Morning Meme: Sandra Bernhard Isn’t a Fan of Kathy Griffin, Jason Mraz Sings “I Won’t Give Up,” and “The Lion King Rises”

It would appear that David Beckham is more interested in keeping his family in Los Angeles than he is in whatever giant contract the European teams have offered him. I just like thatDavid Beckham with the warm L.A. weather he has little reason to wear clothing.

The studio has prevailed and Christopher Nolan is redoing the sound mix to make Bane easier to understand in The Dark Knight Rises. As long as they don’t have Gilbert Gottfried redub the voice.

The Super Bowl advertising has sold out, with most spots going for $3.5 million/30seconds, but one spot went for a record $4 million. The car manufacturers are back with a vengeance this year, and a very high percentage of commercials will actually be 60-second super blocks rather than the traditional 30 seconds.

Matt Damon says that the time and place he was the happiest in his life was “In our bed, making our children, and in the hospital watching them being born.”

Over the weekend, a man named Omar Little, Jr. was arrested on a gun charge.

Paramount Studios (part of our parent company Viacom) slipped ahead of Warner Bros in 2011 to become the top grossing studio with $5.17 billion box office worldwide, largely on the strength of Thor, Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon, and a strong finish with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

Sandra Bernhard isn’t a fan of Kathy Griffin, she reveals this Thursday on HDNet’s Naughty But Nice with Rob. “I’ve never been a fan of Kathy Griffin — you knoSandra Bernhardw that.  Every time she sees me, she hides. If I saw her, I would tell her to find a new angle. Just to say someone is stupid, that’s not crafting an idea. I think things through. I absorb culture and put it out in layers.”

When did it become acceptable (not that I object) to advertise vibrators on prime time television? And I’m suddenly really curious about that statistic of 45% of men having used one.

A new story in The Independent says that at least one top investment bank used psychometric testing to identify sociopaths to hire, because their studies found them to be uniquely suited to high finance.

The Charlton Library in Massachusetts sent a police officer to a five-year-old’s home to retrieve overdue library books. The little girl thought she was being arrested. The officer states that no one at the precinct wanted the call and he drew short straw. State law defines overdue library books as a misdemeanor, and allows for police involvement.

James FrancoJames Franco has sold his first novel, Actors Anonymous, which is a fictionalized account of his experiences as an actor.

A body was found on the Sandringham estate of Queen Elizabeth over New Year’s, and police have opened an investigation. The Queen hasn’t been allowing Dick Cheney to hunt on her property, has she?

As I finish writing this, Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich have become irrelevant in the presidential primaries, making their Tuesday tantrums all the more tasty. Gingrich came out bluntly and called Mitt Romney a liar. Bachmann accused Soledad O’Brien of “gotcha journalism” for daring to ask Backmann about her own statements on gays, what with the economy being bad.

MTV’s True Life series (I walked into the break room at the day job when the gay-for-pay porn episode was on, and had to answer questions about it)Magic Johnson will tackle gay chubby chasers.

Magic Johnson is beginning a new project of recruiting hip-hop stars and athletes to fight homophobia in the black community and stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS.

 Alec Mapa has tweeted the announcement that he’s performing on the same cruise that Atlantis Events is sending me on. I hope to get a chance to talk to him on the cruise, since it looks like he has some experience.

Abs everywhere. Can I wear a parka on the cruise?

 Next week, Glee returns with an episode titled “Yes/No” which will focus on Will and Emma. But it looks like Mike and Tina might have some character development as well.

Because Ohio is perfect for picnics in January.

I tossed in this cover for GQ Korea for a certain Iowa boy who might be exhausted from politics.

What are the odds? And what happens next?

 As was brought to our attention on Twitter, Broadway’s Kyle Dean Massey takes his wine very seriously. So seriously that he won’t let a broken corkscrew keep him from the sweet nectar.

That’s a very nice…countertop.

 A ton a new stills have been released from Hunger Games. I’m told after seeing this image, Pipa Middleton beat her hat maker with a riding crop for not having come up with it first.

I know nothing about the world of these books.

Woody Harrelson and Bill Maher are both vacatioing at the same resort in Hawaii. They joked next year they’d go to Fire Island.

My joke is “I guess the hotel doesn’t have a No Smoking policy.”


 I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything quite so perfect as The Lion King Rises. Audio from The Dark Knight Rises matched perfectly with footage from The Lion King. I think it actually made Bane easier to understand.


Netflix first foray into original programming is Lilyhammer, about a mobster who relocates to the snowy town as part of the Witness Protection Program. I really thought it looked horrible from the first 45 seconds, but I warmed to the concept a bit by the end.


According to Towleroad, Каханне без межаў, is Belarus’ first gay themed film. Beyond that, I can’t even translate the title, but it looks romantic and has cute boys kissing.


Jaws is soon to be no more at Universal Studios, but a loving tribute has been put together of the attraction’s history and place at the park.


I love Mark Wahlberg, if only because he’s blunt and honest. Here’s what he thinks happened with his own Planet of the Apes reboot. Also, he’s gone clubbing with Tim Burton.


Finally, GLBT ally Jason Mraz has an adorable video for his new song “I Won’t Give Up.” For our younger readers, those things are called letters, and we used to be excited to get them back in the olden days, even if it took a week.


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