Friday, August 28, 2015

Music Video: Macklemore And Ryan Lewis "Downtown"

Over 1.4 million views in a day.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (who had the second biggest hit of 2013 with their "Thrift Shop") are feeling some "downtown" vibes in their latest track.

And they like a whole lotta different vibes in the down town. Starting a bit silly on shopping spree for a moped, the video journey takes a turn into West Side Story land for a minute, then swings into full on parade through the streets of Spokane, Washington.

All that, and it works.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

News Round-Up: August 27, 2016

Ramin Karimloo

Some news stories you may have missed:

• He sings! He acts! AND he looks like this! Broadway Style Guide shares workout tips from the fabulous Ramin Karimloo, star of Broadway's "Les Miserables."

• Despite losing AGAIN in court, Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis refuses to issue marriage license to gay couple for the 3rd time.

• In other Kentucky news, the state's largest public school district passed important protections for transgender folks.

• Former Will & Grace star will headline the Los Angeles premiere of the hit Broadway play, Act of God.

• Chick-Fil-A may lose chance at Denver Airport location over anti-gay history.

• Former half-term governor of Alaska Sarah Palin is still campaigning to be Donald Trump's running mate.

• What is it about a man and his horse?

Thursday Theatre Throwback: Julia Murney & Sutton Foster "I Know Him So Well" From CHESS

Pretty close to perfect here.

The late 80s musical CHESS, about the game itself and geo-political gamesmanship, had an excellent Actors Fund concert redux back in 2003 starring Julia Murney, Josh Groban, Tony Award winner Sutton Foster, Norm Lewis and Adam Pascal.

This duet of "I Know Him So Well" with Murney and Foster requires hitting "repeat" several times, it's so good.

Love the score, and I'm a big fan of the ladies here.

Kentucky County Clerk Casey Davis Prepared To Die Over Right To Deny Gay Couples Marriage License

Kentucky County Clerk Casey Davis

Although Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has gotten most of the headlines lately over refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, she's not the only Kentucky county clerk to do so.

Casey County Clerk Casey Davis recently appeared on a local Kentucky radio show and said he's prepared to die over his right to deny gay couples a marriage license.

“Our law says ‘one man and one woman’ and that is what I held my hand up and took an oath to and that is what I expected.

"If it takes it, I will go to jail over — if it takes my life, I will die for because I believe I owe that to the people that fought so I can have the freedom that I have, I owe that to them today, and you do, we all do.

"They fought and died so we could have this freedom and I’m going to fight and die for my kids and your kids can keep it.”

You can listen to Davis via Right Wing Watch below:

Tom Hardy - Master Of Dubsmash

Now, y'all know I love me some Tom Hardy.

Terrific actor. Easy on the eyes. And now - Dubsmash master!

I should put a plug here for his upcoming movie, Legend - where Hardy plays twin brothers - which hits theaters on September 11.

Here's just a few clips of Tom's Dubsmash hits. More at DigitalSpy.

Kill me now :)

(via DigitalSpy)

Wealthy GOP Donor Who Mocked Hillary Clinton's Marriage Had Ashley Madison Account

(image via Gawker)
I think you file this under "Delicious Irony."

It would seem that an über-wealthy hedge fund investor and Republican donor, who has publicly made fun of Hillary Clinton staying in her marriage to "a liar and a cheat," had an account on the cheaters networking website Ashley Madison.

The account was recently uncovered in the data dump when hackers released the website's info for the public to see.

From Gawker:

The name and email address of Dan Loeb, founder of hedge fund Third Point LLC and prominent contributor to the Romney campaign, appear in the company’s database of users, and Loeb confirmed in a statement to Gawker that the account is authentic.

Once an Obama supporter, Loeb has since turned into a very generous supporter of Republican candidates and conservative Super PACs—he gifted $1,000,000 to the right-wing American Unity PAC and a quarter million to the Ending Spending Action Fund just last fall, along with tens of thousands of dollars straight to the Republican Party.

More recently he’s become a vocal detractor of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. In June, he posted a joke to his Facebook page that described Clinton as a put-upon spouse trapped in a loveless marriage with a cheating husband who thinks she’s a lesbian.

I asked Loeb about this account, and received this statement via public relations rep Steven Rubenstein:

“As my family, friends and business colleagues know, I am a prolific web surfer. Did I visit this site to see what it was all about? Absolutely – years ago, at the time I was invested in Yahoo and IAC and was endlessly curious about apps and websites. Did I ever engage or meet with anyone through this site? Never. That was never my intention — as evidenced by the fact that I never provided a credit card to set up an account.”

Interestingly, Loeb's profile data shows that the last time he checked "private message" on the site was on December 9, 2013 — eight months after he joined Ashley Madison.

Now, why would he be checking private messages if he had no intention of hooking up?

Things that make you go "hmm..."

My Favorite Thing Today: "For The Record: Baz" In Las Vegas

Michael and I recently have fallen in love with this new show - For The Record: Baz - in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay.

Staged at the Light nightclub, the musical is an environmental musical mashup of songs and romances from Baz Luhrmann's movies "Moulin Rouge," "Gatsby" and "Romeo + Juliet." The show is a co-production with Cirque du Soleil's theatrical division and LA based company For The Record.

Brilliantly staged, cutting in and out of the three different storylines, the show flies by at breakneck speed. And a talented cast to die for.

It's a sexy, sumptuous, edgy new vision for musical theatre. I loved it.

Sadly, I hear the show is closing at Mandalay Bay in search of a new home. Fingers are crossed the producers find a longterm home for this post-modern mashup spectacle.

So, go see the show this weekend before the curtain comes down - for now - on "For The Record: Baz."

We’re proud of the way #BAZVegas has broken entertainment boundaries in #Vegas and are working diligently to find a new home on The Strip. We invite everyone who’s wanted to indulge with us in A Little Party to join us before Sunday. Get tickets here:
Posted by BAZ Las Vegas on Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Behind The Scenes: Underwear Photoshoot with World's Sexiest Math Teacher Pietro Boselli

(screen capture)

Pietro Boselli, Ph.D, math teacher, part-time model and recent internet sensation, shares some behind-the-scenes footage from an underwear campaign photo shoot for Simons, a Canadian retailer.

The appropriately nicknamed "hottest math teacher in the world" shares about his background in modeling and his thoughts on his students sneaking pics of him during classes.

Could he have a more photogenic smile?

Oh, then there's the other parts, too :)

Photographed by Isauro Cairo for Simons Underwear

(via OUT)

Film: The Danish Girl Starring Academy Award Winner Eddie Redmayne

The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener (portrayed by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne ["The Theory of Everything"] and Alicia Vikander ["Ex Machina"]), directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech," "Les Misérables").

Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

The film will have it's world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival.

Opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, November 27th, and in additional cities in December 2015.

(via press release)

Quote Of The Day: Jorge Ramos

“I’ve been a journalist for 30 years, and I’ve never been ejected from any press conference anywhere in the world. Those are the things you see in dictatorships, not in the United States of America.

"It is very important that he answers the questions. He hasn’t answered the questions on, how is he gonna to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants from this country?”

- Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos to Fox News' Megyn Kelly on being removed from a Donald Trump press conference for asking a question on immigration reform.

Pro-Hillary Clinton PAC Attacks Republican Candidates Stance On Immigrants

A new political ad, produced by the pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC Priorities USA, highlights much of the controversial campaign rhetoric made by Donald Trump and other GOP hopefuls on the issue of immigration including the use of the term "anchor babies."

The New York Times reports that the ad will begin airing in the swing states of Colorado, Florida and Nevada, all of which have large populations of Hispanics.

Poll: Trump Continues To Rise Above GOP Contenders

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Donald Trump solidifying his lead among GOP White House contenders while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush continues his downward spiral.

Trump gets a thumbs up from 28% of those surveyed, with his closest competitor retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 12%. Bush drops down to a mere 7% after leading in polls most of the year.

However, the survey does show some weaknesses for Trump in the areas of temperament and women's issues. Sixty-four percent of GOP voters say The Donald lacks the "right kind of temperament to handle an international crisis" and 61% say he doesn't care about the problems of women.

The same poll indicates Hillary Clinton shows some slippage as Sen. Bernie Sanders and an unannounced Vice-President Biden inch their way up.

Of note, however, is the stronger showing Biden makes over Trump in a head to head general election match up.

The poll shows Biden topping Trump 48% to 40%, compared to Clinton, who beats Trump 45% to 41%.

Additionally, the results show Biden would beat Bush, 45% to 39%, more than Clinton's 42% to 40% over Bush.

Viral Video: Burning Man: The Musical

TIME raves about the latest and greatest off-off-Broadway musical - Burning Man: The Musical.

The comedy musical opened very off-off Broadway — on the internet, specifically — and is only five minutes long, but it packs a lot of action and surprisingly deep character development into its grand opening number.

There’s the eager techie boarding a school bus bound for Black Rock City with visions of hanging out with Elon Musk and Google execs in his eyes. There’s the grizzled, wizened hippy and the starry-eyed girl bemoaning the loss of the Burning Man festival that was before “the techies came to plug n’ play” and singing about “when the playa was clean / and techies stayed in SOMA.” All that in just the opening number!

The creators of the video call Burning Man: The Musical, "the collision of Silicon Valley and Burning Man." The clip is actually a fundraiser to help develop a full scale musical. Check their crowdsourcing page here.

Broadway savvy fans will recognize many of the insider references to contemporary Broadway shows, including RENT and Spring Awakening.

Donald Trump Can't Name A Single Verse From His Favorite Book - The Bible

After proclaiming many times on the campaign trail that The Bible is his favorite book, Donald Trump was at a loss to cite one favorite verse, saying it was "too personal" to share.

Twitter had a field day with this one, kids.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Trump Supporter To US Citizen: "Get Out Of My Country"

Moments after 2016 GOP hopeful Donald Trump booted Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of his press conference yesterday, a Trump supporter confronted Ramos in the hallway outside the presser.

Man: “This is not about you. Get out of my country.”

Ramos: “I am a U.S. citizen.”

Man: “Well, whatever. Univision, no. It’s not about you.”

Ramos: “It’s not about you. It’s about the United States.”

Imagine as a U.S. citizen being treated and spoken to like that because of the color of your skin.

These are the people who are so "passionate" about a Trump presidency.

More at Talking Points Memo.

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