Jane Fonda Hub
Outfest award winners announced...
Alliance Defense Fund vows to legally help any NY clerk who quits over marriage equality.
Tom Cruise belts out showtunes on hotel balcony.
How Bachmann lost a young conservative: "Signing a pledge that says he and others chose their sexuality, your husband's equating homosexuals with barbarians, and attempts to pray out of one's sexual preference are shortsighted and show your naivete about winning the presidency."
Gay tourism on India's radar: "Customised packages -- everything from yoga, spiritual, weddings, honeymoon or even surrogacy tours -- are the main attractions for foreign gay tourists to India."
Justin Bieber, wedding crasher.
Neil Patrick Harris to star in marriage equality film? "It all started with a joke. We were on break on the set of How I Met Your Mother, and Jason Segel was Google Imaging me to find that one shot of me on a unicorn. Instead, he happened upon a picture of me holding a double-barrel shotgun. I don't even remember when...anyway, he showed it to Allyson Hannigan, and she said, 'Hey, it's a homo with a shotgun!' I guess she had just seen the trailer for [the Rutger Hauer film] Hobo with a Shotgun, and thought it was a cute riff. Next thing I know, somebody from Dimension [Films] is on the phone, and we're getting $20 million in funding from the State of New York to develop the picture. Amazing."
Adam Lambert and boyfriend Sauli Koskinen go to the movies.
Stills from James Franco's biopic of Sal Mineo.
Days of Our Lives isn't the only soap turning up the gay interest: "My attention turned back to the daytime serial, AMC in particular, I am confounded that flying under the media gay-dar until recently, is the latest in a line of lesbian(?) relationships for AMC’s 'Bianca Montgomery', the gay daughter of uber-diva, 'Erica Kane'. "
Coldplay's "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall" gets a Chew Fu remix.
Male Model fix: Leo Vlasic-Klasan.
MTV True Life: 'I'm trying to be straight'.
Community Board denies liquor application to iconic NYC gay piano bar Pieces: "Community Board 2's SLA committee voted last night to deny the eighteen-year-old venue its application for a liquor license at the new spot when its lease runs out on Christopher Street. Operator Eric Einstein, who had gathered 4,000 signatures supporting his application, had left NYU's Silver Building by the time the committee voted around 11:15 p.m. in a seventh floor classroom, resolving to send the app before the full board next month for another hearing."
Olly Moss is a poster boy wonder.
Murdoch whistleblower found dead...
Leesburg, Virginia homeowner holds anti-gay, anti-Muslim garage sale: "all are welcome to the moving sale / garage sale except for LGBT people, illegal immigrants, and muslims, anyone else is warmly welcomed! no drama, terrorism, or illegal transactions with non-US citizens / illegal immigrants / people taking jobs away from people who belong and are legal in this country is desired."
Kate Middleton gets high marks, invitation from The Queen.
QVC cancels Jane Fonda appearance after pressure from groups opposed to her Vietnam anti-war stance: "I was to have been on QVC today to introduce my book, “Prime Time,” about aging and the life cycle. The network said they got a lot of calls yesterday criticizing me for my opposition to the Vietnam War and threatening to boycott the show if I was allowed to appear. I am, to say the least, deeply disappointed that QVC caved to this kind of insane pressure by some well funded and organized political extremist groups. And that they did it without talking to me first. I have never shied away from talking about this as I have nothing to hide...Bottom line, this has gone on far too long, this spreading of lies about me! None of it is true. NONE OF IT! I love my country....."
Jane Fonda, Kylie Minogue, Juliette Lewis, Amanda Lepore, and the band members all make appearances in the latest update from Scissor Sisters News.
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Virginia Governor McDonnell ripped for celebrating Confederate History Month.
Martina Navratilova diagnosed with breast cancer. Expected to make full recovery: "I cried. It knocked me on my ass, really. I feel so in control of my life and my body, and then this comes, and it's completely out of my hands."
Would you "baldazzle" yourself? "Levine's latest work is a Swarovski crystal headpiece which he calls his best design yet -- and may give Jennifer Love Hewitt's vajazzle a run for its money. It includes 1,000 crystals that are painstakingly placed one by one onto his scalp."
He dreamed a dream: the male, Taiwanese answer to Susan Boyle.
Newly-discovered asteroid to pass close to Earth on Thursday.
Janice Dickinson to OUT magazine: "The gays need more money. My gays need more money for AIDS and AIDS research. Elton John, pediatric AIDS -- we need to find a cure for AIDS. I’m obsessed. Here’s the deal: I love my daughter, she’s out there, Mother’s Day is coming, Mother’s Day to all you queers, but we need to find more money for AIDS. That is why I decided to do music -- to raise money for AIDS, more research, and the cure for fucking AIDS. Thank you."
Differing accounts of anti-gay hate crime complicate case of Brooklyn man who faces deportation.
Final ruling in Malawi gay couple's case coming May 18: "The court is now awaiting written submissions from both prosecutors and defence lawyers for the two accused after the couple chose to remain silent. Khumbo Magwira a court official said the magistrate has warned the two parties that although he values the submissions, he will still make his ruling even in the absence of them."
MTV casting for a new bunch of Jersey Shore Guidos.
Court rules against Shepard Fairey in AP "Hope" case: "U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein ruled in favor of The Associated Press in most of its requests for evidence, including when Fairey's lawyers first knew the AP had asserted that it holds the copyright to a photograph the image was based on. He said lawyers must disclose relevant documents that were deleted or destroyed from Fairey's files and when the deletions or destruction occurred.
Adam Lambert to mentor American Idol contestants next week. Twitter: "Even though I'm just at the start of my recording career, I hope to lend some insight as one who's been thru the Idol adventure. Excited!!"
UK conservative party leader David Cameron urged to explain party's stance on gay rights.
John Amaechi slams Cameron: "As a black, gay man (amongst many other things) I was horrified that the only remotely brown face of Conservative power - and one ostensibly in charge of our societies ‘social action’ couldn’t even spit out words in support of equality. “I can only conclude, that should Cameron and his remarkably un-evolved group take power that LGBT people will be a big part of his ‘great ignored’."
Those Hamms: Mad Men cast and crew perform Bye Bye Birdie.
Hercules presents luscious slabs of Dolce & Gabbana (site nsfw).
Winona Ryder's comeback begins again.
Constance McMillen does come from the meanest town in Mississippi. Classmate: "IAHS is one of the top schools in the state and I’m proud of that, and I’m proud that we took a stand and just said you know what? forget it, we have just as much right as you do to have a party for ourselves. So we did, and now we’re getting flack because poor Connie’s ego got a bit of bruising. She’s playing the lesbian card to prove she ALWAYS gets what she wants. This time, we didn’t just let her."
Jane Fonda not proud of her plastic surgery.
FCC loses big in net neutrality case: "The ruling basically tells the FCC that it has no authority to regulate the activities of internet service providers, just as the agency prepares to launch a nationwide broadband agenda."
More on Fire Island Pines and its new owners.
Santa Rosa, California approves gay and lesbian retirement community: "Initially, there were accusations some of the opposition was fueled by homophobic opposition to a retirement community geared to gays and lesbians, accusations that eventually dissipated."
I recently had a conversation with Moises Kaufman and Jane Fonda. Kaufman’s play, 33 Variations, opens on March 9th at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on Broadway with Fonda as its leading lady. She plays a musicologist who is trying to solve the mystery of Beethoven spending so much time writing 33 variations based on a short waltz by Anton Diabelli. She, like the composer, is battling against time. He was going deaf. She has a life-threatening disease. Among her costars are Samantha Mathis, who plays the daughter with whom she’s had difficulties and Colin Hanks — yes, Tom’s son — who plays her nurse.
Kaufman is the writer and director of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and The Laramie Project. He directed, among other plays, I Am My Own Wife and Liev Schreiber’s Macbeth at the Public Theatre. He is the artistic director of the Tectonic Theater Project.
We all know Fonda’s credits — or many of them. She’s been at this for fifty years. I ask after a mutual friend, Pat Newcomb, who was the publicist for everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Barbra Streisand to Warren Beatty. “You know I took Pat to the Czech Republic right after the Velvet Revolution and we met Vaclav Havel,” she says, smiling at the memory and petting her small Coton de Tulear dog named Tulea who is curled in her lap.
I recall the first time I ever met her. “It was years ago,” I tell her and mention one of my best friends from college who became one of her closest Hollywood pals for a while. We all had dinner at Joe Allen.
“It couldn’t have been that many years ago,” she said.
“Yeah. It was,” I tell her. “Maybe the early ‘80s. We each had vestiges of a shag and you showed up with your stepmother.”
She laughs.. “I’ve had several. Which one?” she asks.
“I think her name was Susan.”
“Oh, yes, yes. Susan! Yes. Now I remember.”
“I walked you back to your hotel and you told a rather risque joke about arriving at The Pearly Gates and the conversation that ensued with Saint Peter. I remember thinking to myself — shit — Jane Fonda is funny. Who knew she was funny?
JANE FONDA: I’ve gotten funnier. I had to keep up with Ted Turner. He’s hysterical. You’ve got to have a sense of humor to be married to Ted Turner.
KEVIN SESSUMS: That could be a compliment or an insult. He allowed you to get more in touch with your own sense of humor?
JF: Well, he allowed me to ... ah ... well... yeah. That’s all. Yeah.
KS: After your divorce from him, you kept living in Atlanta. Do you consider yourself a Southerner now?
JF: Yes, I do. I’ve lived there for over 18 years.
KS: Moises, we met at the “Mormon March” after Prop 8 passed in California and we New Yorkers took to the streets in solidarity. We were both rendezvousing with some guys at the Barnes and Noble next to the Mormon Visitors Center. I was with my old boyfriend Peter Staley.
MOISES KAUFMAN: Yes, of course. We were meeting Tony Kushner and his husband, Mark Harris. Doug Wright and his husband, David Clement. To be demonstrating with Tony in front of the Mormon Visitors Center — because that’s where half of Angels in America takes place — was very moving.
KS: It had the dramatic contours of a Moises Kaufman play.
MK: Yes, I guess it did, didn’t it. I was very moved that night.
JF: Someone emailed Moises a picture of me with Harvey Milk during a “No on Prop 6” march.
KS: Well, honey, you do have a history of marches. I’d expect you to have a picture with Harvey Milk.
JF: It’s why I loved Sean’s performance so much. I knew Harvey and he totally got him.
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