Germanwings CEO Thomas Winkelmann holding a press conference soon - his first press conference since this morning's news that Andreas Lubitz, identified as the co-pilot of the Germanwings A320 that crashed in the Alps on Tuesday morning, intentionally put the aircraft into a dive while the pilot was locked out of the cockpit.r
Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr is also at the conference. Germanwings is an economy airline owned by Lufthansa.r
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...rr
Many more details have emerged about Tom Ford's follow-up film project to the critically-acclaimed A Single Man.r
The Hollywood Reporter reveals:r
Ford is attached to direct Nocturnal Animals, the adaptation of an Austin Wright book titled Tony and Susan. Ford wrote the script for the postmodern noir thriller and will direct while [George] Clooney will produce with his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov.r
Wright’s book was initially published in 1993 and tells of a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion.r
The book then tracks two stories: the story in the novel, titled Nocturnal Animals, which tells of a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly; and the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself.r
Jake Gyllenhaal is attached to star and Amy Adams is in talks to co-star. "Insiders also say that Joaquin Phoenix and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are also being sought for leading roles," according to THR.r
Ford told WWD last month that his shooting window for the film is September 15 to December, and if he misses it, the project must wait till next year because of his grueling fashion schedule.
I’d been a fan, but I’d never actually met her. Ten days before, she called and said, ‘I just want to be very sure that you’re OK with this, that I’m not offending in any way.’ I said, ‘Are you kidding? Go for it. Enjoy it.’ We met face-to-face 45 seconds before we went on stage, so my actual first contact with her was when I walked on stage and gave her a hug. I subsequently spoke to her. We chatted for about 25 minutes. She sang very, very well. I was a fan, and now I’ve made a new friend… She did say, ‘It’s probably the biggest thing I’ve ever done.’ And so brave, in front of that audience to take that gamble. She worked very, very hard on it. I thought making that herculean effort and then handing it to me on a golden platter and walking off stage was amazingly generous. I’m the lucky lady that was asked to be in that great film. I never cease to be grateful, really.”
Well this is certainly one way to sell a book.
In a new memoir titled Tides of Vanity, self-described “jetset heir of a Montreal real-estate empire” Jay Quint (pictured right) tells a tale of young adulthood studded with “drugs, sex, vanity, [and] a sordid cast of Miami and L.A. scenesters.”
The book also promises some juicy accounts of “sultry nights being romanced by Anderson Cooper” during which the famous silver fox reportedly laid it on extra thick.
And in what by our accounts is a first (correct us if we’re wrong), a film noir-style video starring the author is making the rounds to generate interest. It features Quint, a dramatic reading by drag queen Manila Luzon, as well as a very unwrapped Pablo Hernandez.
Sounds like some delicious summer reading.
As anti-gay legislation in Indiana - SB 101 - heads to Gov. Mike Pence's desk, George Takei called for a boycott of the state should the bill become law:
The Governor of Indiana has indicated that he will sign SB101—a law that allows businesses to discriminate against customers based on the proprietors’ religious beliefs. This bill is strikingly similar to one proposed—and vetoed due to public outcry—in Arizona. Such laws harken back to a time where our society was divided, and people of color were banned from white establishments. That is not our nation any longer, and those are not our values.
To the governor and to the legislators in Indiana who support this backward-looking and divisive bill, I say to you this: If it goes into effect, Indiana will be marked as a state where certain people are not welcome, and so we will not visit. We will not spend. And we will not attend events, including GenCon, the world’s largest gaming convention, held in Indianapolis each year. Many fans here are gamers, Governor Pence, and we will demand the convention move out of your state.
Fans, friends and especially you gamers, let Governor Pence know how you feel about this bill. Give him a call: 317-232-4567.
As predicted, the anti-gay legislation SB 101 - already passed by Indiana state legislature and headed to Gov. Mike Pence's desk - is on the verge of having major negative economic impact on the state.
Gen Con, one of Indianapolis' largest annual conventions has written to the governor threatening to move the event.
"Legislation that could allow for refusal of service or discrimination against our attendees will have a direct negative impact on the state's economy, and will factor into our decision-making on hosting the convention in the state of Indiana in future years," said Adrian Swartout, owner and CEO of Gen Con LLC, in a letter sent to Pence just hours after lawmakers sent the measure to his desk.
"Gen Con proudly welcomes a diverse attendee base, made up of different ethnicities, cultures, beliefs, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, and socio-economic backgrounds," she wrote. "We are happy to provide an environment that welcomes all, and the wide-ranging diversity of our attendees has become a key element to the success and growth of our convention."
Gen Con attracts over 50,000 attendees each year, bringing more than $50 million to Indianapolis' economy.
On Tuesday, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) introduced an amendment to the Congressional budget endorsing the position that businesses and organizations should be allowed to use taxpayer funds to discriminate against married same-sex couples, reports Human Rights Campaign.r
The amendment dictates that “Federal agencies do not discriminate against an individual, business, or organization with sincerely held religious beliefs against abortion [or] that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.”r
Inhofe’s proposed amendment is seen as an attempt to undermine Barack Obama’s 2014 executive order requiring all federal contractors to adhere to LGBT nondiscrimination protections.r
In a statement, Human Rights Campaign’s Government Affairs Director David Stacy said:r
“With nearly 60 percent of Americans supporting marriage equality, the Senate should reject Sen. Inhofe’s effort to turn back the clock on equality.r
“Senator Inhofe’s long record of opposition to LGBT rights is already notorious, but the question this week is whether the U.S. Senate rejects his extreme, anti-equality agenda.r
"Sen. Inhofe isn’t even in touch with his own constituents. The Oklahoma legislature rejected more than a dozen bills aimed at harming LGBT people. Fair-minded Senators from both parties should reject this amendment.”r
In 2012, Inhofe and Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced a bill prohibiting same-sex marriages on military bases and allowing military chaplains to opt out of conducting such ceremonies.r
Watch a Young Turks report on Inhofe using a snowball and the bible to prove that climate change is a hoax, AFTER THE JUMP...rr
Minneapolis couple Joe Morales and Joey Famoso have experienced a tough road on the way to adoption, with their latest attempt to adopt a baby girl falling through at the last second. Instead of dwelling on the heartache of their situation, the two created a viral parody video set to Meghan Trainor’s song "Dear Future Husband," called "Dear Future Baby" - an ode to their future baby boy or girl. The couple wrote and sang the song together to share their message with the world and shared why they wrote the song with TODAY Parents.r
"We wanted to do something different that stood out, but also showed our personalities. We were very intentional about the words used in the song to illustrate the type of dads we will be. There are so many great families for a birthmother to choose, and by doing this, we hope to be one of the top on her list."r
Although the Internet has already generated potential leads for the couple, they’re aware that a lot can happen in the adoption process before they’re connected to a baby. However, the couple remains hopeful after all the support they’ve received from the online community; even Meghan Trainor commented on the parody in On Air with Ryan Seacrest, calling the parody "the cutest thing ever - I’m gonna tweet it."r
Watch the two sing about what their future baby’s life will be like with them, and the sweet things they’ll do for their baby, AFTER THE JUMP…r
A Texas lawmaker believes he can pass legislation that would supersede a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on same-sex marriage.
The “Preservation of Sovereignty and Marriage Act” by Magnolia Republican Rep. Cecil Bell Jr. will be heard Wednesday.
It says no state or local funds could be used to “license, register, certify or support” gay marriage. It would also prohibit officials from recognizing, granting or enforcing gay marriage licenses.
Bell says, “This is about the sovereignty of the states.”
SCOTUS will hear arguments regarding marriage equality at the end of April with a decision due in June.
Mr. Bell may want to take a look into the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution...