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'Pitch Perfect' Cast Joins YouTubers for 'Starships' A Cappella: VIDEO


Last night I had the opportunity to see a special screening of Pitch Perfect (trailer here), the new forthcoming film about rival college a cappella groups, and it's a hilarious collision of Glee, Mean Girls, and gross-out American Pie-style humor (and it'll also give you a warm-and-fuzzy nostalgia for the 80's). It's also directed by Jason Moore, the original director of Avenue Q on Broadway.

Here's a clip of the cast joining YouTube a cappella pro Mike Tompkins (you may recall his incredible version of Coldplay's "Paradise") and a bunch of random YouTubers for a performance of Nicki Minaj's "Starships".



Posted Sep. 19,2012 at 7:00 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (9)

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1211

MITT DOESN'T DISDAIN THE POOR: An Ann Romney video the campaign removed from its official YouTube account.

FIRE TORNADO: Hot twister spotted in the Australian outback.

BURNING MAN: A flyover of this year's event.

DEMI LOVATO: Doesn't want to have to braid Simon Cowell's chest hair.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Sep. 19,2012 at 6:00 PM EST by in 2012 Election, News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (11)

News: Colorado, John Berry, Gay Frat, Oklahoma, Jake Shears

RoadOPM Director John Berry profiled in Washington Post's Style section.

AmellRoadStephen Amell shows how the Arrow stays in shape.

RoadLindsay Lohan arrested for hitting a man in NYC and leaving the scene of the accident.

RoadMeanwhile, Dina Lohan makes an embarrassing and disastrous appearance on Dr. Phil.

RoadFight Back Colorado targets anti-equality lawmaker Jefferson County Rep. Robert Ramirez with mailer: "The group formed in June with the goal of helping defeat Republicans who oppose civil unions." Group's website, and here's the mailer.

RoadOscar nominations move to January 10: "The major change is that the Oscar nominations will now be announced on January 10, three days before the Golden Globes. On the plus side, Academy voters will now have a longer window in which to actually see films."

RoadWhite House won't comment on Prop 8 litigation, Supreme Court status: "In response to a question from the Washington Blade, Carney deferred to the Justice Department on whether the White House wants the high court to take up the case as a way to obtain a national ruling on same-sex marriage, or, as the plaintiffs have asked, let the ruling from the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals stand to allow gay couples in California to marry immediately. 'That’s quite a question and I will ask you to direct it to the Justice Department,' Carney said. 'I’m not going to make policy toward Supreme Court cases from here.'"

RoadKe$ha reveals the name of her album.

ShearsRoadJake Shears is all ears at Disney Tokyo.

RoadGay love triangle behind Hollywood sign decapitation killing? "...while Los Angeles Police Department investigators have said little since Medellin's remains were found Jan. 17, a search warrant affidavit obtained by THR reveals that they have focused on the victim's boyfriend, Gabriel Campos-Martinez."

RoadRyan Murphy: "I am the male Lady Gaga."

RoadRep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) supports reinstating 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell': "We’ll look at guidance from our military, but I’m certainly supportive of going back to the previous policy."

RoadUniversity of Louisiana at Lafayette rejects gay fraternity: "On Thursday Sept. 13, SFGN learned that the university ended those dreams with his rejection of the fraternity’s constitution.  The fraternity would have been the first of its kind in Louisiana, with its primary goal of offering students who are questioning their sexuality, or oppressed as a result of it, a place where they can find support while they maneuver the regular obstacles faced by not only all students, such as leaving home for the first time and loneliness, but also bigotry and hate from students who might otherwise discriminate against them."

RoadShangela and Jenifer Lewis are doing a web series together.

WilliamsRoadRobbie Williams cleans up for Germany's Interview magazine.

RoadRupert Everett defends gay dads comment: The good news on this is I'm not applying for any sort of public office. I'm just an individual with my own life and the things I want to do myself. I'm not against anybody doing anything... I'm not one of those people who wants to say, 'Oh no, you can't do that, you have got to pull the clocks back'. Just I, personally, feel like that... I have loads of friends, gay friends, with children... I am not big into marriage, straight or gay, to be honest. I am very out of kilter with the rest of the world, I realise."

RoadNate Silver: GOP Senate hopes slipping. "But the odds of a favorable overall outcome for Democrats have increased in recent weeks. The forecast model now gives them a 70 percent chance of controlling the chamber, either by having at least 50 seats and the presidency, or 51 without it."

RoadOklahoma District Judge Bill Graves cites Bible, DNA to deny transgender people a legal name change: Graves: “A so-called sex-change surgery can make one appear to be the opposite sex, but in fact they are nothing more than an imitation of the opposite sex . . . To grant a name change in this case would be to assist that which is fraudulent. “It is notable that Genesis 1:27-28 states: ‘So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth …’ The DNA code shows God meant for them to stay male and female.”

Posted Sep. 19,2012 at 4:33 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (21)

Inside NYC's New Tallest Residential Tower: VIDEO


The NYT goes to the top of One57, a 1,004 foot tower that will be Manhattan's tallest residential building with a duplex that recently sold for $95 million:

“The scale of wealth in this building is just unheard of,” said Jonathan J. Miller, president of Miller Samuel, a property appraiser. “Despite all the problems economically, you are seeing these people invest in real estate unlike in any period that has ever happened.”


Posted Sep. 19,2012 at 3:54 PM EST by in Architecture, New York, News | Permalink | Comments (15)

Neil Patrick Harris Faces Fears, Enters Haunted Mansion: VIDEO


Neil Patrick Harris is co-producing an interactive theatre event in Los Angeles called Delusion: The Blood Rite. In this video, he's going with co-producer Jon Braver to check out the site they'll be using for the event. Unfortunately, NPH has a phobia about haunted mansions.


(via vulture)

Posted Sep. 19,2012 at 3:07 PM EST by in Los Angeles, Neil Patrick Harris, News | Permalink | Comments (14)

A Maryland Marriage Equality Update: VIDEO


Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley speaks up for marriage equality in a new video for The Four, the group recently launched to facilitate pro-equality ballot measures in Maryland, Minnesota, Maine, and Washington.

MD"The flipside of freedom of religion is the freedom of individual conscience," O'Malley says in the clip.


O'Malley also announced on Wednesday that he'll be joining Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo for a 'Monday Night Football' fundraiser for marriage equality next month. Ayanbadejo's hosting the party on October 8, and Marylanders for Marriage Equality is holding a drawing to join the NFL player open to anyone who makes a donation to the campaign.

Meanwhile, polling for marriage equality in Maryland is looking strong:

“I think we’re looking pretty strong, but the other side has yet to put on their onslaught of commercials and fear and division,” Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley told HuffPost Gay Voices at a star-studded New York fundraiser for the cause of marriage equality in Maryland, where a marriage equality bill the governor signed goes to the voters this fall. “Right now in the polling we're running about 53% and those that are opposed to marriage equality in Maryland are at around 38, 39%. So we need to shore that up and push the truth that no child’s home should be denied equal protection under the law.”

Voters should be aware that a vote FOR 'Question 6' is a vote for marriage equality.

Posted Sep. 19,2012 at 2:47 PM EST by in Brendon Ayanbadejo, Gay Marriage, Martin O'Malley, Maryland, News | Permalink | Comments (3)


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