Last night's winners, if you'd like to revisit, AFTER THE JUMP...
In case you missed last night's American Music Awards or were just too bored to watch the whole thing through, you can watch any of the performances you missed, AFTER THE JUMP...
Watch them all, AFTER THE JUMP...
The Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre last night were, as Neil Patrick Harris noted, '50 Shades of Gay'.
I'm not going to post any spoilers here but you'll see Patti Lupone pushing a lawnmower in the opening number, and Ricky Martin getting hit up by a Mormon in the intro.
Check out all the performances and the list of winners, AFTER THE JUMP...
NEWS: Sarkozy Down But Not Quite Out; A New, Tougher iPhone; What Killed Andrew Breitbart, Pastoral Guitar (VIDEO)
Sarkozy loses to Hollande, and both edge out right-winger Marine Le Pen. France preps for run-off election:
Exit polls also showed Green candidate Eva Joly with 2%, the right-wing eurosceptic Nicolas Dupont-Aignan at 1.8%, far-left candidates Phillippe Poutou and Nathalie Arthaud at 1.2% and 0.7% respectively, and off-beat candidate Jacques Cheminade winning just 0.2%.
A run-off between Sarkozy and Hollande is scheduled on May 6, with opinion polls largely favouring the Socialist Party candidate.
iPhone 5 to be cased in "metallic glass."
Robin Gibb emerges from his coma.
This is handy: HuffPo wraps up last week's 17 worst anti-gay moments.
Whoodathunkit? Andrew Breitbart died of plain old heart failure:
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office reported that the 43-year-old has a negligible amount of alcohol in his system when he collapsed near his Brentwood home on March 1, but no prescription or illicit drugs were found.
Jesus and the lynching tree.
Gay Romney spokesman Richard Grenell busy deleting all his lady-bashing tweets:
ThinkProgress noted Grenell’s tendency to make cutting remarks about the appearances of prominent women in media and politics, including his tweet advising MSNBC host Rachel Maddow “to take a breath and put on a necklace,” and another suggesting she resembled a Justin Bieber.
In another tweet, Grenell wrote that “Hillary is starting to look liek Madeline [sic] Albright.” He discussed First Lady Michelle Obama working out and “sweating on the East Room carpet.” He also asked whether Callista Gingrich’s “hair snaps on,” and on another occasion, commented how Gingrich’s third wife “stands there like she is wife #1.” Politico flagged more examples and noted Grenell’s “old pastime” of “ridiculing the Gingriches.”
James Fenton's "For Andrew Wood" makes stirring appearance at the Christopher Hitchens memorial:
What would the dead want from us
Watching from their cave?
Would they have us forever howling?
Would they have us rave
Or disfigure ourselves, or be strangled
Like some ancient emperor’s slave?
I think the dead would want us
To weep for what they have lost.
I think that our luck in continuing
Is what would affect them most.
But time would find them generous
And less self-engrossed.
And time would find them generous
As they used to be
And what else would they want from us
Than an honoured place in our memory,
favourite room, a hallowed chair,
Privilege and celebrity?
And so the dead might cease to grieve
And we might make amends
And there might be a pact between
Dead friends and living friends.
What our dead friends would want from us
Would be such living friends.
Adorable, sassy short film about two lovers in an Italian town who dare to defy convention: watch AFTER THE JUMP ...
Wal-Mart is even worse than you thought. A New York Times investigation finds massive bribery network devoted to attaining and maintaining market dominance in Mexico:
The former executive gave names, dates and bribe amounts. He knew so much, he explained, because for years he had been the lawyer in charge of obtaining construction permits for Wal-Mart de Mexico.
Wal-Mart dispatched investigators to Mexico City, and within days they unearthed evidence of widespread bribery. They found a paper trail of hundreds of suspect payments totaling more than $24 million. They also found documents showing that Wal-Mart de Mexico’s top executives not only knew about the payments, but had taken steps to conceal them from Wal-Mart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. In a confidential report to his superiors, Wal-Mart’s lead investigator, a former F.B.I. special agent, summed up their initial findings this way: “There is reasonable suspicion to believe that Mexican and USA laws have been violated.”
The lead investigator recommended that Wal-Mart expand the investigation.Instead, an examination by The New York Times found, Wal-Mart’s leaders shut it down ...
Fight between marines begins with anti-gay slur; ends with stabbing death.
US Rep. Charles Gonzalez, of San Antonio, is national co-chair of Obama's reelection campaign. He wants to add marriage equality to Democratic party platform:
The Democratic Party has been and always will be the Party committed to fighting for equality for all Americans,” Gonzalez said. “As an individual Member of Congress, marriage equality is an issue which I support. During the platform writing process, ideas and opinions will be considered from our diverse Democratic Party family, and I understand that the President and the Party are committed to crafting a platform that reflects our values and a belief that America is a nation in which everyone deserves a fair shot and hard work is rewarded. I fully expect that my opinion, and the opinions of others, will be an important consideration in reaching a consensus in drafting our party’s platform ...
He helped resurrect Richard Nixon back from political death in '68, pioneered the use of "dirty tricks" (aka: "rat****ing") in American elections, inspired the careers of Lee Atwater and Karl Rove, and turned to Jesus after going to jail. Now Chuck Colson is dead.
Fareed Zakaria chats up Andrew Sullivan.
Speaker of Australia's House of Representatives allegedly fell for gay staffer in the skeeziest possible way.
"Dilapidated" zoo in Gaza turns to taxidermy:
Owner Mohammed Awaida said he opened the "South Forest Park" in 2007, only to lose a number of animals during Israel's military offensive against Hamas that began in December 2008. During the three-week offensive, launched in response to rocket attacks on Israel, Awaida said he could not reach the zoo, and many animals died of neglect and starvation.
"The idea to mummify animals started after the Gaza war because a number of animals like the lion, the tiger, monkeys and crocodiles died," he said. "So we asked around and we learned from the Web how to start."
Formaldehyde and sawdust provided the basic tools, though Awaida acknowledges he is no expert.
At Lincoln Center, Paul Simon songbook gets jazzified. I really want the live record.
Hey! A huge thank-you to GLAAD on behalf of myself, Andy Towle, Michael Goff, Ari Ezra Waldman, Nathaniel Rogers, Andrew Belonsky, and our other contributors for decorating Towleroad at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards, which were presented tonight in New York City. We won the award for "Outstanding Blog," which we split with the estimable Mombian, the blog for lesbian moms. (Personal note: The documentary series my partner Penn Bullock and I co-produced for Anderson Cooper, "The Sissy Boy Experiments," also won in the category "Outstanding TV Journalism: Newsmagazine." Thank you, GLAAD!)