Saturday, December 20, 2014

What Would Christmas Be Without John Waters

Christmas John Waters style
John Waters brings his one-man show “A John Waters Christmas” to the Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va.) Monday (Dec. 22) at 7:30 p.m.
Waters, a Baltimore native, brings his version of Christmas with a rapid-fire monologue that focuses on his view of holiday traditions. Filled with humor, Waters gives his take on holiday gift cards, fruit baskets and other holiday staples like Santa Claus.
Tickets are $49.50. For details, visit

Dawn Davenport - Cha Cha Heels for Christmas - Divine / John Waters

Today's Tweet: "Survivor's" Colton Cumbie

I obviously didn't make the merge so I never had a chance to read it. I am sitting here bawling and shaking...
REALITY BLURRED: Someone who worked in Survivor casting sent Colton Cumbie a letter from his first season on the show: it was a note from his fiance, Caleb Bankston, who died this summer.
Caleb wrote to Colton in 2011, during production of Survivor One World, two years before Caleb and Colton would be on Survivor Blood vs. Water together. It was held by production to be delivered later in the season, but as Colton noted in his tweet below, he didn’t make the merge and thus didn’t receive it–until now.

PEOPLE: Survivor Contestant Caleb Bankston Dies in Railway Accident 06/24/2014
Caleb Bankston, who competed on Survivor: Blood vs. Water, died when the train he was on derailed on Tuesday, PEOPLE has confirmed through multiple sources.

Bankston, 26, worked at the Alabama Warrior Railway in Birmingham. He competed on Survivor: Blood vs. Water in 2013 alongside his fiancé, Colton Cumbie, ending the game in ninth place.

New Canadian Documentary To Air: "This Is Drag"

Coming Soon - An intimate, behind-the-scenes look at performance, glamor, fame, family, love and sacrifice as some of the world’s most renowned drag queens come together for World Pride in Toronto. Starring Bianca Del Rio, Adore Delano, Courtney Act, Darienne Lake, Alyssa Edwards, Shangela. Documentary, Canada, 60 minutes. Written, Produced and Directed by Mark Kenneth Woods This summer I had the opportunity to follow some of the world’s most renowned drag queens for 4 days as they schlep from one gig to another during World Pride in Toronto. What resulted is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at performance, glamor, fame, family, love and sacrifice. You did not see this side of anybody on a certain show :) Starring Bianca Del Rio, Adore Delano, Courtney Act, Darienne Lake, Alyssa Edwards, Shangela. The full 1 hour documentary will air on OUTtv in Canada in early 2015 and likely LogoTV in USA shortly after. Check out the trailer below.

Tis The Season: Martha Stewart's Gingerbread Downton Abbey

Real Estate Porn: Lesbian Edition

STARRING Portia De Rossi, Ellen DeGeneres, Jodie Foster, Alexandra Hedison & Allison Milgard

The Little-Known Herstory of Hollywood's Most Sapphic Estate Like a grown up version of a The Real L Word, all of these lesbian archangels have either dated, fought, or lived in the same home as one another. So, here's what we know about Hollywood's secret lesbian mecca: built in 1956, it's a perfect midcentury with celestory windows whitewashed wood planks, subtly placed modern conveniences and quintessential L.A. canyon views.

As the resident expert on lesbian real estate, this reporter can say with utmost confidence that lesbians don't just casually buy midcentury timepieces lovingly updated and lived in by an estranged ex-girlfriend. So, if this is a lesbian love triangle (hexagon?), the sixth member is this $2.75M low-slung, open-plan ranch.
Yet this wouldn't be a lesbian conspiracy theory without the obligatory plot twist: the midcentury property could also be considered Ellen's ex. Shall we sort all this out?

Progressives Squash Regressive Boggs' Judgeship Nomination #StopBogs

Progressive groups and Democratic lawmakers fought all year to sink President Barack Obama's nominee Michael Boggs. And this week, they won. The Senate adjourned Tuesday without taking any action on Boggs' nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
40,000 NARAL members contacted their lawmakers in opposition, 41 progressive advocacy groups announced their opposition and 12 senators publicly spoke out against his nomination.
Obama has faced intense fire from his base for nominating Boggs. Abortion rights groups protested votes he took as a state legislator to create "Choose Life" license plates and to post online the names of abortion providers at a time of high clinic violence. Civil rights leaders oppose him because of his vote to keep the Confederate insignia on the Georgia state flag. Gay rights groups oppose him for sponsoring a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

Supreme Court REFUSES Stay In Florida Case

THE ADVOCATE: Supreme Court Rebuffs Florida — Marriages to Begin January 6

In a ruling late Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court said it will allow same-sex couples to begin marrying in Florida on January 6. But that doesn't mean that clerks will actually issue licenses.
A federal judge ruled in August that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, and stayed his decision until early January. The state had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to extend that stay, but the justices have now declined. Ordinarily, emergency requests from Florida are heard by Justice Clarence Thomas, but he referred Florida's petition to the full court. According to Friday's decision, only Thomas and Justice Antonin Scalia were in favor of granting the state's request, and so it was denied.
 Unfortunately, couples who attempt to obtain licenses January 6 may still be turned away. The Florida Association of Clerks and Comptrollers has warned its members that because the state's marriage ban remains on the books and because litigation is still ongoing, issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples remains a criminal act in Florida. Clerks who issue licenses could face up to a year in jail, the group said.
DAILY KOS:  Not only do we have a good idea as to how the Eleventh Circuit will ultimately rule, we also have a pretty good idea as to how the Supreme Court will rule when they eventually--but hopefully soon--hear a marriage equality case.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Director's Guild To Honor "The Normal Heart" With Kramer Award

LOS ANGELES (December 19, 2014) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA), announced today that the critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning HBO television motion picture, THE NORMAL HEART, will be honored with the 2015 Stanley Kramer Award at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The award will be accepted by the executive producers on January 24, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
The Stanley Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a production, producer or other individual whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues.
THE NORMAL HEART stars Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Emmy winner Jim Parsons and Academy Award winner Julia Roberts. The film is written by Academy Award nominee Larry Kramer, adapting his groundbreaking Tony Award-winning play of the same name. HBO debuted the film earlier this year.
 “The producers responsible for THE NORMAL HEART pulled off an extraordinary feat of storytelling. The film is both a moving narrative that lends a human face to the crucial early struggles against HIV/AIDS, and a compelling call to uphold the activist legacy of its creators and inspiration,” said Vance Van Petten, National Executive Director of the Producers Guild. “This is a remarkable piece of filmmaking, and an essential chapter in our ongoing struggle with this epidemic. We are thrilled to celebrate and honor THE NORMAL HEART with the Stanley Kramer Award.”
THE NORMAL HEART, directed by Ryan Murphy, produced by Scott Ferguson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Jason Blum, Dede Gardner, Dante Di Loreto, Ryan Murphy and Brad Pitt. Nominated for three Golden Globes® including Best Motion Picture Made for Television, winner of the Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Television Movie, and winner of two Critics’ Choice Television Awards for Best Movie and Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries

Australia: Tori Johnson's Partner Thomas Zinn Speaks Out

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