The Gay Agenda

1.5.2009

By Joseph Hassan

Friday, January 9: Movie goers and history buffs in Los Angeles and New York can catch the first installment of the Steven Soderbergh biopic Che, starring Benicio del Toro as the legendary Marxist revolutionary. The film, originally screened as a limited-run, four-hours-plus edition in late 2008 to qualify for Oscar contention, has now been divided into two parts (The Argentine, released today, and The Guerilla, to be released next month). This is Del Toro's first major motion picture performance in Spanish (with English subtitles, of course), and the Puerto Rican actor has termed it one of his most challenging to date. The Argentine (catch the trailer) will be released nationwide January 24.

Saturday, January 10: Honestly, what the hell would the 1970s be without disco? And when we think disco, we think The Village People. (Well, they're at least one of the acts that come to mind -- and certainly the campiest.) The group enjoyed a quick rise to fame when their iconic costumes, moustaches, and suggestive lyrics (all designed to play to a gay audience) resonated with the mainstream crowd of the time. Take a gander at the music video for their 1985 song 'Sex Over the Phone,' which may be the act's campiest tune of all. They bring it all back tonight at The Star of the Desert Arena at Primm Valley Resort in Primm, Nev., at 8:00 PM PST. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, macho man.

Sunday, January 11: Tonight stars of the small and big screens come together to celebrate the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles. In addition to dishing on the celebs' outfits, pay close attention to important nominations for us this year, including Sean Penn's nod for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his dazzling portrayal of slain gay politician Harvey Milk. Out cover boy James Franco also scored a nomination (not for his role in Milk, but for Best actor in a Musical or Comedy for Pineapple Express.) Australia was completely shut out (yep, even Nicole Kidman was shunned), but keep a keen eye on Doubt and Slumdog Millionaire, which we expect to take home statues. Hosted by Jake Gyllenhaal, Glenn Close, and Ricky Gervais, the show officially runs from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM EST, with additional details available straight from the horse's mouth.

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