The cast of Guardians of the Galaxy continues to flesh out characters I’ve never heard of, with Michael Rooker signing up to play Yondu, a blue guy who evidently was a hunter of a primitive tribe on Centauri IV, the first planet colonized from Earth.
Speaking of Marvel movies, Robert Downey, Jr. confirmed that thanks to his renegotiated deal with Marvel, he did end up with that rumored $50 million payday for The Avengers. “Isn’t that crazy? They’re so pissed. I can’t believe it. I’m what’s known as ’a strategic cost.'” That’s got to hurt, because Marvel is notoriously stingy in what it pays actors, but there’s no way they could have known that a percentage of the gross would add up to that!
The new draft constitution of Fiji would outlaw hate speech against homosexuality and gender orientation. “So if you preach from the pulpit and, for example, you say I don’t believe that homosexuality is a good thing, you’ll go to hell. But if you, on top of that, say let’s go kill all of the homosexuals, that is hate because you want to harm them.” Expect the religious right to start claiming this will happen in the United States soon.
Pippin is set to become a movie. Yes, that Pippin.
Despite the debacle that was Seth MacFarlane at the Oscars, the Academy has asked back producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron for next year’s ceremony, clearing the way for them to pick a new host.
Surprising no one, the immigration bill unveiled yesterday by the gang of Eight excludes same sex couples, but activists are hopeful that the Uniting American Families Act will be offered as an amendment in the Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Patrick Leahy, a cosponsor of the act.
Alan Gordon of the San Jose Earthquakes has been suspended for three games and fined an undisclosed amount for calling Will Johnson a “fu*king faggot” during a recent game. MLS commissioner Don Garber says “Major League Soccer stands against discrimination and prejudice of any kind and will not tolerate this type of behavior.”
One of the accusers of Kevin Clash, the former puppeteer of Elmo, has dropped his suit about underage sex voluntarily, and attorneys for Clash say that no settlement was involved.
Senator Roger Wicker was sent ricin, a deadly poison, in a letter to his Washington, DC offices. Other Senate offices have been warned, and Senator Wicker has been placed under a protective detail.
Beverly Hills, 90210’s Ian Ziering is set to join the Chippendales for four weeks starting June 6. If you want to feel old, Ziering is now 49-years-old.
By putting a sketch artist with women, then having him draw them from their own description, then the description of another person, researchers have discovered that women generally think that they are less attractive than they really are. Obviously, Kim Kardashian wasn’t part of the experiment.
If your family is unsupportive of your same-sex marriage, should you invite them to the wedding ceremony? Probably, but with some rules spelled out in the invitation.
Libby Phelps Alvares, who left the Westboro Baptist Church admits it took her a while after leaving the church to quit flinching, then quit caring, when she saw a same sex couple. But a lot of that may have to do with the fact that the Westboro Baptist Church spends more time talking about homosexuality than I do. “The whole family talks about homosexuality, every single day. And it’s always about how homosexuals are dooming the world. They talk about fornication and divorce, remarriage and adultery, but the main thing is the homosexual lifestyle. It wasn’t a personal hatred toward anybody. We were taught that we were doing a loving thing.”
Unsurpsingly, there is a sex tape out there with Buckwild stars. Shae Bradley and Jesse J made a sex tape, and it’s on the market. Bradley says “Yes there is a sex tape and I regret making it with someone who I obviously couldn’t trust and is looking to exploit the relationship we had.” I’m starting to think the existence of a sex tape is a requirement to be cast in an MTV reality show.
This Friday is the annual Day of Silence in schools against GLBT bullying. This year, GLSEN is encouraging a social media campaign called Selfies for Silence.
Awkward’s Nolan Funk and Beau Mirchoff say they’d both be up for Magic Mike 2. Funk says “I should definitely be in Magic Mike 2. I’m ready for it. I could bring all kinds of moves to Magic Mike 2.”
French Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois says that the French government was risking inciting violence with marriage equality (our side has already experienced some of that violence). But, ironically, his reasoning sounds like an argument for equality. “Society has lost its capacity of integration and especially its ability to blend differences in a common project.”
The first images of Jamie Foxx as Electro on the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are out. I’m not sure what the character looks like in the comics (just the old cartoon) – does this match your expectations?
The new trailer for Man of Steel is out, and it really looks like a winner. You’ve got great emotional connection between Kal-El and both of his fathers, lonely moments, exploration, and then some insane action moments that come so fast you don’t really know what’s going on, but you’re pretty sure it will look awesome on a giant screen with surround sound. I’m not sure why this is the must-see movie for me this summer, but it is.
Conan decided that Justin Bieber hasn’t suffered enough for his Anne Frank arrogance, so he put together a list of Justin Bieber’s thoughts on other historical figures. It’s so real you almost believe them.
The Kings of Summer is the indie movie I’m most excited about. Three teen boys have had enough of their parents, and while that’s true of most teen boys, these parents seem to be a bit much. So the boys head into the woods where they build their own house, boil their own water, and make attempts with varying success to score their own food.
Alison Brie was asked to recreate the most famous memes on the internet using only her own expressive face, and she pretty much nails them all, from Grumpy Cat to Ermahgad to Overly Obsessive Girlfriend. She’s like Tumblr come to life.
The full trailer is out for Hemlock Grove, the werewolf series that premieres on Netflix on Friday. The trailer is NSFW, and like the werewolf transformation we showed you last week, it can be pretty intense. Twilight, this is not. And there does appear to be some girl-on-girl action going on.
Jon Hamm is appearing on Sesame Street, as major stars do. His piece is with Elmo, on the word “sculpture,” and the little guy puts Jon through his paces. I can’t help but notice that they filmed Jon from the waist up, probably to make sure his Hammaconda doesn’t get them in the same hot water that Katy Perry’s low cut dress did two years ago.
For a daily dose of cuteness, this chow puppy can’t quite figure out how to get out of the bowl, which does raise the question of how he got into the bowl in the first place.
Hip Show is apparently the Russian version of MMA crossed with American Gladiators, and it’s fairly intense. Not only is the battle ring an obstacle course, they all look like they could appear in Eastern European porn, but they beat the crap out of each other.