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Posted on 14 Sep 2007 at 12:10am

Tequila has ‘em swingin’ both ways



Tila Tequila

Tila Tequila.

Heard of her? If not, then you haven’t spent enough time on MySpace, where she enjoys the status of “most-friended” person on the site. And since this is the sort of achievement that only begets others, the bisexual Internet phenomenon has been signed up for her own bisexual reality dating competition on MTV.

The premise of “A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila” is similar to that of other put-them-all-in-a-house-to-fight-over-one-person smackdowns.
But the show features the added bonus of both male and female contestants (32 of them, to be exact) who, if promotional clips are to be believed, spend as much time making out with and pulling the hair of each other as they do courting Ms. Tequila. This blast of bisexual liberation explodes all over basic cable in October, so don’t miss out.

Roseanne’s most sarcastic teenager returns with a “‘Big Bang’

Off camera, Sara Gilbert aka Roseanne’s most sarcastic teenager is all grown up and a happy new mom with partner Allison Adler.

On camera, she’s not only a recurring presence on “ER,” but she’s also about to reunite with her former “husband,” fellow “Roseanne” alum Johnny Galecki.

“The Big Bang Theory,” a new CBS sitcom, centers around Galecki and Jim Parsons (“Judging Amy”) as two socially awkward scientists who become friends with their hot new neighbor, played by Kaley Cuoco (“8 Simple Rules”). Gilbert will guest star in a multiple-episode arc on the fledgling comedy as a physicist colleague and possible love interest for Galecki. Provided the show survives the usual harsh new series cancellation rate, the chemistry’s already built in.

Kelly McGillis to raise “‘L’ as lawyer on Showtime soap
Kelly McGillis is an actress who has always known how to work her unique brand of sexuality to her big gay following.
Whether playing an amorous lesbian in “The Monkey’s Mask,” defending Jodie Foster in “The Accused,” or putting on a military uniform to seduce Tom Cruise in “Top Gun,” McGillis has an almost Dietrich-like capacity for bewitching men and women alike.

So how perfect, then, that she’s joining the cast of Showtime’s “The L Word” in the soap’s fifth season, as a military lawyer handling a “Don’t ask, don’t tell” case. (Sounds like Alice’s relationship with Iraq vet Tasha is no longer on the D.L.)

McGillis and the show’s cadre of drama-loving lesbians (with their enviable jobs, perfect hair, designer outfits and great apartments) returns in January.

Former “‘Top Chef’ contestant beaten in apparent hate crime
A former contestant on Bravo’s “Top Chef” was beaten by attackers yelling anti-gay slurs, her lawyer said.

Josie Smith-Malave, who was featured on the second season of the reality show, was among a small group of women who were asked to leave a Sea Cliff bar over Labor Day weekend, lawyer Yetta Kurland said Tuesday.

About 10 young people followed the women and began screaming anti-gay epithets, spitting on them and then beating them, Kurland said.

Smith-Malave, who is in her early 30s, is openly gay, Kurland said.

Nassau County police said they were investigating, but declined to provide details of the incident.

Smith-Malave, a Miami native, is a former sous-chef for Marlow and Sons restaurant in Brooklyn. She played for the New York Sharks of the Independent Women’s Football League.

Liz’s “‘Love Letters’ to benefit AIDS organizations
Many of today’s more ubiquitous celebrities the kind who would attend the opening of an envelope could stand to take a lesson or two from Elizabeth Taylor.

The screen goddess limits her public appearances, thereby assuring that when she does hit the red carpet, it’s major news. And since she often leverages this press exposure for charitable causes, it’s a win-win situation.

Both her stature and her privacy will allow her to demand big bucks for a one-night-only stage performance of “Love Letters,” opposite James Earl Jones, in Los Angeles, with all proceeds going to AIDS organizations.

The actress’ appearance is just another milestone in a now nearly-three-decade commitment to the cause of HIV and AIDS. Los Angeles audiences with charitable cash to spare for the benefit can catch this rare theatrical appearance in December.

This article appeared in the September 14 edition of the Dallas Voice.

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