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Rosie goes after Donald Trump again!

We all know that Rosie O’Donnell is no stranger to celebrity feuds.

But I don’t know that she’s ever had two going on at the same time.

First of all, she’s royally pissed at David Letterman for calling her a tow truck driver in his monologue.

She let him have it on her own show the other night saying, among other things: “Dave, when you had that heart surgery, you shouldn’t have told the doctors to take out that whole thing, I remember when you had one, Dave, you were nice then.” [See full story HERE]

http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u8/2_donald_trump.jpgThen she went on The Joy Behar Show last night and had some choice words about Donald Trump with whom she famously tussled with while she was on The View.

She called The Donald “Lord Voldemort,” and said “let’s just ignore that he exists.”

Her reaction to Trump moderating the next GOP debate?

“To me, he’s the perfect person to moderate the Republican debate, because what he is about who he is, is pretty much representative in all of those candidates as well … It’s become like the party of comedy of jokes … I don`t even believe it’s real any more.”

She also took jabs at:

Michele Bachmann: “Well, you know Michele Bachmann needs to pray the gay away every day, starting with her husband.”

Rick Perry and his anti-gay political ad: “It’s wrong, it’s sinful and it’s destroying the nation. It really is. Gay people are part of the fabric of America, they have been in every country and every animal species and kingdom. People have to wake up and get with the program. This is not the 1950s. So Rick Perry, shame on you.”

And finally, while Rosie would not consider marrying fiance Michelle Rounds on her show to boost ratings, she did say “Maybe I’ll do a Starr Jones and I’ll get a lot of free stuff.”

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“The Nate Berkus Show” has been canceled!

I wasn’t a regular viewer of The Nate Berkus Show but I’ve seen enough episodes over the past two seasons to know that he had become a relaxed and charming host who was nice to spend time with.

Sadly, the first nationally syndicated talk show to feature an openly gay man as host has been canceled and will end production after its current second season.

I have done a story on the cancellation for Gay Star News so do click over and read it. Also, here is a LINK to an interview I did with Nate last year just before the show launched.

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Greg’s Gay Star News stories: Rosie vs. Letterman, Tyler Clemente, and Martina and Billie Jean sticking up for gay marriage

Rosie O'Donnell

Hope everyone is having a terrific Friday.

Sorry for the low number of posts today. I’ve been busy with my Gay Star News work and fell asleep last night before getting the usual number of items up for Greg In Hollywood.

I’ll settle into a nice routine soon – this is just the first week and I kind of don’t know if I’m coming or going but I’m having a great time!

Here are links to today’s Gay Star News stories so far:

It’s Rosie versus Letterman

O’Donnell accuses fellow talk show host of being ‘anti-gay’ and ‘anti-tow truck driver’

Tyler Clementi foundation formed by parents

Family of cyberbullied Rutgers University student who killed himself wants his death to not be in vain

Tennis legends at odds over gay marriage

Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King slam Margaret Court for her efforts to block same-sex marriage in Australia
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Happy Birthday to Mario Cantone!

http://www.laughstub.com/images/comedians/Mario-Cantone-1.jpgBIRTHDAY BOY: The hilarious Mario Cantone turns 52 today and he has plenty of reasons to celebrate. Not only is he talented and good looking, but he’s also a newlywed!

He and partner Jerry Dixon got married in October after 20 years together.

“I got married for the same reasons you did,” Mario explained to The View’s Joy Behar. “We’re older now. We’ve been together 20 years. After 20 years you’re like, ‘Thanks for the anti-climactic honeymoon government!’’

One of the best things that ever happened to the Sex and the City franchise is the first time Charlotte got married, she hired a very bossy wedding planner named Anthony Marentino who was a bitch on wheels. That incredibly uptight bitch, of course, was played to perfection by Mario!

Anthony went on to show his sweet side but was always ready to revert to bitch mode and that’s why we love him. Hopefully there will someday be a third SATC feature film so we can see more of him.

Whatever happens, Cantone will find plenty of places for his fast-paced and energetic humor which we’ve also seen many times on The View. He’s appeared on numerous shows on Broadway including Assassins, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Violet Hour and The Tempest.

He also shined in two one-man shows on Broadway: an Evening With Mario Cantone and Laugh Whore – the latter show received a Tony nomination.

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Celeb Tweets: How Cher became Laverne; BD Wong still watching TV; Gavin Creel fired up over “Noise”

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y113/stars1975/Laverne1.jpgCher
cher Cher
Was take off on edith Bunker but when stage hand gave me gum Laverne came outRT @JoanneGrana:how did u come up with character of laverne?
BD WONG
BD_WONG BD WONG
I just watched some seriously tacky American television. I thought last night’s TV was upsetting, but this was just more soul suckage. #sigh
Neil Patrick Harris
ActuallyNPH Neil Patrick Harris
Check out & download my friend @gavincreel ‘s new song #NOISE to raise money for @BroadwayImpact and equal rights. gavincreel.com
Gavin Creel
gavincreel Gavin Creel

@ActuallyNPH you are a dream. thank you sire. now come to new York please. thank you.
Gavin Creel
gavincreel Gavin Creel
11k views in 2 days fires me up! help spread it farther. please pass #NOISE to 10 new peeps 2morrow. let’s get 1million www.gavincreel.com
Chris Colfer
chriscolfer Chris Colfer
Quote of the night: “I’m so white I’m practically see-thru!”-Me “His mom is half wonder-bread!”-@DarrenCriss. Hahahaha!
Kelly Osbourne
MissKellyO Kelly Osbourne
Rick Perry I don’t approve of your ignorant bigoted message! In fact Im becoming an american citizen so i can vote against people like you!
Chely Wright
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It’s so cute when our sleeping dogs make noises in their sleep. I wonder what they’re dreaming about. So adorable. #sleepchirps
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Today’s Holiday Tune: The unique pairing of David Bowie and Bing Crosby on “Little Drummer Boy”

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AMX21VKv97w/TRVwuZQWR3I/AAAAAAAAHlQ/3VAMM938ab4/s400/bowie+and+bing.jpgDavid Bowie, who was 30 at the time, and Bing Crosby, then 73, recorded this Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy duet  on Sept. 11, 1977, for Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas TV special.

A month later, Crosby was dead of a heart attack. The special was broadcast on CBS about a month after his death and their memorable duet has lived on ever since.

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Friday Morning Man: Will Skinner!

http://img.skysports.com/07/10/218x298/Will_Skinner_581024.jpgLook, I’m not sure what an openside flanker does in rugby but I do know that today’s Morning Man, Will Skinner, must be pretty darn good at it.

Will, 27, plays for the Harlequins in the Aviva Premireship and signed a new deal last year that will keep him with the club through 2014.

“The next few years are going to be an exciting era for the club,” he told the team’s website last year. “Quins is a fantastic club and we are, as a team, strong and committed to building great things for the club.”

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck makes sense – for once – in her views on Michele Bachman’s encounter w/little boy

http://www.mediaite.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Bachmann.jpgI had not seen, until a few minutes ago, the video of Michele Bachmann and a little boy who walked up to her at a book signing to tell her that his mom is gay and “doesn’t need fixing.”

Bachmann just said: “Bye bye” to the poor kid.

Hey, it’s clear the kid was put up to it and was a bit shy about saying it. But Bachmann could have been kinder to the kid and that is something staunch Republican Elisabeth Hasselbeck made on The View this morning.

I almost never agree with Hasselbeck and find her annoying 99 percent of the time but she made perfect sense as you will see.

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Will Horton, wearing tight green T-shirt, gets drunk and disrupts holiday party on “Days of Our Lives”

Will Horton has too much to drink at his family’s holiday gathering.

For someone who is as angry as he is – especially at his unfaithful mom – it’s a pretty combustible situation.

Chandler Massey continues to impress us not only with his considerable acting ability but also his wardrobe – the T-shirt Will wears in these scenes is just a perfect fit!


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Gay Star News: Oscar odds for LGBT films; Sara Gilbert and her sister Melissa; How Rosie’s engagement became news

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/06/03/arts/BEGINNERS-span/BEGINNERS-articleLarge.jpgIt’s been a mighty busy day with a press junket for the terrific film Pariah to attend and the Prop. 8 hearing in San Francisco to track.

So I’m busy writing all kinds of things for Gay Star News – my new day job that began this week – and I am going to provide you with links to stories I filed today on: LGBT films that have the best Oscar chances including Beginners starring Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor (pictured above); Sara Gilbert’s sister, Melissa, going on The Talk and sharing how Sara came out to her; and Rosie O’Donnell talking about how her engagement became big news so fast.

Check those out and the rest of the site which is in Beta-testing mode this month and officially launches Jan. 5, 2012!

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Snapped! See reunited co-stars Chord Overstreet and Mark Salling cuddling on the set of “Glee”

It’s so great to have Chord Overstreet back on Glee!

We as viewers are thrilled because Sam has been missed! He may not be as blond as he was last season but he’s still pretty darn cute!

Here is a photo that surfaced on Twitter of Overstreet and co-star Mark Salling getting cozy between shots.

Since ratings are down this season, maybe writers can make them a couple!

Okay, I know we already have Blaine and Kurt.

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Today’s Holiday Tune: The heartwarming classic “Merry Christmas Darling” by The Carpenters

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_GRdgxlF70gk/R2p50-EMtbI/AAAAAAAAAbY/qPTDCPeB470/s400/christmas_portrait.jpgNever get tired of listening to this song during the holidays.

Merry Christmas Darling was released by The Carpenters in 1970 and quickly went to number one of the Billboard Christmas Singles Chart.

The song was written by Richard Carpenter and Frank Pooler. But it is Karen Carpenter’s vocals that make this a classic.

Enjoy it all over again.

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Celeb Tweets: BD Wong watches TV; Chris Colfer ponders being an Elf on a Shelf at XMas party

BD WONG
BD_WONG BD WONG
Having just seen yet another commercial for it, I have now come to the conclusion that “New Year’s Eve” is the Devil’s Movie.
BD WONG
BD_WONG BD WONG
I am watching one of those shows where loud American people gorge themselves on food and it’s simultaneously amusing and extremely shameful.
Chris Colfer
chriscolfer Chris Colfer
I’m toying with the idea of going to a Christmas Party as Elf On A Shelf…thoughts?
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
jessetyler Jesse Tyler Ferguson
I find Rick Perry terrifying in the same way that I find a delusional old maid in a rocking chair terrifying.
Cheyenne Jackson
cheyennejackson Cheyenne Jackson
The stars of Mucinex commercials are giant animated blobs of phlegm with hats on.
Gareth Thomas
gareththomas14 Gareth Thomas
When I say to people I don’t want anything for Xmas.I don’t really mean it!!!
Neil Patrick Harris
ActuallyNPH Neil Patrick Harris
LAers: see the wonderful holiday show Snow White Christmas! Perfect for the family. I’m in it! Here’s a review: http://tinyurl.com/c9yamk6 GO!
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NOH8 Campaign to celebrate its third anniversary; Here is a mini gallery to mark the occasion!

Next Tuesday, there will be a celebration at the House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard to mark the third anniversary of the NOH8 Campaign.

I spoke this week with founder and celebrity founder Adam Bouska (pictured above with partner Jeff Parshley) about the campaign.

You can read the story over at GayStarNews.com!

Thought I’d further promote the story by posting some of my favorite NOH8 photos from the past three years.

Love the Kathy Griffin one where she poses with her two Emmys, of course, but it’s the hunky male stars who make a real impression on me!

Brandon Beemer of The Bold and the Beautiful shows us just enough of his beautiful bicep while a very buff Scott Herman shows off his six-pack and Real World: DC alum Mike Manning is looking adorable. Also looking good are Young and the Restless star Michael Muhney, the very talented Chad Allen, Shelter and Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss star Brad Rowe. and the gorgeous, talented and very muscular Nick Adams currently on Broadway in Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. Enjoy the little gallery I’ve put together for you.

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Thursday Morning Man: Ashton Holmes!

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http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/ashton-holmes-nikita-320.jpgIf you’ve been watching the new http://haveuheard.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/126173_0320_pre.jpgABC drama Revenge, then you know that one of the best parts of it is watching Ashton Holmes as the sexy and manipulative Tyler Barrol who will sleep with men and women to get what he wants.

The 33-year-old actor has had a few same-sex kissing scenes but expressed his disappointment at one of the more passionate one with co-star Gabriel Mann being cut.

“I have kissed a number of people on this show and the network has taken it out every time!” he told AfterElton.com last month. “I kissed Daniel (Joshua Bowman), I kissed Ashley (Ashley Madekwe), I kissed Nolan (Mann)…and every time they’ve taken it out. I think it’s kind of a cop out. I think it’s ABC not wanting to push the envelope maybe. When we shot the scene [between Tyler and Nolan] we really went for it, Gabe and I, and then it didn’t air. I don’t know. I don’t know if that’s [creator] Mike Kelley or the network but, yeah, I was real disappointed.”

Hopefully there will many kissing scenes ahead!

Prior to Revenge, the 33-year-old Holmes was best known for his performance as Jack Stall in the film A History of Violence and his role as Private Sidney Phillips in the HBO  miniseries The Pacific. He also had a recurring role on ABC’s Boston Legal and was a regular on The CW series Nikita.

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My Gay Star News interviews with Broadway’s Gavin Creel and Chandler Massey of “Days of Our Lives”

I hope you’ve all had a chance to go over and check out Gay Star News which I am now part of as a US correspondent.

Each day, I will likely be providing links to my stories over there so you don’t miss a thing! They will be different from the posts here on Greg In Hollywood.

First of all, I’ve done an interview with two-time Tony nominee Gavin Greel who has just released a powerful new marriage equality anthem called Noise.

Here is a LINK.

And yesterday, I chatted with Chandler Massey of Days of Our Lives to introduce him to Gay Star News readers who might not yet be familiar with his soap and his exciting storyline as gay teen Will Horton.

Here is that LINK.

So check my stories out (more to come today too) and all else that is on the site which is just in the first few days of its existence!

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Celeb Tweets: Anderson Cooper goes to DMV; Chaz writing again; Sean Hayes shares “Stooges” pic!

Anderson Cooper
andersoncooper Anderson Cooper
I lost my wallet and am now at the dmv getting a new drivers license. Should you smile in a driver’s license photo? Not sure.
Anderson Cooper
andersoncooper Anderson Cooper
There’s a drunk man at the dmv with a feather in his hat who just yelled out “they call me sweeney todd!”
David Burtka
Davidburtka David Burtka
Just did my first little segment on E! news! Wow, how fun! Please watch 7pm and 11:30 pm!!
Chaz Bono
ChazBono Chaz Bono
Working on bonus chapter 4 Transition in paperback out in May 2012. It’s hard to get into the swing of writing after not doing it 4 so long
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
jessetyler Jesse Tyler Ferguson
So excited the supremely talented @EllenBarkin is going to guest on Modern Family! How lucky are we? All new Christmas episode tonight!
Mark Indelicato
markindelicato Mark Indelicato
Hillary Clinton’s speech on gay rights touched my heart. It’s an amazing feeling knowing that we are making progress in this world. #finally
Margaret Cho
margaretcho Margaret Cho
omg i always forget that pearl harbor day is dec 7th!! it’s a scary day for asian americans – like a reminder we don’t belong
Piers Morgan
piersmorgan Piers Morgan
Same bed? RT @Rosie: @piersmorgan – if u r here in chicago – u can stay with me
BD WONG
BD_WONG BD WONG
I actually feel OK about the holidays this year. I am decorating and evvahthang.
Sean Hayes
theseanhayes Sean HayesIn honor of #3Stooges trailer being released, here’s a behind-the-scenes photo from the set of Stooges last Summer.
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Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka urge people to make donations to L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

On the night last month that Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka were honored by the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, they made this adorable Public Service Announcement to raise money for the center.

Executive Director Lorri L. Jean says the center is trying to raise $100,000 this holiday season specifically for services for homeless youth.

“For these brave and struggling youth, the only gift that matters this holiday season is the gift of acceptance. They find that at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. For many LGBT teens that have run away or been kicked out of their home, we’re the only family they have.

Jean says that during the coming winter months, The Center faces a rising demand for services from homeless LGBT youth which includes providing safe shelter, warm meals, medical services, counseling and much more to the growing number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth who will turn to The Center in the next few months.

Here is a LINK to send donations.

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Former tennis champ Margaret Court speaks out against marriage equality in Australia

http://www.tennisnow.com/getattachment/21e4e664-36de-49e9-a909-76dba0c5f53e/Counting-Down--Greatest-US-Open-Champions---12-Mar.aspx?maxsidesize=300http://espn.go.com/photo/2006/0701/ten_a_champions_262.jpgIt took a lesbian, Billie Jean King, to undo the damage to the women’s equality movement in 1973 after Margaret Court was easily beaten by Bobby Riggs in a battle of the sexes match.

King went on to beat Riggs and the rest is history.

Now Court, winner of a record grand slam single titles, wants to set back the marriage equality movement as well!

She is senior pastor in Perth’s Victory Life Church and is speaking out against efforts in Australia to legalize same-sex marriage, according to The West Australian newspaper.

Said Court: “No amount of legislation or political point-scoring can ever take out of the human heart the knowledge that in the beginning God created them male and female and provided each with a unique sexual function to bring forth new life. To dismantle this sole definition of marriage and try to legitimise what God calls abominable sexual practices that include sodomy, reveals our ignorance as to the ills that come when society is forced to accept law that violates their very own God-given nature of what is right and what is wrong.”

It’s interesting that you have Court being such a homophobe while her former rivals King and Martina Navratilova (pictured above with Court and fellow Wimbledon champ Steffi Graf) have lived with such courage and been such leaders in the fight for gender and LGBT equality.

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See Hillary Rodham Clinton’s remarkable speech calling for the protection of the rights of LGBT people

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a speech on human rights issues at United Nations headquarters in Geneva, called on world leaders to stop discrimination against gays and lesbians.

“I speak about this subject knowing that my own country’s record on human rights for gay people is far from perfect,” Clinton acknowledged. “Until 2003, it was still a crime in parts of our country. Many LGBT Americans have endured violence and harassment in their own lives, and for some, including many young people, bullying and exclusion are daily experiences. So we, like all nations, have more work to do to protect human rights at home.

She also said in her remarkable speech: “Like being a woman, like being a racial, religious, tribal, or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”

Here is video of the speech in its entirety:

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