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Emmy Nominations Only Weeks Away
Its deadline time for submissions for the 1999 Primetime Emmy ballots. The announcement of nominees will be broadcast live on E! and CNN on July 22 at 5:30 a.m. PST/8:30 a.m. EST, and the Emmy ceremony itself will air on September 12 on Fox. In todays USA Today, television critic Robert Bianco named the shows and actors hed nominate. They include gay-inclusive NYPD Blue, Will & Grace and most of Will & Graces cast.
Homicides Return?: The bisexual inclusive Homicide: Life on the Streets may be returning to television. Producers are working on a Homicide television movie for NBC, which just cancelled the series. In addition, co-star Richard Belzer will reprise his Homicide role on a new show, the Law & Order spin-off about the sex crimes unit of the NYPD.
Don McKellars Last Night: The critically acclaimed Canadian film Last Night will be released this fall by Lions Gate Films. The intense drama about the last six hours on earth includes a rather powerful moment about friendship and sexuality between two male characters. The film, which will be seen in limited release, is the directorial debut of actor Don McKellar.
Paquin and McKellen Team Up: Oscar-winning Piano star Anna Paquin has signed on to star in the feature film version of the animated classic X-Men. She will portray Rogue, a teenage girl with psychic powers. Paquin will join Patrick Steward and Sir Ian McKellen.
Cumming Replaces Downey: Alan Cumming of Cabaret fame will replace the embattled Robert Downey Jr. on the NBC mid-season animated comedy God, the Devil and Bob. The show is set to also include the voices of French Steward (3rd Rock From the Sun), Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne, The Norm Show) and James Garner (The Rockford Files).
Profiler Will Go Missing: Profiler star Ally Walker will leave her NBC crime drama to focus on feature films. Reports say the actress will appear in just a few episodes this fall. However, Peter Frechette, who portrays gay computer specialist George Fraley, will return.
Domestic Bedrooms: Rose Troches (Go Fish) gay romantic comedy Bedrooms & Hallways has been acquired for US distribution by First Run Features. The comedy, about a group looking for romance in an age of sexual confusion, will be released in August.
Oz Returns with Gay Content: Look for more gay content on HBOs critically acclaimed series Oz. The prison drama will continue to explore Tobias Beechers (Lee Tergesen) relationship with another male prisoner. The gritty drama is back for its third season on Wednesday, July 14.
If Dawsons Walls Could Talk: Michelle Williams, of Dawsons Creek, has joined the cast of If These Walls Could Talk 2, HBOs fictional look at the lesbian experience over three decades. Williams will start work in July on "Women Only," one of the three segments in the film, in which she falls for a butch lesbian.
Herb Ritts To Do A Bad, Bad Thing: Legendary photographer Herb Ritts is set to direct the video for Chris Isaaks "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing," according to gossip guru Liz Smith. The song, from the upcoming Stanley Kubricks Eyes Wide Shut is already heard accompanying the films racy trailer. Openly gay Ritts previously directed videos for Madonna and Janet Jackson, as well as Isaaks steamy "Wicked Game."
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LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 9, No. 8, July 2, 1999