Weekend Meme: Madonna Banned from “AbFab,” Cheyenne Jackson Is a Porn Star, and Scissor Sisters Show Us How To Have a Kiki

I want to apologize for abandoning you on Friday, but the computer upgrade at the day job went horribly wrong. Quincy JonesEvidently I can install a half dozen clients and a new server flawlessly, but plugging in the printer that we didn’t replace was one step too far and kept me up all night. On to the news!

Quincy Jones is set to write the score to the star-studded Lee Daniels’ film The Butler. Is there an A-list name in Hollywood not associated with this film?

Las Vegas is set to get an 80,000 square foot gay nightclub complex called Krave Massive, built in an abandoned multiplex. I’ll be honest, I’ve never been to Las Vegas, and I don’t really have any desire to go – I find casinos to be depressing places. Can anyone explain the attraction?

Ryan Murphy says that there will be no ghosts in the new season of American Horror Story. I’m fine with that as long as we get hot naked guys and sexual depravity. They’re still including that, aren’t they?

The Jim Henson Company made news when it dropped Chick-Fil-A over their anti-gay activism. But it’s hardly the first time that Henson creations have jumped into political activism, from the environment to HIV, they’ve been teaching us to make the world a better place for years.

Kristen StewartJust to clarify the biggest story of the week (sorry, Olympics, but it’s a TwiHard world), Kristen Stewart is saying she never had sex with her director, just kissed him.

Earlier this week, Jonathan Merritt called for civility in gay rights debates. He was promptly outed by an activist as gay himself, despite his evangelical associations. He now admits to a liaison, calling himself a “broken vessel” which, if I understand how this works, means he can do anything, and get forgiven for it. See also: Ted Haggert.

The family from Sister Wives is suing to overturn the bigamy laws in Utah. I have no doubt this will come back to bite marriage equality in the ass for no discernible reason.

From the Southwest Tea Party, with love.

Apple producers are fighting a new genetically engineered version that won’t turn brown when you slice it. I’m eating a lot of apples on my healthier diet these days, and find it disturbing seeing the edges turn brown even as I’m eating it, so I’d welcome a fruit that doesn’t look like it’s rotting on the way from my teeth to my tongue.

I’m a big fan of Surviving the World, which is your daily dose of wisdom written on a chalk board. The author is an Eagle Scout, and a major supporter for gay rights. But he’s not returning his Eagle Scout medal, or leaving the Scouts. He thinks there’s a case to be made for working within the organization for change, and he probably has a point, and the fact that he’s doing so publicly may have an impact.

Did you know that Madonna is not only banned from Piers Morgan for life, she’s also banned from Absolutely Fabulous?Madonna It’s not that they think she’s a bad person, it’s just that she’s turned them down so many times, they now won’t have her. According to Jennifer Saunders, “We have had loads of celebrities who have said no to us, but always Madonna. Madonna is the bane of our lives. In fact even if she said yes now we would have to turn her down. Madonna has always said no – and so are we.”

Henry Winkler and Cheyenne Jackson are set to play porn stars (I’ve dreamed of typing part of that sentence) – on Broadway. Sadly, it sounds like they’re playing straight porn stars, but hey, I’ll take what I can get, even if it’s in The Performers.

How to find the phone number of an office from a picture of a building. This is some serious Google-fu, people.

Serious props to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife for donating $2.5 million to the marriage equality fight in Washington state. And how brave was his employee for emailing him directly to ask for the donation?

The Modern Family adult cast has signed deals estimated in the range of $180,000/episode for this season, and increasing dramatically after that. But this week, the Modern Family kids head to the negotiating table, and we all know how Manny can be about his investments.

Josh HutchersonThe notorious Regeneres study, funded by anti-gay groups and condemned for shoddy methodology has been shot down by the auditor appointed to look at the peer review that took place. James D. Wright pulls no punches, saying “It’s bullshit.”

Tickets are available to a celebrity basketball tournament in Los Angeles featuring Josh Hutcherson and benefiting the Straight But Not Narrow group, dedicated to eliminating homophobia. If Josh promises to wear 1970s basketball shorts, I’m in!

 

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