Deep Inside Hollywood
Romeo San Vicente | April 5, 2004
Will & Grace: The Next American Idols?
In the grand tradition of such albums as Laverne & Shirley Sing and The
Simpsons Sing the Blues, the cast of Will & Grace is recording an album
to be titled Will & Grace: Who's Your Daddy?. Okay, maybe it will be
better than those other ones. After all, Megan Mullally has a fine voice
(her show-tune moment with Clay Aiken on a recent Saturday Night Live was
as gay as anything W & G could cook up), and Eric McCormack was
well-received as Harold Hill in The Music Man revival. Now it just remains
to be seen if Sean Hayes and Debra Messing can out-karaoke their fellow
castmates. The cast's songs will appear alongside tracks by other artists,
such as Cheryl Lynn's "Got To Be Real" and a recording of "Footloose" by
Kevin Bacon's band, The Bacon Brothers. Sing out, sister.
Gershon Heats Up Hot Mama
Since her turn as a tattooed, bisexual rocker in last year's Prey for Rock
& Roll, Gina Gershon has thrown herself into her work. Every lesbian's
favorite screen icon just finished the upcoming thriller Out of Season
with Dennis Hopper. Now she's filming West Memphis Three, the true story
of three teenage convicted child-killers, which will also star Michael Pitt,
Donal Logue, Michael Madsen, and Gershon's Prey co-star and Sopranos
regular Drea de Matteo. But TV, as everyone knows, is where the real money
and household-name status are found. So Gershon is hoping Hot Mama, an ABC
sitcom with eyes on the fall season, turns out to be a hot property. In it,
Gershon plays a wedding planner who's also a hip single mom with a
conservative daughter, and, well, sitcom-ish funny stuff happens. Hey, it
worked for Family Ties.
HIV Poz Boxer Roughs Up Movie Screens
Writer-producer Curt Johnson has optioned the movie rights to the story of
Tommy Morrison, the 1990s heavyweight boxing star who tested HIV-positive
in 1996. It's a compelling story since Morrison - considered to be as tough
as Mike Tyson - was rising in boxing's ranks, had co-starred with Sylvester
Stallone in Rocky V, and was even scheduled to battle Tyson upon the
champ's release from prison. A positive HIV test derailed the event and
forced Morrison into retirement, where he has continued to be a source of
surprise by refusing traditional medical treatment for the virus. Johnson
will pen the screenplay and casting is already being discussed. Names like
Stallone and Mickey Rourke are being thrown around, and several sports-world
figures may appear as themselves, but nothing's definite yet. Romeo, who is
always up to watching shirtless men fight, is hoping for a Mr. T cameo.
Sophie B. Acting
It's been a few years since barefoot omnisexual chanteuse Sophie B. Hawkins
hit the pop charts with "Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover" and "As I Lay Me
Down," but she hasn't been spending her time sitting around collecting
royalties. The pop star has taken up acting. She appeared in a little-seen,
straight-to-video thing called Beyond the City Limits with Alyson
Hannigan, and popped up on The Chris Isaak Show, too. But it's her
upcoming film roles that will really show the world whether she's a thespian
or just a singing part-time lesbian. Walk On, an ensemble film about
baseball's Texas Rangers, to be directed by Walter Hill, is in production
now. In it, Hawkins plays the mother of co-star Jessica Simpson's character.
Meanwhile, she's also joining Gina Gershon on the set of West Memphis
Three in a small role. Romeo thinks these minor parts are a good idea for
singers getting their feet wet in movies. Glitter-sized debacles don't
look good on anyone.
Romeo San Vicente would like to see a duet between Sean Hayes and rapper 50
Taye Diggs Takes the 'Hill'