By Romeo San Vicente
Hathaway goes over the rainbow to play Garland
Anne Hathaway has enraptured queer audiences in movies as varied as “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Princess Diaries,” “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Rachel Getting Married.” Now she’s taking on the mother of all roles as she prepares to play the 20th century’s most legendary gay icon, Judy Garland. Hathaway will star in both Broadway and movie adaptations of Gerald Clarke’s biography “Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland.” (Clarke wrote the book that was the basis of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Oscar-winning turn in “Capote,” so his imprimatur on biopics is a valuable one.) The actress proved at this year’s Oscars that she can sing, so get ready to hear her belt “Over the Rainbow” and “The Trolley Song” and any number of Garland standards in a way that will probably make Rufus Wainwright very jealous. No director has been attached to either project, and no dates have yet been set. But listen for that “clang clang clang.”
Quaid and Moore reunite… as Bill and Hillary
The last time we saw Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore together on screen, they were a married couple grappling with the husband’s sexuality in gay director Todd Haynes’ Oscar-nominated “Far From Heaven.” Now the two actors are joining forces again to play…a married couple grappling with the husband’s sexuality and the witchhunt-like consequences that ensue when he’s caught with his pants down. This time, however, Quaid isn’t a closeted gay man but a real-life horny commander in chief. Yes, they’re portraying Bill and Hillary Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal for the HBO movie “The Special Relationship.” Directed by Peter Morgan, the film will co-star Lewinsky as herself, sort of; she’ll appear only in news footage edited throughout. Michael Sheen and Helen McCrory will reprise their roles as Tony and Cherie Blair from “The Queen” and “The Deal,” which Morgan wrote. Shooting dates have yet to be announced, but in the meantime, no blue dress jokes please. They’re so ’90s.
Kutcher, Heigl, Selleck shoot for ‘Five Killers’
Gay director Robert Luketic has had success with comedy (“Legally Blonde” and, to a lesser extent, “Win a Date with Ted Hamilton!” and “Monster-in-Law”) and sly heist dramas (“21”), so it was perhaps inevitable that he take a stab at action-comedy. His latest production, “Five Killers,” boasts an interesting mix of young stars and seasoned vets: Ashton Kutcher stars as a hitman who retires from the murder-for-hire biz after falling in love with computer technician Katherine Heigl. But when he discovers that he’s become a target, the two flee for their lives. Co-starring in the film are Tom Selleck and Catherine O’Hara (as Heigl’s overprotective parents) as well as Martin Mull (as Kutcher’s one-time handler). In production now in France and Atlanta, these “Killers” will blast their way onto the big screen in the summer of 2010 – unless it’s all some elaborate “Punk’d” scenario to rid Selleck of his trademark mustache.
DC gives lesbian superheroes the spotlight
“Detective Comics” is one of the legendary comic book titles – it’s where Batman was born and where DC Comics got its name. So it’s kind of a big deal that two out-and-proud lesbian superheroes will headline an upcoming issue of the venerable title. The lead story will spotlight Kate Kane, the heiress who now stalks the night as Batwoman, and the issue’s co-feature stars Renee Montoya, the former Gotham City police detective who has taken over the mantle of faceless vigilante The Question. Given the somewhat dicey record that major comics companies have had in dealing with queer characters, seeing these two Sapphic sisters front and center on one of DC’s flagship titles definitely seems encouraging. And doesn’t this pairing scream out for a big screen adaptation? If they can make two Hulk installments, then one summertime lesbian superhero popcorn movie shouldn’t be too much to ask. “Detective Comics” #854 hits stands on June 24.