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Verdict and reaction in Tyler Clementi case

Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers student accused of spying on his roommate Tyler Clementi, was found guilty today of the hate crime of bias intimidation as well as invasion of privacy, and tampering with evidence.

Clementi committed suicide by jumping off of the George Washington Bridge in the days after he discovered that his private dorm room encounters with another man had been secretly recorded by Ravi via webcam and discussed it on Twitter with other students.

During the trial, the prosecution said that in the days before he committed suicide, Clementi had checked Ravi’s Twitter page 38 times. Among the messages was this tweet from Ravi: ‘Roommate asked for room til midnight. Went into Molly’s room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay.’

It took the jury of seven women and five men 12 hours to reach verdicts on 35 separate charges. Of those, he was found guilty of 24 and not guilty of 11. A majority of the not guilty verdicts applied to the man who was with Clementi when they were secretly recorded.

That man, known only as M.B., released a statement after the verdict:

‘There has been so much hurt caused to too many innocent people,’ he said. ‘Tyler was a good person and seeing his family go through the tortures of the trial was painful. For all of my life I have been known to the world by my name. That simple luxury was taken away from me as my identity became reduced to simply, M.B. in order to protect the privacy of myself and my family.’

‘When I learned of Tyler’s death, it bothered me terribly that perhaps there had been something I could have done or said to him that would have changed the course of events,’ he added. ‘I will never have that chance nor will his family or other friends who saw him differently than Mr. Ravi did.’’s family attended every day of the trial. His father, Joe, addressed the media today with his wife Jane and son James by his side:

:’To our college, high school and even middle-school youngsters, I would say this: You’re going to meet a lot of people in your lifetime. Some of these people you may not like. But just because you don’t like them, does not mean you have to work against them. When you see somebody doing something wrong, tell them, ‘That’s not right. Stop it.”

‘You can make the world a better place,’ he added. ‘The change you want to see in the world begins with you.’

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The Rosie Show canceled by OWN

I was just getting used to having Rosie O’Donnell back on television and was really digging the more intimate set she introduced last month.

Well, word as just come that OWN has canceled The Rosie Show after less than six months.


I wish they would have just let Rosie do the show from New York where she could get better guests and build an audience. She is such a good interviewer and strong commentator and someone you like spending time with each day.

‘It was a great year for me,’ Rosie said in a statement. ‘I wish the show was able to attract more viewers — but it did not. So I am headed back to my home in New York – with gratitude. On we go!’

Here’s what Oprah Winfrey had to say: ‘As I have learned in the last 15 months, a new network launch is always a challenge and ratings grow over time as you continue to gather an audience. I’m grateful to Rosie and the dedicated Rosie Show team for giving it their all.’

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Beautiful partnership of Rafael Nadal & Marc Lopez

Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez - BNP Paribas OpenWith Carlos Moya now retired, Rafael Nadal has another man in his life.
His name is Marc Lopez.
I’m talking about his doubles partner! What did you think I meant? Oh yeah, I did do that silly post three years ago called Rafael Nadal and Carlos Moya: Their beautiful Spanish love story in pictures so I can see where you might get the idea that I was insinuating something!
Anyway, I had the pleasure of watching Rafa and Marc play a week ago in the first round of the doubles at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and they were so cute together. After they won their match, Rafa tried to get Marc to speak English to the crowd but he stuck to Spanish.
It’s clear that the two are very close friends.
They are also a winning pair. Not only are they in the semifinals of the tournament this year, but they won the title together in 2010.
I just wonder what Carlos thinks of all this!
Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez - Exxon Mobil Qatar Open - Day Five
Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez - Western & Southern Open - Day 4
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Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez - AEGON Championship - Day Two

Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor does not like to be referred to as bisexual but it sure sounds like she is!

We know Cynthia Nixon doesn’t like the bisexual label even though she clearly is.

Now it seems that Sinead O’Connor has the same issued.

In a new interview with The Advocate, the Irish singer says of being bisexual: ‘I’m not sure if it’s accurate.’

But then she says: ‘In my youth, I did some exploring of bisexuality. And perhaps I said things, put labels on things, and put measurements on things that actually you can’t put measurements on. I wouldn’t put labels of either gay or [expletive] straight or any other thing. I do believe people often explore their sexuality.’

She adds that she ‘was brought up to believe sex was a shame, so I was determined I was going to f*** my way beyond that. I was going to explore my sexuality. So there was maybe three occasions where I had sex with women that I fancied. I always believed that whatever kind of sex, as long as it’s consensual and no one is getting hurt…is a sacred thing. No matter how filthy or sweet it might be.’

O’Connor, currently married to her fourth husband, also says that if she were single and ‘I fell in love with a woman or I fancied a woman, I wouldn’t have any shame about it.’

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Ricky Martin’s curtain call in “Evita”

Had meant to post these photos a few days ago.

Here is Ricky Martin, looking oh-so handsome, during his first curtain call during the first night of previews for Evita.

Martin’s return to Broadway has him in the role of Che. He last appeared on The Great White Way in 1995′s revival of Les Miserables.

“I’ve felt emotions onstage that I never felt before, it has strengthened me as a person and as an artist,” the singer said at a press conference this week.

Martin added that he has come to “another place mentally, physically, and spiritually right now, and it’s been a great journey. I’m here to grow and to learn. It’s been a fascinating trip.”


Rosie has dinner plans with Kirk Cameron

So, do you think Rosie O’Donnell will be able to talk any sense into Kirk Cameron? I guess we’ll find out because Rosie has agreed to have dinner with the former Growing Pains star.

‘It’s a better way to start rather than on TV. … I just don’t want it to be biblical ping pong,’ Rosie said on her show this week. ‘Sometimes when you talk with someone who has a very, very rigid view of what they think is right or wrong, it’s almost like they think they’re more right because they’ve memorized stuff from the Bible.’

But, she’s hopeful: ‘This is how fences get mended. This is how people come together.’

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Friday Morning Man: Scott McGregor!

Happy Friday everyone!

Sorry for the late start. Had some family business to attend to but am now in front of the laptop ready to post, post and post!

First of all, get a load of this cutie: He’s Australian actor and television personality Scott McGregor!

The 30-year-old hunk is best known for his one-year stint on the Aussie soap Neighbours on which he played Det. Mark Brennan until last year.

Prior to that, he was was getting attention as a successful underwear model (Men’s Health, DNA) and television “presenter” on such shows as Temptation and Blood, Sweat and Gears.

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Betty White and Ellen DeGeneres among the stars who will appear at GLAAD Media Awards in LA!

This is always one of my favorites events of the year and no doubt will be quite memorable this year. Betty White’s world domination continues! Also so glad to see Kim Wayans be included. She was so, so good in the movie Pariah and when you see it, you will understand why I thought she deserved an Oscar nomination.


Prince Harry interviewed by Seth Doane of CBS

Greg In Hollywood Morning Man alum Seth Doane of CBS News scored one heck of an exclusive: Prince Harry!

This is the best interview yet with the son of Prince Charles and the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

Here it is in its entirety!

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Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to receive the Vito Russo Award at GLAAD Media Awards in NYC I think of some of my favorite television shows, movies and musicals, many of them have one thing in common: the extraordinary producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

Their most recent television success is NBC’s Smash which I am just crazy about and love it all the more because it actually has gay characters featured prominently.

Anyway, it has just been announced that Mr. Zadan and Mr. Meron will receive the Vito Russo Award at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York City on March 24.

The award is named after one of GLAAD’s founders and is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting LGBT equality.

In a career spanning over two decades, Zadan and Meron’s productions have garnered six Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, 11 Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, two Tony Awards and a Grammy Award.

In addition to producing iconic films such as the Academy Award-winning Chicago, The Bucket List, Hairspray and Footloose, two of their television movies have received GLAAD Media Awards, Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story in 1996 and What Makes a Family in 2002.

They also received GLAAD Media Awards nominations in 2004 and 2007 for It’s all Relative and Wedding Wars.

Their current hit TV series Drop Dead Diva this year received its second nomination in the Outstanding Individual Episode category.

Through many of their projects, Zadan and Meron have been trailblazers in telling the stories of the LGBT community.

In 1995, their film Serving in Silence, which aired on NBC, recounted the legal battle of Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer, who challenged “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” following her involuntary discharge under the law.

In the 2001 Lifetime movie What Makes a Family, Zadan and Meron recounted the story of a woman who had to fight for the custody of the child she shared with her deceased partner, and in their 2006 Wedding Wars (A&E), they told the story of a gay man who speaks out in favor of marriage equality when he discovers his straight brother, whose wedding he was planning, is behind an anti-gay speech.

In 2010, the duo returned to their theater roots with the Tony winning Broadway revival of Promises, Promises starring openly gay actor Sean Hayes and GLAAD Vanguard Award-recipient Kristin Chenoweth.

Zadan and Meron’s Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying starred outspoken LGBT equality advocate Daniel Radcliffe.

Their current hit series Smash on NBC features a prominent gay character whose dating life is an important part of the show.

Previous Vito Russo Award honorees include Ricky Martin, Cynthia Nixon, Suze Orman, Rosie O’Donnell, Alan Cumming, Nathan Lane, Elton John, Liz Smith, k.d. lang, David LaChapelle, Brian Graden, and Tom Ford.


Lunch Break Video: Trailer for “The Perfect Family” starring Kathleen Turner as overbearing mom missed this movie when it screened at Outfest last summer and after watching the trailer, cannot wait to see it!

It’s The Perfect Family and it stars Kathleen Turner as a woman nominated by her church for Catholic of the Year.  Problem is, her family just won’t cooperate. Her daughter (Emily Deschanel), instead of marrying a nice guy like mom wants her to, comes out as a lesbian! Then her son (Jason Ritter) leaves his wife and begins a relationship with a manicurist!

This looks like Turner’s most delicious film role since Serial Mom and as an added bonus, we get Thorn Birds star Richard Chamberlain back in a priest robe!

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Snapped! Neil Patrick Harris in Las Vegas!

A dashing Neil Patrick Harris was among the stars who were on hand this week for the grand opening of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas. NPH was the host of a show that included such stars as Jennifer Hudson, Willie Nelson, Carole King, Emmylou Harris and Cheyenne Jackson.

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Donald Trump Jr. differs from his dad on gay marriage: “‘I’m totally for it – It’s never been an issue for me”

It’s nice to know that Donald Trump Jr. is a gay marriage ally.

His father infuriated many in the gay and lesbian community last year when, during his brief flirtation with running for the GOP presidential nomination, the three-times married Donald Trump said he was against gay marriage.

The younger Trump, who appears with his father on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, believes his father merely took the position out of political necessity.

‘I think part of it, and perhaps the shame of being a conservative, is you almost have to have those kind of stances to win any kind of primary,’ the younger Trump said in an interview with The Six Pack. ‘And then you have to sell out and become a moderate in the middle just like you have to do if you’re on the liberal side of the political spectrum.’

The son is much more clear on where he stands on gay marriage: ‘I’m totally for it. One of my best friends growing up was gay. It’s never been an issue for me.’

To read about why Trump Jr. once wished all the guys in college were gay, see my article over at Gay Star News.

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Thursday Morning Man: Dan Ewing! is 26-year-old Australian actor Dan Ewing and I’m so glad he has made it onto my radar.

What. A. Cutie.

Dan is best known for his two stints on the Aussie soap Home and Away. He played the role of Ruben Humphries when he was on the show back in 2005. Then last year, he returned in the much bigger role of Heath Braxton.

His return to Home and Away came around the same time as Dan’s participation in the Aussie version of Dancing With the Stars. He was partnered with Luda Kroiter and both were eliminated in week five. Ewing danced in support of the St Vincent de Paul Society, where his mother works.

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Rosie talks to Suzanne Somers about when she got fired from “Three’s Company” in salary dispute I catch a late-night rerun of Three’s Company on TV Land, I’m always so glad to see Jack, Chrissy and Janet doing their memorable brand of slapstick comedy.

Now that was a memorable trio.

Sadly, we only got four full seasons of them because by the fifth, Chrissy had been sent to visit her mother and appeared via phone call – Suzanne Somers’ punishment for demanding to be paid more money.

The show continued for three more years and was okay, but it never had the same magic.

Somers couldn’t get a TV job for several years but ended up back on ABC for a seven year run in the sitcom Step By Step.

She talks with Rosie O’Donnell about the firing and about how Johnny Carson helped her get her start in showbiz.

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Jeff Lewis debuts on Bravo’s “Interior Therapy” tonight; Find out how camera impact life with his boyfriend you are a fan of the Bravo series Flipping Out starring Jeff Lewis, then you will definitely want to check out his new series, Interior Therapy, which debuts tonight.

Everyone’s favorite obsessive-compulsive house-flipper is now moving in with his clients. He and business partner Jenni Pulos move into someone else’s home and Jeff does what he does best — he judges their flaws and redesigns their space.

During a conference call with reporters last week, I asked Jeff how the cameras have impacted his relationship with his boyfriend, Gage Edward, who also appears on the show:

“Well I think – you know, I think what the cameras do is obviously it puts a magnifying glass on your life and your relationship, and I think that we started off with a very, very strong foundation,” Jeff said.  “Gage and I dated for at least a year, year and a half before we even brought him on camera. So we always – we had a very kind of strong relationship before we entered this.”

“That said, it has brought a lot of stress because you know Gage wasn’t always depicted favorably last season of Flipping Out, and that was really hard on him because he really is a really good, nice person. He does have my back. He is very, very professional in a sense of he’s protecting my business. And when we had to let go of a few people last season, you know it wasn’t that it was – it wasn’t ultimately Gage’s decision; it was mine. But he did present the information, and as a result he took the heat for that.”

Jeff added: “We got a lot of very, very upsetting, nasty blogs, reviews, emails, and that was hard on him. For somebody who’s been you know under the radar for so long.”

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Busy “Glee” star Darren Criss offered “The X Factor” hosting job and very wisely turns it down X Factor seems increasingly desperate if you ask me.

The Fox show, produced by Simon Cowell, is intent on landing some big names in order to have the kind of ratings enjoyed by NBC’s The Voice as well as American Idol.

Janet Jackson reportedly turned them down to be a judge and there are apparently talks with Britney Spears.

I think they should’ve just kept Paula Adbul!

Now E!Online reports that Glee star Darren Criss was offered the job of host to replace Steve Jones.

Of course it would make absolutely no sense for Criss to take on a hosting job at this point in his thriving career which not only includes Glee, but also a recent stint in Broadway and a new movie with Kristin Wiig.

Anyway, we’ll see what big names they snag for judges and host and see if that helps.

Maybe getting rid of Simon is the answer!


Daytime Soap Clip: Will’s dad returns to Salem and reunites with his son on “Days of Our Lives”

Whoops! I’m behind on my Days of Our Lives clips!

Posted about things to come earlier this morning unaware that some of those scenes had already happened!

So, here they are folks!

We see Will reunite with his dad and he tells his son he is worried about him.

“I’m your dad and I want you to know what you can tell me anything,” he says to Will.

But Will is clearly not going open up about his kissing a guy and his dealing with being gay.

Instead, they end up talking about Will working for EJ and wants him to quit – immediately. Will tells his dad that EJ is blackmailing him because he knows Will shot him.

Great soapy stuff!!!

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Lunch Break Video: A perfect match: Adele’s music and scenes from “Brokeback Mountain”

I’m pretty much destroyed after watching this.

A YouTube user by the name of Gomnitus has created an amazing video montage of scenes from Brokeback Mountain with Adele’s ballad Someone Like You.

It’s such a perfect fit.

And just seeing those scenes takes you back to how very good Jake Gyllenhaal was in the film and how absolutely brilliant Heath Ledger was. It was the performance of Ledger’s far too-short career.

I have a feeling I’m going to be watching the movie in its entirety again in the coming days.

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Sonny resurfaces this week on “Days of Our Lives”

We haven’t seen as much of our Will Horton lately as we would like on Days of Our Lives and even less of Salem’s other gay, Sonny Kiriakis.

But according to the Langford on Soaps column over at, we get to see both at this week’s grand opening of Sonny’s coffee house, Common Grounds. All of Salem shows up for the big event.

Meanwhile, Will has a reunion with his father Lucas who wants to talk to Will about what has been going on in his life. Avoiding any discussion of his sexuality, Will turns the conversation to his working for EJ. Lucas is stunned to learn that EJ has been blackmailing Will because he knows that Will shot him all those years ago. Lucas confronts EJ and demands he stop blackmailing his son.

Surprisingly, EJ offers to free Will from is obligation, but Will declares he likes working for EJ and wants to keep his gig. Lucas is horrified by Will’s decision and vows to get his son out from under EJ’s evil influence.

I’ll post the video as soon as it becomes available!

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