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Romeo San Vicente | November 07, 2005

Andy Dick Is a First Time Director

When Andy Dick is around, just about anything can happen. The former NewsRadio regular is known for his anything-goes, public partying antics (they love him on Defamer.com), but not for his ability to direct a movie. Until now, that is. The outrageous bisexual comedian is directing Danny Roane: First Time Director, a low-concept feature about a drunken TV actor (Dick) who directs a film, sobers up, and then overhauls the production, transforming it into a musical. The comedy will feature lots of Dick's comic pals, like Jack Black, Tom Green, Jimmy Kimmel, Bob Odenkirk and Ben Stiller. Gay Rent star Anthony Rapp and Dawson's Creek alum James Van Der Beek are on board, too. Will Rapp sing a love duet with Jack Black? Here's hoping.

John Benjamin Hickey Meets Eastwood

Openly gay character actor John Benjamin Hickey, while not exactly a household name, has amassed a very respectable number of credits. Most recently, the star of It's All Relative and Love! Valour! Compassion! co-starred as the corpse in the Jodie Foster thriller Flightplan. And at the moment he's playing one of the living in Clint Eastwood's latest directorial effort, Flags of Our Fathers. Based on the book by James Bradley and Ron Powers, Flags tells the life stories of the six men who raised the flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima, a moment considered a major turning point in World War II. The film also stars Jamie Bell, Jesse Bradford, Barry Pepper, Ryan Phillippe, and Paul Walker. You never knew those GIs were so hot, did you?

photo by Terrance Gold Great Balls of Fury

Thomas Lennon, who plays gay Lt. Dangle on the faux-reality comedy series Reno 911!, and Reno co-creator Ben Garant have written screenplays for the family hits The Pacifier and Herbie: Fully Loaded. However, their latest project looks like it will hew a little closer to the adult-oriented strangeness of their TV series. Balls of Fury, about a professional ping-pong player who falls on hard times, makes a living as a Vegas act, and is then enlisted by the CIA for a covert operation, will begin shooting next spring with lead Dan Fogler, the wild-haired Tony Award-winning star of Broadway's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The feature will co-star Lennon and Garant, as well as Girls Will Be Girls comic and occasional Reno player Jack Plotnick. Garant will direct for a possible 2006 release.

John Waters Hosts Death

When you need a host for a murder re-enactment show, who you gonna call? John Waters, that's who. Court TV has hired the director to host its true-crime domestic murder series, Till Death Do Us Part. The half-hour show will focus on a single spousal slaying each week, with Waters as series host, narrator, and "Groom Reaper," taking the viewer from happy wedding to unhappy killing. The show's creator, horror movie director Jeff Lieberman, is planning to take an "over-the-top" tone with the series, making it walk a very thin line between entertainment and exploitation. Naturally, that makes Waters, who's known for mingling the two, the perfect man for the job. The series begins airing this winter.

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