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News: Poland, HIV, Don Lemon, Michelle Obama, Scotland

 road Terrence Malick's new film The Tree Of Life wins the Palme d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Poland  road 14 people arrested in Poland after 150 anti-gay protesters try to disrupt a gay pride parade in that country.

 road Is this a sign that Sarah Palin will run for president?

 road Director Nicolas Winding Refn just can't keep his hands off of Ryan Gosling

 road The FDA approves the first new HIV drug, called Edurant, in three years: "The new medicine may still find a niche among patients who don't respond to Atripla or can't tolerate its side effects."

 road Republican state representative Frederick Ladd Wintle arrested after pulling a gun on a reporter he mistakenly thought was a drug dealer.

 road Kelly Clarkson to release new single in July.

 road Blogger snags interview with his "man crush"; prime minister Vladimir V. Putin.

Obama  road Michelle Obama alludes to gay families in speech to graduates at West Point: "I ask you to remember that family has always been a centerpiece of our American story. No matter how you’ve grown up, no matter how you define family, all of you have someone in your life who believed in you and pushed you."

 road Japan kicks Russell Brand out of the country.

 road Academy Award-winning songwriter who penned “You Light Up My Life" found dead in apparent suicide.

 road Freshly out news anchor Don Lemon: "It's time for us, especially black people, to stop trying to pray the gay away and to get on our knees and start praying that the discrimination of gay people ends."

 road Michael Bublé gives marriage with the same woman another shot.

 road Scottish politician calls the exclusion of openly gay ministers in the Church of Scotland "old-fashioned prejudice masquerading as morality."

Movies: A Tale of Two Arthurs

 Arthur in the Batsuit. The Schumacher Batsuit of course, the one with the nipples.

...would live in the movie theater but for the poor internet reception. He blogs daily at the Film Experience. Follow him on Twitter @nathanielr.

The more things change the more they stay the same? The comedy Arthur (1981) opened during a recession and high  unemployment rates. Here we are again in 2011 when all but the richest are hurting and that drunken millionaire is rearing his head again. He's hoping you'll laugh with him or at him -- either will do as he has no shame. The first time around audiences did just that. They embraced Arthur's reckless entitlement and threw millions more into his seemingly bottomless coffer, turning the film into one of the biggest blockbusters of early 80s cinema.

The remake, also named ARTHUR (2011) is in some ways a recreation with virtually the same character in a nearly identical plot. The few changes are cosmetic though Arthur's net worth hasn't changed all that much, rising from $750 million to $950 million, which has to be the smallest bump that any über-wealthy American has received over the past 30 years of the country's widening economic gap.  "Hobson," Arthur's confidant, protector and enabler is also virtually the same but for a gender change: goodbye Sir Gielgud, hello Dame Mirren.

Greta Gerwig has the unenviable task of stepping in for Liza Minnelli.



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WHAT AN ENTRANCE: Newt Gingrich greets CPAC admirers to "Eye of the Tiger." Seriously.

ARTHUR: Can Russell Brand hold a candle to Dudley Moore?

"CASTLES IN THE SNOW:" Video from Twin Shadow's debut album, Forget.

RIGHT WING YOUTH OF AMERICA: Salon's Justin Elliot interviews man from "Youth for Western Civilization."

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Photo: Helen Mirren Gives Russell Brand a Bath


Brand tweeted this from the set of the Arthur remake, saying, "At last. A bath from Helen Mirren. Never has getting clean been more dirty."

If you're familiar with the original, Mirren plays the John Gielgud role.

News: Bullfighting, Russell Brand, NASCAR, Cape Town, CBS

Road  Same-sex marriage off to slow start in Portugal: 20 couples have married.

Bullfight RoadSpanish region of Catalonia bans bullfighting: "The ban — the first in mainland Spain — was hailed as a major victory by animal welfare groups that have long crusaded against what they consider to be a barbaric and outdated practice."

RoadRussell Brand wears his undies to church — for remake of Arthur.

RoadNathaniel Rogers hits the Mad Men premiere in Times Square.

RoadOld Spice's recent YouTube viral campaign was a huge success. Sales of its Body Wash are up 106%.

RoadGreat White Shark tagged off Cape Cod.

RoadCincinnati Episcopal priest resigns over gay issues within the church: "The Anglican Communion has been in a state of crisis for several years over the choice of the American Episcopal Church to ordain bishops living in openly homosexual relationships and to pronounce liturgical blessings on people living in same sex relationships."

RoadJoan Rivers spotted shooting her reality TV show.

RoadSorry, not yet. Probably never.

Askars RoadAlexander Skarsgard is the new face of Hickey Freeman.

RoadThe NYT looks at how marriage equality has affected Cape Town, South Africa: "More than 3,000 same-sex couples have been married in South Africa, with about half of those couples including at least one foreigner, the government says. The law permitting same-sex marriage has begun to pave the way for greater tolerance of homosexuality, advocates contend, and the weddings have provided a shot in the arm to companies catering to those tying the knot. 'Apartheid suppressed tolerance, but once that was out of the way our society has moved so fast and most people just go with the flow,' said Mr. Brits, a nondenominational minister."

RoadTexas Alcoholic Beverage Commission TABC has only made 81 arrests in 2010 for public intoxication as opposed to 761 in 2009. Did the Rainbow Lounge Raid in Fort Worth have something to do with the decrease?

RoadJames Franco's request to teach "special class" at Yale denied.

Hercules RoadA Q&A with Hercules and Love Affair's Andy Butler.

RoadFederal judge upholds dismissal of Michigan counseling student who refused to treat gay clients because of her religious beliefs: "In an order granting summary judgment to the university on Monday, Judge George Caram Steeh of the U.S. District Court in Detroit held that the university's requirement that the student be willing to serve people who are homosexual was reasonable, and did not amount to an infringement of the Christian student's constitutional rights to free speech and free expression of religion."

RoadCBS President Nina Tassler and CBS "not happy with ourselves" over failing grade from GLAAD on LGBT representation.

RoadNJ library removes Queer Anthology, cites child pornography?

RoadPhoenix International Raceway reaches out to gay NASCAR fans: "PIR recognizes that they have a very diverse fan base and they want to reach out to all of them. While covering the Subway Fresh Fit 500 in April, founder, Michael Myers began conversations with Phoenix International Raceway officials. To his knowledge, Myers said that this will be the first time that any NASCAR sanctioned facility has reached out to fans in the L.G.B.T. community. 'Just a small push like including the L.G.B.T. community on the official web site of Phoenix International Raceway is a step in the right direction for uniting the different stereotypes that surround the racetracks on a weekly basis' said founder Michael Myers."

News: Gay Farmers, Buffy, Target, Lady Gaga, Sarah Palin

 road I hope the new Buffy the Vampire line of Jones soda doesn't taste like blood.


 road Au coeur des familles agricoles is a small non-profit that includes a club for gay farmers. Says one: "'We share personal stories, but mostly we discuss farming and agriculture,' Lampron said about the club, which will be represented in Montreal's gay pride parade next month for the first time by a few members who will be riding a tractor. 'It's great because we face similar challenges as both farmers and gay people living in rural regions -and we don't need to explain ourselves.'" 

 road 17 killed at so-called "love parade."

 road Target helps fund anti-gay Republican pol Tom Emmer in Minnesota? "Follow the money: Target gave $150,000 to Minnesota Forward, which bought TV ads for Tom Emmer, who says "I believe marriage is the union between one man and one woman," and who hangs out with a guy who thinks killing gays is moral."

 road Seagull hate = homophobia.

 road Gay discrimination suit where an elderly man was not allowed to se his dying partner is settled. He was awarded $600,000.

 road Names of some of the sessions offered by the Truth About Homosexuality event next month: “From gay pride to gay tyranny," “The ‘born gay hoax," “The battle over blood: ‘gay’ health risks and public policy," “Corrupting children, politicizing schools: the homosexual youth agenda," “Combating pro-homosexual media bias, confronting pro-gay ‘conservatives’," “From destroying DOMA to homosexualizing the military: Obama’s radical homosexual/transsexual agenda for America.”

The really hasn't been much of a summer in LA this year.


 road Nico Tortorella does MF magazine.

 road Somehow Sarah Palin rendered in over the top tabloid, Tawainese CGI is much less ridiculous than the real thing.

 road Russell Brand makes an ugly Katy Perry.

 road Some interesting stats on Apps. 

 road Remember this kid? Well, he finally got to meet Lady Gaga in person.

 road Hate: Openly gay candidate's posters spray-painted with gay slur in Florida.

 road Best complaint I've heard so far about not being invited to a wedding. Said one person of Chelsea Clinton's nuptials: “I’m good enough to borrow a plane from, but not good enough to be invited to the wedding?”

 road Wow. Pilot ejects seconds before his jet crashes at an air show in Canada.


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