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AfterElton Briefs: Cher's "Woman's World," Nph and Matt Bomer Lend a Hand, and Bryan Safi and Jeffery Self Talk Channing Tatum

22 November 2012 12:41 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Birthday shoutouts go to Mark Ruffalo (above) who is 45, Scarlet Johansson is 28, Mariel Hemingway is 51 and Jamie Lee Curtis is 54.Like Ed Kennedy, I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to all Ae readers, as well as the remarkable colleagues I work with every day. They, and you, make this site a joy for me everyday. Unlike Ed Kennedy, I've never been named "best" of anything, except "Best Food Bringer" by my cats.Just a reminder to please join me on Sunday night at 9 Pm Et, when I Liveblog the Lifetime original movie Liz and Dick.Programming Note: Because of the holiday, Ae will have a very limited schedule tomorrow, but we will have a Meme and Briefs, as well as a Holiday Puzzler, and recap of Glee. Today's Briefs is going to be all positive. Starting with a teacher coming out to his students."And then a girl clapped her hands. »

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Bryan Safi and Jeffery Self on the Most Important Halloween Question...

23 October 2012 11:10 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Bryan Safi and Jeffery Self have gotten together to hash out what might be the most pressing topic this season: What are various celebrities wearing for Halloween? In this installment we find out what Jennifer Aniston has planned for a costume. (Angelina is going to be totes jealous!)

Hey Ae readers, you should definitely check out Bryan's bonkers weekly podcast Throwing Shade with co-host Erin Gibson. Here's a recent episode, but we highly recommend you subscribe via iTunes.

Episode description: Fall is finally here! Which means Erin got lost in a corn maze. But she managed to escape and is ready to throw some shade at pink-washing during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a homophobic home-schooled New Zealand teen, and hypocrisy in People Magazine. They also welcome their first guest - comedian Guy Branum! They’ve had the time of their lives - and they owe it all to you! [Note: Mature themes - Nsfw]

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The Best in "30 Rock" Gay Moments

4 October 2012 11:46 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Six seasons in, 30 Rock is still catnip to me. It's a showcase of the most lovable characters, the best jokes, and constantly surprising storylines. Kim Jong-Il is a semi-regular 30 Rock character, guys. Even South Park couldn't pull that off.

Tonight, 30 Rock's final, abbreviated seventh season kicks off with an episode titled "The Beginning of the End." That alone gets me misty-eyed, so without further ado, let's honor this unbelievably funny series by revisiting its finest gay moments. Let Will Arnett's frosty little smirk lead the way.

1. Devon Banks is the most nefarious gay man in TV history.

Will Arnett is simply smashing as Jack Donaghy's gay, snickering, diabolical adversary Devon Banks. Arnett has earned four Emmy nominations for the guest role, and if I had to pick a best (and most gay) Devon moment, I'd have to choose the time he feigned disgust while wrestling a muscular dude on Don Geiss' estate. »

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Weeklings! The Gay Beatles are Back!

7 September 2012 11:02 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Say hello to The Gay Beatles! Again!

That's me, Bryan Safi, Jeffery Self, and Guy Branum. We're conducting a little chatfest this evening (Friday, September 7) at Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles where we'll discuss major gay issues, including the following: Is it Ok to consider One Direction attractive? Are Paul Ryan's Pinocchio eyes commercial enough? Who saw Sparkle? We'll bandy those topics (as well as a serious one or two) tonight at 8 Pst.

In the meantime, enjoy an amuse bouche: Here are The Gay Beatles picking their personal favorite First Ladies, Golden Girls, Spice Girls, and many more.


You can find previous Weeklings! episodes here.

People Tags: CelebrityVideo Tags: watch videoTags: WeeklingsIMDbBryan SafiJeffery SelfGuy Branumupright citizens brigadeTeaser Photo:  »

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Morning Meme:"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" Beats the Republican Convention, Joe McElderry Pulls a Taylor Swift, and Graham Norton Sells Out

31 August 2012 4:27 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

David Alan Grier did an extensive interview with NPR that was mostly about Porgy & Bess, but he did take time to address his classic Men On Film characters from In Living Color. "Damon Wayans and I would rate movies using snaps. The fun of In Living Color was exposing black culture, and in that sketch, gay culture, that I don't think America had ever seen at that point. I had already done Dreamgirls on Broadway, and being in a musical and working with other performers who were gay, I was privy to that vocabulary backstage. They were being themselves. So a lot of it was hijacked from what I heard in the theater and what was permeating around. Now at that time, if a gay person was going to read you — to tell you off — it was always accompanied by snaps. Now I don't know if it was a gay thing, »

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Weekend Meme: Madonna Banned from "AbFab," Cheyenne Jackson Is a Porn Star, and Scissor Sisters Show Us How To Have a Kiki

28 July 2012 9:09 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

I want to apologize for abandoning you on Friday, but the computer upgrade at the day job went horribly wrong. Evidently I can install a half dozen clients and a new server flawlessly, but plugging in the printer that we didn't replace was one step too far and kept me up all night. On to the news!

Quincy Jones is set to write the score to the star-studded Lee Daniels' film The Butler. Is there an A-list name in Hollywood not associated with this film?

Las Vegas is set to get an 80,000 square foot gay nightclub complex called Krave Massive, built in an abandoned multiplex. I'll be honest, I've never been to Las Vegas, and I don't really have any desire to go – I find casinos to be depressing places. Can anyone explain the attraction?

Ryan Murphy says that there will be no ghosts in the new season of American Horror Story. »

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Interview: Jeffery Self on Loving Celebrities, Acting with Betty White, and Being a "Gay Beatle"

22 June 2012 6:51 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

You know the winsome and august Jeffery Self from a number of stimulating formats: He was the star of Logo's much-missed Jeffery & Cole Casserole (with Cole Escola), he generates a YouTube series called SelfObsessed (which recently featured a hilarious "interview" with Drew Droege), he gifted the world with the "Sh*t Gay Guys Say" juggernaut, he's made appearances on everything from 30 Rock to Desperate Housewives, and you can always find him tweeting at @JefferySelf. Like me, he's also quite opinionated about Magic Mike -- and that's why we're joining Guy Branum and Bryan Safi for an all-gay chat revue called "The Gay Beatles" at La's Upright Citizens Brigade next Friday (June 29) at 8 p.m. Glamorous, no?

Because of Mr. Self's assorted projects -- including an upcoming book -- we decided to sit down for a formal interview. You'll never think of Jane Leeves the same way again.

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Morning Meme: Ed O'Neill Talks Airline Safety, George Takei Visits Riverdale, and Marilyn Monroe Loved Her Lesbian Friends

21 June 2012 4:41 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

I've always had a thing for Ryan Phillippe, going back to Little Boy Blue, which was an admittedly twisted movie, but at least he showed off his butt. Now he's set to direct himself in Shreveport, in which he'll play a fading movie star that gets kidnapped and tortured.

My friend Rod McCullom has a fantastic piece in Ebony looking at the evolution of gay rights in Kenya, and how outside of South Africa, they're leading the way for gay rights on the continent.

Dan Savage tweeted without thinking again, giving the right wing fodder by saying what he shouldn't have. I love the good Dan has done in the world, but I wish he wouldn't say reckless things.

The ballot for marriage equality in Maine seems simple – "Do you want to allow same-sex couples to marry?" But both sides take issue with the wording – marriage equality advocates say it »

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AfterElton Briefs: The Inclusive "Sims 3" Ad, A First Look at Ricky Martin in "Evita," and Neil Patrick Harris as ... Chandler Bing?

6 April 2012 12:11 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Here is 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 ...

"You were horrified by the Human Centipede, but nothing could prepare you for the Human Jedward."

Thanks to joeyhegele for this week's winning caption!

Weekend Birthdays! (Note: Birthday shoutouts are for out entertainers, allies, or for any celeb that seems to have a following on Ae). Taylor Kitsch (above) is 31, Paul Rudd is 43, Marilu Henner is 60, Zach Braff is 37, Russell Crowe is 48, Kevin Alejandro is 36, Ed Speleers is 24, and John Oates is 63. What are your fave Hall & Oates songs? They were a huge part of my childhood, so I'm doing a top ten: 10."I Can't Go For That," 9. "Adult Education," 8. "Rich Girl," 7. "Everything Your Heart Desires," 6. "Kiss On My List" 5."Say It Isn't So." 4. "Family Man," 3. "Private Eyes," 2. "Out Of Touch," 1. "Did It In A Minute"

In ratings news, »

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Morning Meme: Toni Collette Stuns In "Jesus Henry Christ," "Smash" To Return, and Hugh Dancy Is "Hannibal"

23 March 2012 4:59 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Miss me kids? I missed you, though you're always in great hands with Louis, who was kind to fill in for me on top of his other duties. I try not to do it to him often. Of course, I'm doing it again in a couple weeks. Remember when I went last year and spoke to OUTLaw at Washington & Lee Law School last year? They're having a debate between Maggie Gallagher and Andrew Sullivan April 4th at 6Pm and invited me back. Plus it gets me some rare face time with our fearless leader, Dennis.

But on to things that matter, like the fact that Smash has been renewed for a second season. It's uneven, but I really am hopeful for the show. One major change is that creator/showrunner Theresa Rebeck won't be back, but will live on in Debra Messing's character, who was loosely based on her. »

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