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02/17/2014

What To Watch This Week on TV: Fall In Love With 'Broad City,' Learn More 'About A Boy' - VIDEO

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Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— Late-night charmer Jimmy Fallon takes the helm of The Tonight Show at midnight Eastern tonight on NBC with guests Will Smith and U2. We're hoping he keeps up the same social media-savvy and enthusiastic pop culture adoration that's made his Late Night run so memorable.

More picks and clips, including Amy Adams (hopefully) talking about Muppets and what's next on LookingAFTER THE JUMP...

— We have officially fallen in love with Broad City from Upright Citizens Brigade alums Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. Though it was Amy Poehler's endorsement that first got our attention (she's the executive producer), the show's leads won us over with their ability to be the butt of the joke while still being the smartest people in the room. Check out their latest skewering of New York City hipster nonsense Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. Eastern on Comedy Central.

— Star of American Hustle Amy Adams sits down with James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Bravo. We're not sure how many of his questions for the five-time Academy Award nominee will be about working with the Muppets, but hopefully we'll get some behind-the-scenes dirt on Piggy and the gang.

 

 

— NBC seems determined to make David Walton happen. After previous outings Bent and Perfect Couples were wiped from the schedule, Walton's back starring in About A Boy. Yes, it's based on the Hugh Grant movie (and Nick Hornby novel), but don't poo-poo it just yet. Producer Jason Katims also adapted Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, so there may be hope for it yet. It premieres Saturday at 11 p.m. Eastern on NBC.

 

 

— Can Looking maintain the momentum coming off Sunday's stellar episode? The sixth installment, "Looking In the Mirror," finds Patrick (Jonathan Groff) introducing Richie (Raúl Castillo) to his friends. Dom (Murray Bartlett) also gets closer to Lynn (Scott Bakula), Sunday at 10:30 p.m. Eastern on HBO.

Posted Feb. 17,2014 at 7:47 PM EST by in Amy Poehler, Film and TV, Jimmy Fallon, Looking, Television | Permalink | Comments (9)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1520

SUBMISSIONS ONLY: The popular web series about struggling actors is returning.

DO WHAT U WANT: Afterhours at NYC's Eastern Bloc with club kids and Alan Cumming.

BRENT CORRIGAN: Heading back to the adult film industry.

CASEY NEISTAT: Snowboarding in NYC.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Feb. 17,2014 at 6:45 PM EST by in New York, News, Snowboarding, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (11)


National Security Advisor Susan Rice Urged Ugandan President Not to Sign Anti-Gay Law

RiceNational Security Advisor and and former UN Ambassador Susan Rice tweeted on Sunday evening that she had communicated with Ugandan President Museveni and urged him against signing the anti-gay bill.

Said Rice via Twitter:

"Spoke at length with President Museveni last night to urge him not to sign anti-LGBT bill. #Uganda...Told him it will be huge step backward for Uganda and the world...People everywhere deserve freedom, justice, and equality. No one should be discriminated against for who they are or whom they love....Deeply saddened this decision will put many at risk and stain Uganda's reputation."

Posted Feb. 17,2014 at 6:10 PM EST by in News, Susan Rice, Uganda | Permalink | Comments (21)


Lawmakers Cheer as Ugandan President Museveni Announces He Will Sign Anti-Gay Bill: VIDEO

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Lawmakers cheered and lepat to their feet as Ugandan President Museveni spoke to them at the National Leadership Institute in Kyankwanzi and said he would sign the anti-homosexuality bill:

"If the authorities here give me their signed statements, my...job is finished. I will sign the bill. Then we shall have a war with the homosexual lobby in the world but backed by these people and you."

The bill penalizes anyone who aids or abets a known homosexual, and punishes homosexuality with life imprisonment.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

President Obama released a statement over the weekend warning Museveni that the legislation would "complicate our valued relationship with Uganda" and called it "an affront and a danger" to the gay community as well as "a serious setback for all those around the world who share a commitment to freedom, justice and equal rights."

Posted Feb. 17,2014 at 5:47 PM EST by in News, Uganda | Permalink | Comments (33)


Vladimir Luxuria Detained Again in Sochi Wearing Rainbow Outfit, Dumped in Rural Area: VIDEO

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Vladimir Luxuria, a transgender former Italian MP who was detained for several hours on Sunday by Russian police, appeared at the Olympic Village in Sochi on Monday wearing a rainbow-colored outfit and headdress and was being detained again. Luxuria was driven away by authorities in a car with Olympic markings (photo here), according to the AP.

Luxuria was hustled away from the hockey arena by four men not wearing identification who abandoned her in a rural area:

"I was very, very afraid this time because the first time they said, 'It's OK for the first time, don't do it again for the second time.' So, this time I was a little bit afraid," Luxuria said. "But they just left me outside, in the country, there, outside and that's it."

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Luxuria had been walking around the Olympic Park in Sochi for about two hours. She was shouting "Gay is OK" and "It's OK to be gay" in both English and Russian.

As she was being led away from Shayba Arena, she was shouting "I have a ticket."

She spoke to RT about her detention on Sunday before the incident on Monday:

"I was kept to take information for a couple of hours and then at last a person talking English came and said I shouldn't show Russian writings about LGBT rights."

She also had a message for Putin:

"I would say to Mr. Putin that he should show modernity not only with these beautiful buildings. You have to be modern and open in your mind."

Watch her interview with RT, AFTER THE JUMP...

Luxuria arrived in Sochi with Pio and Amedeo, a comedy duo who star in the Italian television program called Reservoir Dogs and call themselves the Hyenas. The Hyenas were also taken by authorities and abandoned in the countryside.

According to Italian media reports, Luxuria and the two men have been asked to leave the country and will be escorted to the airport tomorrow morning at 11:30 am by the Russia Foreign Ministry.

RepubblicaTV report:

Posted Feb. 17,2014 at 4:51 PM EST by in News, Olympics, Russia, Sochi Olympics, Vladimir Luxuria | Permalink | Comments (21)


News: Ivory, Michele Savoia, Texas, Slutty Snow, Illinois GOP

RoadPrince William wants all Buckingham Palace ivory destroyed.

RoadColorado LGBT activist and philanthropist Dennis Dougherty dies at 70.

SavoiaRoadBody of fashion designer Michele Savoia found in Hudson River: "The designer, Michele Savoia, 55, was last seen leaving the Marquee club, in Chelsea, around 4 a.m. Thursday, the police said. They could not immediately say whether he was the victim of a crime. A close friend, Kevin James Dalton, said it appeared that Mr. Savoia slipped on the aluminum ramp leading to his boat at Pier 59 and fell into the near-freezing water after a night of partying."

RoadVIDEO: When the "slutty" snow arrives you know to prepare for the worst.

RoadAn interview with the filmmakers behind Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement.

RoadA full list of BAFTA winners.

RoadTexas appeals court overturns judge's ruling that voided the marriage of a transgender widow whose firefighter husband died battling a fire: "The 13th Texas Court of Appeals sent the case of Nikki Araguz back to the lower court, saying 'there is a genuine issue of material fact regarding (Araguz's) sex and whether the marriage was a same sex marriage.' In 2011, state District Judge Randy Clapp in Wharton County ruled that the marriage between Nikki Araguz and her husband Thomas Araguz was 'void as a matter of law.'"

RoadOnce again, Lupita stuns.

RoadEllen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have a laugh, play with phones on Valentine's Day.

GardnerRoadMale model fix: Scott Gardner.

RoadBloomberg: Africa's gays await nighttime door knock as crackdown widens.

RoadSnake Salvation star Jamie Coots killed by a snake. "Cody Winn, another preacher, told WBIR that fellow Snake Salvation star Andrew Hamblin 'said he looked at him and said ‘sweet Jesus’ and it was over. He didn’t die right then, but he just went out and never woke back up.'"

RoadAP: Athletes missing in Sochi gay rights debate.

RoadAFA seeks impeachment of Eric Holder for gay rights support: "United States Attorney General Eric Holder, this week, has again overstepped the boundaries of the law when he arbitrarily ordered that homosexual couples will now receive government benefits reserved only for natural marriage status. This applies even in states that have laws defining marriage as only between one man and one woman."

RoadNo new plaintiffs will join court challenge to West Virginia's ban on gay marriage.

Father_samRoadMichael Sam's father says the NYT 'twisted' his words. Previous report here.

RoadIllinois Republicans divided on gay marriage: "The statewide Tribune poll showed that 60 percent of Republican primary voters want to see the same-sex marriage law repealed. Another 34 percent said the law should be allowed to stand when it takes effect June 1. But it's a different picture in the six-county Chicago area. Republican voters in the city and suburbs are split, with 49 percent favoring repeal and 45 percent saying it should be left alone."

RoadAustralian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff amused by anti-gay hate tweets: "I've been called an aggressive something dyke or something, but I thought it was pretty funny. This one guy said, 'I'm right behind Putin, you should break a leg and get locked in the slammer' ... The hate is funny."

Posted Feb. 17,2014 at 3:00 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (15)



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