Maybe Anderson takes kickboxing classes from Lourdes . Did Madonna owe Andy Cohen a favor? Did Anderson Cooper owe Andy Cohen a favor?
People make so many deals with Andy Cohen, it's possible he is literally the devil. Why can't I stop thinking about this?" And then I kept thinking about it. But then I realized what was really going on: This was a marvelous opportunity for Madonna to be Madonna.
Sure, her cutesy tribute to Mr. Cooper had its moments, as she called the silver Vanderbilt scion "brave" and a "a bad-ass motherf*cker." But the sheer spectacle of Madonna was the real GLAAD triumph here, as she took to the stage in a Cub Scout uniform to rail against the Boy Scouts' homophobic policy ("They should change their stupid f*cking rule," she deadpanned), call attention to issues ranging from bullying and discrimination to freedom of speech and artistic expression, and offer to start a "revolution." All the headmistress pomp and kooky auntie charm I needed from Madonna came true -- and it was accompanied by a Lauren Bacall 'do and a slightly slurred delivery that made me wonder which vodka brand sponsored the big event. Maybe you'll think different than I did, but I really thought this speech gave you everything fun, bizarre, and righteous you've come to expect from Madonna, and that certainly includes a dash of embarrassment.
The woman can still work a crowd, and more importantly, she can still taunt a crowd. And luckily, Anderson too -- when Madonna called him out for attending three of her international shows, I whooped in a way I haven't since I first saw Tony Ward 's work in the Sex book. Other recipients at the GLAAD Media Awards included How to Survive a Plague for Outstanding Documentary, The Amazing Race for Outstanding Reality Program, and Smash for Outstanding Drama Series.
But now Madonna is a shoo-in for next year's Outstanding Drunken Comedic Dead Serious Monologue From A Woman Whose Legend Surpasses Most Of Greek Mythology.
I hope she accepts that award after giving herself her own speech -- while wearing a killer tuxedo fitted over a cone bra. Continue reading
Meme: Stephen Fry Heads To American Television, Michael Urie’s "He’s Way More Famous Than You," and Hitler Selected As the Pope
Cruz wore his trademark boxing kilt, made of two flags, the Puerto Rican flag on one side, and a Pride flag on the other. Forbes has released their annual Most Influential Celebrities list, topped by Oprah Winfrey . The only out celebrity on the list is Suze Orman , who I admit, I never think about.
Oz the Great and Powerful is cruising to another box office win with $42 million, followed by Halle Berry 's The Call at $17 million, with Burt Wonderstone coming in a disappointing third with $11 million. The new edition of American Horror Story will have the subtitle Coven , and will shoot on location for the first time, in New Orleans. Ryan Murphy says he's also considering a spin-off series, which some are reporting would be vampire-centric.
Stephen Fry has signed on to the CBS pilot Super Clyde , opposite Rupert Grint . Grint will be playing an unassuming fast food worker, who decides to become a super hero. Fry will play his sidekick, Randolph , the butler.
Unexplained is how a fast food worker has a butler. The BFI has unearthed South , a previously unknown television play that aired in 1959. What makes it so remarkable is that, set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, it involves a dashing Polish lieutenant exiled to the south who isn't sure who he loves, the daughter of a plantation owner, or the newly arrived Eric MacClure .
Airing a full two years before Victim , which was previously thought to be the first depiction of gays on television, it stars Peter Wyngarde , who was a gay actor. The play will screen this weekend at the BFI's Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. h/t Allan The Rhode island Senate is set to consider two marriage bills on Thursday, both with significant religious protections.
Another bill would send the issue to the voters in 2014, and carve out exemptions for religious organizations, affiliated organizations (Knights of Columbus), as well as business owners with religious beliefs, like bakers and florists, as well as end nondiscrimination protections. Thanks? The Lee Boys was one of two musical acts scheduled for the National Organization for Marriage's march in Washington, D.C.
this month, but they've dropped out after discovering what NOM advocates, thanks to Jeremy Hooper . Speaking of, the Supreme Court has granted the Solicitor General's request for speaking time during the Prop 8 hearing. Bryan Singer has announced the return of Colossus for X-Men Days of Future Past , played by Daniel Cudmore , who makes nice eye candy.
Sadly, I doubt we're dealing with Ultimate Colossus . Feel the Christian love. In the "you can't make this shit up" department, Showtime has cast Hitler as the Pope .
Seriously, Bruno Ganz of Downfall , has been cast as the Pope in The Vatican. Downfall of course, is most famous for being lipdubbed to death with Hitler ranting about any given subject. Now that Colton Haynes has been made a series regular in Arrow , what can we expect from his character, Roy Harper ?
Depending on which comic you read, he could become Speedy , beloved sidekick to Oliver , or a heroin addict. And yes, evidently we can have both, too. In Kickstarter news, Joss Whedon will not be using Kickstarter to make a new Firefly movie, and he knew he was going to be asked as soon as he saw the Veronica Mars news.
On the other hand, Bryan Fuller is seriously considering it for Pushing Daisies , and Zachary Levi is mulling it over for Chuck .
I already have serious doubts about Sacha Baron Cohen playing Freddie Mercury , and adding Les Mis' Tom Hooper as director really isn't helping.
Plus, there are rumors that rather than use actual Freddie Mercury audio for performances, Cohen might actually try and sing himself (outside of Adam Lambert , most people who attempt Mercury fail miserably), and if Hooper decides to have Cohen sing live, well, we know how that turns out. Continue reading
Olaf snow globe? Because you can only see snow, and nothing else. That, as the great Rose Nylund teaches us, is what a Minnesota town looks like in the middle of winter.
We then focus on a pile of dead bodies (which is probably more of a Crystal Lake snow globe) and a pair of frantic rebels trying to climb up them. The Romans hack them down with spears and add to their grim collection. It appears the opposite side of the trench is heavily fortified.
No going through that way! Welcome, rebels, to your very own snowmageddon: Snowstorm Crassus is coming. The rebels gather, all still wearing their summer peplums.
People, please! Didn t anyone remember what their mothers taught them about dressing in layers, hmm? You d think with all that driving snow and bare leg someone would have invented leg warmers a little earlier than 1982.
The Romans advance, but pause, pinning the rebels between the trench and their camp. Why? They re waiting for Daddy to come home.
Speaking of Daddy Crassus, he pauses to act like a father and tells Tibby he is proud of how he has been behaving lately. Proud of rape, attempted murder, various intrigue, and double-talking back to dear old Dad? Well, no doubt about it: Crassus is a Roman, through and through.
He tells Tibby that he needs him to complete one more task: to rearrange his box. Tibby sniffs, remembering when Sabinus used to ask him to do the very same thing. Tibby opens the chest and, voila, his armor is restored.
All is well, and now Tibby gets to fight alongside dear old Dad. Oh, and he also now ranks above Caesar again. That s going to go over like a dead rebel in a ditch, let me tell you.
As for Caesar, we get a gratuitous scene of him engaging in a m nage a quatre with three lovely, nubile young ladies. Uhh, is it just me, or has Spartacus: War of the Damned been marked lately by a sharp incline in female nudity while simultaneously experiencing a sharp decline in male nudity? Does anyone else find something wrong in this?
Wouldn t we all just prefer a sharp increase in all forms of nudity across the board? When was the last time we saw Crixus crack? Or Nasir s rear?
Or Gannicus err umm Gannicus annicus? Maybe everyone was shy of the full frontal this week, given all the shrinkage in the snow. Next time, Spartacus: War of the Damned , have your battle on the beach more chance for a swim trunk accident where something festive can pop out.
As the Romans set up camp, the rebels fret because a big storm is coming. Saxa tries to snuggle up to her man for warmth, and Gannicus wonders aloud if having so many Roman soldiers nearby turns her on. This is Saxa; oxygen turns her on.
But Gannicus lets her down gently saying they have other matters to tend to. Elsewhere, the rebel-of-the-day Brictius, though we should probably call him Bitchius hammers on a chained up Castus because he is a pirate. Okay, yes, the pirates went to the other side; seriously, that was like two weeks ago.
Nasir stands up for Castus, and Brictius says that if Nasir wasn t Agron s boy then he d really show him the bizz. Nasir says to never mind about Agron, that if Brictius thinks he is man enough to show Nasir the bizz he is welcome to try. I think poor Castus hopes that the bizz is rebel code for booty, but, alas, the two men are only preening.
Nasir sits beside Castus and he immediately gets his flirt on. Damn, that boy does have good game and great pecs! (And, I ve noticed, weirdly painted-on eyebrows. I once had a seventy-six year old auntie with the exact same painted-on eyebrows.
Just saying.) Castus asks Nasir for a sword, so he can fight Crassus, but Nasir says that decision is not his to make. Continue reading
Enjoy! As usual, NSFW for language We're starting to become very big fans of Willam around here. I personally think she should have made Louis Virtel 's list of the hottest Drag Race contestants out of drag ( Pandora Boxx too)...
but seems like Louis isn't so fond of the blondes! Continue reading
Take Note, Parents of Gay Kids! The equal rights organization FCKH8 shared a note on their Facebook page today that's giving those who read it a warm and fuzzy feeling. When the father of a closeted gay teen overheard his son s plans to come out to his family, he decided to write him a letter telling him it wasn t necessary because he already knew and it didn t make any difference.
The letter reads: Nate, I overheard your phone conversation with Mike last night about your plans to come out to me. The only thing I need you to plan is to bring home OJ and bread after class. We are out, like you now.
I ve known you were gay since you were six, I ve love you since you were born. - Dad P.S.
Your mom and I think you and Mike make a cute couple.
The letter is the latest in a series of wonderful coming out stories that have recently gone viral on the internet including those of New Jersey teen Jacob Rudolph whose parents shared a video of their son coming out at his high school graduation and the young lesbian named Laurel whose mother cried of happiness after the 15-year-old came out to her family by baking a cake with the words I m gay written in frosting. (Via Advocate ) Continue reading
Jonathan Taylor Thomas in Speedway Junky The squeaky-clean kid from Home Improvement took a step toward tarnishing his image by playing an evil, bisexual hooker in this gritty drama, giving a whole new meaning to "Tool Time"! Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Mysterious Skin JGL also went the hustler route for his breakout from small-screen teen stardom - only the 3rd Rock star went "the full gay" in this unsettling and excellent indie drama. Lukas Haas in Johns Yet another teen heartthrob caught a case of gay hustleritis - this time it's the kid from Witness, Lady in White and Solarbabies who hit the street for some indie cred in this bleak skid row slice-of-life opposite David Arquette .
Macaulay Culkin in The Good Son, Party Monster Probably the biggest good-kid star of all time, Culkin made a move to the dark side while still a pre-teen by playing a decidedly bad seed in The Good Son . But it was his return from his self-imposed Hollywood hiatus that really caught our eye: playing murderous gay club lord Michael Alig in the hallucinatory Party Monster . Elijah Wood in Sin City, Maniac Speaking of The Good Son , Wood (a kid star from North, Forever Young, Flipper, The War, Radio Flyer, Huck Finn , and more) played decidedly against good-guy type as a vaguely mutant cannibal murderer named Kevin in the stylized Sin City .
But it's his truly WTF turn in the upcoming Maniac remake that may make some of us forget Frodo forever. Continue reading
The winner is (there were so many great captions) ... "What do you mean 'I owned an inn in Vermont'?" Thanks to TheFabulousThomasJ for this week's winning caption! Weekend Birthdays! (Note: Birthday shoutouts are for out entertainers, allies, or for any celeb that seems to have a following on AE). Kellan Lutz (above) is 28, Victor Garber is 64, Lauren Graham is 46, plus Nancy Wilson is 59, out hurler D nal g Cusack is 36, and AE's Canadian Goddess AlbertaGirl is ...
one year older. In ratings news, Glee was down 17%, but since it was up last week 47%, that's not too bad. Amazing Race 's gay runner up gets a new gig, as the first White Party Ambassador.
Stephen Fry tweets about his confrontation with the architect of the Russian "homosexual propaganda" law. If you love Anderson 's giggle as much as I do, this is a must-see. This has been making the rounds today.
Grab a tissue. Sen. Rob Portman shocked the hell out of everybody (some, hilariously) today by coming out for marriage-equality ...
for a very personal reason. March Madness meets Mad Men Introducing our new feature - The Daily ShoutOUT . Each week we're going to focus on one out athlete/performer and feature a daily pic and career timeline.
We'll be showcasing the big names, but also the lesser-known gay celebs who deserve more recognition. This week we give a ShoutOUT to ... Guillermo Diaz .
Wrapping up our week with Guillermo, we have to mention his ... ballsy decision to go where few well-known actors have gone and pose fully naked. He's currently enjoying his most high-profile role, as killer Huck on Scandal .
Continuing the Top 50 Movie Songs of The 80's! A #24 is "Let The River Run" by Carly Simon , from Working Girl . Carly had a number of lackluster years in the mid-80's, but she came roaring back with the 80's classic album Coming Around Again , and capped off a career comeback with the soundtrack to Working Girl . "Let The River Run" entered the chart on March 4th, 1989, and peaked at #49 on April 22nd.
Even though it missed the Top 40, it won the Oscar for Best Original Song. - Monday's clue - "Who knows what tomorrow brings?" Congrats to joeyhegele , who was the first to correctly guess that yesterday's Pixuzzle was Good Morning, Vietnam Here's today's Pixuzzle . Below you can see characters from a famous film. Can you name it?
And today's Briefs are brought to you by...
Here's your caption pic for this week.
Drop your caption ideas in the comments (And please remember to keep the captions PG-13!) Continue reading
TV on Tap: Chris Hayes Moves to MSNBC’s Prime Time, "Pushing Daisies" Considers Turning to Kickstarter and Chris Meloni, Taye Digs Get Pilot…
I'm not thrilled about giving up Hayes' weekend show, Up , but I do love the idea of combining Hayes with Rachel Maddow . The combination of Hayes and Maddow as the majority of MSNBC's prime time slot could end up making a strong argument that it is possible for cable news to offer programming that's informative, instead of the ridiculous gimmicks, opinionated bluster and scandal-chasing that's found too often elsewhere. One of the things I enjoy about Up with Chris Hayes is that Hayes uses the forum to function as an example of what other shows could accomplish if they cared, like the way Up is much more diverse than other Sunday shows.
Elsewhere at NBC News, The Today Show is struggling to figure out how to fix its rating troubles as detailed by the New York Times . Thing have gotten bad enough at the morning news show that they're thinking of replacing Matt Lauer with someone like Willie Geist or the sparkling personality of David Gregory . For a moment, I was so excited that Chris Meloni joined a comedy pilot, except its a show based on a novel by the guy who gave us the $#*!
My Dad Says twitter feed. What's this about Southland 's season finale being approached as if it were a series finale? Can we get the old "Save Southland " gang back together?
After dropping out of ABC's adaptation of Pulling , Mandy Moore has found another pilot role. Deadline reports that Moore has joined the legal drama The Advocates opposite Ben McKenzie . Another Daily Show correspondent has joined a pilot, Al Madrigal will be a part of NBC's adaptation of About a Boy .
I don't agree with all those Community fans complaining about the show not being as good this season, though maybe I'm just not willing to reject Abed after having lost Liz Lemon . However, Vulture says that the problem isn't so much with the new showrunners, but that series creator Dan Harmon didn't do as good a job defining the characters in the first three seasons. For its third season, Strike Back is adding Dougray Scott .
Taye Diggs will co-star in the TNT pilot Murder in the First along with Boss alum Kathleen Robertson . Murder in the First is the Steven Bochco drama that follows a murder investigation over the course of a season. In an interview with Buzzfeed , Joss Whedon says he's happy the Veronica Mars kickstarter was successful, but he doesn't look forward to hearing fans ask him about reviving Dollhouse or funding a second Firefly movie through kickstarter.
Bryan Fuller has the best second best (just remembered about the existence of French Silk Pie) way to celebrate Pi Day: And he's not joking, in an interview with Hitfix 's Alan Sepinwall , Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas says that Fuller contacted him to start thinking if this could be a way to give new life to Pushing Daisies . Thomas says that Warner Bros is looking this as a test case that might be use again if successful, so that Pushing Daisies move is in the realm of possibility. Friday's Listings Anderson Live (syndicated) Check local listings Padma Lakshmi is Anderson 's co-host today with her party hosting tips.
I wonder if those tips include suggestions on how to handle St. Patrick's Day happening during Lent. (I mean, is a fancy mocktail bar okay or still too much indulgence?) Also, Dallas ' Josh Henderson visits. Nikita (CW) 8:00 PM ET As if to prove that it's time for Alex to get out of the spy game, first she gets captured by Amanda then she fouls up the rescue mission when she falls for the old "fellow prisoner" bit.
Malibu Country (ABC) 8:30 PM ET Reba gets a meeting that just might give her the career she's been pursuing until she learns that this producer thinks she should be writing jingles. I guess the chance of being the creator of the next "By Mennen" isn't good enough for her. Degrassi (Teen Nick) 9:00 PM ET Drew moves out leaving Fiona alone in the loft which would be fine except that she gets robbed soon afterward, leaving Fiona jumping at every little noise and mistaking raccoons on the roof as burglars trying to pry open the skylight.
Too bad Imogen doesn't seem like the type who handles that kind of situation well. Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET What a cliffhanger to leave things off last week! Just as Nick drinks the purification potion and we're on the edge of our seats wondering if Nick will end up tearing off his shirt like Renard did, it's time for the "tune in next week." I'm guessing that's going to get resolved quickly since tonight's episode involves Wesen who break Wesen mores by using their true faces as disguises in bank robberies.
Spartacus: War of the Damned (Starz) 9:00 PM ET Spartacus and his men encounter an impassable ridge, one, as you'd expect, they simply must pass. Banshee (Cinemax) 10:00 PM ET It's been an incredible first season for Cinemax's new noir thriller and it wraps with Lucas making a big move to deal with the kidnapped Max . Of course, with this being the finale, expect Lucas' relationship with the town of Banshee to be at stake.
Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) 10:00 PM ET Rachel Maddow will be sitting on tonight's panel and generally elevating the dialogue. Out There (IFC) 10:00 PM ET A car accident leaves Chris working a burger-flipping job to pay for the damage. Since he's got a fundraising goal to meet, lets hope this goes better than that Tracey Ullman Show sketch where Fancesca starts her new job.
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) 12: 35 AM ET Craig talking with the faboo Megan Mullally tonight. Continue reading
Meme: Bill Gates Endorses Scouting For All, Benedict Cumberbatch Sings For Neil Gaiman, and Bill O’Reilly Admits There Is No Link Between…
Paul Ryan's budget, saying the entitlement cuts would cost the Republicans ten years of elections. He also said the Republican party needed to pass immigration reform and soften their stance on abortion, though nothing about gay rights. Meanwhile, Senator Marco Rubio claims that being against gay marriage doesn't mean he's a bigot.
Just because I believe that states should have the right to define marriage in the traditional way does not make me a bigot. I'm pretty sure if you look up "bigot" in the dictionary, that's pretty much exactly what it makes you. The only gay rights panel at CPAC was standing room only, with GOProud's Jimmy LaSalvia using uncharacteristically strong language We have tolerated something in our movement for far too long: bigotry against gay people.
He said that "bigotry must be called out and condemned." And that "it's the same as racism." Meanwhile, the National Organization for Marriage panel was attended by literally tens of people. Is The New Normal pushing a form of gay culture that leaves out the gay poor, people of color, and the HIV-positive? Have those stories been abandoned?
The amount of traffic Google Reader drives to websites is orders of magnitude larger than Google+, so why is it being discontinued?
11 Things People Think Are In the Bible, But Aren't. And the sources of some of them would horrify some people. He may have asked it for the wrong reasons, but Tory Peer Lord True has a valid point about the future of the monarchy, and why laws need to keep pace with reality.
What happens if we have a lesbian Queen in a same-sex marriage who conceives using an egg implanted with donor sperm? The law should be clear, but this is a question that has not been thought through in the bill. You can hear Benedict Cumberbatch singing in BBC4's radio production of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere .
You're welcome. Chris Hayes is set to take over the 8PM slot on MSNBC weeknights, while Ed Schultz shifts to a weekend show. I'm a fan of the adorably smart Hayes, but I'm also glad to see MSNBC addressing their dreadful weekend programming.
Evidently I live in the middle of America's sadness belt. While he largely went back on it a day later, Bill O'Reilly stepped in with a caller to say I have to report the truth here. First truism, homosexuality has nothing to do with the crime of pedophilia." It's something.
Chick-Fil-A , despite saying it was curbing donations to anti-gay groups, managed to nearly double their donations to anti-gay groups in 2011, up to $3.6 million, largely funneled through their WinShape Foundation and other groups before ending up at places like the Family Research Council.
In a move sure to endear them to justices on the Supreme Court with adopted children, National Organization for Marriage Chairman John Eastman says "Certainly adoption in families headed, like Chief Roberts' family is, by a heterosexual couple, is by far the second-best option." I'm sure Justice Roberts likes knowing he's the second best option.
Venezuelan interim president Nicolas Maduro is fighting back at claims he made homophobic remarks against his opponent, saying that he's always respected people who were "sexually diverse." He also says that "If I were gay I'd take ownership of it with pride and shout it to the four winds and I would have no problem loving whoever I had to love with my heart." He does get the definition of "homophobia" horribly wrong though. Continue reading