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Romeo San Vicente | October 03, 2005

Cynthia Nixon Nixon Stays in Limelight with Lymelife

Cynthia Nixon's career is a lesson to actors who fear going public about their sexuality. She was open about it, she got on with it, and now she seems to be busier than her former Sex and the City castmates. Her latest film, Lymelife, is a coming-of-age comedy-drama about a teenage boy (Rory Culkin) in the early 1980s who learns about the flaws in his family members – one of whom comes down with Lyme disease. Written and directed by siblings Derick and Steven Martini (Smiling Fish & Goat on Fire), produced by Martin Scorsese, and with a score by Billy Joel, the indie co-stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Alec Baldwin, and Timothy Hutton as Nixon's husband. It's scheduled to be released by the end of this year and could wind up as the first Best Song nominee at the Oscars about a tick.

Francis Ford Coppola On the Road Is Finally on the Screen

It makes sense that acclaimed filmmaker Walter Salles would be tapped to handle the big-screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, the revered American counterpart to Salles' The Motorcycle Diaries. Road is the classic Beat Generation novel that recounts bisexual writer Kerouac's cross-country journey with friend Neal Cassady. The book defined a mood for young people in the late 1950s, has been beloved ever since, but has never been brought to film until now. Motorcycle screenwriter Jose Rivera is penning the script, and Francis Ford Coppola will produce the picture, which will begin casting and shooting in 2006 for a planned 2007 release. That means there's still plenty of time to catch up on the book.

Francois Ozon Queer Director's Time to Leave

Gay French filmmaker Francois Ozon's latest film, Time to Leave, recently screened at the Toronto Film Festival – his first film since Water Drops on Burning Rocks to feature a queer character in a central role. It stars French actor Melvil Poupaud as a gay photographer who seems to have it all but who's then diagnosed with terminal cancer. Time is the second film from the director in a planned trilogy about death – the first was the Charlotte Rampling-starrer Under The Sand – and features French film legend Jeanne Moreau in a supporting role as Poupaud's grandmere. The surprisingly upbeat movie, to be distributed here by Strand Releasing, looks to continue the success Ozon has enjoyed in America after his art-house hits Swimming Pool and 8 Women.

Jane Wiedlin Rock Stars Make Freaky Film

It's the year 3069. Earth is ruined. Survivors search for food and the meaning of life. And when one man discovers a copy of the book Helter Skelter, about the 1960s Manson murders, he believes he's found a messiah in Charles Manson. That's the plot of Live Freaky, Die Freaky, a stop-motion animated musical from director John Roecker and producer Tim Armstrong of the band Rancid. Finished since 2003 but too freaky for most distributors, the film was just picked up by indie Wellspring. What's queer about it? A lot. Bisexual rocker (and Romeo fave) Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Gos provides her voice, as does extra queer-friendly punk Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day. Gay musician Roddy Bottum, formerly of Faith No More, is scoring the soon-to-be cult film, which also features voices by Kelly Osbourne, Henry Rollins, and Blink 182's Travis Barker.

  • Romeo San Vicente's favorite road movie is still "Thelma and Louise."

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