Issue 347

Deep Inside Hollywood

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.

Romeo San Vicente dated a DJ once. You thought a joke about 12 inches was going to be in there, didn’t you? Never assume. He can be reached care of this publication, or at

Bingo A-Go-Go Moves to Hyatt Regency Hotel

It really is the bingo event of the Twin Cities. Brainchild of the now infamous “Bingo Babes,” Lee Haugee, of Clare Housing, and her sister in crime, Shannon Regan, of Park House, what started as a church basement fund-raiser has evolved into a night of bawdy banter and raucous humor, all for a worthwhile cause. Read the rest of this entry »

The Minneapolis Eagle Celebrates: 10th Anniversary with Cornucopia of Events

A number of cities nationwide have gay bars named Eagle, always an indication that the establishment caters to the leather crowd. The Minneapolis Eagle, which marked its 10th anniversary September 8, certainly fits that description, but unlike its namesakes elsewhere, welcomes a diverse cross section of the local GLBT community. Read the rest of this entry »

Twelve Years Later: Marriage Equality (and Other Forms of Bondage)

Sometimes, it’s good to take a look back to see how far we’ve come on an issue—in this case, marriage equality—and also how far we still have to go. In that spirit, I’m going to revisit a column I wrote almost 12 years ago that appeared in Lavender on November 8, 1996. Read the rest of this entry »

Vincent—A Restaurant

My friend, Mona, and I arrived at Vincent to a brightly sunlit dining room with white-linen-covered tables. Kimberly, our server, immediately cooled us down from the summer heat, as she delivered a beautiful Chilled Cucumber Gazpacho—the Soup of the Moment ($8)—made with cream, vinegar, basil, olive oil, grapes, bread crumbs, and almonds. Plated decoratively in a coffee cup on a saucer, it was refreshingly light. As we began to enjoy the gazpacho, time in the restaurant started to slow down. Read the rest of this entry »

Free-Wheeling Commute

So, you’ve started noticing more and more of your coworkers arriving at work on two wheels. As if through-the-roof gas prices weren’t enough to make you want to throw your car in a compactor, watching your coworkers waltz in, helmet in hand, and extra cash in their pockets, perhaps has tipped the scales. You think it’s finally time to break out your bike, and see what the latest sustainable trend is all about. Read the rest of this entry »

Winter=Home Theaters

With the mornings getting colder again—yes, they’ve been chillier, so stop lying to yourself—it’s time to start planning for our annual Pretend-Like-the-Outdoors-Doesn’t-Exist-and-Hibernate-for-Nine-Months routine. Of course, we have a lot of winter activities to do, and many ways of doing them, but let’s not kid ourselves. As TV becomes our best friend, a cozy blanket, some slippers, and a lover sitting next to us are the primary winter way of life. Read the rest of this entry »

Editorial Cartoon

National News

Log Cabin Republicans Endorses McCain
A group of gay men and women has endorsed US Senator John McCain (Republican-Arizona) as its nominee for US President because he is an “inclusive Republican.” Log Cabin Republicans endorsed him at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, CNN reported. “He’s a very inclusive Republican, a different type of Republican,” according to the organization’s President, Patrick Sammon. “At the same time, we have honest disagreements on some issues.” McCain opposes same-sex marriage, although he did oppose a federal constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as being between a man and a woman. While McCain’s running mate, Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, has expressed support for the amendment, she vetoed a bill that would have banned her state from giving benefits to same-sex partners of employees. “She’s a great choice,” Log Cabin member David Valkema of Illinois said. “We’re learning more every day, but what we know, we like.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Coming of Armageddon

Fundamentalists are right to label marriage the final battle. For once, I agree with the Religious Right. In a July 30 conference call to ministers, fundamentalist leader Chuck Colson called the campaign to take away from millions of Californians the right to marry “the Armageddon of the culture war.” Read the rest of this entry »

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