Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed the State of Michigan after a plan to kidnap her and other Michigan government officials was thwarted by state and federal law enforcement agencies. She started by saying thank you to law enforcement and FBI agents who participated in stopping this [...]
By Romeo San Vicente
Cher and Knoxville ‘Drop-Out’
Energizer-Diva Cher has had on-screen romances with a variety of Hollywood players, from Nicolas Cage to Dennis Quaid to Jack Nicholson to Diana Scarwid. (Remember her playing lesbian in “Silkwood”? Sure you do.) Now she’s hooking up with John Waters’ favorite MTV personality, Johnny Knoxville, in the upcoming comedy “The Drop-Out.” The “Jackass” alum stars as a slacker and perpetual college student whose parents finally lose patience and throw him out of the house; Knoxville’s character winds up moving in with the cougar next door (Cher), whose own adult son is in desperate need of a role model. Both Cher and Knoxville have big gay followings (OK, yes, Cher’s is bigger than big) and enough tattoos between them to cover about one and a half people. Maybe they’ll actually have onscreen chemistry too. We’ll see when “The Drop-Out” reaches screens in 2010.
Moreton wants you to ‘Say Hello to Stan Talmadge’
Director David Moreton is one gay director who won’t be pigeonholed; he made his screen debut with the moving coming-of-age tale “Edge of Seventeen” and then followed it up with the dark and violent “Testosterone.” But his upcoming comedy “Say Hello to Stan Talmadge” speeds off in a completely different direction – Gary Cole (“Office Space”) stars in the title role as a deadbeat dad who tries to mend his family ties by dragging his wife and kids cross-country in a mobile home (circa 1979) to compete in a game show. The supporting cast includes Jennifer Coolidge, Agnes Bruckner (“Blue Car”) and Tina Holmes (“Six Feet Under”), so it sounds like a winner. And if not a winner then maybe a not-bad “Little Miss Sunshine” remake. “Stan Talmadge” doesn’t have a release date, but should hit the festival circuit pretty soon. Stay tuned for buzz.
‘Hot Girls in Scary Places.’ Seriously.
It sounds like a lesbian exploitation flick, but it’s actually a new reality series: “Hot Girls in Scary Places.” As you might guess from the on-the-nose title, this new show will send attractive young ladies into locations that have supposedly experienced some kind of paranormal disturbance. (Think “The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini.” Or not.) The pilot for the show (airing March 13 on E!) will feature three USC cheerleaders spending the night in an abandoned – and allegedly haunted – hospital to compete for a $10,000 cash prize. Given the series’ all-sexy-chicks-all-the-time premise, it sounds like we have a new lesbian guilty pleasure coming to cable, just in time for the finale of “The L Word.” If the March broadcast draws big numbers, look for “Hot Girls in Scary Places” to become a permanent part of the E! schedule.
Guarino and Vardalos ‘Hate Valentine’s Day’
If you saw “Confessions of a Shopaholic” and were wondering why the receptionist looked so familiar, it’s because actor Stephen Guarino is one of the funny boys on Logo’s “Big Gay Sketch Show.” And the up-and-comer’s landed a role in “I Hate Valentine’s Day,” the latest from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and “Connie & Carla” star Nia Vardalos, who makes her directorial debut. Vardalos plays a florist who wants to date a restauranteur (John Corbett, another “Big Fat” alum) without it turning into a serious relationship. In addition to Guarino, the movie features the very funny Judah Friedlander (“30 Rock”) as well as Dan Finnerty of culty guy-singing-girly-songs group The Dan Band. February may be over, but you may get to “Hate Valentine’s Day” before the year is up.