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Joy Behar’s thoughts on being honored by GLAAD

Joy Behar, one of the coolest women on the planet, is being honored on Saturday night at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York City.

On The View Thursday, Joy talked about what the recognition means to her: “I value an award like that more than any other award. It’s saying to me, ‘You are doing some good in the world even if it’s just your mouth.’ I value that so much.”

We value you Joy!

She is being presented with The Excellence in Media Award which goes to media professionals who advocate for LGBT issues and increase the visibility of the LGBT community.


Johnny Weir banned from “Stars on Ice” for not being “family friendly” enough for skating tour rears its ugly head again. I can’t make the world fair but I can shine a light on injustices like this: GLAAD has learned from a source that wishes to remain anonymous that sponsors of the Stars on Ice Tour, which include Smuckers and IMG Entertainment, have refused to allow 3-time US National Champion and 2-time Olympian Johnny Weir to participate because they claim that he is “not family friendly.”

Writes GLAAD: To say that Weir is “not family friendly” would be a clear jab at his perceived sexual orientation. Weir is extremely involved with his family. He is putting his younger brother through college, and supports the family financially because his father’s disability prohibits him from working. Weir’s dedication to his family can be clearly documented in the Sundance series, Be Good Johnny Weir, which follows him and his family and friends through his life and career as a championship skater. … While Weir has not officially announced his sexual orientation, he has garnered a significant amount of LGBT fans. He remains one of the most outspoken skaters today, and won an online poll asking fans “Who would you like to see guest star on Stars on Ice?”

Here is a link to a PETITION to show your support for Weir be included in Stars on Ice.

UPDATE: Here is what Johnny had to say to Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush about the snub:  “It’s for real. All because I am not family friendly enough. I understand I am a little outrageous but I wish I could perform for the fans…Maybe right now, just artistically and creatively, I’d love to have my own show, with musical acts, like maybe getting Lady Gaga! I don’t like to think there are any boundaries. Anytime you get men in glitter it’s flamboyant!”

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Diana Ross is going out on tour this summer! Ross may be coming to a city near you this summer.

The superstar has announced the More Today Than Yesterday tour which will feature her many, many greatest hits performed with a live string and horn section. It kicks off in Boston, MA on May 15, the tour runs through June 12.

The Kennedy Center Honoree has sold over 100 million records and recorded 18 #1 hits as a solo artist and as lead singer of the legendary girl The Supremes.

I saw Miss Ross at Hollywood Bowl in 2008 and she was sensational. Her LA stop will be at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 9.

I’m so there!

It would be my fifth Ross concert. In addition to Hollywood Bowl, I saw her in 1989 at Pacific Ampitheatre (Working Overtime tour), 1991 at Universal Ampitheatre (Force Behind the Power tour) and 1995 at Universal Ampitheatre (Take Me Higher tour). I had tickets to 2000′s Return to Love tour but if was aborted before it got to the Anaheim venue then called The Pond.

Go to Diana’s FACEBOOK page for tour dates!

To get you in the mood for some Diana, here is a great clip from Letterman (mid-90s) in which she performs I Will Survive then takes part in a comedy bit that has her holding a note for several minutes. She ends up in a bathrobe and slippers and she’s more fun and animated than I’ve ever seen.


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Friday Morning Man: Brian Geraghty!

The Hurt Locker came out last year with little fanfare. But now that it’s won the Best Picture Oscar,  a lot more people will be likely to check it out on DVD. And when they do, they will see the performance of Brian Geraghty, an actor I’ve had my eye on since seeing him in the indie flick Easier With Practice.

That film premiered at the AFI Film Fest last fall and it really hinged on the outstanding performance of Garaghty whose credits also include Art School Confidential, Jarhead, Conversations With Other Women, We Are Marshall, Bobby,  The Guardian and I Know Who Killed Me.

I interviewed director Kyle Patrick Alvarez about the movie just before AFI and he said of Geraghty’s casting: “We saw like 200 people for that role. He’s on screen literally every frame. We had to find someone who we felt you could be comfortable watching for that period of time. He committed himself so much to it and worked so hard,. I’m really grateful that he took such a chance.”

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American Idol: Ellen hugs hunky Tim Urban, who wouldn’t want to hug Tim Urban? He is adorable! But after last night’s American Idol, we can rave about more than his sweet face and studly body: the boy can sing!

He blew everyone away with his performance of Hallelujah written by Leonard Cohen.

Who knew???

Ellen DeGeneres was so impressed that she left the judge’s table to give him a big hug. I liked that, I liked that she did what she felt and I think she hugged him for a lot of us at home who wanted to do the same.

I think Tim is safe for another week – for sure!

Here is video of Tim’s wonderful performance:

And how about a photo of Tim shirtless just for kicks? Okay, twist my arm!

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Stunner: “One Life to Live” to drop groundbreaking Oliver Fish-Kyle Lewis gay storyline

This is incredibly frustrating news: TV Guide reports that ABC has axed the Oliver-Kyle storyline from One Life to Live.

“We are concluding the story that we set out to tell with Kyle and Fish,” says executive producer Frank Valentini. “We are very proud to have broken new ground with a same-sex couple on daytime.”

Both Brett Claywell and Scott Evans are also being written off the show which I can tell you right now, after their departure, I will probably never watch it again.

This makes me sick. It’s just another reminder of how far we have to go to not only establish equal rights, but to have decent continuing storylines on broadcast television.

I will root and celebrate the future career successes of these two fine actors who really won our hearts and who, I think, leave the show as bonafide stars. I am especially grateful for Scott Evans for being an out actor and for bringing so much heart to the role. I also want to give kudos top the show’s writers who really did a superb job of telling this story – of making these multi-dimensional characters and integrating them into the lives of those in Llanview.

Was it a matter of gay overkill that turned off the mainstream audience TV Guide wonders: Sources at the network say the duo failed to resonate with the mainstream audience. Ratings for the ABC soap were particularly dismal in late 2009 during the weeks that Fish came out of the closet and he and Kyle officially became a couple. Also playing simultaneously was a sprawling plot that had Robin Strasser’s character, Dorian, pretending to be a lesbian in order to win the gay vote in the Llanview mayoral race.

Here is the plan for the departure of the characters, according to TV Guide: On the March 29 episode, Fish will learn for certain what viewers have known for quite a while—he’s the biological father of baby Sierra Rose, via his drunken one-nighter with psychotic stripper Stacy Morasco (Crystal Hunt). With Stacy now dead, there are rumblings of a custody battle with Stacy’s sister Gigi (Farah Fath) but, ultimately, the law is on Fish’s side and the two dads will blissfully start a new life with the baby.

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Betty White, 88, to host Saturday Night Live!!! love this!!!

The great Betty White, best known for her classic TV characters of  Sue Ann Nivens and Rose Nyland, will host NBC’s Saturday Night Live on May 8.

The 88-year-old star is hotter than ever following her role on last summer’s blockbuster comedy The Proposal and was honored at January’s Screen Actors Guild Awards with a lifetime achievement award. She also starred in a hilarious Snickers commercial that premiered during the Super Bowl.

NBC said Thursday that the 88-year-old actress will host the show May 8. “SNL” executive producer Lorne Michaels says he can’t think of a better way to spend Mother’s Day weekend than with White.

The announcement followed a campaign on Facebook urging the sketch show to make White a host. The group attracted nearly half-a-million supporters.

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Daytime Soap Clip: Luke and Noah kiss goodbye, Dr. Reid comes out to Henry on “As the World Turns”’s a jam-packed As the World Turns today on the Luke-Noah-Damian front. It kicks off with a scene between Luke and Dr. Reid Oliver at the hospital. Reid goes a little too far with his smart remarks when he tells Reid that his father is in jail and Reid asks: “God dad or bad dad?”

Luke loses it and slams Reid up against the wall and asks: “Do you ever get tired of the sound of your own voice because quite frankly I am sick of it!”

Luke tells him that Damien is his father and he will likely never see him again. Reid, of course, has a smart-ass reply: “You’re lucky you have a spare.” asks him why he has to hurt so many people with his words and actions like taking Noah off to Texas for treatment. Reid calls Luke out on his own shortcomings telling him he is acting like a spoiled brat.

You will see in this clip that as the confrontation unfolds, the sexual tension between the two of them is palpable.

Then Reid goes home and waiting is old fellow med school student Chris Hughes who outs him (not sure that Reid was ever in, he just never mentioned being gay). Reid casually confirms this to Katie and goofball Henry as he is eating chips.

Meanwhile, annoying Noah comes by to see Luke and home and wants to nullify his stupid adoption because otherwise he’ll never be independent. It also helps that Reid has taken Noah on as a research subject so his treatment won’t cost him anything. At this point, Luke tells him to have a great life and to not let the door hit him on the way out.

I wish that last sentence were true!, Luke agrees to film a little comment for Noah’s movie on his experience: “Noah Mayer, you are the most amazing person I’ve ever met and it is an honor to know you.” He then takes him to the hospital and they share a pretty good kiss – viewed by Reid!

I think it’s time Luke gets to know more people.

He and Reid have a bit of a heart-to-heart and Luke observes that he’s really a good person beneath the veneer. Reid asks Luke to stay out of his way if he comes to Dallas to visit Luke while he is treating Noah. indicating that he is a distraction.

Now we know what kind of distraction!

Here are Luke scenes from Wednesday’s show where crazy bio-dad Damian is captured after holding Lily hostage and knocking Holden out. Luke tells him off at the police station. Luke’s sister Faith is back (as a different actress and a bit older) and she seems to have developed a prescription drug problem!

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Academy should just admit it was a mistake to not include Farrah in its Oscar night tributes

The omission of Farrah Fawcett in the in memoriam segment of Sunday’s Oscars ceremony is turning into a real PR black eye for an unrepentant Academy.

It was a mistifying decision that has been criticized by two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda, film critic Roger Ebert and now Oscar winner Tatum ONeal whose father was Miss Fawcett’s longtime partner and father of her son Redmond ONeal.

Said Tatum in a statement:  “On behalf of myself, my father Ryan O’Neal and my entire family, we are deeply saddened that a truly beautiful and talented actress Farrah Fawcett was not included in the memorial montage during the 82nd Academy Awards. We are bereft with this exclusion of such an international icon who inspired so many for so many reasons. Beautiful, talented Farrah will never be forgotten by her family and amazing fans.”

The Academy’s Bruce Davis has not said he regrets not honoring Farrah who may have been more known for TV roles but did appear in 14 feature films which is almost as many as Barbra Streisand has been in (I know they’re not the classics Barbra’s are but her performances in Extremities and The Apostle got raves and earned her Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nominations, respectively).

But Davis did say: “There’s nothing you can say to people, particularly to family members, within a day or two of the show that helps at all. They tend to be surprised and hurt, and we understand that and we’re sorry for it.”

It would have been wise and the right thing to do if the Academy had simply said it apologizes for the regrettable omission of Miss Fawcett in the tribute.

The one upside is that this flap has put focus on Farrah’s acting accomplishments. After Charlie’s Angels, she worked very hard to be taken seriously as an actress and she succeeded. I watched pretty much any movie she was in because of her and always rooted for her. think that’s why I feel a little protective of her acting legacy and why this is my third post about this! If I do a fourth, I hope it’s a real apology from the Academy.

Doubt that will happen though.

Below are some stills and posters from the feature films she was in including See You in the Morning with Jeff Bridges, Saturn 3 with Kirk Douglas, Extremities, Sunburn with Charles Grodin, Myra Breckenridge with Raquel Welch, The Apostle with Robert Duvall, Dr. T and the Women with Richard Gere and Man of the House with Chevy Chase.

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Thursday Morning Man: Robert Downey Jr.!

robert_downey_jr.jpg Robert Downey Jr. image by rayarayaraya’s had his share of ups and downs personally and professionally but Robert Downey Jr. is most certainly on an up these days.

The two-time Oscar nominee has the sequel to Iron Man coming out in May and it, no doubt, will be as big if not bigger than the original. What makes the franchise so special, fresh and unique is Downey’s humor which is allowed to shine through so perfectly.

Robert is coming off yet another huge box office hit, Sherlock Holmes, and was a charming presenter at the Academy Awards on Sunday.

He turns 45 next month and is at the peak of his powers with such strong performances in recent years in the films Zodiac, The Soloist, Tropic Thunder and my favorite, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

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Happy Birthday to John Barrowman! out and proud star turns 43 years old today and I hope John Barrowman is having a day as fabulous as he is.

He’s gorgeous, he’s multi-talented and he’s fun – just makes the world a little more dazzling. Whether he’s headlining on Broadway or London’s West End or headlining his popular series Torchwood as Jack Harkness, you can’t keep your eyes off of John.

He is busy filming a multi-episode arc on ABC’s Desperate Housewives to air in May.

Happy Birthday to you John! Thanks for being you.

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Reichen Lehmkuhl is Off-Broadway bound! World reports that Reichen Lehmkuhl will headline the play My Big Italian Gay Wedding at St. Luke’s Theater in May.

The play is a comedy about two handsome grooms, one overbearing Italian mother, a jealous ex-boyfriend, the wedding planner from hell and an assortment of kooky family and friends who gather for the big event.

Reichen, winner of The Amazing Race back in 2003 with Chip Arndt, was a regular on Dante’s Cove and has had small roles in several movies and on television shows.

Wedding will be presented by Anndee Productions and be directed by Teresa A. Cicala. It is written by Anthony J. Wilkinson.

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Cynthia Nixon fights back against New York senators who voted against gay marriage bless Cynthia Nixon for standing up for our rights..

The two-time Emmy winning actress is a powerful spokeswoman for LGBT equality and has joined up with Fight Back New York and made this video below that you have just got to see.

She says in part: “I’m supporting Fight Back New York so we can finally show these anti-equality senators that there are consequences to their actions. That they can lose their seats for voting against our rights. Fight Back New York is smart, strategic political action committee with the sole purpose of defeating senators who voted ‘no’ on equality.”

“We tried the carrot,” she adds. “Now it’s time for the stick.”

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Meredith Vieira apologizes for comments: “My support of the gay and lesbian community is longstanding and well documented.” have a lot of respect for Meredith Vieira and know she’s a top-flight journalist who seems like a really cool woman.

So I was really surprised how she handled an interview with some of the Oscar winners for The Hurt Locker the other day where she made it sound as if two men hugging meant they might be gay and if if it was something she needed to “worry” about.

I figured it was sleep-deprivation on her part but didn’t like it. I’m glad she has issued a statement to GLAAD explaining and apologizing:

“During an interview with the cast of the Hurt Locker on Monday, I turned to actor Anthony Mackie and made a joke about ‘man hugging’ in reference to a hug he and fellow actor Jeremy Renner had shared a few weeks earlier on our air. It was meant to be lighthearted, but some were offended by what they believed to be a homophobic comment. That was never my intent, but that doesn’t matter. Words are extremely powerful and should never be chosen lightly, even in a lighthearted moment. I apologize to any and all that I offended. My support of the gay and lesbian community is longstanding and well documented. It has not and will never waver.”

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Classic Movie Wednesday: Lauren Bacall asks Humphrey Bogart if he knows how to whistle was so wonderful to see 85-year-old Lauren Bacall get an ovation at Sunday night’s Academy Awards. She received a well-earned honorary Oscar presented last November and was on hand to be acknowledged once again.

Bacall, still looking glamorous and healthy, is still making movies more than 65 years after her 1944 film debut opposite Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not.

As we all know, the two leads fell in love during the making of the film, got married and had two children. They also made three more movies together before Bogart’s death in 1957.

Of all their movies together, the most famous scene is this one when Bacall says to Bogart: “You know how to whistle don’t you Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”


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Wednesday Morning Man: Dominic Monaghan!

dominic_monaghan_22.jpg Dominic Monaghan image by sting_likea_bee_celebs’m such a fan of Dominic Monaghan for his talent as an actor and for who he is as a person.

Currently portraying Dr. Simon Campos on the ABC series FlashForward, the 33-year-old actor is, of course, best known for his roles on Lost and in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He also had a role in last year’s X-Men Orgins: Wolverine.

I did an interview with Dominic last year when he called me from Manchester, England. He rang at 7 a.m., an hour earlier than scheduled, so he actually woke me up! It was so nice to have the phone ring, to answer it sleepily and to have this cute guy with an accent say, “Good morning Greg, it’s Dominic.”

He was promoting his movie I Sell the Dead which was a hoot! He does this morning stretch that turns into a dance that I just loved and told him so when we met at the LA film Festival last summer.

Not only is he a terrific actor, Dominic is also a wonderfully engaging talk show guest who is funny, smart and best of all, authentic.

“It’s the closest thing to live theater,” he told me.

I was especially touched by an interview he did in May 2007 on The View when he talked about marching to the beat of his own drummer since he was a kid no matter what anyone thought -ever. He said he sometimes wears make-up, the occasional skirt and likes jewelry.

“No one ever told me when I was growing up that make-up and skirts were just for girls,” he explained before adding that he was always a kid with an artistic bent who also wore a Spiderman costume to school sometimes.

“If you’re confident and you own it, [the other kids] are fine with it…I’ve always supported the lifestyle that I will do what I please and deal with it.”

I told Dominic how much his words meant to little kids who may be different and certainly to gay people who may have serious struggles navigating an overwhemingly straight world.

“It’s not something i do on purpose, leading by example,” he said. “I can’t be someone else other than me. I never feel more at home than as I am. It always feels very icky to me in be something that doesn’t feel natural. I felt that I was going come from a place of truth. If you do, when you look In the mirror you will never be mad at yourself. You can sleep at night.”

“I’ve always been hugely supportive of the gay community,” he added. “In my younger days as an actor, there was talk about if I was straight or gay and I always said it is a completely irrelevant question. i think your sexuality is something that is you and you don’t have to explain. If that has been inspiring then I’m all about it. Anytime the scenario has involved gay people, I’ve been embraced.”

dominic_monaghan_094.jpg image by zaranth

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Chloe Sevigny talks to The Advocate about “Big Love,” kissing girls and her dress ripping incident

CHLOE SEVIGNY X390 (WARWICK SAINT/AUGUST) | ADVOCATE.COMI had no idea Chloe Sevigny had done so many lesbian roles besides Boys Don’t Cry. The Golden Globe Award winning Big Love star talked with Brandon Voss for The Advocate about those roles and other tops including the dress rip heard around the world.
Here are some excerpts:

When lesbians hit on you, do you break their big gay hearts gently or shoot them down quick?
I have to shoot ’em down quick. [Laughs] They always want to buy me drinks, but I’ll be like, “Save your money. I get free drinks here.” It doesn’t happen all the time, but it may happen if I go to certain gay spots — like on Saturday night, when I was at this super-lesbo party [Choice Cunts] downstairs at Santos Party House. It was fun.

You’ve said that people thought you were a lesbian while growing up in Darien, Conn. Why do you think that was?
I was a tomboy and went through a lot of different phases. When you shave your head and pierce your nose during your junior year in high school, that’ll do it. But you didn’t need to do much back then.

In a 2000 New York Times profile, you said, “I’ve questioned issues of gender and sexuality since I was a teenager, and I did some experimenting.” Did you mind that some people branded you as “bisexual” after that?
There were a lot of articles that made reference to that, but at this point I couldn’t care less what people call me. I still kiss girls occasionally, but I wouldn’t say I was bisexual.

Could you ever see yourself in a relationship with a woman?
Probably not, no. I need more meat and potatoes — with more of the meat part, I guess. [Laughs]


A few days after the Golden Globes ceremony, when I discovered on that the escort who stepped on your dress, Joe Everett Michaels, was gay, I thought, Great, another reason for people to hate us: As if our pesky demands for equal rights weren’t enough, now we’ve gone and ripped Chloë Sevigny’s Valentino!
Oh, geesh, I know. He actually found me in the ballroom afterward, came up to me, and was going on and on, like, “I’m so, so, so, so sorry!” The poor guy. Accidents happen, so of course I accepted his apology. You know, I had a feeling something was going to happen. I thought I was just going to stain the dress or that I was going to trip, but leave it to the gays! [Laughs]

Related post: A chat with the guy who stepped on – and ripped – Chloe Sevigny’s dress at the Golden Globe Awards

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Commentary: Why on Earth did NBC cut kiss between Kathy Griffin and Mariska Hargitay on “Law & Order: SVU”?

Good grief, aren’t we passed this kind of nonsense by now?

Kathy Griffin, a gay icon, guest starred on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU last week as a lesbian activist. The promo for the episode featured a kiss between her character of Babs Duffy and Mariska Hargitay’s Det. Olivia Benson.

The episode airs and the kiss is nowhere to be seen.

I write about the omission in a story posted on Check it out!

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“Spartacus” star Andy Whitfield has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and to begin treatment Andy Whitfield in your thoughts as the star of the new hit series Spartacus begins treatment for non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

The cancer was discovered during a routine checkup as Whitfield prepared to begin shooting the second season series which is filmed in New Zealand. The Starz network, which airs the series, says production has been postponed while Whitfield undergoes treatment.

According to the network, doctors say the cancer was detected in its early stages and is “very treatable.”

he Australian actor and former model who had to whip himself into incredible shape to film the series in New Zealand. I got to chat with Andy at the Television Critics Association press tour in January and he told me he had to get into incredible shape for the action adventure series on which he plays the title role.

The series had been scheduled to resume production in April. I wondered if Andy had anything planned in between professionally.

I’m going to rest,” he said. then “I’m tired physically, obviously. You get to a certain point and you get injuries and you have to carry on around those injuries. But also emotionally it was very draining as the series progresses you’ll really what happens with these characters.”

Best wishes Andy!

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Video: Gabourey Sidibe’s potential red carpet threesome with Gerard Butler and Billy Bush

I’m leaving for Palm Springs in a little while to spend some time in the desert watching the tennis tournament that is about to begin there where the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick will be competing.

But first, I’ve been catching up on some of the Oscar wrap-up shows like Access Hollywood and this moment really jumped out. I do think nominee Gabourey Sidibe is really a gay man because when she saw Gerard Butler on the red carpet she said to Billy Bush: “I’d hit that.”

Of course Billy had to let Gerard know that and the sexy star suggested that Billy would “hit that” too! Then talk of a threesome and Gabby suggesting getting some champagne to see where the night took them!

Gerard then suggests getting a room! Very fun stuff!