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Posted on 18 Jan 2007 at 2:11pm

“‘Dante’s Cove’ kicks off third season

A new dark force will wreak havoc on the gay and lesbian residents of “Dante’s Cove” in season three of the gothic soap opera, which begins Friday, Oct. 19 and will continue through December.


Charlie David and Jon Fleming of “Dante’s Cove.”

This year the show, which airs every other week, will feature a total of six openly gay actors. Newcomers Reichen Lehmkuhl, Jill Bennett and Jenny Shimizu join returners Charlie David, Michelle Wolf and Gabriel Romero.

Jensen Atwood of “Noah’s Ark” also has been added, and Tracy Scoggins, Gregory Michael, William Gregory Lee, Jon Fleming and Thea Gill return.

Dante’s Cove was named Best Soap Opera by The Advocate in 2006.

Nicole Kidman goes to “‘Monte Carlo’ with gay writer-director Bezucha

Gay writer-director Thomas Bezucha (“Big Eden”) successfully made the transition from indie sensation to major-studio player with “The Family Stone,” the dysfunctional family Christmas flick starring Sarah Jessica Parker.

He’s clearly got a gift for signing major actresses, since Nicole Kidman and possibly Julia Roberts are slated to star in his upcoming comedy, “Monte Carlo.”

Based on the novel by Jules Bass, the film follows three schoolteachers from the Midwest whose Parisian holiday goes bust.

They make the most of the opportunity by heading to the titular playground of the rich and famous, passing themselves off as three wealthy women of leisure.

Sounds like a delicious spin on “How To Marry a Millionaire,” but we’ll have to wait until 2010 to see if this trio breaks the bank.

Angelina Jolie rides the rails in “‘Atlas’

One of the meatiest female roles in American literature that hasn’t yet made it to the big screen would have to be Dagny Taggart, the railroad executive who keeps the trains going even as society crumbles around her in Ayn Rand’s objectivist fantasia “Atlas Shrugged.”

But now it looks like Dagny’s ready for her close-up, courtesy of Angelina Jolie. She’s working with director Vadim Perelman (“House of Sand and Fog”) to make the long-awaited film version of “Atlas,” and it looks like they’ll manage to pull it off before a threatened guild strike shuts down Hollywood sometime next summer. Given Jolie’s rather vocal lefty politics, it will be interesting to see how Rand’s right-wing fans respond to the film when it shrugs its way to screens in 2008.

Gay director Roland Emmerich takes a “‘Fantastic Voyage’

He shot Will Smith into outer space to take out the bad guys in “Independence Day,” but now gay director Roland Emmerich plans to explore inner space with a remake of the sci-fi classic “Fantastic Voyage.”

The original perhaps best remembered for Raquel Welch’s tight white wetsuit had five scientists getting shrunk down to microscopic size and injected into a dying diplomat’s bloodstream to perform a life-saving maneuver that no surgeon could successfully attempt. While the 1967 original won Oscars for its visual effects and art direction and sending a tiny submarine into a human heart was indeed pretty cool this is definitely one of those movies that could benefit from contemporary effects magic.

Get ready to dodge white blood cells when this “Voyage” launches in 2010.

Kathy Griffin + Margaret Cho = Gay Nirvana

How do you ensure that gay audiences will flock en masse to a new comedy about two drag queens trying to save their nightclub from evil real estate developers?

Well, if you’re the makers of the upcoming “Dixie’s,” you load your cast with gay men’s favorite divas. The film, slotted for release in fall 2008, will feature comedy goddesses Kathy Griffin and Margaret Cho in supporting roles, which is sort of the equivalent of casting Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in the same movie.

Add to that mix supermodel vamp Janice Dickinson as well as Andy Dick playing “Penelope” and queer moviegoers just won’ be able to stay away.

This article appeared in the October 19, 2007 edition of the Dallas Voice.

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