Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (February 8, 2008)


Vanity Fair‘s upcoming Hollywood issue (with a three-fold cover shot by Annie Leibovitz, of course) includes a special photo spread of celebrities recreating classic Hitchcock moments (watch a behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot here). Among the actors involved are Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem and Jodie Foster, who takes on The Birds. Here’s a sneak peek of her photo:

I have to admit that I’ve never seen The Birds. Maybe it just hits too close to home. After all, the movie is set in Northern California, where I live, and every day the streets here seem infested with packs of flying rats pigeons. How come Jodie had to take on these pestilential creatures of torment? I think she should have recreated Kim Novak’s role in Vertigo. Mmm, creepy.

This past week, Gus Van Sant‘s film Milk, a biographical movie about California’s first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, who was assassinated in 1978, has been filming in San Francisco’s Castro District. Several blocks of Castro Street were transformed into the late ’70s for several days:

Lesbian filmmaker Jenni Olson recently took a walk down Castro Street during the filming and wrote about it on her blog. The film stars Sean Penn in the title role and Josh Brolin as Dan White, the supervisor who assassinated him and Mayor George Moscone, and won’t be released in theaters until 2009.

Harvey Milk’s campaign manager, Anne Kronenberg, was a lesbian, but we are not sure how much of a role she may have in the film. Regardless, Milk chronicles a key period of LGBT history, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

"I think it’s wrong for people to judge people because of their sexuality. It’s just sex. Sex don’t make a person. It’s their heart and everything around them that makes a person." — Out actor Felicia "Snoop" Pearson of The Wire in the Feb. 26, 2008, issue of The Advocate

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