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Posted on 11 Jan 2007 at 5:47pm

Cumming marries Shaffer in civil ceremony



Alan Cumming

Actor Alan Cumming married illustrator Grant Shaffer in a civil ceremony outside London over the weekend, the actor’s spokeswoman, Bianca Bianconi, said Tuesday, Jan. 9.

“Not only are we so happy to be able to celebrate our love for each other, but also to be able to do it in a country that properly recognizes the rights of same sex couples,” Cumming, 41, said in a statement released by Bianconi.

“As residents of America we would have loved to marry there, but we hope that soon the civil rights that we have been afforded in the U.K. will be available to all gay Americans, and we look forward to celebrating not only our marriage, but the end of prejudice.”

The couple, who had been dating two years, were married Sunday, Jan. 7, at the Old Royal Naval College in the town of Greenwich, Bianconi said. Among the 140 guests were Ian McKellen, Geri Halliwell, Rufus Wainwright, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Monica Lewinsky.

Depp may rock you

Johnny Depp’s performance as a fey swashbuckler in “Pirates of the Caribbean” was apparently modeled after the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards, so don’t be surprised if the Oscar nominee goes one step further and plays an actual rocker.

And indeed, word has it that Depp is the leading contender to play Freddie Mercury in a new biopic of the gay Queen frontman, who died in 1991 from AIDS-related complications.

Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Productions is said to be behind the film, which makes sense since De Niro was a major backer of “We Will Rock You,” the stage musical featuring Queen songs that was a hit in London and Las Vegas.

It will be interesting to see if Depp can handle the vocals on “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but at least we already know he looks awesome in eyeliner.

Americanizing “‘Footballers’ Wives’

American networks have had a mixed record trying to remake shows from Britain.

Sure, you love “The Office,” but does anyone remember “Coupling” or “Men Behaving Badly”?

ABC has reached across the pond for the hit BBC soap “Footballers’ Wives” which attracted a gay following on BBC America and it looks like gay filmmaker Bryan Singer will take a breather from Superman movies to direct the new pilot.

The original “Footballers’ Wives” featured the usual mix of greed, deception, skullduggery and slutty, sequined dresses, with some hot gay jock-on-jock action thrown in for good measure. No word yet as to how queer the U.S. version will be, but we know of one definite change the title will switch to “Football Wives” and revolve around NFL spouses, not soccer wives.

Easton Ellis explores “‘Canyons’

Bret Easton Ellis’ novels (including “Less Than Zero” and “American Psycho”) have featured gay and bisexual characters, but the novelist himself didn’t come out until after the publication of 2005′s “Lunar Park.”

So what better place than Showtime the network that gave us “Queer as Folk” and “The L Word” for Ellis to make his debut as a TV series creator?

The cable network has ordered a script for “The Canyons,” a horror-flavored soap opera created by Elli about a party-boy magazine editor who leaves his Manhattan lifestyle behind when he moves cross-country to Los Angeles with his best friend, only to find himself abandoned in a new city when the friend dies.

No word yet as to whether or not “The Canyons” will live or die in L.A.

Angelina, Rupert feeling animated

With the success of “Cars” and “Happy Feet,” it looks like the phenomenon of computer-animated feature films with a slew of celebrity voices isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

But there are definitely some performances we can’t wait to check out in the next year or two. Amy Sedaris, best known as the bisexual ex-junkie whore on “Strangers with Candy,” joins a returning Rupert Everett in “Shrek 3,” while “Sexiest Bisexual on Earth” Angelina Jolie lends her pipes to “Kung Fu Panda,” where she’ll play and how perfect is this? a tigress. Those “Talladega Nights” gay lovers, Sacha Baron Cohen and Andy Richter, reunite for “Madagascar 2,” while Megan Mullally of “Will & Grace” fame and lesbian icon Kathy Bates will help to create buzz for Jerry Seinfeld’s “Bee Movie.” And you thought Disney’s vintage evil queens were the last word in queer cartooning!

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, January 12, 2006.

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