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Jonathan Groff Dishes on Playing David Sedaris in C.O.G.: VIDEO

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Jonathan Groff of Glee fame sat down with New York mag's Vulture to discuss his new film C.O.G. in which he plays a young David Sedaris. Groff dishes on meeting the author, his hesitation to play him (given that they look and sound nothing alike) and also antics on the set. Here's an excerrpt:

You’ve met David, obviously?
I just met him for the first time [here at Sundance], which is probably the highlight of the whole experience.

What was that like? 
I was very nervous to meet him, because I just didn’t know what to expect. And we made this whole movie about his life, this whole experience that he had, and he hadn’t even seen it yet, and he doesn’t really do a lot of interviews or do pictures — you know, he’s not a big press person.

Yeah.
So, we met at the party right before the movie, and he was sort of sitting in the back corner, and I went over to him, and he’s a big Glee fan, which I didn’t know. He’s like, “I love Glee, I’ve seen you on Glee. I love that show.” So, we talked briefly about that. He was very easy to talk to, and really nice. And then I order a Diet Coke for my mom, who was also there. And I said, “I’m so sorry to leave, but I’m going to go give this Diet Coke to my mom.” And he said, “Oh, I want to meet your mom.” And I was like, Oh my God, David Sedaris wants to meet my mom! I’d imagined me, like, elbowing my way with my mom, to be like, “David, please, I want you to meet my mom,” but he was like, “I want to meet your mom.” [Laughs.] And then we walked over to my mom, and they met, and then we were all sort of chatting or whatever, and then I got moved away, and then twenty minutes later, I look over, and David Sedaris is still talking to my mom. 

What?
I know! He was, like, obsessed with my mom. He just kept talking to her, and then everybody moved from the party to this tent where we do the press, and as we were posing for pictures, I said, “David, thank you so much for being so generous with my mom," and he was like, “She’s so sweet! And she’s so short, she must be the shortest gym teacher in all of Pennsylvania!” He’s obsessed that she’s a gym teacher in Pennsylvania. He wouldn’t stop talking about it.

Check out the rest of the interview at Vulture  and watch the trailer for C.O.G. AFTER THE JUMP...

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6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Some promising yet frustrating news out of China on the International Day Against Homophobia: "Activists said they felt encouraged when the communist party's official mouthpiece China Central Television published a Weibo post on Friday morning advocating respect for the LGBT community. But the post was soon deleted without any explanation."

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6a00d8341c730253ef014e86b06427970d Reacting disapprovingly to today's momentous legalization of same-sex marriage in France, Russia's Children's Rights Commissioner Pavel Astakhov said this morning that his country will now consider changing its child adoption policy with France.


David Sedaris Tells Hilarious Tales of His Book Tour to Jon Stewart: VIDEO

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Author David Sedaris joined Jon Stewart last night to talk about his new book Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, and his book tour, the people he meets on it, and the polls he takes at them.

Sedaris has discovered that gay and straight men have COMPLETELY different ways of enjoying desserts.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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David Sedaris to Release Audiobook on Vinyl LP

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David Sedaris goes retro for his newest audiobook:

"Albums are enjoying something of a renaissance, posting $57 million in sales in 2008, more than double the previous year and the best for the format since 1990, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. The format is so rare for audiobooks, however, that the Audiobook Publishers Association has never even tracked its sales. But Maja Thomas, senior vice president for digital and audio publishing at the Hachette Book Group, said she was drawn to the idea precisely because it was quirky. Mr. Sedaris’s 'audience is very attuned to irony and is going to find this funny,' Ms. Thomas said. The 31-minute album, which will be released on Jan. 5 and cost $24.98, will include only two of the five essays on the CD version of the audiobook, but will feature a code enabling purchasers to digitally download the entire program."


News: Europa, Cory Monteith, Marijuana, Morrissey, David Sedaris

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Obama to implement new policy on medical marijuana.

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Referendum 71 signature battle continues as restraining order issued, and attorney says he is taking the case to the Supreme Court.

Europa

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Researchers: Jupiter's moon Europa contains enough oxygen to support life.

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Whitney Houston survives wardrobe malfunction on X-Factor.

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Mormon gay rights groups slam LDS apostle Dallin Oaks for remarks on Prop 8: "he LDS leader, a former Utah Supreme Court justice, said students 'must not be deterred or coerced into silence' by advocates for 'alleged civil rights.' Oaks then condemned the protests, business boycotts, firings of church members and vandalism of LDS meetinghouses that followed the election, comparing them to voter intimidation employed against blacks in the South during the civil rights movement." Background here.

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Morrissey lunches in Los Angeles.

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All-star cast to perform reading of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, in Los Angeles: "Scheduled to perform are Zachary Quinto (Heroes, Star Trek), James Cromwell (Surrogates, Babe), Pauley Perrette and Michael Weatherly (NCIS), Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki (Big Bang Theory), Julie Benz (Dexter), Lisa Edelstein (House), Barrett Foa (NCIS: Los Angeles), Helen Shaver (Desert Hearts, The 4400) and Emmy Award-winner Christian Clemenson (Boston Legal).

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NYT ignores anti-gay bigotry and false smears in right-wing witch hunt against Kevin Jennings.

Countryclub

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Virginia country club votes to bar same-sex family from membership: "About 180 votes were cast to support family memberships for same-sex couples with children, according to the club's Web site. Roughly 126 votes were cast against it. For the measure to pass, a two-thirds favorable vote is required, said [member Lynn] Tiedge, who supports the measure and said she worked with at least 15 other club members to revise the club's bylaws to provide for it. Two-thirds of the 311 ballots cast would have been roughly 207 votes.' We recognize that heterosexual couples can marry and homosexuals couples can't,' Tiedge said."

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Male model fixes: Will Chalker and Renato Ferreira.

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Banksy "self-portrait" to go on display?

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Miley Cyrus and Samantha Jones have fashion face-off in Sex and the City 2.

Monteith

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Glee's Cory Monteith models some fashion duds.

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And also takes them off.

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AP: Shepard Fairey admits to using AP photo as basis for Obama "Hope" poster. News outlet also claims Fairey “admitted to the AP that he fabricated and attempted to destroy other evidence in an effort to bolster his fair use case and cover up his previous lies and omissions.”

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Where would you wish to wake up?

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Gay Kenyan couple weds in London.

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More than 21,000 complain to the UK's Press Complaints Commission over homophobic Daily Mail column on Stephen Gately's death.

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David Sedaris on living in France: "It's disgusting how people kiss in France. It turns my stomach. It's everywhere you go, and it's not just teenagers. You go to the movies and even ticket lines for movies and there are people making out. They're sucking each others' tongues and drooling on each other's chins. Anything you've done once, you can forgive. But I never made out with anyone in public. Part of that's being gay, so that allows me to enjoy being self-righteous."


David Sedaris on the Undecided Voter

From this week's New Yorker:

Undecideds"I look at these people and can’t quite believe that they exist. Are they professional actors? I wonder. Or are they simply laymen who want a lot of attention?

To put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. 'Can I interest you in the chicken?' she asks. 'Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?'

To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked."


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