Ask AfterEllen.com (March 31, 2009)

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Question:What’s Erin Kelly (Loving Annabelle) up to?

Emily, England

Answer: I contacted Erin with your question (which was one of many about her from multiple readers) and she told me:

Last week I launched my first, very own personal website, erinkellygirl.com. Being that I am the least computer savvy person on the planet, I am actually very proud of this, as I have figured out how to do everything on my own. I’m excited about this site because I am using it as a platform both to keep fans up to date on what I am up to, things I like, things I do, and also as a home for a project I have been wanting to put together for quite some time called "Ask Annabelle."

Erin Kelly

Since Loving Annabelle came out I have received thousands of letters from both young girls and grown women asking how to tell their friends and family that they are gay, how do they know if they are gay, etc. Not being a professional myself, I have never felt qualified to respond to any of these questions. "Ask Annabelle" is a place where I will be responding to some of these letters along with a licensed therapist. We will post the letters along with our response and open it up to discussion so that others can comment and offer support. "Ask Annabelle" is not just a place for women to talk about sexuality, we will also be answering questions on relationships, as well as address personal concerns.

What else? I’m in the process of writing a few scripts and putting together some non-scripted programs as well, which I’ll be talking to fans more about later. I am off to The Dinah in Palm Springs this weekend for some fun. I will be signing photos as well as hosting a… well, you will just have to come check it out if you want to know.

Erin also asked us to encourage you to check her site for updates and sends thanks for the continued support of AfterEllen.com readers.

Question: Do you know what happened to the Mischa Barton movie, You and I (aka Finding t.A.T.u.)? Is it ever going to be released? It seems to have fallen off the radar completely.

Anna, Athens, Greece

Answer: For those of you unfamiliar with the film in question, You and I, stars Mischa Barton (The O.C.) and Shantel Van Santen (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search) and was directed by Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields).

The plot is described on IMDB.com as follows: "Two teenage girls, Janie who is American and Lana who is Russian, fall in love after meeting at a t.A.T.u concert and are swept into a dangerous world of obsession, drug abuse and murder."

That’s pretty much what happened after all t.A.T.u. concerts back in their heyday, right?

In May 2008, AE blogger Dorothy Snarker told us that the film screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Barton was a no-show, but "The real (using that term relatively) t.A.T.u. girls, Yulia Volkova and Lena Katina, apparently felt no such shame, since they did appear at Cannes and told the press that the film was not Sapphically inclined. According to BBC News reports, they said: ‘Is not lesbian film. Is love film.’"

So when will U.S. audiences get to experience the magic that is You and I? We put in a call to RAMCO and were told that they are currently working on a release date and hoping for late 2009, but nothing has yet been confirmed.

We’ll keep you posted, but, in the meantime, those of you who haven’t already enjoyed a glimpse of the film, can watch the trailer below:


Maybe affixing a lovelock to a bridge is the new cinematic equivalent to brushing another girl’s hair.

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