Morning Meme: Darren Criss Is a Boy Wonder, Penelope Cruz Plays Dress Up, and R.I.P. Tony Soctt

First up, you should probably plan your lunch break around Days of Our Lives, because something gay is happening, and our own snicks will be liveblogging the action today and tomorrow.Congressman Todd Akin

Very sad, news. Director Tony Scott apparently committed suicide last night by jumping off an L.A. bridge. The younger brother of Ridley, Tony Scott scored a number of number of movie hits, including Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop 2 and most recently Unstoppable in 2010. In recent years Scott had ventured into TV producing (He was an EP on The Good Wife.)

In a moment of gross stupidity, Congressman Todd Akin, who is running against Senator Claire McCaskill for her Senate seat, said “From what I understand from doctors… if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Akin has since said he “misspoke” but still doesn’t support abortion in cases of rape, and can we please talk about the economy now?

These 20 inventions are weird and quirky, and possibly useless, but I’m betting the folks at Drag U could market those high heel training wheels for a bundle of money.

We’ve all heard about our credit scores, and how they can be used to determine your suitability for a mortgage, or even a job. But eScores are a new phenomenon, and they’re already affecting our lives. BasicaPavel Patellly, companies are compiling publicly available data, income, housing, online presence and pulling hundreds of thousands of factors out and comparing them to an existing customer base. Stack up as potentially profitable? When you call in, you’re sent to an attentive customer service agent. Stack up unfavorable? Automated system hell, and eventually an overflow call center somewhere to be treated poorly to run you off. And it’s completely legal.

Have we got any thoughts on Russian Pavel Patel?

IntelliCheck founder Frank Mandlebaum died in 2007. He left a $180,000 trust for his grandchildren, but there was a catch. For his gay son Robert, he specified that any offspring would not get a share of the money if “he not be married to the child’s mother within six months of the child’s birth.” Now Robert and his husband Jonathan have a son Cooper, and Robert is contesting the will. He probably knows what he’s doing, since he’s a judge. Complicating matters is Ann Freedman, Frank’s widow, who says Robert ““alleged that he had a son from a homosexual relationship which he believed should be a beneficiary . . . My husband’s will specifically prohibited such a child from becoming a beneficiary.” Family values!

Disney often cuts songs from their animated films as rewrites change the scripts or the movies run long. Here are 10 of the best Disney songs you’ve never heard. Personally, I love Eartha Kitt singing anything, so I hate that “Snuff Out the Light” didn’t make the movie.Yzma

REI Sporting Goods, based in Washington state, has come out in favor of marriage equality. “Marriage equality is important to the co-op because the benefits, legal clarity and societal understanding that Warren and I have enjoyed these past 34 years should be available to any two people who want to express their love and make a permanent commitment to each other that is so clearly provided for in the legal definition of marriage.” They join giants like Microsoft and Starbucks in opposition to repealing marriage equality as passed by the legally elected representatives in the state.

Before the idea of “homosexual” became ingrained in the culture, men were much more affectionate. Prior to widespread use of the term, “attraction to, and sexual activity with other men was thought of as something you did, not something you were. It was a behavior — accepted by some cultures and considered sinful by others.” Looking back at old photographs of men being affectionate with one another, you can’t help but feel something was lost.

Guess what? Ben LawsonA new survey says that of all political groups, the Tea Party hates gays the most. Color me surprised.

Hunky furball Ben Lawson is joining Don’t Trust the B In Apartment 23 as a love interest for Chloe. This should be interesting.

Brian Moylan lays out How To Be Gay In 10 Easy Steps. I’ve only done eight out of ten. Does this mean I have to sleep with a woman every once in a while?

I don’t know why I’m surprised that the Archdiocese of Portland is offering the priest caught chasing a sobbing boy down the street in his underwear a $20,000 loan for his defense.



Happy Monday! Ryan Lochte celebrated his birthday at Azure
at the Palazzo in Las Vegas and posed with everyone

Meanwhile, UPROXX poses an important question about his teammate Michael Phelps

 Colin Ferguson takes his post-Eureka down time and goes skydiving

 James Marsters on the set of Warehouse 13 with Eddie McClintock

 How cute is Jesse Tyler Ferguson holding Leaf?

 The Newsies bring Ricky Martin realness during Saturday intermission

 Stephen Wallen, with his husband Tony, Mario Canton and his husband Jerry Dixon

 Who is the Boy Wonder patrolling the halls of McKinley High? Darren Criss, is that you? Get JT Riley smelling salts!

IMAX has released a new Frankenweenie-themed pre-movie announcement to turn off your cell phones, or face the wrath of the cat. I generally try and avoid the wrath of cats, since their normal disposition towards me is bad enough.


Epic Tea Time with Alan Rickman is a stunning combination of music, elegance, and technology as high speed cameras make everything he does even more elegant than normally elegant things that Alan Rickman does.


I think if you’re going to poke fun at a brand as dominant as Apple has become, you probably should bring more to the table than some gum and a bad picture of The Flying Tomato, but that’s just me.


Sure, it’s amazing that Nellie the Sea Otter can actually stack her toy cups on command. But that pales in comparison to the cute factor when she finished and reaches to hold the paw of the other otter.


Volvo is trying to make a point about the refinement and control of their new big rig trucks, but I think this stunt of having someone walk a tight rope between two of them as they speed towards a tunnel fails to make the point, and is ridiculously dangerous. Plus, where’s the threat for the viewer, since we can assume that they wouldn’t release the footage if she didn’t make it.


Alexander Sinclair brings us Coming Together, a short film about Afro-German families coming together for the wedding of their sons. There’s more background over at Rod2.0.


XELLE has released the trailer for “Hologram” and it’s stacked with gays and gay icons including Kevin Allison, Janeane Garofalo, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Joshua McKinley, Michael Musto, Mike Ruiz and Martha Wash.


In the new Super Mario Bros 2 ad, Penelope Cruz loses a bet on the game, leading to a hilarious payoff. How precisely would you react if you suddenly saw Penelope Cruz dressed like that?


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