Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 20, No. 45, Ed. 1 Friday, March 12, 2004 Page: 4 of 72
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aye Diggs takes the Hill
The resurrection of the sitcom "Family Affair"
failed, but that was just because the name sound-
ed too dirty now. Still, nobody doesn't like the
idea of womanizing bachelors and their gay
manservants raising precocious tots, which is
why many gays are rooting for "Kevin Hill," an
upcoming UPN series starring Taye Diggs of
"Chicago" fame. Diggs plays Hill the lady-killer,
who finds himself suddenly saddled with his
cousin's daughter to raise. Jon Seda from "Third
Watch" co-stars, as well as up-and-comer Patrick
Breen (last seen on "Joan of Arcadia") as George,
the gay nanny. UPN has committed to a pilot
episode of the Mel Gibson-produced show,
which means that it could eventually end up on
the air or disappearing into the black hole where
aborted pilots go to spend eternity. Stay tuned.
Moore joins Kalin for 'Savage Grace'
He's the 12-years-absent director responsible
for "Swoon," an acclaimed film of the early
1990s New Queer Cinema movement. She's a
muse for Todd Haynes, another New Queer
Cinema alum. And together helmer Tom Kalin
and actor Julianne Moore will work on Kalin's
long-awaited follow-up, "Savage Grace." Using
Howard A. Rodman's screenplay, adapted from
the book by Natalie Robins and Steven Aronson,
the film will explore the class crisis and criminal
activity that arises when a poor woman (Moore)
marries into a rich family. It's all based on the
real-life story of the Bakelite-inventing
Baekeland family, an idly rich clan who ended up
with a murder on their hands — how embarrass-
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ing! Christine Vachon's Killer Films is produc-
ing. Shooting will take place in the United
Kingdom, France, and Spain.
Our fathers, who art on Showtime
"Our Fathers: The Secret Life of the
Catholic Church in an Age of Scandal," the
exhaustive account of child sex abuse by
Catholic priests written by gay journal-
ist David France, will be made
into a film for Showtime,
Casting has already
begun on the project,
to be titled simply
Robert Greenblatt swears that the film will be
serious and not exploit victims' suffering — the
stories will be factual, but the names will be
changed. The film's focus will be the widespread
cover-up attempts made by the Catholic Church.
France, who is a senior editor at Newsweek, will
serve as a consultant on the film
Gay author's novel headed to film
The film version of late gay author James
Robert Baker's novel "Testosterone" is already
in the can and awaiting theatrical release. Now it
looks like his first book, 1986's "Fuel-Injected
Dreams," may be headed for the big screen, too.
The "what-if' story juxtaposes a Phil Spector-ish
producer, a Ronnie Spector-like singer, and a
popular Los Angeles radio DJ (apparently loose-
ly based on L.A. radio legend Rodney
Bingenheimer) in a freaky triangle of perver-
sion. The script has reached the hands of
"Butterfly Effect" writer/directors Eric
Bress and J. Mackye Gruber. The duo plans
to take on the blackly comedic thriller, and
if they end up turning it into the same kind
of shlocky, insane mess that made
"Butterfly" so entertaining, they'll have
another big hit on their hands. Maybe if they
get Ashton Kutcher to sign on ...
TLA traps spanish bears
Think all gay men spend their free time work-
ing on their abs and waxing that back hair?
Then make sure to catch
"Cachorro" (Bear Cub) when
it hits American art-house
theaters later this year. TLA
Releasing has acquired North
American distribution rights
to Spanish director Luis
Miguel Albaladejo's new fea-
ture, which just premiered at
the Berlin Film Festival. It's
the story of a dentist in Madrid
who lives his life in the "bear'
subculture of big-bellied, big-
bearded, furry gay men.
(Apparently, the film doesn't
flinch from showing the big furry
guys getting it on, either.) But his
carefree existence abruptly
changes when his 11-year-old
nephew comes to live with him.
Ian-Polk builds an 'Arc'
Patrick Ian-Polk, writer-director-producer of
200 l's gay African-American independent com-
edy "Punks," knows that waiting patiently for
another break gets a filmmaker nowhere fast. He
also knows about the overwhelmingly Caucasian
casting on all those successful queer TV shows
(Pain Grier and Jennifer Beals of "The L Word,"
as well as Jai Rodriguez of "Queer Eye" being
the only major exceptions). And that's why Ian-
Polk is working on his own queer series, "Noah's
Arc." Much like "Punks," the show will center
on the lives of four black gay men in Los
Angeles; and also like "Punks," if the idea catch-
es fire it will be the first of its kind. No word on
casting decisions or broadcast affiliations yet, but
here's hoping the Arc floats.
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By Angela Geralds
Do you believe Walt Whitman
Community School's current troubles
stem from financial mismanagement,
or has the school been the victim of
"The school is a vic-
tim of insensitivities
against the gay and
as a whole. They use
it as a way to lash
out against us."
Tart of the reason
for the school clos-
ing has to be that it
doesn't have a wide
base of support in
the community. If
reached out, there
would be more sup-
"From what little I've
heard about it, I
sounds like poor
ment, but I don't
know for sure. I don't
think it was a victim
"I believe it's a little
of both, just from
what I've read.
Management has a
lot to do with the
image an organiza-
tion reflects. Also,
people are insensi-
tive to gay issues."
"I believe it's
because of it being a
gay school. If it was
not described as a
gay school, they
accredit it and give
it more funding."
Have a suggestion for a question you'd like us to ask?
E-mail it to staff writer Angela Geralds at geralds@dal-
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