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IYARI’S ENGAGEMENT

Openly bisexual actress Iyari Limon, who played vampire slayer Kennedy in Buffy, co-stars in the horror film Death by Engagement, about a cursed engagement ring that brings death to any woman who wears it. No, I’m not making that up. I’m not a horror movie fan, but I love the poster, which unintentionally reads like a parody of a lesbian recruiting ad:

Engagement writer/director Phil Creager tells me: “During shooting

Iyari was giving and real, and even helped us out of a jam when we fell behind

schedule. I adore her.” I’m not surprised — Iyari was a class act

every time I talked to her, both when she was playing a lesbian on TV, and then

when she came out as bisexual in real

life. You can check out her new movie on

DVD
on Oct. 2nd.

Oh, and Iyari has some news on the personal front, too: She and her

boyfriend are expecting a baby any day now (she split with girlfriend Sandra

last year).

Back to Death by Engagement: This is just begging to be Photoshopped

into a lesbian movie poster. OK, AfterEllen.com readers, who’s gonna take

it on? Send us your best efforts ([email protected])

and if we get at least two or three good ones, we’ll put them up on the blog,

just for fun.

NO, IT’S NOT A LINDSAY LOHAN BIOGRAPHY

Rosie’s

book Celebrity

Detox (The Fame Game)
isn’t coming out until Oct. 2, but it’s

already getting a

lot of press
.

Here’s the publisher’s official description:

CELEBRITY DETOX is Rosie’s story of the years after she walked away from her top-rated TV show in 2002, and her reasons for going back on the air in 2006. In it, she takes you inside the world of talk show TV, speaking candidly about the conflicts and challenges she faced as co-host on ABC’s The View. Along the way Rosie shows us how fame becomes addiction and explores whether or not it’s possible for an addict to safely, and sanely, return to the spotlight.

Chronicling the ups and downs of “the fame game,” Rosie O’Donnell illuminates not only what it’s like to be a celebrity, but also what it’s like to be a mother, a daughter, a leader, a friend, a sister, a wife…in short, a human being.

But Rosie recently complained about the book on her blog: “So i just got my first hard copy of my new book CELEBRITY DETOX there

on the front flap in print ‘when rosie odonnells (sic) mother was diagnosed

with cancer in 1968, ten year old rosie thought fame could cure her,’

i was born in 1962 my mother was diagnosed in 1973 WTF!” (There’s also

some controversy

over her comments about Barbara Walters in the book, though Barbara insists

they’re still good friends.)

Rosie’s already at work on her next book: Celebrity Haiku (WTF!).

IT’S LIKE A FUNNY HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK, BUT WITH ITALIAN-AMERICAN LESBIANS AND NO AGE DIFFERENCE

Recently

I picked up the lesbian novel Greetings

from Jamaica, Wish You Were Queer
, by Mari Sangiovanni,

and was immediately annoyed when the book jacket warned, “this book may

make you laugh out loud in public.” I’m always suspicious of books that

say something like that, but damn if I didn’t actually laugh out loud while

reading it — several times, in fact. I hate it when the anonymous book blurb writers

are right!

The gist of the plot is this: An Italian-American lesbian named Marie, who’s

just coming off a bad relationship with a cheating ex, inherits millions from

her grandmother, takes her family to Jamaica to celebrate, and falls in love

with a well-known American actress who’s also vacationing there.

Much drama and comedic misunderstanding ensues when the actress mistakes Marie

for a stalker, and Marie’s family meddles in her affairs (when they’re not trying

to get their hands on her money). My favorite character is actually her brother

and staunchest ally, Vince, who constantly tries to come up with new and different

lesbian jokes to tease her with. If you’re looking for a funny, well-written

novel to help you forget that summer’s over already, definitely give this a

try!

According to Mari, there are three production companies looking at turning

the book into a movie, which she’s pitching as “a My Big Fat Greek

Wedding
, only with Italians, set in Jamaica, with a couple of lesbians

thrown in!”

Gotta love Hollywood and their fondness for how something is

just like something else, but different! Read more about the author and the

book at greetingsfromjamaica.com.

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