In a talk with The Advocate, Divergent star Theo James said there’s truth in the interviewer’s statement that his movie highlights bisexuality. "The five factions represent the basic levels of conformity and a divergent fits into not one of them, but multiple," James said. "Yeah, I can see it. That’s interesting." James also praised "shows like Looking, poignant pieces of work that revolve around a central cast of characters that happen to be gay," adding that he hopes a movie featuring a gay action hero comes out soon.
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin will reunite for a 13-episode comedy called Grace and Frankie from Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman, according to The Wrap. Thirty-four years after the classic film 9 to 5, Fonda and Tomlin are reuniting for a new Netflix series about women brought together when their husbands decide to marry each other. Two-time Oscar winner, Emmy winner and Tony nominee Fonda recently starred on HBO’s The Newsroom; Tomlin has been nominated for an Oscar, and has won two Tonys and seven Emmys.
After setting a new release date in December for Fast & Furious 7, Universal suggested that deceased star Paul Walker would appear in the franchise’s next installment, according to Variety. The New York Daily News reports that crucial remaining scenes featuring Walker will be completed using body doubles and CGI faces. Director Ridley Scott made a similar substitution in 1999 when actor Oliver Reed died during production of Gladiator.
As for Walker, a new report says that the high-performance Porsche he was riding in was traveling up to 93 mph when it crashed and burst into flames, killing him and the driver, according to The L.A. Times. The rate of speed was determined using surveillance videos and electronic data retrieved from the car’s computers with the help of the carmaker. "Investigators determined the cause of the fatal solo-vehicle collision was unsafe speed for the roadway conditions," said Cmdr. Mike Parker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Singer MIA has ( jokingly? ) asked Madonna for financial help to pay a fine imposed by the NFL, according to Digital Spy. ( On Twitter, she posted, "@madonna ummm ….. can i borrow 16 million?" ) MIA is facing a $16.6-million fine for her middle-finger flip during Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show back in February 2012. The NFL is reportedly suing MIA for breaching her performance contract and has added $15.1 million in restitution on top of the original $1.5m it has been chasing for two years.
Hairspray film director Adam Shankman is attached to direct and produce a new project for HBO Films based on the life of Rose Hovick—the unstoppable stage mother of Gypsy fame—to be titled Madame Rose, Playbill noted. Madame Rose will tell the true story of the woman whose life was depicted in the memoirs of her daughters, June Havoc and Gypsy Rose Lee, as well as the Tony Award-winning musical Gypsy.
An "explosive" family feud has developed within the late Whitney Houston’s family, according to Radar Online. Nick Gordon—the husband of Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina—is making threats online against Whitney’s nephew ( and Bobbi’s cousin ) Gary Michael Houston. It started last December, when Whitney’s rapper nephew, Gary—reportedly upset at Gordon for talking trash about the family—beat him up at a Houston family party. Since then, Gordon has brought up the incident on Twitter and has even posted photos of guns.
The Broadway revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, which marks the Main Stem debuts of co-stars James Franco and Chris O’Dowd, began previews March 19 at the Longacre Theatre, according to Playbill. The classic, which has not been seen on Broadway in 40 years, is directed by Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro. Opening night is set for April 16; the limited engagement will continue through July 27.
Denzel Washington helped Aretha Franklin celebrate her 72nd birthday in style, and Andre 3000 and Babyface are working on new music for the icon, according to The New York Daily News. Franklin held an exclusive and small party in New York City’s Ritz-Carlton hotel for her birthday, thanking Washington for attending. Just hours earlier, she saw him onstage in the Broadway play A Raisin In the Sun.
Two-time Tony Award winner ( and staunch LGBT ally ) Judith Light will co-star opposite stage and screen star Henry Winkler in the ABC pilot The Winklers, Playbill noted. The pilot is based on Winkler’s relationship with his son-in-law. Light received Tony Awards for her performances in The Assembled Parties and Other Desert Cities and is a Tony nominee for Lombardi.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper assumed new late-night talk-show host Seth Meyers was gay when they first met at the "world’s gayest gym," according to On Top Magazine. Cooper recently appeared as a guest on NBC’s Late Night, where he reminisced with host Meyers, who married Alexi Ashe last year. Meyers explained that the gym had three levels: gay friendly, gay curious and "just full of gays," Meyers joked. "To get to the bottom level you had to go behind the candelabra."
In a twist on the "March Madness" basketball brackets, Logo TV has started the "Gayest Cartoon Character of All Time" contest, according to a press release. Fans can go to NewNowNext.com and TheBackLot.com to vote in a daily bracket face-off involving characters such as Family Guy’s Stewie and Scooby-Doo’s Velma. The winner will be announced on-air as Logo will break into RuPaul’s Drag Race on April 7 to deliver an acceptance speech.
Jose Antonio Vargas’ documentary, entitled Documented, will be released in select New York and Los Angeles theaters prior to its television broadcast on CNN, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The documentary—which the openly gay Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist wrote, produced and directed—centers on Vargas’ experience as an undocumented immigrant and a crusader for immigration reform. Showing in the theaters early will qualify the film for Oscar consideration.
The Talk co-hosts Sharon Osbourne and Sara Gilbert and producer-songwriter Linda Perry ( Perry’s fiancee ) were among the celebrities who attendedthe L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s "An Evening with Women" kickoff concert event in West Hollywood, according to On Top Magazine. Brent Bolthouse, Shannon Del, Annie Goto, Kelly Lynch and Perry co-chaired the fundraiser. Perry as well as Joan Jett & the Blackhearts performed at the event, which is a lead-in to the May 10 "An Evening with Women" at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Critics have not been kind to gay statistician Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight website, according to The Wrap. In a mission statement, Silver explained the site was aimed at making data journalism accessible to the general public. Econ-journalists and other techies expressed disappointment in the site’s launch, with economist Tyler Cowen saying he felt like it suffered from a catch-22 of being too cerebral for the masses and too frivolous for data specialists.
Citing her "mental/physical health," singer Solange ( the younger sister to Beyonce ) canceled European music festival concert dates in order to regroup at home with her 8-year-old son, Julez, and work on a new album, according to US Magazine. Knowles—whose late 2012 EP, True, garnered huge critical acclaim—admitted that she’s feeling overwhelmed of late.
Former bodyguard and active memorabilia collector William Castleberry claims that he has the only copy of an eight-millimeter reel featuring a sexual encounter between Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. According to The Huffington Post, his ownership of the film was threatened as it was among the items seized and sent to auction as a way for Castleberry to pay off a $200,000 court judgment against him. The tape was slated to hit the auction block March 4—but the auction was canceled as the debt has been settled.
A bench warrant was issued for Grammy-winning singer Anita Baker for failing to appear at a creditor’s examination last year as part of a lawsuit, The Huffington Post reported. The "Sweet Love" singer, 56, is accused of stiffing a painting and decorating company of more than $15,000 for work done in her home in Grosse Point, Mich. Baker tweeted what appears to be a response to learning about the warrant from a TV news report: "WHATTT??!!… sittin’ in the kitchen watching this on TV. BIG time crazy. Atty on his way to TV Station. Devil sho is busy."
If Scandal viewers were stunned by the death on the ABC show’s March 20 episode, so were two of the show’s stars, according to The Wrap. Dan Bucatinsky and Josh Malina didn’t know which one of their characters would die after a table read of the previous episode’s script with the entire cast in January. "So, everyone was speculating. Then, one morning while shooting Episode 313 and after the table read sometime in mid-January, I got a call from Shonda [that my character would die]," said out actor Bucatinsky, who played gay journalist James.
Speaking of Dan Bucatinsky, he has already lined up his next gig. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he will co-star on the NBC comedy Marry Me. Although the show focuses on a straight engaged couple, Bucatinsky will play Kevin 2, the father to the female half of the couple and the husband to Saturday Night Live alum Tim Meadows’ Kevin 1. Bucatinsky, who also serves as a consulting producer on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, will guest-star in the pilot and, should the comedy be picked up to series, likely recur.
HBO Documentary Films’ gay-rights documentary "The Case Against 8" will receive a platform theatrical release on June 6, The Wrap reported. The Sundance and SXSW award winner is scheduled to run in theaters in Los Angeles and New York on June 6, followed by an expanded release June 13 ahead of its June 23 premiere on HBO. The film, which Ben Cotner and Ryan White directed, follows the Supreme Court case that overturned California’s Proposition 8, which had banned same-sex marriage in the state.
In what would be her first new role since coming out as a lesbian, Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page is in talks to play John Belushi’s wife, Judith Jacklin, opposite Emile Hirsch in Steve Conrad’s upcoming biopic, according to The Wrap. Jacklin was Belushi’s loving high school girlfriend who eventually married the comedian and was left devastated by his death. Now known as Judy Belushi Pisano, she is co-producing the movie.
James Franco and Seth Rogen have done it again. According to The Wrap, the duo—following their parody of Kanye West’s music video for "Bound 2," which featured a naked Kim Kardashian riding the rapper while he rode a motorcycle—have used Photoshop to replicate West and Kardashian’s new Vogue cover. Within one hour of Franco posting it to his Facebook page—with a caption that said, "Seth! Love you, dog!"—it received nearly 150,000 likes and over 5,000 comments.
Speaking of that original Vogue cover, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar became the first big-name celebrity to publicly slam the publication for putting Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the cover, according to Radar Online. "Well……I guess I’m canceling my Vogue subscription. Who is with me???" the actress tweeted. That got a snide retweet from Kardashian’s best pal, Jonathan Cheban, who wrote "Do u matter?" to his 519,000 followers.
Ice skater Johnny Weir’s divorce from husband Victor Voronov is apparently getting nasty, according to People.com . Weir, 29, and Voronov, 30 ( who’s a Russian lawyer ), married two years ago. However, Weir’s complaint for divorce notes a temporary restraining order that was filed Jan. 23 and dismissed the following day. The couple also appeared in court March 5, asking a judge to dismiss charges made against Weir following a violent domestic dispute.
USA Network has renewed the show White Collar, which stars out gay actor Matt Bomer, for a six-episode sixth—although the NBCUniversal-owned network declined to confirm whether it will be the final season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. White Collar’s late renewal came after the drama ended its fifth season with a cliffhanger that left the fate of former con man turned FBI consultant Neal Caffrey ( played by Bomer ) up in the air.
In an interview with SiriusXM, singer/DJ Boy George talked about everything from faith and spirituality to the passing of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, according to a press release. Of Hoffman, George said, "[For me], you have compassion because you’re an addict. People can be unforgiving. But it’s not a vocation. It’s not something that people choose." The artist also traced his history as a British kid during the ’80s, in love with music, fashion and club culture, "and searching for a perfect way to bring it all together." The interview will air on SiriusXM OutQ channel 109 on March 29 and 30.
Miley Cyrus’ most recent "Bangerz" tour controversy has seen the pop star spit water on her fans, according to Digital Spy. The incident came about as the "We Can’t Stop" singer was performing a concert in Tampa March 20. Cyrus was captured on video asking fans in various sections of the arena how they were enjoying the show, before taking a swig of water and spitting it on people in the front row—with fans applauding.
Talk-show host Wendy Williams was criticized for recently hosting a panel discussion about transgender athlete Chloie Jonsson and her multi-million dollar lawsuit against CrossFit for alleged discriminatory practices, The Huffington Post reported. Now, the clip of the panel has been removed from YouTube and Williams has tweeted an apology for the remarks, acknowledging both her insensitivity to issues surrounding transgender experience and her support for the LGBT community. Panel member Joe Pardavila also tweeted a number of apologies to individual users who criticized his comments on the panel, where he claimed that Jonsson benefited unfairly from "all guy muscles, and the juices!"
Singer George Michael said that coming out didn’t exactly make his life easier, according to a People.com article. "For some strange reason, my gay life didn’t get easier when I came out. Quite the opposite happened, really," he told the BBC. "The press seemed to take some delight that I previously had a ‘straight audience,’ and set about trying to destroy that." Michael came out after a public arrest for "lewd behavior" in a park in Beverly Hills back in 1998.
Fox News’ Shepard Smith, ABC’s Amy Robach and CNN’s Don Lemon were among the journalists included in a selfie from the National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association’s ( NLGJA ) 19th annual gala, according to On Top Magazine. The gathering took place Thursday at the Prince George Ballroom in New York City and reportedly raised $65,000 for NLGJA. The selfie also includes CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield, Fox’s Jamie Colby, CNN’s Gerri Willis, MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow, Fox’s Rick Reichmuth, CNN’s Javi Morgado, NBC’s Tiki Barber and Fox’s Sally Kohn.
Kylie Minogue’s video for her new single "Sexercise" has been labeled lesbian soft-core porn, On Top Magazine noted. In the video, Minogue—dressed in nothing more than a body-hugging leotard and bright red high heels—sings "Let me see you take it down; let me me see you take it up; let me see you bounce, bounce, bounce; feel the burn" as other women press up against each other in an industrial-looking gym.
Tyler Glenn—lead singer for Utah New Wave pop quartet Neon Trees and a Mormon his entire life—revealed he is gay in the newest issue of Rolling Stone. Glenn said he’s known he was gay since he was a young child, but kept his sexuality a secret until now. "I had my crushes on guys throughout high school, but it was never an overwhelming thing until my twenties," he said. "Then I’d be dating girls and in love with my straight friend and it was the worst feeling in the world."
Singer Belinda Carlisle—known for heading the band The Go-Go’s as well as solo hits such as "Mad About You"—said that she’d be a "passionate" LGBT-rights advocate even if her 21-year-old son, James Duke Mason, was not openly gay, according to The Huffington Post. "It’s getting better for gay people but there is still a lot of homophobia out there," Carlisle, 55, told Best Daily. "I don’t understand the homophobia and the problem with giving gay people equal rights. I just don’t get it."
Madonna will get back behind the camera to direct an adaptation of the Rebecca Walker novel Adé: A Love Story, according to Deadline. The novel, based on Walker’s experience, is about a young college student who falls in love with the title character, a young Swahili man. They plan to marry and live in Kenya—until a civil war threatens to tear them apart.
Hollywood is reportedly salivating over a hot package making the rounds that has Jonathan Demme attached to direct a Diablo Cody script—with none other than Meryl Streep attached to star, The Wrap noted. Streep would play a woman who abandoned her family when she was younger to find fame and fortune in California. Decades later, she returns home to be a mother again. Universal and Fox 2000 are among the studios who have expressed interest in the package.
Tori Amos is set to release her brand-new studio album, Unrepentant Geraldines, May 13 in the United States on Mercury Classics/Universal Music Classics, according to a press release. Unrepentant Geraldines is the 14th studio recording for Amos, who has sold more than 12 million albums. Amos’ worldwide tour kicks off in May, with U.S. dates now announced for July and August.
Gwyneth Paltow and musician husband Chris Martin ( of Coldplay ) have separated, according to The L.A. Times. The pair has decided to separate after more than 10 years of marriage, they announced on Paltrow’s GOOP lifestyle site in a post titled "Conscious Uncoupling." The Oscar-winning actress ( who recently returned to Glee for a two-episode arc ) and Martin wed in December 2003 and have two children together: Apple, 9, and Moses, 7.
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