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

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 and find us at

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


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


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)


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


Albert Nobbs / Liddell Entertainment

Beginners / Focus Features

Pariah / Focus Features

Tomboy / Rocket Releasing

Weekend / IFC Films


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


Justin Bieber: Never Say Never / Paramount

Kaboom / Desperate Pictures

The Muppets / Disney

Thor / Paramount

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 / Summit


50/50 / Summit Entertainment

Insidious / FilmDistrict

Jane Eyre / Focus Features

Warrior / Lionsgate

Win Win / Fox Searchlight


American Horror Story / FX

Downton Abbey / PBS

Homeland / Showtime

Mildred Pierce / HBO

The Good Wife / CBS


Modern Family / ABC

Louie / FX

30 Rock / NBC

The Big Bang Theory / CBS

Happy Endings / ABC


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


Bryan Cranston / Breaking Bad / AMC

Claire Danes / Homeland / Showtime

Jessica Lange / American Horror Story / FX

Kate Winslet / Mildred Pierce / HBO

Madeleine Stowe / Revenge / ABC


American Horror Story / FX

Happy Endings / ABC

Modern Family / ABC

RuPaul’s Drag Race / Logo

True Blood / HBO


American Horror Story / FX

Hot In Cleveland / TV Land

Revenge / ABC

The A List New York / Logo

True Blood / HBO


Enlightened / HBO

Happy Endings / ABC

Louie / FX

Pan Am / ABC

Parenthood / NBC

Suburgatory / ABC


Elizabeth Olsen

Jessica Chastain

Melissa McCarthy

Michael Fassbender

Tom Hardy


Kathy Griffin

Kristen Wiig

Louis C.K.

Rachel Maddow

The Staff Writers of Happy Endings

Betty White


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!’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.


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!


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! 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.’


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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Ricky Gervais makes thinly-veiled Jodie Foster lesbian joke during Golden Globes monologue Jodie Foster gets nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Carnage and shows up for the ceremony at The Beverly Hilton with her two young sons.

Host Ricky Gervais, who offended just about the entire ballroom last year, takes the stage and inexplicably draws Foster into thick of it in the first 60 seconds: “I musn’t mention Mel Gibson this year. Not his private life, his politics, his recent films, and especially not Jodie Foster’s “Beaver.” I haven’t seen it myself. I’ve spoken to a lot of guys who haven’t seen it either. But doesn’t mean it’s not any good.”

I thought it was the most horrendous moment of the evening.

Foster is as out or in as she wants to be. That’s her right. But why should she, or anyone, be put in that position – camera in their face – in front of an international audience?

I hope the Hollywood Foreign Press has gotten this whole Gervais thing out of their system and gets a new host or just goes back when there was no host.

He adds absolutely nothing meaningful to the evening.


Meryl Streep wins Golden Globe for “The Iron Lady”

Another award for the trophy cabinet ... Meryl Streep won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama for <i>The Iron Lady</i>. was the eighth Golden Globe win for Meryl Streep but the first time the greatest living actress had her speech hurried along by the orchestra.

Streep managed to hold off Critics Choice Award winner Viola Davis to win the Globe for her performance as former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

Streep forgot to bring her glasses to the stage so could not go with a prepared speech. She initially struggled to remember all the her fellow nominees beyond Glenn Close and Viola Davis but eventually rallied. Then she had to hurry to thank director Phyllida Lloyd and others connected to the film when the orchestra began to try and play her off.

“I just want to thank my agent and God — Harvey Weinstein, the punisher,” she concluded to much laughter and applause.

Backstage, Streep told reporters: “It was interesting to look at the human being behind the headline and imagine to look at a life so huge and controversial and ground-breaking in the winter of a life, and to have a compassionate view with someone I disagree.”

When asked if there were any other famous women she wanted to play, Streep said: “If the story is interesting, it doesn’t matter if it’s a waitress or a queen. I’m  happy to play people with challenges. I’m happy to keep working.”

Streep’s previous Globe wins were for Kramer vs. Kramer, The French Lieutenants Woman, Sophie’s Choice, Adaptation, Angels in America, The Devil Wears Prada and Julie & Julia. She has been nominated a total of 26 times.

It remains to be seen whether the Globe win will help Streep win an elusive third Academy Award. She won in 1980 for Kramer vs. Kramer and for Sophie’s Choice in 1983 and has since lost 12 consecutive times.


Golden Globe Awards: The Winners!

Here is the full list of winners from tonight’s Golden Globe Awards:

— Best Picture, Drama: The Descendants

— Best Picture, Musical or Comedy: The Artist

— Best Actor, Drama: George Clooney, The Descendants

— Best Actress, Drama: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

— Best Director: Martin Scorsese, Hugo

— Best Actor, Musical or Comedy: Jean Dujardin, The Artist

— Best Actress, Musical or Comedy: Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

— Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

— Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help

— Best Foreign Language: A Separation

— Best Animated Film: The Adventures of Tintin

— Best Screenplay: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

— BestOriginal Score: Ludovic Bource, The Artist

— Best Original Song: Masterpiece (music and lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry)


—Best Drama: Homeland

— Best Musical or Comedy: Modern Family

— Best Actor, Drama: Kelsey Grammer, Boss

— Best Actress, Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland

— Best Actress, Musical or Comedy: Laura Dern, Enlightened

— Best Actor, Musical or Comedy: Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

— Best Miniseries or Movie: Downton Abbey

— Best Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce

— Best Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Idris Elba, Luther

— Best Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

— Best Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones


Elton John’s miserable night at Golden Globes

It all started with a truly offensive joke by Ricky Gervais’ about Jodie Foster and The Beaver.

Elton John was so clearly not amused.

Then, he loses the best original song from a motion picture to, of all people, Madonna!

Elton clearly did not rehearse his polite losers face. He looked as if he wanted to leap onto the stage and pry the award out of her hand!

Then Gervais made it all worse awhile later when he introduced Madonna as a presenter but before saying her name he said the next presenter is “the queen of pop. … Not YOU Elton!”

Elton appeared to give a courtesy laugh.

But finally, we got a smile out of Elton when Cecil B. Demille Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Morgan Freeman was giving his acceptance speech and, out of the blue, said hello to Elton.

Finally, the Rocket Man smiled for real.

Update: Backstage, Madonna was asked how it feels to beat Elton John.

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

Madonna at the Golden Globes


Christopher Plummer wins Golden Globe for performance as a gay man in “Beginners”

Actor Christopher Plummer poses backstage with the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for the film <i>Beginners</i>.

Christopher Plummer continued his awards season domination by winning the Golden Globe Award for best supporting actor in a motion picture for Beginners.

He plays a gay man who comes out near the end of his life in the film in which Ewan McGregor plays his son.

In his speech, Plummer said of McGregor: “I want to salute my partner, Ewan — that wily Scott . …. That scene-stealing swine.”

Backstage, Plummer told reporters: “Gay characters are human beings. we’re all exactly the same. That’s the reason I played it the way I did, not as a caricature. They’re a part of our society since the Egyptians, the Greeks – it’s part of the human condition. I know there is a lot of antigay sentiment in our society at the moment and I abhor it.”

Plummer, who also won the Critics Choice Award a few days ago, appears to be the strongest front-runner of any category the Academy Award.


Celeb Tweets: Golden Globes Edition!
Bill Maher
billmaher Bill Maher
Love the #GoldenGlobes – the one night of the year Americans give a shit what foreigners think
Bill Maher
billmaher Bill Maher
Stars at #GoldenGlobes right now terrified #RickyGervais will insult them – or even worse, not mention them
Alec Mapa
AlecMapa Alec Mapa
And the award for most glamorous lesbian goes to Jodie Foster. Represent sister!! #eredcarpet
Alec Mapa
AlecMapa Alec Mapa
BREAKING : Charlize Theron just stepped on Ryan Seacrest. Claims it was an accident. #eredcarpet
Alec Mapa
AlecMapa Alec Mapa
Angelina Jolie – Flawless . I’m hoping her telekenisis kicks in and she makes shit start flying. #Eredcarpet
Alec Mapa
AlecMapa Alec Mapa
Hearing Ryan Seacrest discuss Bosnia is almost as entertaining as watching him pretend to give a shit about Bosnia. #Eredcarpet
Alec Mapa
AlecMapa Alec Mapa
Brad Pitt just hugged David Duchovny . I wonder if he knows how enormous his penis is. #Eredcarpet
Alec Mapa
AlecMapa Alec Mapa
My husband hates David Duchovny because he was handsy during the making of Connie and Carla. #letitgo #eredcarpet
Dustin Lance Black
DLanceBlack Dustin Lance Black
Best of luck to Leo at the Golden Globes tonight!
Kelly Osbourne
MissKellyO Kelly Osbourne
Jane Linch looks the best I have ever seen her! #eredcarpet
Chord Overstreet
chordoverstreet Chord Overstreet
On my way to the globes! Gonna be a fun night!!
Sandra Bernhard
SandraBernhard Sandra Bernhard
dame helen mirren gorgeous! always sexy bawdy not giving a slog!
Brad Goreski
mrbradgoreski Brad Goreski

For those of you asking, I did style jessica alba for the Golden Globes this evening in Gucci and Bulgari jewels

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Lunch Break Videos: Meryl Streep’s Golden Globe moments – will she win again tonight?’m going on record as saying if Meryl Streep does not win the Academy Award this year for her astonishing performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, the awards themselves will lose a tremendous amount of credibility.

In so many years past, the great Streep has been passed over because it she won two Oscars early in her career, been nominated a record number of times, and it is someone else’s turn.

Well, it’s been nearly 30 years since her win  for Sophie’s Choice and Iron Lady is her greatest performance since then in a career of great performances.

Streep lost the Critics Choice Award to Viola Davis (The Help) a few nights ago and the two go head-to-head again at tonight’s Golden Globe Awards.

It is my hope that Streep will prevail and that a Davis momentum will not develop the way it did the year Kate Winslet won for The Reader (over Streep for Doubt) and especially two years ago when Sandra Bullock somehow won for The Blind Side over Streep far superior performance in Julie & Julia.

The Golden Globes have been generous to Streep in the recent past with wins for Adaptation, Angels in America, The Devil Wears Prada and Julie & Julia.

Let’s hope they do so again tonight. Here are videos of Miss Streep’s most recent four Golden Globe wins. She’s won a total of seven and been nominated 26 times in all.


Matt Bomer and Matthew Morrison join “8″

I’m sure they will be wearing shirts for this project but hey, why not a little beefcake to share this news: Matt Bomer and Matthew Morrison have joined George Clooney in the cast of the West Coast premier of Dustin Lance Black’s play, 8, in Los Angeles. broke the news exclusively this morning.

This is shaping up, already, as the best looking cast in the history of Los Angeles theater!


Gay teen on Showtime’s “Shameless” growing up

The second episode of season 2 of Showtime’s Shameless premieres tonight.

Fans of the show are familiar with gay teen Ian, who is tough, street smart and quite sexually active.

Well, we learned during the TV Critics Winter Press Tour a few days ago that Ian’s love life will heat up. That’s because the actor you plays him, Cameron Monaghan, is now 18.

“We were wanting to be realistic about those lifestyles choices he was making,” Executive Producer John Wells told us. ‘Literally there is a federal law which we were shown by Warner Bros. legal department.’

Wells promises ‘we see him engaged romantically with a man.’

To read more about it, see my piece in Gay Star News!

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Showtune Sunday: Angela Lansbury’s gorgeous rendition of the title song from “Beauty and the Beast”

The 1991 Disney animated classic Beauty and the Beast is back in theaters again this weekend – only this time in 3D! The great Angela Lansbury voiced the role of Mrs. Potts in the film which was a nominee for best picture. One of her best scenes is when she performs the beautiful theme song from the film. Below is video of the five-time Tony winner performing it in concert.


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Morning Man Classic: Robert Hays!

Robert Hays was a huge star in the 80s after the movie Airplane came out and became a huge hit. He portrayed a goofy pilot named Ted Striker.

The boyishly handsome actor also starred opposite Donna Pescow in the ABC sitcom Angie.

He went on to star in such films as Take This Job and Shove It, Scandalous and The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything. His other TV roles include the starring roles in three more TV series: Starman, FM and Kelly Kelly opposite Shelly Long. Hays also had a recurring role in That 70s Show.

Hays (pictured with Kristy McNichol at the Oscars decades ago) is now 64 and his most recent film role was in 2008′s Superhero Movie.

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Saturday Night Video: Joan Crawford slaps the hell out of Rick Santorum for his anti-gay views to Gay Carrington for sending his video to me the other day.

It. Is. Hilarious.

It shows Rick Santorum giving an interview to Chris Wallace of Fox News and the GOP presidential hopeful is sharing some anti-gay views.

Well, Joan Crawford likes that as much as she likes wire hangers and just starts slapping him silly. There is something about the way the slaps are timed that just cracks me up every time I watch it.

I’m not alone. The video now has more than 23,000 views on YouTube in less than a week!


Celeb Tweets: Weekend Edition!

Kristin Chenoweth
KChenoweth Kristin Chenoweth
@rosie !!!! Congrats on your engagement girl!!! I LOVE U!!
Sean Maher
Sean_M_Maher Sean Maher
Holy sh*t. Do yourself a favor and see Pariah. @kimwayans is extraordinary and the film resonated so strongly with me. #PARIAHmovie
Alan Cumming
Alancumming Alan Cumming
I just realized that the number of followers I have on twitter is the same as the number of vodka sodas I had last night #alwayshydrate
Kathy Griffin
kathygriffin Kathy Griffin
OMG, my Mom Maggie lost her shiz that I didn’t win Peeps Choice! “WERE ALL THE VOTERS 14? I WASTED 2 PRECIOUS HOURS OF MY LIFE”
Ross Mathews
helloross Ross Mathews
I’m very proud & happy with my career, but WHY am I NOT hosting Miss America?!? I’m watching it now & vowing to host it one day. Promise. :)
Cheyenne Jackson
cheyennejackson Cheyenne Jackson
To the guy who dramatically flings himself against the elevator wall in horror every time he see my dog…..SHE’S STILL BIG
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RuPaul not offended by use of word “tranny” have been several controversies that have surfaced in recent months regarding transgender humor.

But RuPaul tells Huffington Post that everyone is overreacting.

On ABC’s sitcom Work It (canceled on Saturday), which was protested by GLAAD and others due to its portrayal of two men masquerading as women to get jobs, RuPaul said: “Don’t take life so seriously… We live in a culture where everyone is offended by everything.”

On Lance Bass apologizing after using the word “tranny” while hosting Access Hollywood Live: “It’s ridiculous! It’s ridiculous!… I love the word “tranny”…And I hate the fact that he’s apologized. I wish he would have said, ‘F-you, you tranny jerk!’”

Well, okay then.

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