Shia LaBeouf Hub
Bill Nye the Science Guy had a sweet moment with actor Shia LaBeouf last week at the S.E.T. Awards in Beverly Hills, Gossip Cop reports:
The S.E.T. awards honor work in science, engineering and technology, and LaBeouf was on hand to present his Transformers director Michael Bay with the Legacy Award for creating films that portray those fields in a positive light.
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And take note, Carol Costello.
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Special Deputy Charlie Rakes (Guy Pearce) doesn't believe the tall tales about the outlaw Bondurant Boys he keeps hearing in LAWLESS, especially the ones about Forrest (Tom Hardy). Local Virginia legend has it that Forrest can't be killed, that he's immortal. "Have you ever seen what a tommy gun does to 'immortal'?" Rakes sneers in a (successful) effort to terrorize the town's Forrest fearing men into submission. Rakes then beats the youngest Bondurant brother Jack (Shia Labeouf) into a blubbering pulp. But, as it turns out, the Bondurant brothers are resilient enough to inspire tall tales. Forrest and his brothers make their living as moonshiners in this Depression-era Western and with Prohibition empowering organized crime, everyone is looking to be the top boss. The brothers value their autonomy but the guns are out and if an actual crime lord (Gary Oldman's "Floyd Banner") don't get them, then the even more crooked law enforcement (Pearce's Deputy) just might.
Such is the bloody conflict of John Hillcoat's Lawless, based on the historical novel "The Wettest County in the World" which was written by a grandson of the Bondurants (all childless during the movie) suggesting straightaway that at least one of them is going to make it out of the movie alive. Not that the film is shy about spoilers given its heavy handed foreshadowing and the past-tense narration. (You gotta Live to Tell).
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Margaret Cho knows that most LGBT citizens are not single-issue voters living in a marriage equality bubble: "I think it's important to acknowledge that even though we are fighting the fight for marriage equality, we're still citizens of this country, and it doesn't mean that we're not concerned with things like the economy or unemployment or healthcare."
This is kind of sweet: a woman in her 80s thought a 19th century painting of Jesus looked a little worn, so she tried to fix it herself. This is the result.
Can you help Gawker sift through over 900 pages of concerning Mitt Romney and Bain Capital's intentionally confounding finances?
Romney says he won't disclose donations to the Mormon Church because they are "personal".
Opponents of a proposed non-discrimination ordinance in Jackson, MI are citing the 2008 firing of Crystal Dixon, the University of Toledo HR staffer who sacked after slamming gays in an op-ed, as an example of how homophobes will be impacted by such protections. They fail to mention the non-discrimination proposal does not in fact curtail free speech.
Wikileaks cables show backroom diplomatic chatter between the United States and Sweden on Uganda's "kill the gays" bill. Said then-US Ambassador to Uganda Jerry P. Lanier after financial pressure built against the homophobic government: "We believe that it is now important to limit our public statements on this issue to give Ugandan leaders some time to resolve this problem internally".
This is Celine Dion. Yes, really.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee continues to stand by Todd Akin. "There is a vast, but mostly quiet army of people who have an innate sense of fairness and don't like to see a fellow political pilgrim bullied," said the failed presidential candidate.
Washington Senate candidate Ryan Baumgartner used some pretty salty language in an email to a reporter. That was dumb.
Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is "happy" he didn't find himself at Prince Harry's raucous Vegas after-party.
Meanwhile, the Royals are pretty consternated by those pictures of Harry holding his little prince.
Mary Fisher, an instant legend after discussing her HIV positive status at the 1992 Republican National Convention, has not given up her fight and is still trying to get the GOP to listen, though admits she barely recognizes her party. "What does Republican mean anymore?” she wonders in a New York Times profile. "I’m a Gerry Ford Republican, and my party’s gone someplace else. I feel like I want to stay a Republican because they might listen to me."
More on the slow erosion of homophobia in hip-hop.
The incredible Orion Nebula. Discuss.
Sofia Vergara does a pretty good Lucille Ball.
The White House still won't release President Obama's beer recipe.
Shia LaBeouf and Guy Pearce make quite the red carpet couple.
Even more footage from the upcoming season of American Horror Story.
While some states have yet to fill their numerical goals for openly LGBT delegates sent to the upcoming Democratic National Convention, records are being set in other ways: "[The National Stonewall Democrats have so far] identified at least 470 openly LGBT delegates that are set to attend the convention...  exceeds the goal of 418 delegates at the convention and is already higher than numbers from 2008, when 277 delegates participated."
Dogs aren't the only mammals that look adorable shaking themselves dry.
An Indiana Tea Party group recently posted a billboard that reads "The Navy Seals removed one threat to America...the voters must remove the other."
Pressure is building for New York City Speaker and potential mayor Christine Quinn to back paid sick leave legislation: "Considering how important this issue is to LGBTQ workers and our brothers and sisters living with HIV/AIDS, it’s disturbing that some of the most prominent and powerful opponents of the legislation come from within the LGBTQ community."
Learn about the Pop Up Museum of Queer History.
Lady Gaga on wearing fur: "I am choosing not to comment on whether or not the furs I purchase are faux fur-pile or real because I would think it hypercritical not to acknowledge the python, ostrich, cow hide, leather, lamb, alligator, 'kermit' and not to mention meat, that I have already worn. This should already put me in a category as one who appreciates and adores the beauty of animals in fashion, but am not a strict vegan."
Former Democratic Congressman Artur Davis, once an Obama campaign co-chair, introduced GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan to voters in Virginia today.
The FEC once fined a campaign managed by Family Research Council president Tony Perkins for failing to include mailing lists bought from the KKK on a federal disclosure list.
GOP-allied groups are outspending pro-Obama organizations 8-to-1: "Together, the Koch brothers-linked Americans for Prosperity and pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future combined to spend about $31 million on ads against Obama, an analysis of federal independent expenditure records shows."
Tom Brady ain't afraid of no dog.
Dancing with the Stars dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy allegedly gets rough with his partners.
What is the nun carrying in her buckets in this American Horror Story: Asylum teaser trailer?
More than 100 people showed up for a pro-equality protest in Bermuda.
The Florida-based Christian Family Coalition claims it has a lot of pull in the ballot box, but only 3 of dozens of the non-incumbent candidates the group endorsed won their local elections.
Evangelical leader Bill Keller is threatening to file an astoundingly unrealistic $100 million lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center for - you guessed it - "inciting" to people who read their summary on hate groups to go after people on that list, including him.
In lieu of wedding gifts, fab.com founder Jason Goldberg and fiance Christian Schoenherr are asking friends to donate to The Four 2012, a curated social media project aimed at getting young Americans who support marriage equality to vote this November. "If we’re going to win these referenda, young people have to get out and vote, and this is the space where they live: social media," said Brian Ellner, who I'm told is working with Blue State Digital to help organize The Four 2012.
Angel Alan Celino, the mayor of Roxas City in the Phillipines, is suing a radio DJ and his manager for libel after the radio host said he goes to gay bars.
Derek Thompson on why Apple TV isn't a total game changer: "Techies are conflating the idea that Apple wants to disrupt this TV-watching business with the idea that Apple has a shot at disrupting the actual TV-video business. The fact that Apple is now in talks with cable companies to deliver video to their screen shows pretty clearly that the company has all but given up on trying to license content from media companies -- the ones who own the TV shows you watch -- because it's simply too expensive."
A lot of famous people appeared on The X-Files when they were just regular people, before they were famous people. The Awl has a handy rundown of the famous people who played minor characters on The X-Files and whether the fictional people those famous people played lived or died.
I agree with President Obama: a cool super power would be the ability to speak any language. Beats sticking a Babel fish in your ear.
Shia LaBeouf on the level of realness in his upcoming movie, Nymphomaniac: "It is what you think it is. There's a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says, we're doing [the sex] for real. And anything that is 'illegal' will be shot in blurred images. But other than that, everything is happening."