News: The Out NYC, Zac Efron, Federal Reserve, Marc Jacobs

RoadFiveThirtyEight: "The most interesting thing about the latest polls in Iowa (which are the basis for our forecasts) is that they essentially show a four-way tie for third place among the Republican presidential contenders, with Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry all projected to receive between 11 and 14 percent of the vote."

OutnycRoadNYC Hell's Kitchen gay hotel unveils new renderings. Gawker rips it: "It's like your gay friend from Pittsburgh coming to visit and he wants to go to Splash and shop on Eight Avenue and have brunch at Cafeteria and, god, it's just so damn cheesey. The gay hotel in New York is an utter embarrassment to those of us that live here." Site with video.

RoadMarc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone cavort on the beach in St. Barts.

RoadWoman, dreams die in Brooklyn hit and run: "Her goals: find a great job, buy a house by age 45, start a sanctuary for gay and lesbian teens, marry the woman of her dreams and watch her son, Elijah, graduate from college. Donna Fountain will never see any of her dreams come true."

RoadRick Santorum says he'll quit race if he places last in Iowa: "I don't think that's going to happen," Santorum said. "I think we're going to be very much in the mix and I feel very good that we're going to surprise a lot of people in how we finish."

RoadRumored Madonna tracklist, album title leak.

PaperbpuRoadZac Efron flexes his guns in The Paperboy one-sheet.

RoadColor field painter Helen Frankenthaler dies at 83.

RoadObama nominates a Democrat and a Republican to Federal Reserve: "Jeremy C. Stein, a Harvard professor who worked briefly for the Obama administration in early 2009, has particular expertise in the workings of financial markets. Jerome H. Powell, currently a visiting scholar at the Bipartisan Policy Center, brings private sector experience in the same area."

RoadConservative and liberal blogospheres unite against SOPA. Imgur to boycott over its support for bill.

RoadRobber who met his victims through gay chat lines gets 14 years in prison: "Investigators say the tactics and targets of Elijah Whitney Cohens II varied widely. But in all four known cases he said he had a gun. He also always said he was a police officer — perhaps to scare his victims into thinking they’d done something illicit and that they should hand over valuables so he wouldn’t arrest them."

RoadBen Stiller shows off ripped physique in Hawaii.

Trump_mustoRoadMichael Musto drags Donald Trump, others.

RoadCardinal George invited to be guest of marcher in Chicago's Gay Pride parade. "This is a serious invitation. First, I make it in full confidence that the cardinal would be welcome in the Seminary’s Pride group...Second, I would like to invite the cardinal because I have become an ally of the LGBTQ community and it has been an incredible spiritual and theological journey for me."

RoadOnly 4 nights left to see Hugh Jackman.

RoadBloomberg: New Yorkers living longer. "Influenced by New York City’s aggressive public health initiatives and improvements in the quality of the health care delivery system, babies born in New York City in 2009 have the record high life expectancy of 80.6 years, an increase of nearly three years since 2000 and nearly two and a half years more than the most recently reported national rate of 78.2 years. Life expectancy for 40-year-olds in New York City increased by 2.5 years (79.5 to 82) from 2000 to 2009, a substantially greater gain than the 1.2 year increase for the same age group in the U.S. as a whole. At the same time, life expectancy for 70 year-olds in New York City increased 1.5 years, compared with .7 years for the nation."

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  1. The Out looks good. You know what's an embarrassment to those of us who live in the area? The abandoned hotel that was where The Out will now be. I don't understand the complaint of the writer at Gawker. It's just TOO GAY, he writes, and what, will it have RAINBOW-FLAG KEYS? So what if it does? If you're not amenable to gushing, cheesy gay pride, go elsewhere, but is there anything inherently wrong with that, is it a threat, does it bring harm? Nope.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Dec 28, 2011 3:55:39 PM

  2. Ben Stiller - YUM

    Posted by: M. Scott Hernandez | Dec 28, 2011 3:59:51 PM

  3. Why is Nancy Grace in that movie poster with Zac Efron?

    Posted by: Kendall | Dec 28, 2011 4:44:57 PM

  4. Gawker has some bitter queens as writers.

    Posted by: Travis | Dec 28, 2011 5:34:12 PM

  5. I'm horrified to admit it, but I watched Charlie St. Cloud a couple (sleepness) nights ago, and it made me cry. Zac is hot.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 28, 2011 5:37:22 PM

  6. Um, yeah, that's true Gawker - no one living in New York City calls it "NYC" - but here's a news flash for ya - hotels are not for locals, almost by definition.

    But yeah, I think the renderings are borderline ugly - except, well, I'm not at all inclined to stay at a GAY hotel when I'm in Manhattan. Now, if I had to travel to Boise, I might be looking for such a place. It's just not particularly desirable in NYC (excuse my out-of-town vernacular!)

    Posted by: Zlick | Dec 28, 2011 7:01:46 PM


    Posted by: Shannon | Dec 28, 2011 7:09:23 PM

  8. 1. Why are you yelling Shannon?

    2. No one said that they wanted to throw Ben Stiller to the ground and rape him. They were simply admiring him. We're male. Males do that. Do you really think the straight guys are looking at Playboy for the articles?

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Dec 28, 2011 7:24:31 PM

  9. Oh my god who is this bitter queen at the Gawker? The horror, wanting to fix up an area with a nice hotel we can call our own.

    Posted by: Markus | Dec 28, 2011 9:21:37 PM

  10. Seems the ones getting pirated support SOPA and the ones doing the pirating are against it.

    I guess your position on the matter depends on whether you're the one getting screwed or the one doing the screwing.

    Posted by: Jeff | Dec 28, 2011 9:36:46 PM

  11. I don't understand why the comments for Marc Jacobs are so hateful - geez, queens can be horrible! Today's Marc Jacobs, when compared the the former fat sweaters-only Marc Jacobs, looks really great. True the tats are ridiculous but that's nothing we can do anything about. We've got a huge March Jacobs store in SF and it is always packed. He sells nice stuff.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Dec 28, 2011 11:31:26 PM

  12. I don't really get the point of a "gay hotel". Do we really need to be in a gay ghetto even when we travel? Why not just stay in any nice, conveniently located hotel, and do things you enjoy, whatever that might be?

    Posted by: Dagoril | Dec 28, 2011 11:31:42 PM

  13. I look forward to March in SF.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 29, 2011 6:46:51 AM

  14. RE: FiveThirtyEight

    So, essentially, whichever one of those four is the ultimate survivor will likely have the support of the others' voter base and will be very tough to beat in the many contests down the road. But, not the general election.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Dec 29, 2011 3:51:17 PM

  15. From Motel 6 to Ho-tel 69. Genial!

    On the other hand, these dudes promoting this project sound like some world-class rainbow bullshiteros, babbling on about how Children of the Rainbow didn't experience the recession? Hello? 1) Way to sow the seeds of class envy, and 2) IT'S NOT TRUE! I know plenty of Gs, Ls, Bs, AND Ts who lost jobs, took pay cuts, and are suffering because of the recession and prolonged economic downturn. DINKS, my ass.

    Posted by: NINK | Dec 29, 2011 4:55:40 PM

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