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Morning Man Encore: Martin Henderson! posted Nov 29, 2010

Have you seen the promos for ABC’s new series Off the Map?

At first I was intrigued because one of the cast members is Mamie Gummer, a terrific actress who has appeared as an attorney in several episodes of CBS’s The Good Wife and also happens to be Meryl Streep’s daughter.

But my attention was soon fixed on the hunky Martin Henderson, the 36-year-old New Zealand actor who had, somehow, not previously been on my radar.

Martin has been acting professionally since he was 13 when he landed a role in a local television production. Then from 1992-95, he starred in the TV drama Shortland Street then went on to star in various Australian films and television shows.

He moved to the US in 1997 to pursue acting and his first stop was a two-year training program at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City.

Once he got to Hollywood, he got his first break in a major film in 2001′s war film Windtalkers followed by the horror film The Ring starring Naomi Watts. His first major lead came in the 2004 film Torque followed by the films Bride and Prejudice, Little Fish, Flyboys, Battle in Seattle and Smokin’ Aces.

Martin then conquered the stage starring in an acclaimed production of Fool For Love on London’s West End. He was then cast in a television pilot based on the film Mr. and Mrs. Smith but it was not picked up as a series.

Thankfully, Off the Map has been picked up and premieres next month!

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“Vampire Diaries” stars Ian Somerhalder & Paul Wesley pose naked in bed together for EW cover!

Okay, their co-star Nina Dobrev is between them.

But I did get your attention!

These are awfully sexy pics.


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’1 Million People who support Ellen for J.C. Penney’ Facebook page has more than 100,000 followers

Ellen DeGeneres is finding out just how popular she is.

After the anti-gay group called for J.C. Penney to fire the television personality because she is a lesbian, public support for DeGeneres has soared.

DeGeneres pointed out on her daytime talk show this week that One Million Moms actually has a membership of about 40,000.

‘They’re rounding to the nearest million, and I get that,’ she joked.

The new Facebook page, ’1 Million People who support Ellen for J.C. Penney,’ has quickly doubled that as it surpassed 100,000 followers just before noon PST on Friday (10 February).

Membership had more than doubled in the previous 12 hours.

Read more about it over at Gay Star News.

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Celeb Tweets: Alan Cumming & David Burtka LA bound; Ricky Martin on Obama playlist; Midler shops!

Alan Cumming
Alancumming Alan Cumming

I am going to Hell A which is my affectionate name for the city of angels. Here I am in the airport lounge.

David Burtka

Davidburtka David Burtka
Let me tell you, it was nice to travel for work. However, I miss my man and kids so much. I am so glad I am going home.

Ricky Martin
ricky_martin Ricky Martin
@BarackObama It’s such an honor, Mr. President. #PresidentialPlaylist
Bette Midler
BetteMidler Bette Midler
I have to stop going to sales. I am wearing what looks like a bran muffin.
Johnny Weir
JohnnyGWeir Johnny Weir
2 more pounds until I can start training quads again! Very good training day. #rejoiceitstheweekend
Kathy Griffin
kathygriffin Kathy Griffin
From @Cher “Kathleen pls tweet That i cant get on! Phone keeps going OFF! I hit it & mayb i can send 1 or 2 tweets! SO FKING PISSED! Xxxme!
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Channing Tatum talks strip film “Magic Mike”

We all know that Channing Tatum has a new romantic drama out today called The Vow.

It’s about a couple who have to start over after the wife (Rachel McAdams) wakes up after a car accident and can’t remember being married to her husband.

Now how can you forget you are married to Channing Tatum???

Anyway, the film we really want to see starring Mr. Tatum is Magic Mike which is based on the hunky actor’s experience working as a male stripper back in the day. It also stars Alex Pettyfer (pictured with Tatum), Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello, among others.

The Hollywood Reporter chatted a bit with Tatum about Magic Mike at this week’s premiere of The Vow.

“We really want it to be good,” he said. “I know it’s getting a lot of press and a lot of hype and it’s scary when that happens because you just want people to like it, or to understand it.”

Tatum is also a producer on the film.

“It’s not all my life, but it’s definitely all my experiences,” he said. “I basically poured all my memories and stories out. We just kind of wrote something entirely unique to itself.”


Liza Minnelli drops out of “Hot In Cleveland” things are all right with Liza Minnelli.

It’s just been reported that the Oscar-Tony-Emmy winner has dropped out of a scheduled guest starring role on TV Land’s Hot In Cleveland due to a health issue.

Liza with a Z was to play Wendie Malick’s agent in the episode. reports that another actress will be cast in the role.

But who? If you are looking for another larger-than-life performer then what about Patti LuPone? Or Carrie Fisher? Or Joy Behar?

Liza turns 66 next month and has been advised not to travel because of an ankle injury. Her rep says she is hoping to make a future appearance on the show.

It would have been Liza’s first sitcom appearance since her recurring role on Arrested Development.


Snapped! Lleyton Hewitt takes a tumble!

I’ve written before about my big crush on Australian tennis star Lleyton Hewitt.

Well, just could not resist posting this photo of his backside as he took a tumble during a Davis Cup match against China’s Zhang Ze.

Hewitt, a former number one player who has won Wimbledon and the US Open, won the match 6-2, 6-1, 7-6.

As an added bonus, Hewitt and the rest of the Australian Davis Cup team are being coached by the very hunky Patrick Rafter, a two-time US Open champion who also reached the finals of Wimbledon twice. Rafter reached the number one ranking as well but I hesitate to mention because he only held the ranking for one or two weeks!


Friday Morning Man: Jake Nodar!

Until I read an interview with him on yesterday, I was not familiar with Jake Nodar.

Now I can’t get his blue eyes out of my head!

Jake is a horse trainer and reality television participant  whose latest series, Full Metal Jousting, premieres on Sunday night at 10 p.m. on The History Channel.

“I have never jousted prior to this experience,” he tells AfterElton. “No experience whatsoever. i think one time I got in a grocery cart and had a friend push me at someone else with a broomstick, but that was pretty much the extent of it, and that was nothing like what we were about to do.”

Jake is gay and came out to his fellow contestants during the filming of the series.

He says: “I’ve been out for a long time, and I’m very comfortable with it, but going into something like this where you’re with fifteen alpha male types who are all very competitive, and we’re all living together in the same quarters, I definitely had some reservations about it. But the bottom line is, we’re all there chasing after the title and the $100,000 prize, and that was my primary focus.”

Jake Nodar - 2009 Winter TCA Tour - Day 3

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Snapped! Novak Djokovic stares at … himself!

In ThisThe world’s number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic, is one of a kind.

Or is he?

The superstar now has a wax double!

Djokovic attended a ceremony revealing his wax sculpture in the Wax museum in the central Serbian town Jagodina. He returned to Serbia, where he is considered a national hero, after winning the Australian Open for the third time in the longest final in the history of the tournament.

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Lunch Break Videos: Celebrating the music of the great Carole King on her 70th birthday! story: I was dating a guy quite a bit younger than me around 12 years ago or so. We were driving home from a movie and he was flipping through my CDs in the car and said: “Who’s Carole King?”

I knew right then and there that this summer fling just had to end!

There were other issues, of course, but that was a moment where it dawned on me that this would never work!

Carole King is only one of the greatest songwriters to ever sit behind a piano (Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, Locomotion, One Fine Day, You’ve Got a Friend and on and on and on), she also had one of the biggest selling albums in history: Tapestry.

I want to honor Miss King, on her 70th birthday, by sharing with you some of my favorite songs of hers. I had trouble narrowing it down but here are four of my faves: So Far Away, I Feel The Earth Move, One Fine Day and It’s Too Late.

Thank you Carole for all the great tunes that span my entire life.

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My visit to the set of “Days of Our Lives”

Had tons of fun today during a visit to the set of NBC’s Days of Our Lives in Burbank!

I only started watching the show last year because it began to introduce some gay characters but now I am positively hooked on every storyline.

So I found myself kind of like a groupie as I walked around today and bumped into Deidre Hall, saw Patrick Muldoon coming up the stairs, was introduced to Lisa Rinna and chatted with Galen Gehring and James Scott.

I was also excited to walk around the set that is Salem’s town square.

I was there at the invitation of Chandler Massey and his publicist Jeff Ballard.

Chandler, who plays Will Horton on the show, gave me a tour of the set and I even snapped a photo of him in his dressing room for all of you.

Had lunch at the NBC commissary and did an interview with Chandler about Will’s storyline – where it’s at, what’s ahead and what he thinks about it all.

I will share that with you either tomorrow or early next week.

Until then, here are some of the photos taken today.


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Celeb Tweets: Inside Sara Gilbert’s brain; Gareth Thomas finds treats; Why David Burtka feels short!

sara gilbert

THEsaragilbert sara gilbert

The part of my brain that keeps me up at night and the part that complains of exhaustion the next day are like an old married couple.
Gareth Thomas
gareththomas14 Gareth Thomas
What a treat!!! Just found an unopened Xmas present.Tin of biscuits;) Good excuse for a brew.
Andy Cohen
BravoAndy Andy Cohen
The troubleshooter from my cable company is really not feeling me this morning. Hope is lost for my poor Internet service. Waaah.
Suzanne Somers
SuzanneSomers Suzanne Somers
In these difficult times, a person like Ellen DeGeneres is sunshine and light. Every day she brings joy.
Kristin Chenoweth
KChenoweth Kristin Chenoweth
@rosie @chelseahandler loved loved love you two together. Love! So funny and real.
David Burtka
Davidburtka David Burtka
I feel so short around these models. However, seeing the skin isn’t bad.
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“Jersey Shore” star Snookie says she’s bisexual and wonders about Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino

It took a bit of a controversy for Cynthia Nixon to acknowledge that she bisexual.

But for Snookie?

No problem.

“I would consider myself bi,” Snookie said in an interview with Huffington Post. “I’ve done stuff with girls before. But I would never be with a girl because I like… penis. But I’ve experimented.”

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi was interviewed with her Jersey Shore castmate and Jennifer “JWoww” Farley.

They were asked about the sexuality of Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino.

Farley: “…His posture and the way he holds his cigarettes… everything. Listen, I know I keep talking about my best friend Joey, but his husband was closeted for 27 years of his life. And I knew him before he came out. So because of that I know… the signs. … It drove me nuts! I’m like, “Be happy with yourself!” He had a girlfriend! I was just like, “I would love you more if you could be yourself.” I can’t confirm or deny with Mike, but if he was, it would all make sense. He brings it up. He’ll say, “People think I’m gay and I don’t know what they’re talking about.”

Weighed in Snookie: “He told me one time, “[All the talk is] making me wonder.”"


She’s receiving Lifetime Grammy this weekend but why has Diana Ross never been properly appreciated? Los Angeles Times has published an absolutely outstanding piece on the legendary career of Diana Ross.

This commentary, written by Ernest Hardy, points out that 12-time Grammy nominee Ross has not only never won a Grammy, she’s also never been given proper credit for achievements and impact on the music industry and the culture.

He provides some compelling reasons why. Here are some excerpts from the piece:

The Grammys aren’t the only place where 67-year-old Ross, a primary architect of modern pop culture over her five-decade career, has been undervalued.

It’s long been fashionable to lampoon her in the media and in critical circles, to dismiss her voice and her trailblazing accomplishments — to cast her in the one-note role of incorrigible diva.

Questlove, drummer and co-founder of the Roots, suggests that the failure to recognize Ross’ achievements is also due to the way art and artists are treated in this country.

“America is such a disposable arts culture,” he says, “that it’s easy to dismiss things, to take them for granted. And I’m one of those guilty people. I have every [Ross] album. I’ve seen every special. But you take it for granted so much that you don’t even mention it.”

Visual artist Mark Bradford observes: “She was a trailblazer who wrote chapter after chapter, who put herself at the center of the conversation and demanded a seat at the table,” he observes. “She didn’t want black power. She wanted power.”

“There’s this thing with women — especially women of color — that when they have ambition, it’s [perceived as] a character flaw” Bradford added. “But Diana Ross would throw it in your face. She didn’t apologize for it. We applaud ambition but on very narrow terms — for a woman, for an African American, and especially for an African American woman — and she ignored all those limited and limiting terms in order to set her own.”

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Thursday Morning Man: Gary Amers! came across this yummy man in the latest issue of Attitude Magazine.

He’s actor Gary Amers who is probably best known for his recurring role of Sacha on the 2008 British series Beautiful People. He’s also done guest roles on the series Inspector George Gently and Doctors.

Gary has kept most busy performing in the theater with leading and supporting roles in 10 West End musicals including Chicago, Wicked, Taboo, Hair and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

He writes his own comedy material and his own music and his website states that Gary is “set on becoming a household spirit.”

You go boy!

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Listen to Howard Stern’s defense of Ellen, Rosie, bullied gay kids and his contempt for Rick Santorum

I’ve been a fan of Howard Stern for decades and I have had friends and family members who could never understand why. There has just always been something so honest about him and there was a time in the 90s that I listened to him every single morning without fail.

Well, after listening to this recent segment of his Sirius radio show, it just validates everything that I’ve always felt about Stern.

He defends Ellen DeGeneres against the One Million Moms, Rosie O’Donnell against David Letterman’s ill-advised jokes, and speaks eloquently (laced with profanity, of course) about gay kids being bullied and about how damaging bigots are to kids and to our society.

During this conversation with longtime sidekick Robin Quivers, Stern calls Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann “the worst two people on the planet” and says that “they should be drummed out of the country” for their anti-gay views.

This is worth listening to all the way through.

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Tom Cruise’s son apologizes for anti-gay slur

Connor Cruise, in Indianapolis to DJ a pre-Super Bowl party, was apparently in mood to be teased about the New England Patriots’ loss to the New York Giants.

One of his repesentatives, Todd Krim, sent him a teasing tweet saying ‘maybe next year,’  after the game. Krim says he got a blistering text message from the son of Tom Cruise.

It read: ‘That was a gay ass [bleeping] tweet . . . U don’t say [bleep] like that about my team the second they lose. Low.’

Through a publicist, he released this statement to The New York Post: ‘What I texted was unacceptable. It is not a reflection of who I am and what I feel, and it certainly won’t happen again.’

See the complete story at Gay Star News!

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Celeb Tweets: Mitch and Cam have a question; Chaz Bono feels good; Gerald McCullouch feels young!

Ellen DeGeneres
TheEllenShow Ellen DeGeneres

I love this! RT @jessetyler Mitch & Cam have a question for you. @AFER #prop8

Chaz Bono
ChazBono Chaz Bono
I woke up feeling really good this morning, and grateful for my life. Focusing on what is right about me and my life, not what’s wrong.
Gerald McCullouch
ItsAHardG Gerald McCullouch
I’m at #SoupPlantation. The only color of hair in sight is shades of blue. Haven’t felt this young since Edison invented the light bulb.
Anderson Cooper
andersoncooper Anderson Cooper
my profile of #Adele is going to be on @60Minutes sunday. Hear her sing for the 1st time since her throat surgery. She sounds amazing!
Chelsea Handler
chelseahandler Chelsea Handler
RECAP. Rosie and me cry at 7 on own. Are you there, chelsea at 8:30 on nbc. Chesty lately at 11pm on E! I forgot what time my show is on.
Kristin Chenoweth
KChenoweth Kristin Chenoweth
@rosie @chelseahandler equals heaven
Alec Mapa
AlecMapa Alec Mapa
@TheEllenShow is now the spokesperson for JCPenney who originally withdrew sponsorship on her sitcom when she came out. That’s GANGSTA.
Alec Mapa
AlecMapa Alec Mapa
Love you @TheEllenShow. CONGRATULATIONS! Shop @JCPenney !
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Dustin Lance Black reflects on Prop. 8 case

My friend and fellow journalist Karen Ocamb saved me a seat in the front row for yesterday’s press conference in downtown LA following the unveiling of the court decision striking down Proposition 8.

Shortly before the event, organized by the American Foundation for Equal Right, actor-director Rob Reiner and writer-director Dustin Lance Black took seats just a few chairs down from us.

That made it easy for me to chat up Lance after it was over and get his thoughts on the day.

Here is an excerpt of a story I’ve just done for Gay Star News:

After Dustin Lance Black won an Academy Award for the screenplay he wrote for Milk, he did more with his newfound fame than write and direct more movies.

His Oscar win came less than three months after California voters passed Proposition 8 and he took a leading role in the fight for marriage equality as one of the founding members of the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

It is AFER that sponsored the groundbreaking case which led to this week’s ruling by the 9th District U.S. Court of Appeals which found that California’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

‘We were all incredibly pleased,’ Black told Gay Star News shortly after the court decision was announced. ‘We were all at our lawyer’s offices when news came in. We’ve been winning this every step of the way and it’s a lot of hugs and tears.’

But no one was popping champagne.

‘It’s a reverent response,’ he said. ‘It’s not like you just won something. You get the feeling that your country has embraced you and so it was quiet and it was reverent and grateful.’

Go to Gay Star News to read the rest of my story.

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GLAAD applauds CNN’s suspension of Roland Martin for tweets he posted on Super Bowl Sunday

CNN commentator Roland Martin has been taken off the air ‘for the time being’ in the wake of a Twitter controversy that occurred on Super Bowl Sunday.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has been calling for Martin’s firing for tweets he wrote during the Super Bowl about an H&M advertisement featuring soccer star David Beckham.

They included: ‘Ain’t no real bruhs going to H&M to buy some damn David Beckham underwear.’

He also tweeted to his more than 95,000 followers: ‘If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!’

CNN said in a statement today: “‘Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable and offensive. Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated. We have been giving careful consideration to this matter, and Roland will not be appearing on our air for the time being.’

GLAAD applauded CNN’s action: ‘CNN today took a strong stand against anti-LGBT violence and language that demeans any community,’ spokesperson Rich Ferraro said. “We look forward to hearing from CNN and Roland Martin to discuss how we can work together as allies and achieve our common goal of reducing anti-LGBT violence as well as the language that contributes to.’

Earlier this week, Sharon Lettman-Hicks, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition, the nation’s largest black LGBT civil rights organization, also spoke out: “Even if he meant it in a jovial manner, Roland Martin’s words carry a real impact on the everyday lives of Black LGBT people, especially our youth. Given the number of rash murders, attacks and violent acts involving LGBT people of color, we cannot let statements such as this go unchecked. Silence is a form of acceptance and only perpetuates the problem.”

Go to Gay Star News to read my full story on the controversy.

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