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QAF Addiction News Archive - May 2007

May 18, 2007

Patrick Antosh has been very busy the last few months working on the Disney TV movie "Twitches Too" with Tia and Tamera Mowry (they play twin sisters who discover they have magical powers). The movie is full of Patrick's original gowns; one is worn by Kristen Wilson as the Queen. Patrick even had to dress some livestock, and said the look harkens back to his Queer as Folk days, as the donkey is actually a male dressed as a female! LOL For pictures and more information, visit Patrick's official website.

According to Contactmusic.com, Cagney and Lacey star Sharon Gless (Debbie, QAF) is shocked she is still recruiting fans of the TV show to the police force - and that they confuse real-life cop capers with those depicted on-screen. The actress, who starred as Christine Cagney - one half of the female crime-fighting duo in the 1980s TV series - admits she tries to discourage fans from enlisting in the field of law enforcement. She says, "Even today I have young women come up to me or write to me, saying they want to be a cop because of us. "It's great but you have to tell them, 'This was just a job on TV, you could get hurt.'"

Hal Sparks' band ZERO 1 played at Hard Rock Universal last night, as part of VH1 Rock Honors Week in Los Angeles. The show benefits The Save The Music Foundation.

From Lifesite.net: Kelly Makin, who directed 11 episodes of Queer as Folk is in the news because of her new show, "The Altar Boy Gang," which features a group of Montreal altar servers who use their role in the parish to cover up their involvement in the drug trade. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is coming under fire for the show because it depicts the Catholic Mass as a background for drug and gang-related activities, in what the Catholic Civil Rights League has called blasphemy of the sacred rituals of Catholicism.

May 15, 2007

Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly are making the rounds to promote the Cagney & Lacey DVDs. They appeared live from New York on "The View" yesterday (View co-host Rosie O'Donnell played Loretta Pye, a waitress at Liberty Diner, opposite Sharon on Queer As Folk). Later, Sharon and Tyne taped "CNN Showbiz Tonight" (air date and time TBA). This morning, Sharon and Tyne appeared on "The Early Show" (CBS) and live on "The Morning Show" with Mike and Juliet. The ladies will continue their busy schedule by signing the DVDs at Barnes and Noble Bookstore, 555 Fifth Avenue at 46th Street from 12:30 to 2:30. Sharon's husband, Barney Rosenzweig, will be signing his new book, "Cagney & Lacey....and Me" as well. Sharon's new series, "Burn Notice," premieres on USA Network at 10:00PM on Thursday, June 28, 2007.

In an interview with Kathy Flanigan for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (JSOnline), Sharon Gless said the idea of watching the show when it aired never appealed to her: "I never watch myself in anything because I find it uncomfortable. I usually don't end up liking what I see. My manager was on me, throwing Tyne in my face about how responsible she is in watching the show. I'd let about six or seven or eight of them add up, and I'd go to the gin and have a very stiff drink or three, and then I'd put one in and say, 'Looks good to me.' " [read more]

"Scott Walker: 30 Centurly Man" will screen as part of the 33rd Annual Seattle International Film Festival in the "Face the Music" section, June 10th and 12th. Stephen Kijak says they may be close to announcing a US distribution deal.

Playbill.com and Theatermania.com have both announced the players for the upcoming Berkshire Theatre Festival 2007 season. Jayne Atkinson, Stephen de Rosa, Debra Jo Rupp and Joyce Van Patten will join previously announced stars Linda Hamilton and Randy Harrison. The Stockbridge, MA, company hits its 79th summer this season with a number of revivals of well-known plays from Terrence McNally, George Bernard Shaw and Tennessee Williams as well as a workshop production of a new Rick Cleveland work.

From The Gay City News: The Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club got an early start on Pride Season with a May 3 celebration at Elmo's Restaurant in Chelsea that honored gay social justice activist Michael Colosi and also thanked Michelle Clunie and Thea Gill - the lesbian couple Melanie and Lindsay on "Queer As Folk" - for their civil rights advocacy.

Robert Gant (Ben, QAF) is currently in New Zealand filming a movie for the here! network. He can't share the particulars yet, but shooting is going really well and he sounds excited about the film, according to his rep. Robert is also in talks with the Logo network regarding a scripted action-comedy series about a gay bionic man, tentatively titled "The Gayonic Man."; Inside Social has a photograph of Gant looking very much the part of the lead! Robert says it's a half hour comedy and that his fans are going to love it. More news will be coming soon.

From the Toronto Star: Local talent will be the order of the night when this year's Toronto International Film Festival screens its gala opening film September 6. Fugitive Pieces, a movie by Toronto writer/director Jeremy Podeswa (who directed episodes of Queer As Folk, Six Feet Under and Nip/Tuck) drawn from the debut novel of Toronto author Anne Michaels, will have its world premiere at Roy Thomson Hall to launch the festival's 32nd edition. Podeswa's last feature was The Five Senses, which screened at Cannes in 1999.

May 14, 2007

Falling For Grace screens this Friday, May 18 at the NYU Cantor Film Center in New York, NY (36 East 8th Street) for the Altra Magazine film screening charity event. The event will benefit the Asian Programs at the American Cancer Society. There is a VIP reception at 7pm, followed by the screening at 8pm. Tickets are $30 (VIP) and $20 (General Admission) and can be purchased at the Eventbrite website.

May 5, 2007

Falling For Grace screened last night at Laemmle's Sunset 5 theatre in West Hollywood, California, as part of the Visual Communications Film Festival 2007. The film is nominated for a Grand Jury Award for Best Feature-Length Narrative and Documentary Film. The awards will be presented on Closing Night of the Festival, May 10, 2007 at the Aratani/Japan America Theatre in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo.

The UK release of Scott Walker: 30 Century Man kicked off to a packed house according to producer Stephen Kijak, and the response from Tribeca has been strong. New reviews have been posted to the press archive of the Scott Walker film blog, including a comment from The Austin American Statesman that calls the film "required viewing for anyone with even a passing interest in one of the weirdest men in pop history." The documentary has its final Tribeca Film Fest screening tonight (Saturday) at midnight, AMC 34th Street Theater 9.

From Metro.co.uk: Sharon Gless (Debbie, QAF) and Tyne Daly, perhaps better known as Cagney and Lacey, were reunited again in Beverly Hills this week, as the pair celebrated the groundbreaking cop show's 25th anniversary. A special party was held at the Museum Of Television And Radio promoting a special anniversary DVD, as well as allowing the pair to reminisce how the show about two New York City police detectives transformed their lives. Tyne explained that the attention the shows generated certainly hasn't faded over time: "I had promised (Sharon) there would come a day when we wouldn't be photographed together - lying through my teeth, but it still stands as a big deal in both of our careers... now that I'm older and wiser, I'm willing to accept that!" Both actresses picked up numerous Emmy awards for the show, which garnered controversy for tackling issues like racial slurs, date rape and alcoholism within a primetime slot. Sharon says they never imagined the impact the series would have: "If someone had came up to us and said 'how would you women like to become role models for the 80s?' - how fast we would have run in the opposite direction... I don't think we ever dreamed tonight would ever happen." And Sharon joked - 25 years on - the show hasn't aged, but she has: "People recognise my voice first now. They recognise my face, then go 'boy you've changed!... I say 'yes... thank you'."

The website andPOP is giving away 5 copies of the Cagney & Lacey DVD. All you have to do to enter is answer the trivia question correctly. Of all correct answers, andPOP will randomly choose 5 winners. The contest ends May 17th.

The 19th Annual New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival will kick off this year's event with Duncan Roy's latest version of the classic Oscar Wilde novel, the "Picture of Dorian Gray," starring "7th Heaven"'s David Gallagher. Closing the fest will be the New York City premiere of Robert Cary 's drama "Save Me," which stars Chad Allen, Robert Gant and Judith Light.

From the San Francisco Bay Times: Michelle Clunie (Melanie, QAF) presented the Davidson/Valentini Award to fellow QAF actor, Robert Gant. "My good friend and former litigator, Robert, returned to his true passion of acting," Clunie said. "He was offered numerous roles on television and made his defining moment when Leah Thompson opened her door on Caroline in the City, to reveal her date. But his real defining moment came in 2001 when he courageously and fearlessly accepted the role of Ben Bruckner on Showtime's Queer As Folk as the first-ever HIV-positive male character on TV with an active love life and sex life." She said when Gant came out openly in The Advocate magazine in 2002, he firmly established himself as an actor whose honesty matched his talent. Since QAF wrapped in 2005, he has continued acting while also moving behind the camera with the creation of Mythgarden Productions, which produced the gay-themed film, Save Me, a selection of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. His philanthropic activity has garnered him major awards from agencies such as The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Human Rights Campaign.

Gant said he was thrilled that in February 2004, as they were filming the same-sex marriage ceremony of Ben and Michael (the first such event ever on TV), it was the time of Mayor Gavin Newsom officiating same-sex marriages in San Francisco. He queried, "How does this happen? That some overweight gay kid with a painfully low self esteem from a blue collar family in Tampa, Florida ends up on a stage in San Francisco recognized for his efforts on behalf of the advancement of equal rights for the LGBT queer community." He added, "I couldn't know then - as that little boy – that I could be proud as I am now to be a gay man, to have the opportunity to find ways to be of service to my fellows, to stand with my brothers and sisters as we walk the path towards equality." He concluded, "We live more openly, freely, and out loud than we ever have by far, and yet we've only begun."

Check out the documentary film trailer about Triangle Square, the nation’s first affordable, multicultural housing development supporting the needs of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender elders. The trailer features Robert Gant, who has been involved with Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing for some time now. For more information on Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing, visit gleh.org. The organization broke ground with Hal Sparks, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, June Lockhart and Robert Gant.

Hemal Jhaveri explores the representations of gay male characters on TV in "Searching for a Real Gay Man," an article in PopPolitics. The authors feels that the representations of gay men have been disconcertingly one-dimensional, and that few shows, if any, have presented well-defined, complicated gay characters that might challenge existing perceptions of gay culture and masculinity. Queer as Folk, on the other hand, is "intimidating with its aggressive sexuality, but the explicit portrayals present an honest look at the characters lives, one that viewers arent always comfortable with," she says.

"Billable Hours pushes envelope in Season 2," writes Jim Bawden of the Toronto Star. Hours is the series that was co-created by Fabrizio Filippo (Ethan, QAF), and in which he stars. "We learned by doing," Filippo says (referring to the new season's improvements). "I mean, we hit the floor running but this year we're prepared. The scripts were mostly done, we had a better idea of what we could do."

From Movieweb.com: Dante's Cove: The Complete Second Season will be available on DVD in a 2-disc set through Genius Products on June 5. Season two revisits the peaceful beach town and the young, sexy inhabitants of Hotel Dante where season one left off: Toby and the menacing Ambrosius continue to fight for the affection of Kevin while Van asks sorceress Grace to teach her to use her newfound powers, to the dismay of her girlfriend Michelle. New characters also join the diverse cast this season, such as Diana (Thea Gill - Queer As Folk), whose past and future are intertwined with Grace and Ambrosius', as well as Marco, the handsome owner of the local outdoor bar.

Jack Wetherall is playing the role of Chorus in Shakespeare's Henry V, for The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (formerly called "New Jersey Shakespeare Festival"), May 1 through 27. This summer, he will direct the Theatre's production of Measure for Measure which will run July 10 to 29.



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