In-N-Out, Lady Gaga, Colin Kaepernick, Kevin McHale, Hugh Jackman, Ryan Gosling, New iPhone, Michael Cohen, Trump Disapproval: HOT LINKS

‘HE’S AN IDIOT’. FOX & Friends rages at Ryan Gosling because Damien Chazelle’s First Man movie has no American flag.

POLLS. Trump disapproval at new high: “Disapproval of Donald Trump is at a new high, support for the Mueller investigation is broad and half of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll favor Congress initiating impeachment proceedings against the president. Sixty percent in the national survey disapprove of Trump’s performance in office, numerically the highest of his presidency, albeit by a single point; that includes 53 percent who disapprove strongly, more than half for the first time. Thirty-six percent approve, matching his low.”

BOYCOTT IN-N-OUT? They recently donated to the California Republican Party.

MICHAEL COHEN. Former Trump lawyer sells stake in NYC real estate: “Cohen sold his stakes in 330 East 63rd St. and 133 Ave. D earlier this month, according to documents filed with New York City. The records show a combined sale price of almost $13 million, but that also accounts for Cohen’s share of the debt, a person familiar with the sales said. Cohen cleared about $7 million, according to the person. Cohen purchased his stakes in the properties in 2015.”

COLIN KAEPERNICK. Collusion case against NFL can advance: “Kaepernick, once one of the league’s best quarterbacks, has been out of work since March 2017, when he became a free agent before the San Francisco 49ers could release him. As a parade of lesser quarterbacks, at least statistically, found work, he filed a grievance asserting that the league’s owners had conspired to keep him out because of his protests.”

ON THE RAG. This week on the gay magazines

INDIANA. Residents repair mural on side of state’s oldest gay bar.

GLEE GUY. Kevin McHale shows off body transformation: “Simply put, I had become ‘skinny fat.’ I had been working through an intestinal/digestion issue that was eluding diagnosis and that really took a toll on me. I was constantly in pain, I had tried so many different elimination diets – nothing was working. It got to the point where I was already feeling miserable because the intestinal issues and plus the self-added guilt of not getting myself to the gym or eating as healthily as possible, it was a recipe for disaster. I knew enough was enough for a while, but luckily my friend Scott Mills texted me out of the blue about Ultimate Performance coming to LA and I jumped at the chance to work with them.”

FIRST LOOK. The Conners shows off first production photo.

APPLE. Leak reveals new iPhones, Apple Watch Series 4.

ARRIVAL OF THE DAY. Lady Gaga at Venice Film Festival. “When I was first starting out, I was not the most beautiful girl in the room and there were lots of women that were singers but did not write their own music, so many record producers wanted to take my songs and give them to other women to sing. I was holding on to my music with my cold, dead fingers saying, ‘You’re not going to take my songs from me.’ And also, they make suggestions about how you should look… but no matter what they asked me to do, I always had to make sure that it was done my way. I never wanted to be sexy like other women, I never wanted to be like other women. I wanted to be my own artist, and have my own vision.”

TRAILER OF THE DAY. Hugh Jackman in The Front Runner.


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David Hogg, Prince Harry, MAGA Hat, Alex Jones, Ron DeSantis, Lady Gaga, Eric McCormack, Damien Chazelle, Kesha: HOT LINKS

MAYORS FOR OUR LIVES. NYC mayor Bill De Blasio and David Hogg team up for young voter registration campaign. ‘The student-founded organization March For Our Lives is teaming up with mayors from both parties for the new initiative, Mayors For Our Lives. Hogg said the initiative is crucial to advancing the cause of gun safety, the issue that originally sparked the creation of March For Our Lives.

JIMMY KIMMEL’S QUESTION. Kanye West finally answers the question Jimmy Kimmel posed to him, “I mean, you’ve so famously and so powerfully said George (W.) Bush doesn’t care about black people. It makes me wonder, what makes you think that Donald Trump does, or any people at all?”

HAMILTON EXTRA. Prince Harry sings!

ALEX JONES. Transphobic extremist conspiracy theorist denies watching trans porn. “I saw a couple of news articles about that, it’s ridiculous. I was like looking up some reporter we’re trying to hire today and punched in some number and porn popped up on my phone. Everybody has had porn pop-up on their phone hundreds of times.”

CALIFORNIA. High school senior faces possibly battery charge over classmate’s MAGA hat. ‘In cellphone video, a teacher is seen trying to subdue fired-up 17-year-old senior Jo-Ann Butler after she became enraged at a classmate for wearing the MAGA hat. She grabbed the hat off his head. “That’s a racist and hateful symbol,” Butler said.’

RON DESANTIS. Florida GOP gubernatorial nominee moderated racist, conspiracy-obsessed Facebook group: “DeSantis, who was under fire yesterday for making what many deemed a racist remark toward his black opponent Andrew Gillum, helped manage the 95,000 members strong group as one of its 52 administrators.

A STAR IS BORN. Soundtrack to forthcoming film reveals 14 new songs from Lady Gaga. ‘The songwriting credits also reveal Mother Monster’s collaborators are they are mouthwateringly eclectic. Mark Ronson had a hand in creating “Shallow,” for example, while legendary country songsmith Lori McKenna co-wrote “Always Remember Us This Way.” They are not the only familiar names. DJ White Shadow co-produced five tracks, Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter co-wrote “Heal Me” and Diane Warren returns for “Why Did You Do That?”

ITALY. Two gay teens beaten in Palermo. “Two boys aged 15 and 16 were beaten up in Palermo because they are gay, the Gironale of Sicily said Thursday. The pair were chatting in the city’s park when they were attacked…”

STAR BOY. Eric McCormack.

TRAILER OF THE DAY. First Man directed by Damien Chazelle.


MUSIC VIDEO OF THE DAY. Thunderclouds ft. Sia, Diplo, Labrinth.

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE DAY II. Kiddy Smile “Be Honest”.

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE DAY III. The Struts featuring Kesha. “Body Talks”.


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David Beckham, Craig Zadan, Intersex Surgery, 3-D Guns, Human Rights Campaign, Stormy Daniels, Tyler the Creator: HOT LINKS

UNBLOCKED. Trump unblocks more Twitter followers after court order: “U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday unblocked some additional Twitter users after a federal judge in May said preventing people from following him violated individuals constitutional rights….The 41 blocked users include a film producer, screenwriter, photographer and author who had criticized President Trump or his policies. At least 20 of those individuals said on Twitter that Trump had unblocked them on Tuesday.”

LESS THAN TWO MINUTES. How long Donald Trump lasted, according to Stormy Daniels.

CHRIST AND THE HOMOSEXUAL. Rev. Robert Wood, who urged Christian acceptance of gay people, dies: ‘The Rev. Robert W. Wood, who boldly urged Christian clergymen in a 1960 book to welcome gay men and women to their churches in a time of widespread prejudice against them, and went on to march in early gay-rights protests, died on Aug. 19 at his home in Concord, N.H. He was 95.’

CHARLES KOCH. Conservative group plans $5 million spend on attack ads going live in Wisconsin, Missouri and Tennessee attacking the Democratic Senate candidates: ‘The biggest spend is in Missouri, where AFP will put $2.1 million behind a 30-second ad attacking Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) as a “career politician” who voted for ObamaCare. The ad also highlights government contracts her husband’s company received.’

FLORIDA. Bernie-backed Andrew Gillum wins Democratic primary for governor, is Florida’s first black gubernatorial candidate. ‘Nominating Gillum represents a strategic break for Democrats. For most of the last 20 years, the party has nominated centrist candidates for governor, hoping they could appeal to middle-of-the-road voters and Republicans. It hasn’t worked, and Democrats have lost every governor’s race for the past 20 years. Gillum, 39, urged Democrats to try something different by nominating a progressive — him — to rally the Democratic base in November. Lesbian mom Lauren Baer wins U.S. House primary. ‘Baer beat corporate attorney and former U.S. Navy JAG officer Pam Keith. About 58 percent of St. Lucie and Martin county voters supported Baer. Palm Beach County was still counting election results.’

TYLER THE CREATOR. Rapper changes pronoun to “he” on love song “Sometimes”.

‘UNMITIGATED CHAOS’ North Carolina Republicans freak after court strikes down state’s U.S. House district maps: ‘A three-judge panel on Monday ruled North Carolina’s 13 congressional districts were unconstitutional because they had been drawn with too much consideration of partisanship in order to give Republicans an unfair advantage, in violation of the First Amendment rights of state voters. The panel gave plaintiffs and respondents until Friday to suggest a path forward, one that could lead to new district lines being drawn just days before the state Board of Elections has to print ballots for midterm elections on Nov. 6.’

CALIFORNIA. Resolution passed condemning intersex surgeries on children: ‘The Legislature passed a resolution demanding the medical community halt nonconsensual medical procedures that try to cosmetically “normalize” variations in intersex children’s sex characteristics. The resolution, which calls the practice a human rights violation, is a landmark moment for the intersex community, advocates say. ‘

RUSSIA. First Russian gay married couple who fled to the Netherlands, speak to VICE.

TEXAS. Company begins selling 3-D gun blueprints against court’s order: “This judge’s order stopping us from simply giving things away was only an authorization that we can sell it, that we can mail it, that we can e-mail it, that we can provide it by secure transfer,” Wilson said. “I am doing all of those things,” he added.

MALTA. Gay blood donation policy to be eased.

REAL ESTATE. David and Julia Koch, NYC’s richest couple, buy $40 million mansion on a whim: ‘The seller was real-estate mogul Joseph Chetrit, who bought the property as part of six 19th-century row houses in 2007 for a combined $26 million and turned them into three double-wide mansions — gutting the interiors but keeping the facades intact. The one the Kochs bought was the largest of the three. “They just fell in love with it and felt like they had to have it,” a source said.’

HRC. Eric Holder, Danica Roem and Nelson Araujo to speak at Human Rights Campaign national dinner.

CRAIG ZADAN. Memorial for prolific producer to be held: “The event, to be held at the Television Academy’s headquarters in North Hollywood, was originally set up to be the ETF’s annual West Coast gala Thespians Go Hollywood, which was to honor Zadan and his producing partner Neil Meron with the group’s first-ever Theatre For Life Award. But after Zadan’s sudden death a week ago at age 69 due to complications from shoulder surgery, the evening will now become the official memorial and celebration of Zadan’s legacy.”

UNCLE BUDDIES. Elton John and a shirtless David Beckham.

HUMP DAY HOTTIE. Luis Urribari.

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