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Meme: Jonathan Groff Asks Out Russell Tovey On “Looking,” “Duck Dynasty” Roundup, “G.B.F.” Scores an “R” Rating From MPAA
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Utah flails around for stay of marriage equality as hundreds marry, gay life in Sochi, Matt Bomer Christmas cards
Charlie Sheen unleashed a rant on Phil Robertson via Twitter that is pretty epic. For a medium that specializes in 140 characters, Sheen went on for quite a while, but the beginning starts out with “Hey Mallard brained Phil Robertso! you have offended and hurt so many dear friends of mine, who Do Not have the voice or the outreach that I do. I will speak loudly and clearly for All of them, adding, “So, just when your desperately sub evolved a** thought the pressure was off, you are now in the crosshairs of a MaSheen style media beat down.”
- Ed Kennedy
“The Carrie Diaries” Walt Recap: Thank You For Being A Friend
20 December 2013 11:42 PM, PST
Things start off pretty grim for Walt Reynolds (Brendan Dooling) on this episode of The Carrie Diaries. His ice-cold, homophobic mother (think Michele Bachman without the crazy eyes) has packed his bags, and can barely stand to look at him. What’s worse, his father refuses to even see him (he’s probably too busy cruising airport restrooms for 80′s twink). So Walt does the only thing he can … he shows up at Carrie’s doorstep. And sad Walt is the saddest thing from the 80′s since Vicki The Robot farted and blew a gasket.
Carrie talks to her dad, and they have a conversation in which they tiptoe around the word “gay,” until finally Tom says he’s not comfortable getting involved in someone’s family problems. Carrie is deeply disappointed, and when Tom admits “I don’t think I even know someone who is gay,” she responds “You know Walt, »
Briefs: “The Vampire Diaries” Gets A Gay, Ellen Preps For Oscar, and Adam Lambert’s Shanghai Surprise
20 December 2013 12:11 PM, PST
Here is last week’s caption pic winner. This week’s caption pic is at the bottom of the page.
Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is …
“Those boots do not go with this outfit.”
Thanks to David for this week’s winning caption!
Speaking of Allan, here’s the Kickstarter for the film he wrote, “B”. “Sheltered by pulsating afro beats, a love story unfolds between the roadie, Mats, and the transsexual beauty, B.”
High Schoolers Staged A Massive Sit-In After Their Vice Principal Was Ousted Over Same-Sex Marriage
Why I Love Real, Honest to God Homophobes.
Dear Phil Robertson: You Can’t Group Homosexuality with Terrorism and Bestiality and Then Use the Bible as Your Defense
The Vampire Diaries is about to get what I think might be its first recurring gay character (John, »
Liveblogging “Days Of Our Lives” He Knows If You’ve Been Bad Or Good
20 December 2013 9:08 AM, PST
Kate, Gabi, and Sonny take Ari to see Santa. Are they on his naughty list?
.@THEguywilson officially debuts as @WillHortonDAYS on January 6th, 2014! #Days
— Guy Wilson Fans (@GuyWilsonFan) December 20, 2013
Eric is out of the hospital and back in his silver surfer outfit.
Sami and Ciara get into it over the backpack, until Hope intervenes. Sami tells her that her earring is in the backpack, but Ciara denies it. Sami holds up the other one, and Hope says “That’s not an earring, it’s a down payment.” Ciara continues to act innocent, and refuses to let Hope open the backpack, and in a hilarious moment, Sami has finally had enough, and goes apeshit, grabbing it and yelling.
Ej is almost about to break Sonny down and trick him into confessing, when Lucas comes by and interrupts, ruining everything.
Lucas is there to get Sony so they can take Ari to see Santa. »
Interview: “Kill Your Darlings” Director John Krokidas On Daniel Radcliffe And Gay Icons
20 December 2013 7:41 AM, PST
Kill Your Darlings made a splash at Sundance for first-time director John Krokidas, and not just because it starred Daniel Radcliffe as a budding collegiate writer named Allen Ginsberg. It presented a stylish, yet un-romanticized vision of Columbia University in the ’40s, a handful of recognizable stars as young literary icons (including Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac and Ben Foster as William S. Burroughs), and a largely unknown story of the murder that brought the Beat Generation together. It’s also a distinctly gay narrative during an awards season that has left us largely bereft of Lgbt characters, with the exception of Dallas Buyers Club and Blue is the Warmest Color. Kill Your Darlings is historical in scope but modern in its depiction of intellectual gay men and their gorgeous muse Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan in a breakout role).
We caught up with Krokidas to discuss the film, how he »
- Louis Virtel
Weeklings!: A Visit From St. Tim Gunn
20 December 2013 7:02 AM, PST
Christmas is here, and Weeklings! is ready to celebrate with the merriest celebrity guest of all: Emmy-winning Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn! He’s here to read you a bit of Clement Moore‘s “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (a.k.a. “Twas the Night Before Christmas”) and spread good cheer. Ho, ho, ho, designers! Make the holidays work!
More Weeklings! here.
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- Louis Virtel
Meme: Lockheed Martin Drops Boy Scouts, Theo James Strips Down In “Divergent,” Stephen Fry Ventures Into Wilderness With Bear Grylls
20 December 2013 5:02 AM, PST
Duck Dynasty reactions, Pennsylvania marriage equality lawsuit gets nasty, hot military men deepthroating bananas
If you’re still watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine, you’ll soon get to meet Captain Holt’s husband. Marc Evan Jackson is set to play the lucky man, who invited the precinct to their home for Captain Holt’s birthday party. And of course, there’s a twist you can read about at the link.
If you were wondering how the decision to suspend Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty went down, TheWrap has a pretty good breakdown of the process, which honestly went just like you’d want something like this to happen. It also quotes Rich Ferraro of GLAAD as saying that the organization has never taken heat for calling out a bigot before like they’ve received from this. “In the five-and-a-half years I’ve worked at GLAAD, I’ve never received so many violently »
- Ed Kennedy
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” Casts Holt’s Husband, CBS Colorizes “I Love Lucy” for Christmas and E! Debuts Britney Spears Documentary
20 December 2013 4:57 AM, PST
If A&E hoped suspending Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson would quiet the controversy over the bigoted and ignorant statements he made in a GQ profile, they got the opposite effect. The show became a culture war battlefield, as Sean Hannity gave radio listeners A&E’s phone number telling them to call and GLAAD receiving “violently angry phone calls and social media posts“.
The NAACP put out a letter with the Hrc, which seems to have gotten the media to pay attention to Robertson’s racially insensitive comments in addition to his homophobic ones. Meanwhile, the rest of the Robertson clan put out a statement saying they can’t imagine continuing the show without Phil Robertson.
- Lyle Masaki
Briefs: Jennifer Lawrence’s Butt Plugs, A Win In New Mexico, And The Doctor Strips Down
19 December 2013 3:35 PM, PST
Birthday shoutouts go to Til Schweiger (above), who is 50, Cicely Tyson is 80, Alyssa Milano is 41, Tyson Beckford is 43, Jennifer Beals is 50, and Limahl is 54. Here is his 2nd greatest solo hit, “Only For Love,” and the video is the greatest Miami Vice
episode never filmed.
The big news today: New Mexico Supreme Court affirms the freedom to marry state-wide!
Robbie Rogers says no gay players have contacted him
Bob Newhart bows out of gig with anti-lgbt organization
Jimmy Kimmel presents his Youtube Clip Of The year. It has a surprise ending … but my beloved Rhubarb Lady was totally robbed.
Here’s Todrick Hall‘s latest creation, a Disney-fied version of Beyonce‘s “Grown Woman.”
Jennifer Lawrence talks about her copious amount of butt plugs
Meryl Streep’s 10 Best Oscar-Nominated Performances
19 December 2013 11:40 AM, PST
Look, I’ve been waiting for this damn August: Osage County movie for years. Years! Of course I want to see the film version of one of Broadway’s most acclaimed plays, but more importantly, I need to know where Meryl Streep‘s performance as crazed Oklahoma matriarch Violet Weston fits within the untouchable echelons of her Oscar-nominated roles. Because we know Meryl is going to pick up her unprecedented 18th nomination for this, right? Right.
To prepare for that event, let’s look at the upper tier of Meryl’s work. Here are the 10 best Oscar-nominated Meryl performances. Apologies to all of you Music of the Heart superfans.
10. Julie and Julia
It was between this and Postcards from the Edge for the 10th spot, and I opted for the (direct) biopic. As Julia Child, Streep is buoyant and self-possessed as the familiar culinary legend, and for some reason the »
- Louis Virtel
Liveblogging “Days Of Our Lives” The Unholy … Quartet?
19 December 2013 9:14 AM, PST
Sonny has to decide to tell the truth, or join the cover-up.
We start with Sony on the phone to Justin, and … whoa! He really was about to tell him, but Sami snatches the phone away, and all three gang up on him and beg him not to do it. Sami tells him “You say you love Will and Arianna. If you do this, you will be hurting them both. You can’t undo this damage, and you know that.”
Awww … Jj is so cute with his pathetic attempt at … whatever he thinks he’s attempting.
Sonny snatches the phone back and says “I’m trying to help Will,” but Sami counters with ‘How, by sending Gabi to prison?” Before they can finish bickering, Will and Ej walk through the door. Aww! Will has a lifesize Ari doll. He can sense something is up (He’s Smart!) and says “What is going on here? »
Birthday Gallery: Jake Gyllenhaal Turns 33
19 December 2013 8:23 AM, PST
But it was his performance as Jack Twist in 2005′s iconic, groundbreaking Brokeback Mountain that brought him a new level of respect (as well as an Oscar nod), and he’s matured in front of our eyes from an adorably awkward teen to a leading man.
Today is his 33rd birthday, so let’s take a look at some highlights from his career, which proves that some things do get better with age.
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Top Pop Culture Trends of 2013
19 December 2013 7:18 AM, PST
Earlier this week Google released its annual Zeitgeist List, which is basically the top ten Google searches for the entire year. Unsurprisingly, it was mostly the names of dead people. We here at TheBacklot are a little more discerning about our fads and faves, so we’ve carefully cobbled together this list of the biggest trends of the year. We liked some more than others, but each played a big hand in the year in pop culture – so let’s take a moment to remember them all, shall we?
Thanks to Netflix‘s revolutionary decision to release all episodes of its original series on the same date, a new circle of Couch Potato Hell was born. Sure, many of us have secretly been doing this for years thanks to box sets and Instant Queue, but this year the bingewatch came out of the closet – making it one of the »
- Brian Juergens
Meme: A&E Suspends Phil Robertson, Shia Labeouf’s Extensive Plagiarism, Steve Carell Discusses Ryan Gosling’s Junk
19 December 2013 6:27 AM, PST
Let’s get all the Duck Dynasty/Phil Robertson news out of the way first. Robertson released a statement that basically said he used to be a wild child, but then was born again, and those are his beliefs, “However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.” Not an apology.
It turns out that further in the article, he may be a little racist. And definitely oblivious to racism, even in pre-Civil Rights era Louisiana. “I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. »
- Ed Kennedy
Exclusive Preview: “The Carrie Diaries” Walt Gets Kicked Out
19 December 2013 5:40 AM, PST
When The Carrie Diaries premiered last season, we were wondering if the show (which chronicles the life of a teenage Carrie Bradshaw) was going to offer the same kind of gay-inclusiveness as HBO’s Sex & The City.
Happily, we were impressed with the introduction of Carrie’s high school friend Walt Reynolds (wonderfully played by Brendan Dooling), as he began his journey of self discovery. That journey has continued this season, as Walt is now out to his close friends, and is in a burgeoning romantic relationship with Carrie’s co-worker Bennet.
But as we learned last week, that relationship is about to be discovered, and Walt will have to deal with the consequences of being a gay teen in the 80′s.
Our friends at The CW sent over this emotional preview clip from this week’s episode, exclusively for TheBacklot readers! Things are about to get grim this holiday season for Walt. »
“White Collar” Winter Finale and Sundance Plans NRA Drama
19 December 2013 4:06 AM, PST
A&E has suspended Phil Robertson from filming on Duck Dynasty following a GQ interview that included homophobia, racial insensitivity and religious intolerance. Robertson will probably continue to appear in the fourth season, which finished filming, but this quick suspension suggests that A&E is very worried about its hit series. Those comments undermine Duck Dynasty‘s portrayal of the Robertsons as nice, everyday people who just happen to also be wealthy, which is key to the show’s appeal.
The Fox pilot Fatrick is starting to sound amazing. The comedy focuses on a man named Patrick, who reflects on being bullied as a kid for being fat and how it continues to affect his behavior. It’s written by Don’t Trust the B—- from Apartment 23 creator Nahnatchka Kahn and has made three addition to the cast. Marcia Cross is set to play Patrick’s mother. »
- Lyle Masaki
Briefs: Justin Bieber Retires From Music, Marlee Matlin Heads To “Glee,” And Freddie Smith Enters Boot Camp
18 December 2013 3:15 PM, PST
76 people who came out publicly in sports in 2013.
No, Pope Francis Is Not the Lgbt Person of the Year
Well, here’s something new: A same-sex couple will marry atop a float during the Rose Parade, which I understand is football related, and not a tribute to St. Olaf.
I love Andy Roddick, and miss his swagger and Vpl on the tennis court, and now there’s finally a chance to see his hot adorkability off the court. Hollywood Game Night returns for a holiday special on Monday, and below you can see Jane Lynch lead the celebs (including Andy) in a round of karaoke.
The Best (and Worst) of “The West Wing”
18 December 2013 1:23 PM, PST
We all have shows that we miss and recall fondly, but the ones we miss most ferociously tend to be the gone-too-soon, under-appreciated jewels that inspire petitions and campaigns. We miss these shows because they still had more to offer. The West Wing doesn’t fit that category. It had a long, popular run, told the stories it needed to tell, and finished when it should have, yet it’s still the show I miss more than any of those premature demises because there is nothing remotely like it on TV now and probably won’t be again.
At times comedic, at other times harrowingly serious, The West Wing was a literate celebration of political idealism, made exceptional by its embrace of complexity, optimism, and passion. It was smart and quick and expected the audience to keep up, never apologized for taking itself seriously, and showed that feeling strongly and »
- Spencer Barnes
The Gayest Moments From This Year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees
18 December 2013 12:03 PM, PST
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame‘s list of 2014 inductees is a wildly eclectic, yet extremely popular gang of performers. Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, Hall and Oates, and Cat Stevens all join the Cleveland institution this year. While none of those performers is gay, they all have their moments of Lgbt influence worthy of note. Here are our favorite gay (or pseudo-gay or gay-related) moments from this quintet of straight acts.
Nirvana’s reign as ’90s grunge godfathers may have been short-lived due to Kurt Cobain‘s suicide, but you’d have a viable reason to claim any of their albums as a personal favorite. I like Unplugged in New York because of its unforgettable Meat Puppets covers, but the band’s adrenalized debut Bleach (’88) has the awesome “About a Girl” and “Scoff,” Nevermind has everything from “Smells Like Teen Spirit” to “Lithium, »
- Louis Virtel
11 Things We Know About HBO’s “Looking”
18 December 2013 11:00 AM, PST
We’re a month away from Looking premiering on HBO on January 19th (at 10:30pm, following Girls) and to say we’ve been anxiously awaiting this half hour devoted to a group of gay friends in San Francisco is an understatement.
Ever since the project, created by Michael Lannan (Lorimer, the short film on which Looking is based) and Exec Produced by Andrew Haigh (Weekend), out actor/producer David Marshall Grant (Smash, Brothers & Sisters) and Sarah Condon (In Treatment), was announced, the anticipation has only been building.
But now we know more…
TheBacklot was given a sneak peek of at the first 4 episodes of the series, which stars Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett and Frankie Alvarez, and while we’ll have more coverage closer to the premiere next month, here are 11 things we can tell you.
- Jim Halterman
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