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“Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” starring Neil Patrick Harris makes its television debut tonight

You may have seen Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog online but now you can see it on broadcast television complete with commercial interruptions!

Originally produced in 2008, the little online musical starring Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion went on to be named #15 in Time Magazine’s Top 50 Inventions of 2008 and also won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Online Sensation and the Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class – Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Programs.

It features NPH as Billy, a.k.a. Dr. Horrible.  Billy’s a budding super villain whose plans always get interrupted by Captain Hammer (Fillion).

This was dreamed up during the 2008 writer’s strike by Joss Whedon and his brothers Zack and Jed who were able to move forward because it was a project for the web, not television which was being negotiated.

But now it is on television after all! The special airs tonight on The CW at 9 p.m.

Here is a preview:

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Morning Man Encore: Nathan Fillion!

Originally posted Dec. 28, 2010

If you saw Nathan Fillion walking down the street, you would think, ‘Well there goes one handsome man!”

But what makes him really sexy is his humor which is on display each week in his hit ABC series Castle in which he plays Richard Castle, a mystery novelist who helps the NYPD solve crimes.

Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer have long known Nathan from his recurring role as Caleb during the show’s final season. He then went on to star in the series Firefly and reprised his role of Captain Malcolm Reynolds in the 2005 movie Serenity.

Nathan, who is 39, got his start in television on ABC’s One Life to Live in the role of Joey Buchanan for which he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 1996.

His film credits include Waitress (as the dreamy doctor who sweeps Keri Russell off her feet), Slither, Trucker and White Noise 2: The Light. He also had a recurring role on Desperate Housewives as Dana Delaney’s husband and appeared in the Internet sensation Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

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“Steel Magnolias” remake gets huge ratings

Did you watch the remake of Steel Magnolias on Lifetime last night?

It was almost scene for scene the same as the classic 1989 original so it couldn’t help but pale in comparison. I think the only way for it to succeed would have been to have changed the dialogue more or maybe go more over the top.

If I was not so familiar with the original – and I am very familiar with the original as many gay men are – It would have been just fine because Queen Latifah was solid in the Sally Field role, Alfre Woodard a hoot in the Shirley MacLaine role and Jill Scott very sweet in the Dolly Parton role.

Anyway, the ratings were HUGE: 6.5 million total viewers. That made it No. 3 on Lifetime’s all-time most-watched list.

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Roger Federer says death threats a distraction in Shanghai but he’s happy to be Number 1 again

It’s unfortunate that as world number one Roger Federer resumes play on the tennis tour this week in Shanghai, he does so under the cloud of an online death threat that has resulted in him requiring extra security.

“Obviously maybe it’s a little bit of a distraction, there’s no doubt about it,” Federer said at pre-tournament press conference. “But you have to be aware of what’s happening around you. But that is the case anyway anywhere I go today with my fame and all that stuff.”

Federer has been aware of the threat for more than a week but says what has made it more difficult for him is the fact that it became so public.

“So then obviously it came out in the press. That’s when things changed.” he said. “It became much more public, which I’m a bit disappointed about, that it did come out in the press. “It was something just very small on a website, nothing clear and concrete, people just debating. That it makes that big news is a bit surprising to me.”

But the threat was not all on Federer’s mind – his return to the top of the rankings was too. He ascended to the top spot, which he lost in 2010 to Rafael Nadal, after winning Wimbledon in July. It tied with with Pete Sampras as the player with the most weeks at number one – a record he now holds on his own after retaining the ranking through the US Open.

“It was much sweeter to get it back (after all that time) and that it came with the Wimbledon crown,” he said. “I tied with (Sampras) that week and in the following week I went ahead of him. It was very unique, perhaps one of the greatest accomplishments of my career.”


Sam Champion shares his bliss with GMA viewers

Whether news of Sam Champion being gay was surprising to you or not, news of his engagement to Rubem Robierb is certainly cause for celebration.

And what’s so great – aside from Sam and Rubem having found each other, of course – is that Sam is such a high-profile television personality who has gone public about his personal life.

On Monday, three days after the engagement was reported in a story in The New York Times, Sam made clear that he is beginning a new era as an openly gay television personality.

Rubem was backstage when anchor George Stephanopoulos said to Sam: ‘I just want to thank you for starting out our week in such a happy way.’

News of the engagement had quickly spread on Twitter Friday and Stephanopoulos observed how wonderful it must be for the couple ‘to feel all that love coming in from all over the world.’

Champion said the response has indeed been overwhelming.

‘I felt like we lived in a small town… I was born in Paducah, Kentucky, and to me that’s exactly what it felt like. We walked out on the street and everyone was like, ‘Hey, congratulations,’’ he said. ‘Thank you for the tweets, and the Facebook and just coming up on the street and saying the most wonderful things.’

The engagement news was the first public confirmation Champion had made that he is gay although he has long been out in his private life.

‘I never saw this coming in my life until I met the most wonderful, giving, loving, caring person I think on the planet,’ he gushed as the GMA camera panned to a beaming Robierb. ‘I am so, so lucky to have someone like this in my life.’

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Morning Man Encore: Dan Carter!

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How is it that I had never even heard of rugby star Dan Carter?

Even if I don’t follow his sport, he should have been on my radar since he is also an underwear model for Jockey!
Oh well, I’ve discovered him now and damned glad I have so I can share this slab of beefcake from New Zealand with you!
Though not yet as famous as David Beckham or Cristiano Ronaldo, the New Zealand hottie was named the third sexiest male athlete in the world by E! Entertainment earlier this year and it is easy to see why. It all began at home: In 2004 and 2005,the 28-year-old Carter was voted sexiest New Zealand male in a survey, receiving 35.7 percent of the vote in 2005.
He has played for Canterbury since 1999, the Crusaders professional team since 2001 and on the New Zealand national team since 2003.

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Sally Field is presented HRC Award by her gay son, Sam Greisman, then gives powerful, moving speech

Just watched video of Sally Field from Saturday night’s HRC gala in Washington DC. She’s every bit the wonderful mother of a gay son in real life as she was on Brother’s & Sisters.

And what a son!

He’s 25-year-old Sam Greisman, by far the youngest of Field’s three sons.

Sam attended NYU and presented the HRC Ally for Equality Award to his mom, a star since the mid-60s and the winner of two Oscars (Norma Rae, Places in the Heart) and three Emmys (Sybil, ER and Brothers & Sisters). She has also starred in such gay faves as Steel Magnolias, Soapdish and, of course, Gidget and The Flying Nun.

“When I came out, she didn’t bat an eye,” Sam said of his mom. “In fact, she was overjoyed. Being gay was just one more thing she loved about me. She couldn’t be more supportive of me. If anything, I wish she was a little less supportive. I recently had to sit her down and tell her there were certain things in my dating life that I will just not be sharing with her, no matter how much she asks.”

Sam confided that his mom doesn’t really understand why she’s a gay icon and he didn’t really either until he started dating men. One of the guys he went out with, who didn’t yet know who his mother was, told him he had a (Steel Magnolias” themed) blog called “Drink your juice Shelby.”

Field recently purchased an apartment on New York’s West Side and it’s a 10 minute walk from where Sam lives. He likes that she can take he and his friends out to nice dinners sometimes and she’s there to care for him if he gets sick. But she also wants him to take her to a gay bar in the neighborhood.

“A more horrifying spectacle I could not imagine,” he joked. “All joking aside, I feel very blessed to be able to call her my mother. In addition to being an extraordinarily talented actress, I know she will have my back for as long as she lives. There are a lot of gay men who would kill to have her as a mom and there’s a lot of parents of gay children who could learn a lot from her.”

“She is  my constant champion and I am happy to share her with every family who believes in equality as strongly as we do,” he added.

You will see in the video below how very much mother and son love each other, how close they are. Her face just said it all.

She said of her son: “His journey to allow himself to be what nature intended him to be was not any easy one. As his mother, I consider it one of the great privileges of my life to be allowed to be part of it. When I saw him struggling, I wanted to jump in and define it for him. But his brothers held me back, fiercely insisting I try not  to travel that road for him. … I had to wait for him to own himself in his own time. … He had to see that all the things he really wanted in life were still possible whether he was gay or straight. … Nature made Sam, it wasn’t a choice he was always, always Sam, glorious, smart, funny, sweet Sam.”

She told the crowd that when he turned 20, Sam was finally able to stand up proudly and say,’I am a gay man.”

“I’ve never talked about this before, it’s Sam’s business not mine to talk about,” she said. “There are so many children who struggle to understand and embrace their sexuality in families who do not welcome them, parents who somehow find it acceptable to shut them out of their hearts and their home. That I find unacceptable.”

She has some advice for those parents and all parents: “There comes a time when parents must listen and learn from these people they brought into the world – their children. These children have something important to teach their parents. I urge them to listen.”

Field is mindful of the progress in LGBT equality in recent years and aware that it is making the life of her youngest son easier.

“He doesn’t have to twist himself into a pretzel and pretend to be somebody he isn’t, denying important parts of who he is. He doesn’t have to give up his dreams of the future. He doesn’t have to feel ashamed.”

“You all have fought for him as sure as if you were one of his parents,” she said. “You’ve changed and are changing the lives of little boys and girls who realize somewhere along the way they are just different from their other brothers or sisters. And so the fuck what.”

Love that last line!

Congratulations to Sally Field for her award and to her son Sam for a wonderful introduction that showed the world what a really great mom he has.


Newlyweds Thomas Roberts and Patrick Abner are profiled in the Sunday edition of The New York Times

A profile today in The New York Times on MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts and his new husband, Patrick Abner, was initially overshadowed by a paragraph deep in the story where Good Morning America weather anchor Sam Champion not only comes out publicly, but announces that he is getting married.

But the profile focuses mainly on how this handsome couple celebrated their dream wedding last weekend in New York City after 12 years of togetherness.

Roberts says the wedding was all he ever hoped for an more.

‘We’re so lucky that we get to do this,’ he says. ‘It blows my mind. … All of my favorite people, all of the greatest influences in my life, family and friends, in one room. It’s incredible.’

Adds Abner: ‘I never imagined in a million years that I would be on a stage kissing my male partner, spouse – husband – in front of my father. I never thought that would be the case. And to be able to do that and have not just my father but my whole family be proud of me, that’s something special.’

The couple reflected on the many bumps in the road throughout the years including many career-related geographical challenges that had them living apart at times as well as Roberts being fired from the syndicated entertainment show The Insider and bringing to justice the parish priest who had molested Roberts when he was a kid in Baltimore.

‘It hasn’t always been easy,’ Abner says.

But he was smitten from the start.

“Every time I turned around he was doing something thoughtful,’ he says of Roberts. ‘I knew this was the person who was going to be there no matter what. Security is a big thing for me. It’s one of my issues, but Thomas provided that on top of the attraction that we had for each other.’

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Showtune Sunday: Celebrating “Being Alive”

One of the most terrific songs from the musical Company is Being Alive.

Patti LuPone and Bernadette Peters regularly perform it in concert and also in this video collection are John Barrowman, Dean Jones and Raul Esparza.

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Happy Birthday to Dan Savage!

Happy 48th birthday to Dan Savage who last month received the Governors Award from the Television Academy for his It Gets Better campaign.

The campaign was launched in September 2010 on YouTube and led to a television special with another in the works. Savage and partner Terry Miller launched it in the wake of suicides of students who had been bullied. Their effort to inspire hope for young people facing harassment expanded into more than 50,000 videos that have been viewed more than 50 million times.

Of course he also writes writes the internationally syndicated relationship and sex advice column Savage Love and does the Savage Lovecast, a weekly audio podcast based on the column.

We love Dan for all he’s done for bullied and suicidal teens and, of course, his success in getting a definition for Rick Santorum’s (“the frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes a byproduct of anal sex”) widespread on the web.

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Celeb Tweets: Sam Champion engagement edition

Sam Champion Sam Champion ‏@SamChampion Reading ALL ur tweets! wish i cld RT every1… but u’d hate me if i filled ur timeline like that!! please know how happy ur tweets make us!
Robin Roberts Robin Roberts ‏@RobinRoberts You know how thrilled I am for you, @SamChampion and Rubem! Hope to be well enough to attend the wedding. Much love to you both.
Diane Sawyer Diane Sawyer ‏@DianeSawyer and everybody here celebrating Sam’s happiness RT:@SamChampion never been happier to share a bit of personal news!
Chris Cuomo Chris Cuomo ‏@ChrisCuomo@SamChampion: I’ve never been happier to share a bit of personal news!! ” MARRYING A MUCH YOUNGER MAN, FYI :) SAMMAY!!!
GeorgeStephanopoulos GeorgeStephanopoulos ‏@GStephanopoulos So happy for you @SamChampion – A big family hug from me, @AliEWentworth and the girls!
Josh Elliott Josh Elliott ‏@JoshElliottABC Congrats, to the best friend and colleague imaginable…. MT SamChampion Never been happier to share personal news!
Leeza Gibbons Leeza Gibbons ‏@LeezaGibbons@SamChampion What a sweet face on that Rubem! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness, Sam. No one deserves it more.
Ashleigh Banfield Ashleigh Banfield ‏@CNNAshleigh Way to go @samchampion ! Congratulations friend! So happy for you both! Now THAT will be a party!!
Sam Champion Sam Champion ‏@SamChampion Thank you for your incredible love and support!!
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Matt Bomer and partner Simon Halls are presented GLSEN’s Respect Award by Joe Manganiello

A big congratulations to Matt Bomer and Simon Halls who last night received the Inspiration Award at the 8th annual GLSEN Respect Awards held at Beverly Hills Hotel.

I was supposed to cover the event but had a back issue that required some time on a heating pad. Better now though!

Anyway, E! Online was there and shares that Matt and Simon were presented the award by Bomer’s college pal and Magic Mike co-star Joe Manganiello who said of the couple: “You are the example that the rest of our country needs to wake up and see in terms of equality and putting and end to the bullying epidemic and making sure that every family is respected in our schools and our society.”

GLSEN stands for Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network and the organization tries to affect positive change in schools.

“When I was in high school, there was no safe haven, there was no outlet for you to speaking your mind,” Bomer said on stage. “So I did what any self-preserving 14-year-old would do—I signed up for the school play and also the football team to cover my tracks. When that happens, when you aren’t allowed to speak about who you are, one of the most authentic parts of who you are, which is who you love or is who you’re attracted to, feels invisible. GLSEN gives visibility and authenticity to kids all across the country.”

Halls, one of the most powerful publicists in Hollywood added: “Having kids teaches you so many things, and one of the things we both have learned in our parenting journey is how loving and accepting and open children’s minds and hearts are. Unfortunately, in some parts of the country, some kids are taught at an early age that being different is somehow bad or wrong or worthy of ridicule…Kids aren’t born to be bullies, they’re taught to be bullies.”

To see more photos from the evening, go over to Socialite Life.

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George Takei urges Asian-Americans to vote

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Poster and trailer of Streisand in “The Guilt Trip”

Who knows if Barbra Streisand will ever make Gypsy?

All I know is I’m glad her film career isn’t ending with the truly dreadful Little Fockers. She stars opposite Seth Rogen in the comedy The Guilt Trip which comes out Christmas Day.

Directed by Anne Fletcher, the film follows an inventor (Rogen) who invites his mother (Streisand) on a cross-country trip as he tries to sell his new product while also reuniting her with a lost love.

Judging from the trailer, it looks cute and will probably be big hit.

Amazingly, Streisand has only made 20 movies and just five since 1991.

Nice to have her back on the big screen.


Ricky Martin visits “Live With Kelly & Michael”

Drat, I missed this.

Ricky Martin, still going strong as Che in the Broadway production of Evita, guested on Live With Kelly & Michael this week and gave Miss Ripa a tango lesson!

Lucky bitch.


GLAAD TV report: Highest percentage of LGBT characters on broadcast television – ever

Remember when all we had was Jody on Soap?

Now we have Cam and Mitch on Modern Family, Kurt, Blaine, Santana and Brittany on Glee, Arizona and Callie on Grey’s Anatomy, Bryan and David on The New Normal, Louis and Wyatt on Partners, Max on Happy Endings, Mr. Wolfe on Suburgatory, and Teddy on 90210, among many others.

In fact, there are now a record number of gay characters on broadcast television, according to a report released this week by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

At the launch of the 2012-2013 television season, GLAAD estimates that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) scripted characters represent 4.4% of all scripted series regular characters on the five broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox, and NBC. This is an increase from last year, with 31 series regular characters identified as LGBT. Additionally GLAAD counted 19 recurring characters on primetime broadcast scripted series.

The number of scripted LGBT series regulars found on mainstream cable is up to 35 in the upcoming season. GLAAD counted 26 additional recurring characters on cable.

“This year’s increase of LGBT characters on television reflects a cultural change in the way gay and lesbian people are seen in our society,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “More and more Americans have come to accept their LGBT family members, friends, coworkers, and peers, and as audiences tune into their favorite programs, they expect to see the same diversity of people they encounter in their daily lives.”

ABC has the highest amount with 5.2% (10 out of 194) of their regular characters identifying as LGBT.

After leading last year, Fox is in second with six LGBT characters out of 118 total series regulars (5.1%). The CW will feature four regular LGBT characters out of 81 total (4.9%), while NBC will feature seven regular LGBT characters out of 166 (4.2%).

CBS also improved and will feature four LGBT characters out of 142 series regulars (2.8%), up from 0.7% last year. This improvement and the addition of a gay lead character demonstrate an authentic and conscious effort by CBS to improve its diversity, GLAAD says.

On mainstream cable networks, the number of announced LGBT series regular characters has also increased to 35, and will also feature 26 recurring characters for a total of 61 LGBT characters.

This year Showtime features the greatest number of LGBT characters on cable with 12; seven of which are series regulars.

Also making a significant contributions to the count are HBO (9 characters), FX (8), Adult Swim (5) and ABC Family, MTV, Syfy, and TeenNick (with 4 characters each).

Once again, this year True Blood is the most inclusive show on cable television with six gay, lesbian or bisexual characters.

“It is vital for networks to weave complex and diverse storylines of LGBT people in the different programs they air,” Graddick added. “When young LGBT people see loving couples like Callie and Arizona on Grey’s Anatomy or Degrassi‘s confident transgender high school student Adam Torres, they find characters they can look up to and slowly start building the courage to live authentically.”

LINK to report:

Video: In “Saturday Night Live” promo, cast member Taran Killam wants to kiss Daniel Craig!

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Tom Ford is a daddy!

Following in the footsteps of Elton John, Neil Patrick Harris and Ricky Martin, fashion designer and movie director Tom Ford is now a gay celebrity dad.

Ford and partner of 25 years, Richard Buckley, now have a son, according to New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn.

Horyn tweeted Friday: ‘Congratulations to Tom Ford and Richard Buckley on birth of their son, Alexander John Buckley Ford!’

Ford, 51, came to fame as the man who turned around the Gucci fashion house. After 15 years, he left and formed his own film production company and won raves for his debut feature as a director: A Single Man starring Colin Firth.

Buckley, 64, is the former Editor in Chief of Vogue Hommes International.

According to the UK’s Daily Mail, here is what Ford said about having children just last year: ‘I always said I wanted to have children. And as I got a little bit older, Richard, who I live with – we’ve been together 24 years – did not want children. And so I decided not to have children. But if I have children, no one will know about it until the child is born.’

‘And no one will ever see the child because I certainly wouldn’t use it as a press tool,’ he added. ‘If I have a child, you won’t notice that I had a child. Maybe you’ll see it when it’s 18, but I will keep it out of the spotlight.’

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Good Morning America’s Sam Champion announces engagement to photographer Rubem Robierb!

I just love this!

Was reading The New York Times story on Thomas Roberts and Patrick Abner (it’s online HERE) where deep in the story is this tidbit: Among the 170 or so guests at the reception was Sam Champion, the weather anchor at ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He took a turn on the dance floor with his partner, the photographer Rubem Robierb.

“We’re getting married New Year’s Eve in Miami,” Mr. Champion said in the spirit of the moment.

Mr. Robierb corrected him: “We’ll do it here officially, and then have a party in Miami.”

First if all, I do not recall Champion ever coming out publicly so it seems that this was as good a way as any to do so. Good for him!

After reading the story (I’ll have some excerpts about Thomas and Patrick later), I saw that Champion had posted the news on Twitter himself.

‘I’ve never been happier to share a bit of personal news!’

The tweet included a link to a story announcing the engagement.

‘We are thrilled and so excited and thank everyone for their good wishes,’ he says.


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My interview w/Truth Wins Out founder Wayne Besen: ‘Ex-gay therapy is nothing but child abuse. We must stop it’

Wayne Besen, the founder of Truth Wins Out, spoke last week at an event hosted by the La Gay & Lesbian Center and co-sponsored by the LA chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association of which I am president.

I was all concerned with attendance and who was there etc. but once Besen started talking, all I could think about was all the horrible damage this conversion therapy can do to LGBT people.

I had a recovered memory kind of a moment during the presentation. When I was in college in the mid-80s, my dorm roommate had left for Christmas vacation and it was the first time I could really use the telephone in privacy (no cell phones then!). I was so tormented about being gay and so not wanting to be that I opened up the pages of a weekly San Diego paper called The Reader and called an ad that promised to make you straight.

I remember talking to a guy on the line about it, my voice shaking, then after awhile started flirting with him.

I was hopeless!

Anyway, I’m lucky that was my only experience with it. My parents didn’t try and send me to this kind of therapy (banned in California this week for teens) because I was firmly in the closet, had girlfriends, and was determined to throw anyone and everyone off the scent.

But there are plenty of kids who have been forced to undergo this gay conversion therapy that just can’t and doesn’t work. I spoke with Besen about it after his presentation and told him about my college experience.

‘We need to look across the country where we can have this because ex-gay therapy is nothing but child abuse,’ he said. ‘We must stop it.’

Besen, a former spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, has made it his life’s work to fight anti-LGBT extremism and the dangerous ‘ex-gay’ industry. He’s the architect of a sting operation that proved for the first time that the clinic run by Marcus Bachmann, husband of former presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, practices “ex-gay” therapy.

He says he’s well aware of what he’s up against.

‘Our opponents are not lying down, they are not surrendering, they are not raising the white flag,’ Besen says. ‘They are sincere, they are true believers. They will fight, they will scrap, they will claw all the way to the end. And just when you think they’re dead, like a horror movie they’ll crawl out of the grave bloodied and bruised and come after you again to fight another day.’

To read my interview with Wayne Besen in its entirety, please go over to Gay Star News.

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