Dossier – Will Liza put the “‘OH in Ohio’?

Posted on 12 Jan 2006 at 10:43pm


Thomas Lennon

Parker Posey has never had an orgasm.

OK, it’s actually the character she plays in her new movie, “The OH in Ohio,” who’s never felt that particular physical pleasure. And Liza Minnelli or possibly Danny DeVito may be the person to help Posey find her groove again.

Again, this is all plot speculation, but Minnelli fresh from her hilarious career turn on “Arrested Development” does, at least, co-star in the independent film along with Posey, DeVito, Paul Rudd and Mischa Barton.

Co-written and directed by newcomer Billy Kent, the climax-hungry comedy has finished shooting and is in search of a distributor. And if it’s as smart and funny as last year’s “The 40 Year-Old Virgin” and “Wedding Crashers,” maybe the mini-trend of R-rated, adult-themed sex farces can light a fire in the nation’s depressed box-office libido.

“‘Reno 911′ booked for big screen

Is the big screen ready for a closet-case police lieutenant in short-shorts?

20th Century Fox and Paramount think so. And they’re probably right.

The cult-hit Comedy Central sitcom, “Reno 911,” has been making convulsively funny improvisational mincemeat of bad police work for a few seasons now. So the show’s creators Thomas Lennon (who plays gay Lt. Dangle), Robert Ben Garant and Kerri Kenney are making the leap to film with “Reno 911: Miami.”

Shooting early this year, the story will revolve around the inept officers visiting a police convention in Miami Beach during spring break. When the convention center is attacked with biological weapons, it will be up to them to save the day.

Naturally, this means that audiences should expect a generous portion of politically-incorrect comedy and, well, lots of on-screen deaths. We can’t wait.

“‘Manchild’s’ “‘Sex’ connection

The British sitcom “Manchild,” seen in the United States on cable channel BBC America, was hailed in its home country as a “Sex and the City” for men. So it’s only fitting that the testosterone-based equivalents of Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha would find their way into the hands of “Sex’s” queer creator, Darren Star.

Star will executive-produce the American version of the show for Sony Pictures TV. There’s no green light for a pilot yet, but screenwriter Michael Traeger is writing one anyway, and everything, as they say in Hollywood, is “moving forward.”

We just wants to know if one of the male characters will be gay. Or obsessed with shopping for shoes. Or both.

A slightly queer “‘Quinceanera’

Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland have been working in independent film since the early 1990s.

Glatzer’s feature “Grief” was a well-received early entry in what was then called the New Queer Cinema, and Westmoreland’s innovative adult-film work was usually considered too smart for its genre.

Their first collaboration, the gay indie comedy “The Fluffer,” was an art-house hit that drew on both of their backgrounds.

Now, with their second project, the writing-directing duo is branching out into family drama of the progressive variety with “Quinceanera,” the story of a young Hispanic teenage girl who finds herself pregnant, banished from her home and taken in by her uncle and her queer tough-guy cousin.

It’s a hopeful story of an outcast family creating its own home in the face of social disapproval. Look for it at queer film festivals and in art-house theaters later this year.

Logo greenlights O’Donnell’s “‘Sketch’

The GLBT television station Logo has given a green light was is being touted as an irreverent sketch comedy series with the working title “Simply Sketch,” believe it or not that is being executive produced by Rosie O’Donnell, Dan MacDonald and Joe Del Hierro.

Promos for the show, set to premiere later this year, will feature some of the freshest up-and-coming talents in the comedy biz.

“Simply Sketch” will be filmed in front of a live audience with taped segments of musical numbers, commercial and movie parodies, peppered with political satire. Episodes will also feature guest appearances by celebrities and friends of the LGBT community, producers said.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 13, 2006.

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