Plus Liza Minelli on NOH8, Ben Shapiro’s odd definition of ’hero,’ and Happy Endings needs more Max
Luke Evans is a busy man. Not only is he set to play Dracula, he’s now been tapped as the lead in The Crow. The production pushed the start date to secure Evans to play the role originated by Brandon Lee. Maybe with the extra time, he can get around to clearing something up.
In the UK, Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans has reportedly been arrested on one count of rape and one count of sexual assault. Evans was once a critic of GLBT rights, but in recent years has come out himself and been an advocate.
Harvard professor Niall Ferguson has apologized for saying that Keynesian economics is flawed because John Maynard Keynes was a homosexual who didn’t have children and was therefore incapable of looking to the future.
Zachary Quinto tells Jonathan Ross that coming out hasn’t affected his work, in fact, he’s working more than ever. “I haven’t stopped working, I’ve only worked more since I came out. I just felt like it was a convergence for me where I was in a position, and am in a position, for young people to look at the experience that I’ve had, to look at the opportunities that have been presented to me and to recognise in themselves that there is no limitation and that we live in a time where the tide is changing. For me I felt like it was the right time and the right way.”
Iron Man 3 is set to win the weekend box office with a $17 million opening in the U.S. after a $68.5 million Friday. Pain & Gain will take second place with $7.4 million, one of the largest gaps I can recall.
Corey Johnson, former contributor to Towleroad, is running for New York City Council, and today came out as HIV+ in a story for the New York Times. The news, which rocked his predecessor Thomas Duane’s political world decades ago, has been met with largely a shrug as it pertains to the race.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien has been forbidden from retiring in Scotland as planned, and admits he failed the Church’s teachings on sexuality. Thankfully, Catholicism has an easy way out for the man who demonized gays while pressing himself on junior clergy. ” If Christianity is about anything at all, it’s about forgiveness. That’s what I have to do as a cardinal priest – just forgive the wrongdoer and help them go back on to the right path again.”
We have to hope that Happy Endings gets saved by USA, because it sounds like the plan for the next season brings Max out of the shadows and back into the spotlight, including possibly revisiting his romance with James Wolk.
Buckhannon, WV has become the fifth city in my home state of West Virginia to pass GLBT discrimination protections, and did so without the usual asshattery associated with such proposals.
Has GLAAD won the culture war only to see the reason for its existence disappear?
The Iowa Supreme Court, still under pressure over the vote to extend marriage equality, has ruled that both parents names must appear on the birth certificate in same sex couples, giving both legal rights to the children of the union.
Considering Despicable Me 2 comes out in July, it was unnerving to see that Al Pacino exited the role of the main villain due to creative differences, but producers have lined up Benjamin Bratt for the voice role.
He-Man has had some work done.
The Boy Scouts of America are to vacate their downtown Philadelphia headquarter that they’ve used rent free for 85 years. The city has been locked in a legal battle to evict them over their anti-gay discrimination for years, without much success. The city will pay the Scouts over $800,000 in fees for improvements to the building, with offices shutting down by June 30, and the retail store closing in October.
The Advocate will be refocusing on their digital properties, and editor Matthew Green will join Out’s contract operation in New York to oversee the print edition, while existing staffers will remain on the payroll for now.
Not every gay man looks like Boy George. Really? That’s your takeaway from the Jason Collins story?
In Louisiana, teen activist (and TheBacklot reader) Zack Kopplin has again lost his bid to have the teaching of creationism in science classes outlawed, but he did pick up one additional vote this year. Maybe next year science classes can focus on facts instead of storytelling. Zack, please keep fighting the good fight.
Rhode Island’s Bishop Thomas Tobin doesn’t want Catholics to attend the newly legal gay weddings in the state. “Because ’same-sex marriages’ are clearly contrary to God’s plan for the human family, and therefore objectively sinful, Catholics should examine their consciences very carefully before deciding whether or not to endorse same-sex relationships or attend same-sex ceremonies, realizing that to do so might harm their relationship with God and cause significant scandal to others.”
Hollyoaks actor Kieron Richardson is up for sexiest male actor at the British Soap Awards, and he wants to win it for us. “I love Danny [Mac] to bits. He’s better looking than me. But I’ve got good cheekbones and an all-right face. I’m doing it for all the people who hate going to the gym and love eating crisps, burgers and kebabs, and also for gay people.”
It really does seem that everyone has a Jason Collins story, including sexy singer Robin Thicke, who knew him as a child, and admits that he resented the big baller and his twin brother on the basketball court, but that they’re friendly now.
Turtle Hill, Brooklyn opened in New York City this weekend, and explores a group of friends, straight, gay, male, female, who get together for a birthday party, and what happens when the wine starts flowing and people start talking.
One oddity about Teen Wolf has always been the partial werewolf transformations. The season opener last year, with Scott half man, half wolf, running (for lack of a better word for the motion) to his girlfriend’s home made me burst out laughing, and I’m quite sure it wasn’t meant to. This year, though we don’t know how they’ll be used, we have actual wolves on the set, including Shadow, who we meet here.
Liza Minelli has been an advocate for the GLBT community since long before it was cool, and she finally sat down with Adam Bouska and the NOH8 campaign. Before she applied the trademark tape, she had a few words for her gays out there, and they are words to live by.
On the other end of the political spectrum is Ben Shapiro, who doesn’t think Jason Collins is a hero, and took to Twitter moments after the news broke to claim that our standards for heroism had fallen, despite using the word liberally in the past himself. Piers Morgan didn’t really seem to have any patience for the right winger, who generally contributes mostly to making noise rather than to the conversation.
Speaking of Collins, Oprah is sitting down with Jason and his family to discuss his coming out, and in this preview discusses how his parents reacted to the news, and what they had to process to accept this new information, even if they never stopped accepting their son.
Fox News wonders why so many Americans are so poorly informed about the world around them. Talking Points Memo tries to help them out with that conundrum by showing their own coverage that aired on May 2, 2013.
Taking on a ridiculous idea like “No Homo” and making it seem even more ridiculous is a tall order, but The Discipline Committee gives it the old college try with No Hetero.