Friday, December 19, 2014

Teaser: Meryl Streep In "Into The Woods"

In this new clip from the upcoming INTO THE WOODS movie, Meryl Streep's "Witch" instructs the Baker and his wife (played by James Corden and Emily Blunt) how they might undo the curse which keeps them childless.

The reviews keep coming in strong for the Stephen Sondheim movie musical directed by Rob Marshall. Opens in wide release Christmas Day.

Stephen Colbert Beats Death, Achieves Immortality and Flies Into Eternity In Santa's Sleigh

After beating Death in a game of chess - thus ensuring his immortality - Stephen Colbert's big finish to his long-running Comedy Central show last night included an epic star-studded group singalong of "We'll Meet Again."

Joining Colbert were Jon Stewart, Andy Cohn, Randy Newman, Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper, Sen. Cory Booker, Henry Kissinger, Bryan Cranston, Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric, George Lucas, Big Bird and Cookie Monster from "Sesame Street", James Franco, Arianna Huffington, Bill de Blasio, Jeff Daniels, Barry Manilow, Charlie Rose, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Keith Olbermann, Andrew Sullivan, Mike Huckabee, Elijah Wood, Bill Clinton, Dan Savage, J.J. Abrams, astronauts at the ISS, and many others.

And how else could this singular sensation sign off for the last time but from Santa's sleigh accompanied by Jeopardy's Alex Trebek and a unicorned Abraham Lincoln flying off into eternity...?

Check the clips below. And thanks Stephen Colbert for the laughs. See you next year when you take over for David Letterman on CBS.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dow Jones Industrial Average Jumps 412 Points

Naked Dan Osbourne Wishes You Merry Christmas

A shirtless Dan Osbourne wishes you Merry Christmas!

TOWIE star Dan Osbourne wishes you a very merry (and naked) Christmas!

Naked Dan Osbourne wishing you a Merry Christmas!

More pics from Dan at VJBrendan.

News Round-Up: December 18, 2014

Channing Tatum covers Esquire Magazine

Seth Rogen really doesn't have ANYTHING to say about Sony Pictures cancelling release of his film "The Interview" due to terrorist threat

GOP lawmaker introduces bill requiring women to get permission from male partner for abortion unless "legitimate rape"

Denmark says it owns the North Pole

The ACLU of Florida to SCOTUS: “Every day that the couples we represent and the thousands of families across Florida who are also denied the protections of marriage go without those protections, they are suffering real harm."

Sweet coming out story - High school soccer player comes out by dancing with Homecoming King boyfriend

Michael Martin (L) with his Homecoming King boyfriend, Jem

Robbie Rogers Shares Both Of His "First Times"

GQ Magazine takes a ride with L.A. Galaxy player Robbie Rogers on his way to the 2014 Men of the Year party.

Rocking Robbie opens up about what it was like to come out as one of the first openly gay professional athletes, and what it was like to have more than one "first time:"

"First time with a girl was in high school. I think it was my junior year of high school. Still friends. It was actually alright, you know I'm a gay guy. I don't know how she enjoyed it or if she enjoyed it as much as me.

"First time with a guy was actually not until I was 25, after I came out. Super awkward. I mean, can you imagine dating and hooking up with a guy after your coming out, after 25 years? I'm sure he was like, 'What is going on?' I think I've gotten a little better at doing all that stuff so hopefully those embarrassing moments are over"

First Look At Neil Patrick Harris on "American Horror Story: Freak Show"

Check out our first look at Neil Patrick Harris' upcoming debut on American Horror Story: Freak Show.

Apparently playing the role of a traveling saleman named "Chester," Harris would look to be some sort of magician who like to attempt the classic "saw a lady in half" routine.

Harris will appear in episodes 11 and 12 - beginning when the show returns to FX Network on January 7th at 10PM.

Florida County Clerk To Issue Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples At Midnight If Stay Expires

Depending on whether or not SCOTUS does or does not extend the current stay on a ruling which overturned Florida's ban on same-sex marriage, the county clerk in Osceloa County plans to be open for business at the stroke of midnight January 6th to issue marriage licenses to couples wishing to marry.

From Osceloa-News-Gazette:

Osceola County Clerk of the Courts Armando Ramirez said he expected to process up to 30 licenses that night for gay couples who have long-waited for the right to marry.

“My wife and I will also be there personally to witness the historic moment,” Ramirez said. “I believe marriage is just a legal pact between two adults, and there needs to be a separation of church and state.”

Ramirez got approval to open the second-floor courthouse office where passports and marriage licenses are issued and $725 for a seven-person security detail from the Osceola County Commission this week.

I'm would wager that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will extend the stay on the ruling.

But it's very kind of Ramirez to prepare just in case.

Republican National Committee Writes Letter To Santa From Hillary Clinton

You have to imagine the folks at the RNC were drunk when they wrote this.

Although, this does speak to how terrified the Republicans are of her, no?

Click on the images to enlarge and read the douchebaggery.

(h/t JMG)

Hawaii Supreme Court To Hear Marriage Equality Challenge - AGAIN

With over 3,000 same-sex couples married in Hawaii, GOP state Rep. Bob McDermott is like a dog with a bone as he takes the issue back to the state's Supreme Court saying the Legislature did not have the authority to pass marriage equality into law last year.

From the court's docket notice:

On appeal to this court, Respondents contend that the trial court erred in denying their motion for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, and in granting the Petitioners’ motion for summary judgment.

Respondents argue, inter alia, that the Hawai`i Marriage Equality Act is unconstitutional because in 1998, the people of Hawai`i voted to amend article 1, section 23 of the Hawai`i Constitution to state that “the legislature shall have the power to reserve marriage to opposite-sex couples.”

Respondents argue that the intent of this amendment was to constitutionally reserve marriage to opposite-sex couples, so the legislature was not authorized to pass the Hawai`i Marriage Equality Act.

In response, Petitioners argue that article 1, section 23 allows the legislature to reserve marriage to opposite-sex couples, but does not require it to do so. Petitioners also argue that Respondents lacked standing to bring this lawsuit.

The hearing is scheduled for 11AM Hawaii time.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sony Cancels Christmas Day Release Of Seth Rogen/James Franco Film "The Interview" Due To Terrorist Threat

After the five largest movie theater chains decided to NOT show the upcoming Seth Rogen/James Franco film The Interview, Sony Pictures has now decided to not release the film.

No release of the film could result in tens of millions in losses for Sony.

From Sony Pictures:
In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.

Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like.

We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.
There are rumors of a possible On Demand release at some point in the future, but nothing has been announced.

The decision comes after a cyber hack against Sony Pictures which threatened the theaters that showed the film. A note made public on Tuesday read, "We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places 'The Interview' be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to."

(via Huffington Post)

12 Days Of Christmas Music: Jeb Havens "I Wish I Had A River"

Seeing how it's Hump Day and I just received this excellent cover of Joni Mitchell's "River" by the uber-talented Jeb Havens, how could I not post it today?

You can't have too much holiday music :)

I've enjoyed Jeb's music for a long time. You'll recall his version of "Fast Car" this summer set the internet on fire, plus his collaborations with other artists like Matt Zarley and Tom Goss, and his own original songs have all appeared on The Randy Report.

In addition to a gorgeous voice that suits him perfectly, Jeb has an uncanny sense for songs that suit his considerable talents, and "River" is a fantastic choice for both his voice and his interpretive powers.

Find more of his music on iTunes here.

Although not specifically a Christmas song (the lyrics begin with "it's coming on Christmas"), the song has emerged as a modern Christmas standard.

"River" is the second-most widely covered of songs in Mitchell's catalog.

Supreme Court Justice Thomas To Consider Extending Stay On Florida Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

On Monday, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi requested the US Supreme Court consider an extension to the current stay on a federal district court's ruling which struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas oversees requests from the 11th Circuit (which includes the state of Florida). Thomas could decide for himself whether or not to extend the stay or submit it for review by the entire Supreme Court.

Now, it looks like he'll probably rule on his own, and most probably in favor of the extension.

From The Advocate:
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said late Tuesday that he will consider Florida attorney general Pam Bondi’s petition to extend a hold on marriage equality in the state, and he has asked plaintiffs’ attorneys to present their arguments for lifting the stay by Thursday.


The stay was set to expire at the end of the day January 5, allowing same-sex couples to being marrying in Florida January 6, and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals this month denied Bondi's request for an extension. Bondi wants the stay to continue during the state’s appeal of Judge Robert Hinkle’s August ruling or, alternatively, until the Supreme Court decides whether to take up one of the four cases stemming from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to uphold marriage bans in four states."
Thomas has indicated in earlier cases that he leans toward granting such requests while rulings are still being reviewed.

President Obama Announces Changes In Relationship With Cuba

In what looks to be the most sweeping change in the U.S. policy towards Cuba since the 1961 embargo was first imposed, President Obama today announced a change of course in diplomatic and regulatory measures towards the country.

Changes include re-establishing diplomatic relations that have been severed since 1961; moves to open an American embassy in Havana; travel and commerce between the countries will be expanded, and more.

More details at Yahoo News.

12 Days Of Christmas Music: Matt Zarley "Don't Save It All For Christmas Day"

OUTmusic Award winner Matt Zarley covers Avalon's "Don't Save It All For Christmas Day."

From Matt:

This is one of my favorite modern holiday classics. If you're not familiar with the tune, check out the original by Avalon. It's unbelievable.

Celine Dion and Clay Aiken also offer up their beautiful renditions of this sweet holiday tune.

Hope u enjoy!

Matt offers the track as a free holiday download.

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