The Vatican Backtracks on Pro-Gay Statements

October 14th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Screen Shot via CNN.

Screen Shot via CNN.

It only took a day before the Vatican backtracked on statements that the Vatican released yesterday that appeared to show a huge shift in the institutions outdated teachings. It was revealed today by Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier that “The message has gone out that this is what the synod is saying, this is what the Catholic Church is sayingIt’s not what we’re saying at all.”  The Cardinal also said that the report released yesterday is part of a “working document.” According to CNN, the backtrack comes after outrage from conservative Catholics.

 

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Review: ‘This is Our Youth’

October 14th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Kieran Culkin (l) and Michael Cera in 'This Is Our Youth.' (photo: Brigitte Lacombe via The Broadway Blog.)

Kieran Culkin (l) and Michael Cera in ‘This Is Our Youth.’ (photo: Brigitte Lacombe via The Broadway Blog.)

Playing at the Cort Theater, it has become apparent that Broadway finally has its first mumblecore chef-d’oeuvre with Kenneth Lonergan’s cult slacker play This Is Our Youth having crashed on the casting couch of the Great White Way. First produced off-Broadway by the New Group in 1996, the show featured a cast of then unknowns (Josh Hamilton, Mark Ruffalo and Missy Yager)—introducing the world to one of the seminal works about the dazed and confused.

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No One Puts This Kid in a Corner: Watch 8-Year-Old Best Patrick Swayze’s Iconic ‘Dirty Dancing’ Moves

October 14th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Screen Cap via Facebook

Screen Cap via Facebook

Meet eight-year-old Charlie, he’s just like any other elementary school-going kid, except he’s a Dirty Dancing super fan who has mastered Patrick Swayze’s iconic dance. After watching the film 10-12 times, according to his mother, Charlie began mimicking the finale scene—and he’s only had one dance class! In just a few days this Swayze baby already has over 3.5 million views.

Check it in all its glory after the jump…

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Ellen’s Shirtless Nick the Gardner Gets Special Call from Channing Tatum

October 14th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Screen Shot via YouTube

Screen Shot via YouTube

A couple weeks ago we went all puppy-dog eyed when we saw Ellen DeGeneres surprise her hot gardener with an audition for Magic Mike XXL. Now Nick (whose real name is Bill Reilich) appears to have been cast in the sequel. On yesterday’s show, Nick took a break from shirtless apple picking to accept a call from the one-and-only Channing Tatum, “After careful inspection of your ab region, we have deducted that we need you in Magic Mike XXL,” Tatum said.

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Great Travel Gear and More: EcoRox Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker by Ecoxgear

October 13th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via EcoRox.

Image via EcoRox.

Time to stop sacrificing high-quality music when you’re out being adventurous. The new EcoRox Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker from ECOXGEAR is built for those who live life on the go. Hiking up a mountain? Clip the compact, lightweight speaker to your backpack by its carabineer and even play some tunes as you go. This Bluetooth-enabled device easily connects to any smartphone, tablet, or computer. Create the perfect playlist on your next beach, lake, or pool visit. Can’t hear the music all the way in the water? Bring it in with you. The cleverly designed and powerful speaker is completely waterproof. So, when you’re done swimming, bring it in the shower. Featuring controls like power, pairing, volume, skip, play, pause, and speakerphone, you can manage every aspect of your music experience. With ten hours of play, you’re life is about to rox. Black, Orange, Red. $130.

Check out our Special Effects section for more great travel gear and more…

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4 Unbeatable Southeast Asia Cruise Deals

October 13th, 2014 Tyler Neasloney
Crystal Symphony. Image via Crystal Cruises.

Crystal Symphony. Image via Crystal Cruises.

It’s never too early to start to planning a cruise for next spring, so to help you out we found four deals from Crystal Cruises that will take you to Myanmar, Hong Kong, Bali, and beyond aboard the ultra-luxe Crystal Symphony! These deals are available only by calling Northstar at 1-800-249-9360. How does a discount of nearly $9,000 dollars sound on a cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong?  Read more…

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Groundbreaking Report from Catholic Bishops Say Gays Have Gifts to Offer Church

October 13th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Facebook

After a week of closed-door meetings about family issues, Catholic bishops released a report that many are calling revolutionary. The released documents reveal an evolving church that has room for both gays and lesbians as well as non-married straight couples. Taking into account the opinions of Pope Francis, who said “Who am I to Judge?” when asked about gay people, as well as the more liberal social climate of modern-day Catholics, the Bishops showed remarkable levels of liberalism in an otherwise staunchly conservative institution. According to the AP: “The bishops said gays had ‘gifts and qualities’ to offer and asked rhetorically if the church was ready to provide them a welcoming place, ‘accepting and valuing their sexual orientation without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony.'”

Next week, we’ll receive the final report from the meetings.

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Gay Flamingo Couple Adopts Abandoned Chick

October 13th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Chilean Flamingo Chick at Edinburgh Zoo. Image via Edinburgh Zoo.

Chilean Flamingo Chick at Edinburgh Zoo. Image via Edinburgh Zoo.

After being abandoned by her mom and dad, a flamingo chick was taken under the wing of a gay flamingo couple at the Edinburgh Zoo. Five new babies were added to the roost this year, making the flock total 33 adults, but one chick was left in danger of dying after its birth parents accidentally kicked it out of the nest and then abandoned it. “We weren’t short of drama in the flamingo flock this year,” Bird Keeper Nick Dowling said. “When the first egg arrived the parenting couple got really excited and accidentally knocked it off the nest – their natural instinct was then to abandon the eggWe don’t usually intervene with our flamingo flock but as this was our first egg since 2010, we carefully picked it up and placed it back on the nest. Luckily, one of our same-sex male couples went straight onto the nest, fostered the egg and raised it as their own.”

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Cocktail Music: Cash Cash

October 10th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Cash Cash.

Cash Cash. Image via Facebook.

We’re falling to pieces all over Cash Cash, an electronic/pop band from New Jersey. The band, which consists of members Jean Paul Makhlouf, Alexander Makhlouf, Samuel Frisch, and Anthony Villacari, is currently reaching new levels of fame with their singles “Take Me Home” and “Surrender.”  The group has toured all over the US and the UK while it was signed to Universal Republic Records, but, this year, they signed a brand-new contract with Atlantic and are currently touring across the country.

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Global Cocktail: Agave Maria at The St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach

October 10th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via LilySteinPhotography.

Image via LilySteinPhotography.

Thank agave for this deliciously spicy pick-me-up cocktail. Agave Maria adds a little extra spice to that bloody mary cocktail, oh yeah, and some tequila, to really get things rolling. Make it yourself or pick one up at The St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach.

Directions

Dice the tomato and place in a blender.

Add all of the remaining ingredients except for the tequila and jalapeño garnish

Fill half a (salt-rimmed) martini glass with ice

Pour the tequila

Add the blended mix

Garnish with jalapeño slices

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