Celebrity Watch

Posted on 24 May 2007 at 7:41pm


Tom Cruise


Cruise polishes up a new “‘Birdcage’

After his very public corporate breakup with Viacom chief Sumner Redstone, the ever-resourceful Tom Cruise landed on his feet and nabbed a gig as one of the heads of the newly resuscitated United Artists.

And since one of that studio’s biggest recent hits was “The Birdcage,” the remake of the French farce “La Cage aux Folles,” it’s no surprise that part of Cruise’s slate at UA is “The Birdcage 2.”

No word whether Robin Williams and Nathan Lane will reprise their roles from the 1996 comedy, or if director Mike Nichols wants another go-round at the wacky misadventures of a gay Miami nightclub owner and his temperamental, cross-dressing star attraction and life partner.

But at least now Cruise’s contributions to queer cinema will go beyond “Top Gun.”

Will Isaiah Washington be back for another season of “‘Grey’s Anatomy’?

Isaiah Washington’s Dr. Preston Burke packed his bags on the season finale of “Grey’s Anatomy,” but that doesn’t mean the actor is being dumped by the show, his publicist said May 18.

“We fully expect to be back in the fall,” spokesman Howard Bragman said. “The deal’s not done but we have no reason to believe he won’t be putting on the scrubs.”

A furor over Washington’s use of an anti-gay slur had provoked speculation that his job might be in jeopardy. He said the word backstage at the Golden Globe Awards in January while denying he’d used it previously against castmate T.R. Knight.

The show’s May 17 season finale seemed to open the door for the departure of Washington’s character. ABC declined comment May 18 on Washington’s status.

But a source close to the production, speaking on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to comment publicly, said the finale doesn’t indicate that Washington is a goner from “Grey’s.”

Washington filmed a public service announcement on behalf of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network after the f-word flap.

The spot is in post-production, a GLAAD spokesman said.

Matthew Perry, Hillary Swank line up for Craig Lucas’ “‘Laws of Motion’

Gay playwright (“Reckless,” “Prelude to a Kiss”) and screenwriter (“Longtime Companion”) Craig Lucas had his filmmaking debut with the twisted Hollywood tale “The Dying Gaul,” but he’s not finished with life behind the camera.

Hilary Swank is producing and playing a small role in Lucas’ “Laws of Motion,” which begins shooting this summer.

Matthew Perry and Justin Long (the young star of those cutesy “I’m a Mac” ads) pair up in this comedy about three dysfunctional sibs an uptight professor, a promiscuous woman and their flaky kid brother discovering that, despite their differences, they need each other after all. (Swank plays Perry’s relatively sane neighbor.)

Look for what promises to be a hilarious family portrait to make its neurotic way into theaters in 2008.

Peter Krause to star in Greg Berrlanti’s “‘Dirty Sexy Money’

If you are one of those people who has had a gaping, “Six Feet Under”-size hole in your heart ever since Peter Krause left series television, here’s some good news:

The delicious Krause, who made being a commitment-phobic undertaker look like the steamiest gig on earth, returns this fall on ABC’s “Dirty Sexy Money,” from gay producer Greg Berlanti (“Everwood,” “Brothers & Sisters”).

“Sexy” stars Krause as a lawyer trying to investigate his father’s death, while at the same time taking over dear, departed Daddy’s gig as attorney to the rich, powerful and secretive Darling family. The show also stars Donald Sutherland, and nobody plays rich, powerful and secretive better than he does.

Sounds like the show will offer shocks, scandals and Krause wearing some non-black suits for a change.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, May 25, 2007.

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