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Romeo San Vicente | January 23, 2004

The Lulu That Neve Do

Neve Campbell � 1997 Dimension Films Now that she's dancing (and producing) her way through Robert Altman's The Company, Neve Campbell also has her eye on the story of fellow dancer-turned-actor Louise Brooks. Campbell recently bought the script Lulu from writers Peter Nickowitz and Bill Oliver and plans to turn it into a starring vehicle for herself. Best known as the star of 1929's Pandora's Box - which is widely regarded as the first screen representation of lesbianism - Brooks was willfully modern and nonconformist and quit acting in the 1930s. "The story has to do with the mystery of her," says gay scribe Nickowitz. "She was a dancer and gave that up to act, then gave that up. She was a painter and a writer, too." Come to think of it, that sounds a little like Campbell's multi-tasking career path. Look for Lulu to bob its way into theaters in the not-too-distant future.



Sarsgaard Smooches Scott

Campbell Scott in 'Big Night' � 1996, Rysher Entertainment, Inc. Campbell Scott meets Peter Sarsgaard meets Patricia Clarkson in the upcoming film adaptation of The Dying Gaul, by gay playwright Craig Lucas. In Gaul, the characters played by Scott and Sarsgaard start having an affair. Then Clarkson, as the wife of one of the men, finds out and becomes secretly involved with them through an Internet chat room, creating a romantic triangle. The project marks the third collaboration between Lucas and Scott: the actor appeared in the Lucas-penned The Secret Lives of Dentists and Longtime Companion. Filming is already finished and the movie is in the editing room, so look for it later this year.



Seconds on Seconds

Jonathan Mostow (R) Matthew McConaughey (L) on 'U-571' set � Universal Pictures Jonathan Mostow, director of U-571 and T3, will take the helm of Paramount's remake of the 1966 John Frankenheimer drama, Seconds. The original, which starred John Randolph and Rock Hudson, was about a man who literally has two lives. Unhappy with his existence and the choices he's made, Randolph gets a new face and identity and emerges as Hudson, only to wreck his newer, more handsome life as well. It was a story that had unusual resonance for Hudson later in his career, when it became a metaphor for his life in the closet. The fast-tracked project is the second (detect a theme here?) Frankenheimer movie - the first is The Manchurian Candidate - to be redone by the studio. Meanwhile, the plan is to retitle this second Seconds, but there's no word yet on what that new name will be.



Nurse Sings for America

Paul de Leeuw in 'Ja Zuster, Nee Zuster' An audience favorite on last year's film festival circuit, the kooky Dutch musical comedy Yes Nurse! No Nurse! will make its way across the ocean to American theaters later this year, as Regent Entertainment's Here Films has acquired the movie for distribution. Based on a Dutch TV show from the '60s, it's the story of Nurse Klivia, her nursing-home patients, and their battles with a mean landlord. A decidedly queer sensibility prevails and has led to the movie being compared to everything from Singing in the Rain and Little Shop of Horrors (minus the murders) to Pee-wee's Playhouse. It could be just what the doctor ordered.



Shankman's Fairy Tale

It appears that the long-in-development, live-action-meets-animation feature Enchanted will finally get a chance to say "once upon a time." The picture, having undergone director changes and rewrites since 2000, has landed on gay director Adam Shankman's already full plate. He's made room for it, though, and the production is on track. Names like John Travolta and Susan Sarandon and David Hyde Pierce were attached at first - and may still be. Meanwhile, Kate Hudson and Reese Witherspoon are considered the frontrunners to voice the lead of a peasant girl banished from her animated fairy-tale world to live-action New York City. There she must choose between loving a real man or returning to her Prince Charming. And yes, there'll be an Evil Queen. What's a fairy tale - or New York - without one?



Grace's Straight Man Makes More Music

You might be quick to guess that Eric McCormack or Sean Hayes would be the first male cast member from Will & Grace to go off and make a feature-length movie musical. But no. Actor-singer-composer Harry Connick Jr., also known as the resident heterosexual life partner for Debra Messing's Grace, has signed a deal to star in and produce a musical feature. Based on an idea Connick developed himself, Ben Invention is a romantic musical comedy about a man separated from civilization who decides to venture into it in search of love. It's the first project to come from Connick's production company, HC Prods, and the crooner will also - no surprise here - contribute original songs to the score. No word on other cast yet, but Romeo knows that Megan Mullally can carry a tune herself. Think about it, HC.



"Foxy" Amy Gets Animated

While Romeo waits breathlessly for the hilarious Amy Sedaris to get busy with her Strangers with Candy movie, his (and your) obsessive craving to see her perform will get its fix soon enough with a few smaller-scale projects. First she'll appear in the due-in-theaters-at-any-moment-now childbirth comedy from lesbian director Cheryl Dunye, My Baby's Daddy. She'll also get the chance to work her weird magic on innocent young people when she voices the character of "Foxy Loxy" in the animated feature version of Chicken Little. She'll be joining Broken Hearts Club star Zach Braff in the movie - that film's little chicken is this one's sky-fearing Chicken Little - as well as fellow voice talent Steve Zahn and, coolest of all, Don Knotts.



His Girl Then, Her Guy Now

Andrew Fleming on the set of 'The In Laws' � 2003 - Warner Brothers If you're going to "re-imagine" a great movie like His Girl Friday, one that starred one of the most handsome bisexual men ever and one of the screen's most beloved female gay icons - that would be Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, by the way, kids - you'd better do it right. Well, writer/director Andrew Fleming (Dick, The Craft, Threesome) will be getting his chance soon when he takes on the upcoming comedy Her Guy Friday. The film, which has yet to be cast, will center on a testosterone-junkie war correspondent who ends up in an office job with a mean female boss. The usual battle-of-the-sexes ensues, but Romeo is trusting Fleming's writing skills and the spirit of the original film enough that, when the characters end up falling in love, they won't get too mushified in the process. Please?

Romeo San Vicente wouldn't mind smooching either Scott or Sarsgaard. Look-alikes welcome, too.


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