Friday, April 17, 2015

Official Trailer Drops Early - "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"

"Do you bleed? You will."

Ben Affleck's Batman asks the Man of Steel in the just-released trailer for "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice."

The trailer is full of a images of Affleck both in and out of costume, the Batmobile and a face-off between the two title characters.

Note - no shot of Wonder Woman or Aquaman. Yet.

Houston: Anti-Gay Activists Fail To Gather Enough Signatures To Repeal LGBT Protections

Back story: Last May, Mayor Annise Parker and the Houston City Council approved Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) providing for LGBT protections in the areas of public and private employment, housing and city contracting.

Anti-gay foes hated that. They began a drive to put the ordinance to a vote hoping to repeal the protections. They needed 17,269 signatures, or 10 percent of the ballots cast in the last mayoral election.

After turning in what seemed to be more than enough signatures, it turns out the opponents were 585 signatures short.

The Houston Chronicle reports:

Opponents of Houston's non-discrimination ordinance failed to gather enough valid signatures to force a repeal referendum, a state district judge ruled Friday, validating city officials' decision to toss out the petition foes submitted last summer.

After separate rulings from both a jury and state District Judge Robert Schaffer, attorneys for both sides entered dueling counts of the valid signatures, adding and subtracting voters as Schaffer responded to motions. By early this week, the counts were closer together than ever before, fewer than 1,000 signatures apart.

Ultimately, Schaffer on Friday ruled the final count of valid signatures was 16,684, leaving opponents short of the threshold required in the city charter of 17,269 signatures, or 10 percent of the ballots cast in the last mayoral election.

"The jury's verdict and the judge's ruling are a powerful smack-down against the forces of discrimination and intolerance," said Geoffrey Harrison, lead attorney for the city, in a statement. "And maybe, just maybe, they'll reconsider their misguided ways."

Opponents, largely conservative activists and pastors whose objections center on the protections the law extends to gay and transgender residents, are expected to appeal the ruling.

Missouri's Markus Golden Will Be Interesting To Watch In 2015 NFL Draft

Erik Siegrist, writing for Rotowire, has an interesting take on Markus Golden, Defensive End for Mizzou, who's up for the NFL draft this year.

He compares Golden to another player from last year's draft in terms of stats and play:

Basically, the same stats, right?

Cutting to the chase, I'm sure regular readers (who must be wondering why I'm writing about a DE from Missouri out of nowhere) will guess: Golden is Player A and out footballer Michael Sam is Player B.

Like Sam last year, Golden’s size has most teams viewing him as undersized for a DE, but a possible candidate to move to OLB instead. Like Sam last year, most experts are viewing Golden as a probable mid-round pick, possibly sneaking into the third round but more likely getting selected on Day Three.

Last year, in a deep class for pass rushers, 43 DEs and OLBs came off the board before Sam was selected late in the seventh round.


But when on paper two players are so similar, if there’s a wide divergence in their fates in the draft, you have to start looking seriously at other factors to explain the discrepancy.

Through no fault of his own, Markus Golden is in a position to almost single-handedly prove (or disprove) the most common theory as to why Michael Sam is currently not with an NFL team, even on a futures contract.

The NFL continues to hold the line that Sam isn't on an NFL roster because he wasn't good enough.

We'll see if the same stats - without the cache of being Co-Defensive Player of the Year for the SEC as Sam was - will work better for Golden.

And that will definitely tell us something. Won't it?

Matt Baume On The Next President And The LGBT Community

Folks vote in a presidential elections based on a multitude of issues. Or, sometimes, it's whether or not they think they like a particular candidate.

But for LGBT folks, the next election could see the progress on our rights continue, or be rolled back. It depends on the winner.

Matt Baume looks into his crystal ball to explain what's at stake, and what we could stand to lose if the next president doesn't support the civil rights gains of the last 8 years.

Barney Frank No Fan Of The Underwoods: "I Would Ban House Of Cards From Being Shown"

Openly gay retired elder statesman of Congress, Barney Frank, stopped by Conan last night and chimed in on the recent kerfuffle over Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act:

“In Indiana the calvary arrived, by which I mean the business community. In America, it’s nice to have the morally committed people on your side, but when the profit motive comes into the fight then you’re in great shape.”

It also seems that Frank is not a fan of the Netflix hit series HOUSE OF CARDS, saying “I’m a great believer in free speech and I defend the right of people to say obnoxious things about me and everybody else, but if I was going to make an exception, I would ban House of Cards from being shown.”

Watch The Pilot For New Web Series Alphabet Boys

Regular readers of The Randy Report know I'm a huge fan of web series.

Episodes are usually 15 minutes or less - great for my short attention span. And, the folks involved have the freedom to tell the stories they want to tell without network suits interfering in the process.

Web series are the playground of the next generation of TV and film creators.

Some really talented folks are in the process of getting ready to shoot their web series Alphabet Boys, which they describe as the Golden Girls meets Sex and the City meets Looking.

We plan to produce a cutting edge web series that is the contemporary brother to classics like “Sex and the City” and “The Golden Girls” by introducing several characters to the forefront of episodic storytelling, some of whom just happen to be gay. It’s simply a part of who they are, not what they are. What makes this show unique? These characters are not defined by their sexuality, be it gay or straight. They'll draw you in with their personality, character and individual perspectives on life.

Alphabet Boys is a bold and fresh comedic web-series revolving around four guys navigating the struggles of life in the Big Apple: Love, friendship and finding the ever-elusive Mr. Right. The show takes place in Alphabet City, where Dante, Blake and Ross suddenly find themselves with a new house-guest when Stefano shows up at their door. Three gay men under one roof is dramatic enough, but add a straight one with extra baggage to the mix and you have Season One of Alphabet Boys!

This season brings fun filled shenanigans during excursions through the city, pool parties, broadway shows, bad dates and personal drama between the boys. With complementary, yet completely opposite personalities, there's never a dull moment with these four!

Check out the pilot for the project below:

The creative team has launched a crowd-sourcing campaign to raise funds for the first season. Head over to Indiegogo to check out their pitch.

I've donated to several crowd-sourcing projects and always glad I did. From films to web series to recording projects, you become not only a backer of the project, but you go along for the ride as those funded keep you informed of the project's progress through updates both before and after completion.

For a small contribution (or large if you're feeling it) you get to be a movie, television or record producer and be involved in the creative process.

I like the premise of Alphabet Boys, and the folks involved all have excellent pedigrees. Just an example: one of the principals, Joey Sorge, is a buddy of mine with a resume an arm long including tons of Broadway credits (Follies, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Drowsy Chaperone, How To Succeed..., Nice Work If You Can Get It). These folks aren't beginners :)

I like seeing my friends' success, so I'm happy to share this project with you shiny, happy people.

Michigan Auto Shop Owner Who Would Deny Gays Service Has No Business License

It turns out Brian Klawiter, the auto shop owner who posted on Facebook that he would refuse to serve openly gay customers, doesn't even have a city business license, according to city authorities.

Brian Klawiter earlier this year told the City Council that requiring a license violates his constitutional rights because it authorizes city inspectors to enter his property without a warrant.

"This is a blatant and intentioned violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution," Klawiter told the council on Jan. 26. "I dispute your lawful ability to do what you claim. I will not sign the application. I cannot and will not give up my civil rights, especially when requested by a government entity for which the Constitution was designed to limit the power of."

Klawiter also says he has received death threats because of his anti-gay Facebook post, but police have not been asked to investigate, nor has Klawiter filed any charges.

LogoTV Set To Serve "Cocktails & Classics" With Michael Urie

Logo today announced that actor Michael Urie ("Ugly Betty") and a group of his most pop culture-minded friends will serve up a new twist on classic films with “Cocktails & Classics,” a new film series premiering this Sunday, April 19 at 7pm ET/PT.

Each week Michael Urie and his guests will gather to dish about behind-the-scenes gossip during breaks of one of their favorite movies. Together they will re-watch iconic and hilarious scenes and reenact their most beloved quotes from classics including “Cabaret,” “Sunset Boulevard,” and “Valley of the Dolls.”

The series launches with a screening of “Steel Magnolias.” In the episode, “Steel Magnolias” star Olympia Dukakis and screenwriter Robert Harling share how Meg Ryan, Winona Ryder, Laura Dern and Julianne Moore were all in talks to play the iconic role of Shelby, the part which ultimately went to Julia Roberts.

“Cocktails & Classics” guests include actors like Lea DeLaria (“Orange is the New Black”), Olympia Dukakis (“Steel Magnolias”) and Joel Grey (“Cabaret”), as well as journalists Jess Cagle (People, Entertainment Weekly), Michael Musto (OUT), Jessica Shaw (Entertainment Weekly) and Michael Ausiello (TVLine).

Upcoming films include “Auntie Mame,” “Barbarella,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Private Benjamin.”

“Everyone remembers the first time they saw and fell in love with these classic films,” said Chris McCarthy, General Manager of Logo. “We’re thrilled to bring them to a new generation with Michael Urie and a cast who share their own unique and hysterical perspectives on these iconic films and the Hollywood legends who starred in them.”

Iowa: Gay Man Thanks Hillary Clinton For Her Support On Marriage Equality

Hillary Clinton's campaign shares this clip of Mike Yowell having coffee this week with Hillary in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

"I was thrilled when you recently urged the Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality. I was like 'That’s our gal.'"

Hillary was my girl in 2008. And she's my girl this election cycle.

Oral arguments on the issue of same-sex marriage at SCOTUS are scheduled for April 28th.

Dining With Thieves

How Underwear Models Do The Manscape Thing

In this tongue in cheek episode of Max Emerson's "Max's Underpants" - Max shows you the proper way to handle your manscaping duties.

Ably assisted by Willam Belli, who makes for the perfect assistant.

I previously posted Max's video on how models avoid "Visible Penis Line" here.

Silly fun. Happy Friday!

Funky Friday: Giorgio Moroder Teams Up With Sia "Déjà Vu"

The internet "hustle" is a bit more fun today thanks to the title track of Giorgio Moroder's upcoming album DEJA VU featuring vocals by the fab Sia.

I shared Moroder's collaboration with Kylie Minogue for the project back in February.

Click below to listen to the track via Spotify. The album drops June 12th.

(h/t JMG)

GLSEN Day Of Silence Today

Today is GLSENs Day of Silence - a national day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.

Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

From the first-ever Day of Silence at the University of Virginia in 1996, to the organizing efforts in over 8,000 middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities across the country in 2008, its textured history reflects its diversity in both numbers and reach.

Students may decide to be silent for the entire school day, or at lunch, passing periods, or only on social media. But by taking part, they become part of a collaborative against bullying.

Sadly, the haters can't even stand kids being silent as an act of opposing bullying. Anti-gay organizations actually encourage parents to keep their kids home from school today so they aren't "indoctrinated" in being kind to other kids.

Click here for more information.

Michael Buble Accused Of "Body Shaming" With Anonymous Butt Pic

(via Facebook)

This is kinda crazy.

Pop star Michael Buble is catching heat because he posted this picture (taken by his wife) to his social media saying "There was something about this photo lu took ,that seemed worthy of instagram.
#myhumps #babygotback #hungryshorts #onlyinmiami #picoftheday #beautifulbum"

Folks quickly attacked Buble saying he was "body shaming" the woman, or objectifying her because the lower part of her lower part was partially visible.

Get a grip, kids.

First of all, the woman chose to wear the shorts in public. I gather, since she's an adult, that she knows how she's dressed. If she has no problem going out in public wearing shorts that show half her butt, then she must not have a problem with being seen.

Second, her face isn't visible so she's anonymous. There's no shaming happening here.

Third, it's a tame compliment. He writes #beautifulbum. He didn't call her ugly or fat or unattractive.

Fourth, go back to number two. No one can see her face! Can you be "shamed" if you don't know it happened and no one knows who you are?

I invite you to post your thoughts below. I'm curious if I'm really missing this or not.

The Cast Of ENTOURAGE Drops Into The STAR WARS Universe

Excellent parody casting makes this video work.

Imagine if the ENTOURAGE guys were put in charge of making the next STAR WARS sequel? You get STARTOURAGE.

Somehow it all ties back to Quiznos sandwiches...

(h/t JoeMyGod)
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