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Tuesday Morning Man: Javier Bardem!

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Real life  couple PENELOPE CRUZ and JAVIER BARDEM starring in the movie 'Vicky  Cristina Barcelona' which is directed by Woody Allen. These are still  shots from the movie which include SCARLETT JOHANNSSON, REBECCA HALL and  PATRICIA CLARKSON...He was a scary assassin with a really unfortunate haircut in No Country For Old Men.
But Javier Bardem is usually  a real heartthrob as you can see in these photos.
I had barely heard of him back in 2001 when I interviewed him on the morning he was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in Before Night Falls. He was calling from Spain and was so excited about his first Oscar nod.
Then seven years later, I met him in person at the annual Oscar nominees luncheon.
Javier was nominated that year for No Country for Old Men and went on to win the best supporting actor prize.
The 41-year-old star, who is currently in a relationship with Penelope Cruz, had made two dozen movies in his native Spain before he broke through with Before Night Falls.
Since then, he’s had role in such films as The Dancer Upstairs, Collateral, Love in the Time of Cholera and Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
This summer, Javier will star opposite Julia Roberts in the film Eat, Pray, Love.

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Video: See Adam Lambert singing “Fever” at the GLAAD Media Awards!

SHOWSTOPPER: Here is video from Adam Lambert’s performance Saturday night at the GLAAD Media Awards.

This is Adam singing Fever. I will post video of his other song as soon as it become available.

Enjoy!

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Greg In Hollywood chats with Constance McMillen, the Mississippi teen fighting to take her girlfriend to her prom

2010 GLAAD Media Awards by you.This girl is a real hero and I was so happy to have the chance to talk to her at the GLAAD Media Awards.

Constance McMillen is just 16 and her world was turned upside down because she wants to take her girlfriend to her prom. She prevailed in a legal battle but her Mississippi school decided to cancel the prom for everyone rather than have a lesbian couple on the dance floor. Then parents threw a private prom and did not include Constance.

She’s far more mature than these parents and school officials who are a disgrace.

But lemonade is being made out of lemons for this well-spoken high school student. She’s appeared on the talk shows of both Ellen DeGeneres and Wanda Sykes, been celebrated by the LGBT community and will attend an inclusive prom on May 8 that being supported by former N Sync member Lance Bass, celebrity chef Cat Cora and members of Green Day.

“I’m very excited and I am going,” Constance said. “I think all of the celebrities coming together to help and donate and show their support is really amazing.”

I wondered how she is dealing with all of this newfound fame.

“All the good attention is great, it’s really surreal,” she said. “It’s hard to imagine that something like this would go this far. It’s really overwhelming and it’s hard to even believe because it’s so amazing.”

Here is some of our chat:

Q. Has the way that you’ve been embraced outweighed the way the people have acted in your home town?
A. “Definitely. I have had way more support. My hometown is horrible – the [lack of] support that they’ve shown is horrible. But from across the world, it’s absolutely amazing how much support I’ve had. That’s really what keeps me going.”

Q. Where did you get the guts to stand up this way?
A. “My family has always taught me to stand up for what I believe in. If I feel in my heart that something’s right, then that’s what I’m gonna do and if I feel that something is wrong, then I’m going to stand up against it. That’s what I’ve tried to do from the git-go.”

Q. Do you plan to continue to be an activist?

A. “I hope to be an activist because I think it’s important to make change and I realize how important it is to make change for other people.”

Neil Patrick Harris visits “The View” and talks about Rupert Everett and life as an openly gay star

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He’s never been a bigger star and shows the world each time he does an interview what a well-adjusted gay person is like. On this morning’s telecast of The View, Neil was a real charmer and so smart about things.

Co-host Sherri Shepherd told NPH that he is all the more sexy to her because she knows she can’t have him. She also mentioned Ricky Martin’s recent coming out and asked if things are becoming easier for performers to be openly gay.

Neil said: “Well it was certainly harder before because they were fewer examples of people who were able to do it and still stand tall. As time progresses and more people are examples for who they’re sleeping with being so secondary to how they behave as a person, then the masses will be able to have that not be such a sticking point. And so, all the Ricky Martins who come out and are proud of who they are, in every way will be a great example for all.”

Then British actor Rupert Everett was brought up. The star of My Best Friend’s Wedding, Another Country and An Ideal Husband has repeatedly groused publicly about how coming out robbed him of many career opportunities.

Neil commented on it diplomatically: “With all due respect to Rupert, you can blame a lack of advancement in your career on all kinds of things, for a myriad of reasons, so I don’t think he can specifically pinpoint one reason why something might be stalling for him. But I was proud to know that he was who he was.”

Other topics were covered:

On hosting Emmys, Tonys and performing on Oscars: “I’m having a blast. … it’s been a great kind if bucket list.”

On guest judging on American Idol:“That was a fun job. Being a judge on American Idol, that’s a dream job.”

On Simon Cowell: “He’s able to say kind of what you are thinking in a relatviely cuastic way but in a way that makes you still approve of what he says.”

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Video: Adam Lambert talks about “American Idol” and being an openly gay recording artist

2010 GLAAD Media Awards by you.Adam Lambert talks to Elizabeth Snead of The Dish Rag on Zap2it at the 2010 GLAAD awards in LA about being out, appearing on American Idol last week and he gave his advice to the current crop of contestants. “Coffee!!!!!”

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There seems to be a “Situation” developing!

These snaps were taken in Miami over the weekend of Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino of TV’s Jersey Shore.

Before he rode his abs and nickname to fame, Mike was so worried about his financial situation he filed for unemployment.

TMZ.com reports that the 28-year-old reality star put in for unemployment in New Jersey last October, just five weeks before the first episode of MTV’s Jersey Shore aired.

He certainly doesn’t need help now: The Situation is reportedly getting paid $10,000 an episode for the show’s second season.

To see more photos, go to DListed.com.

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David Archuleta sets the record straight

http://pipolsilip.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/david-archuleta-01-2008-02-19.jpgI saw some of David Archuleta’s posts on Twitter last night and kinda cringed.

The 2008 American Idol runner-up seems like a sweet kid so I thought about pretending that I didn’t see his tweets – filled with nervous LOL’s – about not wanting anyone to get the wrong idea just because he was seen at a gay club in NYC.

Among the Tweets he posted last night: Hey guys just wanted to clear something up real quick lol. Last night in New York I got invited to go and see my friend Charice perform…Mental note to self: always ask where before you go! Wasn’t my kind of place lol, and I had no clue! I guess you live and learn…. I just didn’t want you guys to be worried so had to let you guys know the facts!

But Towleroad.com did a post about it and makes a good point about David’s Twitter panic: “It’s too bad he considers being thought of as gay something to freak out about.”

Earlier today, David responded to some of the crticism via Twitter, of course:

I have friends who are gay, and they’re great people. Whether they’re gay or not doesn’t change how I think of them. … I have nothing against anyone, I’m sorry if that’s how it came across. I’m just not into the partying scene lol.

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“Glee” honored at TV Land Awards

One thing that seems to happen every year is that the GLAAD Media Awards are held on the same day as the TV Land Awards. I’m forced to choose and choose GLAAD because those are my peeps!

But I’m a TV nostalgia freak as you can see from the Designing Women, I Love Lucy, Knots Landing, Sex and the City and Mary Tyler Moore Show-themed video posts I like to fill the blog with.

I couldn’t be two places at once Saturday but the cast of Glee was as they traveled to both ceremonies and picked up prizes. Before they ended up at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Century City for GLAAD, the Glee group was at the Sony lot in Culver City for TV Land where the series won the Future Classic Award.

Cast members Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Jessalyn Gilsig, Kevin McHale, Jane Lynch, Amber Riley, Mark Salling and Jenna Ushkowitz accepted the award presented to them by Paula Abdul.

Jane Lynch also presented the Icon Award to singer Debbie Harry for Blondie’s contribution to music and popular culture.

The show concluded with a performance by TV Land’s very own Glee Club Choir. Fronted by soloists David Hasselhoff and Marilu Henner and accompanied by TV Land’s Choir which included Todd Bridges, Joyce Dewitt, Jamie Farr, Marla Gibbs, Howard Hesseman, Shirley Jones, Richard Karn, Richard Moll, Marion Ross, Jimmie Walker, Marcia Wallace and Fred Willard, the group performed their own rendition of the song that started the Glee pop culture phenomenon, Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’.

Celebrities from television, film and music all came out tonight for  taping of the eighth annual awards which will air on Sunday, April 25 at 9 p.m. Among those present were Billy Crystal, Jay Leno, Betty White, Paula Abdul, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, Bob Newhart, Ryan O’Neal and more.

Other honorees included the cast of “Everybody Loves Raymond” (Impact Award), Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner (Legend Award), the cast of “Bosom Buddies” including Tom Hanks (Anniversary Award), “Charlie’s Angels” (Pop Culture Award), “The Love Boat” (Fan Favorite Award) and legendary punk rock band Blondie (Icon Award.)

The show was hosted by Tim Allen on the historic Stage 15 on the Sony Lot in Culver City.

Here is video of the cast of Glee accepting their award as well as other highlights from the show:

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See the first shots of Neil Patrick Harris on “Glee”

Okay, so this week’s Madonna episode is going to rock but I’m really excited about the episode next month that will feature a guest spot by Neil Patrick Harris.

TV’s Barney Stinson will play Bryan Adam, a high school glee club nemesis of Will’s (Matthew Morrison) who resurfaces as a board member at William McKinley High School.

Flashback scenes will show Bryan picking up girls and getting all the cool solos while Will sits off in the sidelines.

The stage for a present-day rematch is set when Harris’ character announces his intent to cut the arts programs at the school.

Show choir ruined his life, made him feel he could be a star, but all he could do is book Carnival cruises. Now he wants vengeance.

Here are a few images from the episode via Broadway World.

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Meryl Monday: Scenes from “Doubt”

http://images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/20090202/425.doubt.streep.davis.lc.020209.jpgMiss Streep was Oscar nominated and won the Screen Actors Guild Award for her memorable performance as Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the iron-gloved Principal of St. Nicholas Catholic School  in the Bronx.

She believes in the power of fear and discipline and grows suspicious when a priest (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) begins taking too much interest in the life of a young black student.

Also Oscar-nominated were Hoffman, Amy Adams who played a young nun conflicted by the allegations and Viola Davis who plays the anguished mother of the boy.

Here are three key scenes:

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Monday Morning Man: Hayden Christensen!

(U.S. TABS OUT) Actor Hayden Christensen appears  onstage during MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios  on February 12, 2008 in New York City.He may be best known for his role as Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars movies but my favorite Hayden Christensen performances were in the films Shattered Glass and Life as a House.

Hayden got his start on the Canadian television series Family Passions when he was just 12 years old. He had several more television roles before playing a gay teen in Life as a House for which he was nominated for Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards.

I think Shattered Glass will go down as one of the best performances of his career and Peter Travers of Rolling Stone agreed. He wrote in his 2003 review: “Hayden Christensen is sensational as Glass, finding the wonder boy and the weasel in a disturbed kid flying high on a fame he hasn’t earned.”

Hayden, who turns 29 years old today, has since had roles in the films Factory Girl, Awake, New York I Love You and most recently shot the horror film Vanishing on Seventh Street.

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“Charlie’s Angels” alum Cheryl Ladd and Jaclyn Smith – gorgeous as ever – reunite at TV Land Awards

How cool is this?

The ageless Cheryl Ladd and Jaclyn Smith were dazzling Saturday night at the TV Land Awards where Charlie’s Angels received an award and their late co-star, Farrah Fawcett was remembered in a tribute. (Nice of Farrah to receive her due after that infuriating Oscar snub last month.)

Cheryl and Jaclyn were handed the pop culture award after Ryan O’Neal introduced a Farrah who died last year.

USA Today reports that Jaclyn and Cheryl recalled when their show was a phenomenon in the 1970s.

“We were rock stars,” Jaclyn said.

Added Cheryl: “We had to sneak in the back doors of restaurants.”

The two were happy to receive the award acknowledgment, but Smith said it was “bittersweet, because we’re missing a lot of members of our family.” They include not only Farrah but John Forsythe, the voice of Charlie, who passed away earlier this month.

“It was so beautiful,” Cheryl said of the Farrah tribute.

“And well-deserved,” continued Smith, noting her omission from the Academy Awards’ recap of the year’s deaths. “It was sad she was left out at the Oscars, but certainly tonight she wasn’t. … You can see the distance her career went and how accomplished she became. And along with it, she was an interesting person, a good person to know, a good person to have on your side. I miss her.”

Cheryl and Jaclyn were members of the show’s cast for four and five years, respectively – longer than any of the other cast members including Farrah (1 full season plus three episodes in seasons 3 and 4), Kate Jackson (3 seasons), Shelly Hack (1 season) and Tanya Roberts (1 season).

They not only were the backbone of the show for most of its run, they are also two very lovely ladies who have conducted themselves with such grace and class over the years.

The gala will be aired on TV Land on Sunday, April 25.

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2010 GLAAD Media Awards: Photos from inside the show of Adam Lambert, Jane Lynch, Eric Dane and more!

The red carpet photos from last night’s GLAAD Media Awards were taken by me (unless I’m in them!) so that’s why they aren’t maybe completely awesome.

But these photos from inside the show are top-notch and that is because they were taken by my friend Brian Putnam who is a real pro!

Brian captured all kinds of terrific moments including Adam Lambert’s sensational two-song set, presenters including Chaz Bono and Johnny Weir along with Eric Dane (sigh). Also pictured are hosts Candis Cayne and Wilson Cruz and winners Drew Barrymore, Wanda Sykes (with presenter Constance McMillen) and Glee creator Ryan Murphy and star Jane Lynch.

Enjoy the images and thanks to Brian for your hard work at this and so many other events.

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A recap of the 2010 GLAAD Awards: Drew Barrymore, Wanda Sykes, “Glee,” and “A Single Man” honored

Click to view full size imageLove, love, love Drew Barrymore and it was wonderful to see her honored at last night’s GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.

Drew has been a lifelong friend of the LGBT community and shown her devotion with dramatic appearances at anti-Prop 8 rallies in recent years.

GLAAD’s  prestigious Vanguard Award, which honors efforts to increase visibility and understanding of the gay community, was presented to Drew by Iron Chef Cat Cora.

In an entertaining video shown before Drew took the stage to accept her trophy, she listed several of her inspirational gay colleagues, including her agent, lawyer, doctor, stylists and one of her dogs.

“The thing that means the most to me about an evening like this, and why I want to fight and be outspoken, is because there are so many people who are in desperate need of family,” Drew said in her speech. “So whatever governments we have to overcome, whatever adversity people have to overcome to create these families and have the legal things be out of the way so that love can exist and people can take care of one another, that’s the most important thing in the world. That we take care of each other.”

http://www.glaadbackup.com/2010/mediaawards/la/photos/WINGSSykesMcMillen.jpgAlso at the event was Mississippi teen Constance McMillen, whose high school canceled her prom rather than allow McMillen to attend with her girlfriend, presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Wanda Sykes.

Sykes had been moved by the courage shown by this high school student and invited her to appear on her FOX late-night show. When she was on the show, Wanda asked Constance to present her with the GLAAD honor which goes to someone who has shown a strong commitment to educating the public about the lives of LGBT people.

“I am very humbled, thank you GLAAD,” Sykes said accepting her award. “Thank you for the work you’re doing and being the watchdog. Because you really create the environment that allows me to be comfortable being me. [It's great] to be out and open and free and be able to say thank to my wife. It’s love and being honest that wins hearts and minds.” Sykes continued jokingly, “This means the world to me and I promise that I will continue to be a voice, and hopefully a positive image, but I’ve got to tell you – you might have to put up with a stint in rehab, I’m sorry.”

This was the first public event Wanda attended the event with her wife Alex.

Image: GLAAD Media AwardsIt was no surprise that the huge sensation that is Glee won the GLAAD Award for outstanding comedy series despite strong competition that included the ABC hit Modern Family.

The show’s cast and creator Ryan Murphy accepted the award with Murphy making special mention of his two out cast members Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer.

Murphy, who is also gay, told the crowd that Colfer’s character, outspoken gay soprano Kurt Hummel, would have a boyfriend next season, and the pair would become prom kings. he also promised the crowd that Colfer’s character “would never be the victim.”

“We have a great responsibility with the show,” he said.

Along with Lynch and Colfer, cast members present were Dianna Agron, Jessalyn Gilsig, Kevin McHale, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, and Jenna Ushkowitz.

Actor Wilson Cruz and actress Candis Cayne hosted the show. Rob Halford, openly gay lead singer for Judas Priest introduced Adam Lambert, GLAAD nominee for Outstanding Music Artist, who closed the show with performances of “Music Again” and “Fever” for the capacity audience at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.


Other guests and presenters at the event included: Bryan Batt (Mad Men), Benjamin Bratt (La Mission); Dustin Lance Black (Milk); Jason Lewis (Sex and the City); Scott Evans (One Life to Live); Eduardo Xol (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition); Rebecca Gayheart; Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds); Holly Robinson-Peete (Celebrity Apprentice); Brad Goreski (The Rachel Zoe Project); Stephen Wallem (Nurse Jackie); California Assembly Speaker John Perez; Jaila Simms (Making His Band); Michael Sucsy (Grey Gardens); Santino Rice, Merle Ginsberg (RuPaul’s Drag Race); Countess LuAnn de Lesseps (The Real Housewives of New York); Rose Garcia, Mikey Koffman, Tracy Ryerson (The Real L Word); Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey (World of Wonder Productions); former President of Entertainment at MTV Networks, Brian Graden; and GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios.

Here is a full list of the GLAAD Awards handed out so far:

The awards:

Vanguard Award: Drew Barrymore
Stephen F. Kolzak Award: Wanda Sykes
Outstanding Film – Wide Release: “A Single Man”
Outstanding Comedy Series: “Glee”
Outstanding Reality Program: “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
Outstanding Spanish-Language TV Journalism Segment: “Polemicas Adopciones,” from “Noticiero Telemundo”
Outstanding Los Angeles Theater: “Lydia” by Octavio Solis

Recipients from March 13 New York ceremony:

Excellence in Media Award: Joy Behar
Vito Russo Award: Cynthia Nixon
Outstanding Drama Series: “Brothers & Sisters”
Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series: “Prayers for Bobby”
Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: Why Will Won’t Pledge Allegiance,” from “American Morning”
Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: (tie) “We Love You, This Won’t Change a Thing” by John Buccigtross (ESPN.com) and “Why Can’t You Just Butch Up? Gay Men, Effeminancy and Our War with Ourselves” by Brent Hartinger (AfterElton.com)
Outstanding Film-Limited Release: “Little Ashes”
Outstanding Individual Episode: “Pawnee Zoo” from “Parks and Recreation”
Outstanding Daily Drama: “One Life to Live”
Outstanding Talk Show Episode: “Ellen DeGeneres and Her Wife, Portia de Rossi” from ”The Oprah Winfrey Show”
Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: “Uganda Be Kidding Me” (series) from “The Rachel Maddow Show”
Outstanding Newspaper Article: “Kept From a Dying Partner’s Bedside” by Tara Parker-Pope (The New York Times)
Outstanding Newspaper Columnist: Frank Rich (The New York Times)
Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage: The New York Times
Outstanding Magazine Article: “Coming Out in Middle School” by Benoit Denizet-Lewis (The New York Times Magazine)
Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: The Advocate
Outstanding Comic Book: Detective Comics by Greg Rucka
Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway & Off–Broadway: “A Boy and His Soul” by Colman Domingo
Outstanding New York Theater: Off–Off Broadway: “She Like Girls” by Chisa Hutchinson

Spanish-Language Awards:

Outstanding Novela: “Más Sabe el Diablo”
Outstanding Daytime Talk Show Episode: “Adopción gay: un tema muy controversial” from “Paparazzi TV Sensacional”
Outstanding Talk Show Interview: “Realidades de ser gay en la tercera edad” from “El Show de Cristina”
Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: (tie) “En el cuerpo equivocado” form “Primer Impacto” and “Damas gracias: Entrevista con Eva Leivas-Andino” from “Al Rojo Vivo”
Outstanding Newspaper Article: “Mas familias de dos papás o dos mamas” by Pilar Marrero (La Opinión)
Outstanding Magazine Article: “Del odio a la justicia” by Lena Hansen (People en Español)
Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: “Saliendo del clóset: Cómo enfrentarlo en familia” by Fernanda Martínez (Univision.com).

Additional awards will be presented in San Francisco on June 5.

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Greg’s GLAAD Media Awards Photo Gallery: Adam Lambert, Johnny Weir, Chaz Bono, Cory Monteith & more [Updated]

2010 GLAAD Media Awards by you.The red carpet at the GLAAD Media Awards is always just as exciting as the show itself.

This year was no exception and I was so glad to be in the thick of things chatting up Adam Lambert who was definitely THE superstar presence and who took the time to talk to each and every interviewer.

I found myself staring at Adam’s hair wondering how long it took to get it that way!

2010 GLAAD Media Awards by you.I was not prepared for Olympian Johnny Weir to be as absolutely sweet and fun as he was.

I’m just crazy about him and so was pretty much everyone else on the red carpet. Johnny was playful and, of course, dressed in his own very individual style.

I’ll be posting my interview with Johnny later this week but wanted to let you know that I asked him about the incident on Chelsea Lately where it seemed like he was hinting that fellow Olympian Evan lysacek is gay.

Johnny told me the exchange with Chelsea was misunderstood and that he doesn’t know Evan well enough to say one way or another.

Johnny presented an award with Chaz Bono.

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Glee star Cory Monteith could not have been nicer and seemed to really be enjoying himself at the event.

His show won the award for outstanding comedy series over such strong competition as Modern Family and Greek.

Cory, who plays the singing jock on the show, joined fellow cast members Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer and several others onstage to as show creator Ryan Murphy accepted the award.

Glee returned to the airwaves last week after a four-month hiatus and absence made the heart grow much fonder as the show enjoyed its highest ratings ever.

This week’s Madonna-themed episode should continue that upward trajectory.

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2010 GLAAD Media Awards by you.What can you say about the amazing Wanda Sykes?

She was the last celeb to arrive on the red carpet but that didn’t stop her from talking to each and every interviewer.

These kinds of events have become a lot more special – not to mention a lot more funny – since Wanda came out publicly in late 2008.

A certain blond talk show host and American Idol judge was an inspiration to Wanda: “I want to thank Ellen DeGeneres. I was so envious of her, just out and happy.”

Of being honored by GLAAD Wanda said: “It’s a huge honor for me … but there’s a lot more that I’ll do to earn it. … “I promise I will continue to be a voice and a positive image.

Wanda personally asked Mississippi high school teen Constance McMillen to present her award. She had Constance on her late night show after the student fought to bring her girlfriend to the prom. Rather than let her do so, her school canceled the entire prom!

Wanda said she was so impressed by this young girl, especially taking her stand in Mississippi: “I wouldn’t even tell people I’m BLACK in Mississippi.”

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2010 GLAAD Media Awards by you.Chaz Bono was beaming on the red carpet and has every reason to be.

He is educating the world by being so public about his transition from female to male and it’s nice to see him looking so happy.

The only child on Cher and Sonny Bono said he doesn’t mind having to transition in the spotlight because that has been her life since she was a toddler being trotted out onstage during her parent’s TV show.

But now, Chaz is in the public eye on his own terms and has in the works both a book and documentary about his extraordinary journey.

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2010 GLAAD Media Awards by you.I felt like Barbara Walters when I made Bryan Batt tear up during our interview.

We were talking about the final two episodes of Ugly Betty which Bryan had a role in.

When I asked what he thought of the coming out of Justin Suarez, it was clear that Bryan was very moved by how it was handled and the impact it might have on viewers – especially young gay kids in need of positive portrayals.

The pity of it all is Batt was told that if Ugly Betty had been renewed for a fifth season, he would have been invited back to continue his role as Amanda’s father and as a potential love interest for Marc.

Batt, of course, was written out of Mad Men, on which the openly gay actor played a gay advertising agency art director in the 60s who had suffered silently in the closet.

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2010 GLAAD Media Awards by you.I’m so glad that Wilson Cruz was asked to co-host the event with Candis Cayne.

These are two LGBT pioneers who have broken down barriers in television. Wilson played a gay teen on ABC’s My So-Called Life in the mid-90s and although just teenager himself,  came out publicly long before so many others followed.

Wilson can act, sing, dance and is also an articulate LGBT rights activist.

Candis was the first – and so far only -transgender actress to star in a network TV series when she played Billy Baldwin’s mistress on ABC’s Dirty Rotten Money.

They were a charming pair and it’s nice to see GLAAD giving the opportunity to two of their own.

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2010 GLAAD Media Awards by you.It was, as always, great to see Dustin Lance Black.

The Oscar winning writer of Milk is finishing up a feature film he directed starring Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris.

Lance has moved from Los Angeles to New York City but says his work brings him back to the West Coast often.

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2010 GLAAD Media Awards by you.Scott Fujita isn’t just a Super Bowl champion, he’s a wonderful straight ally to the LGBT community.

Scott was given a standing ovation at the awards ceremony because he is one of the only pro football players – or athlete in any major sport – to speak out against homophobia.

He told me the locker room isn’t as homophobic place as people may think and that the reaction he has gotten from most of his fellow players has been mostly positive.

The 30-year-old linebacker has just been signed to a multi-year contract with the Cleveland Browns.

I was honored to meet him and will have our interview later this week.

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2010 GLAAD Media Awards by you.Jason Lewis is just better looking all the time.

He, of course, is best known as Samantha’s love Smith Jerrod in the Sex and the City TV series and movie. But he also spent a season playing a closeted actor who becomes involved in a romantic relationship with Kevin Walker on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters.

Jason has been a regular presence at the GLAAD event in recent years and this year presented the outstanding movie (wide release) award to the Tom Ford-directed A Single Man.

Coming up next for Jason: a role in Sex and the City 2 and a guest spot on the May 17 episode of How I Met Your Mother as a star in a fictional movie within the show.

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P1020700 by you.This eye-catching red suit sure caught my eye as did the handsome young man wearing it: he’s fitness expert and model Scott Herman who came to our attention on The Real World: Brooklyn.

Scott is another straight ally who has been outspoken about LGBT rights and participated in the NOH8 campaign.

I wondered if Scott ever just wants to flake out and eat potato chips all day and skip the gym.

Not a chance.

Scott says if he doesn’t work out for a day, he starts to feel crummy.

Looks like he hasn’t had many crummy days.

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2010 GLAAD Media Awards by you.

2010 GLAAD Media Awards by you.

Additional Awards will be announced during an event in San Francisco on June 5

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Adam Lambert dazzles at GLAAD Media Awards

2010 GLAAD Media Awards by you.

2010 GLAAD Media Awards by you.

2010 GLAAD Media Awards by you.Here are some photos I snapped of Adam Lambert on the red carpet of the GLAAD Media Awards at the Century Plaza Hotel on Saturday night.

Adam closed the show by performing two songs. He was introduced by Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford who said: “Thank God for Adam Lambert, we need someone like him in the community.”

After performing Fever and Music Again, Adam told the crowd his mission “is not only to promote visibility in the gay and lesbian community but to promote diversity in the gay and lesbian community.”

I chatted with Adam briefly on the red carpet and he told me he enjoyed his stint as mentor on American Idol last week. Before he left for the awards show, Adam posted via Twitter: Looking forward to the GLAAD awards tonight! I may just have to swish it up a bit. :)

2010 GLAAD Media Awards by you.

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GLAAD Media Awards are tonight!

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GLAAD will present the Vanguard Award to Drew Barrymore (isn’t she adorable?) and the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Wanda Sykes

Candis Cayne and Wilson Cruz will host the event, and Adam Lambert will perform.

Guests include: Tom Ford; Anna Kendrick; Sofia Vergara; Eric Dane; Jason Lewis; Ryan Murphy, Chris Colfer, Dianna Agron, Jayma Mays, and Jessalyn Gilsig; Bryan Batt; Benjamin Bratt; Chaz Bono; Rob Halford; RuPaul; Elizabeth Keener; Brian Graden; and GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios.

Be sure to check out my red carpet coverage either later tonight or early tomorrow!!!

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“Sex and the City” Saturday: When Kristen Johnston disrupted a party and fell out a window to her death

http://athertonbartelby.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/lexi_featherston_flat1.jpgThis is still one of the most shocking moments in Sex and the City history.  In season six, when Carrie has temporary insanity and is dating Alexander, they go to a party at the home of her Vogue publisher  (played by Candice Bergen).

She runs into a woman (played by Kristen Johnston) from her hard-core party days who is still doing cocaine and acting wild. It’s snowing outside, there’s no smoking inside, but Kristen wants a cigarette.

It ends up costing her her life.

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Megan Mullally chats w/Advocate about “Party Down,” Sean Hays and “Lips Together” Broadway flap

MEGAN MULLALLY MAIN X390 (STARZ) | ADVOCATE.COMA terrific interview with former Will & Grace star Megan Mullally has just been posted on Advocate.com. She chats with Brandon Voss about an array of topics and I’ve pulled out a few of the parts I found most interesting for you to read.
In a way you’re filling the gap opened by Jane Lynch when she left Party Down to join the cast of Glee. Those are some big sensible lesbian shoes to fill.
I know. It’s funny, because I’ve known Jane for many years. I saw a one-woman show she did years ago at the L.A. theater where UCB is now on Franklin. I was like, “OK, that bitch is amazing.” Then I’d see her around, and we have mutual friends, so we’re really friendly. Then I stumbled upon the first season of Party Down, and I was like, “What the hell? This is the best show!” So my husband [Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman] and I both started watching it, and we couldn’t get over it. When she left to do Glee, I was like, “Thank you!” because then they offered me a role. So, yeah, I’m fulfilling exactly the same function as Jane, but it’s a different role.

Tell me about your character, Lydia Dunfree.
Lydia has moved to Hollywood from the Midwest with her 13-year-old daughter, Escapade, who is going to be the next Hannah Montana. Lydia’s very bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, extremely optimistic, superfriendly, and she loves everybody. Most of the other caterers are pretty cynical, so it’s a bit of a jolt for them when Lydia bursts onto the scene. But she’s got so much goodwill that they can’t resist her.

http://por-img.cimcontent.net/api/assets/bin-200906/610fd5caa9c06bb9c63e8ee8d9018e92.jpgFour years after Will & Grace ended, Sean’s Advocate interview marked the first time he’d spoken openly about his sexuality in the press. Did you and Sean ever have any conversations about whether or not he should come out? I imagine you probably had a very “so what, who cares?” attitude about it.
Yeah, I did have that attitude. There are totally two schools of thought about this, and there are a lot of people I really respect who are from both camps — the “So what, who cares?” camp and the camp that asks, “Yeah, but will this in any way impair my ability to get cast in certain roles? Would I still get cast as a leading man in a romantic comedy if everyone knows I’m gay in real life?” I don’t know the extent to which that really comes into play anymore — I think it still does, unfortunately, to a degree — but I think that conflict had something to do with his hesitation. Of course, in real life there’s nobody more out than Sean. It was just in the press that he didn’t want to say one way or another. I think he just felt it was nobody’s business, but I feel like he came to it in his own time. You also have to understand that Sean was 27 when we started Will & Grace, and Sean’s character was a sensation from the pilot. He’d never been on a television show before, so that was a lot to take in. It’s hard enough to keep your head on your shoulders, which he did, without having to deal with “Do I come out or not come out?”

Especially given the play’s gay subject matter, your gay fans — myself included — were very much looking forward to seeing you on Broadway this season in the revival of Terrence McNally’s Lips Together, Teeth Apart before your unexpected departure from the project a couple weeks into rehearsal, which ultimately led to the show’s cancellation.
Oh, yeah, well, thanks for asking about that, but do you know about Karen: The Musical?

Yes, and I hope that, if nothing else, not doing Lips Together will allow you more time to focus on that.
Yeah, totally. It’s going to be a touring show. We’re going to be doing it in Los Angeles first, so you won’t have to travel far to see it. We’re developing it now. We’ve got a producer, a composer, and a director, so now we’re just looking for the perfect people to write the book. It’s going to be a big throwdown between Karen Walker and Beverly Leslie, so I think Leslie Jordan and I are going to have a lot of fun together. And because it’s a touring show, we can take it anywhere Will & Grace is popular, which is kind of everywhere.

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But getting back to Lips Together for just a moment, there has been a lot of speculation about why you actually left the show. Personally, as a longtime fan, I don’t like reading reports of you being a total diva, so I’d love for you to clear up all those negative rumors. Will you ever release some sort of formal statement with your side of the story in your own words?
Yeah, someday the story will come out. But I think you and I both know that I am not a diva. It’s sweet of you to ask me about it, but at this point it’s not a big deal. Let’s wait until it all comes out organically, you know what I mean?

Here is a LINK to the entire interview.

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Saturday Morning Man: Adam Mayfield!

http://serialdrama.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451b72b69e2011570982a2f970b-320wiSorry I’m late with posts today! It’s more of an Afternoon Man but better late than never.

Today’s man is the gorgeous Adam Mayfield who plays Scott Chandler on All My Children.

The 33-year-old actor joined the soap just last year  and had previously been seen in various other TV shows including Just Shoot Me and Boston Legal and movies such as Love Struck and Corpse Run.

He knew he was destined for an acting career early on and attended the High School for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas. He is also a 2000 graduate with a BFA in Acting from the Depaul Theatre School.

Adam attended the recent Broadway Cares benefit in New York City and had the good sense to pose on the red carpet with David Gregory of One Life to Life whose abs rival that of The Situation on Jersey Shore! (See photo below).

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