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posted Friday, July 3, 2009 - Volume 37 Issue 27

Deep Inside Hollywood - Romeo San Vicente
McKellen goes Gandalf again in The Hobbit While it was assumed by many - himself included - that Queer acting-legend Sir Ian McKellen would once more don the robes of wizard Gandalf in The Hobbit, Guillermo del Toro's upcoming prequel to the smash hit Lord of the Rings trilogy, there was no official confirmation of his casting. Until now. Del Toro is now telling reporters that McKellen will be reprising his role from the Peter Jackson/J.R.R. Tolkien movies, as will Andy Serkis (Gollum) and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert's Hugo Weaving (Elrond). Director del Toro (the man behind Pan's Labyrinth and the Hellboy movies, among others) remains cagey about who will be cast as protagonist Bilbo Baggins, but he's still got time to make up his mind - The Hobbit isn't expected to hit screens until 2012. Gandalf Pride parades expected to ensue.

Megan Fox: The new Buffy? The blogosphere erupted in a furor when it was announced that the producers of the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer feature film were planning to do a remake - without writer-producer Joss Whedon, whose TV adaptation of Buffy turned the franchise into a veritable pop culture phenomenon. Once that hubbub died down, there was a whole new wave of internet chatter regarding rumors that fierce Transformers babe Megan Fox would be cast in the new movie. While the Buffy producers have been quick to say that the Fox rumors are merely speculation and hearsay, Romeo would like to cast a vote for the actress. Onscreen, she's sexy and ferocious, and off-screen, she gives franker and funnier interviews than any of her peers in this generation of screen sirens. Most importantly, though, she's as sexy a Lesbian object of desire as Tara and Willow combined. Here's hoping for a Fox-y Buffy.

World of Wonder buzzes with environmental responsibility The production company World of Wonder - run by Gay filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato - tends to make films that are a touch oddball; they've explored televangelism (The Eyes of Tammy Faye), homicidal club kids (Party Monster), porn and pop culture (Inside Deep Throat), fetishists (Plushies & Furries) and Andy Williams (The Christmas Special Christmas Special). But they're not afraid of inconvenient truths: WOW will soon release the provocative The Last Beekeeper, which addresses the struggles of three American beekeepers against the backdrop of the global crisis surrounding the disappearance of the honeybee and the cataclysmic consequences this apian extinction could have on the world's food supply. Any company that can juggle issues like that and RuPaul's Drag Race at the same time deserves a tip of the hat; The Last Beekeeper is playing festivals now and will hit theaters later this year.

Hairspray 2: Not just a tease This is one of those news items that sounded like a joke, a rumor or just plain wishful thinking, but nope, it's true - Gay director Adam Shankman is working on Hairspray 2: White Lipstick, working off of a concept from Hairspray creator John Waters. Marc Shaiman is expected to return as composer, although no writer has yet been attached to the project. What may be the most exciting development to the project is that Shankman is talking about making the film in 3-D, since he'll direct Hairspray 2 after producing Step Up 3-D, and the choreographer-turned-filmmaker is apparently very excited about the possibilities of filming dance in the format. Would it be too much to ask to have the Hairspray kids meet the Dreamgirls in the sequel? We'll find out when Hairspray 2 hits theaters, which probably won't be until 2011.

Romeo San Vicente refuses to allow anyone to stop his beat. He can be reached care of this publication or at DeepInsideHollywood@qsyndicate.com.



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