Celebrity Watch

Posted on 25 Jan 2007 at 7:33pm

Gunn takes center stage with Bravo



Perhaps the sanest man in reality television, Tim Gunn the gay chair of the fashion design department at Parsons The New School for Design has become the breakout star of Bravo’s hit “Project Runway,” thanks to his sage advice and dry personality.

So it’s no surprise that the cable network which often seems to be even gayer than Logo and Here! combined is giving Gunn his very own show.

Premiering in July, “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style” will feature the avuncular fashion guru helping everyday folks with their wardrobe dilemmas and teaching them how to develop their own personal looks. (“Gunn’s Guide” will start up just as Bravo’s venerable “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” goes off to the TV graveyard.) If anyone can take the flagging makeover genre and “make it work,” it’s Gunn.

Washington apologizes, enters counseling

Neil G. Giuliano, president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and Kevin Jennings, founder and executive director of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) met on Monday with Grey’s Anatomy co-star Isaiah Washington to discuss Washington’s uses of an anti-gay slur.

Officials with the two groups said the meeting laid the groundwork for an ongoing partnership with Washington to combat the prejudice and intolerance faced by the LGBT community. By Wednesday, the TV actor announced he is entering counseling, calling it a “necessary step toward understanding why I did what I did and making sure it never happens again.”

GLAAD and GLSEN officials said Washington candidly acknowledged the harm he had caused by his repeated use of the epithet and has agreed to work with the organizations on some sort of campaign against name calling and hate speech.

“Isaiah understands that he is going to be judged by more than just his apology,” Giuliano said. “He knows that his future actions will demonstrate his sincerity in becoming part of the solution to anti-gay bigotry.”

The meeting happened on the first day of GLSEN’s “No Name-Calling Week.”

GLAAD and GLSEN expect to meet with Washington again in the coming weeks to begin discussing and implementing possible public education initiatives, officials said.

Cumming oils up

Recently civil-unioned actor Alan Cumming is an old hand at science fiction, following his appearance in “X2,” so it’s no surprise he’s been tapped to star in the new SciFi Channel miniseries “Tin Man,” a fantasy re-imagining of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Cumming will star as Glitch, a man missing half of his brain; he’s just one of a motley crew of people trapped in the Outer Zone (or O.Z., get it?) who want to find their way home.

Shooting begins in March with an eye to a December broadcast premiere date.

Also coming to SciFi is an action series from gay “Sex and the City” creator Darren Star. The as-yet-untitled show is about convicts who get new teched-out bodies so they can go on secret government missions.

McKellen sprinkles a little “‘Stardust’

He starred in two of 2006′s biggest hits “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “The DaVinci Code” but there’s no rest ahead for Sir Ian McKellen.

The ever-busy gay superstar will lend his distinctive voice to the fantasy film “Stardust,” slated to open in theaters in July.

Starring Claire Danes, Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, the film tells the story of a young man who sets out to retrieve a fallen star for the woman he loves, setting off on a trek that takes him to the Faerie Realm, where he encounters witches, goblins and evil trees.

Based on a DC Comics miniseries by hot writer Neil Gaiman (“Sandman,” the English-language adaptation of “Princess Mononoke”), “Stardust” is director Matthew Vaughn’s follow-up to the action hit “Layer Cake.”

Caouette crashes “‘Parties’

Gay filmmaker Jonathan Caouette, who made a big splash with his harrowing and riveting personal documentary “Tarnation,” will follow in the footsteps of great directors like Martin Scorsese and Jonathan Demme by making a concert film.

“All Tomorrow’s Parties” will celebrate the annual alternative music festival of the same name, which is held in a different city each year and features a lineup of performers selected by a curator (past act-selectors include Sonic Youth and Matt Groening).

But rather than focusing on one of the titular shows, “Parties” will feature footage shot by curators, musicians, and even audience members from all of the previous shows.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 26, 2007

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