Daniel Day-Lewis Is Out for Blood
Gay super-producer Scott Rudin ( The Hours, The Queen ) has always been very savvy about backing the best talent that the movies have to offer. His slate of upcoming productions includes new films from the likes of Aan Ball, Wes Anderson, and Kimberly Peirce. But most exciting to fans of Magnolia and Boogie Nights, Rudin is bringing director Paul Thomas Anderson back to the big screen with the upcoming There Will Be Blood, starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Based on Upton Sinclair's novel Oil!, Blood takes a sweeping ( dare we say Giant? ) look at the early days of the oil business through the eyes of one Texas family. With a supporting cast that includes Paul Dano ( Little Miss Sunshine ) , the epic promises to be one of the year's most talked-about movies when it hits theaters this Thanksgiving.
Chenoweth and Kurtz Push Daisies
Kristin Chenoweth was the toast of Broadway in Wicked, but Hollywood hasn't quite known what to do with her, sticking her with thankless wifey roles in generic comedies like RV. So Romeo was thrilled to hear that Chenoweth and Swoosie Kurtz ( another marvelous actress underutilized in film and TV ) have been cast in Pushing Daisies, the pilot Romeo recently reported on from gay Heroes co-executive producer Bryan Fuller. Fuller's earlier creations—Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls—provided meaty roles for actresses of a certain age—think Cynthia Stevenson in the former and Diana Scarwid in the latter—so here's hoping that this new show, starring Lee Pace ( Soldier's Girl ) as a young man whose touch can revive the dead, will provide the talented Chenoweth and Kurtz with career boosts of their own.
MyNetworkTV Says Happy Birthday, Elton
MyNetworkTV failed to win America's hearts with its English-language telenovelas—even though Romeo didn't miss a single episode of the insane soap Fashion House. But the struggling new network still wants to elbow its way into your TiVo. The folks there are teaming up with legendary gay rocker Elton John, who is throwing himself a 60th birthday party concert at Madison Square Garden in March. MyNetwork has signed an exclusive deal to broadcast the show—entitled Happy Birthday, Elton, and featuring scads of interviews—on April 5. So put on your biggest pair of sunglasses; a jacket with lots of feathers and/or sequins; and some Donald Duck feet, and tune in to celebrate the Rocket Man's day.
Gay Aviator Writer Re-teams with Scorsese
When gay screenwriter John Logan and legendary director Martin Scorsese teamed up to make The Aviator, they both snagged Oscar nominations. So it's perhaps no surprise that, hot on the heels of Scorsese's Academy victory, the two are reuniting, this time for an adaptation of a children's book. The Invention of Hugo Cabret tells the story of a 12-year-old orphan who secretly lives inside the walls of a Paris train station in 1930 and sets out to solve a mystery that involves his father and a robot. No shooting date has yet been announced for the film, but Logan is staying busy in the meantime as the writer for Tim Burton's screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's bloody and brilliant musical Sweeney Todd, expected to be in theaters this Christmas.
Romeo San Vicente wrote the script that Ellen DeGeneres gave Martin Scorsese on Oscar night, so don't be surprised if he soon stops returning your calls. In the meantime, he can be reached care of this publication or at DeepInsideHollywood@qsyndicate.com .