Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (January 26, 2007)

 
 

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SIGN OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE

Out actress Lily Tomlin (A
Prairie Home Companion, The West Wing
, and my personal favorite, 9
to 5
) is set to star in a new HBO hour-long comedy called 12 Miles
of Bad Road,
the premium cable channel announced
this week. The series is created by husband-and-wife producers Harry Thomason
and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (Designing Women and Evening Shade),
and stars Tomlin as Amelia Shakespeare, the head of a real estate company and
matriarch of a wealthy Dallas family (Mary Kay Place plays Amelia’s sister and
Leslie Jordan plays a cousin). An air date has yet to be set, and HBO didn’t
indicate how many episodes of the show it had ordered.

An out lesbian cast as the lead in a comedy? Someone forgot to tell HBO that
lesbians don't have a sense of humor! Well, except for Lily. And Ellen.
And Rosie. And Jane
Lynch
. And Judy
Gold
. And Karen Williams.
And Marga Gomez. And…wait,
remind me again why people think lesbians aren't funny?

OH YEAH: MOVIES LIKE THIS ARE WHY NO ONE THINKS LESBIANS ARE
FUNNY

The Academy Award nominations were announced this week, and Judi Dench has been
nominated for an Oscar for her performance as the predatory lesbian in Notes
on a Scandal
(the film has also been nominated in the Best Adapted
Screenplay category).

This is terrific news, really, because I've been wondering when we're
going to get another Oscar-nominated film full of bad lesbian stereotypes to
balance out all the Oscar nominees with great lesbian characters, like Monster
and The Hours (if only The Black Dahlia had been nominated!).

In related news, Melissa Etheridge received an Oscar nomination in the Best
Original Song category for "I Need to Wake Up," the theme song to
The Oscars An Inconvenient Truth.

I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN SOMETHING WAS UP WHEN BEN AFFLECK WAS LISTED AMONG
THE CAST

Remember how I reported
awhile back that Alicia Keys is playing a lesbian assassin in the new action
flick Smokin' Aces, which
opens this weekend?

Turns out, according to some AfterEllen.com readers who've seen the movie,
Keys' character Georgia isn't a lesbian, after all. Her partner-in-crime
(Taraji P. Henson) is, and she has a crush on Georgia, but it’s unrequited.
Not only does Keys not end up with Henson's character, she hooks up with
a guy. How does the actual lesbian character end up? Mouse over the text between
the spoiler tags to find out: [spoiler] dead
[/spoiler].

No, I wasn't smokin’ something when I originally reported this
in my column, or when talked about it in the latest episode of She
Said What?
The folks behind the movie, and Keys herself, have been
marketing Keys' character as a lesbian. Maybe they can’t tell the
difference between a lesbian and a woman who hangs out with one? More likely,
they don’t care, and just want to exploit lesbianism for profit (it might even
get them an Oscar nomination!). Or maybe they’re assuming we'll never actually
see the movie and find out they're full of crap.

Well, they're right about that last one, at least. And judging by all the
bad reviews the movie
is getting, no one else is likely to see it either.

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