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Videos: Ricky Martin through the years Martin joined such icons as Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John and Rosie O’Donnell as one of the most famous openly gay people in the world today.

At 39, he’s got plenty of time to record and tour and bask in being a star – only this time completely on his terms.

Here are some video memories of Ricky in the public eye in the years leading up to today’s disclosure:

On The Rosie O’Donnell Show in the 1990s

Performing She Bangs in 2000 at the MTV Europe Music Awards (above) and Livin’ La Vida Loca at the same event (below)

Ricky guested on Jimmy Kimmel in 2006

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More on Ricky Martin livin’ la vida open

Openly gay ... Ricky Martin.

The news of Ricky Martin’s coming out has spread like wildfire and I must say, it just makes my day.

An hour before he made the announcement on, the singer posted this on his Twitter page: Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. M.L.K. Jr.

It was a decade ago that Martin – at the peak of his Livin’ la Vida Loca fame – was asked  by ABC’s Barbara Walters about his sexuality and he declined to confirm or deny rumors about him being gay. Walters recently said that one of her biggest regrets about any of her celebrity interview specials was when she put Martin on the spot that way.

Now 39 and the father of twin boys, the Puerto Rican native decided that now was finally the right time.

Ricky joins a growing a growing list of celebs who have come out publicly in the past eight months alone. They include: Sean Hayes, Meredith Baxter, Clay Aiken, Michael Urie, Adam Lambert, Scott Evans, Nick Rodriguez, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Chris Colfer.

Jarrett Barrios, President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) had this to say about it: “When someone like Ricky Martin comes out, hundreds of millions of people now have a cultural connection with an artist, a celebrity and, perhaps most importantly, a father who happens to be gay. His decision to model this kind of openness and honesty can lead to greater acceptance for countless gay people in U.S., in Latin America and worldwide.”

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Ricky Martin is now publicly gay: “The word happiness takes on a new meaning for me as of today.”’s not a surprise, of course, but it’s still such a wonderful thing.

Ricky Martin has announced on his Web site that he is a gay man and details some of the process he went through to get to the point where he finally felt comfortable enough to share this with the world.

I feel so happy for him that he’s gotten to this place and that he is publicly acknowledging his sexuality on his own terms. I think he’ll find himself even more embraced by fans gay and straight in a way he never could have been before.

Here is his statement in its entirety:

A few months ago I decided to write my memoirs, a project I knew was going to bring me closer to an amazing turning point in my life. From the moment I wrote the first phrase I was sure the book was the tool that was going to help me free myself from things I was carrying within me for a long time. Things that were too heavy for me to keep inside. Writing this account of my life, I got very close to my truth. And thisis something worth celebrating. many years, there has been only one place where I am in touch with my emotions fearlessly and that’s the stage. Being on stage fills my soul in many ways, almost completely. It’s my vice. The music, the lights and the roar of the audience are elements that make me feel capable of anything. This rush of adrenaline is incredibly addictive. I don’t ever want to stop feeling these emotions. But it is serenity that brings me to where I’m at right now. An amazing emotional place of comprehension, reflection and enlightenment. At this moment I’m feeling the same freedom I usually feel only on stage, without a doubt, I need to share.

Many people told me: “Ricky it’s not important”, “it’s not worth it”, “all the years you’ve worked and everything you’ve built will collapse”, “many people in the world are not ready to accept your truth, your reality, your nature”. Because all this advice came from people who I love dearly, I decided to move on with my life not sharing with the world my entire truth. Allowing myself to be seduced by fear and insecurity became a self-fulfilling prophecy of sabotage. Today I take full responsibility for my decisions and my actions. someone asked me today, “Ricky, what are you afraid of?” I would answer “the blood that runs through the streets of countries at war…child slavery, terrorism…the cynicism of some people in positions of power, the misinterpretation of faith.” But fear of my truth? Not at all! On the contrary, It fills me with strength and courage. This is just what I need especially now that I am the father of two beautiful boys that are so full of light and who with their outlook teach me new things every day. To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids where born with. Enough is enough. This has to change. This was not supposed to happen 5 or 10 years ago, it is supposed to happen now. Today is my day, this is my time, and this is my moment.

These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn’t even know existed.

What will happen from now on? It doesn’t matter. I can only focus on what’s happening to me in this moment. The word “happiness” takes on a new meaning for me as of today. It has been a very intense process. Every word that I write in this letter is born out of love, acceptance, detachment and real contentment. Writing this is a solid step towards my inner peace and vital part of my evolution.

I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.


Daytime Soap Clip: Luke and Dr. Oliver get stuck in an elevator together on “As the World Turns”

I’m loving the growing rapport between Luke and Dr. Oliver – it’s got great energy and excitement to it. Them working together on the new neurology wing is the perfect way for them to have to spend time together and interact.

While on the way to a meeting, the elevator gets stuck with just the two of them in it. I was hoping they’d start making out but not a chance because Reid was having a bit of a panic attack – he’s claustrophobic! Luke at first is totally amused and teases the doc who remarks: “This will make great water cooler talk: evil neurosurgeon cracks up in confined spaces.”

Luke gets him to calm down by thinking of a safe place. Reid thinks of the brain and all the things it is responsible for creating. He mentions chocolate and Godfather and Godfather II (“I’m not so sure about [Godfather] III,” Reid says.

Here is the elevator scene plus Luke bumping into Noah at the hospital but that was too boring to even write about. Give us more Luke and Reid!

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Adam Lambert set to perform at GLAAD Awards in LA; Constance McMillen to present to Wanda Sykes

As if I wasn’t already excited enough about next month’s GLAAD Media Awards next month in LA, it’s just been announced that Adam Lambert will be performing.

Bring it on!

“GLAAD has advocated for out music artists, including myself, and I am proud to be part of the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards this year,” Adam said in a statement.  “GLAAD’s work to share stories that grow acceptance and understanding about the gay and transgender community is so important in our culture today.”

Lambert’s debut album, For Your Entertainment, debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and has since been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. He is nominated this year for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Artist.

Constance McMillen, an 18-year-old senior at Itawamba County ...What’s also really cool is that Constance McMillen, the Mississippi teenager whose high school canceled the prom rather than allow Constance and her girlfriend to attend, will present the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Wanda Sykes at the April 17 show.

During an appearance on The Wanda Sykes Show, Sykes asked McMillen to present the award to her.

With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, McMillen filed suit against her school, asking them to reinstate the prom for everyone, without discrimination. This week, a federal judge in Mississippi ruled that while he wouldn’t force the school to hold a prom but agreed that McMillen’s First Amendment rights had been violated.

The GLAAD Media Awards elevate and promote fair, accurate and inclusive stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, people and allies that have increased awareness, understanding and respect for the lives of LGBT people. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD’s work to amplify stories of LGBT people and issues that build support for equality.

GLAAD previously announced that Golden Globe®-winning actress Drew Barrymore will be honored with the Vanguard Award at the Los Angeles ceremony. Past recipients of the Vanguard Award include Charlize Theron, Antonio Banderas, Janet Jackson, Sharon Stone, Elizabeth Taylor, Eric McCormack, Liza Minnelli, Kathy Griffin and Whoopi Goldberg.

Candis Cayne and Wilson Cruz will host the event. Other guests and presenters scheduled to attend include cast members from Glee, Tom Ford (A Single Man), Eric Dane (Valentine’s Day, Grey’s Anatomy), Jason Lewis (Sex & the City), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Chaz Bono, Benjamin Bratt (La Mission), RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Bryan Batt (Mad Men), Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Elizabeth Keener, Clementine Ford (The L Word) and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps (Real Housewives of New York City).  More names to be announced. For more information:


Mary Tyler Moore Monday: Lou Grant to Mary: “You know, you’ve got spunk … I hate spunk!” is from the very first episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and it shows how groundbreaking the show was back in 1970.

Mary Richards is 30, single, and has just arrived in Minneapolis to start a new chapter in her life after a broken engagement.

She arrives at the WJM newsroom for a job interview with news director Lou Grant (Ed Asner) and what follows is a classic scene.

I love when Mary asks for a Brandy Alexander when Lou offers her a drink.

But the best part is when Mary balks at answering some of his personal questions about her religion and marital status.

Says Lou: “You know, you’ve got spunk.” Mary takes it as a compliment before Lou adds: “I hate spunk!”

BONUS MTM: I just love this scene where Ted keeps interrupting Mary while she’s on the air reading an editorial. Finally, our prim and proper Mary just loses her composure and it is hilarious.

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Excerpt: The public triumph and private torment of LA Times sportswriter Mike Penner/Christine Daniels


It was so very sad to hear of the death of LA Times sportswriter Mike Penner last fall. He had famously transitioned into a woman named Christine Daniels but for the last year of his life, he returned to being Mike.

Times writer Christopher Goffard has written an in-depth piece detailing Penner’s struggle. Here is a portion of it:

In late April 2007, Mike Penner published an article unlike any of the thousands he had written for the Los Angeles Times. It was brief, just 823 words, and placed without fanfare on the second page of the Sports section that had been his home for 23 years.

Under the headline “Old Mike, new Christine,” Penner explained that he would soon assume a female identity and byline, a decision that followed “a million tears and hundreds of hours of soul-wrenching therapy.”

It was “heartache and unbearable discomfort” to remain a man, he explained. Being a woman promised “joy and fulfillment.” The article ended on a hopeful note: “This could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship.” was quiet, circumspect Mike Penner, replaced by ebullient, outgoing — and instantly famous — Christine Daniels. Celebrity meant a megaphone, and Daniels vowed to use it as an advocate. She told her story at transsexual conferences across the country, becoming a symbol of courage to a transgender community inspired by the most visible coming-out in decades.

A year after the essay, the Daniels byline vanished from the newspaper, and within months Penner was back at work, living as a man and writing under his male name. Once so voluble about the reasons for becoming Christine, Penner was silent about the reasons for abandoning the identity.

This time, there was no essay, no explanation. But friends saw a person in torment. Last November, in the parking garage of the apartment complex where he lived alone, Penner killed himself. He was 52.

As the year wore on, Daniels grew estranged from the Los Angeles transsexual community, complaining that she had become a fundraising tool. At one gathering, she spoke of how supportive the Los Angeles Times had been, only to be confronted by someone who insisted that this didn’t reflect the experience of most transsexuals.

In October 2007, Daniels showed up at a Los Angeles studio to pose for photographs to accompany a profile in Vanity Fair magazine. The photographer, Robert Maxwell, said Daniels wore simple, elegant dresses in what was intended as a “conservative, classy-type look.” said he sensed Daniels’ brittleness and tried to deal with her sensitively. On seeing the photos, she dissolved into tears, saying: “I’m ugly.”

“I told her, ‘No, you’re beautiful,’ ” Maxwell said. “I was trying to say all the right things. How do you tell someone who looks like a man, ‘You’re a beautiful woman’? I don’t know.” As he tried to console her, Maxwell recalled, she pushed him away. The photo shoot was “a total debacle, probably the worst experience of my transition,” Daniels wrote in an e-mail to a friend.

The photographer “apparently wanted to portray me as a man in a dress — my worst fear,” Daniels wrote. “I felt betrayed, totally abused, and very very vulnerable and exposed and alone in the world.”

The profile writer, Evan Wright, said that to write an honest article, he would have to observe that the sportswriter did not pass as a woman. “I thought, ‘Bottom line, she has a fantasy conception. She doesn’t accept who she is.’ ”

Wright said that after the photo shoot, he was so afraid Daniels would commit suicide that he asked his editor to cancel the story. It was never written.

The episode seemed to mark a turning point, a retreat. By year’s end, Daniels had cut off many of her transsexual friends.

Here is a LINK to the entire piece.

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“All My Children” wants to bring lesbian character of Bianca back but Eden Riegel will not be playing her has got to be frustrating for All My Children fans and especially fans of the character of Bianca Montgomery and the actress who played her, Eden Riegel.

The soap tells TV Guide mag that they plan to recast the lesbian heroine who married Reese (Tamara Braun) in a high-profile wedding that made soap history. But soon after, Bianca and Riegel were gone. Now the actress has been hired by CBS soap The Young and the Restless to play D.A. Heather Stevens. Her first episodes will air in mid-April.

“Bianca is so important we want her back on the canvass,” says an AMC rep. “We will spend time finding the right actress, then create a story.” an interview with TV Guide, Eden says of her new gig: “I’m excited to be at a place that’s really excited about me.”

Q. Meaning AMC wasn’t excited? When the show relocated to LA, where you now live, we just assumed you guys would work out a deal since it was so geographically convenient.
A. I understand the timing for this is a little odd, what with AMC moving here. And I do love that show! I grew up there and had an amazing experience but I’m an actress. I like playing different characters, especially somebody who’s a D.A. and sexy and conniving. I’m excited to look at those parts of myself and express them through this character. I couldn’t turn it down.

Q. Did AMC at least make an effort to get you back? Weren’t there conversations?
A. Oh, we’ve had endless conversations. I was actually speaking with them just six weeks ago and it kept not working out. And I was so very tempted by Y&R and the idea of a whole new experience.

Q. So no regrets about leaving Bianca behind?
A. I’ve played her for 10 years now and it really hurt me when I felt like I didn’t know my character anymore. I’m a really emotional person and maybe I care too much, you know? I let my emotions get the best of me. It was really difficult to feel like I was losing sight of who Bianca is. She was getting lost in the shuffle.

Q. But they fired the wacko head writer, Chuck Pratt, who did all that shuffling.
A. [Laughs] Yes, I understand they did. But there are just no guarantees. And at a certain point, it just worries me too much. It just really hurts. There is a lot of hurt. Y&R is a blank slate and a fresh start and there’s so much potential. I love my memories of Bianca, and I want to keep those intact. So that’s where I am. I’m really grateful AMC left the door open for me for so long. I guess I felt they weren’t as dedicated as they once were to seeing the character through. I hate to be so brutally honest about this. My fans have always been the greatest and incredibly supportive no matter what I do


One Life to Live preview: Oliver Fish finds out in today’s episode that he is the father of Sierra Rose

Father's Day for <i>One Life  to Live</i>'s FishI think I’m still in shock about Oliver Fish and Kyle Lewis being written out of One Life to Live.

It seems so wrong.

Their remaining episodes have already been shot so it’s just a matter of watching it play out. An ABC rep tells TV Guide Magazine that the last scheduled appearance for Kish is set for April 12. Viewers will see Kyle (Brett Claywell) one more time after that in a hospital scene airing April 16.

On today’s episode, Fish (Scott Evans) will find out he’s the father of baby Sierra Rose, via his boozy tryst with nutcase stripper Stacy Morasco (Crystal Hunt). Even though Stacy’s dead and Fish suspects he might be the kid’s only living parent, he’s been refusing to look at the DNA test to know for certain.

“There are a lot of angry fans saying, ‘Why doesn’t Fish just man up and be responsible?‘ But they’re missing the bigger picture,” Evans tells the mag. “This is a scary thing Fish isn’t ready for. He’s just out of the closet. He’s just started a new relationship. People take nine months to prepare to welcome a child into their lives. Fish isn’t mentally prepared to take this next step forward.” Adds the openly gay actor: “I can relate in a way. If I suddenly found out today that I was going to be a father, I don’t know what I’d do!”


Monday Morning Man: Damian Whitewood!

Professional dancer Damian Whitewood is new to ABC’s Dancing With the Stars and is paired up with blond bombshell Pamela Anderson.

I caught their first dance and it was far better than I expected with Pamela such flirty fun! They should last several rounds which is great because Damian is my favorite blond bombshell in this pairing!

Damian began dancing at the age of 10 and has been Australian Champion, WA State Champion and Australasian Champion in Ballroom and Latin American styles. He has also represented Australia in the Worlds Youth Latin in Germany, the Worlds Youth Ballroom in Russia and was a semi-finalist at the Blackpool International Championships in the UK.

In 2000, he stopped competing to become a cast member of the popular stage show Burn The Floor. He’s been touring with the production ever since. Career highlights along the way have been sharing the stage with the likes of James Brown, Shirley Bassey and Deep Purple in Monte Carlo.

He has appeared on Dancing With The Stars in Australia and America and So You Think You Can Dance in Australia and Holland.


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Anderson Cooper dons a rubber suit, swims with the sharks for “60 Minutes” story

60-minutesI love when The Silver Fox has a story on 60 Minutes. Ah heck, I love pretty much anything Anderson Cooper does.
The CNN anchor and part-time 60 Minutes correspondent wrote about plunging into bloody water for a piece on great white sharks.
Below is video from the story. Anderson also wrote of the experience for The Daily Beast. Here is an excerpt:
It is an odd sensation, sitting with your legs dangling in bloody water, watching enormous great white sharks swim underneath you. It is an even odder sensation knowing that you are about to plunge your whole body into that water and swim with the sharks, who are searching for food. I kept thinking of that line in The Godfather, “Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.”

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Video: You must see “Glee” star Jane Lynch’s hilarious musical interview at the Dinah Shore Lynch’s TV alter-ego Sue Sylvester has not been given a chance to do a musical number on Glee – yet – but we get a fun preview of Jane’s singing abilities in this video from Dinah Shore weekend in Palm Springs.

The fabulous Jd Disalvatore just posted this from her TheSmokingCocktail blog on Facebook and I wanted to share it ASAP.


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Fashionable Rafael Nadal survives!

Spanish tennis heartthrob Rafael Nadal has been quite a vision in his new tennis fashions including this yellow neon number on Sunday. He barely survived a tough third-round match against David Nalbanian at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, FL. Rafa is trying to win his first tournament in 10 months but whatever happens, he will move up from fourth to third in the world as the season moves on to clay courts which is his best surface.


Showtime Sunday: A tribute to Betty Buckley you hear Betty Buckley sing, there is no mistaking it for anybody else.

This lady is one of a kind.

She had appeared on Broadway in Pippin and 1776 before gaining widespread fame as Abby Bradford on ABC’s Eight is Enough. When the show left the air in 1981, it was back to Broadway and the Tony-winning role of Grizabella in Cats.

Other shows followed including Song and Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Triumph of Love and as a smash replacement for Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard.

She’s recorded many albums and performs in concerts and shows around the world and has legions for fans – including me!

The New York Times described Miss Buckley as “at the very top of her game” during the four-week run of her show For the Love of Broadway at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency in February.

Here are some performances from throughout the years:

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Morning Man Classic: Steve McQueen!


sm1 MCQUEEN: Had he lived, Steve McQueen would have been 80 years old last week.

The ruggedly handsome star of The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, Papillon, The Sand Pebbles,  Bullitt, The Getaway, The Thomas Crown Affair and many other films died far too young.

McQueen was just 50 when he died in 1980 after developing several large abdominal tumors.

But he is well remembered and photos taken by LIFE photographer John Dominis in California were recently at the LIFE Magazine site.

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Bryan Singer will produce but not direct the latest “X-Men” movie director Bryan Singer is not returning to the X-Men franchise after all.

Singer has signed on to develop and direct X-Men: First Class but, according to Deadline, he has moved over to a producing role because of a scheduling conflict. He’s not available because Warner Bros and Legendary are locked into a summer production start on Jack the Giant Killer.

Twentieth Century Fox wants the movie ready for release in 2011 so filming would have to begin sooner rather than later.

Singer had directed the first two installments before famously jumping ship to make Superman Returns. His most recent film was Valkyrie starring Tom Cruise.

Reports Deadline’s Mike Fleming: Last December, Singer agreed to direct the First Class prequel after the studio sparked to his detailed treatment, with the  studio knowing full well Singer would likely make the other movie first. The willingness to wait changed when execs flipped for Moss’s script. He’s now honing the origin story that focuses on Xavier and Magneto and offers similar opportunities that JJ Abrams took advantage of to resuscitate Star Trek.


Saturday Morning Man: James Clement!,%20James%2009%20Small.jpgIt’s been a long time since I’ve been regular viewer of Survivor. But I do try to keep track of the progress of some of the contestants who I find yummy.

This season is a Heroes vs. Villains theme which has brought back past contestants. Among them are the studly James Clement who got injured and was eliminated this week. He talked to Entertainment Tonight about getting the boot.

ET: How are you doing? Can you talk about your injury?

James Clement: I pulled my ACL and my meniscus. I had to get surgery right after the show, but something didn’t heal right and I have to get surgery again.

ET: You did more yelling this time around than before. What were people doing that made you so angry?

James Clement: I really wasn’t angry. I have learned that I have tone issues. I come off as really aggressive, which I don’t mean to be. My girlfriend has been working on that with me for a while, because everyone once in a while I say something and I can tell from her look that I am freaking her out.

It was crazy how everybody thought I was being angry. I wasn’t being angry, I was just pleading with everybody to work as a team, a cohesive unit, which always seems to win over a bunch of renegades running around doing their own thing.

ET: What was it like when you watch it back and see yourself?

James Clement: It was pretty much what I thought it was going to be. I love it. It was a great edit. “Survivor” giveth and “Survivor” taketh away. They kick it the way they want to kick it. It is all about TV. They made it look mean. The only thing that bothered me is it hurt my mama. My mama is so upset that her baby looks mean on TV, she doesn’t know what to do. I am good with it. They made me look like a bully, and I am preaching about working as a team. I wasn’t saying to do anything because I said so, I was saying, “Let’s pick one voice and work together.”

ET: If they asked you to play “Survivor” again, would you do it?

James Clement: Without a doubt. Just the thought of me winning a million dollars makes me happy. It is good times; I have good dreams. Just the thought of playing the game makes me happy. I would love to play it again.
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Sex and the City Saturday: Nathan Lane guests as a surprising groom while Samantha throws melons! we meet Carrie’s friend Bobby (Nathan Lane) playing at a piano bar, he seems as gay as Liberace.

But in flounces a middle-aged socialite named Bitsy and we learn that she and Bobby are getting married – to each other. Carrie thinks it’s a joke and laughs in their face. It’s no joke.

Later, Samantha is using her ex-boyfriend’s Hamptons home to throw a party. When some uninvited guests show up – girls half her age who said Richard extended an open invitation for them to use the pool – things get heated and, well, some melons are involved before things come crashing down.


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Happy Birthday to Nicholas Rodriguez!

The terrifically talented Nicholas Rodriguez turns 33 years old today.

This openly gay star is currently starring in the role of the young, lovestruck Italian shop clerk Fabrizio in Arena Stage’s production of The Light in the Piazza.

Nicholas is a veteran of the stage but he gained all kinds of new fans during his time as Nick on ABC’s One Life to Live and also co-starred in the recent Web series Then We Got Help.

He’s accomplished so much already but it’s a safe bet that the best is yet to come!

Here are a few videos of his work:

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Andy Roddick, glistening