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Posted on 05 Apr 2007 at 8:05pm

Martin defends Chavez’s decision to come out



Christian Chavez

Ricky Martin defended the right of gay pop stars to come out of the closet as he toured Mexico last weekend, gearing up for his “Black and White” tour across the United States.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Martin said he felt solidarity with Mexican Christian Chavez, a singer of the group RBD who recently publicly said he was gay.

“Life is too short to live closed up, guarding what you say,” Martin said.
Chavez “has to be free in many aspects. I wish him much strength.”

Martin will tour in the United States from California to Miami in April and May.

Leisha returns to acting with “‘La Cucina’

While Leisha Hailey has earned raves for her delightful portrayal of neurotic bisexual radio host Alice Pieszecki on Showtime’s “The L Word,” she’s been spending more time between seasons working on music (the onetime member of The Murmurs has her own label, Marfa Records) than on other acting gigs.

But finally, the actress-rocker-pitchwoman is putting her dramatic talent to uses for another project and it’s not “Yoplait: The Musical.”

Hailey is set to join supermodel Rachel Hunter, Joaquim de Almeida (“Desperado”) and Oz Perkins (Anthony’s son) in “La Cucina,” an indie from first-time directors Allison R. Hebble and Zed Starkovich.

Hayes of “‘Will and Grace’ brings talking-brain magic to “‘Igor’

Remember Sissy Spacek’s performance in Steve Martin’s “The Man with Two Brains”? You couldn’t see her, but that was her distinctive voice as Anne Uumellmahaye, the brain-in-a-jar with whom Martin’s doctor became completely smitten.

Sean Hayes of “Will & Grace” fame will bring his own talking-brain magic to “Igor,” a new computer-animated comedy that stars John Cusack as the titular hunchback, a talented scientist who is forced to work as sidekick to the cruel Dr. Glickenstein.

Igor has his own sidekick, Hayes’ Brian the Brain.

With a voice cast that also includes Jeremy Piven, Jay Leno, Jennifer Coolidge, Molly Shannon, Steve Buscemi and John Cleese, “Igor” will no doubt be the toast of Halloween when the film hits theaters in October 2008.

Before that, though, Hayes co-stars with Jack Nicholson in “The Bucket List.”

Black Eyed Peas’ Fergie confesses to lesbian liaisons

Fergie a.k.a. Stacey Ferguson and a.k.a. lead singer for the Black Eyed Peas has confessed to having a series of lesbian relationships during the time she rebelled against her parents and her strict Catholic upbringing. She said it all happened when she was 18 experimenting with drugs and sex.

“I have had lesbian experiences in the past. But I started having sex quite late on after I was 18. I was raised a good Catholic girl,” Fergie said, adding, “I won’t say how many men I have slept with, although it’s not many, but I am a very sexual person.”

The singer also acknowledged that she eventually got hooked on crystal meth and that she considered herself lucky to have lived through those dangerous days.

Fergie plays a lesbian in Quentin Tarantino’s new horror film “Grindhouse.”

Queen Latifah to play bank robber again in “‘Mad Money’

People started thinking of hip-hop’s Queen Latifah as a serious actress after her riveting portrayal of a lesbian bank robber in “Set It Off,” so perhaps it’s no surprise she’s ready for another hold-up.

This time it’s an inside job, as bank tellers Latifah, Katie Holmes and Diane Keaton team up to loot their employer in the upcoming “Mad Money.” Writing and directing the film is someone else who’s had a little experience with cinematic larceny Callie Khouri, whose script for “Thelma & Louise” gave us two unlikely outlaws now legendary among lesbian film fans.

Money-hunting trios have given us terrific movies before, from “How to Marry a Millionaire” to “How to Beat the High Cost of Living,” so expect this caper to be lots of fun.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 6, 2007

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