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Romeo San Vicente | August 29, 2005

Meryl Streep Streep, Bening, and Paltrow Play Dirty Tricks

Ryan Murphy, the gay creator of Nip/Tuck and the director behind the upcoming screen adaptation of Augusten Burroughs' memoir Running with Scissors, has lined up his next project, and it, too, has its inspiration in real life. Murphy will write and direct Dirty Tricks, based on the play by John Jeter about behind-the-scenes goings-on during the Watergate scandal. The filmmaker has already gathered an enviable cast of women with whom to collaborate. Meryl Streep will play Martha Mitchell, Annette Bening (who also stars in Scissors) has been cast as White House correspondent Helen Thomas, Gwyneth Paltrow will play Maureen Dean, and Jill Clayburgh will co-star as Pat Nixon. All the president's women will begin shooting in the spring of 2006 for a probable 2007 release.



Richard Gere The Buzz on Bee Season

After the box-office success of the spelling-bee-themed documentary Spellbound, it was a no-brainer to take Myla Goldberg's critically acclaimed novel Bee Season to the big screen. Gay director Scott McGehee and his straight directing partner, David Siegel (the pair co-directed the indie hit The Deep End), have done just that. Bee revolves around the dissolving marriage of a couple, played by Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche. To avoid their domestic crisis, Gere's character throws himself into making sure his precocious 11-year-old daughter (newcomer Flora Cross) becomes a spelling-bee champion. Naturally, this spells trouble for all concerned. The drama has its premiere next month at the Toronto Film Festival and is scheduled to open in November.



Lindsay Wagner Robinson Builds the Perfect Genbot

If you're a director of a movie about a machine that acts like a human being, it makes sense that your next film would be about a woman who becomes a machine, right? That's what D.E.B.S. and Herbie: Fully Loaded's lesbian director Angela Robinson is going for with her new film, Genbot. Co-written with Alex Kondracke and set up at New Line, where Robinson will also produce (Disney passed on the action-comedy script), Genbot concerns a woman who, after signing on to participate in a secret government operation, is transformed into a cyborg. No casting news yet on who'll step into the bionic woman's shoes, but Romeo thinks it would be cool if Lindsay Wagner played her doting mechanical mom.



Jason Bellini CBS Joins Hands with Logo

Gay cable channel Logo is finally up and running, delivering the queer goods 24/7. Romeo loves the original stand-up comedy series Wisecrack, but is equally pleased to see the network getting serious, too. In a planned collaboration with CBS, the matter-of-factly titled series CBS News on Logo will begin airing three– to five-minute news segments during the channel's usual programming, with longer features to be aired throughout the year. Former CNN correspondent Jason Bellini, who covered both the Iraq war and the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks for CNN, will host the series of reports. And if the ratings are nice, maybe the network won't have to repeat The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert quite so often.

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