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Maria Sharapova wins her first French Open crown and completes a career grand slam

Women’s tennis finally has a bona fide superstar as its number one.

She’s Maria Sharapova who not only won the French Open singles trophy on Saturday, she also completed a rare career grand slam.

Sharapova’s 2012 French Open victory follows her wins at the 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open and 2008 Australian Open.

She joins Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Billie Jean King, Margaret Court and Serena Williams as winners of the career Slam in the Open era. She’ll return to the No. 1 ranking on Monday for the first time since 2008.

“It probably is the most special moment in my career,” Sharapova told NBC after the match. “When I looked at that trophy today, I never felt this happy. It’s really incredible.”

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More “Magic Mike” beefcake!

Okay, you may as well know the truth: I’m not sick of them yet! Stay tuned for another batch of our Magic Mike men Channing, Matthew, Matt, Alex and Joe on Monday!

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Morning Man Encore: Josh Hopkins! posted on Aug 11, 2009

Being a fan of Josh Hopkins can be a little frustrating.

He consistently lands good roles on good shows like Brothers & Sisters, Private Practice, Vanished, Pepper Dennis and Swingtown but then, for one reason or another, either his character or the show are soon gone.

But I have a feeling that is about to all change for this handsome 38-year-old actor who I met and chatted up over the weekend at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour party for ABC. He is in the cast of the new series Cougar Town that stars the terrific Courtney Cox.

Josh plays her secy neighbor and from the clips I saw, he reminded me a bit of James Denton in that first season of Desperate Housewives. Like Denton was, I’d love to see Josh on all the magazine covers once the show takes off.

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John Travolta makes first public appearance since sexual harassment claims made against him

On the same week that his former secretary went public with allegations that he had a six-year affair with a male pilot, John Travolta made his first public appearance in months at a tribute to Shirley MacLaine in Los Angeles.

Travolta had been keeping a low profile since early May when a pair of lawsuits were filed against the actor by two male masseurs accusing him of sexual battery and harassment.

The lawsuits have since been withdrawn but the accusers have enlisted the services of famed attorney Gloria Allred. Travolta’s attorney has denied all allegations as well as a the story on the cover of the current issue of the National Enquirer that contains the former secretary’s allegations.

Travolta, looking dapper in a black tuxedo with bow tie, smiled widely as he took the stage with Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts to present film clips of MacLaine’s legendary career, according to E!Online.

The actor, whose film classics include Pulp Fiction, Grease, Saturday Night Live and Urban Cowboy, shared with the audience his thoughts on MacLaine who was also feted by Meryl Streep, Sally Field, Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.

Said Travolta: ‘Several years ago, Warren Beatty was talking about a young actress. And I said to him, ‘What was she like?’ And he said, ‘She filled the room with presence like I’ve never seen before.’ And I said, “You know your sister, Shirley? She fills the room with presence.” Travolta then added, ‘She fills the world with presence like no one I’ve ever seen before. And that’s my Shirley. And I love you.’

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“America’s Gaysian Sweetheart” Alec Mapa is among the headliners at LA Pride this weekend

Alec Mapa, best known for his recurring role as fashion reporter Suzuki St. Pierre on ABC’s Ugly Betty, is performing in his first LA Pride this weekend.

It’s a bit surprising since the actor, stand-up comic and self-proclaimed ‘America’s Gaysian Sweetheart’ has long been out and proud and lives in Los Angeles.

‘For an out performer, June is like December if you’re playing Santa Claus or an elf. You get invited to all the Pride events everywhere,’ he tells Rage Monthly. ‘I’d been asked to perform at LA Pride before but this is the first time our schedules finally aligned. I’m absolutely looking forward to it.’

Mapa is reminded that his appearance comes just a few weeks after Queen Latifah appeared in her first Pride event just south of LA in Long Beach.

‘I know, what’s that about?’ he wondered.

It had been widely anticipated that the notoriously private Latifah would come out at the event but she did not.

Mapa doesn’t think she needs to bother saying: ‘Is there anyone who doesn’t think Queen Latifah is a lesbian?’

Mapa’s stand-up material is typically off-color but when he performs Sunday at the Pride festival, he promises ‘I’ll be keeping my language as clean as possible since it’s outdoors.’

‘But I’ll be taking on all the hot topics of our time, meaning gay marriage,’ he added. ‘It amazes me that my relationship and my family are the subject of such debate and division, that some people are scared of us. If those people came to my house, they would see me doing laundry and steaming broccoli and making macaroni and cheese. What’s so scary about that?’

Other stars performing over the weekend are singer Belinda Carlisle, American Idol alum Frenchie Davis, Beverly McCellen of The Voice, and comic Fortune Feimster, among others.

Actress Molly Ringwald is grand marshal of Sunday’s Pride Parade. Also riding in the parade is Chaz Bono who is being honored as person of the year and California Attorney General Kamala Harris, recipient of the George Moscone Ally Award.

More than 400,000 people are expected in West Hollywood throughout the weekend.  Here is a LINK to the full schedule.

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My LA Pride Weekend recommendation: “Get Happy: A Musical Play Celebrating the 90th Birthday of Judy Garland”

This is just the most amazing bit of synergy.

LA’s Pride Weekend begins today and concludes on Sunday which is the same day gay icon Judy Garland would have turned 90.

So where else would you want to find yourself Friday, Saturday or Sunday night than in the audience of Get Happy: A Musical Play Celebrating the 90th Birthday of Judy Garland starring the incomparable Peter Mac.

Peter has been performing as Judy at Peter Mac’s Supper Club inside the the French Market in West Hollywood for much of the year but this is a new show he has put together that includes six wigs and ten costumes that replicate actual moments from Judy’s life.

Margaret O’Brien, who co-starred with Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis, is going to be attending Sunday night’s show.

Peter as Judy (and his very talented partner D.j. Schaefer as Bea Arthur) will be in the media tent at the Pride Festival on Saturday and in the parade on Sunday (riding in a sexy convertible I’m told!).

Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m. with the room opening for dinner at 7 p.m. Sunday’s show will take place at 7 p.m. and open for dinner at 6 p.m.

Those attending Saturday and Sunday will be treated to a cake reception afterward and sing “Happy Birthday” to “Judy”.

To get your tickets, click HERE.

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AIDS LifeCycle: It’s red dress day!

The 2700+ participants in AIDS/LifeCycle 2012, the world’s largest HIV/AIDS fundraising event, are no doubt working hard to complete theoir 545-mile cycling experience from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

But that doesn’t mean they aren’t having plenty of fun along the way!

Thursday was Dress in Red Day (aka “Red Dress Day”) and here are some images of the riders in their special attire. As the story goes, the idea originated from the notion that on Day Five’s winding hills, the riders would appear from afar as a giant red ribbon. Here is a LINK to more pics!

Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of posts this week about AIDS LifeCycle which will conclude Saturday in Westwood.

If you want to ride in next year’s event, you can save $40 on registration by using codes GayStarNews or GIH by Monday, June 11. To register, click HERE.

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Will arrested for murder on “Days of Our Lives”

How the heck is our Will Horton going to meet a nice boyfriend when he’s getting arrested for murder!

Yes, that’s right, Will gets arrested by his own grandfather in the murder of evil Stefano DiMera.

I’m 100 percent sure Will did not do it but the boy does have some explaining to do!

Watch how the arrest unfolds in these scenes from yesterday’s episode of Days of Our Lives.

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Happy 79th birthday to Joan Rivers!

I have loved Joan Rivers since the 80s when I’d stay up late to watch whenever she was hosting The Tonight Show and I’d tape her monologues on my cassette recorder.

This was pre-VCR folks!

Joan is one of the great showbiz survivors who has reinvented herself multiple times and managed to remain relevant.

Joan turns 79 today and she is as busy as ever hosting the weekly Fashion Police show on E! and starring with her daughter Melissa in a reality show on WE called Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best.

I chatted with Joan in January at a luncheon and she told me that through all of her career ups and downs, she has always been able to count on her enormous gay fan base.

‘They were the first ones to laugh at me,’ she said.

Then she added, jokingly: ‘Kathy [Griffin] got the ones I don’t want. She got the ones that don’t have chic apartments.’

Here is some Joan moments from the 60s,70s, 80s and beyond to celebrate her birthday:

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Neil Patrick Harris visits “The Colbert Report”

To promote Sunday night’s Tony Awards which he is hosting, Neil Patrick Harris has been on something of a publicity blitz.

One of his stops this week was The Colbert Report on Comedy Central.

This reunited him with host Stephen Colbert with whom he appeared last year in a three-night Broadway production of the musical Company.

Colbert said he and Harris are ‘kind of friends’ then went on to explain why he considers the openly gay star such a threat.

‘Your threat is you make being gay not seem threatening,’ Colbert explained. ‘It’s almost as if your happiness does not take my happiness away. … That’s your plan, to make gay seem acceptable.’

Colbert added that another reason he finds Harris so threatening is how convincing the actor is playing the womanizing Barney Stinson on the long-running CBS series How I Met Your Mother.

‘If I didn’t know any better, I would think you’re a straight guy – that’s how good an actor you are,’ Colbert said.

When Harris responded by saying, ‘Right on,’ Colbert pointed out that the actor’s casual use of the phrase further validated his point.

‘Only straight guys say, ‘Right on,” Colbert said. ‘Did you just slip into character?’

Replied Harris: ‘Because gay guys say, ‘Damn skippy!”

The Colbert Report
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Your daily fix of “Magic Mike” pics begins!

A whole new batch of still from the male strip flick Magic Mike have been released.

I don’t want to post them all at once because, trust me, you can’t take it. It’s too much beefcake to process.

So let’s just start slowly with a coupla shots of Matthew McConaughey (with Alex Pettyfer, left) and one of Matt Bomer that just leaves me speechless.

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Friday Morning Man: Dov Davidoff!

Not a regular viewer of Chelsea Lately but caught it the other night and instantly developed a crush on Dov Davidoff who is one of the frequent panelists.

He’s funny, smart and HOT!

Dov has had a special on Comedy Central, appeared on Leno, Kimmel and Last Call With Carson Daly and performs regularly in clubs and colleges throughout the country.

He’s also an actor and starred with Mark Wahlberg in the film Invincible and with Jeff Goldblum in the NBC drama Raines.

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How Andy Cohen was traumatized by Eddie Murphy

I’m just beginning to read Andy Cohen new book, Most Talkative.

I was just stunned by a chapter in the book that relives his experience as a closeted high school student who went to an Eddie Murphy concert in the 80s and had to suffer through anti-gay material that his straight friends found hilarious.

I ran out of the arena and into the bathroom where I spent most of the concert in a stall, rocking back and forth wishing and praying that I could somehow unzip my skin and throw it away,’ he writes. ‘I wanted to walk out of that bathroom a completely different person and yet I knew I couldn’t.’

Read more about this traumatic incident detailed in my story posted at Gay Star News.

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Days of Our Lives: Will uses Sonny to test Sami’s acceptance then he is questioned in Stefano’s murder

Will Horton should be in college and planning his future instead of being involved in a murder mystery!

But that is what is playing out right now on Days of Our Lives with the murder of the loathsome Stefano DeMira.

Before the murder plot takes center stage in this episode, Will and Sonny have their first face-to-face meeting in far too long. Sonny is upset when he finds out Will used him to spill the beans about Sami sleeping with EJ.

Will promises, in kind of flirty way, to make it up to Sonny somehow. Hmmmm.

When Sami comes into the coffeehouse, Will turns into a brat and pretends he’s dating Sonny to see if Sami will freak out.

Sonny puts him in his place and you sense that if Will and Sonny do become a couple, Sami will wholeheartedly approve!

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Maria Sharapova makes French Open final for the first time in her career and reclaims #1 ranking

Maria Sharapova is number one in the world again!

It’s been a long road back for the sport’s glamour girl who was ranked number one back in 2008 then suffered serious shoulder injuries that required surgery.

Now 25, Sharapova has been coming on strong for the past 12 months and in today’s semifinals of the French Open, she beat reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in straight sets to advance to the finals against 21st ranked Sara Errani who has been the hottest player on clay this season with three tournament victories.

If she were to win the title, she would become one of six women during the open era (post-1968) to have completed a career grand slam by winning all four major titles. The others are Serena Williams, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Billie Jean King and Margaret Court.

Sharapova was the 2004 Wimbledon champion, the 2006 US Open champion and won the Australian Open in 2008. She was runner-up at Wimbledon last year and at the Australian Open in January.


Cher takes her ageless mom Georgia Holt and son Chaz Bono to meet the president! See her private pics!

It was a family affair last night for Cher as she was accompanied by her ageless mom Georgia Holt – who turns 85 this week! – and son Chaz Bono to the gala fundraiser at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel for President Obama.

Cher shared these pics via Twitter this morning and wrote: ‘I LOVED MEETING PRES! He was Warm,Funny SO SWEET 2 MOM’

She also tweeted about the scene getting ready: ‘B4 these pics,Clothes,Makeup, Flying Everywhere!WE Laughed SO Hard were Falling down!Chaz combing beard in Middle of 5CRAZY Women’

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AIDS LifeCycle 2012: Riders reach half-way point!

Congratulations to the participants in this year’s AIDS LifeCycle who are now past the half-way point of their 545-mile cycling experience from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

They began Sunday in SF and will conclude on Saturday in Westwood.

And by completing this grueling ride, they will have raised over $12.6 million for a very worthy cause.

To see more photos from the road, click HERE.

Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of posts this week about AIDS LifeCycle which will conclude Saturday in Westwood.

If you want to ride in next year’s event, you can save $40 on registration by using codes GayStarNews or GIH by Monday, June 11. To register, click HERE.

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LA fundraiser for President Obama draws Ellen, Cher, Chaz, Jane Lynch, George Takei and more!

LGBT stars and allies feted President Barack Obama in Los Angeles last night at a gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel followed by an exclusive after-party at the home of Glee creator Ryan Murphy.

Obama’s public support of gay marriage last month set the stage for the president to receive a hero’s welcome as he raises money for his election battle against presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

“I could not be prouder of the work that we’ve done on behalf of the LGBT community,” Obama told the sold out crowd of 600 at The Beverly Wilshire.

Among the Hollywood attendees were Cher and son Chaz Bono, performers Ellen DeGeneres and Darren Criss, Glee star Jane Lynch, Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, singer Lance Bass, Will & Grace creator Max Mutchnick, Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Star Trek icon George Takei, Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin, director Paris Barclay, actresses Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, some of the guests donated up to $25,000 each to Obama’s reelection effort for a chance to mingle — and have their picture taken — with the president.

Daily Variety’s Wilshire & Washington blog reports that $3 million was raised at the events.

Black, the Milk and J. Edgar screenwriter who had been critical of Obama before he came out for gay marriage, told Variety: “It is important that we get gay and lesbian people motivated. I think he did it.”

“He stepped on stage and said, ‘Here I am,’ and we said, ‘We heard you.’”

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Neil Patrick Harris talks about hosting the Tonys

Neil Patrick Harris returns as host of The Tony Awards on Sunday and The Hollywood Reporter has a terrific interview with him about it.

Here are a few excerpts:

The Hollywood Reporter: This being your third time hosting the Tonys, does that make it a breeze or even more of a challenge? Neil Patrick Harris: I think in many ways it’s more challenging because I don’t want to just rest on what I’ve done before. So I’m trying to come up with new ways to do things. Thankfully, the meat of the Tony telecast is the performances from the shows, so the awards show kind of creates itself around the season, and then I fill in based on the vibe of the season in general. I’m happy that there’ll be so many legitimately good performances on the show. That was my big worry.

THR: Do you have a favorite moment of the previous two Tony gigs you’ve done?

Harris: I must say I like those closing numbers where we create the song during the show. That rap that I got to do about the winners was both terrifying and kind of exhilarating. I’m still trying to wrap my head around how to do something similar this year without wanting to repeat myself.

THR: So did that taste of being on a New York stage again whet your appetite to come back and perform in another show any time soon?

Harris: I’m chomping at the bit, but I wouldn’t want to replace someone in an existing show. I’d want to do a new show, and the time involvement and commitment in that is at least half a year, if not more. Right now How I Met Your Mother runs longer than the other half of the year, so as soon as we know who the mother is, we’ll probably head East and both David (Harris’ partner David Burtka) and I can try and get back on stage.


Thursday Morning Man: Sean Lowe!

For someone who thinks ABC’s The Bachelorette is such a silly show, I sure seem to be into it this season.

I’ve seen the last two episodes and Emily Maynard is the best bachelorette ever and she’s got some really hunky men competing for her affection – including today’s blond and buff Morning Man Sean Lowe.

Sean is 28 and has duel careers as an insurance agent and a fitness model.

He was born and raised in Irving, Texas, and attended Kansas State University on a full scholarship. He was a linebacker for the football team and graduated in 2006.

A few weeks ago, Maynard’s friends interviewed a few of the bachelors for her to give their input and they seemed to be mighty impressed with Sean (see video below). They aren’t the only ones!

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