Deep Inside Hollywood

By |2010-01-21T09:00:00-05:00January 21st, 2010|Entertainment|

Romeo San Vicente

‘Inception,’ starring your 2009 gay indie crush

Maybe you swooned over Joseph Gordon-Levitt in last year’s “(500) Days of Summer” or fell for adorable roller-derbying Ellen Page in “Whip It.” Maybe you felt strangely turned on when Brit bruiser Tom Hardy got naked and violent in “Bronson” (which was pretty much the entire film). Well, then you’re in luck because all three of them are in the new Christopher Nolan film, “Inception.” The sci-fi thriller, on track for a summer release (they’re saying July, at least for now), has something to do with blackmail and, well, who knows what else, really, but also co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard and Ken Watanabe. And if nothing else, the large ensemble nature of the cast list (PS, with Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine and Lukas Haas) makes Romeo think of those old all-star 1970s sci-fi/disaster movies with everyone from Fred Astaire to O.J. Simpson trying to escape a burning skyscraper, thereby increasing its must-see quotient by about a thousand percent.

Gays coming and going on ‘Nurse Jackie’

If you failed to watch the first season of Showtime’s brilliantly funny, nervy “Nurse Jackie,” what the heck is wrong with you? You can catch up on reruns or with the DVD, but do so before the new season debuts early this year. Meanwhile, the gays on this show are leaving and arriving at a breakneck pace lately. Haaz Sleimann (“The Vistor”), who played the sardonic nurse Mo-Mo, is gone without a trace, with nothing but terse “his storyline played itself out” commentary from the creators. (They won’t even say that guy’s name, instead they just call him “the actor.” Weird. Meanwhile, they ran out of ideas for TV’s one gay Muslim? Huh?) But big bearish Thor remains, a gay love triangle is on deck for the upcoming season, and Harvey Fierstein will have a guest spot in Nurse Jackie’s domain as a man whose husband is dying. And one of these days we’re going to hear the real deal from Sleimann. Can’t wait for that one.

Mia Kirshner goes ‘Vampire’

Look, there’s nothing wrong with Romeo’s ongoing “L Word” fixation. Who cares if the show is long gone? Those lesbians will live in his heart forever. Also on his TV, it turns out, tragically pool-dead Jenny Schecter (OK, her actual name is Mia Kirshner), who’s hopped on over to the CW for a stint on “Vampire Diaries,” airing any second now. Kirshner will have a recurring role as history teacher Alaric’s (Matt Davis) wife. And that’s all that’s known at the moment, which is as it should be. Part of the fun of being a big fan of a silly TV show is obsessing over the possibilities. Will this series (one that, just to remind you, has gay Kevin Williamson in charge) finally move in a more homophilic direction? Will some sexy lady vampire bite Mia and turn her blood-sucky? Will this well-written show finally get the CW a little respect? And will Jenny (sorry, yes, Mia) stick around forever? The waiting to find out part is almost as good as watching the show itself.

Kevin Smith plans to ‘Hit Somebody’

His new movie “Cop Out” (previously titled “A Couple of Dicks,” but changed when no one went to see “Zack and Miri Make a Porno”) is set to hit theaters in the next couple of weeks. He’s rumored to be co-starring with old pal Jason Mewes and “Twilight” girl-of-the-moment Kristen Stewart in the upcoming “K-11” (which would be a nice way to make up for “Catch and Release”). And it looks like his horror film, “Red State,” is gaining get-made momentum. But director Kevin Smith’s most promising project on the horizon looks like his planned hockey movie, “Hit Somebody.” So far only one actor, Wil Wheaton (“Stand by Me”), is attached to the film, but if it’s about hockey and tough guys and blood on the ice, and if Kevin Smith has anything to do with it, there will be just as much gayness as the guy can squeeze into that locker room. Without a doubt, Romeo’s rooting for this one already.

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