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July 30, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
TATTLE WOULD like some smart communications graduate students to perform an experiment. It's our theory that TV shows like " Ellen ," "Modern Family" and "Will & Grace" moved the needle on gay marriage in homes where it was previously less acceptable - the way "Julia" and "The Cosby Show" showed black families in a way that forced the cultural dialogue on race to change. Familiarity, in some cases, breeds fondness. But does it work the same way with the unique characters who populate reality TV?
NEWS
June 25, 2013 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Carol Wolf and Ana Maria Garcia went shopping for wedding outfits, they effectively outed themselves at every store. Yes, they were getting married - to each other. "And I have to say," Wolf said, "we met nothing but joy and happiness. " Which was something of a relief. To be gay, she said, can be to live in wait of the next insult or poor joke. It took years for Wolf's church, the Quaker meeting in Abington, to endorse the concept of same-sex marriage. When it did, people immediately turned to her and Garcia: "So when are you getting married?"
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Boston native Mark Wahlberg was one of many celebs incensed by Monday's bombing attack in Boston that left three dead and more than 170 injured. "It's horrible, man. It's [expletive] disgusting, man. I just - I'm very upset," Mark, 41, said Monday at the New York premiere of his pic Pain and Gain . Later, he told an Us Weekly reporter, "The world obviously needs to change. If you think about all the events over the last couple years, if we can't protect our innocent women and children, then we have a serious problem.
NEWS
April 6, 2013 | By Emily Strauser, STERLING HIGH SCHOOL
Getting up close and personal to your favorite celebrity may be all but impossible in many instances, but you can easily follow them on Twitter. Through social media, people are able to interact, chat, and learn more about their idols. Some adoring fans hear directly from their favorite stars, like when talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) tweeted "I hope everyone's ready for a great 3-day weekend, and that none of you are planning on driving on the same roads that I am. " Other celebrities simply talk about what's going on, like when English singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
    Angelina Jolie is bringing grrrl power to Afghanistan. Brad Pitt 's partner has opened an all-girls elementary school in a village outside Kabul. She tells E! News she picked the area because of its population of refugees, people often deprived of social services. She says more than 200 girls have enrolled. Jolie will fund the school through sales of her Style of Jolie jewelry line. "Beyond enjoying the artistic satisfaction of designing these jewels, we are inspired by knowing our work is also serving the mutual goal of providing for children in need," Jolie tells E!
NEWS
January 18, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Caroline Pla has become a media darling. The 11-year-old star of the Catholic Youth Organization football team in Doylestown has been everywhere in recent weeks, since the media picked up on her fight with the Philadelphia Archdiocese, which banned her from playing next season because she's a girl. Good Morning America and Forbes.com have featured her story. And last weekend, Caroline traveled to Los Angeles for an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show. After taping Monday, the segment aired Tuesday, with Caroline donning her navy-and-gold No. 10 jersey while sitting across from the host.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2012 | By Howard Gensler
ELLEN DeGENERES was hailed as a trailblazer Monday night as she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, in Washington. The show will be broadcast Oct. 30 on PBS stations. When DeGeneres first heard that she was receiving the same honor that Bill Cosby , Tina Fey and Will Ferrell won in recent years, she joked, "It really makes me wonder . . . why didn't I get this sooner?" More than just 'Avatar' Deep-sea explorer James Cameron has come up from beneath the sea. The director of "Aliens," "Terminator 2," "Titanic" and "Avatar," has picked up movie rights to The Informationist , a novel by Taylor Stevens , whose main female character has been compared with Lisbeth Salander, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2012 | Howard Gensler
IT'S BEEN QUITE a week for gays: "The New Normal" was picked up by NBC; the "E! True Hollywood Story" for Joan and Melissa Rivers aired on Mother's Day; the president came out in favor of gay marriage; and Ellen DeGeneres was named the winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Ellen is being honored for her stand-up work, daytime show, activism and books. According to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in D.C., recipients of the Mark Twain Prize are "people who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th-century novelist and essayist Samuel Clemens.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
CNN has suspended Roland Martin for tweeting "offensive" remarks demeaning gays on Sunday. Shocking: The cable news network finally decided to do something after taking a demure three-day time-out. "Roland Martin's tweets were regrettable and offensive," CNN says in a statement. "Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated. We have been giving careful consideration to this matter, and Roland will not be appearing on our air for the time being.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2011
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) Actor Matthew Broderick; Paul Simon performs; from N.Y.'s Beacon Theater. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) Condoleezza Rice; actress Amy Sedaris. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) Taylor Lautner; Martha Stewart; Daughtry performs. Jimmy Kimmel Live Ellen DeGeneres; Gabourey Sidibe; Chris Isaak performs.
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