Annie gets a 21st century makeover thanks to co-stars Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx and an A-list supporting cast that includes Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne. Will audiences gravitate toward this new adaptation of a beloved classic, or will this Annie remix end up on the street? We’ll have to wait until its Christmas 2014 release to find out, but in the meantime, take a sneak peek after the jump…
After a petition was launched calling on major global corporations to pull their advertising from a Ugandan newspaper that “exposed” gays in the African country, Orange wireless has chosen to not renew their contract with the paper. The French telecom company responded quickly to more than 70,000 signatures that called out the company for spending money in the paper Red Pepper that directly put the lives of 200 gay men in danger when it published a list called “Uganda’s 200 Top Homos Exposed.” Executive Director and co-founder of All Out, Andre Banks, wrote in a statement: “Orange’s decision to withdraw their advertising and to explicitly support their LGBT employees should ring alarm bells for Ugandan politicians and business people about the impact this law could have on the national economy.”
Zoie Palmer, who has been a lesbian favorite, finally revealed that she is gay in a speech at the Canadian Screen Awards. The actress, famous for playing a lesbian doctor in Lost Girl, had never spoke about her private life until she was up on stage last night. Along the same vein as Jodi Foster, Palmer thanked her “incredible parter” when she accepted the award for Fan Favorite.
Video of her speech after the jump…
If Virgin America’s safety demonstration videos weren’t enough to catch your attention, maybe Michael Tongko’s coordinated safety dance routine will. The flight attendant delighted passengers who were on their way from Las Vegas to San Francisco. Tongko’s moves have been praised by the Internet as well as Virgin who decided to put the secretly recorded video on their main webpage.
Check it out after the jump…
Brought to you by the creator of Glee, American Horror Story, and The New Normal, Ryan Murphy’s latest project will bring the award-winning play The Normal Heart to HBO. The story about the early days of the AIDS pandemic was originally slated for the big screen, but instead will air on television backed by a $15 million budget thanks for HBO. The main role of Ned Weeks is to be played by Mark Ruffalo, and the cast will also include the openly gay star from TV’s White Collar, Matt Bomer as well as Julia Roberts, Taylor Kitsch, and Jim Parsons. Set the DVR for May 25.
Check it out after the jump…
In the world of gay dance parties, Jeffrey Sanker‘s White Party in Palm Springs is the pinnacle; it’s the largest gay dance festival in the world. As Sanker himself puts it, “What began as a gathering for 300 of my closest friends celebrating the rites of spring 25 years ago, has evolved into 30,000 men from across the world coming together and re-defining the meaning of “DESERT HEAT!’”
Indeed. For it’s 25th year, the party is doing it big. While it’s known for propelling smaller acts into stardom, like Lady Gaga and Icona Pop, this year it will be celebrating the legacy of pop star Cyndi Lauper. The theme is especially timely, on April 1, Epic will release a 30th Anniversary celebration of Lauper’s magnum opus album, She’s So Unusual, featuring all-new remixes of old classics. One such remix is featured in a promo for the party. Check out the clip of the boys of the White Party dancing it out to “Time After Time” after the jump… Read more…
Wes Anderson’s newest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, opens today but has already drawn rave reviews; the film has an 86/100 on review aggregator Metacritic. The film boasts an all-star cast and Anderson’s trademark opulent aesthetic—much of the film is set inside the luxurious, titular hotel.
One great hotel deserves another, and after spending some time with The Grand Budapest, why not head to The Bowery Hotel in the L.E.S.? They’re offering a special drink at their Lobby Bar called “Boy with Apple”—the title of a fictional painting featured prominently in the plot of The Grand Budapest Hotel. The cocktail not only captures the Old World feel of The Grand Budapest Hotel but also Anderson’s understated wit. Smart cocktails and smart conversation: what better way to follow-up your evening with this film?
1 1/2 oz. Zubrowka bison grass vodka
3 oz. fresh pressed apple juice
3 dashes of angostura bitters
Mix vodka and apple juice. Add bitters and sprinkle cinnamon. Serve over ice.
What good is sitting alone in your room? (Especially when you’re in South Beach and you could be hanging with top-rated singers, performers, and even burlesque stars.) The Cabaret South Beach, is the newest live music venue and the only cabaret in Miami Beach. Open each night from 7 P.M. Through 3 A.M, the immersive experience starts with the staff—everyone from the bartenders to the servers double as entertainers. Featured acts include singers, musicians, burlesque performers, aerialists, and traditional circus performers.
The concept for the club comes from renowned nightlife empresario and businessman Edison Farrow (famous for his Martini Tuesdays events) who says that the just-opened, French-inspired venue will “…add a missing element to South Beach nightlife.”
The Cabaret is located at 233 12th Street, Miami Beach, and a 2-4-1 Happy Hour happens every night from 7 P.M. through 9 P.M. We’ll see you there!
Queen Elizabeth II has made history with a simple declaration. The royal praised a gay charity for their 40-year history making it the first time the Crown has ever publicly supported the LGBT community. The London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard received a comment from the Queen saying: “Best wishes and congratulations to all concerned on this most special anniversary.” Celebrating their anniversary with a big gala event, Queen Elizabeth wasn’t the only one to praise the charity. PM David Cameron said: “Over the 40 years since it was established, the London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard has made a real difference day in and day out to the lives of LGB&T people. I would like to pay tribute to the volunteers and staff of the switchboard for their dedication to providing help and support to the LGB&T community and I wish you every success in the future.”
Switchboard is the nation’s oldest operating LGBT organization in the country.
Virginia really is for lovers…now. The Virginia House of Delegates voted, 100 to 0, to strike down an antiquated sodomy ban from the books. The Republican-controlled Senate, unanimously voted to allow the citizens of Virginia to practice anal and oral sex. Previous attempts to repeal the law failed as recently as 2003, but now the legislation will head to Governor Terry McAuliffe who will sign the new legislation.