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04/19/2007


Shia LaBeouf Wears Paper Bag to Berlin Film Festival: VIDEO

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Shia LaBeouf arrived at the Berlin Film Festival for a screening of his latest film Nymphomaniac, directed by Lars von Trier, wearing a paper bag that said "I am not famous anymore."

The incognito arrival came hours after a bizarre press conference in which he answered a single question. LaBeouf, who was also missing a tooth, was asked about his multiple sex scenes in the film and said,

"When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much."

The line was taken from the film "Looking for Eric" and said by French soccer star Eric Cantona.

Check out clips of the bizarre behavior, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jimmy Somerville Makes Shock Appearance at Street Musician's Performance of His Song: VIDEO

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A street musician performing Bronski Beat's "Smalltown Boy" in Berlin was shocked when singer Jimmy Somerville suddenly appeared and began singing with him.

"Is it you?" the stunned musician asked.

"It's me, it's me," Somerville laughed.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Thousands Protest Russia's Anti-Gay Laws in Berlin: VIDEO

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Approximately 5,000 people took to the streets of Berlin on Saturday to protest Russia's anti-gay laws, the HuffPost reports:

Organized by the Enough Is Enough group, the event was aimed at raising awareness of the human rights abuses taking place in Russia.

Many protesters at the afternoon event called for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi (scheduled to open Feb. 7, 2014). The march ended with a demonstration in front of the Russian Embassy on Berlin's Unter der Linden street, with the iconic Brandenburg Gate as a backdrop. Protesters held signs saying "Enough Is Enough," "Stop Homophobia" and "Putin Go Homo."

Demonstrators included people of all ages and seemed to receive positive responses from spectators.

Watch The Guardian's video of the event and interviews with protesters, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Hitler And Putin: History Is Repeating Itself

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In all the news around Russia's anti-gay pogrom, one comparison that gets brought up again and again is Putin to Hitler, Godwin's Law be damned. The comparison shows even greater similarity when set side-by-side with the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Over at AmericaBlog, John Aravosis provides a quick history lesson on how the IOC responded to Der Führer's campaign against the Jews.

In short, IOC chair Baillet-Latour was appeased by Hitler taking down anti-Jewish propaganda for the duration of the Olympics, but "asserted that the agitation against participation [in the Olympics] was exclusively a political campaign, citing as evidence the fact that none of the national Olympic committees now opposed having the games in Berlin."

And thus the maxim about being doomed to repeat history becomes ever more ominous.


President Obama Gets Big Cheer for Mention of Gay Rights in Berlin: VIDEO

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President Obama is in Berlin today and gave a major speech at the Brandenburg Gate. Though the speech was wide-ranging in what it covered, he received huge cheers at the mention of gay and lesbian rights.

Said Obama:

I'd suggest that peace with justice begins with the example we set here at home, for we know from our own histories that intolerance breeds injustice.  Whether it's based on race, or religion, gender or sexual orientation, we are stronger when all our people -- no matter who they are or what they look like -- are granted opportunity, and when our wives and our daughters have the same opportunities as our husbands and our sons.  (Applause.) 

When we respect the faiths practiced in our churches and synagogues, our mosques and our temples, we're more secure.  When we welcome the immigrant with his talents or her dreams, we are renewed.  (Applause.)  When we stand up for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters and treat their love and their rights equally under the law, we defend our own liberty as well.  We are more free when all people can pursue their own happiness.  (Applause.)  And as long as walls exist in our hearts to separate us from those who don’t look like us, or think like us, or worship as we do, then we're going to have to work harder, together, to bring those walls of division down.

I've cued it up to the portion transcribed above, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Berlin Man Missing for Three Weeks Found to Be Victim of Gruesome Murder

Berlin's gay community has been rocked by the gruesome murder of a man missing since New Year's Day:

SrockThe BZ daily reported on Wednesday that the deceased, Carsten Srock, was found with his limbs expertly carved off with either an axe or large knife. The body pieces were then wrapped fastidiously in plastic bags and cling-wrap, and left to sit in the two-room flat for around three weeks. His head was found, partially cooked, by the police. Prosecutors on the case told the BZ they believe the victim was “murdered for sexual pleasure.”

Owner of the Mariendorf apartment is a 43-year-old man identified as Michael S., who was rescued by paramedics after trying to take his own life. The unemployed Berliner attempted to open a main vein, before calling the emergency services minutes after.

It was only upon the arrival of the paramedics that the gruesome truth began to come to light.


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