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2008 will always be known as an historic year — for the passing of gay marriage laws in two states (and the tragic reduction of those rights in four), for the election of the nation’s first president of color, and for the downturn of the economy.
Years from now, when we talk about 2008, it’s likely that we’ll be discussing these events, rather than any specific lesbian film that came out.
But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a banner year for lesbian cinema.
While there were still extremely few mainstream movies with notable lesbian/bi characters, the overall quality of representation was decidedly — and dramatically — on the rise.
2008 saw an encouraging dearth of murderous, victimized or man-hating lesbian characters in any level of production (from smaller indie flicks to big-budget movies).
Women of color were better represented than in many years past, gross stereotypes were avoided, and new talents emerged. »
Cynthia Nixon has down-played reports of a sequel to Sex and the City: The Movie, insisting the cast has yet to sign up. Nixon's co-star Kim Cattrall had sparked rumours of a follow-up in November by announcing that filming on the project could begin as early as next summer. "We don't know if it's coming up," Nixon told the Us edition of Ok!. "We're in negotiation. I'm very hopeful, but certainly nothing (more) »
- By Lara Martin
Nixon's co-star Kim Cattrall sparked fan commotion after announcing in November that filming on a follow-up to the big screen adaptation of the long-running show could begin as early as next summer - after the first movie became a huge box office smash in 2008.
And despite the film's star Sarah Jessica Parker also confirming plans, Nixon is adamant fans have a long wait in store before seeing the next installment in theatres.
She says, "We don't know if it's coming up. We're in negotiation. I'm very hopeful, but certainly nothing is for sure. I don't think anyone's deals are done.
"We were very excited to get to do the first one, and we're keeping our fingers crossed that we get to do another one."
And the star, who plays lawyer Miranda Hobbes in the hit franchise, has just one request for the future of her character: "I'd like her to have fun. She had such a hard time last time." »
First off, the best news, as I predicted (in private) Duncan Jones' Moon will be premiering, yay! The comedy Adventureland starring the talented Bill Hader is playing. The sweet kid soldier film Johnny Mad Dog is playing in the spectrum section, and the Jesco White story White Lightnin' which we reported on earlier is in the Park City at Midnight section.
But where the hell is Stingray Sam?
Full list after the break.
* "Brooklyn’s Finest," directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Michael C. Martin, a drama about three Brooklyn cops who come together at the same deadly location. With Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Don Cheadle and Ellen Barkin.
To showcase the diversity of contemporary independent cinema, this section offers the latest work from American and international directors and world premieres of highly anticipated films.
Adventureland / U.S. (Director-screenwriter: Greg Mottola)
In 1987, a recent college graduate takes a nowhere job at his local amusement park and discovers the job is perfect preparation for the real world. Cast: Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Bill Hader. World premiere
After enduring vastly different career paths, three unconnected Brooklyn cops wind up at the same deadly location. Cast: Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Don Cheadle, Ellen Barkin. World premiere
Earth Days / U.S. (Director: Robert Stone)
The history of our environmental undoing through the eyes of nine Americans whose work and actions launched the modern environmental movement. World premiere, closing-night film
The nominees for "The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards," which will be hosted by Queen Latifah, were announced this morning -- and fans can now vote for their favorite TV, film and music stars. Among the nominees are 'The Dark Knight,' '27 Dresses,' 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' and 'Iron Man' in the film categories; "Grey's Anatomy," "House," "Samantha Who?" and "90210" in the TV categories; and Rihanna, Carrie Underwood and Alicia Keys are just three songbirds who got the nod. People magazine, in celebration of its 35th anniversary, is teaming up with "The People's Choice Awards" to present the first-ever Favorite Star Under 35. To cast your vote, log on to: www.pcaVOTE.com. "The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards" is the first awards show of the season and will air on January 7, 2009 on CBS at 9 p.m. A complete list of nominees follows: »
It's official -- the fabulous ladies of Sex and the City will be talking love and dishing the dirt once again. A sequel to this Summer's follow-up to the HBO series has been confirmed.
The Sex and the City TV show ran on HBO for 94 episodes, from 1998 to 2004. The storyline follows the lives and loves of four women from the Big Apple; writer Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), man-hungry Samantha (Kim Cattrall), conservative Charlotte (Kristin Davis), and workaholic Miranda (Cynthia Nixon).
Almost immediately after the series wrapped, rumors began circulating that a feature film was in the works. Sex and the City: The Movie finally happened and was released in U.S. theaters on May 30th. The film ties up Carrie's long-running relationship with Big (Chris Noth) and ends with the ladies toasting Samantha's birthday and the future.
While the movie was being made, it was uncertain if that future would »
The actress, who played maneater Samantha Jones in the hit U.S. TV series, was the last of the original core cast - which included Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis - to agree to star in the big-screen adaptation.
Earlier this year, Parker alluded to the possibility of a sequel to the blockbuster, promising that she and writer/director Michael Patrick King would "have that conversation (about a sequel) sooner rather than later".
And, speaking to pop star Melanie Brown in a U.K. TV interview on Tuesday, Cattrall revealed that a follow-up is indeed in the pipeline.
She told the former Spice Girl: "Yes, there will be a sequel. We will do the sequel next summer.
"We wanted to (film) the first time, and now we're hopefully doing it again for the second time."
However, she added that it was "difficult getting everybody who's so incredibly busy all together at the same time".
The movie Sex And The City stormed international box offices after its May release, grossing more than $391 million (GBP211.4 million) worldwide. »
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire got out of a rabbit hole, only to be ensnared by a spider's web.
Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire are back as director and star, respectively, as are series producers Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad. Kirsten Dunst also is expected to return for the latest movie featuring the Marvel Comics character.
Plot details are under lock and key.
Columbia always has gone off the beaten path during the development process when hiring writers for the "Spider-Man" movies. Alvin Sargent, a veteran scribe best known for 1973's "Paper Moon" and 1980's "Ordinary People," served as a writer on the second and third films. Michael Chabon, another Pulitzer winner, also worked on "Spider-Man 2."
Lindsay-Abaire's "Rabbit Hole, »
- By Borys Kit
Actors Julia Stiles, Hugh Dancy, Justin Long, Cynthia Nixon, Rosie Perez, Julianna Marguiles, Live Schreiber and Brittany Snow are among the starstudded ensemble cast of this year's The 24 Hour Plays On Broadway.
The event will kick off in New York on Sunday 16 November, when a group of six writers will be given a nine hour deadline to each write a ten-minute play.
Six directors will then have one hour to read each play before spending 12 hours rehearsing with each cast.
The plays will then be performed to a live audience at 8pm on 17 November at Manhattan's American Airlines Theater.
All proceeds will benefit the Urban Arts Partnership, which promotes the arts in New York schools. »
Cynthia Nixon, Timothy Hutton, Jill Hennessey, Rory Culkin, Kieran Culkin and Emma Roberts also star in the late-'70s tale of a teen and his family whose Long Island town gets hit hard by Lyme disease.
Derick Martini's film nabbed the International Critics Prize for Discovery after its Toronto world premiere. Martin Scorsese and Leonard Loventhal exec produced the project, which was produced by Jon Cornick, Barbara De Fina, Michele Tayler, Angela Somerville and Baldwin.
Steven Zeitchik and Borys Kit contributed to this report. »
- By Gregg Goldstein
Hugh Jackman is one slick Rick! — JustJared Madonna's former La home is on the market — CasaSugar Hilary and Mike shop for shoes in love — Pink Is the New Blog Shannen Doherty steps out with her man — D-Listed Get ready for 2009 with Gemma Atkinson's bikini calendar — Egotastic Shemar Moore wants Jennifer Aniston — Lainey Gossip Brooke Hogan has no need for shirts — Hollywood Rag Lindsay Lohan must be stopped — Idlyitw Cynthia Nixon gets political — cityrag Did Kendra leave Hugh for Joe Francis? — Holy Taco Jessica Simpson to be honored for her style — Celeb*tchy Emma Watson does Chanel — I'm Not Obsessed David Spade talks dating — MollyGood Jessica and Hayden advertise The Muzzler — Hollywood Tuna »
Never underestimate the love women maintain for shoes and slightly comedic soap opera. How else can one explain the success of Sex and the City: The Movie? As a counter-programming move, it hit the screens during the action film dominated summer of 2008 and managed to become a decent hit. The flick snagged a tidy $152 million and all but ensured another cinematic chapter of the City franchise. All of which caught me somewhat by surprise. Oh, I didn.t think City would bomb, but I felt it had too limited an audience to be much of a hit. I think the TV show appealed to women in their 20s and 30s, gay men, and that.s about it. That.s not an insignificant demographic, of course, but I didn.t believe it.d be enough to generate big box office bucks.
I was wrong. And now I confront the possibility I »
After the highs and lows of the Emmys show the party really got started. For many, the first stop was the Governor's Ball like Heidi in yet another gown before the other bashes. Some were off to the ET/People bash while others went to hear Samantha Ronson spin at Kress nightclub for the TV Guide soiree. Lindsay Lohan came along for the ride and acted as a pillow for Samantha after a long weekend of gigs. Best Dressed candidate Hayden kept posing pretty before tonight's big Heroes return. The Mad Men folks had a lot to celebrate making history with their Best Drama Series win. In the press room the cast were clearly loving every second of it taking photos of each other on their iPhones, Jon Hamm pretending to light a cigarette as an homage to the Don Draper inside him while January Jones talked about how the »
After taking the podium, the winners and presenters headed back to the press area to pose with their statues and field all sorts of interviews. Buzz and I were lucky enough to be back in the Press Room during last night's Emmys to catch the victorious in all their glory. Buzz has some of the best highlights from Mad Men, 30 Rock, Colbert, Stewart and more. Piven was the first to win and the first to come backstage where he quickly insulted the reality TV host opening saying he thought everyone was being "Punk'd" and called it a "celebration of nothing." Tina Fey was hilarious as always though she ran into a little trouble losing her bag! She told the room to keep an eye out for it saying, "It's a small purple purse with an iPhone in it with a picture of a naked toddler on it.” Ha. Alec Baldwin »
Fey and Baldwin each took home top honours of Outstanding Lead Actress and Actor in a Comedy Series for their roles on the show.
Fey took the stage, musing of her honours: "I thank my parents for somehow raising me to have confidence that is disproportionate with my looks and abilities. Well done. That is what all parents should do."
Close paid tribute to actresses in her category: "We're proving that complicated, powerful, mature women are sexy and are high entertainment and can carry a show. I call us the sisterhood of the TV drama divas."
Best Reality-TV Competition program went to Amazing Race, the show's sixth award.
Elsewhere, the spectacular ceremony was marked by a performance from American singer/songwriter Josh Groban, joined briefly on stage by Ed McMahon during a musical salute to television history. Groban took to the stage, singing a medley of songs inspired by TV themes including songs from South Park and Gilligan's Island.
This year's show - opened by talk show queen Oprah Winfrey - was hosted by reality-tv stars American Idol's Ryan Seacrest, Project Runway's Heidi Klum, Dancing with the Stars' Tom Bergeron, Deal or No Deal's Howie Mandel and Survivor's Jeff Probst.
The full list of Emmy Award winners is as follows:
Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: The Colbert Report
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Outstanding Made for Television Movie: Recount
Outstanding Reality-tv Competition: The Amazing Race
Outstanding Miniseries: John Adams
Outstanding Comedy Series: 30 Rock
Outstanding Drama Series: Mad Men »
The ladies were bursting with color and sparkle at last night's Emmy Awards. Christina Applegate looked positively radiant and was the talk of the night — smiley, happy and healthy. Mary Louise Parker was the most eye catching of all in her bright blue number though you all were fairly divided on the look while Brooke Shields lived up to the name of her show in Lipstick pink. Heidi Klum went dramatic while Eva Longoria was all tied up in a bow with Tony on her arm. Debra Messing was one of Fab's best dressed but what do you think? Newcomer to the awards Mad Men's January Jones is a showstopper already and Buzz and I were lucky enough to catch up with the cast in the press room after the show's big win for Best Drama Series‚ check out all the winners here. Be sure to vote on all »
Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program The Colbert Report • Comedy Central • Hello Doggie, Inc. with Busboy Productions and Spartina Productions Tom Purcell, Head Writer The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Comedy Central • Hello Doggie, Inc. Steve Bodow, Head Writer Late Night With Conan O'Brien • NBC • Conaco, Broadway Video, in association with Universal Media Studio Mike Sweeney, Head Writer Late Show With David Letterman • CBS • Worldwide Pants Inc. Eric Stangel, Head Writer Justin Stangel, Head Writer Saturday Night Live • NBC • SNL Studios in association with NBC Studios and Broadway Video Seth Meyers, Head Writer Andrew Steele, Head Writer Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series Flight Of The Conchords • Yoko • HBO • Dakota Pictures and Comedy Arts in association with HBO Entertainment James Bobin, Written By Jemaine Clement, Written By Bret McKenzie, Written By The Office • Dinner Party • NBC • Deedle Dee Productions, Reveille LLC, Universal Media Studios Lee Eisenberg, Written By Gene Stupnitsky, »
Oprah wowed in red as she opened the show after the cool What's my line? clip but unfortunately following her was the reality hosts talking about nothing. It was almost as uncomfortable as watching Ricky Gervais ask for his Emmy back from Steve Carell. Yes it was funny but I was getting a bit worried that Steve was going to cry or beat the crap out of him. Other quick thoughts: Steve Martin, Genius. Josh Groban, surprisingly cool! Neil Patrick Harris and Kristin Chenoweth, favorite presenting couple. Cruel joke that was perfect — making reality TV host category wait until after the commercial break to see who won. Desperate Housewives all dolled up. Yay Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and Mad Men! Click here for all the winners from last night. As for next year, let's hope the Emmys settle on one host since this year's group was like an experiment gone bad. »
It was a record-breaking night at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards, with HBO's "John Adams" establishing a new standard for most wins for a program in a single year and CBS' "The Amazing Race" and Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" posting unprecedented sixth consecutive best series wins.
With its best drama series trophy, "Mad Men" became the first basic cable program to win a major series category. In addition to the "30 Rock" repeat as best comedy series, its creator/star Tina Fey also won Emmys for lead comedy actress and comedy series writing, while "Mad" walked away with a drama writing Emmy for creator Matthew Weiner.
- By Kimberly Nordyke
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