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04/19/2007


News: Wonder Woman, Mindy Kaling, Andrew Garfield’s Package, Taco Bell

Super RoadWonder Woman Lynda Carter sends some love to Virginia girl who was sent home by her Christian school for not acting girly enough: "Sending love to little Sunnie Kahle! Stay strong and love who you are..short hair, sneakers and all."

RoadDanish Zoo that killed off baby giraffe now kills 4 lions: "The Copenhagen Zoo, which generated global outrage last month when it killed a healthy 18-month-old giraffe named Marius, said it had to euthanize four lions this week to clear the path for a newly arrived young male lion. The zoo’s decision created abacklash on social media on Wednesday, with some calling the zoo’s staff members “serial killers” and “murderers.” The zoo justified the killings of the two parents, ages 14 and 16, and their cubs on the grounds of genetic purity and conservation, noting that the new lion would invariably prey on the cubs, while there was a risk that the older male lion would try to breed with one of the female lions that were his offspring."

RoadMindy Kaling to Vogue: "I don't want to be skinny."

RoadLindsay Lohan cops to her sex list

RoadMeanwhile, Nick Cannon dishes his own past sexploits before he met wife Mariah.

RoadEmma Stone apparently approves of boyfriend Andrew Garfield's spidey package: “It takes a lot of consideration because you don’t want it to be overwhelming and also you don’t want it to be underwhelming. You don’t want it to intimidate and you don’t want it to the opposite of intimidate,” Andrew said. “I had one focus group [check it out] and that focus group was Emma. She approved.”

RoadZac Efron's bodyguard claims Efron was a 'hero' who saved his life in the late night altercation that ensued between him and three homeless men in downtown LA.

RoadIs consciously uncoupled Chris Martin dating Alexa Chung?

RoadGeorge Clooney has a new gal.

RoadJames van der Beek gave Justin Timberlake his ID so he could get into clubs while still underage. 

Mrmr RoadLove is in the air in Britain.

RoadBeaked whale sets new diving record, reach depth of nearly 2 miles beneath the Ocean's surface: "To survive the immense pressure changes it faces as it moves down the water column, Cuvier's beaked whales have evolved lungs and a trachea that collapse completely in the depths of the ocean and then pop back open as the whale moves to the surface to breathe."

RoadIs the five second rule real?

RoadTaco Bell's breakfast menu will come to Canada when Canada agrees to take back Bieber.

RoadPinterest hacked, users flooded with butt pics

RoadNew exhibit of awkward family photos opens today at the California Heritage Museum.

RoadCameron Diaz says all women are attracted to other women at somepoint: “I think women are beautiful – absolutely beautiful. And I think that all women have been sexually attracted to another woman at some point. It’s natural to have a connectivity and an appreciation for the beauty of other women.”

RoadThese reunions always looked scary. 

RoadDoes this ancient tablet tell the story of Noah?

RoadCover art revealed for new Game of Thrones book. You can read a sample of the new book as well.

RoadCircumcision foes (aka "intactivists") protest at White House.


George Clooney Adds Voice of Support to Intensifying Protests in Ukraine: VIDEO

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Protests in Kiev over Ukrainian President Viktor F. Yanukovich's refusal to keep promises to sign agreements that would strengthen ties between Ukraine and the European Union intensified over the weekend, with protesters bringing down a massive statue of Lenin, the NYT reports:

International concern over the unrest in Ukraine appeared to deepen on Sunday, as the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, telephoned Mr. Yanukovich and Western leaders continued to call on him to respond to the demonstrators’ demands. The European Union has been eager to draw Ukraine, a nation of 46 million, into closer alliance with the West, while Russia has sought to safeguard its major economic and political interests in its close neighbor. Making the crisis more acute, Ukraine is teetering on the verge of bankruptcy and is desperate for financial assistance from abroad.

The spreading disorder set off a new round of speculation that Mr. Yanukovich would declare a state of emergency and potentially turn again to force by ordering the removal of demonstrators who have occupied Independence Square and several public buildings, including Kiev’s City Hall. There were reports on Sunday that the security services were preparing to bring charges of treason against three opposition leaders in Parliament who have been at the forefront of the demonstrations.

Meanwhile, pro-government supporters are using gay rights as an excuse for their support:

Pro-government demonstrators deployed a new tactic Friday to counter protests in favor of European integration, marching through the capital, Kiev, to oppose homosexuality, which they said would accompany a greater European Union role in Ukrainian affairs. Carrying religious icons and singing hymns, the group of about 1,000 Orthodox Christian supporters of President Viktor Yanukovych filed out of a monastery and marched to a city park. Marchers said they favored allegiance to Russia rather than Europe because Russia more closely matches the cultural and religious heritage of Ukraine, which was once part of the Soviet Union. They intend to draw attention to what they characterize as overly liberal European social values, they said.

The protests have captured international attention, and are gaining some high-profile supporters. Actor George Clooney taped a message for the people of Ukraine which began spreading on the internet today.

Watch it, and the statue coming down, AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATE: According to late reports, it appears as if riot police are preparing to storm the square.

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Movies: The Aggressive Oscar Campaigns Begin

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Supercalifragilistic Tom, Emma, and Colin at AFI 

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

I apologize for my absence. I recently returned to NYC from Hollywood's annual AFI festival (November 7th-14th) and its been hard to see clearly since. The galas were blinding with star wattage and the air was foggy with golden dreams - Oscar approaches! Awards buzz begins in force in Toronto each September but there the conversation is largely shaped by the critics. By early November, studios and their awards strategists (yes, it's an actual job) have read the tea leaves and begun to take back the conversation in the form of aggressive media campaigns. At AFI the path to Oscar is lined with star tributes and interviews. This year the honorees were director David O. Russell (American Hustle), director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) and the actors Bruce Dern (Nebraska) and Annette Bening (the sole honoree without an Oscar vehicle to push).

The Bening surprised her appreciate fans with a screening of next year's romantic drama Face of Love, in which she falls for a dead ringer of her dead husband played by Ed Harris. (Do you think they co-miserated on set over their rotten Oscar luck? Both of them have 4 nominations but have lost repeatedly to lesser actors.)

George Clooney on "AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY" plus "NEBRASKA", AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: George Clooney, 'American Hustle,' Carnegie Hall, Jesus Christ

Road LenaAll Kanye all the time: Mr. West takes over Kimmel, says Kim Kardashian deserves a star on the walk of fame.

RoadAndrew Sullivan on the ever-shrinking Republican Party: "There is effectively no Republican party any more. There is a radical movement to destroy the modern American state and eviscerate its institutions in favor of restoring a mythical, elysian, majority-white, nineteenth-century past."

RoadDon't eat cat vomit.

RoadUsher reminds us he still has an impressive six pack.

RoadFed up with government shutdown nonsense, Jon Stewart turns to his wheel of happy stories. One of the options? "Full Frontal George Clooney," complete with a real NSFW image of full frontal nudity (though probably not of George Clooney, by the looks of it).

RoadLena Dunham milks a cow for Billy on the Street.

RoadNew trailer for American Hustle with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

RoadBritish boyband McFly goes camping. Thankfully, Attitude magazine was there to document.

CampRoadQueer Nation NY to protest at Carnegie Hall tonight: "Conductor Valery Gergiev, a longtime friend and supporter of Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, will appear at Carnegie Hall. Gergiev has refused to make any comment on Russia’s anti-LGBT laws. He was honored by the Russian government and the Russian Orthodox Church. Carnegie Hall has not responded to a request to oppose the Russian government’s attacks on LGBT Russians. The demonstration at Carnegie Hall follows a recent action by Queer Nation during the Metropolitan Opera’s Opening Night Gala on September 23. Protesters inside the Met delayed the start of the night’s program, while protesters outside held signs and a giant rainbow flag banner to demand that the Russian government repeal their anti-gay laws. Gergiev led that performance as well."

RoadThe Jonas Bros reunion tour has been cancelled amidst rumors of a breakup.

RoadTwo years since his passing, the ashes of legendary gay rights activist Frank Kamey have still not been laid to rest.

RoadIam Somerhalder kissing and hugging adorable animals.

RoadFor the Bible tells me so? Academic claims Jesus Christ was invented: "Ancient confessions recently uncovered now prove, according to [American Biblical scholar Joseph] Atwill, that the New Testament was written by first-century Roman aristocrats and that they fabricated the entire story of Jesus Christ."

RoadPriorities: the government may be shut down, but the congressional gym remains open.

RoadJude Law's son is kind of a Baldwin.


Movies: Alfonso Cuáron's 'Gravity' and Other October Pleasures

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Outer Space Movie Star Huddle: Sandy & Clooney 

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS 

There's a brief scene in Nicole Holofcener's engaging indie hit ENOUGH SAID that repeats enough times that it could be the chorus if the movie were a song. A massage therapist (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) arrives at the home of a fit male client who lives on the top floor of his building. Every time she arrives he pops out with a killer smile looking down to greet her. He never thinks to help her as she arduously lugs her massage table up the entire steep flight of stairs.  

Excuse the stretch but this is sometimes how it feels to write about movies. Especially the ones that are true lookers that you're still just not that into.

By any definition GRAVITY is the movie of the moment and by some measures it will come to be regarded as The Movie of the Year. (You can lock it up for a Best Picture nomination).  If you've ever wondered "What's all the fuss?" about something that everyone else loved I hope you'll choose empathy when you learn that I did not love it. In the binary-thinking of the 21st century the internet this makes me a hater but this is not the case.  At every zero gravity step of its way I was trying to love it.  And I did mostly like it... at least through its astounding 20 minute (?) opening act, which appears to have been miraculously filmed in one continuous shot.  

MORE AFTER THE JUMP...

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Is the New Trailer for 'Gravity' Worthy of the Best Space Film Ever Made? — VIDEO

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Sandra Bullock becomes untethered in a Space Shuttle-ISS disaster and spins out into the void in the new trailer for Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, which also stars George Clooney.

Director James Cameron (Avatar, Titanic) thought it was out of this world, he told Variety:

“I was stunned, absolutely floored. I think it’s the best space photography ever done, I think it’s the best space film ever done, and it’s the movie I’ve been hungry to see for an awful long time....What is interesting is the human dimension...Alfonso and Sandra working together to create an absolutely seamless portrayal of a woman fighting for her life in zero gravity.”

Check out the trailer and see if you're impressed, AFTER THE JUMP...

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