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04/19/2007


News: David Hernandez, Syphilis, Hulk, James Dobson, Greece

road.jpg Provincetown acting police chief Warren Tobias retiring. Town decides not to appoint him permanently, which is a good thing, considering the department's poor record on hate crime incidents.

Hernandezroad.jpg Stripper from Dick's out on American Idol.

road.jpg If you're into Edward Norton and roided out green men who tear their shirts off, you may like this trailer.

road.jpg Syphilis rates surge, especially among gay and bisexual men: "Since 2000, when the national syphilis rate sank to a low of 2.1 per 100,000 people after a decade of progress in the 1990s, the rate has soared by 76 percent, the CDC reported. Homosexual and bisexual men accounted for 64 percent of syphilis cases in 2007, up from about 5 percent in 1999. CDC officials expressed concern not only because the recent increases in this bacterial sexually transmitted disease follows years of declines, but also because syphilis can elevate a person's risk of being infected with the AIDS virus and the odds of giving it to someone else."

road.jpg NYT: Sex diseases in gay men escaping detection because people are ignoring regular testing. "Dr. Kristen Mahle’s study found that among gay men who showed no symptoms of gonorrhea, more than a third of rectal infections with the disease, and more than a quarter of throat infections, were missed because many were not tested at all anatomical sites of recent exposure. Dr. Eric Tai’s study surveyed non-H.I.V.-positive gay men in 15 cities from 2003 to 2005 and found that only 39 percent reported having been tested for syphilis, and only 36 percent for gonorrhea."

Sirianoroad.jpg Tranny hot mess: The next Ugly Betty guest star?

road.jpg Focus on the Family's James Dobson worried that all the Christian bigots are dying out.

road.jpg Pair of lesbians in Greece hope to become first same-sex marriage there by exploiting a legal loophole: "The two will try to tie the knot under a 1982 law that does not specify that a civil union must involve a man and a woman, said Evanguelia Vlami of Greece's main homosexual association, Olke. The ceremony is to take place in the Kessariani quarter of Athens by a mayor who belongs to the radical left-wing Syriza party, Vlami said. 'I have no objection to celebrating this union so long as the law is respected,' the mayor, Spyros Tzokas, told the Ta Nea daily."

road.jpg Adam Sandler kicks sand in a bear's face at the beach.

Chacewetroad.jpg Chace Crawford: fresh as a country lane after a spring shower.

road.jpg Washington governor Chris Gregoire signs bill expanding domestic partner benefits: "The measure adds domestic partners to sections of laws where previously only spouses were mentioned, including areas referring to probate and trusts, community property and homestead exemptions, and guardianship and powers of attorney. 'This bill is about protecting and helping Washington families,' Gregoire said before signing the bill. 'It simply gives these families the same rights as everybody else. It's the right thing to do.'"

road.jpg Catholic bishop alleges 'gay conspiracy' against the Church, longs for the good old days when gays were thrown in the clink: The Bishop of Motherwell, Joseph Devine, says a 'homosexual lobby' has aligned itself with minority groups, including Holocaust survivors, to gain persecuted status. He said there was a 'huge and well orchestrated conspiracy' taking place in the 'gay movement', which the Catholic Church neglected 'at our peril'...In an attack on openly gay actor Sir Ian McKellen the bishop said: 'I saw actor Ian McKellen being honoured for his work on behalf of homosexuals, when a century ago Oscar Wilde was locked up and put in jail.' He made the comments during a lecture on 'Christian faith and inconvenient questions' in Glasgow on Tuesday and has since stood by them, 'These groups are defending their position, I am defending mine', he said. 'It is all about a lifestyle alien to the Christian tradition. There is a giant conspiracy against Christian values, an agenda here.'"


Strange Bedfellows Filmmakers Sue Chuck and Larry Team

Back in July, just after Adam Sandler's I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry was released, I posted about a report in the Brisbane Times that Dan Murphy, the director and co-writer of the Australian film Strange Bedfellows, was concerned that Chuck and Larry filmmakers had ripped off his idea.

FilmsYesterday, TMZ reported that the Bedfelllows filmmakers have filed a lawsuit against Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions and Universal Studios. Actor Rob Schneider is apparently the link in all this:

"According to the papers, Rob Schneider got a copy of Strange Bedfellows, and gave it to Adam Sandler, who then turned around and made Chuck and Larry. The Aussie company alleges that Sandler's company Happy Madison Productions have "continuously infringed [Bedfellows] copyright by distributing, selling, producing, and claiming authorship" over Chuck and Larry. As it happens, Chuck and Larry grossed $120 million in the U.S., while Bedfellows did about $4.2 million (U.S.) in its native land. The suit seeks unspecified damages."

Aussies to Adam -- You Stole Our "Gay" Firemen Flick! [tmz]

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Since we already know that Adam Sandler is obsessed with male packages, it's no surprise that his latest flick has him doing his best Daniel Craig Bond on the beach "rather proudly" with what Britain's Daily Mail claims is a giant codpiece.

In the film, which I posted about last July, Sandler plays an Israeli secret service agent who leaves his career to become a hairdresser in New York.

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In Mexico City to promote the opening (are they really still rolling out this film?) of I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Adam Sandler told reporters that he would be willing to work with gay rights groups, the AP reports.

Adam2_2Said the actor: ''If I can help anybody in any way, I certainly would.''

A reporter asked Sandler if he thought he might become a "gay icon"...

Said Sandler: ''I don't think that's gonna happen, dude, certainly not. If I was a gay man, I wouldn't want me to represent [the gay community]."

Kevin James was asked about some reactions to the movie labeling it homophobic: "Of course, we didn't want to offend anybody or hurt anybody.If we can help people too along the way, that would be great."

And Sandler received the obligatory kiss question, which he called "Not bad...He was clean, and he seemed to brush his teeth and all that."

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Adam Sandler's Roommate Screening Process: Check the Peen

Some puerile news from the world of grown-up fratboys...

Apatow_sandlerDirector Judd Apatow relates a story about his former roommate Adam Sandler:

"Apatow says, 'When we first moved in together, very early on he said, 'Let me see your penis.' I was like, 'No! What do you want to see that for?' He's like, 'I just want to know what I'm dealing with.' He wasn't embarrassed about it... He would tell other people 'Judd won't show me it, he won't show me it.' One day I'm going to the bathroom, standing up and I just see Adam over my shoulder. All he says to me is, 'All right, man. All right.' I guess it was all right."

Sounds about right for Sandler, which brings us to Apatow and gives us a chance to share this clip from the upcoming Apatow-produced film Superbad, on a related topic (possibly NSFW):


News: Gorillas, Lindsay Lohan, Michael Moore, Disney, Matt Damon

road.jpg Eric Hainstock trial begins in Wisconsin. Hainstock is the 16-year-old Wisconsin boy who last year (at age 15) armed himself, entered his high school, and shot his high school principal John Klang three times. The homicide has gained attention because it came after what Hainstock claims were years of abuse at the hands of his family and repeating bullying at school, harassment which school officials continually refused to recognize. In May, Hainstock entered a plea of not guilty.

Belfryroad.jpg The belfry is back. Provincetown landmark has its cap put back on. The belfry, known to many who have visited the Cape Cod gay resort, has been sitting on the ground since 2002.

road.jpg Bush administration hits Michael Moore with subpoena over Sicko Cuba trip.

road.jpg You can now visit Matt Damon on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

road.jpg New study links pot smoking to mental illness: "People who smoke marijuana daily or weekly double their risk of developing a psychotic illness over their lifetime, according to a study published Thursday. Among all cannabis users, including sporadic experimenters and habitual users, the lifetime risk of psychotic illness increased by 40%, the report said. 'It's not as if you smoke a joint and you're going to go crazy,' said Richard Rawson, who directs the Integrated Substance Abuse Program at UCLA and was not involved in the study. But he cautioned: 'It's definitely not a good idea to use heavy amounts of marijuana.'"

Gorillasroad.jpg SICK: Four mountain gorillas slaughtered in the Democratic Republic of Congo as revenge killings in inter-personal feud...between humans. "The gorillas were habituated to people and well-known to tourists and park guards who knew the females as ‘Safari’, ‘Neeza’, and ‘Mburanumwe’. The male silverback was known as ‘Rugendo’ and he was the alpha male who fulfilled a leadership role within a group. In the absence of an alpha male, the integrity of a group is often compromised."

road.jpg Audience erupts in laughter as Lindsay Lohan is hit in face with shovel at screening of new movie I Know Who Killed Me.

road.jpg UK Channel 4's gay bashing drama Clapham Junction hits sour note for some: "I tuned in expecting a gritty, hard-hitting drama but instead found a clichéd, relentlessly negative piece that portrayed gay men as selfish, morally bankrupt human beings. Even what was supposed to be a happy storyline - the civil partnership of a long-together couple - had to be spoiled by one of them getting off with someone else at the wedding. Don't get me wrong, I didn't want it to be a rose tinted view of gay life but the sheer grinding bleakness of the piece astounded me."

Sandlerroad.jpg Adam Sandler to return as hair stylist.

road.jpg Disney to eliminate cigarette smoking in some films: " Family movies from Disney, the first studio to make the pledge, won't show cigarette smoking, and executives will discourage scenes in Touchstone and Miramax productions, the Burbank, California-based company said today in a statement. Disney also will include anti-smoking advertisements on DVDs with films that have cigarette smoking and will ask theater owners to run the ads before showing those movies."

road.jpg It's been one year since Lance Bass came out and he's blogging about it: "If you are having trouble being yourself , and are scared to tell someone you are gay--- find that loyal friend, family member, or even hotline and tell someone. All it takes is to tell one person and the ball starts rolling. You will get great advice and and be so much happier. Or, if you have always wanted to ask that family member or friend if they were gay.. do it now.... in a very positive and private way , tell them it is ok and you will always be there no matter what. Sometimes its easier for someone to just flat out ask you. To bulid the courage to say it sometimes takes years."


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