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Quickies: “True Blood” Casts First Leading Gay Vampire & Gwyneth Paltrow To Portray Crooner

True Blood” casts the first leading gay vampire: Theo Alexander, as the King of Mississippi. [Towel Road]
Is Evan Rachel Wood back together with Marilyn Manson? [Pink is the New Blog]
ABC cancels Adam Lambert for his raunchy gayness again. [The Huffington Post]…

Erica Maxwell / December 3, 2009

Doctors Without Borders Gives Voice To Congo War Survivors

Doctors without Borders, the organization that goes to war zones and the forgotten ends of the earth to treat anyone who needs care, is bringing good of a different kind to the people they serve. A few years ago, NBC’s “ER” gave voices to fictional doctors and patients in Darfur, and now the real…

Erica Maxwell / December 3, 2009

Adam Lambert Courts “Eclipse” Soundtrack

Adam Lambert has garnered heaps of attention lately, what with his on-stage gay kiss, the blurring out of said kiss by CBS’s “Early Show,” dis-invitation to “Good Morning America,” and subsequent media frenzy. If he gets his way, he’ll triangulate even more focus his way. In an interview with MTV, he explained that he’d really…

Erica Maxwell / December 3, 2009

The Boob Tube: Hot Weekend TV For November 21st-22nd 2009

Saturday

“Second Hand Lions” on TBS at 9:10 a.m.
“Australia” on HBO at 10:30 a.m.
“Baking with Julia” on PBS at 12:00 p.m.

Erica Maxwell / November 20, 2009

Would Your Boyfriend Wear Your Skirt?

The New York Times style section proclaimed today that ” … urban Americans, mostly in their 20s — are revising standard notions of gender-appropriate dressing, tweaking codes, upending conventions and making hash of ancient norms.” To a certain extent this is true. As they say, Adam Lambert is giving out eyeliner tutorials, gender-tweaky Johnny Depp

Erica Maxwell / November 19, 2009

Travel Diary: The Peruvian Meat-On-A-Stick Adventure

Last week, when The Frisky held its fancy party, one of the snacks was lamb served on a stick, which got me thinking about the last time I ate interestingly stabbed meat. It started with a bang the day I arrived in Peru — I passed out onto my face. I woke up on the…

Erica Maxwell / November 19, 2009

Caster Semenya Will Keep Her Gold Medal

Caster Semenya, the South African 800-meter runner who got hell for looking “manish,” will get to keep her gold medal. If you remember back to August, her gender came under extreme scrutiny after she won the World Championship race and she was forced to submit to gender testing—and the leaked results alleged that she i…

Erica Maxwell / November 19, 2009

The Boob Tube: Hot Weekend TV For November 14-15th 2009

Saturday

“The Royal Tanenbaums” on Starz at 10:05 a.m.
“Practical Magic” on Lifetime at 11:00 a.m.
“Ancients Behaving Badly” on History at 12:00 p.m.

Erica Maxwell / November 13, 2009

Quickies: Amy Winehouse Craves Butt Implants & UK’s Noisy Sex Lady Remains Convicted

Amy Winehouse told some friends she’s interested in butt implants, and they told The Sun. Apparently, she’d like to regain her curves and achieve the perfect pin-up body. [Celebitchy] — Oh honey, just eat a sandwich.
The Addams Family Musical is happening! Vanity Fair gives us a behind-the-scenes exclusive look at the fab cast including…

Erica Maxwell / November 11, 2009

Veterans Day Art Memorializes The Daily Experience Of War

Today is Veterans Day. Even as we’re embroiled in two wars in the Middle East, it’s easy to forget. For most of us, our daily experiences are uninterrupted, and today is simply hump day. Today, NYTimes.com is running a beautifully melancholy op-art piece by Andrea Ventura, which illustrates her grandmother’s childhood memories of WWl i…

Erica Maxwell / November 11, 2009

In Defense Of “Twilight”

I was an English major. And I read (and devoured) the Twilight books. My friends insist these things ought to be incompatible. I’m supposed to believe in standards! The Oxford comma! And the canon! And I do, but along with all of teenage America, I like Twilight too. And I’m completely unashamed …

Erica Maxwell / November 11, 2009

Miley Cyrus’ “You’re Gay” Lyric Change Is Dumb

Miley Cyrus did another stupid teenager thing — she altered the lyrics in her song “7 Things” on the fly at her recent Louisville concert. She changed “you’re vain/you’re games” to “you’re vain/you’re gay.” She’s probably not a gay-bashing, homosexual agenda-fearing lady (she’s actually come out in support of gay marriage), like one Miss

Erica Maxwell / November 11, 2009

The Boob Tube: Hot Weekend TV For November 7-8th 2009

Saturday

“Dirty Jobs” on Discovery at 10:00 a.m.
“Little House on the Prairie” on Hallmark at 11:00 a.m.
“Stardust” on The Movie Channel at 11:25 a.m.

Erica Maxwell / November 6, 2009

Quickies: Sharon Osbourne Was Awful To Susan Boyle & Republican Congressman Destroys Pledge

Sharon Osbourne goes mean on the radio with “Opie & Anthony” while talking about “Britain’s Got Talent” sweetheart, Susan Boyle, saying she’d been hit “with the ugly stick.” [Popeater] — Oy. Seriously, lacking grace, Sharon.
Shakespeare is coming back to the big screen with another new face. Gerard Butler and Ralph Fiennes will perform i…

Erica Maxwell / November 5, 2009

Happy Guy Fawkes Day!

Remember, remember the Fifth of November. This was the day that Guy Fawkes was thwarted in his attempt to explode the British Parliament in the 17th Century (and was caught, tortured, and killed). Our friends across the pond celebrate and commemorate with bonfires, burnings in effigy, and such. This side of the pond, I’m…

Erica Maxwell / November 5, 2009

How To Deal With Your Man After Your Team Won (Or Lost) The World Series

So, the World Series is over. The Yankees are World Champions of Baseball. Again. For some, this is a time of rejoicing when every happy day is Christmas and the streets overflow with beer. For others, it is a long and tearful road to next year. Then, there’s everyone else — the baseball widows

Erica Maxwell / November 5, 2009

Which “Sesame Street” Muppet Were You?

This week Sesame Street’s 40th birthday, and everyone is celebrating. Google is honoring the fabulous Muppet-tastic show with a prime spot for Cookie Monster (surrounded by cookies — none of this “sometimes food” nonsense,” please). And we’re reminiscing …

Erica Maxwell / November 5, 2009

Scientists’ Study Of Twins Confirms What We Already Knew About Looking Younger Longer

Science reveals common sense to be fact! A study conducted by Dr. Bahman Guyuron and published in The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal researched the appearance of aging twins to determine why one half of the pair would be protected by time while the other would become wrinkled. While the side-by-side slide shows can be…

Erica Maxwell / November 1, 2009