The Gay Agenda
By Peter Schaus
FLICK: Queer filmmaker Todd Haynes has always been a horse of a different color. His short film 'Dottie Gets Spanked' featured a pre-teen protagonist who longed for abuse, and the central character of Safe was allergic to the outdoors. So it isn't surprising that his new Bob Dylan biopic, I'm Not There, features six actors (one of whom -- haven't you heard? -- is the inimitable Cate Blanchett) playing the legendary rock icon. Given its kick-ass soundtrack and the quality of Haynes' previous work, we smell Oscar nod for this one. The film opens in limited release on Nov. 23.
PAGE-TURNER: Those of you who've used up all your paid time off nursing hangovers can break free by picking up queer author Brian Bouldrey's travel memoir, Honorable Bandit: A Walk across Corsica. Bouldrey straps on a backpack for the tome, walking across Napolean's native land in a two-week trek, where he discovers cultural nuances, personal and physical challenges, and how to cope when you get very, very lost. Honorable Bandit is in stores now.
TUBE: In honor of the show's 100th episode, prominent dykon Melissa Etheridge will be joining Out's Humanitarian of the Year, Annie Lennox, and Rufus Wainwright to host Logo's NewNowNext, a video jukebox show that serves as the gay man's equivalent to MTV's Headbanger's Ball. The show has helped launch Logo as the go-to destination for queer performers and gay-friendly artists. NewNowNext airs all week. Check listings for repeat times.