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Zac Efron leads People’s 50 Most Amazing Bodies issue; Kellan Lutz, Hugh Jackman also make cut

Flipping through the new issue of People magazine this morning, all I could think was, “Zac Efron is a MAN now!”

A few years back, I saw him at several film festivals and thought to myself, ‘I could fit him in my pocket! Why the fuss?’

Well, the boy has grown into a sculpted 22-year-old and has graduated from High School Musical movies to sex symbol status.

This summer, he will be shirtless in a scene or two in his new movie Charlie St. Cloud.

Zac does plenty of time in the gym but earlier this year, he shared with Rolling Stone one of his favorite ways to stay fit: “There’s only a few things that can really clear your head. For me, it’s surfing and being outside.”

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Video: Neil Patrick Harris introduces the first trailer to next summer’s 3-D “Smurfs” movie

Neil_Patrick_Harris_June17newsneNeil Patrick Harris does not play a Smurf, that’s the first thing you need to know. He plays a human in the Smurfs movie currently filming in New York City.

This trailer that he introduces provides a glimpse as to what the modern-day boys in blue will look like as computer-animated beings.

But you won’t be able to see the movie until August 3 — 2011!!!

I confess to never being interested in the whole Smurfs thing but if NPH is involved, I’ll check it out. Whether it’s How I Met Your Mother, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, The Tonys, The Emmys or an appearance on Regis & Kelly, he never really lets us down.

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“Designing Women” Thursday: The day the refined Julia Sugarbaker accidentally mooned Atlanta

http://rodonline.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c6d4753ef0133ec99f586970b-800wiJulia Sugarbaker (played by the late, great Dixie Carter) is an elegant, outspoken liberal intellectual who had lived her life with refined dignity.

Until the fashion show.

Julia took to the runway of the charity event unaware that her dress was tucked up into her underwear.

What I love about this clip is how utterly humiliated Julia is. Dixie Carter just plays it brilliantly, as usual. It was not often we saw Julia in such a vulnerable position since she was the Alpha Female in this group usually pointing out how silly the others were being.

My favorite exchange is this:

Julia: What I don’t understand is why didn’t somebody tell me?”

Suzanne: “What I don’t understand is where were your underwear?”

Enjoy this hilarious scene from Designing Women!

Thursday Morning Man: Oguchi Onyewu!

http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/images_root/slideshows/631/slideshow_63129/display_image.jpgIt’s kind of tough to find photos of U.S. soccer star Oguchi Onyewu with his shirt on but I did manage to locate a few just to keep things balanced.

Ha!

Oh my God, is this guy gorgeous or WHAT? The face, the body. Wow. He is often referred to by the nickname “Gucci Mane” but I’ll just call him Perfection.

The 28-year-old defender is from Washington DC and plays for Milan in addition to the United States national team currently competing in World Cup. He was voted U.S. Soccer Player of the Year in 2006.

He played soccer for Clemson University for two years before moving to Europe. He signed with Metz of Ligue 1 in France. In 2003, he was loaned out to La Louviere in Belgium, and to Standard Liege a year later. In 2009, he signed a three year contract with Milan.

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Kathy Griffin to a combative Elisabeth Hasselbeck: “This moment is what I live for. So bring it.”

http://cm1.theinsider.com/thumbnail/400/623/cm1.theinsider.com/media/0/50/95/Kathy-Griffin-br04.jpgIt’s no secret that I think Kathy Griffin is a genius and that Elisabeth Hasselbeck is an idiot.

So guess who’s side I’m on in the little Kathy vs. Elisabeth tussle that erupted on The View yesterday?

Well, it wasn’t much of a tussle since Elisabeth pretty much fizzled out after saying to Kathy: “You’ve said things about people here that are (a) untrue and (b) not so funny, so do you ever feel weird coming here and sitting here promoting things?”

Miss Griffin just lit up and said: “Actually, this moment is what I live for. So bring it. This is how I write my act.”

Elisabeth had nothin. Nada. Zip.

Which pretty much sums up what she’s brought to the show in the last I don’t know how many years. As usual, she does not know what she’s talking about.

http://img2.timeinc.net/people/i/2008/database/elisabethhasselbeck/elisebethhasselback5_240.jpgHere’s how Kathy described her to Windy City Times a few years ago: “Elizabeth Hasselbeck has snowed American audiences into not knowing that she is a f***ing Survivor reject. I am sorry — I am going to listen to the political beliefs of someone who wore wacky scarves on Survivor?”

Here’s the clip:

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David Furnish explains why partner Elton John performed at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42686000/jpg/_42686745_wedding_pa.jpgThere are still plenty of us wondering why the heck Elton John would perform at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding.

His civil partner, David Furnish, shed some light on the subject to People.com at the Tony Awards over the weekend: “To put it in Elton’s exact words, when he got the invitation, he was ‘a little surprised. And then, when it turned out to be a genuinely sincere invitation … Elton said, ‘Life is about building bridges, not walls.’ ”

He said Elton also saw it as an opportunity “to go where people wouldn’t expect me to go.”

That’s for sure!

“And maybe if I can make a great impression,” Furnish quoted him as saying, “people might change their perspectives on life.”

Furnish was not at the wedding but Elton told him Limbaugh and his bride “were incredibly gracious and very welcoming and very sweet and very appreciative. … Elton, during the performance made a lot of cracks: ‘I suppose you all wonder why I’m here tonight?’ ” says Furnish. “But ultimately, it’s a bit like an olive branch, I guess. [The couple] have said they want to come and have dinner with us in England, if they pass through in their travels. We have to bring the world together, not apart.”

Tell that to Limbaugh over dinner!

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Roger Federer is top seed at Wimbledon

http://www.lessignets.com/signetsdiane/calendrier/images/juillet/8/fed.jpgEven though he is slumping so badly that he has dropped to number two in the world rankings, Roger Federer was seeded first at Wimbledon ahead of top-ranked Rafael Nadal, it was announced earlier today.

Federer, the defending champion and six-time Wimbledon winner, has only lost once at Wimbledon – to Nadal in the 2008 final – since 2003. Wimbledon uses its discretion to seed players based on their grass-court record.

Novak Djokovic is seeded No. 3 and Andy Murray No. 4 in line with their rankings Three-time Wimbledon runner-up Andy Roddick was seeded No. 5, two spots above his ranking.

Nadal moved into the top spot after winning the French Open, while Federer slipped to No. 2 after losing in the quarterfinals in Paris.

There were no surprises in the women’s seedings, with defending champion Serena Williams at number one and her sister Venus Williams at number two. Serena has won three titles overall while Venus has won FIVE.

The draw will be held Friday, with the two-week Grand Slam tournament starting Monday.

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Ryan Murphy, Neil Patrick Harris and Andy Cohen among TV Guide’s 25 Most Influential People

http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/dynamic/imgs/050907/23478__murphy_l.jpgTV Guide editors have compiled a list of 25 people for its Power List of the 25 most influential people in television – men and women who help shape American culture through the television screens in our homes.

While it’s no surprise to find Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Tina Fey on the list, I’m especially pleased that three openly-gay folks were among the powerful: Glee creator Ryan Murphy, the multi-talented Neil Patrick Harris and Bravo’s Andy Cohen.

Here’s a bit of what the editors had to say about the powerful trio:

Ryan Murphy: The creator of Nip/Tuck and director of such films as this summer’s Eat, Pray, Love has gifted Fox with a group of hot young musical kids to take the place of the network’s increasingly uncool Idols.
Ryan is pleased that his self-described “provocative” storylines encourage debate. “I think my work is polarizing,” he says.  In Glee’s second season, he plans to delve even further into issues involving minorities, class differences and disabilities, and will add a Christian character for a conservative perspective.
“In this show, people see characters who are like themselves and move their agendas, beliefs and fears forward,” he says. “That, to me, is influence.”

http://dirkmancuso.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/andy-cohen-01.jpgAndy Cohen: He is the man who built Bravo. From Queer Eye for the Straight Guy to The Real Housewives, the out and proud Cohen has executive produced some of TV’s most buzzed-about unscripted shows, all while inviting viewers to join in on the process – and the party.
“They have been driving us solidly for the past four years,” Andy says of Bravo’s devotees. “We’ve let fans choose challenges on Top Chef … I was the first exec to blog daily and engage with the audience every day, and I think the audience respects that Bravo respects them. We occasionally wink at them and bring them in on the inside. They are the most educated audience on cable.”

Neil Patrick Harris: With three years remaining on his How I Met Your Mother contract, Neil says he’s been planting the seeds for a variety or talk show: “I’d love to be like Ed Sullivan and show people really cool acts.” The out-of-the-closet star negates recent claims that gays can’t convincingly play straight.
“Neil is a hero of mine,” says Ryan Murphy, who cast him in Glee. “He’s just about the work. Combine that with his charm, and he’s the best ambassador we can have.”

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A gay Green Acres? “Fabulous Beekman Boys” premieres tonight on eco-channel Planet Green!

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During the TV Critics Press Tour in January, I chatted up a couple of terrific guys named Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge at a cocktail party and tasted some of the cheese they made on their farm.
So who the heck are they?
They are The Fabulous Beekman Boys, of course! These gay city boys bought an estate and farm in upstate New York and found themselves the focus of a primetime docu-series on Planet Green which premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

Sounding something like a gay version of Green Acres, the series promises to be a funny and irreverent peek into the world of  this fish-out-of-water couple who are reviving a farm in upstate NY in order to create a new organic lifestyle brand, ‘Beekman 1802’.

The series, produced by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s World of Wonder, uncovers how the couple’s city slicker skill-set doesn’t mean much when it comes to wrangling pigs and making goat’s milk cheese.

Planet Green’s Laura Michalchyshyn describes them this way: “Brent is a quintessential type A personality with a ‘my way or the highway’ attitude while Josh is a laid back, genteel kind of guy who spends weekends on the farm, but is still commuting to work in the city during the week.  Their eccentric, extended friends and family dynamic reveals to viewers that trying to live the simple life isn’t so simple after all.  We can’t wait to bring these charismatic new personalities to television.”

Adds: co-executive producer Fenton Bailey: “They bought the farm…literally! From wrapping 14,000 bars organic goat milk soap to organizing a harvest festival to benefit the nearby town of Sharon Springs, Brent and Josh have their work cut out for them, 24/7.”

The farm is home to a menagerie that helps produce everything from goat milk soap to cheese, but with Josh still living in the city to earn a paycheck and Brent living full time at the farm dealing with the day to day tasks, the couple have created a recipe for conflict.

They try to make the most of their weekends together on the farm now that their getaway has become their latest project, but there’s always more work: be it a harvest weekend, book signing or launching a new flavor of cheese. There’s a lot on the line but the “boys” are driven to fulfill their dreams.

Here is some background on our couple: Dr. Brent Ridge was the Vice President of Healthy Living for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and developed Stewart’s Healthy Center for Living at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York.  Brent’s doctor skills come in handy when the animals on the farm fall ill.

Josh Kilmer-Purcell is the New York Times bestselling author of I Am Not Myself These Days and Candy Everybody Wants. His newest book The Bucolic Plague: From Drag Queen to Goat Farmer An Unconventional Memoir (Harper Collins, June 2010, $29.95), is a look back at his experiences at Beekman Farm over the past year.

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“Bachelor” Jake Pavelka to guest on Lifetime comedy-drama series “Drop Dead Diva”

http://static.technorati.com/10/02/18/4861/Bachelorette-Jacob.jpgC’mon, you didn’t really expect Jake Pavelka to ride off into the sunset with that Vienna chick and fade into obscurity, did you?

Not a chance. The hunky Jake is in no rush to head back to his job as a commercial airline pilot and, I sense, in no rush to marry Vienna.

This dude is milking his 15 minutes segueing straight from The Bachelor to Dancing With the Stars and now he has landed a real acting job on Lifetime’s comedy-drama Drop Dead Diva.

According to People.com, Jake will guest star as Toby Davlin, a suitor on Finding the One, a dating show whose producer is being sued for “intentionally inflicting emotional harm” when Toby spurns one bachelorette for another.

He begins shooting his scenes Friday and episode, called “Good Grief,” is slated to air Aug. 22.

“I am honored to be a part of Drop Dead Diva this season,” Jake says, “and cannot wait to meet the cast and crew.”

Creator and executive producer Josh Berman says of the studly Texan: “When Jake came into the office to audition for the role, the whole production came to a stop. Everyone wanted to talk with him. He was so gracious and charming. He was spot-on and won the role in the room.”

Of course all this acting and fame stuff is just a happy accident. I am quite certain Jake went on that reality show looking for true love.

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“Will & Grace” Wednesday: Jack tells a closeted Will that there “ain’t no closet big enough” for him

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This is a classic flashback episode about when Will and Grace are in college and get engaged during Thanksgiving break. Will (Eric McCormack) is in denial about being gay so calls his new friend Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes) for advice.

Jack is, well, straight with him: “You’re gayer than the day is long. You’re Marvin Gaye … ain’t no closet big enough!”

The hairstyles alone are a hoot!

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Wednesday Morning Man: Carlos Bocanegra!

http://mswiley2508.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/boca-2.jpgWith World Cup fever in full bloom, why not feature soccer players for the rest of the week as Morning Men?

They really are the sexiest athletes alive and when they score a goal, they love to hug and kiss and grab each other. I should probably watch more of this sport!

We kick off four straight days of soccer studs with the unbelievably hot Carlos Bocanegra, the 31-year-old American soccer star and captain of the national team.

He played for the UCLA Bruins for two years then went pro for Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire followed by a stint on  the Premiere League’s Fulham team. Since 2008, Carlos has played for Stade Rennais in France.

The US team tied England last weekend and here’s what Carlos told reporters yesterday about the team’s World Cup play going forward:  “For us to keep raising the bar, to take the next step, we need to be consistently at the same level whether it’s against England, Italy or whoever, we’ve got to be consistent. We need to keep the intensity up in maybe a game that’s not going to be as hyped up all around the world as our opening match was.”

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See Taylor Lautner’s new GQ cover!

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Now that he’s 18, I feel a little less pervy about displaying the hunkiness of Taylor Lautner.

The Twilight star is the new GQ cover man and my guess is he will help sell a lot of magazines. In the accompanying interview, he comes off as a sweet kid who still lives with his parents and mows the lawn etc.

It sounds like he was raised a lot better than Lindsay Lohan!

Anyway, Taylor worked extraordinarily hard to create the buff body he unveiled in the second Twilight film and will display again in the latest film out later this month. But that doesn’t mean he’ll rip off his shirt for any role.

When filming a small role of the hit romantic comedy Valentine’s Day, Taylor had an experience reminiscent of the plight of young female starlets in town: “Originally I was supposed to take off my shirt,” he says.
“The script said we were walking into school and Willy takes off his shirt. I said, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa. Time out. He’s gonna take off his shirt in the middle of school? No, no, no. The reason I took off my shirt for New Moon is because it’s written in the book that way. And there’s reasons behind it.”
Smart kid!
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Video: Clueless woman offers to try and turn the very gay Adam Lambert straight on UK chat show

It seems that everybody wants a piece of Adam Lambert.

The superstar appeared on UK’s Justin Lee Collins Show yesterday and a woman in the audience offered to turn him straight. I love Adam’s response: “Unless you’ve got a surprise under that skirt I don’t think it’s happening.”

Then a guy in the audience wanted to know if Adam would like to engage in another televised kiss referring to, of course, his infamous American Music Awards performance. Again, Adam handled this very well: “I’m very flattered but I have to pass.”

When the audience gave him a hard time Adam told them: I’m not a WHORE!”

He then called the guy up for a hug.

Well played Adam!

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TV Guide celebrates 3,000 issues with Matt Bomer, Kathy Griffin and Joan Rivers among those on hand

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_5mxw-sYc_F0/TBcDhDxRRLI/AAAAAAAArMg/E3jIDtQykKs/s1600/tv_guide_cover.jpgTrue story: I knew I was in love with a guy once when I looked in his closet and saw stacks of old issues of TV Guide magazine.

The love affair didn’t last but the friendship has and so has my love for TV Guide which celebrated its 3,000th issue with a party in New York City last night.

I’ve had a subscription for as long as I can remember but when I was in junior high, I had to convince my parents to buy me a copy at the supermarket. My dad would say, “There’s a TV Guide in the newspaper!” I’d have to say, “But dad, there’s articles in there!”

Like most newspapers and magazines, TV Guide has had its struggles but I still love it. I love when the latest copy arrives in the mail and reading all of William Keck’s exclusives and I love how it has grown to full size in recent years.

I hope it has another 3,000 issues in its future and that several of them feature the dreamy Matt Bomer of USA’s White Collar who shares the next cover with Mark Feuerstein from Royal Pains and Jeffrey Donovan from Burn Notice.

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Wondering what Neil Patrick Harris wants for his 37th birthday? He’s made a list that includes Disneyland!

http://media.herald-dispatch.com/blog/tuned/uploaded_images/HIMYM--Neil-Patrick-Harris--Eric-McCandless--FOX-738364.jpgNeil Patrick Harris took to Twitter to make his birthday wishes known.

It all sounds quite reasonable. See for yourself!

Things I Want for my Birthday (6/15), Chapter 1: an iPhone 4, magical automatons, original Banksy art, and 1 million followers.

Things I Want for my Birthday, Chapter 2: Haunted Mansion memorabilia, an actual Muppet, the superpower to eliminate oil from water, a pony.

Things I Want for my Birthday, Chapter 3: a working, authentic fortune teller booth, and Danielle Staub’s sex tape – but only on Blu-Ray.

Things I Want for my Birthday, Chapter 4: a saltwater aquarium, rad clothes from All Saints, wood burning brick pizza oven, and Disneyland.

What I Want for my Birthday, Chapter 4: Panasonic 152″ 3D plasma TV, Red Dead Redemption for Xbox, the ability to donate blood, and NPH.com.

Things I Want for my Birthday, Chapter 5(ish): Giant labyrinth hedge maze, many lengthy massages, an Immunity Idol from Survivor, and socks.

Changed my mind. Instead of socks, I want a three bedroom loft in SoHo.

Things I Want for my Birthday, Chapter 7: a goose that lays gold eggs for Easter, map to One-Eyed Willie’s treasure, lifetime supply of Tums

Things I Want for my Birthday, Chapter 8: A rolla bolla, VIP seats to the US Open, this skill: http://tiny.cc/77gtw and a spider monkey.



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Happy Birthday to Neil Patrick Harris!

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Neil Patrick Harris turns 37 years old today and like fine wine, he just seems to just get finer with each passing year.

The thrice-Emmy nominated star of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother has been busier than ever with his series, a guest spot on Glee, directing a production of Rent at Hollywood Bowl this summer, and an increasing amount of movie work.

Neil has already filmed the features The Best and the Brightest and Beastly and is in New York City now shooting The Smurfs. He stars as a father-to-be who comes across the li’l blue creatures in Central Park.

E! Online’s Marc Malkin asked NPH if he planned on returning to Glee next season:”I doubt it,” he said. “I loved doing it but I’m very contractually obligated to a different network. … As much as I’m sure they like the recognition of my name involved with Glee, I think they’d prefer my name be involved with How I Met Your Mother. I can hardly blame them.”

Related posts: Neil Patrick Harris throws surprise B-day party in NYC for David Burtka *** Neil Patrick Harris and Kelly Ripa talk about how they pulled off David Burtka’s surprise party *** Video: Matthew Morrison and Neil Patrick Harris duet on “Dream On”
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Freddie Ljungberg says he’s “proud” of gay rumors

http://www.free-football.tv/content_images/West%20Ham/ljungberg.jpgRetired soccer star Freddie Ljungberg did a lifestyle piece with New York Times magazine in which he says it’s a really big deal for him to not be participating in World Cup right now.

But one thing that is not a big deal to this Swedish born athlete, who spent some time as a Calvin Klein underwear model, is if someone says he is gay.

“There’s been a gay rumor for a long time,” he says. “I don’t mind at all. I am proud of that. I love fashion, and I think so many gay people have amazing style. So that is a compliment to me. I really don’t know why people are so interested. I just made a decision that I won’t talk about it.”

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Season six of Kathy Griffin’s “My Life on the D-List” premieres tonight with Liza Minnelli as a guest!

http://www.boston.com/ae/tv/blog/kathy-griffin-my-life-on-the-d-list.jpgThe legendary Liza Minnelli will appear on the sixth season premiere of Kathy Griffin: My Life On the D List tonight because Kathy’s show just isn’t gay enough already.

Ha!

Apparently this is how Liza is worked into the episode. Kathy, as we know, was cast in a guest spot on Law & Order: SVU. Since she hadn’t acted in awhile, she calls the Oscar-winning Liza for advice.

Kathy’s nervous but before she has a nervous breakdown, Kathy rushes to see Liza, and the experience is both A-List and encouraging. Minnelli, who has guest-starred on Law & Order herself, runs lines with her and gives her some great advice on how to tackle the gig as only a living legend can do.

Here is the season six teaser for the two-time Emmy winning series Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List airing tonight at 9 p.m. on Bravo.

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Tuesday Morning Man: Mark Sanchez!

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Good grief, how gay am I that it took New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez appearance on Sunday’s Tony Awards for him to make his way onto my radar?

He was looking awfully dapper as he took the stage at Radio City Music Hall to introduce a musical number from Memphis.

The 23-year-old football hunk explained his unlikely appearance on the show this way: “I’ve become a huge fan of musicals since I’ve come to New York and I’ve taken some heat from guys on the team, believe me.”

Apparently Mark’s casual interest in theater reached full bloom about a year ago,when he moved from Southern California to the East Coast to join the Jets and began exploring New York. He saw Wicked and was hooked and has since seen Billy Elliot, In the Heights and Memphis several times.

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