If you like it build a museum to it, Houston may get Beyoncé monument

I'm sure the plans for the failed 555 ft "Spirit of Houston" statue are still in a drawer somewhere. Just make it more bootylicious and put a ring on it.

Hometown heroes have always been honored with monuments; from Hannibal, Missouri’s Mark Twain Museum to Cleveland’s memorial to President Garfield, from Atchison, Kansas’ Amelia Earhart museum, to Concord, Ohio’s John Glenn historic site. Pity Houston! Which scion of our fair burg will rise up from the shackles of obscurity to clasp the liberty of immortality that only a dedicated monument can bring?

Beyoncé Knowles, that’s who, at least according to two men who skyped with Fox 26 and are expecting the Mayor to endorse their plans any day now. Steve White and Marcus Mitchell of Armdeonce Ventures say they want to honor the newly minted musical mother with a “statue or museum.” According to Mitchell,

““Our biggest thing is a lot of people get honored when they die, so our goal is to why not honor people why they’re still here? We felt as though it’s her time to be honored. We wanted to construct, like, a massive hall so as the doors open, if you donated to the monument, you’ll have a separate nameplate.”

Armdeonce Ventures has offices in Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Houston according to it’s website. The Beyoncé Monument is the only project currently listed on the site.

Watch the Fox 26 interview with the visionary twosome after the break.

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REVIEW: “Albert Nobbs” and the mystery of identity

Unlike The Crying Game, where the sex of a character is a major twist about halfway through, the genders of the characters in Albert Nobbs is not much in doubt: Glenn Close is a big star with above-the-title billing — her butched-up face is the ad campaign. And yet there is just as much mystery here, albeit of a different kind. This is a story of identity that’s almost impenetrable.

Albert (Close) is a gentlemanly servant at a high-end boutique hotel in Ireland. Everyone admires Albert: The women appreciate his respectful demeanor, his male co-workers his work ethic, the boss, Mrs. Baker (Pauline Collins), his reliability. But no one really knows Albert, who lives in a small room in the attic and squirrels away his money and dreams of something else.

But really, Albert doesn’t even know himself. He has been living as a man for decades — who knows how long? — and cannot even remember a time when he (or she) was not Albert. He has become so repressed, he almost doesn’t have a personality anymore.

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Glenn Close Slams Antigay Navy Vid

GLENN CLOSE X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COMGlenn Close is deeply offended by her appearance in a raunchy antigay
video made by a high-ranking Naval officer and shown to troops on the
aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.
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Glenn Close, Kelly McGillis, and Tonya Harding?

KELLY MCGILLIS LET IT BE X390Kelly McGillis, Glenn Close, Kathleen Turner, Leslie Nielsen, and Tonya
Harding are among the random collection of celebrities who lip-synch
and, in some cases, sing along in front of a green screen to the
Beatles classic “Let It Be.”
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What happened after Glenn Beck decided to go get pregnant

Real book cover, not the real title. Dan Savage’s idea.




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News: Halloween, Domestic Violence, Glenn Burke, Ricky Martin

 road Ricky Martin shifts into PR gear for his new book which hits shelves later this week. On Wednesday morning he'll make an appearance on The View but, most notably, his interview with Oprah Winfrey will air the day before.

Gaga  road Lady Gaga dresses up as a little monster for Halloween.

 road Celebrities get in the Halloween spirit.

 road Stephen Fry claims to know straight women: "I feel sorry for straight men. The only reason women will have sex with them is that sex is the price they are willing to pay for a relationship with a man, which is what they want. Of course, a lot of women will deny this and say, 'Oh no, but I love sex, I love it!' But do they go around having it the way that gay men do?"

 road Julianne Moore on gay parents: "I really think a two-parent family is the goal. I think whether they are men or women, or a man and a woman it's all pretty good."

 road Hate crime: wig snatched off of Fargo drag performer JustNtyme's head after assailant calls him a "faggot."

 road Courage Campaign mounts drive against Texas television station for its homophobic newscast about marriage equality.

 road 1,000 protest gay pride in Moscow.

Volc  road Amazing photos of Mount Merapi erupting yesterday in Indonesia.

 road 30,000 people in Taiwan celebrate gay pride.

 road Is this really a time traveller walking in front of Grauman’s Chinese theater during the premiere of the Charlie Chaplin movie, “The Circus?”

 road Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer's movie night.

 road The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs releases report on LGBT domestic partner violence in the United States: "The report found that LGBTQ domestic/intimate partner violence reports rose 15% since 2008 and is a pervasive social problem at a time when LGBTQ-specific programs were losing staff or closing altogether due to the economic crisis. In 2009, NCAVP documented 6 murders related to LGBTQ domestic/intimate partner violence, representing a 50% rise since 2007."

 road Watch the trailer for Out: The Glenn Burke Story, a documentary about the first openly gay MLB player.

 road Zach Galifianakis smoked during a live taping of Real Time with Bill Maher – and I don't mean a cigarette.


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Watch: Glenn Beck Condemns Bronx Anti-Gay Attacks

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Glenn Beck spoke for nearly 15 minutes regarding hate and the anti-gay gang attacks by the Latin King Goonies in the Bronx late last week, calling them "anti-human" and "bigotry for sport".

Glynnis MacNicol at Mediate writes: "A small part of me suspects tonight’s opener was in part a bit of a sideways response to the story Media Matters has been pushing out all week trying to connect Beck with Byron Williams, the guy who was arrested on his way to kill 'people of importance at the Tides Foundation and ACLU' (as if the actions of a crazy person can ever be blamed on anyone other than the crazy person). But even if it was, the larger message remains, and is one that Beck likes to reaffirm from time to time, namely, violence is bad."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP


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News: Mexico, Glenn Beck, Modern Family, iPhone Users

 road The governor of Mexico's Jalisco state, Emilio Gonzalez, on marriage equality: It "grosses me out."

Jared  road Jared Padalecki's character on Supernatural has been to hell and back and  returned with this body.

 road Mariah Carey's track list for her upcoming album "Merry Christmas II You" is her early Xmas gift to her fans.

 road The first thing that one should ask themselves when looking at this new picture of Aaron Carter is:"That's what 22 looks like?"

 road This is why Mark Zuckerberg should like The Social Network.

 road Astronaut Scott Kelly, who is currently the next commander at the International Space Station, will be joined by his identical brother Mark next year making them the first blood relatives in space.

 road The poor showing for Eliot Spitzer's new show on CNN might be good news for Katie Couric who is rumored to consider moving from CBS to the cable news station.

 road Glenn Beck will take time off from his televison and radio gigs for some medical tests in a hospital "out west."

Modern  road GLSEN honored Modern Family at the Respect Awards last night. Jesse Tyler Ferguson took the time to talk about the recent spate pf suicides: "I think an event like this echoes the sentiment that we need to change. This cannot continue happening."

 road Wal-Mart is selling a children's book wriiten by an ex-gay that teach kids how to fight off their homosexuality. Doesn't sound very effective.

 road Josh Duhamel is "pissed" about the poster for his new movie in which he's pictured in his skivvies.

 road Apparently if you own an iPhone you're more likely to support Sarah Palin and the Tea Party. Sounds pretty bogus to me.

 road Hungary's sludge spill may not be over just yet.

The University of Southern California gets the world's largest collection of gay and lesbian historical documents form ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives.


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Glenn Beck And Sarah Palin Hold 9/11 Event In Alaska

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Fresh off their tag team rally in DC a couple of weeks ago, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin reunited in Anchorage on the ninth aniversary of 9/11. Thousands of people (over) paid somewhere between .75 and 5 to hear the two talk for about 2 hours.

The New York Times reports on the details of the event:

They shared somber remembrances of the terrorist attacks nine years ago, reiterated the “Faith, Hope and Charity” message from the last time they appeared together (at Mr. Beck’s massive “Restoring Honor” gathering in Washington on Aug. 28). They bashed the media.

“Let me tell you, folks, it’s a brutal, leftist-dominated lamestream media world out there,” Mrs. Palin screamed to a cheering crowd of about 4,000 at a sprawling downtown convention center here.

Beck claimed that the country has become complacent in its safety since the attacks (“I fear that we are forgetting what it takes," he said) while Palin pointed the finger at President Obama:

“It starts from the top,” she said. “Those who kind of set the tone in our country that would lead us towards a complacency that is very, very, very dangerous. I fear that is why we are seeing the patterns we’re seeing right now, especially over the last 20 months.”

As for if either will run for president, Beck: "They joked about a potential partnership in 2012. 'We would like to announce that in 2012…' Mr. Beck said, pausing, pausing, '…that we will both be voting.'”

Earlier in the day, Palin spoke at a 9/11 event organized by the Conservative Patriots Group in Wasilla in which she asked the crowd "What would we do without Fox News? I don't know."

I think I may have a pretty good idea.

Watch a clip of her Wasilla speech AFTER THE JUMP.


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Beetlejuice Actor Glenn Shadix Dies at 58

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Actor Glenn Shadix, best known for his role as Otho in Beetlejuice, died after a fall on Tuesday at his Birmingham, Alabama condo:

"'He was having mobility problems, and he was in a wheelchair,' Susan Gagne, Shadix's sister, said Tuesday. 'It looks like he fell and hit his head in the kitchen, and that's the cause of death.'…

Besides "Beetle Juice," Mr. Shadix's other films roles included supporting parts in "Heathers," "Demolition Man," "Meet the Applegates" and "Dunston Checks In," as well as a small role in the steamy Jack Nicholson-Jessica Lange mystery "The Postman Always Rings Twice," his first film. On TV, Mr. Shadix appeared in guest roles on "Cheers," "The Golden Girls," "Roseanne," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "Seinfeld," in which he played Jerry Seinfeld's landlord.

After nearly 30 years in Hollywood, Mr. Shadix moved back to Alabama about three years ago to be close to his family and to write, his sister said. In his old hometown of Bessemer, Mr. Shadix bought and was restoring a century-old Queen Anne Victorian house that was later destroyed by a fire in December 2008. Earlier that same year, Mr. Shadix participated in his first Gay Pride Parade in Birmingham. "I had never been to any gay gathering in the South," he told The News at the time. "I have been blessed as a gay man because I never had to deal with any situations of real prejudice or intimidation in my field."

Shadix appeared in more than 70 films and TV shows. He was 58.


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