Afternoon Delight: Focus Features wants an Oscar for “Pariah,” details on the upcoming “Stand Out Comedy Tour”


Happy 39th birthday to Cameron Diaz! Remember when a crazy-haired Diaz was madly in love with Catherine Keener in Being John Malkovich? Good times!

Journalist and OWN Network’s Our America host Lisa Ling is celebrating her 38th birthday today. Earlier this year, Ling caused some controversy with her OA episode Pray Away the Gay Away? If you missed it, the OWN website has a clip from that episode featuring a gay Christian teenager named Chelsea.

Focus Features is pushing its film Pariah for Oscar contention.The indie lesbian drama by director Dee Rees won the Excellence in Cinematography Award (Dramatic) at this year’s Sundance film festival, and Focus has committed to campaigning for the film and its star, Adepero Oduye. I’m crossing my fingers that the film, Oduye and Rees all get Oscar nominations and take home the coveted golden statue. 

Are you dying to ask Lady Gaga a question? (How the hell does she walk in those insane heels?) People magazine wants to reach out to the superstar on your behalf. Send your questions to the magazine and make sure you include your name and hometown and your answer might be featured in an upcoming issue of People.

Yesterday’s New York Times featured a story on mogul Megan Ellison, who recently purchased the rights to theTerminator movie franchise for a cool $20 million. (Hey Megan, can I borrow $5?) Ellison explained that before she acquired mega-blockbuster films, her vision came from indie lesbian drama by out director Katherine Brooks.  

The article states, “Her (Ellison) introduction to the film business began in 2006. Katherine Brooks, a writer and director of television programs and indie films, recalls Ms. Ellison contacting her via MySpace after the first showings of Ms. Brooks’s movie Loving Annabelle, about forbidden love between a teacher at a Catholic school for girls and her student. Out of the blue, Ms. Ellison, said she wanted to invest in Ms. Brooks’s next picture.” Subsequently, Ellison contributed more than $2 million dollars to Brooks’s next film Waking Madison. (Thanks for the tip, Jenni!)

Comedy fans are in for a treat this winter as three of the UK’s funniest female stand-ups, Zoe Lyons, Jen Brister and Suzi Ruffell, team up for their first ever live tour from November 21-27, 2011. Fresh from stints at the Edinburgh Fringe, audiences will be treated to highlights from Lyons’ “Clownbusting” show, Brister’s “Jen’s Brister Is British-ish” act and Ruffell’s “Lunchtime Club” show.  Each night will also offer a performance from special musical guest Amity. Tickets are on sale now from or by calling 08444 771 000 (all shows are 18+). Check out the video below for a preview of the three comics in cahoots. (International viewers can watch here.)


Angelina Jolie is on the cover of October’s Vanity Fair magazine, and in it the superstar discusses her fears about directing her first film, how she doesn’t watch television and why her babies-daddy Brad Pitt thinks she’s going to be a pain to work with on set. Jolie said, “Brad thinks I’m going to be a nightmare . . . I had such a good experience he thinks I’m going to be impatient with directors, which I already am. I get impatient with people working on a film that have their head in their hands like it’s the most complicated thing in the world.” Jolie also laid to rest a bunch of rumors, stating, “I’m not pregnant. I’m not adopting at the moment. There’s no secret wedding.”

Country charmer Taylor Swift is glamouring audiences with her sold-out “Speak Now” tour. During a recent performance, Swift welcomed talk show host Ellen DeGeneres onto the stage to sing a duet of Swift’s “Our Song.” The musical comedy segment will air on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on September 14.

Lesbian comedian Jennie McNulty (Walking Funny With …) has only six-summer shows left in Provincetown, MA. McNulty, who’s been featured on NBC and Logo, will be performing tonight thru Sunday at 7:30 pm at the Vixen (336 Commercial Street # 7).

Tweet of the Day:

Today’s tweet comes from Emmy Award-winning out comedian and writer Liz Feldman.


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