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Hugh Grant speaks out for marriage equality

Hugh Grant makes one thing clear in a new video for the UK’s Out4Marriage campaign: marriage is not for him!

But the star of one of my favorite movies, About a Boy, as well as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and the Bridget Jones franchise believes gays and lesbians should have the right to marry each other if they want to.

‘I’m not a massive believer in marriage – I think my own biography is testament to that,’ Grant says in his message. ‘But I do think that love is the same for everyone. And I do think that everyone should have the same rights.’

He adds: ‘If you want to get married, whether you’re gay, straight, transgender, whatever, you should definitely be allowed to do that.’

Well said Hugh!

Below is his video:

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Betty DeGeneres is on the mend – get well soon!

It’s always so good to see Betty DeGeneres who has become a very public symbol of a parent who fully loves and accepts their LGBT child.

So we are all wishing her the very best as she recovers from a fall that resulted in her breaking her back.

‘Thanks for all the love & support for my mama!’ Ellen wrote on Twitter. ‘She broke her back but she’s recovering at home. Send her a message here

Betty has become a regular presence at various LGBT events since her daughter came out publicly in 1997 and is the author of the books, Love Ellen: A Mother Daughter Journey and Just a Mom.

‘Before Ellen came out to me, which happened when she was 20 years old—and now she is 54—nobody talked about it back then,’ she said in an interview with Boston Spirit magazine earlier this year. ‘So, as far as I knew I had no interaction with anyone who was gay or lesbian.’

She first non-gay spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign’s National Coming Out Project and is an active member of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). DeGeneres also writes a column for the website PlanetOut called Ask Betty.

‘I had never even heard of the Human Rights Campaign and they were the first ones to contact me,’ she told Boston Spirit. ‘That’s what launched me on this late blooming career, speaking at their dinners all over the country. Then universities started asking me to speak, then corporations. So it’s been 15 years of a lot of speaking, and traveling, and educating, and it’s been great.’

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Wednesday Morning Man: Sean Lowe!

I’ve made clear that I think shows like The Bachelor are a ridiculous way to try and find your life partner.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t tune in every now and then to check out the guy candy!

And boy, there will be some seriously delicious guy candy on the next edition of the ABC show which returns to the air in January.

His name is Sean Lowe!

Sean was on The Bachelorette in the spring and made it to the top three before being eliminated by Emily Maynard. He made quite an impression on viewers like me with his charm, good looks and killer body.

He’s a businessman and entrepreneur from Dallas. He was born and raised in Irving, Texas, and attended Kansas State University on a full scholarship. He was a linebacker for the football team and graduated in 2006.

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Rafael Nadal not sure when he’ll return to tour

Sexy Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, a seven-time French Open champion, is unsure of when he will return to the tennis tour.

Nadal has not played since losing in the second round of Wimbledon because of a chronic knee injury. He missed the Olympics where he was defending champion, and the US Open which he won in 2010 and was runner-up last year.

‘All that is in my mind is to keep working hard to come back,” Nadal said in interviews with European newspapers Tuesday. ”I cannot think about the future because it’s not like if you break your arm and you know you will have a few weeks like this, then a few weeks like that and then you are back.”

Nadal is recovering from a partially torn patella tendon in his left knee.

”This is a day-by-day thing,” he said. ”I have checks every day to see how I’m improving. I can’t predict what will happen.”

Nadal hopes to be back in time for the Australian Open which he won in 2009.

”I hope you see me in Australia,” he said. “That is the biggest goal for me, to come back just before then in Qatar but I cannot say for sure it is going to happen. The only thing is to recover well. I want to be 100 percent when I come back.”


Truth Wins Out founder Wayne Besen appearing at LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s The Village tomorrow night

In addition to being your faithful blogger, I’m also president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association.

So it is in that role that I’m letting people know about what promises to be a very provocative event tomorrow at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s The Village complex: an evening with Truth Wins Out founder Wayne Besen.

NLGJA-LA is co-sponsoring this event with The Center and the timing is perfect with Besen recently making headlines after being labeled a “homosexual agitator” by some right wing groups that wanted him banned from Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor.

Besen will give a multi-media presentation about the work of Truth Wins Out, the national non-profit organization that fights anti-LGBT extremism and the dangerous “ex-gay” industry. He’s the architect of a sting operation that proved for the first time that the clinic run by Marcus Bachmann, husband of former presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, practices “ex-gay” therapy.

We can guarantee a unique, innovative and entertaining look behind the mask of the so-called “ex-gay” programs. But the evening will also reveal the damage caused by programs that claim to turn gay people straight through prayer and therapy.

“The multi-media show will take the audience on a whirlwind tour of ‘ex-gay’ programs,” Besen says. “[The audience] will learn the history of these groups, the bizarre techniques they use, and the political players that finance these ignoble efforts.”

A former spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, Besen is also the author of Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth and has appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show, NBC Nightly News, ABC’s Nightline and Good Morning America, The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity & Colmes, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Please join us!

The event is free and takes place at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Renberg Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 7-8 p.m. It will be immediately followed by a hosted reception in the courtyard and gallery of The Village at Ed Gould Plaza.

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Will and Sonny have their date but business cuts into their pleasure on “Days of Our Lives”

Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith are so adorable together and I love what they bring out in each other.

And we’re just getting started!

So on yesterday’s episode of Days of Our Lives, their characters of Will and Sonny are still locking lips after clearing the air. They decide to have their first date with Will so cute, not really knowing how to act which is conveyed so well by Emmy winner Massey.

Sonny is the more sure-footed of the two and he’s also the busier one with his coffee house getting in the way of their date.

Duty calls.

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Lunch Break Video: Jesse Tyler Ferguson makes shocking accusation against Eric Stonestreet

At Sunday night’s Emmy Awards, Jesse Tyler Ferguson appeared moved when Modern Family co-star Eric Stonestreet paid tribute to him after beating Ferguson for the supporting actor in a comedy prize.

But during an appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday, Ferguson appeared to allow himself to be egged on to being a sore loser by the host.

Said Kimmel:’I think one of the reasons why he got the nod over you is because he’s a straight guy playing a gay guy and that’s more of a challenge than being a gay guy playing a gay guy. You might want to think about dating some women.’

Ferguson, by now clearly part of a comedy bit, told Kimmel he had a different plan then unveiled a political ad-type spot that shows portions of Stonestreet’s emotional Emmy acceptance interspersed with a damning voiceover.

Among the allegations: ‘Eric Stonestreet isn’t gay. He just steals gay American jobs from gay Americans.’ ‘He’s a liar and an ass-kisser.’

The ad ended with Stonestreet’s TV husband looking very seriously at the camera and saying: ‘I’m Jesse Tyler Ferguson and I approve this message.’

Kimmel approved: ‘I like it. It’s aggressive and it’s bold.’

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Neil Patrick Harris has a book deal!

Neil Patrick Harris is one busy dude!

Already juggling work on television (How I Met Your Mother), in movies (Harold & Kumar) and on the stage (Company), is also writing a book that will be published in 2014.

The two-time Emmy winner’s book is so far untitled but it is a memoir of sorts described as ‘imaginative non-fiction that delivers an interactive, non-linear reading experience.’

‘I’m excited to be writing a book of the observations and stories of my life,’ NPH said in a statement from publisher Crown Archetype.

He added, clearly joking: ‘I read with great fondness Tina Fey’s Bossypants, so my plan is just to reprint those exact stories but change the names to people that I knew. What editor would take issue with that?’

On a more serious not, the publisher stated the book would ‘draw upon his love of adventure and surprise in creating the book, as well as upon the many roles he has played in his life and career – from being a child star to coming out, and from acting on Broadway to becoming a proud father.’


Barbra Streisand to duet with son Jason Gould

Barbra Streisand has done some pretty dazzling duets in her time with the likes of Judy Garland, Neil Diamond, Donna Summer, Tony Bennett and Celine Dion, among others.

But she is about to do what will probably be the duet most special to her: one with her son, Jason Gould.

Barbra, who directed Jason in the 1991 film The Prince of Tides, tells Katie Couric in an interview to air today that she is working on a new album of duets and one of her singing partner will be her only child who was born during her marriage to Elliot Gould.

‘When I heard the things he’s recorded, the musicianship, the sound of his voice, it’s like he has a little chamber music orchestra right in his vocal chords,’ Streisand tells Couric. ‘I don’t know what it is. His sweetness, his inventiveness musically.’

Gould, 45, is openly gay and performed in films (Boys Life 3, Say Anything)and on stage (Twilight of the Golds) although not in the past decade.

Streisand recalls singing with her son when he was a kid.

‘When I came home from work, we would sing together. And then when he was 15, I heard this gorgeous hum from behind his door.’

Although he wasn’t prepared to share his musicality with his mom then, Gould is now.

Says Streisand: ‘A few years ago he said, ‘You know I’ve started to sing and work on some music,’ and I said, ‘Really?’ And this is a tough spot to enter that profession for him, I suppose. I said, ‘Jason, I have to sing with you. You have to be on my duets album.”

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Actor Freddie Smith wants to see Sonny and Will go to bed together on “Days of Our Lives”

I should be posting scenes from yesterday’s Days of Our Lives later today during which Sonny and Will were still attached at the lips!

They had their first official date at Sonny’s coffee house then kissed each other again before parting ways.

Will their physical intimacy ever graduate to the bedroom like many of their heterosexual counterparts?

‘I think it’s very important,’  Freddie Smith says in an interview with Frontiers magazine. ‘If you are in a relationship, that is the romantic aspect of it. So I think it’s important to show every aspect of a relationship.’

Will (Chandler Massey) was recently seen in bed with someone – ex-girlfriend Gabi!

‘I don’t think he had any intentions of sleeping with her,’ Smith explains. ‘He was just so broken with everybody he cared about talking so badly to him. He was with a friend and it just sparked, it just happened.’

Daytime soaps have mostly shied away from showing their few gay characters doing anything beyond kissing. ABC did show a love scene in bed on the now-canceled One Life to Live between the characters of Oliver Fish and Kyle Lewis but the characters were written off the show soon after.

For Smith, playing a gay role has given insight into and empathy for the coming out process for gays.

‘I have many gay friends and I hear their stories,’ he says. ‘Being a straight guy, I did not go through the coming out process. But when you are playing a gay role, that is your homework, and it brings me much closer to the community.’

‘My character is gay so I feel then I am right in it,’ he adds. ‘I am playing a gay guy for five days a week. I start to get in touch with that side and be able to relate. It’s hard to come out. It’s hard with the gay bashing. I realize it more now through playing this character.’


Tuesday Morning Man: Linc Hand!

Had a terrific time in Palm Springs over the weekend at the Cinema Diverse Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Met all kinds of people including this young man, Linc Hand.

Linc was on hand for the screening of the short Groom’s Cake in which he appears in a small role. It was written and directed by and stars his friend and roommate, Chad Darnell.

At one of the after-parties, Chad was telling me that Linc’s acting career has really caught fire in recent years. He plays baseball player Fritz Ostermueller in the upcoming feature 42 which stars Harrison Ford and Christopher Meloni, among others.

He’s also recently completed the film Goodbye World which stars Adrian Grenier and Ben McKenzie and appears in the upcoming Sofia Coppola film The Bling Ring.

I chatted with Linc for awhile at the party and he could not have been more charming, more passionate about his work, and grateful for the opportunities that are coming his way.

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Happy 33rd Birthday to Ross Mathews!

Thought I’d crash Ross Mathews’ birthday post because, hey, it’s my website!

Saw Ross last month at a benefit and, as always, he was a delight.

The guy who began his career more than a decade ago as “Ross the Intern” with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show still occasionally appears with Jay.

But Ross has so much more going on including regular appearances on Chelsea Lately as a panelist and sometime guest host as well as red carpet award show coverage for E! including last night’s Emmys.

‘Life is simultaneously everything I’d hoped and even better than I could have imagined,’ Ross wrote on his website today.

Happy birthday to a really dynamic guy!

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Don’t miss “The Golden Age” panel at WeHo Book Fair on Sunday – Greg In Hollywood moderating!

For the third year in a row, I’ve been asked to moderate a panel at the West Hollywood Book Fair – an invitation I found impossible to turn down.

I’m a late addition, I believe, and just got the books over the past few days so am doing a bit of cramming for my panel: The Golden Age.

But I’ll be ready!

It will take place from 10:15 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. at the Behind the Scenes stage.
The panelists are Ty Burr, MG Lord, Emily Leider and Mark Viera.

The festival is on Sunday, September 30th, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at West Hollywood Library and Park.
Here is a LINK to the full schedule. I’ll be posting more information throughout the week.


See what made Harvey Feinstein speechless

Harvey Fierstein ‏@HarveyFierstein Spotted today at the BCEFA Flea Market: A man had my face tatooed on his thigh. I was and remain speechless.

Michael Muhney of “Young and the Restless” reveals on Twitter what kind of lover he would be if he were gay

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If I were gay I’d have a tramp stamp over my butt reading, “CLASSY.” Wait. If I were gay I’d be a “top”. Forget it.


“Star Trek” icons Leonard Nimoy & George Takei together again after performance of “Allegiance”

Star Trek icon George Takei is currently spending his days at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego as one of the stars of the musical Allegiance which he hopes to take to Broadway.

The musical is about the internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II resonates deeply because it is something Takei and his family had to live through.

Over the weekend, Takei posted a photo of himself with his former Star Trek co-star Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock) who caught a performance of the show.

Both of these guys still look terrific!


See how Will and Sonny finally find their way to each other’s lips on “Days of Our Lives”

A few days ago, I posted the Will and Sonny kiss on Days of Our Lives.

I gave it a 6 on a scale of 1-10 but upon further reflection, I’m going to upgrade to a 7.

They are so adorable together!

Anyway, these are the scenes from Friday’s episode that lead up to the kiss. They include Will having a heart-to-heart with grandma Marlena (that’s always a treat) and Sonny getting to the bottom of why Will canceled their date: He overheard Sonny’s mom saying he wasn’t good enough for her son.

But, as Sonny makes clear to Will before the liplock: “She doesn’t know you how I know you.”

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Monday Morning Man: Ryan Vigilant!

On his Twitter page, actor Ryan Vigilant describes himself as “just a guy living day to day.”

Make that just a gorgeous and talented guy.

I discovered Ryan over the weekend when I caught the film Naked As We Came at Cinema Diverse – The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

He was outstanding as a gay man who rushes to his mother’s country estate (with his incredibly bitchy sister) to be with their gravely ill mother.

I highly recommend the movie if it plays at a festival near you and hopefully it will have a DVD release.

Ryan is probably best known as one of the leads in the web series Lenox Hill. He has done a guest spot on Gossip Girl and had roles in the films Affluenza, Maggie Marvel, Love, Lies and Seeta and Reunion 108.

He’s also a successful model who the camera clearly loves.

We’ll have to keep our eye on the career of this young man!

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Emmys 2012: Eric Stonestreet pays tribute to TV husband Jesse Tyler Ferguson in speech

I was rooting for a newly engaged Jesse Tyler Ferguson to take home his first Emmy tonight for supporting actor in a comedy series.

Instead, it was his TV husband Eric Stonestreet who walked off with his second Emmy in three year.

But Stonestreet gave Ferguson plenty of love in his wonderful acceptance speech: “I wouldn’t be standing here without Jesse Tyler Ferguson. There is no Cam without Mitch. We get the awesome opportunity to play these two characters on TV and show America and the world what a loving couple we can be, just like everybody else, and it’s an honor to do that. I never knew I’d be on TV as a gay man, but I love the pictures of hairy chests you guys are sending me.”

For his part, Ferguson took to Twitter during the ceremony to congratulate Stonestreet. He also tweeted a photo of himself and fiance Justin Mikita who he became engaged to last Wednesday.

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You deserve it! I’m so happy for your #Emmy win @ericstonestreet

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I DID win! Look at my prize!


Morning Man Classic Encore: Robert Redford! posted Dec. 21, 2009
What a beauty!

Well before he founded the Sundance Film Festival and won an Academy Award for directing Ordinary People, Robert Redford was Hollywood’s golden boy.

He spent the 60s as a leading in such films as Inside Daisy Clover and This Property is Condemned – both opposite Natalie Wood as well as Barefoot in the Park and The Chase, both with Jane Fonda. But his most famous pairing came at decades end when he and Paul Newman teamed up for 1969′s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Then came the 70s and a string of major films including The Candidate, The Way We Were, The Sting, All the Presidents Men, , The Great Gabsy, Jeremiah Johnson, The Great Waldo Pepper, and Three Days of the Condor.

Beginning in the 80s, Redford mixed directing (Quiz Show, River Runs Through It, Horse Whisperer) with acting roles (Out of Africa, The Natural, Indecent Proposal).

Editor’s Note: Redford is the latest classic Morning Man featured in a series that wraps up on Christmas Day. Other featured so car are Paul Newman, Montgomery Clift, Rock Hudson and James Dean.

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