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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. »
It's that time of year again, when everyone rolls out their 'Best of" lists as we close the book on one year and open a new one for another.
Fangoria Musick's Ray Van Horn Jr. has weighed in with his favorite albums of 2009, along with a couple records he can't wait to hear in 2010. Which albums made the list? Check 'em out below!
Top 25 Albums of 2009 as chosen by Ray Van Horn Jr.
Mastodon – Crack the Skye Isis – Wavering Radiant Between the Buried and Me – The Great Misdirect Kylesa – Static Tensions Candlemass – Death Magic Doom Chthonic – Mirror of Retribution Megadeth – Endgame Sepultura – A-Lex Zombi – Spirit Animal Voivod – Infini Slough Feg – Ape Uprising! Pelican – What We All Come to Need Slayer – World Painted Blood Brown Jenkins – Death Obsession Skyfire – Fractal Sunn O))) – Monoliths and Dimensions The Black Dahlia Murder – Deflorate Hacride – Lazarus Shadows Fall – Retribution Tyr – By the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ray Van Horn Jr.)
Mia Kirshner may well be among the dead of "The Vampire Diaries". Hours after Entertainment Weekly (EW) broke the news that the 34-year-old actress is joining the cast of The CW's popular series on a recurring basis, E! Online came out with a scoop suggesting that her character Isobel may not be alive.
Confirming EW's report that the star of "The L Word" will take on the role of the sweet-yet-dangerous wife of Alaric, E!'s Kristin Dos Santos reported that the actress' scenes won't take place in the present day. Instead, her part will be presented as flashbacks. Dos Santos, additionally, cited her sources as suggesting that Isobel "died at the hands of a main character" fans already know.
"The Vampire Diaries" was last seen gracing the small screen on November 19. It has since fallen into an 8-week hiatus. It will make its return with a new episode entitled »
Dread Central hit the set of Sony’s 30 Days of Night: Dark Days earlier this month - the film wraps principal photography today in Vancouver, Canada, under the watchful eye of co-scripter (with Steve Niles) and director Ben Ketai - and while there sat down with producer Jr Young (among others) to discuss the flick (cast interviews to come).
“This is a very edgy film,” Young, who previously produced The Messengers, told Dread while intently watching a scene being played out in video village – a scene which featured a rather hysterical and bloody actress (Katherine Isabelle) pleading for her life. “Ben knows this world. I think it comes natural to him.”
Starring Kiele (A Perfect Getaway) Sanchez, Mia (De Palma’s The Black Dahlia) Kirschner, Rhys ("Entourage") Coiro, Diora (Night of the Demons) Baird, Harold ("Lost") Perrineau, Troy (A Marine Story) Ruptash, Jackson Berlin, John De Santis, Marco Sorian, Monique (Cabin in the Woods) Ganderton, »
Hello, Angels. Hello, Television. Yep, Charlie’s Angels might be coming back to a TV screen near you. Now, I know there was talk earlier this year about a fourth film in the franchise, but this is a full-on series reboot. Um, Ok, but will you please promise to make their hair as bouncy as the originals?
According to Variety, ABC is close to ordering a pilot for an update of the popular '70s series. Helming the new Angels would be a man who already knows a thing or two about remakes: Josh Friedman. The Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles creator is set to write and executive produce the new Angels.
Now, that series was hit and miss. It featured an excellent cast (Lena Headey! Summer Glau!) and interesting storyline, but failed to attract a broad audience and was cancelled after two seasons. Also, Friedman’s background (writing The Black Dahlia, »
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Glamorous detective trio Charlie's Angels are on their way to the small screen once again, with Us network ABC about to commission a pilot from Sony Pictures TV.
Josh Friedman will write and executive-produce the new series, reports Variety.
Also involved are original Charlie's Angels producer Leonard Goldberg, who launched the series with Aaron Spelling in 1976, as well as Drew Barrymore, who starred in and produced the 2000 film version and its sequel.
Spelling has twice before attempted bringing the show back to the small screen, with Angels 88 - which never got off the ground - and a second bid in 2004.
There have been two films: Charlie's Angels in 2000 and »
- David Bentley
Welcome to Gore Girls! MTV contributor Terri Schwartz doesn't know crap about the horror genre, and she's volunteered to be our Movies Blog guinea pig. She has a good guide too. Fellow contributor Jenni Miller is a bonafide horror enthusiast, and she's willing to walk Terri through her formative experiences with blood, guts, monsters and maniacs. Together, this dynamic duo are The Gore Girls!!! Good luck Terri... you're definitely going to need it.
Our vampire-themed month for the Gore Girls continues today with "30 Days of Night." The setup is actually pretty ingenious for a vampire movie. The blood-suckers hate sunlight, right? And Alaska has, what, 100 days or so of sunlight each year? There's no better place for them to call home, provided they can survive that long hibernation. And "30 Days of Night" has the added bonus of being directed by David Slade, who just wrapped filming on the third "Twilight" movie, »
- MTV Movies Team
Robert Jason has been in the industry for over twenty years and has worked on a variety of films including "Ghostbusters", "Rush Hour", "Ocean's Twelve", and "The Black Dahlia". Jason sat down with MakingOf to explain the role of the gaffer, a person who works closely with the cinematographer to capture the best image possible.
Click here to learn more about how important a gaffer is on set and the challenges between lighting between different genders. »
This scribe (pictured right) just got in from a whirlwind visit from the set of 30 Days of Night: Dark Days, which is currently shooting Day 13 of 25 in Vancouver, Canada, and while I can’t spill much yet (although blood was spilled there gratuitously), I can give you an update on casting.
Joining the previously announced Kiele (A Perfect Getaway) Sanchez (taking over the ‘Stella’ role played by Melissa George in the original 30 Days of Night), Mia (Depalma’s The Black Dahlia) Kirschner, Rhys ("Entourage") Coiro, Diora (Night of the Demons) Baird, and Harold ("Lost") Perrineau are Troy (A Marine Story) Ruptash as Agent Norris, Jackson Berlin, John De Santis, Marco Sorian, and Katherine (Ginger Snaps, "Supernatural") Isabelle, whose scene that Dread witnessed was rather disquieting (and I mean that in the best of ways – director Ben Ketai is throwing down with this one).
My thanks to Sony and the production »
Two-time Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank will be honored with the "Hollywood Actress Award" at the The 13th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards today, October 26th.
Swank stars in the 2010 thriller The Resident about a doctor who suspects she may not be alone in her Brooklyn loft, and learns that her landlord has formed a frightening obsession with her. Swank's other genre credits include Brian De Palma's real-life crime drama The Black Dahlia, opposite Josh Hartnett and Scarlett Johansson, Sam Raimi's The Gift, with Cate Blanchett and Keanu Reeves, Christopher Nolan's Insomnia, opposite Al Pacino and Robin Williams, The Reaping, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Principal photography has started in Vancouver, Canada for 30 Days of Night: Dark Days , the sequel to the vampire movie based on the cult-hit graphic novel series by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith. Produced by Stage 6 Films and Ghost House Pictures, 30 Days of Night: Dark Days marks director Ben Ketai's first feature film and is based on a screenplay written by Niles and Ketai. The cast includes Kiele Sanchez ( A Perfect Getaway , "Lost"), Diora Baird ( The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning , Wedding Crashers ), Rhys Coiro ("Entourage," "24," upcoming Straw Dogs ), Mia Kirshner ("The L Word," The Black Dahlia ), and Harold Perrineau ("Oz," "Lost," The Matrix Revolutions ). The sequel takes place a year »
While Bloody Disgusting exclusively broke the news a few days back, today the official announcement was made for the 30 Days of Night sequel. Principal photography has commenced in Vancouver, Canada for 30 Days Of Night: Dark Days, the sequel to the vampire movie sensation based on the cult-hit graphic novel series by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith. Produced by Stage 6 Films and Ghost House Pictures, 30 Days Of Night: Dark Days marks director Ben Ketais first feature film and is based on a screenplay written by Niles and Ketai. The cast includes Kiele Sanchez (A Perfect Getaway, Lost), Diora Baird (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Wedding Crashers), Rhys Coiro (Entourage, 24 the upcoming Straw Dogs), Mia Kirshner (The L Word, The Black Dahlia), and Harold Perrineau (Oz, Lost, The Matrix Revolutions). Check out the synopsis below. »
Rhys Coiro (TV's "Entourage"), Harold Perrineau ("Lost"), Kiele Sanchez ("A Perfect Getaway"), Diora Baird ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning"), Mia Kirshner ("The Black Dahlia") and Monique Ganderton have all joined the cast of "30 Days Of Night: Dark Days" for Sony Pictures says Bloody Disgusting. A direct-to-dvd sequel to the 2007 feature film adaptation of Steve Niles' graphic novel, the story follows a desperate and lonely Stella who decides to join a group of rogue vampire hunters to seek revenge on Lilith, the powerful vampire responsible for the attack on her Alaskan town Ben Ketai helms the project which began shooting this week. »
We haven't been especially excited about the 30 Days of Night Dtv sequel, 30 Days of Night: Dark Days, but now that some casting news is trickling out, we admit to being at least a bit more curious. Read on for more details.
Bloody Disgusting learned that the following key players have signed on to the project, which is being helmed by Ben Ketai (who also directed and co-wrote the "30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust" TV series) and started filming this week:
Rhys Coiro ("Entourage", "24") takes on one of the lead roles, and Mia Kirshner (De Palma's The Black Dahlia, "24") plays the lead vampire villain "Lilith". Also starring are Harold Perrineau ("Lost", "Oz"), Kiele Sanchez (A Perfect Getaway, "Lost"), and genre vet Diora Baird (Night of the Demons, Stan Helsing). Stunt woman/actress Monique Ganderton (The Cabin in the Woods) rounds out the cast.
It was too hard to pick just »
- Uncle Creepy
With Twilight, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, a restart of the Anne Rice series, the remake of Let The Right One In, Daybreakers, as well as the hundreds of other films and television shows of the same ilk to come out in the next year, it would seem that Hollywood has taken a slight liking to vampire myth. Whether you want to stab every tween in the head with a stake or you are using a nail file to get those incisors extra sharp, yet another one is set to come out, a sequel to 30 Days of Night, and it has just announced its cast. According to Bloody Disgusting, the sequel, titled 30 Days of Night: Dark Days, will star Rhys Coiro (Entourage, 24) and Mia Kirshner (The Black Dahlia, The L Word) as a human and vampire respectively, with Harold Perrineau (Lost), Kiele Sanchez (A »
Columbia Pictures and Ghost House Pictures’ sequel to David Slade’s 2007 vampire movie “30 Days of Night” have commenced shooting as we speak, which means a lot of the cast are already in place, though oddly enough, still no word if another actress will be taking over Melissa George’s role from the first movie. In lieu of that, here are some notable casting news, including Mia Kirshner (left) as the lead vampire/villain of the piece, Lillith. Kirshner is no stranger to gothic/dark comic book movie sequels, having starred in “The Crow: City of Angels”, though she hasn’t had a major role in a while, with the last one being Brian De Palma’s “The Black Dahlia” in 2006. Other members of the cast include two former “Lost” castaways Harold Perrineau (also in “28 Weeks Later”) and Kiele Sanchez (recently in “A Perfect Getaway”). Also along for the ride are model-turned-actress Diora Baird, »
Bloody Disgusting just got the exclusive drop on the first official casting for the Ben Ketai directed 30 Days Of Night: Dark Days, Columbia Pictures and Ghost House Pictures' direct-to-video sequel to the Steve Niles adaptation from 2007. Filming officially kicked off Today and beyond the break Bloody Disgusting has your official cast. Enjoy! Here's the casting breakdown for you guys, exclusive to Bloody Disgusting: Rhys Coiro, who plays the infamous Billy in "Entourage" and takes on a major role in Screen Gems' Straw Dogs remake, takes on one of the lead roles. Mia Kirshner of The Black Dahlia and Party Monster) plays the lead vampire villain "Lilith". Also starring are Harold Perrineau ("Lost", 28 Weeks Later), the beautiful Kiele Sanchez (A Perfect Getaway, Insanitarium, "Lost") and genre vet Diora Baird (Night of the Demons, Texas Chiansaw Massacre: Te Beginning, Stan Helsing). Rhys Coiro and Monique Ganderton round out the cast. »
The 13th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, have announced that two-time Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank will be honored with the "Hollywood Actress Award" at the festival's Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony.
The gala ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 26, 2009. The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Festival. "It is a privilege to honor Hilary Swank's extraordinary talent and remarkable career," said Mr. de Abreu.
About Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank will soon be seen starring in the title role of Mira Nair's biopic Amelia, from Fox Searchlight, which is the story of the life of legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart. World famous for her aviation triumphs, Earhart disappeared along with her navigator Fred Noonan on July 2, 1937, somewhere over the Pacific Ocean near Howland Island while on her »
Chicago – This three-image slideshow contains our ace photographer Joe Arce’s shots from the red carpet for the Chicago premiere of “Chicago Overcoat” on Oct. 10, 2009.
“Chicago Overcoat” was filmed in Chicago by Beverly Ridge Pictures. Stars Mike Starr and Frank Vincent walked the red carpet as part of the 45th-annual Chicago International Film Festival along with actor and Chicago native Danny Goldring and actress Kathrine Narducci.
“Chicago Overcoat” stars Mike Starr (“The Black Dahlia,” 45 episodes of “Ed”), Frank Vincent (31 episodes of “The Sopranos”), Kathrine Narducci (20 episodes of “The Sopranos”), Stacy Keach (“American History X,” “Prison Break”), Armand Assante (“American Gangster”), Danny Goldring (“The Dark Knight”), Tim Gamble, Martin Shannon and Barret Walz from writer and director Brian Caunter.
You can click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through this slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos are credited to Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto and HollywoodChicago. »
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Rumor has it, Rose McGowan, who got public attention after starring as Paige Matthews on "Charmed", has broken off her engagement to filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. Unfortunately, as of the press time, representatives for both "The Black Dahlia" actress and Robert have yet to confirm or deny the report, Radar Online claimed.
Rose McGowan and Robert Rodriguez's first meeting was on the set of "Planet Terror" in 2006, during when she starred as a stripper with a machine-gun leg, while he became the helmer of the project. Both of them made their first public appearance as a couple at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2007. Then, in October the same year, Rose and Robert officially announced their engagement.
At that time, there was speculation that Robert got divorced from his wife of 16 years Elizabeth Avellan because of Rose. However, he soon turned down the news, claiming he and Elizabeth actually had »
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