Elizabeth Taylor Hub
13 stunning looks at 'Manhattanhenge'.
World Health Organization lists cell phones as cancer danger: "The agency now lists mobile phone use in the same "carcinogenic hazard" category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform. Before its announcement Tuesday, WHO had assured consumers that no adverse health effects had been established."
13 dogs die after walking on a footpath in the UK: "RSPCA animal welfare officer Sally Ramsden said: 'We don't know what could be causing this but we strongly suspect that the dogs may have been poisoned. We also cannot rule out the possibility that this is being done deliberately. One local veterinary practice admitted five dogs which were suffering from seizures and died shortly afterwards."
Apple, Jobs to unveil iCloud services at upcoming WWDC.
Male model fix: Gerard Salla.
Architectural Digest goes inside Liz Taylor's Bel-Air estate.
The Church of England's double standard on gay bishops: "The latest evidence of prejudice against homosexual people in the Church of England has come from the leaked Colin Slee memo and advice that Archbishop Rowan Williams sought in order to get around the Equality Act (2010). This counsel was to ensure that a gay man, ie Jeffrey John, was not appointed as bishop of Southwark."
Woman sent lewd photo from Rep. Anthony Weiner's hacked Twitter account speaks out: "The account that these tweets were sent from was familiar to me; this person had harassed me many times after the Congressman followed me on Twitter a month or so ago. Since I had dealt with this person and his cohorts before I assumed that the tweet and the picture were their latest attempts at defaming the Congressman and harassing his supporters." Weiner: "prank". Weiner hires lawyer.
Robert Pattinson looking sharp on the set of Cosmopolis.
Prince William and Kate Middleton show off their dental work for Vanity Fair.
The Hangover, Part Two has biggest five-day weekend launch of all time, at $137 million.
Hank Plante on the Bay Area's response to AIDS.
Fire alarm ends Romney event in Iowa: " believe in following safety first, so I would. … This is going to keep on going. … You know, discretion is the better part of valor, so I think we ought to be very careful and very carefully go outside."
Dan Savage: 30 years ago I had sex with a guy for the first time. "The first adult authority figure that I came out to who wasn't a member of my family: my pediatrician. I'd been seeing him since I was a child and he was still my doctor. After my third or fourth visit about "a small skin blemish," he asked me what I was really worried about. I remember what I said to him: 'I'm gay and I don't want to have AIDS.' I don't remember what he said to me, but I'll never forget the look on his face. It was this combination of pity, panic, disappointment, and judgement. I never saw him again."
Certainly a worthy idea:
According to Michelle Rex, interim deputy for Councilman John D'Amico, West Hollywood residents have been calling and writing City Hall, making that very suggestion.
Rex says there has yet to be a formal discussion about the proposal among city leaders, but the public's call for an Elizabeth Taylor Way is certainly legitimate.
Local HIV/AIDS activists told L.A. Weekly that Taylor was a major, early force in raising money and awareness to combat the deadly disease that was killing thousands and thousands of gay men.
The first homesharing program for gays in the country opens at Chicago's Center on Halsted.
Geraldine Ferraro succumbs to cancer at the age of 75.
Study claims that religion could go the way of the dodo in nine countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland.
Ex-Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagen explains the definition of "road gay": "You're away from your wife and whatever, and I don't fuck around – but there are no women on the bus. All of a sudden, well, your bass player's got long black hair, he's wearing his little sister's pants, and out of the corner of your eye he looks like a hot chick. We call it 'road gay'. We don't actually act on it…"
Katie Couric could be out of the anchor desk at The CBS Evening News by June.
Radiation levels in seawater just off shore from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are 1,250 times higher than normal.
Story of the oldest NFL cheerleader (she joined the squad of the Cincinnati Bengals at 39) to get the Hollywood treatment.
David Beckham looking as fantastic as always.
Britney Spears performs a mini-concert (as in a three song set) in Las Vegas.
Bret Michaels sues the Tony Awards.
Man makes far-fetched claim that Parkinson’s disease drug turned him gay: "Didier Jambart, 52, started to expose himself on the Internet and seek sexual encounters with other men."
Maryland's Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act moves to the Senate: "The Maryland House of Delegates today passed the Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act (HB 235), which would prohibit discrimination in the areas of employment, housing and credit. The measure passed 86 to 52."
Protests break out in the streets of London.
Elizabeth Taylor's millions might go to her manager.
Not everyone thinks that Earth Hour (which takes place tonight) is a good idea.
Joy Behar speaks with Nate Phelps, the estranged son of Fred Phelps, who claims his father physically abuses the family, about the WBC's attacks on gays, and their plans to picket Elizabeth Taylor's funeral.
Says Behar: "There's a sickness to it. There's an obsessive quality to it that rings of mental illness to me."
Behar says she hopes the elder Phelps dies soon.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
Incidentally, the WBC was a no-show to Taylor's funeral, which was held yesterday at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park in Glendale:
Glendale Police Department officials said the department was asked to assist in security for the three dozen to four dozen family members and friends expected to attend the service because of the proximity of an elementary school. No details were given to the media about who attended the service.
Scotland Beavers, 47, left work early after reading posts on Facebook that suggested anti-gay protesters might be picketing. "We need to get there and try to block them," he said.
They had umbrellas ready if protesters showed up, but they never materialized.
Taylor was laid to rest near her good friend Michael Jackson.
Watch the Behar clip, AFTER THE JUMP...
By now you've read the obituaries, scoured the career appraisals, maybe you've put in a DVD, donated to her charity in lieu of flowers, wiped away a tear, or done something silly to commemorate her. Maybe you've just marvelled at how difficult it is to wrap one's head around the loss of a true Giant, capital and italics intended, and not just because that's one of the only titles in her filmography that doubles as an apt descriptor of its star.
A friend of mine told me last month when she was dramatically hospitalized on Oscar weekend, that he'd been commissioned to write an obit (just in case). I actually felt bad for him. "You'll never be paid," I said, buying into her mythos wholeheartedly. "Liz survives everything." So her death on Wednesday morning still came as a shock. How many other 79 year olds seemed like they were going to live forever?
And here is the happy solace for those mourning the loss of true big screen immortals; they do live forever, albeit only in legacy and iconography.
"You're just like all the rest, aren't you?"
"I'm not like anyone else. I'm me."
Truer words have rarely been spoken onscreen. More, AFTER THE JUMP...