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04/19/2007


Two Men in Austin, Texas Targeted in Anti-Gay Hate Crime

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Two gay men in Austin, Texas suspect they were targeted in an anti-gay assault because they were wearing the jerseys of their all-gay softball team:

"Matt Morgan and Emmanuel Winston say they've filed a complaint with A-P-D after a group of men beat them down, yelling slurs, late Friday night They were walking near Austin City Hall. 'I'm not gonna go through this and nothing...no action be taken. This is a walk that I've made, that probably everyone on this field has made numerous times and felt safe,' said victim Matthew Morgan. Morgan hit a home run during game one of Sunday's Softball Austin doubleheader....Both men say their attackers seemed surprised that the softball players fought back. 'We want people to know that its not ok to do this and we're taking a stand because we don't want people to live in fear,' said victim Emmanuel Winston."

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News: Tyra Banks, Seattle, Bee Gees, HPV, Jim Verraros, Austin

RoadMinnesota Congressman Tim Walz called "f*cking faggot" on conference call: "The Mankato Democrat wasn't on the line to hear the anti-gay slur; in fact, he ran about five minutes late to his own availability, following a trip to Afghanistan. Before Walz came on the line, someone said, "Come on Walz, you f---ing faggot," according to his staff and two reporters who were on the call.

Cattrall RoadSamantha Jones collides with Dee Snider.

RoadBirther to rebut Obama's health care speech tonight.

RoadDavid Beckham visits Ellen Degeneres, shows off his Ellen undies - video.

RoadCNN: Gay Latino Americans "coming of age".

RoadMore than two dozen men arrested in undercover sex stings in Seattle park: "Over five days, investigators have arrested 28 men. Three arrests were made Thursday. Those arrested live in Pierce, King and Thurston counties, Troyer said. The activity is taking place during all hours of the day. 'If we had the manpower, we could have arrested 100,' Troyer said. 'They have created their own trails off the main trail.' Investigators have taken the names of others found in the woods." Savage: How is this not entrapment?

RoadLady Gaga rumored to appear at OUT magazine fashion week party.

RoadGay men continue to account for most new cases of HIV in Australia.

Caster RoadSouth African runner at center of gender debate gets femme makeover.

RoadAustin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival kicks off: "This year we received about 400 films in the mail that we had to go through and determine what we were actually going to show. We accepted only 100, so it's very interesting to see what themes come up every year, for example this year we've got a lot of lesbian-themed interest films, whereas normally we only get about 25 percent, this year was closer to 50."

RoadSpirits having flown: Brothers Robin and Barry Gibb to reunite for first time since Maurice's death.

Road6,000 attend 20th anniversary of Pride in Calgary, Canada.

RoadGay couple adopts in Bakersfield.

Thiago RoadImages from the 2009 Mr. Gay Brazil Contest. And the winner is...Thiago Silvestre.

RoadFDA weighs approving HPV vaccine for men: "We're supportive in general of giving vaccines to boys for a number of reasons. Clinical trials have shown it's pretty effective -- 90 percent effective in preventing genital lesions [in boys]. Trials in a subset of gay men also found the vaccine to be effective in preventing external lesions, so the signs are pretty clear that it works in guys."

Verraros RoadJim Verraros and hubby Bill Brennan wedding photos.

RoadAfterElton talks to Glee's Matthew Morrison: "I think from my Broadway days and now doing this show, some people are calling this the gayest show on TV — it's gayer than Ellen Degeneres. Yeah, I definitely have a ton of gay fans, which I'm happy with."

RoadMika buys drinks for hundreds of his Twitter followers.

RoadTyra Banks reveals her real hair in season opener.

RoadKevin Smith's next film may be inspired by Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps: "It's certainly not Phelps himself but it's very much inspired by a Phelps figure. And to me, too, the notion of using a Phelps-like character as a villain, as horrifying and scary as that guy can be, there's even something more insidious than him that lurks out there in as much as a public or a government that allows it and that's the other thing that I'm trying to examine in a big, big way."


Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno Previews at Austin's SXSW

It's being reported that Bruno, which follows Baron Cohen's gay Austrian news reporter in his travels in America, is on par with Borat in terms of its outrageousness. Twenty minutes of footage were played in two screenings to several hundred people at Austin's SXSW festival over the weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

Bruno "Sacha Baron Cohen was not there...though he did appear on screen over the course of the footage several times, as himself, to introduce the skits and caution these were extended bits that would be condensed for the final film...The first involved Bruno telling eager parents he was doing a baby photo shoot, and would they be willing to do outlandish things, like drop their baby several stories, in order to be in the shoot? (Of course many were.) A second segment also involved a baby shoot, and Bruno asking parents if their baby could lose some weight or even go through liposuction because he's too fat. in a third, he hosts a mixed-martial arts competition, which seems to be going well until he begins making out with another man, earning the boos of the crowd."

Austin 360 reports: When the baby thing doesn’t turn out as Bruno had hoped, he morphs into another person, Straight Dave, the host of a TV wrestling show called Man-Slamming Maxout. But it seems as though Straight Dave still has a few latent urges lingering below. Let’s just say that the Straight Dave fans are in for a disappointment. It’s not clear whether Cohen has really continued to find clueless audiences who will fall for his antics. But it appears that he has. The movie is bound to stir up just as much controversy as Borat. And that’s the point."

Bruno, which follow's Baron Cohen's gay Austrian news reporter character, has been making headlines around the country all year because of the filmmaker's stealth approach to shooting. In addition to staging a gay orgy, Baron Cohen crashed fashion shows earlier this year in Paris and Milan, caused havoc at a cage fighting event in Arkansas, go-go danced in the middle of a Wichita airport terminal, and duped Ben Affleck as well as a former Israeli spy into doing serious interviews with him, and crashed a "Proposition 8" rally two days before the election where he was photographed and caught on film by another media outlet.

Bruno has a release date of July 10.


Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno to Preview at SXSW

Sacha Baron Cohen's much-anticipated follow-up to Borat will preview this weekend at Austin's South by Southwest (SXSW) film, music and web festival. It's being billed as a sneak-peek of footage, so guests won't likely see the whole film.

Bruno Dark Horizons writes: "This will be the VERY FIRST audience anywhere to see footage from the film. No badge is needed and its free, but go early to guarantee admission. Those interested should show up (well before the scheduled 11 pm screening time) at the Alamo Drafthouse, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd this Sunday."

Ain't It Cool News posted two incredibly positive reviews of the film today.

Bruno, which follow's Baron Cohen's gay Austrian news reporter character, has been making headlines around the country all year because of the filmmaker's stealth approach to shooting. In addition to staging a gay orgy, Baron Cohen crashed fashion shows earlier this year in Paris and Milan, caused havoc at a cage fighting event in Arkansas, go-go danced in the middle of a Wichita airport terminal, and duped Ben Affleck as well as a former Israeli spy into doing serious interviews with him, and crashed a "Proposition 8" rally two days before the election where he was photographed and caught on film by another media outlet.


Music News: A Final Listen To 2008

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GuestbloggerRobbie Daw presents a weekly pop music update here on Towleroad! Robbie runs his own site called Chart Rigger.

Another year, almost over. At the onset each January, the music fan in me looks ahead, anticipating new whatever intriguing new releases may be on the way. Yet for many reasons, politics took the front seat to pretty much everything in 2008.

Listening to and waxing philosophical on pop just kind of felt insignificant at many points over the past 12 months.

That said, this being my last Towleroad music column of the year, I decided to take a look back at just some random music-related points from 2008: Some that maybe didn't get mention here, some that did. Some perhaps unimportant in the grand scheme, but all of which are off the top of my head on this cold mid-December day:

200pxinghostcoloursroad.jpg   Lil Wayne had the best selling album of the year with Tha Carter III, which moved 2.7 copies. The second best-selling was Coldplay's Viva La Vida, which sold 1.9 million. By comparison, the top-selling album of 1998 was the Titanic soundtrack, at 7 million copies.

road.jpg   I was bummed that I missed catching Aussie dance trio Cut Copy live at every turn. Their latest album In Ghost Colors is pretty groovy, and definitely worth checking out (particularly the track "Lights & Music").

road.jpg   I did get to see MGMT live at Austin City Limits—which, as I read in Billboard today, was the fifth top-grossing music festival of the year, with $11.7 million in ticket sales. The band was a bit disappointing live. Chalk it up to the Texas heat? Meanwhile, there are two awesome new Pet Shop Boys mixes of MGMT's current single "Kids" out there—the "PSB Abstrakt Mix" and "PSB Synthpop Mix."

Take_that_the_circusroad.jpg   I'm not sure pop really got more perfect than Chris Brown's "Forever" in 2008.

road.jpg   Albums that will be worth revisiting after December 31: The Ting Tings' We Started Nothing, Robyn's Robyn, Cyndi Lauper's Bring Ya To The Brink and Kylie Minogue's X.

road.jpg   Ones that were perhaps a bit ahead of their time, or underappreciated: Santogold's Santogold, Keane's Perfect Symmetry and The Killers' Day & Age.

road.jpg   One import worth snagging: Take That's The Circus. That said, rumor has it the album is getting a U.S. release in 2009.

road.jpg At $282 in earnings, by year's end Madonna is set to see her Sticky & Sweet tour become the top-grossing jaunt ever for both a female and solo artist.

road.jpg   It was jarring to see Britney Spears on the cover of Rolling Stone in February for a story titled "Inside An American Tragedy," then nine months later with "Yes She Can: Britney Returns!"  But return she did, scoring her first #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 since her 1998 debut single. She also landed her first two back-to-back Top 10 singles ("Womanizer" and "Circus") last week.

Britneyspearsrollingstoneroad.jpg   It didn't seem possible for any artist to make an equally-impactful version of "Run" as Snow Patrol's 2004 original, but Leona Lewis somehow came close. Her cover has been the #1 U.K. single for two weeks now, and was just added to U.S. iTunes today.

road.jpg    In the spring we all pondered whether Katy Perry was offensive with her songs "Ur So Gay" and "I Kissed A Girl." Who knew she had a decent jam like "Hot N Cold" up her sleeve, to boot?

road.jpg Kevin Cogill cooperated with authorities and pleaded guilty to leaking tracks from Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy online over the summer, ahead of the album's November release. He could face a year in prison.

road.jpg   Whoever can count the amount of times Andy Towle mentioned Lady GaGa gets a gold star.

road.jpg   Following in the tradition of Sugababes and Girls Aloud, the Saturdays are the next in the line of great British girl groups who may never get proper exposure this side of the pond.

road.jpg   David Archuleta sure is merry, lively and spirited!

road.jpg   Finally, if ever there was a starlet deserving of claiming she sufffers from the grand Hollywood malady of "exhaustion," it just might be Rihanna.

road.jpg A FEW CLIPS FOR THE WEEK:

ELLEN DEGENERES AND BRITNEY SPEARS: Christmas caroling in L.A.

SARA BAREILLES AND INGRID MICHAELSON: "Winter Song," from the compilation Hotel Cafe Presents Winter Songs.

GIRLS ALOUD: New single "The Loving Kind," co-written by Pet Shop Boys and Xenomania, and officially out in the U.K. next month.

LILY ALLEN: "The Fear," new single (on iTunes now) from her upcoming second album It's Not Me, It's You.


Joseph_better_you_than_meroad.jpg THIS WEEK'S NEW RELEASES:

Fall Out Boy's fifth album Folie à Deux, produced by Neal Avron and Pharrell Williams.

The Killers' third annual Product Red AIDS charity single "Joseph, Better You Than Me," also featuring Elton John and the Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant on vocals.

Keyshia Cole's third album A Different Me.

Holiday songs by Lady GaGa ("Christmas Tree"), Slim ("This Christmas") and Lady Antebellum ("Baby, It's Cold Outside").

New singles from Leona Lewis ("Run"), Bruce Springsteen ("The Wrestler") and R. Kelly ("I Believe").


News: Michael Stipe, Tel Aviv, Anthony Minghella, China and Tibet

road.jpg China closes off media access, shuts down YouTube, CNN, and Google amid violent crackdown in Tibet. China has also begun parading Tibetan prisoners on military trucks in Lhasa. Dalai Lama threatens to step down...

Stiperoad.jpg Michael Stipe comes out? "It was super complicated for me in the ’80s. I was totally open with the band and my family and my friends and certainly the people I was sleeping with. I thought it was pretty obvious. Now I recognize that to have public figures be very open about their sexuality helps some kid somewhere out there."

road.jpg GLAAD hands out media awards in New York; Barbara Walters, Judy Shepard, Brian Graden and films The Bubble and For the Bible Tells Me So all honored. Who was there?

road.jpg Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella dies at 54: "Minghella's publicist, Jonathan Rutter, said the filmmaker died at London's Charing Cross Hospital. He said Minghella was operated on last week for a growth in his neck, 'and the operation seemed to have gone well. At 5 a.m. today he had a fatal hemorrhage.'"

road.jpg Pennsylvania senate proposes amendment banning gay marriage: "Constitutional amendment legislation failed in the last legislative session but is being considered anew in the current session. During a Senate committee hearing, Maggie Gallagher, President of the National Organization for Marriage, said an amendment to the state constitution would protect against a judge’s ruling that could strike down state law defining marriage as between a man and woman…'It’s not a fantasy that this could happen. It is happening – it’s happened in New Jersey, it’s happened in Connecticut' Gallagher was speaking to Republican Senator Jane Earll of Erie, skeptical of the need for a constitutional amendment: 'We are going to hold our constitution hostage to the wackiest judge in some other state. I just think that amending the constitution is a very drastic measure.'"

Janetroad.jpg Janet Jackson opens wide for Black Book.

road.jpg Tel Aviv hoping to attract more gay tourists.

road.jpg Richard I slept in the same bed with French King Phillip II but it wasn't a gay thing: "It was an accepted political act, nothing sexual about it; just two politicians literally getting into bed together, a bit like a modern-day photo opportunity."

road.jpg Chad Allen, Janeane Garofalo, Rebecca Gayheart, Soleil Moon Frye, Patrick Muldoon and Brad Rowe team up for gay indie screwball comedy For Better or For Worse: "Frye will play the lesbian minister presiding over the ceremony at the home of one groom's mother (Ruta Lee). The guests include the jilted ex of one of the grooms and his new beau (Muldoon and Allen), a closeted neighbor (Stanley Kamel), a wallflower sister (Gayheart), a family-man brother (Rowe) and his nanny (Garofalo), who has a bombshell to drop."

road.jpg Ch-ch-ch-changes. Spot the differences in Ryan Seacrest 2.0.

Aimeroad.jpg Brazil gets another new gay magazine.

road.jpg Hugh Jackman spends more time naked than dressed.

road.jpg Anti-gay graffiti causes stir in Northern California town of Fortuna: "A Fortuna resident noticed anti-homosexual words painted on several mailboxes on her street and filed a police report Thursday. The derogatory words, 'fag' and 'gay,' made her so irate, it took her more than an hour to stop shaking, she said. The Fortuna Police Department is treating the vandalism as a hate crime because the intent was likely to express hate, FPD Sgt. Jack Bernstein said. 'It’s concerning for us to have something like this.'"

road.jpg Police officers punished in Austin, Texas after remarks: "Cmdr. Calvin Smith, who has worked for the department for 34 years and supervises the Austin police training academy, told the fellow commander that he was worried about the 'kind of message' the potential transfer of a gay female officer would send at the academy, which already had two lesbians working there, according to a disciplinary memo. Cmdr. Larry Oliver was fired for failing to report the comments, even though he later confirmed to investigators that he thought Smith was referring to 'their being lesbians,' a disciplinary memo said. He was fired after refusing Acevedo's offer of a 30-day suspension."


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