In this chilling first look in to the new documentary about the late-singer Amy Winehouse’s life, we get snippets of an interview with the singer. “I don’t. I don’t think I’m gonna be at all famous. I don’t think I could handle it. I would probably go mad,” she tells the interviewer. The documentary, which is being touted by critics, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
Check out the trailer for AMY after the jump…
For five decades, we’ve watched excitedly as Cher successfully re-invented herself time and time again. Since her duo days with Sonny Bono, our favorite diva has transformed from superstar songstress to Oscar-worthy actress, and beyond. She is the only performer to have earned “top ten” hit singles in five consecutive decades, and, along with Barbra Streisand, is one of two Best Actress Oscar winners to have a #1 hit song on the Billboard charts. Cher tried to say goodbye during her “Farewell Tour” in 2005, but instead she continued to enthrall fans at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The beat goes on in this diva’s whirlwind career as she continues to record music, make movies, and advocate for LGBT rights.
Happy Birthday 69th Cher! We love you.
Check out some of our favorites videos of Cher after the jump…
Julius Anthony Rubio
If you could fly like Peter Pan, where would your first destination be and why?
Since Peter Pan originated in London, I think Big Ben would be my first stop. I could literally hang out on the hands of the clock as it’s in motion—taking in that view and feel of the city. I have a huge obsession with that town, let alone that monument, and still have never been. It’d be a dream to visit—flying or not!
Late last week, the Brazilian National Council of Justice passed a resolution that requires all notaries, who perform marriages and civil unions in the country, to allow same-sex couples to marry. Already 12 states in Brazil recognizes gay marriage, with the remaining states expressing confusion over the lack of federal law concerning same-sex marriage. The president of the Council of Justice said that because of the resolution, notaries can no longer deny same-sex couples from marrying throughout all of Brazil.
This is turning out to be a big month for gay marriage. As the US waits for a Supreme Court decision, Ireland is set to vote this Friday on whether or not to bring marriage equality to the country. [CNN]
Inside Out and All Around with Daily Xtra’s Phil Villeneuve
Toronto LGBT Film Festival: Inside Out celebrates 25 years this May. “Gone are the days of showing films in a dark basement or indie theatre in a scary neighborhood of the city. The festival now shows most of its films at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, where the International Film Festival takes place. Gays everywhere! Out in the open!” Phil Villeneuve, the arts editor at DailyXtra.com, exclaims about the festival taking place May 21-31. “It’s a wonderful time of the year, not only because of all the cute actors, directors, and film people in general, but because of the parties; and springtime in Toronto,” he adds.
We couldn’t think of anyone more fabulous than the indefatigably energetic Villeneuve to give us a play by play of what we can’t miss during the whopping ten-day festival. Not only does he spend his day as arts editor for Daily Xtra, the go-to source of LGBT news for Canada, but he’s also a highly regarded DJ at some of Toronto’s more in-the-know parties. But maybe the most interesting thing about Villeneuve’s reputation is his ability to put a smile on the faces of everyday Torontonians who, more often times than not, see him flurrying around the city in epic dances that after being posted online have propelled this nutcracker to viral fame.
Yesterday, Pope Francis sat down with 7,000 children from Rome’s primary schools in the Nervi Audience Hall to answer some questions. During the discussion, Pope Francis made some pointed comments about the state of the world by telling the children that the “industry of death” exists. “…many powerful people don’t want peace because they live off war,” he said. “This is serious…Some powerful people make their living with the production of arms…It’s the industry of death,” he warned. He continued by having the children repeat: “There can be no peace without justice.” [ANSA]
HRC Foundation in partnership with FosterClub, a national network for youth in foster care, released an issue brief detailing the hostile treatment experienced by many LGBT and questioning youth in foster care, and the shocking lack of laws and policies protecting them. “Child welfare is built around the pillars of safety, permanency and well-being, and our job is to ensure that LGBTQ youth have the same opportunities and access to homes that provide all three,” said Ellen Kahn, director of the HRC Foundation’s Children, Youth and Families Program. “Safe and affirming families are key to LGBTQ youth succeeding and thriving. Through our extensive work with adoption and foster care agencies across the United States, we know that more and more agencies are looking for ways to do better by LGBTQ youth, who are disproportionately represented in foster care. It’s time for the system to do better for these youth.”
“It’s a sad reality that most of the stories we hear about how LGBTQ youth are treated in foster care are pretty grim, ” said Celeste Bodner, executive director of FosterClub. “Along with HRC, the young leaders of FosterClub recognize the urgent need to address the unequal treatment their LGBTQ peers face in foster care.”
Today’s call to action comes as the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance plans a morning hearing on reducing the nation’s reliance on foster care group homes, and as U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, prepares to reintroduce the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, legislation that would help open more safe and affirming foster and adoptive homes to LGBTQ children. U.S. Reps. John Lewis, D-GA, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL, will introduce a companion measure in the House.
Need someone else to take care of down there? Well, meet Sydney, Australia–based Dick Savvy, a jockstrap wearing barber who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty.
According to a YouTube channel:
He is also an Award Winning Hair Professional who has mastered the art of male grooming with the twist of providing his services in a more liberated, bare and extraordinary context. As woman go into a salon for a weekly blow-dry, Dick provides his clients with a weekly scrotum shave.
If you’re wondering why Savvy usually wears a jockstrap while he shaves your intimates, it’s because he feels his average body will help “blokes” feel more comfortable.
Watch the maybe NSFW video after the jump…
Remember that Ellen DeGeneres hooked up her ultra-hot “gardner” Nick with an audition for the Magic Mike XXL by calling Warner Brothers’ President of Creative Development Greg Silverman? Well while the movie is about to hit the theaters this summer, DeGeneres had Nick film a behind-the-scenes look at the film while it was still in production. Expect all the Magic Mike mainstay hotties to show up.
Watch after the jump…
Jeb Bush Says Gay Couples Shouldn’t Be Married and they Can’t Create a Loving Environment for Children
Once touted as the first gay-friendly Republican presidential nominee, Jeb Bush seems to have fallen in line with his established far-right anti-gay Republican party brethren. In a New York Times article called “Jeb Bush Takes Tougher Stance Against Same-Sex Marriage,” the potential nominee feels that not only gays and lesbians shouldn’t be legally married, but that same-sex couples can’t be loving or provide a good household to children. “I don’t, but I’m not a lawyer, and clearly this has been accelerated at a warp pace,” Bush said. “To imagine how we’re going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life, a child-centered family system, is hard to imagine,” he continued. “Irrespective of the Supreme Court ruling, because they’re going to decide whatever they decide, and I don’t know what they’re going to do, we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage.”
He then continues by drawing parallels between poverty, family life, and the lack of upward mobility in America. “If we want to create a right-to-rise society, where people, particularly children born in poverty, if we want to have them have a chance we should be—a core American value…we have to restore committed, loving family life with a mom and a dad loving their children with their heart and soul.”