Meme: A First Look At “Looking,” Extended Peek At “The Day of the Doctor,” Miss Universe Broadcast Silent On Gay Rights

Rush is rated R in the U.S. but G in Quebec, tiger cub swim tests, An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth

The BlacklistThe Blacklist is the only new show of the fall I still have a Season Pass for, and I love Alan Alda, so I’m incredibly excited that he’s set to guest star on the show, as an enemy of Red who threatens to kill him.

In the United States, Rush was rated R for nudity, violence, language, and sexual situations. In Quebec, it’s rated G, for all audiences. They decided the nudity was incidental, mostly people getting out of bed, which children have probably seen. And the violence was mostly car crashes, which were no worse than government produced seat belt commercials. So who’s right?

Maxim Martsinkevich, the Russian man behind Occupy Pedophelia, which has been producing the kidnapping and torture of gay men videos, has announced an “emergency vacation” after police began to pursue him for “hooliganism” in relation to the torture of a young Iraqi man. Hooliganism is a catch all crime on Russia that can be used for about anything. Interestingly he chose Thailand for vacation.

Dowager CountessSurprising no one, Downton Abbey has been renewed for a fifth season. No word yet on cast changes, but I think we all know that if Dame Maggie ever leaves it’s not worth watching.

The New Mexico wedding photographers who lost their case when they refused to photograph a same-sex wedding have refiled, claiming First Amendment violations. “Further, the couple claims that not being allowed to turn away a gay couple and having to pose, edit, and present a story through photographs of a homosexual couple that wished to pay for their services would be a form of compelled speech which would be in violation of the First Amendment guarantee of free speech.”

You might recall Andrew Shirvell, who used to be an Assistant Attorney General in Michigan, and he had a nasty obsession with out University of Michigan Student Body President Chris Armstrong. He eventually lost his job and was ordered to pay $4.5 million to Armstrong. He’s now suing to get his job back, claiming wrongful termination.Andrew Shirvell

In Texas, anti-gay activist Dave Wilson was tired of losing elections, so he tried a new tactic to get elected to Houston Community College Board of Trustees. He pretended to be black. He won by 26 votes.

Nothing about Russia’s anti-gay laws was discussed during the Miss Universe broadcast, despite Thomas Roberts saying that he was hosting in order to bring attention to the cause. No doubt he discovered even going over in his privileged position didn’t grant him the freedom to be himself.

You may have recalled reading that Hawaii Rep Jo Jordan made history by being the first GLBT representative to vote against marriage equality. Rep Jo JordanAnywhere. She’s published her explanation, and well, it’s pretty rambling. I doubt she’s going to get many invitations to her friends’ weddings. Assuming she has any friends left.

Huh? And see, you knew exactly what I was talking about. It seems that “huh” is a universal sound, understood in any language from English to Chinese to mean that you don’t understand something.

SyFy has named Farscape’s Gigi Edgly to host Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, which is kind of like their Face Off for puppeteers. Speaking of, is anyone watching Naked Vegas? I caught the pilot and thought parts of it were kind of hot.

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While filming on HBO’s Looking just wrapped up, they’ve put together just a tease of what we can expect. Good looking guys, kissing, long looks and the feel of San Francisco. I’m going to have to renew my subscription to HBO.

I still have no idea what the Glee puppets are going to be used for, but for now, they’re being used to campaign for Blam to win the People’s Choice Award for Best Bromance.

I have to admit, the International Space Station is a lot less interesting since Chris Hadfield came back to earth. He was a one man PR machine for research and exploration, and I’ve missed having his updates roll across my screen. But he’s got a book coming out, and the trailer for it is just pure imagination.

When I was five, I took swimming lessons from the YMCA which largely involved throwing me in the water and yelling at me until I managed to stay on the surface. I hated the water for years after that. But this is exactly the strategy the National Zoo uses to test the swimming capability of tiger cubs before they put them on exhibit, so they don’t get into trouble with their moat. I’m not sure I’d be wanting to piss off a cat that will be able to maul me in a few years.

This is…weird. Basically, it’s a dance interpretation of how red jungle fowl help choose the sperm they will get fertile for, since they mate with many males. It’s part of something called Dance Your PhD, and it’s fairly awesome.

We just saw the original BBC trailer for The Day of the Doctor yesterday, but BBC America has put out a longer trailer for their viewers, and a lot more interaction between the Doctors. Tennant and Smith seem quite competitive, and it’s a delight to watch.

Speaking of Doctor Who, they’ll also be airing a special called The Science of Doctor Who, which no doubt will bring up the fact that there is really no science at all to Doctor Who.

While he was hosting the Miss Universe pageant, Thomas Roberts didn’t manage to get anything about gay rights on the air, but he did speak to the issue to Russia Today, which is a feat if you consider that they’re state controlled. And also tend to only broadcast their stuff outside Russia, so this really didn’t do anything for the Russians who Roberts was supposedly going to give hope.

We watched the unexpectedly touching video for One Direction’s “Story of My Life” a couple of weeks ago, and it was charming. Now they take us behind the scenes as they look at all the photos and recreate the moments with their family, and darn it, I’m starting to fall in love with these guys. There’s just no pretense with them, they seem human, which is no small achievement for a pop star.

Nissan claims that their BladeGlider isn’t just a concept, but a real prototype. Built from carbon fiber and housing electric motors inside the rear wheels, they claim it uses less power than their Leaf while looking like sex on wheels. The passengers are in the backseat, with the driver up front with no distractions. I want one!

Now that Hawaii is days away from marriage equality, we can step back and look at some of the champions that helped win the day, like Rep. Kaniela Ing, who gave one of the best, and most emotional speeches I’ve heard from a straight lawmaker on the subject. Take the time to sit through it. You won’t be sorry.

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