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Monday Morning Man: Mark Deklin!, did you watch GCB last night on ABC?

I thought it was a hoot!

And one of the most delicious little plot developments was when the character of Blake Reilly, a married man, could be seen holding hands under the table with his male “ranch hand.”

Blake is played by the very handsome and charismatic Mark Deklin.

I interviewed Mark in the summer of 2010 all about his role on the Fox series Lone Star which lasted, seriously, two episodes.

I think it’s safe to say GCB will last a lot more!

Mark is 44 and rebounded from the Lone Star cancellation with a recurring guest role on Hawaii Five-O, playing Betty White’s lawyer on two episodes of Hot in Cleveland, and being a cast member on the series The Ex List.

“I’ve only been in LA for about five years,” Mark told me in our 2010 interview. “Before that I primarily made my living as a stage actor in New York. I was sort of just dabbling in TV and films here and there but for the past five years I’ve been lucky with a string of guest stars and recurring roles. It’s been great. But this is the first time someone had said, ‘Here’s a contract, we really like you. Stick around.”

Mark Deklin

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Scenes from “8″ performance and after-party

If you have not yet seen last night’s amazing reading of the play 8 on YouTube, do it.

Just stunning.

What an experience these actors give us with excellent direction from Rob Reiner and the outstanding script by Dustin Lance Black.

Here are some photos from the play and also from the after-party.

1) Jamie Lee Curtis and Christine Lahti played one of the couples who are the plaintiffs in the Prop. 8 case. I found Lahti especially powerful while Matt Bomer and Matthew Morrison were wonderful as the other plaintiff couple. Morrison had some deeply moving moments.

2). Jane Lynch was an absolute standout as gay marriage foe Maggie Gallagher. It was a delicious performance.

3) Brad Pitt was very good as the judge in the Prop. 8 case Vaughn R. Walker.

4) George Clooney solid as attorney David Boies while Martin Sheen was a revelation as attorney Theodore Olson. Chris Colfer made the absolute most of his scenes as a witness for the plaintiffs.

5) Cast members Brad Pitt and Jesse Tyler Ferguson at the curtain call.

6) California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom greets playwright Dustin Lance Black.

7). Cast member George Clooney chats with director Rob Reiner and playwright Dustin Lance Black.

8) American Foundation for Equal Rights Board President Chad Griffin and producer Bryan Singer.

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The “8″ red carpet with Sally Field, Darren Criss, Dustin Lance Black, Rob Reiner, Clooney and Pitt and more!

There are no photos of her on the red carpet that I can find but Barbra Streisand was among the famous faces who attended last night’s benefit reading of Dustin Lance Black’s play 8 based on the transcripts of the Proposition 8 trial.

Among those who were photographed on the red carpet: 1) Glee star Darren Criss 2) Cast members Brad Pitt and George Clooney 3) CA Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom 4) Broadway star Gavin Creel 5) Cast members Matt Bomer and Jane Lynch 6) Cast member Jane Lynch with two-time Oscar winner Sally Field 7) The reading’s director Rob Reiner and playwright Dustin Lance Black

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Scenes from rehearsal of “8″

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Tracey Gold has a different view of gay people than her former “Growing Pains” co-star Kirk Cameron Growing Pains television brother, Kirk Cameron, has been in the news this weekend for his comments about homosexuality which he says is  “detrimental,” “unnatural” and “ultimately destructive.”
But Tracey Gold, who played Carol Seavers on Pains, took to Twitter to let people know that she does not share Cameron’s anti-gay vows:
Tracey Gold Tracey Gold ‏ @TheTraceyGold I am a strong supporter of the #LGBT Community, and I believe in equal rights for all. #NOH8 #LOVE
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Morning Man Classic: Jeffrey Hunter!

Did you think I would let an entire Sunday go by without presenting you with a Morning Man Classic?

And boy, was this one worth waiting for!

He’s Jeffrey Hunter, the extraordinarily handsome 50s film and 60s television star who starred in such films as The Searchers, Red Skies of Montana, Sailor of the King, Sargeant Rutledge and The Great Locomotive Chase.

He moved on to television in the 60s in the series Temple Houston on NBC and was cast in the original pilot for Star Trek. He declined to do a second pilot and was replaced by William Shatner.

Hunter, who was married three times – including to first wife, actress Barbara Rush – and had four children.

Sadly, he died in 1969 at the young age of 42. While he was flying back to the U.S. from Spain after filming Viva America! he suffered a stroke. While recovering at his home, he suffered another stroke, causing him to fall down a flight of stairs and sustain a skull fracture.


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Happy 43rd Birthday to Chaz Bono!

What a life it has been for Chaz Bono who turns 43 years old today.

In 2009, this LGBT advocate and author who is only child of Cher and Sonny Bono, announced to the world that he was transitioning from the female Chastity Bono to a man named Chaz Bono.

I have felt so happy for Chaz and it is the benefit of our society that he is so articulate and open about his journey. I am quite sure it is helping other transgender people out there who believe they were born the wrong sex. It is also helping other people to understand just what they are going through.

Becoming Chaz, a documentary about his transitioned premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel followed by a follow-up documentary Being Chaz.

Below is video of Chaz being honored at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s 40th Anniversary gala.

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Showtune Sunday: All about Kristen Chenoweth! is the premiere of ABC’s new comedy-drama GCB (originally titled Good Christian Bitches) and one of the stars is the supremely-talented Kristen Chenoweth.

So this is a perfect time to celebrate Miss Chenoweth, the Emmy and Tony award winning star who isa steadfast straight ally to the LGBT community. She’s a woman who really has our back and we will love her forever for it.

Kristen plays Carlene Cockburn on the show and she is the leader of a group of girls who were bullied by Amanda Vaughn (played by Leslie Bibb) in high school. Now that Amanda is returning to Dallas after a failed marriage, Chenoweth and her posse have to fight the urge of exact their revenge on their former bully.

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See all-star benefit reading of “8″

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Snapped! Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka goof off & smooch in Vanity Fair photo booth Oscar night


See “8″ live online tonight starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Bomer, Matthew Morrison and more! you didn’t have the money to buy a ticket (or were denied a press credential like yours truly) to see tonight’s benefit reading in Los Angeles of the play 8, have no fear: you can watch it live online.

Click to this link to the American Foundation of Equal Rights (AFER) website.

The play, written by Dustin Lance Black, is based on the transcripts of the trial which led to an appeals court striking down California’s Proposition 8 last year.

You won’t want to miss it with such dreamboats as Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Bomer, Matthew Morrison, Kevin Bacon, Rory O’Malley, Chris Colfer and Jesse Tyler Ferguson in the cast.

Others in the cast include Jane Lynch, Jamie Lee Curtis, George Takei, John C. Reilly, Cleve Jones, Campbell Brown and Martin Sheen.

The play is framed by the trial’s historic closing arguments in June 2010, and features the best arguments and testimony from both sides.  Scenes include flashbacks to some of the more memorable moments from trial.

Academy Award-winning screenwriter and AFER Founding Board Member Black based it on the actual words of the trial transcripts, first-hand observations of the courtroom drama and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.

The one-night only reading is being directed by Rob Reiner, a founding AFER member, and will take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.

The play will be livestreamed over the internet and can be viewed beginning at 7:45 p.m. PST at

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Celeb Tweets: Kirk Cameron Edition

Piers Morgan Piers Morgan ‏ @piersmorgan Extraordinary – Kirk Cameron STILL trending in America, nearly 24hrs after our interview aired. #GrowingPain
Piers Morgan Piers Morgan ‏ @piersmorgan Things I (and I suspect he!) didn’t expect today – Kirk Cameron trending worldwide on and off for 4 hours. #CNN

Christopher Rice Christopher Rice ‏ @chrisricewriter Kirk Cameron, dragging the homophobes of the world deeper into Hasbeenastan.

Christopher Rice Christopher Rice ‏ @chrisricewriter Kirk Cameron says marriage was defined by God in the Garden of Eden. No response from Cameron on why the world isn’t full of talking snakes.
Josh Charles Josh Charles ‏ @MrJoshCharles I know Growing Pains was only a tv show, but I have to think both Alan Thicke & Joanna Kerns must feel they failed as parents tonight.

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GLAAD slams Kirk Cameron for anti-gay views

Kirk Cameron’s anti-gay views expressed last night on Piers Morgan’s CNN show have resulted in a great deal of backlash against the former Growing Pains star.

Cameron said of homosexuality: “I think that it’s – it’s – it’s unnatural. I think that it’s – it’s detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.” gay marriage: “Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve. One man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don’t think anyone else should either. So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don’t.”

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has slammed the actor/evangelist.

“In this interview, Kirk Cameron sounds even more dated than his 1980s TV character,” said Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs at GLAAD. “Cameron is out of step with a growing majority of Americans, particularly people of faith who believe that their gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be loved and accepted based on their character and not condemned because of their sexual orientation.”

Added Graddick: “With an increasing number of states recognizing marriage equality, Americans are seeing that marriage is about committed couples who want to make a lifelong promise to take care of and be responsible for each other and that gay and lesbian couples need equal security and legal protections. That’s not ‘redefining’ anything.”

GLAAD has launched an online action for people to sign up to tell him that he’s no longer your idol. Here is the link:


Roger Federer wins his 72nd career title!

Switzerland's Roger Federer HoldsCHAMPION: Roger Federer has been playing like a champ so far this year and on his second title of 2012 on Saturday. The 30-year-old Swiss superstar edged Andy Murray 7-5, 6-4 to win his fifth Dubai Championships title.

It marked the 72nd championship win for Federer who has now won five of the last seven tournaments he has competed in. One of the losses was an injury default and the other was a four-set defeat to Rafael Nadal in the semifinals of the Australian Open.

“This is perfect. This is great. Any title is a good one, I’ll tell you that,” Federer said after the match.

But no matter how many tournaments he wins, Federer’s eyes are always fixed on the sport’s four grand slams of which he has won a record 16 – more than any other man in history. But he has not won one since the 2010 Australian Open.


Morning Man Encore: William Levy! posted Oct. 1, 2009 – Updated with additional photos

Muy caliente!

I’ve been working on my Spanish all summer and it seems to have spilled over to the blog this morning in this post about Cuban-American actor William Levy, a former model and reality show star on Spanish-language television.

I haven’t seen any of his acting work but I must say, he certainly is photogenic!

William, 29, was first signed by Next Models, and later participated in two reality shows aired on Telemundo: Isla de la Tentación and Protagonistas de Novela 2.

He has gone on to star in the dramas Pasion and the recently concluded Cuidado con el Angel and is currently filming Sortilegio which is set to begin airing in the US next week.

Last year, William made his feature film debut in Retazos de Vida.!fddV78f_izdVlKI%3D/1728389.jpg.jpg

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Kirk Cameron says homosexuality is “detrimental”, I get home from a wonderful evening of performances at The Other Side piano bar in Silverlake and flip on CNN and there is Kirk Cameron on Piers Morgan’s show.

Kirk is on to promote a documentary he has made but it become evident pretty quickly that he is lock-step with Rick Santorum on a couple of issues. First of all, he is anti-abortion and would be even if one of his daughters became pregnant through rape.

Then Piers asked him about gay marriage and if he thinks homosexuality is a sin.

Said Cameron: “Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve. One man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don’t think anyone else should either. So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don’t.”

On homosexuality: “I think that it’s – it’s – it’s unnatural. I think that it’s – it’s detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”

Actor Josh Charles, who stars on CBS’s The Good Wife, tweeted after the show: I know Growing Pains was only a tv show, but I have to think both Alan Thicke & Joanna Kerns must feel they failed as parents tonight.

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Chad Griffin named named new president of HRC!

Human Rights Campaign announced today that Chad Griffin will become the next president of HRC, the nation’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans..

Griffin, founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), succeeds longtime president Joe Solmonese who announced last year that he was stepping down.

It was AFER, under Griffin’s leadership, that brought forth the lawsuit that led to an appeals court ruling that California’s Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage in the state, is unconstitutional.

“I cannot think of anyone better to take the helm of the Human Rights Campaign than my dear friend and colleague Chad Griffin,” said AFER lead co-counsel Theodore B. Olson.  “There is no one more passionate, more resourceful or more effective than Chad.  His brilliant and visionary leadership makes me confident that one day, very soon, every American will be treated equally under the law.  HRC is extraordinarily lucky to have him.”

Olson’s fellow AFER lead co-counsel David Boies added: “Time after time over the past several years, Chad has proven that he is easily one of the most skilled strategists and tacticians in American politics today. That is a rare combination of skill sets for one person to have.  His diplomacy, his intellect and his passion for issues of equality are second to none.  I cannot think of a better person to lead HRC into the future.”

Actor-director Rob Reiner, an AFER founding board member and longtime close friend of Griffin’s said in a statement Friday: “The federal constitutional challenge to Proposition 8, Perry v. Brown, would never have happened without the vision and tenacity of my dear friend Chad Griffin. His incomparable leadership has brought us one step closer toward completing America’s last great civil rights struggle.  My congratulations go out to Chad on this great honor and to the Human Rights Campaign for picking a brilliant leader as its next president.”

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Lunch Break Video: Two French soccer players seal a goal against Germany with a kiss!

This should become a tradition for whenever a goal is scored in professional soccer: grab your teammate and plant a big kiss on the lips!

Tongue, of course, is optional.

Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud, two members of the French national team, were so overcome with joy after a goal in a game against Germany this week that they kissed!

Debuchy passed the ball to Giroud who scored his first goal for the national team.

The kiss, of course, has gone viral. Check it out below!

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George Takei to talk gay marriage with Donald Trump

I’m no fan of Donald Trump for the way he threw gay people under the bus during his silly flirtation with running for president last year.

This three-time married man decided that on gay marriage, ‘I just don’t feel good about it, I don’t feel right about it.’

So I was surprised that a gay married man like George Takei, an outspoken and eloquent spokesman for LGBT equality, would agree to be on Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice show.

Well, at least George is using his participation in part to help change Trump’s mind on the issue.

He told reporters during a conference call this week that the two have scheduled a lunch next month to talk it over.

‘I want to listen to his views and respond specifically to his concerns,’ Takei said. ‘The sense I get in my bones is that he’s a decent, sophisticated guy. I’m sure he knows many people who are gay or lesbian. My position is that the core of any good marriage is love and commitment.’

‘I’m looking forward to the lunch,’ he added. ‘I really was serious. I think Mr. Trump is a decent, fair-minded guy, and I think we can have a very good discussion.’

Responded Trump, who was also on the conference call: ‘You would be the perfect guy to teach me. You have a deal.’

You can bet cameras will be there for the whole thing.

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Rob Reiner announces that Saturday’s performance of ’8′ with Clooney and Pitt can be viewed live on YouTube!

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