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See it here! Teddy gives into his feelings for Ian and kisses him after the school luau on “90210″

Was It Worth The Wait For Teddy + Ian's 90210 Smooch?
As far as same-sex kisses on network television goes, this one was pretty good!
Teddy (Trevor Donovan) is finally seeing what a good guy Ian (Kyle Riabko) is and is getting past his self-loathing to act on it.
After seeing Ian interacting with other guys at the school luau, Teddy seems to be a bit jealous. He’s hanging out with his ex, Silver, and when she kisses him, he clearly isn’t into it. She asks if there is someone else. As he looks at Ian in the distance, he realizes it and tells her: “Yeah, there is.”
This leads to the big kiss and it’s really nice.
Enjoy!
[The first video is all of Teddy's scenes while the second is just the smooch]

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Happy 32nd Birthday to Clay Aiken!

http://www.mycontact.fr/blog/gallery/29/clay-aiken.jpgAmerican Idol winners and runners-up are no longer considered sure-things when it comes to selling records and becoming enduring stars.

But Clay Aiken, who turns 32 today, remains one of the biggest stars to emerge from the singing competition and he has retained a very loyal fan base for nearly a decade.

I’ve had my issues with Clay over the years over unkind things he write about Adam Lambert and how once he came out in 2008, he still seemed kind of bitchy about it.

But Clay is growing as a man and earlier this month,  he was among those who appeared at a Capitol Hill briefing last week to urge Congress to pass two bills that would require schools to address bullying and harassment targeting LGBT students.

“Like many kids now in middle schools and high schools, I was bullied,” Clay said then. “I was picked on, I was called gay, I was called fag, I was called sissy, you name it. Fortunately, I was able to overcome it and live through it because of a number of friends who were supportive of me.”

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“The Kids are All Right” gets five Film Independent Spirit Award nominations including best picture

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The 2011 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations were announced this morning and the drama The Kids Are All Right earned five nods including best feature, best director (Lisa Cholodenko), best actress (Annette Bening) and best supporting actor (Mark Ruffalo).

Kids stars Bening and Julianne Moore (both four-time Academy Award nominees) as a longtime couple raising two children. Their lives are turned upside down when their daughter, about to leave for college, tracks down her sperm donor father (Ruffalo).

Also earning a Spirit nod for screenwriting were Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg.

It’s somewhat of a surprise that Moore did not get a nomination but that is likely due to exceptionally string competition in the lead actress category. In addition to Bening, those nominated were: Greta Gerwig for Greenberg, Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole, Jennifer Lawrence for Winter’s Bone, Natalie Portman for Black Swan and Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine.

Here is a LINK to the full list of nominees.

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Elton John to perform concert for Prop. 8 foes

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_tPqfe2e_PnU/TEIbD8PlBFI/AAAAAAAAGuM/ZDKlAsDwpRA/s1600/elton-john-picture-5.jpgHey, anytime Elton John is doing a concert that benefits the LGBT cause, I’m happy to spread the word.

And I’m also happy he’s not performing one for Rush Limbaugh – this time! (I still don’t get why Elton agreed to sing at Limbaugh’s wedding but am just going to have to get over it I reckon.)

My pal Ted Johnson over at Variety reports:  Elton John will perform a concert at the Beverly Hills estate of Ron Burkle on Jan. 19 to raise money for the legal challenge to Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The proceeds from the event will support the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the org that is pursuing the challenge to the ban on gay nuptials, with Ted Olson and David Boies leading their legal team.

Chad Griffin, board president of the foundation, said, “We are deeply honored to have the support of Sir Elton John. The American Foundation for Equal Rights stands for the enduring principle that all Americans are created equal, and believes that ending state-sanctioned discrimination is a critical step we must take toward ending the hate crimes and suicides that continue to claim the lives of young Americans.”
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Here’s something new and different: James Franco and Anne Hathaway are hosting the Academy Awards!

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Following in the footsteps of such past-Oscar hosts as Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Martin and Hugh Jackman are … James Franco and Anne Hathaway!

Yes, you are reading correctly.

The 32-year-old Franco and the 28-year-old Hathaway are hosting the 2011 Academy Awards.

This is the most unexpected pair of hosts that I can remember and it is clearly an attempt by the Motion Picture Academy to lure younger viewers to the Oscar telecast on February 27, 2011.

Both stars clearly have terrific comic timing as evidenced when each hosted Saturday Night Live. Hathaway was also a memorable part of Hugh Jackman’s opening number at the 2009 Oscars.

Oscar telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer said of their hosting team in a statement: “James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons – fresh, exciting and multi-talented.”

Both stars could also be nominees on that night.

Franco, who has appeared in such films as Milk, Pineapple Express and three Spider-Man flicks, has gotten raves for his performance in 127 Hours, the real-life story of outdoorsman Aron Ralston who cut off part of his arm after getting it stuck under a boulder.

Hathaway was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in 2008′s Rachel Getting Married and could get another nod for this year’s Love and Other Drugs opposite Jake Gyllenhaal. Her other films include The Devil Wears Prada, Brokeback Mountain, The Princess Diaries and its sequel and Becoming Jane.

She told Extra: ‘My gosh, it’s the Oscars! I’m still a little speechless about it, to be honest. I have a good feeling about it. James Franco was attached and agreed to do it before I had signed up. I think the world of him and his taste. So the thought of getting to do it alongside of him was too good an opportunity. It seemed like such a wacky and wonderful thing to do. Such a once-in-a-lifetime experience.’

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Tuesday Morning Man: Fred Palascak!

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http://images.digitalspy.co.uk/09/08/270w_fred_palascak_4.jpgThere are those who say the real highlight of ABC’s Skating With the Stars are Fred Palascak’s biceps.

Well, who am I to disagree!

I did catch the final 20 minutes of the show last night after seeing Burlesque (review to come later today!) and it was just in time to see ice skating pro Fred perform with his partner on the show, All My Children star Rebecca Budig.

I thought they were terrific and their scores were high except for one judge, Johnny Weir, who really went after Rebecca for not acting vampy enough in the routine to Whatever Lola Wants from Damn Yankees.

Anyway, back to Fred.

He’s an Ohio native who competed in his first U.S. National Figure Skating Championship at the age of 15. At the U.S. Eastern Sectional Championships in 1993, Fred’s fourth place finish allowed him to qualify for the U.S .Nationals. That’s where he met his wife/skating partner, Melanie Lambert. Fred and Melanie began skating together in 1994 and married in 2003.
In their first event competing as a team, the U.S. Eastern Sectionals (the qualifying event for the U.S. National Championships), Fred and Melanie blew away their competition and won Gold.

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Roger Federer reflects on his 2010 season

Switzerland's Roger Federer CelebratesHere’s the deal: If you’re sick of me writing about Roger Federer who I am clearly obsessed with, this will be the last post about him at least until January!

I am so enamored by this great champion and I think now more than ever because he has remained in the hunt even after losing the number one ranking. Not all dominant players are able to.

John McEnroe was never again a force after he lost the top ranking in 1985 nor was Mats Wilander after he relinquished it in early 1989. Pete Sampras also seemed lose heart when he was surpassed although he did end his career with one last great US Open victory in 2002.

Federer is like Jimmy Connors who lost the top ranking in the late 70s but stayed in the top three and reclaimed the top spot in 1982.

http://www.rankopedia.com/CandidatePix/436.gifOn the women’s side, no one had more courage and tenacity than Chris Evert who not only lost the number one spot to Martina Navratilova in the summer of 1982, she went on to lose 13 straight matches to her. But Chris kept showing up, got more fit and three years later, she beat Martina in the finals of the French Open and reclaimed the number one spot for several stretches that year.

Another gallant number two was Steffi Graf who had been utterly dominant from 1987-90 before Monica Seles took over. Even before a horrific stabbing took Monica out of the game for more than two years, Steffi continued to battle and won Wimbledon in 1991 and 1992 while ranked number two.

I see Federer that way.

He might or might not ever be number one again but you can be sure he will keep fighting. His victory on Sunday over Rafael Nadal at the ATP World Tour Finals was proof of that.

“Every time people write me off—or try to write me off—I’m able to bounce back,” Federer said Monday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press while waiting to board a flight to leave England.

The setbacks at the French Open and Wimbledon also brought back the sort of whispers Federer has heard before when he went through brief periods of suddenly not winning everything in sight.

He doesn’t let that bother him.

“I’m not angry. As an athlete … you should be open to criticism, and you’re allowed to be criticized, because not everybody has the same opinion, not everybody likes the same players,” said Federer, who dropped to No. 3 in the rankings after Wimbledon but will end the year at No. 2. “The rankings are quite volatile: Today you’re ‘great,’ tomorrow you’re ‘not,’ but then you’re ‘great’ again. It makes for great stories,” he continued. “Now, I always look at the long term and by doing that, obviously, I can stay calm through the storm. And I think that’s what I’ve been able to do so many times.”

“It’s special to have the last match of the season against Rafa, because maybe you can enjoy it more instead of just running to the next tournament and playing another match,” Federer added. “This one’s going to carry me all the way to next season, which is kind of nice.”

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Leslie Jordan talks about his new show “Deck Them Halls, Y’All” at LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s Renberg Theatre Dec. 16-19

http://projectqatlanta.com/images/uploads/LeslieJordan3.jpgActor, author and activist Leslie Jordan returns to the LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s Renberg Theatre with one of the more unorthodox takes on the holiday season you’ll ever encounter.

This man is HILARIOUS!

The Center’s Vanguard publication caught up with the puckish Emmy winner to ask about the show and about his own childhood Christmases.

Vanguard: We’ve heard your new show, Deck Them Halls, Y’All, is something different for you. How so?

Leslie Jordan: This year’s show is somewhat of a departure, as I’m not going to tell stories about my life. I’m going to be in full character—costumes, make-up and all. I’m playing an aging stripper who supposedly worked for Jack Ruby during the time of the Kennedy assassination and has her own conspiracy theory that she thinks will win the local radio’s “Worst Christmas Ever” contest. And a frustrated transgender lesbian rehearsing karaoke. And a 10-year-old eye-roller named Ronnie Lee Posey who’s been told he has “potential” and is practicing for the local church’s Christmas pageant.

The show will have all the irreverent humor I’m known for, and I can promise a good time will be had by all! The Renberg is perfect for my shows; the closer my audience is, the better. Then I can really SHARE THE LOVE!

Vanguard: With all due respect, did you ever have to work as a Christmas elf?

Leslie Jordan: I have played elves many, many times in television commercials. It was my bread and butter for years! I was a very energetic elf and was always dismayed when I lost an audition to a little person. They had a very unfair advantage!

Vanguard: Growing up in Tennessee, how did you celebrate the holidays?

Leslie Jordan : In the South, Christmas was a huge event. My parents were very young when they had me—Mother was only 19, and my daddy was 21. They were just babies having babies! They loved holidays and showered us with whatever our little hearts desired. Mother was the youngest of nine children, so we had tons of uncles and aunts who also showered us with our hearts’ desires! Christmas was out of control!

Vanguard: How does it feel to be coming back to the Renberg?

Leslie Jordan: I love the pictures on the wall in the lobby of the Renberg. So many people have started there: Kathy Griffin, Margaret Cho…on and on. I am honored to be a part of that group.

Vanguard: How old were you when you stopped believing in Santa Claus?

Leslie Jordan : I was such a naive kid and loved Santa Claus so much that I was crushed when one of my twin sisters (who were two years younger than me!) broke the news that he didn’t exist. Heartbreaking!!

Vanguard: Finally, if you could find anything you wanted in your Christmas stocking, what would it be?

Leslie Jordan: A beautiful young rent boy! (Well, you asked!!)

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Thomas Roberts talks about his suicide attempt at 15 and tells teens: “You’re here for a purpose.”

http://www.wagerrun.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/thomas-roberts.jpegTo look at him now, a handsome and successful newsman, it would seem that Thomas Roberts has always had it all.

But in this very candid “It Gets Better” video, the MSNBC anchor talks about the pain he suffered as a kid who was molested by his parish priest – a pain so great that it drove him to attempt suicide when he was 15.

His sister found him and he talks about the pain he caused his family who rallied around him: “I saw first-hand the pain in their eyes and realized that suicide was not the answer.”

This experience, and his journey through it, puts the openly gay newsman in a very unique position to talk about being in such a dark place but surviving and gaining a perspective that is now most valuable when he shares it with others.

“I want you to think of yourself as a gathering storm,” he says in the video. “You’re going to gather your strength, you’re going to gather all the love that’s around you, you’re going to gather your confidence because the bullies out there in the world, they don’t matter. You’re going to gather your education and gather your dreams for a bright future.”

“You’ve got to know and believe that you are here for a purpose, I promise that you are – just the way you are.”

Well said Thomas! Check out his video and please pass it on.

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Trevor Donovan talks to Soap Opera Weekly; His Teddy character kisses Ian tonight on “90210″

http://photos.posh24.com/p/618100/l/jessica_lowndes/annalynne_mccord_sizzles_at_90210_premiere.jpgWe’ve come a long way from the days when straight actors who took on gay roles would go on and on about how they had to go through some kind of process to play the part and blah, blah, blah.

It was just tedious.

But Trevor Donovan is not one of those actors. He’s a thoughtful man who really gets the significance of his storyline on The CW’s 90210 that has his character of Teddy, a popular tennis playing high school student, coming to terms with being gay.

Trevor recently talked to Soap Opera Weekly about Teddy’s journey. Here is some of what he had to say:

“I thought it was a really great story to tell, that really hasn’t been told on TV as far as the ‘coming to terms with it’ aspect of the story,” he tells the magazine. “And it eerily coincides with what’s going on [with real-life gay teens committing suicide] so that’s another reason why I think it’s so important to tell it truthfully and honestly. It is being written quite tactfully, very smartly, very true to life so I’ve definitely jumped into the role. As far as Teddy jumping in himself, that takes a little while. But it’s going in a great direction. … Teddy needs to com to terms with himself before he can even begin to think how his peers or his family are going to respond and accept him. So he definitely still goes through a lot of self-denial and self-hatred to an extent, and a bit more lashing out. But you will see him fully come to terms with it.”

As an actor, Trevor has found playing a gay Teddy to be far more fulfilling as an actor: “It’s been so much fun because last year my storyline was very superficial and, ‘Everything’s okay,’ and ‘I’ll hook up with girls; it’ll be fun!’ In this, there’s a bit more substance, more layers so it has been a blast. It was just a matter of time that things would unfold and all these secrets would start surfacing. It’s interesting to see how Teddy really became who he is and how he’s going to get to where he’s going!”

If you have not been following Teddy’s story on 90210, tonight might be a good time to start. AfterElton.com reports: Teddy gets jealous when he sees Ian with another guy and that, at some point, they kiss.

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“Real World” alum Scott Herman: “Posing for Playgirl isn’t on my agenda. I am fighting for equality, not attention.”

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I was sitting at the bar at Hunters in Palm Springs this weekend reading it while I waited for a friend and some guys sitting next to me pointed to the cover and just swooned.

Scott certainly is popular with the gays!

Inside the magazine, the muscular Real World alum talks at length about his fight for gay rights. Even though Scott has a big gay fan base, he himself is straight and that’s why he is in a unique position to call on straight men to become allies of the gay community.

“I have always been a seeker of truth and an advocate for justice,” Scott says. “Some people wonder why a straight guy would fight for the rights of the gay community. They assume I must be gay. It doesn’t matter to me what people think because true equality means we don’t look at people as straight or gay – just people.”

Scott is not bothered when he is hit on by guys: “Whenever a guy hits on me, I smile. I’m thankful to be good looking enough to attract a gay man. They’re ten times pickier than women….It doesn’t bother me. We all have our fantasies.”

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_SHj1lk_e2XQ/S5LUEOH6ehI/AAAAAAAAMcU/ihK9cZrkx0k/s400/FEBScottHerman3.jpgHere is how he explains his popularity with the gay community: “I think that just like in any relationship, it began with looks. I model and have some photos that some of the gay blogs posted. However, as relationships go on, looks matter less because there are plenty more good looking dudes out there. I think the reason the LGBT community continues to support me is because they know my advocacy is legit. The same blogs who first referred to me as a ‘hot piece of ass’ now write thoughtful posts about me because they know I am genuine in my case.”

Scott is often photographed wearing next to nothing but he has no plans on baring all for Playgirl: “Posing for Playgirl isn’t on my agenda. I am fighting for equality, not attention.”

But he does love showing off his physique: “I have spent 14 years sculpting my body. Just like a sculptor enjoys showing off his hard work, I do too. I also know that others are inspired by my photos. I was inspired by the physiques of the guys in my gym and the heroes in my comics.”

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Monday Morning Man: Martin Henderson!

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http://images114.fotki.com/v635/photos/7/79719/307274/Tray-vi.jpg?1088206338Have you seen the promos for ABC’s new series Off the Map?

At first I was intrigued because one of the cast members is Mamie Gummer, a terrific actress who has appeared as an attorney in several episodes of CBS’s The Good Wife and also happens to be Meryl Streep’s daughter.

But my attention was soon fixed on the hunky Martin Henderson, the 36-year-old New Zealand actor who had, somehow, not previously been on my radar.

Martin has been acting professionally since he was 13 when he landed a role in a local television production. Then from 1992-95, he starred in the TV drama Shortland Street then went on to star in various Australian films and television shows.

He moved to the US in 1997 to pursue acting and his first stop was a two-year training program at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City.

Once he got to Hollywood, he got his first break in a major film in 2001′s war film Windtalkers followed by the horror film The Ring starring Naomi Watts. His first major lead came in the 2004 film Torque followed by the films Bride and Prejudice, Little Fish, Flyboys, Battle in Seattle and Smokin’ Aces.

Martin then conquered the stage starring in an acclaimed production of Fool For Love on London’s West End. He was then cast in a television pilot based on the film Mr. and Mrs. Smith but it was not picked up as a series.

Thankfully, Off the Map has been picked up and premieres next month!

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Roger Federer beats arch-rival Rafael Nadal to take ATP year-end title for fifth time in his stellar career

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Switzerland's Roger Federer CelebratesHow sweet this must be for Roger Federer.

After being relegated to number 2 in the world by Rafael Nadal, the greatest player in the history of men’s tennis showed on Sunday that he still has plenty of fight left by beating Nadal at the ATP World Tour Finals.

Federer’s 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory was his eighth victory over Nadal in 22 career matches between these two remarkable champions. He and Nadal have combined to win 21 of the past 23 majors.

“You played unbelievable all during the week,” Nadal said to Federer on court after the match. “So well done for everything.”

Federer, 29, reflected on his win and his future at the post-match press conference: “As long as I can, as long as I’m healthy, eager, motivated, which I clearly am, [I will continue to play]. I’ve played 10 full seasons. Nine of them I made the World Tour Finals, so I’ve always had long and exhausting seasons. But I seem to enjoy it. I take pleasure out of travelling the world, playing against the best, challenging myself.

“So it’s been an amazing career for myself. At the moment I have no plans at all of stopping, quitting, whatever you want to call it. I hope I can play for many more years to come. It’s a goal anyway. I think it’s possible.”

The year-end ATP tournament is considered one of the sport’s most prestigious outside tennis’s four grand slam championships and Federer had to get past three of his top rivals to win. He beat fourth-ranked Andy Murray in the round-robin portion then third-ranked Novak Djokovic in the semifinals and then Nadal in the final.

For Federer, it was his fifth season-ending title. He has won Wimbledon six times, the US Open five times, the Australian Open four times and the French Open once.

All that is missing in his collection is the Olympic Gold Medal in singles (Federer won the gold in doubles at the 2008 Olympics).

Nadal has never won the year-end title and was playing in the final for the first time. He was 2010′s dominant player winning the French Open for the fifth time, Wimbledon for the second time and the US Open for the first time. He has also won the Australian Open once and was the 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist in singles.

Federer’s win is good news for tennis fans because it signals that the Swiss superstar will be eager and in top form in 2011 after a often disappointing 2010. He started the year by winning the Australian Open then did not win another title until the summer.

His partnership with new coach Paul Annacone is clearly paying dividends as Federer has tweaked his game by shortening points and playing a more offensive game.

He finishes the year with five titles and posted a 37-4 record since hiring Annacone after Wimbledon.

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Showtune Sunday: Here are three of my favorite Cher numbers from throughout the years

http://www.cherconvention.com/images/Cher99.jpgI’m still on a massive Cher kick.

Maybe it will subside a bit once I finally see Burlesque tomorrow or maybe it will grow even stronger!

The superstar’s first film since 2004′s Stuck on You opened in fourth place and has grossed an estimated $17 million since it’s opening on Wednesday.

Not bad!

Anyway, here are three of my favorite Cher songs from over the years: the 1979 number one single Take Me Home from the album of the same name, the 1996 single One By One which shows a softer side of her famous voice and is from the It’s a Man’s World album, and the rockin’ Just Like Jesse James which was a big hit for the diva in 1989 off of her Heart of Stone album.



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Morning Man Classic: John F. Kennedy Jr.!

John F Kennedy JrHe was the son of a president, a magazine publisher and once named People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.”

He is, of course, the late John F. Kennedy Jr., who like his father died far too soon.

It’s been 11 years since he died in a plane crash at the age of 39, just four years after he founded George, a glossy politics-as-lifestyle monthly which sometimes took editorial aim even at members of his own family.

JFK Jr. was a graduate of Brown University and New York University School of Law and famously failed the bar exam twice before finally passing. He then worked as a prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney’s office for four years.

He was quite the ladies man dating Sarah Jessica Parker, Madonna and Darryl Hannah before marrying Carolyn Bessette in 1996. She was among those killed when the plane he was flying crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Martha’s Vinyard.

We’ll never know what could have been in store for him.

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to renew their historic rivalry in ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday

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http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42477000/jpg/_42477876_aa.jpgIt really does not get any better than this.

The tennis world’s top two players, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, won their semifinal matches today at the ATP World Tour Finals in London and will play for the title tomorrow.

It will mark only the second time the two have played in 2010. Nadal leads the rivalry 14-7 but Federer has more grand slam titles with 16 to Nadal’s nine. Both have won each of their sport’s four majors (Wimbledon, US Open, French Open, Australian Open) at least once.

Nadal, who defeated fourth-ranked Andy Murray in a brilliant 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 semifinal showdown, will be seeking his first year-end title.

Federer, a straight-sets winner over third-ranked Novak Djokovic, will be seeking his fifth ATP World Tour Finals title.

I’m rooting for Federer, of course, because he’s my favorite male player ever. He also needs the win more, I think, psychologically. Although he won his fourth Australian Open in January, he lost the number one ranking to Nadal over the summer after working so hard to regain it in 2009.

But it’s hard to root hard against Nadal who plays with so much passion and fire and has the utmost respect for his greatest rival. If he wins the title, it will put an exclamation point on the best year of his career so far and the best year any male player has ever had. Nadal won his fifth French Open, second Wimbledon and first US Open in 2010.

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Saturday Afternoon Man: Stanley Tucci!

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A reader suggested Stanley Tucci, currently starring with Cher and Christina Aguilera in Burlesque, for Morning Man. It’s already afternoon but I think it’s an excellent idea!

Not only is he most handsome, he’s a brilliant actor who I loved most opposite Meryl Streep in two very different kinds of movies and roles: The Devil Wears Prada and Julie & Julia.

The actor, who turned 50 this month, made his film debut in 1985′s Prizzi’s Honor and has gone on to appear in such films as The Pelican Brief, Road to Perdition, Kiss of Death, and Big Night.

He was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in last year’s The Lovely Bones and won the Emmy for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for Monk. Tucci is a two-time Golden Globe winner for the HBO films Winchell and Conspiracy and was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the play Frankie and Johnny in Clair de Lune.

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OhLaLa! It’s Chord Overstreet!

Chord_overstreet_glee_Augustman_01OhLaLaMag has posted some very nice photos of Glee’s new shining star Chord Overstreet.

Chord, who plays football player and glee club member Sam on the show, posed for the December issue of Malaysian magazine August Man.

I do not believe it would be possible for this kid to be any more adorable.

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Gale Harold talks to Metro Source about “Hellcats,” his accident, and the legacy of “Queer as Folk”

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Gale Harold has one of the most loyal fan bases of any star that I have written about on this site. Every year when  his birthday is about to come up, some of his fans are sure to remind me.

I’ve found him to be a very thoughtful interview and enjoyed reading a chat he had with Metro Source magazine. Here are some excerpts:

About his character of Julian on CW’s Hellcats: “Julian’s a law professor. He’s teaching a pre-law class and that’s when he runs into Marti but he doesn’t take her seriously because, where he’s coming from, pre-law students aren’t cheerleaders. … I think his cynicism and idealism are an interesting mix.”

On his recovery from a serious 2008 motorcycle accident: “I’m perfectly perfect. Actually, I’m 99.9 percent perfect. I was very fortunate. It’s good to know that you can survive a little blip to your well-being and come back. … I recovered pretty quickly. I was sort of back to functioning in a general sense in three months, but I had to play a lot of mind games with myself just to test my cognitive functions and my memory and make sure I wasn’t going to have any gaps. If you’re an actor, you have to be able to memorize a lot of material, and then  just be able to let it go; so that was my main concern.”

http://www.lizandlaura.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/gale-harold.jpgOn playing Brian on Queer as Folk: “I was terrified of taking on this sort of sexual/political stance. There’s always, in my mind, this hesitancy to speak as Gale Harold about the life of this man, Brian Kinney, that I’m playing and how that relates to society and the gay community at large. … I had just turned 30 when I started the show … Nobody knew me, which was amazing, in a way, for the show, because you see that person for the first time when they’re playing that character so you believe it more.”

On the legacy of Queer as Folk: “The legacy of the show was having all these people come up to us over the years and thank us for giving them characters to watch and to relate to. They saw themselves. That’s kind of overwhelming to hear that. It’s very meaningful, and it’s heartbreaking, and it’s inspiring. But it was a heavy and awesome responsibility and I wanted to get it right.”

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Michael Buble talks about bullying, his gay uncle and the lessons his parents taught him about gay people

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http://media.hollyscoop.com/Images/PGImages/97996600---michael_buble.jpgWith Adam Lambert and Ricky Martin nowhere to be seen, last Sunday’s American Music Awards were not very gay at all.

But there was one moment that made my LGBT ears perk up: It was when Michael Buble took the stage to accept his award and talked about everyone being equal and being sure to mention the gays.

I thought that was really cool and it made me like the crooner even more than I already did. Then I came across this interview Buble did with the site Matthew’s Place, a site named for Matthew Shepard that’s designed to help young people gain the skills and tools to lead healthy, productive, hate free lives.

Here are some excerpts from Buble’s conversation with Thomas Howard Jr.:

“My uncle Mike has been with my uncle Frank, they’ve been a couple for, 35 years.  So when I grew up my mom and dad, in no uncertain terms, said, ‘You know Michael, a man can be in love with a man and a woman can be in love with a woman, and there’s no difference between people that are gay or straight.  They’re born that way.  It’s not something that can be learned or unlearned, or it’s not a phase or anything like that.  This is something that you are born with.’  And so I grew up, never seeing a difference between gay and straight people.  Also, I grew up in Vancouver, that has one of the biggest gay communities, so of course, growing up in music and theatre all my friends, or most of my friends were gay or bi.  This was something that was just normal for me.  The thing is, what really got to me Thomas, was that, I lived in this bubble, where because I came from this city that was completely tolerant and understanding,  I thought that’s just how it was.  And I moved to L.A. and it was the same way.  People were very open about it and proud.  But I started to realize that it wasn’t like that man.  In a lot of places, a lot of small cities and towns, people did not have that same understanding.  And I felt like it wasn’t just the job or the responsibility of gay or lesbian people to stand up for each other.  It’s a responsibility of straight people.  It’s a responsibility of all of us, we’re human beings, we’re all the same.  There’s just no room for this man.  I think it’s gotta start in the home.  It’s gotta start with parents talking to their kids and explaining to them that it’s ok, and that they can stand up for their friends, and that there’s nothing to be embarrassed about.  That that’s life, you know.  The truth is, Thomas, kids don’t grow up with hate.  They don’t know hate.  They’re taught hate and we just need to educate them.”

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