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Celeb Tweets: Michelle Obama at DNC Edition

Ricky Martin Ricky Martin ‏@ricky_martin Such a beautiful and powerful speech!!! Real! Honest! Emotional! Passionate! Thank you First Lady @MichelleObama
Anderson Cooper Anderson Cooper ‏@andersoncooper I’ve never heard such a well delivered speech by a first lady ever
Andrew Rannells Andrew Rannells ‏@AndrewRannells GD I love Michelle Obama! Well done, First Lady! Well done!
Cher Cher ‏@cher OMG! Just Watched Michelle Obama Speak & am Completely Overwhelmed!She Was Amazing! She is Truly a”FIRST LADY”! A Woman to Admire & Emulate!
Sandra Bernhard Sandra Bernhard ‏@SandraBernhard try and top that my friends she brought the love @MichelleObama #dnc2012
Rory O'Malley Rory O’Malley ‏@RoryOMalley My god #MichelleObama was amazing!!!!!!
octavia spencer octavia spencer ‏@octaviaspencer The #DNC2012 exemplified the diversity in our country. #FLOTUS speech spoke to all who dare to dream!
Wilson Cruz Wilson Cruz ‏@wcruz73 “…success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – First Lady Michelle Obama
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Happy Birthday to Phillip P. Keene!

It’s a short list of actors who have played the same character in two different TV series.

There’s Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane in Cheers and Frasier, Carroll O’Connor as Archie Bunker in All in the Family and Archie Bunker’s Place, and Ed Asner in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant and, of course, Valerie Harper as Rhoda Morgenstern in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda.

Oh! One more! Delta Burke as Suzanne Sugarbaker in Designing Women and Women of the House (nobody bring up Jonie Loves Chachi, please!).

Now we can add Phillip P. Keene as Buzz Watson to that list!

Okay, we can also add most of his castmates from TNT’s The Closer who have just begun appearing in the spinoff series Major Crimes.

But we single out because today is his birthday, because he’s super handsome and because he’s an openly gay actor who quietly goes about doing his job.

What’s really cool is that on Major Crimes, Phillip is getting more screen time as Buzz and that is something longtime fans of his have wanted to see.

Happy birthday to Phillip!

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Melissa Etheridge releases new album!

Melissa Etheridge’s career has spanned nearly 25 years and she is still going strong.

The Grammy and Oscar winning star released her latest album, 4th Street Feeling, this week.

Her signature smoky voice takes on such songs as Kansas City, Falling Up, and I Can Wait.

“This has been my favorite, most enjoyable time in the studio. I believed in myself more in this album than I ever have,” she told Rolling Stone in July.

Below is a behind the scenes look at Falling Up:

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Wednesday Morning Man: Patrick J. Adams!

If you are a fan of USA Network’s series Suits, then you are already aware of today’s Morning Man Patrick J. Adams who is best known for playing Mike Ross on the show.

Patrick is just 31 and was born and raised in Canada. He moved to Los Angeles to attend USC where he earned a theater degree.

He went on to land a series of guest spots on such TV series as Cold Case, Jack and Bobby, Lost, Friday Night Lights, Without a Trace, Commander in Chief, Heartland, Ghost Whisperer, NCIS, Cupid and Raising the Bar, among others.

Patrick has also done some films including the indie gem Weather Girl which I saw at the LA Film Festival a few years ago.

He juggled his Suits job for awhile with the recurring role of Nathan Israel on HBO’s Luck.

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Actor Kal Penn describes President Obama as a boss who is “cool with people getting gay married”

We know him best from the Harold & Kumar movies and from the TV series House.

But Kal Penn took some time off from his acting career to work in The White House for the Obama administration as associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.

So it was no big surprise to see him at the Democratic National Convention tonight. I loved his appearance – especially when he said “my favorite job was having a boss who gave the order to take out bin Laden, and who’s cool with all of us getting gay-married.”

He added: “So thank you, invisible man in the chair for that.”

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See LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s NOH8 photo!

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in the spotlight this week at the Democratic National Convention of which he is the chairman.

It’s nice to have such a high-profile politician so firmly in favor of LGBT equality throughout the years.

Villaraigosa showed that again by posing for the NOH8 marriage equality campaign.

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Ellen DeGeneres gets star on Walk of Fame!

A big congratulations to Ellen DeGeneres for receiving a much-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame earlier today.

“It is amazing. I spent my entire career trying to conduct myself in a certain way making sure no one walks all over me only to get to a point where people are going to walk all over me,” she said during the ceremony. “It means so much to me that everyone showed up.”

Ellen was joined by her wife Portia de Rossi at the ceremony as well as her mother Betty DeGeneres.

Taking part in the ceremony were fellow television personalities Jimmy Kimmel and Ryan Seacrest.

Ellen’s was the 2,477th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of television and is located in front of the W Hollywood Hotel.


Hank Williams Jr. calls President Obama ‘Muslum president who loves gays’

This is pretty unbelievable.

Hank Williams Jr. launched into a tirade over the weekend while performing at the Stockyards Music Festival in Texas during which he maligned President Barack Obama and gays.

He said to the crowd: ‘We’ve got a Muslim for a president who hates cowboys, hates cowgirls, hates fishing, hates farming, loves gays, and we hate him!’

Alec Baldwin, incensed by the remarks, took to Twitter Tuesday to give the singer a piece of his mind: ‘If Hank Williams Jr. wasn’t such a pathetic, wheezing fossil, I’d have a talk with him.’

He later added: ‘I think we need to call Hank Williams Jr. what he is … A broken-down, senile, racist coot.’

According to the Dallas Morning News, Williams had earlier in the concert made fun of what he called ‘queer guitar pickers’ while performing the song All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down.

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Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu found not guilty of wrong-doing and wins primary election

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, whose messy split from an ex-boyfriend ended his campaign for US Congress, has had some major good news in recent days.

Babeu last week easily fended off three challengers in the Republican primary in his bid to retain his current job.

Babeu received 61 percent of the 11,208 votes cast. He will next face Democrat Kevin Taylor of Maricopa and independent Ty Morgan of Florence in the November 6 general election.

Babeu was first elected sheriff in 2008 and was a rising Republican star on a national level and was even chairman the Mitt Romney’s presidential effort in Arizona.

Then in February, Phoenix New Times ran a story in which Babeau’s ex-boyfriend, Jose Orozco, accused the lawman of asking him to sign an agreement not to publicly discuss their relationship. When the offer was refused, he said Babeu, and his lawyer, allegedly threatened him with deportation.

He has been cleared of the allegations. Arizona Solicitor General Dave Cole states that Orozco’s allegations ‘are not supported by the facts.’

Babeu was propelled into the national spotlight after the accusations from Orozco surfaced. He said an interview with CNN in February: ‘Political consultants told me ‘Paul, this could come out.’ I said, ‘You know what? People have threatened me my whole life. I’m not motivated by negativity and threats. I’m motivated by the positive.’

In March, Orozco filed a legal claim against Babeu and the Pinal County Board of Supervisors indicating that he intends to seek $1 million in damages alleging abuse of power, malicious prosecution, conspiracy, defamation and other civil-rights violations.

Orozco has said he is in the US on a 10-year tourist visa and that Babeu never asked him his legal status despite the lawman’s strong political stance against illegal immigration.

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Wilson Cruz joins the staff of GLAAD!

This sounds like a great fit!

Wilson Cruz is joining the staff of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation as its Strategic Giving Officer.

Cruz begins work today  as part of GLAAD’s development team as he works to help to fund the organization’s work amplifying LGBT stories.

‘From Spanish-language media to sports, Hollywood to the newsroom, GLAAD shares the stories and sparks the discussions that make the world a better place for LGBT people everywhere,’ he said in a statement. ‘I am proud and excited to grow this culture-changing work.’

Wilson first came to fame in his teens as one of the stars of the 1994-95 ABC series My S0-Called Life. He went on to recurring roles on series Party of Five, Noah’s Arc and Raising the Bar and appeared in the films johns, All Over Me, Party Monster, Coffee Date, The Ode, Bam Bam and Celeste, He’s Just Not That Into You and new romantic comedy The People I’ve Slept With.

Wilson also is one of the lead voices in the animated series Rick and Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in the World and played Angel early in the run of the original Broadway production of Rent as well as in the Los Angeles production of that show.

GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said of Cruz: ‘Throughout his career, [he] has been a strong advocate for LGBT Americans. His work in film and television, as well as his commitment to supporting local and national LGBT organizations exemplifies GLAAD’s mission to move LGBT equality forward.’

Cruz’s involvement in GLAAD dates back 17 years. In 1995, he accepted the GLAAD Media Award on behalf of My So-Called Life. Two years later, he joined GLAAD’s Board of Directors and in 2008, GLAAD honored him with its Visibilidad Award.


Celeb Tweets: Ellen getting her star on Walk of Fame; Chris Colfer’s book news and more!

Ellen DeGeneres Ellen DeGeneres ‏@TheEllenShow I’m getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today at 11am. Come watch me! Also, I’d love a ride home. 6270 Hollywood Blvd.
Chris Colfer Chris Colfer ‏@chriscolfer I’m happy to report #TheLandofStories will be translated into many languages for several countries around the world! Super exciting!
Cheyenne Jackson Cheyenne Jackson ‏@cheyennejackson I just tipped my baseball hat to a well-dressed older lady. It was completely involuntary. What am I, a cowboy?
Naya Rivera Naya Rivera ‏@NayaRivera Early morning back at McKinley for some sweet serenade time with Brittany.
Bette Midler Bette Midler ‏@BetteMidler I think it may be time for a national juice cleanse. Can we get any fuller of shit??

I still can’t get over that Clint Eastwood talked to a chair!

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Tuesday Morning Men: Bob and Mike Bryan!

If Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan can win the doubles title at this year’s US Open, it will be the 12th grand slam crown of their hall of fame careers.

These amazing twins are 34 and have already established themselves as one of the greatest doubles teams of all time – of not the best. By winning the gold medal at the 2012 London Games, they achieved the career golden slam because they had already won the French Open (2003), five Australian Opens, three US Opens and two Wimbledons.

The Bryans have been ranked number one longer than anyone else in doubles history, have won a record 78 titles, have finished as the ATP year-end number 1 doubles team a record 7 times, and have won more matches than any other team in history.

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US Open: Roger Federer reaches 34th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal when Mardy Fish defaults

It’s an amazing thing that Roger Federer on Monday reached his 34th consecutive quarterfinal at a grand slam tournament.

How amazing is this? The second-longest quarterfinal streak of any active player belongs to Novak Djokovic who has reached 13 straight.

But there was nothing amazing about the way that Federer accomplished this: his fourth round opponent, Mardy Fish, dropped out before the start of their match because of an accelerated heartbeat.

“I am really sorry for Mardy. I just want to wish him a speedy recovery,” Federer said in a statement issued by the tournament. “We all want to see him back on tour soon.”

Federer, who has won five of his record 17 Grand Slam titles at the U.S. Open, can reach the semifinals by getting past No. 6 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, who eliminated No. 11 Nicolas Almagro of Spain 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-1.

Berdych stunned Federer in the 2010 Wimbledon quarterfinals on the way to reaching the final there.

“It will be a tough match against Tomas. We have played many times in the past and he has always been a tough opponent,” said Federer, who has won 11 of 15 career head-to-head matchups. “I will have to continue to serve well and dictate the points.”


Snapped! Zachary Quinto and Jonathan Groff!

This is awfully cute.

The super cute and talented couple Zachary Quinto and Jonathan Groff were photographed over the weekend hanging out in LA.

They were snapped having lunch at the Mustard Seed Cafe before picking up some dry cleaning.

Jonathan has won raves for his performance in the play Red currently enjoying a run at Mark Taper Forum.

To see more photos of the couple, go to Socialite Life.


Wishing a happy birthday to out and proud actors David Moretti and Doug Spearman!

More and more actors are coming out these days but even more are staying in.

Two guys who have long been out and proud are David Moretti, best known as the lead in the TV series The Lair, and Doug Spearman who we all know from his role of Professor Chance Counter in the Noah’s Arc TV series and feature film.

It’s a birthday of special significance for Doug who turns 50. He is currently involved in making his longtime pet project, Hot Guys With Guns, into a movie! It’s described as a Neo-Noir where a wanna-be actor and his ex get literally sucked into a crime spree decimating Hollywood’s Velvet Mafia.

Among those in the cast are Doug’s fellow Noah’s Arc castmate Darryl Stephens as well as Marc Samuels, Brian McArdle, Jay Hughely, Tanayi Seabrook, Chand Strawn, Keili Lefkovitz, and Shane Johnson.

Doug has written the script and will direct as well as produce with Cheryl Bedford.

There is currently an fundraising campaign to raise $50,000 to make the film. Here is a LINK for more information and to contribute.

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Richard Gere on taking the role in American Gigolo: “There’s kind of a gay thing that’s flirting through it”

Good grief, is there anything more sexy than Richard Gere in American Gigolo?

The 1980 flick has Gere playing a male escort in Los Angeles whose job supports his expensive taste in cars, stereophonic equipment, cocaine and clothes.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the now 63-year-old actor says he was only given a day to decide whether he wanted to take the part which involved full frontal nudity.

Director ‘Paul [Schrader] came to see me in Malibu and said, “You’ve got to say yes to this by tomorrow at the latest,” Gere recalled.

‘I read it and I thought, “This is a character I don’t know very well. I don’t own a suit. He speaks languages; I don’t speak any languages. There’s kind of a gay thing that’s flirting through it and I didn’t know the gay community at all.”

‘I wanted to immerse myself in all of that and I had literally two weeks. So I just dove in. If I recall, [the nudity] wasn’t in the script. It was just in the natural process of making the movie. I certainly felt vulnerable, but I think it’s different for men than women.’


Monday Morning Man: Steve Johnson!

With Andy Roddick retiring, American tennis needs a new superstar.

Maybe we’ll have one in Steve Johnson who reached the third round of his very first US Open before losing on Sunday to Frenchman Richard Gasquet.

Johnson is one of the rare college stars who put off turning pro until after graduation. He was huge star at USC and got a wildcard into the US Open after winning the NCAA singles title for the second consecutive year.

He finished his Trojan career by winning an unprecedented 72 singles matches in a row, dating back to January 2011. After going 37-0 in his senior year, Johnson concluded with a 149-21 overall record. The Trojans also won the NCAA team title all four years Johnson played there.’

I was not only impressed with his game – and his looks! – but also how articulate he was in his interviews during the US Open.

“I’m happy with the way I played this week,” said the Orange, Calif., product, who will jump from 254 to the high-140s when the new rankings come out following the Open. “To be out there and have a chance to win the first set off of a guy who’s No. 14 in the world, and then being able to compete with him in the next couple sets was definitely not discouraging.”

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Andy Roddick wins again at US Open!

I’m loving the US Open – or should I start calling it The Andy Roddick Show?

Andy, the 2003 US Open champion, defeated Fabio Fognini of Italy 7-5, 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-4 today in the third round and will next play 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro.

It’s wonderful to see the American superstar in good form as he plays the final tournament of his career. It’s emotional and thrilling and the crowd is loving every minute of it.

”I’d be an idiot not to use the crowd right now. It’s a huge advantage,” Roddick said after the match. ”Each match is almost like it’s another memory.

Roddick answered the fans’ standing ovation with one of his own, clapping overhead while standing near the middle of the court. When he sat in his changeover chair, the former world number one exhaled a couple of times, taking it all in.

”You’re kind of smiling, humming, whistling, walking around, and you feel pretty good about it. All of a sudden, you have to say good bye to someone. It’s like this gut-check moment. It’s these extreme emotions from five minutes to the next five minutes,” Roddick said, describing the past few days. ”You think you know what’s going on, but I don’t think there’s any way to prepare yourself for it.”


Happy Birthday to Tuc Watkins!

I became a huge fan of Tuc Watkins when he played gay television executive Malcolm Laffley on the late, great Showtime series Beggars & Choosers. (It still isn’t available on DVD. C’mon Showtime!)

Anyway, Tuc is one of the great actors who has that rare combination of leading man looks and terrific abilities.

The man knows how to deliver a line! In the 1997 film I Think I Do, he played a gay soap actor by the name of Sterling Scott. When his boyfriend, played by Alexis Arquette, breaks up with him, Sterling looks at him with disbelief and says: “I even told you my real age.”

His real age, as of today, is 46!

As you know, Tuc spent several years juggling the roles of David Vickers on One Life to Live and Bob Harper on Desperate Housewives but is currently without a regular series role since both shows have come to an end.

But Tuc is far too talented to be off of TV for long. He recently did guest appearances on TNT’s Franklin & Bash, NBC’s Parks & Recreation A&E’s The Glades, and ABC Family’s Baby Daddy.

Happy birthday to this great talent and to a really lovely guy!

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Showtune Sunday: A tribute to Hal David

Hal David, the lyricist who along with Burt Bacharach took the pop world by storm in the 1960s with hits such as Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head, Walk on By, Close to You, Do You Know the Way to San Jose and The Look of Love, died in Los Angeles on Saturday at age 91.

Earlier this year, David and Bacharach received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress, during a White House musical tribute and some of the performances from that evening by Sheryl Crow, Diana Krall and Lyle Lovett are featured here.

Then, of course, there are The Carpenters, BJ Thomas and the Bacharach-David muse, Dionne Warwick.

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