Carl Sagan’s Cosmos was one of the most popular series to ever air on PBS, and is due for an update, and there’s no one I can think of to do it better than Neil deGrasse Tyson, who will bring the series to Fox in 2014, which will oddly be produced by Seth MacFarlane.
In Sweden, a man has died after having sex with a hornets’ nest. I’m all for indulging your kinks, but exactly what is sexy about having sex with a hornets’ nest?
You really have to see the campaign just unleashed in Belize to protect that country’s sodomy law from being struck down. It’s about as crazy as these things get.
I’ve been both disgusted and oddly drawn to the story behind Teen Mom Farrah Abraham making a sex tape with porn star James Deen. The delusional reality star finds a way to look down on porn stars, when she’s become a porn actress herself, which is a marvelous act of denial on her part. “I feel like James want to date me, but I don’t trust him. And I don’t want to date a porn star. This was a one-time moment for me. But now that I’ve seen the footage in full, doing something with me was probably, like, the highlight of his life.” No, dear, it was a job. A job he’s done thousands of times.
Disney is denying that it was making over Brave’s Merida in princess fashion, and says the sparkly, busty version of the Scottish princess is just for a limited edition set of merchandise, and they aren’t making her over permanently. Meanwhile, the Change.org petition has 200,000 signatures demanding they take Merida back to her original style.
The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that the maximum blood alcohol content for a DUI be reduced to .05, from the current national standard of .08. I would never advocate drinking and driving, but that drops you down to one drink with dinner.
Shakira says that she won’t be returning to The Voice next season, that it’s time to make some music and be a mom. “And I really enjoyed The Voice, but I also have a musical career and I’m also a mother now and my poor baby’s so tired flying such long distances. He already has more miles than any pilot.”
The new GLBT athletic center in Birmingham will be opened by the Warwick Rowers, the college team that posed naked for a calendar to raise money for Ben Cohen’s StandUp Foundation.
The ACLU is launching a drive to let Cam and Mitchell get married on Modern Family. I think the timing is interesting, with Prop 8 likely to be struck down next month. Jesse Tyler Ferguson has tweeted that he loves the idea of a wedding, as soon as it becomes legal in California, where the show is set.
Three days before the National Organization for Marriage started screaming about the IRS leaking their tax return, Maggie Gallagher wrote that “a low-level employee … released NOM’s private tax-return information to a guy claiming to be a NOM employee, who then posted it on the Internet.” That doesn’t sound promising for NOM suing the IRS, which they’re already fundraising on.
The Wanted got asked about Lance Bass’ statement that boy bands always have one gay member, causing Jay McGuiness to joke “I think most of us would probably have a dabble.” That disappointingly caused Tom Parker to pipe up “Speak for yourself” since he obviously finds the perception of his heterosexuality more important than a joke for good press.
At the TNT upfronts, Conan O’Brien joked about Senator John McCain’s bill to allow a la carte pricing for television channels, claiming the Arizona Republican said “why should I pay for 100 channels when I only watch Logo and BET?” Who knew that Senator McCain was a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race?
And One Million Moms is claiming victory for getting The New Normal cancelled, along with other gay content shows.
Stephen Soderberg says that Matt Damon’s choice to do Behind the Candelabra was a bit surprising to him, but “Matt doesn’t have anything to protect. That’s not how he makes his decisions. He makes his decisions based on whether he’s engaged by the piece or not. If it turns out to be something that’s really gonna push him as a performer, even better. And Michael, he was just fearless. They both are. The movie just doesn’t work if they don’t both literally join hands and jump off the cliff. It’s intimate stuff, even if it was a guy and a girl. But for a lot of people it’ll be hard to see Jason Bourne on top of Gordon Gekko.”
I’ve been steering clear of the Abercrombie & Fitch controversy. It seems, well, manufactured. Sure the guy is a major asshat, but we’ve known that for years. In fact, we’ve known about these comments about the “cool kids” for years. Most of it is from 2006. Why the sudden outrage? I admit, I’m one of those sad gay men in their 40s who wears A&F and Hollister, but mostly because it’s all that fits me. But I suppose buying up used A&F gear and giving it to the homeless can’t hurt – everyone benefits, and I don’t see a downside. But it’s not going to affect the brand.
The Crazy Ones is the new CBS sitcom with Robin Williams as a crazy ad executive who is constantly on the edge of being fired, with Sarah Michelle Gellar as his straightlaced daughter. This again looks like an old-fashioned sitcom I can watch, and there has to be a gay man at an advertising agency, right? Plus, James Wolk seems to play a bit of a proud manwhore, so we can look forward to getting him out of his clothes on a regular basis, right?
There’s nothing I don’t love about “Suits That Fly.” I always felt that Justin Timberlake’s new album was prime for parody, and mashing it up with Iron Man 3 seems perfect, plus the Tony Stark in the video totally nails it at several points.
I admit I’ve only seen one of the Riddick movies, and I wasn’t really impressed. This one seems to emphasize the monsters and the desolation, and I don’t think I’ll be watching it. Killer sound mix though – watch your speaker volume.
Pat Robertson tells a woman her husband cheated on her because he’s a man and men stray. Not that I don’t slightly agree with that statement, but it’s still lousy that he expects her to stay with him and do the work of falling in love with the husband all over again. Why should the effort fall to her, when she was the victim. And I love how Robertson assumes the wife stays at home while the husband provides for the family. It’s like he’s still living in 1954.
The Terrance Higgins Trust has put out a trailer for their new HIV prevention program called It Starts With Me, which emphasizes testing a treatment to slow the spread of the disease, which is currently our best method of attack. Someone under treatment for HIV with undetectable levels of the virus carries a very low chance of spreading the disease, significantly lower than the Russian roulette that’s become popular with “Are you clean?” to someone who has no idea, the screwing with abandon.