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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. »
Last week, Sony's Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs was nomination in the Best Animated Film category of the Golden Globes, the first of many nominations it's likely to get this year. Heat Vision is now reporting that the directors of the animated film, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, are "in negotiations" to direct the big screen version of 21 Jump Street that was written by Jonah Hill and Michael Bacall. We interviewed Lord and Miller back in September as well, they're very cool guys. The original TV show aired in the 1980s and starred Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise as "young looking" cops who worked undercover in high schools. We've already heard plenty about the project, including that it'll be R-rated and "insane," but just not who would be directing. Other directors like Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Twilight) and Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) have also been approached by Sony, but it looks »
- Alex Billington
Nominees for the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG Awards) for both film and television categories were announced this morning. Michelle Monaghan and Chris O'Donnell announced the nominees at the Pacific Design Center's Silver Screen Theater in West Hollywood.
The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt, 7 p.m. Ct, and 6 p.m. Mt from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. Recipients of the stunt ensemble honors will be announced from the SAG Awards red carpet during the TNT.TV and TBS.Com live pre-show webcasts.
If you want to predict the acting categories for the Oscars, look no further than the results of the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Voted by actors' peers, the SAG award has closely resembled the winners of the Oscars in the past few years.
For example, the SAG »
Catherine Hardwicke, director of Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown, and, oh yeah, Twilight, was supposedly locked in as director for Summit's upcoming movie If I Stay, written by Whip It!'s Shauna Cross. Summit's decision to bring on other directors for the Twilight series -- namely Chris Weitz for The Twilight Saga: New Moon and David Slade for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse -- brought rumblings about infighting, difficulties with Hardwicke, blah blah blah. But whether or not If I Stay was a bone to throw Hardwicke to prove to naysayers there's no hard feelings between the director and Summit, it looks like Hardwicke's post Twilight-life might not include Summit, after all, at least for the time being.
Now it looks like Hardwicke's busy schedule, which was already filled with a Hamlet adaptation, among other projects, has The Girl with the Red Riding Hood at the top of her dance card, according to the La Times. »
- Jenni Miller
Shots are on the house for Vanessa Hudgens for the next 24 hours, as the actress and singer celebrates birthday number 21 today. Her ascent from TV commercial actress to her role as a supporting player in the cult his "Thirteen" to international superstar at the forefront of the "High School Musical" series has been nothing short of incredible, considering all that ground was covered in about five years or so.
Hudgens first appeared on the scene in 2003 in the teen drama "Thirteen," in which she starred alongside Holly Hunter, Evan Rachel Wood and Nikki Reed. The critically-acclaimed film got her a leg up in the film world, and she soon found herself in the Disney system. She eventually ended up in a starring role in "High School Musical," the now-legendary made-for-tv movie that drew massive ratings for the Disney Channel, morphed into a worldwide franchise and made instant stars out of its cast. »
- Kyle Anderson
As you may have noticed, I will not be done with my Decade in Review until sometime into the new year. Hopefully we'll wrap up shortly after the Oscars; You know how distractingly all-consuming the Oscars can be! I hope you'll stay with it even though the rest of the media will move on any second now. They're always in such a rush. No stopping and smelling of the flowers. I've still got to update that "Actors of the Aughts" project for final compilation/statement. For now, let's move on to 2003. What follows is my original top ten list, based on films released in NYC in 2003. If I have anything new to say that'll be in red after the original text.
Special Mentions: The Cremaster Cycle and Angels in America
- NATHANIEL R
Twilight star Nikki Reed returned to school in 2008 after fearing she wasn't as well-read as she should be.
The actress quit her lessons when she was 14, after the success of Thirteen - the movie she wrote and starred in - and tried to homeschool herself.
Reed didn't do a bad job and managed to pass all her high school exams but fears she missed out on her literary education - because she wasn't surrounded by people she could discuss great books with.
She says, "I started taking college courses... not to complete, not for a degree... just because I felt like I missed a lot - like Catcher In The Rye and books that are part of the curriculum that I'd skipped a lot."
The actress is also studying Greek after falling in love with Greece while living there in between the two Twilight sequels.
She says, "I'm going back there. I leave again on Monday for Europe... Nobody recognised me there." »
Nikki Reed also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. Nikki talked a lot about writing casting and acting in Thirteen with Catherine Hardwicke going back to school for some college classes and traveling around the world in anonymity. Part OnePart TwoJimmy Kimmel seems to have a nice touch with making his guests relax. All of the cast members have responded really well to him and seem a bit more laid back when theyre on his show. Nikki looks so pretty I love her shoes! How fun would it be to just travel around like she talked about thats a great break between movies.What do you think of Nikkis appearance on Jimmy Kimmel? »
Last night, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse star Nikki Reed came onto Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to talk about things going all the way back to her days with Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke on the set of Thirteen. She discussed the fact that she wasn't even planning on being a castmember for the film until she was later asked during the casting process (while she was assisting selection). Interestingly enough, Reed discussed what her upcoming plans for life include, and that spawned a rather heated discussion about the efficacy of her decisions with Jimmy Kimmel. Certainly one of the more involved discussions he's had on the show in a while . . . perhaps the Twilight ratings booster news made it to »
I can't lie, I'm sick of all the vampires. What once seemed cool to me has been watered down with all of these novels, television shows and movies that appear to be geared more towards teens than adults. At least HBO's 'True Blood' is adult in nature and the CW's 'The Vampire Diaries' is a lot darker and mature than expected. (Seriously.) As for the 'Twilight' saga, well that's a different animal entirely. Stephanie Meyer's four novels have been called a 'Harry Potter' series for girls, yet although J.K. Rowling's epic is about wizards, her stories feel more “realistic”. As Rowling's series progressed, the characters evolved and the stakes grew higher and higher. Not to mention, her stories have a pretty high body count for a series aimed at kids. 'Twilight' is also a series of young adult novels, but it's aimed at women and in »
Screenwriting prodigy-turned-attractive vampire Nikki Reed appeared at the Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards on Sunday not just to herald Susan MacLeod for her visual effects work, but to gab a bit with Movieline about the upcoming Twilight: New Moon and next year's Twilight: Eclipse. The 21-year-old who once co-wrote Thirteen (using her own scary teen experiences as source material) believes her Twilight role Rosalie Hale will receive necessary color in the coming installments -- some of it even more gruesome than Thirteen's drug-addled fist-fights. Clip after the jump. »
Twilight fans know her as the spunky and eccentric director who brought the first of the Twilight series films to life, but the industry has come to regard her as a bit of a powerhouse. Catherine Hardwicke, who directed Twilight, celebrates her forty-fourth birthday today with critical acclaim and worldwide recognition under her belt. Having previously directed films like Thirteen, Lords Of Dogtown, and The Nativity Story, Hardwicke came to the Twilight set with an impressive ... he highest grossing blockbuster film directed by a woman. She's currently slated as the director of several new projects, including Hamlet, If I Stay, Maximum Ride, and The Girl With The Red Riding Hood. S »
"Thirteen" actress Evan Rachel Wood has been taped to star in "The Conspirator". She joins James McAvoy, Robin Wright Penn, and Justin Long, who have been announced earlier as the cast members for the film. Moreover, the 22-year-old star has been seen on the film's set in Savannah, Georgia on Thursday, October 15, playing Anna Surrat, the daughter of Robin's Mary Surrat.
In addition to Evan, Toby Kebbell has reportedly joined the cast ensemble of the Robert Redford-directed movie. The English actor, who stars as Prince Dastan's brother in upcoming film "Prince of Persia: Sands of Time", is said to portray Abraham Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth.
"The Conspirator" revolves around the trial of Confederate sympathizer Mary Surrat, the only female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer »
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to email@example.com Question: There's speculation that Izzie cheats on Alex on Grey's Anatomy. Is it true? —Molly Ausiello: No, but the newlyweds will be dealt a major blow at the end of next week's episode (the best of the season, Imho). In fact, the crisis is so big that Izzie disappears for roughly five non-consecutive episodes. Btw, even though I knew Katherine Heigl's mini-hiatus was coming, Izzie's exit was no less powerful or emotional. »
- Michael Ausiello
To say vampires have become a cultural phenomenon is an understatement. Over the past few years, the undead creatures have taken over bookshelves, film studios and even television sets. But whereas in the past they inspired fear and dread, these modern-day bloodsuckers are more likely to spark romance and adventure.
Take The Twilight Saga—Stephenie Meyer’s four-part novel series about a human girl who falls in love with a vampire is everywhere you turn. Last November, the franchise’s first feature Twilight opened to theaters full of screaming girls. On November 20, similar sounds will be heard as the sequel, New Moon, bares its teeth—and claws—at 12:01 a.m. via Summit Entertainment.
“There’s something for everyone this time around,” screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg (Dexter) says during a break from yet another long day in the TV series’ writers’ room. “New Moon, as directed by Chris Weitz, looks amazing. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jessica Leibe)
Collider.com recently spoke to Shauna Cross about forthcoming Ya book-to-movie project If I Stay. Cross is currently set to write the adaptation, with Twilight's Catherine Hardwicke attached to direct.
Of the movie, Cross said:
It's about a young woman who gets in a terrible car accident with her family, and it follows the 24 hours of her outside of her body in a coma. We're just about to go to cast. It';s got an edge to it and it's funny and heartbreaking and it's a little Lovely Bones-esque. There is definitely a lot of humor in there but it's definitely more dramatic than I've done before. It's been an amazing experience and it's an incredible story.
When asked about Hardwicke's involvement, Cross said, "She is attached to a lot of things. It sort of depends on which lands first. I don't know where Hamlet is at right now." If I Stay »
- Jenny Davies
A Japanese fan posted this very cool red carpet video featuring Robert, Kristen and Taylor during the premiere of the film based on the best-selling book series by Stephenie Meyer “Twilight” by director Catherine Hardwicke and starring Kristen Stewart (Panic Room), Robert Pattinson (Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix), Elizabeth Reaser (The Family Stone), Nikki Reed (Thirteen), Peter Facinelli (The Scorpion King), Jackson Rathbone (Hurt), Cam Gigandet (Never Back Down), Billy Burke (Untraceable) and Ashley Greene (Shark). Synopsis: Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) has always been a little bit different, never caring about fitting in with the trendy girls at her Phoenix high school. When her mother remarries and sends [...] »
- Brian Corder
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you're dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to email@example.com Question: Has it dawned on anyone that Taub and Thirteen's three-year fellowships are about to end on House? Do you know if the show plans to follow through on that? And, if so, does this mean Peter Jacobson and Olivia Wilde are leaving? —Mindy Ausiello: It certainly dawned on me. And it dawned on series creator David Shore — at least it did when I reminded him recently. He says he hasn't figured out what will happen to Taub and Thirteen after their fellowships expire. Luckily, time is on his side. "It won't be until the end of the season," he says, adding that it's not in his nature to gloss over such plot points. "I don't like those things to be fake-outs. »
- Michael Ausiello
Sept. 6: Comedian JoAnne Worley is 72. Country singer David Allan Coe is 70. Country singer Mel McDaniel is 67. Singer-bassist Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) is 66. Actress Swoosie Kurtz is 65. Comedian-actress Jane Curtin is 62. Country singer Buddy Miller is 57. Country drummer Joe Smyth of Sawyer Brown is 52. Actor-comedian Jeff Foxworthy is 51. Actor-comedian Michael Winslow ("Police Academy") is 51. Guitarist Pal Waaktaar of A-ha is 48. Country singer Mark Chesnutt is 46. Actress Rosie Perez is 45. Singer Macy Gray is 42. Singer CeCe Peniston is 40. Singer Darryl Anthony (Az Yet) is 40. Singer Dolores O'Riordan (The Cranberries) is 38. Actor Dylan Bruno ("Numb3ers") is 37. Actress Anika Noni Rose ("Dreamgirls") is 37. Actor Justin Whalin ("Lois and Clark") is 35. Singer Nina Persson (The Cardigans) is 35. Actress Naomie Harris ("Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest") is 33. Rapper Noreaga is 32. Rapper Foxy Brown is 31.Sept. 7: Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins is 79. Singer »
Film will be gothic take on 'Little Red Riding Hood' fairy tale.
By Jocelyn Vena
Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImage
Catherine Hardwicke has had quite a busy schedule lately: Still riding on the success of "Twilight," the "Thirteen" director will next tackle a gothic reimagining of the classic fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood." The flick, "The Girl With the Red Riding Hood," will be the next venture from the director.
The film, written by David Johnson, will be now be a werewolf flick and will include a teenage love triangle at its core, according to Variety. No word yet on when the film will begin shooting and no casting news has been revealed.
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