Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tom Hardy on playing Elton John in biopic: "I can't hold a tune to save my life"

Tom Hardy with Sir Elton John

I recently reported here that Tom Hardy was cast in the upcoming bio-pic of Elton John's life.

And yes - Tom is cast as Elton.  Hardly type-casting, but who cares?

Tom recently revealed in an interview that singing isn't his strongest suit. When asked if he’d be doing the singing he said:

“Yeah, I hope so. Otherwise I’ll have probably failed, right? But that’s terrifying me. I can’t hold a tune to save my life.”

I have no worries.  Tom is a formidable and creative actor, no matter what he does.

Plus, I can always turn down the volume and just watch.

That face.  Sigh...

Huge Honor! Out NBA-er Jason Collins get Time Magazine cover


Out Brooklyn Nets player Jason Collins gets honored with an 'Inside Cover' in Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" issue.

Beyonce is featured on the front cover, and Collins along with Robert Redford and GM CEO Mary Barra appear in the fold out inside covers.

Word is the article about Collins was penned by Chelsea Clinton.

(h/t Towleroad)

Cliven Bundy has gone too far for even Sean Hannity


Man, you KNOW you're an extremist when even Sean Hannity denounces you.

Jon Stewart of The Daily Show will be having a field day with this tonight.

And Hannity isn't the only one backing away from Bundy now that he's revealed who he truly is.

Senator Rand Paul, (KY-R) and Senator Dean Heller (NV-R) had originally expressed support for Bundy ripping off the American people by not paying his grazing fees for 20 years. But now?

A spokesman for Sen. Paul, informed of Mr. Bundy’s remarks, said the senator was not available for immediate comment.

Chandler Smith, a spokesman for Mr. Heller, said that the senator “completely disagrees with Mr. Bundy’s appalling and racist statements, and condemns them in the most strenuous way.”

That's show biz folks. One day you're up; next day, you're racist standing on your own stage holding daily press conferences to just your 12 supporters.


Broadway: Highlights from this year's Annual Easter Bonnet Competition


The 28th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition returned to the Minskoff Theatre on April 21 and 22, with the companies of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions offering skits, songs and dances, as well as elaborately designed bonnets created especially for the event.

This year's event raised a record $4,532,129 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Broadway veterans shared the stage with celebrated newcomers, as more than 200 of Broadway and Off-Broadway's most talented performers came together for this year's Easter Bonnet Competition.


Teabaggers demand proof that Cliven Bundy made racist quote - Here it is



After quotes of Cliven Bundy's views on "negroes" went viral, the right wing Twittersphere went insane denouncing that Bundy never said such things and if so, where's the video? Where's the audio.

See below for your viewing.

(Ah, facts can be so inconvenient).



(via JMG)

Tony Award-winner Billy Porter joins #MyLoveIsEqual campaign


Billy Porter, star of Kinky Boots on Broadway, released a video today that shows his support for the #MyLoveisEqual campaign and the music video for "Quite Like This" by DJ/Producer Ryan Skyy.

Marriage Equality is an issue that Billy is passionate about, and when he found out that all proceeds from the sale of "Quite Like This" are being donated to MarriageEquality.org, he naturally jumped on-board.

For more information on #MyLoveisEqual, visit http://www.myloveisequal.com

You can watch Billy's message about #MyLoveIsEqual below:



And here's Ryan Skyy's music video for "Quite Like This" (available on iTunes now) created from clips of same-sex marriage proposals which have all gone viral on the internet:



For more information on Ryan Skyy, visit http://www.ryanskyy.com.

Government free-loader Cliven Bundy shares what he "knows about the negro"

Cliven Bunday shares what he "knows about the negro"

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who owes the federal government over $1 million for 20 years of grazing fees for his cattle, had this to share about "what he knows about the negro:

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.

I'll be curious to see how his right-wing supporters spin this. Or, they'll just deny he ever said it.

Wow, what a "hero"...

Elected officials, who initially embraced the Tea Party hero,  have already begun to distance themselves from Bundy after his racist comments.

Sen. Rand Paul: "His remarks on race are offensive and I wholeheartedly disagree with him."

Spokesman for Sen. Dan Heller: "Senator Heller completely disagrees with Mr. Bundy’s appalling and racist statements, and condemns them in the most strenuous way."

(from the New York Times)

Olivia Newton-John talks Las Vegas and new CD "Hotel Sessions" on The Today Show


Olivia Newton-John dropped by The Today Show to talk about her new Las Vegas residency, her new CD "Hotel Sessions" and upcoming charity appearances.

The "down-to-earth diva" looked amazing and always. Watch the clip below.


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Oregon's marriage equality ban has it's day in court


Yesterday,  standing before Judge Michael McShane, four couples who have filed a challenge to Oregon's same-sex marriage ban asked the court to strike down the discriminatory law.  The state of Oregon, having found the law unconstitutional, agreed with the plaintiffs and asked for the same resolution.

From ABC News:

No comments were made in favor of the ban, so lawyers on both sides of the case were in the rare position of asking for the same ruling from the judge. Oregon's attorney general, Democrat Ellen Rosenblum, has said the ban is legally indefensible and has refused to offer arguments in favor of keeping it.

Judge Michael McShane did not say which way he was leaning. His questioning focused heavily on how he should apply precedents from higher courts and whether he should delay implementation of his ruling until appeals courts sort out gay marriage cases pending around the country.

The judge is deciding two parallel cases. The couples who filed suit are asking him to declare the ban unconstitutional and allow same-sex couples to wed. They also want an order that same-sex marriages performed in other states must be recognized in Oregon.

McShane has agreed to hear a petition from the Washington DC based National Organization for Marriage, who request standing to defend the anti-gay law. The hearing will be on May 14th. McShane has said he will not rule until that hearing. Should he grant standing to NOM, there will be a second hearing for oral arguments.

Stephen Colbert says goodbye to Jon Stewart: “I’m really going to miss me”


Stephen Colbert “surprised” Jon Stewart last night to say goodbye to his former boss.

Recently tapped to replace David Letterman as the host of “Late Night” in 2015, Colbert announces, “I’ve won television!” 

Colbert also conveniently bring his own "highlights" reel - since no one else did one.  The reel ends with the appropriately worded graphic, “Stephen, you are the greatest love of our lives!”

“I’m really going to miss me,” Colbert told Stewart.


(via The New Civil Rights Movement)

Morning cuddle - Dachsund and cat


Liz Lemon the cat helps Penny the hyper dachshund calm down.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

High By Republican Design


Truth.

Unemployment is high by Republican design.  Don't be fooled.  Since the day Pres. Obama was sworn in Republicans have conspired to keep unemployment high and wages low by blocking every single jobs bill and deliberately sabotaging the economy by way of manufactured crises.

(via Occupy Democrats)

Matt Bomer reveals he married his partner 3 years ago


Matt Bomer reveals in an interview with Details Magazine (May 2014 issue) that he married his partner Simon Halls way back in 2011.

Talk of their marriage arose while he was discussing his role in the upcoming HBO movie directed by Ryan Murphy, "The Normal Heart," about a gay man dying of AIDS.

"I wouldn't have a lot of the rights I have today if it wasn't for people like Larry," he said, referring to the play's original writer, Larry Kramer. "I just wanted to be involved with the project in some capacity. I didn't care what my part was."

"It's rare that you get to play a great role that has an arc," he added. "It's rare that you get to be a part of something that, hopefully, has some significance socially or historically. And then to have a role that changes you? I think that's the best you could hope for in this profession, and that was certainly the case here. I don't think I'll ever be the same as I was when I started the job."

Bomer and Halls have three children together, 6-year-old twins and an 8-year-old.

The interview goes in depth about Bomer's preparation and work on the upcoming HBO film adaptation of Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart."  Read the full interview at Details.com

The film premieres on HBO May 25 at 9 p.m. EST.

Watch a behind the scenes video from the photo shoot for the magazine below:


Bryan Fischer wishes the US had Russian-style anti-gay laws


Bryan Fischer continues to complain that the United States does not have Russian-style anti-gay "propaganda" laws. In fact, Fischer lauds Russian President Putin as "the lion of Christianity" for leading his nation's crackdown on gays.

On yesterday's radio broadcast, Fischer again voiced his support for implementing such laws in America, declaring that it is "inexcusable" that these sorts of laws are not being put into place here.

"That's a policy we ought to have in the United States," he said of the Russian laws. "It's inexcusable that we allow vulnerable, innocent young children to be indoctrinated, brainwashed, propagandized into thinking that homosexual conduct is perfectly normal and absolutely benign behavior when it absolutely is not":

I want to point out that the kind of activities Fischer is talking about - "indoctrinating," "brainwashing," "propagandizing" - in Russia, includes merely carrying a rainbow flag, or holding your partner's hand.

The anti-gay laws in Russia have emboldened anti-gay vigilantes to literally hunt down gays and lesbians, all for the crime of holding someone's hand.

Those are the kinds of activities and laws Bryan Fischer supports.



(via Right Wing Watch)

Macklemore's Ryan Lewis shares his mother's HIV+ status of 30 years


Macklemore's Ryan Lewis shares his mother's HIV+ status, and in doing so launches The 30/30 Project:

A huge part of what's made me who I am, is something I haven't talked about in interviews. If I could just take a few moments of your time, I'd love to tell you about the strongest woman that I know, my mom, Julie Lewis.

In 1984, my mom gave birth to my older sister, Teresa. Due to a complicated delivery, she needed a blood transfusion and at that moment, my mom had HIV+ blood put into her body. When she was finally diagnosed, she was given only a few years to live.

By that time, she had already given birth to my sister Laura and me. We each had a 25% chance of being born HIV+, but we were extremely fortunate (today, the risk of a mother passing HIV to her baby is 2% or less if she is taking medication).

Thanks to advanced medicine and healthcare available here in the U.S., my mom has lived despite her odds. To honor the thirty years my mom has been a survivor, our family is raising funds to build health centers worldwide that will stand strong for at least thirty years. We're calling it the 30/30 Project.

We are partnering with Construction for Change, a Seattle-based nonprofit, to carry out construction. And we have local partners on the ground, such as Partners in Health, to run and operate the health facilities long-term. We want to give hope to women and families in other parts of the world who lack access to quality, affordable healthcare.

Lewis talks with CBS News about his mother here.

Check out the IndieGoGo campaign by clicking here.



(via JoeMyGod)
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