Deep Inside Hollywood
Romeo San Vicente | October 23, 2003
The Swimmer Does Another Lap
In 1968's The Swimmer, Burt Lancaster played a Connecticut advertising
executive whose decision to swim home through each backyard pool in his upscale
neighborhood sparks personal insights into the meaning of his life. Thirty-five
years later, a remake of the movie is in the works - based, like the original,
on a short story by the late bisexual author John Cheever. The Swimmer will
star and be co-produced by Alec Baldwin. Only weeks ago, it seemed a sure
thing that Baldwin would step into the role of designer Halston, but now that
casting news is up in the air. This project is a better bet, since he'll be
helping bring it to the screen himself. A start date for filming is scheduled for
spring or summer 2004. Now about that Speedo costume-fitting session ...
William H. Macy and gay director Steven Schachter are on a roll. Their TNT
made-for-TV movie Door to Door earned six Emmy Awards last month, they're
remaking Jackie Gleason's 1962 movie Gigot for TNT, and now an independent
theatrical feature, Belle of Indiana, is crowding their plate. The period
thriller, set in the early 1900s, centers on Belle, a deserted farm wife. After
trying to run the family farm with her only daughter, she advertises for help.
That's when the good-looking farmhands show up - and then slowly disappear one by
one, leaving the audience to wonder what really happened to that AWOL husband.
Macy will star in the film and Schachter is co-writing the script with Janet
Faust. Awards to be harvested at a later date.
John Cleese Joins Will & Grace's Flying Circus
Now that Minnie Driver is an established presence on NBC's Will & Grace as
Lorraine Finster - mistress to the late husband of Karen (Megan Mullaly), not
to mention Karen's wanna-be murderer - it was just a matter of time before
things got even weirder. Enter John Cleese as Lorraine's father, Lestor. The
63-year-old veteran comic actor will join a long list of stunt-cast talent
(including Madonna, Demi Moore, Cher, Michael Douglas, Matt Damon) the show has
employed in recent years. But Cleese's turn will be no one-off. Look for him to
romance Karen and drive Lorraine crazy for as many as six episodes beginning this
fall, most likely during November sweeps.
Diaz Turns W.A.S.P.
She flew through the air with the greatest of ease in both Charlie's Angels
movies, but now Cameron Diaz will be suiting up and flying for Uncle Sam in
W.A.S.P.S, a World War II drama in the works from Fox. Diaz will play a pilot
recruited to serve as one of the Women's Air Force Service Pilots, the first
all-female pilot program, created by the U.S. military in 1942. Although the
group never saw combat overseas, 39 died in service while flying missions over
America. No word on any lesbian roles in the script (and if there aren't any,
it'll surely be revisionist herstory), but early casting news puts Mimi Rogers
in the supporting role of Jackie Cochran, the woman who helped start the
airborne League of Their Own.
Romeo San Vicente collects good-looking farmhands by the bushel.
Sigourney Weaver, Adrien Brody, and William Hurt are horrified townies in The Woods
Gay director Robert Luketic directs Jennifer Lopez in Monster-In-Law
Janet Jackson to star in musical TV movie about Lena Horne