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August 20, 2018

Under Age Jimmy Bennett Alleges Asia Argento Enticed Him to Sex and Tried to Pay Him Off



Introduction: When Bourdain committed suicide things started unraveling for Asia.  She helped bring down Weinstein and everyone seemed to be glad about that but having her partner commit suicide it was something else. The guessing and investigating which was going on quietly became very loud particularly when it was found out Jimmy Bennett was suing her. She tried paying him off but this was before Bourdain's death, now things have changed. by the way Asia is not involved in Weisntein legal charges.🦊Adam
                                                                         
                                                                           

#MeToo advocate Asia Argento, one of the first women to accuse disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, paid off an ex-child actor who accused her of sexual misconduct,according to legal documents obtained by The New York Times.  
 Jimmy and Asia
  Jimmy Bennett, who was 17 at the time of the encounter, alleges that he was assaulted by Argento in a California hotel in 2013, when the actress was 37. (The age of consent in California is 18.) Bennett’s lawyer notified Argento last November of his intention to sue for $3.5 million for emotional distress, lost wages, assault and battery – a month after she went public with her allegations against Weinstein. The Italian actress agreed to pay him $380,000.           
Three people familiar with the case told the Times the documents were authentic.
USA TODAY has reached out to Argento’s representative for comment. Bennett declined comment to the Times.
Argento, 42, and Bennett, now 22, co-starred as a teenage mother and her son in the 2004 film “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things,” which Argento directed and co-wrote.           
The actors stayed in touch on social media, and Bennett says she assaulted him when they met up on May 9, 2013, at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey, California. The documents say she gave him alcohol and pulled his pants off for oral sex and intercourse. According to the Times, Argento noted the occasion on Instagram: “Happiest day of my life reunion with @jimmymbennett xox.”          
In October, the actress told The New Yorker that   Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her at a hotel in France, where she was attending Cannes Film Festival in 1997. Weinstein has said their relationship was consensual.          
This May, Argento  gave a fiery speech about sexual assault at the closing ceremony of Cannes. "This festival was his hunting ground," she told the black-tie crowd. "I want to make a prediction: Harvey Weinstein will never be welcomed here ever again. He will live in disgrace, shunned by a film community that once embraced him and covered up for his crimes.          
“Even tonight,” she continued, “sitting among you, there are those who still have to be held accountable for their conduct against women, for behavior that does not belong in this industry, does not belong in any industry. You know who you are. But most importantly, we know who you are. And we’re not going to allow you to get away with it any longer.”          
Rose McGowan, Argento's fellow warrior in the war on Weinstein, communicated her dismay over the report  via Twitter early Monday morning.           
"I got to know Asia Argento ten months ago. Our commonality is the shared pain of being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein," McGowan shared. "My heart is broken. I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere."          
The two appeared to have grown close in the short amount of time. In June, following    the death of Argento's boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, she partnered with McGowan to pen a statement pleading with people not to place blame for the celebrity chef-TV host's suicide.          
"On behalf of me and all who are hurting because of this unfathomable loss, I have asked the strongest woman I know, Rose McGowan, to be my voice, to help me shoulder this burden and write truth," Argento said in a statement issued to USA TODAY at the time.          
By Kim Willis, USA TODAY
Contributing: The Associated Press 

June 30, 2018

Édith Piaf The Little Sparrow



Every time I hear "Rien Je Ne Rien" I die and go somewhere, don't come back until her song is over.


French singer Édith Piaf, also known as “The Little Sparrow,” was one of the most iconic performers of her native country.







Synopsis

Édith Piaf, also known as “The Little Sparrow,” was born in Belleville, on the outskirts of Paris, on December 19, 1915, and rose to international stardom in the late 1930s as a symbol of French passion and tenacity. Of Piaf’s many ballads, “La Vie en Rose,” which she wrote, is remembered as her signature song. Other favorites among the singer's repertoire include "Milord," "Padam Padam," "Mon Dieu," the charming "Mon Manège Ă  Moi" and the anthemic "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien." Having a life beset by addictions and related health issues, Piaf died in France in 1963 at the age of 47. She continues to be revered as a national treasure. 

Tumultuous Early Life

Édith Piaf was born Édith Giovanna Gassion in Belleville, Paris on December 19, 1915. Much of her past is shrouded in mystery and may have been embellished during her time as a celebrity. It is believed she was named after the World War I British nurse Edith Cavell, executed for helping Belgian soldiers escape from German captivity. Her mother, Annetta Giovanna Maillard, was a cafe singer of Moroccan Berber descent who performed under the name “Line Marsa.” Piaf’s father, Louis-Alphonse Gassion, was a highly skilled street acrobat.  
Annetta had abandoned Piaf to live with her maternal grandmother, where she grew malnourished. Being taken from that household by her father or another relative, Piaf then lived with her paternal grandmother, who ran a brothel. Piaf suffered greatly from an impaired vision for a time yet also became renowned for her voice at a young age. At the age of 7, she joined her father and a circus caravan to travel to Belgium, eventually participating in street performances all over France.
Piaf later separated from her father, who was often a temperamental, abusive taskmaster, and set out on her own as a street singer in and around Paris. At 17, she and a youngster named Louis Dupont had a daughter, Marcelle, who died of meningitis at 2 years old.

Rise to Fame

In 1935, Piaf was discovered by Louis LeplĂ©e, who owned the successful club Le Gerny off the Champs-ÉlysĂ©es. Her nervous energy and small stature inspired the nickname that would stay with her for the rest of her life: La MĂ´me Piaf ("The Little Sparrow"). Piaf received guidance in the literary arts from French poet/historian Jacques Bourgeat, while LeplĂ©e ran a major publicity campaign promoting Piaf’s opening night, which was attended by the likes of Maurice Chevalier. She was popular enough to record two albums that same year.  
Leplée was murdered the following spring. After authorities investigated her as a potential accomplice to the crime, Piaf and a new team took charge of her career. She began to work with Raymond Asso, who also became her lover and adopted her stage name Édith Piaf permanently. Continuing the tradition of performing chansons réalistes, she commissioned songs that romanticized her life on the streets, passionately emphasizing her inner strength. The singer worked closely with composer Marguerite Monnot during this time.
Revered by luminaries like Jean Cocteau, Piaf was one of the most popular performers in France during World War II. Her concerts for German servicemen were controversial, although it was later believed that she had been working for the French Resistance and helped Jewish comrades escape Nazi persecution. 
After the war, her fame spread quickly. She toured Europe, South America, and the United States. Although American audiences were initially put off by her dour demeanor and dark clothes, Piaf garnered glowing reviews and ultimately achieved enough of an audience to warrant several televised performances on The Ed Sullivan Show throughout the 1950s.

Personal Life

The personal life of Édith Piaf was characteristically dramatic. She was involved in three serious car crashes after 1951, leading to morphine and alcohol addictions. 
Piaf, living through the hurts and abandonment of her early life, had high-profile romances with many of her male associates and some of the biggest celebrities in France. Known for intense dalliances that fizzled out, she married twice. Her first marriage to singer Jacques Pills in 1952 lasted until 1957. Her 1962 marriage to ThĂ©o Sarapo, a Greek hairdresser and performer 20 years her junior who was gay, lasted until her death the following year. 
It was revealed posthumously via letters that Piaf had great affection for Greek actor Dimitris Horn during the mid-1940s, but married boxer Marcel Cerdan, whom she met in 1947, was considered to be her deepest love. Their time together was cut short when he perished in a 1949 plane crash, with the singer recording "L'Hymne Ă  L'Amour" the following year in his honor. Death and Legacy
Piaf remained professionally active until the final years of her life, performing frequently in Paris between 1955 and 1962. In 1960, though aiming to retire, she had a resurgence of sorts with the recording of the Charles Dumont and Michel Vaucaire tune "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien," which would become her latter-day anthem. 
In April 1963, Piaf recorded her last song. With an array of health hardships over the years, Édith Piaf died from liver failure at her French Riviera villa on October 10, 1963. (Other potential causes of death have been suggested as well.) She was 47. The archbishop of Paris denied requests for a Mass, citing Piaf’s irreligious lifestyle, but her funeral procession was nonetheless a massive undertaking attended by thousands of devotees. She is buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris next to her daughter Marcelle.
A lauded biopic on Piaf was released in 2007—La Vie en Rose, with French actress Marion Cotillard ardently embodying the singer and earning an Academy Award. The Knopf book No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf, by Carolyn Burke, was published in 2011. 
Plans to mark the centennial of Piaf's birth in 2015 include a 350-track box set to be released by Parlophone and a major exhibition to be held at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. "The magic of Piaf is her repertoire that touches everyone,” said JoĂ«l Huthwohl, the head curator of the exhibit, in an interview with The Guardian. “She sang simple songs with lovely melodies that spoke to everyone at those important moments in their lives."

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April 26, 2018

David Copperfield on The News Again Because of Being Sued by Participant ~ Here Is That Show and Others Shown and Explained

David Copperfield - The Mystery behind the Tricks

THE SECRET OF THE TRICKS HAS NEVER BEEN PUBLICLY EXPLAINED. HOWEVER, THERE ARE WAYS TO EXPLAIN HOW HE DOES THE TRICKS. ONLY ONE OF HIS ACTS HAS BEEN PUBLICLY EXPLAINED, AND THAT IS BECAUSE A PARTICIPANT IN THE TRICK SUED COPPERFIELD

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A magician never tells. That is the premise we hear at all magician shows. The more mysterious a trick is, the more fun and appealing it is to the public. David Copperfield is the best in the business, holding 11 Guinness World Records for magic tricks. He became a magician at the young age of 12. He was the youngest member of the Society of American Magicians, and soon after was discovered by television producers, sky-rocketing a career with magic, storytelling, and unique performances. Some of his most famous illusions include the Flying Illusion, the Portal Illusion, the Vanishing of the Statue of Liberty, the Walk through the Great Wall of China and much more.
Disclaimer: the secret of the tricks has never been publicly explained. However, there are ways to explain how he does the tricks. Only one of his acts has been publicly explained, and that is because a participant in the trick sued Copperfield. But we will get to that. Let’s look at some of his tricks, and the explanation.

WALK THROUGH GREAT WALL OF CHINA

One of his most famous tricks is walking through the Great Wall of China. While nobody will believe that Copperfield actually went through the wall, the trick is still awesome and puzzling. So, how did he do it? Fairly easy it seems.
The trick happens when Copperfield steps behind the sheets, and then a switch happens. The audience sees a shadow, but the shadow belongs to his assistant, who at the moment before the trick happens is hidden in the unexposed corner. The moment David enters the box, the assistant steps into the light.
The assistant continues the trick by penetrating the wall, and later disappearing in it. In reality, all that the assistant does is moving back into an area that is unexposed. The trick is actually a light effect. While this is happening, Copperfield opens a secret door, positioned in the floor of the box, and then climbs down the stairs. The stairs, and the platform on which the assistant does his trick are hollow. 
The moment David enters the cage, the stairs are removed. The magician then opens the secret door in the box, and can get easily into the stairs. The moment he is in the stairs, they are removed and transported to the other side of the wall. At this point, the stairs are used once again, and David only has to get out of the stairs and into the box. 

METAMORPHOSIS

This is a Houdini classic, and Copperfield tweaks it to make it even more stunning and unbelievable. The famous magician is tied, and then lifted above the stage. At all time, his female assistant is on the stage, lifts a sheet in front of her, and then Copperfield appears behind the sheet, while his assistant is tied above the stage. So, how does he do it? 

For starters, David is never above the stage. The explanation is that he unties himself at the second he is covered by sheets from the assistant. He then jumps off the platform, and thanks to mirrors that are hidden under the platform, he remains unseen. The moment his assistant comes near, he waits for her to raise the sheet, and climbs onto the platform between her legs. At this point, the assistant jumps off the platform, and it looks like he is transformed into his assistant, and she is transformed into him.
Last, but not least, one must stress that it is not the same assistant that appears above the stage. It is a double, a sister, a twin or something, and she is hidden the whole time while the trick is in motion.

VANISHING THE STATUE OF LIBERTY


Another amazing illusion, in which the Great Magician makes the Statue of Liberty disappear. And he does it in front of live audience.
The explanation is fairly simple, it is a trick. He didn’t move the Statue, but moved the audience. The trick is that the platform with the audience is moved, and moves without the audience actually noticing it. The curtain goes up, and the audience is turned at this point. They cannot see the statue, and in the direction they are facing there are lights, but no statue in the middle. At this point, the platform is moved to the new direction, the curtain shows there is no statue, and the audience is amazed. The magician then repeats the process so he can show the statute to the audience. 
This is the only act that has been publicly revealed by one of the participants. Gavin Cox is the one that revealed the trick. The trick involves Copperfield making several participants from the audience disappear.
He starts by throwing 13 balls into the audience to select participants, and then they are given torches, as they stand in a cage. The participant’s job is to shine back at the audience. As Cox explains, they move through a secret passage outside of the theater, and then Copperfield lifts the cover, revealing that the volunteers are gone. After a while, they run back through the same passage, reappearing on the stage still holding the torches.
As Cox explained, Copperfield’s assistants were yelling “hurry and run” all the time. David met with the participants after the show, asking not to reveal stage secrets. 

GIANT SAW

If there is one visually stunning trick that will make you go nuts ,that is the giant saw. In this trick, the Great Magician is cut in two, and his top and lower body are seen separated. What is even more impressive is that the top and lower body parts are on two separate wheeled trolleys. The trick ends with the trolleys put together, and Copperfield becoming whole again.
The explanation is that Copperfield’s feet and legs were actually of another assistant. He switched the positions, as you can see on the picture. When the trolleys are put together, the actor/assistant again moves quickly to get his feet in the position needed. 
One of the most amazing and stunning illusions, and there is no clear explanation how it is done. The trick involves Copperfield and one member of the audience teleported to Hawaii. Copperfield and the participant disappear from the platform, right in front of the eyes of the audience, and then appear on a beach that is miles away. The trick is just stunning. Here are two possible explanations.
The first option is that the beach is pre-recorded video. The explanation is that the communication between Copperfield and his assistant on the beach is determined in advance, and the random participants are actually stooges. During the entire performance, Copperfield and his assistants create the same scene. 
The second option is that there are no stooges. Notice how there is never a 360 degree view of the beach. Is the sky real? Does the beach look genuine to you? Why only a small portion of the beach is shown? Everything is real here, except the beach which is fake. Copperfield and his assistants disappear from the stage, and move to the beach which is probably under the stage where the crew is waiting to film. How do they appear and disappear? Probably thanks to mirrors.

January 15, 2017

Jennifer Holiday Backs out of Inauguration and Says Sorry to LGBT






Jennifer Holliday, considered a longtime LGBT ally, explained that she changed her mind after reading a Friday Daily Beast story titled, “Jennifer Holliday Will Perform at Trump’s Inauguration, Which Is Heartbreaking to Gay Fans.”
The article argued that the singer’s decision to participate in the inaugural event was “an act that seems to defy everything her most passionate supporters stand for, and even issues she herself has supported throughout her career.”
 Jennifer Holliday canceled her appearance at Donald Trump’s inauguration event next week, calling her decision to perform a “lapse of judgement.”
In an open letter, provided exclusively to TheWrap, the “Dreamgirls” star apologized to the LGBT community, saying she was “uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans.”
The Tony and Grammy winner came under fire from some of her fans on Friday after it was announced that she was set to perform at a concert as part of Trump’s inauguration festivities.
Read Holliday’s full letter below.
TO MY BELOVED LGBT COMMUNITY:
Please allow me this opportunity to speak to you directly and to explain why I originally made my decision to perform at the inauguration which was what I had thought would be my simply keeping in my tradition of being a “bi-partisan songbird” having sung for Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush.
I was asked to sing a song for what was presented to me as the “Welcome Concert For The People”– in my mind I was reflecting on the past times of being asked to sing for presidents and I only focused on the phrase “For The People”… I thought, For America!
I was honestly just thinking that I wanted my voice to be a healing and unifying force for hope through music to help our deeply polarized country… Regretfully, I did not take into consideration that my performing for the concert would actually instead be taken as a political act against my own personal beliefs and be mistaken for support of Donald Trump and Mike Pence.
In light of the information pointed out to me via the Daily Beast article on yesterday, my only choice must now be to stand with the LGBT Community and to state unequivocally that I WILL NOT PERFORM FOR THE WELCOME CONCERT OR FOR ANY OF THE INAUGURATION FESTIVITIES!
I sincerely apologize for my lapse of judgement, for being uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans.
Please know that I HEAR YOU and I feel your pain. The LGBT Community was mostly responsible for birthing my career and I am deeply indebted to you… You have loved me faithfully and unconditionally and for so many years you provided me with work even though my star had long since faded.
Thank you for communicating with me, I had no idea that I still meant so much to all of you.
Thank you for your posted comments both the good supportive ones as well as the ugly hurtful ones.
With LOVE & Appreciation,
JENNIFER  HOLLIDAY
“The Original DreamGirl”

December 25, 2016

George Michael, Dead at 53









George Michael, who rocketed to stardom with WHAM! and went on to enjoy a long and celebrated solo career lined with controversies, has died, his publicist said Sunday. He was 53.

Michael died at his home in Goring, England. His publicist, Cindi Berger, said he had not been ill. No other details were released.

He enjoyed immense popularity early in his career as a teenybopper idol, delivering a series of hits such as "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," ''Young Guns (Go For It)" and "Freedom." As a solo artist, he developed into a more serious singer and songwriter, lauded by critics for his tremendous vocal range. He sold well over 100 million albums globally, earned numerous Grammy and American Music Awards, and recorded duets with legends like Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Luciano Pavarotti and Elton John.

Throughout his career, his drug use and taste for risky sex brought him into frequent brushes with the law, most famously in 1998 when he was arrested for public lewdness in Los Angeles. Yet, he managed to turn the incident into fodder for a popular song that poked fun at his behavior, and his acknowledgment of his homosexuality at that time made him even more popular with his fans.

Michael, with startling good looks and an easy stage manner, formed the boy band WHAM! with his school friend Andrew Ridgeley in the early 1980s. Helped by MTV, which was an emerging music industry force at the time, the cheerful duo easily crossed the Atlantic to become popular in the United States with Michael, as lead singer, usually the focal point.

He started his solo career shortly before WHAM! split, with the release of the megahit single "Careless Whisper," making a seamless transition. Critics generally viewed his WHAM! songs as catchy but disposable pop and gave his solo efforts far higher marks.

His first solo album, 1987's "Faith," sold more 20 million copies, and he enjoyed several hit singles including the raunchy "I Want Your Sex," which was helped immeasurably by a provocative video that received wide air play on MTV.

The song was controversial not only because of its explicit nature, but also because it was seen as encouraging casual sex and promiscuity at a time when the AIDS epidemic was deepening. Michael and his management tried to tamp down this point of view by having the singer write "Explore Monogamy" on the leg and back of a model in the video.

At the time, Michael had not disclosed his homosexuality, and much of his chart success was based on his sex appeal to young women. His look was raw and provocative, with tight jeans, tight T-shirts, black leather jackets and designer stubble, and his videos pushed the accepted limits with many lingerie-clad models vying for Michael's attentions on screen.

But Michael's situation changed abruptly in 1998 when he was arrested for lewd conduct in a public toilet in Los Angeles after being spotted by a male undercover police officer.

The arrest received international media attention, and seemed for a brief time to jeopardize Michael's stature as a top recording artist.

But instead of making excuses for his behavior, he went on to release a single and video, "Outside," that made light of the charges against him and mocked the Los Angeles police who had arrested him.

Like all of his efforts at the time, it sold in prodigious numbers, helping him put the incident behind him. The arrest also prompted him to speak openly about his sexual orientation.

These years represented the height of Michael's commercial success, which at times was marred by a protracted legal dispute with his record company Sony.

He remained a strong musical force throughout his career, releasing dozens of records and touring to adoring crowds despite a growing number of run-ins with police, many of them stemming from a series of driving-under-the-influence-of-drugs incidents, including several crashes.

Michael was an admitted user of marijuana and prescription sedatives and several times was found slumped over his car's steering wheel after using both at the same time.

His driver's license was finally revoked for five years in 2010 after Michael drove his Land Rover into the side of a Snappy Snap photo shop with so much force that his vehicle dented the wall.

A passer-by remembering Michael's early career wrote the word WHAM on the spot his SUV had hit.

He was also arrested a second time in public toilets — this time in North London in 2008 for drug use, an incident that prompted him to apologize to his fans and promise to get his life in order.

He also offered an apology to "everybody else, just for boring them."

A year earlier, he had told a television interviewer that his problems stemmed from a self-destructive streak and his attention-seeking nature.

He said at a press conference in 2011 that he felt he had let young people down with his misbehavior and had made it easier for others to denigrate homosexuals.

Despite these personal setbacks, Michael's musical performances remained strong even as his material moved farther from the teen tunes that first brought him to stardom.

The Telegraph newspaper in 2011 described a London concert appearance as an impressive event, calling his voice, "A rich, soulful instrument, it's capable of serious emotional heft, expertly matching the confessional tone of his own material."

Michael, with strong Greek-Cypriot roots, was born Georgios Panayiotou in England. He and schoolmate Ridgeley formed a ska band called the Executive when they were just 16 before moving on to form WHAM!

"I wanted to be loved," said Michael of his start in the music field. "It was an ego satisfaction thing."

Michael was active in a number of charities and helped raise money to combat AIDS, help needy children, and support gay rights. He had a long-term relationship with Kenny Goss, but announced onstage in August 2011 that the two had broken up.

UPI, London

(Faith)




December 2, 2016

QuenTivey (Eliz.Taylor Grandson) Presents Whoopi $4Mil Ck For HIV Funding





When no wanted want to talk about AIDS, Elizabeth Taylor was there, using her money, her resources and her Hollywood connections to speak out on behalf of people affected by the epidemic. Today, her family continues her legacy through the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. 
On this morning’s episode of The View, four of Taylor’s grandchildren presented the Elizabeth Taylor Legacy Award to co-host Whoopi Goldberg, another celebrity who spoke out when no one else would.  
“I was in Berkeley and San Francisco, where we had friends—performers, dancers, writers, designers—who suddenly got sick,” she recalled. “And sick in a way that hospitals were dumping them on the streets.”





Below, watch Quinn Tivey and Whoopi both get emotional as he presents her with the award—and reveals that the foundation has just secured $4 million in funding to help people with AIDS in Malawi.  “I think it’s important to continue and expand upon the work of those who went before us,” Tivey said in 2013. 
“Our generation did not start the fight, did not institute the level of awareness, support, and research that exists today, but it is our responsibility to continue it. Awareness is crucial for support, research, and also for making smart choices, such as having safe sex.”

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October 30, 2016

What ever Happened to Billy Bush? Don’t ask His Wife Who Still Furious




 

Billy Bush’s “locker room talk” with Donald Trump continues to haunt him. NBC fired him over the leaked tape, and sources tell Page Six his wife is even more angry than his former bosses.

“Billy Bush’s wife, Sydney Davis, was furious about the tape. Not just because of what was said, but because he was stupid enough to put himself in that position. It wasn’t just the . . . vile talk, it’s because he insisted the woman hug him and Trump. It was creepy. She was so furious that she refused to speak with him for a while — and she’s still furious. They are having marriage problems. He didn’t apologize to her for the embarrassment he caused in his statement. And she hasn’t released a statement at all,” an NBC insider told us.

Bush and Davis have been married for 18 years and have three daughters.

“Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed,” Bush said in early October, after he was heard egging on Trump’s sexist comments. “It’s no excuse, but this happened 11 years ago — I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I’m very sorry.” Bush was 33 years old when the video was made.

To make matters worse, the Trump tape emerged after Bush himself boasted about the creepy conversation with the bilious businessman while in Rio in August with his NBC colleagues.

His braggadocio prompted someone at the network to dig the revolting recording out of their archives and leak it to the Washington Post.

The insider added, “Billy has brought this on himself. He’s blown his big chance at ‘Today,’ and he doesn’t have his old job at ‘Access’ to fall back on. He fears his career is over. His wife is angered that he has embarrassed her and their daughters.”

Bush’s wife and kids remained in LA while he was in New York, but he has since moved back to the West Coast. He has been seen out in LA since his return, but always with friends and not with his wife.

Bush’s rep declined to comment on his marriage. When contacted directly by Page Six, Bush replied, “I cannot take this call.”

September 1, 2016

Pre Greatness Colton Haines and Now Out, Proud and Hot Actor










According to OUT, “At home, Haynes’s mom, Dana, was both blindsided and dismayed by her son’s announcement that he way ‘gay’.. His response was to rebel. A year of exploration—in which he lost his virginity to both sexes—also became one rife with drug experimentation. He ran away from home for three weeks and bunked in a friend’s closet. He was there when an estranged relative called to tell him that his father, William, had committed suicide by swallowing roughly 40 oxycodone pills.”
When asked about his father’s tragic death, Haynes opened up and said “I’m the last person in the world who would say, ‘Oh, my dad—pity me,’” he said. “But I was told that my dad killed himself because he found out I was gay. So, of course, I lost it and was like, ‘How could you say something like that?’ And no one will ever really know the truth. But my brother and my mom went to pick up my dad’s stuff, and the only picture on his fridge was my eighth-grade graduation picture. So I was just like, F—k.”
Haynes also provided insight to his altercation with Noah Galvin. He said, “When I came out, Noah tweeted, ‘Welcome to the family,’ and ‘So proud of you.’” Haynes added, “I have the tweets saved on my phone. Then, all of a sudden, I’m the worst, I’m a terrible person, and I’m a shame to the gay community. I think just having enough nerve and guts to come out in any way is a lot. It was really an emotional thing for me. And for that to be discredited by someone who has never met me was upsetting. He has no idea what I’ve been through. And I can’t sit here and have a conversation about Noah because I don’t know him either.”
You can read the entire interview on OUT.com. But before you do, watch the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at Haynes cover shoot for the September issue.
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August 31, 2016

Mexico Looses Juan Gabriel (Juanga) its own Liberace


 ‘Juanga’ in 2015



With his glittery capes, slinky dance moves and ultra-romantic lyrics, Mexican superstar Juan Gabriel was an unlikely king in a country known for its machismo. He never spoke about his sexuality, yet was widely assumed to be gay.
It’s no surprise that the singer was an icon in Mexico’s gay subculture. But how was it that he came to be celebrated by the country’s Catholic, conservative and often homophobic mainstream?
Juan Gabriel, whose sudden death Sunday at age 66 cast Mexico into a state of mourning, navigated both worlds by saying nothing at all. 
“It’s his life,” said Ricardo Monroy Martinez, who came to pay his respects Monday at a statue of the performer in Mexico City’s Plaza Garibaldi, where fans were gathered, singing. Juan Gabriel’s sexuality wasn’t important, Monroy said, and he never felt the singer needed to articulate it. What mattered were the songs. “They reached my heart,” said the 63-year-old.
Juan Gabriel, the stage name he preferred to his given name, Alberto Aguilera Valadez, remained coy about his private life from the 1960s, when he started his career singing on the streets of Juarez. He maintained that posture into his later years despite a shift in public opinion on gay and transgender rights. 
 He never married, conceived four children via artificial insemination with a female friend and repeatedly refused to answer questions about his sexuality, even after a male former personal secretary wrote a book alleging they had a romantic relationship.
In 2002, a few years years before Mexico City legalized gay marriage, the famously effeminate singer shut down a journalist who asked if he was gay.
“You don’t ask about what can be seen,” he said.
Like the flamboyant pianist Liberace, who some say maintained that he was straight out of fear that the truth would hurt his appeal to mainstream America, Juan Gabriel’s stance could in part be viewed as a business decision.
“It would have been a career killer to come out,” said Hector Carrillo, who grew up in Mexico and is now a professor of sociology at Northwestern University. “That was part of the calculation for people who had a very public persona.... They would never name it. They would never say it. It was a strategy of silence.”
“Don't ask, don't tell” had long been the policy in Mexico when it came to the sexuality of those in the limelight. Famed Mexican singer Chavela Vargas waited until 2002, when she was 81, to publicly come out as a lesbian. Although Gabriel never publicly claimed the gay community, that community certainly claimed him, with his romantic Spanish-language ballads belted late into the night in drag bars on both sides of the border. Many gay fans saw coded messages in the lyrics of Juan Gabriel’s songs, such as “Es Mi Vida” (“It’s My Life.”)
It’s my life, very much my life, and I don’t have to give any explanations. 
I have my reasons, which no one will care to know.
Many have credited Juan Gabriel with opening the door to greater expression of gender and sexuality, even if he never explicitly called for it. Like Prince, or David Bowie, Juan Gabriel was known for his gender-bending clothing and occasional touch of eye makeup.
“I think he made a deep cultural change not by talking about his sexuality but by living it out on stage,” said Alejandro Madrazo, a law professor in Mexico who is an expert on the legal battle for same-sex marriage in the country. “Juan Gabriel taught us how to be feminine.”
Madrazo recalled seeing Juan Gabriel perform before a large crowd at at cockfight, a sport that exemplifies Mexico’s machismo culture.  
“He would dance in a way that was sexy and provocative in front of all these stereotypes of a Mexican man,” Madrazo said. “He would literally shake ... in their faces, and they would go crazy.”
Madrazo said he thinks Juan Gabriel never opened up about his sexuality because there may have not been just one label that fit him. “I think his sexuality was probably far more complex,” he said.
In an homage to Juan Gabriel published on the website of Mexico’s Millenio newspaper Monday, journalist Alvaro Cueva recalled friends making fun of Juan Gabriel for his effeminate stage presence. At some schools, his name was used as an anti-gay slur.
Cueva called Juan Gabriel subversive. “You ... became an idol in a country of macho men,” he wrote. “You made homophobic people sing and dance.”
Mexico has changed considerably from the days Juan Gabriel was beginning his career.  

In 2005, the federal government instituted an anti-homophobia campaign. Gay and lesbian characters now appear on Mexican sitcoms and soap operas. And public opinion polls show Mexican people are warming toward gay marriage, which is legal in several states and Mexico City.   
“Mexico got ahead of him,” said Carrillo. “Homosexuality kind of came out of the closet, but Juan Gabriel never did.”
While Juan Gabriel himself shied away from political causes, some in Mexico are using his death as an opportunity to push for the legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has championed that cause and is seeking congressional approval to amend the country’s constitution. But his plan has been met with fierce resistance from church leaders and even officials in his own party. 
“Mexicans are crying for Juan Gabriel,” newspaper columnist Yuriria Sierra wrote on Twitter. “But they would continue to deny the legal right to love.”

Kate Linthicum

August 12, 2016

Meryl Streep Gay Icon and Streep Tease





 
Meryl Streep is laughing her signature laugh. You know it: Sometimes light and airy, sometimes a surge of boisterous euphoria that carries well into the next question — but always unmistakably Meryl.

Cinema’s grand dame cracks one of her warm, famous chortles during our recent interview, while entertaining the idea that her latest chameleonic role, as real-life opera diva Florence Foster Jenkins in the movie of the same name, could once again spur drag queens to emulate another one of her queer-loved characters. Then she laughs again as she fondly remembers locking lips with Allison Janney in 2002’s The Hours. Meanwhile, the mere mention of 1992’s Death Becomes Her Meryl unleashing a hearty roar. Another laugh, too, when she ponders how sexting and Snapchat are related.

Gay audiences know this laugh because they know Meryl Streep. They also know her compassion for LGBT issues, both as an extension of her queer-inclusive acting repertoire and more explicitly, when, during her Golden Globe acceptance speech in 2004, she slammed then-president George W. Bush by condemning his anti-gay marriage stance. They’ve learned the art of shade from her sharp, searing tongue in The Devil Wears Prada, and they live for all the campy one-liners in Death Becomes Her. And during Angels in America, HBO’s 2003 watershed miniseries about the AIDS crisis, they wept.

Now, Streep, 67, sheds her skin once again to portray Jenkins, one of the worst singers in the world. In the poignant dramedy Florence Foster Jenkins from Stephen Frears, director of The Queen, the esteemed once-in-a-lifetime luminary plays a wannabe opera singer with a voice so hysterically appalling her loyal husband (Hugh Grant) bribes critics into letting her think she can sing.

Here, during this rare and revealing one-on-one conversation with Streep, the three-time Academy Award winner and record holder for most Oscar nominations discusses why she regards Angels in America as one of the most important LGBT-themed films she’s done and how she feels about gay men performing Meryl monologues. And looking ahead, is the biopic queen ready to consider her own story becoming a feature-length film in the future? Streep laughs at the very thought, of course, but she’s not kidding when she says, “I hope I fade into oblivion.”

Dallas Voice: You’ve given the gay community a breadth of greatness over the last four decades. When you look back at your gay roles, which has been the most important to you?  Streep: Oh, gosh. To me, I mean, Angels is such an important piece of history, and I felt really lucky to be part of that because I don’t think there was anything like it before. It really felt like being at the Democratic National Convention in the moment that Hillary shattered the glass ceiling — a big deal. The Hours was important, too. And of course I got to kiss Allison Janney, which was a perk!

Don’t tell Emma Thompson, who famously tongue-kissed you and gave you an orgasm in Angels.  Yeah, right! The Hours was nothing like that!

I remember Emma talking about that kiss in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. She’s very proud of it. She said she learned that “you have to use tongues even if you’re not a lesbian.”  Oh yeah, you really do. [Laughs]

When you look back at that moment, how does your takeaway from that kissing scene compare to Emma’s?  It’s just, you can’t take the baby from the bathwater. You can’t. It’s just the whole thing of it — that [orgasm scene] was just like the culmination of it. But what [screenwriter Tony Kushner] was doing was for a really mainstream HBO audience at that point — just groundbreaking. That hadn’t been on television. Movies, yes. But not television. So it was very cool.

Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins in the film, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS by Paramount Pictures, PathĂ© and BBC FilmsYou knew you were a gay icon by2012, when you found out about Streep Tease — gay men taking on Meryl monologues in West Hollywood. Did you ever get a chance to see it?  I didn’t. We went immediately to London to shoot something else.

How do you feel about watching other people — gay men, for instance — do Meryl?  I love it when they do other people! I don’t know. I’m sure it would tickle me, but I’m just not — I don’t have a distance on myself yet that I probably should have. It’s like when my kids imitate me. I laugh but I kind of don’t like it.

Do they imitate you often?  Oh my god, yes. Endlessly. Especially when I answer the phone and they can tell that it’s [me pretending to be], like, a Jamaican operator or something, because I sort of start talking in the accent of the person I’m talking to. Oh, they’re merciless.

Do you feel a connection to the LGBT community?  I just can’t remember when LGBT people were not in my life. You know, gosh. My piano teachers when I was 11 and 12 were two gay men in a little town in New Jersey who had a collection of Mexican art and piñatas and silver lantern covers, and their house was wonderful, not like anybody else’s house in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. And yeah, I came of age when everything was kind of opening up and that’s a good time, right like now.

This film harkens back to the ’40s when communities were kind of cloaked and undercover, and yet in Greenwich Village and just communities of people in the artistic world, they were always embracing of people, every kind. That freedom — very staid people were drawn to that world because of its imagination and exoticism and willingness to embrace life in a different way.

How do you think the message of Florence — doing something you love because you love it and not because of what other people think — will resonate with the LGBT community?  Well, to the extent that anybody tells you that you can’t be a certain way or you shouldn’t be a certain way. You know, I think the limits other people put on you are the least valuable. A child announces who they are and people who encourage them are the ones to be around… and you have to get rid of everybody else who doesn’t help! I feel that way about everything, but certainly LGBT audiences will understand that.

In 1979, when you played a lesbian in Manhattan, being LGBT wasn’t cool. Why did you take on a role that might’ve been deemed “too much” during that time period?  I didn’t think of it that way. I mean, I was coming to movies sort of sideways from the theater. I got an early movie and I thought, “Well, this is a one-off; they’ll never ask me again.” I was fine with that. I was happy in the theater. And in the theater I had lots of gay friends and my longtime collaborator Roy Helland is gay. I’ve grown up with gay people and been in love with gay people.

Romantic love?  Oh no, not that kind!

BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 14: Actress Meryl Streep attends 'The Iron Lady' Photocall during of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival at the Grand Hyatt on February 14, 2012 in Berlin, Germany.I mean, I know women who’ve had gay boyfriends and gay husbands.  No, no. Well… not that I know of!

If you were to play another lesbian role, who would be your dream co-star?  Oh, well, someone younger, clearly. [Laughs]

But who? I mean, you and Sandra Bullock have already had practice making out at the 2010 Critics Choice Movie Awards.  Yeah! That was famous. But I don’t know! I can’t pick! There are so many. One thing I think is, there are so many young talented actresses and actors. I grew up in a time when people emerged — like, there were a handful of people. Now, there’s like 35, 40 people who are just beyond talented, and because of the opening up of long-form television and all the other platforms — webisodes and things like that — I think there are more opportunities for people to demonstrate their talent. There are so many talented people.

And streaming — I heard you say you’re learning about it.  Getting on that, yes. Not really. Somebody told me that I Snapchatted but I don’t know how to Snapchat and I thought it was the thing that you do when you’re sexting sort of and then you want it to be erased. I didn’t know what they were talking about!

It’s very confusing out there, Meryl. Stay in your bubble.  OK, fine! [Laughs]

Emily Blunt said she’s interested in doing another Devil Wears Prada if everybody else returns. Would you be interested in doing a sequel?  In theory. But the heart sinks until you read the script. It’s like, somebody said [they want a] Mamma Mia 2! and it just … ack! I thought, Gram-Mamma Mia!? Really? No. So it would depend on the script; the script is everything. If somebody has the imagination and wit to apply and has an interesting story, yeah, sure. But absent that, no.

Your gay fans wouldn’t mind, I’ll tell you that … as long there’s a solid script, of course.  No, I wouldn’t mind either if the script were good.

Your Death Becomes Her co-star Isabella Rossellini said that she didn’t know she was making what became a gay cult film until after some market research. When did you realize Death Becomes Her would become a gay cult classic?  I knew when I met the writer!  When I met Martin [Donovan], I thought, “OK, here we go.” And then [when I sang] my first number, I thought, “Oh, all right, I’ll see this in a club somewhere.” I mean, with lines like, “Now a warning?!”  I mean, come on! It was so much fun, and it’s sort of a documentary on aging in Los Angeles now, it seems to me.

For years you’ve been playing real-life people: Julia Child, Margaret Thatcher, now Florence Foster Jenkins. If one day there’s a Meryl Streep biopic, what do you hope it captures about your life and career?  I hope that doesn’t happen! You know, I treasure my life and the fact that it’s not on Facebook, and I really love my solitude and privacy — all these old-fashioned concepts. In a job where I’m with hundreds of people all the time and going on these press things, I just really love to get away and not be in the chattering world. That’s really important to me. So, I hope I fade into oblivion.

We rode in from the airport and Roy — my hair and makeup guy — pointed out the Will Rogers museum here in L.A. that’s closing and I said, “Why?” He said because nobody knows who he was and nobody cares, and there was no more central figure in his time that could sort of translate the best of the wit and charm of his era. So, you know, then it’s over. He’s gone. Nobody cares.

And you’re OK with that happening to you?  Yeah, I’m fine with that! I seriously feel like you can only speak to your moment, and right now your work should reflect it. Your work has to just be important right now. And in 10 years if it looks obsolete or like you were overdoing it, that’s fine, because for that time you were.

— Chris Azzopardi

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