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News: San Francisco, Mark Wahlberg, Barney Frank, FOX News

 road Bones found in the South Pacific might be those of lost aviator Amelia Earhart.

Swallow  road Ever wonder about some of the strange things people have swallowed? There's now an entire book devoted to the subject.

 road Prince Harry gets honored in Germany.

 road Malaysian politician, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom reacts to a popular Youtube video where a writer from his country talks openly about his own sexuality: For Muslims, we must remember that being gay is against our religious teaching."

 road The Situation has been using an image of a painting of himself on his Facebook page but the artist hasn't asked him to remove it because she feels as if he won't understand copyright laws.

 road Rabbit Hole director John Cameron Mitchell: "The military, despite its conservative reputation, is the most socialist, egalitarian institution in this country and I’m glad to have grown up in it."

 road Levi Johnston has a girlfriend and Bristol is just fine with it.

Mark  road Mark Wahlberg and his pecs grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.

 road It's not very difficult to spoof the Kardashian sisters.

 road Some San Franciscans want the rainbow flag street banners that have been up in the castro for years removed.

 road In non-news of the day, a study has found that Fox News viewers are the most misinformed consumers of news.

 road Barney Frank tells Maureen Dowd about the possibility of a gay US president: “It’s one thing to have a gay person in the abstract. It’s another to see that person as part of a living, breathing couple. How would a gay presidential candidate have a celebratory kiss with his partner after winning the New Hampshire primary? The sight of two women kissing has not been as distressful to people as the sight of two men kissing.”

News: Brazil, John Cameron Mitchell, Christine O'Donnell, Rome

 road The newest Real Housewives of Orange County cast member is a lesbian.

Ricky  road Ricky Martin joins Ke$ha and Kylie at the "40 Principales Awards" in Madrid.

 road The Manhattan Declaration app might make its way back onto iTunes.

 road Nicole Kidman on why she chose John Cameron Mitchell to helm her new movie Rabbit Hole: "I think a director that's very cold, or that's slightly removed or stoic, wouldn't have been so good because the script itself was very restrained. So it was the combination of a very raw director with a restrained script, I just thought that was interesting."

 road Critics less than thrilled over new Michael Jackson album.

 road The Gwent County Police department in Wales now has an LGBT unit.

 road Willow Smith's parents would rather put their 10-year-old child to work rather than give her an education.

Witch  road Christine O'Donnell's "I'm not a witch" is the quote of the year.

 road Nicole Richie and Joel Madden tie the knot.

 road Brazil will give pensions to gay couples: "The Social Security Ministry says in a Friday statement that the gay spouse of a retiree who dies will now be able to receive the pension payments once received by his or her companion. The policy covers formally registered workers who pay monthly social security fees."

 road Massachusetts serial killer confesses to the murder of eight women.

 road Angelina Jolie plus Johnny Depp does not equal box office gold.

 road Police in Rome arrest a group that robbed tourists, leaving one dead, outside of a gay club.

News: Annie Lennox, Winona Ryder, Lightning, Wikileaks

 road Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys and other celebrities have put their tweeting on pause until they raise $1 million for the Keep a Child Alive charity before World AIDS Day.

Annie  road Annie Lennox on life actually being easier if she were gay: "It's not like I think being gay could be an alternative, 'cos it isn't. I sometimes wish it would have been 'cos it would have made life easier...I think that for 90, maybe even 95 per cent, of women, men are a huge disappointment in relationship terms."

 road The Kimpton hotel group tops gay and lesbian traveler list: "Of all the hotel brands, (Kimpton is) the most active in LGBT community," Paisley says. "They have a website, they sponsor tons of events and they advertise in gay and lesbian media."

 road Lesbian couple bravely come out publicly in Botswana where homosexuality is illegal.

 road Christopher Hitchens and Tony Blair debate religion. Says Hitchens: "Once you assume a creator and a plan, it makes us objects, in a cruel experiment, whereby we are created sick, and commanded to be well."

 road Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Swift get caffeinated.

 road Q&A with the cast and crew of John Cameron Mitchell's new film, Rabbit Hole.

Lightning  road 309,959,570 lightning strikes.

 road Entertainment Weekly declares The Walking Dead “the best new show on TV.”

 road Winona Ryder on the "gay" controversy surrounding her upcoming movie The Dilemma: "It's just crazy because I'm very sensitive to that issue and if I thought something was offensive I wouldn't want to be part of it. Plus all my gay friends use that word all the time so [protesters will] have to go and give them a hard time too."

 road The latest Wikileaks documents are here.

 road Apparently some people have enough spare time that they can go about claiming ownership of the sun.

 road Sarah Palin's new book - the Cliff Notes version.

News: Australia, iPad, Cher, North Korea, The Vatican

 road Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart step out to do a Q&A for John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole.

 road The owner of The Abbey in West Hollywood on what makes his bar a success: "Anyone who walks through my gate is a VIP. Everyone is gonna be treated the same."

Aust  road New Nielsen polls shows strong support for marriage equality in Australia: "The poll, published on Monday in Fairfax newspapers, found nearly 60 per cent of people support same-sex marriage, with 37 per cent against. The same poll also shows the federal coalition leads Labor by 51 points to 49 on a two-party preferred basis."

 road Disney decides it's done with movies based on classic fairy tales.

 road Gay and lesbians rally in the Bronx: “For so long the Bronx has been very quiet about LGBT issues. This particular event sparked the feeling to doing something and how do you do it—you do it in unity.”

 road Desperate Housewives will go on with one less housewife.

 road North Korea shows American scientist new secret nuclear facility: "He had been “stunned” by the sophistication of the new plant, where he saw “hundreds and hundreds” of centrifuges that had just been installed, and that were operated from what he called “an ultra-modern control room.”

Cher road Cher knows her limits: “Look, I have a very narrow range. I’ve never tried anything more than playing who I am. If you look at my characters, they’re all me.”

 road Steve Jobs and Rupert Murdoch to team up on an iPad-only newspaper: "There will be no "print edition" or "web edition"; the central innovation, developed with assistance from Apple engineers, will be to dispatch the publication automatically to an iPad or any of the growing number of similar devices."

 road If you think adult pandas are cute, wait until you see a picture of a newborn panda.

 road One-time correspondent professor Pontifical Academy of St Thomas Aquinas in the Vatican tells German magazine: “It must be acknowledged that a large number of Catholic clerics and trainee priests in Europe and the United States are homosexually-inclined,”

 road Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I has a big box office weekend.

 road Paris Hilton fulfills part of her 200 hour community service.

 road Arrests made at a sit-in on Ottawa in to mark Transgendered Day of Remembrance.

Movies: "Waking Sleeping Beauty" and The Return of Hedwig


...would live in the movie theater but for the poor internet reception. He blogs daily at the Film Experience.


Though it might be hard for anyone under about 30 to contextualize, Disney was once in very real danger of losing its entertainment superpowers. You couldn't catch teenagers at animated films unless they were forced to go and the theme parks were essentially going the museum route, merely living off of past glories. WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY, a dizzying study of a tumultuous decade in the life of Disney animation investigates how the studio went from its sleepwalking nadir (The Black Cauldron, 1985) to its joyous rebirth (The Little Mermaid, 1989) and world domination (The Lion King, 1994). 

This story is the stuff of showbiz legend. The film has super-powered egos battling for control (Jeffrey Katzenberg vs. Michael Eisner) unassuming but formidable heirs to a family throne (Roy Disney) and it's peppered with cameos from showbiz giants (Tim Burton appears in his gangly youth as an intern!). Waking Sleeping Beauty benefits enormously from its insider feel. The director Don Hahn shares abundant home movies shot on the job which lends the documentary an authentic you-are-there vibe. The clip heavy nature indicates that Disney gave it their blessing but for a film that's decidedly pro-Disney, there's a surprising amount of candor about their fumbles .

The most enjoyable and emotional section in the movie is undoubtedly the period from 1988-1991 when the late lyricist Howard Ashman (pictured below) arrives, spreading fairy dust on the animated film again. A "we can't believe this is happening!" giddiness settles over the animation department. 'They can fly, they can fly, they can fly.'

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News: Santa Barbara, Outrage, Sacha Baron Cohen, Prop 8

 roadProp 8 boycott target Doug Manchester trying to make amends with LGBT community: "His plan – which his people warned this newspaper against publishing, even after a Hyatt representative discussed it – is to give $25,000 to a national organization that promotes civil unions and domestic partnerships. Manchester also is considering offering $100,000 in hotel credit to local gay and lesbian organizations so they can use the Grand Hyatt for events such as fundraisers. The $125,000 total matches what he gave to Proposition 8."

Bruno  roadSacha Baron Cohen bleached his nether regions for Bruno, but things went terribly wrong.

 roadTowleroad's Corey Johnson profiled in Bay Windows, 10 years after making headlines by coming out to his high school football team.

 roadMcDonald's settles Louisville "faggots" case: "McDonald’s restaurant has agreed to pay $2,000 each to two Indianapolis men who complained they were subjected to anti-gay slurs and discrimination when they visited a McDonald’s restaurant on East Market Street last year."

 roadNYT: Outrage review. LAT: Kirby Dick interview.

 roadGrand jury indicts inmate for 2002 hate crime killing in Cincinnati: "A man already behind bars is now facing charges for allegedly killing a gay man in a hate crime six years ago. Gregory Beauchamp was shot and killed in Over-the-Rhine on New Year's Eve 2002 at the intersection of Vine Street and West Liberty. According to witnesses, a man yelled anti-gay slurs at three men wearing women's clothing, then opened fire. Beauchamp was 21-years-old when he was killed. Until now, the identity of the shooter has remained a mystery."

 roadRobert Downey Jr.  is in a hole.

Surf  roadDudes surf as Santa Barbara burns. Pool party!

 roadABC picks up sitcom featuring gay family: "Twentieth Century Fox TV is behind the show, which follows the lives of three American families, as seen through the eyes of a filmmaker. One home centers on a traditional nuclear family, another is a gay couple with a newly adopted Vietnamese child; and the third consists of an older man who has just married a younger Latina wife.

 roadHugh Jackman on Ellen.

 roadMario Cantone on NY Governor David Paterson: "You know, a lot of people don’t like him, but I think he’s a little tough bitch. I think he’s tough. I think he’s like, ‘I don’t care if you don’t like me, I’m going to do what I want."

 roadUndersea volcano near Guam has massive cone.

 roadRandy Blue actor appeals suspension from Christian college.

 roadRuPaul's Drag Race 2 casting...

Shiner  roadGosling gets a shiner.

 roadJohn Cameron Mitchell chats with Tilda Swinton.

 roadTexas city council candidate admits using gay slur against opponent's supporters outside polling place.

 roadMeet Millionaire Matchmaker's gay millionaire, Kevin Grainger.

 roadABC News: Gay advocates eye Supreme Court. Victory Fund's Dennis Dison: "There have been 110 Supreme Court judges and 106 of them have been straight, white men. So it's high time to look outside those institutions that produced Supreme Court justices in the past and find someone with different life experiences and different perspectives."

 roadPolice academy cadet in Peru fights dismissal over gay rumors.

 roadSame-sex couples find difficulties in getting health insurance: " Even if the relationship is formalized with the state in a marriage or union, that does not always obligate the employer to cover a same-sex spouse. For one thing, self-insured employers are not regulated by the states. And other benefit-providing employers that choose not to offer such coverage can sometimes use the Defense of Marriage Act — a law that forbids the federal government to recognize same-sex marriage — to trump state laws, said Ilse de Veer, a principal with Mercer"


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