Neil Patrick Harris Heads West, Roger Goodell Welcomes Gay Players, Ryan Gosling Made Matt Smith Shave His Head

Iron Man 3 dominates box office, gay characters fall in primetime, and Rep. Michele Bachman prays for the United States

Cameron MonaghanVampire Academy, based on the YA books, has added Shameless’ Cameron Monaghan to the cast. He will play Mason Ashford, who is the lead Rose’s best friend who become a romantic interest. It’s worth noting that Monaghan tweeted that he was not signed to the next season of Shameless.

Out has an interesting article out called The Porn Problem, in which it tries to deduce why so many gay porn stars have killed themselves lately. It’s a weird piece, putting forth the idea that shame around sex and sex work leaves the actors nowhere to turn, while at the same time sounding pretty damning about the sex trade. The Sword has already slammed it, and I’m inclined to do the same. (Nearly) everyone has sex, the vast majority of us watch porn, and it’s time to quit acting like there’s shame in watching it an making it.

Iron Man 3 is expected to win the box office again, with about $67 million, easily outdistancing The Great Gatsby, which is overperforming expectations with $53 million.Jai Rodriguez

What purpose could these awkwardly homoerotic stock photos serve?

We’ve lost a lot of GLBT characters and actors on television as the networks announce the fall season, from The New Normal to Happy Endings to Southland. We also lost Malibu Country, which I was actually a fan of, with Jai Rodriguez and Lily Tomlin. NBC also passed on John Mulaney’s sitcom, which would have had Elliott Gould as the gay neighbor.

“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few” is one of the most commonly quoted lines from Star Trek, but while it sounds noble, it can be put to some evil purposes. Like saying that the needs of 40,000 GLBT binational couples need to be sacrificed to allow comprehensive immigration reform for 11 million undocumented immigrants. We can do both, and people who say we can’t are just homophobic.

A map of hate. Pick your slur, and it will pull up how frequently it was used on Twitter and geolocate the tweets on a map.

Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin says that for the first time, the House Sergeant At Arms approved a spousal identity card for his husband, Philip Frank. The two were married in Canada. Previously, Frank was allowed a designee badge, but not a spousal badge. Frank is still denied federal benefits.

If you haven’t figured out where to take mom out to eat on Mother’s Day, moms eat free at Hooters today. If they can keep it down.

Neil Patrick HarrisNeil Patrick Harris has joined Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways To Die In the West. The western comedy is described as “After a cowardly sheep farmer backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man.  When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love.  But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test.”

Warning: Matt Smith has shaved his head. And it’s all Ryan Gosling’s fault.

New York Jets Demario Demario DavisDavis says he’d welcome a sinning gay onto his team. “If someone was to come out on our team, we’re a team that’s about winning. When it comes to the (Jets), I put my personal beliefs separate from the team….According to the scriptures, and God’s law, homosexuality is wrong. The act is wrong. I’ve got homosexuals in my family who I love to death. I’ve got drunks in my family. I’ve got people who have premarital sex in my family. And I don’t agree with any of those things, but I still love and respect those people….The way that person would be viewed would not be changed. If that person were to go on and say he’s a Christian and he’s homosexual that doesn’t change how I feel about him. That’s his view, and I have mine.” Of course, the gay player probably wouldn’t go around telling the press that Christian players are damaged and fundamentally flawed Natalie Maineslike Davis just did about a gay player, but at least Davis is laying out the welcome mat.

Dixie Chick Natalie Maines is known for being a social liberal in typically conservative country music circles, and that extends to gay rights. “I’m pro-gay marriage. Pro-gay everything. I’m pro-choice. I’m liberal on every social aspect, probably. More liberal than people would even believe.”

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Gravity stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts at a space station who have a very bad day. It’s rumored that the film opens with a 17-minute continuous shot, of which this teaser is part of. It’s really hard to imagine how you get a whole film when it opens this dramatically.

The Moon Goddess just wants to bathe, but she’s got a peeping tom problem. What’s a goddess to do? Turn him into a stag? What if the stag is a pervert as well? Keep trying, I suppose, but warning, you may end up with the most terrifying bunny ever seen. Possibly NSFW if your work worries about vaguely drawn naked cartoon figures.

Next week’s Doctor Who is supposed to tell us the one thing we’re never supposed to know: The Doctor’s name. This prequel sets up the secrets of the Doctor and of Clara for that adventure, but it doesn’t tell us much. I’ve been fairly down on this season of Doctor Who to be honest, with too many get out of jail free cards and not nearly enough fun. This doesn’t look like it’s going to satisfy my complaints.

The Family Research Council wants you to stand with the Goode Family (what a perfectly moral name!), who oppose having their five boys (out of ten kids) in Scouts with openly gay kids. Their fears would be laughable if they really didn’t believe them, and the Scouts that make up the end of the movie are just peddling the worst stereotypes possible. Honestly, if this is what their plan is, we may yet win and push sad little minds like this to the fringe where they belong.

Rep. Michele Bachmann is another person who needs to be pushed to the fringe. But instead she gets to make laws that govern the rest of us. She’s convinced that the nation is suffering God’s judgement for 9/11 and Benghazi, and all we can do about it pray for forgiveness. That she’s making this speech inside the Capitol completely freaks me out. Why on earth did she get reelected?

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has faith that the NFL and his players and teams will handle the inevitable openly gay player professionally, because they’re grown ups and live in the real world. Why on earth the interviewer seemed to need to make a stand for bigots, I’ll never know.

In perhaps the most WTF video of the week, Newt Gingrich spends nearly three minutes pontificating on the fact that the “cell phone” is misnamed, because it’s so much more than a cell phone, with a camera, Wikipedia access, and perhaps even an app to find the nearest McDonald’s. He thinks we need to rename the device so we can unlock the magic inside. While I might agree that the device in my pocket has outgrown the name “cell phone” at this point (if it actually rings with a voice call instead of a text/tweet/notification, it startles me), the name is not the problem. Teaching my mom to use it is the problem.

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