ABOVE: Orlando Bloom is now at the age where he is Bryan Cranston when he takes a selfie from a low angle — and I am good with that.
ESPN: Gus Kenworthy, in a lengthy essay for ESPN, explains how he got his juicy part on American Horror Story: 1984. (Spoiler alert: He's Gus Kenworthy, and so he met Ryan Murphy socially and was granted an audition.) Also worth noting, though he and Matthew Wilkas had previously announced they had separated, he refers to Wilkas as “my boyfriend” in the September 16 piece.
KENNETH IN THE (212): Wood you?
TRUE CRIME DAILY: The notorious Ed Buck is facing federal charges in the 2017 death of Gemmel Moore, who died at 26 of a meth overdose in Buck's home. The new charges were made possible, authorities confirmed, thanks to 10 new cooperating witnesses, including one who made a 911 call after nearly dying in Buck's home. All but one of the witnesses has sworn that Buck, nicknamed “Dr. Kevorkian,” injected them with drugs without their consent.
NYT: The, um, liberal New York Times seems eager to goad Trump into waging war against Iran.
L.A. BLADE: Biden, Warren, Harris, Buttigieg are in for HRC/CNN LGBTQ forums. Bernie and Yang taking a pass.
CNN's @ChrisCuomo: "Did you ask Ukraine to look into Joe Biden?"@RudyGiuliani: "Of course I did"— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) September 20, 2019
President Trump's attorney says he had spoken with a Ukrainian official about Joe Biden's possible role in that government's dismissal of a prosecutor who investigated Biden's son. pic.twitter.com/hqmqtmx2VW
HUFF POST: Rudy Giuliani admits to conspiring with Ukraine to try to tank Joe Biden's presidential ambitions — but also denies it — in loopy CNN interview.
GAY FLESHBOT (WORK UNFRIENDLY): Red-hot Nyle DiMarco in new series This Close.
NYDN: Thousands of students are joining teen activist Greta Thunberg in a Lower Manhattan strike to raise awareness of climate change.
THE CUT: Check out the entire intro to the new book Bill Cunningham: On the Street.
BILLBOARD: Another rave for Madonna's Madame X tour:
While stark, three-story-high footage of Lourdes dancing played on a translucent screen in front of her, Madonna delivered a soul-scraping rendition of her 1998 classic “Frozen.” Seeing the Queen of Pop, illuminated by a pinprick of light, engulfed in her daughter’s dancing was a visually stunning moment in an evening full of them.
CNN: NYC's Mayor Bill de Blasio drops out of 2020 prez race:
I feel like I've contributed all I can to this primary election and it's clearly not my time. So I'm going to end my presidential campaign, continue my work as mayor of New York City, and I'm going to keep speaking up for working people and for a Democratic Party that stands for working people.
GR8ERDAYS (FOLLOW, PLEASE): Four-alarm Randolph Mantooth turns 74.