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Jesse Tyler Ferguson weighs in on Alec Baldwin controversy

You may recall that Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson professed his crush on 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin in a 2010 video championing the legalization of gay marriage in New York, and Baldwin responded with a video, also for FightBackPac.com, showing his support (“Because no one tells a New Yorker that they can’t marry Jesse Tyler Ferguson”). So how does Ferguson feel about Baldwin’s recent headline-grabbing outburst in which he allegedly called a photographer a “c–ksucking f-g” (or a “c–ksucking fathead,” as Baldwin later claimed)?

“Whether or not he said it or not, it [has] brought to attention that that’s not to be said. [C--ksucker is] not a good word. That’s a no-no word,” Ferguson tells Entertainment Weekly editor Jess Cagle in an interview that will air Thursday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. ET during The Editor’s Hour on EW Radio (SiriusXM 105). “I have met him several times, and he’s completely lovely, and certainly I know he’s a supporter of marriage equality, so I was kind of confused by it all,” Ferguson says. “But I think he’s a very talented actor, and I feel for him going though something that seems a little rough right now.” Listen to the clip below.

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Olympians face call to boycott Sochi at 100 Day Countdown event -- and explain why they'll compete

An official Winter Olympics countdown event was disrupted in New York City’s Times Square on Tuesday by gay rights activists protesting Russia’s anti-gay laws. At the 100 Day Countdown, U.S. hopefuls heard chants calling for the United States Olympic Committee to boycott the Games in Sochi. As the publicized media hour began, members of the activist group Queer Nation lined a crowd barrier and unfurled banners with the words “Don’t Buy Putin’s Lies!” and “Boycott Homophobia!” — and chanted while four athletes were interviewed on stage.

On Monday, Russian President Vladmir Putin assured the International Olympic Committee that the host country would make the athletes and guests feel comfortable in Sochi “regardless of nationality, race or sexual orientation.” Contacted after the Times Square demonstration, Queer Nation member Andrew Miller noted that the group is working with more than three dozen LGBT Russian activists, supports a boycott of all Russian goods and services and believes international events including the Olympics should not be held in Russia, and sent EW the following statement: “By buying into Putin’s hollow attempts to pacify his international critics, the International and United States Olympics Committees are complicit in the arrests, jailings, beatings, rapes, and murders of LGBT Russians that Putin’s anti-LGBT laws have engendered. Clearly, we’ve succeeded in embarrassing Putin by forcing him to make such hollow assurances. But if Putin wants gay men and lesbians to feel welcome in Russia, he must overturn his country’s anti-gay laws. The real issue is the Russian LGBT community, not Olympic athletes and tourists.”

EW spoke with three of those athletes who’d had their interviews interrupted at the event. Billy Demong, a four-time Olympian who became the first American athlete to win gold in Nordic Combined in Vancouver, understood the timing of the protest. “Obviously it would be nice if they waited, but then they wouldn’t have the platform,” he said. “We live in a free country, and this is also an opportunity for them to voice some of their concerns about what’s happening overseas. As an older athlete, I know enough to allow them to do their thing but focus on what I’m here to do and say.” That will be his mind-set in Sochi, if/when he qualifies for his fifth Olympics in December: “Certainly I have opinions about a lot of things, but I have to remember what my role is: I’m an athlete, and I’m here to compete, train, and do my very best for the United States at the Olympics.”
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'Allegiant' controversial ending: Veronica Roth speaks out

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[SPOILERS ABOUND: This post is all about the ending of Allegiant, which you don't want spoiled for you if you've yet to read it.]

It shouldn’t be a surprise that the woman who created Tris Prior isn’t afraid of much.
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Russell Brand calls for revolution in explosive interview -- VIDEO

You say you want a revolution? Well, Russell Brand knows it — and he’s leading the cause.

Fans of Brand know that in addition to being a stand-up comedian, actor, and Katy Perry ex-husband, he’s a passionate advocate against various societal ills, particularly drug abuse and income inequality.

It was that Brand who showed up to a BBC interview last night with journalist Jeremy Paxman (the two have memorably talked before). Brand was on the program because he guest-edited The New Statesman‘s revolution-themed issue, and in the on-camera interview, Brand expanded on his printed op-ed about the change in our political structure Brand believes is coming.
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GLSEN online auction features lunch with Julia Roberts, more

Ever wanted to have lunch (mystic pizza, perhaps) with Julia Roberts or be a guest at Elton John’s Oscar party? The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) launched its charityBUZZ online auction Wednesday and those items plus walk-on roles on True Blood, Modern Family, and General Hospital, tickets to the L.A. premiere and after party for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and more are up for bids through Oct. 30.

The auction is being held in conjunction with GLSEN’s Respect Awards — Los Angeles, which will take place on Friday, Oct. 18 with Scandal‘s Kerry Washington and L.A. Galaxy soccer player Robbie Rogers as honorary co-chairs.

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Government shutdown: The best late-night and celeb reactions

Faster than you can say “meme,” the Internet was aflutter with commentary on today’s government shutdown. Ranging from the angry to the silly to the tweetable, here are the best reactions:

The best late-night government roasting (in addition to Stewart and Colbert’s “Rockin’ Government Shutdown Eve“): “Our government may be shutting down in a few hours. So folks, get ready for absolutely no noticeable difference,” Conan O’Brien said on Monday’s Conan. “All this drama is very confusing to all the hookers in D.C. They don’t know whether they have to go to work tomorrow either,” Arsenio Hall said on The Arsenio Hall Show.
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Wentworth Miller comes out, declines invitation to Russian film fest

Wentworth Miller, best known for his role on Prison Break, came out as a gay man in an open letter to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival. The fest invited him to attend, and although Miller cited ties to Russia and pleasant visits to the country in the past, he said no.

“As a gay man, I must decline,” Miller wrote in his letter. “I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.”

He signed the letter by asserting his membership in GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, and The ManKind Project. GLAAD reps supported Miller’s stance with their own statement:
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Let Mark Wahlberg tell you his thoughts about Justin Bieber and 'The Lone Ranger'

Mark Wahlberg has got a movie to promote, which means he’s ready to be back in the headlines.

The easiest way to do that is to weigh in on all the buzzy issues of the day, which Wahlberg was all too happy to do. First, he told the L.A. Times that — much like Johnny Depp said — critics were out to get Lone Ranger. “First and foremost, the media is targeting all these movies,” the actor said in the interview. “There’s intense scrutiny on us, way more than before.” Beyond that, though, Wahlberg thought that the other summer blockbuster issue was budgets. “They are spending so much money to pull the wool over the audience’s eyes with these effects-driven movies,” he said. “It’s not like Jurassic Park, where you saw something groundbreaking and innovative and said ‘Holy … I gotta see that. Every end-of-the-Earth movie kind of feels the same.”

When the L.A. Times reporter brought up that Wahlberg was slated to star in Transformers 4, and jeez, doesn’t that movie seem right in the wheelhouse of what Wahlberg is bashing, the actor replied, “Transformers is a different thing. What Michael’s [Bay] been able to do is elevate the material and take the human element to a whole other place.” Okay then! READ FULL STORY

George Takei, Stephen Fry and more speak out against Russia hosting Olympics

Russia isn’t winning any gold medals for tolerance.

In the wake of the country’s anti-gay laws passed in June, many are speaking out regarding Russia’s ability to hold the 2014 Winter Olympics, and if they do, whether other countries should boycott.

George Takei, in a blog post titled, “Sochi: Winter of Hate” spoke against Russia’s “draconian gay propaganda law,” explaining, “Last week, Russia’s Sports Minister confirmed that the country intends to enforce its laws against visiting LGBT athletes, trainers and fans, meaning anyone even so much as waving a rainbow flag (and I presume many men enthusiastically watching and dramatically commenting on figure skating) would be arrested, held for weeks and then deported. Given this position, the IOC must do the right thing, protect its athletes and the fans, and move the 2014 Winter Olympics out of Russia.”

He went on to say that boycotting the games punishes innocent athletes that have worked for years to participate, and instead, urged his readers to sign a Change.org petition to move the winter games to Vancouver (where they were held in 2010, and because of that, could likely be set up there easier than in a brand-new country). READ FULL STORY

Amber Tamblyn on her new PSA with David Cross: 'The best way to receive information is through comedy'

It seems all good things lead back to Arrested Development.

That certainly was the beginning for a buzzy new video calling out the United States’ restrictive healthcare laws for women. When Arrested star David Cross was in Europe promoting the show last month, his wife, actress Amber Tamblyn, joined him and the couple took a day trip to Stockholm. They may have been out of the country, but they were keeping up with news from home, where things were heating up in the Texas statehouse and a woman named Wendy Davis was about to gain national attention. While waiting for the bus, the idea for their PSA/sketch “Gynotician” was born — and written up just a few minutes later.

“Gynotician,” a term lovingly borrowed from Planned Parenthood, is Cross and Tamblyn’s response to, in their opinion, the increasingly outrageous restrictions hurting women’s health. “I think it’s been a long time coming, and it probably will continue to be a long time coming, meaning it’s many things layered on top of many things,” Tamblyn explained to EW on the phone this afternoon about why now was the time for them to get involved. “It’s really hard because people who want to look at the video and say, ‘This is just an ignorant celebrity couple making a video to support their pro-abortion thoughts,’ [that] is so myopic and so terrible and incorrect because it’s a tiny, tiny drop in the bucket of crap that is that law. And that law [in Texas that was recently passed] more than anything is about all the other aspects of women’s healthcare that it blocks and destroys.” READ FULL STORY

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