Thursday, March 28, 2013

NYT Review - 1:47 PM 3/28/2013

NYT Review - 1:47 PM 3/28/2013

Economy Posts Sluggish Growth in Fourth Quarter
Gross domestic product expanded at a 0.4 percent annual rate, although a big gain in business investment and higher exports of services led the government to push up its previous estimate for growth.

At War Blog: ‘Running with the Big Boys’ in Iraq, a Female Soldier Paves the Way
“If or when a female soldier someday enlists in the Army infantry, she will probably look a lot like Sgt. Amber Sellers, 29, from Cullman, Alabama,” writes Nathan S. Webster, an Army veteran.
Op-Ed Contributor: Avoiding the Next Cyprus
The truth is that we will never emerge from the euro zone crisis until a fully functioning banking union is put into place.

Cyprus Court Sentences Hezbollah Man to 4 Years
A Cyprus court has sentenced an admitted Hezbollah member to four years in prison after he was convicted of helping plan attacks against Israelis on the island.
WORLD: Amid Crisis, Banks Reopen in Cyprus
The Times's Liz Alderman surveys the uneasy scene in Nicosia and a look at members of the country's increasingly disgruntled Russian community.
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via Big Gay Picture Show by Tim Isaac on 3/28/13
Pacific Rim has been introducing as to the film’s Jaegers (giant robots) this week, withRussia’s Cherno Alpha and Japan’s Coyote Tango. Now it’s China’s turn with Crimson Typhoon.
Guillermo Del Toro directs this sci-fi action-thriller, which is set 15 years after enormous kaiju monsters began attacking Earth from some sort of portal deep in the Pacific. This leads each major country to build their own gigantic robot known as a jaeger, to combat these nefarious beasts.
It certainly suggests the film will be about countries coming together and putting their differences aside to take on a common threat.
Pacific Rim comes to theaters July 12th, 2013 and stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi, Diego Klattenhoff, Burn Gorman and Robert Kazinsky.
Pacific Rim’s Crimson Typhoon Jaeger Get A Poster from Big Gay Picture Show

via Queerty by Underwear Expert on 3/28/13
PHOTOS: If you don’t know Ray Petri, he was the iconic designer/stylist behind Buffalo, the 80s-era fashion aesthetic that combined tribal wear, costume and couture with a punk attitude. (Hot, right?)
Photographer Lorenzo Marcucci recently honored Petri with “Murder! Buffalo. A Tribute,” a photo series featuring a bevy of hot models, several sporting little more than hats and underwear.
From the looks of these bad-ass pics, we’re on board with bringing back the Buffalo Boy.
Head over to The Underwear Expert for a look at the full photo series.

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Photo Credit: Lorenzo Marcucci

via Queerty by Dan Avery on 3/28/13
kentuckyWe honored Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear as Badass of the Week for vetoing a bill on Friday that would have allowed individuals to ignore almost any state law that conflicted with their religious convictions.
But then the Kentucky Legislature went and made itself a nominee for Douche of the Week by overriding that veto on Tuesday.
House Bill 279 protects “sincerely held religious beliefs” from being infringed upon unless there is “a compelling governmental interest.” (Translation: Expect a lot of lawsuits.) The measure has clear implications for LGBT Kentuckians, who could be fired or evicted under the mask of religious freedom.
“I value and cherish our rights to religious freedom and I appreciate the good intentions of House Bill 279,” said Beshear when he vetoed the bill. “However, I have significant concerns that this bill will cause serious unintentional consequences that could threaten public safety, health care and individuals’ civil rights.”
Ya think?


via Big Gay Picture Show by Tim Isaac on 3/28/13
jk-simmonsA few months ago Hugh Grant agreed to take some time off fighting the press to actually star in a movie, which Marc Lawrence will direct (incidentally, Lawrence has never helmed a movie that didn’t star Hugh). Now he’s got some company, as THR reports that J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott have joined Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei, Bella Heathcote and Allison Janney in the currently untitled comedy.
The film is about Ray Michaels (Grant), who in 1998 was on top of the world – a witty, sexy, Englishman in Hollywood who had just won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Fifteen years later, he’s creatively washed up, divorced, and broke. With no other options, he takes a job teaching screenwriting at a small college on the East Coast. Although the idea of teaching is less than thrilling, he hopes to make some easy money and enjoy the favours of impressionable young co-eds. What he doesn’t expect to find is romance with a single mom (Tomei) who’s gone back to school.
Simmons will portray Dr. Lerner, Chairman of the University’s English department, a family man who takes Michaels under his wing. Elliott meanwhile will portray Jim, a Shakespeare professor and next-door neighbour to Michaels, in search of that certain someone.
The film will begin shooting in New York in April.
J.K. Simmons & Chris Elliott Join Hugh Grant Comedy from Big Gay Picture Show

via The Guardian's Facebook Wall by The Guardian on 3/28/13
The big chill gripping the UK will guarantee an uncharacteristically freezing Easter weekend and could last until the end of April, weather forecasters have warned.

The grim weather at home is sending millions of Britons abroad in search of guaranteed sunshine over the Easter break, according to travel agents and holiday firms who have reported a surge in last-minute bookings and the strongest demand for seasonal beach holidays in a decade.

More on Easter travel: Cross-Channel ferry strike called off hours before Easter getaway

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via Queerty by Dan Avery on 3/28/13
no gay marriage banBack in 2004 Arkansas voters overwhelmingly approved a measure amending the state constitution to ban civil unions and define marriage as only between one man and one woman.
But just in case we didn’t get the message, the Arkansas House of Representatives just passed a resolution on Wednesday reaffirming its opposition to marriage equality and support for the Defense of Marriage Act.
Seriously, the resolution “affirming traditional marriage” has no power: It’s just a “get well soon” card for discrimination, even as the Supreme Court considers ruling DOMA unconstitutional.
It’s nice to know Arkansas lawmakers have so much time on their hands that they can spend it patting themselves on the back for being bigots.


via Big Gay Picture Show by Tim Isaac on 3/28/13
matthew-vaughn4Kick-ass team Matthew Vaughn and Mark Millar have been planning to get back together for The Secret Service since 2011, but it’s only now that it’s really moving forward, with the news that 20th Century Fox has closed a deal to distribute the movie, with an August shoot planned, according to Deadline.
The film is based on Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ comic book, which follows a veteran Secret Service agent who is tasked with training his young nephew while trying to solve a case involving missing sci-fi stars, the murder of every single person in a small town, and a dark secret involving Mount Everest.
Matthew Vaughn wrote the adapted screenplay with Jane Goldman. Fox is putting the project on the fast track, in hopes of getting production started this August.
It also shows that Fox must like being in the Vaughn business, as you might have expected them to be frustrated with his when he dropped out of directing X-Men: Days of Future Past fairly late in development. However they kept him on as a producer and are now backing The Secret Service.
Matthew Vaughn’s The Secret Service To Shoot This August from Big Gay Picture Show

via Big Gay Picture Show by Tim Isaac on 3/28/13
James Wan, director of Saw and Insidious, is hoping to creep us out again this summer with The Conjuring, and now a new poster has been released featuring a noose hanging in a garden. Anyone who’s seen Sinister will be wondering whether they’re trying to be reminiscent of that film with the new poster.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story, “The Conjuring” tells the horrifying tale of how renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorised by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.’
Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor and Joey King star. A July 19th UK & US release date is set.
Creepy New The Conjuring Poster Gets A Hangman’s Noose from Big Gay Picture Show

via Big Gay Picture Show by Tim Isaac on 3/28/13
kate-maraHollywood’s obsession with men getting much younger love interests continues unabated, with the news that 30-year-old House of Cards star Kate Mara has signed on to star opposite 49-year-old Johnny Depp in Transcendence, according to Deadline.
There aren’t too many details about the movie, although it;s about Will (Johnny Depp), a scientist who uploads his brain into a supercomputer to create artificial intelligence. Paul Bettany and Rebecca Hall also star. Ironically, Kate Mara’s sister Rooney Mara was initially considered for the role that was ultimately won by Hall. No details have been released regarding Kate’s character.
Wally Pfister, who served as cinematographer on The Dark Knight Rises, Moneyball, and several other films, is making his directorial debut, working from a screenplay by Jack Paglen. Filming will kick off next month.
Kate Mara To Star Opposite Johnny Depp In Transcendence from Big Gay Picture Show

via The Guardian's Facebook Wall by The Guardian on 3/28/13
Guardian front page Thursday 28 March: Scientists unravel genetic causes of prostate, breast and ovarian cancer

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via gay wrestling - Google Blog Search by John Aravosis on 3/27/13
If you're a gay guy, or a straight chick, this post is for you ... Ninong. That move is well known to American wrestlers, too. ... Video: Religious right rioters give fascist salute then attack police in France over gay marriage ...

via gay wrestling - Google Blog Search by Marc Middleton on 3/26/13
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via Gay Voices by AP on 3/27/13
PHOENIX -- An Arizona House panel late Wednesday approved a measure targeting transgendered people who want to use bathrooms of the gender they identify with, voting along party lines to advance a bill that protects business owners who bar the practice.
The 7-4 vote concluded an hours-long parade of transgendered and straight people who tried to persuade the panel to oppose Appropriations Committee chairman Rep. John Kavanagh's bill. The crowd broke out in chants of "shame, shame, shame" as the vote on the bill sponsored by the conservative Republican passed.
Kavanagh had radically altered the bill after being faced with an outcry from advocacy groups, but that wasn't enough to keep about 200 opponents from attending a nearly 7-hour long hearing that concluded with several hours of testimony on the bill.
The original bill would have made it a crime for a transgendered person to use a bathroom other than his or her birth sex. The new bill instead seeks to shield businesses from civil or criminal liability if they ban people from restrooms that don't match their birth sex.
It was prompted by the recent passage of a Phoenix anti-discrimination ordinance that social conservatives said prevented businesses from keeping transgendered people out of locker rooms, showers and bathrooms. Kavanagh said it would subject businesses to criminal charges and expose little children to "naked men in women's locker rooms and showers,"
But the parade of witnesses Wednesday, many transgendered, said that was not only fear-based but just flat-out wrong.
"Search as you might there is not enough evidence that there is any risk in allowing a person with gender identity to use a restroom of their choice," said Claire Swinford, a Tucson resident who was born a man but identifies and dresses as a woman.
In fact, she said, being dressed as a woman actually puts her at physical risk from being attacked by a man while trying to use a men's restroom.
"What your bill attempts to do is sacrifice my personal safety for somebody else's sense of discomfort."
Patty Medway, a transgendered woman who was born a man, said she's been using female bathrooms for years without a problem. She called on Kavanagh to back away from his effort.
"I've been using washrooms for 15 years and I don't want to be discriminated against, and I'm scared to go to a male washroom," she said.
Maureen Robinson, a Tucson woman, called barring transgendered people from using bathrooms silly.
"It has been a non-issue, it will continue to be a non-issue, unless this bill becomes law," she said.
But Kavanagh, backed by the six other Republicans on the bill, quickly advanced the bill anyway. It now goes to the full House for consideration after a routine review.
Only one person testified in favor of the bill. He said the Phoenix ordinance trampled on the rights the business community.
"I don't believe that the opposing side should be able to impose their views on others," said Nohl Rosen, a Phoenix small business owner. "The way I feel, this is just the liberal left forcing their views on the rest of us"
Democrats on the panel all voted against advancing the bill, which one called "over the top."
"Frankly. I think this is an embarrassment to our state,' said Rep. Stefanie Mach of Tucson.
Kavanagh began the hearing by telling the crowd his original bill went too far, and that he had completely re-written it after hearing criticism, including some from his own caucus in the House.
"What I'm doing is pre-empting these cities from prosecuting businesses that say they want separate (facilities)," he said. "I'm basically resetting the clock to before Phoenix passed the law."-

via Big Gay Picture Show by Tim Isaac on 3/28/13
anne-hathawayDirector Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister) must be pleased with the cast she’s pulling together for her dark comedy Laggies, as Deadlinereports that Anne Hathaway, Chloe Moretz, Mark Webber and Sam Rockwell are in final talks to star in the film.
The film is about Megan (Anne Hathaway), a woman who pretends to go on a work retreat after a surprise proposal from her boyfriend. However what she’s really doing is hiding out with her 16-year-old sister Annika (Chloe Moretz). Mark Webber is in talks to play Megan’s boyfriend, while Sam Rockwell will be Craig, although it’s not completely clear how he fits into the movie.
Andrea Seigel wrote the screenplay which Lynn Shelton will direct from.
Anne Hathaway Chloe Moretz and Sam Rockwell Join Laggies from Big Gay Picture Show

The documentarian discusses LGBT life in India after the repeal of the country's most notorious antigay law.
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via Gay/Lesbian News on 3/28/13
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is returning to the public stage with her first speaking events since leaving the Obama administration.

via Gay/Lesbian News on 3/28/13
Corey Braun, the operator-owner of a Chick-fil-A near Foothill and Day Creek boulevards, provided dozens of free entree tickets to gay marriage supporters at a demonstration.

via Gay/Lesbian News on 3/28/13
Plaintiff Edith Windsor of New York waves to supporters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 27, 2013, after the court heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act case.

As baseball's opening day approaches, Bruce Silverman wonders when a gay player in any league will feel encouraged enough to step up to the plate and come out.
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Two award-winning authors of lesbian novels discuss the different inspirations and tribulations behind their writing.
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