Thursday, July 29, 2010

News and Pop Culture Round-Up

FIRST LOOK! Outtake from "Werewolf Workout" interview with "True Blood" star Joe Manganiello

In the article, Joe talks about his transformation (on camera and off) to a lean, mean, meat-eating machine, his background as an athlete and his experience doing his own stunts in his TV and film roles. As an exclusive for Retroalitytv readers, here's a quick outtake from my interview with TV's Alcide Herveaux. I asked Joe about the benefits and hazards of doing his own stunts: "Obviously it is good for (production) continuity and easier for editing if I'm doing my own stunts. But for me it's fun and I enjoy it. It's kind of like riding a roller coaster. You have to prepare for this crazy thing that you're about to do ... (In one film) they strapped me to the back of a Jeep with a rifle. They were going about 35-40 mph over a bumpy field. They blew up a tree right next to me, and the driver had to make a hard right turn. If that Jeep had gotten flipped over, I'd have been crushed. But they let me do it!" Read more at Retroalitytv.

Liverpool Teenagers Tackle Hate Crime
Merseyside (Liverpool) teenagers have been advising the government on how they should best tackle bullying and hate crime. Project Triangle, a social justice initiative run by Liverpool's Homotopia group has developed an education pack and DVD for use in schools. The project has won the backing of the National Union of Teachers and Merseyside Police. Homotopia hope that the scheme, which currently targets Merseyside schools, will be rolled out nationally. Homotopia organise Liverpool's annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender festival which takes place each November. "Bullying and hate crime is endemic in the country," Bev Ayre, Homotopia Development Director told BBC Radio Merseyside. "What this project tries to do is tackle differences and the fact that from difference comes bullying usually. "I don't think Merseyside is any worse than anywhere else in the country. "This is a very Liverpool project and one of the reasons we went down to London was to show the good work that's coming out of Liverpool. READ MORE

Mainstream Media Helps BP Pretend There's No Oil

With BP's broken well in the Gulf of Mexico finally capped, the focus shifts to the surface clean-up and the question on everyone's lips is: where is all the oil?" READ MORE

Teens Charged in Bias Crime Against Gay Pastor to be Charged as Adults
Rev. Josh Noblitt of Saint Mark United Methodist Church and his partner were attacked and robbed by gunpoint in Piedmont Park on July 2.The six male teens arrested in the beating and armed robbery remain in police custody and are slated to have a court hearing Aug. 2. They will all be charged as adults. The suspects, all facing charges of felony armed robbery, range in ages from 13 through 19. Four of the suspects are juveniles and will be tried as adults, according to Senior Patrol Officer Patricia Powell, the Atlanta Police Department’s LGBT liaison. A date in Superior Court for the six suspects is set for Aug. 2, Powell said. The six teens are charged with a “bias crime,” the same as a hate crime. While Georgia does not have a state hate crimes law, there is the recently passed federal hate crimes law — the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Act. Atlanta Police have asked the FBI to help in the investigation of the crime to determine if it falls under the federal hate crimes statute. READ MORE

Did the Infamous Raid on the Texan Gay Bar, Rainbow Lounge, Prompt TABC to Stop Arresting People for Public Intoxication?

In fiscal year 2009, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents made 761 arrests for public intoxication — a figure that includes a few high-profile ones you may have heard about at the Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth. In fiscal year 2010, which began one month after the Rainbow Lounge raid, TABC has made just 81 arrests for public intoxication. Based on these numbers, one might deduce that the highly controversial raid — which resulted in three agents being fired — also prompted TABC to abruptly change its enforcement practices. READ MORE

Former Child Star Lance Kerwin Has Been Found Guilty of Second-Degree Theft
Former child star Lance Kerwin has been found guilty of second-degree theft and placed on five years probation in Kauai, Hawaii. The actor, who played the lead role on 1970s U.S. TV show James at 15, was ordered to carry out 300 hours of community service and was given credit for time already served during sentencing last week. Kerwin, who quit acting to become a pastor, was found guilty of faking documents to get state medical assistance and free food stamps - despite owning three homes. He has repaid $21,822. When sentenced to community service and placed on probation, he said, "I'm sorry. The last thing I want to do is to make a statement to minimize what I have done." (

Lady Gaga -- Bikini Fights and Makeout Sessions
Lady Gaga took time out from touring to suck face with her boyfriend Luc Carl, tan her porcelain skin and even indulge in a game of chicken fights while at a hotel pool in Texas on Monday. Underneath all the hair dye, makeup, vinyl, leather, hoods, capes and masks, Gags is just another tatted up, bikini babe looking for a fun time. (TMZ)