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News: Andrew Garfield, Ryan Murphy, Star Wars, Helen Thomas

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi Watch: The very first full-length trailer for the upcoming film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Garfield6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi Yesterday, Andrew Garfield told Comic-Con attendees: "'Spiderman stands for everybody -- gay, straight, bixsexual, transexual,' Garfield said. 'To me, love between two consenting adults is love. To me, that anyone would bat an eyelash at what I said to me is interesting.'"

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi Jesse and the Rippers reunite, thanks to John Stamos and Jimmy Fallon.

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi Man injures only himself after setting off home-made bomb in Beijing International Airport.

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi Will season three of Once Upon A Time introduce a gay character?

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi Lesbian couple in Canada receives disturbing threatening letter: “We know you and have been following you for the past several weeks and we wish for you to leave this city, before it is too late, for you.”

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi An abandoned set from the original Star Wars film is in danger of being covered up by sand dunes in Tunisia.

Ryan-murphy-talks-cory-monteith-death-lea-michele-grief-future-glee-plans16a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi Ryan Murphy speaks out about the death of Cory Monteith: “It’s always sad and shocking when somebody so young dies, but one of the things that made it even more upsetting is that so many of us who knew and loved him were actively involved in trying to get him better.”

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi "Out in the ‘Hood: Young, Gay and Hoping for Something Better": A photo essay about a young gay black man by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Preston Gannaway.

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi RIP: long-time White House journalist Helen Thomas.

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi Prepare for Superman and Batman - in one film!

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi The anti-flash mobs: "bash mobs."

6a00d8341c730253ef0192ac18ea06970d-800wi JK Rowling was not pleased to learn that a partner in an entertainment law firm was the one who leaked her highly secretive pen name to his wife's best friend: “To say that I am disappointed is an understatement. I had assumed that I could expect total confidentiality from Russells, a reputable professional firm and I feel very angry that my trust turned out to be misplaced.”

NEWS: Hitch, Bumps, And Ballers (VIDEO)


Towleroad-roadicon The Times neatly sums up the sudden eruption of pro-equality sentiment from the NFL:

“I think it’s a transformational moment and seismic shift to see so many folks in the world of sports stepping up and speaking out in support of equality and fairness and, in this instance, marriage equality,” Ellner said. “It really demonstrates what we know, and what’s apparent in the polls, and that the world has changed.”

Towleroad-roadicon And another such summary from CNN.

Towleroad-roadicon Muslims, Jews, and Christians find common ground:

Around 500 mainly Jewish but some Christian and Muslim protesters gathered in Berlin on Sunday to demand the right to circumcision after a disputed court ruling in Germany outlawing the rite.

Some protesters were draped in Israeli flags, others wore orthodox Jewish dress for the peaceful demonstration on Berlin’s Bebelplatz, infamous as the site of book-burning ceremonies carried out by Adolf Hitler’s Nazis.

One banner at the demonstration accused Germany of reverting to a “colonial power” while another read: “Foreskin? No thank you!”

Towleroad-roadicon Next year likely to be the hottest on record.

Towleroad-roadicon Obama gets a great big convention bump:

The latest daily tracking poll showed Obama, a Democrat, with a lead of 4 percentage points over Romney. Forty-seven percent of 1,457 likely voters surveyed online over the previous four days said they would vote for Obama if the November 6 elections were held today, compared with 43 percent for Romney.

... Obama increased his lead over Romney in certain favorable characteristics. Asked who was more "eloquent," 50 percent of the 1,720 registered voters questioned in the poll favored Obama, compared to 25 percent for Romney. Asked about being "smart enough for the job," 46 percent sided with Obama compared to 37 percent for Romney.

In fact, Obama led Romney in a dozen such favorable characteristics, such as "represents America" or "has the right values." The only such category in which Romney had an advantage was being "a man of faith," as 44 percent picked Romney, who is Mormon, compared to 31 percent for Obama, who is Christian.

Towleroad-roadicon The GOP sues to keep third-party candidates off the ballot in November.

Towleroad-roadicon Al Pacino as Joe Paterno?

RajonRondoTowleroad-roadicon There are a lot of big books coming out this fall. The Times' has a preview:

Fall is traditionally the biggest season in the book business, the time that publishers reserve for their most high-profile authors. But this year it is especially crammed with writers who are both household names and have not released a book in several years, like the octogenarian Mr. Wolfe, whose last novel, “I Am Charlotte Simmons,” was published in 2004, and Mr. Díaz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” which came out in 2007.

Salman Rushdie, the author of “Midnight’s Children,” will release a memoir ... [J.K.] Rowling, best known for her phenomenally best-selling Harry Potter series, has written her first novel for adults, “The Casual Vacancy.”

In November Nan A. Talese/Doubleday will release Ian McEwan’s “Sweet Tooth” ... Michael Chabon’s new novel, “Telegraph Avenue,” is scheduled for release on Sept. 11 ...

The pileup has left publishers jostling for shelf space and publication dates, and critics wondering how they can review all of the elite writers worthy of attention ...

Towleroad-roadicon The NBA's Rajon Rando, point guard, millionaire, and noted cutie, goes to work as an unpaid fashion intern.

Towleroad-roadicon AFTER THE JUMP: See the ordinarily private Carol Blue, Christopher Hitchens's widow, speaks to Charlie Rose about her late husband's last book, Mortality, and his "year of living dyingly."

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NEWS: Cameroon, Turkey Cheese, Newt Gingrich, And Mysteries

Smilinggingrich Towleroad-roadicon Gingrich is still against marriage equality -- but he appreciates how, in Washington, we're going about it "the right way."

Towleroad-roadicon Retired Presbyterian Rev. Jane Sparh censured for performing gay weddings when they were legal in CA:

"The issue is not simply the same-sex ceremony," the commission wrote in its majority opinion decision. "It is the misrepresentation that the Presbyterian Church ... recognizes the ceremony and the resulting relationship to be a marriage in the eyes of the church."

The censure constitutes an official rebuke, but does not carry additional penalties such as or exclusion from church services or ex-communication.

The commission, made up of 15 ministers and elders from around the country, held a hearing on Spahr's case in San Antonio last week. The six members who voted against censuring Spahr said punishing her sends the message that gay couples "are children of a lesser God."

Towleroad-roadicon Somehow, this tale of a Grindr affair that wasn't was Salon's lead story yesterday:

... But the most unsettling experiences occurred when I saw Brian. I panicked when I passed him on my bike. I would pedal faster so he didn’t recognize me. Once, I saw him standing on my subway platform at the bottom of the stairs, but instead of introducing myself, I turned around and waited for the next train. I’m not sure what I was afraid of — awkwardness, I guess. I mean, what do you say to someone whom you’ve never met, but whom you’ve seen naked? But mostly, I was afraid that if I met him, he wouldn’t live up to my elaborate fantasies, and I’d have to end it all.

Towleroad-roadicon National Review editors to Rick Santorum: "Stop tipping your hand!"

... He is one of us, he has fought for our causes, and he has the political scars to prove it. Santorum is not one of those Republicans about whom Richard Brookhiser once remarked, “In their hearts they know they’re wrong.” He seems serenely confident that with enough time he can change anyone’s mind on the issues. But he has not always shown that he knows how to pick his battles wisely, or that he understands that voters want a president with a suitably modest conception of a president’s proper role in national life ...

If he does not heed this lesson, he risks doing damage to the causes he rightly holds dear. Already his inopportune remarks about contraception have lent an undeserved credibility to liberaldom’s claim that a Republican “war on contraception” rather than a Democratic attack on freedom is what underlies the debate over the Obama administration’s new regulations. 

We have defended Santorum many times in the past and will happily continue to do so. We do wish he would leave himself exposed a bit less often. 

Towleroad-roadicon Ten women arrested in Cameroon on charges of lesbianism.

Towleroad-roadicon The grieving family of Darius Frazier thinks he was killed because he lived as a woman.

Towleroad-roadicon J.K. Rowling's new novel is ... a murder mystery!

Towleroad-roadicon WashPo does puff piece on institute which claims to teach ... magic!

Howard Broadman wants to see as much as he can before age slows him down, but he wonders if he might have ventured too far this time. He takes a seat at a long wooden table across from a man wearing a cap with a firefighter emblem. Five other people fill the plush white chairs around them, but soon Broadman is listening only to the firefighter, watching a spoon dangle between the man’s fingers.

“I’ve done other programs here,” the firefighter is saying. “In one, we learned to bend spoons with our minds.”

Towleroad-roadicon At last -- the Dictionary of American Regional English:

... Such was a particularly nerve-racking day in the life of one of America’s most ambitious lexicographical projects, which culminates with the publication by Harvard University Press of Volume V (Sl-Z) next month, a mere 50 years after the project was inaugurated by Frederic G. Cassidy, an exuberant Jamaican-born linguist given to signing off conversations with “On to Z!”

Mr. Cassidy, who died in 2000, did not make it to the end of the alphabet. But to scholars and language lovers the work he set in motion is an invaluable guide to the way Americans not only speak but also live — a homegrown answer to the Oxford English Dictionary, served up with heaping sides of “slump” (cobbler), “turkey cheese” (cottage cheese) and “wapatuli” (a potent Wisconsin punch).

Towleroad-roadicon Reaction shots: See hundreds of actors and actresses learn they have -- or, more frequently, haven't -- won Academy Awards.

Towleroad-roadicon Why does movie violence sound the way it does? How'd it get so squishy?

Towleroad-roadicon Singer/songwriter/Peter Gabriel impersonator Gotye is very impressive. Five friends covering him with one guitar? Even moreso! Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...



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J.K. Rowling Announces 'Pottermore': VIDEO


J.K. Rowling announces the next step in the Harry Potter series, Pottermore. The more being more money into her bank account!


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Barack Obama Likes Dumbledore, But Offers Him His Privacy

Back in January, Obama got some attention when he revealed how much he loved HBO's The Wire, and that his favorite character was Omar:

Dumbledore"I gotta say Omar’s a great character. That’s not an endorsement. That is not an endorsement. He is not my favorite person. But he’s a fascinating character. He’s this gay gangster who only robs drug dealers, and then gives back. You know, he’s sort of a Robin Hood. And he’s the toughest, baddest guy on this show, but he’s gay, you know. And it’s really interesting. It’s a fascinating character."

Now, in a new interview about his kids, Obama reveals his fondness for another gay character, though this time around he's not so open to talking about the character's sexuality:

"His favorite Harry Potter character may be Dumbledore (he won’t comment when it’s mentioned that the headmaster of Hogwarts may be gay.)"

JK Rowling on Dumbledore: Homophobia is a Fear of People Loving


JK Rowling addressed Dumbledore's homosexuality in a recent interview with Scotland's Edinburgh University student paper. In the interview, Rowling says "So what?" to those who disagree with a gay character in a children's novel.

DumbledoreSays Rowling: "It is a very interesting question because I think homophobia is a fear of people loving, more than it is of the sexual act. There seems to be an innate distaste for the love involved, which I find absolutely extraordinary. There were people who thought, well why haven't we seen Dumbledore's angst about being gay? Where was that going to come in? And then the other thing was — and I had letters saying this — that, as a gay man, he would never be safe to teach in a school...He's a very old single man. You have to ask: why is it so interesting? People have to examine their own attitudes. It's a shade of character. Is it the most important thing about him? No, it's Dumbledore for God's sake. There are 20 things that are relevant to the story before his sexuality."

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