E.B. Boatner’s editorial “Closer than a Brother” [Lavender, August 15] states that animal activists claim they have the right to kill researchers and their families. I don’t know where Boatner got his information, but inaccurate generalizations like this do a disservice to your readers and to legitimate animal rights organizations. Read the rest of this entry »
Don Roos Goes to the Dogs
You probably already have seen the teasers for Marley & Me, featuring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston chasing an adorable puppy down the beach to the theme from Chariots of Fire. So, what possibly could be gay about this comedy, based on the best-selling book about a family that learns valuable life lessons from their dog? Plenty. For one thing, the screenplay is being cowritten by Don Roos, the hilarious genius behind such dark, man-on-man-inclusive comedies as The Opposite of Sex and Happy Endings. Add to that director David Frankel, whose most recent gig pre-Marley was guiding Meryl Streep to an umpteenth Oscar nomination in the fabulous The Devil Wears Prada. Be on the lookout for witty, queer, yet family-friendly subtext when Marley scampers into theaters on Christmas Day.
Guinevere Turner Taps the Feed
She’s a successful actress and screenwriter, a pioneer among out-of-the-closet movie stars, and one of the sexiest women in Hollywood. So, Romeo always is thrilled to hear about a new project involving lesbian dynamo Guinevere Turner. If you haven’t checked out the recently released “Guinevere Turner Signature Edition” of her ’90s kink-comedy Preaching to the Perverted already, pick it up. She next will grace the screen in Feed, an indie drama about a media-obsessed blogger who shoots a video that winds up on the 5 o’clock news—the leak of the clip puts her and her fellow underground newsies in grave danger. The directorial debut of (female) filmmaker Mel Robertson, Feed is expected to beam onto the big screen before the end of 2008.
The L Word’S Shelley Faces a Terrifying Day
During Rachel Shelley’s stint playing ditsy Brit heiress Helena Peabody on The L Word, we’ve seen the character be a spoiled brat, an amorous convict, a compulsive gambler, a Hollywood hotshot, and a doting mom. Shelley gets parental once again in the upcoming horror film The Day, but with a completely different spin. The new movie, set on Christmas Day, has vacationing parents fighting to survive when their formerly adorable children suddenly turn on Mums and Daddy. That’ll teach you not to buy everything on their holiday wish list! The Day, costarring Stephen Campbell Moore (The History Boys, The Bank Job), is set for release this year in the United Kingdom, and later (meaning nobody knows when) in the United States.
Lindsay’s Got Labor Pains
Unlike other Hollywood party girls, Lindsay Lohan is a talented actress in everything from The Parent Trap to Mean Girls to A Prairie Home Companion. Now, she’s taking advantage of the recently developed “glass closet” phenomenon in Hollywood—that means she doesn’t speak to the press about it, but clearly is involved with British DJ Samantha Ronson, and not shy about demonstrating it. If Lohan is indeed a lesbian now (or “just for now”), it means she’s at least as welcome on our team as Anne Heche used to be. Lohan will be seen next in Labor Pains, a comedy about a woman who has to spend nine months pretending to be pregnant. Also featuring such comedy greats as Cheryl Hines, Janeane Garofalo, and Willie Garson (Sex and the City), it will burst forth into theaters in 2009.
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“If you build it, they will come….” Thus, a cornfield in Iowa now boasts a baseball field. Similarly, the cornfields 20 miles from the Twin Cities metro were the unlikely choice for the birth of Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this fall, the company testifies, too: “If you sing it,” well…attendance has topped eight million guests, and counting. Read the rest of this entry »
Arthur Miller’s gripping and amazing A View from the Bridge still resounds—especially now, with its desperate portrayal of illegal immigration. It also probes biases around sexuality and gender perhaps more than any other Miller play, with its portrayal of incest taboo and homophobia. Greek tragedy comes to mind. Read the rest of this entry »
As you’d expect, 8Ball Theatre’s 3 Way: A Sex Farce is drawing in the crowds and deservedly favorable reviews. The piece rightly is hailed as fun and fabulous entertainment, which it definitely is. But 3 Way is actually a truly subversive work. For all its lightness and its three attractive actors (all of whom wrote the script), the work is defiant of sexual norms. Read the rest of this entry »
Does the Ordway have seat belts? This may be the year we’ll need them, as the Minnesota Opera’s 2008-09 season puts the “grand” back into “Grand Opera.” While one new, contemporary work is slated, the other four composers—Verdi, Mozart, Gounod, and Rossini—are household names to anyone who’s even a tiny bit infatuated with the art form. And for those who are not—yet—this season’s lineup was made for you. Read the rest of this entry »
Now on DVD, Boy I Am, the documentary that has been causing such a stir in transgender circles, is the ultimate mixed bag. On the one hand, it’s a deeply substantive inquiry into female-to-male (FTM) transgender experience that merits a vast audience beyond trans circles. Read the rest of this entry »
Friedlander: Photography, now in its final week at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), is a must-see exhibition, exceptional for the sheer mass and time span of the artist’s works, from the 1960s to the present. Read the rest of this entry »
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Playwright Matthew A. Everett’s latest, Leave, is his “gays in the military” play. Homophobic military culture mandates that a young Marine, Seth (Nick James Parker), and his civilian husband, Nicholas (Tim Schmidt), must use code words and secret identities for cover. Their path is crossed by Tyson (Bennett Smith), a former soldier who rejected Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and Jonas (Alex Carlson), another gay Marine. Read the rest of this entry »
The Black Tower
Louis Bayard, author of Mr. Timothy and The Pale Blue Eye, sets his latest novel in 1818 Paris. He uses factual material and historical characters—Vidocq, the first police detective, plus Louis-Charles, the missing, presumed-dead Dauphin, son of the executed Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, and heir to the French throne—to set his own characters in relief. Primary among these is timid Hector Carpentier, a homebound mama’s boy living in reduced circumstances in her boardinghouse in the down-at-heels Latin Quarter. Hector’s life is as regular and monotonous as clockwork, until Vidocq finds his name on a bit of paper in a dead man’s pocket. Read the rest of this entry »