Deep Inside Hollywood
Romeo San Vicente | July 21, 2003

What an Incredible Hulk!

The Hulk � 2003 Universal Studios For every gay male moviegoer who watched Ang Lee's Hulk grow to 20 feet and wondered if he was, well, proportional, the truth can now be told. It turns out that there's a line of cheap, Spanish-made Hulk plush dolls, being given away as carnival prizes in the U.K., that sport extra-large endowments. When a 6-year-old girl from - get this - Biggin Hill, Kent, tore the purple pants off her recently won 12-inch doll, she discovered a fat green member. Predictably shocked British adults are calling for a ban on the toy and predictably misleading media outlets are reporting the extra piece of cloth as 2 inches in length when it's really only about half that. Maybe reporters found the measurement on his profile - if so, it's sad that even the Hulk feels the need to exaggerate his size.

Angelina the Great

Angelina Jolie in New York last week (AFP) Beautifully bisexual Angelina Jolie is taking on royalty - and no, that doesn't mean she's dating Prince William. Jolie will portray one of the most powerful women in history, Catherine the Great of Russia. The heavily tattooed Oscar winner will star in Love and Honor, a film that explores the 18th-century empress's relationship with an emissary from the fledgling United States. It turns out the emissary gets political favors from Catherine by providing her with his own personal favors, if you get my drift. Randall Wallace (Pearl Harbor, Braveheart) will write and direct. No word yet on when the cameras roll.

Dirty Rotten Jack

Fresh off his Tony win for the fabulously campy Hairspray, out theater director Jack O'Brien is turning yet another movie into a musical, this time with the help of a couple of slick gigolos. O'Brien, along with his Full Monty lyricist and collaborator, David Yazbek, is taking on the 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which starred Steve Martin and Michael Caine as a pair of rival con men fleecing wealthy society ladies on the French Riviera. Since they're both working the same small beach town, the two men make a bet: the first one to score $50,000 gets exclusive claim to the town and the money. Although no date has been set for the premiere, you can bet a few euros that the staged version of Scoundrels will debut at San Diego's Old Globe, where O'Brien is artistic director.

J.T. Leroy Rides the Elephant

Reclusive, disguise-wearing, queer literary sensation J.T. Leroy has another film project coming soon. In addition to big-screen versions of his two books, Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, currently in different stages of production, the 23-year-old is also an associate producer of queer director Gus Van Sant's Elephant. Leroy penned a first draft of the Columbine-esque, high-school-massacre-themed screenplay; and though the author's work was mostly discarded by Van Sant, some of Leroy's words remain in the final cut, including a scene in which a girl is abused by other students in gym class. The film recently won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, and if more acclaim follows, it may mark the beginning of the end of Leroy's closely guarded anonymity - no matter how many wigs, hats, and pairs of sunglasses he dons for venturing into public.

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