Weekend Meme: Paul Bettany Talks About Sex, “The Muppets” Do Bollywood, and Armie Hammer Is Too Sexy For His Shirt

Somehow, when I read that Showtime was going to turn Masters of Sex: The Life and
Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Paul BettanyCouple Who Taught America
How to Love
 into
a television show, I was expecting an older William Masters, and not sexy
Paul Bettany.

Conceptual artist Marina Abramović
is under fire for her planned dinner
Saturday night at the MOCA Gala. She’s auditioned performers to lay nude on and
under the dining tables so that attendees can gawk at and fondle them. Some
will be placed on lazy susans under the tables with just their head protruding.

I had completely missed the news that Rob
Reiner
was working on a movie about the Prop 8 legal case. Reiner is of
course a major funder of the AFER
court case winding through the courts.

Miss Piggy and KermitWhile over at Gizmodo Mat
Honan
is forbidden to speak about what he thought of the actual movie The
Muppets
, he can speak about how nervous he was to interview Miss Piggy and Kermit. I may have fainted. But I do get his wonder at something as
simple as being able to touch the Muppets after years of CGI characters filling
the movie screens. There’s video, including Miss Piggy admitting to perhaps
having her snout done.

Speaking of Muppet love, really, I think Jerry Mahoney is just link
baiting me
at this point. Seriously? Your kids figured out that Bert and
Ernie aren’t the most obviously gay Muppets?

It’s looking like Immortals will
win the box office
with around $35 million, with Jack and Jill inexplicably
coming in second with $25 million (Armond
White
was the only critic who liked it). J. Edgar will actually
turn a profit on a limited opening weekend with around $13 million.

 USA Today has a first look at the Toy Story short that will
premiere before The Muppets. Small Fry will have Buzz Lightyear get swapped out Small Fryfor the
diminutive Happy Meal version of himself.

Several dozen AIDS activists interrupted the U.S. Conference on AIDS to
protest Gilead’s pricing for Atripla, the top-prescribed HIV treatment, which
increased in cost 5.1% this year. I thought the general concept was that
pharmaceuticals got cheaper with time?

Finally, something Fox News and I can agree on.

Silvio Berlusconi
has officially resigned as the Italian Prime Minister
following a successful vote on austerity measures to stabilize the Italian
economy. Now he’ll have nothing to do but be a billionaire running the largest
media empire in Italy and Spain, while having sexy naked parties with barely
legal girls. How ever will he cope?

Girls Who Like Boys Who Like BoysWhen Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys
returns to Sundance, they’ll be touching more on Brett Ratner and bullying just
like they tease in this video.

Because viewing hours are best between 8 AM and 4 PM EST, you
should set an alarm for the Polar Bear Cams in Churchill, Canada. This is the largest
gathering of polar bears on the planet, and cameras are mounted all over town
and on one roving tourist mobile. Fascinating to watch.

A parent’s sad job: Trying To Explain Hate To My Son

Possibly the gayest thing to happen to comics will be the upcoming
super hero crossover
between Chris HardwickJunkyard Angels and So
Super Duper
. The heroes have to unite to stop Dr. Wicked from pulling all the villains from one comic universe
into another.

BBC America has ordered up five more specials of hot little nerd Chris Hardwick’s The Nerdist for next
year. This makes me sad, because I was hoping for a full season and not just
specials, but I’ll take my Hardwick however I can get him.

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