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Romeo San Vicente | November 29, 2004

Carson Kressley � Bravo TV Carson Comes Down the Chimney

It's going to be a very Carson Kressley Christmas over at Bravo. The favorite gay fashionista of hetero makeover candidates everywhere is hosting his very first holiday special for the network that made him a star. It's called The Christmas Special Christmas Special, and no, you didn't read that incorrectly. This holiday show will pay tribute to all those other holiday specials that came before, much like the way I Love the 80s pays tribute to The A-Team. Interviews with stars of Christmas past and clips of everything from South Park: A Very Crappy Christmas to ancient artifacts like 1951's Amal and the Night Visitors are in this party mix, with the quippy Carson narrating – and most likely jingling – all the way. The wrapping comes off December 7, with what is sure to be a generous helping of repeats until the 25th rolls around.



Darren Star Star Cooks Up Kitchen Confidential

His Sex and the City ladies spent their time hanging out in one chic eatery after another, but now Sex creator Darren Star is going backstage, as it were, with his new project. A behind-the-scenes comedy about life on the other end of the entree, Kitchen Confidential – a half-hour series based on the memoir of the same name by Anthony Bourdain, executive chef at New York's Les Halles restaurant – will move straight past the ladies who lunch and into the fast-paced kitchens where those $99 truffle-laden hamburgers get made. The project is now in the hands of writers, who'll translate Bourdain's book for the small screen; Star himself will be supervising the pilot. Both 20th Century Fox Television and New Line TV are on board to produce, and Romeo's mouth is already watering in anticipation.



Queen Latifah Set It Off Again

The very cool 1996 women-robbing-banks drama Set It Off ended in a hail of bullets, with three of its four main characters on ice. So...sequel? Why not? And that's exactly the plan that's in the works over at New Line, with producer Darryl Taja setting up the next chapter in that crime spree. The original film starred Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica Fox, Kimberly Elise, and Queen Latifah (playing a butch lesbian with nothing to lose) as an all-female, gun-toting gang of desperate women in need of quick cash. But since Pinkett-Smith's character was the lone survivor when that movie's credits rolled, it's unclear at this point if the sequel will involve any of the original felons. Hey, it worked in Teen Wolf, Too. Sort of.



Kathy Griffin Kathy Griffin's Cup Runs Over

Comedian Kathy Griffin's legions of gay followers – the woman seems to have an almost religious preference for her queer fans – will be happy to know that after her new concert film, Allegedly, drops this month on DVD, their favorite funny lady has a multiplex's worth of movies heading down the pike. In the forthcoming Vegas Baby, Griffin plays something called a "She-Elvis" (really, don't ask); in the Cinderella story Dirty Love, she stars opposite Jenny McCarthy and Carmen Electra; the Blue Lagoon–ish Lovewrecked sees her joining cast members Amanda Bynes and Lance Bass; and in the Charles Matthau-directed Her Minor Thing, Griffin will work opposite Saturday Night Live's Rachel Dratch and former SNL–er Victoria Jackson. Meanwhile, if you're too lazy to commit all that to memory, you could just catch her on Hollywood Squares.

  • Romeo San Vicente is most fond of Kathy Griffin's performance in "It's Pat."


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