The Founder Of Amazon Donates $2.5 Million To Support Marriage Equality In Washington State

While the heads of some corporations have decided to channel funds in support of anti-gay hate groups here in the US, other business leaders have decided to channel funds in support of marriage equality in a show of support for the GLBT community. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, and his wife MacKenzie have donated $2.5 million dollars in support of same-sex marriage in the state of Washington. With this donation, the Bezos are now among the largest financial backers of marriage equality in the US … which is simply, amazing! More »

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This Austrian Photographer’s Underwater Exhibit Is Breathtaking

Oh my gosh. Haven’t you always wanted to go scuba diving and enjoy brilliant photography at the same time? Of course you have; because you’re all artsy and weird and wonderful just like me. And you think an underwater photography exhibit is the most brilliant idea since… well, probably ever. Andreas Franke is an Austrian photographer. He lives in Vienna with his family, and he  recently created his own parallel universe on Vandenberg, where a shipwrecked boat was sunken to create an artificial Reef off Key West. In his exhibit (titled Life Below The Surface), art collides with nature, and ballerinas dance on the ocean floor. It’s fancy, and fantasy, and it’s all in the gallery. Because we have photo galleries now. Because we’re Pink Is The Newer Blog.
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First Listen: J. Cole Releases A New Song Titled ‘The Cure’

J. Cole…. is…. hot. I hate to objectify him; it is so wrong because he’s so talented! And it goes against everything I believe in as a feminist. Either that, or it supports everything I believe as a feminist. I’ll work that out later. J. Cole has a new song called The Cure (because, apparently, that’s what he is), and he is spitting hot fire all over that awesome beat from Jay-Z and Kanye‘s Watch The Throne (Lift Off!) Unfortunately, there’s no video so we’ll just have to imagine what J.Cole would look like if he took his shirt off more often the exciting accompanying visuals would like. Still, a pretty sweet listening session going down.
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New & Improved

So … you guys really like the new site, eh? I cannot even tell you how happy I have been to read all the positive feedback from all y’all. It’s been almost 24 hours since the new redesign went live and, except for a few technical things that can be fixed, everyone seems to really like the new look here on Pink is the new Blog. I cannot even tell you the exhaustive work that has gone on behind the scenes so the credit is not all mine. Still, I am happy to see that the planning and behind-the-scenes tinkering seems to have paid off :) More »

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Les News, 072712

  • A Guide to the Jackson Family Feud. [Buzzfeed]
  • Hans Zimmer, the composer of The Dark Knight Rises, writes a song for the victims of Aurora, CO. [ONTD!]
  • Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake are BFFs. [PopSugar]
  • Katherine and TJ Jackson agree to share guardianship of Michael Jackson‘s children. [GossipCop]
  • Jeremy Scott makes interesting pants. [Oh La La]
  • Mitt Romney isn’t doing so well in London. [Towleroad]
  • Did Marilyn Monroe love the ladies? [Newser]
  • Police arrest copy cat shooter in Maryland. [Heavy]

  • Billie Joe Armstrong is headed for The Voice. [Idolator]
  • Madonna‘s Turn Up the Radio gets remixed. [arjanwrites]
  • Whoops! Jeremy Renner picked an unfortunate time to take viagra. [Starpulse]
  • It turns out that LaToya Jackson is the sanest member of the Jackson family. [Global Grind]
  • Robert Pattinson moves out. [LaineyGossip]
  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers is 35, Pete Yorn is 38, Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live) is 40, Julian McMahon (Charmed, Nip/Tuck) is 44 and Jerry Van Dyke (Coach) is 81 years old. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
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Watch: The Killers Release A Music Video For ‘Runaways’

Click to Watch 'Runaways'

A couple of weeks ago we got our first listen of Runaways, the new single from The Killers from their forthcoming new album Battle Born. Today we get to check out the just-released music video. Like many music videos from The Killers, this music video is very performance oriented. All members of the band are featured and the song is the focal point of the vid. The more I hear this song, the more I like it. The Killers deffo have a sound that is uniquely their own, which I can appreciate. I dig the video, I dig the song … I suspect I will dig the band’s new album, too. What do y’all think? Do you like?

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Madonna Gets Booed By Angry Fans In Paris After A Short 45 Minute Concert [UPDATE]

Yesterday we learned that Madonna would be live streaming her intimate club performance at the Olympia Theater in Paris, France for fans online but today we are hearing about the experience for fans inside the venue in Paris. Those of us who watched the live stream know that the show lasted only 8 songs long and was over in about 45 minutes. I assumed that the rest of the concert would proceed in person for fans at the Olympia Theater in Paris … I was wrong. 45 minutes is all the fans got in person as well … and many of them were angry because of how expensive the concert tickets were for such a short show. Yikes! UPDATE: Madonna‘s publicist has issued an official statement about this controversy, read it in full below. More »

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First Look: The ’50 Shades Of Grey’ Themed Ad Is Here

Yesterday we heard about a hotel replacing their Gideon Bibles with copies of 50 Shades Of Grey and today we have this; the first photo from a Marc New York ad campaign that will draw on inspiration from THE book to end all books (even, apparently, The Bible). I think they’ve got the right idea over there at Marc New York; they’ve cast a couple of minor celebs and the ad is pretty hot (damn, gotta read this book)! Checkie out!
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‘Playboy’ Model And ‘Girls Next Door’ Star Holly Madison Is Adopting A Baby

Holly Madison has revealed her plans to adopt a baby to In Touch Weekly. Long gone are the days of um bunny-hopping around town with Hugh Hefner. The reality star/Playboy model is 32 years-old and and really wants to start a family. Congrats are almost in order! Check out what Holly has to say about her decision to adopt, inside.
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Watch: The ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ Directors Bring You ‘Ruby Sparks’

Ruby Sparks Lurve
A Writer's Dream

Ruby Sparks may or may not be the greatest [artsy] love story ever told. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (the directors who brought you the 2006 indie smash Little Miss Sunshine) have created a story that artists (and lovers of all things artsy) will be excited about. Based on the trailer, Ruby Sparks might be compared to Will Ferrell‘s 2006 comedy Stranger Than Fiction. In both stories life hilariously imitates art (where a writer’s words create real events), but Ruby Sparks is taking a slightly different route. Paul Dano plays the writer Calvin, whose story actually creates a complete human being: Ruby Sparks (played by Zoe Kazan). I saw this trailer a while back and it’s finally been released with an official released date of September 6. Ya’ll know I love me some indie rom-commage, so I’m excited to see how this one turns out.

What did you guys think of the trailer? Cuteness, right? Chris Messina, Antonio Banderas, and Annette Bening will round out the cast, which means we can expect some pretty good times :)

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