Watch: ‘Will & Grace’ drops first look at Matt Bomer, David Schwimmer

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Will & Grace” gave a first look at its numerous guest stars for its upcoming second season.

Entertainment Tonight went behind the scenes to chat with Sean Hayes, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing and Megan Mullally.

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Uprisings: Tax and Spin

By : Jeremy Williams
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In a weekend that saw the tropics swirling with hurricane terror and a Saturday Night Live takedown of the first presidential debate earlier in the week featuring Alec Baldwin (Kill Street, anyone?!) and Kate McKinnon (the shimmy), you might think that the Donald Trump campaign should be mixing its news and humor distractions with a packet of B.C. Powder and some whisky while hiding in a dark room.

After all, Trump’s actual performance was more over-the-top than Baldwin’s grumpy sniffles (Clinton is almost unanimously considered to have trumped Trump in the debate). And when Trump took those “sniffles” to Twitter in the wee-hours of the morning, he managed to offend an entire gender and the entire Latin community with his attacks on former Miss Universe Alicia Machado.

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Screened Out – Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

By : Stephen Miller
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Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin

Typical of the Mission: Impossible franchise, Rogue Nation drops us into the middle of the trouble right from the get-go.

Like the secret agent at its center – Cruise’s Ethan Hunt – we won’t know or understand everything. We take a lot for granted, we figure things out as we go along, and we have a blast doing it. Think about the incongruities, clichés, and plot holes later. Just enjoy the show!

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Elton John says Pope Francis is his ‘hero’ at AIDS event

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NEW YORK (AP) – Elton John called Pope Francis “my hero” for his compassion and push to accept gays by the Roman Catholic Church, at his annual AIDS benefit.

John hosted the event, “An Enduring Vision: A Benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation,” Oct. 28 night in New York City. He said Francis is pushing boundaries in the church and told the crowd: “Make this man a saint now, OK?”

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Gay icon Elaine Stritch dies at 89

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NEW YORK (AP) — Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a Broadway legend, has died. She was 89.

Joseph Rosenthal, Stritch’s longtime attorney, said the actress died Thursday of natural causes at her home in Birmingham, Michigan.

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Watermark’s annual look back at all things pop culture is as easy as ABC

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Athletes Professional team sports have not always been the most accepting of environments for coming out. That changed significantly this year thanks to NBA center Jason Collins, MLS winger Robbie Rogers, and WNBA center Brittney Griner, who each came out this year.

Big Brother Alec Baldwin used gay slurs when harassed by the paparazzi, and Oprah claimed charges of racism against a Swiss handbag store, but the most enlightened racist and homophobic comments were being made all summer long by the contestants on CBS’ popular reality competition series.

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Alec Baldwin’s show canceled after he used an anti-gay slur

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New York (AP) – Alec Baldwin has his Friday nights back. He and MSNBC said Nov. 26 they were ending his weekly talk show after the actor had been suspended for two weeks for using an anti-gay slur in a New York City street encounter.

MSNBC said it was a “mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.”

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Elton John honors Hillary Rodham Clinton for HIV/AIDS work

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New York (AP) – Elton John honored Hillary Rodham Clinton for her work to help those affected by HIV and AIDS at an annual event for his foundation.

Clinton was excited as she accepted the first founders award from the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oct. 15 in New York City. The former secretary of state told the crowd at Cipriani’s restaurant that “we still have so far to go” when it comes to helping those affected by HIV and AIDS.

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From stand-up act to actor, wherever Russell Brand goes, controversy is sure to follow

By : Kirk Hartlage
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You most likely know Russell Brand from his starring roles in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him To The Greek, the recent remake of Arthur, and the film adaptation of the 80’s-set musical Rock of Ages. You probably also know him from his televised appearances hosting the 2008 and 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, as well as a 2011 episode of Saturday Night Live. (If you’re from Brand’s UK homeland, you no doubt know him from his work on several Big Brother spin-off shows.)

You may even know Brand from his stand-up comedy act, which is frequently influenced by his prior drug use, alcoholism, and promiscuity. Or perhaps he’s familiar because of his consistent public support of the LGBT community as a straight ally. And, presumably, you know Brand as the likely inspiration behind several of ex-wife Katy Perry’s latest chart-topping hits.

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Kinky Boots wins big at Tony Awards

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Cyndi Lauper, making her Broadway debut, won a Tony Award on Sunday for writing the 15-song score to “Kinky Boots” and Christopher Durang’s comical “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” has won the best play Tony.

Lauper thanked her old friend Harvey Fierstein, the book writer for “La Cage aux Folles” and “Newsies,” to lure her to Broadway. “Kinky Boots” also won for choreography and two technical awards with more awards on the way.

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Monday Ripples: Best Use of a Gun

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â┚¬Å”I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.â┚¬Â â┚¬â€œ Audre Lorde

I've recently ventured into to world of Twitter and, I have to admit, I'm hooked. I admit all this reluctantly because for a long time I made fun of it; I would cleverly refer to people who used Twitter as twits. (Yeah, I know, â┚¬Å”cleverâ┚¬Â is clearly a relative term in the confines of my mind.)

Let me explain why I am hooked. First, the celebrity tweets are fascinating. I have long been in love with Steve Martin and to get the chance to experience him cracking wise on a regularly has made my life that much better. Alec Baldwin is quite prolific on Twitter, answering questions from fans with his characteristic smart ass humor.

It's not just about entertainment, there's lots of good information being shared. For example, yesterday Leonardo DiCaprio tweeted that there are now more captive tigers (5000) than there are in the wild (3200). I was floored by that fact and it got me curious about one of Leo's pet causes Save the Tigers Now. Ah, Leo! Adorable, talented, and working to make the world a better place â┚¬â€œ my kind of man.

Now let's take cue from him and see what kind of good we can get up to this week, shall we? Below are a few links to some things that I hope will inspire you in the week ahead. Click, surf, do, share, repeat.

Time to TED!
TEDxOrlando
I know you are already excited about November because I'll be growing that ridiculous moustache again, but there's another reason to be excited, if you live in the Central Florida area, that is. TEDxOrlando conference is back! It will be held on November 4 at the Garden Theatre in beautiful Winter Garden, FL and the focus is â┚¬Å”The Creative Spark.â┚¬Â You can explore their site see the speaker line up so far; I was particularly excited to see one presenter is Ben Hoyer, founder of Downtown Credo where we hold The Do-Gooder's Coffee Klatch!

Roast for Good
The 50th Birthday Roast of Janine Klein
I'm not a huge fan of roasts on a local level. They're hella fun to watch on television when celebrities are being roasted, but what makes them fun is the awful things that are being said are about a persona, not really that person. On a local level, the cracks wind up being personal and, whether admitted or not, end up hurting feelings. Be that as it may, I'll be attending one tomorrow night because it's raising money for a good cause, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and because the person being honored is the vivacious Janine Klein. By the way, Janine isn't turning 50â┚¬Â¦you see, the comedy is starting already.

Best Use of a Gun
Slideshow: Violence Prevention Coalition Turns Guns to Art
I hate guns. Hate them. I've listened to pro gun arguments ad nauseam and I have yet to hear one that makes any sense. Naturally this is one of those things in life that I've come to realize will never be resolved, at least not in the manner I would like. These photos give me some hope, though. The Violence Prevention Coalition melting down the hateful contraptions and making them into anti-violence awards. I love this.

Saving Himself
CNN Impact Your World: Nick Jonas
Cutie Nick Jonas has taken a downer in his life and made it a positive. He is dealing with diabetes and, rather than being closeted about, he has created a dialogue with his fans and has been able to use the Jonas Brothers charity Change for the Children Foundation to raise awareness and funds. Take a look at Nick's video from CNN's awesome Impact Your World initiative.

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