Kinky Boots looks good in black, Guillermo Del Toro rocks Treehouse of Horror couch gag, Arrow gives us what we want with “Great Abs Preview”
Judy Shepard has responded to the Ole Miss football players who heckled a production of The Laramie Project. “One thing I often see in productions of The Laramie Project is that involvement in the play sparks in them an awareness of anti-gay hate that they often would not have noticed, especially when performed at colleges and universities. Seeing how the community of Laramie, Wyoming was affected by the murder of my son as told in the play, creates a space where a community can talk about hate.” The chancellor of the school has finally apologized and promised the students will “be held accountable.”
USA Network is holding a contest for teens to write an anti-bullying PSA for the Characters Unite project. Perhaps they could help that along with a gay character or two on their shows.
President Obama gave an interview in which he praised Pope Francis for his words on gays. “And that spirit, that sense of love and unity, seems to manifest itself in not just what he says, but also what he does. And, you know, for any religious leader, that’s something — that’s a quality I admire.” Now if we could just get the Pope’s minions to actually act like the Pope is their boss on the subject.
Plucked and waxed looks are out for Hollywood’s leading men. But that doesn’t mean that judicious manscaping is going away. “Removing hair from hip flexors helps make one’s body look narrower, while leaving a fuller ‘happy trail’ gives the appearance of abs. As for hairy chests? Says Payne: ‘Don’t let chest hair creep up into your beard — it helps you look slimmer [if you don’t]. But leave a little on the chest, especially if you lack pectoral definition — that gives the illusion of having a fuller chest.’”
A judge in Colombia has annulled the nation’s first same-sex marriage, saying the Constitution does not expressly grant the right to same-sex marriage.
Fox News is reporting that Christian airmen claim they are being punished for speaking out against marriage equality, creating a “culture of fear.” As a manager in my day job, all sorts of discussions happen, but if you start disparaging a minority, HR steps in and tells you to shut it.
Meanwhile, the policy of granting same-sex couples 10 days of leave to travel to marriage equality states is having a tough time getting off the ground. The Marines have issued formal guidance, but the Army and the Navy only have temporary guidance, and the Air Force has nothing. So troops are getting varied answers from their commanders, with some sailing through and others being denied, with some commanders claiming to not even have heard of the policy.
The National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown flew to Moscow and consulted on the law that prevents gay couples from adopting Russian orphans. They’re really branching out these days, aren’t they?
Doctor Who fans are petitioning the Empire State Building to turn blue on November 23rd to mark the show’s anniversary. Would the TARDIS still be bigger on the inside if it was the size of the Empire State Building (yes, I know it would, let me have the joke)?
Hobby Lobby, the giant crafts store chain that’s not open on Sundays has something for every holiday – Christmas, Easter, even Halloween. But not Hanukkah. When questioned about the oversight, “Because Mr. Green is the owner of the company, he’s a Christian, and those are his values.” It should be noted that Hobby Lobby is currently suing the Obama administration over the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to offer contraception.
A court in Singapore has upheld the sodomy ban in that nation, stating “The fact that there is plausible evidence in support of either side must mean that this issue is at least arguable and debatable. [the court is] unable to find for Mr. Ravi on the factual assertion that homosexuality is a natural, immutable attribute,”
Stevie Nicks is in love with Game of Thrones. “With my pneumonia and my mother’s death I watched the entire first season of Game Of Thrones … That certainly took my mind off everything.” She even wrote poetry for all the characters, and would love to do music for the show.
The filing from Governor Christie’s administration in their appeal of the ruling in favor of marriage equality asserts that not staying the ruling would “If the court single-handedly, without guiding precedent and without input from the [NJ] Supreme Court, reverses this course and overrides the intent of the democratically elected branch, the state will suffer irreparable harm.”
Texas, Rep. Randy Neugebauer is an asshat. You should be ashamed of him as much as you are of most of your Congressional delegation.
Hugh Jackman knows he looks good in a suit. “When my wife met me, she said she was looking for a stockbroker. So if I want it to be a great night out, I’ll wear a suit — especially Tom Ford — and I’ll start talking about stocks and bonds. Then I know I’m going to get lucky … (Just kidding!).”
Kinky Boots has already recouped the entire $13.5 million investment to put on the show, and is operating in the black. Helping that feat is that fact that it’s the second most expensive show on Broadway, behind only The Book of Mormon.
Vice President Joe Biden has canceled his keynote speech at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner, citing the government shutdown, which has caused many event cancellations. The power gays (and I’ve attended this dinner, and they are very powerful) will just have to make due with Jennifer Lopez and Sarah Bareilles.
Britney Spears admits she’s being pressured to make sexy videos, even if she doesn’t want to. “A lot of sex goes into what I do. Sometimes I would like to bring it back to the old days when there was like one outfit through the whole video, and you’re dancing the whole video, and there’s like not that much sex stuff going on. It’s about the dance and it’s about being old school, it’s like keeping it real and just making it about the dance. I’d love to do a video like that.”
Possibly the worst headline ever from a gay publication – “Even If Matthew Shepard’s Murder Wasn’t a Hate Crime, the Legislation That Bears His Name Is Still Good Law” I mean, why even open up the idea that Matthew’s murder wasn’t a hate crime? Isn’t that what we have the anti-gay lobby for?
Justice Scalia says that he’s yet to give an opinion on marriage equality. “The issue in the DOMA case was not whether the Constitution requires states to allow gay marriage. That was not the question at all. The question is whether Congress can define marriage in all of the statues that Congress enacted to mean only marriage between a man and a woman.”
I’m not entirely sure if it was just time to launch a trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, or if this is a rather distasteful way to capitalize on the news of author Tom Clancy’s death this week, but here we have Chris Pine, secret agent (that worked out so well in This Means War) trying to save the world, without a wrinkle on his face. I’m honestly having a hard time believing this casting.
Guillermo del Toro did the opening credits for this year’s The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror, and it seems that he pulled out nearly every horror and fantasy story ever written to take this over the top. I don’t really see how they’ll have time for three stories in the show after this plays.
Lewis Black did an epic takedown of Barilla Pasta on The Daily Show, in that way that only he can. Perhaps some apologies to Italians for how they get protrayed on television in general is in order?
I completely missed Rio, and now we’re preparing for Rio 2, in which our blue birds go back to the jungle with their kids to show them what the jungle is all about. Even if you’re losing interest in the trailer, the final scene is so worth staying for.
Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell got caught by an open mic talking about whether they can win the argument about the shutdown because President Obama saying he won’t negotiate isn’t poll tested. I think they drastically underestimate the mood of the country.
But then most Republicans seem to be misreading the situation. Even the diehard anti-Obama crowd around me is pretty pissed about the shutdown, and they are blaming the Republicans for it. Thomas Roberts sat down with RNC Chair Reince Priebus, whose name just screams man-of-the-people to talk about the hostage taking the Tea Party is doing, and it’s kind of epic to watch. I’ve been fascinated lately with the number of cable news reporters that are fighting back against interview guests who just want to repeat talking points rather than be interviewed. I like this return to journalism.
Rob Lowe already said that he truly admired Zac Efron for checking into rehab when he needed it, and I guess he thought he should show some of that support in person, on a swing, with Zac, while screaming. There are actually a couple of these Vines, but I chose the one without the swearing.
Arrow isn’t even pretending it doesn’t know its market. The latest preview of the show is literally titled “Great Abs Preview.”
If you recall, in support of the last The Muppets, They released a series of trailers that were actually for other movies with The Muppets starring. Now we have The Muppets Gravity, with poor Gonzo not having the best day.
Jack Andraka won the Intel Science Fair with his test for pancreatic cancer that is cheaper, faster, more accurate and capable of detecting the disease earlier. He’s also happily out with a great family. Here you can see the moment he won turned into an Intel commercial, and it’s truly joyous to watch.