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My chat with Rex Lee …

At the TV Critics Association Winter Press Tour last week, I saw Rex Lee at the ABC party.

I’ve really been enjoying him on ABC’s Suburgatory on which he plays Mr. Wolfe, a gay teacher who came out to the entire student body in last week’s episode.

The series came along just as Rex finished a six-year run on HBO’s Entourage where he played Ari Gold’s assistant Lloyd.

‘When Entourage was coming to an end, I was worried about what my next job would be,’ Lee says. ‘The fact that this one came up so quickly was a godsend, frankly. I do love the show and I love playing Mr. Wolfe. It’s been amazing.’

To read the rest of my interview with Rex, hop on over to Gay Star News!

Lunch Break Video: Tuc Watkins and David Gregory wear speedos in “One Life to Live” flashback

For those of you who are missing One Life to Live this week, I offer you this patriotic little flashback.

It’s from summer 2010 when two of the soaps hottest hunks – Tuc Watkins and David Gregory – wore patriotic speedos to a Fourth of July barbecue.

They have a bit of a catfight over who is fitter with Watkins, as David Vickers, says to his younger rival: “When did you stop working out? You look kind of spongy.”

Enjoy!

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Celeb Tweets: Adam Lambert excited; Jesse Tyler Ferguson grateful; Andy Cohen’s joyride

Adam Lambert
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I’m so excited for this new chapter to begin! Thank you to all of you out there for your love and support. Enjoy Trespasing…Jesse Tyler Ferguson

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Thankyou all for your well wishes to my aunt & uncle who survived the Costa Concordia. They are back & my thoughts are with those still lost
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My cab driver is mentally deranged, very angry, and potentially a little hot. #ManhattanJoyRide
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LiLo as Liz Taylor is perfect casting cuz White Diamonds was LiLo’s nickname for her 8-balls. I mean, y’know, before…
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I’m excited to announce that I have the honor of participating in my friend Dustin Lance Black’s play reading of “8″ on March 3rd in LA.
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Not only will 8 raise money for this important court battle, it will bring awareness to the issue in advocating equal rights for all people.
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@piersmorgan – hey – thank u piers – it was a great show – I appreciate ur kindness and candor …
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OK. I admit it. I am a #Groupon #LivingSocial #BuyWithMe #Tippr #Dealfind Slut.
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Rachel’s two dads are finally cast on Glee – they will be played by Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell

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Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell have been cast in the roles and will appear in the upcoming Valentine’s Day episode.

They will play Hiram and LeRoy Berry, the adoptive parents of Lea Michele’s character.

Goldblum, whose film credits include Jurassic Park, The Big Chill and The Fly,  most recently starred in Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Mitchell has had a rich and varied career on Broadway (Man of La Mancha, Kiss Me Kate and Ragtime), television (Trapper John, MD, Crossing Jordan and Frasier) and film (Jumping the Broom, Ghost Dad, and Ruby’s Bucket of Blood).

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Wednesday Morning Man: Charlie Siem!

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Charlie Siem Star violinist Charlie Siem attends the Hear the World Foundation Charity Gala press conference at Ritz Carlton on October 16, 2010 in Berlin, Germany.Checked out CBS This Morning yesterday – the one that Gayle King and Charlie Rose now host – and there was a feature on this oh-so handsome guy.
He’s Charlie Siem and while he looks like a model, he’s actually an amazing contemporary classical violinist.
Charlie is 25 and was born in London to a Norwegian father and a British mother.
He studied at Eton College then at Cambridge and performed his first concerto with an orchestra at age 15. By the time he was 18, he played with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Siem released his debut CD in 2008 and his second one last October.
As for looking like a model, he actually is one for the Alfred Dunhill label. He has appeared in publications including Italian Men’s Vogue (L’Uomo Vogue).
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“White Collar” starring Matt Bomer returns tonight!

Did any of you see Matt Bomer on Live With Kelly this morning?

He told a funny story about a woman who tore her top off last night at an appearance he made at an Apple Store in NYC and told the crowd that she was the “topless paparazzi!”

Scary.

Anyway, if you are fans of Matt – and who isn’t really? – then you will want to catch him tonight on White Collar which is returning with a whole new batch of episodes.

I’m still floating over seeing Matt at the TV Critics Association Winter Press Tour last week. He wanted to know why there is not a photo of he and I in the Greg In Hollywood banner. When I explained that I didn’t like how I looked in the photo we took over the summer, he insisted we pose for another then checked it personally to make sure it was a winner.

I think it is!

The plan is to update the marquee and make a few other little tweaks in time for Greg In Hollywood’s third anniversary the first week of March.

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See the latest episode of web series “Old Dogs & New Tricks” with special guest star Thom Bierdz!

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http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ly_xvk7evEY/S-AMAIL6xCI/AAAAAAAABFk/rkAGq-6SBWM/s400/Thom+Bierdz+by+John+Pasqual.jpgI’ve just watched the latest episode of the web series Old Dogs & New Tricks and enjoyed it so much I’ve embedded it below!

The actors – David Pevsner, Jeffrey Patrick Olson, Leon Acord and Chris Bonnem – are all first-rate and good for them for giving themselves a showcase for their talent!

They are joined in this episode by the hot and handsome Thom Bierdz who never got a love scene like this playing Phillip Chancellor III on The Young and the Restless.

“I HAVE NOT KISSED AN ACTOR FOR A ROLE SINCE 1989,”  Thom writes in an email. “I didn’t kiss in Melrose Place, Murder She Wrote, Robin’s Hood or Matlock. As an actor, I had reservations about doing this graphic content, but as an artist I did not – and am proud to be a part of anything so ground-breaking.”

Enjoy!!!

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Out actor Chris New “overwhelmed” by the two Dorian Award wins for the acclaimed drama “Weekend”

I posted the Dorian Award winners yesterday presented by The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association of which I am a member.

One of the big winners was the superb drama Weekend which took Film of the Year and LGBT Film of the Year.

I heard from actor Chris New (he’s pictured, right) earlier today and he’s quite excited about the wins: “The reaction to the movie, especially in the United States, has been – and continues to be – totally overwhelming,” Chris said in an email. “The double win at the GALECA’s Dorian Awards is a wonderful bonus.  I know [writer-director] Andrew [Haigh] and [producer] Tristan [Goligher] had to fight hard to get the movie made and seen, so I hope they are both giving themselves a little pat on the back for fighting the good fight.”

The film follows Russell (Tom Cullen) who, after randomly picking up an artist Glen (New) at a nightclub on a Friday night, unexpectedly spends most of the next 48 hours with him in bedrooms and bars, telling stories and having sex.

As they spend more time together, sharing snippets of their lives, they begin to reveal the things that hold them back as much as push them forward and develop a deep connection that could resonate throughout their lives.

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Sean Hayes to guest star on “Parks & Recreation”

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ZZ-CqtHjAnk/S-JPYab8jWI/AAAAAAAB0-E/S6RLbw9osyw/s1600/Sean+Hayes.jpgFor those of you who miss seeing Sean Hayes on an NBC comedy on Thursday nights, he’ll be back – at least for one night.

The Will & Grace alum is set to guest star on an episode of Parks and Recreation.

His character is known to the people of Pawnee as “the Matt Lauer” of their region. He will interview Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) which does not go over very well and could potentially hurt her political campaign for city council, TVLine reports.

Believe it or not, I just watched my first episode of this show last week (Tuc Watkins was guest star) and I now realize how utterly brilliant it is.

Can’t wait to see Mr. Hayes join in on the fun.

Also, NBC is developing a series for him to make a more regular return to television.

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Celeb Tweets: Kathy Griffin wants to settle Elton John-Madonna feud; Chelsea Handler gets annoyed

Chelsea Handler

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Someone right now is getting a singing telegram outside my office. I seriously hate people.

Kathy Griffin
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Can we just settle this Madonna/Elton John feud by whippin ‘em out and measuring? My $’s on Madge…
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Was on the treadmill in cool down mode and it was too fast to walk and too slow to run… I felt like it was some weird life metaphor
Alec Mapa
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So we have GOP audience booing gay soldiers and cheering the prospect of child janitors. Wake me when it’s over.
Alec Mapa
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The BEST illustration of GOP ? A black journalist being booed by an auditorium full of white people on MLK day.
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Daytime Soap Clips: Will Horton gets sucked in deeper into EJ’s world on “Days of Our Lives”

Sami finds out that Will is working for her evil ex-husband, EJ, and she’s not happy.

She remains clueless about why her son has been so angry and still thinks it’s because he misses ex-girlfriend Gabi.

“You are so wrong,” Will tells his mom.

But he has not yet told her that he saw her and EJ having sex or that he’s gay so it’s no surprise that Sami has no idea what the heck is going on!


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Happy 90th Birthday to Betty White!

Did you see the NBC special last night celebrating Betty White’s 90th birthday (which actually is today)?
What a treat to see television legends Carol Burnett and Mary Tyler Moore and all those glorious clips  from Miss White’s amazing television career.
There was the condom scene from The Golden Girls with her late, great co-stars Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan, tons of game show appearances from more than five decades and most deliciously, there were all those moments as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Then, amazingly, there is yet another hit series Betty is a part of: Hot In Cleveland which was just renewed for a fourth season.
What a career!
Says Betty: “I’ve been the luckiest old broad on two feet to have all the jobs that I’ve had.”


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Tuesday Morning Man: Jean Dujardin!

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Already a star in France, Dujardin is a shoo-in for an Oscar nod when nominations are announced next week with his film, at this point, the front-runner for best picture.

The Artist tells the story of Valentin, a silent movie actor who falls out of the spotlight when he refuses to get on board with the dawn of the ‘talkies’.

Instead, Valentin ploughs all his money into making his own silent movie when he is dropped by the film studio.

At 39, the actor was largely unknown outside of France until The Artist. He had made a name for himself first as a stand-up comedian and then as a comic, spoof actor. After enjoying great success on television, Dujardin transitioned to a film career in 2002.

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Federer and Nadal smooth over rare public rift

http://xboxtennis.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/roger-federer-rafael-nadal.jpgIf they both win their first five matches, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will square off in the semifinals of the Australian Open.

But these two all-time greats, who have always seemed to get along famously, had a rare public disagreement over the weekend.

Nadal, who has always treated Federer with deference, was frustrated that the Swiss superstar was not taking a public stance against tour organizers over prize money and an over-demanding tennis calendar.

Sniped Nadal: “For him, it’s good to say nothing. Everything positive. ‘It’s all well and good for me, I look like a gentleman,’ and the rest can burn themselves.”

A day later Nadal was not sorry for what he said but sorry he had done it so publicly.

“Probably I am wrong telling that to [the media], especially because these things can stay, must stay in the locker room,” Nadal said. ”I always had fantastic relationship with Roger; I still have fantastic relationship with Roger, it’s just I said we can have different views about how the tour needs to work. That’s all.”

For his part, Federer did not seem to be holding a grudge: “We can’t always agree on everything,” Federer told reporters after a straight-set win over Alexander Kudryavtstev. “So far it’s always been no problem really. Back in the day he [Nadal] used to say, ‘Whatever Roger decides, I’m fine with.’ Today he’s much more grown up. He has a strong opinion himself, which I think is great.”

Between them, they have won an astounding 26 grand slam singles titles (16 for Federer, 10 for Nadal) and have enjoyed such a wonderful and respectful rivalry – both such a credit to the game. But Nadal’s body has historically not held up as well as Federer’s throughout an entire season and you have to wonder if that’s why they so strongly disagree.

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Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics’ Dorian Awards winners announced! “Weekend” and “We Were Here” win top prizes

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The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association today announced their top choices for the best in film and television of 2011.

I’m a member of this group and I’m happy that some of my choices actually won!

(GALECA), formed in 2009, is comprised of over 50 critics, entertainment journalists and pop culture critics who work for noteworthy newspapers, magazines, websites and TV and radio outlets nationwide.

GALECA members nominate movies, TV programs and performances from a variety of categories, not just LGBT-centric. For more information, go to galeca.com and find us at facebook.com/pages/DORIAN-AWARDS

Here is a full list of this year’s winners:

FILM OF THE YEAR

Midnight in Paris / Sony Pictures Classics

The Artist / The Weinstein Company

The Descendants / Fox Searchlight

The Skin I Live In / Sony Pictures Classics

The Tree of Life  / Fox Searchlight

Weekend / IFC Films


FILM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Christopher Plummer / Beginners (Focus Features)

Leonardo DiCaprio / J Edgar (Warner Bros.)

Janet McTeer / Albert Nobbs (Liddell Entertainment)

Meryl Streep / The Iron Lady (The Weinstein Company)

Michael Fassbender / Shame (Fox Searchlight)

Rooney Mara  / The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sony/Columbia)

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR (Film, DVD or TV)

Carol Channing: Larger Than Life / Entertainment One

Cave of Forgotten Dreams / Sundance

Page One: Inside the New York Times / Magnolia Pictures

Pina / IFC Films

We Were Here / Red Flag Releasing

LGBT-THEMED FILM OF THE YEAR

Albert Nobbs / Liddell Entertainment

Beginners / Focus Features

Pariah / Focus Features

Tomboy / Rocket Releasing

Weekend / IFC Films

LGBT-THEMED DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR

Becoming Chaz / World of Wonder

Bill Cunningham New York / Zeitgeist Films

Making the Boys / 4th Row Films

Vito / HBO

We Were Here / Red Flag Releasing

CAMPY (INTENTIONAL OR NOT) FILM OF THE YEAR

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never / Paramount

Kaboom / Desperate Pictures

The Muppets / Disney

Thor / Paramount

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 / Summit

UNSUNG FILM OF THE YEAR

50/50 / Summit Entertainment

Insidious / FilmDistrict

Jane Eyre / Focus Features

Warrior / Lionsgate

Win Win / Fox Searchlight

TV DRAMA OF THE YEAR

American Horror Story / FX

Downton Abbey / PBS

Homeland / Showtime

Mildred Pierce / HBO

The Good Wife / CBS

TV COMEDY OF THE YEAR

Modern Family / ABC

Louie / FX

30 Rock / NBC

The Big Bang Theory / CBS

Happy Endings / ABC

TV MUSICAL PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

A Very Gaga Thanksgiving / ABC

Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On / HBO

Glee / Fox (TIE)

Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour / HBO (TIE)

The Voice / NBC

TV PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Bryan Cranston / Breaking Bad / AMC

Claire Danes / Homeland / Showtime

Jessica Lange / American Horror Story / FX

Kate Winslet / Mildred Pierce / HBO

Madeleine Stowe / Revenge / ABC

LGBT-THEMED TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

American Horror Story / FX

Happy Endings / ABC

Modern Family / ABC

RuPaul’s Drag Race / Logo

True Blood / HBO

CAMPY (INTENTIONAL OR NOT) TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

American Horror Story / FX

Hot In Cleveland / TV Land

Revenge / ABC

The A List New York / Logo

True Blood / HBO

UNSUNG TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

Enlightened / HBO

Happy Endings / ABC

Louie / FX

Pan Am / ABC

Parenthood / NBC

Suburgatory / ABC

THE WE’RE WILDE ABOUT YOU RISING STAR AWARD

Elizabeth Olsen

Jessica Chastain

Melissa McCarthy

Michael Fassbender

Tom Hardy

WILDE WIT OF THE YEAR AWARD

Kathy Griffin

Kristen Wiig

Louis C.K.

Rachel Maddow

The Staff Writers of Happy Endings
TIMELESS STAR

Betty White

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Matt Bomer talks about “Magic Mike” stripper role and hints about reasons why gay fans will love the movie

MAGICAL: The feature film Magic Mike isn’t scheduled to hit theaters until June but just about every gay man and straight woman who have heard about it is waiting with bated breath.

There are five reasons for this and their names are Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey and Joe Manganiello – and they are all playing male strippers!

AfterElton.com’s Jim Halterman chatted with Mr. Bomer about the upcoming new episodes of White Collar but I’m going to excerpt part of the interview about Magic Mike!

AE: The movie does have dramatic element to it, right? It’s not just a fun and stripping.
MB: Yeah. I mean, look. This movie is really a coming of age story. The really central relationship of it is between Channing’s character, Mike, and Alex Pettyfer’s character, The Kid. It’s about somebody who’s trying to get out of the world they’re in or definitely sees a ceiling on the world they’re living in, and another new, young soul who just is just kind of fascinated and drawn like a moth to the flame to that hedonistic lifestyle.

AE: For our gay readers, is there a gay character in the film or a gay element to the movie?
MB: I don’t know how much I can say. I think there will be several scenes that will… I think the gay fans will be very, very happy with several of the scenes that occur in the film. But, yeah, there is one scene that I… well I don’t want to say anything because then it’s going to ruin it for everybody and it comes out in June and it’s going to give away a big thing, but…

AE: So there’s one scene to look forward to…
MB: There is one scene in particular where definitely those boundaries are blurred. Yeah.

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Some Bond beefcake, courtesy of Daniel Craig!

007_craigAny way you look at it, Daniel Craig as James Bond is SEXY!

This first promo shot from Skyfall, the next Bond film, teases us with Mr. Craig’s bare back.

Which do you prefer?

Mr. Craig’s back or his front which we so enjoyed as he emerged from the water in Casino Royale, his first outing as Bond?

Kind of a toss-up for me!

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My chat with Ross Mathews …

It’s always a fun treat to talk with Ross Mathews.

The first time we met was at MJ’s, a gay bar in Silverlake.

I was a columnist for the LA Daily News at the time so made plans to interview Ross the next week.

Since then, we’ve chatted a few more times for columns and blogs and he’s always so chipper and fun.

I saw Ross most recently at the TV Critics Winter Press Tour where E! hosted a lunch. Ross sat with out table for about 15 minutes and I peppered him with questions for a  piece I’ve just posted on Gay Star News.

But here is a quote exclusively for Greg In Hollywood readers. Ross, who got his start with Jay Leno and now appears regularly on Chelsea Lately, is about to shoot a pilot for a talk show on E! and I asked him how it felt to be on the verge of such big things:

‘I travel the country and I speak at colleges all over. In my real life, it’s me and my dog and my partner and it’s a small sort of existence. With the Chelsea show blowing up the way it has, I see it when I travel now. Some of these kids don’t even know that I was ever on Leno, these kids.The number one question I get is: ‘When are you getting your own show?’ There was a time when no one ever thought I could host a show and now the question is, ‘When are you getting it?’ So I definitely feel the time is now and I’m so freaking ready I can’t even tell you. It’s going to be good, I promise you.’

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The Elton John vs. Madonna feud is on!

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_joEtjQNzthU/SwLP5ETHunI/AAAAAAAABZw/T96orshCWls/s1600/mandelton.jpgWhen I wrote last night about Elton John’s miserable night at the Golden Globes, I honestly had no idea just how bitter he and David Furnish were feeling about Madonna even before the show.

The bitch is back!

According to Gay Star News, after Madonna (pictured with Elton in happier times) won the best original song Globe over Elton, Mary J. Blige and Glenn Close, among others, Furnish wrote on Facebook: ‘Madonna. Best song???? Fuck off!!!

And before the show, Elton said: ‘Mary J [Blige] might win it for “The Help”. Madonna doesn’t have a fucking chance.’

OMG.

What are we? Kindergarteners?

After her win, Madonna was asked backstage how it felt to beat Elton.

“I hope he speaks to me for the next couple of years,” she said. “He’s been known to not speak to me. He’ll win for another award. I don’t feel bad.”

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Monday Morning Man: Wiehahn Stiglingh!

Thought we’d go with someone incredibly unattractive today – ha!
He’s Wiehahn Stiglingh and what a stunner.
But he’s not your typical model (aspiring actor etc). Stiglingh is a financial advisor from Cape Town, South Africa.
He was discovered by photographers from Men’s Health and picked for the cover of the magazine’s South Africa edition. Soon many other editions were featuring him including all the Latin American magazines, United Kingdom, Australia, Mexico, Spain, Greece and Italy.
Stiglingh was such a hit the first time around that he is now on the cover of the January 2012 issue of Men’s Health (see below).
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