Jonathan Rhys-Meyers Hub
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— Jonathan Rhys Meyers may be best known as Henry VIII on Showtime's The Tudors, but now he gets the chance to steam up another century. He'll be playing the titular Dracula in NBC's new vampire drama set in Victorian London. It's premiering Friday at 10 p.m. Eastern.
More picks and clips, including the best-selling R&B girl group of all time, the latest bewitching Horror happenings and Samantha Jones' return to TV, AFTER THE JUMP...
Tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern the CW premieres Reign, a period drama focusing on a young Mary, Queen of Scots. Since this is the CW, there will be lots of scandalous teenage sexuality. This series is also boasting a buzzy soundtrack featuring current artists like Mumford & Sons and Santigold. They're hoping the juxtaposition of cool, contemporary tracks against bodice-ripping melodrama will be enough to add a little spice to the historical soap.
Reign isn't the first television period piece and, with shows like The Gilded Age in development, it certainly won't be the last. Sure, the secret to success is in the storytelling, but, come on, a handsome leading man to get your petticoats all tied in knots certainly doesn't hurt.
Travel through time with five favorite men of TV's period pieces, AFTER THE JUMP ...
Showtime just announced that The Tudors and its gore, sex, and nudity will be around for a fourth season officially, though it's to be the show's last.
The show's creator recently pointed out that Henry VIII will be out of wives soon. Of course, they could decide to carry on in the realm of fantasy and see what develops...
Speaking of fantasy, and all this Rhys-Meyers nudity, we have to ask, where's Henry Cavill? He's out in a suit of armor wandering among some disembodied heads, looking typically stunning.
Check him out, AFTER THE JUMP...
NYT reports 25 gay men have been executed in Iraq in past two months. Vigils to be held for slain gay Iraqis in New York this Friday and in London next Thursday.
Extremely rare megamouth shark caught, eaten in Philippines.
Does No Doubt's new track deliver? - LISTEN.
Columbia, Missouri City Council passes domestic partner law in unanimous vote: "The legal recognition can allow partners to participate in health care decisions, burial arrangements and other matters. The law is not equivalent to legalizing same-sex marriage, and City Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe pointed out that private employers don't have to follow the registry."
Texas Christian University to offer housing for gay students.
Tony Blair: Pope wrong about gays. "There are many good and great things the Catholic Church does, and there are many fantastic things this Pope stands for, but I think what is interesting is that if you went into any Catholic Church, particularly a well attended one, on any Sunday here and did a poll of the congregation, you'd be surprised at how liberal-minded people were."
NPR's Terry Gross talks to Mike and Mel White from The Amazing Race.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers gets his game on.
Six gay candidates were victorious in various elections nationwide on Tuesday. Victory Fund: "Salisbury, Maryland elected an openly gay mayor, Jim Ireton. In Jacksonville, Illinois, Scott Hall won election to the city council. Robert Garcia won a race for a seat on the Long Beach, California, city council. Shane Cohn will become the first openly gay alderman in St. Louis, Missouri. In Nebraska, Barbara Baier advanced to the general election in her bid to retain her seat on the school board in Lincoln. She is the state’s only openly LGBT elected official. Margaret Paul was elected alderman in the City of Berwyn, Illinois.
Ian Somerhalder looking more like a vampire every day.
Hugh Jackman "heartbroken" over Wolverine leak.
I saw what you did: don't try to slip anything past the Jackdaw.
Or this guy: the dude from Fringe.
NYC rally tonight in support of Vermont marriage equality. Union Square 6:30 pm.
Tate Museum extension design gets green light.
Actor Kal Penn tapped as White House arts liaison.
Syracuse man indicted in hate crime killing of transgender woman Latiesha Green last November: "An Onondaga County grand jury handed down the indictment Friday, charging Dwight DeLee with murder as a hate crime, murder and a weapons possession charge."
Swiss philosopher Tariq Ramadan causing controversy in Rotterdam over his defense of a "European Islam" and his perspective on gays and the role of women in society.
Gay families get invite to White House Easter Egg roll: "White House officials said that tickets for Monday's Easter Egg Roll event were distributed to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organizations, but did not specify how many or to which ones. Representatives from Family Equality Council, Human Rights Campaign, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and other groups confirmed they were invited and encouraged to have their members participate. 'The Obama administration actually reached out to us as an organization, and said we want gay families there, and they are an important part of the American family fabric,' said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of the Boston-based Family Equality Council, which is helping spearhead the effort to organize families to attend."
Chicago man targeted Obama with letters containing HIV-infected blood?: "In the weeks leading up to Obama's inauguration, Saad Hussein, an Ethiopian refugee in his late 20's, sent an envelope addressed to 'Barack Obama' to offices of the Illinois government in Springfield, Ill., according to court documents. The envelope contained a series of unusual items, including a letter with reddish stains and an admission ticket for Obama's election-night celebration in Chicago's Grant Park."
A wealth of new Wolverine images.
Tom Brady says "I Do".
Skip Bayless stands by Troy Aikman gay rumor.
New York gay group expresses optimism over marriage equality chances this year.
Rihanna photographed in Mexico for first time following Chris Brown attack.
Same-sex marriage arguments heard in Providence, Rhode Island.
Openly gay Liverpool City Councilman Steve Radford speaks out about acquittal verdict in hate crime killing of teen Michael Causer: "The question has to be asked whether the 10-2 jury not-guilty verdict into Gavin Alker means Merseyside society thinks it’s acceptable to beat up gay people? Because, if the evidence was so clear and the people involved acknowledge their part in the attack, we need to ask if the real problem is in Merseyside society. This signals that being gay means you don’t have the right to be free on the street, that’s the sad fact."
Trial to begin for Jonathan Russell Gunter in brutal beating of gay man in Oak Lawn neighborhood of Dallas: "Dean, 43, is awaiting yet another surgery to repair and replace teeth, but perhaps the most devastating impact of the brutal gay-bashing he suffered seven months ago has been psychological. Once a very active, fun-loving person, according to his friends, Dean said he now has little energy and suffers from depression. 'Anybody who’s been around me before and gets around me now is going to realize that I’m different,' Dean said recently...Jonathan Russell Gunter, 32, is charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in prison."
Rehab for Jonathan Rhys-Meyers.
Microsoft stands by as lesbian harassed on XBox 360.
PBDs, McAllen, Texas gay bar, celebrates 25 years: "The bar, located at 2908 N. Ware Rd., has done some re-inventing since owner Drew Clark on February 18, 1984, choosing to brand it with the acronym for his nickname, poor baby Drew."
Fred Phelps and the WBC to be counter-protested at Chicago-area university this Sunday. Incidentally, River Forest is this blogger's home town.
Supreme Court ruling suggests Casper, Wyoming may never have to accept Fred Phelps' hateful Matthew Shepard in hell monument.
Karl Lagerfelt finger puppet does New York Fashion Week.
Pro-gay Catholic Brazilian priest suspended for supporting free distribution of condoms: "The Rev. Luiz Couto has been suspended from his work in the northeastern state of Paraiba. Archdiocese spokesman Eisenhower de Albuquerque says the church took the action because of Couto's public stance 'in favor of the use of condoms, his support of gay marriage and his opposition to priestly celibacy.' Couto spokesman Jose Moreira says the priest is not a gay-marriage advocate but is an opponent of discrimination 'including discrimination against homosexuals.'"
Homophobic workshop held in Uganda: "Stephen Langa, Executive Director of a Ugandan group, Family Life Network, has announced that his group will be holding a workshop from March 5th to 7th to provide insight on the causes and treatment of homosexuality; provide practical tips on how to prevent homosexuality behaviour in youth; expose the homosexual agenda, their tactics, strategy and methods of recruitment; and provide information and guidelines on how to respond to the homosexual agenda in an organization, community or nation."