With the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and dismiss Proposition 8, Wednesday is a big day for the advancement of gay rights in this country. But you probably already know that — at least, you do if you've checked your Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Vine at all today.
Your friends and relatives aren't the only ones flocking to social media to share their joy on this momentous day. Many celebrities — from President Obama himself to Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, and more — are also chiming in on Twitter with their thoughts on the SCOTUS rulings. Here are some celebratory celebrity tweets:
Today's DOMA ruling is a historic step forward for #MarriageEquality. #LoveIsLove
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 26, 2013
DOMA and Prop 8 should get married.
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) June 26, 2013
Hurray for all Americans and good riddance to DOMA. It's a new day. A happy day.
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) June 26, 2013
I never dreamed I would see this day. The whole world has changed for us all. I can't believe it!! #DOMA #Equality
— Andy Cohen (@BravoAndy) June 26, 2013
Big day for some of my good friends and for The US !! @jessetyler @JustinMikita @DRVW11 @JewdyGold @buckhollywood
— Melissa Joan Hart (@MelissaJoanHart) June 26, 2013
Woke up to the news of DOMA being struck down. Don't care that it's cold and raining in Portland, it's a beautiful day.
— Carrie Brownstein (@Carrie_Rachel) June 26, 2013
AND no standing on #prop8?? Same sex marriage is legal in california! I better be getting some wedding invites... #whatdoiwear?
— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) June 26, 2013
This is truly an historic day. Never before & never again will so many men be this excited about getting married. #Scotus
— Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) June 26, 2013
Went to bed depressed woke up to find DOMA overturned, Prop 8 defeated and the bill in Texas didn't pass. I should sleep more!
— Gillian Jacobs (@GillianJacobs) June 26, 2013
Great news, I just married my cat.
— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) June 26, 2013
"DOMA arigato, Mr. Roboto" --from tmbg fb page
— They Might Be Giants (@tmbg) June 26, 2013
I want to french Justice Kennedy SO hard right now.
— Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof) June 26, 2013
No one be shocked if I get married and pregnant with a daughter today in a slightly premature fit of joy #americathebeautiful
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 26, 2013
.@daxshepard1 will you marry me? Xo #marriageequality #loveislove”
— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) June 26, 2013
Big news from the Supreme Court. Goodbye #DOMA #Prop8. Hello #equality.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) June 26, 2013
Down w DOMA! Something to be very proud of this upcoming July 4th. We are making beautiful progress for Equality! #proud
— Adam Lambert (@adamlambert) June 26, 2013
If you're gay married in California your gay marriage is now legal. Good. #allmarriageisabitgay
— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) June 26, 2013
I am standing on the right side of history. I stand with @HRC for marriage equality. #SCOTUS #time4marriage http://t.co/3cSE5e0nwK
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) June 26, 2013
A big day for equality and human rights. I'm smiling so big right now.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 26, 2013
Victory for marriage in California as #Prop8 is struck down. Small but substantial steps toward #MarriageEquality for all!
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) June 26, 2013
DOMA-it-just-lost-O Mr. Roboto! So, so happy for Edie, et al.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) June 26, 2013
Gay, straight, lesbian, bi.. No one is better than any one else. What an incredible day for California AND for equality.
— demetria lovato (@ddlovato) June 26, 2013
Thank you to the plaintiffs, the lawyers David Boies and Ted Olsen, to Rob Reiner, Chad and all organizations who made this happen & SCOTUS!
— Official Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) June 26, 2013
#PROP8 IS GONE! #DOMA IS GONE! #SCOTUS #LoveIsLove
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) June 26, 2013
Remember where you are today, history is made...supreme court Strikes down DOMA!
— Melissa Etheridge (@speak_true) June 26, 2013
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Less than an hour ago, news broke that five-time Grammy winner, Donna Summer, died this morning from cancer, at the age of 63. Obviously, this is a tragic loss for the music community given the singer's global impact on the world, and already Hollywood celebs have taken to Twitter to express their condolences. Take a look at all of the heartfelt messages below, which show that although the singing legend may be gone — she'll not soon be forgotten. RIP Donna. You will be missed!
Neil Patrick Harris: "Donna Summer passed away today. Same day as Jim Henson, 22 years ago." - @ActuallyNPH
La Toya Jackson: "My condolence to #Donna Summer's family & love ones. She will be terribly missed. She was truly the #Disco Queen!" - @LaToyaJackson
Gloria Estefan: "Few singers have impacted music & the world like Donna Summer! It's the end of an era. Peace & prayers 2 all who loved her. I will miss her!" - @GloriaEstefan
Madonna: "Rest in peace Donna Summer." - @MadonnaWolrd
Mario Lopez: "R.I.P Donna Summer...I remember roller skating to hits like "Last Dance" "Hot Stuff" & "Bad Girls." Synonymous with the 70's.. #QueenOfDisco" - @MarioLopezExtra
Billy Ray Cyrus: "R I P #Donna Summer LEGEND !!! Your music will live forever." - @BillyRayCyrus
Nigel Lythgoe: "One of my favorite singers of all time, Donna Summer, is dead. She defined dance music in the 70's and had a wonderful voice and personality" - @dizzyfeet
Kerry Washington: "Wow...RIP." - @KerryWashington
Glee's Amber Riley: "Omg :( RT @PerezHilton: Disco legend #DonnaSummer has died!" - @MsAmberPRiley
Alyssa Milano: "I used to do interpretative dance in my living room to Donna Summer's music when I was a little girl. Rest in peace." - @Alyssa_Milano
Jennifer Coolidge: "She worked hard for the money. So hard for it, honey. RIP Donna Summer." - @JenCoolidge
RuPaul's Drag Race: "Donna Summer, your last dance with remain in our hearts forever." - @RuPaulsDragRace
Blue's musician Sean Costello: "This song is going to come up all day on your Twitter feed. And it should. It's amazing. R.I.P. Donna Summer." - @valhalladsp
Singer Amy Grant: "From Team Amy -- we just heard the news of Donna Summer's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family." - @AmyGrant
Timbaland: "this cant be tru....i cant believe this RIP Donna Summer. at a lost 4words." - @Timbaland
Adam Shankman: "Sleep sweetly eternally my Amazing Donna Summer! Tonight, after my prayers, I will dance the last dance and think of you. Xoox." - @AdamMShankman
Boyz II Men: "It's unfortunate that we have to say goodbye to another amazing talent. Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, our condolences to her family!" - @BoyzIIMen
Niecy Nash: "RIP Donna Summer." - @NiecyNash
Donna Summer, Music Legend, Dies at 63: Report
Last year director Garry Marshall hit upon a devilishly canny approach to the romantic comedy. A more polished refinement of Hal Needham’s experimental Cannonball Run method it called for assembling a gaggle of famous faces from across the demographic spectrum and pairing them with a shallow day-in-the-life narrative packed with gobs of gooey sentiment. A cynical strategy to be sure but one that paid handsome dividends: Valentine’s Day earned over $56 million in its opening weekend surpassing even the rosiest of forecasts. Buoyed by the success Marshall and his screenwriter Katherine Fugate hastily retreated to the bowels of Hades to apply their lucrative formula to another holiday historically steeped in romantic significance and New Year’s Eve was born.
Set in Manhattan on the last day of the year New Year’s Eve crams together a dozen or so canned scenarios into one bloated barely coherent mass of cliches. As before Marshall’s recruited an impressive ensemble of minions to do his unholy bidding including Oscar winners Hilary Swank Halle Berry and Robert De Niro the latter luxuriating in a role that didn’t require him to get out of bed. High School Musical’s Zac Efron is paired up with ‘80s icon Michelle Pfeiffer – giving teenage girls and their fathers something to bond over – while Glee’s Lea Michele meets cute with a pajama-clad Ashton Kutcher. There’s Katherine Heigl in a familiar jilted-fiance role Sarah Jessica Parker as a fretful single mom and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as the most laid-back cop in New York. Sofia Vergara and Hector Elizondo mine for cheap laughs with thick accents – his fake and hers real – and Jessica Biel and Josh Duhamel deftly mix beauty with blandness. Fans of awful music will delight in the sounds of Jon Bon Jovi straining against type to play a relevant pop musician.
The task of interweaving the various storylines is too great for Marshall and New Year’s Eve bears the distinct scent and stain of an editing-room bloodbath with plot holes so gaping that not even the brightest of celebrity smiles can obscure them. But that’s not the point – it never was. You should know better than to expect logic from a film that portrays 24-year-old Efron and 46-year-old Parker as brother-and-sister without bothering to explain how such an apparent scientific miracle might have come to pass. Marshall wagers that by the time the ball drops and the film’s last melodramatic sequence has ended prior transgressions will be absolved and moviegoers will be content to bask in New Year's Eve's artificial glow. The gambit worked for Valentine's Day; this time he may not be so fortunate.
According to The New York Times, five years into the uneasy reign of chairman Brad Grey, Paramount is at long last catching a moment in the sun. In the interview, the executive weighs in on his greatest mistakes and achievements and a possible new tentpole from J.J. Abrams.
"Yes, it will be our biggest," Grey tells the Times of the profit potential in the fourth quarter. Home entertainment revenue is up, ticket sales have been strong (see Paranormal Activity) and costs have dropped as Grey pushed Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island into next year to focus on Jason Reitman's Up in the Air and on the December introduction of Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones, a film that will not get its big-budget marketing push until January.
Since taking charge of the studio from Sherry Lansing in January 2005, Grey has attracted attention, critical and otherwise, about his bid for prominence in the movie industry, after years spent mostly in television, the NYT notes.
Last week, Grey spoke to the Times in a far-ranging, if cautious, conversation about both his tenure and his plans for Paramount.
"I'm passionate about Paramount, I'm passionate about my colleagues here," Grey intoned. The job cuts, he said, have largely stopped. In a creative group now headed by Adam Goodman, Grey insists the turmoil is over.
Asked to describe his greatest mistake while at Paramount, Grey at first deflected the question, then said that it lay with his hiring decisions. "Putting a team together that had time to jell was more challenging than I thought."
As for achievements, Grey is proud to have whittled Paramount's release schedule to what he believes will be a profitable core of about 16 films a year.
That film count is down from a peak of 22 two years ago when Grey had aggressively expanded production. This year, Paramount will have released just 14 movies, and a handful of remaining Vantage films.
That's fewer than any of its major competitors while the studio is second only to Warner Bros. in the box-office race, with almost $1.5 billion in domestic ticket sales, to $1.9 billion for Warner, which has twice as many pictures.
Pali Capital analyst Richard Greenfield calls all of this a good start. "It's still a studio in transition," he told the NYT.
"They're now gaining some momentum in finding their own franchises," said Greenfield. As to whether the good times can be sustained, Greenfield said "that can't be answered today," though he added: "They're in a far, far better position than they were."
Overall, the idea is to pick winners and to do so without relying heavily on the kind of outside investors and other risk-sharing mechanisms that were common before the capital markets seized.
In finding those hits -- and avoiding misses, like The Love Guru or The Soloist -- Grey's staff will be increasingly on its own: Films from the DreamWorks slate are nearly played out and Marvel, though it still owes Paramount five movies, is now owned by Disney.
But, said Grey, the profit potential from successes that are produced and owned entirely by Paramount is vastly higher than that from films that are distributed for a fee. "We want that exponential profit," he said.
There will be sequels, Grey said, to both Paranormal Activity and G.I. Joe.
The studio also recently moved to create a micro-budget division that will become a kind of research and development arm.
On another front, Paramount is expected as early as this week to extend a trial period under which it has made films available to Redbox, even as several other studios have avoided dealing with the service.
Grey also told the Times there is a possibility that J. J. Abrams could direct another yet-to-be-announced tentpole before the arrival of Star Trek 2 and Mission: Impossible IV.
On Friday, a California judge dismissed drug charges against actor Robert Downey Jr. and ended his probation, The Associated Press reports. Downey pleaded no contest to cocaine possession and being under the influence last July and was sentenced to a year at a live-in rehabilitation center and three years' probation. But Downey has stayed clean and sober for 14 months now, prompting Riverside County Superior Court Judge Randall D. White to deny the district attorney office's request to extend the actor's probation for another six months. Downey's attorney said his client was "absolutely ecstatic and very optimistic he'll be able to stay sober and get movie parts again."
A new biography on Nicole Kidman claims the actress has had three great loves in her life: Hollywood heartthrob Tom Cruise, Australian actor Tom Burlinson and a third, who remains a highly guarded secret. According to Australia's The Sunday Telegraph, the book, titled Nicole Kidman, The Biography, speculates the mystery man could be one of two boyfriends from her teen years, including a surfer and carpenter named Doug.
Charlie Sheen has put his four-bedroom, 6,000-square-foot Malibu Lake, Calif., home on the market for $3.6 million--$1 million less than the listing price he sought a year ago--the Los Angeles Times reports. Dubbed "the ultimate bachelor pad," the property boasts a poker room, a cigar room, a fire pole that descends from the closet in the master suite to the front entrance and a guest house converted into an "aqua room" with walls of saltwater aquariums. Sheen reportedly spent 10 years redesigning the house but is now looking for a different kind of home with his new wife, Denise Richards.
Veteran actor Mickey Rourke and Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale have reportedly joined the cast of the British gangster flick Red Light Runners, Ananova.com reports. The all-star cast already includes Harvey Keitel and Dennis Hopper. Runners' writer and producer, Clark Westerman, also revealed plans to insert a dead celebrity into one scene using special effects, but he wouldn't say who. Rossdale will also contribute to the film's soundtrack.
Adam Sandler will executive produce Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, a comedy about a 30-something washed-up child actor who hires a foster family to re-create the childhood he never had. David Spade will star with Charmed actress Alyssa Milano playing his love interest. The project will be directed by What's the Worst That Could Happen?'s Sam Weisman.
Bernie Mac turned down Damon Wayans' plea for help in the Wednesday night sitcom face-off, the AP reports. "Wherever I am, I have to play. I have to put on a good show," Mac said. "That's not my fight." Wayans recently expressed concern over Fox's decision to move The Bernie Mac Show opposite Wayans' My Wife and Kids at 8 p.m. on ABC Wednesday nights. Mac believes there is room for both shows at the same time because they attract different audiences.
Conan O'Brien is close to signing a deal to serve as master of ceremonies for the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards show this fall, Reuters reports. O'Brien is expected to be formally announced as host next Tuesday, with NBC set to broadcast the Emmys live on Sept. 22 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
While O'Brien will be busy emceeing the Emmys, Saturday Night Live star Jimmy Fallon will be hosting the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 29, Variety reports. Fallon, who co-anchors SNL's Weekend Update newscast with Tina Fey, will host the show solo. Jamie Foxx hosted last year's VMAs.