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Morning Round-Up: “Say I Do” on Netflix; Naya Rivera; LA Pride; Zac Efron; Gayle King; RHOBH

Netflix’s “Say I Do” Will Give You Just What You Need—A Good Ugly Cry NewNowNext

LA Pride will leave West Hollywood LA Blade

Cory Monteith’s mother pays tribute to Naya Rivera: ‘We’ll carry you in our hearts forever’ EW.com

Naya Rivera’s Ex Ryan Dorsey ‘Can’t Imagine Raising Josey Without’ Her People

Zac Efron Morphs Into a Bearded Hunk in New Netflix Documentary Instinct

Gayle King to Host ‘Gayle King In the House’ on SiriusXM Variety

Brandi Glanville Tells Denise Richards and Aaron Phypers She Wants ‘to Be a Throuple’ with Them People

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Thursday Morning Man: James Maslow!

Today is this handsome guy’s 30th birthday.

He’s actor and singer James Maslow who describes himself as ‘focused, sarcastic, and woke.’

James first became known for playing the role of James Diamond on Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush and was a member of the boy band with the same name. He also starred as Kevin Mohr on the Sony Crackle original series Sequestered.

In 2014, he competed as a contestant on the eighteenth season of Dancing with the Stars, in which he reached fourth place and last year competed on Celebrity Big Brother.

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This quarantine is challenging me to come up with new ways to workout and stay motivated BUT I accept that challenge and am actually getting excited to set new fitness goals! Looking at where I’ve taken my fitness before for the covers of @fitnessrxformen and @menshealthmx is definitely motivating me to step it up! SWIPE and tell me which cover you like better?! And what magazine would you like to see me do next?? #fitness #fitnessmotivation #levelup ????????#quarantine

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Television Academy sues to stop sale of the four Emmys Valerie Harper won for playing Rhoda Morgenstern

The late, great Valerie Harper won four Emmys during her career for her portrayal of Rhoda Morgenstern. Three were in the supporting actress category during the four years Harper was part of the cast of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The fourth win was in the lead actress category for the spinoff series Rhoda which ran for five seasons.

Harper died last year at the age of 80 after a long battle with cancer.

Now those four Emmys are up for auction by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills – they are among the more than 900 pieces of entertainment memorabilia as part of its “Hollywood: Legends & Explorers” auction.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the Television Academy, which awards the Emmys, has sued Julien’s arguing that Emmy Award statuettes can’t be sold. It claims that while winners can keep the statute for life, and their heirs can inherit the shiny, gold award, it’s the Academy that actually owns it and it merely “lends a copy of the Emmy Statuette to the Emmy winner to symbolize and honor his or her achievement.”

Here is a LINK to the whole story.

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Jake Borelli’s simple words: “Wear a damn mask”

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Oh, look, you’re outside… I don’t care. Wear a damn mask.

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Patrik-Ian Polk talks about the possibility of “Noah’s Arc” making a return to television


Patrik-Ian Polk joined Bevy Smith on Bevelations to discuss the new Starz show P-Valley and discussed the recent reunion episode of his groundbreaking show Noah’s Arc and whether he feels there is a chance the show could be rebooted for TV. A half- million people have seen the reunion episode so far!

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Pietro Boselli shares his first GQ Italia cover and it is a 3D stunner

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My first @gqitalia cover! Printed on lenticular paper, superimposing Michelangelo’s masterpiece “David”, the ultimate symbol of Renaissance and classical perfection. I am humbled. Thank you to the team behind this fashion editorial shot in 3D for the first time. Editor in Chief: @audiffredi Fashion Director: @nikpiras Art Director: @federigogabellieri Photo and digital art: @buildersclub_london

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After Covid-19, hunky NBC News correspondent Morgan Chesky is finally feeling like his old self

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Nothing better than finally feeling like your old self. Much love to all y’all for the support throughout my #Covid journey. Every text, email, message, card, or care package meant more than you’ll ever know. Now if you’ll excuse me, I believe there is some news to attend to.

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Celebrating the great Linda Ronstadt’s 74th birthday with some of her signature tunes

If I’m short on time, it’s not a good idea for me to go exploring YouTube in search of Linda Ronstadt videos to post because I end up spending a good hour watching all kinds of gems then trying to narrow it down to three or so.

On the occasion of this great singer’s 74th birthday, I’ve settled on this trio of performances – the first of which is one of her early big hits called Long Long Time which in my teen years, I played again and again when I fell in unrequited love with a straight boy.

Yeah, really, would be there on the floor of the living room, giant headphones on, and wallow.

Anyway, enough about me!

This is about Linda and the other two videos I selected are her huge 1977 hit Blue Bayou and her appearance with Smokey Robinson that includes What’s New and a duet with Smokey on Ooh Baby Baby.

Enjoy!


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Wednesday Morning Man: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II!

Wishing a happy 34th birthday today to actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II!

He is best known for portraying David Kane / Black Manta in the DC Extended Universe superhero film Aquaman and Cal Abar in the HBO limited series Watchmen.

Since starring in the Netflix musical drama series The Get Down, Abdul-Mateen appeared in numerous films, including Baywatch, The Greatest Showman, The Vanishing of Sidney Hall, First Match, Boundaries, All Day and a Night, and Us. He has also been in episodes of Black Mirror and The Handmaid’s Tale.

He has already filmed The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Candyman and will next appear in The Matrix 4.

He wasn’t originally an actor. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in architecture, he worked as a city planner in San Francisco. While at Berkeley, he became a member of the fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha and competed as a hurdler for the California Golden Bears. He later received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama and began working as a stage actor.




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Morning Round-Up: Naya Rivera; Nyle DiMarco; Ricky Martin; Guillermo Díaz; Tyra Banks; Karamo Brown

Revisit Naya Rivera’s Guest Appearance on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” NewNowNext

Glee Creators Announce College Fund for Naya Rivera’s Son in Touching Tribute: ‘She Was a Joy’ People

Ricky Martin opens up about the dark side to his meteoric rise to fame Queerty

Nyle DiMarco Comedy Series in the Works at Spectrum The Hollywood Reporter

Actor Guillermo Díaz Poses for a COVID-Era Shoot Advocate

Tyra Banks to Replace Tom Bergeron & Erin Andrews as New ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Host Just Jared

Karamo Brown Launches New Skincare Brand, MANTL The WOW Report

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Heartfelt Naya Rivera tributes from “Glee” stars Matthew Morrison, Chord Overstreet, Dianna Agron, and Harry Shum Jr.

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Naya The world is at such a loss and I am truly heartbroken. I still remember the day I met you. You Walked straight up to me, grabbed me by the face and drug me around until I met every single person on set, introducing me as “new booty”. You were one of the first people who made me feel like family when others saw me as an outsider. I didn’t know then that you would become my family and that’s just who you were to everyone.. A Mother, Sister, Daughter and most of all a friend. Your massive heart and bright spark is what carried our entire show, when at times we all felt like giving up. You always showed up for me when I needed some wisdom or was down and just needed someone to talk to. You took care of everyone around you in a way that was so warm and comforting and you sure knew how to throw a hell of a party! I always admired your bravery and passion to fight for what’s right even when it seemed like you were up against the world. Your spirit is contagious and you continue to make everyone you have touched a better and stronger person by knowing you. My favorite part of glee was getting to watch you perform and shine up close every day. You really were the pulse of that show. Anyone who was blessed enough to see and experience your raw talent knows it to be true. You’re one of the smartest and most gifted people I have ever met. There is no one like you and there never will be. You have changed peoples lives all around the world and you continue to change mine forever. I will never forget your love and kindness. Thank you for sharing your spirit Angel. I will miss you always. I Love you Naya

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Naya was a such a powerful force, in both her personal life and in her work. While so many of us were trying to find our voice, Naya’s was clear and resolute. When she spoke, you would embrace every last word. And when she sang, she would let you into her soul. Glee acted as only a snippet of her life that we all, thankfully, had the honor of witnessing. But Naya would shine brightest when surrounded by her wonderful family. A common passion we both shared recently was that of our roles as parents. Naya was fervent about motherhood and had a steadfast love for Josey. It is that powerful love that ensures us that her story does not end here. I’m confident that her positive influence will be continuously felt, and that her beautiful spirit will carry on in the lives of so many. I’m devastated by this immense loss. This week has been long and trying with much praying and hope. I find some solace in closure, but the pain I feel for her and her family cannot be measured. Rest in peace, keep shining down on us with your bright light.

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⁣⁣ Naya and I fell into stride with such ease, she was my first friend and ally on our show. In the pilot, our characters came and went with such swiftness. Our enthusiasm brimmed with all of the unknown. We tried to grasp what the other cast members must be feeling as we were working in such separate manners. We dared to dream. What if this show worked? Wouldn’t that be something? Something was brimming, it was palpable. And thank god it worked. Naya’s magnetic talent was going to be unleashed, we just didn’t know it yet. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I’ve been revisiting Naya’s performances on our show and it has brought me great joy. To work with her was a gift. There was a great deal to absorb – her work ethic, her fearlessness, her talent – supreme. Naya had a laugh that would envelop you and hold you captive. She was mesmerizing. That twinkle in her eye, her luminous smile. Naya lead with truth, humor, wit. I loved her for all of these reasons. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I loved her sense of curiosity and wanderlust. I was lucky enough to be her travel partner for some of my most favorite adventures. As I write this, I’m grinning with swelling memories of a spontenaous 36 hour excursion – one might even say diversion – to Paris. With Naya, everything was possible and would often simply unfold before us, almost magically.⁣⁣ On this particular jaunt, within ten minutes of checking into our hotel, we found ourselves strolling the halls of L'École des Beaux-Arts, sipping wine from paper cups with students showcasing their latest work. It was fantastic. We were united in our commitment to discovery. And there was always a list of cleverly curated ideas in Naya’s back pocket, should we need it. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I cannot make sense of this tremendous loss. I will hold onto her and these memories for the rest of time, alongside our Glee family. Please hold space for her, her family, her beautiful boy. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ In absolute, loving memory.

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Check out Viola Davis on cover of Vanity Fair!

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This is what I needed today. …. Reposted from @violadavis Thrilled to share this cover and interview with @VanityFair. Available now! ・・・ Presenting our July/August cover star: @ViolaDavis. Last month, the Oscar winner took to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd—but she’s no stranger to fighting for what’s right. As a Black woman in Hollywood, she’s spent her career doing it: “My entire life has been a protest,” Davis says. “My production company is my protest. Me not wearing a wig at the Oscars in 2012 was my protest. It is a part of my voice, just like introducing myself to you and saying, ‘Hello, my name is Viola Davis.’” Davis was photographed by @dario.studio—the first Black photographer to shoot a Vanity Fair cover. At the link in bio, Davis speaks with V.F. about her extraordinary journey out of poverty and into the stubbornly unequal Hollywood system. Story by @soniasaraiya Photographed by @dario.studio Styled by @elizabethstewart1 Makeup by @autumnmoultriebeauty Hair by @jamikawilson Coatdress @maxmara Earrings @pomellato @vanityfair

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WATCH: Melissa Etheridge talks about her son’s death with Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America”


Melissa Etheridge talks with Robin Roberts of GMA about her son’s death from a drug overdose and what the Grammy winner is doing to honor him.

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Pillow Talk with Leslie Jordan: The Emmy winner looks back at time a woman called him a trashy hoodlum

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Pillow Talk with Leslie Jordan. Oh no she didn’t. I think she crossed the line, don’t you?

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Morning Round-Up: Naya Rivera’s “Glee” legacy; Kelly Preston; Miriam Margolyes; “Canada’s Drag Race”

Naya Rivera’s Profound Queer Legacy Advocate

Column: Naya Rivera Took a Basic ‘Glee’ Character and Made Her Unforgettable Variety

Kelly Preston’s Final Years: Battling Breast Cancer, Caring for Family and Filming with Judi Dench People

Out Harry Potter star Miriam Margolyes distances herself from JK Rowling as she urges people not to be ‘fascist’ about gender Pink News

“Canada’s Drag Race” Crosses International Boundary, Lands on Logo NewNowNext

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“Glee” castmates Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz, and Amber Riley pay tribute to the late Naya Rivera

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My Naya, my Snixxx, my Bee. I legitimately can not imagine this world without you. • 7 years ago today, she and I were together in London when we found out about Cory. We were so far away, but I was so thankful that we had each other. A week ago today we were talking about running away to Hawaii. This doesn’t make sense. And I know it probably never will. • She was so independent and strong and the idea of her not being here is something I cannot comprehend. She was the single most quick-witted person I’ve ever met, with a steel-trap memory that could recall the most forgettable conversations from a decade ago verbatim. The amount of times she would memorize all of those crazy monologues on Glee the morning of and would never ever mess up during the scene… I mean, she was clearly more talented than the rest of us. She was the most talented person I’ve ever known. There is nothing she couldn’t do and I’m furious we won’t get to see more. • I’m thankful for all the ways in which she made me a better person. She taught me how to advocate for myself and to speak up for the things and people that were important to me, always. I’m thankful for the times I grew an ab muscle from laughing so hard at something she said. I’m thankful she became like family. I’m thankful that my dad happened to have met her weeks before I did and when I got Glee, he told me to “look out for a girl named Naya because she seemed nice.” Well dad, she was nice and she became one of my favorite people ever. • If you were fortunate enough to have known her, you’ll know that her most natural talent of all was being a mother. The way that she loved her boy, it was truly Naya at her most peaceful. I’m thankful that Naya got that beautiful little boy got back on that boat. I’m thankful he will have a strong family around him to protect him and tell him about his incredible mom. I just hope more than anything that her family is given the space and time to come to terms with this. For having such tiny body, Naya had such a gigantic presence, a void that will now be felt by all of us – those of us who knew her personally and the millions of you who loved her through your TVs. I love you, Bee.

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There are no words and yet so many things I want to say, I don't believe I'll ever be able to articulate exactly what I feel but… Naya, you were a ⚡️ force and everyone who got to be around you knew it and felt the light and joy you exuded when you walked into a room. You shined on stage and screen and radiated with love behind closed doors. I was lucky enough to share so many laughs, martinis and secrets with you. I can not believe I took for granted that you'd always be here. Our friendship went in waves as life happens and we grow, so I will not look back and regret but know I love you and promise to help the legacy of your talent, humor, light and loyalty live on. You are so loved. You deserved the world and we will make sure Josey and your family feel that everyday. I miss you already.

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My favorite duet partner. I love you. I miss you. I don’t have words right now, just lots of feelings. Rest In Peace Angel, and know that your family will never have to worry about anything.

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Happy 52nd birthday to Robert Gant!

To the right is my favorite picture of Robert Gant – for obvious reasons – so I’ve decided to feature it again today on his birthday.

I’ve loved him ever since he appeared as one of Pheobe’s boyfriend’s on Friends then he was the high school principal on Popular. But best of all, there was his wonderful run on Queer as Folk as professor Ben Bruckner.

He turns 52 today and is proof that the notion that openly gay actors can convincingly play straight roles or romantic leads.

He has managed to continue to be cast in both gay (Save Me) and straight roles (Special Delivery) and in comedies (Mike & Molly, Hot in Cleveland) and dramas (Personal Affairs, Bones, Nip/Tuck).

His most recent credits include recurring roles on 13 Reasons Why, The Fosters, and Supergirl. In 2018, he made the Hallmark movie Wedding of Dreams opposite Debbie Gibson and last year guested on Good Trouble, All Rise, and Why Women Kill.

Happy birthday to this wonderfully appealing – and hunky – actor!

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Naya Rivera confirmed dead – “Glee” co-stars Chris Colfer & Darren Criss post tributes: “Her brilliance and humor were unmatched”

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Just heartbreaking. “Glee” star Naya Rivera’s body was found Monday after she went missing while boating on a California lake last week, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub confirmed. She was 33 years old. Naya had rented a boat with her 4-year-old son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, on Lake Piru in Los Padres National Forest on Wednesday and was last seen around 1 p.m., according to local news affiliate Fox 11 Los Angeles. The child, who was found alone hours later sleeping in the pontoon boat and wearing a life vest, told investigators that he and his mother had been swimming and that she never returned to the vessel. Sending so much love to her friends and family. #restinpeace

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How can you convey all your love and respect for someone in one post? How can you summarize a decade of friendship and laughter with words alone? If you were friends with Naya Rivera, you simply can’t. Her brilliance and humor were unmatched. Her beauty and talent were otherworldly. She spoke truth to power with poise and fearlessness. She could turn a bad day into a great day with a single remark. She inspired and uplifted people without even trying. Being close to her was both a badge of honor and a suit of armor. Naya was truly one of a kind, and she always will be. Sending all my love to her wonderful family and her beautiful son.

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She was bold. She was outrageous. She was a LOT of fun.⁣ ⁣ Naya made me laugh like no one else on that set. I always said it while we were working together and I’ve maintained it ever since. Her playful, wicked sense of humor never ceased to bring a smile to my face.⁣ ⁣ She played by her own rules and was in a class of her own. She had a brashness about her that I couldn’t help but be enchanted by. I also always loved her voice, and savored every chance I got to hear her sing. I think she had more talent than we would have ever been able to see.⁣ ⁣ I was constantly moved by the degree to which she took care of her family, and how she looked out for her friends. She showed up for me on numerous occasions where she didn’t have to, and I was always so grateful for her friendship then, as I certainly am now.⁣ ⁣ And even as I sit here, struggling to comprehend, gutted beyond description- the very thought of her cracks me up and still brings a smile to my face. That was Naya’s gift. And it's a gift that will never go away. ⁣ ⁣ Rest in peace you wild, hilarious, beautiful angel.

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Anderson Cooper posts baby update: “Wyatt is 10 weeks old and doing great. He likes naps and milk”

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Wyatt is 10 weeks old and doing great. He likes naps and milk and being read to. Thank you for all your lovely cards and messages!

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WATCH: A Tom Daley workout – plus the Olympic diver shares five lessons from lockdown

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