By Romeo San Vicente
Anne Hathaway begs for, then gets, role on ‘Glee’
Sometime an A-list actor still has to audition for a role. Sometimes the A-list actor just gets a call and an offer. And sometimes that A-list actor grovels and begs. That’s what Anne Hathaway’s been doing lately, in her ongoing campaign of pestering “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy for a part. And if you think that nothing goes down at the Golden Globes besides drunkenness, irrelevant award dispensing and everybody getting angry at Ricky Gervais, then you’re wrong. Sometime during a commercial break at the most recent fete, Murphy handed Hathaway her part, one where she’ll be playing Chris Colfer’s singing lesbian aunt. How’s that for a rarefied atmosphere? It definitely beats being discovered at the Wal-Mart or on YouTube. And for all we know right now, Hathaway could pop up on the air much sooner (season two) rather than later (season three). They move quickly over in the “Glee” universe.
George Takei is a gay ninja
Super-cool George Takei, best known as Sulu on the original “Star Trek” series and as the one guy still resisting the anti-charms of William Shatner, has a new job: he’s going to be a dead holographic ninja. Takei is joining the cast of the Nickelodeon kid show, “Supah Ninja,” where he’ll play the spiritual guide to his ninja-in-training grandson and his friends. His character is deceased – and no, not gay like Takei at all – but will communicate as a hologram from the afterlife, providing elder statesman wisdom, ninja tips and the occasional comic one-liner. No word yet on when the show will debut, but keep checking those DVR listings. It’s sure to be an easier find in the alphabetical queue than “$#*! My Dad Says.”
Chloe Sevigny’s short visit to Sundance
Jonathan Caouette is a man who takes his time. His Sundance Film Festival sensation, the intimate documentary “Tarnation,” is now eight years old. And since that burst of indie fame he’s made a documentary about the very hip All Tomorrow’s Parties music festival, and that’s kind of it in terms of real output. Now comes news that this month’s Sundance Film Festival will feature new work from Caouette, a film called “All Flowers In Time,” featuring “Big Love” star Chloe Sevigny. One little detail: it’s 14 minutes long, which isn’t much longer than those funny little Sevigny parody videos all over YouTube right now, and which also seems sort of short for a movie that IMDB.com claims is “a guided tour through the shattered remains of memory and identity.” But at this point, hopeful Caouette (and Chloe) fans will take what they can get.
More real young lesbians, less real old ones
Maybe you watched “The Real L Word” and found it… lacking. Maybe you were sort of – OK, “really” – bored. Well, Showtime has what that they think is the answer to that blah feeling radiating from your TV. When season two of the reality series about a group of Los Angeles lesbians debuts this summer, there’ll be more focus on dreadlocked Whitney and her crew of young, hip, twentysomething friends. And minimizing everyone else’s camera time isn’t even much of a tradeoff . It’s not like the older cast members were spouting golden nuggets of lesbian life wisdom every time they opened their mouths. Why “shouldn’t” the spotlight shine on the pretty young things and their ability to party all night on a Tuesday? It’s a reality soap opera, after all; no one’s mistaking it for “Masterpiece Theater.” And because it’s Showtime, they’re all going to continue taking off their tops. Everybody wins.