Actor/singer John Barrowman has defended his controversial performance at the 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland where he took a stand for gay marriage by kissing a man on camera. The openly gay star made a public statement in front of a global audience of millions on Wednesday night (23Jul14) by planting a smooch on the lips of a male dancer during the show's opening number.
The kiss, which hit headlines around the world, took place during a segment dedicated to Gretna Green, a village in Scotland famous for hosting runaway weddings, and the two men were surrounded by pairs of male and female dancers with the women wearing bridal veils.
Barrowman has now revealed his stunt led to a volley of criticism on Twitter.com, and he has retweeted a number of the nasty comments on his own page.
In a series of posts on the social networking website, Barrowman hit back at his critics, writing, "I am retwtin (retweeting) the neg (negative) because I want u (sic) all to see how bitter and nasty and neg (sic) some people r (are)... I am so happy right now... I'm Scottish and u (sic) can never take that away no matter what your politics are. Bitterness makes u ugly and old very fast (sic)... happy... I don't care (what they are saying)."
Michael Jackson's mother Katherine hated it when he made his children hide behind masks in public and vowed to ditch the bizarre accessories when she was asked to help raise the youngsters after the King of Pop's death. Jackson famously put veils over the faces of sons Prince and Blanket and daughter Paris whenever they were out and about to ensure no one knew what they looked like.
His mother insists her son was only trying to protect the kids from the glare of publicity, but since his death the children have often been seen in public without the face coverings after Katherine vowed to let the youngsters lead a normal life.
She tells Hello! magazine, "They were sheltered a lot when Michael raised them. I had thought about it and I said, 'I am not going to raise them like that.' I didn't like the way it looked anyway, but Michael had a good reason. He kept their faces veiled so nobody would know what they looked like and they could play like normal kids. He was trying to protect them."
Jackson died from an accidental overdose of anaesthetic in June, 2009, and Katherine has since assumed shared legal guardianship of Prince, 16, Paris, 15, and 11 year old Blanket.
After a rough start (jail questioning is really rough after a night of watching your ex-boyfriend get married, you guys. Not that I have any experience in either scenario that whatsoever. Nope no way!) for Dr. Mindy Lahiri's life-makeover quest, things continue to get tougher. But she's working through it, one day at a time!
Mindy wants control, you see! She wants to take on a more active role in her work environment--really be the partner she wants to be. No doubt success at work will beget success at home. This is all well and great, except that Dr. Danny Castellano (Danny Castellano is one of those names you can't just shorten to "Danny," right?) has taken serious issue with how many Mindy-types he can handle in one office. She will just hire an army of Bridget Joneses, you see. So when it comes time to hire a new nurse to replace soon-to-be-fired Beverly, things get a little...harried.
But luckily, Mindy's had a cute date with a boy she met at a bookstore (played by the oh-so-charming Seth Meyers), so at least her love life isn't getting her down. Nothing can kill a gal's spirits after a real-life You've Got Mail moment, right?
So what lessons of love have we learned this week? Here are the dating Dos and Don'ts according to The Mindy Project this week.
1.) Do Go to Bookstores to Meet Cute Guys: You never know where your long-lost Tom Hanks could be waiting for you. Plus books are things smart people like.
2.) Don't Be Afraid to Take Pictures: That's what hair veils are for. Plus it totally looks vintage.
3.) Do Have Pluck: Outside from being just a really funny, old-timey word, having pluck means you're in charge! Men love a woman in charge!
4.) Don't Miss An Opportunity to Play Hostess: Men love a lady who know that people can't get enough of chocolate fountains and snacks.
5.) Do Watch Dateline Specials Before Your Dates: They should really bring back Stone Phillips. The man had great dating advice. Oh, and tips from To Catch a Predator are also great at weeding out regular creeps. Chris Hansen is such a beacon of truth. Time to up your game, Lester Holt!
6.) Don't EVER Pass Up An Architect: If you ever find one in real life that isn't just an imaginary person from a movie (it's sometimes tricky to tell the two apart, I know), scoop him up! You are well on your way to living the Nancy Meyers movie of your dreams that way.
7.) Do Wear That Power-Bustier!: A bold girl needs to make bold choices. Plus you'll look like a porno librarian.
8.) Do Take That Punch Like a Champ: A well-handled nosebleed is a sign of a powerful potential lifemate. Plus it gives you an opportunity to mix it up in the bedroom! (Missionary: bad for broken noses! Doggy Style: good for broken noses!)
9.) Don't Make Domestic Abuse Jokes About Someone in Public: Sorry, Mindy. According to you this one might be cool, but it's just a little too over the icky line for us. That said...
10.) Do Narrate The Lives of Other People on The Subway: I used to do this all the time when I lived in New York (just quietly in my head). It shows your creative spirit!
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The actress/model was raised in a conservative, Catholic family and dreamed of joining the sisterhood, even draping a towel over her head to pretend she was wearing a traditional habit.
However, her ambition was crushed after she visited the local parish convent and learned nuns are not allowed to have children.
In a column for the Chicago Sun-Times, McCarthy writes, "I was seven years old when the door to the convent opened and what followed altered my desire to be ordained as a nun forever. Standing before me was Sister Mary F. in a pair of jeans, a rock concert T-shirt and a really scary tight perm. My eyes bulged out of my head as I stared at her veil-less head. I thought veils were glued to the nuns' heads!
"I immediately burst into tears and hid behind my mom's legs in fear of witnessing any more of this harsh reality. Sister Mary F. then asked me the million-dollar question, 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' With absolute sincerity I replied, 'A nun... and a mom.' They all chuckled and I couldn't understand what was so funny. They then explained to me that nuns don't have children. My young brain envisioned nuns as women who were born without uteri. I knew in my soul that even though I wanted to go to heaven, I yearned to be a mom more than anything in the world. I ran over to my mom and tapped her on the leg and said, 'Mom, I don't want to be a nun anymore. I'll take my chances with hell and be Wonder Woman instead.'"
McCarthy went on to become a nude model for Playboy magazine and gave birth to her son, Evan Joseph, in May 2002.
In May (12) Berry was caught on camera hurling obscenities at photographers who were camped outside her daughter Nahla's Los Angeles school, and the incident prompted her to call for tighter restrictions on snappers.
And Anchorman star Applegate has now added her voice to the cause after a recent day in the park with her one-year-old daughter Sadie was spoiled by the paparazzi.
Venting her frustration on Twitter.com in a series of posts, she writes, "Just imagine for one second you having fun with ur (your) kid in the park and a bunch of a holes (a**holes) start surrounding you and freaking ur kid out (sic)... I want my daughter to live a normal life. I want her to feel free to be who she wants, so paparazzi stop taking pics of her! Enough! We need a law against this! Taking pics (pictures) of kids is sick!"
And the 40 year old admits she now sympathises with tragic star Michael Jackson's bizarre attempts to shield his three kids - Prince, Paris, and Blanket - from the public eye with masks and dark veils.
She tweeted, "It's times like these where I understand why Michael Jackson had his kids covered (so) they were able to be anonymous".
The happy couple shared its excitement with close friends and family at posh eatery Press Lounge just weeks before the pregnant Wedding Singer star is reportedly due to exchange vows with the art consultant next month (Jun12).
Barrymore's best pal and former Charlie's Angels co-star Cameron Diaz was on hand to lend her support to the bride-to-be, who concealed her baby bump in a blue maxi dress and black blazer.
The small bash capped off an exciting day for Barrymore - she was snapped trying on wedding veils at Suzanne Couture Millinery in Manhattan's Upper East Side with her future mother-in-law Coco on Friday afternoon and she later attended a pre-natal yoga class, according to UsMagazine.com.
This will be Barrymore's third marriage - she was wed to Los Angeles bar owner Jeremy Thomas for two months back in 1994 and she walked down the aisle with comedian Tom Green in July 2001 but they split later that year (01).
The actress has also celebrated her engagement to Kopelman on the West Coast - Charlie's Angeles producer Leonard Goldberg and his wife Wendy threw the beauty a small wedding shower in Los Angeles last month (Apr12).
Imitation might be the highest form of flattery, but that doesn't mean it's always appropriate. Earlier this week, designer Jean Paul Gaultier paid homage to Amy Winehouse's unique style at his Paris haute couture runway show. And while that sounds pretty nice on the surface, reports recently discovered that it was done without the family's consent and they are not happy about it. In fact, Amy's father, Mitch Winehouse, is now accusing the designer of using his daughter's image for profit.
Mr. Winehouse took to Twitter to talk about the injustice, writing, "We don't support the Jean Paul Galtier [sic] collection. It's in bad taste." He further vented his frustrations to The Sun, saying, "The family was upset to see those pictures. They were a total shock. We're still grieving for her loss, and we've had a difficult week with the six-month anniversary of Amy's death." Additionally, he stated, "To see her image lifted wholesale to sell clothes was a wrench we were not expecting or consulted on…We're proud of her influence on fashion but find black veils on models, smoking cigarettes with a barbershop quartet singing her music in bad taste."
Even Kelly Osbourne -- a close friend of the songstress -- wasn't too pleased about the whole thing either and tweeted, "Although @JPGaultier was paying homage to my friend & icon to the world, I found it to be lucratively selfish and distasteful." And she's right. It's nice that they wanted to pay tribute to a well-known artist, but they need to ask the family's permission first. Whatever the case, it does come across as very disrespectful and a way to earn more money.
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As quickly as it apparated into theaters, the Harry Potter franchise takes its final bow this weekend. Whether you count yourself a fan of the source material or not, the fact is that few other movie franchises have ever chronicled one singular story over the course of a decade. We’ve gotten to know Harry, Ron, and Hermione and watch them grow up in much the same fashion as the series itself has matured. But as much as we love our three heroes, the Potter universe is filled with bright stars whom you may not recognize under all that makeup and costuming. Here are a few of our favorites.
Quite possibly the most makeup-laden actor in the entire series, Fiennes plays the nasty, and oddly reptilian, Lord Voldemort. Fiennes does an amazing job bringing to life the most evil literary wizard since Saruman. The great thing about Fiennes’ involvement in this franchise is that he’s not really known as a genre guy. With memorable turns in Schindler’s List, Quiz Show, Red Dragon, and The Constant Gardener, Fiennes established himself as an adept dramatic actor. But recently he did play Hades in Clash of the Titans and he has just been signed on to the latest Bond film so hopefully there is a bright future in genre films for Fiennes. Let’s just pray we don’t get another Avengers out of the deal.
Coltrane is nearly unrecognizable buried under a massive beard and piles of giant hobo clothing but that is in fact him playing the lovable groundskeeper of Hogwarts. Coltrane is probably best known, outside of his Hagrid accoutrement, as Valentin Zukovsky, the Russian criminal who traded shots both conversationally and literally with Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond in Goldeneye and The World Is Not Enough. Coltrane also appeared as the enigmatic Matsui who gave Danny and his crew some nearly indecipherable advice in Ocean’s Twelve. I shudder to mention this, but he was also Mr. Hyde in 2004’s Van Helsing. Now, instead, he plays the one in charge of the monsters, and thank Dumbledore for that.
It’s never easy to replace an actor in a series who has passed away, especially if the robes you are filling belonged to Albus Dumbledore via Richard Harris. But luckily the producers of Harry Potter were no slouches when it came to judging talent. Michael Gambon, though mostly obscured by an epically long beard and a floppy wizard hat, has appeared in some utterly fantastic movies during his celebrated career; The Insider, Sleepy Hollow, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and voicing the sinister Bean for Fantastic Mr. Fox. But if you think he runs Hogwarts like a boss, check out his turn as gangster Eddie Temple in Layer Cake; magic.
Alan Rickman—Severus Snape
Despite his lack of a goatee and his being coiffed with that black, greasy hair, there is no mistaking Alan Rickman as the questionably villainous Severus Snape. The man has such an unmistakable voice, that he could be playing a robot with a bad case of depression and we’d still know it was him…as evidenced by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. No matter how many spells he casts or how many children will come to fear Snape, I will always think of him as the brilliant terrorist-turned-thief Hans Gruber from Die Hard. Ho, ho, ho.
Gary Oldman—Sirius Black
Adding Gary Oldman to this list has little to do with his Potter makeup, which is admittedly conservative, but rather the fact that it took me years to learn what the man actually looked like. He made a career out of throwing himself headlong into some wildly unique, often visually bizarre, characters; Sid Vicious, Dracula, a white Rastafarian, Beethoven, and Zorg from The Fifth Element just to name a few. It wasn’t until Air Force One that I finally got an idea of his genuine features. His already formidable filmography coupled with his outstanding work as Commissioner Gordon in the Batman revamps make him an impressive addition to this franchise.
Brendan Gleeson—Mad-Eye Moody
If you aren’t familiar with Brendan Gleeson, correct this at once. As Moody, He delivers both the magical punches and the grizzled insults, but this is a guy who shows up in more period films and epics than anyone in history. He can be found in the likes of Braveheart, Gangs of New York, Cold Mountain, Troy, Kingdom of Heaven, and Beowulf. Seriously, do not make this guy mad.
Helena Bonham Carter—Bellatrix Lestrange
Although probably better known among the mainstream than most of this list, Helena spends her time in these films draped in cake makeup and black veils of curly hair as the demented Bellatrix Lestrange. Carter has been in almost as many Tim Burton films as Johnny Depp, but even she had to marry the guy before that could be accomplished. Her breakout performance was undoubtedly Fincher’s Fight Club and last year she showed her softer side as Queen Elizabeth in The King’s Speech.
David Thewlis—Remus Lupin
Playing one of Harry’s closest advisors, who moonlights as a lycanthrope, David Thewlis is the epitome of “I know I’ve seen that guy before.” He has been in everything from The Big Lebowski to Kingdom of Heaven; from The New World to The Omen. I even have a soft spot for his incredibly warped performance in Dragonheart…but that may just be me.
Sporting a heavily bandaged left foot, Michael Jackson limped into a California court Tuesday to resume his testimony in the $21 million lawsuit against him that accuses him of failing to go through with two concerts.
According to Reuters, Jackson told reporters the crutches and incongruous white athletic sock he wore were due to a spider bite. He said he had awakened to find his foot so badly swollen that it could no longer fit inside a shoe.
"It's a spider bite. It's really bad," Jackson said during a break in the proceedings. "If I showed it to you, you'd be shocked. It hurts very much right now as I speak."
He did say he keeps tarantulas at his Neverland Valley ranch nearby but assured reporters it was an indigenous spider that bit him. "I love tarantulas," he said. "This was a little one."
Despite the injured foot, the entertainer seemed almost jovial, signing autographs for fans outside the courthouse. During lulls in the testimony, Jackson even made goofy faces at the photographers.
Still, if they got too close, Jackson protested and demanded his left foot not be photographed, according to AP. He told one camera crew "You're too close," and when the cameraman told him it was OK, Jackson responded, "Promise? Promise?"
The injury is the latest woe for Jackson, who incurred renewed curiosity about his appearance after courtroom photos showed his strangely collapsed nose, goatee and wiglike mane of hair, and recently caused a public relations calamity after dangling his infant child over a Berlin hotel balcony.
The erratic behavior didn't stop there--the King of Pop himself told a German magazine he "didn't like pop music" and showed up at a German zoo with his kids draped in veils.
Jackson is being sued by concert promoter Marcel Avram, who claims the singer backed out of performances in Sydney, Australia and Honolulu Dec. 31, 1999. Jackson, however, maintains it was Avram who canceled the shows because he didn't think they would be profitable, the Associated Press reports.
Frustrated by Jackson's inability to remember important facts about the case, Avram's attorney, Louis R. "Skip" Miller, repeatedly asked the singer questions to which Jackson replied, "I don't recall." At one point, Miller asked Jackson if he suffered from memory problems.
"Not that I can recall" was Jackson's response, prompting laughter from the courtroom.
The trial is scheduled to resume on Wednesday.