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Barry Manilow has made “Midnight With Manilow” special available for free through April 1

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Hi Everybody…. We all hope this finds you well and hanging in there. We’re all working from on and living on laptops and cell phones. When we do take a break, we say a big thank you for the internet and everything we can watch online. Like you, when times are crazy, we turn to entertainment. This time is no different. And if you’re like us, you too are probably getting a little stir crazy. You can only build the same puzzle so many times, right? So, we want to help. In 2016, at the end of the One Last Time tour, Barry rented the theatre in Denver for a free after hours event we called Midnight With Manilow. Barry’s thoughts on his career, question and answers, guests from past tours and fan favorite performances like Who Needs To Dream, I Was A Fool To Let You Go, and I’ve Got The Best Seat In The House were all a part of the festivities. The evening was recorded and previously only available with a paid ManilowTV subscription…until now. As a thank you to all of those on the front line…those working in health care, in grocery stores, transportation, etc…and to the rest of us for sticking together to show each other the kindness, concern, and compassion that will get us all through this…we have made this show FREE for all on ManilowTV. You can watch it this week, for free…up until April 1st. Head on over to www.manilowtv.com and watch from your desktop or mobile device or search for the ManilowTV app on AppleTV, Amazon Fire, Google Play, or Roku stores to watch on your television. So, put away your puzzle. Grab some popcorn and enjoy!

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Todrick Hall gets things off his chest and “the mud off my wings so I can fly”

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I have been refraining from talking about this for a while and it feels good to just get this off my chest. Thank you all for your unwavering support and for never doubting my heart, morals & intentions. I have made a TON of mistakes and will continue to make them, as that is the entire point of being human. If I have ever overlooked someone’s pay it was not intentional. I love my employees and I take pride in taking care of them to the best of my ability as a single unsigned artist. Don’t believe what you read, if someone tells you something consider the source. People were so willing to buy into stories about me and try to cancel me from jealousy fueled gossip spewed by untrustworthy, bitter & shady narrators. You will never be hated on by someone who knows who they are and believes in their talent. It will ALWAYS be by someone who is insecure, who feels that there’s no more room on your coattails for them to ride and who is bitter that they will never be where you are because they don’t posses the gift and talent that you do. To whom much is given, much is required. Glad I got the mud off my wings so I can fly. Periodt.

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Totally Random Video: When Carrie got high – and busted by a cop – on “Sex and the City”

We all remember when Berger broke up with Carrie on Sex and the City via Post-it note. “I’m sorry. I can’t. Don’t hate me.”

It is such a classic that when I interviewed Ron Livingston years ago, he told me he still has people coming up to him weighing in on the actions of his character in that episode.

With Carrie dumped so brutally, she turns to her girlfriends for a night out on the town. After hitting a upscale place (I think this was the episode where then went to Bed), they hit a dive bar, almost get beat up and score some pot.

Carrie and Samantha start to get high, the cops catch Carrie but it turns out the Post-It from Berger is her Get Out of Jail Free card! I have two say, this is one of the countless scenes in this series and two feature films that are just magic between Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw and Kim Cattrall as Samantha Jones.

Who knows what really went down but Cattrall was just brutal to Parker, publicly. Too brutal it seems to me.

So we will never have a Sex and the City 3 movie to wrap it all up which iOS a major pity but we have so many memories like the one I’m sharing today.

Enjoy!

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Happy 76th birthday to Miss Diana Ross!

There are stars and there are STARS.

Diana Ross has been one of the biggest for more than 50 years and is still going strong. When I last saw her in concert at Hollywood Bowl in 2013, it was as if time had stood still. She looked amazing, the voice was in fine form and she had a capacity crowd wrapped around her finger. Look forward to seeing her again soon!

Her decade as lead singer of The Supremes secured her place in music history with 12 number one singles including Where Did Out Love Go, Stop! In the Name of Love, The Happening, Come See About Me, Back in My Arms Again, You Can’t Hurry Love, I Hear a Symphony, Baby Love, Love Child, and Someday We’ll Be Together.

In 1970, Diana left the Supremes to go out on her own and scored another stunning series of number one hits including Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Touch Me in the Morning, Do You Know Where You’re Going To, Love Hangover, Upside Down, and Endless Love. Then there was the wonderful anthem adopted by so many gays: I’m Coming Out, the dance faves The Boss, Chain Reaction, Mirror, Mirror, I Will Survive and the beautiful ballads Missing You, Reach Out and Touch and It’s My Turn.

I’ve also seen the legend in concert in 1989 (Workin’ Overtime tour), 1991 (Force Behind the Power tour), 1995 (Take Me Higher tour) and in 2008 at Hollywood Bowl and have just about every solo CD including Diana’s most recent: I Love You, her biggest seller in many years. She has only released three CDs in the past 20 years as her once-famous ambition seems to have leveled off.

She’s also an Oscar nominated actress (Lady Sings the Blues) whose last full-on dramatic role was in the 1993 movie-for-television Out of Darkness. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for what was, I think, the best acting performance of her career second only to Lady Sings the Blues. She also starred in Mahogany and The Wiz but her most recent film, Double Platinum, was two decades ago!

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The drop-off in professional output could be because she has had other interests like her five amazing kids and a growing brood of grandkids. Some of her kids followed her into showbiz including Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross, actor and singer Evan Ross, and jazz singer Rhonda Ross.

It’s probably easier to pick and choose when you’ve accomplished just about all there is. In 2007, Miss Ross was among the recipients of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors award, the highest tribute any artist can get from this country. In 2012 she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2016 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, and ink 2018 was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Music Awards.

So on her 76th birthday, here is Miss Ross singing some of her many hits through the years.

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Morning Round-Up: Pete Buttigieg; Kathy Griffin; Tonys; Kate McKinnon; Colton Underwood; AIDS/LifeCycle

Pete Buttigieg Grows Beard During Indiana’s Stay-at-Home Order Advocate

Kathy Griffin Says She’s in a Coronavirus Isolation Ward After Showing ‘Unbearably Painful’ Symptoms People.com

Tony Awards Postponed Amid Pandemic TV Line

Hey, Kitty Girl: Kate McKinnon to Play “Tiger King” Queen Carole Baskin NewNowNext

Reality star Colton Underwood opens up about his struggles with his sexuality Queerty

Go Virtual: Help AIDS/LifeCycle Raise $13 Million for Critical HIV and AIDS Services LGBT News Now

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Morning Man Classic: Paul Michael Glaser!

Yesterday was Paul Michael Glaser’s 77th birthday so I want to pay tribute to one of my early crushes in life.

My oldest brother had a color TV in his room and would let me watch shows with him like Starsky & Hutch, Baretta and Charlie’s Angels. The rest of the time I’d have to share the black and white TV with the rest of the kids in the living room.

Imagine!

With his curly black hair, beautiful blue eyes, hairy chest and tight jeans, I could not keep my eyes off Det. Dave Starsky. He and Det. Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson (David Soul) were two streetwise cops who busted criminals in their red-and-white Ford Torino with the help of police snitch called Huggy Bear.

Paul once said in an interview: “I think between David’s and my chemistry and the notion of a buddy show, which I think, if I’m not mistaken, was the first of its kind on television…we had “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” as a feature, but we hadn’t seen that kind of pairing,… male bonding,.. whatever you want to call it in television. So this was kind of a first.”

Pre-TV fame, he appeared on Broadway in Butterflies Are Free then made his film debut playing Perchik in 1971′s movie version of Fiddler on the Roof.

After Starsky & Hutch, he directed such films as The Running Man starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Cutting Edge, and The Air Up There starring Kevin Bacon. He also directed episodes of several well-known TV series, including Miami Vice, Robbery Homicide Division and Judging Amy.

These days, Paul mostly writes and directs and continues his activism in the fight against Pediatric AIDS after losing his wife Elizabeth and their daughter to the disease. David still acts including a guest spot a few seasons back on Grace & Frankie and a recurring role on Ray Donovan.




Some much-needed perspective from Erich Bergin when it comes to having to stay at home

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To put it in perspective, this is how Mandela spent 18 years.

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Jussie Smollett resurfaces on Instagram: “Spread love and kindness… not Rona”

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Hope y’all are staying safe. Spread love and kindness… not Rona. Bro @davidmichaelott on (I swear imma learn this before I walk outside)

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Dan Levy on EW covers celebrating “Schitt’s Creek” marriage: “I would have been very comforted by these images as a kid”

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Thank you @entertainmentweekly for choosing to celebrate this relationship over three different covers. I would have been very comforted by these images as a kid. Surreal that I got to be a part of it.

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Totally Random Video: Bette Davis sings the theme song to ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane’ to promote movie

Back in 2017, I was obsessed with Feud: Bette and Joan. In one of the episodes, Susan Sarandon, as Bette Davis, sings this song to promote her movie with Joan Crawford. I had no idea this really happened so looked it up and sure enough here is Miss Davis singing the title tune. I give her all kinds of credit for being such a pro and being game to do whatever she had to do to promote the movie.

Thought it would make for a fun distraction for a few minutes today!

Feminist icon Billie Jean King wishes a happy 86th birthday to ultimate feminist icon Gloria Steinem

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Happy birthday to the tireless equality crusader, @gloriasteinem! #gloriasteinem #happybirthday

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Morning Round-Up: Todrick Hall; Terrence McNally; Andy Cohen; Hayley Kiyoko; Lady Gaga; Milo Ventimiglia

Todrick Hall calls Kim Kardashian a ‘stubborn little queef’ in sprawling rant Queerty

Lin-Manuel Miranda, George Takei and More Remember “Virtuosic” Terrence McNally The Hollywood Reporter

Andy Cohen Says Being Separated from Son Benjamin Is ‘Very Worst Part’ of Coronavirus Quarantine People.com

Hayley Kiyoko Has Some Therapeutic Advice Amid Coronavirus: ‘We Will Triumph’ Billboard

Lady Gaga Postpones “Chromatica” Album Release Due to Coronavirus NewNowNext

Watch a nearly naked Milo Ventimiglia recreate Jack’s ‘birthday suit’ scene in This Is Us finale EW.com

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Wishing a happy birthday to Elton John!

Can he really be 73?

The forever-young Elton John is still going strong. He’s been a star for 50 years! My oldest brother used to play Elton’s albums every day in the mid-to-late 70s. He had them ALL.

I would look at the covers and just wonder how anybody could have the guts to wear some of those get-ups.

Then in high school for a spring concert, I performed Your Song. I knew exactly how because I had heard all those hundreds of times. I still do it at karaoke every now and then.

I interviewed Elton once, by telephone, for a magazine piece. I was told he would call on a Monday or a Tuesday but they did not know exactly when so keep my phone with me at all times. So on the Monday afternoon, I’m heading home on the packed 101 freeway and the phone rings: “Hello Greg, it’s Elton!” I ended up pulling off and into a gas station parking lot and scribbling notes on a yellow legal pad.

He made up for it though with wonderful performances at The Billies (an awards show for female athletes named for his close pal Billie Jean King) and at the DVD premiere of The Lion King at the El Capitan Theatre. Also saw he and Billy Joel in concert in the mid-1990s in San Diego. My friend Lorna Harris and I took a chartered buys with a bunch of KEZY listeners who had won tickets.

So many Elton memories. Where do all the years go?

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Wednesday Morning Man: Lee Pace!

The first time I met Lee Pace it was at a cemetery.

It was the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and it was for the premiere screening of the ABC series Pushing Daisies. I was a columnist for the LA Daily News and was excited to interview Lee who I was so impressed with in Soldier’s Girl.

He was tremendously nice that night and a about a year later when we had a phone interview about a movie he did called The Fall. I knew he was not straight but the closest we got to addressing it was his agreeing how hunky his Infamous co-star Daniel Craig had become for his role as James Bond.

The Julliard-trained actor’s movie career has taken off since then.

He starred as Thranduil the Elvenking in The Hobbit trilogy, and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as villain Ronan the Accuser, a role he first appeared as in Guardians of the Galaxy and reprised in Captain Marvel. He has also appeared in other film series including The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 as Garrett. He was also the protagonist Joe MacMillan for four seasons in AMC’s television drama Halt and Catch Fire.

It was just over two years ago that Lee a bit clumsily came out publicly while starring in the Broadway revival of Tony Kushner’s iconic play Angels in America. He told an interviewer he feels it’s important for gay actors to play the gay roles in both plays, but stopped short of labeling himself. He seemed a bit flustered and surprised by the question. “I’ve dated men. I’ve dated women,” he explained. “I don’t know why anyone would care. I’m an actor and I play roles. To be honest, I don’t know what to say—I find your question intrusive.”

But he soon spoke to The New York Times and was more at peace with coming out publicly: “It feels nicer,” he said, “than I ever thought it would be.”

Happy 41st birthday to this talented and oh-so handsome man!

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Special Tuesday Afternoon Video: Please watch this very important address from President Odious!


I can’t count how many times I’ve walked to get coffee with my best work pal Ari DeSano over the past 2.5 years – hundreds. We have the best little talks and a lot of laughs. Ari is a riot but I don’t often get to see their alter-ego, Odious Ari, in action so it was an absolute treat to see this video turn up over the weekend. I think it’s brilliant and I’m so proud of my friend for creating art and sharing it with the world.

I wanted you all to see it too!

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Tributes to Terrence McNally from Matt Bomer, Cynthia Nixon, Neil Meron, Aaron Tviet, Seth Rudetsky

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The first theater ticket I ever bought with my own money was to see Lips Together, Teeth Apart by Terence McNally. He was a hero to me and countless others, and an icon in the American Theater. He could do anything. If you want to know more about him, watch the documentary Every Act of Life on PBS American Masters. His talent and example will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and loved ones. Thank you Mr. McNally- May you Rest In Peace.

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#RIP brilliant #TerenceMcNally. A true giant of the theatre. His legacy and voice will live on forever.

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So incredibly saddened at the passing of the great Terrence McNally—virtuosic playwright, fearless LGBT activist, and steadfast friend. There will never be another one like him.

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Devastated to hear this. One of the great joys of my professional life was getting to work with Terrence on Catch Me If You Can. I was constantly inspired by his amazing work which included pages of new dialogue on a preview day, flowing as if there was an unending well he was drawing from. One page better than the next. And I was so grateful for his gloriously supportive spirit. And I’m even more grateful to have gotten to know he and his dear husband Tom. We have lost a true legend of the American Theatre. Please watch his Documentary Every Act Of Life Sending condolences and love to his family in this difficult time

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My Broadway debut. THE RITZ by the late, great Terrence McNally. A pioneer. A true man of the theater. All his comedy had pathos. And boy, did he love musicals. He made his mark. And he will be missed.

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Afternoon Round-Up: Terrence McNally dies from coronavirus complications; Rosie O’Donnell; Patti LuPone; Chris Meloni

Terrence McNally, Tony-Winning Scribe of Love! Valour! Compassion!, Ragtime & More, Dies at 81 Broadway Buzz

Christopher Meloni Shows Off His Crazy Six-Pack Abs While Posing in ‘Quarantine Kilt’ People.com

Rosie O’Donnell Talks About Relaunching Her Talk Show Full Time After Coronavirus Benefit Variety

Patti LuPone Gives Tour of Her Basement, Plays Pinball, Dances During COVID-19 Quarantine Towleroad

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My favorite ATP tennis heartthrob Robert Farah is working out from home – and letting us watch


The ATP tennis tour is inactive, for now, due to coronavirus pandemic but the world’s top-ranked doubles player is determined to stay fit – and hot.

That booty!

Robert Farah, reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion with partner Juan Sebastián Cabal, is a generous hunk who often posts his workout on social media.

I can’t thank him enough!

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Tom Daley reacts to Summer Olympics being postponed to 2021: “I promise to work my tail off”

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Waiting one more year to reach for our dreams is well worth the sacrifice to help keep people safe. Yes, I’ll be another year older, and my body will feel that, but I promise to work my tail off to make TeamGB as proud as I can when the time comes! #Tokyo2020

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Retired NBA player Jason Collins announces in Twitter that he has tested positive for Covid-19:

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