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Elton John weighs in on Miley Cyrus at the VMAs, says he’d “take her old boyfriend … he’s gorgeous”

First Cher weighed in on Miley Cyrus on the VMAs (yes, we’re still talking about the twerking!) and she was not a fan. Now Elton John, another 60-something with a new album out this week, is having his turn.

Elton told Ellen DeGeneres on a show that aired today: “The whole purpose of the VMAs when you’ve got all these big artists competing against each other for attention, is to flatten the opposition – she flattened the opposition. No one talked about anybody else – except Miley. It was a controversial performance that got everybody talking.”

Then he added: “I’ll take her old boyfriend though! … He’s gorgeous.”

The old boyfriend would be, of course, hunky Aussie actor Liam Hemsworth.


Greg Louganis wants to spend his honeynoon working at leopard sanctuary in Africa

Personally, I’d rather be on a beach somewhere sipping on some kind of drink the size of my head with an umbrella in it.

But hey, that’s because I’m Greg Hernandez, not Greg Louganis.

Mr. Louganis, the four-time Olympic gold medalist,

and fiance Johnny Chaillot have registered on for some unique gifts.

Among them: Money for the couple’s dream honeymoon of volunteering at a leopard sanctuary in Africa.

‘Our passion fort making a difference in the world extends beyond humankind to all creatures of this world,’ they state.

They are also seeking cash gifts so they can create a home together that is green and reduces the size of their carbon footprint as they strive ‘to be kind to Mother Earth.’

Saying they ‘want to make a difference in the world,’ Louganis and Chaillot also provide links to donation pages to the Human Rights Campaign and Mending Kinds International.

At 53, Louganis is a year older than Chaillot who is a paralegal in the Trust and Estates Litigation Department at the Los Angeles-based law firm Loeb & Loeb.

‘We are truly blessed to be surrounded by such love,’ the couple states. ‘We pray for humility, gratitude and peace in our hearts each day, to make everywhere we go better because we were there.’


Things we didn’t know about Neil Patrick Harris

Well, we didn’t know that he could be anything less than amazing while hosting an awards show but the Emmys showed us that the other night.

But a feature on Neil Patrick Harris in the new Vanity Fair is filled with other things we did not know about the multi-talented star of stage and screen. I didn’t know, for example, that he has a whole other Twitter account just for his food porn or that his knees crackle like Rice Krispees.

Other NPH tidbits:
HE QUELLS pre-show butterflies by first doing a series of deep-breathing exercises to calm himself down and then drinking a can of Red Bull to rev himself up.

HE RETAINS his signature mussed-forward hairstyle with an oversize, ChapStick-like grooming product from Indonesia called a Tancho Tique.

HE BELIEVES that, had he been a star in the 1950s and compelled by the mores of the time to enter into a sham marriage for publicity purposes, he would have taken as his bride either Doris Day or Cyd Charisse—“sort of the feminine-masculine,” he explains.

HE DOESN’T want How I Met Your Mother fans to be alarmed by his pending weight loss, whose cause will not be illness but rigorous preparation for the Hedwig part. “As Barney I’m all shoulders and arms and chest, but as Hedwig I’ll be all legs and butt and back,” he says. “Like Cyd Charisse.”


Lunch Break Video: Cher makes memorable entrance on Letterman then has great chat with Dave

Yeah, there’s been a lot of Cher on TV lately but her appearances with David Letterman are always terrific. The first time she guested in the 80s she memorably called Dave an “a**hole” then a few years later she memorably sang I Got You Babe with the late Sonny Bono for the last time.

Even though she appeared on The Late Show on the same day as the release of her album Closer to the Truth, much of the talk focused on Cher being a part of the music scene in the mid-60s and her encounters with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and Brian Wilson.

There’s also some very funny tattoo talk and a dramatic entrance that takes just a smidge too long but is still pretty cool.

Cher, in a mini-skirt, just looks terrific in this appearance.

Long live Cher!

Snapped! Steve Grand with Andy Cohen after playing bartender on Bravo’s ‘What What Happens Live”

Steve Grand continues his steady march to stardom.

The YouTube sensation who we first became aware of back in July with his All-American Boy video, was on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live last night where he played bartender.

Here is what he had to say about it on Facebook this morning: Had a great time on WWHL with Andy Cohen! I had a couple drinks with Andy after the show… Very sweet man. And then Nick Carter and I sang Happy Birthday to a girl on staff. First night in NCY = success. …besides the fact that this camera flash hated my eyes …

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Wednesday Morning Man: Easton Corbin!

Country music fans are no doubt already aware of Easton Corbin but Greg In Hollywood was not.

If he had, Easton (don’t you love the name?) would have been a Morning Man far earlier.

Easton, who is 31, signed to Mercury Records Nashville in 2009 and released his self-titled debut album in March 2010, featuring the two Number One hits A Little More Country Than That and Roll With It as well as the top 15 hit I Can’t Love You Back.

His second album, All Over the Road, was released last year and spawned the hit singles Lovin’ You Is Fun and All Over the Road.

So far, Easton has sold over 470,000 albums and over 500,000 singles and looked terrific while doing it!

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Dane DeHaan ‘totally fell in love’ with Daniel Radcliffe while making “Kill Your Darlings”

Dane DeHaan may have married actress Anna Wood last year but that didn’t stop him from falling in love with his Kill Your Darlings co-star Daniel Radcliffe during filming.

‘While I was making this movie, I totally fell in love with Dan,’ DeHann tells Out Magazine.

DeHaan and Radcliffe play beat boys Lucien Carr and Allen Ginsberg in the film which hits  Oct. 16.

DeHaan shares the details of the first kiss between the actors – in character, of course.

‘We did it three times really fast,’ he says. ‘Then it was over, just like that. We looked at each other like, Holy shit. We just did it.’

He adds: ‘Any time I have a love interest in a movie, it’s my job to actually fall in love with them. While I was making this movie, I totally fell in love with Dan.’

Kill Your Darlings is not DeHaan’s first gay role. Three years ago, he played a promiscuous gay high school student named Jesse taunting his therapist in the HBO series In Treatment.

‘It was all about Jesse,” DeHaan says. ‘”Look how comfortable I am with my sexuality—so comfortable that I’m going to make you comfortable.” Lucien, on the other hand, was always doing things to get a reaction from other people, but he never talked about himself.’


Cher-palooza continues: “Daybreak” interview

Cher is everywhere right now because her new album – the first in more than a decade – came out today! She will be on The Late Show With David Letterman tonight so will post that tomorrow.

(If you’re sick of Cher, don’t tell me. It won’t stop me – let me ride this out, enjoy this. She makes me happy – always has. Gay guys past 40 understand)

This chat from a few weeks ago is from a show called Daybreak and I like its relaxed quality. It’s also cool to hear talk about her days as a background singer and that the last song she ever did back-up on was The Righteous Brothers classic You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling.

We also find out how Cher does not like all the Instagram and Facebook photos of her that get posted so quickly anytime she goes out. She says it’s the ‘one thing’ she doesn’t like about her job.


Elton John on Liberace: “He was a huge influence on me. He was being who he was”

There have been many criticisms of Sunday night’s Emmy Awards telecast and, among them, were folks who felt that Elton John’s performance was more of about promoting his latest album than paying tribute to the late Liberace.

But in an interview with NPR, Elton talks about the influence Liberace had on him – a fellow gay performer who played the piano and had a penchant for outrageous costumes:

“He was so charming and so lovely and very, very funny and very, very intelligent. And he was a huge influence on me. He was being who he was — he wasn’t publicly out — but he didn’t give a flying monkey about what he was wearing; he just went for it. And that was who he was. That, of course, influenced me, when I started wearing the clothes and I subconsciously must’ve [thought], ‘If you’re stuck at a piano and you’re not a lead guitarist or a lead vocalist, you’re kind of at a nine-foot plank and you’ve got to do something about it.’ So my thing was to leap on piano, do handstands and wear clothes that would draw attention to me because that’s the focus for two and half hours. I’m not walking around the stage; I’m not moving. So [Liberace] gave me that idea, probably subconsciously, because before then I had never seen anyone dress like that.

“All my stuff was firmly tongue-in-cheek. I wasn’t a heartthrob [like] David Bowie or Mick Jagger or Rod Stewart in those days. I was Elton at the piano. I had to turn the attention to something comedic or even more outrageous than it was.”


Lunch Break Video: Chandler Massey & Casey Deidrick put own spin on “Escape” by Enrique Iglesias

We’re used to seeing these two handsome guys as Will Horton and Chad DiMera, respectively, on NBC’s Days of Our Lives.

But both Chandler Massey and Casey Deidrick have left the show – thankfully they are still on since episodes are filmed roughly three months ahead – so it’s fun to see them out of character in this video.

Someone just sent it to me and though it’s been up on YouTube since June, I had not see it. It’s a fun video to the Enrique Iglesias song Escape and I love seeing Chandler let loose and show us what great dance moves he has. As for Casey, whose hair I’m obsessed with, he just looks dreamy throughout.


Happy Birthday to Ross Mathews!

Wishing a happy 34th birthday to the delightful Ross Mathews.

We first got to know him as Ross the Intern on The Tonight Show and he has just blossomed before our eyes.

Ross has worked hard and early on became a contributing correspondent on The Insider and hosted a web show with The Insider called Inside Dish With Ross Mathews. He also did a web show in connection with The Tonight Show for awhile.

Then a really big break came when he began appearing regularly as a panelist on Chelsea Lately and became a part of the E! red carpet team.

This has been the biggest year yet for Ross as he has released the book Man Up! Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidance and this month launched his own weekly talk show Hello Ross.

Here are clips from Ross paying a visit this year to The Tonight Show not as a correspondent, but as a guest.

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Tuesday Morning Man: Derek Hough!

I featured Derek Hough as a Morning Man four years ago after meeting him at the Creative Arts Emmys.

He didn’t win that year but this year he did so I thought this would be a good time for an update.

Derek, a longtime pro on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, has only gotten more handsome since then and is the show’s only four-time champion.

His partner this season is Amber Riley of Glee fame.

At 28, Derek has accomplished so much including theater. He was Ren in the 2006 original cast production of Footloose: The Musical at the Novelo Theatre in London’s West End, as well as on the 2006 UK national tour.

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Filmmaker Lee Daniels was “sort of happy” when the dad who beat him for being gay died

Lee Daniels, director of Precious and The Butler, recently did an interview with KCRW and shared how an abusive father shaped his childhood and his work as a filmmaker.

“I ran from that for such a long time – my identity – because I was beaten for it, and then my dad died and I was sort of happy that he did because I dunno that I would have been alive, he’d just kept beating me for being gay.”

“So my mom didn’t want me around cause then… in the African American community we don’t embrace that [being gay]. You know, we simply don’t because men have to be strong and being gay is not a good thing.”

“And so my mom took me to an all-white school… at that point I went from being ‘gay, gay, gay’ to ‘n—er, n—er, n—er.’ …It’s a very, very, very painful experience to live and I try to show that in all of my work, you know, the personal atrocities that I’ve lived.”

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Lance Bass would lie to help gay friend stay closeted: “I will support any decision they make”

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Lance Bass guested on Bethenny Frankel’s daytime talk show today and gave some interesting answers to a series of questions during a backstage segment.

Lance was asked if he’d ever twerk (he doesn’t think he’d be any good at it), if he’d ever pose nude (just the backside) and if he’d ever consider eloping (yed!).

But the answer that is getting most of the attention is what Lance said when he was asked: ‘Would you ever lie to help a closeted celebrity stay closeted?’

Lance, who announced his engagement earlier this month, replied: ‘Yes, I would and I have.’

‘I know tons of celebrities that are in the closet right now,’ he added. ‘But it’s up to them to decide if they want to come out or not. And I will support any decision they make.’


Lunch Break Videos: Some nice Neil Patrick Harris moments during a very flawed 2013 Emmys telecast

Neil Patrick Harris is one talented dude and a fabulous awards show host but last night was not his or Emmys finest hour.

I’m still stunned at how the winners, some giving heartfelt speeches, were given the bum’s rush off the stage with intrusive music while there was all the time in the world for tributes to Jean Stapleton et al, performances by Elton John and Carrie Underwood (huh?) and a tribute to 1963 that had 1950s I Love Lucy clips and a Beatles song released in 1965.

And please, don’t get me started on Shemar Moore and that backstage nonsense. He’s a handsome man but Dick Clark he is not.

The hashtag #weirdemmys was popular on Twitter last night for a reason.

NPH tweeted this today: ‘Emceeing the Emmys was fun, but I’m sure glad it’s over. Looking forward to not hosting anything for a long time.’

I still love NPH, hope he’s not too discouraged by the way things went, and returns better than ever when he is ready to host again.

Here are some of his highlights from last night’s very flawed show:

Cher-palooza! Icon announces “Dressed to Kill” tour dates, performs on “The Today Show”

It’s all about Cher right now and that is just fine with me!

The living legend appeared on NBC’s The Today Show this morning to perform a trio of songs including her catchy latest single Woman’s World.

Cher is in New York this week celebrating the release of her first album in forever – Closer to the Truth – which comes out Tuesday but I’ve already listened to online. Love it!

She will appear on The Late Show With David Letterman tomorrow then on Live! with Kelly & Michael on October 1. Cher will also be appearing as a mentor with Blake Shelton on NBC’s The Voice airing in October.

Here is video from The Today Show:


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Video: See Cher on “CBS This Morning”

This is a really nice piece on Cher that aired yesterday on CBS Sunday Morning. It’s a good interview in which she is relaxed and candid as ever and looks terrific. She and her mom, Georgia Holt return to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre at one point, good use of archival footage (Cher with Elton John and Bette Midler in an old folks home!) and Cher’s wonderful response to being snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: “Fuck ‘em.”

Cher talks about turning down the chance to perform at the Winter Olympics in Russia where there are anti-gay laws.

“You can’t cross that line – the gay line. You just can’t. My gay following has kept me – in the old days – alive when no one else came to see me. I’ve had really bad times.’

On Chaz’s transition: ‘I was so afraid of losing someone. But Chaz is the same person. I was just thinking, “Where is that child going to go? What’s going to happen? How is this going to work?” In the transition part, it’s difficult.’

Although she sometimes still slips on the ‘he’ and ‘she’ pronouns she says of Chaz: ‘He’s definitely a man.’


Monday Morning Man: Travis Wall!

Okay, so Travis Wall lost the choreography Emmy last night to Derek Hough but the upside is he gets to be a Greg In Hollywood Morning Man today!

Travis, 26, was runner-up on the second season of So You Think You Can Dance and went on to become a choreographer on the show.

In 2012, he starred in the reality show All The Right Moves on Oxygen, where he, Teddy Forance, Nick Lazzarini and Kyle Robinson attempt to launch their own dance company called Shaping Sound.

Travis is openly gay – not sure if he is single!

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Michael Douglas wins Emmy for “Candelabra”

Behind the Candelabra, an HBO biopic about the romance between Liberace and Scott Thorson, added three more Emmys to its haul taking the awards for best movie/miniseries, best director (Steven Soderbergh) and a best actor prize for Michael Douglas.

Douglas thanked his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones who he is reportedly separated from (she was not at the ceremony) and his oldest son Cameron Douglas who is in prison serving time for a drug conviction.

Douglas got a big laugh with some innuendo during his speech during which he said to co-star and fellow nominee Matt Damon: “This was a two hander – and you’re only as good as your other hand. The only reason I’m standing here is because of you. You deserve half of this. Do You want the bottom or the top? The top? I figured that.”


James Parsons wins third Emmy!!!

Congrats to Jim Parsons who has just won his third Emmy for best actor in a comedy series.

He beat out Alec Baldwin, among others, for the big award and said in part: “I want you to know I’m very aware about how exceedingly fortunate I am … to be able to do this role and this show.”

“It’s so silly to be emotional, isn’t it?

Parsons ended his speech by thanking longtime boyfriend Todd Spiewak who he called his ‘favorite person on the planet.’

In addition to Baldwin, Parsons also beat out Jason Bateman for Arrested Development, Matt LeBlanc for Episodes, Don Cheadle for House of Lies, and Louis C.K. for Louie.