The networks with the most LGBT are ABC Family and Fox—once considered the most conservative channels on television. Here's how they became out and proud.
It’s 9 p.m. On what television channel is your teen most likely to see a gay character?
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It’s not the once-subversive MTV. Or NBC, once the home of Friends and Will and Grace. It’s ABC Family and Fox, the networks launched by conservatives, who have the most gay and lesbian characters on cable and broadcast, respectively. What’s more, GLAAD specifically cited one of ABC Family’s signature shows, The Fosters, as an example of the direction that networks should follow.
To celebrate the film’s tenth anniversary, we spoke to director Richard Curtis and several cast members about the making of the Christmas classic.
Exactly ten years ago today, filmmaker Richard Curtis’s Love Actually opened in theaters. And the feel-good romantic comedy, with its ten intersecting storylines exploring different aspects of love, and one of the finest acting ensembles ever assembled, has only grown in popularity since.
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What happened to Avril Lavigne? The Canadian punk rocker got married (twice), grew up (mostly), and recorded her best album yet. And she wears dresses because she wants to.
“I’m still the motherfreaking princess!”
In the bratty voice that, for much of a decade, made her the defiant figurehead of an army of teens who preferred the pop that soundtracked their growing pains be tinged with a little punk-rock danger, Avril Lavigne declares that she still wears the crown. The lyric comes on “Rock N Roll,” the first track on her new album Avril Lavigne. It’s the Canadian songstress’s aggressively weird, epically catchy fifth album. It also might be her best yet.
Avril Lavigne performs at IHeartRadio Music Village on September, 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. (Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)
The superhero movie ‘Krrish 3’ is huge in India and making a dent at the U.S. box office. Sure, it's an amateurish mashup of every other action movie, but it has its charms.
It’s about as transcendent as Flubber. Its star looks like Ziggy Stardust auditioning for Kiss. When it’s not blatantly ripping off other superhero movies, it’s full of tired clichés.
Hrithik Roshan stars in Krrish 3. (Filmkraft)
And yet! The new Bollywood action flick Krrish 3 just logged the highest single-day opening in Indian film history, banking about $5 million against a $20 million budget. In the U.S., where it is playing in only 208 theaters, the movie pulled in another $1 million, with a per-screen average on par with the buzzy indie drama Blue Is the Warmest Color.
Farewell, dear friend. Blockbuster, which will soon shutter completely, was perhaps the most maddening retail chain ever. But each trip was a bit of a magical experience, right?
I was at the beach in Los Angeles this summer when I saw a unicorn.
My friend and I were driving to dinner when I looked out the window and made the sighting, instinctively withdrawing my iPhone from my pocket to snap a picture with the speed of a pistol at a duel. It was, live and in living color, an actual brick and mortar Blockbuster store.
And you could be the next Han Solo.
Lady Gaga will sing in space in 2015. Gaga will blast off on a Virgin Galactic ship and sing a number during the Zero G Colony high-tech music festival in New Mexico. The pop star, with her manic interviews, psychedelic music videos, and out-there outfits, is already the ultimate space cadet. Us Magazine
Oprah shares her 2013 'Favorite Things' list. The mega star unveiled her annual list in the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. Perfect for the high-tech, fashion-forward, truffle-loving millionaire in all of us. USA Today
Disney hosts open casting call for new Star Wars film. Casting directors will be meeting aspiring Darth Vaders and Princess Leias throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, hoping to cast fresh faces in two unspecified lead roles. NY Post
When you’re the heavyweight champion of the world life is just more complicated. From his absurd sex life to the 62 cars to bankruptcy, here are the 7 best parts from Mike Tyson’s memoir, “Undisputed Truth.”
Mike on the Make
In a sport not lacking for imploding superstars, Mike Tyson squandered his natural talent like few boxers have before or since. However, his memoir makes clear that he was lucky to even have been alive to make his professional debut at 18. His mother was an alcoholic, and he grew up in a brothel. His childhood was spent committing petty thefts and violent muggings. He was first arrested at age 10 for stealing a credit card; he had already at gained a reputation as a skilled street fighter, and by thirteen was fighting grown men for money. Tyson would probably have been killed by either the police or a rival gang had he not, while incarcerated in a juvenile detention facility, been introduced to boxing by a sympathetic gym teacher.
Mike Tyson (R) lands a right jab against Donovan Ruddock during the fight at the Mirage Hotel & Casino, on March 18,1991 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mike Tyson won by a TKO 7. (The Ring Magazine/Getty)
The ex-heavyweight champ, who’s back (again) with a memoir and a Spike Lee-directed HBO special, ‘Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,’ airing Nov. 16, sits down for an in-depth interview.
Mike Tyson is fast asleep.
The former undisputed heavyweight-boxing champion of the world-turned-entertainer is in New York to promote his autobiography, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, as well as his HBO special of the same name, a Spike Lee-directed taping of his acclaimed one-man show on Broadway. I ask him how he’s doing these days.
Mike Tyson, a cast member in "Scary Movie V," arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of the film at the Cinerama Dome on Thursday, April 11, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Tyler Shields has a long history of shooting stars in controversial poses—Mischa Barton licking raw meat, Lindsay Lohan with a gun in her mouth. A new book showcases his greatest hits.
"Tyler Shields saved my life. Right after he almost killed me,” writes actress Emma Roberts in the opening of Shields’s new book, The Dirty Side of Glamour (Available November 12, It Books). She then proceeds to describe her experience of being pushed off of a bridge—all for a photo.
Shields has built his career around capturing almost death-defying scenarios, such as his Suspense series, which included Roberts flying through the air and falling from bridges, and Glee star Heather Morris sporting a severly black eye. Not to mention his infamous photo of the annihilation of a $100,000 Birkin bag.
Somehow, Shields has a way of getting his celebrity friends to do just about anything—even things no one believed he would be able to. According to the artist, that was a lot of people’s mindset during the beginning stages of his career. “I started it probably five or six years ago,” Shields told The Daily Beast. “I had all of these crazy ideas and people were just like, ‘That will never happen. You’re never going to be able to get celebrities to do this, to get out of their comfort zone.’”
‘New Girl’ had filmed the perfect pilot with four perfect roommates. Then Damon Wayans Jr. left. On Tuesday’s episode, the aggressively nutty Coach came back to the loft.
Leave it to an old guy to show how much New Girl has grown.
Damon Wayans, Jr as 'Coach' and Zooey Deschanel as 'Jess' in the episode 'Menus' of FOX's "New Girl." (Greg Gayne/FOX)
Consoling fans of Happy Endings with perhaps the only reason to be happy the show was cancelled, New Girl brought Damon Wayans Jr. back to the loft Tuesday night. Wayans’s return, as the uber-intense about life and uber-clueless about women Coach, is a peculiar occasion for the sitcom—it would be a peculiar situation for any series, really. It’s also a timely reminder why this show deserves more credit than it’s getting.
It’s been long thought that used video games would be the death of the industry. But charging a $10 fee on a secondhand copy? You’re going to piss off a lot of gamers.
The online pass is dying. Last week after the launch of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, when Ubisoft announced that it was shutting down its uPlay passport system immediately and indefinitely, it was just another slap for a system that has always been criticized by those who actually purchase games (though rarely developers or financial analysts). The idea of an online pass is simple: new copies of games come with a one-time-use code that players input to unlock some aspect of the game experience. In many cases, it would be access to the game’s multiplayer; other times it would be chunks of single-player content that would be otherwise unavailable. Players who went to a GameStop a few weeks later and bought a used copy would have to pay a fee (usually $9.99) to unlock that portion of the game.
The practice goes back to 2009, although the term “online pass” didn’t originate until a year later with the release of EA Sports’ Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11. Gears of War 2 released with an “exclusive” set of multiplayer maps for those who bought the game new, but the maps were later made available to used purchasers for $5. But that’s almost-irrelevant to many players: EA really made the practice it big. The first major instance was with the epic fantasy RPG Dragon Age: Origins. Included in the box was a code for “The Stone Prisoner,” a substantial chunk of downloadable content that would be free for new-game buyers, but $15 for those without the code.
And the people have nominated their choices.
For the second year, Kimmel enlisted viewers to trick kids into thinking they’re Halloween treats are gone. Watch more great clips from the unparalleled king of viral videos.
Sorry Kids, There's No More Candy
Like watching children cry? This is for you. Jimmy Kimmel had the crueler members of his audience tell their children that they had eaten all of their hard-earned Halloween candy and film the results. Most of the children just throw tantrums, but there are few that really stand out, like the oddly muscular boy stomping around in his underwear and the sobbing little girl who tells her mother that “It’s okay.” But that one’s not funny. It’s just sad.
Tracy Letts isn't exiting stage left anytime soon. The Pulitzer-winning playwright behind ‘August: Osage County’ (and its film adaptation), plays a bombastic senator on ‘Homeland.’
On a stage, there’s seemingly nothing that Tracy Letts can’t do. He won the Pulitzer and Tony Awards in 2008 for writing the drama August: Osage County, and picked up another Tony in June for his incendiary turn as George in last season’s Broadway revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Tracy Letts poses on the set of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' in Washington, D.C on February, 25, 2011. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post, via Getty)
When he stepped in front of a TV camera this summer, however, all that confidence vanished. After agreeing to appear in Homeland’s third season premiere as Sen. Andrew Lockhart, Letts found himself on-set for the first time since 2006. “I haven’t worked on camera in a long time, and the first thing we shot was that scene with Mandy at the end of the first episode,” says Letts of the scene in which he grills Saul, played by Mandy Patinkin, while chairing a committee hearing about the CIA’s failure to stop last season’s catastrophic bombing. “And I was terrified! There were 200 extras in the room, the cameras were on me, I have long speeches and a lot of exposition and stuff. I was very nervous.”
It's been a big year for the star of the new film Big Sur. Kate Bosworth talks finding love on set, Beat Generation style, and her latest collaboration with Topshop.
This year has been a whirlwind for Kate Bosworth—featuring a new movie, new design collaboration, and even a new husband. In the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur, written and directed by Michael Polish (Bosworth’s now spouse), the 30-year-old actress plays “Billie” Dabney, Neal Cassidy’s mistress turned Kerouac’s lover. While Bosworth’s character in the film may not be adept at love—the audience sees Billie, a young, single mother, experience a series of relationship mishaps—in real life, the actress is pretty much floating on cloud nine.
Bosworth met Polish on the set of Big Sur, and in late August, the duo officially tied the knot—Bosworth in a custom-made Oscar de la Renta gown. “[De la Renta] has just seen it all,” Bosworth told Lucky magazine (she covers the November issue), “the fact that I’ll be able to share my most important moment to date with him is profound. I couldn’t control my reaction to sitting with him and talking with him about my wedding dress. I was trying not to cry, so I probably had this bizarre twisted face on.”
Meeting with de la Renta to discuss wedding dresses, however, was not Bosworth’s first foray into fashion design. Just last week, the actress unveiled her second collaboration with British retailer Topshop, a 46-piece collection described as “the ultimate capsule wardrobe for winter.”
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