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Monday Morning Man: Todd Grinnell! last night’s episode of Desperate Housewives featured the return of Andrew Van de Kamp and briefly, his boyfriend Alex who is played by Todd Grinnell.

Sadly, the couple, who we have scarcely seen, had broken up because of Andrew’s sudden drinking problem.

Anyway, nice to see cutie pie Todd back on the show even if it was just for one scene!

The 34-year-old actor once co-starred with one of my favorites, Josh Cooke, on the short-lived NBC series Four Kings. More recently, he was a regular on the series Brainstorm. He’s also in demand for guest spots appearing on Parks & Recreation, Human Target, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Criminal Minds, among others.

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Video: See Elton John on “Saturday Night Live” John did pretty well as host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live in my opinion.

I fell asleep after the first sketch but have caught up on Hulu and the one that has him with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip is hilarious.

His monologue was a hoot!

Elton came out and told the crowd: “This is my second time here so it is perfectly appropriate for me to say: “THE BITCH IS BACK!”

He talked a lot about his baby son with partner David Furnish: “As you can see I still haven’t lost the baby weight.”

It was funny when he said the baby is a lot like him because “he screams and cries when he doesn’t get his way and he’s had his ups and downs with he bottle.” He said there have been feeding difficulties because the baby “is rejecting the breast and in that way, he takes after both of his fathers.”

Then while explaining the baby being born via surrogate Elton said: “Neither of us could become pregnant but I promise you, we tried our hardest”

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Novak Djokovic wins again, still unbeaten in 2011

Novak Djokovic, Of Serbia, Holds

Novak Djokovic Of Serbia, Left, MeetsNovak Djokovic’s four tournament winning streak – which includes three-set thriller against Rafael Nadal in Key Biscayne – is making men’s professional tennis very exciting right now.

What makes it so exciting is that the Serbian star is rising to the top of the game not by default but by toppling two of the greatest players of all time: Nadal and Roger Federer.

In winning the Australian Open as well as tournaments in Dubai, Indian Wells and now in Key Biscayne, he has beaten Federer three times and Nadal twice so far this year.

Last month, he rose to number 2 in the world relegating Federer to number 3. Now he appears intent on surpassing Nadal as well. He beat the sexy Spaniard 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) to win the Sony Ercsson Open.

Djokovic remains ranked No. 2, but he heads into the clay-court season with a 26-match winning streak that includes four tournament titles. His record of 24-0 in 2011 is the best to begin a year since Ivan Lendl started 25-0 in 1986.

“It’s the best four months in my life, but it’s only the start of the season,” he said after the final. “It’s a bit early to talk about getting that top spot in the rankings. Rafa is definitely the best player in the world now. If I want to have the No. 1 ranking, I need to play consistently well throughout the whole year.”

  Novak Djokovic Of Serbia Looks

Rafael Nadal, Of Spain, Reacts


Happy Birthday to David Hyde Pierce!

His Niles Crane on Frasier is one of the most delicious comedic characters in the history of television and David Hyde Pierce has four Emmy Awards to show for it.

During the run of the series, we never really knew too much about Pierce who turns 52 today. But when he won the Tony Award for Curtains in 2007, he thanked his long-time partner, television writer, director and producer Brian Hargrove “because it’s 24 years of listening to your damn notes — that’s why I’m up here tonight.”

The couple was married in October 2008 just before the passage of California’s Proposition 8.

Last year, David was the recipient of the Isabelle Stevenson Award, which recognizes an individual from the theater community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations.

If you’ve never seen the 2003 romantic comedy Down With Love, do see it. David (pictured below with co-star Ewan McGregor) played Renee Zellweger’s book editor and had a terrific chemistry with Sarah Paulson in the film. Considering he’s gay and she’s a lesbian, those who think openly gay stars can’t convincingly play straight are just dead wrong.

Happy birthday to David!

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Showtune Sunday: All about Doris Day – 89 today!

We don’t see Doris Day in public anymore but I hope she’s having a happy life in Carmel where she has lived for many years.
Miss Day, who turned 89 today, was a huge movie star (Calamity Jane, Pillow Talk, The Pajama Game, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Lullaby of Broadway), a huge TV star (The Doris Say Show) and a huge recording star (Secret Love, Que Sera, Sera).
She all but retired from showbiz in the mid-70s but did re-emerge in the 80s to host the show Doris Day and Friends and in 1989 was presented with the Cecil B. Demille Award at the Golden Globe Awards. Miss Day also received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement in 2006. No doubt she would receive an honorary Academy Award for her film career if she would agree to attend the ceremony which is not likely.

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Morning Man Classic: Chad Everett! Sunday everyone!

I try and have a Morning Man Classic for you first thing in the morning on Sunday but it’s been a busy weekend with the family so I am just able to do it now.

But it’s someone worth waiting for: Chad Everett!

What an amazingly handsome man – still! He’s 74 and boy, he can still turn heads.

He’s appeared in more than 40 movies and television shows but Chad is best known for his role as Dr. Joe Gannon on the long-running series Medical Center. I was just a little kid but I knew he was one of my crushes in the same way that other 70s stars like Kent McCord and James Brolin were.

After Medical Series ended its seven year run on 1976, Chad starred in the miniseries Centennial and starred in the short-lived series McKenna and Hagen and had recurring roles on Murder, She Wrote and Melrose Place.

More recently, Chad guest-starred on the terrific but now canceled CBS series Cold Case. It was the memorable 2006 episode Forever Blue. and he portrayed a closeted gay police officer.

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Sir Elton John is the host AND the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” tonight!

Well this, I gotta see!

What will Elton John do tonight as host of Saturday Night Live?

Will he make fun of himself? Can he act in comic sketches?

We’ll see!

One thing we know he can do, and do superbly, is sing. Elton is also tonight’s musical guest and he will be performing with Leon Russell.

Here are a few promos:

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See Da Man Trevor Donovan!

He does such a nice job playing gay high school student Teddy on 90210 that I have become a huge fan of actor Trevor Donovan for reasons other than him being this beautiful blond hunk.

Trevor appears in the new issue of Da Man magazine and looks very appealing in these photo (there are more) and gives an interview.

Here is an excerpt:

“The show is beginning to touch on more serious issues concerning sexual identity. It’s quite a change and it’s made the show less superficial and given it more depth. … Expect real-life situations that viewers can relate with. It’s every actor’s wish to get a challenging role and to take it on to the best of their ability.”

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Matthew Morrison unveils album cover, tour dates

The gifted Matthew Morrison is going to be mighty busy during his hiatus from Glee.

The man who plays glee club director William Schuester on the FOX series has unveiled the album cover art for his upcoming self-titled debut album which is due out on May 3o from Mercury Records. His first single from the album, Summer Rain, has already been released.

Matthew has also made public the dates and location for his summer tour which will kick off in Minneapolis on June 18 and end in Los Angeles on July 23 at the Nokia Theatre. In between he’ll play at the Beacon  Theatre in New York City, Philadelphia, Detroit, Boston, San Diego, Austin, Phoenix and several other cities.


Federer falls to Nadal in Key Biscayne

Roger Federer, Of Switzerland , WavesIt wasn’t even close.

Roger Federer continued to play like the third-best player in the world in his semifinal match against longtime foe Rafael Nadal at the tournament in Key Biscayne. He lost 6-3, 6-2 and now has a now has an 8-15 record against the Spanish number 1.

Nadal, still searching for his first title this year, will play Novak Djokovic in the final. Djokovic is in a 25 match winning streak and has not lost a match all year.

Federer has lost three times to Djokovic this year and now once to Nadal. He will be entering the clay season looking to regain confidence against these two guys who are making the greatest player of all time look mortal these days.

  Roger Federer Of Switzerland Changes


Lunch Break Video: The ultimate collection of Dame Elizabeth Taylor interviews through the years’m wrapping up my week-long series of Lunch Break Videos featuring Elizabeth Taylor with a terrific series of interview compilations I found on YouTube.

Most of the conversations take place in the late 80s when Miss Taylor was promoting her weight loss book Elizabeth Takes Off. She was a more mature and introspective person by then and talked about becoming in touch with her inner core..

She had given up the booze and prescription drugs she had grown increasingly dependent upon and had her weight under control after gaining 60 pounds during her marriage to John Warner. She had been single for longer than any other period in her adult life during this period and was in the early years of her AIDS activism.

There are so many other topics covered that she hasn’t talked about much including the end of her marriage to Warner, what she went through to adopt daughter Maria Burton, the effect her fame and the paparazzi have had on her children – all of whom have shunned the spotlight.

These interviews are with various people including Barbara Walters, Jane Pauley, Ron Reagan, Oprah Winfrey, Phil Donahue, Arsenio Hall and Gary Collins.

Arsenio is a terrible interviewer and Oprah was not as good then as she later became so it’s interesting to watch the interviewers as well. Donahue is just aces.

Happy 79th Birthday to Debbie Reynolds!

CLASS ACT: Debbie Reynolds has been in the news a lot lately because of the death of Elizabeth Taylor.

Everyone knows that Debbie’s first husband, Eddie Fisher, walked out on her and their two young children so he could take up with a recently widowed Miss Taylor who had been married to Fisher’s best friend Mike Todd.

It says a lot about the classy Debbie Reynolds, who turns 79 today, that she was able to forgive Elizabeth and actually become friends with her again years later.

She says in the current issue of People: “My husband Eddie chose to leave me for Elizabeth. She didn’t lasso him. She was just beautiful Elizabeth Taylor. He wanted her, so he left. He was the selfish one. … Elizabeth became much more focused on other people and less on herself and she was a happier person for it. She had wanted a wild life and she lived one. And yet she raised her children very, very well and she gave a great deal to many people. She had a truly great life.”

Debbie was no slouch in the parenting department herself. Fisher was an absentee father to their children Todd Fisher and future movie star and author Carrie Fisher of Star Wars, Postcards From the Edge and Wishful Drinking fame.

Carrie speaks glowingly of her mother and they are steadfastly loyal to each other. Their closeness was evident during their recent joint appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

In her recent book, Wishful Drinking (also a Broadway show and HBO special), Carrie remembered her mother’s big dressing room which she would enter as mom and exit as movie star Debbie Reynolds.

And what a movie star!

She first made her mark while still in her teens starring with Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor in the classic MGM musical Singin’ in the Rain. She went on to star in such hits as Tammy and the Bachelor, Bundle of Joy, The Tender Trap, The Catered Affair, The Mating Game, The Singing Nun, Goodbye Charlie, and Divorce American Style.

She was one of the stars of the 1962 epic western How the West Was Won and earned her only Academy Award nomination for best actress for her stupendous performance as the title character in 1964′s The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

When the film roles dried up in the 70s, she hit the Broadway stage, put together a nightclub act and did television guest appearances. Then in the 90s, film roles came her way again starting with Oliver Stone’s Heaven and Earth followed by a wonderful starring role as Albert Brooks’ mom in Mother which earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination (she lost to Madonna of all people!).

She then played Kevin Kline’s mom in the comedy In & Out, starred in the Disney TV film Halloweentown and its sequels Haloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge, Halloweentown High and Return to Halloweentown.

Her other TV movies include These Old Broads (co-starring Miss Taylor), Battling for Baby, The Christmas Wish, and A Gift of Love: The Daniel Huffman Story. Debbie also had a recurring role on the sitcom Will & Grace in the hilarious role of Grace’s eccentric mom Bobbi Adler. It’s a role she played to perfection and her “I Told You So” dance is a classic.

She will next appear in the crime thriller One for the Money starring Katherine Heigl and continues to perform live.

Debbie Reynolds is a showbiz trouper in every sense of the word.

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Friday Morning Man: José Guillermo Cortines! this guy a stunner or WHAT?

He’s 37-year-old Dominican actor and singer Jose Guillermo Cortines who is involved in films, telenovelas, musical theatre and television.

He currently lives in Miami, according to Wikipedia, and is best known for his role as Mauricio Montiel from Telemundo’s El Rostro de Analia the and for his role of Osvaldo Guerra in Mas Sabe el Diablo.

In 2006 he had a role in the Dominican film Tres al Rescate. Other film roles include La Fiesta del Chivo and Negocios son Negocios.

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Trendsetter Brad Goreski gets a reality show of his own: “It’s a Brad, Brad World” to air on Bravo! got to know Brad Goreski as Rachel Zoe’s assistant on her reality show.

Now it’s his turn to bask in the spotlight in his own reality show, It’s a Brad, Brad World to air  on Bravo during the 2011-12 season.

Bravo said in a press release:

“It’s a Brad Brad World” follows Goreski as he embarks on his new business venture and tries to maintain his personal life. The docu-series gives an all-access pass to an exciting year of career firsts including – Paris fashion week, the Cannes film festival, the men’s runway shows and the summer couture shows – and each new experience is sure to be sink or swim. As usual, all eyes are on Mr. Brad Goreski… but this time, he’s got everything at stake.

See also: Greg In Hollywood chats up Brad Goreski


Betty White signs up for another regular gig! one of the stars of the hit TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland – already renewed for a third season – obviously isn’t enough for Betty White.

The 89-year-old television legend continues to build on her late-career surge by signing to host NBC’s new hidden-camera TV show called Betty White’s Off Their Rockers in which older people play jokes on unsuspecting younger folks.

“People have been telling me that I’m ‘Off My Rocker’ for years — now I can prove it,” White said in a statement announcing the upcoming show.

NBC said it had ordered 12 episodes of the show.


Usually the main event, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have to meet in semifinals in Key Biscayne

Roger Federer, Of Switzerland, AcknowledegesEither Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal has held the number one ranking in men’s tennis every week since early 2004.

Here are some excerpts from an AP story previewing their next meeting: They have played each other 22 times on hard courts, grass and clay. Now, for the first time in six years, the best rivalry in tennis is back on U.S. soil.

Rafa and Roger will meet Friday night in the semifinals at the Sony Ericsson Open. Their most recent matchup in North America took place on the same court in 2005, when Federer beat Nadal for the Key Biscayne title.

Nadal vs. Federer has played out in eight countries and one principality on four continents, producing some of the sport’s most dramatic moments. Federer owns a record 16 Grand Slam titles but is only 8-14 against Nadal, including 2-6 in major tournaments. They’ve tussled on even terms in recent years for the No. 1 ranking.

“We have that history, and nobody can take it away from us,” Federer said. “We’ve played in so many big finals against each other, and were able to play over four or five tough sets and have always shown a lot of respect toward each other. If you win, great; if you lose, that’s OK, too, as long as you tried everything and learned something. But I am planning to win.”

Their first meeting was at Key Biscayne in 2004, when a 17-year-old Nadal upset Federer in the third round. Federer was then in the midst of a record five-year reign at No. 1, but he lost six of the first seven times he played Nadal—and found it most annoying.

“Early on in my career, when I became the world No. 1, I didn’t really have that rival, and I was very happy about it,” Federer said. “I was just able to win, win, win, and dominate. That was quite incredible.

“So in the beginning, I guess I struggled to embrace the rivalry I had with Rafa. Only later on I was able to say, `This is actually quite cool.’ He was sleeveless with pirate pants, long hair, a lefty. … It all kind of made sense, and I was able to embrace it then.”

Federer won the most recent matchup for the title in the ATP World Tour Finals in London last November. Nadal won their only other meeting last year in the Madrid final.

While most of their showdowns have been in finals between Nos. 1 and 2, they’ll play this time in the semis because Federer recently slipped to third in the rankings behind Novak Djokovic. The other match Friday pits the Serb against American Mardy Fish.

“We really get up for these kind of matches against each other because we know the world is watching,” Federer said. “We always have these incredible points and incredible matches.”

  Rafael Nadal Of Spain Celebrates


Happy Birthday to Richard Chamberlain, Shirley Jones, Ewan McGregor and William McNamara!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,billy.jpgThere are four of my faves celebrating birthdays today!

Even though I did not like Richard Chamberlain saying gay actors should stay in the closet if they want to be big stars, I’ll always be a fan of his work in The Thorn Birds, Shogun and Dr. Kildar (What? You expected me to mention The Towering Inferno?) turns 77 years old today.

Chamberlain was pretty much off my radar until I saw a scene in Thorn Birds where he was dancing (it was the same party where Barbara Stanwyck kissed him on the lips then died) and he was just so HOT!

From then on, I watched everything he ever did and was so glad when he came out publicly several years ago. He continues to be busy in roles both straight and gay – including playing Felicity Huffman’s gay stepfather on Desperate Housewives a few seasons back and a potential love interest for Saul on Brothers & Sisters this season.

Other birthdays today: Oscar winner Shirley Jones, star of classic musicals Oklahoma, The Music Man and Carousel (she also drove that bus around on TV in the early 70s) is 77 years old today and still looks magnificent.

Ewan McGregor, whose love scenes with Jim Carrey in I Love You Phillip Morris were quite sweet, turns 40 today.

And finally, one of my favorite actors, William McNamara, is celebrating his 46th birthday.

His performance as a closeted college student in 1993′s Doing Time on Maple Drive was heartbreaking then he showed comedic chops on Showtime’s late, great Beggars and Choosers as an slimy talent agent. He also killed in Copycat. I met him once, about seven years ago, on a very rainy day in Woodland Hills. We were waiting in line for the ATM machine outside a Bank of America. He was very nice (and still very cute) and answered all my nosy questions about future projects.

He was also memorable opposite Jodie Foster in Stealing Home and as Jeff Bridges’ son in Texasville.

Happy birthday to all!

Thursday Morning Man: Casey Jon Deidrick!’s Morning Man stands 6 feet, 4 inches tall and cites Leonardo DiCaprio and the late Heath Ledger as his acting inspirations.

He’s Casey Jon Deidrick who has played Chad on NBC’s Day of Our Lives since 2009.

I know I like him for two reasons alone: He’s a big fan of Glee and he and girlfriend (and co-star) Molly Burnett supported marriage equality by posing for the NOH8 campaign (see photo below).

Prior to his role on the soap, he appeared on 90210 and Wizards of Waverly Place.

When Casey is not busy acting,he makes music with A Dreadful Fall, which he describes as a “metalcore/hardcore band.” He has also been skateboarding for more than 10 years, and competed in the 2004 Vans World Amateur Competition.

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Jonathan Groff set to return to “Glee” Glee had not added the sensational Darren Criss and the hot and pouty Chord Overstreet to its cast this season, I might have missed Jonathan Groff more.

That said, I’m so glad to have read in Entertainment Weekly that the talented (and very cute!) Tony-nominated actor will return to the show for the final three episodes of season 2.

EW reports that  Groff’s character of Jesse St. James returns to apologize to Rachel (Lea Michele) — perhaps with the intention of getting her back. In the end, he was cruel to her in season one so it will be good for the character to redeem himself.

I’m always rooting for talented young performers to do well and when they have the courage to be openly gay as Jonathan is, it makes me root for him even harder.


Alan Cumming talks to TV Guide about his TV gig: “On ‘The Good Wife,’ I do feel like I’m playing in drag.” Good Wife, already one of the most delicious shows on television, has gotten even tastier now that Alan Cumming is a series regular.

His role as political campaign manager Eli Gold is terrific but far less flashy than his Tony winning turn on Broadway in Cabaret and other roles the openly gay actor has played on television and in film.

“On The Good Wife, I do feel like I’m playing in drag,” he admits in the current issue of TV Guide. “Every time I wrap for the day, I muss my hair up and put my tie around my head. It’s become this little ritual to de-Eli myself,” he says, adding, “but I really do like him.”

His character is quite complex as he does what seem like dastardly deeds to get his candidate elected but at least he seems to feel bad about it.

“Ultimately, I believe that Eli’s a force for good,” Cumming says of his television alter-ego. “He wants Peter to win the state’s attorney election because he’s the best candidate. But he works in a ruthless environment, so to succeed, Eli must be prepared to do some very bad things.”