Deep Inside Hollywood – Gus Van Sant to ‘Boss’ around Kelsey Grammer
Gus Van Sant’s career can be divided into high-profile successes like Milk and Good Will Hunting on one side and arthouse hits like Elephant and Paranoid Park on the other. And his new project will tip the scale to the seriously mainstream side: a TV series starring Kelsey Grammer for Starz and Lionsgate Television. Van Sant will direct the pilot for Boss, penned by Apocalypto co-writer Farhad Safinia and already picked up for eight episodes. It will feature Grammer as a Chicago mayor (great casting, too – who’s got a more authoritarian politician’s voice?) with a secret degenerative mental illness. The King Lear-like story of power and politics will be Grammer’s first time on a cable series, not counting those promo spots for the fizzling Tea Party cable channel RightNetwork he did earlier this year while simultaneously starring on Broadway in La Cage Aux Folles. We can just pretend that never happened.
Tarnation director’s long-awaited new (untitled) movie
Indie film audiences who still remember being blown away by Jonathan Cauoette’s 2003 debut _Tarnation_– that audacious, zero-budget, intimately moving portrait of his struggle growing up with a mentally ill mother – have been waiting patiently for the day when he’d get behind the camera again. He has, of course, by taking on cool-director duties for the _All Tomorrow’s Parties_ concert film and debuting a new short at the New York Film Festival (a weird little piece that juxtaposed footage of his grandfather and Chloe Sevigny). But his next feature, one he describes as a collection of interconnected short films, is underway and still in production. The movie will return to the subject of his mother but will also feature fictional elements, possibly placing both her and Cauoette in imaginary circumstances. Eager fans of this talented man, keep the faith. These things take time.
Daniel Day-Lewis drinks Lincoln‘s milkshake
Maybe you heard somewhere – OK, yes, you heard it here – that Liam Neeson was the man stepping into Abraham Lincoln’s tall hat and odd, mustache-less beard for Steven Spielberg’s agonizingly slow-moving _Lincoln_. But things change. People move on. They have creative differences. Their schedules get too busy. They want to star in _Taken 2_ instead. Whatever. And that’s when you have to go find a new actor. Taking Neeson’s place in the film, already written by gay Pulitzer/Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner, will be equally tall actor Daniel Day-Lewis. And now finally American moviegoers will learn who Abe Lincoln was. If you think that was a joke, just go to any mall and ask a random stranger to explain the man’s job and what he did in history. It’ll make you sad for the rest of the day. They say this movie is coming Christmas of 2012. We’ll see.
The Reichen movie wants you. Meaning Chace Crawford
As a veteran Air Force pilot, author, Lance Bass dater, winner of _The Amazing Race_ and current most-recognized face of Logo’s hit trainwreck _The A List: New York_, Reichen Lehmkuhl finally realized that his calling in life is not to star in off-off-Broadway productions of _My Big Gay Wedding_ (nor is it recording pop songs, as _A List_ viewers can attest). It’s fighting against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. And what better way to light another flame that holds the culture’s feet to the fire than with a movie version of his 2006 memoir _Here’s What We’ll Say: Growing Up, Coming out and The U.S. Air Force._ There’s already a screenplay and a producer, now the project needs a director and star. Lehmkuhl has expressed a desire to see Taylor Lautner or Chace Crawford take on the role, and either of those young men would give it the A-list face it needs. But whatever happens, make sure that if a theme song needs singing, give that job to anybody but Reichen. Please.
Romeo San Vicente is concerned about how that treacherous Austin keeps meddling in Reichen and Rodiney’s relationship. He can be reached care of this publication or at DeepInsideHollywood@qsyndicate.com.