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Wednesday Morning Man: Timo Descamps!

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/58289663/Timo+Descamps+timodescamps.jpgTimo Descamps is a young Belgian actor and pop singer who is one of the stars of Judas Kiss, out on DVD this week.

I met Timo last month at the Long Beach Q Film Festival and complimented him on how much he made us hate his controlling character in the film. That didn’t mean we didn’t enjoy his love scenes with costars Richard Harmon and Brent Corrigan!

It is Timo’s first American film. He started acting in television dramas in Belgium at 17. Two years later, he won third place in the Belgian celebrity singing contest, Soap Star Superstar, which led to his first single, Phone Call.

He has dubbed voices in several European versions of Hollywood blockbusters, including Happy Feet (Mumble), Surfʼs Up (Cody), The Chronicles of Narnia, (Peter Pevensie), and has hosted a show on Europeʼs Nickolodeon network called Superstar: The Battle!

Timo recently released his second single, Do You Like it Rough?, which is also part of the Judas Kiss soundtrack, and a new music video, Tomorrow, benefitting the Damien Foundation, which treats leprosy and tuberculosis patients across the globe.

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Cher to Chaz: “I’m SO PROUD OF YOU!”

http://www2.2space.net/images/upl_news/101119/1290143411.jpgWe all know that it was difficult for Cher to accept that her oldest child planned to transition from the female Chastity Bono to the male Chaz Bono.

She talked about her trepidation in the documentary Becoming Chaz and the strain in their relationship has been discussed by both. But Chaz’s participation in the Dancing With the Stars competition – and Cher’s very public support of child – has shown the world that they now appear to be in a good place.

Cher, who attended a taping of the show two weeks ago, reacted strongly tonight to her son’s elimination via Twitter: I Have Got 2Hold my TEMPER ! MY Tears R OK ! Congratulations Chaz I’m SO PROUD OF U ! This was YOUR Quest…& u Followed your Star

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Chaz Bono voted off DWTS: “I came on this show because I wanted to show America a different kind of man.”

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ELIMINATED: In what was the sixth week of competition, Chaz Bono and partner Lacey Schwimmer were voted off of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.

The pair had performed a tango to music from Phantom of the Opera with Chaz in a Phantom mask.

The only child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono, who transitioned from the female Chastity to the make Chaz last year, had grown in confidence and charisma with each passing week – something host Tom Bergeron pointed out after his elimination.

Said Chaz: “This was an amazing journey. … I came on this show because I wanted to show America a different kind of man. If there was somebody like me on TV when I was growing up, my whole life would have been different.”

Chaz and his partner had been the lowest scorers this week with 19 points out of a possible 30. He had said earlier in the week that he wished the judges could offer him more constructive criticism.

“It’s a bit insulting. One judge in particular week after week paints me as this… I don’t know… chubby, cuddly little Ewok, little penguin. That’s not about my dancing,” Bono argued. “If you want to talk to me about my dancing and how I can improve, I have no problem with that. That would be fine!”

Six celebrities will return to dance on Monday: actor David Arquette,  reality TV personality Rob Kardashian, actor J.R. Martinez, soccer World Cup star Hope Solo, former talk show host Ricki Lake and TV host Nancy Grace.

Out rugby star Gareth Thomas retires!

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Rugby star Gareth Thomas, one of the very few openly gay active professional athletes in the world, announced his retirement from his sport on Tuesday saying he could no longer give his full commitment to the game.

The 37-year-old’s decision to come out publicly in 2009 made him the first openly gay professional player in world rugby.

Here is his retirement statement:

“I have listened and discussed this decision with many of my family and close friends. My mind has told me that the time to retire is now. If you can’t give 100 percent to rugby then you can’t do it justice. This is a sad day, but I know that my time has come to an end as a player. My passion for the amazing game will never end or leave me however.”


“I do not know what lies ahead, but I feel the challenge of something different excites me more than another year of rugby.”


“I would like to thank everyone I have been involved with in the sport. I could not have achieved it without any of them. I have great memories and great friends that I will keep for the rest of my life. I leave knowing I have done everything in my power to be the best person and player I could have ever been. And finally, I thank my parents for all their support and help throughout my career.”

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Happy 41st Birthday to Chely Wright!

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It was a wonderful thing for the LGBT community when country music singer Chely Wright came out publicly. She has become such an articulate and outspoken leader on various issues.

Last month, for example, she appeared on MSNBC with Thomas Roberts to talk about an anti-gay amendment in North Carolina which she called “disgusting,” “a black eye to the Sotu” and a “sucker punch to the LGBT community.”

Happily for Chely, she has also found love.

In August, she married Lauren Blitzer in a ceremony that took place at a private home in Connecticut.

Happy birthday to a very special star.

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Lunch Break Video: Some Helen Reddy classics for you to enjoy on the singer’s 70th birthday

http://tucsoncitizen.com/retroflections/files/2011/03/HelenReddy.jpgI’m sure there are some people under the age of 30 who have no idea who Helen Reddy is.

But I sure do and bought all the 45s of her songs when I was a kid from the JC Pennys in Huntington Beach. They were less than a buck each!

Throughout the 70s, Miss Reddy was one of the biggest recording stars in the world with such hits as I Am Woman, Delta Dawn, I Don’t Know How to Love Him, You and Me Against the World, Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress), Angie Baby, Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady, Somewhere in the Night and You’re My World.

Miss Reddy even appeared in some movies – most famously as a singing nun in Airport 1975 and as the lead in Disney’s Pete’s Dragon.

I saw her in concert in the late 70s then on the London stage in 1997 when she was starring in Blood Brothers. It was terrific to finally meet her in 2006 when she was in Santa Monica signing copies of her autobiography.

Miss Reddy retired from showbiz several years ago but hopefully she’ll resurface and guest on something like The Rosie Show.

Hey! There’s an idea!




Sean Maher among those cast in contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”

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http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_A6LDHgQGF6Q/Srz5SlUjjqI/AAAAAAAAADs/rPnkCdmWWI0/s400/sean+maherThe Playboy Club may have been quickly canceled by NBC, but that doesn’t mean that one of its stars – out actor Sean Maher – isn’t going to stay busy.

Sean came out as an openly gay man last month in an interview with Entertainment Weekly so it is so nice to be able to track his career developments here on the blog.

Maher is among those who recently finished a 12-day shoot of Joss Whedon’s contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

Maher plays Don John and other cast members include Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof star as Beatrice and Benedick, Nathan Fillion as Dogberry, Clark Gregg as Leonato, Fran Kranz as Claudio, Tom Lenk as Verges and Reed Diamond as Don Pedro.

The entire production had been completely top-secret until this week.

Maher told The Hollywood Reporter that Whedon made sure to ask everyone to keep it on the down-low before shooting even began. Maher was asked to be a part of the movie about a month ago.

“I had just come out publicly and was doing a lot of press for [his now-canceled series The Playboy Club] at the time, and I knew I was going to be rehearsing for Joss’ film,” Maher said. “So I specifically asked Joss if I could talk about the movie, and he asked me not to: He had a bigger strategy in mind.”

Maher said he was initially nervous about taking part since he’d never done Shakespeare before, though he did jump at the chance to work with Whedon again after starring in his TV series Firefly and its big-screen follow-up, Serenity. He also relished the chance to play a villain for the first time in his career.

“It was so fun; I got to be deliciously mean and manipulative,” he said. “I’m so grateful that Joss thought of me for this; it’s unlike anything I’ve ever done.”

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“Judas Kiss” starring Charlie David out on DVD today!

http://www.jayminter.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Judas_Kiss_Poster-228x300.jpghttp://thatgaymovie.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/judasKissMovieSceneCharlieDavid.jpgI’m such a big fan of Charlie David’s that I’d probably watch him read the phone book.

Fortunately, the former Dante’s Creek star does much more interesting stuff in his latest film Judas Kiss which is out on DVD today. The film is the story of a disillusioned filmmaker’s visit to his peculiar alma mater, where he is trapped in a tug of war between his tortured past and a troubling future.

This science-fiction drama film was directed by  J.T. Tepnapa and written by Tepnapa and Carlos Pedraza. It also stars Sean Paul Lockhart who is better known as adult film star Brent Corrigan. He’s really quite good in this film and deserves a chance at a legitimate acting career. Also very good are Richard Harmon and Timo Descamps.

Judas Kiss won the best screenplay award at last month’s Long Beach Q Film Festival.

The DVD is being released by Wolfe Video.


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See Chris Evans wearing pretty much nothing in his upcoming film “What’s Your Number”

Chris Evans nude and naked for What's Your NumberAny film that has hunky Captain America star Chris Evans in the buff is pretty much a movie I want to see!

Chris is seen here in some screen shots from What’s Your Number (See many more of these over at Socialite Life!)

“It’s funny — when I read the script [I] didn’t really register how many [nude scenes] there were,” Chris tells ET Online.

In the movie, Anna Faris plays a woman who has made one mistake too many with men and relationships. Believing that she may have missed out on her chance at “true love,” she decides to go on a quest to revisit all of her exes and see if there’s at least one that “got away.” Chris plays her playboy neighbor who agrees to help her find the perfect man.

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Chris Evans nude and naked for What's Your Number

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Why Darren Criss supports The Trevor Project

http://s3.broadway.com/article-photos/large/1.154231.jpgDarren Criss, who plays gay high school student Blaine on Glee, is straight off screen but has been very supportive of LGBT causes since he shot to stardom a year ago.

Darren recently spoke with Variety about why he support The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

“After gaining the incredible platform from ‘Glee,’ it wasn’t so much of a decision to get involved as it was an opportunity to take part,” Criss says. “I’ll be honest, I’m not so much into the idea of one cause being more important than another; however, I felt that the Trevor Project was a perfect fit for my efforts. It stands for a lot of things that I believe in, as well as falls in line with much of what ‘Glee’ stands for.”

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Tuesday Morning Man: Chase Utley!

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I’m not going to lie, I have not watched a single moment of the World Series.

Have not even watched the highlights on the news.

But in the spirit of the event, today’s Morning Man is the gorgeous Chase Utley, second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Chase, who is 33 and struggling with a knee injury, grew up in  Long Beach and was a star baseball player at Long Beach Polytechnic High School before moving on to UCLA. He was drafted by the Phillies in 2000. By 2005, he was a full-time starter and established himself as one of the best-hitting second basemen in the National League.

In 2007, Utley signed a 7-year, $85 million contract extension with the Phillies.

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See Sean Hayes guest on Ellen!

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_tWqvsW7WRl0/S3sTi0VPFeI/AAAAAAAAIM0/FowV6McbhnA/s320/Sean+Hayes+Hilarious+Interview+On+Ellen+DeGeneres+Show+%5BVIDEO%5D.jpgI just love it when two openly gay Emmy winners get together and have a chat.

Here are Sean Hayes and Ellen DeGeneres chatting on Ellen’s daytime talk show this week about everything from Hot in Cleveland, which Sean produces to Broadway (Sean starred in Promises, Promises last year) and they also talk a bit about Dr. Pepper!

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Colin Farrell on Robert Downey Jr: “He’s brave, he’s bold, he’s bad, and I find him kind of attractive.”

Colin delivered a love poem to Robert Robert Downey Jr. may only be 46 years old, but his comeback from troubled actor to action superstar means he’s already getting lifetime achievement awards.

In the past few weeks, he has received the American Cinematheque Award (presented by Mel Gibson) and over the weekend, the Lifetime Hero Award at the Scream Awards.

And how lucky he was to have the Scream prize presented by Colin Farrell who wrote a lovely little poem for Downey Jr. saying that he is his “cup of tea” and mentioning something about his “big balls.”

He also said: “He’s brave, he’s bold, he’s bad, and I find him kind of attractive.

You and me both Colin!

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Wayne Brady returns to “How I Met Your Mother” tonight as Barney’s gay brother!

http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/wayne-brady-neil-patrick-harris-himym.jpgOne of my favorite episodes ever of How I Met Your Mother was when Wayne Brady was introduced as Barney’s gay brother.

Wayne’s character of James was as much a man whore as Barney (played, of course, by Neil Patrick Harris) is a womanizer.

Brady has reappeared every so often and tonight’s episode is one of those occasions.

Below is a clip from a previous episode that also featured Ben Vereen.

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Happy Birthday to BD Wong!

http://cdn.aarp.net/content/dam/aarp/about_aarp/our_events/2011_02/420_Wong.imgcache.rev1296759653135.jpgHe doesn’t seem to be getting any older but Law & Order: Special Victims Unit regular BD Wong turns 51 today.

The out actor’s SVU character of FBI psychiatrist Dr. George Huang came never mentioned his personal life until an episode a few years back when we learned he was gay.

Besides SVU, Wong starred for several seasons on HBO’s Oz as Father Ray Mukada and earlier, he won the Tony Award for his starring role of Song Liling in the Broadway production of M Butterfly. and returned to Broadway to appear in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and in Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures.

Other roles include playing Margaret Cho’s older brother in All-American Girl, Martin Short’s assistant in Father of the Bride and its sequel and Henry Wu in Jurassic Park.

Happy birthday to this very talented star!

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Lunch Break Video: See Australian hockey star Gus Johnston’s heartfelt coming out story

http://www.hockeyvictoria.org.au/typo3temp/pics/d2ebf3858a.jpgThis is a video really worth watching.

Australian athlete Gus Johnston is a thoughtful and articulate ex-hockey star who speaks about his coming out process. He’s in a good place today, thank God, but it wasn’t always so: “For a long time, there would barely be a week that would go by when I didn’t contemplate taking my own life.”

He posted this 12 minute video on YouTube last month and wrote: “After many years of competing in hockey at an elite level, I’ve decided to share my story and experience with homophobia in sport. It’s taken me many years to find the strength to share it, but I hope that people find value in hearing it.”

Cher tweets about Chaz’s dad, Sonny Bono

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http://laurelcanyonvintage.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/nm_holding_chastity_090611_mn.jpgWatching Chaz Bono blossom on Dancing With the Stars these days, it’s hard to believe that this man was once a little girl named Chastity who appeared with her parents, Sonny and Cher, on their television variety show.

Mom Cher showed up two weeks ago to cheer Chaz on and one would think Sonny Bono would have been there too (he was killed in a skiing accident in 1998).

Sonny and Cher, who were big pop stars in the 60s before making it big in television, famously divorced after 10 years of marriage in 1974.

Cher, a prolific tweeter these days, took questions from her followers over the weekend. The first one asked: What way is@Chaz most like U In what way is most like Sonny?

Wrote Cher: Son was little devil Funny! Im little devil perfectionist. … We’ve Never Talked About SON! Maybe some of u r 2 young 2 know Him! He was ONE OF A KIND ! He could Make me laugh till i couldn’t STOP!

She added: I could Never stay Mad at Him! Our Divorce was Huge Deal back in the day ! knock down Drag out FIGHT! He said all kinda shit about me. … We fought like cats & Dogs ! He said I was unfit mom 4 taking Chaz 2 Hef’s He wanted custody! He Lost but got Big bucks !

Cher tweeted that during the divorce proceedings, “we’ve been yell’n F this F that ! On last day…We walk 2 newsman 2say it’s over & b4 I realize it he grabs me bends me back kiss’s me ON MY LIPS &&& Sticks his Tongue down my throat! All my anger disappeared &we both laughed till we cried.”

http://oldschoolmusiclover.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/300-px-sonny-and-cher-01.jpg?w=300Another follower asked Cher is Sonny cheated on her. She replied: Well, lets just say he got an F on his Fidelity Final!

Two years after their divorce, Sonny and Cher reunited on television for two more years of their variety show. Much had changed, including Cher being married to Gregg Allman and pregnant with son Elijah Blue Allman during part of show’s run.

Sonny would go into politics and become mayor of Palm Springs then a United States Congressman while Cher would go on to win an Academy Award and become an even bigger musical star.

Their last public appearance together came in 1987 on Late Night With David Letterman when they sang a wonderful duet of I Got You Babe.

As Sonny became more and more Republican, there were some potshots in the press from Cher and vice-versa and his relationship with their only child was strained at the time of Sonny’s death because of a disagreement over politics.

But as you can see in this video of Cher’s emotional eulogy at Sonny’s memorial, the love never died.

BONUS VIDEOS: The 1987 Letterman appearance and with Chastity on their variety show.

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Luke Snyder’s coming out episode from 2006 among those on new “As The World Turns” DVD collection!

http://cdn.soaps.sheknows.com/images/news/947_1_81245.jpgRoger Newcomb, co-editor of the terrific We Love Soaps website, dropped me a line recently to let me know that he served as Editorial Director on the first ever collection of full daytime soap operas released in the U.S.

A four-disc 20-episode AS THE WORLD TURNS DVD collection went on sale earlier this month.  One of the episodes chosen was Luke Snyder’s coming out episode from May 9, 2006.  Also in the collection is the Christmas 2009 episode which features Luke (played by multi-Emmy nominee Van Hansis) and his boyfriend Noah (played by Jake Silbermann) who were having problems because Noah was blinded in a film set accident and blamed and resented Luke.

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Maybe the producers of Days of Our Lives can take a look at it and get some pointers on how to MOVE THEIR STORY ALONG.

The DVD collection is now available for purchase for $19.95 at soapclassics.com. The full episode list is here: http://www.welovesoaps.net/2011/10/atwt20eps.html

There are also plans to release other DVDs of ATWT’s greatest moments along with classic episodes of other cancelled soaps including Another World, Search For Tomorrow and Guiding Light.


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Daytime Soap Clips: Catching up with Sonny, Will and company on “Days of Our Lives”

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-S_JyvRYs2xg/TozZw9Zf5OI/AAAAAAAAAko/OZGUxRAqNGM/s400/Freddie%2BSmith%2BPhoto%2Bby%2BDeidhra%2BFahey.jpghttp://static.tvguide.com/MediaBin/Galleries/Celebrities/A_C/Cf_Chl/Chandler_Massey/chandler-massey.jpgIt’s not too hard to keep up with what’s going on with the “gay storyline” on Days of Our Lives since it surfaces only about once a week or so – if even that.

But I’m determined to keep checking in on Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis played so well by the very attractive and talented actors Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith. I have to believe that things will heat up now that DOOL have re-introduced some of its former characters in a reboot.

In this episode from last week, Will and Sonny find anti-gay comments on their website. It is strange seeing Sonny ready to pack it in so quickly, a reaction completely inconsistent with his character.

But in the end, he comes to his senses!

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Hugh Jackman returns to Broadway this week!

BROADWAY BABE: Hugh Jackman may be one of the biggest action movie stars in the world with the X-Men franchise and current hit Real Steel, but he’s also a first-rate song and dance man.

Jackman, a Tony winner for The Boy from Oz, returns to The Great White Way on Tuesday in Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway. The show will play at the The Broadhurst Theatre through Jan. 1.

He will be accompanied by an 18-piece orchestra in a show that already has had sold-out runs in San Francisco and Toronto.

If you plan to be in New York in the next few months, Tickets are on sale at www.Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200.

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