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Tom Cruise still has me at “Hello”

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At tonight’s New York premiere of his latest film Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Tom Cruise looked as movie star handsome as he ever has.

I’ve been a huge fan of Tommy since 1983′s Risky Business and his follow-up release All the Right Moves. Yeah, I was turned off after that Matt Lauer interview when he dissed Brooke Shields, but I worked through it.

The fact is, there isn’t a single Cruise flick that I haven’t opened my wallet to see in the theaters. From Top Gun, The Color of Money and Rainman to Born on the Fourth of July, Cocktail and A Few Good Men. Then there was The Firm, Interview With a Vampire, Jerry Maguire and even Far and Away as well as the Mission Impossible flicks, Minority Report and The Last Samurai.

Sure, my fandom and ability to stay awake was tested a bit with Eyes Wide Shut, Lions for Lambs and Vanilla Sky but Tommy had me back in his corner with Collateral, War of the Worlds and Tropic Thunder.

I loved him in Magnolia and still think he deserved the Oscar more that year than Michael Caine. I got sucked into Valkyrie when I didn’t expect to and enjoyed Knight and Day just fine even though it wasn’t very special. But then again, neither was Cocktail!

(Full disclosure: I didn’t like Days of Thunder much at all – especially Tommy’s perm, and saw Legend with a bunch of kids from my college dorm and didn’t understand it at all!)

Basically, Mr, Cruise is still a great movie star and as long as he doesn’t start acting wacky in public again (no sofa jumping), he can return to his place as king of the box office – at least for the coming weekend!

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Greg’s Gay Star News: Chaz Bono single again; Ellen buys Brad Pitt’s house; and Newt Gingrich’s sister not voting for him!

Chaz Bono calls off his engagement to Jennifer Elia

Transgender child of Cher and Sonny Bono splits from fiancee after more than a decade together and on-air proposal

Newt Gingrich’s lesbian sister speaks!

Candace Gingrich-Jones says Republican candidates, including her brother, are ‘living in the 90s’ when it comes to LGBT issues

Ellen and Portia buy Brad and Angelina’s house

Talk show host and actress wife to pay $12 million beachfront Malibu home

NBA team owner predicts openly gay player within five years

Dallas Mavericks’ Mark Cuban thinks male pro will eventually come out

Bachmanns dispute Kinsey Scale during campaign stop

Republican presidential hopeful and husband say well-known research on number of gays in the population is ‘a myth’

US teen sentenced to 21 years in jail for killing gay classmate

Teenager shot boy dead during class in school’s computer lab

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Jane Fonda to show Anderson Cooper how to work out on tomorrow’s edition of his daytime show

The great Jane Fonda has really been making the media rounds in recent weeks prom0ting her latest book Prime Time.

I watched her for the full hour on Piers Morgan last week and was so interested in all that she had to say about politics, love, fitness, movies and so much more.

She has an amazing mind and passion for life. She doesn’t look it but Miss Fonda will be turning 74 in a few days.

Tomorrow, her appearance on Anderson Cooper’s daytime show will air (you have to specify because with Anderson, it could also be Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN or 60 Minutes on CBS!)

The show’s website says Miss Fonda will discuss her challenges to be a healthier person, why she started producing workout videos, how she finally decided to have plastic surgery (even after publicly declaring that she never would), and sex after 70. Plus, Jane takes questions from the studio audience — and they help her surprise Anderson with a fitness challenge that “leaves him shocked.”

On her Twitter page today, Miss Fonda wrote: “We had fun!”

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Daniel Radcliffe to host “Saturday Night Live”

http://images.wikia.com/harrypotter/images/6/66/Daniel_Radlcliffe_Pose.jpgDaniel Radcliffe has spent much of the past year starring on Broadway in the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

But the star of the Harry Potter franchise wraps up that engagement on New Year’s Eve and will be free to do other things.

His first post-Broadway gig: hosting Saturday Night Live!

The star of stage and screen, who has emerged as a staunch supporter of LGBT causes, will host the Jan. 14, 2012 edition of the show which enjoyed ratings for its most recent episode with guest host Jimmy Fallon.

Radcliffe’s appearance happens to come two weeks before the Feb. 3 release of his next feature film, the supernatural thriller The Woman in Black.

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Celeb Tweets: Trump calls Rosie “sad sack” in latest Twitter salvo; Adam Shankman loves his life!

http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u8/2_donald_trump.jpgI usually don’t have commentary to go along with the Tweets I decide to share with you each day but I gotta say: Donald Trump, GROW UP!
Okay, let’s carry on:
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With the number of tweets sad sack @Rosie has done, she has totally lost control of herself– hopefully not a breakdown.
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@Rosie OY VEY
Rosie O'Donnell
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@BravoAndy – never gets old :0)
Adam Shankman
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Alright, alright! The day is: gym, bfast, Xmas shopping, and mission impossible premiere! I know I’m Lucky! Pls stop yellin at me.
Cheyenne Jackson
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Nyc is cold, clear and beautiful today…like David Bowie’s one blue eye.
Kathy Griffin
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Good morning Kath-eters! I’m on @PiersMorgan LIVE tonight. What could possibly go wrong????
Gareth Thomas
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Just getting measured for my surprise outfit for itv’s text Santa on Xmas eve.They want sone strange measurements.Great thing to do though;)
Ellen DeGeneres
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Okay. I’ll say it. Brad Pitt is one good lookin’ fella.
Alec Mapa
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Kim Jong isn’t just Il. AM I RIGHT?!
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Camila Banus and Casey Jon Deidrick talk about the gay storyline on “Days of Our Lives”

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In recent weeks on Days of Our lives, we’ve witnessed the beginning of the unraveling of Will Horton who is about to embark on a journey of facing the fact that he is gay.

Chandler Massey, who has been top-notch as Will, attended last week’s NOH8 party in West Hollywood along with two of his co-stars: Camila Banus who plays his now ex-girlfriend Gabi and Casey Jon Deidrick who plays his close friend Chad.

I chatted with Camila and Casey about the first gay storyline in the history of Days of Our Lives.

Camila and Chandler have played a couple for much of this year and their characters have reached a breaking point over Will’s lack of interest in wanting to be physical with Gabi.

“Gabi doesn’t particularly know that he’s gay yet but she does have a feeling,” Camila says. “There’s all sorts of confusion for both so it’s a really strange process that she’s going through.”

When Will asks Gabi to move in with him yet still pulls away from her, Gabi decides they need to take a break. Will does not take it well and eventually flies into an uncharacteristic rage.

Camila said she and Massey have worked hard to make their scenes realistic.

“I think that both of us have grown a lot as actors because it’s a really tough subject to portray in the best was possible,” she says. “We’ve both been real respectful of each other and talk a lot about what’s going to happen in a scene.”

Casey Jon Deidrick’s character of Chad has been a wonderful straight ally on the show with his friendship and chemistry with gay best friend Sonny (played by Freddie Smith). Although he does yet not know Will is gay, there seems little doubt that Chad would be as accepting as he has been of Sonny.

“I think it’s about time,” Casey said if the show’s gay storyline. “I can’t really believe it took this long to do it. I think Days has been a place where they can finally write it correctly. The writers are doing such a wonderful job and Chandler Massey who’s playing Will Horton is doing a phenomenal job playing the character. I can’t wait for everybody to see it.”

(What I can’t wait to see are more shirtless scenes involving Casey like the one below!)

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Today’s Holiday Tune: Judy Garland and Mel Torme team up for “A Christmas Song”

I had not seen this clip before finding it on YouTube the other day.

It’s the great Judy Garland singing A Christmas Song with Mel Torme who was a guest on her CBS variety show in the early 60s.

The series lasted just one year but every episode I’ve ever seen of it is an absolute gem.

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Monday Morning Man: John Abraham!

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/John_Abraham_new.jpgThis handsome guy is Indian film actor and former model John Abraham who films include Jism, Dhoom, Zinda, Water and Babu.

The 39-year-old was born in Mumbai and has got brains to go among with his beauty and his brawn. He studied ar Bombay Scottish School, Mahim and got his MBA from Mumbai Educational Trust.

His most recent film is Desi Boyz and he has three more in the can:  Race 2, Housefull 2 and Jaane Tu Kya Kahi.

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Spotting Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell & Jonathan Silverman during Oaks Gourmet Market burger run

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Jonathan Silverman Actor Jonathan Silverman of 'In Case of Emergency' speaks during the 2007 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour for ABC at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel on January 14, 2007 in Pasadena, California.My friend Michael and I are the furthest thing from Harold and Kumar but we do get an occasional hankering for a burger.
Since there are no White Castle Burgers in Los Angeles, we instead decided tonight to try a place from the recent LA Weekly list of Best Burgers in LA: The Oaks Gourmet Market.
We sat down at the picnic tables inside this cozy market just off Beachwood Canyon and no, we didn’t run into Neil Patrick Harris like Harold and Kumar did in their movies, but we did quickly spot Jonathan Silverman of Weekend at Bernie’s and A Single Guy fame.
Then, standing in the cafe/bakery line: Colin Farrell. He was wearing a hat, a leather jacket and jeans. He looks stunning.
Didn’t pay much attention to the guy he was with until Michael – who is facing them from his seat – says: “I think he’s an actor too.”
I turn around to take a better look and realize the other guy is Sam Rockwell! But I can’t remember his name! As the two walk out, I say hello to Sam and just to confirm it’s him asked, “You were in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, right?” He smiled and said yes.
I needed to make sure since I knew I’d be blogging, tweeting and Facebooking about our triple star sighting!
I’ve done a little research and see that Farrell and Rockwell are starring in the film Seven Psychopaths with Christopher Walken and Woody Harrelson, among others.
Other things I learned tonight: 1) Colin Farrell is even better looking in person than on the big screen. 2) The burgers at Oaks Gourmet Market are melt in your mouth good!
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Celeb Tweets from Chely Wright, Margaret Cho, Adam Lambert, Gerald McCullouch & more!

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Morning coffee, political tv, puppies… Life is good. Have a great day everybody. Xo c
Ross Mathews
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Sunday is my favorite day! I’m ready for a farmer’s market, a football game & a risky new crockpot recipe! #TheGoodLife
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first day of riding motorcycles and it is THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER DONE
Adam Lambert
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Jetlag knows me #betterthaniknowmyself

Gerald McCullouch

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There is a man working out next 2 me @Equinox. Every machine I go 2, he heads 2 the next one. We’re doing legs. His name? Fabio. Nuff said.
Alec Mapa
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I look heavier on tv because the camera adds ten pounds, and I have a round face. and I’m fat.
Alec Mapa
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I’m at that stage between haircuts officially known as “yikes”.
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Good morning, Twitterland. It’s finish Christmas shopping day. I’m expecting the streets to be a tinselled blood bath.
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Happy Birthday to Brad Pitt!

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Of course Brad Pitt first got my attention in that famous sex scene he had with Geena Davis in Thelma & Louise. That face! Those abs!

Twenty years later, Pitt is a bigger star than ever with a string of outstanding films to his credit including this year’s Tree of Life and Moneyball. He seems certain to earn his third Oscar nomination for the latter film.

I’m not just a fan of Brad’s because of his movies. He has also emerged as a staunch straight ally in the fight for LGBT equality. When same-sex marriage was passed in New York earlier this year he said:  “It is encouraging that New York has joined the movement to grant equal marriage rights to its citizens. But it is each American’s Constitutional right to marry the person they love, no matter what state they inhabit. No state should decide who can marry and who cannot. Thanks to the tireless work of so many, someday soon this discrimination will end and every American will be able to enjoy their equal right to marriage.”

Let’s hope Brad is correct and that he has a very happy 48th birthday!

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Today’s Holiday Tune: The gorgeous Ricky Nelson sings a gorgeous rendition of “A Christmas Song”

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_erWj1q_XXs4/TTX9tQwb5dI/AAAAAAAAAoY/ELovtrPJoyY/s1600/ricky-nelson.jpgWell, if there was ever a cuter teen idol than Ricky Nelson, I’ve never seen him.

He grew up on television alongside older brother David on their family’s television show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. And it was on that show that Ricky began performing rock and roll!

Between 1957 and 1973, he placed 56 songs on the Billboard 100 charts including his first number one Poor Little Fool. Subsequent hits included Hello Mary Lou, Travelin’ Man, and Garden Party.

Here are two holiday songs Ricky performed on Ozzie and Harriet. In the first, A Christmas Song, his young daughter can be seen smiling at him. She’s actress Tracy Nelson who went on to star in The Father Dowling Mysteries.

Ricky died far too young. He was just 45 when a private plane carrying him and his band to a New Year’s Eve concert in 1985 crashed.


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Morning Man Classic: Gordon Scott!

This very handsome man was best known for playing Tarzan in five films between 1955-60.
At 6 feet 3 inches tall and with movie matinee looks, Gordon Scott certainly fit the bill to play the jungle stud.
Scott had finished serving three years in the U.S. Army and working as a lifeguard at a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip when he was discovered by a Hollywood talent agent and quickly chosen to replace Lex Barker as Tarzan.
But after five years in the role, he feared me be typecast so he moved to Italy and became a popular star of what were known as Sword-and-sandal epics that featured handsome bodybuilders as various characters from Greek and Roman myth.
His final role was the 1968 film The Tramplers. He died in 2007 at the age of 80. In the final decades of his life, Scott was a popular guest at film conventions and autograph shows.
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Birthday wishes for Sarah Paulson and Gregg Araki!

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http://www.filmmakermagazine.com/issues/spring2005/features/images/mysterious1.jpgGreg In Hollywood likes to make a point of marking the birthdays of out and proud artists as well as our favorite gay icons and straight allies.

Today, two major talents have birthdays: Sarah Paulson and Gregg Araki.

I may be gay, but I am in love with Sarah Paulson and that love began when I saw her all but steal Down With Love from Renee Zellweger. I remember thinking: “I don’t know who she is, but I want to see a lot more of her!”

Sarah, who had a widely-publicized on-again, off-again relationship with acclaimed actress Cherry Jones, is in demand for both film and television projects. She currently is in the movie New Year’s Eve and has appeared in several episodes of the series American Horror Story.

Previously, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance in the NBC series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip which was canceled after one season.

Sarah turns 37 today!

Gregg turns 52 today and bio, we should all look that good when we reach that age. I could not keep my eyes off of him at an Outfest panel a few years back!

Gregg, of course, is the writer-director of such memorable films as The Living End, Totally Fucked Up, The Doom Generation, Splendor, Nowhere. Mysterious Skin, Smiley Face, and Kaboom.

Happy birthday to both Sarah and Gregg!

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Chandler Massey talks to AfterElton about what’s coming up on “Days of Our Lives”

SOAPS: My pal Jim Halterman is doing some great stories over at AfterElton.com including a recent chat with Greg In Hollywood fave Chandler Massey of Days of Our Lives.

Here is some of what Chandler, who plays gay teen Will Horton, had to say about what’s coming up on the show: “Right now we’re filming into March, which is so far away, but stuff is coming up. When they introduced the character of Sonny he immediately was established as being someone who was very comfortable with who he was and confident and very grounded. I love that they wrote Sonny that way because Will is becoming the complete opposite of that. I guess I was really pleased with and surprised by how much of a struggle they’re making this. The one thing I really value about the storyline and what makes it different from other storylines is that it’s not just the ‘Will is gay’ story.

Will is the same person and he’s gay but they’re not just letting that take over his whole identity and storyline. There’s all this other stuff going on with his Mom [Sami, played by Alison Sweeney] and I like that because they’re sending a message that it’s important to be who you are but they’re not making it only that he’s gay. He’s someone with so many different colors and layers.

AE: What do we see with Will in terms of a social life? Do we see him out and about?
CM: I can say that Sonny definitely opens Will’s world up a little bit to new people and new friends. Will is one of the guys who really has just a couple of close friends and sticks to that. He’s not a big outgoing guy unless he gets a few drinks in him. [laughs] But, no, I think as far as friendship, mostly it’s the burgeoning platonic but really close relationship that Sonny and Will have.

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Jim’s colleague Anthony Langford provides a preview of what is coming up for will in his Langford on Soaps column:

Will Horton decides to come out on New Year’s Eve in Salem, but something deters his plans. Could that something be Sonny Kiriakis’ boyfriend? Oh yeah, that’s right, looks like Will’s gay pal Sonny has got himself a man. As Salem rings in the New Year, Will meets Tyler, Sonny’s fella, played by Andrew St. John. Will is undoubtedly going to be as shocked as the viewers to learn that Sonny has been dating since we haven’t heard anything about this guy and the relationship seems to have developed off screen. That’s never a good sign for longevity, not to mention how the writers feel about Sonny as a character in and of himself. Clearly Tyler is simply a plot device to ping Will’s closeted gay and perhaps gear Sonny and Will into their inevitable romance. This columnist also suspects Tyler will be the gay that Sonny spies Will kissing come next February.

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The Fabulous Beekman Boys are engaged! Congrats to Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell

Just saw this on Facebook and am so happy for Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell who have announced their engagement.

They are, of course, the stars of their own show on Planet Green about the transition of two gay city boys who bought an estate and farm in upstate New York and attempt to become gentlemen farmers.

Josh is a best-selling author and advertising executive and Brent is a physician and former vice president at Martha Stewart Living.

Omnimedia.

When I met the pair last year, Brent told me he had no problem with the show being labeled as some kind of real-life Green Acres, the popular 60s sitcom starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor about a fish-out-of-water couple who move to from Manhattan to a farm: “We know that people are going to make that comparison and I think at some level that’s truthful.”

I wondered if the cameras captured a true picture of their lives and their personalities.

“There’s not a camera in the world that would stop me from nagging him,” Josh said. “It really was just the first few days of having cameras around us that we noticed them. Now it’s second nature for us. It’s an incredibly realistic portrayal of our lives, the lives of people making a change. We made a pretty drastic change.”

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Today’s Holiday Tunes: Ronnie Spector and Darlene Love team up for “Sleigh Ride” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

http://www.bigozine2.com/MP309/DLRSxmas/DLRSxmasFrs.jpgRock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love goes back a very long way with Ronnie Spector, lead singer of the 60s girl group The Ronettes.

Both women are immensely popular during the holiday season and have even teamed up for some live shows and television performances.

These performances of Sleigh Ride and Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree are just terrific.

Enjoy!

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Morning Man Encore: Christoph Waltz!

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Christoph Waltz’s character was a very smart but horrible man in Inglourious Bastards which I saw yesterday afternoon. But this Austrian-b0rn actor pretty much stole the show from Brad Pitt in this WWII revenge fantasy with his gloriously villainous performance which deservedly won him the best actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

I decided to make him today’s Morning Man once I got back from the movie and looked at some photos of Waltz out of character. I knew he was handsome but it was hard to appreciate that in the movie since his role of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa called for him to be quite evil and violent.

Already well-known in Germany as an award-winning stage veteran and TV actor, he has a star-making role in Inglourious Bastards at the age of 52 which will most certainly earn him an Academy Award nomination.

And he will win!

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Actor Christoph Waltz, winner of the Best Actor Award for the movie' Inglourious Basterds', attends the Palm d'Or Award Ceremony Photocall at the Palais De Festivals during the 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 24, 2009 in Cannes, France.  (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Christoph Waltz

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Greg’s Gay Star News: Rosie, Romney, Buble crushing on Downey Jr. and controversy over “Work It”

Kelly Ripa with Robert Downey Jr. and Michael BubleHappy Friday everyone!
It’s been a busy week and I’m looking forward to a few days off – gotta catch up on some movies and also watch my 10-year-old nephew’s first Lacrosse game (I’m a wreck!).
Here are links to a batch of stories I did today for Gay Star News.
Check ‘em out!

Michael Buble’s got ‘a bit of a man-crush’ on Robert Downey Jr.

Singer confesses to Sherlock Holmes star on ABC’s Live With Kelly

Rosie O’Donnell on why she’s battling Trump and Letterman

ABC sitcom ‘Work It’ under fire from LGBT groups

GLAAD, HRC and others say new show is hurtful and makes punchline of transgender workplace challenges

Republican presidential hopefuls

Rick Santorum goes after Mitt Romney on gay issues

Republican presidential hopefuls clash over same-sex marriage as they square off in Iowa debate

Mom sues teacher for kicking her son out of class for anti-gay beliefs

The incident in Michigan got national attention after another student eloquently defended the teacher at school board meeting
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Rosie talks about her old pal, Madonna

http://img2-2.timeinc.net/ew/dynamic/imgs/021008/175331__league_l.jpgIt seems like forever ago that Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna starred together in the baseball movie A League of Their Own which also starred Tom Hanks and Geena Davis.

Rosie chatted Huffington Post about a wide range of topics in an interview posted today. Here is what she has to say about Madonna:

“Madonna is my age. I don’t have that big sister reverence of looking up to her. We’re very good friends. I just saw her new movie, “W.E.” and it’s amazing. It’s a brilliant piece of work. She is probably the most talented person I have ever met in my life. You don’t get to be Madonna in this lifetime without an immense amount of talent and I think when people see this movie, that not only did she write and direct but she produced it as well, they’re going to be shocked. She’s a meteoric, once-a-generation type talent and she’s a pretty phenomenal human being as well.”

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