Dr. Laura says she's sorry. The controversial radio and TV talk show host, aka Laura Schlessinger, apologized on Monday to gays and lesbians for "poorly chosen" words she said have been perceived as hate, The Associated Press reports.
"On the Day of Atonement (the Jewish Yom Kippur holiday), Jews are commanded to seek forgiveness from people we have hurt," Schlessinger, who is Jewish, said in a newspaper ad. "I deeply regret the hurt this situation has caused the gay and lesbian community."
The ad, signed by Schlessinger, was included in a Gay Hollywood special edition of Daily Variety today. The special edition examines gays and lesbians in the entertainment industry.
Schlessinger has referred to homosexuality as a "biological error" and "deviant."
While Schlessinger apologized for the hurt her comments have caused, the good doctor didn't apologize for the remarks about homosexuality.
The ad failed to placate her critics.
"Laura Schlessinger once again blames others for the impact of her rhetoric, refusing to take responsibility for her precisely chosen, scientifically inaccurate description of gay and lesbian lives," said Joan M. Garry, executive director of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. "The anger Schlessinger's words have caused is too great and too profound to simply go away after a qualified admission of some guilt."
'DAWSON'S CREEK' DAD PASSES AWAY: David Dukes, a veteran character actor who portrayed Andie and Jack McPhee's (Meredith Monroe and Kerr Smith) father on "Dawson's Creek," has died. Dukes, 55, was filming "Rose Red" in Tacoma, Wash., on Monday when he collapsed on the set and never regained consciousness. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Among Dukes credits are "The Winds of War" and its sequel "War and Remembrance," "The Josephine Baker Story," "Norma Jean and Marilyn" and "Gods and Monsters."
Novelist and college teacher Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) is a literary luminary on the strength of his smash first book but his follow-up is going nowhere after years of effort. Blocked emotionally as well as creatively this rumpled pot-smoking eccentric has driven away his wife and squandered another opportunity for love with his school's hubby-cheating chancellor (Frances McDormand). Then an exceptionally gifted young student (Tobey Maguire) triggers a series of misadventures that exceeds anything Grady ever dreamed up for his fiction.
In a performance that rivals his work in "Wall Street" as the best of his career Douglas grounds the film with effortless-looking naturalism and crusty charm. His knack for bringing sympathy to unsavory characters allows "Wonder Boys" to retain an edge while stealthily reaching for viewers' heartstrings. Playing a sensitive misfit coming of age for the umpteenth time is no stretch for Maguire ("The Cider House Rules") but he's touchingly effective nonetheless. The invaluable Robert Downey Jr. ("Chaplin") is delightful as Grady's stressed-out but loyal agent who hits town with a hulking transvestite on his arm.
Curtis Hanson ("L.A. Confidential") takes the fine screenplay adaptation by Steve Kloves ("The Fabulous Baker Boys") and wrings it for every drop of humor and pathos. Wise and full of heart in its sly way "Wonder Boys" is the kind of deeply satisfying piece filmmakers must have in mind when they set out to make dramas. The obvious disparity between the film's wide critical acclaim and dismal box-office performance earlier this year led Paramount Pictures to give it a rare re-release as the holiday Oscar season gets underway.
Kindly chemistry whiz Sherman (Eddie Murphy) has found the love of his life in cutie colleague Denise (Janet Jackson) who appreciates the heart of gold beneath his extra-large exterior. But the hero's happiness is threatened when his irrepressible alter-ego Buddy Love (Murphy) reappears with a scheme to wreak havoc with Sherman's newly discovered youth potion.
"The Klumps" displays Murphy's remarkable talent for submerging himself in diverse characters even more prominently than the original did. He impressively expands upon the four Klump family members he plays with the aid of Rick Baker's Oscar-winning prosthetic makeup effects -- especially his hilarious turn as sex-crazed Granny Klump. Larry Miller is amusingly caustic as the dean of Sherman's college while pop diva Jackson deserves credit simply for keeping a straight face opposite Murphy's various incarnations.
Peter Segal ("Tommy Boy") hands in a polished if not particularly inspired piece of broad comedy that achieves its primary purpose -- staying out of Murphy's way as he works his special magic. The filmmakers pay little attention to the brainless shamelessly mechanical plotline devoting nearly all their energy to fart and sex gags that if anything aim lower than the original film's. We're talking about a flick draws one of its biggest laughs from a character getting sodomized by a giant hamster. Baby that's nasty!