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Let’s Not Call Channing Tatum a ‘Stromo’ — ‘Straight Homo’

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Let’s Not Call Channing Tatum a ‘Stromo’ — ‘Straight Homo’
Former RuPaul's Drag Race judge and current THR writer Merle Ginsberg has noticed that a lot of straight male stars lately seem kind of, well, gay. And they're like totally cool with it. Her evidence? Adam Levine likes to wear V-necks! Tom Hardy said he experimented with boys! Channing Tatum danced on a gay pride float! "Straight male stars aren't stressed out at being perceived as gay or extremely gay-friendly," she writes in a piece for THR. "Far from feeling stigmatized, they welcome the gay gaze, staring invitingly and modeling shirtless on the covers of such gay magazines as Out and The Advocate, or both." And she has a word to identify this new species of men: "Stromos" — that is, "straight homos."I know, I know: yuck. However, if you look beyond the portmanteau, there's some validity to her argument. As of late, there is an obvious and concerted push
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RuPaul's Drag Race recap: season seven, episode six – Ru Hollywood Stories

The contest went meta as the queens told the story of how Michelle Visage came to replace Merle Ginsberg, and some cute boys showed us what was in their drawers

It is Easter (or was) - a time of mystery and resurrection. What better moment to solve some of the sacred enigmas of the modern era: why was Merle Ginsberg booted from the judges’ panel of RuPaul’s Drag Race at the end of season two? What fiend hides behind the rise of Michelle Visage? And why is everyone on the judges panel so blurry? Well, now we know. Sort of.

In Ru Hollywood Stories, the remaining queens had to summon up their acting skills to give us three separate versions of how Hollywood Reporter’s sharp-tongued Ginsberg came to be replaced in Ru’s harem by Visage. Exegesis is not an exact science, and while the ladies tried their
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The 5 Best Moments From RuPaul’s Drag Race

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The 5 Best Moments From RuPaul’s Drag Race
As we enter into the sixth episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race’s seventh season, the show seems to be losing momentum in a significant way. The girls seem tired by the challenges and in desperate need of a pick-me-up. It’s not a great place for them to exist in, given that we’re nearly halfway through the season, but at this point, you have to hope that we’ll eventually get rid of most of the dead weight soon, and then things will magically transform into a magnificent competition of only the best of the best. Right? Right?! Probably not.And Then There’s MerleTonight’s maxi challenge centered around the return of founding RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Merle Ginsberg. Ginsberg was replaced by Michelle Visage after the first two seasons of the show, with no real explanation as to why she left. (Though given that Tyra Sanchez won season two,
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Ariana Grande & Demi Lovato to Appear on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 7 — Watch

Ariana Grande & Demi Lovato to Appear on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 7 — Watch
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” is bringing two new judges and tons of star power to Season 7, which is set to premiere March 2 on Logo TV.

Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Jessica Alba, Kat Dennings, Alyssa Milano, Jordin Sparks, Olivia Newton-John, John Waters, Mel B, Tamar Braxton, Rebecca Romijn, Isaac Mizrahi, Michael Urie and “Fashion Police’s” Kathy Griffin are among the celebrity guest judges who will stop by the new episodes. Former judges Santino Rice and Merle Ginsberg will also make a guest appearance.

The upcoming season will feature two new full-time judges: Ross Mathews (“Hello Ross,” “Chelsea Lately”) and Carson Kressley (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”). Mathews and Kressley join the returning Michelle Visage and RuPaul on the permanent panel.

“I asked for a new, wickedly funny, smart and experienced judge…and I got two,” said exec producer RuPaul. “Ross and Carson are the perfect addition to the ‘RuPaul
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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 7 First Look Teases New Judges, Edgier Drag Queens (Video)

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 7 First Look Teases New Judges, Edgier Drag Queens (Video)
Logo TV’s amping up the return of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” with a teaser trailer ahead of the Season 7 premiere.

In the video, the aspiring drag queens compete head-to-head on the runway as they vie for the crown to become a world renowned performer like host RuPaul Charles.

“You probably know what to expect,” RuPaul says in the trailer. “You don’t.”

Also read: Logo TV Responds to RuPaul’s Defense of the Word ‘Tranny’

The season appears to be glittered with grittier insults, colorful makeup and edgier drag queens than ever before. One contestant even walks the runway
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RuPaul's Drag Race Shakes Up Judges' Panel — Watch the Season 7 Trailer!

RuPaul's Drag Race Shakes Up Judges' Panel — Watch the Season 7 Trailer!
Oh. Em. Weave.

RuPaul’s Drag Race finally has a Season 7 premiere date — and a reconfigured judging panel, too.

Logo announced today that a new collection of queens will be lip-syncing for their lives starting Monday, March 2 at 9/8c — with Ross Matthews (Chelsea Lately) and Carson Kressley (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy) replacing Santino Rice as permanent judges alongside RuPaul and Michelle Visage.

Rice, however, will return as a guest judge.

Season 7’s additional guest judges will include: Ariana Grande, Jessica Alba, Demi Lovato, John Waters, Kathy Griffin, Olivia Newton-John, Alyssa Milano, Kat Dennings, Jordin Sparks, Mel B, Tamar Braxton,
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Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato to Serve as Guest Judges on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato to Serve as Guest Judges on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’
Hello hunties! We’re serving up a whole platter of RuPaul’s Drag Race news starting with the premiere date. Logo's reality competition returns with season 7 on Monday, Mar. 2 in its usual time slot at 9 pm.

News: RuPaul Talks 'Drag Race' Hits -- and Misses!

And now for the real T: This season, Ru has lined up the most delicious group of guest judges, including Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, and Mel B, to help determine which queen will become America’s next drag superstar.

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We know Ariana knows how to shake a tail feather on the runway, and after getting nearly stomped on at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, we hope she’ll have a thing or two to say to these queens about serving up some fierce competition.

News: Ariana Grande Attacked by Angel Wings

The other guest judges this season include filmmaker John Waters, Kathy Griffin, Olivia Newton-John, [link
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Trendsetters at Work: Pret-a-Reporter

Trendsetters at Work: Pret-a-Reporter
Merle Ginsberg is the senior style writer at The Hollywood Reporter and Pret-a-Reporter, THR's online destination for all things fashion and beauty. Curious to find out how Merle landed her super sweet gig? We caught up with Merle, and she gave us the scoop on everything from how she got started in fashion journalism to her sage career advice—plus, find out all of Merle's favorite places to shop. Keep reading for Merle's inside dish! What was your very first job? I had a lot of college jobs—working hotel front desks, modeling, cocktail waitress—but my first journalism job was at a cool New York weekly arts paper called Soho Weekly...
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The Hollywood Reporter Launches New Style Website Pret-a-Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter Launches New Style Website Pret-a-Reporter
The daily style destination features original profiles, red carpet coverage, shopping tours and other exclusive content, with fashion designer Zac Posen named guest editor at site launch.

The Hollywood Reporter has launched Pret-a-Reporter, a multiplatform fashion and beauty content brand anchored by pretareporter.com, a daily style destination dedicated to exploring and celebrating the intersection of Hollywood and style.

The site, which features original profiles, red carpet coverage, shopping tours with fashion influencers, designer conversations and exclusive film and TV wardrobe room photo tours, showcases the players who truly make Hollywood fashion and beauty happen -- from stars and stylists to costume designers and stylish executives.

“Pret-a-Reporter is dedicated to delivering the very best in style straight from the halls of Hollywood glamour and power,” says The Hollywood Reporter editorial director Janice Min. “With unrivaled access and a superb editorial team, Pret-a-Reporter offers readers total coverage of one of the
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Cannes: The Hollywood Reporter Partners With Jimmy Choo for New Video Series

Cannes: The Hollywood Reporter Partners With Jimmy Choo for New Video Series
The Hollywood Reporter and Jimmy Choo today launch a five-part exclusive video web series bringing viewers directly to the tastemakers, celebrities and style setters of the Cannes Film Festival. The series, hosted by The Hollywood Reporter's senior writer Merle Ginsberg and style editor Carol McColgin, kicks off today with a look at what to pack for the festival on hollywoodreporter.com and THR's YouTube channel. “Cannes Confidential takes our readers to the world’s most alluring film festival,” says Janice Min, The Hollywood Reporter's editorial director. “We couldn’t have hoped for a better partner for Cannes Confidential than Jimmy Choo,

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THR Cover Chat: Merle Ginsberg on Nicole Kidman

THR Cover Chat: Merle Ginsberg on Nicole Kidman
Join us at 4:30 Pm Pst for a live chat with THR's Merle Ginsberg, who wrote the cover story of today's magazine after spending time with Nicole Kidman. At 45, she hits Sundance with Stoker, her latest indie film, as the actress forges a second chapter in a career once reliant on big studios and opens up about her choices, mistakes and men.
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'The Hollywood Reporter's' Video Series, Ep. 3: Oscar Contenders Dress to Impress

'The Hollywood Reporter's' Video Series, Ep. 3: Oscar Contenders Dress to Impress
The Hollywood Reporter has released the third installment of its new weekly web series The Hollywood Reporters. In each episode, THR awards analyst Scott Feinberg, the series' host, chats with colleagues from THR's newsroom about different aspects of the awards race. Photos: Golden Globes 2013: Nominated Actresses' Looks Leading Up to the Main Event This week, Feinberg was joined by senior fashion and beauty writer Merle Ginsberg for a discussion about the role of red carpet fashion in the awards season, generally, and this particular awards season, in which both female acting categories will probably be won by serious fashionistas: Jessica Chastain (Zero

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Nicole Kidman: Sex scenes with Tom Cruise in 'Eyes Wide Shut' weren't 'reality'

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Nicole Kidman wants to dispel some rumors about her relationship with Tom Cruise in connection to Stanley Kubrick's 1999 drama, "Eyes Wide Shut." The film that produced much controversy in the U.S. over some graphic sex scenes featuring Kidman and then-husband, Tom Cruise.

Kidman tells Merle Ginsberg, "People thought that making the film was the beginning of the end of my marriage, but I don't really think it was." She goes on to point out the kinky sex seen on screen was not the reality of her sex life with Tom.

"Stanley had to coax me into some of the sexuality in the film in the beginning," says Nicole, "but we shot things that were a lot more extreme that didn't end up in the movie."

Nicole says she and Tom watched Kubrick's cut of the film, then found out the following morning he died. "I just started screaming,
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The 10 Greatest Reality TV Judges Ever

Reality TV judging: It’s important. I can only commit to a TV talent show if I believe there are tough, fair-minded judges keeping the circus under control. Since we’re headlong into enticing seasons of The Voice and American Idol, the time is right to reflect upon the best judges in reality TV history – the ones who boast authority, smarts, sass, and fearsomeness. Oh, and some evil too!

10. Nina Garcia, Project Runway

The glamorous Marie Claire editrix has no time for fashion with a less-than-editorial edge, and she’s regularly the most intimidating part of a panel that also includes the fire-breathing Michael Kors and the perpetually aloof Heidi Klum. When she’s not dispensing displeasure at the drop of an accessory, she’s sighing with the kind of amazing contempt that warranted Meryl Streep an Oscar nom in The Devil Wears Prada.

Best Quote: While critiquing Santino Rice’s horrendous,
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Michael Sheen and Chris Weitz’s Films Nominated for SAG Award

Michael Sheen and Chris Weitz’s Films Nominated for SAG Award
Michael Sheen (Aro) and the cast of Midnight in Paris have been nominated in the very prestigious SAG Awards for “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture” while the lead actor in Chris Weitz’s A Better Life, Demián Bichir, has been nominated in “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role”. The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live coast to-coast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at 8 Pm Est/ 5pm Pst. Read more below:

Here Michael and co-star Owen Wilson give their reactions to The Hollywood Reporter:

Michael Sheen, Midnight in Paris — outstanding drama ensemble: “How lovely? I’m assuming “ensemble” is French for Best British Actor Playing A Pedantic American With A Pointy Beard?”

Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris — outstanding drama ensemble: “It’s an honor to be recognized by your peers and I thank my fellow SAG members for this nomination and am proud to have been a part of such an incredible ensemble, as well as Woody Allen’s vision.”

From the La Times:

Demián Bichir, a 48-year-old Mexican actor little-known to American moviegoers, scored a surprise best actor nomination at the SAG Awards on Wednesday morning.

Bichir, who plays an illegal immigrant pursuing the American dream in “A Better Life,” beat out a couple of projected favorites in the category, including “Shame’s” Michael Fassbender and Gary Oldman from “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” Directed by Chris Weitz, “A Better Life” has only grossed $1.8 million at the U.S. box office.

Here Demián Bichir reacts to his nomination to The Hollywood Reporter:

Demián Bichir, A Better Life — outstanding lead actor in a drama: “My girlfriend called me, that was really good. I just could not believe the statement saying that I was nominated, and with all those other amazing actors. It’s the actor’s vote. It’s so rewarding fellow peers vote for you. To me to be among these amazing actors, it’s a double honor. I’m overwhelmed by the whole thing. [Laughs] I’ve been an actor since I was a kid, grew up in the theater, I was 17 when I did my first play, O’Neill’s Ah Wilderness — I thought I wanted the rest of the world to get to know my work. Everyone knows how tough the competition is in the United States for any artist. So to have a place amongst so much talent I feel truly blessed.” — Merle Ginsberg

Read all the reactions at The Hollywood Reporter here, check out the full story at the La Times here and see all of the SAG nominees here.

Have you seen A Better Life or Midnight in Paris?

(Thanks Noor!)
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'Breaking Dawn's' Taylor Lautner Draws Affection From Overzealous Male Fan at Film's Premiere

'Breaking Dawn's' Taylor Lautner Draws Affection From Overzealous Male Fan at Film's Premiere
Merle Ginsberg & Gary Baum

This item first appeared in the Rambling Reporter column of the Dec. 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Fans always have been a staple of movie premieres, shrieking and even fainting from their perch safely behind the red carpet. But bowing to the audience's desire to interact more closely with their idols, studios in recent years have increasingly invited select die-hards inside the barricades. Photos: 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part I' Black Carpet Premiere An occasional downside? The insider feeling of a glamorous industry event being overrun by excessive enthusiasm. Exhibit A: The Nov. 14 premiere for

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Zoe Tops Stylist Poll After Oscars Night Spectacular

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Zoe Tops Stylist Poll After Oscars Night Spectacular
Anne Hathaway's Oscar night costumes have helped earn pregnant fashion guru Rachel Zoe a top stylist crown in a new magazine poll.

Zoe helped dress the actress for her Academy Awards co-hosting stint with James Franco last month and, although Hathaway's performance met mixed reviews, her gowns were stunning.

On the strength of that and her many other star stylings, Zoe has topped a list of the 25 most powerful celebrity stylists in the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

The publication's senior writer Merle Ginsberg says, "It's important for a stylist to carve out an aesthetic, much like a designer does, but she also needs to give her clients what they want, and Zoe is a master at that... She does Cameron Diaz as the bohemian, but Eva Mendes is not, and Anne Hathaway is no bohemian."

Former Vogue editor Kate Young, who has helped style Oscar winner Natalie Portman's maternity look, comes in second on the list and Emma Stone and Hailee Steinfeld's style expert Petra Flannery is third.

Good Morning Oscar, January 10: Sorry About That, Ronni

Good Morning Oscar, January 10: Sorry About That, Ronni
Ronni Chasen gets a (misspelled) tribute, and "12 Angry Men" gets recast with Oscar bloggers. One more tidbit from the Palm Springs International Film Festival's Awards Gala on Saturday night: as Merle Ginsberg points out, songwriter Diane Warren used part of her acceptance speech to introduce a tribute to the late Ronni Chasen, who represented both Warren and the gala for years. Ginsberg, though, leaves out one salient fact that you can see in the photo at left: on the giant video screen behind the stage, they misspelled Chasen's first name
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Afternoon Meme: Leave Looney Tunes Alone, "Men In Black" Is Back, "Stretch Armstrong" Gets Staffed, and My "Glee" Views.

Plus, it's a big day for birthdays, Kelly Cutrone is impatient, American Top Gear ready to roll, Alex O'Laughlin's ... talents, and Neil Patrick Harris' Beastly quips.

On the off chance that anyone at Cartoon Network reads anything I write, I want to go on record as opposing their upcoming programming choices. Not only are you putting live-action programming on something called “Cartoon Network” you also bust out this sentence, which is as close to blasphemy as you can get: “The network also announced that coming later in the year would be an all-new re-imagined version of the Warner Bros animated classic shorts, Looney Tunes.”

Also departing from the title of their network, History Channel is set to premiere their version of Top Gear with Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust and Rutledge Wood.

Kelly Cutrone got sick of waiting for Bravo to decided on a second season for Kell On Earth,
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In Pictures: '47th Annual Icg Publicist Awards'

Heather Tom attending the 47th Annual Icg Publicist Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.Photo copyright by Tommaso Boddi / PR Photos. LL Cool J. attending the 47th Annual Icg Publicist Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.Photo copyright by Tommaso Boddi / PR Photos. Suzy Amis, James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver attending the 47th Annual Icg Publicist Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.Photo copyright by Tommaso Boddi / PR Photos. Merle Ginsberg attending the 47th Annual Icg Publicist Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.Photo copyright by Tommaso Boddi / PR Photos. Shane Brennan, Chatryn Brennan attending the 47th
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