April 25, 2014

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Which ‘Jersey Shore’ star will create t-shirts for a good cause?

HollywoodNews.com: The cast of the ‘Jersey Shore’ has been able to create and endorse all sorts of products and now one person is doing it for a good cause.
Reality TV star Vinny Guadagnino will be creating a t-shirt line called “IHAV” which is short for “I Have A Vision,” states TooFab. Vinny is reportedly partnering with DoSomething.org to give away part of the money made off the shirts.
Part of the proceeds will specifically be going to grants that will help with anti-bullying initiatives across the country. The t-shirt launch will reportedly happen next week.
Do you think this is a good idea for Vinny to be involved in?
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Kathy Griffin Is “Straight Ally of the Year”

hollywoodnews.com: When it has been time to step up and speak out in favor of same-sex marriage, against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and about the bullying that has led to too many gay teens to kill themselves, Kathy Griffin has been there with clarity, conviction, and with the facts.
She just gets better all the time.
This two-time Emmy winner for My Life on the D-List shows up at rallies and benefits for marriage equality and against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and has used her experiences on her popular Bravo show.
She also knows when to get serious. Kathy did not crack a joke during the entire hour of a panel King hosted on teen bullying that also included Wanda Sykes, Nate Berkus, Tim Gunn, Chely Wright and Lance Bass.
Kathy announced that she would be donating her entire salary from her concert at the Gibson Ampitheatre in Universal City earlier this month to The Trevor Project.
Kathy has also released a video where she makes the claim that “trickle down homophobia” from political and religious leaders is to blame for making gays feel inferior and for the bullying that has led to the suicides.
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Sir Ian McKellen on the prominence of anti-gay bullying

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Nice to see Sir Ian McKellen continuing to work to educate people about homophobic bullying in schools.
The ‘Lord of the Rings,’ ‘X-Men’ and ‘Gods and Monsters’ star visited a Harrogate’s Rossett School in the UK in an event organized by Stonewall’s Education Champions Program which helps schools prevent and tackle homophobic bullying.
The actor co-founded Stonewall in response to Section 28 of the Local Government Act that legislated against what it considered the promotion of homosexuality within the education system.
Recent YouGov research for Stonewall found that nine in 10 teachers said their pupils currently experienced homophobic bullying, but nine in 10 had never received any training on how to tackle and prevent it.
Sir Ian said to the BBC: “Until I visited secondary schools recently, I hadn’t realized how much anti-gay bullying goes on, throughout the education system.”
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Adam Lambert doesn’t want sexuality to overshadow his music

HollywoodNews.com: Adam Lambert’s sexuality has been a topic of conversation since his ‘American Idol’ days, and while talking about it doesn’t bother him, he hopes that it doesn’t overshadow his work.
Lambert states that he understands all the talk about it because there are “very few openly gay artists,” states The Hollywood Gossip. However, he worries that it may be too much of a topic of conversation because matters like this are often sensationalized by others.
Luckily, he doesn’t always have to worry about being asked about his sexuality: “When I’m abroad, people mostly ask me why they talk about it so much in the U.S.!”
Do you think Adam Lambert’s music would be overshadowed by his sexuality?
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Janet Jackson tells teens “It Gets Better”

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Singer and actress Janet Jackson has given her soft but powerful voice to The Trevor Project’s “It Gets Better” campaign telling bullied teens that it will indeed get better.
I was reading some of the comments left on YouTube and while most were supportive, there was all kinds of negative, hateful comments up there too.
It just underscores why we need to keep putting this anti-bullying message out there. So many hateful and ridiculous people are out there who are so miserable that they have to tear others down.
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“Glee” captures raw emotion in “Furt” episode

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: “Glee” had me reaching for the Kleenex last night. The episode, titled “Furt,” was so good, so emotional, so satisfying.
It dealt with bullying and interwoven was a beautiful wedding and a well-written role for a famous guest star.
Here were some of the highlights for me:
In the wedding reception scene (Kurt’s dad married Finn’s mom) when Finn made a speech about having his brother’s back from now on then sang to him and danced with him, the tears rolled out and didn’t stop until we were well into the commercial break. God it was beautiful.
There were several high other points in the episode which dealt with Kurt being bullied by football player Dave Karofsky (Max Adler) who is gay himself and kissed Kurt a few weeks back.
Early in last night’s show there were some very positive actions in the way that others in the school reacted to Kurt being bullied, Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) immediately took action when he witnessed the bullying; Kurt’s friends in Glee club confronted the bully in the locker room and Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), as principal, expelling the bully from school.
Says Sue: “Lady, this kid lays a finger on you, you come straight to me and I will expel him faster than a Thai take-out place can read back your delivery order.”
Kurt tells Sue that he doesn’t to be called Lady. She says in a soothing tone: “I’m sorry. I thought that was your name. As an apology, I’ll allow you to choose from the following nicknames: Gelfling, Porcelain or Tickle-Me-Doughface.”
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Selena Gomez knows the difficulties of being bullied

HollywoodNews.com: Selena Gomez is another star who is coming out and opening up about being bullied in her past and even still being bullied today.
Gomez revealed that she used to be bullied in school because she was working in the entertainment industry, states Just Jared. Even now, she gets “criticized by adults who say awful things about me” including stuff online that she tries not to read.
In the new season of Wizards of Waverly Place, Gomez and the rest of the cast will tackle the bullying topic.
Do you think it’s good that the show will be covering bullying?
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Cameron Diaz: “Men’s behavior does not offend me in any way, shape or form”

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Knight and Day’ star Cameron Diaz has admitted she loves sports but is also a “girlie girl” at heart.
The 37-year-old actress said to UK newspaper The Sun: “When I grew up my sister and I were pretty much tomboys. I grew up playing sports. I love sports, I love playing sports, I love talking about sports, I love watching sports and going to sports, but that’s only one aspect of it. It makes it handy, because you can hang out with the boys and not feel out of place. Men’s behavior does not offend me in any way, shape or form. I love it, I love all aspects of it, but being a girl, I’m a girlie girl at the same time. I love being a woman, so it’s not just black and white.”
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Michael Cera opens up about his sexual life

HollywoodNews.com: “Superbad” star Michael Cera said he likes women who ‘take charge’ – but joked they are usually so shy they don’t even look at him. The actor, known for playing loveable geeks in comedies, turned on the sarcasm as he opened up about his sexual life to Playboy magazine in the US.
In his typical deadpan fashion, he joked that his memory is a bit foggy about losing his virginity. “To be honest I don’t remember too much about it,” the 22-year-old said. “All I remember is I had been awake for almost 86 hours, I was on the roof of a Public Storage building in what seemed to be a freezing rainstorm, and (actor) Crispin Glover was there with a disposable camera he kept winding even though it had clearly run out of exposures.”
“My memory of it has fogged as time has gone by and I’ve pushed it out of my mind, though I do seem to remember something about a plastic Academy Award for best grandson being involved. You might say it was my first brush with the finer side of show business.”
He then said that he prefers women who take charge – but joked that the reason they don’t even look at him is they are too shy. Cera said: “Yes but they’re hard to find. For example, when I go out to a restaurant I know every girl in there wants to come say hi and be sexually aggressive but they’re all so gripped by shyness that they don’t even make a move. In some cases the shyness is so severe they won’t even look at me.”
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EXCLUSIVE: “Standing Ovation” star Dexter Darden on how film differs from “Glee”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Is “Glee” a little too grown up for your youngest kids? Is Big Time Rush on Nickelodeon a bit too goofy for your taste? If you are looking for a new mix of adolescence and music for your family, then you might want to check out Stewart Raffill’s “Standing Ovation” when it opens in theaters this Friday, July 16.
The family musical, distributed by Rocky Mountain Pictures, follows five junior high school friends who form a singing group called The 5 Ovations to compete in a national music video contest. It’s their goal to win a cash prize of one million dollars. Standing in their way, however, is rival singing group The Wiggies — five rich, talented and unscrupulous sisters who along with their parents, will stop at nothing to win the competition.
But parents can take their little ones to “Standing Ovation” without fear of exposing them to pregnant teenagers (like in “Glee”) or heartbroken boyfriend-girlfriend struggles.
“This is for a younger crowd,” said Dexter Darden, who plays the contest’s MC, the host of the talent show. “‘Glee’ is about high school. The 5 Ovations girls in ‘Standing Ovation’ are still in middle school. Some of them aren’t even teenagers yet. I feel like a lot of younger kids don’t have the ability to relate to ‘Glee’ and ‘Big Time Rush’ because those characters are older. Hopefully they’ll latch on to The 5 Ovations, instead.”
Darden learned about “Ovation” while working on “Cadillac Records” with Adrien Brody, Cedric the Entertainer, Mos Def and Beyonce Knowles. He has been performing since a young age, and gets to bring both his acting and singing talents to the screen for his part in “Standing.”
“Something exciting about my role is that I’m the one who gets to announce which band wins the competition at the end of the film. I’m the one with the Golden Ticket in my hand,” Darden said. “I also play one of the finalists in the competition, so I get to sing a song in the movie, as well.”
Darden also says he was intrigued by the film’s concept that technological advancements allow anyone with a flip cam and YouTube access to create a video and chase their musical dreams.
“Technology has improved our access to the world of entertainment,” Darden said. “I am a huge YouTube fan. I go on there all the time to watch old Michael [...]

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