Friday, November 3, 2006
AT LEAST SHE ISN’T SLEEPING WITH HER BROTHER THIS TIME
Maggie Grace – aka Shannon from Lost – will play a lesbian in the upcoming film adaptation of Karen Joy Fowler's best-selling book The Jane Austen Book Club. The movie, about five women and one man who get together weekly to discuss the books of Jane Austen, also stars Maria Bello, Amy Brenneman, and Jimmy Smits. Grace will play 30-year-old stylish and sexy Allegra, the narcissistic daughter of Smits and Brenneman who constantly mentions she’s a lesbian and focuses her critique of Austen’s books on the female characters and their financial dependency on men. She does not, unfortunately, hook up with Maria Bello's character.
The book didn’t wow me – it works as a character study, not so much as a novel – but perhaps the movie version will be more interesting. Regardless, I can think of worse ways to spend an afternoon than watching a group of attractive women talk about books.
AND WE MAKE STRONGER MARTINIS, TOO
Is crime fiction written by lesbians more violent? That’s the latest controversial topic being discussed among crime fiction writers since (straight male) novelist Ian Rankin told a reporter in October that "The people writing the most graphic violence today are women… they are mostly lesbians as well, which I find interesting." Lesbian novelist Val McDermid called Ian's assertion “laughable”, asking, “What is really going on here? What is really being said? Is it homophobia? Sexism? Fear and envy? Or is it that the boys don’t think the women really have the right to explore the territory that has been traditionally theirs, to wit, the nature and effect of violence? Whatever the answer, it’s not pretty.” Then she stabbed him in the chest repeatedly with a butcher knife and fed him to her piranhas.
NOW WE CAN PARTY LIKE IT'S 1993. DURING A BLACKOUT.
Good news for Holly Marie Combs fans: Picket Fences is finally coming to DVD! The first season of the quirky drama, which will be released on February 13, 2007, contains the historic episode “Sugar and Spice”, in which a teenage Holly Marie Combs as Kim shared a kiss with her questioning best friend Lisa (Alexondra Lee). The episode was so controversial at the time that CBS forced the director to dim the lights during the kiss. Never mind that it was all of 8 seconds long.
13 years later, women are still only allowed to kiss for a few seconds on TV, and the kisses are still mostly between straight women. But at least they can kiss with the lights on now. Who says we haven't made progress?