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As 2009 comes to a close, we take a look back at some of the people and events that made this the Best. Lesbian. Decade. Ever. in pop culture.
Luckily for all of us, there was far more information to have mentioned from the last ten years than we could have included in this brief survey. That's why our lists for each year are not intended to be exhaustive, but are instead snapshots of different memorable moments that included the representation of lesbians and bisexual women in film, television, music, literature, comics, sports and the Internet since the year 2000.
Chavela Vargas[/link] comes out
Mexican ranchera music legend Chavela Vargas publicly came out as a lesbian at the tender age of 81.
Angelina Jolie wins Best Supporting Actress Oscar
Angelina Jolie won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Girl, Interrupted and told Talk Magazine, "I only play women I would date. »
Well, that was some year - but were you paying attention?
We've trawled through the happenings and the hits, the flops and the fuss to bring you the last 12 months in quiz form.
So, as we ring in 2010, here's your chance to test the old grey matter with 30 posers about the closing year.
Best of luck...
1. Name Kate Hudson's former baseball beau.
a. Alex Rodriguez
b. Derek Jeter
c. Manny Ramirez
2. Who won the 2009 Oscar for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role?
a. Sean Penn
b. Brad Pitt
3. And who won Oscar gold in the Actress in a Supporting Role category?
a. Amy Adams
c. Viola Davis
4. Name the actress who won damages from U.K. tabloid the Daily Mail after the publication called her "the most irritating actress".
a. Kate Winslet
c. Kate Hudson
5. Name the Russian who gave birth to Mel Gibson's baby in October.
b. Oksana Grigorieva
6. How many kids does Mel Gibson now have?
7. Which actress fasted for 12 days to highlight the plight of refugees in Darfur?
c. Mia Farrow
8. Which great Brit recovered from a late 2008 coma to start work on his 74th film role this past summer?
9. Which top TV actress said, "I was named after my great-grandmother. If you look it up it's Greek, but my grandmother was apparently named after an Irish Catholic saint, who had an indiscretion with the Greek god Zeus and was kicked out."
10. Which movie star quit acting to become a batty rapper?
a. Hugh Grant
11. Which Irish actor became a dad for the second time this year?
b. Colin Firth
c. Meryl Streep
13. The castmembers of which famous TV sitcom reunited for an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm?
14. Which sexy star inhabited Jennifer's Body?
a. Megan Fox
b. Eva Mendes
a. Cheryl Ladd
b. Jaclyn Smith
16. Which 2009 movie did George Clooney not appear in?
17. Which funnyman had heart surgery in 2009 to replace a heart valve?
c. Alec Baldwin
18. Which box office smash hit featured balloons, an old man and a boy scout?
c. Monsters Vs. Aliens
a. They got married this year
b. They had a baby this year
c. They spent time in rehab
20. Which actress was unceremoniously ditched from the Twilight franchise?
21. And which filmmaker's daughter will replace her in Eclipse next year?
c. Eva Amurri
b. Ringo Starr
c. John Lennon
23. Which British actress was left "mortified" when Esquire magazine named her the year's Sexiest Woman?
a. Kate Winslet
b. Katie Price
24. Name the director of Inglourious Basterds.
b. Ron Howard
a. Hugh Laurie
b. Simon Pegg
c. Colin Firth
26. And which original Star Trek castmember was 'beamed up' for the summer sci-fi epic?
c. George Takei
27. Name the apt title of tragic movie star Patrick Swayze's memoirs.
a. The Time of My Life
b. No More Dirty Dancing
c. Next of Kin
28. Who will co-host the Oscars in March?
29. Which former heavyweight boxing champion played himself in hit comedy The Hangover?
a. Muhammad Ali
b. Mike Tyson
c. Lennox Lewis
a. Kim Cattrall
c. Michelle Ross
30. c. »
According to Moviehole, actor/director Mel Gibson's production company has announced that it will be producing Mad Max 4. Whether or not that means Gibson will be reprising his iconic role in what is rumored to be a prequel is unsure, but news that he's committed to the flick can only be a good sign.
Mad Max director George Miller says he wants Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in the fourth movie. Hardy was previously reported as having won the lead as young Max, but now says that he is yet to get an official offer and that his audition had nothing to do with the lead character.
It's still too early to tell how all of this will shake out, but we can't imagine a Mad Max movie without Mel — even if he's only there to provide flashbacks.
Link | Posted 12/31/2009 by Jim
- Jim Littler
Charlize Theron helps her mother Gerda Theron find her perfect look at Bcbg Max Azria in Los Angeles, Ca on December 27, 2009. Photo copyright by Fame Pictures. Charlize Theron helps her mother Gerda Theron find her perfect look at Bcbg Max Azria in Los Angeles, Ca on December 27, 2009. Photo copyright by Fame Pictures. Charlize Theron helps her mother Gerda Theron find her perfect look at Bcbg Max Azria in Los Angeles, Ca on December 27, 2009. Photo copyright by Fame Pictures. Charlize Theron helps her mother Gerda Theron find her perfect look at Bcbg Max Azria in Los Angeles, Ca on December 27, 2009. Photo copyright by Fame Pictures. Charlize Theron helps her mother Gerda Theron find »
- James Wray
Charlize Theron took time out to shop with her mother over the holidays. The no-nonsense beauty did not bother to dress up or don make-up when she was spotted at Barneys in Los Angeles. Theron, 34, and mum Gerda checked out shoes in a low-key visit, during which observers noted the Oscar winner's serious demeanour. Theron has expressed concern with the celebrity culture she believes is overtaking acting. She earlier said: 'Somewhere along the line we forgot what actors do. All of a sudden, somehow, the fashion industry crept into the movie industry. Celebrity has really taken over and overshadowed what actors do. Actors aren't supposed to be beautiful, actors are supposed to tell human »
- Philippa Bourke
Whoa! Is that Fergie prancing around in Nine, or is it just her fatter twin sister? Yup, it is the Black Eyed Peas' leading lady. She purposely packed on about 20 pounds to play a pump-alicious 1920s Italian whore in the just-released movie musical. Ms. Fergie isn't alone in the girth-for-gelt department. She follows in the method-acting, plus-size footsteps of folks like George Clooney, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron, who have also let themselves go to play characters with bigger waistlines, bellies and bootys. Check out our new gallery for these and more unforgettable Hollywood fatties, including one hottie who packed on a whopping 67 pounds for his wide-load role. »
Astro Boy is based on 1950s Japanese manga and stars the voices of Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell, Charlize Theron and Samuel L. Jackson. It had a tough time taking flight at the box office after a $6.7 million opening weekend and $19.2 million total domestic run.
No additional Astro Boy on Blu-ray details are available at this time though they will be passed along as soon as we have them,
Click here to pre-order Astro Boy on Blu-ray at a discounted price from Amazon.com. »
Merry Christmas, gentle readers! Today is a day for spending time with loved ones, yelling at those loved ones, giving them gifts, refilling their drinks. It's also a day for popping in a DVD in the living room while working through a food coma. What will it be? The list of movies that have explored this eggnog-drenched holiday is nearly as long as Santa's own. Now action, now rom-com, now satire and thriller!
With some strong 'nog in hand, we took a look back at some of the very best and very worst a big screen Noel has to offer and plucked out our favorite elements from each. Gather the family round the computer screen and take in MTV News' Christmas Movie Awards.
When Louis Winthorpe III hits rock bottom, he soars to the highest ranks of cinematic Santas. Booted from his cushy »
- Eric Ditzian
ABC is new with Disney Prep & Landing, and has repeats of The Middle, Modern Family, Cougar Town, and Grey's Anatomy CBS has repeats of CSI:ny, CSI, and The Mentalist Fox has repeats of Bones and Fringe NBC has It's a Wonderful Life The CW has repeats of Vampire Diaries and Supernatural ABC Family has Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, Year Without a Santa Claus, and Miser Brothers' Christmas AMC has White Christmas Comedy Central is new with The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report MTV has repeats of South Park and Jersey Shore TBS has A Christmas Story VH1 has 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s Late-night highlights include Charlize Theron, Regis Philbin, Donny Osmond, and Wolfmother on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live »
Charlize Theron and Blake Mycoskie, founder of the accessory line Toms Shoes, have co-designed a limited edition men’s and women’s collection to celebrate the donation of over 10,000 pairs of shoes to children in Theron’s native country of South Africa.
These shoes are inspired by the South African baobab tree and have been made from vegan materials. The tree pattern is embroidered over dyed canvas and is available in blue and orange. The shoes are also lined with the Charlize Theron African Outreach Project's logo.
Part of the proceeds will go directly to the African Outreach Project. Also, take a look at this video to learn more about giving to Toms.
Read more »
By Eric Ditzian
Photo: Barry King/ FilmMagic
Now that "Avatar" star Sam Worthington has returned from the distant star system in which the planet Pandora resides, bringing back with him a $77 million opening weekend for the sci-fi action flick, where will the Australian actor go from here? What will 2010 and beyond look like for one of the year's breakout stars?
"Clash of the Titans" After the holidays, Worthington will head back to Britain for reshoots on this remake of the low-tech 1981 flick based on the Greek legend of Perseus. MTV News got a first look at the production when we visited the set this past summer. There, the actor promised us the film would take the original's action sequences and "raise the Richter scale to 11." Early trailers, »
There are quite a few lovely faces in The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, but it is Ashley Greene who made Baltimore Sun's "50 Most Beautiful Female Celebrities" list. While t ... fifty are (in part) Leona Lewis, Katy Perry, Gabrielle Union, Freida Pinto, Taylor Swift, Zoe Saldana, Kelly Hu, Blake Lively, Camilla Belle, Bollywood starlet Aishwarya Rai, Kate Beckinsale, Lucy Liu, Christina Ricci, Alicia Keys, Rachel McAdams, Keria Knightley, Rihanna, Mila Kunis, Sienna Miller, Natalie Portman, Stacy Keibler, Heidi Klum, Penelope Cruz, Hayden Panettiere, Eva Mendes, Malin Akerman, Marissa Miller, Shakira, Charlize Theron, Bar Rafaeli, Jessica Alba, Salma Hayek, Megan Fox, Beyonce Knowles, Adriana Lima, and Scarlett Johansson »
In our annual Visibility Awards, we formally recognize the people who have positively or negatively impacted lesbian and bi visibility in American entertainment during the year. (See previous years here: 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004.)
From Best Movie to Worst Song to Lesbian/Bi Woman of the Year, these awards recognize the television shows, movies, music, books and people who entertained, inspired, or disappointed us in 2009.
Last year, some of the category winners were chosen by both the AfterEllen.com staff and AfterEllen.com readers. This year, AfterEllen.com staff and contributing writers chose the winners for each category, as readers will be given the opportunity to vote on a wider range of topics and categories in our first annual Lesbian/Bi Women's Choice Awards in January.
Once again this year, we've included international people, shows and movies as a reflection of the increasing awareness of lesbian and bisexual visibility around the world made possible by the Internet. »
Charlize Theron has designed a range of shoes to benefit a kids' charity in her homeland. The South African-born Hollywood star’s limited-edition footwear for Toms shoes are embellished with the African baobab tree. Sales from the slip-on shoes will benefit Theron’s non-profit Africa Outreach Project. The charity was set up to improve the health, education and social development of high-school students in South Africa. The firm will also give 10,000 pairs of the canvas shoes to impoverished children. “I’m thrilled to have Toms Shoes as a partner. We are so grateful for their generous donation of shoes to the students we work with,” said Theron. “It’s exciting that we’re able to come together »
- Graeme Massie
Actress Charlize Theron has launched a new collection of footwear to raise money for impoverished children in her native South Africa.
The Monster star debuted her eco-friendly limited-edition footwear, designed with Toms Shoes, on Friday.
The range includes slip-on sneakers for men and women, embellished with an image of an African baobab tree.
Proceeds from sales will benefit the star’s non-profit charity, the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, which is dedicated to improving the health, education, and social development of high school children in the country.
Additionally, 10,000 pairs of shoes will be given to impoverished children living in remote communities in her homeland. »
Looking for a Christmas gift that gives back? Last year, Look to the Stars brought you a story about Nelson Mandela's audiobook of African folktales read by your favorite stars. We have now learned that the Artists for a New South Africa (Ansa) audiobook has been nominated for a Grammy!
This selection of folktales from across the African continent is performed by a diverse group of acclaimed actors who donated their time and talents to the effort: Gillian Anderson, Benjamin Bratt, LeVar Burton, Ricardo Chavira, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hayes, Hugh Jackman, Samuel L. Jackson, Latanya Richardson Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Debra Messing, Helen Mirren, Parminder Nagra, Sophie Okonedo, Cch Pounder, Alan Rickman, Jurnee Smollett, Charlize Theron, Blair Underwood, Forest Whitaker and Alfre Woodard. Directed by Alfre Woodard, the audiobook features a special message to the world’s children from Archbishop Desmond Tutu and original music by »
London, Dec 17 (Ians) Oscar winning actress Charlize Theron has recently revealed details of how she nearly fell victim to the casting couch culture in Hollywood.
The South African star moved to California at the age of 19 to try her luck in the movies. Theron, who won an Oscar for the 2003 drama “Monster”, admits it was tough trying to make it in show business and she saw the darker side of Hollywood first hand, reported contactmusic.com.
Narrating the incident, she said: “I thought it was a little odd that the audition was on a Saturday night at his. »
After almost eight years away from screens as an actor and it looks like Mel Gibson is returning to starring roles in a big way.
Following the star’s forthcoming projects Edge of Darkness and the Jodie Foster directed The Beaver (alongside his own directing duties for the forthcoming Leonardo DiCaprio Viking film) comes news that Gibson will write and star in the action drama, How I Spent My Summer Vacation.
According to Variety:
“Summer Vacation centers on a career criminal who gets caught by Mexican authorities and is sent to a drug- and crime-filled prison, where he learns how to survive with the help of a 9-year-old boy.”
The film will be the third film that the actor-director has written, following The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto – but this will be the first that he doesn’t direct. Vacation will be directed by Adrian Grunberg, who was First »
- Niall Browne
Director: John Hillcoat Writers: Joe Penhall, (novel by Cormac McCarthy) Cinematographer: Javier Aguirresarobe Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron Studio/Run Time: Dimension Films, 113 mins. Faithful adaptation paves way for heartrending performances Within the first 15 minutes of The Road, Viggo Mortensen’s nameless survivor finds himself defending his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) from a pedophilic cannibal, then washing said predator’s splattered brains from the boy’s hair. This combination of unflinching brutality and father-of-the-year tenderness lies at the heart of the latest film inspired by Cormac McCarthy’s apocaliterature, and the result is a victory in every sense. »
Just two years ago The Coen Brothers directed one of the best adaptations of recent years – No Country for Old Men. What made that ten times more difﬁcult was that the novel was by the masterful Cormac McCarthy, easily one of the worldʼs elite writers. Now, adapting a novel as introverted and thoughtful as The Road was an even more ridiculous idea, considering the content of the novel itself. The Road tells the story of a father (Viggo Mortensen) and son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) trekking across a post-apocalyptic United States in order to arrive at the coast for the simple reason of ﬁnding others, food and shelter. The world has been decimated by an unknown culprit, which is never explained, but ultimately doesnʼt matter. Civilization has been largely wiped out, but it seems a majority of the remaining survivors have been stripped of their humanity; groups of people have resorted to »
- Justin Webb
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