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Snapped! Andy Cohen & Anderson Cooper in Rio!

The New York Post reports that Anderson Cooper has been enjoying the post-Carnival activities in Rio with boyfriend Ben Maisani and his good pal, Bravo’s Andy Cohen.

They are pictured here on Saturday attending the samba schools’ parade, featuring floats and dancers.

This brings back some wonderful memories for me. Some of my friends and I were actually in the samba schools parade back in 2005 and had the time of our lives.

It is an amazing scene.

I’ve added a photo of us in our costumes which made dancing in the parade a bit difficult.

Making things worse for me was that I was too busy going to parties and hanging out at Ipanema’s gay beach to bother to learn the routine so I just did whatever the person in front of me was doing!

I don’t think anyone noticed.

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Wednesday Morning Man: Shawn Ashmore!

Shawn Ashmore is such a cutie who I discovered the other night as I was watching The Following on Hulu!

He’s got an identical twin brother, Aaron Ashmore, so I hope all of these pics are of Shawn and not Aaron! will feature the other twin down the road.

Shawn, 33, is previously best known for his role as Jake in the Animorphs television series and Iceman in the X-Men films.

His film credits include The Ruins, Frozen, 3 Needles, The Quiet, The Day and he will reprise the role of Iceman is next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Shawn has also been busy with television roles including the 2010 miniseries Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures and guest spots on such series as Smallville and Fringe.

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Kelly Clarkson sets record straight on Clive Davis: “I refuse to be bullied and I just have to clear up his memory lapses” [Updated]

Sorry for the lack of posts today.

I’ve been trying to keep it from you, but the truth is, I’ve had the flu for the past two days and am actually working from bed right now.

But am trying to post between naps.

So the big news yesterday was Clive Davis coming out as Bi but now that story has been eclipsed by Kelly Clarkson calling him out on his new book. Here is what Kelly has to say in its entirety:

Hey y’all,

So I just heard Clive Davis is releasing a memoir and spreading false information about me and my music. I refuse to be bullied and I just have to clear up his memory lapses and misinformation for myself and for my fans. It feels like a violation. Growing up is awesome because you learn you don’t have to cower to anyone – even Clive Davis.

First, he says I burst into “hysterical sobbing” in his office when he demanded Since You Been Gone be on my album. Not true at all. His stories and songs are mixed up. I did want more guitars added to the original demo and Clive did not. Max, Luke and I still fought for the bigger sound and we prevailed and I couldn’t be more proud of the life of that song. I resent him dampening that song in any way.

But, yes, I did cry in his office once. I cried after I played him a song I had written about my life called “Because Of You.” I cried because he hated it and told me verbatim that I was a “sh*tty writer who should be grateful for the gifts that he bestows upon me.” He continued on about how the song didn’t rhyme and how I should just shut up and sing. This was devastating coming from a man who I, as a young girl, considered a musical hero and was so honored to work with.
But I continued to fight for the song and the label relented. And it became a worldwide hit. He didn’t include that in the book.

He also goes on to say My December wasn’t successful because I co-penned the album and it didn’t have “pop hits”. Well, first let me say, I’ve co-penned many of my “pop hits.” Secondly, My December went platinum (It sold 20,000 less than All I Ever Wanted which followed My December.) Hardly a huge failure. Never Again, the ONLY single they released in the US from that record was a Top 10 hit. I am very proud of that and I have my fans to thank. But, again, what’s most interesting about his story is what he leaves out: He doesn’t mention how he stood up in front of his company at a convention and belittled me and my music and completely sabotaged the entire project. It never had a chance to reach it’s full potential. My December was an album I needed to make for myself for many reasons and the fact that I was so completely disregarded and disrespected was so disheartening, there really aren’t words to explain….

Anyway, I love my job. I love my music. I love my fans. I love my label and all of my professional relationships… now. And I am grateful for Clive for teaching me to know the difference.

Cheers to another amazing year! And, as always, thanks for listening!


UPDATE: Clive has respond3d via Twitter:

“I am truly very sorry that she has decided to take issue with what I know to be an accurate depiction of our time together. Before the book was published, I had every fact checked with five independent individuals who were present on a daily basis throughout it all.”

“The chapter as it is written was thoroughly verified by each and every one of them. I stand by the chapter as written in my book. At the same time I wish, and will always wish, Kelly‘s talent and her career to soar to ever new heights.”

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Late Night Video: It’s Cher on “Will & Grace”

Well, I seem to be recovering from this flu – a bit of a 48 hour thing.

At least I hope!

Am about to hit the hay but thought it would be fun to post the two guest appearances Cher made on Will & Grace.

As is the case with so many of us gay guys, Jack (Sean Hayes) was obsessed with Cher – so much so that he even had a Cher doll!

Here are episodes when he is face to face with the icon and another in which he has a really fun dream with her in it.


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“How to Survive a Plague” director David France on Ed Koch: “His failure in AIDS should be, and is, the defining cornerstone of (his) public life”

If How to Survive a Plague wins best documentary at the Oscars on Sunday, I will be as happy as a clam at high tide.

But even if it doesn’t, the movie has had such an impact on how we look back at the AIDS epidemic.

The film’s director, David France, says he believes the success of the film may have been responsible for The New York Times quickly amending Ed Koch’s obituary earlier this month to include his inaction during the AIDS crisis that had gripped his city during his terms as mayor.

France tells ‘Almost immediately after the piece came out, the uproar from readers of that obituary was so great that the Times had to circle back and correct it. And within an hour they issued a correction to the obituary. And I can’t think of a time that that’s ever happened before that the correction was explicitly and solely to put the appraisal of his handling of AIDS in the central part of his biography.’

France believes this is how it should be.

‘His failure in AIDS should be, and is, the defining cornerstone of this public life,’ the filmmaker says. ‘Nothing else played as big as role historically as that. And I think if it weren’t for How to Survive a Plague and the kind of consciousness that it’s helped create and recall, that the New York Times would not have gone back and he made those corrections.’

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James Purefoy on kissing Kevin Bacon: ‘I just remember his tongue flicking gently into my mouth’

During Fox day at the TV Critics Association press tour in Pasadena last month, Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy were asked about their undeniable chemistry on the new show The Following.

A critic told the actors that they have so much chemistry on the show that in one scene she wanted them to just start kissing. The actors immediately leaned and granted her wish – and ours!

Purefoy jokingly elaborates on the smooch in an interview with Vulture: “Yeah, I just remember his tongue flicking gently into my mouth. So forward of him. And in front of all those people. I thought what we had was private.”

Such a tease!

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Tuesday Morning Man: Tom Ellis!

Downton Abbey fans in the US are still reeling from the season three finale that leaves Lady Mary a widow.

If I spoiled anything for you, get with it! It’s been more than 24 hours and the news is everywhere.

Anyway, now that Mary is single, this gorgeous man is among those being considered as her new suitor.

He’s 34-year-old Tom Ellis who is best known for his role on the BBC comedy series Miranda.

Ellis previously played Dr. Oliver Cousins in the BBC soap opera EastEnders and was also Sam in the BBC comedy Pulling.

Thanks to my pal Lorna for making me aware of the dreamy Mr. Ellis!

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Music mogul Clive Davis comes out as bisexual

People are saying this has been an open secret for decades but it is certainly news to me!

Clive Davis, the man who guided Whitney Houston to superstardom, tells Katie Couric that he is bisexual.

Davis, 80, tells Couric about how the end of his marriage opened his mind to explore homosexuality and find the relationship he is in today.

He said in an interview airing Tuesday: “When the marriage failed– in the mid ’80s, I opened myself up to the possibility that I could have a relationship with a man as well as the two that I had with a woman. I felt it was private, number one, as far as my not revealing it. But I did immediately (LAUGH) reveal it to the people who count.”

He makes clear that he is bisexual, not gay: “I’m still attracted to women. So that it– you don’t have to be only one thing or another. For me, it’s the person. I’m in a monogamous relationship. I respect monogamy. And I hope that this is understood.”


Nate Berkus on how he dealt with his partner’s death: ‘It made me a more compassionate person’

It was in December 2004 that the personal life of Nate Berkus became a lot more public. He and his partner, photographer Fernando Bengoechea were vacationing at a beach resort in Sri Lanka when the Indian Ocean tsunami hit. While Berkus survived, Bengoechea went missing and is presumed dead.

Berkus appeared on mentor Oprah Winfrey’s daytime show a month later to talk about his ordeal and the loss of his great love.

Now eight years later, he discussed the painful topic again with Winfrey in part two of an interview on her OWN network which aired over the weekend.

‘The witnessing [of his passing] was a gift,’ Berkus said. ‘It made me a better person, it made me a more compassionate person.’

Winfrey went to visit Berkus a few days after he returned from Sri Lanka and recalled her words which then, and now, provided great comfort: ‘You said to me, ‘when the soul gets what it came to get, it goes.”

He explained: ‘Here was a person who had left Argentina to live in Brazil, who had traveled around the globe, who truly had never had established his own family and life on his own terms. And all of a sudden, I was ‘home’ to him. I represented ‘home’ metaphysically, physically, everything. And he had gotten what he came to get by being with me.’

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A slimmed-down Boy George getting lots of attention: “I love that the size of my a– is trending worldwide”

Boy George showed up at Sunday’s Awards Sunday in London looking about as slim as he did back in his Culture Club days.

Photos of the svelte singer made such an impression on Monday that George tweeted: . “I love that the size of my a– is trending worldwide.”

He’s been working out and also attributes his slimmer self to a weight-loss program called Freer Nutrition.

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Days of Our Lives: Will’s heart sinks when he realizes Sonny doesn’t want to get back together

Nice to have some Will and Sonny scenes and some Will and Gabi scenes that don’t involved Nick and that damned info he’s got about Will shooting EJ.

I mean, it was just soooooo easy for him to collect that dirt, recording and all, and now he plans to use it against our Will Horton!

Oh yeah, this isn’t real life. It’s just a soap! I’m entirely too caught up in it all.

Anyway, Will thinks Sonny wants to get back together when he gets Valentine’s Day gift from Sonny but it was ordered before their break-up. It’s sweet that a deflated Will goes to Gabi to pour his heart out and they have some nice moments before he brings up the paternity test.

Meanwhile, Sonny has an outing with cutie Brian who I’m willing to date if Sonny isn’t interested!

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Happy 80th birthday to Yoko Ono! Here is an encore presentation of my 2008 interview with her

Yoko Ono is marking her 80th birthday today by performing in Berlin.

Nice to see that she is still going strong.

I got the chance to interview Yoko back in 2008 when I was a columnist for the LA Daily News.

Here is that interview in its entirety:

I admit it, the prospect of calling up Yoko Ono at her home at the famed Dakota apartment building in New York City made me a little nervous. She’s such an iconic figure and her marriage to the late John Lennon is one of the great love stories of all time. But once we began to chat, I was surprised at how friendly and candid she was.

“Every day, I’m thankful that I’m still alive,” Yoko said. “Every morning, I wake up and I see that I have about 20 different things you have to do and I keep doing it. One is artwork and music as well, and the business, and John’s work. it’s totally packed.”

It’s John’s artwork that Yoko wanted to talk about most since more than 100 pieces of it will be on display on Friday and Saturday at the new Neiman Marcus store inside the Westfield Topanga Mall in Canoga Park.“I’m proud of every work that’s there,” she said. “I hand-picked them for good reason. They had to be artistically good and reflect his spirit. All I was thinking was, ‘OK, I want to do John’s art, I better do it because it’s there and John would have wanted me to do

“The Art of John Lennon” has been touring for about 15 years now and Yoko thinks she knows why it has had such staying power: “He was just being himself and himself was a guy who had an incredible sense of humor. It wasn’t about trying not trying to impress critics, he was just having fun doing it and it shows. People who see his work, the first thing they do is smile or laugh. There’s a warmth to his work. At a gallery, usually you see work that is very serious, there’s a lack of a sense of humor in art world.”

It’s pretty amazing to think that a few decades ago, the exhibit of John’s art was a bit of a tough sell.

“In the beginning it was a hard job to try and put it in different shows,” Yoko said. “People thought, ‘He’s so famous, it’s a musician dabbling.’ In the beginning it was sporadic. Now it’s a very popular program. The people started to notice it’s a good show and he’s a good artist and it took off very well. I’m so glad.”

Ironically, it was at an art gallery where the couple first met. “At the time I thought I’m an artist and he’s a musician. I didn’t know that he was an art student first. Meeting me in that environment, I think that kind of stimulated him, awakened that side of him. It was pretty interesting to watch. He was so good. I said, ‘You are too good to not be doing it.”

Her husband has been gone for nearly 28 years now and at 75 years old, Yoko is amazingly youthful. I wondered what the secret was.

“I have no idea, I’m just very lucky,” she said. “I think it has a lot to do with the way I think about things. There was a time when I was really feeling bad, the fact that John passed away. But I thought, ‘I have to not drown in this. I’m a mother. I think I have
to stay alive for Sean.”

And how is her and John’s son, musician Sean Lennon, doing these days?

“Sean is very well,” she said. “At one time he wasn’t, he was feeling so bad about the fact that his father is so big and it was difficult for him. But now he’s got his own gig and he’s happy about it.”

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Ezra Miller on coming out queer: ‘I think there are a lot of people who fall on this open spectrum of sexuality’

One of my favorite movies last year was the acclaimed indie flick The Perks of Being a Wallflower which I highly recommend to anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.

One of the stars of that film is Ezra Miller who is gay in the film and last year, came out as ‘queer.’

He explains why he used that word to describe himself instead of gay.

‘It’s generational in the way that that term is newly available in a certain way,’ Miller tells The Advocate. ‘I think it feels the most open and inclusive and that’s what makes it apply for me, personally.’

Miller broke out in 2011 in the film We’ve Got to Talk About Kevin after appearing in such television shows as Royal Pains, Californication, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

The 20-year-old’s character in Wallflower was a gay high school student involved in a secret relationship with one of the school’s football players.

But unlike his Wallflower character, the actor doesn’t like refer to himself as gay.

‘I think there are a lot of people who fall on this open spectrum of sexuality,’ Miller says. ‘My friends and I use that word as an all-encompassing banner and for every human being. There should be an ongoing question and investigation of who you love and everything that’s involved with that very tricky and beautiful thing.’

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See Adam Lambert perform “Stay” during kickoff of his “We Are Glamily” tour in South Korea

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Monday Morning Man: Oliver Kieran Jones!

Decided to catch up on the last five episodes of Glee last night on Hulu because my TV is out of commission.

Glad I did because I got to see Oliver Kieran-Jones, the Welsh actor who plays Kurt’s (Chris Colfer) first post-Blaine love interest Adam.

‘Chris and I get on really well,’ Oliver tells ‘I think it was strange for Chris because I know they were looking for the guy for ages and they screen tested quite a few people. They couldn’t find the right balance, someone who wasn’t just goofy. But I didn’t test with Chris so I was a little nervous meeting him. The great thing has been — Chris and I like a lot of the same things, we have a very similar sense of humor.’

Prior to landing on Glee, Oliver had a recurring role on the series Episodes and appeared in the film 80 Minutes.

Cher tweets about her upcoming album

Cher has not released an album of new material since 2001′s Living Proof.

But that is finally about to change with a new album due out soon.

The singing legend shared some of her thoughts about the new recording with her Twitter followers: OMG! All the songs in this CD have notes so high only dogs will hear them! Notes should go lower as singers get older .. Ahh…well… “You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me” Blew That ! Think those are my highest notes..hmm… ? All of The songs on this CD have chorus’s that are nose bled/break glass notes! I can’t tell you some specifics so please be cool,I Believe you’ll think it’s worth it ! Ya see … as I’ve been recording songwriters r coming up with amazing Songs! As an artist whose last release was 11 yrs ago!I  want 2 sing my heart out! Some think I haven’t sung because I no longer Can..Its is why I’ve taken so Long..I want it 2B perfect.

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Actor Phillip Keene brings extensive collection of Pan Am items to Palm Springs Modernism Week

If you watched the long-running TNT series The Closer and now watch its spinoff, Major Crimes, then you are no doubt aware of the handsome actor who plays the role of Buzz Watson.

He’s Phillip Keene, an actor who used to be a flight attendant for Pan Am.

Since the airline’s closure in 1991, Keene has been collecting Pan Am memorabilia which has just gone on display as part of Palm Springs Modernism Week at The Saguaro Palm Springs, (1800 E. Palm Canyon Drive).

“I fell in love with the company,” Keene tells Palm Springs Life. “I started out collecting advertisements and eventually gravitated to more expensive items and it’s just grown.”

“A lot of the items are from the 1960s and ‘70s, and they reflect the changes that have gone on in the airline industry,” he adds.

In a separate interview with, Phillip likens his experience with The Closer and Major Crimes as similar to the one he enjoyed with Pan Am.

“I felt so at home there. I loved the crazy hours, I loved being in different places all the time, and there was a huge sense of family there,” he says. “I felt the same idea with the family on The Closer and Major Crimes. We’re all there for each other. We all support each other. Most of our crew, not just the actors, has stayed with us for these seven, eight years. We are such a family that they keep coming back.”

The exhibition runs from February 15th to 25th.

Related posts: Tuesday Morning Man: Phillip Keene

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President Barack Obama honors the late PFLAG founder Jeanne Manford at The White House

The daughter of the founder the straight ally group Parents and Friends of Gay and Lesbians accepted the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal on behalf of her late mother from President Barack Obama on Friday.

Jeanne Manford, who founded PFLAG in 1972, died last month at the age of 92. So her daughter, Suzanne Swan, traveled to The White House and stood in her place as Obama handed the nation’s second-highest civilian honor to Manford and 12 other honorees.

Said Obama at the ceremony: ‘When Jeanne Manford learned that her son Morty had been badly beaten up at a gay rights demonstration, nobody would have faulted her for bringing him home, holding him close, just focusing on her child. This was back in 1972. There was a lot of hate, a lot of vitriol towards gays and lesbians and anyone who supported them. But instead, she wrote to the local newspaper and took to the streets with a simple message: No matter who her son was — no matter who he loved –- she loved him, and wouldn’t put up with this kind of nonsense.’

Obama explained the impact Manford’s action had.

‘In that simple act, she inspired a movement and gave rise to a national organization that has given so much support to parents and families and friends, and helped to change this country,’ he said. ‘We lost Jeanne last month, but her legacy carries on, every day, in the countless lives that she touched.’

After her letter to The Post began to get attention, Manford began giving interviews to radio and television shows in several cities. In June of 1972, she participated with her son in the New York Pride March, carrying a hand-lettered sign that read ‘Parents of Gays Unite in Support for Our Children.’

The reaction to them was so strong that she decided to form Parents of Gay (POG) which became PFLAG in 1993. The group is meant to be ‘a bridge between the gay community and the heterosexual community.’

Morty Manford died from AIDS complications in 1992 but his mother continued her activism throughout the rest of her life.

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Celeb Tweets: Spreading the love edition!

  1. Ellen DeGeneres Ellen DeGeneres ‏@TheEllenShow I just watched @Beyonce‘s new documentary. I loved it as much as I love her.
  1. Adam Lambert Adam Lambert ‏@adamlambert I know it’s been out a while, but damn this @BrunoMars album is so good!
  1. Cheyenne Jackson Cheyenne Jackson ‏@cheyennejackson VITO on HBO. Gr8 doc about activist Vito Russo. My generation needs 2 remember & respect our gay brothers & sisters who paved the way.
  1. Alec Mapa Alec Mapa ‏@AlecMapa Watch and learn. @mogaffney: Shana and I are just about to see Don Rickles and Debbie Reynolds live! It’s officially 1964.
  1. Wilson Cruz Wilson Cruz ‏@wcruz73 Phone is about to die, but at the.@Pink concert in LA. I love HER! Live for her!
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Showtune Sunday: Diana, Stephanie Mills and Melinda Doolittle belt out “Home” from “The Wiz”

Each of these versions of the big power ballad Home from The Wiz are special for different reasons.

Diana Ross, of course, played the role of Dorothy in the 1978 film version of the musical and while some considered her to be too old (she was 34) to play the role, there’s little to quibble about in her performance. Part of the criticism Ross received was because a teenaged Stephanie Mills had been such a sensation on Broadway in the role.

Miss Ross was the mentor on American Idol back in 2007 when Melinda Doolittle who would go on to finished third in the competition that year, performed a wonderful rendition of Home.

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