Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Danny Amendola Shoots All Over Julian Edelman

Fun Couples: Bette Midler and Carol Channing

Last week I met a Unicorn...the one and only Carol Channing... pic.twitter.com/5EnS6iuSFw — Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) May 31, 2016

Hello, Dollies! 

Remember Carol's guest vocals on this one? #BenWaBalls #NippleClamps

Connie Kopelov, of First Gay Couple Legally Married in New York, Dies at 90

Saddened to read about the passing of the gay-rights pioneer.

The New York Times writes:
Connie Kopelov, whose wedding to Phyllis Siegel in 2011 was the first legal same-sex marriage in New York City, died in Manhattan on Saturday. She was 90. Her death was confirmed by Ms. Siegel, who said Ms. Kopelov had been in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Ms. Kopelov and Ms. Siegel had been partners for 23 years when they were married by the city clerk on July 24, 2011 — the same day that a state law took effect allowing same-sex couples to marry. That morning, Ms. Kopelov, then 85, and Ms. Siegel, 76, were the first couple through the door of the marriage bureau, on Worth Street in Lower Manhattan. The City Council speaker at the time, Christine C. Quinn, a lesbian and prominent gay rights activist, stood in attendance around 9 a.m. as the clerk, Michael McSweeney, said, “I now pronounce you married.” Ms. Siegel held Ms. Kopelov’s head and kissed her on the left cheek. Ms. Kopelov smiled and held her marriage license aloft. “I lost my breath,” Ms. Siegel said in March, recalling the moment. “It was just the most exciting loss of breath I’ve ever had. I just was so happy.” From that day on, Ms. Siegel said, people would stop them on the street and congratulate them.

Connie Kopelov (right), 84, and Phyllis Siegel, 76, held up their marriage certificate to celebrate as they exited the Manhattan City Clerks office after getting married July 24, 2011 in New York City, on the first day gay couples were allowed to legally do so in New York state, after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the historic legislation into law.

AIDS Activist Peter Staley Speaks Out About Feud With Bernie Sanders Campaign

AIDS Activist @peterstaley Speaks Out About Feud With Bernie Sanders Campaign https://t.co/AKITzLC7S1 #FeelTheBern pic.twitter.com/pD0i7fF311
— Tommy Christopher (@tommyxtopher) May 30, 2016

I don't really bother reading much about the Sanders campaign anymore now that he has zero chance of getting the nomination. But for those keeping score at home, this is what it's come to. Read HERE.

'Chelsea' Showrunner Exits After Just Three Weeks

I adore Chelsea Handler, so would probably watch whatever she came up with. But here's hoping news that the guy who runs her new Netflix talk show has left after nine episodes will mean that the show will change moving forward. I know she was hoping to make this one more educational. But the best part of "Chelsea Lately" was always the round table -- where she could interact and react to people, her bread and butter -- so 30 minutes with no commercials is a lot of time to fill up trying to make kooky celebrities seems interesting (sorry, Gwen Stefani) and cabinet members seem entertaining. Perhaps she should do what she did on the episode with Chris Evans where she films a group of people at a dinner table discussing a given topic. I couldn't care less about super heroes, but this give-and-take format allowed her to shine, so it didn't even matter. This is what she did on most of her "Chelsea Does ..." specials, and it might be the way to go with "Chelsea" moving forward. Doing the first streaming talk show was always going to be a trial-and-error effort, so there's no shame in shifting gears. Here's hoping things start moving in a funnier direction.

Now if Chelsea could just get him to TAKE HIS PANTS OFF again ...

UPDATE: Chelsea addresses the reports.

Good Clean Fun

As seen in New York City's West Village ...

Magazine Rack

Zac Efron becomes Jacked Efron for Men's Fitness ...

Men's Health has the "Games of Thrones" warrior workout ...

Ben Affleck covers Industry magazine ...

Matthias Schoenaerts covers Esquire ... 

Rolling Stone learned 11 things hanging with Oscar Isaac ...

Men's Health: Six weeks to more size and strength with John Cena ...

Inside SI's Lionel Messi cover piece ...

Only My Hairdresser Knows for Sure

From HERE.

Song of the Day: 'The Water Let's You In ("Bloodline" theme)' by Book of Fears

As you may recall, Damian and I went against type and watched a fictional drama last year -- Netflix's "Bloodline." Although I found myself morphing into my parents -- who seemed to spend more time speculating about what was going to happen next than actually watching shows like this when I was a kid -- we couldn't deny being intrigued by the sudsy Southern mess the Rayburn clan was. Dove into the Season 2 premiere last night and I have to admit we'd have been well-advised to have rewatched Season 1 in its entirety -- things are that convoluted and a year is a long time away -- but would be lying if I didn't confess that they have already thrown out enough bread crumbs for me to want to see where this train is headed, a train I once thought had already reached its destination. Anyone else watching? The incredible cast including Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Chloe Sevigny and Sissy Spacek is reason enough to give it a chance. 

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