On Dec. 3 , Holly Robinson Peet (The Talk), Wilson Cruz, Chaz Bono, Steven Weber, Ed Begley Jr. and Amber Heard (Drive Angry 3D, Rum Diary)—who came out publicly at the event, for the first time—were among celebrities out in Los Angeles in support of the 25th anniversary of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
GLAAD at 25 took a look back at the organization’s work in news, entertainment and online media to advance equality for gay and lesbian Americans. Jonathan Murray, executive producer of The Real World, Road Rules and Project Runway, was honored with the Pioneer Award.
Below, filmmakers Renee Sotile and Mary Jo Godges of Traipsing Thru Films recorded comments from many of the stars for The...
“I have about 25 friends coming to my friend Jean’s house, my whole family, including my niece and friends from around the neighborhood. She just got a Viking stove [a top-of-the-line, commercial-home hybrid range] big enough to cook a turkey in.”
Jane was talking turkey at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s 39th annual Anniversary Gala & Auction, which helps fund its programs for homeless youth, seniors and people with HIV/AIDS. She was set to receive the Center’s Rand Schrader Distinguished Achievement Award from none other than Glee nemesis (but real-life pal) Matthew Morrison.
“I’ve been coming to this gala since 1992,” said Lynch, before heading into the...
I get annoyed when a character’s words don’t ring true.
Even if the character is an ass and what he says is offensive (which apparently applies to the character that Vince Vaughn plays in The Dilemma), does that mean he shouldn’t talk that way?
Ron Howard, director of The Dilemma (set for a January release), was asked by gay groups to delete a line about an electric car being “gay” from the comedy on the grounds that it’s insensitive to gay youth, whose suffering has resulted in a recent wave of suicides.
I agree that young people who are bashed and bullied should be protected, I’m not sure that telling filmmakers to “fix” offensive language is the way to do it.
Helen Mirren is at the trigger in Red and the shell casings fly like uncovered popcorn. Her hit-woman character joins a pack of smooth old-dog CIA operatives, played by Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich. It was fun watching Mirren cock weapons with confidence, step from elegant heels into sturdy boots, and eagerly enter a kick-ass fray.
Her classy killer reminded me of a panel discussion that I heard at the recent Butch Voices conference in West Hollywood. Talking about Butch in the Movies were writer-director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry; Stop-Loss); JD Disalvatore (A Marine Story); Michelle Ehlen (Butch...
We Have to Stop Now is one of the biggest surprises on the film festival circuit this year, mainly because it wasn’t even meant to be a film.
“It’s not about sex, it’s not about dildo jokes, it’s about people … about when we’re in a relationship,” says Cathy DeBuono, one of the stars and an executive producer.
Originally shot as a web series, the episodes were “smooshed together” to appear as if it was meant to be a film, according to actor-comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer, who plays a therapist in the film. “If you can’t tell the difference, then I never said this,” she quips.
I got the Stop Now scoop from Westenhoefer, DeBuono and the film’s other star/executive...
I’m sure that Hollywood is already a-Twitter with talk of the Maj. Margaret Witt story. As far as I know, Ally Sheedy hasn’t been asked to play the part yet, but the talented actror does resemble the decorated nurse; she’s about the right age and she’s played a lesbian in the past (in Lisa Cholodenko’s High Art). Plus, she might already sympathize with the character because, as she announced earlier this year, her teenage daughter is gay (apparently, so is Sheedy's mother).
This real-life tale of the decorated Air Force nurse who saved lives while risking her own has the makings of a great film. The tragedy is that the military kills the hero’s career by pressuring her to admit that she’s gay.
Hunters owner Jennifer Seymour, actress Paris Pickard and audience members Kelly and Coco
Writer-director Ned Farr hit a bull’s eye when his film A Marine Story opened the Cinema Diverse film festival on Sept. 24, the same day a federal judge gave Air Force nurse Maj. Margaret Witt her job back after she endured a discharge under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Farr nailed a second bull’s eye during a dart game at the opening night party, hosted by Hunters Nightclub, a sponsor of the three-year-old Palm Springs festival. Hopefully, his luck will carry on as A Marine Story marches into festivals across the country...
Rooney Mara will go Goth as the bisexual Lisbeth Salander in the American version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Big buzz has surrounded casting ever since the Swedish-language version started drawing crowds at US cinemas and earned $157 million worldwide, according to New York Daily News.
Mara captured the role after “friending” director David Fincher on The Social Network, his film about the Facebook founders that also stars Justin Timberlake. Brad Pitt, who also previously worked with Fincher, was rumored a top contender for the role of the investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist, but Craig makes a moodier, more serious and less distracting...
“We cried when we heard the ruling,” says Anne Chamberlain, wife of actress Megan Cavanagh (Exes & Ohs). “I was braced for a class action suit with the other 18,000 couples if they came after our legal union, but now they are on the defensive and I feel quite optimistic.”
Southern California was abuzz after the ruling that overturned Prop. 8, which had disallowed same-sex marriage. Lots of celebrities have come out in support of the ruling, including Rob Reiner.
“I’ve been a big Joan Jett supporter since the Runaways,” said Cherie Currie when I asked if she’s still friends with Jett since reuniting as consultants on The Runaways. (The film starred Kristen Stewart as Jett and Dakota Fanning as Currie, channeling her dramatic stage presence.)
“In fact, we’re playing together this summer,” she said. “I’m on the same bill at the Pacific Amphitheater.”
Currie will join Joan Jett and the Blackhearts on Aug. 11 at the Orange County Fair Summer Concert Series in Costa Mesa, Calif. Apparently all that bad blood that spilled so painfully decades ago when...
Bloomington actor (from left) Allison McAtee, Curve writer Laurie Schenden and Sarah Stouffer
I reviewed some of the award-winning films at Outfest, the 2010 LA Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, but also have a few awards of my own.
First the official awards:
A Marine Story, a feature that puts a face on the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, won Outfest’s Grand Jury and Audience awards, as well as best actress for Dreya Weber. I wrote about visiting the set during filming in the print edition of Curve this month so check it out.
Lindsay Lohan, the most wanted lesbian among media piranhas and paparazzi, heads to the big house on or before July 20—and girl, this big house ain’t no nightclub. Miss party pants got 90 days for violating probation by failing to attend court-ordered alcohol education classes.
News reports also say that Lohan, who turned 24 on July 2, has a new Sapphic squeeze. In May she supposedly hooked up with actressJulia I. Pal-Chaudhuri, aka Indrani, now...
This week Frameline in San Francisco is winding down a seemingly endless array of films through June 27. Outfest hosted filmmakers in Los Angeles earlier this month with a launch party at La Vida, a swanky bar/restaurant tucked into an outer nook of Sunset Gower Studios. Both festivals are among the world’s most prestigious gay and lesbian film events.
Outfest’s opening night isn’t until July 8, so a new crop of filmmakers joined veterans of the festival experience at La Vida just before heading north to Frameline.
Every LGBT film festival around the planet is celebrating Wolfe Video’s 25th anniversary...
If you haven’t yet heard of Noomi Rapace and the Millennium trilogy from Sweden, you will. Rapace, a young Swedish actress, “definitely has gay cult status here,” says my friend and colleague, Judi Gilbert, an editor in Germany.
The three Millennium books are bestsellers around the world and are second only to the Harry Potter books in the United States, according to the New York Times. All three have been made into films featuring Rapace as Lisbeth Salander, a gifted and queer computer hacker whose sketchy upbringing has instilled, shall we say, a few noticeable anti-social quirks?
I owe Tammy Lynn Michaels an apology. I was pretty sure she woke up one day, 35 and covered in kid-spit, wondering whatever happened to all the makeup and wardrobe people, the paparazzi who clamored for her sexy bright-eyed picture a decade ago, when she was so popular on Popular and kicked tush in the short film D.E.B.S.
But she’s saying that no, her split with Melissa Etheridge wasn’t “mutual,” as the singer-songwriter has so diplomatically stated while promoting her new album. Tammy is making it clear that it wasn’t her idea to bust up their family.
Personally, I’m disturbed when two people, regardless of sexuality, take on the responsibility of children and then don’t stick it out until the little rug rats...
“Can you hold this for a minute?” asks Renee Zellweger with a laugh, as I juggle an iPod, pen and notepad. Zellweger is charming, relaxed and delicate looking in her Carolina Herrera dress at An Evening With Women, the fundraiser for women’s services at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center.
No, Zellweger isn’t a lesbian—but she would pretend to be one if the right part came along.
“I wouldn’t play her just because she was a lesbian,” she says with a good-natured grin. “It’s all about the character and the story that she has to tell. I’m not seeking specifically lesbian parts to play.”
The Oscar-winning actress came to the Beverly Hills soiree at the invitation of Linda Perry, the...
Fans who adore celebrities one minute can abhor them the next.
Some on the blogger beat have vilified Sandra Bullock recently because of photographs that implicated her husband with white supremacists and Nazi sympathizers. There is no way she couldn’t have known, the argument goes.
Personally, I don’t find it hard to believe that an A-list celebrity used to being the center of attention could somehow overlook what a mate is up to on the side. But others are absolutely certain that Bullock knew, approves of or at least accepts his alleged beliefs that Nazism is fun and it’s OK to screw around with women who are not your wife.
But is Bullock a white supremacist? I originally wrote this blog before the People magazine cover hit with Bullock...
Songwriter-producer Linda Perry is putting herself on the auction block to raise money for women’s services provided by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.
Last week Perry insisted that she would “do what is needed” to raise awareness for the center’s good works, I guess she wasn’t kidding. Some fledgling musician will have the chance to spend a day in the studio under Perry’s supervision. Post 4 Non Blondes, Perry produced Pink, Alicia Keyes, Christina Aguilera, among others.
Clementine Ford (The L Word) has been dating Perry for almost two years. She responded to Perry’s auction announcement on her Facebook page with:...
The Back-up Plan” premieres this week and it’s Jennifer Lopez’ first film since birthing twins. It’s also the first feature film directed by Alan Poul, producer of Six Feet Under, Tales of the City and an advocate for gay rights. This is the third romantic comedy that J.Lo has starred in for a gay director (the other two were Robert Luketic on Monster-in-Law, Adam Shankman on The Wedding Planner).
“We click,” Lopez said in an interview with the Advocate. “Gay directors have a certain sensitivity when it comes to women’s issues … that’s what I feel. They also have a tremendous sense of humor about life, so they know romantic comedy. I love them.”
I had dinner with my pal Carlease Burke, a versatile...
Amanda Bearse, left, director of the Big Gay Sketch Show, and Lisa Sherman, executive vice president and general manager of Logo
“I get to play a lot of women, which I know people are going to be shocked by,” says Julie Goldman, looking dapper in red tie, white shirt and vest, her hair primped to perky perfection, at the season premiere party for The Big Gay Sketch Show.
Most of the cast, creator Dan MacDonald, director Amanda Bearse and even Lisa Sherman, Logo’s executive vice president and general manager, turned out in L.A. for the premiere of the comedy hit’s third season. Taking over Hollywood’s high-end sports bar...
The deadline has been extended to April 11 to submit a one-minute video to win tickets and backstage passes to An Evening With Women, featuring Rene Zellweger, Linda Perry, Heart, Sarah Silverman and Gina Gershon as emcee.
The elegant extravaganza, which has become one of the hottest tickets in town since it became Linda Perry’s pet project two years ago, has pulled in everyone from Cybill Shepherd to Paris Hilton to raise money for women’s services at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.
Perry was honored by the center a couple years ago and vowed to do more. She took the reins, called friends, moved the event out of the Henry Fonda Theater and into the...
I don’t think Dinah Shore would mind that her name has been removed from the LPGA’s Kraft Nabisco Championship. Not because it’s become the largest lesbian gathering in the world, but because her game was really tennis, not golf.
The very ladylike Ms. Shore, a popular radio singer in the 1940s and `50s and a beloved television host in the 1970s and `80s, gave the golfers permission to use her name when the tournament debuted in 1972. The tournament at the Mission Hills club outside Palm Springs, Calif., was originally the Colgate Dinah Shore. Ms. Shore lent her name to give the tournament some cred because she liked sports and Colgate was a sponsor for her show Dinah’s Place.
Standing backstage with Joan Jett at San Diego Gay Pride some years back I couldn’t help but ask why she avoids talking about her sexuality. She said she doesn’t and walked away.
So I was curious to see if The Runaways, which she executive produced, would allude to the topic that over the years she made clear is nobody’s business. It does.
I attended a benefit screening of The Runaways earlier this week in Los Angeles for Equality California, the group that has helped implement 63 pieces of legislation that are important to LGBT citizens. The film is a bloodied Valentine of sorts, a peak at what went down when a group of 15 and 16 year old girls formed the Runaways in the 1970s. The group stuck around only a few short years but long...
I’m standing in line at the grocery store where I eyeball a headline blaring reports of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt turning their three-year-old into a “cross-dresser.”
Because a person’s sexuality is enough to incite a national uproar these days, it’s hard to take even the most absurd comment lightly. So when a fashion “expert” calls Shiloh Jolie-Pitt’s look a “complete shocking transformation,” accusing her of “pushing the boundaries of a tomboy look and crossing over to cross-dresser territory,” just because she wears cargo pants with a toy sword stuck in her belt, it begs for further investigation. I find that some pundits are wondering if dressing Shiloh this way confuses her gender...
What started as a respectful little chat between two high-profile female performers last week evolved into a discussion on the gay celebrity burden. Both Wanda Sykes and Rosie O’Donnell started out as standup comics, both married women, have children and have become spokeswomen for the gay community.
When Wanda called Rosie’s radio show on Sirius XM, they began dishing about their personal lives and coming out. Rosie reveals that she felt pressured by the gay community. That’s not so surprising, but do celebrities "owe" anything to the community, merely because they happen to be famous and LGB or T?
If it weren’t for celebrities cozying up to Americans in their living rooms, LGBT people might still be seeing themselves portrayed primarily...
Desert Hearts set the bar for lesbian films when it came out 25 years ago. Since then, fans have been kicking up dust about a sequel.
But everything we need to know about the torrid love story is in the original film. Based on Jane Rule’s book Desert of the Heart, the film depicts a fiery attraction that draws two women of a different age, class and background together into a forbidden, passionate affair.
Producer-director Donna Deitch hit the jackpot with Helen Shaver and Patricia Charbonneau as Vivian and Cay, two women as different as cactus and cauliflower colliding in Reno, Nev., circa 1959.
She creates a setting that reeks of sweat, cigarette butts and beer that is about as welcoming as a rattlesnake to Vivian (Shaver), the...
As Super Bowl approaches, CBS is getting spanked for allowing an ad from a religious group that features quarterback Tim Tebow and insinuates that you might birth a world-class athlete if you don’t abort him first, but then disallowed two ads that feature gay characters.
Last Sunday gay groups shook a finger at the Grammy Awards for nominating Buju Banton, the reggae singer whose little ditty about killing and burning fags earned him the hate monger moniker.
As a journalist, I tend to support a person’s First Amendment right to free speech. Without that, the United States would be like other countries that dictate what a person can or cannot say (and wrongly assume that they won’t think it either). I believe it’s better to know what others are...
Lily Tomlin is a long-time fan of The Beebo Brinker Chronicles, author Ann Bannon’s 1950s lesbian pulp stories. Lily, who has a nice Emmy/Tony/Grammy collection to show for her eclectic and electrifying career, jumped onboard as executive producer when The Beebo Brinker Chronicles rattled New York stages Off and Off Off Broadway in 2007-08.
The first time I picked up one of Bannon’s books a few years ago, I saw Beebo as a brutish butch probably written by a straight man. But it was a different time then, I’ve come to learn, before people even acknowledge that they were gay, let alone felt gay pride. The publishers required the few lesbian love stories they accepted to end badly for the women in love (suicide, hetero marriage, etc.).
What comes to mind about Candice Bergen as she’s inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame this week is how she combined beauty, brains and a sense of humor.
Murphy Brown, her signature role, is a good example. She was a strong, smart, professional woman, a TV journalist, who wasn’t perfect and even a little prickly, but admirable just the same. Her more recent role as Shirley Schmidt on Boston Legal shows similar qualities. I sure few would’ve expected such a solid comedic career after her serious and controversial start.
The last role a young actress in the 1960s would choose for her film debut would be a lesbian, one would think. But after following in her mother’s footsteps as a fashion model,...
With all the award shows this month, the accolades seem redundant. Look them over with a queer eye, they get a little more interesting. Using the "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" game (look it up), I’ve come up with a partial list connecting gay, played-gay or gay-friendly nominees from a month jammed with awards. (On Sunday, Jan. 17, is the 67th Golden Globe Awards; Jan. 20 is the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame induction; Jan. 23 marks the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Jan. 31 are the Grammy Awards. Not to mention the People’s Choice Awards that already took place Jan. 6.)
Start with Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), nominated in two categories for SAG and Golden Globe awards.
The first decade of the 21st Century brought lots of new, more positive LGBT images on film and television. Some might argue that Showtime’s Queer As Folk made the biggest impact, raising the bar dramatically with its depiction of a community of gay and lesbian friends.
Or that The L Word in 2004 not only broke ground but created a mild earthquake in its depiction of a group of hot, sassy, professional women who happened to be lesbian. How about the debut in 2005 of an entire channel devoted to LGBT images, MTV Network’s LOGO?
But if you’re talking mainstream acceptance, I don’t think any of these can touch the impact of Bianca Montgomery when she came out to her mother, Erica Kane, on All My Children to kick off the new...