Gay pop singer George Michael got caught with his pants down again, but this time only figuratively.
Michael was arrested recently in London for possession of Class C drugs Great Britain’s lowest category of illegal drugs after he was found slumped over the steering wheel of his car at Hyde Park Corner in London.
Michael came out in 1998 after being arrested in Los Angeles for propositioning a male undercover police officer in a public restroom.
He said this week his drug arrest was “my own stupid fault, as usual.”
Michael also said he had no complaints about police, who, he said were “professional throughout.”
Parton stands up for transgenders
Country legend Dolly Parton said she finished the theme song for the movie “TransAmerica” in one day after a bout of inspiration on her tour bus, and that it was based in part on a transgender man who works in her organization.
“I know what a wonderful person he is, and I based some of my feelings on my feelings for him and on knowing what he went through,” Parton said.
Parton also told USA Today that she gets a lot of hate mail and threats because of her support for GLBT people. But, she said she doesn’t let that stop her.
“Some people are blind or ignorant, and you can’t be that prejudiced and hateful and go through this world and still be happy,” she said. “One thing about this movie is that I think art can change minds. It’s all right to be who you are.”
The song, “Travelin’ Thru,” is up for an Academy Award for best original song, against “In the Deep” from “Crash” and “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from “Hustle and Flow.”
Charlize has the look of love
Charlize Theron, already an Oscar winner for playing lesbian serial killer Aileen Wuornos, appears to be headed toward her second real-life lesbian role.
The long-planned biographical feature devoted to the life of legendary ’60s pop star Dusty Springfield has already seen one potential star, Kristen Chenoweth, come and go.
But now, with “Brokeback Mountain” director Ang Lee about to take the reins of Springfield’s life story, casting has gone A-list, with Theron planned to take on the part of the beloved singer who died of breast cancer in 1999.
One surprising casting possibility involves supermodel/super-partier Kate Moss coming on board to play one of Springfield’s lovers, but no other actors have been discussed for supporting roles.
The big question, of course, is if Theron will carry her own tunes, or will she make like Ashley Simpson and just lip-sync.
Warner wants gay Singer for sequel
There are no guarantees in Hollywood, but it’s a safe bet that when “Superman Returns” helmed by gay director Bryan Singer opens on June 30, a box-office stampede will be there to meet it.
That’s why Warner Bros. has approached Singer to sign on for the sequel.
Star Brandon Routh is already contractually obligated to appear as the Man of Steel at least twice, but Singer is free to go his own way. And he’s a hot commodity after directing the first two “X-Men” films.
If and when Singer does agree, WB will still have a bit of a wait on their hands. The man is in demand and has a full plate of projects the “Logan’s Run” remake and the long-awaited adaptation of “The Mayor of Castro Street,” about legendary gay activist Harvey Milk.
Boy-meets-cop tale heads to America
Will the success of “Brokeback Mountain” trickle down to the art-house level, where small, independent and foreign-language films with queer themes have always found a home?
Witness the recent Berlin Film Festival success of the film “The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros.” From the Philippines, the story of a 12-year-old boy who develops a crush on a neighborhood cop recently won the coveted Teddy Award in its own country and will make its way to America, opening Lincoln Center’s 35th New Directors/New Films series with theatrical distribution sure to follow.
Meanwhile, American audiences will most likely also soon have a chance to see South Korea’s box-office smash “The King and the Clown,” about yes a 16th-century gay clown whose biggest fan is also the nation’s ruler.
Subtitle fans, rejoice.
Liz’s birthday generosity
Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor turned 74 on Monday, and she celebrated the day with a gift worth several hundred thousand dollars. But it wasn’t a gift for herself.
Taylor donated a mobile medical unit to the New Orleans AIDS Task Force, her publicist, Dick Guttman, said. Martin Delaney, founding director of Project Inform, which helped arrange the donation, said the unit is “like a large recreational vehicle, about 40 feet long, with two examination rooms and x ray facilities.
It will be staffed by doctors who worked in AIDS clinics closed down by Hurricane Katrina.
“There are a lot of areas in the Gulf Coast that have never been served well by AIDS clinics. This provides a chance to bring treatment out to a much wider range of places,” Delaney said.
Taylor is a longtime AIDS activist. She helped establish the American Foundation for AIDS Research in 1985 and created the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1991.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, March 3, 2006.