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My chat with Brad Goreski …

Happy Monday everyone.

Sorry for the slow start today but I have lots of goodies coming so check back often!

First off, I want to share with you an interview I did with Brad Goreski the other night.

If you are a fan of The Rachel Zoe Project, then you know Brad was Zoe’s assistant for three years.

Well, now he’s out on his own – has his own business AND his own show.

It’s a Brad Brad World drew more than 1 million viewers in its premiere last week and airs its second episode on Bravo tonight.

‘Life has been really good,’ he said during a chat at Friday’s NBC-Universal party in Pasadena. ‘The show premiered really, really well and the response has been great which is all you can hope for.’

To read the rest of the story, hop on over to Gay Star News!

Monday Morning Man: Lance Parker!

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Isn’t it great?

He’s 26-year-old Lance Parker, a goalkeeper for FC Edmonton in the North American Soccer League.

Lance played college soccer at Missouri State University and was twice named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference second team.

He made his professional debut in 2008.

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My lunch with Chelsea Handler …

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http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/chelsea-handler-tca-gi.jpgI’m taking the day off from TV Critics Association Tour today. It’s FOX day and for the past two years, this is the only network to not approve credentials for Greg In Hollywood so this year I didn’t even bother to ask.

You can read about whatever Fox is doing somewhere else – unless it has to do with Glee. I won’t blame Glee for the network’s press people blowing me off.

So I’m going to The ArcLight to see The Iron Lady instead!

But first, I want to share with you this fun little chat I had with Chelsea Handler during a TCA lunch event held by E! yesterday.

They had their talent move around to different tables every 10 minutes or so to sit with 5-6 of us as we ate lunch. Chelsea was at our table first so we got her fresh and fun.

I told her how very funny she is in the NBC sitcom Chelsea, Are You There? in which she plays the sister of a fictionalized version of herself. She is in 7 of the first 12 episodes and I wondered if she would try to be in more.

“I would definitely do more episodes if it gets picked up,” she said. “It’s a Friday day taping for me so I don’t have to be there the entire week. I do my show Monday through Thursday then I hop over there Friday.”

Chelsea, of course, is mighty busy with her nightly show on E! Chelsea Lately and the weekly Sunday night show After Lately. Plus, she is always busy writing her best-selling books and has her own book publishing company.

“I have a lot of jobs,” she told me. “I love it though. I work a lot. We have a bunch of shows in development too, we sold a show to FOX and to ABC. And we have a couple of pilots in development at E! I like to work, I’m having a really good time. I don’t have kids, I’m single so I might as well be working.”

Her pace reminded me a bit of Joan Rivers (we would spend time with Joan next) so I wondered if Chelsea, who is 36, could picture herself still going as strong as Joan who is more than 40 years older than her.

“No! I will not!” she said. “I won’t be in front of the camera that’s for sure. I don’t have any desire to work that long or that hard. I’m getting it all out now! I’m sure I’ll be producing things but I don’t know that I need to be on camera past a certain age.”

But she’s enjoying herself a lot right now.

“I’m really in a fortunate position,” she said. “I see that so I’m really just trying to be as happy as possible.”

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Showtune Sunday: A montage of legends from Lansbury to LuPone singing “Some People” from “Gypsy!

http://www.berkshirefinearts.com/uploadedImages/articles/613_Patti-LuPone-Sizzles860176.jpgAbsolutely love this video! What a treasure! It is a compilation of some of the greatest divas – ever – performing the show-stopper Some People from Gypsy.

Included are the Broadway Mama Rose’s Ethel Merman, Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, Bernadette Peters and Patti LuPone plus the TV movie Mama Rose Bette Midler.

And then there is Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli,Linda Lavin, Betty Buckley (Wow!).

In case you are wondering why Rosalind Russell, Mama Rose in the feature film version, isn’t in the compilation, check out the second video. It’s the great Miss Russell giving the song a go in her own voice.

It’s a good thing she was dubbed. Wonderful actress, but not a good singer.


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Morning Man Classic: Tom Berenger!

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_LikzyndVj-g/SiLjPupSLVI/AAAAAAABHok/ydX0-UwAhtE/s400/Tom+Berenger60.jpgTom Berenger has such a nice pair of full lips that even Chord Overstreet would be impressed!

Tom first came to my attention in the 1983 film The Big Chill. He played a Magnum PI-type TV star who reunited with his college friends for the funeral of one of their friends.

By that time, Tom had already made a splash in such films as Dogs of War, In Praise of Older Women and Butch and Sundance: The Early Years.

He went on to star in the 1986 Oscar-winning Platoon and a mix of comedies and dramas including Major League, Someone to Watch Over Me, Shoot to Kill, Gettysburg, Chasers, The Substitute as well as Sniper and its two sequels.

Now 62, Tom is still working as hard as ever in movies and television including a role in last year’s Inception.

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Celeb Tweets: NH Debate Edition

Alec Mapa
AlecMapa Alec Mapa
Rick Santorum would prefer families like mine did not exist. And yet here we are. Enough.
Chely Wright
chelywright Chely Wright
Dear Santorum, It’s not just the “gay community who’d like to change laws” to grow equality. There’s a group of folks called straight allies
Sandra Bernhard
SandraBernhard Sandra Bernhard
sit down and speak to a gay couple in their living room? no gay couple would let them in, what should we call it mitt? and you do believe it
Pauley Perrette
PauleyP Pauley Perrette
The unbelievable homophobia being spouted by the republicans at the #NHdebate is making me physically nauseous & cry Awful
Hal Sparks
HalSparks Hal Sparks
According to Gingrich & Romney, the Obama administration is bigoted against bigots… And it’s breaking their bigoted hearts #nhdebate
Joy Behar
JoyVBehar Joy Behar
Why is a thrice married adulterer lecturing on the sanctity of marriage? Gingrich is the biggest hypocrite on this.
Cher
cher Cher
Wait ! They r on NOW ? RT @itaintuboo:My partner and I are watching the NH debates and we are pretty much disgusted at comments made!
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Alan Cumming gets married at Soho Grand and tweets the news with this hashtag: #eatmericksantorum!

I just got married!!!!!

Alan Cumming has tweeted this photo along with this simple tweet: “I just got married!” He and artist Grant Shaffer had a “improptu” wedding at Soho Grand today.

The couple got together in 2005 and entered into a civil partnership in 2007.

Tweeted Cumming: “On the 5th anniversary of our wedding in London grant and I tied the knot again in NYC!!! #eatmericksantorum”

Alan, of course, is currently starring in CBS’s The Good Wife and won a Tony for Broadway’s Cabaret.

Cheyenne Jackson also sent out this tweet: “Mazel tov boyz.”

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Happy Birthday to “Entourage” alum Rex Lee!

http://www.abcmedianet.com/showcontent/primetime/suburgatory/suburgatory_i/lee.jpgRex Lee, who we know best as Ari Gold’s very understanding assistant, Lloyd, on HBO’s Entourage, turns 43 today!

Rex is an openly gay actor who has done well playing gay characters. Besides Lloyd, he is now playing the role of Mr. Wolfe, a clueless high school guidance counselor, on the ABC sitcom Suburgatory.

I’ve seen several episodes of the new comedy and I love the straight-gay friendship between Rex’s character and George (Jeremy Sisto).

Congrats to Rex on the new gig! May it run as long as Entourage.

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Sandra Bernhard is joining Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” as a correspondent

http://www.nypost.com/rw/nypost/2010/07/20/pagesix/photos_stories/cropped/sandra_bernhard_startraks--300x300.jpgI’m here at TCA in Pasadena and Andy Cohen is talking about the expansion of his Bravo talk show, Watch What Happens Live expanding to five days a week.

One of the cool things is that frequent guest Sandra Bernhard has been added to the mix as a once-a-week regular!

“She is someone I’ve been a fan of since she first came on the scene,” Andy tells us. “I think she’s such a wit, so smart. Her take on pop culkture is just genius. I can’t understate my excitement about her joining us as a correspondent.”

The WWHL set will now have a bar and Bernhard will be perched at it for her weekly segment called Sandrology.

“She is going to do a live rant about the week in pop culture,” says Cohen. “If you follow her on Twitter, she’s so smart and funny. I love following her tweets.”

Bernhard will next appear on the show on Monday, Jan. 9 when Anderson Cooper and Camille Grammer will be the guests.

WWHL kicks off its five-time-a-week run on Sunday and will air live Sundays through Thursdays at 11 p.m.

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Kathy Griffin to have own weekly talk show!

http://cdn.blogs.sheknows.com/realitytvmagazine.sheknows.com/2010/06/kathy-griffin-my-life-on-the-d-list-season-premiere.bmpIf you miss your weekly does of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, you’ll be happy to know that the red-headed comic will again have a regular presence on Bravo: a weekly show called Kathy!

Here at the TV Critics Ass. Press Tour, Bravo has just made the announcement and it sounds like a GREAT idea – especially if it means we get to see our beloved Maggie Griffin.

Kathy will launch in the spring and will feature Griffin’s piercing view of the week’s news, her interviewing celebs (at least those who will speak to her!) and she will be doing some stand-up.

The two-time Emmy winner has also signed to do two stand-up specials for the network. Last year she did four.

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Daytime Soap Clip: Will Horton considers blackmailing his former stepdad on “Days of Our Lives”


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Gay Star News round-up: Meghan McCain slams Santorum plus Mario Lopez and Adam Lambert pieces!

Crazy Friday with me being at the TV Critics Assn. Press Tour.

It’s NBC day and to encounter such gorgeous men as Matt Bomer, Adam Levine, and Josh Lucas in the same day makes it hard to concentrate on writing stories.

But writing I have done for this blog and for Gay Star News.

There is a legitimate reason for the reason of Mario Lopez in his underwear.

There’s a story on Mario where he talks about his new underwear line and about his many gay fans.

Then there is a story on Adam Lambert who talks about his upcoming album and some of it’s more personal songs.

Also, you had to know the controversy going on in Chicago between LGBT activists and the Catholic cardinal who compared them to the KKK isn’t going to end until the church leader apologizes. I have a story about a protest planned for Sunday.

And finally, there’s Rick Santorum.

He’s still on point with his anti-gay rhetoric but he’s also getting a lot of flack for it from crowds in New Hampshire – and he’s also getting slammed by the daughter of 2008 GOP Presidential candidate John McCain. Read about what Meghan McCain has to say about Mr. Santorum.

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Kristy McNichol comes out publicly!

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6A8j2EQmANk/S9fQ-Z013sI/AAAAAAAAESI/n10NdwOYeTM/s400/Kristy+McNichol5.jpgWe all (at least anyone over 40!) remembers Buddy Lawrence from the ABC drama Family.

She was played by Kristy McNichol who won an Emmy for the role then went on to star in movies like Little Darlings, Only When I Laugh, The Pirate Movie and The End.

She returned to television for the NBC sitcom Empty Nest.

But Kristy was troubled by depression and took several breaks from acting before taking a permanent break more than 2o years ago.

Well today, she returned to the spotlight with a statement from her publicist that she is a lesbian and wanted to go public in order to help bullied kids.

Ironic that her big sister on the Family series was played be Meredith Baxter who came out a few years back!

See my story over at Gay Star News.

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Lunch Break Video: Neil Patrick Harris gets humped by enthusiastic contestant on “The Price is Right”

Magic touch: It seemed Neil Patrick Harris had a date with Destiny when the contestant leapt upon him

This is just absolutely hilarious!

Neil Patrick Harris was a celebrity guest this week on the long-running daytime game show The Price is Right and one of the contestants, a woman named Destiny, got more than a little excited when she greeted the talented star.

She just full-out tackled him and humped NPH a bit.

Neil jokingly staggered around a bit after and managed to keep his composure. The man is unflappable!

“White Collar” star Matt Bomer, up close!

http://www.nypost.com/r/nypost/blogs/popwrap/200910/Images/28/matt-bomer.jpghttp://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RvmKpmmcp-k/TV8mPAsZfLI/AAAAAAAAFTU/_DWfoxQ4Qqs/s400/matt-bomer.jpgThis is just a tease to let you know I’ll be posting a chat with Matt Bomer in the coming days.

Just saw the dreamy star of USA’s White Collar at a lunch here at TV Critics Association Press Tour and was pleasantly surprised when he greeted me with a nice, heartfelt hug. My best celeb hug since Darren Criss last year! (Also in the top three is a nice hug from Eric Mabius at TCA a few years back.)

Anyway, talked to Matt about the new episodes of White Collar, his upcoming movie Magic Mike in which he plays a stripper, and about his instant bromance with co-star Tim DeKay. A fellow reporter even asked Matt if he is ticklish!

He is!

More to come!

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Betty White charms at TV Critics Press Tour

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I’m in Pasadena for NBC day of the TV Critics Association Winter Press Tour so I’m attending panels, doing interviews, filing stuff for Gay Star News and trying to remember my name!

Anyway, things kicked off nicely this morning during a breakfast session with the one and only Betty White who was here to gab about her new NBC show Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.

This is a woman who is about to turn 90 and I can assure you, she is as bright and charming and clever and sassy as ever.

She referred to 85-year-old Tony Bennett as “just a kid” and is thrilled to be saying yes to as many things as she does because offers might dry up “by the time I’m 100.”

She says there’s several octogenarians out there right now still thriving on stage and screen “because they love what they do. That keeps you energized. You’ve got to celebrate that.”

Miss White, of course, is also currently starring in her third season of the hit TV Land sitcom Hot In Cleveland, her most successful series since The Golden Girls. She is nominated for a 2012 Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance on the show after winning last year.

When asked about her longevity on television – her first series was Life With Elizabeth in the 1950s and she won two Emmys for The Mary Tyler Moore Show – Miss White said: “People have gotten so used to me they can’t get rid of me. … It’s a legacy and I appreciate it with all my heart.”

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Jai Rodriguez talks about ‘Days of Our Lives.’ Will his character be involved romantically with Will Horton?

http://media.soapoperanetwork.com/2011/10/jai_rodriguez_02_3x4.jpgJai Rodriguez has been filming episodes of NBC’s Days of Our Lives and is set to first appear on Jan. 13.

He portrays the gay character of Mateo, a friend of Sonny’s who may become in his latest business venture, according to AfterElton.com’s Langford on Soaps column.

“Mateo has tattoos and is a little more edgy than the Salem boys,” Rodriquez tells Soaps in Depth. “But, he hits it off with Will right away and they have an interesting connection. … I think there’s definitely room for Mateo to come back.”

In a separate interview with Deep Soap, Rodriguez, shared his thoughts on the soap’s handling of the Will Horton storyline so far.

“I think they’re handling the storyline with a lot of sensitivity and being really, really honest… It’s definitely not a cliché.” he said. “The portrayals of young gay people on television are a lot different than they were ten or fifteen years ago. They’re colored with a little more diversity. I think that’s a really good thing.”

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Friday Morning Man: Ryan Gaul!

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_lLsdaCVk3Kk/SZxv0TkBYZI/AAAAAAAAw-U/kOzs5vL2B4c/RyanGaul09.jpgThis handsome young guy is Ryan Gaul and he is currently a member of The Groundlings, the LA-based comedy troop that has such famous alums as Will Ferrell, Lisa Kudrow and Kathy Griffin.

According to his Groundlings bio Ryan grew up on the central coast of Maine. He then moved south to attend Stonehill College outside of Boston, Ma. Following a brief career as an office supply salesman for W.B. Mason, Ryan decided he would start calling himself an actor.

Then, he started acting.

He began performing at Improv Asylum in Boston, Ma, then with several talented groups at IOWest in Los Angeles (Currently POWERHOUSE on Tuesday nights at 10pm) and is now very proud to be a Groundling.

His television credits include 10 Items or Less and the Fox pilots Take Me To Your Leader and The Grind.

Ryan’s parents still think he is “visiting” Los Angeles.

Ryan has appeared in countless commercials for KFC, Campbells Soup, McDonalds and many other products which are detailed on  website called Hot Geeks. He doesn’t seem so geeky to me but the hot part is definitely right on!

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Gay Star News Round-up: The almost all about gay marriage foe Rick Santorum Edition

I did not expect to write THREE stories about Rick Santorum for Gay Star News today but that is exactly what happened!

The man who finished just eight votes behind Mitt Romney in the Iowa Caucuses this week is big news right now for things he’s said in the past about gay marriage, for things he said today about gay marriage (compared it to polygamy), and for his ongoing problem with Google search engines – a problem stemming from his opposition to, you guessed it, gay marriage.

But Santorum was not all I wrote about today! There is also a bizarre story about director David O. Russell and a transgender relative and a happy piece about a San Francisco couple who get to stay together (one was facing deportation) thanks to intervention from politicians including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

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See guest star Ricky Martin on set of Glee!

Glee’s Cory Monteith just tweeted this adorable photo of himself with guest star Ricky Martin!

Monteith referred to him only as ‘our new Spanish teacher.’

Monteith’s co-star Matthew Morrison didn’t share any photos but he did say of Martin via Twitter: “What a great guy, having a lot of fun shooting our scenes together.”

Speaking of Ricky, I have posted some excerpts of a new interview he has done over at Gay Star News in which he talks about not getting married but wanting to have another child – a daughter.

He also has high expectations for his return to Broadway in Evita.

Here is a LINK.

UPDATE: Ricky Martin himself has tweeted a photo of himself with the Glee cast:

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