STARBUCKS.COM: On Monday there’ll be a Gaga takeover of the Starbucks Digital Network in partnership with Yahoo!, where we’ll be giving away a limited number of downloads for her new song “The Edge of Glory” to the first little monsters to claim them. And if one song isn’t enough to get your paws up, you can listen to the Special Edition of Born This Way all day. We’ll also be streaming an exclusive video of her singing an acapella rendition of “Born This Way.” To get on the Starbucks Digital Network, just get on our free Wi-Fi at participating stores and go to starbucks.yahoo.com.
OUT.com is hosting a special stream of "Better Than Today" off of Kylie's new digital EP North American Tour Bonus Edition, out tomorrow on iTunes! The exclusive stream of "Better Than Today" was recorded live during her first North American tour in 2009. This is just one of several tracks on the EP, which also includes a short film featuring behind the scenes footage of Kylie on tour plus original tour wardrobe sketches by Dolce & Gabbana.
When it comes to relationships, we’re all beginners. From writer/director Mike Mills comes Beginners, a comedy/drama that centers on Oliver (Ewan McGregor), who meets new love interest Anna (Mélanie Laurent) in the wake of the death of his gay father (Christopher Plummer).WATCH THE TRAILER.
Pet shop Boys will also release an accompanying video for “Together” directed by Peeter Rebane. The song accompanies visually stunning choreography intended to tell the entire story through the dancers as a centerpiece. Perfectly composed by choreographer Mäar Ago, many different styles of dance are showcased, including Russian Cossack, waltz, ballet, and even break dancing.
In this Advocate interview, incredible gay-rights activist Mark Ruffalo speaks out on his addictive directorial debut, his hesitations about doing The Normal Heart, and the prospect of shaving his chest to play the Hulk in The Avengers.
Read the whole interview, “Ruffalo Stance,” here, and find some choice quotes below.
You’ll play gay activist Ned Weeks in Ryan Murphy’s film version of The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer’s seminal 1985 play about the dawn of the AIDS crisis. Frankly, you can’t screw it up.
No, I can’t. It’s huge. It’s the same scrutiny with me as the Hulk in The Avengers but from a whole different group of people. It’s a great honor, but I was hesitant about doing Normal Heart because it probably should be a gay actor. I brought that up to Ryan, but he said that I was the actor he wanted.
Why have you taken such a personal interest in gay rights?
We have a lot of friends who are gay couples with kids. When my son would go to his friend’s house down the street, where his friend’s parents are a married gay couple, not once did he come home and say, “Why does he have two papas?” That didn’t occur to him, because their house is no different from ours…
As you prepare to play the Hulk in The Avengers, some fans have expressed concern that you may have to shave your hairy chest like Chris Evans did for Captain America.
No one’s asked me to shave my chest yet, thank God. They want this Hulk to be as close to me as possible. I’ll be playing him in motion-capture, so this Hulk will just be a bigger avatar version of me. As they’re modeling him, they’re using many of my own features, down to my scars and wrinkles. He will have body hair, but I don’t know to what extent.
In a very manscaped Hollywood, your chest is famous in certain gay circles.
I was not aware. But that’s good, because young girls are probably like, “Ew, chest hair! I didn’t even know guys grew hair there.”
Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes and his fiancé, Sean Eldridge, are among those saluted on this year’s list of forty LGBT leaders and newsmakers under the age of 40.
They’re young. They’re influential. They’re the men and women shaping the future of LGBT politics, equality, arts, and entertainment. These entrepreneurs, activists, politicians, artists, and athletes are much more than ahead of the curve; they’re out, proud, and changing the world. This year Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes and Freedom to Marry political director Sean Eldridge grace the cover of The Advocate’s annual “Forty Under 40” issue.
Hughes’s story, in part at least, became the talk of Hollywood with the release of The Social Network. While it was one of the most critically praised films of 2010, Hughes confirms that the film is primarily legend. “The point of a movie is to entertain, so they can take a simple story line and blow it up in a way that becomes a complete fiction, which is what they did,” says Hughes. “I think the portrayals of the other guys were far from rosy, so I count myself lucky. I squeezed by.”
While Hughes’s ascent has become public because of The Social Network, Eldridge has remained under the radar, for now. When asked whether he would run for public office, Eldridge stutters, “Yeah, uh, we’ll see. I think these things are hard to predict.” Yet, when asked about President Obama’s handling of the marriage issue, he already sounds like a seasoned politician. “First of all, I think there’s a lot of work that our movement still needs to do, including changing more hearts and minds and [pushing for a] DOMA repeal bill. It’s not all on him; it’s on us as well. … He says he’s on this journey, [but] I think he’s not moving quickly enough. I know that in his heart of hearts he has respect for us, he has respect for gay people. But he doesn’t get a free pass.”
Through Facebook, Hughes has influenced the way the world interacts, while Eldridge, who watched as the New York state senate voted against extending marriage equality, left law school to fight full-time for the right to marry. Together, at a combined age of only 51, the newly engaged couple remains committed to effecting progressive change on a host of issues. Currently, however, while in the midst of their own wedding planning, their focus will stay on marriage.
“We’re at this natural point in our relationship,” Eldridge tells The Advocate, noting that they considered waiting to exchange vows until marriage is legal in New York but now hope the law catches up to them. “We certainly won’t shy away from talking to the governor and other elected officials about it and telling them our story and why we want to get married. But at the end of the day, it’s our wedding. It’s about us. It’s not purely a political thing.”
Check back with Advocate.com on Tuesday and Wednesday as The Advocate reveals this year’s entire “Forty Under 40” list.
Matthew McConaughey takes the April 2011 cover of Prestige Hong Kong, revealing both his sense of adventure and his well-shaped legs. Under the covers, the quintessentially cool actor discusses his critically acclaimed performance in the title role of The Lincoln Lawyer, released last month.
“I wanted to be a lawyer for justice’s sake,” McConaughey tells Prestige Hong Kong. “And in my later years I’ve got to know the system better, knowing how the system works and can really crush some ideals. In 90 percent of cases they make a deal and common sense has kind of gone out the door a little bit. You see how lawyers go up there and it’s not necessarily about right or wrong – it’s about doing their job. This movie tackles or shows a lot about the system.”
The April issue also features Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine and up-and-coming film star Ben Foster, who models the season’s looks in New York City for the mag's special menswear edition of Prestige Hong Kong Runway...free with the main magazine.
Artists and songwriters from across the EMI family are raising funds to help the Red Cross support people affected by last month’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan, through an incredible worldwide auction of personal items and memorabilia.
The charity auction, which will be managed by eBay, features items from some of the world’s biggest stars, including Kylie Minogue, Coldplay, Norah Jones, Katy Perry, Gorillaz, Iron Maiden, Jane Birkin, the Beach Boys, David Guetta, Michael Franti, Lady Antebellum, The Chemical Brothers, Depeche Mode, Celtic Woman, 30 Seconds To Mars, Rosanne Cash, Daft Punk, Herbert Grönemeyer, Angela Gheorghiu, Keith Urban, Good Charlotte, and The Beatles.
All funds raised will be used towards the Japanese Red Cross disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Funds will be used for the on-going provision of immediate relief to support the affected population during their recovery. EMI Group has committed to match all funds raised from the auction up to a maximum of one million euros.
The first phase of the charity auction starts today (April 5) and will run until April 15th, with more than 200 exclusive money-can’t-buy items. A second phase of the auction will take place between April 11th – 21st. All the items can be viewed at ebay.com/EMIfamily4Japan.
Britney Spears was here in San Francisco over the weekend - putting on a FANTABULOUS performance of three songs from her new album Femme Fatale for Good Morning America. The performance aired this morning. Check out Britney performing "Till the World Ends," "Hold It Against Me" and "Big Fat Bass" HERE. Femme Fatale is available today - and if you don't yet have it, you need to get it!
Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant & Chris Lowe break new ground with the release of The Most Incredible Thing, out today! Based on a Hans Christian Andersen story, The Most Incredible Thing is the electronic pop duo's first-ever ballet score. They discuss the new project/album in the video below.