Basinger Goes Wilde
Kim Basinger will soon be going where the Wilde things are. The Academy Award-winner is headed to Europe this August to shoot a
film based on gay playwright Oscar Wilde's first hit, Lady Windermere's Fan. Retitled A Good Woman (that was the play's original title
and, besides, who wants to see a movie about a lady's fan?), the classic comedy of manners about marital infidelity has been moved
from its original setting of London in the 1890s to New York and the French Riviera in the 1930s. Shakespeare in Love's Joseph
Fiennes co-stars, along with Scarlett Johansson (Ghost World) and Tom Wilkinson (In the Bedroom). Shockingly, Rupert Everett and
Colin Firth aren't among the cast members.
Openly gay Oscar winners Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen (American Beauty) are producing again, but this time they're leaving modern
suburbia for the world of 19th-century theater. Jinks and Cohen are working on The Rivals, a drama written by Robin Swicord (Little
Women) about the real-life rivalry between two stage divas, Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse. The older, more established
Bernhardt and the younger, more cutting-edge Duse became obsessed with one another and competed both on stage and off.
Steven Spielberg is thinking about directing the project, but he's still working out his schedule. In the meantime the busy producers
are getting ready to shoot The Forgotten, a thriller starring Julianne Moore.
The Right Stuff for Hollywood
He called Anita Hill 'a little bit nutty and a little bit slutty,' and now controversial journalist David Brock may just get his own nutty story
told on screen. Brock's 2002 memoir, Blinded by the Right, documented his transformation from closeted and conservative attacker of
people like Hill and Bill Clinton to openly gay and liberal attacker of the right wing. The book's film rights were snapped up by scribe
David Hayter (X-Men, X2), who'll act as producer, with screenwriting duties assigned to Dan Rosen, creator of the 1995 indie comedy
The Last Supper. Right now the project has no official home, but here's hoping some Velvet Mafia development exec knows a good
gossipy political story when he or she hears one—and doesn't leave out the slutty parts, like the story of Internet columnist Matt
Drudge allegedly hitting on Brock.
Mutchnick Gets Stone-d
Out TV producer Max Mutchnick and his straight colleague, David Kohan—the guys who created some little-watched show called Will
& Grace—have a new series for CBS. This time the talented pair has come up with The Stones, a sitcom about a brother (Jay
Baruchel of The Rules of Attraction) and sister (Lindsay Sloane of The In-Laws) who are still living at home even though they're
adults. At a 25th-anniversary dinner for the siblings' parents, mom (gay fave Judith Light) and dad (stand-up comedian Robert Klein)
tell their very surprised kids that they're splitting up—but still plan on living together in the same house. The Stones premieres on
Wednesdays in the fall.
Romeo San Vicente would live at home, too, if Judith Light would be his mom. He can be reached care of this publication or at
E-mail Write2Romeo@yahoo.com .