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Christopher Plummer gets Academy Award nomination for performance as gay man in “Beginners”

Christopher Plummer earned an Academy Award nomination this morning for his performance in Beginners.

Plummer portrays a gay man who comes out late in life in the film which also stars Ewan McGregor as his son.

He is widely-considered to be the front-runner to win the Oscar for the first time in his long career which includes such films as The Sound of Music, The Insider, The Man Who Would Be King and Return of the Pink Panther.

Plummer’s competition for the Oscar is Kenneth Branagh in My Week with Marilyn, Jonah Hill in Moneyball, Nick Nolte in Warrior, Max von Sydow in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.

It was just last year that Plummer was even nominated for an Oscar when he got a supporting actor nod for The Station Agent losing to Christian Bale.

Among the awards Plummer has already won in the past two months are the Golden Globe, Critics Choice Award, National Board of Review and LA Film Critics, among others.

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Tuesday Morning Man: Seth Doane!

http://cnettv.cnet.com/i/tim/2011/01/10/notebook_tucson_110_320x240.jpgSo I’ve been watching CBS This Morning now and enjoy its more thoughtful pace so much that I don’t think I can ever go back to The Today Show or Good Morning America.

Plus, they have really cute correspondents! One of them is today’s Morning Man: Seth Doane!

He is 31 and been a national correspondent for CBS News since 2007. Seth grew up on Cape Cod in Massachusetts and his father was a State Senator. He graduated from USC in 2000 and quickly landed a job as a field producer at WNYW in New York. While there, he was nominated for an Emmy  after going undercover to expose the lack of security at schools throughout Manhattan.

Soon after, he was hired by Channel One News as an anchor and covered stories all around the world winning a Peabody Award in 2004 for a series he did on Sudan. In 2006, he was hired by CNN.

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Gay Star News Round-up: Gabby Giffords reunites with gay intern who helped saved her life; Washington closer to gay marriage

Happy Monday evening.

I just can’t stop blogging today! It’s an addiction!

But this is my last post for today – I think.

Here is a round-up of some of the pieces I did today for Gay Star News.

It’s very moving to see that Daniel Hernandez, the gay intern who helped to save Gabby Giffords life after she was shot last year, reunited with the congresswoman who announced this week that she is stepping down to focus on her recovery. Read more HERE.

Washington state is on the verge of becoming the seventh U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage. Read about the latest State Senator to commit their vote HERE.

And finally, an openly gay African-American Republican mayor was nominated on Monday for New Jersey’s highest court by Gov. Chris Christie. Read more HERE.

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See Adam Lambert’s new album cover!

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MY ALBUM COVER!!

Adam Lambert has just unveiled his new album cover via Twitter!

Trespassing will be released in March but the hype is continuing to build!

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In addition to serving as Executive Producer of TRESPASSING, I’m also Creative Director. @leecherry is my Art Director and Photographer
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Martina Navratilova plays doubles match on Margaret Court Arena named for gay marriage foe

PictureMartina Navratilova is playing in the “legends” doubles tournament at the Australian Open and wouldn’t you know it, her first match was scheduled to be played on Margaret Court Arena – a stadium named for one of that country’s most outspoken opponents of gay marriage.

Martina told reporters after her match that she hadn’t spoken to Court for years:.“She was all about Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. She repeated that about four or five times, so I just felt I couldn’t get through to her. Maybe she thought she could get through to me.”

To read what Martina had to say about about playing on Margaret Court Arena and about the gay marriage, debate, see my story posted on Gay Star News.

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Celeb Tweets: Rainn Wilson admires Chris Pine’s “beautiful blue eyes” and Jesse Tyler Ferguson is punchy!

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Chris Pine has the most beautiful blue eyes.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
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Dear man Shopping next to me: If u feel u must whistle a counter melody to the song playing, I AM going to want to punch u in the face.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
jessetyler Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Dear actress on the elevator on her cell phone: No one on THIS side of your phone call cares that u have to go to Sundance. I’m cranky today
Rosie O'Donnell
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@KChenoweth – i love u – u rocked it at the giant game
Kristin Chenoweth
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@rosie thanks! What a rush it was!
Kathy Griffin
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Spike Lee says Hwood execs “know nothing about black people.” He forgot women, gays, Asians, accountants, fat people…
Andy Cohen
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I officially finished my book today!!!!! Finito! Done! It’s called MOST TALKATIVE and it’s out May 8. #Phew #relief #Excited
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Darren Criss a huge draw on Broadway!

Darren-Criss_240.jpg Darren Criss only had a three-week run on Broadway in the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying but he proved himself to be quite a box office attraction on The Great White Way.

Entertainment Weekly reports that with the Glee star in the lead, the show took in $1.3 million per week for a haul of more than $4 million.

Aside from Daniel Radcliffe’s final week in the show, an anomalous nine-show week that grossed $1.9 million, the revival had the three most lucrative weeks of its 11-month run with Criss in the leading role.

The ticket sales have consistently been at or near the production’s potential gross.

Kurt, Rachel, Finn, Mr. Scheuster and all the rest of the gang must be so proud!!!

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Faye Dunaway will talk about Marlon Brando, but don’t dare ask her anything about “Mommie Dearest”

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http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_kwZO0O9p29g/TQeeHCm9-cI/AAAAAAAACYg/dkiVbkHGKSA/s1600/mommie_dearest2.jpgBeware of what you say in phone messages because they can live on and on and on – and then people can make funny videos about them.

Faye Dunaway has got to be pretty peeved about this voicemail rant she left for someone. I’m not sure when she left it or who she left it for but I just came across this video (see below) on Facebook and it is pretty damned entertaining.

Dunaway makes clear that she doesn’t want to talk about one of her ex-husbands or about Andrew Lloyd Weber firing her from the LA production of Sunset Boulevard before her first performance. And she certainly, most definitely, does not want to talk about Mommie Dearest, the cult sensation in which she plays Joan Crawford in very over-the-top style.

The gays love Mommie Dearest and have long wished Miss Dunaway would just relax and embrace it. But she wants to embrace working with Marlon Brando in Don Juan DeMarco which also starred Johnny Depp.

Can’t say I blame her. She was lovely in that film and she and Brando shared an easy chemistry.

Dunaway really should learn to take the good with the bad and not try and pretend widely-publicized things did not happen. She loves being a movie star and that’s part of the deal.

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Lunch Break Video: Carpenters performing “Rainy Days and Mondays” on a rainy Monday in LA

http://www.richardandkarencarpenter.com/LEIBOWITZopt_4x3%205-22-74.jpgIt’s raining outside and I’m sitting at the kitchen table sipping on some hot coffee and kind of digging the whole thing.

So, even though it is a Monday, and it is raining, the whole situation really isn’t getting me down. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to miss the opportunity to post video of The Carpenters singing Rainy Days and Mondays.

Such a beautiful song and Karen Carpenter, as always, is just superb.

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Lleyton Hewitt goes down swinging Down Under

Lleyton Hewitt reminds me of this cute guy I knew in college so I guess I’ve always had a soft spot for this feisty Aussie.

He burst onto the scene at 16 when he won his first pro tournament in his hometown of Adelaide over a guy named Andre Agassi.

Within a few years, he was number one in the world, had won Wimbledon and the US Open, the Davis Cup and two year-end  ATP Championships.

Hewitt, who turns 31 next month, has endured two hip surgeries in recent years and is no longer in the top 100. But he can still compete and showed that earlier today when he took defending champion Novak Djokovic to four sets in the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Good luck the rest of the year Lleyton!

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Happy Birthday to Chita Rivera!

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If you look up the word dazzling in the dictionary, you should be able to find Chita Rivera’s name right there in the definition.This national treasure turns 79 today and she’s still going strong.

She came to fame in the late 50s as Anita in the original Broadway production of West Side Story followed by a starring role opposite Dick Van Dyke in Bye Bye Birdie. Chita also starred in the London productions of both those Broadway hits but was passed over for the film roles that went to Rita Moreno and Janet Leigh, respectively.

If Hollywood didn’t want to make Chita a star, she always had a place on the stage – front-and-center. She was Velma Kelly in the original production of Chicago, won Tony Awards for The Rink and Kiss of the Spider Woman, and more recently appeared on Broadway in Nine and Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life.

She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama and is also a Kennedy Center Honoree. Below is Chita reflecting in getting the Medal of Freedom and some of her performances.

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Olivia Newton-John publicly supports marriage equality in Australia saying “Love is love”

http://resources2.news.com.au/images/2010/09/10/1225917/338022-olivia-newton-john.jpgWe honestly love her.

Olivia Newton-John is backing a campaign for marriage equality in Australia.

“With respect to marriage equality I believe that no one has the right to judge and deny couples who love each other the ability to make a marriage commitment,” Olivia said in a statement. “Love is love.”

The singer has joined other prominent Australians including Hugh Jackman, David Stratton, Margaret Pomeranz, Lizzy Gardiner and Wallaby’s captain David Pocock in backing the campaign for reform.

Australian Marriage Equality National Convener Alex Greenwich welcomes the high-profile support: “Australians admire celebrities like Olivia Newton-John and Hugh Jackman because they reflect our values of tolerance and a fair go for all, values which they are reminding us apply just as much to same-sex couples as to other Australians.”

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Monday Morning Man: Alex Smith!

http://cbskmvq.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/124641772.jpg?w=600http://livejournal.rapp81.com/images/alex-smith.jpgSo, my dad and I spent Sunday watching the NFL playoffs and both games really went to the wire!

Was sad that the San Francisco 49ers lost to the New York Giants. I thought I’d feature 49ers hunky quarterback Alex Smith despite the loss.

The 27-year-old Smith was drafted by San Francisco in 2005 out of the University of Utah (he was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2004) and he started every game for the 49ers this season – something that had been difficult in the past due to injuries.

Hope he and the 49ers can make it to the Super Bowl next year!

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Celeb Tweets: Scouts visit Don Lemon at CNN; Ricky Martin’s great NYC day; NPH stays home

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@donlemoncnn Don Lemon
Look who visited me today at work. Some really cool cub scouts. Boy I miss being a kid. Tho some say I still am!
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1gr8 day in NYC. Went 2the zoo! Walked 1/2of the city and FROZE.1 good sauna & problem solved.Studied Evita lyrics and now Zzz. Nite every1!
Neil Patrick Harris Neil Patrick Harris @ActuallyNPH

I’m at home herding frenetic and fearless babies while DB is hanging out with celebs and hipsters at Sundance. Bollocks, I say!!

Christopher Gorham Christopher Gorham @Chris_Gorham
Gay marriage may have defeated Heidi n Seal, but me n @AnelLopezGorham are still standing! #NOH8
Kristin Chenoweth Kristin Chenoweth @KChenoweth
Congrats to the 49ers who played their hearts out. Congrats Giants. See ya at the SuperBowl.
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“Company” concert starring Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LuPone and others will get a DVD release

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http://www.accesshollywood.com/content/images/147/400x400bd/147538_christina-hendricks-and-neil-patrick-harris-perform-with-the-cast-of-company-during-the-65th-annual-.jpgThis is delightful news: The director of last year’s New York Philharmonic concert staging of Company tells Playbill.com that the show, which starred Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LuPone and Stephen Colbert among others will be released on DVD.

“It will for sure happen,” director Lonny Price confirmed.

Price said negotiations are currently underway but a timeline for the DVD release has not been set.

It was back in April that an all-star cast joined the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center for four concert performances of the classic Stephen Sondheim musical.

The musical is about a 35-year-old bachelor named Bobby (played by Harris) and the “good and crazy people” who are his married friends. The all-star cast includes LuPone who sings the boozy show-stopping Ladies Who Lunch number, Colbert, Jon Cryer, Christina Hendricks, Martha Plimpton, Anika Noni Rose and Aaron Lazar.

The production had a very limited theatrical release in June – so limited that I was not able to see it – so a DVD is most welcome! Once a release date is set, you can be sure I’ll let you know!

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Showtune Sunday: Liza Minnelli at her best!

http://i625.photobucket.com/albums/tt336/rouillardranch/Liza_Minnelli__2.jpgLiza Minnelli has certainly had a life and career of ups and downs. She’s won an Oscar, three Tonys and an Emmy for her great successes in film, on stage, and on television.

But there have also been various health problems, battles with drugs and alcohol, and some ill-advised marriages – most notably to fourth husband David Gest.

Still, Liza is one of the great showbiz survivors and at 65, is still out there giving it her all.

I want to showcase Liza during one of her really solid periods. The year was 1991 and she was in terrific form singing Cabaret, New York, New York and Some People.

Enjoy!



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Morning Man Classic: Gregory Peck!

http://cache2.artprintimages.com/lrg/27/2769/9XJTD00Z.jpgGregory Peck was just one of Hollywood all-time class acts – and darned handsome to boot!

An Oscar winner for To Kill a Mockingbird, Peck began his acting career on the Broadway stage in 1942 then made his film debut in 1944′s Days of Glory. Within the next five years, he earned his first four Academy Award nominations for The Keys to the Kingdom, The Yearling, Gentleman’s Agreement and Twelve O’Clock High.

He went on to star in Moby Dick, Cape Fear, The Guns of Navarone, and The Big Country, among many others. Two of my favorite Peck movies were when he played opposite two of my favorite actresses of all time: Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday and Lauren Bacall in Designing Woman.

Among his later roles were Golden Globe Award-nominated performances in MacArthur, and The Boys from Brazil, and Old Gringo opposite Jane Fonda.

Peck died in 2003 at the age of 87.

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“Sex and the City” alum Cynthia Nixon: ‘I’ve been straight and I’ve been gay, and gay is better.’

http://img2.timeinc.net/instyle/images/2010/transformation/2008-cynthia-nixon-9-400.jpgThere’s a terrific profile on Cynthia Nixon in The New York Times that includes an interesting section on her becoming a lesbian midlife.

Here’s an excerpt:

Nixon manages to keep a similarly clear-eyed perspective on her relationship with [Christine Marinoni], despite the titillation it has caused in the tabloid media. She has less tolerance for the skepticism she says her relationship has sparked among some gay activists who find her midlife switch in sexual orientation disingenuous.

“I totally reject that,” she said heatedly. “I gave a speech recently, an empowerment speech to a gay audience, and it included the line ‘I’ve been straight and I’ve been gay, and gay is better.’ And they tried to get me to change it, because they said it implies that homosexuality can be a choice. And for me, it is a choice. I understand that for many people it’s not, but for me it’s a choice, and you don’t get to define my gayness for me. A certain section of our community is very concerned that it not be seen as a choice, because if it’s a choice, then we could opt out. I say it doesn’t matter if we flew here or we swam here, it matters that we are here and we are one group and let us stop trying to make a litmus test for who is considered gay and who is not.” Her face was red and her arms were waving. “As you can tell,” she said, “I am very annoyed about this issue. Why can’t it be a choice? Why is that any less legitimate? It seems we’re just ceding this point to bigots who are demanding it, and I don’t think that they should define the terms of the debate. I also feel like people think I was walking around in a cloud and didn’t realize I was gay, which I find really offensive. I find it offensive to me, but I also find it offensive to all the men I’ve been out with.”

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Question of the Day: Who is the hot IHOP waiter?

If this guy were my waiter, I’d be too distracted to eat!

Someone snapped a photo of this beautiful waiter while they were eating at an IHOP.

Now people (myself included!) are obsessed with finding out who the heck he is! There is even a “Sexiest IHOP Waiter Ever” Facebook page dedicated to it!

If it weren’t raining outside, I’d start a tour of my local IHOP’s right now!

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Celeb Tweets: Chaz’s lunch with Cher; Dana Delaney has Ryan Gosling dream; Chris Gorham’s “Hot” welcome

Chaz Bono Singer/actress Cher and Chaz Bono pose as Cher is immortalized with hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on November 18, 2010 in Hollywood, California.

Chaz Bono

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Had a nice lunch today with my family at my mom’s place. Got to see my grandma, mom, brother and aunt. It was a good afternoon.
Dana Delany
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I had a soulful&sexy dream about Ryan Gosling last night. Thank you sir. Can you visit again tonight?
Johnny Weir
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Thank you to whoever makes weather happen for this beautiful snow! I am happy.
Christopher Gorham
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Big thanks to @Wolfiesmom , Jane, Wendie and my “ex”, the gorgeous Betty White, for welcoming me w open arms…and hands. Ahem. :)
John Stamos
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.. now heidi and seal? – so sad – and people ask me why i don’t remarry.
Cheyenne Jackson
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Just saw preview of WIT on Broadway. What Cynthia Nixon is doing on that stage is transcendental. Inspiring on every level.
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