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Pick Me Up of the Day

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Emanuele Fiore as featured on DNA.

Jeffrey Tambor withdraws from La Cage aux Folles after first week

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Four-time Emmy Award nominee Jeffrey Tambor has left the Broadway production of La Cage aux Folles. He joined the musical on Tuesday, February 15 in the role of Georges alongside Harvey Fierstein and played his final performance on Thursday, February 24.

No word yet on why.

La Cage aux Folles features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Fierstein, based on the play by Jean Poiret. The current revival opened on Broadway on April 18, 2010, won the 2010 Best Revival Tony as well as a Tony for Terry Johnson’s direction.

No replacement was named for Tambor. Understudy Chris Hoch was scheduled to play the February 25 evening performance.

(Via Broadway.com)

UPDATE: In a statement, the musical’s producers said Mr. Tambor “was experiencing complications from recent hip surgery and the pain and the challenge of performing in a musical eight times a week proved to be too physically demanding.” They added: “We respect his talent enormously and regretfully accept his withdrawal from the produc…

Lady Gaga
"Born this Way"

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America's last World War I veteran dies

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MSNBC reports: Frank Buckles, the last surviving U.S. veteran of World War I, has died. He was 110.

Buckles, who also survived being a civilian POW in the Philippines in World War II, died peacefully of natural causes early Sunday at his home in Charles Town, biographer and family spokesman David DeJonge said in a statement. Buckles turned 110 on Feb. 1 and had been advocating for a national memorial honoring veterans of World War I in Washington, D.C.

Buckles lied about his age to join the army at age 16.The Missouri native was among nearly 5 million Americans who served in World War I in 1917 and 1918.

"I knew there'd be only one (survivor) someday. I didn't think it would be me," he was quoted as saying in recent years.

More about Mr. Buckles' life can be read here.

Film of Galliano’s racist rant at bar

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Towleroad reports: Last week designer John Galliano was arrested at a Paris restaurant after allegedly attacking a couple while unleashing an anti-Semitic rant. Galliano was questioned by police and released and is now suing the couple he was accused of attacking, for defamation.

Brit tabloid The Sun has just published a video which shows an inebriated Galliano at the same cafe where the attack took place, unleashing an a tirade in which he proclaims "I love Hitler" and telling a woman "People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be f****** gassed."



Charlie Sheen on Today

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A word on last night's Academy Awards

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[Editor's note] The 83rd Annual Academy Awards ceremony happened last night and it was anything but "young and hip." It was more like "dull and drunky." Anne Hathaway was about the only delightful thing on that stage. Anyway, for reasons unknown I decided to LiveTweet the broadcast. I think the following 4 Tweets pretty much sum it up.

Here's a complete list of the winners.

Weekend box office

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Weekend Top Five:
#1 Gnomeo & Juliet ($14.2M)
#2 Hall Pass ($13.4M)
#3 Unknown ($12.4M)
#4 Just Go with It ($11.1M)
#5 I Am Number Four ($11M)

Gay couple finally gets their baby boy after 2 years of waiting

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The AP reports: A child trapped more than two years in Ukraine by bureaucratic hurdles has arrived in Brussels with his parents, a pair of legally married Belgian men, ending the couple's long legal battle to bring their son home.Samuel Ghilain arrived with his parents — Peter Meurrens and Laurent Ghilain — Saturday to a crowd of thrilled relatives and waiting journalists."It has been better than we thought to see him again after one year," Meurrens said at Brussels' main airport, adding that he felt "lots of joy and relief to him again.""This morning was the most stressful of my life until we got the final message from Lviv in Ukraine that they passed border control and were on the plane," he said. "That was incredible."He said the couple wept when they met the boy again at a prearranged meeting point in Warsaw and that Samuel was immediately at ease when they held him.Some of the pair's relatives wept, as well, when the couple and …

Jeremy Bernard named first gay White House Social Secretary

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The Advocate reports: The White House announced the appointment this afternoon of Jeremy Bernard to the position of Special Assistant to the President and Social Secretary. He is the first man and the first openly gay person to hold the position.

According to Jonathan Capehart at the Washington Post, "Bernard and his then-partner Rufus Gifford were early supporters of Obama in California. And they raised a ton of money for him through their company, B&G Associates. Gifford went on to become finance director of the Democratic National Committee. Bernard was the White House liaison at the National Endowment for the Humanities before dashing off to his Paris post in November."

According to the news release that announced his appointment, Bernard will join the White House from the U.S. Embassy in Paris, where he serves as senior adviser to the ambassador. He previously worked as the White House Liaison to the National Endowment for the Humanities from 2008 to 2010.

President Ba…

Pick Me Up of the Day

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Kevin Baker as featured on Eye Candy.

Space shuttle Discovery blasts off on final flight

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Dior suspends John Galliano after arrest for street abuse

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The Guardian reports: Christian Dior has suspended its star British fashion designer John Galliano after he was arrested for an alleged assault and making anti-semitic remarks after a late-night drinking session.

Galliano was escorted home by French police late yesterday after what police said was a drinking session that ended with him hurling insults at a couple.

The chief executive of Dior, Sidney Toledano, said Galliano had been removed from his post. "Dior affirms with the utmost conviction its policy of zero tolerance towards any antisemitic or racist words or behaviour. Pending the results of the inquiry Christian Dior has suspended John Galliano from his responsibilities."

The flamboyant designer was arrested in the Marais district after allegedly verbally accosting a couple sitting on a cafe terrace. Galliano had been drinking at a bar beforehand. He was arrested and taken to a police station, where a sobriety test showed him to be just over the legal limit.

Police took …

Dan Savage to speak at ArtExplosion Int'l LGBT Arts Festival

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Sex advice columnist, author, journalist, pundit, and political humorist Dan Savage will be the last performance of ArtExplosion 11 Int'l LGBT Arts Festival.

You may know Mr. Savage as the figure head of It Gets Better, a project aimed at struggling LGBT teens. Since September, his It Gets Better Project has spawned about 10,000 videos — including one by the president of the United States — that have been viewed nearly 30 million times on YouTube and other websites. The video in which Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, talk about their painful childhoods and happy adult lives accounts for nearly 1.3 million viewings alone.

Mr. Savage will be giving a public lecture at 8 p.m. Saturday at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets $25 and $35 at 954-462-0222
For more information, visit the Broward Center website.

Hundreds of thousands protest across the Mideast

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The New York Times reports: Hundreds of thousands of protesters turned out in cities across the Middle East on Friday to protest the unaccountability of their leaders and express solidarity with the uprising in Libya that Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi is trying to suppress with force.

In Iraq, demonstrations for better government services spiraled out of control in many places. Protesters burned buildings and security forces fired on crowds in Baghdad, Mosul, Ramadi and in Salahuddin Province, north of the capital, killing at least four people.

Large-scale demonstrations in Yemen appeared to proceed more peacefully, even festively. More than 100,000 people poured into the streets on Friday, after Yemen’s embattled president pledged on Wednesday not to crack down on protesters.

In Egypt, tens of thousands of people returned to Tahrir Square in central Cairo to celebrate one full month since the start of the popular revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak.

In Bahrain, pro-democracy demons…

Starving eagles fall from sky in Canada

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Bald eagles are falling from the sky dead of starvation, wildlife experts in western Canada say.

Eagles that depend on late fall salmon runs to provide enough fat to get them through the winter are starving on account of poor runs last year, Maj Birch, manager of a bird rescue facility, told the Victoria Times Colonist.

The Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society shelter in British Columbia has treated about 20 birds this year, Birch said.

"This is the most we have ever had," Birch told the Times Colonist. "Many of them are downed before they are brought in. They are on the ground and they're too weak to fly away. Some of them are actually falling out of the sky. One of them slid off a roof yesterday."

Thousands of hungry eagles are flocking around landfills, competing with seagulls and often being poisoned by the scraps and rats they find there, biologists told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

A herring run due to occur in early March should provide relief for birds that …

Baby dolphins washing up in Gulf

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CNN reports: Baby bottlenose dolphins are washing up dead in record numbers on the shores of Alabama and Mississippi, alarming scientists and a federal agency charged with monitoring the health of the Gulf of Mexico.

Moby Solangi, the executive director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) in Gulfport, Mississippi, said yesterday that he's never seen such high death numbers.

"I've worked with marine mammals for 30 years, and this is the first time we've seen such a high number of calves," he said. "It's alarming."

At least 24 baby dolphins have washed up on the shores of the two states since the beginning of the year -- more than ten times the normal rate. Also, six older dolphins died.

In January 2009 and 2010, no calf strandings were reported, compared to four in January 2011, the institute said. During the month of February for those years, only one calf stranding was reported each year.

The occurrence has prompted NOAA to designate these…

Apple updates MacBook Pro laptops

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I haven't made a single payment on my new MacBook Pro yet and now this... FML

Reuters reports: Apple Inc released its new lineup of MacBook Pro notebook computers, featuring Intel's peppy new processors and graphics chips made by Advanced Micro Devices, helping boost the smaller chipmaker's stock more than 5 percent.

The new MacBook Pros will be powered by Intel Corp's latest dual-core and quad-core chips, which were previously code-named Sandy Bridge and include integrated graphics processing.

More expensive versions of the MacBook Pro also include graphics chips from Advanced Micro Devices for added performance. Graphics processors made by competitor Nvidia had been used in past versions of the MacBook Pro.

Apple's trend-setting personal computers are a high-profile battleground for chipmakers Intel, AMD and Nvidia.

News of AMD's presence in the new MacBook Pros helped boost its stock 5.5 percent to $9.02.

"It starts to show that the new AMD products have the …

Elizabeth Taylor is still hospitalized but doing well

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Reuters reports: Elizabeth Taylor is getting better in a hospital and she has not had a heart attack, a stroke or any kind of heart surgery, her representative said today.

But the 78-year-old two-time Oscar winner, who has been at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after being admitted with symptoms of heart failure earlier this month, will stay in the hospital for now.

"Elizabeth Taylor's doctors continue to be encouraged by her progress," her representative said in a statement released on yesterday.

"She is in good spirits and continues to feel stronger every day."
Stay strong, Maggie!

Idol to launch online voting next week

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HitFix reports: As has been previously rumored and nebulously reported, American Idol is going to leap into the 21st Century next week with the introduction of an online voting component.
Online voting will begin following the completion of Tuesday (March 1) night's performance show. Fans will be able to visit americanidol.com and log into an American Idol voting page through their Facebook accounts, assuming they're eligible Idol voters. Each fan will be able to cast a total of 50 online votes following the evening performance, a total we're sure can't be tampered with or doctored in any way, shape or form.

"We have been wanting to do online voting for several years, and now Facebook has offered us a secure solution and we are ready to go," states "Idol" creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. "The show has always involved a high level of engagement with its viewers through texting and phone voting, and it’s great to expand on this traditio…

Half of US pets are overweight

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Pick Me Up of the Day

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Sasha Knezevic as featured on VGL.

Godric to return to True Blood

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True Blood's upcoming fourth season will feature witches, werewolves and more Nan Flannigan. And as Michael Ausiello reports, it’ll also mark the return of vampire legend Godric.

TVLine has exclusively learned that Allan Hyde will reprise his role as Eric’s late, forever young-looking maker when the HBO drama resumes this summer.

The duration and exact timing of his stint are unknown. It’s also unclear what form the onetime vampire sheriff of Area 9 will take given that he succumbed to the worst sunburn in history during season 2. (He returned briefly from the great beyond in the season 3 finale to deliver a message to Eric.)

Blood EP Alan Ball isn’t offering too many clues, except to say that fans will see “a different side of Godric.”

Mumford & Sons
"Little Lion Man"

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The Funnies

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When Liza met Gaga

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Talk about my worlds colliding! Here is Liza meeting Gaga at the latter's Madison Square Garden concert on Tuesday night.

(Via Towleroad)

Risk-taking behavior of the gay party male as seen by doctors

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Here are a few choice excerpts from Dr. Frank Spinelli about gay men's propensity for drinking, drugs, and unsafe sex:
Over the years I have monitored and treated gay men with curiosity. I’ve concluded that some of the most telling insights into the gay mind come from watching my own (presumably) heterosexual nephews. At age 15 and 16, they don’t always listen to their parents, they’re eager to push the limits set by their teachers, and when confronted about their risk-taking behavior, they invariably roll their eyes to show their disinterest in having a rational conversation. That’s because teenagers, like gay men, are a conundrum, baffling to scientists and doctors.

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As doctors, we do our best. I counsel my patients about drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. Although I feel confident in my abilities, I still picture my nephews’ eyes rolling into the back of their heads when I try to instill some sense of caution in my patients before a circuit event. I don’t j…

Hawaii governor signs civil union bill into law

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CNN reports: Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed into law a bill that will legalize civil unions for same-sex couples in the Aloha State.

"People have worked long and hard for this day," Abercrombie said at the bill-signing ceremony yesterday. "This is a prime example of exercising civic courage. It is about doing what is right, no matter how difficult, no matter how much opposition."

The law goes into effect on January 1. It extends the same rights and benefits to partners in a civil union that spouses in a marriage enjoy.

In July, former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle vetoed a similar bill, saying the issue needed to be put to a referendum. Gay rights groups decried her decision.

Five states and the District of Columbia issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Hawaii joins New Jersey in allowing civil unions.
Three states -- Rhode Island, New York and Maryland -- recognize same-sex marriages from other states, …

Space shuttle Discovery set for final launch

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After 143 million miles and nearly a year all told in orbit, space shuttle Discovery is poised to blast off one last time today.

It promises to be a sentimental journey for the six astronauts assigned to the mission as well as the supporting cast of thousands who have painstakingly prepped the world's most traveled rocketship.

Once more, NASA's fleet leader is paving a new road, one that leads to shuttle retirement and an uncertain future for America's space program.

When Discovery returns from the International Space Station, it will be the first of the three surviving shuttles to be decommissioned this year and shipped off to a museum. The Smithsonian Institution has first dibs on this one.

But the end of the 30-year shuttle program is still months down the road. For now, NASA prefers to focus on Discovery's last hurrah, an 11-day mission to deliver a bundle of space station supplies and an experimental humanoid robot that will become the first of its kind in space.

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Hialeah blames other race tracks for its financial problems

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It’s one of the country’s most famous horse tracks, but for more than a decade, Hialeah Park has also been something else: a habitual money-loser.

Stiff competition from other local tracks led Hialeah to close its doors in 2001, and since its reopening in 2009, the historic, lushly-landscaped facility has again operated in the red. But Hialeah Park’s owners, in a recently filed lawsuit, argue they’re not responsible for the financial woes.

Instead, Hialeah blames a “conspiracy” involving Flagler Dog Track and Calder Race Course. Hialeah Park wants the two competitors to pay “millions” of dollars in damages for violating the state’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, though Hialeah has not yet asked for a specific dollar figure.In the suit, Hialeah alleges that Calder used backroom deal-making to make sure Hialeah Park’s thoroughbred horse races always had to compete head-to-head with another track, while Calder and Gulfstream Park never had to share racing dates.

Hialeah claims it…

Pick Me Up of the Day

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Chris Nogiec as featured on DNA.

Obama: DOMA unconstitutional, DOJ should stop defending it in court

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The Huffington Post reports: President Obama has determined that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and that the Department of Justice should no longer defend the measure, which severely limits the potential of states to honor or carry out same-sex marriages, the administration announced today.

"The President believes that DOMA is unconstitutional. They are no longer going to be defending the cases in the 1st and 2nd circuits," a person briefed on the decision said, according to the National Journal.

Here's an excerpt from the letter from the Department of Justice to Speaker Boehner.

Dear Mr. Speaker:

After careful consideration, including review of a recommendation from me, the President of the United States has made the determination that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA"), 1 U.S.C. § 7, as applied to same-sex couples who are legally married under state law, violates the equal protection component of the Fifth Amendment. Pursuant to 2…

Adele does Letterman

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Rosie O'Donnell is single again

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Rosie O'Donnell has split with her girlfriend of over a year, Tracy Kachtick- Anders, sources tell Page Six.

The comedienne, multimedia star and former TV talk-show host, who has four children, confirmed in January last year that she was dating Tracy, a Texas artist and mother of six.

She made the announcement after they were spotted holding hands in Miami in December 2009, and soon their combined brood of 10 kids became one big family.

But sources tell us they recently parted ways, with Tracy living at a separate house with her children, while she and Rosie, who lives in Nyack and on Miami's Star Island, remain on good terms.

A rep for O'Donnell told us, "Rosie and Tracy never officially lived under one roof. They have lived near one another for quite some time, and their families still socialize and they see each other frequently."

But a source said, "They have definitely split up, but it is very complicated because their kids are very close. They still spend a…

Oscar-nominated sets used in porn production

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Towleroad reports: The King's Speech is up for an Oscar in Art Direction. The adult site Queerclick.com has discovered that sets used byOscar-nominated Eve Stewart (Production Design) and Judy Farr (Set Decoration) in The King's Speech have been shared by the adult entertainment site UK Naked Men.

Links are NSFW and are therefore unavailable at this time.

It's the Diva way or the highway

World's most liveable cities named

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The Huffington Post reports: Based on a combination of environment, health care, culture and infrastructure, Vancouver topped the list of the world's most liveable cities for the fifth straight year, according to a new report.

As Reuters is reporting, the 2010 Winter Olympics host scored a whopping 98 percent in the 2011 Liveability Ranking and Overview by the Economist Intelligence Unit, which has ranked the Canadian west coast city at the top since 2007. Canada dominated the top 10 spots along with Australia, with Melbourne surpassing Vienna, Austria as the world's second most liveable city.

"Mid-sized cities in developed countries with relatively low population densities tend to score well by having all the cultural and infrastructural benefits on offer with fewer problems related to crime or congestion," said Jon Copestake, editor of the report, in a statement.

In 29th place, the top U.S. city was Pittsburgh, with Los Angeles moving up to 44th place and New York com…

Pick Me Up of the Day
Double-stuffed Edition

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Emil Dostovic and Ryan Vigliant as featured on Socialite Life.

Kazaky
"Love"

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The Funnies

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Rufus Wainwright is a daddy

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Singer Rufus Wainwright is a father — he, along with his partner Jorn Weisbrodt and Leonard Cohen's daughter, welcomed Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen into the world on February 2.

The baby girl was born in Los Angeles via a surrogate — Lorca Cohen, daughter of the musician Leonard Cohen, carried the child.

Wainwright released a statement on his website: "Daddy #1 would like to offer everyone a digital cigar and welcome the little lady in with a French phrase from his favorite folk song, A La Claire Fontaine : 'Il y a longtemps que je t'aime, jamais je ne t'oublierai.'"

Congrats to the happy dads.

HIV as you’ve never seen it before

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It's hard to visualize what something as small and complex as HIV actually looks like. But now Ivan Konstantinov and his team from Visual Science have created the most-detailed 3D model of the virus to date (see video below).

An image of this visualisation just won first place in the 2010 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, sponsored jointly by the journal Science and the National Science Foundation (NSF).The model contains 17 different viral and cellular proteins and the membrane incorporates 160 thousand lipid molecules, of 8 different types, in the same proportions as in an actual HIV particle. It denotes the parts encoded by the virus's own genome in orange, while grey shades indicate structures taken into the virus when it interacts with a human cell.

To create the visualisation, the team consulted over 100 articles on HIV from leading science journals and talked to experts in the field. Then they reconstructed viral proteins from X-rays before as…

Priscilla cast says It Gets Better in PSA

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Photo caption: From left, Will Swenson, Nick Adams and Tony Sheldon.

ArtsBeat reports: The It Gets Better Project, an online video campaign to cheer up gay teenagers who have been victims of bullies, has joined with the stars of the new Broadway musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert to produce the project’s first public service announcement, which will begin airing on Tuesday on the CBS affiliate in the New York region.

In the 30-second spot, the actors Nick Adams, Tony Sheldon, and Will Swenson take turns offering encouraging words and urging viewers to sign on to a pledge on the project’s the website. The pledge asks people to spread the message that “everyone deserves to be respected for who they are” and promise to “speak up against hate and intolerance whenever I see it, at school and at work.”

Priscilla, which begins preview performances on Monday at Broadway’s Palace Theater, centers on two drag queens and a transsexual whose trek across Australia includes comical moments and perf…

David Archuleta gets dropped from label

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File this under: sad and uncalled for. American Idol Season 7 runner-up David Archuleta has been dropped by his label, Jive Records, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

While the singer's 2008 self-titled debut album sold nearly a million copies and was certified platinum, Archuleta's latest album, 2010's The Other Side of Down, sold only 67,000 copies as of February 18, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Archuleta first achieved fame via American Idol; the show's finale between Archuleta and winner David Cook drew more than 97 million votes. It was a record...until the next year's showdown between Adam Lambert and Kris Allen, which drew 100 million.

Archuleta tweeted to his fans that he was in good spirits. "Thanks for the support you continue to show! Means a lot. Just wanted to check in [and] let you know things are going where I feel they should," he tweeted.

--> Stay strong Archie. We love you.

Kathy Griffin to play 'Sarah Palin type' on Glee

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The Marquee Blog reports: Kathy Griffin has got something to sing about! Besides starring in her first Broadway show, she's just landed a guest spot on Glee.

"So excited! It's true!" the comedian tweeted February 18, confirming a TV Line report that she'll appear in an upcoming episode.

Griffin will play one of the judges at the Regionals competition, and her character, Tammy Jean, is said to be inspired by a certain favorite target of Griffin's: According to Movieline, the Fox series was seeking an actress to play "a middle-aged 'recent Tea Party candidate and home-schooler — a Sarah Palin type.'”

Not surprisingly, Griffin, who has worked the entire Palin family into her act, was the show's go-to gal.

Glee previously took on Palin last season, when Coach Sue Sylvester told Cheerios Santana and Brittany, “You may be two of the stupidest teens I’ve ever encountered — and that’s saying something. I once taught a cheerleading seminar to Sarah Palin.…

Pick Me Up of the Day

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Cristiano as featured on Paparazzo.

Why America's teachers are enraged

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Here's a superb opinion piece by Diane Ravitch on the state of teachers in this country:
The uprising in Wisconson is symptomatic of a simmering rage among the nation's teachers. They have grown angry and demoralized over the past two years as attacks on their profession escalated.

The much-publicized film Waiting for 'Superman made the specious claim that "bad teachers" caused low student test scores. A Newsweek cover last year proposed that the key to saving American education was firing bad teachers.

Teachers across the nation reacted with alarm when the leaders of the Central Falls district in Rhode Island threatened to fire the entire staff of the small town's only high school. What got their attention was that Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and President Obama thought this was a fine idea, even though no one at the high school had been evaluated.

The Obama administration's Race to the Top program intensified the demonizing of teachers, because it en…

Cassidy Haley
"This Time"

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Gaga's "Born This Way" makes history on iTunes

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The Marquee Blog reports: Lady Gaga has made history with her latest single. Since its debut last Friday, "Born This Way" has become the fastest-selling single on iTunes, according to a statement. The song became a No. 1 in 23 countries and sold more than 1 million copies in five days.

The track also made history on Billboard. The magazine announced this week that Gaga's "Born This Way" is the Hot 100 chart's 1000th No. 1 in its 52-year history.

"It is a tremendous honor," Gaga told Billboard of the accomplishment. "To be the 1000th no. 1 on Billboard...I would be silly not to say this is the greatest honor of my career."

"I am so humbled and so honored and overwhelmed by the reception to 'Born This Way,' " Gaga went on. "[It] has been so life changing for me as an artist, and between Billboard and the international number ones and the radio numbers...I couldn't be more blessed to have the fans that I have."

G…

It Gets Better the book

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Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller discuss the next phase of their hugely successful 'It Gets Better' project — a book launching March 22nd.

(Via Tolweroad)

RIP Perry Moore

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Some tragic news for the gay community this morning. Perry Moore, a co-producer of The Chronicles of Narnia film series and the author of an award-winning novel about a gay teenager with superpowers, was found unconscious in his bathroom and died later at a hospital, police said. He was 39.

His father, Bill Moore, told The New York Daily News newspaper in Saturday editions that an initial autopsy was inconclusive. "I have no clue what happened. The examiner said he was in good condition," Bill Moore said. His father and friends said he suffered from chronic back pain.

Moore was found unconscious in the bathroom of his Manhattan home Thursday, and doctors couldn't save his life, police said. The cause of death will be determined by the city's medical examiner, but no foul play was suspected.

Moore had a varied career in television and in film, as producer, screenwriter and director. He started his career in television at MTV and VH1, then worked for The Rosie O'Donne…

Rookie wins Daytona 500

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[Editor's note] I don't normally cover NASCAR news. But recent circumstances force me to do so this morning. Mostly, the stunning good looks of this year's Daytona 500 winner. Read on if you care. Otherwise, just gawk at his pictures.

The AP reports: Trevor Bayne finally made a mistake. Fortunately for him, it didn't happen until he missed the turn pulling into Victory Lane at the Daytona 500.

The youngest driver to win the Great American Race gave the historic Wood Brothers team its fifth Daytona 500 victory — its first since 1976 with David Pearson — and Bayne did it in a No. 21 Ford that was retrofitted to resemble Pearson's famed ride.

In just his second Sprint Cup start, the 20-year-old Bayne stunned NASCAR's biggest names with a thrilling overtime win Sunday at Daytona International Speedway, holding off Carl Edwards after fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. crashed in NASCAR's first attempt at a green-white-checkered flag finish.

"Our first 500, are you…

Weekend box office

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Weekend Top Five:

#1 Unknown ($21.8M)
#2 I Am Number Four ($19.5M)
#3 Gnomeo & Juliet ($19.4M)
#4 Just Go with It ($18.2M)
#5 Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son ($17M)

Beth Ditto
"I Wrote the Book"

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival starts this weekend

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The Coconut Grove Arts Festival is celebrating its 48th anniversary this weekend. As one of the nation’s premier outdoor fine Arts Festivals, it showcases the works of over 360 of the finest artists and craftsmen in the world.

A signature event of the South Florida cultural calendar, the Arts Festival offers visitors the opportunity to meet with exhibiting artists, sample fine cuisine, enjoy live entertainment and take a walk through history. Last year approximately 4 million dollars of artwork was sold in three days at the show.
Here are the deets:
Where:
The Festival is held annually in the streets of Coconut Grove, Florida, a charming village within the city of Miami. The Festival is located just south of downtown Miami, adjacent to beautiful Biscayne Bay. It runs along the streets of McFarlane Road, South Bayshore Drive and Pan American Drive.

Festival Hours:
The Festival will be held February 19, 20, & 21, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Admission:
$10 per person per day. Children …

Pick Me Up of the Day

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Nathan Owens as featured on Homorazzi.

Britney Spears
"Hold It Against Me"

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Kellan Lutz offers up an Immortal muscle pout

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Kellan Lutz is quickly becoming a Jerry Curl favorite. Here's the first official shot of Mr. Lutz from the upcoming Greek god film The Immortals, in which he plays Poseidon.

Back to the future

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Here's something really cool via Towleroad.

Photographer Irina Werning:

"I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today... A few months ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future."

The rest of the fascinating pictures in the project can be found here.

Andy Cohen & Ben Cohen talk beers and tolerance

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Gays need a drug intervention

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[Editor's note] I've always had a problem with prominent celebrities wielding their celebrity for a cause. Whether it's Madonna and Malawi, or George Clooney in Sudan, or Lady Gaga and the gays, something about celebrity endorsements of serious problems just ticks me off.

This being said, imagine my feelings at learning that porn entrepreneur Michael Lucas had some ideas about the recent drug bust aboard the Allure of the Seas. Amid the gross generalizations and inane babble, Mr. Lucas does eek out a few valid points:

I think it’s sad that a bunch of tweakers have turned gay cruises into a punch line. But what’s downright depressing is the fact that we, as a community, treat such self-destructive and illegal behavior as normal and acceptable.

The latest Atlantis embarrassment has caused me to wonder what it is about our community that allows us to accept this behavior as normal? I think it might come down to our obsession with appearances.

We’re all about looks and trying to a…