The Gay Agenda
By Peter Schaus
TUBE: People say gay guys are just like teenage girls. We'd argue that point, but we�re too busy watching Gossip Girl, the new adolescent drama on the CW about spoiled Manhattan heiresses. Based on the best-selling young adult novel by Cecily von Ziegesar, the series tells the story of Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), a spoiled Upper East Side princess who leaves boarding school and returns to her privileged New York private academy -- only to discover she�s not being welcomed back with open arms. Gossip Girl airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST.
FLICK: In the November issue of Out senior editor Matthew Breen chooses Cate Blanchett�s turn as Queen Elizabeth I in 1998�s Elizabeth as one of the greatest incarnations of the role (aside from Quentin Crisp in Orlando, of course). Let�s see if she fares as well in the sequel, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, which opens October 12. This time around, Elizabeth deals with bothersome conspirators and romances hottie Clive Owen. Must be rough.
TUNES: Beloved alt-rock homo Michael Stipe returns with the newest offering from R.E.M, titled R.E.M Live. The two-disc set features live performances of the band�s classics (including �Everybody Hurts,� �Man On the Moon,� and �Losing My Religion") and hits stores October 16.