News Round-Up: March 24, 2021

Megan Thee Stallion and Adam Levine in 'Beautiful Mistakes'
Megan Thee Stallion and Adam Levine in 'Beautiful Mistakes'
Megan Thee Stallion and Adam Levine in ‘Beautiful Mistakes’

Some news items you might have missed:

Instinct Magazine: Paul Bettany, who plays the android Vision in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Avengers films, recently told Conan O’Brien that during the making of 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, director Joss Whedon became a bit obsessed with the scene of the Vision being born naked and sporting full-on peen.

New Music: SoCal’s iconic donut shop, Randy’s Donuts, has teamed up with Maroon 5 to create a limited-edition donut box and custom donut, in conjunction with the band’s new video for hit single, “Beautiful Mistakes” and its numerous odes to donuts.

Directed by Sophie Muller, the “Beautiful Mistakes”music video takes viewers on an archetypal LA drive, which turns it into a surreal fantasy with a colorful world of flying cars, donuts and a dreamlike narrative. #YouHadMeAtRandy

Williams Institute: As Republicans push back on Democrats intentions to make Washington, D.C. a state, it’s worth noting that the District has the largest per capita LGBTQ population in the country and 47% of the residents are Black. Also, D.C. has a larger population than Vermont or Wyoming.

Stonewall Gazette: In a recent interview, actor Ronen Rubinstein (9-1-1: Lone Star) recently shared that he identifies as ‘part of the LGBTQ community.’ Rubinstein plays out character TK Strand on the hit TV series.

Data For Progress: Voters across the ideological spectrum overwhelmingly support an 8-year pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who pass a background check – 69% support versus 25% oppose.

NPR: The co-founder and former CEO of Parler has sued the conservative social media platform over his firing this year. John Matze claims Parler’s leadership took away his 40% stake in the company in an “arrogant theft,” intimidated and bullied him in an ouster he says was illegal and left him owed millions of dollars.

Variety: A holiday-themed romantic comedy centered on gay men is coming to Netflix. Single All The Way will star Michael Urie, Philemon Chambers and Luke MacFarlane.

Synopsis: Desperate to avoid his family’s judgment about his perpetual single status, Peter (Urie) convinces his best friend Nick (Chambers) to join him for the holidays and pretend that they’re now in a relationship. But when Peter’s mother sets him up on a blind date with her handsome trainer James (MacFarlane), the plan goes awry.

News Round-Up: September 20, 2019

Some news items you might have missed:

InstaHunks: Can we talk about the massive thighs (above) of hottie Dan Tai? That represents a whole lotta leg days… #dang

ESPN: Out Olympian Gus Kenworthy pens a personal essay explaining how he landed his new role on American Horror Story: 1984, and how quickly he felt the LGBTQ community was quick to ‘cut him down.’

Twitter: Looking fabulous at 50, Jennifer Lopez closed out the Versace Spring 2020 show in Milan in a reimagined version of her iconic 2000 Grammy dress. #YouBettaWalk

Medium: Democratic presidential hopeful Mayor Pete Buttigieg shares his thoughts as a gay military veteran on the 8th anniversary of the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.’

Media Matters: Anti-LGBTQ lawyer Kristen Waggoner told Fox News that policies protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination are bad for business. In reality, more than 160 leading businesses support federal nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people, and the vast majority of Fortune 500 companies have inclusive policies.

Washington Post: Making an apparent reference to transgender women, HUD Secretary Ben Carson expressed concern about “big, hairy men” trying to stay in women’s homeless shelters during an internal meeting. Carson also lamented that society no longer seemed to know the difference between men and women, two of the agency staffers said.

New Music: “Memories” marks the first new music from three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning band Maroon 5 since the release of their global anthem “Girls Like You” in 2017.

Singer and songwriter Adam Levine said about the new track: In an ever-increasingly crazy world, let’s just carve out one moment to think of those we love and share the memories of the ones we’ve lost.”

Music Video: Maroon 5 “Wait”

Adam Levine of Maroon 5

Directed by David Meyers, the new music video for Maroon 5’s “Wait” is over-the-top, visually stunning.

Following Adam Levine through a series of wild, fantasy fights with actress Alexandra Daddario, the stakes get higher and higher for the toxic couple as the video shifts from a shirtless, ripped Levine attending his girlfriend’s funeral to a world under the sea to an apocalyptic rain of missiles.

“Wait” has quickly climbed up the Top 40 radio chart, and has already clocked over 79 million streams on Spotify and over 10 million on YouTube, since its release last month.

The track is from the band’s latest album, Red Pill Blues.

In conjunction with the new album, Maroon 5 also recently announced their Red Pill Blues world tour produced by Live Nation. The first leg of dates are set to kick off on May 30th at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA.

Watch below.

News Round-Up: November 9, 2017

Some news stories you might have missed:

• Yes, it’s calendar season! Whoo-hoo! Today’s charity calendar (above) is from former rugby champ and total LGBT ally Ben Cohen. Ben’s StandUp Foundation works to bring awareness to the long-term effects of bullying and strives to bring an end to bullying.

Justice League star Ezra Miller was told by entertainment insiders he’d “made a mistake” by coming out. He’s not too worried 😉

• Embattled Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore told reporters yesterday that “Transgenders don’t have rights.”

• Folks are so over Kevin Spacey in the wake of the numerous sexual harassment allegations that Ridley Scott has recast Spacey’s supporting role in the upcoming All the Money in the World with Christopher Plummer. The entire movie was already filmed, edited and ready to be released in six weeks, but Sony is so freaked out they are going back into production to remove Spacey from the film.

• Gay adult film actor Ali Liam has been arrested for the stabbing death of his boyfriend.

• In case you missed it, check out Maroon 5 performing their latest single, “Like Lovers Do” from the new album Red Blue Pills on ELLEN this week. #ILovePopMusic

Music Video: Maroon 5 “What Lovers Do” Featuring SZA

Three-time Grammy Award winners Maroon 5 drop their latest music video, “What Lovers Do” featuring SZA.

Following a long tradition of visually impressive videos, the uber-stylized clip chronicles a “larger than life” on-screen romance than spans frolicking in a forest to swimming with dolphins to gameplay in Las Vegas, and an homage to King Kong.

Definitely a bouncy, fun, imaginative romp.

Watch the video below and stream/buy “What Lovers Do” here.

News Round-Up: September 18, 2017

Some news items you may have missed:

• Hottie Nick Jonas (above) raises the temperature as he journeys from desert to beach party in his sultry new music video, “Find You,” today.

• Tennis legend and newly revealed homophobe Margaret Court says the LGBT community wants to destroy marriage. “There will be no Mother’s Day, there will be no Father’s Day, there will be no Easter, there will be no Christmas.”

• Police in Tanzania arrested 20 “suspected homosexuals” this weekend in an effort to “intensify vigilance” against LGBTs. Conviction of a sexual act “against the order of nature” in Tanzania can lead to up to 30 years behind bars. The 8 men and 12 women were arrested at a hotel where they were attending an HIV/AIDS education training session.

• Clearly concerned about losing the ratings war to MSNBC of late, Fox News is shuffling it’s evening schedule to pit far-right pundit Sean Hannity directly opposite MSNBC’s ratings champ Rachel Maddow at 9PM.

• Pop star and LGBT ally Demi Lovato says even though magazines and TV seem to be trying “to break” what her sexuality is, she doesn’t intend on giving those folks their soundbite. She says watch her upcoming YouTube documentary “Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated” on October 12 for some of those answers offered on her “own terms.”

• Always awesome Maroon 5 drops the lyric video and Slushii Remix for their latest single, “What Lovers Do” featuring SZA.

Music Video: Maroon 5 Feat. Future “Cold”

Adam Levine goes on an acid trippy journey in Maroon 5‘s latest music video, “Cold.”

The new music video takes the viewer on a wild ride through a fun, sexy, dark party at Future’s place, making the clip a worthy addition to the band’s catalog of visually creative music videos.

The single entered at #1 on the Billboard Top Tracks, scoring the group’s third chart-topping start which reached #1 on iTunes, Top 40 and Hot AC charts.

You can find “Cold” on all digital download sites including iTunes and Amazon.

The band kicks off the final leg of their world tour with North American dates beginning February 20 in Milwaukee.

Watch the acid-inspired music video for “Cold” below:

Maroon 5 To North Carolina: No Concerts For You

Maroon 5 joins an extremely long list of entertainment acts to cancel dates in North Carolina over the recently passed anti-LGBT legislation HB2. Both Charlotte and Raleigh will lose dates on the band’s schedule.

From the band’s official website:

We have announced that we will be canceling our upcoming shows in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina because of the recent passage of the HB2 legislation.

This was a difficult decision for us to make as a band. We don’t want to penalize our fans in North Carolina by not performing for them, but in the end it comes down to what we feel is morally right.

New Music Video: Maroon 5 “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like A Motherf*cker”

Maroon 5 dropped their latest music video last night, “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like A Motherf*cker.”

Sorry for the language; there is a “clean” version out there which replaces “Motherf****r” with “A-ha,” but this lyric is clearly the writer’s intent so I honor that. Feel free to skip if it’s not your thing.

I’m a big fan of the band, and especially Adam Levine (and his bare nakedness that we see a glimpse of in the beginning of the clip).

From the band’s new album V, released two weeks ago. Find it on iTunes here.