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Urie To Join Jonas In How To Succeed On Broadway

2 December 2011 12:16 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former Ugly Betty star Michael Urie is to team up with Nick Jonas onstage in New York next year.

The two stars will take their bows in Broadway’s hit revival How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on 24 January and they'll be joined by Beau Bridges.

Jonas will lead the cast in the role Daniel Radcliffe will vacate at the end of December, while Urie will play the pop star's rival Bud Frump for a five-month run.

Bridges will replace John Larroquette as J.B. Biggley. »

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AfterElton Briefs: Will Horton Clears The Table, Remembering Ken Russell, and Barney Frank Calls It Quits

28 November 2011 3:30 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Happy Birthday to Ryan Kwanten (above), who turns 35, Ed Harris is 61, and Jon Stewart is 49. In shocking news, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) will not seek reelection after thirty years in office, but he "plans to write and stay involved in public policy decisions." I don't remember a time without Barney. Below you can see him explain his decision.

In sad news, legendary master of glorious wretched excess Ken Russell has died at the age of 84. His films were visually spectacular if not always entirely coherent, but that was a good thing. Among his classics, he gave us the iconic nude wrestling scene in Women In Love, the trippy Altered States, that musical about the deaf, dumb, and blind kid, and the indescribable The Lair Of The White Worm, featuring Amanda Donohoe in one of my favorite performances of the 80's. Rip.

Michael Urie on life after Ugly Betty. The Five »

- snicks

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Aff Review: Thank You for Judging

3 November 2011 7:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

If you enjoy watching the National Geography Bee and love the 2002 film Spellbound, but wonder, "Where is the love for kids who do speech and debate?" you will likely enjoy Thank You for Judging. Texan actor Michael Urie (best known for his work on Ugly Betty), one of four credited directors on this movie, took a camera crew to spend a weekend at the Texas Forensic Association's state competition in 2008, resulting in this documentary.

Thank You for Judging follows teens from Plano Senior High School (Urie's alma mater) as well as students from Creekview High in Carrollton as they go through the stages of the tournament in Coppell, Texas. Neither ice nor sleet nor snow will keep these determined teens from competing, althoughwintry weather almost delays the competition. To give the viewer an idea of what they're in for, Plano coach Karen Wilbanks states, "All art is competitive."

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- Elizabeth Stoddard

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Max Greenfield on "New Girl," "Greek," "Happy Endings" and His Favorite Gay Kiss.

27 September 2011 12:13 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

You might first have noticed Max Greenfield back when he played the adorable Officer Leo on Veronica Mars. If you missed that, then AfterElton readers at least remember him as gay frat boy Calvin's first onscreen kiss on Greek, or more recently as Max's brief boyfriend on Happy Endings.

Greenfield can currently be seen (often shirtless!) in the Fox sitcom New Girl alongside Zooey Deschanel. We caught up with the much in demand actor at last month's TCA conference, and he was charming as he could be. Along with details on his new sitcom, he assured us his mother is a regular AfterElton reader (Hi Jo!), and he bluntly critiqued the gay kissing skills of both Happy Endings' Adam Pally and Greek's Paul James.

If you weren't a fan of Greenfield before reading this interview, you probably will be after.

Max Greenfield: I want you to know »

- Michael Jensen

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'Playboy Club' star Sean Maher opens up about his sexuality: 'This is my coming out ball'

26 September 2011 8:56 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Firefly alum and Playboy Club actor Sean Maher has worked steadily in Hollywood for 14 years, and during that time, he made the choice to be closeted about his personal life as a gay man — until now.

For the first time, Maher opens up about his sexuality in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly. “I was nervous coming here today because I’ve just never talked about it,” Maher says, while sitting down to chat at Little Dom’s Italian bistro in Los Angeles’ trendy Los Feliz neighborhood, the area where the actor lives with Paul, his partner of nearly nine years, »

- Tanner Stransky

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“The Descendants,” “Shame” leading pack of Austin Film Fest selections – Awards Alley

20 September 2011 8:46 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

By Sean O’Connell A handful of stellar titles with Oscar aspirations have been programmed into this year’s Austin Film Festival schedule, which begins on Oct. 20 with an as-yet-unnamed Opening Night selection.

In between, Aff audiences will get their first looks at Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants,” Steve McQueen’s “Shame,” Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” Rodrigo Garcia’s “Albert Nobbs” and Sean Durkin’s “Martha Marcy May Marlene” – all films with awards hopes that will screen as part of the festival’s Marquee category.

“We’re proud to be taking our program in some exciting new directions while maintaining our focus on strong writing and engaging stories,” said new Film Programmers Stephen Jannise and Stephen Belyeu.

In addition, the fest has set up special screenings of “Toy Story” (presented by John Lasseter), an “Edward Scissorhands” screening, and a tribute to Polly Platt »

- Sean O'Connell

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Morning Meme: A Michael Fassbender Addiction, The Game Talks Gay Rappers, and Alyson Hannigan Is Not Pregnant

6 September 2011 6:22 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Michael Fassbender is on my radar today for two reasons. First up is a rumor that a sequel to X-Men: First Class (and Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is beginning planning. Based on the box office, this doesn't surprise me.

The other reason Fassbender has popped up on my radar is the premiere of Shame in Venice. He stars as a sex addict in the new film by Steve McQueen, and evidently the nudity from Fassbender and costar Carey Mulligan is so prevalent that the film is destined for an Nc-17 rating of death in the United States.

Katy Perry, never one to miss an avenue of self promotion, put out a video about Freddie Mercury's birthday yesterday.

A Frenchman has been ordered to pay his ex-wife monetary damages for a lack of sex during their 21 years of marriage. In a first of its kind ruling, the »

- Ed Kennedy

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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Castle, Fringe, CSI: NY, Grey's, 90210, Nikita and More!

12 July 2011 4:13 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? Send any/all of the above to

Question: Got any Grey’s Anatomy scoop? — Val

Ausiello: As a matter of fact, now that production on Season 8 is just about to get underway (on Friday, to be specific), every day seems to bring a new tidbit. Today’s: The show is casting a new intern, and not one of those know-it-all can-do types, either. The rookie — male, by the way, and presumably hot — seems right from the start to be in over his pretty head. »

- Michael Ausiello

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Morning Meme: Cobra Starship Says "You Make Me Feel," Charlize Theron on Marriage Equality, and Congrats To Rhode Island?

30 June 2011 6:14 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Starz intends to host free screenings of Torchwood: Miracle Day prior to the premier next month. If you're lucky enough to live close enough to a city with a screening.

The FBI briefly invited members of the Westboro Baptist Church to train their operatives on how to remain calm around people who thoroughly enrage you. The program ended abruptly when the higher-ups caught on.

DNA Magazine interviewed The Setup Squad's Jonathan D. Lovitz about his jury duty protest, the show, and somehow got him out of his clothes for the accompanying photo. Warning: link resizes your browser.

Madonna's W.E. will get a release on December 9th in New York and Los Angeles. J. Edgar, by Dustin Lance Black and Clint Eastwood will bow in October, which is much sooner than I was expecting.

Meanwhile, Sony has shelled out major cash for out director Roland Emmerich's new film The Singularity. »

- Ed Kennedy

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Becki Newton on Life Beyond Love Bites — and 'Harassing' Michael Urie for an Ugly Reunion!

23 June 2011 5:25 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

As much as we dig NBC’s rom-com anthology Love Bites, it’s time to face the facts: The romance isn’t destined to last beyond summer’s end. There’s been no official announcement, of course, but ratings are anemic, and odds are slim to none that NBC will extend the show’s run past its original nine-episode order.

So what’s next on the agenda for Bites‘ charming star Becki Newton? First, she wants to get back in the game and land herself another series. And in the meantime, she has her undying devotion to former Ugly Betty »

- Megan Masters

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Morning Meme: Jesse Tyler Has No Limits For Comedy, Tracy Morgan's (New) Homophobic Rant, and Just How Gay Will the Tonys Be?

10 June 2011 6:19 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

As we ramp up for the gayest of the award shows this Sunday night (sorry NewNowNext Awards, it’s not even close), we find out that not only will Neil Patrick Harris host, and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert perform, they’ll share the stage with Martha Wash for “It’s Raining Men.” Like I said, it's not even close.

Just how much money did the Big Four networks rake in for ad sales based on their upfronts in May? $9.2 billion spent on shows you may or may not watch next fall, up from $8.8 billion.

It turns out women who have excess breast milk can market it for big bucks to women who can’t produce enough, or presumably gay men who can’t produce it at all. One woman made $20,000 selling her breast milk.

Julie Andrews and Kareem Abdul-Jabar were honored with the Lincoln Medal at Ford Theater this past Sunday, »

- Ed Kennedy

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Morning Meme: That Lautner-Pattinson Kiss, Chris Crocker Is "Second To None" and Palin Rewrites History Again

6 June 2011 5:08 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

So things got a bit heated on the set of X-Men: First Class with James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. In a fab montage, the pair go on a recruiting drive, in which they perch on a strip-club bed. "That scene got exceptionally silly at one point," says McAvoy. "I don't know if I'm even allowed to tell you what originally happened. But it got pretty f---in' kinky. I'm not joking" Was the dashing duo's bromance, uh, consummated? "Unfortunately no. But there was a little bit of cross-dressing going on. That's all you need to know."

Did Friday Night Lights fail because Glee succeeded? And is that fair? The New York Times weighs in with a resounding “No!” that will have Gleeks far and wide fuming.

The Army has put up a site dedicated to answering questions about the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal. Maybe they’re serious about this thing after all. »

- Ed Kennedy

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Eric Mabius slams ABC over 'Ugly Betty' axe

1 June 2011 4:53 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Eric Mabius has criticised ABC for its treatment of his show Ugly Betty. Ugly Betty was cancelled last year after four seasons. Mabius has now claimed that it was partly dropped because an executive "who was running the network at the time but is no longer at the company" was unhappy with the positive portrayal of gay people in the show. He explained that the executive was particularly unimpressed with the storyline about Justin's sexuality and the character of Marc (Michael Urie). Mabius told Zap2It: "I don't know why we were thrown on the sacrificial altar so often, with our nights getting changed and our fans getting so upset. "I think there was a little bit too much alternative-lifestyle humour for a certain executive, but despite having no support from certain people, the fans really made a difference. The universality of (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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'Ugly Betty's' Eric Mabius: 'The punishment was apparent every week.'

31 May 2011 2:57 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

It's been more than a year since "Ugly Betty" ended its four-season run, but Eric Mabius, who played horndog publisher Daniel Meade on the ABC comedy, is still mourning its passing.

"The end of 'Ugly Betty' was upsetting in many ways to all of us,"  Mabius tells Zap2it, who blames someone he'll identify only as "an executive who was running the network at the time but is no longer at the company" for jerking the Emmy-winning series from one time slot to another and failing to promote it adequately.

"I don't know why we were thrown on the sacrificial altar so often, with our nights getting changed and the fans getting so upset," he says. "I think there was a little bit too much alternative-lifestyle humor for a certain executive, but despite having no support from certain people, the fans really made a difference. The universality of »


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Weekend Meme: Tony Kushner Snubbed By Cuny (But Not Critics), Plea Deal in Clementi Case, and Eddie McClintock's Lost Shirt

8 May 2011 5:37 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

The big news seems to be that The X Factor: USA has named Nicole Scherzinger (whose breasts can compete with Cheryl Cole) and a Brit named Steve Jones as hosts of the show. With the already confirmed judges Cheryl Cole (zero name recognition in the States), and L.A. Reid (great cred, but not exactly a big name), Simon better hope that he can iron out a deal with Paula Abdul by Sunday.

Thomas Roberts sits down with Towleroad to talk about his new gig on MSNBC, being out, and just generally being a hunk.

Usoc official Peter Vidmar has resigned his position after having his anti-gay past brought up by activists and athletes alike.

Nick At Night is developing an original sitcom called Daddy’s Home about a stay-at-home dad, starring Scott Baio. After his reality show and his Twitter gaffes, I’m stunned »

- Ed Kennedy

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Morning Meme: Captain Jack Swings In, James Bond Sells Out, and Michelle Obama Does the Dougie

4 May 2011 5:43 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

In what is bound to be one of the best looking indie movies to be made anytime soon, David Boreanaz will be starring with Stephen Dorff, Dominic Purcell, Stephen Lang and James Woods in Officer Down.

In a study that is complex enough for me to completely screw up with a summary, new research shows that young black gay and bisexual men are up to five times more likely to contract HIV than other groups. In a sure to be controversial hypothesis, the researchers suggest that the higher rate of infection among young black gay men is due to this group strongly preferring "dominant masculine partners," while also equating masculinity with lower HIV risk.

Desperate Housewives star Ricardo Chavira (Carlos) was arrested for suspicion of DUI. Considering he’s currently involved in a storyline about Andrew accidentally killing his TV mother with a car on the show, it seems slightly ironic. »

- Ed Kennedy

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Morning Meme: Alan Cumming Calls "The Good Wife" Drag, MTV Says Sex Is No Accident, and Eddie McClintock Dishes "Warehouse 13"

30 March 2011 5:51 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

First off, I’m back! I ran down to lovely Lexington, Va to talk to OUTLaw, the Glbt student organization at Washington & Lee University. They were great people, and didn’t throw rotten vegetables at me, so I think we had a really great talk about bullying, suicide, and Glee. Many thanks to Emerald, David, Chad, Anthony and everyone else for having me.

Mike O’Malley has a great interview about playing Burt Hummel and how much the show means, and how he and Chris Colfer go about all those heavy scenes. But what really got me was when he was discussing the sex education talk Burt and Kurt had, and how sex ed talks between parents and kids focus on the bad things. “And look — parents don’t want their kids having sex. If they did, they’d teach them technique! I don’t care how open-minded you are. »

- Ed Kennedy

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Morning Meme: George Michael's "True Faith," Michael Urie Celebrates "Spring At Last!," and Nph Gives Jon Cryer a Job

22 March 2011 6:30 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

If you want to know how influential being out can be, just read about Aussie diver Nick Pirie, who switched up from swimming to diving after being inspired by Matthew Mitcham. When he says his favorite dive is an “inward tuck” his fans shout “he’s a drag queen.”

Somewhat less inspiring is this story about how The Ali Forney Center stands to lose 19 of 57 beds for Glbt homeless youth under Gov. Cuomo’s budget cuts, while millionaires complain about having to scrape by on a mere $10 million after taxes each year.

Tom Hardy gets nekkid in his new short film. Like full-frontal nekkid. The link is no more Nsfw than our Briefs Guy, but let’s you click through to see the full goods.

Andy Cohen put Tina Fey through a Gay Pop Culture Quiz at the GLAAD Awards, but she doesn’t think Bert and Ernie are anything more than just friends. »

- Ed Kennedy

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AfterElton Briefs: "Milli Vanilli: The Motion Picture," Who Wants Russell Tovey's Doodle, The Worst Place To Be Gay, and More!

11 February 2011 3:11 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Here's last week's caption pic winner. This week's caption pic is at the bottom of the page.

Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is ...

"The new Riddler costume for the next Batman movie had people asking "Why ?""

Thanks to Campion for this week's winning caption.

Elton John and David Furnish attend the premiere of Gnomeo and Juliet in London.

The Daily Beast has an article about the alleged mixed signals that Sarah Palin is sending to the gay community. Groupon has decided to pull those controversial Superbowl ads. Blabbeando reports that a state-sponsored Cuban television channel is showing weekly episodes from the first season of Glee, and he offers up a Spanish-dubbed clip from Mexican TV (hearing Kurt's dubbed voice is a hoot). Below you can see Ricky Martin perform his classic "Cup of Life" on today's Ellen.

Plans are underway for a big-screen biopic of 80's rags-to riches-to rags pop duo Milli Vanilli. »

- snicks

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Birch and Lahti join 'Petunia'

24 January 2011 1:58 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Thora Birch and Christine Lahti have joined the cast of the independent drama "Petunia."According to Variety, the cast includes Michael Urie, Brittany Snow, David Rasche and Tobias Segal.Ash Christian ("Fat Girls") is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Theresa Bennett. Jordan Yale Levine, Birch and Christian are producing with shooting beginning this week in New York City.The film focuses on three brothers of a New York family coming to terms with their lives and demons.Birch is best known for her role in the Oscar-winning film "American Beauty." Lahti was recently on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." »

- Adnan Tezer

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