“Luna Goes Cruising” is an adorable take on one dog’s search for the right man.
Shot by Instagram sensation Kyle Krieger and Broadway babe Jake Wilson, the too-cute short features voices by Rumer Willis, Skylar Astin, Tyler Oakley, Lance Bass, Courtney Act, Leslie Odom Jr., Brad Goreski, Darren Criss and Robbie Rogers.
After the death of his father, Benjamin starts a new life in a seaside town in New York where he and his mother move into a strange gothic house with a terrible history. From the moment Benjamin starts to settle in, he feels he was being watched. He is sure they were not alone in the house.
As Benjamin learns of his new home, he is told of a past resident who fell to her death on the nearby cliffs at the same time that her teen-aged son, Eli, disappeared. Eli, now a ghostly apparition, appears to Benjamin and claims that his mother's death was a murder, not suicide and asks for Benjamin's help in bringing the dangerous killer to justice.
The mystery unfolds as Benjamin enlists the help of the hunky new friend he has made named Joe. A romance develops between them, but does Joe know more about the murder and disappearance than he is letting on? Will Benjamin live to solve the murder?
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"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
"Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."
"Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied."
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy."
"Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God."
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God."
"Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven."
President Obama zinged Michele Bachmann, Dick Cheney and his new decision to give no fucks at the White House Correspondents Dinner. He was way, way funnier than the emcee, who wasn't half bad herself.
Full video to follow...
Silver lining to this whole thing? Getting to see these two munchkins -- AJ and Ally -- an extra time this spring!
Before Mitch and Cam charmed Middle America and even RuPaul relished relative widespread notoriety, openly gay artist John Waters was pushing boundaries with unapologetically queer cinema.r
“I always appealed to gay people that couldn’t even fit into the gay world, and I still do,” he told Dallas Voice earlier this year. “My crowd has always been minorities. My core crowd is minorities that can’t fit in with their own minorities.”r
The Baltimore-born Waters has worn many hats — writer, director, actor, comedian, artist — but, his signature pencil mustache and camp aesthetic, his work has maintained his subversive sense of style. Responsible for some of the most shocking, transgressive moments on film, Waters has worked with everyone from legendary drag queens to today’s brightest Hollywood stars. From his most controversial films to even his most mainstream works, Waters has never lost touch of his unique sensibilities.r
“I don't understand what gay people want to be like everybody else," he told BigThink in 2011. “To me, we were outlaws, we used our wit for fighting words, you know, Act Up — ‘Act Bad,’ I wanted.”r
When he isn’t making movies (or hosting TV shows about married couples turned murderers or hitchhiking across America), Waters has been an advocate for gay rights, including campaigning for marriage equality in his home state of Maryland. He shared more of his political beliefs with BigThink:r
“I understand that people... straight, gay, people want to get married, they want to have children. I'm for that, I'm all for that. I'm for like, why would anyone be against gay adoption? I can't understand it, or when celebrities get babies. Madonna's child won the lottery, if you ask me. The one she just got in Africa. I'm for anybody getting any kid, if they can love it. And I'm for abortion. If you can't love your kid, don't have it because it will grow up and kill us.”r
Check out some of our favorite moments from John Waters’ films, AFTER THE JUMP …rr
Perhaps Waters’s most iconic film, Pink Flamingos is like no other. Featuring Waters' troupe of actors, the Dreamlanders, the movie follows the exploits of Babs Johnson, played by Waters’ muse and legend in her own right, Divine. The film indulges in almost every taboo — and even invents some new ones. In its most famous scene, a continuous take follows a dog as it defecates and Divine picks up the waste and actually eats it. And we’re not even sure that’s the furthest the film pushes.r
Waters’ Hairspray was a touch more palatable for viewers. In addition to introducing the world to Ricki Lake, the cast also included Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry, Sonny Bono, Jerry Stiller and was additionally Divine’s last film role. Hairspray would be turned into a wildly successful Broadway musical in 2002, winning eight Tony Awards. The stage musical was reimagined as a film starring John Travolta in the role originally played by Divine. When Waters presented Quentin Tarantino with the Filmmaker on the Edge Award at the Provincetown Film Festival, Waters would say of the Pulp Fiction director: "You helped reinvent John Travolta as a man and I reinvented him as a woman."r
Hairspray isn’t the only Waters film to be turned into a musical. An adaptation of his 1990 movie musical, Cry-Baby, debuted on Broadway in 2008. The film’s cast is headlined by a young Johnny Depp (with appearances from Iggy Pop and Patty Hearst), and it follows the love story between a member of the gang of “drapes” and a goody-goody “square.” Waters’ fascination with biker culture and teen delinquents is inspired by his own youth. As he described to The Daily Show: "I couldn't win any fight. Anyone could beat me up. So in high school, as a juvenile delinquent hag basically, I learned that - people who could beat you up - if you could make them laugh, they wouldn't beat you up, and maybe they would sleep with you!"r
Just because his films got more popular doesn’t mean they lost their edge. In 1994, Waters wrote and directed Serial Mom, starring Kathleen Turner. The dark comedy chronicled Turner’s character Beverly Sutphin as she rampages around, murdering anyone that gets on her bad side. The film also featured Suzanne Somers and Joan Rivers playing themselves, as Serial Mom satirizes the culture of true crime celebrities.r
If you want to get even more inside the warped mind of Waters, check out the film version of his one-man show, This Filthy World. You can see a clip of the show, above.r
What’s your favorite Waters work?
Hollywood and the Hill converge tonight at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. The red carpet portion is underway, with the dinner itself set to start around 7:30. SNL's Cecily Strong serves as this year's celebrity host.r
See how many celebs and politicians you can spot, AFTER THE JUMP...(live feed for the dinner portion included)rrr
Earlier this week, a Texas House committee held a hearing on a so-called religious freedom bill that purportedly aims to prevent pastors from being forced to perform same-sex marriages.r
Critics of the bill say it's written so broadly that it could allow any religiously affiliated organization — from hospitals and universities to homeless shelters — to discriminate against gay couples.r
Most of those who testified in support of the bill were pastors brought in by the anti-LGBT Texas Pastor Council. But then there was also Jason Vaughn (shown above left, with Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton), who told the committee he's gay but supports the bill.r
Here's part of Vaughn's testimony, from a transcript he later posted on a Texas GOP website:r
"I stand before you as a gay man in support of this bill, but the truth is that my sexuality shouldn't matter. Nor should anything else other than the fact that I'm a proud Texan with inalienable rights.r
"Inalienable rights to live my life as I wish as long as I do not hinder the rights of others. That's what the gay rights movement has been about, at least until recently. Now it seems that folks are more interested in forcing others to take part in our lives. The actions of my community that have too often made up the news cycle are nothing more than hypocrisy. To say that we want the right to live as we wish while harassing companies like Chick-Fil-A, attacking Brendan Eich in California until he could not work, and even demanding that HGTV fire the Benham Brothers for their views on abortion and gay marriage is beyond the pale. ...r
"I'm sickened that we are at the point that pastors feel the need for this bill, but I urge you to support it."r
One member of the committee, GOP Rep. Patricia Harless, asked Vaughn whether he agreed with one of the pastors who testified that disagreement is not the same as hatred or discrimination.r
“I have friends from Jonathan Saenz to a gay communist stripper," Vaughn responded, referring to the leader of the anti-LGBT hate group Texas Values.r
Vaughn's line got a lot of laughs, and his testimony was apparently persuasive in the mind of at least one legislator. However, it was predicated on a complete lie.r
As Vaughn himself admitted in another post on the same website earlier this month, he's not really gay. Rather, he's a self-described "celibate Christian homosexual" — which apparently is just another term for "ex-gay." From Vaughn's post titled, "As a Gay Man, The Hypocrisy of the LGBT Community Really Ticks Me Off":r
For those that don’t know me, my name is Jason Vaughn and I am a celibate Christian homosexual. I don’t really know how to describe it as some say I shouldn’t associate myself as a gay man. I use it that way instead of “reformed homosexual” or “former homosexual” because I want to be clear that it is still a temptation I have to fight regularly and one I have failed at many times. ...r
Since coming out [as ex-gay] I’ve made a lot of friends that are either openly gay, secretly tempted with same sex attraction, or fighting for celibacy like me. Several young people have come to me and asked for advice on dealing with this. It’s not easy. I’m still tempted with same sex attraction and probably always will be. It doesn't get easier and the last year has been the hardest and most confusing. I’ve made plenty of mistakes sexually. I just continue to look to Christ daily and trust Him to keep me.r
OK, here's the deal: If you want to futily attempt to repress your sexuality because you hate yourself, that's your call. But you don't get to ruin it for the rest of us by holding yourself out publicly as a member of the LGBT community.r
Given that Vaughn is living a lie, it isn't terribly surprising that he has no qualms about deceiving lawmakers into thinking he's an openly gay man. Wait, isn't there something in the Bible about bearing false witness?