April 22, 2013 |
Bill Clinton inspired some dour looks Saturday when he was awarded the first-ever "Advocate for Change Award" at the GLAAD Media Awards, which honors "inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. " Some fans were perturbed because it was under the Clinton administration that came the Defense of Marriage Act - which bars federal recognition of same-sex marriage - and the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Mary Steenburgen defended Clinton.
March 19, 2013 |
WHO CAN RESIST a woman in uniform? Probably a lot of people when that woman is Madonna and the uniform she's wearing belongs to the Boy Scouts, for whom there is no "Express Yourself" merit badge. Madonna, of course, is trying to change that, so she dressed in a uni and called on the Boy Scouts to lift its ban on gays, while also calling for a "revolution" to prevent discrimination and abuse of the gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual community. Speaking Saturday night at the GLAAD Media Awards, Madonna joked that she wanted to become a part of the Boy Scouts herself, but was turned down, even though she had the qualifications.
August 31, 2012 |
NEW YORK - The advocacy group GLAAD has given the CW network high marks among broadcast outlets for its portrayal of gay and lesbian characters. Cable networks Showtime, ABC Family, TNT and HBO all were given a favorable rating by the group. The number of gay and lesbian images on TV held steady this year. But the range of impressions continued to grow, with those representations increasingly presented in a matter-of-fact manner rather than as curiosities, GLAAD found in its annual Network Responsibility Index.
March 26, 2012 |
"THE HUNGER GAMES" ate up the weekend box office, bringing in $155 million. The huge haul marks the third-best debut ever in terms of revenue, behind the $169.2 million opening for the "Harry Potter" finale and the $158.4 million opening of 2008's "The Dark Knight. " "Games" did set a revenue record for a nonsequel, taking in more than twice what the first "Twilight" movie did. Domestically, it also was by far the biggest start for a film opening outside the summer and holiday seasons.
March 14, 2012 |
THERE IS CERTAINLY nothing equine about TV's Julie Chen , but that didn't stop her from describing herself in terms of the proverbial fire horse who, after being retired, still wants to charge at the sound of an alarm. Chen and Aisha Tyler , one of her four co-hosts on the daily CBS panel show "The Talk," came to CBS 3's Spring Garden Street studios yesterday to pump up the program, which airs daily at 2 p.m. During the chat-'em-up with media types, Chen, who began her broadcasting as a hard-news reporter, admitted that while she's perfectly content in her current roles, she does miss the action of the serious news beat.
February 22, 2012 |
THE PAST FEW weeks have been a busy time for media critics. Recently, several high-profile people and organizations have been swept into media firestorms because of offensive remarks made in public. Conservative MSNBC commentator Pat Buchanan was fired for making anti-Semitic and anti-black comments in his bizarre new book, Suicide of a Superpower , an apocalyptic lamentation on the death of white-male Christian hegemony. Hip-hop magazine XXL was blasted for posting a video on its website by rapper Too Short offering advice to young boys about how to sexually exploit and abuse young girls.
February 15, 2012 |
You can keep the Oscars. What really matters to us is the Golden Collar Awards, which honor the year's best canine thesps. Held Monday night at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Lalaland, the inaugural kudofest crowned The Artist 's star, Jack Russell terrier Uggie , as top dog in a movie. Uggie is a "great performer," said his trainer, Omar Von Muller , "but he's also a great family member. . . . He sleeps with us. " The scripted TV award went to French bulldog Brigitte for Modern Family . Hercules of Pit Boss and Giggy of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills tied in the reality TV category.
February 10, 2012 |
So, Roland Martin's suspension has some black folks up in arms. Looks like CNN's indefinite canning of its ascot-wearing, progressive pundit has many of his supporters indignant. Some of them have even begun an online petition drive to get him back on the network sooner. While I'm not surprised, that's one petition I won't be signing. But first, a little context: Martin, a prolific user of social media, took to Twitter on Sunday to give his 90,000 followers a play-by-play of his Super Bowl musings, including a commercial critique.
February 10, 2012 |
Ever wonder why NBC's The Voice coach Adam Levine likes to appear bare as a newborn bairn in so many of his photo shoots? "I just feel comfortable naked," Levine, 32, tells Entertainment Weekly. (What, were you expecting some magical-mystical explanation?) Recent bare-Levine shots include a cancer-awareness ad and the cover of Russian Vogue, which features nude Levine next to nude Anne Vyalitsyna , the Victoria's Secret model whose nudeness he is currently dating.
February 7, 2012 |
Expect more fallout from the tempestuous Twitter battle that raged Sunday between CNN's Roland Martin and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) over two vaguely Super Bowl-related off-color remarks Martin made about David Beckham's manly bearing and whether men should wear pink - remarks some consider gay-bashing. Martin, 43, mocked an H&M ad that features soccer god Beckham in his underwear. "If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!"