What did you think of last night's extravaganza, The Sound of Music Live?
Was your favorite moment watching Michael Campayno prance around the forest as Rolf in short shorts during "Sixteen Going on Seventeen"?
If so, you can rewatch that and all the other performances, AFTER THE JUMP...
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Posted Dec. 6,2013 at 8:20 AM EST by Andy Towle in Carrie Underwood, Michael Campayno, News |
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Despite some discussion that they would be canceled because of threats he might speak out, Elton John's concerts in Russia tonight and tomorrow will go on as planned, according to the Hollywood Reporter:
“Contrary to groundless rumors disseminated over the Internet and in the media about possible cancelation of Elton John’s performances in Russia, the promoter confirms that Elton John’s shows in Moscow on Dec. 6 at Crocus City Hall and in Kazan on Dec. 7 at Tatneft Arena are to be held as scheduled,” SAV Entertainment, which is organizing the gigs, said on its web site...
...Meanwhile, SAV Entertainment also denied The Times’ claims about John’s extravagant tour rider, or set of requests or demands, which allegedly included a miniature forest with live birds and diamond-adorned cutlery. The report “is false and discredits the artist’s image,” the promoter said.
Elton has said he would not boycott the country because he needed to go to support the LGBT community there:
"I'm supposed to be going to Moscow in December.I've got to go. And I've got to think about what I'm going to say very carefully. There's two avenues of thought: do you stop everyone going, ban all the artists coming in from Russia? But then you're really leaving the men and women who are gay and suffering under the anti-gay laws in an isolated situation. As a gay man, I can't leave those people on their own without going over there and supporting them. I don't know what's going to happen, but I've got to go."
He later said he would not speak out against the government from his stage:
You don't just go in there with guns blazing and say, 'Well, to hell with you.' Because they're going to say, 'To hell with you, and get out of the country.' That's not going to solve anything. But if I can go there, maybe I can talk to some people in the administration.
We'll soon know which of those promises he intends to keep, and how he'll do it.
Posted Dec. 6,2013 at 7:50 AM EST by Andy Towle in Elton John, News, Russia |
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Rachel Maddow delivers a moving look back at Nelson Mandela's life before discussing his legacy with Congressman and civil rights hero John Lewis.
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Posted Dec. 6,2013 at 7:00 AM EST by Andy Towle in John Lewis, Nelson Mandela, Rachel Maddow |
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The It Gets Better Project has launched an international campaign to support Russian LGBT youth and let them know the world is thinking about them, launching the campaign with a video compilation featuring the foundation's international partners expressing their support.
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Find the project's international YouTube page here and the Russian page here.
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Posted Dec. 5,2013 at 9:33 PM EST by Andy Towle in News, Russia |
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Dayna Morales, the ex-Marine Bridgewater, NJ waitress who hoaxed the public with her 'no tip, anti-gay note' story while collecting money from strangers sympathetic to that story, promised to donate that cash to the Wounded Warrior Project.
The group can find no sign that she has done so, Bridgewater Patch reports:
But as of Wednesday, the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit that supports veterans returning from overseas duty, could not confirm Morales had made any donations.
A Wounded Warrior representative checking for donations by her name and the ZIP codes for Bridgewater, where the restaurant is located, and Bedminster, where Morales said she lives, was unable to find any matching donations.
The donations may have been made from a different ZIP code, or by a third-party, the representative said.
Morales could not be reached for comment.
She is currently suspended from her job at the restaurant.
Posted Dec. 5,2013 at 6:19 PM EST by Andy Towle in New Jersey, News |
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The great South African leader and defender of equality Nelson Mandela has died at 95.
South African President Jacob Zuma announced the sad news:
"He passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 20.50pm on the fifth of December 2013,” Zuma said. "He is now resting, he is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father. Although we knew this day would come nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss. His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world. His humility, his compassion, and his humanity earned him their love. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mandela family. To them we owe a debt of gratitude. They have sacrificed much and endured much so that our people could be free..."
The world has lost one of its bravest souls and greatest champions of freedom. May his legacy continue to inspire new generations.
The Human Rights Campaign mourned Mandela's passing:
“Nelson Mandela tore down oppression, united a rainbow nation, and always walked arm-in-arm with his LGBT brothers and sisters—and with all people—toward freedom," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "Though every man, woman and child who seeks justice around the world mourns this loss, his vision of an equal future lives on undimmed."
Mandela, who was South Africa’s first post-Apartheid president, was an outspoken advocate for LGBT equality. He appointed an openly-gay judge to South Africa's High Court of Appeal and during his presidency, South Africa became the first nation in the world to constitutionally prohibit sexual orientation-based discrimination. Mandela will be remembered for his social justice activism and commitment to equality for all people.
Posted Dec. 5,2013 at 5:14 PM EST by Andy Towle in Nelson Mandela, News, South Africa |
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