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Exclusive: A clip from "Conception"

3 February 2012 9:27 AM, PST

Fans of Modern Family and American Horror Story (and Friday Night Lights) may want to make plans to see Conception when it becomes available via On Demand (VOD, iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly, and Vudu) on February 24. It's touted as a "a clever, romantic comedy that proves it takes more than sex to make a baby" and follows follows "nine very different couples on the night they conceive, showing that sex can sometimes be more neurotic than erotic." The ensemble cast includes Emmy-winner Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) and Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), and one of the couples in the film just happens to be a lesbian couple (though, no, they aren't played by Bowen and Britton).

In this exclusive clip from the upcoming film, partners Tay (Pamela Adlon, Louie) and Nikki (Moon Bloodgood, Terminator Salvation) discuss who will birth their baby through artificial insemination and who will be the supportive partner. »

- AfterEllen.com Staff

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“Lost Girl” Rewind SnapCap (1.03): Someone call security

2 February 2012 8:54 AM, PST

I feel like my primary emotion in life after watching this episode is that Bo should wear more tight T-shirts. Look, I love the décolletage as much as the next gay lady — nd I have probably admired (not to mentioned screencapped) said epic cleavage more than the next gay lady — but Bo in that form-fitting “Security” T-shirt did things to me. Naughty things. Very, very naughty things. Think about it, wardrobe department.  

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Um, I mentioned Bo in that T-shirt, right? But did I also mention she has on a utility belt and aviator shades? Oh, and a ponytail? You know, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Feelings, Feelings, Feelings!

This week begins to set up the Bo-Dyson side of this very obtuse love triangle. Are Bo and Dyson just healing booty call buddies, or is it something more. We all know, well those of us caught »

- Dorothy Snarker

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"Glee" spoilers: Major Brittana developments coming for Valentine's Day

2 February 2012 7:09 AM, PST

Warning: Major Glee spoilers ahead. If you don’t want to be spoiled like a beautiful gay unicorn running across a meadow, stop reading immediately. Otherwise, proceed gaily forward.

That sounds you heard at 4:53 Et/1:53 Pt yesterday afternoon? Oh, that was just the sound of Brittana fangirls the world over screaming with delight at the top of their lungs because The Kiss is officially coming. E! Online spoiler maven Kristin Dos Santos reports that in the Feb. 14th Valentine’s Day episode “Brittany and Santana are going to make out.”

What? I’m sorry, I can’t hear you. What with all the squeals of joys and shrieks of happiness. Do I need to get you a paper bag? Please, try to remain conscious. Does anyone have any smelling salts?

The long-awaited, long-demanded, long-deserved kiss between Brittany and Santana seems to finally, finally be upon us. There aren’t too many other details. »

- Dorothy Snarker

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Gay Girl's Goggles: "Skins" SnapCap (6.02) – Another one bites the dust

1 February 2012 3:40 PM, PST

One thing I like to imagine is what it would be like if the Greek writers of yore found themselves penning TV shows for a modern, internet-savvy audience. During religious holidays and stuff, Greeks would sit through a trilogy of tragedies for a whole entire day, heroes getting maimed and stuffed into bathtubs, jealous girlfriends poisoning future fiances until they fell over dead, mothers stabbing sons, sons sleeping with mothers, gods smiting people willy-nilly just for giggles. I think of Aeschylus checking his @replies on Twitter, waiting for the internet to praise him for the brilliance of Oresteia only to be bombarded with angry, threatening tweets about, "Cassandra was my favorite, you loathsome cockroach!"

Stories work backwards a lot of times these days, TV writers starting with an ending that will make fans happy and backing into it from point C to point B to point A. But it hasn't always been like that. »

- Heather Hogan

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An interview with Ali Liebert of "Bomb Girls"

1 February 2012 12:48 PM, PST

Canadian show Bomb Girls is all about the women, which is likely why it's been such a big hit with gay women. But there's also the character of Betty McRae, a Rosie the Riveter type with a confident swagger that noticeably sets her apart from her more feminine counterparts. Ali Liebert plays Betty, the tough-talking, take-no-crap from her male peers bombmaker who seems to soften only in the presence of her co-worker Kate (Charlotte Hegele).

Ali said she took her inspiration for Betty from the likes of James Dean, Bette Davis and Katherine Hepburn, which is probably why she's so effective. "I can be very feminine or masculine and I turned up the masculine dial," Ali said. "I don't walk like her, so as an actor it was so fun finding her general physical presence. It was definitely something I've never really played before which was exciting for me."

The »

- Trish Bendix

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“Lost Girl” SnapCap (2.15): Let’s not grow old together

1 February 2012 12:05 PM, PST

Remember when I said I thought Bo’s new boy toy was douchey? Yep. I still think that. Boinking your little Fae brain out is all fun and good, but when you decide this whole “no rules” thing is better than the whole having a moral compass thing it’s the opposite of fun and good. And that’s all I have to say about that.

Afterellen Bait (What enticement did the episode use to reel in gay lady viewers?)

So Kenzi (and the delightful, delightful Ksenia Solo) is back. And the Morrigan (and the yummy, yummy Emmanuelle Vaugier) is back. Heck, even Leena (and the lovely, lovely Genelle Williams) from Warehouse 13 showed up to make lesbian fandoms collide. Plus Bo is, well, Bo and her epic, epic cleavage never went anywhere. Now if only some doctor lady with really, really Hotpants was back, we’d have all the bait we could handle. »

- Dorothy Snarker

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NBC will remake "Bad Girls," possibly ruin the greatest lesbian love story ever told

1 February 2012 11:14 AM, PST

Nearly every lesbian I know has that TV show, or that movie, or that book, or that song. You know the one I'm talking about. The one where you're watching it or reading it or listening to it, and for the very first time everything just clicks into place: "Oh, right. I'm a raging homosexual." For me, that show was the 1990s UK prison drama Bad Girls. Adding to the personal poignancy is the fact that Scribegrrrl's Bad Girls recaps wove such a magic spell around me, infused me with such a sense of wonder and reverence, that I began to dream of a time when I, too, might be able to write recaps for AfterEllen.com.

The show means a lot to me, is what I am saying. So you'll understand why I had to be borne away to my fainting couch where I wept bitter, anxious tears when »

- Heather Hogan

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Gay Girl’s Goggles: "New Girl" SnapCap (1.11) – Lesbian gynecologist in the building

1 February 2012 9:00 AM, PST

I don't know if you heard the six hundred ways I shouted about it last week, but Lizzy Caplan is on New Girl! She's not here to stay, but her presence in last night's episode upped the awesome factor and allowed New Girl to do something it has never done before: Put four female characters in a room together at the same time. And one of them was even a lesbian.

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"Jess and Julia" finally paid out on the promise of introducing a lesbian character into the mix with the always pitch-perfect June Raphael. Her sexuality is a non-issue, just tossed into the conversation. When Nick says Lizzy Caplan doesn't want to label their relationship, Sadie goes, "Come on, dude. That's a classic move. Even in the lesbian community." Which is, of course, like a siren call to Schmidt, who comes whizzing into the kitchen half-naked. Sadie is like, »

- Heather Hogan

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Morning Brew - Wednesday, Feb. 1: Heather Peace guest edits for "G3," Sarah Paulson in "Game Change"

1 February 2012 7:28 AM, PST

It's officially February! Are you dreading Valentine's Day yet? Excited about it? Couldn't care less? Awesome!

Heather Peace was the guest editor of G3's love issue and she shares the cover with her Lip Service co-star Fiona Button. Cute!

Jane Lynch will be hosting The 14th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards in Los Angeles on February 21. She's definitely a great host, so they've got a winner in Ms. Lynch.

Speaking of Jane, I'm glad to see her in the promo for next week's Glee, which also stars Ricky Martin.

Can Glee learn some things from Degrassi? Probably. Palex kissed sometimes!

Have you been watching Alcatraz? Out actress Geri Jewell was on this week's episode and will start showing up more. I need to find it and watch, but she's been getting rave reviews for her role. Geri told Access Hollywood:

“n a scene that I filmed for this coming episode, »

- Trish Bendix

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"Pretty Little Liars" recap (2.18) — Dayum, Emaya!

31 January 2012 9:50 AM, PST

Damn, man. That was one of the best hours of television we've ever been given. And I don't mean "we" as in "Pretty Little Liars fans." I mean "we" as in "human beings on this planet." I'm going to recap in a non-linear way this week because I want to focus most of my energy on our intrepid little lesbian sleuth. 

So, Emily. Frankly, Emily doesn't have time to deal with A's bullshit right now because she and Maya have got stuff. They've taken their relationship from occasional footsie to making out like the lesbianest thing you have ever seen. And I mean that in every possible way. They cuddle and pet each other's hair and talk about their feelings, then hardcore makeout with their faces, and then pause to cuddle and talk about their feelings some more. Emily's feelings are mostly: Bummed about the swim team, excited her mom is still alive, »

- Heather Hogan

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Susan Sarandon checks in to "The Big C"

31 January 2012 7:32 AM, PST

After The Big C's season finale last year, I couldn't imagine how the show could get any better. Thanks to an exclusive report from The Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg, we know at least one thing creator Darlene Hunt has up her sleeve: a pretty amazing guest star.

Susan Sarandon joins The Big C for a major arc as Joy, "a cancer survivor who is using her unique experience to inspire and motivate others." According to Hunt, Joy makes a significant impact on Cathy (Laura Linney) as she continues her journey with cancer. Seeing how Joy uses her cancer experience to inspire people makes Cathy question whether she needs to be doing something more with her own perceptions.

The Big C already announced that Victor Garber (who always will be Sydney's dad in my mind) will appear as a foil for Cathy's brother Sean (John Benjamin Hickey). Alan Alda will »

- the linster

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An interview with Sarah Shahi

30 January 2012 11:31 AM, PST

Sarah Shahi moved on from The L Word to star on the short-lived NBC series Life, but she seems to have found her footing as the not-so-stable Kate on USA's Fairly Legal. Kate is a hot mess in both her personal and professional lives. In fact, at the end of Season One, she was fired from her job. So what is going to happen for her in Season Two? I asked Sarah when she was at a USA Character Luncheon at TCA.

"A lot of change is happening," Shahi said. "They want to shake Kate up a bit and they want her to fail. They want to set her up for a lot of heartbreak and a lot of kind of personal disasters and they want her to evolve. We kind of pull her foundation out from underneath her and force her hand to try and grow up a little »

- Trish Bendix

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Gay Girl's Goggles: "Once Upon a Time" SnapCap (1.11) – Guess who's a Parseltongue?

30 January 2012 10:21 AM, PST

Would you look at that: The Evil Queen finally got herself a backstory that didn't involve ripping out her own father's heart with her bare hands. I mean, sure, it involved unleashing some poisonous vipers on her beloved husband. But still. At least her motivation was a little more complex this time around. And I'm never going to complain about watching Lana Parilla skulk around in her Fairyville clothes.

Afterellen Bait

For a show that used Ginnifer Goodwin as one of its main selling points, there's sure been a dearth of her gorgeous face in recent weeks. And when we do get a glimpse at her, she's basically just swooning at or scowling about that old cad, Prince Charming. I need to see her interacting with Emma or Regina or Red more. And I need to see that soon. I grow weary of her hapless adultery!

But, like I said, »

- Heather Hogan

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Gay Girl’s Goggles: "30 Rock" SnapCap (6.04) – “The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell”

30 January 2012 8:49 AM, PST

One of the great joys of watching 30 Rock is seeing if you can catch all of its nuance. Sure, there’s a lot of broad comedy. But there is also such a rapid-fire succession of pop culture references, skillful homages and sly satires that seeing how many you can identify almost becomes a sport. And this week, damn, were they flying. From the cold open of a trailer for one of those generic everyone-in-the-world-is-in-this-rom-com-named-after-a-holiday movies to YouTube’s “Charlie Bit My Finger” kid and the faux Sex and the City foursome, if you blinked you probably missed something quite funny in this episode. Possibly even two things.

Afterellen Bait (What enticement did the episode use to reel in gay lady viewers?)

Emma Stone guest stars in a spoof trailer for Martin Luther King Day. Also, you stopped reading after I said Emma Stone and were impatiently waiting for the screencap, »

- Dorothy Snarker

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Gay Girl's Goggles: "The Good Wife" SnapCap (3.14) – Contempt of Court

30 January 2012 7:18 AM, PST

 

Best The Good Wife episode of the season. And it's a good thing, because we're not getting another one until February 19.

Afterellen Bait

The side ponytail of evil, aka Dana, finally got a taste of Kalinda Sharma justice. She asks Kalinda to get her even more inside information, this time implying that Alicia will be prosecuted otherwise. Kalinda agrees, of course, because of Bff love.

Then, during Will's testimony before the grand jury, Wendy Scott-Carr presents copies of incriminating emails between Will and Judge Parks. The emails, however, had been changed — and Will conveniently has the originals. Oops. Apparently, Kalinda slightly revised the copies before she gave them to Dana. 

Dana Lodge, you've been served.

Kalinda is waiting outside the courtroom — and somehow she keeps herself from laughing when she sees Dana. "Hit me," Kalinda says. "It'll make you feel better." And like the bitch Dana is, she does exactly that. »

- the linster

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Live from the 17th Annual "Xena: Warrior Princess" Convention

29 January 2012 4:22 PM, PST

(Note: Updated with Saturday images and info starting on page 3, Sunday images and info starting on page 5.)

It seems the Warrior Princess will never die (good news to those of us who still haven't gotten over the series finale). This was supposed to be the last year the Annual Xena: Warrior Princess Convention would be held, but fan outcry caused its organizers to relent, and it's official: there will be a Xena Con 2013. After that, who knows?

Stars Lucy Lawless (Xena) and Renee O'Connor (Gabrielle) are appearing this weekend, along with fan favorites Hudson Leick (Callisto), Adrienne Wilkinson (Eve/Livia), writer/producer Steven Sears, writer Katherine Fugate (Army Wives, Valentine's Day, The Prince and Me), Claire Stansfield (Alti), Jacqueline Kim (Lao Ma), Brittney Powell (Brunhilda), and more. AfterEllen.com photographer KT Jorgensen is wielding her cameras on our behalf, as she has for the last four years (All images used with permission. »

- Christie Keith

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