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Movies: NPH, 007 and Oscar's 84th

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GuestbloggerNATHANIEL ROGERS
...would live in the movie theater but for the poor internet reception. He blogs daily at the Film Experience. Follow him on Twitter @nathanielr.

 
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We're all in agreement that the best thing that ever happened to Neil Patrick Harris (career-wise) was the Harold and Kumar films, right? Just as the former child star was coming out of the closet and reasserting his talents on stage and screen, he was also playing a hilariously wrong version of himself: "Neil Patrick Harris" as an oversexed overdrugged womanizer. Having a sense of humor about oneself is endearing and it suddenly didn't matter if the actor was gay or straight, whether he was once a child star or was suddenly a comeback kid. All that mattered was that he always gives the audience a good time. The third installment HAROLD AND KUMAR'S VERY 3D CHRISTMAS, with the fratboy crude tagline/punchline  "Christmas Comes Prematurely" opens tomorrow. 

RamplingALSO OPENING:  Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy team up for the comedy TOWER HEIST directed by Brett Rattner which is not bad but Rattner's recent announcement that he wants to direct the film version of Broadway's WICKED is kind of my personal nightmare as a rabid fan of the movie musical genre;  In the documentary CHARLOTTE RAMPLING: THE LOOK the 60s/70s icon and current queen of icy supporting bitches (wow but she's a meanie in Lars von Trier's  Melancholia) reveals a "self portrait through others"; Channing Tatum stars in the cop drama THE SON OF NO ONE.

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 roadSpeaking of Tatum, his stripper movie Magic Mike is well into filming now. The actress Olivia Munn admits she loves to watch her co-stars in action (can you blame her) and hates being off the set. 

"Like, right now, I'm mad. I'm furious that I'm not there watching Matt Bomer shake it, because he can shake it, probably better than most people in the world."

 roadWhy is Daniel Craig pulling faces?

Craig, Best Actor Oscar Buzz, and 'Straight Guys for Weekend' AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Old Navy, Palm Springs, Courtney Love, Blackbeard

 road The Situation and Ronnie Magro get into a tussle while filming the latest season of Jersey Shore.

Oldnavy  road Old Navy to start selling gay pride t-shirts to benefit the "It Gets Better" campaign.

 road Scientists say they've been able to bring back the quagga, an animal extinct since 1883: "It started when a local taxidermist by the name of Reinhold Rau thought it might be feasible to rebreed the quagga using living plains zebras by choosing some of the lesser-striped ones."

 road Tiki Barber gets heat for Anne Frank comparison.

 road Courtney Love on Lady Gaga: "She surrounds herself with this coterie of gay stylists and advisers who've turned her into this weird, sexless Barbie doll."

 road Brad Pitt has marriage on the mind.

 road Canadian court refuses to reduce the sentence of gay basher whose attack on a gay man left the victim with brain damage.

 road A heartbreaking article about the some of the abuses the LGBT community faces in Vietnam.

Black  road Blackbeard anchor discovered off the coast off North Carolina: "New evidence about the terrifying and deadly tactics employed by Blackbeard is emerging from the diving expedition on the vessel’s presumed remains. The divers have discovered that weapons used by the pirate were not only intended to kill but were designed to strike terror into survivors and force them into a swift surrender."

 road Colon cancer awareness billboard with the slogan "What's up your butt?" banned in Washington state."

 road Happy 43rd birthday, Kylie Minogue!

 road Police have brought hate crime charges against couple who battered and spewed anti-gay slurs at gay men in Palm Spring. One gay man lost teeth in the attack, which started over a parking spot.


News: Illinois, Hawaii, Uganda, Channing Tatum, Yachts

 road Illinois county clerks gear up for the legalization of civil unions, which are expected to start taking place in that state on June 1.

Haw  road In a 19-6 vote, the state Senate in Hawaii has approved the civil unions bill. Next stop: The House of Representatives.

 road Hope College in Holland, Michigan amends its 16-year-old Statement on Homosexuality. It's really not much of an improvement: "...the board said that the college would continue to not recognize or support on-campus groups aiming to promote a vision of human sexuality contrary to Scriptures, but would invite the entire Hope community to a “renewed encounter” with the biblical witness regarding human sexuality."

 road NY Times reporter remembers his meeting with LGBT activist David Kato in 2009: "He was a small man with thick glasses and thin wrists. He said police officers had broken his arm and cracked him in the nose after he held Uganda’s first gay rights news conference several years ago. He talked fast, constantly scanning the darkness. He struck me as clearly brave and deeply frightened."

Chan  road Channing Tatum makes sure to wear layers at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

 road Just because the world's first $ 1 billion yacht has been designed doesn't mean its likely to get built.

 road You won't have to wait much longer for Britney Spears' new album. It drops on March 15.

 road Monkeys!

 road Courtney Love walks into a a Chelsea wind tunnel.

 road Ashton Kutcher to go back to his modeling roots.

 road Ugandan woman who fears for her life if she were to return to her home country wins last-minute stay of deportation in Britain: "Her lawyer said she had already boarded the flight when immigration officials were notified of the judge’s ruling and then escorted Ms. Namigadde off the aircraft and returned her to the detention center."

 road Twin power: American twins win Australian Open doubles title.

 road Back in 1994, Katie Couric couldn't explain the Internet.


News: Laser, Meghan McCain, Dog Ice Cream, Michigan, Jujubee

Road New Poll: 51% of Californians favor allowing same-sex marriage.

Dogs RoadDogs get their own ice cream truck in the UK. Flavors include dog eat hog world — a gammon [ham] and chicken sorbet topped with a biscuit and served in a cone, and canine cookie crunch — a combination of mixed dog biscuits and ice cream.

RoadThe Mel Gibson tapes just don't end.

RoadTEST: Times Square bomb would have killed thousands.

RoadBP posts Photoshopped image of crisis command center. And another.

RoadFunny or Die is pitching a show where celebrities go undercover to karaoke bars and other public places.

RoadDaily Beast: America's top gay cities.

RoadL.A. journalist Karen Ocamb wonders why nobody showed up to the Log Cabin Republicans' DADT trial: "Was driving to hot Riverside just too inconvenient? Does the fact that the plaintiffs are gay Republicans play a role in LGBT and civil rights groups ignoring the case? Would there be a similar deafening silence if the plaintiff was photogenic Lt. Dan Choi or some fire-breathing progressive who wanted to stick it to President Obama, the Pentagon or the Department of Justice? What does it say about the real principles of the LGBT movement for equality that no one but three local LGBT activists, a couple of Log Cabin members from Palm Springs and a handful of reporters showed up for part one of this trial?"

RoadAn interview with Jujubee about RuPaul's Drag U.

Courtneylove RoadCourtney Love has started writing a blog about what she wears.

RoadMichigan gay rights group endorses Lansing mayor Virg Bernero for governor: "Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero says the discrimination his gay brother faced before dying of AIDS is one reason he strongly stands up for gay rights...Bernero supported a 2006 human right ordinance in Lansing that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and supported similar measures as a state lawmaker. His brother, Victor, died of AIDS in 1990 at age 29."

RoadStephen Fry unveils new BBC TV series on language: "Language is my real passion. So, I'm going to Beijing to interview the man who invented Pinyin, a phonetic version of the Chinese language. He's 105 years old … if he dies on me I'm going to be so annoyed."

RoadRep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) talks about impeaching Obama for failing to secure American borders.

RoadNH GOP candidate wants White homeland.

Mccain RoadMeghan McCain hops on elephant for new book about Republicans and dirty sex.

RoadLGBT Americans' buying power in 2010 projected at $743 billion.

RoadSun-Sentinel: U.S. falling further behind on gay rights. "Argentina now joins Canada, South Africa, a handful of nations in western Europe, several states of the United States and the District of Columbia in recognizing that the full rights and privileges of marriage ought to apply to all people, regardless of sexual orientation. Sadly, the United States, which has traditionally been at the vanguard of human rights developments, finds itself falling behind in one of the great trends of human history."

RoadAnti-aircraft laser shoots down plane in test for the first time.

RoadGays in rural Ireland isolated: "Despite recent progress for LGBT people in Ireland, a significant number still find it difficult to be 'out' and remain living in their local communities. Much of this is the result of a lack of recognition that all communities are made up of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Many LGBT people migrate towards Dublin or other cities because they feel they cannot play a full role in the community in which they were born and raised."


Courtney Love: I Slept with Kate Moss

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Courtney Love talks about some of her past love affairs to Ireland's Hot Press magazine, and reveals that she once had a hot press with supermodel Kate Moss:

"It was Kate Moss. She doesn’t care. It’s a great story for the grandchildren so...yeah. Kate wasn’t doing a lot of drugs. It was just a thing that happened in Milan in the ‘90s. It happened and it was fun and whatever. And she talks about it and so I hope she doesn’t get mad that I outed her about it...I feel like such a kiss and tell...Kate’s great, though! Kate’s a good friend of mine. I almost bought Kate’s house in St. John’s Wood (London).”


MUSIC NEWS: Courtney Love, Melissa Etheridge, Two Door Cinema Club, M.I.A., Regina Spektor; plus win tickets to Sia

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GuestbloggerMODERN TONIC

The editors of Modern Tonic — a free daily email that serves up eclectic pop-culture picks with a homo slant — present a weekly music update here on Towleroad.

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HolecoverAs TMZ has told us time and again, Courtney Love’s a mess. But she’s put aside the scandals and she’s coming back strong with Hole. Nobody’s Daughter is Love as we like her: 11 caustic tracks of warts-and-all songwriting. When she lets loose with her primal yowl, Nobody’s Daughter is unstoppable. On the scathing single "Skinny Little Bitch" Micko Larkin (from the U.K.’s Larrikin Love) riffs with punk-rock efficiency while Love cuts down a "nasty piece of work." And "Samantha," about a whore who can’t remove "the gutter from the girl," is up there with anything on Live Through This. It’s rock-and-roll unhinged, with a chorus revolving around Love screaming "f**k" like a football chant. The only time Nobody’s Daughter stumbles is when she indulges her mellow side. The album closing "Never Go Hungry" is a whiney downer. But what a relief to see Love make news again for her music.

MelissacoverIt must be tough chick week because right behind the new Hole is Melissa Etheridge. (Um, don’t think too hard on that please.) Fearless Love is her 10th release since her self-titled debut in 1988. That’s 22 years of rock anthems, straight to the soaring title track of her latest. Has Etheridge been listening to Coldplay? Seems so. Those opening piano notes are very "Clocks," while elsewhere there’s some Edge-y U2 guitar work ("The Wanting of You"), some heartland rock ("Miss California") and some ZZ Top Texas swing ("Nervous"). Sure, there’s also some folkiness ("Heaven on Earth") and a few rough-and-tender ballads ("To Be Loved," "Gently We Row"). But after the recent announcement of her separation from her wife Tammy Lynn Michaels, it’s good to hear Etheridge getting fearless again.

TwodoorThe Irish trio Two Door Cinema Club sounds like Vampire Weekend weaned on world music. That is, on their debut Tourist History, they’re punky and maniacally fast but also playful and experimental. Hotly-tipped as a band to watch in 2010 in numerous U.K. year end polls, their debut arrives on our shores lean, mean and ready to make a scene. They rev up jangle pop to a head-spinning speed on "Do You Want It All?" On the U.K. single "I Can Talk" they ape the sinuous angularity of Editors with none of the Gothic overtones. And they out-stomp Franz Ferdinand on the foot-slamming "Come Back Home." The entire album’s a brief, dazzling tour of tasty alt-pop; if it were an actual movie you’d want to see it over and over.

RoadMUSIC NEWS:

SIA RoadWe have four pairs of tickets for Sia's current "The We Meaning You" tour; one pair each in Boston (May 1), Philadelphia (May 2), Washington, D.C. (May 4) and New York City (May 8). Click here to enter; contest ends at noon EST tomorrow (Wednesday April 28) and we will notify winners soon after then. The tour supports Sia's forthcoming album We Are Born, out June 22. See player above for a free download of the Diplo remix of single "Clap Your Hands" and click here for song's video

RoadM.I.A.'s new video was yanked from YouTube for excessive and graphic violence. If you really want to see it, go here.

RoadRapper Eve, dropped from Interscope a few months ago, talks for the first time about the rift with her former label.

USR1000594_210140_reginas.nosurprises RoadRegina Spektor released a  cover of Radiohead's "No Surprises" today to benefit Doctors Without Borders Emergency Relief Fund.

RoadRyan Murphy on the Glee concert tour : New Directions vs. Vocal Adrenaline.

RoadWhitney Houston's tour drama continues apace.

RoadBody Talk, Pt. 1, the first of Robyn's three new albums has leaked in its entirety online seven weeks before the June 15 (U.S.) release date. Here she talks about what's coming in this trilogy.

RoadMORE NEW RELEASES:

The Essential Carole King showcases the Brill Building songwriter in a novel way. Disc one features her 70’s smashes (like "It’s Too Late"); disc two features hits she wrote for others (like "The Loco-Motion"). Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Brazilian rhythms — courtesy of composer Berna Ceppas — highlight the latest Cirque du Soleil extravaganza touring the U.S., Ovo.

BAD Mick Jones’ post-Clash gig, Big Audio Dynamite’s debut gets the double-disc Legacy Edition treatment. This Is Big Audio Dynamite features the hits "E=MC2," "Medicine Show," and some elastic 12" remixes.

Avi Buffalo, four alt-happy young ‘uns from Long Beach, Cali, come on all Shins-y and folksy on their self-titled debut.

Also released:  Crystal Castles — Crystal Castles (digital now, CD May 25); Mary Chapin Carpenter — The Age of Miracles; Bullet for My Valentine — Fever; Balkan Beat Box — Blue Eyed Black Boy; Trashcan Sinatras — In the Music; James — The Night Before (import EP)

RoadMUSIC VIDEOS:

Wideband Network — "Attention"
This futuristic clip adds just the right level of menace to this low-key mid-tempo tale of caution from the Seattle/Toledo electro duo’s third album, Oxygen and Atmosphere.

Devendra Banhart — "Foolin’"
Banhart adds extra freak to his freak folk on his ska-inflected song from last year’s What Will We Be with this clip of a bi-racial same-sex S&M love affair.

The xx — "Islands"
The intimate Londoners translate their minimal electro with modern dancers reenacting each musical motif and variations with elegant precision.

The Bang Bang Club — "Chemistry"
This photogenic UK dance duo strikes evocative black-and-white poses until colorful paint drops stain their suits and they take it full in the face. The tune — like Empire of the Sun with added bass and beats — is from their forthcoming debut.




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