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Wentworth Miller comes out publicly as gay man

The former star of Prison Break who is now also a successful screenwriter (Stoker), made clear he is a gay man in a letter rejecting an invite to a film festival in Russia.

Wentworth Miller wrote: Thank you for your kind invitation. As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes.

However, as a gay man, I must decline.

I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.

Perhaps, when and if circumstances improve, I’ll be free to make a different choice.

Wentworth’s letter was shared by GLAAD which applauded his words.

“Wentworth’s bold show of support sends a powerful message to LGBT Russians, who are facing extreme violence and persecution: you are not alone,” said GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz. “As people from across the globe continue to speak out against Russia’s horrific law, more celebrities and corporations should follow his courageous lead in openly condemning Russia’s anti-LGBT law.”

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Kurt & Blaine smooch in upcoming “Glee” episode

Nice to see the Glee cast back at work after dealing with the tragic death of castmate Cory Monteith.

Brief footage from the filming of an upcoming Beatles-themed episode has made its way online and it shows Chris Colfer and Darren Criss (aka Kurt and Blaine) shooting a dance number that ends with a nice kiss.

Check it out!

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Where are all the gays? Not in many films made by Hollywood’s major movie studios

If anyone thought Steven Soderbergh was exaggerating when he said the major studios all passed on Behind the Candelabra because it was “too gay,” a report released by GLAAD today confirms that attitude.

GLAAD’s first annual Studio Responsibility Index showed that out of the 101 releases from the major studios in 2012, only 14 of them contained characters identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Not a single one of the releases contained a transgender character.

They included Javier Bardem’s bad guy bisexual in Skyfall and Alec Baldwin as a gay club owner in Rock of Ages. Disney’s blockbuster The Avengers made the list only because of the brief presence of openly gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts who played himself in a newscast reporting on an alien invasion.

Aside from Skyfall and Rock of Ages, among the other films that included gay, lesbian or bisexual characters were American Reunion, Five-Year Engagement, Cloud Atlas, A Thousand Words, Pitch Perfect and Think Like a Man.

‘Until LGBT characters are depicted in these films in a substantial way with more regularity, there will remain the appearance of LGBT bias on the studios’ part,’ GLAAD’s Wilson Cruz said in a statement. ‘Whether it’s an action hero or a supporting character, moviegoers should be able to see LGBT people as integral players in the stories told by leading Hollywood studios.’

The dismal numbers come as television has become increasingly inclusive with a record high percentage of LGBT characters in the 2012-2013 broadcast season.

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Happy Birthday to Kim Cattrall! Let’s celebrate with some of Samantha moments from SATC

Let’s face it, Sex and the City would not be worth watching without the delicious character of Samantha Jones.

She has a foul mouth, loves to have sex – often, and she is as direct as they come. She’s also a strong and successful woman who is as loyal a friend there is.

Samantha has provided Kim Cattrall with the role of a lifetime and this beautiful and gifted actress has taken the part and run with it through six seasons on HBO and two feature films.

Miss Cattrall, gorgeous as ever, turns 57 years old today and I thought we’d celebrate with a collection of Samantha moments.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday Morning Man: Aaron O’Connell!

I feel like I should have my gay card suspended for not being aware of Aaron O’Connell until very recently.

Where have I been?

He’s one of the stars of the OWN series Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots and has obviously had a successful modeling career going on for awhile.

On The OWN series, he plays Wyatt and is roommates with the closeted Jeffrey (Gavin Houston). O’Connell was asked in an interview with The Backlot if there is a possibility of something happening between this inseparable duo.

Says Aaron: ‘… There is some stuff that happens between Jeffery and Wyatt that, I think, is going to leave people gasping, ‘oh, my gosh! Did that just happen?’ I can say this. It’s going to be unexpected and it’s going to happen unexpectedly. It’s just going to happen over the course of maybe two minutes in the middle of an episode and people are going to be like, ‘oh, my gosh! That just happened!’ Something will happen between those two and it’s going leave people wanting some answers and also kind of gasping for breath because it’s unexpected.”

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“Days of Our Lives” star Chandler Massey on the future of Will Horton: “I think they will recast the role”

Soap journalist extraordinaire Michael Fairman today posted a joint interview he did with four of the younger stars of Days of Our Lives: Jen Lilley (Theresa), Blake Berris (Nick), Casey Deidrick (Chad) and Chandler Massey (Will).

Here is a LINK to the entire thing – and it is very fun and informative so check it out!

But I’m highlighting two of the questions that have to do with Chandler’s plans to leave the show:

“The second week in December is when my contract is up.  I am looking forward to having a couple of weeks to go home and have Christmas with my family.   I think they will recast the role.  I think the reason the fans are attached to me is that they are attached to the character of Will.  As long as Will and Sonny are still there, it will be OK.”

Fairman: Are you really ready to step away from this popular role of Will Horton, in which you have won two consecutive Daytime Emmys?

CHANDLER: “Recently, I had to shoot three episodes in a row, and that was 23 scenes.  Honestly, if my answer is “Yes. I am ready to step away from the show,” I think it’s because, as much as I love it and everyone there are my friends and like family, I have been on there for four years… And, (a) I want to go to school, and (b) if I want to grow further as an actor.  I need a situation where I have weeks not days and hours to look at a script.  Maybe I am shooting two or three scenes a day where I can discover and explore, rather than 23 scenes in day where you are just basically trying to keep your head above water and trying to remember your lines.”

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Lucas Cruikshank, star of Nickelodeon’s “Fred: The Movie” franchise, comes out on YouTube

This is incredibly sweet.

Lucas Cruikshank, star of Nickelodeon’s Fred: The Movie franchise, was answering Twitter questions his web show with BFF Jennifer Veal of the Disney Channel sitcom Jessie, and one of them was: “Are you gay?”

Veal answers the question for him: “He’s gay!”

Cruikshank, 19, laughed and confirmed: “I’m gay!”

He said he had come out to his family and friends three years ago.

Whether people are surprised or not is totally irrelevant. What is relevant is that this man has said the words for the world to hear. Kudos to him!

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Cher’s video for “Woman’s World” is here!

Oh Cher, you’ve still got it.

You had it long before any of us had ever even heard of Madonna and when Lady Gaga was born, you were already on your second or third comeback.

Here is the official video for Woman’s World, the first single off of Cher’s forthcoming album Closer to the Truth due out next month.

Enjoy

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In new video for Friend Movement, Lane twins remember being bullied in school: “It stays with you”

Greg In Hollywood faves Gary Lane and Larry Lane, the wonderful twin brothers we got to know in their documentary Hollywood to Dollywood, have shot a new video for the Friend Movement.

They talk about being bullied in school – even on their very first day of kindergarten – and how that affected them and how they turned to each other to deal with it.

The memories of having to alter your route between classes to avoid certain bullies still seems so fresh.

You can learn more about the Friend Movement at www.facebook.com/friendmovement and at www.friendmovement.com

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Tuesday Morning Man: Henrik Zetterberg!

Today’s Morning Man, Henrik Zetterberg, is one of the NHL’s biggest stars.

When his team won the Stanley Cup in 2008, he was voted Most Valuable Player that year.

He also won a gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

The Detroit Red Wings captain is likely to return to the Olympics to compete in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi as part of Sweden’s national team.

He spoke out this week against Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law which bans any kind of public support of homosexuality.

He described it as ‘awful, just awful.’

‘I think that everyone should be able to be themselves,’ Zetterberg told a Swedish tabloid in anb interview translated by USA Today. ‘It’s unbelievable that it can be this way in this time, especially in a big country like Russia.’

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After 42 years together, Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner are thinking about getting married

Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner might be getting married.

You can’t say they are rushing into anything since this brilliantly talented pair have already been a loving couple for 42 years.

Lily shared the news with E! Online’s Marc Malkin tonight at a pre-Emmy event: “Jane and I have been together for 42 years. We’re thinking maybe we’ll get married.”

The death of California’s Proposition 8 in June has them thinking about something they never thought they’d think about: “You don’t really need to get married, but marriage is awfully nice. Everybody I know who got married, they say it really makes a difference. They feel very very happy about it.”

Tomlin and Wagner co-wrote six comedy television specials in which Tomlin starred. They also co-wrote and produced the Grammy Award-winning album, Edith Ann: And That’s the Truth, and Grammy-nominated albums Modern Scream and On Stage.

Three years ago, Coco Peru hosted a “Conversation With …” evening with Miss Tomlin and Miss Wagner was in the front row of the packed theater. As the evening progressed, you realized just how crucial she has been to this brilliant career that has resulted in eight Emmys, two Tonys, a Grammy and an Oscar nomination among many other accolades.

“I fell madly in love with her as I laid eyes on her,” Lily said of Jane that night. “So that was that.”

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The first same-sex wedding in New Zealand takes place in the air – Jesse Tyler Ferguson is a guest!

Well, this is just amazing in all kinds of ways.

First off, you’ve got a couple together for 14 years and raising three kids who are finally allowed to get married.

They are Lynley Bendall and Ally Wanikau who won the chance to have a sky-high wedding on the very day same-sex marriage was legalized in New Zealand – today!

They were married during an Air New Zealand flight and among the guests: Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband, Justin – newlyweds themselves.

Yeah, I know it sounds like it could be cheesy and commercialized but watch the video and you’ll be charmed by this pair and, of course, we are already charmed by JTF.

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Filmmaker Lee Daniels: “Black men can’t come out”

He’s got the number one movie in the US right now with Lee Daniels’ The Butler opening this weekend with a gross of just under $25 million.

As part of his publicity blitz for the film, writer-director Lee Daniels stopped by for a chat on Larry King Now (It’s on Hulu and I watch it all the time – highly recommend!).

The conversation with King got very interesting  when Daniels said homophobia within the black community has all but forced many gays to live double lives and led to dire consequences.

‘Black men can’t come out. Why? Because you simply can’t do it. Your family says it. Your church says it. Your teachers say it. Your parents say it. Your friends say it. Your work says it.’

‘So you’re living on this ‘DL’ thing and you’re infecting black women – and its killing us. The black culture and the Hispanic culture have a thing about [homosexuality].’

Daniels found that out first-hand at a very young age. One day when his father and some of his policemen friends were playing cards, he walked down the stairs wearing his mother’s red pumps.

‘I got beat. He beat me severely for it,’ he says. ‘But that didn’t stop me because the following Sunday I walked down the stairs wearing her blue pumps – this time with her purse.’

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Today is “Helen Reddy Day” in West Hollywood!

I don’t want the release of Lady GaGa’s new video overshadow a much more important event today: Helen Reddy Day in West Hollywood!

I was unable to make it over to city hall this morning for the presentation and unveiling of a Helen Reddy pictorial postmark designed by artist Nicolosi.

With Miss Reddy in this photo by Brett White are West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land and artist Nicolosi.

It is so great to have one of the very biggest pop stars of the 70s (now in her early 70s) back out and about after a decade of retirement in her native Australia. She was missed, she still looks good and sounds GREAT so let’s enjoy every minute of this second act.

While I missed today’s happenings, hope to be there next Monday when Miss Reddy is also scheduled to be the keynote speaker at a special celebration of Women’s Equality Day with “A Night In Herstory” at the West Hollywood Park’s Public Meeting Room, Council Chambers and Auto Court located at 625 North San Vicente Blvd.

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Flashback Video: Chris Pine’s dad and Charles Nelson Reilly helped Kirstie Alley win on “Match Game”


Before she Rebecca on Cheers and long before she became a Fat Actress, Kirstie Alley was a contestant on Match Game, the popular game show of the 70s and 80s.

She managed to win $5,000 with the help of CHiPs star Robert Pine, father of future Star Trek star Chris Pine and the late, great Charles Nelson Reilly.

Other celebs on the panel in this 1979 episode included a very young Jamie Lee Curtis and a post-MTM Show but pre-Golden Girls Betty White.

Kirstie was an aspiring actress then bust listed her profession as interior decorator.

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Monday Morning Man: James Ellington!

British sprinter James Ellington is not only speedy, he’s also pretty darn sexy.

But he needs a little cheering up today because his error during the handoff during 4x100m relay final caused the team to be disqualified after they were have thought to won the bronze medal at the World Championships in Moscow.

The 27-year-old athlete represented Britain in the 2012 Olympics in London running the 200 meters.

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Greg Rikaart films guest spot on “Bones”

Emmy winning actor Greg Rikaart, who came out publicly in June, will guest star on ABC’s Bones in an episode to air on Sept. 23.

Don’t worry soap fans, Greg has not given up his day job.

He is still playing the role of Kevin Fisher on the CBS soap The Young and the Restless where he has been a cast member since 2003.

“I’m having a blast working on Bones,” Greg told Soap Opera Digest. “Such a welcoming, talented group of people here and this story is amazing. It’s a fun character too, who is so different from [The Young and the Restless'] Kevin.”

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Video: Steve Grand performs and is interviewed at San Diego IndieFest: “I really love you guys”


Steve Grand of All-American Boy fame performed at San Diego IndieFest over the weekend and in addituion to speaking about his joy and gratitude, he tells about the time he got kicked out of a Madonna concert.

Enjoy!

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Lady GaGa accuses former friend Perez Hilton of stalking her in NYC; the blogger responds

Lady GaGa and Perez Hilton used to be besties.

They clearly are not anymore.

While GaGa has been in LA promoting her new single Applause, Perez has been apartment hunting in New York. One of the places he looked at on Sunday was in GaGa’s building. She found out and took to Twitter to accuse him of stalking her.

She tweeted: @perezhilton STAY AWAY FROM ME + MY FAMILY YOU ARE SICK TRYING TO RENT AN APARTMENT IN MY BUILDING TO STALK ME. LEAVE ME ALONE!!! — Lady Gaga (@ladygaga)

Hilton has just posted a response to what he calls “Lady GaGa’s Lies”

I have long had plans to return to New York City more permanently. New York was my home for 6 years in the mid 90s, before I moved to Los Angeles. I also lived here for 3 months last year while doing an off Broadway show. I’m a new father and I am primarily focused on my family and where we will be most happy. I love New York and that is where me and my growing family want to call home right now. Sunday, my realtor showed us a list of possible apartments to rent. I learned only after the fact that Lady GaGa lives in one of the buildings we looked at, and she was across the country in Los Angeles when I viewed that building. After a day of innocent house-hunting, I am devastated and my heart hurts that my former very good friend, a person I used to call my “wifey” and traveled the world with, is making very public and very untrue allegations about me on Twitter. While it is still too painful for me to go into detail about why I chose to no longer make her a part of my life, I will say that I am a critic and not a “stalker”. Any allegation that I am stalking her, based on a day of house hunting with my baby boy and my mother, is utterly false, defamatory and now appears to be putting me and my family in danger. I will continue to be a critic – in a way that is not mean or involves name-calling, and I will continue to have an opinion and talk about music and songs, like GaGa’s “Applause”. I hope her fans stop sending me death threats, as the suggestion that I pose a danger to Lady GaGa is preposterous. If her fans want to send a message of support to Lady GaGa, they should buy her music. Notwithstanding my feelings about our personal relationship, I do wish Lady GaGa happiness and continued success and I assure you my family house hunting has nothing to do with her.

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Showtune Sunday: All about Carol Channing – a very deserving candidate for the Kennedy Center Honors

There is a campaign to get Carol Channing recognized this year with a Kennedy Center Honor.

Why is a campaign needed? Because it has not happened yet and it should have happened long ago. This national treasure is 92 and what a joy it would be – what a show it would be – if she were to receive this most prestigious honor.

Richard Skipper is one of the champions of this effort and here is a link to a column he posted the other day.

I’ve picked some clip to remind us all of how lucky we’ve been to have Miss Channing entertaining us for all these many years in Hello Dolly (more than 5,000 performances on Broadway and beyond), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Thoroughly Modern Millie and all the rest.

Despite her iconic roles, we have most loved her as herself.



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