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Melissa ex needs $23K+ a month; Madonna CD plummets
Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy CIty Times..
2012-04-18

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Tammy Lynn Etheridge said that she needs more than the $23,000 that ex Melissa Etheridge pays each month in child and spousal support, according to E! Online. In a settlement conference brief, Tammy Lynn lists Melissa's monthly income at almost $178,000 and their former standard of living at over $128,000 a month. Tammy Lynn also claims that she "has limited income and virtually no savings" and that Melissa—who is in a relationship with Nurse Jackie creator Linda Wallem—"has extensive resources at her disposal and a tremendous earning capacity."

The news is not good for Madonna, at least on the sales front. According to Rolling Stone, her new CD, MDNA, recorded the biggest second-week sales drop in history. Sales of the album dropped almost 90 percent, from 359,000 copies its first week to around 46,000 its second week in stores (and 19,000 its third week). The sales drop for MDNA is largely because of a lack of chart activity for its two singles—"Give Me All Your Luvin'" and "Girl Gone Wild"—and limited promotion by the singer, who has avoided most major TV appearances. However, she recently appeared at Macy's Herald Square to promote her new scent, Truth or Dare.

Photographer Annie Leibovitz and chef/author/TV host Anthony Bourdain will receive honorary CLIO Awards at the 53rd Annual CLIO Awards, taking place at New York's American Museum of Natural History May 15, according to a press release. Leibovitz, whose partner was the late essayist Susan Sontag, has taken hundreds of iconic photos of many celebrities including John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Comedy legend Joan Rivers will host the event.

Despite being just a couple episodes into its second season, HBO has renewed Game of Thrones for a third, Deadline.com reported. "Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss raised our expectations for the second season—and then surpassed them," said HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo. Cast members include Peter Dinklage (who has won an Emmy and Golden Globe for his role as Tyrion Lannister), Lena Headey, Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke.

Fashion designer Marc Jacobs was photographed with Brazilian porn-star boyfriend Harry Louis at the beach in Rio de Janeiro, according to the Daily Mail. Jacobs was celebrating his 49th birthday with Louis, 24, by relaxing on beds and enjoying coconut cocktails. Jacobs split with another Brazilian, Lorenzo Martone, last year.

Singer Courtney Love has accused former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl of trying to seduce her daughter with late ex Kurt Cobain, 19-year-old Frances Bean Cobain—and of being "sexually obsessed with" Cobain, according to Newser.com . Tweeting to @davegrohl—who isn't even the right Grohl—she accused Grohl of hitting on Frances and saying she wants to kill him. Frances later said that Twitter should ban Love.

Britney Spears will reportedly get $15 million (salary and bonus) to be a judge on Simon Cowell's The X Factor, according to the Chicago Tribune. The "Toxic" singer will judge aspiring singers alongside Cowell and record executive L.A. Reid. To compare, Christina Aguilera makes approximately $10 million to mentor The Voice, and Paula Abdul received $2.5 million to judge X Factor's first season.

Logo is calling for all "America's Next Drag Superstar" hopefuls to upload their audition videos on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/rupaulsdragrace&; through April 18, according to a press release. Beginning April 18, fans will be able to watch submissions and vote for their favorites. Voting will end May 2 and the top vote-getter will join the cast to compete on the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, slated to air on Logo in early 2013.

Glee actor Darren Criss told Out magazine he believes the relationship between his character, Blaine, and Kurt (played by Chris Colfer) is good, according to Advocate.com . Criss said, "They have a strong relationship. It's good, it's healthy. They've become a support system for each other." He also said he enjoyed working with out actor Matt Bomer, who recently played Blaine's brother, Cooper Anderson.

Paul Iacono, the 23-year-old actor best known for his role in MTV's The Hard Times of RJ Berger, has come out of the closet, according to the Huffington Post. When the Village Voice's Michael Musto asked him if he was openly gay, Iacono said, "Yes. I'm rolling with the punches here. ... But why not now? I think it's the right time to say something." Iacono is slated to be in another MTV show, Kenzie's Scale, which the actor described as "a radical young Will & Grace."

A controversial tweet from Lady Gaga about eating disorders has resulted in a wide range of responses, according to the Huffington Post. The "You and I" singer tweeted, "Just killed back to back spin classes. Eating a salad dreaming of a cheeseburger #PopSingersDontEat #IWasBornThisWay." In response to the tweet, the National Eating Disorder Association staff Twitter account posted, "Huh? This is the same person who recently implored girls to stop dieting?" Some of Gaga's fans supported the singer, saying it was just a joke.

Sean Hayes had a tense interview with Huffington Post interviewer Mike Ryan when the reporter said that the actor was "ambiguous" about his sexuality off-screen while he was on Will & Grace, according to Gay Star News. Ryan asked, "You're open about it now, but if Will & Grace were on today, would you handle that differently?" Hayes, clearly irritated, replied, "What is 'it' and 'that?' ... It's 2012; you can say the word 'gay.'" When Ryan asked if Hayes would remain "ambiguous" if the show ran today, Hayes said the show wasn't about his sexuality.

Engaged couple Angelina Jolie and partner Brad Pitt may co-star in the movie The Counselor, according to an US Magazine item. Based on the dark novel by Cormac McCarthy, the movie—about a lawyer who's involved in a drug-trafficking scheme—has Michael Fassbender (Shame) in the title role, and Javier Bardem is in talks to join the cast as well. This would be the first film with Pitt and Jolie since 2005's Mr. and Mrs. Smith, where they fell in love.

In an interview with the New York Times, Morning Joe's Mika Brzezinski compared co-host Joe Scarborough to "a gay stylist," the Huffington Post reported. When asked to clarify, she said that Scarborough "has got a real side to him that knows style and look and color and hair. He's amazing." The Times reporter expressed surprise that Scarborough accompanied Brzezinski to the interview.

A director is hoping to get baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez to portray a drag queen, according to USA Today. The Surrealist is a movie about artist Salvador Dali that stars Alan Cumming, and there is a role for the New York Yankee. "It's quite a good idea and has a serious side to it," said director Philippe Mora about A-Rod playing Dali's social secretary. "Dali was obsessed with baseball. Walt Disney used to take him to [games]. At first it sounds hilarious, but it's a serious [offer]."

ABC may have cancelled soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live, but it is saving General Hospital, Deadline.com reported. The network is also cancelling the very low-rated The Revolution, which features lifestyle experts including Tim Gunn. The Revolution will end its run in July, with a new program running until September, when Katie Couric's new talk show takes over. The move ensures that General Hospital will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.

Fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier has created a limited-edition collection of Diet Coke bottles entitled Night and Day, the Daily Mail reported. The Day bottle features Gaultier's signature Breton stripes while Night is decorated in his iconic cone-shaped corset, as worn by Madonna on her 1990 Blonde Ambition tour. Speaking of Madonna, Gaultier will again be her stage costume designer and will create the outfits for her forthcoming MDNA world tour.

Former Bee Gee Robin Gibb, 62, is gravely ill with pneumonia in a London hospital, according to a New York Daily News item. Gibb was hospitalized last year for colon and stomach problems, and had intestinal surgery recently. The Bee Gees (born in England, raised in Australia) shot to stardom in the '70s, with disco-era hits such as "How Deep Is Your Love" and "Night Fever."

Catholics are angrily responding to a new production of Corpus Christi—Terrence McNally's controversial play that depicts Jesus as a gay man in 1950s Texas—as well as a documentary following the company on tour, according to a press release. An online petition, based on a series of previous petitions by the right-wing Catholic site America Needs Fatima, is approaching 10,000 signatures. Among other things, the petition wants San Francisco's Castro Theatre, where the film is set to premiere April 29, to "immediately cancel the showing of this movie and play, and to offer a public apology to Our Lord Jesus Christ and to all God fearing Americans."

For the weekend of April 14, The Hunger Games claimed the top box-office spot ($21.5 million) for the fourth consecutive week—the first movie to do so since Avatar in 2009, according to a USA Today item. The Three Stooges, with out actors Sean Hayes and Jane Lynch, debuted in the runner-up spot, with $17.1 million. The horror film The Cabin in the Woods took the third slot, opening to $14.9 million.

The late singer/songwriter Laura Nyro was among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland April 14, USA Today reported. (Among the bisexual musician's hits were "Stoned Soul Picnic" and "Up on the Roof.") The Beastie Boys, Guns N' Roses (minus Axl Rose, who refused to be inducted with his bandmates), Red Hot Chili Peppers and Donovan were among the others honored during the five-and-a-half-hour ceremony.

Former Saturday Night Live regular Rachel Dratch has stated in her new memoir, Girl Walks into a Bar, that she was replaced by Jane Krakowski on 30 Rock because she wasn't attractive enough, according to US Magazine. Although show star/co-creator Tina Fey found other roles for Dratch to play, she was eventually phased out. In her book, Dratch writes that "by Hollywood standards," she's viewed as "a troll, ogre, woodland creature or manly lesbian. ... Trolls, ogres, and woodland creatures can be done with CGI, so that leaves yours truly to play the bull dykes."

The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson, 19, will be the youngest actor to receive the GLAAD Vanguard Award when he is honored April 21, the Huffington Post reported. Hutcherson, who was also in the lesbian-themed drama The Kids Are All Right, founded Straight But Not Narrow, which urges heterosexual males to positively influence views on LGBT teens. Past Vanguard Award recipients include Elizabeth Taylor, Charlize Theron and Kristin Chenoweth, among others.

In a video that was reportedly filmed at this year's Super Bowl but is just now making the rounds on the Internet, Rosie O'Donnell confronts an unseen anti-gay street "preacher," according to the Huffington Post. The "preacher" calls O'Donnell a "lesbian pig" and an "ungodly wicked woman" in the video. At one point, the anti-gay individual tells O'Donnell "you need to go home and do the dishes—that's your job," to which she responds, "I'm going to go home and f*** my wife."

Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner's production company, Hazy Mills, has signed a new two-year production deal with Universal TV, which co-produces Hazy Mills' NBC series Grimm, Deadline.com reported. Grimm, in its freshman season, became the first NBC series to earn an early renewal for next season. Hazy Mills has two other shows on the air (both on TV Land): Hot in Cleveland and its upcoming spinoff starring Cedric the Entertainer.

The Bravo reality series Shahs of Sunset, which recently concluded its season, has been renewed for a second one, according to Deadline.com . The Ryan Seacrest-produced series drew a high of 1.5 million viewers for its finale—boosted in part by the first part of The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion, which had 3.1 million viewers. Openly gay cast member Reza Farahan has become a breakout star of Shahs.


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