“Hidden cameras capture people’s real reactions to girls imagining everything they might one day become,” reads the caption for a new ad from Mattel, the makers of Barbie.
Do you think the new inspirational ad will help slumping Barbie sales?
Watch after the jump, and pay attention for our jet-setting girl who has visited New York, Transylvania, and Pennsylvania…
These days it seems the words “upscale” and “uptight” go hand-in-hand. However Hotel Zephyr brings a playful, maritime twist to the upscale hotels in the Golden Gate City.
You won’t find white gloves at this property but rather concierges in custom hoodies and designer jeans, ping-pong tables, shuffleboard courts and dart boards throughout the property designed for tech-savvy millennials and happenin’ hipsters who want to actually hang out in the 9,999-square-foot outdoor lounge–The Yard, which includes multiple fire pits, a shuffleboard court and life-sized games such as Connect Four and Jenga.
Given San Francisco’s status at the US capital for tech, it’s no surprise this hotel has an open-door policy for web and software developers looking to test their newest apps. This “Zephyr Lab” concept as they call it serves as a platform for start-ups to bring in their relevant travel/hotel technology and, by doing so make Hotel Zephyr guests’ experience run seamlessly when on-property and in the city.
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The 90-minute season premiere of the beloved FX horror anthology, American Horror Story was met with a near-record opening of 5.81 million live-plus-same-day viewers on Wednesday night.
The fourth-season Hotel took home American Horror Story‘s second-highest rating, trumped only by last year’s Freak Show premiere (3.1). While this year’s season premiere also matched the second season’s premiere.
By and large, Hotel obliterated its cable and broadcast competition, beating out ABC’s Nashville (1.27 million), CBS’ Code Black (1.52 million), and NBC’s Chicago PD (1.9 million).
Will Ryan Murphy’s latest installment of AHS become a Wednesday night mainstay? The ratings are saying a resounding “yes.”
By Matthew Wexler
I am Italian by association, although the blood that runs through my veins is decidedly borscht by way of Russia. I grew up in a Midwestern suburb that was home to some of the four million Italian immigrants who made their way to the US during the late 19th and early 20th century. While most kids my age were cutting school to smoke a joint under the bleachers, I was taking advantage of my newly earned driver’s license to head to Alesci’s, a local Italian deli that’s famous for their foot-long sandwich of thinly sliced pepperoni, authentic giardiniera, and melted provolone. So it only made sense that my first visit to Italy would be one of culinary exploration, forgoing Milan’s high fashion and Rome’s architectural wonders for a prosciutto-packed road trip through Italy’s food and agritourism epicenter: Emilia-Romagna.
Nestled north of Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna is one of Italy’s 20 regions and spans from the Adriatic Sea in the east toward its western borders of Piedmont and Liguria. Like the rest of the country, Emilia-Romagna touts local products, many of which have Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status that ensures they are “produced, processed, and prepared in a given geographical area using recognized “know how” according to the European Commission. Labels aside, I quickly discover that local favorites such as heaping platters of shaved prosciutto di Parma served with chunks of Parmigiano-Reggiano and free-flowing Lambrusco are the stuff that a foodie’s dreams are made of.
The long-running BBC show EastEnders today has revealed the show will include a permanent transgender character in its upcoming season, making the show the first to cast a trans* actor to play a trans* role.
Riley Carter Millington will play the role of Kyle, and viewers can expect to see the 21-year-old actor make his debut later this month before he returns as a permanent cast member.
The actor couldn’t be more excited for his role in the upcoming season and said in a statement: “I am extremely excited to be joining EastEnders. I can honestly say that I have now fulfilled my two biggest dreams – to be living my life as a man and to be an actor…I cannot wait to really get stuck in with filming and I look forward to seeing what is in store for my character.”
Producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins is treading carefully by learning as much as possible about the transgender community. “…we have been so careful to ensure that we cast the right actor for the part. I’ve sat in many acting workshops over the years with our casting executive Julia Crampsie and her team – but never have we been so moved by the incredible life stories and wealth of talent that we experienced over our several weeks of workshops with transgender actors.” [GSN]
The new truTV Adam Ruins Everything is the new viral sensation thanks to the hysterical way the host, Adam Conover, dissects common misconceptions about life in the US. Conover became super-popular from a sketch by the same name on CollegeHumor.com has released an incredible segment on the false sense of security that the TSA makes travelers feel.
Watch as he completely exposes the falsities of the TSA after the jump…
Just a short drive north of San Francisco is Sonoma County, a vast and diverse landscape that includes everything from vineyards to redwoods, from pounding surf to leafy plazas. Every little town has its own character, from the laid-back LGBT environs of Russian River towns like Guerneville to tony Healdsburg, hippie-ish Sebastopol, artsy/agricultural Petaluma, and historic Sonoma, and the land between them is as powerfully beautiful and unimaginably varied as the towns. I’m warning you ahead of time, I’m going to be waxing poetic before this story is over, because that’s the kind of feeling Sonoma County gives rise to: it’s a poetic kind of place.
Well that all sounds amazing, I hear you saying, but how do you actually get there, and what’s there once you arrive? The scenic route is Highway 1, one of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world. As soon as you cross the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, the scenery begins to get spectacular, and as it twists and turns along the coast, it’s pretty sublime (though not exactly quick). This time, though, I head straight up Highway 101, saving the delights of the coast for later, and within forty-five minutes I’m in Petaluma, the nearest Sonoma County town.
Hot and sizzle! So many new calendars to gush over like the Thunder From Downunder and the new Nashville Grizzlies Gay Rugby Calendar! Out and ready for purchase, this fundraising calendar supports “the only gay and inclusive rugby team in Nashville,” says Thomas Hormby, the Grizzlies Board Secretary.
Halfway through their season, the Grizzlies aim to raise money in order to keep their inclusive team affordable for players of all “sexual orientations, backgrounds, and experience levels.” Though the saucy pictures in the calendar alone are reason enough to purchase it, the all-inclusive attitude and motto is enough to drive it home. Whats more is that for the first time in years, they are playing straight teams from all over the South and, in doing so, are promoting a safe environment for people of all backgrounds.
Don’t miss these boys roughing about at the Bingham Cup in Nashville, TN in May 2016. This world championship of gay rugby, the biggest tournament in the world for gay and inclusive teams, will be hosted by the Grizzlies and will be the first time it has ever been hosted in the South. Registration has begun and players from all over the world have already signed up. With expectations of around 45 teams and 1,500 players, next years tournament is sure to be a good ol’ time.
Buy your calendars here to support the team!
By far this season’s favorite contestant on America’s Next Top Model (yes, it’s still on the air) is the ridiculously handsome Nyle DiMarco, and now this piece of perfection has come out as sexually fluid in a Q&A on Twitter. While he struggled during the first half of this season, DiMarco is currently making a killer comeback, landing himself in the Tyra Suite on more than one occasion.
But while DiMarco has had to come out of his shell as a model to impress the judges, he’s also had to overcome a major obstacle—he’s deaf. While his handicap has never set him back in life, he’s struggled on the reality TV program with living 24/7 with non-Signing people.
On the show, though, he has never discussed his sexuality, but when a curious fan asked if he were into boys or girls, he said he was “fluid” and then linked to the website Everyday Feminism.
— Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) September 25, 2015
More LGBT history is being made in the world of sports after Chris Burns, a Division 1 basketball coach came out in an interview in OutSports, making him the first D1 coach to be openly gay. Burns, an assistant coach for men’s basketball at Bryant University (go Bulldogs), decided that it was time to come out because of society’s changing attitude toward the LGBT community.
“There is no greater feeling than being a part of something bigger than just you. That’s what has always made sports so special for me,” he said. “Since I started telling people in college basketball over the last few months, I’ve realized my fears were far worse than reality. I’ve realized that people, for the most part, are human beings first. For a guy who’s relatively cynical and can be negative, the reactions of people in my sport and in my life have shut me right up and reenergized my hope in the human spirit, in empathy.