The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 73rd annual Academy Awards, which will be presented March 25.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York will pay tribute to the 10th anniversary of Good Machine, one of the United States’ leading independent film production companies, February 13-23 at the Roy and Niuta Titus Theatre 1. Among the Good Machine films to be presented include the gay-themed comedy The Wedding Banquet and the lesbian feature The Sticky Fingers of Time (screened with Greetings From Africa, a short film from lesbian director Cheryl Dunye).
Controversial rapper Eminem performed his first British concert Thursday night in Manchester, drawing both a sold-out crowd and a vocal group of protesters, reports Reuters. The capacity audience of 15,500 was greeted by gay rights activists and women’s groups carrying signs and chanting, “Eminem, you’re not funny, you oppress us to make money.” “The basic reason why we organized the protest is the fact that Eminem’s lyrics are not only homophobic, they are also misogynistic,” said Vicki Austin, National Union of Students gay and lesbian campaigner.
Variety reports that UPN has ordered a script that would cast cross-dressing superstar RuPaul as a transvestite nanny in a show that is tentatively titled The Tranny. Big Ticket Entertainment will produce the pilot from writer–executive producer Mort Nathan, whose credits include The Golden Girls, Benson, and the short-lived Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer. RuPaul would star as a transvestite wanna-be entertainer who takes the nanny job to pay the bills. His character would be the most down-to-earth of a wildly dysfunctional family.
The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center announced Friday that it will honor Emmy award–winning actress Megan Mullally of NBC’s hit television show Will & Grace with its Creative Integrity Award at the center’s Women’s Night 2001 fund-raiser on March 3 in Beverly Hills, Calif.