What To Watch This Week on TV: Channing Tatum Takes It Off With Bear; Party Down On 'Please Like Me' - VIDEO
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— It's the penultimate episode of True Blood, Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern on HBO. With a cure on the horizon, will Hep-V be eradicated once and for all? Tune in to see if Bill (Stephen Moyer) reconsiders his big decision and which of the remaining residents of Bon Temps get a happy ending.
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— After getting shirtless with Zac Efron, Bear Grylls gets Channing Tatum soaking wet and takes his pants off with him. Tune in to Running Wild With Bear Grylls tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern on NBC to see the scene that’s pretty much been running on loop in my head since I first heard about it.
— Bravo’s reality formula gets tweaked in the new series The Singles Project. Watch six singles date in “real time.” Each episode is filmed in the week it airs, which means there’s less time for editors’ touches and more time for viewers to share their dating advice on social media. Sling your two cents starting Tuesday at 10 p.m. Eastern on Bravo.
— Now that sad-sack Angela has been bid auf wiedersehen, Project Runway should be a sunnier place. How will the remaining designers make it work this week when they’re tasked with transforming cheesy men’s suits into some high fashion creations? Find out Thursday at 10 p.m. Eastern on Lifetime.
— It’s party time on the next episode of Please Like Me, Friday at 10:30 p.m. on Pivot. Who will end up in the hot tub, and, more importantly to Josh (Josh Thomas), will he take the ham out of the oven in time? See scenes of Friday's episode in the promo for the new season, above.
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Actor Robin Williams has died at the age of 63, according to a press release from the Marin County, California police department.
On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams, a 63 year old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA.
An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office. Preliminary information developed during the investigation indicates Mr. Williams was last seen alive at his residence, where he resides with his wife, at approximately 10:00 pm on August 10, 2014. Mr. Williams was located this morning shortly before the 9-1-1 call was placed to Marin County Communications. At this time, the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made. A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.
Williams was the star of dozens of films including Dead Poet's Society, Mrs. Doubtfire and The Birdcage and a television icon for his 70's role as a sitcom alien in Mork and Mindy. He received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Good Will Hunting, two Emmys, four Golden Globes, and five Grammys - certainly one of the greatest actors of his generation.
Taking their cues from Uganda, The Republican Liberty Party of Kenya has drafted their very own version of the "Kill the Gays" bill that calls for public death by stoning for "aggravated homosexuality," which is defined as "committing the acts with people below 18 years, if the offender is a person living with HIV, if those persons committing the act are persons in authority over their victims, serial offenders and where a victim is a person with a disability."
For regular old sodomy, Kenyan nationals would be subjected to life in prison. Foreigners, however, would be administered the death penalty by the aforementioned public stoning. As has been seen before in Uganda, Russia, and the U.S., the reprehensible human beings behind this approval of institutionalized murder don't have the fortitude of character to just admit they are gay-hating xenophobes and are instead hiding behind children and families. The petitioner states:
There is need to protect children and youth who are vulnerable to sexual abuse and deviation as a result of cultural changes, uncensored information technology, parentless child developmental settings and increasing attempts by homosexuals to raise children in homosexual relationships through adoption, foster care or otherwise.
Fortunately, this is just a draft bill and is still under parliamentary consideration, but the fact that it was submitted in the first place is frightening enough. Time will tell if this fizzles into nothing or if Kenya is determined to be as atavistic as Uganda and what the fallout from it all will be.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a coming-of-age novel about a young lesbian sent to live with her conservative aunt after her parents die in a car crash. She is subsequently sent to a "de-gaying" camp where she develops a relationship with another girl who becomes her best friend.
The Cape Henlopen School Board in Delaware removed the book from its summer reading list after complaints from parents, allegedly about profanity within the book, but the book's author emily m. danforth (who spells her name in lowercase) and others believe it was due to the subject matter of homosexuality.
When danforth and an AfterEllen campaign protested the school board's decision - a decision they reached by violating their own rules and deciding without proper investigation - the school board took the logical and completely not-crazy next step by canceling the reading list program altogether.
danforth responded with an open letter to the school board, stating in part:
The Miseducation of Cameron Post was included on a librarian-developed list that was part of a summer reading program for incoming freshman. You took the drastic action of removing the book from that list, thereby eliminating it as one of the books students participating in that program might choose to complete their assignment. Yes, my book is (apparently) still available in the school library--which is wonderful--but it is no longer a part of this important summer reading program because of a direct action taken by this school board. Period. That's the very definition of censorship, Mr. Brittingham. But surely you know this. (It does seem that this board rather likes to hide behind its rhetoric.)
The book, as she mentions above, is still available in the school libraries.
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