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Still turning back time: Cher going back on tour!

As someone who attended the second-to-the-last concert of Cher’s three-year “farewell tour” back in 2005.

It was at The Hollywood Bowl and marked the third time I’d seen Cher in concert.

It was a magical night and it just didn’t seem right that Cher wouldn’t be doing in anymore since she still sounded great and looked great.

Of course, after a few years of rest, Cher returned to live performing with a multi-year gig at Caesar’s Palace.

But now, the 65-year-old legend is going back on the road!

The tour will kick off in September and Cher tweeted last night:

“OH MY GOD !!!! JUST SAW THE SETS 4 THE SHOW !!! I CANT SHOW U CAUSE YOUD NEVER 4GIVE ME ! THERES SO MUCH MAGIC I AM BREATHLESS !”

A full schedule of dates and venues have yet to be unveiled. I will keep you posted!

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Friday Morning Man: James Louis Wagner!

This handsome actor, James Louis Wagner, is currently one of the stars of the play Cost of the Erection at the Blank Theatre in Hollywood.

The play – a story of warring architects and their wives – is getting raves and also in the cast is former All My Children star Michael E. Knight.

Wagner has extensive theater credits and last year had a film role in the thriller To Dream of Falling Upwards.

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Snapped! Sheriff Paul Babeau and ex Jose Orozco!

Boy, this is one good looking couple!

And boy, how things got ugly.

Thanks to reader Bill who made me aware of this photo via Phoenix New Tmes.

The photo had Jose Orozco’s face blurred in the original piece about his allegations that Sheriff Paul Babeau - a candidate for congress – threatened to have him deported after their breakup.

Earlier posts:

See sheriff Paul Babeau’s Adam 4 Adam Profile and Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeau talks to CNN; ex-boyfriend has been identified as Jose Orozco.

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See Will kiss Neil on today’s “Days of Our Lives”

Let’s face it, we all tuned in to Days of Our Lives today to see Will make out with Neil!

But there was a whole lot that happened leading up to that lip lock.

Will and his grandmother Marlena continued to confront Sami about her cheating with Rafe then Will took off to meet Sonny. He confided in Sonny about his mom’s infidelity and, of course, did so in earshot of stepdad Rafe!

But Will is blissfully unaware Rafe has overheard and gone to confront Sami.

He goes off to the Town Square with Sonny to party with some of Sonny’s friends.

Will gets invited to play beer pong by Neil and it’s so cute when Sonny tries and stop him: “Will, you’re not even 21.”

Well, the play and Will gets sauced after six games.

He goes to the bathroom to wash his face, Neil follows him. They chat then Will grabs him and starts to make out with him very forcefully!

Neil matches him in enthusiasm and they are in full-out makeout mode! Sonny, probably checking to see what is taking Will so long, comes around the corner and sees his pal in action.

Tune in tomorrow for more!

Earlier post:
Chandler Massey talks to Greg In Hollywood about Will Horton kissing a guy on “Days of Our Lives”

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‘Eating Out 5: Open Weekend’ out on DVD March 20!

These Eating Out movies are silly and they are sexy.

The latest in the franchise is Eating Out: The Open Weekend.

The film, directed by Q. Allan Brocka and stars Chris Salvatore, Daniel Skelton, Aaron Milo, Lilach Mendelovich, Harmony Santana, Michael Vara, Alvaro Orlando, Jennifer Elise Cox, Mink Stole, and Rebekah Kochan.

Here is the plot: Sexy couple Zack and Benji decide to have an “open” weekend to partake in the smorgasbord of available men on their vacation to a gay getaway in Palm Springs. When Zack runs into his ex-boyfriend Casey at the resort, they both do their best to look like they are having a good time. How could they not, when they are surrounded by cute, frisky guys with six-packs and very little clothing? When Casey reacquaints with his old high school friend Peter, he convinces him to pretend to be his boyfriend to save face with Zack despite Peter’s reluctance. As sexual tensions start to mount between Benji and Peter, Zack becomes increasingly dissatisfied with his relationship while Casey longs for a stable relationship of his own.

I’ll have some cast interviews and trailers as we head toward the release date.

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Brandon Routh & Michael Urie play couple in pilot

http://images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/20081021/300.routh.brandon.102108.jpgYesterday I posted about Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells being cast to play a gay couple in the NBC pilot from Ryan Murphy called The New Normal.

Today comes word of another gay pairing for another pilot – this one on CBS.

Deadline Hollywood reports that former Superman Brandon Routh (did he not look amazing in that suit?) will be playing Michael Urie’s partner in a CBS comedy pilot from the team that brought us Will & Grace.

The pilot, titled Partners, centers on lifelong friends and business partners —architects  Charlie, who is straight, and Louis (Urie), who is gay. Routh will play Louis’ steady partner, a former alcoholic, club-hopping model, now a sober, vegan nurse.

Routh, who had a recurring role on the NBC series Chuck, has played gay roles before – most memorably in the film Max and Miri Make a Porno. His boyfriend was played by a hilarious Justin Long who attended Routh’s character’s high school reunion with him.

Let’s hope these pilots both get greenlit as regular series!

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“Days of Our Lives” Clip: Will and his grandmother Marlena confront Sami about her infidelity

Today is the day when Will Horton has his big gay kiss on Days of Our Lives! If you miss the show, I’ll post video of Will’s scenes as soon as they become available. But first, here are scenes from Wednesday’s show where Will and his grandmother Marlena confront his mom Sami about her infidelity.

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Celeb Tweets: Gerald McCullouch, Ross Mathews work out; Obama makes Cher wanna dance; Behar watches debate

Gerald McCullouch Gerald McCullouch @ItsAHardG Must say I never ever imagined doing cardio next to Mickey Rourke 3 nights in a row. Never. Ehhvuhrr. Guess I should’ve. As it’s happened.
Gerald McCullouch @ItsAHardG OK. Mickey Rourke on the Elliptical next to me. And Fabio on the stationary bike in front of me. That’s about all I need to say.
Ross Mathews Ross Mathews @helloross Proof exercise stinks? I went running tonight & nearly got sprayed by a skunk. The good news? I almost fit into my skinny jeans!
Cher Cher @cher Just saw Pres. Obama singing Blues on TV.OMG I Love that we have a blk Pres. It makes me want to jump up& do the Snoopy Dance! Its SO Cool
Joy Behar Joy Behar @JoyVBehar Gingrich is particularly scary when he laughs
Joy Behar Joy Behar @JoyVBehar Santorum jumped the shark tonight. Loser.
Official Wanda Sykes Official Wanda Sykes @iamwandasykes Thank you tequila maker who came up with National Margarita Day. I’d call that a win win. Going nite nite. Peace and Love.
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Barbra Streisand extends her recording contract with Columbia – a 12-disc DVD set is also planned!

http://myplay.com/files/imagecache/photo_345_square/files/artist_images/barbra_streisand.jpgIt’s just been announced that the great Barbra Streisand is extending her recording contract with Columbia Records.

It’s a professional relationship that began with The Barbra Streisand Album in 1963 through the most recent, her 2012 Grammy nominated What Matters Most- Barbra Streisand sings the lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman.

“From the day Goddard Lieberson signed me almost 50 years ago, Columbia Records has been my recording home, and I am thrilled to continue that partnership for many years to come,” Streisand said in a statement.

She has released 62 albums with the music label, including number one albums: People, The Way We Were, A Star Is Born, Barbra Streisand’s Greatest Hits, Volume 2, Guilty, The Broadway Album, Back To Broadway, Higher Ground, and Love Is The Answer.

Columbia Records will release a 12 DVD set, giving unprecedented access into her professional and personal life.  The DVD set will consist of never before seen footage directly from Barbra’s archives, as well as milestones from her illustrious career.

Streisand is the only recording artist to have number one albums in five consecutive decades.  Her 51 gold albums, 30 platinum and 18 multi-platinum each of which, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, exceeds all other female singers.

Her most recent Grammy nominated album, What Matters Most, was her 31st to reach the Top Ten in the ratings charts, with which she passed The Beatles to become the third highest achiever in that significant statistic, exceeded only by the Rolling Stones and Frank Sinatra.  She is the only female among the top ten album-selling recording artists.

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Thursday Morning Man: Jesse Kristofferson!

Jesse Kristofferson is the guy who got the gig of being Will Horton’s first same-sex kiss on Days of Our Lives – a kiss that begins on today’s episode and continues into Friday’s show!

That’s what I call a kiss!

Jesse is 27 and at this point will only appear in the two episodes this week.

I’m sure you are wondering if he is related to singer-actor Kris Kristofferson, he is.

That is his father.

This is a big gig for Jesse who has done guest spots on Melrose Place and Men of a Certain Age and was one of the stars of the film Bloodlines released last year.

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Late Night Video: Star Jones returns to “The View”

I’m just watching this now and I think it’s a major FAIL on Barbara Walters‘ part. Why invite Star Jones back on The View after six years and rehash her messy departure, in detail, just a few seconds after she sits down?

But that’s what Walters insists on doing. Reminding everyone that Star’s contract was not renewed etc. Good grief.

“Do we care at this point my sister?” Star asked as Walters began.

Awkward.

Barbara wants everyone to know that she and producers wanted to protect Star and blah, blah, blah. They still were dumping her!

Said Star of her departure and why she surprised everyone by announcing it herself on the air instead of letting producers control it: “It was ugly. Everything around was ugly. It just was not a good emotional time. … I made the decision that I wanted to go out on my own terms, I wanted to go out on my own terms.’

‘I had eight fantastic years here – one eh.’

The rest of the clip is about Star’s weight loss surgery and blah, blah, blah.

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See a Rick Santorum portrait made of gay porn!

When you spend a lot of time alienating gay folks, things like this are bound to happen.

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, who pundits say got his clock cleaned at the debate in Arizona tonight by Mitt Romney and company, had a portrait done of him by two readers of the site Unicorn Booty.

Look real close. The entire thing is made up of gay porn images.

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Chandler Massey talks to Greg In Hollywood about Will Horton kissing a guy on “Days of Our Lives”

Okay Days of Our Lives fans, tomorrow is the day: Our Will Horton is going to kiss another guy!

We know that Will has been struggling for some time with his sexuality and has not admitted that he is gay to anyone – even himself.

But these things have a way of bubbling over – especially when there is alcohol involved.

Chandler Massey, the Emmy nominated actor who does a stellar job in the role of Will, gave the scoop to Greg In Hollywood about what to expect tomorrow.

after drinking some beers and spending the evening with a group of gay guys he meets through his gay friend Sonny (Freddie Smith), Will finds himself attracted to a guy who’s been flirting with him and decides to make a move after getting a little drunk on beer during several games of beer pong.

‘Will is definitely the aggressor,’ Chandler says. ‘I want to be clear: it’s not just Will getting drunk and making out with a guy. He’s been wanting to show that part of himself for a long time. Most of the time he is sober and is restraining himself. It’s like a perfect storm. Going out with Sonny and Sonny’s gay friends, Will feels comfortable. Then the beer pong and he lets go for a second.”

And it is not just an innocent little peck on the lips either.

‘It’s definitely passionate,’ Chandler adds. ‘It’s like a makeout session. It spans two scenes in [Thursday's] episode and keeps going into Friday’s. I wanted to sell it 100 percent and make it convincing.’

So who is the recipient of Will’s affection?

His name is Neil and he’s played by actor Jesse Kristofferson who has a handful of prime-time guest spots to his credit and whose father is singer-actor Kris Kristofferson.

‘We are friends so it wasn’t awkward,’ Chandler says of the kiss. ‘We just said, ‘Let’s do this.”

But don’t expect Will to be marching in any gay pride parades anytime soon.

‘It’s one step forward and two steps back,’ says Chandler. ‘He retreats. But this does mark a turning point because the kiss is witnessed by Sonny. So this is the point of no return.’

While Chandler has had several kissing scenes with Gabi (Camila Banus) on the show, it’s his first same-sex liplock.

‘I’m excited for it and a little nervous about how people will react,’ the actor says. ‘It’s going to be probably more than what people expect. I think it’s overdue.’

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“The Hangover” star Justin Bartha to join “The Book of Morman” star Andrew Rannells as gay couple in NBC pilot

http://www.mostbeautifulman.com/actors/JustinBartha/images/pic06.jpgRyan Murphy has been a man with a golden touch in recent years with Glee followed by American Horror Story.

He is going for a hat trick with The New Normal, a comedy pilot for NBC.

Normal is about a gay couple who try to start a family with the help of a surrogate. It was previously announced that Broadway star Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon) would play one half of the couple. It has just been learned that the other half will be played by Justin Bartha (pictured, left).

I still remember the first time I ever saw Justin. It was at the premiere in Westwood of the notorious bomb Gigli and he arrived long before then-couple Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck did. Since he was the only star from the film there at the time, the crowd behind the ropes across the street went wild for him. He waved and seemed to be truly enjoying his first moment in the spotlight.

I didn’t talk to Justin that night but I did get to meet him a few years later at the premiere of National Treasure in which he starred with Nicolas Cage. I thought he was so funny in the movie and told him he was going to be a really big star.

Even though he also starred in the National Treasure sequel as well as The Hangover and its sequel, it seems like Justin has never become the movie star I thought he would be – and should be.

But he’s done what smart and talented performers do: he’s taken good roles on the stage including the Broadway production of Lend Me a Tenor and will next appear in Zach Braff’s play All New People.

If The New Normal becomes a series, this could make Justin the big star I feel he should have been all along!

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See Daniel Radcliffe’s PSA for the Trevor Project

When you think of wonderful young men in the public eye, I think Daniel Radcliffe belongs right near the top of the list.

He is not only supremely talented and charming (did you see him co-host Live With Kelly last month?), but he has a big heart and is a staunch straight ally to the LGBT community.

Daniel, who has left Harry Potter behind after nine wildly successful films, has made a new PSA for the Trevor Project which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

In it, he says: “I’m Daniel Radcliffe, and I believe that reaching out for help is the bravest thing a person can do. If you are struggling and need support, call the Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386. It’s free and confidential, and trained counselors are there to listen 24/7 without judgment.”

See if for yourself – and thanks to Daniel!!!

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Why is Adele flipping the bird?

So, fresh off winning six Grammys, Adele was back on home turf for the Brit Awards in London.

She wins Album of the Year and the audience gives her a well-deserved ovation.

She gets just a few lines of thanks out and the host cuts her off!

Huh?

She’s the biggest star in music at the moment and it was not as if she had been rambling on.

See the video for yourself.

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Wednesday Morning Man: David Testo!

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http://www.photojunkie.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/davidtesto02.jpgIt was back in November that soccer pro David Testo came out publicly as a gay man.

While I featured his story back then, I just realized that I have never featured this blond beauty as a Morning Man.

Some new photos (the black and white ones below) taken in Miami by Testo by photographer West Phillips provided some extra incentive. Can you believe those legs?

The website PhotoJunkie also did a shoot with Testo although he is fully-clothed in that one. Oh well.

Testo played for the MLS team Columbus Crew and most recently played for Montreal Impact (set to become part of the MLS next season) winning the team’s MVP award in 2009. He was dropped by the team a month ago but it not retired.

He played college soccer at the University of South Carolina and University of North Carolina where he helped lead the Tar Heels to an NCAA Championship his junior season.

Although he is not currently signed with a pro team, Testo was recently appointed to the US Soccer Athlete Council and will attend his first meeting on March 1.

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See Sheriff Paul Babeu’s Adam 4 Adam profile!

I don’t usually post things like this here but hey, we’re all adults here, right?

So, we now know what Jose Orozco looks like [see post] and we know what Paul Babeau thinks about him [see post] but what we have not yet seen is a shirtless photo of the sheriff and scads of very personal information about his physical attributes, sexual preferences etc.

It’s all there in this Adam4Adam profile published by Phoenix New Times last week as part of its story of how Babeau allegedly threatened Orozco with deportation after their romance ended. Babeau denied the allegations and is continuing with his run for congress.

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Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu talks to CNN; ex-boyfriend has been identified as Jose Orozco

SHERIFF SCANDAL: The face of Jose Orozco was obscured and his voice altered during an interview he did with CNN this week during which he alleged that his ex-boyfriend, Pinal County Sheriff and Arizona congressional candidate Paul Babeu, had threatened him with deportation after their messy split.

But his face and full name have now been made public by the Arizona television station 3TV. Orozco, 34, is a Mexican national who says he is in the US on a 10-year tourist visa.

In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Monday, Babeau said of Orozco: ‘I don’t wish anyone ill will. … I wish him, I wish everybody, happiness and peace. I’m living my life, I’m pursuing my dreams. I’m not motivated by negativity.’

See my full story over at Gay Star News where video of the CNN interview is also posted.

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Adam Lambert confirms he will sing with Queen

After denying reports earlier this month, Adam Lambert confirmed today that he will be joining the legendary rock group Queen this summer as its lead singer at the Sonisphere Festival this summer.

‘As many suspected, I can finally confirm: I have been invited by Queen to sing one very special concert! Sonisphere at Knebworth July 7th!’ Lambert wrote on his Twitter account.

After reports of the collaboration spread earlier this month, Lambert took to Twitter to say that his quotes were taken out of context.

He apologized to fans in his latest Tweets: ‘Sorry to be coy about the details the past few weeks, but I made a promise to keep it under wraps as best I could.’

See my full story at Gay Star News.

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