Morning Meme: James Franco Plays a Meth Magnate, Chris Colfer Is Up To Something, and Snoop Dog Is “Reincarnated” As Snoop Lion

James Franco has joined an upcoming Jason Statham movie that’s going to be written by Sylvester Stallone. He’ll be playing “an evil meth magnate named Gator.” Makes perfect sense.Jason Statham

The Olympics, or Gay Porn?

Business Week has an interesting article about how Bill Marriott, a devout Mormon, chooses to run his business blind to his faith, being one of the biggest sellers of alcohol in the country despite his faith being against alcohol. He also kept the company’s money (and his own) out of the fight over Prop 8, choosing instead to affirm his company’s commitment to diversity.

ABC has a great piece on photographer Jeff Sheng and his Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell photography, and his involvement in the first commitment ceremony to take place on a military base. I have Jeff’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell book, and his photography is haunting.

Josh Gad has joined Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in The Internship, about two middle aged guys who join a tech company as interns when their career choices dry up.

Gore Vidal has died at the age of 86. Over the course of his career, his novels and essays celebrated gay life and provoked the national coversation on politics, social matters and theaters. He was preceded in death by his longtime partner Howard Austin.

Michael PhelpsProfessional boxer David Haye recently remarked that he thought Tom Hardy would be a great match in the ring, so Hardy said yes, as long as the attendees could donate money to his favorite charity.

Spoiler alert (NBC should try it): Michael Phelps is the most successful Olympic athlete in history with his wins yesterday.

The House Republican leadership, currently defending the Defense of Marriage Act, has asked for and received an extension from the Supreme Court to submit their views on whether the Court should hear two cases relating to the constitutionality of the law.

Meanwhile, in a separate case involving California’s Prop 8, supporters of the measure have officially asked the court to hear their appeal.

And yet another federal court, this time in Connecticut, has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, saying that while it believes that heightened scrutiny applies to gays and lesbians, the law fails under the lowest form of scrutiny.Tom Daley

The troll that harassed British diver Tom Daley on Twitter not only was taken to task by Daley’s fans, he got a visit from the police, as the laws on harassment are a little different in the UK.

Lindsay Lohan got shy shooting a topless scene for The Canyons, the Bret Easton Ellis film she’s shooting with a straight porn star. So she asked the crew if they’d strip to their underwear to make her more comfortable, which seems like it would have the opposite effect.

If you hadn’t heard, the new toy for the kids meals at Chick-Fil-A are Berenstain Bears books. The deal has evidently been underway for a year, but the Berenstain company doesn’t seem too joyous about it, directed all comments to their publisher, and, for a bear, threw considerable shade in the process.

Gossip maven Michael Musto gives some examples of when he brought up the “gay” word with various celebrities, including Jimmy Fallon, only to have the star or the publicist go silent, fast. We’ve run into the same thing here at AfterElton, and skipped some interviews because of it.

Baby panda! There’s a new baby panda at the San Diego Zoo!

Danell LeyvaExercising tact worthy of the office of the president, a Romney aid told frustrated reporters who hadn’t had access to the candidate throughout the European tour to “kiss my ass.” Can’t wait to see them try that with Putin.

Extremely sexy U.S. gymnast Danell Leyva has evidently shared some sexts with women, and one provided Deadspin with the PG-13 pictures, which are impressive. She says she has nudes, and is considering releasing them. Will it be gold medal worthy?

Ryan Murphy says that if he reaches 500,000 followers on Twitter, he’ll release the infamous Klaine Box Scene online, so follow, follow, follow!

 What exactly are Chris Colfer and Lea Michele up to?

 Colton Haynes gets a haircut

 It’s a testament to Denis O’Hare that he can look so normal rehearsing Into The Woods, and look incredibly insane on True Blood.

Of course, he’s not ripping anyone’s spine out here

 Gareth Thomas proves that guns aren’t completely outlawed in the UK

 Jonathan Knight snuggles over dessert

 I love it when Anderson Cooper gets sassy

 Michael Urie and David Krumholtz hit the red carpet for Partners


Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer get together for an Olympic spot for Wreck It Ralph that involves a man in a singlet, which always makes me more interested in things that people are talking about.


Reincarnated is a documentary about Snoop Dog going to Jamaica to try something new, a reggae album. In the process he ceases to be Snoop Dog and becomes Snoop Lion. I’m curious as to whether Snoop interacted with any of the notoriously homophobic Jamaican musicians.


I tried to watch The Big Wedding trailer, with Robert DeNiro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, and Topher Grace, but it looks just awful to me. Basing an entire movie around the concept of a set of parents pretending not to be divorced? This may be a new low for all involved.


The Biological Advantage of Being Awestruck explores the idea that our sense of wonder has been a survival trait for the human species. I know that as I’ve gotten older, it’s become more difficult for me to just take in the universe in an open, wondrous fashion, and I can say that I honestly miss it.


Hostess is not an official sponsor of the Olympic Games. The company is bankrupt, so there’s no way that they could shell out that kind of cash. It doesn’t mean they can’t capitalize on the event.


There’s a common belief that cats spend most of the day sleeping, while I know that while we’re not watching, they’re actively plotting the overthrow of the human race. If you don’t believe me, just watch this time lapse of kittens scurrying around for eight hours while their human is away, condensed to two minutes of fluffy evil.


I’m still not sure that I understand the trailer for Cloud Atlas, and the directors, Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis, understand that the sweeping film may confuse viewers, so they tried to explain with this video about the movie. But the most important thing is that this is a rare video since Larry Wachowski transitioned to Lana Wachowski.


Kermit the Frog officially breaks up with Chick-Fil-A. Of course he supports diversity, he’s a frog dating a pig. He believes in the freedom to marry the one you love.


On Conan, Chaz the Intolerant Chicken makes a return visit, with more chicken based innuendos than you can shake a drum stick at.


And finally, The Daily Show tackles the idea that boycotting businesses based on their politics leaves you open to a great deal of hypocrisy, and I can understand that point. I’ll shop later today at WalMart, who treats their employees like cogs in a machine, and does everything possible to avoid giving them benefits. I couldn’t gas up my car without giving money to an oil company that’s destroying the environment. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t take a stand on a subject that affects our lives, and while you can strive to minimize the money you give to companies that do things that are at odds with your beliefs, you do have to do business with some of them. But there are times when you can choose to take a stand against a company that not only has beliefs different than yours, but actively spends the money you give them opposing your basic rights. And that’s what is being lost in the media narrative. It’s not the statements Cathy made, it’s his actions with the company’s money that are so repugnant. My day job has two restaurants that don’t require a car, and one of them is a Chick-Fil-A. I don’t give them my money, I pack a lunch. It’s healthier, requires a little effort, but I’m not contributing to my own demise. So remember, even if you eat Chick-Fil-A for reasons I can’t fathom (carbon offsets to GLAAD?), at least skip them today, when the people that hate me are converging to show their buying might. Don’t be a part of it.


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