Etheridge meets Warren halfway

CAN’T WE ALL GET A LONG? Etheridge hopes for unity with right-wing Chritians.

On Tuesday, Melissa Etheridge wrote an op-ed for Huffington Post about her meeting with Rick Warren.

Gay rights supporters were miffed when President-elect Barack Obama picked the mega-church pastor to deliver the inauguration’s invocation. Warren has worked against LGBT equality and compared gays to pedophiles.

In the op-ed, Etheridge acknowledges that her gay brothers and sisters are angry — especially after gay marriage rights were rescinded in California.  She asked her manager to set up a meeting with Warren "in the spirit of unity."  Etheridge says Warren regretted his "wording" in a video he made about Prop 8 — "comparing [gays] to pedophiles and those who commit incest."  She says Warren asked her to visit his church. And she invited him to her home.

In the op-ed Etheridge writes, "Maybe in our anger, as we consider marches and boycotts, perhaps we can consider stretching out our hands. Maybe instead of marching on his church, we can show up en mass and volunteer for one of the many organizations affiliated with his church that work for HIV/AIDS causes all around the world. Maybe if they get to know us, they wont fear us."

On Monday, Warren  released a video on While he didn’t specifically mention meeting Etheridge, he promised that he "will never change" his views. Warren went on to specifically outline why he’s opposed to gays using the term "marriage" and any re-definitions of marriage.

Cho and Penn unite for ‘Sisters’

Margaret Cho is quite the Renaissance woman — stand-up comic, author, actress, blogger and activist. Now she can add "director" to her resume with "Two Sisters," her feature debut. If you were expecting something racy from the potty-mouthed comedian, forget it. The movie is slated to premiere on ABC Family. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but Cho has assembled an impressive cast, including Kal Penn (from the "Harold and Kumar" movies) and Kathy Najimy ("King of the Hill")
As for the lady herself, Cho will also appear in a small role. Look for "Two Sisters" to make its premiere on ABC Family in 2009.

Pee-wee comes back to the playhouse

There are a lot of unanswered questions floating around about "Pee-Wee’s Playhouse: The Movie," like "Is it really happening?" and "Is Johnny Depp playing Pee-Wee?"

So far the only certainty is that Paul Reubens, who, thankfully, is still in charge of Pee-wee Inc., is working on the goal of a 2009 release date for the slow-moving production. Plot details are few and up for debate. Casting, too. (Who’ll replace the late Phil Hartman? What happened to the guy who played the unambiguously gay Jambi? Will S. Epatha Merkerson return as Reba the Mail Lady?)

But all will surely be answered eventually, possibly via ticker-tape readout from Conky the Robot’s torso. And if Depp shows up, even as a Pee-Wee doppelganger, that’s just fine, too. Now if the cameras would only hurry up and roll.
No, really: ‘Lesbian Vampire Killers’

Whether it’s "Snakes on a Plane" or "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies," a movie’s title can sometimes tell you everything you need to know. And so it is with "Lesbian Vampire Killers," a new British horror-comedy about a Welsh village whose women have been cursed by the local Sapphic bloodsuckers. In an attempt to improve matters, the town sends two hapless visitors (played by James Corden and Mathew Horne, the stars of BBC sitcom "Gavin & Stacey) into the woods as a sacrifice to the titular undead. The film also features Paul McGann ("Doctor Who") as one of the few remaining men in the village. "Lesbian Vampire Killers" will put the bite on audiences in 2009.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 26, 2008.

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