Jason Collins to introduce Macklemore & Lewis at VMAs, New Mexico judge orders clerk to issue same-sex marriage licenses, Vicious gets renewed
While everyone continues to deny that NSync is getting back together for the MTV Video Music Awards, everyone seems to have arrived in New York City, and suddenly, N’Sync has joined Twitter on a verified account, which would seem to point to some new activity for the band that hasn’t performed on television since 2003.
The new episode of Husbands is out, and we get to see just how Brady’s ex arrived for the wedding, and how she’s pushing all of Cheeks’ buttons right before the ceremony. She may have the upper hand right now, but I’m not sure she understands what she’s taking on with this, because I wouldn’t want to cross Haley right now.
Out NBA star Jason Collins is set to do the introduction for Macklemore & Lewis when they perform “Same Love” at the MTV VMAs.
The Butler is set to win the box office again with $16 million. New YA franchise Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is off to a slow start, battling for fourth place with $8.5 million.
The school board in Rutherford County Tennessee has removed standard GLSEN Safe Space flyers from their local high school, saying they’re inappropriately sexual because they contain the words “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.” Tennessee has a shabby track record with GLBT students, where the “don’t say gay” bill keeps popping up every year.
TVLand has cancelled Happily Divorced after two seasons. The show was loosely based on the life of Fran Drescher, who divorces her husband when he comes out, but continues to live with him.
The White House has scheduled a meeting next month with activists to discuss bisexual issues. The meeting is closed to the press, but it’s hard to imagine any other administration taking the time to specifically discuss issues facing the bisexual community.
Scott Bakula has rounded out the cast of HBO’s Looking, the previously untitled San Francisco-based show about gay friends in their 30s who are navigating options in dating and live. The show also stars Jonathan Groff, Frankie Alvarez, and Murray Bartlett.
As I’ve been expecting, Senator James Inofe has written to the Pentagon challenging their right to grant 10 days of nonchargeable leave to same-sex couples so they can travel to a marriage equality state to get married. “Mr. Secretary, I firmly support the Department of Defense’s stated commitment to ensuring that all men and women who serve our country and their families should be treated fairly and equally. However, this change in policy will create disparate treatment between same-sex and opposite-sex couples in our armed forces contrary to the Department’s stated policy. I look forward to hearing from you on this important matter.”
Angie Harmon feels pressure not to talk about politics in Hollywood as a Republican, albeit a liberal one. “Call it naïveté or stupidity, but I didn’t know that unless you are a Democrat, you aren’t allowed to talk politics in Hollywood.” She does take time to affirm that she’s all for equality though. “Whether we’re gay or straight, it doesn’t matter. We’re all women. We all have the same wonderful situations happening to us, the same horrific situations. We all get our hearts broken.”
CBS’s The McCarthys is being redeveloped as a multicamera sitcom, but only Jack McGee and Joey McIntyre are coming back from the original cast. The show revolves around a big Irish Catholic sports crazy Boston family and their gay son, who causes friction not because he’s gay, but because he doesn’t want spend every waking moment with the family.
A New Mexico district judge has ordered the clerk in Sante Fe Countty to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, or appear in court to explain why that shouldn’t happen. This comes just two days after another clerk began issuing marriage licenses in the state.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has officially banned all protests, demonstrations and rallies which are not part of the official Olympics or Paralympics from January 7 to March 21. It’s hard to see this as anything but a challenge to gay rights activists, so it will be interesting to see how the IOC shakes this new move off.
In a move I didn’t see coming, ultraconservative former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton has come out in favor of marriage equality. “On gay marriage, I support it, at both the state level and the federal level. Gay marriage is something I’ve thought about at length as I’ve looked at my future. I concluded, a couple years ago, that I think it should be permissible and treated the same at both levels.” Bolton is considering a doomed run for the White House in 2016.
Jason Isaacs, who played Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films finds it astonishing that people still think gay actors can’t play straight roles. “I have a lot of gay friends who don’t come out. If you are a romantic lead, there is a perception – I don’t know if it is true or not – that you will no longer be cast as straight people. The notion that a gay actor can’t seem like they are in love with a woman on screen is so patently absurd I can’t believe it still exists.”
While Vicious received mixed reviews on ITV, the channel has ordered a second series of the Sir Ian McKellen/Derek Jacobi sitcom. I’ve still dying to see it, and don’t understand why no U.S. channel has picked it up. Are you listening upstairs, Logo?