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Romeo San Vicente | October 05, 2005

Ben Kingsley The Skinny on Mrs. Harris

Leave it to acclaimed lesbian playwright and theater director Phyllis Nagy, a woman known for taking risks with her stage productions, to tackle difficult subject matter like a highly sensationalized true-crime story and make it human again. Her debut feature as both writer and director, Mrs. Harris, is based on the real-life murder of "Scarsdale Diet" guru Dr. Herman Tarnower by his estranged wife, Jean Harris. Starring Ben Kingsley and Annette Bening and executive-produced by lesbian indie film mogul Christine Vachon, the HBO original film had its premiere at the recent Toronto Film Festival and will be broadcast on the cable channel sometime in the 2005-2006 season. The supporting cast includes Mary McDonnell, Cloris Leachman, Philip Baker Hall, Michael Gross, Brett Butler, and Chloe Sevigny. Sounds killer.



Dame Judi Dench Mrs. Henderson's Live Nude Girls

Think Showgirls, but cute, cozy, nostalgic, and British, and you'll come close to Mrs. Henderson Presents. The latest from director Stephen Frears (who helmed the queer classic My Beautiful Laundrette), the warm-hearted comedy stars Dame Judi Dench in the title role and Bob Hoskins as her collaborator. The story concerns the pair's joint efforts to open the Windmill Theater, a performance hall that became famous for its artful, all-nude revues during World War II, making it England's own version of the Moulin Rouge. The movie co-stars Christopher Guest (Waiting for Guffman) and marks the film debut of gay British pop star Will Young, the first winner of England's American Idol antecedent, Pop Idol. A Christmas Day release is planned, which must mean it's a movie about naked people that the whole family can enjoy.



Charles Busch Charles Busch Is A Very Serious Person

No sooner was a documentary about playwright and drag stage icon and film star Charles Busch in the can (The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch) than he began shooting his own narrative feature. Titled A Very Serious Person, the just-wrapped production, written by Busch and Carl Andress, stars Busch as a male nurse who becomes closely involved with a patient (Polly Bergen) and her grandson (P.J. Verhoest). The supporting cast includes Dana Ivey and Julie Halston (Todd Haynes' Dottie Gets Spanked), both veterans of the New York stage. No word yet on distribution, so be on the lookout for it to hit film festivals in 2006.



Meryl Streep Streep, Hathaway, and Grenier Try on Prada

The film adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's snappy satiric novel set in the New York fashion world, The Devil Wears Prada, continues to sew up a perfect-fit cast. Entourage's resident heartthrob Adrian Grenier has just signed on to play the love interest to Princess Diaries star Anne Hathaway. Hathaway, in turn, plays the tormented assistant of a high-powered, Anna Wintour-esque monster of a fashion magazine editor (Meryl Streep). Romeo expects evil comic brilliance from Streep; and it's also a safe bet that fashion-world stars, from models to designers, will end up making everything queer around the edges with well-placed cameos. Not that their presence saved Ready to Wear from disaster, but it can't hurt.

  • Romeo San Vicente looks stunning in Prada.


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