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Seth MacFarlane’s Big News

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Seth MacFarlane perhaps most famous as the creator of the animated show “Family Guy,” will be hosting the Academy Awards show early next year, the Academy announced on Monday.

And he is pumped. “[I am] ecstatic. I was surprised. I have done a fair amount of hosting in the past but nothing of this magnitude. I was very, very pleasantly surprised,” MacFarlane told Deadline Hollywood.

This comes off the heels of the success of his foray onto the big screen with the comedy “Ted,” about a foul-mouthed, talking teddy bear — also starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. The film, which cost $50 million to make, has brought in $217.8 million in the U.S. and $420 million total (worldwide).

MacFarlane provides the voice of many of his non-human characters including Ted, Peter Griffin (“Family Guy”), Stan Smith (“American Dad”) and many more. He got his start in animation working for Hanna-Barbera and then became an animator and writer at the Cartoon Network, working on “Dexter’s Laboratory,” “Cow and Chicken,” “I Am Weasel,” and “Johnny Bravo.”

If you’re thinking MacFarlane is a left-field choice for one of the most-watched live televisions shows on the planet, here are some facts that build a strong case in his favor:

Seth can sing. He was actually nominated for two Grammys last year: One for his debut album “Music Is Better Than Words” and the other for a Christmas-themed song he co-wrote for “Family Guy.”
He is popular with young people. The Academy has tried and failed in the past to reach a younger demographic (*cough* Anne Hathaway and James Franco). Since MacFarlane has a proven track record on live T.V. (Remember when his mic wasn’t working at the Emmys last week and he came out smelling like a rose? He also did pretty well as a recent “Saturday Night Live” host.) — he could have that magic ingredient to pull it off this time.
America thinks he’s funny. A lot of people were holding their breath as MacFarlane tested his ever-growing small-screen appeal on the big screen with “Ted.” For a first-timer movie director-writer-actor, he pretty much nailed it.

There are also some forces that could work against MacFarlane:

His humor is typically raunchy. If MacFarlane’s irreverent style of humor goes too far or puts a bad comedic taste in people’s mouth, it will literally be heard — and criticized — around the world. I’m sure past awards-show-hosting gaffes made by the likes of David Letterman and Ricky Gervais will be held up as examples of what not to do.
He is a non-tested entity. Unlike Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, the late Bob Hope and Johnny Carson — who have hosted the Oscars multiple times with moderate-to-great success — MacFarlane hasn’t done it before. The pressure will be on.
His face is not famous. All other hosts who have graced the Academy Awards show stage — whether film or T.V. stars — have been instantly recognizable. While a lot of people know MacFarlane’s animated shows and his film, audiences are still becoming familiar with his actual face.

“It’s truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars,” MacFarlane said [via the Academy’s press release]. “My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don’t find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen Roast.”

In terms of his hosting game plan, MacFarlane, who noted the late Johnny Carson is his favorite Oscar host, said it’s still too early to tell, but that, “The trick is really going to be to make it as funny as I can and true to what I do but at the same time respectfully adapting the tone for this event which is a very different event than I have been a part of in the past.” [via Deadline]

Methinks you will be seeing a lot more of MacFarlane’s mug leading up to the big event on February 24th.

http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-talk/seth-macfarlane-hosting-85th-academy-awards-pros-cons-173035897.html

 

 

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In the exclusive, never-before-seen video above, RuPaul, the final three, and the rest of the RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 4 Queens take six minutes of questions from the  reunion audience, and as you might imagine, things get confrontational. We also find out the answers to some burning questions, like Why Did Willam Puke? We’ve been waiting three entire days for this!

Video:

http://www.logotv.com/video/misc/765597/rpdr-reunion-webisode.jhtml

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A black transgender Minneapolis woman pleaded guilty to second degree manslaughter in the stabbing death of a local man, but her supporters maintain she was the actual victim in the case.

As the Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting, 23-year-old CeCe McDonald is expected to be sentenced June 4 to three years and five months in prison for the death of Dean Schmitz, a white man.

McDonald was walking past a local bar on June 5, 2011 when an altercation between her and Schmitz, in addition to other patrons, erupted on the sidewalk outside. According to various reports, McDonald — who was transitioning at the time — said she pulled out a pair of scissors in an attempt to defend herself after the group hurled a glass at her face, and taunted her and her friends with both anti-gay and racist epithets, including “faggots,” “niggers” and “chicks with d*cks.”

Schmitz, who allegedly had a swastika tattoo and was between the ages of 41 and 47 according to varied reports, died at the scene from a stab wound to his chest.

Minneapolis City Council Member Cam Gordon is among those to defend McDonald, saying she was targeted for her race and gender. “It appears that CeCe was the victim of a hate crime that involved many people but she was the only person held by the police,” Gordon wrote on his blog. “Here is another example transgender women of color being targeted for hate- and bias-related violence. It is unfortunate that in this case, as in so many, the hate crime itself appears to have been ignored.”

Melanie Williams, columnist for the Minnesota Daily, felt similarly. “[Schmitz’s] attack, therefore, was not just a random attack on one person’s body, but an attack on an entire race and entire gender,” she wrote. “An entire population of living, breathing, feeling people are hurting with McDonald, perhaps not physically but in the core of who they are.”

Though prosecuting attorney Mike Freeman has insisted that “gender, race, sexual orientation and class [were] not part of the decision-making process,” McDonald’s supporters have also drawn attention to the treatment she is said to have received from officers and other officials throughout the course of the investigation and trial. According to Support CeCe McDonald, a website created “in solidarity with trans people targetted [sic] by the prison industrial complex”:

CeCe was briefly taken to the hospital where she received 11 stitches in her cheek. Then, while she was still suffering both physically and mentally from this traumatic incident, she was left alone in a room for three hours and then interrogated, after which she was placed into solitary confinement. She spent the next several months in jail and had to wait almost two months between her initial doctors’ visit and a much-needed follow-up appointment.

During that time, her cheek swelled into an extremely painful, golfball-sized lump, making eating difficult and producing headaches and pressure on her left eye and ear. Ironically, the only gesture towards CeCe’s well-being that authorities made during her incarceration was to put her in solitary confinement “for her own protection” on two separate occasions, despite her stated desire to be housed alongside other prisoners.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/02/cece-mcdonald-minnesota-transgender-woman-manslaughter_n_1472078.html?ref=mostpopular

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Good news, ladies! Society has discovered anothernew thing that’s wrong with you, which means another opportunity for you to make yourself more attractive for your man. Score! Turns out, the color of your vagina is gross and everyone hates it. So bleach that motherfucker. Bleach it right now!

In this commercial for an Indian product called Clean and Dry Intimate Wash, a (very light-skinned) couple sits down for what would have been a peaceful cup of morning coffee—if the woman’s disgusting brown vagina hadn’t ruined everything! The dude can’t even bring himself look at her. He can’t look at his coffee either, because it only reminds him of his wife’s dripping, coffee-brown hole! Fortunately, the quick-thinking woman takes a shower, scrubbing her swarthy snatch with Clean and Dry Intimate Wash (“Freshness + Fairness”). And poof! Her vadge comes out blinding white like a downy baby lamb (and NOT THE GROSS BLACK KIND) and her husband—whose penis, I can only assume, is literally a light saber—is all, “Hey, lady! Cancel them divorce papers and LET’S BONE.”

Needless to say, certain citizens are troubled by this product—which, in addition to just being fucking insane, brings up painful issues about the hierarchy of skin tone within the Indian community. As if it isn’t bad enough that darker-skinned people are encouraged to stay out of the sun and invest in skin-bleaching products like Fair & Lovely, and that white actresses are being imported to play Indian people in Bollywood movies, now everyone has to be insecure about the fact that their vaginas happen to be the color that vaginas are??? Splendid! God, I was just saying the other day that my misogyny didn’t have enough racism in it.

So what are the pro-vadge-bleaching people thinking? Here’s a hilarious explanation from a male ad exec:

It is hard to deny that fairness creams often get social commentators and activists all worked up. What they should do is take a deep breath and think again. Lipstick is used to make your lips redder, fairness cream is used to make you fairer-so what’s the problem? I don’t think any Youngistani today thinks the British Raj/White man is superior to us Brown folk. That’s all 1947 thinking!

The only reason I can offer for why people like fairness, is this: if you have two beautiful girls, one of them fair and the other dark, you see the fair girl’s features more clearly. This is because her complexion reflects more light. I found this amazing difference when I directed Kabir Bedi, who is very fair and had to wear dark makeup for Othello, the Black hero of the play. I found I had to have a special spotlight following Kabir around the stage because otherwise the audience could not see his expressions.

See? It makes perfect sense. We just want our vaginas to reflect more light—is that so wrong? I mean, WHAT IF MY CAR BREAKS DOWN AT NIGHT AND I DON’T HAVE A REFLECTIVE ENOUGH VAGINA? Really, the ultimate one-vagina-to-rule-them-all would glow in the dark like one of those deep-sea fishes. I need my vagina to attract more krill so my husband will fuck me again! (My husband is a whale.)

Basically the idea is to get as far away as possible from any color that vaginas actually come in. Because that’s what’s at the heart of this type of thinking—the perfect vagina would be something that’s not a vagina at all.

http://jezebel.com/5900928/your-vagina-isnt-just-too-big-too-floppy-and-too-hairyits-also-too-brown

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Lee Hirsch’s highly anticipated documentary “Bully” follows several families who have been affected by bullying. The families in the film are hardly alone — the press release for the film notes that over 13 million young people will experience some form of bullying this year.

Now celebrities are joining the movement to stop bullying — and hopefully, influencing their young fans to do the same. On Tuesday, The Weinstein Company launched a social media campaign against bullying to have as many people tweet as possible to get the following “Bully” message trending: “Did you know 13 million kids get bullied every year? I support @BullyMovie. Let’s make it a trend: #BullyMovie.”

From “New Girl” star Zooey Deschanel to pop star Katy Perry and comedian Joel McHale, stars and media outlets alike are participating in The Bully Project campaign. Thanks to these famous faces, and more, #Bully and #BullyMovie are now being shared across Twitter.

“The tremendous support for this film is unlike anything I’ve seen” said Bladimiar Norman, Senior Vice President of Marketing at The Weinstein Company, in a statement to The Huffington Post. “‘Bully’ and the social action campaign, The Bully Project, are very important to The Weinstein Company and we are incredibly humbled by the wonderful participation of such influential individuals and organizations. This is the first step in a movement, the next is to see the film and take a stand against bullying. The celebrities and organizations have done their part, now it is time for us to do ours, and get to the theaters.”

Harvey Weinstein recently announced that he was releasing “Bully” without a rating, after fighting to change the R-rating that they received from the Motion Picture Association of America ratings board.

Celebrities from Anderson Cooper to Kathy Griffin and Demi Lovato have been supportive of the film and its petition to revoke the R-rating it received.

To see which celebrities are joining the movement against bullying, click through the gallery below. “Bully” will have a limited release on March 30.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/27/bully-movie-celebrities-tweet_n_1383434.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

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For nearly a week, the world’s been asking “WDWD” (What Did Willam Do?”) about her unceremonious disqualification from RuPaul’s Drag Race 4, and Willam herself has noticed. We caught up with Willam this weekend and asked her to answer fan Tweets speculating about which show rule she broke. And if we do say so ourselves, it turned out hilarious. What a performer:

Video:

http://www.logotv.com/video/interview/752778/willam-addresses-her-disqualification.jhtml

All will be revealed on the reunion special: 04.30.12! And, of course, a new episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race airs tonight at 9pm Eastern on Logo, and if you Tweet @RuPaulsDragRace, you never know who might be reading

 

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