12 items from 2009
Here at AfterElton.com we're usually all about the gay — Torchwood, Brothers & Sisters, Adam Lambert. But just like all of you, gay isn't the only thing we are and I occasionlly make time to watch a show without any gay/bi men on it. I know, I know! What a concept!
Shocking, I know. A scripted program on ABC without a 'mo. But even so uit has its charms. I hereby present five reasons you should be watching.
1) Stuff happens, questions get answered.
Unlike certain shows — yes, I'm talking to you Fringe — so far Flash Forward hasn't gone off on endless tangents having nothing to do with the show's overarching mystery. Yes, I know the »
We know he can sing with fangs in his mouth.
Following this assortment of carefully-selected news items, interested readers can find a refreshing pic of a hot man in underwear after the jump. Yes, we're serious.
Proving it's never too early to cash in, Adam Lambert (above) broke out his "Glampire" costume early and showed some fang for the Party City Halloween Party. And speaking of Adam, he just released the cover for his upcoming album.
Augusten Burroughs, out author of Running With Scissors, has inked a deal with CBS and Catalyst Films (Ashton Kutcher) to develop his novel Dry for a Showtime series. After twice spewing homophobic slurs in the last week, Kansas City Chiefs Larry Johnston has apologized as the Chiefs told him to stay home from team events and GLAAD called for sanctions. Just why the hell is gay-fave Elvira famous anyway? Alan Ball got interviewed by »
In Battle for Terra the peaceful inhabitants of the beautiful planet Terra come under attack from the last surviving members of humanity adrift in an aging spaceship, the stage is set for an all-out war between the two species for control of the planet. But will an unlikely friendship between a rebellious young Terrian and an injured human pilot somehow convince their leaders that war is not the answer?
Battle for Terra on DVD & Blu-ray
Battle for Terra is a thrilling sci-fi animated film featuring the voices of Luke Wilson (My Super Ex-Girlfriend); Evan Rachel Wood (Running with Scissors); Brian Cox (The Escapist); David Cross (Year One); Dennis Quaid (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra); Danny Glover (Dreamgirls); and James Garner (The Notebook), blasting its way onto DVD and Blu-ray September 22nd. A visually stunning, action-packed tale for animation fans of all ages, this theatrical wide release received rave reviews from critics. »
Glark makes an of-the-moment funny. Rip Swayze [thx Joe Reid]
New York Times 5 great upcoming performances: Gabourey Sidibe and Carey Mulligan have more buzz than they can deal with already but this article also contains less common drooling over Robin Wright Penn in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
Variety Nicole Kidman continues on her gloriously pathological quest to work with every fine director in the world. Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) will direct The Danish Girl. Unfortunately Charlize Theron has bolted. I want to root for Theron, I do. But her filmography bores me
- NATHANIEL R
Gabrielle Union (Bring It On, Bad Boys II) is joining the cast of ABC's exciting new fall drama, FlashForward in a recurring role as Zoey, a criminal defense attorney who will have a romantic arc on the show. FlashForward premieres Thursday, September 24 (8:00-9:00 p.m., Et) on the ABC Television Network.
"We're thrilled that Gabrielle is joining our cast," said executive producer David S. Goyer. "When we met with her, we immediately knew she was our Zoey. She's witty, soulful and beautiful. I've been wanting to work with her for a long time."
What would you do if you were given a glimpse of the future? Would you accept what you saw and live life to its fullest, or would you do everything in your power to change your destiny? In FlashForward when the world's population is given a glimpse of their future, it forces everyone to come »
Prelude To a Kiss (1992) Dir. Norman Rene Rom-com sweetheart Meg Ryan (Serious Moonlight [Tff '09], You've Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally) is in her element as Rita Boyle. Quirky and free-spirited, Rita was born to a wealthy family, only to join the Socialist party (unbeknownst to her parents). Despite her beauty, youth, and health, Rita holds a very pessimistic view of the world. Alec Baldwin (30 Rock, My Sister's Keeper, The Good Shepherd, Running With Scissors) is Peter Hoskins, a slightly-timid-yet-charming man who quickly falls for Rita despite her strange ideas about the world. The couple forms an endearing pair, and it all plays out very nicely, very by-the-book romantic comedy. That is of course, until their wedding day, when an eccentric, elderly man named Julius (played by Sydney Walker) crashes the wedding and requests a kiss from the bride before he continues on his way. Seeing some kind of spark »
But before the movie... the tour! It starts in just under three weeks in Denver. I'm not getting paid for this but I'm going to shill because live theater needs to be promoted. It's so much cooler than TV ... even if Corporate America can't profit off of it as much (finite audience = number of seats in house) and thus makes it seem uncool by ignoring it or dismissing it as irrelevant.
Oscar winner Estelle Parsons, 81, headlines the August tour
And given that The Movie -- all caps because if it's any good it'll be Big -- is going to be the subject of much discussion whenever it begins to film and especially once it's in theaters, you'll want to be in the know early on. Even if you're not normally a theater person. If you haven't been following theatrical buzz and awardage these past couple of years, it's »
- NATHANIEL R
Lisa Cholodenko is flirting with me*. How else to explain the multi-orgasmic news that the writer/director of High Art, one of my all time favorite lesbian movies, is making another and she's making it with two actresses whom I practically can't worship more than I already do? Yesterday, production supposedly began on The Kids Are All Right which will star Julianne Moore and Annette Bening as lovers who've raised two kids together. Their two teenagers (played by Josh Hutcherson and Alice in Wonderland herself Mia Wasikowska) decide to meet the original sperm donor (Mark Ruffalo).
Both actresses have played lesbians before. Moore re-interpreted Psycho's Lila Crane as a record shop dyke and she definitely didn't want to sleep with her husband in The Hours Come to bed, Laura BrownFor Bening's part she ditched her screen husband for some self-actualizing labia time in Running With Scissors. »
- NATHANIEL R
Javier Bardem is in negotiations to star in "Eat, Pray, Love," the Ryan Murphy-directed adaptation of the Elizabeth Gilbert memoir for Columbia Pictures.Bardem joins Julia Roberts and Richard Jenkins in the cast.Roberts plays the author, and Bardem will play Felipe, the man she meets and falls in love with at the end of a journey of self-discovery that began with the end of her marriage.Richard Jenkins plays a Texan whom Roberts befriends at an Indian ashram.According to Variety, the film was adapted by Murphy, the "Nip/Tuck" creator who last directed "Running With Scissors."Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner are producing through Plan B. »
- Adnan Tezer
Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins is putting on his serious actor hat again to help Julia Roberts find herself in drama Eat, Pray, Love.The actor, who swings between crazy comedies such as Step Brothers and Fun With Dick And Jane, and award-baiting dramas such as The Visitor, will play a Texan befriended by Roberts in an Indian ashram as she voyages through self-discovery. Roberts plays the married woman who has a moment of realisation after an attempt to get pregnant highlights that she is not leading the life she had planned.The film, based on the best-selling book 'Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything, Across Italy, India and Indonesia' by Elizabeth Gilbert, is to be helmed by Running With Scissors writer/ director Ryan Murphy, and begins shooting in July in locations across New York, and well, Rome, India and Bali.The film has changed hands between studios: originally »
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Question: When will this years AfterEllen Hot 100 take place? I always enjoy participating in it, and totally have my top 10 waiting.
— Julieanna, London, UK
Answer: Voting for the AfterEllen.com Hot 100 opens this year on April 10, and the winners will be announced on May 11.
In addition to moving up the date of the Hot 100 by a month this year, we're also going to include a few additional breakout categories in which readers can vote: 10 Hottest Women of Color, 10 Hottest Women Over 40, and 10 Hottest Out Lesbian/Bi Women. (You can vote for your favorite women in multiple categories, of course, and those women »
Kate Winslet finally won her Oscar, delighting the bulk of fans who have been rooting for her since she dreamt of Hollywood in '94 -- 'they're desperately keen to sign me up!' -- or nearly drowned in '97. She never let go. So, who is next?
Or rather... who is most overdue?
Contrary to popular belief, it ain't easy to win an Oscar. It certainly wasn't easy for Kate the Great. You need more than an accent, a disability, a good or popular movie, old age makeup or mimicry skills. You also need star charisma, a role that compliments or complicates that charisma and media support. Above all else you need luck combined with surgically precise good timing. History is full of performers who never won the movie's top prize despite plentiful contributions to the art of acting.
For the following list I'm ignoring outstanding performers who have never »
- NATHANIEL R
12 items from 2009
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