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Deep Inside Hollywood
Deep Inside Hollywood
Deep Inside Hollywood by Romeo San Vicente - SGN A&E Writer

VIVICA A. FOX HAS IT COVER-ED
High on the list of "Cool Actresses Romeo Wishes Got Better Breaks" is the effervescent and sexy Vivica A. Fox, who has consistently dazzled in movies as varied as Kill Bill, Ella Enchanted, and Booty Call. She'll soon be seen in Cover, a melodrama about a church-going wife and mother who discovers not only that her husband is living a secret Gay life on the down-low, but that he has also infected her with HIV. This is the sort of material that could loan itself to homophobic hysteria, but with actor-turned-director Bill Duke (A Rage in Harlem) at the helm, there's cause for confidence that the film can explore a relevant societal phenomenon while maintaining a sense of sympathy toward its Gay characters. The drama is expected to hit theaters later this year.

NATHAN LANE FOR PRESIDENT!
When theater fans hear about Nathan Lane returning to Broadway, they're more like to think about musical comedy than about the profanity-laden, alpha-male drama of playwright David Mamet. But this unlikely duo will pair up for November, a political comedy about one day in the life of fictional American president Charles Smith, a harried commander-in-chief. Gay Tony-winning director Joe Mantello will oversee the production, and his previous intersections with both men make him perfect for the job: Mantello directed Lane in both the recent revival of The Odd Couple and the acclaimed Love! Valour! Compassion!, while also being the man behind the successful 2005 revival of Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross. Previews for November begin in December with an official Broadway opening on Jan. 17.

ELVIRA SPOOKS FOX REALITY
Despite her obvious appeal for straight men, the bosomy and hilarious Elvira has always been a major Gay icon, from her double-entendre-heavy humor to her dedicated presence at Gay Pride festivities nationwide. But the hundreds of requests for Elvira personal appearances are too much for just one Mistress of the Dark, so she's launching The Search for the Next Elvira. Premiering in October on Fox Reality, the show will feature 13 contestants who will do their best to look and vamp it up like Elvira. Viewers will vote for the winner, who will be named on the show's live finale airing Halloween night. Given Elvira's famous decolletage, it's probably a given that the gals in this competition could probably mow down the skinny women over at America's Next Top Model.

LAGERFELD CONFIDENTIAL COMING SOON (AND STYLISHLY)
If you saw the fascinating Sundance Channel documentary miniseries Signe Chanel, then you know that Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld is a larger-than-life presence, to say the least. From his bejeweled fingers to his oversized sunglasses, this couturier should always be followed by cameras. American audiences will get another peek into his life with Lagerfeld Confidential, a new documentary slated to open this October in the United States. The film goes behind the scenes at Chanel and shows Lagerfeld working with intimate friends like Nicole Kidman and Princess Caroline of Monaco (while being just a bit vague about his love life and other personal details). A hit at this year's Berlin Film Festival, Confidential will be released by Koch Lorber Films, who will also bring it to DVD and TV in 2008.

Romeo San Vicente's love life and personal details are clogging up Internet servers worldwide. He can be reached care of this publication or at DeepInsideHollywood@qsyndicate.com.

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