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AfterElton Briefs: John Barrowman Is Pissed, Thomas Jane Clarifies, "Ringer" Ratings, and More!

14 September 2011 3:31 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Hugh Jackman at the UK premiere of Real Steel

Amy Winehouse would have turned 28 today. We posted her final music video earlier, but what was your favorite Amy song? I know that "Rehab" shot her to superstardom, but for me "Back To Black" is her greatest single. The Talk has gone from a low-rent View clone to a fabulous all-out trainwreck (for why, Google "Julie Chen The Talk"), but they did somehow lure Stevie Nicks to the show yesterday, and below you can see her discuss her new album, and the inspiration for why she started songwriting as a teen.

John Barrowman is upset with the Scottish Catholic Church's comments on marriage equality. “That’s not being Christian at all. In fact, I think it’s evil. Being gay is not, as they claim, against the laws of nature. I was born this way. And there’s a reason I was born this way. »

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Twelve Straight Actors Who Went Gay-For-Pay ... And Had Us Demanding Refunds

16 May 2011 1:54 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Our post about gay actors playing straight characters got us thinking about the flipside, straight actors playing gay characters.

But a list of straight actors successfully playing gay would be obvious (Tom Hanks, Heath Ledger, Phillip Seymour Hoffman) and frankly dull. So we decided instead to sharpen our knives and make a list that's a hell of a lot more fun.

Straight actors who crashed and burned attempting to play gay.

Most of these performances rely on cliche and stereotype, and to be fair, a lot of our favorite gay performances from straight actors do lean heavily on the flamboyant. But actors such as Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) manage to inject warmth, heart, and sincerity into the theatrics.

These actors, on the other hand, either try way too hard, or not hard enough, and embarrass themselves ... and us.

Mark Adair-Rios and Peter Oldring, Love That Girl

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