Friday, May 30, 2008

Page 1 Consider (05/30)

  • 'Sex' Crime: The New York Times finally reviews the much-hyped "Sex and the City" movie and it ain't pretty: A little Botox goes a long way in "Sex and the City," but a little decent writing would have gone even further" and then calls it "a dumpy big-screen makeover of that much-adored small-screen delight" that is "vulgar, shrill, deeply shallow -- and, at 2 hours and 22 minutes, overlong." Ouch. And I thought Mario Cantone was a bitch. (NYT)

  • David's Got Two Uncles, or Something: Why is David Paterson, New York's accidental governor, so pro-gay? It may have something to do with Uncle Stanley and Uncle Ronald, a gay couple who were friends of the family with whom he spent a lot of time as a child. (How soon before Rush Limbaugh suggests that's why he went blind?) In an interview, Paterson said he believes that gay men and lesbians face the same kind of civil rights battle that black Americans faced. He acknowledged that this position put him at odds with some black leaders, who bristle at such comparisons. "In many respects, people in our society, we only recognize our own struggles," he said. "I've wanted to be someone in the African-American community who recognizes the new civil rights struggle that is being undertaken by gay and lesbian and transgendered people." In 2000 it was Paterson who wouldn't back down until sexual orientation was included in a hate crimes bill in New York. When it did, Paterson was quoted as saying: "Now I can die in peace," adding, "If nothing else ever happens here, I feel that I can point to a contribution that I made." (Finally a politician who gets it. God, I love this man!) (NYT)

  • From Hillary to the Holy Land: I have ambivalent feelings about Texas removing all of those children from that polygamist sect. But the fact that the courts don't think having young girls in the company of men who will force them into "marriages" and the rape that accompanies said "marriages" qualifies as "imminent danger" speaks volumes about the way our society values girls and women as a whole. Meanwhile, halfway 'round the world the Vatican issued its most explicit decree to date against the ordination of women priests on Thursday, punishing them and the bishops who try to ordain them with automatic excommunication. Such a lovely way to reward a woman who wants to give her life to the church she loves.
    any woman who become priests. (NYT)

  • A Sign of the Apocalypse: I could see Clay Aiken having a relationship with a "daddy," but being one? (AH)

  • LGBT Content: Netflix is teaming up with Logo to make a number of the gay network's original series available for the first time on DVD, exclusively through mail-distribution DVD service. (Logo)

  • Life in the Deep End: Australian diver Matthew Mitcham has come out of the closet. But who has a "life partner" when they're 20? (PinkNews)

  • Jesus H. Christ: Oh no, not again! Barack Obama might want to consider atheism. (AP)

  • Freak That's On the Street: Want a behind-the-scenes look at the set of Marilyn Monroe's last fully produced feature? Two reels of silent, 8-millimeter color film titled "On Set With 'The Misfits'" is going on the auction block, with bids starting between $10,000 and $20,000. Julien's Auctions is listing the 47-minute film next month at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. "The Misfits" was a very interesting film, featuring one of Marilyn's most compelling performances. Having Montgomery Clift and Clark Gable on board certainly didn't hurt, either. Gable died shortly after filming wrapped and people close to him have often blamed the stress Monroe's unpredictably put on him as a contributing factor to his heart attack in November 1960. I wonder if any evidence of this will be seen on these lost reels. (AP)

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