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Adam Lambert share surprise kiss/lick with his cute bass player; talks to “ET” about his first solo tour

I cannot possibly keep up with all that is going on in Adam Lambert’s exciting universe right now but I try!

On the Adam Lambert Fan Page on Facebook, there is this new photo of Adam last night at the Nokia Theatre in New York City’s Times Square sharing what one fan describes as a “kiss-lick” with his cute bass player Tommy Joe Ratliff!

This occurred during a major stop on the Glam Nation Tour which is Adam’s first solo tour.

Adam talks to Entertainment Tonight about the tour and says his butterflies are long gone: “When I was putting together the show there was a little bit of pressure and I was a little nervous about it. … The nerves are all gone — and now it’s more excitement. Now it’s like, I can’t wait to show this to everybody. I can’t wait to share this with my fans.”

Adam, who appears on ET today, promises his fans a dazzling show with plenty of songs from his album For Your Entertainment and lots of dazzling visuals.

“There are nods in there to Boy George, there are nods to Michael Jackson maybe, to ‘The Matrix’… There’s a little something for everybody and it’s all kind of put together in this big melting pot.”

Watch the video for Adam’s thoughts on the upcoming one-year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, and for more behind-the-scenes excitement from his concert.

Adam’s Glam Nation Tour across the U.S. wraps up September 21 in Washington. In the meantime, you can help the star support education through the “Glam a Classroom” campaign.

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Cynthia Nixon joins Showtime’s “The Big C”

http://feedessylphes.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/cynthia-nixon.jpgOkay, The Big C has just gone from “sounds promising” to “must-see” now that Cynthia Nixon has been added to the cast in a recurring role.

DeadlineHollywood has just reported the casting.

The two-time Emmy winner (plus Tony winner and Grammy winner) will play the best friend of Laura Linney’s character who is a repressed suburban wife and mother who reclaims her life after a terminal cancer diagnosis.

Also on the show: 2010 Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe!

While Miss Nixon is obviously best known for her role of Miranda in the Sex and the City series and feature films, she has an impressive body of work in other roles including an acclaimed performance as Eleanor Roosevelt in the HBO miniseries Warm Springs and the miniseries Tanner on Tanner.

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Kathy Griffin, Cheyenne Jackson and others talk to OUT about what they look forward to this summer

The  Gayest KensWhat a fun little feature on Out.com. They asked some our favorite gay and gay-friendly celebs what they are excited about doing or seeing or reading etc. this summer and I had to share some of their answers with you since I am in a very giving mood!

Kathy Griffin: “Taylor Lautner finally taking off those last five pounds. … Season 6 of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. It’s so gay this season Logo would probably pass on it. … National Jane Lynch day, which I shall designate randomly as July 10. Why? Because it’s so gratifying watching this fabulous chick get her due. … I’m not really that into Broadway musicals, but I am going to make a special trip to go see Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes in Promises, Promises. I don’t even remember which one of them is gay anymore and I don’t care.

Cheyenne Jackson: “Movie: Babies. Even if you aren’t a parent or don’t plan to be one, this movie will make your biological clock explode; Vacation spot: The Baltic Sea and St. Petersburg, Russia. I’ll be there this summer traveling with amfAR. So excited; Book: This Time Together by Carol Burnett. Now let’s get her on SNL!”

Margaret Cho: The incredible Drop Dead Diva returns to Lifetime in June! It’s the show that I am on, but not only am I on it, I am a huge fan! All new episodes start up in June! … My own album, Cho Dependent, comes out in August, which I am totally thrilled about.”

http://www.insidesocal.com/outinhollywood/,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,leslie.jpgLeslie Jordan: Fire Island! I am making my first trip to Fire Island! Can you believe it? Bad gay! Bad gay! Never been to Fire Island? Bad gay! I am performing there Saturday, August 14th! Can’t remember where because I am like an aging show pony, they just trot me out all over the place! But it is a small island with no cars so I am sure you will be able to find me!

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Scandal! Did former “Dante’s Cove” star Gregory Michael play a role in the “Bachelor” break-up?

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Kinda hate to give any more publicity to the sham of a couple that was Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi but I don’t mind giving some space to Gregory Michael who has always been a sweetheart to me.

Gregory is straight in real life but had a steamy starring role in the gay soap Dante’s Cove and currently has a more toned-down role as a gay college student in the ABC Family series Greek.

So what is he doing involved in this Jake-Vienna mess?

Amid reports that Vienna was possibly involved with him after they were seen at a charity event over the weekend Gregory said to RadarOnline: “I’m not a homewrecker. Vienna and I met on Saturday night at the Children’s Oncology Prom, a charity that I am very passionate about.”

He told Ok! that he and Vienna “hit it off and hung out and danced the night away” adding, “She made it very clear that it was over with Jake.”

If  a relationship does develop, it sounds like it won’t be tough for it to be less exciting than whatever was going on – or not going on – between Jake and Vienna. She’s spilling it all in the new issue of Star Magazine.

“We haven’t been intimate in months now,” she told the mag. “More than four months. At first, his excuse was that he was fasting. The second excuse was that he didn’t feel like it. And the third excuse was that he said that he felt that I wouldn’t understand that he wants to wait until marriage, even though I told him I’d support him.”

She went on, “The last excuse was that we fight so much that I push him away. I was like, really — which excuse is it? I literally have been living six months with this guy who won’t be intimate with me!”

“He kisses me only if we’re on a red carpet or if cameras are there,” she addedd. “Besides that, I have to ask for a kiss — and if I do he’ll pucker his lips and just peck me. I’m like, that’s how I kiss my grandmother!”

Jake, who called Vienna his “best friend” when he was voted off of Dancing With the Stars, tells People that he is hurt Vienna has sold her story to the tabloid: “That seriously breaks my trust. I would never do that to her. I am beside myself that she would dishonor the relationship like that.”

He added that allegations about their sex life are “insane.”

“I’m not going to be surprised if more stuff comes out,” he said. “I have no idea. I’m just putting my seatbelt on. … America couldn’t stand that I chose her, and I’d defend her. For everything to come apart like this, I absolutely feel betrayed. I feel like I don’t even know her.”

Well, ya don’t I guess.

Jake is currently filming a role on the show Drop Dead Diva. I’ve got an idea for his next job: if Here! ever revives the Dante’s Cove franchise, why not give Jake a role as a vampire on the show!

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“Will & Grace” Wednesday: The BFF’s pretend to want to buy Sandra Bernhard’s apartment

http://www.pr.com/upload/article_attachment_1181963653.jpgThe nerve of Will Truman and Grace Adler.

They see in the newspaper that Sandra Bernhard’s apartment is up for sale and just to be able to meet the star, they pretend to be potential buyers.

They get along with Sandra so well that they can’t stop the ruse and after hanging out with her a few times (including singing a hilarious rendition of Midnight Train to Georgia), they confess everything to the comedienne.

Her ripping them new ones is a complete riot – especially the creative way all the curse words are bleeped.

Enjoy!


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ATWT’s Van Hansis talks about Luke and Dr. Oliver: “Reid brings out things in Luke that Noah hasn’t in a long time”

http://www.sugarscape.com/userfiles/vanhansis.jpgIt was so great to read Van Hansis’s thoughts about the storyline on As the World Turns that has his character of Luke Snyder involved with the brilliant – but prickly – surgeon Dr. Reid Oliver who is played so wonderfully by Eric Sheffer Stevens.

“He is a really inventive actor,” Van says of Eric in an interview with Michael Fairman. “I think it takes a really special actor to take a character like that, who on paper can look like an asshole, and he has basically made him someone to root for.  Eric has done a really fantastic job of that.  Honestly, going into this thing when Eric was cast, I had the idea that he and Luke would hook-up.  But I did not know it would go as far as it has gone, or that it would become a real triangle, and a real relationship!

“It’s exciting for me to play, since Luke has been with the same person for three years now.  But it’s interesting, because Reid brings out things in Luke that Noah hasn’t in a long time.  I feel that Luke has a lot more fun now with Reid.  I think it’s kind of back to what first started with Luke and Noah: the thrill of a new relationship.  There is new stuff to discover about yourself and this person, when a relationship is so fresh.  Of course, playing that is exciting.

“That being said, I think Noah brings something that Reid doesn’t.  So, I actually think Luke is torn.  I think he really, really cares about Noah, and always will.  I think he is kind of intrigued by Reid and what Reid offers.  But Reid has a lot of issues himself, and I don’t know if Luke is ready to go there and be with somebody who isn’t that nice a person to him.  That being said, there were times when Noah wasn’t trying to be actively mean, like Reid was.  But Noah could ignore Luke, and Luke would get needy around Noah.  So, Luke is in a very interesting place now.  It’s a very fun story to tell.”

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Busy actor Tuc Watkins signs a contract for the upcoming season of “Desperate Housewives”

http://dirkmancuso.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/tuc-watkins-nc.jpgThere’s a good chance that Tuc Watkins will be getting more screen time when Desperate Housewives returns for its seventh season in the fall.

Tuc, so wonderfully delicious all these years as David Vickers on One Life to Live, has played the recurring role of Bob Harper on Housewives on 2007. Bob has been one-half of the gay couple on Wisteria Lane married to Lee (Kevin Rahm) who left Bob at the end of last season.

Not sure of Kevin will be back but I’m damned glad Tuc will and, hopefully, will get the kinds of storylines he is so capable of doing.

I’d like to suggest that Bob and Andrew Van de Kamp get together! It was rumored a few seasons back but did not happen. I think Tuc and the talented Shawn Pyfrom could be very fun together.

Tuc is currently juggling an off-Broadway play with his role on the daytime soap. AfterElton’s Gays of Our Lives column reports that he will reportedly exit the soap in mid-July and report to the set of DH.

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Greg In Hollywood chats up Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell of “The Fabulous Beekman Boys”

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A new episode of the show premieres tonight on Planet Green and looks pretty entertaining.  Titled Unhappy Birthday, New York Times best-selling author Josh Kilmer-Purcell wants to celebrate his 40th birthday on the farm he runs with partner Brent Ridge, a former executive with Martha Stewart’s company.

Brent has other plans for the property that weekend: the first-ever wedding at The Beekman Farm where these former gay urbanites produce goat milk soap and other organic products.

Josh confesses that his disappointment lies less in the fact that he didn’t get a birthday party and more in that another couple is getting married there before he and Brent can legally tie the knot themselves with same-sex marriage still not legal in the state of New York.

I met Brent and Josh back in January at the TV Critics Press Tour and we had a nice chat after their session with reporters.

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

He’s very grateful to Discovery and Planet Green for seeing them as more than a gay couple moving from the city to the country: “They saw us as a couple of people at a transition point in their lives who were doing something that will resonate with a lot of people. We were just a couple that has been in a 10-year-long relationship.”

So how did it all come together?

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Explained Brent: “We started our farm and our company about a year-and-a-half ago (in January) and the president of Planet Green got on our email list and we would send out email newsletters about what we were doing on the farm and it intrigued her so she approached us about doing the show.”

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

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

Said Brent: “He only comes up to the farm on the weekends, I’m up there full time. So we have to compress every pit of arguing and passion that we have as a couple into 24 hours. So the cameras capture that. I think every episode, people will see a bit of themselves in it because it’s a personal relationship and a professional relationship.”

So far, Josh has had to keep his day job so that’s why he’s at the farm mostly only on weekends.

“I work in advertising,” he said. “We need to make this farm work, this isn’t Green Acres, we need to make a farm work in order to keep it.”

The couple feels accepted by their neighbors.

“I hope that we’re a positive role model,” Josh said. “We live in a very conservative area, a very Republican area [Sharon Springs] and we’ve had actual complete acceptance. A neighbor’s a neighbor’s a neighbor. You don’t have a conservative neighbor or a liberal neighbor. You have someone who can help you when you need help and who you can help.”

The couple hopes their experiment and adventures on the farm will encourage others to follow their dreams.

“I think what is our greatest attribute is we don’t let fear hinder us from taking advantage of opportunities,” said Josh.

Added Brent: “The climate right now in America is one that people are forced to make changes in their lives. You can either make those changes out of fear or you can make those changes positively. If changes have to be made for a lot of people right now, look forward and do something you’re passionate about.”

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Wednesday Morning Man: Steven Gerrard!

http://images.icnetwork.co.uk/upl/ldp2/mar2009/5/7/steven-gerrard-108373252.jpgThe popular English player Steven Gerrard stepped up as captain for these World Cup games which has exposed him to international audiences.

Known as Stevie by his adoring fans (that’s what I call him), the midfielder is arguably the English Premiere Club Liverpool’s most recognizable player. He is known for being able to fill in gaps on the field and to play other roles on the team including second striker and winger.

Stevie, who has scored 17 goals in 82 international appearances for England, scored the opening goal of the team’s 1-1 draw with the United States on June 12.

In September 2006, Gerrard published his autobiography, Gerrard: My Autobiography, which ends with “I play for Jon-Paul.”

Gerrard’s ten-year-old cousin, Jon-Paul Gilhooley, was killed in the 1989 Hillsborough Tragedy when Gerrard was almost 9.

“It was difficult knowing one of your cousins had lost his life,” Gerrard said. “Seeing his family’s reaction drove me on to become the player I am today.”

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Daytime Soap Clips: Dr. Reid Oliver does not want to choose between love and his job so he quits!

Well, here are the Luke-Reid-Noah scenes from today’s episode of As the World Turns.

I wish I could say I enjoyed watching them but the truth is, the show is getting on my nerves again. The Luke-Reid romance, off to such a red-hot start, has had water doused on it. Not sure of things will heat up again in any kind of satisfactory way or if I care.

Hospital Chief of Staff Bob Hughes has given Reid a choice between his job as head of the new wing or his relationship with Luke, a major donor to the wing.

Reid chooses his job, Luke is pissed and his mom Lily says: “He’s not very smart for being a brain surgeon.”

As Reid, actor Eric Sheffer Stevens makes the most out of the ridiculous material as he conveys that Reid, for all his brilliance as a surgeon, does not really know how to be a human being. He tells his roommate that choosing his job over Luke was “a no brainer” but then wonders: “Why do I feel like I’m crawling out of my skin?”

Reid decides, after like a 30-second conversation with the roomie, that he made the wrong choice and goes in and tells Bob: ‘I quit.” He goes over to tell Luke who, of course, is talking with Noah so Reid gets the wrong idea and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.


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Happy Birthday to Cyndi Lauper!

http://www.insidesocal.com/outinhollywood/,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,lauper.jpgCyndi Lauper, one of the great straight allies in the LGBT equal rights movement, turns 57 today and I want to wish her a very happy birthday and thank her for being so magnificent a human being.

Cyndi’s latest album, Memphis Blues, is out today, and I hope it sells big!

love this woman. I love her honesty, courage to speak out, and boundless energy to entertain and to do good works on behalf of LGBT people.

She is a treasure.

Cyndi’s sister is gay and that initially fueled her involvement in LGBT issues. We love her for that and for being one of the more authentic stars around.

The singer announced in April that she is is planning to open a shelter in Harlem for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people. It will be called True Colors Residence and will support young people who have been kicked out of their homes by their parents and disowned.

I think Cyndi’s True Colors is one of the best songs ever about accepting and embracing yourself so here she is singing it.

Enjoy!

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Why there should be a “Sex and the City 3″

http://blog.zap2it.com/thedishrag/sex-and-the-city-2-poster-371.jpgOkay, so Sex and the City 2 has not exactly set any box office records this summer.

It was, I think, the victim of savage critics who were far harder on Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha than they needed to be.

After just 25 days in theaters, the movie dropped out of the top 10 after grossing just $2.4 million last weekend at the domestic box office.

But I’m not ready to say goodbye to my favorite ladies and I think the franchise can redeem itself with a terrific third movie. We just can’t let it all end this way!

Warner Bros., which sometimes confirms sequels on opening weekends of their predecessors if the numbers are big enough, has been mum on future installments which had at one time seemed a given.

The move has not exactly been a flop: it’s domestic gross currently stands at $90.6 million and it has earned an additional $157.2 million in foreign markets. That’s a worldwide total of $247.8 million.

Money talks!

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Kathy Griffin points out “hot as shi*t” Philippe Cousteau via Twitter to gays watching CNN telethon

http://cdn.uproxx.com/media/images/553/553_5aee2560c0b1f5b1ebfd56f13d402b70.jpgSo who saw the CNN’s Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help telethon last night?

I was watching to see if there were any altercations between Kathy Griffin and Ryan Seacrest but those silly girls behaved themselves (Kathy referred to Ryan as “she” last week on Larry King Live).

At one point Kathy tweeted: Sitting between Ryan seacrest & Nicole Ritchie. If I can face everyone in my act u can donate!!

But Kathy  had the good sense to point out the hottest guy in the room who, surprisingly, was not Ian Somerhalder or True Blood’s Sam Trammell!

No, it was Philippe Cousteau, the hunky grandson of the late Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

Kathy tweeted: Attn all gays, don’t u just wanna donate cause that hot as shit Philippe Cousteau Jr, or whatever is here??? I’d like to go deep with him.

Kathy added later when a Twitter follower chided her: That was A JOKE. We tend to need a lot of those at times like this, yes?

Look for Philippe as a future Morning Man!

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Who needs Zac Efron or Chace Crawford? The new “Footloose” will star a kid named Kenny Wormald!

http://www.osobnosti.net/foto/k/kenny-wormald/1935-20080109153948.jpgNot too long after Zac Efron dropped out of new version of Footloose last year, it was announced that the lead role would be played by Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford.

Then director Kenny Ortega dropped out and eventually so did Chace who is not really known for his dancing.

But the project lives on!

It’s just been announced that newcomer Kenny Wormald has emerged from a nationwide search to land the role of Ren McCormack, a part that made Kevin Bacon into a big star in the original film nearly 30 years ago.

Kenny joins the already cast Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid and Miles Teller. He is a Boston native who appeared in the MTV series Dancelife and recently toured with Justin Timberlake.

Paramount has set April 1, 2011 for the film’s release with production set to begin in August. Craig Brewer is now the director of the project.

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Thomas Roberts manages to get a few words in edgewise as a guest panelist on “The View”

http://cm1.theinsider.com/thumbnail/396/543/cm1.theinsider.com/media/0/83/83/480_troberts_theinsideranchor_071226_cbs.jpgI pity anyone who sits between Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck as a panelist on The View.

These women are so used to talking over each other that getting your point across is no easy task!

But Thomas Roberts, the out newsman currently anchoring on NBC and MSNBC, bravely joined those three ladies and guest moderator D.L. Hughely on today’s show.

With Whoopi Goldberg is on vacation and Barbara Walters recovering from heart surgery, the show has been welcoming a series of guest panelists – including some men!

Thomas’s first words on the show were “bring on the crazy” and at one point asked Joy to do her “So what? Who cares?” routine.

When he talked a little bit about World Cup but seemed out of his comfort zone, I wondered if many of the viewers knew then that Thomas is gay! If they did not, he made it clear when he mentioned that he came out 10 years ago at the age of 27.

When Joy asked if he had dated women before that, Thomas said “I dated women so I could throw off any signs that people might think that I was gay. … I didn’t want to be honest about it.”

Thomas pointed out that here it is the year 2010 and gay people still cannot donate blood: “If a gay man can’t donate blood, what else can’t we do? We can’t get married, we can’t do this, we can’t do that.”

I’m glad he managed to make a few important points amid the din!

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Shocker! “Bachelor” Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi break up – now they are asking for PRIVACY!

http://today24news.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/The-Bachelor-Jake-Pavelka-Chose-Vienna.jpgJake and Vienna have split. They appreciate the respect for their privacy at this time.

Why do publicists even tack on the obligatory “they appreciate the respect for their privacy” phrase at the end of confirmation that a “famous” couple has split up?

In this case, it’s Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi who allegedly met and fell in “love” last season on The Bachelor then continued to bask in the spotlight as Jake competed on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.

They met on TELEVISION and if they have not already given TV interviews they are arranging to talk to Entertainment Tonight or Extra or Access Hollywood this week. And let’s not forget The Insider. I think it’s too late for them to make this week’s People cover but maybe they can get a little picture in the upper corner?

Listen, I know The Bachelor has a dismal track record of any of these “couples” living happily ever after but these two didn’t pass the smell test from the very beginning. I did not buy it.

But, Jake is one hunky man so at least there’s that. And now that he has booked an acting gig on Drop Dead Diva, the REAL reason he even did The Bachelor can be pursued!

He wants to be a star!

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“Knots Landing” Tuesday: Remembering long-lost cul-de-sac residents Kenny and Ginger Ward

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It was kind of the same thing with Ginger and Kenny who were newlyweds on the cul-de-sac at the start of Knots Landing in 1979 along with Gary and Valene Ewing, Karen and Sid Fairgait and Laura and Richard Avery.

Kenny (James Houghton) was just about as cute as could be as was Ginger (Kim Lankford). But the couple was written off of the show at the end of season four with record producer Kenny being offered a job in Nashville.

The couple had a major conflict when Kenny was obsessed with making a star out of Ciji Dunn (Lisa Hartman) and ignoring Ginger’s dreams of a singing career. But when Ciji went missing one night (and later turned up dead). Ginger finally got the spotlight she had long desired and it was as if Kenny was seeing his wife’s talent for the first time.

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Greg In Hollywood chats up some of the creative folks who will have movies showing at Outfest 2010

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OUTFESTING: I’m a bit tardy in posting this recap of a really great event last week but since it’s Outfest related, I’m actually a bit early with it!
Outfest, the 28th Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival opens July 8 and runs through July 18. At O Bar in West Hollywood last Wednesday, film producer and activist Jd Desalvatore used her popular monthly Smoking Cocktail mixer to celebrate Outfest filmmakers.
I had a great time flitting about.
Spent some time with actor Nicholas Downs who stars in the romantic comedy Is It Just Me along with J.C. Calciano, the movie’s writer, director and producer.
“What I liked about this script was that it wasn’t the typical story, he didn’t do what we’ve seen before,” Nicholas told me. “He created a real, true romantic comedy and it happens to be about a gay relationship. It happens to have two guys in it and not Jennifer Aniston.
I’ll share my interview with the pair when my Countdown to Outfest series kicks off on July 1.

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The next group I chatted up included three of my favorite out actors in the business: Matthew Montgomery, Steve Callahan and David Pevsner who star in the drama Role/Play written and directed by Rob Williams (pictured standing to the right of the three actors).

The movie is highly-anticipated because it is the first time Montgomery and Callahan, a real-life couple for more than two years now, star opposite each other in a film.

Matthew has starred in such well-regarded art house films as Back Soon, Long-Term Relationship, Redwoods, Socket and Gone, But Not Forgotten while Steve starred in the memorable East Side Story and Nine Lives.

I’ll feature my joint interview with Steve and Matthew as part of the countdown but share with you some of what Rob Williams had to say about directing this talented duo: “It was so easy directing them because they are so comfortable with each other and their performances are so natural and their chemistry is so natural,” Rob said. “They just gave these incredible performances.”

This marks the second-straight year Rob has a movie playing Outfest. Last year, his delightful comedy Make the Yuletide Gay was screened.

Rob said that since he so rarely ever saw gay-themed films growing up, he’s grateful for the opportunity to make them now: “To make the decision a little later in life that that’s what I wanted to do and to be doing it is pretty amazing. I hope to keep doing it for a very long time.” P1030147 by you. **************

Here I am with the adorable Heath Daniels who was excited to chat about his short film Go-Go Rejects which will as part of a comedy program called From Uranus to Titicaca on July 11.

Heath wrote and produced and acted in the 20-minute film which comes at the end of the program.

“I always wanted to have a film in Outfest so I’m honored to be playing at Outfest,” he said. “[The film] sort of based on my real-life tragedy of trying to be a go-go dancer here in Hollywood combined with my childhood obsession with Jennifer Beals and the movie Flashdance. It’s about the rejection that ensues.”

I wondered if Heath was self-conscious about having to wear next to nothing: “At the end of it, we were doing 15-16 hour days and by that time I was just standing around virtually naked and no one was batting an eye.”

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It was good to bump into Todd Kubrak, Liz Osborne, Emily Teck before I left the party because I wanted to know about their movie The Four-Face Liar.

I could not figure out what the movie was about from the poster and Todd – an actor and producer on the film – to explain in a nutshell: “We have men that want men, women who want women, women who want men, we got everything.”

Added Emily, also a producer and star: “It’s a coming of age love story about four college kids falling in love and learning about themselves. With our generation, I don’t think labels are as appropriate as they used to be, it’s about figuring out who you are and what does it for you. It’s a universal story about love.”

Liz told me the movie was shot it just over 28 days in NY and LA on soundstages in the streets, in the winter and the fall.
“You name it, we shot it,” she said. “It was an amazing experience, just the best collaborative effort, a lot of people who really wanted to make a good movie. A lot of people who had a lot of heart.”

The film will have its screening at Ford Ampitheatre on July 17.

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************ And finally, it was nice meeting actress Paris Picard, one of the stars of the drama A Marine Story screening July 14.

The movie is about a tough marine officer named Alexandra who is discharged under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and returns to her conservative hometown with a mysterious personal life.

Paris and I were going to talk but got pulled in different directions as the party got crowded. But Jd is a producer on this and I will feature my chat with her about this movie as part of the Countdown to Outfest.

Stay tuned!

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************ Okay, I’ll just confess that this last guy is not an actor or a producer in any Outfest movies but he sure is cute!

His name is Justin Rabalais and not only is he an actor, he’s also my favorite bartender at O Bar. Handsome, friendly and attentive, Justin is always a nice addition to any event at this swanky eatery.

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Tuesday Morning Man: Matthew Upson!

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Soccer studs week continues!

Here is the delicious Matthew Upson who will start in England’s crucial World Cup match against Slovenia tomorrow.

The 31-year-old Matthew plays for Premiere League club West Ham United of which he is captain. The central defender he has played professional since 1996.

He is known for his calm and assured displays at the heart of defense and has become a hugely influential figure at Upton Park, where he now wears the captain’s armband.

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Constance McMillen is going to The White House

http://www.hilaryshepherd.com/rantsnraves/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/constance-mcmillen-fake-gay-prom.jpgI wonder what all those bigoted parents and kids back at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi who kept Constance McMillen from bringing her girlfriend to the prom will be doing tomorrow.

Whatever they are doing, I can guarantee it will not be as exciting as what is on tap for Constance: will attend a White House reception Tuesday for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens from around the nation in recognition of gay pride month.

The reception will be hosted by President Barack Obama who will deliver some brief remarks.

Then Constance goes to New York where will first attend a benefit concert with the legendary Ronnie Spector then she will serve as a grand marshal in this weekend’s New York City gay pride parade.

“I’ll never get my senior year back,” Constance said to USA Today. “But the experiences that I have had because of this have really made it a lot easier. It has really helped me.”

Although a judge agreed that Constance’s constitutional rights had been violated when they canceled the prom rather than let her attend with a female, the school was not forced to hold an official prom and instead organized a private event leaving Constance out in the cold.

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