Robbie Rogers certainly is modest – and a real class act.
The first openly gay man to compete in a top North American professional sports league took the stage at the Family Equality Awards over the weekend and didn’t assume that anyone knew who he was.
‘Those of you who don’t know me, I play soccer with the LA Galaxy,’ Robbie said to prolonged applause.
The crowd at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel, filled with LGBT movers and shakers and their allies, clearly were familiar with his remarkable story.
Before the start of the event, which was co-chaired by his TV producer fiancee Greg Berlanti, he chatted with me a bit and my first question was: ‘Have you and Greg set a wedding date?’
He and Berlanti (Arrow, Riverdale, Supergirl) announced their engagement on New year’s Eve but have not announced a wedding date.
‘Sometime in December, we’re not quite sure yet,’ Robbie said. ‘We don’t have a venue yet.’
The 29-year-old athlete and Berlanti became parents just over a year ago when son Caleb was born.
‘I think we’ve done a pretty good job at balancing everything. You can never be too prepared. Caleb came and we kind of had to go from there. Of course we had a plan of what it would be like but it’s been totally different. It doesn’t feel necessarily like we have to change that much. It’s been very seamless.
‘When I was younger I thought when you have a kid your life’s over. But for us it’s been so exciting – thinking of what we can do with him on the weekends and spending time with his grandmas. There’s just so much we can do.’
Later on stage, Robbie talked about how during the first part of his 11-year pro career, he’d talked about how it made him feel to see his teammates walk into the stadium tunnel after a game and be greeted by their spouse and children.
‘I’d see the happiness it brought them and I thought this was probably never going to (happen) for me and it would make me sad,’ he told the audience.
‘In the past few years having Greg and Caleb waiting for me at the end of the tunnel to give a hug whether we won or lost has been really the happiest moments of my life.’
Berlanti was not at the event because of a filming obligation in Atlanta.
But he and Caleb appeared via video and Berlanti said of his life with son and fiancee: ‘We couldn’t be any happier.’
Last week, the Galaxy played their first game of the 2017 season. It’s Rogers’ fifth season with the team as an out athlete and 11th season overall in Major League Soccer.
‘Sometimes I look back and think about when it was such a big deal when I came out and came back to play for the Galaxy,’ he told me.
‘Now it’s just like I’m another guy who’s part of the team and just kind of carry on with things. Strangely, it’s been very normal – it’s been great.’
Neil Patrick Harris is poised achieve a television rarity: a third hit series.
The actor who starred in Doogie Howser, M.D. from 1989-93 and in 10 seasons of How I Met Your Mother gets to play evil Count Olaf in another season of A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Netflix announced today that it has renewed the series for a second season.
The series, based on the Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events books, follows the orphaned Buadelaire children who find themselves placed in Count Olaf’s care after their parents die in an accident.
The trio face trials and tribulations, misfortunes and an evil uncle in search of their fortune, all in their quest to uncover the secret of their parents’ deaths.
Harris took to Twitter and said news of the renewal is ‘exciting! Unless, of course, you’re a Baudelaire…’
Very few performers have starred in three hits shows and no openly gay performer ever has.
TV three-peaters include Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Seinfeld, New Adventures of Old Christine, Veep), Betty White (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland), Michael Landon (Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, Highway to Heaven) and Lucille Ball (I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy).
Roger Federer has never seen a press conference quite like this one. The interview room at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday was packed with more than 50 second-graders from a nearby elementary school who asked the four-time champion all kinds of questions. Fed is in a permanent great mood since winning the Australian Open in January and so are his fans. Here he shows his charm and humor as he engages with these lucky kids – and he even does push-ups at the end. Enjoy!
The trailer for the upcoming Logo reality series Fire Island created all kinds of buzz last week – some of it negative. It’s from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos and follows a group of very attractive young guys spending their summer together renting a house in Fire Island. I’ve seen all kinds of comments about stereotypes and it not being representative of the real gay community. Of course it’s not but it sure looks like silly fun in the same way Jersey Shore was back in the day. Anyway, Saturday Night Live takes on the whole stereotype thing with its alternative trailer for a series called Cherry Grove set just one beach away and focusing on a group of lesbians. They all eat kale, there’s the lactose intolerant one and, of course, and singing Annie Lennox’sWhy around the table with a glass of wine. The trailer includes Kate McKinnon and Scarlett Johansson playing moms to a baby. Check it out and let me know what you think!
Don’t know how BBC’s beefcake reporter James Longman hadn’t been on my Morning Man radar before. But better late than never I’d say – especially with that stunning body. Wow. The foreign correspondent really started distracting people with his looks after posting a shirtless gym selfie. I highly suggest following him on Instagram! He’s just 30 and he’s not only great looking, he seems like lots of fun. I like his attitude. I also greatly admire that he’s been public about suffering from depression. Because his father had schizophrenia and killed himself when James was nine, his father, he has often wondered whether there is a genetic link in mental health. He did a story on it last year. Here is a LINK.
When I saw that Al Pacino was starring in the play God Looked Away at the Pasadena Playhouse, I was interested.
Two-time Tony winner Judith Light is also in it so I was really interested.
And that was before I found out that King Cobra star Garrett Clayton spends most of the nearly three-hour play wearing just his underwear.
My pal Jim Key and I decided we had to go. But with ticket prices nearing $200, we paused.
Then a scathing review came out in the LA Times and we all but abandoned the idea.
Then fate intervened.
I got an invitation last week from Project Angel Food which was hosting a pre-show reception with Miss Light.
The invite included two orchestra section seats to the show. I took about three seconds to say yes and Jim took about that long to say he’d be my guest.
Judith Light, such a class act always, was lovely and relaxed at the reception and later just a hoot onstage.
Pacino portrays Tennessee Williams who in the play is resisting the end of his career as one of America’s most beloved, prolific and flawed playwrights.
He is working to open his final play in Chicago and his hotel room becomes the setting of a battle between creation and addiction; love and sex; immediate satisfaction and eternal legacy.
In addition to the towering talents of Mr. Pacino and Miss Light and the gorgeousness of young Mr. Clayton, there is an outstanding performance from Miles Gaston Villanueva who is as hunky as he is talented.
Adding to the hunkfest is Andrew Dits who has a very memorable and very gay scene with Mr. Villanueva. I made him a Morning Man the day after I saw the show for obvious reasons.
I’m the first to say the play is too long but I also have to say that I really enjoyed the experience.
To watch Pacino onstage in a funny, interesting role was a treat and Light really brightens things up in the second act as Williams’ close friend who comes in from London.
I had not seen either star onstage before and it’s easy to see why they are as acclaimed for their work on stage as they are for screen roles.
It was a memorable night at the theater and one I’m most grateful to have had.
It was just a month ago that Colton Haynes went public about his relationship with Jeff Leatham. Now the couple is engaged. An ecstatic Colton announced the news on social media earlier today. Celebrity floral designer Leatham popped the question proposed on the beach at Las Ventanas al Paraíso in Los Cabos, Mexico. Leatham went all out. He got Cher to record a video message that was projected on an enormous screen on the beach moments before he got down on bended knee. ‘I got you babe!’ the Oscar winner said. ‘All right, this is for you. You know what it is, you know what you’re supposed to do now. This is gonna be the best thing ever, and you have to call me to tell me how it worked out.’ Colton let Cher and the rest of the world know via Instagram:’I SAID YES!’
It’s a joy to be able to shine a spotlight on the great Liza Minnelli on her 71st birthday. Her professional output has lessened in recent years and her voice doesn’t have the range it once did but this showbiz legend has proven to be a real survivor. An Oscar winner, an Emmy winner, a multi-Tony winner, a Golden Globe winner and a Grammy Legend recipient, Liza should be in line right about now for things like the Kennedy Center Honors and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The following clips span her 50-plus year career from the very early days (1960) through to the Tony-winning Liza at the Palace in 2009. Enjoy!
Since today is James Taylor’s 69th birthday, he’s on my mind. I love his songs, love his voice, love his looks – especially those early 1970s looks when he had that sexy long hair. Much of the hair is gone now but the handsome face – and that golden voice – remain. I’ve included a few songs here – Sweet Baby James and Fire & Rain – but so many more are favorites. I used to buy his singles as a kid including You’ve Got a Friend, Handyman, How Sweet it Is (to Be Loved By You) and a couple of great duets with then-wife Carly Simon: Mockingbird and Devoted To You.
Charlie Hunnam just makes me swoon. He’s gone from the cutie on the original UK Queer As Folk to the long-running Sons of Anarchy. Next up for the 36 year old is King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Charlie is on the cover of the April issue of Men’s Health. He shares how he stays looking so fit: “I try to do it all. I also try to make love as often as I can. That’s an important part of fitness.”
In addition to sex, Hunnam credits running, swimming, jumping rope, hiking and Brazilian jiu-jitsu for his impeccable build, and hopes to be running “up mountains” at the age of 70.
“I train a lot every day because I’m f**king crazy,” he jokes. “We are supposed to be very active animals. It’s our DNA. Sweating is how I change my oil every day. I just feel happier, more positive, energized, and disciplined if I work out.”
John Barrowman is officially 50 years young today. What a talented, handsome, charming, smart and sexy force of nature he is. I’ve been crazy about him since the first time I laid eyes on him on Central Park West more than 20 years ago. Since then there’s been Torchwood and Arrow on television and The Fix, La Cage aux Folles and Anything Goes on London’s West End plus books and albums, television hosting and countless appearances at fan conventions. John is prolific on social media and really stays connected to his fans. For that and many other reasons, that’s why we love him so. Here is John singing, fittingly, I Am What I Am.
After two decades, Roseanne co-stars John Goodman and Sara Gilbert reunited for the first time as Dan and Darlene Conner on today’s episode of The Talk. Sara comes out to her TV dad … as a talk show host! On interest in a Roseanne reboot, Goodman says: “Oh, hell yes. The big ‘R’ [Roseanne Barr] and I did a pilot about five years ago that didn’t go anywhere… but we were very happy to work together.’ Said Gilbert: ‘Your only fear is you don’t want to do a bad version, right, because you don’t want to damage what’s been done.”
TMZ’s Harvey Levin paid a visit to Donald Trump at The White House recently and not everyone is happy about it.
A number of TMZ staffers are reportedly frustrated with the openly gay Levin’s ties to the new Republican administration.
Levin’s roughly one-hour Oval Office visit was not noted on Trump’s public schedule and came a day after the president’s first address to a joint session of the US Congress.
‘All I can tell you is everyone thinks it’s really gross,’ a person with knowledge of the situation tells TheWrap.
‘Many people in the newsroom are uncomfortable with Harvey’s overall Trump coverage.’
Trump’s chuminess with Levin comes at a time that he has declared war against most mainstream news organizations including CNN, The New York Times and the Washington Post.
Trump has taken to labeling any unfavorable coverage as ‘fake news’ and decries the use of unnamed sources.
TheWrap points out that TMZ has given Trump some of its most positive press outside of Fox News in recent months.
Levin was given a tour of the presidential residence which included a stop in the Lincoln Bedroom, according to The New York Times.
The founder of the TMZ celebrity news empire is managing editor of TMZ.com and executive producer and host of TMZ on TV.
Ironically, Alec Baldwin who plays Trump on Saturday Night Live loathes the 66-year-old Levin.
Baldwin has referred to Levin as ‘a festering boil on the anus of American media.’
Baldwin told The New Yorker last year: ‘There was a time when my greatest wish was to stab Harvey Levin with a rusty implement and watch his entrails go running down my forearm, in some Macbethian stance. I wanted him to die in my arms, while looking into my eyes, and I wanted to say to him, “Oh, Harvey, you thoughtless little pig.”‘