Morning Meme:”Magic Mike” To Take L.A., Duran Duran To Rock the Summer Olympics, and a Reunion For “The West Wing”

It looks like Go On isn’t the only NBC sitcom being fast tracked for an early premiere after the Olympics. While The New Normal, starring Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha Justin Barthaas a gay couple trying to have a baby hasn’t been formally picked up, it’s being allowed to staff up for an early launch.

The headlining act for the Summer Olympics opening ceremony is…Duran Duran. One wonders if Adele was busy.

The teen who put a video of himself on YouTube taking a gun to a No on One sign in North Carolina received a visit from police, and has been cited for injury to property, with an investigation to whether he violated firearms laws by shooting the gun in a residential neighborhood. Expect anti-gay forces to name him a martyr in 3-2-1.

Tom CruiseTom Cruise continues to make career choices that I don’t expect, signing on to star in the Van Helsing reboot.

The Marc Cherry soap Devious Maids hasn’t got a formal pickup, but has begun making staffing offers, which is always a good sign.

How cool is this “Happy Mother’s Day, Dad” card?

I had no idea that it was legal to discriminate against GLBT jurors in every state except California and Oregon? I’m not saying this is a good thing, but it’s something to keep in mind for jury duty, because let’s face it, gay or straight, who wants that?

As expected, Speaker Boehner’s Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group has filed to intervene in a case of same sex couple military families being denied spousal benefits. How can they afford this many cases in a recession?

Bent-Con, the convention for GLBT creators and enthusiasts of science fiction and fantasy encountered discrimination in an odd place: ticketing. Their agent signed them up with a competitive payment processor, Cornerstone, who didn’t approve their application. It seems “Christ is at the Cornerstone of our business…. we will not process credit card transactions for morally objectionable businesses.” They find gay characters and media objectionable, so chose not to process payments and take their cut, but only after a nasty delay for Bent-Con.

The Academy Awards have signed a new 20-year deal with their existing home, now known as the Dolby Theater, who picked up sponsorship after a bankrupt Kodak bowed out.

The Magic Mike cast will first bare their thongs at the L.A. Film Fest in June. Are we sure AfterElton.com doesn’t need me to cover the festival?Magic Mike

Chris Hughes, the gay cofounder of Facebook is being criticized for not donating money to the campaign to stop Amendment One in his home state of North Carolina. Hughes is worth an estimated $700 million, and his fiancé is with Freedom To Marry. Hughes says he has contributed money and resources to the effort.

Disneyland Paris is getting a Star Wars Land, complete with a Mos Eisley Cantina and a Jedi Academy, with room to grow if it’s popular.

The longest pregnancy in the history of the tabloids is over, with Jessica Simpson giving birth to a baby girl.

While Ian Somerhalder is interested in the billionaire S&M master in Fifty Shades of Grey, Alexander Skarsgård says he was born to play that role, and he has experience since Eric on True Blood already has a sex dungeon. I say they wrestle for it, and we put it on pay-per-view.

A new law designed to wipe out gay sex convictions in the UK has been given royal assent.

The WantedThe Wanted continue talking about other artists, saying that Britney Spears security once made them stand facing the wall so she could walk down the hall when they opened for her on tour. The best comment about it I heard was that she just wanted to be able to check out their butts.

A Parliamentary committee has found that Rupert Murdoch “is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company.” This is news?

Seventeen activists have been arrested in St. Petersburg for carrying rainbow flags in violation of the law banning the promotion of homosexuality.

 

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