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First Rafael Nadal takes Roger Federer’s top ranking, now he also takes sportsmanship award too

Must Rafael Nadal take EVERYTHING from my favorite tennis player Roger Federer?

First Nadal took away Roger’s number one ranking this year and now comes word that he has won the ATP tour’s Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the first time, ending Federer’s streak of six in a row.

Nadal earned the award, which is voted on by tour players, after winning three Grand Slam tournaments in 2010. He has locked up the year-end No. 1 ranking ahead of the season-ending ATP World Tour finals, which start Sunday in London.

But Federer is still the most popular player on tour, winning the Fan Favorite award for a record eighth straight year. The tour said Saturday that Federer earned 47 percent of votes, compared to 42 percent for Nadal.

American twins Bob and Mike Bryan were the most popular doubles pair for the sixth year in a row, winning 44 percent of fan votes.

Speaking of Federer, despite winning the Australian Open and three other tournaments, 2010 has been somewhat of a disappointment to him. But he told reporters at ATP World Tour finals, which start Sunday in London, that he is determined to end the year on a high.

“I feel like I’ve got one more tournament left in me,” Federer said. “My body is not screaming for a vacation quite yet. … This is a huge tournament for me. It’s a goal for the entire season, trying to make it here. And once you make it here, trying to beat the fellow top-10 players, which is always fun to play against and face off at the end of the season. And you hope you can save the best for last.”

Roger is also the focus of a New York Times article. Here’s an excerpt:

At 29, with a record 16 Grand Slam singles titles in hand and his toddler twins in tow, it would be understandable if Federer lapsed into short-term tennis thinking. But even at No. 2 in the world rankings, behind Rafael Nadal, and even after failing to close out several critical matches this year, he is projecting plenty of eagerness.

Paul Annacone, who has spoken little publicly since joining Federer’s team as coach this summer, said:“When we first started talking, and I was starting to get to know him a little more in-depth, his level of excitement and desire to keep playing and to do it in a way that’s positive, optimistic, energetic and open-minded, really kind of floored me,”

“I felt like I was with a 23-year-old or 22-year-old again,” he added. “He loves the life. He loves the tennis matches. He loves the travel. He has all the ingredients, including and most importantly good health in mind and body, to keep going for a number of years. I think in retrospect Pete at this age was a lot more tired — a lot more tired mostly emotionally, not physically.”

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Saturday Morning Man: Matt Davis!

http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/EXID24005/images/matthewdavis.jpgMatt Davis was such a jerk to Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde that I just could not bring myself to feature him as a Morning Man until now.

Okay, it was only a movie and I’m sure Matt is way more cool than his rich boy character of Warner Huntington III was in Blonde.

Plus, I gotta learn not to hold a grudge!

These days, Matt plays Alaric Saltzman, the vampire hunter who has become an unlikely ally for the Salvatore brothers, in The CW’s new hit drama The Vampire Diaries.

Matt, 32, has been working steadily in television for the past five years as a cast member on ABC’s What About Brian? for two seasons and on Damages last season.

Prior to that, he mostly appeared in films and was billed as Matthew Davis. In addition to Legally Blonde, Matt appeared in Michael Bay’s blockbuster, Pearl Harbor, the surfing flick Blue Crush,  the romantic comedy Seeing Other People, the comedy Finding Bliss, and the WWII drama Below. His first big break was  in Joel Schumacher’s Vietnam drama Tigerland which also introduced movie audiences to Colin Farrell.

Additional film credits include Heights with Glenn Close and James Marsden, Waiting for Forever with Rachel Bilson and Nikki Blonsky, and S. Darko with Elizabeth Berkley and Ed Westwick.

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Glee’s Max Adler talks about how “It Gets Better”

http://img.poptower.com/pic-35047/max-adler.jpg?d=600Have been meaning to post this for several days now. It’s the touching “It Gets Better” posted by actor Max Adler who plays the closeted bully Dave Karofsky on Glee.

In it he says: “Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to sit down and talk to a lot of you out there, and it’s been a privilege; it’s been awesome. But I keep hearing the same scary thing over and over again, and it’s that you feel you deserve to be bullied, and that you have it coming to you, and that there’s nothing you can do to stop it or change it, and nobody has your back. That’s absolutely the wrong way of thinking. That’s not true at all.”

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“Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Fergeson wants to host next year’s Tony Awards

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_t6rV3U9ZEHM/TDdsYW3U1pI/AAAAAAAA2V0/PNNl66cmsdU/s1600/JesseTylerFerguson.jpgIf Jesse Tyler Fergeson’s dream of hosting the 2011 Tony Awards comes true, he would follow in the footsteps of Neil Patrick Harris and Sean Hayes and make it three years in a row that the ceremony is hosted by an openly gay man.

The Modern Family star tells the NY Post:  “Thanks to “Modern Family” I’m in a place where I might actually bring viewers to the Tony Awards that might not necessarily tune in otherwise – which is awesome. I could use my power for good. But at my core I’m a song and dance man. It’s what I feel most comfortable doing. That’s where my roots are, that’s my first love, it’s my home. I’ve also never been nominated for a Tony, so I think it would also fill that void of being on that stage by myself with that community of people [laughs]. Basically, everything Neil Patrick Harris does I want to do.”

Okay Tony producers, the next step is yours!

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Nate Berkus, Johnny Weir, Gerald McCullouch among the OUT 100 honored at party in NYC!

Ricky Martin didn’t make the party for the OUT 100 at Frank Gehry’s IAC Building in Chelsea this week but the hotness quotient was more than filled by Gerald McCullouch, the out CSI actor who starred in this year’s indie hit Bear City (out on DVD next week!)
Also present was Nate Berkus (pictured below with a date) and Olympic skater Johnny Weir who I don’t remember ever publicly coming out. Maybe he’s waiting for the release of his book early next year?
Curtis M. Wong has a report on the party and more photos over at Huffington Post.

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It’s a Cher-apalooza! The icon gets footprints at Grauman’s, appears on “Nightline” and more!

Call me old-fashioned but I just love when the spotlight veers from “celebrities” like Kim Kardashian and Bristol Palin and shines on a certified all-time star like Cher.

The Oscar, Emmy and Grammy winning legend pressed her hands and feet into the wet cement at  Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood last night and was accompanied by her eldest child Chaz Bono.

Cher belongs in the courtyard at Grauman’s along with all of those other Hollywood legends like Bette Davis and John Wayne because she too is one of a kind.

Her latest film, Burlesque, hits theaters on Wednesday and Cher is pulling out all the stops to promote it. Below are some of her recent TV appearances and interviews. Enjoy!


Cher was the focus of a feature last night on ABC’s Nightline (see clip above) and this morning, she appeared on Live With Regis and Kelly. I’ll post the Regis clip tomorrow. Kelly Ripa just fawned over Cher in a way that I have not seen since Oprah Winfrey welcomed Diana Ross to her show back in 1993!

Cher, seen above in a scene from Burlesque, is also featured in today’s New York Times in a major profile by Frank Bruni with the headline: An Agless Diva of a Certain Age.
It is wonderfully written with paragraphs like this: Across nearly half a century of hit records, acclaimed movies, gaudy concert spectacles and a magnitude of celebrity for which the word fame is pathetically insufficient, Cher has come to seem the Sherman tank of divas, sometimes under fire but seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward, armored and unstoppable.
And these: There’s something gloriously matter-of-fact about her, and during a conversation of more than 90 minutes there wasn’t a single topic that made her flinch.

The transformation of her daughter, Chastity Bono, into a son, Chaz? It has been difficult to watch, she said, but not entirely unexpected. “We talked about it a lot over the years,” she said. But she had always attributed her daughter’s occasionally stated discomfort with her gender to a general sadness brought on by drug abuse.

Getting old, she said, stinks. She alternately stares it in the face and rejects it, teases that she’s 100 and puts the real number, 64, so far out of mind that, she said, “I should probably tattoo it on my hand to remember.”

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Even without ink, her flesh — and joints and muscles — remind her. “It’s harder to do things,” she said. “I’ve beat my body up so badly, it’s amazing it’s still talking to me and listening to what I say. But I’ve got aches and pains everywhere.”

Coming from anyone else her age, this plaint would be unremarkable. From Cher it’s unthinkable — and deeply unsettling. Sure, we’ve lived with more Chers than there are Barbies, or even Madonnas: Sonny’s Cher; “Silkwood” Cher; “Moonstruck” Cher; disco Cher. But geriatric Cher?

It’s an odd existence, Cher’s. When she recounted a late-night gabfest with two girlfriends in the bedroom of her Malibu manse not long ago, the gabbers in question were Joan Rivers and Kathy Griffin. When she flashed back to a favorite exercise class in Beverly Hills decades ago, the fellow crunchers and squatters were Raquel Welch, Ali MacGraw and, to a more limited and grudging extent, Barbra Streisand, who “would go over, do two little things, and then walk around and talk,” Cher said.

She refers to most of these people by first name or nickname only, figuring you can fill in the blanks. Nicky is Nicolas Cage, Kurty is Kurt Russell, Mich is Michelle Pfeiffer and Nony is Winona Ryder, who starred with Cher in “Mermaids” in 1990.
Here is a trailer for Burlesque:

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Tennis studs clean up for ATP World Tour finals!

Switzerland's Roger Federer, Left, And Britain's Andy Murray Arrive For A Photocall For The Media In London Ahead OfI’m just going to go ahead and say it: I’m really envious of my friend Henry Chu today.

Henry got to attend today’s press conference in London for the ATP World Tour Finals which begin on Sunday and see the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick in their Sunday best.

It’s fun to see these guys, usually sweaty and in tennis clothes, all turned out. It’s interesting that the only ones who seem just as comfortable in their suits as they do in their tennis clothes are Federer and Nadal. The world’s top two players could both be fashion models!

So this is the last tournament of the year and the fact that it is happening in late-November is proof of how ridiculously long the tennis calendar is. There is only a five-week off-season and the Australian Open, one of the sport’s four majors, begins in mid-January!

They are supposedly going to trim 2-3 weeks off of the schedule but frankly I think they should wrap it all up by early October, a few weeks after the US Open.

Anyway, I’m rooting for Federer to take the ATP title to end a mediocre year (by his lofty standards) on a high note.

Final Qualifiers, From Left, Andy Roddick, Tomas Berdych, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Robin Soderling,

Roger Federer Of Switzerland, Left, Talks

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Greg In Hollywood chats with Peter Paige!

http://www.whiteknot.org/glaadlaphotos/peterpaige.jpgIt’s always great to see the talented actor-writer-director Peter Paige out and about.

The Queer as Folk alum was part of last weekend’s LA Gay and Lesbian Center 39th Anniversary Gala and we had a chance to chat on the red carpet.

Peter, who has done guest spots on Grey’s Anatomy, CSI Miami and Raising the Bar in recent years, will guest star on TNT’s The Closer when the popular show returns for its mini-season on Dec. 6.

So is he playing a good guy or a bad guy?

“You’ll have to see,” Peter teased. “I wear a lot of orange, that should give you some clue.”

(Photo below is Peter on set of The Closer)

Besides the work on episodic TV work, Peter is always working on various film and television projects. He has directed the indie features Say Uncle and Leaving Barstow and he has a pilot called Hard Cover for USA Network that he hopes goes to series.

“I’m doing the hustle,” he said.

Since he has been an out actor since the beginning of his Queer as Folk days, I wanted to get Peter’s thoughts on anti-gay bullying and suicides among gay teens.

“Kids have been killing themselves for hundreds of years because they were gay but it’s just now that it’s coming out,” he said. “It’s heartbreaking but we have to take it as energizing, we have to remember that there’s still work to do.”

That’s one of the reasons why Peter is happy to be a board member of the LA Gay and Lesbian Center where there are so many services for LGBT youth.

“It’s the largest gay and lesbian organization in the world,” he explained. “We have a $50 million operating budget, we provide unbelievable amounts of service and I so respect the way the organization works and how much of that money actually gets to the people who really need it. I can’t say enough good things.”

http://www.sofacinema.co.uk/guardian/images/products/2/103522-large.jpgHe added his own personal experience: “When I moved to LA and was a starving actor and out of my head and didn’t know what to do, I got to come t0 the center and get a therapist for $10 a week. I’ll never forget it. There’s no way for me to repay what that was for me. So I’m happy, happy, happy to be a part of the organization.”

While the center does its hands-on work, Peter is grateful for a show like Glee featuring a gay character like Kurt Hummel and tackling his specific issues including dealing with being bullied by a closeted football player.

“I think it does a lot of good,” he said. “I think any time we’re getting into people’s living rooms showing them complicated, interesting, relevant portrayals of gay people, we’re doing something right. It matters. I know from Queer as Folk that it matters. We gave people a vocabulary they didn’t have and that was important. I had friends who called me up after the pilot first aired who said, ‘I didn’t know gay people could have sex face to face.; I was like, ‘You think we’ve been doing it doggie style all this time? We have all kinds of options.’ Seeing Kurt stand up for himself, it really is a beautiful thing.”

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“Facts of Life” alum Mindy Cohn to appear at Sunset 5 tonight at screening of her film “Violet Tendencies”

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http://www.edgenewengland.com/display/viewimage_story.php?id=107803&maxwidth=250Got a note the other day from director Casper Andreas who wants you all to know that his most recent film, Violet Tendencies, opens at Sunset 5 in West Hollywood tonight!

I loved this movie when it screened at Outfest last summer and can highly recommend it – mostly because it stars Mindy Cohn who is simply a revelation in it.

Casper tells me that Mindy and other cast members will be at the 7:20 p.m. screening so if you want to meet her, go to that screening.

Here is part of my original review and I stand by it:

The movie is directed by Casper Andreas from a screenplay by Jesse Archer in what is their third film together. Both have roles in the film but the star, thankfully, is the marvelous Mindy Cohn who shines in just about any scene she’s in.

Mindy is Violet, the self-described “fag hag” who is loved by her circle of gay friends in New York City but lonely for a man of her own.

“I turn 40 this year. 40! I’m the oldest living fag hag,” she says at one point. “All my life I’ve been a fruit fly, fag hag, queen mother.”

Declaring that “this fruit fly is finished!” Violet becomes scarce to her friends to date. Her attempts are bumpy as she tries to meet dudes via something called “Frisky Friends,” describing herself to one potential suitor this way: “I’m a simple girl from Idaho … my face is rural too. I have an ample bosom and, well, my body is kind of ample.”

Cohn still has that same screen charm she had on The Facts of Life as Natalie but she is a far better actress now. She makes you root for Violet to find happiness but not to change too much because you like her so much the way she is even if she does, for some reason, dress as a cat one night.

I thought it was rather sweet when her friends stage an intervention at Central Park but I have to confess, I didn’t really care about them that much. Riley (Samuel Whitten) is the most fleshed-out as Violet’s co-worker, a model-turned clothing designer whose writer husband (Casper Andreas) wants babies.

The film is also blessed by a very funny performance by Kim Allen as Violet’s co-worker who thinks she knows all their is to know about landing a man and takes Violet under her wing. Although she may look like a million bucks, she’s even more screwed up than Violet!

WEEKEND SCREENINGS AND PARTIES: The 7.20 pm screening at Sunset 5 screening tonight will feature a Q&A with Mindy Cohn and cast afterward followed by Opening Night party at East West Lounge, 8851 Santa Monica Blvd in WeHo.

The cast will also be in attendance at the 7.20PM screening on Sat Nov 20th. Party to follow at Here Lounge, 696 North Robertson Blvd in WeHo.

To pre-buy tickets, please visit the theater’s site: http://www.laemmle.com/viewtheatre.php?date=11192010&thid=2&Submit=%3C-Change+Date%21

Here is the trailer:

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Friday Morning Man: Matt Barr!

http://images.tvrage.com/people/10/27875.jpgMatt Barr may be one of the stars of the new CW show Hellcats, but he’s not new to television and movies.

The 26-year-old blond and buff actor plays aspiring filmmaker Dan Patch on the show, a guy who is best friends with the character of Marti (Aly Michalka).

Matt had previously been on CW’s One Tree Hill as Ian Banks, Peyton Sawyer’s (Hilarie Burton) stalker. He also played Christopher Sullivan on the CBS summer series Harper’s Island and Mike Fleming on ABC’s Commander in Chief. He also had guest and recurring roles on such popular television series as Friday Night Lights, Trauma, The Big Bang Theory, ER, Bones and The O.C.

His film credits include Pedro about the late Real World cast member Pedro Zamora. Matt played the part of annoying housemate Puck and just nailed the part.  He was also in House Bunny with Anna Faris, Protecting the King, Ten Inch Hero, American Pie Presents Band Camp and Levelland.

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Darren Criss’s rendition of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” debuted at #1 in digital track sales!

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Darren Criss, who plays the new gay BFF of Kurt (Chris Colfer) on the show, has already quickly been made a series regular.

Now Deadline Hollywood reports that Glee‘s rendition of Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream debuted at #1 in digital track sales with 214,000 tracks sold, the first time a Glee track has done so. (Glee‘s signature song, cast’s version of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ reached #2 in May 2009.)

Criss sang the solo literally seconds after his character was introduced on the show.

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Matthew Bomer leads a parade of Hollywood handsomness at GQ Men of the Year party

GQ Man of The Year red carpet Kellan Lutz Taylor Lautner It seems like just about every single great looking guy in Hollywood was at last night’s 15th Annual GQ Men Of The Year party held at the Chateau Marmont.

I went surfing through the gallery on Socialite Life where the guys include Taylor Lautner, James Franco, Joe Manganiello, Ryan Kwanten, James Marsden, Jason Ritter, Cory Monteith, Dave Annable, and Ben McKenzie among many others.

I wanted to feature few of my very favorites from this large gang of guys starting with White Collar star Matthew Bomer who, quite simply, had to have been the most handsome guy in a room filled with handsome guys.

His face is like a work of art!

Next of my faves is Chris Hemsworth who played Chris Pine’s dad in the Star Trek movie and is on the verge of a huge career. Then there is the talented cutie pie from Glee Chris Colfer and his new co-star Chord Overstreet who fits in with the rest of the cast just perfectly.

And finally, there is Channing Tatum who really is one of the sexiest men alive.

Enjoy and check out Socialite Life’s gallery of more than 100 images.

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GQ Man of The Year red carpet Kellan Lutz Taylor Lautner

GQ Man of The Year red carpet Kellan Lutz Taylor Lautner

GQ Man of The Year red carpet Kellan Lutz Taylor Lautner

GQ Man of The Year red carpet Kellan Lutz Taylor Lautner

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Ryan Kwanten talks to The Advocate about his gay brother, the gayness of “True Blood” and his male fans

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http://tvrecappersanonymous.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/ryan-kwanten-naked.jpgMany of you fell in love with Ryan Kwanten watching him on HBO’s True Blood on which he plays endearingly dim himbo Jason Stackhouse.

But he caught my eye on an episode of Law & Order: SVU as a military guy wrongly accused of rape. The 33-year-old Aussie actor was so good in that episode and his chemistry with series star Mariska Hargitay was off-the-charts.

Anyway, Ryan chatted with my favorite interviewer, Brandon Voss, for The Advocate and they covered all kinds of gay ground.

Here are some highlights:

Before True Blood, you starred as a lifeguard in the Australian soap Home and Away. Were you aware of gay fans that early in your career?
Yes, they’ve always been very staunch supporters of me. The great thing is that it’s a loyal fan base — they’ll stick with you through thick and thin, and I like that. You can’t buy that kind of loyalty.

I read a story in Star that claimed you purposely keep your love life private in part because you’re so conscious of your gay following. Any truth to that?
Well, it’s in Star, so it’s got to be true. [Laughs] But yeah, and, to be honest, it’s more than my love life. It was Einstein who once said, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.” We almost know too much about far too many actors in this day and age — to the point where it becomes harder and harder to see them as a character. So I’ve always tried to maintain somewhat of an air of mystery.

Were you always comfortable with the idea of male admirers?
Oh, yeah. Australians are a very open-minded society, and I come from a very liberal, open family, so it’s something that I’ve embraced from the get-go. My youngest brother, Lloyd, is gay.

Tell me about him.

He’s a doctor, so he got every ounce of intelligence in the family. He was probably about 18 when he came out, and I can wholeheartedly tell you that from the day that he did, he was a changed man for the better. The sheer beauty of who he is really came through.

Let’s talk True Blood. With the exception of Jason, all the major male characters were involved in homoerotic action last season. Did you feel left out?
Well, there are more seasons to come, so there’s still many an opportunity. I’m sure Alan Ball’s concocting some road to take Jason down that he’s never been down before.

Your True Blood costar Stephen Moyer recently auctioned off his “modesty sock” for charity. Would you auction off your penis pouch for a gay charity like The Trevor Project?
Well, I’ve gone through more than one, so there might be a couple out there. I’ll have to speak to Audrey, our wardrobe designer, and see if she can track one down. There’s quite a collection, actually—one for every mood.

You wrote an upcoming satirical self-help book, The G-Strategy. Any chance the G stands for gay?
It’s stands for whatever you want it to, Brandon. That’s the beauty of it.

Go to Advocate.com to read the interview in its entirety!

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway take it off to promote new film “Love and Other Drugs”

The official Greg In Hollywood policy is that if shirtless photos of Jake Gyllenhaal are available, they must be posted! The new issue of Entertainment Weekly features several poses of Jake and his Love and Other Drugs co-star Anne Hathaway looking very naked.
Jake was on Regis and Kelly this morning and Kelly Ripa kept thinking if she flipped the magazine around a little she might get to see some below-the-waste action. Silly girl! I guess we’ll just have to hope to see more in the film which opens nationwide on Wednesday.
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Greg In Hollywood chats with Perez Hilton: “Who says that gay people are supposed to all be noble and amazing?”

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I caught up with Perez Hilton last weekend at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s 39th Annual Gala and wondered if life has been any different for the controversial blogger since he appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last month to declare that he was a changed man.
Perez, who for years has posted plenty of mean things about various celebrities on his blog, caught flak when he expressed his concern over the rash of gay teen suicides caused by bullying. Many people pointed out that he himself was a bully.
“It really was an epiphany,” he said. “Khloe Kardashian made a very powerful video name-checking me as a bully in her life. She and I had a conversation about it and I told her, ‘You know, I would tell myself that Khloe Kardashian should be thanking me. I’m making her famous and talking about her when nobody else is talking about her,’ Everyone else was just talking about [her sister] Kim. That’s what I would tell myself. But that still doesn’t take away from the fact that she didn’t view it that way and it was hurtful to her. I don’t want to go through that again, for another person to have to make a video like that.”
Does he have regrets over some of his actions which included outing Lance Bass and Neil Patrick Harris and posting a link to private sex photos of Dustin Lance Black?

“I’m not placing value judgments on what I did in the past,” he said. “What I did in the past is what I did. It’s like if you’re a drug addict in the past, you learn from that, you grow from that. It’s not right or wrong, it’s what you did. But it’s not what I choose to do anymore.”

[For the record, he told Ellen he does not plan to out celebrities anymore but in a case like the Dustin Lance Black photos, he said he would do it again. See previous post HERE]

So back to my original question of how has life changed now that he has changed?

PerezHilton_post.jpg“Life has been the same but my public life has been different since I made a public proclamation to operate my business differently,” Perez said. “And thankfully, my traffic hasn’t gone down. It hasn’t gone up either but I’m happy that it’s remained the same and it shows me that people are receptive to this new me which is still doing what I do but not name calling, not bullying, not going the mean route and hopefully inspiring people to do the same in their own lives.”

“I was thinking about this for a long time before I did it,” he added. “That’s why I started my fitness website, that’s why I started the fashion website, that’s why I started my dog website. All these other ways of being more positive in a not so in-your-face way. I hadn’t made that change on my PerezHilton.com and I finally did and I feel good about it.”
Perez, whose real name is Mario Lavandeira, has empathy for bullied gay teens because he is an openly gay man but says “I never experienced bullying as a teenager to the point where I wanted to commit suicide. But I definitely experienced depression as an adult.”
Then he added: “I was bullied but not excessively. I think everyone gets bullied to a point. I viewed bullying as a positive thing because by being bullied because bullying allowed me to discover like-minded people. I didn’t want to hang out with the bullies so I went and hung out with the other closeted gays. I joined the drama club, I joined the forensics team where there were other similar folk. I felt okay then.”
Since the 32-year-old Perez has been a controversial figure in the gay community since 2006 because of the celebrity outings, I wanted to know how he felt now being at the event for the LA Gay & Lesbian Center now that he has turned over this new leaf.

“I always felt like I belonged,” he said. “I feel like now maybe there might be more people who are less embarrassed to have me here or less ashamed.”

Throughout the interview, Perez had been very contained and composed. But this question caused him to get a little worked up and he added: “But those people were embarrassed or ashamed to have me here, it’s still fucking bullshit though because who says that gay people are supposed to all be noble and amazing? We’re just liked straight people – we’re fucked up too.”

Before we parted, I mentioned to Perez that he’s sort of had to grow up in front of anyone.

“Yes,” he said. “It’s hard!”

Previously: The Greg In Hollywood Interview: Perez Hilton on Miss California, death threats and looking good

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Ellen DeGeneres to welcome courageous Michigan teen Graeme Taylor to her daytime show on Monday

Ellen DeGeneres is among those who have been deeply moved by the courage of an articulate Ann Arbor teenager named Graeme Taylor who faced his school board and eloquently defended a teacher suspended for a day after he ejected a student from his class for saying he didn’t accept gays.

Just 14 and a freshman at Pioneer High School, Graeme praised the actions of teacher Jay McDowell before the Howell school board saying he’s a teacher who “finally stood up and said something.”

“I’ve been in classrooms where children have said the worst things,” the gay teen told the board. “The kinds of things that drove me to a suicide attempt when I was 9 years old.”

Ellen posted on Twitter late Wednesday that Graeme will appear on her show Monday and linked to the video (posted below) in her Tweet.

A promo on the Ellen show website says: “Last week, an incredible 14-year-old named Graeme Taylor gave an inspirational speech defending his teacher for stopping gay bullying. Today he’s here to tell Ellen what motivated him to do it.”
JAY MCDOWELL X390 (FAIR) | ADVOCATE.COMHere’s is what happened that led to all of this as reported by AnnArbor.com: The incident that prompted Taylor to support McDowell occurred on Oct. 20. McDowell (pictured, left) told a student in his classroom to remove a Confederate Flag belt buckle. She complied, but it prompted a question from a boy about how the flag differs from the rainbow flag, a symbol of pride for the gay community.

“I explained the difference between the flags, and he said, ‘I don’t accept gays,’” said McDowell, 42, who was wearing a shirt with an anti-gay bullying message.

McDowell said he told the student he couldn’t say that in class.

“And he said, ‘Why? I don’t accept gays. It’s against my religion.’ I reiterated that it’s not appropriate to say something like that in class,” McDowell said Monday.

McDowell said he sent the boy out of the room for a one-day class suspension. Another boy asked whether he also could leave because he also didn’t accept gays.

McDowell was suspended for one day without pay after the incident.

Here is video of Graeme at the school board meeting that has become a viral sensation:

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“Glee” cast to perform Michael Jackson’s classic hit “Thriller” for episode to air on Super Bowl Sunday

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http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/EXID3095/images/Thriller.jpgSUPERSIZED: It won’t be a Michael Jackson tribute episode but sources have confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that Glee will be tackling the singer’s iconic Thriller number for the show’s special super-sized episode to air after the Super Bowl.

There’s a bit of a twist to it though: Thriller will be performed as a mash-up with another song, yet to be chosen. EW’s source says will be the most expensive in Glee history and likely one of television’s priciest episodes ever, will also feature covers of tunes by Black Eyed Peas, Lady Antebellum, and Katy Perry.

In keeping with the Super Bowl theme, the focus of the episode will be on the local football championship and Sue Sylvester’s cheerleading regionals. The “Thriller” mash-up will be played during halftime of the onscreen football game.

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Daniel Radcliffe says attention being paid to recent gay teen suicides is cause for hope moving forward

http://www.realbollywood.com/news/up_images/11128075.jpgDaniel Radcliffe, who has grown up before our eyes during the past decade in the Harry Potter films, had been speaking out on issues ranging from bullying to the importance of acceptance.

The 21-year-old actor had already taped a public-service announcement for the Trevor Project before the recent spate of gay teen suicides.

He now tells MTV News that he sees some cause for hope despite the tragedies because of the unprecedented wave of attention now being paid to the situation.

“The attention and the more publicity and the more awareness that can be raised by everybody — it is such a good cause and such an important thing,” he said this week. “What’s interesting to me is it has taken on a wider meaning than just the Trevor Project and just people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered. It’s taken on, for everyone who has ever felt victimized or ostracized by the people in their class or in their community, it’s taken on a wider meaning, which I think is amazing.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows opens in theaters on Friday.

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Thursday Morning Man: Prince William!

http://www.topnews.in/files/prince-william_3.jpgLet’s hear it for the future King of England!

Prince William of Wales announced his engagement this week to longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton and there didn’t seem to be any doubt that he really loves this young woman who will one day be his queen.

He didn’t have the best example set with the marriage of his parents, Prince Charles and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, a disaster almost from the start. His father, during an engagement interview back in 1981 – similar to what William and Kate gave this week, was asked if he loved his fiancee and he said, “Whatever love is.”

The 28-year-old William, currently second-in-line to the British throne, just finished training as a helicopter rescue pilot in the Royal Air Force. He proposed to Kate while they were on safari in Kenya.

He was asked this week what took him so long to propose to his girlfriend of eight years. He joked that he wanted to her to see what it would be like to be a member of the Royal Family and have “a chance to back out if she wanted to.”

It’s something his mother, who was killed in a car crash in 1997, didn’t really have the chance to do when she became engaged to Prince Charles at the age of 19.

William presented Kate with his mother’s engagement ring which is an oval blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds.

“This was my way of making sure my mother didn’t miss out on today,” he said.

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Kathy Griffin doesn’t think her Emmy winning “My Life on the D-List” will be back for another season

http://www.bartcop.com/kathy-griffin-emmy-2007.jpgWe all know that Kathy Griffin hasn’t been on a D-List for a long time now.

She’s someone who sells out venues like Madison Square Garden, has won two Emmys, wrote a best-selling memoir and gets to host CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage with that Silver Fox Anderson Cooper.

So it comes as no surprise really that Kathy doesn’t think there will be a seventh season of her Bravo reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.

While attending the Burlesque premiere in Hollywood this week, the comedienne told Entertainment Weekly exclusively “I don’t think it will come back, especially not as the same show it was. I would love to do a hybrid show, like a half-scripted kind of thing or something based on what I built on My Life on the D List and what I experience, but not a full-on reality show. I need to maybe give my mom a break so she doesn’t have to drink quite as much boxed wine. I could have someone play my mom because she’s a legend at this point.”

“I do feel like it is a natural progression to take all the wacky things that happen to me,” she added. “But [some things] can’t be on a reality show because of legal issues and clearances. I think it could be even funnier because it is still real [if there was] nothing that was off limits.”
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