Dossier – May 30, 2008

Posted on 29 May 2008 at 5:58pm

Kidman plays bi

Nichole Kidman

The planned Dusty Springfield biopic enters its next phase: the weird "definitely maybe" land of casting announcements.

Not long ago, "Pushing Daisies" regular Kristin Chenoweth was the subject of much Dusty speculation, then came confirmation, then negation. And now it’s Nicole Kidman’s turn.

Gay novelist/screenwriter Michael Cunningham, who wrote "The Hours," the source material for Kidman’s Oscar-winning performance, is working on the untitled Springfield script, and says that Kidman will be taking the lead as the troubled 1960s bisexual pop star.

Now all that has to happen is for Kidman to finish the other two films on her plate, "Nine" and "Need," Cunningham’s script to be written and then re-written, more casting, deals to be hammered out in that official, easily broken, Hollywood way, a production start date, and on and on.

These things do take time.

Sigourney Weaver says ‘Prayers’
Sigourney Weaver’s next film project could have wound up in indie film purgatory, a place where few people outside of art-house theater audiences and cable subscribers to the Sundance Channel would see what is clearly intended as a movie for the masses.

But instead it will hit mainstream TV where it can have a proper -sized audience. Weaver will co-produce and star in the Lifetime TV movie "Prayers for Bobby," based on the book by Leroy Aaron.

The true story revolves around devout Evangelical Christian Mary Griffith, who rejected her son Bobby’s attempts to come out as gay. His subsequent depression eventually resulted in suicide, causing Griffith to reach out to the gay community and, in time, become a gay-rights activist.

The film will be Weaver’s first made-for-TV movie, and is scheduled to air in February of 2009.

A gay primetime ‘Hero’
If the X-Men can be gay metaphors and make their creators tons of money, then couldn’t a non-metaphoric gay superhero accomplish the same thing?

If it sounds like an old plotline from "Queer as Folk," that’s because it’s not far from it: "Hero," the young adult novel from writer Perry Moore may soon find a home on TV, primetime at that.

Moore also happens to be an exec at Walden Media and co-producer of the "Narnia" films.

Negotiations are on, Moore has network offers and he’s begun talking to the press about it.

Initial reports are that Moore’s vision for the show will be unlike what audiences expect from current fictional representations of gays. In other words, it will be complex and non-camp-oriented, a shake-up of the dominant queer paradigm.

He’s even got Spider-Man’s co-creator Stan Lee on his side.

Sounds super-powerful already.

Judy Garland to be re-’Born’
You can run, but you can’t hide: Judy Garland is going to get you.

For young gay audiences, the legendary gay icon of the mid-20th century may seem to have no relationship to the post-queer present of today.

But that’s because most of them probably haven’t seen George Cukor’s 1954 "A Star Is Born."

That is — until now.

Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging has undertaken a major digital restoration of the film at 6K.

That refers to the amount of picture information, measured in pixels, the current standard of which is 2K.

If it all sounds too techno-geek to understand, just think of it in these terms: preservation, legacy, and more color and detail than anyone’s ever seen in this movie before.

And it will be coming soon to an HD home theater or an iPhone or — if you’re lucky — possibly a one-off screening at an old-fashioned movie theater near you.�

These articles appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 30, 2008.

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