HBO film features gay, lesbian families

HBO film features gay, lesbian families
HBO and Rosie O'Donnell have joined forces to produce a documentary about a vacation cruise for gay and lesbian families.
The documentary, scheduled for release next year, will tell the story of the inaugural R Family Vacations cruise, in which about 500 gay and lesbian parents took their kids on a cruise to Key West, Fla., and the Bahamas. R Family Vacations was founded by Gregg Kaminsky and O'Donnell's partner, Kelli -- whom she married earlier this year in San Francisco -- to provide family-friendly vacations for the gay and lesbian community.
"We're delighted to be in business with Rosie again, and we are honored that she is entrusting this documentary -- which explores true family values and celebrates difference -- to HBO," says Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary and Family. "The gay family cruise gives children a chance to be among others in like circumstances."
The still-untitled documentary, directed by Shari Cookson ("Living Dolls"), chronicles the maiden voyage of R Family Vacations aboard the cruise ship Norwegian Dawn. About 1,600 people took part in the cruise.
Berry says she'd giveCatwoman another go
HAMBURG, Germany -- "Catwoman" star Halle Berry said she'd gladly slip into the skintight catsuit again, undaunted by a weak start for the movie in the United States.
"I think I'm really hoping to do another 'Catwoman,'" Berry told reporters ahead of the film's German premiere.
Berry, who slinks through the movie in midriff-baring black leather, pointed to the satisfaction that comes from a good whip-crack.
"Everybody just wanted to crack that whip," she said. "When you get your first crack, you just want to keep on cracking."
Co-star Benjamin Bratt was a bit less adept: "My first and only attempt ended up with me smacking myself in the back of the head. I left it to the professionals."
The $100 million movie opened in the United States to a cool critical response, coming in third at the box office at $16.7 million -- behind "The Bourne Supremacy" and "I, Robot."
Broadcasters plan to airPhish farewell concert
COVENTRY, Vt. -- Promoters of next week's Phish concert are renting a local radio station to broadcast the music and provide traffic updates.
Great Northeast Productions Inc. is leasing the Derby radio station at 92.1 on the FM dial. Known as WMOO, it will become "The Bunny" during the festival. It will go on the air Thursday.
Dave Werlin, president of Great Northeast Productions, said the radio station will operate live 24 hours a day.
There also will be live, worldwide radio broadcasts of the shows next Saturday and Aug. 15 by XM satellite, and fans will be able to view the shows at selected movie theaters around the country.
Werlin said 50,000 movie tickets will be available.
He's hoping the live, high-definition video broadcasts, as well as the XM satellite broadcasts, will take the pressure off Coventry.
The concert is sold out, and people without tickets will be turned back if they don't have a ticket, state police have warned.
Today's birthdays
Singer B.J. Thomas is 62. Country singer Rodney Crowell is 54. Actor Wayne Knight is 49. Rock singer Bruce Dickinson is 46. Actor David Duchovny is 44. Country musician Michael Mahler (Wild Horses) is 43. Jazz musician Marcus Roberts is 41. Country singer Raul Malo (The Mavericks) is 39. Actress Charlotte Lewis is 37. Actress Sydney Penny is 33. Actress Charlize Theron is 29.

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