Jack Nicholson's on Zadan and Meron's List
Openly gay megaproducers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have brought us everything from singing murderesses ( Chicago ) to creepy conservatives ( The Reagans ) . Now they're taking a look at impending death with The Bucket List, a new comedy from director Rob Reiner. Written by Justin Zackham—whose prior credits include a direct-to-video T&A comedy called Going Greek—the film will star Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as two terminally ill men who break out of a cancer ward to complete a list of things they want to do before they kick the bucket, from gambling at Monte Carlo to racing cars to shoveling down caviar. With such recent stinkers as Alex & Emma and Rumor Has It behind him, let's hope that "make another good movie" is on Reiner's own to-do list.
k.d. lang and Elton John Sing for Bennett
Crooner Tony Bennett does everything in style—if you don't count his ill-fated stab at movie stardom in the 1960s camp howler The Oscar—so it's no surprise that his upcoming 80th birthday will be a splashy affair. Queer director Rob Marshall ( the man behind the 2005 camp howler Memoirs of a Geisha ) is putting together Tony Bennett: An American Classic, a TV special that will air in the fall in conjunction with Bennett's birthday and his similarly titled CD of duets. Musicians who will share the spotlight with the singer who left his heart in San Francisco include queer celebrities Elton John and k.d. lang, along with Diana Krall, Michael Buble, Stevie Wonder, John Legend and violinist Pinchas Zukerman. Will they expect him to blow out all 80 candles by himself?
Megan Mullally Says Yes to Passing Strange
Finally getting to put down her martini glass after eight years of playing the biliously hilarious Karen Walker on Will & Grace, Megan Mullally has decided to try her hand at producing. The bisexual actress, singer and soon-to-be talk-show host has optioned the movie rights to Sally McLeod's novel Passing Strange for her own as-yet-unnamed production company, with Martin Garner hired to write the screenplay. Strange tells the story of an unattractive woman who undergoes major plastic surgery at the behest of her husband's family. When the couple moves to the Deep South, the newly hot wife embarks on an affair with an African-American gardener that leads to dramatic consequences. It sort of sounds like Far From Heaven meets The Swan.
First Clouds, Now Sky for Hernandez
One of the most gorgeously shot films of recent years was the swooning gay love story A Thousand Clouds of Peace, a delirious and romantic fever dream from Mexico that was honored with the prestigious Teddy Award at the 2003 Berlin Film Festival. Clouds director Julian Hernandez has returned with a new film, Broken Sky ( El Cielo Dividido ) , about two passionate Mexican gay lovers whose relationship is challenged when each encounters a new man. If Hernandez's sexy Clouds is any indication, look for the action in Broken Sky to get muy caliente; early reviews have noted that what the film lacks in dialogue, it more than makes up for in nudity. Strand Releasing will distribute Broken Sky in the United States this fall.
Romeo San Vicente used to enjoy eating Mexican food in the nude, until that unfortunate salsa incident. He can be reached care of this publication or at DeepInsideHollywood@qsyndicate.com .