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After an iffy start involving horses and pitchforks, last night's Olympic opening ceremony was dazzling. Sadly, NBC is being stingy with video. The bulk of the thing has yet to make it online, and what has made it online is un-embeddable. Hopefully that'll change soon. The lighting ceremony and subsequent fireworks show is very worth seeing, and is so far absent from the web.
In the meantime, please enjoy:
A clip from a segment of the ceremony celebrating British children's literature, in which Voldemort, the Queen of Hearts, Cruella DeVille, Mike Oldfield, and assorted nasty things menace a stadiumful of sleeping children;
A stirring clip of "the forging" of the Olympic rings (so called because that's what everyone's calling it, though nothing's actually being forged);
The Queen being escorted to the Olympics by 007. (The pair proceeded to jump from a helicopter, though NBC hasn't released that footage, either.)
James Bond fans rejoice, for MGM today released the new trailer for their latest installment of the franchise, Skyfall.
From what I can tell, our blue-eyed Bond, the irresistible Daniel Craig, has found himself in some hot water, and needs to find a way out of it. Man, that guy's life must be stressful.
Watch the Skyfall trailer, AFTER THE JUMP.
Fallen televangelist Jim Bakker is now selling survivalist gear. One package includes "over 3,300 servings of food and enough fuel to cook 480 meals," all for the low price of $2,000.
The Gay-Straight Alliance at Maryland's Blake High School made a doll called "Allie the Ally" that traveled around the world spreading a message of inclusion, and met some celebrities in the process.
Check out the new Skyfall poster.
Stalemate? Queers Against Israeli Apartheid vowed apply for a spot in Toronto's gay pride, but Toronto City Council insists it will withhold funding if that happens.
Chloe Sevigny says wearing a prosthetic penis while filming the British miniseries Hit & Miss made her cry.
Happy 8th anniversary of marriage equality in Massachusetts!
Evangelical pastor Joel Hunter, a spiritual advisor to President Obama, says that though he disagrees with gay marriage, he still backs the commander-in-chief.
Boxer Floyd Mayweather came out for same-sex marriage.
On the inevitablity of total equality: "Freedom can take a long time to come but it can't be stopped forever. Segregationists were able to delay social and political freedom for blacks but they couldn't stop the inevitable march to freedom. Religious bigots won't be able to stop the march for gay rights, either."
TRIO: John Doe #1 and John Doe #2, the masseurs who accused John Travolta of groping them, have hired Gloria Allred, even though they already dropped their repsective suits. Travolta's lawyers say no money was exchanged. Meanwhile, Travolta himself released a Mother's Day tribute to his wife that's peppered with pictures of them through the years.
Adam Lambert will be the first openly gay singer to land in the Billboard 100's top album slot should latest offering, Trespassing, sell well. And you'll love the list of other singers who could have been first.
Glee co-stars Lea Michele and Cory Monteith take their love to a hockey game.
Conservative blogs are having a field day with a Breitbart report that a literary agent's 1991 blurb about President Obama that read, "Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii." That same agency also repped the New Kids on the Block.
The White House has ordered all prison facilities to crack down on rape in prison.
Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom opened Cannes last night, and it looks like quite the premiere.
Further studies show that virtual reality battles can help soldiers overcome post-traumatic stress disorder.
Here's interview with musician Rye Rye about her new album, growing up in Baltimore and why gays are "her crowd." "I always feel like they really like the gritty side of what I do and that bass that just makes you just go CRAZY. They've loved it since day one and they love it to this day. They really embrace, like, it's crazy."
Bishop Harry Jackson falls back to the "gay activists are like Nazis" argument, but only sometimes.
Jared Leto and Terry Richardson, together again.
An image of Daniel Craig's muscular back and arms as he reclines at the edge of the pool at the Four Seasons in London is the first tease from the next Bond film, Skyfall.
A tease, but surely not one that measures up to this 2006 splash.
Sam Mendes is directing, with Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Judi Dench, Albert Finney, Berenice Malohe and Naomie Harris. Release is scheduled in the US on November 9th.
And of course, Adele is rumored to be recording the theme song.
YOUR FEATURE PRESENTATION
In the beginning there was only a book, but let's start with the ending. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2011) wraps up with what can only be interpreted as a prologue to a sequel. The movie's elaborate cold case puzzle plot has long since been pieced together when our socially challenged goth heroine Lisbeth Salander sets a new revenge plot in motion. Since we're already past the two hour mark, we race through this whole new story with the speed usually reserved for Lisbeth's midnight motorcycle rides. New beginnings, middles, and endings race by us like blurry highway markers. What just happened? How satisfied the movie leaves you will surely depend on whether or not you'd like to stay in your seat waiting for the next hellish chapter to unfold.
Millions of people have eagerly flipped pages for all of the hellish chapters of the worldwide best selling "Millennium" trilogy. The Swedish literary phenomenon has already spawned three homegrown films starring Noomi Rapace (now co-opted by Hollywood for the new Sherlock Holmes movie). It's time to crack the book open again with the American version by David Fincher (The Social Network). We're jumping around in time because the experience of the movie, and this franchise in general, is also one of chapters, false starts, and piecemeal reveals.
The plot, which is far too complicated to regurgitate finds Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) the patriarch of a despicable family searching for answers to what happened to his granddaughter decades before. He believes a family member offed her and he hires Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) to solve the mystery under the guise of helping him with his memoirs. As the plot thickens, Blomkvist seeks assistance in the form of ward of the state and computer hacking genius Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara).
MORE AFTER THE JUMP...