News: Rosie O'Donnell, Chelsea Hotel, Robert Mapplethorpe, Cancun

RoadObama, DNC raise $68 million in fourth quarter.

RoadPatti Smith cancels Chelsea Hotel concert out of respect for tenants after 'die-in', book-burning threats: “'She insisted that she had no connection to the owner' Joseph Chetrit, who is attempting to evict more than 30 residents of the hotel."

MapplethorpeRoadJames Franco to play Robert Mapplethorpe: "Mapplethorpe, in which Franco would play the artist who defied censors and died of AIDS in 1989, is to be the narrative film debut of Ondi Timoner, best known for directing such documentaries as 2009’s We Live in Public. Timoner will also produce the project with Nate Dushku, Miles Levy and Eliza Dushku."

RoadPaula Deen has diabetes, will endorse pharmaceutical company.

Preview: Daniel Radcliffe to host SNL this weekend.

RoadPlans thwarted for same-sex weddings in Cancun: "Days after news circulated around the world that six gay and lesbian couples were going to wed in Cancun because a loophole in the law did not prohibit same-sex marriage, Quintana Roo Secretary of State Lois Gonzalez Flores ordered a review of the legal situation, La Reforma newspaper reports."

RoadOne Tree Hill's Stephen Colletti strips down to his skivvies.

RoadJake Gyllenhaal shaved.

RoadMichelangelo Signorile interviews Ugandan activist Frank Mugisha.

OdonnelRoadRosie O'Donnell shark fishing photo angers environmentalists, puts Rosie on defense.

RoadOklahoma state lawmaker Rep. Mike Reynolds (R) wants to reinstate DADT for members of the National Guard. “It doesn’t say if you are gay you cant join the military, if you are gay you can’t be in the military, what it says is don’t go out there and promote it. It was a policy that was in place for 16 years and nobody except a couple of radical activists found any harm in the policy and as a pay off for those radical activists for helping him become elected, President Barack Obama chose to reverse the policy.”

RoadGay wedding expo hits Borough Hall in Brooklyn on Sunday.

RoadMan beaten and robbed in anti-gay attack near SF State University: "According to Officer Carlos Manfredi, a San Francisco Police Department spokesman, the suspects pulled up next to the victim in their car and called him a faggot. The three men got out of their car and punched the victim several times. One of the suspects took the victim’s cell phone before fleeing with the other men. The victim, 20, was treated at the scene. Police didn’t list any specific injuries in their summary."

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  1. At first I was upset about the hammerhead shark fishing photo, since they're endangered. Even as one who enjoys shark fin soup, there's no reason to fish a hammerhead.

    Then I saw in the later link that Rosie O'Donnell was defensive BECAUSE THE PHOTO WAS TAKEN YEARS AGO WHEN IT WAS LEGAL. Seriously. Years ago.

    ...Kind of an important bit of info, don't you think?

    Posted by: luminum | Jan 13, 2012 4:27:43 PM

  2. Don't believe the story about the "Man beaten and robbed near SF State University," as it has more holes than swiss cheese. I'm familiar with the area and I wonder what he was doing wandering around at 2:10am. Second, he was supposedly attacked by a white guy, a black guy and a Hispanic guy - what was this a Benetton Ad? Something smells fishy (and it's not from the hammerhead photo).

    Posted by: Don't believe it | Jan 13, 2012 4:35:25 PM

  3. What the hell does when she killed an animal have to do with anything? So she CONTRIBUTED to the animal becoming endangered!

    Killing an animal for sport is never ok, whether it's legal or not.

    Posted by: endo | Jan 13, 2012 5:03:30 PM

  4. To Rep. Mike Reynolds who wants to reinstate DADT for members of the National Guard. He says "nobody except a couple of radical activists found any harm in the policy". Well, except for the 13,000 men and women who were discharged under the policy and the overall military who lost those service members while in the middle of two ground wars and the eternal "war on terror".

    Posted by: Chadd | Jan 13, 2012 5:09:58 PM

  5. James Franco would be terrific as Robert Mapplethorpe. Finally, an artistic character that I feel is within his grasp. He could probably transform into him quite easily

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jan 13, 2012 5:14:21 PM

  6. My brother-in-law coined a new phrase in our last phone conversation for the gay-obsessed straight guy that James Franco apparently is the epitome of: the word is "streer".

    Any takers?

    I personally see Mr. Franco's obsession as just being an extreme manifestation of the sea change that is happening in the male culture that will eradicate the boundaries between "straight" and "gay" altogether.

    Posted by: Rick | Jan 13, 2012 5:18:59 PM

  7. Two things I want to know... Who are the real f@vs when it takes three guys to attack one guy and if Mapplethorpe did any self portraits.

    Posted by: Michael | Jan 13, 2012 5:34:29 PM

  8. St8 men have fished for sharks for years. Give me a break

    Posted by: M. Scott Hernandez | Jan 13, 2012 6:09:31 PM

  9. Hopefully the SF guy has a tracking app in his cellphone.

    Posted by: cranky1 | Jan 13, 2012 6:20:10 PM

  10. Boy there's something that rubs me the wrong way about Novartis paying Paula Deen multi-millions to endorse their diabetes medication. Like a celebrity who urges people to smoke then says "by the way, I now represent the #### chemotherapy drug company."

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 13, 2012 6:42:36 PM

  11. Someone should start a rumor that Flipper was gay. Not that I care one way or the other, I just want to see James Franco in a dolphin suit.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jan 13, 2012 7:02:32 PM

  12. "and if Mapplethorpe did any self portraits"

    Yes, many! And a few that got the likes of Jesse Helms all in a dither. James Franco's looks aren't too far off from Mapplethorpe's, so it could be a good match.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 13, 2012 8:48:44 PM

  13. Rick, you may be right. We have lots of straight male friends who are totally comfortable with our being gay, so many in fact, that the ratio to gay friends is about 9 to 1 (gays). Why would we discriminate? We don't, we just appreciate them as the come along, based on mutual interests and what I love most about peole - common decency.

    Posted by: uffda | Jan 14, 2012 12:25:51 AM

  14. It's not like Rosie runs a Japanese whaling company. There ARE bigger fish out there, environmentalists.


    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Jan 14, 2012 7:15:41 PM

  15. F You Paula Deen! Not only am I appalled by her flagrant display of her gluttonous ways on her show(s), now the woman who has been selling "tons of butter, fat, and sugar" as large (she thinks delicious) parts of her recipes, she is just going to sit back and take a pill and make it all better! Your lifestyle is what has led to the lifestyle caused disease of Type 2 Diabetes. What about healthy eating and exercise? Both clinically proven to help relieve/reduce the symptoms of Type 2? Oh, no. That's far too difficult. It's far easier to pop a pill before you run to the fridge and grab a stick of butter to gnaw on.

    Posted by: Fat Queer | Jan 15, 2012 2:10:28 AM

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