News: Batman, HIV, Ian McKellen, PETA, San Diego, Jane Lynch

RoadIan McKellen teaming up with Bill Condon for Sherlock Holmes film.

BatmanRoadBen Affleck as Batman concept art surfaces.

RoadSong of the summer?

RoadEmma Donoghue's novel Room becoming a movie: "The book tells the story of Jack, a 5-year-old growing up somewhere in America in an 11-by-11-foot shed he believes to be the whole world; his playful, devoted young mother has shielded him from the truth that they are captives."

RoadCampaign begins to bring rainbow crosswalks to San Diego Hillcrest neighborhood. "We want to create a sense of place here," said Nichols. "It'll bring color and energy, but it'll also speak to the diversity and welcoming nature of Hillcrest."

RoadLady Gaga to host Saturday Night Live.

RoadSwedish town stung by "Allah is gay" gaffe: "The six-minute YouTube clip was put up on the Mellerud municipality Facebook page to promote a classic car meet up in Sunnanå Hamn on the shores of Lake Vänern. 'This is how things looked earlier in the summer,' the text accompanying the post read. The video showed a number of classic cars, but at about the four minute mark, the camera zoomed in a decal on a motorbike that read, "Allah is gay" (Allah är bög), the Expressen newspaper reported."

RoadMale model fix: Daniel D.

RoadJane Lynch received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

HivRoadHIV vaccine proves successful in phase 1 human trial. "he vaccine, which was developed by Dr. Chil-Yong Kang and his team, is the first genetically modified, whole-killed vaccine to be approved for testing in humans."

RoadRyan Gosling, Garrett Hedlund passed on 50 Shades of Grey role.

RoadIs The Outs creator Adam Goldman the gay Lena Dunham? "Much as “Girls” creator Lena Dunham was criticized, upon the launch of her show, for the generally white and upper-middle-class mien of her series, so has Goldman been, at least in comments sections; much as Dunham did on NPR’s 'Fresh Air,' Goldman has explained himself as someone conveying his own experience, not a generation or scene. 'People have said the racial makeup of our show is not what it could be, and I think that comes down to the fact that the show basically has three main characters. Those are people that I knew or they’re me. It wasn’t that we set out to represent anyone. The goal of the show was not to represent anyone but to tell a story about these characters.'"

RoadTom Brady and Gisele Bundchen have a swank pad.

PetaRoadPETA and Jillian Michaels target NYC carriage horse industry, pushes Christine Quinn to act. "PETA will spend about $15,000 to plaster posters around Manhattan -- primarily in Quinn's Council district -- starting next week. Online versions will also hit news sites and web pages that cater to a gay audience as soon as Friday, a PETA spokesman said. "

RoadBleed for Love: A new Diane Warren ballad from Jennifer Hudson for the Winnie Mandela biopic she's starring in.

RoadMemorial University in Newfoundland releases 'You Can Play Project' video.

RoadMichelle Williams to make Broadway debut in Cabaret: "Michelle Williams will make her Broadway debut playing Sally Bowles in a revival of Sam Mendes' and Rob Marshall's 1998 production of Cabaret, the Roundabout Theatre Company announced Wednesday. Reprising the role of the show's decadent Emcee, for which he won a Tony, is Alan Cumming."

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  1. That PETA ad is confusing: which one is Jillian Michaels?

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Sep 5, 2013 4:17:58 PM

  2. rainbow walkways? really? do we really need/want rainbow walkways??

    Posted by: megamike | Sep 5, 2013 4:21:21 PM

  3. Yay for Jane Lynch.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Sep 5, 2013 4:47:12 PM

  4. How can a sidewalk bring energy? Jane Lynch's niceness has to be an act. FYI: Cancer is a business.

    Posted by: TH | Sep 5, 2013 4:50:52 PM

  5. rainbow crosswalks are going to look tacky

    Posted by: Moz's | Sep 5, 2013 4:57:45 PM

  6. I would have liked to see Gosling in 50 Shades. Charlie Hunnam DOES have a history of sexually provocative roles. He was 19 playing a 15 year old and having sex with a 29 year old man in the original Queer As Folk.

    Posted by: Wyatt | Sep 5, 2013 5:48:46 PM

  7. The rainbow crosswalks in Vancouver are not tacky.

    Posted by: Antonovic | Sep 5, 2013 6:13:30 PM

  8. Also, all the people poo pooing over Hunnam winning the role are nuts. Or they just have never seen Charlie Hunnam.

    Posted by: Antonovic | Sep 5, 2013 6:14:51 PM

  9. I adore Alan Cumming, but the cast album we have of "Cabaret" and the clips I've seen indicate that he wasn't exactly subtle in the role. We saw Norbert Leo Butz in the role on tour, and I would've loved to have seen Neil Patrick Harris. I wonder who else will take on the MC this time. I think Michelle Williams will make a remarkable and vulnerable Sally, based on her turn in "My Week With Marilyn." (She can also do slyly witty, as in "Oz the Great and Powerful.")

    Posted by: Dback | Sep 5, 2013 6:59:42 PM

  10. There's something sexy about two Norwegian rockers doing a video with "the cat says meow and the dog says bow wow and the fox goes....."

    Posted by: MIke | Sep 5, 2013 10:22:45 PM

  11. PETA should worry more about ending their own program of euthanizing dogs brought to them as rescues than trying to shut down horse drawn carriages in NYC. FYI PETA, horse drawn carriages have been used for literally THOUSANDS of years.

    Posted by: Robert M. | Sep 6, 2013 3:43:44 PM

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