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Romeo San Vicente | November 14, 2005

Graham Norton So, Graham Norton's in Movies

After the success of his eponymous TV program, bawdy talk-show host Graham Norton is headed to the big screen. He just wrapped the indie Another Gay Movie, the latest from director Todd Stephens (Gypsy 83), a comedy about four gay high school seniors determined to lose their virginity before college. Norton co-stars with Scott Thompson, Mink Stole, and gay porn star Matthew Rush. On the big-studio side, Norton will also appear in Amy Heckerling's (Clueless) latest, I Could Never Be Your Woman. Produced by big gay mogul Scott Rudin and starring Michelle Pfeiffer as a woman who falls for a younger man (Paul Rudd), Norton's fellow cast members include Sally Kellerman, Stacey Dash, Norm Macdonald, Fred Willard, Henry Winkler, and Tracey Ullman. Let's hope all his scenes survive the cutting room.



Alan Ball Alan Ball Digs Up the Undead

Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball can't leave the dead alone. Now that his Emmy-winning funeral-home family has checked out, Ball's developing an original program for HBO based on Charlaine Harris' popular Southern Vampire book series. The premium cable channel has ordered an hour-long pilot episode to be written and directed by Ball. And this isn't his only iron in the fire. Since Six went under, Ball has penned several as-yet-unnamed screenplays and a script for the New York theater production All That I Will Ever Be, but the vampires' stories have turned his attention back to TV. The mystery novels are set in contemporary Louisiana and explore the lighter side of the relationships between humans and vampires. The pilot will most likely be shot sometime in 2006, so fans will have to wait a while for the bloodletting to begin.



Leonardo DiCaprio Broadway Brings Back the '60s

Catch Me If You Can, the Leonardo DiCaprio-starring film about a professional identity thief, is headed to Broadway and gaining some musical numbers in the process. Terrence McNally has a script ready, Hairspray's Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will provide the musical numbers, and, if it weren't already gay enough, Jerry Mitchell will choreograph. It's still in the script stage (Nathan Lane took on the FBI agent at a recent reading), so there's no casting news yet. Meanwhile, Barefoot in the Park takes a bow on Jan. 24 with an official opening set for February 16. Director Scott Elliott will shepherd Amanda Peet, Angels in America's Patrick Wilson, Jill Clayburgh, and Tony Roberts through the period revival that will be costumed by Target-darling Isaac Mizrahi. Expect the ghost of Laura Petrie to hover over it all.



John Barrowman Russell Davies' Dr. Who Spinoff

Romeo is still hoping for Russell Davies' updated version of the hit U.K. series Doctor Who to make it to these shores (When, BBC America, when?), but the show is already spawning a spin-off across the Atlantic. Called Torchwood – an anagram of "Doctor Who" – the series will focus on bisexual Who character Captain Jack, played by openly gay Brit actor John Barrowman (De-Lovely). The sci-fi series will send Captain Jack on the trail of X-Files-esque alien intrigue, and, while Doctor Who is a family show, Davies has described the tone of the more adult Torchwood as "dark, wild, and sexy." The series begins shooting early in 2006. And Romeo will continue to wait patiently.

  • Romeo San Vicente is described as dark, wild, and sexy by every man he meets.


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