Some Madonna fans were apparently upset by a tweet from Cher, according to an Advocate.com item. Cher initially posted, "Wtf is mdna," to which Madonna's fans explained it was the name of Madonna's new album, MDNA, and the popular party drug also known as Ecstasy. Cher followed with "How tasteful!" After the Material Girl's fans criticized her, Cher posted, "Didn't mean throw shade on Madge! [She's best] at what She Does! ... [It's] not like I CUT her Heart out with a SPOON!!!! Madge & i are cool ! Thats enough 4 me !"
The ballet movie Black Swan has achieved a dubious distinction. According to the Independent, the movie drew the most complaints from Brits last year. Movies including The Hangover: Part II, Twilight: Breaking Dawn-Part 1 and Sucker Punch also received multiple complaints. Regarding Black Swan, the main issue for most complainants was the lesbian sex scene between Natalie Portman and co-star Mila Kunis.
Pro football player Rob Gronkowski said he'd be fine with a gay teammate, according to Outsports.com . Gronkowskia tight end for the New England Patriots who is one of six athletes featured on the cover of ESPN's annual Body Issuesaid, "If that's how they are, that's how they are. I mean, we're teammates so, as long as he's being a good teammate and being respectful and everything, that's cool."
Retired pro basketball player Doug Christie and wife Jackiewho have been featured together on shows such as the BET show Committedrenewed their wedding vows on their 17th anniversary in West Hollywood, Calif., with the NoH8 Campaign team standing by, according to Advocate.com . In a statement, Jackie said, "Tonight was nothing less than a celebration of the recent advancements made in the fight for Marriage Equality, but also a reminder of the work that still needs to be done. Until that battle is won, Doug and I will remain soldiers on the frontlines."
An anti-Obama and anti-marriage equality letter that Brad Pitt's mother recently wrote has reportedly outraged Pitt's fiancee, Angelina Jolie, the Daily Mail reported. In the letter, Jane Pitt urged a newspaper's readers to vote against Obama, in part, because he backs same-sex marriage. Jolie and Pitt are staunch supporters of the president, even visiting him in the White House. Interestingly, Jolie's fatheractor Jon Voightsides with Jane Pitt on the issue, reportedly telling a publication "Good for her."
Vera Wangthe fashion designer famed for her wedding gownshas separated from Arthur Becker, her husband of 23 years, according to People.com . The couple wed in 1989 at New York's Pierre Hotel. Wang famously designed Kim Kardashian's three wedding gowns last year.
Anderson Cooper, 45, may be walking down the aisle soon. According to the Daily Mail, the now-out journalist/talk-show host may marry longtime boyfriend, bar owner Ben Maisani, as soon as Labor Day. The French-born Maisani, 39, lives with Cooper in his converted fire-station townhouse and together they enjoy a low-key lifestyle, which includes dinners with friends such as Kelly Ripa, Andy Cohen, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.
Writer-director Walter Hill is partnering with the Aldrich Co. to remake the 1962 Bette Davis-Joan Crawford film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In the original, Davis was the former child star Baby Jane Hudson while Crawford portrayed her cripped sister, Blanche. Hill said, "The idea is to make a modern film without modernizing the period. It needs to resonate the golden age of Hollywood."
Actress Kristin Chenoweth was taken to Bellevue Hospital after getting hit by falling lighting equipment on the Brooklyn set of the CBS show The Good Wife, the New York Daily News reported. A witness told TMZ.com that Chenoweth, 43, was "knocked out cold" after getting hit "square in the head." "That area is a vortex for wind ... and a big gust of wind blew the lighting off the scaffolding," the witness added.
Actor Grant Gustinwho plays bad boy Sebastian Smythe on the Fox show Gleehas nabbed his first starring role in a movie feature. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Gustin has the lead role in the indie film Affluenza; in the film, set in New York, Gustin plays Todd Goodman, a preppy alpha-male jock from a wealthy family.
Actor Kirk Cameron, known for his conservative views, is featured in a National Organization for Marriage (NOM) video that labels him "one of America's most important champions of marriage," according to The Hollywood Gossip. At one point in the video, Cameron says, "When a man and a woman say 'I do,' they are committing for a lifetime to love each other and to model what love is and what forgiveness is and what joy is to their kids." In response, GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said, "Kirk Cameron and the anti-gay activists at NOM are making a claim that Americans know to be false."
American Idol judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are leaving the show. "After some long hard thoughts, I've decided it's time for me to let go of my mistress 'American Idol' before she boils my rabbit," the Tyler said in a statement that the Washington Post noted. The third judge, Randy Jackson, may also be gone from the tablebut may return as a mentor. The most recent season of "Idol" had the smallest finale audience on record.
Susan Boyle's neighbors want her to stop singing. According to Billboard, Teresa Miller and fiance Paul Keaveneywho share a duplex wall with the the "I Dreamed a Dream" singerhave filed a noise complaint, saying she sings at all hours of the day and night and calling her early-morning songs "unbearable." A Boyle spokeswoman said, "There is been no communication from the council so we are unaware if there even has been a complaint."
Singers Chaka Khan and Reba McEntire were recently inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame at an opening-night benefit for the L.A. Philharmonic, according to Society News LA. Host Julie Andrews said the double-female induction was a first for the Bowl. Khan sang songs such as "Ain't Nobody" and "Tell Me Something Good," while McEntire belted songs from her Broadway show, Annie Get Your Gun, as well as the Bobbie Gentry classic "Fancy," among other tunes.
What's one thing Today host Matt Lauer and controversial televangelist Joel Osteen have in common? Apparently, they each have a washboard torso. According to a USA Today item, those two are on Men's Health "Secret Celebrity Six-Packs list," with Lauer at number one. Some of the other celebrities on the list include Jessica Biel, Zac Efron, Katie Holmes and The Office's Jenna Fischer.
In a conversation with Today's Matt Lauer, Sir Elton John admitted he feels guilty for being "consumed" by drugs while the AIDS epidemic devastated the gay community around him in the early '80s, according to the Huffington Post. Johnwho was promoting his new memoir, Love Is The Cure: On Life, Loss and the End of AIDSalso said he didn't practice safer sex during the "early days of the AIDS episode," adding "I was the luckiest person in the world." John founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992, raising more than $275 million so far.
Actor Haley Joel Osmentbest known for roles in movies such as The Sixth Sense, A.I. and Forrest Gumpwill portray a flamboyant gay twink in the upcoming film Sassy Pants, according to Advocate.com . In the movie Osment plays Chip, the much younger, party-happy boyfriend of the heroine's deadbeat father (Diedrich Bader). Osment, 24, said he immediately responded to the material and quickly accepted the role after reading the script.
Androgynous Serbian-Australian model Andrej Pejic is filming a reality show in the United States, according to a Straight.com item. The series will show Pejic, 20, and mother Jadranka Savic as Pejic goes to casting calls and job assignments in New York City. Last year, he walked both the men's and women's runway shows for Jean Paul Gaultier; during New York Fashion Week this year, Pejic modeled in five menswear shows and four womenswear shows.
New Jersey Devils hockey player Cam Janssen has apologized for an anti-gay comment he made on an Internet radio show, Straight.com reported. During "The Thom and Jeff Show," Janssen talked about getting in his opponents' heads when one of the hosts asked him, "But if the guy was sucking cock four weeks ago, you're going to let him know about it?" Janssen replied, "Oh, if he's sucking cock, he's getting his ass kicked." While apologizing, Janssen also stated his support for You Can Play, an organization that's devoted to ensuring equality for all athletes, regardless of sexual orientation.
Actress Michelle Williams has excelled in film (My Week with Marilyn; Blue Valentine) but would love to take part in a reunion special for Dawson's Creek, the '90s TV show that initially put her on the map, according to a New York Daily News item. At a Comic-Con press conference, Williams said, "My character died in the end, so there are certain limitations for me. It's either I come back as a ghost or I'm shot through a lot of gauzy, hazy light as my 19-year-old self." Others on the show included James van der Beek, Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson.
Legendary actress Celeste Holm recently died at age 95, according to the Chicago Tribune. Holm achieved fame on Broadway in the original production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's hit musical Oklahoma! in 1943; in 1948, she won an Oscar for best supporting actress in the movie Gentleman's Agreement.
Norm Lewiswho received a 2012 Tony nomination for his work in the award-winning revival of Porgy and Besshas joined a list of acclaimed Broadway performers for Playbill's third Broadway on the High Seas cruise, Playbill noted. Two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone will headline the event, which sets sail Aug. 4, 2013, from Stockholm, Sweden. Actor/musician Seth Rudetsky and two-time Tony nominee Howard McGillin will also be on the cruise.
Singer Aretha Franklin said that she's willing to judge American Idol, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The "Queen of Soul" emailed CNN, volunteering her judging services to the Fox show with one stipulationshe wants Patti LaBelle at her side. Franklin, an 18-time Grammy winner, said she's a longtime fan of the show. Judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez announced recently they're leaving "Idol" after two seasons.
France's far-right National Front Party plans to sue Madonna after the singer showed a video at a Paris concert that had an image of the organization's leader, Marine Le Pen, with a swastika on her forehead, according to the New York Post. Le Pen is briefly pictured in the video during a montage in which famous faces, or parts of faces, morph one into the next; at one point, Madonna's face is shownwith Adolf Hitler's mustache. Anti-racism group SOS Racisme expressed its support for Madonna, saluting her "resolutely anti-racist and feminist discourse."
Pro wrestler Shawn Michaels has apologized for an anti-gay tweet, according to TWNPNews.com . Michaels, a WWE Hall of Famer, wrote "Another Dude obsessed w/my hair #homo" in response to a fan's question concerning his hairline. The grappler has since said, "The remark I made the other nite, joking or not, obviously offended many, so I apologize for the remark!"
A panel disciplined two Beverly Hills, Calif., judges for their handling of a Lindsay Lohan drunken-driving case, according to CBS News. California's Commission on Judicial Performance admonished Los Angeles County Judges Marsha Revel and Elden Fox with advisory letters. The panel determined Revel improperly met alone with an attorney, while the committee found Fox erred in denying Lohan bail on a relatively minor charge and refusing to hear her attorney.
The very conservative Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas plans to picket the funeral of actor/director Sage Stallone, son of Sylvester Stallone, the Huffington Post reported. Margie Phelpsdaughter of Westboro leader Fred Phelpstweeted to her 5,600 followers, "Thrice-married rebel taught his son to mock God. #picketfuneral." Westboro is usually known for anti-gay actions.
Comedian Eddie Griffin apparently received a faceful of wine after using the word "dyke" during a recent show, according to Advocate.com . Griffin said his use of the word, directed at an audience member, was "slang, and not deragotory." Griffin actually retaliated by dumping a glass of water on the woman. He later posted on Facebook, "That dyke bitch threw a glass of whatever she was drinkin' in my face. All over a joke about dyke bitches!"
In a Funny or Die video, out gay actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (TV's Modern Family) plays a seemingly conservative Congressional candidate, Advocate.com noted. "I shouldn't have to hide who I am," Frank Jenkowski says in a false news interview, adding that he is openly redheaded; he claims to be born that way.
The movie White Frogwhich features several well-known Asian-American actorsexamines a so-called "perfect" family after eldest son Chaz (portrayed by Glee's Harry Shum Jr.) is killed in a bicycle accident, according to Queerty.com . His parents and younger brother, Nick (Booboo Stewart), are left to re-evaluate everything they thought they knewincluding their view of Chaz, who was in the closet. Others in the film include B.D. Wong and Joan Chen.