Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duets this fall, Chris Kluwe takes us to football camp with Google Glass, Kick Ass 2 invokes Mister Rogers
Russia is now the 8th largest film market in the world. Frequently stars travel to Moscow to promote those films, and frequently those stars are major gay rights supporters like Brad Pitt or Matt Damon. But will studios allow them to speak out on gay rights violations when they promote a $200 million blockbuster? With the exception of Madonna, Lady Gaga and Tilda Swinton, Hollywood has been remarkably quiet on the issue.
Speaking of which, has the boycott of Russian vodka already been a success? Some people think so, since we’re never actually going to bankrupt a multinational by withholding pink dollars, but the boycott has made international news, and gotten people talking about the subject in a way that the law, the arrests and the abuses haven’t.
Could this be the most effective anti-bullying campaign for gay youth ever conceived?
It seems that the “no powers” rule on Arrow isn’t so much a rule as a concept. They admit that to introduce The Flash, they can start with Barry Allen, but eventually he’ll have to be The Flash. “Our characters will react to the extraordinary changes to their world in a realistic way. These ‘powers’ wont be treated as commonplace.”
Anna Torv and Jennifer Jason Leigh have been cast as lovers in the Ryan Murphy HBO pilot Open, which is described as a modern exploration of sexuality and relationships.
It seems that the Christian church performed same-sex marriages (term used loosely) with the same rituals as opposite sex marriages nearly 2,000 years ago. The marriages were more traditional for the time, generally involving wealth and property, so they were all between men, but still, the rules didn’t seem to be rewritten against such practices until the 13th century.
The National Organization for Marriage has announced another ineffective boycott, this time against General Mills, because their Betty Crocker brand is providing wedding cakes for same-sex couples. Isn’t this the same organization that screamed bloody murder about the boycotts of Ender’s Game?
A new theory on how monogamy evolved is making the rounds. Monogamy is a weird thing, because while it might make some sense for females of various species, it’s really counterintuitive for the male, who could serve evolution most effectively by spreading it around. But then they wouldn’t be there to defend their progeny from being killed by competing males. So we developed monogamy in order to keep other men from killing our children. So romantic.
At the premiere of 2 Guns, Bill Paxton explained the male love of guns and shooting things. “You know what guns are? Guns are an extension of the penis. And that’s why guys like to play with them, because they like to play with their penises. And they shoot off, and all that. I mean Freud, you know, would have had a field day with all this gun stuff.”
Showing more common sense than most municipalities, Colorado has set a precedent by dissolving a same-sex marriage not performed in that state. Most states with equality have residency restrictions, leading to problems if a couple from Texas got married in Canada, then wants to split up. Nobody likes to think about ending marriages when they’re trying to create the laws that allow them, but planning ahead makes sense.
Scientists have figured out why cats cause allergies. Evidently it’s not because they have pure evil coming out of their pores.
Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor have confirmed that previously unreleased duets between Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson will be released this fall. Three tracks exist, and will be released in two months. May says that working on the recordings is “Exciting, challenging, emotionally taxing. But cool.’”