Dame Helen Mirren appreciates Leslie Jordan, Bridegroom to air on OWN, Aaron Eckhart is a sexy monster in I, Frankenstein
Charo is not a fan of Sofia Vergara. “Sofia Vergara is Charo With diarrhea.” Sofia responded at the red carpet for Machete Kills by saying “Of course she doesn’t like it. No one likes being compared with someone else, especially someone younger.”
Let’s please take a moment to mourn. The Eleventh Doctor is finished. They’ve wrapped the Christmas episode. You weren’t my favorite Matt Smith, but we will miss you.
According to Gene Simmons, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse aren’t music icons. “From 1984 until today, name one superstar that’s bigger than their music, and not just somebody that’s recorded one or two records, but another Queen or another AC/DC, or somebody with a body of work? You can’t name one. Kurt Cobain — no, that’s one or two records. That’s not enough. Amy Winehouse — that’s one or two records. That’s not enough. What, just because you died, that makes you an icon? No, no, there aren’t any.” How about Madonna?
Congratulations to Dot Marie Jones, who announced at Gay Days that she’s engaged to marry her partner of three years Bridgett Casteen. “It’s the happiest day of my life. I never thought I’d find somebody that is so loving and kind.”
Gravity is defying all expectations and is heading towards a $48 million opening, well above projections. Cloudy With Chance of Meatballs 2 will take second place with $20 million, and Runner, Runner will come in third with $8 million.
The Pentagon has issued guidance, warning troops that are part of same-sex couples that they are now subject to the same ethics rules as heterosexual couples in terms of projects and financial disclosures. One thing I found interesting was that they didn’t just include married couples, but also those in civil unions, though those in civil unions can’t get benefits.
Ole Miss has announced that football players involved in the heckling during a production of The Laramie Project will be attending an “educational dialogue.” But the college also was quick to add that they are having trouble identifying the offending students because of the dark nature of the theater. Funny how only the administration can’t identify the offenders.
Meanwhile, Brendon Ayanbadejo announced that as part of his work with Athlete Ally he would be happy to work with the school on educating the athletes.
Maggie Gallagher is touting another study that says that children do better in heterosexual households than ones with gay parents. The problem is that the study was done by Douglas Allen, who happens to be on the board of The Ruth Institute, an arm of the National Organization for Marriage.
Leslie Jordan says that on an early job in the movie Love Ranch, in which he was playing a butt plug salesman, the director Taylor Hackford wanted him to butch it up a bit. That was until the director’s wife, who happens to be Dame Helen Mirren spoke up, “Oh for God’s sake, Taylor, let him do what he does so well!”
Fox has renewed The Simpsons for a record breaking 26th season, and without any drama on signing the voice cast this time. I know the show is uneven, but even today, when they hit it right, they hit it so right.
Madonna says that when she first came to NYC to make her mark, things didn’t go smoothly. “The first year, I was held up at gunpoint. Raped on the roof of a building I was dragged up to with a knife in my back, and had my apartment broken into three times. I was defiant. Hell-bent on surviving. On making it. But it was hard and it was lonely, and I had to dare myself every day to keep going,”
Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Sims responded to Governor Corbett’s comparison of same-sex marriages to brothers and sisters marrying in the perfect way. “No one, not even his own party, would argue that he’s an intellectual heavyweight or even a particularly thoughtful person. The larger issue is that despite the fact that the majority of Pennsylvanians disagree with him, he continues to be the heaviest hitter in Pennsylvania’s anti-equality crusade. Our job isn’t just to be frustrated with the homophobia coming from the Governor’s Mansion, it’s to do everything we can to ensure that his chapter in Pennsylvania’s political history is as sad and short as his record on schools, economic development and civil rights. Tom Corbett has been a disaster for Pennsylvania for so many reasons and I hope this fuels your resolve to vote him out of office.”
Russia has scheduled debate on their bill to remove children from parents in non-traditional relationships for February. That’s right – during the Sochi Olympics. How comfortable are you feeling now, IOC?
GLSEN is set to honor Lionsgate Films with the Chairman’s Award at their Ninth Annual Respect Awards. If you’re wondering why that’s news, it’s because Lionsgate is the company releasing Ender’s Game, currently under boycott from much of the GLBT community. When asked for comment, a PR firm responded on behalf of GLSEN. “Lionsgate has a long and rich history of creating LGBT-inclusive and affirming films. The studio has also been an industry leader in ensuring workplace protections and benefits for LGBT people. When Lionsgate acquired Summit Entertainment last year, the company inherited its library of current projects, including Ender’s Game. Though GLSEN flatly rejects book author Orson Scott Card’s support for the discrimination of LGBT people, we stand behind Lionsgate’s similar rejection of Card’s personal beliefs and its long-standing commitment to support the LGBT community.” Geeks OUT is not impressed, noting the huge marketing push for the movie. Look, I know organizations like GLSEN (GLAAD, HRC, etc.) live and die by donations, and I’m sure Lionsgate pulled out a huge checkbook as is traditional for these sorts of things, but this is grossly inappropriate on the part of GLSEN, and it probably killed me endorsing their programs, giving them press or anything else.
Kazakhstan is proposing to make homosexuality illegal again, leaping right over their earlier attempts to pass a gay propaganda law.