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Romeo San Vicente | March 13, 2006

Charlize Theron Charlize Has the Look of Love

Charlize Theron, already an Oscar winner for playing lesbian serial killer Aileen Wuornos, appears to be headed toward her second real-life lesbian role. The long-planned biographical feature devoted to the life of legendary '60s pop star Dusty Springfield has already seen one potential star, Kristen Chenoweth, come and go. But now with Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee about to take the reins of Springfield's life story, casting news has gone A-list, with Theron planned to take on the part of the beloved singer who died of breast cancer in 1999. One surprising casting possibility involves supermodel/super-partier Kate Moss coming on board to play one of Springfield's lovers, but no other actors have been discussed for supporting roles. Romeo, naturally, wants to know if Theron will carry her own tunes, or will she make like Ashley Simpson and just lip-sync?



Drew Barrymore Barrymore and Lange Grow a Grey Garden

Grey Gardens, the legendary documentary with a long-standing gay cult following, is now a Broadway musical. And soon the story of the Beales – mother Edie Bouvier Beale and daughter "Little Edie" – will be the stuff of drama. Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore have signed on to play the eccentric relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in a new film, also titled Grey Gardens, to be written and directed by newcomer Michael Sucsy. Unlike the 1975 documentary by David and Albert Maysles, which followed the daily lives of the strange duo, the new project will cover more than 40 years of their life together in their crumbling East Hampton, N.Y., mansion. No other casting news has been announced, but Jackie O will figure in the story – though it's clear she'll be no match for, in the words of Little Edie herself, these "staunch characters."



Bryan Singer Singer Signing on for Superman Sequel?

There are no guarantees in Hollywood, but it's a safe bet that when Superman Returns – directed by gay director Bryan Singer – opens on June 30, a box-office stampede will be there to meet it. That's why Warner Bros. has approached Singer to sign on for the sequel. Star Brandon Routh is already contractually obligated to appear as the Man of Steel at least twice, but Singer is free to go his own way. And he's a hot commodity after directing the first two X-Men films. If and when Singer does agree, WB will still have a bit of a wait on their hands. The man is in demand and has a full plate of projects – the Logan's Run remake and the long-awaited adaptation of The Mayor of Castro Street, about legendary gay activist Harvey Milk – to tend to. And waiting will require some super-patience.



Boy-Meets-Cop Story Heading to America

Will the success of Brokeback Mountain trickle down to the art-house level, where small, independent, and foreign-language films with queer themes have always found a home? It's likely. Witness the recent Berlin Film Festival success of the film The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros. From the Philippines, the story of a 12-year-old boy who develops a crush on a neighborhood cop recently won the coveted Teddy Award in its own country and will make its way to America, opening Lincoln Center's 35th New Directors/New Films series with theatrical distribution sure to follow. Meanwhile, American audiences will most likely also soon have a chance to see South Korea's box-office smash The King and the Clown, about – yes – a 16th-century gay clown whose biggest fan is also the nation's ruler. Subtitle fans, rejoice.

  • Romeo San Vicente has met more than his share of gay clowns.


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