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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. »
Buffy The Vampire Slayer's Alyson Hannigan posts a Buffy,Faith hybrid girl. The former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star, Alyson Hannigan who is now the star of CBS' "How I Met Your Mother," recently posted a crazy,strange pic of a girl she posed with that looks like a mix between Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Faith (Eliza Dushku). She posted the pic on her "Twitter" account and stated, If Eliza and Sarah were combined into one person... The picture is crazy weird. »
Let us know your favourite TV moments of the decade
Which were the best episodes of the noughties? If you were going to watch anything again from the last decade of TV, which shows would you choose to rewind? Here are 10 of our favourites to get you going (some of which contain swearing and/or violence and may be unsuitable for younger viewers). Feel free to jump in below with your suggestions
1. Mad Men – Red In The Face
Don decides revenge is a dish served with oysters and martinis … At the Drapers' home, Roger makes a drunken pass at Betty. The next day, Don bribes the office elevator man to make it look as though the lifts are out of order, then takes Roger for a full-on liquid lunch, and then makes him walk up the 23 flights of stairs to the Sterling Cooper office. Roger throws up in front of »
- Richard Vine
Hannigan tweeted earlier this month, "If Eliza and Sarah were combined into one person..." and posted this picture on Twit Pic:
We have no idea who the girl is or why she's on the set of "How I Met Your Mother," but Alyson sure has hit the nail on the head with her assessment. That girl may lean a bit more towards Faith but she certainly could be a Sarah Michelle Gellar-Eliza Dushku hybrid.
Joss Whedon, are you getting this? A "Buffy" spinoff wherein slayers Buffy Summers and Faith Lehane are magically merged? You tested the switching-places waters with "Who Are You?," we think it could work!
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Jordan Galland's horror comedy Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Undead has been picked up for distro by Indican Pictures and is set for a limited theatrical run on April 16th, 2010. To celebrate this news, we've got some stills and the trailer for you!
Click on the image below for the stills gallery, and look for more on this one soon.
Living in the back room of his father's doctor's office, broke, frustrated ladies man Julian (Jake Hoffman)scores his big break when he lands the job directing an off Broadway version of Hamlet. Except it's a bizarre adaptation written by a pale Romanian impresario named Theo(John Ventimiglia), who is actually a master vampire! Theo hopes to lure the real Hamlet (Kris Lemche) out of hiding so the two can end a centuries long feud over Shakespeare's Ophelia. Meanwhile, Julian pines for his ex-girlfriend, Anna (Devon Aoki), who is dating »
- Uncle Creepy
Here comes round no. 3 of favorite episodes. My esteemed colleagues Rick and Hanh have picked their favorites and they each took considerable time preparing their list. I laughed at that -- until I sat down to do mine and it became a four-days-long project.
Here were my personal parameters for the list: 1. Each show could only have one episode on the list. 2. I would not repeat my colleagues' choices, which was particularly hard with "Buffy" and "Veronica Mars," as my top picks have been spoken for. 3. A two-parter counts as one slot on my list. My list, my rules. 4. There was a limit of 10.
Why a limit? Because my initial list had 22 entries and I realized I was basically just listing my favorite shows and then picking good episodes. I had to be more disciplined! The 12 I took off (for a variety of reasons) became "honorable mentions" of a sort. »
Knight and Day
Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star in an action flick so silly and over the top it just might work. He's some kind of super spy and she's caught in the middle. The trailer is fun and hopefully the movie will be too. Watch for this one on July 2.
This historical action drama set during the Taiping Rebellion of the 1860s tells the tale of three men who swear allegiance and brotherhood to one another after their shared experiences in combat. Lush historical settings and some eye-popping action suggest this may be one to watch for. No U.S. release info yet.
Forest Whitaker and Jude Law are repossessors of artificial organs in this red band trailer. If you don't make the payments on these miraculous futuristic devices they will track you down and rip them from your body. Wait a minute, didn't this »
- Matt Bradshaw
Zap2it's favorite TV episodes of the decade series continues with my picks for what moved me in the 2000s.
Let me preface my list with a shout out to my colleague Rick, who kicked off the series with numerous excellent examples, ranging from "The Wire" to "Freaks and Geeks." I actually agreed with quite a number of his selections, but since this is a very personal endeavor, full of unfounded opinions, naturally I must include some episodes I feel he overlooked or at least didn't value as much as I.
"The Body" ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer")
Although "Hush" and its creepy Gentlemen freaked me out (and earned "Buffy" its only writing Emmy nom), it aired in December 1999, just »
You can scarcely swing a dead cat lately without hitting some kind of best-of-the-decade list (even though, technically, the first decade of the 21st century doesn't end till next year).
Well, here comes another one. Rather than try to construct another best-shows-of-the-'00s list, though -- something that's already been done here, there and everywhere -- I decided to focus on individual episodes from 2000-09. Are these the flat-out "best" episodes of television over the past 10 years? Probably not. But these are the ones that stick with me, that I can still remember not just for brilliant lines or beautifully constructed plots, but for how I actually felt while watching them. They are, simply, my favorites.
Here's my list, in no particular order. What's yours?
"Final Grades" ("The Wire")
HBO sent critics the entire run of season four of "The Wire" before it premiered in 2006. I had watched the first »
20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for Knight and Day, a film directed by James Mangold and starring Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise. Diaz plays a woman who is reluctantly linked to Cruise’s “man of mystery” as they become fugitives in this globetrotting action-comedy filled with shifting alliances and unexpected betrayals. The film used to be called Wichita and before that Trouble Man, but Knight and Day is almost certainly final now that it’s on a trailer.
The footage is not too different from that of the Entertainment Tonight spot we reported about yesterday, but more coherent due to the lack of Et interruption. I do like the framing device of Diaz explaining the craziness of her predicament to Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Marc Blucas; I’m sure the trailer could have been much more generic. I still hate the title, but I might like »
- Brendan Bettinger
While details are sketchy at best, Tom Hanks appears ready to play Robert Langdon again.
Hanks, who portrayed the professor of religious iconology and symbology in ’06’s The Da Vinci Code and it’s follow-up, ’09’s Angels & Demons, is expected to return to a third entry in the series, The Lost Symbol.
“[He is] all but ready to return to the character of Robert Langdon,” said a source.
According to CinemaBlend, Columbia Pictures is looking to fast-track the project for a 2012 release. There’s no official word from Hanks’ camp nor has director Ron Howard announced his return to helm a third film based on Dan Brown’s popular series of novels.
The thing is, even though Angels & Demons was barely a blip here in America, it made $350 million internationally. There’s still tons of money to be made here and Columbia is willing to keep spending to make more movies. The Lost Symbol is coming. »
- Reel Loop News Staff
In a bold vote of confidence, Starz executives announced plans today to order a second season of the ground-breaking new original series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, set to premiere Friday, January 22nd at 10 pm Et/Pt. The unusual timing of the renewal, more than one month prior to the debut of the highly anticipated program, gives returning executive producers Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Joshua Donen and Steven S. DeKnight (who is also the head writer on the show) the green light to start production in New Zealand on 13 new episodes in the first quarter of 2010. "We couldn't be happier with the first season. Spartacus delivers on all levels - action, characters, intrigue, romance and excitement," said Starz Entertainment Evp, Programming, Stephan Shelanski. "Spartacus is the most ambitious original project we've ever undertaken, and speaks to the commitment to our subscribers to provide truly original programming along with our unmatched lineup of theatrical features. »
Welcome to" The Attic"! Prepare to have your mind frakked…
What could possibly be one of the most complicated episodes of Dollhouse to date in terms of plot twists and technical jargon, "The Attic" delivered… and left me scratching my head. Bad thing? Hell No!!!! Let's get to it!
The Set Up
We pick up right were we left off with Echo being tended to by a female Attic representative, who is injecting tubes and wires into Echo. When the attendant leaves, Echo starts to spasm and flatlines!!!! When the female representative returns with another representative, the two remove the tubes and Saran Wrap from Echo and she awakes and dispatches both of them quickly. She breaks out her room and attacks the first person she sees for info on the whereabouts of Victor and Sierra. The guy tells her that they use real names in the Attic, which for Echo is Caroline Farrell. »
- Mark O. Estes
Fox Broadcasting just released this new promo poster for “Dollhouse” Season 2 from creator Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) and starring Eliza Dushku (Open Graves, Sex and Breakfast), Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica), Olivia Williams (X-Men: The Last Stand) and Fran Kranz. Series Synopsis: The show follows an organization that employs mind-wiped DNA-altered humans known as Dolls who are implanted with false memories and skills for various missions and tasks. When they are not ‘at work’ they are living in a real life Dollhouse which gives the show the name. One of those mind-wiped humans, a young woman named Echo, is slowly starting to become aware of herself and what’s [...] »
- Brian Corder
Creator Joss Whedon's Dark Horse Comics' "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" 'Season 8: Willow' one-shot , a continuation of the horror, action adventures of the TV series in graphic novel form, is written by Whedon and illustrated by Karl Moline /Andy Owens, with a cover by Jo Chen.
"...'Willow Rosenberg' has worn many faces -- a shy computer geek, a loyal friend, a passionate lover, a fierce Wiccan, and a dark Willow. Now in Season Eight of the award-winning 'Buffy' comics series, Willow's powers have grown exponentially. She can fly. Teleport. And may or may not be immortal. All we know is that Willow went on a walkabout following the demise of 'Sunnydale' and she met a very sultry, extremely powerful serpent lady who seems to be the key to unraveling the mysteries of what Willow is, and will become..."
Publication date is December 23, 2009.
Also "Buffy" will return to »
- Michael Stevens
Those familiar chords, that signature font, that full moon. Yes, Buffy is coming back to TV. No, alas, not new episodes. Reruns of all seven seasons of the cult series are coming to the Viacom-owned channels MTV and Logo next year.
Talk about wanting my MTV! (Sorry, Logo, there’s no appropriate Dire Straits song to reference here, but I like you, too). Buffy the Vampire Slayer will air daily on both channels and mark the first time since 2008 the show has been on TV anywhere. It was previously syndication on FX from 2001 to 2008.
The show will launch New Year’s Day on Logo with an 18-hour marathon from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. Est. Then starting Jan. 4 it will air weeknights at 6 and 7 p.m. and late nights at 2 and 3 a.m. It will also show at various times on the weekends. [Full disclosure: Logo owns AfterElton.com, but trust me my excitement stems solely from my fanatical love of the show. I might or might not even own an action figure or two. I admit nothing.]
MTV will kick off their Buffy bonanza on Jan. »
- Dorothy Snarker
Everything old was new again in the entertainment world in 2009! The Hollywood powers that be decided that the past was the richest mine of inspiration, as evidenced by the scads of remakes in movies and TV. The small screen has recycled '90s night soaps Melrose Place and 90210 to mixed results, while new ones were announced: look for a version of Charlie's Angels in the future. Some TV shows were mercifully declared dead in the water in the case of a Us version of UK show Absolutely Fabulous. In theaters, this year saw '70s and '80s flicks The Stepfather and Fame, but the list for planned movie remakes is long: Girls Just Want to Have Fun, The Neverending Story, Little Shop of Horrors, and Footloose are all in the works. To read more about 2009's year in remakes, just read more. Some aim to freshen up successful franchises, »
The cast of Thor is filling out just in time to start production in mid-January. Variety reports that Rene Russo has joined the Kenneth Branagh production in the role of Frigga, wife of Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and step-mother of Thor (Chris Hemsworth).
Russo isn't the only one joining the cast. Joseph Gatt (Pulse) announced on his website that Gatt was "prepping for his most prominent job to date: a (secret) role in the forthcoming Marvel Studios film Thor, slated for release in 2011." Speculation has Gatt cast in the role of The Executioner, though the character is not confirmed to be in the movie.
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- Ryan Gowland
Battelstar Galactica's follow up prequel series Caprica has pushed out their full pilot online (above) before its series premiere Jan 22nd on SyFy, and it reminds us that this may not be the only time the show flirts with web viewers. Streamy Award winner Jane Espenson is behind the series, along with fellow Battlestar writer Ronald Moore. Tubefilter's Drew Baldwin spoke with creator and Executive Producer David Eick ealier this year at the Caprica premiere screening at PaleyFest09, and asked whether we can expect a Caprica web series, he said, "it's a possibility." Arguably, this isn't much to go on. It's probably just a good excuse to show our readers the Caprica pilot. Battlestar did release a well-received web companion series—The Face of the Enemy—which picked up a Streamy last year, so this wouldn't be new ground for this group. We do hear that SyFy is looking to »
- Marc Hustvedt
Mark Kelly, Billy Burke ( Twilight ), Oz Perkins ( Dead & Breakfast ), Emma Caulfield ( Buffy the Vampire Slayer ) and Elliot Gould topline an upcoming new thriller called Shadow Play which is currently in post-production. Perkins co-penned the film with Daniel Meersand for director Nick Simon and we've got a full plot synopsis along with a teaser trailer. Shadow Play depicts the story of Cole Hindin, an overworked and over-medicated cleaning service employee. He finds himself faced with the daunting task of single-handedly servicing a sprawling mansion over the course of a single night. He is plagued by horrific hallucinations, a culmination of many events. He witnessed a gruesome murder-suicide a year earlier, is badly bruised by memories of a failed marriage and strung »
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