Arts & Entertainment

In the Arts & Entertainment section, The Advocate brings readers all the latest news on Hollywood, Broadway, and beyond. From New York to Los Angeles, The Advocate shines a spotlight on the stars of the screen who are lending their voices to support the LGBT community, as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals who are moving the cultural needle. Discover A-list interviews, the best gay movies and reviews of theater, music, books and television. Learn how Arts & Entertainment can shape national dialogue and can work to advance equality.

Tina Fey won the most prestigious award for American humor Tuesday night, and in her acceptance speech, she joked about how the rise of conservative women in politics is bad for lesbians.

November 10 2010 9:15 AM

Husband and wife Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick are the first couple to appear in the New Yorkers for Marriage Equality video series from the Human Rights Campaign.

“This is a private issue that should never be determined by the government,” says Sedgwick, the Golden Globe award-winning star of The Closer. “Everyone has the right to choose who they love and how they express that love.”

Bacon adds, “We all deserve the right to marry the person that we love, so join us in supporting marriage equality.”

November 09 2010 11:40 AM

In a satellite appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday,
Madonna speaks out against bullying and suggests people help stop
the deadly problem by trying a moratorium on gossip. 

The pop icon tells Ellen that she is “incredibly disturbed and saddened” by the recent surge in teen suicides due to bullying, according to excerpts of the conversation provided in advance by the show’s publicist. Madonna also discusses her own experience as a victim of bullying for being “different” and talks about how she addresses the topic with her children.

November 09 2010 8:55 AM

Glee star Jane Lynch said that she is very proud of the show for the addition of a gay character to be played by Darren Criss beginning this week.

The Emmy Award–winning actress spoke with On the Red Carpet about the show’s message of acceptance and inclusion at the BAFTA Britannia Awards.

November 08 2010 8:30 AM

With over than 10 years of education in law, sociology, media studies, cultural studies, and art criticism in Japan, Tomoaki Hata began his career as a photographer in 1996 at Japan's groundbreaking HIV/AIDS benefit dance parties and with candid still photography of Japan's gay porn industry. Recently Tomoaki's photography was curated by Eric Mezil, the director of Collection Lambert, the contemporary art museum in Avignon, France. Many of Tomoaki's photographic works were exhibited in "AKIMAHEN" and "EIJYANAIKA," the biggest exhibition of modern Japanese artists in France, including Takashi Murakami, Yayoi Kusama, Yoko Ono, and Nobuyoshi Araki. 

Images from The Night Is Still Young, foreword by Eric C. Shiner and Simone Fukayuki. Available at

November 06 2010 4:00 AM

“Which way do we face?” asked someone in the crowd.

“Straight ahead,” answered Bill Bowersock, of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles’s production team. “You’re singing to all those bullied kids alllll across America,” he continued, with a sweep of his hand toward a row of empty bleachers. I think every chorus member there got a lump his throat.

November 05 2010 7:30 PM

It’s New Year’s Eve, 1977, and “Little Edie” Beale has decided to pursue a long-postponed career in show business. Heady on the attention she garnered following the release of Grey Gardens, the spellbinding documentary about her symbiotic relationship with her late mother, “Big Edie,” and their notoriously dilapidated East Hampton home, Beale decided to resurrect her abandoned dreams of stardom. At 60, Beale, the impoverished first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, created something resembling a cabaret act, which she performed eight times during January of 1978. To put it mildly, the show wasn’t well received and The New York Times described the evening as “a public display of ineptitude.”

Now, more than three decades later, fans can experience what went down on that stage for themselves as Jeffrey Johnson brings Beale back to glorious life with his production of Edie Beale Live at Reno Sweeney. Johnson collaborated with Gerald Duval, Beale’s original producer, to mount an authentic replication of the act. The new show, produced by Ganymede, his Washington, D.C.–based LGBT performing arts company, will be performed November 5-6 in San Francisco at Rrazz Room and November 8-9 in Los Angeles at Show at Barre. Johnson speaks with The Advocate about the production, his interpretation of “Little Edie,” and the enduring appeal of the tragic socialite.

The Advocate: When did you first become aware of “Little Edie” and Grey Gardens?
Jeffrey Johnson: It was probably around 2001. I watched a videotape of Grey Gardens that someone had given me, telling me I had to watch. I kept it in the VCR the entire weekend. I couldn’t stop watching it.

How did your show come about?
When I found she’d done the Reno Sweeney show, I thought it was something I’d want to write. But it sat on the back burner because I ended up with the theater company, which took up all my free time. But in the summer of 2008, an older gentleman [Gerald Duval] gave me a script to read. It was this show, but it was a huge monologue. I said, “Oh, God, this is something I wanted to write.”

Did he know her personally?
He told me that back in the ’70s he managed a lot of people and had connections to clubs. When Edie auditioned at Reno Sweeney, the owners called him and asked what they should do. They said she was a train wreck. He said, “She’s hot right now, and you’ll get a lot of people coming in.” They hired her under the condition that he’d take her under his wing and put a show together and make sure she was rehearsed. He was basically the guy who created the show with her. He had written down all the things she said over the original nights.

November 05 2010 2:20 PM



For Colored Girls — Capable actors like Anika Noni Rose, Phylicia Rashad, Kerry Washington, and especially Kimberly Elise (in  the film's best performance) are adrift in director Tyler Perry’s often ghastly adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s milestone play about being black and female in America. Perhaps the impact of its hot-button subject matter, including date rape, illegal abortion, and men on the down low, has been diluted by three decades of daytime talk shows, but Perry does neither the material nor the audience any favor by telegraphing every (sometimes shockingly ugly) plot point so far in advance. 


Fair Game — Naomi Watts and Sean Penn team for their third film together in the story of outed CIA agent Valerie Plame. Directed by The Bourne Identity’s Doug Liman, Watts plays rogue-around-the-edges Plame with bite and backbone. And a plus for gay fans of the thriller genre is that these two stars both turned in landmark performances playing gay (Penn in Milk and Watts in David Lynch’s Mullholland Drive). 


127 Hours — Aron Ralston's unflinching memoir Between a Rock and a Hard Place chronicled how the veteran hiker fell into a ravine, got his arm wedged beneath a boulder, and was forced to make an unthinkable decision to survive. In the hands of gifted director Danny Boyle, what could have been unbearable viewing becomes a surreal, often enlightening portrait of a man’s journey toward self-discovery. As Ralston,  James Franco, on screen alone for most of the film, delivers a magnetic, tour de force performance. 


Megamind — A supervillain learns he has no purpose without his superhero counterpart in this sleek and surprisingly sophisticated entertainment. Stellar vocal performances by gay faves Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, and Brad Pitt and gorgeous, state-of-the-art 3D help the message that good and evil are meaningless unless they exist in constant conflict go down easily.


Red Hill —  Ryan Kwanten returns to his Australian homeland to star as a young police officer whose first day on duty quickly becomes nightmarish. This taught, atmospheric, violent Western-thriller gives the True Blood heartthrob an opportunity to stretch his considerable — and often underrated — acting muscles.

November 05 2010 7:40 AM

It’s the perfect union. The producers of Craigslist’s fledgling TV department, on the lookout for meaningful original content, read an ad posted by Reverend Lorelei Starbuck just prior to the overturning of California’s Proposition 8, in which she offered to officiate same-sex marriage ceremonies. “We saw Lorelei's posting and decided to follower her working with a client couple,” producers Drew Brown and Bob Gillan recall. “Little did we know, the weeks that followed would have so many ups and downs for the gay community—and everyone who cares about this issue.” The producers decided to chronicle Starbuck and the pending nuptials of Michael and Luca for Craigslist TV, an online documentary series. Starbuck speaks with about everyone’s right to love and marry and how she found a sympathetic ally with the popular online service.

The Advocate: What’s behind your desire to marry same-sex couples?
Lorelei Starbuck: I have been an advocate for the right to marry and have been doing weddings for many years. After Prop. 8, I saw a significant decrease in same-sex couples making commitments to one another…getting married. And I know what it is a powerful motivational tool is to have [the marriage certificate], but I also know that love is love. In a perfect world, I would like every same-sex couple to commit themselves to one another regardless of that piece of paper.

How did Craigslist TV come into the picture?
The video is just a bi-product of the Craigslist ad. They saw my post, contacted me, we talked and took the next step from there. For me, it wasn’t about publicity, but about allowing people to express their love and get married. I don’t want it to be sensationalized. I don’t want it to be what the mainstream press tends to grab onto when they look for same-sex couples. I just want it to be about the love and I want it to be beautifully done.

How did Michael and Luca find you?
They found me on my website. We talked on the phone and met, found it to be a match, and went forward. Interestingly enough, right after that I met with the Craigslist people and was asked if I had a couple. I told them I had just booked a couple so it was just perfect timing.

November 04 2010 2:45 PM

Pink sings at a wedding for a gay couple in the new video for her song, “Raise Your Glass.”

According to Ace Showbiz, the video is a salute to underdogs that finds Pink at the wedding, flashing her muscles as Rosie the Riveter, facing off with a sumo wrestler, and courting a nerdy-looking boy. She also awakens from potentially scandalous dalliances with religious figures in the video.

November 03 2010 9:10 AM