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Romeo San Vicente | October 12, 2007

Superman Comes Down to Earth for Bret Easton Ellis

No one does urban malaise and amorality better than Less Than Zero and American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis. And film adaptations of his work have always been, if not completely successful, at least interestingly of their moment. So it will come as no surprise that one of his lesser-known novels, The Informers, is currently in production starring the latest Superman, Brandon Routh. A Los Angeles fable of creepiness inhabited by a host of goodness-deficient people – film execs, rock stars, a vampire, and others – the film boasts an ensemble cast that includes Winona Ryder, Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke (reuniting the 9 � Weeks fun couple), and Ashley Olsen. Shooting for a planned 2008 release, the finished product should be nothing less than fascinating viewing.



Rodriguez vs. Sigourney in 3D

In the future, on the planet of Pandora, a place populated by humanoids, Earth-dwellers will be deposited and left to fend for themselves. This will prove problematic for them, and some seriously computer-generated battles will most likely go down. That's the rough plot of Avatar, the latest supersized film from Titanic director James Cameron, which will star lesbian fave Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana, and Giovanni Ribisi. And because technology is more fun to talk about than who plays human and who's merely humanoid, the film is being shot in a new digital 3D process that will make this grand-scale adventure pop off the screen like no movie before. Look for the action to leap into your lap sometime in 2009.



Jewish Lesbian Grandmothers in Love

In 2002, a short, sweet documentary made the rounds on the queer film festival circuit. It was called Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House, concerning two Jewish grandmothers who found love with each other. It was a breath of fresh air in a gay film culture that affords every young male coming-out story the opportunity to be told, but seldom makes space for other voices. And now, thanks to accomplished lesbian director Jane Anderson (Normal and Prize-Winner of Defiance, Ohio), a narrative feature titled Connie & Ruth is in the works, based on the experiences of Ruthie Berman and Connie Kurtz. No casting news is available yet, but expect two very cool non-Botoxed actresss of a certain age to step into the roles.



Kevin Smith Makes a Porno

It's not a Kevin Smith movie without some gay content. Granted, it's almost always of the crudest sort, the kind that even gay audiences sometimes misinterpret, but Smith (director of Clerks, Clerks 2, and Chasing Amy) is very decidedly of the gay-friendly, gay-inclusive persuasion. Which is why it's a no-brainer that his latest sexually outrageous comedy, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, will mock human sexuality from both sides of the fence. The feature, still in the pre-production casting stage, involves two 20-something friends who decide to create their own amateur porn company. Originally, Smith's Clerks 2 star Rosario Dawson was attached, but then she dropped out. Now names like Zach Braff and Seth Rogen are circulating through the rumor mill. The only given? Jason Mewes (the Jay half of Jay and Silent Bob) is attached, so at least Smith's heterosexual life partner is along for the ride.

  • Romeo San Vicente thinks "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" is the best gay movie of the new millennium.


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