Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (November 9, 2007)

WHEN KIRAN MET KAREN, THINGS DIDN’T GO AS PLANNED
In somewhat bummer-inducing news, we have learned that Indian-American movie When Kiran Met Karen, which is currently in production, has changed significantly since we interviewed actress Purva Bedi almost a year ago. No, it hasn’t been entirely de-gayed, but let’s just say it’s no longer going to be the romantic comedy we were expecting.

Indeed, the story has been entirely rewritten to fit "the budget and other constraints we had," director Manan Katohora explained to us. It now focuses on a famous Bollywood actress, Kiran, who is engaged to a millionaire music producer (a man, in case you were wondering), and then has an affair with a lesbian journalist, Karen. When the paparazzi find out, they try to ruin Kiran’s marriage and career.

In addition, the actress who plays Kiran has been recast. Bedi is no longer in the film; instead, that role is now being played by Chriselle Almeida:

The role of Karen will be played by Kelli Holsopple:

I know that movies change all the time during pre-production, but this movie is now starting to smell a lot more like Girlfriend than Chutney Popcorn. We’ll keep you posted on any new developments.

WELCOME BACK, CHAGMION!
Logo’s first half-hour news program, CBS News on Logo, is set to premiere this Monday, Nov. 12, at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT, and will also be streamed online at 365gay.com. The weekly show will focus on LGBT issues, as well as offer coverage of the 2008 presidential election, politics, entertainment, sports and other news.

Oh yeah, and Chagmion Antoine, former She Said What? co-host and all-around cool cat, is one of the show’s regular reporters. Chagmion was kind enough to tape this little video invitation for all of you (you might want to turn up the volume, as it’s a bit low on the video):

Hey, Chagm, give me a call when you’re in San Francisco! There’s room on the Lo-Down couch for you.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
Just in time to make you hungry for the holidays, Nina’s Heavenly Delights will open theatrically in Los Angeles on Nov. 21 and in New York on Nov. 30. Go to the film’s official website for more information.

BookWoman in Austin, the only feminist bookstore in Texas (and one of Austin’s primary lesbian connections for decades), needs your help to keep the shop in business through 2008. Help keep the 33-year-old business alive by visiting its website to buy some books or go here to donate money.

This weekend, two LGBT film festivals are unspooling: Chicago’s Reeling Film Festival, in its 26th year, and Dallas’ Outtakes. Who said there’s nothing to do this weekend?

Ellen’s Really Big Show, a 90-minute variety show hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and featuring Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow and others, will air on TBS Monday, Nov. 19 at 9 p.m. ET.

MyLesbianRadio.com launched this week; it will enable listeners to request their own favorite songs and will host the online podcast The Lesbian Lounge, which streams Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. ET.

Gabrielle Christian guest-stars on CSI: Miami this coming Monday, Nov. 12. Set your DVRs!

Exes & Ohs‘ hottie Marnie Alton will be a guestbian on Michelle Paradise‘s next vlog, which will be posted Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. ET.

Sarah’s in L.A. this weekend to present a special AfterEllen.com tribute to groundbreaking lesbian moments on TV at POWER UP‘s annual Power Premiere. The event will also be honoring many of the actresses who took part in these moments, like Renee O’Connor (Xena), Amber Benson (Buffy), Maeve Quinlan and Gabrielle Christian (South of Nowhere), Lisa Darr (Ellen, NYPD Blue), Jane Sibbett (Friends), Jill Bennett (We’re Getting Nowhere Dante’s Cove), and Michelle Paradise (Exes & Ohs). Sarah will be kicking off her presentation with Renee, but sadly, Michelle could not be talked into doing her Xena call as they walk onto the stage.

Look for photos of the event on AfterEllen.com next week, and in the meantime, watch a a special Favorite Lesbian TV Moments edition of Sarah and Lori’s video blog She Made Me Watch This! beginning tonight at 6 p.m. ET, and a special Worst Lesbian TV Moments edition of Who Thought THAT Was a Good Idea? on Monday at noon ET.

That’s it for this week! Check back next Friday for another edition of Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever.

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