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Lunch Break Video: Celebrating Joan Rivers’ 78th birthday with some of her routines througn the years

http://www.topnews.in/files/Joan-rivers294.jpgJust like the Energizer bunny, Joan Rivers just goes on and on.

Thank God.

This woman is one of the true showbiz survivors who has survived some real ups and downs and been able to keep on working through all of it because she turns it all into humor.

When I was in high school, I would be so excited to watch The Tonight Show whenever Joan was the guest host and even taped some of her monologues with my audio recorder.

Thankfully, we have YouTube so you can relive some of those routines and others from throughout Joan’s long career.

Happy 78th birthday to a comedy legend!




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Jane Lynch talks about hosting the Emmys

http://movies.hollywoodrepublican.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/jane_lynch.jpgJane Lynch (a.k.a. Sue Sylvester on Glee) talked to Entertainment Weekly about hosting this year’s Emmys, a gig officially announced last week: “I was on a plane after Upfronts and [producer] Mark Burnett was on the plane as well. He came up to me and said, ‘I’m producing the Emmys and you’re my first choice.’ And I said, ‘Wow! Okay!’ [Laughs] Then I went on vacation with [wife] Lara — we went to Bora Bora. We got an email from Mark Burnett saying, ‘I’m officially asking you to be the host.’ And I said, ‘Yes!’”

Lynch says she’s taking pointers from last year’s host Jimmy Fallon. “What I loved about what he did was he’s such a charming presence and he basically just stepped up there as himself,” says the actress. “He didn’t put on a funny hat or glasses — he just did his thing.”

Will she be wearing a track suit and stepping into the persona of Sue Sylvester at all on Emmy night?

” I have no idea,” she says. “I doubt it.”

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Margaret Cho talks to OUT about Pride, Lady Gaga, her DWTS rainbow dress, and eating Lance Bass?

http://images.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/Margaret-Cho-margaret-cho-413443_392_392.jpgOut Magazine has a new interview with the magnificent Margaret Cho who I hope to bump into sometime this weekend at LA Pride in West Hollywood.

Here are some excerpts from the interview:

You’re being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s L.A. Pride. What was your first pride was like?
My first pride was either 1976 or 1977. That was before Harvey Milk was assassinated. I think I’d seen him in a parade before. I remember not understanding (because I was so young) what the parade was about. My parents owned a bookstore, and all the people that worked for my father were gay. The parades were small until 1978, when Harvey Milk died. There was a shift in the participation. The candlelight vigil was an incredible moving carpet of people, and even though that wasn’t a pride parade, in the deepest sense, it still was. So when I attend pride parades now as an adult, it really brings me back to my childhood.

What’s your take on another entertainer who’s become a rallying point for outsiders: Lady Gaga.
Oh, I love Lady Gaga. She’s taking her talent — which is considerable — and creating something for people who feel ostracized. There’s a universal sense of alienation, and she’s tapped into that. I’m certainly a fan, but I think artists have always done that. Madonna and David Bowie — there’s a lot of people who represent that to me in music.

http://images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/2010911//300.dwts.lc.101110.jpgYou became that representation when you wore the rainbow dress on Dancing with the Stars. But do you think ABC tried to control that statement?
That was weird. To me, it was very important to make a statement about the gay teen suicides. That show is so conservative, so it was hard to find a way to inject my own views and values. I decided to wear this rainbow pride flag. Yeah, we were probably voted off because we were talking about something a lot of people couldn’t handle. But I don’t care about a dance competition — I care about helping a kid get through it.

If you, Kathy, and Lance were trapped on an island together, who would get eaten first?
I’m sure Lance would not survive. He’s so tender and delicious looking. I would eat most of him. Kathy is much smaller than me. I could put away a lot of Lance.

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Wednesday Morning Man: Jared Followill!

Jared Followill Jared Followill of King of Leon performs at the KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta 2009 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on May 16, 2009 in Irvine, California.  (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jared FollowillToday’s Morning Man is a member of the rock band Kings of Leon: 24-year-old Jared Followill.
Jared plays bass guitar and sings back-up vocals for the band which formed in 1999 with his brothers Caleb Followill, the lead singer and Nathan Followill and cousin Matthew Followill.
The band has had such hits as “Notion,” “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody” and last year won three Grammy Awards including Record of the Year.
Last month, the band performed their longest ever live set in front of 136,000 fans at Slane Castle in Ireland. The tickets for the event sold out within 30 minutes.
Jared is a prolific tweeter with more than 66,000 followers.
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Luke Macfarlane and the cast of Broadway’s “The Normal Heart” speak out for marriage equality

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Part 2 of my interview with Chandler Massey!

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Chandler Massey, an Emmy nominee for his performance as Will Horton on NBC’s Days of Our Lives, is getting attention for more than his acting these days.
The 20 year old from Georgia is growing up to be quite the hunk!

He seemed embarrassed when I brought up the shirtless photos of him that have been showing up on websites like JustJared.com.

“At first I felt a little self conscious but now it’s fun,” he said, not totally convincingly.
But he’s always kept fit.
“My mom is a professional triathlete so growing up it was eat healthy, exercise,” Chandler said. “So I’ve always loved playing sports, exercising and keeping in shape. I always try and keep active. Growing up I played soccer and tennis and I have a group of friends and we go play Ultimate Frisbee on Saturdays and Sundays.”
He also does something called CrossFit: “It’s all about working your whole body all the time rather than just kind of isolating certain areas. It’s tough but it’s fun.”
And even though he’s a young single guy, he doesn’t have to worry about cooking healthy meals – he has them delivered to him by a service called SunFare.
“They deliver it every day and it’s healthy. Whatever your goals are, they design a plan around it.”
Beats Pizza Hut!
http://thedayspub.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/nuwill2.jpgSo how did Chandler get so good, so fast as an actor?
He cut his teeth in high school where he had the leads in such shows as How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Guys and Dolls and Little Shop of Horrors.
“I knew it was something I loved to do and my dream was to do it for a living,” he said of acting. “But I didn’t want to tell people that, I didn’t think I was good enough. But right after I graduated, I decided to go for it.”
By that time, he had shown great promise. In addition to the high school plays, he landed guest spots on shows that filmed in Atlanta including One Tree Hill and Army Wives.
He wanted to head to LA to pursue acting but his parents would not agree unless he was also enrolled in college.
“I made deal with them that I would come out to go to school because I got into UCLA and I would just audition on the side,” he said. “They wanted to make sure I had a back-up plan.”
After he finished his first quarter, he had an audition for Days of Our Lives. After three readings, he got the part. Just 18 months later, he’s up for a Daytime Emmy for outstanding younger actor.
Looks like the best is yet to come!
See PART ONE of my interview with Chandler!
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Snapped! Andy Roddick on the grass!

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American tennis star Andy Roddick sure looks nice in his white tennis clothes – especially when his shirt blows up and gives us a peak at his tummy! But seriously folks, Andy won a close match at the Queens Club tournament today against Spain’s Feliciano Lopez and is trying to win the Wimbledon warm-up tournament for a record fifth time.

“I love it on grass and am so happy to be back on it. “I feel good,”  Roddick said after the match. He missed the French Open with a shoulder injury but looks nice and healthy here.

Andy, currently ranked 10th in the world, is one of the best grasscourt players in the tennis tour and has made it to the finals of Wimbledon three times. But each time he lost in the championship match to a guy who is just a little bit better: Roger Federer.

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Christopher Gorham says of “Covert Affairs” second season: “It’s the same show, but a little better.”

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http://www.ramblingsofatvwhore.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/christopher-gorham-piper-perabo-covert-affairs.jpgYeah, I’m going to be a couch cookie tonight. Right after I watch White Collar at 9 p.m., I’ll be catching the season premiere of Covert Affairs. It stars Piper Perabo as CIA rookie Annie Walker and Greg In Hollywood fave Christopher Gorham as blind CIA special ops officer Auggie Anderson.

“What everybody should know about the second season is that we’ve taken all of the things that really worked last season and turned them up a notch. It’s the same show, but a little better,” Gorham tells TVGuide.com. “We didn’t feel like there was anything that needed to be fixed, so it’s the same show. Nobody’s going to tune in and see a bunch of new people and a bunch of new things. It’s still going to be the best action on TV. You can jump right back in. Everything is going to be familiar.”

But let’s get down to what really makes the show sizzle: whenever Gorham takes his shirt off!

He says: “I told [creators/executive producers Matt Corman and Chris Ord], ‘Listen, you guys need to give me some warning if Auggie’s taking his shirt off! I need to know a couple of weeks ahead of time so I can be prepared.’ … He’ll have his shirt off quite a bit, so get ready, but not with [Annie]. Piper and I like to keep that relationship at a nice simmer. They are good friends and they do have a great, fun chemistry, but the danger there is if you go to that place early, it might spoil everything. They’re not getting together any time soon. Now’s not the right time.”

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Heartthrob Matt Bomer is back tonight as Neal Caffrey in a new season of the terrific “White Collar”

http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/dynamic/imgs/100630/Matt-Bomer-White-Collar_320.jpgIn those moments when I want to be real honest with myself, I wonder if I would be as hooked on the USA Network series White Collar if one of the leads, Matt Bomer, were not the most handsome man on Earth?

Well, all I can say is while Matt is indeed drop dead gorgeous, he’s also absolutely terrific in the role of charming, sexy and sophisticated con man Neal Caffrey who now works with the FBI.

The show is back with a new season tonight!

Matt is on the cover of the current summer preview issue of TV Guide and discusses Neal’s dilemma after finding Nazi treasure in the previous season finale.

http://www.moviesbunch.com/actors/thumbs/Pablo_Schreiber.jpg“That’s his conundrum,” Matt says. “He has to choose between the big score or really cooperating with the FBI. The stakes are higher and it’s brought a new tension to the relationships.”

Another thing I learned in the TV Guide interview is that when Matt was a student at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, his roommate was the very handsome and talented Pablo Schrieber (pictured, left) of FX’s Lights Out [And the Greg In Hollywood Morning Man on August 6, 2010!]

What a gorgeous household that was!

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Don’t miss free reading of my friend’s play “The Death of Fabulous” on Sunday night in West Hollywood!

http://www.hotterinhollywood.com/.a/6a00e009804e1388330133f2c69722970b-250wiWhat the heck is the use of having a blog is you can’t plug your friend’s projects once in awhile? I’m really thrilled for my pal Mark Kellam who recently won the 2011 Gay & Lesbian Playwriting Competition sponsored by the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.

He won for his play The Death of Fabulous.

Fabulous looks at the erosion of gay culture in today’s society and centers on several visits between two gay men – one 72 years old (Maurice), the other 22 (Romy). They often clash about what it means to be gay today. One loves Marilyn Monroe, the other Marilyn Manson. And when the conversation turns to AIDS, the sparks fly even more.

In the second act, Maurice has suffered a stroke and can no longer speak, but he desperately tries to get Romy to find his voice as a gay man and remember how hard those before him fought to win the freedoms he enjoys today. In the meantime, Romy uncovers a family secret that reveals Maurice’s final days may be filled with regret and humiliation.

A free reading of the play will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at the Celebration Theatre, 7051 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood.

For more information, e-mail thedeathoffabulous@gmail.com or call 323-533-0941.

Congratulations to Mark!!!

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Lunch Break Video: A preview of the comedy “You Should Meet My Son!” out on DVD on June 7!

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-a7MOLMTFa1o/TdVAr2q4YgI/AAAAAAAA1jc/fYmHWdqvF68/s1600/meet.jpgI have not seen this movie yet but I sure want to.

You Should Meet My Son, written and directed by Keith Hartman, is a comedy about a conservative Southern mom who discovers that her only son is gay.  Determined that he won’t go through life alone and miserable, she sets out to find him the perfect husband!

Brent Hartinger reviewed the film for AfterElton.com earlier this year and wrote:  Films like You Should Meet My Son! are a big part of the reason why film critics such as myself exist: to find obscure, undiscovered films whose publicity budgets are even smaller than their production budgets, who depend entirely on word-of-mouth to become known.

Here is a LINK to the film’s website and below is its trailer:

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Monday Morning Man: Nacho Figueras!

http://www.prlog.org/10284145-attachment.jpgOn one of last week’s episodes of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, it was host Andy Cohen’s birthday and one of his surprises was this handsome guy: Nacho Figueras.

Now that’s what I call the perfect birthday present!

His real name is Ignacio and he’s a 34-year-old Argentine player who has been called the “David Beckham of polo.”

Nacho started modelling for Ralph Lauren in 2000, eventually become the face of Ralph Lauren Black Label in 2005, and has been under contract since. In May 2009, he was made the face of the World of Polo fragrances, including Polo Black, Polo Blue and Polo Modern Reserve.

In June 2009, he was voted the second most handsome man in the world by the readers of Vanity Fair, just behind Robert Pattinson and just ahead of Brad Pitt.

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Alan Cumming, Jane Lynch, NPH & “RuPaul’s Drag Race” among Critics’ Choice Television Awards nominees!

http://images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/20090508/425.modern.family.050809.jpgABC’s Modern Family, which features our favorite TV gay couple Mitchell and Cameron, received six inaugural Critics’ Choice Television Awards nominations today – more than any of program.

Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cam, was nominated for best supporting actor. He is a straight actor in a gay role. His competition includes a gay man playing a straight role: Neil Patrick Harris for How I Met Your Mother. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays the other half of the Modern Family gay couple, was not nominated nor was Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer for Glee. Both are openly gay actors playing gay roles and had been nominated for Emmys last fall.

Also of LGBT interest:

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http://www.unifiedmanufacturing.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/ellen3.jpgGlee was nominated for outstanding comedy series and Jane Lynch, the lesbian actress who plays coach Sue Sylvester on the show, was nominated for supporting actress in a comedy. Lynch is the reigning Emmy and Golden Globe Award champ.

Alan Cumming, the openly gay actor who plays a straight campaign manager on The Good Wife, was nominated for supporting actor in a drama. Nominated for supporting actress in a drama was straight actress Archie Panjabi who plays bisexual law firm investigator Kalinda on the show. She won the Emmy last fall.

RuPaul’s Drag Race grabbed a nod in the category of outstanding reality show competition against such competitors as Project Runway and The Ellen DeGeneres Show will compete for best talk show.

The awards are selected by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association and are scheduled to be handed out on June 20 in Los Angeles and will air two days later on ReelzChannel at 8/7c. The ceremony will also be live streamed on VH1.com.

I’m glad to see that among the nominees are names that Emmy voters have overlooked – especially the terrific Courtney Cox in Cougar Town. She has never been nominated for this show and was overlooked during all 10 seasons of Friends – the only core cast member to not be Emmy nominated.

Also, thrilled to see the brilliant Martha Plimpton nominated for Raising Hope. She should be the front-runner for the Emmy. So, so good. Hooray as well for Katey Sagal of Sons of Anarchy who has been shockingly snubbed by Emmy voters over the years but did win the Golden Globe in January.

And finally, I love, love, love that Charlie Day has been nominated for  It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Here is the full list of nominees:

http://jamevaalet.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/dexter.jpgBEST DRAMA SERIES
Boardwalk Empire
Dexter
Friday Night Lights
Fringe
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Justified
The Killing
Mad Men
The Walking Dead

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Timothy Olyphant (Justified)

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)
Mireille Enos (The Killing)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy)
Anna Torv (Fringe)

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Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)
Walton Goggins (Justified)
Shawn Hatosy (Southland)
John Noble (Fringe)
Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire)
John Slattery (Mad Men)

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Michelle Forbes (The Killing)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Margo Martindale (Justified)
Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire)
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
Chloë Sevigny (Big Love)

BEST COMEDY SERIES
Archer
The Big Bang Theory
Community
Glee
Louie
The Middle
Modern Family
The Office
Parks and Recreation
30 Rock

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Steve Carell (The Office)
Louis C.K. (Louie)
Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
Joel McHale (Community)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Courteney Cox (Cougar Town)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Patricia Heaton (The Middle)
Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_n27qaFL_-Us/TLNGLCvE_eI/AAAAAAAAAB4/EW0oQSXmL7o/s1600/barney_stinson1.jpgBEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation)
Ed O’Neill (Modern Family)
Danny Pudi (Community)
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Busy Philipps (Cougar Town)
Eden Sher (The Middle)
Sofía Vergara (Modern Family)

Best Reality Series
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Hoarders
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Sister Wives
Undercover Boss

http://images.macworld.com/appguide/images/351/450/589/ss0.jpgBEST REALITY SERIES — COMPETITION
The Amazing Race
American Idol
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef

BEST REALITY SHOW HOST
Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars)
Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance)
Ty Pennington (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition)
Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs)
Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)

BEST TALK SHOW
Chelsea Lately
The Daily Show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The Oprah Winfrey Show

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Gay character of Teddy to leave “90210″

http://www.advocate.com/uploadedImages/trevor-donovanFIARX390.jpgYou kind of knew it had been too good to be true.

90210 followed the character of Teddy Montgomery (played so very well by Trevor Donovan) as he came to terms with his sexuality throughout last season and came out of the closet to his friends at West Beverly High.

Now comes word that the character is being written out of the show.

TV/Line reports that Donovan “will not be returning to The CW soap as a series regular for Season 4. Fans, however, have not seen the last of Teddy.”

Although a spokesperson for the show declined to comment, a 90210 insider says Donovan will appear as a guest star in roughly five episodes this fall.

“I look back on getting this real-life story line as a blessing,” Donovan told TVLine in a statement. “To be able to simultaneously take on a challenging role and bring awareness to a relevant social issue was a win-win for me. I’m looking forward to what opportunities and adventures lie ahead.”

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Greg In Hollywood chats w/Chandler Massey of “Days of Our Lives” about his Emmy nod and whether Will Horton is gay

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Chandler Massey and Greg Hernandez
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He’s a well-mannered 20-year-old who had just completed his first quarter at UCLA when he was tapped for the soap role which he began in early 2010. Chandler has made a big impression in a short time earning a Daytime Emmy nomination for outstanding younger actor in a daytime drama.
“Just to be nominated is such an honor,” he said. “I’m very happy. As long as I’m doing good work and if I feel proud of the work that I did, that’s the biggest reward.”
He is taking is mom as his date to the June 19 ceremony at the Las Vegas Hilton (“I promised her the first time I got nominated for something I’d take her”) and his dad is coming out too (“But I think he’s coming out just to be in Vegas and using the Daytime Emmy Awards as an excuse.”).
“I’m very much looking forward to it and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun regardless of what happens,” he said.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_pjtKFOCW_fs/TM4ObOAZ3wI/AAAAAAAAARo/YV68S3MVLLM/s1600/Chandler_Will.jpgHow would he describe Will Horton?
“Will is an old soul which I guess isn’t too different from me. I feel like I’m an old soul,” Chandler said. “Will is the kid who had to grow up too fast. His mom has made some interesting choices in her life and I think because of all the things that happened to him while he was growing up, he really has become like the rock of his family, the voice of reason. I really enjoy playing Will because he’s just a generally good guy and if you can make that interesting, I think you’re doing something right.”
Okay, so let’s get to what you really want to know about: Is Chandler’s soap character going to come out as gay?
Here’s that portion of our conversation:
Q. Everyone is buzzing about Will’s storyline and how he might come out. Can you comment?
A. I’ve been reading about some of that stuff too. Honestly, the actors are the last to know. I’m just as in the dark as anyone else. So I really, I don’t know.”
Q. Is it fun to have people speculating on the Internet and wondering what your character’s going to do next?
A. I guess so. It’s exciting. The possibility of that storyline obviously is very exciting to me.
Q. It’s not something you would have an issue with playing?
A. Oh no. It’d be fun. It obviously would be very challenging on a creative level.
Q. If it happens, there are some very famous gay teen storylines in soaps in the past including Ryan Phillippe’s Billy on One Life to Live and Luke on As the World Turns played by Van Hansis. You’d be in good company.
A. I guess there was a time in the past when people would have been wary. But I feel like now it’s almost like empowering for a straight guy to play a gay character. It’s great because all these boundaries are being kind of shattered.
http://www.noh8campaign.com/photo_galleries/174/18581_small.jpg?1304805888 Q. You also did the NoH8 campaign in support of gay marriage. What made you decide to get involved and make your support known.
A. I’m definitely in support of that cause and of people being able to fall in love and get married to whoever they want.
Q. You’re from Georgia, was that how people felt in your high school?
A. Actually growing up there was a group of six guys and throughout high school, three of the guys came out. In our group of friends, it didn’t matter but there were some people that weren’t so accepting.
Q. Are you still in touch?
A. Absolutely.
Q. Did you just grow up in a progressive household where your parents were cool and open-minded?
A. Fortunately both my parents are very open-minded and taught myself and my siblings to be so.
Tomorrow: Part 2 of my interview with Chandler Massey. How he got his start in acting and how he keeps in such great shape.
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Anderson Cooper gearing up for daytime show

No one can really replace Oprah but oh how they will try.
Ellen DeGeneres will be looking to gain viewers as will Nate Berkus and the ladies from The Talk and from The View. Katie Couric is expected to join daytime fray in 2012 but beating her to the punch by a full year will be Anderson Cooper!
The Silver Fox is calling his new show Anderson and recently launched the show’s official website which includes some new publicity shots of Mr. Cooper that I rather like.
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Greg’s Review: “Carol Channing: Larger Than Life”

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Carol Channing
Even before I saw the first frame of the documentary Carol Channing: Larger Than Life at a special Outfest screening Friday night, I knew I was probably going to like this movie.
I’m a huge fan of this three-time Tony Award winning legend who has been enchanting audiences since the 1940s with such signature roles as Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!
But I had no idea how much I would absolutely love this film which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will screen at Outfest next month.
We are treated to a treasure trove of clips from film and television performances – some very rare – and wonderful interviews with Miss Channing as she walks around the Broadway theater district and back in San Francisco where she grew up. It is so very sweet to see her and husband Harry Kullijian go down memory lane. They were junior high school sweethearts, spent more than 60 years apart before reuniting and marrying eight years ago.
“Every time he kisses me, I think I’m 12 years old again,” she says in the film.
The film’s director, Dori Berinstein, assembles quite an impressive group of showbiz folks to reflect on Miss Channing’s life and career including Jerry Herman (who wrote Hello, Dolly!), Lily Tomlin, Barbara Walters, Chita Rivera, Tyne Daly, Debbie Reynolds, Marge Champion, Jo Anne Worley, Bruce Vilanch, Tommy Tune, the late Betty Garrett and many of the dancers in the company of her last Broadway revival of Dolly in 1994.

Says Tomlin in the film: “When someone is so alive and in the moment, it takes your breath away.”

We learn some things about Miss Channing that we didn’t know before: Her first onscreen kiss was to be with Clint Eastwood in the 1956 film The First Traveling Saleslady. The two practiced and choreographed their clinch and finally filmed it but it got cut from the film!
We also find out that the legend about Channing never, ever missing a performance is not completely true: she once missed half a show on the road with Hello Dolly! when she became ill with food poisoning and began to throw up on the stage.
She also was being treated for ovarian cancer during a national tour of the show but never missed a show because of it. She explains: “That’s the road and it’s sacred to me – sacred.”
It is fascinating to hear her and Herman recall how Dolly got terrible reviews on the road before its Broadway debut. When he came up with the number Before the Parade Passes By, which greatly elevated the show and tied the story together, he woke Channing up at 3 a.m. at the hotel where the company was staying and had her sing it. They then woke up director David Merrick.
The thrill of seeing the movie Friday night (aside from seeing myself in a crowd shot taken when Channing appeared at the West Hollywood Book Fair a few years ago) was that after the credits rolled, we were treated to some time with the legend herself – the still dynamic and funny Miss Channing herself who is now 90 years old.
She really is larger than life.

CAROL CHANNING: LARGER THAN LIFE – Exclusive Clip from Carol Channing Film on Vimeo.

NPH talks Tonys w/TV Guide: “It may be as unpredictable and lewd a Tonys as network television will allow.”

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Just six more days.

Can you stand it?

The 2011 Tony Awards are on Sunday, June 12 and are being hosted for the second time in three years by Neil Patrick Harris.

He chatted with TV Guide recently about the show. Here are some excerpts:

Q. How will you top your [2009] performance? Dress in a Spider-Man costume or as a Mormon missionary?

A. No. And I can – almost – guarantee I won’t be on stage in drag. But I will do a big opening number. Expect some watercooler surprises!

Q. [The Book of Mormon is] almost to outrageous to spoof, isn’t it?

A. It’s very irreverent and blue, and they finally found a number they think won’t upset the censors. Still, it may be as unpredictable and lewd a Tonys as network television will allow.

Q. Why should people tune in to the Tony Awards?

A. It’s what you’d see if you came to New York and saw one show. Except you can sit in your living room and see nine of them.

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Monday Morning Man: Tyler Hoechlin!

Tyler Hoechlin Actor Tyler Hoechlin arrives at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards at Universal Studios' Gibson Amphitheatre on June 5, 2011 in Universal City, California.

Sunday was a big night for actor Tyler Hoechlin whose new series Teen Wolf premiered on MTV just after the MTV Movie Awards where he and some of his co-stars were presenters.

The 23-year-old actor got his big break in the movies back in 2002 when he beat out 2,000 other kids to play Tom Hanks’s son in Road to Perdition. the next year, he was cast as Martin Brewer on 7th Heaven.

He was one of the final two being considered for the role of “Edward Cullen” in the Twilight film series but lost out to Robert Pattinson.

Now he’s playing a werewolf instead of vampire!

But acting is not Tyler’s only talent. He played college baseball for Arizona State University and UC Irvine.

Tyler Hoechlin - 'charlie Wilson's War' World Premiere - Arrivals

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AIDS/LifeCycle kicked off in San Francisco today – Exactly 30 years after the nation’s war with AIDS began

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http://www.shewired.com/sites/shewired.com/files/imagecache/category-featured/stories/riders480.jpgEarlier today, exactly 30 years after the nation’s war with AIDS began, 2,350 bicyclists and 600 volunteer “roadies” begin their seven-day journey toward Los Angeles.

They are participants in AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, which has become the world’s most successful AIDS fundraiser.

This year’s riders come from nearly every state in the U.S. and 11 other countries. By gathering sponsors for their journey, they have raised a record $13,060,000 for the HIV/AIDS services of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

“AIDS/LifeCycle brings together a community of dedicated and compassionate people to make a world of difference in the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS,” San Francisco AIDS Foundation CEO Neil Giuliano said in a statement. “Historic levels of participation and support in AIDS/LifeCycle 10 send a powerful message that 30 years into the epidemic, fighting HIV/AIDS and raising awareness are still top concerns for thousands of people. This ride, and the heroic spirit of everyone involved, is changing the course of the epidemic by allowing us to provide free services for HIV prevention and care in communities most vulnerable to the disease.”

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http://cdn.blogs.sheknows.com/realitytvmagazine.sheknows.com/2011/01/the-biggest-loser-cara-castronuova.bmpJoining the AIDS/LifeCycle community this year are celebrity trainers Cara Castronuova (The Biggest Loser) and Scott Herman (The Real World: Brooklyn).

These two are sharing their messages of healthy living and spreading the word that HIV/AIDS still needs our urgent attention as we enter the fourth decade of fighting the disease.

It was on June 5, 1981 that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its first report about the disease then known as Gay-Related Immune Deficiency (GRID) and later known as AIDS.

The report detailed the case studies of five gay men in Los Angeles and by the time it was published, two of the five men had died.

Since the earliest days of the epidemic, both the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and the Foundation have taken a leadership role in fighting HIV/AIDS.

Today, both organizations remain at the forefront of efforts to reduce new HIV infections and ensure access to proper medical care for everyone who needs it.

“For 30 years, we have been under attack by HIV and AIDS—and the fight is far from over,” says L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center CEO Lorri L. Jean. “Too many people believe that the problem is no longer significant in the U.S. Yet the infection rate for gay and bisexual men continues to climb. The riders and roadies of AIDS/LifeCycle are heroes in the fight against AIDS; together, they have raised millions to help prevent the spread of HIV and improve the health of people in our communities living with the disease.”

Today, 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV—the highest number in the history of this decades-long crisis. More than 1 in 10 of those live in California. And 1 in 5 of those living with HIV don’t know it. Gay and black communities are especially hard hit.

New HIV infections among gay and bisexual men in the United States are on the rise—the only risk group for whom this is the case—and a 2010 CDC study found that a shocking 20% of gay and bisexual men in 21 U.S. cities are HIV-positive.

For more information, go to www.aidslifecycle.org.

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