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Natalie Portman Hits New Heights
When you're young, talented, acclaimed, and part of the Hollywood A-list (aka "being Natalie Portman"), you can walk straight from a critically panned, box-office-underperforming period drama like The Other Boleyn Girl right into the waiting arms of another period drama - in this case, a new version of Wuthering Heights - without anyone batting an eye. And that's just what Portman has done. Although the 1939 version is seen by cinephiles as the most definitive adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy by Emily Bronte, Gay director John Maybury (Love Is the Devil) will helm this modern remake. No word yet on who'll play doomed Heathcliff to her dead Cathy, nor is a start-date set. Whether or not it starts a Jane Austen-sized spike in popularity for the Bronte sisters remains to be seen.

Alan Cumming Tries on Hitler's Jackboots
Inspiration can come from unlikely sources. Take Team America: World Police. The all-marionette, all-profane action comedy from the creators of South Park - which was itself inspired by 1960s marionette-centric TV shows like Thunderbirds - was not only a box-office hit, but it spawned something of an imitator: an all-action-figure comedy called Jackboots on Whitehall, from brothers Edward and Rory McHenry. The feature, which imagines Hitler invading the United Kingdom and being beaten by Scotland, is coming to a multiplex near you with an all-star voice cast, including Alan Cumming as the Fuhrer (thus re-opening the whole "was Hitler Gay" controversy, but for laughs). Joining the very busy Bi Scot will be Ewan McGregor, Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant, Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show's Richard O'Brien. No release date is set, but count on a UK opening before it crosses the big pond to America.

Gay Muslims Come to Sundance Channel
Besides kick-starting Pride celebrations that last throughout the remainder of the year, June is also a month of special Queer programming on cable's Sundance Channel. This year sees U.S. TV premieres for several outstanding, provocative documentaries. Airing during the month: Gay Muslims, a self-explanatory title that explores the struggles of being Gay in what many see as the most Queer-unfriendly religion of all; Ten More Good Years, which details the experiences of a group of Gay senior citizens; Stefan Braun, a fascinating look at a Gay Israeli furrier in the 1950s; and Jam!, the crowd-pleasing oddball story of an HIV+ man who sank his life savings into resurrecting a roller-derby league for retired stars of the game. Now you have four good reasons to stay home and enjoy the air conditioning.

Karl Lagerfeld Crashes Grand Theft Auto
Karl Lagerfeld, everyone's favorite outlandishly pony-tailed, high-collared, Posh Spice-adjacent, French fashion designer, has found time to step away from his Chanel kingdom for a new project: becoming a character on the next installment of the notoriously violent video game Grand Theft Auto. The white-maned man of many rings on many fingers will not only be a character in the game, but he's curated a playlist of some of his favorite new music (players can pick from multiple radio stations in the game as their personal soundtrack), as well as recorded a decidedly politically incorrect voice track featuring his own commentary. The game should be the same huge hit its predecessors have been. As for release dates, so far maybe only Karl himself knows.

Romeo San Vicente wonders how Karl Lagerfeld deals with airport security metal detectors. Romeo can be reached care of this publication or at DeepInsideHollywood@qsyndicate.com.

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