By Romeo San Vicente
Kerry and Kristin sittin’ in a tree…
In the ongoing development saga of the slow-to-boil Dusty Springfield movie, the original question seems to have been definitively answered – and after a protracted period of “she is” and then “oh wait, no she isn’t,” the starring role has gone (finally!) to Romeo’s favorite “Pushing Daisies” alum Kristin Chenoweth. That’s the good news, since we can’t think of anyone who doesn’t love her. And the hopefully even-better news is the possible addition of Kerry Washington, who’s now circling the role of Springfield’s love interest. It’s all negotiations and talks right now, but the “Ray” co-star has already appeared in the lesbian-themed “She Hate Me” and played a lesbian in the indie film “The Dead Girl,” opposite the late Brittany Murphy. Furthermore, she’s beautiful, she’s talented, she’d be great in the role and, frankly, four out of five lesbians surveyed agree that it would be really hot to see her making out with Chenoweth.
Gregg Araki goes ‘Kaboom’
When your most recent film, a goofy stoner-comedy called “Happy Face,” gets unjustly ignored and barely released, what’s your next move as a director? Go back to your roots and make a hot, young teenage sci-fi comedy thriller about sexual awakenings, that’s what. Gregg Araki’s latest film, “Kaboom,” stars Kelly Lynch (“The L Word”) and Araki mainstay James Duval alongside sexy young stars Thomas Dekker (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”), Juno Temple (“Atonement”) and Haley Bennett (“The Haunting of Molly Hartley”). The plot involves a “Twin Peaks”-style small town mystery, some hallucinogenic cookies and a lot of boundary-blurring sexual connections. Translation: it’s what you already know and -presumably – love about Araki’s weirdly cool worldview. Be on the lookout later this year for an explosion of old-school New Queer Cinema in a theater that shows that sort of thing near you.
‘Cummings Farm’ hosts an orgy
After the low-key success of 2009’s indie film “Humpday,” the one about the two straight men playing a game of Gay Chicken by planning to make a video of themselves having sex, it’s no surprise to see other scruffy, alt-comedies about nervous heterosexuals experimenting with naughty action coming down the pipeline. So welcome to “Cummings Farm” (pun almost certainly intended), about three straight couples deciding that it’s time to try group sex for the first time. And while it’s almost a certainty that they will all come to some sobering realizations about themselves – guiltless orgies are for canceled TV shows like “Swingtown,” really – at least one glimmer of comedic hope rests with the presence of comic Laura Silverman (who co-stars as “herself” on her sister’s sitcom “The Sarah Silverman Program”). With any luck it’ll be more freewheeling than the average PSA for monogamy.
Logo greenlights more RuPaul and controversy
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” was only the beginning. The “Supermodel of The World” is turning into quite the media mogul and, it seems, about to turn cable channel Logo into the Drag Network with his new series “RuPaul’s Drag U.” Stepping into the void left behind by “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy,” the premise of “RPDU” involves drag queens showing up at the front door of unsuspecting citizens and giving life makeovers. What this sort of intrusion will entail is a mystery, but Romeo assumes it won’t involve tucking lessons. Meanwhile, Logo has also given the go-ahead to “Kept,” a reality show sure to anger a whole bunch of people – hilariously so, by documenting the lives of pretty young kept boys in New York City, their rich, doting sugar daddies and those who aspire to that sort of lifestyle. In other words, it will be totally gross and Romeo is going to watch every minute. Coming soon!