Deep Inside Hollywood
Romeo San Vicente | November 01, 2004
Nixon Meets Roosevelt
One was rumored to have had an affair with a woman; the other just recently
confirmed having a lesbian relationship. That used to be the only common
ground between Eleanor Roosevelt and Cynthia Nixon. But now Nixon will play
Franklin Roosevelt's first lady in the HBO movie Warm Springs. With
Kenneth Branagh as FDR, the film will tell the story of Roosevelt's life
before he became president, from his time in the New York State Senate to
his polio diagnosis in 1921 and the various cures he sought afterward.
Helmed by veteran TV movie director Joseph Sargent, production is scheduled
to begin any minute with a probable 2005 air date. Till then, Nixon fanatics
can get their fix with Robert Altman's Tanner on Tanner.
Looks like Southfork Ranch has a facelift in its future. As if big-screen
remakes of every TV series ever created, from Dukes of Hazzard to Miami
Vice, weren't enough, Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde) is in negotiations
to direct a feature-film version of the long-running hit TV series Dallas.
The movie, to be scripted by Steel Magnolias and First Wives Club
screenwriter Robert Harling, will bring many of the original characters up
to the present date, with oil king J.R. Ewing now running the most powerful
energy company on the planet. Look for the same big cowboy hats, wicked plot
turns, and vicious backstabbing that made the original series so much fun.
Romeo, meanwhile, is hoping for the return of Charlene Tilton.
Schumacher Enters Crowded Room
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, Joel Schumacher's latest
film, opens this Christmas. Meanwhile, the hardworking gay director is
already diving into his next project, The Crowded Room, a complete
about-face from a big romantic musical. Based on Daniel Keyes' book, The
Minds of Billy Milligan, Room centers on a mentally ill man, charged with
kidnapping and rape, who is also discovered to have 24 separate
personalities brought on by years of childhood sexual abuse. The project has
been in and out of development for years, and at different times has had
every major director from Steven Soderbergh to Gus Van Sant slated to helm
it, and actors from Brad Pitt to Sean Penn to Billy Crudup attached to star.
Now that Schumacher is on board, the mystery of who'll run with all 24 leads
should be solved soon.
Playing It Straight: The Movie
Once upon a time – OK, it was just earlier this year – there was a doomed
gay reality series called Playing It Straight, in which gay men acted
straight to trick an unwitting bachelorette. Apparently, no one but Romeo
tuned in, and so it was quickly cancelled, the winner forever unknown. Now
that show's title is getting a second chance. In production, the movie
Playing It Straight has nothing to do with the cancelled show except the
potential for a little identity confusion. The plot revolves around a man
who relies on relationship advice from his gay identical twin.
Unfortunately, too much homo advice botches the hetero bliss, and big laughs
ensue – or so it's hoped, unless keeping that title turns out to be bad
luck. Not that Romeo is superstitious or anything.
Romeo San Vicente thinks having a gay twin would only increase the
Heather Has Two Movies