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May 23 2017
Concern Grows For Gay Man Missing After Manchester Blast / UPDATE: Martyn Hett Confirmed Dead Comments (0)

DAfRW96XcAAitcfMartyn Hett (Image via social media)

UPDATE: Martyn Hett has been confirmed as among the 22 people killed in the suicide bombing outside the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester:


Martyn Hett, a publicist who was at the Ariana Grande concert after which 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber, is still — as of this writing — missing.

Twenty-four hours later, he hasn't checked in, his phone is turned off and he is due, shortly, to board his flight for a dream vacation in the U.S that he had planned for a long time.

His family must be bracing for the worst.

A friend sent this heartbreaking video showing Martyn and his boyfriend Russell — who had once been on reality TV in the UK —camping it up as kids ...

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Dina Merrill, Socialite Movie Star, Dies @ 93 Comments (0)

Dina MerrillDina Merrill: December 29, 1923—May 22, 2017 (Image by Bob Deutsch)

Via Hollywood Reporter: Dina Merrill, an elegantly glamorous leading lady in the movies who was the heiress to the fortune of Post Cereals' Marjorie Merriweather Post and stockbrocker Edward Francis Hutton, has died at 93.

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6-PACK — Manchester Victims Revealed, ISIS Claims Credit + Trump Slashing Food Stamps, Hurting His Base + Trump Asked Intel Officials To Deny Collusion + Lewinsky Trashes Ailes + Trans Woman Operated On By Non-Doctor + Indonesia Gay Horror Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-05-23 at 10.53.15 AMSuperfan Georgina Callander, 18, is among those killed outside Ariana Grande concert (Image via Instagram)

WIDGETTMZ: First two victims of the Manchester terror attack revealed — one was just 8 years old. ISIS claims responsibility. Trump weakly calls ISIS “evil losers.”

WIDGETMother Jones: 7 of the 10 states most reliant on food stamps voted for Trump — and he's decimating the program. Bye, y'all.

WIDGETWaPo: Trump specifically asked two intel officials to deny any Trump/Russian collusion.

WIDGETNYT: Monica Lewinsky trashes Roger Ailes — I love a good o-BITCH-uary. And he deserves it. And screw his 17-year-old, revenge-seeking kid.

WIDGETCrime Watch Daily: Man arrested for removing trans woman's testicles with NO medical training.

WIDGETTowleroad: Horrifying: Two young men were caned 83 times in Indonesia's sharia-ruled Aceh province. Crowd cheers them on.

Sharia-law(Video still via YouTube @ Mr. Peace)

Suave British Actor Roger Moore, Best Known As James Bond In The '70s & '80s, Dies @ 89 Comments (0)

Roger-Moore-james-bond-BWOctober 14, 1927—May 23, 2017 (Bond images via United Artists)

Via Variety: According to a statement released by his family, Sir Roger Moore has died at 89 of cancer.

After a failed movie career, Moore appeared in several TV series, including Ivanhoe (1958-1959), The Alaskans (1959-1960) and Maverick (1960-1961), building up steam in that medium.

5616b5bedc615bbec670b696ffb5f149Moore in The Saint (Image via ITV)

He first achieved stardom as Simon Templar on the popular TV series The Saint (1962-1969), but was best known as the third actor to play James Bond, in seven films between 1973 and 1985.

Beginning with Live and Let Die (1973), Moore made for an icily remote Bond, a nice Moonraker_stills_181765counterpoint to Sean Connery's more jocular secret agent. He also played the part in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) and A View to a Kill (1985), retiring from the part for good thereafter.

Moore appeared in many other films and was rewarded for his humanitarian work with UNICEF, ultimately receiving a knighthood for his efforts.

He is survived by his wife, Kristina, and three children.

May 18 2017
Roger Ailes, Ousted Fox News Chief Accused Of Sexual Harassment, Drops Dead @ 77 Comments (0)

Roger Ailes, the man who ran Fox News and allegedly cultivated an atmosphere Roger_aileswhere sexual harassment of women was the norm — and got ousted for it — has died suddenly at 77.

His enabling wife said in a statement:

I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning surrounded by his beautiful family. Roger was my best friend, the most wonderful loving husband and father to our son Zachary. He was a loyal friend to so many. Roger was a patriot, grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise-and to give back.

Had his victims waited to come forward after his death, they almost undoubtedly would have been accused of making it all up when he couldn't defend himself. Instead, Gretchen Carlson went public, leading to Megyn Kelly and many others to chime in with their own personal stories of the repulsive man's inappropriate behavior.

CBS reporter Major Garrett (misspelled by his own network's Twitter feed) reflects on the positive experience he had at Fox News with Ailes, but makes sure to acknowledge that Ailes was a villain: 

Rock God Chris Cornell Dies Suddenly @ 52 — Suicide Suspected Comments (0)

Publicity-Shots-chris-cornell-218139_500_333Chris Cornell: July 20, 1964—May 17, 2017 (Image via PR)

Via The New York Times: Another day, another iconic musician dead in his fifties — this time, legendary Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell has died unexpectedly at age 52 while on tour.

Like fellow grunge icon Kurt Cobain, Cornell's death is suspected to have been a suicide; he was reportedly found in a hotel bathroom with something around his neck.

Snippet of His Last Perf, The Night He Died:

Corrnell's publicist Brian Bumbery (who also reps Madonna) said in a statement that his family was working with the M.E. to figure out definitively how Cornell died.

Soundgarden was one of the seminal grunge acts of the' 90s

Via NYT:

Badmotorfinger, released in 1991, benefited from the swell of attention that was beginning to surround the Seattle scene, where Soundgarden, along with Nirvana and Pearl Jam, were playing a high-octane, high-angst brand of rock ’n’ roll. Soundgarden’s musical journeys tended toward the knotty and dark, plunging into off-kilter meters and punctuated by Mr. Cornell’s voice, which could quickly shift from a soulful howl to a gritty growl

Three of Soundgarden’s studio albums have been certified platinum, including Superunknown, from 1994, which featured “Black Hole Sun,” “Fell on Black Days,” “Spoonman” and “My Wave.”

Cornell's recent social media output did not indicate depression, not that it would have to.


May 15 2017
6-PACK — Katy Perry Bears WITNESS + America Warming Up To Already-Legal Gay Stuff + Bharara Begs For Special Prosecutor + Trump's Fake-News Addiction + Kellyanne To Preach Hate + RIP Powers Boothe Comments (0)

Unnamed(Image via Katy Perry announces Witness album and tour using totally awesome '80s imagery.

WIDGETGallup: 64% of Americans now back gay marriage, 72% are okay with gay sex, both all-time polling highs. (F*ck you — both legal anyway, guys.)

WIDGETHuff Post: Fired attorney Preet Bharara pleads with Deputy A.G. Rod Rosenstein to assign a special prosecutor for the Trump-Russia investigation.

Facebook_meme_Global_Cooling_11The cover on the left IS FAKE. (Images via Time)

WIDGETPolitico: This is how Trump, a deranged and feeble-minded madman, comes to believe the fake news he then pushes. UNBELIEVABLE.

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WIDGETtheOUTfront: Kellyanne Conway, anti-gay Benham Bros. will headline a massive hate conference in Iowa. Tell me again Hillary would've been same/same.

WIDGETTHR: Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980) & Sin City (2005) actor Powers Boothe dies in his sleep @ 68.

Powers-boothe-sin-cityPowers Boothe: June 1, 1948—May 14, 2017 (Image via Miramax)

May 10 2017
DJ Robert Miles Dies At 47 Comments (0)

Robert-Miles-WikiRobert Miles: November 3, 1969—May 9, 2017 (Video still)

DJ Robert Miles, whose “Children” was a worldwide smash in 1995, has died at 47 after a brief battle with cancer.

Miles released only 10 singles in his lifetime, five of which charted in at least one territory, including his successful foll0w-up to “Children,” “Fable” (1996), which also appeared in the Drew Barrymore flick Ever After (1998).

The BBC remembers “Children with these words:

“Children” is one of the most iconic tracks in the history of dance music.

It launched a new genre — “dream house” — and although that did not last long, the more melancholy, cerebral sound opened the door for trance music, which would come to dominate clubs in the late 1990s, going fully mainstream into the new millennium.

That sound was a very deliberate choice by Miles, whose real name was Roberto Concina.

Although “Children” was initially written in response to images of the child victims of the Balkans war as Yugoslavia tore itself apart, the track then took on a different life — and a different motivation. Miles wanted to make it big to help save the lives of clubbers.

Fittingly, the father of trance died in Ibiza — just far, far too soon.


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