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See Chicago Cubs “It Gets Better” video!

http://www.thestranger.com/images/blogimages/2011/06/20/1308585795-cubsitgetsbetter.jpgI just love Wrigley Field in Chicago  – and now even more so.

Some members of the Cubs have taken the time to make an It Gets Better video for The Trevor Project.

It’s great to hear these kinds of supportive words and to see them spoken at such an iconic sports stadium.

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Lunch Break Video: See Betty White’s charming song and dance for Morgan Freeman at AFI tribute

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http://newsserve.net/i/20110611/1712-Morgan-Freeman-Honored-at-Star-Studded-Tribute.jpgThere is no one in showbiz more reliably funny and charming than 89-year-old Betty White.

The Hot in Cleveland star opened the AFI Tribute to Morgan Freeman with a song and dance number sung to the tune of Hello Dolly.

It’s a lot of fun and honoree Morgan clearly appreciated it.

Enjoy!

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Happy Birthday to Peter Paige!

http://www.whiteknot.org/glaadlaphotos/peterpaige.jpgHe’s best known for his role as Emmett Honeycutt on Showtime’s late, great Queer as Folk but Peter Paige has accomplished so much more than that as an actor, director, writer and producer.

The Boston University grad, who turns 41 today, has directed and starred in the films Say Uncle and Leaving Barstow and is in pre-production for the film Copacabana.

Peter has done guest spots recently on The Closer, Bones, Raising the Bar and CSI: Miami.

One of his most memorable guest spots was on a 2006 episode of Grey’s Anatomy in which he played a guy with a brain tumor who, due to his medical condition, could not help but say what was on his mind – including how hot McDreamy was. It was such a wonderful performance.

Happy birthday to this great talent.

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Monday Morning Man: Ivan Dodig!

Ivan Dodig Ivan Dodig of Croatia poses for a heashot at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 25, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.With Wimbledon starting today, I’ve got tennis on the brain.
It’s a lot of fun for me to discover players to feature as Morning Men and today’s spotlight is on the very attractive 26-year-old Ivan Dodig from Croatia.
He is currently ranked 37th in the world – his highest ranking ever – and won his first tournament on the ATP tour earlier this year in Croatia and made it to the finals of a tournament earlier this month in the Netherlands.
Ivan also reached the semifinals of the Barcelona Open before losing to top-ranked Rafael Nadal and was the only player to take a set off of eventual champion Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open.
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Ivan Dodig - The Championships - Wimbledon 2010: Day Four
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“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” wins sixth Daytime Emmy but Ellen, winners Regis & Kelly and honoree Oprah are no-shows

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Daytime Emmys 2011 red carpet

Ellen DeGeneres wasn’t around tonight when her talk show won the Daytime Emmy tonight in Las Vegas – the sixth win in the category for the show,

She wasn’t the only one who didn’t bother to show up.

Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa won for best talk show host but neither were present. Oprah Winfrey was honored with a special award for her quarter-century on daytime television. Oprah was not in Vegas to accept personally but she did tape a thank you speech. Problem is, it was from the set of her talk show which means it was taped probably more than a month ago.

And then there is the fact that soaps are dying in general and that Susan Lucci hasn’t been nominated in forever – that was the best storyline the Daytime Emmys have ever had!

Anyway, here are a list of the winners:

Outstanding Drama Series: The Bold and the Beautiful
Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Laura Wright, General Hospital
Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Michael Park, As the World Turns
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Heather Tom, The Bold and the Beautiful
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Jonathan Jackson, General Hospital
Game Show: Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune
Informative Talk Show: The Dr. Oz Show
Younger Actor in a Drama Series: Scott Clifton, The Bold and the Beautiful
Younger Actress in a Drama Series: Brittany Allen, All My Children
Drama Series Directing Team: The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless
Drama Series Writing Team: The Young and the Restless
Talk Show Host: The Dr. Oz Show and Live With Regis and Kelly
Game Show Host: Ben Bailey, Cash Cab

I’ve also assembled some pics of the evening’s most handsome men: Anderson Cooper, Tuc Watkins and Freddie Smith.
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Daytime Emmys 2011 red carpet

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Wimbledon 2011: Photos and predictions!

Andy Murray (R) Of Great Britain Looks

Switzerland's Roger Federer Walks

Spain's Rafael Nadal Gestures

Wimbledon begins today!

It should be two exciting weeks of grasscourt tennis and I’ve assembled a gallery of the five men who I believe are capable of winning: six-time champion Roger Federer, defending champion Rafael Nadal and the hottest player of 2011 Novak Djokovic (all pictured below along with German star Tommy Haas (-in the black hat – who can’t possibly win but sure is nice to look at!)

Pictured above are Andy Roddick and Andy Murray. Roddick has been runner-up at Wimbledon three times and is always a serious threat on grass while fourth-ranked Murray is coming off a win at the warm-up tournament at Queens Club.

No man other than Federer and Nadal has won Wimbledon since 2002 when Lleyton Hewitt took the title. Both men remain in top form and played a great final at the French Open just two weeks ago. My prediction is they will meet in the final at Wimbledon for the fourth time (Federer leads 2-1).

As for the women’s game, thankfully Serena Williams and Venus Williams have returned to the sport after lengthy injury breaks. Serena is the defending champion and has won the tournament four times. If she doesn’t triumph again, my money is on Venus, a five-time champion. Otherwise, the only possible winners would be 2004 champion Maria Sharapova who is back in form and reigning French Open champ Li Na who has brought a lot of excitement to the game.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic Walks

Germany's Tommy Haas Walks

Spain's Rafael Nadal Sits

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Happy Birthday to Eric Sheffer Stevens!

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http://img.poptower.com/pic-52646/eric-sheffer-stevens.jpg?d=600The Daytime Emmy Awards take place today in Las Vegas. I must say, the awards lost a lot of credibility with me this year because this gifted actor, Eric Sheffer Stevens, was not nominated for his work as Dr. Reid Oliver on As the World Turns.

I was quite certain that he would be the front-runner to WIN so for him to not even make the final five, it just seemed like a farce.

An Emmy would have been such a perfect birthday gift for the actor who turns 39 today.

Greg In Hollywood awarded Eric with its Soap Star of the Year prize last December and at the time I explained why: Stevens brought something very unique to a daytime soap and the soap’s writers knew they had struck gold with the actor and his snarky character. He could be so funny, he could be  such a jerk, he could be very sexy and in the end, he could break our hearts.

The seasoned actor was new to soaps and his chemistry with Van Hansis (Luke) was so crackling that many fans welcomed the split of longtime lovers Luke and Noah (Jake Silbermann) so Luke could be with Reid.

Eric also gave many thoughtful interviews throughout his glorious nine-month run about the show’s gay storyline.

Okay, so General Hospital’s Jonathan Jackson won the Emmy that Eric should have received but he has been plenty busy since the demise of ATWT including guest spots on TV’s Body of Proof, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Big C. This fall, he is one of the stars of the FOX sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter.

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GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios resigns

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HpF99dQF-8A/Tf0qgX5ZWzI/AAAAAAABG5w/LYzwVAHHqco/s400/JarrettBarriosLS.jpgJarrett Barrios submitted his as president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) on Saturday.

Politico reports that gay activists are calling for reassessment of the group’s policies and for more heads to roll over its backing of AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile.

POLITICO earlier this month pointed out that GLAAD was one of several liberal-leaning groups supporting AT&T’s bid that had received donations from the telecom giant — in GLAAD’s case $50,000.
“It was the best thing for the organization and certainly for the LGBT movement after all of the controversy over the support for the merger,” Michaelangelo Signorile, the Sirius XM radio show host, told POLITICO. “I think it was distracting for the group and all of the activists that work there. It really was something egregious that a lot of people don’t expect GLAAD to be involved in and supporting on behalf of the community.”

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Morning Man Classic: Robert Reed!

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So, who better to feature today than the man who was one of TV’s greatest dads: Mike Brady himself Mr. Robert Reed!

During the five-season run of The Brady Bunch followed by The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, The Brady Brides, the TV movie A Very Brady Christmas and the final series The Bradys, the television viewing audience did not know that the man dispensing fatherly advice to Greg, Marcia, Peter, Jan, Bobby and Cindy was living a very gay life off-screen.

Although Reed decried the quality of The Brady Bunch scripts, he always returned for the reunions and subsequent series and was said to have enjoyed the ABC variety series the cast did in the mid-70s most of all.

The actor had other memorable roles including starring in TV’s The Defenders, the drama Nurse opposite Micheal Learned, the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man and a classic two-part episode of Medical Center which had him playing a man who undergoes surgery to become a woman more than 30 years before Chaz Bono made his real-life transition.

Reed died far too young. He was just 59 when he died of colon cancer. It became public knowledge after this death that he was also HIV-positive.

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Robert Reed

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Former NSYNC member Lance Bass going back to his roots by creating a boy band reality show for VH1

http://img2.timeinc.net/people/i/2009/galleries/bestquotes/090629/lance-bass-435.jpgIn what sounds like The Voice meets Making the Band, Lance Bass has announced plans to launch his own boyband reality series.

The former member of NSYNC told New York Magazine that he has recently sold a music competition series which will air on VH1.

Says Lance: “I got a member from Backstreet Boys, A.J. McLean. A member from N-Sync, Joey Fatone. A member from New Kids on the Block, Joe McIntyre. And a member from New Edition, Bobby Brown. They’re all going to form a boy band, each, from the most talented guys in America that I’ve scouted, and then they’ll go head-to-head in a competition to see who the best band is, so it’s bragging rights for the guy in the group, for sur


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Tracy Morgan meets with homeless gay teens youth from the Ali Forney Center in NYC

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APOLOGY TOUR BEGINS: Tracy Morgan on Friday met with  LGBT youth from the Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest organization serving homeless LGBT youth. Morgan also met with Elke Kennedy, whose 20-year-old son, Sean, was killed in an anti-gay hate crime.

Last week, GLAAD, HRC, Truth Wins Out and bloggers called on Morgan to apologize and speak out against anti-LGBT violence after he went on an anti-gay rant during a June 3 comedy performance in Nashville, Tenn.  GLAAD also called on Morgan to meet with LGBT youth shunned by their families, as well as families who have lost loved ones to anti-LGBT hate violence.

“Today, Tracy saw firsthand the toll that homophobia and anti-gay violence can take on a person’s life,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “By meeting with LGBT teens left homeless because of who they are, we hope that Tracy has come to understand that so-called ‘jokes’ about gay youth are not just irresponsible, they are damaging.”

Jayden Love and Raciel Castillo issued the following statement after meeting with Morgan:

“We really appreciate that we were able to meet with Tracy Morgan, and that he was able to hear our stories of rejection at the hands of our own families and of being subsequently forced to survive on the streets.  Raciel’s father insisted that his son’s sexual orientation was a ‘medical condition’ that could be ‘fixed’ through therapy, and Jayden was expelled by her religious family for being who she is.  Our parents’ inability to accept us changed our lives for the worse.  We hope that our stories have the power to change not only Tracy’s perspective, but those of any parent who may be struggling with accepting their child. In the meeting, Tracy clearly took responsibility for his words, and we hope that he will use his platform to make the world a better place for LGBT people.”

at Private Location on June 17, 2011 in New York City.

Carl Siciliano, founder and executive director of the Ali Forney Center, issued the following statement:

“As Tracy learned today, family rejection is no joke.  Jayden and Raciel’s stories speak to the power of homophobic family members to harm their children.  As the head of the Ali Forney Center, I have met thousands of other LGBT youths thrown out by their families.  Over 70% were abused and assaulted in their own homes simply because they were LGBT.  Research shows that these kids are as many as eight and a half times as likely to commit suicide. This problem will not disappear overnight, but we have the power to change it.  I hope that Tracy has seen the error and impact of his remarks and that he will educate others about the terrible harm that family rejection does to LGBT youth. Even moreso, I hope this incident will bring attention to this crisis and encourage others to work toward a day when all youth are loved and protected in their own homes.”

Morgan also announced that he will return to Tennessee on Tuesday, June 21 to apologize to those people he offended during his act. While in Nashville, Morgan will also meet with the Tennessee Equality Project and local advocates.

“Returning to Tennessee and apologizing to those he offended is an important step in showing that Tracy truly understands the weight of his words,” Barrios said. “In a state that continues to put anti-gay laws on the books, it’s now more important than ever that we let Tennesseans know that homophobia has no place on or off the stage.”

Morgan will also participate in GLAAD’s upcoming “Amplify Your Voice” public service announcement (PSA) campaign. Other participants include Russell Simmons, Rev. Al Sharpton, Kristin Chenoweth, Chaz Bono, Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Vinny Guadagnino and Tori Spelling, among others. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has partnered with GLAAD to produce the campaign, and NBCUniversal has pledged national airtime. Producer Jonathan Murray serves as creative director.

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“Glee” creator Ryan Murphy is engaged!

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Congratulations to Glee creator Ryan Murphy who revealed on Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS-FM radio show earlier today that he is engaged to his longtime partner.

“I’m with a great fellow now who I’ve known for 15 years,” Ryan M. told Ryan S. “We just got engaged and I’m very excited about it!”

We don’t know the guy’s name, when the wedding will happen or where (maybe New York soon if things go well?).

Congratulations to Ryan!

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Snapped! Shirtless Tom Cruise in “Rock of Ages”

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It seems kind of ironic that Tom Cruise is starring in a big screen musical before Hugh Jackman has. (Hopefully reports that Hugh is in talks for feature film version of Les Miserables pan out!)

Anyway, Tom is seen here in character as Stacey Jaxx in the upcoming film version of the hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages.

I think it’s terrific whenever Tom steps out of his comfort zone of action films. He’s usually quite successful as we’ve seen in such films as Interview With a Vampire, Tropic Thunder and Magnolia.

He needs to keep taking chances because I’m not sure if he has many Mission Impossible flicks left in him!

Nice top guns Tom!

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‘Days of Our Lives’ begins its gay storyline June 23 with “90210″ alum Freddie Smith. But who else?

http://www.ology.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/post-image/freddie_8742_0.jpgWe no longer have Luke and Noah or Luke and Reid on the dearly-departed As the World Turns. Oliver and Kyle have been long gone on the soon-to-depart One Life to Live. And over at The Young and the Restless, Adam hasn’t had an off-camera kiss with a guy in two years while Phillip hasn’t been given any kind of love interest since he came back from the dead and out of the closet.

But have no fear, Days of Our Lives has a new queer!

Entertainment Weekly reports that 90210 alum Freddie Smith (he was Teddy’s latest boyfriend) will make his debut June 23 to lay the groundwork for a same-sex relationship. He’ll play Sonny, a good-natured young man who returns home to Salem join his family.

”He is the center of attention kind of guy but in a good way,” Smith tells EW. ”He’s very confident and mature, he’s traveled the world and is very open-minded. I’m very excited to portray him.”

The actor does not know the identity of his on-screen boyfriend.

”I’m going to be surprised,” he said, laughing. “There are a lot of guys on the show, so it’s going to be interesting to see who I end up falling for. Someone new? Someone on the show?  We all make jokes, `who am I going to make out with first?’ It’s going to be fun to see.”

Most bets are on Will Horton who is played by Emmy nominee Chandler Massey.

I had lunch with Chandler a few weeks back and he claimed to not know what was happening with Will’s sexuality. But he did say:  “The possibility of that storyline obviously is very exciting to me. … It’d be fun. It obviously would be very challenging on a creative level.”

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“I Love Lucy” Friday: Lucy goes on crash diet!

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After a very filling dinner, the Ricardos and Mertzes start talking about their weight. Fred, Ethel and Ricky all admit to having gained a few pounds over the years but Lucy insists that she weighs the same 11o pounds as when she and Ricky got married.

Ricky produces a bathroom scale and the verdict is in: Lucy now weighs 132 pounds!

Says Ethel: “On behalf of our tubby trio, I welcome you to our flabby foursome.”

Lucy is inconsolable and says through tears: “I’m nothing but a big, bloated bunch of blubber.”

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Planning to attend the LA Film Fest? Here is your guide to the LGBT-themed film titles on the schedule

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FILMFEST: The 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival kicked off last night with the black comedy Bernie from indie icon Richard Linklater and starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey.

I’ve got my media credential and plan on taking in as many films as my schedule allows until closing night on June 26. For a full schedule of the films, go to the festival website and start making your plans!

Here are some films with LGBT themes that I want to highlight for you with the film descriptions straight from the website:

Christopher And His Kind: In the 1930s, rising literary star Christopher Isherwood fled uptight England for the wilder shores of Berlin, and, as he famously wrote, “Berlin meant boys.” In Geoffrey Sax’s sumptuous, sexy and wonderfully cast adaptation of Isherwood’s landmark memoir, you’ll meet the future author of A Single Man (played by Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith); the young English singer who was the prototype for Cabaret‘s Sally Bowles; the rent boys and reprobates who fed off Berlin’s decadent nightlife; and the working class boy he fell in love with and tried to save from the Nazis. Christopher and His Kind brings a glamourous and dangerous era to vivid life.

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Leave It On The Floor: Sheldon Larry’s audacious, raunchy and big-hearted musical—with songs by Beyonce’s music director Kim Burse and choreography by Beyonce’s dance master Frank Gatson Jr.—takes us into the fabulously funky world of voguing. (Remember the documentary Paris is Burning?) Here the setting is contemporary downtown L.A.  Our hunky, homeless hero Brad , discarded by his homophobic mom, falls in with the members of the House of Eminence, ruled by the stern aging diva Queef Latina, who keeps a careful, loving watch over her makeshift family of runaways and throwaways. When two of her crew fall for Brad, the Queef is royally unamused. High flying and low down, Leave it on the Floor is a one of a kind celebration—a gay African-American musical about finding your true family.

http://filmguide.lafilmfest.com/tixSYS/2011/templates/images/filmstills/3448.jpgWish Me Away: Country singer Chely Wright knew she was a lesbian at a young age, but she instinctively knew that her orientation was in direct conflict with her aspirations to one day perform at the Grand Ole Opry. She prayed for help from God, stayed in the closet and went on to sell more than 1,000,000 albums. Wish Me Away chronicles the days leading up to Wright’s coming out announcement on national television in 2010, and it provides both an intimate look at the fear and torment behind her high-risk decision and a revealing glimpse into the multi-media P.R. campaign that attended her brave act of self-exposure.

http://static2.dmcdn.net/static/video/148/487/29784841:jpeg_preview_large.jpg?20110424160025Tomboy: The assured second feature from the director of Waterlilies, Céline Sciamma, Tomboy features an astonishing performance from young Zoé Héran as the title character, a ten-year-old girl named Laure who dresses as a boy and convinces her new friends that she’s ten-year-old Michael.  Newly arrived with “his” family in the French countryside, Michael wins admirers for his soccer skills and steals the heart of young Lisa.  But how long can she keep her secret?  Touching, funny and heartbreaking, Tomboy explores questions of gender and identity with great warmth and insight.

An Ordinary Family

An Ordinary Family: With the follow-up to his charming debut Chalk, director Mike Akel has proved himself to be a filmmaker very much interested in the casual, intimate moments of the everyday. A dramedy about two brothers (one straight, one gay) driven apart by their opposing worldviews, An Ordinary Family introduces us to the adult children of the Biederman family as they come together for their annual vacation to relax and dig up unresolved issues. If Chalk was a playfully funny film, then An Ordinary Family is a thoughtful and bittersweet one, with Akel again emphasizing an easy rapport between his characters that feels remarkably akin to real life.

RenéeRenee: In 1976 women’s amateur tennis star Renée Richards rocked the sports world when it was discovered she had been born Richard Raskin and had undergone a sex change operation two years earlier.  As Richard, born to a wealthy family, he had been an alpha male, a popular Yale athlete, a world class eye surgeon and a married man and father.  As Renée, she caused a storm. Many women refused to play her. She had to sue the National Tennis Association to go pro.  And now she has to deal with the guilt she feels about her strained relationship with her abandoned son. In Eric Drath’s fascinating, painfully honest portrait of this pioneering athlete, Renée comes forth to reflect on her amazing and troubled life on both sides of the gender divide.


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Los Angeles Times Lunch Talk: Coming Out: Mon, Jun 20th 12:30pm in Filmmaker Lounge

In this set of films, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender narratives provide a jumping off point for universal themes of acceptance and betrayal.  Filmmakers discuss how these stories help break down barriers and liberate voices that have previously been silenced.

Participants: Bobbie Birleffi/Beverly Kopf, directors, Wish Me Away Eric Drath, director, Renée; Sheldon Larry, director, Leave It on the Floor

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Joan Rivers says Tracy Morgan “isn’t funny” but doesn’t think he should apologize for anti-gay rant

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http://ellen.warnerbros.com/images/blog/1110/12-tracy-morgan.jpgIt’s been more than a week and the controversy over Tracy Morgan’s homophobic rant during a comedy act continues to rage on.

Lots of people are still weighing in and the always outspoken Joan Rivers has plenty to say in an article on Morgan’s tour in The Daily Beast:

“He’s not a Mensa comic,” she begins. “He’s not the voice of this generation.”

But as an equal opportunity offender herself, Joan thinks we’ve gotten too sensitive: “For God’s  sake let’s go back 20 years ago. You couldn’t have All in the Family on  now.”

“My act, when you really listen to it out of context is so offensive, I would sue myself after every show,” she said.

Here’s what Joan thinks of Morgan’s apology tour which includes working with GLAAD: “He shouldn’t apologize. Gay fans? What are they doing seeing him  anyhow? Why aren’t they watching me and Kathy Griffin? What are they doing at this show?”

She laughed and added: “He’s lost his gay fan.

But since Morgan does seem committed to his apology tour Joan says: “I’m all right with that. If they can actually get Tracy  Morgan to be coherent and talk against homophobia even if he doesn’t  mean it, I think that’d be all right. Because there are people even  dumber than Tracy Morgan, who look up to Tracy Morgan as an ignorant role model.”

“I’ll tell you, the biggest crime of all is that  Tracy Morgan isn’t funny. You know what he should be apologizing for?  For charging $86 to see him.”

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“Glee” star Chris Colfer talks about his Emmy dilemma: “I am not funny. I cry in every episode.”

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But will he be nominated again this year? His character’s storyline was deeply moving and emotional but didn’t provide a lot of laughs this season. That’s why it’s a shame that Glee has to compete in the comedy category. Only Jane Lynch, who won the Emmy last year, gets to be truly funny with all of her Sue Sylvester zingers.

Here is Colfer chatting with TV/Line’s Michael Ausiello about the Emmys. Here is an excerpt:

TVLINE | What did you think of Kurt’s journey last season?
I loved it. His [Season 2] journey completely surpassed last year. Last year was all about him accepting who he was. And Season 2 was more about everyone else accepting him for who he was. I couldn’t be prouder and happier to be playing this character. He’s so inspirational to everyone, myself included.

TVLINE | Most of your shining moments last season were dramatic. Is it odd competing in a comedy category?
Yeah. It’s funny when I have nominations in best supporting actor in a comedy and I’m never funny. People I’m usually nominated with are all pranksters and jokers, and I am not funny. I cry in every episode.

TVLINE | Have you given any thought to which episode you’d submit should you get nominated?
Last year when I was fortunate enough to get nominated it was so easy because I had one episode where I just did everything. But I’ve had so many of those this season it’s going to be a Sophie’s Choice if I get nominated again. Kurt had so many great moments. It’s going to be difficult to pick one. Maybe I’ll ask the fans.

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Friday Morning Man: Gabriel Macht!

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http://popero.com/starpics/thumb005/gabriel-macht-a024.jpgGabriel Macht is one of the stars of the new legal dramedy Suits which premieres June 23 on USA Network.

This handsome blond bombshell is 39 and has been in showbiz for more than 30 years!

He made his motion picture debut in 1980 in the film Why Should I Lie? He didn’t appear on screen again for another decade then began making guest spots on such TV series as Beverly Hills 90210, Spin City and Sex and the City.

He resumed his film career with 1998′s The Object of My Affection. Since then, he’s appeared in a steady stream of movies including Behind Enemy Lines, American Outlaws, The Recruit, The Good Shepherd, Because I Said So, The Spirit and Love and Other Drugs.

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s nude scene!

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Well, he certainly has grown up nicely since his days as Zack Morris on Saved By the Bell!

Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who went on to star in NYPD Blue and Raising the Bar, has a new show on TNT called Franklin & Bash and a recent episode called for him to be completely nude.

Describing a hot tub scene in an interview with Access Hollywood, Gosselaar said had just a bit of topstick covering his nether regions and that the chlorine caused him more than a bit of trouble.

“So [during] take three, I stand up — and there [are] a hundred extras and the crew people [watching] – and, as [co-star] Breckin [Meyer] likes to say, it was ‘Screech, Slater and Mr. Belding,’” he said, insinuating quite clearly that three members of his anatomy made surprise appearances. “They came out to play on the third take.”

I didn’t see the episode and don’t know the context of the nudity, but all I can say is I’m sure glad he has a series on basic cable! Just imagine if his next show was on pay cable!

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