Morning Meme: James Franco Plays a Meth Magnate, Chris Colfer Is Up To Something, and Snoop Dog Is “Reincarnated” As Snoop Lion

James Franco has joined an upcoming Jason Statham movie that’s going to be written by Sylvester Stallone. He’ll be playing “an evil meth magnate named Gator.” Makes perfect sense.Jason Statham

The Olympics, or Gay Porn?

Business Week has an interesting article about how Bill Marriott, a devout Mormon, chooses to run his business blind to his faith, being one of the biggest sellers of alcohol in the country despite his faith being against alcohol. He also kept the company’s money (and his own) out of the fight over Prop 8, choosing instead to affirm his company’s commitment to diversity.

ABC has a great piece on photographer Jeff Sheng and his Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell photography, and his involvement in the first commitment ceremony to take place on a military base. I have Jeff’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell book, and his photography is haunting.

Josh Gad has joined Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in The Internship, about two middle aged guys who join a tech company as interns when their career choices dry up.

Gore Vidal has died at the age of 86. Over the course of his career, his novels and essays celebrated gay life and provoked the national coversation on politics, social matters and theaters. He was preceded in death by his longtime partner Howard Austin.

Michael PhelpsProfessional boxer David Haye recently remarked that he thought Tom Hardy would be a great match in the ring, so Hardy said yes, as long as the attendees could donate money to his favorite charity.

Spoiler alert (NBC should try it): Michael Phelps is the most successful Olympic athlete in history with his wins yesterday.

The House Republican leadership, currently defending the Defense of Marriage Act, has asked for and received an extension from the Supreme Court to submit their views on whether the Court should hear two cases relating to the constitutionality of the law.

Meanwhile, in a separate case involving California’s Prop 8, supporters of the measure have officially asked the court to hear their appeal.

And yet another federal court, this time in Connecticut, has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, saying that while it believes that heightened scrutiny applies to gays and lesbians, the law fails under the lowest form of scrutiny.Tom Daley

The troll that harassed British diver Tom Daley on Twitter not only was taken to task by Daley’s fans, he got a visit from the police, as the laws on harassment are a little different in the UK.

Lindsay Lohan got shy shooting a topless scene for The Canyons, the Bret Easton Ellis film she’s shooting with a straight porn star. So she asked the crew if they’d strip to their underwear to make her more comfortable, which seems like it would have the opposite effect.

If you hadn’t heard, the new toy for the kids meals at Chick-Fil-A are Berenstain Bears books. The deal has evidently been underway for a year, but the Berenstain company doesn’t seem too joyous about it, directed all comments to their publisher, and, for a bear, threw considerable shade in the process.

Gossip maven Michael Musto gives some examples of when he brought up the “gay” word with various celebrities, including Jimmy Fallon, only to have the star or the publicist go silent, fast. We’ve run into the same thing here at AfterElton, and skipped some interviews because of it.

Baby panda! There’s a new baby panda at the San Diego Zoo!

Danell LeyvaExercising tact worthy of the office of the president, a Romney aid told frustrated reporters who hadn’t had access to the candidate throughout the European tour to “kiss my ass.” Can’t wait to see them try that with Putin.

Extremely sexy U.S. gymnast Danell Leyva has evidently shared some sexts with women, and one provided Deadspin with the PG-13 pictures, which are impressive. She says she has nudes, and is considering releasing them. Will it be gold medal worthy?

Ryan Murphy says that if he reaches 500,000 followers on Twitter, he’ll release the infamous Klaine Box Scene online, so follow, follow, follow!

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