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Posted on 19 Jan 2006 at 6:22pm

Roberts will “‘Eat, Pray, Love’ with Murphy



Looks like Brad Pitt likes to get his friends together: He’s brought Julia Roberts aboard the newest project from openly gay “Nip/Tuck” creator Ryan Murphy, which Pitt is executive-producing.

Roberts will star in “Eat, Pray, Love,” which Murphy will write and direct when he wraps up “Dirty Tricks,” starring Meryl Streep as Watergate player Martha Mitchell.

Based on the memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert, “Eat” tells the story of a woman who leaves behind a husband and two houses to travel around the world and find herself.

No shooting dates have yet been set, but, as previously reported, Murphy has a full slate these days, with the release of his big-screen debut “Running with Scissors” and his new Pitt-produced FX series “4 oz.,” about a gender-transitioning sportswriter.

Bowie fishes for a role

Imagine you’re David Bowie you’ve revolutionized gender in rock-n-roll; you’ve made out with Mick Jagger (“allegedly”); you’ve starred in “The Man Who Fell to Earth” and “Absolute Beginners”; you’ve recorded a duet with Queen that got ripped off by Vanilla Ice; and you’ve married international supermodel Iman.

What could you possibly do for an encore? Snag a guest appearance on “SpongeBob Squarepants,” that’s what.

Bowie has announced on his blog that he will provide the voice of Lord Royal Highness for an episode of the hit animated series that will air next year.

We foresee a generation of young cartoon fans going as Ziggy Stardust for Halloween and begging Mommy to rent “Labyrinth” and “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” from Netflix.

Everett goes Wilde and does drag

Busy times ahead for out British actor Rupert Everett, with the star slated for two projects that look quite interesting and very, very gay.

Everett has announced his intention to make a film about the post-prison years of Oscar Wilde, playing the legendary writer in his final days, hobnobbing in European nightclubs as a syphilitic shadow of his formerly great self.

Also on the docket for Everett is a remake of the classic British comedy “The Belles of St. Trinian’s,” about a decidedly unorthodox girls’ boarding school. Everett will do drag to play Miss Fritton, the school’s harassed headmistress, in a role originally essayed by Alastair Sim in the 1950s.

Both films are looking to go into production in the U.K. in 2008.

Schiff tries on “Prada”

It was one of the year’s most surprising hits and “the” gay date movie of the summer and now “The Devil Wears Prada” is coming to the small screen.

(And no, we’re not talking about “Ugly Betty,” the ABC series that seems to be very much following in that movie’s Louboutin footsteps.)

While “Prada” director David Frankel and author Lauren Weisberger won’t be around for the sitcom incarnation and don’t hold your breath for Meryl Streep or Anne Hathaway, either the new show will boast the scripting talents of “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion” writer Robin Schiff, who knows a thing or two about folding shirts.

“Prada” will probably launch on Fox in the fall of 2007.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, October 20, 2006.

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