Weekend Meme: Stephen Colbert Cameos In “The Hobbit,” More Mormons Invade “1600 Penn,” and Scott Bakula Loves John Barrowman’s Backside

Rory O’Malley is set to join his old Book of Mormon buddy Josh Gad on hisRory O'Malley midseason sitcom 1600 Penn. Gad plays the son of the president, and Rory will play a White House guide he competes with to give better tours. Basically, he’s playing Kenneth from 30 Rock.

Mitt Romney will have a favorite new movie soon, with Family Circus forging ahead to an idyllic land of stay at home moms and children who take amazing detours to get ahead in life.

BBC Radio 1 host Nick Grimshaw logs onto Grindr with fake pictures to play gags on nearby people. These are the people you learn to hate on Grindr.

Shailene Woodley is indeed going to play Mary Jane in The Amazing Spider-Man sequel, but it’s being called a very small part in the second movie, which will no doubt expand in the third.

When headline writers hate their jobs. h/t Jeff

Matt BomerRoger Ailes has signed up for four more years heading Fox News, which means four more years of hating gays, liberals, puppies and unicorns.

Queerty has a quote from Jackie Collins saying Matt Bomer lost out on The Man of Steel because he was gay. “[Matt Bomer] had not come out of the closet but people in the know knew he was gay. His audition tape went in and he called up the agent. Someone didn’t like him and told them he was gay. They said, “No, no, we can’t cast you.’ ‘I think it should change but there are women out there who want to worship somebody. If Justin Bieber said he was gay, he’d lose all his little girl fans. It’s a sad fact of life. So a lot of them get married, have a couple of kids and pretend to be straight.” That sounds pretty brutal, but if you take it within the context of the longer podcast, you see what she said was hugely supportive of the gay community, which she appears to spend more time with than I do.

The 94 year old Billy Graham has decided that this might be his last election, and has taken out a full page ad in USA Today and the Wall Street Journal advocating candidates that support “Biblical marriage.” He also recently scrubbed his website of any mention that Mormonism is a cult.

Speaking of newspapers, just how bad of a candidate for president do you have to be if you’re a Mormon and the Salt Lake Tribune decides to endorse your opponent? That’s what happened to Mitt Romney, with the paper saying “In considering which candidate to endorse, The Salt Lake Tribune editorial board had hoped that RomneyLast Resort would exhibit the same talents for organization, pragmatic problem solving and inspired leadership that he displayed here more than a decade ago. Instead, we have watched him morph into a friend of the far right, then tack toward the center with breathtaking aplomb. Through a pair of presidential debates, Romney’s domestic agenda remains bereft of detail and worthy of mistrust.”

Last Resort (my favorite new show of the season) and 666 Park Ave each received orders for two more scripts, not exactly a ringing endorsement of the shows, but better than nothing.

The New York Times has a great profile on Chris Kluwe, taken at practice for his band, in which he pops Gobstoppers. I had missed the point when Rush Limbaugh had praised Kluwe, saying “The guy’s got a way with words.” Yeah, but I also didn’t know he had a perfect verbal on his SATs and took up football after being homeschooled by his parents for a year because he was too advanced for middle school. Or that he turned down Harvard.

On another note, Chris Kluwe also debated an empty chair on the subject of marriage equality this weekend. No doubt the chair said more intelligent things than the people he challenged, like Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Kellan LutzSpeaking of unlikely advocates, JWoww of Jersey Shore ripped her former castmate Angelina Pivarnick for her ridiculous anti-gay marriage rant. JWoww’s response is pretty much as unprintable as a Chris Kluwe editorial.

In Chicago, Alderman Moreno is again threatening to block Chick-Fil-A from opening in the city because of their anti-gay policies. Let me be blunt, Alderman: Stop it. You are not helping, this is not your job. You are making it worse. As long as the restaurant doesn’t’ violate local discrimination employment laws, it’s none of your business. You handed them a huge public opinion (and financial) victory once on this issue, don’t do it again.

Kellan Lutz would like to clarify what he said about winning an Oscar earlier this week. “Not sure if you read my Oscar quote yesterday, but what I really meant is that I’ll probably win a Razzie in the next 50 years, or maybe a lifetime achievement Oscar for least lines spoken in movies…I love to act, but don’t need an award to feel proud of what I am doing. It’s the passion and love for what I do that makes my heart beat with life and happiness.”

Chevy Chase reportedly threw a fit on the set of Community and dropped the n-word. But before you get upset withStephen Colbert Chase, evidently the slur was in response to the bigoted lines being written for his character, which he felt were going so far he’d end up calling his costars the n-word by the end of the season. Chase has marched for civil rights in the past and been a vocal supporter of minorities.

And one more thing: Stephen Colbert will have a cameo in The Hobbit movies, specifically the second movie.


 Ken Marino does a mean Tim Curry on the set of Children’s Hospital

 John Barrowman just can’t keep Scott Bakula’s hands off him at Night of Five Captains

 The Beiste Master. I’m sure context will mean everything

 Buzzfeed has this incredible set of five maps about the near future of marriage equality. With states that are poised to make a decision or receive a court decision, the percentage of the population of the United States that will have marriage equality is about to explode.

Why we decide this state-by-state is beyond me

 Gareth Thomas makes the case for his new fitness DVD

 This. This a million times

 Jesse Tyler Ferguson begins celebrating his birthday week

 Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner and Scott Bakula cooking dinner for Sir Patrick Stewart is a thing that happened

 The USOC is in the process of filming a video for “Gangnam Style”


Kazaky released their new video for “Last Night.” I’m not a huge fan of the song, it’s just not my thing, but I have to give it to them for all the hot men in tiny little briefs. I watched the last half of it on mute.


Lexus has a new commercial out for their 2013 ES Hybrid that stars The Real L Word’s Tracy Ryerson, and flashes a rather bold look at her Human Rights Campaign cufflinks. I guess someone wants to win a GLAAD Amplifier Award next year.


Community isn’t premiering when it was supposed to. The cast seems the be questioning everything they were ever taught about how a calendar works, when they should probably be questioning if they know anything at all about television executives, who think themselves impervious to silly little things like time and space. Maybe Inspector Spacetime will fix it all?


RuPaul has a new song out called “Responsitranity.” The video has some fairly off the wall cameos, including Rosie Perez, Elvira, and Vicki Lawrence. Yeah, the last one threw me for a loop as well.

Once again, Zac Efron gets dangerous and bares his arms for John John Denim. Between the muscle cars and the shirts, I really was expecting a gay porn to break out at the end of the ad.


Cracked makes a fairly accurate point that there isn’t a lot of variety in the types of shows that get made these days, in fact they can mostly be dropped into eight types. Granted, I had an English teacher in junior high that swore there were only two original stories in the world: Cinderella, a becoming, and Jack and the Beanstalk, the quest, and that every other story was just a hybrid retelling of those two.


My future ex-husband Russell Tovey doesn’t want me to get cancer, and if I do get it, he wants there to be a good cure for it, which I think is sweet. Like I’m going to keep him around long enough to grow old together!


bare the musical teamed up with NOH8 for Spirit Day to talk about their experiences with bullying and how their show will team with charities like the Tyler Clementi Foundation during the run. Travis Wall talks about being bullied for being a dancer and for being short. I can attest to the fact that Travis isn’t the tallest guy in the room, but he’s not really the shortest either. But he hugs like a big man.


In this week’s Headlines that Suck, Charlie Berens talks about Big Tex, the woman who breastfeeds her pug, and the weatherman who got a little too excited about a tropical storm. Sadly, I don’t yet know if Charlie gives great hugs.

I’m so old, I had assumed (probably ridiculously) that the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park were early CGI. But they were actually giant foam puppets with a man inside. In this fascinating video, you can see how the team built the velociraptors and learned how to move them in such realistic ways.


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