LONDON TO BRIGHTON: A UK rail trip in 1953, 1983, and 2013, side by side.
THE LITTLE MERMAID: Harry Clayton Wright interviews the directors of The Little Mermaid.
RUPAUL DRIVES: Courtney Stodden.
TOM BRADY: For UGG boots.
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David Mixner: Ten reasons to vote no on action in Syria.
Heavyweight boxer Tommy Morrison dies in Nebraska hospital.
Charlie Hunnam nabs 50 Shades of Grey role.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Devon Watkis says there's no anti-gay violence problem in Jamaica: "I think there is a lot of loose talk in just lumping up all victimisation of people who happen to be gay as victimisation against gays. Truth is, I have encountered cases of murder where it is evident that it is as a result of one being gay, but those are few."
The new American Idol "dream team" of judges may be the final nail in the show's coffin.
Justice Anthony Kennedy showered with praise by gay rights advocates: "Justice Kennedy has emerged as the most important judicial champion of gay rights in the nation’s history, having written three landmark opinions on the subject, including this summer’s Windsor decision, which overturned a ban on federal benefits for married same-sex couples. Those rulings collectively represent a new chapter in the nation’s civil rights law, and they have cemented his legacy as a hero to the gay rights movement."
Male model fix: Josh Upshaw.
The Washington Post takes a closer look at Russian teens and the newly-formed Deti-404 support group which we've posted about here before: "Deti means children and 404 refers to “page not found” on Internet searches."
Six U.S. conservative groups sign statement supporting Russia's anti-gay law: "We affirm that the natural family created through the marriage of a man and a woman is the foundation of any human society and is entitled to protection by society and the State as stated in the international Human Rights norms, including Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Art. 16 (3))."
Spanish doctor tells man he can be cured of his homosexuality: "Allegedly the doctor blamed all of Cámara’s physical symptoms on this 'disorder'. 'Haven’t you realized that you are too masculine to get it into your head that you are gay?' the doctor is also alleged to have asked the young man. At that point, Cámara says he told the female doctor she "wasn't professional enough". He said the woman was offended and recommended that he see another doctor, but that she was also reticent to refer him on when he tried to take her up on her offer."
Tom Hardy looking dapper in Venice for Locke.
Lady Gaga digs up her old hairbow to head back to America.
Who's taking a gay marriage leave from the Pentagon? "Starting Tuesday, the Pentagon is allowing gay troops to take travel leaves for up to seven days — or as many 10 days for those stationed abroad — as long as those service members live 100-plus miles away from a state that allows same-sex marriages...Scores of service members are draining their savings just to pay for airfare, hotels and rental cars — common, logistical necessities for obtaining a marriage certificate in one of the 13 states where same-sex marriage is legal, advocates say."
FOX News radio reporte Todd Starnes: Businesses should be allowed to discriminate against gays.
Ontario restaurant under fire over "not Adam and Steve" newspaper clipping: "The situation began to escalate when members of the gay and lesbian community found out about a newspaper clipping posted on the wall of the Eagle’s Nest Restaurant and Bakery that read: “God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” with an image of an anti-gay protest. The controversial posting had been on the wall for more than a decade until it was taken down recently under public pressure. The word started to spread after two women new to the area happened upon it while dining at the restaurant Aug. 11."
A new poll shows Bill De Blasio could win the NYC mayoral race without a runoff, the NYT reports:
A new survey from Quinnipiac University finds that 43 percent of likely Democratic voters plan to support Mr. de Blasio, the public advocate, in the Sept. 10 primary. William C. Thompson Jr., who captured the Democratic nomination in 2009 but lost the general election that year to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, was supported by 20 percent of likely Democratic voters. Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, who had been the front-runner for most of the campaign, now has the support of 18 percent.
Mr. de Blasio’s 43 percent is by far his best performance in a public poll during the campaign. A runoff will be held, on Oct. 1, only if none of the nine Democrats on the ballot receives 40 percent of the vote.
The poll, released just hours before the final televised debate in the Democratic primary, is likely to intensify pressure on Mr. Thompson and Ms. Quinn to use the high-profile forum to alter the dynamic of the race.
Very, very quietly.
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True Blood will end its run in 2014, HBO announced today, the HuffPost reports:
“'True Blood' has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO," Michael Lombardo, president of programming at HBO, said in a statement. "Alan Ball took the books by Charlaine Harris, assembled a brilliant cast led by the magnificent Anna Paquin in the role of Sookie Stackhouse, and crafted a show that has taken its many devoted fans on an Unforgettable journey. Alan passed the baton to Brian Buckner, who led our fantastic writers and crew in crafting a spectacular sixth season, and he will lead us through the seventh and final season of this amazing show. Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show."
Said Alan Ball: “From the moment I read Charlaine’s books, I thought there was potential for something really special. Then our amazing writers, cast and crew brought her world to life in a way that exceeded my wildest expectations. I’m deeply grateful to HBO for being true partners and collaborators, and, of course, to the viewers who chose to spend Sunday nights in Bon Temps with us."
Here's the teaser for Calvin Klein boytoy Nick Gruber's reality web series, which looks like it was filmed and edited on an iPad and is set to come at the world in weekly five-minute episodes starting sometime soon.
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Michael Musto first posted the teaser after being tipped off to it by Gruber's ex John Luciano, the 49-year-old Gruber dated during his fall-out from Klein. Luciano tells Musto that the series was filmed after Bravo canceled a planned reality show about the Gruber-Klein relationship.
Says Luciano to Musto:
“Nick passed on the Bravo project, and we decided to do a pilot based on our relationship, which was open since I didn't care who he slept with. Calvin and Nick also had an open relationship, but of a different nature—Calvin would open his wallet and Nick would open his legs.... We started filming in the fall of 2012 between Orange County and West Hollywood,” he went on. “We broke up in February 2013 and all that I was left with was a band of gold, the dreams I hold, and countless hours of priceless footage. When I was approached by Boondock Films to extend my 15-minutes of embarrassment, I jumped at the chance. It's being edited into five-minute episodes and the title is Lucky Shot, The Nick Gruber Project. It's juicier than a Peter Luger porterhouse, but I was 40 pounds heavier when we filmed, so you might want to watch it on a wide screen.”
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