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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

Cynthia Nixon clarifies controversial statements on bisexuality

Cynthia Nixon, the actress formerly known as “the Sex and the City character none of your friends wanted to be when you were assigning yourselves Sex and the City characters at brunch,” caused quite a stir when she told The New York Times that her homosexuality was “a choice” earlier this month. Nixon, who has been in a gay relationship since 2004, offended many members of the LGBT community with her remarks, which were taken as a suggestion that being gay is not genetic.

“I understand that for many people it’s not, but for me it’s a choice, and you don’t get to define my gayness for me,” she said in the Times. “It seems we’re just ceding this point to bigots who are demanding it, and I don’t think that they should define the terms of the debate. I also feel like people think I was walking around in a cloud and didn’t realize I was gay, which I find really offensive.” READ FULL STORY

They shoot comedians, don't they? Chelsea Handler revives feud with Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers and Chelsea Handler have been exchanging brassy, barbed banter for years. This week saw the two comedians rekindle their feud in the last couple of days, and wouldn’t you know Howard Stern is at the center of it all? It started Monday when Handler appeared on Stern’s Sirius XM radio show. He asked how she felt about Rivers, and Handler stated combatively, “Joan Rivers? What the f— do I care about Joan Rivers?” She rolled her eyes as she mentioned running into Rivers and her TV costar daughter Melissa recently, then said, “I don’t think about either one of them. Ever.”

The Joan & Melissa stars wasted no time in personally responding, stopping by Stern’s show the next day, describing Handler as a comedian who “made it on her back,” a “drunk,” a “whore,” and “not a genius.” Oh, but there’s more! See what else the “ladies” had to say about one another in the (obviously) NSFW clips below. READ FULL STORY

'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 4 premiere party pink carpet: EW hosts the livestream at 7 p.m. PT!

Drag Racers, start your engines: Tonight’s the night! I warned you yesterday that I’d be the EW representative hosting Logo’s livestream from the pink — yes, pink! — carpet of tonight’s premiere party for season 4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race at Eleven Nightclub in West Hollywood. All the pink carpet madness begins at 7 p.m. PT — or the late-late hour of 10 p.m. ET for those of you on the east coast. You can catch it all here, below, in this blog post once the livestream goes, well, live.

In the meantime, if you have questions you’d like me to ask RuPaul, permanent judges Santino Rice and Michelle Visage, or other confirmed talent walking the carpet — including all the season 4 queens, various guest judges, and other sundry folks like possibly Jenna Jameson and Jai Rodriguez — feel free to leave questions in the comments section below or Tweet them liberally to #DragRaceEWParty. We’ll pick them up and be sure to ask them. (Check out the season 4 trailer and the contestant bios for question fodder.) May the best question…win!

Check back here at 7 p.m. PT for the livestream below:

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'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 4 premiere party: EW is hosting the pink carpet livestream!

Like any and all good RuPaul’s Drag Race fans know, season 4 of the reality indulgence launches in just one week — next Monday, Jan. 30, at 9 p.m. on Logo. Praise the sequin gods that it’s back!

But do you think Ru and Co. were really going to let the season start without a little bit of — okay, a lot of — razzle and dazzle? Oh, hell to the no! Which is why Logo is hosting a season 4 premiere party for Drag Race tomorrow evening, Jan. 24, from 7 to 8 p.m. PT at West Hollywood’s Eleven Nightclub. The best part? In conjunction with Logo, your trusty Drag Race reporter and recapper — that’d be me! — will be on hand on the pink carpet outside the venue, interviewing talent as they arrive for the big night. Everyone from host extraordinaire RuPaul to all the season 4 queens to other talent who may show up, possibly including the likes of Jenna Jameson and Jai Rodriguez, will be walking the pink carpet. Let’s just say: It’ll be a fun night. Interesting, at the very least!

The even better part? You’ll be able to follow along live from 7 to 8 p.m. PT via a livestream from Logo. Just check back here on PopWatch for all the details tomorrow evening.

In the meantime, leave any questions you’ve got for Ru, the season 4 queens, or — yes — Jenna Jameson in the comments, and I’ll be sure to ask them while working the pink carpet. Questions or comments during the live pink carpet? Just Tweet them and include #DragRaceEWParty, and we’ll definitely include them in the broadcast.

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Kathy Griffin strips on 'Letterman': 'We're gonna need some pliers!'

Apparently Kathy Griffin’s resolution was “Eat right, lose clothes.” The funnylady stopped by Late Night last night and…well…one thing led to another. Recounting her Times Square surprise strip attack on CNN’s New Year’s Eve broadcast, she offhandedly told David Letterman, “I’ll do it right now.” The host called her bluff, and suddenly Griffin was unzipping for applause. Let’s just say this time around, she wasn’t nearly as stealthy or prepared, though the decision to go commando to avoid panty lines did make things a lot more dangerous. Watch the clip after the jump. READ FULL STORY

James Franco's 'The Broken Tower': Will you only watch for his gay love scenes?

Let us briefly flash back to January of 2011, when a pre-Oscar-disaster James Franco — riding the success wave of 127 Hours — was as buzzworthy as, say, Jessica Chastain. It was around this time that news of Franco’s recently completed Hart Crane biopic, The Broken Tower, reignited the is-he-or-isn’t-he-gay chatter that has followed the actor since at least his Milk days. The film, which Franco also wrote and directed, follows the life of Crane, an early 20th century poet who is widely known for his alcoholism and eventual suicide at the age of 32. He was also a tortured homosexual, so 99 percent of the talk on this film was about the blow job scene, natch. Check out the trailer below:

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'Naked Boys Singing!'? Not for long.

The eight crooners of New York mainstay Naked Boys Singing! are permanently putting on their clothes. Producers of the 12-year-old musical — off-Broadway’s second longest-running show after the fully-clothed Fantasticks, and certainly its oldest all-nude, all-male musical review — announced today that the show will close at the end of the month after 3,069 performances.

The 15-song review — created by Robert Schrock and penned by a team of 12 writers, including Emmy-winning patter expert Bruce Vilanch — opened in 1999 and has not been without its share of controversy (a 2005 Milwaukee production was closed down early by police) or its boatloads of rabid fans. (Who can resist a ditty called “The Bliss of a Briss”?) The West End version is currently enjoying its second year and a Sydney show is in the pipeline for later in 2012. The last nude man sings at New York’s New World Stages on January 28.
 

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