13 items from 2009
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. »
Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak didn’t get a chance to perform her new single (yes, she recorded an album!) “Tardy for the Party” on The Ellen Show … but have no fear! She recorded a performance for Ellen’s Web site. Kim, we know “it’s your world.” And we will never be tardy for the party again!
So, what do you think? Love it or hate it? »
Kellan Lutz, star of The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, appeared on The Bonnie Hunt Show to reiterate his interest in action films like The Bourne series. Also reiterated (a supplement to his push-up showing on The Ellen Show) was his physical capacity when he made a big entrance down a fireman pole. Lutz also discussed his adoption of his dog, Kola, as well as his newest pup, Kevin (a chihuahua that he found on the st »
The recent appearance of Ellen DeGeneres on The Oprah Show was called "An Oprah Show special event" and it really was, especially in terms of lesbian visibility. As her own wife refers to her, "the most famous lesbian in the world" joined Oprah for a discussion on her career, her marriage and her O Magazine cover campaign from the past year.
Here are some choice moments:
Ellen on coming out:
When I came out, it was celebrated but reports kept reporting on the reports, and people were like 'Shut up already," but I didn't say anything.
On The Ellen Show being canceled:
No one called to say it had been canceled. I had to read it in the trades. I knew there was a possibility of losing my career, but I didn't do it for my career — I did it for me to live in my truth. There was no shame. »
- Trish Bendix
Admit it; you are just as caught up in Taylor mania as everyone else around you. It's hard not to be curious or even envious of the bond budding between the New Moon hunk Taylor Lautner and the country/pop superstar Taylor Swift. The two are always spotted grinning, giggling, and enjoy each other's company which leads many to believe they are a couple. We are three weeks away from the New Moon La premiere and the hottest slice of chatter right now is whether or not Taylor Lautner will bring his good friend Taylor Swift to the premiere. Many are speculating that bringing her to the event will be their coming out party, so the shutter bugs are preparing to catch that money shot. Chances are if they do show together that picture will be worth lots of dough, maybe as much as the Britney Spears head shave. Taylor Swift »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Colleen Joyce)
File under: Finally! Last week, CBS ordered a lesbian-centric sitcom script from out writer-comedian Carol Leifer. According to The Hollywood Reporter:
Inspired in part by Leifer's real-life situation of being in a long-term, same-sex relationship and having a child with her partner, the CBS show, tentatively titled You and Me and He, centers on a recently divorced woman who enters a gay relationship only to find out that she is pregnant with her ex-husband's baby.
It does kind of sound like Ross/Susan/Carol's storyline from Friends, but this time it's being told by a lesbian, from the perspective of the lesbians. So shelve that skepticism and put down CBS' GLAAD report card (Grade: Failing) and cross your fingers with me.
The Fox TV Studios-produced project, which would star Matlin and Cantone, is one of two half-hour projects that writer-comedian Leifer has in the works.
At CBS, she has received a script order for a multicamera comedy produced by Sony Pictures TV and Happy Madison.
Inspired in part by Leifer's real-life situation of being in a long-term, same-sex relationship and having a child with her partner, the CBS show, tentatively titled "You and Me and He," centers on a recently divorced woman who enters a gay relationship only to find out that she is pregnant with her ex-husband's baby.
"I'm excited about it because it's really hard in the multicamera format »
- By Nellie Andreeva
A bevy of singing beauties earned the title of "VH1 Divas" last night -- and "Ellen DeGeneres" was there to help the divas rock the stage!
VH1 Divas | Divas Video Hostess Paula Abdul poked fun at her "American Idol" replacement Ellen by sporting a blonde wig, signature suit and tennis shoes to boogie down in -- mimicking Ellen's signature dance moves which always open "The Ellen Show."
Sharon Osbourne was interviewed on The Ellen Show recently and did a photographic reaction spot with Ellen regarding certain celebrities. "You say exactly what's on your mind," says Ellen to Osbourne. After taking a turn talking about David Beckham, Lady Gaga, Jon & Kate, Ellen showed Osbourne a photo of The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and Remember Me star Robert Pattinson. Immediately, Osbourne cradled the photograph in her bosom and smiled ear to ear. "I think I could get arrested if I said what I wanted to do with him." »
Chalk me up as one of those people who greeted the news that Ellen DeGeneres is joining the judging panel for season 9 of American Idol with the sudden urge to drive a fork into my thigh and wake up from a strange and horrible nightmare. (Side note: We all do dream about Idol on a regular basis, right? Right.) Now don't get me wrong. I adore Ellen DeGeneres. As a comedian, that is. I've seen her live in concert twice. I watched every episode of The Ellen Show (her short-lived 2001 series with Cloris Leachman, not to be confused with the groundbreaking sitcom Ellen, which I also loved). Heck, I'd even tune in to something as hein as the People's Choice Awards if they brought her in as host. But as a permanent replacement for Paula Abdul as the fourth judge on my very most favorite television show? Can I get »
- Michael Slezak
Ellen DeGeneres will get the chance to defend her title as America's favourite TV personality after scooping two nominations for this year's Daytime Emmy Awards.
Last year, the comedienne took home the title of Outstanding Talk Show Host, but her star-studded programme The Ellen DeGeneres Show lost out for the first time in the Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment category since its first nomination in 2004.
This time around, she'll face competition for the hosting award from Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa (Live with Regis & Kelly), TV chef Rachael Ray, and The View talk show hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Sherri Shepherd and Joy Behar.
However, veteran actress Susan Lucci has been snubbed from the list of nominees, after missing out in the Lead Dramatic Actress category in favour of All My Children co-star Debbie Morgan. Morgan will go up against Maura West (As the World Turns), Susan Haskell (One Life to Live), Susan Flannery (The Bold and the Beautiful) and Jeanne Cooper (The Young and the Restless).
In the male category, nominees for Outstanding Lead Actors In A Drama include Thorsten Kaye (All My Children), Peter Reckell (Days of Our Lives), Anthony Geary (General Hospital), Daniel Cosgrove (Guiding Light) and Christian LeBlanc (The Young and the Restless).
Supermodel-turned-talk show host Tyra Banks will also have a chance to follow up her 2008 Daytime Emmy with another prize - The Tyra Banks Show is nominated alongside Dr. Phil and new programme The Doctors in the Outstanding Talk Show/Informative category.
PBS' Sesame Street will receive the lifetime achievement award.
The 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, hosted by actress/singer Vanessa Williams, will air on 30 August. »
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has unveiled the nominees for the 36th annual Daytime Emmy Entertainment Awards. PBS is the most recognized network, with 56 nominations.
Other multiple-nominated networks are ABC, with 50, followed by syndicated programming (49), CBS (30), NBC (20), Nickelodeon (13), and Disney Channel and Food Network, tied with 10 each. ABC's "All My Children" leads the pack of individual show nominations, with a whopping 19. Next is PBS's veteran "Sesame Street "at 15, followed by NBC's "Days of Our Lives" (13), syndicated "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (12), ABC's "One Life to Live" (11) and CBS' "The Young and the Restless" (10).
Freshman syndicated product recognized includes "Family Court with Judge Penny" from Program Partners for outstanding legal courtroom program, "The Doctors" from CBS Television Distribution in the category of outstanding talk show/informative and Howie Mandel as host of NBC Universal's daytime version of "Deal or No Deal."
Notably missing was ABC's "The View" for outstanding talk »
- By Marc Berman, Mediaweek
Jennifer Aniston turns 40 tomorrow and boyfriend John Mayer has prepared a special gift to help her celebrate! The singer-songwriter will be serenading Aniston at her birthday party. "He did write a special song just for her," sources tell People magazine. The 'He's Just Not That Into You' actress recently went on "Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and talked about turning 40. "I have to say really, I feel better than I ever felt in my life," she tells Ellen. "I did have a moment, though, over the weekend. My first like, 'Huh ... I don't want to (turn 40)'. I found a really long gray hair and it kind of flipped me out. It's not my first but it's the fact that it was so long. I was like, 'Oh, how many others are there and what does that mean?' It actually brought me to tears slightly."
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13 items from 2009
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