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George Clooney talks marriage equality and Brad Pitt, kicks off Ryan Gosling's 2012 Sexiest Man Alive campaign

Outspoken Oscar winner George Clooney recently sat down with The Advocate to discuss his appearance in a staged reading of Academy Award-winning Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black’s Prop 8 play, 8. Though the interview primarily dealt with Clooney’s feelings on gay rights, the actor did offer up a few nuggets about his famous friends Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling. READ FULL STORY

'RuPaul's Drag Race' week 5 query: Which queen did the best celebrity impersonation on 'The Snatch Game'? POLL!

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The Snatch Game returns! Last night’s new episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race once again featured the fan-favorite challenge, which finds the competing queens dragging out their best celebrity impersonations for a rollicking riff on ’70s-80s game show staple The Match Game. As we’ve seen in the past, the challenge can be a star-making turn for the gals who get it right: Both Pandora Boxx and Stacey Layne Matthews cleaned up on the past two seasons by serving up delightfully fierce versions of Carol Channing and Precious, respectively.

The fact that Chad Michaels took home the crown for the evening was basically a foregone conclusion — girl has been shilling her Cher impersonation since she walked through the door in the season premiere. I don’t think any of the queens thought they had a chance at beating her. Despite that, though, I thought there were several other stellar celeb impersonations, namely from Sharon Needles as Michelle Visage; Willam as Jessica Simpson; and Dida Ritz as Wendy Williams. (And several bad. Notably, Beyoncé by Kenya Michaels, who was mercifully shown the door at the end of the episode.)

Sharon proved shrewd by doing Drag Race judge Michelle — but it was risky, too, since it could have easily blown up in her face. Willam committed to playing Simpson as super stupid and scored. And Dida showed smarts for choosing someone — talk show host Williams — with such an iconic speaking voice and catchphrase in, “How you doin’?”

So, I’m asking you to choose between Chad and those other three ladies — Sharon, Willam, and Dida. Whose impersonation was best? Vote in our poll below:

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'RuPaul's Drag Race' week 4 query: How much are you loving Latrice Royale?

Sharon Needles has been dominating RuPaul’s Drag Race in its first three episodes this season, and of course, there are other strong contestants, like Willam and Phi Phi O’Hara and some of the other sundry queens. But last night on the show’s new episode, “Women Behind Bars,” saw a star who was burning somewhat quietly really brighten up: Latrice Royale.

I’ve loved the big gal since the show opened — and I’ve been rooting for her — but she really turned it on last night in the main challenge, which found the ladies acting out a scene from the fake sitcom Hot in Tuckahoe. As Ru described at the top of the challenge, Tuckahoe was about “four best squirrel friends who keep getting arrested and sent to jail.” (The show looked cray-cray, but also like something I would watch… and enjoy.) Considering her prison past, Latrice was sure she was a perfect fit for the sitcom. “As soon as I saw that there was a prison guard,” Latrice said, “I knew that was the role for me.” And Latrice delivered, giving the camera such a load of facial expressions that the editors cut various shots of her lip-pursing into her group’s comedy scene. “Honey, you could do that for half an hour,” Will & Grace creator Max Mutchnick told Latrice, of her perfect pursing, “and they would laugh.” She was successful largely because she just went for it and performed over the top, which is what works in television sitcoms. (To be fair, Dida, Willam, and Phi Phi did well, too — they all employed a similar balls-to-the-wall approach.)

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Chris Colfer, Kevin Bacon, John C. Reilly join Prop 8 play

EW can confirm that Chris Colfer and Kevin Bacon are some of the latest names to be added to the star-studded cast of Dustin Lance Black’s Prop 8 play 8. Variety reports that John C. Reilly will also take part in the event.

The benefit one-night-only event at California‘s Wilshire Ebell Theatre on March 3, which has been organized by the American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact, chronicles the landmark 2010 trial that led the Federal Court to deem Prop 8 — which denied gay and lesbians in California their rights to marry — unconstitutional. (Black based the show on court documents and his interviews with the plaintiffs from the trial.)
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'RuPaul's Drag Race' week 3 query: Can Sharon Needles' domination be stopped? Vote in our poll!

Just let the above screengrab wash over you for a second: It’s simply sickening Sharon Needles realness from last night’s new episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, titled “Glamazons vs. Champions.”

Be honest: Have you ever laid your eyes on such magnificence in your life? Yes, you definitely are seeing quadruple images of the self-described “spooky, beautiful, and stupid” queen serving demented versions of Cruella de Vil and Marilyn Manson. And it’s amazing.

Sharon is pictured here because the biggest outcome from last night’s episode was, indeed, that Needles has solidified her place as a force to be reckoned with on the show — despite drawing the ire of other contestants (we’re looking at you, Phi Phi). SPOILER ALERT: The dark-and-twisty queen took home the crown in the infomercial-themed challenge, a mere two weeks after she pulled off the same feat in the show’s season 4 premiere.

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Pro-Ellen ralliers surpass One Million Moms on Facebook

Safe to say Ellen DeGeneres has won this round. After conservative Christian group One Million Moms railed against J.C. Penney for hiring the lesbian talk-show host as a spokesperson, DeGeneres addressed them on her show, quipping, “Not that there’s anyone counting, but for a group that calls themselves the Million Moms, they only have 40,000 members on their page.”J.C. Penney stood by DeGeneres, and even conservative TV host Bill O’Reilly voiced his support for the comedian. Now Facebook fans have validated the retailer for sticking to their guns. READ FULL STORY

Bill O'Reilly defends Ellen DeGeneres in One Million Moms, J.C. Penney controversy

In a surprising move for the conventional Fox News pundit, Bill O’Reilly came to the rescue of Ellen DeGeneres, who is currently facing heat from conservative groups over her recent partnership with J.C. Penney.

On a segment on last night’s The O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly took issue with One Million Moms, the group organizing a boycott against the retailer in an effort to force DeGeneres to step down as spokeswoman. Fox News contributor and One Million Moms supporter Sandy Rios explained, “It isn’t about Ellen DeGeneres, but it’s about mainstreaming something that is not acceptable to Christian and traditional family people.” READ FULL STORY

Ellen DeGeneres addresses Prop 8 and J.C. Penney controversy -- VIDEO

Pete Schweddy may not have had anything to say to fun police One Million Moms regarding the issues they took up with him, but Ellen DeGeneres certainly did. The daytime talk show host recently faced scrutiny from the conservative group regarding her partnership with J.C. Penney as their new spokesperson. The American Family Association affiliate, which is still calling for the retailer “to replace Ellen DeGeneres” on their website, launched their campaign against J.C. Penney for not remaining “neutral in the culture war,” and that their business would be hurt because DeGeneres is a lesbian and “most of its customers are traditional families.”

Instead J.C. Penney, with the help of support from GLAAD, chose to stand by DeGeneres. (The New York Times reported that in a statement, company president Michael Francis called DeGeneres “one of the most fun and vibrant people in entertainment today, with great warmth and a down-to-earth attitude.”)

On Wednesday’s show, DeGeneres decided to talk about the issue head-on during her opening monologue. READ FULL STORY

'RuPaul's Drag Race' week 2 query: Was 'WTF' one of the most outrageous challenges ever?

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Over three seasons, we’ve seen boatloads of lunacy on RuPaul’s Drag Race: Everything from dresses made from dollar bills and egregious shoulder flair to huge, raging queens that throw other contestants around and futuristic get-ups that look like they were ripped from the 2050 version of Cats. Last night’s episode, “WTF!: Wrestling’s Trashiest Fighters,” was centered around a ridiculous WWF-inspired challenge, which was pretty nuts and begs the question: Was this one of the series’ most outrageous challenges ever?

For sure. I think last night’s new episode will majestically go down in Drag Race history with those memorable hours mentioned above, as the 12 remaining queens found themselves putting together drag wrestling looks and then putting on an outlandish, drama-filled show for the judges — something they’ve never done before. “Tonight,” RuPaul told the gals before the main challenge, “you’ll be transforming yourself into wrestling’s trashiest fighters.” Yes: WTF. (Ru, your cleverness is always appreciated.)

All the evidence you need of last night’s challenge brilliance is in this post: Just look at the capture of Latrice Royale and Kenya Michaels — excuse me, Latrice the Beast and Killer Kenya. It…is…beyond! These ladies really killed it the crazy department, putting on a show that kept me cackling all night. “Yesterday,” Ru dramatically told all the ladies after the challenge, “you changed the face of professional wrestling forever. I smell a spin-off!” WTF, indeed! It just seems devastating that such a spectacular pair — Latrice Royale and Kenya Michaels — didn’t win the challenge.

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'Star Wars' now officially gay-friendly; Conservatives are surprised, thought C-3PO and R2-D2 were just friends

It shouldn’t be too surprising that Star Wars: The Old Republic will allow players to pursue homosexual relationships. After all, the game was created by BioWare, the company that also developed the Mass Effect trilogy, which allows you to participate in lesbian, interspecies, and transgender relationships. (At one point in Mass Effect you flirt with a blue-skinned semi-immortal hermaphrodite, which is exactly the sort of thing your parents warned you about when you moved to the big city.) However, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council has a bone to pick with the new homosexual option. In a new mixed-metaphor piece of radio commentary titled “Rebel Fleet Surrenders to Gay Empire,” Perkins said: “In a new Star Wars game, the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists… in a galaxy not so far far away, Star Wars gamers have already gone to the dark side.” READ FULL STORY

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