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Posted on 26 Apr 2007 at 6:22pm

DeGeneres, Dern reunite 10 years after kiss



Ellen DeGeneres

Ten years after they kissed on the “Ellen” show, Ellen DeGeneres and Laura Dern reunited Monday, April 23, on DeGeneres’ syndicated talk show to reflect back on the smooch and its aftermath.

DeGeneres, 49, made pop-culture history in 1997 by coming out of the closet in real life while her sitcom character did likewise. In her character’s coming-out episode, Dern shared a smooch with the comedian during a guest stint as a lesbian love interest on the ABC series.

Dern, 40, recounted Monday how she could not get an acting job for more than a year afterward: “There was certainly backlash, I guess, [that] we all felt from it,” she told DeGeneres, who said she was sorry and “had no idea” that Dern was snubbed in Hollywood.

Not getting work felt “awfully terrifying,” recalled Dern, who said she is grateful for the “extraordinary experience and opportunity” to be a part of the groundbreaking episode, which also guest starred Oprah Winfrey, Demi Moore and Melissa Etheridge.

Hudson to co-star with Whitaker in “‘Winged Creatures’

Getting cast in “Dreamgirls” by gay director Bill Condon put queer-icon-in-the-making Jennifer Hudson in the rarefied company of Beyonce and Eddie Murphy, but winning the Oscar has elevated her to a co-starring role opposite fellow Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker.

The two have signed for “Winged Creatures”, a drama about a group of people who witness a brutal murder-suicide in a fast-food restaurant and how they go about recovering from the incident.

Directed by Australian Rowan Woods, “Creatures” boasts a top-notch cast; in addition to Hudson and Whitaker, the film features Oscar nominee Jackie Earle Haley, Kate Beckinsale, Dakota Fanning, Embeth Davidtz, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Troy Garity (“Soldier’s Girl”).

Currently shooting in Los Angeles, “Winged Creatures” should swoop into theaters in 2008.

“‘Spider-Man’ to cast web on Great White Way

It seems like an unorthodox idea for a Broadway musical, but if the Great White Way can handle singing cats and a facially disfigured guy on a chandelier, why not your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man?

Visionary director Julie Taymor who created Broadway’s “The Lion King” is currently casting “Spider-Man: The Musical,” which will pit our favorite radioactive wall-crawler against the Green Goblin, with words and music by U2′s Bono and The Edge.

The last major attempt to conquer Broadway with a major comic-book character was the flop 1966 musical “It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman!” But with three hit “Spider-Man” movies and such a talented crew, this musical just might envelop musical-lovers in its web when it opens on a date to be determined later.

Perhaps planned remake will put the “‘fey’ in “‘Fame’

Can it really have been 27 years since Irene Cara sang “I’m gonna live forever” in “Fame”?

Now comes word that a new version of “Fame” is in the pipeline, designed to appeal to today’s teens who have decided that legwarmers are cool and retro.

Producers won’t say which songs from the original hit movie will make it into the remake “Out Here On My Own” is probably a sure bet, but “Hot Lunch Jam” may be a long shot.

One would hope that the film’s gay quotient will get a much-needed boost this time around, since the 1980 “Fame” tried to convince us that a performing-arts high school in New York City had but one queer student.

Maybe the slated-for-2008 remake will put the “fey” in “Fame,” right where it belongs.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, April 27, 2007.

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