Monday, November 30, 2015

Monday Mid-Day Brain Break: Plaid Tidings

I know, I know... "Red and green plaid before December???"

Christmas Music: Andra Day "Winter Wonderland"

I can't get enough of Miss Andra Day. And thankfully, with the holidays upon us, we get even more music from the new diva.

Check out her sexy, 'slinky as a cashmere sweater' rendition of "Winter Wonderland."

This is just delicious. She's like the fabulous love child of Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse and Eartha Kitt.

Adele's "25" Breaks (And Sells) A LOT Of Records

Not only did Adele's smash-hit 25 become the #1 album in it's first week of sales, the emotional song set sold more than TWICE the combined sales of the rest of the albums in the top 100 albums sold.

Adele racked up an astonishing 3.38 million units last week, much more than previous front-runner for 2015, Taylor Swift's 1989 (1.75 million units this year).

To put that in perspective, only two albums outsold that in 2014 (and I mean all of 2014): Swift's 1989 and the Frozen soundtrack.

According to Billboard, 8.2 million albums total were sold that week, meaning 4 in 10 albums purchased were Miss Adele's.

And signally a strong trend of late, 22,000 vinyl albums of 25 were sold that week.

If you haven't checked it out yet, and I can't imagine that's statistically possible at this point, head over to iTunes here.

Give It A Try - What Can It Hurt?

I had the most enjoyable late lunch yesterday with my friend Jeremy from uber-LGBT site Queerty.

Picture this: two journalists and we barely glanced at our phones over three hours, and that was to check the time.

I really encourage folks to leave their phones down when doing the socializing thing. Jeremy had great tales of his travels, and what he's working on.

Oh, and I'm sure I talked some, too :)

(everyone who knows me, knows how much I talk...)

So, give it a try. What can it hurt?

Happy Monday, kids.

Joe Jonas Back On The Market With Swanky New Bachelor Pad

'Back on the market' Joe Jonas celebrated his newfound freedom from model Gigi Hadid by renting a cool bachelor pad near Runyon Canyon.

Joe recently sold his West Hollywood home, which only bought last year.

According to AirBNB, the new digs rent for about $71,000 a month, and offers 7 bedrooms with canyon views.

Jonas celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday in the new temporary home with bro Nick and friends, posting the pic below on his Instagram.

A photo posted by J O E J O N A S (@joejonas) on

Holland Taylor, Star Of 'Two And A Half Men' And 'The L Word,' Comes Out

In an interview with WNYC,  actress and LGBT favorite Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men, The L Word, The Practice) shared the news that she is in the first ever deeply committed relationship. And, it's with a woman.

Discussing the issue she said she wasn't "coming out" because she "lives out."

Holland also says that the idea of marriage has come up with her current partner.

Via AfterEllen:

“Well, my relationship is with a woman, and I have not — given my generation it would not be something that would automatically occur to me. But she’s mentioned it because just from a spiritual point of view, from a heart point of view, as a — as a — as a deed that has a very rich symbolic gesture to it, it has its attraction. But it’s been a very casual conversation at this point. But it’s not — it would be a very private thing. I would not do that publicly. But as a symbol, as a pledge, as a plighting one’s troth I would see it — that it would be a wonderful thing to do.”

Holland declined to name her current partner, but did have this to say: “There’s a very big age difference between us which I’m sure shocks a lot of people, and it startles me. But you know, it’s not a statement original to me — I’ve heard it as a joke once in my past, but as they say, “If she dies, she dies.”

“I’m finally wised up to the fact that I haven’t got that much longer and I would like to have a more fulsome experience of relationships in life than I have,” Holland told WNYC. “And I’m lucky I have the opportunity to. Very lucky I have the opportunity to.”

Listen to Taylor's interview on WNYC here.

First Episode Of Amazon's "Transparent" Season Two Premieres Tonight

Amazon will premiere the first episode of Golden Globe/Emmy Award-winning Transparent's second season tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT exclusively for Prime members in the U.S.

Executive producer Andrea Sperling says that while season one was about Jeffrey Tambor's "Maura" embracing "femininity for the first time, season 2 is about the growing pains of this identity once it's been actualized. This plays out in her love life as well. She’ll explore old relation- ships and perhaps new ones.”

This little morsel is in advance of the series full season premiere on December 11. Did I mention the 5 Emmy Awards for last season?

You do have to have an Amazon Prime account, but as I've recounted many times here, the annual fee of $99 is way worth the free music, free TV and movies, and unlimited 2-day shipping. You can even do a 30-day free trial. Go do that and get that 2-day shipping for your holiday needs!

I'll be watching tonight. You should, too!

amfAR Dedicates $100 Million To HIV Cure By 2020

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, one of the world's leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research and HIV prevention, made a huge announcement today:

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, today announced that it has created a $100 million investment strategy in support of its Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative, launched last year with the aim of developing the scientific basis of a cure by 2020. The establishment of the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research within a major academic research institution with a grant of $20 million will be the centerpiece of the investment strategy.

"This represents the greatest expansion of amfAR's grant making in the 30-year history of the Foundation," said Kevin Robert Frost, amfAR's Chief Executive Officer. "We're very excited to be launching this strategy and establishing an institute dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of a cure for HIV. Concentrating the minds and the efforts of leading AIDS cure researchers under one roof will facilitate the rapid sharing of knowledge and ideas and create the kind of synergy needed to accelerate the search for a cure."

Since 1985, amfAR has invested $415 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 3,300 research teams worldwide.

(via press release)

LGBT Ally Ben Cohen Gives Out Free Bear Hugs

A well needed Bear hug! ����

A photo posted by Ben Cohen (@bencohenstandup) on

No Endorsement For Donald Trump By Black Evangelical Leaders

Last week, Donald Trump's campaign was thrilled to announce that The Donald was set to meet with over 100 black evangelical pastors at an event that would include their endorsement.

Well, scratch that. According to Darrell Scott, a pastor from Ohio who has helped arrange meetings between Trump and black pastors, there was a "miscommunication" about the nature of the meeting.

Read that: No endorsement.

Via the AP:

Many of those invited to the event say they had no intention of endorsing the billionaire businessman and former reality television star.

"It's a miscommunication," said Darrell Scott, the senior pastor of New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, who has helped to arrange meetings between Trump and black pastors in recent months. Trump's campaign "thought it was going to be a press conference for an endorsement when it wasn't," Scott said Sunday in an interview.

Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in an email that Trump would still be holding a private meeting with the group on Monday before departing for a rally in Georgia.

Trump has struggled to expand his support with African-American voters after missteps like saying a black protester at one of his rallies deserved to get roughed up. He also retweeted an internet meme with false statistics about the number of black on white killings in America.

Viral Video: Brandon Skeie Covers Adele's "Hello"

Hottie Brandon Skeie (pronounced pronounced SHAY-ah) shares his stunning cover of the Adele mega-hit "Hello" - over 500K views so far.

And speaking of hello, hello Mr. Sheie! You can check out more of his cover songs on YouTube PLUS he shares his story of how he lost - wait for it - 100 lbs!

How's all that for inspiration? He's racking up a lot of fans on Instagram, YouTube and Facebook. Check him out.

(h/t Queerty)

Trailer: "Gods Of Egypt"

I know my hubby Michael will love this movie. But there is already a bit of scandal around the film, that doesn't open until February 26th.

When the trailer dropped earlier this month, critics denounced the casting of the film due to a huge lack of diversity. A movie titled "Gods of Egypt" had not one Egyptian cast in a major role.

The film's studio responded to the criticism:

“We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed,” the studio said. “In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we sincerely apologize. Lionsgate is deeply committed to making films that reflect the diversity of our audiences. We have, can and will continue to do better.​​"

“The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse,” Proyas added. “I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made.”

Michael and I enjoy these kinds of fantasy/action films, so I'm sure we'll see it at some point. But I'm glad the idea of diversity was brought up here. You have to wonder if the idea of casting an Egyptian actor even came up during the casting process....?

Sunday, November 29, 2015

"Hot Cop Of Castro" Arrested For Hit-And-Run

(photo via Facebook)

Sad to hear, and I should note we don't have all the details. But the arrest was certainly not done without some certainty.


A well-known San Francisco police officer, also known as the “Hot Cop of Castro,” was arrested Sunday and booked on two felony charges of hit-and-run, Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.

Christopher Kohrs, 38, of San Francisco is alleged to have struck two pedestrians early Sunday morning in North Beach, police said.

About 2:20 a.m., officers arrived to the intersection of Broadway and Montgomery Street and discovered two pedestrians who had been struck by a car, Andraychak said.

The car, a Dodge Charger, was left at the scene but the driver reportedly fled the scene.

The two pedestrians, both men in their 40s, were taken to the hospital with serious but not life threatening injuries, Andraychak said. The men were apparently crossing Broadway when they were struck by the vehicle that was traveling west on Broadway.

(photo via Facebook)

(h/t TRR reader Aaron)

Tweet Of The Day: A Mother Asks A Question On Twitter

I won't comment further except to point out the number of folks who clicked the "Like" button.

Click on the date/time link. You've GOT to read the responses.

Donald Trump Still Has No Proof "Thousands And Thousands" Cheered On 9/11

Donald Trump, currently falling in the polls for the GOP nomination (currently 3rd now in Iowa), refuses to acknowledge he has no proof to backup his claim that on 9/11 he saw "thousands and thousands" of Muslims in New Jersey cheering at the World Trade Center being attacked.

At least Chuck Todd tries here to get a real answer from Trump: “You’re running for President of the United States! Your words matter! Truthfulness matters! Fact-based stuff matters!”

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