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04/19/2007


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

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


YOUR FEATURE PRESENTATION

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"


News: Hate Crimes, Lady GaGa, Pope Condoms, India, James Franco

 roadBipartisan federal hate crimes bill reintroduced in House by Reps. John Conyers (D-MI) and Mark Kirk (R-IL): "Beyond providing tougher penalties for crimes explicitly targeting LGBT people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act also gives local law enforcement officers more resources for investigations and prosecutions of bias-motivated crimes as well as training on the issue."

World road World Without Us about Earth after demise of man to be made into film. But who will star?

 roadLady Gaga: bisexual performance artist (NSFW).

 roadHelen Davis, Denver mom who became gay rights champion, dies of brain tumor.

 roadTop 5 gay bars in Iowa in which to celebrate marriage equality (And perhaps meet your future groom?).

 roadThe ring: Marc Jacobs' proof of engagement.

 roadGay rights advocates seek spousal benefits in Maryland: "Last year, state legislators passed bills that allow same-sex partners who meet certain criteria to make medical and burial decisions for each other. They also made domestic partners eligible for tax benefits that married people currently get when transferring property. This year, activists want domestic partners who own a home together to be exempt from the hefty state taxes assessed on property when one partner dies."

 roadSex and the City sequel gets release date.

 roadLevi Johnston tells Tyra Banks he practiced safe sex "most of the time."

Mohat  roadParents blame school bullying for teen's suicide: "The lawsuit -- filed March 27, alleges that the quiet but likable boy, who was involved in theater and music, was called 'gay,' 'fag,' 'queer' and 'homo' and often in front of his teachers. Most of the harassment took place in math class and the teacher -- an athletic coach -- was accused of failing to protect the boy."

 roadJohn Cameron Mitchell to direct Aaron Eckhart, Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole: "The story, which David Lindsay-Abaire adapted from his own stage play, traces the life of a happily married couple that is disrupted by an unexpected tragedy and the emotional journey they must undertake to regain happiness. Eckhart will play Kidman's husband, who is trying to hold on to the memory of his dead son while dealing with his emotionally removed wife." 

 roadMore James Franco Howl shots.

Popecondoms  roadPope condoms selling like hotcakes in France.

 roadMichael Phelps training with Navy Seals.

 roadVisually-impaired Indian CEO Karan Goel produces film about plight of gays in India: "When I was 15, I found out I was suffering from Retinitis Pigmentosa (an eye disease). When people found out, they started distancing themselves from me and began boycotting me. I went ahead to finish my studies through correspondence but later left that too. I feel such discrimination also happens with homosexuals in India. Later, I went abroad to do my graduation from San Francisco State University and there I realised how liberal people were about homosexuality, unlike here. When I came back to India, my father suggested that I do something for society. He said, ‘Let’s make a movie!’ And homosexuality was a subject that came immediately to my mind."


News: Pope Hate, Ben Affleck, Touchscreen iPod?

road.jpg BOOK: Arnold Schwarzenegger was reportedly enraged in his early years as a bodybuilder when he discovered that footage of his competitions had been used in gay porn films.

Mitchellroad.jpg John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus screens at Toronto International Film Festival with Mitchell performing. Film finds international distribution: "People are ready for change. There is a thirst for something different. What pissed me off was that it was ... generically identified of as porn. We are not trying to do anything salacious here. That is just the language which we speak. Porn is really to arouse. This film explores the other areas of sex."

road.jpg George Bush a fan of pin-up Matt Lauer..

road.jpg Gay Miami man David Bromstad wins HGTV Design Star competition.

Ipodphotoroad.jpg Cameraphone photo raises possibility that video touchscreen iPod is on the menu for Apple's big event tomorrow.

road.jpg Canadian Bishops were scolded by Pope Benedict XVI when they made a visit to the Vatican on Friday. The Pope lashed out at Canada's stance on gay marriage and abortion: "In the name of ‘tolerance' your country has had to endure the folly of the redefinition of spouse, and in the name of ‘freedom of choice' it is confronted with the daily destruction of unborn children. When the Creator's divine plan is ignored the truth of human nature is lost."

road.jpg Venice Film Festival winners: Jia Zhang-Ke's Still Life, Helen Mirren as The Queen, Ben Affleck for Hollywoodland...


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