GLEEFUL. Colton Haynes wishes Grant Gustin (The Flash, Glee) a happy birthday.
RIP. Celine Dion’s husband Rene Angelil has died: “Rene Angelil, 73, passed away this morning as his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer. The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment; more details will be provided at a later time.”
TELEVISION. Adam Lambert will join the cast of Fox’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show as Eddie, the part originally played by Meat Loaf.
DAY IN COURT. Planned Parenthood is suing the anti-abortion group that made the “undercover videos” in an attempt to discredit the organization: “Today, Planned Parenthood is going on the offense.”
MICHELLE O. President Obama says his wife will never run for president: “There are three things that are certain in life: Death, taxes and Michelle is not running for president. That I can tell you.”
OSCAR 2016. Carol got snubbed for Best Picture, Best Director nods. First trans person nominated for an Oscar in over 30 years. 2016 is the second year in a row in which the Academy did not nominate a single person of color in any acting category, causing the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite to trend again. Academy president responds, “Of course I am disappointed, but [it is] not to take away the greatness (of the films nominated).”
— Jelena Adzic (@jelenaadzic) January 14, 2016
MUISC. The 2016 BRIT Awards nominations were also announced today.
HISTORY. The sight of the Salem witch trials now overlooks a Walgreens.
CHARLIE CARVER. Felicity Huffman congratulates her former TV son on coming out.
IOWA. New Iowa poll puts Hillary and Bernie neck and neck: “Clinton has 42 percent support of likely Democratic caucus goers, compared to 40 percent for Sanders, according to a new Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll released Thursday. In their last poll, Clinton led Sanders by nine points. Now, her narrow lead is within the margin of error.”
GAY BLOOD BAN. Canadian blood-donation agencies to propose change in policy requiring one year of abstinence instead of 5 years of abstinence for MSM who wish to donate blood: “The proposed one-year restriction is in line with a U.S. Food and Drug Administration ruling in December, which the FDA said was based on an examination of the latest science showing that a ban of more than one year is not necessary to prevent transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.”
WEST VIRGINIA. Lewisburg City Council implements special security measures ahead of next week’s consideration of a proposed LGBT rights ordinance due to expectations of high turnout.
FLAILING. Rand Paul is none too pleased that he failed to qualify for the main stage Republican debate tonight, says 99% of his backers want to extend their middle finger to the media. (But how many people would that actually be?)