Chastity Bono to undergo sex change
Chastity Bono is having a sex change to become a man.
A spokesman for the daughter of Sonny and Cher says the 40-year-old Bono "has made the courageous decision to honor his true identity and began the sex-change process earlier this year.
Publicist Howard Bragman said: "He is proud of his decision and grateful for the support and respect that has already been shown by his loved ones. It is Chaz’s hope that his choice to transition will open the hearts and minds of the public regarding this issue, just as his ‘coming out’ [as a lesbian] did nearly 20 years ago."
‘Brokeback’ spouses reunite
Granted, the romance between Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway in "Brokeback Mountain" was a tragic one involving the closet and deception and death.
But these actors are determined to give it another go in a movie where he won’t be playing a gay cowboy.
"Love and Other Drugs" will feature Gyllenhaal as a pharmaceutical sales rep for Pfizer during the time when a revolutionary little blue pill was hitting the market (the film is based on the book "Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman") while Hathaway will play a woman with Parkinson’s with whom he starts a relationship after they meet on a sales call.
Ed Zwick ("Glory," "Defiance") is set to direct, with shooting set to happen possibly as early as this fall. A movie about Viagra may make audiences stand at attention, but if the film lasts more than four hours, please, call your doctor.
Big-screen beckons Neil Patrick Harris
While hosting this year’s Tony Awards, Neil Patrick Harris joked about his second-class status as a "TV guy." But he’s already proven he’s hilarious on the big screen in the "Harold & Kumar" movies, so now that second-tier status is about to change with two new film projects on the horizon.
Harris has joined the cast of "Beastly," the new film from gay director Daniel Barnz ("Phoebe in Wonderland"). The "How I Met Your Mother" star will also be playing a lead role in "The Best and the Brightest." Harris plays a husband from Delaware whose wife goes bananas about social status when they move to New York City and try to get their kid into an elite kindergarten. Both movies should hit theaters before the end of 2010.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 12, 2009.