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04/19/2007


RuPaul Drives John Waters: VIDEO

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RuPaul drives film legend John Waters in the latest episode of his automotive interview series.

Waters recently hitchhiked across the country (looking for perverts). He wrote a book about it that's coming out sometime in the future. Ru and Waters talk about his films, his casting, the movies he loves now, his favorite television shows, childhood's blown illusions, how kids rebel today, being an outsider, show business, and rejection.

"A no is free. It doesn’t cost you anything to ask for what you want.”

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Walmart Madness, Morsi, Pot Plant, 'Downton'

1NewsIcon Egyptians are protesting across the country after President Mohamed Morsi elevated himself to the top of the governmental chain in a "constitutional coup" to take care of "weevils" he claims are corrupting the nation. Opponent and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei said "Morsi today usurped all state powers and appointed himself Egypt's new pharaoh. A major blow to the revolution that could have dire consequences."

MikeRowe1NewsIcon Discovery pulled the plug on Dirty Jobs, leaving dreamy host Mike Rowe in a lurch.

1NewsIcon British radio host Rubina Nasir has been fined for saying gay people are "evil" and deserve to be beaten. "What should be done if they do [practice homosexuality]? If there are two such persons among you, that do this evil, the shameful act, what do you have to do? Torture them; punish them; beat them and give them mental torture," she said, citing the Quran as her source.

1NewsIcon Argentine politician Gabriela Cerruti is being called a "drug pusher" after posting a picture of a pot plant on her Twitter as a means of starting a conversation about decriminalizing marijuana. The pot plant was a gift from gay activist Alex Freyrem.

1NewsIcon Bad lesson: "On Monday, 62 per cent of Alberta school boards voted against adopting a sexual minorities policy at the Alberta School Boards Association conference. Both the Calgary Catholic School District and the Calgary Board of Education voted against, and they were joined by 37 other school boards."

On Monday, 62 per cent of Alberta school boards voted against adopting a sexual minorities policy at the Alberta School Boards Association conference.

Both the Calgary Catholic School District and the Calgary Board of Education voted against, and they were joined by 37 other school boards.

The view of many in the majority, according to various officials, is that individual groups shouldn’t be singled out, and that school board policies cover all variety of discrimination and harassment.



Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/School+boards+reject+separate+policy+sexual+minorities/7597793/story.html#ixzz2D4y52Ajy

On Monday, 62 per cent of Alberta school boards voted against adopting a sexual minorities policy at the Alberta School Boards Association conference.

Both the Calgary Catholic School District and the Calgary Board of Education voted against, and they were joined by 37 other school boards.

The view of many in the majority, according to various officials, is that individual groups shouldn’t be singled out, and that school board policies cover all variety of discrimination and harassment.



Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/School+boards+reject+separate+policy+sexual+minorities/7597793/story.html#ixzz2D4y52Ajy

1NewsIcon After a tumultuous few weeks (to say the least), Chevy Chase is leaving NBC's Community.

Far-from-the-tree_original1NewsIcon Gay author Andrew Solomon discussed his new book, Far from the Tree, a rumination on the varied effects of biological differences of all kind, including homosexuality and deafness, with NPR: "I had felt very lonely, in some ways, in dealing with being gay, and then all of a sudden I discovered that I had something in common with all of these other people. And I felt all of them seemed to be lonely in their particular identities, and I thought, I wonder whether I can possibly describe what it was like to have to go through my experience and what our experiences have in common.

1NewsIcon Now that they were finally able to return to Sandy-ravaged Fire Island, residents vow to rebuild.

1NewsIcon California Gov. Jerry Brown made history by appointing Jim Hume as the state's first openly gay appellate justice.

1NewsIcon Another burning, itching question for the GOP: "Are Republican immigration reform opponents losing clout?"

1NewsIcon The Republican Party's conservatism is too single-minded for many Latino voters.

1NewsIcon John Waters say save The Roxie.

1NewsIcon "The Beautiful Ones."

1NewsIcon Want to be punched in the face for 25% off? Go to any number of Walmart locations, where riots, would-be shootings and other bedlam have been happening since Black Friday began this morning.

Dowager21NewsIcon The Dowager Countess will spit wit for at least one more season: Downton Abbey has been renewed for a fourth go-round.

1NewsIcon The Obama campaign's couture collaboration with fashion big-wigs paid off: "While President Barack Obama's re-election campaign took heat for launching a high-fashion clothing line as a fundraising tool earlier this year, it turns out the move may not have been such a far-fetched idea. The Obama team's campaign manager, Jim Messina, recently said the line ultimately brought in 'just north of $40 million' –a notable chunk of the more than $644 million raised by the campaign."

1NewsIcon Remember when Paris Hilton met Dame Judi Dench? 2006 was a wild, wild year.


John Waters Supports SF's Roxie Theater, The USA's Oldest Running Cinema and Public Wanking Haven: VIDEO

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Filmmaker John Waters appears in a Kickstarter video to save San Francisco's Roxie Theater, the USA's oldest continuously running cinema, which says it needs support to become a sustainable non-profit.

Says Waters: ""On a slow night, if few people are there, you can masturbate in the theater! Or better yet, have sex with a fellow ticket-buyer on a really good night there! Afterwards, you can have a drink in one of the many alarming bars of this neighborhood...If you don't give them money, you're an assh*le, plain and simple."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

And here's the Kickstarter page for you non-assh*les.

Writes the theater:

The Roxie has remained true to its mission to promote and support truly independent film / filmmakers and programming that would likely never be presented at more mainstream, profit-based venues. That’s right, the Roxie continues to stay rooted in a commitment to taking risks with non-traditional and experimental films – works that are critical to challenging the status quo and inspiring viewers. Films have become one of the most important and effective sources for presenting stories that need to be told and communities that need to be recognized.

(via louis virtel at afterelton)

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John Waters, Susan Sarandon, Martin O'Malley Speak at Maryland Marriage Equality Fundraiser in NYC: VIDEO

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Last night Marylanders for Marriage Equality held a star-studded fundraiser in Manhattan.

SarandonThe Baltimore Sun was on hand:

Thursday's soiree in Manhattan raised money only for the Maryland campaign — one of string of fundraisers being held beyond the state's borders. Gov. Martin O'Malley, who attended as a guest with his wife, Katie, helped to organize earlier events in Connecticut, San Francisco and New Hampshire.

"It has become a lot easier for people to come out," observed Sarandon, who said she feels families of gay children have been incredibly effective in changing minds in recent years. "Everyone knows someone who is gay," she said.

Other guests included Barbara Bush, daughter of former President George W. Bush; actor Ed Norton, a Maryland native; Baltimore filmmaker John Waters; and hip-hop producer Russell Simmons.

Derek McCoy, the executive director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, took aim at the glitter associated with Thursday's event in New York. "Those folks are trying to celebritize this issue," McCoy said.

Watch John Waters, Susan Sarandon, and Governor Martin O'Malley speak,
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Housekeeping And John Waters

John-waters-0... and now I'm handing the blog back over to Andy et. al. until tomorrow afternoon, because I'm doing emcee duty this evening for John Waters's one-man show at Parker Playhouse, in Fort Lauderdale.

Are you a John Waters fan? Are you in SoFla? If so, come. We're screening John Waters's 1981 unhit Polyester, and then Waters will perform his one-man show, This Filthy World, in which he talks film, sex, ethics, the meaning of art, and more. (I don't know exactly what, 'cuz the show changes all the time.) Post-show, Waters will do a Q&A.

Tix available here.


Picking Up John Waters

Screen Shot 2012-05-26 at 2.43.21 AM copyAn advisory from the New York Times:

An advisory to readers who may be driving on this Memorial Day weekend: If, as you travel the nation’s highways, you spot a hitchhiker with a wiry build, a pencil mustache and a mischievous look in his eyes, you may not wish to pick up this person. Unless, of course, you are certain it is the cult filmmaker John Waters, thumbing his way across the country in search of material for a new book.

You probably won't actually run into Waters this weekend; he's apparently completed his trans-national trek and is resting somewhere in SanFran. He was on the road for eight days, and snagged 15 rides.

Rumors that Waters was thumbing first surfaced when Brooklyn rock band Here We Go Magic picked up the ateur on May 16th, somewhere in Ohio. The band reported their bizarre highway discovery to Twitter, and the internet -- at least, the parts of the internet where people who dig Pink Flamingoes and Pecker hang out -- freaked out. (See the illustration at right, by Floridian artist Joy Schilt, who drew it within 24 hours of Here We Go Magic's first tweetings.)

From the Times:

[Here We Go Magic's] members could not quite believe that they spotted him by an exit ramp.

“Half of us thought that he wasn’t John Waters, because that would be impossible, and half of us thought that he was,” said Michael Bloch, a guitarist for the band. “So we argued about it for one exit, and the only way to resolve it was to just turn around and go back.”

Though Mr. Waters jokingly compared the band to the Manson family, Mr. Bloch said they found him an enjoyable travel companion before dropping him off in Indiana.

“Just giving himself up to the winds is something that he really wants every once in a while,” Mr. Bloch said. “We all found that really inspiring and really eye-opening.”

Waters was hitching to research his upcoming book, tentatively titled Carsick. He says he was picked up by "cops, pot smokers, everybody," and that the experience was generally awesome. Including his two rides with a Republican city councilman from Maryland named Brett Bidle, who was headed to Montana to assist with Tornado relief. Bidle picked up Waters in Maryland, dropped him off in Ohio, presumably got some sleep, and then:

“I drove for 22 straight hours with no sleep, whether that was a smart thing to do or not,” Mr. Bidle said on Friday, speaking by phone from Wichita, Kan. “I was on a mission to find John Waters again.”

Mr. Waters also made arrangements for Mr. Bidle to stay at his apartment in San Francisco, where Mr. Waters arrived on Tuesday after four more hitchhiked rides.

“I thought, you know what, he wanted an adventure, too,” Mr. Waters said of Mr. Bidle. “He’s the first Republican I’d ever vote for.”

Mr. Bidle said of Mr. Waters: “We are polar opposites when it comes to our politics, religious beliefs. But that’s what I loved about the whole trip. It was two people able to agree to disagree and still move on and have a great time. I think that’s what America’s all about.”

Exactly what Waters was looking for on America's highways is unclear, but it seems to have had something to do with shearing himself of celebrity, and seeing the country from beyond the reality warp created by waking up every day as one of the world's five or ten most famous living film pioneers:

“There’s not an airport in the world I’m not recognized in,” [Waters] said. “But who thinks it’s you on the side of the street?”

About a third of the people who picked him up, Mr. Waters said, had no idea who he was and another third were convinced by his explanations (or by a Google search) that he was a personality of some renown.

And all his other benefactors, Mr. Waters admitted, had him made right away. “My mustache got me a third of the rides,” he said. “I had it working.”

(Incidentally, I'm flying to Florida to introduce Waters at Fort Lauderdale's Parker Playhouse when he swings through town with his one-man show, This Filthy World, on July 28th. If you're in SoFla, check it out.)


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