Deep Inside Hollywood

By Romeo San Vicente

Luke Evans stars in "Professor Marston & The Wonder Women"

Here's one you might have missed: the story of a man named William Marston, a Harvard psychologist who helped invent the lie detector test. He also created a woman - Wonder Woman, to be exact. Perhaps more unusually, he was married to psychologist Elizabeth Marston, and the two of them were involved in a polyamorous relationship with academic Olive Byrne, whose early feminism informed Wonder Woman's character. When Marston died in 1947, the women remained a couple and raised the trio's children. Now, let's say it together: This should be a movie! And thanks to writer-director Angela Robinson ("D.E.B.S.," "The L Word") it will be. Starring Luke Evans as the professor, Rebecca Hall ("Christine") as Elizabeth and Bella Heathcote ("The Neon Demon") as Olive, "Professor Marston & The Wonder Women" will land in theaters sometime in 2017, hot on the heels of Gal Gadot perhaps singlehandedly redeeming DC's superhero movie output. Isn't it always up to the lesbians to make sure this stuff gets done right?

The mystery of Stephen Fry's the "Hippopotamus"

Though he's currently starring on the CBS sitcom "The Great Indoors," comic veteran Stephen Fry doesn't allow himself the luxury of laziness in between acting gigs - he writes books. Good news for all of us, then, that one of them is in the process of a big screen adaptation. "The Hippopotamus," from director John Jencks ("The Fold"), currently in post-production, stars British character actor Roger Allam ("The Lady In The Van") as the title's hippo, a poet on a downward spiral who also happens to love long soaks in the tub. Out of work, he moves to a friend's country home and encounters a variety of apparent miracles (or at least unexplained events) and presumably gets to the bottom of them. Joining Allam is "Looking"'s Russell Tovey, Fiona Shaw ("Harry Potter"'s Aunt Petunia Dursley), and Matthew Modine. Expect eccentric British country manor goings on and generous amounts of Fry's wit in between lazy bathtimes.

Margaret Cho knows "Alaska Is A Drag"

Until now the words "drag" and "Alaska" have conjured only one image, that of "RuPaul's Drag Race" super-queen Alaska Thunderfuck 5000. Well, she'll have to move over a little to accommodate the new movie, "Alaska Is a Drag," from lesbian filmmaker Shaz Bennett. Based on her own short film, it's the story of a young black gay man from Alaska named Leo (newcomer Martin L. Washington Jr.) who dreams of drag stardom, but whose reality is a job in a fish cannery. This won't do at all, of course, and thus begins our hero's journey to Charisma, Uniqueness, etcetera. The indie film co-stars Jason Scott Lee ("Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story"), Nia Peeples ("Pretty Little Liars"), and comedy diva Margaret Cho, who knows all about it thanks to having spent time in the judge's chair on "Drag Race." Wishing the movie luck and hoping it all turns out sickening.

Oh good, "Finding Prince Charming" has been renewed

And now here's something that will make you cheer or jeer, maybe a little of both: "Finding Prince Charming" has been renewed for a second season. Logo's reality dating competition, a gay version of "The Bachelor" hosted by Lance Bass and featuring contestants who make you shout rude comments at the TV (don't lie, girl, you know you hate-watch this thing just like we do), was a runaway hit and the best-worst thing on that channel since "The A-List: New York." So the good people at that network are ramping up the unreality for a second season. We assume that nothing will change and we hope nothing does, because we love the tacky "fancy" house they all live in, we love watching large platters of food go uneaten, we love the fights, and we especially love the weird quasi-spiritual talk about "positive energy" that potential suitors blabber on and on about instead of having personalities. It's all delicious, and we absolutely want more. Thank you, Logo; make it soon, please, because our bodies are ready.

Romeo San Vicente is his own Prince Charming.
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