2007 Verve Awards

2006 Verve Awards

Best Arts and Culture Blog 2005 Queer Day Awards

Best Gay Blog Nominee 2004 Weblog Awards

Best Arts and Culture Blog Nominee

Thursday, December 20, 2007


Adventures In Casting: Prison Love Is Hot (Even If It Involves Jim Carrey)


- Here's our first nomination for Weirdest Gay Couple of 2009: Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, who will star in the true-story prison flick I Love You Phillip Morris, written and directed by the guys who wrote Bad Santa. See, I told you it was weird. Carrey plays "Steven Russell, a married father whose conman ways introduced him to the Texas prison system. There, he fell in love with cellmate Phillip Morris (McGregor)...his love for Morris motivated his escape from prisons four times, once by using a green pen and bucket of water to change his prison outfit into what appeared to be surgical scrubs, another time by faking his death from AIDS and signing his own death certificate. Morris eventually got out, but Russell's escapades got him a 144-year sentence." Aww, so it ends just like Brokeback, only with some hot prison sex before they're pulled apart by society? Ummm...fine with me.

- Schadenfreude Alert: John Travolta got his ass fired from the Dallas movie. His new replacement as J.R. Ewing? Ben Stiller. We're guessing it's no longer a drama.

- Bad news for those who found The Assassination of Jesse James too ponderous and meandering: Brad Pitt is teaming up with Sean Penn (and replacing Heath Ledger) in Tree of Life, the new film by atmospheric nature lover Terence Malick (The New World). Gee, I wonder if it'll showcase any nubile, pre-pubescent girls as metaphors for unspoiled nature? And if so, wonder what that "tree of life" is a metaphor for, hmmm? (Mine's more like a sapling, but at least it's not a bonsai.)

- Almodovar and Penelope Cruz are together again, this time for Broken Hugs (Los abrazos rotos), Pedro's upcoming venture into film noir. He was headed that way with Bad Education, so we're thrilled to see the world's most fascinating director tackle the genre head-on.

- It's a real game of musical chairs over at State of Play these days. Last week, I told you that Brad Pitt was out of this investigative thriller, and Russell Crowe was in. This week, costar Edward Norton is out, and Ben Affleck has stepped into his place. Which team do you prefer, Pitt/Norton or Crowe/Affleck? And who decided it was time for Ben to start acting again?


- Another private Spider-Man: The Musical reading last week. No news we haven't heard before, but at least the project's continuing on...

- Ouch. Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) is talking openly about being offered the leading role in Young Frankenstein...and turning it down, preferring to do farcical period drag in Is He Dead? instead. Although Butz claims it was because "it was really time for me to do a play," the widely-rumored skinny is that Butz was merely one of many to turn down Mel Brooks' mad doctor (including Matthew Broderick, Brooks' first choice). It's terrible that the unspoken rule of Broadway -- never discuss the parts you turned down -- has been broken, because all it does is embarrass Roger Bart (Desperate Housewives), who ultimately landed the role.

- Who is Zonya Love? Never heard of her in my life. But apparently, she's the next Celie.

- For those who worry about such things, you can put your mind at ease: original Encores! co-stars Boyd Gaines and Laura Benanti will join Mama Patti LuPone when the revival of
Gypsy transfers to the St. James next March. Gaines is certainly having a Broadway renaissance, isn't he? Almost two decades after winning a Tony Award for The Heidi Chronicles, he's now had back-to-back-to-back hits with Journey's End, Pygmalion and Gypsy. (Benanti, who was the weakest link in The Wedding Singer and Nine, should just be happy for the work.)

- Who WOULDN'T want to attend this year's
Broadway Backwards concert? The annual benefit for the New York LGBT Community Center features male Broadway stars performing songs traditionally sung by women and vice versa. How fun is that?!?! Scheduled for February 4th at the American Airlines Theatre, they've already got a great lineup underway; in addition to ModFab future boyfriend Cheyenne Jackson and Tapeworthy future boyfriend Neil Patrick Harris, there's Gary Beach (La Cage aux Folles), Charles Busch (Die Mommie Die), Nancy Dussault (Into The Woods), Malcolm Gets (A New Brain), Tituss Burgess (Tarzan), and additional performers will be announced shortly. Get tickets here, and tell them Modern Fabulousity sent you.

Labels: , ,


Blogger Vance said...

Um, with 3Guys2k9s as a source of inspiration, can I take David Burtka too?

12/20/07, 2:33 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home