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Posted on 04 Jan 2007 at 6:20pm

Britney’s biggest fan makes a deal



Chris Crocker

You know him as the screaming, crying, “Leave Britney Alone” guy from YouTube.

But you may soon become much more familiar with young gay Internet sensation Chris Crocker than you ever imagined (not counting the recently surfaced and seemingly requisite nude photos that are standard for all new media sensations).

That’s because the teenager has recently inked a development deal with production company 44 Blue Prods. to star in his own reality series.

It’s assumed that Crocker’s grandparents would be a part of this series, even though, based on Crocker’s own video outbursts, his family is not exactly a source of support.

What happens next is anyone’s guess, but you can’t blame the young man for signing on quickly in a bid to finally get out of the seemingly prison-like small town where he’s currently stuck.

Documentary explores faith, homosexuality through eyes of parents

TV and film producer Daniel Karslake enjoyed working on segments about religion and gay relationships for the PBS gay news magazine “In the Life.”

Yet as he watched the wrenching debates over scripture and homosexuality in Protestant denominations and society at large, he felt a need to reach beyond an audience that already accepted partnered gays and lesbians. The result opens nationally Friday, Oct. 5 in New York, a documentary called “For the Bible Tells Me So.”

The film takes a different approach to the gays-in-the-church debate. It focuses on devout Christians who learn their child is gay and how that affects their belief that same-sex relationships are prohibited by Scripture.

“I made this movie for the movable middle in America,” Karslake said, before a private screening Monday at New York’s Marble Collegiate Church, where inspirational pastor Norman Vincent Peale preached for decades. Karslake, who is gay and a mainline Protestant, believes that “sincere, honorable, compassionate people” have been misled about how they should read the Bible.

Formerly known as “’4 oz.,’ weight of the average penis

Sure, TV has featured transgender characters, but there’s never been anything quite like what Ryan Murphy (“Nip/Tuck”) wants to put on the small screen with his new pilot, the one formerly known as “4 oz.” (the weight of the “average” penis).

Murphy’s now unnamed comedy/drama is about a man actually in the process of transitioning to womanhood.

In the wake of Felicity Huffman’s Oscar nomination for “Transamerica,” finding an actor willing to walk a mile in heels was probably easy, but Murphy has chosen “Shakespeare in Love” star Joseph Fiennes from the pool of wannabe ladies.

Meanwhile, Blythe Danner and Robert Wagner are also on board as Fiennes’ parents. Murphy already directed Fiennes once, in the little-seen “Running with Scissors.”

Here’s hoping this second collaboration will meet a kinder fate.

Rupert Everett and Stephen Fry attend girls’ school with remake

In the U.K., St. Trinian’s is a well-known fictional place.

The subject of a series of cartoons from British cartoonist Ronald Searle, which then became a series of films in the 1950s and ’60s, it’s a girls’ school full of badly behaved students and strange teachers.

And it’s getting a modern facelift with a new movie, “St. Trinian’s,” which will star Colin Firth, Mischa Barton, Stephen Fry and, playing dual roles and genders, Rupert Everett.

Everett will take on the part of both the school’s headmistress and her brother, who must contend with the possibility of institutional bankruptcy. The film should have instant appeal at home and will get a warm welcome from Anglophile Americans when it finally crosses the Atlantic.

Meanwhile, we hope Mischa Barton finds a good dialect coach.

Everyone loves a disaster

Don’t let anyone accuse Here TV of thinking small.

The queer network is about to embark on a journey worthy of Gene Hackman and Shelley Winters’ trip on the S.S. Poseidon.

Here will be producing a whopping 12 original eco-disaster-themed films for broadcast, the first of which, “Solar Flare,” will star Tracey Gold and Michelle Clunie (of the late, lamented “Queer as Folk”), as people consumed by the devastating effects of a solar flare whatever that is.

Not since the crazily entertaining earthquake epic “10.5″ debuted on NBC has there been news this good for fans of Earth’s destruction.

No word yet on what other eco-apocalypses await, but it can be assumed the network passed on our script, “A Really Muggy and Uncomfortable Afternoon.”

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 5, 2007

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