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At long last, the health care reform debate seems to be winding down. Obama, Pelosi, and the Democrats are declaring victory after months of squabbling and the first steps have been taken to implement what Vice President Biden called, “a big [bleep]ing deal.”

The anger felt over health care reform surprised me. I continue to believe that few in the United States legitimately thinks that some people deserve health care and others don’t. And while the issue seems to stem from the so-called “government takeover” of health care, few …

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Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s “Telephone” music video premiered last week, and although it might not be the visual masterpiece that is “Bad Romance,” the campy pulp extravaganza has been viewed by over 20 million people.

A sequel to Gaga’s “Paparazzi” clip, “Telephone” finds Gaga in jail and Beyonce bailing her out before the two go on a Thelma and Louise­-inspired mass killing spree. Homage to classic B-movies and Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill franchise (complete with the infamous Pussy Wagon), the video features plenty of crotch shots, wild fashion, …

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by Eric Jost

Right in the middle of women’s history month, a woman made film history! At the 82nd Academy Awards, Kathryn Bigelow won Best Director for her film, The Hurt Locker. She was only the fourth woman to be nominated for the award. The night was also marked by another historic moment when Geoffrey Fletch became the first Black man to win Best Adapted Screenplay for Precious.

The fact that neither of these wins occurred before 2010 is astounding and the Academy should be embarrassed.

Bigelow’s award is …

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After producing such quality television like Celebrity Fit Club and Flavor of Love, VH1 announced its latest reality endeavor, Transform Me.

Transform Me is much like any other makeover series — find a plain Jane, bring in a team of experts to humiliate her, and after a little blood, sweat, and eyeliner, the ugly duckling will turn into a beautiful swan. Transform Me’s gimmick comes in the form of its team of experts: rather than being hip fashionistas or flamboyant gay men, these experts are transgender women.

The transgender …

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Last week, everyone’s favorite male figure skater, Johnny Weir, lost the gold to fellow American, Evan Lysacek. Weir not only missed out on the gold, but didn’t even get a medal — instead coming in 6th.

Lysacek’s win has been heralded as a "reclaiming" of the Winter Olympics, of sorts. Masculinity has again triumphed over effeminacy and a new generation of butch figure skaters is supposedly poised to take the stage. In the aftermath of his win, we’ve already heard Australian radio hosts mock Weir and the sport, …

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Why are the pretty ones always insane?

For most of his career, I’ve been rather apathetic towards John Mayer. I wouldn’t change the radio if his music came on, but I also never went out of my way to find or purchase it. In fact, his greater purpose seemed to be serving as my eye candy (I’m sucker for tattoos) rather than establishing any kind of soulful connection. It was a shallow existence but it’s worked well for us.

And then he went and opened his mouth…

Earlier this month, …

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As Jaclyn Friedman described over on her own Amplify column, CBS has been at the center of a firestorm recently for agreeing to air an anti-choice commercial during the Super Bowl. Not only is it an anti-choice ad, but it is produced and funded by Focus on the Family, one of the most conservative, sexist, racist, and homophobic groups in the US.

In an effort to counter the ultra-conservative ad, gay dating website, Man Crunch, submitted a commercial of its own promoting its matchmaking services. Not only was …

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Following my encounter last weekend with MTV’s Jersey Shore, I woke up on Sunday surprisingly early and without anything to do for several hours. Reaching for the remote, I began flipping through the channels looking for something to hold my attention while my body struggled to wake up.

Enter Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club.

I cannot even begin to describe what this show is about as I couldn’t quite figure it out. As far as I can tell, the producers stick a dozen or so girls in a …

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In honor of my birthday, my friends Alice and Sarah decided the most appropriate way to celebrate would be to take in a day long marathon of MTV’s Jersey Shore. Having been a little too involved recently with the teenage melodrama of Degrassi, I had remained oblivious to the latest reality TV craze that swept the nation.

Watching the antics of Snooki and her compatriots, I couldn’t believe that MTV had finally done away with all subtlety and crafted a show so unapologetically sleazy that it makes …

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By Eric Jost

After months of speculation, it was finally revealed this week that Sarah Palin would be joining FOX News as a political commentator. Quickly following the announcement, Palin made her debut on The O’Reilly Factor Tuesday evening.
Palin’s move to the FOX News network is not particularly surprising. Despite her claims that the network is “fair and balanced,” it is the perfect vehicle for her to spout her puritanical views. In fact, if you watch the clip of her on O’Reilly, Bill reminds her that FOX …

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Over the holidays, I caught up on a number of movies that I had been meaning to see for a while. They ranged from the pretty bad (Nine) to the phenomenal (Up in the Air).
Returning to the real world from my two weeks of isolation, I began trolling through blogs and newsreels to discover a mini-movement had been mounted in my absence – and it looked like I was inadvertently on the opposing team.
 
One of the films I saw over my vacation …

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Over the weekend I had a chance to check out Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. After my Disney World holiday in August, I expressed some concerns that Disney’s return to traditional animation would be fraught with racial stereotypes and reinforce traditional gender norms. However, after seeing Disney’s first Black princess hit movie theatres, I have to admit that I could not have been more pleased.
 
To quickly summarize the film: It is a non-traditional take on the story, The Frog Prince. Set in post-WWI New …

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In between reruns of The Golden Girls, WE tv insists on inundating me with advertisements for its reality show, My Fair Wedding with David Tutera.
 
David Tutera, I have come to learn, is a celebrity wedding planner who in the past has worked with Disney theme parks, catering to couples who wish to have fairytale weddings in one of the many Disney resorts. With his show on WE tv, David now has the chance to turn wedding disasters into the stuff dreams are made of for …

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As the film Precious sets up to sweep the awards season, I’ve been brushing up on reviews of the film before deciding if I want to see what promises to be one downer of a film. But amongst the praise being heaped upon the film by critics and audiences alike, I’ve been especially attracted to the rare, negative reviews that have surfaced as the film gains popularity. Unlike typical critiques, these reviewers don’t have a grudge against the acting or script, but rather, the film’s content and star.

Like …

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I spent most of Monday catching up on what is normally the little-watched broadcast of the American Music Awards (AMAs). I enjoyed Lady GaGa’s alien-inspired performance, laughed as Jennifer Lopez fell on her ass, and was unimpressed by Rihanna’s lackluster comeback. I hadn’t planned on devoting this much time to an awards show I typically have no interest in, but as I directed my cursor to Google News, I was soon informed that trouble was afoot.
 
Adam Lambert, runner-up of last season’s American Idol (and the only contestant …

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I realized that I told a lie last week.

When I said I only watch four television shows, I realized I left one out. This one is quite possibly the most embarrassing (which is why I probably “forgot” to mention it) and I’m hesitant to admit it, but I am a loyal viewer of America’s Next Top Model.

Yes, I know it’s awful. I know that Tyra Banks just loves hearing herself talk and that’s why the show exists. And I am well aware that the show causes

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A good friend betrayed me on Sunday. Someone I thought I could trust, but apparently not anymore.

That’s right, I was let down by ABC’s Brothers & Sisters.

How did this happen, you might ask, and why am I taking it so seriously? Well without going into too much detail, one of the characters on the show discovered that she is pregnant.

Now you might still be wondering why this is so devastating. It is because I currently watch four television shows regularly –  Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, …

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Several weeks ago, Britney Spears unveiled her latest single, “3;” which, incidentally, became her third number one hit in the US. An unabashed Britney fan, I enjoyed this piece of unapologetic electro-pop in the vein of Kylie Minogue or Lady GaGa.

But upon first hearing the song, I experienced an emotion that I thought had died long ago: Shock. More surprisingly, I seem to be the only one who actually found the song scandalous.
If you haven’t heard the song yet, it can be summed up in one word: …

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As this rather dull season of Project Runway winds down, I’ve noticed something about this group of designers: there’s no one I particularly dislike. Don’t get me wrong, I think the remaining males on the show are incredibly untalented when compared to the females (how is Christopher even on the show still?); but no one this season has elicited the kind of reaction that Kenley did for me in season 5, or Vincent in season 3.

 

The weeks continue to chug along and the eliminations continue to be …

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Monday marked the eleventh anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death, the young man who was brutally beaten and left for dead in Laramie, Wyoming because he was gay.
 
Since Matthew’s death, his mother and countless others have lobbied Congress to pass hate crimes legislation that extends protections to sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability; and it finally looks like it will head to Obama’s desk in the next week or two (despite Republican outcry that it will imprison people for their homophobic thoughts).
 
Shortly after his murder, …

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This weekend is the National Equality March in Washington, DC. And although I am a resident of the District, I will sadly be unable to participate. The March will be the first, widespread LGBTQ rights march to descend on the Capitol since 2000, and based on previous numbers (in 1993 and 2000), organizers are expecting around 500,000 people to attend.
 
Plans to march on Washington were first announced immediately following the 2008 election and the passage of Prop 8 in California. In fact, I was fortunate enough to …

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The long-awaited, Diablo Cody-penned horror flick, Jennifer’s Body, opened two weeks ago; but despite the promise of Megan Fox engaging in a little girl-on-girl action, the film has not performed so well at the box office.
 
In the weeks leading up to the release, co-stars Fox and Amanda Seyfried appeared on numerous talk shows, magazine covers, and gossip websites promoting the film. And although a few interviewers inquired about the movie’s plot, most had only one question on their mind: What was it like to kiss each …

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The ultra-conservative Family Research Council held its 2009 Value Voters Summit over the weekend, and it was the event of the season for homophobic, racist, and sexist activists. The event has actually been garnering a lot of attention for its session, “The New Masculinity,” a workshop dedicated to affirming heteronormativity and debunking feminism. The news media woke up when Senator Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) chief of staff, Michael Schwartz, stood up and claimed that “all pornography is homosexual pornography.
 
Mr. Schwartz’s comment is completely ridiculous and unfounded; …

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*Spoiler Alert*

Throughout this season of True Blood, I have loved the main villain who has taken up residence in Bon Temps, Louisiana: Maryann Forrester.

Maryann, we learn, is not a vampire but a maenad; a follower of the Greek god Dionysus and feeds off the sexual energy of humans. Week after week,Maryann has worked the townspeople into drunken orgies and seemingly drawn her strength from the sexual energy they radiate. In the finale, Maryann will attempts to summon Dionysus to Bon Temps and offer herself to …

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Last week, after months of waiting, Chris Brown was finally sentenced to five years probation and 1,400 hours of community labor for beating-up Rihanna in February. Since his sentencing, Brown has issued public apologies, his mother has come out in defense of him, and he appeared on Larry King Live; where he told Larry he didn’t remember the night in question (which he now denies).
 
So why am I still angry?
 
I don’t know what I expected to happen when he went to …

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The lineup for next season’s Dancing With the Stars was recently announced and my heart skipped a beat with the inclusion of a certain “star.”
 
No, not Tom Delay; it was none other than Clarissa Explains it All and Sabrina the Teenage Witch actress, Melissa Joan Hart. Then my heart fell as I recalled the recent falling out I had with Melissa.
 
Since I was very young, I followed Melissa’s career. Series finale of Sabrina? I was there. ABC Family’s Holiday in Handcuffs, costarring …

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This week saw the release of yet another celebrity sex tape. This time those involved are Grey’s Anatomy star, Eric Dane, his wife Rebecca Gayheart, and former Miss Teen USA 2002, Kari Ann Paniche.
 
I’ve yet to see the video but I hear that it is, frankly, quite boring.
I’ve never understood the reason why and how people leak these tapes. I remember being a teenager in the late-90s when the Pamela Anderson-Tommy Lee sex tape hit the market and, being the first, it was shocking and truly

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I just got back from a week-long adventure to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Although not an over-the-top Disney enthusiast in any regard, I do enjoy the theme parks and like to make a trip to one every few years (although my favorite is Disneyland in Anaheim).
 
For the better part of my adult life, I have been fairly oblivious to the Disney-based phenomenons that have been borne out of the animated movies. I had no idea that Tinker Bell was suddenly the greatest character of all time, …

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The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) just released its third annual “Network Responsibility Index,” a report examining the prevalence of LGBTQ characters on TV. What GLAAD had to say was mixed: they praised HBO, Showtime, and ABC for its abundance of LGBTQ characters; while at the same time condemning NBC, CBS, A&E, and SyFy (formerly Sci Fi) for its lack of diversity.

GLAAD also made sure to point out that, overall, most LGBTQ characters on TV lacked any racial or ethnic diversity.

While GLAAD and …

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Like millions of others last week, I saw Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opening day (not the midnight showing, mind you).
 
Although I regretfully partake in the Twilight series fandom, I legitimately like Harry Potter. To use a term coined by my best friend, Alice, I am a Dumbledork. I’ve read every book at least three times and have seen each film opening day. I may not dress up and wait in line for each new book or movie, but I have spent countless hours discussing …

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Over the weekend I had the chance to see Sacha Baron Cohen’s new film, Bruno. As I worried about several weeks ago following the Eminem publicity stunt, I wasn’t sure if Cohen’s character would come off as offensive or hilarious. But after sitting through the film alongside a full house (many of whom were gay couples), I can honestly say that I found the film more humorous than hateful.
 

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Britney Spears was schooled last week on what a real media circus looks like when the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, died only days before he was to launch his first concert tour in over ten years. Since then, CNN has unofficially rebranded itself as the “24-hour Jackson News Network.” Celebrities have been fighting to release the most heartfelt and sentimental statement on his death. And the public memorial has been the most sought after ticket since, well, Michael Jackson’s planned concert tour.
 
As the universal grieving begins …

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Similar to my feelings regarding Ann Coulter, I don’t enjoy writing about Perez Hilton. Although they are on opposite ends of the political spectrum, I believe they both have practically the same amount of cultural relevance (none) and both will do anything to see their name in the papers.
 
But 2009 is turning into Perez’s year of infamy, so what are you going to do?
After the scandal with Miss California earlier in the year when they sparred over same-sex marriage, Perez again grabbed headlines after a physical …

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Will & Grace co-creator, Max Mutchnick wrote an op-ed for “The Huffington Post” last week lamenting the current state of gay Pride. Actually, the point of the article was to wonder why the LGBTQ rights movement has yet to see a strong visible leader rise to the top of our ranks, a la Martin Luther King, Jr. or Gloria Steinem. But before arguing that Barack Obama should be the gays’ lord and savior, Mutchnick took some time to decry those members of the LGBTQ community that he deems unfit …

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding writer and star, Nia Vardalos, recently told CNN that she found it insulting and upsetting that Hollywood has no problem casting “fat” actors alongside beautiful co-stars; but berated her when she was cast alongside John Corbett in Wedding, being ridiculed by the press for being an unrealistic pairing.
 
Vardalos is humming an old tune but it is one that warrants repeating.
Since the start of the new millennium, Hollywood has cultivated a new type of romantic comedy: pairing fat and often older …

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Sunday marked the 18th anniversary of the MTV Movie Awards.
 
Yeah, I didn’t realize it was on either.
 
Recapping the night’s winners: Twilight. Twilight pretty much swept and won everything, thereby cementing its place as the most destructive force currently pervading pop culture.
 
But Twilight’s path of moral destruction was actually the least interesting part of the night. The title of most entertaining actually went to Sacha Baron Cohen’s all-to-brief appearance in character as Bruno, a flamboyantly gay Austrian reporter. During …

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Much to the surprise of no one, Lady GaGa confirmed her bisexuality in the latest issue of Rolling Stone. This is only after, of course, she hinted that her hit song, “Poker Face,” is actually about being attracted to women and confusing the men around her.
 
While I do love and admire GaGa, I can’t help but think that this publicity hound is just now opening up about her sexual orientation in an attempt to generate headlines and controversy.
 
Only, note to GaGa: Bisexuality is …

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For seven years, I resisted the lure of American Idol. I might enjoy Kelly Clarkson – even seen the film, From Justin to Kelly, when it opened in theatres – but otherwise, I have remained strictly anti-Idol (well, except for Australian Idol, which I was obsessed with).
 
Then Adam Lambert came along.
 
As Simon Cowell repeatedly stated, Adam is one of the most talented contestants to grace television screens in recent memory. So, with my roommates’ encouragement (and pressure), I began tuning in each …

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Last week I went to go see the latest Star Trek film. Although never much of a Trekkie myself, I thought the new film looked entertaining and happily accompanied a geeky friend to a late night showing. And all-in-all it was a spectacular relaunch of the 40-year-old franchise.
 
Before I went to see the movie, I found out that Winona Ryder was in the film and grew very excited to see her onscreen again after a multi-year absence. However, imagine my surprise to discover that this two-time Academy …

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Last week the tabloid, Globe, outed Marie Osmond’s daughter as a lesbian. In addition to the revelation, Globe reported that Marie was distraught since she had been a staunch supporter of Prop 8 in California (banning same-sex marriage). With rumors swirling, the well-known Mormon called Los Angeles radio station, KOST 103.5 FM, to set the story straight. Yes, she confirmed in so many words, her daughter is gay – but she feels nothing but love and support for her. Additionally, she refuted Globe’s claims that she was against

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My favorite show on television right now is Brothers & Sisters. Perhaps as an only child from Kansas, I enjoy living vicariously through this large, fictional family in California; but I simply can’t get enough of the Walker clan and their weekly drama.
 
One of the main selling points of the show when I first started watching was its complex gay storylines. Whereas Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy have played coy with their queer characters, Brothers & Sisters had several of the most fully-realized, and very sexual, …

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So the internet was buzzing this past week over Amazon’s apparent discrimination against the LGBTQ community (as well as feminists, rape survivors, and some erotic writers). In case you weren’t paying attention: Amazon.com instigated a policy that would remove all "adult" content from coming up in its search catalogue (without giving customers a say in whether or not they wanted to view said content). Somewhere along the line, it was discovered that Amazon classified any and all LGBTQ, feminist, and sex positive literature as adult/inappropriate, thereby removing it from its lists. …

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Over the last few months, I have found myself growing fond of rocker John Mayer.
I’ve never really cared for his music, but I never disliked it either. However, since he cut his oily locks and began posting pictures of himself in skimpy outfits, my heart has started pounding every time I see a John Mayer post on ONTD. And his ongoing flirtation with male fans, hinting at his supposed bisexuality, doesn’t hurt either.
 
John has been in the press a lot recently because of his break-up …

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No one was surprised when Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s marriage came to an end last year. Rumors had been circulating for months and the couple rarely spent anytime together in public, so when the divorce papers were finally signed in December, the world heaved a collective sigh of, “Big surprise!”
 
Since the divorce, the couple have gone their separate ways and both been spotted with countless numbers of partners. Madonna, naturally, has stirred up the most publicity with her apparent newfound boy toy, 22-year-old model, Jesus Luz – …

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Bloggers, talk show hosts, and journalists have been having a field day with the unfolding Chris Brown-Rihanna tragedy. It was just over a month ago that Rihanna and Chris abruptly cancelled their appearance at the 2009 Grammy Awards, and the following weeks have seen a media circus breakout over a did-he-or-didn’t-he back and forth between Chris Brown’s and Rihanna’s representatives.
 
Somewhere out there Britney Spears is resting peacefully for the first time in years.
 
The alleged domestic row between Brown and Rihanna has worked the media into …

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Jennifer Aniston recently made waves by posing fully nude – with the exception of a well-placed necktie – on the cover of the men’s magazine, GQ. Weeks after GQ’s publication, Playboy-playboy Hugh Hefner admitted that Aniston turned down his $4 million offer to pose for Playboy – and again turned it down when he increased the sum to $10 million.
 
Aniston joins a long line of celebrities – including Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan, and Christina Aguilera – who have posed nude for the likes of …

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Over the weekend, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was held in Washington, DC. This is that special time when conservatives descend on the overwhelmingly liberal District of Columbia and ask themselves why they keep losing elections. A poll was even conducted among attendees to get a feel for who conservatives are looking towards to run in the 2012 Presidential election (former Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney, led the list of potential nominees).
 
Most interestingly about the Conference, however, was the not-so-hidden power struggle between Republican Party chairman, Michael …

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After what seemed like years of celebrating the films that came out in 2008, the awards season finally concluded this past Sunday with the 81st Annual Academy Awards. And while few were surprised that Slumdog Millionaire won eight out of ten of the awards it was nominated for (including Best Picture); the LGBTQ community heralded Milk’s success, winning both Best Actor (Sean Penn) and Best Original Screenplay (Dustin Lance Black).
 

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 The internet has been abuzz with rumors recently that Neil Patrick Harris is in the running to star in the upcoming feature film version of the popular comic book, The Flash. While the announcement of yet another comic book caper being adapted for the big screen is hardly news nowadays, Harris’ possible involvement is.

 
Although I’m a bit young to remember his humble beginnings, Neil Patrick Harris got his start on the popular TV show, Doogie Howser, M.D. After the series ended, Harris faded into relative obscurity, …

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Britney Spears has spent the last few months successfully reclaiming her title as the “Queen of Pop.” Her comeback single, “Womanizer,” hit number one on the US Billboard charts, her second since her debut in 1998, “…Baby One More Time.” And recently her album, Circus, was certified platinum and has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide. With the release of her third single off the album, however, Britney has proven that not only is she still able to peddle records and sell out concerts, she is just as adept …

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British songstress, Lily Allen, recently gave an interview to UK-based magazine, GT, in which she professed her hatred of celebrity blogger, Perez Hilton. When asked about Perez (whom has repeatedly bashed Allen on his site), she says, “[A]s a gay man [he] should be championing young girls that are going out there and doing their own thing and not slamming them for owning their sexuality and calling them sluts…. He’s a woman hater.”
 
Allen’s comments, juxtaposed with the thirty-sixth anniversary of Roe v. Wade, got …

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Last week, Ann Coulter cried foul when she was bumped from her scheduled appearance on the Today show. Borrowing a line from Kathy Griffin, Coulter claimed that she had been banned for life by the show’s producers because of her politics. Sadly, we weren’t so lucky and Coulter appeared the following morning, trading verbal jabs with Matt Lauer as she promoted her new book and herself.
 
What’s interesting is that despite lambasting the “liberal” media bias at every chance she gets, it is more often than not …

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Last year, my roommates and I got caught up with Sci Fi Channel’s Battlestar Galactica. The reimagined series has been receiving praise and accolades since its inception five years ago, so we decided to investigate the series for ourselves. And we were immediately hooked!
 
Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Battlestar Galactica?! My god you’re a nerd! Didn’t you just write about The X-Files?” Well, you’re right; and I make no effort to hide my geekiness from the world.
 
Battlestar has been such an …

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My roommate Ali and I are constantly arguing over the sexual orientations of various Hollywood actors. I take it upon myself to inform her of which men have been caught with their pants down, literally, with members of the same-sex. Ali, however, vehemently decries my ongoing attempts to “out” previously straight Hollywood icons. From John Travolta and Kevin Spacey, to Zac Efron and Will Smith, Ali is the perennial skeptic.
 
It’s not that Ali is homophobic or lives in a perpetually heteronormative mindset – quite the contrary, in …

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Since 1996, I have been an avid fan of The X-Files.
 
Since the first feature film, The X-Files: Fight the Future, was released ten years ago, millions of X-Philes, including myself, have been waiting patiently for a big screen follow-up to our beloved series. And on July 25, 2008, six years after the series ended, our prayers were finally answered.
 
The X-Files: I Want to Believe came out on DVD on December 2nd and even though I had seen the movie in theatres, I …

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On Thanksgiving eve I had the opportunity to see Milk.
 
Already well-versed in Harvey Milk lore, I went into the theatre not sure what to expect. Director Gus Van Sant has made a career out of making disturbing, nonsensical queer-themed films, and I was somewhat concerned that Milk would follow in the footsteps of My Own Private Idaho and Elephant. Instead, Van Sant crafted an incredibly moving film exploring the life of the first openly gay man elected to public office and his subsequent assassination in …

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After a brief hiatus while she was in rehab, the paparazzi came back with a vengeance with the hopes of catching Lindsay Lohan engaging in some girl-on-girl action.
 
Rumors that LiLo has been dating DJ Samantha Ronson had been circulating for months. And after photos of the happy couple together graced every magazine cover, Lindsay finally acknowledged her relationship in a radio interview.
 
“You and Sam have been together how long?” DJ Ted Stryker inquired. “For a very long time,” Lindsay replied coyly. And with those

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*Spoilers alert*
 
Throughout the year as I frequented my Hollywood gossip websites, I kept reading about this upcoming film, Twilight, based off Stephenie Meyer’s popular series of books. I didn’t pay much mind to the hype, but as the year wore on, more and more of my friends came out of the woodwork as closeted Twilight fans. So after months of resisting the temptation, I gave in and read Ms. Meyer’s entire series in a matter of days.
 
Never have I found a series so compelling, …

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Miley Cyrus’ quest for world domination is moving at a rapid pace. She continues to churn out hit songs; she is currently filming a movie adaptation of her popular Disney Channel show, Hannah Montana; and her private life is regularly headline news.
 
Despite Miley’s overwhelming success and stardom, she maintains her down-to-earth image by partaking in teenage activities like any other recently-turned-sixteen-year-old. Most recently she shut down Disneyland to hold a private birthday bash – attended by 5,000 of her closest friends who shelled out $250 a …

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Ten years ago, the pop music scene looked very different.

The Spice Girls brought their own brand of “girl power” to the US; and with them, pop hit the mainstream in a way that hadn’t been seen since the 1980s. Backstreet Boys’ and ‘N Sync’s takeover of the airwaves had officially begun, churning out hit after hit. And Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera were gyrating their way to the top.

It’s now 2008 and Britney and Christina are still up to their old tricks (and still taking cues from …