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Darryl Stephens and Jensen Atwood among guests slated for this weekend’s GLAAD “Top Chef” event,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,noah.jpgAm really looking forward to attending GLAAD’s Chef Invasion event in Hancock Park on Sunday.

Chef Paul McCullough (Next Food Network Star) celebrates the 13th year of bringing supporters together for a mid-summer afternoon with fabulous fare from celebrity and Los Angeles chefs and restaurants. The 2010 event features a Chef Challenge with Elizabeth Falkner and Mark Peel from Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, celebrity judges including Gretchen Rossi, tasting stations from LA restaurants, and a food & wine-themed auction.

Chef Susan Feniger, executive chef/owner of Street in Los Angeles (and one-half of the Hot Tamales team!) will serve as host. Also participating: chef Elizabeth Falkner, owner/partner of Citizen Cake in San Francisco and chef Mark Peel, executive chef/owner of The Tar-Pit in Los Angeles and The Point in Culver City.

To make things really sexy, Darryl Stephens and Jensen Atwood (pictured) of the Noah’s Arc TV series and feature film will appear.

I went to this event last year and had a wonderful time. I’m told there are still some tickets available so it’s not too late!  Patron tickets are $150 and includes VIP admission ticket with judging entry for Chef Challenge. General Tickets are $100.

For more information:

Participating restaurants: Bastide, Cream by Crystal, Dominick’s/Little Dom’s, The Foundry on Melrose, Paul’s Kitchen, POM Wonderful, Barefoot Wine and Zico Pure Coconut Water.

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Julianne Hough: “I thought Ryan Seacrest was gay”’m not sure why this coupling reminds me of Jake and Vienna from The Bachelor but it does.

So singer-dancer Julianne Hough of Dancing With the Stars fame is dating American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.

No one is more surprised than she is it seems.

TMZ reports Julianne as admitting to friends at a dinner in North Carolina: “He was after me since I was 18 … he totally wasn’t my type … I thought he was gay. … After a few years, he was persistent … so I went out with him on a date and I realized how much I liked him.”

Well, isn’t that special?

I wish these crazy kids all kinds of luck!

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Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black goes from Harvey Milk screenplay to one about the “Barefoot Bandit” pal Ted Johnson has this scoop in Daily Variety: Dustin Lance Black has been set to pen the screenplay for 20th Century Fox’s film about infamous 18-year-old outlaw Colton Harris-Moore, a.k.a. the Barefoot Bandit.

The bandit was arrested on July 11 after evading capture for years during which he committed scores of crimes, mostly in the Pacific Northwest and Canada, including allegedly stealing at least five small aircraft, a boat and two cars, as well as burglarizing at least 100 private residences.

“It’s clear that there’s a reason the country has become so enamored with this story, and that is worthy of investigation,” Black told Variety. “Like any great outlaw story, it speaks to the social and political mood of a generation.”

David Gordon Green is in final talks to direct the film based on a book proposal, “Taking Flight: The Hunt for a Young Outlaw,” by Bob Friel who profiled Harris-Moore in the January edition of adventure magazine Outside.

Since winning the original screenplay Academy Award for Milk last year, Black wrote and directed the upcoming film What’s Wrong with Virginia? and recently wrote the screenplay for 3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man.


Brad Rowe joins ABC’s “General Hospital”

We first fell in love with Brad Rowe when he starred opposite Sean Hayes in Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss then again a few years ago when he starred in one of the better gay love stories ever done: Shelter.

On August 13, Brad checks into the ABC soap General Hospital the role of Murphy Sinclair, an internationally famous movie star who is involved with supermodel Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo).

In his younger years, Brad was sometimes confused with a real international movie star named Brad whose last name is Pitt!

“It’s definitely been something that’s referenced a lot,” Brad told me back in 2008 while promoting Shelter. “I wouldn’t venture to guess whether it’s hurt or hindered me. It’s been something people have latched onto but I think it’s waned as I’ve gotten a little older. Physically, I have changed and he has changed. But anytime people have a little hook to think about, it can never be a bad thing.”

In between Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss and Shelter, Brad starred in the short-lived TV series Wasteland and Leap of Faith and has done scores of episodic guest spots on such shows as The Mentalist, The Closer, CSI, Ghost Whisperer, Cold Case, How I Met Your Mother, Criminal Minds, CSI: Miami, 1-800-Missing and NewsRadio.

Brad has also had roles in the films National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Lucky 7, Four Corners of Suburbia, Fish Without a Bicycle and Love for Rent.

Married to Lisa Fiori since 1999, Brad got a bit of a late start in Hollywood because he had an earlier career as a finance manager for political campaigns in Washington, D.C. He’s made up for lost time though and it will be fun to see him on General Hospital!


Say goodbye to Luke and Noah and Reid and say hello to much more of JULIE CHEN? what will CBS replace As the World Turns with when it goes off the air in September?

With a View-like talk show headed by Julie Chen!

Why does everything have to star Julie Chen?

The Big Brother host and CBS Early Show co-host (and wife of CBS head honcho Les Moonves) will be joined on the weekday chatfest by Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini and Marissa Jaret Winokur.

What do they all have in common?

They are all mothers!

According to a CBS press release, “The co-hosts — moms with children ranging in age from infant to adult — will swap stories, challenge each other on issues and engage the studio audience and viewers at home about events in the headlines and their own homes through the lens of motherhood. Show segments will include guest interviews with entertainers and newsmakers, live remotes from the field and personal home footage shot by the co-hosts themselves.”

Hey, as long as they don’t add the insufferable Elisabeth Hasselbeck to the crowd, I wish them all the luck in the world.


“Designing Women” Thursday: Delta Burke’s weight gain was comedy gold for Suzanne Sugarbaker Delta Burke is one of the most beautiful women to ever grace a television screen, much was made of when she started packing on pounds during seasons two and three of Designing Women.

While the weight gain signaled trouble in the actress’s personal life, it was comedy gold for her character of Suzanne Sugarbaker, the self-absorbed beauty queen who simply got funnier and funnier as time went on.

By season four, Suzanne’s weight was written into several episode including the classic episode – They Shoot Fat Women, Don’t They - in which she attends her high school reunion and has to face judgment from classmates who remember a far more svelt Suzanne. The first clip is from that landmark episode which earned Miss Burke the first of her two Emmy nominations for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series.

Thursday Morning Man: Gerald McCullouch!’s Morning Man is, quite simply, the sexiest man alive.

At least that was my feeling after discovering Gerald McCullouch in the terrific gay comedy BearCity which was a big hit at Outfest and has a special screening in Long Beach tonight.

Gerald plays the sexy and single Roger in BearCity who surprises himself and everyone else in his crowd when he falls in love with a young 20-something “twink” in this movie set in the gay “bear” scene in New York City.

I would have already been familiar with Gerald had I ever watched CSI: Crime Scene Investigation because he has the recurring role of Bobby Dawson on the long-running CBS show.

The actor has been doing guest spots and multi-episode arcs on various television series for 20 years now with credits that include the original Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place, In the Heat of the Night, NCIS, 7th Heaven, Chicago Hope and episodes of both Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Gerald, who is 43 and openly gay (hooray!) was the writer-director-star of the award-winning short film The Moment After, also has many stage credits including playing Jesus in the European tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Last year, the actor was attacked in a subway while traveling in New York. A man tried to grab his laptop so Gerald, a trained boxer, flattened him. But then the man produced a knife. According to new reports, Gerald was able to hit him several more times and avoid injury.


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Is publicist Howard Bragman developing coming out TV show? THAT would be must-see TV!

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That’s the word from Deadline Hollywood which reports that Howard Bragman is developing a TV show tentatively titled Coming Out.

The man best known for helping such stars as Meredith Baxter, Chely Wright and former NBA player John Amaechi come out publicly is reportedly working with  JUMA Entertainment and A&E on the project project which will feature multiple public figures coming out of the closet.

If this comes to pass, wouldn’t that be GREAT! People lining up to come out rather than hide in the shadows.

I saw Howard over the weekend at the Coming Out In Hollywood panel at Outfest and while he did not provide me with this scoop (dammit) but did drop a hint during the panel that if anyone knows a high-profile celebrity coming out of the closet he has a great TV opportunity.

I was so busy chasing Don Roos after the panel didn’t think to follow-up with Howard on that.

Here is more of what Howard said during the Outfest panel: “If there are superstar male actors who are in the closet and they are worth $100 million and they have this whole fake life, there’s just nothing sadder.”

Cheyenne Jackson: “[He's] has never been in the closet, credibly plays Tina Fey’s boyfriend on 30 Rock, nobody questions it. If you saw him in Xanadu, little girls didn’t go ‘Oh he;’s gay, he doesn’t turn me on.’ He turned everybody on. It was the shorts in Xanadu.”

Howard Bragman by you.On whether or not to come pout: “It’s your personal life versus the professional. I always find it ironic I’ll meet a 20-something attractive actor and he’s like, ‘Well, I could never come out because I’m the leading man type. It’s like you have a better chance of winning the California Lottery and in the end, you’re going to be much happier in your personal life if you come out. But you have to do what’s inside your soul.”

“The number of working actors that are out of the closet is pretty much something you can count on your hands and your ties. It’s still a miniscule number. It’s getting better every day. Since Meredith [Baxter] came out it;s been the biggest time for celebrities coming out in popular history between Meredith and Chely [Wright] and Sean [Hayes] and Ricky Martin. … But it’s just scratching the surface.”

Anyway, all of this got me thinking about all the wonderful famous people who have come out in recent years and whatever happens down the road, they deserve such credit for paving the way. They include: Chad Allen, T.R. Knight, Luke Macfarlane, Cynthia Nixon,  Jonathan Groff, Meredith Baxter, Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Urie, Anthony Rapp, Kd Lang, Amanda Bearse, Ricky Martin, Scott Evans, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sir Ian McKellen, Gavin Creel, John Barrowman, Chris Colfer, Sean Hayes, David Hyde Pierce, Cheyenne Jackson, Robert Gant, Wilson Cruz, Peter Paige, Harvey Fierstein, Randy Harrison, Leslie Jordan, Martina Navratilova, Darryl Stephens, Portia de Rossi, Jane Lynch, Nick Adams,  Mario Cantone, Sam Harris, Bryan Batt, Doug Spearman, Sarah Paulson, Thom Bierdz,  Gerald McCullough, Rosie O’Donnell, John Waters, Jason Stuart, Bruce Vilanch, Matthew Montgomery, Stephen Guarino, Tab Hunter, Steve Callahan, Charlie David, Mitchell Anderson, Ellen DeGeneres, Lance Bass, Phillip Keene, David Pevsner, John Partridge, Richard Chamberlain, Dan Butler, Alan Cumming, Jim J. Bullock, David Burtka, Greg Louganis, Rupert Everett, Bill Brochtrup, Malcolm Gets, Jonathan Slavin, Nate Berkis, Cherry Jones, and Adam Lambert.

I look forward to adding to this list!


Nick Adams cast as a lead in Broadway bound production of musical “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” excited for Nick Adams.

The muscular openly gay actor who came to fame as Mario Lopez’s co-star in A Chorus Line of Broadway a few years back will be  headlining on Broadway in the role of Felicia/Adam in Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

The musical will make its North American debut for a 12 week run in Ontario beginning October 12, with plans for a spring 2011 Broadway transfer. Adams will join previously announced stars Will Swenson as Tick and Tony Sheldon as Bernadette in the leading roles.

The show was written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott and had its world premiere in Australia in 2006.

Nick, 27, is currently on Broadway in the Tony winning revival of La Cage aux Folles as Cagelle Angelique and has also appeared in Broadway productions of Guys and Dolls and The Pirate Queen.

His last day in La Cage is August 8. Rehearsals are currently being held to find his replacement.

It was during the run of A Chorus Line that Nick came to fame because when Mario Lopez joined the show as the star, Nick was forced to cover up his very buff body in order to not upstage Mario’s buffness. Nick was very diplomatic about the whole thing and his classiness earned him many more fans – including me!

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Leonardo DiCaprio on the cover of Rolling Stone

So many child stars not only have trouble transitioning to adult stardom, they have trouble transitioning to adulthood period.

Not Leonardo DiCaprio.

The kid who got his start on Growing Pains has always had the talent and as a teenager starred in such provocative movies as Total Eclipse, The Basketball Diaries, This Boys Life and an Oscar-nominated performance in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?

Superstardom came in 1997, when he was just 22, with the phenomenon that was The Titanic.

Instead of losing his way, DiCaprio became more choosy than ever about his projects and worked with top-flight directors such as Martin Scorsese (The Aviator, Gangs of New York, The Departed and Shutter Island), Steven Spielberg (Catch Me if You Can) and Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road). Leo was also nominated for an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in Blood Diamond directed by Edward Zwick.

His latest collaboration is with director Christopher Nolan in Inception which opened at number one at the box office last weekend. Taking in $62 million in its first three days, the film was the biggest opening of Leo’s career!

I met Leo at the Academy Awards nominees luncheon the year he was nominated for Blood Diamond. It was a surreal event for me because I was seated right next to Jennifer Hudson and Leo and Mark Wahlberg were at the next table.

Then about a year later, I made a late night stop at the Taco Bell near Beverly Center and Leo was there with two female friends. He was low-key and not drawing attention to himself but when a couple of employees asked him to pose for pictures with them, he happily obliged.

He’s someone who seems comfortable with his stardom but whose main priority is being an actor.

But this does not mean he does not have anxious moments: “[My stomach churns over] really stupid stuff,” DiCaprio reveals in the new Rolling Stone cover story. “Things that shouldn’t make you anxious whatsoever. It’s crazy how your mind will become this database to make you worry about things that are so arbitrary. I have a well-organized life, and I’ve put a lot of thought into the things that I do, and then, you know, my stomach will be…I’ll just be sitting there, totally anxious about something ridiculous.”

More excerpts:

On growing up:
“I was essentially a dwarf with the biggest mouth in the world. I would talk back to anyone and be up for any fight, and when you tell a kid that’s three years older than you to shove it, you’re going to get your ass beat…I was a real punk, there’s no question about it.”

On partying in the pre-TMZ age:
“I got to be wild and nuts, and I didn’t suffer as much as people do now, where they have to play it so safe that they ruin their credibility. I didn’t care what anyone thought…. It was also about avoiding the tornado of chaos, of potential downfall. It was, ‘Wow, how lucky are we to not have hung out with that crowd or done those things?’ My two main competitors in the beginning, the blond-haired kids I went to audition with, one hung himself and the other died of a heroin overdose… . I was never into drugs at all. There aren’t stories of me in a pool of my own vomit in a hotel room on the Hollywood Strip.”

On dating:
“I had better success meeting girls before Titanic. My interactions with them didn’t have all the stigma behind it, not to mention there wasn’t a perception of her talking to me for only one reason.”

On dealing with his Titanic fame:
“It was like there was a separate entity out there,” he says. “Not to use a James Cameron reference, but it was like being in a little bit of an avatar.” He cringes. “That’s going to sound extremely self- indulgent. It’s going to sound like, ‘Oh, I was a frickin’ avatar,’ give me a break, I’m already vomiting.”


Rafael Nadal: Shirtless in Spain!

After winning Wimbledon, the French Open and regaining the number one ranking in men’s tennis in recent months, Rafael Nadal certainly deserves a day at the beach.

The 24-year-old superstar was also quite emotional over Spain’s recent World Cup victory.

It seems he has forgotten how to lose!

If Nadal can add the US Open for the first time in September, he will join Andre Agassi as the only male player in tennis history to have won each of the sports four grand slam championship as well as the Olympic Gold Medal in singles. The only female player to do so is Steffi Graf.

To see many more pics of Rafa relaxing on the beach in Spain, go to

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Van Hansis reflects on the Luke-Reid storyline and end of “As the World Turns” at fan event

We’ve been savoring every moment of the Luke Snyder – Reid Oliver storyline on As the World Turns which leaps off the screen because of the skill and chemistry between actors Van Hansis and Eric Sheffer Stevens.

The show comes to an end in September and I know I’m eager to see the Reid-Luke story play out but have been so disappointed at how the writers (or producers or network etc) has slowed things down to a snail’s pace and allowed us to see these two exciting characters once a week at the most.

And after sharing the most passionate male kisses in daytime history, they are now back to being chaste like Luke and Noah before them.

Good grief. Grow up people!

Hansis and Jake Silbermann (Noah) met with fans at an event in Paris recently where they posed for photos and answered questions for their international audience. (’s Gays of Our Lives column has a full report).

“There have been other people who have tried to come between Luke and Noah and people didn’t seem to care,” Hansis said of the Luke-Reid romance. “Now people care. I think it’s because it’s a real viable option. It’s a great story and will continue to be until the middle of September. … One of the sad things about the show being canceled is that the story would have kept going and going and going and it would have been a really cool thing to see what Eric does with all that stuff and what we would have done with it.”

Hansis gave insight regarding the last day of filming: “The last day was sad. It was nice though. A majority of the cast was on set that day. Whenever someone was done with their scenes because the last day has a lot of people in it, the producer would come out and give a round of applause and the crew would give a round of applause for the actors. It was sad, but it was nice.”,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,nuke2.jpg


“Will & Grace” Wednesday: Karen teaches Jack how to “start shakin’ that money maker!”

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Karen Walker was pretty hilarious during the entire eight year run of Will & Grace.

But the character did become very cartoon-like as the years went on to the point where she no longer seemed human! And still, she was a riot.

This scene is, I believe, from season one when Karen (Megan Mullally) was still rooted in some kind of reality.

Jack (Sean Hayes) drops by the office where Karen “works” with Grace and gets a few dancing tips. Then things take a very strange turn.


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Wednesday Morning Man: Andy Schleck! don’t know about you, but I’ve been pretty appalled by all of the accusations about performance enhancing drugs flying back and forth between Greg Lemond and Lance Armstrong – the last two American guys to win the Tour de France.

So let’s focus on the guy from Luxembourg who happens to be one of the leaders in this year’s race and who also happens to be completely adorable: Andy Schleck!

Andy finished last year’s Tour in second place, ahead of Armstrong and behind Alberto Contador. He and Condator are currently the leaders while Armstrong has fallen too far behind to be in the running.

Andy is 25 years old and from a family of professional cyclists. His father Johny twice finished in the top 20 in the Tour de France and older brother Frank competes professionally and shared the national championship with his brother. In his teenage years Andy’s parents sometimes decided not to go on vacation so they could buy bikes for their sons.

Last year, Andy was named sportsman of the year and man of the year in his home country Luxembourg.

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Constance McMillen to get $35,000 from Mississippi school district that prevented her from going to prom

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Constance McMillan – the brave lesbian teen from rural Mississippi who took on her school when she was not allowed to bring her girlfriend to the prom, will receive $35,000 as part of a settlement of a discrimination lawsuit.

The Itawamba County School District also agreed to follow a nondiscrimination policy as part of the settlement.

“I knew it was a good cause, but sometimes it really got to me. I knew it would change things for others in the future and I kept going and I kept pushing,” Constance said in an interview with NPR earlier today.

Constance, now 18, saw world turned upside down because of her fight to take her girlfriend to her prom. She prevailed in a legal battle but her  school decided to cancel the prom for everyone rather than have a lesbian couple on the dance floor. Then parents threw a private prom and did not include Constance.

Such a disgrace!

But Constance has become a bonafide LGBT activist and hero through it all appearing on the talk shows of both Ellen DeGeneres and Wanda Sykes, getting an ovation at the GLAAD Media Awards in LA where she introduced honoree Sykes. She was also honored last month by LifeWorks Mentoring and was among the LGBT activist invited to a White House reception last month.

“All the good attention is great, it’s really surreal,” Constance told me at the GLAAD Awards. “It’s hard to imagine that something like this would go this far. It’s really overwhelming and it’s hard to even believe because it’s so amazing.”

“My hometown is horrible – the [lack of] support that they’ve shown is horrible,” she added. “But from across the world, it’s absolutely amazing how much support I’ve had. That’s really what keeps me going.”

Related Posts: Greg In Hollywood Chats With Constance McMillen*** Constance McMillen is going to The White House *** Teens Constance McMillen and Derrick Martin honored by Lifeworks at Life Out Loud Benefit

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Lindsay Lohan has been booked into jail; Here is the troubled “Mean Girls” star’s latest mug shot


You can’t help but hope that Lindsay Lohan going to jail will be the first step in this troubled kid getting her life together.

The star of Mean Girls, Freaky Friday and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen was taken into custody earlier today and had this new mug shot snapped at Lynwood Correctional Facility shortly after arriving at the jail.

Lindsay is expected to serve about a quarter of a 90-day sentence at the women’s jail in isolation. Back in 2007, she spent 84 minutes there.

Before she was taken to the jail, Lindsay attended a brief court hearing in Beverly Hills. She arrived in court accompanied by her mother Dina and younger sister Ali. Her estranged father, Michael, was also in court and was reported to have shouted out words of encouragement as his daughter was led away in handcuffs.

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Reflections from Jonathan Slavin and Doug Spearman on being openly gay actors in Hollywood

Jonathan Slavin by you.I’m so glad that Jonathan Slavin was part of the Coming Out In Hollywood panel last weekend at Outfest.

He didn’t go along with the conventional wisdom that being openly gay is a career killer for an actor who wants to play romantic leads in movies and challenged people to turn this on its head: “At a certain point, you have to just cast (gay actors) and grab the reins and move forward and see what happens. It is about taking risks and taking risks and not waiting until it’s safe. We’re accommodating a narrow-minded mentality.”

Gay executives, gay directors and gay casting people are among those accommodating that mentality and making it true. Good for Jonathan for calling them out on it and for challenging them to do better!

The actor is best known for his portrayal of neurotic Byron Togler on the Fox network’s sitcom Andy Richter Controls the Universe and most recently played scientist Phil Myman on the now-canceled ABC comedy Better Off Ted.

I was very moved by Jonathan’s story about why he feels it’s so important for him and other gay actors to be out:

“I grew up in a very small, very conservative town in Pennsylvania … I so didn’t want to be gay and I thought I was the only person … I thought for sure that I would never, ever tell anyone that I was gay because if anybody found out about me, it would be the end of the world.”

“I read an article in People Magazine that I had snuck out of my mom’s room – because little boys didn’t read People – and Terry Sweeney was on Saturday Night Live and had done an article where he talked about his husband and the feeling that I had reading that article [was] that maybe I’m not the only one, maybe there’s a world beyond this, I can’t even put words to it. So if I happened to get a job on television and somebody asked me a question, I wanted to make sure that if some little gay kid … picks up that magazine and feels like they’re the only person, that I can take a piece of that away.”

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Actor Doug Spearman, best known for his role of professor Chance Counter on the Noah’sArc TV series and feature film, was also on the panel and shared with the audience the moment he knew that he could never be in the closet:

“I was living in LA in the early 90s and was walking through Ralph’s on Wilshire Boulevard and The National Enquirer had a picture of Chad Allen in a hot tub,” remembered Spearman (pictured with Meredith Baxter at Outfest).  “He was on Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman at the time and was like 17 or 18 years old. It was this big nasty headline because someone had gone to a party and sold this picture of him kissing his boyfriend in a hot tub. I remember I looked at this picture and I thought: “That’s never going to happen to me. I’m never going to let someone take that kind of control of my life.”

Slavin recalls a slight regression on his part during his first season 0n Andy Richter. He was advised to not be as open about his private life (he’s been in a relationship for 16 years) and said he’d never been so uncomfortable in his life.

So it’s been 100 percent out and proud ever since and he is in the perfect position to assess exactly where things stand as far as openly gay actors getting cast in television and movies: “People do say, ‘You were great but we didn’t see casting a gay guy for this role.’ It’s just thrown around; it’s sort of the last thing that people can throw at you. Sitting here at a gay film festival, I do find it interesting that in other communities, when black people write a black film about a black experience, they automatically create jobs for black actors.

But the same is not true in our community; we write gay films and cast straight people to portray us. I think that our own internalized homophobia, this cult of masculinity that many people in our community worship, we want to see ourselves portrayed by dreamy, hot straight people and that’s not always the most accurate representation. I do think politically that it’s an odd issue.”

Related posts: Openly gay director Don Roos still working out his feelings about gay actors in straight lead roles and vice-versa *** Meredith Baxter on coming out: “I had a couple of very uncomfortable days … and after that, it has been fine.”

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Why tennis stud Andy Roddick shaved his head: “I must have been having a Britney Spears moment.”

Andy Roddick has always been a great wit and his sense of humor was again on display at a tournament in Atlanta this week when he explained his shaved head to the media: “The haircut was my idea. I must have been having a Britney Spears moment.”

The pop star, of course, famously shaved her head during a very public meltdown a few years ago.


Andy is recovering from an unexpected fourth-round loss at Wimbledon where he was trying to win the title for the first time after three runner-up finishes.

Andy is now turning his attention to next month’s US Open where he was champion back in 2003. He is playing in the Atlanta tournament to regain the terrific form he had earlier in the season when he amassed a 26-4 hardcourt record.

Atlanta is where Roddick won his very first career title. The year was 2001 and was the last time the tournament was played in that city before this year.

Joked Andy: “I guess that makes me the defending champion.”


Brad and Angelina are the picture of happiness

You gotta wonder if the editors of the supermarket tabloids that cook up stupid stories about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie feel any remorse.

The headlines for years now have this movie star couple breaking up and all the rest (and they still manage to drag poor Jennifer Aniston into it much of the time).

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt

Maybe the real story just isn’t interesting enough: This pair are the proud parents of six children, they try and use their fame for good causes both domestically and internationally and they focus on each one making one good movie per year.

Angelina is the star of the new action flick Salt and last night the film had a big, splashy at Hollywood’s Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Also in attendance were Angelina’s brother, James Haven, and their formerly estranged father Jon Voight.

I’ll tell you why I’ve always had a lot of respect for Angelina: About six years ago at the very same theater, the premiere of Alexander was held. It was a terrible movie directed by Oliver Stone and also starred Colin Farrell, Jared Leto and Val Kilmer. Everyone knew it was bad and after sitting through this three hour disaster, we could not wait to get to the after-party at the Roosevelt Hotel across the street.

Stone, Farrell and others briefly appeared by soon were gone but Angelina stayed and shook every hand, posed for every picture and was the epitome of a movie star.

I never forgot her professionalism that night and thought it said everything about her.

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Howard Bragman comments on the ugly Melissa Etheridge-Tammy Lynn Michaels split break-up between singer Melissa Etheridge and actress Tammy Lynn Michaels has been stunning in its bitterness and in the online airing of dirty laundry by Tammy who claims she has been left broke.

When I saw publicist Howard Bragman at the Outfest panel Coming Out In Hollywood over the weekend, I wondered what he thought of the split from a public relations standpoint. Etheridge had initially released a tidy statement but Michaels – who gave birth to the couple’s two children – has since been posting items on her blog claiming she has no money and is seeking full custody of the children.

“We used to call it crisis control, now it’s crisis management,” Bragman said of the flow of online bombshells. “In the old days, you’d try and shut it down. In the world we live in now, the lava’s gonna flow and what you want to do is have it flow harmlessly into the ocean as opposed to take out the village.”

“I’ve handled lots of celebrity divorces,” he added. “Divorces are always good people at about the worst time. I don’t believe everything I hear, I try and be as totally empathetic as I can be because, like everybody else, I’ve been in one of two bad relationships in my life. I hope they can get beyond this and develop some kind of friendship because I think they’re both good people.”

Etheridge has been painted as the villain in this split by her ex but Bragman thinks the Grammy and Oscar-winning singer and songwriter will emerge intact: “I think Melissa is an icon, a leader. I think she’s a wonderful person and I call her a friend. I think she will get beyond this. I think if you are Melissa Etheridge and people are saying these things about you, it probably hurts.”

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