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10/24/2014

One Direction Parties With Sumo Wrestlers, a Monkey and Dany DeVito in 'Steal My Girl' - VIDEO

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One Direction's new music video for their latest single "Steal My Girl" has the boys bringing "life to the desert" with the help of zoo animals, sumo wrestlers, some exotic dancers, a marching band and "the greatest artist of his generation" - Dany DeVito.

Watch the awesome randomness of it all, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Oct. 24,2014 at 12:04 PM EST by in Music Video, One Direction | Permalink | Comments (0)


'Applications', The Tale of a Guy, a Phone, and a Dating App: Part 3

Here's Part 3 of our weekly comic Applications, by Josh Trujillo and Dave Valeza.

Click panes to enlarge. To start from the beginning, click HERE.

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CONTINUED, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Oct. 24,2014 at 11:39 AM EST by in Applications, Comic Books, News | Permalink | Comments (0)


Utah Supreme Court Lifts Stay on Gay Adoptions

UtahThe Utah Supreme Court on Thursday lifted a five-month old stay barring same-sex couples from adoption rights, The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

The action clears the way for the Utah Department of Health to issue birth certificates that list the same-sex parents as the children’s legal parents. It will also restart countless other adoptions that were left in limbo by Utah’s contention that the cases should be on hold until it was clear that gay marriage would be legal in the Beehive state.

"The families involved are obviously relieved and thrilled," said Laura Milliken Gray, an attorney who represented one of the four families, and who also had six other adoptions in process when the stay was put in place.

The paper states the Utah Attorney General's Office asked the state's high court to lift the stay, following marriage equality coming to the Beehive State earlier this month. The paper also adds 26 percent of Utah's same-sex couples are raising children, according to data from UCLA's Williams Institute. 

Posted Oct. 24,2014 at 11:14 AM EST by in Gay Adoption, News, Utah | Permalink | Comments (0)


See If Nick Jonas Can Guess These Male Celebrities By Their Bulges: WATCH

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In an interview with UK celebrity outlet Sugarscape, Nick Jonas was asked to join an impromptu game of "Guess the Bulge" and, being the good sport that he is, decided to play along.

See how many of the six celebrity bulges Nick (and you) can pick out, AFTER THE JUMP...

And if you missed his smoldering, sexy photo shoot with Details magazine yesterday, check that out here

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Posted Oct. 24,2014 at 10:49 AM EST by in Nick Jonas | Permalink | Comments (4)


Josh Radnor, Gretchen Mol Open in Pulitzer Prize-Winning ‘Disgraced’ on Broadway: REVIEW

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BY NAVEEN KUMAR

There is a chilling, heart-stopping moment at the height of Disgraced, Ayad Akhtar’s sharp and engrossing Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which opened on Broadway last night at the Lyceum Theatre. Once you recover from the shock of it, you’ll wonder how you allowed yourself to be so caught off guard.

Disgraced4Maybe you were busy admiring the seductive surfaces of director Kimberly Senior’s sleek, vivid production, getting wrapped up in the lives of the über smart, affluent and self-possessed thirty-somethings onstage, who seem to embody every astute, aspiring young person’s idea of That Perfect New York Life.

Amir (Hari Dhillon), a dapper corporate lawyer and second-generation Pakistani immigrant, and his wife Emily (Gretchen Mol), a thoughtful, blossoming visual artist, share an enviable, impeccably modern Manhattan apartment and cut a prime yet casual example of cross-cultural harmony. While Emily mines Islamic forms and aesthetic ideals in her latest work, Amir is a self-professed and often vocal apostate to Islam.

Disgraced2The drama begins when Amir’s nephew Abe (Danny Ashok) asks him to offer legal counsel to an imam imprisoned (falsely, Abe believes) on suspicion of funding Hamas. Amir strongly resists stepping in, while Emily urges him to help. Fast-forward several weeks when Emily has a shot at being included in a show at the Whitney. The curator Isaac (Josh Radnor), husband to a close colleague of Amir’s, Jory (Karen Pittman), visits to view Emily’s work. Jump ahead another few months to find the four friends gathering for an intimate dinner party.

Akhtar’s drama unspools a number of distinct threads that come together only in its explosive, compelling climax. Above all, it’s a play about ideas and appearances—intelligent, grounded people who think they know who they are and what they believe, until they don’t. The play raises provocative questions—about identity, race, faith, art, love and at times, the whole of human history. This is, of course, no small feat in 90 minutes and could easily go down like a giant pill.

DisgracedBut Akhtar’s characters are people you want to know, and uniformly excellent performances from the cast make you feel as though you already do. The heady and pressing questions that arise are firmly grounded in the very human and messy drama unfolded onstage. That they come from the mouths of characters so convincingly rendered makes them all the more haunting.

Senior, who also directed the play’s Off-Broadway premiere at Lincoln Center Theatre in 2012, does fine work balancing the Akhtar’s litany of nuanced perspectives on hot-button issues. For a drama so much about visual surfaces, the production’s design adds rich texture to the story, including the set by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Jennifer Von Mayrhauser and lighting by Kenneth Posner. 

In the time between the play's first production and its Broadway premiere, the context in which we hear and understand its core dilemma has changed dramatically, with renewed violence in the Middle East and racial tensions at home. Akhtar's drama certainly doesn't have the answers, but it asks the provocative questions.

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Follow Naveen Kumar on Twitter: @Mr_NaveenKumar (photos: joan marcus)

Posted Oct. 24,2014 at 10:24 AM EST by in Naveen Kumar, New York, News, Review, Theatre | Permalink | Comments (1)


50 Cent To Headline At Cyndi Lauper's LGBT Youth Benefit Concert

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The line up for Cyndi Lauper’s Home For the Holidays benefit concert have been announced and this year’s roster is shaping up to be rather interesting. For the past four years Lauper has produced the concert series in collaboration with her True Colors Fund, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about homeless, queer youth.

"I am astounded by the artists who continue to give of their time and talent each and every year and I am so excited by the line-up who are joining us in December,” Lauper exclaimed in a statement. “The concert plays such an important role in supporting the True Colors Fund's work to ensure that no young person is homeless again because of their sexual orientation or gender identity."

In addition to Salt-n-Pepa, Natalie Maines, and Sufjan Stevens, 50 Cent will lend his talents to this year’s show. Curtis Jackson, better known by his stage name, has a storied history of fending off rumors about his sexuality in addition to lashing out at the gay community.

In 2010 Jackson drew heat from Truth Wins Out over a series of tweets relating about oral sex that were interpreted as homophobic. Jackson suggested that men who do not perform oral sex on women should kill themselves, a message that particularly ill-timed considering that 19 year-old Tyler Clementi had recently killed himself after being publicly outed as gay.

“The other night I made a joke about a blow job,” Jackson explained. “My male followers enjoyed it. So I then went on to joke about women receiving the same.”

“[Somehow] they turned a simple joke about oral sex into a anti gay statement. I have nothing against people who choose and alternative life.”

In an interview with Playboy back in 2004, Jackson said:

"I ain't into fa**ots. I don't like gay people around me, because I'm not comfortable with what their thoughts are. I'm not prejudiced. I just don't go with gay people and kick it - we don't have that much in common. I'd rather hang out with a straight dude. But women who like women, that's cool."

Home For the Holidays will take place on December 6th.

Posted Oct. 24,2014 at 9:59 AM EST by in 50 Cent, Cyndi Lauper | Permalink | Comments (6)


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