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Nathan Lane: Gay actors shouldn’t have a monopoly on gay roles

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Nathan Lane speaks on stage during the Live from Lincoln Center, “The Nance” panel, at the the PBS 2014 Summer TCA held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Gay actors shouldn't have a monopoly on gay roles, award-winning stage and screen actor Nathan Lane said. Lane, who is gay and has played both straight and gay characters, was asked the question at a TV critics' meeting Tuesday. He was there to discuss PBS' presentation [...]

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ABC confirms: Rosie O’Donnell returning to ‘The View’

Thursday, July 10, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Rosie O'Donnell is back on "The View" for a most unexpected second act. ABC said Thursday that O'Donnell will return to the daytime chatfest, whose couch is nearly empty with the on-air retirement of show creator Barbara Walters and impending departures of Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd. [...]

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Laverne Cox becomes first transgender person nominated for an Emmy

Thursday, July 10, 2014
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Laverne Cox has became the first transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy Award in an acting category. Cox received a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Sophia Burset in the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black." "Orange is the [...]

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Sean Hayes joins cast of CBS sitcom ‘The Millers’

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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LOS ANGELES -- CBS says popular sitcom star Sean Hayes is joining the cast of its comedy "The Millers" as a series regular. Hayes will play the new best friend of the character played by Margo Martindale and a new source of friction for her son, played by Will Arnett, [...]

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Reality series features couples agreeing to get ‘married at first sight’

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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This is the "sanctity of marriage" that conservatives are fighting to protect: From the FYI Network comes a news series documenting the stories of six individuals, "yearning for romance and a loving partnership," who agree to a provocative proposal: getting married at first sight? [...]

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Is a gay ‘showmance’ blossoming in the Big Brother house?

Monday, July 7, 2014
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Is a gay "showmance" finally blossoming in the Big Brother house? This year’s very “politically correct” season of CBS’ Big Brother is a far cry from last year’s edition, in which viewers were treated to a seemingly endless display of racist, ethnic, homophobic slurs that resulted in reports of at [...]

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Gay ‘Survivor’ contestant dies in Alabama railway accident

Saturday, June 28, 2014
Caleb Bankston (right)  with his fiance
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Caleb Bankston, a former contestant on the "Survivor" reality show, has died in a railway accident in Alabama. He was 27. Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Bill Yates says Bankston, who was working at the Alabama Warrior Railway in Birmingham, was thrown from a train in a partial [...]

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Ellen DeGeneres, Chandler Massey are Daytime Emmy Awards winners

Monday, June 23, 2014
Chandler Massey
LOS ANGELES -- Ellen DeGeneres captured another Emmy for best entertainment talk show at the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and Chandler Massey took home his third consecutive Emmy for his portrayal of a gay character on a daytime soap opera. "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" received its eighth trophy as [...]

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Judge dismisses last sex abuse lawsuit against Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash

Sunday, June 22, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA -- A judge in Pennsylvania dismissed the last of five sex-abuse lawsuits filed against the Emmy-winning puppeteer who voiced the "Sesame Street" character Elmo. The ruling did not weigh the merits of the claims but said 25-year-old accuser Sheldon Stephens filed suit too late against actor Kevin Clash. [...]

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‘Modern Family’ star Ty Burrell headlines same-sex marriage fundraiser in Utah

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Modern Family's Ty Burrell, left, and co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson laugh during an interview Thursday, June 19, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Burrell is headlining a fundraiser in Salt Lake City on Thursday, an event staged by an organization that Ferguson and his real-life husband created to help pay for the legal costs of challenging same-sex marriage bans.
SALT LAKE CITY -- "Modern Family" actor Ty Burrell says he sees same-sex marriage in the United States is a "tide that can't be turned." Burrell headlined a fundraiser Thursday evening in Salt Lake City to help cover legal costs for couples fighting Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, lending his [...]

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