius. It’s so smart and funny as is he and I cannot wait to see more of these characters – every single one of them.

The series begins with Josh realizing that he is gay and his mother attempting suicide with an overdose of Panadol.

The show airs on the new cable channel pivot.tv. More information at pleaselikeme.org.

After you watch the first episodes, you will be glad to know that a second 10-episode season has already been ordered to be co-produced by Pivot and Australia’s ABC.

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Showtune Sunday: All About Maureen McGovern!

Yesterday was Maureen McGovern’s 64th birthday and this seems like as good a time as any to celebrate this magnificent talent and showbiz survivor.

She, of course, came on to the scene in a big way with her #1 hit single The Morning After from the movie Poseidon Adventure It was Oscar-nominated and she was nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist.

After some lean years, Miss McGovern re-invented herself as a stage actress appearing on Broadway in The Pirates of Penzance and Little Women as well as on off-Broadway and in regional productions.

Here are three performances from throughout the years:



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Neil Patrick Harris on parenthood, the end of “How I Met Your Mother” and his versatile career

Neil Patrick Harris has a new movie coming out on Wednesday, Smurfs 2, so he’s doing some publicity for it now.

He’ll get a short break from interview before having to chat about the Primetime Emmys that he’s hosting in September, the animated movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 in which he is one of the voices, as well as the ninth and final season of his CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother.

He had a nice chat with a writer from USA Weekend for the issue out now and here are some excerpts:

On raising twins Harper and Gideon with partner David Burtka: “For the better part of 20 years, I was a solo practitioner,” he says. “Then I got David, and that changed my dynamic. I had to be very conscious of another person, but we were still able to jump into a car and go to Vegas or spend three weeks in Italy. Although we were a unit, we were still very free. When you have kids, everything anchors to their wants and needs, so you get less sleep and have to be more aware all the time. You have to be adaptable because they constantly keep changing. They’ll do something that blows your mind and then they’ll spit all their food out on the carpet. The first year with them was complicated. They were twins, and they were crying a lot. Thank God for David. He is so good at differentiating cries.”

On his final season as Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother: “I’m sorry to see it finish. I’ve gotten to play a character who dresses well and ends up with the most glorious girl you can imagine. It’s great for a positive alpha-male image, but I’m glad I’m not doing it for 14 years.”

On the versatility of his 25 year career on television, on stage and in movies:
“Frat boys think I’m one person. Theater geeks think I’m another. Internet bloggers think I’m a third. I’m very happy with how many different demographics I’ve been able to hold onto.”

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