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“One Life to Live” preview: Gay storyline will take a violent turn for one of the characters in Llanview

Okay One Life to Live fans, if you don’t want to know about any upcoming SPOILERS, just stop reading now, scroll on down and take another look at today’s Morning Man!

I’ve been reading the Gays of Our Lives column on AfterElton.com and it’s got some scoop on what’s ahead for our favorite gay characters in Llanview and it has the storyline taking a very violent turn.

Here are the details in an excerpt from the column:

[Newly-sworn-in mayor] Dorian has sworn to make same-sex marriage legal in Llanview and plans to do so, even as she is warned by the Attorney General not to sign the initiative. Dorian being Dorian, she signs the documents anyway and is threatened with arrest. When Oliver, who is on the scene, risks his career by putting his personal beliefs first, Dorian has the gay cop’s back.

That night, Kyle and Oliver plan to attend a concert at Ultraviolet put on by the All American Rejects. Kyle eases Oliver’s anxiety about the evening ahead by telling his boyfriend that he is nervous too. The guys go to the concert, have a good time and look forward to what else the evening might bring. But it looks like fate might intercede once again.

Nick and Amelia, along with Sky and Gigi, are given a hard time by homophobes who don’t appreciate Nick’s candor about his beliefs. A scuffle breaks out and Sky is punched in the face for his trouble. Everyone winds up at the hospital with a few bumps and bruises. But all seems well and it is – for the moment. Later, however, Nick is brutally attacked and left for dead.

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Wednesday Morning Man: Thomas Roberts!

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Thomas Roberts looks like he was born to be on television.

The handsome newsman is best known for his stint as an anchor on CNN Headline News. Three years ago, he made quite a splash at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Assn. conference in Miami when he talked about being an openly gay man in television news.

He had certainly paid his dues by that time starting out as a reporter for a small cable station in Maryland then working as a writer/field producer for the NBC affiliate in San Diego.

Thomas also spent time at the ABC affiliate in Nebraska before landing in Fort Myers, Florida as a nightly news anchor and investigative reporter for the FOX station followed by a stint as the afternoon co-anchor and investigative/consumer correspondent for the NBC affiliate in Portsmouth-Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Thomas, 37, left CNN a few years ago and spent some time as a regular correspondent for The Insider. This year, he hosted red carpet coverage of the Screen Actors Guild for TNT.

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Adam Lambert visits Ellen and says of AMAs: “Ok, maybe that wasn’t the best first impression to make”

Are you tired of the whole Adam Lambert American Music Awards brouhaha yet? I’m not! But I may be soon!
Adam talked about his controversial performance with Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday and for the first time, is beginning to sound a lot less defiant telling Ellen he “forgot that this was the first time people were seeing me on TV again after ‘Idol.’”
Then he said: “I think in hindsight, I look back on it and I go, ‘Ok, maybe that wasn’t the best first impression to make again or the first second impression.’”
Adam is also not dissing ABC,. which aired the awards, for canceling his Good Morning America concert scheduled for last week: “They gave me a great opportunity to close the AMA’s and I would never want to smack that gift force in the mouth. I think that they were taking a big leap of faith having me do that and unfortunately it didn’t work out as we all thought it would.”

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World AIDS Day: A Round-up of Coverage

A red ribbon hangs in advance of World AIDS Day on the front ...There is a two-story red ribbon hanging in front of The White House to mark World AIDS Day. I hope it serves as a reminder to everyone that despite life-saving progress in treatement, this deadly disease is still with us.
I came of age, as did many of my friends, in the age of AIDS and it was terrifying and really shaped how you felt about yourself, about sex and about being gay. So many people dying, so many young and beautiful people gone far too soon. I have a friend who lost a dozen friends and the pain from that will never really go away.
Here is a list of names from AIDSWatch of many of those lives who have been lost including such famous people as Rock Hudson, Arthur Ashe, Amanda Blake, Anthony Perkins, Ryan White, and Liberace.
So when you see young gay men today being reckless, it is just maddening and quite tragic. If you are negative, stay negative! If you don’t know your status, find out. It’s better to know. And if you are positive, take care of your health and of those you come in contact with.
President Barack Obama has made a World AIDS Day Proclamation which reads in part: Though we have been witness to incredible progress, our struggle against HIV/AIDS is far from over. With an infection occurring every nine-and-a-half minutes in America, there are more than one million individuals estimated to be living with the disease in our country. Of those currently infected, one in five does not know they have the condition, and the majority of new infections are spread by people who are unaware of their own status. HIV/AIDS does not discriminate as it infiltrates neighborhoods and communities. Americans of any gender, age, ethnicity, income, or sexual orientation can and are contracting the disease.
World AIDS Day is an international event to remember the 47 million people worldwide, the 1.7 million in America and the 2000+ in Iowa who have AIDS or who have died from from AIDS.
Here are some stories I have found interesting and informative:
NPR: World AIDS Day 2009 Sees Progress, Challenges
Bay Windows: Hillary Clinton: U.S. Must Fight Against LGBT Discrimination in Fight Against HIV
NPR: In China, AIDS Stigma Proves Difficult to Eliminate
Voice of America: World Mark AIDS Day
Newsweek: The Comeback of AIDS Activism
CNN International: Walk in an AIDS Patient’s Shows
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Tom Ford’s directorial debut “A Single Man” nabs three Independent Spirit Award nominations

Director Tom Ford, actors Julianne Moore and Colin Firth attend the "A Single Man" photocall at the Palazzo del Casino during the 66th Venice Film Festival on September 11, 2009 in Venice, Italy.Congratulations to Tom Ford for making a big splash to kick off awards season.
His directorial debut, A Single Man, earned three Independent Spirit Award nominations which were announced this morning in LA.
Ford got two individual nods in the categories of Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay. Also nominated was the film’s leading man Colin Firth who received a best actor nod.
The awards will be handed out on March 5, two days before the Academy Awards.
Here is a LINK to a full list of nominees.
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Lunch Break Video: Rosie O’Donnell really was a terrific Betty Rubble in “The Flintstones”

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51PCQPBntcL._SL500_AA280_.jpgRosie O’Donnell isn’t making many movies anymore. But before she turned to television and now radio, she was a pretty busy movie actress with roles in A League of Our Own, Sleepless in Seattle, Another Stakeout, Beautiful Girls and, best of all, 1994′s The Flintstones.

Rosie would not seem an obvious choice to play Betty Rubble but she had the most perfect Betty giggle, had the perfect hair for the part and seemed to trim down to pull off the little Betty outfit.

I actually liked this movie and thought Elizabeth Perkins was a terrific Wilma. It was also the final feature film role for Elizabeth Taylor who played Wilma’s mother Pearl Slaghoople.

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Lunch w/Greg: ABC’s Adam Lambert fallout; Tom Petty’s pain; and “Corduray Skirts Are A Sin”

Adam Lambert performs on the American Music Awards Hello and happy Tuesday!

Has some errands to run so am a little late off the dime with the morning column so let’s just make it lunch!

Today is World AIDS Day and I will doing a post on that shortly because it’s an excellent time to educate and remind all about this devastating disease for which there are treatments, but still no cure.

But first an Adam Lambert item because, well, it’s just been days since I’ve last written about that little troublemaker! Ha!

Adam, with his racy American Music Awards performance last week has single-handedly led to ABC enact a policy ask artists for assurances that their stage show will resemble their rehearsals and that ABC will seek contractual obligation to make sure artists stick to those plans.

A Reuters story quotes Disney/ ABC Television Group President Anne Sweeney as saying: “We certainly don’t want to suppress artistry at any level, but we also have to be very cognizant of who our audience is.

ABC edited out portions of Lambert’s November 22 AMA performance during the West Coast broadcast of the show and subsequently rescinded an invitation for the singer to appear on Good Morning America last week.

In related Adam news, the singer has also revealed in a radio interview that he suffered from a lack of self-confidence when he was younger and weighed 250 pounds!

http://www.100xr.com/100_XR/Artists/T/Tom_Petty/Tom.Petty.jpgThis next item makes me so sad: Tom Petty admits in the new issue of Rolling Stone that he was physically and verbally abused by his father when he was a kid because the dad assumed his music-loving son was gay.

“[My father] was scary and violent,” says Petty who still has nightmares about the abuse. “He beat the living hell out of me, and there was constant verbal abuse. … Looking back on it, he probably was disappointed that I was so drawn to the arts. He probably thought I was gay. I wasn’t interested in sports. I didn’t know the names of any baseball players. I liked films and books and records.”

This gives some insight into why so many kids who really are gay run away from home. There are some really sick parents out there.

CorduroyThey say a picture is worth a thousand words and this one certainly is!

I love, love, love it!

According to Towleroad, Syracuse Unoversity drama major Chris Pesto, a junior, decided to make a sign of his own when he saw Open-Air Campaigner evangelist Michelle Deferio standing on campus with her anti-gay sign and wearing a very unfortunate outfit.

Pesto writes of the experience: “This woman was wearing a ankle-length corduroy skirt, which, as we all know, is a fashion nono. So, in order to make her feel uncomfortable, I stood next to her and held a sign that said Corduroy skirts are a sin! I don’t think I have ever drawn so much attention in my life. SO many people asked to take a picture with me, I got laughs, high fives and there were the few that even cursed off the woman standing behind me. As I drew interest to what was going on with myself and the woman with the hateful sign, I started to draw a crowd that stood with me in support. Before I knew it I had 100+ people holding signs for gay rights asking people to honk their horns to support. I was interviewed by a news station, and more than 5 student organization papers, and the Post Standard of Syracuse.”

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Happy Birthday to Bette Midler!

http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/nevada/las-vegas/images/s/las-vegas-shows-bette-midler-filmography.jpgShe is still so very divine!

Bette Midler, one of the most delicious performers to ever come into out lives, is 64 years young today. It was nearly 40 years ago that she got her start in gay bathhouses with Barry Manilow at the piano.

Since then, she’s won all kinds of Grammys, had all kinds of hair colors, made all kinds of movies both good (The Rose, For the Boys, First Wives Club) and bad (Jinxed, Drowning Mona, Scenes from a Mall) and been outrageous and refined.

Here are some photos of Bette, through the years:

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Matthew Morrison, Cory Monteith, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and others reveal their man crushes

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I think there’s a great many of us who would dearly love to be Glee star Matthew Morrison’s “man crush.”

But the lucky guy with that distinction is Justin Timberlake.

“The guy can do it all,” Matt says in the People.com “One Question” video feature that asked him and other male celebrities who they’d like to have a bro-mance with. I’m kind of surprised that there was not one mention off Brad Pitt who seems to have been every straight guy’s man crush for nearly two decades now.

Matt’s Glee co-star Mark Salling picked Morrison but not so Cory Monteith who Matt was sweet enough to give a little peck to during an Entertainment Weekly cover shoot.

http://images.huffingtonpost.com/gen/15762/thumbs/s-ANDERSON-COOPER-DAVID-BECKHAM-large.jpgSo who’s Cory’s man crush?

“It would definitely be Anderson Cooper,” he said. “He’s a smart man and that makes a man attractive.”

Well Cory, that and that silver hair, gorgeous blue eyes and bulging biceps. Yeah, the brains are kinda hot too.

Here are some of the other man crushes going on in Hollywood:

Nick Lachey: “My man crush is David Beckham.”

John Legend: “I say George Clooney. He’s the man. He’s cool.”

Maksim Chmerkovskiy:Michael Buble for some reason. He just has that vibrant personality that makes you just want to be friends with him. I just want to call him Bubbles.”

Jesse Metcalf:David Duchovny.” Then he looks in the camera and, addressing Duchovny asks: “Can I be your friend?”

Hunter Parish:Chris Martin. Now that is quite the man.”

LL Cool J: “I don’t have a problen with people who have man crushes. I personally don’t have one.”

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Daytime Soap Clip: Noah struggles with being blind and his anger toward Luke on “As the World Turns”

Noah (Jake Silbermann) is beyond in a bad mood in this episode!

His anger toward Luke (Van Hansis) runs deep because he blames Luke for the explosion that resulted in his being blinded: “You are the reason I lost my sight,” he snarls at Luke.

Later on a walk with Lily, Noah explains: “[Luke] should have never have gotten Mason fired. If we weren’t arguing about that then none of this would have happened. He was letting his jealousy take over. Did he really think that in a million years Mason could come between what we had? It’s like he’s becoming a newer, younger version of his father.”

Luke and Noah later have a talk and Noah continues to unload: “I’m sick to death of being mad at you – I love you. And I know you didn’t want the accident to happen. But every time I’m near you, every time I hear you speak or you touch me it just all comes back in this flood – everything – the fight over Mason, you going behind my back to your father, everything exploding in my face literally. It was just so stupid and senseless!”

They realize being together isn’t best right now so it’s arranged for Noah to go off to a rehab facility for the blind. They end things with a pretty sweet kiss – their first lip-lock with Noah as a blind man.

This storyline has allowed for Silbermann to do some of his best work ever on the show. It has allowed him to really show his talent and Hansis has matched him scene for scene. They are a wonderful pair to watch and it would be nice if the writers would write material worthy of them more often.

In other news, Lily walks in on creepy Damien and Meg! Hooray! How is Luke’s biological dad gonna get himself out of this one?

Stay Tuned.


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Tuesday Morning Man: Jay Kenneth Johnson!

http://www.nbc.com/Days_of_our_Lives/bios/images/actors/Jay_Kenneth_Johnson.jpgIn looking through photos of Days of Our Lives star Jay Kenneth Johnson, I’m very jealous that he got to be in bed with the hunky Brandon Beemer!
Relax everyone. There were lovely actresses in bed with these gorgeous dudes in a publicity shot (see below) for Days. (Brandon is now on Bold and the Beautiful).
I met the 32-year-old Johnson on the red carpet of the 2008 Daytime Emmy Awards and found him to be very nice and especially liked him because he mentioned that he was a regular reader of the column I was doing them for the LA Daily News.
The actor and musician has been straddling the worlds of daytime and prime-time for a decade now. He was still in college when he took on his Days role on Philip Kiriakis back in 1999. He left the show in 2002 but returned five years later and has been there since.
In between the years on Days, prime-time beckoned and Jay played Chris Remsen on the Fox series North Shore and he had a recurring role as Dr. Matthews on Scrubs.
In addition to acting, Jay is also lead vocalist and co-songwriter for Solid Jones, a high powered funk/rock fusion band.
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TNT cancels “Raising the Bar” which starred Mark-Paul Gosselaar and had complicated gay character

This is a pity.

TNT has canceled its legal drama Raising the Bar after just two seasons. I liked the show – even more so after star Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who played passionate public defender Jerry Kellerman, cut his long shaggy hair after season one.

The show had an outstanding cast besides Gosselaar that included Gloria Reuben, Jane Kaczmarek and Jonathan Scarfe (pictured below with Gosselaar and Kaczmarek) who played the interesting gay character of Charlie Sagansky.

Charlie was law clerk and former boyfriend to Kaczmarek’s character of Judge Trudy Kessler.  He ended their relationship (and almost his entire career) when he came out of the closet. After working so long to keep his sexual orientation under wraps, he was facing a brand-new life as an openly gay man in season two. With his coming out not resulting in the disaster he expected, he saw new possibilities, including a potential judgeship of his own.

Now we won’t be able to see Charlie develop further which is too bad.

The network has released the following statement: “Everyone at TNT had a great experience working on ‘Raising the Bar’ with Steven Bochco and the rest of the show’s terrific cast and crew. We’re proud of the series and appreciate the efforts of all of the creative people who were involved. Unfortunately, ratings for ‘Raising the Bar’’s second season did not reach the levels required for TNT to renew the series.

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Cher to celebrate 100th Vegas show Tuesday!

http://www.onlineticketsusa.com/images/lv/cher-large.jpgThank God for Cher.

The pop star turned TV variety performer turned Oscar winning actress has always been a smash in Las Vegas throughout much of her 45 years of stardom and that is the only place you can see her perform these days.

On Tuesday evening, Cher will perform her 100th show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. It’s been a terrific gig that allows her to do her elaborate shows and sing her many, many, many hits without the rigors of touring.

She talked to Entertainment Tonight’s Mark Steines in February about her Vegas show and some of her mishaps: “I’ve fallen twice on that stage!” During the If I Could Turn Back Time, dancers throw their hats and, “My right foot hit [a] cowboy hat and felt like Superman. … And then I fell on my knee and my hands — [but] I never dropped the microphone. I never missed a beat, didn’t miss a note or word, and I think [the audience was] just stunned that I fell so hardcore and then just jumped up; because I was [stunned].”

Cher is a real trouper!

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Tom Ford talks to Peter Bart and Peter Guber on premiere episode of “In The House”

http://blogs.e-rockford.com/bricksandclicks/files/2007/11/tom-ford-picture-1.jpgIt’s quite a feat for Tom Ford to go from superstar fashion designer to acclaimed movie director.

He’s currently making the rounds publicizing the heck out of his film A Single Man starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore. On Dec. 3, Tom will guest on the premiere episode of In the House, a new half-hour news and interview show focused on the entertainment industry, premiering on Encore.

The show is hosted by two legendary Hollywood insiders – Peter Bart and Peter Guber. Morgan Freeman also guests on the first episode. In his interview, Ford discusses his directorial debut and about how he read the Christopher Isherwood novel 25 years ago when he was a television commercial actor living in Los Angeles.

Here are some excerpts from the interview:

Ford on his first film – “I had complete creative control of this.  I found the project, produced the project, directed the project and financed the project.  I have to say, I don’t know if I could work any other way.”

Ford’s goal for the film – “The film was designed to be something from the heart and I think whenever you do that, whenever you’re passionate about something, usually people can feel that passion on the other end.”

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* Ford to Guber, who was asking him how to market his challenging film – “We’re not talking so much about marketing here – you’re talking about marketing; I talk about marketing my fragrance and my sunglasses – with this I’m talking about something I’m passionate about and letting it speak to audiences.”

On how women will relate to Julianne Moore’s role in the film – “This is something that women can relate to. No one ever talks about female mid-life crisis in our culture.  Women today (our film is based in the early ’60s), a beautiful woman is one of the most powerful things.  They learn to move through society by the way we objectify them…and then…all of sudden… at a certain age…it’s just pulled from under them.  And what do they do?  They’ve played the game and they’ve done everything that our culture tells them that they’re supposed to do.”

From fashion to directing – “As a fashion designer, it is fulfilling, but it doesn’t last too long.  Great fashion is always very current – of the moment.  A piece of film, whatever the time…you’re caught up in the moment.”

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Serena Williams gets record fine for threatening to shove this %@% ball down lineswoman’s throat!

http://images.smh.com.au/2009/06/23/599782/article400_serena_williams_reuters-420x0.jpgWe all know the world’s top tennis player Serena Williams became unhinged when a lineswoman called a foot fault on her in the final points of her semifinal match against Kim Clisters at this year’s US Open.

It was a bad call and put Clisters at match point. Serena could not brush it off, walked over to the woman and said she was going to shove this f——- ball down your f—— throat!

The foot fault is rarely, if ever, made at that stage of such a significant match

The outburst cost Serena a point penalty and the match since she was facing match point. That will hurt her more than any financial penalty from tennis officials. But on Monday, she got a record one: Serena was fined a record $82,500 for her U.S. Open tirade and could be suspended from that tournament if she has another “major offense” at any Grand Slam in the next two years.

Grand Slam administrator Bill Babcock said Williams faces a “probationary period” at tennis’ four major championships in 2010 and 2011. If she has another “major offense” at a Grand Slam tournament in that time, the fine would increase to $175,000 and she would be barred from the following U.S. Open. But if she does not have another offense in the next two years, the suspension is lifted

Serena is not gonna miss the money much it would seem: She earned $350,000 by reaching the U.S. Open singles semifinals, part of her more than $6.5 million in prize money in 2009, a single-season record for women’s tennis. She won the 2009 Australian Open, Wimbledon and the WTA Year-end Championships and lifted her overall career prize money past $28 million.
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Kevin Spirtas talks to ‘We Love Soaps’ about being an out actor: “It’s a slice of who I am”

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/29606111/Kevin+Spirtas++Night+and+Days+12+Kevin+Spirtas_NO+TEXT.jpgMeant to post this terrific interview We Love Soaps did with actor Kevin Spirtas last week but better late than never!

Kevin played the deliciously manipulative Craig Wesley on Days of Our Lives for six years before taking on the role of evil Jonas Chamberlain on One Life to Live.

He is currently appearing Off-Broadway in the show Loaded. Here is the portion of the interview that focuses on him being a gay man:

We Love Soaps: Do you feel you’ve ever lost out on roles for being out?
Kevin Spirtas: Out as a gay man?

We Love Soaps: Yes.
Kevin Spirtas: I’ve never considered it.  I don’t lead from being gay.  I’ve never led from it.  I’m Kevin.  I’m someone’s son. I’m someone’s uncle. I’m someone’s partner. I’m someone’s non-partner. I’m someone’s friend.  It’s a slice of who I am.  I am an actor. I am a performer.  I think the interesting thing now is that you no longer have the time or energy to put up with the bullshit or constantly prove yourself.  But I don’t lead with that.  “Loaded” just happens to be a gay role, a gay man I’m portraying.  Dr. Craig Wesley happened to be a straight man.

We Love Soaps: Did you worry about that before?
Kevin Spirtas: I think I did early on.  I guess I grew up under the belief that a leading man has to fit a certain image in the realm of the arts in acting and theater.  People either know, or they don’t know.  They can find out.  I think we’re all the same when it comes down to it.  We all have a heart. We all want to be loved.  We all want to give love. We all want to fit in.  Where you put your body doesn’t have anything to do with where you put your focus on talent or creativity.

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Lunch Break Videos: When Barbra Streisand and Katherine Hepburn tied for the best actress Oscar

streisand1969.jpg image by aimtx Being such a huge Barbra Streisand fan for so many years, I’m a little astounded that I have never seen the full video of her Academy Awards acceptance speech the year she won the best actress Oscar for Funny Girl.

Ingrid Bergman presented the award at the 1969 ceremony and the fellow nominees were Katherine Hepburn, Patricia Neal, Joanne Woodward and Vanessa Redgrave (all past or future Oscar winners). Miss Bergman opened the envelope and, looking very surprised, said: “It’s a tie!”

She first announced that Hepburn was one of the winners for The Lion in Winter then followed that up by announcing that Streisand had also won for Funny Girl.

Lion director Anthony Harvey accepted for Hepburn who was not present to accept any of the four best actress Oscars she won in her career. But Streisand, in her see-through bell bottomed pantsuit more than made up for her absence! The first words from her speech are classic. She looks at her shiny new Oscar and says: “Hello gorgeous.”

It’s pretty astounding that there would be a tie which had never happened before or since. But I can’t think of a more fitting year for it to happen because when you watch either performance, you see that both stand the test of time and two of the greatest given by any actress in the history of movies.

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Meryl Streep on the cover of Vanity Fair

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Wow! I can almost forgive Vanity Fair for featuring Paris Hilton on its cover (I did not renew my subscription that year) because the January 2010 issue features the great Meryl Streep.

Can’t wait to see Meryl’s new movie, It’s Complicated, with Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. Saw the trailer yesterday before New Moon and it looks like another winner in a year that Meryl has delivered an Oscar worthy performance as Julia Child in Julie & Julia.

What’s even more amazing is that at 60, Meryl is the industry’s box office queen with a string of recent hits that includes The Devil Wears Prada, Mamma Mia and Julie & Julia. She also gave an Oscar-nominated performance in Doubt last year.

“It’s incredible—I’m 60, and I’m playing the romantic lead in romantic comedies!” Streep says to author Leslie Bennetts. “Bette Davis is rolling over in her grave.” And while Streep’s success is no guarantee that other actresses will fare any better than they traditionally have, it’s a step in the right direction. “She broke the glass ceiling of an older woman being a big star—it has never, never happened before,” says Mike Nichols.

The first part of Meryl’s career was filled with heavy dramas such as her Oscar winning roles in Sophie’s Choice and Kramer vs. Kramer as well as such films as Out of Africa, Cry in the Dark, Silkwood, Ironweed, and Bridges of Madison County.

meryl-streep-1001-03.jpgBut she started doing comedy at the start of the 1990s and achieved great success – and and Oscar nomination – with Postcards from the Edge followed by Death Becomes Her and other lighter roles mixed in with the dramatic ones.

An article excerpt on this:

Sure, she made her name jerking tears in prestige dramas and has accumulated more Oscar and Golden Globe nominations than any other actor, male or female, but she’s always had a lighter side too. (Bennetts unearths a Time-magazine quote from 1989 that reads, “Surprise! Inside the Greer Garson roles Streep usually plays, a vixenish Carole Lombard is screaming to be cut loose.”) And it turns out that the same meticulous approach that made her a great dramatic actress works in comedy as well. Nora Ephron, who directed Streep in Julie & Julia, says, “I would love to take credit for that amazing performance, but the truth is that she had read everything about Julia Child, she played the cooking tapes over and over between setups … and she even suggested that I cast Stanley Tucci as her husband.”

Here is a LINK to the preview of the Vanity Fair article.

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Breakfast w/Greg: “New Moon” rules again; Sam and Dan survive in Amazing Race & Clay Aiken turns 31

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Good morning!

I’m dragging a bit today because a friend and I decided to go out last night and hit some clubs in West Hollywood. So many people out! We ran into Wilson Cruz and his boyfriend at Here Lounge as well as two of the stars of Eating Out 3 Chris Salvatore and Daniel Skelton and also chatted up former CNN anchor Thomas Roberts.

Before heading out to West Hollywood, we headed over to The Grove to see a movie. Wanted to see Precious but it was sold out so settled for our second choice The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

It was okay, perhaps a tad too long. But there was no denying that Taylor Lautner steals the show with that new body! The first time he rips his shirt off it’s a revelation then he spends the rest of the flick basically shirtless. Trust me, we were not complaining!

New Moon remained at the top of the box office heap during what was a record Thanksgiving weekend. It grossed an estimated $42.5 million over the weekend and has earned $230 million domestically in just two weeks.

The Sandra Bullock flick The Blind Side is shaping up to be a huge hit s well with a weekend gross of $40 million and more than $100 million in two weeks.

Gotta check that one out too – as well as Precious.

The "Amazing" McMillen brothers of Liberty: Sam, on the left, and Dan.

STILL IN THE RACE: Gay brothers Sam and Dan MacMillen have made it to the final three on The Amazing Race but not before having to perform a series of bizarre tasks in Prague on Sunday night’s show.

They and the other teams were forced to build golems, enter frigidly cold rooms and deliver beer, drink absinthe and answer ringing telephones. They performed all of this while avoiding soccer hooligans and drunken tourists!

The brothers also did some backstabbing after Dan agreed to join forces with one of the Harlem Globetrotters to solve a Kafka-esque puzzle. But when he figured it out on his own, all he divulged to his rival was that the answer started with “F.”  The Globetrotter team was eliminated and he brother finished the leg in second place.

The brothers now are in the finals and compete with two other teams for first prize of $1 million! The McMillen brothers will be in New York for the broadcast of next Sunday’s finale, which will put the final three teams through their paces in Las Vegas.

http://cdn.channel.aol.com/red_galleries/clay-aiken-400a052307.jpgCLAY’S DAY: Now that Adam Lambert has taken over the world, Clay Aiken is no longer the most famous American Idol runner up in thw world. He’s not even the most famous gay runner up!

But let’s give Clay his due because today is his 31st brithday: he parlayed his success on Idol (whatever happened to season 2 winner Ruben Stoddard anyway?) into a hugely successful recording career and has also starred on Broadway. He has an extremely loyal fan base and recently became a father.

My hope for Clay as he turns another year older is that he becomes a more gracious person. It was a big step when he finally came out and confirmed what everyone had known – that he is gay. But he’s often a bitchy gay and he went out of his way to write some rude things about Lambert earlier this year and suffered a lot of backlash for it.

Clay, who is working on a new album for next year, tried to apologize – I think! – and just came off sounding worse.

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Monday Morning Man: Rob Estes!

http://www.zap2it.com/media/photo/2008-07/41329969.jpgAll those young hunks on The CW’s 90210 have got nothing on gorgeous Rob Estes.

He plays principal Harry Wilson who is also father of two of the central students at West Beverly High.

Rob just gets better with age and I have been a big fan of the handsome 46-year-old actor since he starred in the late-night crime series Silk Stalkings in the first half of the 90s. Then he segued over to the original Melrose Place where he played Kyle McBride for that show’s final three seasons.

Rob had recurring roles on the sitcom Suddenly Susan and CSI: Miami. But it’s taken awhile for him to get back full-time on a hit show.

It’s not like he hasn’t tried.

He was on of the stars of ABC’s short-lived Women’s Murder Club and Rob also starred in the crime drama The Evidence.

His current gig does not require that he deal with much crime other than teenagers backstabbing each other!

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