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Romeo San Vicente | April 25, 2005

Roddy McDowall Flicka Finds a Future

Before there was Mr. Ed, there was a horse named Flicka. Flicka didn't speak like Ed, but was made famous all the same in a 1950s TV series and, earlier, by the 1943 film My Friend Flicka, starring the late gay actor Roddy McDowall. Now a new generation will meet the friendly horse in the remake, to be helmed by gay director Michael Mayer (A Home at the End of the World). The story concerns a young girl (Big Fish's Alison Lohman) with dreams of running her family's Wyoming ranch, who finds and claims a wild horse she names Flicka. Maria Bello (The Cooler) and country music star Tim McGraw (Friday Night Lights) play her parents, with newcomers Danny Pino (Cold Case) and Ryan Kwanten (Summerland) rounding out the cast. Fans of Seabiscuit and Hasbro's My Pretty Pony are already online trying to buy tickets.

Cynthia Nixon Cynthia Nixon's in Her Prime

Cynthia Nixon's latest public quote about having no work thanks to Kim Cattrall's refusal to do a Sex and the City movie was, of course, a joke. It was also incorrect. Currently appearing in HBO's Warm Springs, Nixon's also got New York stage work lined up in two different plays for the 2005-2006 Broadway season. She'll star in a new production of Lanford Wilson's Talley's Folly and also take the title role in an off-Broadway revival of Jay Presson Allen's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. The New Group will stage the show about a charismatic teacher and her devoted young students, and the company's artistic director, Scott Elliott, will take the helm. Meanwhile, it's probably only a matter of time before they stunt-cast her on The L Word, too.

Sandra Oh Sandra Oh's Wonderful Life

Sandra Oh isn't a household name – yet. Discerning audiences know the Sideways co-star from her appearance as a lesbian in Under the Tuscan Sun and her new TV series Grey's Anatomy. And now, with four more gay-adjacent projects under her belt, the actor is poised to see her stock rise even higher with queer audiences. Currently, Oh can be seen in the Canadian indie Wilby Wonderful, a dark comedy currently making the gay film festival rounds about a suicidal man in a small town. But she's also got the upcoming features Cake (with Heather Graham), The Night Listener (with Robin Williams), and gay director Thom Fitzgerald's HIV drama, Three Needles (with Chloe Sevigny), all of which co-star Oh. If Romeo were the sort to resort to puns, he'd make an Oh-verdose of Sandra jokes here. But he's not.

John Waters John Waters Is Here!

Until that sweet day comes when John Waters runs a cable network of his own, his fan base can content itself with their favorite director's arrival on the Here premium cable channel. For his own film-based show, John Waters Presents, he will personally select and screen a batch of independent films he thinks you should see. It's just one of many original series popping up soon on Here, a line-up that includes Triple Threat, about a relationship involving three New York men; The Elizabeth Birch Project, which will feature the former executive director of the Human Rights Campaign talking politics with guests like Pat Buchanan, Chris Matthews, and Rosie O�Donnell; and Ryan's Life, an original series about a gay teenager who comes out and begins dating. Romeo hopes Pat Buchanan doesn't guest star on that one.
  • Romeo San Vicente was his high school's first openly gay football captain and head cheerleader.

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