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Romeo San Vicente | October 27, 2005

Amanda Bynes Amanda Bynes Is The Man

Amanda Bynes (What a Girl Wants) is switching genders for her next role, in the romantic comedy She's the Man. The only teen movie star too busy to feud with Lindsay Lohan has just wrapped shooting on the film, in which she plays a girl who impersonates her own missing brother for two weeks – successfully fooling everyone around her, of course. Arrested Development's resident closet-case character, David Cross, co-stars as her school principal, and, according to early reports, the production claims to be an ever-so-loose adaptation of William Shakespeare's woman-dressed-as-a-man comedy Twelfth Night. Romeo can't help but wonder if the finished product will have more in common with the '80s teen classic Just One of the Guys instead. Not that there'd be anything wrong with that.

Hugh Jackman Hugh Jackman Sings Again

Invisible pals are all the rage at the movies these days. Reese Witherspoon's Just Like Heaven has been making audiences swoon with its invisible-coma-girl-meets-boy story. And now it's Hugh Jackman's turn. The singing X-Men star is picking up his Broadway-broken-in dancing shoes for the Walt Disney Pictures musical If You Could See Me Now. Based on the novel by Cecelia Ahern and produced by gay moguls Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the story involves a 6-year-old boy who creates an imaginary friend (Jackman) after being abandoned by his mother. The boy's aunt/guardian can see the really hot imaginary friend, too, and falls in love with him. So far, no songwriters are attached, and Jackman is swamped with a good half-dozen other projects right now, so look to 2007 for his movie musical debut.

Douglas Coupland - photo: Chris Atchison/Metro Toronto Oh, Coupland's Canada

Gay writer Douglas Coupland, author of numerous novels, including the '90s touchstone Generation X, has a few more movies he'd like you to see. As Romeo reported last year, Coupland's All Families Are Psychotic is headed for the big screen, as is Everything's Gone Green, a Canadian money-laundering comedy he wrote (and whose title he swiped from a New Order song). But first be on the lookout for the charmingly oddball documentary Souvenir of Canada. Based on Coupland's twin volumes on the idiosyncrasies of Canuck pop culture – he also wrote the script and narrates – the film sings the praises of the moose and of TV quiz shows like Reach for the Top. Stateside viewers have nothing to lose but their cultural imperialism; and there's the added bonus of feeling like an honorary member of the Great White North, eh?

Patrice Chereau - photo: David Ehrenstein Reading Queer Films

Hey, foreign-language film fans – wondering what queer-related, non-English-speaking movies are headed your way? Plenty. Fresh from the Toronto Film Festival and most likely to land a brief art-house engagement in major cities is Gabrielle, the latest from gay French director Patrice Chereau (Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train). Starring Isabelle Huppert and Pascal Greggory, it's the story of a bourgeois marriage of convenience and its disintegration, based on Joseph Conrad's novel The Return. Also from France is Douches Froides (Cold Showers), an erotic exploration of a teenage menage a trois involving two boys and a girl. Iceland's Eleven Men Out draws laughs from what happens when the country's star football player comes out of the closet. And Masahista (The Masseur), from director Brillante Mendoza, tells the story of an ambivalent sex worker in an all-male massage parlor/brothel in the Philippines. So brush up on your subtitle skills.

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