Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I Want Some Hot Stuff Baby This Evening

Hello Kittens,

The interesting thing about having 1000 mainly gay men on your Facebook friend list is that it can amaze you at times what constitutes news.

I get a lot of status updates on my news feed about lgbt political issues, but also tid bits on the best master cleanse, the play-by-play during an episode of Project Runway, and the devastation WeHo boys feel when they cheat with carbs.

The other thing that happened recently was a string of updates about Ryan Reynolds getting his own comic book big screen franchise after making a splash in X Men Origins: Wolverine with fellow hottie (and Broadway show man) Hugh Jackman.

So this is news?  And this is gay news?

Well, I have to say, when one works as hard as Mr Reynolds does on his physique, I think one should be rewarded with a little press coverage.  That plus his interesting choice of indie projects including The Nines (with gay writer/director John August) and Waiting, and his humble start in pedestrian tv fare, Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place. (how many people really recover from the latter?).

So here's the news - hottie Ryan Reynolds will star as the Green Lantern.  One of the exec producers is gay show runner Greg Berlanti (The Broken Heart's Club, Eli Stone, Brothers & Sisters, Everwood, Dawson's Creek ) and I wonder how much that had to do with the casting.

Reynolds was on the cover of EW a few weeks back promoting his new rom com THE PROPOSAL co-starring with it's producer Sandra Bullock.

This is reportedly one of Bullock's biggest BO hits.

Once again, Jesus H Chris, look at that body!  WTF?

So of course, I get it, gay men love him.  With this Green Latern gig, hopefully he'll be pushed into the mainstream to the likes of Bruce Willis and Will Smith (Smith also made the jump from tv to feature films by pumping up big time for his big screen role in Independence Day), while still lending his name to interesting indie fare on the side.

Speaking of hotties that gay men like - Jake Gyllenhaal will be starring in the big screen epic The Prince of Persia  - and will probably spend the entire film looking like he does in the photo to the left.

Nothing says big budget sell-out like a Walt Disney Production of a Jerry Bruckheimer film!

He's due considering the great work he's done in indie small fare like Donnie Darko, and the arty turns in The Good Girl, Lovely and Amazing, Rendition, Zodiac and Jarhead and of course - his big fat gay part in Brokeback Mountain.

So he's about due to make the jump to high octane action films with big, fat paychecks.

And meanwhile, we'll get to enjoy looking at him run around half naked for two hours.  My guess is you can watch this on blu-ray dvd without the sound while playing The Dark Side of the Moon and it'll be just as enjoyable.

This concludes this episode of the lesbian writes about hot guys for her gay male audience.

Kissing the air next to your cheek,

The Lesbian Diarist

Thursday, July 23, 2009

And the Winner Is...

Hello Kittens,

So tonight was our big celebration of completing principle photography on A MARINE STORY, and thanks to SWEET, we got to give away A FREE CRUISE!

The winner of the cruise was Tara Donnelly! We also gave away a bottle of Blue Angel Vodka to Patrick and the dvd box set of Season 5 of THE L WORD to Bridget.

Here's the photos from the party!
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Watch Video: The Trailer for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland

Tim Burton's endless fascination with the twisted may yield the best version of Lewis Carrol's ALICE IN WONDERLAND yet. Johny Depp plays the Mad Hatter and his wife, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Anne Hathaway as the White Queen. The film is being released by Walt Disney Pictures in 3D.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Winners Announced! Awards for Outfest 2009



LOS ANGELES, CA (July 19, 2009) - Outfest, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing, showcasing and protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media, has announced the award winners of its 27th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Special Programming Awards

The Outfest 2009 Special Programming Award for Freedom

Sponsored by: Clear Channel

ON THESE SHOULDERS WE STAND, Directed by Glenne McElhinney

The Outfest 2009 Special Programming Award for Artistic Achievement

Sponsored by: V Australia

GREEK PETE, Directed by Andrew Haigh

The Outfest 2009 Special Programming Award for Emerging Talent

Sponsored by: Kodak


Audience Awards

The Outfest 2009 Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Short Film

Sponsored by: Reveille

GET HAPPY, Directed by Mark Payne

The Outfest 2009 Audience Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short Film

Sponsored by: Entertainment Partners

AWAKENING, Directed by Christian Tafdrup

The Outfest 2009 Audience Award for Outstanding Soundtrack

Sponsored by: 104.3 FM

WE ARE THE MODS, Directed by E.E. Cassidy

The Outfest 2009 Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature Film

Sponsored by: Clip + Still

EDIE & THEA: A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT, Directed by Greta Olafsdottir & Susan Muska

The Outfest 2009 Audience Award for Outstanding Dramatic Feature Film

Sponsored by: Overture Films

CHEF’S SPECIAL, Directed by Nacho G. Velilla

The Outfest 2009 Audience Award for Outstanding First U.S. Dramatic Feature Film

Sponsored by HBO (cash prize of $5,000 from HBO)

WE ARE THE MODS, Directed by E.E. Cassidy

Jury Awards

The Outfest 2009 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Short Film

Sponsored by: Stella Artois

FIRST AND LOVELISS, Directed by Shaun Kadlec & Deb Tullman

The Outfest 2009 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short Film

Sponsored by: Wolfe

THE BATH, Directed by Lee Mi-rang

The Outfest 2009 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature Film

Sponsored by: The Directors Guild of America

OFF AND RUNNING, Directed by Nicole Opper

The Outfest 2009 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding International Dramatic Feature Film

Sponsored by: Absolut

THE MAN WHO LOVED YNGVE, Directed by Stian Kristiansen

The Outfest 2009 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film

Sponsored by: The Standard Hotel, Downtown and Sunset Blvd.

Laura Harring in DROOL

The Outfest 2009 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film

Sponsored by: Here! Media

Derrick L. Middleton in RIVERS WASH OVER ME.

The Outfest 2009 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding


Sponsored by: One Hope Wines


The Outfest 2009 Grand Jury Award for Outstanding U.S. Dramatic Feature Film

Sponsored by: Lexus

MISSISSIPPI DAMNED, Directed by Tina Mabry

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Emmy Nominations Announced Today

And the Nominees are:

"Family Guy
"Flight of the Conchords"
"How I Met Your Mother"
"The Office"
"30 Rock"

"Big Love"
"Breaking Bad"
"Mad Men"

"Generation Kill" (HBO)
"Little Dorrit" (PBS)

Alec Baldwin - "30 Rock" (NBC)
Steve Carell - "The Office" (NBC)
Jemaine Clement - "Flight Of The Conchords" (HBO)
Jim Parsons - "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)
Tony Shalhoub - "Monk" (USA)
Charlie Sheen - "Two And A Half Men" (CBS)

Simon Baker - "The Mentalist" (CBS)
Gabriel Byrne - "In Treatment" (HBO)
Bryan Cranston - "Breaking Bad" (AMC)
Michael C. Hall - "Dexter" (Showtime)
Jon Hamm - "Mad Men" (AMC)
Hugh Laurie - "House" (Fox)

Christina Applegate - "Samantha Who?" (ABC)
Toni Collette - "United States Of Tara" (Showtime)
Tina Fey - "30 Rock" (NBC)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - "The New Adventures Of Old Christine" (CBS)
Sarah Silverman - "The Sarah Silverman Program" (Comedy Central)
Mary-Louise Parker - "Weeds" (Showtime)

Glenn Close as Patty Hewes - "Damages" (FX Networks)
Sally Field - "Brothers & Sisters" (ABC)
Holly Hunter - "Saving Grace" (TNT)
Mariska Hargitay - "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)
Kyra Sedgwick - "The Closer" (TNT)
Elisabeth Moss - "Mad Men" (AMC)

"Coco Chanel" (Lifetime)
"Grey Gardens" (HBO)
"Into The Storm" (HBO)
"Prayers For Bobby" (Lifetime)
"Taking Chance" (HBO)

"Antiques Roadshow" (PBS)
"Dirty Jobs" (Discovery Channel)
"Dog Whisperer" (NGC)
"Intervention" (A&E)
"Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" (Bravo)
"MythBusters" (Discovery Channel)

"The Amazing Race" (CBS)
"American Idol" (Fox)
"Dancing With The Stars" (ABC)
"Project Runway" (Bravo)
"Top Chef" (Bravo)

Kevin Klien - "Cyrano de Bergerac" ("Great Performances") (PBS)
Brendan Gleeson - "Into The Storm"(HBO)
Sir Ian McKellen - "King Lear" ("Great Performances") (PBS)
Kevin Bacon - "Taking Chance" (HBO)
Kiefer Sutherland - "24: Redemption" (Fox)
Kenneth Branagh - "Wallander: One Step Behind" (PBS)

Drew Barrymore - "Grey Gardens" (HBO)
Jessica Lange - "Grey Gardens" (HBO)
Shirley MacLaine - "Coco Chanel" (Lifetime)
Sigourney Weaver - "Prayers For Bobby" (Lifetime)
Chandra Wilson - "Accidental Friendship" (Hallmark Channel)

Jon Cryer - "Two And A Half Men" (CBS)
Kevin Dillon - "Entourage" (HBO)
Neil Patrick Harris - "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS)
Jack McBrayer - "30 Rock" (NBC)
Tracy Morgan - "30 Rock" (NBC)
Rainn Wilson - "The Office" (NBC)

Christian Clemenson - "Boston Legal" (ABC)
Michael Emerson - "Lost" (ABC)
William Hurt - "Damages" (FX Networks)
Aaron Paul - "Breaking Bad" (AMC)
William Shatner - "Boston Legal" (ABC)
John Slattery - "Mad Men" (AMC)

Len Cariou - "Into The Storm" (HBO)
Tom Courtenay - "Little Dorrit" (PBS)
Ken Howard - "Grey Gardens" (HBO)
Bob Newhart - "The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice" (TNT)
Andy Serkis - "Little Dorrit" (PBS)

Kristin Chenoweth - "Pushing Daisies" (ABC)
Jane Krakowski - "30 Rock" (NBC)
Elizabeth Perkins - "Weeds" (Showtime)
Amy Poehler - "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
Kristen Wiig - "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
Vanessa Williams - "Ugly Betty" (ABC)

Rose Byrne - "Damages" (FX Networks)
Hope Davis - "In Treatment" (HBO)
Cherry Jones - "24" (Fox)
Sandra Oh - "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)
Dianne Wiest - "In Treatment"
Chandra Wilson - "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)

Shohreh Aghdashloo - "House Of Saddam" (HBO)
Marcia Gay Harden - "The Courageous Heart Of Irena Sendler" (Hallmark Hall Of Fame Presentation) (CBS)
Janet McTeer - "Into The Storm" (HBO)
Jeanne Tripplehorn - "Grey Gardens" (HBO)
Cicely Tyson - "Relative Stranger" (Hallmark Channel)

Alan Alda - "30 Rock" - "Mamma Mia" (NBC)
Beau Bridges - "Desperate Housewives" - "The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened" (ABC)
Jon Hamm - "30 Rock" - "The Bubble" (NBC)
Steve Martin - "30 Rock" - "Gavin Volure" (NBC)
Justin Timberlake - "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)

Edward Asner - "CSI: NY" - "Yahrzeit" (CBS)
Ernest Borgnine - "ER" - "And In The End" (NBC)
Ted Danson - "Damages" - "They Had to Tweeze That Out of My Kidney" (FX Networks)
Michael J. Fox - "Rescue Me" - "Sheila" (FX Networks)
Jimmy Smits - "Dexter" - "Go Your Own Way" (Showtime)

Jennifer Aniston - "30 Rock" - "The One With The Cast Of 'Night Court'"
Christine Baranski - "The Big Bang Theory" - "The Maternal Capacitance"
Tina Fey - "Saturday Night Live"
Gena Rowlands - "Monk" - "Mr. Monk And The Lady Next Door"
Elaine Stritch - "30 Rock" - "Christmas Special"
Betty White - "My Name Is Earl" - "Witch Lady"

Brenda Blethyn - "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" - "Persona" (NBC)
Carol Burnett - "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" - "Ballerina" (NBC)
Ellen Burstyn - "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" - "Swing" (NBC)
Sharon Lawrence - "Grey's Anatomy - "No Good At Saying Sorry (One More Chance)" - (ABC)
CCH Pounder - "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" - "The Boy With The African Heart" (HBO)

I'm The Greatest Star

That's right, tonight is the FUNNY GIRL singalong at the gorgeous outdoor Ford Amphitheatre where you can belt out to Barbra with 1180 homosexuals under the stars nestled in the Hollywood Hills. For tickets, run - don't walk - to

Meanwhile, mark your calendars for this fabulous, rooftop event next week benefitting the new feature film about the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy of the U.S. Military.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

It's a Bird, It's a Plane....

Scenes from Outfest 2009, the STRAND RELEASING party.

"That damn Superman keeps circling hoping to score free tickets to the FUNNY GIRL sing-along at the Ford!"

Whattaya say you and I get together tonight and dish?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

It's Tuesday, Do You Know where Your Outfest Is?

Hello Kittens,

A few things I've learned from Outfest in the last few days - for one, the beer company Stella wants you to take your glass home with you; also the liquor sponsor ABSOLUT has a commercial that runs before all the screenings that had me puzzled until I realized... oh, I get it, what if love was currency instead of money. Right.  

Tonight, there are two great screenings, unfortunately programmed against each other.  The first is Rob Williams' MAKE THE YULETIDE GAY at the Fairfax at 7:15 pm.  Early buzz on this notes that it's a fun and funny gay movie that works.  Please don't die of shock.

At the same time, the US Dramatic Centerpiece MISSISSIPPI DAMNED is playing at the Director's Guild at 8 pm.  

Programmer Jon Korn describes the film as "steeped in joy and despair" and as a "stark chronicle of the bravery inherent in hopelessness" (sounds like my love life).  The film is written by the scribe of ITTY BITTY TITTY COMMITTEE, but this one looks as far away from that subject matter as one can get.

Last night was the PROJECT LEGACY screening of CHOOSING CHILDREN, a 1984 doc that was restored by UCLA.  At $300 a ticket, the screening ended up being a bit thin, but they had to literally push people out of the party and onto the street there was so much engaging conversation happening post film.

Planning ahead, tomorrow night is PATRIK, AGE 1.5 which marks the opening night at the gorgeous FORD Amphitheatre, although I know y'all will actually take a night off to come down and schmooze at LGBT Professionals Mixer.

You might want to check out DROOL on Thursday night - this was a big hit at Slamdance!  

As per usual they programmed something great against something fabulous - at the same time as DROOL in the DGA theatre across the aisle is the OUTFEST SCREENPLAY LAB script reading.  This is always a fantastic evening filled with interesting stars and fantastic new lgbt films that are still in the script stage.

CITY OF BORDERS is getting a lot of buzz and it screens on Thursday after the Screenwriting Lab. It is a doc about the diversity of the lgbt community in Israel.

Of course, the best thing at Outfest all week will be the FUNNY GIRL singalong, which is happening at the SAME FUCKING TIME as all of the above screenings.  FUCK YOU, Outfest.  Do you hear me?  FUCK YOU.  You program one of the best films up against a very important screenplay reading (we have to encourage the making of new GOOD gay films) against BARBRA!  I hate you.  Just for the record.

Let's not even mention that at the same time there is also a doc about a very compelling subject matter - the gay man in the Native American community - TWO SPIRITS screens at 7:15 pm at the Fairfax.  

In the Navajo tradition, the "two spirit" is a person who has both a masculine and feminine energy and is REVERED! Fascinating.   This doc follows the murder of Fred Martinez who was Navajo and gay bashed.

I also heard that there are going to be two great unnamed celeb guests at the screening of FISH OUT OF WATER at the Fairfax on Saturday. I can't say who they are, but their names rhyme with Leisha Haley and Charleze Theron.

I'm so upset by all these conflicting screenings on Thursday,  I can't write any more.  I'll see you at the bar at the DGA later today and we can drink and dish about it.

Meanwhile, here are some photos from last night at the DGA.

Monday, July 13, 2009


Hello Kittens, well tonight at the Director's Guild of America we're on Day 5 of OUTFEST: The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. There's a gala screening and after party for Project Legacy and I highly recommend it.

If you can't make it - or you're on the east coast - tune into Sirius Radio this evening at 5:30 PST, 11:30 EST to hear me dish on the DEREK AND ROMAINE SHOW with guest host, the sassy Diana Cage, at 8:30 on SiriusOutQ channel 109 or XM98.

(pictured, Cage and I at the 2009 GLAAD Awards in NYC)

Phone in your questions tonight at 866 305 6887...if there's anything you want the dish on.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Outfest Day 3 Wrap Up, Day 4 Planning

Hello Kittens,

Well, the annual Running of the Bulls happened in Spain and 3 people were killed, while across the ocean in Los Angeles, the Running of the Gays occurred and while there were no fatalities, a few people did get sliced with catty comments.

Yesterday's Outfest included probably one of the best all-star panels I've been to, a few great documentaries, plenty of schmoozing at the open bar in the atrium, and some tasty new features which I'll get to in a minute.

First, something new for this year - the silent auction has been moved from Opening Night to the DGA all day every weekend. 

I have to alert you that yesterday, they were auctioning off about $3000 worth of AVID video equipment and the highest bid was $900. So check out the auction table, kittens - tons of good deals!

And also Guitar Hero - a full set - if you're into that sort of thing.

JD's picks for Sunday:

John Hurt plays Quentin Crisp.  'nuff said.

Film makers talk about putting politics in their films.  At press time, the panelists were not particularly political, so looking forward to seeing what they pull out of their asses for this one.

Probably the most POPULAR Outfest screening every year.


I have to say I am THRILLED that this year's Outfest is full of historical features and documentaries that capture the history of being gay in America.  This is one of them.

Another one was last night's AMERICAN PRIMITIVE, which replaces the iconic "two old spinster aunts" model with "two single hot carpenter dudes" and is set in Cape Cod in the 1970's.

The film is based loosely on the writer/director's own life story with her gay dads.  This is Gwen Wynne's first feature film, and while it captures the era beautifully, it does have a bit of a clunky second act before the predictable ending.   The film is photographed in a style I like - all moving masters - and at times you are wishing for a reversal shot here and there, but it works.  The actresses playing the teens are unbelievably refreshing - with non-traditional teen-actress-looks and really great acting chops.  

The real find in this film - although I know most of you already found him in Rent - is Adam Pascal.  (pictured left) Someone employ this actor more!  A Village People facial-hair array successfully toned down his gorgeous looks, but his acting was so spot-on, you definitely wanted to see more of Mr Gibbs in the feature.

The big hits of the festival yesterday was a documentary about post-Katrina recovery - RIVERS WASH OVER ME, and the panel about movie musicals.

The panel included Winnie Holzman (creator My So Called Life and writer of Wicked), Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Gods and Monsters), Leslie Dixon (Overboard, Outrageous Fortune, Hairspray).  The panel had plenty of one of my favorite past-times - bashing studios.  The panelists were candid, hysterical, dishy and it was shock full of insider anecdotes about the creation of some of the best musicals of our time including Grease, The Lion King, Dreamgirls, Chicago and more.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

First Saturday of Outfest!

Hello Kittens,

Well, last night at the DGA was just fabulous.  I met the charming Sharon Gless, and audiences loved her first turn as a lesbian in Wendy Jo Carlton's HANNAH FREE.  I guess having done Cagney and Lacy, then Queer as Folk, Gless has a huge lesbian audience who has been dying to see her actually play gay!

Here's my picks for OUTFEST today.

BOYS SHORTS - Today at the DGA.  There's one short in particular that is worth seeing the entire show.  Not telling, have to see for yourself.  I'll be at the repeat of this screening on Sunday.

BEFORE STONEWALL is at noon at the Redcat.  Now, I do own this on video, but if you want to go and cry with friends... it's worth the free ticket.  This is an EXCEPTIONAL doc that every lgbt person should see.  Absolutely astonishing, really.

FRUIT FLY - I have no idea if this is good, but I'll check out any gay musical even though that statement clearly reeks of redundancy.  It's at 4 pm at the DGA.

(photo to left:  I think "Friend of Dorothy" is way too old-school and from now on, I'm going to use "Guest of Skipper" instead)

The 11th ANNUAL GONG SHOW - at the Redcat at 9:30 - I remember the day when I used to win this contest with my home made gay videos every year (circa 1999-2001)... it's still a cocktail infused, 1970's game show rip-off and hilarious blast with Adventures in the 213 author Dennis Hensley, who is currently writing for LOGO's Big Gay Sketch Show.

I however this evening will be found at 9:30 pm at the DGA to see AMERICAN PRIMITIVE which potentially could be one of the hits of the festival this year.  

It stars Tate Donovan and Adam Pascal and set in the 1970's! Donovan last did the juicy Damages with Glenn Close and Pascal is from Rent.

There'll be a party afterwards at my favorite WeHo watering hole, East/West.

Friday, July 10, 2009

It's Friday...Time to get your Outfest On!

Hello Kittens,

Well I'm taking a break from doing my favorite thing - producing LGBT films - to do my second favorite thing which is going to see LGBT films. Followed by my third favorite thing which is dishing about said lgbt films.

For those of you beyond the borders of Los Angeles, Outfest is the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and - along with Frameline in San Fran in June - both glorious landmarks of homo festivities and screenings - mark the kick-off of the lgbt film festival circuit. No matter where you live in these semi-marginally great United States, these films will be coming to your local LGBT Film festivals in the months ahead.

Tonight, I'll be speaking on behalf of the LA Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce before the feature COLLEGE BOYS LIVE at the DGA at 9:30. Because let's face it, what 500 gay men want to see is an old, gray-haired dyke talk before viewing their porn.

I'll also be attending the fabulous new feature HANNAH FREE starring Sharon Gless and directed by Wendy Jo Carlton (pictured left with her cinematographer). 

The film depicts a life long affair between two women that spans 70 years.  My last relationship FELT like 70 years although it was significantly less, so I'll be curious to see if this means real years, or lesbian years.

See you at the DGA, kittens.  Until then...kissing the air next to your cheeks..... MWA!

Outfest Opening Night Gala 2009

Saturday, July 4, 2009

A Message from Ellen To Sarah Palin

Happy Another Mandatory Consumer Day everyone!

On this, our day of independence, you can celebrate being free (unless you're gay), marrying who you want (unless you're gay), falling in love with who you want (just don't join the military!).

Here's a message from Ellen from her show in response to Sarah Palin.