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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Debut Epic New Music Video

In: Donovan, Music

Epic doesn’t even begin to do it justice. How else would you describe a music video that was filmed over six continents and is over seven minutes long? The “Can’t Hold Us” music video was co-directed by Ryan Lewis, Jason Koenig and Jon Jon Augustavo and took about 16 days to shoot.

When Macklemore & Ryan Lewis teased the follow up to their smash “Thrift Shop” was going to big, I didn’t imagine this big. The clip features a camel, pirate ship, kangaroos, sled dogs, mariachi band, stunning landscapes and some vintage furniture that looks like it came from a thrift shop. It also includes fellow Seattle musician Ray Dalton belting out vocals and getting a haircut on the beach (random?). Fittingly enough, their world travels end in their hometown of Seattle by hoisting a Heist flag atop the Space Needle. Watch their epic adventures below.

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Arguably the best DJ on the gay scene today, Peter Rauhofer has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

In a statement posted by his manager and friend Angelo Russo today on Facebook, it was revealed that Peter was rushed to emergency a few weeks ago because of a seizure where it was discovered that he has had an untreated brain tumor.

This is of course some of the saddest news I have heard in a long time. The talent and passion this man has for music with his amazing productions and collaborations with EVERYONE in the industry is unparalleled. On a personal note, Peter Rauhofer also played the very first RAPTURE event at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver that I organized and it was truly one of the most important nights of my career.

Everyone at Homorazzi is sending our love and prayers to him for a hopeful recovery. Read the statement below.

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When Interscope Records released The Great Gatsby soundtrack sampler, I mentioned a highlight was the contribution from Florence + The Machine. The record label just made the entire track available and it’s even more amazing than I imagined.

Over The Love” is a smoldering track that builds to powerful closing crescendo. Reportedly, the song is sung from Daisy Buchanan’s (Carey Mulligan) point of view. The track is littered with multiple references from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel. Florence Welch’s evocative signature style is absolute heaven on the theatrical track. I can’t wait to see how Baz Luhrmann incorporates it in the film. Take a listen below.

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New Zealand Legalizes Gay Marriage

In: Donovan, Totally GAY!

It’s official. New Zealand is the 13th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage and the first in the Asia-Pacific region. Lawmakers voted 77 to 44 in favor of the gay-marriage bill on its third and final reading. When the result was announced, people watching from the public gallery and some lawmakers immediately broke into song, singing a New Zealand anthem, “Pokarekare Ana” in the indigenous Maori language.

Since 2005, New Zealand has allowed civil unions, which gave many legal rights to gay couples. The new law will allow them to jointly adopt children for the first time and also allow their marriages to be recognized in other countries. The law will take effect in late August.

With New Zealand now allowing gay marriage, it puts pressure on nearby countries to follow suit. In Australia, there has been little political momentum at the federal level. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has expressed her opposition to same-sex marriage. Since New Zealand is only a three hour plane ride away, many Aussie couples tired of waiting for the government to act, will most likely travel there. This will definitely spark a tourism boom.

Same-sex marriage is currently recognized in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina and Denmark. Lawmakers in Uruguay approved a law last week that President Jose Mujica is expected to sign.

Congrats to all our Kiwi readers. I traveled to Auckland last year and really enjoyed it. My only regret was not traveling to the beautiful countryside. If you haven’t been to New Zealand, I highly recommend it.

Robbie Rogers and EJ Johnson probably have more in common than most people think. Both young men were recently thrust in the spotlight for their sexual orientation and both are associated with professional sports- Rogers played soccer while Johnson is the child of NBA legend Magic Johnson. Robbie announced his retirement from the sport after after coming out in a letter he posted online. EJ, on the other hand, was “outed” by TMZ as he sassily strutted down Sunset Strip in LA. The two gay men sat down for interviews this week to discuss their recent experiences.

First up is EJ. The 20-year-old NYU student sat down (or should I say laid down) to chat with Gwissues‘ Howard Bragman. Johnson talks about the aftermath of being filmed by TMZ. From online haters and support, EJ seems to be taking things in stride. He also discusses how this whole experience felt like he was coming out again- his family and friends have known for a long time. Speaking of family, he shares how he came out to his famous father and mom.

Side note: Just because he’s more flamboyant (and fabulous), I really don’t understand why people are attacking him for being him. He should be applauded for being so comfortable with himself and not afraid to be who he is. We can’t all be straight-acting jocks.

Meanwhile, Rogers made the rounds on a couple high-profile shows this week. First he stopped by ABC’s Nightline and then CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 to give even more insight into his decision to come out, how he wrestled with his secret during his professional career and why he decided to retire at such an early age. Check out clips from both interviews below.

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Ciara Clones Herself For New Album Cover

In: Donovan, Music

Clearly two Ciaras are better than one. She’s opted to renamed her fifth studio album from One Woman Army to simply, Ciara. Perhaps a name change will do her long-awaited and much-delayed LP some good. Even though I liked the original name more than the self-titled route, I think a change of energy is exactly what is needed. After all, none of the promo singles for One Woman Army did much good.

Besides going back to basics with her album title, the 27-year-old R&B singer is reuniting with her long-time mentor and friend L.A. Reid. The Epic Records chairman is credited with discovering her and executively producing her debut, Goodies, back in 2004. Ciara also joined forces with previous collaborators Rodney Jerkins and Jasper Cameron for her new album. All in all, the momentum is starting to pay off. Her lead single “Body Party” written by her boyfriend Future is currently impacting on the R&B charts. Along with that track, her upcoming effort will feature nine other songs including two duets. One with American Idol judge Nicki Minaj and with her boyfriend.

Do you think Ciara is in store for a comeback in 2013? Do you like her new album title and artwork. It’s definitely sleek. It almost looks like a butterfly. I wonder if that was intentional to show she’s about to blossom. Sound off below.

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Warner Bros. just released the third trailer for Man of Steel and simply put… It’s FRIGGIN’ AMAZING. It’s so jam-packed with new content, the studio didn’t have any other option than to make it three minutes long. Typically, trailers are just a bit of over two minutes. If you’re already looking forward to the superhero flick, watching this will do nothing to ease the wait. Epic doesn’t even begin to describe it. This will be the must-see movie event of the summer.

A few days ago, Warner Bros. released a static-y teaser featuring the voice of Superman’s nemesis General Zod (Michael Shannon). This new clip gives you the first look at him in his Kryptonian armor. We also see the debut of Russell Crowe as Jor-el, giving a glimpse at the war on Superman’s home planet that forced his parents to send him to Earth. Superman’s wintery Fortress of Solitude is also shown, but the biggest reveal of all is how Superman gets his name. Here’s a hint. It has something to do with Lois Lane’s (Amy Adams) first verbal interaction with him.

As with the other trailers, we see Henry Cavill in and out his Superman costume. As majestic and regal as it looks, I’d rather seem him without it on. The furry Wolverine-ish look he’s sporting in the picture above is EVERYTHING. Check out the new trailer below.

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Compared to last year, it’s been relatively quiet on The X Factor casting front. Before Britney Spears and Demi Lovato officially came on board, practically every pop star’s name was mentioned as a possible replacement for Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul. This year, with exception to Cheryl Cole, there really hasn’t been anyone I can recall as a rumored potential judge.

With so many singing competitions on the air, not to mention in the UK and Australia, the pool of interested musicians wanting to judge is very limited. Maybe that explains this potential rumor. That, or musicians might think the FOX show is a sinking ship and don’t want any part of it. Find out who’s reportedly in the mix below.

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"The Meticulous One" : Formerly the VP of a Top 20 kids/teen online magazine property, Donovan brings his online expertise for this project. Donovan and Brian have been together for almost a decade! Who knew relationships could last this long. He's the one taking the pictures, with a library consisting of thousands of photos - he's got dirt on all of us. Check out his Q&A questionnaire. Follow him on Twitter!

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