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Posted on 26 Jul 2007 at 4:10pm

“‘Chuck and Larry’ takes top spot



Kevin James(left), Adam Sandler

Two guys named Chuck and Larry edged out a teenage wizard named Harry at last weekend’s box office.

“Chuck & Larry” stars Adam Sandler as a firefighter who poses as a gay partner for a widower colleague (Kevin James) so his pal can maintain life insurance for his kids.

Some have criticized the film for perpetuating gay stereotypes, but groups like the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation defend it.

“This is an over-the-top comedy that conveys a strong message of equality. Because it’s an exploration of homophobia, some stereotypes and anti-gay slurs are employed,” GLAAD entertainment media director Damon Romine said. “Although we would prefer these types of negative images be erased from media entirely, the overall message of the film is still one which stresses the importance of family and acceptance.”

A gay firefighters group in New York City has also praised what they called the movie’s message of acceptance. Despite mostly negative reviews in the mainstream press, Universal reported that “Chuck & Larry” took in $34.8 million, while Warner Bros. reported “Order of the Phoenix” at $32.2 million.

Cherry Jones to play president on “’24′

Lesbian actress Cherry Jones may be best known for her award-winning work on stage she won Tonys for her lead roles in “The Heiress” and “Doubt” and for her supporting roles on screen (“Ocean’s Twelve,” “The Village”).

But she’s done stints on TV, too, and now she’s headed back to the small screen in a big way: On the next season of “24,” Jones will boss around Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) in her role as president of the United States.

“24″ aficionados will note that the Fox action series has made its fictional Oval Office more equal-opportunity than the real one, having already featured Dennis Haysbert as an African-American commander-in-chief.

Jones’ stint in the White House begins in January, when “24″ returns for its seventh season. Word on whether the U.S. will have a real female president won’t come until later.

Marsters to star in gay-friendly BBC series “‘Torchwood’

Lots of gay fans tuned into “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” every week to see James Marsters as Spike, the lovesick and sardonic bloodsucker with major attitude and awesome hair.

Now comes word that Marsters will be playing a decidedly pansexual character Marsters describes him as a bit naughty and a bit psychopathic on “Torchwood,” the BBC spin-off of “Doctor Who” created by Russell T. Davies (who also created the original “Queer as Folk”). Starring gay actor John Barrowman, “Torchwood” is a queer-friendly science fiction series featuring characters of seemingly every possible sexual stripe. (Plus, if you hadn’t noticed, its title is an anagram of “Doctor Who.”)

Marsters’ episodes will premiere in the U.K. in 2008 and should make their way to the States via cable and DVD soon thereafter.

Is it finally time for return to “‘Valley of the Dolls?’

With the patience of Penelope waiting for Odysseus, we’ve been pining for the remake of the camp classic “Valley of the Dolls,” which Hollywood has been promising for the last 10 years or so. And while it may be too early to get excited, rumblings about that remake have begun to surface once again.

The new go-round of rumors has Anne Hathaway being cast as chilly New England beauty Anne Welles, Lindsay Lohan as the talented but drug-addicted Neely O’Hara (type-casting, anyone?), and Sharon Stone as conniving, tough-talking, over-the-hill starlet Helen Lawson.

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

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