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A Merry Christmas card from Chandler Massey

It was awfully nice to get this Christmas card in the mail the other day from a very thoughtful Chandler Massey who plays Will Horton on Days of Our Lives.
Since he included Greg In Hollywood readers in his greeting, I thought I’d share it with everyone along with this terrific new NOH8 Campaign portrait Chandler recently posed for.
Just love the glasses – and the message.
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Today’s Holiday Tune: Darlene Love sings “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on Letterman

The look changes but the voice remains the same as Darlene Love sings Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) on The Late Show David Letterman in 2009, 2005, 2000, and 1995.

I’m not sure of Miss Love, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, appeared on the show this year but her annual holiday appearance is always so well-received.

She performs with such energy and joy. Had to believe that she turned 70 in July.

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Christmas Eve Morning Man: Jake Gyllenhaal!

http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo284/jimmy_doig/Jake-Gyllenhaal-photo-Jarhead.jpgWhat better way to get us into the Christmas spirit than with a sexy and shirtless Jake Gyllenhaal wearing a Santa hat?

In case you don’t recognize them, these photos are stills from Jake’s terrific 2005 film Jarhead.

The movie, directed by Sam Mendes, was based on former Marine Anthony Swofford’s best-selling 2003 book about his pre-Desert Storm experiences in Saudi Arabia and about his experiences fighting in Kuwait.

Jarhead was released during a banner year for Gyllenhaal who also starred with Heath Ledger in the classic love story Brokeback Mountain earning his first Academy Award nomination. His other film that year was Proof opposite Gwyneth Paltrow.

The actor turned 32 this week and continues to choose his roles carefully starring in a strong of quality films in recent years including Zodiac, Rendition, Love and Other Drugs and Brothers.

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See trailer for new season of “Spartacus”

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Spartacus: Vengeance doesn’t premiere on STARZ until Friday, Jan. 27 but the network has just released this exciting new trailer with Liam McIntyre in the title role. He replaces the last Andy Whitfield who died earlier this year.

On the heels of the bloody escape from the House of Batiatus that concluded Spartacus: Blood and Sand, the gladiator rebellion continues and begins to strike fear into the heart of the Roman Republic in Spartacus: Vengeance.

Gaius Claudius Glaber and his Roman troops are sent to Capua to crush the growing band of freed slaves that Spartacus leads before it can inflict further damage.

Spartacus is presented the choice of satisfying his personal need for vengeance against the man that condemned his wife to slavery and eventual death, or making the larger sacrifices necessary to keep his budding army from breaking apart.

Here’s a preview:

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Greg’s Gay Star News: Lance Bass learns; Elizabeth Taylor float; Lesbian Kiss goes viral and more!

Adam Lambert tweets about his arrest

Singing star admits to being ‘embarrassed’ by the incident in Finland but claims media ‘always exaggerates’

Michele Bachmann confronted by ‘gay robot’ in Iowa

Republican presidential hopeful stopped by man dressed as a robot outside restaurant and told: ‘Not only are you a homophobe, you are a robophobe’

The 24-hour education of Lance Bass

Singer has quickly learned about why using the word ‘tranny’ is offensive

Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta and Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell

Female cadet homecoming kiss quickly goes viral

Video of this week’s historic welcome home smooch between two female sailors gets more than 1 million views on YouTube

Elizabeth Taylor to be focus of Rose Parade’s first-ever AIDS float

AIDS Healthcare Foundation to present float in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade to commemorate the late activist

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Snapped! Chaz Bono hits the slopes!

A newly-single Chaz Bono tweeted this photo of himself on the ski slopes in Colorado.

The Dancing With the Stars alum writes: Skiing for the first time in 20 years. Man am I going to be sore tomorrow.

Chaz had tweeted earlier in the week that he was heading to Colorado with stepmom Mary Bono, her husband and Chaz’s brother Chesare.

In January, it will be 14 years that Chaz’s dad, Sonny Bono, was killed in a tragic skiing accident near Lake Tahoe.

Nice to see Chaz back out there enjoying an activity that his father really loved.

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George Michael says he had fear of dying and sends out Merry Christmas tweet to fans[UPDATED]

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So glad to hear that George Michael was able to be released from the hospital in time to celebrate Christmas at home.

The singer talked to reporters this morning outside of his home in London:

“It was basically by far the worst month of my life, but I’m incredibly, incredibly, fortunate to be here and fortunate to have picked up this bug where I did, because apparently the hospital in Austria where they rushed me to was absolutely the best place in the world I could have been. So I have to believe that somebody still thinks I’ve got some work to do here.”

To read more, go to Gay Star News.

UPDATE: George just sent out this tweet:

George Michael
GeorgeMichael George Michael
I’m back and I’m proud, though not very loud…… (which, I assure you, will be temporary!) MERRY XMAS TO ALL OF YOU! ISN’T LIFE GRAND !! X
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Celeb Tweets: Adam Lambert “embarrassed by drunkenness” but media “always exaggerates”

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Violence is not to be taken lightly. Embarrassed by drunkenness. No punches thrown, no injuries and no charges. Media always exaggerates.
Adam Lambert
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Jetlag+Vodka=blackout. Us÷blackout=irrational confusion. jail+guilt+press=lesson learned. Sauli+Adam+hangover burgers= laughing bout it. :)
Ricky Martin
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“We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight” #HappyGlobalOrgasmDayforPeace
Cheyenne Jackson

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Girl #1: <while giving her clearly brand new short ‘do a good shake> “I feel so BRAVE!” Girl #2: <nodding earnestly> “you LOOK brave.”
Madison Hildebrand
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Holiday Friday…it just sounds and feels good. #holidayFriday
Neil Patrick Harris
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There may be nothing more deliciouser than Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream. It’s nirvana.
Alec Mapa

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Vodka turns my brain into an etch a sketch. I can maintain a clear picture so long as I’m not moved.
Kelly Ripa
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Cant believe the kids got so big so fast. Everyone warned me this would happen:(
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Today’s Holiday Tune: The great Joan Baez performs the beautiful “Please Come Home For Christmas”

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Christmas songs seem to sound even more beautiful when they are sung by the legendary Joan Baez. I’m a huge fan of this great singer and, as usual, she is in fine form as she performs the gem Please Come Home For Christmas.

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“I Love Lucy” Friday: The Christmas Episode!

This is the one and only Christmas episode from the series and it was not aired in syndication. But several years ago, it emerged on video and parts of it are colorized.

The I Love Lucy Christmas Show, originally aired on Christmas Eve in 1956, and it’s actually a themed clip show.

As Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethyl get things ready for Little Ricky’s Christmas, they share memories (and clips) about the events that led up to his birth, from the classic episode where Lucy told Ricky she was pregnant (not that they could use the word “pregnant” on TV in 1956) to the episode where he’s born.

The framing sequence is where all the Christmas content is, and it’s really good, with Fred struggling with the Christmas tree and Lucy struggling to defend her singing ability… then we get a surprise guest-star at the end.

Here is the episode – colorized – in its entirety:

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Friday Morning Man: Michael Owen!

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Today’s Morning Man is an English professional soccer player who plays the position of striker for the Manchester United team.

He’s 32-year-old Michael Owen who burst onto the international soccer scene in 1998 playing in World Cup. He is England’s seventh most-capped player and has scored a national record of 26 competitive goals, with 40 in total from 89 appearances, most recently in 2008.

Before joining Manchester United in 2009, Owen played for Newcastle United, Real Madrid and Liverpool.

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Greg’s Gay Star News: Lance Bass says “tranny” on air; Don Lemon on his future; Zach Wahls is YouTube champ and more!

Lance BassGood evening all!
Hope everyone is having a good week and in a good place heading into the weekend and the Christmas holiday.
All my presents are wrapped (did it while listening to the phenomenal Michael Buble Christmas album last night – I HIGHLY recommend!) and it’s a good thing because it’s been another busy day over at Gay Star News.
Here are stories I worked on today and I hope you’ll check them out!

Lance Bass uses the word ‘trannies’ on television

Former member of ‘N Sync later tweets that he ‘didn’t know it was a bad word now … Sorry if I offended anyone by using that word’

CNN anchor Don Lemon pondering his next move

The openly gay newsman is uncertain of his professional future: ‘I don’t know what will happen when my contract comes up’

http://www.passportmagazine.com/blog/uploads/zach-wahls.jpgZach Wahlis has year’s most watched political clip on YouTube

College student defended his two moms before Iowa legislators and footage of his moving comments has received 18.5 million views so far

NHL executive carries on late gay son’s message of acceptance

Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke says there’s no room for homophobia in pro hockey, sports or ‘anywhere’

No more health care in Michigan for some domestic partners

GOP governor Rick Snyder signs into law a bill that ends coverage

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Today’s Holiday Tune: Naya Rivera, as Santana, performs “Santa Baby” in deleted scene from “Glee”

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog_post_349_width/2011/09/32931510001174345_a_p.jpgI can’t imagine why this gorgeous number was cut from last week’s holiday episode of Glee but, thankfully, it has been made available for us to enjoy online.

Here is Naya Rivera, so, so good as lesbian cheerleader Santana, performing Santa Baby in a department store during a shopping trip with Finn (Cory Monteith).

All the guys in the store are transfixed by the sexy Santana but her heart belongs to Brittany.

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“Carol Channing: Larger Than Life” will hit theaters in Los Angeles and New York on Jan. 20

A scene from <i>Carol Channing: Larger Than Life</i><br> (© Peter James Zielinski)I’m so glad more people will get to see one of my favorite documentaries from this year: Carol Channing: Larger Than Life which is opening theatrically is Los Angeles and New York on Jan. 20 with wider release to follow.

I’m a huge fan of this three-time Tony Award winning legend who has been enchanting audiences since the 1940s with such signature roles as Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!
But I had no idea how much I would absolutely love this film which I saw at a special screening last June with Miss Channing herself present. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and also screened at Outfest in the summer.
We are treated to a treasure trove of clips from film and television performances – some very rare – and wonderful interviews with Miss Channing as she walks around the Broadway theater district and back in San Francisco where she grew up. It is so very sweet to see her and husband Harry Kullijian go down memory lane. They were junior high school sweethearts, spent more than 60 years apart before reuniting and marrying eight years ago.
“Every time he kisses me, I think I’m 12 years old again,” she says in the film.

In addition to Channing and her husband, the film includes interviews with Jerry Herman, Lily Tomlin, Chita Rivera, Barbara Walters, Tommy Tune, Tyne Daly, Debbie Reynolds, Phyllis Diller, Loni Anderson, JoAnne Worley and Bruce Vilanch.

Says Tomlin in the film: “When someone is so alive and in the moment, it takes your breath away.”

We learn some things about Miss Channing that we didn’t know before: Her first onscreen kiss was to be with Clint Eastwood in the 1956 film The First Traveling Saleslady. The two practiced and choreographed their clinch and finally filmed it but it got cut from the film!
We also find out that the legend about Channing never, ever missing a performance is not completely true: she once missed half a show on the road with Hello Dolly! when she became ill with food poisoning and began to throw up on the stage.
She also was being treated for ovarian cancer during a national tour of the show but never missed a show because of it. She explains: “That’s the road and it’s sacred to me – sacred.”
It is fascinating to hear her and Herman recall how Dolly got terrible reviews on the road before its Broadway debut. When he came up with the number Before the Parade Passes By, which greatly elevated the show and tied the story together, he woke Channing up at 3 a.m. at the hotel where the company was staying and had her sing it. They then woke up director David Merrick.

The film is written and edited by Adam Zucker. Director of Photography is Rob Vanalkemade and music is by Craig Sharmat. The film was co-produced by B. Harlan Boll.

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Celeb Tweets: Neil Patrick Harris feeling magical; Gerald McCullouch shops! Bette has song stuck in head!

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Had an amazing night at the @magiccastle tonight. 1st time for @jessetyler and others. Great magic, awesome crowd. Proud to be president.

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I love buying Christmas presents for people! Especially when that people is myself.
Gerald McCullouch
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WTH am I doing at a mall days before Xmas?! Lord. I have officially become ‘one of them’.
Sandra Bernhard
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on the move all around manhattan where else do you want to be for the holidays? loving it.
Lance Bass
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Let the travel day from hell begin! Already delayed an hour- and only have an hour layover in Dallas. Fa la la la la… La la la la
Johnny Weir
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There’s nothing funnier than watch 2 middle aged men fight over who got in line first at the grocery store. #clashofthetitans
Bette Midler

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I hold the record for SONG STUCK IN HEAD longest. 33 days on ‘BILLS, BILLS, BILLS’. Thank you, Destiny’s Child.
Gavin Creel
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should we be nervous that Christmas is in three days and it feels like August outside? just saying #letsgetglobalwarmingfiguredoutmkay?
Cheyenne Jackson
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I feel like getting my wassailing on.
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Adam Lambert gets arrested!

Tsk Tsk.

Just as he’s releasing a new single, Adam Lambert has gotten himself into some trouble in, of all place, Finland!

The singing superstar a fight with his boyfriend outside of a gay bar in Helsinki.

You can read all about it over at Gay Star News.

Blogger Perez Hilton broke the news and has just added this Tweet:

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@adamlambert Last time you got that drunk you were punching holes in the ceiling at La Cita in LA. Maybe you should cut back or quit booze.
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Thursday Morning Man: Carlos Ferro!

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_5Lf1TOwDu_c/S37u2svTnMI/AAAAAAAAG8w/03DvRO--X5k/s400/CARLOS+FERRO.jpgI don’t know about you, but this guy is so beautiful that he takes my breath away.

He’s Carlos Ferro and up until the other day, I had never heard of him, never seen him. But boy, he is most certainly on my radar now!

He is a 27-year-old television actor from Mexico entered the world of acting when he appeared in a minor part in the TV series Aventuras en el Tiempo. In the following years, he starred in several minor roles in TV series such as Dame chocolate, Encadenados, and Rebelde.

Ferro’s acting career started to gain notice in his native Mexico by 2009 when he played the character of Gregorio in Telemundo’s top-rated soap opera, Mas Sabe el Diablo.

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Greg’s Gay Star News: Pat Robertson says you can “un-acquire” gayness while Rick Santorum insists he has ‘nothing against gays’

Happy hump day everyone!

It’s been a very busy week posting stories for Gay Star News and I wanted to provide you with links to some of today’s items. I hope you will check them all out starting with a doozy involving Pat Robertson!

Pat Robertson says it is possible to ‘un-acquire’ gayness

Host of Christian television show The 700 Club tells a father on the air that a happy heterosexual relationship is still possible for his gay son

Rick Santorum says he has ‘nothing against gays’

Republican presidential hopeful insists his opposition to marriage equality is matter of ‘public policy’ and ‘not a personal attack.’

Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta and Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell

Two female cadets share historic kiss at Navy homecoming

Doctors ‘optimistic’ about George Michael’s health

The hospitalized pop star is recovering from serious bout with pneumonia but he may not be able to celebrate Christmas at home

Lloyd didn’t have to work hard to get Streep to portray Thatcher

Lesbian director says playing Margaret Thatcher over 35 year span in ‘The Iron Lady’ is ‘a gargantuan undertaking for any actor

It’s GLAAD and HRC versus ABC over ‘Work It’

LGBT groups confirm plans to meet with network and place in Daily Variety saying sitcom is ‘harmful’ to transgender people and should never be aired

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The legendary Diana Ross to receive long overdue Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in February

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http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/252/43497975.pngIt is criminal that in her long and hugely successful recording career, Diana Ross has never won a Grammy.

I mean, even Hillary Rodham Clinton has a Grammy!

This huge oversight will finally be rectified this year when the great star receives the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy. She will be presented with the honor an invitation-only ceremony to be held on Feb. 11 and will be acknowledged during the Grammy Awards telecast the next night.

I certainly hope they allow Miss Ross to take the stage and make a speech and show clips or better yet, ask her to perform. Too often, musical legends are just asked to stand as the audience applauds.

We want more!

Miss Ross has won eight American Music Awards but never the Grammy despite 12 nominations. Her recording career has spanned nearly 50 years.  She enjoyed 12 number one hits as lead singer of The Supremes including Baby Love, Reflections, Stop! In the Name of Love and You Can’t Hurry Love then went on to have six number one singles as a solo artist including Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Love Hangover, Do You Know Where You’re Going To and Endless Love.

In addition to Miss Ross, other Lifetime Achievement honorees will include the Allman Brothers Band, Glen Campbell, Antonio Carlos Jobim, George Jones, the Memphis Horns, and Gil Scott-Heron.

Let’s enjoy some of my favorite Diana Ross performances to celebrate her Grammy:


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Calling it ‘harmful’ to transgender people, GLAAD and HRC ratchet up pressure on ABC not to air “Work It”

It’s been said that any publicity is good publicity but I’m not so sure that’s the case with the growing controversy over the ABC sitcom Work It.

GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign have stepped-up pressure on the network to yank the sitcom about two men who decide to impersonate women to land jobs in pharmaceutical sales.

It is scheduled to premiere on Jan. 3. I’ve just posted a story on Gay Star News about the controversy and an ad the groups have placed in today’s Daily Variety.

Check it out!

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