Deep Inside Hollywood
Romeo San Vicente | March 29, 2004
Kidman and Lopez Are Darlings
Nicole Kidman knows what she likes, and she gets what she wants. So when the
A-list actor decided to executive-produce a musical, she wanted Chicago's
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, as well as pop-diva/actor Jennifer Lopez along
for the ride. The project at hand is American Darlings, a World War II-era
music-filled drama, to be produced by Zadan and Meron and to star Kidman and
Lopez as swing-band musicians in a time when women weren't exactly welcome
in the band. Think A League of Their Own with saxophones and prettier
outfits. No screenwriter or director on board yet, but it's understood that
Kidman and Lopez will sing in the film.
It turns out that you really can't stop the beat. Just like The Producers,
John Waters' Hairspray was a movie with music first, then a Broadway
musical, and will now return to the big screen in its new all-singing,
all-dancing incarnation. Everyone involved in creating the Tony-winning
smash will be involved in the film, from composer Marc Shaiman to the play's
book writers, Thomas Meehan and Mark O'Donnell. The film is even being
produced at New Line the company responsible for the original film 16 years
ago - but it will very likely not be directed by John Waters. Now all Romeo
needs to hear is that Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur will
reprise their mother/daughter stage roles as Edna and Tracy Turnblad.
Streisand: Mother Focker?
OK, fans, you can exhale. Barbra Streisand is in final negotiations to
return to the big screen. The project? Meet the Fockers, the sequel to
Meet the Parents. Streisand will star with Dustin Hoffman as the parents
of Ben Stiller, the hapless fiance/victim of the hit 2000 comedy. In this
installment, with the wedding of their children drawing near, Streisand and
Hoffman play the free-spirited opposites (and opponents) of Parents'
uptight future in-laws, Robert DeNiro and Blythe Danner. This will be
Streisand's first film in eight years; it's been even longer (1987's
disastrous Nuts) since she's starred in a movie without directing it. No
word on whether or not she'll get to sing the theme song or crimp her hair.
Either way, if she can channel the energy she harnessed in the hilarious
What's Up Doc, it may revive her status as a genuinely funny actor.
Grunge for Gus
Now that the Seattle grunge scene is ancient history (by rock-'n'-roll
standards, at least), the time is right for Hollywood to figure out how to
present it fictionally. Enter Gus Van Sant, a Pacific Northwesterner
himself, and actor Michael Pitt, star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, as
well as this year's sexually provocative Bernardo Bertolucci film, The
Dreamers. The pair will collaborate on Last Days, a film set during the
rainy region's early 1990's punk-rock-meets-Black-Sabbath musical movement,
with all the flannel shirts and heroin addiction that era connotes. HBO
Films is financing the project, with Pitt set to star and actor Lukas Haas
in talks to join the cast. Romeo just wants to know who'll portray Courtney
Romeo San Vicente once "accidentally" destroyed an ex-boyfriend's copy of The Broadway Album.
Taye Diggs Takes the 'Hill'