Deep Inside Hollywood

Romeo San Vicente | August 28, 2003

Classical Jolie

Angelina Jolie is taking her role as mommy very seriously - and all the way to the silver screen. Jolie has signed on to appear as the mother of Alexander the Great in Alexander, director Oliver Stone's sweeping biographical movie epic. Jolie is in good (and sexy) company - Colin Farrell is set to play the title role, and Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins is taking on the part of Ptolemy, one of Alexander's closest friends and confidants. The film marches into multiplexes December 2004, about the same time as another Jolie movie - the animated Dreamworks underwater mobster comedy, Sharkslayer, which also features the voices of Robert De Niro, Renee Zellweger, and Will Smith.

Will Home Work?

If it's half as clever as its title, the now-in-production film Home of Phobia might succeed where other - okay, most - gay-themed comedies have failed. Now shooting in New Orleans and produced by Six Feet Under's Robert Greenblatt and David Janollari, the story follows all-American straight boy Clay (Sam Huntington) to college, where he meets the girl of his dreams and pretends to be gay to get her. Wackiness ensues. Of course, the premise is a retread (even if no one actually went to see Boat Trip), and stuff like this never works in real life, but that's why it's a comedy. The film co-stars John Goodman, Heather Matarazzo, and Saturday Night Live's Rachel Dratch, so there's hope that this Home will make us homos laugh.

Opening Highsmith's Door

Hollywood just can't get enough of the late lesbian author Patricia Highsmith. The Talented Mr. Ripley creator, whose novel Ripley Under Ground is in production under the title White on White for 2004, wrote a book in 1983 called People Who Knock on the Door, which will now be getting the big-screen treatment. The darkly comic thriller focuses on an average American family whose life goes to hell when one of its own becomes a born-again Christian. The resulting tension leads to violence and other ungodly acts. A Canadian production of the same story, to have been directed by Kissed's Lynne Stopkewich, never got its wings. If nothing else, it should be good for some entertaining Dogma-style protests at multiplexes.

Zadan and Meron's Roman Holiday

Out producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are heading from Chicago to Rome. The duo will be producing Taranus, an eight-part ABC limited series that chronicles the death of Julius Caesar through the eyes of his teenage nephew, Octavius. The title character is one of Caesar's slaves, who leaves Rome with Octavius to protect him after Caesar's murder. Zadan told me that "it's epic and yet intimate and emotional." Since we all know about the "gay" goings-on in ancient Rome, will the show deal with bisexuality? "When appropriate, of course," Zadan said, noting that the only thing ABC instructed him to do was "to go out and make a great series." No casting yet, but Taranus starts shooting in Rome this year and hits TV screens in fall 2004.

Romeo San Vicente has loved plenty of born-again Christians, whose identities must remain confidential.

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