Did you miss me? Probably not, since Louis and snicks kept you company. I spent the last week riding roller coasters, walking gardens, caves, blowing my diet, and hiking waterfalls, and feel much less homicidal than normal. On to the news!
It turns out that the Defense of Marriage Act isn’t just bad for the gays, it would also keep Jeannie from marrying Master, and Superman from marrying Lois Lane.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt says that he’s too good of a friend with Zooey Deschanel to ever consider dating her, but he does offer up tips about what he looks for in a partner. Are you listening, Morgan? “Making checklists of things you’re looking for in a person is the numero uno thing you can do to guarantee you’ll be alone forever. You just have to pay attention, keep your eyes open, listen to people and be present. I guess what I look for in a girl is someone who’s doing that too.”
Warner Bros. has let their option lapse on The Imitation Game, a biography of Alan Turing which had been rumored to star Leonardo DiCaprio. The film will now be shopped to other studios.
The San Francisco Chronicle has issued one heck of a correction in their story about drag queens being banned from Most Holy Redeemer Church. “C.W. Nevius’ column about Most Holy Redeemer banning drag queen performers incorrectly stated that entertainer Peaches Christ appeared at an event at the church’s hall with a dildo shaped like a crucifix. He did not appear at the event, nor does he use the prop.”
NBC continues belt tightening, laying off about 20 staffers from The Tonight Show. The layoffs were said to have been larger, but Jay Leno stepped in and took a multi-million dollar pay cut in an effort to save jobs.
The Village Voice, iconic New York paper and voice of several queer generations is struggling, laying off multiple writers. The story, from someone who worked there in the past, shows an ongoing decline in the once venerable weekly.
Brian Moylan explains how Grindr isn’t just for sex, showing examples of how it can be used for anything from buying furniture to finding a neighbor to save you when you lock yourself on the roof of your apartment building. Amusingly, New Left Media’s Chase Whiteside posted a screenshot of his Grindr Saturday asking for a jump start.
Nick Grimshaw is now hosting BBC Radio One’s morning show, which is evidently a huge deal, making him Ryan Seacrest with a better accent. But he’s also a gay man, as he confirms in this interview with The Guardian. I have no idea if he was ever closeted, or no one ever asked, but still, welcome to the gayborhood!
The Expendables 2 is going to win the box office with about $30 million, with The Bourne Legacy taking second with $17 million, and Sparkle and ParaNorman fighting it out for third at $15 million. Is anyone besides me shocked at how well violent fare is doing at the box office in the wake of the Aurora shootings?
Attitude is letting you vote for their hottest cover model, from Daniel Radcliffe to David Gandy. Personally, I voted for Gareth Thomas for baring all on the cover.
Breaking Bronie news – Bobak Ferdowski has been turned into a pony and is available on a t-shirt.
An eight-year-old in Minnesota wants to know if his moms will go to jail if the gay marriage amendment passes. Who’s doing harm to children again?
Color me surprised, but Rupert Murdoch says that Romney should support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. I predict a change in Romney’s platform in 3-2-1.
In Taipei, you can buy a sausage wrapped in a penis shaped pancake. If you’re into that sort of thing.
ABC is developing a detective drama centered around Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, set in a steampunk New Orleans. Stop and think about how that feels in your brain for a minute. And that sound you heard was one million English teachers crying out in horror at the reports they’ll be getting.
Zoe Saldana was recently cast in Nina, about legendary singer Nina Simone. But now Simone’s daughter Lisa Celeste Stroud is shooting down the central premise of the movie, the love story between Simone and nurse and manager Clifton Henderson. “The story was written as a love story between my mother and her former nurse, Clifton Henderson and primarily takes place during the last 8 years of her life. Please note, this project is unauthorized. The Nina Simone Estate was never asked permission nor invited to participate. Clifton Henderson was gay. He was not attracted to women. So, the truth is…Nina Simone and Clifton Henderson NEVER had a relationship other than a business one. Please correct me, but isn’t a biopic the story of one’s life?”
My friend Rod McCullom has an excellent story in Ebony about the criminalization of HIV and how everybody should be worried about it.
Andrew Shirvell tormented then University of Michigan student Body president Christopher Armstrong. Shirvell was an assistant attorney general, and it cost him his job. Armstrong sued for $25,000 over the events in question. A jury just awarded him $4.5 million. Shirvell plans to appeal. He has nothing better to do since he’s still unemployed.
Sure it sometimes sucks ducking into the drug store late at night, obviously in clothes from the club, and having to buy condoms under the funny look of the clerk, but condoms have a storied history in this country. Just be glad you’re not using a sheep intestine.
We’ve plugged several Kickstarter campaigns here on the site. Now I can report that Offbeatr exists, which does the same thing, but for adult projects, including gay ones. One of the featured projects is from Mormonboyz.com, just in time for the election.
People on the patio at Salt Lake City gay club JAM were pelted with lit flares this week. No one was injured, and police are looking for suspects based on a description and a car used. Patrons are still divided on whether it was safer outside with the flares, or inside with the karaoke.
Adam Levine says the he’d still be for marriage equality even if he didn’t have a (hot) gay brother. “When I’m talking about dating a girl and they’re talking about dating a guy – big f*cking deal. That’s the thing; that’s what’s so bizarre about it: It doesn’t faze me. Obviously I was brought up to believe that everybody is on a level playing field and we’re all crazy, cool and all that fun stuff – and I don’t pay much mind to it, because who am I to judge people? I judge people based on the things that they do. I judge people based on their character. If you have a friend who decides to do certain things in their own private time – even if they’re straight – whatever the f*ck they’re into, fine. It doesn’t matter. That’s the biggest problem: It just simply doesn’t affect the way I view a person. It’s so arbitrary.”