Shelley Morrison, Rosario on ‘Will & Grace,’ dies at 83

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ABOVE: (L-R) Sean Hayes, Shelley Morrison and Megan Mullally in an episode of “Will & Grace.” (Screenshot from Hulu)

LOS ANGELES (AP) | Shelley Morrison, an actress with a 50-year career who was best known for playing a memorable maid on “Will & Grace,” died Dec. 1, her publicist said.

Morrison died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from heart failure after a brief illness, publicist Lori DeWaal told The Associated Press. She was 83.

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10.31.19 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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I’m always fascinated to hear stories about how people different from me grew up. The traditions and rules, comparing notes to find ways their families did things verus how my family did things makes for an interesting discussion.

Something that was never seen as odd to anyone in my family but was shocking to my friends, is that we had a TV in each of the bedrooms. I remember the wide-eyed look from friends when they saw my brother and I not only had a TV in our shared bedroom, but we also had cable. We were living the highlife.

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Ronan Farrow’s book ‘Catch and Kill’ is meticulous and devastating

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Anyone who has read Ronan Farrow’s meticulous reporting that helped amplify the #MeToo movement would have an idea what to expect his book to be like. “Catch and Kill” delivers. It offers a look behind the scenes and exhaustively documents how he came to report on the dozens of sexual harassment allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein, despite myriad obstacles.

Farrow had been working on investigative reports for NBC, including a series about the “dark side” of Hollywood, and Weinstein’s name kept coming up. Within the first 80 pages of this 414-page tome, it becomes clear why this apparently open secret failed to gain traction in either law enforcement or among journalists who previously tried to report on it. As an example, the NYPD had worked with an accuser and obtained a taped confession that Weinstein groped her, and yet, the Manhattan district attorney’s office chose not to press charges. Farrow documents how various members of Weinstein’s legal team made significant campaign contributions to that same DA. Equally troubling, Farrow’s bosses, who began getting persistent phone calls from Weinstein, advise Farrow to “give it a rest” and work on other stories. Given the extensive detail Farrow provides about these interactions throughout the book, it is difficult to believe NBC’s blanket denial over Farrow’s version of events.

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Debra Messing to headline CAN Community Health fundraiser

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ABOVE: Debra Messing will headline CAN Community Health’s second annual Red Ribbon Gala. Photo courtesy CAN’s Facebook page.

SARASOTA | CAN Community Health announced Oct. 7 that LGBTQ ally, actress and activist Debra Messing will headline the organization’s second annual Red Ribbon Gala at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota on Feb. 22, 2020.

Messing is best known for her award-winning role on “Will & Grace,” NBC’s groundbreaking LGBTQ television series.  Its revival will end in 2020 with a third season, its eleventh overall.

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Matt Bomer will return for ‘Will & Grace’ final season

By : Mariah Copper of The Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Sean Hayes and Matt Bomer on ‘Will & Grace.’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

Matt Bomer will return as newscaster McCoy Whitman, Will’s love interest, on the final season of the “Will & Grace” revival, according to the Wrap.

In the season 2 finale, Jack (Sean Hayes) and flight attendant Estefan (Brian Jordan Alvarez) get married in an airport terminal when their flight to Spain is canceled. Will (Eric McCormack) proposes to McCoy who has received a job offer in London.

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Jake Gyllenhaal says Heath Ledger wouldn’t tolerate homophobic ‘Brokeback’ jokes

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Jake Gyllenhaal in a interview with TODAY. (Screenshot from TODAY.com)

Jake Gyllenhaal revealed that his “Brokeback Mountain” co-star Heath Ledger wouldn’t tolerate homophobic jokes about the award-winning film.

“Brokeback Mountain” became fodder for gay jokes after its release in 2005 and inspired the “I wish I knew how to quit you” meme, a line that Gyllenhaal’s character famously tells Ledger’s character.

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‘Will & Grace’ revival to end with third season

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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NBC’s “Will & Grace” revival will end in 2020 with a third season, its eleventh overall.

The groundbreaking series returned to NBC in 2017 to strong ratings, leading to its two-year renewal. The sitcom has earned 91 Emmy nominations with 18 wins, including one for each cast member.

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‘Golden Girls’ appears to get better with pop culture age

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ABOVE: Stars of the 80s sitcom “The Golden Girls” (L-R) Estelle Getty, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Betty White. (Photo courtesy NBC.com)

Alexandra Wilkinson was only 2 months old when “The Golden Girls” ended its television run in 1992.

But she became a fan last year while taking a course called “Women and Aging: Lessons from the Golden Girls” at California State University, Long Beach. Now she streams episodes on Hulu. She owns a “Golden Girls” T-shirt. And when she graduated recently with a master’s degree in gerontology, she decorated her cap with a picture of “Golden Girl” Sophia along with the sardonic Sicilian’s trademark phrase, “Picture it.”

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VIDEO: Jimmy Fallon parodies Pete Buttigieg on ‘Tonight Show’

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Jimmy Fallon debuted his impression of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg in a skit for “The Tonight Show.”

Fallon appears on stage to give a speech about his 2020 election bid dressed in full Buttigieg attire.

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Classical singer Jackie Evancho talks about love of music, movies and her transgender sister

By : Gregg Shapiro
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Singer Jackie Evancho may be just shy of her 19th birthday but she’s already had enough of a performance career to last a lifetime. A young woman with a soaring operatic range, Evancho began participating in talent competitions when she was still in the single digits.

Evancho’s big break and greatest exposure came when she placed second during season five of NBC’s hit reality competition show, “America’s Got Talent.” From there Evancho became a popular classical crossover artist, releasing EPs and full-length albums, including 2017’s “Two Hearts” and the upcoming “The Debut,” out in April 2019.

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Don Cheadle shows support for transgender children during ‘Saturday Night Live’

By : Lauren Lee
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Oscar-nominated actor (and Marvel Avenger) Don Cheadle made a strong political statement without uttering a word during his hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live” Feb. 16.

While introducing the show’s musical act, Cheadle wore a black t-shirt with the words “PROTECT TRANS KIDS” emblazoned on the front.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs historic same-sex kiss

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was not only the coldest parade on record but also aired a groundbreaking LGBT moment on live television.

During the parade, the cast of the Broadway musical “The Prom” gave a performance which included a same-sex kiss between actresses Isabelle McCalla and Caitlin Kinnumen. The historic moment marks the first time a same-sex kiss has aired during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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