Friday, October 24, 2014

Out Actor Jim Parsons (or at least his voice) Joins Cast of "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas"

THE WRAP: “The Big Bang Theory” star has been cast in the title voice role in NBC's upcoming special “Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas.”
Parsons will voice the part of Buddy in the hour-long, stop-motion animated special, which is based on the 2003 movie “Elf” and the Broadway show “Elf: The Musical.”
The special will air Dec. 16 at 8 p.m.Parsons joins a cast that includes Mark Hamill, Ed Asner, Fred Armisen, Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Gilbert Gottfried, Kate Micucci, Rachael MacFarlane, Max Charles and Steve Higgins.
The special will include nine songs, including “Happy All the Time,” “A Christmas Song” and “Nobody Cares About Santa Claus.”

Nikki Haley's Health Care Policy Is Killing Us

The state refused Medicaid funding for over 300,000 South Carolinians who make a minimum wage or less.
"People still don't understand the consequences of our state's policy to refuse the Medicaid expansion," said Network Director Brett Bursey. A study by Harvard that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine estimated that there would be 1,808 unnecessary deaths in South Carolina due to the refusal to expand Medicaid. rejected over $1 billion this year to provide healthcare to 300,000 poor citizens, most homeless people, and 13,000 low-income veterans.

SC Hospitals lost $250 million this year to treat the uninsured because the uninsured were supposed to have Medicaid coverage.

SC lost the 44,000 jobs that Medicaid expansion would generate- enough tax revenue to pay SC's share of the expansion. (study by USC Business School). -
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What Makes A Family - Utah Edition

Utah's Supreme Court lifted its stay on same-sex adoptions Thursday, two weeks after the state dropped its legal fight over the issue.
In May, the state's high court placed a hold on several district judges' rulings that ordered the Utah Department of Health to issue birth certificates to same-sex couples who were adopting children. The stay halted any movement on the issue until judges could decide whether or not the adoptions were legal under state law.
Thursday's ruling clears the way for those adoptions to proceed.

SALT LAKE TRIBUNE: "This rectifies a major injustice," said Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah. "Families all over Utah are celebrating having their families united."
 "The simple truth is that now, all Utah families are equal under the law. We will never roll the clock back on that."
About 26 percent of Utah’s same-sex couples are raising children, data from the University of California, Los Angeles-based Williams Institute shows. In the two weeks since same-sex marriage became legal in Utah, gay couples have rushed to start or finalize adoption petitions, so that their children will have two legal parents and full protections under state law, Gray said.

Sean Kelly Wins "Project Runway" Season 13

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Out Producer/Writer/Director Greg Berlanti "Archie" Series for FOX

Archie Comics Drama Series ‘Riverdale’ Set At Fox With Greg Berlanti Producing After Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl, Greg Berlanti is helping bring another set of iconic comic book characters to television: Archie, Betty and Veronica, Josie and the Pussycats. Riverdale, a drama based on the characters from the Archie comics, has landed at Fox with a script deal plus penalty. Warner Bros TV is producing with with studio-based Berlanti Productions.
Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics, Riverdale is named after the fictional town where most Archie Comics characters reside and which will serve as the setting for the show. Set in the present, the series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surreality of small-town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome fa├žade.
Popular gay character Kevin Keller also will play a pivotal role, with other characters from Archie Comics’ expansive library also slated to appear, including Josie and the Pussycats.
pictured with bf soccer star Robbie Rogers

Berlanti is well known for his work on the television series Dawson's Creek, Everwood, Political Animals, Arrow, Brothers & Sisters and The Flash.

Marco Rubio Is A Great Big Tease

Marco Rubio’s Link To South Carolina Is Stronger Than You Think

It’s no secret that Rubio is weighing a presidential run in 2016, and he has invested early in South Carolina: making several trips there, talking to voters, and meeting with important political figures. This trip, he said, was about helping out fellow Republicans but it was hard to miss the emphasis on his longstanding ties to the first-in-the-South primary state.
[Sen. Tim]Scott said Rubio had traveled to the state early in the year so the two men could go to church together.
“We had no cameras, no TV stations, nothing. Marco wanted to come and have an experience without the press because authentically and sincerely, Marco has a desire to build healthy relationships,” Scott told attendees.
Over the summer, Rubio was in South Carolina to headline the “Faith and Freedom BBQ,” an annual fundraiser put on by GOP Rep. Jeff Duncan. 
“We love having him visit, he’s such a positive figure and it’s truly inspiring too that he’s with another positive figure and that’s Tim Scott. It’s not just symbolic, it’s real,” Wilson said. “We can always talk about the open door of the Republican Party and how people are welcome, well this is proof.”
“The perception that some of the media tries the portray that Republicans are a bunch of stodgy fuddy-duddies, they need to come to South Carolina. In every category of non-stodgy we score,” he added.

Nick Jonas Is A Great Big Tease



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TLC Has Some Problems With Its "Stars"

PEOPLE: TLC 'Reassessing' the Future of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Amid Reports of Mama June Dating a Sex Offender According to TMZ, June Shannon, 35, has moved on after her separation with a new man. The problem?

PEOPLE has confirmed that the man was convicted for aggravated child molestation and was imprisoned in June 2004, making him "a cause for serious concern by the network," a source close to the show tells PEOPLE. 

Mama June is seeing someone new, but there's a big problem ... the guy just got out of prison after serving time for molesting one of June's relatives ... TMZ has learned.

The new guy is 53-year-old Mark McDaniel. He was convicted in 2004 for aggravated child molestation. Prosecutors say he molested an 8-year-old child -- forcing oral sex. June was dating McDaniel at the same time he molested the child. 

Duggars stumping for anti gay candidates:

WASHINGTON POST: Several of the Duggars, stars of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting," popped up in Kansas Thursday to stump for Brownback and Roberts. The family members spoke at an event organized by the legislative affiliate of the Family Research Council. The conservative group is based in Washington, where son Josh Duggar now works.
Roberts and his independent opponent Greg Orman remain in a statistical dead heat. And the family has also shown up in Arkansas, where they have backed Rep. Tom Cotton, who has been narrowly leading against incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor for some time now.

Broadway News: Out Producers Craig Zadan & Neil Meron Team Up With Shuberts

Craig Zadan & Neil Meron In Development Deal With Broadway’s Shubert Organization

It’s been nearly four decades since tyro producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan were working for Joseph Papp when he moved A Chorus Line from the Public Theater to Broadway. That singular sensation revived an industry gasping for breath; the show went on to a make millions for everyone involved, including the Shubert Organization, in whose namesake theater A Chorus Line ran for 6,137 performances. Entertainment, the Meron/Zadan partnership, went on to become enormously successful on the opposite coast, producing feature or TV films of Annie, Chicago, Hairspray and, in stunning defiance of prognostications, The Sound Of Music Live for NBCUniversal. Now in the final weeks of prepping the follow-up, Peter Pan Live, which will be broadcast December 4 with a cast led by Allison Williams and Christopher Walken,  Meron and Zadan have signed a three year development and production deal with the Shuberts that will give Storyline an unprecedented home base in Times Square.

Marriage Equality Update For South Carolina

SC EQUALITY  FROM THEIR EMAIL:(Charleston, SC, October 23, 2014) — Late yesterday Lambda Legal, in partnership with South Carolina Equality, filed a motion for a preliminary injunction and for summary judgment asking the U. S. District Court for the District of South Carolina to rule swiftly and strike down South Carolina’s discriminatory ban denying same-sex couples in the state the freedom to marry. The motion argues that South Carolina is obligated to follow the ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals striking down a similar ban in Virginia because South Carolina lies within the jurisdiction of the Fourth Circuit and the decision in the Virginia case is binding.
“There is no reason why South Carolinians should be denied the freedom to marry one more day. The Fourth Circuit’s decision is binding on South Carolina and Governor Haley and Attorney General Wilson should not be allowed to continue to ignore the rule of law,” said Beth Littrell, Senior Attorney in Lambda Legal’s Southern Regional Office based in Atlanta.  “There really is only one legal and logical result--we’re urging the court to allow same-sex couples in South Carolina to marry without any further delay.”
“The fast schedule we received from the Court is excellent news, but the fact remains that every single day that same-sex couples in South Carolina aren’t allowed to marry is harmful and puts them at risk,” said South Carolina Equality lawyer Nekki Shutt, partner at Callison Tighe & Robinson.
Lambda Legal and South Carolina Equality represent Colleen Condon and Nichols Bleckley who applied, and paid, for a marriage license in Charleston County last week before the Attorney General asked the South Carolina State Supreme Court to step in and put a halt to the issuances of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The South Carolina Supreme Court effectively stopped state court judges from issuing marriage licenses or weighing in on marriage equality pending an order from federal court.  Another federal case, Bradacs v. Haley, remains pending - it involves couples already legally married seeking recognition in South Carolina of their marriage, while the Condon suit seeks the issuance of a marriage license.
Tomorrow at 11 am, Lambda Legal and South Carolina Equality Coalition attorneys will participate by phone in a status conference set by the Court.