30 years later, 2 films will pay tribute to Milk
Truman Capote had both “Capote” and “Infamous” made about him, and now it looks like another queer legend is going to be the subject of dueling biopics.
Gay director Gus Van Sant has announced his intentions to make a movie about former San Francisco city supervisor Harvey Milk, an outspoken champion of gay rights before he was assassinated by a rival politician in 1978.
Van Sant’s project will go head-to-head with gay director Bryan Singer’s adaptation of the Randy Shilts biography “The Mayor of Castro Street” a project, ironically, to which Van Sant was once attached.
No production date has been set for either film, but Singer’s already committed to a World War II drama with Tom Cruise, shooting this summer.
“‘Chicago’ creators have eyes on another musical, “‘Nine’
Gay director Rob Marshall and producer Harvey Weinstein first collaborated on the Oscar-winning moneymaker “Chicago,” so it’s no surprise they’re shopping for another musical.
This time they’ve set their sights on “Nine,” the Tony-winning show based on Fellini’s classic midlife crisis movie, “8 1/2.” And as they did with “Chicago,” Marshall and Weinstein are looking at Hollywood’s biggest stars to fill the top roles.
For the male lead a movie director at a crossroads the names bandied about include Antonio Banderas (who starred in the 2003 Broadway revival of “Nine”), Johnny Depp, George Clooney and Javier Bardem, while Gwyneth Paltrow, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anne Hathaway, Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger and Judi Dench are the top choices for the six principal females.
No performers or even a screenwriter have yet been confirmed.
Rhys of “‘Brothers & Sisters’ explores “‘Virgin Territory’
The gay brother on ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters,” straight alas British actor Matthew Rhys, has a full schedule when his TV season ends.
He’ll star opposite Hayden Christensen, Mischa Barton and Tim Roth in “Virgin Territory,” about young and fabulous Florentines sitting out the Black Plague in the Italian countryside, then turn to playing legendary poet Dylan Thomas in “The Best Time of Our Lives” for gay director John Maybury (“Love Is the Devil,” “The Jacket”).
With a cast that also includes Cillian Murphy, Keira Knightley and Lindsay Lohan, count on “Best Time” to be an art-house sensation with lots of Oscar buzz.
(Linsday Lohan as Dylan Thomas’s wife? At least she’s familiar with the insides of pubs.)
“Virgin” will be out by the end of 2007, with the Thomas biopic set for 2008.
Fry takes a personal look at HIV
Perhaps best known to American audiences for his comic roles, gay actor-writer (and director of “Bright Young Things”) Stephen Fry is returning to the serious topic of HIV, which was touched on in his 1992 movie, “Peter’s Friends.”
Fry’s new and currently untitled BBC documentary, made to mark the 25th anniversary of the Terrence Higgins Trust, a British charity, will examine Fry’s friends who have died of AIDS complications or are still living with HIV.
Let’s hope that BBC America will pick up the film, along with two other projects that Fry is making for the U.K. network: “Stephen Fry in America,” which will see the “Wilde” star traversing the lower 48 in a London taxi cab, and “Last Chance To See,” featuring Fry and a zoologist tracking down animals on the verge of extinction.
Despite anti-gay slur, “‘Grey’s Anatomy’ takes home GLAAD award
“Grey’s Anatomy,” the ABC hit show whose lead actor was criticized for using an anti-gay slur, was awarded outstanding individual episode Saturday by an organization that monitors depictions of gays and lesbians in the media.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation awarded “Grey’s Anatomy” for the episode “Where the Boys Are.”
The show got unwanted attention last year when actor Isaiah Washington used a slur to talk about a castmate in an on-set dustup.
Washington later apologized and sought counseling.
“Little Miss Sunshine” won outstanding film in the wide release category, while “Ugly Betty” won for outstanding television comedy series and “Brothers & Sisters” took home the outstanding drama series award.
La Opinion newspaper was awarded outstanding Spanish-language newspaper for overall coverage.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, April 20, 2007.