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ML TIE NEWS.
Accolades for Almodovar
Spain rewards gay
filmmaker, Elton John
has another tirade and
Vito tells off the bigots
FABULOUS GAY FILMMAKER PEDRO
ALMODOVAR took home one of Spain's
top arts awards on May 17. The Prince of
Asturias prize comes with lots of prestige
and even more exciting, $62,000 in cash.
"It's one of the most important prizes I've
ever received." the director said to reporters
about the Asturias prize, which is given for a
body of work. "I feel overwhelmed."
Almodovar is known for his dramatic,
funny and colorful films full of fringe
characters who are frequently gay
at the very least, quirky.
His films include one of Dish's
favorites: "All About My Mother" (1999). a
film about a mother whose teen boy is
killed in an accident. She's surrounded
by strange characters including an aging
lesbian actress, a pregnant nun and a
"Bad Education," starring GAEL
GARCIA BERNAL, was a huge hit
among every queen Dish knows,
especially because of yummy Bernal's
exquisite drag performance.
Almodovar headed to the Cannes Film
Festival, running from May 17-28, where
he was premiering his newest film
"Volver" (that's "Return" for you non-
Spanish speaking types).
Things are looking good for the gay
Spaniard's new flick if the review from
England's the Guardian is any indication
of the reception.
'With overwhelming richness, color and
warmth, Pedro Almodovar's new movie
has captured the hearts of everyone at
Cannes," writes critic Peter Bradshaw "It
is easily the best film in competition so far,
and one surely in line for a big prize."
John's going weird
While ELTON JOHN'S music might
have launched his career and fame, it
seems that everything else in his life is
what keeps him in the headlines. Between
failing sitcoms and cursing like an old
sailor. John continues to make his mark
on pop culture.
News sources, especially those across
the pond, are all a-twitter that a pilot
John produced for ABC
^H^^ hasn't been picked up.
HThe show was
called "Him and Us"
(from "Buffy the
Vampire Slayer") as a
rocker and "Sex and
Elton John the City's" KIM
Gael Garcia Bernal (left) poses with gay filmmaker
Pedro Almodovar, who won one of Spain's top arts
awards (Photo by Gina Gayle/AP)
CA1TKALL as his manager.
News of the sitcom's cancellation
came shortly on the heels of John's
diatribe against photographers during an
awards ceremony at the Cannes Film
Festival on May 21. John was presenting
the Chopard award for young actors
(named after Chopard jewelers who host a
party at Cannes) to KEVIN ZEGERS. the
young cutie from "Transamerica."
As John was handing the award to the
young actor, photographers began calling
out and interrupting him.
" If you saw Transamerica'... I'm
talking, you fuckwit, fucking photographers," John railed, according to Reuters.
"You should be shot, you should be all shot."
Never cross an old queen.
Sweet talking mobster
Actor JOE GANNASCOLI who plays gay
Vito on HBO's "The Sopranos" was profiled
on May 22 by the New York Observer. In the
article, he talked about the feedback he's
gotten for playing a gay mobster
"I got guys in my neighborhood
who now give me dirty looks,"
he told the Observer.
"1 had a guy come
alter me in a club
after doing that
Iblowjob] scene. And
he was yelling stuff
like 'You're a
and that. I was like,
'Who the fuck is that?'
And they said, That's so-and-so's nephew, he
just got out.' I was like, 'Well, he's a moron.'"
Gannascoli, who originally approached
the show's producers about making his
character gay, also said that he's never had a
problem with gay people and doesn't mind
hanging out with gay friends at local bars.
"They're fucking fun guys, what's the
fucking big deal?" Gannascoli said.
Dish lines a rough-talking Italian.
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