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Lunch Break Video: Some terrific “Glee” scenes featuring Kurt, Blaine and that you never saw

I love that Glee creator Ryan Murphy is on Twitter because he has been posting some scenes from the show that were left on the cutting room floor.

The first video is the ‘Box Scene,’ from Kurt and Blaine’s first Christmas together.

It was cut from the episode due to time constraints and is a real showcase for Darren Criss who comes off as the best boyfriend on Earth.

Kurt (Chris Colfer) is blue over being outbid on every item he wanted in the Elizabeth Taylor jewelry auction. Blaine cheers him up with a present in a small box – a ring box.

It’s not an engagement ring but instead a promise ring which signifies Blaine’s promise ‘to always love you, to defend you even when I know you’re wrong, to surprise you, to always pick up your phone call no matter what I’m doing to, to make you cookies, to kiss you whenever and wherever you want. But mostly, just to make you remember how perfectly imperfect you are.’

In the second clip, the couple is accompanied by fellow McKinley High glee club members in a visit to Blaine’s former school, Dalton Academy, to check out the competition.

The scene has the academy’s glee club, called The Warblers, performing the Jackson 5′s hit I Want You Back in a musical number cut from last season’s Michael Jackson episode.

Singing lead is bad boy Sebastian Smythe (played by Grant Gustin) who has romantic designs on Blaine which is clear in the way he sings the song directly to him. Blaine tries not to react as stands by looking as if he is going to explode.

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Days of Our Lives: Clip shows Sonny kissing Will when soap returns from Olympics hiatus next week

Days of Our Lives has been on hiatus since The Olympics began but Will Horton and company return to action next week.

And boy, lots of action indeed following a huge explosion that rocks the town.

But all we really care about is Will and Sonny – well mostly. In a brief moment shown here, Sonny kisses Will who doesn’t really seem to like it.

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Dustin Lance Black: A portrait by Louis Briel

Gifted artist Louis Briel got in touch this week to share with me a portrait he has painted of Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar winning screenwriter and LGBT activist.

Exclusively for Greg In Hollywood, Louis shares the details of how the painting came to be:

“Lance Black has been on my heroes list for a while.  I began talking to him on Facebook about a portrait back in 2011.  I wanted to capture the guy under that killer smile and the seemingly boundless energy for screenwriting, directing and advocacy for LGBT rights.
Lance is very modest and self-effacing about such things, but eventually agreed to meet me for photographs. Our plans for a session were repeatedly thrown off course by life events.  Lance’s beloved brother, Marcus, was fatally ill and needed Lance’s attention and care.
Finally, early in February 2012 we met to shoot photographs and subsequently had a number of additional close-ups as I painted.  Looking back, this was a really tough time for Lance, but he showed up to help with the painting, while circumstances promoted a vulnerability and gentle transparency that gave me access to just what I was looking for.
Lance still is a little embarrassed, I think, to have been painted, but when I was finished and the painting was signed, I could tell he liked it.  I think it tells the truth about a really courageous guy.”
To learn more about Louis, visit his website HERE.

Jeremy Glazer guests on three episodes of “The Young and the Restless” beginning today!

I’ve met actor  Jeremy Glazer a few times and want to spread the word that he begins a three-episode stint on the CBS soap The Young and the Restless.

His character (coincidentally also named “Jeremy”, a TV Producer) will be briefly introduced in his first episode today, but will have more play in the episodes scheduled to air this Friday, Aug. 17 and Friday, Aug. 24.

The show airs at 11:30PST/12:30EST.

Jeremy did a terrific guest spot during the last season of ABC’s Desperate Housewives and has also guest starred on such series as Castle, CSI:NY and How I Met Your Mother. His film credits include Letters from Iwo Jima, Save Me and Moonlight Serenade.


Tuesday Morning Man: Arthur Zanetti!

Until last night, I had never heard of Arthur Zanetti.

Now he’s all I can think about!

The sexy Brazilian upstaged defending Olympic champion Chen Yibing to win the still rings title in gymnastics on Monday, handing Chen only his second loss since 2006.

“I practiced my routine a lot, but the main thing was to prepare psychologically, which is what matters at the time. When you see that huge audience, you get nervous, but I managed well,” the 22 year old Zanetti said in an interview after the event.

Not a bad way to kick off the party for the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016!

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My chat w/out actor Guillermo Díaz of ABC’s “Scandal” who has kept busy with straight and gay roles

Guillermo Diaz is one of the busiest openly gay actor in Hollywood but he goes about his work without any of the attention that accompanies every career move of Neil Patrick Harris or Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

But that seems to suit this 37-year-old just fine as he takes on roles both gay and straight in television and film. He currently plays the role of Huck, an ex-CIA agent turned computer hacker, on the ABC series Scandal which will return for a second season this fall.

I chatted with Guillermo recently about how he has succeeded in making his sexuality a non-issue when it comes to getting jobs.

‘I don’t even think about it, I’m an actor,’ he says. ‘I’ve been out since I started acting and I’ve worked my whole life. I think people get too caught up in it. I don’t stress about it. If somebody doesn’t want to work with me because I’m gay, I don’t want to work with them either.’

To read the full story, head on over to Gay Star News.

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Celeb Tweets: Jesse Tyler on Elton vs. Madonna

Jesse Tyler Ferguson Jesse Tyler Ferguson ‏@jessetyler

I luv Madonna & Elton John so much. Reading about them bickering is making my gay heart cry: “Dear Santa, make Mommy & Daddy stop Fighting!”

Thomas Roberts Thomas Roberts ‏@ThomasARoberts

I gotta admit planning a wedding is some stressful work!! I need “Franck” :)

Cheyenne Jackson Cheyenne Jackson ‏@cheyennejackson

Just saw young homeless guy w/ a filthy face & the lightest green eyes I’ve ever seen. His sign just said, “Looking for kindness.”

Don Lemon Don Lemon ‏@DonLemonCNN

Can’t believe only 1 episode of @TheCloser_TNT left. Really gonna miss Brenda Leigh Johnson. Anyone else?

Alec Mapa Alec Mapa ‏@AlecMapa

@greglouganis it’s impossible to watch diving w/out thinking of you. Also, the camera keeps showing you.

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Lunch Break Video: Celebrating the 101st anniversary of Lucille Ball’s birth with her longest laugh – ever

It was 101 years ago today that the comic genius Lucille Désirée Ball was born.

She was only here on earth for 77 years but her legacy of laughter lives on through all those wonderful moments from I Love Lucy.

This is a scene from the Lucy Does the Tango during the show’s sixth season.

Ricky wants to rehearse the tango for the PTA show unaware that Lucy is hiding dozens of eggs underneath her coat.

The way he finds out resulted in the longest laugh in the show’s history.

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Elton John goes off on Madonna in interview, says her career is over: ‘It couldn’t happen to a bigger c**t’

I’m a big fan of Elton John’s music and am hugely appreciative of the work of his AIDS foundation.
But I am astonished at what a bitch he can be.
Oh yes, the bitch is back.
In an interview with Australia’s Channel 7 program Sunday Night, Elton goes off on Madonna in a way that is beyond over the top and makes him look a lot worse than however he is trying to characterize her:

“She is such a nightmare. I’m sorry. Her career is over. Her tour has been a disaster and it couldn’t happen to a bigger cunt.

If Madonna had any common sense she would have made a record like Ray Of Light and stayed away from the dance stuff and just been a great pop singer and make great pop records, which she does brilliantly. But no, she had to go and prove… she looks like a fucking fairground stripper.”

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Federer leaves Olympics proud of silver medal

Roger Federer was simply blown off the court by Andy Murray in the Olympic title match at Wimbledon yesterday.

But the 17-time grand slam champ still has some wonderful memories from Wimbledon this summer. In addition to winning his seventh singles crown there last month over Murray and reclaiming the number one ranking in men’s tennis, he assured himself of the silver medal at the Olympics by outlasting Juan Martin del Potro in an epic semifinal match that lasted 4 hours and 26 minutes.

Federer posted this photo on Facebook on Sunday and wrote: Leaving The Club. Had a great month at Wimbledon. Wimbledon trophy and a Silver medal. Thanks for everything. See you in SW19 in 2013!


A direct quote from Emmy winner Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch was host of the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr over the weekend and couldn’t resist taking a jab at a fast food chain that doesn’t think marriages like hers to Dr. Lara Embry should be allowed to happen.

Before introducing the evening’s honoree, The Emmy-winning Glee star took not of the female roasters on hand including Carrie Fisher, Katey Sagal and Ellen Barkin and said “This show is serving up more old spoiled hens than a Chick-Fil-A.”

Then she added: Oh, that reminds me… Fuck Chick-Fil-A. “

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Monda Morning Man: Bryshon Nellum!

Four years after he was shot in the legs three times, former USC sprinter Bryshon Nellum found himself running in the 400m semifinals at the London Olympics’

He was just one race away from competing for an Olympic medal.

Bryshom was the fastest American in the race at the London Olympics but he was a fraction of a second too slow to make the finals. His time fell just 0.03 seconds short.

“I want to take this time out to Thank every1who have showed me love & supported me thru out my journey 2 London,” Bryshon tweeted after the semifinal. “Still not done 4×4 up next!”

Still, just by making the Olympic team, Bryshon accomplished a great deal and fulfilled one of his biggest goals.

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Venus and Serena Williams win doubles gold!

One of the reasons why tennis at the Olympics has become such a big deal is because superstars like Venus Williams and Serena Williams have repeatedly shown how much winning Olympic gold means to them.

Less than 24 hours after Serena joined older sister Venus as a three-time gold medalist with a victory in the women’s singles the sisters became the first four-time gold medalists in tennis when they beat the Czech Republic duo Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 6-4 6-4.

Said Venus: ‘For us it’s so exciting winning the gold together. For me it was amazing to watch Serena from the stands and see her complete the golden slam. So it’s been amazing for us.

‘We’ve been winning this title since 2000, but it’s easier said than done. We come in as the favorites. But it’s not a given. We fought hard. Our opponents played well. They’re very talented. We’re glad to keep the medal for us. It was great.’

The sisters had previously won the gold medal in doubles in Sydney 2000 (Venus won the singles gold that year) and in Beijing in 2008.

Added Serena: “Crazy. I’m always copying her. I forgot that she did it in Sydney and I do it here. We’re the same doubles team, we just split this to singles, so it’s cool.”

While Serena was thrilled to win on her own Saturday, with Venus cheering from the family box, the doubles is what she most cared about coming to London. Especially considering all the emotional and physical struggles for Venus, who was diagnosed last year with an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue.

“This is all I wanted,” said Venus, who had all of about two months to raise her ranking and qualify for the Olympics. “Boy, was that a battle. That was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I really feel proud of what happened here at the Olympics.”

It was one more triumph for a player who has won five of her seven Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon.

“Venus has been going through so much and she’s so strong and so she’s so amazing,” Serena said. “And to win this was my goal.”


Andy Murray wins Olympic gold!

I’m in Las Vegas for the Unity journalism convention and was out last night catching the amazing Zumanity show.

But I still woke up at 6 a.m. to watch the Olympic tennis final between my beloved Roger Federer and Britain’s Andy Murray.

I’ve never seen Murray play better or Federer more flat. The result was a surprisingly lopsided 6-2,6-1,6-4 victory for Murray who had lost the Wimbledon final to Federer just three weeks ago.

I’d normally be devastated for Federer but you kind of figure this was meant to be. The Games being held in London, Murray coming so close in big tournaments (he had lost four major finals – three to Federer) and finally breaking through.

Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, beat Novak Djokovic for the bronze medal.

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Showtune Sunday: “Some People” sing off!

Some People is one of Mama Rose’s big numbers in Gypsy and so many of our great divas have nailed it over the years in their own way.

Here are Bernadette, Liza and Patti doing their versions and they are also part of a wonderful compilation in the final video that includes Merman, Midler, Landbury, Garland, Buckley, Tyne Daly and Linda Lavin.


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Sunday Morning Man: Michael Phelps!

I was watching some of the Olympics last night and watched Michael Phelps and his US teammates win the 400-meter 4×100-meter medley relay.

I’ve never seen Phelps smile more, look more relaxed, be more engaging and as a result, he’s never been more attractive.

What a wonderful smile he has.

This started as a dismal Olympics for the 27 year old superstar when he didn’t medal in his first race. But in the end, he added four gold medals and two silver medals to his record haul of 22 Olympic medals – 18 of them gold.

Keep smiling Michael!

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My chat with Justin Bartha of “The New Normal”

Justin Bartha is a little special to me because I was there during as couple of big nights in his career.

The first was in 2003 at the premiere of Gigli, the infamous box office bomb that starred then couple Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck. My date and I had excellent seats but no red carpet credentials so we stood across the street of the theater in Brentwood to see the stars get out of their limos. Justin was first and he was unknown but the crowd cheered and he waved a few times, clearly enjoying the moment.

Then a year later, I was at the premiere of National Treasure in Pasadena and at the after-party, I chatted with Justin a but and I remember telling him how funny he was in the film and how he was going to be a big star. He did not seem convinced that that would happen but he’s done pretty well for himself with a National Treasure sequel as well as The Hangover and its sequel and such hit films as Failure to Launch.

Now he’s set to star in NBC’s The New Normal as one-half of a gay couple (his partner is played by Broadway star Andrew Rannells) who create a unique family with the woman who is going to be the surrogate mother of their child.

I caught up with the 34-year-old actor at the TV Critics Association summer press tour last week.

Here is our conversation:

Q: Have you played a gay character before?
Bartha: I think all my characters are a little gay?

Q: Really? Okay, maybe Gigli.
Bartha: Gigli? (laughs) No, he was not gay. He was straight. But they are all a little gay, everyone of them.

Q: Even Hangover? National Treasure?
Bartha: Sure!

Q: You have been in a lot of hit movies. Why did you decide to do a TV sitcom?
Bartha: It never really interested me until I kind of found something of quality. That’s all I care about is working on something of quality. It says something. For me, the movie scripts and other things that I read weren’t really saying anything very interesting. This is about the characters being seemingly real and dealing with life in a way that actually exists. We’re not being chased by robots or anything like that.

Q: It’s great that you actually called Ryan Murphy to express interest. Did you become a lot more bold in that way after the success of The Hangover movies?
BARTHA: Well, I didn’t have his number in my phone. My very able representatives did it. Listen, when you’re a part of something successful you get sent a lot of things that aren’t necessarily appealing and it can sometimes be frustrating. So I had read about this show. [Executive Producer] Ryan Murphy is always interesting and I just had a feeling about Andrew. Not a lot of people knew who he was here but I lived in New York and I’d seen The Book of Mormon and I knew how brilliant he was and capable of. Ellen Barkin was also involved. It has too many elements that are positive to not be interested.

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London Olympics: Serena Williams, Bryan bros win gold medals, complete career Golden Slams!

After winning gold medals at the London Olympics today, American tennis stars Serena Williams and the doubles team of Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan can say they have won everything there is to win in their sport.

They added the Olympic crown to their wins at tennis’ four grand slam tournaments: Wimbledon, Australian Open, French Open and US Open.

Serena, winner of 14 grand slam tournaments including Wimbledon last month, smoked Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 in the championship match. It was one of the most dominant performances Serena has ever delivered in a major tournament.

“I honestly don’t think I have ever played better from start to finish,” she said.

Fingering her gold medal, Serena added:“I love bling-bling but this is like the ultimate.”

She is now only the second woman in the history of tennis to have completed a so-called Golden Slam. The other is Steffi Graf who completed the feat in a single calendar year -1988. (The only male to have completed a Golden Slam is Graf’s husband, Andre Agassi).

Serena and her sister will play for the gold medal in doubles on Sunday. They won gold in 2000 and 2008 and Venus won the gold in singles in 2000.

The Bryan brothers beat the French team of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra 6-4, 7-6 (2) and are the only men’s doubles team to have achieved the Golden Slam. They have won 11 grand slam crowns and were bronze medalists at the 2008 Olympics.

The Bryan twins, who are 34, are already talking about the 2016 Games in Brazil.

‘‘That’s the goal,’’ Bob said. ‘‘During Wimbledon we made a pact and said we want to shut it down in Rio. If we play a day past Rio, we’re going to shoot each other.’’


Saturday Morning Man: Ryan Bailey!

This is four-time Olympian Ryan Bailey who scored threw goals on Thursday in the USA’s victory over home team Great Britain at the London Olympics.

The 37-year-old water polo star lives in Long Beach, CA, and was part of the US team that won the silver medal at the Beijing Games.

Ryan cites Ted Newland, his former coach at UCI, as his biggest influence in water polo.

He says his best moment in a game was when he scored the opening goal at the 2004 Olympics.

Ryan began playing water polo when his older brother, Joe, began playing for Wilson High School in Long Beach.

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Federer in longest match in Olympic history

Roger Federer has won everything there is to win in the sport of tennis – except a gold medal at the Olympics in singles.

I think we found out just how much he wants that medal earlier today.

In the longest match in Olympic tennis history, four hours and 26 minutes, Federer finally put away Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 3-6, 7-6 (5), 19-17 on Friday to advance to the finals.

fter 36 games in the epic third set, Federer threw up his right arm when he hit the winner. He waved to the crowd, then leaned on the net as he waited shake del Potro’s hand. The two men shared a hug as the crowd was on its feet.

Tennis has been played since 1988 in the Games.

On Sunday Federer will play for the gold against the winner of the second semifinal — the match that was supposed to be the headliner here — between No. 2-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia and No. 3 Andy Murray of Britain. Federer, a four-time Olympian, is going for his first Olympic gold.