In West Hollywood, Elton John and hubby David Furnish threw their annual AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at the omnipresent Pacific Design Center. What year does this make for his fete: 19?!
We don't need to know any other of the guests at the this soiree.
"I was aware of the challenge that is expected of me on the court, and I was aware of the fact that I need to be on top of my game in order to beat Roger.......So the focus was there. I was serving really well, especially the first set. Just the perfect performance overall......I'm a different player in the last year - I have a serve......Last year, the serve was not there and I was struggling a lot. I was using a lot of energy......Now I get to have some free points, which is important."
We've been hearing Oscar telecast chatter all week, but our moles have solidified most of the rumors.
Jamie Cakes (Gucci will officially dress Franco) and that other host will have 5 costume changes.
The first 10-minutes, the Oscar intro, will have the hosts in scenes from this year's 10 Best Picture nominations. Didn't Billy Crystal do this before? Repeat much?
Mo'Nique refuses to be a presenter. The Academy has asked the comedian several times to appear on Sunday's telecast. That doesn't exactly endear you with the Academy members, sweetie. The Academy remembers things like this. That year-old trophy will be just that: a one-hit wonder.
Steven Spielberg will present Best Picture.
Hilary Swank and Kathryn Bigelow will give Oscar statuettes for Best Director.
Two-thirds of the show, look for a "guest host." He will perform a monologue. We say it is Billy Crystal.
Halle Berry will present the tribute to Lena Horne.
Tom Hanks presents Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography.
Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis present Best Animated Short Film and Best Animated Feature.
Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin present Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay.
Helen Mirren and Russel Brand present Best Foreign Language Film.
Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman present Best Original Score.
Matthew McConaughey and Scarlett Johansson present Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing.
Cate Blanchett will present Best Makeup and Best Costume Design.
Zachary Levi and 2 others perform Tangled's I See The Light.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams present Best Docu. Short Subject and Best Live Action Short Film.
Celine Dion will perform Smile.
Jeff Bridges will present best Actress; Sandra Bullock will resent Best Actor.
A New York school choir closes the show with Over the Rainbow.
Scott has a lockdown on the script...nothing about characters or plot line information.
The cast so far: Noomi Rapace, Sean Harris, Scoot McNairy, Michael Fassbender, Kate Dickie and Idris Elba.
Scott did confess to shooting the film in London:
"I was insistent that the script not leak onto the internet, where it gets dissected out of context, which spoils it for everyone. It's the story of creation, the gods and the man who stood against them. It's not a small film. I'm using the giant James Bond 007 stage at Pinewood and six other sound stages to film it."
On Thursday night at the posh fashion bar “La Perle” in Paris’ lively “Le Marais” quarter, the Dior head designer might have had a couple of glasses more than he should have. In fact, the designer was pretty drunk but rather in a jolly mood than in an aggressive one. Our witnesses tell us that the couple who sat next to him at the bar didn’t recognized the celebrity designer and started to insult him, mistaking him for a bum when he tried to strike up a conversation with them (Galliano’s personal style could be at fault here).
On his joyful “cheers everybody!” the woman and her boyfriend replied “You’re ugly, you’re disgusting, move away from here!” as our eyewitnesses tell us. Galliano didn’t react to this statement and raised his glass with other bar guests. He then turned around to respond to the lady, saying: “You’re ugly and you’re fucking bag is ugly too.”
The boyfriend of the women then got up from his chair and aggressively charged it to threaten the designer. Galliano’s bodyguard tried to quiet the situation, as did the staff from “La Perle”, but there was nothing more to do; Galliano and the couple exchanged further insults untill the couple called the police while Galliano calmed down and was peacefully smoking his cigarette.
The end of the story, far less dramatic the the press reported, the police just talked to the designer while his bodyguard was on the phone with his lawyer and Galliano conceded to go with them to the police headquarters to give his version of the story, since the couple wanted to press charges. No big police arrest took place. As for the antisemistic statements, Galliano did call the man who threatened him with a chair “Asian”, which is indeed a racist statement.
Pink News talks to the founder of Grindr, which will turn 2-years old next month.
Joel Simkhai confesses some about the inception of the manfinder application:
“We just thought this would be a cool app,” Joel tells me. “As a gay man I thought: wouldn’t it be great if I could walk into any room or go to a new city and see who’s gay? Did we think it would become a business? Or that it would impact as much as it has? We had no idea.”
“We knew the logo had to be unique, memorable and above all masculine. We looked at tribal art from Africa and Polynesia and we kept seeing masks. That was our inspiration. We thought about grinding people together sort of like a coffee grinder.”
Adult entertainer Mason Wyler answered thoughtfully and honestly.
A: You write on the blog that porn’s role is to entertain, not educate, and that bareback sex doesn’t influence real-life behavior. What led you to that conclusion?
MW: I worked in porn for six years and see it as a form of entertainment; I think most people do too. I don’t know many people who buy porn to learn about sex; people buy sex to masturbate. It’s not our place to try to inform people. If that’s something that a porn model or studio wants to take on and spend money and effort doing that, that’s great, but I don’t think it’s our responsibility to do that — just like I don’t think video games are to blame for violence or movies are to be blamed for murders. It’s entertainment.
Great news: Same-sex couples can get hitched in Hawaii because the island's Governor Neil Abercrombie signed the state's civil unions bill into law.
Now we know... militant gays can go on all day about civil unions are not comparable to same-sex marriage recognition, but let's take this victory for now. Then, we'll fight the battle of turning that civil union bill into a same-sex marriage law upgrade.
We're in great moods today: 1) with the Feds dropping DOMA 2) marriage equality in Maryland looking like a reality 3) In Cali, Prop 8 plaintiffs are asking the 9th Circuit to lift stay and allow same sex marriage to resume 4) and best of all---MopHead Gilamonster is in a rabid froth.
So we feel it is totally appropriate to turn this tune up to full blast. This Whitney Houston single is our mantra.
Step by Step... marriage equality will be nationwide!!
In Maryland, a marriage equality bill progresses forward with a 25-22 vote in the state's senate.
Next step: Maryland's House of Delegates is Democrat-heavy. And, that vote will happen tomorrow in there. Everything should pass. Once it does, Governor Martin O'Malley promises to sign the bill quickly.
Measures were defeated that sought to allow religiously affiliated adoption agencies to refuse services to same-sex couples, to allow clerks of courts to refuse to conduct marriages based on religious objections and to exempt public school teachers from teaching materials that "promote" gay unions. A couple of other proposed amendments were added to the bill, including one that makes clear that religious organizations do not have to promote same-sex marriages through educational programs, counseling, retreats or summer camps.Senate Minority Leader Nancy Jacobs, an opponent of the bill, acknowledged after debate ended Wednesday that its passage was all but certain and said there were no plans for a filibuster - perhaps the only remaining hurdle in the Senate. "It definitely will pass," Jacobs (R-Harford) said. "We all know the outcome of this."
We MISSED TayTay's birthday.... NOT O-TAY!!!! It was February 11th.
Ah yeah, a little late....
**As we look for our wonk-eyed, lazy-ass, never- shows- up intern in total rage; chanting, yelling: "You are SO fired." "You keep our datebook to remind us of these things." "Where in the fuck are you? **
Can we make it up, Tay?
Throw ourselves onto Sunset whilst a METRO bus is speedily growling forward?
Jump from the Santa Monica Hills and splatter on Highway 1?
We are so sorry.
Let's start over, say a romantic, intimate friendly dinner at Orso and take it from there.
The federal government, via AG mouthpiece Eric Holder, no longer wishes to defend Section 3 of DOMA in the courts.
After careful consideration, including a review of my recommendation, the President has concluded that given a number of factors, including a documented history of discrimination, classifications based on sexual orientation should be subject to a more heightened standard of scrutiny. The President has also concluded that Section 3 of DOMA, as applied to legally married same-sex couples, fails to meet that standard and is therefore unconstitutional. Given that conclusion, the President has instructed the Department not to defend the statute in such cases. I fully concur with the President’s determination.
Consequently, the Department will not defend the constitutionality of Section 3 of DOMA as applied to same-sex married couples in the two cases filed in the Second Circuit. We will, however, remain parties to the cases and continue to represent the interests of the United States throughout the litigation. I have informed Members of Congress of this decision, so Members who wish to defend the statute may pursue that option. The Department will also work closely with the courts to ensure that Congress has a full and fair opportunity to participate in pending litigation.
Furthermore, pursuant to the President's instructions, and upon further notification to Congress, I will instruct Department attorneys to advise courts in other pending DOMA litigation of the President's and my conclusions that a heightened standard should apply, that Section 3 is unconstitutional under that standard and that the Department will cease defense of Section 3
What Gay, Inc. and individuals are opining about the announcement:
Human Rights Campaign
“This is a monumental decision for the thousands of same-sex couples and their families who want nothing more than the same rights and dignity afforded to other married couples,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “As the President has stated previously, DOMA unfairly discriminates against Americans and we applaud him for fulfilling his oath to defend critical constitutional principles.” Under federal law, the Department of Justice must report to Congress its intent not to defend the statute and it is likely that anti-LGBT leaders in Congress will take up its defense. “Congressional leaders must not waste another taxpayer dollar defending this patently unconstitutional law,” said Solmonese. “The federal government has no business picking and choosing which legal marriages they want to recognize. Instead Congress should take this opportunity to wipe the stain of marriage discrimination from our laws.”
Freedom To Marry
"Freedom to Marry applauds the President and the Attorney General for acknowledging that sexual orientation discrimination has no place in American life and must be presumed unconstitutional, recognizing that discriminatory laws like so-called DOMA must be looked at with skeptical eyes, not rubber stamped. “The Administration today acknowledges that there is no legitimate reason for this discrimination and therefore it cannot be defended under the Constitution. This a momentous step forward toward Freedom to Marry's goal of ending federal marriage discrimination and fully protecting all loving and committed couples.”
People For The American Way
“In the 15 years since DOMA was made law, it has hurt untold numbers of gay and lesbian Americans, depriving them of the rights to enjoy the full benefits of marriage and forcing them to live as second class citizens. The President has chosen to defend the Constitution of the United States over a discriminatory and clearly unconstitutional law. That decision should be commended. A discriminatory law like DOMA has no place in a country grounded in the values of freedom and equality.”
Sen. Kristen Gillibrand
“Sexual orientation discrimination has no place in American law. I commend the Obama administration for upholding this American value today by concluding this statute is unconstitutional. “The fact is that history is moving in a direction that ensures gay and lesbian couples are offered the same basic rights as everyone else – the right to get married, start a family and receive the full benefits that come with it, and be counted the same as everyone else. I look forward to the day when New York and all states accept this basic principle of fairness. “The time for Congress to repeal DOMA is now, and I will work hard to make sure marriage equality becomes a reality for all.”
Jamie Cakes has submerged himself in this time consuming doozy of a project.
Franco teams up with OUT and critically-acclaimed director Gus Van Sant. The collaboration, Unfinished, is a 12-hour film hallmarking My Own Private Idaho; Franco has renamed it Endless Idaho. The exhibit will showcase behind the scene and deleted footage; location scouting/planning for the 1991 film; interviews with male street walkers; footage of Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix improvising--that may be worth the time right there.
Also included in the 12 hours is a second film, My Own Private River, with nothing but footage/photos of River Phoenix set to a score by Michael Stipe (REM). That could be cool?!
AND!.... eight works on paper by the director Van Sant. Hmmm.
Our Lucky Luke is the lead in a movie, The Watermen!!!
Our gorgeous guy will play Mike. We can imagine the break down of the character: a gorgeous muscular (dark) blond, a perfect "V" upper body... who singes viewers' retinas when gazed upon; a hawtness factor so off the charts, it cannot be registered with modern machines. Ha!
The film is a horror-suspense-thriller-action film.
It has explosions; car chases; machete fights with fire.
We are soooo thrilled for our BeeBoo!!
Luke, count on us to see it..... over and over and over......!!!
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Christchurch, New Zealand. A devastating6.3-magnitude earthquakehit that region. BTW-- it has been Olympian Blake Skjellerup's excellent twitter updates that have been keeping us abreast of the latest news there in NZ. We have a huge readership in NZ and Australia; thus to all friends, you are in our thoughts--know that!! Hugs and love, XOXO
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