Chris Colfer drew two pictures of pets, one a cute doggie and one an evil kitty, while they filmed the Christmas episode of Glee. They’re now being auctioned off to benefit Labrador Rescue.
Janice Dickinson is coming back to reality television with Sober Model House, with a bunch of hot people living together and trying not to be drunk. I’m not entirely certain that qualifies as entertainment.
Internet travel company Kayak has dropped sponsorship of All-American Muslim, but swears it’s just bad timing with the Florida Family Association/Lowes controversy. According to a long post by Chief Marketing Officer Robert Birge “I watched the first two episodes. Mostly, I just thought the show sucked.”
And as to the 65 companies that the FFA claims to have gotten to drop sponsorship, some are calling FFA out, including Campbell Soup, Bank of America, and Sears (disclosure: I have a day job with Sears Holding Corp) “Any claim that we pulled our advertising in response to concerns about this show are inaccurate,” Chris Brathwaite, a spokesman for Sears Holdings.
Hunky Colin Egglesfield will be costarring in the new Lifetime drama series The Client List, in which Jennifer Love Hewitt takes a job at a seemingly traditional day spa only to discover they offer a lot of extra services.
Jane Espenson attempts to answer the question Is TV Writing the Best Job Ever? In the pro column, she lists “You quite probably drive through the big gates of a Hollywood studio on your way to work, just like Lassie did.” Definite plus, following in Lassie’s pawsteps.
Google has donated £550,000 of the £15 million needed for the restoration of Bletchley Park, where Alan Turing worked to break the Enigma code and turn the tide of World War II.
A new billboard in Costa Mesa, California asserts “AMERICA IS NOT, IN ANY SENSE, FOUNDED ON THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION.” Their logic? Just quoting the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli, ratified unanimously by Congress.
A gay West Virginia police officer says he was forced to resign after an accusation by a male 911 operator he met at a social setting said he made inappropriate, forceful advances. Queerty, understandably, agreed it was possible in small town in West Virginia, which is true. But living here, Fairmont is a college town next to a giant university town, with a massive government installation next door. It’s arguably one of the more liberal areas of the state. It sounds, from this report alone, like everybody panicked, and now we’re here. We’ll see with more information.
On the good news front locally, Chris Geidner talked to Bradley Milam of Fairness WV about the WV Department of Education unanimously adopting Policy 4373, a statewide, GLBT-inclusive anti-bullying policy that was one of the major priorities of Fairness WV this year.
Elizabeth Taylor’s huge jewelry collection was auctioned by Christie’s in New York, and sold for an astounding $116 million. Three pieces from Richard Burton alone drew over $29 million, including $11.8 million for a pearl necklace, a new record. The vast majority of the $116 million will go to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
Towleroad has the details on a school that was thrust into the middle of a controversy when a student came out via a school project, but wasn’t out to his parents. When teachers feared he was being bullied, were they right to want to involve the parents? This story has had a (mostly) happy ending, but it’s an interesting question.
Jane Fonda is set to essentially play her ex-husband Ted Turner in Aaron Sorkin’s cable new network drama on HBO.
As the other shoe drops at GOProud, Chris Barron is out as the board chair, though he remains on the board. Jimmy LaSalvia is going to remain as executive director of the conservative group following their outing of a top advisor to Rick Perry.
The Atlantic has a wonderful preview of Gay In America: Photographs of Gay Men From All 50 States by photographer Scott Pastfield. I may add it to my Christmas list.
A redditor thought it might be fun to register WestboroBaptistChurch.xxx when it became available, and then sell it to a gay adult company. But when he turned to the Reddit community for help, they suggested making it a gay-positive site. But since all .xxx domains are required to host adult content, the current top suggestion is to have naked PSAs about gay-positive topics, which is in line with r/gonewild, a Reddit community of people getting naked. There are already a ton of volunteers to create content.
George Clooney has signed on for a single night performance of Dustin Lance Black’s play 8, March 3 at the Wilshire Ebell Theater, to be directed by Rob Reiner and benefitting AFER.
Jonah Hill states the obvious when he says “the Kardashians are a super-disgusting part of our culture.”
I’m yet to watch The Exes on TV Land, but I better hurry and catch up, because I support anything Judith Light does, including playing Kristen Johnston’s mother on the show, beaming at her daughter in a wedding gown.
Europe has approved custom-sized condoms from a company called TheyFit. They have a printable sizing guide, and come in 95 combinations of length and girth for maximum comfort and protection. They’re working on U.S. approval now. I can totally see everyone on Grindr claiming to be a G-31 soon.
Amber Heard is a year out of the closet (and fresh off a high-profile, if unsuccessful show in The Playboy Club), and says closeted stars should come out. “The risk was outweighed by the possibility of playing into this horribly detrimental lie that some in Hollywood perpetuate.”