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Angelina Jolie Banned From Filming Controversial War Love Story In Bosnia

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Angelina Jolie has bigger PR problems than fighting off the Jennifer Aniston Fan Club: Her filming permit application has been rejected by the Bosnian government because it was not submitted with a script, as required by law. The film, a taboo love tale about a Serbian man and a Bosnian woman during the war that took place between 1992 and 1995, has outraged victims of the war. It didn’t help that rumors circulated claiming Angie’s flick was a love story between a Serbian rapist and a Muslim victim. That’s not true, but the Women Victims of War Association has accused the flick of “misleading history”; failing to fork over the screenplay when asking for a filming permit probably doesn’t help. In the meantime, Angie’s been filming in Budapest, Hungary. She may want to fix this little PR snafu before she pisses off all of Eastern Europe, though. [Us Weekly] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: “Essence” Wedding Column Features Lesbian Couple For First Time Ever

  • Essence, an African-American women’s lifestyle magazine, is featuring lesbian couple Aisha and Danielle Moodie-Mills for the first time ever on the “Bridal Bliss” section of its website. “Essence.com aims to support and celebrate Black women in all their diversity,” said the magazine’s managing editor. [AfterEllen.com]
  • Carl Paladino, a candidate for New York governor, banned female reporters and photographers from covering an event at a conservative Hasidic Jewish synagogue in Brooklyn. Paladino said he was respecting the religious practices of the synagogue to keep the genders separate, but critics say that’s no excuse. “Would Paladino have agreed to appear at an event at which the organizers had said, OK, but no black reporters allowed?” asks blogger Patt Morrison. “No Latino journalists?” [Los Angeles Times]
  • Colorado Republican/Tea Party Senate candidate Ken Buck, a former district attorney, refused to prosecute a rape case in 2005 because he said the victim, who had been drunk during the assault, had a case of “buyer’s remorse.” Oh no, Ken Buck, you did not go there. [Feministing]
  • Allow me to self-promote: My article about the media policing Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s sexuality has been published in Extra, the magazine of media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. [FAIR]

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“Project Runway”: It’s Better With Toddlers

The “Project Runway” crew is a lot less irascible when they’re two feet tall and pooping in their Pull-Ups. Every episode of “Project Runway” should be done with toddlers, damn it. But I have one problem: Where’s baby Nina Garcia?! Maybe she’s off making bitchy comments on the potty. [Babelgum] Keep reading »

Trapped Miner Yonni Barrios Emerges From Hole And Into The Warm Embrace Of His Mistress

It’s a Lifetime movie waiting to happen: “The Miner’s Mistress”! When Chilean miner Yonni Barrios (aka, miner #21 or Johnny Barrios) emerged from a hole in the ground where he has been living for the past two months, his wife was not there to meet him. Marta Salinas told the reporters she would neither be attending the rescue, nor continuing her marriage, after she learned a woman — who showed up to Yonni’s vigils crying and calling out his name — was actually his lover. Instead, the Tiger Woods of the Chilean miner set breathed his first breath of fresh air with his mistress Susana Valenzuela at his side, who kissed him and sobbed. I say cast Gael Garcia Bernal as the long-suffering husband and Eva Longoria as the sexy mistress. Because that’s exactly what these people look like in real life, as you can see. [ABC News] Keep reading »

Condoleezza Rice Shares Stories Of Her Childhood In The Segregated South In New Memoir

As a little girl, Condoleezza Rice posed in a sundress in front of the White House. Decades later, Rice worked in the White House as the second woman, and the first African-American woman, in history to be Secretary of State and the first woman to serve as national security advisor. In her new memoir, Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family, Condoleezza shares stories of her childhood growing up in the racially segregated South as a little girl who was not even sure she’d be allowed to sit on a white Santa Claus’ lap. Keep reading »

Elton John Defends His Performance At Rush Limbaugh’s Wedding

“I said, ‘I suppose you’re wondering what the f**k I’m doing here,’ and they collapsed in laughter. It took the heat off. I said, ‘I’m probably the most famous gay man in the world. I’m coming in peace. Please, let’s not say people are horrible because they’re different. That’s not acceptable in this day and age.’ It was a good audience. … [Limbaugh and I] talked a lot before I did it, and I was surprised how much I liked (him). If I had done it just for the money, I could have seen 40 years of my reputation go down the tube. As a gay man, I felt it my duty to find out what this guy thought. I did that before I played there. I felt there was a real reason for me going. There’s much more of a person in there than the public knows. I believe dialogue is a way forward. Come on, what era are we living in?”

Elton John defends his performance at conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh‘s wedding this summer. Keep reading »

So In Lurve With Gap’s New Pierre Hardy Wedges

Oh, if only we had $200 for shoes we don’t need. Gap‘s latest collaboration with Pierre Hardy brings us these fierce black suede peep-toe wedges trimmed with leather. The latest Gap/Pierre Hardy collab is just one of many the store has put out lately, including Vena Cava, Stella McCartney, Keds and the (alleged) Valentino collab yet to come. Retail price on these bad boys, $195, is a tad high even for a high/low collaboration, but they’re versatile enough in the fall and winter months to make it worth it. I’d wear these with black tights and a brightly colored dress. And you? [Style.com] Keep reading »

Hold That Latte, Lady! Extra Pounds Could Chop $13K Off Your Salary (But Dudes, Go Right Ahead)

You know you’ll get penalized at work if you stumble in every day of the week at 11 a.m. hungover. Who knew your salary would be penalized for binging on those Mallomars in your desk, too? An analysis of two studies, one tracking over 11,000 Germans and one tracking almost 12,000 Americans, found women who clocked in at 25 lbs. less than the group norm pulled in over an average of $15,000 more per year more than women of average weight, while women who weighed 25 lbs. more than the group norm earned an average of $13,000 less than women of average weight. Boys, the opposite is true for you: thin men earn less, but a guy actually rakes in more dough as he packs on the pounds, up until the point he becomes obese. Ah, the joys of sexism. Keep reading »

Krystal Ball: Enough With The Sexy Photos, Let’s Get Back To Business

Krystal Ball, the Virginia Congressional candidate whose sexy photos were posted by a right-wing smear blog attempting to discredit her campaign, never intended to steal the 24-hour news cycle away from Christine “I Am Not A Witch” O’Donnell. But 28-year-old Ball has no desire to feed tabloid fodder. She spent a week giving media interviews and even released a brilliant statement on how she would not let dirty politics humiliate her. But this morning, Ball announced she is back to focusing on her campaign. In a statement released the morning, provided to us by Krystal Ball For Congress, she said:

“I felt it was important to speak out on this issue and I have done so. I believe that I was treated fairly by the media and able to answer to the voters of Virginia. Now they deserve a discussion regarding issues such as reforming government, getting people back to work and improving our education system. I feel deeply blessed to be interviewing for the job of Congresswoman in front of the citizen’s of the first district of Virginia. I will not be granting any additional interviews on this issue for the remainder of the campaign.”

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Today’s Lady News: Rachel Maddow Narrates Documentary On Abortion Provider’s Murder

  • MSNBC will air a new documentary called “The Assassination of Dr. Tiller,” narrated by cable talk show host Rachel Maddow, on Monday, October 25, at 9 p.m. (EST), Maddow announced last night. Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider, was shot dead in his family’s church in Wichita, Kansas in May 2009 by anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder. Work on the documentary has been “a long time coming,” Maddow said. We’ll be sure to watch. [MSNBC].
  • The Washington Post‘s website allowed Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, which is against homosexuality, to write a blog post about the bullying of gay students on National Coming Out Day. His post mentioned compassion and not casting the first stone. But it also said “homosexual conduct” is associated with more sexual promiscuity, drug use, and mental illness. Really, Washington Post, you published his allegation that the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is “exploiting” the recent gay suicides for its own “agenda” ON FREAKIN’ NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY? Tactless. Tasteless. Shameful. [Washington Post]

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