Deep Inside Hollywood
Romeo San Vicente | August 10, 2004
Cher and Chastity Take a Family Outing
She believes in life after love and life after endless concert touring.
Not content to take it easy and sit around the house in sweats, Cher is
coming into your home – most likely sans multiple costume changes – to talk
about coming out. Logo, the new lesbian and gay cable channel, will launch
its slate of programming on February 17, and included in the line-up of
queer films will be a fresh batch of original homo shows, one of which,
Family Outing, will be hosted by Cher and Chastity Bono. Outing will
focus on the coming-out stories of celebrities and other people in the news,
and delve into the consequences of that decision with friends, family, and
the press. Romeo is excited, but not getting his hopes up for a weekly
mother/daughter duet of "I Got You, Babe."
Joan Jett's Return to the Runaways
For queers of the '70s who loved rock and roll instead of folk music or
disco, the Runaways were an immensely important band. Lesbians especially
found icons in tough girls Joan Jett and Lita Ford, and now that legacy is
getting a media boost with the release of Edgeplay: A Film About The
Runaways. Directed by former Runaway member Victory Tischler-Blue (then
known as Vicki Blue), the movie compiles archival fan-shot footage, offset
by Blue's memories of joining the all-girl band that spent their teen years
touring the world and being alternately revered as pioneers and reviled as a
corrupt record industry's jailbait-exploitation project. The movie is
touring film festivals right now, with hopes for a wider distribution deal
to follow. And that would rock.
Showtime's Police Story Spreads the Hate
Romeo knows what you're thinking: "Who needs another cop show?" And normally
that sort of complaint would be right on the money. Leave it to Showtime,
though – home to The L Word and Queer as Folk – to know not only where
its bread is buttered, but also how to take the tired cop-drama concept and
make it fresh. The cable channel is developing Hate, a new series set in
the hate-crimes division of the New York Police Department, to be
executive-produced by Oscar winners Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen (American
Beauty, Big Fish), as well as openly gay filmmaker Paris Barclay. Barclay
also co-wrote and directed Hate's pilot episode, so queer story lines are
virtually guaranteed. All that's left is for Showtime to say, "Book 'em!"
to a whole season.
Stephin Merritt's Fairy Tale
Gay songwriter Stephin Merritt may be an unfamiliar name, but if you've seen
the trailer for the upcoming Richard Gere/Jennifer Lopez movie Shall We
Dance, you've heard Peter Gabriel singing "Book of Love," a song by
Merritt's band, The Magnetic Fields. Theater audiences will soon have a
chance to learn Merritt's name, as the prolific and critically acclaimed
musician is working on the songs for a stage musical called My Life as a
Fairy Tale, about the life of Hans Christian Andersen, to be directed by
Chen Shi-Zheng. The Danish author of The Ugly Duckling and other classic
fairy tales, Andersen is widely believed by scholars to have been gay or
bisexual, although it's unknown at the moment if that bit of biography is
relevant to the story. Either way, the music is sure to be lovely.
Romeo San Vicente with his swan-like beauty, has no personal point of
reference for "getting" The Ugly Duckling.
Jodie Takes Flight