Sir Elton John was riding around listening to Them Crooked Vultures (as one does) when his assistant told him he should try Queens of the Stone Age, so he did. He loved it so much he called up Josh Homme on a Sunday afternoon. “I picked up and he said: ‘Hello Josh, this is Elton.’ I thought someone was messing with me. He said, ‘The only thing missing from your band is an actual queen!’ I said, ‘Honey, you have no idea.’” Sir Elton with be one of many guest acts on the new album, including Trent Reznor, Jake Shears and Alex Turner.
Of course, the big story is that the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing has been captured alive. It’s a testament to the professionalism of the Boston Police Department that they took the slow path and prevented it from becoming Suicide By Cop, which is how many expected it to turn out. Now questions are being raised because the suspect is being held without being read his Miranda rights under a public safety exception.
Jennifer Saunders says the role she wanted to play in life was Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, which of course went to Meryl Streep. She also says that she’s unsure about trying an Absolutely Fabulous movie that Joanna Lumley wants her to write. “She keeps going on about it. Why doesn’t she write it? I think she is trying to get more work out of me.”
Oblivion is set to win the box office with $38 million this week for the Tom Cruise movie that largely takes place in a bubble ship that looks like a penis. 42 will take second place with $17.5 million, while The Croods will rake in another $9.7 million from parents who need some way to distract their children from the endless bad news of the week.
CBS Sports is reporting for the last several years, an NFL player has been out to his team, a dozen of his teammates, and even the team spouses, and nobody cares. “It was the worst kept secret on the team. Many of us knew and we didn’t care at all.” CBS Sports isn’t releasing the name of the player, but does mention that his current team isn’t his first NFL team.
LSU football player Alfred Blue is apologizing for remarks he made saying that football is an aggressive sport, not for gay men, who are sissies. His apology is fairly generic. “I understand that my comments may have sounded insensitive to those who read the Reveille article on Friday. I in no way meant to belittle any person’s way of life and feel that everyone deserves a chance to become whatever they want to be. One of my comments that was left out of Friday’s article shows this. I told the reporter that if any person can help to contribute to the team, then that is the bottom line.”
The Nevada bill that is the first step in repealing the constitutional amendment against marriage equality in that state was itself amended in the senate, providing religious exceptions for churches that do not wish to perform ceremonies. The bill will now have to take a detour back to the House before it can become the first of many steps to equality.
The Boy Scouts have released their executive summary of the survey they took about open scouting, and it reads a lot like any equality poll. If you’re a parent over 50 (how many of them are there with Scout-age kids?) you want to keep the gays out, and if you’re anyone else, welcome to everyone.
Norman Kent, the gay publisher and editor of South Florida Gay News is mad at GLAAD for honoring Adam Lambert with the Davidson/Valentini Award. Ironic since the biggest story SFGN has had in recent memory was the interview with Lambert detailing his breakup with his boyfriend, an interview that Kent said “made my partner and me puke.” As for his opposition to the award, Kent says that Lambert remained in the closet during American Idol and has not used his fame to fight for GLBT equality in any significant way.
This rumor about True Blood is really just another reason I’m happy to cancel my subscription to HBO.
Worried that trick you’re about to go home with is your cousin? If you live in Iceland, there’s an app for that. Being a small, isolated (beautiful, progressive) country of only about 300,000 people, evidently the odds are higher than most places you’re related to someone. So you can now just bump phones, and an app will check your genealogy and make sure you’re not about to bang your long lost cousin.
Mark Ruffalo has never Googled himself, so he was stunned when a reporter showed him Science Bros, the often homoerotic slash corner of the web devoted to Bruce Banner and Tony Stark. He started laughing so hard he couldn’t explain it to a publicist, who was in the dark as well. It’s me and Robert! Look at this! There’s thousands of them! It’s called the Science Bros. This is awesome. I’ve never heard of it. Why hasn’t anyone told me about that? So, are they all quasi-homoerotic? Like tinged with …” So does Ruffalo approve? “Yeah! I love it; it’s awesome. I endorse it 100 percent. You know what it is? It’s open-source creativity.” Not only that, he had a phone call to make to Robert Downey, Jr. “I’m going to call him and tell him, and he’s going to laugh his ass off. He’ll love that.”
Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black has added another award to his collection, the UCLA Hunter/Zakin Screenwriting Award. Winning the award comes with a catch, because it means you teach a ten week screenwriting seminar at UCLA. I wonder if my credits transfer?
As a matter of housekeeping, until our forums are back up (hopefully in late May), the exceedingly popular Gay Book Forum is being hosted over at GoodReads, with all the book junkies you know and love.