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Outfest Awards: “Test” wins 2 grand jury prizes; “Bridegroom” wins audience award

The Outfest Awards Brunch which was held for the first time at the JW Marriott downtown at LA Live which kicked the proceedings, usually held in the DGA Theatre, up a notch.

Chris Mason Johnson, the writer-director of the film TEST, was a double winner for his movie set in 1985 San Francisco and focuses on a dancer contemplating whether to take the new HIV test which many feared might be used to quarantine people.

Johnson won the Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Screenwriting and the Grand Jury Award for Outstanding U.S. Dramatic Feature Film.

“I think it’s time for more stories from those years to come out that are different and explore different angles so we have a real multi-dimensional history,” Johnson said in his speech.

The Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature Film went to Bridegroom directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason.

The award was accepted by Shane Bitney Crone whose YouTube video about his late partner Tom Bridegroom was the basis for the movie.

“Thank you everyone at Outfest, you have been amazing throughout this entire experience – you’ve treated us so kindly,” Crone said. “This really means a lot to me and I’m so grateful that this film has resonated with people like it has. We worked on it for 14 months and put so much into it and you just hope that people can connect with the film and they have.”

Crone admitted to being “so anxious this morning” because on his way to the brunch, he hit a squirrel with his car.

He closed by saying: “I don’t know what happens next with this film but we’re so grateful for this opportunity and thank you everyone.”

the Audience Award for Outstanding First U.S. Dramatic Feature Film went to Geography Club directed by Gary Entin.

Accepting the award was producer Michael Huffington who had a good line about the $5,000 cash prize from HBO that comes with the award: “I must admit, I’m used to writing checks, I’m not used to getting checks.”

He also said: “I showed Geography Club to my ex-wife, Arianna (Huffington), back in December in Hawaii. She said this was one of the most powerful films that she’d seen. … I not only think this movie will be entertaining, but I also think it will save lives.”

Other winners:

Special Programming Award for Freedom: DEEPSOUTH, Directed by Lisa Biagiotti

Special Programming Award for Artistic Achievement: ANIMALS, Directed by Marçal Forés

Special Programming Award for Emerging Talent: Diego Ruiz, Writer/Director/Actor

Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Short Film: FACING FEAR, Directed by Jason Cohen

Audience Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short Film: WINI + GEORGE, Directed by Benjamin Monie

Audience Award for Outstanding Dramatic Feature Film: REACHING FOR THE MOON, Directed by Bruno Barreto

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Experimental Short Film: SHE GONE ROGUE, Directed by Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Short Film: PERFORMING GIRL, Directed by Crescent Diamond

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short Film: GOING SOUTH, Directed Leesong Hee-il

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature Film: BORN THIS WAY, Directed by Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullman. Kadlec accepted the prize and said:

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding International Dramatic Feature Film: IT’S ALL SO QUIET, Directed by Nanouk Leopold

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film: Guinevere Turner, WHO’S AFRAID OF VAGINA WOLF?

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film: Bill Heck and Marcus DeAnda, PIT STOP

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita are married!

A mighty big congratulations to Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita who got married in New York yesterday!

“Never been happier,” Jesse tweeted last night.

Although they live in California, they had long planned to marry in New York because it has been legal for same-sex couples to marry there since last year. Same-sex marriages resumed in California less than a month ago after a Supreme Court ruling.

Jesse explained on The View last month: “It wasn’t legal in California up until yesterday. Weddings are expensive, y’all, and we wanted to give that money to a state that accepted us as an equal. We’re too far down the planning path to change.”

The couple had been together two years when they became engaged last year.

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Outfest 2013: “The Go Doc Project” keeps the audience in their seats right through the end of the Q&A

So last night at Outfest, I was considering skipping the last movie on my schedule because I was a bit tired after seeing three movies and dashing over to a GLAAD event in Hancock Park for a few hours.

But, I rallied, and am damned glad I did!

The movie was The Go Doc Project and it was an absolutely charming and very sexy movie that will make my top 5 list when I post it tomorrow.

The movie had a 9 pm start so it was already 11 pm when the Q&A was about to start. Usually at least about half the audience leaves immediately after the movie ends but this time, there was about 99.9% retention rate!

We knew the gorgeous stars were in the house!

Here’s the premise: A shy recent college grad (Tanner Cohen) devises to shoot a documentary about the NYC nightlife scene in order to meet the go-go guy (Matthew Camp) he’s cyber-obsessed with.

Cohen is a wonderful actor and Camp, in his first film, is such an appealing personality and the camera just loves him.

Camp really is the well-known Go-Go boy he plays in the film but he’s also a tattoo artist and much more while Cohen who is previously best known for the movie musical Were the World Mine which screened at Outfest a few years ago.

Both actors are gay and a lot of their dialogue is improv. This resulted in 200 hours of footage that is nicely edited down by director Tom Gustafson into a 90 minute film that I highly recommend, It will be released on DVD in 2014.

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Ryan Murphy reveals the intervention to try and help “Glee” star Cory Monteith kicks drugs and stay clean

Glee creator Ryan Murphy has broken his public silence about the death of Cory Monteith in an interview with Deadline Hollywood.

He said the show’s cast will return to work as scheduled to work on a two-part Beatles episode. They will then shoot a third episode dealing with the death of Finn, the character played by Monteith.

There will then be a hiatus of undetermined length in order to decide how to move ahead the rest of the season.

Here is what Murphy had to say about the final months of Monteith’s life and the struggle to help him get clean.

“It is so very sad and tragic. Cory wasn’t just an actor on one of my shows, he was very important to me, and I was very invested in his sobriety. When I heard what was happening to him, I organized an intervention and got him into rehab last March. We socialized and we also fought, because while he was a lovely sweet guy, he was also a leader on the set, a strong personality and the only analogy I can think of is that he felt like an older son to me.”

“As soon as I heard what was happening, when we had two episodes left to go, I brought him to my office where we had the intervention. He said he wanted to finish the rest of the season, and I said absolutely not. We were not going to put a stupid TV show before his sobriety. I assured him he was not fired, that his job was secure, that he would leave today. He went with a whimper and not a bang and it was very emotional. On one hand, he was thrilled that people wanted to take care of him, though he also felt shame and regret. We had experts in the room and tried to let him know this was a disease. It was a tough and very emotional day and the last thing he said before he left was, ‘I want to get better.’ And I believed him.”

“The last couple of months, all indications were that he’d gone through the steps, he went to one place where it didn’t work and then he went to another, but there was still a lot of concern. A couple of weeks ago, he and Lea came to Fire Island where we were shooting The Normal Heart, and I honestly couldn’t tell what was going on with him. He didn’t seem quite himself, but when I confronted him he claimed he was clean. It has been a very difficult roller coaster ride, and all through that, and through the last week, Lea has been the most brave and courageous person I’ve ever met. She has dealt with an impossible situation with more humanity than you could ever hope for.”

“What is difficult is that while Cory was going through this struggle, I told him that maybe he would go light on the work. He told me, ‘Work is my salvation.’ I thought that it would help him to be around people who were good influences, so we envisioned a season that was heavy with his Finn character.”


Miley Cyrus takes being called a lesbian in stride

We know that Miley Cyrus is a staunch and vocal LGBT ally and we appreciate it because she holds a lot of sway with legions of young fans.

So she gave an interview with the Toronto Sun this week and talked about people saying she must be a lesbian because of her edgy short haircut.

Oh brother.

Anyway, Miley had this to say about it: ‘Everyone said I’m a lesbian but I’m like “Being a lesbian isn’t a bad thing. So if you think I look like I’m a lesbian, I’m not offended. You can call me much worse.”

‘I’ve been called much worse,’ she adds. ‘Being a lesbian is a compliment more than what else they call me.’

It’s great that Miley isn’t freaking out about it and her comments are overall supportive but they are rubbing some people the wrong way.

Saying she has been called ‘worse’ indicates that being called a lesbian is a bad thing. In the same sentence she’s saying it’s flattering so I get her intent but moving forward, the former Hannah Montana needs to be more articulate in these matters.

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My chat with Doug Spearman whose film “Hot Guys With Guns” screens at Outfest tonight!

Tonight is a big night for Doug Spearman.

Hot Guys With Guns, a film he wrote and directed and got made through sheer force of will, screens at Outfest tonight at the outdoor Ford Ampitheatre and it is already nearly sold out. (Get tickets at

I’m so excited for Doug because he’s a friend of mine and I know how hard he has worked to make this happen.

“It’s amazing to be here,” Doug says. “I love Outfest and and am a huge supporter. The script was actually developing through the (Outfest) writers lab in 2009 and now we’re here.”

So what can tonight’s crowd at the Ford expect to see on the screen?

“You are going to see something that is a lot like Lethal Weapon if Danny Glover and Mel Gibson were ex-boyfriends,” Doug says. “We really did a movie that is both hysterically funny but deals with a very serious subject and is probably the first gay action comedy thriller anyone’s ever made. We wanted to do something that wasn’t just somebody’s tender coming out story. We wanted to do a movie to go and laugh and just eat popcorn and go on a ride – Hot Guys With Guns is a ride.”

The man knows how to sell a movie!

Some background: Best known for his role as Chance in the Noah’s Arc TV series and feature film, Doug had spent years developing this project as a starring vehicle for himself. He says he felt he had gotten a bit too old to play one of the leads so he hired Marc Anthony Samuel and Brian McArdle to lead a cast that also includes Darryl Stephens, Trey McCurley, Leon Acord, John Ainsworth and Gregory Zarian among others.

But before he got that cast together and got the movie off the ground through crowd-sourcing, Doug had seen the script gathering dust for a few years as he was busy acting and working behind the scenes in television.

Then, he got a kick in the pants.

“The reason that I did Hot Guys With Guns is because I saw my friend David Ross‘ movie I Do last year at the Ford during Outfest. And I said, ‘Oh my God, we were writing our movies at the same time and his is on the screen and mine is on the corner of my desk.’ I said, ‘Screw it, I’m quitting my job and I’m going to do whatever it takes, I’m going to do whatever he did and I’m going to make this movie.”

Not only did he make the movie, but it has been welcomed with open arms by the film festival circuit and there are plans for a special theatrical run then DVD release.

The film premiered in Miami where it closed the festival there. Then came festivals in Boston, Toronto, Kansas, and San Francisco and invitations to more than a dozen others.

“That is a huge honor to have my first film this well-received,” Doug says. “I’ve got really good actors and we’ve got some heat behind us. It’s not my movie, it’s our movie.”


Days of Our Lives: Sonny hires Brett to head redesign of his coffee house – Will is not thrilled

Will, still wearing a nice and tight green t-shirt, is a bit taken aback by Sonny hiring Brett to work on designs to transform his coffee house into a club.

He’s just gotten the OK for a liquor license and shares the news with Brett before Will.

But this is minor in comparison to the other trouble brewing: Sonny’s mom is running around town confronting people like Sami and Sonny’s dad. She’s got video of Sami beating up the dirty cop she killed but Adrienne can’t seem to actually tell anyone what she has.

Spit it out girl!

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Jane Lynch says fellow “Glee” star, the late Cory Monteith, was a “bright light in our family.”

It’s a tough time for Jane Lynch to be making the promotional rounds in support of NBC’s Hollywood Game Night which she hosts.

Not only was her divorce from Lara Embry recently announced but last Saturday her Glee star Cory Monteith was found dead at the age of 31.

But Jane stuck to her commitment to appear on The Tonight Show and spoke emotionally of Cory.

“Cory’s one of the biggest hearts, was a real bright light,” she shared as her voice broke. “He was one of those guys that … he knew he was breathing rarefied air. The gifts that this wonderful show gave us. He was always aware that it was a gift and he was quite generous. He was one of those adventurous types of people. I always admired how he would get up… you know, he would fly to Mexico, he’d throw parties for his friends. I don’t think he left one day unlived. He was a real bright light in our family. We’ve lost a really great guy.”

When asked by Leno how she would like people to remember Cory, she shared this story: “He once flew across the country on his own nickel to meet with a sick kid whose last wish was to meet him. That’s the kind of guy he was. He was just a real giver.”


Friday Morning Man: Hanno Koffler!

This 33-year-old actor is one of the stars of one of the best films I’ve seen at Outfest so far this year: Free Fall.

He’s Hanno Koffler and he plays a seemingly straight police officer with a pregnant girlfriend in this very well-done German drama.

But he finds himself unexpectedly attracted to a fellow officer he meets while away at training.

They begin a physical relationship and are soon passionately in love and it becomes a very complicated situation at work and at home.

The love scenes are very realistic and very sexy – a lesson to all actors playing gay love scenes.

Koffler is an actor and musician who has a long list of credits on stage, in television and in film.

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Singer Steve Grand reaches out to his fans: “I’ve dreamed about this all of my life”

It’s been days since I’ve posted anything about the cutie pie Steve Grand of All American Boy fame.

So here’s an update. Steve has just posted a message to all his newfound fans on Facebook and it is my professional duty to share it all with you accompanied by a hot photo of him.

It’s a living.

Steve writes: “Guys I am so overwhelmed right now I don’t even know what to say… reading your comments and messages about how this song/video has brought back memories or tugged at something inside of you has moved me deeply. I’m doing my best to respond to as many as I can. Forgive me if I am late or miss over something since I am going at this alone. Keep sharing the video if you are inspired. Lets let our story be known by the whole world! and keep hashtagging #allamericanboy !!! :) I cannot thank you enough for supporting me… I’ve dreamed about this all of my life.”

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Chandler Massey on the future of Will Horton, his college plans, and that very tight green shirt

Had a nice chat with Days of Our Lives star Chandler Massey after lunch today and got to tease him a bit about the very tight green shirt he has been wearing in his most recent scenes on the show.

‘I’m not a big fan of that shirt,’ he insisted.

Then he laughed when I said: ‘But your fans are huge fans of that shirt.’

But hey, I wasn’t calling on this two-time Emmy winner to talk about his wardrobe! I wanted to ask him about his recent vacation to Peru and get his reaction to the show’s powers that be commenting that after Chandler leaves the show at the end of the year, there are no plans to recast his role of Will Horton.

“It’s very flattering,” he said. “Obviously the show has been awesome to me and it’s my pleasure working on it. Whatever they decide to do, I’ll support it. The character is more important than the actor. He’s a legacy character born on camera. I wouldn’t be bitter at all if they go and recast.”

He adds: “Sonny will need somebody and I’d rather it be Will.”

While he is not the first actor to play Will Horton, he certainly has made the biggest impact with the role in the past three-and-a-half years. He’s earned three Emmy nominations and two wins and played Will through an emotional coming out process, entering into his first gay relationship and becoming a father.

Chandler plans to remain on the show until the end of his contract which runs through the end of December. Since the show tapes episodes roughly three months ahead, he will remain on the air at least through the end of March.

Although they have their bumps in the road, Chandler does not expect Will and Sonny to be going their separate ways anytime soon though.

“Most of the drama and conflict stems from Will misunderstanding situations and being insecure. They are there to stay. Compared to all the other couples on the show, we are by far the most stable, most logical and loving.”

Chandler does not rule out coming back to the show and the role here and there.

‘That’s always a possibility,” he says.

He also says fans have been supportive of his decision.

“From what I’ve seen on Twitter, it’s been very positive, people saying ‘We’ll miss you but we understand and support you. I think everyone is just concerned with what will happen to ‘WilSon’ (the popular nickname for the pair). That’s what I’m concerned about too. I don’t want Will and Sonny to break up. I want them to be together forever and go off and get married. If I’m in school and not able to get back and they decide to bring someone else to play Will, I won’t be upset and bitter. I want what is best for WilSon.”

The 22-year-old actor is leaving the show to return to being full-time college student. He was a freshman at UCLA when he was cast in the role of Will and wants to complete his college degree.

“I’d just like to be able to breathe,” he said.

When he first left his family in Georgia to try and succeed in acting, his parents insisted he enroll at UCLA to have something to fall back on in case acting didn’t pan out.

So how do they feel now that he is leaving a coveted job to return to college?

“Now that I am going to be doing this, I think they are worried that I’m never going to get another job after this – they are like, ‘School is always going to be there,” he said, laughing.

He added: “They support whatever decision I make at end of the day.”

The family is tight and just returned from a trip to Peru where they hiked Machu Picchu.

Says Chandler: “It was great, I just like spending time with my family. I love the outdoors and I like hiking. It was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. We walked and hiked for three days, we saw Inca ruins. It was really beautiful and interesting.”

He returned to the Days of Our Lives set on Tuesday ready for his final months as Will.

“Aside from jet lag, I am rejuvenated.”

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John Barrowman wouldn’t change a thing about his life, except maybe come out of the closet a little earlier

My pals over at We Love Soaps had a chat with dreamy John Barrowman as the actor was driving to San Diego for Comic Com.

John was asked if given the opportunity to go back in time and give his younger self a piece of advice, knowing what he knows now, what would be.

John at first says he would not change a thing.

“First of all I’d tell myself to buy Apple stock,” he jokes.”I have to be totally honest with you, I would do nothing different.”

Then he adds: “If anything I would come out of the closet earlier. But it might not have worked the same way that it did if I had. So I’m quite happy with the way things are. If someone had said to me that coming out has been ‘detrimental’ to my career, well then… I love this ‘detriment’ I’m ‘suffering’ at the moment.”

We love it too!

To read what John has to say about love and marriage, go over to Gay Star News where I’m excerpted that part of the interview!

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“Behind the Candelabra” gets 15 Emmy nods!

Don’t you just love that a movie about a gay love story can get huge ratings and stellar reviews and now get 15 Emmy nominations?

That’s what has happened with HBO’s Behind the Candelabra which tells the story of the relationship between Liberace and a much-younger man named Scott Thorson.

The film has earned Michael Douglas some of the best reviews of his career as Liberace and he seems a shoo-in to win best actor in a miniseries or movie. He’s already won an Oscar for best actor (Wall Street).

Matt Damon is among his competitors as Thorson and might have had a great chance of winning were he not up against Douglas.

From among the film’s large supporting cast, Scott Bakula earned a supporting actor nod. There are many people – myself included – disappointed that Rob Lowe was overlooked for his amazing performance – and unique look – as a wacko plastic surgeon.

The film, of course, is up for outstanding miniseries of movie.

Here is a list of the main nominees and in a previous post, I pointed out as many LGBT nominees as I could find because here at Greg In Hollywood, we care about that kinda stuff!

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
30 Rock

Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game Of Thrones
House Of Cards
Mad Men

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Kevin Spacey, House Of Cards
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Claire Danes, Homeland
Robin Wright, House Of Cards
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Connie Britton, Nashville
Kerry Washington, Scandal

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Bobby Cannavale,Boardwalk Empire
Jonathan Bank, Breaking Bad
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Emilia Clarke,Game Of Thrones
Christine Baranski,The Good Wife
Morena Baccarin, Homeland
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Don Cheadle, House Of Lies
Louis C.K, Louie
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Tony Hale, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Jane Lynch, Glee
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series
George Mastras,Breaking Bad, “Dead Freight’
Thomas Schnauz, Breaking Bad, “Say My Name”
Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey, Episode 4
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Game Of Thrones, “The Rains Of Castamere”
Henry Bromell, Homeland, “Q&A”

Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series
David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, Episodes, “Episode 209”
Louis C.K. (story and teleplay) and Pamela Adlon (story by), Louie, “Daddy’s Girlfriend (Part 1)”
Greg Daniels, The Office, “Finale”
Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock, 30 Rock,“Hogcock!”
Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield, 30 Rock, “Last Lunch”

Outstanding Miniseries Or Movie
American Horror Story: Asylum
Behind The Candelabra
The Bible
Phil Spector
Political Animals
Top Of The Lake

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race
Dancing With The Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live


Gayest list of Emmy nominees – ever!

I’m scanning through the list of 2013 Emmy nominees and am thrilled to see so many openly gay performers on the list.

I’ll expand on this post in a bit but so far I see Zachary Quinto and Sarah Paulson for American Horror Story: Asylum, Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory, Nathan Lane for Modern Family AND The Good Wife, Jesse Tyler Ferguson for Modern Family, Jane Lynch for Glee, Jonathan Benjamin Hickey for The Big C, Dan Bucatinsky for Scandal, and Tim Gunn for Project Runway.

Lily Tomlin has been nominated for outstanding voiceover performance for Apology to Elephants and Paris Barclay for outstanding director of a comedy series.

All this plus Neil Patrick Harris as host! NPH was not nominated for How I Met Your Mother but I believe he can still win as one of the producers of the Tony Awards.

I know there are other gays on the list but unless they have publicly proclaimed themselves to be, they don’t get to be on this awesome list!

** UPDATE: My apologies for originally including Cat Deeley on the list because she is married to a man and it’s been pointed out to me is not a lesbian. Congrats on your nomination for So You Think You Can Dance Cat!


Lunch Break Video: Hugh Jackman, Matt Damon and Robert Downey Jr. share who they would go gay for

Stumbled upon this as I was looking for something else and had to share. On the show Rove Live, the host would regularly ask his male celebrity guests who they would go gay for. Matt Damon, Hugh Jackman, Robert Downey Jr. and Daniel Radcliffe answer the question in this compilation and Jackman’s flirting really is sexy!

I love that Damon says he would pick the guy he would have gone gay for when he was 10: Ben Affleck.

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Thursday Morning Man: Josh Meyers!

Until I saw him on a Funny or Die video yesterday, I was not aware that Seth Meyers had a younger, hotter brother with such an amazing head of hair.

In my next life, I not only want to come back with hair but I want to have Josh Meyers‘ hair! What a mane!

Josh is 37 and first arrived on the TV scene as a cast member on MAD TV where he became known for his celebrity impersonations including various members of ‘N Sync, rapper Eminem, and actor Owen Wilson.

He then replaced Topher Grace on the last season of That 70s Show and went on to appear in such films as Date Movie, College Road Trip, Bruno and Behind the Candelabra.

Josh has guested on many television shows including an episode of The Mindy Project this year.

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Outfest 2013: How the documentary “Bridegroom” moved a sellout crowd and made you believe in love again

UPDATE: Outfest has added another screening this coming Sunday, July 21 at 4:00 PM. To purchase tickets visit

I’ve written a lot about the documentary Bridegroom and interviewed Shane Bitney Crone whose love story with late partner Tom Bridegroom is at the core of the movie.

But until last Saturday on Day 3 of Outfest, I had yet to see it.

So it was perfect seeing it for the first time with an audience because it was one of those really powerful Outfest experiences best shared with a packed theater of people.

There were a lot of tears shed by audience members at the DGA Theatre during the screening of this remarkable film that, honestly, makes you believe in love again. It also makes you determined to continue to fight for gays couples to have the same rights as straights in life – and in death.

The story of what happened to Tom was first told through Shane’s YouTube video It Could Happen to You. The couple had been together six years when Tom accidentally fell off the roof of a four story apartment building while photographing a friend and later died in the hospital.

Shane (pictured, right) was told he was “not family” and could not see Tom when he arrived at the hospital and it was only through the kindness of a group of nurses that he was able to see his body.

Tom’s family subsequently shut Shane out of the funeral and even threatened him with violence if he showed up. They essentially tried to erase all that had happened in Tom’s very full life – and the most important person in it – after he left Indiana for Los Angeles.

But they couldn’t.

“I just kind of felt like I needed to do something,” Shane told the Outfest crowd when talking about the 10-minute YouTube video which has had more than 4 million views. “I was sick of being down … I felt like I needed to stand up and speak out.”

“Death was just something I didn’t think would happen being in our 20s,” he added. “I feel like we have a real rare opportunity here to help other people.”

Director Linda Bloodworth-Tomason had met Tom and Shane at a wedding in Palm Springs a few years earlier. She sat next to Tom at the reception and was struck by his “indomitable spirit.”

Thomason recalled at Saturday’s screening: “On the way home, I told my husband, ‘I hope they get married one day because they really love each other.’

She said of Tom: “He greeted everybody like you greet your dog when you come home. I want to be more like Tom. He really is a role model for joy. … I feel cheated that I didn’t get to know him.”

When Thomason saw the video on YouTube last year, she realized it as the charming couple she had met in Palm Springs. She recalled being “really angry” about the way Shane had been treated and contacted him about expanding the video into a full-length documentary.

“I think it’s important for heterosexual couples to see that love and sorrow is something we all experience the same,” Thomason said. “They need to see the kind of love that they’re opposing.”

Before getting to work on the film, she wondered if Shane had any video and photos of his life with Tom.

Absolutely no problem there.

Thomason joked that Shane and Tom had amassed even more footage than her pal Bill Clinton when she made the film The Man from Hope about him for the 1992 Democratic Convention.

Shane and Tom took many, many, many videos and photos of their beautiful life together which included traveling the world – Egypt, Brazil, Paris, London – and doing things like skydiving and scuba diving, giving each other haircuts and laughing and singing with friends. They also had a business, a home and a dog together.

This material – all of these glorious videos – lets the audience see Tom alive and so happy with the love of his life. It makes us feel Shane’s loss all the more and deepens our admiration for this young man for being willing to relive painful stories in order to get this very important story out there.

Thomason said it took 10 days to complete the part about Tom’s death and Shane did not miss a day in the editing room during that process.

“I do think he’s incredibly brave to like through it again,” she said.

I love that the movie tells us the life stories of both Shane and Tom as they grew up in small towns in very anti-gay parts of the country and we get to glimpse into their lives up until the time they met and fell in love.

Tom was the popular overachieving life of the party and his parents pride and joy – until he came out. Shane suffered anxieties from an early age and had to endure being outcast at his high school and church after writing a love letter to his straight best friend. But he always had the staunch support of his family.

In the film, Shane’s 90-year-old great-grandmother summed up her acceptance this way: “They’re Romeo and Romeo. Get over it.”

Many of Shane’s family members are interviewed in the film but Tom’s family members did not respond to interview requests.

“There are a lot of Tom’s family members that did support him and wanted to be in the documentary but felt it was too big a risk,” Shane said during the Q&A..

But we do see video and photos of Tom’s mother, Martha Bridegroom, who after initially reacting badly to her son being gay but seemed to accept the relationship eventually. She even came out to LA to stay with the couple.

Thomason hoped Tom’s parents would agree to meet Shane at the cemetery in Indiana when he went out there to visit Tom’s grave.

“We were waiting for Martha Bridegroom to evolve,” she said. “It didn’t happen. They chose the ending for this film.’

Shane told the audience that working on the Kickstarter campaign (more than 6,500 people contributed) to get funding the working on the movie and now getting it out there has been a real “healing process.”

“It helped me,” he told the audience Saturday. “It helped me a lot.”

The film debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival where it won the audience award and was introduced by Clinton (pictured with Shane). Thomason said she worked to get it done before the US Supreme Court issued its rulings on DOMA and Prop. 8.

She believes Bridegroom can serve as a tool to fight for marriage equality in the remaining US states that do not have it as well as internationally.

“We think the Supreme Court victory was only the beginning,” Thomson said. “We want to take this film all around the country. I think it’s going to be a battleground state by state. We think this film has a lot of work to do.”

I had hoped to say hello to Shane after the film but he was immediately surrounded by people after the screening and I didn’t see him at the after party. Then, as I was rushing out of the DGA to walk a few blocks to Harmony Gold theater for my next screening, there was Shane standing near the door talking to a few guys. I was able to give him a big hug and tell him how wonderful the movie is.

He’s given is all a beautiful and important gift.


Zachary Quinto and Jonathan Groff break up!

This is too bad.

Both Zachary Quinto and Jonathan Groff are such talented men who have handled being openly gay stars so well.

But apparently they have split up after less than a year as a couple.

Blogger Perez Hilton reports that ‘things did not end well” for the pair but no reason for the split is given.

Quinto, 36, most recently starred as Mr. Spock in Star Trek Into Darkness, his second film in the popular sci-fi film franchise. He was one of the stars of NBC’s Heroes and appeared last year in American Horror Story on FX.

Groff first came to fame on Broadway in Spring Awakenings then had a recurring role on TV’s Glee.

Groff, 28, has his first starring film role in the film C.O.G. which opened the Outfest Film Festival in Los Angeles last week. He will also be one of the stars of an upcoming HBO series about a group of gay friends in San Francisco.

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson will be flying high for a gay wedding in New Zealand next month

This looks to be a very fun pay day for Jesse Tyler Ferguson who has got a wedding of his own coming up real soon.

The Modern Family star will be hosting a wedding aboard an Air New Zealand flight on August 21, the day same-sex marriage becomes legal in New Zealand.

So whose wedding will be hosting?

It’s not yet known. The lucky couple has yet to be selected but in addition to the in-flight wedding ceremony, they will get a honeymoon to Palm Springs!

The flight will be between Queenstown and Auckland.

The country’s national airline says it recruited Jesse to participate in the festivities to attract worldwide media interest in the event.

‘Naturally, the couple’s family and friends will want to be on hand for the special occasion so we have plenty of seats set aside for them,’ Air New Zealand’s head of global brand development Jodi Williams tells the Herald Sun.

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Funny or Die Video: Gale Harold has “Cafe Attitude”

CAFE ATTITUDE – watch more funny videos

In this new Funny or Die video, three friends go to lunch. When they realize they’re in the wrong place, it’s too late. Instead of going to the life-affirming Cafe Gratitude, they go to Cafe Attitude and their server is a big jerk who is played by the dreamy – and bearded – Gale Harold.