Star-studded holiday outings
Queen Latifah, Ricky Martin and Jodie Foster are three stars who’ve long been rumored to be gay but who have refused to discuss their sexual orientation publicly.
And all three have made news recently over tangos with the alleged closet door.
Several media outlets have reported that Latifah plans to announce her engagement to her rumored longtime girlfriend, Jeanette Jenkins.
“When you’re famous these days, it’s just part of the deal, unfortunately,” Latifah told The Chicago Sun-Times in response to the stories.
“People will make up all sorts of things that aren’t true. … They’re ain’t gonna be no wedding.”
Foster, meanwhile, thanked “my beautiful Cydney who sticks with me through all the rotten and the bliss” after receiving an award at a Hollywood breakfast.
Foster reportedly was referring to Cydney Bernard, her girlfriend of 14 years with whom she is raising a son.
Finally, Martin was outed, sort of, by one of his beauticians, Ole Henriksen.
Henriksen was asked who he’d like to vacation with other than his partner.
“I’d go for [former Danish soccer player] Stig Tofting, but since he’s straight, I’d say my client Ricky Martin,” Henriksen told a Swedish magazine.
Jake Gyllenhaal to play Joe Namath
It’s not a given that Hollywood’s hottest actor who recently played gay would be cast in the lead of a biopic about a flamboyantly nonconformist-yet-still-hetero football star.
But it does make a kind of sense that Jake Gyllenhaal has been chosen to play 1960s gridiron icon and sex symbol Joe Namath.
The legendary sports figure and 1969 Super Bowl hero was also a pop culture phenomenon known for his flash: wearing fur coats on the sidelines and accepting endorsement deals from pantyhose companies (check out that vintage Beautymist commercial on YouTube if you’re too young to remember).
And thanks to “Brokeback Mountain” and subsequent drag appearances on “Saturday Night Live,” Gyllenhaal is known for being game to go where lots of young actors won’t.
Mia Kirshner to “‘Buy Borrow Steal’
When “The L Word” shuts down production at season’s end, star Mia Kirshner goes back to work: on feature films.
Her latest project, after recently co-starring in “The Black Dahlia,” is “Buy Borrow Steal” alongside Heather Graham.
Graham plays a young professional in London who learns that she has very little time left in which to get pregnant.
Her unreliable boyfriend refuses to assist in the science experiment, so she enlists the help of best friend Kirshner to help her fulfill the mandate of the film’s title.
Maybe the success of “Knocked Up” means more pregnancy-themed comedies coming down the multiplex turnpike, or maybe, like egg fertilization itself, it’s all an accident.
Either way, the U.K. shoot wrapped in early 2007, and the film is on the festival circuit now with American distribution soon to follow.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 14, 2007